Thursday, February 23, 2017

Guest Designing for My Favorite Things - Day One

Hello, and thank you for joining me today.  I am over-the-moon excited to be guest designing for My Favorite Things! Thank you to everyone at MFT for this amazing opportunity!
My first card features those sweet little animals from Farm Friends.  They were all colored with Copics and fussy cut.  The background was created using the Horizontal Snow Drifts Cover-Up.  I ink blended each inside section with Distress Ink going from darker in the foreground, to lighter in the background.  I made a stencil using the Stitched Cloud Edges and blended Distress Ink with a finger dauber for the sky.  Each of the animals was popped up with foam tape for dimension.  At first I put the littlest chick on top of the tractor, but moved him onto the pig when I realized, in perspective, that would be one very giant chicken!  I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set on white cardstock, and cut it into a banner coming out from the tree.

Stamps:  Farm Friends
Copics:  B00, E40s, YG10s, G02, 05, 07, Y15, 17, YR09, C00, C1, C3, C5, C7, 100, W00, W1, W3, W5, W7, 0, R000, R00, RV000, RV00, R20, RV21, E20s, E49,
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Tea Dye, Scattered Straw, Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso, Tumbled Glass

This next card takes llama drama to a whole new level:
I wanted to try my hand at zentangling (is that a word?), and this llama was game.  I stamped him in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and drew in the lines with a Copic Multi-liner 0.3.  I looked at zentangle patterns online to get ideas.  He was pretty happy with the results, and his llama friends, though shaking their heads, showed their support. 

Here's a close-up of the details:
After he was colored, and given a little sand to stand on, he was framed with the new Stitched Rounded Rectangle Frame and popped up with fun foam.  His friends were also colored with Copics, fussy cut, and adhered partially with foam tape, and partially with just regular adhesive.  They were also given a little ground to stand on.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set, and the card base was cut out using a die from Blueprints 26.

Stamps:  Llama Love
Dies: Blueprints 26, Single Stitch Line Rounded Rectangle Frames
Copics:  W00,1,3,5, E50, E51, 0, YR68, V04, RV69, RV04, G05, Y17, BG02, BV08, Multi-liner .03
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Fun Foam

This little sweetheart in the Pure Innocence line asked for a paper pieced bright yellow gingham dress and I was happy to oblige:
This is actually her second dress.  My first attempt included using Copics to give the dress some depth, but it ended up dulling the entire dress, so she took that off, and I gave her a new one without shadows.  I colored and fussy cut her arm and adhered it on top of her dress.  Her shoes and hairclip have a Glossy Accents finish, and the centers of the flowers are dotted with Enamel Accents in Lemon Twist.  Everything besides the dress was colored with Copics.  The top tag and background were cut with the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges to coordinate with the look of the gingham.  The top of the white panel was ink blended with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink and a stencil brush from Clarity Stamps.  This was my first time using these stencil brushes, and I am in love!  It was so easy to control the amount of ink.
Stamps: PI Happy Together
Dies:  Tag Builder Blueprints 4, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges
Paper:  Tiny Check Brights
Copics:  E000, 00, 02, 11, 33, 35, 37, 39, 29, C1, Y11, 13, 15, YG09, 25, W00, 1
Inks:  Fossilized Amber Distress Ink
Other: Ranger Enamel Accents - Lemon Twist, Glossy Accents, Claritystamps Stencil Brush, Yellow Floss

Thanks for coming by to visit!  I hope that this helped spark your creativity in some new ways.  Have a wonderful day and I will see you here again next week.

Kara Lynne

Friday, February 10, 2017

Tag, You're It! #65 With Lisa Arana

I can't believe a month has passed since I last posted, yikes!  Where does the time go?  Well, Valentine's Day quickly approaches and our featured artist, Lisa Arana, created a wonderful tag that really got me in the mood.  Here's my Valentine tag:
 Here's the inspiration from Lisa:

I kept Lisa's red, black, and white colors, and added pink.  I loved Lisa's ribbon, so I kept pretty close to it.  I also added a banner for the sentiment.  Her sweet little critter has his arms up, which made me think of the little girl image from Mamma Elephant's Carried Away.  Her lower half is popped up on two layers of foam to give some dimension.  Her left hand was stamped again and altered to look like she's holding on.

Now I must confess that I forgot about her buttons before I took these photos.  She now has shiny, red buttons on her coat.  Whew, I know you were really agonizing over that, weren't you.  Ha! Okay, if you're like me, you didn't really notice.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: ME Carried Away, SSS Sending Happy Thoughts
Dies:  SSS Clipping Heart
Copics:  C1,3,5, R20,24,27,29,59, RV52,55,27, E000,00,11,33,37,29
Inks/Powder: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, SSS super fine white embossing powder
Other:  Ribbon I received from JJ Bolton some years ago, Embroidery floss from Hobby Lobby

I hope you are inspired to come join us over at Tag, You're It!  Check out the TYI blog and you will find many wonderful ideas from my teammates. 

I just noticed that the SSS Flickr Group Challenge #64 is "Love is in the Air" so this card is going to join in over there!

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