Water's Edge - On the Dock

Hello Friends!

Well, it seems to me that it's high time to post on the ol' blog, right?   The first flurry of what felt like allergies turned into the worst cold I can remember - wiped me out for a week.  Then the real allergies kicked in and family events kept me hopping.  And a really terrific reason why I haven't posted in awhile is that I have been working on NEW STAMPS!  I'm SO excited about what's coming up later this summer - I'd say it's my favorite collection yet, but then I think I say that every time.

For now, I want to share a few of my favorite cards from my last batch, of scenic silhouettes.

Something about this color combination just makes me happy - 
very cool, watery, clean and sharp,
and the touch of green and gold with a pop of red 
add just enough warmth.  

I colored the scene with alcohol markers and added a smidge
of glitter pen which goes nicely with those glittery dots.

With all of the asymmetric layers, I wanted to stabilize it with
some horizontal lines.  I took black striped washi tape 
but layered it on white cardstock so it would stand out.
And nothing says nautical like stripes :) .

And more stripes in very "signal flag" colors :) .
Besides the navy, red and yellow washi tape, 
trimming the sentiment mat at the edge gives it a stripey look, too.

 Here's a more feminine take on the scene with
a fabric/button embellishment, a soft marbled mat, 
and some very elegant washi tape in silver. 

To brighten it up a bit with that darker purple base,
I let the sentiment panel do double duty as a wide
layer behind the image panel.

Lighter colors for the image coordinate with 
all of the more gentle, relaxing and feminine touches.

I hope you enjoyed today's water scene cards!  I will do my best to be back again soon - thanks so much for visiting :) . 

Blooming Easter

ETA:  Spring Detour :(   .  At the end of this post, I mentioned that I had some momentum going for posting.  Well. . . allergy season has begun full force, and it's pretty debilitating for me right now.  If you have the same affliction, my heart goes out to you!  I will be back as soon as I find something. . . anything! . . . that gives me some relief.  Stay well, friends. 

Hello!  Today's post is filled with flowers . . . because they sure aren't popping up all over from deeply frozen Michigan soil any time soon!
I actually had planned on doing a simple card with the flowers
all shaded in white colored pencil!  
I guess I really wanted to see some color on this one. 
The background is kraft cardstock and I white embossed a selection
of flowers from my Inky Antics stamp line.
I colored them with alcohol markers.  
This card is 3-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches - something I'm more likely to do
now that I have the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board
to make my envelope making easier!
You can see a more clearly here that I colored the ground
behind the flowers with Prismacolor Pale Sage colored pencil.

Today's stamp sets from Inky Antics:


Thanks for stopping by!  It looks like I've built up some momentum, so I'll do my best to keep up with the blogging.  I'm going to experiment with a new-to-me technique this weekend, and I want to do a detailed Perfect Layers Tool post for you, too. 

Hope you have a terrific weekend, and don't forget to click on the PPC blog hop link in the sidebar to visit all of the other brand ambassadors' blogs and leave comments to be entered to win prizes!

Twilight Sailing


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Today's card features one of my new Scherenschnitte/silhouette-style stamps at Inky Antics.  This sailboat and lighthouse scene is so relaxing . . . I love being by the water.  

This is another card where I used the Perfect Paper Crafting
Color Spritzer and then embossed in black over the top.
I wasn't too precise with it - just looked at the stamp image
and approximated where I wanted certain colors to end up. . .
generally.  ;) 

I think the nautical blue, gold and red are a very seaworthy combination
for this type of card - plus stripes!  Lots of stripes.

I added some faux stitching which makes me think of canvas.
Then I also added some white gel pen dots of varying sizes, 
some with little "points," for stars . . . and a few tiny rhinestones.

Tip:  When putting your image over a pattern or background like
this color spritzed version, you can make focal areas pop
by coloring them in as I did with a white gel pen
on the sailboat, lighthouse, rocks and clouds.  

I used Perfect Paper Crafting's Perfect Layer Tool
in the new mini size
to create the layers - so easy to vary them without measuring,
and they line up perfectly every single time, of course!

See you right back here soon!  Thanks for visiting :) .

PPC Brand Ambassador Blog Hop!

