Sunday, January 31, 2016

What's new! 2016

I have really gotten into watching Cinnamon Cooney The Art Sherpa lately and decided to break out the acrylic paints. She does an awesome job of breaking things down for people to follow along. I used an old canvas that I had covered over with Gesso to try to cover the old painting. You can still see the outlines from the vase and oranges. Even with that I decided to go ahead and figured If it didn't turn out very well it wouldn't be a huge loss.

I had trouble with the ropes and could not get them the way I wanted them to look. I ended up painting over them and trying again. I still don't love the way they look but from a distance they look fine and so I left them. I also, while trying to blend out the new colors found that the paint was leaving swoosh marks under the swing and I liked that. It seems to add to the idea of motion. I do like the way it turned out and can't believe that I actually painted it.

After almost 2 months of waiting for them to come from England I finally got the Brusho powdered watercolors. I love these! The black is probably my favorite because of the colors that go into making it.
Yup, that's black or it would be if it was mixed. I got 20 colors. 5 of them are reds, which I don't recommend because 3 of them I can't tell apart.

These are some of the pages I made in my hand made watercolor journals.This stamp is Stampendous Glance colored with colored pencils before sprinkling the Brusho's on.

These stamps are also from Stampendous. I had previously watercolored a bunch of these flowers with water soluble oil pastels from Portfolio. Her hair is questionable. LOL Especially after I added the colored pencil on top. Reminds me of my bed head when my hair gets longer.
That's it for this post! See ya soon!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays!!!

A quick nail stamping that I did on Sunday. They should last through New Years unless I get bored with them. They have already been through several rounds of hand washing dishes even with the big gathering we had for our building Tuesday night. I helped with the dishes after and they are still looking good.The dots are holographic glitter and of course I topped it all off with my new favorite holo polish.
Look what I got in the mail from Stampendous! I won the Patty Pop Ons Puzzle Pieces and a mystery stamp set :) Which is NK Studio Marks. I have been chomping at the bit to use these on the  Creative Palette Monoprinting Plate. These stamps also come with a stencil which is awesome and doubles the fun. I just haven't had time with the holidays upon us. 
By the way, have you noticed how slow the mail is this year? OMG! I have been waiting with bated breath(whatever that means) for stuff I ordered at the first of the month. I usually get my stuff in no more than 10 days. I am hoping that I will get the rest of my gifts today. Yea, Christmas Eve. 

My cards this year I made with the Create Christmas Cling Stamp Set and the Create Christmas Die Set. I hand cut the banner after stamping Happy Holidays with Teracotta chalk ink from Clearsnap. I embossed it with Stampendous Ruby Pearl Luster Embossing Powder In order to make multiple cards I stamped the sentiment well spaced on cardstock so that I had room to make the banners. I used the first one I cut out as my stencil for the others. I used Crushed Olive Distress ink to darken the top part of the die cuts on the tree. I use a bit of Tacky Glue on the top of the dies and foam tape on the bottom half to give my tree dimension. I cut strips of red/white bakers twine to decorate my trees. I used Gold Lame' Smooch on the star.

Friday, November 27, 2015

A Christmas card

I love this Cheery Lynn Die French Lattice (small). It makes such an elegant background. I would use it on almost every card but I tend to do larger coloring designs that would just cover the whole thing. So sad. I do use it often on the inside of cards though. I used the 2nd die in this set: Oval-Scalloped-lg-stackers-nesting-dies/. The stamp I used is from(gasp!!!No, not Stampendous ;p) After Midnight Art Stamps Christmas Sheet #5. It was stamped in Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo. Then I went over the edges with the same ink and penned in over the top with Copic Atyou Spica in Sky Blue. Then I used my Irresistable Pico Embelisher to add a tiny dot on each of the scallops and at the meeting point of each lattice. I added everything to a white pre-made card that I edged with the Vintage Photo Distress ink. I made my Poinsettia with Cheery Lynn's  Build-a-flower-1-petals-leaves/. After I shaped the petals I used my Craf-t-Products-Metallic Rub Ons in gold and red on the flower petals and leaves. Before I used a small brass brad in the center of the Poinsettia I added light dabs of glue to the petals and sprinkled them with red micro glitter from Stampendous  Christmas-micro-glitter-kit. It doesn't show in the picture but it sure looks great in the light. 
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! Viki     

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

That's better

Yup, it looks much better with the animals added. I used my Tombow pencils to color the animals because I wanted soft color on them. The little fox has an orange red undercoat with a dark ocher over the top. The deer is just dark ocher with a touch of pink on the ears and cheek. I think just that addition makes the card look much better. Sometimes you just need to stand back and look something the next day and you will just know it needs more. 

The sun was shining today so I decided to see if I could get a good shot of my right hand. I wasn't even sure if I would be able to hold the camera with my left hand and take a decent shot. My nails are a lot longer on my right hand which is weird because I am right handed. I don't have a dish washer either. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Create Christmas

I have been having a blast playing with this set of stamps and dies from Stampendous. I was fortunate enough to win them along with 3 Glue Dots dispensers to try out and this gorgeous glitter. After I colored and cut each tree.I used a variety of yummy toppings. LOL This card I used radient pearls in Fandango Green over all and then I used Viva Decor's Pearl Pen as my snow and topped it off with the divine Crystal Micro Glitter from Stampendous that came in the glitter pack they sent me. Then I added my popcorn and cranberries. I am glad there is a die for those. On the star I used Sour Lemon Radiant Pearls and my yellow gold Spica pen. I almost forgot, I did use the Pop-Up die set on this card just upside down. I wanted pop up snow banks and I am now thinking maybe some Forest Friends would be nice. Especially the deer. If I add some I will put it up  in a new post.
  1.  Stampendous Cling Create Christmas 
  2. Create Christmas die set  
  3. Pop-Up Die Set 
  4. small and large snowflake punches
  5. blue Stardream paper
  6. light blue/grey card stock 
  7. dark teal card stock
  8. Stampendous Micro Glitter Kit
  9. Glue Dots

Can you see the Holographic effect in the glitter? I love it.The green red and crystal have it. A lovely linear Holo. These may well end up on my nails next month.  Holo nail polish is my new favorite.All my nails have a fine linear holo on them except for my index finger has a larger particle scattered holo. The fine holo is from Born Pretty the other I ordered from Bulgaria through ebay. I put them over chocolate brown pearl and did some stamping in white on every other finger.  That is a herringbone and a gauze. I wish I would have gotten my thumbs too. They have plaid and I love it. I think they will look great for turkey day ;p
Here are some glittered flowers I did to use on cards. The roses are from Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms  and Cheery Lynn Designs Build A Flower #1   for my Poinsettias .           I used the roses on this simple card. This tree is done with colored pencil and blending solution. I used my irResistible Pico Embellisher in gold. I used my gold and blue Gel Pend and red Spica on the star and bows also on the ornaments for added sparkle. I cut some sections from the left over garland to add some dimension One last thing. I was playing with Yule Diamonds Perfectly Clear Stamps that I got last year from Stampendous. These are just cut out and laid out on my desk. That was the last thing I played with last night.