Sunday, July 31, 2011

Visiting Exotic Birds Of Riga Zoo

I can't believe that this layout took me two weeks to finish!!! I wanted to scrap as many photos I can during my holidays and make them all simple to do so, but all I did in two weeks was just this one layout (well and a bunch of cards).
I used just K&Company papers, Distress inks and white rub-on letters. For some more emphasis I cut a part three other photos where there were just birds on them and mounted them on the same paper used in brown strip.
After a long pause, I used again ScrapbookChallenge sketch into my layout:
And as I started to make this layout last week, I used color palette from The Color Room:

There's A New Boss In Town :)

You can't possibly imagine the joy which all our friend felt when we found out that one of our friend has become head of local municipality (of a small country district, but still...). I certainly had to make a card for him.
As I didn't have many supplies with my on my small countryside holiday, I went to local office supply store and bought some pencils, black fine-liner pen and a watercolor paper. Then I went browsing and found two interesting images of bosses:
I draw them into a composition and the colored with ProMarkers. It was kind of hard to do on a watercolor paper as the ink bled quite much, but it also was very, very easy to blend colors together.
at the beginning I am drawing my illustrations with pencil and so did this time. Then I wanted to go over it with a fine-line pen I had bought but it turned out to react with ProMarkers, so I did the coloring on pencil sketch and only then went over with a pen.
Sentiment says Congratulations, but that little tag says "Be Yourself" - as a reminder not to loose himself in the big machinery of bureaucracy. I also added pair of playing cards - well Ace of-course is for being boss, but cards themselves as he does sometimes enjoy a good game of poker with all our friends.
Along with the roses lace and teal lace mentioned in my Red and Teal post, I also bought two spools of twine - white and natural. I thought that the natural one would go very nicely with my real coffee stained crocheted lace and button (both from the gift pack).
Papers as always from K&Company.
this card also goes into Allsorts Craft Free And Easy challenge as well as in I Love ProMarkers Anything goes challenge.

Artist In The Making

I still remember the first time my father showed me his works of hand drawn Disney dwarfs on large A3 pages and colored with color pencils. It felt like my father is the most miraculous person if he can draw something like that and color them in such subtle shades and tones using just pencils. Well I was about 5 back then but the memory of watching and redrawing something and coloring it afterwards, have remained in my memory as something to strive for and almost all my life I have wanted to learn to do it just as good as my dad did just for fun.
Maybe because of this memory I can now look at my Aleksa and understand her better. I felt incredible joy when she came to me with a very nice looking flourish vine drawn with color pencils. At the beginning I could not understand, but it felt like I have seen this kind of image somewhere before. When I asked her, she replied that the image is embroidered on her shoes - and indeed, there it was. I understood that she has now learned the possibilities of watching something and redrawing it.
Some days later, when I was coloring my Lily Of The Valley fairy from printed image pack, all the rest of the images were laying on my table and she took one of them. It was the Teddy Romeo image.
After few minutes she showed me this image:
I might be a very proud mother, but I do think that this drawing is just perfect for a kid 5 years old! And she also added sentiment saying "From Aleksa".
As yesterday was a friendship day, we both were making cards for our friends and here are the cards she made:
She trimmed a 12x12 inch K&Company Valentine paper into three parts and folded them to make card blanks. Then she cut various sentiments from other sheet of 12'' paper and glued them on her card blanks - she did the positioning all by herself. I also let her use my dimensional flower stickers and some stick on gems and pearls. Each card bears a name of the receiver as well.
I'm also going to enter her cards in Allsorts Challenge Blog - Free and Easy challenge - well she does have a history of winning a challenge :)

Vintage Wishes

Finally I was able to really appreciate the gift I received from CaityAshBadashery on Etsy. I made one of it's vintage greeting cards into a focal point of my card made from WaltzingMouse sketch.
I got to use several of the lace trims also included in the gift, along with pink seam binding and cotton lace I colored with Worn Lipstick Distress ink - I placed it on a craft sheet and spritzed wit water where I placed my lace in. I also added pink paper flower under my bow which turned out normal this time. Sentiment just says Wishes.
Card pocket holds this nice tag with vintage decoupage image. I was amazed how good the sketch went along with Dream Valley challenge to have some surprise on our cards.
Here's the wonderful sketch:
All colors and textures were inspired by two wonderful photos:
This photo is from City Crafter Challenge Blog's Vintage Garden Challenge
And this photo is from Jellypark Challenges

