Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CASE Study 4th Anniversary Blog Hop

Hi friends!  I'm excited to be participating in the CASE Study 4th Anniversary Blog Hop today.  CASE Study is celebrating  4 years of challenges with a month of inspirational Blog Hops featuring their past Muses and former & current design team members. 

The theme for today's hop is inspiration.  Lately most of my inspiration has come from YouTube videos.  I've been a bit overwhelmed this summer by trying to keep up with a business and my 2.5 year old twins and still find time for art.  So I've been attempting to get up a little bit earlier in the morning so I can drink a cup of coffee and watch a video to inspire me.  Then I have the day to mull it over and hopefully have a plan by the time I actually get into my studio.  The topics I pick are kind of random, I usually just search for a product I have that I haven't used or want to use and see what I find.

inspiration piece
I searched for distress paint daubers and found this video, which inspired my card for today.  The video is pretty long, but you get the gist of the process in the first few minutes.  She doodled over her painted circles, but I thought it would be the perfect way to use the Poppy Birthday set.  So I  made a few rows of paint dauber circles using Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Squeezed Lemonade, then stamped the three sizes of flowers from Poppy Birthday over the dried circles and accented with a white gel pen.  I quickly hand trimmed a bunch of them, and layered together.

For my background, I swiped a piece of card stock to clean up some of the excess paint on my craft sheet, then used the coordinating colors of paint daubers to add in color.  I sketched in some stems, stamped the leaves from Poppy Birthday and finger painted them with some mowed lawn paint.  Next I added more white gel pen accents and layered all the flowers on top. The edges are hand torn and I inked them up with some black soot distress ink and sketched in a little frame before adhering it to my so saffron card base.  I stamped the sentiment directly on the card base, rounded a few corners and added some enamel dots to finish things off.

Well, that's all for me, I'm the last blog on today's hop list, but if you haven't already, be sure to head on over to the CASE Study blog for all the hop details and deadlines. To be entered in a drawing for some awesome prizes, just leave a comment on all the blog hop entries this week before the deadline midnight eastern next Tuesday.  

There’s also a challenge open for all to play along! You're invited to CASE any one of the projects featured in the blog hop. Check out the CASE Study blog for more information. Thanks for hopping by!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Poppy Birthday (Verve Stamps)
Paper: so saffron (SU!), pearlized white (Paper Accents)
Ink: black archival, black soot distress (Ranger), picked raspberry, worn lipstick, squeezed lemonade, mowed lawn and picket fence distress paint (Ranger), white gel pen, black PITT pen (faber-castell)
Accessories:  Market Street enamel dots (MME), corner rounder

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lemon Lush Happy Day

Hi friends!  It's already Monday again and time for another Mojo Monday sketch.  I had a lot of fun with this one and I hope you do, too!

I started with some Lemon Lush papers that called my name on a recent outing to the craft store.  I cut the background pieces to 1.5", 2.5" and 1.25", then sponged them all lightly with Antique Linen distress ink and taped together.  I cut a 2 x 3.5" rectangle from the stripey paper, then sewed directly to the pieced together background.  I embossed the Have a happy day sentiment from Be Blessed in early espresso onto a vellum die cut circle and also stitched this to the panel.  The birthday wishes sentiment is also from Be Blessed and embossed onto a scrap from one of the papers  I already used.  I wrapped some linen thread around the background three times, leaving room for a nesting of thread secured with a glue dot, then layered the birthday wishes banner over it and added a couple paper flowers and some enamel dots.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderfully creative week!  I'll leave you with a little reminder that Verve's Anni-VERVE-sary sale is still going on with most of the store marked 20% off!

Mojo Monday 359
Enabler's List
Stamps:  Be Blessed (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Lemon Lush (Studio Calico), vellum, cream
Ink: early espresso (SU!), antique linen (Ranger)
Accessories:  classic circles nestabilities (Spellbinders), enamel dots (Market Street MME), paper flowers, linen thread, sewing machine

Monday, August 11, 2014

Linen White Glitter

Hi friends! It's Monday again already, and that means it's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.  This week, I kept the sketch simple, so you can dress it up or down to your heart's content.

When I sat down to stamp, I didn't really have a plan, just a couple of new things on my desk that I wanted to test out.  One was a wink of stella clear brush pen and the other was some Dylusions linen white ink spray.  So I decided to color a flower to see how sparkly the glitter pen would be.  Pulled out On Occasion and stamped two of the flower images on white cardstock, colored with Copics, added some glitter pen accents and fussy cut.

Next I stamped the frame from On Occasion and cut with the matching Occasion Frame Die, then stamped the Be Okay sentiment in the center and added some orange and glitter highlights.  The banner sentiment is from Small Phrases and I hand trimmed the banner.  For the look of two panels with only one, I stamped the loopy border stamp directly on some kraft cardstock, then added a strip of washi tape and crimped just up to the washi tape line.  I masked off this portion, then sprayed the white linen spray on the top portion.  Love the look.  Some walnut stain sponging around the edges of my layers and I was done.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have a fabulous start to your week!

Mojo Monday 358
Enabler's List
Stamps: On OccasionBe OkaySmall Phrases (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Loyal (Authentique), crumb cake (SU!), white
Ink: Black, Copic markers, Linen White spray (Dylusions), Wink of stella clear brush pen (Zig), walnut stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Occasion Frame Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), washi tape, paper crimper