Sunday, March 31, 2013

FFCO5 - Colour Challenge

Happy Easter Craft Enthusiasts!  It seems fitting that today is Easter Sunday and the challenge is a colour challenge.  

Great Easter colours, don't you think?  Apparently these are colours I don't use very all.  So this is what I came up with:

The background is Viva Decor 3D paint Gold DTP with saran wrap on some PTI card stock and Spun Sugar Distress Ink sponged on DTP after the 3D pain dried.  Dies are Spellbinder Create-a-Snowflake 3 and PTI Tremendous Tags.  Glitter is all Glitter Ritz.  Stamp is PTI Mega Mixed Messages stamped in Gold Delicata Ink.  Ribbon is from Michaels.  Cardstock is PTI except for the blue metallic mat.

So there it is.  This was a very difficult challenge for me as I mentioned I don't use these colours very much, much less together all at once.  I hope it looks like a very girly Christmas present cause I guess that's what I was kinda going for.  I like it - don't love it - and it's sort of a hot mess for me.  I had an idea in my head and this is what it turned into.

Well, Happy Easter everyone.  Hope you have some nummy-ness in your immediate future.  I have to start cooking for dinner later.  Making roast lamb to take over to my brother's.  I hope they have some chocolate Easter bunnies that may require ear-ectomies....or maybe a few handfuls of jelly beans.  But first, since it's such a lovely day outside, I'm going to give our new push mower a twirl out in the backyard.  Until next time...


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Zombies, Zombies Everywhere!

Morning Stompers!

Ever buy a stamp because it made you smile or laugh out loud?  I have and that's how collections/stashes get started.  I innocently bought my first goth/punk girl stamp a few years ago and now I have....a stash.  I usually only use them for my Cousin Janet's birthday cards because she's the original punk....for me at least...and probably why my punk girls always end up with purple hair or wearing purple...just like her.  Sorry.  Rambling.

Did you know it's just a short stretch of creativity from goth punk to full on zombie?   It is, my friends, it is. You can make a pitstop at vampire town but I haven't been into vampires since my late teens and my vampires didn't sparkle.  

Google is amaze-balls. in case you didn't already know that.  On a whim, I typed in "copic colour combos for zombies" and dammit if I didn't get pages of choices.  Woo hoo.  So I stamped several of my goth chicks and started practicing.  Well, what the heck was I suppose to do with all these images.   I guess a normal person would have put them in their Copic colouring book with notes and junk but I made cards instead.  And clutch your pears ladies, I even fussy cut all the images - no dies for these darlings - I even used an Exacto knife and cutting mat.  That's right.  Kicking it old school - ain't no school like the old school.   I hope they make you giggle or maybe even laugh out loud.  Recoiling in terror is okay too, at least its an honest reaction.  Hee hee.

"I Wish I'd Worn Panties"

Don't you just love her handbag?  I think its my favourite accessory.  Giving myself little pats on the back for putting distress crackle paint over his tiny little head just to make it a wee bit creepier. 

"Couldn't you just pee your pants?"  This is the one I started with.  I needed a birthday card for my friend's daughter's birthday.  She's turning 10.  The skin tone is a little bit more monster/Frankenstein but I think it still works.  My first picture was actually my last image coloured and I think I 'got' the zombie skin tone.

"Well, lad de frickin' da!"
Kinda says it all don't you think?

This last one was the most work.  I'm not going to lie.  It's the one that made me laugh the loudest when I was done.  I really don't think I'm going to give her to anyone but keep it for myself.  I may even frame/mount it.  It's the truth and I mean it but why does it feel like I've broken some sort of unspoken crafters code?  If you know me IRL then you've probably heard me say something to the effect like, "well this is a nice (technique) but I'll probably never do it again because I simply don't know anyone I like well enough to repeat all this work..."  So honest, so true, so lazy.

