Saturday, January 24, 2015

Feelin' A Little Crafty!

I was able to finish up the last of my cards using the flowers and butterflies I had colored up! The first card just about gave me fits because I couldn't figure out how to finish it, lol! Turns out it just needed a bit of ribbon. Whew! The other two were very easy to put together.



With those all finished, it was time to do something new! But what???? Why not use some of my newest dies from My Favorite Things that just came in?? Of course!!
Love it!!! Especially the "lipglossed" lips!!


So....now what's next?? Not sure but I'm sure I'll come up with something! :D

LOL Caturday - Grumpy Cat Style!












Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #294


Good morning, Crafters! It's still fully dark over here in Germany (not that it gets much lighter during the "day", lol!), and I'm on my first cup of tea. I just got my order in from England yesterday, so I'm happier than a pig in mud!!!! Turkish Apple.....soooo yummy!! If you are confused by "WOYWW", do check out Ms. Julia's blog at Stamping Ground and get up to speed. For the rest of you, welcome and I hope you have a good look around!

My desk this morning:
I didn't "cheat" or arrange anything....this is truly the mess I left my desk in when I had to stop for the day yesterday. I was in the middle of a card that wasn't coming together easily for me, so I was still putzing around with it, trying a little of this and a little of that, and generally not liking any of it! When my husband came home with pizza for dinner, I threw my hands up and called it a day! You will notice different stamp sets and dies on my desk, and a lovely stack of Magnolia papers on the left hand corner. A mish-mash of tools and adhesives, some ink pads, and two blocks with stamps on them that I may, or may not, use. A mess, but a card-in-progress kind of mess!!!

However, it was a banner week of crafting!!! I haven't done this much in a week in a long time - thanks very much to the awful insomnia I deal with. I got all three of my winter cards you saw me working on last week finished!! If you would like to see them, I blogged about it on Sunday HERE. Then I saw THIS VIDEO on Facebook and was inspired to make these:
A garden on my desk!!!

Most are colored with Spectrum Noir pencils and Gamsol, and the ones on the right were water colored with Distress Ink and a paint brush as shown in the video above. It was SOOOO EASY to paint them! Just have a quick look at the video and know you can have great results too!


The cards I've made with my flowers so far:





I have enough flowers and butterflies left to make 2-3 more cards and then it will be on to something else. I'm not sure what, but it WILL involve more coloring because I most certainly have not had my fill yet!!!! Perhaps more pencils? Perhaps some Perfect Pearls? We shall see.......Thanks for stopping by and I hope your week is the bestest ever!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Coloring Madness!

I've been in a bit of a "coloring" kick lately, and now that the winter cards I started were all finished, I wanted to do something completely different, but still have some fun with coloring. I'd had some fun with my Copics, and was thinking about getting out my pencils next. Then over the weekend Lawn Fawn posted this video!
 
Even if you aren't a crafter, I think you will enjoy this video!!! When I watched it the first time I thought, "This simply cannot be this easy!" Followed by, "I've got to try this!" This stamp set is an older one of Lawn Fawn's,  but they just came out with the matching dies, and I had received both just last week. Perfect timing!!! So on Sunday evening, I heat embossed the flowers and leaves on water color paper in white embossing powder just as it was shown in the video. I don't have very many of the Distress Ink pads, but I have all the colors in their markers. So I just scribbled some color on an acrylic block, spritzed it with a water mister and tried it out. So stinkin' easy!!! And the results were so gorgeous! After water coloring a couple of flowers, I called Thomas upstairs to see. He was "wow'd" by the ones I had already done, and I told him to watch while I did another one. It took maybe 1 minute (?) to do another one and he couldn't believe it. He said it was like magic, and it was!!! So I finished the flowers and leaves I had heat embossed, and set them aside to dry.

Then I stamped the same stamp set on regular paper (the kind I use for pencil coloring) with black ink. I basically just filled an entire 8 1/2 x 11" sheet with flowers, leaves and butterflies. Then I grabbed my pencils, Gamsol and paper blending stumps and went downstairs to watch the football game with Thomas. I was so tired and my feet were throbbing, but it doesn't take much effort to color. Just kicked up my legs and set a lap tray up and I colored away, while Thomas screamed at the TV, lol! I think I did about 6 flowers that night, and did the rest the following day (yesterday). Then after dinner I die cut them all out and took a photograph.

There's a garden on my desk!
(Click photo to enlarge!!!)

You can see the difference between pencil and water coloring.

Flowers look darker with the flash...

...than they do without the flash.
This is more the true shade of the images.

I figure I have enough images for six new cards! It's been so much fun coloring all of these!!! Stay tuned for the finished project!