Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Take your pet....

Ha...a fun new twist on Take Your Pet to Work Day....

I had such fun making this card - Lost Coast Designs is running 2 challenges at the moment...31 Days of Halloween plus a Pets Challenge so I thought this would be perfect!

I started off by stamping the witch & kitty. I then placed a circle mask over the witch; spritzed with water then sprinkled on a pigment powder from Lindy's Stamp Gang (it's got some lovely sparkle to it). I swished the color around a bit then removed the mask.  After it was dry I colored in the witch and gave the kitty some whiskers then added the sentiment.

As it happens in addition to this double challenge it is also time for 
I would like to enter this card into her challenge :)

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Fall Fabric Wall Art

Happy Day Friends!

I want to share my Autumn Wall Art piece that I made recently using this fun pickup truck image from Unity Stamp Co and Imagine inks!

I wanted a new piece to hang up by my front door so I pulled out a bit of linen fabric, some walnut ink, Memento Luxe inks and All Purpose Inks to create this fun embroidery hoop art!

Don't ya just love this pickup truck from Unity Stamp Co?
I love the look!

This sentiment is from another Unity Set, I thought it was nice to greet guests.
The leaves are from a Joy Clair Set and they are stamped using additional colors of the Memento Luxe inks which are perfect for fabric creations.

I think this will be a very nice and welcoming sign don't you?

For complete instructions and supply list please see:

31 Days of Halloween - Catch up

I've been bad about posting my creations on the blog so I'm going to do some catch up here...

Dies - Gina Marie Designs at Scrapbook Outlet
Sequins Mix - Doodles Paper Playground
Inks - Imagine VersaFine Clair & Memento Dye Inks
Sentiment - Just For Fun Rubber Stamps

Candy Corn Die - Gina Marie Designs - Scrapbook Outlet
Sentiment - Just For Fun Rubber Stamps
Web Stamp - Unity Stamp Co
Inks - Imagine - VersaFine Clair

Pumpkin Stamp - Unity Stamp Co
Sentiment - Just For Fun Stamps
Ink - VersaFine Clair - Imagine
Watercolor Paints - Prima

Stamps - Unity Stamp Co
StazOn Inks - Imagine
Alcohol Inks - Chameleon
Sickle Bar Mower Blade - My son :)

Sentiment - Unity Stamp Co 
Pumpkin - Rubber Cottage
Colored Pencils - Arteza
Ink - Imagine VersaFine Clair
Sequins - Kat Scrappiness

Don't ya just love that face?

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

31 Days of Halloween - #1 Frank'oween

For the first day of October I want to share this card I made using one of the newest Halloween stamps from Unity Stamp Co and the artist Tierra Jackson - Frank

Isn't he just so stinkin' cute!
I love him...

He was stamped using Nocturne VersaFine Clair ink from Imagine and then I colored him with colored pencils...I can't remember which brand for sure but I think it was my Mitsubishi Pencils. (more about those another day!!).

InkTober 2019 - #1 - Ring

The prompt for today is:


I went with an old timey candlestick phone...when you picked up the receiver and said 
"Sarah get me Mable please". These were way before my time but as a child I always thought these looked like such fun.

Now it's your turn...what does "RING" bring to mind for you?

Happy October 1st!

If you've visited here for a while you all know how much I love fall, especially Halloween. Well today is October 1st...the start of lots of fun challenges, two of which I enjoy participating in if I have time.

The first is 31 Days of Halloween!!  Ahhh yes, could it get any better? Probably not but  I didn't have time to work ahead so I'm pretty sure I won't be able to hit every day but I'm going to post as much as possible.  Lost Coast Design Team is also participating in this challenge so if you'd like to follow along there to see what everyone created you're more than welcome :)

The second is a challenge which I started participating in 2 years ago. InkTober... a challenge to draw something every single day of October in ink. The first year I dabbled here and there, last year I made a drawing every single day of the month and really enjoyed it and this year I am planning on drawing every day as well.   

Honest Review here....(I bought this out of my own pocket...nobody paid me to do this).

Art Snacks puts out a special "InkTober" limited edition collection which I hadn't purchased in the past. I did order it this year though and I'm on the fence about it. You know I'm pretty frugal (a.k.a. - Cheap!) which is why I'm not sure it's such a great deal. They say it's over $100.00 worth of products and a 25.00 class from Jake Parker - 125.00 total - for 79.00 + 8.20 shipping (87.20).

You know me - I went through and calculated it up and took the median cost of the items if purchased individually (mostly from DickBlick, Jerry's or WalMart - didn't even look at Amazon) and it came up to $60.00 + the 25.00 for the class so a total of $85.00...$40.00 short of the 100.00 mark. That's not too bad until you consider they are buying it wholesale so they probably paid about 30.00 for the product plus the class so about 55.00 total...hmmmm.  

For me I'm not sure it was worth it because I have all of the pen/ink items they sent - I didn't have the markers but I don't use markers much so the jury is out on those. The paper and sketchbook are nice - actually really nice - so much so that I'm afraid to use them. I'm afraid I'm going to mess them up so I am going to continue to draw in the sketchbook I bought last year - LOL!!

 Below are photos of what was included...

List of Prompts plus a note from Jake Parker (the guy who started InkTober).

