Friday, April 18, 2014

April Showers

It's Friday, which means that it's time for me to post my card for the Outlawz Alcohol Marker Group! Our sponsor this month is Make It Crafty, so be sure to join April's challenges for a chance to win a prize from them. Even better, they've offered up an extra prize for an additional draw for those who use a MIC image.  Such a great prize so make sure you get those alcohol markers out and get colouring!

This week's challenge at the Outlawz Alcohol Marker Group is a photo inspiration.


Here's the photo:

My card also qualifies for the current Stampotique Designers Challenge, which is April Showers! Here's what Carol, this week's hostess, had to say about her challenge.
" I love the early months of the year and to me I only have to hear the month April and instantly in my head the song from Bambi is playing, and I am now humming, drip, drip, drip, little April showers, so use water, rain and April showers as your inspiration this week"
Here's my card, using Yum Yum and Rain Drops.

Yum Yum was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock and onto Eclipse Tape. The Eclipse Tape version was fussy-cut to be used as a mask. The umbrella stencil from the Accessories 6x6 stencil by Tando Creative was positioned over him so that the umbrella's handle was atop the seed held by Yum Yum, then the umbrella was traced into position. Rain Drops was stamped repeatedly using London Fog Memento ink.

Yum Yum, all the Rain Drops, and the sky between the drops were colored with Copic markers with colors (very loosely) taken from the photo inspiration (above).Yum Yum's mask was adhered into position and the area above the umbrella was covered with Post-It notes. TG01 Copic marker was used to airbrush the background behind Yum Yum.

The umbrella stencil from the Accessories 6x6 stencil was traced onto patterned paper from an old 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye, fussy cut, shaded with Copic markers, shaped, then smooshed into a VersaMark inkpad, and heat set with two layers of Clear Detail embossing powder. This umbrella was adhered into place using dimensional foam adhesive.

Several layers of Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen was added to Yum Yum's eyes, the umbrella handle, the embossed umbrella, and each of the Rain Drops. Since you can't see the effect of the Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen in the photo above, here's a close-up photo, which was taken at an odd angle.


The patterned papers are from an old 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye. All layers were edged with either Victorian Violet or Peacock Feathers Distress inks. The sentiment was computer generated, die-cut, sponged with Pumice Stone Distress ink, mounted on another die-cut, then adhered to the card.

Thanks for visiting today.

This card shall be entered into the following challenges:
Charisma Challenge #8: April Showers
Creative Knockouts #33: Furry or Feather Friends
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges: Animal Antics


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stampotique New Release Blog Hop!

If you are a fan of our Facebook page you may have already gotten a sneak peek of some of the new images we are excited to be releasing today.  We hope you will join us for the blog hop to see a variety of those images.

There are lots of new images from our favorite stamp designers and we are proud to welcome one of our newest stamp designers, Magda Polakow. You have seen tons of her fabulous creations as part of Stampotique's design team.  We think you will find a few stamps that you must have!

Join us through the blog hop for your chance to win some random goodies – we will be randomly drawing two winners for a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps at the Stampotique online store.  The new stamps should be available over there now.

Also, make sure you hop all the way through for an exciting announcement on our Stampotique Designers Blog for an additional chance to win some goodies and some additional recognition as an artist.

You should have arrived to my blog from Kay Wallace's blog, if you did not arrive from there you may want to start the hop at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog.   

When you are finished visiting my blog you will want to hop on over to Coby vanWillingenburg's blog, where you're sure to see something fabulous.

Here's my card, which represents my future. It features the kitties from Kitty Squad (#4041Q) and Verdette (#9260).



 Kitty Squad (#4041Q) was stamped several times using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Verdette (#9260) was also stamped the same ink. All images were colored with Copic markers and fussy-cut. 

The patterned paper is from the Miss Caroline 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye. The Grand Madison Window die is from Poppy Stamps. The bird die is from Memory Box. I don't recall who made the branch die. Bad me. 

I was going to use the sentiment "You say Cat Lady like it's a bad thing." Sadly, including thirteen cats in a scene took more room than I thought, so I went with Plan B and used my trusty label maker.

Here's my second card that features Happy, Happy, Happy (#6175T).
 