 Welcome to the Perfect Paper Crafting Brand Ambassador blog hop, 
beginning today, Monday, March 31 at 9:00 a.m. PST 
through Friday, April 4 at Midnight PST.
We are very lucky to have SugarPea Designs as one of our sponsors for this event. 
SugarPea Designs is giving away a $25 gift certificate 
to their new online store to one lucky winner.
Also to celebrate our very first Perfect Paper Crafting Brand Ambassador blog hop,  
Perfect Paper Crafting will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to the online store. 
All you have to do to enter is visit all of the participating blogs 
and leave a comment on every single one.  
The winner will be announced Sunday, April 6. I hope you enjoy!

And now for my contribution to today's blog hop!  

If you've visited here before, you'll know that I am a huge fan of the Perfect Layers tool.  I was so happy when I saw that PPC developed a mini version - I am all about saving place on my workspace especially when the ink and paper are flying ;) .  

The stamps I chose for today's card are 
two of my favorites from my line at Inky Antics
(you can view them at the end of this post). 

I used Distress Ink markers on the 
wood-mounted wildflower stamp, 
spritzed water, and stamped on Bristol vellum.
All of those lovely layers used Hero Arts layering 
weight paper and Bristol vellum with the
coloring transferred from water-spritzed Distress Ink.

My card base is also Bristol vellum and it's
edged with a gold leafing pen.

The sentiment is stamped with Memento Luxe,
and of course, all layers were created with the
Perfect Paper Crafting layering tools :) .

A little tip for you:
When you have a lot of layers, it may be tricky
to butt your layering tool up against the
very bottom layer.  So just add up the layers, 
and use a larger one, butting it up against a layer
higher up on the stack :) .
I'll take some photos for another post this week.

For the little triangles to the right, I used a 3/4" 
square punch for my Bristol layer and then used
the tools for the lilac one -- I only have one square
punch but with these tools, that's all I needed!

Hope you enjoyed today's post and I welcome you back for
ideas with Inky Antics, Perfect Layer Tools, and more!

Now it's on to the rest of the Brand Ambassadors' blogs - I think I'll grab a cuppa and join you!  Have a great day and thanks for visiting.  Just follow along with the links below:

If you'd like a discount at Perfect Paper Crafting, just use my code NancyB5%.

Hope you have a terrific week and I look forward to your future visits :) .

Today's Stamp Sets from Inky Antics:

Silhouette Styles

Hello again!  I was just reading in my last post that I said I'd be back "soon."  Oops ;) .  Sometimes life just throws us a curve and the unexpected messes with our optimistic scheduling . . . what can I say?!

But I'm back this evening with a couple of my favorite cards from my last release for Inky Antics.  We're going with a blue theme this time, for no particular reason.

First up, a card that took me a bit by surprise:

I absolutely LOVE how this came out.

To start with, the technique of emboss resist is always a 
winner in my book.  I used shimmery cardstock and watercolor.

Then I completely went to town with the gold leafing pen! 
When I had chosen the blues and the patterned paper, 
I knew I wanted a nice dark contrasting color to set it all off, 
so went with a chocolatey brown.

It has a bit of an Asian flair which I didn't see coming until
all of the elements were in place.
The rhinestones add just enough sparkle to keep it looking delicate,
and there are four brassy nailheads, one in each corner.

And here's another blue-hued creation with a seaside vibe:

The papers I chose have a distinct water's edge cottage feel to me.
I kept the image simple, blue on blue, and this
card is all about the layers.  

Once again, gold leafing pen, which really brightens this one up
along with the white matting. 

And one more . . . 

I colored the silhouette image with alcohol markers, 
adding Wink of Stella glitter pen.
There was quite a bit of blue in the image, mat and base,
so I warmed it up a bit with the patterned paper . . . 
and a little more gold leafing and washi tape.  

The image and sentiment are a deep green, 
so the green rhinestones were a perfect complement.

Think of edging with a leafing pen in gold, silver or copper, 
or even using the chisel tip of your marker when you 
need to add a color, shine, or the look of another layer!

I'm trying to get back to incorporating cardmaking into my regular routine, so I hope to post here more often.  Sometimes I manage to get cards into my Splitcoaststampers gallery a little more quickly, so feel free to stop by there, too:  SCS Gallery - Phantom

In the coming weeks, I'll be adding some other projects to this blog, so stay tuned!  

Thanks for visiting :) .