Thursday, November 23, 2017

Imagine That Digistamp - Thursday Inspiration

Good morning my dear stamping friends! How about some Turkey Day inspiration??

Today I have a new Design Team project to share with you from Imagine That! Digis by Kris. On Thursdays there's always a fun inspiration post on the Creative Playground blog, which is great to get your weekly fix of DT project postings! Today I'm sharing one of my first Christmas cards for this season. I know...I'm super late! More on that card in a moment. 

Did you also know that ITDBK has a monthly challenge that begins the first Saturday of every month?. If you create a new project for our challenge using ITDBK images, you will receive the Featured Set of the Month FREE, just for playing along! The challenge "theme" is Anything Goes (my favorite, you know). Check out all the details at the Creative Playground HERE. This month's FS is the sweet new "Reindeer Carols":



Don't worry, you still have over a week left to play along! 

As I mentioned, I've got some more traditional Christmas card action going on today!







I used the pre-colored images here, but I added in the use of the awesome 3D kit to build up the layers on this. I'm completely 3D challenged, but these kits make that a BREEZE. I can't even tell you! I love how this turned out, and the kit also comes with these gorgeous new papers as well. Click the links above to head off to the store for some holiday shopping!

That's it for me today! Be sure to check out the Creative Playground for more ITDBK inspiration, and get your crafty on for your chance to receive our November FS for free!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Oddball Art Co. Tutorial - Shaving Cream Backgrounds

Hello stamping friends! I'm here today with a new Techniques & Tutorials post for Oddball Art Stamps. This technique is another funky, fancy and fun background paper technique. You know I love those! 


Shaving Cream Marbled Backgrounds

This technique has been around FOR.EV.ER. And it's incredibly easy. My kids have done this one before too; it's messy and fun and produces unique results every time. Intrigued?? Let's go!

Ok! Assemble your supplies. You will need some nice cheap foam shaving cream (Gel doesn't work nearly as well. Get foam. The cheaper the better.), inks or watercolor paints, a tray of some kind to create the magic in, something to scrape the foam off the paper once you dip it, and something to swirl the foamy ink around before you apply it to your paper. You'll see what I mean.

 

The first step is to choose the colors you will want for your background. As you can see above, I have chosen red, green, blue and black, to match up with the colors I used in Image No. 252 Fearsome Fiona. Take your tray and add a layer of shaving cream to it. As you can see above, I used a plastic tray that some ground turkey came in. I washed it out and it was perfect. The nice thing about these is you can either wash and reuse when you're done (no worries about stains), or throw the whole mess away and start over next time you want to do some messy art!

Awesome! A nice layer for our ink or paint to sit on. Start adding drops. Anywhere you want. You can't do it "wrong", it's all right!

Yay! More colors?

Now, we are going to swirl/marble the inky shaving cream around to get some funky random patterns to imprint on our paper. A note - I pre-cut several sheets of plain white cardstock to A2 size (4.25"x5.5") before I started this project. These will be the papers that get marbled.

You can see that I used a stylus here for my swirling. I might recommend something more like a popsicle stick that has 2 sizes you can manipulate to change the way your pattern comes out. The stylus was quite skinny and I had to swirl a lot. 

 

Yay! We've swirled, and now we place our paper splat down on top of our marbled, inky, shaving cream masterpiece. We're having fun now! 

Yikes! It looks kinda ugly! Let's fix that. Once you place and press (not too hard) the paper into the inky shaving cream pot, peel it out by one corner. I put my tray on a scrap piece of cardboard, so I put the foamy paper down just next to it after I lifted it out of the tray. You will now want to scrape the foam off RIGHT AWAY. You don't want the paper to get any soggier than necessary. You can see I used a bone folder for this task, but you can use anything with a straight, flat edge. Ideally you want to scrape only once, because setting the scraper down a second time will leave a line on your paper where the edge touches.


Here is how it looks after it's scraped. Every piece will be unique. For this piece I started at the top and scraped downward. I wiped the bone folder off over the sink (or trash) and then moved on to the next piece. After 4 of these quarter sheets, I added another layer of foam and more ink, swirled it around, and did another 4 quarter sheets. 


You're done! Once they are dry, you can use them just like any other paper you've ever used. Decorate and assemble the rest of your project in any way that you envision. I'm a cardmaker, so this is going to be a card! I created the final project using Image No. 252 Fearsome Fiona, which I've colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils. The bat is a die from Fun Stampers Journey. The other dies are all from Gina Marie. Ribbon and tear drops from my stash.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If I've inspired you to create something, please link it up so I can take a look! Have a fabulous day and thanks for dropping by.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Kitty Bee Designs - November Spotlight!

Hello everyone, I hope you're having a great weekhave a super fun Kitty Bee spotlight card for you today from the FANTASTIC Kitty Bee Designs. I am SO in love with all of these little Panda darlings. Ok, fine, I'll be honest - I love all of the darlings. If you are new to Kitty Bee, you HAVE to check them out. Seriously. They are adorable and awesome to color; the shapes and designs lend themselves to all kinds of color and sketch combos!

Check out this adorable Pumpkin Panda. Yes...Pumpkin. Panda! He's so much fun! My son came in while I was coloring and he said "oh that's a really cute panda stamp, I like it!".

Not sure if you saw my blog post the other day, but I have officially declared Halloween cards continue to be both acceptable and ENCOURAGED, because Halloween is awesome ALL the time. After Thanksgiving I will change gears, but until then, I saw Halloween away! It's my favorite holiday, so I'm all about the celebration. There's no better way then with a panda playing dress-up:


Thanks for stopping by today! Have a fabulous day and stamp happy!


Imagine That Digistamp - November Challenge Mid-Month Inspiration

Good morning my dear stamping friends! I'm so happy it's the weekend!

Today I have a new Design Team project to share with you from Imagine That! DigistampITD has a monthly challenge that begins the first Saturday of every month. If you create a new project using ITD images, you will receive the Featured Set of the Month FREE, just for playing along! The challenge "theme" is Anything Goes (my favorite, you know). This month's FS is the super cute "Reindeer Carols"...just in time for your Christmas cardmaking needs! There is also a matching 3D Kit to accompany this set, you can find it in the store HERE.



We are about halfway through the challenge, so you have a few weeks left to play along! The linkup closes on DECEMBER 1ST, so head over to the Creative Playground and link up your project HERE.

On to my inspiration!! Today I used the Reindeer Carols set, I couldn't resist those sweet faces! I love the floating music notes and the old-fashioned lamp post they are gathered around. 




I also incorporated one of the printable digital papers included in the Poinsettia 3D Kit. Die from MFT, red velvet bow, snowflake gem, and snowflake sequins are from my stash and are probably 10 years old! Sheet music embossing folder from Darice.

That's it for me today! Be sure to check out the Creative Playground for more ITD inspiration, and get your crafty on for your chance to receive our current FS for free!

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps - New Release Inspiration

Hello Oddballs! I have a FUN extra post for you today to show off one of the new release images at Oddball Art Stamps! I hope you love him as much as I do. Meet our newest and cutest dragon image, Sugarpuff Finds the Forest Image No. 401.




Don't forget, we still have our monthly challenge at Oddball Art Stamps that we'd love to have you play along with! We have revamped how we do challenges, please stop over and read all about it HERE. There are still plenty of prizes up for grabs, and time to enter!! The month's optional theme is "Cemeteries".

Be sure to use coupon code DTJENNIFER10 when you're shopping at the Oddball Etsy Shop so you can save a few pennies (you know you need Sweetie Pie in your life!). Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fancy Fold Blog Hop with Imagine That Digistamp

Happy Thursday crafters!!  

Welcome to my stop on the "Fancy Fold Blog Hop" with  Imagine That DigistampsWe hope you will be inspired to try some of these card folds, treat boxes or other 3D projects which is perfect timing with Christmas right around the corner!


I made an Easel Card using the Red Nose Reindeer digi set (in shop HERE). I followed this easy tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers. I LOVE Easel Cards, they are fun to make and they look like a million FANCY bucks when finished. When I need to step out of my comfort zone of.... "Standard A2 Card", LOL, I reach for ideas using this type of project layout first!

