Friday, August 29, 2014

A Card A Day August Day 30

Day 30 Card 30

It's the final card for my August daily card challenge. I wanted to end on a high note. I am obsessed with anything and everything Peanuts Gang related, so naturally I had to squeeze my favorite characters in.  This card just made me happy the whole time I was designing it. 

Using the What a Hoot stamp set by CTMH, I stamped the owl body masking off the inside details. I also stamped the small flower and masked off the tiny inside detail. I then drew a bag and colored my pieces. The small flowers will serve as hands. I added lots of random black dots on my ghost and painted a grey oval.
I cut all my pieces and used foam tape to create my ghost.  I added the rock on one hand and the other is holding the bag.

I created a quick background with dark blue paper and some green for bushes.
Close up of my Charlie Brown.
I then created a talk cloud for Charlie Brown's tag line. I used a black pen to write my words.I also added some liquid glass to look like night stars.
The final product just makes me happy! This card brings my favorite character to life and makes me smile. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Card A Day August Card 29

Day 29 Card 29
Summer has come and gone. The best part of summer is definetly the ice cream. I  think I bleed ice cream. If it's frozen, I love it! In honor of my love of ice cream, I used the What A Hoot Stamp set by CTMH to creat some Popsicles. 

Using the smaller owl, I masked off the inside detail and used it as my basic shape. I colored them by using some water colors in yellow and orange. I was going for lemon  and orange flavors. I also created an oval of each color to give the Popsicle dimension later.

I cut a Popsicle stick in half and glued it to the back of my cut image. I also cut my oval piece an added an outline at the bottom.
I placed the oval pieces behind the Popsicle sticks in each ice treat. This makes it look like the stick is actually going trough the Popsicle.
I wanted something special on my card so I added some lace trim. It had some green which matched my card base. 

I stamped a sentiment below my bow and attached my Popsicle with foam tape. 
The result was this very bright card. The colors are perfect for a summer party.  It looks very realistic. I could just eat them. 

A Card A Day August Card 28

Day 28 card 28
For this card, I used the large owl from the What A Hoot stamp set by CTMH. I used some tape to mask off the inside detail keeping only the outline and stamped it in some water color paper. I then colored it in with some browns. I also stamped some eyes using a stamp I owned. I drew on a black nose and a mouth.
I then created a talk bubble in some water color paper. I used some blues to add some color.
I used a black pen to write my sentiment.  Somehow my Fox looks like the tv logo, which was not intentional. 
I added my pieces onto a store bought card base with some foam tape.  This card reminds me of my nieces. They introduced me to this annoying song...which now lives in this birthday card.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Card A Day August Card 27

This is winding down and I can't believe I'm so close to the end of my challenge.  This was also inspired by Mel's request. Using the the owl from the What A Hoot stamp set by CTMH.  I masked off the eye area and stamped it a few times onto watercolor paper. I also used a $1 stamp from my stash of different eyeball sets.

I turned the owl upside down and added some shading with watercolor paint. To make it look 3D I created a darker area at the bottom. I then stamped some eyes on it.
I repeated the process creating two ghosts.
I then took a strip of purple paper and created a banner. I used a gel pen to write a greeting and finished with some dash lines or faux stitching.
For a little added interest, I cut some tiny hearts and placed them on with foam tape. I then coated them with clear wink of Stella and some liquid glass.
The result was a very cool happy ghost card. Even my pup agreed.

A Card A Day August Card 26

Day 26 Card 26

It's always easier to create a card when I get a request or suggestion. We're getting close to the end of this crazy challenge of mine. For this card, I used the owl body from the What A Hoot stamp set by CTMH. 

I masked the eyes and beak and stamped it onto some red cardstock. I then added googley eyes.
I stamped some dots using a foam dot as my stamp. I just stuck it to the back of a fat marker and took the stickiness off by rubbing it on my clothes. With some canary ink from CTMH and added some dots and coated them with liquid glass for some shine.
The result was a ghost card with a twist! It's a throwback to my childhood and a response to a request. Thank you, Mel for the suggestion.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Card A Day August Card 24 & 25

Day 24 Card 24
Using the What A Hoot stamp set by Close to my Heart has been so much fun but it's getting harder and harder each day to create something different. So for this card, I played with the bat wing to create an umbrella.
This was one of those cards that took a while to create simply because I didn't really know where I was headed with it. So I decided to practice my coloring skills with some water colors and incorporate my umbrella. The ribbon serves as my tree branch. It's ready for a sentiment.

Day 25 Card 25

This card was so easy I had to make two.  Using the wing from the stamp set, I stamped it in some yellow cardstock. 
I then cut them out along with some small red hearts. I used foam tape to secure them on my card base and a gel pen to create a flight pattern.
I loved this card to much I had to make another one. Using a sharpie oil pen, I wrote hello on a card base and then added my bee and heart. I was able to practice my lettering skills. These cards are on my top favs list. So quick to create and they are bee-autiful!  

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Creative Blog Hop

I was introduced to this creative blog hop concept a few weeks ago by my crafty friend Heather from the Kraaft Shaak. She has an amazing community on G plus called Kraaft Shaak. I was drawn to the welcoming environment that she has created there. So when she asked if I would participate, I immediately jumped at the idea, not really knowing what this whole thing was about. So I read and reread how things work and found it pretty amazing that the goal is to have this as a neverending blog hop where we can get to know new crafty people. All I have to do is answer a few questions and introduce you all to some of my crafty friends and they will then in turn  introduce some more crafty friends and the cycle will continue with them.

So here we go.
What am I working on?

 At the moment, I have a neverending to-do list that happens to be all over the place. I'm currently helping some teacher friends. I've made some tags and posters.  My currents projects are all school-related. Being a former teacher and living with a current teacher makes this time of year busy. I'll be sewing some seat pockets and creating some team shirts. I also have a request for some beer labels and some head pieces for a friend's wedding, along with a bridal banner. Wow, when I'm forced to write things down it all seems a bit daunting and scattered. Of course, I will also squeeze in some paint time. I need my paint time! As long as I can get my hands in some paint, all will be well in my world. 
Classroom poster
Teacher tags

How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I'm not sure how my work differs from others in my genre. I'm currently into mixed media and colorful faces. They seem to find there way into my mail art and regular art. I love to create pulled art. I let my backgrounds dictate what type of face will be on it. I create mixed media  backgrounds  for envelopes and canvasses and later revisit them and finds faces in those backgrounds..."I see faces"( a la The Sixth sense)
Mail Art face

Mail art face

Why do I write/create what I do?
My creations help me stay busy and release some of the stress and tension from my day to day life.  I create things for fun and to learn and practice new techniques.  I create for the interaction. I love sharing my creations and hearing peoples' comments on them. I love creating and sharing what I've learned. When I grow up, I'd like to be an artist. 

How does my writing/creative process work? 

My creative process just happens. It seems like a cop out answer but if I'm creating just for myself, I just sit with my materials and make something. I'm not the type of person that gets up in the middle of the night because I've had a brilliant idea. The only time my creativity invades my sleeping time is when I get a request from someone. That's the only time my mind goes on over time with ideas. 

I've got some amazing crafty friends to add to this blog hop. Please check them out. 

Alice, a childhood friend that shares my crafty passion. She's a card maker, scrapbooker, and a lover of all things vintage. 
Creating, Crafting and Thrifting

Mel is an amazing artist who is my enabler for all things mail art related. She has some amazing watercolor skills and captures birds and fishes beautifully.  A Mynah Production

A Card A Day August Day 23

Day 23 Card 23

I've been sharing my cards on my FB page and recently got a request to to a dog card since I hade previously created the cat card. I was up for the challenge, but I reminded them that I was using the What a Hoot stamp set by CTMH as my main elements.
 The cuties that will serve as inspiration for my card. 
I masked and stamped the owl bodies onto some watercolor paper. I then colored them in trying to go by my reference picture.
I then stretched a dog's muzzle on a practice sheet and once I was happy with its look, I cut it out and traced it into my water color paper.
The rest was just adding embellishments.  I used foam tape to add the mouth and googley eyes. I gave each fellow a party hat and added a sentiment and of course you can't party without cake, so a added a cupcake.
I think I achieved my purpose of making a dog card that resembles the puppy pack from the picture. What do you all think?

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Card A Day August Day 22

Day 22 Card 22

For this card, I used the owl from the What A Hoot stamp set by CTMH. I masked the eye area leaving the beak only. 

I then drew a tail using an "S" shape. The beauty of this stamp set is that it had a sketched look that can be mimicked easily since the lines don't have to be straight.  
I used some water colors to color them in. I also stamped the crown and party hat.
I added some googley eyes and drew a mouth and some whiskers. I also added an oval teal mat for my background. This just added some contrast to my base. Some liquid glass as a finishing touch on my hat and crown.

I added a sentiment in a white stripe of cardstock.
This card is "purr"fect for a birthday.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Card A Day August Day 21

Day 21 Card 21

After playing catch up yesterday, I had to keep it simple today. For this card, I used the pumpkin and wings from the What A Hoot stamp set by CTMH.
I stamped the pumpkin using some post it tape to mask off the inside details. I then used some water colors to color them in.
I then stamped the wings and colored them in with water colors as well. I also created some stems.
I cut everything out along with a teal mat for my background.

I played around with the placement of my elements before securing them down.
I used foam tape to secure my cherries and leaves. The stem was glued down onto my mat paper. I stamped my sentiment and used foam tape to place it on the card.

In order to bring in more white, I added some dash lines around my mat paper. I also added some liquid glass from CTMH  on the cherries for some shine. I love that it dries really fast!
The overall look was a bit retro. The sentiment was perfect for this style. I am a Close to my Heart consultant and if you liked this card or any of my other ones, please check out MY SHOP where you can find this stamp set and many others.