Saturday, January 31, 2015

5 for 5 Valentine's Prize Winner

I'm just quickly posting the winner of my 5 for 5 Valentine's prize. The lucky winner is Denise Bryant. Congratulations Denise and thanks to everyone who left comments on my blog this week. I really appreciate it!!  Denise, please contact me at corgidusty at yahoo dot com on or before Saturday, February 14. Be sure to send me your mailing address. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, January 30, 2015

5 for 5 Valentine's Day 5


Welcome to Day 5 of our 5 for 5 Valentine's Blog Event. I can't believe it's the last day. Today our theme is "Collage". Each day our 5 Designers will post one Valentine Inspired Project based on a theme. Some of us are offering prizes, so be sure to visit all the links below and leave comments.

I've been out of town at a conference and it's taken me awhile to finally post my prize picture. I will announce the winner of this prize on Saturday, January 31. I'll choose from all the comments on my 5 for 5 Posts this week. 



For my "Collage" project I made a card using lots of layered embellishments. Most are from Pink Paislee, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Tim Holtz and Heidi Swapp. To get more visit each of the blogs below. Today is our last day to post so check out when prizes will be announced to you won't miss a things. Thanks for stopping by!



5 For 5 Valentine's Designers
1. Donna Bowman (me)
2. Rachel Kleinman
3. Lynn Kopas
4. Jenn Cuthbertson
5. Alanna Moses

Thursday, January 29, 2015

5 for 5 Valentine's Day 4


Welcome to Day 4 of our 5 for 5 Valentine's Blog Event. Today our theme is "Glitter". Each day our 5 Designers will post one Valentine Inspired Project based on a theme. Some of us are offering prizes, so be sure to visit all the links below and leave comments.

I've been out of town at a conference and it's taken me awhile to finally post my prize picture. I will announce the winner of this prize on Saturday, January 31. I'll choose from all the comments on my 5 for 5 Posts this week. 



For my "Glitter" project I made a CAS glittery card. I first put down 3 rows of glitter tape from American Crafts in Sunflower which is like gold with a few more colors in it.  The bow is from Maggie Holmes.  The piece of flair is from Hello Forever for Studio Calico. The paper is Very Vanilla from Stampin' Up. It's a simple but elegant card in non-traditional Valentine's colors. I hope you got a little Valentine's Inspiration today. To get more visit each of the blogs below. We'll be posting for the last time tomorrow so come and check us out. Thanks for stopping by!


5 For 5 Valentine's Designers
1. Donna Bowman (me)
2. Rachel Kleinman
3. Lynn Kopas
4. Jenn Cuthbertson
5. Alanna Moses

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

5 for 5 Valentine's Day 3


Welcome to Day 3 of our 5 for 5 Valentine's Blog Event. Today our theme is "Arrows". Each day our 5 Designers will post one Valentine Inspired Project based on a theme. Some of us are offering prizes, so be sure to visit all the links below and leave comments.

For my "Arrows" project I made a Mixed Media tag.  The tag was in my stash and already had orange on the background. I have tons of tags I used to wipe up extra spray ink and paint. On the background of the tag I used the Tim Hotlz Arrow stencil with Picked Raspberry Distress Paint. Then I outlined the arrows with an orange Distress Marker. I used the same colors on the grungeboard heart with crackle paint. The words are from Cosmo Criket and the little envelope is from DCWV.  The Key and little heart and arrow in the envelope are Tim Holtz. The trim is from Crate Paper (I think). I died the Tim Holtz ribbon using Distress Stains. I hope you got a little Valentine's Inspiration today. To get more visit each of the blogs below. We'll be posting for the next 2 days also. Thanks for stopping by!




5 For 5 Valentine's Designers
1. Donna Bowman (me)
2. Rachel Kleinman
3. Lynn Kopas
4. Jenn Cuthbertson
5. Alanna Moses

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

5 for 5 Valentine's Day 2


Welcome to Day 2 of our 5 for 5 Valentine's Blog Event. Today our theme is "Pink & Orange". Each day our 5 Designers will post one Valentine Inspired Project based on a theme. Some of us are offering prizes, so be sure to visit all the links below and leave comments.

