Thursday, 28 May 2015

Hot Fuzz-DT card for The Corrosive Challenge Blog


Hello darlings!
 Today I'm sharing the card I made for the new challenge at
 The Corrosive Challenge Blog.
Our theme this fortnight is the ever popular, Anything Goes.
Our sponsor is one of my favorites, Kenny K Digis.
 Stamps from Kenny K are a fun and edgy way to add the perfect dose of attitude and style to all of your creations! 
 They have offered the winner of the challenge a prize of 2 Clear Stamps or
 4 digi stamps!

I used this fun, sassy digi image, Hot Fuzz

The paper is from a MME 6x6 pack, "Sky's the Limit"
The sentiment,"Don't give me attitude-I already have it" is from a dylusions stamp set-Laugh till you leak

Don't forge,t we have a Design Team call going on, so why not throw your hat into the ring?

Link up and play along with us here at TCCB

B U-nique! Hugs!

Skin: E000,E00,E11,E21,R20,E04
Dress/Hat: BG000,BG01,BG02,BG72,BG78,BG09,B05,FBG2,100
Boots/Gloves: C3,C5,C7,C9
Badge: FY1
Hair: E53,E43,E35

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Symphoni Mermaid-DT Card for The Corrosive Challenge Blog

Hello darlings!
Today I'm sharing the card I made for the new challenge at 
 The Corrosive Challenge Blog.
Our theme this fortnight is, 
 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic!
Just add something magical to play along. 

Our fabulous sponsor is Nikki Burnette.

I chose to color this beautiful mermaid digi called 
 FYI Mermaids are the new fairy!
I love all of Nikki's fantasy art and I can't wait to color up many more of the Spellbinder images!

I was out and about on, National Scrapbooking Day and picked up a few goodies including the new TH Sand and Sea die cuts in both the big, 
and mini sizes.
They were perfect for accenting this beautiful mermaid image!
The paper is from a Prima 6x6 pad, "Seashore"
The words on the bottom of the paper are,
Watch the waves.
Bask in the sun.
Breath the ocean air.
Dig your toes into the sand.
 I used a little diamond glaze on a few of the words.
And, I used just a little bit of Shabby blue-Fran-tage around the image.
Sorry, this blog post is a couple of days late! I'm keeping it sweet and short because  there are just not enough hours in the day anymore since we got a new puppy!
 Another little Yorkie mix! 
We let another one of our grandchildren name him, and she suggested we call him, Jasper.
(I wanted to call him, Ferdinand but that was not favored by anyone)

So Jasper he is!
So precious!

He and Isabella are keeping me hopping!

Here's one more pic! Me and my bestie on National Scrapbooking Day.
Yes there was plenty of celebrating going on, and we had fun supporting the industry that we love!

Be sure to link up with us at TCCB and you could be the random winner of 3 digis of your choice.
Have fun trying to decide on just three!
B-U nique! Hugs!


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Faery Ink-Owl-Sympathy card

Hello darlings! 
Today I'm sharing a card I made for my mother and father-in-law, with the passing of my mother-in-law's mom.
Grandma Simmons passed away April 11th.
She was 90 and would have celebrated her birthday again, June 30.
She was born in 1924
Grandma was truly a darling, and she loved owls.
I found this awesome free digi from Faery Ink Group
That's a pretty awesome owl image...and did you read the part about it being a freebie? 
It's available to download when you join the fb group.
Pssst! Amanda also has other delightful free digis you can download
You can find more fabulous digis in the Faery Ink shop.
I love these images! There are so many I'd like to color up!
I know, Grandma would have enjoyed all the bright colors in this card.
I made an angel stick pin with beads, and altered a metal flower with rhinestones and more rhinestones!
I made the dark background paper with a Mono Printing technique.(I'm still going to do a tutorial on that)
Since my white Sharpie paint markers have run out of ink and the store was out of stock, I've had to  become creative with adding all the white highlights I love to add.
So, I squeezed out some glossy Dimensional faux Enamel Accents onto a scrap paper and dipped a stylist into it to add the dots.
I'm looking forward to finding a new Sharpie pen soon!
The sentiment,"With Sympathy" is from a SU set.
I also made another card with the same owl image for Grandpa Simmons.
I hope that when he looks at it, he'll think of his darling and smile!
Grandpa's card

I know I wrote the colors down somewhere and if I can find the recipe I will come back to update.
Thanks for stopping in today! 
B-U nique! Hugs!

