Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Cardinal Sprite by Aurora Wings

This little Cardinal Sprite is trudging through the snow with a precious stick he found for his lady. He is created for the Challenge #57 where we were to Crop a graphic.  I Cropped (well, I hid) one of his feet behind a snowbank, but cropped away his sprig of Holly, and used part of the cropped holly for the corner embellishment.  The rest of the holly sprig is on the inside of the card with the greeting. The sentiment will either say Merry Everything, or Home for Christmas, (or something else! on acetate on the bottom edge).  The sweet little Cardinal Sprite is colored in Prismacolor Pencils and accented with 3d Crystal Glaze on his beak.  Eyes are enamel dots.  The background is a soft winter scene created in Photoshop, over soft gray card base, and the snowdrifts are from the "Jingle all the Way" stamp and die set by SU The snow drifts are textured with  glitter snow that I have mixed a little very light grey reinker into, and then handpainted the texture onto the snowdrifts. 



Do you know the legends and meaning and symbolism of a cardinal?  The notions that cardinals are messengers of Spirit exists across many cultures.  The word is derived from Latin cardo (hinge or axis) Like a hinge on the door a cardinal is the hinge on the doorway between the Earthly world and the Spirit world, carrying messages back and forth.  The cardinal is associated with myths and traditions that surround renewal, good health, happy relationships, monogamy and protection.  Looking at the life of a cardinal, it's easy to see why good associations are connected to it.  Cardinals mate for life, they are non-migratory birds, so they stay in their same area all of their lives, protecting their turf.  After their eggs hatch both parents work together to assure the good health, welfare and security of their little family.  
Things with wings get our attention and some think things with wings (butterflies, owls, birds, dragonflies, storks, albatross, etc)  are messengers from Heaven.  So maybe seeing a cardinal means that your loved ones are around and that you are being heard and guidance you seek is forthcoming.  Fun history and meaning of the little Sprite Mitzi sighted and shared for us.!

Blankets for the Grandest

I knit blankets this year for both the Grandchildren in College. Ryan is a Junior at So Vermont College in Bennington VT, and Georgia is a Freshman at UCSB in Santa Barbara, CA.  Ryans is a forest green and Georgia's is fisherman.  

Georgia's card



The blankets were the same pattern, but different colors

Ryan's Card



Friday, September 22, 2017

Lady Butterfly---Mitzi Sato Wiuff

Aurora Wings has come up with two new PHENOMENAL graphics to color--Lady Butterflies.  This is Lady Butterfly 2, and she's done for the  Aurora Wings Challenge #57.  The challenge is to crop a graphic and create with the cropped image.
 I wish there was some way to catch the glimmer in this beautiful beautiful card.  The Butterfly is colored with prismacolor pencils then some iridescent glitter is very very finely attached to parts of her wings.   The flowers and gossimer leaves are touched with glitter pen and with glaze pens.  The Stitched  Rectangle Mats, have a very light line of glitter shaken (and glued) onto the stitching created with the Memory Box Wrapped Stitch Rectangles. Tiny butterflies are dipped in holographic EP and are from punches and from embosslits.  Paper mats are SU Wisteria Wonder and Mint Macaron, both very soft soft pastels.  LOVE THIS CARD!  No sentiment chosen yet for it!



Detail

Autumn Sprite Thinking of You

This is a bubble Shaker Card with punched maple leaves and sequins in the shaker.  I cannot remember where I got the oval window plastic bubble front card but I have had it for several years, and just put it to work with the Autumn Sprite.  The Sprite by Aurora  Wings (Mitzi Sato-Wiuff) is colored in prismacolor pencils, and touched with clear  Wink of Stella.  The leaf is from Gina  K Designs Autumn Leaves Mini Stamp TV kit and the sticker is from Popups Etc.  



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Gina K Stitched Leaves Welcomes Autumn

This card is based on dies and stamps that are found in the Gina K Stitched Leaves Mini Kit that she demonstrated on Stamp TV recently.  An Emagination punched oak leaf and a tiny maple leaf punch by Studio G provide the other leaves that are colored with distress oxides, gold Wink of Stella, 3D Crystal glaze, and brown glitter pens.  Gold leafing is adhered with Tim Holtz Multi Media adhesive and the background is Weathered by Taylored Expressions.  Inks are distress oxide, distress ink, Autumn Leaves and Desert Heat Kaleidacolors, Memento Tuxedo black and Versamark. Paper is SU Crushed Curry and white.



