Saturday, January 18, 2020

Coloring Challenge - Day 1

The timing for this newest Online Card Class could not have been any better; I am off work right now recovering from a very simple scheduled surgery.  I love these classes but doing them live is more fun than at a later time so I am excited to be home.  I logged in promptly at 9 on the first day, struggled to watch the videos (I had a lot of buffering -  I don't know if it was the popularity of the class or my internet service) and then off to the craft room to BE FEARLESS with my colors and get coloring!!
Well the first lesson, be fearless, quickly turned to a realization that I have a ton of mediums (alcohol markers of various brands, water colors of many types, color pencils and pens galore) but I do not appear to purchase many images that are for coloring......  I was quickly stumped and frustrated at the same time.  I picked the best I could, or so I thought, and off to the couch to get comfy and not strain my neck (a bonus tip).  It was terrible....and I mean terrible.  I told myself just keep going...still yuck....ok, add some colored try the gray border.  By now I also had a headache from the markers.  I put it down and took a nap.
I watched Day 2 & Day 3.  Each day I would go to the craft room, rummage through the supplies and pull the ones with potential to the front of the bins.  I would go look at the gallery, forum, instagram....anything to see what others were doing in hopes it would trigger something.  Finally, Friday mid-day (day 5) I had my inspiration and I started to color my day 1 homework....and it worked!!!!
I pulled out the Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp set and went to googling peony's to see their natural colors.  I COLOR PLUCKED three Copics (RV10, RV21 V06 - I guess they are actually the same family, so not totally plucked) stamped with my Gina K Amalgam black ink and got busy.  I was using the layering stamp set as my guide for my shading.  I was not liking it but I kept going....
I pulled out my various pencils and my sharpener and started with the NOOKS & CRANNIES and I was starting to really like what I was seeing.  The texture the pencils added, the way it blended, the way the fine lines gave the petals shape.  I was doing it!
The one thing I was too fearful to do was add in the gray shadow after I had done all of the pencil work.  Hindsight is telling me I should have done that before the pencils but I like the finished image.  I am not sure if it will ever make its way to a card that I give someone so for now it is proudly up on my memo board in the craft room to be looked at and admired.
Thanks for looking!  I now have all kinds of ideas for what to color next, what techniques I want to try and can't wait to get working on the next thing.  Off to work on Day 2 & 3.  Have a great day!!


Sunday, September 29, 2019

STAMPtember post 5

One of these years I will figure out how to post the same link more than once to upload my projects.  See original post here for details:

STAMPtember post 4

One of these years I will figure out how to post the same link more than once to upload my projects.  See original post here for details:

STAMPtember post 3

One of these years I will figure out how to post the same link more than once to upload my projects.  See original post here for details:

STAMPtember post 2

One of these years I will figure out how to post the same link more than once to upload my projects.  See original post here for details:

Simon Says Stamp - STAMPtember 2019

I have not posted in forever!!  I took advantage of Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember 10 year celebration to challenge myself to pull out supplies that I HAD TO HAVE but HAVE NEVER USED (along with the oldies but goodies).  Each time they released a limited-edition collaboration set with a specific company they also started a challenge to show off your projects using that brand. I have had so much fun this month pulling together items by each brand (if I own any) and getting creative. If you see a * next to an item that means this is the first time I have used it.  I am only giving a brief description of the key supplies used or this would be an even bigger post.
Gina K:  *Gina K for Thermoweb Crazy Daisy Stencil, *Nuvo Amethyst Purple glitter paste, Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink on Alcohol ink glossy paper coated with Distress Glaze.  SSS Stitched Rectangle die, Concord & 9th Dahlia Turnabout stamp set for sentiment.

Picket Fence Studio:  *Picket Fence Studio - Peacock Mandala stencil, Picket Fence Studio Blender Brushes, Distress Oxide *Twisted Citron, Peacock Feather & Wilted Violet inks, *Memento Tuxedo Black marker for the dots, My Favorite Things (MFT) Wonky Stitched Rectangle (you will see this a lot), *SSS Big Friend Die, *Strathmore Bristol Smooth card stock (white & tinted with Wilted Violet for sentiment).  Papertrey Ink (PTI) Back & White cardstock, rhinestones are leftovers from a new hobby of mine - diamond painting.

PinkFresh Studio:   I didn't think I had anything by this company and then I remembered I have two of their washi tapes that I adore but hadn't yet played with.  I made a total of 5 cards!
Card 1:  *PinkFresh Studio Adorable Frames Washi Tape, *MFT Happy Birthday Circle Frame and Circle Shaker Pouch, *Studio Katia Gold Sparkle Crystals, random confetti, PTI white cardstock.
Cards 2 & 3:  *PinkFresh Studio Rainbow Splatters Washi tape, PTI Birthday Wishes die, *Tonic Specialty Pearl Ripple cardstock, MFT Wonky Rectangles, Press and Seal to help transfer the pieces to the opposite card.  Simple design gets two completed cards with no stamping! 

Cards 4 & 5:  *PinkFresh Studio Rainbow Splatters Washi tape, *PTI Cover Plate - Mighty Bloom Die, PTI White cardstock for the bases, Press and Seal to help transfer the pieces to the opposite card.  Happy Birthday sentiment from *PTI Keep It Simple Birthday III set stamped in Versamark & Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder to closely match the goldish splatter on the washi.  For the shaker card the *Hello sentiment is from SSS Sending Happy Thoughts July 2014 card kit stamp set and the glitters are *Wow ultra fine in the following colors:  Taffy, Cherry, Pumpkin, Sunflower, Mint, Frost, Denim & Orchid. 

The Greeting Farm:  This one is a little bit of a stretch but the glasses are indeed from the *I Love Dad stamp set.  PTI Kraft & True Black cardstock, SSS Frames, Google eyes from the dollar store, sentiment from PTI Off Beat Birthdays
Memory Box:   I love how these turned out.  I recently purchased the *Snowflake Marquee die and couldn't put it to work fast enough.  The SSS *Thanks Frame sentiment fits perfect in the space in the middle.  I even used some precious Tonic Specialty paper in *Silver Silk & *Denim Ripple to make these no stamp cards.  

Brutus Monroe:   I made two cards with his products; the first was a bit of a stretch but the embossing powder is indeed his.
Card 1: *SSS Mom & Dad Icons stamp set and die for the beer stein,  *Brutus Monroe Marshmallow Puff Embossing Powder, Copics Y08 & Y17, *Nuvo Crystal Glaze, sentiment from PTI *Birthday Bash stamp set, PTI Kraft & True Black cardstock and SSS Frames die (one of my favorites).
Card 2:  *Brutus Monroe Birthday Circle Stencil, Deco Foil Transfer Gel, *Brutus Monroe Green Sketch Foil, *Deco Foil Toner Sheet, SSS Stitched Rectangle, SSS Birthday Borders Stamp set for the sentiment.  It is a little crooked but once it is stuck I couldn't pull it back up.  My family is used to the quirks of handmade and love it. 
Honey Bee:   I did three cards but two of them were the same design.  Similar to what I can do on father's day (make two cards at the same time; one for my dad and one for my father-in-law) their birthdays happen to only be about a week apart so I can do two birthday cards at the same time.  Card 1 (made two of them) is with the new Honey Bee *Car Show & *You're A Classic stamp sets.  I colored in the cars with Distress Oxide *Candied Apple, *Carved Pumpkin, Mermaid Lagoon, *Mustard Seed & *Crushed Olive.  The sentiment inside was stamped with the Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and the symbol from the sentiment set was stamped in Mermaid Lagoon.  

