Sketchbook Sunday: Orchids!

Hi friends! It’s time for the latest installment of Sketchbook Sunday!

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I hope you play in your sketchbook today and enjoy the process!

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Sketchbook Sunday Loose Orchids in Watercolor/Colored Pencil
I received this potted arrangement for mother’s day from my mom and I thought it would be fun to paint!

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What are you working on today? I hope you experiment and explore in your sketchbook without worrying about the outcome. 🙂 Happy crafting!

Inktober Day 1: Swift

Hi friends! Every year I am inspired by the artists posting for the Inktober challenge so this year I thought I would try myself! Basically you post an ink drawing ever day during the month. I think it is a great way to squeeze in some art practice ever day.

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The “ink” portion of this project took less than 5 minutes but I wanted color so I ended up adding some watercolors. Still the project was only about 10 minutes in real-time. I think we can all fit in a few minutes a day right? Today’s prompt was “swift” so I decided to paint a swift creature swiftly. 🙂 You don’t have to use prompts but they are there if you want them on the Inktober site🙂

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I hope you have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

Old Office Labels and OSA Challenge #235

Good morning friends. The other day while digging through a  drawer I cam across a box of old office labels. I remembered a technique one when I painted across a bunch of them and used them on a card. It just so happened that they would be perfect for this weeks challenge at Oriental Stamp Art:

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It is a really fun technique and easier than it looks too. You can use any stamp you like but I used this Panda motif from About Art Accents (it’s on sale for $4 too!) to make mine. Watch the video for full instructions on making the card:

Easy huh? I think I have a package of small rectangle yard sale labels around here somewhere, If I can find them I will try this technique on a “window pane” looking card. Of course I’ll probably get distracted by something else (probably something shiny) while I am on the hunt.

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Let me know what you think and if you have any questions! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Double Happiness

Howdy folks! Here is a card I made from scraps leftover from this project. I’d rather make a new card that put all of that stuff away LOL! I liked the results so much I submitted a sketch of it to Oriental Stamp Art and they are using it as this week’s layout challenge!

 

This could be a wedding or anniversary card. I kept it vague. The focal stamp is the Chinese symbol for Double Happiness. I like that 😀 Maybe because I have twins and 2 is better thank one, or that it is such a nice marriage wish or maybe it just reminds me of Chinese food…hmmm, I could go for some Sechwan Tofu! I stamped the image (Art Neko) in a silvery purple ink and heat embossed it with clear powder, see the shiny!

 

The other bit of shiny goodness is the cardstock rectangle I dry-embossed then clear inked and brushed with purple pearl ex. Boy, I just love purple, I can’t wear it but I’ll use it on a card any chance I get!

Thanks all for today folks, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

An Oriental Card & Stamping Tips!

Happy Thursday folks! Today I am going to share a card I made a few days ago. I used the sketch challenge at Oriental Stamp Art to plan the layout of this card:

When I saw the simple design of the sketch I decided I would pull out my rainbow ink pad and an Asian Scene stamp from About Art Accents and a die-cut and get to work!

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To save space (and money) I do not usually mount my stamps on cling cushion, instead I spread a thin layer of Aleenes Tack It Over Again glue on the back of my unmounted stamps. Then I simply place the stamp on a clear block and stamp on a squishy surface like a silicone mat or mouse pad. Sometimes tho when I have a highly detailed stamp or a stamp that has a lot of rubber like this silhouette style stamp I need a little help to get it to stamp well. I discovered Rock-a-Block stamp mounts (crafter’s companion brand-I got mine at joann.com for 40% off when they had a stamp sale) last year and they work great for stamps like this and the curved surface made inking it up with my Kaliedacolor rainbow ink pad a snap! But, if you don’t have a rock-a-block you can find something similar to use around your house I bet! I have some finicky stamps that are too big for my RABs so I found a curved glass jar that works just as well (it will do until I can afford a Mega-Mount!) and best of all it was free!

Embossed label (without a nestie!)

For the octagon I used my electronic die cutter to cut 2 octagons, one 1/8″ larger than the other. I glued the smaller centered on the bigger one and stamped my sentiment then inked the edges for the trendy embossed label look, best of all you can do this with any shape, you can even cut them by hand if you have no die cutter. Just hand cut the smaller shape first, glue it to a larger piece of the same color and trim that 1/8″ larger and ink, easy peasy!

Got Creative Block? Use a Sketch!

This card came together in minutes because the layout was preplanned. Sketches are great because you end up placing elements in a new-to-you way. A sketch is a great way to break out of your comfort zone and try something new. And for those of you who think it is cheating take a look at the Oriental Stamp Art Challenge blog, you will see that we all use the same sketch but no two are alike!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Tomorrow I am going to share my clear/UM stamp reorganization project with you, I do hope you will come by and see! Til then Happy Crafting!

A Sketch for you!

Hi there, If you like sketches try this! Here is a sketch I made for a sketch challenge at the Ready Set Create forums. Make a card or layout based on the sketch and upload it to the gallery.They will have a new sketch each week. Let’s get more pages scrapped!

Here is what I made with my sketch, I didn’t plan it but after I drew the sketch I was taking photos off my camera and saw these of Hazel with her frisbee. Perfect!

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Paper: Autunm Leaves, Stamps: Inque Boutique, Letters: SCAL

Hope you enjoy the sketch and play along, I can’t wait to see what you create!

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