Sunday, November 27, 2022

Tis the Season to Decorate Everything!

 Happy Weekend! Hope all is well with you. It finally quit raining here for a few days anyway. It's good to see the sunshine again. 
I've been working on some design commitments but do have this Christmas card I can share today. For many years, I've always tried to participate in Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards challenge. I thought I wasn't going to get to this year until I found one of her images I'd printed out for last year's but never got to. So I colored it up and used the last of this Christmas lights paper that I've had forever.
Supplies Used:
Image and sentiments: Beccy's Place Merle digital set
Image and paper colored with Promarkers and metallic glitter gel pens
SU and Springhill Digital card stocks
Unknown Designer Paper (only stash scraps left)
Wausau Rocket Red heavyweight copy paper
Chalk ink for ink distressing
Spellbinders A7 Matting Basics dies
Spellbinders A7 Art Deco Astoria Label dies
Metallic Christmas light brads
Holographic trim strips
I chose this Splitcoaststampers sketch for my layout design, resizing it to A7 in PSE.
I also decided to use some old lightbulb brads and holographic strips from my stash. The strips are red, but when the light hits it, it takes on the colors around it, so cool. I used one of the sentiments in the Beccy's digi set, but I added the first line to it with the Text Tool in PSE before printing out and die cutting. I colored Merle the giraffe with Promarkers and glitter gel pens. I also colored the bulbs on the designer paper with the gel pens for some extra twinkle. 
Inside, I matted with the red paper, then die cut the Beccy's sentiments I arranged in PSE and added the Sparkly New Year with the Text Tool before printing out.
The back of the card shown with the front.
A close-up at an angle to try to capture some of that twinkly glittery shine...
And final view. Thanks so much for the visit and have a great Sunday!

I've used a Beccy's Place digi

Friday, November 25, 2022

Season's Tweetings!

 Hiho! Hope all are well and not too much over-eating in the USA. Our Thanksgiving meal of country-style ribs, scalloped potatoes, greens and corn muffins was super delish. I am proud of myself for not over-eating for once. Our weather is dreary: rain and more rain. All the better to be retired and have an art hobby to stay inside for.
It's now T-minus 30 sleeps until Christmas Day! Time to get all the loose ends stitched up, cards finished and addressed to mail and decorations put out. Let the Stress Games begin!
Supplies Used:
Image: Sheepski Christmas Post Box, colored with Promarkers, pencils, paint pens and Wink of Stella
Color Mates and Springhill Digital card stocks
Basic Grey Fruitcake designer papers
Glitter washi tape
Lawn Fawn Season's Tweetings sentiment stamped with Versamark and heat embossed
White embossing powder
I resized this Splitcoaststampers sketch to 6x6" in PSE for my layout design. I used the fussy-cut digi image in place of the oval element.
The bottom sky mat was ink-blended by me using a blending brush and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. After that dried, I went to town splattering diluted white acrylic paint with a small round paint brush. 
The inside of the card, left side matted with Basic Grey and an emboss-resist inked side.
Close-up of the inside Stamplorations sentiment, stamped with Nocturne Versafine Clair and heat-embossed. Various snowflakes were stamped around that and clear heat-embossed. Then I inked the surface with a blending brush and Speckled Egg, Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks.
The back of the card with some of the BG and a siggie, shown with the front.
Close up shot to try to show some of the glitter and texture of the snow, which I colored with multiple layers of white paint pen and Wink of Stella. I also rubbed a white pencil across the post box and wood posts for snow dust.
And final view. This one's going to our mail carrier. 
Thanks for visiting and have a great day.

