Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Alcohol ink fun

Good evening one and all!  I have fallen victim to the call of alcohol inks.  Lets face it, it's just plain fun to play with them.  It's almost like being a kid again and playing with finger paints!  I also admit that its nice to not have any sort of plan when I sit down.  I just go for it.  I've been having so much fun that now I have several inked pieces sitting around.  Time to figure out how to use them!  Here is my first attempt to put one to good use.

I love the background so much that it's hard to cover parts of it up!  However, this gorgeous new Doodled Lace Cover die from Altenew is just about perfect!  It covers up small portions of the background while giving lovely glimpses of the alcohol inks behind.  

To minimize anymore distractions I used a single word die for the sentiment.  My background piece has bits of gold foiling on it.  To tie my sentiment to the background, I cut the Celebrate out of gold glitter cardstock.  I also cut several layers out of white cardstock and glued them together.  It gives the sentiment a little bit extra.

And there you have it.  I hope to find more ways to use some more of my alcohol ink backgrounds.  I'd love to hear how you use your alcohol ink backgrounds!


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Progressive Challenge A & M Memories

I found I had a bit of free time today so I am participating in a progressive challenge over at the A & M Memories Facebook page.  Using another lovely digital stamp by A & M Memories.  I hope you like it!

You can find her etsy shop here and the Facebook group here.  I was tickled that I finally got to use the Doodlebug Pot O' Gold papers too!.

Happy crafting!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Love is in the air

Howdy all!  I know Valentine's day was yesterday but I couldn't share my card until after I gave it to my sweetie!

I recently came across a new-to-me digitial stamp artist on Etsy, AandMMemoriesdesigns.  I highly recommend you check out the store here.

And here is my card!

I just love the oh so sweet and sassy image!  I colored the entire image with Copic markers.  I had just started to add freckles on the cheeks and my marker let out a big blob of color.  I about cried!  Fortunately I was able to save it.  Whew!

I added a few red dots and white dots to the edges of the heart.  I then used Wink of Stella all over the heart, the lips, eyes, flower and earring.  The oh so gorgeous paper is from the Lovestruck collection by Authentique .  It matched perfectly with my image.  All the papers were glued down to a card base and some foam tape behind the girl.

I hope you had a great Valentine's day!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

7 Kids Guest post

Hi there!  I'm really pumped to have been given a guest spot this month for the 7 Kids Craft store design team!  If you have never been there, I suggest you head on over and check out the goodies they have.  Head here to take a peek.  Kelly is having a large clearance sale right now so be quick!

I decided to try something totally out of my comfort zone.  No line coloring with my Copics in a monochromatic color scheme.  Yikes!!  So here is the end result.

I started with a large piece of X-Press Blending cardstock.  I stamped the Mama Elephant Botanic Thanks in a Copic safe light tan ink onto the X-press It cardstock.  I then pulled out my selection of Copic markers.  For all of the flowers I used markers in the E5 series.  All of them from E50 to E59.  I just varied which ones I used on a particular flower and how much I used.  I was worried the leaves would get lost so I used W markers to color all the large leaves.  

I must say that I am extremely pleased with the results!  It did take me a little longer to color than anticipated but I think that was due to determining where flowers and leaves began/ended.  Now, what to do with this lovely??  I wanted to keep it simple so the flowers would take the centerpiece.  I used a new edge die from Lawn Fawn.  Oh so pretty yet simple!  I backed the white piece with foam tape and mounted it on to the brown patterned paper and then on to a brown card base.  The finished dimensions of the card are 6" by 4 5/8".  Here is a side view.  I was hoping to show the sparkle!

For a few final finishing touches I colored over all of the gray leaves with some Wink of Stella.  I also added some Nuvo drops in Copper Penny and Dark Walnut.  Don't forget to check out the 7 Kids Craft store!

I hope you have enjoyed my project today! 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Glorious in Green

Good evening my crafty peeps!  I am hopping on really quick to share the card I put together for the latest Monthly Mood Board challenge with Craftin Desert Divas.  I had a little extra time while being off for the holidays and I was excited to get a chance to play along.

