Friday, October 30, 2015

CHNC challenge 252: Nativity

This card is for CHNC's challenge 252, which is to make a card featuring some aspect of the Nativity.  I used Ooh LaLa Creations Yuletide Wishes CD for the card top.  I just love this CD!  (it is one I won from an earlier CHNC challenge, too!)

I hope you enjoy this card and check out the other entries - they are beautiful!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sparkle and Shine Challenge Sixteen

                 The inspiration for this Sparkle and Shine challenge is the beautiful, sparkly pumpkin photo, below, and Winnie & Walter are the sponsors.


I made two tags for this challenge, one using black and purple and one using orange and purple.
Both tags started with the same background of purple cardstock clear embossed with Winnie & Walter's Pattern of the Rings stencil.  I really like the shiny circles as a background. I used Mama Elephant's large tag die from the Tags a Lot set and the pumpkin from Unity Stamp's itty bitty Hello Pumpkin stamp set.  Pumpkins were colored with Copics.  Sequins and fence die were from Pretty Pink Posh, and acetate and ribbons were from my stash. The black cat and "spooky" sentiment, as well as "Happy Halloween" sentiment were also from my stash.  To hold all layers together (background and acetate), I machine stitched around the edges.

Thanks for taking a look!

This close-up shows the clear wink of stella on the pumpkins.  Just a subtle sparkle-I may have to add another coat!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

DeeDee's UmWowStudio September online workshop project

I recently purchased an online workshop from UmWowStudio, based on a recent class given by Dee Dee Catron.  Since I live states away, I was happy to see she is offering these as online workshops.

I am not very good at building up backgrounds, and the videos are wonderful at explaining and showing how to do this.  I chose the second tutorial for my card, since it showcased a Halloween project and I'm getting my cards ready to send out.  The project DeeDee put together was a journal page, but I think it works well as a card top.  I had so much fun making the background with different acrylic paints (watered down to make more of a wash) and even using them as ink for the scripty stamp.  I also played with water misting for the spots but I improvised a little with the scene at the base of the card. Since I don't have many Halloween stamps, I used sections of the big tree to make it look like bushes.  

I find DeeDee to be an excellent teacher and she includes her reasoning behind the steps.  It's like taking a mini art class - love it (and this online workshop was only $10)!

Canon watercolor paper for base, gray bazzill for the hill
Acrylic paints in yellow, orange, mocha
Tim Holtz walnut distress ink for the edges
Unity Fright Night stamp for big tree and "bushes"
Unity Itty Bitty vintage handwritten stamp
Unity Itty Bitty haunted house halloween stamp for house, moon with bats, small tree
Inkadinkado all hallow's eve/halloween web stamp
UnWowStudio bat confetti inked with black versafine
Black card base
Light yellow cardstock for inside with Unity stamped sentiment from haunted house halloween set

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Sparkle and Shine Challenge Fifteen

    This Sparkle and Shine Challenge is sponsored by Pretty Pink Posh.  Our inspiration is the following:                            


I used both the circles and rainbow watercolor look of the inspiration photo and came up with this birthday card:

Tim Holtz water color paper was used with an UmWowStudio mask and Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens for the card front (popped up with foam tape).  I used Simon Says Stamp's stitched rectangle die to cut it out. Winnie and Walter's "Let's Celebrate" (minus the "Let's") was heat embossed on vellum and attached lightly on the narrow edges. Just a sprinkling of assorted Pretty Pink Posh sequins finished it off.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Go for the Gold, Day 2 inspiration

In honor of Sandy Allnock's Go for the  Gold free online cardmaking class, I made a card with splatters of gold.  I was inspired by Day 2.  I used Heidi Swapp's color shine  for the background splatters.  I both sprayed the liquid on and also unscrewed the top and added larger gold dots using the applicator tube (tapping it off the end of the tube).  The bird is from Tim Holtz's crazy bird set.  I followed Sandy's suggestion from an earlier periscope viewing and added some eyelashes and turned up the mouth a little to make the bird look happier.  I also added balloons from Winnie & Walter's Lets Party stamp set.  The bird and balloons were colored using Zig Clean Clear Watercolor Markers. Though I'm not too sure about the purple and yellow combination for the bird (I still need to practice blending with the Zig markers, too) this is for a family member who likes bold, bright, and sometimes unusual color combinations. So, I think it will be OK as their birthday card.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Sandy's videos and can't wait to try some other techniques she showed us.