Thursday, April 9, 2015

Chipboard - Quick Tutorial

I've just done up a quick tutorial and I say quick because it's quick and easy.  Takes a few minutes of drying time but I let mine set on the windowsill when it's sunny and carry on to other parts of my card.  

I used INS-560 - pretty little butterflies from SRTC aren't they?


I first start out with the TH distress paint and dab all over the chipboard thoroughly.  In this case I've used 3 layers.  Sometimes you can get away with 2 layers, depending on what you're 3rd one might be.


Since I've decided to use some Stardust stickles, I knew I had to have 3 layers but I really wanted it white white.  I made the photo nice and big so you could actually see the sparkle.  Pretty isn't it?


And here's a look at what I used it on.  Just a tiny little thing can take a card to another level.  


Have a wonderful week!

Monday, April 6, 2015

April K&C Challenge

I am just a few days late with this but thankfully it goes all month!!  Woo hoo!  So the ncxt challenge at Kit and Clowder is soooooo easy!!

FLOWERS!!

Really?!  C'mon now easy peasy!!  This month our sponsor is Ppinky Doll Stamps and I'm not sure what it is about them but I think they are sooooos super cute!!!  Seems like there is something for everyone!!  This image is called "How Beautiful".

Also, I have paired my image up once again with the amazing papers from Michele R Design papers.  I'm not sure what it is but it seems like every month I always put the K&C challenge together with Michele's papers.  Love them!!


I've added some gorgeous flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, chrysanthemums and Prima butterfly from Live and Love Crafts and my pretty glittered butterfly from Southern Ridge Trading Company.  I've done a tutorial at SRTC if you'd like to check it out.  


One day I'll have time to learn more about brightening my photo's ... oooooo or when I build my new craft room, build an actual photo booth!!  Ya!  This cute little bow is also from M R Designs.  The paper pack is called "In The Garden" and the blow is part of the Elements I pack.   What a cute touch don't ya think?


This post card is also from MR Designs in another packed called Elements 2.  The little "love" heart is from LLC and I think they are one of my most favorite pieces to add.


There we go!!  Now you're off to make a card aren't you?  LOL!!  Ok maybe later but don't forget the challenge at K&C.  It's so easy and we all add flowers to our cards don't we?  Have a great week!
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Copics:
R81, 83, 85, 89
B0000, 000, 00, 01, 02
YR21, 23, E15, 18
G20, 21, 24, 29
E000, 00, 11, 04, 21 R20
BV000, 01, 02, 04, 08
Y000, 02, 18
C00, 0, 1, 3, 5

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Octavia Moonfly Wistful

A few weeks ago I colored this gorgeous little creature up from Polkadoodles called "Octavia Moonfly Wistful".  Isn't she adorable?  I finally made her into a card using some gorgeous papers from Maja Design, which I bought from LLC, for my SIN's birthday card.  

Isn't that ladybug border so super cute?!!  I got that from Noor! Design UK along with the leaf and circle die.


My pretty spring bouquet is filled with some gorgeous flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and the springs are from Magnolia.  You can buy the WO flowers from Live and Love Crafts and she has a gorgeous shabby/chic vintage colored selection there.  


Isn't this twig heart just the cutest too?  I made it.  NO!!  HA HA HA!!  I'm kidding but I should try it!!  I bought a few packages from a friend so they're just stash.  The mushroom is from Prima - how cute is that?  Everything is cute today!  hee hee  The lovely laces are all from Live and Love Crafts, who by the way, is having a 15% off sale!!  Just thought I'd pass that along.  hee hee


So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my SIN who turned the big 4-0 on April 1st!!  I know wouldn't that suck?  Poor girl.  But instead of always remembering it's April fool's we just always think about her birthday instead.  

I'm entering my card into a couple of challenges this time:

Noor! Design UK - Anything Goes
Live and Love Crafts - Signs of Spring

Have a great Easter weekend all!!  
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Copics:

V20, 22, 25, 28
G21, 24, 28
B91, 93, 95, 97, 99
W00, 1, 3, 5, 7
E53, 43, 57
R81, 83, 85, 89
E000, 00, 11, 21, 04, R20

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Octavia

This week on the Kit and Clowder FB group we are playing with Polkadoodle images.  I love Octavia and she's a challenge to color so lots of fun for me.  The mushroom spots were made using whipped spackle by Faber-Castell and I added some pink shavings from my gelatos.  You can see it but I also added glitter overtop the spots.  I like using the whipped spackle because it's so light and airy it doesn't weigh a card down.