Ink blending/distressing/mixed media/emboss resist

Thursday, November 24, 2022

We Give Thanks Home Deco

 Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Americans.
I needed another Thanksgiving Deco to display on my foyer table along with one that is meal-themed. I also had fallen in love with this adorable Bestie image and so I went for a patchwork/tablecoth/dessert look, as she is holding the meal's pumpkin pie. I recycled a 7x7" piece of chipboard for a base and I centered a 6x6" sketch card front on top of it.
Supplies Used:
Recycled thin chipboard for base
Tim Holtz Seasonal Collage Paper Stash designer papers
Echo Park A Perfect Autumn designer papers
Paper stash scraps
Springhill Digital card
D.O.T.S. sunflower stamp using Versafine Clair ink
Images colored with Promarkers, gel pens and glitter pens
Spellbinders Hem-Stitched Square and Rectangle dies
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type Alpha stickers outlined with black gel pen
Art Institute fine loose glitters
I resized this Splitcoaststampers sketch to 6x6" for my layout design.
I covered the chipboard with a sheet of TH collage paper squares for a patchwork look. I chose the yellow check as it reminded me of a tablecloth and the florals on dark brown strip lent contrast and colors. I matted with a turquoise green to keep it fresh and used it on my image as well. The Hemstitch dies created borders around the image and sentiment. I punched random bits out and left others in, taping down the backside to hold them. I then filled the sticky holes with loose fine glitter in turquoise and orange. It adds a cool touch best seen in person, but you can see a bit of it in the close-ups below.
I had 3 shades of Promarkers that matched the turquoise paper well to help me color Olivia Odd Socks's outfit. After coloring the image, I accented with my gel pens and glitter pens, as has become my usual thing to do. The Pimpkin Patch sign needed some black gel penning to help it be readable.
The white letters on the alpha stickers were not showing up well, so I traced over them with a black gel pen. You can also see the orange glitter in the holes.
Thought I'd show the back of the Deco, since I always try to cover the backs in some attractive way.
Here's the Deco close up, hanging on my foyer table display.
And a shot of the entire table along with my other Deco. I think they go together pretty well.
Since it's Thursday, I have some food to share for Rain's Art & Dinner Date.
This was our evening meal last Sunday: Crockpot Roast with onion, mushroom and carrot chunks, mashed potatoes, brown gravy and peas. Our prolonged cold front was kind of getting to us and we needed a fix of good old meat and potatoes comfort food. It was so good and provided tasty leftovers. 

Thanks for the visit.
I hope everyone has a great day!


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Did Someone Say Cake?

Hello! Hope all is well with you. Last post I mentioned the inflation we are experiencing, in America and across the pond. Now I know it's getting bad: my credit card companies are suddenly sending me blank checks and pin numbers for cash advances, and they are legit. I pay our balances off monthly and have for decades; we don't even use the ATM to get cash, we go to the bank. So it's annoying to me to get this stuff in the mail. But it's a sign that things are not good for so many out there and my prayers are with them. Maybe it's my accounting background talking, but I feel a bad recession coming on, if it's not already here. 
I really hope I'm wrong!
Well, that's enough negativity for one post. On to some art! 
I have a birthday guy card to share today. 
Supplies Used:
Mirtillamente Blueberry Happy Birthday Slice digi
Papertrey Ink Journal Tab die
MFT Stax Pierced Rectangle die (inside)
Avery Elle sentiment (front) (and cake and sentiment inside) stamped with Versafine Clair ink
Uniko stamped sentiment (inside)
Promarkers and gel pens to color
Star stickers
Pink Paislee Birthday Bash designer papers
Prima Pretty Pale designer paper (inside)
Recollections, SU and Springhill Digital card stocks
Gold parchment paper (inside)
I used this Splitcoaststampers sketch, resizing to A9 size, for my layout design.
I colored the image with Promarkers, then did some accenting with my gel pens. I tried to keep the colors masculine and Honey says I did good. 😎
I matted the inside with some Prima paper and then cut some gold parchment with an MFT rectangle die, on which I stamped the Uniko and Avery Elle sentiments/cake for a little pun. The recipient is a friend of both of ours and I can just hear him chuckling. 😊
On back more of the Pink Paislee papers placed like the sketch front, and a stamped and circle-punched siggie colored with Promarkers.
Here's a close-up to try to show the gel-penning glitter and shine.
And a final look.
Thanks for the visit! 
Hope that you are able to get your holiday fixings without breaking your bank account. It's just the two of us again this year and neither of us are big turkey fans. So we are having air fryer country-style ribs with scalloped potatoes, mixed greens and Jiffy corn muffins for Turkey Day. We aren't making our usual Corn Casserole dish, though, so I thought I'd share the recipe here if anyone is looking for a super-delicious & easy dish.