Thursday, March 28, 2019

My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #430

Happy Sunny Afternoon from Skyway Drive!

This post is my entry for this weeks My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #430
If you don't know what a sketch challenge is let me explain. Whomever is sponsoring the challenge will provide you with a sketch of a card and you create a card with your interpretation of that sketch. You can click HERE to check out MFT's Challenge and Inspiration Page. They do several challenges, look them over and challenge yourself to try one! 

This is the sketch for this challenge.

When I saw the three hearts across the top, I knew I wanted to use MFT's Heart Trio Shaker Die and place some sort of animal in the hearts. Perusing my MFT stamps I picked Birth-Yay, it's a fun animal themed stamp set. White paint splatter was made by flicking some watered down craft paint with a fat paint brush. Honey Bee Stamps Dew Drops in Dahlia help to tie in the pink package and party hat, and a green one that looks brown. 

A number 8 white jelly roll pen adds a little white highlight on each animal.

Copics Used:
Bird Body: C7, C5, C3
Beak, Wing & Tail: R24, R14, R02 
YR18, YR02, E93 
Y38, Y19, Y15
Monkey Face: E50, E51, E11
Monkey Body: E35, E33, E31
Present & Party Hat: RV34, RV32, RV11
YG05, YG01, Y11
Turtle Head & Legs YG25, YG03, YG21
Turtle Shell: G46, G43, G40

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Monday, March 25, 2019

The Birthday Project Challenge - ROYGBIV

Happy Monday, from me on Skyway Drive to you❗

My Favorite Things  does a Birthday Card Challenge monthly, called The Birthday Project.  How fun, right?!  This month the theme is ROYGBIV which if you are unfamiliar, are the colors in the rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet

Click HERE for information on all of the My Favorite Things Challenges. 

This is the first time I am playing along with this challenge. The card was super fun to create. Although the rules say you don't have to use My Favorite Things products, I did use quite a few. As always a Clickable Shopping List will be added at the bottom of the post. 

My girl was cut with the Brother Scan N Cut after it was colored. I find my machine scans things ever better when they are colored. If you are on the fence about one of these, do your self a favor and HOP OFF. Go directly to the supply list and SHOP! you will not regret it. 

I covered most of the Rainbow colors AND added an actual Rainbow! 

I shaded the Jeans as I normally would. Then did this cool technique with fabric. Actual jean fabric. (When you do this process make sure to do that area first.) You color as normal, then take a small swatch of fabric, (in this case denim) then dampen the fabric with Colorless Blending Solution and press it to the paper for the count of 3 seconds.
VOILA - Denim!

When I was done, the card still seemed a little flat. Even after adding the Dew Drops! 
So I brushed Nuvo  Glitter Gloss over the rainbow.

"Over The Rainbow"
Copic Markers:
Face: E50, E51, E11
Hair: E37, E35, YR24
Jacket and Hair Ties: YG67, YG25, YG17
Shirt Sleeves: YR18, YR02, E93
Jeans: B39, B28, B24
Shoes: YG97, YG95, YG93
Balloon: R46, R27, R14

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**You will notice I have two white card stocks listed. I use the Neenah Solar White as my base. Thick and sturdy. The Hammermill I use for coloring with Copic's as it has a great smooth finish. Another white that is great for Copic's is Gina K Artist's Choice 110lb Card Stock.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Just Because....

I am Participating in AAA Cards CAS Game #136!

Using the Stampin' Up! stamp set Just Because. 
 Stampin' Rewards set (Formerly Known As Hostess Set).
This was a hard one for me! You know I love to layer and add a splash of patterned paper. It was also really difficult for me to NOT put a rhinestone or a dew drop on there SOMEPLACE. 

Super simple and clean card!

Copic Markers Used:
W7, W5, W3, W1
YG97, YG17, YG03
R05, R02, R12
I have exciting personal news also. I will be participating in the Altenew Educator Certification Program. This consists of 20 classes. I am very excited and will share my projects with you. 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Simon Says Stamp "Wooly Lucky"

🍀Good Morning from me

Now that St. Patricks Day is over and hopefully everyone is recovered, I have my St. Patricks Day card to show you. (Actually three, each with a little different green and patterned paper.) I didn't want to blog this too early and spoil the surprise for my family and close friends. The stamp set I used, Wooly Lucky is from Simon Says Stamp. It is also part of their March Happy Rainbow Kit. I did not go for the whole kit, but this stamp set was too cute to pass up.  Since I married into an Irish family I am always on the lookout for St. Patricks Day related stuff.  

