Friday, October 19, 2018

Boo! for Di's Digi Designs Challenge Blog

Boo!  It's almost Halloween!  Di's Digi Stamps has the absolute cutest stamps, and I had so much fun coloring up the one for today's challenge at Di's Digi Designs Challenge, Creepy or Cute. 

Here's the digital stamp, Pumpkin Bear, colored with Copic markers:



Pumpkin Bear is on sale for just $1, so you may want to grab it!  It's so adorable! 

I made this rocking card with a cutting file I found in the Silhouette Design Store.  I cut it out on my Silhouette Cameo 3.

Papers on this care are from Close To My Heart.  The sentiment is from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  It is from the Halloween Sentiment Set.

I hope you can join in on the fun at Di's Digi Designs Challenge for our Cute or Creepy Challenge.  It will run for the next 2 weeks! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- Halloween Challenge
Sunny Day Crafting -- Always Add An Animal
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge -- ATG
Animal Friends Challenge -- Autumn/Halloween

Just Because --Aloha Friday Challenges

We're 1/2 way through the challenge at Aloha Friday Challenge Blog, so that means it's time for some mid-challenge inspiration.  That's where I step up to the plate!  This time, the theme is "In the Sky".  Anything in the sky -- clouds, airplanes, butterflies -- it'll qualify!

I used an adorable image from our sponsor Oddball Art, to create this: 



I colored image 207 with Copic markers.  I got some new tag dies from Close To My Heart, and I used a couple of them on this card.  

Papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop. This is the New Release Pinkalicous paper collection.  The Just Because sentiment is also from We Are 3. It's one of the Itty Bitty Thoughts.  

I used a sketch from this week's Sketch Saturday Challenge. Here's the sketch I used:

I hope you can join us this week at Aloha Friday Challenges.  There's still plenty of time to join in our "In the Sky" theme! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday -- week #535
D.L. Art -- October Linky Party

Autumn Scarecrow -- for QKR Stampede

It's Friday!  Time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede challenge blog.  Every Friday, there's a new challenge, every Friday, the challenges are Anything Goes.

It's Autumn.  The leaves are all but fallen where I live, and things are looking bare.  However, we're still enjoying pumpkin patches, scarecrows, and we're gearing up for Halloween.  Today, I'm featuring a very sweet scarecrow from QKR Stampede. This is, simply, Scarecrow (Q-digi18801):



I colored the Scarecrow with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.  I used cutting dies by Lawn Fawn to cut out the Scarecrow and back him. 

Papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  There's 2 papers on the card, both from the Seasonal Backgrounds paper collection. 

I hope this card inspires you to join in on the QKR Stampede Anything goes challenge this week!  I'd love to see what you make, and we've got great digis you could win -- like this one! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Daisy Chain Challenge -- Autumn/Fall
Dies R Us Challenge -- Anything Fall
PDE Linky Party -- Anything Cards
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday -- Fall Colors

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

I've Got Your Back -- for Sasayaki Glitter Stamps

It's the middle of the month, and it's time for some mid-challenge inspiration on the Sasayaki Glitter Challenge Blog.  The theme this month is Halloween/Harvest.

I used Sasayaki Glitter's image #64, Naughty Alien, to create this:



I colored Naughty Alien with Faber-Castel Polychromos pencils.  Once I got done, I wasn't sure if the Naughty Alien looked expertly shaded, or if he looked like a 5 year old picked up the pencils and colored!  Oh well, I had fun either way.

The sentiment was computer generated.  Papers on this card are from Echo Park. 

I hope you can join us this month at Sasayaki Glitter Challenge Blog.  There's still plenty of time to enter our Halloween/Harvest themed challenge.  

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- October Linky Party
A2Z Scrapbooking Challenge -- Frightfully Fun


Monday, October 15, 2018

Crazy for Candy -- for the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

It's the third Monday in October, so it's time for a bit of mid challenge inspiration at The Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. We've been featuring an optional color each month this year.  This month's optional color is purple.  Or, you can enter any positive themed project you'd like!

We have 2 sponsors this month.  Today, I'm working for a very fun image from one of our sponsors, Limited Runs Stamps. I used Monster 5 (found in "new images") to create this:



I colored Monster 5 with Copic markers, using primarily blue violet colors.  

The spider web paper is from We Are 3 Digital Shop. There's some purple glitter paper behind the monster.  Both the monster and the glitter paper were cut out with dies from Spellbinders.  The sentiment on this card is from Close To My Heart. 

