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So, I am a SLOW colorer. Yeah, it’s not a word. It should be. Colorist? Maybe that’s better. I don’t care. Anyway. I need to learn to color faster, so I made myself go lickety split on this card. I colored 4 of that image in 15 minutes. It shows. Okay, I know it. but it doesn’t look HORRIBLE which is saying a lot. It doesn’t look good, but if I keep making myself do it, maybe I’ll get faster.
I know that Victorian-ish scroll work on the tag isn’t “beachy” but I kind of liked the eclectivity of the two together. It looked like a natural way that our possessions reflect different styles and meld together nicely.
Or that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Stamps: PSX G-2891, SU Hardwood, Vintage Labels
Paper: SU Kraft & Baja. Neenah Solar.
Paper Size: A2 (5.5 x 4.25)
Ink: SU Sand and Suede. Versafine. Unity Palette Umber
Accessories: “Thread” from burlap, SU Oval punch
Techniques: Watercolor pencils and Aqua brush. Also watercolor crayons.

SC317- Think Not Stink!

chautona-SC317bMy mother hated geraniums… always said that they stink. Well, I always loved them. There’s nothing more cheerful to me than a red geranium.

My daughter wanted a larger get well card for one of the pastor’s wives–surgery mishap and all kinds of stuff going on there–so I decided this is what she needs to have a nice big smile.

I did this one in two styles. This one I matted with white. The other I did with smokey shadow from PTI. We were all torn… right down the middle… as to which one we liked best. Once done, I got one of the kids over to my side–the white wins! WOOT. Since that’s the only difference, I didn’t upload the other one here. That’s a bit much. LOL.

Stamps: PSX Geraniums
Paper: GinaK White, SU DP, Amuse DP, MME DP
Ink: Memento Black and Unity pallette
Accessories: SU ribbon, water pen
Techniques: watercolorish
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 2… because I’m lousy at going around the outside of those things.


SC298- Mother’s Day Tea

chautona-SC298That’s something I’ve never done with my mother or mother-in-law. Then again, both moms are coffee gals and I’m more of a vanilla chai or an iced tea (light on the sugar please) kind of gal. So… yeah… probably not.

This is actually a test before I do the REAL card. I want to make this card (or maybe a set of them) for my dear friend. It screams of her kitchen/dining area. So… 😀

sc298Sooooooo here we go. It worked. I’m going to do more of a willow ware kind of thing for it for my friend. This was my first time trying the “cut out before die cutting” thing and it worked great. However, this stamp is big, so I ended up doing a 5×7 card. Considering I got the stamp from Stacy the 5×7 queen, I think that’s appropriate. Hee hee.


SC289- Birthday By the Sea

chautona-SC289Or, if you prefer a more concise title… “Mine.”


I utterly destroyed three pieces of paper before I got this right. The background paper I cut into slices for the narrow strip. The narrow strip I cut the width of the first layer…

Apparently stars and sea medallions were all wrong for this. I needed dots and board planks. Who knew?

I hope my friend uses this for her father. Somehow, I think he’d like it. 🙂

Stamps: PSX G-2891 and SU Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: PTI Tides or something like that. SU Riding Hood Red, white somewhere, and MME paper… I think
Ink: SU Basic Gray and Bordering Blue.
Accessories: none… unless you count tape or paper cutter…
Techniques: Colored Pencils
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1-easy.


SC220- Langston’s Christmas

Something about this stamp makes me think of Gene Stratton Porter’s “The Harvester.” The nice home in the woods that he built for Ruth, the cardinals, and the other birds…

Anyway. I thought I was smart stamping on white with all of that snow, but it doesn’t work with the creamy tones in the scrap papers I had. I thought I could pull it off, but… oh well. It’s nice enough even though it’s not “great.”

Love this stamp. I think PSX needs to open again. Just sayin’.


Stamp-  PSX K-2431
Paper-  SU Scraps
Ink-  Memento Black, SU Sahara sand
Adhesive-  ATG tape and SU Dimensionals

SC208- Tentative Friendship

I have been a huge fan of Tasha Tudor since the first time I saw her work. She was a delightful author and illustrator of children’s books. My favorites include Becky’s Birthday, Becky’s Christmas, and A Time to Keep.

So, when I started seeing these Tasha Tudor stamps on eBay… I had to start collecting. Coloring my own Tasha Tudor images– DELIGHTFUL!

I was concerned that they’d be hard to color. They’re not. I don’t know just how long it took me. I was watching a movie and coloring leisurely, but I know I got both of them (I make two of every card you know) done in the space of that movie without putting concentrated effort into them. So… that’s pretty cool.

They were SO FUN TO COLOR and this sketch was perfect for it!


Stamps-  PSX K-7202 (Tasha Tudor “Goosie Gander”)
Paper-  PTI Vintage Cream, SU Give Thanks stuff, Scenic Route “Rockland”
Ink-  Memento
Accessories-  SU Cherry Cobbler seam tape
Tools-  Paper Trimmer, Scoreboard, Big Shot, Nestabilities Large Rectangles, Colored Pencils, Sewing Machine
Adhesive- ATG Tape and SU Dimensionals.