Bugaboo Sketch Challenge inspired notebook

I was cruising along doing my thing when I ran across the  new Bugaboo Stamps latest “Stella Says Sketch Challenge”.  Now I am not a huge fan of sketch challenges..I like to do my own thing.. but once in a while a sketch will catch my eye and I’m like

“hmm.. yup..I can work with that! “

….and this  was one of them.  This is the Sketch for Challenge 502 which runs till February 6th.  Now I am kind of used to our sketch challenge on the message board..which is VERY relaxed as far as “rules goes”  and very open to artistic license. They are an inspiration/ suggestion not an absolute LOL.. so everyone is used to me skipping  the sentiments section on my cards and projects.

Sometimes they just don’t need one, other times I want to leave it  till I know who the recipient is… or let’s face it.. it’s me!! Sometimes it’s just not something I should probably post pictures of for the masses lol.
In this case, it just doesn’t need one… it’s a notebook, not a card.  I just wanted to have some fun with these Bugaboo Stamps I have in my collection and practice  blending techniques with my Chameleon Pens.  I will enter it any way, just to show it off for anyone who cares to  check it out…and to show a bit of support for one of our Sponsors Challenges.
Anywho here is my fun little notebook, made from scratch using a Fellowes Comb Binder and Plastic Combs.  The images used are Hedgehog Flower and Mini Set- Spring Flower Blocks which is a set of 6.  Colored with Chameleon Pens on Canson Mix Media the notebook was made using Recollections card for the cover and the inside pages.

I was considering laminating the covers, but decided against it.  The center panel was layers of black & white matching card stock and I used Zig Kuretake Photo Tape Runner for my adhesive. and the  Hedgehog was also printed on white, then colored and Die cut using one of my newer Gina Marie Designs Dies “MINI HEART LACE SQUARE DIE SET”

This one  may or may not join my abandoned art project bucket… it’s kinda cute and I may keep it.

Be sure to enter your Bugaboo Stamps Projects in their Challenges..at “Catch the Bug Challenge Spot”


and of course our brand new one that started this month “Bugaboo Crafty Challenge”.  It’s a monthly prize challenge that starts on the 15th of each month for Bugaboo Stamp projects

.. and then of course you can also enter it in the “Crafty Awesomeness Challenge” here on the blog too, which is an anything goes and starts on the 1st of each month.

CHALLENGES:

Stella Says Sketch Challenge 502

 

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Decoupage Wall Plaque “Baby Boy Blues”

I was playing around with ideas again.. you know how that goes LOL.

I picked up some of these cheap wood blanks at Walmart… I only went in for milk honest.

2 gallons of milk and $50 of craft supplies later…. haha ..oops…and I had some fun stuff to play with for me and the lil man.

Now cute isn’t really my thing, but I still like to have a play around with ideas and  try new things…and sometimes I get a does of the “cuties”.  I think that is how you learn what you like and don’t like; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t…. but you will never know unless you try.

What I loved about this one was the soft Wedgewood style color Palette ….what I didn’t love…. sticking on what felt like a gazillion tiny flowers and  pearl cabochons.  But I like how  the flower clusters turned out on it…it’s a very handy die, I just wish it did more than one at a time.  I can see a few places I think I probably should have added a few stray flowers, but it’s so easy to  go too far and OVERKILL strikes  lol.

Anywho here she is, this is my  New Release project for Cute As A Button “My Baby Boy” . The idea would work with a photo instead of a digi image too.

Supplies listed below.

Basics:

Wood Oval Blank – available at Walmart, or any craft store.
Mod Podge Matte & sponge applicator
Image “My Baby Boy” by Cute As A Button
Colored with Chameleon Pens

Card 110lb Georgia Pacific from my scraps box
2 shades of Blue from "Cape Cod" Recollections 65lb  card

Dies:

Gina Marie Designs "X Stitch Rectangle Die Set" ( small flowers )
Gina Marie Designs "Fern Die Set"
Lil'Inkers "Stitched Mats:Oval"
Large Flowers, Foliage, Scroll Foliage Ebay-Wangrea

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Finally..I completed my set of Chameleon Pens ..WOO HOO

I managed to pick up the last 10 of my missing colors just before Christmas and so I have been pushing myself to practice using these pens…. the way they were intended to be used lol.

