Sunday, January 21, 2018

pinsights and concord and 9th

I knew there was a mix-up challenge over at Ellen Hutson with Concord and 9th, however it came and went without my playing. But then I saw the Pinsights inspiration and decided those pods could be interpreted with feathers so here are those C9 feathers. Again.

 Concord and 9th Grateful stamp

See? There are the feathers hiding under the stitched-on-vellum. I'd thought I was going to work the panel with feathers into a design with a PP pack I picked up recently (yeah, like I need more), but couldn't make that happen. Ended up working it onto this cardbase I'd used to clean up leftovers ages ago!

But then I had to make a card with the perfect PP pack (from my local TEDI dollar store). So this happened. I think it captures the mood of the garden in the inspiration photo perfectly.

Just added a strip of silver glitter washi between the two panels to pick up on the gray of the damask PP and called it good. Thanks for looking.

I'm taking this to:
EH Pinsights Challenge - January
Where Creativity meets C) - Use your first C9 set

Saturday, January 20, 2018

coloring and curves

Are you taking part in Kathy R.'s 30 Day Coloring challenge? I'm trying to give it a go this time - maybe not every day but definitely intent on practicing with color mediums.

So I started with colored pencils. Perhaps you saw my first attempts on IG. Today I turned one of them into a card.

What did I try? Applying light layers of color, a light overall, then some dark (yeah, that's my problem... where to add "shading"), then the light again and then dark then light again. Hmm. I used "dark" around the stitched edges on these images and tried to keep Kelly L.'s tip to "shade where two things come together" in mind (like belly and leg, or head and neck).

What did I learn?
1. This is my standard 300g Folia cardstock. It's grainy. Plus I die cut the image first and I think my old cutting plates add texture to the paper. My result on the giraffe looks very grainy. Maybe I just needed more layers of color.

2. Note less graininess on the balloon - maybe cuz not run through my Big Shot?!?

3. An eraser can be used to lighten up an area. I did this to highlight cuz I cannot seem to keep an area of an image white/light when I'm in the coloring process!  Little area on his face and hooves.

4. I must research shading and highlighting. I know "consider your light source" in theory, but I have a hard time putting it into practice. Kinda like me and skiing... Anyhoo, any favorite videos on coloring for beginners?

Ah yes. As for the funky use of the waves die cut... it's new-to-me and happened to fall onto my counter and vaguely reminded me of a cage in a zoo. Giraffe. Bingo. That's how I roll, folks. Told ya, it's scary...

I'm playing at:
STAMPlorations - Stamps and Curves
Addicted to Stamps and More - #275
Die Cut Divas - Something New (my wavy die)
Dies R Us - Kids Card
30 Day Coloring Challenge
Hope your weekend is going well.

Friday, January 19, 2018

spotlight stamping - again

If you saw yesterday's post you know I'd been thinking about playing in The Flower Challenge's - Spotlight challenge. And I had all these freshly EZ-mounted Alisa Burke doodled bloom stamps in front of me.

Like I mentioned, this probably doesn't even count as spotlight stamping. But in a convulted way it kinda is. I took a gelli print (I've a whole stack) looked at where the color was concentrated and then stamped in those spots to spotlight the concentration of color. See, told ya it probably doesn't count.

But here it is anyhoo.

acrylic paint gelli print

An acrylic paint gelli print trimmed to size. A few blooms stamped in black. A strip of zebra PP along the bottom edge and a die cut sentiment with a drop shadow up top. Voila!

I'm playing with:
The Flower Challenge - Spotlight Stamping
Basteltraum - Love

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Ring in the New (the bloom stamps)
The Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Craft Stamper - TIMI January

Thursday, January 18, 2018

spotlight stamping. not really.

You may have read yesterday's pulling teeth mojo post. I have more cards that happened in the same crafting session. Consider yourself forewarned!

Actually, this wasn't as bad. Again, you must remember I'd spent an hour mounting rubber stamps on EZ Mount. As in, gooey, sticky fingers and scissors. The whole nine yards. But I'd been thinking about playing in The Flower Challenge's - Spotlight challenge. And I had all these Alisa Burke doodled bloom stamps in front of me...

Now this probably doesn't even count as spotlight stamping. But in a convulted way it kinda is. I took a watercolor mop up piece that reminded me of the House of Cards inspiration photo, looked at where the color was concentrated and then stamped in those spots to spotlight the concentration of color. See, told ya it probably doesn't count.

But here it is anyhoo.

watercolor panel
After stamping on the watercolor panel with Archival ink, I die cut it and adhered it only along the top and askew (Just for fun, google "askew". You're welcome! :) to a blue cardbase. Then I added three light green leaf sequins and the die cut sentiment.

I'm joining in at:
The Flower Challenge - Spotlight Stamping
House of Cards - Mixed Media and or colors (both!)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add a Sentiment
The Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Craft Stamper - TIMI January
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Ring in the New (the bloom stamps)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

cat on a hot tin roof

I'm CAS(E)-ing a sketch for you today. Twice actually. My first idea did not turn out as I'd hoped. But I like what happened then.

Back to the beginning... I was lucky to win some Rubber Dance stamps over at Craft Stamper TIMI and I chose the whimsical houses designed by Susanne R. For some reason (never try to understand what goes on in my head... which reminds me... did you see this at Ellen Hutson?)... 'bout that chocolate?!?... and while I was washing dishes and thinking about the framed-with-florals sketch and wondering how I could work whimsical houses into my creation, I remembered creating a village with masking like on this card and as the village came into my mind's eye so did the cat stamp I recently picked up as well as "cat on a hot tin roof" so it was a done deal. Lots of roofs and cats instead of florals. Following?

So I masked and stamped away. And stamped and fussy cut cats. And agonized for ages over the "frame". Geesh. What'd I come up with? A circle. Brilliant, eh? And the sentiment (I wasn't going to NOT use it, cuz punny), well it sure isn't the right size/shape. But. Please meet card #1.

distress oxides

Actually, I forgot to mention that I first spent an hour putting these Rubber Dance rubber stamps onto EZ Mount. Been ages since I'd done that! Remember that sticky goo?!? And while I was at it I did the same with some rubber stamps I ordered from Alisa Burke (know her?) ages ago. Um, yep. Finally. Surprised the rubber hadn't cracked. But that, my friends, remains for tomorrow's blog post... Stay tuned.

So. One of the stamps I'd mounted and cut was a trio of houses. A trio. Like the florals framing the frame on the sketch! Lightbulb. Meet card #2.


Weird. I know. But me likey better. Used a snippet of gelli plate print for the die cut. And gave the houses a touch of watercolor. Dad's neighbors have sold their house. I think this may be heading their way.

So. Did I freak you out with the glimpse inside my head? If so, sorry. I'm playing at a couple other challenges too which may have added to my brain stress.

CASE this Sketch - #254
Rubber Dance - January
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Add a Sentiment
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Snippets (circle frame and blue rectangle, "hello")

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

STAMPlorations inspiration #159

Welcome to another Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team where the team members feature stamps from one of our talented stamp designers.

Today we're using Dee's Artsy Impressions stamps. Her stamps are 15% off this week!!!

Continuing with my "Urban Tribe"inspiration post projects using this image from my Pinterest inspiration board, ready for today's? I used the graphic tribal pattern and its colors as inspiration.

image source

Stamped Best Mom Ever and colored it with Prismacolor pencils and a black SharpieAdded some washi, and black Nuvo drops to the little bloom centers and voila!

This is a great flower spray ... I had more fun with it here and here ...

Remember, you could win yourself a $10 GC to the store by leaving a comment on the January inspiration posts. Check out today's post here. So happy you stopped by :)

I'm joining in at:
Craft Stamper - Take it, Make it January challenge
Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS

Monday, January 15, 2018

CUTplorations january - reminder

image source: Jørn Allan Pedersen

Popping in with a reminder about the January die cutting CUTplorations challenge over at STAMPlorations. I've another project for you today. Distress inks but without the smooshing.

For the Birds die, Hello Sunshine die, Retro Mod Shapes (retired)

Die cut the birds to make a mask and then stamped through the negative with a small square shape to create the pattern. Die cut the sentiment and stamped it in a similar manner before adhering it. Cool, eh? I was inspired by this design.

TIP: Start with lighter ink colors and stamp more of them. Save your darker colors for last and use them sparingly.

Have you joined us yet? Check out more inspiration from the DT and the CUTplorations January gallery here. Look forward to seeing you there. Thanks for coming by my blog today.

I'm stopping by:
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Birds of a Feather
Happy Little Stampers - CAS - Friendship

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