Here's a view of my card, this is the finished product, but it's closed. If I were to mail this or give it to someone, when they took it out of the envie, this is what they would see.


Then....the magic happens! Final, finished card, standing up in Easel form. This image is perfect for Easel cards. PERFECT. You can crank out a whole pile the MOST AMAZING Christmas cards for everyone on your list in a matter of hours. I used the pre-colored version of the most adorable Rudolph ever for this project. Try it, you'll love it, I guarantee. Impress your friends! ;)



Thanks for joining us on our Fancy Fold Adventure today! I hope that you've been inspired. 

Be sure to start at the Creative Playground!! Here is a full list of the hop....

Aud Sentiments #193 - Anything Goes

Happy Thursday! We have a new challenge for you at Aud Sentiments this morning!

The current challenge is sponsored by Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog! More details on the prize can be found on the challenge blog post for this challenge. As always, fantastic and generous loots are up for grabs! The challenge theme for the next 2 weeks is "Anything Goes". That's an easy one! Can't wait to see your creations! 

Here is my project, featuring Max the Monkey from Kitty Bee Designs. Could he even BE any cuter?? Kitty Bee Designs have some of my favorite adorable images - they are perfect for any type of card and those sweet round faces are so easy and fun to color. Just awesome!


Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to link up your lovelies over at Aud Sentiments for your chance to win! Remember, you MUST include a sentiment to enter our challenge! We love seeing all of your creations on the linkup :)


Creative Knockouts #220 - Border Time + Oddball Art New Release!

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is....Border Time! Include a border of some type on your finished project.

This week's sponsor is Scrap N Dipity, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player! We didn't have images to work with, so we get to pick our own! Yay!!



Here is my project, featuring Ghost Dancer Image No. 402 from Oddball Art Stamps. This is a new release image that hasn't been in the store for very long, so don't worry if you didn't happen to notice her yet. HOWEVER, now that you have...isn't she absolutely GORGEOUS!? I have a wonderful time coloring this delicate dancer for today's project.

The awesome circle sentiment is an Imagine That Digistamp image. It comes from the MOST AMAZING set of scalloped and plain, colored and black & white sentiments you will EVER see. There are 41 images in the set. Yes....41. Check it out HERE.

My border is a cloud die that I used on the left side, keeping the right side straight. The die over the main image is from Fun Stamper's Journey, as is the twine. Googly eyes on the sentiment, just for fun :)

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Penny's Challenge #355 - Anything Goes + DT CALL

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone's week is going well! The new challenge at Penny's starts today! Our sponsors this week are Oddball Art Stamps and Bugaboo Stamps. Always a so fabulous to have our amazing sponsors help us out with showcasing images! You have until Tuesday night to link up with us on the Penny's Challenge blog.

ALSO - PENNY'S IS HAVING A DESIGN TEAM CALL!! Julie is amazingly easy to work for, and Penny's has a wonderful following of great players each week. We have a ton of new sponsors lined up for next year, and we'd love to hear from YOU about joining the team! No prior DT experience is necessary. You can apply on the challenge blog post here by entering and adding "DT" after your name in the label on the InLinkz. Easy peasy!

Today's card features this super sweet and adorable Silly Chilly Stan Image No. 138 from Oddball Art Stamps. You know I love it when Lizzy sponsors!!



That's it for this post! Don't forget to swing over to the Penny's Challenge blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Aloha Friday #107 - Color Challenge

Good morning! Aloha Friday is in full swing over at Kitty Bee Designs! Our current challenge is #107: Color Challenge, and this is week #2Our challenge this week is sponsored by both My Besties and Bugaboo! Double your pleasure...and prizes!


My card with this fun palette features an adorable Halloween set from Bugaboo called Cute Halloween Set 02. I merged several images to create a scene. The sentiment panel and other extras are from various sets of Halloween stickers I got at Dollar Tree. The yellow background paper is Lawn Fawn. Colored with Copics.




Here's the color palette for this week's challenge:

Bugaboo's first November challenge is Anything Goes! Love that, and LOVE Bugaboo. I'm linking up!

