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Lamb of God…

Posted by Catherine on April 3, 2009

…a shorter post than usual for me today!  I totally overdid it at dinner last night and I think I’m in a semi-state of carb coma.  I am having the hardest time keeping my eyes open.  I think I might even have to re-do the card for today because my eyes were all wonky and it may not even be aligned properly.  *LOL*

I’m going to share a little secret with you.  I’m not sure how noticeable it is, but did you wonder about the flowers?  I don’t usually just go around sticking flowers just everywhere.  Well, I do, but that wasn’t really my intention this time.  I made the stamping beginners’ all-time-high mistake.  I was inking up a sentiment stamp and I dropped the stamp onto my work.  *CRIES* Yeah, I did!  So a big, inky, blobby mess is under one of those flowers.  I’m not going to point out which one…*sighs* Too bad I wasn’t working on a distress kind of project, I could have worked around it.  But I was going for a nice, clean look today and wasn’t really wanting the flowers, but what’s a girl to do?  Start all over again when The Mister is already in the next room making harumphing noises?  I’d still like a little stamping/shopping freedom…no need to get the significant other too irritated with my hobby, right?

So, moving right along!  I was very sad that I didn’t have a lot more quality time with my High Hopes stamps that came in.  I pretty much stamped on the fly and just ran with it – hence the stamping disasted.  A stamper should never have to feel rushed, I think!  I pulled out this stamp first because of the proximity to Easter and because it’s just so lovely!

I coloured the image with my Copics – really working the fake-it-’til-you-make-it colouring technique! *LOL* (This was NOT taught at the Certification Class!) and I took my aquapen and perfect pearled the garment over the cross.  I would definitely say that Jesus’ robes deserve the shimmer.  Plus, I really think it helps add to the whole look of it being HOLY and kind of calls to mind the transfiguration, etc.  Yes, Perfect Pearls can DO that, but I digress…

I Stickled the wonderful, grassy null that my beautiful little lamb is sitting on and I used my wonderfully creamy Versamagic ink to make the cloudy background.  This required a little masking.  I haven’t done quite so much masking in this way, but it was actually pretty easy.  I had already stamped the original image onto my oval and I just took one of my test stamps and cut it out pretty roughly and temporarily taped it on top so I was free to go crazy with the cloud-makin’!  Once I lifted off the mask, I had a nice cloudy background backlighting my main focal point.  I was very happy with it – and then I dropped my inked stamp on top of it.  *SCREECH*  Since I already had my aquapen and Perfect Pearls out, I proceeded to paint Perfect Pearl all over the raised parts of the embossed background paper.  Some non-Kaiser flat-backed pearls helped finish off the image.  I didn’t include the sentiment because I was harboring some resentment against it for it’s part in ruining my work and forcing me to succumb to the use of flowers.  I’m sure I will forgive it eventually…

That’s it for me today.  I’ve got an ALL DAY scrap day planned out tomorrow with a CM consultant but it’s kind of boring so I usually end up bringing all my contraband stuff and doing my own ‘thang’ at the retreat.  She never really specifically says it’s not allowed and she can hardly NOT let me because I always seem to come away with a ton of CM stuff anyway!  But I’m hoping that the mandatory all-dayness of the event will force me to get a TON of advance things done (RELEASE DAY IS COMING!!!) and I won’t have to worry about suffering from anymore carb comas.  If you’ve got a moment, please let me know what you think of today’s project and my first Perfect Pearl tutorial will be going up this MONDAY for the very start of the first week of my April Spotlight!  If you just NEED to know about Perfect Pearls ASAP, please check out Marti’s blog for the introduction and product comparison! 

Thank you SO much for stopping by, I hope that you’re having a wonderful Friday and let’s get our weekend OOOON!

(Will be back to post the products and materials)

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I believe…

Posted by Catherine on April 1, 2009

…the children are our future, I believe in God the Father Almighty, I believe in angels, I believe that Trix are for kids, I believe that nobody knows how they really get the caramel in the Caramilk bar…

I also believe…

...that fairies live here...

...that fairies live here...

Now obviously I believe in some of those certain things more than I believe in others!

Keeping in line with my try at ‘scene’ looking kind of cards, I took another shot at it – this time with my wonderful Studio G stamps!  All of the stamps are from the fairy set, I believe that’s Series…27? 

