Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
This new Imagination stamp from Tiddly Inks really took me back. I used to just get lost in books, especially during summer vacation. I spent hours and hours outside, transported to worlds unknown. Oh, to have that time again! I have to apologize for the coloring. I'm having a bit of trouble with new contacts that I hope to have corrected on Friday, but in the meantime, my close up vision stinks. Besides that, I printed the image quite small to fit into my Nesties Labels Seven die and tried that "dotty" technique with my Copics on much of the background, somewhat unsuccessfully. (Oh crap! Now that this is posted I realize I didn't finish coloring in the bunnies' ears and noses either. Well, At least that's fixable!)
I wanted the image to look like it was a part of the book so I cut several of the largest size Labels Seven and cut a Classic Rectangle out of the top one. Then I curved and popped the layers. I added a little twine bookmark for embellishment. The DP is Heidi Grace as is the "imagine" rub on. The top words are just how I felt during those carefree summer months. They are also rub-ons from K&Co. Don't forget the Manly Men Challenge at the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog this week and stop by Christy's blog for a peek at the new images and freebie at the Store. I"m also entering this in My Partner in Crafting Crime's Twine, Jute, or String challenge.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
OOOh, those ladies at Humbugger Hall really tossed us a toughy this week. The challenge is Kinetic Cards, or cards that move in some way. I knew I couldn't leave this one 'til the last minute and wracked my brain until I remembered the Snow Angel cut on Winter Frolic. Quite frankly, that cart is a little too cutesy for me to use often, but it sort of saved my butt this time around. I designed a shaped card in Design Studio that rocked because of the curved base. WooHoo! but I didn't want to stop there. After layering up the little kiddle I stuck her on an Action Wobble so she actually moves like she's making a snow angel. I cut an opening the size of her face in the parka layer and trimmed it and the sleeves with a snow writer and added Polar White Flower Soft. Then I popped the parka and boots that are shiny with Glossy accents. (Remember those red boots we pulled on over our shoes a bazillion years ago?) The face and hair are colored with Copics and the funky face is hand drawn. Clearly, I need some Peachy Keen Stamps, LOL The words are rub-ons by Melissa Frances. I also added some pom poms to be eligble for the Winter Wonderland Give us a "P" Challenge (and there's a bit of pink on there too).
I tried hard to get a real blurred action shot with the Wobble really doing it's thing, but my camera stopped the motion every time. (Clearly I need photography lessons, too) But you get the general idea don't you? So yea! for once I'm not scrambling at the last minute and you've got a day to join in too if you're so inclined. At least be sure to check out the cool kinetic cards the Design Team has made and the lovely cards on Winter Wonderland with elements starting with "P".
Monday, May 23, 2011
Happy Monday, everyone! I'm pretty excited today because it was my turn to pick the challenge for BBTB2. While browsing through the manual of Florals Embellished, I fell in love with the beautiful birds, particularly the flying one on page 61. I immediately knew the "theme" for my card but it took me awhile to pull it all together. There are two different ways to cut the bird on Florals Embellished, the layers, or the silhouette. I chose the silhouette, but had a hard time choosing colors so I cut it several times in varying shades of blue and mixed and matched until I got a combo I liked. The dark body and outline are actually the negative cuts from that color but I likes the extra white border that gave me against the darker shadow. Now I've got lots more bird cuts that I can combine for other projects. The banner, from Happy Hauntings, had the word "caution" cut out of it, so I hid the contours and spelled out "dreams" using the font from Cindy Loo. I ended up cutting it 3 times (once with the letters, once in solid blue and once in solid white) and gluing the light blue behind the "dreams" layer and trimming the edges off to make it more dimensional. Because everything was pretty clean, I was afraid to ink it up, but I did use my Copics color CO to shadow the banner cuts slightly around the edges (although it doesn't show in the pix.
For the base, I welded two of the "doilies" from Cindy Loo and the shadow of the bird and shadow of the banner from Happy Hauntings. The shadow of the doily had different shaped scallops, so I had to hide all of the contours on the back of the card to get a solid scalloped square that matched the front.
Yeah, this turned out to be another fat one, alright. It started growing when I decided to give the wings multiple layers to simulate flight. There are 3 white layers to the bird, but they are all glued together at the body.
Two of the layers are glued together at the tail and lower wing and popped from the third and all 3 layers are separated on the top wing. The light blue embossed areas of the wings are glued near the body and popped near the edge for further dimension. I did the same for the shadows of the banner, popping all three layers through the center, but gluing two of the layers together at the ends to make it look more curved.
