Monday, July 30, 2012

Bon Voyage stash!

This one is completely "out of my box", so I should be saying Bon Voyage box! I also used a ton of older stuff from my stash, plus some neglected tools! I had fun creating it though, so that's what counts. Now someone just has to go on a trip so I can send it to them.

Here it is!

My focal image is the Third Coast's Painted Ladies (WT005-S) stamp, which is located on page 21 of the Spring 2012 catalog supplement.

It was stamped with Onyx VersaFine ink and heat set. The Painted Ladies were colored with Copic markers. Being me, I googled Painted Ladies and found a photo that was close to the scene in the stamp. I then chose my colors accordingly. When I was done coloring, I (finally remembered) to add clear Glaze pen to the windows to add dimension and shine. I masked the image using Winsor & Newton masking fluid and airbrushed with my custom less-than-B21 and B21 Copic markers.

Then the big fun started. I wanted the card to look vintage collage-y. First I chose script text patterned cardstock from DCWV's Timeless Type 8x8 stack and a collage-style piece that had a San Francisco postmark. I cut that out and got out an old, Old, OLD Stampin' Up "Postal Card" stamp, which was stamped to the left of the postmark.

Then I raided my sticker drawer and found ancient Nostalgique stickers by EK Success. I should mention that I didn't initially find what I wanted, so I pulled three drawers out of my Iris cart, dumped them, and re-organized them for 45 minutes. ADHD is so much fun.

Anyway, I used some tags from one of the sticker sheets, but I first scratched 'em up with my handy-dandy Tonic-Tim scratcher tool. Then I sponged Distress over 'em and distressed the edges with my Tonic-Tim distresser. The stickers were looking a bit empty, so I pulled out a sheet of 7 Gypsies rub-ons from the Whimsey sheet and added the pointing hand and clock to the tags. The tag with the hand still needed something, so I added a 7 Gypsies sticker (Historic location) to it. Much better. I found a humongo eyelet and added it to the sticker using my neglected Cropadile and then hammered the be-jeepers out of it using my Tonic-Tim hammer.

The sticker with the clock was added to the San Francisco/Postal piece to cover up a playing card and an eyelet was set. Red, white, and blue twine was dragged across an Old Paper Distress pad to get rid of the whiteness. Then the twine was wrapped around the tag/SF postal piece and through the tags hole. I echoed the twine wrapping thing on the left.

I had to use lots of dimensionals to pop the Painted Ladies focal piece over the twine, so I used two layers of ejection foam from QuicKutz. I kept all the excess foam because I knew it would come in handy one day. I also used some really, really old 3L photo corner stickers on three sides of the piece.

I dug into my sticker drawer some more and found two sheets of old typewriter-key dimensional stickers which I used for the sentiment. I also found some old QuicKutz rub-ons, so I used the "Bon Voyage" definition too. The bottom left corner looked lonely, so I added two rub-on keys from that same 7 Gypsies sheet.

I think I'm done blathering, so I'll say "Thanks for visiting today".

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp "Anything Goes" challenge.
Simon Says Stamp & Show "What do you say?" challenge
Outlawz Copic/Promarker Friday: "Anything Goes"

Saturday, July 28, 2012

This should be entertaining!

We're going to a surprise 50th Birthday party for a friend who emphatically told me she did NOT want a party for her 50th. Too bad, so sad.

Here's her card that goes with her special martini glass present.

Here's the inside:

Shockingly, the martini/cupcake image, by Impression Obsession, was colored with Copics. The sentiment on the outside is by Savvy Stamps. The sentiment on the inside is by River City Rubber Works, whose stamps crack me up. But then again, I am easily amused. The teeny martini on the inside is from Inky Antics.

The paper is from the Cupcake 6x6 pad by Basic Grey. It's old, but cute. Like my friend (and like me).

In looking at this, I see a few raggedy edges. I had a stockpile of blade refills, but apparently, I've burned through them. Of course, I was at Michael's today with my trusty coupon. But being a spacy me, didn't remember. *sigh*

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wishing you all the Berry Best!

Here's one that meets a bunch of different challenges, including Sketch Saturday's most recent sketch.

Here's the sketch.

Here's my take.

The Chef is a digi from Kenny K Downloads. She was colored with Copic markers. The R series can be such a pain, but I'm relatively pleased with the way she came out.

