Monday, July 16, 2018

Guinea Pigs and Peacocks

Happy Guinea Pig Appreciation Day from me and Fuzzy Potter!


While I've never had my own guinea pigs, my friend in school did and they were a noisy little bunch. And they could be stinky occasionally too :) But, they are pretty darn cute, so I'll appreciate them from afar. And if they came in this size (like the felted pig below), I'd definitely have my own. You can buy this one at Handmade by November.


They also sell this needle felted mini Tigger—squee! I love the needle felted animals and I've even tried it, but I'll tell you what...it's not as easy as it looks and those needles are flippin' sharp! Ask me how I know. Now I have supplies but I'm not terribly brave so I haven't touched them in months!


And for the peacock portion of this post, I gotta show you this craft. I totally want to try this, though I'm certain I should start with something less complicated. You use glue and acrylic paints to make the "stained glass" so I probably wouldn't even hurt myself with this project! I can only imagine me working with cut glass...that sounds like a disaster. But glue? And it's not even Hot Glue!


Are there any crafts you'd like to try but just haven't done it yet? I've been fascinated by the acrylic pour paintings I've been seeing online and a local artist is doing a class! So, guess what my next project will be? Yep! An acrylic pour. I'll post the results, good or bad :) Here's what I'm talking about, if you haven't see it yet.


Hope you have a great Guinea Pig Day and that you get to create something fun and messy soon!

Happy Monday!
Chark




Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Digi Duel with Hero Arts Silly Scapes

I'm up on the a2z Scrapbooking blog dueling with Arlene using the Silly Scapes digi from Hero Arts. Here's my card, head over here to see Arlene's.



If you love this illustration, head to a2z Scrapbooking, the exclusive seller of the Hero Arts digi stamps to pick yours up.



Happy Wednesday!
Chark




Monday, July 9, 2018

Snow White with Willowing Arts

For the first time, I saved up my dollars to take an online class from Willowing Arts and it's called Ever After 2018. It's a series of classes focusing on Fairy Tales with different instructors. For your first go-round, you try to stick as close as possible to the instructor's version. And then you can go back in after you've learned about your own style and redo them.

I have to admit I skipped the guided meditation but I did fill out the workbook and found it helpful.

I didn't start taking pics until I had the first two layers finished on the Evil Queen and Snow White. Let me tell you, I should've taken one with the Queen finished and Snow White just started...she was a hot mess. Eventually she came out all right.


We worked in stages, this is with the black paint added.


Close-up of SW and birdie friend.



This is with the collage papers. I learned two things, the paper shouldn't be cardstock (too lumpy) and I don't like dragging out 35 supplies. Glad I followed along though and did it just because I would've automatically skipped the collage part if we weren't told to follow the artist's steps. But it brought another level and layer to the picture. 


Finished painting! Whew!


Great process and enjoyable project. On to the next one! Highly recommend this course and you can get 20% off until July 10!

Happy Monday!
Chark


Friday, July 6, 2018

Freebie Friday and More Whimsy

Hey, friends, can't believe it's July already...April and May were all about getting ready for the son's high school graduation...and then suddenly June has already passed! I hope this month and next seem a little slower before the deadlines and pressures of college rear their heads. Still, it has been a lovely summer. We enjoyed the grad party and seeing tons of relatives and friends, dinner at night on the patio, new car buying and no alarm clock going off at 6 a.m. So no complaints from me!



Today I thought I'd share another page in my Jane Davenport Whimsical Girl journal, which has been all kinds of fun to play with. Here's the before page.



And here's the during...I'm not finished yet. But I have worn down a lot of Prismacolor Pencils in blues and purples! Not sure what else I will do with this one, but I don't feel like it's finished yet.


To help you get some coloring in this weekend, I've included links to some free digi art. The first one is this little teacup pig from Homemaker's Hutch.


The second is this summer scene from Get Drawings...they have a lot of images for free to color and some already colored.



And if you're looking for a fun summer project to make, this watermelon bowl from Dream a Little Bigger is so cute!



Okay, people, let's get out there and enjoy July to the fullest!

Happy Friday!
Chark





Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Harry Potter Wedding Card

My 23-year-old daughter has some friends who are getting married and she gave me a list of things they like—books, Harry Potter, nerdy stuff. So I dug into my stash and found some Harry Potter papers from awhile ago and there were some chipboard stickers. She told me what Houses they are in (it's something all the HP fans know, apparently) and I put them on a card, with a gold shimmer paper embossed with this great 3-D embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers.



Here's what I started with.


And after a lot of thought and fooling around, I ended up with this.
  

I put the gold and black panel on a woodgrain paper and added foam hearts in black and gold and then flags of all 4 of the house colors. The daughter was happy with it. 

I also made this card below so she could have a choice...she took back it with her to give a co-worker having a baby. So I guess they passed muster :)

The background is Distress Oxides and water. I ran a page of it through the printer and found a free digi of Hogwarts. I added text and book paper and mounted it all on a piece of aqua cardstock. It's a 5x7 card so I could get all these papers on here. Of course, I added Diamond Stickles for the stars.


If you're a Harry Potter fan, you can go here to Scrapbook.com for some similar products. 

Happy Wednesday!
Chark


Friday, June 29, 2018

Rosy Weekend

Hi, friends, I've spent a lot of time lately coloring other people's art and I felt the need to make my own drawing, even though I'm not a professional. We have a single plate from a yard sale when I was in college and I pulled it out to put fruit on the other night when we had friends over for dinner. I love this plate and I was studying it while washing dishes. This is what it looks like.

Here's my interpretation in Prismacolor pencils. I started with the rose bud.



And then I drew a rose (and added petals because I drew it lopsided) and then I used my black pencil to darken the edges. I think some Gamsol to soften the pencil strokes might be warranted but I'm out and it would've smeared the black. I kept the pink and gray color scheme.


That's it for today, friends, except I may have to do some cards in gray and pink and silver. Maybe something like this card you can find on istock.


I love when something all of the sudden inspires me, even if I've seen it lots of times!

Happy Friday!
Chark