Friday, July 25, 2014

A challenge in a challenge

Hi Everyone! 

This week's PaperCrafter's Corner Magazine Monday inspiration is this image:

I had a hard time with this one until I remembered what Stephanie said about it...a grey-blue background....a single word title. I created a monochromatic card with a single word sentiment. But, I didn't stop there. I also challenged myself to make a trio of cards with the same supplies but different looks. And here's my cards:

They were all made with paper scraps, Unity stamps, and Colorbox ink. 

Have a GREAT week!
A grey-blue backgro

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ink & Alcohol

Hi Everyone!
It's been a busy week for me. My daughter injured her knee :( Since she can't drag me out anywhere I took today to play with some inks and rubbing alcohol. It's a technique my daughter found online. 
I started with Unity's color challenge
 And here is my card:
To make it I added Colorbox & Distress inks to a craft mat. I sprayed the inks with water and tilted the mat to get them to blend. I pressed a piece of watercolor paper into the wet ink until it was covered. While the paper was still wet I splashed on the rubbing alcohol. It makes it look like the galaxy print. I love this technique!

 For the PaperCrafter's Corner Challenge there is this colorful magazine cover. 

And here's my card:
On this card I used the Colorbox Crafter's ink. I added the ink with a cosmetic sponge directly to the watercolor paper and then sprayed it with water. The ink hardly bled at all. It also didn't react to the alcohol.
I used Unity's Insightful Meadows on both cards. The 'Thank You' is from the Blossom Stackers.

I hope you have a great week!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Another week of challenges

Hi everyone! I hope you had a good week.

Papercrafter's Corner has a fun inspiration piece for this week's challenge.

I knew I had a balloon stencil somewhere that I thought would be fun to use with watercolors.

 I used Artist Loft watercolors, watercolor paper, and a Unity stamp from the Jan 11 KOM. 

Next up is a Mixed Media Monthly Challenge canvas...

I am having so much fun finding things 'around the house' for this challenge. I used a toy hairbrush for the dots, hearts punched from an old gift card, some leftover screening for the 'ribbon,  and then I broke up a very old cd for the spikes around the Prima flowers. 

The stencil is a 6x6 from DCWV and the stamp is Unity. I wanted to make the word 'happy' bigger so I found a second stamp to finish the sentiment. All the paint is from Plaid.

Have a GREAT week!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Unity & Crafty Steals

Hi everyone!

It's been a while since I played in either the Unity Be Inspired challenge or the Crafty Steals third Thursday challenge.

I picked Unity's color challenge:
And combined it with Crafty Steals' sketch challenge:
And here is what I created:

It started out a little differently  I had cut the paper in strips for the sketch but I didn't like it at all.  I flipped the paper and started the weave. I liked that. While looking through my scraps I came across the black scallop with a circle cut out of it. Next came the stamps, watercolors, and a little bling and the card is done.

Friday, July 4, 2014


Happy 4th of July to the USA! We usually celebrate with a cookout and FIREWORKS 
This week's inspiration from Papercrafter's Corner is very patriotic. 

I was also inspired by this pin from Pinterest:

And, here's what I created...

It's a small canvas that also fit the current challenge at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge-Around the House. For the challenge we are supposed to use household items. I used crayons, a blowdryer, the cap from a spray bottle (the circles), and post it notes for masking stamps.

The stamps are all Unity. Christy Tomlinson Classified Newsprint, Dream Big Itty Bitty, Learn-Live-Hope Bitty Itty Bitty, and the April13 KOM.

This was so much fun to make but I'll have to wait to do the crayon thing again. I tripped a circuit. Seems using the AC unit and blow dryer was a little too much for my house. Who knew? Or maybe I could just unplug the AC long enough to melt the crayons. Artists sometimes suffer for their art right?

Have a great and creative week!