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.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Mame ~ Rick St. Dennis progressive Challenge

Hi everyone. Today marks the beginning of Part 1 of the Progressive Challenge on Rick St. Dennis' Sparkle and Glitter blog. That means we can use any RSD image and the theme is Anything Goes. Anyone who plays along this month will receive the image for next month's Part 2 free. Great deal!

This time I chose to create a mixed media piece starring the fabulous Mame, one of the Broadway Chorus Girl Series found at Rick's Zibbet shop. I coloured Mame with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, adding Grape Crush and Lagoon Stickles as well as pink gel pen to her jewels to bling them out. Mame was then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and mattted in black. Foam dots were added to the back of her for dimension.

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, making sure to leave white space...always a challenge for me. 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!.|The background was cut into two pieces and black Big Brush pen was added to the edges. Stamping was done with Hero Art's Painted Circle stamp using jet Black Archival ink on the section of background that won the audition.

Because the background was busy and sparkly from the mica sprays, simple matting in black and textured purple cardstock was added to ground the piece and give the eye somewhere to rest. The sentiment was computer generated onto white cardstock, matted with purple, and popped up on foam to overlap the background. Purple gems were added to the dots on the sentiment and then a trail of the same gems was adhered to either side. A purple metallic star was added above the sentiment. To complete the spread, a black punched photo corner was added to the lower left corner to help balance Mame who was adhered further to the right.

Since I couldn't capture the sparkliness of the Stickles, the sprays, the gems and stars, I just had to take this phtot from a funny angle so you could see it.

Thanks so much for joining Mame and me today. We are delighted to have your fine company. To see the rest of the amazing creations by the rest of Team A from the EDT, please be sure to visit the Sparkle and Glitter blog. We can't wait to see what you do this month. Hope you will join us!

Life is good; so is art.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Blossom Sensuality ~ new Release at The East Wind

Hi everyone. It's Tuesday which means it's time for a new release at The East Wind and this time I was able to play along. The image is called Lucy Loo Blossom Sensuality. Although I normally use vibrant colours, this Lucy Loo image seemed to call for softer muted colours to match her mood...a bit of a departure for me but I enjoyed the challenge.

I coloured Lucy Loo with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils and cut her out with a TH Cameo frame die. I applied Tumbled Glass Distress ink with an ink blending tool onto the background of the image and then matted it with black cardstock.

The background began with a piece of Momenta textured cardstock which was aged with Vintage Photo Distress ink. It was then stamped with a TH splatter stamp and the same ink as well as Jet Black Archival. Before adhering the image to the background, two little doilies were tucked under opposite corners and a piece of mulberry paper was torn and tucked under the right side. A cluster of Prima flowers and leaves plus a small hemp bow were added to the lower left side of the background, overlapping the image slightly. A white butterfly sticker was added to the upper right of the image and a segment of punched black border to over the white printed paper.

To complete the spread, a sentiment was computer generated and printed on white cardstock matted with black before being adhered by foam tape for dimension. Black and white photo corners were punched and overlapped in the lower right corner and three black enamel dots were added for balance on the upper left corner. A doodled border and a black mat on the background were the final touches.

Thanks for joining Lucy Loo and me today. We appreciate your company.To see what some of our other DT members created with this fabulous image, check out The East Wind Facebook page. We would love to see what you do with her, too.

Life is good; so is art.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rick St. Dennis Altered Paint Brush

Hi everyone. I thought it was high time that I altered another paint brush. I haven't played with one in ages and had the perfect Rick St. Dennis image for the job. My paint brush was just a dollar one from Walmart...such an inelegant start but I blinged and sparkled it up plenty to make up for its humble beginnings.

I featured part of the Cat Glasses image from Rick's Zibbet shop, colouring her with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. Cat was relieved of her beautiful top knot as I wanted the bristles to become her upswept hair. She was fussy cut and then matted in black. Grape Crush Stickles, a gorgeous mix of purple and turquoise glitter, was added to her glasses frames and Glossy Accents added to the lenses.

A palette knife was used to layer on pink paint mixed with embossing paste, adding lots of texture. While it was still wet, tiny glass beads were pushed into it to make it even more fancy-smancy. A wash of Hottie Patottie Hot Pink Starburst spray was layered over the top as well as matte medium to help keep the beads in place. Cat's necklace was created with flat pearls and a brad.

The bristles of the brush were sprayed with the same pink Starburst spray as Cat's collar. Tickled Pink Stickles were brushed over that with my finger to create shimmer and sparkle. Two layers of two toned patterned paper were cut along the pattern lines and layered over black cardstock which was then trimmed as a mat. Black Diamond Stickles was added to the lines where the papers overlapped. This piece was wrapped around the base of the bristles and adhered with wide scor tape. A length of washi tape was added to the metal ferrule and a length of metallic cording was used to tie the two patterns together. To complete her lovely outfit, purple gems and white pearls were adhered to the points of her crown and black pearls formed her buttons on the handle of the brush which became her upper body.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Cat and I appreciate your fine company. Be sure and check out Rick's Zibbet shop. There are many other of the 1100+ images there that would work beautifully for other altered paint brushes :) I would love to hear or see what ideas you have.

