Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sharknado - one more time!

Yes, I just had to do one more. I just had to.

The shark is from Avery Elle's Hello Chum, and the tornado is an upside down Christmas tree die. The shark, tornado and background are all water colored with Distress Oxide. The "Smile" die is from My Favorite Things.

I printed the inside sentiments from my computer. Yes, I am stoked up about shark week and a new Sharknado. Silly me.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Challenges are a challenge, alright.

So, I decided to do a challenge this afternoon,  and ended up doing 2 of them. One was a sketch challenge from My Favorite Things, and another was a color challenge.

This was my 2nd attempt at the sketch. It turned out OK, but my first attempt, below, is not my finest work, and I probably won't be putting my name on the back of it.

Things actually started to go very sideways when I edited the photos, however. I was using PhotoShop Elements 11 and got an error message when I attempted to type in my blog address on the photo.  The interwebs told me to uninstall any fonts that came with the program, so I did. Now none of the drop down menus have any text and I have to go find the fonts I uninstalled.

I went back to PSE 2 in the mean time to finish what I had started. I've had that program for about 13 years.

I'll save my Brother Scan and Cut mat story for another time.

Flippin' awesome!

I have been experimenting with brick backgrounds this week, and here's my latest.

The brick background is from a cheap embossing folder (maybe Darice?) that I've had for a while, and I lightly went over it with Distress Oxide in Iced Spruce.

The fat chef is from My Favorite Things' Recipe for Happiness, and the red frame is from MFT's Blueprints 27. The blue background panel is cut with my new rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs' limited run of double stitched inside and outside shapes.

The shapes mostly cut well enough, but I get better results if I use my precision cutting plate in my Big Shot. Also, one end embosses the stitching better than the other, so I put a shim on one end to try to equalize things.

I am getting a little smarter, though. I've started to mark the end of the die that needs the shim so I won't have to test it each time. Live and learn, right?

Mr Chef and his kitchen tools were colored with Spectrum Noir markers.

And now, my random craft room thought: Where can I have put that BIG pad of Bristol Smooth cardstock? It's too big to be so hidden.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Share my lunch?

My Favorite Things' Cat-itude, I'd share my lunch with you.
More cats from My Favorite Things' Cat-itude! What can I say but, "why not"?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Cats + Hearts = Purrfection!

Wow, I am still using up all the cats I colored back in May. Would you believe I'm still not done with them? Most of them were colored with Copics or Spectrum Noir markers and cut with my Scan and Cut, but these were on water color paper scraps, so were fussy cut.

Anyway, this week I ordered and received a bunch of basic shaped dies with double stitching around both the inside and outside edges. These dies, from Gina Marie Designs, are a value, priced much lower than the die sets from big-name companies, but are not no-name dies from China, either.

What I am discovering with these dies is that I must use the precision plate in my Big Shot, and if I want both ends to emboss the stitching evenly I need to put a little shim at one end only. My next project is to cut each one separately and mark the low end so I'll know where to shim them in the future. Oh boy.

Anyway, for the hearts in this card, I cut all three at once and colored each one separately with Distress Oxide Ink.

The front of the pink card base is embossed with the 2nd largest of the rectangle dies from Gina Marie Designs. It's very subtle.

The kitties, from My Favorite Things' Catitude set, were water colored and fussy cut. My Brother Scan and Cut is not so great at cutting things from heavy watercolor paper scraps. When I tape down the scrap the scanner wants to pick up the tape and it's too close to crop out. Yes, I need to get my cutting mat sticky again.

I finished up with some Nuvo Crystal Drops and Nuvo Jewel Drops.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Happy shark week, AGAIN!

No-name Christmas tree die, upside down
So, this week I got another cheap no-name die in the mail. This is a scribble styled Christmas Tree. I have sharks on the brain and I immediately thought of Sharknado. I mean, really, how could I resist?

Avery Elle's Hello Chum shark in a tornado made from a Christmas Tree die.
The water colored back ground has been in my paper scrap box for over a year now, as was the shark (from Avery Elle, Hello Chum). The "Smile" die was also cut and in my scrap box. I just had lost the tittle. That's the eye dot, I just wanted to type it. The smile die is from My Favorite Things.

