Sunday, September 27, 2015

Poultry in Motion

Yesterday I went to the Scrapbook Expo in Mesa with three friends.  We just had a wonderful day enabling each other's stamp addiction.
The sentiment stamps in the Impression Obsession booth were great!  The more I looked, the more I laughed.  This sentiment "Poultry in Motion" just cracked me up.  I had to have it.  I knew it would go with my many many bird stamps including this MFT Birds in Paradise.
Once I got the stamp home I began to wonder just what kind of card I could make with that sentiment, who would also think it was funny AND who was in my age range who would remember
the lyrics "Poetry in Motion"?
I do have one friend in mind.  If she doesn't see the humor in it, maybe she will tell me she did anyway.
Birds are stamped in Memento and colored in Copics.
Stickles, black gel pen and washi tape add some pizazz to the card.
Paper is XPress and cardstock is from SU.
I'll submit this to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge which is to make a card that has no pattern paper.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Take Two Tube Watercolors

                                       Watercolor for Cardmakers Exploring Medius Day 2
I'm slightly less embarrassed to post this card using Jennifer Rzasa's lesson Day 2 on Tube Watercolors.  This is my second ever attempt at using tube watercolors.  Jennifer prefers them.
Me?  Not so much.  (But my experience is VERY limited!)
I used a great stamp from Stampendous and Versafine ink on watercolor paper.  The base is SU cardstock.
This card makes me think of my Uncle Max, a talented artist who died recently.  His death has left a huge void in the world.

Tube Watercolors

                                      Watercolor for Cardmakers Exploring Mediums Day 2
I'm about ten million miles from my comfort zone on this one!!  Jennifer Rzasa used this technique with tube watercolors.  It was my first time to use tube watercolors.  The stamp is from Hero Arts.
The Sentiment is from Technique Tuesday.  Watercolor paper and SU cardstock were used.
I liked Jennifer's cityscape stamp from Altenew better for this technique.  The buildings were more varied.  (I also liked her whole entire card lots better than mine!)

Fall Leaf Shaker

               Day Three Online Watercolor Class for Cardmakers Exploring Mediums Day 3
     I dusted off my Gelatos and gave them another try after watching what Shari Carroll did with her Gelatos, a stencil and a baby wipe!  WOW!  I LOVE the results!  Die is from SU, Small leaf dies are from Lawn Fawn and Tim Holtz, Stencil is from Simon Says Stamps.  The watercolor paper makes a great base that supports the shaker elements well.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Jingle Bottom

                               Online Watercolor for Cardmakers Exploring Mediums Day 3
The next challenge was to use watercolor pencils.  I used Derwent Watercolor pencils.
The class videos on Inktense watercolor pencils really helped!  Dipping the watercolor pencils directly into water was a new concept to me.  In fact, watercolor pencils are not something I have used much at all!  (I am a Copic colorer!)

It's amazing the depth of color that can be achieved with watercolor pencils!  Now I want to try the Inktense pencils!

This Art Impressions snowman tag needs to be shown in a video.  His jingle bell bottom is on an action wobble!!!  He is stamped with VersaFine.  Stickles decorate the bells and holly berries.
Background pattern paper is by Bo Bunny.

The watercolor paper is great for this wobble!  It's heavyweight and will withstand all of the action!
I'm going to try using it on a shaker.

Water Soluble Oil Pastels

Online Watercolor Class for Cardmakers Exploring Mediums Day 3.
All I can say is that I tried Kristina Werner's technique to make backgrounds using water soluble oil pastels.
After using 2 background stamps from Hero Arts and one from i.o. either I need background stamps with more surface area, hot press watercolor paper or this may just not be my thing!
Working with the water soluble oil pastels was really fun in a post Kristina made a couple weeks ago using W Plus 9 leaves.   I won't give up on the medium, maybe just the technique!


