Summertime Siamese Cat

It’s Sabrina here today, and as we’re in full summer mode, spending more time outdoors, I have a simple project to share today – a Summertime Siamese Cat, using the Siamese Cat with Brushtroke Butterfly and Cat Kanji stamp from Art Neko.  I think this is such a lovely image, I’ve made several cards with it. This one was meant to have the colours of the Irish flag, as I used it for a card swap recently, so I coloured the flower orange, and the grass green, and added some little punched banners in the same colours.

detail shot of Summertime Siamese Cat using a brushstroke image from Art Neko

There’s not much to say about this, other than that I used my old Marvy Markers to colour and stamp the image, huffing after colouring. Then I layered it onto a lacy scalloped square, and popped it up onto a base which was embossed with a polka-dot pattern. I was afraid that the embossing might affect the little Irish banners, so I mounted them onto light cardstock before adding them to the card.

card featuing a Summertime Siamese Cat using brushstroke image from Art Neko

 

 

Since I omitted the butterfly image from the stamp, here’s another butterfly for you instead:  a bookmark for summer holiday reading, made with one the the stamps from the Bookmarks and Sentiments set. Now I can’t remember what I had in mind when I originally started colouring the flowers yellow – by the time I was part way through I decided that it reminded me very much of freemontodendron, California flannel bush. We don’t see a lot of it here, but it does grow well in sheltered places and is such a gorgeous riot of vivid colour on a wall. My image was stamped on white card with Versafine Onyx black, and then coloured with Polychromos pencils. I used Sakura  Stardust pencils to add some sparkle to all the stamens, and a Spectrum Noir glitter pen on the butterfly.

Bookmark from Art Neko's bookmarks and sentiments plate, coloured with pencils

 

A quick summer memory – most of our childhood cats were home-lovers, and someone always was organised to look after them when we went on holidays – the dogs came with us. But, we had a pedigree Siamese who absolutely loved the car and always came along with us, we have quite a few photos and snippets of cine film showing her walking daintily down the track to the beach or across the fields.

 

 

Thanks for coming by the blog this week ! Enjoy your weekend – read a book, create a memory… and make sure to come by again next week for some more creative inspiration from the team.

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Cherry Blossom Woman in Oil Pastels

Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m sharing this card I made using this sweet Asian woman under a cherry blossom tree.  This image is watercolored with water soluble oil pastels.  That sounds like a strange contradiction, doesn’t it?

This woman under the cherry blossom tree collage is from the A411 Asian Influence Sumi-e Paintings stamp sheet.  I stamped this with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto white cardstock and let it dry completely.  Then I scribbled a little bit of color from the oil pastels onto some of the larger areas and used a wet paintbrush to move the color around.  For the smaller areas like the little ball, I touched the wet paintbrush to the end of the oil pastel stick and picked up some color from there.  This was a fun experiment to see what it was like to watercolor with oil pastels.

The background is something I made while I was at a retreat last month.  I was introduced to oil pastels while making this, and I fell in love.  We dabbed some white gesso through a stencil onto some watercolor paper and let it dry.  Then we scribbled the oil pastels all over the piece and used baby wipes to blend the colors together.  Isn’t that a fabulous background?  Now you see why I fell in love!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my oil pastels experiment today.  Have a wonderful week!

 

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A Bird Visiting

Hello Everyone! This is Chrissy D here today, sharing a card I created using the image, A Bird Visiting a Cherry Tree Flock of Birds in the Distance.  I decided to go with pink and white as my color choices to help create a warm summery feel. Using Black Memento Ink, I stamped the A Bird Visiting a Cherry Tree Flock of Birds in the Distance on white cardstock.  Did you know? Art Neko has a GREAT variety of beautiful papers in assorted weights and textures.

I layered Pink Cardstock on the white cardstock base and added Gold Bamboo Leaves on a Field of White paper over the top to mute the pink and create a softer look. I just LOVE these textured mulberry papers from Art Neko. So many choices!

I colored the image using my Chameleon Markers and using a bright pink ink, I ran the ink pad over the edges. Using pop dots to add some dimension, I adhered the image to the card base. Using gold thread, I wrapped the card four times and tied a bow. I used the Just a Note from the Whimsical and Kind Sayings sheet and stamped in pink. To complete the card, I added gold sequins.

