Thursday, November 1, 2018

Bowbo's Music

I am back with another DT project for the new challenge over at Crafting with an Attitude. This month the challenge is sponsored by Lacy Sunshine and I chose to work the with image called Bowbo's Music.


I printed the digital stamp onto Strathmore Toned Tan paper and colored it with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I went for a mix of traditional clown colors for his face, hair and shoes, but went non-traditional on his hat and clothes. I then cut my colored image out with a tattered edged die.


I cut a cardpanel out of red cardstock and embossed it with a Darice music score embossing folder. I adhered the card panel to my cardbase and then adhered the focal image at an angle on the panel.


I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I cut the sentiment out with a small tag die and cut the same shape out of patching craft foam. I glued the tag to the bottom right hand corner and put a small red brad through the hole.

General supplies:
Strathmore Toned Tan paper
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
Red and kraft cardstock
Kraft colored craft foam
Lacy Sunshine Bowbo's Music digital stamp
Prismacolor pencils
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Clear embossing powder
Darice music score embossing folder
Shaped dies from my stash
Stampabilities Everyday Expressions stampset
Red brad from stash

Entered into the QKR Stampede Challenge #320 - Anything Goes
Entered into the Cute N Crafty Anything Goes Challenge #12
Entered into the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge #92
Entered into the Stempelsonne Anything Goes Challenge #207
Entered into the Crafting from the Heart Anything Goes Challenge #226
Entered into the 613 Avenue Create Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Use Something Wooden #214
Entered into the Little Miss Muffet Challenge Anything Goes Challenge #201
Entered into the World Wide Open Design Team Anything Goes Challenge #10
Entered into the Colour Crazy Anything Goes Colouring Challenge Week 44

The empty chair

It is time for another challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore and this month our sponsor is Beccy's Place and the winner will get one free set of digital stamps.

I chose to work with the rocker from the Gran's Chair set. My concept changed from choice to implementation and so the card became a sympathy card. While coloring the basket I thought the empty chair lent itself well in that direction.


I colored the hat and the basket of flowers with my Prismacolor colored pencils. But I colored the chair with metallic gel pens. In real life the chair sparkles, just as memories of that special person that once sat in it would.


I trimmed the panel down and cut the bottom at an angle with a edge die. The sentiments are from the Stampabilities Card Phrases and the Power Poppy Daffodils stampsets. I stamped them in Versamark ink and embossed with Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder.


I adhered the panel to a card panel cut from patterned paper that I had in my stash and adhered that in turn to my cardbase.

This card won a Highly Commended award over at the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge blog.



General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
Beccy's Place Gran's Chair digital stamp
Prismacolor pencils
Gold and copper metallic gel pens
Versamark Ink
Gold embossing powder
Patterned paper from stash
Edge dies from my stash
Stampabilities Card Phrases stampset
Power Poppy Daffodils stampset

Entered into the QKR Stampede Challenge #320 - Anything Goes
Entered into the Cute N Crafty Anything Goes Challenge #12
Entered into the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge #92
Entered into the Stempelsonne Anything Goes Challenge #207
Entered into the Crafting from the Heart Anything Goes Challenge #226
Entered into the 613 Avenue Create Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Use Something Wooden #214
Entered into the Little Miss Muffet Challenge Anything Goes Challenge #201
Entered into the World Wide Open Design Team Anything Goes Challenge #10
Entered into the Colour Crazy Anything Goes Colouring Challenge Week 44

Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Fantasy Hat

I am back with another card today. I had this image called Fantasy Hat by Julia Spiri printed out for a while and now it finally got colored and converted into a card.


I wanted to play with a favorite technique of mine, which is only one single pop of color in the image. Previously I had done this with shades of grey and a pop of color, but today I wanted a more "sepia" look for this image and so I actually used my favorite skin color combo here as my sepia color. That is Burnt Ochre, Peach, Light Peach, Eggshell and White (Prismacolor pencils). All the image, except the bow, is done with varying combos of those 5 colors. I used Black for a few details that I felt needed highlighting after the pencil had dulled them out.


I loved how this image turned out and I then cut it out with a lacy oval die from my stash and cut the lacey edge off. I cut a piece of pink patterned paper to layer underneath it. I also cut 3 hexagons from pink patterned paper and pink fun foam and I cut a rounded part into the biggest one to fit next to the oval image matte.


I inked the edges of the hexagons and the pink oval with brown Memento Ink. I had the perfect clock face patterned paper in my stash. I stamped the three single words on the large hexagon and embossed it with Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder. I added a piece of pink lace from my stash to the bottom edge of the card and then adhered all the parts to the panel and then the panel to a 5.5x5.5 cardbase.

I am looking forward to trying this technique with some other base shades and colors.

This card won the Artist Spotlight spot over at the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge blog.



General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
Julia Spiri's Fantasy Hat digital stamp
Prismacolor pencils
Versamark Ink
Memento Rich Cocoa ink
Gold embossing powder
Patterned paper from stash
Shaped dies from my stash
Stamps from my stash
Pink lace from my stash


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Sending Hugs

Today I am crafting for the Crafting with an Attitude October challenge. The sponsor is Skeepski Designs and I opted to use Sleep Tight for this simple card.


I printed the image onto Strathmore Paint Pad paper and colored it with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I wanted to keep the card predominantly in shades of brown with a pop of blue.



I added a strip of blue patterned paper to the right hand side of a brown card base and put the image on the middle at an angle.



