Here's the card made with this Bugaboo digi:
- Image printed multiple times. Colored one image using Copic RV colors to create a pink tulip, YG colors for the leaves. Colored another image using BV colors for the lavender tulip & G colors for the leaves. Airbrushed a 3rd image using B0000 to create a soft background. Covered this with a Memory Box Diamond stencil (88522) and airbrushed with B60 - more lavender toned blue - to create a subtle pattern. This created some subtle texture.
- Fussy cut each image, separated the flowers & leaves of each colored image, glued them to the background digi. Butterfly was done the same way, so there are 2 layers of the butterfly, giving it a tiny bit of dimension.
- Sentiment was outlined with a black Spica, added tiny green rhinestones
Mounted the image on white textured Bazzill with dimensional foam tape, and scored 2 lines above & below the focal image. I think this turned out CAS and need to do more of this style.
Check out what the rest of Jo's DT will choose for today's Floral theme, and think about playing along with us. The very simple rules are posted at Jo's Blog, and the link-up is very easy. We'd love to have you share the fun, and see what you can create with this theme. If you have any Bugaboo images, by all means use those, but it's not absolutely necessary.
Thanks for your visit this afternoon. Hope you're all set for a wonderful weekend. Big Hugs
- Image printed on Xpress c/stock. Dried overnight, heat set, then colored with various green & flesh colored copic markers. Still had a bit of printer ink smudge on one side of Marci's face & her fingers where she holds the shamrock. Hope it won't be noticeable to the recipient; after the image was all colored, I didn't think it was too detectable. 3D Crystal Lacquer on her shoes, and on the shamrock Marci is holding. For her hair, started with a light yellow marker as a base color. Added E40-41-43 in spots, then added E08 for the auburn color I envisioned for her hair. Added some highlights with a white pen, then smudged with my finger so there wasn't a 'mark' but just a lighter look. (Her eyes looked 'flat' when all the coloring was finished. Bright idea to add some sparkle with the Sakura Clear Star pen. When the photo was taken, her eyes looked like those of a crazy person...(gleaming or somesuch!) Used an Olive Green Spica pen to tone it down. Not noticeable on the card, but it surely was in the photo, which had to be retaken after I saw this crazed eye look! :-)
- Die cut with S/B Octagon die, background colored with BG0000 & BG000 markers.
- All background papers were from VOS stash.(snippets - )
- Impression Obsession clover die for the lightweight glitter paper flowers (snippets). Got 5 shamrocks from this snippet and trashed the remaining piece!
- SU sentiment from another white snippet, punched with an SU punch, edged with Distress Ink.
- Rhinestones were a pale yellow green, - colored with dark green copics to get a darker shade.
I'm off to the Snippets Playground to Parsnip & all my crafty friends, so I hope you'll join us for a lot of fun & inspiration. Everyone has snippets (aka Scraps!) so when you can use 'em up, then come play along with us. Prizes are offered as well, but most of us just like having fun with the group and seeing all the marvelous projects that show up.
In the meantime, have a wonderful afternoon, and come again when you can. Love seeing your comments & having you chat with me. Hugs!
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My card for today was one of the easiest I've done. What took longest was deciding on the Spellbinder to make a shaped card. I chose the S/B Grand Label #4, and the white you see is just the background used to photograph the card.
- Image is by Nice Crane Designs from a new set that was just posted to the store, Birds and Blossoms II. This set has several really beautiful bird images in it. Image printed on Xpress c/d (found that this cardstock yielded quite a vivid image). Still playing with printer settings though. Die cut with the Grand Label 4, also die cut a shaped cardbase from white. Did a bit of additional shading with copics, just because I wanted to. Sponged some DI Broken China adding some Seedless Preserves around the bottom area. Also used just a tiny bit of Seedless Preserves around the outside edge so that the white cardbase did not show.
- Sentiment stamped in Seedless Preserves with a tiny woodblock stamp. Airbrushed Copic B0000 on the background, then added B01 and B60. Used a scalloped square punch on the corners, smudged DI Seedless Preserves on the outer edge, tied a twine bow, called it done!
You will definitely be seeing more bird cards from this set of images, because they are (1)beautiful (2) make a fast card. Hope you like this & do yourself a favor & check out these images.
