Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Michael Strong Day 2

Ni Hao (Sounds like Knee How) = Hello in (Mandarin) Chinese

 It is the year of the goat/sheep. In China, there is no distinction in vocabulary between the two.  I colored the images with Copic Markers. I used the Traditional color-Red- for Chinese New Year.

 The Chinese New Year characters can be seen HERE if you want to know your animal. There are 5 earth elements- Wood, Fire, Metal, Earth and Water that 'everything' comes from. (Wu Xing + woo sshing).  The year you are born is associated with the above signs, so in China, even though the animals rotate every 12 years, how they are associated with the 5 elements dictates how your year will go.

 Also, the number 4 is si which is similar to the word death in much of China- so it is like our number 13.  In China, you will not see floor 4, 14, 24 etc in an elevator.  It is not lucky on your license plates or as your house number either.....  That is why I used three goats in my layout, and the signs for Happy New Year in the 4th box.

 Michael Strong gifted this freebie image to us this past January on his blog HERE. If you follow his blog, he does nice things like that on occasion : )  Also, if you love his stamps, look up the Yahoo Group- daily inspiration by members give us tons of ideas to use the stamps.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Michael Strong Stamps- Day 1

Waving hello!  I hope you did not gain any weight over the Thanksgiving weekend : )

 Anyway, I belong to a Yahoo Group for creative folks that like to use Michael Strong Stamps. In this group, we volunteer to post daily cards for inspiration : )  Each day of the week we volunteer, and Thursday is a tutorial project.

  I used a lilly stamp on the background, and the large lilly image was stamped, embossed with white EP and colored with Copic markers. I love the tone on tone colors and the softness of this card.

Amusing Challenge- AG
Addicted to CAS- Dimension
Brown Sugar- pearls

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Washi Kindness

Another Kindness card:

 The sentiment is from Create with TLC. I cut the snowflake with Paper Temptress shimmery cardstock- closeup:

 The snowflake cardstock is Poison Ivory and is a tiny bit off white- and very shimmery IRL. The Die is from Memory Box (Sweet STamps carries them).  The background is another Washi tape background  (Washi Flip Flop from Technique Junkies Washi Tape CD), like the one I made for my previous post.

Bunny Zoe's Crafts- Sparkle (snowflake)
Word Art Wednesday-AG
A Snowflakes Promise- Winter/Christmas

We have a White weekend here- with between 6-8 inches of snow.

 This was just a week ago

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Washi Kindness card

I wanted to make some Kindness Cards, and use up some stash at the same time....

I was able to use up some of my Washi stash- made a few of these backgrounds, so you will see more of them in the near future. This Washi Flip Flop technique is from the TJ Washi Tape and Ribbon CD. I used SU Embrace Life (retired) for the flowers and the sentiment is from Technique Junkies.

Addicted to Stamps and More- AG
Crafting by Designs- 3 of something- sequins, flowers
Word Art Wednesdays- AG
Aud Sentiments- AG with a Sentiment
Craft Rocket- AG with a Sentiment

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Precious Friends

 I am looking at some of my older stamps, and really am finding many that need to see ink : )

This is an older stamp by Stampendous from the Precious Moments line- called Friends. I stamped the image and colored with Copics.  I used the sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday using DP from a few years ago by Prima. The cardstock is by SU.

Crafty Addicts- Use a Die Cut
Word Art Wednesday- AG
Die Cutting Divas- Die cut + Button
Marker Pop- Any Shape but Rectangle

 I had to color another, and had to get some more pink in.....
 This is retired older DP by Basic Grey- I love these colors.  More Copic coloring....  I love this sweet stamp : )  I have absolutely no clue where the sentiment is from. The sentiment and the scallop are all one. I colored the scallops in pinks and added shimmer using a Sakura Gelly Roll pen on the l ittlecircles.  Can you see the pink rhinestones in the upper Rt corner?  I used the Sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches for this card.

