Thursday, July 12, 2018

Toad Afloat

Family summer activities slow down blogging for me, but I wanted to share a card I made using some of the techniques that I learned last month at Jane Allen's class at the MFT store in Eustis, FL!  It was such a treat to see Jane and a couple of the ladies from MFT again.  I had to pinch myself to believe I was getting to fly down there for a second class!  Jane even had some ideas for me about coloring white fluffy animals so they wouldn't look too gray (remember my sheep?). 


We didn't color this guy during the class, but I like to transfer what I learn to another image to make sure I remember the concepts.  We learned a lot about texture and, what I really wanted to learn - how to create those eyes!  This little toad is set afloat in the water on a mini wobbler (see video).  I kept the water very simple to keep the focus on the toad.  The shore line is green cs cut with a grassy border die and colored with Copics.  The lily pads are scalloped circle die cuts just trimmed a little, scored, and colored.  The lily is three layers of flowers with a little Copic coloring in the centers to add depth.

Here's the riveting video showing all the action:
Supplies:
Stamps:  MFT Toad-ally Awesome
Dies:  MFT Single Stitched Rectangle Frame, Grassy Hills, Stitched Mini Scallop Circle STAX, Blueprints 13, Spring Garden
Copics:  YG01,03,05,06,11,13,17,23,61,63, G24, W8, C1, B00, RV52,55
Other: Signo white gel pen, McGill Stylus and mat,

Toads are only floating leisurely in the water around Wisconsin in the summer, so this card is going to go play at the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Summer Fun!     Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Fun in the Sun
                                   

Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you are having a wonderful day, and I also hope to be around visiting blogs soon!
Kara

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #7: Beverage

Since the beginning of the Twofer Card Challenge back in January, the 10th has quickly become one of my favorite days of the month!  It is so fun to announce a new Twofer theme and watch as the ideas start filling the gallery.  This month's theme for the Twofer Card Challenge is beverage and I chose one of my very favorite Simon Says Stamp sets, Lemonade.  It is now retired, *sigh*.
This first card is about as CAS as I can get.  The images were stamped with HA Lemon Yellow die ink.  I hope you can read the sentiment, it is very clear irl.  I used the same Lemon Yellow ink to blend the white heat embossed sentiment panel and the banner behind it.  Here's my tip of the day: start with light yellow card stock rather than white, it made life so much easier for me!  The lemon slices and glass got a heaping helping of WOS.
This card was a fun combination of white heat embossing and Zig Clean Color Brush Pens.  It gave a watercolor look but with enough control to ink in the definition at the bottom of the glass and the top of the liquid.  My favorite part is where two colors meet as the glasses overlap. 
Supplies:
Stamps:  SSS Lemonade, MFT Bitty Bears
Dies:  SSS You, Sizzix circle die (for the lemon slices)
Paper:  Bristol Smooth CS for Zig coloring
Ink:  HA Lemon Yellow, VersaMark, Zigs - Orange, Deep Violet, Yellow, Carmine Red, Lemon Yellow, Light Pink, Light Blue, Blue Gray, Cobalt Blue
Other: Wink of Stella, SSS fine detail white embossing powder
We would love to see how you choose to use one stamp or die to make two different designs for two different occasions!  I hope you will be inspired by our design team and our special guests, Bonnie and Marianne over at the Twofer Card Challenge blog.  See you in the gallery!

Thanks for coming over to visit.  I hope you are having a wonderful day!
Kara

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #6: Trees

It's the start of another fun Twofer Card Challenge and this month is all about trees!  My first inclination was to turn a tree into a piece of broccoli, but I couldn't come up with any good occasion where broccoli would fit well, so I kept both of my cards traditional.

My twofer choice is a wonderful rubber stamp from Purple Onion Designs called 2 Forests (I used the larger of the two images).  First up is a birthday card where the trees line the background of a Copic colored scene: 
 I took a few photos of the process on this card:



The second card is a wintry Christmas card.  I stamped the tree image twice again, this time in black ink and used a Copic multi-liner to extend the line of the hill.  The trees were colored with Copics, but left mostly white.  They were fussy cut and the snowy base was popped up on foam over a sky of Black Brusho that was ink blended with DI Chipped Sapphire to brighten it up a bit, and spattered with white acrylic paint/water mixture.  The word die was inlaid into the sky.
Here they are as a Twofer!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Purple Onion Designs - Stacey Yacula 2 Forests, Bridge, Free Spirits, MFT Anything But Basic Birthdays
Dies:  PTI Christmas Cheer
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Pear Tart, London Fog, Desert Sand, Bamboo Leaves, DI Chipped Sapphire, Brusho Black
Paper:  Kaisercraft Lush Collection
Copics for birthday card:  B000,60, BG0000,G20,24,29,40,43,46, BV00,02,20,23,25, E07,11.13.15,17,19,23,27,29,31,41,42,43, R000,00,02,05,22 C00,0,1,2,3,4,6, W2,3,5,7
Copics for Christmas card: Multi-liner, YG93,94,95,97, BG0000,70,72, E43
Other:  Acrylic white paint

