Thursday, August 27, 2015

Water Color Pencils

So, I decided to stretch my comfort zone with water color pencils. I think I need to watch some tutorials. LOL I've been experimenting in water color paints for a while now, but pencils? I learned that there is more control with pencils, but I like the chaos that results from the paints.
I also need to learn what happens when I use wet brush on wet paper, dry brush on wet paper, and wet brush on dry paper.Well, at least you can tell they're glass vases/bottles. LOL
I had planned on taking a drawing/water colors class at the community college. I bid on and won a free class there. But for the last year and a half there were no classes Iwas interested in that fit into my tight schedule. So I waited and waited and finally found this one. But the school closed for two weeks and then the grandbaby was born and I went to visit and help out and the next thing I know my certificate expired.
So I will continue to learn from YouTube, Pinterest and Google.Whatever your art form, have fun, crafters!
Challenges I am Entering:
Shopping our Stash - Splish, Splash (wet medium)
2 Crafty Girls challenges - Inspiration Board
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
The Shabby Tea Room - Inspiration photo (I saw a vase with flowers)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Burnishing with Bugaboo at the Outlawz Greetings challenge

Do you know what burnishing is? Neither did I until I read what the new challenge was at the Outlawz Greetings. I certainly cannot create a DT project if I don't know what I'm doing, right? So off to Google land I went, and found several techniques using different media.
Since my Bugaboo image is digital, I decided to burnish with my ink pads, and I really like the effect I produced.
Bugaboo is the guest sponsor this week, and I burnished an image called Scene It - Ladybugs. I framed my image against patterned papers (from my slowly dwindling stash) and added a simple little flourish of pearls to embellish and a sentiment (it is a greetings challenge group, after all).
You can burnish with ink and embossing powders, with colored pencils, and so much more. Here's the link I used for my card:
I hope you try this technique. Without change, we cannot grow, and I love to stretch my comfort zone often. So, try this out and link up at the Outlawz Greetings challenge for your chance to win free Bugaboo images!!
Challenges I am Entering:
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Use a Sentiment
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes
Stempelsonnen challenges - Alles geht  (Anything goes)
Colouring in Scrapland - Things with Wings (Mariquitas esconden sus alas cuando no están en el aire)
Use Your Stuff challenges - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Living is Easy in Summer

Well, summer is almost over, and I can't say that I'll miss it much. I don't have younger children enjoying summer vacation, I don't have summer off, and the weather has been a little weird to totally enjoy the season. So, on to Fall, but I hope gradually, producing a glorious burst of colors and smells with a bountiful harvest to follow.
To celebrate all that summer was (and should have been), I created a card using the featured image at DeeDee's Digis. It's called Seasonal Baskets and includes 6 outline images (includes bonus "Empty Basket" image!), 5 pre-colored images, 5 white-filled layering images, and 3 sentiments, in JPG and PNG file formats. And crafters, this image set is half price right now, through the end of the month, for just $1.25!!
I received this image free, because DeeDee's Digis challenge blog hosts a progressive freebie challenge. When you use the featured image during the month and link up to the challenge blog, you receive the next month's free.
Back to my card - I used the pre-colored Summer Basket and popped it onto patterned paper. After framing it with both cardstock and a couple file tabs, I added another image from DeeDee's Digis, the black kitty. He's from the image set "Open Window." This is just one of the many things I love about digital images. You can pick and choose from several different sets if you wish.
Before I list the materials I used, why don't you check out the store at DeeDee's Digis. I hope you'll be interested enough by all that is offered there to start playing before the month is out, so you can start stacking up those free digis throughout the year. Have fun!
Materials used:
Images: Summer Basket from DeeDee's Digis Seasonal Baskets set; Black kitty from Open Window
Papers:  Patterned paper 1 from Misty Cato's Count the Days Freebie Pack, patterned paper freebie from Behance, Ruby textured paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles "Christmas Grunge" paper pack
Elements: Leaves, flowers & tab from Misty Cato Count the Days Pack, Bookplate from Sweetly Scrapped, Brads from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles

Beach-Inspired Sunday Project

Happy Sunday, crafters! Today I was cleaning and organizing my craft room and happened upon some pictures I had taken at the beach in Wisconsin (the beach being Lake Michigan). I remembered the trip with my mom and sisters, and how utterly relaxing our "girls' day(s) out" had been. We had connecting rooms with full views of the lake, and often we would catch each other just sitting there, staring out of the window and being hypnotized by the dance of the clouds in the sky and the waves in the water.
So, I just had to look at what I had at hand, as I promised myself I would use up my stash before all else. I limited my project to what was still on my desk (which isn't much of a limit-I hadn't cleaned it off in a while).
I found this simple yet elegant digital image from Sami Stamps to color up. I had just returned all my Copics back to their corrals, and they were organized so the coloring went quickly. Then I fussy cut her out along with her steaming mug.
Since my head was wrapped up in the relaxation of the trip, and what better way than to relax with a book, I made a bookmark. Yes, for a real, paper book (after all, how can you make a bookmark for your Kindle?) Some leftover trim and a button and my bookmark was almost complete.
I love to play in Photoshop, and am fairly new to digital crafting, so I opened my bookmark base there and placed it on some beautiful textured paper from the Christmas Grunge collection by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. All I had left to do was choose the right sentiment, and I think that's exactly what I did. Now my bookmark is ready to print, and I think I'll make a few of them so that, while marking their pages in their books, each of my sisters and my mom will remember our weekend awa, and the peaceful time we had together.
Image:  Comfy Cocoa from Sami Stamps
Papers: Christmas Grunge from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, and a page from DCWV A Colorful Life paper pad
Embellishments: stray green button (actually I found it under my craft desk); purple adhesive-backed trim from Recollections, Inc
Ink: Copics Y38,17,11; E00; V04,12; and G21,94
Challenges I am Entering:
Sami Stamps challenge blog - Add 2 Different patterned papers (although you can't see much of the grunge paper, it makes a thin border around my bookmark)
Corrosive Challenges - Utterly Feminine
Sketchy Colors challenges - Lilac, grey & blue (see below)

