Monday, December 15, 2014

TEW Challenge 21 ~ Lucy Loo Grinch

Hi everyone! There's a new challenge beginning today at The East Wind Challenges blog. The theme is Christmas and I decided to take a kind of a different take on the traditional card. My card features Lucy Loo - Lucy the Grinch, Unky's take on that lovable Dr. Seuss character.

I coloured Lucy Loo Grinch with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut her leaving a narrow white border. She was then matted in black and fussy cut again before foam tape was placed on the (not backside. Clear Wink of Stella was applied to the star and the ornaments on the tree. Once dry, Glossy Accents was added over that on the ornaments and on her eyes. White embossing paste was pounced onto her hat and dress fur as well as the fur on her shoes with a small brush.

The background began with a green rectangle, matted in black, and cut to fit on the white background leaving a border all around. Strips of other designer paper were adhered overlapping like a Christmas ribbon on a package. Three stars were punched from yellow patterned paper, then inked on the edges with Scattered Straw. Wink of Stella and Icicle Stickles were added to each star before they were adhered to the red strip.

The sentiment was computer generated as I was channelling what Lucy Loo Grinch might be saying. It was printed on white cardstock, cut out with an MFT die, and matted on black cardstock. Doodling and faux stitching were added to finish the card and tie the elements together.

Thanks for visiting Lucy Loo and me today. I know I appreciate it but she's a little busy to many trees, so few To see the rest of the Christmas themed projects from the rest of my talented teamies, pop over to The East Wind blog. We can't wait to see what you come up with if you decide to play along with our challenge

Life is good; so is art.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

RSD Showcase ~ The Valentine Kind

Hi everyone. Today is the RSD Showcase on the Sparkle and Glitter blog and our theme is Valentine's. Rick St. Dennis has so many wonderful Valentine images  from which to choose but I am particularly smitten with these quirky Valentine girls that he recently released. Today I chose to play with Charlotte Chic Valentine Girl who can be found in Rick's Zibbet and Etsy shops.

I coloured Charlotte with Prismacolor pencils, adding some metallic silver gel pen dots on her eyelashes because she's that kind of girl, too. It's all about style for Charlotte. I fussy cut her leaving a narrow white border and then matted her with black cardstock before popping her up on foam tape.

The background began as a 6x8 inch piece of mixed media paper which I needed to use to stand up to the wet inky layers I knew I would add. I sprayed the paper with water, and then spritzed it with Postbox Red, Crushed Grape, and Funky Fuchsia Dylusions sprays. Once dried, I dipped the background into the leftover sprays on my craft sheet a few times, drying in between each time. Once I was satisfied with the depth of colour and drips/splatters, I misted it again with Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold to create shimmer appropriate for this fashion diva. The Dylusions bricks stencil was spritzed through with the same three colours I started with for extra pattern and texture.

Some background stamping was done with Jet Black Archival ink and a clear pattern stamp. Circles were added with black and then white gesso using a couple of lids as the stamps. Washi tape applied to white cardstock was added to where Charlotte would stand as well as to the side. Two punched photo corners were dotted and added to the top left corner.

Once Charlotte was placed, the sentiments (one from Create With TLC and the other computer generated) were printed on white cardstock. The lengthier sentiment was cut with a die. Both were matted with black and adhered to the background. Three sizes of hearts were die cut from shimmery paper and then matted in black. The tiny one over the i in Valentine was hand cut and added without the mat. Three flat black pearls were added to lead into the second half of the sentiment. The hearts were shaded around with a Stabilo pencil activated with a water brush. To frame the spread, black cardstock and plain chipboard were added to the back adding strength as well as contrast.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Charlotte and I are delighted that you did. When you get a minute, check out the Sparkle and Glitter blog to see Aletha's incredible project using another of Rick's wonderfully quirky Valentine girls.

