Saturday, April 25, 2015

Springs

Valerie Wilson is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog. Her challenge is "Springs".  

Here's what she had to say about this challenge.
"In my town, there is still snow on the ground, but I'm hoping that if we keep thinking "Spring" really hard, that Spring will arrive! To encourage the arrival of Spring, I'd like to see you actually use springs or something that makes things spring up off your project!"
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 admit that I was a bit stymied at first by this challenge, but then serendipity struck. My husband has an old Cross pen and it needed a refill. I unscrewed it to take the innards with me to Staples to be sure I got the correct refill. Lo and Behold! There was a tiny spring inside the pen! I didn't pirate that one, but we periodically get free retractable nib/ball point pens in charity mailings, though in all honesty I wish they'd keep the postage and their stuff instead of inundating us with unrequested things. Anyway, these pens work for about five minutes then run out of ink, so I tested the pens in our desk drawer. The pens that still worked went back into the desk. The pens that were inkless got stripped of their springs, which went up to the craft room to be used in this card and other future Steampunk-style projects.

Twinkie and one of the hats from the Hat Cube were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, then edged with black marker. 

While cleaning my craft room recently, I came across an old 8x8 pad, called Get Happy (Cosmo Cricket), which features painty-looking patterned papers in primary colors. I thought these papers would work really well with the way I had colored Twinkie and his hat. I started to layer the papers to create a scene, then decided that I wanted Twinkie to be flying over a cityscape after launching into the air by his springs.

Out came NY, NY, which was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto one of the patterned papers from the White Basics 6x6 pad (Basic Grey), fussy-cut, then edged with black marker. A strip of green patterned Get Happy paper was cut, edged with black marker, then layered onto a sheet of blue patterned Get Happy paper. I decided that the Road washi tape would be perfect, so I added that between the blue and green patterned papers. NY, NY was adhered over the washi tape. Then I decided that a taxi would look really cute. So out came the Taxi! stamp, which was stamped onto Neenah cardstock, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, edged with black marker, and adhered to the Road washi tape.

The blue Get Happy patterned paper had type on the left side so it needed some type on the right side to balance it. "Proof of Fun" from the Barcode Text set was stamped with London Fog Memento ink. 

Some clouds were needed in the sky, so white cardstock was cut with the Clouds trio of dies (Memory Box), detailed with grey markers, and adhered to the blue Get Happy patterned paper.

It was time for Twinkie to spring up into the air and fly over the city, but first his head got a bit of a trim and then his hat was adhered. A triangle cut from red canvas-textured specialty paper was hand detailed then adhered to Twinkie's back to be a super-hero cape. Foam tape (3M) was added to Twinkie's back and he was adhered in position over the cloudy blue sky. 

Super Hero Text was stamped with Jet Black Archival ink onto the striped Be Happy patterned paper, fussy-cut, edged with a black marker, and a 1/16" eyelet was added. Silver thread was used to connect the sentiment banner with Twinkie's hand and the sentiment was popped up with dimensional foam adhesive. Gold thread was used to add a gold metal spring (these pens only had gold-colored springs!) under each of Twinkie's boots.


The blue scene was edged with Black Soot Distress ink, then mounted onto diagonally striped Be Happy patterned paper. This was adhered to a 5x7 white card and the card told me it was finally done! 

BTW, I tried but couldn't get rid of the shadows caused by everything being popped up and dimensional. Oh well.

Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, April 24, 2015

A Fairy Merry Christmas card

This week's challenge at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is "Anything Goes with an Optional Christmas Twist".  My Outlawz Coloring Challenge teammates, Carla, Penny, Laine, and I challenge you to use create a project for this challenge. You can use any color medium you like, just as long as you color! 

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


I've opted to do the twist, so here's my card with ching chou kuik's Holly Fairy.
 

Holly Fairy was resized in PhotoElements, printed out onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer, then colored with Copic markers. Chalk pencil was used to add shading to her face and blush to her cheeks. White gel pen was used to accent the shiny bits on the holly berries.

