Friday, September 4, 2015

Book or Text Challenge

This week's the challenge at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is Books or Text because September 6th is Read a Book Day . My Outlawz Coloring Challenge teammates, Carla, Penny, Karen, Vannessa, and I challenge you to use create a project for this challenge. You should check out their blogs to see their gorgeous artwork.
 

Our September sponsor at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is Norma J. Burnell and Fairy Tangles, who is offering our lucky winner three digis of his/her choice from the Fairy Tangles Store.  Play along with us for your chance to win!




Spellbound was reduced in PhotoElements, printed out with my laser printer onto Neenah cardstock, colored with Copic markers, trimmed down, edged with Black Soot Distress ink (Ranger), and matted on black cardstock. The skull's eye sockets and Lucy Loo's ring were touched with Clear Spica Glitter pen (Copic), then coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura), which was also used on Lucy Loo's nails. 

The book and ephemera strips are from the Rare Oddities 8x8 pad (Graphic 45). The script is from an old 6x6 pad whose name escapes me. All edges were sponged with Black Soot Distress ink, then layered onto a Kraft card.

"Hocus Pocus", from an old Apothecary Remnant Rubs sheet, was rubbed onto the book to finish the card and serve as a sentiment.

Thanks for visiting today! 

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Primary Colors!

Sue Davies is the hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog and her challenge is to "Primary Colours". Here's what she had to say about her challenge.
"Take two of the three primary colours (and the colours that they create when mixed) and just use these on your creation. You can also use black and white if you like. I'm looking forward to seeing what you create."
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!!!  Remember to check to see the deadline for all of this month's Stampotique Designers Challenges!




The first thing you'll notice is that I didn't follow directions. Whereas I did use primary colors, I didn't mix 'em, except for a tiny little bit. Bad, bad me. Either that, or I'm a rebel. Without a cause. I kind of prefer that descriptor. 

Monster News was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts) onto cardstock twice and onto text patterned paper once. All images were colored with Copic markers. The Monster's teeth and claws and Monster's wee bird's eyes and beak were touched with Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to add dimension and shine. One set of the Monster's hands and one newspaper were fussy-cut and edged with Black Pitt Artist Brush pen (Faber Castell). The amputated hands were reattached to hold the newspaper, which had been folded a bit and popped up on various levels of dimensional adhesive. Black cardstock was die-cut with a die from the Nestabilities Pinked Circles die set (Spellbinders). The image panel was die-cut with a die from the Nestabilities Circles die set (Spellbinders) and mounted onto the pinked circle. At this point, I added Glossy Accents (Ranger) to the Monster's eyes. The image panel was set aside safely out of reach while I worked on the rest of the card.

Four circles were die-cut from 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) using a Nestabilities Circles die. The circles were first airbrushed with the same Copic colors used to color Monster News as I wanted a nice even base color. Each circle was spritzed with water and Brusho Crystals (ColourCraft) were sprinkled over top. A few different jars for each color. For example, I used Crimson, Ost Red, and Scarlet. Sadly, being me, that's all I remember as I didn't write down the colors I used. Again. I am a bad, bad me.

I did mix all the Brusho colors on one of the circles because I felt like it. All four circles were adhered to a black cardstock square, then to a white card.

Happy Bird-day was stamped onto music staff paper with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with a Copic marker to make it all matchy matchy. The paper was cut into a strip, folded, trimmed to form a banner, and edged with Black Soot Distress ink (Ranger).

Here's a close-up so you can see the dimension.


Thanks for visiting today! 

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenges: Trio of Colors - I used Red, Yellow, and Blue. 
The Crazy Challenges: Watercolor - Brusho Crystal Colours are water soluble.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I'm Happy as a Lark!

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Here's my first card, using Lark.


Lark (IBFS) was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers.

I roughed up the edges of the image panel using my Distress Tool (Tonic), then went with a CAS design using patterned papers from a really old 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye. Some Gathered Twigs Distress ink (Ranger) was sponged on the card front, which was then mounted on Kraft cardstock.

I left space for a sentiment at the bottom.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart Challenges: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenges: Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenges: Anything Goes
 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Steampunk Seahorse - Journal Page

If you've been here before, you know that I love Steampunk. A while back, I decided that I was going to create a series of Steampunk Journals. I'd have one for  creatures of the sky, creatures of the sea, machines, people, fashion, etc. Then I'd fill each journal with pages. Being me, I've created Steampunk Journals, Volume One - The Aviary. But I can't share it with you now. I'm such a tease.

I will be working on the other covers soon, but meanwhile, I'm making journal pages. I apparently like to do things backwards.

Here's the first one. It features a Steampunk Seahorse, SCACD's Nancy's Seahorse.


FYI, SCACD has loads of marvelous Steampunk stamps, in both rubber and digital format! If you're a Steampunk afficionado, you owe yourself to check 'em out. Just sayin'. 

