Jane’s Doodles Guest Designer

Hello! I am so excited that I am Guest Designing for Challenge #9. The theme is animals. I chose to use the Outdoors stamp set and create an evening campfire scene.

To create this card I started by stamping on Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. I colored the stamped images with Alcohol Markers and colored pencils. Then I masked everything off and used distress inks to create the backgrounds. For the final touch I scattered a touch of iridescent confetti in the sky and around the campfire.

Jane’s Doodles Challenge Winner

The theme of the challenge was embossing. I chose to use heat embossing. The background was created by stamping with Ranger Clear Embossing Ink and Brutus Monroe Icicle Embossing Powder on Neenah Desert Sand Cardstock. Then I used three Prismacolor Pencils to add a bit of color. The turtle was stamped with fadeout ink and colored with Prismacolor Pencils.

Newton’s Nook Inky Paws Sketch Challenge #114

Happy Wednesday! Up on my blog today to show you a card that I created for the Newton’s Nook Sketch Challenge.

I bought myself a few goodies from the Newton’s Nook Black Friday sale and I used them to create this card. Merry Christmas to me! I used the super cute new NN Penguin Pile stamp and coordinating die set to be the focal point of this card. I stamped the penguins with Versafine black ink onto Strathmore watercolor paper. Then colored the penguins with Zig Clean Color Watercolor brushes.

For the background I used the NN Snowfall Stencil with Liquitex Gloss Gel Medium. I stenciled the gel onto teal colored paper and also onto lilac colored paper. I let those dry for several hours before I die cut both pieces using the NN Frames and Flags die set. After the lilac paper was die cut I blended Brutus Monroe Aubergine Surface Ink onto the edges with a blender brush. I really liked the way it made the snowflakes pop. I also used the Aubergine ink to stamp the sentiment onto white card stock. Everything was layered onto an A4 card base. I used foam tape to adhere the penguins to add more dimension.

I am looking forward to using a few other Newton’s Nook items that I bought on Black Friday. Can’t wait to get a little extra time for some Craft Room Therapy.

Have a great day!

Valentine Cutie

This Picket Fence Studios stamp is the first stamp that I used Arteza Real Brush Pens to color. On Black Friday I got my hands on the Arteza Real Brush Pens 96 color set for a phenomenal price. Normally I use Zigs. I LOVE my Zigs. But I was itching to try the Arteza’s. I have to say that the Arteza pens were worth the price the only drawback is the size of the tip. They are great for coloring a stamp that is not too detailed. But for a stamp that is small and has thin lines I will stick with my Zigs. Each set will have its purpose in my craftroom. Have a Cheerful Day!

Winter Valentine

Now that the holidays are over I anticipate a little more extra time to sit and create. I made this Winter Valentine for the MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge 470. I thought I would dive into my stash of MFT goodies and see what I could come up with for this sketch challenge. And, with all of the new releases this past week I am itching to make a few valentines. I thought that one of the snowmen in the Frosty Friends Stamp set could be juggling a few snowball hearts. To tie in the Valentine theme I paired the snowman with the love die.

To create the card I used a shimmery red card base from Paper Source. I snatched a set of the card bases and matching envelopes from their Christmas clearance section. I cut the love die in two spots out of Neenah solar white card stock to coincide with the sketch theme. Then I stamped the snowman on the same white card stock and colored in with Copic markers. I die cut severa more smaller hearts of various sizes and glued all onto the white panel. Once that dried I used white foam tape to adhere the white completed panel onto the red card.

The Frosty Friends Stamp set pairs really well with the newer release set Reindeer games. That’s my next MFT purchase!

LIFE IS art. LIVE YOURS IN color.

Hello! I am back to show off another card I made with the Feathered Sentiments stamp set from Brutus Monroe. This time I created a square card. For the background base I tried a new technique. I taped the B|M Peacock stencil to a 6″ x 6″ piece of Strathmore Smooth Surface Bristol. I spread a light layer of Liquitex Gloss Medium over the stencil with a pallet knife. I carefully removed the tape and stencil and let the base dry overnight. I love the result – a subtle glossy texture over the matte Bristol.

I cut the base to a square slightly smaller that a piece of square black cardstock. I wrapped a piece of Fun Fur around the Bristol base. and taped it on the back side. Then I secured the white base to the black cardstock.

I die cut two circles, the smaller circle out of chartreuse cardstock and the larger circle out of vellum. I stamped the sentiment with StazOn Jet Black ink onto the vellum circle. Then I layered large circle over small circle and adhered them down using Tombow Mono Glue. (I added the glue behind the sentiment so that it would not show through.)

I used the Feathers Sentiments coordinating cut file with my Cricut. I cut the feather shapes out of the same Strathmore Bristol as the base and colored them with Zigs. I adhered the feathers to the base. The feather in the middle was adhered using foam tape to give a bit more dimension. I glued on a few sequins as a final touch. Who doesn’t love a little bling?