Saturday, September 16, 2017

Watercolor Weekend September 16, 2017

Hello Watercolor Fans,

Who doesn't love Fall?  For me, it's definitely the most wonderful time of the year!  I have fond memories of Fall like the excitement of going back to school, which I always loved, to raking piles of leaves and jumping in them with my big brothers and my little sister.  Fall brings us Halloween, my birthday, Thanksgiving, pumpkin spice creamer in my coffee and best of all Fall colors!

I made this Fall birthday card for the bi-monthly Watercolor Weekend Roundup on the Art Impressions blog using watercolor stamps from these sets:  4964 - WC Branches, 4966 - WC Bird Bath, 4867 - WC Foliage Set 2, 3545 - WC Series 7 Set 2, 4051 - WC Foliage Set 1.  The Marvy LePlume II pens I used are listed below:

28 english red
45 sepia
17 steel blue
6 brown
43 brilliant yellow
88 terra cotta

4773 - Acrylic Blocks
4774 Stamp Positioner
#4 Paint Brush

I made this on Strathmore watercolor paper.

Be sure to check out my Art Impressions Watercolor Guest Designer teammates' beautiful work! Tricia Kennedy @Triciadollkennedy and Tricia Obin @Tobin0971


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Beauty is All Around You - Flowers and Foliage Challenge

Hello Watercolor Fans,

I'm quite sure you are going to fall in love with all of the new Art Impressions watercolor stamps just released today!  I used stamps from these new sets 4966 - WC Bird Bath Set,  4964 - WC Branches Set,  4967 - WC Fence Dies and 4963 - WC Fall Set.  Be sure to check out the Art Impressions blog for the "Flowers and Foliage" challenge and to see more examples made by the other designers with these new stamps.  You can win free stamp sets if you participate and they have a new challenge every other Thursday.

I used the leaves and grass stamps from 4051 - WC Foliage Set 1 on my card and I used white embossing powder to emboss the sentiment from the 4903 - WC Sentiments Set.  These are the colors of the Marvy LePlume II pens I used:

86 african violet
45 sepia
17 steel blue
72 pine green
55 iris purple

4773 - Acrylic Blocks
4774 - Stamp Positioner
#4 Paint Brush

Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper

I used glaze on the water in the bird bath.  I hope you will play along with the new Art Impressions "Flowers and Foliage" challenge.  Maybe you will win some stamps set off of your wish list like I did before I became a Watercolor Guest Designer!


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Day 9 of the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Day 9 of #thedailymarker30day

I hope you all are enjoying the coloring challenge?  I sure am.  There are so many inspirational, talented, supportive, friendly and encouraging artists out there participating on Instagram!  Taking the time to color, for even 5 minutes a day, can make you feel happy and relaxed.  It's good for the soul.  I love how it reminds me of how much I have enjoyed coloring and crafting all of my life.

I made this card with my favorite Art Impressions stamp set 4807 - Old Barn and my new set 4207 Feathers.  I just love putting animals in my scenes.  I can hardly wait to show you the new dogs set which won't be released until September 21, 2017.  Tune back then and you will fall in love.  I've been saying, "Please make dogs!" for quite a while and I'm certain putting it out there is partially responsible for making it happen.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Day 7 of the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Happy Fall

It's still hot here in Las Vegas, Nevada but I'm wishing for Fall and making some Fall cards.  I made this card for Day 7 of the fabulous and talented Kathy Racoosin's #thedailymarker30day coloring challenge.  If you need more information on the challenge, click here for details.

I made this card with my Art Impressions watercolor stamps from these sets: 4808 - Covered Bridge, 4875 - Garden Wagon, 4056 WC Series Set 1, and 4051 - the Foliage Set 1.  I am so excited to make Fall cards and then it will be time for holiday cards!  Isn't this the best time of year?


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Day 3 of the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Day 3 of #thedailymarker30day
I made this after watching Art Impressions owner/creator Bonnie Krebs Watercolor Wednesdays  tutorial on YouTube.  She used pink instead of yellow but the technique was the same so check it out if you want to learn how to watercolor!  These are so much fun and the stamps all work together so you can make your own scenes.

