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More Scenes

Can you believe it!  I am actually posting in only a week!  Should I say yahoo or wait and see if this is just a fluke?  I think I'll wait and see if I can continue this and make it a habit.

I've been taking time to purge and seems like I am still at it.  I recently had a yard sale and got rid of a lot of stuff and was really pleased with my earnings (my prices were extremely reasonable).  Anyway as I clean out closets I am finding more things that I could live without or I already have (meaning I bought two of the same thing in error).

Because of my error I am getting together a small giveaway for the near future.  The prize box will include Prima Dolls, Spellbinder dies and 6x6 paper pads.  I think I have enough for two prize boxes but we shall see how it all pans out.

In the meantime I would like to share another scenic card with you.  I tried to stop but so far its not working...seems I just keep buying stamps to play with.  Its okay though..I'm having fun with it.  Here is a card I made using one of my newest stamps.

The image I used for this card is titled "Covered Bridge (sm)" and yep its another one from Stampscapes.  I used Hewlett Packard Glossy Paper instead of Glossy Cardstock (I ran out of the glossy cardstock) and there was some minor differences but for the most part the result is much the same.

The tools I used to color this scene included "Le Plume" markers by Marvy Chida,  an array of Memento inks and Colorbox Stylus with oval tips. Papers used include Stampin Up card-stock and designer paper from Bo Bunny.  The approximate size of the card is 5 x 5.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Get Creative Challenge - #44 Lots of Blue
Craft Your Passion - #322 Anything Goes
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge - Sketch #170
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addict - #20 Anything Goes
Kraftin Kimmie - Anything Goes

Well I'm off to my craft room to see what kind of mojo shows up.  

So until next time
Sending hugs from Texas


Make time to make stuff

Stamp Composition

Well it seems like I will never reach the point where I can confidently state that I will blog at least once a week.  I keep telling myself that I will create a post weekly but it never happens so I have reluctantly given up that hope and decided to accept the fact that I will most likely post when I have something to say or share, and that will most likely not occur every week.  But this week I do have something to share with my crafting family.

If you recall I recently started creating sceneries using stamps from Stampscapes and I have been having fun with these fabulous stamps.  Most of the scenes I have created so far have been nighttime scenes that uses a lot of shades of blue but I am hoping to change this as I slowly build up my collection of inks.  At the moment my choices of ink seem to be mostly blue and green.

Anyway, here are a few more scenes I wish to share with everyone. Hopefully you will find them tasteful and inspirational...I do smile each time I create one without having to repeat the process twice just to get one right (smile). 

  My first card represents our soon to arrive Fall Season when the trees change into a rainbow of greens, reds, yellows and browns. I used three Stampscapes stamps (Pine Row, Sedge Filler, and Migrating Birds) to create this scene. I then painted the scene using Memento inks and a Colorbox Stylus.

With this particular card I tried my hand at creating a monochrome card using my new found technique for coloring. My color palette consist of  Flannel Grey, London Fog and Silvery Gray.  The stamp of course is one from Stampscapes.  This is one stamp (Meadow) that was broken into several sections and randomly stamped to create a scene of openness.

I call this scene Stormy Night.  My grand-daughter wanted these particular colors and said it represented the different moods that her brain goes through in one day.  I'm not sure what that means just yet but at her age anything is possible.  The colors used on this stamp all fall within the range of blue and green.

I framed it using a Fiskars Border Corner Punch and then adhered it to my card base.  I used four stamps to create this scene.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Creative Moments - #98 Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - #23 Just For Fun
Crafting With Attitude - #17 Anything Goes
Cardz 4 Galz - #27 No Patterned Paper
Aud Sentiment Challenge - #160 Anything Goes w/Sentiment

That's all for now
Sending Hugs From Texas
Make Time to Make Stuff

MoonLit Nights With Stampscapes Scenes

Hello Again Crafters

Seems like for the past week or so I have been a little busy bee with my sponging and stampscapes.  I've even reverted back to using my gamsol and color pencils on a few of my scenes, which I've already shared with everyone.  This time however I am attempting to do night scenes and this is really hard to least for me it is.

Since the paper I am using is glossy cardstock I am not sure if I can actually do what I want to do but I won't really know unless I try, right?  While I am busy trying to figure that out I am going to share my latest scenes with you that I am referring to as my "Moonlit Nights" although some don't have a moon anywhere in the scene (ha ha go figure).

I've tried four times to get a scene that I thought was good enough to share and finally did on my 5th and 6th one, so those I am going to share with you.  I have more because I just recently purchased a few more stamp sets and am trying to use every single stamp in the set in some kind of way.

If anyone else tries these stamps please let me know so I can see what you do with them but in the meantime here is what I have:

For both these scenes I used one stamp and got creative with my layering and stamping. On the scene above I simply added a few trees in the back to make it look fuller.

