Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Penny's Challenge #343: Anything Goes!

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone's week is going well! The new challenge at Penny's starts today! Our sponsor this week is Paper Creator. This is a new sponsor for me, and I am IN LOVE! I need to go back and do some more shopping of my own! Prizes are up for grabs for our awesome players though, WOOT. You have until Tuesday night to link up with us on the Penny's Challenge blog.

Today's card features this AMAZINGLY ADORABLE little guy image, Gilbert's Marvelous Adventure. Who DOESN'T dream of being a superhero?? Or at least, dream of spend the day relaxing and reading a good (comic) book? ;) He reminds me of both of my guys, so intent on reading, with giggles and exclamations when there's something so good they just HAVE to share it with me! 




That's it for this post! Don't forget to swing over to the Penny's Challenge blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps - New Release!

Hello Oddballs! I have an awesome extra post for you today to show off one of the new release images at Oddball Art Stamps. Meet our newest and most GORGEOUS witch, Tabitha the Wart Hoarder, No. 396.



Remember, we have a new Anything Goes FB Challenge posted in the Facebook Group. It started on Tuesday and it runs all month long! Check it out and play along for your chance to win prizes. You can use ANY Oddball Art Stamps image, including our new IMAGE OF THE MONTH, to participate in the challenge. You may request our Image of the Month FOR FREE, to play along in our challenge. If you request the image, you must enter the challenge for that month using that image, or else you'll be put on the naughty list for 3 months. All the details are in the pinned post in the Facebook Group, so head over there to get the scoop.

Be sure to use coupon code DTJENNIFER10 when you're shopping at the Oddball Etsy Shop so you can save a few pennies (you know you need Sweetie Pie in your life!). Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps Technique A Week: Pencil Resist with Dark Watercolored Background

Hello stamping friends! I'm here today with a new Technique a Week Post for Oddball Art Stamps. This technique is a bit of a twist on the old Pencil and Watercolor method that we've used for AGES. I tweaked the final tutorial and project from what was advertised on the blog the past month, but I'm very happy with the results, and I hope you are inspired to try a new Technique!


Pencil Resist and Dark Watercolor Backgrounds

This technique was originally going to be Crayon Resist and Black Backgrounds, but I couldn't color the way I wanted to for the scene I created using Crayons. Fortunately, Prismacolor Pencils have a similar waxy medium when used with full coverage on paper. I can color MUCH better with those, so...perfect! Note that if you ARE doing a more simple background, especially something geometric or just outlines, crayons would also work great as a substitute. And they are way cheaper since you can steal them from your kid's art bin!

Ok! Assemble your supplies. You will need an image to color & paint, brushes, or water brushes, or whatever you want to use. Water if you need it. Paints and pencils. 


Here is the scene I created using No. 323 Sid the Seahorse, along with No. 322 Seashells. You probably can't tell, but I did NOT print this on watercolor paper. It's regular old Neenah 110# bright white cardstock. The only thing to remember with this type of paper is that you don't want to soak it when you're painting. Less is more. You can always go back over it later to deepen the colors.



The first step is to get coloring!! As I mentioned earlier, you can use other coloring choices for this, as long as the color sits on top of the image and the paper (i.e. not markers) and can resist the water/paint when we get the that step. Oil pastels, pencils of various types, crayons, etc.


He's so cute!! I love him! Let's see if you can get a better view of the shiny wax-like look that the pencils give as a finish. Here's the same image, same time, but held at an angle to the light.


Now, keep coloring! You want to color everything you are going to color before you start painting. I finished off the sea floor and also the bubbles and floating starfish.


Cute! It's ready for painting now. I'm NOT A PAINTING EXPERT. I have done these resist techniques before, and I do like playing around with watercolors a bit. LOTS of people are better than me! But here's what I did. Starting with the darkest color at the bottom of the scene, I watercolored several layers of black. This is where the water is the deepest and darkest and I wanted to really show that you can indeed do this and then paint DIRECTLY OVER YOUR COLORED IMAGE even with black paint, and you will not have any problems whatsoever with the paint damaging your image or bleeding through or doing any kind of bad, awful thing you don't want it to. If necessary, you can dab where the paint/water beads up on top of your colored spaces so it doesn't run or smear as you work and move the paper around. Just blot, don't rub. 