I confessed previously, that I really haven’t used the blending chambers as much as I probably should have in the year I have had them..so now, I am determined to do  more with that side of their functionality.

The last two packs I needed were floral and warm tones;  so I picked out two of my new Power Poppy images  that I haven’t colored yet, printed them on Canson Mixed Media paper and had a play.  I am quite pleased with these…. they have a soft, almost vintage botanical catalog/book feel to them. I avoided the overly bright modern and strong look I usually favor & kept these two muted.  These were colored with a  mix of pens from the whole set, NOT just the two latest color packs.

I did pop in a shadow  outline effect using my H2o detailer brush and the printer ink from the image.

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Image: ROSE AND CHAMOMILE DIGITAL STAMP SET


Chameleon Pens:

PK2 Dusty Rose
RD5 Burgundy
OL3 Olive Green
BL4 Cornflower Blue
BL2 Baby Blue
OR3 Tangerine
YO2 Mellow Yellow
pp_oak_smImage:  OLIVE AND OAK DIGITAL STAMP SET
Chameleon Colors:

BR5 Bark
BR1 Taupe
NU4 Caramel
OR3 Tangerine
YO2 Mellow Yellow
OL3 Olive Green
GR1 Green Apple

 

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Be Beautiful – layered card with watercolor effect

This is my latest project and features  an image by Cute As A Button “Wedding Day” and a bunch of  things from my latest craft hauls.  This is my December Inspirational Project  and also  my No. 3 Sketch with extra credits for the Message Board Sketch Challenge.   Some of the ladies and I are old friends from the Cricut Message Board days and this is a continuation of an old challenge on there. It’s a just for fun  monthly sketch challenge and all are welcome to come hang out and play.

I wanted to try something I’d been playing with the other week, the watercoloring with printer ink.. but expanded on the idea by including some of the new Zig Kuretake Manga ink I just got.  I picked  this particular ink for the fact it was water based, so I knew it would dilute and work with this technique.  It is a fast drying ink that becomes waterproof once dry and  smudge free with Alcohol markers.  Exactly what I need!  I also picked up a Fine H2o brush in this packet…  I have tried cheap versions of these which work.. ok.. but this one is definitely a much higher quality.
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I gave the image a color wash with just water and the printer ink, then I slowly layered in a diluted ink to add in more depth and shadow.   It has a very subtle color because I  diluted it and then absorbed the excess as I worked,  but straight out of the bottle.. this is black as black can be. If you let it soak in instead of absorbing  it … the colors are also more pronounced.

The reason I picked up this ink is because  Artists all have their own style of drawing, some use thinner lines than others and that effects the amount of ink you have to pull from the printed image.  I have a gorgeous set of  Gansai Tambi watercolor paints I could have used..BUT  I wanted to experiment… PLUS these inks are waterproof once dried AND I can use the ink with various writing/drawing tools.

k let’s face it.. I just wanted to play with something new lol.  Wait till you get to see the other bottle of ink I picked up….

I added in some really subtle color on the image using my Chameleon Pens
NU00, BL2, BG1 & GR1.

This image was printed on  a Canson Mixed Media sheet  through the Epson Eco Tank.

ok.. now onto  the card itself.  I am not really  a fussy card maker..  but I do like to play around with ideas and try new things out, so now and then I’ll get a bit “fluffy”.

I had some fab new dies from Gina Marie designs I wanted to try out and so I mixed it up with some of those, some GM’s from a previous order, a die from my latest Blitsy order and some  Cheapie imports from Ebay.  And then I  had a play with my Martha Stewart punches….  for good measure.

Starting at the back and working forward..

Silver Glitter card stock,  local dollar store
Blue Recollections Card Stock  with  Martha Steward border punch set. If you want a continuous border, these punches all come with cutting instructions and sizes so you can get perfect  borders.  For this project I  wanted to play with an off cut pattern, just to add a little interest to the background.
White 110lb index Card
Blue Recollections Card Stock
Image is popped on a layer of Darice Foam
Image is die cut with the new Mini Hearts Square set from Gina Marie Designs

On top of that are 3 cuts from the Gina Marie Flower Branch Die.. 2 were inked with a blue pad..one darker than the other for  some contrast and pearl cabochons were popped in the smaller centers for some subtle bling.

The butterfly and beautiful  cuts are from Gina Marie
The “Be” sentiment is from Blitsy
….and finally the small leafy sprigs came from Ebay.

