Tuesday, November 14, 2017

You've Got Mail!

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Family gatherings, wonderful concerts, fun decorations, yummy treats and all those fabulous cards with pictures and bits of news from the year. I just love it!

You've Got Mail was the perfect set from Pickled Potpourri Designs to capture the fun of the holiday card ritual. I printed it to fill the full card front, as a great benefit of digis is printing them at the size of your choosing. It's colored with copics and the flowers are in the red/green traditional colors for the holiday season. A mat of red makes the image pop and a 1/2" corner rounder adds some additional visual interest to the card.


And, the inside is simple and sweet with the same red mat which helps the sentiment pop. The rounded corners look awesome on the inside as well. Who wouldn't love getting a note in the mail like this!

I know it's easy with Facebook and e-cards to bypass the traditional mailed cards but there's nothing like getting a card in the mail. It's simply the best!  And, hand-made cards are even better!! 

Hope you add You've Got Mail to your collection. It looks great in spring colors and as you have seen here, dressed up for the holidays. 

Have a wonderfully creative day!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Boo to You!

Halloween has a special place in my heart. My favorite costume was wearing a long dress and a plastic little bo peep face. We didn't have fancy costumes back in the day but I thought it was the coolest thing ever to have that mask that stayed on my head with a little elastic string. So awesome! :)

The other special memories deal with my home town. I'm from a really small town so we knew exactly what we would get at each house. One lady always made the best pink popcorn balls. One gentleman always gave full-sized candy bars. The custodian would hide out at the school and would always manage to scare us before we could scare him and then would give us fresh popped popcorn. So many great memories!

And, with that in mind, I wanted to share this card. I kept the coloring a bit rustic to give it a whimsical look for a fun card that invokes all those great memories of trick or treating back in the day. Make one yourself and send it to your favorite pal from your childhood to remind them of all the fun you had walking to neighbors houses to get all kinds of great treats.

Trick or Treaters  and More Trick or Treaters are two fantastic digi sets from Pickled Potpourri Designs that you need in your collection! These adorable Halloween images are great for cards and treat pockets and tags on candy bags and more. I decided to make a card and layer in the different images.

Here's the inside. Plenty of room to write your note. :)

Witchie Witchie is a sweet little witch that's another super cute image from the Halloween collection of images that you need to treat yourself with this month!

And, she's got an adorable matching kitty for the stuffed kitty that she carries around so I thought they all needed matching hats. This just makes me smile and hope it does you too!

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Prismacolor Pencils and Kraft Cardstock

Happy September! This year is flying by! I recently planted iris bulbs as a friend generously gave me some beautiful iris to add to my garden. I can't wait to see what they all look like this spring. In honor of the fall planting season, I have a wonderful iris card to share with you. 

This is the beautiful Iris Fantasy image. It's colored up with prismacolor pencils on kraft cardstock. Yep. I felt the need to continue the kraft cardstock theme from last month. I just love how the iris pops on the kraft, don't you? And, I wanted the iris to be the star so kept the design clean and simple (CAS) so the iris would shine.

What do you think? Would you have added some texture to the background? I debated running a layer through an embossing folder. Maybe next time. This would make a beautiful notecard set as you could color the iris in a variety of colors. It's a gorgeous image!

Fall also makes me think towards the holidays. This wonderful little snowman from the Snowman Tent Card set makes me smile! And, look how awesome white prismacolor pencil looks on kraft cardstock!! I decided to cut the tent card apart and make an A1 sized card using both elements.

Isn't the inside cute with the sweater and mittens?!! Same color scheme as the card front to tie everything together. Wouldn't this be great to add to a cocoa gift package!

Pop by Pickled Potpourri Designs to pick up these fabulous images along with many, many more!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hello Friend!

Skunks, flowers, and a dragonfly.  This one digital stamp has it all! I found this super cute stamp set in the Pickled Potpourri Online Store, along with a wonderful sentiment, found in another great set.

The digital stamp set is Shy Skunks, colored with Copic markers. 

Here's the image, when I got it colored:

I used some metallic gel pens on the dragonfly and decided not to color the skunk.  I though she was perfect just the way she was!

Here's the Shy Skunks made into a card, with the addition of one of the sentiments from the Forever Friends digital stamp set...

Pickled Potpourri Products used on this card:

 Shy Skunks Digital Stamp

 Forever Friends Digital Stamps

I hope you check this blog often for great inspiration from the Pickled Potpourri design team!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Deep breath

Do you have a friend who is struggling with a traumatic life event or kids activities wearing her out or just daily life keeping her down? If so, this card is for you. I think we all have times when the stresses are just too much and we just need to take a deep breath and let things go. And, sometimes we need a reminder to breathe. That's what drew me to this awesome digi on Pickled Potpourri Designs, Deep Breath.

I printed the images on kraft cardstock (don't limit yourself to just cream or white to print your digis!) and used prismacolor pencils to color - no gamsol blending - just good old fashioned color pencil coloring.

Here she is all dolled up in a lavendar dress with some clear shimmer drops on the image and more heavily on her crown.

Here's the aqua look with silver shimmer drops and some little tiny starfetti as well. The background is just distress oxide ink over a stencil. Love it!

This image would also be wonderful for a mixed media canvas or framed piece. Don't you agree?

Definitely consider adding, Deep Breath, to your digi collection. You'll be glad you did!

Happy Stamping!