Monday, November 16, 2015

Keep 'em coming!

Yup, more Christmas cards. This one features the Santa from Paper Smooches' Santa Paws set. I call this set Fleas Navidad after the best sentiment. I had to go and check for its real name.

 I have LOST the puffy white paint I was going to trim his suit with. At least I could find the Glossy Accents for his glasses. He needs a little ground, too, so I'll take care of that detail later. I know it's time for a craft room cleanup, I just get so distracted!

I used a pearlized watercolor on Santa's beard and it came out a little flat. My experiments with coloring other than Copic/Spectrum Noir markers are mixed, to say the least.

This is my craft room directly to the right of my work desk. Stuff I use often is stacked up on the floor around the desk. That's a crazy way to work, let me tell ya.

My Silhouette Cameo is on a little table in the living room, and the big paper trimmer and Martha Stewart scoring board are on the dining room table. It is starting to spill out around the house again.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (card time)

I don't need a lot of Christmas cards, but last year I was still making them up to about, oh, December 19th.  So this year I'm trying to get the jump by putting them together in November. What a concept!

One thing that helped me a lot was deciding to let go of perfection (not that I ever achieved it, but still) and also trying to keep it more simple. They are likely going to get tossed fairly quickly so I'm making them accordingly.

So I made several of these cards with the ever-so-cute bird from The Alley Way Stamps' set called All Wrapped Up. The sentiment is from TAWS' Jolly Holiday set. TAWS is going out of business and I'm so very sorry, for them and for myself. I do hope the artist will continue to create images that we can use. Digital would be ok, really.

Now, off to the next design. I have enough holiday cardstock to make hundreds of cards and all I really want to do is mess around with the plain watercolor paper. Go figure. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

All off the desk, some assembly required

I literally had all these pieces cut out already and on my messy desktop. The dogs were in a folder/box under the desk where I keep colored images. The banner was in a cup with other sentiments that are pre-cut and pre-stamped.

Wow, no playing with markers, paints or colored pencils today. Just as well I guess, since I'm home sick with a cold.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hoppy Halloween!

Just a cute little card featuring this cute little bunny in a vampire outfit. That's Hoppy Halloween from Lawn Fawn, a stamp I've had several years without using.

The image is colored with colored pencils, and the background of the focal point is lightly water-colored in. You can't tell by this photo, but the part surrounding the circle is raised.

Hoppy Halloween, ya'll!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Be your old wonky self!

Another too-late coffee card for the Fall Coffee Lover's blog hop.

I did some masking for this one. I masked the coffee cups one by one in order to stamp them in a stack, and I masked the original face of the monster so I could use this crazy face on him. Then I used my Spectrum Noir and Copics to color them.

Here's a tip for you all. The tip-to-tip blending trick doesn't really work all that well with the Spectrum Noirs. I'm just saying those purples are hard to work with. That's all.

I am definitely wonky before my coffee, so I can relate.

I used stamps from The Alley Way Stamps: Breakfast Club, Oogles, Face It, and Unique Peek.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Coffee gives me wings to fly

Once again I'm a day late (or 3) and a dollar shy.  I finished my coffee cards for the Fall Coffee Lover's Blog Hop too late to join in the fun. Hiss, boo on me.

My first card was water colored with my Gansai Tambi watercolors, and a cheapo set from Michaels. The dragonfly is painted with the beautiful iridescent colors from the cheapo set, and the coffee cup is painted from the Gansai Tambi.

Here's a closeup of the iridescent dragonfly:

After I saw this closeup I went back in with a multliner and drew the outlines again where I had over-painted.  The glitter spots were made with some liquid glitter glue that was a gift last Christmas from a coworker. Somehow I expected the glue to dry in dimensional dots, but no, they went flat on me. Oh well. It's interesting to be able to work with glitter again. I couldn't do that when making cards for Operation Write Home.

The stamps are from the Alley Way Stamps, Fly By and Breakfast Club.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

On an orange fence

The entire reason for making this card was to use the picket fence die I got from Simon Says Stamps over 4 weeks ago. Actually, I think I got it just before I went on my cruise in August.

Since I never have enough birthday cards, and I just happened to have a cute birthday themed turtle stamp set (It's My Party from The Alley Way Stamps), I was off and stamping. And die cutting, and Copic coloring, and gluing. I couldn't help myself, I had to use the googly eyes on the turtle, too.

The inside greeting is "Hip hip hooray!". Simple, and it does the job, right?