SC233: some watercoloring for PDD Friday

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my card today is for the sketch challenge over on SCS this week:

SCS sketch challenge 233

SCS sketch challenge 233

i LOVE this stamp – one of the first my mom drew for me – and decided to emboss with gold and then paint it with twinkling H2Os.  i kept the rest of it pretty simple so the image would stand out.  the green and gold piece is done with alcohol inks.  i just LOVE the glittered skittles and added a few of those – a full range of colors is on the way and should be here by monday!  i can’t WAIT to see them!

video was yet another failtacular so maybe next week i will have it worked out!  my oldest is graduating tomorrow so i will be back to blogging on monday or tuesday!  have a GREAT weekend!

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Stamps: pezadoodle – bees a-buzz
Paper: SU certainly celery, creamy caramel; ranger glossy white; pti stamper’s select white
Ink: versamark; alcohol inks - gold, clover, citrus, meadow; distress ink - vintage photo
Accessories: gold embossing powder, twinkling h2os – stargazer, kiwi, icicle, mocha rose, glittered skittles; ribbon scraps; blending solution

OCCC and SFYTT and still NO COLORING…

ok raise your hand if you are tired of seeing this flower stamp and purple and green *raises hand* – i was on a role this weekend and i love all the things i made but by the time i was through i was tired of seeing the same stamp and color combo (even tho it is my favorite color combo) BUT when your on a roll you go with it right? so here are my next two fun things~~

the challenge on Our Creative Corner was to use tags so both of these cards have grungeboard tags on them. Jen’s SFYTT is the second one…

This first one is actually tag 2 from tim holtz’s 12 tags of christmas 2008:

This card was quick and easy and uses a couple of the NEWEST colors in the alcohol ink line - purple twilight and cool peri – i cannot WAIT to get my hands on the rest of the colors – which should be here within the next week!! these open up SO many new possibilities and just in time for spring and summer (the original earthtone colors tend to make me think of fall and winter.) for the card above i used eggplant, purple twilight, cool peri and silver mixative on ranger’s glossy cardstock to make the background piece. next i stamped my image using versamark and then embossed with black embossing powder. next i stamped the swirly image using black archival ink (which is cool because it fades out a bit where it is over silver.) next i added a few swirley white basic grey rub ons and the silver bird charm (from my friend Susana’s Store). i inked the grungeboard tag with milled lavender, stamped my studio g image and used two glittery bead pops (thanks cat) as decorative pieces instead of brads. the black dots are just drops of espresso dimensional pearls (if you find you get *peeks* when using dimensional or liquid pearls just tap the underside gently a few times and they will disappear.)

i cannot stress enough how fabulous these tutorials of tim’s are. if you have ever wanted to learn how to use all the cool products Ranger Ink has to offer his tutorials will show you ALL you need to know and are so clear and easy to follow!!!


next up i have more tim stuff. for this one i used Jen’s Sketch For You To Try this week ->

and came up with this:
i stamped the image with versamark and then carefully sprinkled distress embossing powders on the different parts of the image to *color* it without coloring :) is that cheating??? for this one i used 5 embossing powders – mustard seed, milled lavender, dusty concord, shabby shutters and peeled paint. i just shake the jars well and take a little pinch at a time, hold it over the area i want colored and slowly move my thumb and finger just a tiny bit so i can control the powders. once they are all down i tap the underside a bit so the powders dance around and cover their areas well. dump off the excess and heat. these powders are different than your regular slick and glossy embossing powders. these have a flat sort of sandpaper distress look which is so cool. the edges are done with an ink blending foam tool and distress inks - first dusty concord and peeled paint and then barely edged with walnut stain. the grungeboard tag frame is painted with dusty concord crackle paint.

All of these items (including the new alcohol ink colors) are on sale right now but hurry! the sale will be ending very soon!!!!!! and then it is back to regular price.

i hope you are all having fun exploring some non-coloring options with me!

**TUTORIAL** playing with alcohol ink…

hi all!!

i have another cute little valentine’s card to share – i can’t for the life of me find where i got the sketch so forgive me – it is apparently not the most current one as i made the rounds of my fave sketch challenge blogs and didn’t see it……

today’s card uses valentine pezzy from Polkadot Pie, the sweetie pie pezzy’s picks kit and a really cool alcohol ink technique background piece i picked up from tim’s 12 tags of christmas (quick tutorial below):

The patterned & black papers and the three buttons are from the bo bunny sweetie pie mini kit i have in stock. the center piece is an alcohol ink background that i ran through my cuttlebug embossing folder. these backgrounds are quick and easy and really add a nice touch!


Here is a close up of the image – i colored her with copics and then accented her shoes and the hearts with my red glaze pen. the alcohol ink background has shades of reds with some copper shimmer running through it.

want to make your own quick background? in appreciation of the new alcohol ink colors coming out here is a simple tutorial for you:


Gather your supplies: 1 alcohol ink mixative, 2-3 coordinating alcohol ink colors, craft mat, glossy cardstock (cut down – smaller pieces are easier to work with), blending solution.

Step 1 -drip some drops of metallic mixative randomly on the craft sheet.

drip random drips of the colored alcohol inks among the mixative drips.


drip blending solution randomly over the alcohol ink – the more you use the lighter your colors will be.


Lay your glossy cardstock piece face down on the drips, move it around a bit to blend and cover – making it sort of pin gives a nice effect. Grab a side or corner and lift the cardstock up slowly. you can usually cover a couple pieces of cardstock with the puddle you make.

now how is that for quick and easy??? oh i cannot wait for the new colors! i hope we will not have to wait long!

In preparation for CHA i will be announcing the details of a BIG giveaway later this week so stay tuned!!!!!

CHA winter 2009 – the first of many announcements!

That’s right – CHA here we go. I have received the list of new items from Ranger and will be getting many of them in stock – the order has already been placed. the one(s) i am most excited about??? all CHA pre-orders will be posted here for you.

ALCOHOL INKS in more COLORS!!!!!! that’s right – they are now in Lights and Brights – the other two Adirondack color families. i am SO thrilled!!!

also a new alcohol ink fillable pen with two different types of tips – i am intereste dto see this in action when i get to CHA!

in addition Tim Holtz has three new masks coming out but these are mini masks. i do not have pics or details yet.

there are a variety of other trinkets and goodies coming out in the tim holtz ideology line as well. i do not have too many details yet but stay tuned here – i will be heading to CHA-W friday and will be reporting back every day!

for anyone who will also be there:
1. dinner get together – monday, cafe del sol in the anaheim marriott – 6:30
2. check out the polkadot pie line and samples in person! on display in the licensing and design area – table 2527!

the countdown begins…..

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