Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Week Ending August 4th!

So this being a long month, the challenge this week is: Anything goes

I have been playing with acrylic lately, ClearScraps Acrylic to be exact. Playing and trying new things. I wanted to see if I could transfer some old book pages to the acrylic using my Art Anthology dimensional Crystals paint. When I tried, here was the result

I think this looks AMAZING! Maybe even better than I was expecting. I took this square (it's the center from one of the Acrylic Slides that ClearScraps has). Then I got busy making a card (there's a birthday coming up...)

I pulled out my stamps and punches and here is what I was inspired to make with my stuff:

I looked at this and decided it just wouldn't do, it needed just a little tiny bit of something... and then I grabbed a pen and added faux stitching. I rarely do this, but I was pressed for time, I needed to leave for work and I so wanted to finish this card. Using up my scraps, I have some Amy Tan from several collections ago along with some Heidi Swapp papers from her first two lines, some Stickyback Canvas from Ranger, Some pearls from Basic Grey and a Stamp from Paper Smooches Word Up stamp set.

I LOVE this simple little card. Thanks so much for looking and now that you've seen just how easy it can be, why don't you go enter the challenge... come on, it's easy!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge July 22-28!

I have really left this one down until almost the last minute. I love the inspiration photo, and had a lot of ideas, but I needed one that felt executable. Here is this week's inspiration photo:

Using this photo as my inspiration and some lovely Art Anthology sprays on watercolor paper I came up with this!

The stamps are all Forest Whimsy. I LOVE that gnome and hedgehog! I used a paintbrush and the following colors of art anthology mist : Watermelon, Honey Bee and Glorious.The card base is just some folded black cardstock from my stash. The images are stamped in Staz On ink. I hand-cut the banner shape that has my sentiment. LOVE how this turned out!

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Use it if you got it!

So I've been playing a lot with ClearScraps Acrylic lately (um, did you know they are looking for DT members). I have had a love affair with acrylic since the first time I worked with it. I haven't been using it as much lately, but I got a box of goodies from ClearScraps and went to town on them. Um, actually I wound up being inspired to use up a bunch of pieces that I found in my stash by them, but I can't wait to use the new stuff also... oh and I REALLY used my Doily Mascil I'll be sharing the projects I made to try out for the DT at a later time, but I stamped this piece of ClearScraps Acrylic, it's one of their ATC sized pieces, it was the last one in my package, I stamped a little ice pop from Lawn Fawn's Here's the Scoop stamp set and the "thanks" is from Paper Smooches' Chit Chat set. I stamped everything with black Staz-On ink and then colored in using my copic markers. To make the ice pop guy look all icy I covered him with Rock Candy Stickles. I discovered that while Fabri-Tac is great for adhering acrylic to paper, it will take off your Copic Marker Coloring, so the orange on my ice pop guy smudged a bit and I added some older Making Memories Tiny Alpha Stickers that I've been hoarding along with those awesom sparkly Bazzill "self adhesive bling stones."

That solid blue is from my stash, I've had it so long I don't know where it came from (how did that happen?) The flag/banners in the back are from little scraps out of a MME Kate and Co. 6x6 pad, the backer for the acrylic piece is from the 3x4 cut apart sheet from Crate Paper's The Pier collection. Hmm, did I mention I colored on the acrylic with copic markers?

I feel really good about this cute little card. I have another cute embellishment I created using my the acrylic that's kind of different and I'll be sharing that with you next week.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Working Project

So I showed these projects from a recent class over at Scrapbooks Plus just a few posts ago.
Fringe Festival has been going on, and this was my first year to go see any of the shows. It's actually going on through this weekend here and there will be some more shows coming in the fall. It's a worldwide thing... here is a link to our local Fringe stuff. The book at the top of that pile I decided would make a great place to hold my Fringe thoughts, pics, etc.... It has a TON of pages and I love the idea that I can pull that ring binding out to slip in things like postcards and menus. I've made a good start with some journalling. I haven't printed any photos yet, and it needs lots more embellishing, but here is a short video to show you my progress so far.


Thanks for watching!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Zombiest Card I've Ever Made (um, at least so far...).

I do make cards for people... on commission. I haven't made any for a while but a few weeks ago, one of my co-workers asked if I would/could make a card that had both zombies and a husky on it. I said I could and promptly forgot (this is why I write things down). Finally I remembered and got it completed before she needed it, and I HAVE to say I think it turned out SUPER COOL! (and not because I made it, LOL).

The images came from a google image search. I then printed them out the size I needed them on glossy photo paper. I added some stickles on the zombie's pupils and bloody drippings on her neck, the husky has some black distress stickles over the solid black areas for a glittery enhancement. The Wish you were here sticker is from October Afternoon and the washi is from My Mind's Eye. It's for a care package that a group of friends is sending to their buddy that moved to Alaska. I hope she likes it, I know my friend does!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Playing along with PaperSmooches Challenge Week Ending July 21!

So this week is a color challenge... and a fitting color choice for July:

I pulled out my Cyber Cafe set to have a go at a technique I've seen from both Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire lately.

And made this card..the technique that inspired me was to stamp an image in white ink and stamp over that image in a color but offset it a bit.

Here is the result:

I really think it turned out super cute!

I was so excited about the technique, I made a video to go along with it!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Gelli Plate Class!

Ok so Scrapbooks Plus which is my LSS has some AWESOME CLASSES! Recently I took a class called: Magical Gelliplate Trilogy. I learned many MANY techniques on using a Gellipolate, which I HAVE to reccommend! OMG you can make the most lovely things with inexpensive acrylic paint, and the Gelli plate. I had heard of the Gelli plate before on PaperClipping Round Table's podcast (you can subscribe through iTunes or listen online.) Julie Fei-Fan Balzar was the first person I heard talking about the Gelli plate. I can't tell you how fun and how immediate these results are!!