Red And Teal Fairy

I guess that I can say this card is a result of several coincidences: first, I received Lily Of The Valley printed images along with my monthly PaperCrafts Inspirations magazine and there was this beautiful fairy among those images, second, I went shopping in my favorite shop while I was on small holiday in  - well you could say a countryside, and saw for the first time in Latvia that rose like lace in white, yellow and red colors + that wonderful teal lace, third, I remembered that Magical Monday challenges where having exactly red and teal challenge this week....
This fairy is so cute, but unfortunately I was somewhat disappointed for the quality of the paper it was printed on - it was very difficult to color the image as the ink was bleeding a lot... :( I used these ProMarkers (but for this particular image I would sure loved to have those new fine tip nibs and FlexMarker pastel shades)
Cardinal Red, Berry Red, Antique Pink, Baby Pink, Blush, Marine, Turquoise, Mint Green, Duck Egg, Pastel Blue, Blender, Canary, Sandstone, Mustard, Buttercup, Ivory, Cool Aqua.
Oh I just love that rose lace... And I'm glad that I also got those gem flourishes which it is impossible to buy here in Latvia. These ones were from Storyteller. As in my previous card, the sentiment says "From All My Heart". As usual I used K&Company papers and lots of distressing and inking! But this time the edge of blue panel actually is made with same ProMarkers I used for coloring fairy.
For this card, I also used sketch from ICSketches:
And there are also two anything goes challenges I will enter this card into:
Simon Says Stamp and Show
I Love ProMarkers

Sunday, July 24, 2011

From All My Heart

I wanted to spend my weekend just crafting and chilling, but instead I did absolutely nothing. Well one could call that chilling but somehow I don't feel relaxed at all, somehow I feel like I have just wasted my precious weekend... But I managed to get this card put up. I have used only K&Company papers from two different sets. I used newspaper print as Simon Says Stamp challenge asks to do just that. And I also used Waltzing Mouse Sketch.

All I added were just three pearls, sentiment saying From All My Heart and tiny accents with white pearlescent acrylic paint and Glossy Accents. Oh and of course some inking with Walnut Stain Distress ink.
I'm also going to enter this card in 2 sister challenge - Anything goes.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Today Is A Happy Day...

If you haven't noticed, I have a badge of winning in City Crafter Challenge blog on my side column. This was for my tiny birdhouse. Sponsor for this challenge was CaityAshBadashery on Etsy from where I have received today this gorgeous vintage prize:
The package was full with vintage postcards, buttons, clock face glass, lots of lace and even a fleur de lis brooch.
Thanks once again to City Crafter for choosing me as a winner and thanks CaityAshBadashery for this wonderful prize!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

So Christmas Theme It Is...

While browsing the crafty sites, I found this adorable snowman from Jellypark digi challenge and just wanted to make it into a card.
For this card, I just played with all kind of stuff - gesso and pearlescent acrylic paint, Distress inks and shapes. Definitely with shapes, as I used once again my snowflake die cuts from Silhouette.
This little fellow was colored using only Distress inks and water brush. I used Tumbled glass for the body, Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade for scarf and nose, and Black Soot and Pumice Stone for hat. I also used Peeled Paint for those tiny leaves. The word says Joy and it was embossed with copper-like embossing powder. This is one of my favorite sentiment stamps that I have ever created.
Background actually started out as a light blue/white damask patterned paper, but then I used gesso, inka and paint on it while it became something completely different. I also stamped some music notes with faded jeans across it. For the circle background I used paper doily with the same yellow gingham matting that I used in the sunflower card, just with inked edges. There actually is machine stitching around doiloy just it is very hard to see in the photo.
I made this cluster with die cut snowflakes, paper flowers and those glass-like branches that I had for some time now. Blue flowers were sprayed with watered down Sailboat Blue Color Wash - just pour a drop of color wash in mini mister or similar spray bottle and fill with water - you will get much more lighter spray.
For this card, I also used a sketch from Inspirational Card Sketches:
And I'm entering this card also in Allsort Challenge - Free and Easy

Christmas In July

It seems that most of the challenge blogs have decided to play with the Christmas theme. So I just had to make - an elf :) There are no elfish traditions in my country but they just look so cute!
I made Aleksa pose for me sitting on our living room table and turned her into an elf. I used these ProMarkers to color her: Cardinal, Ruby, Berry, Antique Pink, Soft Peach, Ivory, Pale Pink, Pine, Lush Green, Mint Green, Sandstone, Caramel, Coca, Umber, Burnt Umber, Blender.
I also punched several squares from double sided patterned paper and wrapped with different strips and topped with small bows to make them look like gifts.
Here is the finished card - jet another shaped card I've cut with my SDSilhoette - this time as Sana's sledge. I also cut several parts of it from patterned papers to decorate it. These papers come from Dovecraft paper pads.
On top molding and bottom sleigh I added crackle accents. Some brown Viva liquid pearls were placed along edges and I finished by adding printed sentiment saying Merry Christmas.
This is the inside of my card - also with patterned papers, my own Christmas sentiment stamp and other side of all gifts - this was the reason to use double sided paper for them.
I'm entering this card in following challenges:
2 sister challenge blog - Christmas in July
Stamp something - Punch Something (My gifts)
Paper Sundaes - Christmas July
CES Challenges - Christmas
I Love ProMarker - Christmas In July
Top Tip Tuesday - Shaped Cards

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My Baby Emilia

This is a layout I made for Color Combos Galore color palette. They are also having their 200th anniversary and thus a blog hop with lots of prizes!
This is me holding my youngest daughter Emilia when she was only 11 days old.