If you haven't heard of the fabulous and talented Kathy Racoosin's Coloring Challenges on Instagram and Facebook, you must check it out!  Click here for more information.  It's not too late to join in.  This is my coloring for Day 3.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Watercolor Weekend September 2, 2017

Watercolor Weekend and Day 2 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge


Welcome to another Watercolor Weekend Roundup on the Art Impressions blog.  I created this somewhat masculine scene with Art Impressions stamps from the set Southwest, the Rustic Container Set, the grass from the Foliage Set 1, and the Furries set.  It seems I'm constantly needing masculine cards, probably because I'm married with three sons and three grandsons.  I always make cards for my family and friends.  I truly love making cards.  If you have always wanted to try it, do it!  Your friends and family will love getting your homemade cards.  Mine sure do.

4763 - Southwest
4871 - WC Rustic Container Set
4051 - WC Foliage Set 1
4208 - Furries

Marvy LePlume II pens
NO. 6 brown
NO. 19 carmine
NO. 45 sepia
NO. 72 pine green
NO. 75 sky blue

4773 - Acrylic Blocks 
4774 - Stamp Positioner
#4 Paint Brush

Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper

Friday, September 1, 2017

Day 1 of #thedailymarker30day and #STAMPtember

Hello Friends,

This is going to be a fabulous month!  Today is day 1 of the The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  Have you heard of the Coloring Challenges by the fabulous and super talented Kathy Racoosin?  Her coloring challenges are what got me started on Instagram.  She's so encouraging and so is the coloring community on Instagram.  I've made so many wonderful and inspirational friends and I will forever be grateful to Kathy Racoosin!   Be sure to check it out and if you want to join, just color something up and post it on Instagram with the hashtag like this: #thedailymarker30day There are even prizes!


Another fabulous thing about September is the annual Simon Says Stamp celebration "STAMPtember".  I helped spread the word about the #Simonsaysstamp annual #STAMPtember celebration and received this "You Got This" stamp set for free!  There are so many awesome and encouraging sentiments.  This stamp set and many more new stamps are available for purchase on the Simon Says Stamp website, my "go to" company for many of the supplies that I use in my card making and scrapbooking.

I love how using the distress mosaic glaze makes the water in the bucket look like real water.  I really love all of the animals and flowers stamps from Art Impressions.  They are so easy and fun to use on these watercolor cards.  Hope you like it.

Art Impressions

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Watercolor Wednesdays August 18, 2017

This is my interpretation of Art Impression's Creator Bonnie Krebs' Watercolor Wednesdays on YouTube .  I changed mine to have two pots and a birdhouse instead of three pots like Bonnie did.  I also changed two of the colors.

I realized after I completed the card that the birdhouse doesn't really is a little bit too small for the bird so I decided to call it a hummingbird birdhouse.  I do have lots of hummingbirds in my back yard here in Las Vegas.  I keep two feeders full of sugar water year round and my hummingbirds never fly anywhere else for the winter.  One of my feeders is outside of my kitchen window and I get to see hummingbirds all the time.

Check out Bonnie's YouTube video and try it yourself.  You will love how easy and fun these watercolor cards are to make.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Watercolor Weekend August 19, 2017

Watercolor Weekends Roundup for August 19, 2017
Hello Art Impressions watercolor fans,

I have never been to England but my craft room is decorated in the shabby chic style and we have always called it the "cottage" room.  I made this birthday card using the English Cottage from the AI Watercolor Series 6 Set 1 - 3497 for the bi-monthly Watercolor Weekend Roundup.

I've often wondered why I hadn't seen the little bridge stamp set which is included in Set 1 - 3497 used on any cards in the AI watercolor cards on Pinterest.  I've seen several with the big bridge, but none with the little bridge.  You can follow my Pinterest board by clicking on this link.

Sometimes my best cards happen when I have to stop half way and go back to it later.  I love how this one turned out when I came back to it.  Maybe because it had dried completely?  I ended up stamping more leaves with olive green to the trees and then I added the flowers.  I added the shade to the water under the bridge and I made the Happy Birthday banner using my Brother label maker.

If you have made a card with the small bridge, please tag me @dotjiris in it so I can see how you used it.  I plan to use every one of my AI watercolor stamps again and again in different ways and colors. What other stamps do you get to use more than a few times?  Such a bargain for the money and super fun.  I seriously want them all!

