Sunday, May 22, 2022

THE HANDYMAN


I've been wanting to scrapbook pics from our home renovations and when I saw the Handyman Gnome digital image from KLM Digital Designs I knew I needed it. 


I printed the image out on some white card stock and colored it in using my Prismacolor pencils. I'll list them all below. I fussy cut him out then remembered that I had some digital images from Studio Calico called Home Improvement that would work great with this theme. I printed the tools, colored them in and fussy cut them out. I tried to color them the same color as the ones my husband has. After cutting all the images out I went around all the edges with a Tombow N15 (Black) marker. This finishes the edges off to hide any imperfections in my cutting.


I printed the images that I wanted to use from my phone to my Canon Ivy mini printer. LOVE this thing. It only prints small pics but I'm okay with that - I like the smaller pics and pages of a travelers notebook - it's much less intimidating to me than a 12x12 album and is allowing me to get back into scrapbooking with out the pressure that I would put on myself when doing larger pages. 


I figured out where I wanted to place my pics and adhered them to the page. Instead of layering them onto black card stock I outlined them with a thin black felt pen then on the right and bottom side of the pic I added shadow lines using a Tombow N55 Dual Brush Pen. This gives the look of layers without adding bulk to my pages.
Next I stamped the title using an Alpha set I've had in my stash for years. I believe it's a Recollections Brand that I purchased at Michaels. I adhered the images then added my journaling.


Here is the list of Prismacolor pencils I used:
I need to keep better records of what colors I used where - I'll try to do that for future coloring but for now here is the overall list.

940 Sand                        948 Sepia
1084 Gingerroot              1033 Mineral Orange  
1012 Jasmine                  921 Pale Vermillion
927 Light Peach               1086 Sky Blue Light
1028 Bronze                    1087 Powder Blue
1099 Espresso                 906 Copenhagen Blue
943 Burnt Ochre              901 Indigo Blue
915 Lemon Yellow            904 Light Cerulean Blue
997 Beige                       1090 Kelp Green
946 Dark Brown              935 Black
949 Silver                       924 Crimson Red
937 Tuscan Red               1050 10% Warm Grey
1051 20% Warm Grey     1054 50% Warm Grey
1058 90% Warm Grey     1060 20% Cool Grey
1061 30% Cool Grey    





Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me.

Take care,
Susan


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Saturday, May 21, 2022

LIFE IS BETTER AT THE BEACH


Life IS better at the beach especially in the fall and winter when the beach is empty. It's always been one of my favorite places to go when I'm stressed and need a break from things.
Coloring the Beach Gnome image from KLM Digital Designs reminded me of when I'd go to the ocean and the beach was deserted. I need to do that again. 


I printed the image onto some Mixed Media Paper. I use Canson - I found a HUGE book of it at Michaels a long time ago and it's still going strong. I colored him in using my Tombow Dual Brush Pens - seriously LOVE those pens!  I've linked to the colors below except for one that is a darker green that the writing on the side has rubbed off. Sorry about that. I'll try to figure it out and add it below when and if I do.


After coloring the image I did struggle for a while as to how to build the scene. I had one way in mind then messed it up by dropping an ink pad on the card but thankfully it didn't hit the image so I fussy cut him out and started again. I decided to do a slimline card this time and make the sentiment a bigger part of the card.
I cut a panel using a stitched rectangle die then added some Kraft paper for the beach.  I tore the edges of that to give it some texture. I used the MFT Cloud stencil and some Catherine Pooler inks to add the sky - they don't really look like clouds as I was a little heavy handed with the ink making it look a little stormy which I decided I was okay with because I love storms and I didn't want to start again. I cut apart the sentiment and layered each word onto some black card stock then adhered it to the panel popping up the words 'better' and 'beach' with some craft foam.
I added the panel directly to a slim line card base. I may end up using the panel as part of a scrapbook page I have in mind but for now it's a card.



Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me.

Take care,
Susan


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Friday, May 20, 2022

LET'S RIDE!

This is by far the EASIEST card I've ever made! I used a pre-colored image from KLM Digital Designs. This one is called Pre Colored Motorcycle Gnome and it's perfect for the biker in your life. 


I printed the image then cut it with the second largest die from the Lawn Fawn Large 4 Bar Stitched Rectangle Die Set. I adhered it to a white card base close to the right side leaving enough space on the left for the sentiment.


I used the Catherine Pooler Designs Block Alphabet Dies to cut the letters for the simple sentiment from black card stock and adhered them directly to the card base.


