Friday, May 27, 2011

May 27, 2011

Today we have our last challenge for the month of May!
And as promised another fabulous sketch designed for us by our talented
DT member Ness Waller!
Again, an original sketch for us and C A N D Y!
Check out her link to her store and also check out the sidebar
link for more info...pretty much, just play and hopefully win! LOL!

We wanted to take a moment to say thank you all so much for last
week's participants. It was one of our best week's with some of the most
beautiful and creative projects. So thanks again and we all look forward
to what you will share with us this time as well!

Onto the sketch...

And the very inspiring DT projects...

Oh Boy, Oh Joy
Leah Schaeffer

Love Birds
Nanné Harry

Sandi Clarkson

Irish Eyes
Annette Gearside

Tiny Dancer
Fern Riley

Blossoming Beauty
Vanessa Waller aka Ness

Stolt Besta
Stine Ursin
My Hobby Blog

Wanda Boardley
My Scrap Happy Place

All Smiles
Beatriz Guzman
Amazing Grace

Two Are Better Than One
Bonnie Friesen

Wow girls..amazing as always!
And we'll see you back here on June 3rd with a wonderful
tutorial by Dawn and also the winner
of our very chippy blog candy! =)
And also the blog hop that weekend on June 5th!

Just wanted to edit and apologize. With blogger issues
again our team has not been able to visit and leave comments
on many blogs. Just want for you to understand we've still
come by. Sorry about that!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Coloring with distress inks

Hi everyone, this is Stine giving you a tutorial on how I color my stamps with Tim Holz Distress inks.
Find yourself a stamp and some of Tim's gorgeous colors and join me in coloring. 
Just a warning to start with - this is picture heavy even after I did some editing... (you can click on my pictures to see them bigger)

I am totally in love with the cute magnolia stamps, most of all because they are so easy to color, 
so I am using one of my favourites from here as an example for this tutorial. 
You can use borth the stamp pads and the refills for coloring, and I will give you examples of both ways.

For start you need a stamp (any stamp!), a waterproof stamppad (I prefer Archilval ink - Jet Black), watercolor paper, watercolor painting brushes, Distress ink refills and/or pads and a can of water.
 (I don't recommend to use a drinking glass - as you might end up drinking the water - it does not taste good...)

I use a piece of glass from a broken picture frame as a palette, but you can use any hard surface. One of the great things about distress inks is that they won't dry out - the drop of ink is not wasted if you don't use it all, just keep the plate stored till next time.

I always paint the skin areas first, starting with Tattered Rose. I start with just following the outline with color like this...

...and then I use water to move the color inwards of the area. I repeat this till I am satisfied with the color "strength".

Next I use vintage photo and do the same process again (I know that some blend their colors beforehand, but I never do. I layer the colors I am blending because that way I can better control the outcome.)

The last thing I do with my face is to make a rosy cheek. For this I use either Aged Mahogany og Victorian Velvet, just placing a little color on each cheek, and then using water again to blend it with the rest (not a good picture here, but you will see it better below).

I continue then with the rest of the skin color (here - the arms) with the same technique:

I am kind of stuck in a pattern when it comes to hair color - I almost always use Antique linen for base and then Walnut stain for shades. I start up by painting a layer of Antique Linen:

I then continue painting the edges with Walnut Stain - blending it with water in the same way as earlier:

The result is a dark brown hair with highlights on top:

For her dress I wanted to use a mix of Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord. The last one I do not own as a refill, so I needed to use my stamp pad.  On the edge of my plate of glass I press the pad down and I have a new color on my palette :)

I always start with the lighter color (I actually often use two colors - one for base and the other one for shadows), and as you can see; again I fill in my colors from the edges and inwards (is that a word??):

On the next pictures you can see how (the bottom of) her dress turned out with Milled Lavender in the middle and Dusty Concord for the shadows. For her stockings I have used Pumice Stone - one of my favourites from the "new" colors.

Here you can see the last details of the coloring. Her bow, and the leaves of the rose. 

Here she is!! 
If you look closely you can see that I have used Stickles (diamond) on her wings and on some other details. Not easy to see in the picture, but that is a great tip. If you check out this post on my blog - you can see her used on one of my latest cards.

Hope you got some inspiration to get started with your Distress Inks. I bet most of you own some of them if not all 36 ;o) Then there is just one more thing to be said from me for now:
(meaning have a great weekend - todays lesson in norwegian :)

Friday, May 13, 2011

May 13, 2011

Oh happy day! Its another friday and that means another sketch!
We certainly hope that you enjoy this one and hope you will take part
in using this beautiful sketch made only for SOUS.
Thanks to our very own, very talented Ness!
Her designs are just stunning and she's been gracious enough
to design sketches for us this month, so you have another to look forward to!

I am so sorry, due to Blogger issues (for us and I am sure a ton of others)
part of this post got deleted so I am back to edit and add back...
We've got CANDY!
Also thank you to Ness and her store, Scrap with V we have
a terrific prize package of an assortment of A2Z Scraplets
chipboard. We hope you'll enjoy something crafty from
Australia! You have this month to win the along with
each of our challenges this month for more chances to win.
Every participant goes in the hat to win. Winner will be
announced our first post in June. You have 2 weeks to claim your prize.
Please contact me at mrsbealash AT aol DOT come with
your address and we'll send that off to you from Aussie! Thanks...
All submitters are ALWAYS welcome!!
And a peek at a sample of what you could get...

And our original sketch...

And here is what our fab DT has done...enjoy!

World Traveler
Nanné Harry

Sweet Pea
Sandi Clarkson

Leah Schaeffer

Cold Day
Beatriz Guzman
Amazing Grace

I Adore You
Bonnie Friesen
Pretty Little Somethings

Fern Riley
Ferns Creations

I Adore You
Ness Waller

Love is in the Air
Stine Ursin
My hobby blog

Discover, Learn, Explore
Wanda Boardley

Dawn Gallop

Annette Gearside

Thank you so much for coming by and we look forward to seeing what you all do this month with our sketches..have a super weekend!!!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Flower on transparencies tutorial

Good morning! This is Beatriz from Amazing Grace bringing you this easy and useful tutorial.
Were a day early this week due to Mothers Day.. Hope this will give you fab ideas for your Mother's day cards :)

Transparency, rhinestones, a paper punch, paper, scissors and adhesive.

Step 1: 
Punch a flower out of plain cardstock.  Use a temporary adhesive the secure a piece of transparency to the negative space of the flower.

Step 2:
Adhere rhinestones along the pattern, filling in the negative space.

Step 3:
Once the space is filled gently remove the transparency from the flower.

Step 4:
Trim around the flower image.

Step 5:
Voila! It is done and ready to use as your newly created embellishment.

Now you  have another great idea on how to make your own embellishments. Have a fabulous and blessed weekend!

 Design Team