Life is good; so is art.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Aurora Warm Wishes ~ new release at TEW

Hi all. I had a chance to play with a new release from The East Wind called Aurora Warm Wishes. I am such a fan of Aurora's sweet face and she is the star of another Christmas card which I am sending out for my mom who is no longer able to do that.

I coloured Aurora with Prismacolor pencils, adding some clear Wink of Stella to the four candles on the image. After it was cut out with a Spellbinders Labels One die, I traced the same die onto black cardstock to get a mat just the right size. Before adhering them together, Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress inks were applied to the edges. Doodling with a Pitt pen was added over that.

The background designer paper with sparkly snowflakes was cut smaller than the white card base and matted in black. An icicle border was cut with a Joy Crafts die: once from white and once from black. They were then offset for a shadow effect which also made the white icicles more visible. Black Soot Distress ink was applied to the top edge and doodling was added as well.

The Aurora image was popped up on foam tape and two die cut snowflakes (Impression Obsession) were added to opposite corners, one on top of the image and one beneath it. A flat white pearl was placed in the center of the top snowflake. The sentiment, from Create With TLC, was printed on white cardstock and edged with broken China. It was then die cut, matted in black, and popped up on a double layer of foam tape to complete the simple card design.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Aurora and I both appreciate that. If you get a minute, stop by The East Wind Facebook group today to see Jackie's gorgeous card using Aurora Warm Wishes. It's so striking and beautiful!

Life is good; so is art.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Merry Creepmas ~ Rick St. Dennis Airless Chambers project

Today is Day 5 of the 12 Days of Creepmas organized by Smeared and Smudged.

It's my turn to post on the Airless Chambers blog and I have a mixed media Creepmas project. I began by spraying my white bristol background with water and then Dylusions Cut Grass, Fresh Lime, and London Blue ink sprays. That layer was dried and then the background was dipped into the leftover spray on the craft sheet drying in between dunkings. The final coat was a spritz of  Iridescent Gold Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist for that creepmas The edges of the background were inked with Black Soot and then black Big Brush pen. The bristol was matted in black cardstock and then mounted on chipboard for strength.

An icicle border was die cut from white cardstock, shaded outside with a Stabilo black pencil and outlined with black Micron pen. Two different patterned washi tapes were layered onto white cardstock and then adhered  below where the two stars of the show would stand to ground them. White punched snowflakes were scattered around the background.

Creepmas Witch Tree and Phineus Pucker were coloured with Prismacolor pencil and fussy cut leaving a narrow white border. They were then both matted in black and popped up on foam tape.

Glossy Accents was added to their eyes and Wink of Stella was added to the dear witch's hat and ornaments. Metallic gel pen was also used to outline her lovely cape.

A third image, Creepmas Bones, was printed on white cardstock, coloured with Prismacolor pencils and cut with an oval die. It was framed with a black oval which had paint added to the edge in a checked pattern. Icicle Stickles were added to the spider webs on the design.Doodling and inking with Black Soot completed the outside edge of the sentiment.

The other sentiment, which expresses poor Phineus' dismay at what he has found under the tree, was computer generated, printed on white cardstock, and matted in black. The segments were popped up on foam dots for extra loft. Black pearls become the thought bubble trail of Phineus and a black cardstock arrow indicates the tree under which (or is that witch) his present awaits...poor lad!

Thanks for joining Phineus, his witchy friend, and me today. We appreciate that.

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Hold On to the Magic ~ CYP Challenge 243

There's a new challenge beginning today at Craft Your Passion. The theme is Christmas With Non-Traditional Colours. Our  fabulous sponsor this week is Crafty Sentiments and I am playing with the adorable image Harriet-Lantern.

I coloured Harriet with Prismacolor pencils, adding white half pearls for buttons and hair baubles. She was fussy cut, matted in black cardstock, and popped up on foam tape for added dimension.

