Monday, January 23, 2017

Tuesday Color with Bloobel


Before I say anything else, I want to thank those of you who made it through my little rant the other day about blogging vs FB and your kind responses.  It's nice to know that at least some people still enjoy the personal connection blogging affords and my efforts don't always fall on deaf ears eyes.  LOL  It did my heart good.  xxx

This one is for the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge, which should have been done a whole lot sooner today since I started coloring at 3:30 am.  That's pretty early, even for me, but I'm not sure if I should blame the hour or perhaps possibly a "senior moment" because I actually used the colors from last week's inspiration, probably because they were still on my desk, I guess. (Although I never finished that one)  So ignore that big honkin' PINK balloon. It was supposed to be ORANGE but I didn't check the pic again this morning because I thought I had it down.  I managed to change her dress by coloring it over with orange and yellow, but I was chicken to mess with the balloon so PINK it shall stay.  The cloud paper is digital from AMBillustrations. 


I'm pretty sure I won't be drummed out of the corps because it actually has a photo inspiration and it's pretty obvious what inspired me.



The adorable image I used is from Bloobel Stamps called Up and Away.  She's colored with Copics and I've added butterflies punched from a Martha Stewart punch that I've colored to match.  Added gems to the centers and a sticker sentiment and there ya go.

I"m also entering this in the DL.Art January Linky challenge, Simon Says Monday Spread Your Wings, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #50 ATG, Get Creative Challenge January #54 ATG and HIMCR #285 Color It.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

You're a star!


I don't know about you, but the CAS style is really a struggle for me (although my last card HERE turned out to be that way too.  LOL)  I'm kind of a "more is never enough" kind of gal which really poses a problem, so I've been trying to play in the CAS challenge at the Outlawz each week.  I was excited about the Stars theme because it was a chance to use my new Stitched Stars dies from Gina Marie.  Stitched dies in every shape have really become popular but I just got a bunch.  Seems I'm a little late to the party.  I found they coordinated  with my old Spellbinders Stars 5 dies so I ended up using both, the stitched ones to emboss (using the embossing mat and plate so they wouldn't cut through) and the regular ones to cut. The gold one is popped with foam, then I added some tiny sticker stars and sentiment and called it done.  This was made for a congratulations on a new job and inside says "You're a STAR!"

I'm adding this to the DL.Art January Linky challengeCrafty Calender Something New (stitched star dies),Crafty Friends New BeginningsLess is More New Beginnings, Come and Get it No Designer Paper and My Time to Craft Something New.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

It's a Girl!


The Outlawz Saturday Paper a la Mode called for "full of hearts" so I was excited to use my new Spellbinders Cascading Hearts card creator die.  I also wanted to use the adorable new little Cupid (scroll down to find him) I'd won from Limited Runs.  I'd planned on doing a Valentine's card but none of the die cut sentiments I had in mind worked that well with the background.  Then I remembered this Cuttlebug one, so I switched background color from red to pink and made it a New Baby card.  WooHoo! Sorry for the short post but it's my second one today and I'm tired.

I'm adding this to the DL.Art January Linky challenge, Crafty Calender Something New (stamp, die, and new baby), Crafty Friends New Beginnings, Less is More New Beginnings, My Time to Craft Something New, and In the Pink What's New (stamp, die, and new baby).

Snowball Fight!


I seem to be a bit behind on blogging.  It takes me forever to write a post, I suppose because I get a little chatty at times.  I know 90% of the people just look at the picture of the project and never even read what I say or care, but maybe there's one or two who do.  When I go to blogs I like to read something personal, or at least a little bit about the process and supplies.  Not just a list, but that's just me.  I suppose it's just a matter of time when everything goes to FB where a "Like" suffices, just like a text is replacing an actual phone call. Makes me sad.

Anyway, here's another one for the Outlawz Festive Fridays for the Snowball Fight theme.  The hilarious image is another by Sandra Caldwell called #1144 Snowballed Kitty.  Poor little guy is getting nailed and I really get a kick out of the snowman head lying there looking all worried.  Just a matter of time.  LOL We had a kid in our elementary school class that used to scare the crap out of me.  Big red headed bully that attacked with any means available, including snowballs.  He reminded me of that Farkus kid in "A Christmas Story"...shudder! But I digress... (Still feeling chatty, I guess) 

It's kind of a simple design that grew out of scraps on my desk, including the Snowflake border die cut from Joy!crafts.  I hadn't originally intended to go monochromatic again, but there ya go.  I've colored with Copics and my BG 10-15 are getting a workout these days.

