Thursday, March 5, 2015

George, George, George of the Jungle.....


Okay now that is out of my system.  If you have watched the 1997 live action film staring Brendan Fraser you might remember the coffee scene and the bay area bridge. One of my favorite quotes is: "hmmmm, this coffee stuff really works" said after he hugs Ursula.  I digress, but that quote inspired this project for the Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes Challenge this week.


Since last week I picked up another Paper Smooches stamp set to add to my small collection: Sentiment Sampler.  Thus enabling me to create more custom phrases for various projects.

This weeks project is "cased" from the ever talented Vicki Papaioannou over at ClipsnCuts and her teacup art journal page.  Who coincidentally also happens to be having a spotlight week for Paper Smooches stamps.

As the challenge is Anything Goes I decided to make a 5x7 Mixed Media Canvas for our kitchen.

From my 6x6 paper pad stash I chose to use Cut & Paste by Amy Tangerine.

After getting my papers all chosen and cut I glued them onto my canvas added a light gesso wash using Claudine Hellmuth Studio gesso.  Then I stamped one of the cups from Hot Concotions & Healthy Vibes onto paper using Archival Ink in black and fussy cut them all out.


I chose Sky Blue, Dab of Yellow & Modern Red for my background color wash.  I also ended up adding some gelatos in Tangerine & Lemon Yellow.  After figuring out placement for my cup stack it was time for some coloring and shading using my Faber Castell Stamper's Big Brush Pens.  These are wonderful Inda Ink color pens and if you cover your project in a gel medium or even Mod Podge it gives your project a non porous surface therefore allowing some movement in your ink before it dries.

I also added some coffee ring stains using Memento Gray Flannel ink and Tim Holtz stencil Splatters. Next it was time to create my phrase, unfortunately my phone battery died and I have no pictures of the creation.  I used sentiment letters from Sentiment Sampler, Healthy Vibes, Hot Concoctions & Market Fresh.  In the end I think I came up with a really cute art piece for our kitchen.  As a bonus when my DH saw it right away he said we are keeping that one.

Til Next Time
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge

The February Designer Drafts Challenge is up at the Paper Smooches Stamps SPARKS Challenge blog.

The rules indicate that the sentiment can be placed anywhere on the design.  I decided to go with a more literal approach and tried the best I could (with the Paper Smooches stamps I have) to create a card representative of the sketch.

I am very green when it comes to card making and my stash of stamps, inks, embellishments and paper is very modest.  With that though I do own three sets of Paper Smooches stamps.  Market Fresh, Hot Concoctions and Healthy Vibes.

First thing I did was stamp all the images and then scan them to create offset cutouts using my Silhouette machine.  Then I colored the images I wanted to use.  Admittedly, I had thought about making a shaker card (go big or go home right) but that was not working out in the direction that I had hoped for.  

Opted at that point to go with something simple yet a crafty as I need to do a lot of masking in order to create my sentiment.

As you can see from the picture my original sentiment was "I love you more than venti coffee".  This was made from using two sentiment pieces from the Market Fresh (I love you more than coupons & the "c" from check this out), one from Hot Concoctions (venti from need to venti) and one from Healthy Vibes ("fee" from feel better soon)

Once I put all the pieces together on my card I decided that I did not like the sentiment at all so I set out to make a new one.  I only ended up using two stamp sets (Hot Concoctions & Market Fresh) for my new sentiment.  I like it and I think it flows better.

Simple and sweet.  I put both of the cups up on foam tape along with the banner to add some dimension. I know that the top left hand area is screaming for something, but like I said I wanted to do my best and make a card with a more literal approach at the sketch.

The to go coffee cups, heart and mustache are from the Hot Concoctions stamp set.  The card base is 4.25 x 5.5 and is from a random assortment of blank cards (along with the polka dot paper) that was given to me.

Til Next Time
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