Thursday, July 10, 2014

Textures Galore!

Today for the WTUI Challenge, Cathy has challenged us to use at least three textures.  Well, in true-to-me fashion, I went a little nuts with the textures, and I think I must confess my addiction to the Blueprints # 13 Die-namics set by MFT.  Did you SEE the new Tag Builder series they are starting and the Confetti BG - oh, my poor bank account!  In any event, let's stay focused on today's card...
First, I started with a gessoed panel that was left over from Balloon Day & the VCMP cards.  Since I'm impatient as can be, I gesso several full sheets of paper at one time and let them dry while I'm at work.  Then, I have them when I'm ready.  I used a stencil that I thought was by MFT, but I don't see it on their site... hmmm... I got it at the Scrapbook Expo a few months ago, so I could just be losing my mind.

In any event, I used Silkz paint on it, but I wasn't really happy how dark the brown was, so I blotted it with a paper towel.  Then, I wasn't a fan of all the white, so I added several colors of Glimmer Mist, again blotting with the paper towel.  My Glimmer Mist and I were having a difference of opinion on whether their spray nozzle should work, so I just pulled it out and tapped it on the card for some circles.  I couldn't find my beloved Kraft Glimmer Mist, so it was a tragic day!  I had gesso + paint for 2 textures already for Cathy's challenge.  The Glimmer Mist did create some fun little circles on the panel, too, which I'm calling texture.  So, really, I was good for the challenge, but I kept on...
Next, I went to my addiction - Blueprints # 13 Die-namics set.  The reason why it's so easy to use this set is that my eBosser makes it so simple for me to cut the entire thing all at one time.

See what I mean?  All of those dies are from that one set.  I cut the flag from old felt by MFT. I don't believe they carry this color any longer, but it looks like they have something pretty close in Berrylicious.  The felt gave me yet another texture for the card.  The tag, star, and arrow were cut from another of my addictions - Switchboard paper pack by Pink Paislee.
And here is the final card:

The Thanks is a Teresa Collins stencil that I used embossing paste on, so it is raised (yes, another texture).  I found that you really need to tape down a word stencil, or it will move on you.  I sorta liked the shadow it gave, made it look like a chalkboard, so I kept it.  The star and arrow are embossed with an old SU! embossing folder (yup, texture # 5; #6 if you count the stitching on the BG panel) and then popped up with pop dots for a total of 6 (or 7) textures for the card.  It's a little hard to see, but I did ink my embossing folder with shadow ink, so it is lightly colored on the star and arrow.  Hopefully, you'll play along with Cathy today for our WTUI challenge!  I know I sure had a blast trying to add as many textures as I could into this card.  I realized that I could have sewed a panel and added yet another... oh the wheels are still turning!  I may have to do another one.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

July ThirtyOne Party

In July, there is a great special, so I opened a shopping link for everyone to take advantage of it.  You can shop here -  Be sure to add the special to your cart; you definitely don't want to miss that!

See what I mean - this bag is AWESOME!!!  Here are some things you can do with it:

Here is the link to shop again -  Have fun!

Friday, July 4, 2014


Today is a Virtual Card Making Party (VCMP) for Operation Write Home (OWH).  You can see all of the challenges on the Operation Write Home Blog, so be sure to check it out every two hours for the WHOLE weekend!  Did you have fun at Sybrina's His & Hers Sketch challenge?  I'm still trying to decide on which of the 200+ sketches I'll pick... oh the decisions, but while I'm doing that...  I am your hostess for the next two hours of FUN, so let's go!
Usually, during the work week, we are like:

But when Friday comes around, we are...

So, let's truly personify TGIF and be thankful for the freedoms we enjoy by making a thank you card (or 5, 10, 15...) for Operation Write Home to send to our troops.  But wait, there ARE bonus points available... Since it is Friday AND a holiday, we've gotta sweeten the deal just a touch... Make your own fireworks by using spray inks.  REMEMBER - NO GLITTER!
You can find the Guidelines for the cards that OWH will accept here -  Be sure to stick to those, because we don't want to put our troops in danger.
Here are a few samples to get ya goin', and even a tutorial for ya, too...
This first card was done with another of the backgrounds I made for yesterday's Ballon Day cards - it's a SUPER simple technique that will use your spray inks.  I used more pieces from the Blueprints # 13 die set by MFT... I love those things to make a card super quickly, like this:

Now another technique for a fun background with the fabulous gelatos.
Begin with a panel with a thin layer of dry gesso (also leftovers from yesterday's cards).  Color your favorite colors directly on the gesso, and you'll end up with something that looks like this:

Then, you will use your super spendy tool - your finger - to blend the gelatos.  The oils in your fingers are reacting with these water-based pigments, and you end up with this:

See how smooth that looks just with your finger?!  Now comes the magic!  Gently adhere your card panel, as well as a stencil to your craft sheet.  I use washi tape to hold my stencil:

Grab a baby wipe, and wipe away the stencil pattern, and you end up with this:

Now, I wanted a little color in my flower, so I took two colors of spray ink (oh yeah, I got it stuck in!), and sprayed on my craft sheet.  I used a paint brush to add some color back to my white flower stencil, and I ended up with this. This particular stencil has a coordinating stamp, so I stamped that for a little definition in gray, and I ended with this:

Since gelatos do react with your finger oils, you MUST use a sealer on this panel before you finish it out.  Contrary to public opinion, red, pink, and purple are definitely not part of any of our military uniforms, and most commanders would like to keep it that way.  I use Krylon matte spray sealer that you can find at any hardware or craft store.  I just put the panel in a card board box and put a light coat on it to make sure it stays where it should.  And here is the final card:

Ok, now it's your turn to truly TGIF!  You can link up your card below, and be sure to head on back to the Operation Write Home Blog for the link to where Linda is going to have you in pieces!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Balloon Day!

