Friday, May 22, 2015

Steampunk Sweetie ~ Sweet Pea Stamps Progressive Challenge

Hi everyone. Part 2 of the Progressive Challenge on Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook group started last Monday with this fabulous image from Sandra Caldwell. I absolutely love her quirky whimsical images and I love Steampunk so this project was a delight to create.

I coloured the image called Steampunk Old Lady can be found at Sweet Pea Stamps if you haven't been playing along. If you have you will have received this image free just for entering last time. I coloured Old Lady with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils adding a resin monocle over the one in the image. I filled this with Glossy Accents to create the lens. She was then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and then matted in black before being trimmed again. She was then popped up on foam tape.

The background began as a black piece of cardstock cut to a #10 size. A mossy green textured cardstock was cut to fit inside that black tag. A rectangle was cut from dotty embossed gold cardstock and then matted in black. Two lengths of black trim with silver metal 'rivets' were cut and adhered to the top and bottom of the gold rectangle. Another two lengths were stapled to the top of the tag with a TH tiny attacher. Metal gears, clock faces, and hardware were adhered with Glossy Accents above and below Old Lady to frame her and draw the eye through the image and tag. Black glittery letter stickers were added to spell Steampunk and scattered dots were stamped using Jet Black Archival to finish off the tag.

Thanks so much for joining Old Lady and me today. We appreciate your fine company. To check out other creations using this fabulous image from Sandra Caldwell, pop over to the Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook Fans & Friends page. We would love to see where Old Lady leads you. I love her to bits!

Life is good; so is art.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

For the Guys ~ The East Wind FB contest

Hi everyone. Today marks the beginning of the new contest at The East Wind Facebook group. Everyone totally rocked our last contest! Our theme this time is For the Guys, which I found a challenge. I rarely make anything suitable for men so it really made me think...hard.

I decided to use this cute Aurora image called Aurora Explore because I just love it. I coloured Aurora with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. The glasses were filled with Glossy Accents after highlighting the lights in her eyes with metallic pen. The sky was inked in with Tumbled Glass Distress ink. The oval was then fussy cut and the image was matted with black cardstock before being popped up on foam tape.

I kept the background quite tailored because I wanted the card to be more masculine. Plaid designer paper matted with black was adhered to a white card base. Yellow dotty cardstock and green textured cardstock were die cut into fishtail flags and matted with black.

The sentiment was computer generated and printed on white cardstock. It was divided into chunks and each one was matted with black cardstock. To complete the card, a pair of resin spectacles (glasses) were adhered overlapping the sentiment and then filled with Glossy Accents to create the lenses.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. You have made Aurora and me very happy. To see other DT projects and read about the contest, please pop over to The East Wind Facebook page when you get a chance. We had so many fabulous entries for our last FB contest and I'm hoping for the same this time. I love all of the inspiration!

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Your wings are ready ~ One Sweet Challenge mid-month reminder

Hi everyone. it's time for our mid-challenge reminder post at One Sweet Challenge. May's theme is Things With Wings and the hardest part of that challenge was narrowing down to two all of  the choices of fabulous images at Sweet Pea Stamps.I am on a mission to choose an image from each artist for these monthly challenges, both to stretch myself and to really sample all of the inspiration at the shop.

For this mixed media piece, I chose to feature Janna  Prosvirina's image called Fireflies. Isn't she a beauty? I decided to  make mine butterflies to better suit where I wanted to go with this theme. I coloured her with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils and fussy cut her leaving a narrow white border. She was then adhered to black cardstock and a narrow black border was cut. This gives strength to the skinny bits when they are popped up on foam and provides strong contrast with the background.

The background began as a 6 x 8" piece of mixed media paper which I spritzed with Tattered Angels Rum Punch spray and Autumn Maple Crimson Starburst spray from Lindy's Stamp Gang. Both have lovely bits of shimmer in them which catch the light in a delicious way. Over that, I stamped Joggle's Starburst Background Noise stamp using jet Black Archival, Red Geranium Archival, and Rocket Red Gold Brilliance Archival inks.jet Black Archival was also sponged through TCW's Halftone Borders stencil to add more texture and pattern.

