Sunday, December 17, 2017

Merry & Bright Ornament Kit

I've used the Merry & Bright Ornament Kit from Queen and Company for another holiday shaker card. These are turning out to be fun and easy to make since I'm using the same layout as their kit. The snowflakes are Make it Crafty chipboard embellishments and covered with Liquid Pearls.  This is one of my favorites of the shaker cards.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Merry & Bright Ornament Kit

It's officially the holiday break for my area as the schools are out!  Eeeek!  'Tis the season.  And this seasonal card was created using the Merry & Bright Ornament Kit from Queen and Company.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Girl Sitting

I've been wanting to try out the Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces with other stamps and so for this project I pulled out some stamps by hÄnglar and stÄnglar.  I don't know the name of their stamp and they are rare on the internet that I wasn't able to Google it.  It might be called "Friendship" or simply "Girl Sitting" but I have no clue.  (If you do, leave a comment and I can update the name.)


Here's a close up of the face.  To get the face stamped, I inked up the hAnglar girl then used a cotton swab to remove ink from the eye dots.  Then I selected a Polka Dot Pals Add-on Faces stamp that I thought would work best.  Some looked too large but this one fit nicely.


The sentiment I used is a Kid's Quote by Inkadinkado.  I thought the "smile" worked to draw attention to the face.  :D  Hope you like it and thanks for dropping by today.




Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dexter Gives

It's Day 14 of my Advent Calendar and on sale is Dexter Gives and Dexter Ice Cream - each rubber stamp is only $2.50.  While supplies last and for today only! All the digital Dexter stamps are also on sale.  :)

For my project today, I'm sharing a card using Dexter Gives.



Here are the Copic marks that I used:

YR23, Y21, 11
E43, 41, 40, R11
T8, 6, 4, 2
C6, 4, 3, 2, 1
YG63, 23, 01
B97, BG15, 53, 11, 000
R59, 37, 17
BV23


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Breguin

Another monster from the Edward's Crochet Imaginarium by Kerry Lord pattern book. This one was started by my sister who did the body, arms, legs and ears.  So really all I had to do was the antlers, eyes, muzzle and tail.  He's a brother to Cauli and they will both be loved by brothers too. For his name, I wrote down all that I thought he was ... penguin, deer, bunny, dragon... then used letters from each to create the name.






Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Merry & Bright Ornament Kit

I do enjoy using non-traditional colors for holiday cards such as pink and blue.  I think that these non-traditional colors are starting to get traditional... at least in our house.  LOL  Here's a card I created using the layout from the Merry & Bright Ornament Kit from Queen and Company.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Merry & Bright Ornament Kit

Here's another card I created using the Merry & Bright Ornament Kit from Queen and Company.  This is one of the ideas from their shop and same layout.


I'm not sure how the solid part of the ornament was done but I thought it was the center of the die.  However, I think it was another piece of paper that was cut out for the backing since mine has a gap and theirs doesn't.  I'm wondering what I can do to hide it so if you have any ideas... please comment!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Merry & Bright Ornament Kit

How about a pink and red holiday card? I think by adding a little silver and the shape of the ornaments help make it Christmas card instead of Valentines... I hope.  LOL  This is created using the Merry & Bright Ornament Kit from Queen and Company.

I also used the Birthday Dots Stencil to add texture to the white background.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Shoot for the Moon

My my project today, I'm using Shoot for the Moon chipboard embellishments from Make it Crafty. I attempted to do some water coloring on the background with my Spectrum Aqua markers.  However, the paper beaded up so badly that I don't think it turned out well.  But I used my fingers and some water to smooth it out and salvage what I could.  Then the chipboard was painted and placed on top - it didn't turn out so bad.  This is in the same style as the store samples for this product.



Thursday, December 7, 2017

Little Houses

Welcome to Day 7 of my Advent calendar!  Today I'm joining with Ute at Bastel-Traum on their Advent calendar.  I'm sharing a tutorial on how to add snow to an every-day image.  For this project, I've used Little Houses clear stamp by Little Miss Muffet Stamps. 

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For each of the images below, you can click on them to make them larger.

First, I stamped the image in gray. It makes it dark enough that I can see the lines really well but also light enough that I get a good no-line coloring effect.  I used Memento London Fog ink.
 

I then colored the houses as I normally would except I didn't color the green grass. That part will be colored later as snow by adding a little grays.

Here's where I start on the sky. I put down a solid layer of B0000 to get the paper wet.
 

Then I used B000, B91 and B93 to gradually make it darker. I swiped the brush tip from the top down, making sure I didn't go all the way down. For each color the strokes got smaller. I had planned to go as dark as B99 but the paper had some oils on it which I could see as I was using B91.  I then decided to stop at B93 and go for a light colored sky.
 




After all the colors were down, then I used the lightest color, B0000 to swipe up from the bottom to help blend in some more.
 

My next strategy is to work on the snow instead of the grass. I used C2, C3, C1 and 0 to create some depth and shadows.
 




This is where the fun part starts with the White Gel pen. I first added snow to the red house, then the blue house. Then I added icicles on the roof and finally snow flakes across the entire image. Remember to add snow flakes in front of the image too. This is a good way to hide some blunders.  LOL 




My last step is to add drop shadows or cast shadows.  I do this with BV23. Be careful not to color the white snow or the snowflakes. I added shadows under the snow on the bushes and tree, under the roof line and a little on the ground under the bushes. I also added some for the icicles. If you really want them to stand out, you can use BV25; or a mixture of both.


For the final product, I cut out the paper with some dies and layered the card. I added snowflake chipboard from Make it Crafty and some white gems for a sparkle.  

Hope you've enjoyed this tutorial on adding snows and thanks for stopping by.
Fröhliche Weihnachten!




Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Pluto

On this Day 6 of the Advent, I have a card featuring Pluto from Little Miss Muffet Stamps. I colored the bird as a Great Green Macaw.  I tried to add more yellow to the feathers since the belly and inside feathers are lighter than the back.



The paper I found had the Christmas tree and pressies and I decided that would be fun to use. So I fussy cut around the bird and ribbons to use the package on the paper instead. This allowed me use pop-up foam to give the card some dimension.  It turned out better than I expected.
 


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Merry & Bright Ornament Kit

It's "Day 5" of this Advent Calendar and I hope you are enjoying the festive inspiration.  Here's another project I created using the Merry & Bright Ornament Kit from Queen and Company.  I didn't add a sentiment to this card and just keep the focus on the ornament - but I think it also creates a focus on the snowman too.  The decorative paper and sprinkles work well together.



Monday, December 4, 2017

Polymer Fruit

It's day 4 on this Advent Calendar and instead of a card, I have some Polymer fruit to share. I made these tiny pieces from oven clay that I baked then glazed and drew faces on.  The peas are a bit oversized but it is the odd ball in this crowd anyway since it's a vegetable instead of a fruit.  For size reference, the orange is 1/5 inches wide (about 13 millimeters). Yep, their tiny.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Merry & Bright Ornament Kit

Here's another card I've made using the Merry & Bright Ornament Kit from Queen and Company and is also one of the layout ideas from the kit (shown in their shop). I changed a few things to match up with what I had but it turned out just as well, I think.