In the meantime, have a lovely afternoon, come again when you have time. Hopefully it will be set a spell on the front porch in a few weeks. These past few days would have been lovely porch sitting weather. Hugs & thanks for stopping today.
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Yesterday (Saturday) was meant to be a clean the floor kind of day (not that it needed it or anything silly like that!). DH suggested that we take a ride since the day was pretty, and have lunch at Scrapbook Creations, one of the few remaining LSS in our area. I protested - quite feebly as you might guess - that I really meant to clean the floors - but you know, it really was a No-brainer as to which won. Off we go, and upon arrival, happily discovered that some of my old stamp group buddies were having a weekend crop. So it was fun to catch up on what they were doing, had been doing, etc. Then we had lunch and shopped. A fun afternoon; then came home to take a long nap. Shopping can be tiring you know! Had pizza, salad & chicken wings for dinner...so a lazy day as far as anything productive. My kinda day. :-)
So here's the card meant to be shared yesterday.
- Memory Box window die, MB lamp die, MB Hanging Flower pot die
- MBox shelf die that is sized to fit this window die; raised with dimensional foam.
- Elizabeth Craft sentiment thanks. 4 layers of c/s snippets, colored with copics.
The window view was salvaged from a card sent advertising a retirement seminar by an investment group. DH thought the scene was pretty & said "Why can't you use this for a card?". This got put behind the window frame & has been on the desk since before Christmas. Just had to think of what to do to finish it. Tried the THoltz brick EF as a background - looked at that for a while. Then decided to use a SU Vintage Wallpaper EF; inked the folder with one of the lighter Memento Blues prior to embossing, liked that look better. Now what to add for some interest? Finally decided on the lamp & flower pot hanger.
Lamp was diecut 4 times, (white snippets); glued layers together for some dimension. Colored the base with copics after gluing on a blue pattern dp. Covered the shade with a snippet of DP, added some tiny lace trim.
- Hanger chains cut from kraft snippet that had been inked for another use, but the design was blurry- so couldn't use it for its intended purpose. Covered the 'chains' with gold Wink of Stella. Pot has a 'wire frame', but this was covered when some of the snippet dotty dp was glued to a kraft snippet. This was the base to the wire pot frame. There's 3 layers on this pot.
- added some green fronds (snippet too!) using Impression Obsession DIE112-D - a set of 4 tiny, tiny leaves. Trimmed the fronds from the stem, dipped the tips into a spot of glue, stuck into the pot. Since there was 3 layers of the dotty pot, the tip slid into the space very nicely. Once it felt adhered well, bent the leaves just a bit with tweezers to make the arrangement more realistic.
Since there's a great many snippets in use on this card, I'm off to see if Parsnip will let me into the Snippet Playground. I have been remiss on visiting my playmates there as much as I should like, so I hope I can spend the afternoon making up for not being around as much! I am sure that you have lots of snippets that could be made into a card. That's all you need to gain entrance into the Crafty Snippets Playground, and meet some super lovely card makers. Check out this challenge.
Have a lovely, relaxing afternoon. I'm going to try hard to not succumb to a nap, and go visitin' some inspirational blogs instead. Thanks for your visit. Hugs. Oh yes, Downton Abby finale tonight, folks!
Here's the latest for Jo's Scrap Shack Friday Fun Day where our sponsors are StampArt Designs and Stamping Chef. Team A was sponsored by Stamp Art and I chose Full Bloom for today's card & a sketch provided by Jo's Scrap Shack.
- digi printed on GP cardstock, colored with copics - Wink of Stella for added glimmer and some Viva Décor Pearls in the flower centers. Printed the image 3 times to color base image - then colored the flowers only for other 2 prints & fussy cut. Used a stylus to shape the flowers & leaves on each piece, then glued each over the main image. Don't think the dimension shows in the photo, but quite nice IRL. Die cut with a S/B classic circle.
- green mat die cut with corresponding size S/B scalloped circle.
- Marianne Createables (LR0168) for the dark lavender doily.
- background: Impression Obsession Cover a Card stamps...first using Wisteria Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink on Tapestry 2 (CC025). Then used Warm Green Colorbox on Greenery (CC018) to overstamp first background.
- green border snippet, covered with green glitter ribbon & purple gauze ribbon side-by-side. A piece of old lace from my sewing days covers the join of the two ribbons.
