Wednesday, April 01, 2015

RSD Progressive Challenge Part 2 ~ Aloha Nui

Hi all! It's time for the second part of the Progressive Challenge at Rick St. Dennis' Sparkle and Glitter blog. Those who played along with Part 1 last month will have received free this adorable image by Rick called Aloha Nui. This is the image that we all must use for the second part of the challenge. If you didn't play along and get the freebie, you can still join us this month because she is available for purchase at Zibbet.

I coloured AN with Prismacolor pencils adding in a few Polychromos for shading. She was then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and then matted with black cardstock and popped up on foam dots.

The mixed media background began as a rectangle of mixed media paper which I spritzed with Bachelor Button Blue, Tibetan Poppy teal, and Delphinium Turquoise Starburst sprays as well as Butterscotch Adirondack spray. I did leave a lot (for me) of white still showing. Stamping was done with Designs By Ryn's Fiddlehead set and French Ultramarine Archival ink. Love how it reminds me of a seashell because of its shape.

Torn sections of seaside themed paper were adhered to the background after being edged with Vintage Photo Distress ink. Black embossing paste was scraped through TCW's Mini Specimens stencil. Since the top right one reminded me of a sun's placement, I used yellow Pan Pastel to emphasize its glow and further the illusion. Before adhering AN to the background, cheesecloth scraps which had been sprayed with brown or green ink were dried and placed behind her. Tiny seashells were Glossy accented to the brown cheesecloth at her feet.

The sentiment, which is a Hawaiian proverb, was printed on white cardstock, cut apart, and matted with black before being popped up on foam tape. A simple doodled border was added to the outside edges of the background with black pen. The piece was then matted in turquoise and white designer paper and then black cardstock.

Thanks for joining AN and me today. We both appreciate it. If you squint your eyes just right, you will see her dance for you to say thanks. Be sure to pop over to the Sparkle and Glitter blog to see the rest of Team A's projects using this adorable image. Team B will show their makes on the 15th. We can't wait to see what you create with her.

Life is good; so is art.

One Sweet Challenge March theme ~ Spring has sprung

Hi everyone. Since this is the first Monday of March, it's also the beginning of the new challenge at One Sweet Challenge. Our theme for this month is Spring Has Sprung and I sure hope that's true because last week we had several bouts of snow...again! Soooo ready for spring!

For this project, I chose to play with a Sweet Pea Stamps image by Lisa Victoria called Rain Dragon. She's so cute and seems joyful traipsing through shimmery puddles with her leafy umbrella. I coloured her with Prismacolor pencils, adding some Icicle Stickles to her wings for a touch of shimmer and magic. I also added Wink of Stella clear to the rain drops and puddle, and blue Pan Pastel to the sky behind her. The image was then fussy cut where it could be, matted in black, and popped up on foam squares.

The background began with a 6x8 inch rectangle of black cardstock over which torn strips of water drop designer paper were adhered leaving a path between the sections. White embossing paste was scraped through a harlequin stencil and then coloured with Pan Pastel once dry. The left side of each harlequin was lined with black pen and shaded next to with graphite pencil. Tiny raindrops were added by pouncing jet Black Archival ink through a Coffee break stencil.

To bring a little of the green from the image into the background, grass was cut with a die, divided into two sections, and adhered at the bottom edge. Black pen was used to outline it because it got a little lost in the busy background. To tie the top rain streams into the background, three clouds were die cut from shiny shimmery paper and popped up on foam. Two of them were overlapping the lines at the top so that the rain appears to be coming from the clouds. The edges of the designer paper were inked with Black Soot Distress ink and then the background was matted on another layer of black cardstock to frame it and add strength. Two transparent dome gems were adhered to the top right corner to finish off the piece.

Thanks so much for popping by today. Both my little dragon friend and I are glad you did. To see the other Spring-themed projects made by the One Sweet Challenge DT, pop over to the challenge blog. We would be delighted to have you join us with your spring creation. be sure to head over to Sweet Pea Stamps for absolutely tons of fabulous images sure to inspire you.