 I have a sinus infection and lost my voice earlier this week. I had to work today, so spent yesterday on voice rest ( I normally talk lots... ).  So, I thought coloring would be a great way to keep myself occupied.

4 Crafty Chicks- ribbon
Simon Says Stamp- Thinking of You
Artistic Inspiration- AG + Feminine

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Oriental Boat

At the Oriental Stamp Art Yahoo Group, there was a swap for cards with a boat theme.
 I used a pre-colored image from Ginny at Maxam Made Studio and matched some Washi and cardstock to finish off the card.

 Interesting, without the blue cardstock to back the boat, more yellow pops out of the Washi, doesn't it?

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Wax/Encaustic/Crayon ATC's

My ATC group swapped Wax/Encaustic/Crayon ATC's in October.  I used Crayons for mine.... You can click to enlarge them for a better look.

Images by TH- Crazy Birds, Vera Lang digi's and Dyan Reaveley bird.

Scribble crayons on my pre-cut ATC's
Crumble up the ATC
Next, take a darker color and highlight the lines formed by the crumpling

Next, Iron the ATC- I placed it in between Deli paper.  You can use paper- you just DO NOT want to get wax on the iron plate.
 These are my finished ATC bases.

Here are the swaps:
Lt- Linda (Wax)
Rt- Harriet (Encaustic)

Rt- Debbie (Wax)
Lt- Diane S (Encaustic)

Top- Cindy- Encaustic Wax BG with Silver embossed trees
Bottom- Mary W- the back has Black and Orange dripped Waxes

Top- Joanne
Bottom- extra collage ATC Mary W

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Love Many Things

I put together another card with the HYYCT challenge 1531A from SCS in mind. The theme is Stop and Smell the Roses.

 I found a card kit while moving my stamping room, and decided to put it together. This was a prize from Ginny Maxam from Maxam Made Studio a very long time ago...... I do not know where the sweet image came from- it was in the kit. I colored it with Copics and fussy cut her out. The green border was also in the kit. I added butterflies from a technique piece of TJ leftover shimmery pink and gold, and added rhinestones to the centers. I added a bow and some sequins as well.

Crafting for all Seasons- Girly
Word Art Wednesday- AG
Craft-Dee-Bowz- AG using handmade bow

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Vase ATC

For the October Oriental Stamp Art ATC swap, the theme was Vase.  Here is the ATC I created:

  I used Distress Inks on the background, some Stenciling, overstamping with Asian Kanji. I stamped the Vase image (company UK) using Versamark and then Distress ink, and embossed it with clear EP.  I added a Sweet Stamps floral image. I stamped the image a 2nd time, and fussy cut out those little flowers and added them to the top.

Sweet Stamps has an Anything Goes challenge. Brown Sugar has a challenge calling for flowers.

 Here is the beautiful ATC I received in exchange from Sandy N. :

 The shimmer and glimmer is amazing on this beautiful ATC IRL.

I am in Ky with my parents for a few days. Wish they lived closer.......  Here is a pic of them:

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Sweet Stamps- Anything Goes

This is my last post as a DT member for Sweet Stamps. It has been a wonderful experience working for Stacey and her family- it is just a time where I need to focus alot of energy on my family.
Here is my final post:

 There are new Halloween Piccolo Accents in the store- and they are so fun!  I used Enamel Embossing Powders to color the accents- applied with the Enamel Adhesive. I used the following Enamel EP's- Starry Sky for the bats, the bird and 'Spooky', Mossy Glen is the green, Real Rust is the fence and the cross, Aged White is the ghost and the tombstones, and Brownstone was used for the tree.
 The DP is by K & Company from Halloween (a year or two old). The cardstock is SU. The die for the card fold is by Stamp Doctor.

Pie it On- Cute or Spooky
Outlawz- Paper a la Mode- Halloween
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards- Halloween
Creative Corner- No Stamp

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