The patterned papers are from Basic Grey's Nook & Pantry 6x6 pad. The strawberry patterned paper was perfect for the Kenny K's Krafty Krew Challenge of "Strawberries & Cream". I fussy-cut some strawberries, added Glaze pen to them, cut a slit in the sauce pan, and added the berries.

The sentiment is from the late lamented Odd Bird Planet. I do love that FUNky font!

A bit of distressing with Old Paper Distress ink, plus some gemstones, and the card was done!

P.S. Ay-yi-yi: Second time this week that I forgot to use my beloved Glaze pens on buttons. *sigh*

Thanks for visiting today.

I shall be entering this card in the following challenges:
Kenny K's Krafty Krew: Challenge #103: Strawberries & Cream
Sketch Saturday #217
Simon Says Stamp & Show: "Hey Girl"
CMC Challenge #48: "Anything Goes with a Girly Twist"

Bombshell Stamps Iconic Hump Day Hop!

Alison, our hump day head hot shot, has decreed that this month's theme is Iconic.

Here's what she's got to say about the theme.
You will need to break out those fabulous, teeny weeny stamps that come with all of your sets and use them as your focus. You'll be able to use one large image too, but let's keep it as 1 (feel free to use none!). The focus is on all of the little icons.

So, you should have gotten here from Kim's blog.

I love all the secondary stamps and icons that come with all of Bombshell's stamp sets and find them to be tremendously versatile. In fact, I decided that I would not use one of the large stamps and went with a smaller stamp and three icons for my card.

Here it is!

All stamps are from the Hula Girl set. I used the Aloha Bird Banner for the focal image. I used the Serigraph technique to create the background paper. This technique involves brayering different colors of ink, stamping and heat embossing with white embossing powder, more brayering, and then stamping more images using colored ink. Clear as mud? I thought so.

It's freakin' hot here in New Jersey, so I wanted to use a summery palette. I also decided to break out the Distress inks, especially some of the newest colors and do something I had never done before! I actually colored the focal image with the Distress Ink using the Craft Nibs and Craft Nibs holder. That holder is genius!!! It makes using the Craft Nibs so much easier! The Distress pads that I used are: Old Paper, Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Mowed Lawn.

A rather ornate Spellbinders die was used to showcase the focal image and kept the design CAS because I thought the background paper that I created was on the busier side.

I used a full 8.5" x 11" sheet of white cardstock to make my Serigraph patterned paper. I used the leftover pieces for my photo background and will be using them for another card or cards soon!

Let me know if you want details about this technique. I'd be happy to share the info.

Thanks for visiting today!

In case you've gotten lost or want to start all over again,here's the blog hop roster!
Bombshell Blog
Sparkly Engineer Mary
Glittery Katie

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A little night music?

Here's Akiko by Kraftin' Kimmie. Her name means "Sparkle" and she surely does or at least this card does!

Akiko was colored with Copic markers, die cut, masked with Winsor & Newton masking fluid, and then the background was airbrushed. I lifted the mask and added some glaze pen to the flute and some sparkly glitter pen accents to the flowers and her hair jewels.

I found amazing shimmery green cardstock in my stash. I *think* it might be by Club Scrap. I used the Bamboo 6x6 stencil by The Crafters Workshop and airbrushed G46 through it. I airbrushed a separate piece of the cardstock to be die cut for the sentiment.

I had a "Eureeka!" moment, when I realized that I had Ideology Tissue Tape with musical notation on it. It got airbrushed to match Akiko's kimono.

A few gemstones were strategically placed to finish the card. I just wish you could see the shimmer on this card. *sigh*

By the way, this is my "application" card. I'm throwing my proverbial hat into the ring for a chance to become a Krafty Girl. I don't think my chances are too good because I know of at least two fabulous artists that have applied. But, you can't win if you don't play...

Thanks for visiting today.

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp & Show: "Anything Goes"

Friday, July 20, 2012

Hello Charlotte! Are you feeling dotty?

Hah! My new stamps from Kraftin' Kimmie came the other day and I finally got a chance to get them mounted. Yahoo! I had to play with them right away, so I got out Charlotte first and decided to combine a whole mess of challenges with the card.

I used Dawny's Sketch for Simon Says Stamp Challenge, saw some spots for Cheryl's Lots of Dots (#137) Challenge for Kraftin' Kimmie's Challenge Blog, and did Craft Your Passion's Kraft, Lace, or Ribbon Challenge. I'm feeling sooooo efficient!!!

Here's the sketch!

I flipped it 90° and came up with this!