I completed the card by using the Sending Hugs sentiment from the Hero Arts Share Handmade Kindness stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink and adding clear embossing powder.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Paper studio brown cardbase
Sheepski Designs Sleep Tight digital stamp
Prismacolor pencils
Patterned paper
Stamp from Hero Arts Share Handmade Kindness stamp set
Versafine Onynx Black ink
Clear embossing powder

Entered into the SheepSki Designs Digital Stamps Facebook Group Challenge #28
Entered into the Classic Design Team Open October Challenge # 10
Entered into the Stempelsonne Anything Goes Challenge #206
Entered into the Crafting with Friends Just for Fun Challenge #74
Entered into the Penny’s Paper-Crafty Anything Goes Challenge #400
Entered into the Love to Craft Anything Goes Challenge #27
Entered into the Colour Crazy Anything Goes Colouring Challenge Week 39

Monday, October 1, 2018

National Coffee Day

September 29 was National Coffee Day. Well, what is better than some of that smooth, hot brew in the morning (or any other time of the day, for that matter). I used the freebie stamp from Limited Runs Stamps for my coffee project.


I decided that I was going to do an entry in my art journal for this project. My art journal is a disc bound one. I particularly love this style as I can take the pages out while I am working on them and then pop them back in when I have completed the page.

I printed 3 of the images onto Strathmore Paint Pad paper - one bigger one and two smaller ones. I colored the images with my Prismacolor pencils, making sure to make the bright, interesting and unusual for coffee cup colors. I then fussy cut each cup out.


The background of my page is painted with black acrylic paint. I had to apply 2 coats to get it really black. I then stamped some different options on the page using my Concord and 9th Perfectly Penned stampset and silver ink. I sponged some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink onto a piece of white cardstock and cut the C O F F E E out of it and then placed the letters over the background so that it adds focus, but do not cover the background words.


I printed the sentiment out in size 12 Arial font on my computer and cut it into two sentiment strips which I added to the bottom corner of my page. Lastly I added a few highlights and details with my white gel pen.

Coffee can come in various containers which come in different shapes, sizes or colors. It is the contents of the container that is important. So it is with us as humans. It matters not what we are like on the outside. That our inside is kind and respectful of others is what matters.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Canson XL Watercolor paper
Limited Runs Coffee Cup digital stamp
Prismacolor pencils
Black Acrylic Paint
Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink
Concord and 9th Perfectly Penned stampset
Encore Metallic Silver ink
Alphabet dies from my stash
White gel pen


Christmas Carolers

I am excited to be able to share my first project as a DT member at Crafts Galore Encore. This month the prize is being sponsored by Limited Runs - which is a new-to-me digital art studio. I got to work with the image Christmas Carolers from the Christmas seasonal section. The idea for this card was right there when I saw this image.


I printed the image out onto my usual favorite coloring paper, namely Strathmore Paint Pad paper and colored it with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I created the background with Crayola Watercolor paints on Master's Touch Watercolor paper, painting the colors on with free abandon.  I cut the background to 3.5x4.75 inches and glued it onto a white cardbase.


I fussy cut the colored carolers and popped them up in the corner of my card with foam tape. I wanted them to be a focal point, despite them being in the corner.


I die cut the nativity scene from vellum and liberally applied glue to the back so that it would reactivate the watercolor under the vellum and so transfer some of my paint onto the scene as I wanted it to be a background element on this card. I stamped the word peace and the star with Versmark ink and white heat embossed them. I completed the card with a few added stars that I drew in with my gel pen. I love how this card turned out.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Master's Touch watercolor paper
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
Limited Runs Christmas Carolers digital stamp
Prismacolor pencils
Crayola Watercolors
Versamark Ink
White embossing powder
White Vellum
Nativity die from my stash
Stamps from my stash


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Playing with watercolors

I have always admired the beautiful cards that I have seen others make with watercolor backgrounds and so it was time to try it myself. I taped a piece of Strathmore Paint Pad paper, yes the same paper I use for my pencils, down onto my glass mat and used my Crayola Watercolors and got busy. I applied water to the paper first and then dropped the paint on, but I found that the paper did better with pencils than with wet paints. So it needed a bit of help with a brush.


Once my 9x12 page was dry, I pulled out my dies from my stash and got busy. My first card has a wider frame cut from the paper and then popped up with foam tape. I placed a tea cup stack, also cut from the watercolor page in the center.


My second card has layered cardstock in green and yellow with the teacups cut in green and the inserts of the watercolor cut pieced into these cups.


The next card is a panel of the watercolor background with a circle of hearts cut in the center.


While making the previous card, the hearts and dots that cut out of the panel stayed in the die. So I applied glue to the back and added them to this card with a circle frame around them.


This card has the forest scene cut out of the watercolor background. I masked off the outer edge of the white panel and inked a sunrise background in the space with Memento dewdrop inks. I then added the white panel onto a blue cardbase.


And my final card is extremely simple. I die cut the children on the see-saw out of the watercolor paper and applied it to the front of a card as the only focal point. I love this card for its clean and simple look.


I did not add any sentiments to these cards as for the most part they can be used for any occasion and so I will apply the sentiment when I am ready to use the card. I will definitely be playing some more with this background technique.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
Paper studio blue cardbase
Crayola watercolor paints
Dies from my stash
Memento dewdrop inks

Entered into the AAA Cards CAS Game #124 - Imagine
Entered into the QKR Stampede Challenge #314 - Anything Goes
Entered into the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge #90
Entered into the 613 Avenue Create Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Clean and Simple #213
Entered into the Artistic Inspirations Anything Goes Challenge #207