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Thursday, 19 March 2020

Black Bicycle

Black Bicycle

Hello Crafty Peeps;

I just needed to do something crafty and quick today as I fell on the ice and ended up with whiplash.....but alas...I still wanted to craft; with loads of Advil and Tylenol....lol

Today I cut some watercolor paper down to a card size and just let the colors blend together.  Then I made sure the bottom had a "grounding" for the bicycle to pedal on.  while that dried I cut the bike and sentiment background.  Using a white Pocasa pen I hand wrote the sentiments as I wanted to practice my script and this was an excellent chance,  My 10 year old wanted to learn how to put brads in paper so we took the time to teach this small crafting moment.  Adhering a few sequins finished the card.  We both decided it was best to have a blank interior- so a blank panel was added and called it done like dinner:)

Of course I also added this to the Monday Greetings at the Outlawz....come on over and give it a try....there are so many possibilities to be creative!

Hope you enjoyed with quick but effective card.  
Happy Crafting

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Garden Maintained by Gnomes

Garden Maintained by Gnomes

EEEEEEKKKKK- Spring is almost here and I can hear the plants starting to sprout!  This awesome challenge is part of the Outlawz Challenges Group.  I participate in many of the challenges there and encourage anyone and everyone to come join the fun.  Recently, I was added as a Design Team Member for the Festive Friday's soooooooo everyone should join the fun.....and as you can see you don't even need to make cards....you can make anything your heard desires! 

Now, this challenge is the Progressive Challenge and with this challenge you get a totally free image.  First, let me thank the sponsor; Sheepski Designs, for the amazing image for the March challenge.  This company is from the UK and because we are able to find treasures online these days....give them a quick view to find all her amazing images!!!   The man and woman gnome are just soooooo adorable....so without further adieu- THANK YOU SKEEPSKI DESIGNS for such a creative and wonderful design. 

This image was super easy to color with Prismacolor Premiere colored pencils.  They glide on super creamy and are so easy to blend with Gamesol or baby oil.  The sign was painted in Cadium Yellow Acrylics.  Then I used a Posca Black Pen Marker to draw slightly wobbly lines....pish posh cautions signs....I got a gnome in the house!  After using lots of Modge Podge and some Ribbon in yellow, black and gigham yellow (tying it to a paint stick I painted black) ..... well, the project was complete...

I hope you all find your crafty button today and CREATE :)
Happy Crafting y'all

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Hearts a Sketch

Hello Peeps;

I am super pumped to show you the sketch from Outlawz Challenges.  I didn't just create one card but I created three cards.....uber simple to make tons on this cool sketch!!  Here is this weeks awww inspiring sketch:

eeeekkkk isn't this the cutest sketch you have seen.  I thought so and totally adaptable to so many situations. 

The cards I created with this sketch in mind come from a mixed media background.  I used some Echo Park scraps I have had and glued and glued to my hearts content!

Then using a Big Shot and cardstock I cut out a heart and used it like a mask painting black over the textured background; adding white to the edges. 

I did not want to waste the cardstock I cut the heart from and decided to follow the same rules but add paper to the back.

Adding a tiny bit of bling seems like the proper thing to do when keeping the card simple.  The insides are all done the same as well with white card and a strip of the colored paper from the paper used on the outside.  

If you are enjoying my blog.....comment I love to read them all and follow along. 

Happy crafting folks

I (LOVE) You More Than Ice Cream

Hello fellow crafty peeps,

Today I am excited to say I was asked to be a Guest Designer for Outlawz.  The challenge I was chosen for the Sunday Songs and Rhymes.  If you haven't tried the challenges at Outlawz I recommend trying them.....the ladies are super nice and the challenges are fun, fun, fun!!!

This card took me longer than I usual as I layered the card to give to my sweet baboo. 

The card began with watercolor paper and I stenciled off the stars and moon with rubber cement.  This stuff is fantastic as its a great mask to keep color off the paper.  I left it overnight to ensure the liquid was completely dry and ready to take watercolors.  I used two shades of blue acrylic with water mixed into it to make it a wash.

As the watercolor background was drying I cut trees out of chipboard and painted them in two shades of green.  Using multiple hues of a color gives the object dimension.  I colored the images from Pollycraft Digital Stamps with Prismacolor and Gamesol.  I love watching the colors blend and make the image seamless. 

I used some red brads to attach the sentiment. A white doily from the dollar store and some stickers and paper to dress up the edges with Echo Park: Yours Truly.

Then using dimensional adhesive I attached the image. 

I wanted to use a spilled Ice cream and couldn't find a digital image that I liked to I simply drew and colored the image myself.  I used the sticker sentiment "sealed with a kiss" from the Echo Park collection and matted it with black cardstock.  I loved the polka dot print in the collection and just had to add it to the written part of the card.  I sure hope you enjoyed this creation and it inspires you to be more crafty. 

Happy Crafting Y'all

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Shading 2

Hi Crafty Peeps;

Karen Campbell reins supreme!  I have chosen to take place in her 100 Fun Fab Face Challenge.  The first two videos have been completed but I did not post them as I was not ready to share my work; however, I really think in order to grow as an artist I should post my progress even if it takes me 10 years to complete the challenge. 

I was up before the roosters this morning and decided to take a stab at trying to get another face drawn.  Today I did not reference yesterdays drawing as I wanted to ensure I remembered where to put the shading.  This is the before photo:

Adding graphite and using a blending stump I shaded to my hearts content.  I found the results quite dramatic.

I am slowly learning where to put the highlights and lowlights but I sure can see a difference between the two photos.  Thank You Karen Campbell for your amazing teaching style and love of art.  

Happy Crafting!

Stages in Learning to Draw: Shading

Hello Crafty Peeps;

Recently, I have decided to pick up drawing again.  It has been a bit of time since feeling like I wanted to draw so this was a big leap for me.  When I began I searched YouTube for many artists that were efficient yet actually made sense to the average bear artist.  YOU WILL NEVER GUESS WHO I FOUND!!!!!  

Karen Campbell is WhO.....she is an amazing Mixed Media Artist, teacher and has her own ART SCHOOL!  Now this is a lady who can teach peeps who want to draw and learn all they can about Mixed Media all in one place.  I highly recommend her in every learning way possible for those areas.  

I have had so much trouble over the years learning shading.  I have not mastered it yet, Karen makes it so much easier to learn and develop a skill.  Without further adieu, this is my first attempt at shading a face in many years.  At least this time I feel that the highlights are present and the proper places have merit.  

I think its important as an artist to look at the things you love about your art rather than ....oh I don't like this or I should have done better at that....probably because there is no one who is perfect; but all the imprefections make art.  

After I finished this one I thought she might look like Hermonie, an older version, perhaps when she is grown up and teaching herself.  

Happy Crafting Y'all

Center Stage

Good Day all you crafty peeps;

How is your creativity flowing today?  Are you ready for another day of crafting?  I am ......woooohooooo

Today I used a Gorguss Girl and found a yummy tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers.  The technique tutorial has been loads of fun to create; making the Gorguss girl the star performer.

I used an older BoBnny paper pack called Smoochable.  The color pallet was perfect for the Girl- using pink, purple, brown and lime green.  The sentiment was one I created making the card more personal "You will always take center stage Valentine"

The doodlebug doilies were a wonderful compliment to the girlie feel I was wanting with this card.

The inside of the card was created using the same paper pack and a brad.  The sentiment- "Follow your dreams and let your heard lead the way!" I found online.

After being asked to make a card for my daughter for Valentine's Day ...... I do believe I may have succeeded.  Hopefully she will love the sentiments and love put into this card :)

Happy Crafting