Friday, September 23, 2016

ATCs Week 3

Here are some more entries in the Not So Round Robin Challenge that Kim is hosting for Swirlydoos.

For week #3, the category is "Holiday" and I've chosen Halloween.
I've used some odds and ends that I have , along with chipboard die cuts from Creative Embellishments and Dusty Attic and stickers from Graphic 45's Rare Oddities.

Karen has gathered a bunch of vintage images perfect for Halloween on her Graphics Fairy blog (a fantastic resource!) and I've chosen her #14 - Serious Woman - for my first card. I've embellished her with a bit of lace, a G45 sticker, a few berries and a Creative Embellishments bat that I've inked with Ranger's Black Soot Distress Ink .

Next up is a photo of two little girls from long, long ago celebrating the holiday with creepy homemade costumes. A Rare Oddities tag and sticker, a few pieces of black bling and a couple Creative Embellishments carved pumpkins backed with black cardstock and colored with Ranger's Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink are all I need to embellish these sweeties.

It just wouldn't be Halloween without mention of Edgar Allen Poe's "Raven". I've had this Dusty Attic chippie for quite a while; time to trot him out, ink him up and adorn him with some sparkle trim. I've used a snippet of purple netting trim in the background and simple cardstock to print out the beginning lines of the poem.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

ATCs Week 2

Here are some more entries in the Not So Round Robin Challenge that Kim is hosting for Swirlydoos.

For week #2, the category is "Steampunk".
I've used scraps from different manufacturers - 7 Dots, Graphic 45, Prima and Creative Embellishments chipboards that were given to me by Maggi Harding.

First is a lovely Creative Embellishments mermaid. She's a bit pale from her life under the sea, but her pretty dress (Prima Metallique Acrylic in Emerald Green) certainly makes up for that. But oh my! her gears have more that a touch of rust (Prima Rust Effects Kit) and her lovely blonde locks seem to be mixed with seaweed.

I've owned this stamp (Graphic 45's Time Flies set by Hampton Arts) for years. I used it once and it's been collecting dust ever since. Her lovely hairdo is made of Creative Embellishments Mini Gears all rusted up mixed in with a few metal gears from my stash. The background was made with another dusted-off stamp (Tim Holtz's Steampunk) and a bit of Washi Tape.

Speaking of Tim Holtz stamps - here's another image that I haven't used in a long while - this on from the Pen and Pencil set. More Washi Tape and more metals from my stash over a piece of G45's Steampunk Debutante make up the background. A "thank you" to Cindy Brown for the ArtC key to my gentleman's headgear..

Here's a beautiful metal butterfly purchased through EBay, topped with a Prima Hardware Findings bulb and seated on a couple of tags from the Steampunk Debutante by Graphic 45. A Prima brad in the corner finishes my fourth entry.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Throwin' Sand

Another layout using the August Tranquility kit from Swirlydoos, featuring gorgeous papers, flowers, chipboard and embossing powders from Blue Fern Studios' Tranquility collection.

I decided to keep this one simple, taking advantage of the splash of color in the photo to catch the eye.

First, I took the last of the Shabby Brick Bits chipboard from the Main Kit and coated it with Prima chalk edger in Old Road and adhered it to the Blissful paper. Next, I taped a bit of packaging to the back of the photo so it would lie flat.
I went deep into my stash and found some bark icons from Prima as well as a few metal gears to use as embellishments.

Now for the fun: a bit of gesso mixed with an equal bit of water and a fan brush and started splattering - a technique that I learned from Cindy Brown. For a bit of variety, I rubbed some of the Old Road chalk edger on my craft mat and blended it with the gesso mix; then I did the same with Branch Bark chalk.

Pure boy - Nicholas ended each and every day of vacation covered with sand from head to toe! He loved filling his dump trucks and making castles (with a little help from Daddy).

Saturday, September 10, 2016

ATCs Week 1

There's a twist on this month's Swirlydoos Round Robin. Kim has declared this to be a Not So Round Robin featuring ATCs. The other twist is that there is a different category each week and we can create and post any week or every week, whatever we choose.

I don't know why, but I haven't made an ATC (Artist Trading Card) in a long time. I started working on them when I was still fairly new to scrapping as a way to learn to create a design on a very small space and I fell in love with the idea of playing with only a few elements and saying "done".

This week, the category is "Vintage".
I've used scraps from previous kits - papers from Prima's Tales of You and Me and Vintage Emporium  - and odds and ends from my embellishments.

My first design features a pretty kitty that I found on Pinterest, some Finn stars, a bit of Dresden trim and images from a Finn stamp set.

Next is a lovely lady from a Gecko Galz download, doesn't she look just like a Countess? All she needs is a strip of bling and a mini rose to complete her bored existence. Maybe someone will take up her offer and put a smile on her face!

My third design was so easy. I wanted to use this word strip from one of the Vintage Emporium scraps and this image certainly fits the bill. A scrap of lace, a bit of flower and a large bit of Bo Bunny bling and I was done.

This was one of four vintage advertising images from Pinterest. I choose "Sweety Pie" because I couldn't resist using this mouse that was part of the kitty set. I selected a couple of pieces of Vintage Emporium ephemera as embellishments and added Prima Microbeads to create a bit of interest.

 Thanks so much for stopping by for a look...

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Surf Patrol

The base of this page is more of the Blue Fern Studios Tranquility collection - the Patience sheet, with the colors that match the colors of the sky and the sea.
I've created a background to match the water using the Ranger Distress Grit Paste from the August Mediums add-on and the Stain stencil from Prima.
Also from the Mediums is the Blue Fern Studios Embossing Powder in Mushroom that I used to treat the BFS chipboard Layering Stems that came in the Main Kit.

From my stash, I've used corrugated packaging in the background and cheesecloth and sea shells on the bottom of my photo.
The pearl strands are from the Embellishment add-on; the bit of Jillibean Soup Wordfetti is from an earlier kit.

Vincent is part fish; he's loved the water since infancy. He had a ball in the ocean, enjoying the waves and splashes.