Thursday, June 22, 2017

Seaside Summer

Stampendous Seaside Chair stamped on watercolor paper, colored with Koi watercolor paints and darkened some areas with Copic markers. Added mini shells, glitter, and whipped spackle to water foam.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Succulents


This card was for the Featured Stamper challenge for casing Technique Freak Kelly Acheson. I made a few small changes to her pretty card, I love the way she used the succulents as flowers and the soft color combination. The paper is retired SU and I tried to make the flowers look like an extension of the ones on the paper.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Fuse Tool


I really love my new Fuse tool, perfect for sealing shaker pouches. This was my first project with it and I managed to keep my lines pretty straight :) I imagine this would be great for Project Life scrap pages.
Supplies used for this card were: Stampendous mermaid and die, colored in Copics and highlighted with Wink Of Stella glitter. Hero Arts Mermaid kit for sentiment and sequins, Fuse paper kit on Bermuda Bay base. Half pearl to embellish. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Paisley Framelits Dies


Well, here's another use for the Paisley framelits dies :)
I started by outlining some of the Stampin' Up! Paisley framelits dies with an extra fine tip black marker and then spent most of the afternoon doodling in and around the images. Shaded with various pencils.

Card Catch Up






Catching up on my card challenge uploads. It's been a sore week of healing after some minor surgery. Stitches on my back have kept me from being as active as I would like but I was able to carefully stamp some things. Stamps aren't too heavy to lift :)
The first card is on Whisper White and uses Penny Black Pop Pop Poppy watercolor stamp. Instead of watercoloring it I used my new Lyra polycolor pencils (love) and Kinda Eclectic sentiment by SU.

The mermaid is by Kindred stamps on a Tim Holtz distress oxide background. I made a stencil of circles using an acetate sheet and circle dies. It's so easy to make your own stencils and I plan on going through my dies and creating some more of these! Inked white craft ink for additional bubbles with stencil and added the leftover acetate circles to card for more water "bubbles".

The third card was for Flag Day on June 14. The flag strip is actually duct tape. The rosette was made with some retired SU paper and the Tim Holtz die, added a star embellishment to center. Clear embossed a mountain/valley Americana scene on the bottom and sentiment in Pacific Point ink (stamps by Mark's Finest Papers).

Happy Summer! Rocky The Crab die is by Elizabeth Craft Designs, not sure where I got the summer sentiment. Crumb Cake card base was embossed in Baked Brown Sugar ink with retired Sandy Shells wheel. Crab washi tape added to bottom and I made some shells with polymer clay and a mold.

And finally one of my favorite Stampin' Up! stamps (never to be sold!) Corner Garden. Embossed in white and painted with re-inker colors of Crushed Curry, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Wasabi and Celery. Sentiment is from Field Flowers, another keeper!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Scallop Box


It's great to finally get a chance to play in the Splitcoast challenge today! I've been out working in the yard doing the major spring clean up since the sun has finally made it's debut!
I did a modified case from the new Stampin' Up! Idea book and catalog (page 143). I think this was my favorite of all of the samples they had. I changed it to work with the supplies I have since I haven't placed a new order quite yet. 
Bloomin' Love for the sentiment banner, Very Vanilla was stamped with the retired jumbo Doodle wheel in Crumb Cake, Secret Garden flower was colored and then cut out. Succulents thinlits dies were used for center part of flower and darker flowers behind the main one. Bird and branch punch for leaves and twines and jute for big bow behind flower. The pearl closure was a large pewter eyelet flattened out with the crop-a-dile and a flat pearl on top. Smaller pearls added to flower center.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Me Treasure


Still playing around with this adorable new Lawn Fawn set Ahoy, Matey. Thought I could use this for an anniversary or you could use it for friendship. Perfectly Plaid paper and stitched frame dies also used. For the sentiment I masked off the "A" after the word "You're" and replaced it with the "Me" from the same set.

Ahoy, Matey!