Life is good; so is art.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Many Faces of Ed ~ Part 2 of my RSD altered board book

Hi all. Last week I posted about the first three spreads in my altered child's board book featuring Rick St. Dennis' hilarious cats. Today I am sharing the next three, leaving three more to go. The theme of this book concerns itself with a cat named Ed who loves various activities all containing the word CAT followed by Ed. The first three spreads featuring Intoxi-Cat-Ed, Domesti-Cat-Ed, and Compli-Cat-Ed can be seen here.

The first two page spread I completed for the next set stars the fabulous Sushi image. This guy in his fabulous kimono was coloured with Prismacolor pencils. His fur was coloured in layers of short choppy strokes to resemble fur. He was fussy cut leaving a white border and then matted with black cardstock for strength and contrast with the background.

The background was done by scribbling two tones of purple Neocolor II watercolor crayon over the gessoed background and then activating it with water. The edges were deepened with purple gelato smudged with a finger. Red Geranium Archival ink was sponged through a harlequin stencil in several places. The pattern was then outlined on the left with black paint and on the right with white coloured pencil. Doilies and a tiny sushi menu were layered over the background. Washi tape and a metal fork as well as the black sticker letters spelling Sophisto-cat-Ed were also adhered. A border was painted with black (pens don't like gelatos) and then  a small leaf stamp was used to add gold embossing in three places. The edges were inked with black Big Brush pen like all of the other pages.

The next spread features Bar-B-Que with his funny little skewer of two mice and veggies, This image was completed in the same manner as the first one: Prismacolor pencils, fussy cutting, black matting. he was coloured like my cat Molly who reluctantly posed for me.

The background of this spread was done first with three colours of Neocolor II crayons, and then sponged over the top with 3 similar colours of Fresco Finish paint. Blue gelato deepened the edges and black paint was used to add a faux stitched border. White Embossing paste was scraped through a chevron stencil. Stamping was added using Forget-Me-Not and Jet Black Archival inks.

The background "papers" were actually cut from some large stickers which have been in my stash the little XO detail. I am making a point of using up things I have had for the puffy scrolls and circles that I also added to the mix. The stickers spelling Dupli-Cat-Ed (two mice on the skewer) as well as the two 2s were adhered before the edges were inked with black Big Brush pen.

The third spread allows Dave to be the star surrounded by Fred and Eek, two of Rick's mouse images. This Ed was also coloured with Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut , and matted with black.

The background was created with yellow and orange Neocolor II crayons activated with water and then repeated for more intense colour. The edges were sponged with orange and yellow Fresco Finish paint to deepen them without the use of gelatos. White embossing paste was added through a punchinella stencil and stamping of text was done with Orange Blossom Archival ink. Drywall mesh was adhered in a few places as well as a scrap of checked paper to serve as a picnic blanket. Ed was enjoying his sandwich so much that we can hear his eating noises which were stamped with Jet Black ink.

The lettering for Masti-Cat-Ed was added and then emphasized with strips of ink sprayed scraps from another project. Three paint dots were added to each strip. A doodled border, a black arrow, and black Big Brush pen edging finished this spread.

And there you have it, the fourth, fifth, and sixth spreads in The Many Faces of Ed. Thanks so much for popping by. The Eds and I appreciate that.  Stay tuned for  last three double pages as well as the finished cover...can't wait to play with them :)

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook Progressive Challenge ~ Zentangle Elephant

Hi there. With the 23rd of each month comes the beginning of the next Progressive Challenge on Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook group. This time it's Part 2 which means that all those who played along with Part 1 will also get to play along with this one. If you played, you received this  adorable Zentangle Elephant image by Courtney McAnsh. If you didn't play, you can still join in this time because the image is available at Sweet Pea Stamps. It's a treat to play with!

I coloured her with Prismacolor pencils using all of the bright colours I could grab. I fussy cut her and then matted her with black cardstock to help her stand out against a colourful busy background. Foam squares were added to her backside and she was set aside to await her new home.

The background began as a 6x8 sheet of mixed media paper which I sprayed with Starburst's Hag's Wart Orange, California Poppy Gold, and Hottie Patottie Hot Pink. I allowed the inks to dry and then strengthened the colours, this time adding drips and splats from the over-spray  Pattern was added over these layers with a TH circles stamp and Magenta Hue Archival ink. The black mat was cut to fit the background and then the background was cut into 4 sections and trimmed to allow some black to show through between them.

