Saturday, May 23, 2015

We'll OWL-Ways Be Glad!

So, as I was pondering what card to make for my mom for mothers day, I kept coming back to the sunflower owl image.

I had not colored this image yet, and no matter what other images I looked at, I just kept picking this one up. So I decided to have a go.

The yellows are Y11, 13, 18 and some YR 18 for good measure. The greens are the G21, YG67 and G99. The browns were kind of all over the map. I used some E4x, E3x and E5x on different areas.

I love the owl images, but this one with all the layers of petals around the eyes, was a lot of fun to color. I used some paper from my stash of 6x6 paper pads. 

And for extra good measure - just to show my mom what a DORK I am, I added the sentiment which I printed out from my handy dandy laptop.

Now it is time to go do a bunch more coloring, and craftying and all sorts of stuff. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Under the Sea

SCACD's Steampunk Sea Turtle was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with black marker. His eyes, periscope lenses, rivets, and cogs were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to make them shiny and dimensional. He was set aside while I created a suitable environment for him.

The Oceana Corner die (Memory Box) was used to die-cut 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore). I used the heavier cardstock because I wasn't sure how I wanted to color the elements in the die. I ended up coloring them with Copic markers and used Black Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to add the fishes' eyes.

Green metallic Bling specialty paper (FiberMark) was die-cut with Weeping Willow Corner die (Memory Box). . 

A perfectly-sized scrap of very old blue patterned paper (Prima) was stenciled with the Gears stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) using Broken China Distress ink, which was also used to edge the paper. The Oceana Corner die (Memory Box) die-cut and the Weeping Willow Corner die (Memory Box) die cut were adhered to the stenciled blue patterned paper. Don't you think the Weeping Willow Corner die (Memory Box) die-cut makes a great sea plant?

My often-used Mini Gear die (Memory Box) was used to die-cut bronze and copper metallic cardstock which were layered and added to the both the corner die-cuts. Clear epoxy circle stickers were adhered along both of the die-cuts as water bubbles.

Kraft cardstock was torn and the edges were further distressed with a distress tool. My trusty VersaMarker was used to darken the edges and add some detail to the kraft cardstock. The torn strips were then layered over the stenciled blue patterned paper. "Steampunk" from the Steampunk stamp set (Hampton Arts for Graphic 45) was stamped with  VersaMark ink  onto the kraft cardstock, then immediately brushed with brown palette chalk to darken it.

Steampunk Sea Turtle was placed into the scene, which was adhered to a kraft card.

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pink Peony

I guess Mother's Day got me feeling all pink, floral, and lacy, so I created this card to reflect my mood. Dinkie Peony (Indigo Blu) was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko) and colored with Copic markers.

By the way, have you checked out the Indigo Blu stamps at SCACD? You should. They're very cool. Oops. I just found out that Dinkie Peony (Indigo Blu) is out of stock. If you'd like this stamp, email Susana and she'll let you know when it's back in stock.

The patterned paper, from various 6x6 pads by Authentique, was used to create the card. Black patterned paper was cut to size and the edges were distressed. Dinkie Peony was matted on this panel. The Dot Fade Layered stencil (Stamper's Anonymous) was placed over the solid pink patterned paper and Black Soot Distress ink (Ranger) was sponged over the stencil. The stencil was lifted and my Black Soot Distress marker was placed inside the Distress Marker Spritzer tool (Ranger). I spritzed a bunch and then edged the piece with Black Soot Distress ink. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that most stencils are on sale right now!

The Distress Marker Spritzer tool with the Black Soot Distress marker was used to spray the other pieces of patterned paper, which were layered, then edged with Black Soot Distress ink.

Pristine white lace was layered over the horizontal scene, then stapled with my Mini Attacher (Idea-ology). The image panel was added, but the card was missing something up towards the top. SCACD's Ornate Hinge die was used to die-cut white patterned paper, which was then adhered along the top. Tiny white rhinestones, cut from Zva Long Line Self-Adhesive Clear Rhinestones, were used to finish the card.

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

May Day Fire Box

I cannot believe it is May. And it has been several months since I have worked on my covered Box. So I decided, it is getting warm, lets go to the Southwest for the next side of my box.

This is FIRE, one of the Elements Collection over at Susana Loves Stamps. I love this one because I grew up in Tucson and El Paso, and it reminds me of both places. 

The fire was fun to color, but I think I enjoyed coloring the sun and the hawk the most. I am not sure why, as usually those are not my things, but this was a blast. The Hawk is E49, 39, 35, 33, 31. His beak is Warm greys with Y19, Y15 faded in. And his eyes are a mix of YG61, 67 and B32 from the sky. 

