Friday, September 19, 2014

Get Well Bunneh

Hey there - Splitcoast Stampers (SCS) has a new platinum company with the cutest images. I LOVE THEM. Lili Of The Valley, from England, has a stellar line of products, and best of all, they ship WORLDWIDE for FREE. Yes! Love love love!

This week's Mix-Abilities challenge on SCS was brought to us by Birgit (Biggan), and she asked that we make faux marble paper to go with our projects this week. I thought I'd step it out for you, so here we go:

I started with rich colors and added shadows. I worked with them a bit to get nice deep shading, and to add a few features to the bunneh. You can do this for almost any image, if you haven't thought of that. It's really a nice trick!

I used a mask over the image then stamped 2 very old Stampin Up background images for the bedspread and wall. I wanted them to be similar for a cohesive feel. In the first image, there were no folds and dimples on the bedspread or pillow. I chose where they might be to make it feel like the bunneh was sitting into the bed rather than just on it. I added glossy accents to the carrot juice bottle, some Gelly Roll clear star to the spoon, and dots of white on the grapes and bottle to add dimension.

I sprayed watercolor paper (Master's Touch cold press, 140 lb) with water, then with several colors of Dylusions spray to complement my colored image. I love how it pools and spreads leaving feathered edges and puddles. Love!

Now, 140 lb watercolor paper is heavy. The technique (faux marble) requires wrinkles, but it isn't easy to get wrinkles with heavy paper. So... I peeled it apart. Many papers are laid or layered, and if you're careful and have a little patience, you can tease them apart.

Even so, I did manage to get a few little rips and tears in it. That's actually going to work in my favor because real marble has lots of defects.

 You can click on any image to see it larger.

Here it is all wrinkled up. I love this step because I can take out all my frustrations on it. Hahahaha!

I gently applied distress ink direct from the pad over the wrinkles. You only want to hit the peaks, but it's not the end of the world if you get a little in the valleys.

I went over it, just as gently, with a damp wipe. I wanted to soften the harshness of the ink just a little.

Just because every piece of marble I've fallen in love with has veins of many colors in it, I felt like this was crying out for a little white here and there. Now, Dylusions will seep into your white ink because it's a very friendly product - just like Dyan Revealey herself! In between the Distress ink and the white Memories ink, I sprayed a very light coat of clear spray. I wanted to see the white.

Another thing I love about marble are the specks all through it. I used Dylusions and some well-watered down white acrylic paint to add splatters all over the piece. I love doing this. If you get too much in one place or a big glob, you can lift it right off with a paper towel. Isn't that fun?

I put them all together for the finished card. This card is for a dear friend of mine who is recovering from knee replacement surgery. I'm sure it will lift her spirits!

That's it for me today. You should go check out Lili Of The Valley and the Mix-Abilities challenge on SCS. We have a great time exploring mixed media, and even our mistakes teach us lessons. Hope to see you there!

Ta for now,

Monday, June 30, 2014

ATC Swap!

I don't know about you, but ATCs are absolutely adorable! They present different challenges from other size projects, forcing you to concentrate the creative impact in a mere 2.5 x 3.5 inch canvas. Squee!! Couple that with using The Cat's Pajamas supplies, and it's over the top!

I have a hard time choosing simple. I wanted something different - an interactive piece that would support plenty of bling and dimension. I basically wanted to do a flip card, so this was the template I used.

This image is copyrighted by Penny Wessenauer, 2009
I wish I could take credit for the design (seriously, why didn't I think of that item #4billion), but Penny Wessenauer is the genius behind this and several other designs. If you click the photo, it will take you to a photobucket account for this design and many more.

Here's the front side of mine. I loved picking out the little pins and beads, the flowers, well, everything about it!

I had to put my scissors in there to hold it closed. The stamps are from The Cat's Pajamas set called Bubbles Happen. Here's the inside:

I also used several Cat's Pajamas dies - the cloud border, the flower is from Under My Hat and Petal Posie Cut Ups, and plus the Butterflies Cut Up. I also used the SU! Chalk Talk die for the clipboard top. I cut that out of metallic foil tape, and the butterfly and small flower from vellum.

The paper is My Mind's Eye - Summer Splash. The cardstock and Mother of Pearl paper (clouds) is from Gina K Designs. Misc fun foam, beads, bead pin, spinner, and sequin from my stash.

I hope you enjoy the description, especially Penny's template (I do not know Penny, but I want her to be clearly credited for this design!). Get out there and play!


Here are the sweet ATCs I received in return. They are all simply ADORABLE!

Left to right, Linda Nicholson, Linsey Rickett, AshJoy, Jenni, Linda Nicholson.

Left to right, Christine Veneruso,Kelli Hull, Bonnie Ratzloff, Nancy Thomas.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cat's Pajamas New Release Blog Hop

We had an awesome release tonight. I loved everything I saw, and it was so cool. Like watching home movies on a backyard sheet/video screen and pointing at the favorite parts! Love!

Here's another project I completed, that I hope you'll enjoy.

How fun is this!? I love this summer-licious set "Life Is Like Ice Cream." You know I'm a sucker for ice cream! The long-eared bun is enjoying a cool dip in the ice cream under a fun ribbon banner with flags on the back deck. Don't tell him the grass needs mowing!

It's hard to see but this is one of the new Cutables! You can print this right onto your cardstock and patterned paper, and cut it with your paper trimmer. No fancy machines needed! But they are also available as png and cut files for your mechanical pleasure.

In total, there are 8 new sets, 3 new Cut Up dies, and 2 Cutables for you! I love that Alma is using the proceeds from this release's cutables to add to Julie Masse's adoption fund. Squee! What a great helping hand!

We had a great time with this release. Hop on over to Noelle's blog to see her awesome project! Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Finding Beauty in Nature's Hello

Hi there! I have yet another sneak peek for you from the Cat's Pajamas summer release. Can I just tell you... Mwah! These sets have me absolutely purring!

This time we're introducing TWO sets! First, this stamp set featuring PJ the bear in 'Nature's Hello' and he's channeling Frank Sinatra! I love him! I used a border punch (EK Success) on two edges of cardstock, then lined them up over a rainbow of colored paper. Can you tell? He's walking on sunshine! Doing the tightrope with his flower umbrella helping him balance. I really would love to dance with PJ!

Next, we have a set that's a little different style called Simple Blooms. This is a solid graphic design and I love the many things you can do with it. Check it:

See? I love how it looks with some clear embossing, tone on tone. There are great sentiments with this set too. You can click the image to see it a little larger.

So - there you have it. Day 3 sneak peeks. Are you seeing anything you like? Wait, we have MORE! Be sure to leave a post on THIS THREAD over on Splitcoast to be eligible to be IN IT TO WIN IT! You could come away smelling like a rose. You have to be a member to post, but it's FREE and there are tons of people sharing what they love, and tutorials. Don't forget, too, that there's a color challenge and you have 2 weeks (closes June 23) to get your entry posted.

If you want even more inspiration, go over to the Cat's Pajamas Blog to see what the rest of the team made. And check out the wonderful charity of Alma at TCP creating products where the proceeds go to help Julie Masse and family with their adoption. Awesome! Thanks for stopping by!

Welcome to the Bunny Nest! I host rescued animals in a small in-home setting. Currently, I host 3 bunnies and 2 kitties. These animals will be socialized and housed for the entirety of their lives in my home. They inspire my crafts, and I use any proceeds to pay for their needs. Thanks for visiting!