Wahooo…… I’m BACK …with a splash !!

Well I finally got time to really sit down and actually color, admittedly it was a quickie session… but I got to color and dang but it feels good. Here is a really cool image by Cute As A Button “Bathtub Mermaid” and as if you didn’t guess already… yup I gave my new Chameleon Pens Color Tops a whirl. Add on a splash of Sakura Gelly Roll for some glitz and glam and detailing.. and voila!

I mounted her on a ply wood art tile/canvas  using double sided sheets of adhesive tape and inked up the edges with 3 tones of Color Smart Ink pads.  I’ll add a protective waterproof layer before hanging her in the bathroom.

This is my challenge image for July for the Cute As A Button Challenge Blogspot… come on over and play

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Decorative edge card

Just a quick and simple card…. some pretty decorative edging cut on the Cricut Explore  and a cute  colored Digital stamp.  No fuss, no fluff…. just Clean and Simple…. soft grunge LOL.

Colored with my usual mix of pens, this card features “Button Love”  by Cute As A button and another Clive Couter file, Border Edge Card 32.  This is my September Inspiration card for the Cute As A Button Inspiration Showcase Blog

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Scrapper’s Delights Fan Group Challenge Friday Freebie DT Project

Wow .. I’m still in shock that I got invited to join this team …. I love doing these challenges, so it was a fab surprise to find that invite in my inbox.  Thank you 🙂

So here it is .. my  first Scrappers Delights Fan Group Challenge Friday Freebie DT Project.  I have been neglecting my poor old Cricut Explore lately and getting caught up with other ideas and projects…. but I really wanted  to  use this cut file again, so here it is.  I hope you like this project, it’s really quite a simple card to make and  this cut file is so versatile. I’ve used it for a few different projects in the past… male and female.  I wanted to keep it relatively clean, so  the sentiment is behind the image, you can see it better in the second image
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  • Card base is a CraftsUPrint cut file cup323867_1415 by Rae Carr.  This particular file has additional pieces that I didn’t use.  It’s cut on Dollar Store, glitter poster board card.  This was resized and cut on the Cricut Explore to make a 5×5 card.
  • Image is by Scrappers Delights and she is colored with a mix of Ranger distress pens, Zig Kurecolor and Zig Brushables from the Zig Memory System set..and a touch of Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust on the hair bands and slippers.  I also added some  blue Sakura Glaze on the hair for shine and texture.
  • Flowers are from Michaels
  • Sentiment is a die cut on blue Recollections card to match the trellis backing, cut on My Sizzix Big Shot.
  • Xyron Mega runner 1/4 inch adhesive


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St Patrick’s Day Card

Well I couldn’t resist knocking up a quick card with my new Lil’Inkers dual stitch dies and the cute Bugaboostamps St Patricks Day Hedgehog digital stamp I bought. So here it is…

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  • The base card is from a multi-color Recollections pack
  • Lil’ Inkers dual stitch frame is cut on dollar store glitter card….kinda neat and very inexpensive when you can find it.
  • Single stitch mat is  from a Green Recollections pack – Feathered Greens with a stripe of Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust around the stitch edge. ( photo colors are a bit off on that..its more green than teal)
  • Image printed on my awesomely fab new Epson Eco Tank ** I AM SO IN LOVE
  • Image background Ranger Alcohol Adironack Inks with a cotton swab using Blender, Sunshine Yellow & Stream.
  • Image is  fussy cut for a double layer effect and  colored with a mix of Chameleon Pens,  Zig Kurecolor, Ranger Distress Pens and a touch of Wink of Stella White to glam up the hat buckle.
  • Ribbon  – Michaels bargain bin special
  • Entire piece popped on a sheet of Darice adhesive foam

 

SEI velvet paper…I’m in love

I found some really cool velvet paper at my Michaels yesterday.  I got a surprise Michaels Gift card in the mail and decided to go see if I could pick up some card stock in a few colors I am low in….and just happened to take a look at their 10 for $10 sale. Unfortunately they only had 7 sheets and they only had black, but I grabbed all of the ones they had ….and a few sheets of something that reminds me of super fine chain mail. I also picked up a watercolor pad at 50 % off…. well technically, it’s a mixed media pad …. but it works for water colors.


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Heat stamped embossed velvet paper


This SEI paper is great, not only does it cut like a dream on my Cricut Explore, but it also works perfectly for another project I had been trying rather unsuccessfully on and off the last few months. Heat embossing velvet with an iron and rubber stamps. I tried a velvet adhesive paper and it wasn’t well suited to that idea at all. This worked great on my test scrap, so really looking forward to playing with that idea more







anywho… here’s a card I knocked up real quick. The image was print and cut on the Explore,  colored with Chameleon pens and a bit of gold glam from a Gelly Roll Stardust pen. The lower Poinsettia and one of the lower leaves is doubled up for a 3D look and mounted on foam adhesive dots.

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I am sooo buying more of this in a variety of colors, it’s beautiful paper to work with and the results are great.

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Hair made easy

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KennyK – Download Diva

I am loving the blend of Chameleon and Zig Chalk Marker Writers so much, I am going to order the 6 pack so I can get my paws on a white chalk writer marker…. instead of using the calligraphy tipped one.

This was done with a Chameleon base and I intended to use the blue chalk marker as the highlight, but it actually ended up being darker than the base I laid down… but that worked out fine, as I just used it for low lights and added in white chalk marker for the highlights.

I think digitally printed skin tones and a mix of the Chameleon and Zig chalk Markers ….then Sakura and my multitude of gel pens…. throw in a little Wink of Stella and & Luna ..and I have my goto combo for coloring my KennyK‘s….and probably most of my other digis.  I have a tonne of them now too lol.

So I guess now I need to get some printed practice sheets knocked out … I’m pleasantly surprised by how easy hand coloring is with these pen sets…. admittedly very basic…. but still it’s hand coloring and I never thought I would ever be doing that with my abysmal lack of skills.  I always felt intimidated by all the pen sets and felt they were more suited to people who had already developed coloring skills …. but really… these pens are great for all levels.

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Chameleon Pens


If anything I think they are a great choice for beginners, because the of the confidence factor and the blending, since beginners won’t already have a vast range of pens at  their disposal.  As a beginner it’s very easy to get intimidated and quickly put off the idea of hand coloring if you struggle to get results. These pens really do help a beginner  gain confidence very quickly…and that makes you want to continue and keep improving, instead of throwing them in a drawer and giving up.  I shall persevere with learning to color skin tones better… but  at least now hair is a whole lot easier than it was.


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Zig Memory System Marker Collection



I discovered a bunch of other cool Zig pens which I now have on my Wish list… including some Embossing pens which should…. hopefully fit in the Amy Chomas adapter like the memory system pens do.  I can’t wait to get my paws on some of those and give them a whirl through my Cricut.

Some wood markers and wood stain markers… which will work great with my embossing on wood projects.







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Gansai Tambi Watercolors


…and I also eyeballed some cool water based pens which might compliment my Gansai Tambi watercolor set.

Happy Birthday to me…….. Happy.. oh hang on.. my birthday is still months away… hmm maybe a Valentines present… late Christmas….. just because you love me… whatever works lol.  I am sure hubby will be thrilled to shop for crafting supplies… NOT haha



….time to dig out that Exclusive coupon and go shop 🙂



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Shopping spree…. yeah ..another one lol

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I had a bit of a splurge at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Dollar Tree the other day ….well two Michaels actually LOL

 

There are a whole bunch within driving distance and two on the way to the In Laws…. so I hit those again.

 

 

 

OMG the deals at Michaels right now ….almost everything I got in the first store was on clearance or sale…. and the I had a 50% coupon for a regular price buy.  THEN the little girl at the register pulls out a different coupon and says, “I got another one for you….” yeah it helps to be nice to retail workers….when you are an a$$hole, you only get to use your own coupons LOL.  So she pulls out a 30% off EVERYTHING….sales, clearance the whole shebang…. and adds that on 🙂

 

Shame the girl at the second store wasn’t so sweet…. but heh….It was all clearance and sales stuff there too anyway.

 

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Picked up a bunch of single sheet paper 7/$1 ….14 cents a pop…. I can handle that, specially with the extra 30% off lol.   And some of them were colored vellum too 🙂  There were a couple I wanted at the first store that were on clearance…. didn’t make sense to get them…but I picked them up at sales price in the second store.  Not all stores have the same clearance items.

 

 

I picked up a bunch of Wink of Luna pens….if you haven’t seen them already, check them out.. they are like Wink of Stella, but metallic.  Why the hell are they on clearance already??? not that I am complaining…. I would have grabbed more if I had the spare money this month.  I already spend a tonne of money already this month. I also got some wood frames to decorate, one of which you may have seen in the Grandma project.

 

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The Turtle is just a prop, my son thought I needed a lil something extra in my picture lol      … but he is available at all good Walmarts.

 

 

The Recollections card stock was on offer 5 for $10 again…. so I grabbed a bunch of that.