Once done I modpodged the image to the box. I will say Mod Podging is not my best skill. But I am enjoying my little modpodged box. One more side to go. 


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Spring Scene

Due to the late arrival of spring temperatures, the trees, shrubs, and spring flowers are finally blooming in NJ, so I decided to celebrate by creating a spring scene thank you card.

I started the scene by stamping the barn from the Nature stamp set (Andy Skinner/Stampendous) with London Fog Memento ink onto both Neenah cardstock and Eclipse Tape. The tree from the Nature stamp set was stamped on the right of the barn with a few branches slightly over the barn's roof. The Eclipse Tape version of the barn was fussy-cut and placed over its counterpart and the tree on the left was stamped.

The mask was kept in place and a cast-off curved piece of cardstock was placed over the base of the trees and the barn. The sky was then airbrushed using a B21 Copic marker, the Copic Airbrush System, and a torn piece of cardstock. The spray was directed over the torn top of the cardstock, which was then moved downwards, sprayed again, and so forth.

The curved piece of cardstock was flipped, positioned to cover the sky, and the grass was airbrushed using a YG13 Copic marker.

All masks were lifted and the barn and tree trunks were colored with Copic markers. Since the tree stamp from the Nature stamp set is a bare winter tree, a variety of YG Copic markers were used to add dots around the branches to look like leaves. Some tufts of grass were added here and there too. When I was happy with the spring scene, it was set aside for a bit.

Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna,  Quinacridone Red, and Titan Buff Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt) were painted onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) and allowed to dry. A layer of Media Matte Medium (DecoArt) was sponged over the painted cardstock and allowed to dry. White Media Crackle Paint (DecoArt) was unevenly brushed over the painted cardstock and allowed to dry. The unevenness (Is that a even a word?) of the Crackle Paint application resulted in a variety of crackling. The edges of the cardstock were lightly sanded to reveal even more of the painted cardstock. Some Frayed Burlap Distress and Aged Mahagony Distress inks were sponged over the crackled painted cardstock to add more visual interest.

A Vintage Lace Alterations Decorative Strip die (Sizzix) was used to die-cut brown cardstock. Dies from the Fancy Framed Tags 2 set (Spellbinders) were used to die-cut the brown and crackled painted cardstock. The Thanks die (Elizabeth Craft Designs) was used to die-cut brown cardstock.

The components of the card were assembled and that's all she wrote. 

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Steampunk Hummingbirds

Good news! SCACD's Steampunk Hummingbird from the Eclectic Steampunk Collection is now available in digital format!

I knew I wanted to create a scene with the trumpet vine from the  Hummingbirds stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), but I wasn't sure how big to make the Steampunk Hummingbirds. I had a rare "Eureeka!" moment and quickly sponged some ink over the trumpet vine, scanned it, imported it into my PhotoElements program. I was then able to figure out the size and placement of the Steampunk Hummingbirds. You'll notice that one of the Steampunk Hummingbirds was flipped horizontally. All three of them were rotated to make them look as though they are approaching, feeding, or flying away from the trumpet vine.

Once I figured that out, I deleted the vine, and printed the hummingbirds onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer.

The Hummingbirds stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) was taped over the Steampunk Hummingbirds cardstock and Bamboo Leaves, Dandelion, Canteloupe, and Tangelo Memento ink was sponged over the stencil. When I was happy with the coverage, shading and detail were added with Copic markers. Then the Steampunk Hummingbirds were colored with Copics.

Summer Sky Memento ink was carefully sponged around the trumpet vine and the Steampunk Hummingbirds. Then I grabbed the Gears stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) and sponged Summer Sky Memento ink over the stencil repeatedly building layers of gears.

Since the scene was sort of busy, I slapped the scene onto a gray card and called it done.

Thanks for visiting today!

Lotus Love

Hi All.... me Again!

I actually made another card. WHOOOOOOP... It has been a long while because things have been nutso. But This little beauty was a great image to practice with and adding the dots was a fun twist.   This Large Lotus was stamped with Memento. I colored it with only three markers - the BV17, BV13 and BV11. I then used a white pen to make the little white dots, and a gold pen to outline the stamen. 

I wanted to keep this simple, and I think this is perfect for an "anything" card. It works for thank yous and birthdays and how are yous, etc... I like these as you can add a sentiment at a later date.

I hope you all have an awesome week this week. And practice your craft - whatever your craft might be.

