August Challenge at Doodle Pantry

I made this card for the July Challenge at Doodle Pantry, however I never got to creating my blog post, so here it is for August. My problem isn’t usually getting the cards made, it’s getting the posts done!

I used an image from Floating Away Birdie at Doodle Pantry. This is a hybrid card and I created the background using a couple of digi papers carefully placed. I then added the image with the black frame around it. I coloured my image with Copics. I used a pattern for my Silhouette for the clouds and just cut them from a paper I printed with clouds. The sentiment is one I created and is available at Squigglefly. I punched the corners and added them as shown then popped up the clouds and sentiment.

Floating Away Birdie from Doodle Pantry

Floating Away Birdie from Doodle Pantry

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Helloooooooo

We have another fun challenge for you at The Outlawz, in the CAS group . . . How many ways are there to say hello? Hello, hi, how are ya? Ciao, Aloha . . . you get the idea! I hope you’ll drop by and say hello.

My card is a little different from my ‘usual’. NO colouring on this one! I created the background with watercolours on watercolour paper. I added the following Ranger Distress Inks to my craft mat: Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough, Frayed Burlap then spritzed each one with water. I spritzed water on my paper the with a paint brush, painted each of the distress inks. I spritzed and dried everything a couple of times. I added Tarnished Brass Distress Paint to my craft mat, spritzed then painted and dried. I cut my mat down to the size I wanted then stamped my silhouette image. I hand cut the banner and stamped my greeting then wrapped the wool around the bottom. I sponged the edges of my pieces and attached.

I love the randomness of watercolours.

Watercolour background

Watercolour background

I hope to see you over at The Outlawz. We have lots of fun there each week and there are so many chances to win fabulous prizes!

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Wave of Inspiration

This week’s CAS challenge at The Outlawz is to use the word ‘wave’ as your inspiration. It can be waves in the water, waving hello or goodby, waving something, etc. Use your imagination and remember to keep it CAS.

The word wave makes me thing of waves in the water. I grew up around a lake in Northern Ontario and currently live near one in Southern Ontario. I spent a lot of time in boats and on docks at the water. I used this adorable image Quality-time Fishing from Di’s Digis. I created the layout digitally, so it is all one-layer plus the card base. I brought the image in, created a thick border around it. Drew a rectangle and filled it with a BooLand Designs Surreal digital paper. The net and gone fishing sign are from By the Lake digital kit from Digital Scrapbooking Studio. I printed everything as shown and then coloured the image with Copic markers.

Quality-time Fishing from Di's Digital Designs

Quality-time Fishing from Di’s Digital Designs

Thanks so much for dropping by. I hope to see you in the challenge this week.

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Show Me the Purple

This week for the Clean and Simple challenge at The Outlawz, we are looking for your PURPLE creations. Any theme, any image, just make it CAS and purple!

For my card, I used a new image from Squigglefly called Blossom Bird by artist Diana Garrison. It required very little colouring, which I did with Copics. The purple frame is from Digital Scrapbooking Studio (Countdown). I layered it underneath my image in my page layout software (Serif PagePlus X7) and then printed and cut out around the frame. The sentiment is from Back to Paper. The sentiment font was perfect for this image.

Blossom Bird by Diana Garrison at Squigglefly; sentiment from Back to Paper

Blossom Bird by Diana Garrison at Squigglefly; sentiment from Back to Paper

Thanks so much for dropping in. There are many great chances to win prizes at the end of each month at The Outlawz.

This last week has been filled with more ZIA work. I am addicted and am loving creating with this new technique.

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Zentangle-Inspired Art (ZIA) my Latest Addiction

I have seen a certain amount of Zentangle and ZIA lately and I honestly can’t say that I jumped on the bandwagon with it. However, I received a blog post update from The Daily Marker Blog and Kathy added a bit of doodling (ZIA) to an image that she stamped. Now THAT intrigued me! As with each art form, we all have different tastes – it is so personal. The tiny bit of detail that she added made me want to investigate a bit further. So, the addict in me went to Indigo and bought a beginner book on Zentangles and off I went. I added some doodling to my card below not to mention the hours I spent playing around last night! It is so relaxing!