I stamped the image onto Cryogen white cardstock, which while not the whitest cardstock in the world, is shimmery. I'm a magpie, so I just love things that sparkle and shimmer. I colored the image with Copic markers to match the dotted paper from My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline-Fiddlesticks paper. I found some kraft-colored dotty Bazzill cardstock, which I used for the card front and for part of the sentiment die cut. Kraft-colored lace was added to one of the dotty layers to add another horizontal element. The sentiments were cut with Labels Four Nestabilities and I used brown rub-ons for the ever-so-original greeting. I did veer from the sketch because I just had to add another pink element and some bling.

Boo. Hiss!!! I just realized I forgot to add Glaze pen to the dolls' buttons.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
• Cheryl's Lots of Dots (#137) Challenge for Kraftin' Kimmie's Challenge Blog
Dawny's Sketch for Simon Says Stamp Challenge
Craft Your Passion's Kraft, Lace, or Ribbon Challenge

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bring the Heat Blog Hop -- Post #2

See the post below for all the Smeared & Smudged Blog Hop information!

Here's my second card for the hop! Two posts in one day. Wow. Shock-a-roo!

Devilish Daphne (VB-121-M) lives on page 6 of Third Coast's Halloween'07 Supplement. She was stamped and colored with Copic markers, masked with Winsor & Newton masking fluid, airbrushed Y13 over the entire image panel, then airbrushed a few different Y and YR markers through the Flames stencil by The Crafter's Workshop. When I was done airbrushing the flames, I added some Black Soot Distress flames to add that sooty look. I peeled off the mask and added Spica glitter pen accents to her pitchfork, horns, and shoes. Glaze pen was added to her shoes and pitchfork to add dimension and shine. I drew a line in so it would like as if she were walking a tightrope over the flames of Hades.

The Thermometers (FA-517-J), from page 17 of the Spring '12 catalog were stamped with Onyx VersaFine ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. They were colored with Copic markers. Red Spica glitter pen was added to the mercury tube. and then Glaze pen was added to make 'em dimensional and shiny.

The background of the card was airbrushed using the same colors as above, though I cheated and started with some yellow cardstock.

The sentiment was computer generated.

Thanks for visiting today.

Just in case you missed the hop, here's the list again!

Black Dragon




Susan S.

Madelein Bouquet

Lady Brayton


Glittery Katie



Bombshell Stamps Blog




I shall be entering this card in the following challenge(s):
Simon Says Stamp & Show: "Anything Goes"

"Bring the Heat" Blog Hop with S&S!

Welcome to the "Bring the Heat" Blog Hop! You should have gotten here from Wendy's Blog!

I'm thrilled to be participating in the "Bring the Heat" Hop sponsored by the Smeared & Smudged community.

If you are unfamiliar with Smeared & Smudged, here's how they describe their community!
Smeared and Smudged is an online community of rubber stampers and crafters who enjoy using alternative, gothic, edgy, and unique stamps in their designs. We thrive on different and unusual. We welcome the macabre and devious side of things, and most of all, we embrace ALL types and styles of art. Whether or not you “come to the dark side”, your creations should be a reflection of you. Here at Smeared and Smudged, the most important thing is being yourself.

The theme for this hop is "Bring the Heat" and here's Smeared & Smudged's blurb about it!
The theme is BRING THE HEAT! This is totally up to interpretation....some ideas would be using heat embossing, hot glue or fire. Or even using imagery of fire, heat, or even something SEXY! Step outside your comfort zones - the HOTTER the better!!! It can be a canvas, a card, a scrapbook page, an altered item, an art journal page, etc. Use your imaginations. Also, don't forget the S&S rule that is has to be stamped somewhere (digi stamps are fine)

Here's one of my projects using the devil from the Cherry Bomb set by Bombshell Stamps! I'm working on a second card and hope to get it uploaded later today!

The devil was stamped onto Cryogen white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. That cardstock is offwhite and has a nice shimmer to it. Unlike the other shimmery cardstock in my stash, Copics blended really nicely.

I used a clear Glaze pen to highlight his horns and monocle. Red glitter pen was used on his eyes and the cigarette tip to give them a nice red glittery glow. He was masked and airbrushed with Y21. I taped a flames stencil from The Crafters' Workshop and airbrushed a variety of Y and YR Copics over him.I grabbed my beloved Black Soot Distress Ink and added some black sooty flames to the base, above his cigarette, and around all the edges of the card

The sentiment is from the Memory Box and was die cut with a combo of Nestabilities and QuicKutz dies. Sheer black dotted ribbon and red rhinestones were used to finish the card.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Your next stop on the hop should be Dianne's blog

If you get lost, here's the complete roster!
Here's the Blogroll for the hop!

Blog Roll:

I shall be entering this card in the following challenge(s):
Simon Says Stamp & Show: "Anything Goes"

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Bombshell Bling Challenge!

Susie Little, Bombshell's Guest Designer, aka Ms. July, set this month's Bombshell challenge, which is Bombshell Bling. She wanted us to create jewelry.

I've been collecting stuff so that I could make some jewelry, so I was delighted.

I used the cat from the Classic Tattoo set to make a 1.5" square glass pin.

The cat was stamped and colored with Copic markers. Glitter pen was added to the cat's eyes. When I was at the recent Scrapbook Expo, I purchased a bag of glass squares from Craft Fantastic. I was delighted that the cat fit perfectly within the square. I coated one side of the glass with Glossy Accents and then pressed it to the stamped image, slid it around to get the air bubbles out, and to get good adhesion. Then I put the entire thing into another room overnight, so I wouldn't be tempted to touch it until it was completely dry. I pulled it out today, cut around the glass with an exacto knife, then filed off the excess paper. I used my new-to-me Hot Glue gun and adhered a pin finding to the back of the square. My daughter, the recipient, was delighted with her new pin.

One cool thing. The glass tile actually works as a magnifier, so the image appears larger than it is! The glass also changed the color a bit or maybe it was the lighting. The hat is actually a nice pale violet.

But I wasn't done yet! I still had another idea that I wanted to try out!

I used the Sugar Skulls set. So, I pulled out a Vintaj Bamboo Bezel and Glossy Accents to make a necklace.

Here it is!

I stamped a Sugar Skull, masked it, repeatedly stamped the daisy-ish flower from the Hula Girl set, then colored the skull and flowers with Copic markers, using the B60 series and the E70s, plus a few YGs for the leaves. When I was happy with the coloring, I used a 1 3/8" circle punch and punched it out, adhered it to the bezel, then added Glossy Accents to the bezel. I put the whole thing out in the garage and ignored it for 24 hours so it would fully cure.

Here's a close-up of the necklace:

Then I discovered that I had no round jump rings in either an aged brass or aged copper finish. I hied to Michael's, where I found a bugly necklace that had a cool chain. So I pulled off the bugly heart and added a few jump rings, my Sugar Skull pendant, and a clasp. I'll mention that it might be the Glossy Accents or it might be my mad (bad) photography skillz, but the colors are a bit off in the photo. The skull is a bit more on the tan/rose scale and the blues are more azure. Oh well.

Then I gave the necklace to my daughter who loves Sugar Skulls and all was good.

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Spread your wings -- Steampunk Style

Here's a card using the new Aviator Parakeet (KG-049-J) from Third Coast Rubber Stamps. He lives on page 49 of the new Spring 2012 catalog.

Do you know that parakeets come in oodles of color variations? I didn't, so I googled and found one that I felt like using. This variety will make this guy a frequent flyer on my blog. Smiley

Anyway, Aviator Parakeet (KG-049-J) was colored with Copic markers. Glaze pen was added to his beak, eyes, and goggle lenses for dimension and shine.

Old Lily Kate Basic Grey patterned papers from my scrap stash were layered, placed inside an often used Clockworks Cuttlebug folder, and run through the Big Kick. Once out, Pumice Stone and Brushed Corduroy Distress inks were sponged on and a touch of Stonewashed Adirondack ink was added as well.

The sentiment from the late, lamented Odd Bird Planet was stamped onto another scrap of Lily Kate paper, die cut, and layered onto another die cut and a wonkily cut strip of Lily Kate paper. All edges were sponged because I can't abide white edges. Yes. I'm picky. After all, I'm a Virgo.

The finishing touch was to add Ideology Game Spinners and some matching brads.

Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Bombshell Stamps: July Sketch Challenge!

Here's my sketch for Bombshell Stamps for this month! Please feel free to get out your Bombshell stamps, take the sketch, and make a project. Then enter it over at Bombshell's Forum or at the Blog for a chance to win your choice of a free set of Bombshell Stamps!

Here's the sketch!

Here's my take on the sketch:

Here's a close-up of the image:

The stamp is from the Mermaid Anchor set by Bombshell Stamps.

I started this card over the weekend and it was a pita from the start for some reason or another. I decided that I wanted to do the no-black Copic coloring thing and wanted the coloring to look as though a human woman was turning into a mermaid.

