Monday, August 20, 2018

Simply Succulent

 Hey, hey, hey!
Look who's guest designing for Aurora Wings!!
I am thrilled to be playing along with the amazing DT and being
a part (if only temporarily) of one of the best design teams out there.
Mitzi is an amazing artist to design for.
I have the extreme pleasure of working with one of the newest sprites,
the Succulent Sprite!! Isn't she just too die for? 
So beautifully rendered and on trend right now.
The current challenge is a sketch, which I find so helpful with designing.
Takes most of the guess work out of it for me. I tend to get caught up in the 
minutia of laying out a design, more than anything.

I used quite a few reference photos of succulents to choose my palette,
which was nearly the death of me. Sooo many options, but not sure how to 
actually achieve what Mother Nature painted so beautifully with my
measly old Copic markers. I managed to pull it off pretty well, I think.
I love how the clear Nuvo Drops give such great texture to her String of Pearls.

After I finished coloring and embellishing her, I started working on the background.
I glued a sheet of burlap to a corrugated cardboard substrate, and gessoed the entire
piece. After it was dry I used a stencil and some crackle paste to add interest and depth.
Once dry, I spritzed it with Lindy's sprays hoping to capture some iridescence on 
the crackle. I think it looks like lace for the most part, which adds to the
shabby chic feel I was going for. 

Following the sketch, I arranged my flowers, doo-dads, and pearly bits
around the colorful focal image. With the addition of an easel back, this
creation is complete!
I do hope you'll pop over to the Aurora Wings Challenge blog to see all of the
inspiring projects on display for this challenge. You just might be inspired to play
along and possibly win yourself some AW gold!

I'd love to enter this project in the following challenges:

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Watercolor Seahorse

I'm kind of on a creative roll lately, and want to share my latest
creative project using Unity Stamps.

This is the Cuddlebug Seahorse by Tierra Jackson.
I really like her artwork, and have five of her Cuddlebug critters stamps.

This guy is gorgeous and super fun to bring to life with color. 
I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers to color him.
I love the saturation of color that can be achieved with these markers.    

I had a pre-made Color Burst background all ready to go, and I liked
the contrast of the unconventional colors. I mounted the background 
onto black cardstock and tried to keep the rest of the card fairly simple.     
I added some sparkly, iridescent sequins to act as bubbles, and I was done.
Love how this turned out.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Creations Challenge - Anything Goes  

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Oddball jars with schtuff inside

I made it back again this week with a cute set of cards 
I made using some new Oddball Whimsical Mason jar images.
I wanted to play along with the current challenge of
always Anything Goes, but Dots and Doodles is the extra theme
if you choose to really challenge yourself a bit more.

I chose some neglected premade cards and matching envelopes.
The colors are not what I usually choose for my bases, but all
the more reason to use them finally.
I speckled the hot pink cardstock with black and white Dylusions sprays,
then I doodled a frame using a Sharpie. Lastly, I added some polka dotted
jewels from my Hobby Lobby clearance haul a few months back.

Same basic concept for this one as well.
I added sequins and pearl spray for some sparkle
on this card. I also added yellow Stickles to the stars.  

This card ended up being my favorite of the three cards.

I really love this image of the jar with fireflies (or moths or butterflies,
depending on how you choose to color them). I colored it with Copics
hoping to capture the look of a glowing fireflies in the jar.

I stamped a lovely sentiment from Unity stamps,
added a frame of doodling, and some of my highly coveted Prima crystals.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenge:



I prefer the term fortune teller

I'm back again with a new Spesh Ink project
using the Gypsy image available here

Pop on over to Spesh Ink for all the links and details.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Have you been to Le Petite Market?

Just wanted to pop in real quick and let you know about
 I have been collecting digital images from their etsy shop for months,
and finally got around to coloring and creating with some of them.

These are two of the four images from the

I am in love with this style of artwork!
So fun and kitschy!!

I went with my usual favorites as far as color palettes, using Copics and
keeping with Violets, Blue Greens, Red Violets and Yellow Greens.

I am finding that one can never have too many unicorn images,
and this gorgeous creature is no exception.
I printed these images on a shiny, pearlized, paper making it kind
of hard to see when coloring. And blending is a whole different show, too.
I thought the fancy paper lent a nice whimsical feel to the simple cards.
Too bad it doesn't photograph at all. I also used some rock candy dry glitter
on the horn, but it doesn't show well. Looks more flocked than sugared.

Okay, thanks for hanging in there for the full post.
As a reward for your patronage, I'll let you in on a little secret.
That's over 800 items on sale!!!

You're welcome.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Quirky Skeletons

Just popping in real quick to share a new company
(new to me, anyway) and their adorable stamps.

The company is called AALL & CREATE.
They're a European company, and I had to find a US retailer to get their
stamps. A simple Google search led me to Simon Says Stamp, who delivered 
these stamps super fast.

The stamps sets are called, Quirks #73 and Quirks mini #104.
The fun part about these images is how versatile and cute they are to play with.
Like sweet skeleton paper dolls. 

I honestly thought the devil horns were vampire fangs at first.
Still a good accessory to have on hand, though.
I have a box of pre printed cards and can never figure out how to use them.
Well, I figured it out. I added Distress Oxided ink to the card base and then
added washi tapes and splatter to ground the skellie focal point. 

I think she's my favorite, so far.

Just keeping it simple to let the stamps shine.
The bowler hat and the cat are some of the best accessory stamps that come 
with these sets. 

I popped on some coveted MS Halloween paper and some washi tapes
to ground the skellie and his kitteh. Trying to keep it as simple as
possible, which is quite difficult for me.

I am loving this new rubber and I'm sure these guys will surface
frequently around here.