A Gem of a Challenge - One for the Girls 
Jo's Scrap Shack - Lazy Days of Summer
Simply Papercraft challenges - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes w/optional twist-Girls' Night Out (I was inspired to create from a Girls' Weekend Out recently-it was very chill)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

F Is for Fashion at Ike's World Challenge Blog

Sometimes Life gets in the way of your dreams. This is what happened to me this month. I really wanted to get back to my mixed media projects, but Life, in the form of Vacation Bible School, had other plans. Not only was I organizing and coordinating the event, but I lost my co-worker and boss, ending up being the only person left in my office, period.
But VBS went off without a hitch. The kids loved it, the parents enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm with which their children readily woke up early and clamored to be taken to “Mount Everest,” and the volunteers were amazing. And now I can finally get back to my art!
Today I created a mixed media canvas using “Blossom Shoe” from the “Shoe” set of images from Ike’s Art. It was the perfect image for the newest challenge at Ike’s World Challenges Blog – F is for Fashion. Blossom Shoe comes in a set with three other shoes: Ribbon Shoe, Skellie Shoe and Wing Shoe. You can find it and so many other “fashionable” images at her store.
Everything on my canvas was taken from my stash of leftovers. I have bins of flowers, drawers of jewels, and an impressive collection of Stickles. And I won’t even go into my stash of paper – it’s just too embarrassing. Slowly but surely I am chipping away at my stash, and am cleaning out those items that I have not used or don’t think I’ll use (and watch-no sooner will I give these items away than I’ll find a project for them).

But such is Life. I hope Life gives you the opportunity to create this week. Hopefully, I’ll see your F is for Fashion project linked to Ike’s World Challenges Blog. Happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
Decorate to Celebrate - Anything Goes
 Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Moo Mania challenges - Embellishments (boy do I have those!)
Shopping Our Stash - Layer It on Me
Cutie Pie challenges - Cute & Girly
Not Just Cards - #23 Anything Goes
Stamp & Create - One for the Girls
 Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes (no cards/ATCs)
Digi Galore - Anything but a Card (canvas)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Never Pass by an Opportunity to Pamper Yourself

We've reached the midway point of the Path of Positivity Challenge this month. The theme is Opportunity, and you don't want to miss out on the Opportunity to link your challenge project for your chance to win prizes!
I created a card using one of this month's sponsors, Oddball Art. The image is called Frazzled Fran, and she looks like she is in desperate need of some pampering by way of a large COFFEE to perk her up (it IS Monday, after all).
After coloring her with Copics, I framed her before popping her on my card. I embellished simply with the sentiment and some pearl flourishes.
This month's challenge at the Path of Positivity offers several ways to win prizes:
  • 3 images from Oddball Art Co., one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • A $25 gift certificate from Deedee's Digis, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
There will also be:
One digital designer paper (made to order in a couple different ways) from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment on posts published during the challenge timeframe.
One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

Challenges I am Entering:
2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes
Card & Scrap - Anything Goes/Love (Love my Cocoa)
Crafty Time Challenges - Movie, Book, Song (I love to watch the movie Chocolat with Johnny Depp and who cares, it's got Johnny Depp in it-LOL)
Stempelgarten challenges - Hmm, Yummy (Chocolate)
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes

Make 'em Laugh Theme at the Outlawz Greetings

Everyone loves a good laugh, so why not make it a challenge? That's exactly what the theme for this week's challenge is at the Outlawz Greetings. Our guest sponsor for the week is Scribbles Designs, and I got to play with the fabulous Farrah Flamingo.
I found a great photo of a flock of flamingos which I made as my background. Then I popped my Copic-colored image onto the card, along with the No Parking sign. It reads: Flamingo Parking Only Violators will turn PINK!
Now it's your turn to get your creative mojo on and come up with something that will put a smile on our faces. Don't forget to link up at the Outlawz Greetings!!
Challenges I am Entering:
ABC challenges - P is for Pretty in Pink
Crafty Time challenges - Movie, Book, Song (the movie Pretty in Pink with Molly Ringwald) 
Naughty or Nice challenges - Fun in the Sun (growing up summer meant a road trip to Florida and Busch Gardens to see the flamingoes)
Our Creative Corner - Mood Board (I pulled the color pink and chose to showcase the tight grouping in the image at the bottom right for my card)
Worldwide Open Design Team Monthly challenge blog - Anything Goes (DT for the Outlawz Greetings challenge)