Saturday, July 22, 2017

Watercolor Imprints Play Results

Here is the card I made using a print that I got playing with the Watercolor Imprints in the article from Splitcoaststampers by Dina Kowal. I spent many hours just making backgrounds that can be seen in the last post. 

All the dies used on this card are from Sue Wilson's Atlantic Ocean collection. They are:Atlantic Ocean - AzoresAtlantic Ocean - Border and Corners and Atlantic Ocean - Tag Duo

Playtime Part 2

I started off playing with the Distress Oxide inks and then after seeing the article Watercolor Imprints by Dina Kowal on Splitcoaststampers I had a blast playing with this idea. 

Flower Quatrefoil Stencil by Dreamweavers is available through Stampendous
This was done with the Distress Oxide inks.
Cathedral Windows stencil by Dreamweavers is available through Stampendous
                           This was done with the Distress Oxide inks.
Pinwheel Checkerboard stencil by Dreamweavers ia available through Stampendous
                       This was done with the Vivid inks by Clearsnap.
This was done with the Vivid inks by Clearsnap.

                             This was done with the Vivid inks by Clearsnap.
                            This was done with the Vivid inks by Clearsnap.
                        This was done with the Vivid inks by Clearsnap.
                        This was done with the Vivid inks by Clearsnap.
This is also a Dreamweaver stencil, but I can not find it available anywhere. It is LX7015
                              This was done with the Distress Oxide inks.
This was done with the Distress Oxide inks.
My next post will use this piece in a card.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Playtime part 1

I have had these pencils for many years and never used them. They have 3 different colors of lead all mixed in one pencil. They look cool, but will I ever use them and for what? so, if I want to keep them I need to know that I will use them. So first I cut up a couple of pieces of card stock 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 and scribbled a full sheet. The colors are pretty and change on a regular. I smudged them with Gamsol and a Q-tip to blend them up.
Then I scribbled some more on top of that. Some I went over again with Gamsol and some I left.

I had done the eyes of the Peacock feathers with regular colored pencils and then skipped around using the Magic pencils. Then I used the Gamsol to blend my colors. The Magic pencils were only used on the triple feathers.

This experiment turned out interesting and fun, but I really don't see a huge coloring future with these pencils so off they go to my sale stuff.

Goodies from Stampendous!

I got picked out of the commenters to receive their new Peacock set. It came so fast and it is a beautiful set of dies, stamps and a stencil is included with the stamps.

 This was the first card that I made with this stamp set from Stampendous. I had just gotten the full first set of Distress Oxide inks. I had to get them after seeing so many videos on what you could do with them. So I had been playing with them when the stamps and dies arrived. After coloring the paper I used the stencil with a makeup sponge and some Luminare' paint. Then I decided that I wanted my Peacock to be shiny too. I grabbed my set of gel pens from Color It. I used the glittery ones and didn't have to worry about using them up because they come with refills and they also sell refills separately.  I love their products. They make it easy to buy a set of markers, gel pens and colored pencils. As you can see in the 2nd photo they really sparkle. That was the perfect touch to make my Peacock really pop. The words "Hello Gorgeous" are from Hero Arts Color Layering Flamingo.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

The story of Boid

The kids were outside walking around and spotted a baby bird that had been blown out of his nest. That little spot is the blood stain where he fell. It was so windy for several days. Then it was rainy for the next few days. I didn't get this picture till several days later. Anyway, they brought the little guy in and we cleaned him up a bit and I gave him some water with a dropper. I didn't think he would make it at this point. We couldn't find any rescues to take him so off to google what to feed a bird. He was pretty big for a baby so I guessed he was a Mourning Dove. They hang out in the tree outside my apt. where he was found. The mix I used was dry cat food that had been soaked in water and Cream of Wheat. By day 3 he was much more active and ate as much as I could manage to get in him. Honestly, I think more was on me and my desk than in him, but he seemed to be getting stronger and more active. We did actually leave him in a box under the tree for parental pick up for the first 2 days, but they never came and at night I would bring the box up and put him out on my balcony next to the tree.The following picture is my cat napping near Boid's box. Yup, I got attached enough to name him and was starting to enjoy feeding him and watching him stretch his wings. Then after about a week, I woke up and tried to feed him and he looked like he was gasping for air or choking. We buried him in the back yard under a bush and made a little shrine. I cried a lot that day and felt like a bad mom. So helpless of a feeling, not being able to help him.

5th Birthday

I made this slider card for my nephew's 5th birthday.

What has happened to me and my art? Part has been that I have been going through my things to get rid of things i no longer need or want. My friend and I also have decided to get an RV and travel.....sooooo I need to get rid of a lot of stuff. Yup, I am a craft hoarder. I have spent many years trying every craft under the sun and holding on to the items because I might want to do them again some day. And yes, I would go back to them many times over the years. Sometimes friends would come to me looking for some craft item and I always had it to give. Now the time has come to unload these and get money for our new home. I have barely made a dent and the sales have slowed which is frustrating and rather depressing.I would drop the whole pile at Goodwill but the truth is we need the money to get the RV. I have a few more pictures to post, but this is it for now.