Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Poppy Bookmark

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to read.  I have hundreds of books scattered around my house, and I am always in need of bookmarks.  Art Neko came out with a gorgeous sheet of stamps dedicated to creating bookmarks which you can see here.  I love them!!!  

I used the "So Many Books, So Little Time" bookmark stamp for my project today.  I colored the bookmark with Copic markers and then I covered the little clock face with some clear glaze and set it aside to dry.  To age my bookmark a little bit, I sponged some Gathered Twigs distress ink over the whole piece.  I cut out the stamped image and adhered it to a larger black cardstock piece and then put it inside a bookmark sleeve.  I adorned the bookmark with a red tassel to coordinate with my flowers.  

There are a bunch of gorgeous colors of tassels at Art Neko.  Just type in "tassel" in the search box and see all the selections - gold, black, blue, green, pink, white, chocolate, purple and burgundy are just a few of the colors there.  You can buy the bundle which includes the bookmark stamps, the bookmark sleeves, and the tassels by clicking on THIS link.  This is a great bargain!

If you want to just buy a few of the bookmark stamps, you can type in "bookmark" in the search box and you'll see all the bookmark stamps as well as the tassels and sleeves and other assorted stamps.  If you are like me, you'll start drooling over all the gorgeous stamps.  :-)

Here is a handy list of links to click on:

Bookmark stamps, sleeves, and tassels bundle - http://artneko.com/displayItem/A382-SET1
Bookmarks and sentiments stamps - http://artneko.com/displayItem/A382-FSHT
Assorted bookmark stamps - http://artneko.com/search.php?searchTerm=bookmark
Tassels - http://artneko.com/search.php?searchTerm=tassel
Bookmark sleeves - http://artneko.com/search.php?searchTerm=bookmark+sleeves

Friday, July 15, 2016

You're How Old?!

Hahahaha!  These crazy birds from Tim Holtz crack me up.  I made this card for my brother's birthday.

I bought some Strathmore Bright White cardstock from Paper Temptress, and I was curious to see if it would stand up to a heavy spray and some watercoloring.  So I sprayed a piece of this white cardstock with different colors of Distress Spray Stains and it took the color beautifully.  It dried almost completely flat - which is awesome!  Normally when I spray any kind of cardstock, it warps like crazy but not this Strathmore Bright White.  I'm impressed!

Next, I watercolored the stamped bird with distress inks.  The bird was stamped with a waterproof black ink onto the Strathmore Bright White cardstock and I hit it with a heat gun to make sure it dried completely.  Then I pulled out some distress inks and watercolored the bird, going over some areas several times until I got the hues "just right."  This paper did not pill or tear or resist the ink.  I'm really happy with this paper!

My last test was running this Strathmore Bright White cardstock through my printer.  The sentiment was typed up on the computer and I printed it on a laser printer.  The printing is crisp and bold and did not flake off nor rub off.  I'm completely sold on this white cardstock.  I can use colored pencils on it, I can spray it, I can watercolor on it, and I can print on it.  How cool is that??

Stamp: Bird Crazy from Stampers Anonymous
Die: Bird Crazy from Stampers Anonymous
Ink: Basic Black Archival from Stampin Up, Pumpkin Pie from Stampin Up
Distress Ink: Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire
Distress Spray Stain: Lucky Clover, Mermaid Lagoon, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Picket Fence
Cardstock: black, Strathmore Bright White from Paper Temptress

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Antiqued Plum Blossom Print

I was playing with this beautiful Plum Blossom Branch from Art Neko, and I came upon an interesting discovery.  Look closely at the picture below.  Look at the writing on the right side.  See how it looks like there is a pink-ish halo around the letters?  You can see this same pink halo emanating from the branches as well.

How did that happen?  It was a complete accident.  LOL  I stamped this Plum Blossom Branch with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto white cardstock.  I then colored the flowers with pink Copic markers.  I decided I need a pale blue background, so I mixed up my own custom color by filling a mister bottle with some Pearl colored Perfect Pearls powder, some water, and a little bit of Tumbled Glass Distress Spray Stain.  

