Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Just coming by to say hello and Happy Easter to you!

I made up a little basket for a friend using the tutorial from Jennifer McQuire that can be found HERE.
I actually took an old circle box and covered it with paper and added a handle, so that's not the part I'm showing you. What I did add was the bow she shows how to make. Simple and easy just like she says.
I love it.

Hope you have an amazing Easter!

Runway Inspired Challenge #58 and CAS(e) this sketch #73

 So this is my very first shot at a Runway Inspired Challenge and a CAS(e) challenge!!
I have eyed them for awhile but it's taken me awhile to get my crafting groove working for me in this new space. But now, I'm ready...

Hopefully I can keep this up! 
Heres the challenge...

It's actually a 2 way challenge this time with a CASe sketch too.

Here's my take on these challenges:

By way of explanation.... I've been looking for the Tim Holtz distress water-colour paper everywhere.  Well, maybe not everywhere, but there are few places that I have found here in Singapore that have crafty supplies and I have been out of luck finding the paper I want. But, I did find this specialty paper by Ranger (Inkssentials) that is slicky and shiny and for all sorts of mediums, or so it said on the package. So I pulled out my ink pads and used them like watercolors. The difference is it doesn't soak in and bleed like water-colour paper would. The ink sits on top and pools in this really fun way. 

Overall, I like how the paper took the ink, but of course its totally different than I had expected. Which is good! I ended up using something like 8 different inks because I was looking for the right shades and didn't know how they would take. They started to mute when I dried them with a heat gun, so I had to reapply over and over. I had better vibrant pools of colour when I just let it air dry. Good thing to know, eh?

The other thing to note is the black background paper... I actually ran it through my Cuttlebug with a Provo Craft embossing folder and then drew inside the indentations with a white gel pen. I wanted to mimic the shorts this hot lady is wearing in the challenge. I just needed to figure out how to do it best. I thought of just stamping but couldn't find a background stamp I was happy with. (how is that even possible with all the stamp sets I have!?) I like the texture this gives the background. It's the kind of card you want to touch. which I like.

Anyway, I was realising Mother's Day is coming up and I need to get moving on my card so it makes it back to the states in time for my momma to feel the love! Feels good to actually get it done on time.

Alrighty, thats it! Check out the challenges Here and Here.
Hope you get to play along too!

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hey There Little Lady

Hey there! How's it goin'?

Wanted to share this little guy with you...

He's from Paper Smooches Green Acres. I love his big grin. It makes me smile! I don't know about you but when I get some images that take colouring, I like to stamp an entire page of images and colour in front of the tv. I then keep them in a little pile on my desk and use them as I see fit. I love being able to look at them everyday! This guy was screaming to get used!

I'm still working on my Copic colouring and as I sit here I realise I could have added a lot more shading to his hat and shoes. For some reason the photo doesn't show it very well. Or its not there at all. Hmmmm, I should investigate that. Right after my nap ; )

I used Waltzing Mouse Off Beat Backgrounds for the background stamp and just repeat stamped it, overlapping with 4 different colors. Two colours each at opposite angles.

I used the sentiment from Waltzing Mouse Back in the Saddle and stamped it on a piece of kraft paper that I had die cut with Paper Smooches Quotable Dies  and sponged with Distress Ink.

You can't see it very well, but I outlined his little piece of hay with a Sakura glitter pen. You know, for his "amber wave piece of grain." Adds a nice shimmery touch. And I always like shimmer.

Ok... that's it for today. This week I have found that I haven't had as much stamping time as I would like. I walk by my office and peer in to see the table strewn with crafting items. I long to have a big block of time that I can indulge and try so many new techniques (new to me) and ideas I have percolating.  But you know, there's always something else thats pressing.  And really to cover everything in one sitting would take days!
I need to get better at being able to jump in and out of it at a moments notice, but I'm much too enthralled and can't pull myself away! Even if everyone is fighting and there is screaming and tears, just leave me alone, I want to stamp!

ok, folks. enough ramble. thanks for stopping by!
take-er easy.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Paper Smooches Picture Perfect Sparks Challenge!

Hey there all! Just dropping in to share a little sumthin'. 
I actually pulled off a challenge within the allotted time. Crazy, I know!

