Friday, August 29, 2014

Just Chillin'

This week's challenge at Outlawz Alcohol Markers Challenges is Anything Goes and/or Christmas.
Outlawz Alcohol Markers Challenges is now a coloring challenge! You can use alcohol markers, other markers, colored pencils, and any other coloring medium. The only requirement is that you color an open line image!

August's sponsor for the Outlawz Friday's Coloring Challenges is Bombshell Stamps. The winner of this month's challenge will win his or her choice of a digital set of stamps.

You should definitely enter this challenge and should also visit my Outlawz Coloring Challenge Teamies' blogs for inspiration! Carla, Dawn, and Penny are seriously talented!

Here's my card using one of the penguins from Kraftin' Kimmie's Just Chillin' set.


The penguin was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. When I was done, he took a ride through my Big Kick and was die-cut with a Nestabilities Square die by Spellbinders. The image panel stayed in the die and Old Paper Distress ink was sponged over the die using the fabulous Mini Ink Blending Tool. I now have all of the Mini Distress inks (yahoo!) and discovered something really useful! The Replacement Mini Ink Blending Foams fit inside the back of the cute little ink pads, so my plan is to have a foam for each color!  Stuff like that makes my Virgo-self really happy. It's the "ducks in a row" thing applied to inkpads.

I digressed, but at least my digression shared useful info! Now back to my card... I popped the image panel out of the die and used my Stardust Clear Glitter pen to add some sparkle to the ice under the penguin. When the ink was dry, I used the Clear Gelly Glaze pen to the ice, the penguin's beak, and his eyes. I built up several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze to add glassy dimension and shine. My Quickie Glue pen was used to add glue to adhere White Fun Flock to the pom-poms on the penguin's hat and scarf. In looking at the card, I should have added the Fun Flock to the hat's brim too. Oh well.

Here's a close-up so you can see the glassy shine and dimension of the ice and the fuzziness of the flock, which is whiter irl.

The patterned papers are really old, from the Jovial 6x6 pad by Basic Grey. I followed Papertake Weekly's Sketch #88. The flag is from the Fishtail Stax by Die-Namics. The sentiment is by Rubber Soul. It was die-cut using a die by Just-Rite, kept in the die, and sponged with Old Paper Distress ink.

Here's the sketch!



Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hope

Meet Hope, one of the fairies in SCACD's wonderful new Zen Beauties collection of rubber stamps.


Hope was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. I went over her wings and the floating orb with Clear Stardust Glitter pen. The orb was then coated with a layer of Diamond Glaze to add dimension and a glassy shine. I used a stylus to score the cardstock, then tore it along the score lines. The torn edges received a coating of Clear Stardust Glitter pen as well. Sadly you can't really see the lovely glittery goodness. Silly camera. Sillier photographer!

Since Hope was colored while I was at my mother's house a while back, I got to choose papers that worked with her. Fortunately and somewhat shockingly, I remembered that I had old patterned papers from Memory Box in my stash that I thought might work with the color scheme I used to color Hope. I'm glad to say that I was right! Better yet, I knew where I had stored the patterned paper! Eureeka! I should mention that I added a tiny bit of pink marker to the horizontal strips of patterned paper to reinforce the pink I used on Hope and her toadstool.

The card's layout is based on Sketch #48 from Papertake Weekly Challenges. The edges of the cardstock were sponged with either Shaded Lilac Distress ink or New Sprout Memento ink. Since the fairy is named Hope and I coincidentally had a Hope die from Elizabeth Craft Designs, I decided to use that same die to die-cut silver glitter cardstock by DCWV, which was placed according to the sketch to form my sentiment.

Here's Papertake Weekly's Sketch #48


Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly Challenges: Sketchie Free-for-all
Inky Chicks Challenges: Fairies
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge #118: Two or more patterned papers 
Crafty Cardmakers Challenges: World of Fantasy
Miriam's Crafting Blog Challenges: Fantasy 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog: Anything Goes

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Under the Sea

It's Arwen's turn to host the Stampotique Designers Challenges and here's what she's got to say about it!
Who doesn't remember Arielle, The Little Mermaid? :)
I love the sea and the residents there. Mixed with fantasy and mysticism, it's a perfect theme for a Stampotique Challenge! Let me see what your underwater world looks like!
If you'd like the chance to win $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules, so that you'll have the chance to win a great prize!!!

My card features Stampotique's Birdy Up (Kira Nichols) stamp. I know I use it a lot. I love it because I love birds, birdwatching, and am somewhat birdbrained. I also love that it's so versatile. You can use one birdy, two birdies, three birdies, or all four. You can keep 'em as is, you can fussy-cut them, you can add costumes and accessories, kinda like I have here.