And now the technical stuff:  Dies/Impression Plate/Embossing Folder:  Memory Box. PTI, Spellbinders and Cuttle Bug.  Card stock:  PTI, Bazzill and Gina K.  Inks/Markers:  Memento, Versa Mark Frost White, Copics, Distress Crackle Rock Candy, Smooches Pearlized Top Coat, Tsukineko Goose Bumps and Viva Decor 3D paints and Inka Gold paints.  Stamps:  Stampotique Original, Inc., WPlus9 and Impression Obsession.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this trip into zombie town.  It's been a real pleasure to be your guide.


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Hipster Giraffe Birthday

Hey Dudes!

Thanks to Facebook all my friends' birthdays populate my iPad calendar so I'm trying to stay ahead of the calendar and get cards to everyone with upcoming birthdays.  I had no idea I knew so many people born in March and April.  Weird. Anyways, perfect opportunities for me to use some of the new stuff that keeps showing up in my mail box.  I made a card for my buddy Maria.   I love giraffes, even this guy who seems to be suffering from a bad case of Hip-steria.

No die for this bad boy.  That's right - I had to fussy cut this hipster by hand... curse his hipster hair!  CS is probably all PTI as well as the verbage.  The EP is Red Zing.  I'm so glad I bought soo many bottles of the stuff - they have some pretty great colours.   The background papers are from a 6x6 pack I picked up at Michael's.  I think its Authentique but I'm not sure.  For $2.40 (with a coupon) it was a heck of a deal. . Anyways, the giraffe comes with classes and even an emo-scarf....which I think is hilarious.  Anyways I hope she likes it.  I was running a bit late so I had to take this picture at my desk at work and the light is horrible but at least I got it off into the mail and managed to get a picture before sending it off.  So, hooray for me.

Anyways, off to make some more birthday cards.  I'm truly amazed what comes up when you use Google.  This morning I typed in, "zombie skin colour, copic combos" and got a bunch of pages to peruse.  Well, I'm off to perfect my zombie skin tone, not to be confused with vampire skin tone.  Seriously.

Until next time.


Sunday, March 10, 2013

FFC03 - Element/Snowflake Challenge

Hey Homies!  'sup?  Lots been going on around here but I finally had a chance to sit down and participate in the latest Festive Friday Challenge - snowflakes.  I started by making the background panel using one of my favoritest stamping techniques ever - emboss resist.  Snowflakes were stamped in Versa Mark on PTI rustic creme card stock and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Then I used Distress Ink direct-to-paper with a sponge applicator over the whole shebang.  I sprayed with water and wiped any excess ink off the embossed areas.  Then, my favorite part:  ironing.  I put the cardstock between two pieces of scrap paper and ironed until the embossing powder melted again and absorbed into the scrap paper, leaving a completely flat background.  The sentiment is from PTI Snowflake Serenade and the glitter snowflake is die cut Sook Wang tape using Spellbinders 2010 Snowflake.  I used three different shades of blue from Glitter Ritz.  Hope you like it:

And, because when I die cut, I always cut two.  I had the opportunity to take a version of the die cut snowflake and try a more CAS, one layer, modern look.  Black cardstock, Cranberry Glitter Ritz glitter, PTI Snowflake Serenade for the sentiment, unknown bling and Leaf Zing EP.  Oh yeah, I also coloured the bling with a yellow green copic marker. 

I think I like this layout a lot and may try and make it again, maybe better.

Two things I learned from participating in this challenge.

1)  Get a stamp press.  Stamping a single image over and over again gets old pretty quickly.  Any suggestions on what kind I should get?
2)  Wait and take pictures in the morning if you're using natural light.  Thank you Daylight Savings Time for the extra hour this afternoon.

Anyways, I'm very proud of myself lately:  got on the bike and went for my first full ride of 2013, I can do a lot of things without the convenience of a car (long story), and you can see the floor of my craft room.  The last thing is the one I'm most proud of....can you tell?  Well, until next time.