Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Penny's Challenge #358 - Anything Goes!

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone's week is going well! The new challenge at Penny's starts today! Our sponsor this week is Little Blue Button Stamps! Always a so fabulous to have our amazing sponsors help us out with showcasing images! You have until Tuesday night to link up with us on the Penny's Challenge blog.

Here's my card, featuring Whimsy Flower from Little Blue Button Stamps.



That's it for this post! Don't forget to swing over to the Penny's Challenge blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps December Challenge + Coloring Tutorial!

Welcome to the Oddball Art Stamps December Challenge! You can read all about this month's challenge HERE; it's Anything Goes with Optional Twist of Christmas Lights! There are plenty of prizes up for grabs!! One project I have made to showcase this challenge (it follows this month's theme - so fun!) also comes with a coloring tutorial! This is a step-by-step coloring photo tutorial, as I have yet to master video tutorials. Maybe I can get my kids to help me with the editing in the future?! I hope it's easy to follow and that it can be helpful to some of you lovely stampers out there. We are going to do a step-by-step breakdown of creating and coloring this project:


Sounds fun? Let's get started!! 


One reason I chose to work with this image for a coloring tutorial (aside from DYING of CUTENESS and the fact that it follows this month's Christmassy theme) is that it's not an overly complicated image. When I was new to coloring with my Copic markers, I was highly intimidated by them. I didn't understand blending or layering colors or shading AT ALL. I would shy away from complicated images or scenes because I didn't want to have to try to color them without knowing that I could do them justice. SO, the last time I did a coloring tutorial it was an entire panel scene with merged images and backgrounds and EVERYTHING. So this month, I'm stepping way back and showing you how to take a cute image, a few colors of markers, and make a great project out of it with little to no complicated know-how needed!

We are coloring Bobby, Image No. 133. He's printed on Neenah Solar White cardstock.


I used a handful of markers in complimentary colors for shading and a soft look for this Christmas card.


I started out by laying down a base color for the ears, toes, cheeks and heart design on his leg. 


We are going to do some shading of all the areas with a darker blush pink, and then we're going to blend with our base (lightest) color.


Now I'm going to put down a base color for his body. I chose shades of Cool Grey for this. We are using C-0, C-1, C-3 and C-5.

  

 

 


Blend all the layers with the lightest base color...


Reindeer elephants need antlers!


We're going to shade them and then again, blend with the lightest color.  

 

 


Instead of making a complicated background, I just added a puddle of shadow underneath him to "ground" him within the image. I eyeballed it using my light aqua color. After I cut the image with my die cutting machine, I touched up the blue so it conformed to the circle shape I chose for the finished piece.


Put it all together on sweet Christmas card and you're all set with an easy-peasy hand-colored but NOT intimidating project!


That's it for me! Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to enter your gorgeous creations into our challenge, you have until the end of December, so get creative!

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Creative Knockouts #222 - Snow Much Fun!

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is....Snow Much Fun!! I think it's self-explanatory ;) I'm only a fan on snow on paper crafts (and not on my feet or freezing my fingers!!), so this works for me!

This week's sponsor is AMB Illustrations, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player! 



Here is my project, featuring Penguin Christmas.

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!


Aud Sentiments #194 - Christmas!

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Aud Sentiments where the theme is....Christmas

This week's sponsor is Bugaboo, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player! 





Here is my project, featuring Christmas Cupcake - Lights.

This week, Bugaboo has a color challenge for their weekly challenge theme. One of my Top 5 favorite challenge types!! (Sketch, Color, AG, Bingo, and BLING are the Top 5, for those who are curious). Here's the swatch:



So pretty!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to link up your lovelies over at Aud Sentiments for your chance to win! Remember, you MUST include a sentiment to enter our challenge! We love seeing all of your creations on the linkup :)



Imagine That Digistamp - Thursday Inspiration

Good morning my dear stamping friends! How about some end-of-November Thursday inspiration??

Today I have a new Design Team project to share with you from Imagine That! Digis by Kris. On Thursdays there's always a fun inspiration post on the Creative Playground blog, which is great to get your weekly fix of DT project postings! Today I'm sharing a fast and easy Christmas card!


Did you also know that ITDBK has a monthly challenge that begins the first Saturday of every month?. If you create a new project for our challenge using ITDBK images, you will receive the Featured Set of the Month FREE, just for playing along! The challenge "theme" is Anything Goes (my favorite, you know). Check out all the details at the Creative Playground HERE. This month's FS is the sweet new "Reindeer Carols":



Don't worry, you still have until TOMORROW NIGHT to link up!




This kit includes pre-colored elements, sentiments, and papers. The die is from Gina Marie. Mug is fussy cut and mounted to the front with foam tape. Everything else comes in the kit!

That's it for me today! Be sure to check out the Creative Playground for more ITDBK inspiration, and get your crafty on for your chance to receive our November FS for free!


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Penny's Challenge #357 - Anything Goes!

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone's week is going well! The new challenge at Penny's starts today! Our sponsors this week are All Dressed Up and Paper Creator. Always a so fabulous to have our amazing sponsors help us out with showcasing images! You have until Tuesday night to link up with us on the Penny's Challenge blog.

Here's my card, featuring All Dressed Up.





That's it for this post! Don't forget to swing over to the Penny's Challenge blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps - Scavenger Hunt and New Release Inspiration!

Hello Oddballs! Happy Black Friday!! I have a FUN extra post for you today to show off not one but TWO of the new release images at Oddball Art Stamps

Now, are you joining us on our first ever Holiday Scavenger Hunt??? If so, you are in the right place, so be sure to check out my post and my project closely for some important answers!

I had a lot of fun creating this merged scene using Image No. 404 - Pumpkin Stack with Faces and Image No. 406 - Ghouls in Love. I love that it looks like the bottom pumpkin is freaked out both from being on the bottom and because he's the only one who notices the ghosties about to get them!




If you're just stopping by my blog for a visit, and have NO idea what's going on with the scavenger hunt, check out Lizzy's post on the Oddball Blog HERE for all the details. There's also a Facebook Event you can join, HERE. There are some SERIOUS PRIZES here, people!!

Don't forget, we still have our monthly challenge at Oddball Art Stamps that we'd love to have you play along with! We have revamped how we do challenges, please stop over and read all about it HERE. There are still plenty of prizes up for grabs, and time to enter!! The month's optional theme is "Cemeteries".

Be sure to use coupon code DTJENNIFER10 when you're shopping at the Oddball Etsy Shop so you can save a few pennies (you know you need Sweetie Pie in your life!). Thanks for stopping by!

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Aloha Friday #108 - Thanks

Good morning! Aloha Friday is in full swing over at Kitty Bee Designs! Our current challenge is #108: Thanks, and this is week #2Our challenge this week is sponsored by both Sasayaki Glitter and Lemon Shortbread! Double your pleasure...and prizes!


I had SO MUCH FUN with this card! This is one of the new release Pandas from Kitty Bee Designs, Unicorn Panda. After he was colored (Copics), I cut this "Thanks" die (Taylored Expressions) in all the colors of his rainbow. Pearls from Kaisercraft. Other than the putzyness of all the cutting, it's an simple CAS card - I'm so so happy with how it turned out!





Thanks for stopping by, be sure to link up your school creations over at Aloha Friday, and I hope you have an AWESOME day!

Simply Papercraft #53 - Anything Goes

Happy Friday, my lovelies!!! I'm so happy the weekend is here! Today I'm sharing my latest card for Simply Papercraft. Our monthly challenges are ALWAYS "Anything Goes". I love this! Makes it easy and fun to combine challenges and really show off your best work. This week's challenge is sponsored by Melonheadz! As always, fantastic and generous prizes are up for grabs.

For my card today I used Mad Scientist Clip Art SetI LOVE making science cards into wedding/love/anniversary cards. It makes my little nerd heart soar!



Quick recipe - colored with Copics, of course. Spray is Gold Glimmer from Fun Stampers Journey. Tonic Nuvo dots in black for a little extra oompf in the vapor phase. The sentiment is printed using various fonts I've collected over the years.

That's it for me! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too.

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to link up your lovelies on the Simply Papercraft blog for your chance to win! We love seeing all of your creations on the linkup :)



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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Creative Knockouts #221 - Thankful Thoughts

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is....Border Time! Include a border of some type on your finished project.

This week's sponsor is Bugaboo, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player! 




Here is my project, featuring Give Thanks 6 Block.

This week, Bugaboo has BINGO for their weekly challenge theme. One of my favorite challenge types! Here is the board: 


My BINGO is horizontal middle - Yellow (coloring, Copics), Embossing (dry, background), Stitching (in the die).

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!


Imagine That Digistamp - Thursday Inspiration

Good morning my dear stamping friends! How about some Turkey Day inspiration??

Today I have a new Design Team project to share with you from Imagine That! Digis by Kris. On Thursdays there's always a fun inspiration post on the Creative Playground blog, which is great to get your weekly fix of DT project postings! Today I'm sharing one of my first Christmas cards for this season. I know...I'm super late! More on that card in a moment. 

Did you also know that ITDBK has a monthly challenge that begins the first Saturday of every month?. If you create a new project for our challenge using ITDBK images, you will receive the Featured Set of the Month FREE, just for playing along! The challenge "theme" is Anything Goes (my favorite, you know). Check out all the details at the Creative Playground HERE. This month's FS is the sweet new "Reindeer Carols":



Don't worry, you still have over a week left to play along! 