Happy, Happy, Happy (#6175T) was stamped onto a sheet of ledger patterned paper from an old 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye. Surprisingly, it was colored with Copic markers. The balance of the patterned papers are from The Life of the Party 6x6 pad by Basic Grey. All edges were sponged with Walnut Stain Distress ink!

Now that you've seen my two cards, thanks for visiting, and  hop on over to Coby vanWillingenburg's blog!
  
Have fun hopping, we will be pulling the random winners of the blog at our next challenge on April 23, 2014.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Celebrating Spring!

It finally feels like spring here in the Northeast. The weather is warmer, the trees, bushes, and flowers are beginning to bloom. The bunnies and chipmunks are back. Best of all,  the birds are in the breeding plumage and singing!

Here's a tall card featuring SCACD's Folk Heart Bird digital stamp.


Folk Heart Bird was resized in PhotoElements and printed onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer. She was colored using Shinhan Touch Twin Brush markers and Copic markers. Shinhan Touch Twin markers are new to me and I wanted to check 'em out. I used three of them for the lavender/purple parts of the bird. The balance of the bird was colored with Copic markers. she was then fussy cut and put aside.

SCACD's Breezy Branches Statement Corner and Classic Timepiece dies were used to die-cut white cardstock. The branches and leaves on the Breezy Branches Statement Corner  were colored with Copic markers. The flourishes and hands of the clock face of the Classic Timepiece were popped out and colored with Copic markers. The rest of the clock was colored with the Shinhan Touch Twin markers. The flourishes and hands were placed back into the clock face. Some Pink Rhinestones by Kaisercraft were added to the clock face to add a bit o' bling!

Blue cardstock was used as the card front. The colored Breezy Branches Statement Corner die-cut was adhered to the upper right. The clock was "dangled" with thread from the branches of the tree. The bird was positioned on top of the clock.

A Memory Box Grass die was used to die-cut white cardstock and was then colored with Copic markers. The grass was adhered to the bottom of the blue card front. White cardstock was colored pink, yellow, and orange, punched with a hand-held flower punch, then shaped. The flowers were adhered to the tree, in the "air", to the clock, and to the grass using ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever. An old Paper Shaper dragonfly punch was used to punch white cardstock, colored with the Shinhan Touch markers, then brushed with several layers of Clear Wink of Stella Glitter pen. The wings were folded up and the dragonflies were adhered to the card front.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges!
A Little Bit Crafty Challenge: The Birds and Bees
Animal Friends Challenges: Springtime
Crafter's Café Challenge Blog: Spring
Crafting for All Seasons: Dies and Punches
Creative Card Crew: Spring

Friday, April 11, 2014

Keep Calm and...

It's Friday, which means that it's time for me to post my card for the Outlawz Alcohol Marker Group! Our sponsor this month is Make It Crafty, so be sure to join April's challenges for a chance to win a prize from them. Even better, they've offered up an extra prize for an additional draw for those who use a MIC image.  Such a great prize so make sure you get those alcohol markers out and get colouring!

This week's challenge at the Outlawz Alcohol Marker Group is "Keep Calm". Now I have a bunch of images that I could have used that would have reinforced the theme, but I went with something a bit different.

Here it is!

The Wine Bottle and Glass stamp from Kraftin' Kimmie's Wine Me, Dine Me set was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I debated adding my personal wine label, Grapes of Kath, but resisted temptation as the image was already colored to my liking.

Believe it or not, I had "Keep Calm and Carry On " Washi tape, so that set my color palette. I found a wonderful gradient grey and white patterned paper in the Elegant 6x6 pad by Authentique that worked really well with the Washi tape and the colored image panel.

"Keep Calm", the matted image panel, and "and" were adhered the patterned paper. I grabbed a very, very, very old pack of alphabet rub-ons by Making Memories (company defunct) and used that for the "Drink Wine" part of the sentiment. "Good" was from the Christmas Remnants rub-ons by Idea-ology.

I matted the layers, added ribbon, tied on a grapes charm, and called it done!

Thanks for visiting today!

Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday Challenges: Anything Goes
 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lovebirds!