I'm joining over at Paper Smooches to share in their Sparks Challenge. I think I told you awhile ago that I just got a whole SLEW of Paper Smooches stamps. I have been eyeing them for so long that when it came time to order, I just loaded up my cart. So many amazing images to play with!

Here is the inspiration photo:

And here is my take:

I LOVE this doll image from Knick Knacks. Just love it. I kind of went with a color/space inspiration with this one. I used my Falling Hearts stencil for the background to mimic the visual aspect of the inspirational photo. Colored up my doll with similar colours as the photo and popped her up with dimensionals.
I did a mixed bag for my sentiment. DOLL was with outline alphabet (PTI) and YOURE A is a different stamp set too (Simon Says Stamp).
Colored the outlined letters with a Copic. I added a leftover circle I had sitting around and sponged it with some ink for her little sunshine halo-y thing behind her. I felt like it would make her pop a bit more. Put it all on a Pure Poppy card base (PTI). And Voila! You're a Doll!

Welp, that's all she wrote folks.... I'm glad I got to get in on this challenge. Join in the fun by clicking HERE!
thanks for stopping in!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Oh Dang!

A little late birthday card for you!
featuring Paper Smooches....
 If you look really close you can see white splotches on this card where I tapped my ink across my die cut plate before I used it to make an impression on the front of the card. I coloured with Copics and popped it all up with dimensional adhesive.

Seriously, I love this chickie. It just seemed like she would be saying this... Oh dang!
 I forgot your birthday! (in the cutest southern chickie voice maybe?) 
I didn't have a "forgot your birthday sentiment". So I went with this one instead.
 It would have been MUCH more perfect with a different sentiment inside. I do realise that. But you do with whatcha got!

This is a little card made for the Anything Goes Challenges over at the Paper Smooches blog. Also, for the May Guest Designer spot! Woot!

If you have some time, grab some Paper Smooches and give the challenge a whirl! 

thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Paper Smooches: Hey TV

I've shared this card before but I'm sharing it again on account of a shot at Guest designing spot over at the Paper Smooches blog in May! Wish me luck!

I used these adorable TV images in one of my favourite colour combos. Hot pink and aqua! Really, I don't think you can go wrong with hot pink. Not nowadays. I just need to grow me a mullet and wear a super stretchy mini skirt and my jelly bracelets and I am ready to go! Sweet.

Anyway, my tv is backed by some chevron die cuts that I stamped with a crosshatch image in black. Added a sweet little heart and a rhinestone for good measure.

Pardon the photo... its just crap-tastic, I realise. This was after losing camera #1 and not having a real crafting space in my new apartment. Things are definitely looking up, although I have also "lost"  camera #2 (i.e. left in a cab...again!)  
I am officially off cameras. Until further notice. I just cannot be trusted! 

Thanks for stopping by today. I'm shutting this night down in my neck of the woods. Almost time for some shut eye.

Paper Smooches: You Rock

Ok. I think this is bringing our Paper Smooches-water colouring bonanza to a close. At least for a little while  ; )

Can you tell I was on a roll one night? I guess I loved doing it so much I couldn't stop! I am really really loving the water-colour trend. Are you trying it too? Seriously, you should. It almost feels like flying *almost* 
Go on now! There's no stopping you!
 Ok, details... I water coloured my paper and then spattered it (and my entire desk and other cards and envelopes!) with black. Just FYI if you want to do the splatter thing. First off, move EVERYTHING off your desk. Seriously, just do it. You will thank me later. Oh, and maybe wear an apron. Or take off your shirt or something. Or maybe it's just me. That's possible too.
And second, wait until your initial water colouring has dried before you spatter. Cause if you don't, that spatter job is going to run run run! Which is fine, if that's the look you are going for. It wasn't necessarily what I wanted, but it still turned out ok. This stinkin' cute rocking horse really makes up for it! Doesn't Kim just do amazing work! I love her stamps! (yes, I know I keep saying it and saying it!)
I watercolored, then spattered, then dry embossed with a Provo Craft embossing folder, and then stamped the sentiment. In that order. Then popped up my horsy with dimensional adhesive and called it good.
And then I rested ; )

thanks for stopping in.