Saturday, April 27, 2013

Clean & Simple Circles & Waterdroplets

Hello everyone!

I have a few 'Clean & Simple' one layer designs today using stamps by Designs by Ryn .   I realize these are different for me & certainly the opposite of  'Doodles gone wild' :).  However I enjoy the challenge of CAS and admire what talented bloggers create using CAS style.

The first two cards were inspired by a design that Gay created, see post here.     When I saw Gay's circles my mind went immediately to Designs by Ryn's  Circle Cluster set and thought they would look great in a similar design.  

I cut circles with a shape cutter in cardstock to use as 'stencils' with Picked Raspberry & Peacock Feathers Distress Inks.  I stamped the two individual circles from Circle Cluster set in the centres & added a little bling in the centres.   I highlighted with a white jellyroll pen.  The fun quote is from Chocolate Baroque's Birthday Words set.

I created this 2nd circle design in different colours and added Ryn's new amazing Waterdroplets 2.      I think this one is also inspired by one of my talented teammate's, (Eileen's Crafty Zone), colourful designs.   

On the card above, I used Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink and again Peacock Feathers & Picked Raspberry with the same technique as the first card.    I added Ryn's new Waterdroplets 2, another amazing design.  The fun quote is from Chocolate Baroque's Birthday Words set.

And finally I have one more CAS design using the Waterdroplets again

On the above card I marked off the area that I wanted to ink with pencil lines and then masked the area with cardstock.   I blended Crushed Olive Distress over the area and blended Peeled Paint DI using the Mini Cubist TCW stencil.   I erased the lines and then stamped  Waterdroplets 2 and the quote.  I highlighted the drops with a white pen.    The quote is from Chocolate Baroque's,  Words of Inspirations set.     

If you have time, please stop by the blogs of my team mates, listed on my sidebar or visit Design by Ryn's Facebook page for inspiration using her stamps.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day,

Monday, April 22, 2013

A Magical Tree & Indian Elephant

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

I have two more designs today using Chocolate Baroque's new stamp set - Indian Elephant.     The new Indian theme designs are gorgeous and so much fun to create with.

In this first design I used the 'magical' flower tree along with a leaf from the Tangled Garden set.

I coloured the main image & leaves with Prisma Pencils and added glitter, rhinestones & a large 'gem'.   I edged the mats with a gold leaf pen.

Spellbinder Die - S5-926 Labels 20
Cuttle Bug Embossing Folder - Acanthus

And on this next card below I used the Elephant from the Indian Elephant set. 

The background is the beautiful design from Chocolate Baroque's printable download - Leafy Brocade.      Using the colours of the background as my guide I coloured the image with Prisma Pencils.  I blended a little Distress Ink around the parameter matching the green in the corner of the printed paper.    Again I added glitter, rhinestones & a large 'gem' charm.

Spellbinder Die - S4-383 Marvelous Squares

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Have a great day!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Rising Bubbles Underwater

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

I'm back with another design using Design by Ryn's amazing Rising Bubbles stamp!   This time the bubbles are rising underwater and I've painted them different colours for fun.

I'm joining in the current challenge at Addicted to Stamps & More, the theme is "Anything Goes".  

I started with spraying Dylusions Inks on watercolour paper (purple, lime, green & turquoise), I sprayed water over the ink & blotted off with a paper towel roll.    I stamped Seaweed set (both stamps) with Picked Raspberry & Peacock Feathers Distress Inks over the background.   I stamped the ink off a couple of times before stamping the one in the background to create depth in the 'sea'.   I stamped School of Fish, Rising Bubbles & the quote with black Stazon ink.     I coloured the rising bubbles with Distress Ink on my craft sheet using a brush & water & I highlighted with a white Gellyroll pen.

The quote is from Impression Obsession- C5053 "Voice of the Sea"

Design by Ryn's stamps are high quality & deeply etched.  If you are interested in purchasing Ryn's Designs, please visit her Webstore for more information.    Ryn's Facebook page is constantly updated with inspiration and as well as my teammates' blogs that are listed on my sidebar.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Doodles Gone Wild

Hi everyone, I hope you are doing well and don't mind looking at 'Doodles gone Wild' :)

I recently bought a book by Tracy Bautista, titled, Doodles Unleashed.  I love to Doodle and this book is about practise to take it further and using Doodles with Mixed Media.    At the same time that I'm reading the book I see a gorgeous creation posted by a talented artist, Marja, see her post here, as she is was inspired reading the same book.    So I decided it was time to stop reading about it and start doodling in my Art Journal. 

This is my first try at a 'glam lady'  - inspired by Tracy's outlines but is not the same as hers.   I had so much enjoyment trying out 'doodles unleashed'  but I think it looks like she has an Octopus on top of her head!  My husband who is normally encouraging of anything that I create can only say:  "She only has one eye-Why?"     I don't know, why not?   It's great to 'just do & don't think'.   

I started with a collage using Modge Podge and pieces of designer paper.  I ended up with a line across the page as I didn't smooth it out properly.   You can see some of the design through the Gesso that I used over top.   After Doodling with pigment pens I sprayed with Dylusions inks.  I selected areas with Acrylic & Distress Inks (on my Craft Sheet with water & a brush).  I also used a couple of stencils with Distress Inks.  I finished by highlighting  with a white Gelly Roll pen.  

Here is the cover of Tracy's book

Well that's my Doodles Unleashed for today, thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mandala Design

Hello everyone, I hope you had a great weekend.   The snow & ice we had late last week has all melted again and Spring is trying to come back.   Yay! 

I still have more designs using the fabulous new Indian designs by Chocolate Baroque.   Today I have a Mandala created with images from Indian Textiles.   My creative Aunt Saakje introduced me to Mandalas many years ago.  She creates the most beautiful designs in needlework without patterns - amazing & inspiring work!

While this isn't as symmetrical as I wanted, it is bright & again I had fun using these fabulous stamps.

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I created the background by spraying Pink Dylusions Ink, spritzed with water & blotted.  I blended Peacock Feathers Distress Ink around the parameter once it was dry.   After drawing lines from corner to corner  I stamped the main image four times with black Stazon ink.     I stamped a small flower from Indian Textiles with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink between the main images.

I bleached the main images and then coloured with Dylusion inks using a fine point water barrel brush.  I spent some time with black pigment & white Gellyroll pens to highlight.  I found the outlining relaxing & meditative which creating Mandalas should be.     I edged the background with a Gold Leaf pen.  I added lots of rhinestones and the metal center piece to finish the design.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Rising Bubbles & a Faerie

Hello everyone,  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

I have a card today using another one of Designs by Ryn's exciting new Water Effects Texture Designs.    This time I've used Rising Bubbles, another very cool stamp that will be flying off her shelves!  I also used Three Leaves Set (a fav of mine) & one of the Faeries from the Dancing Faerie set.

I blended Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks over the background.  I flicked a bit of water to create drops, that are hard to see in the photo.   I stamped 2 of the leaves from Ryn's  Three Leaves Set, stamping off the ink to create a little depth.    I stamped Rising Bubbles in black & highlighted with a white Gellyroll pen.  I stamped the Faerie from Dancing Faeries Set, coloured with Prismas pencils, cut out & attached as show.

In this design, I feel the Faerie represents Ryn - a kind person, free spirit and talented artist on her adventure in the tropics of South America.   She was in a magical forest where she saw bubbles and decided to design a stamp from what she saw.

Ryn returned to her homeland recently to meet the demands of rising sales to creative people all over the world.  Her customers are friendly & generously show their beautiful creations on Ryn's Facebook page.   They appreciate her unique designs & extremely high quality stamps.    Unfortunately she also came home to learn that another stamp business has copied a popular idea.    It makes me so sad as Ryn is a very good person and would never do that to another artist or business.    Greed is not pretty.   Beware of imitations, they are also not as 'pretty'.       