So my post on FB was this and you can play along too if you like:

This week we are showcasing Polkadoodle images and this one can be found here: 

http://www.polkadoodles.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=7135

There are a few contests going on right now:



or you can learn how to color Octavia and her owl friend in the animal class here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155299947175324&set=gm.659744924153780&type=1

Eventually I will make her into a card so stay tuned!
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Copics:

V20, 22, 25, 28
G21, 24, 28
B91, 93, 95, 97, 99
W00, 1, 3, 5, 7
E53, 43, 57
R81, 83, 85, 89
E000, 00, 11, 21, 04, R20

Friday, March 13, 2015

March Challenge

This month's March challenge at Kit and Clowder is a little more well....CHALLENGING!!  LOL!  


Pick your favorite movie and create a card!!  This month we are being sponsored by "Art By Mi Ran" so I chose Flapper 1920s.  In my world, hee hee, this is Daisy from "The Great Gatsby" sending along a birthday wish to Leo DiCaprio.  HA HA HA HA!!

Again I've use gorgeous papers from Michele R Designs and this particular set is called Cottage Garden.  You can even buy these now in a paper pad.  COOL HUH?!  The post card is part of the elements collection and you can even buy inserts and much more!  OMG AND THE BUTTERFLIES!  They are cutouts from her papers too!


The chipboard heart pieces are from Southern Ridge Trading Company (HRT-474) under "Hearts, Love and Weddings".  I've covered it with pink Tim Holtz crackle paint then Tim Holtz distress stickles "Clear Rock Candy".   There's a second small heart piece under the pink puffy thing, that my cat loves chewing on so much.  (Jeeps!)

The white spiral stem is from Wild Orchid along with some flowers (Live and Love Crafts) and the grass blades were from Magnolia.  The white rose trim and lace are also from LLC.


I've added some die cuts from Noor! Design UK (the chandelier and the circle corner/die) but I also used their Art Flower with 4 petals shape and loved making a shaped card!  What a fun change!



So I hope you can join us this month at K&C for the monthly challenge and have a great week!  Thanks for stopping by!
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I'm going to enter my card in the Noor! Design UK challenge, which is a sketch and to use their flower template. That was a little tricky but I think I managed.  LOL!

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Copics:

E000, 00, 11, 21, 04 R20
E50, 53, 43, 57
W1, 3, 5, 7, 9
V09, 12, 15, 17
R81, 83, 85, 89

Thursday, February 26, 2015

SRTC - LOVE

This project was fun but for some reason it took me 2 days!  Ok, I must confess I was at a crop with a lot of friends so they MAY have distracted me and I was busy distracting myself.  LOL!  

Here's the finishing project but I'll show you more as we go along.  


The first thing I did was cover the LOVE piece with white acrylic paint, then Crackle and then white paint again.  When you add the 3rd layer, that's when the cracking starts.  


I chose to use white under my first layer because I was going for a shabby chic look but if you wanted a more vintage look, you could paint the bottom color a brown or anything you wanted and it'll show through. 


My next step was to distress all the edges with Momento cocoa ink.  I also distressed the bottom of the V and E quite high because it does end up sliding in the base of the LOVE piece. 


The next thing I did was fit my picture into this sweet heart frame.  Yup it was a bit finicky but it worked.  I then painted the heart border with pink acrylic paint and sprayed with Prima's new color bloom "Cotton Candy" then "Worn Leather" and let it dry. 


Here I covered the picture with Versamark called "Frost" and then loaded it up with UTEE 3 or 4 times to get this effect.  Cracked very easy all on it's own at this point.


My next step was to add some more dimension so I mixed up some molding paste and colored it using a brown colored gelato.  At first I thought it was too dark but after all the embellishments were added it didn't too bad.  **Don't forget to do your base as well.


Just bare chipboard to a beautiful piece by adding some gold embossing powder. 


My finished hearts with a few Wild Orchid Crafts flowers (which Karen happens to sell at crops) and finished it off with a simple piece of lace.