I used  a mix of glues and tapes… details and links for the products used can be found below for anyone interested.

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And now for the details:

Image  –  Cute As A Button “Wedding Day”

Recollections 65lb card from Michaels
Lawn Fawn Scripty”Be”sentiment Die Blitsy

Gina Marie Designs “Beautiful” sentiment  & Butterfly Set Scrapbook Warehouse
Gina Marie Designs Mini Hearts Square set Scrapbook Warehouse
Gina Marie Designs Flower Branch Scrapbook Warehouse


Leafy sprigs My regular Ebay Seller
Martha Stewart Border & Corner Punch Set ….Michaels  used to have them or you can get them on Ebay


Chameleon Pens  - ChameleonPens.com
Glitter Card Stock  - Local $ store , 3 sheets for $1.99 silver, gold & green
Recollections card - Michaels

Fine tip H2o Brush CraftingAbility.com
Manga Ink CraftingAbility.com
Photo Tape CraftingAbility.com
2 Way glue Crafting Ability.com

Neenah White  110lb card stock -Amazon
Canson Mixed Media 7x10 pad Amazon
Pearl Cabochons Amazon
Darice Adhesive foam


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New Gina Marie Dies haul

Well I couldn’t resist one more quick die haul before my little shopping spree for the year ended.. so I grabbed these. new_gmd_dec

I don’t have  a lot of masculine dies so the GONE FISHING DIES set was a definite  plus…. I have a friend with a husband who loves to fish and I am sure I can find some fun humorous sentiments to go with these.  He is terribly accident prone and has pretty much been rebuilt  more times than the Bionic man… so he has a sense of humor that matches my own lol.  Just as well really since he is such an easy EASY target haha.  Any man who can break  their pelvis while standing on a two foot wall fishing… just gotta learn to roll with the punchlines LOL.

He has been more trouble since he retired than ever…. who knows what he will get up to next. In this weeks saga… he is getting surgery on the finger he decided to chop off at the tip last week. *rolleyes. Rest assured,  all of the appropriate jokes have been distributed and his wife  has declared herself unwilling to scratch his butt for him if he chops anything else off lol.

Aint love Grand !!!  But we love him anyway… he’s like that 3 year old who gets into trouble and you give them the stern lecture, while trying  not to giggle at their antics. He’s my favorite A$$hat and I would be lost without my partner in crime when it comes to bad humor.

The SNOWFLAKE BORDER DIE 5.5 LONG border was just too cute to pass by

.. I love my frame sets, so had to grab at least one of these MINI HEART LACE SQUARE DIE SET ..and they kinda look  like 4 leaf clovers in this design too.. so perfect for St Patrick’s Day and good luck cards.

The FLOWER BRANCH DIE just caught my eye and I had to grab it..and then somehow.. the ORNAMENT & SHADOW DIE SET just fell in my packet * grin.  

Now I just have to find time to  do some fun new projects with all this new stuff  🙂

Marvelous Molds – cake decor, polymer, plaster and more

Some of you may have heard me  talking about a desire to start working with resin again.. and you may have already seen Playdoh projects and the like on here in the past.  I was so excited to accidentally stumble across this site when I was updating affiliate info on the blog.  CHECK these out…..

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Now these are  Food Grade Silicone molds…. but they can  be used for plaster, soap, wax and a bunch more crafting  media.  They can withstand 400 degree heat, so work with allsorts of materials.

One of the really cool features of these molds that I liked a lot was the cutting edge built in to the design and the wide array of designs and texture plates available, which would be great for my playdoh, polymer and plaster projects.  If you enjoy crafting with 3D embellishments…  check these out.  I know a bunch of you do mixed media pieces and upcycle and re purpose pieces in a variety of media.

I picked out a few of my personal favorites to show you, but you really have to go check them out for yourself.  Whether you are a cake decorator… and we have a few of you ladies too in my various Facebook Groups and contacts, or you are a mixed media artist, jewelry maker, modeler or whatever…. these are definitely worth a look.
As soon as I have some spare  money, hopefully after Christmas…. I’m grabbing some of these and a new supply of Tap Plastics resin.  Woot… so excited to find really cool molds  to play with.

The video on the page I am linking to is worth a watch even if you aren’t a cake decorator… it  has some useful information and tips on it that apply to any use.

