Thursday, 17 December 2015

Penny Black's Hedgehog & Friends

In England, the adorable hedgehog is one of the most beloved of woodland creatures and has been immortalized in literature and art. When we were living in England, I fell under the spell of the hedgehog's cuteness, too. I didn't hesitate to purchase hedgehog paraphernalia, including three perfect Penny Black wood-mounted rubber stamps.

The images were stamped onto a glossy white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then were colored and shaded with Copic markers. As you can tell, I am a glitterbug and these cards called out for lots of glittery snow.

Penny Black's Royal Mail stamp is my favorite, and it features Hedgy and its friend the Robin, another iconic animal of British gardens.

We had many many robins in our back yard, but I never did see a hedgehog up close and personal. We had a family of foxes that made themselves at home in our garden (and under a shed!), but the hedgehogs were very shy.

Penny Black's Wishes for Kisses once again pairs Hedgy with his buddy the Robin.

And finally, Penny Black's Snowy and Hedgy make a handsome wintry couple.

I hope your cup is warm in your hands and your family is close to your heart this Christmas season.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

A Cup of Kind Cheer

As a card maker, my absolute favorite time of year to create cards is Christmas. I look for reasons to make even more cards, and I'm happy that we have a group of tea enthusiasts on Facebook who sponsor a Christmas card exchange each year.

I had whipped up about 6 different designs and 40 cards already, but I was still short on some to give to family, friends and my tea ladies. Then Julee Tilman, owner and illustrator of Verve Stamps, was incredibly sweet to offer a free digi stamp set of A Cup of Kindness. Oh my gosh, this was the perfect set to use for my tea friends, and I got cracking right away on this project.
I used Copic alcohol markers to color these "open" images, which lend themselves to highlights and shading. I followed Julee's sample on her Poetic Artistry Blog as inspiration, including using distress techniques, glitter, and her sentiment from the digi set.

My background snowflake was made with Stampin' Up!'s Festive Flurry Framelits and coordinating stamp set.

I think these Cup of Kindness cards are the favorites of my Christmas creations. I just love them. Thanks again, Julee!!

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

The Artifact: A Workshop by Finnabair

I was incredibly lucky to have an opportunity to attend a seminar by mixed media artist, Anna Dabrowska, also known as Finnabair (pronounced Finavar). Artsy Stamps and Paper Crafts Studio in Loveland, Colorado, hosted Finnabair in early August. Four sold-out classes featured amazing projects, including The Artifact workshop, which I attended.

Finnabair has an extensive and exciting line of products distributed by Prima Marketing. I've created altered art for a while, and in the beginning, I had to be pretty versatile to source the right glues, textured pastes, glazes and sealers, glitters, pigments, paints, and other bits and pieces. Now all the ingredients I need for successful mixed media are available through Finnabair's art line. I have no affiliation with Finnabair; I'm just very impressed with her products, and I can't help but being excited about them!

Just to give you an idea, The Artifact piece utilized:

Modeling Paste for adhering and molding elements to the canvas
White Sand Texture Paste for creating texture with a stencil
Graphite Texture Paste for additional texture
Black Heavy Gesso for covering the entire art piece
Soft Gloss Gel with Mica Powder for creating dry-brushed highlights

It's hard to believe that The Artifact began with a blank white canvas. Once we threw on a bunch of embellishments and slathered it all in black gesso and mica highlights, this is what emerged. I love altered art!!! Thanks Finnabair for the inspiration!!!

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Time Flies

There is something alluring about the Steampunk style, which marries the industrial age and a genre of science fiction. My apologies to avid followers of Steampunk for oversimplifying. When I was asked to teach a recent class, I wanted to use Sizzix Angel Wings die. But what else could I bring to the table besides the wings? Perhaps a vintage lady image and some clocks and gears! Marrying them all together screamed Steampunk, and thus I designed these Time Flies cards.

Items used: 
Sizzix Angel Wings Die
Sizzix embossing folder (used on the angel wings cut outs)
Clock & Gears, an Elizabeth Craft Designs Die
Magenta Rubber Stamp (vintage lady's face)
Stampin' Up! Stamps (sentiments)
Stampin' Up! designer paper and card stock
Die Cuts with a View luster cardstock
Bobunny brads
Alcohol markers (to color face)