Friday, May 29, 2015

Blue Dragon

This week's challenge at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is Anything Goes/Winter Holiday. My Outlawz Coloring Challenge teammates, Carla, Penny, Karen, Vannessa, and I challenge you to use create a project for this challenge. You can use any coloring medium you like, just as long as you color! 

Our May sponsor at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is Sweet Pea Stamps, who is offering our lucky winner three digis of his/her choice from the Sweet Pea Digi Stamp Store.  Play along with us for your chance to win!




Snowflake Dragon was resized in PhotoElements, printed onto Neenah cardstock with my laser printer, then colored with Copic markers. Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen was used to cover the snowflake. A window was die-cut from a piece of patterned paper from a 6x6 pad by Echo Park using one of the dies from the A2 Card Creator die set. The edges of the window and the panel were edged using the same Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen. The patterned paper was matted with white glitter paper (DCWV).

One of the sentiments from the Christmas Remnant Rubs sheet was added to a scrap of patterned paper from the same pad. This was then die-cut with a nameplate (Spellbinders) then adhered to a die-cut cut from white glitter paper. The sentiment was adhered and a sparkly sticker border was added to the card.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges.
Crafting By Designs Challenges: Get Ready for Christmas
Sweet Stamping Christmas Challenges: Cute Christmas
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges: Critters

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tin Is In!

Janet Klein is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog. Her challenge is "Tin Is In!" Here's what she has to say about her challenge!
I am challenging you to use some form of tin in your artwork. Consider incorporating craft tin, tin tape, an Altoid container, a repurposed tin can, or any tin object to incorporate with your stamping.
Put on your "tinking" caps and join us in this challenge to have a chance to win some Stampotique stamps.
If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along with this challenge. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win that great prize!!

I must say that this challenge presented a real challenge for my C.A.D.D. (Crafter's Attention Deficit Disorder). I had so many ideas that I couldn't settle on just one. Then I got really busy with fun life stuff such as a B52s concert (fab!), a nice steak dinner on a new grill (which I learned how to use), and then dinner out with friends. By then, it was screaming deadline time, so this is what came out of my head and hands.


Front view

Side View

The Tinman was stamped onto craft tin (Amaco) once and onto paper backed tin flashing tape (Nashua) several times using Jet Black StazOn ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts).  I let the ink really dry and then used a plastic pointed stylus to trace the stamped lines onto the soft tin. The stamped tin was flipped over, placed back onto the rubber mat, and a paper stump was used to deboss inside the lines of the image. This process was repeated for each of the stamped images. When the pieces were all done, the whole Tinman was fussy-cut from the craft tin version, and the Tinman's head, hat, and chest were fussy-cut from the flashing tape versions. The chest was run through my Big Kick (Sizzix) inside a Steampunk Embossing Folder (Vintaj/Sizzix).

Whilst debossing the images, some of the stamped lines had been rubbed out, so they were replaced with Sharpie-drawn lines. The Tinman was then paper-pieced back together and set aside so a background could be created for him. A small Folk Heart punch (EK Success) was used to punch a piece of the scrap tin, which was then colored with a Copic marker, and added to the Tinman.

Dimensional foam tape (3M) was trimmed down, layered, and adhered to the back of the Tinman.

Angel Wings - 2 Sided was stamped onto craft tin (Amaco) with Jet Black StazOn ink, fussy-cut, then adhered behind the Tinman.

Daniel's Hearts was stamped onto silver metallic cardstock (Recollections) with Frost Dazzle VersaMark (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts) ink and heat set with sparkly black embossing powder. The inside of the hearts were colored with a VersaMarker and heat set with Clear Filagree Fine Detail embossing powder (Stewart Superior). The stamped, heat embossed silver cardstock was then cut to the size of the interior of a candy tin, and the corners were rounded with a punch.

Cerulean Blue and Translucent White Media Fluid Acrylic paints (DecoArt) were mixed, sponged over the embossed silver cardstock, then wiped back to reveal Daniel's Hearts. When this was dry, it was adhered to the inside of the box.

Silver flashing tape was embossed with a 12x2 Gear Box embossing folder (Cuttlebug). Carbon Black MFA paint was sponged onto the embossed flashing tape, then wiped off, leaving the black paint in the debossed area. The painted embossed flashing tape was adhered around the sides of the box.