Toodles - 


Friday, April 3, 2015

Be Fearless

So, I am off today and making a boatload of cake balls for fun. But before I get going I wanted to share my creation using the SCACD Brave Hearts collection young lady called Be Fearless.

She is resplendent in greens and pinks (and a little orange,... but I hate admitting that it worked here). for the skateboard I used the same technique as I did for hair to make the woodgrain. It worked out really well all that flicking here and there.

I really think she is so sweet... but honestly the thought of skateboarding scares the crazy out of me. And I have a LOT of crazy in me. LOL... So saying be Fearless is so right here.

The best part of this.... If you are into the digi world these lovelies are available as Digis. Whoop Whoop.

Have a great weekend all!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Be Yourself!

Meet Be Yourself, one of the stamps from SCACD's Brave Hearts Collection of rubber stamps!

Guess what?!? All four of these great girls and their accompanying sentiments from the Brave Hearts Collection are now available from SCACD as digital stamps, so you can resize 'em, flip 'em, and group 'em with your computer!

Be Yourself  was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers,  fussy-cut, then edged with black marker. I used a bit of chalk pencil to add blush to her cheeks and to add a bit of shading to her skin. She was then set aside while I created a card background for her.

The patterned papers are from Classique Elegant and Latest and Greatest 6x6 pads (Authentique). They were layered acccording to Sketch #194 from Deconstructing Jen. The fishtails are from the Fishtail Stax (Die-namics). A bottlecap die was used to die-cut black cardstock. A CM circle punch was used to punch the patterned paper circle and a heart punch was used to punch spider-web patterned paper, which was then colored with a Copic marker. Black Soot Distress ink was used to edge most of the paper layers.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dragon Fire!

Meet SCACD's Creative Sparksfrom the who is from SCACD's September 2013 rubber stamp release. Creative Sparks is a Chinese fire-breathing dragon and a very handsome fellow.

Creative Sparks was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers in traditional Chinese dragon colors. His eyes, teeth, and talons were several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to add dimension and shine. The dots were touched with Orange Spica glitter pen (Copic).

The stamped panel and its edges were sponged with Black Soot Distress ink to add a sooty look. It was then matted onto black cardstock, then onto green silk-finished specialty paper (FiberMark). The patterned papers are from the Bird Song 8x8 pad (Graphic 45) and were edged with Black Soot Distress ink before being matted with black cardstcok.

The green silk-finished specialty paper was die-cut with the coin from the Oriental Embellishments die set (Tattered Lace), mounted onto punched circles, and then die-cut Pinked Circles (Spellbinders).

Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bee-lieve in Yourself

And be all crafty! LOL.

Hi guys... I am here to share my latest creation using the gorgeous Steampunk Bee-Ware stamp!

I colored it this time in yellow, but I think I am going to green hornet it next time. :-)
I would have colored it all sheer wings, but it takes full metal wings to hold up all that metal!!!!

The yellows are Y11, 21, 23, 26.  I used Cool greys C5, 3, 1 and a little E04 in some places for the grey. For the wings I used BV11, YG10, and BG01. The final touches were stardust gel pen to make it a bit sparkly which you can't really see here very well. Honestly though - this is one of my favorite favorite things... that pen is awesome!!!

The sentiment I printed out to go with the card.

I hope you are having a great weekend - and take time to be crafty!


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Be the Change

Here's a Steampunk scene that is inspired by Spring. Now if we'd only get the appropriate weather! I am so very ready to enjoy some warm weather and the sight of flowering trees, birds in their spring plumage, and beautiful butterflies.

This card features SCACD's new Butterfly Chrysalis rubber stamp, which is part of SCACD's Eclectic Collection #2.

As usual, I googled "Chrysalis" and was delighted to discover that they can be golden, which works with the quasi-Steampunk feel of this image. I then googled "Emerging Butterfly" and found a butterfly image with the coloration you see above. I do like having a tiny bit of reality intrude into my fantasy scenes. It's the Virgo in me. :D

Butterfly Chrysalis was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, then edged with black marker. Butterfly Chrysalis was set aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

Blue cardstock took a ride through my Big Kick (Sizzix) on top of the Clocks Embossing Plate (Cherry Lynn Designs). Gold Bling metallic specialty paper (FiberMark) from my stash was die-cut with SCACD's Breezy Branches Statement Corner and SCACD's Alice's Clock Statement Corner dies. Rose Gold, Gold, and Green Bling metallic specialty paper was die-cut with Mini-Gears, Deluxe Gear set, and the Antique Gear set (Memory Box). The gears were layered atop the corner dies and KaiserCraft Pearls were added to the center of most of the gears. Green metallic specialty paper was die-cut with the A Hint of Lime font dies by Die-Versions for the sentiment.

