watercolored tulips

Hello friends!  I’ve been working with my watercolors lately and trying different brushes to create simple shapes.   I like the clean and simple look and am learning to just let the brushes and paints do their thing!

Here is my simple watercolored tulip card.


I used Arches watercolor paper along with Sakura Koi watercolor paints.  A round brush was used to make the petals while a dagger brush used to make the leaves.  The sentiment is from Papertrey and was stamped with memento ink.

I also did this same card using shades of purple, but it did not come out as nice as the one above, but I will show it to you anyway!!  Here is the purple version.


Azaleas in Vase

Yes – another azalea card!  This time in a more traditional shade of pink.


The image, from Power Poppy, was colored with prisma pencils and came out looking more like watercolors.  I did watercolor the background with shades of blue, pink and green and added the grounding with a mix of watercolors and pencils.   To finish I “spattered” some pink ink on the main panel and the card base.

The lower right hand corner has a letter pressed sentiment – here is a closer look:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThanks for stopping by today!!  Hope all is going well with you!

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


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.


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.


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


Added more color with pink:


Added some depth with process red:


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


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.


Thanks so much for stopping by today!