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Oddball Art-DT Card for The Corrosive Challenge Blog

Hello darlings!
Today I'm sharing the card I made for the new challenge at The Corrosive Challenge Blog.
Our theme this fortnight is Hip To Be Square!
Simply make a square card and you can participate in this challenge.
Our sponsor is Oddball Art.
I've chosen Sassy and Sissy Cat image to work with.
I recently saw an art tag on Creepy Glowbugg, made by my friend, Glo 
which inspired my coloring of  this
 with girl with her cat.
Glo's tag is fabulous and it also features an Oddball Art image!
The die cut spider key I used was a gift from Glo!(she is always spoiling me!)
I fussy cut my image out and placed it over a stamped spider web from an Inkadinkado set(Creepy Crawly)
The background paper is from a KaiserCraft pad and is foil embossed.
I added tons of sparkle with glitter sticker paper and cardstock.
The sentiment, "To A True Friend" is from Whimsy Stamps.
I used a white chalk marker to add some white highlights because the two white Sharpie paint pens I like to use were both dried up, along with every other white pen I own!
I used a lot of colors here but I had them all cleaned up and put away before I had a chance to write out the recipe.
For more inspiration, check out what my teamies have been up to at TCCB and be sure to link up and play along with us! 
The random winner will receive 3 digis of their choice.
Also don't forget that each design team member gets to pick a favorite entry to be displayed on the blog at the end of each challenge.
I love seeing what you've been busy creating.
For this challenge it's, Hip to be Square!
Would you like more inspiration? Check out the Oddball Art Blog.
Thanks for popping in today!
B-U nique! Hugs

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Moon Journey-DT Card for The Corrosive Challenge Blog

I added liquid pearls to her hair after I had taken all the pictures.

Hello darlings!
Today I'm sharing the card I made for our new challenge at 
Our theme this fortnight is Flower Fantasy.
Use an image with flowers in it or use flowers as an embellishment.
Our sponsor for this challenge is, Ching Chou Kuik digital stamps.
I was over the moon excited to finally be able to color up one of these gorgeous digi stamps!
It was a hard decision but I finally chose Mermaid Journey to work with.
The paper is from a Prima Art Jounal pad.
I used quite a bit of Shabby Pink Fran-tage on the edges, so it's kind of hard to even notice  the paper.
In the end it reminded me of a sandy beach so I was good with that.
I added some glitter die cut pieces, and I altered the resin sea shells with more Fran-tage.
The sentiment, "Follow Your Dreams" is from a PSX Pixi Expression set.
I also added some paper flowers, sugar dots, vintage jewelry pieces, beads, baubles, and a nylon butterfly...
...and just a little splattering of rhinestone bling, and pearls.
The image and background are both colored with Copic markers.
All the snow has disappeared from the yard this week!! 
I do believe Spring has finally showed up here in Alberta!
 Now I'm excited for a green house trip to pick out some pretty flowers to plant in my flower pots.
I wish I was more of a gardener because
 I know it's so mentally/spiritually/emotionally good and healing, but I struggle with gardening/plant care.
I purchased an Easter lily a week ago, Sunday, and today it's going in the compost/trash. 
Is that normal? I don't think that's normal. I thought I could keep it alive a little longer than a week!
 It looked great when I brought it home but I think I over watered it from day one.
Good thing, coloring is also great therapy!! Cus, I do a little bit of that.
If you have a flowery creation be sure to link up and play along with us at TCCB and you could be the next random winner to receive your choice of 3 Ching Chou Kuik images.
Have fun deciding on just 3 though!
 I can't wait to color up more of these dreamy images.
Thanks for stopping in today! I always look forward to your visits and comments!
B-U nique! Hugs!

Skin: E000,E00,E11,E21,BV20, R20
Moon: FV2,RV13, Sharpie white paint pen
Tail/top: FYG1,FYG2,FRV1,FYR1
Scarf: B0000,BV0000
Hair: FYR1,FRV1,V05,FYG1,V15

Monday, 30 March 2015

Bird Beauty-DT Card for The Corrosive Challenge Blog

Hello darlings!
Today I'm sharing the card I made for the Corrosive Challenge Blog.
 Our sponsor this fortnight is Sami Stamps.
Our theme is Hop Into Spring!
Create a Spring or Easter project
Sami, generously provided the DT with an image of our choice and I've chosen 
Bird Beauty to work with.
 Our winner will receive the generous prize of a $12 Gift Certificate to
 Sami' Stamps shop!
You will find tons of lovely inspiration on her blog and fb page.

