“Catch of the Day” fun fishing themed card

I picked up another fun new cut file in my latest traipse over at CUP,  Tri-Fold Scalloped Top Card by one of my favorite SVG designers, Rae Carr.
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I recently picked up some new Gina Marie Dies “Gone Fishing” and  I had  grabbed this fun image from Bugaboo Stamps called Girlz – wiggle the bait to go with them.  Well as it happens, I have been waiting for  just the right project to use the paper stack I won from DCWV a few months back.. and this was it!  It’s a gorgeous paper stack called Coastal, filled with all sorts of cool  card sheets.. including some pearl foiled and printed linen pages. cup_fishies2 cup_fishies3
I added in a dual stitched frame  using my Lil’Inkers dies and added the catch of the day chalkboard look using a Zig Chalk Pastel Pen.  The inside  net was created using the lattice portion of the Gina Marie Lacey Lattice die set I got a month or so back.  The fish was colored with Tim Holtz Distress ink pads, as was the chalk board frame and the nets and rod.

The base card was cut from a Craft Smith solid color card stack on my Cricut Explore and the image was printed on Canson Mixed Media, then colored with Chameleon Pens.

Adhesives for this project were Zig Photo Tape and Zig 2 way glue.

I was naughty….this was supposed to be my DT project for the new Bugaboo Stamps Challenge starting on the blog in January… but I was impatient to share it.  Soooo…. guess I’ll be doing another project this weekend lol.

Be sure to subscribe to the blog, or follow me on Facebook etc if you want to be alerted to the new challenge.  All you Bugaboo Stamp fans, get your creative juices flowing..  this one is exclusively for Bugaboo Stamps Projects and prizes are sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps every month.  Woo Hoo.. we love our Bugaboo Stamps, so the DT team are a bunch of happy little clams…. and ….we have a new DT  joining us for the Bugaboo Challenge too  🙂

Slightly off topic and I will be posting about this tomorrow  too.. I just had a quick peek  to see what new Gina Marie Dies are available and saw some fab deals on some Deep Red Rubber Stamps ..I was drooling over the vintage ones… specially at those prices.  They will be fab for my vintage/steampunk backgrounds.  AND for any of you old Cricut Explore owners who never got the Bluetooth Adapter... I also saw they have a handful of them available .. $10…… so if you always wanted one.. now’s the time to go grab one, they don’t have many in stock.

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Well Hell… I didn’t know you could do THAT with a printer


I was playing around with some of my new  pens when I had a “moment”  ..it was one of those 3 am .. “I wonder what would happen if I….” moments that some of you have become used to on this blog.

If you have never tried this… you really should.  Some of you are so way beyond me in coloring skills and watercoloring.. so  this is more of a  technique project that an actual finished piece project. Obviously  to make a stunning piece you really need  to  take a bit more time  than I am going to on this video… but it will give you a good idea of what you can achieve.

The concept is the same as coloring with any other media..you still need to pay attention to your shadows and highlight placement.  But this is something  you can do no matter what your budget and get some really cool  pieces.   For these projects I am using Canson Mixed Media  paper pads, an Epson Eco Tank Printer and an H2o brush/fine art brush and plain tap water  and a  small artist brush.  Then you can, if you want add in additional  coloring media..such as pencils, inks, pens… to  take it up a notch.  I mainly use Chameleon Pens and Zig Kurecolor.. but will also be adding in a few extra and will note what I use by each image in future posts.  I have a few more samples I will share in follow up posts when finished 🙂

No matter what your skill level, this is something cheap and fairly quick to do and even a total novice can achieve some cool  finished projects.

Ok..so here we go…. here’s a  video to show you just how quick and easy this technique can be.  No Fancy nails, no fancy set up… just a down home quicky video… probably complete with a running commentary background from my 4 year old “director”  ** By the time I got to finish up the video etc ….My mini-me is tucked up fast asleep..but I am sure he will show up in future videos. He has been in a few previously…. did I mention we don’t do serious? lol

You will get used to him appearing in these videos..at least the audio…he’s a bit of a ham and hijacks all of my projects lol.  We  REALLY don’t do serious…. 🙂

ok ..so video first followed by a bunch of quick samples.

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This is an image I found on Digital Tuesday before I even knew digital stamp artists existed – digitaltuesday.blogspot.com

A quick splash of Chameleon Pens RD4 Crimson Red and voila..instant pop.

 

 

 

 

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This is A KennyK Stamps Image… and one of my favorite characters to color Brianna Blaster

A splash of subtle color on this one, again with Chameleon Pens.

NU00 – Nude
BL3 – Sky Blue
PK3 – Bubble Gum

 

 

 

If you enjoyed this idea and decide to try it out, I would love to see what you do with it.  I’m going to play around with some color prints too ..just because I can..and I am curious to see how the colored ink reacts… so expect to see more  of this idea in future.

 

 

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Latest Die Haul from Ebay

I got my latest set of dies from  this morning.. the slow boat from China .. is getting much quicker  LOL

I recently discovered from a friend who is a die Designer  that  some of the Cheap dies are rip offs of other die designers products, so I try to be really careful with what I buy and so far I don’t seem to have picked up any of her designs…   but she has found them  for sale other places and I can imagine these designers are losing a lot of money… so if it doubt.. support your favorite designers.  A few extra pennies to keep these fab designs  flowing our way.. totally worth it.

We all love cheap craft  supplies, but I wouldn’t intentionally buy a knock off ..  that is just wrong to me and we need to support these designers and manufacturers who bring us such fab goodies.

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anywho.. here is my latest haul.  I don’t have a huge amount of dies so try and fill in with some cheapies when I see things I like and will use frequently… and of course who can resist a few sentiments and holiday designs?  These new gears and clock face will be perfect with my KennyK Stamps steampunk projects

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More Bling Happy Mail… got my metallic studs today

I mentioned in a previous post that I had ordered some metallic studs style rhinestones to use on my steampunk  projects… well they arrived today too.  Seems the Amazon bling from China is arriving much faster than the bling I ordered last year ….woot…. my pearls should be here soon.
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I ordered 4 of these and so I figured it wouldn’t hurt too tip some out and show you what they look like.  I didn’t flip them all over, so you can see back and front

Happy Mail…. Some Bling Bling!!

I love these nail art rhinestones… they are perfect for a touch of bling on cards.  I recently discovered that they also fit my  “My Little Paper World” corner dies perfectly too.  You can see that project  featuring a Conie Fong image here.  If you want some cheap bling and you aren’t worried about  waiting for it to arrive, these kits from Amazon are a great deal. I have a few more on the way, but the first set arrived today.  You can buy these individually if you have a specific need, but I wanted a mix of colors and shapes.. so I grabbed this 10 pack.

$8.99 for 15000 pieces, be warned.. great deal that these are… I am highly doubtful these packs contain anywhere near 15,000 pieces. But I’m not about to sit here and count them all LOL.  for what you pay, compared to the regular crafters supplies… I don’t think you will be disappointed at all.  Now these are  SMALL..  and I do mean small, so if you have problems handling small items.. I  highly recommend using some kind of tool with these.   a friend of mine sent me a picker upper thing and these literally suck up into the end of the tube almost exactly.. so if you use this type of picker upper, watch out for glue on the tip  when you place them 🙂

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I also have what look like some cool stud style bling which would work great with my steampunk /vintage projects

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..and some rather cool looking pearl beads.
the pearl beads come in a pack of 1200 and various sizes. 3, 2 and 1.5mm  for :

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Wink of Luna pens and playdoh

Just a real quick post… I am working on Part II of my recycling old playdoh post… and one of the  pieces I am decorating to use on the final projects..well it just looked so cool I had to share.  You will see more pieces later when the post is complete…. but for now, check this out.

That nasty old playdoh on the left was run through a Darice Embossing folder and left to dry after a quick 15 minute low bake in the oven to hurry it up a bit, it’s still a bit flexible..it almost has a tough old leather feel and flexibility to it.  I sprayed it with a black enamel spray and then I ran my new Wink of Luna metallic copper pen over it horizontally…. the  bits where I over shot the raised design… no brainer. I just rubbed it in with my finger and created that old rubbed bronze look.  This is going to be really cool for creating steampunk themed crafts….and if you are a follower, or message board member, you already know how much I love my kennyk steampunk digis.

My wink of Luna pen was provided  free of charge by www.winkofstella.com for an upcoming review. This is NOT my review. I just happen to have used it for another great project before I got started on it haha…. so look forward to seeing my review  on wink of Luna and wink of Stella pens coming soon 🙂

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Ever wanted to try Design Memory Craft Gelatos ?

I saw a facebook post for these and thought maybe some of you ladies and gents who color, might be interested to know you can get some coupons for these when you sign up for their newsletter.     I believe its a $5 and a $2 coupon.

Lots of color choices and can be purchases singly or in multipacks… looked pretty cool ..I am kinda tempted to try the Steampunk set


  • Gelatos Color are creamy sticks infused with brilliant color. The color glides easily onto papers and can then be dissolved with water to create watercolor effects or left to dry for vibrant bursts of color
  • Try stamping with the Color Gelatos or apply a field of color and use a stamp to remove the color
  • Color Gelatos work wonderfully on flocked papers and embellishments too
  • Color Gelatos are acid-free and odorless
  • Gelatos Colors: Iced Chai, Black Cherry, Cinnamon, Iced Coffee, stipple brush, dot dabber

 

Compact acid-free pigment sticks glide on creamy smooth for vibrant color and coverage.  All Gelatos® blend easily with or without water.  Try this unique medium on paper, canvas, or wood!

If you have  already tried these, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think of them and what you used them on…

KennyK Monthly Freebie

I’m so excited, can’t wait to see what we have for August.  July’s Freebie “Unstoppable Mom”from KennyK featured in our Digi Challenge over on the message board.  I’m still working on mine… I am soo behind LOL.

Every Month KennyK releases a new freebie, make sure you  go get yours before the end of the month. KennyK Monthly Freebie

So what do you think we will get next.. last month there was a cute bear, this month a serious shopper.

I’ve been naughty lately and bought about 10 stamps this month… I just can’t resist.  His steampunk ladies are too cool ..I am going to end up with everything on there  by Christmas at this rate haha

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.