Sunday, February 7, 2016

i'm so excited!

because i'm going to be on the eyelet outlet design team! my first official projects won't actually debut until later in march, but i've already got loads of ideas and i'm already having a lot of fun hanging out at the eyelet outlet blog. right now there's a pretty fab color challenge going on, and i was longing to play. just look at this gorgeous board, i dare you NOT to want to make a card using these colors!!! ♥

i was inspired by the full-on sparkle factor of that shoe, as well as the gorgeous palette, so i decided that it might translate into a pretty good mandala. i stand by that belief, actually:

pearl hearts, pink bling and red clear edge jewels: eyelet outlet; background created on strathmore watercolor paper with ken oliver's color burst in several shades of blue; mandala drawn using faber-castell pitt pen with XS nib; patterned paper: basic grey; white glossy cardstock: paper accents; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, sewing machine

i used a few different styles of gorgeous eyelet outlet bling*, including pearl hearts (which make excellent mandala petals, don't you think?!) red clear edge jewel bling, and some smaller gems that started out pink, which i slightly re-colored using a red copic marker, to fit better with the scheme.

i hope you'll check out the challenge post and that you'll have as much fun as i did making a magical (...and perhaps also sparkly?!) creation inspired by this bright and beautiful palette!

*i'm sure you know and love eyelet outlet eyelets and their fabulous brads, but did you know they also have tons of bling, awesome washi and even gorgeous florals? srsly... ya gotta check it out! ♥

Friday, February 5, 2016

bling it on (again!)

we're still celebrating all things glittery, glimmery, sparkly and shimmery over at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ this week. well heck, some of us (ME!!!) pretty much do that every week, but for our "bling on the holidays" prompt we are officially requesting that you use gems, jewels, pearls, glitter, stickles, beads, sequins or the like in your card. here's what i made:

ornaments: strathmore watercolor paper, watercolored with ken oliver's color burst in blues and purples and stenciled with silver viva decor glitter embossing paste (damask stencil= tim holtz; medallion=sheena douglass for crafter's companion) inked with colorbox chalk ink and outlined with a faber-castell pitt pen in xs; patterned paper: elle's studio, hambly; glossy white cardstock: paper accents; heart shaped sticky back jewel: eyelet outlet; bling lines: recollections; scraps of silver foil paper and blue seam binding from my stash; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, gluedots

it's no secret that i'm in love with embossing paste generally, and glitter embossing paste especially. i made a few cards last year which featured hand cut baubles, gussied up with stenciled glittery patterns, and i can tell you right now that this won't be the last time for this year, either.

i particularly love adding glitter embossing paste to ornaments i've painted with color burst, just because the range of colors and contrasts you can get is so awesome. in this case i've also outlined the embossing paste patterns to make them stand out even more. i'm pretty sure you won't be seeing that technique again in conjunction with the super-detailed damask pattern stencil anytime soon because it was fairly tedious to do. but it looks good, so i'm callin' it a win, lol!

it's a "fifth saturday" at sketch saturday, which means we could choose any past sketch between #215 and #396; so i went with #251:

stephanie also has a lovely bling-based card to show you over at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and, should you need additional inspiration, i highly recommend a scroll through the gorgeous readers' gallery!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

beachy keen

this week at shopping our stash the challenge is entitled, "i'm dreaming of a warm _____" and your assignment is to fill in the blank, then make a card based upon your answer. need some examples? ok, howsabout a warm blanket, a warm bath, a warm hug, a warm cup of coffee (or tea) or even, if you're like me and in the midst of a northeastern us winter, you might be dreaming of a warm beach!

watercolor beach and hibiscus done using ken oliver's color burst pigment powders on strathmore watercolor paper; patterned paper: my mind's eye, crate, recollections, prima; sticker: creative imaginations; glossy white cardstock: paper accents; clear gems recolored with a copic marker: recollections; adhesives: elmers brand glue tape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

the current fusion card challenge is called "woodland neutral" but alas, despite the total coolness of the theme, i didn't do the inspiration part this time, just the sketch, which is equally fab, however:

i'm pretty pleased with my color burst watercoloring this time, especially because i resisted the impulse to pencil sketch first AND to black outline at the end. not that there's anything wrong with either of those, but when i feel like something is starting to become an unbreakable habit, i start feeling slightly nervous. plus, it's good to change things up once in a while, don't you think?

meanwhile there is more warmth and goodness awaiting you at SOS in the form of projects by my amazing DT sisters. go forth and enjoy those, won't you, darlings? ♥

Monday, February 1, 2016

painty and colorful

once again i find that i've got a backlog of things made for various prompts set by sisters with heart in art, the instagram art group i'm in. we've been having a ball, choosing a new theme each wednesday, and everyone is welcome to join in! this week it's RAINBOW, so i broke out the cool set of frixion color pens that gina gave me for a marathon doodling session!

last week's prompt was PEACOCK. i love the palette and the shapes, so i did some watercoloring with lots and lots (and LOTS!) of machine stitching on top.

the week before that, we had CUP. i had intended to draw a traditional teacup and saucer. i'm not sure how it turned into a fanciful lotus teacup, but it did, so i just went with it:

finally i have a few random colorburst paintings, sort of vaguely back to the RAINBOW theme, but a lot looser. some wavy striped circles...

...and some random paint splodges that i doodled upon... very messy, but fun.

one more colorburst painting, this one is loosey-goosey flowers in kind of a pam garrison(ish) style, just playing around.

it seems like i cannot get enough color in the winter, especially when there are still such mountains of snow piled everywhere! hope you are keeping well, getting enough vitamin c AND enough art play time, darlings! ♥♥♥

Sunday, January 31, 2016

random collages...

...with the emphasis very definitely on "random" lol! one of the main things for which i use my sketchbook is as an art lab, to try out ideas; or even the glimmerings of notions that aren't quiiiiiite ideas yet. many of my sketchbook pages stall midway through, but some get added to the next day, or the next week and eventually turn into something cool.

this one with the eye was inspired by a few photographers i follow on instagram; there were a bunch of really cool photos of poster walls, in various cities, with layers and layers of advertisements glued randomly on top of each other, often there'll be a face peeking out from the layer at the very bottom. i definitely didn't capture the look i was going for here, but i had fun, and it's an idea i want to play with more in fututre. here's another take on the poster wall, without a face, but with some duct tape instead! this one really REALLY didn't "gel" into what i was trying to do. at all. in fact it's impressively... almost gloriously... wrong!

many of my sketchbook pages never turn into anything good, and i'm ok with that. some get abandoned entirely, or covered by a collage later. i used to try out ideas on scratch paper or toss away things that didn't work. but i'm converted to the "bound book" idea by the fact that it gives me a visual reminder of what i've already tried, and a record of how i've improved. in the page below, the numerals were inspired by an art journal page i saw online. the mandalas are an experiment: i spread white modeling paste thru a stencil onto deli paper, then sprinkled blue and green colorburst powders randomly on top, mixing them very minimally so i'd get a sort of multicolor effect. it ALMOST works. (almost!!!) but again, having it in my book reminds me that i still like this idea, and it's worth pursuing.

this last collage evolved over a few weeks: i used up some yellow and orange colorburst for the first layer. later i added the sticky backing from some round stickers. before and after there were little bits of modeling paste and some scraps of sheet music to be finished up. at some point in the middle, i got a roll of mesh tape at home depot that's kind of fun to play with. finally i won a prize pack with vintage postage in it, so those are on the top.

do any of these count as "ART"?!  ummmmmmmm... probably not. :) but they were fun to make, and they all taught me something. admittedly, sometimes the "something" was, "i'm never doing that again" lol! i like having these around, though. even the ugly stepsisters. maybe even especially the ugly stepsisters. why? because the more experiments you try, the less attached you are to any one thing. how can you be afraid of "failing" when your failures are fun and interesting and occur a few times a week. they're part of the process... and my sketchbook still has lots more pages left! ♥♥♥

Friday, January 29, 2016

bling it on!

this fortnight at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ it's time to "bling on the holidays" so we're making cards that feature jewels, gems, beads, sequins, pearls, glitter, stickles or, if you're *me* very possibly ALL of the above, lol; but for ordinary cardmakers who are NOT part magpie, pretty much anything sparkly will work! 

patterned paper: elle's studio, echo park; journal card: elle's studio; glitter thickers, white glitter paper and pearl brad: american crafts; bling frame: mambi; felt snowflake: michaels; adhesives: elmer's glue tape runner, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

as you know, i've never really met the sparkly embellishment i didn't love, so i've used a few different ones here: i've got a (smallish) rhinestone frame that i cut apart to use like photo corners; i've got a pearl brad; i've got a glitter snowflake (you can't really tell from the pic, but it's glittery, honest!) and my very very all-time favorite thickers, which are not just candy-striped, but also GLITTER ENCRUSTED!!! i'm not sure there's as much bling in one place anywhere outside the las vegas city limits! :)

i used the current retro sketch (#199) for my layout:

over at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ there's a lovely blingy card by stephanie; why not hop over and see it whilst planning your own bid for bling-based supremacy? ♥

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

all the best cards are inspired by great literature... obviously... :) :) :)

ok, possibly not ALL the best cards, but this week at shopping our stash we're making cards "inspired by a book". this turns out to be a lot of fun AND a fabulous source of ideas, so won't you join us? as an antidote to the extreme winter weather we on the east coast endured over the weekend, i decided to base my card on elizabeth von arnim's "the enchanted april", so i assembled me some blue skies, green fields, sunshine, and fluffy clouds:

patterned paper: prima, mme, recollections, crate, making memories; hot air balloon and sentiment stickers: echo park; leather flower sticker: k and co; glossy white cardstock: paper accents; cloud and circle punches: ek success; ink: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

i also went for some texty papers, to enforce the "literature" vibe, lol. i'm not entirely sure where the hot air balloon came from. it must've drifted in from an extra copy of "around the world in 80 days" i left laying around. ya gotta be careful about stuff like that; books are POWERFUL, you know! :)

another fabulous source of cardmaking inspiration is the sketch saturday blog, where this week's layout looks a bit like this:

of course, my fellow SOS dt members are rockin' it once again this week, so you should really hop over and check it out, before heading to your bookshelves and then your craft supplies, darlings! ♥