Monday Morning Madness

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am a big fan of alliteration.  I have always loved the way words can run around on your tongue and the way you can play with them.  I know normally on Mondays I drop in some mixed media (mondays, see), but this morning my kids finally went back to school and the house was quiet for the first time in over a week.  After running the vacuum over every surface I could (couches included), I found I wanted to create.  I know normally I drop in some art journals today, but it is rain heavily here and the house has quite a chill to it.  Needless to say mixed media doesn’t work with a blanket wrapped around your shoulders.  So card crafting it was….

Thus the Monday Morning Madness.  I have to head off to school soon to warp, I mean teach young minds.  So this is going to be quite quick (again with the alliteration.)

pp333This week over at The Paper Players, the design team has a fun sketch going on.   The sketch is simply several circles falling onto a page.  However, the way I saw it was the circles opening up to what was under ek-gorman-pp333it.

So being that I saw it this way, I pulled out some circle dies from Little B and die cut out the sketch into some textured card stock.  Then using the die cuts I marked out the circles onto some card stock so I could see what would be revealed under it.  I pulled out a Lawn Fawn set and stamped it into the circle marks.  Then I started coloring the images in with my copics.  I pulled out my white gel pen and added some extra texture onto the images, hoping it could help pop colors.  I added back the textured card stock to the images with some dimensional tape so it would stand slightly above the images.  Finally I stamped out a sentiment, something I should have done before I added the card stock over the images.

45The gals over at Inspired By All the Little Things this week have a great coffee inspiration photo.  Who doesn’t love coffee related cards?ek-gorman-ib45

I pulled out a Bugaboo digital stamp and started coloring it in with my copics, wanting all the colors in the image to mimic that of the inspiration photo.  I pulled out some printed paper that sort of mimicked the colors in the inspiration photo and added it to an A2 card then added the digi image off center.  I like using serious colors like these with very unserious cards.  I find the juxtaposition to be fun.

feb-photoThere is a really fun winter photo challenge over at Catch the Bug by Bugaboo.  It is a whole winter scene just begs for some kind of silly fun, so I thought the skiing chicken would be perfect.ek-gorman-ctb3-4

I pulled out the pre-printed digi (I keep a tin filled with printed digis so I have them at a moments notice instead of having to print one each time I want it) and started coloring it in with my copics.  I added a hand colored snow bank and then fussy WIinners BBcut out the image with the snow.  I placed the digi on top of some snowflake printed paper and added both to an A2 card frame.  Finally, I grabbed a sentiment from Essentials by Ellen and stamped it into the snow.  I know the yellow is a little out of place, but I think the rest of card works quite well with the inspiration photo.

screen-shot-2017-01-07-at-7-07-58-pmI am doing something I normally don’t do, but I am combining two different challenges to one card.  (I spent way too much time on it not to use it in both).  The first challenge group is the gals over at Just us Girls and their photo of the week.  It is this beautiful tulip photo showing the spring trying to peak out of the snow.

The other challenge group is Winnie and Walter and their third ek-gorman-ww-4birthday celebration.  This challenge is all about going off the page and the tulips seemed like the perfect chance to do this.

I stamped out one Winnie and Walter tulip over an over, masking where I needed too.  Then I added stems and leaves, again masking what I needed too.  I colored in everything with my copics making the background a dark green moss color.  I fussy cut the tulips out and added it over the edge of an A2 card.  I trimmed off the bottom of the A2 frame and added some dark blue textured card stock to the bottom.  I added a bit of yellow ribbon to pull out the yellow tones in both the oranges and the greens.  I love how this came out and it seriously took way too much time, but it is one of my favorite cards of all time.

Finally today, I am still working on other card for the 3rd birthday challenge a palooza over at Winnie and Walter.

ek-gorman-ww-5The first was a card looking for the use of stencils.  I pulled out two different stencils and blended distress ink into the stencils.  The first was peeled paint, and the second was mustard yellow.  I then stamped out a floral Walter and Winnie image and colored it in with my copics.  Finally, I added a lovely faith sentiment to the bottom.

The other challenge I worked on this morning was a sequin challenge.  I stamped out the hydrangea and added a stem and leaf.  I colored everything in with my copics, trying to keep it light and airy.  I then took another faith sentiment stamped it on the card and added a bunch of sequins.  I added three big ones to the white areas, and six or ek-gorman-ww-6seven into the hydrangea.  Finally I trimmed down the card stock and added some pale lavender glitter paper and added both the focal image and the glitter to an A2 frame.

That’s it for today.  If I can get the house warmer this evening I will finish up my art journalling and get it posted in here.  Other wise, see you next time.


  1. Such gorgeous works of art. I love your style, you have a great eye for color and design. Your tulip card is fantastic and colored beautifully. Great take on the challenge, thanks so much for playing along with us this week over at Just Us Girls.

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  2. It always amazes me how many cards you create…and they’re all fabulous! That tulip one is OVER THE TOP! Of course, I love the critter one using my sketch…the colors are so deep and intense! You can send that one to me…my BD is in July, LOL! Fantastic creations all! Thanks for playing with the Players, too!

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