Blue Azaleas

I know that azaleas are usually found in shade of pinks, whites and purples…but did you know that there are also blue azaleas?  I’ve never seen them IRL but I imagine they would be just as beautiful as the pink ones.

So…here is my take on blue azaleas.  A clean and simple card – the image is from Power Poppy and the sentiment from Papertrey.

Copics used to color the image:  B0000, B41, B45…YG61, YG63

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coloring with white

Hello crafty friends!  I’m back with a quick and easy technique.  For stampers sometimes it gets a little boring to stamp on white cardstock then color in the image with whatever medium you happen to be using.  What about if you want to stamp on some colored cardstock?  For some products (like copic markers) the color shows through. Other markers just don’t blend well or look right.  In my simple card below I stamped the image on green cardstock and colored the flowers with prisma pencils starting with a white pencil.

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Here are the simple steps to achieve this look:

I used prisma pencils in white, blush pink, pink and process red.  First coloring in the stamped image with white.

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Next, I used blush pink and added in some color over the white:

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Added more color with pink:

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Added some depth with process red:

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Finally, I used all three shades to blend, add color and to “fine tune” the overall look.

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To finish the card I stamped a sentiment (from Tim Holtz) and a “spattering” of white on upper left of the main panel.  The “spattering” stamp is also from Tim Holtz.

Thanks for stopping by!!

watercolored poppies

I seem to be seeing poppy images everywhere.  Is it just that time year or are poppies the latest design element?  When we lived in California I remember so vividly the bright orange poppies set against fields of green.  We would often take drives up the coast on the weekend to see them, stopping along the way for a coastal lunch.  Great memories of those times!

So – here is my poppy card.  The image and sentiment are from Technique Tuesday. I colored them with watercolors – using a mix of yellow, orange and red paints and two shades of green for the leaves.  The background “spatter” was created by taking a toothbrush to the watercolor palette and flicking the colors onto the panel.

The pearls started out white but I used a copic marker to color them green to match the color scheme.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

pink and green

It seems everything here is in shades of pink and green.  The azaleas are at their peak here - from the palest pink to the deepest magenta they provide a burst of color for a couple of weeks.  Since we have had some warm temperatures and rain everyone’s grass in green and each Saturday you can hear all the lawn movers going full speed.

Here is my pink and green springtime card.  The image is from Technique Tuesday’s Greenhouse Society series.  I colored it with prisma pencils but did not keep track of which colors.  The background is just a light blue watercolor wash.  I added some lace and designer paper from Memory Box to complete the card.

Hope you are enjoying spring wherever you are!

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life is short – so lick the bowl

I don’t know how I ever survived childhood.   My life was a mixture of dangerous and wild activities…

I rode a bicycle (an old rusty second hand thing) in the street.  Without a helmet!!!  I walked to school in all types of weather and wandered through a secluded wooded area to get there.  Lunch was on white wonder bread and kept in a paper bag (no fancy insulated container) for hours until lunchtime.   We had one phone and one car in our family.  One TV with 4 channels – and you had to get up to change the channel.

Ate cupcakes, cookies and brownies that mom made.  And I licked the bowl.    Never got sick.   I am now finding out that you should never lick the bowl because it contains raw eggs…..Can’t believe I was such a risk taker.   But since I’ve managed to survive this far without any food poisoning issues I say go for it!!  Life is too short – lick the bowl.

Here is my dessert inspired card – the image from Our Daily Bread designs and the sentiment from Papertrey.

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It was colored with prisma pencils:

plate:  cool grey 20% – 30% – 50%

cupcake and chocolate:  gingerroot – light umber – espresso

candy topping and cupcake paper:  pink rose – pink – magenta

cherry: blush pink – crimson red – tuscan red

whipped topping:   light peach – cool grey 20%

I drew in the ground and shadows with grey pencils.