Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Farmin' at the Hambo Hoedown

This week at the Hambo Hoedown, we got to use this fun Bear Farmer Digital stamp from Hambo Stamps!  I decided to break out my Prismacolor Pencils and color him up on kraft paper instead of using my usual Copic markers.  I'm not as savvy with the pencils, but I am getting better.  I especially love the look of the pencils on the kraft paper and thought this image would work well colored this way. 

To play on the sentiment of "sewing what you rip," I decided to "rip" some paper to form the turned soil at the bottom of the card.  If I could have unearthed my sewing machine, I would have done some sewing on the strips as well, but I have been doing some re-organizing in my craft room and it is currently buried in my closet.  Why does it have to get messier before it gets better?

Anyway, hope you will join in with the fun at the Hambo Hoedown this week.  You will definitely have to check out the other samples done by the Bacon Bits. 

I have had a snorting good time being a Guest Designer this month.  Maybe they will ask me back again sometime!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Some Kraft Coloring Fun

I have enjoyed using my colored pencils for a change and wanted to share these cute creations I did using some digi and stamped images on Kraft paper and colored with my Prismacolor pencils.
The first one features a digi stamp from A Day for Daisies.  It was actually used for my Valentine's cards, but I totally forgot to share it!  I created the sentiment myself and printed it on the cardstock with the image.

The next three cards are all done on kraft paper and feature images from several Paper Smooches stamp sets.  I just love these sets.  I need to use them more often!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Birthday Card for My Grandfather's 92nd Birthday

I never got around to posting this card I made for my Grandfather's 92nd birthday.  He passed away recently and I contemplated not posting it, but I had so much fun creating it for him, I had to share it with makes me smile and remember all of the precious memories I have of my time with him.  I was blessed with his presence for 50 years. 

This is an over-sized card done on kraft cardstock so that I could get really bold colors with my colored pencils.  I wanted it to be whimsical.  I wish I could have seen his face when he opened it.  I hope it made him smile.

It was created using a plethora of bird stamps/sentiments from various companies (I think it was The Alleyway Stamps and Paper Smooches).


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Baby Birthday

This card was made for a friend to give his grandson.  I used a digital image from Mo's Digital Pencil and had a lot of fun coloring him.  I found the "cutesy" sea critter paper and thought it would go perfectly with this fella in his wading pool. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Some Catching Up!

I have been doing some creating, but just never seem to find the time to post them!  I have quite a few one-layer technique cards to share, so I am going to put them all in one post so that I can get them out there to share with you!

The first four cards were created with the same basic stamp layout but using different color palettes and sentiments.  I really loved doing this water-colored image overlaid with the crisp images.  I think it is really elegant.  The flowers are from a Stampendous, and all sentiments are from Wordsworth (I think).

These next cards were done using the one-layer technique on ATC's, but then matted and mounted on an embossed white card background.  For these I let the stamped images do the talking.  I used a combination of stamps for each one and can't remember all of them!  Some of these pictures were taken at night with my phone, so I apologize for the wonky background coloring of some of them.
The next set of cards need some explaining... 
Several years ago a friend of mine had created some background papers using a palette knife/spatula and acrylic paint.  She called the technique "smooshing" and I can't think of a better term, so "smooshing" it is! 
Since I was digging the mini ATC cards using the one-layer technique...I thought I would use the "smooshing" technique on some water color paper and see what happened.  I took the paint and literally splotched it on with a piece of plastic (I took the foam off one of the cheap foam brushes and used the plastic spatula part underneath).  I layered many colors and used regular and metallic paints to achieve the sheets of artwork. 
I then cut them into ATC sized cards and mounted them on embossed cards with some fibers and thread to give them some dimension.  They were miniature acrylic paintings and I love them!  I guess I was channeling my inner Jackson Pollack.  I only wish I could sell them for the insane amount of money his paintings go for!  I hope you like them too...

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Back to School at the Hambo Hoedown

This week, it is back to school time at Hambo!  Using the studious School Dog digi image from Hambo Stamps, we had to create a school-themed card.

In my usual off-center manner, I decided to create something other than a card.  I found a really cute video explaining how to make a back pack and thought it would be perfect for this challenge!  Part of the challenge was to create something that featured the school dog digi stamp, one of the sentiments and one or more school-themed items.  Making a back-pack ensured that my whole project was school themed!  It comes complete with straps and a pocket.  HOW CUTE IS THIS???

If you want to make one yourself (these would make nice teacher treats-albeit a bit time consuming), you can find the instructions and video tutorial here.

Don't miss the school bell...head on over to the Hambo Hoedown classroom and check out the other great creations from the bacon bits!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Clowning Around with the Hambo Hoedown!

This month, I get to be a Guest Designer with the other Bacon Bits!  I am so honored to be asked to participate this month.  It is a bit of a flashback for me and I hope you have as much fun viewing my creation as I have had making it!

This week features the Clowns digital image from Hambo Stamps.  The challenge this week is to use the clowns image and one of the sentiments...sounds easy peasy right?  Well...there is a twist!  You have to use at least 3 patterned papers!  Now I love me some patterned papers, but this was a stretch for me!  I love to color and usually only use a singular patterned paper on my cards.  I definitely had to go outside my comfort zone.  I decided to print the image on some patterned papers and cut them out to paper piece parts of the image.  I had never actually tried that before and was surprised at how easy it was!

After I colored the remainder of the image with my Copics, I proceeded to cut out the pieces of the various patterned papers and add them to the main image.  Voila!  Just to make sure I had enough patterns on the card (I always was an over-achiever), I added one more for the card base!

I hope you enjoy the card!  Join the Bacon Bits over at the Hambo Hoedown and clown around yourself!  You will feel much better afterwards!!

FYI...I won't be able to participate next week as I will be visiting family in Tennessee, but I will be back for the rest of August! Wheeeee!  I can't wait to see what fun images I get to play with the rest of the month!