I considered spelling out Sharknado, but I think if people see the tornado they will get it.

I used Emmit Alphabet from My Favorite Things for the inside "Shark Week", and finished it off with a script "Happy" from an old Stampendous set and a "watermarked" grinning shark in the corner.
Happy shark week with MFT's Emmit Alphabet

Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy shark week!

Avery Elle's Hello Chum shark coming out of a coffee cup
Yes, it's a shark popping up to say, "Hi".  The inside reads:

We're gonna need a bigger coffee pot.

The shark and front sentiment are from Avery Elle's "Hello Chum". The wood grained panel is cut with Avery Elle's Wonky Rectangles, as is the wavy banner.

The cup is an older die from My Favorite Things.

The inside sentiment was created from The Alley Way Stamp's "Gabfest" and Lawn Fawn "Milo's ABCs".

This card was a mess. I actually dragged the back of it through my Versafine ink and had to use a sand eraser on it. I didn't notice the smears inside until I was editing this photo.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Birds love tea, too!

I'm loving these adorable birds from Your Next Stamp's Love Birds set. They are colored with Spectrum Noir Markers, and high lighted with Distress Oxide ink splattered die cuts.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Let the coffee cards begin!

It's that time again! Time for the Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop, gotta love it!

My first card for the hop is a stack of cups cut with a no-name die. I cut the die 4 times and hand trimmed it so that each cup could be it's own pattern.

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things. and the scalloped panel is cut with a die from Gina Marie Designs.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Archaeology project, part 2.

I used a stamp so old it had its own whiskers. Well, maybe not that old since it is clear and not red rubber, but still...

The stamp is "Caught Out" by Woodware, and I got it from Jo-Ann's online. The kitty is water colored with Zig Real Brush Clean Color markers, and his eyes and fish bowl are coated with glossy accents.

It was cut down and backed with X-stitched ovals from Gina Marie Designs.

The sentiment and tiny flowers are from My Favorite Things' Catitude set.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Pawsome in every way!

More fun and funky cats from My Favorite Things' Catitude set. I still have a few more to use, so this isn't the end, my friends!

I stenciled the brick wall and setting sun with stencils from MFT and Distress inks, onto Bristol smooth card stock. The cats had been colored previously with Spectrum Noir markers.

I may go and get a little bird for the top of the fence. Maybe.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Floral Bliss, Part 4

For this floral wedding card, I used (again!) the large spray from the Simon Says Stamp June card kit. I used the barely beige ink from the kit, but the stamp still had Versafine from the previous stamping, so the lines were somewhere between in darkness.

I used the Daniel Smith watercolors for most of the flowers and all the leaves. The small pink flowers were water colored with the Worn Lipstick Oxide ink that came with the kit. I gold embossed the sentiment onto a strip of dark Kraft card stock and mounted it to the center between the 2 sprays.

I cut the panel out using a Gina Marie Designs die and mounted it to a Kraft card base. I used a white gel pen in the centers of the flowers and finished off with some large no-name iridescent sequins.

I'm ready to move on to different images now, I think.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Floral Bliss, Part 3

Today's edition of the floral bliss card is simple watercoloring using the stamp, paper, and paint from the June Simon Says Stamp card kit. I used Versafine ink and heat embossed the image, painted witht he Daniel Smith water color sample in the kit, and cut the panel with a cross-stitched rectangle die. I used a white gel pen to highlight the center of the flowers, too.

I got the idea to cut the big leaves and raise them up a little from Vicky P. on YouTube. I foam-mounted the panel on a royal blue card base.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

You're kinda pawsome!

I thought I'd try my hand at a challenge today. In fact, two challenges from My Favorite Things and one challenge from myself.

I'm doing the MFT Color Challenge # 71, and the Wednesday Sketch Challenge.

The colors from the color challenge are Orange Fizz, Daffodil, Blu Raspberry, and Pure Plum.

I struggled with these colors. I only had one card stock that was even close to Pure Plum, and I didn't like it with any orange in my stash. Just, no.

Oh, the challenge I put upon myself? Well, I wanted to use an image I had already colored and cut out. I have quite a few of them in a little bowl on the top of my desk, and quite a lot more in a plastic box under my desk. 

