Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Kiddie Car

Hello to Pink Ink Stamp Fans!  It's a gorgeous day here in southern Colorado and summer is just around the corner.  

I'm loving this kiddie car stamp.  It just so darn sweet and definitely brings back memories of my childhood. I had to share mine with my brothers (or they were sharing their car with me) and remember needing to use wood blocks on the pedals because I was so small:)

The Kiddie car stamp can be found on-line at Ellen Hutson HERE. The too fun of a sentiment, Going Places, can also be found at Ellen Hutson HERE.

The stamp was colored up with Copics and the grass was done with a variety of colored pencils.

The papers are from Doodlebug and the gear die cut (cut out twice in white) are from Memory Box.  The image was matted up with coordinating papers using the Perfect Layers tool.

Thanks for stopping by today and hoping your summer is just around the corner too and the rest of your week is fantastic.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Beautiful Day!

April 21, 2015
Hello, everyone ... Sharon Harnist here and it is, indeed, a beautiful day here in south Texas!  I hope it is in your part of the country, as well.  Another reason it is a beautiful day ... this is my first post as a new design team member for Pink Ink Stamp Company and I’m thrilled to be on the blog today!  

My card today uses a brand new beautiful Spring/Summer release stamp, Summer Planter (click on any photo for a larger view):

I stamped the flower planter onto Copic X-Press It Blending Card with Copic-friendly Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Copic Sketch markers. Here's a quick step-out of the markers I used to color each of the flower types:

Below left, the C1 marker was used to give a little shading to the white 8-petal flowers, and Y15 was used for the centers. Below right, Melon and Lemon Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pens were used to color the stamens on the orange lilies and centers of some other flowers.

Above left are the colors used for the planter box. Above right shows the C0-C1-C4 combo used for shadows underneath and behind the planter.

To finish the card, I oval die cut the flower planter image and mounted it with Copic X-Press It Foam Tape to the kraft card base. Yellow scalloped and pink die cut cardstock pieces were layered behind the image, to enhance some of the flower colors.

Finally, the pretty Have A Beautiful Day Pink Ink sentiment was gold heat embossed on the yellow scalloped cardstock piece. 

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Supplies from Pink Ink Stamps:
Summer Planter 
Have A Beautiful Day 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Beaglie Weeglies


If you know Pink Ink Stamps, you know I like drawing vintage furniture - mostly chairs...we have lots!  For a new stamp, I was enchanted with the idea of an old timey porch glider, the kind that folks used to sit on during the long summer evenings, sipping iced tea or lemonade, watching the world go by.  They have become collectible (hasn't everything?) and gliders in pristine condition, with the lovely pierced backs go for Big Bucks.  So I drew my porch glider. 

Now I often show my new stamps to my friend and predecessor, Karen Lockhart.  Karen has an excellent eye for little tweaks - this needs to be bigger or smaller, this needs a fun phrase and though she liked the glider, she said "it needs something to make it tell a story - how about a cat?"  Kitties are usually a shoe-in, but I was thinking, no - there is already a "Sleepy Kitty" stamp (the ever popular no. 3084) and then it hit me.  Why not tell my own story - and that is the story of Henry and Caesar.   They are the two beagles that were a big part of our family, one after the other.  You can see in my snapshots the white faced Henry with my husband and the new puppy Caesar that came after him with my son. 

My dog breed nickname was "beaglie weeglie" and ours were much, much loved.  If you're a beagle person, you know why - they are such sweet, comical, merry souls.  So, it's a beagle that nestles on the old porch glider, my little tribute to these furry members of our family.  (By the way, I drew in the little biscuits, because I'm sure both of them are dreaming of them somewhere over the rainbow bridge). 

Prismacolored with no. 924 Crimson Red, no. 914 Cream, no. 904 Lt. Blue, no. 901 Indigo Blue, no. 943 Burnt Ochre, no. 935 Black.  Also, I used a blender pencil on the red glider paint and drew the biscuits with a black Pilot G Tec C4, my very favorite for stamp doodling.  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sweet Memories!

