Nadine of My Scrap'n'Stuff and Nancy of What's on My Kitchen Counter. Please take a visit & tell these talented bloggers that I sent you to say Hi, and just enjoy a good browse around their blogs. It will be a fun visit I can assure you.
Before I share today's card, let me say that I enjoyed the free workshop by a Silhouette rep sponsored by our local Scrapbook Creations. I'm not very advanced with my usage of the Silhouette Cameo that lives here, but one exciting thing I learned that I want to pass along. Silhouette has a new kind of mat (PixScan) that allows the user to place a 12x12 cardstock on the mat - stamp an image, photo the image either with a digital camera or your smartphone, upload to the silhouette software, and then have the Cameo cut it out. No more fussy cutting. I want to learn to do this! Here's a picture of the mat & I hope I'm not violating any copyright laws with sharing this picture! This mat differs from the regular cutting mat because it has registry markings on it. (I hope I've relayed this information correctly, but I'm sure the Silhouette website has better information on this mat. It's not very expensive either to save a lot of fussy cutting!). I saw the rep do the stamping - then upload and cut out the stamped image, so now just gotta learn myself.
Today's card was done with the Polychromos pencils that I'm trying to learn how to use. I think the pencils worked better for me on this one, but the image was so detailed, I kept to just a neutral palette of colors (beiges, tans & some greens). I tried to go very lightly with the pencil strokes and get the intensity by repeated layers, and not going too hard with the pencil strokes.
- Impression Obsession Worn Shoes, by Gary Robertson, one of my favorite IO artists. Stamped with Versafine Sepia ink, since it was such a detailed stamp. Thought the Sepia would work better with the theme of the image, rather than a harder look with black Versafine.
- colored with Polychromos pencils, distressed with DI Frayed Burlap around the edges after taking the distressing tool around the edges of the trimmed out image.
- mats are snippets of black, gold and green from the snippets box. All underlying areas were removed with a deckled S/B rectangle. The cardbase is kraft.
- Cheery Lynn sentiment die was cut 3 times from a snippet of natural c/s that was the back piece of an old recycled card. Colored with Copics to pick up the tones in the card, then glued together for dimension, and some Glossy Accents added. I'm on the hunt for some less fancy family word dies. This script is not particularly appropriate with the subject matter of the image, but it's the only one I have. As my friend told me yesterday, I _could_ cut out this type of thing on my Silhouette, if I but would!
Woo-Hoo..Just did a quick check and Lil Parsnip is still waiting by the Snippets Playground to let in any latecomers. Since he's a cute little bear-type of fella, I want to go give him a big ole hug, & as there's some snippety bits on this one, I think he'll let me in. C'mon along, if you have time. I KNOW you must have some snippets to use on a card & play with the Snippeteers for Week 139.
Now I must be away to visit some Rudolph Day cards and then back to see some lovely Snippets Playground cards...so off I go. Thanks for stopping in to say Hi. Big Hugs.
Diana L. of DLART and Kate of I Love Socks and Cards!. Thank you, ladies, for joining here as new followers. I'm so happy to have you along on this journey with me. I hope my readers will pay a visit to both these great blogs and settle in for some wonderful inspiration.
Here's my cards for Rudolph Day, 2014. I got a couple of the card size Die'Sire dies from Crop Stop recently, because I had seen some beautiful cards on some of the UK blogs using these fabulous dies. I used Die'sire Create-A-Card Christmas Dies - Christmas Eve - Veille De Noel. I think I have a learning curve with these dies. This one cut quite well, but didn't emboss as I expected. I suspect it's Operator Error, so I want to see if I can find some video demo's showing exactly how to use these dies properly.
Also a reminder that today my 3 TCBH taggees will be sharing a biographical post with you, so do please find time to visit Brenda, Veerle and Irish Cherokee's The Creative Blog Hop. I think you'll love getting to know more about each of these crafters, just as I have done.