I don’t know what it is with the fairy stamps and alcohol inks.  I think the whimsical-ness, fantasy-like feeling of it just calls alcohol inks to mind for me.  I just don’t feel like any kind of patterned paper would do the wishy-washy, magical feel that I want to create that alcohol inks can!  This time I tried out another technique that I learned at the Tim Holtz class that I took with Marti, the queen of alcohol inks herself.  I took a scrap piece of plastic and trickled a few drops of alcohol ink, blending solution and metallic mixative.  Next, I took a piece of glossy cardstock and placed it glossy-side-down onto the kaleidescope of ink and metallic mixative.  Sliding the paper and lifting produced a certain kind of effect and I enhanced it even more by ‘dribbling’ a few more droplets of belinding solution.  Like always, photos can’t capture how shimmery the metallic mixative makes the whole background.

Can one individual project be over-shimmered and over-glittered? Naaaaah!

…for each of the mushroom houses and the fairy princess and the flower, I added Diamond Stickles.  *sighs* Can’t get enough glitter I tell you!

For the flowery grass and the mushroom houses, I also got out my aquapen and pearl white Perfect Pearl and painted over the entire image.  The white Perfect Pearl is completely sheen so that all the Copic colouring I did shows through, but it adds even MORE shimmer.  In the first picture, anywhere you can see the glare of the flash, that’s all shimmered or glittered.  I mounted my scene onto plain white cardstock and couldn’t resist Stickle-ing that as well! *LOL*  Overboard?  I THINK NOT!

You know what kind of fairies are living in those cute little mushroom houses?  PDD Playgroup Playmates!!!

HAHAHAHA, did I just make my DT sisters sound like centerfolds?  Yikes!  Hope they don’t mind!  But GUESS WHAT?!?!?!

IT’S APRIL 1st!!!

…and that means that the Pezzy’s Playgroup is OFFICIALLY in action!  So won’t you come out and play?  They certainly are!  Please drop by each of their blogs to give them a warm welcome and to see what they’re playing around with!  Today will be their first official PDD Wednesday and I’m sure they are ready to BLOW YOU AWAY!

Just a little tid-bit of information to help add to the fun and excitement of today, Marti’s told me that some certain things have arrived and will be SOOOOOOO ready to be available to everyone soon!  I know that’s a sucky tid-bit but I’m trying REALLY hard not to blab it all out right now!  I am so, So, SO excited for the things to come over at Pez-a-Doodle Designs and I am SO happy to be a part of it all – not just that I get the inside scoop, but that I’ve been able to actually be a part of the process! *squeals* Oooooh, I promise you, you need to stick nice and close so you won’t miss the fun!!!

…and THAT’S my PDD Wednesday project for you!  Thank you SO (wow, how many times can I say ‘so’ in one post??? So, so, suck my toe!!!) much for dropping by and visiting me!  I truly appreciate everyone who mosey’s on over this way!  You all are what makes this already fun hobby, FUNNER!  Please let me know what you think of the blinged-out project today and don’t forget to visit the Playgroup and you can always join in on the fun and play along with us!  Just a reminder that the Studio G treat holder challenge is still ongoing over on PCP!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamps: Studio G
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Alcohol Ink, Metallic Mixative
Medium: Copic Markers
Tools/Embellishments: Perfect Pearls, Aquapen, pop-dots, Blending Solution, STICKLES!

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Simply simple…

Posted by Catherine on March 13, 2009

…is SO fun!  And to be honest, kind of hard for this more-is-more kind of girl!  I keep staring at the card holding my hands behind my back because I want to run it back into my scraproom and embellish all over it!  Hahahaha, sorry….sorry, not the greatest visualization.

I did a two birds with one stone – or two “assignments” with one card project today.  I took part in the Clean and Simple 4 challenge using “dots” on SCS and this project is also for my Friday Pez-a-Doodle Design project.  It may look simple, but it can still be shiiiimmery and pretty!

So there is my clean and simple card!  Clean and simple being that there is an optimal amount of white space and not an overload of embellishments, tools or techniques.

Let me see, let me see…for my “dots” aspect, I did some paper piercing for my butterfly fly trail and at some random areas throughout the card.

