Sunday, July 28, 2013

Follow Your Dreams

One quick share for tonight before I hit the hay (or straw, still don’t really know the difference despite a good 10 minute explanation from someone who grew up on a farm).  Anyways, here we go, with inspiration from Case this Sketch:


Taken at night but edited to the best of my abilities – which are admittedly lacking but let’s focus on the positive!  Super simple – I stamped the pinwheels in versamark (although the handles are hand-drawn with Ranger’s embossing pen), then coated in gold embossing powder.  I water colored using several shades of Distress ink, stamped a sentiment and voila!  Done. 

Thanks for joining me, best wishes for a stress-free work week Winking smile

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I love cruising through life with you

I’m thinking this might be my ultimate favorite Trigger Tuesday.  Ever.  And those CT colors?  Ah-mazing!



I took a Studio Calico stencil and sprayed at least 6 different colors of Mister Huey’s in it.  I loved it so much I almost left it by itself but thought that would be weird lol so I had to add some other fun elements!

The bike was a cute choice, I love how it hangs off the side for a bit of movement.  It’s colored in Copics with 2 different colors of Stickles.  The sentiment?  I was sweating on that one.  I had to perform stamp surgery!  It is cut, not once, but twice!  It was originally a very long sentiment but I wanted it to fall across the tag like shown.  The basket was empty so I thought I’d add some wooden veneer hearts.  I colored them, but it looked strange because they were in front of the basket, not exactly ‘in’ it.  So I drew lines on the hearts so they’d be ‘inside’!


Here’s a close up the Stickles and the hearts.  They look so 3D here it looks like they are coming through my computer screen!  Or maybe I’m just tired.  That’s it, I’m probably just tired.

Thanks for coming by <3

Mini Gift Bag

My second time playing in the W+9 Mood Board Challenge, this theme is very bold and graphic:


I decided to make a cute little mini bag!  I masked off the center circle and inked up a Technique Tuesday chevron pattern and stamped multiple times to create the background.  Then I let the cute flower take center stage from the Fresh Cut Florals set, I thought the delicate floral made a great pair with the bold zig zags.  Some stickles, sequins, and twine bow call it a day!

Oh Snap

Another weekend and back to paper crafting…here’s the latest project, still on a tag frenzy!


Combining Case Study #151 and The Play Date CafĂ© #192, here’s my take:


Slightly difficult to photograph, both the yellow tape and the yellow ink in the center are more neon yellow, more florescent similar to the image above on the right.  I used Hero Arts Neon Yellow Ink.  I love how this came out, I think it would make a great tag for a gift to any photographer or someone who is a big memory keeper and loves photos.  That washi tape couldn’t be more perfect.

Thanks for joining me today!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Masculine Birthday Wishes

These two challenges came together like peanut butter and jelly.  Color Throwdown #251 and Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday Challenge (the challenge is to stamp in watercolor, then brush ink along the sides of the same stamp for a really cool effect).  Actually my first time in playing in a PTI challenge!


Here’s my take:


So if you hadn’t read the top part of what the challenge was, you might be thinking, ho hum, she stuck a banner on top of some patterned paper.  No no, my friends.  That is a hand stamped background!  I figured many who entered this challenge would use a floral stamp like the inspiration card, but out of my two floral PTI sets, neither had enough solid image space to make this technique work.  So I turned to my trusty Irresistible Ikat set, which in my opinion, could not loan itself better to this new-to-me technique!!

I inked in SU Kiwi Kiss, Distress Ink Salty Ocean, Gathered Twigs, a mix of Broken China and Peacock Feathers, and the sentiment is SU Bermuda Bay – all as close as I could get to the inspo colors.

What would I have done differently?  Nothing, except take pictures along the way!  I wish I would have a before pic, of when I just did the watercolor stamping.  Then side by side to this one, it is a world of difference my friends!  I hope you will try for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.  Labor intensive, sure, but totally worth it!

To see some other cards of mine that use the Irresistibly Ikat set, go here.

Okay that’s it from me – til next time!

For You

A tag brought to you today by inspiration from CAS(E) this Sketch #37 and Moxie Fab World’s Tuesday Trigger!