The optional purple challenge goes all month, so I hope you find time to join in the fun.  I'd love to see your creations at The Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.  


With Gratitude -- for DigiStamps4Joy Challenge Blog

It's the 15th of the month.  That means it's time for some mid-challenge inspiration on the DigiStamps4Joy Challenge Blog. The challenges are always Anything Goes with an optional theme.  This month, there's a free digi up for grabs on the DigiStamps4Joy blog. Go grab it, then join us for the challenge

Here's what I made using the free digi, Cheese & Wine:


I colored Cheese & Wine with Copic markers.  The sentiment is an acrylic stamp from Paper Wishes.  

Papers on this card are from Paper House.  The ribbon is from my stash.

I hope you can join in on the DigiStamps4Joy challenge this month.  The challenge runs all month, so there's still plenty of time! 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

So Grateful -- for Dies R Us

Greetings, fellow paper crafters!  Today is my first post on the Dies R Us inspiration blog!  Woohoo!  I'm so excited! 

I love shaped cards!  If you're a regular visitor to my blog you'll see many shaped cards. You can use many different dies to make shaped cards.  Follow this post, and I'll show you how.

First, the finished card, then how I did it --



Here's  the supplies I used (more details later):


I created the card base using the largest Spellbinders die.  Pictured below is how I did it.  
Notice that I left one edge of the die hanging off the paper, which is already folded in 2, like the card base.  I like to use washi tape to hold my dies in place.  You can easily remove it after you run it through your die cutting machine.

Here's the card base after it's cut out.  I cut out another piece of paper using this same die and tape it over the top, hiding the flat edge on the left.  

Here's the card again!  A fun shape, easily constructed.

Supplies found in the Dies R Us Store:



Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog. There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store. For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.
click below for: STORE CHALLENGE BLOG FACEBOOK INSPIRATION BLOG FRIENDS OF DIES R US PINTEREST PAGE

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday -- Thank you card

Just a Note -- for Kitty Bee Designs

I'm on the Kitty Bee Designs blog today, with this little panda cutie! 

I just got back from flying across the county to visit my best friend.  I thought I'd send her this card to thank her for her hospitality...


I used Happy Mail Panda on this card, colored with Copic markers, then fussy cut to fit on the tag.  

There are so many fun designs in the Kitty Bee Designs store!  You'll do yourself a favor if you check  them out.  You won't be disappointed!

The designer paper on this card is from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  It is one of this month's new releases, Pinkalicious paper collection. 

Join in on the Aloha Friday Challenges.  They start on Fridays, and last for 2 weeks. 

Howdy, Cowboy! for Catch the Bug Challenges

Howdy, crafty pardner!  There's a new challenge starting today at Bugaboo Stamp's Catch the Bug Challenge Blog, and the theme is All About Cowboys, so put on your chaps, polish up your spurs, saddle up, and join the fun!

I used Cowboy Fence 2, and the sentiment from Cowboy Howdy on this card:


I colored up Cowboy Fence 2 with Copic markers.  He's so swank leaning against that fence, isn't he?  All he needs is a blade of grass hanging out of his mouth!

The papers on this card, that add so much to how fun it is are from 2 different companies.  The cowhide patterned paper is from Imagine That! Digistamp.  The red gingham paper is from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  The cork heart embellishments are from Close To My Heart. 

I hope you can join us this week for our Cowboy-themed challenge at Catch the Bug challenges.  We've got great prizes you can win, and I'd love to see what you create! 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Heartfelt Thanks -- for QKR Stampede Challenge Blog

It's Friday!  Fri-yay!  That means it's time for a new challenge on the QKR Stampede Challenge blog, where there's a new challenge every week, and every challenge is Anything Goes! 

I got out my colored pencils for this week's card, and used the Eureka Stamps digi, Waterfall Border (ES-digi37401) to create this: 


Once the image was colored with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, I backed it with black card stock.  Then, I used 2 digital papers from the We Are 3 Digital Shop, At The Beach.  The sentiment is an acrylic stamp from Craftin' Desert Divas.  The aqua shimmer trim is from Close To My Heart. 

I hope you're able to join the challenge this week at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog.  I'd love to see your creations, and we've got great digis you can win! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Yappy Birthday -- a New Release at Bugaboo Stamps

It's Tuesday, and that's New Release day at Bugaboo Stamps.  But, this isn't just any Tuesday!  Today is my first official day as a Bugaboo Stamps design team member!  I've been guest designing for Bugaboo Stamps the last 2 months, and I've been asked to stay on.  I'm so excited!  I love Bugaboo Stamps, and I love the talented team, so I think this is going to be a great journey!