Black embossing paste was applied through TCW's Mini Punchinella stencil. A banner was added using black and white baker's twine and canvas pennants. Once it was adhered to the background< the sweet Elephant was placed so she was walking across the top of it. Because Ellie is so unusual and celebrates that, I decided that the message I wanted was Unique or You-nique. TH Ransom Alphaparts letters were adhered and dotted with a white paint pen. A black scalloped border was placed across the top of the three sections without the upper letters to help the word You stand out better.

A black doodled border and charcoal shading were added to the elements but there was something missing. I left it for a while and came back with fresh eyes. What was missing was a few pops of white. I added those with...are you ready for this?...the white paper dots in the bottom of my three hole punch. Seriously! I shaded them with charcoal and outlined them with black pen to finish off the page.

And that's how I chose to showcase this gorgeous image by Courtney McAnsh from Part 2 of the Sweet Pea Stamps FB Progressive challenge. I'm excited to see how you use it. To see how others on the DT responded to this challenge, pop over to the Sweet Pea Stamps FB group. Be sure to visit Sweet Pea Stamps store to check out the other amazing digi and rubber stamps there. It's a wonderful place for inspiration.

Life is good; so is art.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Explore ~ Response to The East Wind Facebook Contest

Hi there.There is a brand new contest beginning today at The East Wind Facebook Community page. The theme this time is Make it Krafty so we want to see colouring on kraft paper using Unky's fabulous images..I love that effect of colouring on kraft. Normally I really enjoy the process, too, but I learned this time that not all kraft paper is created I have never had a problem before but this time the paper was more fibrous or fuzzy and didn't want to accept the pencil as easily as usual. Lesson learned: If it's nice to pet, I will regret :)

I decided to go all Steampunky and use Lucy Loo Magnified Star for my tag focal. I coloured her with Prismacolor pencils and a few Polychromos for face shading. I also used metallic gel pens for silver and gold accents. Her left eye has had a gem added to the center along with Glossy Accents for shine and dimension.I covered the right eye with a black and white puffy sticker toppped by a gem in the shape of a star and again topped it off with Glossy Accents. Lucy Loo was then fussy cut leaving a narrow Kraft border. She was backed with two die cut shapes, one in black and the other kraft cardstock. The kraft one was embossed with a TH folder and inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink. Once glued together, they were popped up on foam squares.

The background began as recycled packaging from a TH stencil. It was cut into a tag shape and pieces were torn from tool pages from an old Sears Roebuck calendar, inked with Vintage Photo, and adhered to the background. Gears were cut from a copper coloured metal sheet using the TH Gadget Gears die and added tothe background with Glossy Accents. Silver stars were punched from Ranger's Foil paper. A mix of thin metal gears were added over the holes in the die cut gears and in a cluster at the bottom. A few metal rings from the garage (no idea what they are) were also added to the mix.

The word Explore, written using chipboard letters, was glued to the bottom edge. A doodled border was added with black pen and the outside edge was inked with Vintage Photo and outlined with Black Big Brush pen. To frame the tag and add visual weight to the outside edges, black cardstock was cut as a mat and adhered to the back. It really needed this pop of black to provide the contrast and finish the piece. The ribbon for the topper has tiny silver "studs" to reference the industrial theme. The two lengths were attached with the Tiny Attacher stapler.

Thanks for joining Lucy Loo and me today. We love that you did that! To see what others on the DT created for this new contest, Make it Krafty, pop over to The East Wind Facebook page. We can't wait to see what you create colouring on kraft.

Life is good; so is art.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Quiet the Mind ~ new release day at The East Wind

Hi everyone. It's Friday and that means that there is another new release at The East Wind and I got to play along. The image is called Lucy Loo Lotus Leaf and I love her. She is peaceful and there are folds galore so she's fun to colour.

I coloured Lucy Loo with Prismacolor pencils using a few Polychromos to shade the skin. The shape for the image was created by tracing a template and then fussy cutting. Before matting it in black cardstock, the background was coloured with two shades of blue Pan Pastel to create a watery effect. Dew Drops were used to create water bubbles and catch the light.

The background started as a 6x8" rectangle of white mixed media paper. Delphinium Blue and Freaky Frankenlime Starburst sprays were spritzed through Colorbox's Rounded stencil to tie in with the water and bubbles themes on the image. Ranger Jet Black Archival ink was sponged through TCW's Layered Circles stencil to create a scattered and random pattern. Joggles Background Noise Circles stamp was inked with Jet Black Archival and stamped here and there for more texture and another touch of black.A border was doodled around the outside edges with the circles coloured in with white paint pen. Blue gelato was applied to the inside of that border and smudged with a finger.

The sentiment was created on the computer, printed on white cardstock, and then matted with black. The open loops of the letter e were coloured in with black pen to add another detail. The image and part of the sentiment were popped up on foam tape and applied to the background. The outside edge of the background was edged with black Big Brush pen, a few more dew drops were added to the stamped circles, and the entire piece was matted with black cardstock to frame it and tie the layers together.

Thanks so much for visiting today. Lucy Loo and I appreciate that. To see other projects created with today's new release, Lucy Loo Lotus Leaf, please visit The East Wind Facebook page where others on the DT will be displaying their fabulous makes. I just love how varied they are....tons of inspiration. We can't wait to see what you create!

Life is good; so is art.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Many Faces of Ed ~ An RSD Altered Board Book

Hi all. Rick St. Dennis' fabulous cat series which can be found in his Zibbet store is so funny and clever that I've been wanting to do an altered child's board book starring most if not all of them. I knew I would have fun with this mixed media project because the cats and the poor mice make me smile, grin, and laugh. I decided that the theme tying the book together would be Cat ~ Ed and all of his favourite activities. He is quite a guy. I prepped the 4.25 x 4.25 inch book by sanding it lightly and applying gesso to all of the pages to give it tooth and cover up the original colours and writing.

The first two page spread features Intoxi ~ Cat ~ Ed, aka Martini, with his cocktail glass and oh so dapper pajamas. I coloured Ed like a gray tabby using Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut him leaving a white border, and matted him with black cardstock.

The background began with blue and green Neocolor II watercolour crayons activated with water. Limelight and Beach Hut Fresco Finish paint was sponged over that to even it out and intensify the colours. Tiny circles and dots were stamped with Ranger Archival inks. Larger circles were created with gesso and bottle lids. Stencilling was done with embossing paste scraped through TCW's Mini Sketch Grid. The letters were black stickers. A little doodled border, blue gelato on the edges, and some washi tape completed the spread.

The second spread features Domesti ~ Cat ~ Ed, aka Mouse Cake. He was coloured like a marmalade cat using Prismacolor pencils and was matted the same as the previous image. He was adhered to a layered background of a corrugated tag, book text, music paper, and washi tape.

The background began with pink, orange, and yellow Neocolor II crayons scribbled onto the gessoed pages and activated with water. This was done a few times to achieve the look I wanted. Hero Arts Starburst stamp was applied with Magenta Hue Archival ink and a grid stamp with Pale Ochre Archival. Embossing paste was scraped through TCW's Tile texture stencil and black gesso lines were added with an old gift card. A border was added with thinned gesso and dots with Black Archival ink. Again, sticker letters were added to indicate which Ed we were seeing. To finish, orange gelato was applied to the edges and smudged with my finger.

The third spread features Compli ~ Cat ~ Ed, aka Clifford. This Ed was coloured like a calico or tri-coloured cat. He was fussy cut with a narrow white border, and again matted with black cardstock. he was backed with a black punched circle off set over a circle punched from mop-up paper.

The background had yellow and tan Neocolor II crayons scribbled in a random way over the gessoed background and then activated with water. Once again, Fresco Finish paint in Haystack and Pumpkin Soup were sponged over the top of the crayon and dried. Vintage Photo Distress ink was applied to the edges and also through TCW's Spinning Tops stencil. Layers of text paper, black cardstock with embossing paste stencilled on it, and a stamped piece of yellow designer paper topped with a die cut mixed media remnant were added to the left side of the spread. White gesso circles were added with bottle tops and more gesso was pounced through punchinella. The same stickers were added for lettering but this time the open letters were filled in with white paint pen. A zigzag doodled border, some grid stamping with Vintage Photo Distress ink, and brown gelato edging and I called it done.

Thanks for visiting today. Stay tuned for the next installation of The Many Faces of Ed next Tuesday when I return with three more of Rick's hilarious cats.

Life is good; so is art.