Thursday, May 28, 2015

Party Time and Crazy Squirrel Lady (Projects 36-38)

I have been meaning to post these projects for weeks, but work has been crazy lately.  It is all I can do to force myself to exercise when I get home from work at night. 

Before we get to the projects, I wanted to mention that Artsy Inkers is getting ready to have a party again this weekend.  I know I mentioned Inktoberfest last October and Winterfest back in March.  Well, Artsy Inkers Reunion starts on Saturday, so named because this will be the one year anniversary for Artsy Inkers.  So I invite you guys to pop over and join in the fun.  I'm going to be hosting a challenge and there will be lots of other challenges to play along with.  A fun time will be had by all. 

Now on to the projects.  This is what I made for my Mom, the Crazy Squirrel Lady, for mother's day. 

Let's start with the gift bag. I took a white bag and inked it with Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters, Spun Sugar, and Picked Raspberry. Then I stamped it with a bunch of critter stamps using Memento ink in Bamboo.   The stamps are by Inkadinkado, TPC STudio, Hampton Arts, and Imaginisce.

For the present, I started with some 3-D stickers of woodland critters by Jolee's Boutique that my Mom picked up on Black Friday but had no idea what she was going to do with them. You can see the stickers here.   I told her that I would come up with something to make for her with them. And I finally came up with an idea. I decided to make a canvas with little windows for each of the critters.

I started with an 8 x 10 canvas. I used my silhouette to cut squares out of a piece of watercolor paper. I covered the paper with light weight spackle that I tinted with brown ink. 
Here's what the light weight spackle looks like:

In addition to adding paint to it, I add a little water to get it smooth enough to smear on the paper.
To add texture, I used a plastic knife. It wasn't quite the color I wanted, so I added some Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.  Here's what it looked like after I started adding the Vintage Photo.
Then I smeared some white gesso on top. I was going for a weathered wood look.

Then I applied Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean to create the skies. Starting with the deer on the bottom. I cut the birch trees with my silhouette and added some spackle to add texture. Then I added some modeling paste for the snow and added some glitter.


For the owl, I created the branch with air dry clay and a fondant mold. I painted it brown.

For the squirrel, I made the tree with air dry clay and a different part of the same mold as I used for the owl. The leaves and pine cone are from a die by Impression Obsession. I colored the leaves with Distress Ink in Pine Needles. I colored the pine cone with Distress Ink in Tea Dye and Vintage Photo. I added some Mod Podge so the paper will hopefully hold up better.

For the Hedgehog, I added some die cut holly leaves from a die by Memory Box. They were colored with Distress Ink with Pine Needles and added Mod Podge. I also added the modeling paste and glitter for the snow.

For the fox, I used the same Impression Obsession die to make the tree and added the modeling paste glitter snow.

For the dove, I just added the holly sticker to it.

All of the critters were attached with hot glue and I hot glued the frame as well. In fact, as I was putting this together, I burned my finger with my hot glue. I had to stop and ice my finger. I got myself good.

Now onto the card. I was inspired by a something I saw on the Hero Arts blog. I really liked the look of the cherry blossom tree. I picked a stamp set by Technique Tuesday that has a tree trunk and a bunch of different stamps for creating the canopy of the tree. I started by stamping the tree trunk with Staz-on in Timber brown. I didn't like the color, so I went over it with a paint brush and Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. Then I daubered Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry. Then I took the flower stamp and stamped it with Picked Raspberry. After doing that, I added Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn to create the sky and grass. I added some leftover die cut grass (My Favorite Things die) I had lying around. 

To add some texture to the tree, I added some die cut flowers. They were also left-overs (Cheery Lynn die). I added a micro bead to the center of each flower.

I die cut the squirrel (Impression Obsession die) and colored him with chalk. I sprayed him with a sealing spray. For the bouquet of flowers, I had to cut the stem and leaves. I used snippets and colored them with Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn. The flowers were more left-overs (Cheery Lynn) and colored with Distress Ink in Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Shaded Lilac and Dried Marigold. I added a clear micro bead to the center of each flower. 

Since I used a bunch of snippets for my die cut pieces, I'm going to enter this over at the playground.

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Weeks 178 and 179


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Rudolph Days April (Project 35)

I managed to get a Christmas card finished just in time for this month's Rudolph Days challenge over on scrappymo's blog: scrapsoflifebyscrappymo - April Rudolph Days Challenge.  I used the prompt for May's Christmas All Year challenge over at Artsy Inkers, which was to use a flower. 
So I pulled out my Sizzix Thinlits Poinsettia die, which I bought last summer and this is the first time I'm using it. 

