Thursday, January 16, 2020

Catching Up!

I haven't posted in a month, but I have been busy! 

Christmas was so fun - the Grandboys add so much pleasure to the holidays.  It was a Lego, Transformer, and Games Christmas.  I love to play with them all and they are still small enough that they let me! LOL

My highlight of the season (other than my new giant Journaling Bible) was when Grandboy #2 decided I could be something other than a decepticon when we play Transformers.  I had been regulated to playing the bad guys for a few months, but somehow made it to the good guy side.  Yay!  Another highlight was when Grandboy #1 and #3 decided that making cards with Nan was more fun than going home or to the other Grand's house.  I agree!

Here are a few of my recent projects:

So fun playing with some of the millions of cardboard boxes we had this Christmas season.  Remind self:  buy stock in whoever Amazon gets their boxes from.  Added in a few SU! chickens, some paint, and my trusty Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo (every project needs it).  I ended up putting this on a card.  The friend who received it loved it as she has chickens.

This one is hubby's Valentine's Day card.  I love the colors and the way all these SU! images came out.  These are some of my favoite sets and that is one of my favorite sentiments of all time. 

After a recent Splitcoaststamper,com Easel Card challenge, I can't seem to stop making them!  The left card uses my favorite new SU! set (Snow Front) and the one on the right uses DRS Designs images.

Hubby bought me these cute gnome images for Christmas and I love them!  So fun to watercolor.

I am always up for a bacon and eggs card!  Made the eggs and bacon using layers of gel medium and water colors.  Love how happy this card feels.

This is the inside of a fun birthday card/journal I made for my son-in-law.  Didn't take as long as I thought to construct it so I will making some more!!!  The next picture is the cover. 

He loved this!

I made a bunch of manly hunting cards - thinking I may try to sell them at one of the gun shows hubby sets up at.   Close to my Heart images and stencil is Altenew. 

More playing with SU! Snow Front set. 

Now you are pretty much all caught up with my creations.  I will try to get around soon and catch up on what you have been doing soon.  Thanks for coming by and visiting!


Sunday, December 15, 2019

Holiday Pines

I am getting a few last minute Christmas cards done.  For this one, I used the Global Design Project Challenge for inspiration - O Christmas Tree (#GDP219) along with THIS picture from LTD Commodities ( Inpiration Challenge this weekend).

 I used the trees in SU! Wonderland and inked them in various shades of green and a few in a little black. 

The sentiment is from DRS Designs because I couldn't find my SU! sentiment like this.  Sponged the bg before stamping.  The gems are CTMH.  A super quick card.

Hope you are all doing well.



Sunday, December 8, 2019

Good Morning Magnolia Wedding Scrapbook Page

I just love the Global Design Project Sketch this week (#GDP218).  I posted a card using it earlier, and here is the scrapbook page I did.  I used the SU! Good Morning Magnolia set (colored with watercolors and stamped with Versafine Black Onyx. 
This is the fun sketch:

Hugz and thanks for stopping by!

Inspired Pine Cones

Hello crafty friends.

I am popping in my blog to post a fun card inspired by THIS fun Mackennzie-Child's Christmas tree (IC Challenge on and the Global Design Project #GDP218.
I used a fun plaid Close to My Heart paper as the base, scraps from my stash for the other papers.  The images are the Pinecone with Bow image from DRS Designs and the sentiment is the Deco Peace and Joy Christmas Greeting also from DRS also from DRS. 
I water-colored the images and then added Snowtex and Stickles for texture.  

I love this sketch!  I did a scrapbook page using it too that I will post soon.

Hugz and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Napkin Fun

Hello crafty friends.  I am still around!  With work super busy, it has been hard for me to keep up my blogging and card-making, BAJ, and scrapbooking....the blogging fell off but the crafting has been going well.  In the last week and a half, I have made two fun projects using napkins. 

This card was really fun to make, I played with a new set of Tim Holtz dies that I received for my birthday (Merry Moose).  I have loved every card I have seen with this set, and I am so glad my daughter bought it off my Amazon wish list.

I started my card by spraying watercolor paper with water and then sprinkling on some Brushos powder.  Next, I sprayed more water until the powders all blended.  Don't you love how Brushos change and move and turn into something wonderful?