Nancy's Seahorse is available as a rubber stamp, which is what I used for this page. The Steampunk Seahorse is also available as a digital stamp, Nancy's Mechanical Seahorse. If you're an international visitor, you can purchase this digi and others, HERE.

Nancy's Seahorse was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a Black Pitt Artist Brush pen (Faber Castell). Several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to add dimension and shine to the compass, screws, rivets, and gears.  Nancy's Seahorse was set aside while I worked on the background. True confession. He sat for awhile as my mojo disappeared and was replaced by sudden sleepiness. That went on for several days.

I cut two pieces of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) to 4.75" x 6.75". White Media Gesso (DecoArt) was liberally spread with a palette knife onto one of the pieces. The second piece was pressed against the be-Gessoed cardstock, squished a bit, then the two pieces were pulled apart and left to dry for an hour or so.

When I returned, the two sheets were covered with a totally lovely texture. Cobalt Blue Hue, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Ultramarine blue, Pthalo Blue, and Pthalo Turquoise Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt) were sponged over the background using Mini Ink Blending Tools and Replacement Foams (Ranger). The foam applicators are great for this because they're pliable enough to make sure that the paint gets into all those nooks and crannies.

Prussian Blue MFA paint was thinned a bit with water and sponged over the Gears Skinny Minny Mask/Stencil (Joggles). When the paint was dry, I decided to lighten things up a bit by lightly sponging Interference Turquoise and Interference Blue MFA paints over the textured background, so that the top bits received the paint.

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock was die-cut with the Medium Steampunk Pipes dies (Memory Box) and the Edge Gears die (Joy Craft). These die-cuts were painted with Copper Dazzling Metallic Acrylic paint (DecoArt). When the Copper paint was dry, Blue Green Light MFA paint was randlomly sponged the pipes and gears.

Green cardstock was die-cut with a few dies from the dies from the Build a Scene: Underwater die set (Taylored Expressions). This greenery was adhered to the bottom of journal page with Media Matte Medium (Deco Art). The painted Medium Steampunk Pipes die-cuts were adhered, then the Edge Gears die-cut was added. 

Vellum was die-cut with my Puffy Clouds (Memory Box), run through a Xyron machine, then adhered to the top of the journal page.

Copper Foil tape, purchased at a gardening center*, was adhered to black cardstock. These strips were airbrushed with BG72, BG75, and BG 78 Copic markers to add an aged patina look to them. The strips took a run through a Xyron machine to add adhesive to the cardstock, then were die-cut with Eliza Mini font dies (QuicKutz). The Copper Foil word was adhered over the clouds at the top ofthe page.

An extra piece of foil was die-cut with an old oval label die (QuicKutz). Apothecary Remnant Rubs (Idea-ology) was used to add "Exhibit A" to the foil, which was then adhered to the page.

Clear pearls were added here and there to finish the page.

I also created this card for SanDee and amelie's Steampunk Challenges. They've had a TicTacToe summer challenge all summer. Being a master procrastinator, I waited til the very last moment. No lie. 

Here's the TicTacToe board. I chose the left vertical row. (words, stencils, the (deep) sea).


*Copper Foil Tape is in one's garden (not mine) to ward off snails. Go know.

I shall enter this in the following challenges:

Friday, August 28, 2015

Twist: Anything Goes!

This week's the challenge at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is Anything Goes and/or Christmas. My Outlawz Coloring Challenge teammates, Carla, Penny, Karen, Vannessa, and I challenge you to use create a project for this challenge. You should check out their blogs to see their gorgeous artwork.
Our August 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!






Goth Fairy was reduced in PhotoElements, printed out with my laser printer onto Neenah cardstock, colored with Copic markers, then die-cut with one of the dies from the 5x7 Card Creator Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders). 

Plaid patterned paper from the old, but well loved (hoarded) Black Tie collection (Basic Grey) was die-cut with the next largest die from the 5x7 Card Creator Nestabilities die set. This was edged with Aged Mahogany Distress ink (Ranger) then matted with shimmery black cardstock. This was adhered to another sheet from the Black Tie collection, also edged with Aged Mahogany Distress ink, leaving the top part of the matted image panel free from adhesive. 

Dark red cardstock was die-cut with a Fancy Floral Lace Border die (Cottage Cutz) and adhered at the base of the image panel. Barbed Wire Fence border die (Die-namics) was used to die-cut flashing tape, which was adhered over the lace die-cut border.

My Tiny Attacher (Idea-ology) was used to secure the image panel/pocket to the tag front. Grey roses (Recollections?) were also attached to the tag front with the Tiny Attacher. 

Red cardstock was cut to size, then the top corners were punched with the Ticket and Tag Duo Corner punch (Tonic Studios). A hole was punched in the center. The tag front was adhered the red card. Silver Foil Corners (Stampendous) were added to the top corners of the tag front. "For You" from the Handwritten die set (Little B) was used to die-cut flashing tape. The sentiment was adhered to the tag. Sheer black ribbon was threaded through the hole in the tag. A hand charm was added to the tag with silver thread.