Notice when the card is open, the front is flush because I welded it all together, instead of just popping the elements on top. That way you don't see all the "mechanics". It also makes for a much sturdier base for all the dimension. Inside is the first verse of the poem "Dreams" by Langston Hughes, which is the inspiration for this piece. In case you can't read it, is says:
Sunday, May 22, 2011
We have a really exciting challenge at Haunted Design House this week for all you budding artists out there. Our sponsor, Kasket Kustoms (Accessories to DIE for! SERIOUSLY!) is giving those who submit original artwork that can be turned into a pendant the opportunity to win. Check HDH for all of the deets. We have some seriously gifted artists at HDH and I really didn't plan on even participating this week. But what the hey? Since I couldn't compete on any serious level, I decided to doodle a bit and came up with this funky VooDoo Doll. (Yes, I know his arms are out of proportion and he's weird as all get out, but I colored him up anyway and stuck him in a memory frame.) I added some vintage buttons and a vintage pin (honestly it's rusted) that I got from my dear friend Joy. (Sorry Joy, I doubt this was what you had in mind when you sent me these. Hee hee!) I kinda got a kick out of it, though But if you REALLY want to see some fabulous creations, check out Haunted Design House and be sure to play along for the possibility of having your design turned into a fabulous piece of jewelry by Kasket Kustoms.
Friday, May 20, 2011
I'm always anxious to see what the next Whimsical Wednesday Challenge is, even if I'm unable to play along. This week's was intriguing; create a card using "old school" methods (meaning NO Cricut!) My Cricut was the start of my paper crafting, so I really didn't have a stash of "old school" stuff before I bought it, but that didn't stop me from accumulating monstrous amounts of stickers, rub-ons, etc, just because they looked cool to me. One thing I do have a history of is decoupage, though. There was a store in my town, when I was in high school that sold multiple images of various scenes and objects to fussy cut and pop to make 3-D artwork and I bought several copies of a Model T car and spent hours cutting away and assembling the layers to mount in the lid of a jewelry box for my first love. I'm thinking that was the start of my infatuation with dimension. Although my card is not nearly as detailed, I used the same method with several copies of a botanical print from the Julianne Designer Mat pad from K& Co. The striped paper behind is also from that stack.
The color scheme and dimensional layers are quite subtle so I decided to make this a Sympathy card. I guess my "old school" element, besides the method itself, is the peel-off sticker sentiment that I colored with my Copic marker to match and mounted on Petite Scalloped and Petite Oval Nestie die cuts. The only embellishment are some adhesive pearls. Be sure to stop by Whimsical Wednesday to see what the fab DT has cooking, and remember, the challenges run for two weeks so there is plenty of time to play along. (OOOh, this makes 2 in a row for me, yahoo!)
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
This week the Bah!Humbug! Challenge is Snowflakes. Believe it or not, CA is experiencing some very unseasonable weather, including snow in the Sierras and hail right near here, so this was not a stretch. I wanted to do something a bit different so my card fits a legal size envelope. The white mat was embossed by one of the bazillion snowflake folders I own and it does say Cuttlebug on it, but where it came from is anybody's guess. (A bundle, an exclusive? Who knows?) The oval is cut with my Nesties Mega Ovals LG. The snowflakes are cut from Grafix ShrinkFilm in both the White and Matte. I have found this brand works better than the brand carried at my M's and it's available in other colors (including clear for stamping) at Custom Crops. The snow flakes were cut in 2 sizes (sorry I don't remember exactly) on my Cricut using the Very Merry Tags cartridge. I added a second hole opposite the first on each snowflake using DS so I could string them together. You need a new mat, sharp blade, and multiple cuts (I think I did 4 or 5) to do this successfully with the Cricut, but I think the results are well worth it. However, it was way too time consuming to make as many as I needed for a snowflake garland for a mini tree which was my original idea, so they ended up on a card.
Here's a better view of the embossing and you can see how the snowflakes are tied together with ribbon and attached to the embossed mat. The center matte snowflake sort of takes on the color of the cobalt foil behind it, but I still think it's pretty. Finally I added some cobalt adhesive gems to the center and called it done. Many of you are complaining about bad weather recently, so why not go with it and join the Christmas challenges at Bah!Humbug!? Trust me, come December, you'll be glad you did and the Design team and participants are always full of inspiration. Couldn't you use a little Christmas spirit?