I'm entering this in the DL.Art Thankful Thursday Winter Challenge, SUYP (cats only) Furrything Goes, Crafty Catz Monochromatic, Cut it Up It's Snow Fun, Pattie's Creations Design Challenge Use an Animal image, the Paper Shelter Shades of Blue, The Crafty Addicts Monochromatic and Sisterhood of Crafters Celebrating January.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Let's Go Skating!


I made this cute tag for one of the Outlawz Festive Friday themes.  Naturally I got it in just under the wire (new themes started today) but I HAD to do this one, for sure.  There are always 4 themes to choose from each week and the first I decided to do was "Let's Go Skating".  The adorable image is #957 Ice Skating Girly by Sandra Caldwell. The background is from the Let it Snow Jewel It set from Gecko Galz on which I've digitally added a skating rink from a photo I'd cropped and tweaked  to fit my background.  Then I used Flower Soft snow to blur the crop and better integrate it into the design.  The gorgeous crinkle ribbon is from a combo of Steel Blue from the Blues Bundle and  Silvery Hues Sea from the Mermaids Tale Second edition from DL.Art.  I've also added little skates from Tim Holtz, attached with a tiny paper clip.


Here's a closeup of Ice Skating Girly.  I removed the background from her in the Lunapic photo program and added her the the digital background in my Printmaster Platinum program before printing the scene.  Then I colored her with Copics, cut a pom pom in two and glued the fluff to her earmuffs with Fabric Tack.


Ice skating is dear to my heart because I took lessons from the time I was 5 until age 12.  It was a special Daddy and daughter time.  Here's a picture at an outdoor rink when I was just starting to skate (circa 1959 or early 1960).  I still have the sweater he's wearing and it actually fits me now.  LOL  My Dad was a fabulous skater, an ice dancer actually, and I always felt so special skating with him.  He even built a rink in our backyard for me to practice on for years when the weather permitted.  Very fond memories but I better stop now.  Getting kind of teary eyed.  Once a Daddy's Girls ALWAYS a Daddy's Girl.  xxx

I'm adding this to the DL.Art Thankful Thursday Winter Challenge, the Craft Rocket Challenge Add a Bow, Simon Says Wednesday Anything but a Card, and the Sisterhood of Crafters Celebrating January.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Not Another Birthday!



As you might have noticed, I've been playing along with the challenges on the Outlawz Forum quite regularly because every day there's a new challenge of some sort starting and the themes are always fun and exciting.   One of the more challenging ones for me is the Wednesday Sketch challenge but I think I'm finally getting the hang of it and feeling less anxious when I tweak the sketch a bit instead of following it exactly. (Yea, I'm sort of a "follow the rules" kind of gal.  What can I say?)  sometimes it takes me awhile to get there, so this one just made it into yesterday's challenge.  (There's a new one today)

Anyway, I used the adorable #591 Hear, Speak, See Princesses by Sandra Caldwell.  They're colored with Copics and I rounded the corners to fit in the Spellbinders Labels Four die cut. Obviously I turned the sketch a quarter turn and added paper lace topped with ribbon.  The ends looked kind of plain so I cut little satin hearts from some trim and glued them on with Fabric Tack.  Much better! 



I'm also adding this to the DL.Art January Linky challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #50 ATG, Crafting-With-Friends ATG, and Crafty Creations #333 ATG.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Guest Designing for TTRCD with Miss Daisy Stamps


I'm thrilled to be joining the team at TTRCD as Guest designer this week.  The theme is always Anything Goes and our fabulous sponsor is Miss Daisy Stamps and I've made a little easel card with the adorable Owl-Ways Winter, just one of the fabulous collection of owls Miss Daisy offers for every occasion.  I've used a number of my new dies as well as digital background paper from the Winter Sunshine Collection by We Are 3, also available at Miss Daisy Stamps.


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Here's a closeup of Owl-Ways Winter.  He's colored with Copics and I've paper pieced his hat and scarf using digital paper from the Toasty Warm Collection (hat and scarf), and the Toasty Warm Neutral Collection (cuff of hat and pom pom), also from We Are 3 at Miss Daisy.  I'm not sure you can see it in the pic, but the solids have a knit texture and the print is knit texture with snowflakes.  Too cute and perfect for his winter accessories, don'tcha think?  Instead of Glossy Accents I've used small adhesive acrylic disks on his eyes because they just happened to be a perfect fit, no waiting to dry and no chance of cracking. The holly berries are flat backed pearls and I've used a Snow Writer sprinkled with glitter on the patches of snow.  He's fussy cut and glued to the die cut Arched Fir Branch is by Tutti, and popped on the Pierced Fancy Nested Label die by Gina Marie. The Icicle Border up top is by Precious Marieke.