KingArt Dual Tip Brush Pens
Plumchester 8x8 sketch book

Arnhem Paper
White Gelly Roll Pens, Copic Pen, Speedball Dip Pen & Ink
and an InkTober Sticker which is cool.

So there you go...you can judge for yourself.

I'll be back later today with an InkTober post as well as
a card for the 31 Days of Halloween :)  See you then!

Monday, September 30, 2019

A Splash of Color...

I made this card recently for the Imagine and Waffle Flower creative combo.
I just love this set of brushes and paints - it is so versatile and can be used for all sorts of occasions. 

I stamped and embossed all of the elements then watercolor painted them using All Purpose Inks which is what I used to create the background mat as well.

Several of the elements were mounted to the card using foam tape to give it some nifty depth and dimension.

If you'd like to check out the tutorial with photos, product information and details please see:

Friday, September 20, 2019

Fall String Art

Hello Friends!

I wanted to share a Fall themed string art project I made recently...

Our local library hosts a Craft Therapy class each month and this was the class for September. They provided all of the materials and a variety of patterns. I choose the pickup truck because I just love them. 

I only had time to pound in all of the nails and string the window, tires and bumper at the library and brought the rest of it home to finish.

Now I have to admit this wasn't my first try at string art. I have done it in the past but have been underwhelmed by the results. I decided to do things a bit differently this time and put my own spin on it.

I decided that I was going to add depth and dimension by doing a few things different from what you normally see.  Most of the time the string is very high up on the nails resulting in a flat looking design. To help overcome this flat look I decided to string up specific areas and push them down about three quarters of the way down on the nails and build up which created depth where there normally wouldn't be any. You can see this in the grey rims which make the black tires stick out more. I also pushed the white window strings down about half way.

You can also see the depth on the pumpkin as I started off with the stem which was pushed 3/4 way down on the nails; next came the light orange body of the pumpkin. The final step for the pumpkin is another way chose to make this string art different. I took a darker orange and created an outline which helped to bring the design together, add another layer of depth and created a tidy finish for the design.

The third thing I did to set this string art design apart from traditional designs is to vary the amount of string I used for each portion of the design. I used heavier amounts of string on the fenders, less on the body of the truck. This helps to create different values of red from less intense (on the body) to really intense (on the fenders). By doing so this created another type of depth on the finished project.

The final difference which I explained on the pumpkin was adding the outline which helped give the overall project a polished finishing touch. You can see to help add definition I used a brown thread to define the fenders adding another layer to create depth and dimension.

The original project was supposed to be centered on the board but of course I don't often follow directions ;) LOL...  I knew I wanted to add some type of sentiment so I positioned my truck just a bit lower than center to allow space for whatever I decided to add to the finished plaque.  I die-cut the letters Welcome Fall from Ebony Starstruck Foiled Paper from Rinea. It gives it a bit of shimmer without detracting from the string art.

I am just thrilled with how it turned out and I hope you like it as well.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

May all Your Weeds....

...be wildflowers!

Isn't that such a sweet sentiment. It is from the Joy Clair set called Friends & Flowers and this is the card I created by pairing this stamp set with Rinea Foiled Papers!

I am so happy with how this card turned out. It was inspired by a card I made my uncle for his wedding recently....

Fun huh?

Anyway, I used the flower filled pick up truck and Stazon ink to stamp the image several times on various colors of Rinea's Foiled Papers. All the parts were fussy cut and reassembled to create this fun pick-up.

For complete details, step by step photos and a product list please see:

Have a lovely day friends!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Back to Basics: Line Art

Hello Friends!

I hope you're having a wonderfully inky week. I don't know if you realize it or not but Imagine has started to compile a Beginner Guide for simple quick and easy techniques that don't take a lot of expensive tools or products. My first contribution to the Beginner Guide was line art.

Do you realize the cool cards you can make with a single color of ink, a stamp and a pen?
The possibilities are endless. The orange card is featured in the Beginner Guide but I have added a few more examples to really spark your creativity. 

Stamp: Unity Stamp Co.

Featured card in the beginner guide...CAS black and white design.

Stamps: Unity Stamp Co

The next example was made using Desert Sand Memento ink pad and Dual Tip Marker - just a bit more elaborate design that the straight lines from the first example.

Stamps: Unity Stamp Co - Mermaid; Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Ocean Bits

This card is a bit more advanced adding smaller stamps into the frame which takes a bit of planning but still very doable for a beginner.

Stamp: Unity Stamp Co

This is a bit more involved design that incorporates various shapes and designs. I used circle dies to create the circles but you will notice that I didn't draw through the stamped image. Just take your time and it will work out fine. I matted the panel on Ruby Starstruck Foiled Paper from Rinea. It really makes the design pop don't you think?

So there you go...several ideas on how to make a quick, simple card with style!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Amethyst - Imagine's Color of the Month for September!

Hello Friends!

This month Imagine is teaming up with Waffle Flower Stamps. My first project incorporates the Color of the Month - Amethyst - with the stamp set - Bouquet Builder 3

This is my creation!! I was inspired by the amethyst stone (shown below) and the lovely color gradation it has naturally. I used my stamp positioner to stamp the image 3x with 2 VersaFine Clair inks and the Electric Purple Radiant Neon ink.

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After all 3 panels were stamped I embossed them with Sparkle Mboss embossing powder for an extra lovely bit of sparkle!

For complete details please see the post: