Saturday, June 27, 2015

Hello Butterflies!

A few weeks ago Jennifer McGuire had a blog post on shadow stamping and I have been wanting to create a card using that technique with my Paper Smooches Flap Happy and Graceful Beauties butterflies.  I finally had time to do that yesterday, but completely forgot to post a picture.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Scripty Saying and I heat embossed it in white.

I'm entering this card into the Paper Smooches SPARKS Anything Goes Challenge.

And Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Watercolor Blog Hop


I wanted to make a card for the Watercolor Blog Hop hosted by Pretty Pink Posh.  I used the Moroccan Tiles stencil from My Favorite Things for the background.  I drew in the shapes lightly with a pencil on Distress Watercolor paper and then colored them using Distress Inks and my Zig watercolor brush.

I cut some tags out of the Distress Watercolor paper and vellum, using Lil Inker Designs: Stitched Tags.  Then I stamped with black Versamark ink the elephant and happy birthday sentiment from WPlus9's Unforgettable.  Using the same distress inks I colored the middle tag.  To finish off I tied the tags together with twine and added a few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins.

I'm also participating in the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge #2.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

RAWRING Good Birthday

I've been wanting to try the dot copic coloring that I have seen used lately and I needed to make a card for a friend who likes dinosaurs and I thought they would look great with the dot coloring.  I found out that unlike Jennifer McGuire, dot copic coloring takes me a lot longer than regular shading, but I really like the result.  The whole card probably took me 6 hours or more.  Fortunately, Michelle loves my cards and I know she will appreciate the work.  In fact, she got it today and she loved it!

I started out by stamping all of the dinosaurs, the palm tree, leaves, and some rocks from Lawn Fawn's Critters from the Past on Copic Xpress It Blending Card in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Then came the part that took the longest, coloring the images using copic markers, but with a lot of little dots.  I start by coloring each image normally with the lightest color, then I added, darkest to light, all the little dots. I generally used at least 4 different shades of each color.  I found this tobe the easiest way to get the images to look blended.

After I got all of the images colored, I fussy cut around each one and colored the edges with a Memento Tuxedo Black marker.  I messed around with the images trying to decide how I wanted them to be arranged.  I decided to only use 3 of the adult dinosaurs and the baby dino and egg.  I also wanted to do a shaker card with partial die cutting and the images just seemed to work well with it.  I don't have any die cut letters, so I used my Cricut Expression to cut out the window with the word BIRTHDAY still attached instead.  I used Distress ink to shade in the background on the front panel and the back panel of the shaker card.  I did a little masking to make sure the hill connected between the inside and outside the shaker window.

For the rest of the front panel, I used Harold's and Jessie's ABCs to create the sentiment which I heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I used a gold paint pen to add the stitching around the edges.  Next I added a piece of acetate behind the front panel and added a variety of Pretty Pink Posh sequins and seed beads, before using foam tape to attach the front panel to the back.  Last I added all of the fussy cut images with Tombow Mono Multi glue.

At the very end I decided to add a little Wink of Stella to the letters in BIRTHDAY, which you can't really see in the photo, but looks great in person.

I'm trying my very best to participate in every day in Kathy's, at the Daily Marker, 30 Day Coloring Challenge 2! I was super busy during the first challenge so I didn't have much time, but so far I'm 3 for 3!


I'm entering this card into the Lawnscaping Calling All Critters Challenge.

I'm also entering this card into MarkerPop's Anything Goes Challenge.

MarkerPop! Challenge #70