Guest Designer – Lil ‘ Man D – Thank You card and Bookmark

You may have seen  my posts on Facebook last week about my lil man and his first watercolor project…. well he was at it again tonight  🙂

My little man was given an early birthday present last weekend by a lady who works with hubby, so this is her Thank You card and a little book mark for her to use in her Bible, or other reading matter.  Now it goes without saying, since he is only 4 …. that he had a little help …SURPRISE !! lol.  But the painting is all him.

He may be a crafty wee soul, but  this mommy isn’t ready to let him lose  with a laminator and glue all by himself .. my sanity is questionable at the best of times .. but not THAT bad haha.  Unlike someone we won’t mention by name who’s grandson glued himself up trying to apply “lotion” to his legs whilst visiting her craft room last week lol…. sorry.. I am still giggling over that one .. my bad.

The images he colored are :

Image #13 – Heart Ants – by Sasayaki Glitter & a section cropped from Pure Prairie Bouquet by Power Poppy.

The card and bookmark were colored using Gansai Tambi watercolors and a Zig Kuretake H2o brush.

The card  is a hot pink 5×6.5″ from a multicolor pack at Michaels
A background layer of rough cut 65lb black Recollections card from the value packs
The image is printed on Canson Mix Media Paper on my Epson Eco Tank and also had a rough cut edging. I added the sentiment “There is beauty in creation” and a border to the image before printing.  This was also foam popped on a Darice adhesive foam sheet and attached using a double side tape. The card layers were  attached with Zig Photo Tape and the Sentiment which was a cheapie import die was attached with Tombow Aqua.

The Book mark is backed with a light tan 65lb card  with a hint of a border showing behind the image cut from the front, and I attached a tassle from a value pack at Michaels. I added a cute little bead  that I got  in a happy mail package from Francesca at Cute As A Button when she very kindly shared her destash items with the DT team 🙂  It says “Always” on one side and “Believe” on the other… pretty appropriate for a Bible Bookmark.

I hope you like it

🙂 One Proud Mommy

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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December 2016 “Crafty Awesomeness” Prize Challenge & November Winner

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It’s that time of the month again… New sponsor, new prizes, new projects and of course… NEW WINNER!!!  So lets jump right in with a big HUGE  thank you to Jodie at BugabooStamps for sponsoring our last challenge. AND agreeing to sponsor a new Bugaboo Monthly Challenge here on the blog, which will start in January !!!  woot hoo

The Prize Winner Picked by Random.org is……  UNCLAIMED.. new random winner coming soon.  I will announce that in a separate post along with the bonus winner.  UPDATED WINNERS POST !!!

Please contact me to claim your prize.

This month  your sponsor is actually .. yours truly  🙂  I wanted to do something a bit different this month. The Instructions to the DT team were… any Digital Stamp Image… with a Gina Marie Designs Die… which was a pretty safe bet that we could all do this one. Since I found Gina Marie Designs and got the ladies hooked.. we’ve all got a bunch to play with LOL.   And who doesn’t have stamps from all these guys and gals??

Prize:

…so the Prize on offer this month is: One Random Winner gets to choose between the following prizes …choice of

$10 Scrapbook Outlet Code  ( Gina Marie Designs )

$10 ImageAbility.Inc code ( choose between CraftingAbility.com or Cohas.com )

….or your choice of a $10 code/ gift cert to one of our awesome sponsors stamp shoppe:

Rick St Dennis
Cute As A Button
Bloobel Stamps
Sasayaki Glitter
Power Poppy
Bugaboo Stamps
KennyKstamps

If the winning project features a digital image from one of the sponsors listed above,  OR a Gina Marie Designs Die, or ImageAbility product..I’ll bump it up to a $15 prize.  So be sure to include that info and links to them on your blog posts so I can see what you used for the bonus 🙂

So here we have the DT Projects,  gorgeous projects as always ladies.

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Dee Vee

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NanaDonna

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I’m running behind  on my project this month… sorry ladies !! so I’ll be sneaking mine in later today..HOPEFULLY after they come and do my new carpets *rolleyes. ALL DONE !!
 

Rules:

  • Max 3 entries per person
  • No limit on how many challenges you enter project in
  • Must be a colored piece featuring some kind of image, rubber, clear, digital stamps.. hand drawn..whatever. Does NOT have to be a card.
  • No artist restrictions.. but we’d love it if you were using a sponsor image
  • Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to… that is your choice.
  • Project must have been made/posted on your blog within the last 7 days prior to the start date of the challenge.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can still enter… but please do not post  your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
  • Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft…totally unenforcible rule… but heh.
  • Winners will have 48 hours to claim after their name is announced on the blog, facebook, google+ and twitter feeds.  Please make sure you are subscribed to at least one of these so you don’t miss your chance to claim.
  • No porn, violence etc … do I really even have to say that ??
  • All submissions will require approval before going live,  if I am awake and at home… that won’t take long usually.

 


Confessions of a Chameleon Pen owner

confession time…

As a lot of you already know, I love my Chameleon Pens, but I haven’t really ever taken the time to really get to grips with the whole blending chamber thing… I use other methods to achieve the results I want.  BUT… earlier this week I found myself sat in an apt with no computer, no internet and no tv.. NADA Just a crate, a magnifier light some pre-printed images and my pens… and my desk top easel balanced on my knees.

…and very spotty 4G service on my phone.

Sooo.. guess who went through all of her pens testing them out and playing with blends.. <<< THIS GAL. Well let me just say it had it’s pros and cons…

Pros..it’s actually pretty dang cool… It’s really not rocket science and with a bit of patience and practice… it’s pretty quick and easy to get results.  The blending function  actually promotes a more relaxed style of coloring as you have to be patient and  not rush into it willy nilly scribbling away like a mad thing lol…even a 5 second blend..it’s just that subtle pause in the mania of things.  It gives you time to actually look at the images you are coloring  and take time to see where the shadows  and  highlights should be and just take it easy and chill.  I kinda needed that after the last few crazy months.  I think I’d kind of lost the enjoyment in coloring lately  as it was all about “having to get it done”  instead of just doing it for the pure enjoyment.

Cons.. I waited a year to find that out and some of my original set pen chambers were dry…and my clear blender refill was at the other apt. ( some of you know I am in the process of moving )

But I did have two of the newer 5 pen packs too so I did get to play. Considering my lack of desk, or proper seating and the fact it’s my first REAL time actually doing this… I am impressed.

Now I really want to get my hands on the full set… AND a lot of refills for my clear blender. As soon as I got home, I cleaned out the new bottle I had refilling all the dry chambers I could… so now I need to get more to finish up my set.

Just goes to show that sometimes you really should try, try, and try again…. and not just give up when it doesn’t quite work out the first time.

This was my tester piece

I did this one with the new gray tones pack I won … it’s a Power Poppy digital stamp.  I shall be playing with this a lot more now and incorporating it into my usual style. Excited to see how well the techniques compliment each other on a single piece.
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I don’t feel so bad about tackling that gorgeous coloring book that came with these pens in my prize now.  WHEN I have time.
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WOW…. a whole week without posting??? me??? what happened! lol

Apologies, I got so caught up with looking for a new place to live and juggling finances I totally got behind on my posts… BUT.. I am making up for it tonight/ this am..with 3 new projects.

First off..  here is a CAS card featuring a Power Poppy Image  “Flowering Branches” which I colored  using my Chameleon Pens, very soft by my usual style lol…then Die cut out with a Gina Marie Designs X stitched Frame die. Mounted with Zig Photo Tape on a card base  that was embossed with a Darice 5×7 Dots folder and then  the over hanging portions of the image were layered on top from a second print out and colored.

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Layers, layers and more layers … & that was just the background!

If you ever have an idle moment and have never tried this.. you should give this a shot lol. This will keep you out of mischief….and so will reading this epic length War ‘N’ Peace blog post haha.

7 layers for the frame, tag on another one if you include the fancy corner.. 2 layers for the butterfly and another 6 layers for the  bouquet…. THAT’S A LOTTA LAYERS lol.

But when it really comes down to it.. the worst part is getting everything on straight, oh and deciding which flowers come  to the front and need the most layers lol.   I have to say of all the 3D projects I have done, this image was probably the easier  when it came to  figuring out how to cut the layers.

7 Print and cut sheets on my Cricut later…  and I have the start of my card.  I colored one completely, I like to do that as a reference when I come to build the actual project… plus it gives me a colored piece to use on another project later ..score!

So I colored one… then started  working out my layers while the Cricut was cutting two silhouettes out for sandwiching between the bottom two layers.  Normally I pop my 3D projects with Darice adhesive foam sheet, but I wanted this one to be a bit more subtle…so I sandwiched a few black sheets in for a little additional depth. The final layer of a single flower is missing off this photo.. DOH

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Once I had all my  Cricut cuts done, I started to hand cut away the pieces I didn’t need on each layer.  When I am doing a one off project, I just fussy cut by hand after cutting the main image.  If I am doing multiples I make cut files for my Cricut.  So I fussy cut  my top 5 layers  and then started to color each layer, starting with  the  top.  when I use Darice foam I tend  to to color around the edges of  the  layer below a bit so it won’t show  when assembled..but with subtle layers like these I just  ink up the white edges with a marker.

Once I had it all trimmed up and colored.. next came the hard part… what to mount it on. Now I  like to take a photo, or scan and import it into my graphics program at this point..for several reasons.  A: I like to be able to grab a cuppa and sit back and just look at it and see where I missed blending, coloring etc… for some reason I have a more critical eye  when viewing it that way. B: I like to play around with layout ideas and rather than waste time cutting and trying ideas and potentially wasting a lot of  card…  the girls on the message board will tell you.. me and pattern paper .. not a good mix lol.  I envy you ladies who can pick and mix and match patterns and colors with ease.  I am not sure if it’s my limited choice of papers, or just that it’s not  ever been my taste..but  good lord it’s like pulling teeth lol.

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I started off simply by  putting my original coloring on a white  piece of card and the 3D layers on a black piece… but liked them both for different reasons.. so that was no help lol. So my next move was layers and frames/borders.  I just kept tweaking and adding borders to my image in a graphics program till I started to get a look I liked.

This was my digital rendering

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Once I had a basic idea of how I wanted the frame to look…. that is when I grabbed my cutter and some black and white card and started cutting all those layers.  When I got them all cut, I  took a sheet of 11×17 white card and scored it to make my card base and started layering on the cuts to build the frame (unglued at this stage).  Then it happened…. for some reason it just felt flat, so there I was digging around in my paper cabinet looking for my Black and white collection.  Funnily enough the polka dot paper is the first one I tried … 4 patterns later.. yup I was back to Polka Dots lol.  It just seems classy to me, I did a curtain fold card last  year  in the polka dots and it looked great… so dots it was!

I attached that to the card base with a half inch overlap  at the top, which gives a nice neat look to the top and back of the card. and then came that  time … yes THAT time…  the one where  I always end up gluing all my frames down  skewy.  I blame it on my computer glasses, they aren’t designed for crafting haha.  Just as well for the most part I like to  have my frames tilted on projects lol.  But for this one I needed straight and centered and all that fun stuff…. It’s not perfect, but I think it came out pretty good.  I used my paper cutter to help keep me aligned…yay for paper cutters!!

Ok so all the base layers were on, the flowers layers were all cut, colored and assembled… so on they went.  I had an idea to add the butterfly, but wanted to do a ghost layer. So I actually cut two at once so that the black layer wouldn’t cut all the way through, it is more like a solid embossed layer.  Sometimes if I want to be funky, I do this  double layer cut so the  cutouts from one meld into other layer for a two tone embossed look… it’s kinda cool. Unpredictable at times so a touch of glue is necessary haha… but still looks cool and worth the extra effort.  I’ll maybe show that another time if anyone is interested.

So there was my butterfly…but where to pop it…. top right or bottom left????   I couldn’t decide so asked hubby…. his response… and I had to laugh.  “Top right, I always see Butterflies at the top of flowers… not at the bottom”  He is such a practical wee soul at times, no artistic license or sense from that direction lol.  So  on it went..where butterflies apparently should be lol.

pp_3dframed_watermarkedI didn’t have a particular recipient or occasion in mind, so I am  leaving that blank for now… hence the big space on the left.

So I thought I was done..YAY me.  But  the more I looked at it as I took the photos for this post… I couldn’t help but feel something was missing, it just didn’t seem quite balanced.

Enter Sammy and her fabulous Corner dies to the rescue.  I just happened to have that one single corner cut in my  cuts organizer… BINGO… now I am done!

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Hope you like it 🙂

Base card: Neenah 11×17 110lb Index card
Polka Dot Paper: Recollections Black & White Paper pad
Black and white frame layers: Recollections 65lb solid color packs
Fancy Corner:  My Little Paper World Corner Die  –  8 die set  (Group buy for US option available)
Image: COUNTRYSIDE BOUQUET DIGITAL STAMP SET by Power Poppy
Butterfly:  Gina Marie Designs Butterfly & Beautiful Die set
Colored with: Chameleon Pens
Glue:  Tombow Aqua & Zig Photo Tape
Cutting tools:  Cricut Explore, Sizzix Big Shot ….and scissors

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September 2016 “Crafty Awesomeness” Prize Challenge

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Ok… lets roll out some winners for the August  Challenge….and July too.  Our July winner failed to claim …so we have a re-pick  🙂  Please be sure to claim your prizes, winners are announced at the start of each new challenge on the 1st of every month and winners have 48 hours to claim by sending me an email  at MsWipz

 

—-WINNERS —-WINNERS —WINNERS
The  new July Winner who will receive 3 digis of their choice from Cute As A Button is.

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17. Cicci Vid Pennan

 

Thanks to Francesca of Cute As A Button for patiently waiting for a new winner  🙂

 

 

 

 

Onto Our August Winners  there were two prizes up for grabs and they are:

 

Power Poppy Super Pack: 5 digis of choice to one winner chosen by the CraftingCircle DT team is:

30. Sue Pxxx

30. Sue Pxxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power Poppy Mini Pack: 3 digis of choice – winner to be picked by a random generator

7. Nicky G

7. Nicky G

 

 

 

 

 

 

A big shout out and thank you to Marcella at Power Poppy for  the fantastic images  and prizes.

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and of course it wouldn’t be a challenge without some fun inspiration from the Ladies.  oh … wait.. did I forget to tell you who the sponsor was.   Have a wild guess…. LOL

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I am sure I don’t need to tell most of you, this month’s sponsor is none other than our  favorite Queen of Quirky, Lisa Bloobel from Bloobel Stamps.  Be sure to check out the Bloobel Stamps Facebook Group and  the fab new challenge “Creative Design Laboratory” over on the blog.

If you like challenges and fancy something a bit different from the norm….you have to check this out.  You have a chance to become the  “Creative Expert”, or a “Blogger Expert” for the following month as well as pick up free digis.  It truly is a community challenge and a fab concept.

PRIZE: Up for grabs is a $10 gift cert for one random winner to the Bloobel Store, so get your entries in below. Looking forward to another batch of fab projects  🙂

 

Rules:

  • Max 3 entries per person
  • No limit on how many challenges you enter project in
  • Must be a colored piece featuring some kind of image, rubber, clear, digital stamps.. hand drawn..whatever. Does NOT have to be a card.
  • No artist restrictions.. but we’d love it if you were using a sponsor image
  • Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to… that is your choice.
  • Project must have been made/posted on your blog within the last 7 days prior to the start date of the challenge.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can still enter… but please do not post  your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
  • Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft…totally unenforcible rule… but heh.
  • Winners will have 48 hours to claim after their name is announced on the blog, facebook, google+ and twitter feeds.  Please make sure you are subscribed to at least one of these so you don’t miss your chance to claim.
  • No porn, violence etc … do I really even have to say that ??
  • All submissions will require approval before going live,  if I am awake and at home… that won’t take long usually.

I will try and comment on as many submissions as possible, but please do not be offended if I can’t make it to every project, or just leave a quick thank you to let you know I stopped by 🙂

Let the Craftiness Commence!!!


Power Poppy “PURE PRAIRIE BOUQUET” matted art

I was lucky enough to get a copy of this digital stamp “Pure Prairie Bouquet” to play with from the New Releases over at Power Poppy.  It’s a gorgeous bouquet assortment  of flowers and for those of you who like to  work in authentic colors, Marcella even kindly supplied a guide  showing what all of the plants are (see below).  A quick scout around google images revealed all of these gorgeous flowers and foliage in their glory, now the hard part… picking the right color for those that come in multiple varieties LOL

I decided to start with the ones that only appeared to have one color ..and then worked my way through the rest one by one, picking the color choices I thought worked best in the overall project.

As usual my  pen selection was Chameleon and Zig Kurecolor, but this time my addon was a few pens from my Zig Memory System Collection… not the Ranger Distress pens  which I often use in collaboration.

So.. here it is… it’s in a simple black photo mat and will be joining the other pieces in my
“Abandoned Art” bucket to be dropped and hopefully bring a smile to some random stranger one day….if one of my friends doesn’t claim it after seeing it in my blog/facebook etc.

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Power Poppy New Release Digital Stamp “Pure Prairie Bouquet”

Check out the latest in the Instant Garden Series of Digital Stamps over at Power Poppy…Pure Prairie Bouquet.  A gorgeous mix of floral and wildlife, sure to bring a smile to anyone’s day.  If you love the Power Poppy Stamps too, you should grab this one for your collection.  I know it’s definitely going on my wish list  🙂

A bouquet of flowers with 3 friendship sentiments complete this beautiful new stamp by Power Poppy.

Be sure to check out all of the gorgeous projects  made with this new stamp while you are there for inspiration and color palette ideas.

Also..if you haven’t entered yet, Our Crafty Awesomeness Challenge for August is sponsored by Power Poppy, so you have a chance to win Power Poppy stamps here on the blog too. We have up for grabs two prizes this month:

  • Power Poppy Super Pack: 5 digis of choice to one winner chosen by the CraftingCircle DT team
  • Power Poppy Mini Pack: 3 digis of choice – winner to be picked by a random generator

so get your entries in…. you still have plenty of time 🙂
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Framed Power Poppy Sunflower, on velvet with Chameleon Pens

I had another of the fab Power Poppy sunflower images printed out on velvet paper at the start of the month when I couldn’t decide which to use for my Crafty Awesomeness Challenge  DT project.   Colored this one up using Chameleon Pens, instead of pencil like the other one and mounted it in a very simple black frame from the local dollar store.  This one will be going in my “Abandoned Art” bucket, hopefully to be dropped, found and enjoyed in the very near future 🙂

Details:

SEI Coconut white velvet paper, printed on an Epson Eco Tank
Image “sunflower Power” by Power Poppy
Colored with Chameleon Pens
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