Here's my card, which is a little "out there", even for me. 

I stamped Birdy Up using Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock. I colored three of the birdies with Copic markers,  fussy-cut them, edged them with a black marker, and put them aside while I worked on the background and their accessories.

I started my background by mixing DecoArts' Primary Cyan Media Fluid Acrylic paint with Titanium White Media Fluid Acrylic paint. This was sponged horizontally onto a piece of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock by Strathmore. While it was still wet, I mixed some Primary Cyan Media Fluid Acrylic paint with Primary Yellow Media Fluid Acrylic paint to get a nice turquoise. This was sponged over the blue background using horizontal sweeps. I wasn't stoked about the color, so I created a wash with Cobalt Teal Hue Media Fluid Acrylic paint and water and sponged it over the cardstock. Much better.

The next step was to create a green paint by mixing Primary Cyan Media Fluid Acrylic paint with Primary Yellow Media Fluid Acrylic paint. This was sponged over the Kelp Forest stencil by The Crafter's Workshop. Please note that this stencil (and five others) are by Carmen Medlin and are based on the stamps in Montage Sets 1 and 2 by Susana Loves Stamps. I think that these stencils and stamp sets will work swimmingly well together (pun intended).

But I digressed. When the paint was dry, I mixed Burnt Sienna, Titanium White, and Vermillion Media Fluid Acrylic paints to come up with a sand color, which I painted over the base of the cardstock to become the sea floor. It didn't look as sandy as I wanted and I remembered that I had something in my stash that would work well! Better yet, I remembered where I put it (which is sadly a rare occurance). Diamond Glaze, a dimensional clear adhesive, was applied over the sea floor and tiny glass beads were poured over the adhesive. As per my usual modus operandi, I edged the piece with Black Soot Distress ink.

Now it was time to change my air-dwelling Birdy Up birds to sea-dwellers. Round Ideology fragments were edged with a Krylon silver leafing pen. Diamond Glaze was added to the back of each fragment, then placed over each bird's head to become a deep-sea diving helmet. Silver embroidery floss was attached next to each helmet to become air hoses and clear Dew Drops by The Robin's Nest were added to become air bubbles.Voila! My birds could now breathe underwater!

The piece was missing something, so I added Linen Magic Mesh to the sides of the piece, used Dymo Tape for the sentiment, and used jute string to adhere silver charms.
 

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
A Random Fan Challenge #13: Anything Goes
Aurora Wings Challenges: Under The Sea
The Crazy Challenge: Cute Little Animals
Stampin with the Dragon: Sun, Sand, and Sea 
 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Angelic, like me!

This week's challenge at Outlawz Alcohol Markers Challenges is Angels because today is Be An Angel Day! Personally, I think it should Be an Angel like Kathi Day because we know that I'm the angelic sort. *giggle*

Here's some info for you!
"Be an Angel Day encourages us to do acts of kindness, and to help others. This special day has strong religious roots. Jayne Howard Feldman, the creator of this day, says she was inspired by angels to create this day on August 22.
The objective of this day is to be like an angel, and do something good or kind for someone who is in need of help. The type of angelic help you can offer is not defined or limited. It can be physical, emotional, or spiritual.
Be an Angel Day is for both the giver and the receiver. If you are the receiver, make certain to express your appreciation."
 Outlawz Alcohol Markers Challenges which is now a coloring challenge! You can use alcohol markers, other markers, colored pencils, and any other coloring medium. The only requirement is that you color an open line image!

August's sponsor for the Outlawz Friday's Coloring Challenges is Bombshell Stamps. The winner of this month's challenge will win his or her choice of a digital set of stamps.

You should definitely enter this challenge and should also visit my Outlawz Coloring Challenge Teamies' blogs for inspiration! Carla, Dawn, and Penny are seriously talented!

My card features SCACD's Hannah, one of the lovely stamps from the Mythical Reflections Collection.


Hannah was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. A touch of Gold Spica Glitter pen by Copic was added to her headpiece and wings.

The patterned papers are from the Botanical Tea 6x6 and 8x8 pads by Graphic 45. The image panel, patterned brown cardstock, and gold metallic cardstock were die-cut with Nestabilities dies by Spellbinders. One of the two dies included in SCACD's Classic Corner Die set was used to die-cut gold metallic cardstock. These were placed on the upper corners of the image panel.