For my "Pink & Orange"project I made a Mixed Media card. On a white card stock panel I decoupaged pieces of pink and orange patterned paper to make a collage background. I inked the edges with a Distress Marker sprayed some Bubblegum Pink Dylusions Spray on it. Then I added a few Pink Paislee and Heidi Swap pieces to finish off the card. I mounted it on a card base made from Stampin' Up Melon Mambo paper. I hope you got a little Valentine's Inspiration today. To get more visit each of the blogs below. We'll be posting for the next 3 days also. Thanks for stopping by!

5 For 5 Valentine's Designers
1. Donna Bowman (me)
2. Rachel Kleinman
3. Lynn Kopas
4. Jenn Cuthbertson
5. Alanna Moses

Monday, January 26, 2015

5 for 5 Valentines Day 1


Welcome to Day 1 of our 5 for 5 Valentine's Blog Event. Today our theme is "Hearts". Each day our 5 Designers will post one Valentine Inspired Project based on a theme. Some of us are offering prizes, so be sure to visit all the links below and leave comments.

For my Hearts project I made a Mixed Media Heart painting on wood. It's a 4 x 11 piece of wood I picked up last year when my house was under construction. All the paints are Dina Wakely Heavy Body Acrylic. I also used some Stamper's Big Brush Pens by Faber Castell Design Memory Craft for accents and shading. And I used a white paint pen. This painting was so fun and really easy to make. It turned out better than I ever imagined. I cannot draw, so if you are like me, don't be afraid to try new things. I hope you got a little Valentine's Inspiration today. To get more visit each of the blogs below. We'll be posting for the next 4 days also. Thanks for stopping by!


5 For 5 Valentine's Designers
1. Donna Bowman (me)
2. Rachel Kleinman
3. Lynn Kopas
4. Jenn Cuthbertson
5. Alanna Moses

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Christmas Card Challenges #8

It's time for this week's challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have everybody's favorite - Anything Goes. I made a card using papers and embellishments from Bobunny's Candy Cane Lane collection. I just love the nontraditional colors in this collection. I hope you will get a head start on your Christmas cards and join us this week. We now pick a weekly winner and honorable mentions! Thanks for stopping by!





Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Publication

Just sharing a quick note today. I have a three page article in the current Winter 2015 Stampers Sampler Magazine featuring cards I made using Dina Wakely Scibbly Birds Stamps and DCWV papers. Here's one of the cards in the article. Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Christmas Card Challenges #7

It's time for this week's challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have this cute Santa Hat cupcake Inspiration Photo. I took my inspiration from the hat and use my Tim Holtz Halftone Santa Stamp. The papers are Tim Holtz and the sentiment stamps are from Hero Arts. I hope you will get a head start on your Christmas cards and join us this week. We now pick a weekly winner and honorable mentions! Thanks for stopping by!




Saturday, January 17, 2015

MFT Card Challenges: Wednesday Sketch Challenges #211

I made this card for the current MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #211. I've had this stamp a couple years and I just remembered that I had her. So, I wanted to make a Valentine and she was perfect. I used Memento London Fog Ink and colored her with Copic markers. The papers are from the Dear Lizzy Serendipity Collection and Julie Nutting. The sentiment was stamped in Ranger Archival in Watering Can. Thanks for stopping by!!



Friday, January 16, 2015

Unity Friends with Flair Friday

I made this little journal page using Unity Stamps and Tim Holtz Distress Marker watercoloring.  I used the Faber Castell Mini Mixed Media Journal. I colored on the stamps with Distress Markers, spritzed with water and stamped them onto the page. For the border I used a watercolor brush and added distress ink to an acrylic block and picked the color up with the brush and made small brush strokes all around the edges using 6 different colors. The stamps are from the Unity November 2013 KOM. Thanks for stopping by!!



