Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Creative time

I got into a fender bender and am stuck at home while my car is in repair, so had some fun creating : )

 I got out the last TJ newsletter and decided upon using the Gesstenciled Crayons technique to make some cards and ATCs.  I used a Stampin Up set for the kites and the sentiment, and SU DSP.

 This is the same Sketch and DSP, but I used a Technique Junkies stamp called Serenity Butterfly.

Sketch Saturday -Sketch
Crazy 4 Challenges- Kites
One Crazy Stamper- AG
Addicted to Stamping-AG

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Winter Evelyn Tag

I love how this tag turned out!  I saw a challenge at the Outlawz and had to play........

 This is Evelyn : ) Sweet Stamps just released this image- she is just darling and so fun to color.
First, I cut out the images on my Cameo using the Scan and Cut feature.  Then I colored the image with Copics, I added liquid applique and glitter on her coat and boots. I added Sakura Gelly Roll pen on the snowflakes.
 The background is watercolor crayons (Baja Blue, Wasabi and Pink) scribbled on and the spritzed. For texture, I added Thick Gesso with a credit card thru a Sweet Stamps stencil Snowflower. Once dry, I used a Baja Blue Watercolor crayon and took a baby wipe and got the blue off the gesso. Next, I painted crackle distress paint over that. Next, I added Stickles over the raised textured areas of the gesso. That is liquid applique on her trim with glitter sprinkled over it. I added fibers and sequins and called it a day.

Outlawz- Paper Ala Mode- Tags
Sweet Stamps- Feb AG
Alphabet Challenge- You choose
Creative Artiste- Mixed Media- entry #2
Frilly and Funkie- embossing (paste)

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Art Journaling through Proverbs-Week 1

 I joined a group last week Art Journaling through Proverbs. Week 1:

 Each week we get a verse to create with. This week Proverbs 31:20-21
 "She reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy. She fears not the snow for her household; all her charges are double clothed".  (In the non-Catholic version the verse reads all her charges are clothed in scarlet).

 I am using a small journal instead of writing in a bible (only Catholic Journaling bible I could find was $80.00)..... The Sacred Heart of Jesus is in the upper corner, the hearts are the blood he shed for us and his love- going down to the hands where the love is passed on from one person to another. The tree is a family tree where HIS word is passed on. I copied Proverbs 31 and torn the text for the tree out of that copy.

I used Geatos for the background. I tool a baby wipe and removed Gelato (where you see white- Gesso under the Gelato's). I added more stenciling using distress inks. 

I love doing journaling and thought this would be a great way to get me 'doing it'!  

Creative Artiste- AG Mixed Media
Word Art Wednesday- AG

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year this year begins Feb 8th and it is the year of the Monkey. 

  I was excited to see a Monkey digi as a gift on Michael Strong's Blog.  I printed it out, and took a copy of it and reversed it in Word- I am not too smooth with tecky stuff, so just eyeballed it to see the reversed one matched up to the other and got lucky : ) 
  I colored the image with Copics and then glued them together. I added a thin strand of thread through the monkeys hand and attached it to the top portion only. The Yellow & Red Washi design used is also a freebie from Michael Strong (same post as the monkey digi).  I printed it and added strips of it to the top and bottom- in China, even numbers are considered lucky (except 4 which is like 13 here- unlucky number!!! ).

 The Four Way card is a tutorial at Splitcoaststampers. It is quick and easy to make. I would just suggest using a die no bigger than the one I used as the sides will get wobbly if it were any bigger. It does lay flat for mailing as well.

Here is a little info about Chinese New Year- it is also known as the Spring Festival in China.

ABC Challenge- A is for Animals
Card Mania- Red
Creative Card Crew- AG
Critters and Creatures- AG something colored

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Faux Cloisonne

 The Oriental Stamp Art technique challenge for January was Faux Cloisonne.
  I added the challenge to a Swap using a postage stamp (image from Google). I stamped the Apple Blossom image and embossed it in Queens Gold EP onto Vellum. I colored in the image using Twinkling H2O's.
   The real technique uses darker cardstock for the base or magazine pages- but I wanted to use plain vellum.....
I love the shimmer on the apple blossoms : )

Moving Along with the Times- Embossing
Sweet Stamps-AG

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Dogs-love and fur : )

I made a card for a One Card a Month Swap in the Enjoy Michael Strong Yahoo Group.

and I made a punched border for the inside:

I used a tutorial for the Woodgrain background from Karen Ds blog- link HERE  I used distress inks and played around with the look I wanted. I started with Antique Linen, added Weathered WOod, used a touch of Brushed Corduroy and a tiny touch of Stormy Sky.  I scored at every 1/2" on a 4" x 5.25" piece of white Georgia Pacific cardstock which had Elmers glue painted on in up and down stripes.

Image Cloisonne Dog by Michael Strong, Sentiment Technique Junkies (Dog Quotes S137)

Rubys Rainbow- Animal Magic
City Crafter- For the Love of Pets
Tuesday Throwdown- AG
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

ATC's- Circles

My ATC group theme for the January swap was 'Circles'.

 I used Gelli plate backgrounds on Deli papers, cut out a Memory Box flower die which seemed just perfect. The flowers and dragonflies (Cheery Lunn die)
 are cut from waste napkins from a workshop using shimmery sprays. I added white gel pen circles and a jewel on each flower center.

Here are the trades I received
Left: Linda O
Center: Mary W and shimmery circles
Right by Carol- tin man

Left- Harriet
2nd from Lt-Diane S
2nd from Rt-Carol
Right- Mari S

Left- Marcy
Center: Joann used a stencil and shimmery paint and glittery shapes
Right- Dee De

Lt- collage- Noreen
Rt Cindy K using acrylic thru the embossing machine and glued it to cardstock.

 Barb I. from Florida sent up swaps- she was in the area, but we could not work out meeting up.  I traded ATC's for her.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Bugaboo Day 7

The theme for the Bugaboo 6th Birthday Bash is a recipe :1 animal, 2 layers, 3 brads, bling or buttons.

 Having limited supplies is a bit challenging, and I cannot find the bling a brought with me- luckily, I found three rhinestones here : )   I was also not sure whether the base layer is one and the elephant layer is two, so to be on the safe side, I went with the above card.

  Dad is having a rough day today, feeling aches and pains as people do after surgery.....  He is doing better than I expected and I am thankful for that.  He is very chatty and knows all of the staff, who is married, where everyone lives, etc.......even when he does not feel well.
  I am hanging in there- have a stuffy head and cough that is making me have full out asthma attacks- got started on antibiotics and steroids tonight.......  Oh boy!

Anyway, Happy 6th Birthday to Bugaboo!  Thanks for a fun challenge- I now have a few B-day cards on hand : )

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Bugaboo Day 6

For day 6 of the Bugaboo 6th B-day bash, we have a photo inspiration.

 I used the colors and the circles, plus the elephant from the inspiration picture. I punched out 3/4" and 1" circles, ran them thru an embossing folder and added them to the card. Inspiration from a couple of members of the DT. I used a rarely used Spellbinders die for the image and cut it out again in the blue and brown.
 The image is colored with Copics and I added lots of Stickles to the image too.

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Bugaboo Day 5

The Bugaboo Day 5 theme is to make it funny : )

I thought an Over the Hill card would be funny, as that is where I am at in life.....the over 50 crowd..... The image was colored with Copics and the sentiment is from Create with TLC.  I added on 'Spectacles' aka reading glasses... with a black pen.....

I could not get a good picture of this card- it looks a bit better IRL......

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