Splitcoaststampers Dare To Get Dirty 2016

Good Saturday morning. Today is the beginning of the Splitcoaststampers Dare To Get Dirty week long challenge event. This event is a special thank you to all of the fan club members who support the site all year long. This special week of challenges will give you tons of opportunity to be inspired and to show off your wonderful and creative projects right along with the current Dirty Dozen team as well as the Alumni team members.  Are you a member of the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club? If not go here to check out all the benefits and how to become a member. If you are a member hop right on over the special challenge forum here.

My project today was made for Lori Craig aka stamp_momma’s challenge.  I can’t tell you what the challenge theme is.  You can find that out by becoming a fan club member.  The frame was made using the My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames and the scene was made using the Art Impressions Watercolor Tree Set, Impression Obsession Small Bird Set and WPlus9 Coming Up Roses.  I have always loved making outdoor scenes, especially scenes with trees. I guess growing up in West Virginia where our home was surrounded by beautiful fields and a forest of trees developed my love for the outdoors.

KC Art Impressions WC Tree Set right

I started the scene by sponging in the water using Tumbled Glass ink using an ink blending tool.  I applied the base coat for the grass using a Shabby Shutters ink and mini applicator.

KC Art Impressions WC Tree Set center

I applied Vintage Photo ink to the tree stamp and lightly dabbed a baby wipe across the branches to remove some of the ink so that when I stamped the image  the branches would be very faint and easy to cover with the leaves. I stamped the three three times and used my waterbrush with a touch of reinker to fill in the trunk and lower limbs.  I filled in the tree tops with Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint inks using the small leaf image from Coming Up Roses. I filled in the ground area using the same stamp and the darker green ink.  I added touches of blue flowers around the ground area using the leaf stamp and Broken China ink. I used a mini applicator to apply light touches of brown around the base of each tree and along the water’s edge.  I heat set the ink on the scene and then lightly sponged in the light blue sky with the ink blending tool.  I added the two little birds for the finishing touch.

KC Art Impressions WC Tree Set left

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great weekend. 

Black and White

Good Sunday morning.  My projects today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge and the inspiration site was the Pinterest site Style! Black and White Living.  I really love making black and white cards but do don’t them very often.  If I do I usually like to add a touch of red somewhere to add a touch of contrast and interest.

KC Impression Obsession Butterfly Block 5 right

My first card was inspired by the Pebbles with Butterflies.  I applied ATG to the back of the three matting frames and attached them together.  I cut the rectangle butterfly block down to size to fit behind the square matted frame and attached it with ATG adhesive. 

KC Impression Obsession Butterfly Block 5 left

I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and a few tiny pieces to the back of the butterfly and flowers and attached to the card base.  I wanted the cutout to stand a way from the white background.

KC Impression Obsession Solid Tree Set 1 right

This tree scene was not inspired by any particular piece on the site.  I just thought it would be interesting to try using these images in all black.  I think it is a lonely looking scene with the empty swing but I really like how it turned out.  I stamped all the images using black versafine and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used the tiny leaf stamp from Coming up Roses to fill in the tree top with leaves and thought it was perfect to use for the ground area also.  I layered the scene with black and attached it to the card base with strips of mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Solid Tree Set 1 left

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great Sunday.

Card sizes:  Butterfly 4.50” square     Tree 5.50” x 4.25”

Clean and Simple Thinking of You

Good Sunday morning.  I used to be a watercolor fanatic and created a scene of some kind for almost every project. Somehow dies seemed to take over my interests and now I do very few stamped watercolor scenes.  Today I was in the mood so I pulled out my Coming Up Roses and Fresh Cut Flowers.  Here’s what I came up with.

KC WPlus9 Coming Up Roses 3 right

I applied the ink to all of the stamps with distress markers because it seems to create a more precise image.  I stamped the tree and branch image and lightly softened with a damp aqua brush. I stamped the main section of the leaves and then used the smaller leaves stamp to extend the leaf covered limbs.  I touched several spots of the leaves with the damp aqua brush to fill and create the watercolor effect but was careful to leaves the thin limbs showing.

KC WPlus9 Coming Up Roses 3 center

I applied a thin strip of green to the ground area and used a damp brush to spread the ink out.  Next I stamped the tiny flower images allowing some of them to be stamped in the grassy area.  I finished by stamping the small leaf image with green ink around the ground area and up into the flowers to fill in and depth.  I used my green marker to lightly touch areas in between the upper flowers and then lightly dabbed with the damp brush to spread the green. I sponged blue ink in the sky area and then stamped the sentiment.  As you can see I couldn’t resist adding tiny die cut butterfly.  LOL! I really like how this turned out.  I think the simplicity of the tree and flowery ground cover is just enough for this clean and simple card.