For the current Lawn Fawn Challenge and a spring feel. Also for the metallic challenge on SCS.
I used gold and bronze metallic mica flakes for the treasure. Supplies are new Lawn Fawn. Ahoy Matey stamp set and coordinating does, colored images in Copics. Watercolored a sunny sky background and then embossed with clouds folder by SU. Edged card with caramel and Baked Brown Sugar. Added dots for sand.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Stampin' Up! and Google Android


I made this card for my Google guy and will either use it for Father's Day or his birthday which is why I kept the sentiment kind of neutral. I drew the Android robot and colored it with bright green and pale olive Copic markers, cut out and popped up on dimensional dots. The sentiment on the side is in Google's colors and is Stampin' Up! On A Pedestal, the code is from Lots of Bots (both retired).

Mermaid


I just love this new mermaid collection by Hero Arts. Colored in Copics and added retired SU glitters in turquoise and green. Die cut and added to watercolor card base that was taped with washi tape, spritzed with water, and then I added whatever turquoise liquid that was in the bottle that came with the monthly Hero Arts mermaid kit. Net was cut from a mesh bag and pearl added to shell to embellish.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Danke, Deutschland


I used all of the in color markers that are retiring and created a background using this Romantic Flowers set and sentiment from Germany. You know I would be able to find the stamp/ paper crafting shop! This card is going to the incredible people at the Heidelberg Marriott that made our stay even more wonderful. Everyone there was so warm and friendly and I would love to go back again. I'll be working on my German in the meanwhile. I did try and did fairly well except for the one time when I ordered dinner and asked for what I thought was " no onion" but actually said sweat. Apparently, it's all in the pronunciation! We are still laughing about that one :)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Showers Bring Flowers


This set (and the butterfly) are my favorite Tim Holtz images. It started off mostly gray and monochromatic and then I thought of all of the prettier things some rain brings and added some color with the flowers. 
Started with a vintage sheet music page and painted with gesso. Stamped umbrella and then added some brushos and Payne's Gray watercolor for rainy skies. Silver embossed clock from the same set and shaded with SU chalks. Stamped sentiment and SU Simply Soft flowers that were colored with Prismacolor pencils. Inked edges first with Old Paper and then Weathered Wood, both by Tim Holtz. Did a lot of little dots on image, I was so captivated by some of the pointillist paintings that I saw recently.

May the Fourth Be With You!!

For May the Fourth, Star Wars Day! Yoda is my favorite character so I collected some quilling pattern ideas from the Pinterest boards and made this little guy. I'm pretty much a newbie on the quilling thing and really like it, it's easier than I thought it would be (but my rectangles need a bit of work). I bought a quilling book for kids that starts off with the basic techniques and makes lots of cute, easy images. A great way to begin and practice.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Merry Monday challenge

For the Merry Monday challenge with the theme Twas The Night Before Christmas. I had the exact papers for this one, same name as the poem by Graphic45. Made an accordion pleated fan and embellished with various papers, sequins, pearls, and silk flowers. Quite the early start on 2017 Christmas cards!

Post Card Flamingo

When I was in Heidelberg, Germany about a week and a half ago, I picked up a coloring book of post cards and markers for some vacation crafting time. I visited the zoo there and fell in love with the flamingos, they are so beautiful!! This will go into my scrapbook of my trip. The flamingo stamp and die cut are from Hero Arts.

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Day basket


Happy May! I remember when we were kids our school would have a May Day procession and one lucky little girl was chosen as the "May Queen" (never me...sigh). I made a basket out of retired Stampin' Up! ribbons of caramel gingham and narrow white stitched with a taupe seam binding ribbon bow. Paper flowers are by Recollections on a Soft Sky and Whisper White base. Tulip Frame embossing folder was used for edges.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mica Mermaids

Lawn Fawn Mermaid For You set on a background that was made using Brushos color crystals with transparent Nuvo drops for air bubbles and bronze mica flakes with Nuvo gold gilding flakes for their tops and tails. Birthday sentiment Stampin' Up!

You're Out Of This World!


The cute little monsters are by Bo Bunny, colored in Prismacolor pencils on a Whisper White card base. The sentiment is by G Studio. I added Wink of Stella dots to the white background. 