The patterned paper, from an old My Mind's Eye 6x6 pad, was layered according to Sketch 297 from Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge blog. All edges were sponged with Bundled Sage Distress ink. My Celtic Band die (Cherry Lynn Designs) was used to die-cut red cardstock.

Here's the sketch so you can see how I did with it, though you'll note that I flipped it 90° to work with Holly Fairy.


Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafting with an Attitude: Freestyle/Fantasy
Die Cuttin' Divas Challenges: Garden Month
The Christmas Challenge #57: Use a Digi

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring Scene


Due to the late arrival of spring temperatures, the trees, shrubs, and spring flowers are finally blooming, so I decided to celebrate by creating a spring scene thank you card.

I started the scene by stamping the barn from the Nature stamp set (Andy Skinner/Stampendous) with London Fog Memento ink onto both Neenah cardstock and Eclipse Tape. The tree from the Nature stamp set was stamped on the right of the barn with a few branches slightly over the barn's roof. The Eclipse Tape version of the barn was fussy-cut and placed over its counterpart and the tree on the left was stamped.

The mask was kept in place and a cast-off curved piece of cardstock was placed over the base of the trees and the barn. The sky was then airbrushed using a B21 Copic marker, the Copic Airbrush System, and a torn piece of cardstock. The spray was directed over the torn top of the cardstock, which was then moved downwards, sprayed again, and so forth.

The curved piece of cardstock was flipped, positioned to cover the sky, and the grass was airbrushed using a YG13 Copic marker.

All masks were lifted and the barn and tree trunks were colored with Copic markers. Since the tree stamp from the Nature stamp set is a bare winter tree, a variety of YG Copic markers were used to add dots around the branches to look like leaves. Some tufts of grass were added here and there too. When I was happy with the spring scene, it was set aside for a bit.

Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna,  Quinacridone Red, and Titan Buff Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt) were painted onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) and allowed to dry. A layer of Media Matte Medium (DecoArt) was sponged over the painted cardstock and allowed to dry. White Media Crackle Paint (DecoArt) was unevenly brushed over the painted cardstock and allowed to dry. The unevenness (Is that a even a word?) of the Crackle Paint application resulted in a variety of crackling. The edges of the cardstock were lightly sanded to reveal even more of the painted cardstock. Some Frayed Burlap Distress and Aged Mahagony Distress inks were sponged over the crackled painted cardstock to add more visual interest.

A Vintage Lace Alterations Decorative Strip die (Sizzix) was used to die-cut brown cardstock. Dies from he Fancy Framed Tags 2 set (Spellbinders) were used to die-cut the brown and crackled painted cardstock. The Thanks die (Elizabeth Craft Designs) was used to die-cut brown cardstock.

The components of the card were assembled and that's all she wrote. 

Thanks for visiting today! 

I shall enter this card into the following challenges: 
Artistic Inspirations Challenges: Anything Goes with a Twist of Spring
A Gem of a Challenge: Spring is in the Air
Crafts 4 Eternity Challenges: Spring

Friday, April 17, 2015

Color and/or Photo Challenge

This week's challenge at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is a color challenge, using a palette from Design SeedsMy Outlawz Coloring Challenge teammates, Carla, Penny, Laine, and I challenge you to use create a project for this challenge. You can use any color medium you like, just as long as you color! 

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


Here's the color palette or the photo inspiration.




Fuschia Fairy was resized in PhotoElements, printed out onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer, then colored with Copic markers. Chalk pencil was used to add shading to her face and blush to her cheeks.

When I was done coloring, the image panel took a ride through my Big Kick to be die-cut with one of the dies from the Card Creators A2 die set (Spellbinders). While it was still in the die, I airbrushed the background with C0, C01, and C02 Copic markers over a torn piece of scrap cardstock. I'd spray along the torn edge, move it over or down, and spray again. This was repeated until I had a cloudy grey sky behind the Fuschia Fairy. Silver Spica glitter pen was used to add some glittery dots for Fuschia Fairy's flight path.