For the second card I used the Honey Bee *The Bee's Knee's paper pad and the *Large Thanks stamp set.  I stamped it with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and used Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder.  This one is so simple but I love how great it looks.  I can't believe I actually used that glorious paper. 
Concord & 9th:   My absolute favorite set of theirs is the Dahlia Turnabout Stamp Set; I have used it for many cards.  I have had this round frame sitting around for a bit trying to figure out what to put in it for my office at work.  I used this set with Altenew inks in Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Lagoon & Emerald to tie in my with teal green/blue theme in my little cubicle at work.  I added some Wow Seaglass embossing powder on top of the Lagoon to give it some sparkle.  Everyone at work loves it and says I should make them in other colors to give as gifts.  I keep looking at it thinking it is a clock.  I am sure I will get used to it not being a clock over time.

Clearly Besotted:  I had to have the April Showers stamp set when I first saw it but then I never used it...story of our lives right.  So I decided to break this one out for STAMPtember.  I made three cards with it. I think I will be purchasing the dies soon because fussy cutting wasn't all that fun; doable but not fun.
Card 1:  I used *Lawn Fawn Watercolor paper in blue and white (looks like a simple sky to me) with the MFT wonky stitched die, I found a gray paper in my stash that had various sections of different patterns in the same hue so I stamped the umbrella tops and paper pieces them back on the handles.  I used my white gel pen to make the dots white on the one umbrella.  The sentiment comes from *SSS + CZ Designs You Got This stamps and die.  The raindrops are Studio Katia. 
Card 2:  Again, cutting in to some hoarded pattern paper.  I think this might be a Lawn Fawn pack that was in an SSS card kit when I used to get them.  The sentiment is from PTI *Keep It Simple - Get Well and the gemstones are *Nuvo Water Droplets. 
Card 3:  Another random pattern paper from my collection (brand unknown).  I colored the umbrella with Copics, G02 & Y17.  The sentiment is from PTI *Keep it Simple - Get Well and the Clear Hearts are Studio Katia. 
SugarPea Designs:  I used the *SugarPea Designs You're My Type stamp set, colored with Copics R24, R27, R29, N0 & N2, the pattern paper is Doodlebug Back to School pad, MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangles and the Polaroid type frame is SSS *Birthday Frame.  I cut off the word birthday from the frame after I die cut it.  I am highly considering the dies for this set but haven't pulled the plug yet.
Altenew:   Last card for this post!  I have had the *Altenew Persian Motif's stamp set for forever but I have never used it so I knew that this was the set I was pulling out when it was Altenew day.  I kept it very simple, mainly because I am running out of time and mojo.  I stamped almost all of the stamps on the PTI Weathervane paper with Versamark, used Ranger Silver and colored in the design with SpectrumNoir clear glitter pen.  It came together really quick and I like how it looks.  It is hard to photograph.
If you made it this far, thanks for looking at my month of September 2019.  Who knows when I will post again.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Day 1 Sparkle & Shine - repost

Reposted 6/18/17 due to excessive spam activity in the comments. 
I signed up for another Online Card Class; this one is Sparkle & Shine.  I had hoped to get more projects completed and posted before the live gallery closes but work had other plans.  I did get a ton of inspiration and seriously learned why the PearlEx powders I own have never produced a good finished product...they do not have a binder!!
I will experiment with many of the techniques in the coming weeks but for now here are the only cards that I was able to finish.  I made Mother's Day cards for my mom, my mother in law and my grandmother.  I created the flower using a scribbled circle and a flourish:

I used Papertrey Ink Circle Scribbles Dies to make the flower and followed Jennifer's in-lay technique using a Lovely Lady scribble circle.  I do not have any adhesive sheets but I do have a Xyron 5" sticker maker that worked great to hold the Doodle Bug Designs Sugar Coating Glitter.  The 'flower stem' is from PTI's Fancy Flourish stamp set.  I used an EK Success punch for the little tag.
Other supplies are:  PTI Stamper Select White card stock, New Leaf pattern paper & ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Sew Easy thread, 3M foam tape, Spectrum Noir glitter pen for the tag, PTI My Mother, My Friend for the Mom sentiment and inside I used PTI Keep It Simple: Mother.
With the popularity of the Beauty and the Beast movie right now I think this resembles the rose.  Thanks for looking.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Happy Birthday

