Sunday, March 17, 2019

Hap-pea Challenge

The Lawnfawnatics Challenge this month is Book, Movie or Song inspiration...and I've been so inspired by all the beautiful DT projects and the entries. 



This is my third entry to this challenge and I hope to squeeze one more in before it closes tomorrow. My book for two of my cards is Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jen Corace. The other Little Pea card is on my IG account here. 




For my first card, I felt that it wasn't as polished as it could be, so I searched the Lawn Fawn blog and decided that I loved the card made by Yainea at Lawn Fawn...I loved that she made a circular background to add the peas to. I colored all my images with Prismacolor pencils and used Distress Oxides in Twisted Citron for the inking and stamping. I definitely think this card looks more professional, but still fun.


I love this set since it reminds me of one of my and my kids' favorite books when they were younger. Guess what my daughter (the librarian) said when she saw this card? "Little Pea!" so I showed her the book sitting on my work space and we said a couple favorite lines.

Thanks for the fun challenge, the DT inspiration, Yainea, and the Be Hap-pea stamp set, Lawn Fawn!

Happy Saturday!
Chark





Saturday, March 16, 2019

Lawn Fawnatics Book Challenge

So, the Lawn Fawnatics current challenge is to take inspiration from a book, movie or music for your project. I love children's books and have read countless kid's books with my son and daughter over the years. 



My daughter is now an elementary school librarian, so we often share books even now...she's always been a reader and if it hadn't been for the public library, we would've had to spend her college fund to get books to satisfy her thirst for reading. One she shared with me is this one, The Day the Crayons Quit. It came out in 2013, when my kids were teens, so I wouldn't have seen it if she hadn't found it. It's stinkin' cute and it was my inspiration with this challenge.



I used alcohol inks on a glossy cardstock, just letting them drip down the page as I held it in the air. The crayons and sentiment are from this mini stamp set that Lawn Fawn has. The faces are actually from the the Be Hap-Pea stamp set but because they have such a wide variety of faces, I used them instead of the one that comes with the crayon stamp. 

I colored the crayons with Prismacolor pencils and the happy birthday die cut is from Memory Box.



I've really enjoyed this challenge at Lawn Fawn and hope you'll be inspired and join in too! I have my first entry over on Instagram (link to my IG account in the sidebar here). And I know I'm not finished yet!

Happy Saturday!
Chark




Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Taylor Made March Kit

So I love Monica Taylor's videos that show us how to create fabulous vintage projects and so I was Super Excited to be asked to guest design for her March kit release from her shop, TaylorMadeCards4U. I got to use the Vintage Passport Kit with tons of beautiful vintage images.

I'm usually more of a cutesy designer, but I love vintage images and ephemera and want to be more vintage chic than I am. If you like Tim Holtz, you'll like this March kit. And, if you're like me and can't always pull off that look, you'll still like it! You'll notice I snuck in a red glitter heart and some Glossy Accents on the bees on this gift tag I created.


I printed out the collage sheet, trimmed down the rose panel that says Birdie Darling and then fussy cut the bees and added hearts. I just printed them on my inkjet color printer on regular paper because I knew I would be adhering it to a cardstock tag.


For this card, I used a dotted paper I had for the scalloped frame die cut and then trimmed and layered a lot of the images from the March kit. There's a lovely clock, vintage ads and a page from a  beekeeping book. Again, I just trimmed out two bees to add on the tag. This time I didn't use Glossy Accents on them, but I did add a little strip of rhinestones. 


I would say this hive syrup ad is one of my fave images from the kit. I enlarged it and printed it on kraft cardstock in black and white and then colored it with white Prismacolor pencil. I added some other colors on top of the white pencil and then white gel pen to the hive. The flower and leaves are Prima and the butterfly and clock are from the kit, trimmed out as accents.

There are a lot more images to play with in this kit and I'm looking forward to using the honeycomb and yellow floral papers in another project. You can head here to the shop to see what digi kits and physical stamps/ephemera are in the shop, or head here to watch the videos from Monica.

Thanks for having me this month, Monica, love this kit!

Happy Tuesday!
Chark

Friday, March 8, 2019

Cupcakes Are My Jam

I don't know why or how, but I've become obsessed with cupcakes for awhile now and this free digi from Stamplorations made me so happy! They are always generous with their freebies and giveaways and challenges. They have like 4 or 5 challenges each month. These cards don't fit any of them this month but I loved the stamp and had to color it up.

This one uses Prismacolor pencils for the digi image and a watercolored panel background. I really like the soft-colored panel mounted on black.


The next one is also colored in Prismacolor pencils but I also added glossy accents to the rose and chocolate on the strawberry. The watercolor panel I had (using liquid watercolors from Hero Arts) wasn't large enough for the image, so I just cut it diagonally and added a piece of black cardstock between the pieces. I love yellow frosting on chocolate cupcakes, so that's what I went with here.


Here's a close-up of the dew drops.


My favorite bakery in the whole world is Cake, Hope and Love near me and they are starting an online shop so you can order cake toppers, sprinkles and their fab.u.lous. buttercream. Best icing ever. Their salted caramel is my all-time fave, but they have so many good ones!


So this obsession of mine started at least three years ago...what are some of your fave foods that you will eat 5 times a week if you could?

Happy Friday!
Chark


Saturday, March 2, 2019

Easy Peasy Cards

One thing you can count on, there's always a birthday to celebrate, so you'll always need a birthday card. And if you're me, you can also count on putting it off until the last minute. So, in order to keep that from happening, I made a couple super quick, super cute cards with Doodlebug Designs. I love their cute line and their So Punny papers, die cuts and stickers are just the best. I have some of their Valentine paper from last year and some newer birthday pun papers.

So I just put together some super fast, easy and simple cards to put in the stash for birthdays I know are coming but procrastinate on making. This one uses a sheet of 12x12 cut-apart paper and uses the candles for the focal point, but the paper is just some I had in my stash that is not from Doodlebug.



This one uses the die cuts and word bubble from the Valentine set. I used washi tape on the bottom and a wood grain vellum for the "countertop" and a scrap of paper to mimic a kitchen wall. I can add a Happy Birthday or Congrats or Hello sentiment inside.



Hope you have a fab weekend! March came in like a lamb here, so I'm guessing it's going out like a lion!

Happy Friday!
Chark



Friday, February 22, 2019

Die Cuts are Challenging

So, I got this fabulous dragonfly cover die from Stamplorations and love it. I sat down and cut like 10 of these from different colored cardstocks and papers. I had to use different shims, and cut face-up for this to cut best, and the 80 lb. paper I had worked very well. If you have some challenging dies, don't be afraid to ask the seller for help. The folks at Stamplorations had great tips. I love the classic black, especially with this watercolored background (I used my Arteza markers as paints).

I put the die cut down on the card after it dried and did a little more focused watercoloring for the dragonfly, just by swiping the marker in each open spot. I removed the die cut and spread the color around in the wings and body.


Then I glued the dragonfly cover die on top and added Stickles to the wings and a silver paper Hello die from Paper Smooches. 


You can see the shimmer a little better here.


I'm entering this card into the Cutplorations February Challenge...I was inspired by the colors in this.


You have until February 28th to join in here!

Happy Friday, 
Chark