Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hello Tags

Here is another card that we'll be working on this Friday at the All Occasion Stack.  I used the sketch from Sunday Stamps, knowing I wanted to use the new tag punch.  I ran into the problem of not having very many greetings that fit into it…..I'll have to fix that.  So, because of the set I chose to use, I ended up flipping the sketch.


Things are starting to slow down and speed up at the same time - gotta love life! 
Hope your day is going well!
Joan

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Grungy Thank You


Another quick post today - another PD day at school - and we're going to be taking Elliot for a little bit this evening.  This grungy creation is…..you guessed it…..going to be included in the All Occasion Stack.  I will have details up very soon for registering.

And - in honour of that, I'll share a couple of pics from a week ago when he and his auntie were running through the sprinkler…..they had a great time - but it wasn't that hot out!





They had a blast - thanks for visiting today.
Joan


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sprinkler Fun!

Wow - it's been a busy day!  I had to be at school today and spent a lot of time cleaning up a room that I will be using as an art room this year.  Then, when I came home we had to tear apart our master bedroom in preparation for hardwood flooring - all the other spaces were ready - we were waiting on the bedroom until the last minute.  So I've done some heavy labour today - and now I've relaxed with a bit of arting and an MDS Monday page.  Feels weird not being on the DT anymore - but I'm thrilled to see that Yapha has joined the team.  I ALWAYS enjoyed her challenge entries!

So - for My entry this week - I've used photos we took a couple weeks ago (I now realize I need to go back and add the date).  My husband had put the sprinkler on because the grass needed it - and I coaxed my daughter to play with Elliot in the sprinkler.  Oh, they had a good time.

Holly has us using overlays this week - and I love, love, love overlays!  I used the Epic Overlay letters and for the bit in the background….Natural Composition Overlays - both of which are favourites of mine.

Here is the sketch…..

I hope you've had a fabulous day!
Thanks for stopping by to visit.
Joan

World Map Birthday

I'm going to be at school all day today - Professional Development and setting things up - so I'm not sure if I'll be getting a challenge done today or not.  So I'm leaving you with a card I created earlier this week - and it's also going to be included in the All Occasion Stack on September 19th.

Have a totally fantastic day!
Thanks for visiting!
Joan

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Clean and Simple


I just love creating backgrounds with out small flower stamps.  Over the years (and it's coming up 9 for me) there has always been at least one little flower in the catalogue that I like doing this with.  I've created this Clean and Simple card specifically for the SUO Challenges today - but I had an ulterior motive too - I'm going to be using this design for one of the cards in my All Occasion Stack on September 19 - Keep the date in mind - more details about registering will be coming soon.

Thanks for stopping by - Have a great day!
Joan

Monday, August 25, 2014

Christmas Wreath

This week over at Merry Monday they are looking for wreaths on your creations.  I don't have a wreath stamp anymore - so I ended up creating one with the "Daydream Medallions" set.  This is one set that I have not used enough!  Sort of gets forgotten!
I just may be using this, or a variation of it for one of my Christmas stack cards in October.

It's a busy busy week - our railings are being put in today (slowly but surely), the flooring gets done - and we head back to school - to get ready for the kids next Tuesday.  And quick - just like that - the gears are changed!

Hope your day is going well!
Thanks for dropping by.
Joan


Sunday, August 24, 2014

You did It!

This afternoon I created a card using the Paper Players sketch and Sunday Stamps colours.  I found the colour challenge a bit had - but I'm relatively happy with the end result.
The Old Olive sheet was embossed with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder before I stamped it with the Gorgeous Grundge splatter.  Gave it a bit of an unusual effect.  I punched the large circle out of the centre of the piece and lined it with a piece of Sweet Taffy DSP.
I was very pleased with how well the new Satin ribbon took the Stazon ink.

Hope you're having a wonderful day.  I think I may head to school tomorrow to see what's up - and when I come home we'll have new stair railings!  Most of the major removal work has been finished - now we're heading into a week of new decor.  Should be fun!

Thanks for stopping by!
Joan



Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bokeh Mashup!

Yay - I learned a new technique!  This week's Friday Mashup was to use a die cut of some sort and the Bokeh Technique.  It was supper easy and I've even created a background in one of my arting journals - all ready for a mandala.

I created two cards for this challenge only because when I finished the first one I realized I'd forgotten to use a die cut - and I always try to do both of the mashups!  It was just as well, anyway, because I didn't let my greeting dry and ended up creating some "shadows" when I was adding the circles.  That's why my greeting is on a label rather than the technique piece.  I like how both cards turned out, and will be using  bokeh for one of my techniques this fall.


In the process of creating the cards, I ended up creating my own circle stencil using the circle thinlit dies….



The "base" of the bokeh technique is a watercolour background.  Cut a piece of watercolour slightly bigger than you want for your card, coat it completely with water and, using an aqua painter and re-inkers, drop your desired colours onto the watered paper.  Gently brush the colours around until you get the effect you want, and let it dry.




Here is the background I created in my art journal - you can see the different layers of circles a bit better - and the smallest, darkest circles are just the sponge dauber - daubed!


I hope this all makes sense - the video that Friday Mashup has provided - and I linked to above - is very helpful.

Have fun! - That's the important thing!
Joan