Thursday, November 27, 2014

Visions of Acadia Moose

We go to Acadia National Park in Maine every most years.  This early snow storm has kinda dampened out plans this time.  There's a moose in front of one of the hotels in Bar Harbor.  They put a scarf on him when it gets cold.  The stamp set Visions of Santa reminded me of him.

I was playing along with Mix-Ability Challenge #80, Sparkling Watercolors!  I had to put my thinking cap on to come up with something to sparkle up my watercolor.  Then I remembered I had Smooch accents and sprays and shimmer paints.  After watercoloring the PJs, I sponged Champagne Shimmer Paint onto it for some sparkle.  This card uses Freshly Made Sketches #162.

Stamps: Visions of Santa; Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Whisper White, Trim the Tree DSP; Ink: Black Stazon; Accessories: Cherry Cobbler ribbon, White baker's twine, Crystal Effects, Champagne Shimmer Paint, Koi Watercolors, Aquapainter, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Scallop Tag punch, Dimensionals.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mix-Ability Catch-Up

Time for more Mix-Ability Challenge catch-up.  It is a learning process for me to dabble in different art media, and I hope you are inspired to try it too!

MIX72 - Some Like It Hot!

This challenge called for some heat-reactive medium.  I remembered I had one pot of Pearl Ex, so I tried some heated pearls. At a second shot at it, I applied some acrylic paint via the galaxy technique before the glue and pearls.  This card uses Fab Friday Challenge #53.

MIX75 - I Love a PARADE

In this challenge, we were to use an item that appears several times.  Here I used the melted crayon background, and also joined Ways To Use It #485, For Crayon Out Loud, and #486, Balloons.

MIX77 - Patched

Here we were to use some old, past samples to patch a project together.  I used spare pieces on my desk to create a feather layout.  A photo from pinterest was my inspiration. The sewing was quite a challenge, especially with the machine fighting the whole way.

If you are interested in the supplies used for these projects, you can find them in my SCS gallery.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

SSC88 Ride with Me, Online Extravaganza & More

Hello Everyone!  A quick little share... I created a humorous little card for hubby to give to his biking buddy.  He's going to write something like "Looking forward to riding together again."

I used Sunday Stamps #88 for this card.

Stamps: Take It to Heart, Tape It; Paper: Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Gray CS, First Edition DSP; Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Tuxedo Black Memento; Accessories: White baker's twine, Hearts Collection framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

FM187 Weather Inspiration

Time for another Friday Mashup challenge, and due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, this challenge will run for two weeks.

I gave the Northern Lights Tutorial a try, using the a pinterest photo as inspiration.  Of course, this leads to the question, "Is aurora borealis considered a weather phenomenon?"  I'll let you ponder that.  Lots of sponging here... getting my arm workout today.  Once the main panel was done, it just didn't need an embellishment, so I let that part of the challenge slide.

I guess I had polar bears on the brain after our recent trip to the Bronx Zoo.  This guy was playing with a stick.

Here's this week's Mashup Challenge & my inspiration photo -

  • Create a project using "a Metal Embellishment (Staple, Brad, Grommet etc.)". 
  • Create a project using "Weather as your Inspiration" think storms, Clouds, Rain, Sun, Warm Sandy Beaches. 
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "Weather inspired project with a Metal Embellishment".
Stamps: White Christmas; Paper: Whisper White; Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pistachio Pudding, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Wisteria Wonder, Night of Navy, Basic Black, Whisper White craft, Black Sharpie; Accessories: White gel pen, Sponges.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Greetings of the Season & More

You know when you change and flip and change a layout, and it just isn't working for you, and then, all of the sudden, it is like the light is shining down and the card colors are just singing to your eyes?  Ok, maybe that just happens to me.  Card design is like pornography.  (Um, where's she going with this?)  You can't really define it, but you know it (in a good way) when you see it.  Long story short, this one was speaking to me.

This card uses CAS(E) this Sketch #99, and the different card cut came from the sample by Maureen Merritt.  Isn't it fun?

Stamps: Festival of Trees, Greetings of the Season (retired); Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Trim the Tree DSP; Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Soft Suede marker; Accessories: Tree punch, Scallop Edge border punch, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, On Point EF, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

MDSM91 Transylvania Epic

Hi Everyone!  This week's MDS Monday sketch is brought to us by Tara, and it will be running for two weeks.  The challenge is to use a number in your layout.

My husband has a dart board in the garage where he pins all his race numbers, so I just couldn't get the pin board idea out of my head.  I ended up downloading a background off the internet to fit the bill.  I love how MDS is flexible with that; I can just create a new folder in the Components area of the software and easily use the new items.

Here's the sketch -

MDS Elements: Smitten Alphabet, Natural Composition Overlays, Cog punch, Staple & Stitching, Corkboard and Office Notes downloads by Peppermint Creative; Font: Copperplate Gothic.

Friday, November 14, 2014

FM186 Surprise Element Finger Painting

Tara has an interesting challenge this week for the Friday Mashup, an unexpected embellishment along with a sketch. 

I combined this challenge with Mix-Ability #73, Round and Round, and Mix-Ability #74,  Part of the Package.  My unusual embellishment is actually the background layer, a cardboard cracker box cardboard.  I stamped the background, then applied white acrylic paint and Gesso.  It was a little too opaque for me, so I actually ran it under running water as well.  The main panel is created with acrylic finger painting.

This week's Mashup Challenge is:

  • Create a project using the "Sketch". 
  • Create a project using a "surprise element, something you wouldn't expect to see on a card/or an unexpected embellishment". 
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project "using the Sketch and a unexpected Embellishment".
Stamps: Good Greetings, Sip by Sip, Dictionary BG; Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Cardboard packaging; Ink: Black Stazon; Accessories: Baker's twine, Basic Silver Button, Acrylic paint, Gesso, Watercolor brush.

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