Sunday, January 22, 2017

Day 4 Guest Artist Gail Jaeger


Recently my very talented dear friend, Gail Jaeger, designed a series of six floral cards with Tonic Studios dies. While I am away at CHA Creativation, I am going to feature her cards and the descriptions she has shared. Gail is a real artist and what is most amazing about these cards is that they all feature works of art that Gail painted! After completing a painting, Gail takes a picture and then uses the photo of the painting as part of her card art. I am thrilled to feature Gail's art and cards on my blog while I am gone.

Here is what Gail shared about the painting featured on this card: 

Third Rock from the Sun Is my first abstract painting and is much more difficult than I thought.  To begin, I glued circles onto the canvas, followed by rice paper and gauze. Three circles of varying sizes are the focal point. Yellow, red and purple and their blending are the three colors I used.  Light colors border dark colors to create tension and white netting spray brings the whole piece together.

And here is a description of how she made the card and the supplies used:

Many Thanks.  This card has added dimension that’s an attention getter. So let’s start crafting.  Begin with a dark purple card base 4 ¼ X 11.  Take a second piece of dark purple paper the cut it into 3 pieces, 2 (2 ¾ X 4 ¼) and the third 2 ¾ X 5 ½ emboss them using the folder 1441e Layered Leaves. Secure to the card base score at 2 ¾ and 5 ½.  At the 5-½ score line, fold the card in on itself.  Refer to photo. You did this step because the embossing folder could not accomplish this in one step and the ¼ inch difference allows you to fold the card. 

Cut a piece of deep yellow paper 3 ½ X 10 ¼ and score at 5 and 7 ¾, round the edges. Fold the score line 5 score line; fold the card in on itself.  Refer to photo. Secure to the dark purple card base leaving an even border on all sides. 

Take a magenta piece of paper, cut it into 3 pieces 2(3 X 4 ½,) and 2 X 3. Emboss the 3 pieces with the Layered Leaves embossing folder.  Attach to the yellow paper leaving an even border. Select the Mixed Edge Oval Layering Basic Die Set 1456e cut out ovals that will fit on to the three magenta pieces on the card face.  As you can see, multiple layering is taking effect.  Using the Essentials 1431e Autumnal Oak Die Set cut out the leaves as shown on the card and secure in place.  
Using the Miniature Moments Many Thanks 1252e, die cut and secure to the front of the card. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Anything Goes 4 Kids at Send a Smile 4 Kids

It’s Saturday and time for another fun challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids! This time our challenge is: Anything Goes 4 Kids. Create and link any card appropriate for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: Dollar Graphics Depot is giving their winner a $15 gift certificate! And the winner from Kitchen Sink Stamps receives a $25 gift certificate! TEAM S.A.S will also be choosing their favorite cards for our top three and the winners will receive a blog badge and an opportunity to be a guest design team member on a future challenge.

My card was made with a super cute colored digital stamp from Dollar Graphic Depot called Puppy Peekers. I die cut the front of the card with a stitched rectangle die from My Creative Time. I added some Nuvo crystal drops for dimension and color. Here is a peak at the inside where I used another colored digi from Dollar Graphics Depot: 

I know it is early for Easter cards but I am so over all the snow and bitter cold we have had this winter. And it is not too early to be thinking about spring and Easter cards for the kids we serve at Send a Smile 4 Kids.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Day Three Guest Artist Gail Jaeger



Recently my very talented dear friend, Gail Jaeger, designed a series of six floral cards with Tonic Studios dies. While I am away at CHA Creativation, I am going to feature her cards and the descriptions she has shared. Gail is a real artist and what is most amazing about these cards is that they all feature works of art that Gail painted! After completing a painting, Gail takes a picture and then uses the photo of the painting as part of her card art. I am thrilled to feature Gail's art and cards on my blog while I am gone.

Here is what Gail shared about the painting featured in this card: 

The original photo was taken of sunflowers in my garden.  The outline of the sunflowers were masked with Fine Line masking fluid. The flowers and leaves are painted using watercolors.  The background is also watercolor. Notice how the darker colors of the background are highlighted by the light color of the flowers.  It makes the flowers pop.  After the piece is dry, erase all the masking fluid.  The erased areas are white giving the piece more dimension.

And a brief description of how the card was made and supplies used:

Sweet.  Begin with a 6 X 8 1/2 base of lavender glitter paper. Select a piece of complimentary yellow glitter paper 2 ½ X 6.  The Rococo Petites Branwen Briar Die 179e was cut out of yellow glitter paper. Secure the yellow paper to the card face. 

