Monday, April 2, 2012

Swimming By with Some Cool Looks From STAEDTLER!

So... I am on the STAEDTLER design team... and LORDY... they have been good to me! They sent me a package a while ago and it contained these STAEDTLER Watercolor Markers from Marsgraphic Jr.So being a card maker... I got out the stamps and here is what happened and how...
I stamped this little Mermaid onto some watercolor paper with STAZON ink. I knew I had to use that ink because this was gonna be getting wet!
I colored near the edge of the image and used a brush to move the color around and "paint" with it. Then I cut her out and adhered her to the front of this card. I created the opening with a nestie.

I made the underwater scene for out mermaid friend by using a piece of cryogen white paper and coloring with the markers and making seaweed looking squiggles. Then, I used a water brush to move the color again and this is the result...

Here you can kind of see the sparkles in the water that come from the paper I used...
So that is my project... don't be limited by just using alcohol ink markers or being afraid to try other types or paper...or adding water! It is just paper,after all and some "mistakes" can be the best thing ever! Thanks for popping in!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

One Stamp,The Same Technique... Three Different Looks

Hey Y'all! I am here again to show a group of cards using the fabby STAEDTLER watercolor crayons the same way that I used them in the post below. The looks range from simple and quick to medium and a little more glitzy to full on glitz and more technique and layering... so here they are...

this is the simple card... quick...not alot of layering...but still pretty...

More layers... alittle more intricate...

lots more layers... more glitter and dry embossing and sponging.
After I stamped the image that I made with the watercolor crayons, I inked the black outline stamp in black STAZON ink because i was using watercolor paper... and it was wet and I did not want it to run.
Those are my creations... Thanks for popping in!

Thursday, March 29, 2012


Well... it has been a while for sure... but I am back! Life has been crazy and I have had alot of changes... but I am back again...Tanned, Rested and READY!!! Here is a card that I made using STAEDTLER KARAT Watercolor crayons.
 Here is the card...
And here is how I made it!
 I took the watercolor crayon and I colored directly onto the stamp. I did mist the stamp first with a little bit of water with a spray bottle that I got at target for like $1. I colored red first and then added orange and some yellow highlights. Oh and I colored the stem green. Then I stamped it onto watercolor paper that I spritzed lightly with water as well. Dont get to crazy with the water... you want the image to blurr... but you still want to be able to tell what it is. Then I just stamped the rest of the images without recoloring to get the lighter look. I did the same thing with red only and then I added some stickles and here is my card. For real... it took like 10 minutes... and I think that this would be a lovely set of cards to make for a gift for someone...
Thanks for popping in... and watch this spot for some giveaways coming soon. and THANK YOU to my loyal fans...I hit a rough patch... but on to bigger and better!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Time to Think About the NEXT Holiday...

...and it is one of my FAVES!!! I love Valentines Day! I love the colors, I love the candy hearts and I LOVE the Art Impressions Valentots! I stamped this little cutie with black Stazon onto watercolor paper. Then, I used STAEDTLER watercolor crayons to color this little darling in! I scribbled some of the crayon onto scrap paper and then I used a water brush to liquefy the color and painted her in! I added some glitter to the pom pom on her cap and here is my creation!
Where did the darling roses come from you ask... well... I MADE THEM!!! here is how! I used a push mold from STAEDTLER and some FIMO effects clay. I pushed the clay into the mold,removed it and here is my flower! The best part? I can make as many as I any color I want and I can make a whole cookie sheet of them in like 20 minutes! If you done want to by alot of clay... you can always so what i did and that is to add some extra color for dimension by scraping some STAEDTLER karat soft pastel chalks into a little pike and brushing the color onto the clay before baking it! It is a great effect and adds dimension and character super fast! i adhered them to my card with glue dots! easy peasy!Thanks so much for popping in and be sure to keep watching this page for more great creations!!

Auntie Lovelle...Pulling Out All The Stops!

Here is a fun card I created! I have been house shopping and it is a daunting task! I thought she looked like I felt! OVER IT!!! LOL anyway... I colored this image from Art Impressions in using STAEDTLERS KARAT WATER COLOR CRAYONS and let me tell you something... I ADORE THEM! I stamped my image in Black Stazon and then i scribbled a little of each color that I wanted to use on some scrap paper... I used a water brush to liquefy the color and add it to my image!Quick and easy!!! And for the shading? SIMPLE! Just add more pigment to the brush and go over the image where you want it darker! I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for popping in!!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Merry Christmas Lynette!