EDIT: I didn't realize that Irish Cherokee's DW (Miss Jill of Ribbon Challenged) was going to do a TCBH post as well. I'm sure IC told me, but sometimes my brain doesn't click in when it should! I just read Irish Cherokee's fabulous post, and then visited Ribbon Challenged too. Don't - please don't - miss reading these 4 extremely wonderful posts of The Creative Blog Hop today. I promise, you will find them very inspiring to read & worthwhile getting to know these talented & passionate crafters!
Here's today's card:
- Cottage Cutz Love Birds die using some of the Dylusions scrap paper - which is a heavier sort of tissue paper that is wrapped around breakable items or sometimes used for stuffing in shipments of craft orders. Not exactly sure what it's called, but I save it to line the table or box, when I'm working with Dylusions or other sprays. Sometimes the colors left on the paper are so pretty that I just hate to toss in the trash. These birds have been floating around on the desk for months. After die cutting, used Ranger Black enamel to make the eyes (these were just holes and looked rather odd). It took several layers of the enamel to build up enough to look like 'eyes'. After assembling the parts to make each bird, used Glossy Accents on different sections, allowing that section to dry well before proceeding. Birds (could these be rightly called snippets since it was waste paper?) were mounted on another snippet of sponged, embossed white cardstock.
- Cut blue glitter mat to fit the embossed piece, then adhered this to a mustard dot 6x6 paper which covers the card base.
- sticker heart (since it's love birds) and snippet die cut bird house (IO die) from another project.
- lace trim is also a snippet of white lace that had been sprayed for another project. Didn't like the way the colors turned out, so used something else. It was handy, and sort of hides an uneven edge at the bottom of the blue glitter paper! (At least I hope it hides the boo-boo!).
An appropriate inside verse will determine the use for this card. I think it's kinda cute! First time I've not smeared or smudged something while working with GA. The die is nice, but the thin paper made it a bit fiddly when trying to adhere and not tear pieces while assembling the birds. The hardened GA made the piece more sturdy when mounting to the background, thankfully.
Thanks for your visit this afternoon. Have a wonderful Monday, and come again when you can. Hugs/
Before I get started, let me say we've been experiencing intermittent internet problems. Our internet & telephone service was down pretty much all day yesterday, & has been fussy today too, so I'm behind in my visiting. I WILL catch up as soon as possible. So don't give up on me!
- Our Daily Bread Designs cardinal stamp, colored with copics, WoS pens for some glimmer, which of course the photo doesn't show. The pens are very nice to use for tiny spaces and easier to control than the brushes are.
- Sizzix Regal Label die (559202) for the image. Faux mat cut with the same size die from red glitter paper.
- Design paper from MME 'Tis the Season 6x6 pack. Border from S/B Brackets 2 die - the positive shape on the lower edge. Flipped the leftover piece and used that at the top edge. Old lace and some gold trim cover the join. This paper is the back design of the same paper used on the card front.
- card base is Recollection red from a sales pack (5 for $10) at Michael's. The 5.5 x 5.5 card size fit the die cut of the card design without making it look too crowded as would have my usual 4.25 x 5.5 size.
- Sentiment is BoBunny Noel Clearly Stamps (SN683). Used Delicata gold to ink, then heat embossed with Ranger clear fine detail EP. I'm not real happy with the way this turned out. I wanted to emphasize the gold trim. Think clear embossing, heat embossing with Ranger's Queen Gold would have shown up better. Oh well.
Please do check out the other Christmas Club members inspiring cards. Their links are in the side bar.
Thanks for visiting this afternoon. Have a Blessed day! Hugs
- image stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and colored with Faber Castel Polychromos pencils. All the cardstock and card base were part of the kit, as was some embossing power and glitter - which I did not use on this card. I added the ribbons, sentiment and the ladybug (a MB die- more about that further on).
Before I go any further, let me say a big warm Welcome to 2 new followers:
Jacee of Simply Paper and Bea L. from Fall Foods. I hope that Bea's link will work for you, as I had a bit of trouble with this link. Bea is on Google Circles and I'm not able to access her blog that way. I appreciate both of you taking the time to become followers, and sorry I was so slow in introducing you here! Please do take time to visit these fabulous artists.
