Monday, May 21, 2018

No-line Copic Coloring

My recent rotator cuff repair has limited some aspects of card making, but the right hand works fine, so I am focusing on no-line coloring these days. This is the first image in a series of three that I borrowed from my friend, Birgit while on our crafting weekend this past March.


Supplies:
Stamp:  Penny Black Summer Love
Die:  MFT Double the Smiles, Stitched Rectangle STAX
Copics:  E000,00,11,30,31,34,35,40,41,42,43,44,50,51,53 YG0000,00,11,13,21, BG0000,10,11,13, G0000, R000,00,21,20,22,24,27, Y00,21,23
Paper:  PTI Aqua Mist, WeR Memory Keepers - Anthology

This card is going to play over at the following challenges:
Penny Black and More: Anything Goes                                      Penny Black Saturday Challenge:  Anything Goes
Please do grab our logo to display on your own blog...or Hedgie

Thanks for coming over to visit.  I hope you have a wonderful day!
Kara

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mirror Stamping for See-Saw Fun

The couple from Lawn Fawn's Bicycle Built for You found a park along their ride here on the front of my card:


The boy was mirror stamped to face his girl friend.  I didn't get a crisp stamped image, so I used a Copic Multi-liner to even out the stamp lines. Both were colored with Copics and fussy cut.  The see-saw was stamped on kraft cs twice, shaded with Copics, and cut separately.  They were fixed together with a brad so the couple can move up and down.  I added foam tape to the base for easier movement.  The sentiment will go on the inside of the card.

Lawnfawnatics has a great sketch challenge going on right now.  I used the see-saw as the narrow horizontal block and switched out a square for the circle. 
Supplies:
Lawn Fawn Stamps:  Bicycle Built for You, Let's Play
Lawn Fawn Dies:  Quilted Backdrop, Pivot Pop-Up (cloud and tree), Stitched Hillside Pop-up (partial cut for grass), Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up (stitched rectangle for sky and grass)  
Lawn Fawn Paper:  Perfectly Plaid 6x6 paper pad
Copics:  E000,00,02, 21,23,25,27,29,31,51,53,55,57, RV21,23,25, R32,35,37,39, B60,63,66, C00,02, black Multi-liner

Thanks for coming over to visit.  I hope you are having a wonderful day!
Kara

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #5: Butterflies

A brand new Twofer Card Challenge starts today!  Our theme this time is butterflies.  I used the same die on both cards from MFT's Flutter of Butterflies - lace.
The first card focuses on patterned paper and a shaped edge border whereas the second card is all about gold heat embossing and whimsical watercoloring.

The blue/gold card was fun to create.  I painted along the heat embossed swirls with a blue Zig CCRB pen.  The solid portion of the butterflies was inked in gold and the lace portion was partially embossed and watercolored with the same blue marker.  The white sentiment on the bottom balances the white at the top.

The 'Miss You' card is all patterned paper and acetate.  The acetate adds a subtle texture to the wings, but lets the pp remain the focus.

It's all aflutter over at the Twofer Card Challenge blog with new creations from the design team, and we'd love to have you join us!
 

Supplies:
Stamps:  PTI Fancy Flourishes, PTI Birthday Cheer, MFT Written in Water Color (NBUS),
Dies:  MFT Flutter of Butterflies Solid and Lace, PTI Birthday Cheer
Paper:  Kaiser Craft - Lush Collection, Acetate, Bristol Smooth CS
Ink/Markers:  VersaMark, Brilliance Galaxy Gold, Zig Clean Color Real Brush #30-Blue
Other:  Ranger Princess Gold EP, Zing white EP,  MME Kate&Co green enamel dot, Basic Grey enamel dots

Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you are having a wonderful day!
Kara

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Surgery Woes, But A Bright Future Ahead

Well, my surgery did not go as planned.  It ended up being a full torn rotator cuff repair and my left shoulder is still immobilized for a few more weeks.  The physical therapist moves my shoulder twice a week and that is all for now.  Thankfully this is temporary, but I wanted to let you know why I'm really not back in blogland yet.

Before surgery, I put a few posts together for some upcoming events.  Birthdays, babies, and graduations wait for no man, nor should they.

My nephew is graduating this May and starting law school in the fall.  He is such a fantastic guy and has a genuine passion for helping others.  I am so excited for him!
The gator was colored with copics.  I drew a little diploma for him to hold.  The seal is a stamped and gold heat embossed star with a couple of drawn ribbons coming down from it.
The sentiment was computer generated on green cs.  I then cut out the word 'graduate' on the Silhouette (while holding my breath that I measured the placement right).  It was then ink blended and popped up with foam to form a shaker.  The sunshine was stamped on white cs and then clear heat embossed so that the background could be ink blended without turning the yellow sun green.

This gator is going to play in a couple of challenges:
Heffy Doodle Challenge:  Summer Loving - sunshine and graduation is a great start to summer.
Timeout Challenges:  #108 Wild
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Animal Magic

 

Supplies:
Stamps:  Heffy Doodle Happy Snappy Crocs, WPlus9 A Pocketful,  PTI Galaxy (small star)
Silhouette and Computer generated sentiment font:  Conventional Wisdom, Calibri
Copics:  YG 21,23,25,63, G05, 0, R27, C00, C0, Multi-liner .3, and .05
Inks:  PTI Bright Buttercup, VersaMark, DI Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass
Paper:  MFT Cool as a Cucumber
Other:  Ranger Clear embossing powder, Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder, Michael's star confetti, fun foam

Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you are having a wonderful day!
Kara

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #4: Pets

Pets is the name of the game this time at Twofer Card Challenge!  We've always had dogs in my family, so I'm partial to dog stamps.  Our dog, Remmington, is a little mix breed that we got ten years ago when our girls were 6 and 4.  He was supposed to be a family dog, but he's really a mama's dog. 
I wanted to use many of these fun dogs on both cards, so the way I changed them up was patterned paper and ink blending verses white with water coloring.  More obvious is the difference in colors and positioning.

This pyramid of dogs was colored with Copics and fussy cut.  Clouds were stenciled in the sky, and the fence is a piece of dp that I zig-zag cut and shaded a bit with a Copic marker.  The sentiment was printed from the computer onto green cs, inked a bit, and die cut to create the ground.
On this next card, I moved away from traditional dog colors.  Each dog was colored with Copics, but the balloons and ground were painted with Zig CCRB pens.  I tied a string to each of the dogs, cutting slits if need be, and adhered the end under each balloon.  The strings that "tie" to the balloons were just glued to the balloon back and wrapped around the end part to look as though the entire string was tied there.
Here's our little Remmington:
We cropped around his photo to mimic a print we found to go in our daughter's room.


So what's your favorite pet?  I hope you will join in the fun with us.  You can find all of the information and much more inspiration from the rest of the design team over at the Twofer Card Challenge blog. 
Supplies:
Card 1 -
Stamps: Katzelkraft - Les Chiens
Dies:  MFT Grassy Hills
Paper:  MME Miss Caroline, PTI Green Parakeet
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, DI Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass
Copics: W00,1,3,5, N6,8, C00,1,3,5,7,100, RV000, R20,81,83,85, E000,00,07,11,13,15,18,19,21,23,25,27,29,30,31,33,35,37,42,43,44,47,49
Other: MFT Mini Cloud Edges, Sentiment typed in Word with font Dam* Noisy Kids

Card 2 -
Stamps: Katzelkraft - Les Chiens, PTI Swoosh (wishes sentiment), Studio Katia Kobi the Birthday Bear (balloons)
Dies:  PTI Wonderful Words: Birthday
Paper: Bristol Smooth CS, PTI True Black
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens - 25,27,32,34,40,41,50,52,70,80,84
Copics:  0,V01,04,06,09,17,91,93,95,99, BV00,04, B000,00,02,05,21,24,28, G02,05,07,09, YG00,03,21,Y000,00,02,04,17,32,35,38, YR000,00,02,04,14,27,65,68, R08,22,24,27,59, RV000,00,19,52,55
Other:  SSS Fine Detail white embossing powder, Nuvo ebony crystal drops, Uni-ball Signo white gel pen, White floss from Hobby Lobby, Sharpie silver marker

Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you have a wonderful day filled with puppies and rainbows (but not all together).
Kara

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Time Off for Surgery

A couple of years ago I had shoulder surgery on my right shoulder, and apparently my left shoulder did not want to be left out, so now it is taking it's turn.  I will be away from blogging while I go through the rehab process.  I may not be commenting, but know that I will still be silently visiting when I can.

I thought a pocketful of sunshine would do us all some good.  I love this WPlus9 pocket and its many possibilities.  I always adhere it so that it gaps open at the top slightly. 
Some masking and ink blending brought out the brightness of the stamped sun.  I stamped the pocket die onto blue colored cs, so I went around with a white gel pen to emphasize the stitching.  The little sentiments were silver heat embossed onto the popped up clouds and the 'sunshine' was die cut from both cs and fun foam.

This card is going over to play at the Fusion Challenge - Rain or Shine.  I focused on the photo concept.

Supplies:
Stamps:  WPlus9 A Pocketful
Dies:  WPlus9 Sunshine Layers
Ink:  DI Faded Jeans, Fossilized Amber, PTI Harvest Gold, Enchanted Evening, VersaMark
Paper:  PTI Blueberry Sky
Other:  MFT Radiating Rays stencil, SSS Ultra fine sliver embossing powder, Uni-ball Signo White gel pen, fun foam

Thanks for coming over to visit.  I hope you are having a wonderful day!
Kara


Monday, March 19, 2018

Crafty Friends are the Best!

I've often read posts of bloggers getting together to meet in person, and wished I could meet so many of the wonderful friends I've gotten to know through the years.  Two weekends ago I had an amazing opportunity to meet five of my dear blogging/card making friends at the Whatever Craft House in Newton, KS.  It was a jam packed four days of talking, laughing, creating, and connecting.  I learned a lot about these ladies and I learned a lot from them too:  Marcia, Nancy, Birgit, Linda, and Colleen. Yes, I am holding the camera!
 
Here's a few of the projects we made or partial projects that I finished when I got home:
Colleen gave us each a notepad to cover.  Some ladies brought Distress Oxide inks so I tried them with these PTI birds that Colleen brought with her.  Marcia showed us a stencil technique with Oxides that became my background, and Nancy brought all of us some die cuts which became my scalloped frame and borders.  I added a little cs and a PTI leaf sprig and PTI sentiment when I got home and now I have the most gorgeous notepad I have ever owned!
Colleen put a beautiful kit together for each of us featuring this W+9 bird and flowers.  She even stamped the envelope!  I colored them in Copics and added a few sequins.
Nancy gifted us each with this beautiful bracelet made by her daughter, Alisa.  It is stamped with a heart and the number 18 as a memento of the year we were together.  Nancy stamped and gold embossed this beautiful spray of flowers on black cs so we could all try her Finetec watercolors.  Notice how well the bracelet and card go together?  I added a gold embossed border and a sentiment from PTI.
Linda gave us each a kit to make this wonderful gift bag.  I added some die cuts from dies Marcia gave to us.  I've already used this bag to give a set of cards to a hostess who invited our family over for dinner yesterday.  Linda also got me hooked on the Catherine Pooler inks.  I can't afford to need new ink!!  You would find that you need them too if you tried them for yourself, just sayin'.
Birgit showed us all how to make this adorable pop-up card.  I just love this little scene with the whimsical banner, mushrooms and ferns and those sweet deer!  Birgit also shared many stamps and dies which were new to me so now I have many many projects to keep me busy. 
Marcia die cut some SSS flowers for all of us and let us play with her Lindy's Magicals.  They are a powder similar to Brusho, but they shine like nothing I've ever seen!  I added a SSS sentiment.
 Here's my attempt of showing you the shine.
Marcia also made us each a kit to create this adorable pop-up box complete with pompom bunny tails!

My craft table is full right now with many more bits and pieces from our time together.  My heart is full of memories and love for each one of these precious ladies.

Thanks for coming over to visit.  I hope that you are having a wonderful day.  Who knows, maybe you and I will also meet in person one day!

Kara