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Inspired Evergreens and Pond

Kittie Kraft Card Sales

I've listed a few of my cards for sale on Ebay if you are interested in checking them out. See the link on the right under eBay My World.  Thanks for taking a look.

The Inspiration Challenge on SCS today is a link to movie dresses .  They were fun to look at. I was not just inspired  with the dress worn by Winonna Ryder in Age of Innocence but also the green trees around her. I ended up with a piece far different than I started out with.  I had planned to use the muted moss as those colors were part of her her dress collar along with a satin moss bow. I sketched out my evergreen trees with marker in ever so pale moss and lightly sponged the moss ground area around them. The more I worked the more I was displeased with how pale the colors were so I added darker greens to enhance the trees. I used a light grey to create a muted pond of water for the scene. I filled in the ground area with the mini fern and then added some brown texture with the itty bitty background image and a small sponge dauber to add brown earth tone to water's edge and hillside.  I added some brown tree trunks and bushes on the hill top and created little trees for the scene.  I didn't want to distract from the muted green theme so I did the sky in yellow and adding no blue.  I love this scene as it reminds me of my grand father's pond on the property I grew up on . I would like to walk there and put a bamboo rod with a string and hooked worm on it to see if there are any bluegills to catch.

KC Sketched Evergreens and Pond

Stamps:  Itty Bitty Background, Watercolor Minis

Paper:  Spring Moss, White

Ink:  Adirondack Latte, Willow, Lettuce, Lake Mist, Lemonade

Accessories: Waterproof Artist Pens, Twill, Sponge Daubers, Watercolor Brushes

Cape Hatteras Bound

Kittie Kraft Card Sales

I've listed a few of my cards for sale on Ebay if you are interested in checking them out. See the link on the right under eBay My World.  Thanks for taking a look.

The Ways to Use It challenge on SCS Thursday was to use anything to do with packing, such as packing tape, shipping tags, bubble wrap or to go the other direction and create a project having to do with packing for a trip or vacation.  This was a fitting challenge for me as we are leaving in three weeks for our annual family reunion beach vacation in Cape Hatteras, NC. For my project I packed up my little Loads of Love truck with our suit cases and beach umbrella and headed toward the Outer Banks.

I stamped the truck and lighthouse on scrap watercolor paper, painted with a watercolor brush and  Tempting Turquoise reinker and cut out.  I created two little suit cases by embossing kraft paper with a cuttlebug folder, ran distress vintage photo ink over it and cutting to the appropriate size.  I added little handles on the cases and used a gold pen to add the tiny hardware to hold the handles on.I adhered the cases to the truck bed with glue dots. I used striped designer paper and a scalloped Nestabilities die to create the umbrella. I accordion folded in between the scallops to form the umbrella and attached a little rolled up piece of white paper for the stand. I tied the umbrella on top the truck with linen thread. I stamped the truck a second time on my first sand dune layer to pop the cut out truck over but leaves the wheels available. I sponged Latte  ink over both dune layers to create the sand and used Itty Bitty BG and Rubbernecker Beach Party Sand Dune image to add texture to the sand. I used a marker to add sea oats and grass sprigs to the sand. I cut a wavey border on a mask and attached to the white background layer and sponged with turquoise to create the rolling ocean. The water at Cape Hatteras is very rough as it is sixty miles out into the gulf stream.  The Outer Banks area is known as the grave yard of the Atlantic as there have been so many ship wrecks there. Hatteras light is the tallest lighthouse in America. OK...back to the scene.  I sponged the sky in using Soft Sky and my cloud template. I used liquid applique to add some white caps and sea foam to the water and finished the scene by adding sea gulls from the Rubbernecker collection. I popped the truck image up over the stamped image on the dune and assembled the rest of the card. It has been a long time since I used my "little truck" but I got tickled as I was loading the photo into my file that this is the 39th card made with it. I have used this image more than any other one image other than, of course, my beloved mini fern stamp.  

KC Loads of Love 39

Stamps: SU Hatteras Lighthouse, Loads of Love, Itty Bitty Background, Rubbernecker Gulls and Sand Dune

Paper:  Tempting Turquoise, Watercolor, White

Ink:  Versafine Black, Latte, Vintage Photo, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Sky, Banana, Grey, Black Soot

Accessories:  Grosgrain, Markers, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Gold Pen, Mounting Tape, Liquid Applique

Kittie Kraft Card Sales and Dirt Bike Riley

I've listed a few of my cards for sale on Ebay if you are interested in checking them out. See the link on the right under eBay My World.  Thanks for taking a look.

I created my project "Dirt Bike Riley" for the Wednesday Sketch Challenge on SCS.  Although the layout of the card had  several layers I decided to create a scene and represent layer 2 with color.

I sponged a blue stripe across the watercolor paper to create a stream of water for my scene (layer 2).  It is a little off set from one side to the other for interest. I sponged a base of green on both sides of the stream and used a small dauber to sponge brown on to create the dirt bike path.  I cut the small square of watercolor paper for layer 3 and lined it directly over the scene where it would be placed for the layout and sponged on the blue water line, green grass and brown dirt path to it and set aside.  I sketched in two tree trunks and three evergreen trees in the scene and watercolored with a brush. I sponged green on the tree tops to create the leaf base and then filled in leaves and added ground texture with my mini fern stamp. I sponged yellow and blue in for the sky. I stamped Riley on a scrap of watercolor paper, painted with reinkers and cut him out.  I used a craft knife to cut the little details and sort of ruined the inside of the wheels. I completely cut them out and left the outer base of the wheel and knew I could draw the spokes in with an artist pen on the base that Riley would be attached to.  I sketched out a little bridge, painted and cut out to pop up over the stream and to represent layer 4.  I layered layer 3 with chocolate chip cardstock, lined it up and adhered it to the scene.  I attached Riley's wheels to the bridge, sketched in the wheel spokes and attached dimensionals to the bridge and Riley and popped them up over the scene. I distressed  the borders of the main scene and sponged with brown carrying some of it into the scene on all four sides and then attached to the card base.  I had painted Riley's bike bright red but it looked out of place in this wooded scene so I brushed on a light coat of brown to tone down the color. The final touch was to add a little diamond glaze to his bike and antlers. I am in love with the Riley images and still have three more new ones that have not seen ink.  I can't wait to play with them and see what kind of scene I will use them in.

KC Riley on Bike

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Stamps:  Hanna Stamps-Riley on Bike, Watercolor Minis

Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Watercolor

Ink:  Versafine Black, Distress Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Adironadack Latte, SU Bashful Blue, Real Red, Banana

Accessories:  Craft Knife, Watercolor Brushes, Artist Pen, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Sponge Daubers, Distressing Tool

Treasure Hunt Tuesday and RBC11

 The winner for this week's blog candy is comment number 18 from Lacyquilter -Melody Schwartz.  Congratulation, Melody!!!  Contact me and I will give you the comment code to claim your treasure.

I think my favorite technique is embossing. There are so many ways to use it.

 It's Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker today from 4:00AM PST - 9:00 PM PST. You’ll need to follow the clues to find the treasure. You can find the first clue to the Treasure Hunt on the Rubbernecker Home Page.   Broni and I are offering Treasure Hunt Blog Candy and you are welcome to enter on both to qualify for the prize.  All you have to do to qualify for my prize is leave a comment regarding your favorite stamping technique. Be sure and check out the new weekly RBC rules below and how many ways you can qualify to win free stamps. 

If this is your first visit on a Treasure Hunt Tuesday, you can find all the details on the Rubbernecker Home Page


Rubbernecker Blogger Challenge

We’re making a few changes to the Rubbernecker Blogger Challenges that will make it even easier (and hopefully more fun!) to qualify for the monthly drawing.

The Rubbernecker Blogger Challenge will now be on Tuesdays.

