Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Snowmen in April

It's hard to believe it's been a year since I posted a card and almost as long since I've made one. Don't you hate it when life gets in the way of crafting?

Here's the first Christmas card of the year created for this week's challenge over on the incredibly inspiring Merry Monday Christmas Challenge blog. This week is challenge 103 and you must use a snowman.

If you're looking for a great challenge with lots of inspiration, Merry Monday is the place to be. I just love what the design team shares each week, absolutely stunning creations.

So I inked my card panel to create a sky and snowbank then placed a stencil over it and created snowflakes by just coloring in the stencil with a white pen. On a separate piece of paper, I stamped the Stampendous Snowball Fight with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with my Copics. After adding a little sparkle with a clear Spica pen, I fussy-cut the image shaping the bottom into another snowbank, popped it up using dimensional foam tape and my card was done.

Wow, it's easy to get out of practice but this was great fun. Thanks for visiting.

Friday, April 26, 2013


Here's a quick birthday card I made using Cas-ual Fridays Rad stamp set, Stampers Anonymous Bitty Grunge set and Impression Obsession Circle Swirls Cover-a-Card stamp. I stamped the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. To create the sunburst, I inked the Bitty Grunge stamp with Memento Tangelo ink and then Lady Bug ink around the edges. Sparkle was added using a Sakura Gelly Roll pen. The swirl background was stamped using Tangelo ink.

I made this card for my Dad's birthday. While collecting links for the stamps used, I discovered the theme of this week's Cas-ual Fridays Challenge: Birthday Bash. CFC99 is all about creating a CAS birthday card. You have until May 1st to play along. Check it out. The design team has created some incredible inspiration for this challenge.

Thanks for visiting. I hope your day is AWESOME!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Something New

I love Donna Downey and her art. But who doesn't? Right? I've never met her but I can just tell she's the kind of person who gives freely of her knowledge. Her passion and enthusiasm for art are so contagious. When watching her videos, she makes you feel like you too could pick up a brush and create something wonderful.

Recently, I discovered that she offers a monthly online canvas class and decided to sign up. While waiting for some supplies to arrive, I practiced what I learned from the class video on these tiny 3-1/2" x 2-1/2" canvases.

I started by covering the canvases with a base coat of acrylic paint. It was then time to add texture. Donna recommended using very common scrapbooking supplies but when I grabbed mine, I discovered they were so old they couldn't be used. Nope, I'm not going to tell you the supply. Spend the $25. You'll be so glad you did. Sitting on my workspace was a bunch of Stampendous Essentials (Color Fragments, Mica and Crushed Glass Glitter). Essentials add delicious texture to projects and are available in a wide range of amazing colors. For this project, the color wasn't important as I just wanted the texture so I grabbed what was sitting there and embedded them into the paint. It was simple. I just brushed on Gel Matte Medium where I wanted the texture and while wet, sprinkled on the Essentials. It's important to let this dry completely. I then added more paint, covering the embedded fragments and glitter. Next, I grabbed a Martha Stewart Home Decor stencil (you can find these at Michaels but any stencil will do) and my Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens. I used the white Pitt Pen to get the basic design onto each canvas and added color after the white had dried.

Here are some closeups of the texture created by the Stampendous Essentials. I love the look and texture so much, I am going to give it a try on something bigger. Donna Downey has her own line of stencils. I'm thinking creating something with her Hollyhocks stencil would make me very happy so stay tuned.

I can't get over how creating these three little canvases made me feel. I encourage you to visit Donna's Blog and try an online class or two. The joy you feel is cleansing. Now onto the real class assignment.

Thanks for visiting. I am so thankful for your comments.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Chick Tower

Here's a quick card created with the Chick Tower image by Hambo Stamps. I just love this stamp. Actually, I love all Hambo stamps, great quality, cute designs. The paper is My Mind's Eye "Hip-Hooray"

Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Butterfly Lamp

Something new today (at least to me)...the Paper Fusion Creative Lamp kit. While at Dick Blick's, I came across these kits and had to try making one. These kits scream Stampendous Jumbo Cling stamps. I decided to use the Butterfly Trio.

I stamped the butterflies on the included panels, using Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

After coloring the butterflies with my Copic Markers, I stamped the Stampendous Music Score background in the whitespace. I used Tsukineko VersaMark Dazzle in Frost to give it a little sparkle and then spritzed the panels with Tsukineko Goosebumps.

I then inked the panels with Memento Summer Sky to bring out the Music Score image and the Goosebumps. I also stamped a flourish from the Stampendous Daisy Thanks set, also with the Summer Sky ink.

The lamp was easy to assemble. If I were to make another one, I would sand the frame and give it a gloss coat before putting it altogether but this was a fun project. Because these kits come in different sizes, I see a cluster of them on a side table, maybe with a different Stampendous Jumbo flower on each one.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Happy Pi Day!

It's my son's favorite holiday...well, OK, his third favorite after his birthday and Christmas. Today is Pi Day. He asked if I would make a card for his math teacher. How could I say no?

First, I stamped the actual number onto cardstock using Lawn Fawn's Quinn's 123s and Aquamarine Archival ink. I then stamped the birds and word bubbles from the Lawn Fawn A Birdie Told Me set. Lawn Fawn just released a coordinating bunch of dies called Lawn Cuts so it took no time at all to assemble my card. I used Harold's ABCs (another Lawn Fawn set) to stamp 'Happy' and 'Day'. As for the Pi symbol, I got lucky. There She Goes Clear Stamps has an adorable set called Cutie Pi. The sentiment actually said You're a cutie Pi but I trimmed off the words. I colored with my Copics and then added some texture to my symbol using the Lawn Fawn Belinda's Borders set. Voila, a Happy Pi Day card. I thinks this calls for pie.

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Friday, March 8, 2013


Here are two cards I created using the new Garden Critters release from Penny Black. I simply stamped the images, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Copic X-Press It Blending Card. I adhered my Copic-colored panels to card bases and attached Easter grass for texture.

I'm entering these in the current CASology Challenge. Week 34s theme is BUNNY.

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