That's it. This card is done! Didn't take long at all and I love how it turned out.


Thanks so much for spending some of your day with me.

Take care,
Susan


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Thursday, May 19, 2022

HELLO SUNFLOWER


Hello KLM fans! Guess who's sponsoring us over at the Passionate Paper Creations and Friends Facebook Page? Yup. KLM Digital Designs is this weekends sponsor and is offering a nice discount for PPCF members. Not a member? No worries. Head over to the PPCF page and ask to join then have fun shopping. 


I would LOVE to sip my morning chai out of these mugs. I love how they turned out.  The image is called Sunflower Coffee Cup and I used my Altenew Artist Markers to color them - I haven't played with these much lately but need to remember to use them as they're fun and easy to use.


I used Y204 Mango Smoothie, Y205 Warm Sunshine and Y612 Caramel Toffee for the flower petals. The center of the flowers are colored with R056 Dark Chocolate and Y823 Paper Bag. I used WG01 Morning Frost, WG03 Evening Gray and WG05 Moon Rock to color the mugs.


I cut the panel using the second largest die from the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Die Set. I adhered some Tonic Studios Brown Kraft card stock to a white card base. I used two patterned papers from Catherine Pooler Designs, tearing the edge of one then adhering them to the card.
I stamped the sentiment from Stampedous Fran's Happy Messages Stamp Set with Catherine Pooler Designs Icing on the Cake ink then added the panel to the card with some craft foam.






Thanks so much for spending some of your day with me.


Take care,
Susan


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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

SHAKE IT UP


The first thing you may notice on this card is that there's no sentiment. I haven't decided if it's going to be a Father's Day card or a birthday card but when I do I'll most likely add it to the top left portion of the frame.


I did first, second and third generation stamping with the trees using Spruce ink onto some white card stock. This is a GREAT way to stretch your ink colors. Next I added some sky using Oh Boy! and Suede Shoes inks using some blending brushes.
I used the mini MISTI to stamp the bear with Midnight ink so I could stamp it a few times to be sure to get a good, solid image.


I die cut the large frame from the Chalkboard Frames Die Set and blended on Sand Castle and Over Coffee inks. I adhered a piece of acetate to the inside of the frame then added adhesive foam strips to the back of the frame. I cut the panel of trees just a smidgeon smaller than the frame, sprinkled on some King Canyons Sequins then adhered the frame to the panel.


I finished the card by adding a piece of 4 x 5 1/4" patterned paper from the S'mores Paper Pack - I thought the paw prints worked perfectly with the bear - to a white card base then adhered the shaker piece to the card base.


Thanks so much for spending some of your day with me.


Take care,
Susan



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Saturday, May 14, 2022

CAN'T CHOOSE? USE THEM ALL!

I recently challenged myself to use more patterned paper on my cards. I tended to use them mostly on scrapbook pages and on craft projects like making my own mini albums but not on cards. I couldn't make up my mind which papers to use on this card so I used all the patterns in the Twilight Reading Paper Pack.


Grey is probably my favorite color so it comes as no surprise how much I love this pack. I cut strips of each paper and adhered them to a piece of card stock. I added a couple of torn pieces down one side - the grey one is patterned paper and the other one is from direct to paper with Apricot ink - then adhered it to a card base with craft foam.


I used one of the dies from the Ex Libris Die set and cut it from white card stock.  I did direct to paper with Twilight ink to the outer piece and Apricot to the inner piece then adhered them to the card. I stamped and cut the bird cage and because this card is so full of color and pattern I left it uncolored. I stamped, die cut and colored the bird using the same inks and a blender pen and popped it up on the card.


I've added a few sequins but decided not to add a sentiment. When I know the occasion that I'll use it for then I'll decide to either add it to the front or the inside.



Thanks so much for spending some of your day with me.


Take care.
Susan


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Friday, May 13, 2022

YOU SNAILED IT! FROM KLM DIGITAL DESIGN


I can honestly say that I've never called a snail cute before. But this digital image of Stanley the Snail from KLM Digital is so cute!


I printed him out on Mixed Media paper (I use a pack I got at Michaels) and colored him in with some Tombow Dual Brush Pens. (I'll list the colors below). I cut the panel using the second larges die in the Large Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Dies. 


I cut a piece of brown card stock from Tonic Studios to 5 x 3 3/4" and roughed up the edges with some scissors. I adhered it directly to a white card base then added the snail panel with some craft foam.
I printed the sentiment onto the same brown card stock and adhered it to the card.


Thanks so much for spending some of your day with me.


Take care.
Susan

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