Wednesday, November 14, 2018

OCC Clean and Simple Holiday-Day 3

Today's lesson was on coloring.  Many different techniques were taught today.  I chose to do a watercolor background card.

This is on Tim Holtz watercolor paper, using Distress Inks as watercolors.  I saturated the paper with water using a wide brush.  I then mixed Distress Inks Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough and Twisted Citron with water and dropped onto the paper. When it was dry, I splattered the background with white and red acrylic paint mixed with water.  The stamp and die set for the wreath is from Spellbinder's, which I embossed with gold embossing powder.  I colored the bulbs with copics and then used glossy accents to add some shine. I added a few gold sequins and some green tinted clear drops (I don't know what they are actually called, I have had them for ages) lol 

Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow....

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

OCC Clean and Simple Holiday Day 2

Lesson for Day Two concentrated on using Die Cutting on cards. All of the cards the instructors demonstrated today were amazing,  but Jennifer McGuire demonstrated using tulle for shaker cards, instead of acetate and NO foam tape!  Now I love shaker cards, but hate all the bulk.  This seemed right up my alley.



I used a Hero Arts die to create the shaker panel and applied tulle to create the shaker pouch. I added,what I thought were a lot of sequins, but seriously could have added way more and it would have been fine.  The sentiment is from Tim Holtz Tattered Christmas and it is heat embossed in white on black cardstock.  I also added a star die cut from gold metallic cardstock, for the top of the tree.

Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow for Day 3.

OCC-Clean and Simple Holiday-Day 1

A lot of great techniques were demonstrated today. The lesson was about inking and all the ways it can be done.  I didn't have a lot of time yesterday  or I would have loved to recreate ALL of them!  lol   I chose to do a variation of the technique demonstrated by Laurie Willison.


I used painters tape and washi tape to create the stripes on the background.  After applying tape to create the pattern, I used Distress Oxide Fired Brick to ink it up.  I mounted the background on a red cardstock base.  The banner was embossed with white embossing powder and I used thinlet dies from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Festive Greens set for the greenery on the bottom of the banner.  This took very little time to make, multiples could be made in no time at all.

If the first day is any indication of future lessons, I can't wait!  If you can, sign up for the class, it runs all this week, everyday.

Thanks for stopping by.....

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Reveal Wheel Halloween Card

I made a lot of Halloween cards to send to friends and family this year and I wanted to share the card I made for one of my grandsons.  He is getting older now, but he still likes interactive cards and I wanted to make a Reveal Wheel Card, the die is from Lawn Fawn. Lawn Fawn has a tutorial on how to make a Reveal Wheel card, check it out if you would like to make one.


I really liked the way this came out.  All of the images are also from Lawn Fawn, I mixed a couple of stamp sets to make this card, Pick of the Patch and Monster Mash.  All the images are copic colored.  I did get a text saying how much he liked this card! 

Thanks for coming by and Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Pirate Halloween

My grandson, who is 3, decided he wanted to be a pirate for Halloween.  We all thought the idea came from a tv show he may have watched, but  nope, he has been adamant about it for over a month now.  So my daughter is busy making him a costume and I decided I would make him a pirate themed Halloween card.


It is also a slider card, the pirate boy slides over to the treasure chest full of candy.  This child does have a sweet tooth, and candy is pretty much always on his mind! lol  The card is mostly Lawn Fawn products, with a few other images from Ellen Hudson Bear Ware 2 stamp set.  All the images are Copic colored and the background is colored with Distress Oxide inks.

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon.....

Saturday, September 29, 2018

OCC-Color Theory Day 3

Actually yesterday was the last day of class, but I was very busy and couldn't get my project done.  I have to say, I had to go over the material a couple of times to absorb all the information. :)  I did a card that used Complimentary and Split Complimentary colors.  I think I got it right.


I copic colored these images from Essentials by Ellen, die cut them, then adhered to a card front.  I used Distress Oxides to blend in the background (Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade).  The die cut is from Paper Smooches, stacked three times and glued together.  I also added sequins :). 

I learned a lot and I love that you can go back to the class anytime you want to refresh your memory.

Be back soon......

Thursday, September 27, 2018

OCC Color Theory-Day 2

A LOT of information today, of the best kind!  Monochrome and Analogous color schemes were featured today.  I loved all the examples of what was demonstrated today.  I decided to create a card using the Analogous color scheme.  I really do LOVE the blue green color group, and the examples were beautiful, and almost went with it, but  I went in another direction.  I decided on the red, orange and yellow combo.

This is the color swatch for my card, please note that the 3rd color and 4th color should be switched on the chart, I was  so eager to get them down on paper and I mixed them up! lol  Live and learn.  I followed this chart to create my card.


