Sunday, July 27, 2014

Diamonds or Pearls, for the Outlawz Challenge

CAS, Clean and Simple, challenge from the Outlawz was to add just a touch of bling in the form of diamonds and/or pearls. I kept mine very clean and simple with an embossed card base and cutouts with my Sizzix Dies. The flower is colored with Copics.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stampendous "Gifts to Tie" for the Outlawz

Over at The Outlawz' Friday Coloring Challenge we were asked to to and anything goes card with the option of a Christmas twist. Well, this was another opportunity to get some of those Christmas cards going. I had a new House Mouse, Gifts to Tie, stamp from Stampendous that I was just itching to use. Snow is Stampendous Chunky white embossing enamel. I also had another chance to some of my handmade dots.
Copic Markers Used

Monday, July 21, 2014

Quilling, Outlawz Challenge

I have been asked to show some of my quilling. I am a beginner and have only done a few pieces. So, I thought I would take this week's challenge from The Outlawz CAS (Clean and Simple) to use a tag and add some quilling to it. I fringed the red and white ones. I really had a battle with my computer to get the colors right and the computer won. This time anyway. The card is one of those craft paper colors, so brown. The bottom tag was painted with Wild Honey Distress Paint and the top one was sprayed with Dylusions in a purple. They both started out as the brown as well. I added an eyelet and stamped "just because."

More quilling, and do remember these are my first tries :)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Copic Pallet Blending Technique

Stampendous Cling Bowl Bouquet
On Friday's Coloring Challenge for the Outlawz Challenges, we were asked to use a specific pallet with 6 specific colors. This was a bit of a challenge and I decided that I should use the pallet blending technique with my Copics.
The technique worked best with the colors that usually would not blend with Copics. I used a piece of acetate and scribbled on some BG75 and BG 72 then used the Rll to swipe through them and apply the color. Put this down where you want it dark and keep circularly blending outward to get this to work. If you've never tried this method, it is a lot of fun. Do practice, as you can see on the photo below to get it down. I used this method on the roses.

Photo courtesy of Design Seeds (

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Making Some Enamel Dots and an Outlawz CAS Challenge

Sometimes I really wonder at the coincidences there are in life. Yesterday, I got a bee in my bonnet that I should make my own enamel type dots that I have been seeing others do. So, I pulled out my toaster oven and made some dots. First, my toaster oven is a convection oven with no way to turn off the fan. Big problems in trying to do double decker dots HAHA.
Unhappy Doubles
If they fell far enough away from each other, the came out as singles like the top pink ones. Otherwise you get a mess. But, I had a lot of fun. I tried pony beads too but the came out misshapen. Doing singles using the Perler beads directly on a shiny tile instead of the parchment paper worked best in my oven. I baked mine at 375 for about 35 minutes.

Some small, some double and some on tile.
Anyway, about the coincidence. After I had finished, I opened an email from The Outlawz CAS (Clean and Simple) Sunday challenge and our card is to be all about polka dots!!! Amazing.  Here I was with all these dots. My first thought, and I ran with it, was the fun candies that came on the strips of paper. They were pure sugar and you peeled them off the paper (some always stuck) and let them melt in your mouth. I think they still sell this stuff!
One of the dots, the very gold one, is made from a dot of "Pearl Pen" that I dropped on my craft sheet and let dry. Many of the yellow dots were white and I airbrushed them with my Copics. I used scissors to cut the two that end of the fold of the paper. This was so much fun to do.

Also, I am so please to see one of my cards featured on the main page of the Outlawz. If you have a chance to hop over there, it is the Stampendous House Mouse blowing bubbles.

Thanks for stopping by and I love to get comments.

Friday, July 11, 2014

At the Beach with Sami, Copics, and the Outlawz

The Outlawz Challenge for Friday' Coloring group was to do something about the Beach/Pool. I didn't have a stamp that I could think of to use for this (and, the pocketbook was empty) so I dreamed all night (I often do this, anyone else?) about different things I might be able to draw on my own. So, I thought of a crab and got to work this morning drawing this little guy (Sami) and his environment "on the beach." I used my Copics to color, added some chunky white embossing enamel for the waves and a white paint pen for the lower waves.  The background paper is from "a day at the Beach" from the Paper Studio. I popped the umbrella up with a foam square. The shells are buttons.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Little Birdie Says HI

Here's a "red, white, and blue" card featuring the Meljens Designs Birds Little Letter digital stamp. (The brown in the back is my kitchen table LOL) I fussy cut the bird and used pop-up tape on the top. The side design is from my new die from Sizzix.
This card is being entered in Mojo Monday and the Outlawz Friday Coloring Challenge.
Copic Colors Used

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Mummy Dog and My First Outlaw Challenge

Another new site and more challenges! Fun stuff. I became a member of The Outlaw Challenges and already joined a group called "Sunday's Clean and Simple." Well this certainly was a challenge for me because I am just learning to layer. So, back to the basics. I'm not sure how "simple" these have to be. I looked at the design team's work and see up to 6 items, so I should be safe :)
Since the theme is "dogs", hot or otherwise, I went on an Internet search for a digital stamp. I found a great site, Meljens Designs and found this Mummy Dog. On sale even! I used a die punch from Sizzix for the only real embellishment and airbrushed it a matching green.

I have entered this in: The Outlaws Sunday's Clean and Simple
Copic Colors Used