A Die-Namics die from one of their Blueprints sets was used to cut the scalloped border. One of the two dies included in SCACD's Classic Corner Die set was used to die-cut gold metallic cardstock. The Delicate Chain die by Poppystamps/Memory Box was used to die-cut gold metallic cardstock and the chain was added to the scalloped border.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion Challenge #226: At Least Three Patterned Papers
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges: Anything Goes
My Sheri Crafts Challenges: Be An Angel
Paper Take Weekly Challenges: To Die For

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Flowers and Friends

 It's Kristen's turn to host the Stampotique Designers Challenges and here's what she's got to say about it!
"We may be nearing towards the end of summer, and for most, the flowers are fully bloomed, but for me, some of the best flowers are yet to come.  I love the gigantic sunflowers and the autumn mums, and for that reason, I challenge you to use flowers in your creations this week. Have fun!"
If you'd like the chance to win $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules, so that you'll have the chance to win a great prize!!!

Here's my rather large card that features Stampotique's Happy Head Appliances Cube, Cousin Carmine, Angel , and Merry Fairy. The stamp artists for all that I used are Daniel Torrente and Jill Penney.

 
The heads of Cousin Carmine, Angel , and Merry Fairy were stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink, die-cut with Nestabilities Circle dies by Spellbinder, colored with Copic markers, and matted with black cardstock scalloped circle die-cuts. These were set aside while I created the "flowers".

The hats from the Happy Head Appliances Cube were stamped onto leftover scraps of sponged, stenciled cardstock, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, then shaped with embossing styli (styluses?). Additional circles were die-cut from white cardstock, covered with adhesive, and the hats were adhered with the points facing inwards, to form flower petals. The colored, matted heads of Cousin Carmine, Angel , and Merry Fairy were adhered to the centers of the flowers.

Washi tapes were adhered to the base of yellow patterned KMA cardstock (from the dark ages) and ribbon was adhered to form the flowers' stems. The yellow cardstock was matted with dark red cardstock, then adhered to the card.

Clear and light blue vellum was die-cut with a Paper Trey Jar and Lid die. The blue vellum was adhered to the clear vellum then the jars were adhered over the ribbon stems. White Wink of Stella pen was used to add detail to the jar. The flower heads were adhered to the ribbon stems, then additional ribbon was formed into loops and adhered to the stems to become leaves.

The sentiment was computer generated and printed onto the same yellow patterned KMA cardstock using a laser printer. This piece was die-cut and adhered over the three jars. Gemstones were added to finish the card.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
My Besties UK Challenge: Anything Goes and Flowers
Simon Says Monday Challenges: Anything Goes
Hiding in My Craftroom Challenges: Use Ribbon
Inkspirational Challenges: Use Red, Orange, and Yellow

Friday, August 15, 2014

The colors of Bliss!

This week is a color challenge at Outlawz Alcohol Markers Challenges, which is now a coloring challenge! You can use alcohol markers, other markers, colored pencils, and any other coloring medium. The only requirement is that you color an open line image!


August's sponsor for the Outlawz Friday's Coloring Challenges is Bombshell Stamps. The winner of this month's challenge will win his or her choice of a digital set of stamps.

Here's the color palette from Design Seeds:
You should definitely enter this color challenge and should also visit my Outlawz Coloring Challenge Teamies blogs for inspiration! Carla, Dawn, and Penny are seriously talented!

Here's my card, featuring Bliss, one of the four beautiful new fairy stamps in SCACD's Zen Beauties set.


Bliss was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. C00, C0, C1, custom-blended Less than B60, and B60 Copic markers were used to create the cloudy sky behind her. Silver Copic Spica glitter pen was used to add trails of glitter issuing from her fingers and feet, as well as lines of glitter on her wings.

Patterned cardstock from Club Scrap was die-cut with a Decorative Labels Eight Nestabilities die from Spellbinders. This was then die-cut with a Nestabities Labels Eight die to create a frame. The same die  was used to die-cut her image panel, which was adhered inside the decorative frame. This frame was adhered to patterned paper from My Minds Eye, then matted onto silver glitter paper by DCWV. The matted image panel was adhered to the card front made from the same green patterned cardstock from Club Scrap. Gemstones by Kaiser Craft (for sale at 50% off!) were added to finish the card.

Thanks for visiting today! 

I shall enter this in the following challenges:
Creatalicious Challenge #66: Up in the Sky 
Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards Challenge #71: Fairies
 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Music Inspiration Challenge!

