9/11/2018

Dream Big Little Mermaid

Today's card has a twofold purpose.  It's for this week's challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches and it is also for my daughter's birthday.  I actually started by making her card and then realized that I could lay it out using the sketch.  Perfect!
Here is the challenge posted:
I took a little bit of liberty with the sketch by putting the mermaid and her rock outside the circle, but I think it still follows the sketch fairly close.

For a clean and simple card this ended up taking almost everything in my craft arsenal.  I love alcohol markers because they are so clean.  You color with them and put them away - easy.  But I wanted that underwater background and I knew that Distress Oxide inks would be perfect. So...
Suddenly, I had my inks, blending mat, blending tools, water bottles, water cup, paint brushes, stencils, etc. out making a complete mess. And I wanted to finish before my daughter got home so she wouldn't see what I was doing.   I ended up with this for the background behind the mermaid.
Originally I was going to just make the front of the card pop off the background, but I decided to go with a shaker card since it was her birthday and I wanted something a little special.
I added some sparkle using Wink of Stella and it was good to go.  (And in case you were wondering my daughter is not a child; she's 26 - just obsessed with mermaids!)

Stamps and dies: MFT Birdie Brown Mermazing, MFT Inside Out Stitched Circles
Copic markers: BV0000, BV00, BV01, BV02, BV04, G0000, YG11, YG13, YG17, E50, E00, E11, E23, E27, E29, E49, W00, W1, W2, W3, W4 (I don't have the colors I used for the turtle or fish - they are leftovers from a previous project)
Distress Oxide inks: Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass

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9/04/2018

Have Your Cat Call My Cat

Happy Tuesday!  I loved having a long weekend - last week seemed to drag on so this three day was very welcome.  But I was very busy this weekend and of course put off making any cards.  I became a bit stressed around noon today when I realized I still had my DT cards to make.  This week we're having a color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.
The colors this week are:
I was very tempted to make a Halloween card but instead opted to use these strange cats. I colored their companion dogs earlier this year and knew that they would color up quickly.  And it was a good thing too.

I decided to use my new Arteza markers and picked three colors that are very close to the challenge colors.  I bought a set of these markers because the price was so good and I wanted to compare them to ZIG Kuratake markers.   They are very close to the ZIGs.  They don't blend quite as well when using just the markers and no water, but they come pretty close.  It's one of those things  that for the price you get a lot more for your dollar but they aren't QUITE the same.  And if you  use a water brush like I did, there isn't much difference at all.  It's a personal preference and what your budget can afford.

These stamps are all individuals, so I masked and stamped them to get my group.
I colored them in and stamped the sentiment.  It's a good thing that the coloring was loose and went fast because this is where things went horribly wrong!
I usually stamp my sentiment before I color unless I'm die cutting it or the image.  But I didn't this time and when I went to cut out my panel I smeared the heck out of the ink.  I really wanted a simple one layer card and there just wasn't a good way to salvage this card without layers, so I just started over.

On the bright side it allowed me to change up the colors - I thought I'd like more variety in the cats so I used the navy on one and a grey for the shadow.

I love the sentiment for this set.  I have both a dog and two cats and I know this to be so true!

Stamps:  Indigo Blu Kevin's Gang
Markers:  Arteza markers Ube Purple A168, Denim Blue A186, Sunset Yellow A156, Elephant Grey A130
Strahmore Mixed Media paper

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9/03/2018

Eclectic Friend

It's Tuesday and another color challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.
This card uses four different stamp sets and was fairly easy to put together.  I stamped the card base with the background stamp from Beautiful Blizzard in Balmy Blue.  Then I die cut the top panel with the background shape die from Eclectic Layers Thinlits so that you can see the blue underneath.

The florals are all stamped and die cut and glued to the top panel which is popped off the catd base using foam tape/dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the Bunch of Blossoms set and the sentiment is from Love What You Do.


Stamps: Stampin' Up! Oh So Eclectic, Bunch of Blossoms, Love What you Do, Beautiful Blaizzard
Dies: Stampin' Up! Eclectic Layers Thinlits
Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Soft Seafoam

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8/29/2018

Miss You Already, Maggie

Good morning. I have a special card today that I started for the color challenge this week at Splitcoast Stampers (Early Espresso, So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler).  The "dessert" option was the theme back-to-school.  I no longer have little ones and very few school themed stamps, but I did remember this Stamping Bella stamp with the HUGE pencil.
Perfect for the colors and theme. As I was creating it and looking for an appropriate sentiment, I realized that my youngest daughter started graduate school for her Master's degree this fall, and isn't that back-to-school also?  She just moved last week and I admit that I already miss her.  And that is the story of this card.

Now - how I created it.  First, I made sure to color match and choose my markers.

When I do a color challenge I usually stamp several of the image I'm coloring and block in some color to make sure that I have it in the right place.  I would have hated to spend time coloring and then decided that her shirt should have been yellow instead of red - this method saves a lot of heartache.
Because Stamping Bella images are so fine and detailed, I often use Copics as my underlay and then use Prismacolors on top for the detail.  The image below is Copics alone before any pencil.
The pencil really allows me to get detail.  I learned this technique many, MANY years ago when I took some illustration classes.  At that time, when artwork was reproduced the cameras used to shoot it used a pretty intense flash.  It seemed no matter how solid your pencil work the marks could always be seen in a photograph. But if you used marker, watercolor or dye underneath it hid the white of the paper and the marks.  Today I find that technique gives a richness and depth to the card and also allows for greater detail.

I had a few choices when laying out the card.  I used my color sample to play with the size and punched detail on the top of the card.  Then I used the Scrabble tiles and some buttons.
This part of the card can take me the longest - trying to decide layout and those little extras.  It's one reason I like sketch challenges so much - the layout decision is pretty much made for you.  But there was no help here!  I had to go it alone.
For the Scrabble tiles, I finally decided on the school's initials - Loyola Marymount University.

I miss you already Maggie and I know you'll do great things!

Stamp: Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Penelope has a Pencil
Copic markers: R39, R37, R35, Y23, Y21, Y32, E49, E47, E35, E00, E000, E11, E30, E31, C0, C00, C1, C2, W00, W1
Prismacolor pencils: Warm Gray 10%, 20%, PC 997, 1012, 943, 942, 940, 1034, 140, 947, 925, 944, 947, 946

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8/28/2018

Warm Hugs

For today's sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches I feature some adorable Hugging Penguins from Cottage Cutz.  When I saw the sketch I just knew these penguins would be perfect.
Here is the posted sketch:
https://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2018/08/challenge-287-sketch.html

When assembling the penguins I had to cut off the arm of the little guy on the left to get them close enough to "hug".  A great thing about this die is that these also stand alone - they don't have to hug or wear winter gear making them very versatile.
I used an A2 card base in Mossy Meadow, cut a slightly smaller white panel and embossed that using a cable knit embossing folder.  I thought the combination of the EF and the plaid made a very winter cozy look.
I love these little penguins - they are so adorable!

Dies: Cottage Cutz Hugging Penguins, Hugs Phrase
Accessories:  Stampin' Up! Cable Knit Embossing Folder, Stampin' Up! DSP

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