Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Getting Excited!!!

     It is the last day of September!!!! Know what that means? Tomorrow starts the month long feast of challenges and the awesome card drive for breast cancer patients. Really looking forward to the Hope You Can Cling To challenges at splitcoaststampers this year especially both because I'm more involved as a hostess for one of the challenges, and because my mom's breast cancer journey continues. Hope you'll join along. I'm going to give you a teeny sneak peek of a couple of sample cards I've made just to whet your appetite!

    And here's the main motivation behind my involvement...pardon the poor picture quality. Mom and I had a stamping day together a while back and this is the only picture I have of our time.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Spritzed Scribbles

Really fun mixed media challenge today that had me breaking out the crayons! Ky called it "Go Scribble" and had us scribble with bright crayons over light cardstock followed by a dark spritzing.
Here's my first card.

I embossed my watercolor paper with the ef and then used crayons to color the embossed parts. I used the side with the stems raised.

I spritzed over the top with Walnut Ink

I used a semi-dry wipe to clear off the ink.
I wanted some blue so I smooshed my ink pad on acetate and watered it down to paint blue between the bamboo.
Here's a closeup of the final look.

Round 2-starting to add the crayon

Painting in the blue

Card #2 which will go to my dragon-loving about to be 14yo son.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Left Handed Doodling

    Whew, sometimes challenges are really challenging! Today for the Mixability Challenge at splitcoastampers Dina asked us to doodle with our non-dominant hands! I was hanging with my youngest DD who was still doing school and used what I had right handy (pardon the pun) which was index cards and a fine point pen. My first piece started with a tree I copied from the cover of a book, What On Earth Am I Here For? I freehanded the tree and leaves with my right hand, then added my bark doodling with my left. 
I'm glad I chose bark for my doodling as you can see my hand wasn't real steady! I used Gelatos to color most of the leaves and a metallic Sharpie for the rest. 

     I used brown acrylic paint to color my tree and it sort of covered up all my hard, pulled the pen out again to add the "bark" back to the tree!I think my hand got a bit of brown paint as well!