Saturday, April 22, 2017

My Favorite Things Challenges



Imagine how excited I was to hear that my big sister won Teacher of the Year!  VERY excited!  I could not wait to get in my craft space and make her a card.  I had the sketch and the color challenges on my desk so I said, why not!  

Here is the challenges I used: Color challenge #67 and Sketch Challenge #329



I love this stamp set because it is perfect for her.  SHE IS AMAZING!  Did I mention that she is a teacher for 7th & 8th graders?  Yeah so now you understand too!  I love that she puts so much effort and love into her job.  SHE deserves this award and so many more. She is not just a teacher, but she is in charge of the entire after school program and acts as the administrator for that program.  She is a mom to four great kids and a loving wife and an adventurer galore. She is inspiring and hardworking, best of all she is my big sister.  To my sister Heidi, congratulations on this award, to deserve so much more.  

LOVE YOU sister

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Hugging you with my WHOLE heart!



I love when I can mix up my stamp sets. I love that I was able to pull the heart off one set and the flowers off another and of course the sentiment from another.  It makes me feel like I am getting a lot more for my money.  I think one of the reasons I love this card so much is that the colors (though not so hot here) are fantastic.  I really messed around with the yellow-greens and greens in the dinosaurs. I was even able to bring in a Tonal Grey.  Here is a card that unfortunately I will be sending out all too soon as a dear friend lost her mom this week.  So I want her to know that while I am a long way in terms of distance I am not in my heart.  I think that is what I love so much about making cards, you get to send a small piece of yourself when you send them out.  I hope you enjoy this fun little card. I used a lot of MFT in fact, wait, it is all MFT.  So just pop over (click HERE) and you will find everything you need with the exception to the Copic Markers, which I got at BLICK Art Supply I am sure. Again, if you would like a list of the Copic Colors I used just let me know I will be happy to list them.

Also, I am thinking I really need to get some FSJ stuff, I miss creating with those fantastic Red Rubber Stamps!  Anyone with me?  Maybe a challenge!  Would you like some challenges?

Blessings
e

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Rainbow Dragons

At one time I was the girl who bought it all. I had to have everything that was latest and greatest. Oh, how I do not miss those days, playing keep up with an industry that expels new product at an ungodly rate. I felt if I didn't have the newest things that I wouldn't be able to compete for Design Team positions, for magazine pick-ups and so many other things that were just silly.  So I recently for the first time purchased some of the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons.  I came home and began playing with them and decided they were a good investment. I really like the cream medium they offer. I also love how they react with water.  I made this cute rainbow card.
 
I gathered some fun supplies. I had just purchased three of the Distress Crayon Sets,
but this one is the brightest, of course, I used it first. 

I scribbled a little on my craft mat. 

I just used my fingers to smear the crayon over the stencil.
I also added a bit of water to the pink and the darkest blue to fade out
and complete the wall. 

Add a piece of tulle behind the die cut circle and
a few die cuts, a fun Copic Colored dragon and spritz of shimmer,
and like MAGIC you are done with a fun card.


Well. I told you all I was trying to add more post. I actually have another ready! I will be typing it up tonight - See you all later. If you would like the color combos I used for the Dragon let me know. If it is something you are interested in seeing on future post let me know and I will post them from now on.   

Blessings Friends
Please leave your comments here I LOVE reading them. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

POP IN

Hello Friends
I have been busy making stuff again. Seems I need to be more consistent on THIS blog.  I have been working on a writing project and that makes me disappear often.  Anyway, I do hope to get better at posting to this blog but truth be told, I often wonder if the world needs one more artsy fartsy blog-- then I decide, yes, yes it does.  I also realize how much information in this industry is inside my head.  I really do love paper and the art that accompany it.  Therefore I am going to do my best to post on a regular basis to thinking*through*design, it may be challenges or other stuff, but I need to be in communication with other artist, I really must.  With all that said, here is a card I made for a challenge over at  My Favorite Things Challenge Blog.
And this was one of my interpretations of this card.  I have another one on the table but it is marinating currently. I will share it at a later date.  Without further adieu...



Here is the original sketch - Let's see what you make with it.


Please feel free to leave comments, I love them and love to hear what you are thinking.  A thought on this design is the colors were chosen because of the analogous color scheme in my head, All that means is I chose the blue then crept around the color wheel until I reached yellow.  You will notice there are five different colors on this that I blended using water and the ZIG clean color markers.  
Thanks for stopping by! 
Blessings
e


Sunday, September 18, 2016

CH CH CH Changes....