The cute sentiment is one of the 5 bonus sentiments that comes with Owl-Ways Winter.  Sometimes I find the sentiments to be the hardest part when crafting. They are all just perfect for the image but I went with this one 'cause I was feeling all lovey dovey.  LOL


So here's the side version where you can see the little bit of dimension.  I really love how a simple easel cards packs a punch yet are so simple to make.  Thanks to the team at TTRCD for allowing me to join them this week and to their fabulous sponsor, Miss Daisy.  Be sure to visit the TTRCD to see their gorgeous creations and come play along for a chance to win.

I'm entering this in the DL.Art January Linky challenge, the Cutie Pie Winter Warmers Challenge, 613 Avenue Create Totally Technical (paper piecing and fussy cutting) Challenge, Come and Get it Good Ol' WinterLil Patch of Crafty Friends #50 ATG, Allsorts Wings on Things, the Sisterhood of Crafters Celebrating January the Fairytale Challenge Colorful Snowflakes, Let's Craft and Create Things wth Wings and the Outlawz Monday Greetings Must Have an Animal in it Challenge


Monday, January 16, 2017

Asian Inspired for Aurora Wings


Our first challenge of the new year begins today at Aurora Wings and since the Chinese New Year is coming up on January 28th, we are celebrating with the theme of 'Asian Inspired'. 



There are so many gorgeous Asian images in the Aurora Wings Shop, both Japanese and Chinese, that I'm not totally surprised that my teamies each chose a different image.  I've chosen Metonoia, scanned from the Midnight Gardens coloring book and printed out as a 5x7" image.

I've always adored Mitzi's print of Metonoia. I was obviously inspired by Mitzi's own coloring of the image. in fact I gotta say, without her print to help me out I would not have even known where to start.  I was also intrigued by her own inspiration and the psychology behind it the image.  You can read about it HERE in the description.



So I was pretty lost when I first looked at the image.  Eiyiyi!  Where to start? Her skin, of course, and then to be honest, I was too intimidated to continue for a whole week.  Then I decided I would at least sort of map out what was what, 'cause with all the hair and the various parts of her kimono and all, I was kind of confused.  She's colored with Copics and I used the lightest N2 to pick out all the pieces of hair.  Then I took the image section by section.



I hate to say I don't really keep track of my colors and about half of them are still all over my desk. I can tell ya the reds range from R20 to R29, though. Here I'm starting to try  to get some patterns going in her kimono.  In many cases I began with E50 and then layered colors over that.  I'm darkening the strands of her hair here, as well, all N's and about every other one up to N8, I think.



Still layering colors.  In my purple areas I also laid down some of my lighter reds in the top right and much darker ones at the bottom left.  I used BV02, BV20, and BV23 for shading and V05,06,15,22 and 25 over and over until I got what I wanted.  Colorless blender was definitely my friend.  I also decided that the hair needed more definition so I actually outlined the strands with a black Copic multiliner (.3) and filled in some with that too.  At this stage of the game I didn't trust my black marker.



The thing I feared most was trying to put the final details on the kimono.  My Sakura Gelly Roll metallic pen scared the crap out of me because it's pretty juicy and not as fine a tip as I'd like but I tried gold pencil and  it didn't show up.  I considered just leaving it unpatterned but it looked unbalanced to me so I held my breath and started to try to draw in some of the details Mitzi had in her original.



Here's a closeup of the finished coloring.  I continued to shade and intensify the colors until it was to my liking.  I also finally decided to go over all of the original lines with my Copic multiliner to define the areas better.  The point of all this step by step is to show you that no image is too difficult if you break it into sections and take your time.  I double matted the image in textured matte gold and black cardstock and then added decorative paper with metallic threads from Black Ink Creative International Papers.  I ordered the little fans from the Frantic Stamper.  Aren't they cute?  This was a long road but I'm really glad I stuck it out.  The only thing I'd do differently is start sooner, but that probably isn't ever gonna happen, so I gotta say, I'm thrilled.  This baby's going in a frame.

Be sure to stop by the Challenge Blog and see the glorious inspiration by our Guest Designer and team and don't forget our January FB contest runs through the end of the month.  Hope to see you there.