- sentiment stamped in black using a stamp from the new 3 Twenty Crafts Simple Sentiments set. Traced the sentiment using a black Spica pen for some glimmer so it would show up better against the background.
So why not show us what you can do for this challenge! Use the link up tool found at Jo's Scrap Shack for your chance to win top 3 and get entered into our monthly prize drawing. The rules are posted at Jo's blog and linking is very easy. We'd love to have you join in the fun.
Thanks for visiting this afternoon, and many Hugs.
- Heavyweight stone colored card base. Red mat die cut with a S/B card shape. Kraft stamped with SU white using an old Hero Arts wood stamp, then another in SU Real Red. Used a Fiskars punch on the white. Adhered pieces of the 2 colors together, and die cut with the smaller S/B used for the red mat. Had to be a bit creative as this size was not quite long enough. Cut part of the shape, flipped die to the opposite end of the kraft, hoped the alignment was correct. It was, thank goodness.
- the list stamp from the set was stamped on cream paper with SU Real Red. Chose different sentiments from the set (notice what most of my goals are!) and then used a red rhinestone for a tick in the box.
- bottom border is the negative from the punch, with red rhinestones for trim.
When I saw the set the first thing that caught my eye was the hexagon shape. In another craft lifetime, I was a quilter, so I'm thinking Quilt Designs.
- SU hexagon punch for the shapes, and then stamped different designs from the set onto the shapes. Arranged in a sort of quilt on the front of a SU Top Note die ( liked the stitching look with my quilting theme). Top Note background was made using Copics, airbrushed in several shades of blue, using a hexagon mask cut from card stock. The 'quilt edges' were distressed with DI Chipped Sapphire. Considered adding some Tea Dye for the 'old look', but thought it might muddy the colors.
- S/B Majestic Labels Twenty-five cut twice, and split to create the decorative pieces. This has the piercing look that complements the quilt theme.
- Blue Bazzill Textured card base, seam binding died to match with Copic B93 & B97.
- Sentiment is from the new set, but I masked off the 3rd line. It doesn't show here, but the banner is folded for a bit of dimension, and held in place with glue dots.
- DieVersions sewing machine die, colored with copics in the cool C grays, Sakura Silver Star and Wink of Stella pens. Tiny spool was colored with a gelly roll in sparkling blue. May go back and glue a bit of threading on the machine.
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Here's my card for today - another stencil & paste experiment. Liked this one better than my first attempt. I used a lighter texture paste, plus was careful to apply less thickly and only to part of the gesso'd cardstock. I believe it yielded a better result, although it is quite bright. I was working on one of our dark 'weather' days, and thinking 'sunshine & green'
- TCW Mini Art Flower stencil, using stencil paste over transparent gesso coated & dried cardstock. Did not sand anything on the dried paste; Viva Décor Inka Gold Mint Green spread with my finger over the stenciled flower. (This product is more 'goopy' and spread easily than the other paste stuff I've used). Dried naturally - then sprayed diluted Dylusions Fresh Lime, Pure Sunshine yellow and Lemon Zest. Tried to spray through the same stencil in another corner, but not happy with the results. (peeking out in the top right corner..)That needs more work for me to do well!
- stamped an Impression Obsession CAC029 music stamp using Memento Cottage Ivy in the blank spots. S/B Curved Borders Two (S5-201) cut the textured green Bazzill card base front.
- Trimmed the stencil piece with a plain bracket shape from the same set. Mounted this on the cardstock, and used the remaining edge of this trimmed piece on the inner side of the card base.
- Marianne Creatables LR0168 flower cut in yellow, then green, smudged DI green on the yellow flower (snippet) and some Lemonade yellow on the underneath green flower (snippet). Shaped the yellow flower & lifted for a bit of dimension, added a green rhinestone center.
- Sentiment from the new 3 Twenty Crafts Simple Sentiments set onto a snippet - (the smooth side of the flower paper), punched with an SU oval punch, smudged DI green around the edge .
That's it! I'm winging across the water to the Snippets Playground where construction of an Ark is underway, but also nifty prizes to be won. If you bring a card that has even one snippet (or scrap as we Yanks would call 'em) Little Parsnip will let you through the gate. C'mon...it's lots of fun!
