Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Alcohol Inks

Playing around with some of the Adirondack alcohol inks and mixatives for the colorful background. Stenciled a doily on top of that with Nuvo Soot Black Ash embossing paste. Sentiment is Stampin' Up! Hello There set, retired.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Lawn Fawnatics

For the current Lawn Fawnatics challenge to make a black and white card with a pop of color.
I will also be sending this along with a batch of cards for this month's Cards For A Cause to go to hospitalized children. Great cause, if you have a moment to send something. Just make sure to keep it positive, upbeat and non religious as requested by the organization.
Cards for Hospitalized Kids
7290 W. Devon
Chicago, IL 60631

I used the Lawn Fawn Sweet Smiles set and the Stampin' Up! sentiment from a retired birthday set. Colored in Poppy Parade, Yellow, Green Galore, Turquoise, and Lilac markers. Added Wink of Stella glitter to glass ball and silver plate on bottom of dispenser.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bonjour Paris

This little cutie set is Bicycle Built For You by Lawn Fawn. It comes with coordinating dies that I don't have yet so I cut out all of the pieces by hand for this one. I used Memory Box cloud dies, Martha Stewart grass punch on designer paper for grassy hill, Lawn Fawn road die for path that I stamped with Itty Bitty Backgrounds by Stampin' Up! The Eiffel Tower is by Tim Holtz. I love combining various stamps and supplies on my cards to make them unique.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Coloring Book Craze

It's been fun to watch the coloring book craze that has been going on for a while. It really is great therapy, bringing back the little kid in all of us! Some of these books can be fairly pricey so be on the lookout for them at half price book stores and your local thrift shops. I found these for a couple of bucks each. Not sure why the previous owners bailed on the coloring hobby but happy they donated to recycle and bring someone else joy!
For lots of coloring inspiration check out the Pinterest boards. There are so many amazing artists out there sharing their knowledge to inspire and make the world a more beautiful place. The Johanna Basford colored pages on some of these boards are works of art. (Book shown above with protective cover removed. It's a really nice quality journal style book). So pick one up and start practicing! Even if it is 15 minutes or a half an hour a day.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Koi Harmony

I used the shaving cream technique to create the water background on white card stock with Tim Holtz Stream and Moss inkers. The koi is a two step stamping set with coordinating dies that finished off the rest of the card. Stitched Frames rectangle die is by Lawn Fawn.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Colored Pencils review

I will be posting more reviews and projects on a more regular basis later on in April. Hope you will stop back and visit me often.

So many colored pencils out there, how to choose? Hopefully I can save you some time and crafting dollars by being the Guinea pig here. I tested the Prismacolors, Derwent Inktense, Lyra, and EK Success ones today. My favorites were the Prismacolors and Lyra, they went onto the paper so smoothly with a soft creamy feel that I loved. I used Whisper White thick card stock to try these out, I found this to be my favorite for alcohol markers and general coloring.

The Derwent were nice but not as creamy, they seem to be a bit more waxy and shiny for my personal taste. I'll most likely use these when I travel, if I lose them or leave them behind I won't be as sad. (Have to always have a portable craft, right?) 
The EK Success were really not great, you have to go over and over it to get decent color and they left shreds of pigment on the paper. They kind of put the suck in Success.

I would recommend just buying a couple of Prismacolor pencils to start. They sell them separately in most large craft stores. Maybe some greens to practice leaves with, you can always use these colors! I know it's tempting to buy whole sets of things as it is usually less expensive this way. Test first if you can, it's not a bargain if you're not going to use it or are always on the hunt for something that works a little better for you.
The Lyras are lovely too, I'll be on the lookout for some deals on them while I am in Germany.
Happy coloring, y'all!