Sunday, November 29, 2015

Christmas Card Challenges #52

It's time for this week's challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week our Challenge theme is everybody's favorite again - "Anything Goes". Get a head start on your Christmas cards and come join us this week. Thanks for stopping by!




For my card I used a new IndigoBlu stamp set called Triple Parcel. It's a set of two stamps. One is the single line outline, the second you stamp on top, it has several loose lines. They have several of these stamps and I love all of them. I watercolored using my Tim Holtz Distress Markers, I was inspired to this by a video by Scrap Time Videos, here is a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLJUdSEre_A  The paper is from DCWV. The sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts. 

 

Friday, November 27, 2015

December 2015 Mini Album

I was inspired by my crafty buddy Rachel Kleinman to make a December mini album. She is making a very cool mixed media album. You can check out her web site here www.rwkrafts.com. I thought I would make a mixed media album too, but I decided to do something different in the end. I recorded some of my process in my first every YouTube Video. I'm including the link below.  The video isn't great and it has it's share of flaws. I can't wait to do another one so I can fix some of the things that went wrong in this one.

I used Kaisercraft Holly Jolly papers and die cuts to create the album. The video is here https://youtu.be/4jxN8XqIpQc. It's your chance to hear my southern accent if you haven't ever met me in person.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Christmas Card Challenges #51

It's time for this week's challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week our Challenge theme is everybody's favorite again - "Anything Goes". Get a head start on your Christmas cards and come join us this week. Thanks for stopping by!



For my card I used BoBunny's Candy Cane Lane papers and some new PaperArtsy stamps. I colored the girl with Copic Markers.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Christmas Card Challenges #50

It's time for this week's challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week our Challenge theme is a photo challenge.  Get a head start on your Christmas cards and come join us this week. Thanks for stopping by!






For my card I made a card base from Papertrey Ink Kraft card stock. I cut a smaller panel and stamped with the Text stamp from Stampers Anonymous in black Ranger Archival Ink and inked the edges. I stamped and fussy cut the santa and adhered him to the card with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment from Prima letter stamps. Then I added some black pearls to the corners to finish it off. 


Friday, November 13, 2015

5 for 5 Thanksgiving Day 5: Texture


Welcome to Day 5 of our 5 for 5 Thanksgiving Blog Event. Today our theme is "Texture". We are all sharing a project where we used textures. It's been such a fun week. I can't believe it's over!! Some of us are offering prizes, so be sure to visit all the links below and leave comments.

For my card, I added a solid orange panel of Tim Holtz Kraft Core card stock. Then I layered a piece of Tim Holtz Seasonal Kraft Core card stock and sanded it a little so the images would show. The pumpkin is a Tim Holtz die that I cut with grunge board. I covered the pumpkin with several Distress Inks and paints and then added some glitter. The greenery on the bottom is from another Tim Holtz die. The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Occasions Small Talk. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the designers blogs below for more Thanksgiving Inspiration.



Donna Bowman (me)
Rachel Kleinman
Lynn Kopas
Karen Crossen
Kris Lancaster

Thursday, November 12, 2015

5 for 5 Thanksgiving Day 4 - Turkey


Welcome to Day 4 of our 5 for 5 Thanksgiving Blog Event. Today our theme is "Turkey". We are all sharing a project where we used a turkey. Each day our 5 Designers will post a Thanksgiving Inspired Project based on a theme. Some of us are offering prizes, so be sure to visit all the links below and leave comments. And join us tomorrow for our last day.

For my card today I used a Unity Stamp Company Stamp set called Build a Turkey. It's one of my favorites. I stamped the turkey and feathers in several different colors of Ranger Archival ink and color them in with Prismcolor pencils and blended with my new Prismacolor blender marker -love it!! The thought bubble is from Lawn Fawn and the sentiment is from a Unity Itty Bitty called Gobble Gobble. I adhered the turkey and sentiment with foam tape. A straightforward card that I made in about an hour tonight!! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the designers blogs below for more Thanksgiving Inspiration.


Donna Bowman (me)
Rachel Kleinman
Lynn Kopas
Karen Crossen
Kris Lancaster

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

5 for 5 Thanksgiving Day 3: Sentiments Only


Welcome to Day 3 of our 5 for 5 Thanksgiving Blog Event. Today our theme is "Sentiments Only". We are all sharing a project where we used with the focus on sentiments. Each day our 5 Designers will post a Thanksgiving 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 card today made my own subway art panel with sentiments and a couple of filler graphics. The sentiments come from so many companies like Unity, Papertrey Ink, Lawn Fawn, Impression Obsession, Hero Arts, Altenew, Denami Designs and Mama Elephant. I used Ranger Archival inks and my MISTI to help me line things up. I adhered the panel to a piece of DCWV colored cork. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the designers blogs below for more Thanksgiving Inspiration.