The patterned papers are from scraps of hoarded 12x12 patterned paper from the Origins collection (Basic Grey). I was lucky to have big enough scraps that I was able to use the Card Creator die, the Scalloped Border die (Lifestyle Crafts), and the Scalloped Corner die (Spellbinders). All edges of the patterned paper were sponged with Gathered Twigs Distress ink. The card was finished with a gingham ribbon and bow.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges: In the Middle 
Crafty Cardmaker Challenges: Wings
Deep Ocean Challenges: Things with Wings 
Crafting With An Attitude Challenges: Fantasy
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges: Make Your Own Background

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Going Round in Circles!

Magda Polakow is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog. Her challenge is "Circles".  

Here's what she had to say about this challenge.
"I like using shapes in my projects especially circles. They can give interesting effects on projects depends in what way they are used. I would love to see circles on your creations. How you will use them, depends on your imagination. " 
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!! 


By the way, there are some wonky shadows from the popped up center circle and from the photo corners.

We're finally getting spring-like weather here in the Northeastern U.S. and the wildlife is slowly returning to my back garden. I recently saw that our resident chipmunk had emerged from his burrow so I decided to honor him (or her) by using Yum Yum in this circle challenge!

Yum Yum was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. I am aware that chipmunks don't have turquoise eyes, but I love the combination of brown and turquoise and so does Yum Yum!

When I was done coloring, the image panel took a ride through my Big Kick inside one of the Circles Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders) and was die-cut. The background was then added with my Copics. The circle was set aside while I created a circle-heavy background.

Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, and Titan Buff Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt)
were sponged onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore). When the paint was dry, the same paints were sponged through my Polka Dotty stencil (Wendy Vecchi). While the paint was drying on this sheet, Cobalt Turquoise Hue MFA was mixed with Translucent White MFA and sponged onto another sheet of Mixed Media cardstock. 

The stenciled, painted sheet of cardstock was die-cut with one of the dies from the 5x7 Card Creator die sets (Spellbinders) and a circle from the Circles Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders). Cobalt Turquoise Hue MFA was mixed with Translucent White MFA again and sponged over the Mini Layered Beads stencil (The Crafters Workshop). When the paint dried, the color was different from the other sheet that had been painted with Cobalt Turquoise Hue MFA was mixed with Translucent White MFA, so I touched up the circles with Cobalt Turquoise Hue MFA using a tiny foam brush (note to self: need more!). Much better.

The turquoise cardstock was die-cut with two of the circles from the Circles Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders), the circle border die from the Western Star Border Duo set (Die-namics), a nameplate die (Spellbinders), and an old photo corner die (QuicKutz).

 Splatter Circle (Janet Klein) was stamped onto the larger circle with Potting Soil Archival ink (Ranger), then both circles were edged with the Potting Soil Archival ink. The stamped circle was adhered to the stamped circle, which was then adhered to the brown painted circle. Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to add dimension and shine to Yum Yum's eyes, nose, teeth, and the nut s/he's gripping so tightly.

Here's a tilted close-up of so you can see the shine and dimension created with the Clear Gelly Glaze pen.


"Handle with care", from the Barcode Text set, was the perfect sentiment for the card due to the way Yum Yum is holding that nut and was stamped onto one of the painted die-cut nameplates with Potting Soil ink. 

The matted image circle, border die-cut, and sentiment were adhered to the stenciled and painted card front. The card front was edged with Potting Soil Archival ink and matted onto dark brown cardstock. The two photo corner die-cuts were adhered to the upper corners to finish the card.

Thanks for visiting. I think I'll leave you with a song plant , Will It Go Round In Circles?, by Billy Preston. Enjoy! 

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges: In the Middle 
Loves to Scrap Challenges: Stripes or Dots 
CCEE Stampers Challenges: Stencils
Stamps and Stencils Challenges: Anything Goes 

Friday, April 10, 2015

April Showers

This week's challenge at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is "April Showers."  My Outlawz Coloring Challenge teammates, Carla, Penny, Laine, and I challenge you to use create a project for this challenge. You can use any color medium you like, just as long as you color! 