The trees are cut from eight layers of a folded napkin.  I watched a video this week by Dave Brethauer (Graphic Designer for Memory box) on using die cut napkins in your art, and I really wanted to try it (I really recommend you watch the video - his examples are stunning).  Once the trees were cut, I water colored them with brown Brushos and let them dry.  I cut the moose from some malted milk paper and water colored all the pieces.  The gold pieces are from a left over facial cream package I have been saving (I love a good up-cycle).  I hand cut the snow bank and added some watered down black on the edge.  For my sentiment, I stamped the DRS Designs Small Merry Christmas Greeting and cut it out like a banner.  After the moose was assembled and added to the scene, I flecked on some Snowtex.

Sounds like a lot of steps but it was really pretty easy.  I made another one for my Pop's birthday card - what hunter doesn't like a card with game on it? LOL.  

I also wanted to share one of my favorite BAJ pages I have done lately.

I know, it is a bit on the scary side, but the Seven Seals (Revelation) are a bit on the scary side too!  This was also made using a napkin.  It was a left over Halloween napkin.  I cut the skull out and in half and used gesso to stick it and seal it.  Once it was dry, I went over the edges with a marker.  I then went into the words with the marker the depth of the skull on the other side.  Using my finger, I added some Tim Holtz Black Soot on the other side to do matching shadows so I had a similar left side in the words without covering them up.  

I wrote the seven seals in the cracks and crevices of the napkin side.  Uber frightful and super fun.  It was easy and looks sooooo cool (to me).

Hope you are doing well and creating tons of fun stuff for the holidays (or for any day :)).   



Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Acrylic Block Fun

Last night, I had a little time so I played in the technique challenge. The challenge is coloring an image with your acrylic block.  You actually place your acrylic block on top of an acrylic block with your image and color over it. Then you mist it lightly and then stamp it over your previously stamped image.

I struggled with it because I was too lazy to get my watercolor markers.  After I finished up, I swiped my acrylic block with ink, splashed on some water and then pressed it onto the paper as well.  I did that with three colors.  I covered up most of my issues.  Fun!

The image is from the To a Wild Rose SU! set and the sentiment is from IO and designed by Dina Kowal.  I love that sentiment.

I had another Dina sentiment and the SU! leaves out so I made another card by just stamping all around an ink, spray, smash bg.
I used this same sentiment on a card this weekend for the SCS Inspiration Challenge:

I sponged the mountains and added some pine needles to the side and snowtex to the top.

Hope you are all doing well.  Thanks for dropping by!


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Mixed Media Scrapbooks and some Inky Cards

A few weeks ago, I started a new scrapbook.  It is a cross between a mixed media journal, an experiment, a scrapbook, and a journal journal.  It probably has a trendy name - please let me know if you know it.  I have been basically taking a thought or Bible verse out of my head, matching it with a picture, and doing a mixed media background.  It has been so fun!

Here are a few of my pages:
On the page above, I am celebrating a few answered prayers (I have a bunch more since then and plan to do another page).  I did and ink/spray/smash bg with a lot of stenciling and doodling and then covered it all up with my super large journaling panel - lol.  I sponged the journal panel and then stamped on the tree ring from DRS Designs.
On the page above, I did an ink/spray/smash bg followed by some stamping, and then some stenciling.  I used SU! ink, Distress ink and Dina Wakley scribble sticks.  The lady stamp is also from Dina Wakley. 
The background on this page was also ink spray smash and the zombie male from DRS Designs was colored with Dina Wakley scribble sticks.  The pictures on the photo strip were from our recent trip to Great Wolf Lodge (love that place).
Another ink/spray/smash background, but then I dipped a circle stencil in some of the ink and slapped it on the page too.  I outlined a few of the circles with Stickles too.
This was a page I embossed with some white bricks. Then I dipped in some inky water and scrunched it.  I was inspired by a great artist on, Cook22.  When it dried, I coated it with modge podge.  I added on some gold beads for fun.

Lastly, here are few fun cards with the same basic techniques as above.  The first background was made by dipping multiple stencils inky water and pressing them on the paper.  I used the Trick or Treaters Last Stop and Fall Leaf with Acorn stamps from DRS.

This one was also made using several stencils dipped in water.  Then I did some extra stenciling as well.  The birds are from Dina Wakley and the sentiment is from Dina Kowal (IO).
Hope you have been having as much fun as I have!

Many hugz