So Little Blogging!

Makes it look like I'm not doing anything! Not much stitching, to be honest, but I have been doing some card crafting, and even recently participated in a 30-day coloring challenge. So this seriously picture-heavy post will focus on what I've done in that. And in no particular order. The object of the challenge was to get the participants to spend just 10 minutes per day coloring, and not necessarily for card crafting. Even completing cards wasn't required, which is a good thing, because only two of the pieces I colored have actually been made into cards! There won't be 30 pieces here because some days didn't see a piece completely colored, so the coloring was carried over to another day, or two, or three. And I have a couple of pieces which didn't get completely colored at all. Some of the pictures were taken with the phone, some with the camera.

Most of my coloring was done with my new love, Faber Castell's Polychromos line of pencils, but I also used the old standby, Prismacolor, and also used a few from some other lines from both Faber Castell and another manufacturer. The other FC line is their Pitt Pastel, and the other company, which I learned about during this challenge, is Caran d'Ache, with some pencils from their Luminance line. I'll be picking up a few more of these! The Polychromos line is severely lacking in pinks and lavenders/light purples.
This is a stamp image from Power Poppy, as were more than one of my choices, as I really like Marcella's artwork, having been a fan since her days with the original Flourishes. This image has a matching die.
Another Power Poppy, from a set of multiple sweet pea images. I just randomly assembled them on a piece of card stock, then used my MISTI to do the stamping.
This is also a Power Poppy design, but it's a digital image. I'm hoping Marcella will release this as an actual stamp.
Yep: another digital image from Power Poppy, and another I'd like to see as an actual stamp. This image will show up later on a different card stock in a slightly different colorway.
This is a single image stamped twice, from Hero Arts. Because the flowers are whimsical, I didn't bother with the shading I try to accomplish with more realistic images.
This one was done entirely in the Luminance pencils. These are from a set by Stamp Doctor, and are supposed to match the elements of one of their die sets.
This is a stamp from Penny Black.
And another Penny Black.
Another Hero Arts clear stamp set.
This one's from Inkadinkado.
The other, somewhat differently colored, Power Poppy image, this time on Kraft card stock, and with the ladybug enhanced with a colored pen. In both of these, the metallic bits on the pencil and the brushes were enhanced with Wink of Stella clear. The WoS was also used on the bees' wings in both, although I left the bees' wings otherwise uncolored in this one, where I used a very light grey in the first one. I think this is where I switched from phone to camera.
This image is from, if I remember correctly, Serendipity, and it remains incomplete so far. Hey, it was 10 minutes per day and no requirements to finish or to actually use the images! Blogger apparently doesn't have the option to turn an image, so even though its orientation is correct on my computer, it's off here.
This is another Hero Arts image. This one's finished into a card, with this image being the entire face of the card.
Another Hero Arts image, and yes, I did finally notice and color the uncolored bud in this one!
This image is from Ken Oliver, and has a matching die.
Another one still not complete. This photo does nothing to indicate to you just how small this All Night Media image is. The wood block is 2"x3" and the image smaller than that. I've actually taken this one off the block and attached it to cling foam. Unfortunately, the only way to keep the colored image on the block is to keep the whole damned block! Boo.
I not only had problems getting a clearly stamped impression of this Stamps Happen image, I never finished it and actually tossed it into the circular file.
I didn't even bother trying to color the building in this Embossing Arts image. And then there's the challenge of coloring the wicker basket on the bike and the bread in the basket without making both basket and bread the same color. The chain guard is on the wrong side of the bike.
I'm not even sure why I have this Rubber Stampede image, as I'm not that much of a fan of sunflowers.
I want to have a little garden shed like this in my back yard. This one is from Peddler's Pack. And yes, this Buffalo Springfield fan always has blue birds!
This image is from Holly Berry House, and I'm not sure how long I looked at it before I realized the image elements are squash of assorted varieties!
Double stamping of a single image, from Impression Obsession. These will eventually be made into cards for the upcoming winter holidays. Another one Blogger doesn't want to orient correctly. Not that it matters all that much, since no matter which landscape orientation you choose, one of these will always be head down.
One of the first colored, but actually the last to be posted and the first to be made into a card. The recipient's birthday is right around the end of the challenge, so I didn't want to post it sooner in the group. I know she didn't participate this year, but I wasn't sure whether she was lurking there. The image is from Mostly Animals. Happy birthday, Melissa!!

All of the actual stamped images were stamped with Tsukineko products, primarily their VersaFine Onyx Black. The Stamps Happen image was stamped with VersaColor Boysenberry. The digital images were printed on my Canon printer with Canon inks. The white and eggshell/offwhite card stocks are Strathmore Bristol; the Kraft card stock is Neenah Desert Storm.