If you frequent my blog, you know I love dogs, so today's new release is very popular with me.  This is Puppy Pile:



I colored Puppy Pile with Copic markers, trying to make each pup a bit different color.  

The sentiment is an acrylic stamp, part of a Stampendous stamp set.  I cut the card base out on my Silhouette Cameo 3 with a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store. 

Check out the Catch the Bug blog to see what the other wonderful designers did with this fun Puppy Pile new release. Then, visit the Bugaboo Stamps store, pick it up while it's on sale, grab the Friday Freebie, and do some other shopping while your there!  Color up these wonderful images and enter the Catch the Bug Challenges

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- October Linky Party
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge -- ATG with a critter
Always Happy Birthday -- ATG birthday
Sunny Day Crafting -- Add an Animal 
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends -- ATG
Send a Smile4 Kids -- Celebrations for kids
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- ATG

Monday, October 8, 2018

Warm Winter Wishes -- for Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez

I have the pleasure today of posting for Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez.  I just love to color up the sweet images she draws! 

Today, I've colored up Penguin by the Fire:



Even penguins get cold, and Penguin by the Fire is spreading winter cheer!

I colored Penguin by the Fire with Copic markers.  The papers on this card are also by Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez.  They are the Bright Christmas Papers

I used a sketch that I found at Sketch Saturday to create this card. 

Please visit the Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez Store for more wonderful digis, the Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez blog for great inspiration by Patricia and the design team, and the Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez Facebook Group for a monthly challenge, news, more inspiration, friendship, and fun! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
The Outlawz Festive Friday -- Christmas
Winter Wonderland -- ATChristmasG

D.L. Art -- October Linky Party

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Christmas Joy -- for All Dressed Up Stamps

Today is a big day!  All Dressed Up Stamps has teamed up with Kit & Clowder to offer members of both Facebook groups a free digital stamp.  As an All Dressed Up DT member, I was given the digi early to color up and use as some inspiration for members of the groups. I'm not at all sure how inspirational my coloring is, but I gave it my best shot!

Here's is my card, using Girl's Christmas Stocking by All Dressed Up Stamps:



I colored Girl's Christmas Stocking with Copic markers.  I used pastel colors to match that gorgeous paper I wanted to use.  I like non-traditional colors for Christmas cards on occasion.

The pretty papers I was talking about are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are one of this month's new releases. They are part of the Pastel Angel Collection.

The stocking die cut is from Paper Wishes.  The ribbon is from my stash. 

Come join the fun on Facebook, pick up the free Girl's Christmas Stocking stamp, color her up, and enter the Facebook challenge in the All Dressed Up Facebook Group.  There's also a challenge on the All Dressed Up blog

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
The Outlawz Festive Friday -- Christmas
Polkadoodles -- ATG
Winter Wonderland -- ATChristmasG
D.L. Art -- October Linky Party

Friday, October 5, 2018

Too Cute to Spook -- for Di's Digi Designs Challenge

Pumpkins!  I love to eat them (in pie)  I love to drink them (in lattes), I love to decorate with them, and I really love to color them!  So, the challenge this time at Di's Digi Designs Challenge -- include a pumpkin -- is especially fun for me!

Di's Digis has the absolute cutest images, and you can find any number of them with pumpkins in them in her store.  This card is made using Pumpkin Fun (on sale!):



I colored Pumpkin Fun with Copic markers, and it was FUN to color.  The stamp is named correctly!

That fun spider web paper on this card is from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  It is one of this month's new releases, Web Works. The sentiment, also from We Are 3, is one of the Halloween Sentiments

The card base was cut out with a die from Sizzix.  The circle dies is a collection from Lifestyle crafts.  A bit of Timeless Twine finished the card. 

The 'Include a Pumpkin' challenge at Di's Digi Designs runs for 2 weeks, or until October 19.  I hope you can join us!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge - Halloween 
Cut It Up -- Halloween 
Lisa K's Monthly Scrap Challenge -- Halloween

Have a Magical Birthday -- Aloha Friday Challenges

Aloha! It's Friday!  It's time for a bit of mid-challenge inspiration on the Aloha Friday Challenge blog.  The theme for this challenge is fairytale/fantasy.  Our sponsors are Bugaboo Stamps and Fabrika Fantasy

I worked with this pre-colored image from Fabrika Fantasy called Flying Elf to create this:


The sentiment is computer generated.  The background paper is from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  It is from the Watercolor Batik Collection.  

