Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hummingbird Christmas

Hi all. I have been traveling for work, and so not being all crafty, but I finally got home a couple of days ago. The whole time I was traveling I kept coming back to making a purple and turquoise hummingbird carrying a Christmas greeting. So when I got home, THIS is what I ended up with:





This image is Steampunk Hummingbird . The silvers on the body of the bird are Cool greys. I added a touch of turquoise to the wings and some of the V12 to the tail feathers as well. This gave a little more dimension to the grey. The purples are V12, 15, 17, and the turquoises are BG000, 12, 45, 49 and 78.  When I was done, I colored around the entire image with B39... this is the blue. I knew I wanted to cut this image out, but the dainty stems of the feathers on the wings was going to make it really tough. 

The background was a LOT of fun.  First I took a piece of white paper and laid down a stencil.  I used a stencil brush and added some art anthology mixed media product.  The one I have is a silver. Once dried, I used silks acrylic glaze over it. The one I used was Caribbean Mist.  I took a paintbrush and painted over the entire area. Then I took a damp paper towel and wiped the glaze off. This removed all the shiny turquoise from everywhere except where the original stencil had left areas open. It is all shiny and glittery and beautifully textured. 

Last I popped up the hummingbird, and added this little charm I found at one of the big box craft stores with some fiber I have had in my stash for about forever. The final step before mounting with the navy and white cardstock was to add some glossy lacquer over the entire image to make it shine. 

And VOILA - crafty hummingbird with Christmas greetings. 

I hope everyone has a HAPPY Christmas and a WONDERFUL NEW YEAR! 

See you around the web!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

SCACD Holiday Inspiration Day

Hi all and welcome to the SCACD Holiday Showcase. The Design Team along with some very special friends have gotten together to provide you with some Holiday Inspiration!  There are a lot of us sharing, so be sure to check out all the wonderful projects by checking out the Follow Your Heart Blog.

I ADORE this Masquerade digital stamp, and Love to color her for Christmas.


One of the things I love about this image is that you can make the fabric be all sorts of beautiful with all sorts of interest. Also, it can be used almost any time. This card is a bit larger than your typical card - as it is more like a 5 x 7 card. Sometimes that causes problems if the paper you want to use is 6.x. 6. In this case I used a 6 x 6 design paper, and cut it in half. Then I used the gold bling over the separation. Boom.... extended pretty paper. :-)

For this particular card I also raised up the main image with foam tape. This gives it a lot of dimensions. I then punched out some holly leaves in two shades of green. Instead of using red bling for berries, I went with the same gold bling I used elsewhere and then layered the leaves and berries up and then added some details with gold pen to the leaves. 


Copic Colors:
Skin - E04, 11, 21, 00, 00, R20
Hair - E18, 15, YR23
Purple - BV08, V17, 25, 22
Greens - G99, YG67, 63, 61
Gold was using a gold pen.

I hope you have enjoyed my take on an SCACD image for Christmas, and are inspired. Head on over to the blog and check out what all the others have put together for you there. 


I am entering this into the Kit and Clowder Christmas Challenge

Monday, November 24, 2014

Key to my heart!

Hi guys. I hope you all are having a great crafty week so far. I would like to share a card I made for a friend of mine for her birthday.

This is using a stamp from the Elizabeth Bell for SCACD collections. She is known as Key to My Heart, and is part of the Fairy Dust Collection. I love this little fairy - everything from the Key to the hat, to the way the dress is laying.  I colored her in shades of rust and green and brown, because well... I just thought it fit. :-)

I did fussy cut this out.  The black frame was one I had from cutting out a different piece. It left the frame, so I placed it on top of the polka dot paper. This is a great way to use your scraps that you have, you just have to be careful when you cut the original item. 

Then came the findings. The gears etc... I used several different pieces. There are a ton you can find at the store here, and here are here are three that come to mind. All of the paper I used were scraps from previous projects, so I do not know the brand. 

I hope you check out all the fun new stamps that are in the store, and have a happy crafty week!!! See you soon!

Alaine

Saturday, November 15, 2014

WOW - it has been a LONG time

Hey there All!!! I haven't been coloring for a while. Travel, and work, and other crafty pursuits have grabbed my attention. But I had a chance to color this gorgeous Steampunk Flower AND incorporate some of the other crafty things into the project. WHOOP.

The goal for this was to match colors with the tatting of the butterfly. See Maroon is my practice color (technically it is burgundy - but as a Texas Aggie, I choose to think of it as maroon). The yellows and greens were color combinations I have used a lot (G99,94, 82 for green, Y11, 21, 23, 26 for the yellow/gold). But the copper and reds were not my typical combinations. But I think they turned out fantabulous.

The copper color was E18, E15 and E02 which softened it up perfectly. The reds were R22, 29, 46 and 59. I NEVER would have thought R46 was darker than R29, but GASP - it was! I added a little black in the shading areas too.

This was a perfect image to get crazy with some sparklies too. That is one of the things I like about the Steampunk images that Susana has... There are lots of screws and rivets that allow you go metal or sparkle. So I took some really tiny gems and stuck them in different places on here.  After I finished the image, I slightly used the out of the box technique to get the bottom leaf and stem in the die. Then I put the card together and placed the needle tatted butterfly and edging on the card. My old obsession with my new one. EEEEEek!!!!!

I have been trying to find something that I can travel and do. I have looked at crochet, which I am still attempting, then looked at shuttle tatting and got really confused, and I think I bought the wrong shuttle. But then I saw a video and figured out that Needle Tatting is fun and fast and I have been playing a lot with that the last few days. Both of these are patterns out of a book that is for practice. I am hoping to get to the point that I can convert the fancy shuttle tatting designs into some needle tatting designs and go crazy.

I hope that you check out the gorgeousness that are the Eclectic Steampunk Images over at SCACD. :-)

Talk to you later, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!!

Alaine

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cupcake and some psychodelic art journaling.

HI there guys. I am still on my journey to make Holiday cards.  I chose to make one with Poinsettia Cupcake Digital...

Mmmmm I want cupcakes now.  I actually made this a pretty large image printout. Mainly because I wanted it to be a real focal point. Once it was colored I cut it out and placed it on the green paper. For  most of my cards I do not put a sentiment on it until later. That way I can change the sentiment for any reason.   Even for Holiday cards. That way you can personalize them a bit for the individual that is getting the card. Also, because I didn't know what to say. LOL.

Speaking of not knowing what to say...I actually tried an art journal entry.


So playing with my copic airbrush, and being exhausted. Yeah - - this is how it turned out. LOL. Although a pretty accurate picture of my brain at any given time.

Have a great week and see you all again soon.

Alaine

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Purple Poinsettia

So I really adore this new Poinsettia digi image. It is so beautiful.


I initially intended for it to be white, but it came across as more purple. But I love the wintry look of the cool blues.  The leaves were done with flicks in and out from both the center and the edges of the leaves. YG61, 63, 67 makes up the majority of the leaves, but G99 is also used for the deeper shadows.   B60, 63, 66, 69 are poinsettias themselves.  I used a gold pen to add the centers, and then to dot around the image to make it a bit more festive.

It needed a simple sentiment, and I used the Happy Holidays sentiment from the digital image of its namesake "Happy Holidays". :-)

My art journaling experiment... UH.... Not sure. I got a little nutso with the copic and the airbrush system. It might be a good background page for something about my nutso brain... or ADD or regurgitation of color. Hmmmmmm

See you all again soon,

Alaine

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Faith that I will eventually understand Art Journaling!

Hi Guys - I have been doing a LOT of coloring lately. Just coloring, practicing, having fun.
One of the recent images I have colored was Faith.

I love trying to merge colors. The BlueViolet and the Blue merging together on the wings makes me happy Happy! :-).

I haven't done anything with her yet - other than put her in a journal. I do not know what I will be doing on that journal page, Because this whole "art journaling" is confusing to me. As of now I have two pages. One with a Phoenix on a scrapbook page  with red sparklies on either side... with NOTHING on it. The second is the white page with just Faith on it. Nothing else.

I think the concept of "journal" is what has escaped me. Writing down thoughts, etc.... My thoughts are more like work - oooo song - -  work - -  Hi Honey - have we won the lottery? No dangit! - - work - doodle (drawing) - Doodle (my puppy) - Mal (my other puppy), ooooo whats for dinner.... Oh my daughter looks so pretty and is doing good in school - - oh my other pretty daughter is employed YAY!  Nothing profound enough that in my mind it should be placed on paper. HA.  Until then I will forge ahead with putting whatever random images I feel like doing in my journal. We will see whatever happens. Maybe one day I will have something around it. :-)

Have a great weekend.