Martha Stewart corner and border punch sets… CLEARANCE… oh hell yeah.  My little guy loves to punch paper and these are so much easier for him to use than the others, but at $25 a set…. I have to budget for them and wait for coupons etc.  $12.99 on clearance, thank you very kindly!!

 

 

 

Christmas clear cling stamps, 50% off….  and the $1.50 cheapie stamps bins now have the Christmas ones …. I always grab  the cheapie stamps for the lil guys collection 🙂

 

I picked up a new Ranger Archival ink pad…. the big ones.. 50% off, thank you coupons LOL

 

I snagged some metallic card, holographic foil, a few plastic cutting mats for playdoh, candles and some pens to try in the Cricut from the DollarTree.com

 

I got the reindeer stickers, cork mats, felt ornaments and the White Sakura Gelly Roll pens at Hobby Lobby… all Christmas stuff was 50% off and the pens had a 40% off coupon.

The hole punch is a 2 inch throat one from Walmart, I picked that up for doing the shaker card  window game cards,  when I didn’t want to cut holes on the Cricut for that.

My Joann.com order will be here on Saturday…. Hallelujah!!! I can’t wait to try out my new embossing powders.

 

Looks like we are pretty well set for some serious crafting over the winter 🙂

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Adhesive Chalkboard Vinyl ~ Home Sweet Home sign

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ZiggyBoard Adhesive Chalk Board

 

Well here is my first completed project using the Ziggyboard chalkboard vinyl. I’m pretty new to this whole vinyl thing, so kept it simple. I’ve played with it a few times just because I had some that came with my original Cricut Expression… yeah I have had it sitting around that long LOL.

But I recently got a kit to review from Ziggyboard.com  Cohas.com who make this vinyl right here in the US. …and so did two of our ladies

…. and a mini challenge was GAME ON!!!

Now I am the first  to admit that I am at a distinct disadvantage here  lol.  NanaDonna is our HTV queen, so she is well used to working with this medium and Deescraps and NanaDonna both…. are just awesome crafters PERIOD.  I have learnt so much from these ladies over on the message board.

Ziggyboard 12x12 Adhesive Chalkboard Vinyl sheets

Ziggyboard 12×12 Adhesive Chalkboard Vinyl sheets

My biggest problem when faced with this challenge…. my handwriting and drawing SUCKS !!! I have spent so many years on a computer, I am surprised I know how to pick up and hold a pen anymore.

 

One day I will tell you a story about a 30 year old who forgot how to use a knife and fork.. yup that would be me lol…and sadly, it’s a true story haha.

Ok ….so now we have established my lack of ability in this department…. I’ll tell you how I got round it. Where I lack ability, I have imagination and problem solving in abundance.
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Zig Posterman Chalk Board Markers

 

Now the pens that come with these kits, sadly do not fit in the Cricut Explore Explore, not even with an Amy Chomas Adapter. You can remove the original adapter and jerry rig it with some tape to fit,  but the pen priming system makes it a no go anyway… strike one for me… no Bueno!  But does that stop me … oh hell noooo.

ok …. so do I cut a stencil…. possibly…. but it’s a one off project….. heh…. too much work and a waste of materials…. No Bueno

Do I print out my text and use a carbon paper to transfer an outline to follow…. that would work…. don’t have any…. No Bueno

Outlining on the Cricut Explore with Sakura Gelly Roll White Gel Pen

Outlining on the Cricut Explore with Sakura Gelly Roll White Gel Pen


LIGHT BULB MOMENT…..
 Sakura Gelly Roll White Gel pen for the win!!!!   so in it goes in my Amy Chomas adapter.  Now the ink on the chalkboard surface is a bit patchy…. so you may have to hit the Cricut button a few times to make it redo the text outlines.

Depending on if you want an outline to go over with the pens, or just an outline to use….you can pick and choose how many runs through you do with the pen.

I love this white pen, but find that it does seem sporadic even on regular card  and paper too. They aren’t designed for the Cricut…. so it’s just something I accept.  I have tried other white pens and  found them no where near as smooth.  It’s easy enough to go back and touch up any missed areas.  I did that with my ‘O’
Outlined and cut... ready to decorate and mount

Outlined and cut… ready to decorate and mount

 

The heart was cut out of the vinyl and a Red Adhesive Velvet heart  from Elizabeth Craft Designs was inserted, just for a little bit of texture and fun. You could cut out shapes and fill with photos or printed materials …. all kinds of cool possibilities to personalize your chalkboard projects.

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Stamping with Chalk pens

Now THIS is what I really do love about these chalk pens….. even though I suck at writing and drawing….  I don’t totally suck at Rubber stamping.  I used one of my clear cling stamps to make the scroll in the top right corner.  If you make a mistake, these can be cleaned off to start over even though it’s not a wet wipe chalk pen.