I water colored two pieces of Canson Cold Pressed water color paper.  One I used for the background. I added paint splatters in the same color scheme.    I cut leaves with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves die from the second piece.  I glued some of the leaves straight on the paper and mounted others on foam squares.  The sentiment is embossed in white on black card stock, cut with a banner die and attached with foam squares.   I added a few sequins, because I like sequins. :).

One more day of class, it went really quickly, but I have learned quite a bit and am really enjoying it.

See you soon.....

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

OCC Color Theory-Day 1

Jennifer McGuire demonstrated a technique that I wanted to attempt.    She stamped one color and then stamped another color partially over the first color to create a secondary and tertiary color on the color wheel. She created a rainbow background of stripes, this is what I came up with.


I stamped the circles from Lawn Fawn's Let's Bokeh stamp set. For the most part I was able to get a secondary and tertiary color by stamping the circles in overlapping colors. The photo doesn't catch the colors well.  The 'hello' die is from Simon Says Stamp and it is cut three times from black card stock, stacked and glued together. I also added some sequins for a little dimension.

I am looking forward to the rest of this class.

Be back soon....

OCC Color Theory-Day 1 Color Wheel

This is Post 1 of 2 for today.  Debby Hughes is teaching an Online Card Class called Color Theory.  Good start today, her instruction is very clear and easy to understand. It was suggested that we make a Color Wheel, of which Debby demonstrated.  Here is mine:


This is harder than it looks, lol  Mixing secondary and tertiary colors is a little daunting.  All my colors are tubes of Windsor and Newton paint.  For the most part I think I got it right. 

Thanks for stopping by, stay tuned for post #2. 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Early Halloween Card

Last week I saw a video made by Nicole Spohr that inspired this card.  It was a tri-fold card and I just love how gorgeous it was.  She created a mermaid card and I decided to work on a Halloween card for my granddaughter.


There was a LOT of masking, stamping etc to make this card.  This is an Art Impressions stamp.  I realized that the whole stamp would stamp right where the fold of the card would be, so I just masked off the image on the left  and stamped it separately from the rest of the stamp.  The rest of the images are from a lot of different stamp sets.  I created masks for everything and then used Distress Oxides to blend the sky.  I stamped a fence behind the the images.  All images are colored with Zig Brush Markers on Bristol cardstock.   I colored some white tissue paper with Distress Inks (Candied Apple, Walnut Stain, Mustard Seed and Twisted Citron)  to make leaves.  I went over the colors lightly with Walnut Stain so they wouldn't be so bright and look more like fall leaves. I ripped the tissue paper into little pieces and glued with  Multi Matte Medium.  I finished it with stamping some bats and embossing a few stars. I also applied some glossy accents to the jack-o-lantern faces.

I enjoyed making this, I hope you like......

Friday, July 20, 2018

OCC Simply Watercoloring=Day 5

So I think this was my favorite lesson, only for the fact that it packed a lot of instruction and how-to's in one lesson.  I think I will enjoy practicing and creating florals and leaves for a long time to come.


My rose needs work, but I will keep at it till I get it more natural looking.

Thoroughly enjoyed this class.

Be back soon.......

Thursday, July 19, 2018

OCC Simply Watercoloring Day 4

The first thing that struck me in today's lesson was the beautiful landscapes that you could create.  This seemed to come easier to me than the other lessons. 


This scene looked so serene to me.

 See you later......

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

OCC Simply Watercoloring-Day 3

Who knew it would be so hard to commit your handwriting to a card front? lol  I really did spend way too much time on figuring this out. :)  What I came up with is ok, but I know that, with more confidence, I will do better.  Practice, practice, practice!


Thanks for looking.....

OCC Simply Watercoloring-Day 2

This is my second attempt for this bear.  I had it done yesterday but just as I was finishing up, I dropped a paintbrush filled with black paint.  You guessed it....all over my work.  Soooo I just decided that I should begin again  the next day and I just finished    This was a cute and useful lesson.  If you need a certain look and don't have the stamp for it, you can just create it.  I like this idea!  lol


I need desperate help with shading but all in all I liked making this.

See you later....

Monday, July 16, 2018

OCC Simple Watercoloring-Day 1

Today is the first day of the OCC Simple Watercoloring.  This is very different from other Online Card Classes.  So far no stamps or dies are being  used. It is mostly freehand.  Now I don't mind the challenge, I just hope I can meet it. lol.  Today was about graphite transfer.  The lesson example was numbers in plaid, and yeah, I didn't want to do that, although it was interesting, I wanted to do something along the same line, but different.  This is my attempt:
I did like the way it came out, and I do think I can do better.

Thanks for stopping by....see you soon.

Friday, June 29, 2018

The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge Day 29

Hi,
Today I water colored a stamp from Impression Obsession.  This stamp is hilarious!  It has a lot of humorous sentiments and it is darn cute.   I bought it last year but still don't feel like I have used it enough, I like is so much. Also this is a great stamp for masculine cards.


This is a blue footed booby, lol!  I stamped and water colored the image, and I drew in the road and the sign.  The sentiment is from the stamp set.  I used Sakura Koi watercolors, the travel kit.  I take this kit with me on car trips, it also includes a water brush and a palette.  It is super easy to use. 

The challenge is over soon and I have had a great time coloring everyday.  This is the first year that I have colored something pretty much every day.

Thanks for stopping by and I will be back soon....

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge - Day 21

Hello!
I used a Art Impressions stamp today.  My intention was to copic color all of the stamp images and draw in the background.  Wellll when I was almost halfway done coloring, I realized I had stamped the image crooked. Sigh...    So I finished coloring and then cut it out and paper pieced a background for the card.


This is an older stamp but I have always really loved it.  The 'girls' look like they are having a really good time!  I looked hard for the appropriate sentiment for this stamp, and couldn't find anything I liked.  Then I found this sentiment from  Stampingbella, which I think works well.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Daily Marker Coloring Challenge-Day 17

Hi,
Hope your weekend is going well!  This is the what I colored today:


This is  the Beautiful Flowers stamp from Simon Says Stamp.  This came in the card kit for June, and I can't put it down! Seriously I have used it sooo many times already and have loved everything made from it. It is a gorgeous stamp and you can color this with so many mediums.  Today I stamped with Versafine ink and then used SSS Clear embossing powder over the ink, and heat embossed.  I colored with Distress Oxide inks.  I also added some splatters, which for once turned out pretty well, usually  they look weird to me.  lol  After I stamped the sentiment, I decided I wanted to color the HAPPY, and of course I had already cleaned up my paints. :(   So I used Zig markers to fill in the letters in complimentary colors.

Thanks for stopping by....

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Daily Marker Coloring Challenge Day 14

For today's coloring I used Stacey Yakula stamps from Purple Onion Design.  These are the cutest stamps, evah!! lol  I just love them and Purple Onion has a new release, and I can't wait to get my hands on some new stamps.

This is what I colored today:


I colored with Copics, and accented a bit with Prismacolor pencils.  The sky is Distress Inks, using a stencil from Hero Arts.  I love this stencil, sooo easy to use, and I always get good results. 

Thanks for stopping by, and I'll be back soon.......

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge-Day 12

Here we are on the 12th day already! I was out of town and missed a few days, but colored this today.



Using the SSS Take Heart stamp, I watercolored the image with Kuratake Gansai Tambi paints. The border dies are from Hero Arts, and the sentiment is also from SSS. 

Thanks for stopping by.....

Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Daily Marker 30 Coloring Challenge Day 2

Hi,
I wanted to try and do some of the The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge. #thedailymarker30day.  I would like to participate as much as I can, because I do love to color. :)  Here is what I made:


I used the stamp set Beautiful Flowers from this months SSS Card Kit.  It is a gorgeous stamp set, with not only this beautiful flower stamp but a lot of great sentiments.  I also used the Leafy Frame Stencil from a new SSS release for the border.  The flowers are colored with Zig Real Brush Markers, I love these markers and they always color beautifully. 

See you soon......

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches #335

Hi...This is an entry  for Freshly Made Sketches #335.


The stamp and die set for the flowers and jar are from Lil' Inkers Design.  So many possibilities with this stamp set, love it!  I colored the jar with copics and stamped all the flowers and leaves with ink.  I die cut them and placed  over the oval on the front of the card.  The 'thanks' is from Paper Smooches and is cut twice; once from white cardstock and once from green and I offset them and then glued to the card front.  

This is the sketch:

Thanks for stopping by....

Sunday, April 29, 2018

CASE this Sketch #269

Back with an entry into this week's CASE this Sketch #269.




This stamp set is from this month's Simon Says Stamp card kit. I am not much of a butterfly person (!!) on my cards, but I did like this stamp set.  I embossed the butterflies with white embossing powder, masked them and then stamped and embossed the leaves.  I painted them with Zig markers, my new favorite way to watercolor!  I have had them for awhile and did use them, but not much; lately though I have used them quite a bit.  I watercolored the background with Distress ink.  I brushed on water, then watered down the ink and applied it to the background.  The sentiment from Avery Elle, is stamped with Versafine black ink and them embossed with black embossing powder.  I used some confetti sequins to accent.

The sketch:


Thanks for stopping by, see you soon......

Thursday, April 19, 2018

CASE this Sketch #268

I decided to enter the CASE this Sketch #268 challenge this week.  Loved the sketch and this is what I came up with.


I used Wendy Vecchi embossing paste and a Tim Holtz stencil.  I tinted some of the paste with Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick and used it for the one flower in the middle.   A Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker  was used for the sentiment, mounted on white and attached with foam adhesive.  I really do like the way it came out.