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My Blitsy sleepover Black Friday Haul

Just in case hubby peeks at this…. THANK YOU honey ..it’s perfect.. just what I hoped you would get me for Christmas LOL

I was naughty.. not THAT naughty.. but naughty….  but if I get me some Golden Scissors and  won the $1000 prize..oh hell yeah..I could spend that in under 15 minutes lol.

I picked up the We R Memory Keepers Laser Square I have been covetingblitsylasera new extended platform for my Big Shot.. badly needed
A gelli print plate which will be fun to use with the little guy and something I have  been dying to try
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A Hampton Art Stamp Perfect Tool

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..and a couple of little dies including this oneblitsyleaves

I have a packet coming tomorrow with my first order too…

You still have time to go grab some great deals.. Free Shipping on orders over $29.99 AND

new faster shipping/processing times too…. 🙂

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Oversized HandStamped Autumn background Card

I LOVE this new stamp, it’s a bargain bin $1.50 seasonal stamp from Michaels.  The seasonal stamps they do, they are perfect for my lil guy who loves to stamp…and I get to borrow them too lol.

The image is by ArtbyMiran colored with Chameleons, Zig Kuercolor and some Isopropyl on Canson Mix Media.

Background is 7×10 Canson Mix Media Paper, stamped with one stamp from Michaels using  Craft Smart dye pads and colored with Chameleon and Zig Kurecolors.

Mounted on a card base made of 11×17 Neenah 110lb Index card  using Zig Photo Tape and trimmed to fit.
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Challenges:

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Lil Ms Muffet sat on her…

HA !!! you know you were expecting something sarcastic…. well NOPE .. not this time lol.
SURPRISE !!!!  Ok I confess I did  think about it, but couldn’t find anything suitable… funny yes, not very PC, yes…. suitable… Nope LOL

This is my DT project for the new October Challenge on the Cute As A Button Challenge Blog…“Ms Muffett”

Printed on Recollections 65 lb card stock and colored with Chameleon Pens and Zig Kure Color and a dusting of dry brushed Craft Smart Ink.  The edges were also inked up with Craft Smart ink pads in blue and black.

The card background is stamped using a bargain bin seasonal stamp from Michaels.  I love these $1.50 stamps they bring out for each season… they are fab for my lil man and I find myself stealing them for backgrounds lol. The sentiment is a die cut.. but for the life of me I can’t think who made it, I’ll add it into a supplies list later today. The sentiment was inked with black and blue inks, then I ran over it with a light blue Sakura Glaze pen which gave it a 3D relief and  added that finishing touch.

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Come join us over on the Challenge Blog this month and don’t forget their is also a Progressive Challenge on the Facebook Group too.

 

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classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot

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creativecraftcottage.blogspot

cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot

morgansartworld.blogspot

digistamps4joy-sa.blogspot

2 Quickie cards featuring Gina Marie Designs

Well as some of you already know… I picked up some new Gina Marie Dies this weekend. So, after showing you how easy the Lacey Lattice really is to clean with the Crafter’s Toothbrush, I thought I would show you a couple of quick cards.

gmd_dies_The card on the left features dies from 4 Gina Marie Designs sets and the one on the right
features 2 of the same die sets.  Details below for anyone interested.

The card on the left also has a large flower which is cut on the Cricut from a CraftsUPrint cut file I picked up recently, with a beaded center and hand colored leaves … and a little rhinestone bling bling for the petite flower centers.  The Lacey Lattice was also given a coat of Ranger Distress Ink “Picket Fence” and some Wink of Stella  for a subtle vintage look.  the small flowers also have a lick of Wink of Stella.

The card on the left features a lacy lattice cut as a nested die set…and the one on the right was cut using the dies separately and a black layer was used for a subtle contrast and to tie it into the black butterfly and offset text.  I didn’t realize I had glued the text on a bit wonky till I took the photo.. DOH… practice makes perfect ..right  LOL.   The one on the right  has a Darice polka dot strip border, which was highlighted with some pink rhinestones.

All in all a quick and easy card to make , specially if  you like to use dies like these to combat the scrap bucket issue….and already have  a stash cut and ready to go.

I had to laugh when I showed a friend a sneaky peek and got this response…

“Is this SAMANTHA??????? The one I have known for over a year now! LOL”

followed by

“They are gorgeous but they are different for you. I am lovin that softer side of you ha ha ha”

Don’t get to used to it…. lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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