Thursday, March 30, 2017

Colored Pencils Comparison


So many colored pencils out there, how to choose? Hopefully I can save you some time and crafting dollars by being the Guinea pig here. I tested the Prismacolors, Derwent Inktense, Lyra, and EK Success ones today. My favorites were the Prismacolors and Lyra, they went onto the paper so smoothly with a soft creamy feel that I loved. I used Whisper White thick card stock to try these out, I found this to be my favorite for alcohol markers and general coloring.

The Derwent were nice but not as creamy, they seem to be a bit more waxy and shiny for my personal taste. I'll most likely use these when I travel, if I lose them or leave them behind I won't be as sad. (Have to always have a portable craft, right?)
The EK Success were really not great, you have to go over and over it to get decent color and they left shreds of pigment on the paper. They kind of put the suck in Success.

I would recommend just buying a couple of Prismacolor pencils to start. They sell them separately in most large craft stores. Maybe some greens to practice leaves with, you can always use these colors! I know it's tempting to buy whole sets of things as it is usually less expensive this way. Test first if you can, it's not a bargain if you're not going to use it or are always on the hunt for something that works a little better for you.
The Lyras are lovely too, I'll be on the lookout for some deals on them while I am in Germany.
Happy coloring, y'all!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Easter Pansies


For today's Splitcoast colors of Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive I used one of my favorite old stamps from PSX. Colored with Stampin' Up!'s Blendabilities markers in this week's colors and shaded around them in Copic Cool Shadow. I went over all of the flowers with a fine black marker. Stampin' Up! Tulips embossing frame. Sentiment is Lawn Fawn.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Swallowtail



Working with the Stampin' Up! Swallowtail butterfly stamp on watercolor paper. Colored using the no line watercolor technique with Gelatos and water. Sentiment on top card is from Butterfly Basics, the one on bottom is from Chere Amie (the French version of the My Friend set).

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Easter Bunnies!



A few more cards for Easter, one highlights bunny ears (or lack of) and the other tails.
The first chocolate bunny is from the Lawn Fawn set Eggstra Special Easter, embossed in white on Chocolate Chip card stock. Die cut egg backed with Celery and unknown designer paper.

The second card used Stampin' Up!'s Bunny Hugs with Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid paper and Stampin' Up! retired designer paper cut with Martha Stewart grass punch. Colored in Copics and added a white pom pom for tail.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Vintage Botanicals Collage

Spreading my wings a little and exploring various mixed media techniques to add more to a card. So many different products and techniques to learn, I guess you just have to just jump in at some point and start experimenting! This one is much prettier in person with more shimmer and shine from the mousses and clear embossing.

On watercolor paper I stamped the Tim Holtz butterfly in a very faint color and then painted it in gold and yellow watercolor. Let dry. Stamped Palettini Vintage Botanicals and clear embossed (there is a lot of script in this stamp). 
Went over this whole piece with Nuvo embellishment mousses in metallics and pink for a ton of shimmer. Stamped another collage image (stamp is unmarked) with more text over this in Hero Arts Caramel ink.
Mounted to a copper woven specialty card stock piece and then onto Blush Blossom textured c.s.
Embossed Artistic Etchings in copper and added some twine and Recollections paper flowers to embellish.

Birthday Fishes


These sweet little mermaids are from Lawn Fawn and the card is for the first ever Fawnatics challenge, to make a birthday card. I didn't have a birthday sentiment in any of my sets so I pieced one together from the Eggstra Special Easter set.
Embossed a heavy white card stock base with bubble circles from Cuttlebug. Shaded the bubbles with Aquamarine and Spring Breeze Nuvo embellishment mousses. Using a wide glue pen I went around the edges of the card and then added Nuvo silver gilding flakes and Jewel Drops in Grey Mist and Sea Breeze to bubbles. The mermaids were colored in Copic markers and cut out with the coordinating die cuts set. Love these images, they make me smile! 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Earresistable


For today's color challenge of Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi and Crushed Curry I used this Easter set from Lawn Fawn. My sister always gets a missing bunny ears card from me. When we were kids she ate the ears off of everyone's chocolate bunny. It didn't take a lot of detective work on Dad's part to find the culprit, she was the only one of us who had a large space between her front teeth :) 
She continued with this ear theft for a while after that, she shaved off the tell-tale prints with her bottom teeth.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mermaids


I have fallen for the Lawn Fawn stamps lately, they really make me happy. This is the stamp set Mermaid For You for the Splitcoast Mixed Media Under The Green Seas challenge. I used SU's Glossy White card stock with Tim Holtz alcohol ink colors of Stream, Citrus, and Sailboat Blue. Worked in both silver and gold mixatives. I used some bubble wrap and white craft ink and smooshed it on top of this when it was dry (it's hard to see in the photo). Sprayed with some blue Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. For the bubbles I stamped it and then added some white gel pen highlights and clear round glass pebbles over top. 
The seaweed was stamped in Versamark and embossed with powder. 
The dune was stamped with the old retired SU Cheesecloth background stamp and the Lawn Fawn sentiment. Stamped, colored, and cut out the merpeople. Glittered up their tails and popped them up. Stitched frame dies is also by Lawn Fawn.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mojo Bunny


