Inspiration surrounds us. Look around you…pillows, tissue boxes, flowers in your garden, or perhaps it’s a piece of art in your home. My inspiraton today is from Doodletart Glass – this beautiful peacock. In examining this piece, alcohol inks came to mind. I haven’t used them in ages – so long that all my metallic mixatives have turned hard. LOL!! So I proceeded to use my regular alcohol inks until I was happy with the colors. The colors used were Wild Plum, Butterscotch and Stream. The peacock was done with the Stream and Wild Plum colors and then outlined with a gold metallic marker. And, finally, a simple rhinestone for the eye.

The birdcage and peacock are dies from Marianne Creatables. Cool aren’t they? This bird and the cage represent freedom in this picture…the freedom to create. Now it’s your turn…pull out some of your crafting goodies and feel the freedom! Have a beautiful day!

Dimensional Rose

This rose was created using the Heartfelt Creations Grandiflora Rose 2 precut set. I stamped the three different size images several times on some retired black and white Stampin’ Up! designer paper. Then, I cut into each image and curled up the petals. Next, I used Poppy Red Twinkling H20’s to paint each image. The dampness of painting these images also helped to curl up the petals. For the next step, I just started layering the petals and attaching each layer with dimensionals.

The leaves were formed simply by stamping and cutting each one out. I like the look of red against black and white, so I chose a simple dotted print as the backdrop for my rose. A little lace across the corner and done.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog! See you soon!

One more for today

Another card to share with you today. I love these Fred B. Mullett stamps! Simply stamped each of the leaves on Stampin’ Up! Ivory Naturals cardstock and added the Impression Obsession sentiment. It’s one of my favorites too!

Ink colors from Stampin’ Up! are Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz and Cajun Craze.

Take some time for yourself today…e-mail someone you haven’t in a while, read a book, or perhaps enjoy a walk. Be good to yourself!

Bad Moon Rising

Oh, boy! I’m going to be singing this song all day now LOL!!! It’s the first thing that popped into my head when naming this so I went with it.

The cardbase is Stampin’ Up! in River Rock. One of my favorite neutrals to work with. And, I’ve used a classic stamp set from SU – Lovely As A Tree. The moon has been made with the reverse masking technique. I Simply punched out a circle in a piece of scrap cardstock. Then sponged it first with Encore Silver and then a little bit of Basic Black.

Next, the trees image was stamped over top of the moon. I dry embossed a piece of Basic Black cardstock with the Square Lattice folder, then used my Crop-A-Dile to punch three holes for the brads. The sentiment has been stamped in Basic Black on a rectangle of River Rock and then I rounded the edges with a 3/4″ x 15/16″ oval punch.

Who’ll catch you singing Bad Moon Rising today? LOL!

Enjoy Life’s Moments

Ever have one of those days when trying to put together a card? This is really not where I was headed with this one…but here’s what I ended up with. LOL!

The image is from Lockhart Stamp Co. and has been stamped in Certainly Celery and then very loosely watercolored with Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky and Rose Red. All panels and the cardbase are in Stampin’ Up Rose Red. The designer paper is from Prima and it’s called Sparkling Spring.

For embellishment, a tailored bow with a couple of punched flowers and a pearl on top. The punches are from Stampin’ Up! – Boho Blossoms and Itty Bitty Shapes. Three more pearls, a couple of strips of ribbon, and a banner sentiment complete the card.

And remember…Enjoy Life’s Moments!!!

New Rubbah…

OK, well perhaps these days, there’s not so much rubber in new stamps LOL!

I love this image and fantastic sentiment from Magenta. There are so many options for it. So today, I chose to ink it up with Memento’s Tuxedo Black and then add some sponging. My colors came from the Color Challenge on SCS – So Saffron, Blushing Bride and Certainly Celery.

Then it was time to add some bling using Crystal Stickles. No other embellishments today. Pretty plain and simple. The image was layered on Stampin’ Up! Blushing Bride and then on a standard A2 card.

Have a beautiful day everyone!

Colored Embossing

Thanks to the TLC on Splitcoast, here’s a new twist using your embossing folders. Try coloring the indented part of your embossing folder with your markers. Using my Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker from Stampin’ Up! I colored the Elegant Lines embossing folder. Next run it through your Big Shot/Cuttlebug with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Now I added a little bling by adding Smooch Spritz in Vanilla Shimmer over the entire piece.

Then the piece was placed on a regular A2 sized card in Crumb Cake. Then I cut a strip of Victoria Crochet Trim and the same length of 3/8″ Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon. And, used Sticky Strip to adhere them together. Next this was sponged with Crumb Cake. The Decorative Label XL punch was used for the bottom layer of the sentiment treatment. Followed by a piece of Very Vanilla, against spritzed with the Vanilla Shimmer and stamped with the sentiment from Whimsical Words. The label is from the Lots of Tags sizzlet die. Added a few Basic Pearls and done! All products from Stampin’ Up!

Try this technique with a variety of embossing folders and colors and see what you can come up with!