 Yup….  that is right…. you can ink up your rubber stamps and create beautiful designs. ….Never fear it washes right off.  So the next time you are cruising around Pinterest and looking at all the fab chalkboard vinyl  projects and thinking you could never do it… STOP!!!   …. Where there is a will, there is a way….

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ZiggyBoard Pre-cut labels

 

These ideas can be translated over to decorate ornaments, framed  art, labels, glassware…. and if you don’t have a cutting machine, never fear…  Ziggyboard Chalk Board Vinyl   Cohas.com Chalk Board Vinyl also comes in loads of precut shapes.

 

 

 

 

Supplies used in this project:

Cheap frame with glass removed
Ziggyboard Chalkboard vinyl 12×12 sheet
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen
Cricut Explore
Zig Posterman Chalk Marker Pen
Rubber Stamp
Adhesive Velvet
Amy Chomas Pen Adapter

…and an idea!

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Bi Weekly Card Challenge August 12-26 2015

The First Bi Weekly Card Challenge on our new message Board is now Officially  O P E N !!!  Rules are the same as they always were… and I quote our lovely host for the Challenge  MsDeescraps:

Do one or do them all. The shapes in the card sketches are primarily “markers” …meaning a circle doesn’t have to be a circle, but it does marks the spot for a card element.

 

The Ad Colors are there to help you narrow down your paper choices for one card, or to give you an excuse to buy more! (Only Kidding!) You don’t have to use them, but I think they are always fun to do.

 

For those who finish and want more to do, here’s the Extra Credits for this challenge:


#1. Make a shaped card (anything but square).
#2. Make a card using only an Embossing folder and ink.
#3. Make and “Clean and Simple” card of your choice.

Have fun, and I’m looking forward to seeing your cards.

We have 4 sketches and a set of Ad Colors to accompany the 3 Extra Credits (EC’s). Come on over and join in the fun Bi Weekly Card Challenge – August 12, 2015 , all levels and styles welcome.
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Beginners Guide to Dry Inking Techniques

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok.. list of what you need for this technique… brushes, ink pads, crayola markers or similar …. scrap paper to work on..and some patience 🙂

This is the easiest, most effective coloring technique … as a well known insurance advert likes to say “Even a caveman can do it”

.. hell my 3 year old does it. It’s a great technique for anyone…. beginner, or advanced. But specially good for those beginners who haven’t quite found their coloring mojo yet. Do not be scared of trying to color stamps, or ink your edges because you think you can’t… YOU can.

I am your classic example of “that crafter..” I can’t color, paint or draw worth a damned.. but I can do this!!

Before I get into this super complicated coloring technique << insert rolleyes for sarcasm here…. I am going to share with you some of my own project images. Just to show you what YOU can do…. it’s a great starter technique that will allow you to transition into a more detailed technique over time. Saying that…. this is a great technique all in it’s own, which lends itself to certain projects way better than the usual color in the lines style of coloring.

Now be aware that this is a brand new technique for me…and I just kind of fell into it totally by accident. I was actually trying to learn how to do the cool inked edges that a lot of our ladies do. Being the tangent head that I am.. I started with that and it just kind of took on a life of it’s own. I am loving this technique and the versatility of it. It makes even me go “WOW.. I did that!!! …ME !!!”

Ok so that said.. here are some of my personal images…


This is the first stage of an 11×17 sheet of card stock before the background was filled in. I wanted some unique paper for some card projects… and this technique lends itself perfectly to creating your own paper/card stock. These are just rubber stamp images from my personal stamp collection, colored with the dry brush technique.

 

 

 

 

 

Then a background was inked in, just because that is what I wanted for my project. Video link below was done using this image set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need a quick card… flat card in under 15 minutes ..stamp, ink, bling and go

 

 

 

 

 

 

Card and envelope in a hurry… gotta be a stamp, emboss, ink , bling and go.

 

 

 

 

Ok.. so now you have a rough idea of what it’s all about… lets get to the serious business… Pay close attention as this is extremely serious stuff and one false move could render your project.. FRICKIN AWESOME !

I kid you not… once you try this and make a mistake, try to fix it and it just starts to breathe on it’s own.. you will often discover your ‘mistake’ was actually cool and you ended up with something better than you were planning to do.. as Bob Ross used to say… no such thing as a mistake, just happy little accidents.