Challenges at Aloha Friday Challenge Blog go for 2 weeks.  Today is the 1/2 way point.  I hope you find time this week to make something, and enter it in our Fairytale/Fantasy challenge.    I'd love to see what you create! 

Think Fall! -- for QKR Stampede Challenge Blog

Here we are to the first Friday in October!  This month is flying by, just like the leaves, flying by my window on the wind!  
Since it's Friday, it's time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog -- every Friday, always Anything Goes!

This week, I used Fall Leaf Oval (ES-digi27002) to create this:



I colored Fall Leaf Oval with Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils.  I cut it out and backed it with a couple of Spellbinders dies.  The background paper is digital.  I found it at Snap Click Supply.  I don't remember where I got the squirrel die anymore, but I use it often on Fall cards.  The card base is an SVG file from Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons.  The crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM (out of business).

I hope you have an opportunity to join in on our Anything Goes challenge this week at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog.  I'd love to see what you make, and we've got great digis you could win! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Pattie's Creations -- AT Fall
Alphabet Challenge -- 'N' is for Nature
Colour Crazy Challenge -- ATG
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday -- Fall Colors

Halloween Magic -- for Scrapbook Stamp Society

Hello, stamping friends.  It's my day to be on the Scrapbook Stamp Society blog.

This is img008, You Drive Me Batty,  colored with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils:


I thought I'd go for a "wild" skin tone, since it's Halloween, and a good time to experiment a bit!  

Papers and sentiment on this card are from the We Are 3 Digital Shop.  The background paper is from the Orange Retro Collection. The moon was cut out of the Fairy Delights paper Collection, and the clouds are from the Best of Autumn Collection.  The sentiment is from the Halloween Sentiments Set

There are lots of great Halloween images in the My Besties Shop.  Grab them and get coloring! 


I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- October Linky Party
Digichoosday -- ATG
Crafty Sentiments -- ATG

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Scared Silly -- for Sasayaki Glitter Challenges

Woohoo!  Time for another challenge at Sasayaki Glitter Challenge Blog!  I'm always so excited when I get to color up a Sasayaki Glitter digital stamp!  I love how cute the images are!  

This month, the challenge theme is Halloween/Harvest.  I used the very fun Monster Family digital stamp to create this:



I colored Monster Family with Faber-Castell colored pencils. The sentiment was from an old Close To My Heart acrylic stamp set. The black stars and heart embellishments are also from Close To My Heart.  

Papers on this card are digital.  They are from We Are 3 Digital Shop. The orange spider web paper is one of this month's new releases -- Web Works.  The purple background paper is from the Best of Autumn Collection

I hope you are able to join us this month at Sasayaki Glitter Challenges for our Halloween/Autumn challenge.  I'd love to see what you make, and we've got great digis that you can win! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- October Linky Party
Digichoosday -- ATG
Crafty Sentiments -- ATG

Monday, October 1, 2018

Joy -- for the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up

It's October 1, and that means the 12 Months of Christmas is starting a new link up.  It also means I have one more Christmas card to add to this years pile of complete cards.  Yes!

This months theme at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up is "Gear Up for Christmas".  We want to see clothing somewhere on your card -- either on the image or in the papers -- hats, mittens, scarves -- gear you need for winter.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Pattie's Creations.  You'll find her Etsy Shop here.  Decosse's Dynamite Doodles also is sponsoring with a paper for the challenge. 

I used the adorable Pearl the Penguin from Pattie's Creations to create this:



I colored Pearl the Penguin with Copic markers.  Papers on this card are from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles

I used a sketch from Sketch Saturday to create this card. 

Here's the sketch:




I hope you find time to get at least one Christmas card made this month, and you are able to enter our challenge at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  We've got great sponsors, and I'd love to see your creations! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday -- week #533
Outlawz Friday Challenges -- Sept. 28, Christmas

Pansy Sympathy -- for The Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

It's the first Monday in October, so it's time for a new challenge at The Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. We've been featuring an optional color each month this year.  This month's optional color is purple.  Or, you can enter any positive themed project you'd like!

We have 2 sponsors this month.  For the first part of the challenge, I am using an image for our wonderful sponsor, A Day for Daisies.  This is Pansy Flower Frame



I colored Pansy Flower Frame with Copic markers. 

The sentiment is from We Are 3 Digital Shop, as is the lighter colored frame with the purple flowers in it.   The frame dies are from Lawn Fawn.

