Silent Serenade

Good evening all my crafty peeps! I have for you a sweet wolf serenading a few birds in the trees. To me this is a calm, sweet scene, seen perhaps on an unusually wintery fall night in the woods of Wisconsin. You know, when it snows too early and it is that beautiful white, light, fluffy stuff?! Wolfy is happy and is showing his appreciation with his song. Imagine, if you can, being up in the trees, looking down at this amazing picture. If only!?

Ok, perhaps as a child, I spent WAY too much time outside just eating up nature. Or not? This card was made with a ton of layering. Stamps came from all over: MayMay Made It, Lavinia, Gina K, Inkadinkado, and a few unknown stash items. The layers involved make it yet another mixed media card. Versaclair inks, Memento inks, along with Distressed Oxide and Distressed Ink to round out the inky part. Embellishments came through with white gauche, Gansai Tambi Champaign Gold, White and gold gel pen, and last, but not least, green pan pastel.

“When snow falls, nature listens!”

Style Endures

Good Morning Monday! I have been inspired by all the artists that create with such style, ease and layers. Lots and lots of layers. I especially enjoy Inkybliss on Youtube. This card is a spin-off from Nancy Stamps. She made a beautiful underwater card with just stamping. So, I decided to see what I could put together using what I had on hand. Thank you Tim Holtz for providing elements that just naturally go together. All of the stamps are his, except the sentiment which is from The Ton. The background was stamped in Vintage Photo and Memento Rich Cocoa. Rich Cocoa was also used for my pattern paper and my model. I colored her in a olive and blush pastel very lightly and smudged the pastel pencil with my finger to give the soft edges. Thinlits, Stacked Deckle, was used to cut the squares and the borders. Although it looks white (still working on my photography skills), the embossing is actually Vintage White by Ranger. Some Vintage Photo and Antique Linen Ink was added to the edges, just for some fun.

Seas the Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the card makers and crafters!!! Here is a little mythical creature inspired card this morning. I wanted to do a Kelpie, as seen in Magical Beasts, the Crimes of Grindewauld.; however, after some research, I found that they are kind of dark creatures and I don’t do dark very well. So, I went with a Hippocamp (aka merpony). I learned that it is based off of Roman and Greek mythology. My hippocamp was colored using Black Widow pencils. The background is a layering of inks, perfect pearls and a hero arts stamped in Mermaid Lagoon Distressed ink. The sentiment was from a Lawn Fawn set and simply embossed in white.

Tiny Hello

Good evening fellow card makers!!! Flowers, flowers and more flowers; flowers are in the air this week on many different challenge boards. I have a CAS card for you this evening. Hero Arts provided the stamp and the sentiment. Ranger chipped in the white embossing powder. Copic C7 supplied the basic grey and Stabilo pastel pencils provided the daffodil delight. A little white gel pen provided a border and the card base is smokey slate. OMgoodness, I actually created a single layer card. Perhaps this card will go to my MIL as I thought of her while I was creating it; she loves the color yellow. Spreading hope that everyone has a well evening!

“One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”

Boo-berries

Trick or Treat Thursday, card makers! My little Meowpire is trick or treating today. This was such a challenge to make. My self challenge was to use NO stamps. Why not? The background are two patterned papers and a Hero Arts large door front die. The house lights were simply colored with a 100 Copic Marker. The Boo-berry bushes are from Hero Arts as well. Orange and black card stock with Copic coloring (E18, E21, R69) to add some dimension. The boo-berries are from Whimsy Stamps Sparklettes. My sentiment and cat are die cuts with some help from Cricut. Meowpire is a black and white cut with Copic coloring (N3,C7,C9,C5,E18,N1,E23,Y23,Y25). The trick-or-treating cat wouldn’t be complete without a bag. Thank you to Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge for the inspiration.

“Nothing is more spooky than your imagination.”

“Squirrel”

Just a little squirrel enjoying his breakfast this morning. This stamp is from Rabbit Hole designs and is the focal point for my card entry as guest designer for The Color Throwdown challenge this week. #ctd641. My little friend was stamped with Memento brown ink on some ivory cardstock. He was colored with Copic: E34,E35,E37,E57(donut). Distressed Oxide crayon was used for the frosting and some Nuvo drops supplied the sprinkles. The background paper is ivory cardstock placed into an embossing folder. To add some color, Tumbled glass Distressed Oxide ink and crayon were added. Some basic laying with red cardstock framed my image. For a finishing touch, some Sprikletz-donuts were added to the top and bottom.

“Donut worry, be happy”

Lochness

Hello, crafters and card makers! I saw the challenge over at Less is More for a sea creatures theme. I have this Lochness Monster stamp I’ve wanted to use for quite a while and figured he counted as a sea creature. 😊 All of the images and dies are from Hero Arts. The inks used were a combination of Hero Arts, Distress Oxide and VersaFine Clair. The water and the mountains are layered stamps, two colors each. The sky is a combination of Scattered Straw, Wild Honey,Victorian Velvet and Pumice Stone. My sentiment comes from a retired Craftin’ Desert Divas set. The little bit of embellishment is from white gel pen to enhance the water on the waterfalls.

Booya

Booya, crafters! OMG, I had too much fun with this card. Talk about mixed media…. WOW. Not my forte, but had to try it out. The stencil of the haunted house was created by my Circut and cut on black card stock. It was then embossed with: Distressed Oxide glaze in Walnut Stain, Distressed Oxide glaze in Black Soot, Desert Clay Boho Blends by Emerald Creek, Black Cheery Aroma by Emerald Creek and Copper Blush by Nuvo. My backgound was a blend of Distressed oxides on black watercolor paper in: Forest Moss, Ground Expresson, Rustic Wilderness, Aged Mahogany, Blueprint Sketch, Black Soot and Forest Moss. The border around the watercolor paper is papyrus paper with blended with Aged Mahogany, Black Soot and Rustic Wilderness. Between the stencil and the watercolor paper is black chees cloth bathed in Modge Pode Stiffy.

“When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween.”

Imagine Elegance

Happy Friday Evening, crafters!!! This is a mixed media combined-effort card this evening. I saw the Splasymix challenge this month and couldn’t stop thinking of this gorgeous girl my DD15 made a while back. I stole her image and had to add a background equal to her elegance. I started with some simple ink blending (Tubled Glass and Cracked Pistachio) around a Newton’s Nook Stencil. The stencil was then blended with a bit of Spun Sugar. I added a bit of blending to the heart with Spun Sugar and White Picket Fence Distressed Oxide cayons to for a soft blend. The background had a bit of Ink-a-dik-a-doo stamping and Tim Holtz images to add some interest to the background. Off-white pastels added to the misty fogg in the background. Inspire was heat embossed with Versamark ink and Ranger’s white embossing powder. The heart had some texture added by Nuvo Jewl Drops in Rosewater with a bit of Diamond Dust added for some sparkle. If I could, I would give this card back to DD15 as she can be such an inspiration to her mom. This card reminds me of Spring, the colors, or a Spring wedding. Spring is where the weather is just about perfect, not too hot or cold.

“A kind word is like a Spring Day.”