Is he not just the silliest Llama? I love his smirk! I gave each a twist with a different shade of green paired with patterned paper. 

I colored all the Llamas the same. Their bodies I are a solid cool gray, then I took blending solution and a small rag to give them that neat texture. Did you know that you can use all types of textured fabric to do this? Corduroy, denim and burlap as well as a bath towel make fantastic texturing. 

I matched the patterned card stock to some solid. This patterned paper is Authentique. Their paper has the most awesome texture and feel to it.  The solid is all Stampin' Up! I love that I am able to coordinate items not from the same company. 
The clouds were die cut on glimmer paper, then I colored a rhinestone in the same shade of green in each card. With this die set I often throw a rhinestone on it. I honestly cannot tell you why. I am just compelled to do it! I'm telling you it must be a Jersey Girl/Bling thing. 

Copic Marker List

Llama body: C3
Llama Face: E11, E50, E51
Ears: R11.
Gold:YR23, Y15, Y11
Green: YG17, YG13, YG11
Hatband: C9

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Pals' March Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals’ March Blog Hop. We’re so glad you’re here because ”Spring has Sprung” - at least on our blog hop if not outside! Our Design Team created beautiful projects to inspire you. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

I for one, cannot wait for Spring to be Sprung. I generally enjoy all four seasons but the Winter here on Skyway Drive has been cold and windy. When I saw the theme of this Months Hop I knew The Butterfly Gala Bundle would be the perfect set for me to bring you some Spring.

Are these some Springy cards or what?

Granny Apple Green gives this card it's bright pop of Spring color. First I stamped those circles on glossy white card stock, then the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed it in black. The butterfly was stamped on a separate piece of white and colored in a variety of bright Spring colors. I gave his body some pearls, because WHY NOT? Bending at either side of the center of the body I added some tombow glue just in the center to secure it, leaving the wings free. As a finishing touch I added three basic rhinestone jewels randomly. The effect is a bright, shiny, bubbly Thank You card.

Because I was having SO much fun with this set I decided to make a bonus card! 

A monochromatic card with a pop of color says "hey! look at me!" I layered up from my base card with basic black and this fabulous black and white butterfly paper from Botanical Butterfly DSP that I received FREE with the Sale-A-Bration promotion.  I stamped this butterfly pair on a separate sheet of white card stock with memento ink using my Stamparatus. I gave them some nice coral colors then placed it back in my Stamparatus and inked it again using Versamark. I then heat embossed it with black embossing powder. This did two things for me, one is to make the outline darker and shiny the other is to add some texture. A bit of wink of Stella on four sections adds a bit of glimmer. For the large butterfly I also stamped some antennae and attached them from behind. On the smaller butterfly I added a tiny rhinestone. Both butterflies and the sentiment strip are attached with dimensionals. For the sentiment I took basic black, in keeping with my color scheme and stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder then added two tiny rhinestones. 

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 10, 2019 when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “Families First” projects. Don’t miss the fun!

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Touches of Texture with Gina K's Wreath Builder!

Happy Saturday!  I have a super fun technique/tool for you today.  Recently several friends and I were able to attend a Wreath Builder class with the The Fabulous Gina K. and her daughter Rina from Gina K. Designs. They are both absolutely entertaining and sweet. 

R-L Standing: Gina Krupsky, Jeanie Stark, Roseanne Mulhern, Myself,
Squatting: Susan Itell, Rina Krupsky
Seated: Ramsey Alexander, Hilda Burton

If you are not familiar with Gina K's Wreath Builder I will add a video at the bottom. It is a great tool once you know what to do with it.  I must confess that most of my friends have had this little gem and used it for almost a year. I looked at it and said eh! who wants to build wreaths? I want to color. I didn't think about it again. When our wonderful Photoscraps announced this class, I was still not sold. BUT! you know I take any chance I can get to take a class from a Designer especially with friends. So I signed up.  Well let me tell you how fun it was and how uninformed I was! I totally needed this tool in my studio. SO many super fun things you can create.....and color them too. 