I like to keep sympathy cards flat as I often have to mail them.  I think the frames create interest, while still remaining flat. 

The optional purple challenge goes all month, so I hope you find time to join in the fun.  I'd love to see your creations at The Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Crafting with Dragonflies -- CAS
Hiding in My Craftroom -- ATG
Jo's Scrapshack -- ATG

Quoth the Raven -- for SheepSki Designs Monthly Challenge

October 1st -- here we go with another month!  This year will be over before I knew it started!
October 1st -- the start of a new challenge at Sheepski Designs Challenge Blog.  This month's theme is fantasy/wings.  

I used the spectacular SheepSki Designs digital stamp, Mel's Crow, to create this:



I colored Mel's Crow with Faber Castell colored pencils.  The Edgar Allen Poe quote was computer generated.  The black gems are from Close To My Heart. 

Papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop. The orange spider web paper is a new release, just hitting the shop today.  It's called Web Works.  The other purple paper is from the Halloween Collection

I hope you find time this month to join us at SheepSki Designs fantasy/wings challenge.  I'd love to see your creation, and you've got all month.  There's fantastic digis to win for prizes -- like this one! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Dragonfly Journeys -- Happy Halloween
D.L. Art -- October Linky Party
Pink Gem Challenge -- Halloween

Autumn Greetings -- All Dressed Up Facebook Challenge

Autumn -- my second most favorite time of the year!  I love spring, with it's pastel colors and hints of warmer weather, and I love Fall for the vibrant colors.  I just don't like what comes AFTER Fall!

This month, for the All Dressed Up Facebook Challenge, the theme is Autumn Colors.  Those earth tones are so great to blend!  I decided to get out my colored pencils (which I definitely need more practice with) to make this month's DT inspiration:



I used the All Dressed Up Stamps digital image, Woodland Bird.  I thought it worked well for Fall colors, with those mushrooms it's perching on for the night.  I love his little nightcap.  Wendy comes up with the cutest touches on her stamps!

The leaf background paper is digital, and was found at Snap Click Supply.  The sentiment, also digital, is from the We Are 3 Digital Shop.  It is part of the Itty Bitty Autumn Sentiment Set. The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I used a Spellbinders die set to create the card base and the layers. 

Check out the All Dressed Up Facebook Group to find this month's challenge, and other great inspiration.   You'll find another great challenge on the All Dressed Up Blog to check out, too. 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- ATG
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends -- ATG
Allsorts Challenge -- Autumn Glory


Friday, September 28, 2018

Live, Love, Bark -- a Bugaboo Stamps Freebie Friday

It's Friday!  Or, I should say, it's Freebie Friday over at Bugaboo Stamps.  With my love of dogs, today's Freebie is just PERFECT!



This card uses Flower Puppy, colored with Copic markers.  This flower puppy looks a bit like my new pup, always pulling my flowers and ferns out of the beds.  He's a natural pruner!

I cut out the card base on my Silhouette Cameo 3 with a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store. The sentiment is from an acrylic stamp set I have from Stampendous. 

The Catch The Bug blog has some other great examples of what can be done with this Flower Puppy stamp on it today, so check it out.  Then, pick up the freebie, and enter the Catch the Bug Challenges.  Join the fun! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- September Linky party
Not Just Cards -- ATG
2 Crafty Critter Crazies -- ATG with a Critter
Polkadoodles -- ATG

Heartfelt Thanks -- for QKR Stampede

Friday!  Fri-yay!  That means it's time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede, where challenges start every Friday, and are always Anything Goes.

This week, I'm feeling thankful, and showing it with this card:



This card uses Fine Pumpkin (ES-digi2701), colored with Copic markers. 


The pumpkin designer paper in the background is from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  It's from the Pumpkin Delight collection



I hope you can join our challenge this week at QKR Stampede.  It's Anything goes, so link up whatever you make.  I'd love to see your creations! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner -- ATG Fall
Lil Red Wagon -- Falling Leaves
Mod Squad Challenge -- Fall is in the Air

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Don't Bug Me -- Guest Designing at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday

It's the last Thursday of the month, and The Twisted Thursday challenges at The Outlawz has guest designers the last Thursday of every month.  Today, I get the pleasure!

By Miss Rach is the sponsor this month, and I may have gone a bit overboard with this ladybug!



I printed the ladybug all over the background paper, copying and pasting myself silly!  Then, on a slightly different shade of red, I made that ladybug large, and computer generated my sentiment.  I added some red Timeless Twine to tie it together, and I had a fun card for the challenge.