Silver metallic cardstock (Recollections) was die-cut with all three dies from Medium Steampunk Pipes die set (Memory Box) and Edge Gears (Joy Crafts). The Edge Gears (Joy Crafts) was supplemented with metal gears and added to the bottom of the box's interior. The Medium Steampunk Pipes were assembled, then adhered vertically behind the Edge Gears.

Shiny white semi-translucent vellum was die-cut with the Puffy Clouds dies (Memory Box), then embossed with the Clockworks embossing folder (Cuttlebug). The embossed Puffy Clouds were adhered to the background to look like steam.

The Angel Winged Tinman was adhered to the back of the box.

Red cardstock was die-cut with Eliza Mini alphabet dies (QuicKutz) and adhered to the top of one of the assembled Medium Steampunk Pipes dies. This was then adhered to the bottom of the box. The same shiny white vellum was die-cut with both of the Tiny Bubbles dies, which were then adhered behind the pipe on the left.

Four wooden spooly things (Recollections) were painted with black paint, then glued to the bottom of the tin to become its feet.

Thanks for visiting today.

I shall enter this tin into the following challenges.
Corrosive Challenges: Anything Goes
Love to Create Challenges: Anything Mixed Media Goes
Two Creative Chicks Challenges: Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics Challenges: Anything Goes

Friday, May 22, 2015

Music!

This week's challenge at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is Music. Use an image of a musical instrument, sheet music, musical die-cuts, or song lyrics. My Outlawz Coloring Challenge teammates, Carla, Penny, Karen, Vannessa, and I challenge you to use create a project for this challenge. You can use any coloring medium you like, just as long as you color! 

Our May sponsor at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is Sweet Pea Stamps, who is offering our lucky winner three digis of his/her choice from the Sweet Pea Digi Stamp Store.  Play along with us for your chance to win!


Here's my card with Sweet Pea/Karen Middleton's Musical Pixie.

 
Musical Pixie was resized in PhotoElements, printed onto Neenah cardstock with my laser printer, then colored with Copic markers. I also printed a copy of Musical Pixie onto Eclipse Tape with my inkjet printer. That version was fussy-cut and placed over the colored image. Removable Scotch Tape (3M) was placed across the image to form the horizon. The sky was airbrushed with my B21 marker and Copic Airbrush System. The tape was lifted and YG markers were used to create a grassy lawn. 

The image panel was die-cut using one of the dies from the 5x7 Card Creator Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders). Music patterned paper from the Paddington 6x6 pad (7 Gypsies) was die-cut using a larger die from the same Nestabilities set. The image panel was matted with the music panel and set aside.

I originally planned to use patterned paper for my other layers, but then decided to re-create the airbrushed/drawn background on a larger piece of cardstock to be used as the card front. So I die-cut another sheet of white cardstock, taped a horizon line, and airbrushed the sky, lifted the tape, and drew in the grass. 

Musical Pixie reminded me of the Pied Piper, so I decided that I should create a little audience for Musical Pixie's music. The Breezy Branches Statement Corner die (SCACD), Birds retired die (Poppy Stamps), and the Peace Doves die(Memory Box) were die-cut from white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. The Sitting Cat (Poppy Stamps) and two walking cats from the Cat Set (Impression Obsession) were die-cut from black cardstock. Shimmery vellum was die-cut with one of the dies from the Flags die set (Impression Obsession). Happy Birthday (Savvy Stamps) was stamped onto the Flag die with Jet Black StazOn ink. 

The image panel was adhered to the card front. The colored Breezy Branches Statement Corner die-cut was added to the upper left hand corner. Three little birds were added to the branches. Gold thread was  added to the hole in the stamped vellum flag, which was then adhered over the branches. The thread was adhered under the dove's beak. The card front was adhered to a white card and I called it done!

Thanks for visiting today! 

I shall enter this card into the following challenges.
Scrapy Land Challenges: Birthdays/Celebrations (plus using any brand of die sold at Scrapy Land)
One Sweet Challenge: Things with Wings
The Cheerful Stamp Pad Challenges: Fairies
Crafting for all Seasons Challenges: Birthday with Four of Something (I've got four birds)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue Challenge!

Coby van Willigenburg is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog. Her challenge is "Old, new, borrowed, blue".

If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along with this challenge. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win that great prize!!



I wanted the Flower Truck to be both my "blue" and my "old" element. My goal was to make the Flower Truck look old and rusty. I thought that watercolors might give me the look I wanted and I didn't feel like using my Copic markers.

Flower Truck was stamped with Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger) onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore), then colored with Inktense Pencils (Derwent). I don't have a huge collection of those, so I supplemented some of the blues, greys, and greens with Watercolor Pencils (Derwent) and Distress markers (Ranger). Metallic Silver Gelato (Faber Castell) was used for the emblem, grill (is that what it's called), bumpers, wing mirror, door handle, and hub caps.

When I was happy with the coloring, the Flower Truck was fussy-cut and edged with black marker. The windscreen and side windows received several coats of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to give them glassy dimension and shine. I'm always prattling on about Clear Gelly Glaze pen's magical dimensional properties, so here's a close up so you can actually see it!


My new elements are the patterned paper, which is from the Uncharted 4.5 x 6.5 pad (The Paper Studio) and the Rosettes stencil (Joggles). Salty Ocean Distress ink (Ranger) was sponged over the Rosettes stencil onto a sheet from the Uncharted pad. Then both Salty Ocean Distress and Broken China Distress inks were sponged over the Dot Fade Layering stencil (Stamper's Anonymous) onto the paper. The sheet was die-cut with one of the dies from the A2 Card Creator Nestabilities dies (Spellbinder), then edged with both blue Distress inks and Watering Can Archival ink (Ranger).

Road-patterned Washi tape was adhered to the base of the card front and words from the Life Quotes Remnant Rubs (Idea-ology) were added to the top right and lower left corners. I think that the phrase makes sense. It does to me...

The card front was matted with speckled black cardstock, then adhered to a ready made card.

BTW, the "borrowed" element was going to be a very old car key that I swiped from my parents' huge collection of old keys. Then I decided not to use it. Oh well, at least I got "old", "new", and "blue". Plus, I got out my watercolor pencils and enjoyed using them. That's always a good thing too.

Thanks for visiting today.

I shall enter this card into the following challenges.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges: Stencil It
Smudgy Antics Challenges: Anything Goes
City Crafters Challenges: Inkynes"S"
Cards in Envy Challenges: Hey Dude!
Word Art Wednesdays Challenges: Anything Goes

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Under the Sea

SCACD's Steampunk Sea Turtle was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with black marker. His eyes, periscope lenses, rivets, and cogs were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to make them shiny and dimensional. He was set aside while I created a suitable environment for him.

The Oceana Corner die (Memory Box) was used to die-cut 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore). I used the heavier cardstock because I wasn't sure how I wanted to color the elements in the die. I ended up coloring them with Copic markers and used Black Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to add the fishes' eyes.

Green metallic Bling specialty paper (FiberMark) was die-cut with Weeping Willow Corner die (Memory Box). . 

A perfectly-sized scrap of very old blue patterned paper (Prima) was stenciled with the Gears stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) using Broken China Distress ink, which was also used to edge the paper. The Oceana Corner die (Memory Box) die-cut and the Weeping Willow Corner die (Memory Box) die cut were adhered to the stenciled blue patterned paper. Don't you think the Weeping Willow Corner die (Memory Box) die-cut makes a great sea plant?

My often-used Mini Gear die (Memory Box) was used to die-cut bronze and copper metallic cardstock which were layered and added to the both the corner die-cuts. Clear epoxy circle stickers were adhered along both of the die-cuts as water bubbles.

Kraft cardstock was torn and the edges were further distressed with a distress tool. My trusty VersaMarker was used to darken the edges and add some detail to the kraft cardstock. The torn strips were then layered over the stenciled blue patterned paper. "Steampunk" from the Steampunk stamp set (Hampton Arts for Graphic 45) was stamped with  VersaMark ink  onto the kraft cardstock, then immediately brushed with brown palette chalk to darken it.

Steampunk Sea Turtle was placed into the scene, which was adhered to a kraft card.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Left of Center Challenges: Distress It
• Top Tip Tuesday Challenges: Animals
Cards for Guys Challenges: World Wildlife

Friday, May 15, 2015

A Card for Mother's Day!

This week's challenge at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is a color palette challenge, courtesy of Design Seeds. My Outlawz Coloring Challenge teammates, Carla, Penny, Karen, Vannessa, and I challenge you to use create a project for this challenge using the color palette below. You can use any coloring medium you like, just as long as you color! 