This little kitty is from MFT's Purrfect Friends set, and yes, I did him in turquoise deliberately. That's as close to the Blu Raspberry I could get.

My reaction to this card? Meh.  Oh well, I have plenty more cats to go. And seagulls. And dogs. And fish, sharks, dinosaurs, and lots and lots of quirky birds.

Floral Bliss, Part 2

Once again, I used the Simon Says Stamp June 2017 Card Kit, and tried my hand at no-line water coloring. I'm not thrilled with it, but I pushed on with it.

I started by stamping the image with the SSS Barely Beige ink that was included in the kit onto some Ranger watercolor paper, also included. This was my first experience with the Ranger paper, and I was surprised at how lightweight it was. The 140 lb paper I've been using is quite a bit heftier. I think if I ever want to cut more water colored images with the ScanNCut that this might be the way to go.

I then colored the pretty flower spray with the Daniel Smith watercolor samples that were also in the kit. After blundering my way through the painting I had to walk away from it for a while. When I came back to it I had a plan of action!

I fussy cut the image and mounted it to an oval of light yellow card stock that had been cut with a Gina Marie dotted oval die, and embossed with a Darice script embossing folder. 

I chose a very bright stripe background from a My Favorite Things paper pack called Fun and Frolic, and mounted that to an eye-watering bright yellow card base. I chose a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Sketchy Banner, and used the matching sketchy banner die.

Finally, I used my gloss white crystal Nuvo drops to highlight the center of the flowers and the upper right and lower left of the card. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Floral Bliss Part 1

I was thrilled to get the Simon Says Stamp June card kit, featuring the Floral Bliss stamp set.

Many of the crafters on YouTube are embossing the main floral spray image in gold on black and water coloring it with Finetec Mica watercolors.

I'm working with what I have, which is Artist's Loft iridescent watercolors.  

I heat embossed the image twice with generic gold embossing powder onto heavy black cardstock and painted the images with my cheapo watercolor set. 

I used some patterned paper from the card kit, and a banner die from Avery Elle. I messily embossed the edges of the banner, too. Finally, I splattered the whole thing with gold watercolor paint from my Gansai Tambi set. 

You know, I don't know anyone who's getting married. But at least I'm prepared!  

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Paws and take a moment

OK, just one more from My Favorite Things' Cat-itude, then I'll stop. For a while, anyway, since I have a lot of cat images colored and cut, they will be coming back at a later date.

I'm still loving my custom handmade stamp, too:

Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy purrthday.

Another card from My Favorite Things' Cat-itude set.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Having the right catitude helps!

Having the right cat-itude really helps!

These quirky cats are from My Favorite Things' Cat-itude set. They are actually bigger than I thought they would be.

I colored a full page of them with Spectrum Noir markers, and cut them with the Brother Scan N Cut. I used a lighter weight paper than I usually do and the markers actually bleed outside the lines in a few places.

The cat images are new, but the soft peach patterned paper is from my old pile, so I'm still working on it.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Seagulls in a row!

I love these seagulls from My Favorite Things.

I used a deep teal card base and stamped the waves in Versamark behind the windows. The windows are cut with My Favorite Things' Stitched Triple Peek-A-Boo Window die.

The green panel has been hanging around in my scrap pile for over a year. I think i used watered down acrylic paint, but it has been so long I don't remember. It is on the really cheap watercolor paper from the children's craft section.

I'm using old stuff, remember? The Seaside Seagulls set from MFT are new, however, and just the cutest ever. We will be seeing lots more of them soon.

2 observations: I love the 100 lb. card stock from Michael's, and, I really don't love the children's watercolor paper.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Fairy kisses-Archaeology project, part 1

So, in my project of using stamps (and other supplies) that I purchased and never used, I started with this fairy from The Alley Way Stamps. She's Tootharina, the tooth fairy, but I thought she looked more like a garden fairy.

She's painted with Distress Oxides and coated with sparkle. The background is a pre-printed card from Concord and 9th. The flowers and sentiment are from The Alley Way Stamps' Twinkle Toes, which features their version of a garden fairy.

The stamps and pre-printed cards are no longer available, so that probably fits my criteria for "really old stuff."

Now I can't get that song, "Diggin Up Bones" out of my head.

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.