Thanks for visiting today.

I shall enter this tag into the following challenges:
Scrapy Land Challenges: Tags and Pockets
Crafting By Designs Challenges: Things with Wings 
Fab and Funky Challenges: Things with Wings
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges: Anything Goes 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Stampotique New Release Blog Hop!


Today the Stampotique Design Team is showcasing the images released from Stampotique this month.  If you haven't had a chance to see what's new, you can do that over on the Stampotique website here.

Here's the scoop about this very special blog hop.

As with any of the releases, there is a variety of stamps from our artists for any stampers, scrapbookers, and journalers out there.  We always love to see what your favorites are so while you are hopping around, make sure to stop by and say "hi" on our blogs and come back here and tell us what some of your favorite images from this release were.

We'll be giving away a $30 gift certificate for stamps and a grab bag of stamps on two of the blogs-but you won't know which ones they are so stop by and visit them all.  We will pick the winners on our first challenge in September.

Have fun hopping!

You should have arrived here from Corrie Herriman's blog, where she wowed you with her fabulous artwork.

Here's my card with Lucilla, Lucius, and Mirror, Mirror, which are all stamps by Arwen McCullen.


Lucilla, Lucius, and Mirror, Mirror were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Eclipse Tape and the plastic sheet from my Stamp-a-ma-jig stamp positioner. The Eclipse Tape versions were fussy-cut. Lucilla was stamped onto cardstock and masked. Lucius was then positioned, stamped, and masked. Then Mirror, Mirror was stamped and masked.

E70, E71, and T02 Copic markers were airbrushed over the masks to form the first layer of the background. The same color markers, plus T04 were airbrushed over the Brick Wall stencil (Stampers Anonymous/Wendy Vecchi).


The masks were all lifted and the images were colored with Copic markers. Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) was used to add dimension and shine to Lucius's bat buttons and skull boot studs. Black Spica Glitter pen (Copic) was used to add some shimmer to Lucilla's earrings.


T01 and T02 Copic markers were used to outline a few of the skulls from the Small Skulls stencil (Staampers Anonymous/Dyan Reaveley).


Greyish white cardstock was die-cut with Spider Web Border die (Memory Box). Black cardstock was die-cut with the Scary Spiders die (Memory Box) and the Dangling Spider die (Memory Box).


Two purple hearts were punched and attached to each other with my Tiny Attacher (Idea-ology). Dimensional foam adhesive and glue dots were used to raise the spiders up a bit.


That's all for me! Your next stop is Samantha Read's blog. I'm quite sure she has a fabulous project that is sure to delight. If you get lost along the way, you should pop back over to the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog.

P.S. I apologize in advance for any spacing issues. Blogger is acting wonky today and not recognizing paragraph returns. 

P.P.S. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Kim Howard and wish her the best. Kim is stepping down from her spot as Stampotique's Design Team Coordinator. She's done such a wonderful job with the team. Coordinating artists can be akin to herding cats, so she deserves kudos (and some cocktails).

P.P.P.S. Congrats and good wishes to Claudine Criner, who is taking over for Kim. She's got some big shoes to fill (figuratively as I don't think Kim's got big feet), but I know she's up to the task.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Color Challenge!

This week's the challenge at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is a color challenge. My Outlawz Coloring Challenge teammates, Carla, Penny, Karen, Vannessa, and I challenge you to use create a project for this challenge. You should check out their blogs to see their gorgeous artwork.

Our August 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 the color palette, courtesy of Design Seeds.




I should mention that Teresa's Marina is available in both rubber and as a digital stamp. I used the rubber version. Marina was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. Turquoise Spica Glitter pen (Sakura) was used on the swirls in her hair. White Gelly Roll Glaze pen (Sakura) was used on the pearls in her hair. Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen (Sakura) was used on her bracelet, the coral, and the miscellaneous water droplets/bubbles.

The image panel was die-cut and matching cardstock was die-cut with dies from the A2 Card Creator Nestabilities set (Spellbinders). One of the dies from the 5" x 7" Card Creator Nestabilities set (Spellbinders) was used to die-cut the darkest aqua/teal paper, which then took a ride through my Big Kick inside the Waterfall 5" x 7" embossing folder (Couture Creations). Cardstock was also die-cut with two of the three dies from the Grommet Tag die (Spellbinders). "Hello" from the Handwritten Sentiments die set (Little B) was die-cut from the tannish cardstock. The starfish and shell were die-cut and enhanced with my VersaMarker pen (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts). A Crab punch (Punch Bunch) was ued to punch a tiny crab to adorn the sentiment tag.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Deep Ocean Challenges: Maritime
Papertake Weekly Challenges: To Die For
Fashionable Stamping Challenges: Seaside or Beach
Stamping Sensations Challenges: Anything Goes with a Stamp or a Die