In the meantime, have a Blessed day, and there's a new stamp reveal later on this afternoon, so I hope you'll pop back to join me. Until then, many hugs.
- Used another print from the Imaginations paper designed by Debbie Mumm. (VOS & NBUS). Again did some shading with copics. Added some highlights around the butterfly wings with a white Signo pen. Antiqued the edges with DI Tea Dye & Vintage Photo. The 3 Twenty Stamp photo frame Strike a Pose was stamped using Colorbox Chalk Ink in Dark Brown, over a small flowered patterned paper.
- MS grass border punch using green paper.
- Cheery Lyn leaf die corners, shaded with copics.
- card base covered with some orange textured Bazzill; toned down the brightness with the Vintage Photo.
Thanks for joining me this afternoon, hope you'll stop by tomorrow to see the next stamp set in the new release. In the meantime, Warm Hugs.
This card was fun to make. First the white cardbase was airbrushed with copics, using light yellows (Y02 I think). I just picked a shade of yellow, sprayed and decided it was ok. After covering the base, allowing it to dry, used a TCW mini butterfly stencil; masked off areas so that only the butterfly shape desired was showing, airbrushed that space using B000, B01. Moved to another butterfly shape on the stencil, repeated this process, added in B91 to get a darker contrast. Die cut an aperture using S/B deckled edge oval after the c/s was dried.
- Inked a flower from the SU Blooming with Kindness set, using gelatos, spritzed & stamped on white snippet cardstock. Mounted the yellow piece over this stamped flower using dimensional foam.
- MBox Moonlight Butterfly cut from silver c/s. Two layers of vellum (snippets) to cut MB Kaleidescope Butterfly. Colored the layer adhered over the silver b/fly with some gelli roll pens for a bit of color. Top layer covered with Versamark, Ranger Snowflake EP, lifted the wings for some dimension. Black body die cut from a snippet of black glitter paper.
- Tried my hand at making some roses...they looked terrible - so found some paper roses for the flower part of the challenge. The yellow roses started out white, sprayed the smaller ones with copics. The larger yellow had been done on a previous Dylusions spraying session, (?snippet? )and is just a bit different in color. The blue one - well I left that one as is!
- sentiment stamped with Memento Cottage Ivy - older small wood stamp. Punched with a Fiskars oval punch.
So I'm off to link with
Butterfly Challenge AND
Pixie's Crafty Workshop Snippets Playground Week 112
Why don't you jump right on in, and play too! Hugs & enjoy your afternoon.
Here's my take on the challenge:
Here's the card:
- I.O. wreath die (DIE090-Y). Used a light green paper for the underlying diecut. Then used a darker green card stock weight for the top diecut. IO dies normally cut extremely well in my Big Shot. This one was a bit fiddly, primarily due to all the intricacy I think. I had to do some poking to release some of the tiny bits, but I really love the die. Birds are attached to the die, and I'm thinking about breaking them away. Yet they are so tiny, I fear losing them if I snap off from the wreath part. Used a tiny red snippet to do the birds on this wreath, but there's 8 birds with the die. I liked the layered look of the 2 green shades and offset each just a smidge. I'm thinking I should have popped the birds up - will next time.
- Solar White C/S embossed with a new SU Arrows EF. Panel on raised dimensional foam strips.
- MB sentiment from the same red snippet that yielded the birds.
This card was sent to a very special person, and I hope she will be pleased with it, and the thoughts behind it.
You'll be seeing more of this wreath I expect! Hope you like it. Have a wonderful day, and lots of cyber hugs coming your way.
Back with a quick post to share what DH just got out of the mailbox about dusk. He thought the ice had melted enough to make a trip out safely. I watched from a window above the garage (our garage is on the bottom level of our house) to watch that he didn't slip. Thinking "if he does, how will I pick him up?". The trip was very worthwhile, because we got 2 envelopes of sweet cheer. Now they may have been in the box 2 days ago, but we weren't risking the trip.
|Brenda W's Card|
The snow has melted off the front porch so was able to step outside. There's still some ice patches around. Had thought to go out for a Valentine breakfast this morning, but I'm a wimp, and didn't want to chance any black ice. Looked to me like our driveway still had some ice we could see, and I worried about any that we couldn't see. I've already had a turn with that, don't care to repeat the experience.