The sentiment was printed on white cardstock and matted with black before being adhered above the sweet image. Two white feathers were crossed at the ends and adhered to frame her. Where they crossed was topped with a layered butterfly from Pink Paislee and another was added on the vertical feather. To help balance the composition, three black faceted buttons from my grandmother's stash were adhered to the bottom left corner. Black cardstock was added to the background to frame the entire page and add the contrast I like so much.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. When you get a chance, pop over to the One Sweet Challenge blog to see the creations by my talented teamies. We would love to see what you create for our May challenge theme Things With Wings. I hope you will join us.

Life is good; so is art.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

RSD Coffee Monsters Altered Board Book

Hi all. I have started yet another altered children's board book using images from Rick St. Dennis. This one will follow a coffee theme and will feature several of Rick's cute monsters because I am a monster without my morning coffee...and I am not alone! Besides, I love these guys. They are so fun!

The star of the first two page spread is the cute monster called Swixtus. He was coloured with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. He was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and then matted with black cardstock. Swixtus was then popped up on foam dots for dimensionand Glossy Accents were added to his eyes. (Monsters like that.)

I began by sanding each page as well as the covers and then putting gesso on each spread. That is the tedious part because there is drying time and sometimes multiple coats depending upon how saturated the original colour was. Washi tape was adhered to the center line between the pages and then covered with gesso. For the first spread, brown Neocolor II watercolour crayons were  scribbled over the gesso and activated with water. This didn't give me the depth of colour that I was looking for so I topped that with Vintage Photo Distress stain. Yep, that did it! Jet Black and Coffee Archival inks were sponged through Sheena Douglass' Distress Grid stencil. White gesso was pounced through TCW's Tiny Circles stencil to apply more random pattern.

Coffee themed digital paper was cut into a rectangle and edged with Vintage Photo, then edged with black Big Brush pen. This and a scrap of a corrugated coffee sleeve were layered behind Swixtus and lined with black Big Brush pen. A small fussy cut clock ('cause it's always coffee time) was added to that vignette. To create a nod to  the sentiment, travel themed washi tape was adhered to white cardstock and added to the background. The sentiment was printed on white cardstock, edged with black. It was then attached to a coffee cup cut from French book text coloured using gelatos and Inktense pencil. The coffee cup started as Rick's Pencil Cup image which was used as a template. Another piece of the coffee sleeve was added under the cup and a coffee bean image was fussy cut and layered over both. The page was finished by die cutting a scalloped border from black and red cardstock. This border was split into two sections and adhered to each page. Black letter stickers were added to each section. A little outlining and edging of the pages with Black Big Brush pen completed the spread.

Thanks so much for joining Swixtus and me today. We're happy that you did that...and that you waited until we had our first fill up of coffee. We're so much more sensible after that. Stay tuned for more of Swixtus' friends when I post next week.

Life is good; so is art.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New Release at The East Wind ~ Lucy Loo Hair on Top

Hi everyone. There is a new release at The East Wind today and I chose this image to be the star of a card for my mom for Mother's Day. My mom absolutely loves the colour turquoise plus all things with an Asian feel so I decided to combine the two.

The image is called Lucy Loo Hair on Top.  I coloured Lucy Loo and her fabulous hair with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils and then fussy cut her leaving a narrow white border. She was then matted with a layer of black cardstock and popped up on foam tape to add dimension.

The background began with a white card base to which I added a black rectangle. A rectangle of patterned and textured designer paper from DCWV's The Far East Stack was layered over the black.  Next I added the second half of the background I created for another project which you can find here. The background began as a piece of mixed media paper which I spritzed with Tibetan Poppy Teal and Witch's Potion Purple Lindy's Starburst sprays. Extra drops of the Tibetan Poppy were added and then I used the TH spritzer tool to blow out those tiny runs. It's so much easier than using a straw! Black Big Brush pen was added to the edges.

Lucy Loo was adhered over two tiny Martha Stewart doilies both to create a more delicate feel and to allow Lucy Loo to show up better. The letters for Mom are glittery stickers which were placed onto black cardstock and trimmed to fit the corner. The only other embellishment is a metal butterfly (Mom loves butterflies as much as I do) which I adhered to the top left corner of the mixed media background.

Thanks for joining Lucy Loo and me today. We always appreciate your fine company. By the time you read this, she will have gone to keep my mom company and to join her card friends already on display in Mom's room :) Mom, who is 89, never wants to put her cards away. To see other gorgeous samples using this image from my talented teamies, please pop over to The East Wind Facebook group. Lots of inspiration there!