On the scene below I over laid the stamp itself to add depth and then surrounded it with water to change the perspective.  They are the same scene with minor changes made to each of them so they appear to be totally different.

I sponged the background using both pigment and dye based inks. I added a few stars with my gel pen and a couple of birds to add to the nighttime theme I was trying to capture.  I thought the water with its reflection also added that illusion of it being night. Using my silver glitter pen I was able to add a little sparkle to the trees and to the water.

Although some areas appear yellow the only yellow is in the moon and the purple in the sky is a value obtained when mixing to shades of blue (go figure, it works).  I stayed with the blue hue throughout the coloring of both cards and just changed the value of the blues to add depth. 

I really liked how these cards turned out and will continue to practice this new found technique. In the meantime as I seek to improve I would like to enter the following challenges:

Simply Papercrafts - Anything Goes
Creative Artiste - Anything Goes
Creative Corner - Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Monochrome
Art By Miram - #62 Anything Goes
Little Claire's Design - Anything Goes

This is all until next time
Sending hugs from Texas
Make Time to Make Stuff

Sponging Meets Stampscapes

Hello Crafters!

The last few days have been challenging creatively.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I recently started playing with sponging, masking and brayering and I am still having fun with that.  Recently I was introduced to Stampscapes, which is a line of scenic stamps designed by Kevin Nakagawa, purposely for creating scenes and that has taken my sponging to another level.

When I saw the beauty of the cards made with these stamps I knew I had to try it for myself, and yes I fell into this sponging alternative rather easily although performing the technique isn't easy at all. It does take time but the results are fabulous.  Currently I am trying to follow his online tutorials on what inks to use, how to apply the inks, depth, value and overall design.  Its also pretty cool how one stamp can generate an array of unique scenes.

Below you can see my attempt at creating scenes that are inspiring and dramatic at the same time.  Then at the end of this post I will add a link to a gallery where you can view some of Kevin's work. You can also search Stampscapes on Pinterest for even more.

I hope to show you how one or two stamps can be used to create multiple scenes.  For now I want to share what I am calling my Rustic Cabin let's get going.

My first scene has a wooden cabin in the background that sits on a lake and is surrounded by trees and rocks.  After stamping the original stamp I added extra trees around the cabin and then added the rocks to create a foreground. Only three stamps (water, cabin, and rocks) were used to create this scene.

I changed the scene a bit by placing the rocks in the background to represent a rocky mountain.  Additionally I added trees using the cabin stamp and if you look closely they seem to be sitting a bit in the back and to the right of the cabin.  Oh BTW to create the mountain I actually stamped twice and over layed the second stamp.

Lastly I decided to change the color completely and remove the rocks. Doing this created a scene that I thought was warming and relaxing, perfect as a "get well" card.  I added a sunset using a little masking.  In the foreground I created a frame around the greeting using a reef stamp multiple times.

All three cards were sponged using both pigment and dye inks. I tried stamping the scene first and then sponging on two of them and then decided to sponge first and then create the scene just to see which technique worked best for me.  As an extra touch I continued to carry the scene on to the inside of the cards.

Hope you guys enjoyed looking at my sponging techniques and how Stampscapes and sponging, brayering and masking just go together so well.

I would like to enter these challenges:

Great Impression - Anything Goes
Electic Ellapu - Anything Goes
Scrapper's Delight - Anything Goes
Little Claire's Design - Create A Scene
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes
Art By Miran - Anything Goes

The link to gallery of Stampscapes cards: Stampscapes Gallery  

Whew! this seems to have been a long post and I appreciate you stopping by and leaving me some love.

So Until Next Time
"Make Time to Make Stuff"

Sending Hugs From Texas

A Bit More Sponging

Hello my friends.  I am back again to share with you more cards using sponging and masking techniques.
When I started this technique it was just to fill up some time but now I am loving it and anxious to move up to more complicated combinations, but until I master this I'll be happy with what I can do.

I am sharing a card that I created several times and simply changed the greeting.  This would make a great variety card set.  Perhaps I will end up making a set of these.

Here are the first three that I've completed.  The three greetings are "Thank You" "Hello There" and "Thinking of You."

To create the card I first made a template for the oval and then using dye inks I started to sponge the sky.  Next came the grass and on one I added a few rocks (thinking of you).  Once everything was sponged to my liking I removed the mask and stamped the tree and the greeting using archival ink.

I designed the inside as well but didn't take any photos.  I kept it really simple and added a faded image of the tree to the left panel.

I am entering the following "Anything Goes" challenges:

Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
Creative Artiste - Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - I for Ink it Up

As always 
Sending Hugs from Texas
Make Time to Make Stuff
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