Friday, July 31, 2015

OCC Background Check-Day 5

Today's OCC class lesson was all about creating backgrounds with embossing paste, with embossing folders, and die cuts. I did two examples today that I really liked a lot.

The image on the right was created using a stencil and colored embossing paste.  I wanted an ombre effect, so I used Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon and Abandoned Coral.  This is similar to a technique demonstrated by Laura Bassen.  I like how this came out.   The image on the left was created using a embossing folder and then blended with distress inks.  Kristina Werner demonstrated this technique.  In this image the shading from the top looks darker than it actually is, IRL it looks very pretty.  I really liked both of these techniques and will use them again. 

Thanks for coming by, will be back tomorrow.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

OCC Background Check-Day 4

I have to say I struggled with creating something for today's lesson.  The lesson was using die-cuts as backgrounds.  All the examples from the teachers were great.  I spent awhile trying to come up with something and trying different things and I was never satisfied with the results. :(  I finally found something I was sorta o.k. with. :).

I used a couple of different die cuts to get this effect.  I adhered the die cut panel to one of the backgrounds I did earlier this week.

Tomorrow we will be creating cards from the backgrounds we made today.

Thanks for coming by and I will be back tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

OCC Background Check-Day 3

Today's lesson concentrated on using the backgrounds we created for cards.  A lot of wonderful examples were demonstrated by the teachers.  A couple techniques caught my eye and this is what i made.

The card on the right was made from the resist technique I learned on Day 1.  I cut a strip out of the card and inserted an acetate sheet and stamped 'so much' with Staz-On  ink.  I had a hard time  getting a good impression on the acetate but it finally worked.  I adhered the die cut word 'thanks' on top of the acetate. Then I adhered it to white cardstock.  The card on the left was from Day 2, it was the random stamping technique.  I liked it so much I didn't want to cut it so I stamped a greeting and added a couple of enamel dots, to tie it together.  I adhered it to colored cardstock, to match the colors in the card.
My energy is still low, so I didn't do anymore today.  I will be back tomorrow.  Thanks for coming by.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

OCC Background Check-Day 2

Today's lesson continued with different techniques for creating backgrounds.  I have been feeling a little under the weather, so I only had the energy to try one of the techniques today.  Kristina Werner demonstrated a random stamping technique, using dye inks and pigment inks that I thought looked so interesting. This is my attempt.

I liked the way this turned out, but want to practice more. I stamped the circle shapes with dye ink and then used white pigment ink on top. 

Thanks for coming by.

Monday, July 27, 2015

OCC-Background Check Day 1

The new Online Card Class -Background Check-is all about creating backgrounds for your cards.  One of the lessons today was about ink blending, which I have a LOT of trouble with.  I need help in this area for sure. :) I did a combo of all three techniques today.  The techniques demonstrated today were distress ink blending, water resist with a block stamp and distress 'ink smooshing'

These are examples of what I did.

The blue ink blended was made with a flower block stamp and water resist.  The coral ink blended sheet was created with a shimmer spray and the same flower block stamp.  The watercolor was created with acetate distress ink smooshing.  Sorry there is so much glare, I was trying to get as much detail as I could.  I wasn't sure about the ink smooshing but it worked out fine.  I really liked the water resist technique too. 

Be back tomorrow with Day 2.  Thanks for coming by.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge July 19-25

Well my doctor says I am well on the road to recovery, and I feel much better.  Better yet I am getting some of my energy back!

This week's Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge is Anything Goes!

 I have had this design in mind for awhile now so once I felt healthy enough, I decided to make it.

I used Paper Smooches Best Buds on this card. I love this stamp set, it can be used in so many different ways.   I colored the vase with Copics and paper pieced all the flowers and leaves from different patterned papers. I like the way this turned out.

Thanks for coming by and I'll be back soon.

P.S. I was a Featured Player with my entry into the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge last week :-)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge July 12-18

 It has been awhile I know! I have been super busy and also with very low energy.  I contracted shingles, and if you know anything about this virus, it is energy draining and very, very painful.  I am now in my second week and the pain seems to be easing a bit, but still not completely gone.  I decided to get out of the funk I was in and make a card!!  The challenge at Paper Smooches SPARKS this week is a Picture Perfect Challenge, and I loved the picture!
Isn't this a great picture?  Here is my card.

I used Paper Smooches  Crystal Clear (one of my favs!), Lovely Thoughts and Holly Jolly stamp sets on this card.  I mounted the card panel on  foam strips to the card front. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you soon.