Friday, September 24, 2010

Inner Witch

Today I wanted to post another card from my Leigh Hannan Halloween class. I used stamps by Impression Obsession called Spa Day (G2346) and Spider Web Paisley (D2251) for the outside and the saying "Inner Witch B5543" on the inside. Basically, the saying says "Embrace Your Inner Witch." I love it!

To make the card, I stamped the paisley repeatedly to create a background paper. I accented the webs with Stardust pens and black watercolor pencils to color the spiders. For the witch, I colored the cauldron with C5 and C7 Copic markers and the rest of the scene with watercolor pencils. Finally, I edged the witch with some Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I am spending the weekend with my mom, so I know I will have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Love Leigh Hannan

One of the best things about working with Impression Obsession is that I am given the chance to work with Leigh Hannan images. I love, love, love them! I have been on a Leigh Hannan kick right now preparing for my Leigh Hannan Halloween class tomorrow. The card above is one of the cards in the class. To be fair, only the pumpkin and saying (both from CL158 Halloween Party) are Leigh's. I added the Cover a Card Medallion (CC032) and Flourish 2 (H5575) because I thought they worked well with the focal image.

To make the card, I stamped the background in Versafine Smokey Grey ink and overstamped it with the Flourish using Black Versafine ink. For the top of the card, I stamped the pumpkin with Memento ink and colored it with Copic markers. Finally, I added a few clear rhinestones to the pumpkin for a little extra pizazz. Here is a close up of the pumpkin:

I was really pleased with the end result, so I am also going to submit it for the Craft Critique Halloween Blog Carnival which highlights all kind of crafty projects. If you are interested in playing along with them, you can find all of the info here.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Inchies and Fall

The latest IO challenge is to use Inchie Squares as well as a fall theme. When I first heard about the Inchie Art squares, I wasn't sure about them. After all, I can cut my own squares. Then I used them. Wow! First of all, they aren't 1" cardstock squares. They are pre-cut artist quality matboard pieces. They take paint and inks really well and add a nice dimension to your projects. Plus, the truth is I can't cut uniform squares to save my life. Can you tell I fell in love with them?

For my card, I used stamps and sayings from the Tami Potter Autumn Seals set (CL108). Tami made a set for each of the seasons, and I find that I use the sets as the foundation of a lot of my seasonal cards. First, I stamped the wood grain Cover a Card (CC034) onto an Inchie Arts tan card using brown Versafine Ink. Next, I stamped the leaf image three times onto cream Inchie squares using Habaneo, Spanish Moss, and Crimson Red Versafine ink. Finally, I added the Keats quote circle and added a saying to the inside.

Need more inspiration? Check out what Daniela, Deborah, Dina, Jeanne, and Kathy created. Want to play along? Enter your own Inchie/Fall card on the IO blog by Saturday night, and you could win a $25 IO gift certificate. All the information can be found here.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

My Own Bed

I finished my cat/housesitting gig, so tonight I get to sleep in my own bed. Woohoo! Truth be told, the bed at the other house is nicer than mine, but there is just something to be said about your OWN bed!

The card above is one I made at the other house using the other person's craft supplies. Why is it that using someone else's stamps is so much fun? Humm... In any case, I used their Paula Best hat stamp and an old Hero Arts birthday image to make a card for my friend Angela. Of course, I had to add some extra bling to finish the card.

Well, off to enjoy my bed..

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Beach Babes

Well, it is another busy week of house/cat sitting and trying to coordinate between two homes. I keep forgetting to take the right things with me wherever I go. The good news is I finally remembered to take a jpeg with me so that I would have something to post.

A while back, I posted the Art Impressions Dancers. This time I thought I would post the Art Impression Beach Babes. They are so much fun to color! When I used my Copic markers with these ladies, I moved away from my normal "E" Copic colors and went towards "YR" colors. I thought the Yellow-Orange shades gave a more realistic Florida Snowbird skin color. To add some sunburn and blush to the ladies, I added a little of the R20 marker to the shoulders, cheeks, cleavage, and top of the legs.

To finish the card, I added some glossy accents and real sand. I can't decide if I went one step too far with the real sand. Should I have left well enough alone?