Here's how to keep up with all that's happening at Aurora Wings.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Two more for Festive Fridays at the Outlawz


Still having fun at the Outlawz this week with 2 more just under the wire for the themes at Festive Fridays.  The first is Snowcat from Knitty Kitty Digis for the Animals in the Snow theme.  They're colored with Copics and fussy cut and popped with one of my new stitched frame dies from Gina Marie.  The sentiment is a Tim Holtz Sticker and I've been hoarding that background DP from s.e.i. for YEARS. 

I'll also be adding this to the DL.Art January Linky Challenge and the SUYP (cats only) Furrything Goes challenge.  



The next is a real quickie for the Christmas Snowflake theme.  Very old Cuttlebug embossing folder with one of my new Stitched Snowflake dies, also from Lawn Fawn.  (I seem to have a thing for stitched dies these days.)  Added a mirror snowflake center and called it done.  This is extremely CAS so I could also enter it in the Outlawz Sunday CAS Snow Challenge.

I"m also entering this in the Cuttlebug Mania Winter Wonderland Challenge.


That's all for now.  It's half past wine o'clock!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Snow BRRR...dz


Another day of rain here in CA and it looks like our drought is finally subsiding as we're already over 200% of our average rainfall YTD.  WooHoo!  This has left me all kinds of opportunities for guilt free crafting with all my new goodies so I'm a happy little camper.  I really enjoy playing at the Outlawz Forum, not only because it has a nice group of members, but also because each day there's a new challenge to inspire me, 7 per week, plus an additional Progressive freebie challenge that runs monthly.  All this activity has sort of yanked me out of my state of ADD and indecision that's been plaguing me since the holidays so here's another card, this time for the Outlawz Twisted Thursday.  



This week the "twist" is "For the Birds".  I knew immediately I wanted to use the adorable #112 Snow Birds of a Feather by Sandra Caldwell.  They're colored with Copics with a white gel pen for the snow.  The cool new die behind them is by Gina Marie.  I cut the trees out of kraft paper and then added a kraft border to the image which help integrate it into the design.  The icicles along the top are actually a "Grass" punch by MS but I use them way more often as icicles. The teeny snowflakes were also punched.  Actually they are the discarded parts from another border punch that proved to be the perfect scale. The sentiment is computer generated and just sort of came to me.  I think it's kind of "tweet" don't you?

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art January Linky challenge, Tuesday Throwdown TT325 Snowflakes, TTRCD week of Jan 10th ATG, Cards in Envy Snow Birds, the Cutie Pie January Winter Warmers Challenge, the Crazy Challenge #239 Three of a Kind, and Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #49 ATG.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

I've Fallen for You


I love this adorable image, #1148 Fallen Kitty Skater by Sandra Caldwell, especially because it was my suggestion for a digi.  Sandra loves to take suggestions and often there are games in her FB Group to do just that or to help name ones she's already drawn. Anyway, I suggested this digi because I was a figure skater as a child and of course I'm sure you already know, I LOVE kitties, so there ya go!  He's colored with Copics with some additional fur detail from Prismacolor pencils.  The frozen pond was cut with my new Pierced Fancy Nested Label die by Gina Marie, colored lightly with Copics and Stickled for frostiness.  The new Snowflake flourish in the corner is by Amy Design.  there are several themes this would fit for this week's Outlawz Festive Fridays challenge but I think I'm going with "Winter Fun" because I might be back with another one for "Animals in the Snow".

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art January Linky Challenge, SUYP (cats only) Furrything Goes Challenge, and Simon Says Wednesday New Something (dies).

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Baby



I have a gobs of new dies that I've been itching to play with so when the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge came up with this inspiration photo,


I pulled out one of the Stitched Quilt dies from Gina Marie and went to town.  I used all of the colors and both words (in the fine print "New" or "Baby") using Alpha Beads with a vertical hole so I could string them on the gingham ribbon. The center square is one of the little emboss and die sets that came with my Cuttlebug many moons ago.  The white alone didn't show up in the pic so I embossed again with the mint, fussy cut the buggy to glue on top and added tiny buttons to the wheels.

Look Ma, no coloring!  You know the first probably 3 or 4 years I did papercrafting ALL my cards were die cut or embossed only with not even a printed sentiment.  How times have changed.

I'm also entering this in the Outlawz Monday Greetings Use a Circle AND a Square challenge (which is why I chose this specific quilt die), Dies R Us ATG using Dies, Simon Says Monday Be Square, Dream Valley Challenges Something New (quilt die, new baby), Simon Says Wednesday New Something (quilt die and new baby) and the DL.Art January Linky Challenge