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
This week at the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog we have a fab photo inspiration. It's funny about photo inspirations, as well as sketches. I find that I generally take them pretty darn literally, while others can pick and chose elements from the inspiration, be totally creative, make it their own, and go with that. Wonder why that is? I guess I'm sort of a "follow the rules" kinda gal. Always a "good girl"; good grades, model behavior, (well, most of the time, and those who know different aren't likely to tell, Hee Hee) and pretty obsessed with being perfect. Anyway, I'm gonna make you go over to Tiddly Inks to see the inspiration because for some reason Blogger won't let me sign in to my own blog using IE on this computer. I'm on Firefox now, but for some reason I can't move pix around in Firefox so I have to go login on my laptop (where I don't upload the pix) and then move them around there which has been a royal PITA for the last few days and I'm about ready to throw things. ( I won't, being such a "good girl" LOL but if it isn't fixed pretty darn soon all bets are OFF!)
I've chosen Sugar Plum Fairy and colored her with Copics. The frame around her is done with Petite Ovals Nesties and the "ruffles" are done with that old standby, Fiskars Threading Water Punch, using a combination of Bazzill and American Crafts card stock. The sentiment is a Melissa Francis rub-on. Christy has some fabulous new images which she's previewed HERE and there's also a fab new freebie available in the SHOP in the Freebies section. Now go have a look at the beautiful examples from the Tiddly Inkers and be sure to give a warm welcome to the fabulous new ladies joining the group. Can't wait to see what you come up with.
Monday, May 16, 2011
I actually was gonna quit there, but the glasses looked too plain so I searched for a tropical flower and found several. I was thinkin' that it would be tucked behind my ear as we frolicked in the sand. The one I chose was from Car Decals because it had a shadow (and the ones from Life's a Beach did not). Normally I would have welded the shadow of the flower to the whole thing as well, but it was an afterthought. Thankfully I was able to peel some of the assembled layers away to insert the shadow where I wanted it and build from there. The DP is also K&Co, this time from Que Sera Sera. I love the fabulous prints and saturated colors of those lines. The stamen is actually from on of the hibiscuses from Life's a Beach because it was in one piece instead of a bunch of little circles near the end so I tweaked it in DS to make it fit and added adhesive gems and Stickles to bling it up a bit.
Here's the dimensional shot. My DT sisters HERE have done fabulous work with the cut, as always, and if you'd like to play along, remember, you can use any sunglasses from any cart if you don't have Forever Young. I'm also entering this in the current Whimsical Wednesday Take Shape Challenge which is to make a shaped card. So sorry Steph, that this is combined, but the chances of me making 2 shaped cards in a week are pretty slim and I so wanted to play along. Be sure to stop over to Whimsical Wednesday Challenges too, and prepare to be amazed. So there you have it. I'm smiling big time, still thoroughly lost in my little island fantasy and longing for the day we can run away, smash the mirrors, and see ourselves only through love's reflection. MMMmmm....perfect!
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The image is colored with Copics on some of the most fabulous card stock I've ever used. Have to detour a bit to give it a plug. I normally just use crap paper (or I guess I should say inexpensive 110 lb. white card stock by Georgia Pacific from WalMart) because I mess it up frequently so it's way more cost effective for me. I know people swear by all sorts of fancy brands but I'm too lazy to sort them out so I don't bother. However, when I bought cheap cream colored card stock it was WAY to porous for my Copics. Sometimes you just need to stamp or print on cream so when I was over at MFT I saw these Cream Perfect Paper Panels. Worth a try. I printed an image out first on regular copy paper and then taped a panel to the paper and ran it through my printer again. Then I colored and messed up. Mom looked like she'd been baking under a sun lamp and the baby had jaundice. Oh dear! I tried to fix it by coloring more. Hmmm... Then tried using my using my colorless blender. Hmmmm... Anyway, I used alot of ink and eventually gave up. Gonna have to print again and start over. CRAP! And on my fab new card stock too BUT, when I turned the panel over there was NO bleedthrough. None, Zero, ZIP! I actually turned my piece over and reprinted it on the other side. I chose my colors more carefully this time and did an acceptable job. I kept thinking when I colored on this side the color would come creeping up from behind, but it didn't. ARE you KIDDING me? I LOVE this stuff! (This was totally unsolicited. I was just blown away and had to share. xx)