Also I would like to thank all who left comments on The Creative Blog Hop post. I got some very sweet comments and did those ever make me feel so good. I had 2 bloggers that I tagged, Brenda (Friends Craftin' with Friends) and Veerle(Veerle Her Little Card Corner). Let me add my 3rd taggee, Irish Cherokee (Love the Details). At first Cherokee didn't know if he would have the time to participate, but after my post was published, I got a nice email telling me that circumstances had changed enough that he could play along in TCBH. So here's just a little bit about Irish Cherokee (in his own words). Just FYI, his wife ALSO has a blog.
All 3 of these wonderful bloggers will have a more detailed post on Monday, August 25, and you can find out more about how each of them started to develop their creativity, and what their lives are like. This has been such fun, and I thank each of these busy bloggers for graciously saying yes to being tagged. Ditto to the ones in line ahead of me, who passed along the fun.
|Paints used on the gelli plate|
|2 prints pulled. The white print was #2|
Hope you've all had a good week, and are looking forward to the weekend. I should have a couple more posts soon, as I've got some things finished ready to share. Just needed a quiet time to sit down and write up a post! Thanks for visiting, and apologies for a long post once again. I promise the next one will be short! Hugs & Blessings.
The idea is for us, as Bloggers, to get to know each other better - some describe this as a game of 'Tag, You're It'. Each Blogger answers four questions about themselves and afterwards they "tag" three more Bloggers and so on - and then on it goes with the next 3 bloggers.
Fast forward to retirement for DH and me after our daughter finished college and moved on into her own life. We relocated to Upstate South Carolina. Belongings were stored for over a year while our house was being built. It took another year to get the place situated as we wanted. The house, which was meant to be downsized when planned, ended up with a basement & big attic- but these were unfinished at construction's end. With some family help, DH finished off the attic as a sewing room for me. The basement was finished off as a big tv room for DH – and the other room was kitted up as an extra bedroom. There's also a drive-in garage in half of the space, which is very convenient in the winter.
4. How does my creative process work? Hmmm… since I’m kind of a seat of the pants card maker, I usually start with a stamp that strikes my fancy at the time. Normally decision #1 is coloring method. If I will be using copic markers, for instance, Xpress or Neenah paper will be selected for stamping. I prefer the Copic Xpress paper as I like the way it blends copic markers better than any paper that I’ve used. If the plan is sponging with Distress Inks or coloring with pencils – then likely a cheaper quality paper, (Georgia Pacific, etc) will be used. Sprays or gelatos will need watercolor or mixed media paper. Recently I’ve discovered Dylusions sprays and some other spray brands; these _usually_ work better on mixed media paper. I didn't achieve good results with earlier spray attempts. I’m not sure what clicked with the Dylusions, but once I got started making backgrounds, I liked that look. I'm still struggling to master sprayed stenciling and embossing pastes. It's best to use cheap gloves as the sprays can make a mess of your hands! Once an image is colored, next I hunt for a good die to showcase the image; then some nice background papers & embellishments. If I can’t find papers I like, then I’ll find the sprays to create my own papers. It's rewarding to take time & just play with various spray colors to see how they blend together. It's good to allow time for air drying rather than heat drying. Air drying yields some lovely color marbling, while blotting with paper towels or other materials can result in a textured finish; the heat tool yields a different, still pretty result also. This background will either be used as is or embossed with a folder, depending on how it will finish the card.
hope you're still awake & have enjoyed getting to know me, and meet my tagged friends. I should have had 3 taggees, but unfortunately, many of my blogger friends have things going on in their lives that didn't leave time for playing in the hop. But I'm very grateful to the 2 talented bloggers who did choose to play along. So please check their links and visit each of them on August 25th, to learn more about their lives. I think knowing a bit about each blogger makes it so much more enjoyable when you're visiting their posts. If someone 'tags' you, I hope you'll join in the fun, and let Blogland know more about who you are.
Thanks for hanging in there for a Uber long post! Come again & I'll try to not be so long-winded next time!! Big Hugs, and I hope you now feel like you know me much better than before!