Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sunflower Mini Gram!



Hello, everyone!  I hope you are finding time to enjoy the summer. We've had a cool, rainy summer, but the flowers are beautiful!  Just like the flowers on this Sunflower Mini Gram.

I printed the Sunflower Mini Gram on yellow paper, then used color pencils to color the designs on it. 

Here, I'm just getting started:


I love sunflowers, so this was very fun for me to color up!


All I need to do is write message on the other side, fold it in 3rds, seal the Sunflower Mini Gram, and it's done!


Pickled Potpourri has so many fun designs in their store, at very reasonable prices.  Please check it out for yourself!  Do you prefer rubber stamps?  Check out Red Rubber Designs instead. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Florals - Perfect for Any Occasion

Happy July all! Seleise here. I'm still on a distress ink kick and guess what? I've added distress oxides to my extensive ink collection. I know... addict. LOL! But hey - they're awesome! And, they work fabulously with digital images to make fantastic projects. Are you ready?


First up - the fabulous Dahlia. As you'll remember, I used them last month with the regular distress inks. The image was a bit bigger and was perfect for a card front. This one is smaller and perfect for a tag or something smaller. So, how is this possible? One of the best things about digis is that you can size them to whichever size best works for the project you're going to make. I sized these down a bit and they were perfect for a tag.


The second project uses Grand Botanical colored with chameleon colored pencils over a distress oxide background on watercolor paper. Doesn't that make a lovely sympathy card? I made this flower a bit smaller as I wanted it to be a corner focal point. The flexibility of digis just can't be beat!


Hope you're inspired to give digis a try and hope you'll mix them with all types of different inks, coloring mediums, papers and more. The possibilities are endless! 

Today's featured digis are: 

See you in August! 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Watercolor Grand Botanical

I seem to be reaching for different watercolor mediums these days. This is Julie with you today, and I have a short tutorial to share, using watercolor pencils and a fairly dry paintbrush. 

I have two cards, both featuring the Grand Botanicals digi stamp

Here's a sneak peek, then the tutorial.

 

Here's how a did this:

Step one.  I started with the lightest color


then, I added a second, similar shade


last, the third color, which I blended slightly with a damp paintbrush


I made the leaves with 3 shades of green and some purple for contrast.


then, I did the same thing again, using shades of violet on the flower.  I fussy cut both flowers and all the leaves.  Then, I started creating cards.

Here's the first one, using the Grand Botanical digi stamp, Rose Sentiments and free Robyn digital papers.


Another card, using the same Grand Botanical digital stamp, Rose Sentiments, and free Robyn digital papers


Two cards, same products, but the look very different.  I love how that happens!  I hope you enjoyed your visit to the blog today and will come back often!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Distressed...


Okay - Confession time. I have just jumped onto the distress ink bandwagon. Is it too late to join the party? Hope not as a craft addict needs many toys. lol. They're perfect for bringing images to life with or without extra coloring.

With the following digi images from Pickled Potpourri Designs, the option to highlight these super images in a totally different way was so fun! You'll find three different types of cards below with this style to show the versatility of the digis with supplies you most likely already have in your stash.


My very first attempt to add color without coloring was with this super cute bear from Birthday Bear! I used Photoshop to put the balloon, bear and sentiment into one image. I love stamping but there are times that a digi is so much easier as you can place the balloon exactly where you want it in the bear's paw. That's always a challenge for me for one reason or another with traditional ink and stamps, even with positioners and stamp presses so this option is super fabulous for me! Love how the inks highlight the image and bring it all to life.


Here is the Dahlia all distressed and pretty. Love this pretty flower as it works so well for so many things from sympathy to birthday to journal covers and more.


And, while in the mode, Southern Window just begged to be part of the fun. Make up 4 or 6 of these, tie them together with a pretty ribbon and you'd have a lovely set of notecards for a hostess gift.

Each of the images has some shimmer on them as well but it's hard to get that to show up in the photo. It's another way to highlight and add some visual interest.

It's been a pleasure to get all distressed with you today. Looking forward to seeing you next month!

Featured Pickled Potpourri Images:


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Botanical Thank You


It's Julie with you again today, and I've been working on thank you cards and using watercolor mediums.  I have a card to share with you today using the fabulous Pickled Potpourri Botanical Minis and artist crayons.  I also used some digital papers from the Pickled Potpourri shop for the designer papers in the background.  

Here's a close up of the image.  This is one of 4 that comes in the Botanical Minis digital set. The sentiment is one of many beautiful ones in the Rose Sentiment Digital Set.


The papers I used were Pickled Potpourri Distressed Black & White.

 Botanical Minis Digital Stamps

 Distressed Black and White Digital Papers
 Rose Sentiments Digital Stamps




I hope this card inspires you to try the fantastic digis  and papers at Pickled Potpourris Designs.  There is truly something for everyone in the store.