Happy Saturday, and I hope ya'll are so ready for the weekend. Welcome to a new follower, Miss Suzanne. I'm so happy to have you join me here; hope when you can visit, you'll find something you like and just enjoy having a good ol' chat! Maybe ya'll might want to check out Suzanne's blog if you can.

I had seen a stamped rose image done in oranges, and thought I'd give that color a whirl. I love roses, but tend to stick with pinks & reds. (Red is a hard copic color to do, for me tends to bleed. That's one reason I stick with the Copic Xpress paper, as it seems to work better for me than other papers I use). I had meant to use copics when I stamped this, but then realized I had used GP paper - not good for copic coloring. If I have bits of papers on the desk, sometimes I will start stamping without insuring it's right for copics.  I'm also trying to learn to work better with pencils. Grabbed up the Derwent Inktense Pencils & started with the smaller buds, using the pink-red family; then got brave enough try the orange-y look on the big rose. Blended the colors using a water brush. I kinda liked the way it turned out.

- after coloring the buds & leaves, I mixed some glossy accents with Rangers Diamond stickles onto a cd disk, swirled them together with a toothpick and painted over the flowers. IRL they have a lot of sparkle & shine. Let that dry (the GP paper did warp a bit. Not pleased with that). Airbrushed Copic B0000 & B000 for the mottled background.

- leaf trim at bottom was part of a salvaged Memory Box wreath die cut. The missing part had been too close to paper edge, leaves didn't cut properly. So I snipped out that part, and did a little trim on this card.

- sentiment was stamped on a snippet using one of the Memento greens, punched with an oval SU punch. The green scallop behind was also an SU punch.

- MS edge punch on the trim (covering another mistake...didn't cut the yellow check paper wide enough). There is a small strip of yellow behind the green trim, so that the white card base didn't peek through.

- Die cut is S/Binder Label 10, with a faux mat of another snippet that I thought looked ok with the other colors. Dragonfly is a brad, 'pincers' removed, glued on. (Ahem, covering a tiny splotch of stamp-edge overflow). Think the card will be fine as one of my summer birthday cards.

I had been making my pictures smaller when I post, due to an article I read that blogger considers storage space based on picture size. Got some nifty advice from Sharon giving me some information about photo sizes in posts, so I will be using the larger size photo when I post. Thanks so much Sharon! Gosh, I get so much help from other bloggers. That has been one of the most rewarding things that has happened to me, since I started this blog last year. Meeting so many - not just talented folks - but those who are so generous with their knowledge! Just appreciate & love that!

Anyway, ya'll have a great weekend. Come again soon, now heah? Hugs


  1. Hi Mary. Your flowers are gorgeous. I do love the large orange rose - such beautiful shades of orange and yellow.

    I also resize my photos to a small pixel amount (largest side 400), but show them as large then I post them on my blog. I'm thinking that this works to reduce the size for blogger ... hope I'm right.

    Loll xx

  2. Super card Mary! Fabby colouring too.

    Loll is right, it doesn't matter how big you actually post your photos, it's the pixel size that counts.

    Hugs, Di xx

  3. Hi Mary, Beautiful card, the colouring of your roses is gorgeous and I love the vibrant colours. The die cuts look great as well. Happy Weekend, Shirleyx

  4. Beautiful card Mary! Your colouring is fabulous.You have blended the colours so well. I love it!

  5. Hi Mary this looks fab.. love the colours and very well done, thanks for sharing and picture size is fab!! Shaz in Oz.x

  6. Oh my gosh Mary, the roses arebeautiful, you did a fabulous job on them! I've never tried the stickles and glossy accents technique before, will have to give it a whirl! Waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  7. Beautiful colouring Mary - love that yellow / orange... Mxx

  8. Mary this is absolutely gorgeous! I love the fabulous coloring, the gorgeous colors and the punched edge! Great card!


  9. Hi Mary, your card is lovely and those roses are gorgeous - great colouring and love the look of the air brushing. I agree, bloggers and blogland is a wonderful place. Hugs, Anne x

  10. Such a pretty card - Okay Mary - I challenge you to start an art journal and or do a canvas and I really mean it!!

  11. Wow, wow, wow!! Mary these roses looks so real!! I love the colors you used and I don't know what kind of pencils those are that you used, but boy did you ever do a great job with them!! This card is stunning!! I love how you said you mixed glossy accents with diamond stickles together and painted on the roses, I will have to remember this and try it out! Now what for hints do you have about picture sizes on the blogs? Please share with me! lol Hugs!!

  12. What a beautiful card, Mary! Your coloring is wonderful and the layout perfect!

  13. Mary, Beautiful card. The stamp is gorgeous and you made it more so. Thanks so much for the heads up on the droplet stamp. What would I do without my blogger friends. Been buried in trip stuff, I would not have known. You are the best. When I get home I have some I'm not PG :-) I'll post as often as I can when I'm gone, but make no promises.....Hugs, see you in July! Again...thank you for letting me know...See you on FaceBook....I almost forgot about that site!

  14. Absolutely gorgeous coloring, Mary. I love the look of your pencil coloring. Bet the shine and sparkle is beautiful in real life.

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog via Outlawz and becoming a follower. I have just become a follower of your fantastic blog!

  15. Beautiful colouring Mary. Those roses look real! I love the shading you have done...and the orange one is gorgeous.
    I always love the airbrushing you do. It is so soft and subtle.

  16. Thanks Mary - winning in the playground was fabulous - cant wait to get my hands on the Water Droplets stamp and do something with it - you young lady were very nice to "re-donate" if you won!! Mxx

  17. Wow, this is jaw dropping stunning! Beautiful coloring!