Our May sponsor at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is Sweet Pea Stamps, who is offering our lucky winner three digis of his/her choice from the Sweet Pea Digi Stamp Store.  Play along with us for your chance to win!


I know that Mother's Day was last Sunday, but my mother was out of town and I knew I'd be visiting her this week, so I hand delivered her card, which uses the color palette.

Here's the color palette.

Here's my card!

My mom loves flowers of all sorts, so I decided to use my new Build a Bouquet (Stampendous)stamp set and the corresponding die set to create her card. The vase, roses, hydrangeas, and leaves were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, then die-cut with the Build a Bouquet die set. I must say that I really enjoyed coloring the stamped images and was delighted about how well the dies worked with them.

I wanted the focus to be on the beautiful bouquet, so I kept the card's design fairly simple. The bluish patterned papers, from a 6x6 pad by Bazzill Basics, and  white patterned paper, from a 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye, were die-cut with the same die from the 5x7 Card Creator Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders). The blue patterned papers were layered onto off-white cardstock to form the card front. The City Girl Edger die (Cherry Lynn) and a nameplate (Spellbinders) were used to die-cut the white patterned paper, which had already been die-cut to the correct width.

The City Girl Edger die-cuts were adhered to the top of the card front and over the seam of the layered blue papers. The next step was to position and adhere the vase, flowers, and leaves. The roses image was popped up a bit with some scraps of cardstock.

The sentiment (Purple Onion Designs) was stamped onto the nameplate, which was then adhered to the card front.

By the way, my mom loved the card!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges.
Cherry Lynn Designs Blog Challenges: Roses
Scrapbooker PhD Challenges: Mother's Day/Flowers
Scrapy Land Challenges: Anything Goes
7 Kids College Fund Challenges: Anything Goes

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Celebrate!

Arwen McCullen is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog. Her challenge is "Human with an Animal Head". Here's what she had to say about this challenge.
"I love to combine designs together. This time I want to see something funny. Combine a human body with an animal head. I am looking forward to your creations.."
If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along with this challenge. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win that great prize!!

Here's my journal page that combines Priscilla (Amy Wilson-Wellenstein) and the big bird from Birdy Bonnets (Kira Nichols).


Both Priscilla  and the big bird from Birdy Bonnets were stamped onto Neenah cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, edged with black marker, and assembled. Clear Stardust Glitter marker (Sakura) was added to the crown and Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was added to the beak and the buttons. Liquid Glass (DecoArt) was added to the eye to make it even more dimensional than the beak. This was put aside for several eyes so that the Liquid Glass would dry completely.

Meanwhile, a piece of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was painted with Dark Grey Medium Value 3 Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt). When the paint was dry, Medium Grey Value 6 MFA paint, mixed with Translucent White MFA paint, was sponged over the Stone Wall stencil (Green Pepper Press). English Red Oxide MFA paint, then Translucent White MFA paints were stippled over the stencil to make the stone look variegated. This panel was die-cut with one of the dies from the 5x7 Card Creator Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders), then edged with Jet Black StazOn ink (Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko). 

Brown cardstock was trimmed, edged with Black Soot Distress ink (Ranger), and adhered to the base of the "stone" piece with dimensional foam adhesive.

Yellow, purple, and gold metallic cardstock were die-cut with the dies from Banner Basics set (Spellbinders), then the banner was assembled. It was adhered to the stone panel with dimensional foam adhesive. Purple and Blue Spica Glitter pens were used to add glittery highlights to the tassels and blue rhinestones were added to the points in the banner as well.

Now that I had a suitable setting for my bird-headed jester, comprised of Priscilla and the bird from Birdy Bonnets, he was adhered to the card front using slightly thinner dimensional foam adhesive. I tried to add rub-on and die-cut letters to half-pearls, but I couldn't get 'em to stick. Then I had a "Eureeka!" moment and remembered that I had three sets of alphabet beads from forever ago. Oddly one set of the beads was missing the letter "t" and another set had only had two "e"s. So I combined the sets and adhered them in a loose arc above the bird-headed jester to look as though he were juggling.

I matted the "stone" front onto blue and black cardstock to add a bit of heft to it.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this project into the following challenges.
Crafty Cardmaker and More Challenges: Make Your Own Background 
613 Avenue Create Challenges: Anything Goes/Celebrate
Love to Create Challenges: Anything Goes  
Country View Crafts Challenges: Simply Scenic