Magda is hosting this week's Stampotique Designers Challenge, which is "Use a Pen". If you'd like to 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 a great prize!!!
This is what Magda said about her challenge.
"I always have a pen or pencil with me. Always with notebook full of drawings and doodles. I'm sure not only me! I would love to see a pen in your project. It can be a drawing, doodles, or simply some journaling. It might be even a single word. I'm looking forward to see your entries for this challenge!"
Apparently I misunderstood this challenge. I thought I was just supposed to use markers. Maybe that was wishful thinking on my part since I rarely (never) doodle and also never use my own handwriting in any of my work. I can't imagine doing so. It's not that I don't have good handwriting. I do. I just get really, totally, absolutely neurotic about my writing or doodling. If it's not perfect, I re-do it. Over, and over, and over, ad nauseum. Literally. Oh well. It's not easy being me.

So my project uses Copic markers. I tried to do a lot of blending to show my m/bad Copic skillz. You can be the judge of that.

Here my card that uses Stampotique's Lovebirds stamp.

Lovebirds was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers, based on the coloration of the Fischer's Lovebird. Since the birds are so colorful, I kept the design simple and used a sheet of patterned paper from Graphic 45's Tropical Travelogue 8x8 pad, some cool gold and green mesh I've had forever, a die-cut, and some gemstones.

If you're interested about how I found out about loveirds,  I "googled" for information, as I often do when I'm stymied.

Wikipedia states:
"Lovebirds are 13 to 17 centimeters in length and 40 to 60 grams in weight. They are among the smallest parrots, characterized by a stocky build, a short blunt tail, and a relatively large, sharp beak. Wild-type lovebirds are mostly green with a variety of colors on their upper body, depending on the species. Their name stems from the parrots' strong, monogamous pair bonding and the long periods which paired birds spend sitting together."
So apparently lovebirds are a kind of parrot. That was my new fact for the day. I've always loved parrots and especially love seeing them in the wild. That's why I wanted to get Stampotique's Lovebirds stamp.

Here are some stories for you to read if you're bored.

When Beanie, our first cat passed at the age of eighteen, our daughter, aged nine at the time, told us,
"I've been doing some research. Our next pet should be a parrot since they live up to eighty years and I don't want to go through this again."
Here's another parrot story. My parents used to celebrate New Year's Eve with friends, one of whose birthday was January 1st. My parents and their friends liked to partake of spirits and that particular New Year's Eve, they did just that. They woke up the next day and my dad looked out the bedroom window, only to see a parrot in their crabapple tree. At first he thought he was a wee bit hung over and was hallucinating. So he called us all into the room and we told him we saw the parrot too and since we were young children, he believed us. So he decided he was being pranked and called the birthday boy to congratulate him on a great joke.  The birthday boy claimed innocence. So we concluded that someone's parrot escaped...

So there you have it.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Catered Crop Challenges: Put a Bird on It.
Hobbycutz Challenges: Flora and Fauna
The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge #67: All Creatures Great and Small

Monday, April 7, 2014

SCACD Elements Rubber Stamp Blog Hop!

SCACD is releasing four rubber stamps which are collectively called The Elements Collection. The four forces of nature served as inspiration for this collection. The essence of water, wind, fire, and earth are captured in these female images thru collaboration with SCACD Artist Carmen Medlin.

SCACD's fabulous design team, along with amazing guest designers, has created an inspiring blog hop showcasing SCACD's new rubber stamps. If you missed part of the hop list, check out all the details at the Store Blog today!

If you live in the U.S., you can now purchase The Elements Collection at SCACD. American and international customers can purchase SCACD's fabulous Digital Stamps at SCACD as well.

If you live outside of the U.S., Quixotic Paperie is your source for SCACD's rubber stamps, including the new release, and for SCACD's incredible dies.

You should have arrived here from Penny's blog, where she no doubt wowed you with a wonderful project! 

Here's my altered notebook featuring Wind, one of the The Elements Collection.

Front Cover

Inside Front Cover and pen using the Feather stamp, that comes with
Wind.

Inside spread with the pen in its place. 

Here follows my incredibly verbose description of the creation of the notebook. If I were you, I'd just skip ahead to the next stop on the hop, which is Susan's blog.

