Sunday, May 21, 2017

Call anytime. Really.

So, this week I played with my new Distress Oxide Inks. The first thing I did was this tri-colored panel. I used a Gina Marie die for the panel. I played around with a lot of different white die-cut sentiments, but ended up liking these simple palm trees the best. The palm trees are one of the no-name dies from China that I recently got. More on that story later.

I used a sentiment from an older set from The AlleyWay Stamps.

I have decided that I will go and use most of the stamp sets that I HAD to have, but have never used. And to make the challenge even greater, at least one stamp should come from a set that is no longer for sale. Then it will truly be archaeological.

Of course, I haven't stopped buying new stamps, what do you think I'm capable of here?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Die cut sentiments rule!

I was going to call this post, "Look Ma, no stamping!", until I remembered stamping the Wavy Coloring Book Swirls for the water colored backgrounds. Well, there's no stamping on the first one, anyway!

The theme today is, obviously, die cut sentiments. In this first card, the sentiment is from Concord and 9th's You've Got This. It's glued to a rectangle of pink velum, and then glued to a panel cut from some My Favorite Things' Roses All Over patterned paper, and all mounted on a pale pink card base.  I then added some Clear Sparkling sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and called it done! 

In my second card, I used the MFT Wavy Coloring Book Background stamp, white embossed on water color paper. I colored it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and cut it with a Sizzix dotted rectangle framelit. The sentiment was also from the Sizzix dotted rectangle set. You wouldn't believe the tiny confetti pieces left over after cutting these.

I mounted the 2 sentiment pieces together, then put them on the background with foam tape. Once again, sequins finished them off!

For my third card, I also used the Wavy Coloring Book background, white embossed onto water color paper, and I put watercolor paint very loosely over the design. The sentiment is from MFT's "Hi Hello There" set,.

Both the "You've Got This" and "hello" are triple cut and stacked from plain white card stock. It is very hard to see, but the "hello" is mounted on a strip of green vellum. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

My favorite story

Today's card was completely built around the "Roses All Over" patterned paper on the bottom of the card. The colors in the images and the trim paper are built around the almost navy blue of the print.

The little girl, reading a book, and the sleeping dog are from My Favorite Things' "Our Story" stamp set. The little dragon is from MFT's "Magical Dragons". The sentiment is from an old Jilllibean set called "Typewriter".  By the time I got to the sentiment, I didn't have room for the one I really wanted.

I also used a bunch of different dies on this card. The white, navy and print layers were all first cut from the largest stitched rectangle from Lawn Fawn, The 2 circles were cut from an inside/outside stitched circle set from Simon Says Stamp, and the stitched point and scalloped stitched point are from MFT.

The images were all colored with Spectrum Noir pens and fussy cut. I guess I could have done them with the Brother Scan N Cut, but the scissors were there, and so was I, and the Scan and Cut is in another room.

Last week I bought 72 new Spectrum Noir markers that were on sale, now I had to go back and buy new layers for my marker tower. I wonder how high I can go and still have it stable? My craft room is seriously overcrowded and I just keep getting more stuff. Can I help it if I want ALL the colors? Of everything???

It is time to challenge myself to use stuff from the archaeology pile.  You know, stuff that I bought over a year ago and never used. So that's my next goal. Only this time I won't go through the depressing count of how much fits into that category. The sentiment from the Typewriter set fits that category.  Only, I suspect it doesn't count if I only did it by necessity.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Just bepaws.

Today's entry is my take on a sketch challenge that ended weeks ago.

Here's the sketch:

Sketch challenges should be the easiest, since all the shapes are already chosen for you. But I always seem to have problems with them, hence the delay.

The papers are all from My Favorite Things, as is the little dog and his sentiment. The dog was water colored with Zig Clean Color real brush markers.

Monday, April 17, 2017

No prob-llama!

Today's birthday card features this super cute llama from My Favorite Things' Llama Love set. I've had it for months, even had the llama water colored, but not cut out.

I water colored the llama with a combination of Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and Mission Gold watercolors. My big advice is don't use the cheap children's watercolor paper from W*lm*rt. The color soaked into that paper so fast and spread out so quickly that it was hard to get this little image contained. I had to work a lot drier than I wanted. The only reason I used it was because I thought it would cut easier on the Brother Scan and Cut. I never even got that far since these were the only images on the whole sheet that didn't bleed badly. So, back to fussy cutting, again.

The background "glow" was created with sponge daubers and no-name ink from the dollar bin at Michaels.

The rectangles were cut with a Gina Marie Designs set with an interesting detail that totally can't be seen in the photograph, but is southwestern feeling in real life. It can almost be seen in this photo:

So my next project is to work with this die set to emboss that detail more deeply into the cut pieces. The dies put that detail on both sides of the cut line, but oh-so-faintly.

To complicate matters, I may have messed up my Big Shot last week. I was experimenting with an old Spellbinders frame that never cut well, and shims. I MAY have overdone it. Yikes.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Hey, fishy fish!

So, for my next white on white adventure I used these rainbow trout dies from Gina Marie Designs. I die cut a bunch of them and glued them all down. The center fish is colored with Copic markers and covered in sparkly Wink of Stella.

The sentiment is from an old Alleyway Stamps set called "Gill Friend". I mounted this panel onto some brown card stock, then put that on a top-fold Kraft card base.

As I'm gazing at it, I'm thinking it could have been a pretty good masculine card except for that sentiment. Oh well.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

White wine, anyone?

Yes, a little white on white action today, with a black sentiment. The dies and sentiments are from My Favorite Things' Wine Service and Uncorked. The sentiment strip above is on vellum, but even in real life you can't see the wine glasses behind it. Oh well.

I stamped right on the card base for this sentiment and it's crooked, of course. I'm not going to change it, however.

Next time I try this technique, I'll spotlight one of the repeated elements.

I have a trout die I've never used.