All of the colored papers I used are from Stampin Up.  Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron and Sahara Sand.  All of the dies I used (frame, pinecone and greenery) are all from Craftin Desert Divas.  The frame is the Window Pane die and the pinecone/greenery is from the Winter Wonderland dies.

I stamped the two bears on Bristol paper and colored them with a waterbrush and dye inks.  The bear with the snowflake is from the Artic Pals set and the single bear is from the Chilly Set.  I do not have the matching dies for the bears so I fussy cut them out.    

The card base is Sahara Sand.  The lighter green is Mint Macaron.  Before I glued it to the card base, I randomly stamped the three largest snowflakes from the Chilly Set in the same color ink.  I glued the window pane in place using lots of foam tape for added dimension.  I then carefully arranged the greenery pices in two of the windows and some behind the bear on the top right.  Both bears were attached with foam tape.  

I stamped the sentiment from Happy Celebrations onto a piece of heavy vellum and embossed it in white.  I also cut a fishtail end to the right side.  I was afraid the vellum would get a little lost so I cut another piece of the dark green cardstock to put behind the vellum.  I then attached across the window.  Oh...I also used some Wink of Stella on both of the pinecones.  And that's a wrap!

If you get a chance to participate in the Craftin Desert Diva's challenge (#cddmonthly) it is going on all month.  Check their group out on Facebook here.  You kind find their online store here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Winter Coffee Lover's blog hop-part 3

Well, it's almost the very end of the day but I managed to get one more card made for the Winter Coffee Lover's blog hop!

It has been a lot of fun as always and I will look forward to the next hop.  One of these days I'll be more on the ball and get all the cards made I had planned for!

This lovely image is a digital stamp from Le Petite Market.  You can find here on Etsy here.  I'm not going to lie.  I own almost all of her digital stamps.  Yep.  I have a slight addiction to their cuteness.  I encourage you to go check out her store!

My card is pretty simple this evening as I let the image take center stage.  I printed it out on Bristol smooth paper and colored it with Zig Clean Color real brush markers and a water brush.  I added Wink of Stella to her cheeks and the mitten cuffs.  I added the sentiment and cut out the image with my favorite die from Craftin Desert Divas.  I mounted it with foam tape on to some more super cute paper from Bo Bunny.  I think this is the Fa La La collection.

Both layers were glued onto a card base.  It is one of my last few sheets of Stampin Up! Creamy Carmel cardstock.  I had a little crafing incident on my desk shortly after completing this card.  I was working on another card when I bumped this one.  It fell, face first, into an open dark green ink pad.  Yep, that was not fun at all.  When I picked it up I saw only a few major boo boos.  See those sequins??  They cover up the worst of it.  I also used my Signo white gel pen.  I think I managed to hide it pretty well!

Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Winter Coffee Lover's blog hop part 2

Good evening everyone!  I'm back with my second card for the Winter Coffee Lover's blog hop!  I sure hope I will have time to get at least one more made.  It's sitting on my desk just waiting for me to finda little time to work on it.  Crossing my fingers!  So here is this evening's card.

I'm so in love with this color scheme!  It doesn't hurt that purple is my favorite color!   The snowflake paper is from a Bo Bunny 6x6 pad that I have been hoarding.  I finally let myself use some of it.  It makes my heart pitter patter.  The paper paired perfectly for with the Comfort to Go stamp set from Unity stamps.  I stamped the cup using Rich Razzleberry ink from Stampin' Up.

I stamped the sentiment from the same set onto Narwahl cardstock from Lawn Fawn.  I then heat embossed it with Liquid Platinum powder.  I cut the sentiment out with a banner die and added foam adhesived before attaching it to the white piece with the coffee cup.  As an added touch, I used a bit of Wink of Stella on the coffee lid and the white snowflakes on the cup.  The white piece was layered onto the purple paper (also from Bo Bunny) and then onto the snowflake paper.  The whole thing was then adhered to a Narwhal cardstock base. #winter2017clh

Hope you like it!