Donna Bowman (me)
Rachel Kleinman
Lynn Kopas
Karen Crossen
Kris Lancaster

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

5 for 5 Thanksgiving Day 2: Pumpkin


Welcome to Day 2 of our 5 for 5 Thanksgiving Blog Event. Today our theme is "Pumpkin". We are all sharing a project with a pumpkin focus. Each day our 5 Designers will post a Thanksgiving 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 project I used a piece of wood. I painted it with a light brown acrylic paint. I stamped the pumpkin with Archival Ink and colored it with colored pencils. The pumpkin stamp is from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps. I inked the edges of the pumpkin and block with a Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Big Brush Pen. Finally, I adhered the pumpkin to the block with DecoArt decoupage. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the designers blogs below for more Thanksgiving Inspiration.



Donna Bowman (me)
Rachel Kleinman
Lynn Kopas
Karen Crossen
Kris Lancaster

Monday, November 9, 2015

5 for 5 Thanksgiving Day 1: Watercolor


Welcome to Day 1 of our 5 for 5 Thanksgiving Blog Event. Today our theme is "Watercolor". We are all sharing a project where we used watercolors. Each day our 5 Designers will post a Thanksgiving 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 card I used Avery Elle Stamps. I water colored a piece of card stock with Koi Water Colors and cut it down to fit around the acorn. I stamped the acorn on Kraft card stock and then brushed it with a light brown water color to make it fit the water color look better. I colored the leaf with green distress inks. I added some Tim Holtz Hemp twine on the bottom. The square stitched die is from Lawn Fawn. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the designers blogs below for more Thanksgiving Inspiration.

Donna Bowman (me)
Rachel Kleinman
Lynn Kopas
Karen Crossen
Kris Lancaster

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Christmas Card Challenges #49

It's time for this week's challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week our Challenge theme is everybody's favorite again - "Anything Goes". Get a head start on your Christmas cards and come join us this week. Thanks for stopping by!




For my card I used the new Brett Weldele stamps from Stampers Anonymous. This snowman and sentiment is from the set called Blizzy the Happy Snowman. I just couldn't resist this cute guy. I made the background from Ken Oliver Color Bursts. Then I used the Brett Weldele stencil called Creepy Trees on the background. I sprayed the stencil with Dylusions White Linen Spray. I colored the snowman with Copic markers and stamped the sentiment with Black Ranger Archival Ink. To finish it off I added some snowflakes using a Viva Clear Glitter pen.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #18 - Texture

It's time for a new challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. This month our theme is "Texture." Just make a project using some texture - easy peasy.


Our sponsor is the amazing online craft retailer IndigoBlu. They have given us a FAB prize package to give our random winner. Trust me, this is the month you want to play!! IndigoBlu was also kind enough to send the members of our design team an amazing box of goodies to play with. I have used many of them on my project today.


I made a Christmas plaque in non-traditional colors on a piece of MDF covered with burlap.

It took me awhile to get to the finished product and as can happen, things didn't go exactly according to plan. I took a few pictures along the way.

I started with the plain board and painted it with IndigoBlu white Gesso. 


 Then I used some IndigoBlu Christmas Stamps from the "Looks like Rain, Deer" 
Stamp set to start my background. 

Then I used a brayer to add some acrylic paint to my IndigoBlu Merry Christmas Sentiment stamps. I used IndigoBlu English Cottage Artist Acrylic Paint in Wimberry Pie.


After stamping the sentiment I decided to add some more texture by using the IndigoBlu Texture Stencil with modeling paste that I colored with the same paint. Then I used the left over paste to make a frame around the edge, something I really like to do. 


At this point, things began to go downhill. I decided I wanted the sentiment to be darker so I got a very thin paint brush and  began going over the letters. When I got to the "m" it all ran together and I could not figure out how to salvage it. 

Meanwhile, I had painted some paper with the English Cottage Paints in the Wimberry Pie and Townhouse Teal. I had stamped the leaf from the "Big Holly" Clear stamp set on Townhouse Teal and Wimberry Pie. I fussy cut the Holly in the Townhouse Teal and the berries in the Wimberry Pie and paper pieced them together.


This is when I quit taking pictures. Let me explain how I got the final product. I covered the entire front of the panel with a coat of the white Gesso working around the textured areas so the inside is lighter than the outside. Once it dried you could still see some of the purple sentiment through it, but I felt like it looked a little like a shadow so I didn't add any more Gesso. I stamped the sentiment again and made sure to press hard. Then I added some glitter to my holly and berries and all around the textured edges. Finally, I decoupaged the holly berries over the sentiment. I kind of like the final product - it's a little messy, but kind of pretty and very sparkly. 

I hope you will join us this month. I can't wait to see what amazingly textured projects everyone will create!! Thanks for stopping by!
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