So I started by making the poinsettia, and I wanted to do it in white.  I used a gold pen for the center veins.  I was going to use chalk to color the green leaves, but I didn't have any chalk in the right color.  So I used Copic marker in YG01.  I used a gold pencil to color the center of the flower and then added liquid pearls.  I cut all the pieces from a snippet of white paper.  Then I used a Spellbinder Nesties die to cut the shape for the sentiment.  It is by Inkadinkado.  I stamped it with Versamark and embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I then added gold pen to the edges.

I had planned to make the card 4 x 5.5 and cut the red paper to that size and used a Sizzix embossing plate to emboss it.  But when I went to assemble it, it wasn't big enough.  So I cut the green paper for a 5 x 6.5 card.  Then when I went to assemble it, there was too much space between the green and the red, so I added the gold paper.

Here's a close up of the poinsettia.

As I said, I'm entering this in the Rudolph Days challenge.  And since I used snippets for the flower and for the sentiment, I'm going to enter it over at the Playground:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Easter Parade Part 2 (Projects 32-34)

I'm just a few weeks late with getting these posted.  I've been in a bit of a funk lately and haven't felt like posting.  But here are a few more Easter cards involving one of my newest crafty obsessions - little dies.  These cards are inspired by the wonder scene created by Kittie.  I've been lurking on her blog: kittiekraft

This one is the first card I made creating a scene with dies.

The base is watercolor paper that I colored with Distress Inks.  All the pieces were colored with chalk, except the eggs. The chalk has a shimmer to it.  The eggs were stamped with brilliance ink and colored with Spica glitter pens.  The egg stamp is by Studio G.  To create the frame, I used a Nesties oval die.  I actually cut the frame before I started creating the scene so I could use it to make sure everything was in the frame.  I stamped the images (by My Favorite Things) in the corners with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Then I inked it up with Distress Ink in Dried Marigold.

Here are some close-ups:

Yep, I put a single micro bead in the center of the flowers. 

Here is the next one.

For this one, I colored the sky, grass, and flowers with Distress Ink - Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Dried Marigold, Spun Sugar, and Worn Lipstick.  The eggs were stamped with Brillance Ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then colored them with chalk.  The basket, bunny and chick were colored with chalk too.  The frame was down with a Nesties label die and the stamp is by My Favorite Things. 
Here are some close-ups:


And here is the last one:

Yep, that's a squirrel with the Easter basket.  I gave this one to my mom's friend that got her involved in wild life rehab.  I used Distress Inks on the sky, grass and flowers: Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Pine Needles, Mowed Lawn, Shaded Lilac, Ripe Persimmon, and Peacock Feather (I think).  The eggs were done the same as on the last one.

Here are the close-ups:

Flowers & stems (card 1) - Cheery-Lynn Designs
Leaves (card 1) - Poppy Stamps
Basket - Poppy Stamps
Bunnies - Impression Obsession
Chicks - Memory Box
Grass - My Favorite Things
Stems & leaves (cards 2 & 3) - Poppy Stamps
Flowers (cards 2 & 3) - Impression Obsession
Squirrel - Impression Obsession

Since I used snippets for all the dies, I'm entering this one over at the Playground - Pixies Snippets Playground Week 174

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Easter Parade (Projects 21-31)

Before I get started, I want to welcome Darnell as a follower.  Here's her fabulous blog: djkardkreations

So I'm a little late for Easter but as promised, here are the cards I made for the alcohol ink challenges over at Artsy Inkers. 

For the first week's challenge, I made agate backgrounds (aka tumbled glass). Here's the tutorial Far North/ Jan included for this technique.  Alcohol Ink Tutorial 1

I tried this technique on 3 different types of paper. From left to right - photo paper, glossy cardstock, comic book board. For those you don't know, comic book board is the board used when you store comic books in plastic resealable bags. One side is slightly glossy and the other is matte. It is thicker that paste board (cereal box) but thinner than the chipboard you can buy in a package at Michael's.

 The technique did not work on the photo paper at all. When I went to add the drops of blending fluid, nothing happened. And I think I like the way the comic book board reacted to the drops of BF best.

 AIs used: Lemonade, Cool Peri, Peach Belini, Shell Pink, Pink Sherbert, Pearl Mixative 

And here it the card I made with one of the background (I think it is the photo paper one). The image was one I received in the kit I received as part of March's kit in an envelope swap.  I colored him with Copics (I'll list the markers I used at the bottom).