I hope you will join us this month with a Twofer of trees.  Let me know if you make one into broccoli!  Please head on over to the Twofer Card Challenge blog to see much more inspiration from my Twofer Teammates and our special guest, Maria Rodriquez!
Thanks for coming over to visit.  I hope you have a wonderful day!
Kara

Monday, June 4, 2018

Graduation Groupies

A wonderful friend graduated from college last month.  She is a dog lover and has two that resemble the two white dogs in the top row of my card. 
 I stamped in black and clear heat embossed the image so I could color with Zigs.  They all got pink cheeks to brighten up the various shades of brown.
Supplies:
Stamps:  Mama Elephant The Dog's Woof, Lawn Fawn Simply Sentiments,  Happy3, Hats Off to You
Dies:  Lawn Fawn Speech Bubbles, MFT Basic Stitch Lines
Paper: Tim Holtz watercolor paper, PTI Green Parakeet, Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers:  Light Blue, Light Gray, Mid Brown, Beige, Dark Oatmeal, Gray, Yellow Green, Fluorescent Green, Brown, Light Carmine, Carmine Red, Dark Brown
Other:  Ranger clear embossing powder, SSS white detail powder

These pups are going over to play at:
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge 172:  Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes
 
Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you are having a wonderful day!
Kara

Monday, May 28, 2018

No Line Copic Coloring Day 3

Today is the third and last day of the series I have now decided to call, "No Line Coloring With Stamps Borrowed From My Friend, Birgit "  This wonderful mermaid image is from Honey Bee Stamps:

The most difficult part for me was creating the scene once the images were colored.  I did not like coloring the water over her, but I wanted her to look like she was in it, not in front of it.  The bubbles and light beams were done with the Copic 0 and a little white gel pen.

Thank you, Birgit, for letting me borrow your stamps!  I had so much fun coloring them!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Honey Bee Stamps Swimming By
Dies:  MFT Thanks and Hello
Paper:  PTI Green Parakeet, Royal Velvet
Copics:  0, B000,00,21,60 for the water.  Unfortunately I misplaced my list of Copics that I used.  I will update the post if/when I find it.
Other:  Signo white gel pen

Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you are having a wonderful day!
Kara

Friday, May 25, 2018

No Line Copic Coloring Day 2

This little girl is the second image I borrowed and stamped from Birgit
The dress was partial die cut, however, the nature of the solid die made it difficult to do.  The dress is still attached, although it looks like it was cut off and reattached.

Supplies:
Stamp:  Penny Black XOXO
Dies:  PTI Basic Bookmark 3,  MFT Thanks and Hello, MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangles
Paper:  WeR Memory Keepers - Anthology, MME Lost and Found,  Neenah Desert Storm, PTI
Copics:  G20,21,24,46, YG61,63, R00,05,20,32,35, C00,0, YR23, B60,63, Y00, E000,00,30,31,33,35,37,40,41,42,43,44,50,51
Other:  Scrap ribbon

This card is going to go play in the following challenges:
Penny Black and More: Anything Goes                                      Penny Black Saturday Challenge:  Anything Goes

Please do grab our logo to display on your own blog...or Hedgie

Thanks for coming over to visit.  I hope you are having a wonderful day!
Kara

Monday, May 21, 2018

No-line Copic Coloring

My recent rotator cuff repair has limited some aspects of card making, but the right hand works fine, so I am focusing on no-line coloring these days. This is the first image in a series of three that I borrowed from my friend, Birgit while on our crafting weekend this past March.


Supplies:
Stamp:  Penny Black Summer Love
Die:  MFT Double the Smiles, Stitched Rectangle STAX
Copics:  E000,00,11,30,31,34,35,40,41,42,43,44,50,51,53 YG0000,00,11,13,21, BG0000,10,11,13, G0000, R000,00,21,20,22,24,27, Y00,21,23
Paper:  PTI Aqua Mist, WeR Memory Keepers - Anthology

This card is going to play over at the following challenges:
Penny Black and More: Anything Goes                                      Penny Black Saturday Challenge:  Anything Goes
Please do grab our logo to display on your own blog...or Hedgie

Thanks for coming over to visit.  I hope you have a wonderful day!
Kara