On Day One Online Card Class Watercolor for Carmakers Exploring Mediums Debby Hughes made a beautiful card using Zig Clean Color Brush Markers.
I went shopping in my studio to find products that would simulate her card.
I used watercolor paper and incorporated the holes at the top of it to look like notebook paper.
The Penny Black leaves were stamped in VersaMark then gold heat embossed.  I used Distress Markers to color the leaves and blended the ink with water.
Hedy Swap gold Shimmer mist was sprinkled around the card.
The leaf die is from Heartfelt Creations.  I colored it with the same Distress Ink/Water combination.  The Penny Black Thankful die is cut from SU gold glitter paper.
The thankful for you sentiment from SU is stamped in VersaMark and gold heat embossed.
The background is a script print from MFT gold heat embossed on kraft cardstock.
Washi and sequins complete the gold sparkle theme on this card.
Isn't it amazing what you can find shopping in your own studio???

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hand Over The Candy!

A friend of ours declares September 1st the day he can open the first bag of candy corn.  This card is for him.
I'm taking the Watercolor for Carmakers Exploring Mediums Online Card Class.  This card combines lessons from two instructors Day One.  The masking of the giant candy corn is inspired by Kristina Werner.  The swaths of watercolor are inspired by Jennifer McGuire though I used Distress Ink, not markers as she did.  
The superboy stamp from MFT is stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.  Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents give him some shine and texture.  I also used Wink of Stella over the candy corn.  The sentiment stamp is from i.o.  Wash tape at the top gives some balance to the design.  I will put this card in the gallery for Online Card Classes and the MFT challenge.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Jolly Elf Christmas

My favorite paper craft is making Christmas tags.
I get my holiday cards finished early so I can concentrate on making tags.
I really pulled out products from many different companies for this one!
The darling elf stamps are from Hero Arts.  They are stamped with Memento and colored with Copics.  The window die is from Poppy Stamps.  The greenery dies are from i.o.  The sentiment is by Technique Tuesday and the punch-out it's stamped on is from SU.  The tree is from Elizabeth Crafts and white sparkle paper is by SU.  The stripe paper is from Provo Craft.  There is Flower Soft and Wink of Stella on the hats, gems and Stickles on the clothing.  Ribbon is from Basic.  The tag base is watercolor paper tags from Prima.
This is posted on the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge which calls for die cuts.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

You're in my thoughts and in my heart

My friend is in the hospital.  She has a fracture that won't heal quickly.  Hopefully this card will help her know that I am keeping her in my thoughts.  
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge is to use a die.
The idea of die cutting a leaf on the front of a card like this came from my friend, Abbie.  The leaf die is from SU.  Distress ink is blended in the background.  My favorite critters of all the new releases are these mice from MFT.  They are stamped with Memento and Colored with Copics.  The front sentiment is from Hero Arts.  The inside sentiment is from Inky Antics.  Wink of Stella,  Stickles and pop dots give dimension and sparkle to the card.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Never underestimate the power of being properly caffeinated.

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge is to use a favorite technique.  I love to mask!  It's just like a puzzle to figure out the order in which the various elements should be stamped.
The idea of having a monster come out of a coffee cup is not my original idea.  I saw the idea on the blog of a Stampin Up demonstrator.  I've gone back through Pinterest and Splitcoast but cannot find the name.  We both used the Stampin up coffee cup.  From there our design is totally different.
The tag is a Prima watercolor tag.  I turned up the bottom to make a pocket for the gift card.
Washi tape holds the pocket in place.  The monsters from Clearly Besotted are stamped in Memento ink and colored with Copics.  The coffee splats are from a stamp by Tim Holtz.  The sentiment is from Art Impressions.  Stickles, google eyes and string finish the tag.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Drummer Dude

This stamp from Make it Crafty is borrowed more than any other!  Everyone knows someone who was once a drummer!  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge is to use a stamp.  I stamped with Momento ink and colored with Copic markers and silver gel pen.  Some Wink of Stella and Stickles put a little sparkle in just the right places.  Best of all, his beard is a mix of white and silver Flower Soft!  Paper is from XPress and SU.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Autumn Leaves

