September 30, 2013

CYP #182-Simply Charming

Happy Monday!  The weekend sure went fast; seems like I just left work on Friday, and now it's time to go back.  But a crafty challenge will shoo those Monday blues away.  This week's challenge at Craft Your Passion is

Use a charm

This was a fun challenge and the DT was given free reign on images this week so I pulled out my TAWS stamps (naturally).

Supplies Used:  Stamps-The Alley Way Stamps, Ink-Ranger, Paper-My Mind's Eye, Charm-Memory Makers, Twine-American Crafts, Coloring Medium-alcohol markers (Bics and Promarkers)

I got a new toy this week-a distressing tool.  Went a little nuts with it, the olive green paper St. Nick is on used to be blue.  Be sure to link up your charming creations at CYP this week!

September 23, 2013

CYP #181-the most difficult challenge (LOL)

It's Monday!  Time for a new challenge at Craft Your Passion.  This week's theme is

No Colored Images

I must confess that this was super hard for me and the rest of the DT.  We were told to sit on our hands this week-lol!

I used the image, Vintage Girl, from this week's sponsor, The Sugar Kissed Cottage.

And yes, I cheated.  Can you spot where?

I can't wait to learn a thing or two from you on using non-colored images.  So link up HERE for the challenge!

September 16, 2013

CYP 180-Autumn Colors

Good morning!  It's the start of a new week which means it's time for a new challenge at Craft Your Passion.  This week's theme is:

Autumn/Fall Colors

I made a card using an image from Barry Throughout the Year from Stamp Fairy.

I know the theme is autumn colors, but whenever I see fuzzy Barry, I cannot picture him any other color than blue.  I might have to try to force myself to make him a new color in the next card.  My hubby surprised me with a set of Bic Mark It markers, so I tried them out on Barry.  It's the first time I've used alcohol markers, and I gotta admit, I'm hooked.  Here's a closer look at Barry's cute face:

Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to join in the fun at Craft Your Passion this week!

September 2, 2013

A cheer up panda

My sister-in-law just got back from q-school.  Q-school is how golfers turn professional.  They go to a week-long tournament and the top golfers are chosen to get tour cards.  My sis-in-law didn't get her card.  She barely missed it by 3 strokes.

It sucks to try out for something and have it not work out.  It sucks more to think of all the time, money, and effort she put forth for this.  So I thought that maybe a happy card might help make her smile.  And really, who could resist smiling at this adorable panda by The Paper Shelter?!

I colored him with Prismacolor pencils.  I mentioned in my last post that I'd let you know how I've been coloring the images.  What I've been doing is choosing 3 tones for shading each area (a light, mid, and dark tone).  I've been laying a base coat of the mid-tone with very light shading and blending using OMS.  Then I have been shading over the base coat with pencils (not using a solvent) following the technique here.  Then I burnish the area using the light tone and lastly add highlights using white like the video suggests.

Here's the finished panda card:

The camera paper went with a "punny" sentiment I have, but the stamp was a bit too long for the area that I wanted it, so I changed the sentiment.  The paper stayed though, because I liked it.

Linking to:
The Paper Shelter-DT Call
Make It Monday-Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door-Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create-Spotlighting Technique

CYP 178-Fairy Magic

Sorry that I disappeared for a few weeks.  My hubby and I bought a house!  It's so exciting to be homeowners and to finally be out of that tiny apartment.  It's crazy, we went from a 500 sq ft apartment to a 2300 sq ft home.  We're all a bit shell-shocked (particularly the kitty).

I foolishly believed that I would be able to completely unpack and set up the house in 1 week before school started.  Ha!  Wistful thinking; I'm still unpacking and decorating while trying to teach.  It's crazy but good.  However, I did set up my craft room!  I'm no longer confined to the corner of the living room, I have a craft room!  Yay!!!  My first project in the room was this week's Craft Your Passion project.  Our theme is:

Do You Believe in Fairies?

You definitely want to participate in this week's challenge because we're sponsored by two awesome digi companies: A Day for Daisies and The Paper Shelter.  I used an image called "Helping the Flowers" by A Day for Daisies.  I think it's a retired image, but they have a ton of new fairy images in the store and even a fairy kangaroo freebie that you can use.

Sorry for the weird colors; my camera is still packed somewhere so I used my hubby's iPad for the photo.  The navy tones are really teals, and the oranges are really reds.  Not sure why the colors turned out so different.  I tried a new technique with my Prismacolor pencils which I'm a big fan of.  I'll give you more details in a later post.  The wings were done by outlining in glue pen and then coating in glitter.  I'm going to send it to a neighbor who has worked really hard at welcoming us to the new home, so I broke OWH's 1st rule and pulled out the glitter.  It's good that I don't do that very often, my new room is coated in gold sparkles!

Can't wait to see all your fairies.  Be sure to link up at Craft Your Passion.

Also linking to:
Whoopsi Daisy-texture
Make It Monday-anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door-anything goes
613 Avenue-anything goes