Wind was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. I extended the forest scene at the base of the stamp horizontally. The colored image was fussy-cut, then edged with a black marker to avoid those ghastly white edges that I abhore. Wind was set aside while I continued to work on the notebook.

A while back Target carried a wonderful line of spiral-bound kraft colored notebooks. These notebooks were so easy to alter. All you needed to do was to take off the front and back covers, decorate, and then reassemble! So I stocked up on them, which was a good thing because they're discontinued. 

As stated above, the covers were removed, tissue tape was placed over the canvas portion of the covers to mask them, then the covers were painted with Honey Dew, Tinned Peas, Moonlight, and Lake Wanaka Fresco Finish Acrylic paint. Each layer was heat set. The front cover received special treatment, as was its due. Tinned Peas Fresco Finish acrylic paint was lightly sponged over the Sketch Grid stencil by The Crafter's Workshop, the Gothic Romance stencil by TCW, and the Leaf Frame stencil by TCW. The piece was heat-set every time I switched out a stencil.

The inside front cover and both sides of the back cover were painted with Honey Dew Fresco Finish Acrylic paint. A piece of cling film was scrunched up and used to apply Tinned Peas FF paint over the Honey Dew paint. Again, the paint was heat set.

The tissue tape was pulled off the front cover only to discover that some paint seeped under the tissue tape on the front cover. Bummer. However, there was an easy fix. I grabbed some Washi tape, colored it with a Copic marker that I had used on the Wind image, and applied the tape over the black canvas and discovered that the canvas was not straight. Oh well. It wasn't my mistake and it didn't make me nutsoid, so I let it ride.

I retrieved my colored and fussy-cut Wind piece and used Matte Glue and Seal to adhere it to the painted cover. A Compass Coin, a Game Spinner, and two Adornment wings, all by Idea-ology, were adhered to the cover using Best Glue Ever by ScraPerfect. A Word Band was painted with Moonlight and Eggplant Fresco Finish Paint, then the paint was wiped off the surface, but remained in the debossed words. The Word Band was adhered using Best Glue Ever by ScraPerfect, then colored twine was used to attach three feather charms.

I found a suitable quote online, printed it out onto parchment paper, die-cut it, and edged it with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink. The feather stamp, available with Wind was stamped with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink and colored with Copic markers. The die-cut was adhered to the inside front cover.

The inside back cover had a pen which was attached with a loop. The cartridge of the pen was kraft-colored cardboard. I painted it the same way I had painted the inside and back covers and heat set it. I flipped the feather stamp rubber-side up, inked it with the Chipped Sapphire Distress ink, and rolled the pen across the stamp. I didn't get perfect impressions, but I thought they looked cool, so they stayed. I colored the feathers with a China Blue Distress marker. 

Now that you've seen my project and read my dissertation, Susan's blog is your next stop! I'm quite sure she has some wonderful eye candy for you!

If you've gotten lost along the way or want to start over, Alex's blog is the first stop!

I shall enter this project in the following challenge:
Moxie Fab World: Stylin' with Stencils!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Boing! Boing! Spring has sprung!

It's Friday, which means that it's time for me to post my card for the Outlawz Alcohol Marker Group! Our sponsor this month is Make It Crafty, so be sure to join April's challenges for a chance to win a prize from them! This week's challenge at the Outlawz Alcohol Marker Group is "Spring has Sprung" and don'tcha know that I had the perfect stamp for it!

Here's my card, using the Steampunk Birds sheet from Chocolate Baroque.

The two-birds-on-springs and the small-bird-on-a-spring were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock. I decided that the birds-on-springs were bluebirds-of-happiness, so they were colored as Eastern Bluebirds using Copic markers The grass and cloudy sky were also created with Copic markers.

The patterned paper is from the Kioshi 6x6 pad by Basic Grey. It's an old pad, but I love the colors and patterns!

Vellum was die-cut with the Talk Bubbles dies by Simon Says Stamp and the "Boing, Boing" sentiment was stamped onto it with Palette Hybrid ink.

SCACD's Breezy Branches Statement Corner die was used to die-cut white cardstock, which was then colored with Copic markers. The card was assembled and the die-cut was positioned in the upper right hand corner.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges.