Thursday, January 23, 2020

Hang in there!

Hello friends! Today I'm up on the Some Odd Girl blog! I have had cute lil' Hang Out Ollie printed out for some time so I decided to color him up and get him on a card. Such a sweet lil' monkey!! 

I just love how this turned out! I'm glad I decided to color him up!! What Some Odd Girl digis are hanging out waiting for you to color them? Get them out and get busy!!

Have the best day ever!!

Stamps~ Some Odd Girl~digi~Hang Out Ollie, TAC Happy Day,

Ink~ VersaMark,
Cardstock~ misc white, SU Shaded Spruce, 
Designer Paper~ SU Tropical Escape designer series paper, 
Other Goodies~ copics, Prismacolor pencils, MFT Stitched Oval STAX, MFT A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX set 1, Detail White Embossing Powder, SU Tropical Thinlits,

Monday, January 20, 2020

I Love Stamps ATC's

In the spirit of trying new things in 2020, I recently signed up for an ATC swap. The theme is "anything goes" so I felt safe to do that. Little did I know that it would take me forever to figure out what to do! 

For those that don't know, an ATC is a work of art that is 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Such a little area but I think they look fun to swap! I've made a few in the past for some swaps but I didn't fully embrace it so hopefully this time I'll enjoy the process more.

I finally decided on using a set from My Favorite Things in the Pure Innocence line called Crafty Friends. I thought it just seemed appropriate. 

I colored her with copics and prismacolor pencils. The shirts were paper pieced. 

I hope that everyone who receives one likes it!!

Have a super crafty day!

Stamps~ MFT Pure Innocence Crafty Friends,

Ink~ Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Poppy Parade,
Cardstock~ SU Poppy Parade,
Designer Paper~ Basic Grey Konnichiwa,
Other Goodies~ copics, prismacolor pencils, MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle,

Sheetload of Cards-June 2019-Happy Bird-day!

**Warning! Very photo intensive post!**

This year I am embracing the creative process and also trying new things or revisiting things. One of the things I wanted to really try is to make "sets" of cards. I figured there's no better way to do that then with my friend, Alicia's Sheetload of Cards! If you haven't heard or seen this before, here's the Sheetload of Cards playlist for you to check out.

I want to do all the months that are out (and the future ones too) so I figured I'd start at the beginning of the series with the June 2019 Sheetload of Cards. I love that Alicia gives you the sketch and dimensions for each month's set of cards. It really takes the guess work out of it and makes it super easy!

It was an interesting process for me as normally I grab my stamps to begin a card but this time I grabbed the paper first. I knew I wanted birthday cards so I grabbed some fun birthday paper to start with.

I cut out all the pieces and then decided what stamps to use. I did "cheat" by using some dies and punches for the different elements. I decided to use the Cute Birds stamp set and dies from C.C. Designs. So much fun!

You can see I had a helper again! Alyssa sure does like to help me! hehe!

I assembled all the cards and then colored the birds and cut them out with the dies. I am loving the results of using the tips and techniques I learned in The Coloring Challenge Road Trip Online Class! Here's a comparison photo of one of these birdies that I colored last year and then one of these birdies today! What a difference!

I think this turned out to be one adorable set of birthday cards!


I am also trying to branch out and do some videos each month--short and sweet, no editing (yet). So here's my first video of the year too! Click HERE!

I'll be back soon with another set of cards using a different Sheetload so keep checking in!! Have the best day ever!

Stamps~ C.C. Designs Cute Birds,
Ink~ Memento Tuxedo Black, C.C. Black Olive,
Cardstock~ SU Crushed Curry, SU Pistachio Pudding, SU Whisper White,
Designer Paper~ SU It's My Party Designer Series Paper,
Other Goodies~ SU Triple Banner Punch, MFT A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX set 1, MFT Fishtail Flag Frames, C.C. Designs Cute Birds dies, copics, prismacolor pencils, glossy accents, Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen, SU It's My Party Enamel dots,

Here's the individual photos of the cards. I know, tons of photos but I just wanted to show them all!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Coloring Challenge Road Trip Online Class Day 3

Today I have am sharing my finished project from The Coloring Challenge Road Trip Online Class. I really enjoyed this class and am excited to continue to try these tips and techniques on future coloring projects. I really need to remember not to rush through my coloring. You can see previous days of coloring HERE!

Here's a comparison of the first day's coloring and then today's finished coloring. I keep looking at it and thinking "Wow!! I did that!" 

And here's the finished project! I kept it very simple so that the image could shine. 

Have a fabulous day! and smile!

Stamps~ Power Poppy~In Praise of Sunflowers,
Ink~ Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Night of Navy,
Cardstock~ SU Night of Navy, misc white,
Designer Paper~ Bo Bunny Very Vintage Double Dot Designs,
Other Goodies~ copics, Prismacolor Pencils, white pen, nestabilities, MFT A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX set 1, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder,

Hello with Beehive Mae

I have a fun card for you today using a digi from Some Odd Girl called Beehive Mae. She just looks so sweet and nice but I wonder if there's a little twinkling of some attitude under all that hair!

My copics were not cooperating and were "gunky" so I just decided that the shine on her hair is just from all the hairspray she used. Get creative, right?

I wanted red glasses because it makes me think of my younger days and watching Sally Jesse Raphael! I added glossy accents to the glasses to make them a bit more realistic.

I die cut "hello" three times and then glued them all together to make it have a bit more dimension than just one die cut.

Thanks for stopping by and have a super fabulous day!

Stamps~ Some Odd Girl~digi~Beehive Mae,
Cardstock~ SU Basic Black, SU Real Red, 
Designer Paper~ Simple Stories SN@P Color Vibe 2, 
Other Goodies~ copics, glossy accents, Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen, MFT Stitched Ovals STAX, MFT A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX set 1, Stamp Anniething Hello die, SU enamel dots, 

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Coloring Challenge Road Trip Online Class Day 2

Here we are at Day 2 of The Coloring Challenge Road Trip Online Class. I did another 10ish minutes of coloring on the flower, from Power Poppy that I started on Day 1, which you can see HERE!

This process has been very interesting (and challenging) to me but I feel it's something that I've been sort of craving to shake up my coloring.

This first photo shows where I normally would have probably stopped, although truth be told I wouldn't have chosen these colors but I'm loving how they are working together. I can see now looking at this that there's lots of harsh lines and not smooth blending. I normally wouldn't add those "sweet spots" or highlights either. I need to work on that but it's a process.

I also had a bit of help coloring tonight. Alyssa felt she really needed to be RIGHT where I was working. She was NOT pleased when I moved her.

Here's the photo of where I stopped at for tonight. I went in with two colored pencils to smooth out the color and add some dimension to the big flower. I still have more to do but I am really loving where it's headed!! I did discover the paper I'm using really isn't working well with the pencils but I'm doing what I can.

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back soon-ish with the finished project!!

Four on Friday- Wreath Builder

It's time again for another Four on Friday!! My friend, Alicia and I have a collaboration series called "Four on Friday". Every few Fridays, we will be sharing 4 different projects using the same technique, tool or type of product. To see previous Four on Friday posts, click HERE!

This month we are sharing 4 different projects using the Gina K. Wreath Builder. We took a class by Gina K. at a local scrapbook store last year and so we were both excited to use our wreath builders and see what we could create! I used several other products by Gina K. and they can all be found at her shop HERE!

For my first card I used the Wreath Builder stamp set that came with the Wreath Builder templates. I typically have only used the 4 inch template but decided to use the 3 3/4 inch one on this card. I made this card a 4 x 4 square card. 

My second card uses the Autumn Wreath Builder but I wanted to show that you could use other colors besides the typical autumn ones. I also watched a video by Jennifer McGuire and made this a tri-fold card as well as having the middle cut out to allow a sentiment to show through. You can watch her video HERE! I did use the 4 inch wreath builder for this card.

I wanted some little dots for this wreath so I looked through my stamps and found some in my Stampin' Up set, Everything is Rosy. I think they added just the perfect little touch the wreath needed. I embossed the sentiment on the panel of the tri-fold. This card is 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches.

Moving onto my third card I wanted to use the wreath builder template with some stamps that weren't Gina K., just to show versatility. I chose to use my new Simon Says Stamp Woodland Whimsy and the matching dies. I used the dies to add dimension to the card by popping up some of the images. The little hedgehog was perfect to put in the middle! I used the 4 inch wreath builder and this card is 5 x 5 inches.

My last card uses a stamp set from Stampin' Up called Everything is Rosy. I love how versatile the wreath builder template is! I used the 4 inch wreath builder for this card. This card is an A2 size, 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.

Thanks for stopping by and have a super crafty day!! Be sure to visit Alicia to see her amazing projects!!

Stamps~ Gina K. Wreath Builder, Gina K. Autumn Wreath Builder, SU Everything is Rosy, SSS Woodland Whimsy, 

Ink~ Gina K.~ Wild Lilac, Passionate Pink, Turquoise Sea, Wild Dandelion, Fresh Asparagus, Lipstick, Blue Raspberry, Peach Bellini, VersaMark, SU~ Pretty Peacock, Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile, Memento Tuxedo Black, SU~ Melon Mambo, Night of Navy, Pretty in Pink, Baja Breeze,
Cardstock~ Gina K. Designs Heavy Base Weight White, SU Bermuda Bay, SU Melon Mambo, SU Pacific Point, Hammerhill Color Copy Digital Cover, SU Pretty Peacock, SU Rococo Rose, SU Terracotta Tile, SU Night of Navy,
Designer Paper~ SU Everything is Rosy,
Other Goodies~ Gina K. Wreath Builder, nestabilities, SU enamel shapes, fine white detail embossing powder, SU Basic Jewels, SU Stampin' Write Markers, Copics, SSS Woodland Whimsy Dies, SU pearls, SU Night of Navy/Rose Gold ribbon, SU Everything is Rosy Rose Gold Mirror Embellishments,


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