Thursday, April 27, 2017

Crocs and Gators

When I was little, one of my favorite sayings to share was, "See you later alligator...After awhile crocodile". It was like I was privy to a little secret--the cleverness of language.  

When Kris came up with this Imagine That! digi set, I just had to work with it and pass down the clever sentiment to my grandchildren.  I just purchased a teeshirt for my grandson that has this sentiment on it, one half on the front, the other half on the back.  Just like my card!  

Gator Strong

This special fold card is perfect for the project. I colored the images with pencils and then fussy cut them.  I used distress ink/water with a brayer on the card: Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood, Pine Needles, Vintage Photo, and Mowed Lawn.  While cleaning up the craft room, I came across a green label from some Christmas paper.  I used the grass die.

Since I'm a stickler for accuracy, I looked up the difference between crocs and gators so that I'd use the appropriate image with the correct sentiment.

From Live Science: HERE

  • Snout shape: Alligators have wider, U-shaped snouts, while crocodile front ends are more pointed and V-shaped.
  • Toothy grin: When their snouts are shut, crocodiles look like they're flashing a toothy grin, as the fourth tooth on each side of the lower jaw sticks up over the upper lip. For alligators, the upper jaw is wider than the lower one, so when they close their mouths, all their teeth are hidden.
  • Home base: Crocodiles tend to live in saltwater habitats, while alligators hang out in freshwater marshes and lakes.
I'm entering some Animal challenges with this card.

Cupcake Inspiration:  #404 Animals #48 x

2  Crafty Critter Crazies:  Challenge #1 Must Have a Critter #139 x

Sweet Stampers Challenge:  #6 Animals #104 until May 8

If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #67 Animal Cookies #13 until May 3
Imagine That! digistamp is one of the sponsors x

Pile It On #129 Interactive #77 until May 6

and of course

OUTLAWZ:  Twisted Thursday Anything Goes

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Art Journaling about Paris in Springtime

For the month of April at Art Journal Journey, Hazel has asked us to climb aboard the magical mystery bus to see where it takes each of us in our art. This time I went to Paris. (This is my second journaling post, this time #99)

Do you have a plethora of finished and unfinished projects laying around?  The two page spread was the start of a Stamped Art Journal Pocket Page as taugt by Rachel Greig for Wanderlust 2016.  As usual, I started out strong, using distress inks and various stamps to create my background. One prominently used is STAMPlorations Born to Roam clear stamp set by Shery Russ.  I cut out a few items from one of my many Graphic 45 Curtain Call collection.Then there it sat--for almost a year!  I dug out a postcard I made when I was on the Gecko Galz design team.  At first I was going to tuck it into the pocket, then I decided to put it on top--most likely breaking some rules about focal points on a two page spread. But everyting flows for me!  FINALLY I have finished the "unfinished" journal pages and used up one of the many finished projects (postcard) laying around.  

Thank you, Hazel, for motivating me with your prompt to finally get these pages done!

Entering this here:

Creative Artiste Mixed Media:  Anything Goes I'm #54x

A Inky Mess #9 Anything Goes #16
Winners Badge

Mixed Media World #24 Anything Mixed Media Goes I'm #24 until May 11 x

We Love to Create:  #8 Anything Creative/Mixed Media #17 x

STAMPlorations Sketch and/or Theme for April-- left side of journal page is sketch on it's side. I'm #39  Winners announced April 10 x

Friday, April 21, 2017

Alice's Tea Cups

At our Mixed Media Mingle, we tried our hand at embossed strie.  This involves a metal stencil, rubbing alcohol, a Cuttlebug or Big Shot with plates and pads, white card stock, a stencil brush and pigment ink.  For my stencil I chose a stack of tea cups that one of the women brought--sorry I don't know the name of it.  It took a few tries to master the amount of pressure to use to brush on the ink.  

This first photo I took in the kitchen in the evening because it started raining outside.

I used blue pigment inks.  Blue is my favorite color.  I love a blue sky and water. I love the power of navy blue.   I look good in navy blue clothes.  My wedding colors were blue.  My dining room wall paper is navy blue and white striped.  I just like blue!

Here is another view where you can see better the blue on the stenciled cups. This one I took outside right as the raindrops started to fall. I think you also can see better the pastel colors on the white card.

