Birthday, Blooming Bunch, Cling Garden Mum, Distress Oxides, Eucalyptus Wreath, Florals, Friendship, Lesia Zgharda Stamps, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Stampendous, Studio Katia

New Lesia Zgharda Stamps!

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 I’ve long admired the stamps and coloring by Lesia Zgharda, marveled at the precise and delicate detail of each image and have been enamored by their whimsical charm!  I don’t know why it took me so long to place an order but I finally did and just received my package from the Ukraine today!  (Am I the only one who gets a thrill knowing my mail has come from so very far away?!)  I pulled out my Prismacolor pencils and chose three shades of green plus the white to get started, copying Lesia’s style!  
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I just love this sweet image which is actually two stamps!  Lesia’s cards are typically made with kraft card stock and coloring on the slightly rough surface gives the pencils some “tooth”!  I finished by mounting the kraft panel to a white base card which nicely accents the white highlights!  I stamped another Lesia sentiment in the center to complete my card which is appropriate for any person or occasion!  
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After making two green wreaths I thought a purple one would be pretty and so it is!  I used my blender pencil to smooth out and blend the colors more on this card.  The sentiment is from a Stampendous set called Cling Garden Mum and is just a wee too big for the space but I still love it!  
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This up close shot shows the smoothly blended pencil achieved by using the blender pencil.  
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I’m not loving this third card but really enjoyed the creative process!  The stencil is part of the Stampendous set I mentioned above and I placed it over the panel then lightly brushed white distress oxide ink over it all.  After heat-setting the design with clear embossing powder it left behind a glossy, opaque impression which I feel overwhelms the delicate leaves.  I liked the gray tones of it though, so mounted the panel onto a gray textured base card.  A different look, for sure!  
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My final and favorite card using the beautiful Eucalyptus Wreath was also colored in three shades of purple.  I added Crystal Effects as an added detail which I think is lovely against the organic card stock!  This time, however, I stenciled the background first, again using white distress oxide ink.  I just love how delicate it is and what a lovely backdrop it is for the bolder wreath design!   
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Just look at that shine!  The sentiment on this card is from Studio Katia‘s Blooming Bunch stamp set.  I’m so happy with how each one of these cards turned out!  I hope you’ll go to Lesia Zgharda’s website and see all the wonderful images, cards and tutorials she shares there!  Perhaps you’ll be inspired as I was!  
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I leave you with this final photograph of my favorite card.  Thank you for visiting!  
Blooming Bunch, Florals, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Simple Strips Background, Studio Katia, Taylored Expressions, Thinking of You

Paper Hug

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I’ve been under the weather for about a week so haven’t done much in my stamp studio but was browsing my photo files and came across this card.  I made it a couple of months ago for a special friend who was going through a difficult time and took extra care in my coloring, wanting it to be especially perfect for her.  When it was finished I wrote a note inside and mailed it off.  Sadly, she never received it and there’s no telling where it might be now!  I did post it on social media but am just getting around to writing a blog post about it now!
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The image is one that was gifted to me by a new Instagram friend and fellow card artist and it’s called Blooming Bunch by Studio Katia.  I love to color flowers and these were a joy!  I used Prismacolor pencils and spent quite a bit of time on it, adding layer upon layer of color!
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I wish I’d think to stamp and color on kraft card stock more often; it’s so beautifully muted yet the colors really pop, don’t they?!  I also wish I’d blended out that gray background a bit more but nevertheless, it’s one of my favorite cards!  It makes me sad that it’s lost!
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The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions wonderful Simple Strips background set!  There’s a convenient coordinating die which cuts the full sheet of sentiments into handy little strips but I don’t own that…yet!  I trimmed my sentiment down then added a layer of textured gold cardstock behind it and as a last detail, adhered a scattering of sequins for a little shine.  I hope you like this card as much as I do!  My friend has seen pictures of it and hopefully knows that she is “paper-hugged”!  Thank you, as always, for visiting my blog!  I appreciate you!!
Florals, My Condolences, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Unity Stamps, Water Colored Cards