Birthday Card for Melissa

I like using orange for Melissa's cards because she's a Vols fiend. And she loves irises, even has an iris tat in memory of her iris-growing granny. So I threw this card together, and promptly screwed up by assembling it wrong. And instead of doing it all over again, I opted to cut the original apart and put it on a slightly larger card base, which led me to create a homemade envelope, too!

I don't remember what the cardstocks are, although the replacement base was a Bazzill--that much I'm certain of. The others came out of stash. The stamp is either All Night Media after they went mass market or PSX, and of course it's gone walkabout (it's around here somewhere!). The ink is VersaFine Onyx Black.

It's colored with Prismacolor pencils, and I think the dies are from the HA "Infinity" rectangles. I think I've said before that I'm no fan of front-of-card sentiments, and only use them seldom.

The really fun part? I even asked her advice on what to do when you've mucked up your assembly. Her answer? Cry. Well, it didn't go that far, but it was a frustrating few days of pouting over the blunder before I decided to go slightly-larger-than A2 for this one, even though it meant the custom-made envelope--which also got stamped and colored, but I don't think I photographed that.

Edited 4/8 after the iris ended its walkabout: it's an old Hero Arts stamp.

I'm entering this in the Less is More #321 "Recipe" challenge.


Another "Color and Assemble" Class with Shirley

So yesterday we had another "color and assemble" class with Shirley at my LSS Stamp Fever. I do these not because I'm actually learning something, but for socialization and maybe some ideas, as well as possible introductions to other stamp companies. We did these in no particular order.

Card Number 1:
This stamp is from Power Poppy, and I used Prismacolor pencils to color it in. The yellow card stocks are from Bazzill. I'm not sure what she uses for her white, but it's probably Neenah Classic Cover.

Card Number 2:
The three images on this one are a single stamp, and I don't remember what company it's from. Funny how that works when it's just not your style! I know the yellow layer is Bazzill, but I'm not at all certain of the sources for the other layers. And again, colored with Prismacolor pencils.

Card Number 3:
Once again, the colored card stocks are Bazzill, and I colored with my Prismacolor pencils. I think the image is a Penny Black. Shirley kindly did the fussy cutting for me. (Melissa, would you believe I actually started to type "fuzzy"? It's All. Your. Fault!)

Then Bette and I had a little get-together to go over the plans for the class we're co-teaching next month. Background stamps. That's all the information you're getting for now.


Another Challenge to Enter!

This one is over at AAA Cards and is "blending."
This is actually on a cream card base, and the image is directly on the card base, so it qualifies as pure "clean and simple" as well as featuring the blending technique. It takes several passes with the die-cutting machine to get the acetate to cut all the way through all the way around, but acetate does make nice reuseable masks. For this I used the Spellbinders' Deckle Edge. The inks used for blending are from the Memento line of Tsukineko products: New Sprout, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, and Cottage Ivy. The Hero Arts "grasses" image was stamped in Tsukineko's Versa Fine "Olympic Green."


Another Plea for Birthday Cards

This time it's for a young person whose next birthday is likely his last--his cancer is terminal. 
I used one of my favorites, the cupcake tower from Peddlers Pack, but it's been so long I'm not sure what ink I used. It looks like it may be Tsukineko's VersaMagic in "Gingerbread." No clue where the cream-colored card stock the image layer and card base are from. No clue where the striped stock is from. The "antiquing" is one of the Distress Inks from Ranger's Tim Holtz line, probably "Tea Dye." And the edges of the image layer were scraped with one of those distressing tools. The inside is pretty much the same, but the "Happy Birthday" image layer is tilted in the other direction. Happy birthday, Jacob.


CAS on Sunday

I'd love to participate in this challenge at the CAS on Sunday blog, but I have the awful feeling it might be too many layers to be strictly "Clean and Simple."

This card was one of a number of similar cards in what's essentially a single design in different colorways. The cupcake tower image is from Peddler's Pack and was stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on what's probably a generic white cardstock, but might even be Neenah Solar White. There are three shades of purple Bazzill card stock, with Hero Arts' "Envelope" background stamp inked with VersaMark on the light vertical strip, and the three light "ribbon" strips stamped with an Inkadinkado background stamp also inked with VersaMark. Nothing was popped, and the card ended up going to a BFF for her birthday.
Does it qualify as CAS with so many layers?

Oddly enough, that's not the first essentially monochrome birthday card I've given to BFF-M!