Hope your V. Day was wonderful. Ours was quiet. Quiet is good...I got a nap. Naps are good too.
G'nite, and thanks for popping in. Stay warm. Hugs
So here's the card I'm sharing:
- 3 Twenty Crafts Background Builder set was used to create the black & red chevron pattern of the heart inside the aperture. Die cut 2 S/B heart shapes, stamped 2 of the border stamps to create the background, first with Brillance Graphite, embossed with Ranger Clear EP. Stamped 2nd die cut heart with Brillance Rocket Red, embossed with clear EP. The tricky part was trying to get the angles properly on each die so that when cut apart, rejoined 2 different colors, a neat chevron pattern would be created. Covered this with 3D Crystal Lacquer, which is quite shiny IRL, but not showing well in the photo.
- card front was diecut with a smaller S/B heart, then brayered with Rocket Red ink over C/Bug Cross My Heart EF.
- MBox Heart Chain border die cut from lightweight black glittered paper. Hearts cut apart to add down the join of the black & white border stamping. Tiny red rhinestones added for some bling.
- using the leftover snippet of the black glitter paper, I switched the position of the heart chain border, recut another heart border, and then used the shaped part - the heart tips. Thought this made an interesting shaped border, rather than using the hearts, as I'd intended. Is this 'thinking outside of the box'?. Added some rhinestones, the MB love sentiment die cut and Cheery Lynn Kisses which were from snippets of the black glitter paper. Rounded the corners using a corner chomper instead of trying a punch. Cut through 4 layers of paper and I didn't have to use any bad words. :-)
Hope you like this card and will play along with us at Jo's Fun Day Friday Challenge. You will find all the rules over at Jo's Blog and it's very easy linking. We'll love seeing what you create for Valentine's Day! You have a chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate in the 3 Twenty Crafts Store.
Hugs & thanks for spending some of your time with me today.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY
The card today has one of the lovely Nicecrane images I recently received. I think this size of image is referred to as a bookmark. I had to give a think as to how to best use it. Kept it simple.
- precolored image printed on paper, adhered to lightweight cardstock, distressed with DI Tea Dye and Vintage Photo. This image is really very beautifully detailed, and my photo skills do not do justice to the richness of colors. I'm going to try again, using some of the Copic Xpress paper to see how it prints on that. Do check out this website and enjoy looking at some beautiful images - not just birds either...lots of vintage designs too.
- Cheery Lyn leaf die, colored with copics over white snippet cardstock.
- cream card base, stamped with Creamy Brown Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink using Impression Obsession Cover A Card Music (CC029). With ink remaining on the stamp, lightly touched to the bird image. Shows faintly IRL as intended, not sure if it will show in the photo.
- top fold card was diecut at the edges with S/B Borderabilities Scalloped Borders Two. I saw the die used so beautifully on this gorgeous card by Benzi. When I saw Benzi's card I just had to hunt for this Spellbinder die. I think it's going to be quite versatile. Very pretty too - with 7 dies in the set.
On another subject, I had the most lovely surprise from Miss Darnell the other day. She & I know the deal, so I think it's enough that I just re-iterate what a super lovely lady is our Darnell, and if you don't "know Darnell" then you are missing out on something really special. Thank you Darnell, for adding some joy to my afternoon too. Hugs going your way, along with Big Thanks.
That's it from Upstate SC. Stay warm, keep safe & I pray these storms finally fizzle out. God Bless, and thanks for your visit. Hugs
Let me say warm welcome to Ignacio Molina of Nicecrane Designs who has joined as my latest follower.
I'm sure that many of you visit here, know these beautiful Nicecrane images. I've seen them used so skillfully by many blogs that I follow, and just purchased some of the designs. (Check Redanne and Stamping with Klass to name 2 very enjoyable places where I had seen these designs used. There are quite a few others too, but these particular blogs were fresh in my memory). I finally got my brain & my fingers coordinated at the same time and ordered a couple of the bird images. You do know, I like birds, right? See my lovely new blog header?? Well, it was designed by Ignacio of NiceCrane and I am just over the moon with how pretty it is. THANK YOU, Ignacio!
