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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Father's Day for the Pals Paper Arts.....

Hello everyone: Well, when I saw this sketch this morning on the Pals Paper Arts blog, I had to sit back and kind of study it a bit to be able to think what I was going to do to with it.  Then I thought that, Father's Day is just around the corner and I was going to make some cards anyway so why not use this fabulous, never seen before, challenging sketch Ms. Nicole Watt provided for us today.
This is my card.
It's always challenging for me to create masculine cards, I tend to buy flower stamps and cute critter stamps, romantic stamps but I have to confess I have very few sets with beautiful images like this one on the SU Wet Lands that fortunately and happily is being carried over in the new catalog, this is truly a must have set for masculine cards .  Another of the difficult parts of making this type of cards is that they can't really be embellished to much, (that's just me) maybe a unassuming ribbon and bow, or a bit, just a bit of bling?? I just chose to add neither, instead I stamped the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes and placed a couple of Candy Dots on the edges.  I embossed the Pistachio Pudding panel behind the image with the lovely (and on the retire list) Argyle Embossing Folder, just to give it texture, I love the way it looks.
Here is the sketch that inspire my card. I want to thank you for visiting today, I appreciate your comments immensely. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  Have a fabulous day.
Maria.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sleeping Beauty.....

Hello again, everyone: I have a question for you.....Do you believe in Fairies?  This magical, whimsical, ethereal, lovely and, at times, mischievous little creatures, really mesmerize me. Whether you are a believer or not, the images of them, real or created, are a delight to see and enjoy.
I was given a box of un mounted rubber stamps my aunt bought at a thrift store a couple of years ago, they were all dirty and stained but, with a lot of love and a good soapy soaking, I was able to wash away the ink and dust from them to reveal the most amazing images of Faeries I've ever seen. For a long time I didn't know who made them, what company sold them, etc. until I came across one of this images on Pinterest.  I found out that they are from a company called Sweet Pea Stamps and the artist who designs this magnificent images is Rachel Anderson , if you click on her name you will be in her gallery, just enjoy it.
Here is a card I created for the May Water Color Challenge over at LiveLoveCards
This is just a lovely scene, funny to, I think. This little Fairy is sound asleep and a drop of dew is about to fall on her, perhaps her little furry friend is trying to wake her so she wont be startled. Here is a close up of it.
I stamped the image on Canson Water Color paper and colored with SU markers and Prismacolor Pencils and baby oil. When I finished I felt that her beautiful, little wings needed a bit of dimension so, I inked up only the wings with gray Stazon onto Calque paper, colored them with Prisma pencils and snipped them out, leaving a little piece on the bottom to insert them through the small slit I made on the base of the stamped wings.
I hope you can see them from the pictures, this paper is very thin but it worked great for what I wanted to do with her wings. I tried it on Vellum but it was very stiff, her wings needed to be very transparent.
I applied a bit of Wink of Stella to them and to her pretty face, arms and hair. The twigs you see in both, the foreground and background are done with a stamp that has corals, I just inked up the ones I needed.
I hope you like this card, it was a joy for me to color.
Thank you so much for visiting, I want you to know that I truly appreciate your comments and, as always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
Till next time, keep on stamping.
Maria.