The sentiment,

 "And Spring arose on the garden fair,
like the spirit of love,
felt everywhere!" 

is from a Kraftin Kimmie stamp set, Fabulous Frames.

Does it feel like Spring yet where you are? I heard we might get snow for Easter. Lovely! 

The paper is from MME-A beautiful Life.
The delicate chipboard pieces are from Make It Crafty. N/A
(It was from a little freebie set Zoe would gift in along with your purchases.)
I colored the chipboard up with some Viva Inka-Gold paints.
The sentiment is stamped with Stazon ink onto Modeling film, heated and manipulated into shape.
It took will power NOT to put Fran-tage on this card!

I colored up this beautiful image with my new Prismacolor pencil crayons!
You might not be familiar with my story about the pencil crayon set
 that got "lost" 7 years ago, after the last time I moved.
I had a set of 120. A Christmas gift. The set came in that nice glossy black Anniversary box.
I sharpened all 120 pencils and enjoyed looking at them as they just sat in their box. All shiny and new...and barely used over 3-4 years.
I moved to a different city and the pencils somehow never come along with me.
 I'm still a little bewildered about their disappearance.

A few years ago I started making cards using digi images and invested in a
 full set of Copic markers... help me get over the trauma of loosing the pencils.

The markers kind of helped but the pencils were still always in the back of mind though, and last week, Michael's had an awesome 1 day sale going on.
 The crayon sets were 40% off and then you could use another 20% off coupon on the sale items.
I figured if I was going to replace those pencils now was the time!
But would I use them?
What if they only just sit in the box and look pretty again?
And did I even really want them anymore now that I have my Copics?
After about 10 minutes of wondering, and contemplating on what to do, and on which set to get, I decided on the 72 box set.
Regular price $170-sale price $81.00 Canadian

Okay, so I brought the pencil crayons home and decided I would use them for the next challenge.
I was unexpectedly delighted with how, Bird Beauty turned out!
It was awesome coloring and blending all that hair with the pencils!
I don't have a clue how to use them really, but I just incorporated what I have learned from my Copic coloring classes.
What I loved about them so much was their blending abilities and how new colors emerged right before my eyes by overlaying different colors.
The best part of course is that I can let anyone use them and not worry that they'll get damaged tips like a Copic marker might. :)
Also, the pencils come in a tin, and come pre sharpened!
That was a bonus!

My kids came over for the weekend and I was able to enjoy some time with my granddaughters, watching their artistic talents develop.
They found a stack of printed digi images on the table and just colored to their hearts content.

L-Morgan 6 R-Hailey-7

Thrilled, and so glad I decided to get the pencil crayons!!
This set is actually going to get used and loved!
 I think I should have bought the 132 pencil set now though! 
 (It was probably a good thing they were out of stock at the time) ;)
I have a feeling there will be a lot of happy coloring happening each time my lil' kittens come over for a visit.

Thanks for stopping in today,
 and if you have a Spring or Easter themed project be sure to link up with us at TCCB and you could be the next random winner to receive a
 $12 gift certificate from Sami Stamps.

After every challenge my teamies and I get to pic our favorite creation you've linked up, and those get highlighted on the challenge blog.
I love seeing what you've created.
Happy Spring!
B-U-nique! Hugs!



Monday, 16 March 2015

A Fran-tage Tutorial

Hello darlings!
I wanted to share a humble little picture tutorial with you on how I add Fran-tage to my cards.
As I was making this card last night I thought I should take some pictures and make a tutorial.
So here we are!
Sorry in advance for the shadowy pics. It was late, and dark, and I was working at the kitchen counter where the light isn't the best.
I tried to add this post to my Tutorial page but alas,
 I have no idea how to do that so for now it's a regular blog post.

Let's begin...

This is what all the fuss is about! That fabulous shabby enamel by Stampendous! Fran-tage.

I have it in 5 different colors
Shabby Pink, Shabby Blue, Shabby White, Aged Silver, and Aged Gold.
I mostly just use the Shabby White.

This is what my card sort of looked like before I Fran-taged it!
Nothing was glued down yet because I like to do each layer of paper, one at a time before I assemble the card.
That way you get less buckling in your card from the heat having to travel through all the layers.
Trust me on this!
You'll also be more in control of where, and in which direction the enamel flies around when you do one piece, and one section at a time.

To Fran-tage takes patience! I don't always have that for this so I use the hottest heat tool I own. 

I have a couple of heat tools but I still love my original Milwaukea heat tool(paint stripping tool) circa 1980's from when I first started
 stamping/heat embossing.
That baby means business and it's HOT!

 You're going to need:
-Heat tool
-Versa Mark ink
-makeup sponge
-Empty chocolate box lid

Also, you will probably want to work in an area that's easy to clean up.
I prefer to use the kitchen counter.
In the past I've worked at the kitchen table and I now have enamel flecks melted to my hardwood floor!

Here, I've just inked up the makeup sponge and I'm dab, dab, dabbing in the corner and half way up each of the joining sides of paper.
I like to sponge and emboss small sections at a time.

Lay your paper in the chocolate or card box lid and sprinkle as much enamel over the versa mark ink as you like.
I was quite generous here.
-Press the enamel into the paper with your fingers before you begin heating.
This helps to keep all the fine loosey goosey fly-away flecks on your paper...kind of!

I'm holding the heat tool about 6"-8" away so that the enamel doesn't all fly off!
After about a minute you'll be able to see it beginning to melt/stick just slightly.
That's when I'll bring the heat tool in for the kill and hold it about 2"-3" away, turning the Fran-tage into a puddle of molten kewlness!

The idea here is to get as much enamel to stay on your paper as possible.
Be sure to shake the extra enamel from your box lid back into your container before continuing with each side so you don't end up making the bottom of your box too messed up with Fran-tage.
If good chocolate boxes are hard to come by, you can cover the inside of your box with a piece of tin foil and just replace when needed.
If you don't have a good box lid to work in, this will give you an excellent reason to buy your self a box of chocolates and to eat them...after all you need an empty chocolate box to keep with your craft stash.
I'm obviously not too worried about my box lid so it would seem I am getting enough chocolate! :)

I'm pressing the enamel into the versa mark here just before I take the heat tool to it.
Just so you know, it's not easy to heat emboss and take pics at the same time!
Thankfully nothing melted or caught on fire!

Like I said I was very generous with the Fran-tage application.
I tried to do it a little more sparingly on the top right hand corner side so you could see a difference.

This piece shows the Fran-tage sprinkled and pressed into the Versa mark that I dabbed on with the sponge.
I haven't applied the heat to the bottom section here yet.
Here you can see some melted and some not melted enamel.
make sure there is not enamel flecks on the main parts of your image!
You can keep a small paint brush handy to brush away any that might have blown onto an area where you didn't want it.
Ta-Da!  The molten lovliness!
I painted a chipboard heart with distress paint, then inked it up with Versa Mark ink and sprinkled lots of Fran-tage on top and pressed it down with my fingers.
Keeping the heat tool at a far enough distance away so that not all of the enamel blows all over the place.
You will need to play around with your heat tool to find out what distance and for how many minutes works best for you.
I love this part! When the glitter and enamel all melt and fuse together.
Let this cool for a couple minutes before you touch it or use a pair of tweezers to handle.
Here's a Prima flower that I sponged with Versa Mark ink and sprinkled Fran-tage on.

I think you can Fran-tage just about anything.
Please use caution when using your heat tool on different materials!
Here's the Prima flower after the enamel has been heated.
I should have timed this to see exactly how long it took me to Fran-tage everything but I think it was about 20 minutes?
It should go a little faster if you're not taking pictures as you go though.
So now I have all the layers and embellishments Fran-taged, and I'm ready to assemble my card.
Fran-tage can make your simply lovely card a fabulous piece of awe inspiring art!
Simple right?
The image I used on this card is a Pinkydolls digi called, Cookie with Bunny.
I love all the golden highlights and all the fabby shabbiness!
Whenever I make a card and think,hmmm it just needs something! I'll pull out the Frantage and that jazzes it all up!
I hope this tutorial was helpful to you! Please leave a comment and I will answer any questions here.
I think I used the word Fran-tage(d) 16 times in this post!
Your turn! Have fun!
B-U nique! Hugs!