Welcome to the Merry Christmas Lynette Blog Hop! Today, the Sweet Pea Stamps design team are sharing a selection of creations as a surprise to Lynette, owner of Sweet Pea Stamps.
This image  is from Meredith Dillman and it is called AIRSHIPS. I stamped the image onto watercolor paper with Stazon and colored it with distress reinkers.I embossed thebackground and sponged it... the screws are brads and I like the contrast of the rhinestones and the gears... Hope you like it
Below you will find the list of stops along the way, leave a comment at each stop for an entry into a drawing for a 3 piece grab bag of Sweet Pea Stamps images. The drawing will be held 12/22 and the winner announced on the Sweet Pea Stamps blog. Thanks for stopping by, Merry Christmas and good luck!

Here is the blog hop order...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Out Of the Box Blog Hop! Comment for a Chance to WIN!!!

WELCOME! If you came here from Connie Piotter's Blog... you are in the right spot! If you just happened to find me... please make sure that you begin at the Sweet Pea Blog to enter all your comments for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate!
This is a FUN hop we have for you today! The theme is OUT OF THE BOX...and what I and the design team are showing you today is how to use ordinary stamps to make your Christmas Cards!
I used this stamp from Elizabeth Bell called Standing Pretty. I colored her with Christmas colors using STAEDTLER karat aquarell watercolor pencils. Then I added her to a background that I created using an embossing folder and coloring it in with STAEDTLER triplus fineliners.
I added some felt flowers and a rub on sentiment and here is my creation!
Please make sure that you comment on every blog to entered to win a $20 gift certificate to the Sweet Pea Stamps store!

The next stop on the hop is Ellen Kristiansen' sure to stop by and leave her some love!
Thanks for popping in!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Brand New Elisabeth Bell Release...

3 new images being released by Elisabeth Bell and now taking pre-orders
Party Play 
Party Pose

Party Present

Those that preorder all three during our pre-order will be entered into a drawing for this plate:

The winner will be posted November 25th On the Swee Pea Blog and it will be shipped with the Elisabeth Bell Stamps are shipped!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

FINALLY... I Can Spill The Beans!!!

That about says it all! i was chosen to be a member of the STAEDTLER USA First ever Design Team!!!
They have some of the most amazing products for coloring,crafting, Drawing and creating... and hopefully I will be able to inspire you all with using some different kinds of coloring supplies to get some really dramatic looks!

Here is a card that I made using the STAEDTLER Karat Soft pastels and the STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell Water Color pencils. I colored the image with the Aquarell Pencils and mace the background paper by stenciling a flower pattern onto it. I outlined a Prima flower with the Karat soft pastels and rubbed the pastel chalk off onto the paper and this is the effect I got!

Here is another photo in a different light! I love the dramatic look of this card and I am so in love with Sweet Pea Stamps and i KNEW this would be a wonderful image to highlight the STAEDTLER products! Please make sure that you check back for more inspiration from STAEDTLER!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Meredith Dillman's DIAMOND

Oh Meredith Dillman... you are one talented lady! I love her images... they are SOOO much fun to color and create with! I colored this one a long time ago and finally got around to making it into a card!
I used copic markers and i even colored the flowers to match! I never thought that peach and grey would work... but to me... it really did! The bright flowers really set this off and I hope that you will enjoy this card as much as I seem to!(LOL) I am just so tickled with my work...

ANYWAY... here is a close up 
Thanks for popping in and have a wonderful day! Please also be sure to check out the sale at Sweet Pea Stamps Going on right now...
Go to THIS link and see all of the awesome stamps for Christmas and Thanksgiving at 40% off!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Funky Folds Challenge over at Art Impressions Stamps!

This is the fun folds card that I created for the challenge over at the ART IMPRESSIONS Challenge blog! i used STAEDTLER water color pencils to color everything and some STAEDTLER chalk pastels to age and distress my card! This was a really fun challenge and I love the look of the watercoloring with these fun and easy to use pencils! Thanks for stopping in and be sure to check out the Art Impressions blog to play along with this weeks challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate from Art Impressions!