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Lotus Trio!

I'm quite taken with SCACD's new Blank Lotus Pair from the new Eclectic Collection #2 and decided to do an experiment with them.

I stamped the Blank Lotus Large once and the Blank Lotus Small twice onto map-printed vellum using Jet Black StazOn ink. The vellum was flipped over and the lotuses were colored with pink, violet, and blue colored pencils (Polychromos). When I was done, all three were fussy-cut and set aside.

A flat canvas was layered with torn printed tissue paper (Idea-ology) that was adhered with Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger). When it was dry, Texture Sand Paste (DecoArt) was spread along the bottom of the canvas and two Buddha charms and a coin were pressed into it and allowed to dry.

Meanwhile white cardstock was die-cut with SCACD's Contempo Compass Statement Corner diePeace (Impression Obsession), love (Little B), Believe, Create, Hope, Dream, and Wish dies (Elizabeth Craft Design). These die-cuts were adhered to the canvas with Matte Multi-Medium. More Matte Multi-Medium was brushed over the canvas and allowed to dry.
Burnt Sienna Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paint (DecoArt) was dry brushed over the Texture Sand Paste and allowed to dry. Watered down Pthalo Green-Blue and Pthalo Blue MFA paints were brushed over the bottom part of the canvas, then watered down Cobalt Blue Hue and Cobalt Turquoise Hue MFA paints were stippled over them to deepen the color.

Titanium White and Cobalt Blue Hue MFA paints were mixed, watered down, then brushed across the top portion of the canvas. Streaks of watered down Titanium White were added.

When the MFA paints were very dry, several layers of Matte Multi-Medium were brushed over the entire canvas. While the MMM was wet, the three colored lotuses were adhered to the canvas, then more MMM was sponged over top. Whereas there was a bit of puckering, the vellum stayed down, though the colors of the flowers seemed to change a bit. The pink became redder, the blue became greener, and the violet darkened. 

The Texture Sand Paste was sanded back a bit to reveal some of the sandy colors and the metal charms were also sanded back to show more texture. 

The wings of three dragonfly charms were painted with Blue Green Light and Interference Green. A black Sharpie pen was used to color the dragonflies' bodies. The dragonflies were adhered to the canvas.

The last step was to add a bit of silvery rub stuff (whose name escapes me) to the raised corner and words.

Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Guest Post - Karenliz Henderson

I'm Playing with the SCACD Steampunk Hummingbird and Flower!
I have the wonderful opportunity to play with Susana's Custom Art & Card Design (SCACD) Steampunk Hummingbird and Flower stamps designed by SCACD Stamp Co rubber stamps .

SCACD has a huge selection of digital and red rubber stamps.
Susana's store is full of other products like dies, embossing flowers, paints, stencils, etc.
You have to go over and see it all. 

For my creation I used a 5x5 cradle wood board and created a steampunk base out of metal tape from the hardware store.

For the Steampunk Hummingbird and Flower I stamped them on aluminium sheets and embossed in black.

To add color, I used alcohol inks and silver and gold acrylic inks.

The hardest part was cutting them out of the aluminium.
When I attached the flowers to the piece I cut the petals and shaped them to give them more dimension.

I found these perfect metal flowers in my stash.
I added alcohol inks to the metal flowers.
While the alcohol ink was wet I added the glass beads.
Do you know they stuck there like glue?
I didn't expect that at all.
Everything was attached to the base with heavy gel medium.

Here is my finished piece.
It's so hard to take a picture of something shiny!

I had so much fun making this piece.
My head is spinning with other ideas.
I had to right them down.
So stayed tuned!

Here are the links below to see these steampunk stamps and all the other goodies Susana's Custom Art & Card Designs (SCACD) has to offer.

Don't forget to head over to their Facebook page and like them!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


This is the second card I have made with the new Brave Hearts Collection from SCACD. She is called Be Yourself, and she reminds me of both of my daughters. The eldest who won't EVER remove her freaking hats!!!! and the youngest with her propensity to put her hair up in braids of late. 

I chose the colors of purple and black because I think that they are spectacular together, and it is rare to use them any other time than Halloween. :-) Although I wear them all the time... hmmmmmmmmm.

The purples are the V09, V04, V01 and the Blacks are the cool greys. The background die cut was colored with the same copics using the airbrush and a random pattern while the image was still in the die. This gave the white edge around it. As a trick, if you do this and some of the part you wanted white is covered you can use a white marker and go over that to leave it all pretty again. :-)
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