Today, yours truly is hosting the Ways to Use It Challenge on Splitcoast, and today I want you to use balloons.  Last summer, I had a little run in with a balloon that I swore was going to land on my head, but I still love seeing them up in the sky.  Emphasis on UP in the sky!  My first card for the challenge uses one said hot air balloon:

This card will be going to Operation Write Home, as the Miss You cards are in the highest demand.  This is simply a background I made with spray ink and a scene I cut out with my Silhouette.  The background takes a bit to dry, but overall, the card is pretty simple to make.
Before you get all up in arms about how I did the background for this card (and the next one!), here's all I did...  First of all, paint a small layer of gesso on some white card stock, then spray some ink on your craft sheet.  I wanted a wispy sky-looking blue, so I added some water directly on top of the spray on my craft sheet.  It ends up looking like this:

Then I cut the card stock sheet into 4 pieces and smashed it into my fun mix.  And I ended up with this:

I dry lots of stuff on that poor towel, as you can tell. :)
Since I had 4 pieces, I needed to do one more, and here it is:

I cut 3 balloons from felt with the Make a Wish Balloons by Taylored Expressions.  I poked some twine in there, then added a greeting cut with the "torn paper" die-namic from the Blueprints 13 set from MFT.  Those blueprints die-namics have SO many fun uses!  I had cut the little banner from that set to put the balloons on, also, but I totally lost it on my disaster of a craft desk.  The sentiment is from an old MFT sentiment set, also.
Be sure to come back tomorrow for Operation Write Home's Virtual Card Making Party!  Your truly is hosting a challenge first thing in the morning!  See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Nails day!

Today was nails day! Of course because Friday is Independence Day, I went patriotic:

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wine & Canvas Waterfall

Monday was another FUN Wine & Canvas event!  If you haven't done one, you really should check it out - it's a TON of fun, as my co-workers, whom I have dragged to many, have discovered.  My cube at work is quite colorful!
Monday's painting was chosen at our last event for a moment of zen to be added to my cube.  Here is the artist's sample:

See what I mean???
Before the painting began, I had to grab one of the yummiest restaurant salads around (modified to be my way, of course):

A co-worker of mine (who has YET to do a canvas event!) is trying to eat healthier, but she says it's hard when you go out to eat.  I sent her this picture with the caption - eating well at restaurant lesson 1.  This is the Biaggi's Seared Salmon Salad, and it's SO yummy!  Ok, now back to the paint...
This painting looks a LOT easier than it actually turned out to be, but with a little help (which you always can get at these events), it turned out ok, I think.  I had my Angry Orchard hard cider, so I was ready to go:

First we wet the canvas then painted it white.  Yeah, not much to see in a photo of that - it looks roughly the same as the all white canvas above.  But then things got interesting, because we a BUNCH of blue:

Then, we added rocks and foliage:

It's sorta looking like the sample... Then we added a sun and some whitecaps to the water:

Then things got really interesting!  We added actual plants.  I really like how my leaves in the upper left corner turned out (so mean comments about those!)  My other trees look, well, you see them.  I wasn't a fan of the all-white sun, so I added some yellow to mine, and some yellow reflections in the water too:

They should know by now that I don't play by the rules.  Don't give me the paint to use if you don't want me to play!  Now was the MEGA hard part - the waterfall.  It looks so simple, but man was that thing pulling my hair out!  It was also late after a long day, so I don't think that helped any.  In any event, here is my final product.  I think it turned out ok and will make a nice addition to my cube gallery:

It's so fun to see how people with the exact same paint and instruction make such different creations.  You can see some photos from the event HERE on the Wine & Canvas Facebook page.
In other news, on Sunday, we looked out into the back yard to see a momma bunny nursing her babies:

Unfortunately, I had leaned out the sliding glass door to take the photo, and the little hunting toy dog sprinted after the bunnies:

She just wanted to play with them, but they weren't having it!  I'm not sure what she would do with the bunny if she actually came face to face with it.  I think they would just stare at each other.
Have a great rest of your week!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Nails Day!

Yesterday was nails day, and I was having serious #firstworldproblems, because I couldn't figure out what to do with my nails.  If you haven't checked out that hash tag on twitter, it's pretty funny!  It's all about the stuff that folks whine about because they are privileged enough to have money to buy stuff, like - wouldn't the world be a better place if Apple would just default the keyboard clicks to off.  Anyway, I was in a #firstworldproblems dilemma...  
In case you haven't picked up on the pattern, nails day is every two weeks, which means that the next one is just before Independence Day.  Should I go patriotic for a month, or just do an off cycle design?  After much angst, I decided that I would show my USA pride, since it is the World Cup, after all, so here is the latest nail design:

I made my neighbor and I some yummy cocktails and pizzas to take with us while we got our pedicures done.  I gobbled down my pizza, but here is what was left of the yummy concoction I made for our drink:

It is Sangria wine from Village Vintner, Angry Orchard cider, and Diet Dr. Pepper Cherry.  It's like juice and goes down a little too easily.
Now, the real drama occurred when we went to leave the nail salon, because this is what greeted us:

Yeah, it was pouring down rain.  We got absolutely soaked as we ran through the puddles to get to the car.  Of course, as we are halfway home, the rain stopped, so we got soaked for absolutely no reason.
The puppies were none too happy about the thunder that was accompanying the rain.  Latte cuddled in close to Gandy.

She has her antler that my parents brought back for her from Alaska.  The antler is not allowed in bed, so she chose to cuddle with Gandy.  Oh the silly puppies!
Have a great weekend!!!


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