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Weekend Challenges

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My stamping time has been mostly limited to weekends lately.  My job is keeping me extra busy and tired during the week and I just don’t seem to have the energy to be creative when I get home on work nights. I hope things will calm down over the next couple of months so I can get back to normal and play in the week day Splitcoaststampers challenges. For now the weekend challenges provide lots of inspiration and relaxation for me.

The Saturday Inspiration Challenge gave us Creative Wall Coverings  to use to find tons of inspiring examples to choose from. I loved this Truckin’ with Santa collection and was instantly reminded of my Loads of Love truck and the Santa in Holiday Tag Team.

Here’s my interpretation of the inspiration set.

KC Loads of Love 43

I stamped the truck on a piece of watercolor paper to act as the base for my project.  I stamped the truck again on a scrap piece of watercolor paper along with Santa and the trees. I wanted to pop up all the images in the scene for added interest and dimension.

I hand sketched in the little wood portion to recreate the Woody truck from the inspiration piece. All the images were watercolored using Distress reinkers and cut out. I sponged in the light blue sky area around the truck and I painted white craft ink around the ground area of the truck and embossed with white embossing powder. **Hint always heat set all the ink around your watercolor paper before applying ink for embossing so the powder only sticks where you want it. I added the trees to the scene first and popped up the tops with rounded glue dots. I stuck Santa into the window of the truck and attached the tree to the back of the truck and then attached the whole thing over the original stamped image and only the tires from the main layer show.  I love how this adds interest and how the snow looks piled up on the sides of the tires. I popped the red Nestabilities  frame up over the scene and attached it on the plain white base for contrast with just the addition of the green grosgrain and the little tag for embellishment.

Darlene Pavlick was our inspiration artist for the Sunday Featured Stamper challenge. I was inspired by this vintage card of Darlene’s.  I have enjoyed playing with all my new Crafty Secrets sets over the last few weeks.  I love the vintage images.  The girl I chose to use is from Garden Girls and is from the same set that Darlene used on her project.

KC Garden Girls 2

I stamped the girl image on scrap watercolor paper, painted and cut out. I stamped the tree image on a base of watercolor paper and created a simple scene to be behind the girl image.  I painted the tree, and sponged in the grass and sky area. I used a simple mini tip applicator to pull up some grassy sprigs and to add texture to the grass area. I cut a Nestabilities frame to pop up over the scene and to attach the girl image to.  I didn’t want to detract from this gorgeous girl so I chose not to add any embellishments and added the simple Cuttlebug tree embossed background for contrast.  I wanted the girl and her blue dress to really pop on this neutral project.

Project 1    Stamps:  Loads of Love, Holiday Tag Team    Paper:  Real Red, White, Watercolor     Ink:  Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy, White Craft, Bashful Blue    Accessories:  Grosgrain, White Embossing Powder, Glue Dots, Brushes, Sponges, Sparkly Fluff (Santa’s Hat and Beard)

Project 2:  Stamps:  Craft Secrets Garden Girls   Paper:  Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Watercolor   Ink:  Faded Jeans, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint,  Lemonade, Going Gray    Accessories:  Sponges, Brushes, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Mounting Tape, Glue Dots

Fun To Paint “Little Boys”

The SCS Color Challenge was a fun combination of colors but left little room for doing my scenery work.  Well….truthfully I didn’t have lots of time for scenery as I got home late from work but I still wanted to play to get some good stress relief.  I dug through my images to see what would work with the challenge colors of Real Red, Chocolate Chip and Kraft and found my retired Stampin’ Up! 2002 Little Boys set.  The image I chose worked perfectly to color in lots of dark brown, lighter brown and red.  I added a little gray for the white shirts and pillowcase flag, a touch of green for the grass around the wash tub and a little touch of yellow to shade around the image. All images were colored with a brush, reinkers and water. I think the brown and red frame is perfect to highlight the scene. I didn’t think these boys needed any further embellishment than a simple crimped red layer on the Kraft paper.KC Little Boys 8


Stamps:  SU Little Boys-retired          Paper:  Watercolor, Red, Chocolate, Kraft      Ink:  Fired Brick, Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, Peeled Paint, Lemonade, Going Gray, Caramel, Mustard, Black Craft   Accessories:  Nestabilities, Crimper, Brushes, Sponges

Weekend Stamping Fun

I have had lots of fun stamping and painting this weekend. Stamping is my way of relaxing and reducing stress after a long work week. The SCS Challenges always present something interesting that invites me to create.  That is a good thing for me.