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to link up your school creations over at Aloha Friday, and I hope you have an AWESOME day!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps October/November Challenge - Cemeteries

Welcome to the Oddball Art Stamps October/November Challenge! At Oddball Art Stamps, we have revamped how we do challenges, please stop over and read all about it HERE. There are still plenty of prizes up for grabs!! Check out my sweet Phoebe and her ghostly friends. They're not IN a cemetery *per se*, but they are the ghostests with the mostest, so I say it counts!


This is Phoebe & Friends Image No. 238. Colored with Copics OF COURSE. The sentiment panel is from a package of Halloween stickers and bits I got awhile back from Dollar Tree, hehe.

Thanks for stopping by today. You have lots of time to enter this month's challenge, so get creative!! 


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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Penny's #354: Anything Goes + DT Call!

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone's week is going well! The new challenge at Penny's starts today! Our sponsors this week are Conie Fong and Sasayaki Glitter. Always a so fabulous to have help us out with showcasing images! You have until Tuesday night to link up with us on the Penny's Challenge blog.

ALSO - PENNY'S IS HAVING A DESIGN TEAM CALL!! Julie is amazingly easy to work for, and Penny's has a wonderful following of great players each week. We have a ton of new sponsors lined up for next year, and we'd love to hear from YOU about joining the team! No prior DT experience is necessary. You can apply on the challenge blog post here by entering and adding "DT" after your name in the label on the InLinkz. Easy peasy!

Today's card features this super sweet and adorable Christmas Penguin from Conie Fong. Her images are always so cute and sweetly detailed. This was fun to color!





That's it for this post! Don't forget to swing over to the Penny's Challenge blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Penny's Challenge 353 - Anything Goes!

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone's week is going well! The new challenge at Penny's starts today! Our sponsor this week is Doctor Digi. Always a great one to have help us out with showcasing images! You have until Tuesday night to link up with us on the Penny's Challenge blog.

Today's card features this beautiful pre-colored Beer Sentiment Sheet. OMG - soooooooo funny!! Love these - I always need stuff for guy cards, and funny is good. These are great for quick cards, or even complicated cards! The sentiment is a clear stamp from Paper Pretties and the Beer Stein is from DRS Designs in red rubber. Oh yea, and those are eyelets. I used my CropADile I've had for 10,000 years. Kickin' it OLD SKOOL this week!



That's it for this post! Don't forget to swing over to the Penny's Challenge blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Penny's Challenge #352 - Anything Goes

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone's week is going well! The new challenge at Penny's starts today! Our sponsor this week is Fred She Said. Always a great one to have help us out with showcasing images! You have until Tuesday night to link up with us on the Penny's Challenge blog.

Today's card features this beautiful pre-colored Calla Lily. Love these - such fabulous shading and I love the halo around the image too. These are great for quick cards, or even complicated cards, but you can save a few minutes on coloring! So versatile. The sentiment is a clear stamp from Paper Pretties.



That's it for this post! Don't forget to swing over to the Penny's Challenge blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps October/November Blog Challenge - Cemeteries

Welcome to the Oddball Art Stamps October/November Challenge! This was actually my FIRST card, and it went live on the Oddball Art blog on October 15th as it was supposed to! Unfortunately we had a sudden and tragic death in our extended family that had me very stressed and not thinking straight...so I forgot to post it here on my personal blog. My apologies.

At Oddball Art Stamps, we have revamped how we do challenges, please stop over and read all about it HERE. There are still plenty of prizes up for grabs!! Check out my zombie girl and spell book composite image. This is my FIRST EVER time doing zombie skin. How'd I do? I was VERY nervous, I'm not ashamed to admit...


This is Wendy Walker Image No. 29 and Spooky Book Stack Image No. 199. Colored with Copics OF COURSE. The sentiment panel is from a package of Halloween tags and bits I got awhile back from Pink Paislee (I think?).

Thanks for stopping by today. You have lots of time to enter this month's challenge, so get creative!! 


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Imagine That! - October Challenge: Anything Goes!

Good morning my dear stamping friends! I'm so sorry - I'm a day late with this post!!

Today I have a new Design Team project to share with you from Imagine That! Digis by Kris. Yes! I was a guest designer over the summer, but I have now accepted a permanent spot on the DT. This is my first "official" post - I'm so excited!! 