Thanks to By Miss Rach for being such a great sponsor, and thanks to the wonderful DT at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday for letting me play along with them today! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- September Linky Party

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Happy Fall -- The Outlawz Challenges

Happy Fall!  It certainly feels like Fall here in NW Wisconsin.  we've made it all the way up to 55 degrees this afternoon, and that's with the sun shining.  The wind is blowing leaves off the trees, and even with a southerly breeze, it is Fall!

So, I stayed inside this afternoon and colored up this month's progressive freebie image from The Outlawz.  This month's image was kindly provided by Createful Heart Design and is called Ms. Scarecrow with Squirrels:



I colored up Ms. Scarecrow with Squirrels with Copic markers.  Papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are the Pumpkin Delight Collection and the Rainbow Gingham Collection. The sentiment is part of the Itty Bitty Fall Sentiments.

Here's the sketch that I used:

And that, my dears, does it for this post.

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
The Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenge -- Sept. 2018
The Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge -- Sept. 26
TTCRD -- ATG

Happy Fall, Y'all! A Bugaboo Stamps Tutorial (Tutor-y'all?)

Hello, fellow stamp lovers!  As part of my duties as a guest designer for Bugaboo Stamps, I have the honor of making a monthly tutorial.  This month, being in full Fall mode (it is officially Fall now, right?!?), I'm sharing a technique I like to use for embellishing leaves I use on cards and 3D projects.

First, I'll show you the finished card, then, I'll take you step-by-step through the process of embellishing the leaves.

This card uses the digi, Pumpkin Crow (only $1 in the shop!!!!):



Now, for my secret in creating this (hopefully) realistic looking leaves.

I make a bunch of these at a time because it is a bit time consuming.

Cut your leaves out however you prefer -- electronic cutter, with dies, whatever your preferred method is.  I happen to have a Sizzix die that cuts a bunch for me at once.  I ran it through twice to get all of them that I painted for this demo.  It's probably enough to get me through all Fall.  You'll also need watercolors of your choice  -- this can be watercolor pencils, crayons, actual watercolors, it doesn't matter.  I used watercolor crayons here.  

Here's a picture of my supplies:



You can see my pile of leaves and twigs that I'm going to paint.  I just cut them out of white card stock.  They are so small that they don't really warp, so I save my watercolor paper for larger projects. There's my watercolor crayons (I prefer Caran D'ache Neocolor II) in the colors I used on the leaves, a couple of brushes, a glass of water, and some liquid pearls to add some sheen to my leaves.  There's also a piece of glass on the bottom of it all.  That's my palette.

Now, let's get painting.  Here's my palette, and my first leaves, ready to paint:



I really like using this piece of glass for a palette.  I can scribble my crayon colors on it, and have my liquid pearls there ready to apply.  When I run short of a color, I scribble some more down.  When I'm ready to switch to another color palette, it cleans up quickly with a sanitary wipe.  

This can all be done with a water brush, but I prefer paint brushes because I keep my bush fairly dry.  I either pinch it dry with my fingers, or keep a towel in my lap, and dry it with that.  

OK!  First leaves -- painted.  After I apply the color, I put a THIN coat of Liquid Pearls on the top with water and a paint brush to give the leaves a nice sheen.  You can used this same technique with glitter glues like Stickles.  It looks really nice on snowflakes!



I start out with my lightest colors first so I don't need to change my water.  I work in the basement with no sink, so I don't want to have to keep running up and down the stairs.  Starting light and working to dark saves me steps.  

Here's all my painted and pearled foliage: 

Unfortunately, it's hard to see the pretty pearl sheen on the leaves in the pictures, but when you see the card in real life, it adds a very pretty touch.

Here's the card once more, then a few details about the card itself:

I colored the Pumpkin Crow with Lyra Rembrandt colored pencils.  It had been awhile since I broke out of the Copic mold, so I figured it was time! 

Papers and sentiment on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop. The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Fall Sentiment set.   Papers are from the Thankful paper collection (pumpkins) and Birthday Bouquet.

I hope you visit the Catch the Bug blog often.  There is soooo much going on there!  Challenges, Oldies but Goodies, Humor Me Wednesday, New Releases, and of course, Freebie Friday! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Always Fun Challenges -- ATG
Crafty Cardmakers -- Autumn Colors
Cutie Pie Challenge -- Shades of Autumn
MMM Challenge -- Fall Colors
D.L. Art -- September Linky party