After I shook up the mister bottle, I sprayed the plum blossom piece several times.  My finger smudged a couple of edges, so I sprayed some more, and some more, and some more.  LOL  My paper was completely soaking wet, so I left it alone for several hours to dry.  When I came back to look at it, I gasped!  I thought I ruined it when I saw the pink-ish color running out from the black stamped areas.  And because the paper had been so heavily sprayed, it created a few creases in the paper as well.

But you know what?  The more I looked at this, the more I loved it.  It looks like a piece of faux silk with the creases and the distressed, antiqued image.  I love how this turned out, even though this was not the result I had in mind.  Always look for the beauty in every thing you do.  :-)

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper: white, black, Hibiscus (pink)
Other: Copic markers, mister bottle with Tumbled Glass Distress Spray Stain, water, and Pearl Perfect Pearls powder

Monday, July 11, 2016

Love You to the Moon and Back in white

Hi everyone!  Today I'm sharing a card I made for Verses Rubber Stamps.  I used white cardstock for everything on this card and I stamped the Moon and Back sentiment in black ink.  It fits beautifully inside the embossed oval and I accented it with some die cut leaves and a flower.

You can find this Moon and Back sentiment in the Romance category on the Verses Rubber Stamps website.  There are a lot of gorgeous sentiments in there - I want them all!!  :-)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Dragonflies in Moonlight

Good morning, everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July!  I have some exciting news to share with you today.  As you know, I've been designing for Art Neko on a freelance basis for a couple of years now, and I'm so happy to tell you that Art Neko now has a brand new Design Team.  I've been asked to head up the Design Team as the Coordinator, and we have some wonderful artwork to share with you.  You can see the Artists on the Art Neko Design Team by looking in my sidebar here (you may have to scroll down depending on your monitor).

Art Neko will soon have a brand new website that will be more user friendly, and there will be a blog and a gallery to go with the new website.  It's going to be so exciting!

To kick off our exciting news, I'm sharing this Dragonfly in Moonlight card with you this morning.  I embossed the Dragonfly in Moonlight stamp with gold embossing powder, and then I watercolored the image with my new Gansai Tambi watercolors.  I used the same powder to emboss the Flurry of Dragonflies and the Kanji stamps onto some dark blue cardstock.  I then created a layer of gold embossed cardstock as a mat for my moonlight scene and adhered that to my card base with foam tape.

Please have a look at the work that the Design Team Artists have created by going to their blogs listed in my sidebar.  We will be posting to our blogs every week, so there will be lots of gorgeous eye candy to drool over.  :-)

Monday, June 6, 2016

CAS380 Boots, Class, and a Lil' Sass

This week's CAS380 challenge is to make a clean and simple card with both dots and stripes.  The real challenge is to keep it clean and simple and not too busy.  So I pulled out some washi tape that had polka dots and stripes and arranged them randomly on my white card base.  I colored up this fun boot and flowers stamps from Unity to coordinate with the colors of the washi tape, and then I added the sentiment below the boot.  Fun fun fun!!!

Come play along in the CAS380 challenge with us!  If you upload to SCS, please use keyword CAS380 so we can find your card.

Monday, May 30, 2016

CAS379 Daisy Smile

This week's CAS challenge (CAS379) is to use one or more flowers on your card or project.  I pulled out a new Altenew stamp set and played around with coloring these daisies.  I wanted the daisies to be white, so I just added some shadowing with some gray Copic markers.  The centers are colored with two yellow Copic markers in a random, dot dot dot fashion.

To make the white daisies pop out, I adhered them to a Dapper Denim (a new SU color - love!!!) card.  When I first tried these daisies on a regular A2 card, they just overwhelmed the card.  These daisies are pretty large, and three of these on a normal card is just too much.  Soooo..... I went bigger!!!  LOL

My card base is 8 inches wide by 5 inches tall.  It's a piece of cardstock that is 8" by 10", folded at the 5" mark to make it 8" x 5".  The daisies seem much more at home on this size of card, and I was able to add the "smile" sentiment without covering up all the flowers.  I stamped the sentiment in a red color (Cherry Cobbler) because I wanted to have a red, white, and blue theme for my card for today's Memorial Day holiday.

Come play along with this week's CAS379 challenge.  We'd love to see what May flowers are blooming on your cards!  :-)