Lobster scarf and Maine

In October of last year, Steve and I traveled to Portland, Maine, for a NAUMF meeting. It was a great trip!

While we were there, we visited a yarn shop called KnitWit. I like to purchase "souvenir" yarn when we travel - yarn that I can knit into a finished object (usually a scarf) and when I look at it, I remember the trip. I bought three skeins of Lark yarn from Quince & Co. in the colorway Peaks Ferry (which is red). Since then, I have knit it into a scarf.

I love blue yarn, but I steered myself away from it on this trip, just to have something different.  As I was checking out, the very nice clerk said that this would remind me of lobsters - very true!  See, souvenir yarn.

And we did go to a Lobster Bake while we were there.

Yarn - Quince & Co. Lark yarn, 100% wool, 3 skiens
Needles - Size 7, I think - I bought them on site at the store
Pattern - Yarn Harlot's one row scarf pattern - one of my very favorites.

Portland and the surrounding area is beautiful. On the Saturday we were there, we rented a car and went Lighthouse hunting.  We were able to find several:

  • Bug Light
  • Spring Point Ledge lighthouse
  • Portland Head lighthouse (pictured)
  • Rams Head Light 
  • Two lighthouses from Twin Light State Park
The image of Portland Head Lighthouse was taken with my Nikon CoolPix P330.  I left the "big" camera at home, so all of my Maine pictures were taken with my CoolPix or my iPhone camera.

Spring is on the way

I was playing around with color earlier in the week.  The first image is from Penny Black - called Poppy Time.  It's a rubber stamp (not a clear stamp), and, I have to say, it's one of my favorites. I use it all the time.

I stamped it on Strathmore Bristol paper and then colored the image with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I haven't had a lot of luck with them, but this time, it all seemed to work.  I often color this card with reds or orange-reds (like a poppy), but this time, I used teals, aquas and green.  I really like the effect.

The second image is from the set of pre-printed images called Full Bloom, drawn by Suzy Plantamura on Tim Holtz watercolor paper. The set is from the New Beginnings release at Simon Says stamp.  This is also colored with the zig real brush markers.

I like the pre-printed images - although they make me nervous.  With a stamp, I can always re-stamp if I make a mistake.  Not with these. One shot.  That aside, I like them, and I like the convenience of grabbing them and taking them to color outside of my studio.  These are all great flowers. I look forward to coloring them.

I've already turned both of these into cards.  I mounted the top one a narrow black mat and then on Tropical Teal (MFT) card base. I added some glimmer with a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen and a few blue and green glimmery sequins.  I white heat embossed Happy Birthday on black card stock (narrow strip) and backed that with a black and white stripe washi tape.

I trimmed the hydrangea, and mounted it on lavender and light blue cardstock. I added three clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh.  This one has no outside sentiment, but became a get well card.

Cards for a Good Cause

I am a member of Alpha Chi Omega, and of a digitally-based alumnae chapter, Rho Phi Rho, formed to support our local collegiate chapter, Gamma Omicron.  You don't need to really know any of this, except I'm offering a group of handmade cards to the chapter in a silent auction as a fundraiser.  I thought if you like cards, you might like to see images of them (the auction is for members of the chapter).

AXO Auction

Peony Time

This might be one of my favorite cards.

I stamped the Penny Black Poppy Time stamp with Hero Arts black ink on Arches Cold Press watercolor paper. I painted the flower and background with Mijello Mission Gold watercolors.

The panel is popped up on the card base with craft foam. The card base is MFT Fuse green card stock - I never thought I would use that color, but it was perfect for this card.

Look for the Miracles

I wanted to highlight the "Look for the Miracles" sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp June kit, and I thought rainbow flowers would fit the theme.

The flowers and sentiment are from the Look for the Miracles stamp set. I stamped the flowers (using masks) and then colored them with copics.

Prismacolor on kraft paper

I spent some time playing with colored pencils this week. The card front to the right was made by stamping with Hero Arts black ink and using the stamps from the March My Hero Kit. I drew the stems using a black fine line sharpie (not my usual choice, but it was what I had handy). The paper is kraft paper from My Favorite Things.

I colored the images using Prismacolor pencils. The normal way of coloring of kraft wouldn't provide vibrant color (I imagine), so first, I colored the flowers, stems and bees with the white Prismacolor pencil.  I then added color with the colored pencils. Each image has two of three colors, blended together. I approached it with a Copic mind set - adding the colors, blending, then adding the colors again - from yellow to orange to pink, and then orange to yellow. That seemed to provide good blending. I then used the sharpie to add the lines back (obscured by the pencils).

I like how it turned out. I'm not sure what kind of card it will be, but I imagine a sentiment at the top. We'll see what kind of card I need next - that will dictate the purpose.


My son's girlfriend, a very sweet young woman who is an incredible dancer, graduated from college
this past weekend. That's an occasion that calls for a card. I don't have any "dancer" stamps, so I attempted to put my tiny watercolors skills to use.

I googled dancer silouette, and found an image that gave me shape. I wish I could find it again to link here - isn't that always the way? The image was only a shape - no hair, and a tutu shaped outfit.

From that I sketched the shape on Arches Cold Press watercolor paper.  I use a black zig real color brush pen to add black to the shape - not coloring it in, just adding some black.  I added the skirt and hair. Using a wet brush, I painted in the shape of the silhouette from the black I had added.

The background is watercolored with distress inks and water.  I used the My Favorite Things musical score background stamp (Love this stamp - it's been out of stock, and I grabbed it when it returned) with Lawn Fawn peacock ink (I think) to stamp the music.

The card is mounted on MFT card stock. I can't remember the color, but it matches the lawn fawn ink pretty well. The sequins (which I'm not sure if I like on the card or not) are Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear 4mm.

She's not perfect, but that's OK.  I like her.