Friday, April 24, 2015

Lacy Lady

Hello Friends, I’m here with a new challenge at A Day for Daisies, and it’s Add Lace!

Adding lace is perfect for these new images from ADFD,  the one that I used today is called Vintage School Girl Two, I think she’s so Downton Abbey feeling, and it was fun to give her that vintage look with the colouring and overall card design.  

I used a Mojo Monday sketch from a few weeks ago, pairing it with these papers from Carta Bella - Yesterday, and adding several types of lace into the design.  

For accent I added this large vintage brad and the twine bow.  

I think it’s so elegant and lovely!  The sentiment is from Power Poppy’s Dynamic Duos:  Peonies and Tulips.  

Hope you can join us in the Add Lace Challenge!  For more details see the ADFD Blog.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

How May I Direct Your Call?

If you’re looking for my Power Poppy post - just scroll down....

A Day for Daisies is showing off some great images this week....take a look at this one called How May I Direct Your Call? is just so cute :)  I love the vintage look to the operator and desk full of telephone wires.  

Isn’t that dress she’s wearing great?  It was fun to colour too.  I thought some pretty blues would go great with the wood of the desk.  I also mimicked the polka dots on her collar and sleeves in the background layer and then added the woodgrain in the desk with my Copics and onto the brown horizontal piece with a embossing folder.  I thought the little bit of twine would go with the wires for the telephone lines too.  

Here’s the Copics I used.  

Check out the rest of the ADFD team and their fun designs today too!

Christine (you are here)

Flowering Branches

Oh MY...what a delicious new Instant Garden set we have to show off to you today!  

It’s brand new from Power Poppy and it’s called Flowering Branches.  It is a beauty!  One of my favourite things in the spring is to see my trees start to get blossoms.  We have a cheery tree and an apple tree and I also grew up with a crabapple tree at home.  Gorgeous!  Its brings such lightness to the outdoors.  When the blossoms come it’s almost a fluffy-ness that fills the area and those delicate blossoms are so inspiring.  I’m so glad Marcy illustrated this one, with some really meaningful sentiments for Mother’s Day.  

I was very inspired by the photo Marcy took in the Missouri Botanical Gardens and I really wanted to capture the feeling of this photo (below). I just LOVE the depth to the flowers and the soft bokeh in the background really makes the design :)  

So I actually printed out two of the flowering branches and coloured up both of them.  One one of the images I added pointillism in the background as well as some embossing paste in a Tim Holtz Stencil to mimic the bokeh in the photo.  

What I did with the second branch was fussy cut it out and then add it into the design to really give a fuller feel to the branches, and I also popped some up on the design as you can see above.  

I used an A2 Border die to cut out the left pinked edges and then simply added vellum and some silver cording to finish it off.  Because the design is so fussy, I didn’t want to add too much extra.  

Here is the inside of the design with the wonderful sentiment, as well as a little bit of the cut branch I added to it.  

Here’s the Copics I used.  

And here’s the gang showing off more of this beauty today.  

Monday, April 13, 2015

Brave When I Have to Be

Hello friends!  I’m here today with a brand new TCP Tuesday Challenge over at The Cat’s Pajamas.  It’s a fun colour combination perfect for spring.  

I played with the very adorable new set Hear Me Roar from our new TCP artist Tamara Hess.  He’s just so cute.  I wanted to give him some dimension so I stamped his face twice and popped up his nose area, and then gave him a bit of a surprised look with the colouring, which works perfectly with the sentiment.  

In the background of the window I used the Wavy Stitched Border CutUps Die to create rolling hills.  

Just a strip of patterned paper, ScorBug scoring to accent the white layer, some twine and sequins finish it off.  Just so cute!  

Here’s the Copics I used above and here’s the Cat Pack playing along today....

We hope you can play along!  You can win Cat’s Cash, and have the possibility of being the Swanky Stamper of the month - playing along in a future TCP Release! 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Dreamy Galaxy

 Hello and Happy Monday to you!

Have you seen the gorgeous galaxy cards out and about lately?  I thought I’d try my hand at one after I had seen this AMAZING one by Heather Telford.  That girl knows her way with watercolour, and it’s such a beautiful design.  She has such an elegance about her work.

I don’t have the same type of shimmery watercolors as she used,  so I thought I’d try something similar with what I have on hand.

I started with a panel of watercolor paper and then pulled out 3 re-inkers, Memento Summer Sky, Elderberry and SU Night of Navy.  I thought I’d try with the really deep pigments of re-inkers to get the depth to the colouring that I needed.  You really want colours that will blend well together.  

Next, I used a very wet water brush, and the lightest Summer Sky blue and washed in colour around the design in various spots.  Then, I added in the Navy and eventually the Purple letting the colour bleed, pool and generally have it’s own way.  For this technique you want to have both light areas and then deep dark areas of colour.  It give it that overall depth of a galaxy.  

I heat dried the initial colouring with my heat tool, and then went back to and add more pigment into some of the areas I wanted deep colour;  layer by layer until I got the effect I liked.  

Then, because I don’t have metallic watercolor paints (which would be SO cool), I thought I’d try to add in the gold with a VersaPen and gold embossing powder.  I used a pretty light hand so it wouldn’t get too thick.  After it was all done I spritzed some Glimmer Mist over top so it would have the feel of stars twinkling.  

The adorable little penguin is from the new TCP set - Space Cadet, I just LOVE these stamps!   Isn't  he cute looking out into the galaxy?  

For the sentiment I cut out three “dream” phrases on my Silhouette Machine, glued them together and then pressed them into a VersaMark inkpad and embossed with the gold EP again.  It turned out great.  The only embellishing I did was the gold sparkly ribbon on the top.  

Dreamy right?  

Don’t forget, today is your last day to enter the Anything Goes Challenge at TCP.  Tomorrow we start a new challenge....stay tuned!  

NOW...for the winner of the CardMaker Magazine and card.....drumroll please....

Who is .....

905lovestostamp  - Joanne Lowe

Joanne - drop me an email (see my contact info at the top right) and I’ll get this out to you!  

Friday, April 10, 2015

Birthday Bunny

 I’m back today with a brand new challenge at A Day for Daisies!   It’s one that anyone can play with, because it’s Anything Goes!

Today I’m play with the adorable Bunnies in Blossom - Bunny in a Rose.

There’s just something about this image that’s so sweet and delicate, so I kept the tones soft on the colouring, and I love the look of peach roses.  Then, because of the delicate feel to the bunny in the rose I decided to add some embossing paste through the Tim Holtz Gothic stencil on this peach paper.   Boy it looks pretty in person.  That texture comes out beautifully.    Behind the bunny is a vellum layer cut through a die and then a touch of lace along the edge and some green seambinding along the bottom to sort of fill in with the sense of greenery in the rose. 

Because bunnies don’t just have to be for Easter, the embossed birthday sentiment is from Power Poppy’s Dynamic Duos - Tulips and Peonies.  To finish it off I added a few white pearls.  

Here’s the Copics I used for colouring.  

And now....the ADFD Team in action!

Christine (you are here)