There is an additional criteria to use melting or dripping technique, so I added a lot of sprayed splatters and also a paint drops and let them drip over my page. For the first time I used stitching directly on mu photo and it looks quite nice.
This is actually my favorite part of the layout. It's just a paint splatter with one tiny paper flower.
I traced lupine flowers from a photo and cut a stencil with SDSilhouette. Stencils were painted with acrylic paint and a stipple brush and later traced over with a black fineliner pen.
Behind the photo I also added two vintage collage papers with distressed edges and inked with Dried Marigold ink.
All blue flowers actually comes from a napkin ring. Only the big one was without the middle part, so I added big blob from Viva liquid pearls.
All titles were cut with my Silhouette and sprayed with Color Wash. I also did some tracing with white Gelly roll pen and a black fine liner pen.
Here is the palette:

Summer And Gingham...

When I first saw the inspiration photo on Flutter By Wednesday challenge blog, I just knew that I want a fairy sitting on a sunflower! So to work I went and out came four stamps:
These three sunflowers are ones of my favorite drawings I've ever had!
And this is a stamp I called Emilia With Lollipop. But you might notice that she has no wings - well, that's because while drawing sunflowers, which I did at first, I forgot that I had to make a fairy. I guess that I am going to be giving her wings some time later :)
And here is what turned out from my drawings - Emilia sitting on a sunflower with cut butterfly sticker wings :)
As usual I used my ProMarkers to color the image: Mandarin, Pumpkin, Gold, Mustard, Pastel Yellow, Ivory, Blush, Vanilla, Soft Lime, Sandstone, Caramel, Bright Green, Marsh Green, Moss, Cerise, Baby Pink, Warm Gray 2, Blender - awfully lot of markers used, even thou there actually are just three colors in the image - yellow, green and slightly pink...
I just love that I used that metal crown, that I got from that bankrupt bussiness store I mention here a lot! It says Princess and I think it suit her very much. Unfortunately Aleksa was furious because I have never given her a crown on her image before... so I promised that sometime soon I will do just that :)
At the bottom part Im tied polka dotted pink ribbon and made a simple knot. Then I added a jewel brad in green color and stamped "Best Of Luck" sentiment from my own stamps.
And here is the card itself. I used two gingham papers which I designed especially for this card (actually I made gingham in about 11 colors - well if I started, I had to make a complete set). I also used a lot f clear Stickles - just wanted a lot of shine for my little sweet fairy!
And here is the inspirational photo:
I am also going to enter this card in these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything goes - Head there and help reach the1000 entries!!! Simply fabulous prizes!
I Love ProMarkers - Recipe: 1 ribbon (polka dotted pink), 2 papers (2 ginghams), 2 buttons, gems or brads (well I counted my one brad and metal crown also as a same sort of embellishment :)
The Emerald Faerie Garden - All Things Nice
Dream Valley - Summer Time

Sunday, July 17, 2011

My Man

It is time for me to make something vintage and masculine. Once again I decided to join sketch from Once Upon A... Sketch with The Color Room palette.
This LO is made out of many tiny things that I have kept as ephemera, Viva stamps and those teared paper strips I wrote in my LO about grand grandmother.
That fleur de lis image and printed text are on watercolor paper which was held in a water with walnut ink solution. I did this when I first bought my walnut ink jar (probably about two years ago) and I have kept those pages but finally got to use them... That big metal part is a broken handle from one wooden box.
As the Once Upon A... Sketch challenge calls to use a quote, I wrote one myself:
"A man has to be strong as a lion, to be able to carry his girls; Smart and cunning so not to let his wife wrap him around her finger; With a beautiful smile to bring joy to the ones he loves and with a loving heart to receive the love back." Well it does sound better in Latvian, thou it is very rare as I mostly prefer quotes in English.
I added this metal coin like pendant from my old belt as a reminder that men can't be at all without women. And I also painted with brown acrylic paint one of Tim Holtz grungeboard flourish elements, which was symmetrical, so it was possible to cut it apart and put on both sides of LO. I rolled on in some places shiny golden eyeshaddows and covered all flourish with crackle accents.
In the place of second photo I used vintage like jeans tag (my husband's jeans actually!) - I just threaded it with thread colored with brown ProMarker. That round object actually is an air dry clay embellishment made out of my sister earring as a mold. Then it was painted with various acrylic paints and lastly inked with walnut stain Distress ink.
Here is the lovely sketch:
And the color palette: