Friday, October 17, 2014

SuperOwl!


I made this card for our friend who is a huge Sheffield Wednesday Supporter.  I love how it turned out.

I found this cute little owl stamp in the dollar stamps for Halloween at Michael's and think it works a treat!  I knew I wanted him as the focal image and a creative way to pop him so I decided to use my star dies and to cut a "ball" out of the front of the card.  It reminds me of a champions league football from a few years back with the stars in the pattern.  I stamped the footballs on in a bit of a pattern and then adhered the stars to the front and back of the circle cut out for stability.

Ingredients
Card size - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Cardstock - Recollections 65lbs: white, blue;
Stamps - Recollections: soccer ball; See D's: Boys toys - soccer ball; Craftsmart: SuperOwl; 
Ink - Memento: Danube Blue, Tuxedo Black;
Coloring -Copics
Accessories - Spellbinders: Circles, Stars.

Monday, October 13, 2014

You're A-maize-ing!


I have made this card for the High Hopes Blog challenge Fall/Halloween.

I just couldn't resist doing a pun card with these cute stamps!

I guess this is another one for my stash of encouragement cards.  I tried to amp up the coloring of my scarecrow to make him pop after watching Sandy Allnock's video on "Wow Copic Coloring" .   I'm still not certain I did enough to make the scarecrow pop.  The only thing I didn't do is retrace him as I stamped the scene in brown not black.  I did retrace the crow as he is colored "black".  Maybe I should take the risk and just do it!

Ingredients

Card size - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2";
Cardstock - Recollections 65lb white, black;
Stamps - High Hopes Stamps: Guard Duty Rudy, Corn stalk; Studio G alphabet;
Ink - Memento: Rich Cocoa; Versamark;
Color - Copics, Copic Multiliner, Sakura gel pen white;
Accessories - Glossy accents; Detail Clear Embossing Powder.

Friday, October 3, 2014

No Peeking...


Oh my! I made this card for Christmas with my nephew and his fiancee in mind.  I thought it had just the right bit of fun innuendo and fun for them for Christmas.

I colored the Three Pane Santa with Copics a while ago and dug it out of my stash to create this card.  Initially I was going to leave it as is but the image got lost on my large card so I decided to cut the Santa's out and stack them down the card. This card was a definite make it work moment.  I took paper out of a Recollections pad I got last Christmas that played on the whimsy of the Santas and the colors but added a bit more color as well.  The ribbon is from my stash and I think the whole color combo reminds me of Christmas treats and sweets.

 I placed the Santas so I could get the spacing for the wording.  The wording is stamped in white ink and I love the unexpected contrast with the black.  Honestly, I toyed with the idea of putting something in the bottom right corner but felt that it would be too much and I like how the empty space seems to ground the card.

Entered in High Hopes Stamps Blog - Sentiment on the front challenge 

Ingredients:
Card size - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Cardstock - Recollections - 110 lb white, 65 lb black, red; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb; Recollections - Fa La La La paperpad;
Stamps - High Hopes Stamps - Three Pane Santa, No Peeking, Poking or Shaking;
Ink - Memento Tuxedo black;  Gina K Designs Color Companions White;
Color - Copics;
Accessories - American Craft ribbon; Dimensionals.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sparkle/Glitter Snowman!




Another High Hopes challenge to make a card with a High Hopes stamp including sparkle/glitter.

I stamped and colored the snowman with Copics.  I then fussy cut him out and added glitter on his berries and coal.  I stamped the background with white and accented the snow with Stickles.  The snow drifts were cut from cardstock and inked with Distress Ink and I added the Martha Stewart Snow glitter to the edges.


I decided to get a head start on my Christmas cards.  I haven't decided who is getting this one yet so I have left the greeting off for now.  I think it might also need a drift or a shadow under the snowman...

Ingredients
Card size - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2";
Cardstock - Recollections 65lb white, blue, kraft;
Stamps - High Hopes stamps: Gimme A Hug! Snowman, Snow Background;
Ink - Gina K Color Companions: Black Onyx, White; Distress Inks: Broken China;
Color - Copics
Accessories - Stickles: Diamond; Recollections: Red, Black; Martha Stewart glitter: snow

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Purple daisies

 
Using so many of the techniques (and confidence) I have picked up from Lindsay, the Frugalcrafter, I stamped this ink a Memento brown so that I would get more of a watercolor look than with a strong harsh black.  I especially like the way I pointed in the centers of the daisies.  They really pop in real life.

I would love to say that I planned this card from the beginning but the card was made around the watercolor.  I found paper to match in my stash and remembered this sweet ribbon which just has an edge of the blue in the sky.

Ingredients
Card Size - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Cardstock - Artist Loft watercolor; Recollections 110lb, Bright & Basic;
Stamps - Stampendous: Daisy Thanks;
Ink - Memento: Rich Cocoa;
Color - Koi Watercolor;
Accessories - Ribbon

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dragonflies with a watercolor wash

This card isn't perfect by a very long shot!  But I like how it turned out.  I had been watching videos by Catherine Pooler and she was into using Distress Inkpads and a Hero Arts stamp to create so lovely cards.  Well, I had neither the Distress Inkpads nor the beautiful Hero Arts stamp so I improvised and used this Inkadinkado set.  I stamped the flowers and dragonflies in Versamark and then embossed them with white ink.  I then used my watercolors and put a wash over the entire card and left it alone to dry.  After it dried I felt it needed more so I stamped in some of the Flourishes from the set.

I found an appropriate Happy Birthday greeting and stamped and embossed it on vellum. 


Ingredients
Card Size - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Cardstock - Recollections 65lb white, black;
Stamps - Inkadinkado: Mindscapes; Kitchen Sink Stamps: 3 step Daisy;
Ink - Versamark; Memento: Rose Bud;
Accessories - Embossing Powder: Zing! white, Ranger Detail black; rhinestones.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Art Journaling - Tagents & Tactics No. 2 - Cup Half Full



Following the prompt Cup Half Full on Daisy Yellow Art, I thought about this quite a bit.  I decided I wanted the visual effect of looking down into the cup and the feeling of half empty or half full.


I journaled this page first.  For half empty I knew it was a process with an end because I journaled from the outside to the middle.  Whereas half full had/has endless possibilities because starting small and working out it ended when I was ready for it to end rather than when the space ran out.  I splatted the Half full page with many colors because that is what makes life with so many endless opportunities, even the darkest days but I didn't want that to be the focus.  I wanted it to be bright, airy and warm and hopefully expressing hope and optimism.  It is almost rising off the page.

Ingredients
Canson XL Mixed Media 14" x 11" pad
Copic Multiliners
Micron pen
Koi Water Colors
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