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Join us again on Wednesday to see what eye candy Holly has created!

 

A Bird Visiting a Cherry Tree. Flock of Birds in the Distance – Image 411

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Father’s Day

When i was looking through my stamps to find something appropriate for Father’s Day, I came up with this idea to use the shells as decoration on  a man’s shirt. You find these stamps on the Japanese Marine Sheet2. I made a detailed picture tutorial on my Craftchaos Blog if you want to make one too. Here are a few more pictures:

This is a origami tie made out of a stamped piece of copy paper of 3 x 3 inch. The template for folding is also on my Craftchaos Blog.

Here you see the tie added to the shirt and orange brads used to hold the color of the shirt in place. You can add any sentiment that fits for Father’s Day of your choice. Hope this is a quick card idea for you in time to make for Sunday.

Thanks for looking and have a creative day!

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Simplicity

Kia here with you today to share a card I made.

 I have had these Kimono papers for a bit now and wanted to finally use them, but I wanted to use them in a different way.  I think they are ever so pretty, so I decided to highlight the paper on my card.  I love the simplicity of this paper design, which is included in the Collage Sheet of 9 Japanese Kimono Fabrics, hence the name of my card and the sentiment I used.  I started with a grey cardstock base and added the medium blue cardstock. I then added the designer paper, which I framed with the darker blue cardstock.  I did not want to cover the beautiful paper with anything, so I used the medium butterfly from the Butterfly Set of 3.  I heat embossed the butterfly using blue embossing powder, then added a bit of green watercolour.   I styled the butterfly and attached just off the designer paper with a foam dot.  I stamped the simplicity sentiment in black ink, and added a few sequins to finish.

I hope you enjoy this card, and I look forward to seeing you next time.

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Birds and Nest

Hi! Leah here with you today with a sweet card that could be used for so many occasions or just because the image is so sweet. The image is called A Family Nesting in a Cherry Tree.

I stamped the image onto white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored the image with Copic markers. I chose some contrasting patterned paper for the background and layered it behind the image.

I added some faux stiching and  twine bow with a little gem stone in the middle. I hope you are having a great day. Thanks for stopping by!

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Waterlilies, Dragonflies and Sparkle

It’s Sabrina here today, and I have a card using the Waterlily and Dragonfly Panels stamp from Art Neko to give you some waterlilies, dragonflies and sparkle – lots of sparkle!!Let me start by saying that if you don’t like loose glitter and the mess it leaves in its wake, this particular stained glass technique is not for you – but it does give a beautiful effect!

 

Waterlily and dragonfly panels stamp used with a stained glass window technique to give waterlilies, dragonflies and sparkle

 

You start out by stamping the image on acetate, using Staz-On ink ( I tried with Rangers Archival too, which is what is shown in the photo below. It dried, when left for a few hours, but my pad is much juicier than my Staz-On one, and it smudged in one corner. However, I have kept it because I think I can use it for something else. The one shown in the finished card was stamped with Staz-On black.

waterlily and dragonfly panels image from Art Neko stamped on acetate for a glitter stained glass window

 

Then you turn the image over and work on the non-stamped side. It will help at this stage if you can wipe it with some sort of anti-static cloth, to reduce the amount of glitter clinging to it.  You need to allow plenty of time, as the glue has to dry before you change to another colour. So, working one colour at a time, apply a clear-drying glue such as Glossy Accents (Diamond Glaze or Ranger’s Multi-Medium will also work well) to the back of the acetate and sprinkle plenty of glitter over it. Allow it to dry, shake off the excess glitter and then move on to your next colour and repeat the process until you have blocked in all the colours you need to create your stained glass. I used three different greens, and silver for the lily flowers, plus a couple of blues for the dragonflies. If you would like a tutorial with step by step pictures, there is one on Splitcoaststampers HERE.

I cut an aperture in a piece of 5 3/4″ square card which was just slightly larger than the dimensions of the stamped image. I used an old Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss the floral swirl, and  used my Scor-Pal to create a frame around the image. I added a few sparkly gems to the flower centres – to vary the shade of green I used my Sharpies to colour a couple of them. I added one extra dragonfly; I’d stamped the panel with it on white card, then coloured it with Twinkling H2Os, used a metallic gold pen on the body and then cut it out.