In addition to the weekly challenge Jeanne will be posting each week you may now use either the SCS Color Challenge colors OR the SCS Sketch Challenge (or any combination of the 3!!!) for that week using any Rubbernecker image. Be sure and post a comment with a link to your entries on Jeanne's blog and enter as often as you wish for the monthly drawing!

To qualify for the drawing you can enter in all these ways by linking to the Rubbernecker Blogger Challenge post each week using a Rubbernecker, Stamp Oasis or KK Original image:

1. Make a card using my weekly posted Rubbernecker Blogger Challenge.

2. Make a card using the SCS Color Challenge colors.

3. Make a card using the SCS Sketch Challenge.

4. Make a card using any combination of the above!!!!!

Today's challenge is paper piecing.  I love to paper piece on my projects.  It adds so much added dimension. Today my project is a scene created totally by piecing with darling designer paper and colored images. I stamped my images several times on the coordinating papers with black craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I started building my layers with the different paper and had lots of fun.  This project has lots of popped up images to create dimension and interest. The rooster, chicken and board walk were stamped and painted on white cardstock or watercolor paper with reinkers and a brush.  Fun project. Jeanne has two paper piecing tutorials on her blog that are very helpful if this is a new technique to you.

KC On the Farm 4

Stamps:  Rubbernecker- On the Farm Collection

Paper:  SU Designer Paper, Watercolor, White

Ink:  Black Craft, Distress Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Adirondack Lemonade, Latte

Accessories:  Glue dots, Dimensionals, Watercolor Brushes, Grosgrain, Mounting Tape, Clear Embossing Powder, Black Glaze Pen

Here's another entry for today's RBC11 challenge combined with the SCS color challenge to use chocolate chip, sage and vanilla.  I stamped the house image, sketched in additional hill lines, trees and a fence with a copic multiliner and painted with reinkers and a watercolor brush. The sage reinker is much darker than the ink pad and not dark enough to show up on itself so I added a little texture with hunter green and my mini fern stamp. I added lighter brown to the house and moose image by using Adirondack latte in addition to the chocolate.  I cut the moose and an additional head and popped him up over the scene.  Fun project.

KC Moose

Stamps:  Rubbernecker-Moose Collection

Paper:  Sage, Chocolate, Vanilla, Watercolor

Ink:  Versafine Black, Sage, Chocolate Chip, Adirondack Latte

Accessories:  Grosgrain, Watercolor Brushes, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Copic Multiliner, Eyelets, Corner Punch

Time Goes By So Fast

My nephew, Sam is graduating from high school this coming week. It only seems like yesterday that he was just a baby and now he is on his way to college.  Sam is a remarkable young man.  He is a gifted student, an athlete and a musician. There is so much talent wrapped up in this kid.  Sam's father died just about a year ago and we have all been amazed that he has made his highest grade point average ever this past year, worked at a youth camp after school every day and plays local country sports. He takes guitar lessons and has written many songs, and a few really special ones about his father.  Needless to say I am proud of Sam and love him very much.  I made this fun card for him.  I thought it was appropriate to use a wise owl since Sam is such a smarty!

I was inspired to make an owl with a mortar board by a card Paula Bloommade for the DD/DDA monthly challenge. I stamped the owl with black craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I painted him with a blender pen using Adirondack Latte and Distress Vintage Photo.  I masked the owl and sponged on Distress Peeled Paint and then stamped the mini fern around for the appearance of leaves.  I hand sketched and colored the little mortar board with a black marker and created the little tassel with SU gold cord. I attached the cord to the board and popped it up on the owl's head with rolled up glue dots. The rest is pretty self explanatory.  This was made with lots of love fand admiration for Sam. By the way....Sam has the best mother any kid could have...I know because she is the best sister a girl could have. 

KC Inkadinkado Aviary 2

Stamps:  Inkadinkado Aviary, Watercolor Minis

Paper:  Black, Watercolor Paper, Speciality Crimped Paper-Gold

Ink:  Black Craft, Distress Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Adirondack Latte

Accessories:  Gold and White EP, Brads, Cord, Grosgrain, Mounting Tape