3.25.2017

Coffee Filter Peony

 So, it finally happened I actually finished something with those coffee filters... and here are a few thoughts I learned a long the way. ( water filters through them, put a blotter underneath if you want to color on it with something WET lol), glue does not really want to stick to them either so, you're going to have to think about alternate adhesive if you want it to be on a card or something.
I started the first filter stamping with oxide ink then decided to watercolor over that... of course it bleed out. but, the colors did remain vibrant, So I then grabbed this new pen and ink peony stamp ( Impress) and stamped it in versafine and water colored with the worn lipstick oxide ink. this did work, it did bleed through, so, being not very patient, I did hit it with my heat gun which promptly smoked it... then after if finally air dried, I scribbled on some distress marker and some sparkle noir pink pen over the of it.
 you may catch some of the bling in this shot if you enlarge it. the sentiment (clearly besotted message me) was a piece of kraft cardstock that has some worn lipstick oxide ink smooshed into it.
 This is up on foam pop dots.

I did originally add some ATG glue to the back side of the flower petals but, it did not really want to stick so, I ran this piece through the sewing machine to the top quilted shimmer (DCWV) paper. The base is Bazzill and this one finished at 6" square in real life. This weeks Inspiration challenge heads to Audrie's IC board on pinterest where I found this peonies color jumpstart for a spring board.

3.22.2017

WOYWW #407 {needs a pickup}

Happy desk peeking day! if you'd like to play along with us,
So, on monday I struggled to complete some Easter cards very CAS ones ( see previous post for the close up shot) and went down for the count with a migraine. so, things have "piled" up.
( I am good today YAY maybe I will get something done after work)
 anyways off to the left are some of the things used on the Easter cards and also some new things I wanted to stamp to color. ( there is a 30 day coloring challenge going on this month seen here. I don't make time every day but, I have colored more this month than I have all winter so, it has been a win for me that way. )

 now then this is the what's coming next ( I think ) there is a coffee lover's blog hop coming up at the end of this week. and last Saturday Audrie hosted an Inspiration challenge that goes to a pinterest board of "tea bag art" so, the art had been created on used tea bags... and I looked at that and thought hunh, how interesting is that, second thought was I have not had bagged tea in a long time. ( its a only when I am really sick and have a scratchy throat thing for me) and then I started thinking well what if you just rinsed off coffee filters and let them dry... and so I did, so Monday I had an email with the Verve sketch and I remembered I had this little set of stamps from them that I picked up during the last two or three coffee hops ( I lose track of the time) and thought what if... so, that's the plan. the other print out was the piece I was going to use to be "inspired" by from that challenge. the only thing is I am debating if I want to cut the filters into a tea bag "shape" or not lol.

So, off to the right I seen last weekend there is a VSN coming soon to SCS and one of the things on the "shopping list" is animal images and in my to be colored pile of images I hauled to work I have some Christmas/ Winter ones so, I did a couple of those with some limited supplies (to me 20 colors is extreme limited as far as choice goes) Caran D'ache Luminance colored pencils. I will have to play with these some more, but so far so good. the lead is more sturdy than prisma pencils and I can get the cross hatching to actually show and what not but, I think that for me to do animal images I will most likely need way more colors. So, I am probably going to mix these pencils into the "general population" of my prisma's and such haha. oh, that pink marker is there because, I need to remember to buy a new one, its dry. so, that's about it for this morning. thanks for stopping by!

3.21.2017

Chocolate Bunnies

 A few years ago now, I picked up this IO stamp ( hoppy wishes) about the same time I was starting to teach my self to play with copic markers so, I did a stack of them. (all the same no improvements) and I was really a glad they went fast but b disappointed with how flat they coloring looked. ( this was back when I would spend hours coloring one image with pencils mind you. ) so, I set the stack aside. maybe a week or so ago I came across the stack again and thought just add some pencil for some depth. and set them aside again ha ha. but, yesterday I seen that Kia is hosting a bunny hop for the clean and simple challenge this week so, I thought well why not. the card bases were pre-made ones from Impress ( the insides are white) they are not as sturdy as say 110 card so, really they can either only be die cut or used for simple cards this ones name is meadow. ( its nearly a perfect match for the Oxide peeled paint ink too which is what the Clearly Besotted (message me) sentiment was done in. The image panel was die cut with a Wplus9 Anastasia tag die and the sentiment was cut with a hero arts ( single) tag die. they were tied together with some scrappers floss.