A black rectangle was cut to fit inside the white card base and then a rectangle of  designer paper with glittery dots was cut to fit inside the black. A band from the same paper pad was cut and matted to fit across the width of the card. Another scrap of pink paper with a little Titan Buff stencilling was die cut and matted in black to fit behind Harriet who was then adhered on top of the stack.

Two pink buttons were threaded with green hemp twine and adhered to the upper left corner of the card. The three other corners were given black punched photo corners. Doodling was added to the outside edges of the card to add to the whimsy. The sentiment from Create With TLC was printed on cream paper and die cut with an oval. It was then shaded with Black Soot Distress ink and faux stitched. The star and the words along the side were coloured in with gel pen and the word Magic was coloured in with Black Diamond Stickles.

Thanks for joining Harriet and me today. We appreciate that you stopped by...especially when life is so busy for many people right now. To see the other wonderful creations by my talented teamies at Craft Your Passion Challenges, pop by the blog when you get a minute. We would love to have you join us for our Christmas With Non-Traditional colours challenge.

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, December 01, 2014

New Release at The East Wind

4th post of the day...and you thought I was!

If you are back for this one, huge thanks since this is the fourth project and accompanying post of the day...some days are like that. Unky has a gorgeous new release today as she does each Monday and Friday. This time I was able to colour it up and create a card...couldn't resist her. The image is called.Lucy Loo Snow Queen and is available in The East Wind shop. If you watched Unky's Colouring video on YouTube last week, you saw her colouring this beauty up....yummy!

I coloured Lucy Loo with Prismacolor pencils adding some Baby Blue Stickles to her dress and some Turquoise bling to the snowflakes and her tiara. I fussy cut her and then tucked her into and on top of a die cut Ornate frame. I backed the blue frame with textured shimmery white paper and fussy cut around the outside. Although I could not capture it in the photos ("cause we haven't seen the sun in ages!), it's very pretty IRL as it catches the light.

The background began with the same textured blue cardstock being cut into a rectangle slightly smaller than the white card base. A rectangle of blue paper with white dots was cut to fit inside the blue layer. Another band of snowflake patterned paper was matted and adhered vertically down the card front.

The framed Lucy Loo was popped up on foam dots and centered over the snowflake band. Four snowflakes were punched from a thin metal sheet and adhered to the card using Glossy Accents. The sentiment from my stash was trimmed out, matted in the same silver foil and popped up on foam tape. Three white pearls balanced out the top left corner.

Thanks so much for stopping by again. Lucy Loo and I are most appreciative. Stay tuned to The East Wind Facebook group to see gorgeous projects created by my talented teamies using Lucy Loo Snow Queen..

Life is good; so is art.

RSD Progressive Challenge Part II

Today begins Part II of the Progressive Challenge on RSD Sparkle and Glitter blog. All those who played along with Part I last month will be sent this gorgeous new hat lady image to play along with Part II. She is called Christmas Party Hat and if you were unable to play along last month, you can purchase her in Rick's Etsy shop and still join in the fun.

I coloured her with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut her leaving a narrow white border to accommodate her feathers and fur as well as provide contrast with the narrow black matting I added. She was then popped up on foam tape for added dimension and to create shadow.

The background began with a rectangle of glittery snowflake embossed designer paper matted on a piece of black cardstock and cut to leave a border of the white card base showing. A black and a white Weathered clock were die cut and offset when adhered to the background. A small doily was split into two sections and layered under the edges of the clock.

White mulberry flowers were placed along the top right edge to frame the image. Leaves were punched and added along with sparkly turquoise boughs which brought a little of the turquoise in the image to the top. A sparkly snowflake was given a pearl center and added to the bottom right to complete the visual triangle. Three sparkly blue toned gems were added to the bottom right corner to complete the design.

Thanks so much for joining us today. Be sure and stop by the Sparkle and Glitter blog to see how some of my talented teamies coloured and created with this gorgeous image. We would love to have you play along with us this month. The more, the merrier!

Life is good; so is art.