Thursday, May 2, 2019

Pastels and Pearls: Tail Feathers

Springy colors and pearl accents highlight the super cute Tail Feathers Digital Stamp from Pickled Potpourri Designs on Etsy.

I had a little "help" with this project as my sweet kitty did NOT want me to do anything but focus on her. I reached over to pet her and she laid on my hand to try to keep me from finishing. Silly girl.

Eventually I got my hand back and was able to get back to crafting. Check out this happy chick all colored up with copics and sure to bring a smile to the recipient!

I like to take photos with the copic markers used in case I want to make more of the same or want to repeat the color palette.

And, who says you have to keep all your chicks in traditional colors?!! I love to play with bright cheery colors for bright cheery cards.

Here are the copics used for this sweet image. 

And, a third card made with this same set, using the same colors as the other single chick card. Using dies to make cut-out windows, you can add some visual interest to the card by having the image overlap the window.

Happy cards for happy people!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


I'm a Kansas farm kid and there's nothing like tractor and wheat to bring memories of home back to me. My dad was a farmer and our farm wasn't big but it took care of us and he took care of it. He was proud of working the land and he worked hard. We had a tractor similar to this (although ours were always red...*grin*). But, I was in a green mood and wanted to play with distress inks as a coloring medium. I used daubers and q-tips as well as several colors or green, grey and amber.

This digi stamp set is called Tractor Digital Stamp Download.

 Tractor Digital Stamp Download

You can find it on the Pickled Potpourri Etsy shop here:

I love it for several reasons. Not only does it have the memory factor but it's also perfect for making masculine cards, cards for farmers, sympathy cards for rural friends and homespun cards.

Here's another version of the tractor, this time colored with copics C2, C5, G12 and G28. This tractor image was printed, colored and popped up on some awesome digital paper that is also available on Etsy. It's called Stained Glass Medley Digital Papers Download! I love how this sheet looks like farmland from an aerial view. This would be a super birthday card, get well card or an awesome notecard set, don't you think?!!

 Stained Glass Medley Digital Papers Download

Here's the link to add this digi paper to your collection:

Featured Digis from Pickled Potpourri on Etsy

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Sew Fun!

Happy New Year!! It's 2019 and with a new year comes some exciting new changes for Pickled Potpourri Designs. We're on Etsy now and there are some awesome new and classic digital stamp sets and papers for you to check out!

I don't know about you but I get stuck on a coloring medium and then can't seem to let it go for a while. I'm currently still obsessed with Prismacolor pencils so it's another month with colored pencil goodness on the cards below.

This first card is from the Pickled Potpourri Designs  digital stamp set - Sew Fun! I was immediately drawn to this sweet little mouse sewing on a pincushion. How darling! The whole set is just as cute as it can be. You could make a fun box card with all the parts or you could decorate up a composition journal for a sewing friend to take notes or so many great options.

 Sew Fun Digital Stamp Download

And, this sweet little mouse image is layered on the oh, so lovely and fabulous Juliette digital papers download. I can't tell you how much I LOVE this paper and to have it available to print on demand... be still my heart!

 Juliette Digital Papers Download

You may have noticed that I didn't post in December. As with all of you it was a busy and fun time with friends and family and parties and appointments and shopping and baking and... :) So, I saved my Christmas image to get a start on cards for 2019. To be honest with you, I didn't get any cards made to send at Christmas so may wait and do Groundhog's day or St. Patty's day or something silly. :)

But, back to the card, this lovely candle collage image just made me happy and it colored beautifully as it's got lovely shading already in the drawing. I just accented it with a bit of color.

This is from the Christmas Candle digi set. I kept the background simple so the image would be the focus. Such a lovely set.

 Christmas Candle Digital Stamp Download

Check out all the images at Pickled Potpourri Designs on Etsy. You can still reach the new Pickled Potpourri shop via the address.

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Happy Stamping and may 2019 be filled with blessings for you!


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Ever Thankful

It's that time of year when we look back and reflect on our blessings. Sometimes it's nice to have a notecard or two on hand to thank some special people who have blessed our lives. The Thanksgiving digi, Be Ever Thankful from Pickled Potpourri Designs, is the perfect image to use on a set of notecards.

The first notecard is in green and the Thanksgiving hostess has red hair. This is colored in prismacolor pencils and I love the vibrancy of the fruits and veggies in the cornucopia, don't you?

The 2nd card is in orange and the hostess is a blonde. Everything else is the same. Isn't it amazing how different the same thing can look when popped on a different color? Fun!

I did have a bit of help while coloring. My dear, sweet, mostly ornery, Smoke Monster has not had enough time with me lately so she kept a paw pressed against my arm while I was working to make sure I wasn't going to leave her again. It was quite sweet and I was happy to have her nearby as she's not typically very cuddly.

So, back to the cards - you might be thinking that it's too late to order a Thanksgiving set but with digis, you order, get the image and start printing. It's that easy!

Check out all the wonderful digis at Pickled Potpourri Designs!

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Have a wonderfully, creative day!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

I love Christmas! I can't get enough of it and as I work on craft fair items, it takes over my being and I forget that we have Halloween and Thanksgiving first. Hee hee! Yep - I'm the one who is super excited when Christmas starts appearing in stores as it gets the creative juices flowing with all the possibilities of working that Christmas-y stuff in my creations. :)

In August I shared a Back to School card made with Seasonal Birdhouses and am back with another image from that cute set! This one is a Christmas birdhouse complete with a snowman, tree and some cute tiny birds. Isn't it adorable!!!

For the background, I masked off some clouds with distress ink for the sky and used some die cuts  to create snowy layers on the ground. A bit of clear glitter was used on the edges to create the sparkle that snow gets when the sun hits it. Glitter dots were added on the snowy layers by dotting with a glue pen and adding the glitter. I went back and forth about whether I liked the dots but decided to keep them.

The super cute birdhouse digi was watercolored with distress inks and that was super fun and fast. I cut a strip of cardstock to make a stand and then popped up the birdhouse on top. A bit of glitter was added to the snowman and birdhouse too to continue the sparkly, snowy scene. Isn't that fun!

Here's a close-up of the birdhouse. It's was my first time using distress inks for watercoloring but it won't be my last. I loved the blend-ability and the ease of using them to create the shading and layers. This was just on regular cardstock and I wasn't sure how it would take the bit of water and layers but since you barely need any water, it worked just fine. Can't wait to play some more with this technique!

Hope you have fun playing with this digi set! It's got lots of possibilities. You could hang this birdhouse from an evergreen bough, you could print different sizes and make a snowy birdhouse village, you could make a shaker card with glitter snow falling all around... you get the idea and that's just with the Christmas birdhouse! There are two other cute designs to play with too!

Check out all the great digis at Pickled Potpourri Designs

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 Have a fabulously, creative day!