Ok so the highly specialized list of items needed…

  • Card Stock.. cut, ripped, punched ..whatever you desire… to size and shape for your project
  • Scrap card… if you need to mask areas off to keep them clean for text etc later
  • Brushes… I have a set of artist brushes picked up at Michael’s for about $9 after a 50% coupon… these are actually my toddlers paint brush set lol. I have also used smaller artist brushes for finer work.. hell I used the old brush from the top of a mineral makeup. It’s kind of like an old badger hair shaving brush in shape and texture. Pretty much any brush other than the kids plastic bristle ones should work, so don’t be scared to grab old brushes and give them a try.
  • Ink pads.. I have dye ink pads for my toddler… these are cheap old ink pads from Michael’s.. as often as not, they are on sale. They are cheap, come in a range of colors and It’s no biggie if I spread my colors from one pad to another.. it just means I get new shades lol.  I love these ink pads !
  • Crayolas… yup I use Crayola washable markers.. at $2 a pack for the fat 10 pack, it doesn’t matter if my kid grabs my pens or I borrow his. It’s not like he drew on his coloring book with a set of Copic’s and made me cringe LOL. Crayola ink will dry up quicker than dye ink … so be prepared to get subtler shades and have to re-ink your brush more often… or just wet your brush down a bit. I draw on an acrylic block, then pick the ink up from that. If you want a lot of different colors, without a hefty price tag pick up a 30+ multi pack of the skinny ones.

Ok.. so .. did I miss anything .. oh yeah… obviously if your project requires images… you need some stamps.. rubber, clear, Digital… whatever floats your boat.

Dry Inking – Quickie example video.

And here we go…. nothing special, it was just a quick rush video to show some of the ladies the technique, I will try and add a better video later 🙂 There is no verbal commentary to this one as it was done in the wee hours of the morning while my boys were fast asleep… however there is music, so speakers down ladies and gents !!

It will appear upside down to you… sorry about that…. but it’s either you see it upside down, or spend 10 minutes trying to watch the brush work and not stare at my cleavage 🙂

Upside down or back to front.. the technique remains the focus of this video.. so it doesn’t really matter..for those who really need it right side up, may I suggest viewing on a tablet or phone and lock your screen rotation and then flip your device. soooo much easier on your blood pressure than trying to watch a 10 minute video on your head. The video cuts off before the project is finished… but the technique is the same all the way through and even the background is done the same way.. just with a bigger brush. I got a new software for desktop capture so stay tuned for more on screen videos showing projects and techniques..including digital coloring in a graphics program, working in Design Space .. and anything else I happen to be up to that might be of use.

 

and lastly.. a few more samples

This was a collaboration piece by myself and my 3 year old… he rocks the dry brush like a pro.

I inked the edges and did the Gelly Roll highlights on the fireworks.. which is kind of hard to see on this one.

He stamped the fireworks and the red ink in the center is all him. He hijacks my projects all the time.. but I love being able to share crafting with him…. so you won’t hear me complaining.

 

 

This is a KennyK digi image which I colored on the computer, printed out and then inked a flag on.. It’s a work in progress. The cop has some serious Gelly Roll Stardust bling going on for a touch of fun, white stars were glued on…and a rectangular scrap sheet was used to mask off the area I plan to put text when I am done. This piece is for a LEO friend of the family and will probably have some humorous verbage along the lines of .. “No ladies you can’t pay in dollar bills… this is a speeding ticket, not an autograph”.

The photo’s really don’t do this piece justice. If you try this technique you will see just how much fun it is and how easy it is to create unique pieces for all sorts of cool projects.

 

..another KennyK piece… can you tell I love his style.. haha


This piece is actually one of my submission for one of the July super Card Challenges currently going on. This is Capt. Locke part of KennyK’s Steampunk collection. This is an over-sized card.. you can read more about the techniques used and see progress pictures over on the message board. Sorry you have to be a member to view this.. so come on over and sign up.. we’re mostly house trained over there 🙂

In a nutshell.. large base card made from an 11×17 card stock done in 3/4 fold style.

Background card was dry inked.. card stock was ripped into pieces that were then embossed and ..dry inked. and then Capt. Locke.. bless her heart is the major player on this piece. She was colored in a graphics program and then imported to Design space and a print and cut on the main outline was done… she was printed 6 times and then each layer was hand cut to remove sections for the layers. She is a 6 layer, pyramid style topper and stands about half an inch off the base card at her highest point.

*** FOOT NOTE  Do not throw away your  scrap paper you use underneath when inking edges and drying ink off brush.  It makes awesome backgrounds for cards.   The card in  the image at the top of the page was made using my scrap paper .. it can make a great vintage/rustic style background.  I usually throw down an 11×17 sheet of card stock  as a protector sheet on my desk.