Decided to change some of the other colors to complement the new header. What do do you think? And please do yourself a favor, and visit Nicecrane to see the beautiful images...which are extremely reasonably priced. Stay tuned...I hope I can soon do justice to the pretty bird sets I ordered.
I'm sharing my stencil experiment I mentioned in an earlier post. It's really more of an example of: Don't do what I did!
- card stock was coated with gesso and dried overnight. Used some modeling paste over a Memory Box vines stencil. Think I used a stencil that was more intricate than I should have for this attempt and also probably got the paste on too thick. Let this dry overnight, and made sure to clean the stencil immediately when I lifted it from the paste. Still had a little shifting mishap as I lifted the stencil, which yielded a raised surface after drying. (if that makes sense..it was a rough raised place that should not have been there!) Used a sand block to sand the dried surface, and that helped.
- painted some acrylic paints in golden & turquoise greens that were mixed with a cream color - over the entire surface; using a small brush, painted in the depressed areas of the vine motif, with the turquoise green. I was liking the effort a bit better after this dried.
- smudged some Viva Décor Inca Silver paste with my finger over 2 corners - where you see the glimmer. Used some Viva Stempel paint in a turquoise color and smudged that around in some areas. The silver gleams nicely - no that is not a camera flash, but the silver that you see!
- MB Serene Bird die in navy blue Bazzill, popped up over a Die-namics Leaf Filled Flourish.
The leaf was cut from a snippet of dp, further shaded with copics. Lighter green leaf was in the snippets pile, probably is a MB diecut from white c/s, shaded with copics. Used some of the 3D Crystal Effects on the leaves, let that dry overnight. Attempted to add the MB leaf around the bird with Glossy Accents. Where it touched the navy bird, the GA left 2 small smears. Thought it would dry clear. Didn't! Tried covering the edge with some glitter, intending to shade the glitter using dark blue copics. Alas, the copics pulled up the glitter. (I've seen that done on some other blogs, so not sure what I did wrong.). This bird looks like he's been at our bird feeder and got some ice crystals on his feathers! I don't like it that he looks like he's got sugar spilled all over him, so this will go in the samples stash.
I had been a bit dissatisfied with the stencil results at first. As I kept working on the piece, I was liking it a bit better. As I was putting the dies atop the piece, I was getting happier. When I got the Glossy Accents smears on the bird, I was not pleased. I've always heard this stuff dries clear...well, it didn't on this navy Bazzill.
Dream sentiment is from mirror paper snippet using an Elizabeth Craft die. I enjoyed this experiment enough to try it again. I will use my Aileen's Easy Flow glue to adhere in future. I know this stuff dries clear...
Hope you enjoyed my ramblin's this evening. Also hope that should you be in the path of this storm front, that your power is staying on, snow is not endangering your roof, or any dreadful stuff like that. We're staying cozy, and I even cooked today - also baked a carrot cake for snacking tonight. Remember...I don't cook!
Thanks for your visit, and many Cyber Hugs. Come again when you can.
Let me welcome some new friends, and I hope you'll find time to pay a visit to these talented bloggers as well, and let them know I sent you.
Also many thanks for all the comments about the light box that I shared; I must give all the credit to Miss Cornelia of Stempel Spass: It was her idea, I just made something rather like what she had done. I'm also finding that it works better for my use at night, but I'm still experimenting with using during the sunshine hours too.
On another note: I tried my first attempt at using stencils & embossing paste last evening. I'll share that later. It was not a stellar result, as I used too much paste over what was probably too intricate a stencil for a first try. (well, I did just a tiny bit in a class, but we won't count that!). I'm going to see what I can do with it now that it's dried.
I don't have a card to share this evening, as I've been working on some other stuff lately, but I did want to share this lovely Valentine we received Saturday, from the lovely Miss Bonnie K. So you can enjoy it along with us!
|Exterior of Bonnie's Valentine Card|
Now I'll say good night, 'cause I'm off to watch the next episode of Downton Abbey. Can you say 'addicted'? Well, not really, but I am addicted to Doc Martin. I was so pleased to see that one of the PBS stations had the 1st episode of series 6 aired last night. I had already seen it on Acorn TV, but was not expecting our local PBS affiliates to air it that soon.