Other materials:
Alice from Gecko Galz Wonderland collage sheet
The blue mat is embossed swiss dot
The pastel card base is my scrap paper that I used when applying the pigment ink onto the stencils.  (I made other cards as well, some with pink ink.)

Entering These Challenges:

Gecko Galz Facebook Papercrafters April Challenge:  curioser and curioser (AIW theme)--WINNER!!!
Gecko Galz blog: April-Alice's Tea Party x
As You Like It Challenge:  Your Favorite Color and Why until May 3
Cuttlebug Mania:  A Cuppa  until May 2
Card in  Envy:  Pretty Pastels winner announced May 3
Make My Monday:  Embossing, Heat or Dry x
CAS on Sunday:  Use a Stencil x

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Journal Card for Album

This is my design team inspiration for today at the Creative Playground.  Be sure to pop over to see the wide variety of Imagine That! digistamp sets used by the DT.

This is a 4x4 journal card for pocket pages in an album.

I used my PSE software to combine a variety of images from various sets.  The chair is digitally cut from pink polka dot digi paper, then green color added. I used the "dad" creatively placing him behind the chair with his hand wrapped around the chair rather than the globe.   Some items are digitally colored and some are hand colored, but none are precolored except for the duck.

I used the following Imagine That! digistamp sets from the store HERE.

Pregnant Peggy                         You Are My World

Rainy Day Fun (duck)               Little Blessings (bunny)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fifties Diner

For the month of April at Art Journal Journey, Hazel has asked us to climb aboard the magical mystery bus to see where it takes each of us in our art. For me, I got hungry while touring and asked to stop at the drive-in for sustenance. A carhop on roller skates served up some tasty treats--a burger, shake and fries-- topped off with my fave ice cream sundae.  Do you still have a drive-in where you live? In the bigger towns nearby, we have Sonic.  

What a fun new release from Kristy over at Imagine That! digistamp.  The design team is showing off Retro Waitress at the Creative Playground HERE.  Be sure to head over because you could win this set just by leaving a comment over at the Creative Playground. 

I immediately set to work creating this fifties vibe digital 6x8 journal page.  

I also used the following digital files in my composition:

Imagine That! digistamp: redwood from Owl Will Always Love You digital paper 
Gecko Galz: Drive-In sign and stars from Kitchen Sink Banners collage sheet
Pixel Scrappers: vinyl record
Doodle Pantry: 50's Diner black check

I'm entering these other challenges:
Gecko Galz FaceBook Papercrafters:  April Use the Letter C (carhop)
OUTLAWZ  Festive Friday April 7: ice cream treats --check out that ice cream sundae and the ice cream shake!   FF040717

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Chocolate Bunny Card

What comes out of a colored egg?  A chocolate bunny. of course!

100% digital composition using Gecko Galz digital products.
In Dreams ATC background; R Gough Mocha Stars brown card; April 2017 digi stamp freebie which I digitally colored; alphabet (which I turned into a png file and cropped to place letters I needed).


Come and Get It:  Challenge # Easter  #37 x

OUTLAWZ Tuesday April 4 Color Challenge  CC0404

Gecko Galz FaceBook Papercrafters April Challenge:  Bunnies and Eggs

Pixels and Paper Challenge:  April: Easter

CAS Car Card

A CAS (Clean And Simple) card.

Gecko Galz Classic Cars digi image pre-colored
Melissa Lerin digital map from Pixel Scrapper
Stampin Up brown cardstock
Ranger Antique Linen distress ink
Tim Holtz THS009 splatters stencil


Gecko Galz Facebook Papercrafters: April "the letter C" challenge
OUTLAWZ CAS challenge:  use a map  CAS04022017 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Puddle Jumpin'

It's the first Saturday of the Month, and April Fool's Day to boot!  Here's my design team make for our featured Imagine That! Digistamp set, Rainy Day Fun over at the Creative Playground.

I'm looking forward to incoporating this into a scrapbook layout.

These products can be found in the Imagine That! digistamp store HERE.

Rainy Day Fun

 Pixel Perfect Backgrounds by Sara  Say Cheese Digital Elements by Sara

If you like this Rainy Day set, check out the details over at the Creative Playground.  You can get this set for free, no foolin'!  Just use an Imagine That! digistamp in your Anything Goes submission this month.

April is Autism Awareness Month.  Kristy has a special digi set in the store HERE

Freebie outline (only) images are available at the Imagine That FaceBook Page HERE.

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