Saturday, July 11, 2020

I Can, Therefore ICAD

Another week of art (and, for that matter, life...) is behind us, I hope yours went well. Here are my index cards for the week:

day 34: arcade
i skipped this prompt last week; but then i found my stencilgirl "1700s building" stencil by caroyln dube and realized i could use it to create an architectural arcade. so i did!

day 35: lantern
if i could magically wish myself one attribute, it would be to draw objects realistically. i'm not complaining or being negative, and right here i've managed something that is fairly recognizable as a lantern dangling from a sakura branch, so i'm happy about that. but if i could magically wish myself one attribute... 

day 36: ocean
(mandala monday)
this was going to be a drawing of mostly ocean with small mandala-style sun in the corner, but the sun took over, lol; because climate change is REAL!!! :) 

day 37: hydrangea
the simplest ever collage: a soft background, text from a garden book and a sparkly sticker.

day 38: off-prompt
funky swirly zentangle pattern copied from my friend lorraine's awesome "OCEAN" card.

day 39: off-prompt again
a colored-in dictionary illustration, framed in a vintage slidemount; hand drawn foliage and torn paper. all my faves. :) 

day 40: another collage?
yep, i'm on a roll... strips and ruffles; torn and rolled; glued and sewn.

hope you're having a wonderful, creative weekend!

Friday, July 10, 2020

Exponentially More Stars and Stripes

Because my star paper is cut into star shapes and my stripes have stripes! Yes, it'd be hard to be star-ier or stripe-ier than this card for our Jingle Belles Stars and/or Stripes challenge; but luckily all you need to qualify is one or the other!

sticker: doodlebug; patterned paper: lawn fawn, crate paper + gina k green cardstock; tab sticker: crate paper; star dies: nestabilities; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape

I haven't used my nested star dies in a bit, so this seemed like a really good time to get those out. I cut two layers for each star, but matted them off-center for a more casual look and let a couple of the points run off the edge and get trimmed off. I used the stars to frame up some fun Doodlebug holiday stickers and found an ancient tab sticker to serve as my sentiment.

Be sure to check out the Stars and Stripes gallery at Jingle Belles, not to mention Stephanie's beautiful card. ♥

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Did She Say, "Sticker Collage?"

Yes! I did say, "sticker collage" because it's another cool way to use stickers, especially these awesome Translucent Industrial Drawing Sticker Assortments which are exclusive to The Ink Pad and all the details are on TIP Blog today! ♥

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Gee Wiz!

Would this be a good time for a little bit of magic, in greeting card form? Cool, I thought so too. Luckily I had my Eyelet Outlet Wizard Set Brads ready to go!

The Wizard Set comes with wands, glasses and two different scarves. I've used the glasses and the mustard colored scarf above my computer generated sentiment, along with one of two styles of lightning from the Wizard Hat and Lightning Bolt Brads. The hat itself is towards the bottom of the card, clustered with the wand and a Sketched Owl Brad. My background is matted on Star Gold Tape with an accent of Copper Foil Tape embellished with Glitter Copper Tape.

For my second card, I used the Wizard Hat again, without the lightning; and a wand from the Wizard Set, which is conjuring up some "magic" that I've depicted with Clear Swirl Bling snipped apart and rebuilt into a shape that fit around my sentiment a bit better, augmented with a few silver Star Sequins. I've got two glittery mats this time, one of wider blue Glitter Star Tape and one of Glitter Silver Stars Tape.

I've made both sentiments into jpgs which you can right-click and save; they will also be on the Freebies Page of the EO Blog for you to come back for later.

I hope you'll be inspired to use your favorite Eyelet Outlet goodies to whip up a little magic for your family and friends! ♥

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Let the Games Begin

It's the second week of July, so Canada Day and Independence Day are behind us, which means it's time to think about CHRISTMAS, right? Or, more precisely, "Christmas in July" which seems to have become A Thing with cardmakers in the last few years. So luckily it's the brief at Shopping Our Stash this fortnight!

journal card and grey paper: doodlebug design; red snowflake paper: lawn fawn; green plaid: authentique; pearl swirl, snowflake brads, red gems and two styles of tape: eyelet outlet; tab sticker: possibly crate paper; twine from my stash; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, scor-tape

Lots of older stash here: a Doodlebug journal card that I trimmed down; loads of little scraps; the last two pieces of an Eyelet Outlet Pearl Swirl and some Snowflake Brads; a tab sticker that Missus Noah bought to take on the Ark... all good stuff though, that I'm glad I saved! I knew how to arrange it all thanks to this week's Sketch Saturday (#617), which I unconsciously flipped (in two different ways?!) so it may not count, but they definitely inspired me, so I thank them!

Be sure to hop over and feast your eyes on all the inspirational DT goodness at SOS, then get a-making your own holiday masterpiece! ♥

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Snail Mail Challenge!

It's a well-known scientific fact that getting actual mail, from another human, is one of the great joys of life. So this week I challenge everyone who's reading this to send out one piece of snail mail. It could be a birthday card to a family member, a note to a neighbor, a postcard to an old friend, whatever. And before you tell me you'd like to do it, but you have no idea what to say; let me assure you that, "Thinking of you" or "Hope your day is going ok" is plenty. Seriously, it can be as simple as that. I'm pretty sure Christine Herrin, the designer behind the awesome Everyday Explorers Co, totally agrees with me on this point, since she named the stamp set I used to make today's card, "Send More Snail Mail". Coincidentally, it's available at The Ink Pad; and featured on TIP Blog.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Another Week Flies Past...

...and it's time to celebrate Fourth of July already? Seriously, HOW did that happen?! Of course this also means that we are just a tiny smidge past the halfway point of ICAD's 61 glorious days. Here are this week's index cards:

day 27: cappuccino
i've always wanted to try drawing fancy coffee-top art and this seemed like the perfect occasion. i lightly sketched in pencil, added color with sepia, violet and prussian blue colorburst, then outlined with my faber-castell pitt artist pens.

day 28: off-prompt
test driving a new stencilgirl stencil called stepping stone #1 by maria mcguire. I used dry oxide inks in the background, then wet them and watercolored the design. then added lots of outlines and doodles.

day 29: citrus
combining the actual prompt of the day with mandala monday. this one is in citrus colors (WITHOUT any black outline... hard for me not to add that lol...) with some of my newer favorite pens from the ink pad. on a swedish library card that came from a swap with my IG friend, ellen.

day 30: souvenir
...or at least souvenir was my starting point; in the end, this became a sort of historical/travel themed collage... and i'm cool with that...

day 31: off-prompt
a somewhat vaguely nautical one-staple collage. with a manatee. and sequins.
(let's not analyse this too much lol...)

day 32: off-prompt
inspired by an amazing mosaic/wedge collage my friend cyndie reis made last week. mine uses the leftover papers that were sitting out from my manatee collage. the found text is from a spanish language childrens book and reads, "sometimes lightning jumps from a cloud to the earth".  

day 33: periwinkle
one of the few days i have done the prompt ON THE DAY; go, me! ok so, i started off with small funky periwinkles which promptly got overshadowed by large funky orange guys. it happens, lol; let's just go with it.

to everyone who is celebrating!
(and Happy Weekend to everyone else!)