Come again when you have time. Hugs
Leann of Paper Doll's Creations and Carol of Crafty-Stamper. Ladies, thanks so much for joining as followers. I hope that the shout-out here will result in some visits for you, from some of my older friends! (remember, the term "old" used this way, does in no way refer to our ages! Just how long we've been friends, ok???)
To the card for today:
I get in moods where I want to just play with the Dylusions sprays, so I experiment with colors, dilutions of the original sprays, then let these dry naturally on most occasions. Sometimes I will blot with paper towels or perhaps a piece of lace that is kept on the airbrush desk for airbrushing..or just whatever my hand picks up. Then later I pull out one of these, to use as a background. So I can't always say what colors I used...but you get the idea from what you see here, that it was blues, the pinks, turquoise.....Had also used a flower stencil in the play on this piece, but not sure if it's showing up here. Probably sprayed with a blue over the stencil, but I could have just laid the stencil down in the wet spray too. Sorry, I just don't remember, and not even sure if the flower stencil shows in this photo anyway, but I can see it IRL, and I like the pattern.
- stamped an IO bird stamp (E13046- Dina Kowal Designs) using a Versafine navy blue pigment ink - cause I couldn't find the Black StazOn. I'm finding that the Memento Tuxedo Black, which is always on my desk, is just not giving a real crisp sharply inked impression over these backgrounds. Sometimes that's ok, but for this I wanted the music on the bird silhouette to show well. There's also a pretty flower & leaf motif above the tail, but I covered that up pretty much with the flowers & leaves.
- additional leaves punched from another Dylusions snippet using Elizabeth Craft Curvy Leaves (730) dies, shaped with a stylus on a rubber mat thing-y. Roses were from a NBUS package, and were adhered as is. Thought about spraying or sponging, decided not to. The hot pink looks pretty with the pink in the background.
- Navy blue snippet cut for matting, rubbed some silver Viva Décor Inca paste around the edges for some glimmer. Hot pink card base from a textured Bazzill.
- sheer purple tone ribbon VOS - pearl added to hide the knot.
- Elizabeth Craft sentiment die from the same snippet as the leaves.
That is it! Shaping the leaves probably was the longest effort on this one. But I like it! So ya'll have a grand weekend, and hope the weather is giving my Northern friends a break. I hope my UK friends are getting some rain relief too! Thanks for stopping & many Cyber Hugs.
Ends: Friday, February 14th 6PM
One other tidbit: If you notice in the sidebar, our favorite Miss Pixie - of Crafty Snippets Playground fame - created a button for us--Keys to the Playground! Check it out, and do come & visit in the Playground when you can. You'll enjoy it, I promise.
Anyhoo, we are meeting some old high school buddies for lunch in a few minutes; then I have to zip back home, brush my teeth super well, and head to the dentist. At best I will be having a crown...at worst - I may need a root canal.
So here goes with an experimental card that started with no idea beyond using a previously created Dylusions background.
- the wonderful Ryn Water Droplets Stamp* was added after stamping the sea scape stamp*, which also had a few bubbles, but not as many as I wanted. (EDIT: sorry - it was Rising Bubbles. Both were on my desk, but until I cleaned stamps that evening I was mistaken in which I had used! ..Fish scene is Fish Friends by Artful Stamper.)
- fish & plants colored with Spicas & gelly roll pens. Wink of Stella pen over places for added glitz.
- Die-Versions Whisper die Sweet Seahorse die cut from a snippet of turquoise-teal that was just the right size to fit the die. Smooshed into a Versamark ink pad, then sprinkled Ranger Snowflakes sparkle EP over it. The turquoise-teal color just didn't look 'right' after I placed it against the card, so I played with the EP. IRL it sparkles very nicely, but I don't like the white look against the blue. I had hoped some of the paper color might come through the EP, but -- it didn't! Remember I said I was experimenting!
Yesterday I received an order from Joggles, and had some of the Wink of Stella pens (not the brush tip, but a marker tip). I think I'm going to like these pens. Again, I had some fast shipping, so that made me happy!
Ya'll enjoy the day, and hope if any of you are where the storms are wreaking such havoc, that you are staying warm and not having to shovel too much snow. Thanks for stopping by, and many big Hugs!
*If you're interested I can provide the stamp manufacturer.
Let me say welcome to Rhonda at Bumblebee Creations for becoming my latest follower. Hope you'll find time to zip over for a visit & say Hello and enjoy some pretty cards.