Autumnal Equinoz  Friday September September 22 at 1:02 Pacific Time
This one was a BLAST to do.  It is an acrylic front, easel card with Gina K. stitched leaves, Spellbinders Leaves dieset, the bigz autumn leaves dies, and a couple of punches.  I've used metallic washi embossed, distress oxide and distress ink, Rich Kaleidacolor in Autumn Leaves and Summer heat, a beautiful embossing folder by Darice filled with autumn leaves and swirls.    Hello is cut from Little Hello Halo  in natural, and the Autumn tag welcoming autumn and F INALLY cooler weather after the hottest summer ever. That's a script called "Hello"
 I have creased the acrylic so that the floating hello medallion is multi positionable with at least three stops.  The main paper color is SU cajun craze.  Wink of Stella and a couple of rhinestones finish the easel card.







Sunday, September 17, 2017

Happy Thirtieth Birthday Ross!

Our oldest grandson turns thirty today.   That is almost beyond comprehension for both me and Patsy--(his mother!)--And we are overjoyed that in his 30th year, he will marry his sweetheart, Briana Cox.   

                                                                        


 Where have the years gone?  
Anyway---Grandpa and I wish you the BEST and MOST fantastic birthday ever as you enter this wonderful decade of your life, Ross.  A year of change, and excitement and a world of dreams coming true await you!  






The easel card has a little calendar on it, and a gift card tucked inside the envelope that is inside the card.  Spellbinders "leaves" dies,  Bark paper designed by Karen Schulz in her kit "Apple of my Eye"  The branch is part of the tree from Hero Arts "Thorntree" dieset,  Birthday sentiment is from Just Rite "Fancy Sentiments" and the laser cut wooden owl is by Recollections.  Tiny leaves are handcut. The artpiece background is Distress Oxide spritzed with Shimmer Mist and water on natural cardstock (SU).


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pumpkin Sprite

The little pumpkin sprite with her trick or treat bag ready, was created in prismacolor pencils, and placed behind a stitched oval acrylic window over distress ink sponged neutral paper.  The card top is the letterpress technique using distress inks on the Darice Autumn swirls EF.  The tiny maple and ash leaves are the negative cuts from Memory Box Leaf collage distress inked and veined with a chocolate glimmer pen.  She is created for the Aurora Wings Challenge #56  Anything  goes.  



Lavinia Snowflake Ornament

This card is just gorgeous ---and does not photograph well at all!  The picture catches NONE of the sparkle that richly finishes this card.
I used the Memory Box Lavinia Snowflake Ornament die as an embosser, where I had heatset sparkling clear embossing powder into the LINES of the embossing.  The ornament itself is worked with Metallic Colorburst (turquoise) over texture created by very carefully monitoring where some sparkle EP got heatset.  The embossed snowflakes are worked with Wink of Stella, 3d crystal Glaze, white Posco Pen, Glitter Gel pens and rhinestones. Peace is from the  Spellbinders dieset and is cut with glitter washi paper. Splatter is with the metallic turquoise, and accented with white gel pen, Nuvo dots, and tiny rhinestones (silver and Turquoise.)  The basic embossing a die technique was taught by Jennifer McGuirk in her video "Embossed Impressions."  Next time I try this technique it will be with gold EP as she demonstrated the sparkle clear EP does not provide enough line definition.  Ribbon is 1/8 inch Tempo silver and white ribbon.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Acorn Sprite---announcing

The little Acorn Sprite by Mitzi Sato Wiuff, joins digital scrapbooking artwork by Snickerdoodle Designs by Karen (autum harvest border, to announce the fall "kick-off" Hoot for my Sun City  Sunbreros Red Hatters.
The little Acorn Sprite has on a red hat and purple bloomers.   She is colored in Prismacolor pencils, scanned and printed.


She's part of the "Anything Goes" Challenge #55 at Aurora Wings as we welcome back our "snowbird" red hatters in the Sun City Sunbreros Red Hat Chapter.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Gina Kay---Wise Owls

WHOOOO?  Me?  have an owl or two.  These were created with the adorable Gina K Wise Owls stampset, with papers from "Apple of my Eye"  (modified) created by Snickerdoodle Designs by Karen.   They were colored with copics and accented with rhinestones and colored glitter pens. Just as cute as can be.  See the techniques video HERE on Gina K's  Stamp TV for the release of these stamps.