Since the agate technique did not work on the photo paper, I didn't bother using it again. The top photo is the glossy cardstock and the bottom is the comic book board.
 AIs used - Stream, Aqua, Pool, Pearl Mixative 

And here's the finished card.  The image is a digital stamp by Mo's Digital Pencil.  I used my silhouette to print and cut it.  I colored him with Copic.  The green strip is the leftover bit from die cutting grass for another project (I'll be sharing those in another post).  The paper was colored with Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn and Pine Needles.

For this piece, the challenge was to remove some of the alcohol ink with blending fluid. To do this, I used a Spellbinders Oval Nesties die as a stencil for applying the blending fluid.  I did this on glossy cardstock.
 AIs used - Cool Peri, Eggplant (just a little), Purple Twilight, Pearl Mixative 
Here's the card I made.  The egg is a stamp by Impression Obsession and I stamped it with Stazon.  Then I used a green metallic marker to add some color to the egg.  I used a strand of iridescent pearls to over the edge of the oval and added a bow made with my bow-it-all to cover the ends of the pearls.

This background was created for a challenge that required using a blending tool to move the ink around.  Here's the tutorial for this challenge: Alcohol Ink Tutorial 2
To create this background, I made half circles on comic book boards.  AIs used - peach bellini, shell pink, pink sherbert, raspberry, pearl mixative   

Here's the card I made with it.  Sorry about the shadow, but the only way I could get the colors right was to take the picture in the sun.   The image  is a digital stamp by Mo's Digital Pencil. I printed and cut it with my silhouette and colored with Copic markers. I made the bow with my bow it all.

For this challenge, the idea was to cut the felt into shapes.  Alcohol Ink Tutorial 3
I die cut some felt pieces into flowers and stamped with the blending tool onto glossy cardstock.
 AIs used - base is lemonade; flowers are raspberry, pool, purple twilight, clover

For the finished card, I used the image from my March received kit, which I colored with Copics.

The technique for this challenge involves using a straw. You drop the ink on the paper and then blow it with a straw.  I think this was my favorite technique.   Alcohol Ink Tutorial 4
Again I experimented with a couple of different papers to create pieces with the straw technique. The top left piece was on a piece of plastic that was from packaging for something. The bottom left is on glossy cardstock. The bottom right is on acetate. And the top right is a piece of vellum. I keep my vellum in the same container as my acetate. So when I saw the vellum, I thought, gee I wonder if it would work on vellum. The only problem was that it started curling as I was working on it. I used some temporary adhesive to stick it to my desk and kept working.
 AIs used - cool peri, lemonade, peach bellini, shell pink, aqua and juniper (although I didn't use the juniper on the glossy cardstock).

Here are the finished card.

For these, I used the vellum and the plastic packaging.  The image is by American Art Stamp and colored with Twinkle H2Os. I used brads to attach the alcohol backgrounds to the white cardstock.

For this card, I used the glossy cardstock.  The chick is from my received kit for March and colored with Copics. The die cut ovals were in my kept kit. I had cut an oval out of the purple one for another project and used it to frame the chick. The sentiment also came from my received kit.
 For this piece, I did embossed resist. This was actually 1 of 4 eggs I did but I wasn't thrilled with how they came out. The egg is by Impression Obsession and the sentiment is by My Favorite Things. The sentiment was heat embossed with metallic green embossing powder. The lace is layered on top of a piece of green ribbon.
 I used AI - Peach Belini, Pink Sherbert, Shell Pink, Salmon, Pearl mixative

For this one, I did monoprinting. Alcohol Ink Tutorial 5
I used the packaging from a die to do the printing. The stamps are by My Favorite Things and were stamped with Stazon. I used Spellbinder dies for the oval and scallop oval.
 AIs used - Cool Peri, Shell Pink, Peach Belini.

I created the background with Peach Belini, Pink Sherbert, Sandal and Pearl mixative. The stamps are all from My Favorite Things and stamped with Stazon. After stamping, I went back with a white pen and colored some bits in. I really need to remember to do this technique more often because I really like how the white ink looks.

And one more Easter card.  Here is the tutorial for this one.  Alcohol Ink Tutorial 6

I started by stamping the image on a scrap piece of paper and cutting it into 2 masks - Sir Rabbit and the background.
 I put the background mask down and colored in Sir Rabbit with Slate, Pool and Willow. I took off the background mask and covered Sir Rabbit with his mask and started coloring the background. I guestimated where the B was going to be and inked it with Lemonade. Then I inked the rest of the background with Aqua, Sandal and Peach Belini. Then I removed the mask and stamped the image using Stazon.
 The stamp is by Stampendous.
 The green strip was left over after die cutting some grass for another project.