Thank you for your visits, they are appreciated.    I hope you have a great day! 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Rain Drops by Ryn

Hello Everyone, I hope you are having a great day.     We had freezing rain overnight, it looks quite magical outside with heavy ice everywhere!    I hope the buds on our flowering trees are strong enough to survive.     

We are very excited about Designs by Ryn's new Water Effects stamps that have just been launched. 
Ryn's popular Waterdroplets have been flying off her shelves and I'm sure these Rain Drops will too, they are so cool ! 

To create the background I started with water colour paints - wet on wet (tutorial here).  I added a little salt in a couple of spots for added texture.   After letting it dry I stamped Patio Stone with Seedless Preserves, Shaded Lilac & Salty Ocean Distress Inks.   Next I blended Seedless Preserves & Salty Ocean DI over Studio Calico's Circle Graph Stencil.  I stamped the Rain Drops with Black Soot Distress Ink and highlighted with a white Gelly Roll pen.

I embossed Black Eye Susan with black, coloured with my Tom Bow markers, added glitter and cut out as shown.   The sentiment that works perfectly with the Rain Drops is from Chocolate Baroque's Loving Sentiments set. 

Design by Ryn's stamps are extremely high quality, deeply etched, they stamp out beautiful every time.   If you are interested in purchasing Ryn's stamps, please visit her webstore for more information.   Also Ryn's Facebook page is updated ongoing with lots of inspiration & the Design Team Blogs are posted on my sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the weekend,

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Doodled Bird

Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well.

I shouldn't talk about the weather as it's not a happy subject here.  It's mid April so I just had my snow tires removed this morning, only to drive home in heavy snow !     But we will stay positive and expect to be rewarded with a wonderful summer :) 

I haven't been able to garden as much as I would like, but I had fun with paints, texture paste, stencils and doodling to create this quirky card.

The background started with Dylusions inks that were mopped up on water colour paper from another project.   Next I used a light molding paste with TCW's Whimsical Vines stencil and painted over with Acrylic & Silks Acrylic glaze paints.   I also used Distress Ink and the mini Circle Explosion TCW stencil.    

The bird is a little Rubber Stamp Tapestry stencil that I picked up thinking it would be fun to use it for doodling.    I used Acrylic paint with the stencil & added the hat and doodles with black pigment and white gellyroll pens.      

Thanks for visiting & have a happy day!
Cheers, Shirley

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Indian Design with Mixed Media

Hello everyone,   I hope you are all doing well.

I have another card today using Chocolate Baroque's new Indian theme designs, which I had fun creating with mixed media.

I'm joining in the Make it Monday challenge as the theme is to 'create your own background'.

I started with a sheet printed from Chocolate Baroque's Leafy Brocade printable.  It's a new download design package & they print out gorgeous.     Of course you can't see it too well in this design as I've added layers, but it shows through.

I adhered the brocade design sheet to heavy watercolour paper using Modge Podge but any Matt Gel Medium should work.   Once it was dry (I use my heat gun)  I added a light layer of Gesso.  Next I used my Neocolour Crayons (water based) in blue & light green shades, spritzed with water and let the colours run.

Once dry again I stamped the flower & small border from Indian Textiles, the small building silhouette from Indian Elephant and "Bliss" is from Artistic Affirmations in black Stazon ink.   I coloured the flower with Prismas, which was a little more difficult to blend over the crayon than normal, but it worked.   I outlined with a white Gellyroll pen & also added glitter, gems, stickles & liquid pearls to the flower.

