Thursday, March 23, 2023

Inky Paws Challenge #194

 Hello friends! I am entering a challenge at Newton's Nook Designs! It's the Inky Paws Challenge #194 (a color challenge)! As much as I love a good sketch challenge, color challenges are my second favorite! Trying to get the "exact" if not super close color match is half the fun!! 

So this card was created using a modified version of the #192 Challenge Sketch and the colors on this challenge! I was running out of options in the freebie section so I broke down and purchased this super cute Llama! When I saw the colors I immediately saw "baby card." Of course they are absolutely 100% spring colors...but my mind went immediately to baby! So here is my take!  Papers are from Unity Stamp Co. (Rainbow Wishes), twine from american crafts. I colored this sweet llama with Tombow ABT markers. I added a circle of vellum because I just couldn't find the right pink and all the other patterned papers were just too much! I love how vellum is subtle enough to blend but just enough to show that there is a difference. Foam tape and some sequins from Spiegelmom Scraps (sweet water) to finish it off!

Attaching the colors from the challenge and the sketch I loosely followed!

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Friday, March 10, 2023

{BYSHC} Sketch 31 Challenge

Hello Friends and welcome to March! New sketch at {BYSHC} to run through the end of the month! My card today is a new favorite!

This lovely card started with a white top fold card base. Next I added a black background. I measured my other pieces according to the sketch and got them ready to assemble. The focal image is a stamp from Unity Stamp Co. called All is Calm.  I stamped it on white cardstock with VersaFineClair in Nocturne. Next I die cut it with the smallest circle from Scallops & Circles (nesting die) set from Unity. I ink blended some faded jeans and scattered straw. I added some star sequins and yellow gems. The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark and embossed with gina k. designs fine detail white embossing powder and fussy cut to just have the sentiment. Mounted the circle with foam tape to add dimension.

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Sunday, February 26, 2023

Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge #192

 Hello friends! I am working with the Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge #192 Sketch! I've said it before (and will probably say again) but I love a good sketch!! Since I am still waiting on my order from Newton's Nook, I will use another freebie from their collection! This one is called (appropriately) birdballoon!

I started with a white cardbase, then added the diagonal striped paper (from Unity Stamp Co. Enrich the Soul). On top of that I cut a piece of white cardstock as the base for the three strips, also from Unity Stamp Co. (Kindness is Magic). I printed my image on watercolor paper, but because I apparently do not have the correct ink or markers the printed image was running with my Tombow ABT markers. So with that being said, be careful when getting close to the lines if your image is bleeding! I literally had to print and redo this about 6 times because I kept getting smeary lines. As I said above, I colored with Tombow ABT Markers, then distressed the edge with distress oxide in Speckled Egg. Tied some jute twine (may arts) and added some red enamel dots (gina marie designs) for added color!

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Saturday, February 25, 2023

Hero Arts February Challenge - Card #2

 Thought I'd enter another card in the Hero Arts February Challenge. The theme is "Animal Crackers." Their definition is the best: 

"if it goes baa, cluck, moo, roar, bark, honk, meow, neigh, oink, hee-haw, quack, trumpet, whoop, squeak, howl, gobble, hoot, croak, chirp, whistle or buzz, and if it crawls, hops, flies, swims, jumps, hovers, flutters, waddles or burrows – all creatures great and small are welcome here!"

So here is my fluttering flying creature! LOL  I started with a white card base, added a piece of Bazzill dotted swiss paper in the color Cornmeal. Next I used a pre-inked watercolor panel (details below) and ink blended over it with a Hero Arts Stencil (Floral swirls SA-152) and some distress ink in the color wild honey. I die cut the panel using the Unity Stamp Co. rectangle and scallops nesting dies (which appear to be currently unavailable).  The butterfly is also from Unity Stamp Co. A set called The Secret of Change. It also has a digital download cut file which I used to cut out the butterfly. I then added some Nuvo Aqua Shimmer in glitter gloss to the wings.  Popped it up with a tiny piece of foam tape under the middle.  Jewels are from Pinkfresh Studio (they usually have a 12 color box, but not available at this time. I used the color peach fuzz). The sentiments are from a Hero Arts set called Hello Stamp & Cut (DC-151).

close up of the glittery shimmery wings!

So this panel that I started with was created after watching a video I saw some time clean my blender brushes with water and watercolor paper. Dip the brush in water and swirl it on a watercolor panel. Easy peasy and you create a giant pile of backgrounds ready to stamp or stencil or whatever you want! I need to make more, my blender brushes are FULL of ink!!

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Friday, February 24, 2023

Last one for {BYSHC} Sketch 30!

With the end of the month comes the end of {BYSHC} Sketch 30! Don't be sad because all the past sketches are posted on the Facebook group page! 

My card today features a ink smooshed hand-created background. I added some snowflake patterned paper and a navy blue solid scrap. The snowman is from The Unity Stamp Co. December 2020 Whit Kit Winter Shake Up. Colored his hat and scarf with Tombow ABT Markers in coordinating colors to match the colors I used for the background. Some glitter enamel dots from GinaMarie Designs were added for a little extra sparkle! 

With that a new sketch will be released on March 1, be sure to stay tuned for what's to come!

Monday, February 13, 2023

Hero Arts February Challenge - Animal Crackers

 I just discovered a blog challenge happening over at Hero Arts! The February 2023 theme is "Animal Crackers." I love their description....

"We want you to get out your critter stamps – furry friends, creepy crawlies – if it goes baa, cluck, moo, roar, bark, honk, meow, neigh, oink, hee-haw, quack, trumpet, whoop, squeak, howl, gobble, hoot, croak, chirp, whistle or buzz, and if it crawls, hops, flies, swims, jumps, hovers, flutters, waddles or burrows – all creatures great and small are welcome here!"


So I combined a couple from Hero Arts (Hello Stamp & Cut) which happens to be my ONLY Hero Arts set :\ and a sweet elephant from Unity Stamp Co. (Sweet Elle).

Started with a white card base, cut some old Carta Bella paper (paris girl circa 2012) to match the February 2023 sketch challenge happening at Unity Show & tell. Next I stamped Elle on a piece of watercolor paper, colored with Tombow ABT markers and used a cloud stencil to create some soft clouds in the background. I added some Nuvo Aqua Shimmer (glitter gloss) to the heart on the balloon and some sequins from Spiegelmom scraps (country winter).

Fingers crossed that first time's the charm and there will be more Hero Arts in my future! :) Thanks for visiting! Leave me some love to let me know you were here! :)

Jenni <3

Super Bowl Sunday!

 While most would consider Super Bowl Sunday a day to prep and party and get ready for the big game.....I had other plans! My daughter and I spent most of the day in our guest room which doubles as the "craft room." While she was working on her dance solo costume.....I was working on a stash half made cards. You know you have a bag or a bin or a drawer full of stuff that you have saved! "I'll make something with that another day." "Not sure what to do with that right now, I'll save it for just the right thing." "OMG I hate it! But maybe someday I'll love it!" LOL Well this was the results of that! 6 cards and a solo costume done! :)

Leftover cut pieces (Coffee Lovers) from a background sketch. Stamps are from December 2022 KOM and ...hello fresh start.

Background created ages ago with ink smooshing and stamped pop dots background. Entering for the Unity February 2023 Sketch challenge! Stamps are from January 2023 KOM

Paper from Unity (Grow. Evolve. Transform.) Cut with the largest scallop and rectangle die (currently unavailable). "Birthday" was die cut with say it big dies with black glitter paper. Happy was stamped from Gotta Love Sentiments.

Ink smooshed background been sitting around for a while. Finally stamped with A faithful letter in white embossing, then die cut with largest scallop & rectangle die. Stamped onto vellum the flower from You are forever beautiful and sentiment from ....extended celebration.

The next two are scrap created background using all sorts of scraps I had that matched. The first one ^ was cut using the largest rectangle from scallop & rectangle dies (kraft background was cut with largest scalloped rectangle). Sentiment is Unity, but not sure the kit. Tied with some May arts twine and popped up with foam tape.

this one was an extra piece left on the sheet after I die cut the above panel. Red panel was embossed with a darice folder. Vellum circle cut with scallops & circle die, then the sentiment from ...hello fresh start. Red enamel dots from GinaMarie Designs. 

My daughter's solo costume. She did this all while we sat together! <3 Dress is from Dillard's, purchased while shopping for homecoming dresses! 

All in all it was a "SUPER" fun day spent crafting together! Love days like that! :)