Our April sponsor at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is Sweet Pea Stamps, who is offering our lucky winner four 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 using Sweet Pea/Lisa Victoria's Rain Dragon. 

 
Rain Dragon was resized in PhotoElements, printed out onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer, then colored with Copic markers. When I was done coloring, the image panel took a ride through my Big Kick to be die-cut with one of the dies from the Card Creators A2 die set (Spellbinders). While it was still in the die, I colored the background with a custom-blended less than TO Copic marker. 

The patterned paper is from the seriously old, almost used up My Mind's Eye 6x6 patterned paper pad, Quite Contrary. and were layered according to Sweet Sunday's Sketch #263, which is below so you can see how I did.
All edges were sponged with Antique Linen Distress ink (Ranger). Three yellow rhinestones were added to finish the card.

Here's the sketch so you can see how I did!


Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
•  Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #263
7 Kids Challenges: Anything Goes with a Twist of Spring Colors
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges: April Showers and/or Spring Flowers

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

In Stitches!

Coby van Willigenburg is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog. Her challenge is "Stitches". This is what she had to say about her challenge.
"I love stitches in my creations, sometimes stamped, sometimes made with the hand, and sometimes with the sewing machine. I challenge you to use stitches in 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!!




I will preface this dissertation with the bold statement, "I do not sew!" Having said that, I did, in fact, hand sew on this project and only drew blood once! Best of all, I did NOT bleed on my project.

Since my whole idea for this card hinged upon the premise that I'd be able to turn Arwen's Skully into a canvas garland. I was delighted to discover that I was mostly able to stamp a joined row of
Skullies onto canvas with the help of my Stamp-a-ma-jig stamp positioner. The Skully garland was then painted with Translucent White Media Fluid Acrylic paint (DecoArt), which gave the skulls n' bones an aged look. A Pitt pen was used to go over the lines that had been touched with the paint and to darken the black here and there. A Copic marker was used to add grey to the eyeholes.  When done, the Skully garland was fussy-cut using scissors and an exacto knife. 

I have a motherlode of patterned paper scraps and like to use them.  Folded Tags was stamped onto three green matching-ish patterned paper scraps with Leaf Green Archival ink (Ranger). All three were fussy-cut, edged with Leaf Green Archival ink, positioned slightly offset, and adhered to one another. This border was then adhered to a large scrap of blue patterned paper. Using Tim's ruler, I poked holes along the bottom and sides of the Folded Tags, then sewed xxxxx along the bottom and ran a straightish stitch up either side. The hole-poking, needle-threading, stitching, bandaiding, and such took an inordinate amount of time, probably more than the rest of the project combined. I am not a seamstress. Sad, but true.

But I digressed, which is shocking. Or not.

Penelope and one of the dogs from Bark Cube were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, edged with a Pitt pen, and fussy-cut. Clear Gelly Glaze pen was used to add dimension to the scissors and to the dog's nose. White Gelly Glaze pen was used to add white shiny dimension to his teeth. My Exacto blade was used to cut a slit in the corner of the dog's mouth. Green thread was tied around Penelope pigtails and some pink chalk was added to her cheeks for that healthy glow. Penelope and the dog from the  Bark Cube were adhered to the background. The Skully garland was added with the garland being positioned to look as though it had been cut by Penelope's scissors. A bone from a slightly tattered canvas Skully was inserted into the slit in the dog's mouth.

"Shenanigans" from Barcode Text #2 was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto blue patterned paper, then die-cut with one of the dies from the Stitched Speech Bubble die set(Spellbinders), which was then dutifully stitched with blue thread to be all matchy-matchy. I'm cool like that. It was added to the card front and I called the card done.

Thanks for visiting today.

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Fashionable Stamping Challenges: Sew What
Through The Purple Haze Challenges: Anything Goes
Inky Chicks Challenges: Stitching