Next using the TCW mini Harlequin stencil I added Viva Decor Modelling Creme (mother of pearl light blue, it's beautiful).  Make sure you wash the stencil right after using this creme as it dries hard very quickly.  When the stencilling was dry I used a light molding paste around parameter of the background, dried & then I painted over with acrylic paints.  And the final touch was to add UTEE using a wet brush and then heat gun.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Saturday, April 06, 2013

A Coral Reef

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.    I've managed to get time out in the gardens the last couple of days.  Yesterday it was 4 degrees (Celsius), windy and we even had some light snow flurries, but I hung in with warm clothing.   

I wanted to create a Coral Reef with few 'Sea Creatures' by Designs by Ryn and here is what I've come up with.

I added Peacock Feathers & Broken China Distress Ink to the background using the Acrylic Block technique.  (simply add ink directly from the pad onto an Acrylic Block and spritz with water and 'smoosh' onto your white cardstock).

I stamped the medium Coral from Ryn's Coral Set many times over the background using Colourbox Boysenberry, Harbour & Frost White pigment inks.   I stamped off the ink and added more coral into the background to make it appear as if it was in the distance.   Next I stamped the single fish from School of Fish set.

I embossed the small & medium Starfish and the small Sea horse from the sets on water colour paper with silver.  I coloured them with my Tombow markers, cut out and added as shown.

Hello is from Impression Obsession A3579.

If you get a chance to visit the rest of Ryn's Design Team, their blogs on posted on my sidebar.  Also Ryn's Facebook page is updated regularly with inspiration using her stamps.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Flowering Dogwood

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great day.   I've been pruning shrubs in the gardens and it feels great!   It's cool & we still have snow hanging around here & there but the sun is shining which always feels good.   

I would like to welcome the new followers here, thank you for your support that makes blogging so much fun!  

It's been a little while since I've had a chance to participate in a challenge over at Impression Obsession but I've managed to create something for their current "Spring Fun" theme.     I've had this beautiful (Spring) flowering Dogwood image in a drawer unused for a long time.   How does that happen?  Too many stamps & not enough time!   I finally inked up the stamp and put my Prisma Pencils to work!  

Impression Obsession stamps used:   CAC 018 - Greenery & Dogwood 3 - H12004

I stamped the Dogwood onto Kraft paper with black Stazon Ink, coloured with my Prisma Pencils and added glitter to the centres.   I stamped the Greenery Cover a Card stamp with Versamark onto a piece of light yellow Basic Grey paper & blended green Pan Pastels over top.     As you can see,  where there is Versamark ink the pastels are darker.    Greenery was my first CAC stamp & I have many more as I love using them, but this one is a favorite! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Indian Designs with Zingy colours

Hello everyone !  I hope you enjoyed the long weekend.

Chocolate Baroque has launched two new fabulous rubber stamp sets this month -  Indian Textiles and Indian Elephant.   We're having so much fun creating with these gorgeous designs that inspire the use of vibrant colours & lots of bling!

Today I'm showing two cards that feature the Peacock image. 

I created the background with Orange Dylusions ink and also blended Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink over a TCW Mini Solace Stencil.    The background images are from Indian Elephant which are stamped with black Stazon Ink.  I bleached the colour from the images & painted with my Tombow markers using a brush & water.  I also highlighted with a white Gellyroll pen.

I painted the Peacock from Indian Textiles with my Tombow markers, cut him out and attached as shown.    I used Spellbinder Majestic Elements S4-383 for the die cuts.    I added glitter, rhinestones & liquid pearls for accents.

This second design while still vibrant is more subdued in colour.

I used Peacock Feathers (Turquoise) Distress Ink with an Acrylic block for the background.   I stamped the decorative textile image from Indian Textiles and a flower from Indian Elephant with black ink.  I coloured the flowers with my Prisma pencils and painted the peacock with Tombow markers.  I used gold UTEE around the edge.  Next, lots of bling & feathers are added!

Here is a look at the two rubber A5 stamp sets that give you so many possibilities and are on an introductory offer for the month of April.

Indian Elephant                                                                                 Indian Textiles

Please visit the Design Team Blog if you would like to see fabulous designs by my talented teammates using these stamps.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!