Yay! We're having fun now! Ok as mentioned above, I used super cheap, super generic watercolor paints that my kids had in their bin. Why? Because...you don't have to invest a million bucks in new supplies just to be able to try something new! You can improvise and use whatever you've got on hand that matches the minimal requirements to make the technique or process work. I have many types of paint and painting mediums (watercolor crayons, watercolor powders, shimmerz paints, mica sprays that you can use to paint, etc.), but I wanted you ALL to know you can achieve all of this with THE MOST BASIC of equipment. I admit I have my eye on those lovely Gansai Tambi paints, but I haven't gotten around to getting them yet. I hear that they allow for richer/deeper colors, which is very cool. I'm sure I'll get them at some point, but in the meantime, this works great!

Right. Next is more paint! The water is getting lighter as we get closer to the surface, so plan accordingly. Over the course of this painting, I used black, grey, and 4 shades of blue.


Ooh! He's so much fun! I want a Sid...


You're done! Decorate and assemble the rest of your project in any way that you envision. I'm a cardmaker, so he's going on a card! I created the scene to take up the entire card front, with the dimension here mainly being in the coloring and painting. I did pop the sentiment panel up on foam tape, and I have added Nuvo drops to the bubbles, Stickles to the smaller spots that Sid has, and a few pearls for good measure in this underwater world!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If I've inspired you to create something, please link it up so I can take a look! Have a fabulous day and thanks for dropping by.



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Penny's Challenge #342: AG!

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone's week is going well! The new challenge at Penny's starts today! Our sponsors this week are Cute as a Button and Crafty Sentiments. Prizes are up for grabs, WOOT. You have until Tuesday night to link up with us on the Penny's Challenge blog.

Today's card features this lovely image Do You Want to Build a Snowman from Cute as a Button. 



That's it for this post! Don't forget to swing over to the Penny's Challenge blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps August FB Challenge - Reminder!

Hello my dears! I have a super sweet post to share with you today. First off, it's a new month, so there's a new Anything Goes FB Challenge posted in the Facebook Group. Check it out and play along for your chance to win prizes! 

You may remember from last month - we have added the perk of "IMAGE OF THE MONTH" to our challenge!! You may request our Image of the Month FOR FREE, to play along in our challenge. If you request the image, you must enter the challenge for that month using that image, or else you'll be put on the naughty list for 3 months. All the details are in the pinned post in the Facebook Group, so head over there to get the scoop.

This month's Image of the Month is Stars and Bubbles No. 343. I did not get a chance to make a new card with this image, but you can see one I made last year in the post HERE. Today I have a fun AG card made using this adorable Molly the Mischievious No. 319. Obviously, I need to have ALL the mermaid images. ALL!!

You can click on the image to see it supersized, to catch all the detail like Tonic Nuvo drops in her hair and Stickles on the water drops. Must have sparkle, #amIright?



I know that my DT Sisters have made some absolutely amazing projects with this image as well, so be sure to pay them a visit too! I hope you play along with us this month in our Anything Goes challenge! If you haven't yet, come over and join our Facebook Group, and check out all the wonderful images in the Oddball Shop!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Creative Knockouts #206: For a Child

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is....For a Child

This week's sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player!



Here is my project, featuring Dinosaur 01. I was trying to keep it boy-ish, and I've been on such a girl kick lately, I gotta say it was a little tough!! No sparkle, no pearls, no flowers....sheesh! ;) If you actually read this blog you know I LOVE my boys. I do tend toward girlie cards though!! Guilty!

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Penny's Challenge #341: Anything Goes!

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone's week is going well! The new challenge at Penny's starts today! Our sponsor this week is Sasayaki Glitter. Prizes are up for grabs, WOOT. You have until Tuesday night to link up with us on the Penny's Challenge blog.

Today's card features this super fun Party Shy from Sasayaki Glitter. Oh, he is such a sweetie!! I have 2 boys (and no girls, wah!), so I love to get these sweet little boy images to play with.



Colored with Copics, NO dies (what??), embossing folder from Provo Craft, rhinestones from Kaiser Craft, birthday design clips from Around the Block, paper from Bella Blvd and Imagine That Digistamp (digital paper, woot!). 

Sasayaki Glitter Challenge this month is Colors of the Rainbow, and I think I've got them all covered except for purple! Purple is not all that boyish anyway. ;)

That's it for this post! Don't forget to swing over to the Penny's Challenge blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps - Sweetie Pie Owl New Release!

Hello Oddballs! I have an awesome extra post for you today to show off one of the new release images at Oddball Art Stamps. Meet our most gorgeous owl (owlette?) Sweetie Pie No. 394


Remember, we have a new Anything Goes FB Challenge posted in the Facebook Group. It started on Tuesday and it runs all month long! Check it out and play along for your chance to win prizes. You can use ANY Oddball Art Stamps image, including our new IMAGE OF THE MONTH, to participate in the challenge. You may request our Image of the Month FOR FREE, to play along in our challenge. If you request the image, you must enter the challenge for that month using that image, or else you'll be put on the naughty list for 3 months. All the details are in the pinned post in the Facebook Group, so head over there to get the scoop.

Be sure to use coupon code DTJENNIFER10 when you're shopping at the Oddball Etsy Shop so you can save a few pennies (you know you need Sweetie Pie in your life!). Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Penny's Challenge #340 - Anything Goes

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone's week is going well! The new challenge at Penny's starts today though! Our sponsor this week is Oddball Art Stamps. Prizes are up for grabs, WOOT. You have until Tuesday night to link up with us on the Penny's Challenge blog.

Today's card features this super fun Holiday Alex No. 357 from Oddball Art Stamps. She's so fun!! It's always nice to get a few Christmas cards into the box earlier in the year. I made her blonde today, a fun change as I've been on a real brunette kick with my coloring!





Colored with Copics, dies from Gina Marie, twine, button, and paper from my stash. 

That's it for this post! Don't forget to swing over to the Penny's Challenge blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps August FB Challenge - AG!

Hello my dears! I have a super sweet post to share with you today. First off, it's a new month, so there's a new Anything Goes FB Challenge posted in the Facebook Group. Check it out and play along for your chance to win prizes! 

You may remember from last month - we have added the perk of "IMAGE OF THE MONTH" to our challenge!! You may request our Image of the Month FOR FREE, to play along in our challenge. If you request the image, you must enter the challenge for that month using that image, or else you'll be put on the naughty list for 3 months. All the details are in the pinned post in the Facebook Group, so head over there to get the scoop.

This month's Image of the Month is Stars and Bubbles No. 343. I did not get a chance to make a new card with this image, but you can see one I made last year in the post HERE. Today I have a fun AG card made using this adorable Sadie Burns and Peanut No. 296. I've had her on my wish list for awhile so I was so happy to finally get her colored and featured!



I know that my DT Sisters have made some absolutely amazing projects with this image as well, so be sure to pay them a visit too! I hope you play along with us this month in our Anything Goes challenge! If you haven't yet, come over and join our Facebook Group, and check out all the wonderful images in the Oddball Shop!

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Aloha Friday's 100th Challenge!!

Can you believe that 4 years ago, the Aloha Friday Challenge started as a fun way to gather some friends and promote the amazing Kitty Bee Designs images. It's become SO much more, and I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing design team! It's easy easy EASY to win lots and lots of great prizes in our 100th Challenge CELEBRATION. No projects necessary! Just comments & love.

In honor of our 100th challenge celebration, we’d like to invite you, our amazing fans and friends, to join in for a special round of amazing giveaways!! There’s a ton of ways to win one of NINE different sponsored prizes... NINE of them!!!

 Oh, and don't forget about our Design Team Call!!! This is YOUR chance to join this awesome and friendly team!

Lastly, we wanted to take some time and say THANK YOU to all of our sponsors for their support - We couldn't do such fun challenges without you!! We'd especially like to thank the sponsors that have offered up some amazing prizes for this celebration:


Bugaboo Stamps - http://www.bugaboostamps.com


To enter, please use the Rafflecopter on the Aloha Friday blog post HERE.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps - Technique a Week and July FB Challenge Reminder!

Good morning blogland! I'm so happy to be blogging today and sharing a new Technique a Week Post for Oddball Art Stamps. This is maybe more of a "how to" or "fun idea" than a specific/technical papercrafting "technique", but it's handy in a pinch, super easy, and lets you produce projects quickly with limited supplies. Who WOULDN'T want that particular trick in their crafty arsenal?!


Punches-As-Stencils

With the introduction of the Sizzix machine, and then quickly morphing into the wafter-thin die/die-cut craze, punches seem to be a thing of the past. I know I have COMPLETELY bought in to the die purchasing frenzy (literally. don't tell hubby.), but I still kept around a lot of punches. For one thing, I had already bought them! Why buy a border die when you already own the same thing in punches, am I right? Well, storage may be easier, but storage space isn't an issue for me at this time, so suffice to say, I saved my pennies for buying dies and markers and toys that are not duplicates of other items. Yay for more!

In addition, there are those more "casual crafters" (like my mom, for example), that have some things and like to play, but are not as fully committed (crazy) as the rest of us, and may not have ALL the latest gadgets. In this case, punches are fast and easy, but still allow them some flexibility in creation and imagination. Yay for that too!

Anywho...

For the latter types, I got to thinking...what other ways are there to stretch your crafting dollars? Especially when you may also be limited by storage space, work space, and easily overwhelmed by simply having all this STUFF to use. I realized that for those times where you may not have 3 hours free to color a background scene to go along with an image, or if you are feeling like more of a beginner in that area, there are some quick and easy shortcuts that can help add depth and dimension to your projects without making it feel like your crafting space has exploded with the force of a sun going nova.

You will need:

  • Punches of your choice. Dies will also work, by the way. Mix it up!
  • Scrap papers to use with your punches/dies
  • Main image panel(s) to stencil over
  • Ink
  • Sponges
  • Removable tape to help hold things in place while you're sponging
The Deets:

  1. I created my image scene digitally in Photoshop using Image No. 28 - Clouds Hearts and Stars and Image No. 175 - Sunni from Oddball Art Stamps. When I saw her adorable stocking feet and heart balloon, I imagined her skipping through the grass in her yard, not a care in the world. Lucky girl!
      
  2. So, in order for this to work, we're going to need some grass!! I really didn't want to cover up her feet though. Let's stencil!
     
  3. Uh oh! That grassy part is the part I want stenciled! It's in little pieces with not a lot of excess though. Don't worry! It's all fine! You can do this one of two ways...either use the smaller sections as they are, or invert the section that remains and use that. They both look like grass, they're just the opposite image of each other. If you happen to be using dies for this, just make sure you position your die so that the image you want allows plenty of scratch space to work as a stencil without ruining your main image panel.
  4. Now, secure your stencil over the image panel. Make sure it's straight (if that's what you want).
  5. Then start sponging. Start lightly at first. You can always add color, but you can't remove it. I use makeup sponges for this. See how I covered her feet a bit? That way it looks like she's in the grass.
  6. After I sponged the Celery ink, I removed the image and decided it needed a little more depth. So I chose Wasabi ink and repositioned the image panel so that the stencil was lower. This way it gives the illusion of layers of grass with the changing colors.


  7. Use these finished pieces any way you like! Initially, I was planning to sponge some stenciled clouds using some of my different cloud dies, but then I remembered these fabulous cloud digi images, so I used those instead! 

In the end, I polished it by using some Soft Sky and Baja Breeze ink on the sky area (the photo looks a bit washed out, but there is blue tint there, I promise), and around the edges. I made it into a card by mounting it on a base of the Baja Breeze cardstock, stamped a sentiment, and tossed on a touch of bling.


One thing to note...you can also use various shapes to stencil a "halo" effect onto your designs, leaving the INSIDE of the shape white/paper colored and highlighting the stenciled halo effect. The possibilities are endless, and the best way to learn is by doing! So grab some scrap papers, inks, and sponges, and see what YOU can come up with!

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