Friday, February 27, 2015

Art Journal-y Baby

Hello Friday Friends!  Today I’m bringing you a sweet new image from A Day for Daisies and a fun new challenge!

This week it’s “Make it Art Journal-y”.

I began with this sweet little cat-fish princess called Cat Fish Kitty (on sale right now too!), printing her on XPress It Blending card-stock, colouring it up with Copic Markers.  

Now some of you might be wondering what it takes to make something “art journal-y”.  I’m not sure if I have a definitive answer, but her are some thoughts;   a lot of art journalling uses mixed-media methods to create ecclectic layers of colour, texture and shape.  Often you’ll see repeated themes or elements to make the design cohesive, and journalling or writing in the design.  If you google art journalling, or check it out on pinterest you’ll generate all sorts of inspiration to get you started.  

I’ll walk you through what I did for this design on the art journal layer.  I began by taking a 4 x 5 1/4 inch panel of thicker cardstock and using a Tim Holtz stencil, and some embossing paste to create the vertical lines.  After I allowed that to dry I took some re-inkers and a wet waterbrush and washed in some aqua in the background.    While that was drying I cut out some stars in this pretty amethyst colour, dribbled them with some purple copic solution randomly,  and then spritzed them with Mr. Huey’s spray in Shine.  I punched out some circles in Bermuda Bay cardstock, randomly scribbled some circles on them and did a little handwriting.  

Next I used another Tim Holtz stencil (Bubbles) and added more spritz overtop of the design in the aqua green colour and then again in the Shine colour.  I think in the end I dribbled some more reinkers over the design to continue that under the sea-circular theme I have going on.  It’s all a fun and rewarding way to get inky :)  

I added some letters along the bottom, because by that time it really took on a baby feel to me.  I layered the panels a bit wonky so it would have little less linear feel and add to the ecclectic style.  

Here’s the Copics I used on our lovely cat-fish princess :)

So please join us at A Day for Daisies for this fun challenge!  Here’s some more art journal-y inspiration!

Christine (you are here)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Hoppy Easter Mugshot

Do you enjoy making cards that have some creative interactive element in them?  Today I’m going to show you a cute one with some fun The Cat’s Pajamas goodies.  

I pulled out some adorable Easter stuff from TCP, this set is called Bunny Side Up.  I wanted the outside of the card to almost look like a somber police mugshot in neutral tones, almost like he got caught doing something wrong.  I stamped ‘da bunny in Memento London Fog ink and coloured him up with some soft C0, C1 copics.  I placed him behind a Framed Up 2 CutUps die cut in this deep purple, then accented with some of the cute papers from Echo Park - Creative Agenda, and some grey seambinding and silver Candi.  

Then the fun part is the surprise on the inside!  

Inside you open the card up to a popping up colourful hoppy bunny!  I’ve coloured bun up to match these papers and placed him on our Pop Up Pivot CutUps, so that every time you open the card he pops right up to you.  I’ve stamped the sentiment in various Memento Colours (Paris Dusk, Lilac Posies and Dandelion), curved around the papers (such a great thing you can do with polymer stamps is curve them to your desired effect).  

It was a cute Easter card to make :)

Don’t forget about the TCP Tuesday Challenge still on from last week.  It’s a colour challenge with the colours below, which are so fun and springy!  Great to get you out of those winter blues!  Come play along and you could win fun TCP goodies!  

Fading Lilacs Tutorial

Hello Gang, and happy Monday!  Today I invite you all over to the Power Poppy Blog to see my newest Tutorial, creating these pretty fading lilacs with digital image in Microsoft Word.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Starry Welcome

There’s some sweet new images this week from Tammy at A Day for Daisies that you’re going to love.  Today I played with My Moon, giving the feel of a ‘welcome baby’ design.

I printed her onto XPress It Blending Cardstock, and then for a change I coloured her up withe Prismacolor Pencils, blending with OMS and blending stumps.  I gave her some cute little socking feet and then cut her out with a small border.  

The sentiment is an old one I had from SU that I tucked between the moon sides giving it a sort of awning feel.  

The papers are from an older pack Glitz papers, and a square of gold metallic paper behind.  Accents are simply little gems.  

Don’t forget that there’s still time to play in our “Add Some Glitter Challenge”  

Christine (you are here)

L for Love and Lilacs

What a beautiful lush and intricate flower we get to showcase today at Power Poppy!  I’m sure by now you saw their lovely introduction with the Instant Gardener Team on the 15th, and today the Bloom Brigade gets to put their spin on these amazing French Lilacs.  

What an amazing flower!  I just love the look of lilacs, and the many colours they come in.  Unfortunately because of goofy allergies, I can’t smell them too deeply!  So, I’m quite content to colour them up!  

I printed the digi onto XPress It Blending card stock colouring the image up with Copics,  then I trimmed the whole image out carefully.  Because I added a sponged-in background layer, I also sponged in a bit of light green ink onto the center of the lilac image so that it would blend more with the background and eliminate some of the white space that wasn’t cut out between the intricate blossoms.  

I also printed the lilac image, enlarging it quite a bit onto the green card stock as a background layer.  It’s just a nice repeated element.  

Just look at that sweet little ladybug!  I love that tiny pop of red.  Finishing touches include some gingham ribbon, and sewing.  The sentiment is from our new stamp set Good Thinking:  Love Notes stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves ink.  

Here’s the Copics I used.  

And here’s your inspiration by the Bloom Brigade beauties!  

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
 (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Poppy Birthday

I’m ready for something cheerful after a few snowy cloudy days, how about you?  After I finished my “chores” today I sat down to play a little with the Mojo Monday sketch and some Verve.  This set is called Poppy Birthday and I really love the sketchy doodly feel to the blossoms.  I also really love orange and fuchsia together for some bright cheerfulness so that’s where all this went.    The blossoms are stamped and coloured with Copics (see below for colours), and then cut out.  I created a circular frame with a TCP Cut Ups die and then plugged it all into the sketch with some random designer paper I had in my stash.  

I’ve looped some baker’s twine behind the flowers and stamped the background in Memento ink.  

Well, my last couple of weeks have caught up with me.  I’ve had a cold for a week, my daughter had the stomach flu yesterday, my husband has been gone for 8 days (coming home today!), and that’s left me as one tired girl.  I’m headed for a nap!  Hopefully this has cheered you up today!  

Thanks for dropping by!