Saturday, October 6, 2012

Getting Crafty For WCMD!

 Hey there!

Happy World Card Making Day to you! I've been trying to make some cards today, but I can't seem to get away from all the wonderful blogs out there, and wanting to see what everyone else is creating! It's such a fun day, imagining all of us making cards at the same time! Love this hobby!

I did mange to create a couple of cards so far, and am hoping to whip up a couple more tonight.

Not sure about these two colors together, but it was fun getting inky with Distress Inks, in Peacock Feathers and Fired Brick.

 This next one was fun to create too!
I made my own, stripey, glittered panel. I used some skinny, double-sided tape, then added some Ranger, Clear Rock Candy, Dry Glitter. I burnished the stripes and then colored each one with a dark red Copic marker. The white embossed snowflake is one from a Hero Arts clear set called, Snowflakes and the sentiment is from their Holiday Sayings set.

I'm entering both cards into the gallery for World Card Making Day here. The last one will also be entered into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Glimmer and Sparkle.

I hope you've all been enjoying lots of crafty time today! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tooting My Own Horn

Happy Monday!

Can you believe it's October already? Wow this year has flown by so quickly! We've had a gorgeous fall so far - the weather has been so beautiful with warm temps and blue skies - the longer that lasts, the better! If we could just hold off on the cold and snow until. . . . .oh, I don't know. . . . .maybe until Christmas Eve? (heehee)

I love the idea for the new challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays this week! We are to create a card inspired by our own blog header - is that fun or what?! I knew in order to enter this one, I had to get a bit inky. This card may not look too clean and simple, but it's a one layer, and it literally only took me 15 minutes to create.

I did a bit of masking for the "river." I stamped the Hero Arts Classic Evergreen in a few different ink colors, then removed the mask and carefully shaded in the bottom for the water. I added a very light blue for the sky over the trees, stamped the sentiment and I was finished!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week! :)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

"Just Play"

Hi there!

In the last couple of Kickstart classes, they talked about how we all need to let ourselves just play. Sit down at your craft desk, take out some paper, stamps, inks, markers, etc, and just play. Do it for no other reason but to have fun. Not to make a card, not to beat a deadline, not to join in a challenge, but just for the sheer joy of playing with this wonderful hobby of ours.

I actually do this quite often. More times than not, I stamp an image and color it, and then have no idea how I'm going to use it on a card. It usually gets put away for awhile, until I come up with a card that needs that certain image. So for me, this was sort of normal, but I decided to play with something I haven't used in a very long time - Dimensional Pearls.

For those of you who don't know, it is not the same thing as Liquid Pearls or Perfect Pearls. It's a bit thicker than Liquid Pearls, and when mixed with water, becomes more of a pearlescent, acrylic glaze. I used the colors, Stream and Wild Plum, mixed heavily with water. I swirled a small paint brush into the mix and splattered and dabbed it onto watercolor paper. I liked the way it turned out and actually used it on a card right away this time - yay! :)
I cut a portion of my pearlized panel to fit my card. I also used Hero Arts' Three Dotted Flowers cling set to add some cute flowers in coordinating colors.

I had a piece of the panel left over and didn't want to waste it, so I punched out some butterflies and created a CAS sympathy card.

So don't forget to sit down and just play once in awhile - with no deadlines or even cards in mind - just have fun and ENJOY it!

Thanks for your visit! :)