To satisfy my inner PDD DT Diva , I hauled out some of my faaavourite PDD goodies.  If you’re trying to keep things clean and simple, there’s still a way to make it faaaab-u-LOUS!  And that would be via Perfect Pearls.  I love Perfect Pearls….a scraproom can NOT exist without jars of beeautiful, shimmerylicious Perfect Pearls.  It’s like…tabasco sauce to a food junkie.  Eggs are fine, but they’re WOW with a hit of tabasco sauce, etc., etc.  I mean, your cards are probably fine, but they could be WOW with a hit of Perfect Pearls!  Anywho…after I had assembled my CAS card using my long rectangle Nestabilities and pop-dots (I stamped and pierced first), I took my wooonderful Versamark fine tip marker (YES! I know!  I didn’t know it existed until just a few weeks ago, but it’s so AWESOME!) and traced my sentiment and brushed some Perfect Pearl over it.  I saw how preeetty it looked and ended up dusting Perfect Pearls over my WHOLE project.  To ensure that the shimmer stays on your project, you’re supposed to spray it with a fine mist of water to set the pigment pearls.  I stepped THAT up a knotch by mixing up a batch of Perfect Pearl mist, taking the same Perfect Pearl pigment powder and mixing it in a mini mister with water!  Yeah, how EASY is that?  Just water!  So really, I didn’t break the CAS rule by using too many things…I mean..it’s WATER!  Anywho, to avoid having too much water onto my project (I was worried about the sentiment I had already stamped) so I spritzed it into the air and waved my project into the mist.  Here’s a closer look at the shimmer as best as I could capture it on a photograph:

…I did consider making the project a white on white affair, but I couldn’t resist having it pop a little bit with a soft hint of distressing ink.   And that’s my CAS/PDD project for today!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit, if you’d like, please feel free to drop me a line – I’d love to hear from you!  See you all tomorrow for this first-timer’s attempt at an Etsy inspired challenge!

P.S. I’ve gotten some more peeks at the new developments to come for PDD and *whistles* ooooooo-weee!  I am over the top, off the wall excited!  I don’t even know how to fully emphasize it properly so that you’ll really get how exciting the news is! *wriggles around excitedly*  I’m pretty confident that what’s to come will definitely set Pez-a-Doodle Designs apart and I am actually feeling kinda smug to be a part of it! *LOL* But hey, don’t let me rub it in too much, get those DT call submissions in and find out EXACTLY what I’m talking about before everyone else!   You will not regret it and more DT sisters and friends for me to blog stalk…er….I mean, visit!  HAHAHA…last call for DT submissions is March 15th!  Check out the DT call announcement on my blog or Marti’s for more information!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamps: Studio G stamp sentiment
Ink(s): Studio G ink, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Embellishments: 3D stickers, Perfect Pearls, Perfect Pearl Mist
Tools: Mini Mister, Paper Piercer, Versamark marker, Foam ink blending tool

 

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Shimmery good luck…

Posted by Catherine on February 11, 2009

…ugh. That’s all I have to say about yesterday. Mentally and physically draining. And I had a Grande frappuccino after lunch so it kind of escalated everything that I was feeling and added a physical syndrome to it. I was stressed out, frustrated, irritated, jittery and palpitating. *LOL* Just a rough day all-in-all and it didn’t get any better when I got home.

SLAM. Creative road block.

Can you believe it took me over two hours to get this card together for Daring Cardmakers? And the sad thing is, I’ve done something similar already. The dare was definitely a challenge…I don’t know why I had such difficulties with it! It’s not my most favourite card ever, but all in all, I still like how it turned out.

I got out my rarely used PERFECT PEARLS and I pretty much used it on EVERY piece you see here. I first started by ‘inking’ up my Oriental background stamp with Versamark and stamping it onto Bo Bunny’s Back to Basics textured black cardstock. After I took my fluffy paintbrush and opened up four pots of Perfect Pearls and pretty much went crazy. Dabbed the brush into one colour and applied it aaaaall over the wet card and repeated that step with all the different colours until the entire piece of cardstock was SHI-MER-EEE! The texture of the carstock helps add to the whole look, I think. I stamped my lucky bamboo on the same cardstock with Versamark and chose only to cover in green PP. I trimmed them, and chose to pop-dot certain ones to add a nice 3D effect.

I printed out the greeting on plain paper and cut it out and dabbed my foam applicator into both brown and green dye ink as well as the purple PP and then swirled it all over like crazy onto my sentiment. I chose to print it out onto plain paper and cut into strips to kind of immitate…imitate…?! What the heck is it…my mental mojo is failing me! *LOL* To look like a fortune from a fortune cookie.

Thanks for looking and I hope to beat down that creative roadblock for tomorrow!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamp: Oriental stamp set by Rubber Stamp King
Paper: Back to Basics black textured cardstock by Bo Bunny
Ink: Adirondack Dye Ink (brown and green), Versamark watermark pad
Embellishments/Tools: Perfect Pearls and applicator brush, foam ink applicator tool, printed sentiment, gemstones

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