Here's a card to share this evening:
- image is a tiny clear set by Lawn Fawn (and this is my first LF stamp). I saw this somewhere and the bitty birds just made me laugh, so I bought it. It's really a very tiny stamp set, like what you'd see in Michael's or some such place, but this one came from a stamp store, so it didn't have a Mike's price tag either!! I thought a bit before I purchased it, but it just made me smile, so I succumbed to temptation. Stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on Xpress paper, colored with copics (of course!).
Got some 3D Crystal Lacquer at the past Saturday stamp adventure. Applied with a very tiny tip onto the ear muffs, some of the yellow hat and a bit on the green scarf & leaves. I added some extra leaves for dimension. This stuff gives a very nice hard shine. Easier to work with than the Glossy Accents, as it is better controlled with the tiny metal tip.
- Fiskar small size cloud punch for the clouds, which were embossed with one of the C/B dotty folders, then edged with Colorbox Fluid Chalk Azurite (blue). The background had been sponged with Memento Sky blue, corners edged with the Danube Blue.
- Amuse bird die cut (a snippet), edged around with the Danube Blue; perched red cardinal is part of a new Taylored Expression set I ordered (Birch Tree Accessories). This site had super fast shipping too - Just sayin'. Used a tiny snippet of the red velvet paper - I mean it was tin-EE! Both birds are on pop dots.
- Navy blue textured Bazzill card base (also from the snippet box), different Washi tape stripes. Taylored Expressions die Pockets & Pages - January script using another red velvet snippet to cut winter. Red mat was also a snippet, diecut with the S/B Superelipse.
EK Success border punch on snippet of red paper to hide the uneven washi tape edges that I didn't get very straight when I was placing them on the card.
Here's a picture of the way this card was photographed using Cornelia's idea of a lightbox. It was a very gray day but think the picture turned out ok, even allowing for my poor photo skills.
The white posterboard weight card pieces are just leaned against the box. May do a more accurate trimming & then paste into place. I've just been experimenting to see if this idea would work for me. I think it has!!
Thanks for your visit, and hope if you are in the path of these storms that are moving across the country, that you can be cozy & warm, your power stays on, and that you don't have to go out in any of the bad stuff. Hugs.
Let me welcome Irish Cherokee as a new follower. He & his wife, Jill, are new to blogging & both have some fabulous cards & posts for you to enjoy. My DH was making cards for a while, then got away from it. I mentioned Irish & Jill & their enjoyed hobby...all he said was "Good for them". Hmmm...Since he spent his Saturday chauffeuring us to the stamp show, walking around & waiting, then went back out to get pizza & salad for our supper - I can't get too aggravated him.
Speaking of the stamp show: Had the nicest event happen. I kept seeing this person walking around the different vendors and thinking "Do I know her from somewhere?". We never made eye contact and I don't know if she had been seeing me as well. After going through all the vendor booths that I really wanted to visit, I was thirsty, so got a soda and sat down at a table in the food court to rest my sore feet. This lady walked up to a table 3 or 4 distant from ours, with some friends, and we did make eye contact. Thankfully her name popped into my tired brain and I said "Are you Sheila?" about the same time as she said "Are you Mary?". Bear in mind, we were reading each other's lips, as we were not close enough to hear what the other was saying! We both nodded "Yessss" and she came round to our table - & oh, long lost friends. How exciting to meet a fellow blogger face-to-face. Even more wonderful to realize that she is just as pretty & sweet in person as she appears to come across on her blog. Now that was one _Big_ plus to my trip. Oddly enough, after realizing Sheila is in the Atlanta area, I had nearly left a comment asking if she'd be at the show, perhaps we could meet. Wasn't sure until the last minute, we'd actually go, so I didn't. Talk about happenstance & small world. Sheila has a lovely blog, so if you have a minute, please check out her nifty projects.
OK, enough blah, blah...here's the card, and it really is bits & pieces of snippets / leftover things. I also tried to adapt the lightbox that Cornelia showed how to make. I used a clear plastic organizational bin, lined it with white poster board weight card stock, set an Ott light to the side. The photo was taken after the evening dusk. I did adust the camera light setting to fluorescent. Might play around with that some more. On the whole I was pleased with the card & photo.