April 14, 2015

Hello Friends!  I was so excited when I received the newest releases from Pink Ink Stamps.  Ice cream sundaes bring back really good memories for me and my family.  Spending time with my daughter's and watching them have fun with my Dad are some of my best memories.  So when I created these cards, I had a big smile on my face!  LOL

For this card, I used the Super Sundae image colored with some Copic markers.  I added the Sweet Memories sentiment, that I hand-cut into a small banner, along the bottom.  This image is so cute!

For this card, I stamped the Single Scoop image and punched it out with my hand-held punches.  I added the Sweet Memories sentiment along with some other fun embellishments!  Sweet and simple cards bring a smile to every face just like these images bring back some really great memories!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Thursday, April 9, 2015



I should have kept it, but when we did a major move I sold a few "antiquey" things on Ebay, the old Hamilton Beach Milkshake Maker (aka a "greenie") being one of them.  My generous father gave it to me and now he's gone, so I'm feeling sentimental.  Those greenies had a wonderfully sleek style and then there was that lovely old shade of kitchen green - but we didn't use it much, so on the block it went.  This Pink Ink rubber stamp (no. 2247) pays tribute to that appliance, which, unlike the toil behind an iron or a wringer washing machine, was only used to make milk shakes, something delicious and fun.  

My dad loved ice cream in all its forms.  Eskimo Pies were a big hit, cones from Baskin Robbins, but especially homemade ice cream, churned in our backyard.  My mom objected to the ring the seeping salt water left on the lawn, so it was moved to churn away on our little concrete patio.  His favorites were peach and strawberry...not really being a chocolate kinda guy.  We're talking fresh peaches just off the trees, easy to find because I grew up in an abundant agricultural valley in Northern California.  One time our uncle promised to come and make ice cream at a family gathering and he opted for should have seen the look of disappointment on my dad's face! (Hmm, I tend to agree).

Dad was an athletic fellow and enjoyed his ice cream after a couple of hard sweaty sets on the local tennis courts and a dip in the pool.  It was heaven and he reveled in it - savoring each sweet, butter cream, peachy bite.  So as I use this stamp, I think of him in his tennis togs, on a summer's day, chugging a shake - one happy guy. 

"Sweet Memories" (no. 10125) is a wonderful accompanying stamp.  Got a great recipe for a smoothie?  Use the stamp on a hand written recipe card to share with friends.  The Greenie was colored with Prismacolors:  #1089 Pale Sage & #1070 30% French Grey as a base layer, #920 Lt. Green, #910 True Green, #1052 30% Warm Grey, #1074 French Grey 70%, an accent of #949 Metallic Silver and #935 Black (feet).

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Snowbird Take Me With You


I recently reconnected with an oooooold friend of mine - a hardy "Mainer" who I discovered has finally abandoned the bitter Maine winters and become a Florida snowbird.  Since I began my Pink Ink teaching "career" I have made three trips to Florida - up one side, down the other and a few treks across the middle.  I feel like I'm getting to know the state and it's loveable quirks just a little bit. 

I love teaching classes to the snowbird population.  They are great students - fun, enthusiastic and very happy to be out of the deep freeze and in "the land of gentle breezes where the peaceful waters flow".  It's taken me a while (being a native of sunny California) to get around to exploring Florida, but explore it I have, from Fleming Island in the NE to Sanibel Island in the SW.  One of my favorite experiences has been criss-crossing the state on the meandering county roads (not all paper stores are on a major highway).  On these roads I look for traces of the "old" Florida - orange juice stands, baby alligator tourist traps, shell markets and neighborhoods made up of low slung bungalows, festooned with awnings and palm shaded patios  and decorated with those ubiquitous 50's yard flamingos. 

I've come to love those birds.  They make me smile and think of simpler times, when communities didn't have gates and people lounged in their lawn chairs in the evening and yakked with their neighbors.  Wherever we are from, I think we all need a little "snowbird" escapism from time to time and I hope these funny fellows will remind you of sunnier times and climes. 

This is a brand new stamp: Yard Flamingo No. 2250 (stamped x3) that colors up easily with just 6 Prismacolors (yeay!).  I used Black #935, Cool Grey 50% #1063, Deco Pink #1014,  Pink #929, Carmine Red #926 and Canary Yellow #916 (plus a few more for the added "doodle flags" and sun).  All decorative papers are from ©Doodlebug Designs.

P.S.  Congrats to everyone who spotted that the fake green "grass" is from the local sushi stand!