Tuesday, September 26, 2017

so much to be grateful for....

Hello my fabulous friends!

Sunday was a busy day for me! I needed to get caught up on 'thank you' cards... So many friends and neighbors have  brought meals in for my parents, and done other incredibly sweet things to help our family while my mom battles cancer. I don't have the words to express how much the love and support of all our family and friends (both in person and online) helps!!! 

The best I can do is tuck in a hand made card inside each stack of dishes when it is returned... or send one in the mail if there isn't anything to return.

I've been having lots of fun with the 30 day coloring challenge I've been doing this month (which I post to Instagram... you can find me HERE). So I took some of the things I colored and made them into finished cards...

Paper: Canson Mixed Media, Basic Grey, Prima Nature Garden
Stamps: Altenew Spring Daisy
Ink: VersaMark, Zig Clean Color
Dies: LDRS Creative Majestic Frame
Other: clear embossing powder, twine

This one, was not only practice for coloring white objects (which can be tricky), but also a experiment. Normally I use Bristol Smooth paper with my Zig Clean Colors.. I started using only Bristol because it was the only paper I could get good results with these markers... However, since I have more experience with the markers now, I wanted to see if I could get them to work on the Mixed Media paper I use for other watercoloring mediums... While it was a little different, I was able to get similar results as the Bristol. 


This stamp set also has a lot of meaning to me... at the end of January this year, my mom came back from the anniversary trip she and my dad took and told me she had found a scrapbook store she wanted to take me to... So we took a day trip together and drove 3 hours to a store called Doodle Bugs. It was INCREDIBLE! My mom bought the Spring Daisy stamp set for me after watching me get all excited over finding Altenew in an actual store instead of just online (Yeah, I get excited over weird stuff!). We made plans to come back together in a month or so to pick out paper for birthday cards she wanted me to make... 
9 days later she was in the hospital with severe pain and a cancer diagnosis, and everything changed.  

I still think of that shopping trip when I use this stamp set. 

ok... enough of the sentimental stuff... back to cards. :)

Paper: Georgia Pacific
Stamps: Polkadoodles Eleganza
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Chameleon Pens PK2, YO2, OL3, NU2, BR4, D
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins

I couldn't resist playing with this ADORABLE stamp set I got as part of my DT welcome package for LDRS Creative.... You'll see more of this set, I'm sure! It's so fun and whimsical!

I colored it using Chameleon pens... that color blending in the petals was SO simple with these markers! I'll have to put together a tutorial on different ways to blend colors with Chameleons.. after all, that is where they really shine!

Paper: Georgia Pacific, Basic Grey
Stamps: Crafters Companion Shooting Stars, Unity Thanks Above and Beyond
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic WG7, WG9, WG3, WG2, WG0, 0, T7, T5, T9, T10,  V12,V15,V17,YG95,YG97,7G99
Dies: LDRS Creative Majestic Rectangle Labels

Isn't that puppy just so sweet??? I needed a 'thank you' card for a friend of mine who helped take care of my parent's dog while my mom was in the hospital. I wanted the puppy to look like my parent's dog, so I had to shorten the ears a bit... Unfortunately, this is an old stamp set, and is retired. :(

You may have noticed, that last card was colored with something new.... well, new to me. 

Yep, I found an amazing deal on Copics on Ebay, and now have a full set of markers sitting by my work table!!! I am still learning them, but I am totally in LOVE! Ever since they arrived at my door step I have been going crazy coloring with them.  I get completely focused and lose all track of time.. 

That's how I know I've found a new art medium I'm going to love!

You'll still see Distress ink, Zig Clean Color, and Chameleons from me, but for all you Copic fans, you will now start finding Copic things on my blog too!

Check out this AMAZING hex chart by Sandy Allnock! It it is so helpful when choosing colors! It does cost a little money ($5.99) but in my opinion, it's worth it! (no, I wasn't sponsored to say that, I just know that I pull out that chart every time I color with Copics)

I'm curious... what are YOUR favorite coloring mediums?


Monday, September 11, 2017

challenge, announcement, and cards... oh my!

Hello my fabulous friends!

Today I have some news and a couple different cards...

First... Have you been following me as I do play along with #thedailymarker30day coloring challenge? You can find my work on Instagram, and follow me by clicking HERE. You can find more info about the challenge in general by clicking HERE.

(Zig Clean Color on Mixed media Paper... Altenew Spring Daisy Stamp)

While you are there, go a head and search for #thedailymarker30day, and you will see tons of amazing work from others who are participating in the challenge that is sure to inspire you!

If you aren't playing along, you should! It's not to late to join in the fun... Just spend some time coloring every day.. that's it. Super simple! It's a great time to experiment or to just practice.

Second.... I have some SUPER exciting news! 

If you follow me on Facebook (click HERE) you've already heard, but...

I have been asked to join the LDRS Creative (Little Darling Rubber Stamps) design team!!! 

I'm super excited! I will be working with a team of very talented designers, and you'll be seeing more of their products featured on my blog in the upcoming months mixed in with my usual posts.

If you have never heard of them, you can find their store HERE
 (full of ADORABLE stamps, AMAZING dies, BEAUTIFUL paper, and MORE)
You can find the blog HERE

Now on to the cards...

This first one is a SUPER simple card...
Paper: Georgia Pacific 110
Stamps: Recollections I'm a Little Monster; KI Memories Celebrate Life
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaFine Onyx Black, Chameleon Pens
Dies: WRMK Circles

Isn't it adorable? The best part? It moves... That little kid moves up down, even does cart wheels! It's one of the simplest action cards I've done. I thought about doing a tutorial, but decided that the tutorial I followed by Jennifer McGuire was was excellent, and I'll just send you there to check it out... 

Next up... My nephew's birthday card...
Paper: Georgia Pacific 110, black card stock
Stamps: My Favorite Things Up in the Air; Mama Elephant Lunar Animals; WPlus9 Party Animal
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Espresso Truffle; Distress Ink Salty Ocean; Chameleon pens and color tops; Signo white gel pen
Dies: My Favorite Things Up in the Air

The background was done using Distress Ink and a some cloud masks I made out of scratch card stock. I kept things pretty simple, and colored the images with Chameleons pens and color tops... 

I love that you can mix stamp sets, even across brands! The monkey is from Mama Elephant's Lunar Animals (I cut off his legs so he fit in the basket),  the sentiment is WPlus9 Party Animal, and the rest are My Favorite Things Up in the Air.... They all fit so well together!

Until next time...


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

animating your stamps...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Several weeks ago, I shared a tutorial on making an animated card using Uchi's Design Animation stamps and dies... (see it HERE). In that post, I said that with a little extra work, it's possible to animate other stamps you might have already in your collection... So, today I wanted to share how you can do that...

I have the Flying Owls animation stamp set, but I wanted to make it more festive and Christmasy... In going through my holiday stamps, I realized that the Santa hat from Tim Holtz's Crazy Things stamp set fit the owl!! 

Paper: Georgia Pacific
Stamps: Uchi's Design Flying Owls; Tim Holtz Crazy Things
Ink: Memento Espresso, Tuxedo Black; Bic Ultra Fine Rambunctious Red; Chameleon (YO3, NU3, NU0, RD4, YG3, NG4, BR4, BR5, D)
Dies: Uchi's Design Animation Grid; Papercraft Mulit-Bow
Other: Ranger Glossy Accents

How cute, right?

Well, I could have let the hat stay stationary while the owl dances, but that's not nearly as cool as the hat wiggling around too... So, here's how to make it dance...

Step 1: Die cut an animation grid out of thin copy paper. This will serve as our mask. If you paper is too thick, it won't work.

Step 2: Temporarily adhere your mask to your card stock... I'm just using post-it notes, but any low tack tape will work.

Step 3: Stamp your image through your mask. Because you have to get your image through a mask, this takes more pressure than normal stamping.

Note: getting it to stamp well through the mask can take some practice, and some images are better suited for this than others. I suggest doing some test runs just to get the feel of it.

Step 4: Without moving your mask, color in the image through the mask... I used an ultra fine tip marker for this... Don't let the thin strips of the mask move around while you are coloring... the crisper your lines, the better. Also, due to the animation, simple coloring is better than trying to do some complicated shading or pattern.

Step 5: Shift your mask so it COVERS what you just stamped/colored... the colored part should completely disappear. Temporarily tape it in place.

Step 6: Stamp your image again, slightly shifted from how you had it originally. Don't move it TOO much or the animation will look jumpy.. Again, practicing on a scrap paper will help you figure out how much to move it.

Step 7: Color through your mask again.

At this point, you can test your animation by sliding your grid back and forth... Without the grid, the image will look really weird, but once you put the grid over top and start sliding it, magic happens!

Step 8: OPTIONAL- For mine, I wanted the owl to be wearing the hat... The owl is already an animation stamp, and just needed to be stamped. I used a MISTI to help line up the owl lines with the lines I already created with the hat.  I also wanted the tummy to be plain, so after I inked up the stamp, I wiped the ink off the heart before stamping. 

Step 9: Use a fine tip marker to do any needed touch up... I masked off the white part of the hat so I wouldn't accidentally color too far up my lines. 

Step 10: Assemble and decorate your card how you would like...