Happy Birthday, Donny

Wishing our dear friend, Don K, a wonderful year ahead!  So many changes, so much to look forward to and so many treasured memories.  



I love how this card turned out. (one of my alltime favorites)  I did a shadow box onto the black mat with one of the maple leaves, and used background paper designed by Snickerdoodle designs by Karen.  Leaves are diecut from the Spellbinders Leaves S2-199 and burnished with both distress oxide and distress inks, and some are spritzed with clear Shimmer.   Rhinestones and the Birthday Sentiment cut with Avery Elle "sentimental" die.  Leaf Stickers are Jolees. Punched oak leaves are Emagination punch.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Calleen's Cupcake

I made this little cupcake out of  a cup and styrofoam 1/2 ball, mica flakes, designer paper, and ribbon roses for my friend.  It turned out very cute, but not as much fun to make as the cupcake treat boxes.  I was "out of time!!!!"

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Celebrate!

This birthday card uses part of the WPlus9 "Kind Soul Stamp". This large stamp was used in my recent class to demonstrate watercolor resist techniques.  The OTHER part of the large stamp can be seen on this card  I used the techniques and ideas (and measurements) shared by Sandi MacIver in her tutorial today on where she used the new SU stampset  "Count my Blessings" to show embossed watercolor resist techniques.  
I heat embossed the Kind Soul stamp with black EP, and then used drops of reinker to color the flowers and leaves for the fussy cut artpiece.  Today I created a watercolor paper mat with drops of SU Really Rust and Crushed Curry reinkers..  I heat-set each color before adding the second (or more colors).  The mat is adhered to black cardstock and that to SU Cajun Craze card base. The diecut "Celebrate" is from Avery Elle "Sentimental" Dieset.  Final accents are transparent sequins, glitter stippling and 3d crystal glaze.  




Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Peaceful Dove

Wrong order----well---just means another order.  This is the peaceful dove by Memory box, but it is the Collage die, not the one that just says craft die. So I'm not the happiest crafter in the west today. Especially because I even had to wait for "out of stock" for this one.  It is my least favorite new die, but I think when the outline comes in this will make the most stunning card there could be.  
While I wait for the one that will INSET into this "frame" that the collage makes, the one called craft die!----Here's first card.  This uses Spellbinders Peace die from the     S2-120 Holiday set.  

This cutout is mounted on washi glitter paper.  The artpiece is brushed with three colors of distress ink, on smoky slate paper, spritzed with water, then respritzed with shimmer mist finally finished with gelly roll clear star pen accents, and silver wink of stella over the Peace cutout which was cut from shiny photo paper.   Learned a couple of things for next time.  Use Nuvo Glimmer paste on the background paper, not washi glitter paper (too coarse) Heat Emboss Peace with silver EP, don't cut out of gloissy photopaper which would separate if heated. lightly texture artpiece before cutting then rerun the texture through to flatten --LIKE Hero Arts Dots# 5 (658285) or Texture Fades 661008 by Tim Holtz.  But if you don't try things (and record what was unsatisfactory about the project--you don't "live and learn." 

And now the peaceful dove outline is here and the ollage cna be built up a little differently. This  card has the Hero Arts Dots#5 Embossing Folder touched on top with heat-set snow marker by Uchida. This is worked on basic gray and a slate gray paper on a white card base.  Peace and the bird are cut from shimmer white paper.




 This is Aleene's Glitter Snow carefully spread with a light touch palette knife over Tim Holtz Texture Fades 66108 EF after it was embossed. IT is very glimmery..  The holly leaves are a tiny corner punch very subtly here and here are touches of glitter gel pen.
  This one is the Hero Arts Dots folder all raised areas are glitter pen touched, a few silver and gold and white glitter paper stars, and the dove mounted on gold varigated foil paper

Monday, September 4, 2017

Fall Fluries

Here are the start of some Autumn Cards.  Graphics are by Valentina on the painted ones, and by Sassy  Studios on the Little Autumn prismacolor pencilled graphic.  Happy Thanksgiving in copper embossed on vellum and is from SU Teeny Tiny wishes.
Detail with Ranger Enamel Dots, gelly roll pen, and Posca White.

The autumn leaves diecut in the card below is "Autumn Moments" by Amy Design (amazon).  It is cut from gold washi paper (and it was REALLY awful to get the release backing off it...will NOT cut with the  Washi metallics anything so detailed again).  The die cuts beautifully on standard carsdstock. The background is distress oxide spritzed and shimmered, and the oval dies are stitched borders by Spellbinders


The background in this one below is "smoosh" technique on watercolor paper using distress inks in autumn colors  Again a Valentina artpiece, and stitched oval  mounted on SU Chocoloate chip


SU Chocolate chip cardstock and copper lines and copper accented silver turkey  (from Pop-Ups-Etc), 


These two cards uses a Darice "Fall Leaves Swirl"  Embossing folder and distress oxide inks to create the backgrounds. The top one also has wink of stella (clear )in all of the de bossed areas. Artpiece is mounted on crushed curry and saffron paper. The Hello is Little Halo Hello by Memory box, and the U is from a dieset by SU called "Label Card"
Below the debossed area is the inked area again with oxide inks, a metallic oval cut from stitched ovals and finished with mulberry paper leaves inked and colored with nuevo glitter paste. Rhinestone and ribbon finish that artpiece layered onto gold foil paper and mounted on white cardstock



Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Last Card of August

When you need a card in a hurry, there is nothing like  the quick magic of stickers.  I have always gotten my stickers (and I do have a GREAT supply of them) from the Stevens who own Pop-Ups-Etc.  This is a GREAT time to fill your cache and help vicitims of the disaster through and because of the love of crafting that the Pop-Ups-Etc make possible today.  50% of the proceeds from ALL ORDERS placed August 30th through Sept 6th with Pop-Ups-Etc will be donated to the  American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey campaign.



FAIRY Best Wishes as you go off to College!   Enjoy all the wonder and the magic that you'll find between the covers of your books as you pursue your goals. Reading and learning are the keys to your future!  Have fun!  
The darling Bookworm Fairy is from the Paper Shelter, and it is pencil, wink of stella and glitter gel pens over artist drawn image, rather than a colored digital stamp this time--in the interest of time.  The white and holographic lines and the glitter hearts as well as the Best Wishes sentiment are all stickers from Pop-Ups-Etc. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Peace & Joy

This is the first of several Christmas cards using the Airin Bird from Memory  Box die.  This is cut from white shimmer paper  and mounted with Stick It on the diecut  on blue cardstock that has been coated with a thin coat of Nuvo Glimmer. This is rich and almost holographic. The card's matte is created on smoky slate cardstock and uses three colors of blue Distress Oxide ink with white Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink across some of the top of the  Distress Oxide.   The finished inking was embossed with Tim Holtz Snowflake Flurries  EF then each snowflake covered with clear Wink of Stella.  The Peace Wreath is white heat embossed on acetate and from the Inkadinkadoo  Christmas Stampsetl.  Other accents on the card mat are Stickles, Nuvo clear dots, white paint pen, clear sequins, and clear star glitter gel. The Peace diecut is by Spellbinders (beautiful set) "Peace Sentiment" S2-120




This one is created using the Winter Berries (658273) Tim Holtz  EF on Night of navy blue.   The die-mat is Labels 17 by Spellbinders.The Joy stamp is heat embossed clear over Night of Navy ink and Versamark.  The snowflakes are edged in night of navy and are from a Martha Stewart edge punch.  Pearls and stickles finish this card.



Friday, August 25, 2017

Anboo Animals Owls

Just Stopping by to say HI! is created with the darling Anboo Animal series die I found at Amazon.
Ows are cut from tip top taupe paper, shaded with distress oxide inks and distress inks. Fonts for the sentiments are Tingler Script and Ariel.  BK paper is from my stash.



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Wizard of Owls

If I only Had
Brains, Heart, Courage

This card was created using the adorable owls created by Jessica Lynn Originals.  The Owl Oz characters are colored with prismacolor pencils.  The background  is created with a rainbow created by Snickerdoodle Designs by Karen in her kit Imagination Station.  The quote is from Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum, and reads:

 “…and remember my sentimental friend
 that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.”

Color Burst wishes

This all occasion card is bursting with vibrant color.  This is another background technique that we did in my recent backgrounds class for Papers N Pixels here in Mesquite.  These are Ken oliver colorburst powders sprinkled over white heat embossed flowers (a  Gina K stamp).  The Fairy is  the Posing  Fairy by Poppy stamps holding a sentiment that reads Have a Very Magical Day.  


Thanks a Whole Punch

Created with various  sized punches, over a stenciled Distress Oxide multicolor background, this little thumbs-up tooth was sent to thank my dentist for the textbook perfect extraction of the last of my wisdom teeth yesterday.  It served me well for over 65 years, but time to go--and it did.
Thank you Dr. Paul Harmer for your care.



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Colorblocking AND

A couple of weeks ago I  taught a class on creating dozens of background using all kinds of  techniques.  One of those was colorblocking with edge dies. This card uses papers from my stash with Spellbinders Edgelits, Die-Namics Scribble Roses Overlays, SU Butterflies Embosslits, Leaves From Scrap n Craft, and Hello Halos by Memory  Box.  A touch of wink of stella and Black satin 1/8 inch bow trim finishes this card full of curves and pink!



I used cuts from the same curved dies in Eat What Bugs Ya
                                            
Inside of the card stamped sentiment by Impression Obsessions D14201

Bird of Paradise

This delicate Bird of Paradise Sprite comes to say: 
" Stay open to new possibilities and seek your freedom wherever you can find it.
Explore the world with a sense of optimism and excitement."



When do you use a Bird of Paradise blossom in a floral Arrangement?
for the 9th wedding anniversary
to represent the freedom and the ability to travel,
 (because of the flower's resemblance to birds in flight)
Royalty and Regal bearing
Paradise on Earth
Joy through challenges and successes alike
Faithfulness in Romantic Relationships
Optimism towards the future

The Bird of Paradise Sprite is worked in prismacolor pencils, and accented with stickles, rhinestones and enamel dots.  Edges are distressed and sponged in distress inks and mounted on Old Olive (SU) and SU black designer paper from the  Botanical Garden series.  She is done for the Air, Fire Water or Earth, Challenge #55 at Aurora  Wings.



Oxide butterflies

This card is made with stickers (from Pop Ups Etc) this time painting with distress oxide for the brilliant color inside their wings.  They are mounted on a watercolor washed paper, washed with distress inks and shimmer mist.   The artpiece is edged with Spellbinders pierced border die, and the word Believe is cut from black glitter paper and is a die from Cheery Lynn..


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Iris on vellum over wash

This card was created with the Ken Oliver  liquit metals waterolor paints on Vellum.  Behind the vellum is a light wash of the blue purple and green metallic  paints.   Their shimmer does not show through the vellum very well, but the  top brushed metallics on the iris are absolutely gorgeous. The w atercolor was and the vellum are topmounted to a piece of blue textured paper and that adhered to a white cardbase.  The Iris is white heat emobossed which made the paint behave like a resist.  The Iris is a Sentimental Iris by Memory Box stamp


                                                                                                                              

Friday, August 18, 2017

Foamarin Foam Flowers

My first attempt with Foamarin Foam resulted in this perfectly gorgeous card.  It is  a  very unusual medium, essentially thinner than cardstock foam that can be shaped and molded.  It is soft, takes color well, and so much fun to shape and mold..  The petals are cut with Sizzix Tattered Flowers Bigz die (which is NOT the right die for this process--Rosy Owl Heart Flower Die IS the right one but it's still  swimming the  Atlantic.)  The products are imported and I have gotten them from Poland via Scrap and Craft in the UK  Orders take a couple of weeks to come in.  

The leaf die is from Scrap and Craft also and I used watercolor washed paper spritz with gold spritzer by Heidi Swapp.  The ribbon is a glittery organza (Really Reasonable  Ribbon).  Flowers are touched with gold Stickles. The background is stippled Walnut Stain Distress ink with a Red  Brick brushed over the stunning Simon Says  Stamp Heart Mandala (SSS121393) The artpice is centered over a top fold cardbase with SU Tip Top Taupe
I have not decided whether this will be a wedding/anniversary or other card.  But now I am on the right track with this new technique.