It's my turn to host the Stampotique Designers Challenges and here's what I've got to say about it!
"I love music and enjoy most genres ranging from liturgical music to rap, from classical to head-bangin' rock! Music fills my soul and moves me emotionally and physically.

Let's see how music inspires you! Use song lyrics, music notation, or words associated with music in your project and share it with us!

Have fun! I can't wait to see what you all create!"
If you'd like the chance to win $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules, so that you'll have the chance to win a great prize!!!

I'm sad to say that I have not completed my project for this or any other challenge.

It's been a rather wacky summer and my mojo and energy level are currently located on the construction-congested Staten Island Expressway and/or the Belt Parkway. I've spent ridiculous amount of time this summer in bumper-to-bumper traffic on both of these horrific roadways.

Please visit my team members blogs to see how they've interpreted my challenge!

Bwa ha ha! I'm back with my project, which is a page for a mini-book that I have been planning for quite some time. My musical inspiration is Cheap Sunglasses by ZZ Top.

Here it is!

Smitten Moustache Monsters (Kira Nichols) was stamped twice with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. One set was colored with Copic markers and fussy cut. The moustaches and belly parts were fussy cut, colored with Copic markers, then run through a Xyron machine to apply adhesive to the front of the image. Caramel Latte Fun Flock by Stampendous was applied to the adhesive on the moustaches and beards. ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever was used to adhere the flocked moustaches and beards in place. Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen was added to the one pair of visible eyes and the horns of two of the monsters.

The sunglasses are metallic charms that I had forever. I cut the temples and the charm loop, bent the glasses slightly, and adhered the sunglasses over the eyes of two of the monsters.

I set my Smitten Moustache Monsters aside and went to work on my background. I cut a piece of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock by Strathmore to 6x6. I sponged Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Scattered Straw, and Spiced Marmalade Distress ink onto the cardstock using Mini Ink Blending Tools and Mini Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foam. You can't see it now, but I achieved a really nice gradient, which pleased me. Then I messed it up. Water was misted over the piece using an Inkssentials Mini Mister, which added a nice mottled look. The piece was heat set, then more of the same color Distress inks, plus Picked Raspberry and Rusty Hinge Distress inks were sponged over the 50s Clock stencil by The Crafter's Workshop (50% off!). I dampened a sponge with water and sponged over the stencil to remove some of the ink, then I heat set the piece again. I decided more was more, so I sponged Distress inks over the Bubbles Dylusions stencil. This stencil seems to be sold out, but the other Dylusions stencils are on sale, so check 'em out! I still wasn't satisfied, so I sponged more Distress ink over the Flower Frenzy stencil by The Crafter's Workshop. I liked the layers of pattern better, but now it looked too bright, so I sponged Picket Fence Distress Stain over the piece, wiped it off, liked it all better, so I heat set it.

The edges of the piece were distressed with the Heart Attack Distressing tool by WR Memory Keepers. The tattered edges were roughed up a bit more with the edge of a pair of scissors, then sponged with Picked Raspberry and my beloved Black Soot Distress ink.

Black metallic cardstock was die cut with Memory Box's Virtuoso Music die-cut, a Die-Namics Treble Clef die, and old Mini Khaki dies by QuicKutz. The treble clef and music staff die-cuts were adhered to the inked, stenciled page, then the Smitten Moustache Monsters were adhered to the music staff. The sentiment was added, then the piece was adhered to black cardstock!

Here's a bit of the back story. After a year of steady deterioration of my eyesight, I had cataract surgery in January 2014. I got glasses in fourth grade, so it was amazing that my distance vision was corrected to 20/20! It was indescribable how exciting it was to peel my eye open right after the surgery and read the license plate of the car in front of us to my husband! It's awesome to wake up in the morning and not have to fumble for my glasses. I can drive without my glasses! Almost best of all, I can wear cheap sunglasses!

I will admit that I was flat out terrified about the surgery. My vision is central to my life. All the things that I love to do involve my eyesight. Reading, doing artwork, bird watching, watching television, sightseeing, traveling -- all involve eyesight. When I was a stupid teenager, I cut my corneas with contact lenses. The pain was excruciating and I became very phobic about anything touching my eyeballs. The prospect of losing my vision to cataracts was scary, but so was the surgery. I became a total complete basketcase for the month or so leading up to the surgery. The surgeon changed the date on me twice and I almost caved into my fears, but I went through with it, and am glad I did. There have been complications and I still need glasses for computer, reading, and close work, but all in all. It's been a positive experience even though I don't much like seeing all my gray and my wrinkles! I decided that it would be a good thing to document the whole experience in a mini-book and now I've started. Yay!