I stamped the image and started coloring. But I had to go out and do stuff, so I put it aside and came back to it later in the day. After wine. Colored it. Messed up. Started again. Stamped, colored, but didn't finish because I was fried. Went to sleep, got up, and had to drive out to visit my Mom. That drive is the original Hell Drive. For real. Anyway, had a nice visit, got home, had wine, fell asleep in front of the tv. Woke up, then colored for a while and finished the image. Then brilliant me decided to draw the eyes and lips back in using Copic liner pens (forget their name). Hated it. Said to myself, "screw this" and went to bed.

Woke up, decided it sucked, and ran some errands. Came home, decided it didn't suck that bad and started coloring it again. Liked it better. Masked it, airbrushed the background, and proceeded to put the long tall card together. Measured wrong, didn't realize it, and cut. Tried to fix it and screwed up again. Finally decided that perfection was overrated and voila, my wonky cut card.

So that's the story. I like parts of it. Hate other parts. Kind of reflects life, don'tchathink?

The mat layers are shiny white paper and shiny textured blue paper The strips are shiny white paper that was airbrushed. The patterned papers are from the late lamented Flair Designs company.

Let's hope my next project doesn't give me fits!

Thanks for visiting.

***Edited to add***
Lest you think I'm a wino, I'm not. I'm a wine enthusiast. There is a difference.

We enjoy wine with dinner. I usually have a glass or two, which makes me fall asleep. My purring familiar aids in this process. I sit on the recliner, she comes over, perches next to me, and purrs. I fall asleep. Sometimes with the tv on. Other times not.

I used to be able to drink a bit more, stay relatively sober, AND stay awake. Not anymore. So sad.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Kenny K Congratulations card!

Two of my pals recently made the Kenny K Krafty Krew DT and I'm so happy for them both for two reasons. The first reason is that they will both rock Kenny K's stamps and second reason is because they're best pals and will have such fun with this new gig. So hearty congrats to two superstars, Torrey and Jodi.

The new Kenny K's Krafty Krew's first challenge was "Patriotic", so I used red, white, and blue for the card.

Here's the card using the Showgirl from the Retro Collection by Kenny K.

The Showgirl needed a close-up photo!

The Showgirl was colored with Copic markers. I used clear Glaze pen on her lips, shoes, and buttons for some dimension and shine.

The star paper is from an unknown source since it was from my scrap stash. The circle paper and the dotty paper are from Bo-Bunny. The gold stars (between each flag in the banner) and the sentiment are Stampendous sparkly stickers. The gold wiggly line across the base of the scalloped Nestie is a sticker, source unknown. The banner die cut is from Taylored Expressions and was popped up on dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting today!

This card shall be entered in the following challenges:
Kenny K's Krafty Krew #100: Patriotic
The Kraft Outlet #78: Red, White, and Blue

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Procrastination strikes. Again! July 4th Time Warp card!

Yeah. My natural tendency to procrastinate plus some yummy-and-strong margaritas plus some user error plus some Blogger misteps has produced a time-warped July 4th card.

Why is it timewarped? Because Blogger lets us turn back the hands of time! Gotta love that. Wish it were possible in real life. Alas. Alack.

I hope you had a lovely July 4th!

Here it is!

The card uses one of Bombshell's FREE-to-newletter-subscriber's digital flag stamps (that I used below for my bad-pun card) together with the sailor girl from Bombshell's Ahoy Sailor set.

Both the flag and the sailor girl were colored with Copic markers. Spica glitter pen was used on the sentiment, stars, and swooshes. Glaze pen went over the Spica glitter pen on the sentiment to give it some dimension as well.

I stole an idea from the ever-so-talented Alaine, who is one of my Bombshell sisters. She had used a Labels Four Nestabilities die to cut out the flag and I thought it was brilliant. So I stole the idea. However, I messed up a bit when the die didn't cut all the way through, so I ended up distressing my edges with a distress tool and the edge of a scissor. I also used a curvy ruler to cut the top edge, so I distressed that too.

The center of the rope circle was cut out to form a frame for my sailor girl. She was masked with Eclipse tape and airbrushed. The Sunburst stencil by The Crafters Worskhop was used to sponge Distress ink over her.