Life is good; so is art.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Deborah ~ An RSD Altered Art Doll

Hi everyone. Last summer, I took Mary Jane Chadbourne's Imaginarium class where we altered wooden dolls using collage image heads and ever since, I have been wanting to create one with one of Rick's fabulous faces. The head and body are 3/4" wood. The legs and neck are dowels, and the base is about 1x4x2".

I chose to use the gorgeous Deborah, one of Rick's beautiful hat ladies, for the head of this doll. I coloured Deborah with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, and fussy cut her leaving off her fur wrap and one layer of her hat in order to fit the pre-cut head. The edges of the image were inked with black Big Brush pen and Deborah's face was adhered to the wood. Flat pearls were added to the detail on her hat.

Designer paper was adhered to her body, trimmed with an exacto to fit and edged with Vintage Photo Distress ink to create a vintage feel. A second piece of designer paper was punched along the bottom edge, embossed with a paisley folder, and adhered over the green layer to make her dress more interesting and elegant. Again, Vintage Photo was applied to bring out the detail of the embossing and to age the paper. Her arms, pre-cut and purchased from Retro Cafe, were covered with scraps from the scallop punched green paper, and adhered as sleeves. Her hands and neck dowel were painted with Fleshtone acrylic. Cuff detail was added with Inktense pencil activated with water and green half pearls became buttons. The arms were adhered after the blingy clock was added so that her hands could be placed properly to hold it. A crocheted doily was added as Deborah's collar by fitting it over the neck dowel before the head was glued onto it. Half pearls were added to the collar as buttons.

The pearl detail was repeated again when two rows were used to decorate the bottom of her dress once the crocheted lace was adhered to the hem. Her legs which were painted Titan Buff like the sides and back of the wood pieces were given Sage dots because Deborah is a stylin' gal. No plain legs for her! The base was painted with black gesso, and a strip of fancy textured border was glued around it. The sentiment was computer generated, matted in black cardstock, and adhered to the base over the border. A row of pearls was added to each side of the sentiment and around the sides. This helps to create flow throughout the altered doll as the pearls repeat from top to bottom. Oh my word, I just love her!

Thanks for joining Deborah and me today. We are both delighted that you stopped by. I have about a zillion ideas for more of these altered dolls featuring Rick's beauties. Hope you got a little inspiration, too.

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, May 04, 2015

One Sweet Challenge ~ Things With Wings

Hi everyone. Since it's the first of May. it's time for a new month-long theme at One Sweet Challenge. For the month of May, we would like to see you play along with "Things With Wings". There are so many images that fit that idea at Sweet Pea Stamps.

Today I chose to play along using Dreamy Lashes by Maigan Lynn. I love all of that hair and those gorgeous butterfly lashes. I coloured this beauty with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. She was then fussy cut and matted with black cardstock.

The background began as a rectangle of mixed media paper which I spritzed with Yellow Rose of Texas and Hottie Patottie Hot Pink Lindy's Starburst sprays. Extra drops of the pink were dripped onto the page and then blown into tiny runs with the TH Spritzer tool. Stamping was done with Hero Arts Painted Circle and Pale Ochre Archival ink and also with a grid stamp and Magenta Hue Archival ink. Splatter dots were added with black ink tapped off the eye dropper.

A border was doodled and coloured in with both black and white pens. Pink Neocolor II crayon spread with water was used to add colour next to the border. Black harlequin border was cut with a die and then divided into three segments. White paint pen dots were added to the bottom left of each diamond. Once Dreamy Lashes was adhered to the background, cheesecloth was placed at the top of her head and punched/doodled butterflies with bead bodies were scattered randomly flying out of her head. These were punched from mop up paper which I use to clean up overspray. I always keep them on my desk and often add them to my pages as punched of torn elements.

The sentiment was computer generated and printed on white cardstock. It was cut with a die, matted in black, and faux stitched. The background was double matted with black and pink textured cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by today. My dreamy lashed friend and I appreciate that. When you get a chance, pop over to the One Sweet Challenge blog to see the gorgeous projects by the rest of our talented DT. We would love to have you join us this month for our Things With Wings challenge. Can't wait to see what you create!

Life is good; so is art.