ITDBK has a monthly challenge that begins the first Saturday of every month. If you create a new project for our challenge using ITDBK images, you will receive the Featured Set of the Month FREE, just for playing along! The challenge "theme" is Anything Goes (my favorite, you know). Check out all the details at the Creative Playground HERE. This month's FS is the sweet new "Thanks a Bunch":



We are about halfway through the challenge, so you have a few weeks left to play along!

For some ITDBK inspiration this morning, I have created this cute birthday card using a set I've had my eye on for awhile - Birthday Raccoon.



Isn't he adorable?? Perfect for kid cards, and I am always in need of those around here! I went with boy colors today. Both of my sons have birthdays coming up this fall, so I had lots of inspiration! Colored with Copics, die from My Favorite Things, papers from my stash, Kaisercraft pearls, ribbon is from RABOM. Here's a view of the full set, available HERE in the ITDBK shop.



That's it for me today! Be sure to check out the Creative Playground for more ITDBK inspiration, and get your crafty on for your chance to receive our October FS for free!

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps - October/November Challenge and Coloring Tutorial!

Welcome to the Oddball Art Stamps October/November Challenge! We have revamped how we do challenges, please stop over and read all about it HERE. There are still plenty of prizes up for grabs!! One project I have made to showcase this challenge (it follows this month's theme of "Cemeteries of London" - so fun!) also comes with a coloring tutorial! This is my first step-by-step coloring photo tutorial, so I hope it's easy to follow and that it can be helpful to some of you lovely stampers out there. We are going to do a step-by-step breakdown of creating and coloring this project:



Sounds fun? Let's get started!! 



I forgot to take a photo of this merged image before I started coloring. Whoops! So just imagine this first image with ZERO color on it, and that's where we started. ;)

I started out by laying down a base coloring for the grass. My plan is to make it still greenish, but dried out and crunchy...."fall" and "spooky" looking. This is Boneyard Image No. 349. (BTW - You can click on any of these photos to see an enlarged version).


 
We don't want the grass too pretty. Let's dirty it up with random specks.
 
Keep going. I'm using several shades and layering colors to give a mottled/trampled dry grass look.
 
A lighter color to blend...
 
Gotta have some dead spots!
And some dehydrated stalks...
 Blend it together to flatten the look.
 Let's shade the bones a bit to start out.
 More shading. They are laying here in the grass and dirt. I imagine they are a little bit mossy and damp. Then use the lighter T0 to blend what you have so far.
 Laying down a base color on the fence pieces.
 Shading...
 More shading.
 Base color on the tombstone.
 Add shading and highlights.
 More dark spots.
Dark and creepy fun!
 Eeek!
 Blend.
 Orange accents.
 Shading for the orange.
 Darker.
 Blend.
 Fence nails and dark spot accents.
Mr. Ghostly Bat, Image No. 84 is flying above our graveyard. Let's make him unique...we had a lot of grey with the tombstone, and he's got some highlights from the moon, let's say. I'm thinking a purpley-grey.
 I'm thinking we will be able to see gradients in his wings as he is flying by. We'll make the inside skin the thinnest and lightest. Add dark around the edge of your base.
 Darker.
 Darker bits.
 Blending into a dark grey here but just a bit, don't over do it.
 Blend.
 Let's add veins!
 And clean up our shading a bit.
 More clean up. Start blending.
 Blend more.
 Use Copic Multiliner to fix parts of the wings. Because the lines are delicate and a few of my marker tips need to be changed, I wasn't able to get all the way perfectly to the edges of each line. So since I had these wings getting darker and darker as they got closer to the outside, after I had the color laid down as well as I dared, I filled in any white spots with black fine point multiliner.
 Add a little pink to the eyes to make him spooky!
 Viola!
Put it all together on a creepy cute and FUN Halloween masterpiece! I added sequins, enamel matte dots, Tonic Nuvo drops, and I did some Amethyst clouds VERY LIGHTLY  in the background sky area of the scene.

That's it for me! This is my first coloring tutorial, so be gentle. I hope you enjoyed it, thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to enter your gorgeous creations into our challenge, you have until the end of November this time around as we transition with our challenge changes, so get creative!

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