Amazing Right?

These are the cards I did in Gina & Rina's class. You can see how you use the technique in the video to stamp images in a perfect coordinating circle.

The card in the center was done just like the square ones, you then chop it in half (HORRORS!) and add to a rectangular piece of card stock with something in the middle hiding the cut. Clever huh? These were all stamped with Gina K. Inks. Such wonderful bright colors.  Did you know that you can use her Amalgam ink line with almost any medium?  ie: alcohol markers, watercolor...It is generally my go black. 

After class I was so excited to give this a try in the Studio. I decided to use flowers and bees so I grabbed my Stampin' Up! Touches of Texture stamp set. 

I was very pleased with my first attempt! 

Copic Markers:
G20, G21, G24
E93, YR02, YR18,
Y02, Y04, Y06

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

My Favorite Things Birth-Yay

Good Morning from Phoenix.

This month two of my 5 Granddaughters have Birthdays! (We have six Grandkids in total and only 1 boy!)  Our third youngest will be 4 on March 10th
Lilah Jane 

So I set out to make her one very special card. 
My Favorite Things is one of My Favorite Things they have SO many awesome stamp sets. The set I used for this card was a recent release called Birth-Yay. It is a super fun design with really cute sentiments that are great for kids and make really humorous ones for adults. Like "another year taller".  Who does not have a friend who would laugh at that!?

The animals in this stamp let you be really creative with color.  I was able to make this card bright and happy, just like Lilah!

**The number 4 I used is a retired Stampin' Up! Large Number Framelit Die.
You could substitute Honey Bee Stamps Bold Numeric.

Red: RV17, RV34, RV32
Orange: YR68, YR65, YR61
Blue: B000,B01, B04
Brown Fur and Faces: E50, E51, E11, E23, E21,E25
Cheeks: E93
Purple: BV04, BV02, BV01
Gray: W01, W02, W03, W04
Turtle Shell; Y11, YG01, YG05
Black: N10
Grass: G29, YG67, YG17, YG03

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Wonderful Romance...

Good Morning from Phoenix AZ!  
    Yes, we are on the road again.  January, February and March are typically "travel busy" for us. I have to admit it has been challenging this year,  adding Mr. Finn into the mix. Juggling travel, classes, blogging, creating, and training a puppy! Which brings me to the reason for this card. We are truly VERY thankful for our awesome pet/house sitter. She really makes it easier to leave knowing our trio of fur kids ( Now nicknamed Little Man & The Girls) are well taken care of. 

I really do not pose them!  I found them like this the other morning after I had been downstairs  on the recumbent bike. they truly make me smile all day long. 

That being said, I set out to create a card for Liz, our dedicated sitter. I generally leave her payment inside a card. Don't you try and use a card whenever possible? I know I do! I have previously told you how we give Flight Attendants and Hotel Housekeeping Staff tips and Starbucks gift cards inside a Thank You card.  I truly feel that little extra step makes people really feel appreciated. 

Originally when I saw this stamp set, I knew I wanted to color those flowers blue. When I started I realized that there was a lot of greenery and it could not be all the same color. Making the  flower leaves a more emerald green and the larger leaves a darker ivy green. I figured the tiny leaves were probably supposed to be greens also but that was too much, so I made mine pink to break up the colors. typically  I figure out all the papers prior to coloring, this time I did it backwards and matched the paper to the already colored flowers.  Dragging the edge of the Flirty Flamingo card stock in the Flirty Flamingo ink to add some dimension. After stamping the sentiment ( retired stamp set Good Greetings) with Versamark and heat embossing it with clear powder I added a teeny bit of Nuvo drops to the center of the flowers, again to add a bit of dimension. 

I wanted to point out that on the blue flowers I did not color to the edge, but left some white. This again is for dimension, since alcohol markers do not have white! Sometimes you need to use the paper as your white. This technique was one we practiced in a class I took on Tuesday with my favorite Copic Instructor, Nancy Sheads of Rowhouse Greetings.

blue flowers: B66, B63, B21
pink flowers: RV34, RV32, RV11
small leaves: G07, G14, G12
large leaves: YG67, YG17, YG03

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