A closer look at just one cupcake. There are actually 10 finished cards. ( and I have not done that many of the same thing in a very long time)

3.19.2017

Tulips for DJ

 Today's featured stamper is the uber talented DJ Rants... and I have been a huge fan of her talent for a long time and promptly hunted down this beautiful Tulip card from my favorites to CASE. I love how so many of her cards have the gorgeous layers and lace peeking out. So, with the need to make changes I did consolidate some of the layers to go a little more simple. This card finished out at 5 X 7 in real life. the tulips from Marianne Designs tiny tulip border were stamped with some versafine on Neenah cream and colored with polychromos pencils. some of the pigments were melted with a prisma color less blender marker and then later I ended up adding more pencil over that. And then later after I shot this I ended up adding some clear wink of stella on the petals. I did cut the bottom scallop edge first (pretty pink posh stitched borders #4) and then cut the stitched scallop die (waffle flower lacy layers a7 die) over the top of all that so, I used scissors to cut off the bottom from the sides.  That lace is vintage and so is the button.

A closer look at the image with the lace ( which really is nearly the same color as that shade of cream so, its harder to see it.) if you click any photo on this blog it should open up as larger and then you can use your browsers back button to continue reading. There is a bit of Karen fosters scrappers floss through the button with some glue dots hiding under it all just in case.

3.17.2017

a peep load


 Sometime last fall when J was home for Thanksgiving he was dating a gal whose hobby was taking her full sized truck "mudding" and this started the discussion that I own ( no pick up truck stamps period) *gasp!* and then shortly after that I seen somewhere online ( sorry but, it was probably someone on the honeybee dt) posted a card with this truck done no line watercoloring style. I loved it, did not even hit pause before one was on its way to me... today is the first day it has been inked... because, not too long ago Sue, on the yournextstamp dt posted a card with these peeps and I loved it. and I thought I wonder if it will fit in the truck... and so it does.

A closer look at this truckload of peeps. The pencils used for this were entirely polychromos, which is rare for me to not mix pencils. I did melt the pigments slightly with a colorless blender marker from Prisma. There is also some camera shy gellyroll stardust pen work on the lights and chrome of the truck. I used a SU crumb cake marker on the windows since this was stamped with Versafine (gray) on some very white Neenah cardstock and cut out with scissors. this is up on foam pop dots. The edges of the scissor cuts were inked with a SU Sahara sand marker. I also added some sharpie pen to the faces of the peeps to help them POP a little. The green scrap ( PTI spring moss) was run through a cuttlebug folder for some texture, I used the same all aboard bunch of happiness set for the sentiment and cut that out with a papersmooches speech bubble die. The glitter tape is from X-press it ( it's very skinny and easy to use)

3.15.2017

WOYWW #406

Happy Desk Peeking Day!
If you'd like to play along with us the hook-up starts here at our hostess Miss Julia's blog.
hmmm, so last weekend I had the bright idea that I was going to "stamp" all those new oxides and add them to my ink swatches book. so, I spent considerable time looking for said ink book... I found two very fat old binders with stamped images, and one with bazzill cardstock swatches / color names... but, no ink. I know I am not crazy that I really DID make one proof of said book hides in my SCS gallery. but, I have no idea where I stashed it. so, I started over. (that is what is in those little envelopes new swatches, I've bought a lot of new inks over the last few years it seems mostly pigments because, I have almost all distress colors and a lot of old SU dye colors etc etc. so, This is a curiosity factor thing. re-inked a few of those pads a long the way. I am not done yet. That one lone Nick Bantock pad, I do not have a reinker for and I do not think they sell those anymore (ranger) so, it may get tossed, its nearly bone dry. I think some weeding will take place eventually. I have not touched any of the cube or catseye sized pads either yet. also off to the left are things I played with when I did make a card and over to the right are a couple of more well used water pens that I am going to haul to work and some things I have colored and not done anything with yet in the scraps bin. I also cleaned out that display of markers and pencils that hide on this table ( I took all the duplicates to work) which is how I know I need some aqua brushes & came home with a couple of things colored this week so far.
oh yes, the year of colors distress and all the oxide pads got labeled last weekend too. (YAY me) funny true story, I love the label maker but, I hardly ever drag it out and use it. and if you read all that YAY for you & Thanks! for stopping by :)