Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Whale Birthday



Wow, has it really been 17 days since I last posted here?? Well, my mojo just wasn't moving much in those 17 days and the only thing that got me stamping was my littlest's upcoming birthday. I just haven't been in a creative mood lately. I've not even been crocheting much which is odd for me because I love it. I think this whole national health care situation has been weighing so heavily on my mind that it's been hard to relax and do anything fun. Plus, it's so hot and huuuuumid. And the garden has been keeping me busy with the little energy I have in this heat. I canned tomatoes and homemade pizza sauce yesterday. It about did me in! I wish the garden didn't flourish in the hottest part of the year!

So anyway, I made this card for my littlest who just LOOOOOVES fish of any and every kind. When she checks out books at the library, they are almost all about fish and the sea. I knew that I would use either SU Fishy Friends or SU Silly Sealife on her card. I went with Silly Sealife's whale. He's always fun to color.

And for once, I actually stamped the background rather than use a designer paper. I used to use VersaMark ink on pretty much every card I ever made until I fell in love with designer paper.



For the whale, I used Canson watercolor paper and stamped the whale with my favorite black ink: Versafine Onyx Black. Then I colored with SU markers and a few CTMH markers. I started with a darker color (Pumpkin Pie) on the edges. Then I used Summer Sun to blend toward the center. Then I recolored the edges and the inside to strengthen the colors. No water brush. I just used the markers to blend. Works perfectly on watercolor paper!

I used a Post-It note to block the whale while I sponge-daubed Bashful Blue and Ballet Blue inks on the "sea". Then I rubbed a glue stick over parts of the sea and sprinkled blue glitter here and there. I colored the water spouting out of his head with a Bashful Blue marker and glued a bit of blue glitter there, too. "Glued a bit of blue glitter". Say that 5 times fast! lol



The cake is from the Taylored Expressions set "Sweet Celebration". I also used the cake on the inside (see above). I blocked the cupcake part of the image so I could just get the cake inside.

The dimensions of this card are approx. 4.5" x 6". It was made to fit an invitation envelope measuring 4.75" x 6.5". I bought some at WalMart just to have a different size to create with.



Can you guess where our littlest wants to go on her birthday? The Georgia Aquarium, of course! We'll probably go by The Varsity for lunch beforehand. Can't wait!

TFL and have a blessed week! I hope my mojo returns soon! This place has been too quiet!

Recipe

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Silly Sealife, SU Collage Alphabet Numbers, SU Simply Circles, Taylored Expressions Sweet Celebration

CS: Black, Pumpkin Pie, Ballet Blue, Canson watercolor paper, white (inside)

Inks: VersaMark, Versafine Onyx Black, Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue

Markers: Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Bashful Blue, Apricot Appeal, Yoyo Yellow, CTMH Bubblegum, CTMH Citrus Leaf

Other: Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles embossing folder, Nestabilities Classic Oval Scallops Large, Classic Oval Large, Stamp-a-ma-jig, googly eyes, blue glitter, Frosted Lace Stickles, sewing machine, black gingham ribbon, 3D-Dots, ticket corner punch, sponge dauber

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sweet Pots of Herbs

Good Saturday to you! And good August!

I have gardening on the brain these days. And I love it! I wish it wasn't so hot and muggy, especially muggy. But that's the price we pay for rain. And I want rain! I was born in a deserty state (southern California), but I'm not happy unless I am surrounded by green. Must have green.



I pulled out the Stampin' Up! Sweet Herbs set (retired) because I love the big image in the set for coloring. And this time I educated myself on what colors the flowers on the herbs I'm not familiar with (bay and marjoram) are supposed to be. The rest I have grown myself, so I know what colors they are. Interestingly, both bay and marjoram have white flowers. Marjoram and oregano are very similar. In fact, oregano is sometimes called "wild marjoram", so that will help me remember its color. I'd love to grow my own bay leaves! Imagine fresh ones at one's disposal!

One thing I love about using markers on watercolor paper is that the ink is almost always removable. You wet the spot you want to remove ink from and dab with a rag. It makes coloring all the more fun!

What I did was draw a line around the inner edges of the pots with Really Rust ink. Then I used the water brush to pull the color inward. Then I used a bit of Close to Cocoa and did the same thing, taking care to leave some areas only lightly touched by ink. I used water and a rag to dab away color here and there.

On the signs I used Mellow Moss, Pale Plum and Creamy Caramel in a splotchy pattern, going over the whole thing with Creamy Caramel to finish.

For the saying, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig and made it into 2 long lines rather than 5 short ones.

For the white flowers I used an opaque white gel pen to make them stand out a bit and used the Bordering Blue marker, watercolored, around the plants to also set off the white flowers.

I popped out some of the pots and signs just for fun.



You know, it's not until I take pictures that I see all the flaws! Ugh! Try not to notice them!

Hope your weekend is going well! We cleaned out the freezers today and inventoried all that was in them. I have some meal planning to do!

Be well!

Recipe

Stamps: SU Sweet Herbs

CS: Black, Basic Grey Lemonade paper, Carson watercolor paper

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black

Markers: Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, Sage Shadow, Old Olive, Mellow Moss, Garden Green, Pale Plum, So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Lavender Lace, CTMH Dutch Blue, Summer Sun, Bordering Blue

Other: Spellbinders Nestabilities Long Classic Rectangles Large die, Martha Stewart Embossed Zigzag border punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, 3D-Dots, opaque white gel pen, water brush, rag to dab away color