For the top piece I covered with some chunky shabby white Stampendous embossing powder and then added the gold to the ends as well.  The piece underneath is just the raw chipboard with Versamark "Frost" and UTEE.  It's gorgeous this way as well!


Finished piece under a gorgeous Prima flower.  


The Cupid is covered with pink chunky Stampendous embossing powder.  So cute!  


Now everything starts to come together.  One thing I didn't take a picture of but you can see here is that I ended up adding some shabby chunky Stampendous white and gold embossing powder to different area's.  Wahoo ready for embellishements now!!  I always lie down my lace or ribbon first because I like building over top.  


So again, here is the completed product.  I also went around and touched with some gesso for a finishing touch . From Prima there are flowers, butterflies and the "US" bulb, Wild Orchid Craft flowers and some gorgeous resin pieces.  


All of these pieces are available from Southern Ridge Trading Company separately but for your convenience Karen has put together a package of all 4 pieces of chipboard and the wooden LOVE piece.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Bday FIL

We celebrated my FIL's 65th on Feb. 8th and alllllllll the men in this family love the outdoors.  It gets harder and harder every year so instead of coloring I decided to just play with a bunch of chipboard from Southern Ridge Trading Company.  I didn't realize it but before I gave away the card, apparently I took some very fuzzy pictures.  Oops!  But you get the idea.  


This elk piece is ANI-391 and you get 3 various sizes in the package.  I covered the piece with Frost Versamark and then covered with UTEE 3 times ... I think.  And isn't it special that I just happen to get a piece of white chunky embossing powder in there too?  OH I was so mad but ... whaddya do?  LOL!


Both of these trees are also available from SRTC and this package (NAT-382) comes with 3 trees.  First I painted both using Tim Holtz dabbers and different colors.  Then on the smaller one, I added some flower soft and then some Tim Holtz crackled paint on the bigger tree.

I just love these little clouds!!  I  bought a cloud stencil and just dabbed some structure paste and built it up so it's very puffy looking.  That's my newest thing lately.  OH and  I did he same for the bark looking papers behind too.  I colored some paste with Gelatos and used a Tim Holtz stencil and filled that in.  I love how that turned out.


Well!  That's it for me for now!!  Pretty basic man card for anyone on your list.  

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Kit and Clowder February Challenge

Welcome back for another challenge at Kit and Clowder!  This month's theme is LOVE and we are being sponsored by Ching-Chou Kuik digi stamps.  My image is called "Love" and how appropriate for this month huh?!


Again, I have to boast about these gorgeous papers by Michele R Designs called "Whimsy Romance".  Hoping I didn't cover them up too much.  hee hee


I just love this gorgeous die from Noor! Design "Love Heart" and the die behind my image, Oval die - it's been one die that I'm sure I've used the most.  I used a stencil from Dutch Doobadoo "Hearts" and filled with molding paste, then covered with some tiny beads I've had for years!!    The straws are from Live and Love Crafts and I popped a hat pin into the end of them as well and the are also from LLC.  


The big white flower is from Prima, the cute little frame resin MF piece, the chrysanthemum flower and pink springs are from LLC.  The little softboard loose bricks in above and below pic are from Noor! Design Uk and the company who makes them is Dutch Doobadoo.  I took some molding paste and colored the paste using gelatos, spread it on the brick piece and then let it dry.   After I went over the bricks and the whole card with gesso.  OMG THEY ARE CUTE!


And my last pic shows this MF piece I'm sure I also bought from LLC.  I tried to emboss just the heart with Stampendous frantage - pink.  Kind of missed some but it's still pretty.  


And there you have it!!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and you can bet I am as we have an extended one!!  WOO!  Looks like Eulanda's gonna get more crafty time!!  SCORE!!  LOL!

I'm going to enter this into the "Spring" challenge at Noor! Design Uk
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Copics:

V91, 93, 95, 99
E42, 43, 47, 49
E000, 00, 11, 04, 21, R20

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Canvas piece

This piece was so special for me to make.  My friend Sheri lost her sweet husband Bill a short white ago and I wanted to pay tribute to them both with a nice piece she could display for herself.  It was my first mixed media piece that I did on my own so I hope I did the picture justice.   


The buckle piece is gorgeous metal from Prima.  I think I'm REALLY turning into a Prima girl.  I may have said that once before.  LOL!  And even some of the flowers on this piece are Prima too.  Wow look at me go hey?!  hee hee! 


Another Prima resin piece or - oooooo that could be a MF frame.  See what happens when you throw away the packaging?  Soon I'm going to get that clip-it thingy and just leave everything so I can tell you the truth instead of guessing.  LOL!!  See my bark hearts peeking around behind the sunflower?  Those are from Live and Love Crafts and as you all know, one of my FAVORITE STORES!  The sunflower and wheat piece is from Magnolia. 


A gorgeous Prima swirl starts this beautiful bouquet out and the big flower is another Prima piece.  I also had my Gesso out and Gesso'ed (is that a word? LOL) EVERYWHERE!  Oh and look!  The "Adventure" bulb is also from Prima.  



So I learned how to play with stencils and molding paste.  OH MA GAWD!  FUN!  Unfortunately you have to envision how much you need without hiding so much.  LOL!  This corner is "Mini Love Post" (TCW) and Tim Holtz "Burlap" is in the lower left corner.  


OK, this was cool.  I used a piece of honeycomb chipboard from Southern Ridge Trading Company and colored it using Inka Gold "Old Silver".  After I was done I added some Glossy Accents to make it look like honey.  Thanks for that Nikki!


This gorgeous piece is also from SRTC - FLO481- so painted it white and then covered it with Tim Holtz crackle paint.  You can see some touches of some gelato on it as well.  


Well I think I've explained most of what I did but if I missed anything feel free to write me.  My friend received this and was over the top with happiness.  Made my day too.  Hee! 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Contest at Kit and Clowder - Ppinky Dolls

Cutest little image and CONTEST!  This week at the Kit and Clowder Facebook group, use your favorite color combo and color any Ppinky Doll for a chance to win 3 images from Ppinky Doll Stamps!  This little sweet thing is called "Flowers For You".

What?  You don't have any?  Receive 15% off your order over at the Ppinky store to grab some images using code PPINKYLOVE.


My favorite color combo is R81, 83, 85 and 89 and I've used Maja Design papers "Coffee in the Arbour".  Such pretty papers.  One of my newest favorite things is using the dies from Go Kreate because they are shaped and I really need to get away from only square cards.  I'm driving myself crazy over that.  LOL!!   

Some flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, which I have to admit I think I actually have enough of right now!!  Whoever says that?!!   LOL!  I added some Stickles to most of them.  


This little branch and flower die set is a Joy! Crafts die called "Flower Branch and Flowers".  It comes with 2 dies and one is the branch and then the little flowers is another.  I distressed the edges and added Stickles.  Even popped in a center using buttercup Liquid Pearls but my afterthought was I would have preferred pearl.  



The contest closes midnight 31 January EST.  Have fun and thanks for visiting!

I'm going to add my card to the January "With Love" challenge at Noor! Design.  If you are looking for these dies check out Tracey's new online shop.  WOW!!  I'm just sayin'.  LOL!
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Copics:

R81, 83, 85, 89
E000, 00, 11, 04, 21, R20
E11, 13, 15, 18
BG90, 93, 95, 99
Y11, 15, 17, 18

Monday, January 12, 2015

Cuddly Ride

Ooooo today I have all kinds of things to tell you about but first I'm going to start with these gorgeous papers from Michele R Designs. Thankfully the new VAT rules will NOT apply to her as she will be offering her digi papers via email now so YAY we can still enjoy these and this gorgeous one is relatively new called "Perfect Petals".  I can see myself making more cards with this pack.


My usual flower bouquet addition using Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and chrysanthemums from Live and Love Crafts.


I just love these frames and frame pieces from Southern Ridge Trading Company (COR-485).  In this case, I painted it with white acrylic paint and then added some Tim Holtz distress glitter.  Looks amazing in real life.



Isn't this image just the freakin'  CUTEST?!!  I was so lucky to be able to play with "Cuddly Ride" from Whimsy Stamps.  Love Sylvia Zet images!!


Well that's all I have for you today!  Have a great week my friends!

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Copics:

E41, 43, 47, 49
E000, 00, 11, 04, 21, R20
BG10, 11, 13, 18
E70, 74, 77, 79
E50, 51, 53, 55
V12, 15, 17, 09
W1, 3, 5, 7, 9