I tried various patterned papers and decided that "less is more", so I went with kraft cardstock. That was a bit dull, so I sponged on some stars, using an old Fairy Tale Creations stencil, to the kraft layer.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges!
• Outlawz CAS: Stars
The Kraft Outlet #78: Red, White, and Blue
Simon Says Stamp & Show: Spritz, Stencil or Spray

Monday, July 2, 2012

Gnome Pun Groaner Alert

Third Coast Creative Coterie has assigned dates to post on the TCCC blog. I was assigned July 4th, but my Third Coast stamp collection was lacking in patriotic stamps. So, I put on my thinking cap and this is what sprang into my head.

I'll admit to chortling maniacally whilst creating this one. I also had another incident that reflects somewhat interestingly upon my mental state. After I bore you with the details about this card, I'll relate that story. That way you can always skip ahead or click away. You probably will opt for the click after this groaner of a pun card.

So, the gnome is Gned Gnome (AP-157-C) and he resides on page 19 of the Summer '05 Catalog. He was colored with Copic markers and the buttons of his braces were touched with black Glaze pen for dimension and shine.

The flag banner is a digi from a free digital stamp set of four flags from Bombshell Stamps. Free digital stamps are available to all Bombshell Newsletter subscribers. The newsletter is very informative and exceedingly well written ;). Plus, if you subscribe by 7/3/12, you'll be in the running to win a $100 Bombshell Shopping Spree. Click HERE to subscribe. The winner will be selected on July 4th.

The flag banner was also colored with Copic markers using the same colors I used for the Gnome. I added "Land of the free... Gnome of the brave" using Photo Elements.

By the way, Third Coast has a new challenge blog that kicked off yesterday. Here's a link to it. You should play along to win a fabulous prize!

So, on to my story. I had finished coloring both the gnome and the flag banner and was starting to design the card. I was trying out various patterned papers and such. I thought to myself, "Self, you have some bangin' red/white and blue/white star ribbon. Go find it and see what'll work." So, I dutifully got the big plastic bag that hold my unsorted ribbon and various ribbon scraps and suchlike. I couldn't find either ribbon. So I got down the second bag. Same result. Got down the third one. Yep. Still couldn't find it. Meanwhile Gned was waiting a bit less patiently to be put onto a card. I dumped out all three bags on top of poor Gned. Still couldn't find either the red/white star or blue/white star ribbon. Sigh. So I started to sort the ribbon by color and finally found both color combos. Score! But I now had a foot high pile of ribbons all over my work surface. An hour and a half later, I had all the ribbon into plastic bags by color. I probably could have spent a few more hours because I got a bored with wrapping ribbon around my hand and just started stuffing the bags (still sorted by color).

After finding the ribbon, I did not feel like sorting through more patterned paper. I was "out of sorts". *snort* I used plain red ribbed cardstock and some shimmery blue vellum. I finished the card in the very wee hours of the morning. I know this because the birds started singing up a storm. *sigh*

So not only am I a compulsive bad-gnome-pun creator, but also tetched with some ADD and/or OCD.

Thanks for visiting today.

I shall be entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Challenge: Sporty or Patriotic
Outlawz Greetings: Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters: Seeing Stars challenge
Craft Punked: Week 26: Independence Day

Sunday, July 1, 2012

You're so tweet!

Kraftin' Kimmie is moving house and is busy, so she's posted a few challenges on her Facebook book. One of them was to use purple. Meanwhile, Craft Your Passion challenge blog's theme this week is "Wings". Lately, I've been challenging myself to use older papers, so I did and hit a trifecta.


So here you go.

Bird Fairy, by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps was colored with Copic markers, masked with Winsor & Newton masking fluid, and the sky and grass was airbrushed. As sometimes happens, it got a bit sticky, so I did my "quick fix" (alcohol on a paper towel and smooshed over the sticky areas). I messed up and got a bit 'o green in the sky, so I added a sun.

The wings were painted with a layer of Winsor & Newton Irridescent Medium, which added a nice touch of glitter.

The patterned papers are from the Oh Baby Basic Grey collection, which I loved and hoard, especially the purples and that floral. There's something about the color palette in that collection!!!

The gingham bow was colored with a V22 Copic marker to make it blend better. I actually made a bow using the fork method, which I found online. And it worked. Yay.

The sentiment is from the late lamented Odd Bird Planet. Love those teensy sentiments in that fun and funky font (Purple Boxers).

Thanks for visiting today.

I shall be entering this card in the following challenges:
• Kraftin' Kimmie's Facebook challenge
Craft Your Passion #117 Things With Wings challenge
Basic Grey Challenge Blog: Favorite Colors Combo challenge