Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Another Color Dare!

 Hello!

Been a few days since I have felt well enough to get into my craft room and create something, but today I decided to tackle another card challenge. This card is my entry into the Color My Heart Color Dare # 452. 

My craft room is large and very stocked, and yet I discovered that finding any light yellow (lemonade) or light blue/teal (glacier) is very difficult! I use a lot of neutral and grungey colors, and not many "pretty" or pastel colors, but I did the best I could!



Hope you will play along, or at least get crafty this week. Show us what you are working on in the comments!


Until Next Time

~Shari

Friday, July 9, 2021

One More Challenge Mod Squad! (MSC)

 One last challenge card today, and it is for the vellum flowers theme at Mod Squad. I have only used vellum a handful of times and never as flowers honestly. On top of using them a new way as die cut flowers, I also colored them with my new Copic markers. I think they turned out okay, but as well, I am my own biggest critic!

Simple birthday card design lets the vellum flowers be the focal point, like the challenge suggested.

Watercolor Copic Markers
Happy Birthday watercolor look vellum flowers


How do you use vellum?

Until Next Time

~Shari

Trying More New Things

 I have been working through a lot of my pinterest idea boards, which has lead me to try some new things. One of them this week was layering a lot of acrylic paint on a canvas board, and then carving into the layers of color to make a flower. I decided this will be mailed as art to a friend to brighten her day. When I saw the "Hello Sunshine" theme for Simon Says Stamp this week, I knew my project was a match!


Finished canvas with more than a dozen layers of paint colors

Trying my new Speedball vinyl cutting tool. (Unfortunately I carved my finger too!)

Flowers
Here are the two flowers before adding more leaves and carving.

Detailed shots


First Flower Carving Finished



Finished "Hello" mail art canvas, and entry for #ssswchallenge



Try something fun and new this week, play along with the challenge, and show the world what you created!

Until Next Time
~Shari


Dual Challenges

 I am someone who loves to check things off my to-do list, and sometimes I don't get into my craft room because my list is so long. Recently, I discovered that joining in some challenges, and adding them to my list with the deadline, makes me create more, which IMHO is a good thing!


Here is a card I made today for a baby shower next weekend. I used the colors from two different challenges. One is the MFT Color Challenge #169 where I saw that their 4 colors went well with the other challenge "Crazy 8" option in the Color My Heart Color Dare # 451. So I went with the closest colors I had to play along, and hope you will join us too!

Congratulations Baby Girl Card

Let's see what you are working on this week! I have some more challenges on my to-do list, so keep an eye out for more cards on the way!

Until Next Time
~Shari


Saturday, July 3, 2021

Hello Dryer Sheet and Leather Card

Hello!  

I needed a little inspiration to get my creativity flowing today, so I was browsing my favorite craft blogs. I decided to participate in the the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week with a "Anything Goes' card.


Since anything goes, I dug out a few old supplies make a vintage looking card. I grabbed a used dryer sheet that was tea stained, as well as some paper that I stained the same way. Scrap of fabric leftover from sewing masks last year, and a piece of leather that I used my new wood-burning tool on, some thread and a button, and I was ready to get started. (Leather left over from my last project)


Supplies: Tim Holtz cardstock, tea-stained dryer sheet and paper, thread, fabric and adhesive.


I got everything cut and then distressed the edges of the cardstock, as well as the dryer sheet and fabric. I add some extra thread after sewing on this cute red button, and used glue to adhere all the layers.

Close-up on the leather flower, fabric, dryer sheet, thread and button.

I stamped a simple "hello" on the tea-stained paper, crumbled it up more, distressed the edges and then added a little extra brown ink to the edges too.




I love making upcycled cards, although I have a TON of new craft supplies to use, I tend to always go back to my box of found and scavenged items. (I may have a problem! haha)

Simple design that looks a little more vintage and distressed just by adding a few extra layers. Easy peasy!

What are you making this holiday weekend?

Until Next Time
~Shari

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Mixed Media Play

 I had a free afternoon today and this "thing" that is hard to describe (I am sure there is an actual name for it)-

Recycled Package Padding

This compressed padding thingy came as cushion for a package we received a few months ago. It looks like chipboard, newspaper and magazines chopped and pressed together. I sealed it with some Mod Podge to make sure it would hold together before I started. Then I randomly applied some white gesso. 

background layers

I used the tissue paper from an old sewing pattern, a deli sheet that picked up leftover paint from my recent Gelli prints, and more Mod Podge to make a base layer.

Adding some detail and shape

I then used some torn telephone directory pages, both white and yellow with red, blue and black highlights. I add some acrylic paint to give a basic outline for my idea.

Sponging on Mixed Media Color Box colors for more detail

After letting things dry, I sponged on some more color to make the shirt for the girl in my project. I used a stamp I got from an artist happy mail swap, of a girl's face. I have actually never used it yet, so this was a good reason to bring it out! I stamped the image with Staz-On ink.


You can still see the telephone pages in close up photos

More acrylic pain was smeared on using my fingers to give the background more color. Then, I used some stencils with paint and stamps with black ink to add some shapes and words.

Close-up of background and details

I used my Cray-Pas oil pastels for the first time to color her face, skin, hair and flowers. Let's just say it didn't work too well with all the lumpy texture and grooves, so I definitely colored outside the lines!

Close up of my bad coloring job haha

I had fun playing and trying new things. It doesn't always go like I plan, but I learn soemthing every time!  The finished mixed media piece:

* Dream * Hope * Create * Be Brave *

What are you creating this week?


Until Next Time

~Shari

Monday, June 21, 2021

Instagram Reel Attempt

You may have seen my first ever (awkward and embarrassing) Instagram reel. Well, you should definitely go check out one of my favorite crafters, Sandy Allnock, and see her challenge that started this all!

Okay, so now that you saw the reel, where I blind-picked 3 random colors, you will also see that I made some gelli prints. The colors were a deep pink, bright orange, and very dark brown. I added titanium white with a fluid matte medium to the Gelli plate before adding the 3 chosen colors. Here is a close up of some of the texture I got from my first print. 

I also grabbed a few more colors while I was playing and tried a different batch of prints. After drying, I was ready to make some cards.

I usually struggle to design masculine cards, but something about these colors made me think I could use some of my Tim Holtz stash and make a birthday card. I also thought that lovely texture would be good leaves or animal fur. Since it isn't summer, but I have these dies I have never used, I decided on a bear and trees.



The final products are two masculine cards that will both be used for birthday.


Consider trying the challenge, and let us see what you are inspired to create!

Until Next Time
~Shari