Life is good; so is art.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tickled Pink ~ Sweet Pea Stamps FB Progressive Challenge

Hi everyone. The next part of the Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook Progressive challenge began on Monday and I just had to play along. If you played last time, you will have received this adorable image called Tickled Pink by Lynne Stansbery. She makes me smile because she looks like she could turn herself inside out, she is so excited and happy. If you didn't play last time, you can purchase this image from Sweet Pea Stamps, and join us.

I coloured Susie (she told me her name) with Prismacolor pencils using a few Polychromos to shade the skin. Lynne's images have the shading already on the images making them foolproof to colour. I fussy cut Susie and matted her with black cardstock to create strong contrast with the background, She was then popped up on foam squares and asked to wait as patiently as she could...she was very excited so it was a challenge to be patient :)

The background began as a manila #8 tag to which I adhered some textured green designer paper. A TH heart stamp was applied in several places to the DP using Fern Green Archival ink. White embossing paste was scraped through a TH Burlap stencil in three places and allowed to dry. Jet Black Archival ink was used to edge the outside edges of the tag. A remnant of crocheted lace was adhered to the bottom edge and Susie was placed just above it. Three mulberry flowers and some hand cut leaves were adhered in the space between Susie's dress and the top of the lace trim. Book text paper was spritzed with Hottie Patottie Hot Pink Starburst spray and die cut into 5 hearts. These were scattered around the sentiment which accompanies the image. It was fussy cut, tinted with Magenta Pan Pastel, and matted with black before tiny pink gems were added to the dots. To finish off the tag, it was given a ribbon and white rickrack topper, a little doodling, and black matting to frame it.

Thanks so much for joining Susie and me today. We are both tickled pink that you did. Be sure to pop by the Sweet Pea Stamps Friends & Fans Facebook group to see what others on the DT have created with this sweetly inspiring image. Stop by Sweet Pea Stamps to see more of Lynne Stansbery's gorgeous images as well as those by the other talented artists there.

Life is good; so is art.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New FB Challenge at The East Wind

Hi all. It's time for a brand new contest on The East Wind Facebook group. The theme this time around is It Started With a Song so we want to see your art using an image from The East Wind which has been inspired or relates to a song. Please be sure to tell what song got your mojo going.

The song that inspired me is an oldie but goody called Already Gone by the Eagles. The image that I chose to star on the tag it inspired is called Lucy Loo Voyage. With Lucy Loo's attitude , it seemed to fit the lyrics. I coloured Lucy with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. The dots for her shoe buttons and earrings were created with silver gel pen. She was then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and matted with black cardstock. Foam tape was adhered to the back to add dimension and shadow when she was added to the tag.

The background began as a #10 manila tag which was covered with black cardstock. A section of MME's Traveler designer paper was added to the middle of the tag. Titan Buff paint was mixed with embossing paste and scraped through TCW's Mini Netting stencil in 3 places. In order to give Lucy a place to sit, a strip of black cardstock was added near the bottom of the designer papet. To tie in with the pink of her jacket, three lengths of washi on cream paper were added to the sides of the tag.

The sentiments were computer generated and printed on cream cardstock. The bottom one was die cut and both were matted with black cardstock to help them pop against the background. They were also popped up on foam squares. The shank was cut off the back of the metal plane button and it was attached to the cheesecloth "cloud" with Glossy Accents. The topper was created with text printed ribbon attached to the tag with a brad.

Thanks for visiting today. Lucy Loo and I are happy that you came by. When you get a minute, pop over to The East Wind Facebook group to see the other wonderful creations by some of our DT. We would love it if you joined us in this contest.

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Spring has Sprung at One Sweet Challenge

Hi everyone! Today is the reminder post at One Sweet Challenge for our April Spring Has Sprung challenge. This time I chose to play with this absolutely adorable image by Sandra Caldwell called Queen Bee. I am smitten with this image in particular but also with Sandra Caldwell's style.

I coloured Queenie with Prismacolor pencils using a few Polychromos pencils for shading the skin. The image was cut into a rectangle and then the top corners were rounded with a punch. Tumbled Glass Distress ink was applied to the sky or wall portion. Black cardstock was torn around to create a mat and frame the image.

The background started with a piece of 5 x 8 inch mixed media paper which I spritzed with Lindy's Starburst sprays in Yellow Rose of Texas, Hottie Patottie Hot Pink, and Hag's Wart Orange.Once dry, a second coat was added in some areas and the excess was also mopped up to add layers, splats, and runs. Texture was added by stamping using Magenta Hue and Pale Ochre Archival inks. Black gesso was pounced through a hexagon punchinella stencil. A strip of hot pink textured cardstock was torn and adhered horizontally onto the background and the edges were outlined with black pen. White embossing paste was scraped through TH's Burlap stencil with a palette knife and allowed to dry before the image was added.

The quote was computer generated, printed on white cardstock, and matted with black cardstock. A scrap of cheesecloth topped by a bee and a hive button in the top right corner. The entire piece was matted with black cardstock for the contrast and to frame up the spread.

Thanks for joining Queenie and me today. We appreciate your wonderful company. When you get a minute, pop by the One Sweet Challenge blog to see the fabulous projects by the rest of the DT. We would love to have you join us for our Spring Has Sprung challenge there. Be sure to check out the other cute-as-a-button images by Sandra Caldwell at Sweet Pea Stamps. There are tons of fabulous artists' images to be found there as well!

Life is good; so is art.