Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mirror Mirror

Happy hump day bloggers! I haven't been blogging much because my ipad seems to be permanently attached to my hand as of late. Because my tablet can do so much, my laptop has been neglected, unfortunately, blogging using blogger isn't one of those many things my ipad can do so my blog has been neglected. Don't get me wrong, I've been crafting my little heart out just haven't had a chance to blog about my projects, you know what they say; out of sight out of mind. Speaking of, I decided to pull out some of my neglected stamps and give them new life using my TH distress markers. This was the stamp that convinced me to try out The Greeting Farm's Super Secret Stamp Club (SSSC)

SSSC no.1 "Fairest"

Like most of my watercolored images, I wanted to keep this card CAS because I didn't want the DP or embellishments to drown out or take the focus off the soft subtle watercolors. To create a no line look, I start by stamping the image in TH antique linen ink onto water color paper. Since it's a lighter color and it reacts really well with water, the lines disappear as I lay down my base color creating a great no line effect. Once the image is all painted, I go back in with my  clear wink of stella brush pen to add a little sparkle. After everything is dry I take my tea dye distress marker and use the fine tip to fill in the details washed out by my water coloring like eyes and eyebrows. It takes a little longer for me to watercolor than when I use my copics but I am OBSESSED with the softer look! Give it a try I'll bet you'll be addicted in no time!


Friday, April 17, 2015

Farm Fresh Friday: Pick 3

Howdy! Wow another week has come and gone and once again Friday sneaked up on me!Already it's time for a new challenge at The Greeting Farm and this week's theme is "Pick 3". We want you guys to pull out those awesome embellishments, pick at least 3, and pile 'em on! Fun right? This week's weather has finally been warm and sunny so I've been spending a lot more time out and about instead of cooped up and shut in trying to keep warm. Not only that, my oldest daughter was in her first school play last night so we've been practicing and getting ready all week! As a result, my blog (and my poor craft supplies) have been neglected! Don't worry though guys and gals, I'm a bit scatterbrained and horrible at time management, but as I adjust to the change of season, I promise things will get better! In celebration of the incoming warm weather, I decided to do another fun summer-ish card and here it is:

Isn't he just the cutest?! I love this little guy and he looks to be ready to enjoy some sun and sand or party at a pool, doesn't he? He's available now in the store, and the best part? There's no waiting for him to arrive in the mail. You can start coloring him up today 'cause he's a digi, how awesome is that?! I love the convenience of not having to wait for my new stamps, don't you? The 3 embellishments I chose for the challenge were the tiny clothes pins, jute twine, and a few rhinestones here and there. The papers used for this beachy boy comes from the same pad I used in last week's card, The Pier by Paper Crate, with a little waterfall stickles to make the waves pop a little more. I use the La la Land stitched circles die, with a little powder blue ink around the edges. I inked the edges of the card in some TH walnut stain distress ink and this cutie was ready for a swim (not really of course, the card isn't actually waterproof lol!). Head on over to The Farm and see what fun embellies my fellow DT gals picked, and while you're at it, join us!


Friday, April 10, 2015

Farm Fresh Friday: Oh So Girly

Greetings guys and gals! Its Friday so you know what that means right? That's right, a new Farm Fresh Friday challenge for The Greeting Farm so join us for a fun and "Oh So Girly" challenge. So pull out your lace and frill, your pinks and pastels, your bling and sparkle and get girly with us this week! Here's my card for the challenge:

Isn't she a doll? I love how Springy her outfit looks, not hot enough for shorts and a tank, not cool enough for long sleeves and pants, but somewhere just in between! To me, that's my perfect weather and she looks comfy cute which is just my style! I colored Frappi on cyrogen white cardstock with my copic markers  and paper pieced the teal parts of her outfit from a piece of shimmery lightweight paper I'd had in my stash forever. I wanted to give this card a beachy feel so I used a weathered wood looking DP paired with some ocean waves from Crate Paper's "The Pier" 6x6 pad. Layered on top of some bazzill card shoppe cardstock in robin's egg and paired with a few cork stickers, ribbon, and a die cut sentiment from The Greeting Farm's Delicate Words set (retired), and my card was ready to me feel like Olaf singing about summer! We hope you join us for this week's challenge and if you need more inspiration, pop over to The Farm and check out what the other DT gals have for you!


Friday, April 3, 2015

Farm Fresh Friday: April Showers

Happy Friday guys and gals! Today we kick off a new challenge, the first Farm Fresh Friday of April and I get to write it so be sure to check it out! Growing up I hated when it rained because I was stuck inside waiting, hoping, wishing it would stop. My only comfort was the old saying "April showers bring May flowers" knowing something beautiful would come out of something that made me so miserable. Fast forward to adult me and there's nothing I love more than a good summer thunderstorm, go figure huh? To show my love of the rain, and this challenge theme, "April Showers" I made an adorable coaster using one of my all time favorite TGF stamps

I bought a set of blank cork coasters from the dollar bin at my local craft store but up until recently I had no idea what to do with them. A few months back I bought a pack of adhesive backed cork paper (by DCWV) and found that cork takes copic markers very well and that's when it hit me, stamp on the cork and color it with my copics! I absolutely love finding new materials to stamp on and this cork was no exception. I got a clean impression with little effort and the ink I used (memento rich cocoa) didn't bleed even though it was water based, which was very important because stazon would have ruined my copic nibs. After coloring Riley, I took my N5 copic marker and a ruler and began to draw a rainy background. to make it look more authentic I added a few white highlights with a gel pen and some stickles here and there to make the rain stand out more. Last, I inked around the edges with some grey pigment ink to add to the stormy feel. I love how this turned out and she may be the first of a new set of coasters. Though these will probably be more for decoration because I'm not sure how to seal cork and my supplies aren't exactly water proof but still, isn't it gorgeous? Don't forget to pop over to The Greeting Farm and leave the DT some love while linking up your awesomeness! Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!