Saturday’s Inspiration Challenge was fun as we were given an online site called Pylones to find something inspiring.  I loved the brightly colored mouse pad shown below.

I thought this sweet image from Stampavie by Rachelle Anne Miller was perfect to recreate an inspiration piece. I used the same colors  right down to the orange lady bug.

KC Miller Giving Shelter

The Sunday Featured Stamper Challenge featured a good friend, Jojot (Joanne).  Her gallery is filled to the brim with wonderful creations.  I was inspired to case her Cardinal Snow project. I kept the Christmas theme and used my Crafty Secrets Sweet Kids Sleigh Ride image and went for a vintage feel.

KC Sweet Kids 2

I didn’t want to detract from the image itself by adding snow by painting on craft ink and embossing or by using Liquid Appliqué so I simply painted the images and then sponged over it with Distress Antique Linen ink to age.

I hope you have a good week.

Dog Days of Summer

It’s the 20th of the month and that means it’s time for the Dirty Dozen/Dirty Dozen Alumni monthly challenge on SCS. Valerie Stangle is hosting this month and has challenged us to create a card with the Dog Days of Summer theme. 

Required Element: Dog images or sentiments and heat of summer color scheme (so think orange, red, mustard, etc.)
Restricted Element: Flock, or any fuzzy type embellishment

I love  this challenge as I have several dog images and accessories in my stamping stash.  I settled on using  Bow Wow, a retired Stampin’ Up! set released  in 1997 and one of my all time favorite SU sets that I will never part with. 

 KC Bow Wow 15 a

The dog, dog house and tree are all one piece that have been cut out and popped up in front of the lake scene.  It didn’t start out that way but it turned into what I call a happy mistake. I stamped the images, sketched in the big tree with my artist pen and painted.  The leaves and grass texture was added with two little images in my Kittie Kits Outdoor Master. I had originally sponged the lake on the main scene but it got lost in the scene and looked like a brownish dirt patch around the grassy scene. It wasn’t good.  I decided to cut out the whole front portion to save all my work and created the lake and tree scene in the background on a separate piece of watercolor paper. The lake was sponged with blue and I used a mini tip sponge applicator to apply the green land strip on the backside of the lake. I hand painted in the little trees and used the mini sponge to apply the little tree tops. I wish you could see the dimension of this project with the front layer popped up. I am not a great photographer so it is hard for me to capture all the details.  I added more dimension by popping up two additional roof lines, an additional dog head, an additional tail and two dog bowls with cut out bones placed between them.  I created this project over the weekend so I had lots of free time to play (play is code for fix my mistakes) and get it just the way I want it.

KC Bow Wow 15 b

Check out the whole DD/DDA gallery on SCS to see all the fun doggy projects.

Stamps: Bow Wow retired SU 1997 set
Paper: Watercolor, White, Red
Ink: Distress Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, More Mustard, Aqua,
Accessories: Brushes, Sponges, Mini Tip Applicators, Snips, Craft Knife

Vintage Garden Girl

I hope you all had a restful weekend. I enjoyed being home and relaxing and having time to stamp and paint. I am having lots of fun using my new Crafty Secrets sets that I purchased at the CHA Super Show. The children in the sets are so beautiful and I love creating scenes around them.

KC Garden Girls

I stamped the image on watercolor paper and heat set it.  I painted the green base for the grass and added some brown in places for dirt showing through the grass.  I used a mini tip applicator to apply texture to the grass and to pull color up for sprigs along the grass border. I painted the images with a brush and reinkers and then sponged saffron around the sky background area. I wanted ribbon to match the picture so I pulled white taffeta across the saffron ink pad to color it. I assembled the card and attached the ribbon and heated it up to age and crinkle it.  The heat dulled the color of yellow a bit and then made the girls apron look too bright so I lightly sponged on Antique Linen over it to tone it down. I love the finished results.  My husband did too and came and took it right off my work table and got it ready to send to his elderly aunt for a speedy recovery greeting.

Have a great week.

Stamps:  Crafty Secrets Garden Girls    Paper:  Watercolor, Saffron, Parchment    Ink:  Black Brilliance, Saffron, Bordering Blue, Almost Amethyst, Going Gray, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Ginger    Accessories:  Brushes, Sponge daubers and mini applicators, MS Border Punch, Taffeta, Distress Tool