Book Cover Inspired


The Library Challenge: Moon Spinners

Fusion: Relaxed Living The blues are not quite what the photo is

Just Add Ink: Sketch The cliffs represent the lines of the sketch.

I found a new to me challenge where a book is selected by hostess and you can use the book cover, the title or something in the story to inspire your creation. The cover called to me so I water colored the bg using black and two blues of re-inkers and a damp brush (Thanks to Kathy for the gift of brushes). Once dry I created the black cliffs with sharpie free hand, added in shadow with two gray copics and stamped in black ink some evergreens. Oh yes, made the moon first thing by creating a circle stencil with a punch and a scrape of cs then pressed Versa Mark and heat set clear powder as a resist, then used yellow ink pad sponged on through stencil once water color was dry. Glued on sentiment that had been cut on Silhouette in white cs. Mounted on fun foam and then white cs base.

Not sure you can see the faint yellow dot in the middle of the lake, but my husband was so impressed that I had created a shadow of the moon. In reality it is a finger print from when I was creating the moon resits. Maybe the oils in my hand caused the water color to turn yellow in that spot. What a great guy to think so highly of me. Man am I blessed.

Summer Fun


Simon Say Monday: Take me for a Ride

Little Red Wagon: Summertime Fun Thanks for the recent win!

Allsorts: Summertime

Nothing like a ride in the saddle on a cool summers morning. This silhouette image was found on the internet and much loved by my husband. He likes his cards with no sentiments. I printed the image on the ink jet copier on white Vellum Paper. Smeared that through blue shimmer spray on the glass mat and sponged in some orange and purple ink pad. Mat layered on plum cs and mounted on black layer. All in on a white cs base.

Tip: The shimmer spray did show too much on the black base and riders so I used a baby wipe dampened to wet with alcohol to rub out the pooling. The mica stayed and shows a nice shimmer.

Green with Colored Pencils


The Paper Players: Sketch

Krafty Chicks: All Occasion

Double Trouble: Anything

The colored paper was gifted to me by a stamp buddy (thanks Diana) and I wanted to try using colored pencils on colored paper. It was a fun project and I quite like the results. Once the image was stamped in black ink and colored I added white gel pen in areas for some pop. Mounted the elements all up and put them on white cs base. Sentiment and fern were cut on Silhouette and sentiment got heat embossed with black. The green layer got white embossing paste through knit stencil.

Stars for our nation


Simon Says Monday: Shoot for the Stars

Little Red Wagon: Solar Eclipse

Make My Monday: Use Stencils

My stamp buddy Gerry taught me to look on the internet for free cut art using the searching term Coloring Books. Here is what I found. It had a moon with it but I edited to just the stars. After putting gesso on light weight white cs I added embossing paste through stencil cut with paper. Once dry I mopped sheet through color burst in gold sprayed with water on the glass mat. Next I used blue shimmer spray on glass mat to pick up color on the lower half of the piece. Better half wanted the stars to shine more so I put the stencil back down, pressed Versa Mark and heat set embossing powder in Platinum. Added the stars in the upper right with stencil and black marker then quicky glue pen and glitter. To make the lower stars white I used a gel pen. Rubbed outer edge with black ink pad and mounted on white cs base.

I am finding I really enjoy cutting stencils with Silhouette in 80 lb. white cs. They are multi use but not forever. The file is saved so I can cut again if I want but the love affair only last go long then I am on to the next best stencil I ever made. Email me if you want the svg of the star stencil

Some of the products used.

Blue Flowers


Simon Says Wednesday: Anything Goes

Sweet Stampin: Create your own background Background is pastels in pink and purple

Inkspirational: Any Sketch I have a booklet of sketches that this one came out of

I wanted to try stamping with water colors and this is what came of that venture. The flowers have blue, green and yellow stamped then I used black ink on the stamp to go over the top. Background is combination of ink stamped grass and pastels. I did spray the whole thing with sealer to hold the colors. Mounted on stripe with a strip on the right going the opposite direction. Tag and sentiment were cut on the Silhouette. Added black dots on flowers with glossy accents and mounted all on white cs base.