So it is Sunday morning and my husband is gone doing boy things all day with his boys, so it is the perfect day for the kids and I to art, art, art. I have xmas gifts to finish painting and my kids have blank canvas board to decorate. It is simply going to be the perfect Sunday.
And on my morning agenda was to finish up some challenge cards. In my last post I wrote about how I finally had enough xmas cards that I didn’t have to make anymore. Well, now that the pressure is off, I find that I actually want to make some. Go figure. I also have a birthday card that I whipped up, cause for reasons I do not understand, I NEVER have any birthday cards lying around. Especially birthday cards for little people. Think I’m going to have to fix that over the coming weeks. Hope the little guy who got the card like it.
None the less here are the challenge cards from the past few days.
Our first card today had to be a christmas card, because that was what the challenge ask for. Our friends over at Always Playing with Paper in fact asked for a none traditional Christmas card for The Challenge.
Well, I love none traditional Christmas cards. I think they are so joyous and fun. And frankly they are always so colorful. I really encourage everyone to click on their link and go look at all the beautiful cards that people came up with for the none traditional challenge.
I have been playing with Vaseline resists lately, so I thought perfect time to experiment with it for a card. I rubbed Vaseline in different spots all over the card, and sprayed the card with Dylusions Funky Fuchsia ink. I then was able to rub the ink off where the vaseline had been. SO COOL. I pulled paint through a Dylusions letter stencil and let the whole thing dry. Then I stamped out our penguin friend from Stampendous Snowy Short Stack stamp pack and colored her in with my prismacolor colored pencils and hand cut her out. I stamped out the sentiment from the same stamp pack and added the banner to the card and dimensionally taped down my little pink penguin. Yes, I love her. Can you tell?
My next holiday card was brought to you by Freshly Made Sketches. They provided this great sketch, and I’ll be honest, I had no problem making my card this week. Normally, I struggle with the clean and simple requirements, but this week I found nothing standing in my way of creating. This maybe because of the practice, or maybe the sketch really spoke to me. None the less, the card took no time at all to make because I was so into it.
Again I stamped out my little snow friend from my Stampendous Snowy Short Stack stamp pack. This is a brand new stamp pack that I picked up last week from one of my big box craft stores for 40% off, and I am just in love with the little critters in it. Each head, body, and feet are separate, so the combinations of images are vast. And they are so stinkin’ cute. I took my six by six DCWV Twinkle glints stack of cardstock and cut and attached the sketch combination down. I love the subtle twinkle of this paper (and I love even more how the paper does not shed glitter everywhere). I stamped out the snow friend and colored her (yes she’s a girl despite all the winter blue) with my prismacolor pencils. I stamped on the sentiment using the same stamp pack. Finally I attached a couple of crystals to the card and called it a clean and simple day.
Finally we have the birthday card I crafted for The Color Throwdown. This is the first time I’ve participated with this group, but I love color challenges, and they throw it done every week. This week the colors they were asking for were gold, black, and white. For a kid raised by a University of Purdue graduate, this felt a little like home.
However, like I said, my family attended a birthday party of some friends who son was turning three, and I was in desperate need of a birthday card for him. I find little boy cards to be the most challenging thing I need. I think one of the reasons is I just do not have many little boy stamps. Girls are easy, cause
flowers, or fairies, or princess, or animals, or etc, always just work. But boys are a little harder. Firetrucks, and spaceships and pirates are more what they need, and I just do not have a lot of that in my stock.
I do have however have this great stamp pack from Paper Smooches called Ahoy me Hearty that seemed like the perfect fit for what I needed. I stamped out in black the message in the bottle and the x marks the spot trail as well as the sentiment from the pack. Then I pulled a random ‘happy birthday’ stamp out from the depths of old stamps and stamped it in Brilliance gold ink. Finally I stamped out some gold coins and colored in some gold accents with my crusty old pot of gold india ink. I blended some of the Brilliance gold ink around the edges and mounted the whole thing on black glittery paper from DCWV. (Don’t try to tell me that boys don’t love glitter as much as girls do. I simply refuse to believe that notion.) My children liked the card when they signed their names to it, so I am hoping that feeling was universal.
Now that I have some cards done, it is time to let some paint on canvases fly. Come back to soon to see what I did with the rest of my Sunday.