As I mentioned, I've got some more traditional Christmas card action going on today!







I used the pre-colored images here, but I added in the use of the awesome 3D kit to build up the layers on this. I'm completely 3D challenged, but these kits make that a BREEZE. I can't even tell you! I love how this turned out, and the kit also comes with these gorgeous new papers as well. Click the links above to head off to the store for some holiday shopping!

That's it for me today! Be sure to check out the Creative Playground for more ITDBK inspiration, and get your crafty on for your chance to receive our November FS for free!

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Penny's Challenge #356 - Anything Goes

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone's week is going well! The new challenge at Penny's starts today! Our sponsors this week are My Besties and Delicious Doodles. Always a so fabulous to have our amazing sponsors help us out with showcasing images! You have until Tuesday night to link up with us on the Penny's Challenge blog.

ALSO - PENNY'S IS HAVING A DESIGN TEAM CALL!! Julie is amazingly easy to work for, and Penny's has a wonderful following of great players each week. We have a ton of new sponsors lined up for next year, and we'd love to hear from YOU about joining the team! No prior DT experience is necessary. You can apply on the challenge blog post here by entering and adding "DT" after your name in the label on the InLinkz. Easy peasy!

Here's my card, featuring My Besties.


That's it for this post! Don't forget to swing over to the Penny's Challenge blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Oddball Art Co. Tutorial - Shaving Cream Backgrounds

Hello stamping friends! I'm here today with a new Techniques & Tutorials post for Oddball Art Stamps. This technique is another funky, fancy and fun background paper technique. You know I love those! 


Shaving Cream Marbled Backgrounds

This technique has been around FOR.EV.ER. And it's incredibly easy. My kids have done this one before too; it's messy and fun and produces unique results every time. Intrigued?? Let's go!

Ok! Assemble your supplies. You will need some nice cheap foam shaving cream (Gel doesn't work nearly as well. Get foam. The cheaper the better.), inks or watercolor paints, a tray of some kind to create the magic in, something to scrape the foam off the paper once you dip it, and something to swirl the foamy ink around before you apply it to your paper. You'll see what I mean.

 

The first step is to choose the colors you will want for your background. As you can see above, I have chosen red, green, blue and black, to match up with the colors I used in Image No. 252 Fearsome Fiona. Take your tray and add a layer of shaving cream to it. As you can see above, I used a plastic tray that some ground turkey came in. I washed it out and it was perfect. The nice thing about these is you can either wash and reuse when you're done (no worries about stains), or throw the whole mess away and start over next time you want to do some messy art!

Awesome! A nice layer for our ink or paint to sit on. Start adding drops. Anywhere you want. You can't do it "wrong", it's all right!

Yay! More colors?

Now, we are going to swirl/marble the inky shaving cream around to get some funky random patterns to imprint on our paper. A note - I pre-cut several sheets of plain white cardstock to A2 size (4.25"x5.5") before I started this project. These will be the papers that get marbled.

You can see that I used a stylus here for my swirling. I might recommend something more like a popsicle stick that has 2 sizes you can manipulate to change the way your pattern comes out. The stylus was quite skinny and I had to swirl a lot. 

 

Yay! We've swirled, and now we place our paper splat down on top of our marbled, inky, shaving cream masterpiece. We're having fun now! 

Yikes! It looks kinda ugly! Let's fix that. Once you place and press (not too hard) the paper into the inky shaving cream pot, peel it out by one corner. I put my tray on a scrap piece of cardboard, so I put the foamy paper down just next to it after I lifted it out of the tray. You will now want to scrape the foam off RIGHT AWAY. You don't want the paper to get any soggier than necessary. You can see I used a bone folder for this task, but you can use anything with a straight, flat edge. Ideally you want to scrape only once, because setting the scraper down a second time will leave a line on your paper where the edge touches.


Here is how it looks after it's scraped. Every piece will be unique. For this piece I started at the top and scraped downward. I wiped the bone folder off over the sink (or trash) and then moved on to the next piece. After 4 of these quarter sheets, I added another layer of foam and more ink, swirled it around, and did another 4 quarter sheets. 


You're done! Once they are dry, you can use them just like any other paper you've ever used. Decorate and assemble the rest of your project in any way that you envision. I'm a cardmaker, so this is going to be a card! I created the final project using Image No. 252 Fearsome Fiona, which I've colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils. The bat is a die from Fun Stampers Journey. The other dies are all from Gina Marie. Ribbon and tear drops from my stash.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If I've inspired you to create something, please link it up so I can take a look! Have a fabulous day and thanks for dropping by.

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