I knew nothing about watercoloring until I took the Online Card Class "Watercolor for Card Makers".  
Now I love watercoloring and want to learn so much more!  A new Online Card Class is coming up in a couple weeks called "Watercolor for Card Makers:  Exploring Mediums".  One of the mediums I hope they will explore is water soluble oil pastels.
The card above is a CASE from Kristina Werner using Prima water soluble oil pastels and a set of leaf stamps from WPlus 9.  The sentiment is from Simon Says.  I used gold heat embossing and shiny gold paper to complete the card.  The little dots are done with Liquid Pearls.  I have not been able to perfect the splat technique Kristina and others do so well.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Jack and Jill Pumpkin

I love making fall cards most of all.  And I think this may be my most favorite fall card ever!
All stamps and the die are from My Favorite Things.  This is card #5 in the MFT Superstar Card Design Contest.  Background is Distress Ink on Xpress paper.  Mice are stamped in Memento and colored in Copics.  There are a couple gold buttons, Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.  Paper piecing on the clothes is done with Basic Grey pattern paper.  Foam tape is used to give the card dimension.  I'm keeping this card on display in my studio for at least a year just because it makes me smile!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Christmas Bear Shaker

Card #4 for MFT Card Design Superstar Contest.  All stamps and the die are from My Favorite Things.  This bear stamp set is focused on birthday but easily converted to a Christmas theme.
Everything is stamped with Memento and colored with Copics.  The shaker window is built up with foam tape.  Sequins, beads and some fussy cut packages rattle around inside.  The red and white background paper is from Basic Grey.   I have two grandchildren so there had to be two bears on the card!

Travelin' Girl

Card #3 for MFT Card Design Superstar Contest.  Shabby Chic and Kaisercraft pattern paper just go together perfectly.  I pulled the colors from the paper for the lace (Prima) and Copic markers.
Milled Lavendar distress ink added a little color to the edges.  The little satin rose on her hat came from Michaels.  That little bunny is just the cutest, isn't it?

Panda Birthday

Card #2 for the MFT Card Design Superstar Contest.  All stamps and the Die are from My Favorite Things.  The background paper is from my stash and has no manufacturer's name on it.  Cardstock is from SU.  All stamping is done with Memento and coloring is done with Copics.  The multiple panda faces were accomplished with masking.  It didn't look like this the first time . . . or second . . . or third.  But so worth the effort to get all those cute faces in the large Peek-a-Boo circle die.  A little Glossy Accents makes their panda eyes shine.

Pumpkin Boy

This is my first submission for the MFT Card Design Superstar.  I loved this stamp for my granddaughter and decided that with a little work it could also be my grandson!  The colors, the frog, the embossing folder (Sizzix), and the twine made it more masculine.  All stamps and Dies are from MFT.  The background and sun are done with distress ink.  His shirt is Paper Pieced with a tiny scrap of Bo Bunny.   The rest of the images are stamped with Memento and colored with Copics.  Google eyes and a little Wink of Stella were also added to the card.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Shabby Chic Bookmark

I NEED to do shabby chic.  It may be my true style from which I get frequently distracted!
I first made this bookmark ( with a dachshund)  for my niece.  I loved it so much I made one for me with my precious rescue mix-breed Roxie.  The inspiration came from this pattern paper from Kaiserkraft.  I have hoarded that print and wanted to use the last piece for something lasting.
The dog stamp is from Prima.  The darling girl on the books is a stamp from simply gorjuss stamps.
Memento ink is used to stamp and Copic markers used to color.  The paper used for stamping and coloring is XPress.  The base of the bookmark is two Prima tags.  Pop dots, white gel pen, bling, lace and ribbon completed the project.  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge is all about color.  I love this color combo!
The following quote is stamped on the back of the bookmark.  It is a stamp from i.o.
Outside of a dog
a book
is man's
of a dog,
it's too dark
                                     -Groucho Marx