KC WPlus9 Coming Up Roses 3 left

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you enjoy your Sunday.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Inspired By Light and Blog Candy Winner

Good Saturday morning.  I’ve missed quite a few days this week due to a stressful work week,  I was sure happy to be able to sit at my desk and play with paper this morning. Before I talk about my project today  I want to announce my blog candy winner.  Congratulations to Jennifer Scull for being picked by Random.org.  Jennifer, please send your contact information to me at [email protected] and I will get your gift right out in the mail for you. 


  Jennifer Scull said…

that gorgeous Penny Black paper is the perfect bg for your picket fence scene! 🙂

as for dies, My Favorite Things is releasing a new die set that contains a cute picnic table/bench. I have been wanting one of these for the longest time! plus I love all of their stitched dies.

have a great week! 🙂

Reply April 06, 2015 at 11:39 AM

My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge.  Our inspiration site was a Pinterest page- Shafts of Light.  I almost became overwhelmed with all the gorgeous photographs displaying light.  I finally settled on a scene with a path lined with purple flowers and a forest background.  I watercolored in the yellow background which didn’t turn out exactly as I pictured it in my head but I still like it.  And there in no way are any shafts of light.  LOL!

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 10 left

I used Scattered Straw and Squeezed Lemonade reinkers to watercolor the background and dried with my heat gun.  I sponged in the path and grassy area using Vintage Photo and Crushed Olive ink and mini applicators. I used a couple of the small stamps from the Coming Up Roses set to added dimension with Dusty Concord in for the flowers .  I added small branches along the grass line and filled in with green to create the sense of a foliage filled background. I heat set all the ink and then lightly with yellow to add a more brilliant green to the scene.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 10 center

I cut the tree using a light brown paper and sponged in more brown with the Vintage Photo ink and mini applicator.  I cut several stems and cut the individual leaves off to attach to the tree.  I didn’t fill the tree as I normally would because I wanted the main focus to be on the flower lined path and forest background.  I attached tiny purple flowers in two different shades to the leaves of the tree and to a few stems. I felt the tree trunk needed to have a few sprigs of foliage to soften it so I tucked three stems of flowers around it. I attached the double layered frame over the scene and attached with mounting tape. I added a few small pieces of tape to the back of the tree to hold it free from the background.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 10 close

Here’s a closer look at the scene.  There really isn’t much definition to the scene but more an impression that there is a forest scene.  I hope that makes sense. 

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 10 right 

Here is the inspiration picture.

shafts of light

Thank you for coming by and I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  I sure am!!!

PS…..Mini Applicators are back in stock at Ellen’s.  Woo Hoo!

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Framed Deer Trio Scene

Good Sunday morning.  My project today was created for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge. The inspiration site was an Etsy store called Color Watercolor. There were lots of different animal paintings but I was especially inspired by all the deerI don’t know how many times I have created similar scenes with the Deer Trio die set but I just love them.  I think they are so graceful and elegant and yet so perfect for a masculine card. 

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 8 right

I used two images from the WPlu9 Coming Up Roses set to create the forest background and ground area.  I took a photo of the small branch and small dotted leaf pattern stamps to show you.  They are each only an inch long but are perfect to create a lush background. I started by sponging in a green ground area for the main background scene as well as a piece of scrap paper to cut for the front ground piece.  I stamped the branch several times across the background and then filled in with the leaf stamp to create the appearance of a forest. I cut across the scrap paper with my deckle scissors to create the front ground piece.  I finished the background by sponging in a blue sky using a hand cut cloud template and ink blending tool.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 8 close

I cut the deer and applied and blended the ink using a mini applicator.  Have you tried these yet?  I love them.  I added a few white dots to the baby deer with a white marker.  I cut a Bare Branch and Grass Border to use to add some growth around the feet of the deer.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 8 center

I cut the double matted frame from Ellen’s Tan Woodgrain Embossed cardstock and sponged it with brown ink to add more depth.  This is wonderful cardstock to add the feel of wood to your project.  I also have the White Woodgrain Embossed cardstock. It’s really pretty as well.  I attached the two frames together with thin strips of mounting tape.  I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the smaller frame, attached the grass section and then attached it over the scene with another layer of mounting tape.  I attached the momma deer in the scene with one layer of mounting tape and attached the daddy and baby with a double layer of tape.  I finished by tucking the bare branch pieces and grass around the feet of the deer with glossy accents

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 8 left

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your Sunday.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”