Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sandra Caldwell Birthday Blog Hop

We are celebrating the very talented Sandra Caldwell's Birthday (which happens to be TODAY!)
with a birthday blog hop. Won't you please help us celebrate?!

We have each made a creation with images from her Etsy store.
If you arrived here from Cindy van Oorschot , YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE!

For my B-day card for Sandra, I used  the adorable image called Butterfly Costume 804 which I coloured with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils and then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border. She was matted with black and popped up on foam tape for dimension.
A simple background of patterned paper overlaid with green and turquoise ribbons created a woodland feel. Three punched and layered butterflies with pearl bodies embellished the top right corner of the card and a die cut and matted sentiment was added to the top left corner. A large black threaded button and a black mat completed the card.

Here's a quick peek at the inside which was finished to complement the front design:

Sandra, the message is heartfelt! I thank you for your friendship, your inspiring designs, and the joy that both bring me. I hope you have the best birthday ever in the history of all birthdays :)

Thanks for stopping by everyone.
In case you get lost, here is your line-up.
So hop on over to Barb Poole and see her wonderful creation.
Start at the beginning
Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook Timeline 
Holley Tondre Barnhart
MaryAnn Samuelson
Dana Gebhard Johnson
Sharon Rogers 
Laine Kammeraad-Smith
Delores Miller
Cathy Preissing
Donna Mundinger 
Elizabeth Perez-Collazo

End here and wish Sandra Caldwell a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook Timeline 

(Blog Candy Alert)
Have fun hopping! Be sure to leave a comment below because I will randomly choose a comment and the person leaving the comment will win 3 digi stamps of choice from Sandra's fabulous Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs. Good luck everyone!

Life is good; so is art...and birthdays!

Monday, July 25, 2016

New Release from Sandra Caldwell ~ Enchanting Emma (766)

Hello and Happy New Week! I like Mondays because that's when Sandra Caldwell releases a wonderful collection of new releases in her Etsy shop, Babycakesdnd. It's always so fun to see what she has created and to think of the stories they have to tell. This week, I was delighted to play with Enchanting Emma (766) a delightfully sweet fairy with the cutest expression on her face,

I coloured Enchanting Emma with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. I added Cotton Candy Stickles to her little wings and coloured the sky with Pearlescent Blue Pan Pastel. I love the shimmer even if my camera doesn't! The image was cut in a rectangle and the corners were rounded with a punch. Black cardstock was used to mat it because I love the contrast and frame that provides.

The background, a 6 x 8 inch rectangle of mixed media paper was spritzed with Sassy Sapphire and Tibetan Poppy Teal Lindy's Starburst sprays. By tilting the background, runs and drips were encouraged. Garden Patina Archival Ink was applied to Joggles Vintage Correspondence and  Background Noise - Spark stamps so they could create texture and pattern in a tone on tone fashion. Jet Black Archival was used to apply the TH splatter dots stamp in several places as well. The image was adhered to the background using foam tape to create dimension and shadow.

The sentiment was printed on white cardstock, matted with black, and popped up on foam tape. To further the theme of flying, a large silver wing charm was added to the top right corner with a brad and some glue. Three black enamel stars were added to both the upper left and bottom right corners. I wanted to bring in those touches of black to move the eye through the page and I also thought the stars went with flying and fairies. Black Big Brush Pen was used to edge the background before it was matted with black cardstock to frame the piece.

Thanks for joining Enchanting Emma and me today. We love that you came by. Be sure and pop by Sandra Caldwell Stamps Fans Facebook group today to see the other awesome new releases she has for us this week. They are delightful and the DT will post their awesome creations with them throughout the day.

Life is good; so is art.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Joggles Art Journal Adventure Week #28 ~ Cubism

Hi everyone. I have been putting off this art journal page following Barb's AJA prompt for Week 28. Barb admires the Cubism paintings of Pablo Picasso so her prompt was to create something in that style either by replicating one of his or from your imagination. This prompt was so far outside of my comfort zone that I needed to pack a lunch to get there. I was excited to try it but I couldn't even begin to get an idea of what to do so I left it for two weeks. Today, I put on my big girl panties and decided to just do it!

I pulled an extra piece of mixed media paper out of my art journal and drew the face on it, partly because I knew I had designer paper that would work for the background so I wanted to fussy cut her and partly because if I screwed it up, I could start over more easily :) In drawing the  Marlena's head (she told me her name), I didn't go as abstract as Picasso...abstract is not really my style. I did meld the two faces and created strong blocks of colour and shape as well as strong lines in the cubist style. I outlined everything with a Medium black Pitt pen, wanting my lines to be a little thicker. Once they were completely dry, I used a mix of Neocolor II crayons and Inktense pencils, activating the colour with a water brush. I wanted that kind of look rather than bold more opaque paint. I was able to shade with darker colours and used a white paint pen in a few places to highlight.

Marlena was fussy cut and the white edges were inked with black Big Brush pen. She was then matted with black cardstock and trimmed out leaving a narrow border to allow her to stand out from the background. The  designer paper comes from a stack of op art paper designs I found ages ago in the children's craft section of a store. I added a .5 inch border of black cardstock to frame the page and then set the image in place. Before adhering her, I punched three 1.5 inch black circles from cardstock and glued them in place allowing Marlena to overlap two of them. As I have mentioned before, I always like to add some text or at least a word of sorts to my art journal pages. I didn't want to distract from the simplistic style so I used glittery white stickers to say L73...a little reminder to me about the page's theme. When I was a kid, if someone called you L7 it meant you were square and the three refers to the exponent number for cubed (x3) so L73, to me, means square cubed. Yes, I know I'm a little odd :)

Thanks for popping by today. Marlena and I appreciate that. If you haven't already been following along with the Joggles Art Journal Adventure and Barb's weekly Monday prompts, it's not too late. You can join in at any point and we'd love to have you join our fabulous AJA Facebook group as well. It's an awesome group filled with creative and supportive people who share the same enthusiasm for this adventure.

Life is good; so is art.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Joggles DT Post ~ Sneak Peek

Hi everyone! It's my turn to post a DT project on the Joggles blog so I thought I would give you a sneak peek in a shameless attempt to get you to pop over there and check out the full project. I created an accordion book filled with layers of goodness and starring a sweet little Joggles bird stamp called Tweet Tweet. Besides wearing very quirky hats created from bits of other stamped images, all the birdies have messages for us which just might make you smile. Just sayin' ....

I had an absolute blast creating this project and would love to share more...oh that's right, I did...over on the Joggles blog. See you there!

Life is good; so is art.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The East Wind New Release - Barmaid

Hi there!Tuesdays and Fridays are the new release days at The East Wind shop and I got a chance to play with today's NR called Barmaid. I think all servers work hard for their money and have to put up with difficult customers and situations bars have maybe more of both. I love the expression on this barmaid's face. She looks frazzled and a little wistful like she is doing this job to pay the bills but has different dreams she wants to pursue. Maybe she wants to become a full time artist or run her own business. That was the story behind this creation.

I coloured Barmaid with my usual mix of Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils. The image was then fussy cut next to her leaving a narrow white border and around the bar area where it made sense to me. It was then matted with black cardstock and trimmed out again before being popped up on foam tape.

The background began with a piece of designer paper with this cityscape printed on it. It was cropped to a 6 x 8 inch size, edged with black Big Brush Pen, and matted with black cardstock. White Texture Paste was scraped through TCW Tiny Circles stencil with a palette knife to add a little texture.

The sentiment was computer generated, printed on white cardstock, and matted with black cardstock. Three tiny black gems were used for the dots between Dream and then. The first section was popped up on foam tape to emphasize it and the other three were adhered flat against the background. A black die cut arrow was adhered so it pointed to the first part of the message and a clock button was glued next to it as a reference to her awareness that time is passing to get her dream into play and also because she is watching the clock until her shift is over. Once the barmaid was adhered in place, I decided that I wanted a visual triangle of red accents with her top being one of the points of the triangle. Three red brads were added inside the open arrow and two small rectangles of red cardstock were added to fill in the base of the bridge supports. That keeps the eye moving around the page and connects the image to the background. I like that repetition.

Thanks for joining Barmaid and me today. We appreciate that! To see what others on our talented The East Wind DT have created with this fabulous image, be sure to pop by The East Wind Facebook group where they will be posted throughout the day. She will be available in TEW shop later today. I'd love to see what you create with her and what other stories she has to tell.

Life is good; so is art.

Friday, July 15, 2016

The East Wind Challenge #59 ~ Photo Inspiration

Hello everyone. There is a new challenge beginning today on The East Wind Challenge Blog and we thought we would try something a little different (for us) and make this a Photo Inspiration challenge. I will post the photo at the bottom of this post. When doing this kind of challenge, you can use anything that you notice, like, or that speaks to you from the inspiration photo. For me, it was the gorgeous sea colours, the stripes of the water, and the beachy feel.

I chose The East Wind image, Lucy Loo Midnight Mermaid, to star in my project. She was coloured with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils and fussy cut directly on the lines of her body and hair. I didn't leave my usual white border, nor did I mat with black. I also cut off the waves surrounding her in the image because I wanted to create my own. She was popped up on foam tape except for the very bottom edge.

The background was created with torn strips from five different papers or cardstock. They were torn in a curvy fashion with the white edge exposed so they looked like whitecaps Each piece was layered slightly overlapping the one above until the entire background was covered. A pre-printed saying was die cut and the colour of the lettering changed to black. Black Big Brush pen was used to outline the edges before it was adhered over the waves. Shell were cut from seashell themed paper, outlined with black, and then adhered overlapping the saying piece. Small flat pearls were clustered with the two lower shells.

The bottom left corner was also decorated with a small shell image, some pearls, and hemp twine which was looped and then tied together before glue was added. The top left corner was given a photo corner punched from the same deep blue paper as in the waves. More pearls were clustered below it to complete the visual triangle. Patina Stickles were added to the mermaid's outfit to add a little magic and shimmer. The outside edges of the page were lined with Black Big Brush pen before a black mat was added to frame the page.

Thanks for popping by today. Midnight Mermaid and I appreciate that! To see the amazing creations by the rest of the Blog DT for our Photo Inspiration Challenge, be sure to pop by The East Wind Blog. We would love to have you play along with us.

Life is good; so is art.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Joggles Art Journal Adventure Week # 27 ~ Stars

Hi everyone! It's another hot and humid day here so I squeezed in some playtime in my Joggles Art Journal Adventure book. The theme Barb chose for Week 27 was to feature stars...not a hardship for me since they are one of my favourite shapes both in my art and in my home decor. She also started off with a colour palette that is often my go-to: pink and orange, black, and white.

I spritzed the background of my page with Hag's Wart Orange and Hottie Patottie Hot Pink Lindy's Starburst Sprays.and let it dry a little until the puddles were gone. Then I placed Joggles Starlight stencil over top and spritzed through the openings with Hi Maintenance Magenta Lindy's Starburst Spray. Dina Wakley Grungy Stars stamps were stamped onto white cardstock with Versamark ink and then sprinkled with black embossing powder and heat set. They were fussy cut and edged with Black Big Brush Pen to frame them and get rid of the white. They were then adhered to the page with Scotch Quick Drying Tacky Glue.

More tiny stars were created on the page by scraping Texture paste through the star portion of the Joggles Punchinella Quintet stencil. They picked up some of the background sprays making them very subtle which I love.

On several of the 3/4 inch round Sticky Snippets, Jet Black Archival Ink was used to stamp a bulls-eye pattern (it's actually a flower center stamp...shh...don't tell). The Sticky Snippets were then peeled off the backing and scattered across the page. Black pen was used to outline them as well as the stars. Black Paint Pen was used to create small dots around the circles. Black Marble Dylusions paint was used to create lines using a gift card. Black Big Brush pen was used to edge the page and create a bit of a frame. The letter for the word, Shine, were Idea-ology Ransom Alpha Parts which were adhered to the page with Aleene's Super Thick Tacky Glue. White paint pen dots were added to the bottom of each letter.

Thanks for stopping by today. As much as this week's prompt was within my comfort zone, next week's prompt is so far out of it, it's on another planet. I can't wait to tackle it. If you haven't already been following along with the Joggles Art Journal Adventure and Barb's weekly Monday prompts, it's not too late. You can join in at any point and we'd love to have you join our fabulous AJA Facebook group as well. It's an awesome group filled with creative and supportive people who share the same enthusiasm for this adventure.

Life is good; so is art.