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.

Variation on Inspiration - Doodle Flowers

I haven't been posting regularly, but I'll see if I can change that.  I thought it might be interesting to post cards that I make along with the inspiration for the card.  Many of my cards aren't original designs - some are exactly like someone else's card, and a few others are variations of designs.  It's the variations that I'm talking about.

I made this one last night.  I found it's inspiration on Pinterest --> this pin.

I found it because I was looking for inspiration for a romantic script 6x6 stamp I purchased from My Favorite Things.  This is the card I made.

I didn't have the beautiful flowers from the inspiration, so I used instead Doodle Flowers from Inkadinkado.  The doodle look to them worked well with my hand-drawn stems and buds.  I stamped them on Neenah solar white with MFT black hybrid ink.  I stamped the MFT Romantic Script stamp over the flowers with Lawn Fawn Walnut ink.  I colored the flowers and stems with copic markers.  I then "distressed" the white paper with Distress Ink - all over with old paper and then on the edges with vintage photo using a round blender.  The piece is layered on MFT Tangy Orange.  The sentiment is from Penny Black's "Sprinkles and Smiles" set.  The card has no dimension, and I love the look of it.  It's a favorite of mine.

Christmas Cards

I was a little more rushed this year creating our Christmas cards, but I did finish them.  The totals were:
  • Cards for friends and family - 50
  • Cards for Steve, Grant and Josh - 3
  • Cards for Steve's work group - 6
  • Cards for a friend to send - 4
  • Cards for the church's scholarship students - 6
So that's a total of 69 Christmas cards.  I've loaded pictures of them on Flickr, and you can see them at this link.

  Christmas Cards 2015

Speaking of numbers, I keep track of the cards I sent, just for fun.  In 2015, it was a total of 384.  It doesn't seem like that many.

St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The card stock in this card is from My Favorite Things.  The middle panel is Neenah Solar White 80 lb card stock.  I stamped the grass and clover on it (from Penny Black; called So Lucky) with a pigment ink in green - either Mama Elephant or Avery Elle.  I then embossed it with clear embossing powder (from Wow!). This protected the image as I colored in the sky with distress inks (Tumbled glass and Salty Ocean).

The sentiment is from a CAS-ual Friday stamp set called Lucky.  I really like the set because it has some great sentiments for the inside of the card, as well.  It's stamped on vellum with Versifine black ink and clear embossed.  The patterned paper on the card is from this set by Authentique (called Lucky).'s


I've been spending some time working on watercolor as a medium for my card making.  To delve into this technique, I signed up for the Online Card Class called Watercoloring for Cardmakers.  I've enjoyed it so far (not finished yet).

I purchased a wonderful set of watercolor that I love - the Kuretake Gansai Tambi set.  By the way, I purchased it from Ellen Hutson (link above) and found their service and delivery speed to be fantastic.

The first few days in the class were mainly focused on backgrounds and watercolor stamping, so many of my cards are from playing with those techniques.  Rather than go through all the details and supplies, I'm going to post images of the cards with maybe a few notes.

This is an old stamp I found in my collection.  

The balloons are colored with copics, but the background is watercolored.  Love this die from Simon Says Stamp.

Hero Arts stamp.  Image is watercolored.

Sentiment is embossed with white power and background is watercolored.

Images and sentiment are white embossed and background is watercolored.

Background is watercolored and sentiment was stamped with black ink once the watercolor was dry.

Heart is made of watercolor paper that has been watercolored with Distress markers.  It was then die cut with the Danish Hearts Simon Says Stamp die.

Background is watercolored.  Sentiment is a rub on from SSS February kit.

Heart is watercolored.  I think I blocked the background with rubber cement, but I'm not sure.  Image is a rub on from the SSS February Card kit.

Tenth Blogiversary

Two days late, but I want to mark the ten year anniversary of this blog.  For most of its life, it has been a knitting blog - and it still is - but a month or two ago, I expanded it to include other creative pursuits, and renamed it Sandpiper Creates.

There have been large stretches of time when it has had no new posts, but I always seem to come back to it.  I enjoy it, and I expecially like the log of projects it provides.

If you are visiting, welcome!

Note:  I'm practicing watercolor right now, so the image was water colored with some old paint I had on hand.  The happy stamp is from a Lawn Fawn set (Winter Penguins).  I bought three new brushes this weekend, and am amazed at how much a difference a good brush makes.