This is the sketch:


Thanks for coming by...see you soon.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Easter Cards #2

Here is the second batch of cards that I made for Easter.  This is the first chance I've had to post them.  I was watching my grandchildren and they tend to take a lot of time.  lol


 I made this for my granddaughter.  The bunnies are a die from Simon Says Stamp, which I cut from felt, sewed and added the accessories.  After adhering patterned paper to the card front, I attached the bunnies with removable tape, this way she can take the bunnies off to play with them,


Same process for my grandson's card. :)


This is a stamp from Simon Says stamp. I stamped with Versamark and then embossed with white embossing powder.  I painted it with Zig markers.  As long as you don't add too much water you can paint on cardstock. I try to use at least 100 lb cardstock, this is 100 lb Neenah Desert Storm. Try not to work it too much, it will start to pill.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and also embossed. I added confetti  sequins from SSS.

I did make a few more but forgot to photograph them :( and they are already in the mail to family and friends.

Have a good holiday, see you soon.....

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Easter Cards

I wanted to share a few cards I made for Easter.  I have more to make and will share those when I finish them.


This is a Penny Black stamp, I water colored it with Daniel Smith water colors.  I think I said before that I have the dot sheet that has multiple paint dabs, which really last a long time.  You can mix the colors to get the right shade that you want.  The border die is also from Penn Black.  Isn't this just the cutest?  lol


This is a Magic Slider die from Lawn Fawn. This die has a lot of steps, but once you do it, it comes pretty easy the next time.  Lawn Fawn has a YouTube video on how to use this die, which was very helpful.   I used Copic markers to color this Gerda Steiner stamp. I stamped and colored a few Easter eggs and adhered them to the card front.   I really liked the way this turned out. :)


This stamp is from Stamping Bella, sooooo cute.  I colored it with Copic markers.  Stamping Bella gives you a color map when you purchase the stamp, so half of your job is done!  I stamped the eggs from the set randomly around the bunnies, these are also colored with Copics.  The frame is from Mama Elephant.  The sentiment is adhered with foam tape. 

Well, off to make more cards, thanks for stopping by, I'll be back later.....

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Paper Players: PP380

Hi!
I usually do sketch challenges and have wanted to do a color challenge for a while, so today is the day!  I love the color challenge at Paper Players: PP380.  I LOVE kraft and red together, so this is a perfect first color challenge for me.

I stamped the background and the sentiment with stamp sets from Simon Says Stamp.  I colored the hearts in the background with Prismacolor pencils and added a little white gel pen. The die cut heart is also from Simon Says Stamp.    I heat embossed the sentiment in gold and used foam dots to adhere to card front.

This is the color challenge:


Thanks for stopping by...see you soon!

Friday, January 26, 2018

CAS(E) this Sketch # 256

The sketch for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #256 was a bit of a challenge. lol  But I guess that is a good thing, right?  Makes you think outside the box :)  Here is my card:



I used a Sizzix embossing folder that came in the latest Simon Says Stamp monthly card kit.  This is one of two, and I really like the look.  The dress images, from a Hero Arts card kit, are watercolored with Daniel Smith watercolors.  I have one of the sheets of paint dabs, I think there are maybe 50 dabs of paint and they last a really long time.  On the red/pink dress I used a Versamark embossing marker to make the dots and embossed with Simon Says Stamp gold embossing powder. I adhered them to the card front using foam dots.  The sentiment is from the same Hero Arts card kit, heat embossed on black cardstock. 

This is the sketch:


Different, huh? :)

Hope you like, I'll be back soon....
 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Freshly Made Sketch #320

Hi,
Today I am entering the sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketch #320.  I loved the sketch!

Here is what I made:


I used a cover die from Lil' Inkers Design on white cardstock, for the background.  The hearts are die cut with dies from Simon Says Stamp.  The sentiment is also from Lil'Inkers Design.  After stamping the sentiment, I colored it with Prismacolor pencils to highlight it.

This is the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:
Thanks for stopping by, see you soon......

Friday, January 19, 2018

CAS(E) this Sketch #255

Hi,
I know it has been a couple of weeks, time just gets away from me.  Anyway, I am entering the sketch challenge for CAS(E) this Sketch #255 this week.  This is the card I made for the challenge.


I am in a Valentine mood though, one of the things I have been doing is making Valentines for my grandchildren to give away to their classmates,  I'll post a picture of those soon. 

I water colored the image, fussy cut it, and adhered it to the card front with foam dots.  The sentiment is heat embossed in white on black cardstock.  The card front is die cut with a cover plate from Lil' Inker Designs.  I love their designs, I always find something I like in each release. 

This is the sketch for the challenge:


Thanks for coming by, see you soon...

Supplies: Images and sentiment- Simon Says Stamp
               Watercolors- Zig Clean Color Brush Markers