I used these products from Art Impressions to make this birthday card:
AI Watercolor Series 6 Set 1 - 3497
The tree from the Old Barn Mini Set 4807
The leaves and the grass from the Foliage Set 1 - 4051
The ivy from the Foliage Set 2 - 4867
The flowers from the Flower Set 2 - 4868
Acrylic Blocks 4773

Marvy LePlume II Pens

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Watercolor Wednesdays August 9, 2017

Tropical Veranda

This is my interpretation of Art Impression's Creator Bonnie Krebs' Watercolor Wednesday tutorial  on YouTube.  You can find all of the links to the supplies she used listed under her tutorial.  I used a different container, changed out one of the flowers and two of the colors just to make mine look a little different.  You can do that with any of the videos since the Art Impressions Watercolor stamps all work together to make so many beautiful scenes!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Watercolor Weekend August 4, 2017

My first card as a guest designer for Art Impressions

Close up of the water with the Distress Mosaic Glaze

Hello.  I'm so excited to show you the first card I made as a watercolor guest designer for my most favorite stamp company - Art Impressions.  For those of you who love their watercolor stamps and can't get enough of Bonnie's Watercolor Wednesday's on YouTube, Art Impressions will now have "Watercolor Weekends" on their blog twice a month.  I'm lucky enough to be one of their guest designers along with Tricia Kennedy and Tricia O'Bin.  Check them out by clicking on their names and be sure to follow them.

I really love barns and I think a quilt should be painted on all of them.  I love how Iowa, where my best friend Jamie lives, has a lot of barns with quilts painted on the barn sides or doors.  I'm also a quilter which is another reason why I love barns with quilts painted on them.

The Old Barn stamp set  is my most favorite of all of the Art Impressions watercolor stamps.  I have used it more than any other except for the Foliage set 1 which is an absolute necessity if you are going to make these wonderful scenes.  I added the quilt to the barn by using a ruler and a Micron Pigma Pen.  I used Marvy LePlume II Pens - 72 Pine Green, 45 Sepia, 15 Olive Green, 17 Steel Blue, 28 English Red, and 86 African Violet and Strathmore watercolor paper to watercolor this scene.  I added Distress Mosaic Glaze to the water to make it look wet.

I gave away some of my "barn" cards and I have a few framed and placed around my house but I am beyond thrilled that the Art Impressions booth will have this card I made as an example at the future Scrapbook Expos.  Click here to see the schedule and maybe you can attend a watercolor class near you.  I'm still hoping to attend one myself!

My current favorite barn quilt but I have a pattern
so I can make one with barns with quilts on them.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Lovely View

Instagram Dotjiris

I really love that rustic looking window stamp set 4274 from Art Impressions so I made this card and used the Small Container set to add the pots of flowers.  My favorite color is red but my second favorite color is that light aqua color I put on the wooden window covers.  I also love to put animals of any kind in these scenes so I added a bird from the Birds set 4872.

If you haven't tried the Art Impressions watercolor stamps - you SHOULD!  They are so easy and all scaled to go together so the possibilities are endless.  I love creating new scenes by changing out the animals or some other parts or even just by using different colors.  There are new ones coming out soon and I can't wait to get them all!  I love laminating the cards that come with them and then the stamps just cling to them.  I store them in this awesome fridge container from Marshall's.  See below.

My Art Impressions stamps and Marvy LePlume Pens

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Beach Cottage

Instagram dotjiris

I made this card using the Art Impressions watercolor stamp set 4606 Cottage by the Beach and Bonnie's favorite pens.   I get most of my supplies from the Art Impressions website.

Ever since I was a little girl (a long, long, time ago) I wanted to go to Hawaii.  I think it was from watching Elvis' Blue Hawaii that made me think it would be paradise.  I made it to my dream vacation thanks to our eldest son, Scott who bought us a package deal for our 25th wedding anniversary.  The place was on the island of Kauai and it truly was paradise!  I'm so grateful to Scott for that amazing week.

Anyway, every summer, I wish I could go back to Hawaii to explore another island and this beach cottage would be a lovely place to stay, wouldn't it?

Whale watching
Beautiful waterfalls
Watching the surfers until sunset

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Watercoloring Fun

Watercoloring Fun 

July 2017

I'm going to figure out this blog thing. Suggestions welcome.

I made this card using Art Impressions watercolor stamps.  They are the funnest, easiest, best stamps that all work together to make so many different scenes!  I learned how to use them watching Creator Bonnie Kreb's Watercolor Wednesdays tutorials on YouTube.  Check them out.  So much fun!