I am out of cute tags for presents and don’t ever feel the need to limit papercrafting challenges to just cards.  Branching out is fun – and with smaller space comes its own challenge.  Kind of like if you’re used to posting on a blog, you’ve got all the words in the world.  Then go on Twitter and you’re limited to 140 characters.  How to fit it all in and make it still look good – that’s the name of the game with a tag.

It may be a tag – but it is filled with fun!  (And technique for that matter!)IMG_4506

I started with this lovely paper (that I actually one from one of Moxie Fab World’s giveaways, sponsored by Websters Pages) and covered my tag with it.  To bump it up a notch without adding bulk, I stamped some butterfly images and dusted with Perfect Pearls.  I cut the banners and curled them up on the ends for a touch of whimsy.  Then I couldn’t stop myself from using actual hexagons, those little wood veneers from Studio Calico.  I colored them in the following Copic markers: BG01 Aqua Blue, YG93 Grayish Yellow, R30 Pale Yellowish Pink, E57 Light Walnut, RV34 Dark Pink, Y32 Cashmere and BG96 Bush. 


You know me, I couldn’t help myself and added some shimmer.  But how to get a thin layer specifically on the hexagons?  Smooch Ink is the answer!  Colored over the Copics in Frosted Aqua, Lettuce, Shabby Pink, Snickerdoodle, Taffy, Sundance, and Luscious Lime.  A couple of pearls + twine bow and I’ll say she’s done!


Thanks for joining me today!

You Make My World Go Round

As always, another lovely ColourQ Challenge – what do you think of these colors?

I have 2 out of the 4 colors – Lucky Limeade and Island Indigo (although just after I made this I scooped up Bermuda Bay – will use next time!)  I used a super fun set from CTMH, and I foresee many cards with it:


Fun, no?  And the pinwheels can spin!  The sentiment was selectively inked, and instead of stamping the ‘world’ that was on the stamp, I used some fun Thickers letters.  Some stars match the ones on the largest size pinwheel; they are colored with a Copic then I felt they needed more glitter – duh – and added some Lagoon Stickles.  Thanks for joining me, enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Lotsa Hellos

ABNH is at it again – their latest challenge is Choose a Hero Artist and Get Inspired!!

This was a challenge of theirs, almost exactly a year ago – my first win to become a Heroine!  You can check out my cards here, one inspired by Shari and the other by Jennifer.  (I can say both my card making and photography have improved…you can  be the judge on how much, LOL!)

This year my card is inspired by Lisa Spangler.  Here’s her card I drew inspiration from:


Perfection, no?  She says in her post she thinks she overdid it with the triangles, but she’s just being modest Winking smile

Here’s my take:


When I think of Lisa, of course I think of Studio Calico along with Hero Arts.  Which is perfect, because Hero Arts has a line of co-branded stamp sets with Studio Calico, and they are some of my absolute faves I keep coming to again and again.  I used all Studio Calico Papers (except the gold glitter strip on the bottom).  And used THREE HA/SC stamp sets:


I really hope you like this card, I hope I did Lisa justice!!  Hope you play along too, it’s fun to see how we get inspired by our crafting idols! Winking smile

I also must have had this inspo in the back of my mind when I created this card, I love all things nautical!!

Their first inspiration challenge, I think with a theme like this they’re off to a good start Smile  If they can send me one of everything in that photo, that’d be great! Open-mouthed smile

Edited to Add 7.28.13 – Just saw the Trendy Triangles Challenge over in Moxie Fab World, PERF, no?

Let’s Celebrate!

Nothing is worse in the crafty world when you don’t have time to create and/or have lost your mojo.  I felt that way with last week’s PDCC – beautiful honey colors but I just didn’t like anything I created so I didn’t participate. 

This week is a whole ‘nother story!  Had mojo right away and went to town – here are PDCC #191 colors:

And my take:


I could not possibly love these pinwheels any more than I do.  They are CTMH and come with a couple great sentiments.  The inks are all Hero Arts Shadow Inks – in Mint Julep, Fresh Peach, and Soft Cantaloupe.  There are some Stickles in Eucalyptus on the stars, and the sequins are from Neat and Tangled – wow what a selection they have!  I used more sequins than I normally would because I really wanted to give a feel of confetti in the air – a true celebration!

Healing Hugs

Happy Sunday friends – today’s card tag drew equal inspo from two challenges, CAS(E) Study #150 and CASology – Cool.



