Summer Cards

I have a bit of quiet at the moment, so I thought I would knock out a post or two while I could.  The kids just went to bed (late summer bed times, ugh), and the husband is doing a little work from home, so I don’t feel too guilty sitting here at the computer.  (The dog is not in complete agreement with my stationary sitting…she’s trying to convince me to go for another walk.)

But summer is here, and the kids and my time together is full time right now.  I know I will look back on these days many years from now and be so grateful for the minutes and hours together.  But honestly at the moment, I wish I could go potty without someone asking me for a snack.

However, in truth, we are actually having a ball.  The kids are on the program with just a bit of school work-ish (reading, writing, and a bit of school sponsored computer work)  in the mornings, and then tackle a new list of summer chores (watering some plants, new trash duties, and laundry helper).  If they get those two tasks done, then the world is open to whatever we want.  The weekend might have been way too much fun with beaches, picnics and neighborhood taco trucks/outdoor movies.  Yesterday was the pool, and I’ll admit despite all the sunscreen, my tan is starting to rock.  Today we snuck off to the movies and saw the Jungle Book live action remake.  It really wasn’t half bad, and Christopher Walken’s performance was brilliant.  IMG_3395

I am actually able to get some art done at the moment, despite the kiddos being home.  They are all about Legos at the moment, and while I keep stepping on the stray piece, the legos have been, needless to say, very IMG_3397consuming for the young minds.  And better yet they are getting along.

I’ve been finishing up with online Copic Jumpstart Class taught by the ridiculously talented colorist and artist Sandy Allnock.  Today was the last class post and I hope to get to work on my homework IMG_3403here when I’m done here.  I have learned so much and am already seeing a big difference in my copic coloring.

So since I have had a bit of time at the desk, I have a couple of cards to share with you.

pp299Up first today we have a bit of a patriotic color challenge asking for the colors cherry cobbler, dapper denim, and whisper white.  In other words…red, blue and white.  I feel like I’ve done a bunch of patriotic work lately, and only really have one forth of July stamp, but I broke her out anyway, cause she


is a super cute stamp.

This little gal with her flag, her dog and her grill is a Taylored Epressoins stamp and she is quite fun to color.  I needless to say knocked out some copic coloring and tried very hard to turn her into a strawberry blonde.  I made the pup whitish, and the grill blue so I could keep within the color theme.  I then die cut out the image with a My Favorite Things square die.  I added the flag in some printed paper to add a bit more patriotic flare, and left it at just that.  I need to work on my shading under the images, but otherwise, I like the whole simple effect.

19The gals over at Inspired By all the Little Things tossed out a beautiful inspiration photo this week that just screamed floral, watercolors, and beauty.

In hind sight, I should have used my brusho watercolor powder with this challenge, but live and learn, right?  Instead I pulled out two


pretty rose stamps from Docrafts and embossed them onto watercolor paper with white embossing powder.  Then using my Gansai Tambi, because of how vibrant they can be, I very loosely colored in the image.  Then using a circular die from Little B, I die cut out a circle and adhered both the negative and the positive onto a card, raising the positive with some craft foam.  Finally using just a scrape of card stock, I stamped out a sentiment from Stampendous.  I should have added a bit of ribbon or something, but alas, I didn’t.  So many things went not quite right here, and yet I’m pretty drawn to this card anyway.  Next time I’ll get it right.

Sketch2015-001-232x300Rounding the corner this week, we have the sleuths of design at Can You Case It solving a case of a watercolor sketch challenge.  I’m still short a few father’s day cards, so I took advantage of this challenge to knock out a masculine card.


I stamped out a little boy image from Julie Nutting with black Archival ink.  I went ahead and added the sentiment from Hero Arts with white embossing powder.  Then using my Daniel Smith Primatek watercolors (these are hands down my favorite brand and frankly the coolest watercolors ever) I painted in roughly the boy, and very loosely the back ground to sort of stick with the sketch of the challenge.  I trimmed the card down and added a bit of colored printed paper behind the watercolor paper, and left it at that.  These watercolors have just a bit of shimmer to it, making the card twinkle just slightly with the natural minerals in the paint.

SSC128FFinally today we have another (more traditional) sketch challenge from the designers over at Sunday Stamps.  I might have fallen a bit off the rails with this one, but I like the card regardless of anyone else’s opinion.

I trimmed up some card stock and kraft so I could nail the


image in the sketch.  I wanted to do something a little different with this card, so I pulled out a stencil and with a couple of shades of Distress Ink in purple, I blended in the butterfly.  Using another stencil I added another purple background blend of ink.  I distressed the kraft paper with the same shades of purple ink and with a bit of Archival ink in black, I stamped the other butterfly from Prima Marketing.  Lastly, I added some adhesive drops in pale pink to the card and left it at just that.  I know it is a little non-traditional, but it is also a lot like me.

That’s it for today.  Hope your summers are treating you as well as mine is.  Now I am off to go color, and finish up my homework.  Till next time, make something pretty, even if you are the only one who things so.


  1. You are a challenge beast! I love all of the cards, but your Father’s Day card really inspired me. I need to get my butt in gear!


  2. Love your masculine card! It was water colored beautifully! Love, love, love it! Thanks for playing with us at CYCI! Dawn


  3. You are so talented! I just adore your little girl chillin’ and grillin’! Your coloring is fabulous! The polka dots for the stars is so fun! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players this week! XX


  4. Wow, you were really busy…all your cards are awesome! My DGD like the Paper Players one…she said her dog would NEVER hold a marshmallow on a stick, though! LOL! So happy you played with my colors at the Paper Players this week!


  5. Wow you’ve been busy! Wonderful post and a peek into your world! I love your projects – all colored so beautifully and many different techniques! You are very talented!


  6. What a fantastic array of cards – you have been busy! I love them all, including your adorable patriotic BBQ chick! Thanks for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!


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