If you have not yet heard, I am no longer a full-time employee at Fun Stampers Journey.  It was a dream job, I was very happy working there and then life happened.  I don't want to share too much but I lost my ability to work full-time.  This means new beginnings for me.  I am still very much in love with the company and all the people that keep the wheels turning.  I helped to finish the next catalog that will be released on October 1st, then I resigned my full-time position.  Sadly, I do not own many FSJ products so a lot of what you are going to see here will be other manufacturers.

I did have my first week of not working full-time and it was busy but I am never too busy to create.  I had ordered some My Favorite Things Stamps a few weeks ago and they just so happened to come in so I made a few things.  I also have a few other good things in the works.  I plan to get a studio set up for some live cast, and to provide some tutorials for color theory as well as some other fun stuff.  I am still writing and will share tidbits of the children's story I am working on as they develop!  I thank you all for understanding while I was full-time that I had neglected my poor blog.  Hang with me friends and we will make beautiful things together! Please share with your friends and family I would love to see this blog grow!

Magical Dragons (Click for Link)


Your Rawr-some (Click for Link)

Llama Love (Click for Link)
Stepped Up Chevron - Click for Link -
This was free for spending $60 or more! WHAT

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Quick Post

With the black and white with color pop being so trendy I couldn't help but give it a try with this fun "Sweet Succulents" Set from MFT.

The real secret to this style of card making (Pop with B&W)  is to chose a card base that gives the feeling of the item you are not coloring.  Here I used a "cactus" color as the base which gives even more pop when you see the images are not colored.  Note also that while the image is not colored, I did shade around the cactus.

Fun and trendy.  I hope you give it a try.

Happy Easter Weekend!

Blessings
Erika

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Fun Day

Well the move is pretty much over. We still have sorting to do in the garage, but I am tired of boxes and all the junk in them.  Downsizing is good and bad.  You know you spend years collecting stuff only to get rid of it!  I have decided that I need to use the stuff I have,the MFT (My Favorite Things) comes out with the new card kit and BOOM I am pulling out my card.  I AM SO GLAD I DID.  I love the Warm and Fuzzy kit.  It is AHHH DOOR AHH BULL (haha)  It was totally worth every penny and MAN is is packed with goodness!  So here is the card I made quickie last night with it.

I just want to tell you the product in this kit-- I have never owned one sheet of the MFT cardstock because you all know there are really only three brands of cardstock that I will purchase in order of loving, Stampin'Up! and Fun Stampers Journey (tied really) and Bazzill -- and now I can say Bazzill has been knocked to fourth place!  I love the MFT paper.  It was a nice texture and easy to work with.  I also got my first 6x6 paper pad of MFT also a thumbs up.  Buying the kit really did help me get exposed to many of their products I normally would not have purchased.  The ink was a nice hybrid too. I think I need to get some of the color ink pads before I render a judgement on them.

Of course when I ordered the kit there was a set with Cactus stamps AND dies (but they were sadly out of stock on the dies)  but I had to have the stamps. I mean I do live in Arizona.  Well-- they are so dang cute I almost didn't know what to do with them.  THEN I went on Pintrest and was browsing some color combos I had saved and BOOM this here card was born. I actually used the watercolors in the kit to make the "fuchsia" color of the back strip.  I dropped a little salt on the wet paint and it puckered up some and made a nice pattern.  Then I covered it with the Mint cardstock  but still you get the idea. OH both of these are colored with Copic Markers.

HERE IS A LINK TO My Favorite Things so you too can get started collecting the amazing products they sell.

Finally, I started this card several days ago, but since my move I share a space with my son (when he is home from college) for my crafts.  It was spring break so making stuff was limited to after 11 a.m.  -- Which is fine.  I would rather have him around then making stuff earlier than 11a.m.  OK back on the subject.  This card took a few days only due to access. I sketched it and it for the most part came out just the way I planned it.  I had fun playing with the Coral and Aquamarine. I usually shy away from those because they are SOOOOO southwest and I don't really like those colors.. but I am super happy with how the card came out.  All these products are Stampin'Up!

Please feel free to leave comments!  I love reading them.

Blessings
Erika