Sunday, January 11, 2015

Christmas Card Challenges #6


It's time for this week's challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week is a really fun Challenge. We were supposed to CASE a card made previously by one of the other Design Team Members. I decided to use a card by Alanna Moses for my inspiration. I loved how she created this flawless background by blending Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

Here is the card from Alanna. You can see the original post HERE.


I created my background using Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold and Barn Door Distress Inks. The deer head is a die from Ellen Hutson and the words are dies by Papertrey Ink. I also inked the edges using a Prima Ink Edger in Black Coal. It's a different kind of Christmas Card, but I love how it turned out. I'm excited to see what you come up with this week for this fun challenge. Just pick any previous card by one our DT Members and be inspired. Thanks for stopping by!

Here's my card.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - January

I'm hoping to participate in the 12 Tags of 2015 each month this year. I had a great time making the January tag. I followed Tim's tag fairly closely, but the Distress paints I used on the background were Seedless Preserves, Broken China and Pewter. I also chose to use silver glitter and pewter paint instead of the Gold colors that Tim used. I'm a silver person. Also, instead of using Glue & Seal over the whole tag to seal it I used Sparkle Mod Podge to add some more shine. The letters and the number I used are from Tim's old Grunge Board die cuts. Thanks for stopping by!!


Christmas Card Challenges #5

It's time for this week's challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have a Color Challenge. I created this card using Cosmo Cricket patterned papers and stamps. I outlined my panels with a dark gray Copic marker to get some of that gray color on the card. I also stamped the JOY banner in Ranger Archival Ink - Watering Can.  I'm excited to see what you come up with this week for this fun color challenge. Thanks for stopping by!




Thursday, January 1, 2015

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #8

Happy New Year!! It's time for another challenge at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog. Our theme for this month is "Something New for the New Year." Just do something new in your project - use a new product, try a new technique, make a new kind of project etc...Just think outside of your normal box and go have fun making something!!


Be sure to check out the blog to see all the inspirational projects created by the rest of the design team. Also, check out our new designer we are welcoming this month, Karen Crossen. You are going to love her work!!!

Our sponsor this month is the new and awesome crafty online store Butterfly Reflections Ink. They have great prices and lots of fun mixed media items like the entire line of Dina Wakely Paints, Gesso,  and Gel Medium. Also, check out their blog where you can see some gorgeous projects created with the products they sell made by some very talented designers. They are generously offering a $25 gift card for our lucky random winner.


For my project I made a 6x6 canvas. I created the background using my new Pan Pastels. I ordered them over Thanksgiving and finally got a chance to use them. I tried to emboss on the canvas before adding the Pan Pastels, but I'm not a great embosser and all I have is the Ranger Heat Tool which is not good for heat embossing. Basically, most of the embossing ink didn't heat up even though I held the heat tool over for what seemed like forever. So, in the end, I just put on the Pan Pastels and they smeared some of the embossing ink that wasn't dry and it kind of made for an interesting background.


I placed the clouds on the canvas a couple times to make sure the shape was good and the clouds fit within the tree branches. I adhered the burlap clouds with hot glue.


I die cut the tree which is a Karen Burniston die from grunge paper. Then I put modeling pasted on the trunk and limbs to add some texture, painted it and highlighted it with a Stampers Big Brush pen. You can really see all the details in the picture. The die comes with some clouds so I die cut the clouds with burlap and colored the burlap with Pine Needles and Antique Linen and Bundled Sage Distress Stains. I used hot glue to adhere some Prima Marketing and My Minds Eye buttons to the tree. I also outlined and colored some of the buttons using different Stampers Big Brush Pens. To make the sun stand out more I colored it with some Stampers Big Brush Pens and I inked the edges of the canvas Ranger Archival Ink in Watering Can.

Finally, I got a set of little letter stamps at Hobby Lobby. They're so cute. I love how the words are not perfect when you stamp with the individual letters. I stamped lots of inspirational words on the bottom of the canvas with Black Staz On  Ink.


And here's the final product. I love using the Pan Pastels, they were really fun and easy to work with. And the Karen Burniston All Seasons Tree die was great and has TONS of possibilities. It also comes with leaf, snowflake, and flower dies so you can create a tree for any season.




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