I had created a beautiful yellow and blue cling-wrap background to use behind it – and then accidentally used it up for something else. However, it was a happy accident because this panel which was coloured simply by blotting up my craft mat after using Mermaid Markers for a stencil monoprint had colours which went beautifully behind the waterlily panels and probably actually suits it better. Normally when I use this technique I attach the acetate panel directly to the card base, but in this case I decided to pop it up a little from the background, so I used foam tape all round. I wish that it was possible to capture the sparkle better in these waterlilies, dragonflies and sparkle – but the acetate makes it hard to photograph without reflections. It’s a fun technique, and if you don’t mind the loose glitter floating round afterwards, it really is beautiful.

 

Waterlily and dragonfly panels stamp used with a stained glass window technique to give waterlilies, dragonflies and sparkle

 

And that’s it from me for today!  Thanks for stopping by the Art Neko blog this week, and have a lovely weekend. Find some sparkle somewhere…

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Chocolate Flower Squares

 

Hi everyone!  I’m back after a bit of a hiatus from stamping.  My puppy tore her ACL and had to have surgery, so I spent a couple weeks helping her get around during her recovery.  Then I was packing up stuff and I went to a stamping retreat which was a lot of fun.  Here is the aftermath……  LOL

Yes, my studio looks like this right now as I’m typing up this post.  I have a lot of unpacking to do, but I was able to whip up a sweet little chocolate flower card to share with you today.  This card with the chocolate flower squares is a cute little 3×3 notecard, and you can put together a set of these in less than 30 minutes.

I stamped the Peonies Squared from the A281 sheet (Bold Nature Scenes) with some chocolate ink onto some cream colored cardstock.  I trimmed the stamped image out and glued it down onto a chocolate card.

It really helps to have a well-inked inkpad when inking up a solid stamp like this.  If you find that your images are coming out blotchy, try reinking your inkpad first.  You can also make sure you clean your stamp really well – sometimes there is a little residue left on the stamps from the manufacturing process.  Using a stamp positioning tool such as a MISTI is a big help when you need to re-stamp your image.

I’m going to get back to unpacking, so hopefully everything will be put away before my next Art Neko post.  Hee hee hee!  Have a great week!

 

 

 

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Steam Punk Balloons

Hello Everyone! Happy June! Have you all checked out all of the cool papers and images at the B-muse store? I am loving the versatility and ease of using those great papers. On todays card, I have used the balloons from the Old Maps and Vintage Travel sheets.
On todays card, I stamped the Steampunk Gentleman with His Lady in black memento ink on White Cardstock. Using my Chameleon markers, I colored the image in. I find coloring so relaxing. Once that was completed, I used some light blue patterned paper and matted on black cardstock and a light blue shade as the card base.

I cut out the Hot Air Balloon image from the Old Maps and Vintage Travel sheets and mounted on top of the image. To finish the card, I added 3 sequins along the side of the image.

Have you seen the ornament Sabring created last week? You do not want to miss it! You can see the beautiful stamped ornament here.  Be sure to come back on Wednesday to see what Holly has in store for you! Thank you for stopping by!

Chrissy D

 

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Vintage Postcard Advertising Mini Bag

Hi Everyone – Chrissy D here today sharing a project I created using the beautiful B-Muse papers. Using craft cardstock, I created a mini bag with this tutorial. I had a lot of fun using the images from the B-Muse papers collage sheet, Vintage Postcard Advertising Collage Sheets.

I sponged the edges of the mini bag and images from the collage sheet that I cut out with brown ink to give it an aged appearance. I overlapped the pieces of the papers and adhered them to the mini bag. I took the primary image and adhered it to the craft cardstock and another layer of black cardstock and used Dimensionals to pop up the image. The words are from the B-muse, Authentic Chinese Cookie Fortunes Bmuse and distressed and layered it on black cardstock. To finish it off, I tied a bow using stitched black grosgrain ribbon.

I hope you enjoyed my project today! Tune in tomorrow to see what Sabrina has in store for you!

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