Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Sailboat and Some Kitties



The DRS Designs Challenge this week is a color challenge and here is the pallet:


This picture makes me feel refreshed just looking at it! 

Here is my creation



Stamped the Sailboat image, sponged yellow on top and blue on bottom and edged with yellow all the way around.  Colored up my sails and boat with a paintbrush dipped in my inks.  Mixed up some white acrylic paint and recollections fine glitter to make my waves - the glitter added a lot of texture so I will be using this combination (more glitter) for snow on my winter cards this year.  I stamped on the You are My Sunshine sentiment as it seemed to fit this card the best of all my sentiments.  Took my scraps and stamped on some Lines of Plenty and stenciled on some of the leftover paint and glitter to make the little banners on the side. 

Hope you are inspired by these colors and fun image.  Come play with us!

Made this card earlier in the week also using DRS Designs images, ink, and an animal print stencil.  This one is the opposite of my sailboat card as far as colors.


I stamped the new Ruler image (I love this one!!), the Happy Cat Sitting image, and the Walk on the Wild Side Birthday greeting.  I really like how the stenciling on the kitties came out. 

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Hugz


A Sailboat and Some Kitties



The DRS Designs Challenge this week is a color challenge and here is the pallet:


This picture makes me feel refreshed just looking at it! 

Here is my creation





Stamped the Sailboat image, sponged yellow on top and blue on bottom and edged with yellow all the way around.  Colored up my sails and boat with a paintbrush dipped in my inks.  Mixed up some white acrylic paint and recollections fine glitter to make my waves - the glitter added a lot of texture so I will be using this combination (more glitter) for snow on my winter cards this year.  I stamped on the You are My Sunshine sentiment at the end.  Took my scraps and stamped on some Lines of Plenty and stenciled on some of the leftover paint and glitter. 

Hope you are inspired by these colors and fun image and come play with us.

Made this card earlier in the week also using DRS Designs images, ink, and an animal print stencil.  This one is the opposite of my sailboat card on the color spectrum.


I stamped the new Ruler image (I love this one!!), the Happy Cat Sitting image, and the Walk on the Wild Side Birthday greeting.  I really like how the stenciling on the kitties came out. 

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Hugz


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Weekend Projects

I always show what is on my kitchen counter since I craft there, but today I want to show you what was on my kitchen table this weekend:


It is a Little Blue Truck painted on a giant 6 ft box.  It covers my super large kitchen table.  My daughter and I painted it this past weekend for my Grandson's 1st Birthday.  They are going to cut it out and use it for a picture prop at the party.  So fun!!!

I made a few cards this past weekend as well.  This one was for the Splitcoast Stampers Black/White Inspiration Challenge and the Fan Club Challenge for June/July:


This one is for the Outlawz Paper A La Mode challenge.  The image is from A Day for Daisies and is called Wedding Mum.  I sponged the bg and the images (I used three copies of the image).


Hope your weekend was wonderful and your week is going well.  Many hugz!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Fun With Sailboats and Puppies

DRS Designs has some new fun stamps so I played with them this week (they are available in the store in a few days).

My first card is made with the new sailboat, island scene, and ruler stamps.  I also used the Big Mouth Bass, You are my Sunshine, and Wood grain background images.  I was going for a Tim Holtz look on this one so I sponged and sprayed and stenciled the card and fish. I entered this one in the SCS Inspiration Challenge (the Tim Holtz inspiration from two weeks ago) and this week's color challenge.  I love all these images (new and old)!  After did the card, I realized I had stamped the woodgrain so lightly that it looked like rain so I will be doing this again with a rain sentiment.  Fun!!!


Today starts the new weekly challenge at DRS Designs and the theme is Creative Piercing.  I used the new Congrats on your Pet sentiment (not sure what it will be called in the store) and the fun Doggie Dilemma Dog with Fence image with is already available. The fence didn't go all the way to the edges of my paper so I finished them out with a Micron Pen.  Then I drew some weeds and creatively pierced around them so I could draw in some zig zags.  I sponged in a little path and pierced the edges of it too.  Then I did some piercings in two of the corners.  I was trying to sponge this whole thing but couldn't do the fence or dog so I water colored them and put in some white highlights with a gel pen. I am still in my aversion to coloring mood - hope it passes soon!




Hope you will join in the DRS Designs Creative Piercing Challenge - we would love to see your ideas.

Hugz!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Wishing I was at the Beach

The new DRS Designs Challenge is Life Is A Beach!  Cards and Creations that are all about the beach or have beach themed additions.

These days, I am really craving some beach time - time at a very remote beach with no people and a nice early morning or late evening walk.  The crashing wave sounds coming through the window at night. The kind of beach trip that restores your balance.  Since that is what I want, my card has a peaceful deserted beach and soft colors.


I sponged on distress inks, drew on some little waves with a white gel pen,, then splashed on some white chalk paint on the shoreline.  Next, I stamped the DRS Designs Sitting Thinking Greeting and the Adirondack Chair (fussy cut and adhered it).

I love beach cards - hope you will join us in this challenge.

Hugz


Monday, June 13, 2016

Memories of Sara

Sad news on this post so grab a tissue.  My Mother, Sara Hodge, passed away Saturday morning.  I was able to be there at her side, and I am so thankful.  She isn't suffering anymore and no longer has to fear a painful death from cancer.  We were lucky enough to have her 3.5 years after her stage 4 diagnosis.  She had a wonderful life and she was such a positive and Christian person so I know she is happy and in heaven.

The funeral is tomorrow so I wanted to do something a little different as a memorial to her.  I pinned THIS wonderful art collage by Linda Cain and studied it in detail.  I thought it would be great to use pieces of my Mother's life on a collage and then add some pictures from her life. My Sister, Sharon, and my Daughter, Crystal, helped on this project.


So we went to her craft desk and gathered up all the little scraps and things she was using to make the last card she was going to send.  We also grabbed some thread, flowers, a stamp, her pallet knife, some paint brushes, some paint, etc.  Then we went to her little treasure box and pulled out some things like her 600 club bowling pin, an earring, some chains, and her fun little orange plastic sunglasses she wore to my daughter's wedding on the beach.  We added in some other little meaning things like music notes, a drum major outfit, etc.  Then we followed Linda's instructions.


This is how the canvas looked after we did the texture, black gesso and sprays.





This is a how it looked after it was done.


This is a close up of the glasses and some of the other memory pieces.



What a great project!  It was therapeutic.  Thanks for the inspiration, Linda.  

Hugz

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Under the Sea Shaker

I have been practicing some shaker cards.  I have developed a love/hate relationship with them.  I have thrown away more than I have kept, but I think I am starting to get the hang of them.  

This one has some issues, but I love how the sponging and stamping came out.  I did it for several challenges on Splitcoast Stampers.  All the images are from SU! and all the inks are Distress and Archival plus a bit of SU!




Hope your week is going well - mine isn't going to well.  My Mom is very sick - please fit her into your prayers.

Hugz!