Friday, April 28, 2017

Twisted Black Magic


This is the first time I've tried this technique and it was pretty easy. I used Whisper White heavy card stock and smeared on green apple, butter, pink, and purple inks. Embossed Hero Arts background stamp in Versamark and clear powder. Swiped Color Box black pigment ink over complete card front and then wiped ink off with cloth, leaving behind the colors under the embossing. Highlighted with white acrylic paint dots and added a sentiment strip on bottom, (unknown  stamp maker). I got too carried away with the dots, I only meant to add a few :)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Colored Pencils Comparison


So many colored pencils out there, how to choose? Hopefully I can save you some time and crafting dollars by being the Guinea pig here. I tested the Prismacolors, Derwent Inktense, Lyra, and EK Success ones today. My favorites were the Prismacolors and Lyra, they went onto the paper so smoothly with a soft creamy feel that I loved. I used Whisper White thick card stock to try these out, I found this to be my favorite for alcohol markers and general coloring.

The Derwent were nice but not as creamy, they seem to be a bit more waxy and shiny for my personal taste. I'll most likely use these when I travel, if I lose them or leave them behind I won't be as sad. (Have to always have a portable craft, right?)
The EK Success were really not great, you have to go over and over it to get decent color and they left shreds of pigment on the paper. They kind of put the suck in Success.

I would recommend just buying a couple of Prismacolor pencils to start. They sell them separately in most large craft stores. Maybe some greens to practice leaves with, you can always use these colors! I know it's tempting to buy whole sets of things as it is usually less expensive this way. Test first if you can, it's not a bargain if you're not going to use it or are always on the hunt for something that works a little better for you.
The Lyras are lovely too, I'll be on the lookout for some deals on them while I am in Germany.
Happy coloring, y'all!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Easter Pansies


For today's Splitcoast colors of Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive I used one of my favorite old stamps from PSX. Colored with Stampin' Up!'s Blendabilities markers in this week's colors and shaded around them in Copic Cool Shadow. I went over all of the flowers with a fine black marker. Stampin' Up! Tulips embossing frame. Sentiment is Lawn Fawn.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Swallowtail



Working with the Stampin' Up! Swallowtail butterfly stamp on watercolor paper. Colored using the no line watercolor technique with Gelatos and water. Sentiment on top card is from Butterfly Basics, the one on bottom is from Chere Amie (the French version of the My Friend set).

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Easter Bunnies!



A few more cards for Easter, one highlights bunny ears (or lack of) and the other tails.
The first chocolate bunny is from the Lawn Fawn set Eggstra Special Easter, embossed in white on Chocolate Chip card stock. Die cut egg backed with Celery and unknown designer paper.

The second card used Stampin' Up!'s Bunny Hugs with Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid paper and Stampin' Up! retired designer paper cut with Martha Stewart grass punch. Colored in Copics and added a white pom pom for tail.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Vintage Botanicals Collage

Spreading my wings a little and exploring various mixed media techniques to add more to a card. So many different products and techniques to learn, I guess you just have to just jump in at some point and start experimenting! This one is much prettier in person with more shimmer and shine from the mousses and clear embossing.

On watercolor paper I stamped the Tim Holtz butterfly in a very faint color and then painted it in gold and yellow watercolor. Let dry. Stamped Palettini Vintage Botanicals and clear embossed (there is a lot of script in this stamp). 
Went over this whole piece with Nuvo embellishment mousses in metallics and pink for a ton of shimmer. Stamped another collage image (stamp is unmarked) with more text over this in Hero Arts Caramel ink.
Mounted to a copper woven specialty card stock piece and then onto Blush Blossom textured c.s.
Embossed Artistic Etchings in copper and added some twine and Recollections paper flowers to embellish.