I don’t have any digital images, but when I saw Joceyln’s card I immediately thought of the shape of Colorbox cat’s eye queue pads.  I stamped them in a circle, impatiently drying in between layers (I don’t work frequently with pigment inks so this was a fun challenge for me).  This set of queues wasn’t even open!  I added a bit of Distress Ink around the sides – Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feather, Salty Ocean – just to give a bit of interest but still keeping things simple. 

I added the sequins and then stamped my sentiment.  A friend of mine’s father got into a terrible accident at work and will need to undergo months of rehabilitation.  I won’t go into detail for privacy, but if you are the praying sort I would appreciate one sent on behalf of them.

After the sentiment I was feeling like it was incomplete but not wanting to ruin it – you know that awful stage – you’ve been there.  I loosely added the outlines of the cat’s eyes, and it made it look perfect, and really helps balance that heavy sentiment.

I thought the use of color was perfect for the CASology challenge – nice cool blue/aqua/periwinkle tones, although the reason for the card is decidedly ‘uncool’.  I hope my friend’s dad get's better soon.  Thanks for joining me today!

Oh and a quick close up of the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (in Pearl) I quickly spritzed on top:


Saturday, July 20, 2013

The BIG 3-0!

If your name is Autumn, please do not scroll down and see your birthday card hehe

I had so much fun making this card.  My best friend and I have celebrated our birthdays together every year for many years now.  Mine is August 13 and hers is the 14th.  She is one grade ahead of me, but two years ahead in age.  Therefore, as I turn 28 this year, she turns…

you guessed it…



So I decided to get her card made early, because CASual Fridays is having an oh-so-perfect challenge:


And of course Moxie-Fab World’s Birthday card challenge is still running, so I’m putting this one in for that, too!


I plan on mailing this so I kept it a touch flatter than usual – but didn’t turn down the spunk!  The banner panel was a blast – several shades of Adirondack Alcohol Ink swiped across some glossy cardstock in a plaid pattern was exactly what I wanted to do when I saw one of the cards from CASual Friday’s DT team.  (Here’s a post I did awhile back on how to make plaid using alcohol ink).  I didn’t want to distract from that, so white letters on top were perfect.  And the glitter numbers – hoo boy is she gonna be mad when she gets this in the mail!! Baring teeth smile Birthday cake lol!!


This challenge is new to me – Avery Elle’s AEI<3U challenge, so I’m going to play along for July!

Inspo image:

My take:


This was originally a card, but I didn’t like it so I messed with it some more until I happened to come away with something I like.  I like the contrast of the cotton-candy colored cuteness of the macarons, with the contrast of the black background with white Mister Huey’s through a stencil.  I added some of the smaller images in the ‘Bonjour’ set to show them some love.  I thought this would make a fun tag for a home-baked gift, or for any French dessert lover Smile  I’ve been stuffing myself with treats from today’s farmers’ market, so I better lay off!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

K & J Mixed Media Canvas

Does anyone remember these letters?  I bought them awhile back and posted on my Pearl Gateway Facebook page in February, asking what I should do with them:

Photo: Two wooden initial letters - what would you with them? Paint? Buttons? Gems? Help!! #fmsphotoaday #yourname

Well…6 months later, I finally got off my duff and did something – mixed media, yay! (If you’re wondering, K & J are our first initials)


I started with a canvas of this painting that I wasn’t a huge fan of, see it here.  That’s the great thing about canvas, you can so easily just paint over it if you don’t like it.  I mixed several different latex paints and swirled them around.  As they dried, I painted the wooden letters with a mix of two different gold acrylic paints.


The spot to the left was kind of blank, so I added this frame I got from my swag at SNAP! conference in April 2012.  I adhered some shells to it with some E-6000 and stuck two Dear Lizzy letters in the center.


I really liked the shells on the small frame, so I decided to weigh down the bottom right corner and the J with more shells.


I decided this spot next to the K above the frame was blank was empty so I added some wood veneers by Studio Calico.  The idea was to make this usable as a welcome in our house if I wanted to, so I used ‘hey’, ‘hello’, and ‘ahoy mate’.  Some gold sequins never hurt anybody, so I added some randomly.  This shot also shows the paint strokes as well, kind of like waves, no?

Have you ever done anything similar to this type of mixed media project?  Do you like what I did with the letters?