Card Class Today

Sherry is a new-to-me--and, apparently, new to Stamp Fever--teacher and had a class there today, although some of my classmates knew her from Ultimate Hobbies. Three cards, all Penny Black stamps and dies.

Card Number 1:
Hmmmm. Looks like another funky scan. Anyway, as I said, we used all Penny Black stamps and dies, while the inks were Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, and Dried Marigold Distress inks. I have no idea what papers were used. I don't have the background stamp nor the border stencil (the green slashes bordering the blue strip), nor the dies, but I do have that floral stamp. I didn't use the sentiment, not even on the inside.

Card Number 2:
This one was all dies and stencils, with no stamping (although there was a sentiment available). I am definitely unhappy with the way the stenciling turned out, as it was supposed to be more subtle than it turned out on mine. The Peeled Paint paid was pretty "juicy." The inks were Dried Marigold and Peeled Paint.

Card Number 3:
This one required the use of two of the butterfly dies--cut in white for coloring with the distress inks, and again in black for the body and antennae. I don't know what ink was used for the background stamp on the olive green card base, but it was smeary, and they didn't warn us of that. And again, the inks were Peeled Paint and Dried Marigold.

All in all, a nice change from the usual, although not the sorts of designs I'm likely to CASE, except possibly some variations of the first one. She's planning another class utilizing Memory Box supplies.


Mostly More or Less Monochromatic Birthday Card

Now that BFF-M has her card, I can post pictures of it. I got the idea for it from a couple of cards on display at the LSS, Stamp Fever. The card stock is all from Bazzill, although two shades are the canvas finish and the third, the lightest, is one of the other finishes. All three shades were stamped with the Impression Obsession Cover-A--Card "Herringbone" using VersaMark ink in a watermark effect. The cupcake tower is from Peddlers Pack. The sentiment is from a foam-mounted set, and I'm not sure who the manufacturer was; I've had it a long time.

The front:
All the way open and laid out flat:
Partial open/closed:
If I remember right, I used Archival "Sepia" ink for the image and sentiment.


Another MISTI Class

So today was another class at the LSS learning some new tricks with the stamping tool MISTI. These are taught by Amanda, and this one was a much smaller group than the first session was. Today's focussed on a (1) simple row of a single image, (B) a focal image with a multi-stage background image, and (iii) a single image in multiple layers.

My dear buddy Melissa was in this class, too, and so I used images borrowed from her selection, and I think they're all Lawn Fawn.

Number One: a single simple image stamped across the bottom of a piece of card stick, which allows you to create a border.

 Number Two: A focal image with background images. The sheep is, of course, the focal image, and the grass and sentiment were stamped as background images. It's pretty hard to see in this photo, but I actually used two shades of green ink for the grass; the sentiment is "Need a Hug?" The graph paper behind the tag is the only way I could get the scanner to scan the whole tag; it kept cutting bits off. The graph paper was convenient; I didn't expect it to show through so well (the paper is actually upside down)!
Number Three: one image stamped to look like rows of that image. I got my greys in the wrong order.

I pretty much already knew these basics--I've done masked stamping before, as well as repeating images in a row much like the first piece we did in this class. This focussed on how to use the MISTI to achieve these ends.

I wish I had a photograph of the envelope I covered with a scene involving a 2-piece trash can set, a comet/shooting star stamp, and a box-framed "This Is Not Junk Mail" phrase stamp; there was a lot of masking in that one!


Card Class Today

Linda C had a class today, in the new classroom. This is the one she postponed a while back due to a health emergency. It was a very small group--only 5 of us--but fun cards and a very easy-going mellow session.

All of the images and their coordinating dies are from Artistic Impressions; the postage-style die is from Memory Box, and I don't remember which company the pull-tab die is from.

Card Number One:

Linda's original had the dark grey portion a bit narrower--this is adhered to the card base inside--and the plaid on the card base front a bit wider, so her elements fit together a bit better.

Card Number Two:
This shows the card front with the bookmark attached.

This shows the bookmark fully opened. There are magnets (1/32 inch thick!) adhered to the front of the bookmark between the plaid layer and the black layer under that bottom duck and another adhered under the sentiment in the lower photo.

Card Number Three:
The card front with the slider in the closed position.

The card front with the slider in the open position.

I was tempted to put masks on some of my turtles.

This was one of the first times the new classroom space has been used, so there are still a few things we need, like cabinets and a clock and various tools such as paper cutter/trimmer, die-cutting/embossing machine, and things like that. But it's a very nice space, and a lot more comfortable than trying to hold a class in the store space.