Birthday Fishes


These sweet little mermaids are from Lawn Fawn and the card is for the first ever Fawnatics challenge, to make a birthday card. I didn't have a birthday sentiment in any of my sets so I pieced one together from the Eggstra Special Easter set.
Embossed a heavy white card stock base with bubble circles from Cuttlebug. Shaded the bubbles with Aquamarine and Spring Breeze Nuvo embellishment mousses. Using a wide glue pen I went around the edges of the card and then added Nuvo silver gilding flakes and Jewel Drops in Grey Mist and Sea Breeze to bubbles. The mermaids were colored in Copic markers and cut out with the coordinating die cuts set. Love these images, they make me smile! 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Earresistable


For today's color challenge of Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi and Crushed Curry I used this Easter set from Lawn Fawn. My sister always gets a missing bunny ears card from me. When we were kids she ate the ears off of everyone's chocolate bunny. It didn't take a lot of detective work on Dad's part to find the culprit, she was the only one of us who had a large space between her front teeth :) 
She continued with this ear theft for a while after that, she shaved off the tell-tale prints with her bottom teeth.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mermaids


I have fallen for the Lawn Fawn stamps lately, they really make me happy. This is the stamp set Mermaid For You for the Splitcoast Mixed Media Under The Green Seas challenge. I used SU's Glossy White card stock with Tim Holtz alcohol ink colors of Stream, Citrus, and Sailboat Blue. Worked in both silver and gold mixatives. I used some bubble wrap and white craft ink and smooshed it on top of this when it was dry (it's hard to see in the photo). Sprayed with some blue Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. For the bubbles I stamped it and then added some white gel pen highlights and clear round glass pebbles over top. 
The seaweed was stamped in Versamark and embossed with powder. 
The dune was stamped with the old retired SU Cheesecloth background stamp and the Lawn Fawn sentiment. Stamped, colored, and cut out the merpeople. Glittered up their tails and popped them up. Stitched frame dies is also by Lawn Fawn.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mojo Bunny


For this week's Mojo Monday sketch challenge I used this cute Easter Bunny image from Great Impressions, colored in Copic markers. Stampin' Up! Cool Caribbean card base with SU stencil inked with white craft ink. Designer paper is Perfectly Plaid by Lawn Fawn. Embellished with a few sequins and half pearls. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Mini Egg Carton



I am very happy to be joining the Color Challenge team again today and using the pretty color combo of So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, and Cucumber Crush. 
I used one of the egg cartons from the SU mini and mixed three different acrylic paints to come up with a match for the Saffron. Lots of quilling/paper twirling with the peach and saffron for the flowers part of the challenge. Filled with chocolate eggs for extra points :) And calories :(

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mixed Media Butterfly Girl


For this week's "ghosting" technique challenge on Splitcoast, I used Tim Holtz distress ink colors of Worn Lipstick, Bundled Sage, Iced Spruce, and Wild Honey. Misted the water over top with Stampin' Up! stencil. Added gold Faber Castel texture paste with a Tim Holtz stencil. Using same stencil I added some more of this pattern with craft white ink. Sentiment is also TH. Butterfly girl is by Hot Off The Press. She didn't have facial features so I added some.. Added hints of Wink Of Stella from girl to sentiment.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Kitchen



Had a lot of fun putting this one together. Stamps and dies are from Lawn Fawn, Sprinkled With Love. I used their Perfectly Plaid paper which is a pretty collection for Springtime cards. Made a little towel to hang on the oven door that opens. For the cabinetry I used Stampin' Up!'s Hardwood stamp in Going Gray ink on Whisper White. The floor is Sahara Sand that was embossed with he woodgrain folder.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Mother's Day Butterflies


Love this new (to me) Hero Arts stamp set with butterfly dies. They are really cool, they don't cut out the whole thing, only partial cuts so it opens on the page. Pool Party and Whisper White card stocks, Copic markers, SU ink colors of Real Red, Primrose Petals, Positively Pink, and Pretty in Pink. Used me ever present Itty Bitty background spatter in Soft Sky.

St. Patrick's Day


Stampin' Up! supplies: Whisper White heavy card stock, gold glimmer paper. Used Brushos crystals with water on watercolor paper, sprayed with Tattered Angels glimmer mist. Stamped Irish Blessing in Versafine Onyx Black ink. Gold embossed Celtic cross and added micro-beaded embellishment to center.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Hey Chick!