I opened up this Magnolia Block image from Sweet ‘N Sassy and then drew an extra square around it for the border, with an extra thick line. When I did this I had no idea where I was taking it, but it gave me some options. I printed the image then coloured with my Copics. I added a bit of depth around the flowers with some very light-coloured Copics and my blender. I took a peek through my new Zentangles book and found a few things that I thought would work and this is what I came up with. I just used a fine tip Micron pen and doodled away. I didn’t want it to overpower the gorgeous flower so I added the tiny dots to leave a lot of white space. I printed the digital paper from Doodle Pantry (Grunge Wood), wrapped a very thin pice of lace around it (it’s hard to see in the picture) and attached it. I then added the gold sticker border. I popped up the flower then added the Thank you sticker and the black gems. The flower centers have Wink of Stella for a bit of glitz. I’m playing along in the Twisted Thursday Challenge at The Outlawz (just for fun since I’m on The Outlawz DT). The theme is always Anything Goes with an option to add the weekly twist.

Magnolia Block image from Sweet 'N Sassy; Grunge Wood digi papers from Doodle Pantry

Magnolia Block image from Sweet ‘N Sassy; Grunge Wood digi papers from Doodle Pantry

I’m attaching the pieces I created last night with the first 6 techniques I have learned. I went to bed dreaming about Zentangles . . .

ZIA created by me

ZIA created by me

 

ZIA created by me

ZIA created by me

One more thing I have to add to my post today: pics of my latest tattoo (#3). I decided to get an anklet (and YES, it definitely hurt!!) However, my best piece of advice for someone thinking of getting one – get something that you really want because the pain will be worth it!

The first picture is the drawing A.J. Van De Velde did freehand with an orange Sharpie marker and a pen (with a few specific criteria from me: I wanted it double-strand, I wanted blue in it and a heart or 2 and I wanted it to look realistic). It was very cool to watch the creative process unfold as the concepts turned into a drawing and then turned into this beautiful piece of art. I wore a tiny anklet to the appointment and I’m so glad I did, as A.J. traced the lines of it and then drew mine to follow those lines. I just love how it sits!

 

Freehand drawing of tattoo outline

Freehand drawing of tattoo outline

 

Front view of view of finished tattoo

Front view of view of finished tattoo

Thanks so much for dropping by today. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. It is a long weekend in Canada so I am enjoying an extra day off!

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Watermelon Day

Apparently today is National Watermelon Day – woo hoo! I LOVE watermelon! And to celebrate, we are asking you to make a card with watermelon on it, for this week’s CAS challenge at The Outlawz. So, gather up those pieces and slices of watermelon and join us!

I used a super sweet image from Sweet ‘N Sassy called Watermelon Cocoa. The fun stripes are watermelon paper from Digital Delights (Wicked Watermelon Paper Pack) that I layered digitally. I then placed Cocoa over top. I drew the speech bubble and then sized and placed my sentiment (Watermelon Time, Digital Delights). I then printed the single layer. I printed an extra sentiment and extra Cocoa so I could layer both. Colouring was all done with Copics. I popped Cocoa up as well as the sentiment for a bit of dimension and then assembled as shown.

Watermelon Cocoa from Sweet 'N Sassy

Watermelon Cocoa from Sweet ‘N Sassy

I hope you’ll join us in the challenge this week. It’s a new month and a brand new month to win all sorts of fantastic prizes.

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“Tag” You’re It

The challenge for the CAS group at The Outlawz this week is to incorporate a tag in your project. I decided to have my tag as my project and I had so much fun creating the first one, I made a second!

I used a variety of Ranger distress inks to cover my tag then spritzed with water and heat. I stamped the ‘dots’ background with 2 different distress inks then stamped the chickadee (with Archival Ink) and the sentiment with distress ink and then added the beautiful thread to finish it off.

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Used a variety of distress inks for both tags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did much of the same technique for the second tag. More distress inks, spritzed with water, stamped the dots with distress ink along with the dolphins and Yin/Yang symbols. Coloured the dolphins with prismacolour pencils. Finished it off by stamping the sentiment with Archival Ink.

I hope you’ll join us in the challenge this week. The Outlawz did have some technical glitches over the weekend so please stop in and re-join the challenges you had previously joined. There are great prizes to be won each month from our fabulous sponsors!

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Cuddly Bears

I created this card to enter in Beccy’s July challenge at Beccy’s Place. You just have to use one of Beccy’s images (free or purchased) to enter. I had so much fun creating this card. Although it probably looks quite simple, there is a lot of work in creating the background and the flowers and a bunch of details to create the background of the main image.

