Friday, April 29, 2011

Final Day- Design Memory Craft!

Hey everyone! 
Sorry that my post is so late today. 
We have had wildfires in the area so I didn't get to stamping as early as I had hoped this morning.

Today is Friday and that means that we are playing with the Friday Fun Challenge. 
I combined it with playing with my new Design Memory Craft products...specifically the gelatos!
Today's challenge came from Sherry:
April 29th
Bring May Flowers! This is the last Friday in April so put flowers on your project! You can use faux paper flowers, stamped flowers, felt flowers, Primas, whatever. 

For my card, I decided to play with some silhouette flowers and the gelatos to see what kind of background effect I could achieve. I embossed the silhouette in black and then simply started laying down the layers of the gelatos until I was happy with the effect.

Supplies used:
*Faber-Castell Gelatos
*Paper Makeup Stamps Dandy Wishes
*Bella Blvd polka paper
*embossing ink
*black embossing powder
*prima bling centers
*flat-backed gems

I don't think that you could see it in the original photo, but there is a metallic sheen to these gelatos which is so cool!

Remember, Faber-Castell is giving away 2 sets of... 
A Mix & Match Mixed Media Sampler
 and Color Gelatos & Clear Stamp kit!

All you have to do is leave a comment on my Design Memory Craft blog posts for your chance (one comment per post. ) The drawing will take place Sunday morning so comment before then!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Something Old with Something New...

We are hip-hopping with Unity Stamp Co. today!! 
Today, the Unity DT is featuring some of the Unity Stamp Co retiring stamps. As of tomorrow, you will no longer be able to get these stamps through Unity. And I am continuing my feature of Design Memory Craft products so today's post shows a bit of old with the new...
Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co Christmas Elegance (damask shape- retiring)
*Unity Stamp Co.  Something to Say (sentiment- retiring)
*StazOn jet black ink pad
*patterned paper

As most of you know, I work with watercolor pencils all the time, but I have never worked with Pastel pencils. They work pretty much the same way. The difference is that with the watercolor pencil, you blend with a wet brush. For the pastel pencil, you blend with a dry brush (it's basically a chalk medium.)

Above, you can see how I color my pieces and then start blending. It's not near as artistic or precise as you think that it would need to be to achieve a pretty blended/variegated look like what you see below. 

It's so easy...anyone can use these awesome tools!

Remember, Faber-Castell is giving away 2 sets of... 
A Mix & Match Mixed Media Sampler and Color Gelatos & Clear Stamp kit!

All you have to do is leave a comment on my Design Memory Craft blog posts for your chance (one comment per post. )

Now you need to hop on over to ***Jen Buck's Gorgeous Blog***

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day 3 of Design Memory Craft Feature!!

Welcome to Day 3 of my Design Memory Craft feature!!!

Today I tried a slightly different technique using those fabulous gelatos! For today's project, I used the gelatos just like they were watercolors. I took my waterbrush and picked up ink off the end of the gelato and then colored in my bird images.

 You can continue to reapply to get the darker shades in certain areas. They work just like watercolors, but with a bit more depth of color...

You will also notice that there is a polka-dot detail around the frame of the birds. I could not believe how easy that was. I did that using PITT artist pen in the blue metallic. There was not any of the normal mess trying to get it to work like you so often have with paint/metallic pens. Simply touch the tip to the black card stock and immediately, you have that gorgeous bright blue dot.

Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Happyville
*Making Memories Journaling
*Nestabilities Labels die
*medium brads
*corner rounder
*Prima paper (harlequin)
*Fiskars border punch

For all the details about the Design Memory Craft products that I used here, see my post from Day #1.

AND Faber-Castell has been VERY generous! 
They are giving away 2 prize packs for my blog readers that will consist of: 
A Mix & Match Mixed Media Sampler and Color Gelatos & Clear Stamp kit!

Just leave a comment on my Design Memory Craft posts from this week
 and you will be entered to win for each comment (one per day!)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Day 2 of Design Memory Craft Feature!!

I hope that you saw yesterday's post because this week on my blog, 
I am featuring some gorgeous new products from Design Memory Craft

I am not going to go through the details of the products again...
you can go back and look at yesterday's post for that. 