For this week's Mojo Monday sketch challenge I used this cute Easter Bunny image from Great Impressions, colored in Copic markers. Stampin' Up! Cool Caribbean card base with SU stencil inked with white craft ink. Designer paper is Perfectly Plaid by Lawn Fawn. Embellished with a few sequins and half pearls. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Mini Egg Carton



I am very happy to be joining the Color Challenge team again today and using the pretty color combo of So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, and Cucumber Crush. 
I used one of the egg cartons from the SU mini and mixed three different acrylic paints to come up with a match for the Saffron. Lots of quilling/paper twirling with the peach and saffron for the flowers part of the challenge. Filled with chocolate eggs for extra points :) And calories :(

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mixed Media Butterfly Girl


For this week's "ghosting" technique challenge on Splitcoast, I used Tim Holtz distress ink colors of Worn Lipstick, Bundled Sage, Iced Spruce, and Wild Honey. Misted the water over top with Stampin' Up! stencil. Added gold Faber Castel texture paste with a Tim Holtz stencil. Using same stencil I added some more of this pattern with craft white ink. Sentiment is also TH. Butterfly girl is by Hot Off The Press. She didn't have facial features so I added some.. Added hints of Wink Of Stella from girl to sentiment.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Kitchen



Had a lot of fun putting this one together. Stamps and dies are from Lawn Fawn, Sprinkled With Love. I used their Perfectly Plaid paper which is a pretty collection for Springtime cards. Made a little towel to hang on the oven door that opens. For the cabinetry I used Stampin' Up!'s Hardwood stamp in Going Gray ink on Whisper White. The floor is Sahara Sand that was embossed with he woodgrain folder.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Mother's Day Butterflies


Love this new (to me) Hero Arts stamp set with butterfly dies. They are really cool, they don't cut out the whole thing, only partial cuts so it opens on the page. Pool Party and Whisper White card stocks, Copic markers, SU ink colors of Real Red, Primrose Petals, Positively Pink, and Pretty in Pink. Used me ever present Itty Bitty background spatter in Soft Sky.

St. Patrick's Day


Stampin' Up! supplies: Whisper White heavy card stock, gold glimmer paper. Used Brushos crystals with water on watercolor paper, sprayed with Tattered Angels glimmer mist. Stamped Irish Blessing in Versafine Onyx Black ink. Gold embossed Celtic cross and added micro-beaded embellishment to center.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Hey Chick!


For today's Splitcoast Featured Stamper Lyn Tomlin I was inspired by one of her cards that had various critters all over the front with a simple sentiment in black. I used the Stampin' Up! Hey, Chick set from the current SAB mini catalog, colored in alcohol ink markers. Love these crazy hens and chicks :)

Friday, March 3, 2017

Hey, Coffee Chick

This is what my hairdo looked like this morning :)
For the mixed media challenge of Feeling Peeky I used the Stampin' Up chick colored in markers on watercolor paper. For the coffee drips I used a splatter stencil with ColorBox chestnut ink. Used a Tim Holtz stencil on top of this and embossed with Versamark and clear powder. Used Stampin' Up! circles stencil and gold texture paste for other corner and all around edges. Card front was sprayed with Tattered Angels glimmer mists in Pearl and Coffee Shop. Bottom corner was a piece of gold shimmer paper that was embossed with the SU brick wall folder.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Coloring Book


Coloring books for adults have been all the rage for a while and I have picked up quite a few of them. This butterfly was challenging to color, the lines are pretty close together so you can't use too wide of a marker tip. I accidentally made a big crease while adhering to the card stock since the pages are pretty thin. To save it I used the SU butterflies embossing folder and I love how it turned out. I spent WAY too long coloring this so I was happy I could make it work.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Truckin'



Some more Tasty Trucks rolling in today. The first uses up some pieces of designer patterned paper I had lying around and I added some white dots to the colored in truck to copy the background.
The second is basically a case from the mini catalog, made it square and layered it on Hello Honey and More Mustard and added some baker's twine. Some nice easy coloring therapy :) 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mobile Bakery


All supplies used were Stampin' Up!.
I had an extra truck colored from today's color challenge so I made this card. For the awning I used two pinks (Pixie and Pretty In Pink) and the word window punch on an Island Indigo base embossed with the large polka dots embossing folder, SU Sizzix.  Colored the image with markers and embellished with some Indigo baker's twine.