For today's Splitcoast Featured Stamper Lyn Tomlin I was inspired by one of her cards that had various critters all over the front with a simple sentiment in black. I used the Stampin' Up! Hey, Chick set from the current SAB mini catalog, colored in alcohol ink markers. Love these crazy hens and chicks :)

Friday, March 3, 2017

Hey, Coffee Chick

This is what my hairdo looked like this morning :)
For the mixed media challenge of Feeling Peeky I used the Stampin' Up chick colored in markers on watercolor paper. For the coffee drips I used a splatter stencil with ColorBox chestnut ink. Used a Tim Holtz stencil on top of this and embossed with Versamark and clear powder. Used Stampin' Up! circles stencil and gold texture paste for other corner and all around edges. Card front was sprayed with Tattered Angels glimmer mists in Pearl and Coffee Shop. Bottom corner was a piece of gold shimmer paper that was embossed with the SU brick wall folder.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Coloring Book


Coloring books for adults have been all the rage for a while and I have picked up quite a few of them. This butterfly was challenging to color, the lines are pretty close together so you can't use too wide of a marker tip. I accidentally made a big crease while adhering to the card stock since the pages are pretty thin. To save it I used the SU butterflies embossing folder and I love how it turned out. I spent WAY too long coloring this so I was happy I could make it work.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Truckin'



Some more Tasty Trucks rolling in today. The first uses up some pieces of designer patterned paper I had lying around and I added some white dots to the colored in truck to copy the background.
The second is basically a case from the mini catalog, made it square and layered it on Hello Honey and More Mustard and added some baker's twine. Some nice easy coloring therapy :) 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mobile Bakery


All supplies used were Stampin' Up!.
I had an extra truck colored from today's color challenge so I made this card. For the awning I used two pinks (Pixie and Pretty In Pink) and the word window punch on an Island Indigo base embossed with the large polka dots embossing folder, SU Sizzix.  Colored the image with markers and embellished with some Indigo baker's twine.

Tasty Trucks


So happy to finally have a chance to use this adorable Saleabration stamp set Tasty Trucks. Whenever I see it I think of the Food Network show The Great Food Truck Race with Tyler Florence. I colored mine in Pool Party, Perfect Plum, and Island Indigo. This is a business envelope sized card made of Pool Party card stock that I stamped in coordinating ink using the retired Itty Bitty Background, a set that I will keep forever! Finished with some Island Indigo baker's twine.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Birthday Blossoms Doodly Doo


For this week's Mojo Monday sketch challenge and the technique challenge at Splitcoast to doodle. I did the doodling around all of the flower petal edges and the bottom of the card. Stampin' Up!'s Birthday Blossoms stamp set, designer paper (unknown SU), card stocks of Whisper White, Pixie, Pink, and Pretty In Pink. I used some silver embroidery thread for the embellishing. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Foil Relief Technique

For the Mixed Media challenge this week of putting the petal to the metal :) I chose this technique, one I have never tried before:

Mini Matisse Foil Relief

On my piece of cardboard I glued some cheesecloth, silk leaves and mini flowers. Covered in tin foil, sprayed with flat black Krylon primer. Used steel wool to rub off color in places. This brings up more of the texture of whatever you used underneath the foil. It is very cool! (Don't be concerned if you don't see the texture right after you add the foil. The magic seems to happen when you spray paint it.) 
Embellished with some paper flowers, rhinestones, a piece of chain, metal sentiment. I used a regular bottlecap, put a floral sticker inside and then crimped all of the edges and added some Crystal Effects to the center.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Succulent



I really love this Stampin' Up! Succulents stamp set and coordinating dies. It's a lot of therapeutic fun working on layering the succulent petals.I used all Stampin' Up! supplies, some of it retired such as the designer paper that was from a scrappin' kit, Subtles micro beads. Current items include candy dot embellishments and Flower Patch stamps for sentiments. Sage Shadow and Pretty in Pink card stocks were used for this card.