Monday, September 1, 2014

A New Technique for Me

A technique in the making.  I couldn't make it to sign-ups at my LSS in time to grab more than one class, but that one class was FANTASTIC.  Who gave that class?  None other than Dina Wakely, THE DINA WAKELY!  I took this class in learning how to use the color wheel, really use it.  We all did journals which gave us a lot of space to paint and be messy.  Now it's homework time - MEMORIZE THE COLOR WHEEL!   The saddle card is my sample for the Die Cut Divas challenge.

Complementary colors are colors directly opposite on the color wheel, such as purple and yellow.  Today I'm practicing with yellow and purple, still working on the rest.  This is my first attempt to really use the wheel and also to use brown as a neutral, just like black and white and sometimes blue.  No, Dina did not say brown was a neutral, but I did and it's my card, so I'm claiming brown off limits on my color chart.. One of Dina's handouts put's it this way: "Complementary color schemes are visually exciting".  When you put them beside each other, they make each other appear brighter.  That certainly happened here.  The yellow became brighter.  Great contrast, right? 

I know the saddle and that little round thing on it look blue.  They aren't, but oh well, looks good anyway, doesn't it?   I even had the bright idea of using string for the rope over the saddle horn.  Patting myself on the back on that.
Bugaboo image is saddle with some great Spellbinder Labels 18

I'm memorizing the color wheel little by little.

I have never used the leaves die-cuts or this new digital from Bugaboo until now.  Be sure to visit 
Die Cut Divas to see what the challenge of the month is.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Have a Little Wine with your Dinner

Closing of the August Challenge at Die Cut Divas with a card from Art Impressions and I sent this card for the Card Chain Challenge (CCC) at Deborah's Society of Stampaholics to Joy.  I stamped this a long time ago, colored and then never used it.... yes, what a waste because I love it.  I've always loved this, maybe I didn't want to give it away.  sniff sniff

I really like the way the card turned out as it so reminds me of growing up in the Italian neighborhood of a town in Pennsylvania.  My grandparents would walk a couple blocks down to the local Italian restaurant for Friday night spaghetti dinners.  I can hear laughter and singing and shouting, even now. 
Have a Happy end of August to you all.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Glitzy and Blue

I colored this gal in my Copics group on Tuesday this week and I really like this.  No paper piecing, all Copic coloring and a swirl of glittery gems too.  When I think Hot August Nights, I think Reno Nevada and when I think of Reno, I think lots of glitz in the hotels, clubs, gambling and dresses.  So here's a bit of glitz for you.
I think she's cute and fits so wonderfully on this tag.

I guess you really don't have to wonder that a Julie Nutting doll would fit
 on a Julie Nutting tag, now would you?  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Copics and Tim Holtz - What a Grand Idea!

Cogs and wheels, oh my!  An inspector comes to haunt Hot August Nights.  A TIM HOLTZ inspector...  I have to tell you I had my social Copic coloring class today.  This kind of class you have to love.  You bring what you want to color and if you are bringing something that you're having trouble with, you have the teacher there to assist you.  AND she makes lunch for us.  There were 15 people and Susan always makes a salad when it's a warm/hot day.  Salad just does not convey the meal.  This woman makes the most unusual and DELICIOUS salads I have ever had.  Today we also had sandwiches, the bread I need to write the name down because I've never had it before.  YUM!... oh, we colored too!  Since I wanted to make a card for today, I colored my man and put him together tonight.
 Doesn't he just remind you of a Sherlock Holmes?  I think this turned out quite good.  I really like coloring this on watercolor paper with Tim Holtz' Distress markers and a wet brush, but I do like the way this turned out.  Be sure to visit Die Cut Divas.

A little close up - some gears from large gears from a Die-namics set (clock with hands and these gears)
Hope you like this dude, I'm liking him quite well for a neat guy card.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Flower Blowing in the Wind

I kind of had a flash of "stream of consciousness" going here.  I was thinking flowers, desert and warmth, so this is what I came up with.  I like it, but, then, I made it.  Not an ombre, but monochromatic color scheme.  I almost blended these, but wanted separation of colors.  Just an interpretation for the Die Cut Divas' challenge.

Distress Paints, (Distress Fluid Acrylic Paints) Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Antique Linen - Ranger distress line starts here.  Lots of ink pads and stains, as well as paints to look at and have fun with.
Die-Cut Kylie Stem

Have a great week.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Retro is Fine

Here's a sample I posted on Die Cut Divas for our challenge this month of "Hot August Nights".

I was thinking this was pretty modern... no, my granddaughter told me it looks like the decade of the 80s.  Upon further thought, I quite agree - an 80s card - retro.  I've gone retro and I didn't even plan it.  Now if I could plan and execute, I'd be doing well.

Retro or not, I rather liked the striped panel (from a box that held black and white note cards) as a major panel on this card.  I used dies from A Dienamics set which I am sure I purchased at Oozak, but can't find it now. There's always something new.  I really like the Fired Brick Distress Paint - how hot can you get with a name like that?
No stamping at all - yes I'm quite surprised at the number of cards I've made with no stamping this month. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

His name is Aidan

I've been playing with all kinds of stamps this month.  Now for a Julie Nutting "guy", yes she has designed a guy and he's rather cool.  I found some papers that I thought were just right.  I die-cut a rectangle and then cut the top inward to create a tag from a Tim Holtz package.  I used a Tim Holtz Honlycomb stencil and a couple stamps from an old set to create this tag.  I'm loving this Hero Arts Unicorn ink too.

I used acrylic paint to paint over the honeycomb to make a design and add texture.  Paper piecing the shirt and pants was sheer fun!  An old Hero Arts stamp across the face gave the image some life.

I'm really quite pleased with this.  It looks just as good in real life.  And it was SO MUCH FUN!