Just know...
that you will want to comment on all my Design Memory Craft posts this week 
and you will have a chance to win 2 prize packs being supplied from Faber-Castell! 
How fun is that?!?!

For today's art, I used the same technique that I used on yesterday's post (misting the stamp image and then coloring directly onto it using the gelatos.) That's how I created the frame for the Moxie. The Moxie was stamped using the brush of the PITT artist pen.

In addition, on this card, I colored the background using the gelatos. That background is a page out of an old dictionary. I simply sprayed the whole page with my water, rubbed the gelatos directly onto it and then mushed it all together using my fingers to blend all the colors. After I had the look that I wanted with the colors, I crumpled up the page to create a more distressed look to it.

Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Moxie
*DCWV houndstooth paper
*Prima paper (blue)
*dictionary page
*pinking shears
*black flat-backed gems

Be sure to leave a comment on my Design Memory Craft blog posts this week. 
Each comment (only one comment per day) will enter you into a drawing for 
Color Gelatos & Clear Stamp kit 
(like those pictured above!)

Tomorrow, I will be sharing a different technique using the Gelatos!! 

Have a great Tuesday everyone!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Featuring Design Memory Craft this week!!!

Good Monday Morning, everyone!

A couple of weeks ago, I got a very fun email asking me if I would like to play with some new products and feature them on my blog from Design Memory Craft. I am always up for trying new things so I said, "Sure!" 

It's going to be a fun week, because I have been playing/experimenting with these very cool art supplies and you can do so many fun things with them! 

The best can win some of these fabulous supplies too!! Two commenters on my blog this week, will win A Mix & Match Mixed Media Sampler and Color Gelatos & Clear Stamp kit (like those pictured at the bottom of this post!)

Make sure to leave a comment for your chance to win!!!

So let's get to the playing...
For my first few projects this week, I am really playing with those gelatos. You can see them up there with my card. They are like little tubes of colored chapstick that you can see around my photo above.

 For this card, I misted my stamp image with water and then tapped the gelatos onto the stamp to color it. The gelatos have a waxy type of texture, but when water is added to them, they become like is so cool!!

The dark blue around the edge of the stamped cardstock is the effect that you get when you use the gelato directly. I rubbed the gelato directly onto the cardstock and then smudged it with my finger to get the shading around the edge.

Because I felt super-artsy using these fun gelatos, I used a really artsy image from Unity Stamp Co with that butterfly. I love how the image has the drips coming off of it with the cool effect of the gelatos. So fun! The "delight" was done by using the PITT artist pen big brush and brushing the ink directly onto the stamp image.

Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Art & Soul
*Prima IOD paper collection
*Nestabilities Labels die cut
*book page
*flat-back pearls

And because I am so bad at explaining things, 
here is the info about the product line directly from Faber-Castell!!!

 About Design Memory Craft:
Mix & Match from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft makes designing with color simple. Choose a color set that inspires you. Choose a medium. Mix & Match as you create. Color coordinated palettes give you the freedom to design your project knowing the colors will work beautifully together. Perfect for all your design, memory and craft projects.

About the products:
Mixed Media Sampler Sets in Red, Yellow, Blue and Green encourage you to spread your creative wings and experiment with mixing mediums!  Each set includes a Stamper’s Big Brush, Gelato Metallic Stick, Pastel Pencil and Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor pencil.  Experiment with mixing colors and mediums or layer different mediums to create depth and details.  Or try using your rubber stamps with the different mediums to see which effects you like the most. 

Color Gelatos are creamy sticks infused with brilliant color.  The color slides easily onto papers and can then be dissolved with water to create watercolor effects, or left to dry for vibrant bursts of color.  Try stamping with the Color Gelatos, or apply a field of color and use a stamp to remove the color.  Color Gelatos work wonderfully on flocked papers and embellishments too!  Color Gelatos are acid-free and odorless. 
Be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Doing the Rain Dance....

Happy Friday Everyone!

It's time for another Friday Fun Challenge. Today's challenge comes from Sherry:

April 22
April Showers…..
Make a card or project using any elements of showers like rain, umbrellas, rain boots, etc. 

Out here in West Texas, we are praying for rain, so I hope that this challenge is a good omen!

I was totally inspired by this image (above) for the look of my card. This was the Tuesday Trigger from the Moxie Fab World blog a couple of weeks ago...

Supplies used:
*Paper Makeup Stamps Emma
*watercolor pencils
*StazOn jet black ink pad
*various patterned papers

Go check out what the rest of the FFC girls have created this week...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Simple little Easter card...

I was in the mood to color this week so I pulled out some of my Paper Makeup Stamps fairy images...

This is just a very simple card. I just let that gorgeous little fairy carry the show.

Supplies used:
*Paper Makeup Stamps Elle the Easter Fairy
*TPC Studio papers
*glue pen
*prisma glitter
*watercolor pencils
*StazOn jet black inked
*Fiskars border punch

I hope that you are having a fabulous day!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A SFYTT/Unity Challenge

This month Unity Stamp Co. is sponsoring the Sketch For You To Try sketch challenge so I thought that I would give it a try today using one of my Itty Bitty's that I hadn't gotten inky yet...

Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. The Little Things
*Echo Park For the Record paper collection
*Martha Stewart doily punch
*American Crafts brads
*Nestabilities labels punch
*CTMH Crystal Blue ink pad
*StazOn Jet black ink pad

Below is the sketch...I just modified it to a more rectangular format.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

A PMS Sponsored Challenge...

Good Saturday Morning!!!

Paper Makeup Stamps is sponsoring a sketch challenge today from Sketch Saturday.

I had fun playing with this sketch and my bountiful box of fun to put that many buttons on a card. This sentiment was part of Paper Makeup Stamps release from last month and I hadn't gotten it inky yet so I thought that it would work well for this card. Also, those are some of my new virgin Jillibean Soup papers that I hadn't cut into yet. Love it when I get to play with all new products on a gorgeous Saturday morning. ;o)

Supplies used:
*Paper Makeup Stamps Only As High sentiment
*Jillibean Soup paper collection
*Fiskars border punch
*Nestabilities Lacey circle die
*Palette burnt umber ink pad

Go check out the challenge. There is an awesome $20 gift certificate for Paper Makeup Stamps as the prize so that is definitely worth it, plus it is a darn cute sketch!

Friday, April 15, 2011

FFC, Friday Feature, & Unity Challenge!

Wow...crazy, busy blog post for today!
I have 3 things to share with you today. 
First up is my project that I created for our Friday Fun Challenge. 
This month's challenges are being hosted by Sherry and this is what she challenged us with for this week:
April 15th...
It’s Tax Day and since you have to FILE by today I want you to make a FILE Folder Notebook. 

^And above is my file folder notebook^

Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Love Life (birds)
*Unity Stamp Co. She Sprouted Wings (sentiments)
*DCWV Couture stack
*file folder
*CTMH Heather ink pad
*StazOn jet black ink pad
*Nestabilities labels die
*MM ribbon
*martha stewart border punch


Last week, my Thursday and Friday got away from me since I was trying to get everything ready to go out of town, so I did not get last week's FFC challenge completed.  To compound the guilt, it was Sherry's 37th birthday challenge...
Happy *really belated* Birthday, Sherry!!!!

Here's the challenge that Sherry issued:
April 8th
37 is an important number for me this week, so the challenge is to use 3 different Ribbons and 7 embellishments – You can use 7 of the same or mix it up, but you need to use 7.  Stitching and paper-piercing count for one embellishment in each place you use it. 

^and above is my card that I created^
I *think* that I have the right amount of items on there, but I am working on 4 hours of sleep from last night and it is midnight right now so I could be way wrong.

Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co. Going Retro (this week's Friday Feature so it's 20% OFF!!!)
*Crate Paper collection
*misc. circle punches
*StazOn jet black ink pad
*Fiskars border punch
*corner rounder

I am not too sure who all is getting to play this week , but they all deserve some love so go pay them a visit...

And now I have my Tweet, Tweet challenge card to share with you....

Supplies used:
*Unity Stamp Co Sweet Zzzz's
*For the Luv of art paper collection
*watercolor pencils
*martha stewart border punch
*antique buttons
*nestabilities labels die
*velvet ribbon

Every month on the 15th, we will have a new Unity sponsored challenge.
This month's challenge is:
APRIL- "You're so TWEET" Use BIRDS on your project.

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