Tasty Trucks


So happy to finally have a chance to use this adorable Saleabration stamp set Tasty Trucks. Whenever I see it I think of the Food Network show The Great Food Truck Race with Tyler Florence. I colored mine in Pool Party, Perfect Plum, and Island Indigo. This is a business envelope sized card made of Pool Party card stock that I stamped in coordinating ink using the retired Itty Bitty Background, a set that I will keep forever! Finished with some Island Indigo baker's twine.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Birthday Blossoms Doodly Doo


For this week's Mojo Monday sketch challenge and the technique challenge at Splitcoast to doodle. I did the doodling around all of the flower petal edges and the bottom of the card. Stampin' Up!'s Birthday Blossoms stamp set, designer paper (unknown SU), card stocks of Whisper White, Pixie, Pink, and Pretty In Pink. I used some silver embroidery thread for the embellishing. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Foil Relief Technique

For the Mixed Media challenge this week of putting the petal to the metal :) I chose this technique, one I have never tried before:

Mini Matisse Foil Relief

On my piece of cardboard I glued some cheesecloth, silk leaves and mini flowers. Covered in tin foil, sprayed with flat black Krylon primer. Used steel wool to rub off color in places. This brings up more of the texture of whatever you used underneath the foil. It is very cool! (Don't be concerned if you don't see the texture right after you add the foil. The magic seems to happen when you spray paint it.) 
Embellished with some paper flowers, rhinestones, a piece of chain, metal sentiment. I used a regular bottlecap, put a floral sticker inside and then crimped all of the edges and added some Crystal Effects to the center.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Succulent



I really love this Stampin' Up! Succulents stamp set and coordinating dies. It's a lot of therapeutic fun working on layering the succulent petals.I used all Stampin' Up! supplies, some of it retired such as the designer paper that was from a scrappin' kit, Subtles micro beads. Current items include candy dot embellishments and Flower Patch stamps for sentiments. Sage Shadow and Pretty in Pink card stocks were used for this card.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Love Notes Framelits


Started with watercolor paper and added spritzed water and then Scarlet and Purple Brushos crystal colors. When dry, I white embossed the Open Sea passenger manifest stamp (SU), added gold texture paste to Tim Holtz valentine stencil. Stencil hearts with Primrose Petals ink (also T.H.), sprayed over with Tattered Angels "Rose Petals" Glimmer Mist. Cut with Stampin' Up!'s new LOVE NOTES heart framelits. Mounted to black card stock for matting and then onto Naturals White. Popped up all heart cut-outs. Added black butterfly from SU framelits and a gold ribbon rose.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Love Bugs


New Stampin' Up! Sale A Bration set Love You Lots, colored with markers and highlighted with crystal effects. Everything else on the card is retired, I have been cleaning out the old craft room and keep coming across bits and bobs that I want to save or work into a card or project. I can't wait to start creating with my new Stampin' Up! order. Lots of really fun things to try but I wanted to use these cute little ladybugs for a valentine. The sentiment is from the older Love Bugs set.

10 minute Valentine


A super simple valentine using Stampin' Up! retired Victorian lace background stamps. I LOVE my background stamps and will never part with most of them. This card was easy with this backgrounder, stamped in Sahara Sand on Whisper White and then again in black on Real Red card stock. Cut heart from framelit heart die and added a bit of retired black organdy ribbon. The sentiment is one from Hero Arts, reminds me a bit of Yoda :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

You've Got This


Stampin' Up's You've Got This set embossed in white, sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black, on watercolor paper.
I am finally getting a chance to play with the Brushos color crystals that I got for Christmas. Santa knows me very well, cookbooks and stamping supplies and maybe a novel or two :)
I used the Brushos to get as close as I could to the color challenge selection of Wasabi, Wisteria, and Soft Sky. I love this product and I can see having a lot of fun experimenting with it.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Die Cut Butterfly and Doily

Today's Featured Stamper challenge featured Carolyn (snowmanqueen) and I used one of her pretty butterfly and die cut cards as my inspiration. Very Vanilla card stock with Delicate Doily designer paper (retired) embossed with doilies folder that was die cut with Sizzix dies. Butterfly die cut in Pool Party with pearls for body.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sand Dollar Ornament card


I used a real sand dollar that was stamped with Flourishes Coastal Christmas wreath that I made the other day as my circle part of the sketch. Colored the ornament with Copic markers. Braided some twine for the ornament hanger, this beachy ornament will come off easily when you are through with it as a greeting card. For the background I painted some gesso on a piece of designer paper and added some sage ink to make it look like white-washed wood. Added mini starfish, banner, and glass bubble beads to embellish.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

My Valentine


For this week's Mojo Monday sketch challenge and the color challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.
Stampin' Up! supplies: Very Vanill, Rose Red, and Basic Gray card stocks. Bloomin' Love stamp set with Bloomin' Heart framelits, hearts embossing folder.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Bloomin' Love Valentine

My first valentine of the season, I used Stampin' Up!'s Bloomin' Love stamp set with the Bloomin' Heart framelits dies. Whisper White base with Cameo Coral, designer paper name unknown, I've had it for a while. Embellished with twine, resin flower embellishment and sequins.