I have made myself ink up my stamps this weekend because it has been absolutely forever since I have given myself time to do what I enjoy...crafting.  We all know how life gets in the way from time to time so this weekend I decided to dust off my blogger reading feed and check out some challenges.  This is my second challenge for the weekend:  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.  This challenge blog is celebrating it's 8th year so the theme is Happy Birthday.
I went out on Pinterest for some inspiration and found this card from I'm in Haven.  I pulled out my SSS Favorite Flowers (June 2014 card kit stamp set) and the SSS It's Your Birthday set (which I think I got for free last year during my birthday month) and created this card:

I used Core'dinations 65lb vellum and randomly stamped the open swirly flowers, leaves and such from the Friendly Flowers set in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Gold Embossing powder.  I used cotton swabs to ink up the backside of the vellum with the following ink:  SSS Hybrid Cubes in:  Fern, Evergreen, Deep Purple & Sunshine.  Hero Arts - Ultra Pink.  My cardstock is Papertrey Ink Stamper's Select White.  I use 3M Foam tape to pop up the white panels and added a few My Mind's Eye, Now & Then, Gold Enamel Dots for interest to the center of the flowers.  Thanks for looking and have a great week! 

PTI MIM #280 - Stamping Outside of the Box

Over on the Papertrey Ink blog this week for their Make-It-Monday challenge is Lexi with her Samping Outside of the Box layout technique.  I made the following card:

I used the Stamp-a-Faire 2014, 1960's set for the background 'square' stamped in Lemon Tart ink.  I then used the Paper Clippings: Birthday stamp and die set and stamped in Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Green Parakeet, Limeade Ice and Summer Sunrise (colors from Betsy Veldman release post and PTI gallery).  The sentiment is also from the 1960's set and was stamped in Tropical Teal.

My other supplies are:  Papertrey Ink Stamper Select White cardstock, Cuttlebug, 3M foam tape, Xyron sticker maker and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen on the white frosting parts and candle flames.  Thanks for looking and have a great week.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

PTI - 10th Anniversary - Past, Present and Future

Over at Papertrey Ink they are celebrating their 10th Anniversary.  I made my first purchase with PTI in May of 2012 and have been hooked ever since.  Their monthly releases, weekly Monday challenges and Stamp-a-faire events are spectacular and they always put the customer first with prizes and the way they package their deliveries is better than any other out there.
This year they are starting the anniversary festivities off with a look at the past, present and future.  So they asked customers to go back to their photos and find our favorite PTI project and post it.  I have a lot of favorites but I narrowed it down to my submittal for their Make It Monday #107 challenge from March of 2013.
For the details go to my blog post here.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

PTI: Stamp-a-faire, Master Color Recipies

I am participating in this year's Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire event.  The theme this year is Masters.  Check it out for yourself and join in the fun.
I chose the following color combo:

I used Ombre Builders and Signature Greetings stamp sets, Stamper Select White cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink for the sentiment, 3M foam tape, Doodlebug Sprinkles Summer Glitter and the wonderful MISTI to keep everything lined up:

Sunday, June 26, 2016

PTI - Make it Monday #253 - Reverse Stenciling

It has been a long time since I have done a Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge but I am really enjoying crafting right now so I thought I would see what was going on over there this week.  I do not have any PTI stencils so I improvised with the Tim Holtz Flourish stencil.  I didn't own a brayer either so I headed over to Michaels after work to add that tool to my collection.  Here is my card:

I liked Betsy's choice of colors so I followed along by using Tropical Teal and New Leaf ink.  The 'One Big Happy' stamp set was used along with the die cut happy in Tropical Teal.  I like the grungy look to the stencil and the inks blended beautifully.  I hope to pass this off as a masculine card so, while I wanted to make it blingy, I opted not to add any glitter or sequins.
So my crafty mojo is back for the time being and I am looking very forward to PTI's Stamp-a-Faire event in a few weeks.  The next skill I need to work on is my photography skills...the picture does not do my card justice.  Have a great day and thanks for popping by.