Jelly Bean Mouse 1
Jelly Beans - YR02, B02, Y02, G02, V04, RV02, Y000, G00, B00, YR00, RV000, V000
Mouse - E000, W-3, W-0,
Jar - B000

Bunny Boy
Clothes - B02, B00, YG000, YG00, YG03
Chicks - Y02, Y17
Eggs - YG06, B02, BG01, YR02, V15, RV02
Bow - BG09, BG000
Basket - YR21, YR24, YR27

Bunny Girl
Flowers - BV000, BV02, BV04
Bow - BV13, BV17
Clothes - yg03, YG06, Y02, Y17, RV52, RV55
Bunny - RV10, RV000, C-0
Eggs - G02, B02, Y02, BG01, RV52, BV08, BV04, V04, YG01
Basket - YR21, YR20, YR24, YR27, E47

Jelly Bean Mouse 2
Jelly Beans - B00, G00, YR000, YR00, BV00, RV000, Y000
Mouse - E000, E23, E21, R11

Chick  - I forgot to write down the colors I used.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Chalk Popping Easter

Today's cards were made for the Oldies Challenge over at Artsy Inkers hosted by Stampwilly at Stampwilly Designs. 

I stamped the eggs (Studio G) with Versamark and added chalk. I used a Fiskar corner punch.  It is an embossing punch.  Depending on how much pressure you apply when you punch determines if it will emboss or not.  So for the shimmery paper mats, I pressed down extra hard to get the embossing. 

The band on the left side is one of my favorite ways to use ribbon.  You start by cutting a piece of paper to 1.5 by 4 inches.  Then you add pieces of ribbon on the diagonal until the piece of paper is covered.  I've used my tape gun in the past when making this, but this time, I used a red tape sheet.  So much easier.  This is a great way to use snippets of ribbon, but I did not use snippets of ribbon this time.  That's because I really loved the look of the March's Really Reasonable Ribbon Club pack.  So I used the ribbon from it.

When I got done assembling the cards, they needed something.  So I stamped the sentiment by My Favorite Things with Versamark and added chalk.

Here are some individual pictures so you can see more of the details.
I didn't realize until I was photoing the cards that I used the wrong punch for the mats for the pink egg.  Whoops.
I used snippets of white cardstock to create the ribbon band.  All of the black cardstock are snippets and the green and blue shimmer paper are snippets.
I am going to enter these cards:
Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog - Challenge #114 Bright Spring Colors (RRR114)
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Ribbit the Exhibit and Rudolph Days (Project 16)

Before I forget again.  I want to welcome Heidi as a follower.  She is one of my buddies over at Artsy Inkers and has a great little blog - My Little Stamping Blog.
So today I went with my parents to Ribbit the Exhibit at Leu Gardens.  It is a traveling exhibit of frog sculptures by J.A. Cobb and it was fabulous.  And the weather was absolutely lovely for wandering around the gardens.  I figured I would share photos of some of my favorite frogs:
I'll start with Clyde the Greeter, who ironically was located at the furthest point from the entrance to the garden. 

I can't decide if Bentley and Tortuga the Tortoise or Eduardo the Tree Frog is my favorite:

Aptly, they had Freddie the Butterfly Frog in the butterfly garden and I managed to get a photo of a monarch.

I love that the trombone player is tapping his foot and snapping his fingers in the Jazz Trio.

I've got to include Diana the Huntress since my grandmother was named Diana.

And here is me with Emerson the Sitting Frog.

And finally a moment of Zen with Zenny the Frog.

And I figured I should share a picture of the real frog we spotted in the little pond in the arid garden.  I have no idea why the arid garden has a little pond but it was full of tadpoles and this guy.

Now on to the card.  I made this card for March's Rudolph Days over on Scraps of Life by Scrappymo

The starting point was actually the March Christmas All Year prompt over at Artsy Inkers.  This month's prompt was to use the letterpress technique.   So I inked up the Darice embossing folder with silver ColorBox pigment ink.  And debossed the blue paper.  I think you can see the debossing a bit better in this close-up.

The image is by Lilly of the Valley and it is NBUS (never before used schtuff) since I bought it after Christmas last year.  So I'm going to enter this in Darnell's NBUS challenge.  The ribbon is also NBUS.  I actually layered two ribbons - the silver and a blue ribbon from December's Really Reasonable Ribbon Club, which had not even been opened yet.  I stamped the image on a snippet created when I used a Spellbinder die to cut a frame for another project and had the shape left over.  It was colored with Twinkle H2O watercolors and I added some Stickles to the bottom for the snow. 

So I'm entering this in:

March's Rudolph Days

Darnell's NBUS challenge

Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 170 

It's been a while since I've played over at pixie's snippet playground and it will be my first time joining in Rudolph Days and NBUS. 

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