The class was really ambitious. We were supposed to complete THREE books while in class, one book is a sample book that is basically a list of techniques we used with an example of each. And guess what...I finished all three books in the 5 hour timeframe we had for the class!!! I was OVERJOYED!!

Here are my projects:

My favorite is that lovely canvas book that has the measuring tape closure... the outside of the canvas is gelliplated. I can't tell you how quick it is to make awesome art with this plate! I didn't buy anything else to take this class, just the plate I already had a lot of acrylic paints and I used them (used several of them up). I had Claudine Helmuth's Acrylic paint but people brought whatever brand they had and they all worked beautifully. I borrowed some of my tablemate's colors that I didn't have and they worked equally as well. I can see myself using these pages for different things and I do have other ideas!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lawnscaping Challenge #62

I must admit, when I first started papercrafting, I didn't understand the big deal with stamps. They were artsy and cute, but I couldn't see myself investing a lot of time an money into them, they seemed bulky like the wooden blocks would take up so much space... then I learned about clear stamps. OH MY GOODNESS!!! And now... well, let's just say I'm trying to make my own 12x12 step program to use my stamps.

Lawnscaping is a bi-monthly challenge blog to get you using your lovely Lawn Fawn Stamps. Yesterday's post shows my take on their Challenge #61 that I didn't finish in time be entered into the challenge, but no matter, I have a layout that I love inspired by my take on the challenge. This one I did finish in time... so here is my take on the paper piecing challenge:

I used the sets Bon Voyage and Home Sweet Home and used Kate & Co by My Minds Eye for the piecing. I LOVE this paper pad and the one I have is now falling apart because I'm just YANKING out patterns and using them so much! This makes me VERY HAPPY! And those houses... HOW CUTE!!

Ok folks, I'm off to see what everyone else is creating! 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Challenging myself out of blockage!

I have been participating in the Papersmooches Sparks Blog challenges lately (I could NOT come up with anything for the ocean inspiration to save my life... so I did miss that week). I have several sets of their stamps, I love the funky vibe they have! And I am MUCH happier if I'm creating... even if I'm having trouble being inspired on my own. I've also tried a challenge for the Lawn Fawn Challenge blog... but it didn't go as well... timewise. I finished the challenge a full day after I was too late to submit it. This was my take on Challenge 61.

This is what I came up with and I'm SO happy about it! I LOVE those embellies stamped from Home Sweet Home 

Here is a detail shot of the banners, those gems are from Creative Imaginations and have been in my stash so long, I had to add adhesive for them to adhere :)!

Do you have secrets for getting your mojo to flow? 
Let me know what they are...

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Week Ending July 14th

So if you like these stamps, be sure to play along... I think they are ADORABLE!! I missed last week just from being stumped... mojo blocked as you will. I did make a card for this challenge using my own most recent Paper Smooches Stamp Purchase this set is called Cyber Cafe. I think it's really really cute and different. This week is the Designer Drafts Challenge

Here is my take on the sketch:

It's Clean and Simple, but I thought it was adorable. I recently got this Kate and Co "Cambridge Court" 6x6 paper pad from my LSS Scrapbooks Plus. I am digging these florals and the yummy colors. This card reminds me of a particular friend of mine... I hope she likes it. 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Phone Photography Class

So I'm taking an awesome class at Big Picture Classes it's called: The Phone Photography Project. I signed up for this class to inspire me to do more with the photos that I take with my phone. I am a fairly recent Android convert (from iphone) and am really loving the camera on my Galaxy S#! I have created an Instagram account for myself(I'm Scrapfaire... so you are welcome to follow me) and am playing with photography apps to jazz up my photos. As I'm posting this I have a from scratch blackberry cobbler in the oven... it will be a double crust so I can't wait for the first one to come out and dunk it back in. I'll leave your mouth watering with this:

I hope that whatever you are doing today you are having a blast and being creative. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Coloring can be theraputic...

So I've been watching some coloring videos by Kristina Werner over at the Youtube. Every Wednesday she does a coloring video, she also colors lots of images for her regular Monday and Friday card videos. I love the watercolor look of distress markers, but I have a TON of distress inks and lots of markers, copic, sharpie, skerpie... so I don't really want to invest in more of the same. I have one blender pen from Stampin' Up that someone gave me more than five years ago and it still works beautifully for coloring with my distress inks. I took some time one day and some adorable Paper Smooches Stamps and just colored.

I only used distress inks for coloring, and I do not own them all. I think my collection totals 25 distress inks. I have been collecting them slowly over time. You can get some lovely shading effects with these and I love the look of the water coloring. I made a little card to send to a friend using these same inks for coloring and some Lawn Fawn Stamps that I got recently:

Because it was the closest black ink that I had, I did use Momento for this coloring and I think Staz-On would have been the better choice. I also just picked up a Faber-Castell artist big brush pen with black india ink inside so I may just use that in the future. You just want something waterproof if you are watercoloring.

I do love the shading, The chocolate cone is stamped with Jenni Bowlin Ink in Brown Sugar. I love those dye inks as well btw... :)

What's your favorite way to color your images? I do also enjoy some copic coloring but am LOVING the ease of the water coloring. You can also use a brush and actual water or one of those cool water brushes other than a blender pen for you coloring. I also tested using a blender pen with Prismacolor pencils and that worked ok as well.