Monday, March 25, 2013

Charley's Birthday Card

My son turned 19 today!  How did that happen?  I can recall his birth like it was yesterday.  And what a special day it was, changing our lives and for the better.  Charley is a tuxedo-wearing-trumpet musician and a rather fine one...says his mom, LOL.  For his birthday he asked to go see Wynton Marsalis and his band play at the Mondavi Center in Davis.  Music is an important part of his life so with the concert still fresh in our minds this card just came to mind.  I had the tuxedo/sheet music paper in my stash.  I added the sentiment stamps appropriately from Club Scrap's "All That Jazz" collection.  The results:

I wanted the "all that jazz" sentiment to pop out somehow so I folded the ends back on themselves and creased the center so it could fold flat but come out when opened.  It worked fairly well.

The sentiment can also pop outwards.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Simon Says Stamp! March Cards

Knowing that the SSS April kit will be here by tomorrow, if not today, I jumped into card making last night to get at least a few cards made with these fresh Springy colors to celebrate the first day of Spring.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Playing With New Toys

I've had these two toys for a week and I'm just now getting to play with them.  First toy is the Tim Holtz texture fade blueprint, second is Hero Arts, Skyscraper die.  They seemed like a natural together but that thought only came to me tonight, not at the time of purchase.

Navy card stock then was embossed with the blueprint folder, then lightly swiped with Club Scrap's wonderful white pigment ink pad.  The buildings were cut on the Cuttlebug from various colored scraps in my stash.  I stamped the buildings with October Afternoon's "Cakewalk" cling rubber background stamp in Distress Ink Chipped Sapphire.  Happy Birthday stamp is from Club Scrap stamped on a die cut label from Simon Says Stamp!

I think this will make a great guy card.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Same Journal Page, Second Layer

I spent this past weekend taking passes over these pages.  First thing I noticed after drawing black ink lines around the edges was the image of a bird's head...naturally!  So I drew in it's head and added a wing.  On the right edge I drew a few free-hand leaves.  The center red and black flowers is a stamp from Alisa Burke as are the left yellow ones.  I used Distress Paints to fill in the white spaces that weren't working for me, just leaving an outline of white remaining on both sides.

Working with the theme for the week's inspiration is "Be a good listener".  I don't think this is quite what Shimelle had in mind but while I was working on the stamp portion yesterday, I stopped to "listen" and then journaled in extra fine black Sharpie, what I was hearing.

Far from done yet.  The center will be next and I think the leaves and wing may have to be a bit altered too.  Time will tell.  Meanwhile I have a sketch ready for my next page that I am busting to start.  I actually have a plan which is not normal for me, LOL.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Art Journal...first mess

Tonight I made time to dive into my first attempt to mess in my new Dyan Reaveley Art Journal.  First steps consisted of Gesso, some Dylusion spraying and then a little stenciling.  Also I'm experimenting with white space per Dina Wakley.   What dawned on me is that I don't have to do this all at once.  I felt compelled when I began that I would have a completed double page to admire before the night is out.  Ha...I don't think so.  Stumped, I decided to stop and think about my next step.

While doing all this I am also incorporating LSNEW.  My theme for the coming week is "Be a good listener".  I think I'm going to add "be patient".

Next is deciding what goes inside and what happens with the white space.  Will it remain white?  Stay tuned.  I am excited to find out!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Art Journals

Yesterday my friend Jen and I took a little road trip out to Berkeley.  Our mission was to meet up with friend Lucy, shop at Scrapbook Territory, lunch at the Pyramid Brewery, shop some more.  We succeeded in all ways.

One of the main things I was out to find was a suitable art journal to begin some serious experimenting in.  I succeeded in actually finding two journals which now brings me up to having 3 going at once.

With 3 journals there should never be any waiting for some kind of art work to be happening.  While one is drying the other can be used.   The one with the Kraft paper pages will be more like a diary and planner for my ideas.  The little board book and the Dyan Reaveley journal...well, anything goes!

Below you can see my efforts to date.  The little board book has been sitting in my craft room for years.  Last night I completed (I think completed) my first page in playing with my new Stabilo pencils, a wooden veneer bird cage that I used as stencil, Distress Paints, Spectrum Noir markers and my beloved Alisa Burke feather stamps.  Next stop...slopping around in the big journal, LOL.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Jen's March Card Sketch Challenge

Boy I no sooner squeezed in the February challenge and now I have already completed March's sketch.  My good friend Jen is known for her vast collection of embossing folders and fabulous use of them.  I on the other hand have a budding collection that tends to gather dust.  So I decided it was time to use them for this month's challenge over on Club Scrap's Forum.

I used two Sizzix folders...the Medallion and the Dotted Swirls.  All papers and the sentiment are from Club Scrap.  Distress Stain in Tarnished Brass for the metallic look and all other inking by Distress Inks in Chipped Sapphire and Walnut Stain.  This was a fun sketch.