Wednesday, August 17, 2016

More dragons!

These Magical Dragons from My Favorite Things Stamps are just so expressive and cute! This dragon looks kind of befuddled. Was that dragon slaying supposed to be today?  It kind of reminds me of that movie where the dragon slayer and the dragon were in cahoots, doing fake slayings for profit. Dragonheart, it was, from the late 90s.

I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color the dragon and little people, on Bristol cardstock. The sentiment is on a thought bubble from Lawn Fawn (A Birdie Told Me), and the sentiment itself is from The Alley Way Stamps’ Rock Solid set.

More dragons from MFT’s Magical Dragons. I wanted to use the Gift Box Cover Up die, to look a little like a window. The background is a printed paper from a very old stack, featuring a hay bale and blue sky, all on a fabric texture.  If I ever do this one again, the dragon won’t be bright green.
I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color the children and the dragon. The puff of smoke from the dragon’s mouth was a last minute addition. It almost makes him look breathless, don’t you think?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Dragon fly-by

What can I say about these CUTE dragons from My Favorite Things? Well, cute, for one. I colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, fussy cut them, and put them on this square frame with clouds. Sigh. So cute.  More dragons will come, shortly. Yes.

That's Magical Dragons, BTW.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Recipe for Happiness

Ok, so I had wanted these fat chefs from the moment I saw them, yet I kept resisting. They are Recipe for Happiness from My Favorite Things. When I went to the store in June, I caved and threw them and the matching dies into my basket. Committed!

I wanted to keep the colors neutral, so I went with a black, white and red theme. Then I added grey. In the first card I used a wood plank background stamp, grey on grey. It was then cut out with a Wonky Stitched Rectangle. All my chefs and accessories were colored with Copic markers. He's backed with a Wonky Stitched Oval.

In my second card, I used the Duo 3 die from Pretty Pink Posh, trying to make it look like a window with an awning. The red at the bottom also has tone on tone background stamping. This time I used an old stamp from October Afternoon's Farm Girl. Yes, it's supposed to look like your great-granny's wallpaper. I sneaked in a touch of blue, too.


For my next, and last card for today, I went with something more colorful. I recently got a whole bunch of sequins, and I really need to use some of them up before getting more. I want ALL the colors, and there are a LOT of colors.  I used my Wonky Stitched Oval dies (MFT) to make the frame and doubled up on the thickness of the foam tape behind it. Next time I'll probably stick with something rectangular.

I'm glad I didn't go bonkers collecting washi tape.


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Have a tweet birthday!


Today I'm back with the outline that was cut of the 2 birds I had painted last week. This die, from Concord and 9th, cuts 2 birds on a branch and their outline. Love it!

I put the bird outlines, top and bottom, on a piece of dark brown card-stock that I had stamped with the Romantic Script background stamp from MFT. I added a white zigzag border and an abstract orange print on the bottom, then die cut some sprigs of greenery (Paper Smooches Foliage 2). The sentiment is from MFT's Birds of Paradise stamp set.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Thankful flowers

Today I took my inspiration from Stephanie Klauck from the My Favorite Things design team. I liked her card so much I practically copied it. Honestly, I suck at grouping flower stamps into a great arrangement, so I copied Stephanie's. I also liked her coloring on Kraft colored paper, so I copied that too. Thanks, Stephanie for the wonderful idea. Totally not mine.



As you can see, I did one with white embossed images, and the other I stamped in black ink.  These flowers are My Favorite Things' Funky Flowers set. The sentiments are from MFT's Grateful die and stamp set. I die cut the "grateful' word in black and purple, and put the black one slightly offset behind the purple one, to give it a shadow.

One thing I really appreciated about Stephanie's arrangement is that none of the images touch each other, so no masking was needed. Yay! 

Both were colored with my Prismacolor pencils. It's funny, I don't use them very often, so most of them are almost full length. But that dark olive green kept breaking, so I kept on sharpening it. It is now less than half length and looks odd in the tray. Plus I Googled broken colored pencils and found out I was doing it ALL WRONG. You turn the sharpener, not the pencil. I just ordered the electric pencil sharpener that was recommended by Sandy Allnock. Oh, and I may put that one in my car to soften it up and heal the core. My car can get up to 120 degrees in the sun, no kidding. Florida. Sigh.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Hello, birds!


I recently won a gift certificate to Concord and 9th, for participation in the Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop. I was SO excited, because I have had my eye on this bird die for a bit. This is "By Your Side". I also got another die and set of card bases which I haven't used yet.

You can't tell by looking at this picture, but the die not only cuts the 2 birds on the branch, but it also cuts a thin outline of paper above and below the birds. I can use the thin outlines to create another "picture", and you will see the results of that, soon!

I cut the birds from water color paper and quickly colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I then tried to figure out which color to mount them to. I probably should have picked the paper and then the bird colors, but live and learn, right?

I used the Romantic Script background stamp from My Favorite Things, then cut the "Hello" from a MFT word die (Hello There). That panel was mounted on a very old piece of patterned paper, then the whole thing was attached to the front of a top folding card base. I popped their little wings up with a tiny bit of clear foam tape.

Now, back to nonstop mayhem on the news. I'm shaking my head.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sending lizard love!

OK, here's my last of the lizard card series. Once again, this cute little fellow is part of Pretty Cute Stamps' Leapin Lizard collection. He is colored with my Zig Real Brush Clean Color markers, fussy cut, and added to a background that includes the Simon Says Stamp Rolling Hills die.

It's summer and the gnats are out. Thank you lizards, for eating them.