This image is from Beccy’s Bear With Me digital set (or you can purchase it separately here) and I just thought this image was so sweet!

The background and flowers were both kind of experiments. I didn’t know where I was going with either or that I would end up using them together. I signed up for the Tim Holtz Chemistry 101 and 102 classes at Online Card Classes and am learning so much on so many of the Ranger products.

Background (watercolour paper):

  • spritzed paper with water
  • dabbed Tarnished Brass Distress Paint on craft sheet and spritzed with water then painted on my watercolour paper
  • Placed some Perfect Pearls (Perfect Copper) on craft sheet, added a bit of water then painted it on. Heat set.
  • I think I flicked water at this point and then heat set again (I did this somewhere in the process if it wasn’t at this point!)
  • To make the ferns, I stamped a wooden stamp into a round sponge that I heated which allowed me to create the reverse image, then stamped with Walnut Stain and Evergreen Bough distress inks
  • I have some stamps that I took off rollers – I used kind of a crackle design along with some scatters that you can’t really see and stamped them with Wild Honey and Vintage Photo distress inks. I then heat set for the final time

Flowers:

  • I punched 2 flowers out of SU Whisper White cs with a Cheery Lynn Cherry Blossom die
  • Added black crackle paint (not covering 100%) and let it dry
  • Added Tarnished Brass distress paint and heat
  • added more Tarnished Brass and heat again
  • Added Seedless Preserves then Iced Spruce distress inks and heat
  • Added some Rock Candy (clear) Crackle Paint and then let air dry

Coloured my image with Copic markers. Drew pencil lines as shown then added dots with a Copic marker. Used a clear Emboss It pen to doodle around the border and added copper ep and heat. Sponged the image and setiment (A Big Little Hello from Squigglefly) with Walnut Stain distress ink. Added the copper brads to the flower centres, popped everything up. The final detail was adding Sakura clear glitter to the dots.

I’ve mentioned the Creative Backgrounds class I am taking with Marie Gamber at Color Me Creative – I can’t tell you how much I have learned through Marie and her beautifully creative backgrounds along with my classmates! I see images in a completely different way now and I love adding backgrounds to my projects!

Beccy's Place 'Bear with Me' and A Big Little Hello from Squigglefly

Beccy’s Place ‘Bear with Me’ and A Big Little Hello from Squigglefly

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Hide and Seek with Friends

Just a quick post for this card. I entered it in the first Facebook community challenge for Sassy Cheryl‘s images, by uploading it directly to FB.

I printed the image (Sassy Sally and Bella – Hide and Seek, from Squigglefly) and cut it out with an SB oval die. I coloured the image with Copic markers. I sponged in the sky with distress inks. I cut 1″ strips of this paw print digi paper (in various lengths) then popped up the oval, after attaching the silver border stickers. Once the image was popped up, I popped up the flowers and the sentiment.

Sassy Sally and Bella - Hide and Seek by Cheryl Alger Grant at Squigglefly; sentiment from Meljens Designs

Sassy Sally and Bella – Hide and Seek by Cheryl Alger Grant at Squigglefly; sentiment from Meljens Designs

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Itsy Bitsy . . . DOTS

Itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini – our theme this week for the CAS challenge at The Outlawz . . . DOTS! And if you’re singing this song already, then I have done my job! Ever since I posted my DT card for this challenge, that song has been going through my head. It’s a fun one though, so it’s all good!

For my card, I used Bird Branch by artist James Horvath at Squigglefly.  I just love the different expressions on each of the bird’s faces. It was a fun image to colour – I printed the image then coloured with Copic markers and a couple of Sharpies to get into the beak areas. Once I coloured it, I drew the very light pencil lines with prismacolour pencils and then added the dots with different Copic markers that I used in my image. (A technique I learned from Marie Gamber, Creative Backgrounds at Color Me Creative). The embossing folder also contains dots, so it was perfect for the theme. The happy birthday stickers are from Starform and they added just enough detail.

Bird Branch by James Horvath at Squigglefly

Bird Branch by James Horvath at Squigglefly

The challenge just started today and runs until next Saturday, so there’s plenty of time to join in. Our fantastic sponsors support our challenges each month and there are many chances to win prizes at the end of each month.

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