Unity Stamps My Condolences

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How beautiful is this image??!!  Several stamp companies have recently offered us beautiful rose images and I was torn between this one by Unity Stamps and another by a different company, but this one, My Condolences stole my heart!  It’s the perfect size to mostly fill a card front and the addition of the simple phrase is all that’s needed!  
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I stamped the roses directly onto a folded A2 card base of Stampin Up’s Crumb Cake using Crumb Cake ink.  As you can see, I stamped it out several times to fill in the background.  
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Then I began coloring with my Prismacolor pencils!  I used many shades of reds, pinks, orange, coral, greens, grays and white, plus a little white gel pen for accents.  I’m not very good at the gel pen accents but I like how they add a little “sumthin sumthin”!  
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After adding lovely gray shading in some of the nooks and crannies, I just heat-embossed the sentiment with white powder.  I really, really love this card and was a bit surprised at how beautifully it turned out!  
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I made this crazily colored card while stamping with Jackson (aka Bubby!) one evening! 
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 I showed him heat-embossing and he had fun watching the powder melt on his dino images, and then I showed him how to do paint spatters!!  He’s five but he’s been stamping with Nina since he was a wee tyke!  Just look at that concentration!  Spatters are the BEST!! 
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A happy stamper, right here!!  
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While Bubby was spattering, I actually cut my multi-colored roses out of that gorgeous spattery background and mounted them to a background I’d made a few weeks ago but never used.  It makes for a very colorful card, indeed!  The sentiments are from Pink Fresh Studio’s Let’s Flamingle set!  
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This is the very first card I made with My Condolences; I heat-embossed it in white onto a panel of Canson watercolor card stock then colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush to move and blend the ink.  When it was (almost) dry, I added spatters which got a little blurry.  OH well!  
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I trimmed the panel down and attached it to a base card of Stampin Up’s Crumb Cake card stock then stamped an envelope for it.  This image is so intricate looking, yet so simple to color and create something really special!  Thank you for your visit!  
Florals, Papertrey Ink, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Stylish Sentiments, Unity Stamps, You Are Forever Beautiful

Celebrate Your Day!

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I feel like I haven’t made or posted any floral cards recently, so today I’m sharing a beauty with yellow roses!  This image is You’re Forever Beautiful by Unity Stamps and I tried my hand at no-line coloring!  I stamped the roses onto a panel of soft gray card stock with a light gray ink, then took out my Prismacolor pencils and got busy!  There are layers and layers of color and it was so relaxing to just sit and do this!  
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 I just love the combination of gray and yellow and aren’t those little purple-y sprigs the perfect accent?!  I used a lot of gray for shading on the blossoms themselves and all around the image.  Before I rounded the corners and mounted it to my card base, I spattered some black and white paint for a little added interest!  
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The green base sets off the green leaves, and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.  I really love this and hope you do too!  Thanks for visiting!  
Beautiful Flowers, Distress Oxides, Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Simon Says Stamp

Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers

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I’m in love!!  This wonderful spray of blossoms is from a set called Beautiful Flowers by Simon Says Stamp and was included in their June card kit called Fly Me Away!  I’ve been seeing some stunning cards made with this, and well, you know!  I HAD to have it!!  😀  The first thing I did for this card was to stamp the image onto Bristol Smooth watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  BTW, this stamp is HUGE and my largest clear acrylic block was way too small, so I used one of the plates from my Cuttlebug instead!  That worked GREAT!  Anyway, I decided to use my Prismacolor pencils on this and spent a happy half hour filling in the blossoms and leaves.  As a final touch, to “smooth” out the color, I covered the flowers with a layer of light pink Zig marker, then fussy-cut them out, leaving one corner intact.  I love the contrast of the block-y styled words with the organic roses!  
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Also included in the kit was this luscious Smoke Gray (heavy!) cardstock  upon which I stamped the spray of flowers using Iced Spruce distress oxide ink.  After drying the ink with my heat tool, I mounted the cut-out flowers using strips of foam tape.  The final touch was to add a few pretty sequins for a little sparkle!  
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I think I’ll use a white gel pen and add some dots to the centers of these blossoms for contrast and interest!  Otherwise, I think this card is just perfect!  
Altenew, Beautiful Day, Florals, Occasions, Petal Burst Embossing Folder, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Sympathy, Winter Flowers

Prismacolor Pencils on Black

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Last summer I was inspired by a card from Yana Smakula, made by using Prismacolor pencils on black card stock!  I never would have thought of this technique and couldn’t wait to make one myself!  To begin, I heat-embossed in gold the leaves from Altenew’s Beautiful Day stamp set onto black card stock, and began to color them in.  It was a little challenging to work around the raised lines of the embossed images, but loved how the color popped on the black!  When I finished coloring in the leaves, I simply cut the black panel down to layer over a piece of metallic gold card stock, then mounted it onto a white card base which I’d run through the Cuttlebug with Stampin Up’s Petal Burst embossing folder.  Finally, I embossed the sentiment in gold onto a scrap of black, lifted it with a piece of foam tape, then attached a few gold sequins to the card front.
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After making the card above, I wanted to try it again with another set, so I pulled out Winter Flowers by Simon Says Stamp, heat-embossed the images in gold onto the black card stock, and again, colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I just love how creamy and translucent the color is on the black!  The Greetings stamp was heat-embossed in gold as well, and mounted onto a strip of the gold paper.  I put this card together in the same manner as the first, but without embossing the base card.  Thanks to Yana for her continual inspiration!