Select a piece of purple glitter paper that is 2 shades lighter and cut the butterfly and Sweet 1204e Miniature Moments Awesome, Cool, Sweet Die.  Secure them to the card face. Using the same shade of purple glitter paper cut a rectangle 2 ½ X 3 ½ and round the corners.  Cut the sunflowers 2 ¼ X 3, pop it up on the purple and secure it to the card front. Secure the word Sweet along the side.   

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Day 2 Guest Artist Gail Jaeger


Recently my very talented dear friend, Gail Jaeger, designed a series of six floral cards with Tonic Studios dies. While I am away at CHA Creativation, I am going to feature her cards and the descriptions she has shared. Gail is a real artist and what is most amazing about these cards is that they all feature works of art that Gail painted! After completing a painting, Gail takes a picture and then uses the photo of the painting as part of her card art. I am thrilled to feature Gail's art and cards on my blog while I am gone.

Here is what Gail shared about the painting featured in this card: 

This is one of my early pieces. It is a study of a purple iris.  So to focus on the iris, the background was left untouched.  I drew the iris on the canvas and painted with watercolor what I saw.  I high lighted some of the petals with a black Speedball calligraphy ink and pen.

And a brief description of how she made the card and the supplies used: 

Thinking Of You.  Begin with a 5 ½ X 8 ½ base of shimmering silver card stock.  Apply Nuvo Silver Gem Glimmer Paste though the Essentials Bevelled Diamond 1476e Stencil. Put aside to dry. Using the Miniature Moments Thinking Of You Die 1255, you can create a dimensional greeting using the shimmering silver paper from the base and an intense purple mirror paper.  Secure them together leaving a thin edge to create dimension.

Now that our card is dry, using the Layering Basics Die Sets Sunray Venus 1450e Die cut out the center of the card face.  Now for the fun of layering that will give your card the feel of simple elegance.  Cut a piece of the purple mirror paper 4 ¼ X 5 ½ and secure it to the inside of the card face.  It will fill the cut out area of the card face.  Secure it in place.

Cut a piece of dark silver shimmering paper 2 ¾ X 3 3/4 round the edges.  Cut the iris photo 3 ½ X 2 ½ and round the edges.  Secure this to the dark silver shimmering paper and pop up on to the purple mirror paper. For your finishing touch, secure Thinking Of You.  

Z Fold Pop Up Valentine with Tonic Studios Dies


I am proud to share that this card along with a tutorial on how to make it is posting on the Tonic Studios USA blog today. I am on my way to Creativation (CHA) in Phoenix today and this card has been chosen to be shown in the Tonic Studios booth there. I hope you check out the blog post and tutorial and I will file a report on the new and exciting things I find at CHA when I get back.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Day 1 Guest Artist Gail Jaeger



Recently my very talented dear friend, Gail Jaeger, designed a series of six floral cards with Tonic Studios dies. While I am away at CHA Creativation, I am going to feature her cards and the descriptions she has shared. Gail is a real artist and what is most amazing about these cards is that they all feature works of art that Gail painted! After completing a painting, Gail takes a picture and then uses the photo of the painting as part of her card art. I am thrilled to feature Gail's art and cards on my blog while I am gone.

Here is what Gail shared about the painting that inspired this card: 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY CARD…The yellow roses are from my Mom’s funeral and the card makes me smile with memories of my parent’s anniversaries.  This is a mixed media piece.  The background consists of textured, white rice paper that was attached to the canvas with Yes glue.  The entire canvas was washed with a light yellow watercolor.  The design was drawn onto the canvas with the leaves and blossoms painted with darker yellows and outlined with black permanent ink.  You aren’t able to see but the background has variable width vertical lines drawn to ground the flowers.  To finish the design, some of the leaves and flowers are Zentangled. 

And here is a brief description of how Gail made the card and the supplies used: 

Happy Anniversary.  Begin with a 5 ½ X 8 ½ base with black card stock. The top insert is a peppy black & white polka dot 4 X 5 ¼.  The Scalloped Circle Layering Basic Die Set 1455 is used to create the black and yellow floral print circles. Miniature Moments Happy Anniversary 1248e Die and Layering Butterflies 530e Die complete the card.  

Monday, January 16, 2017

Spring Rose with Metallic Tissue Background


Are you ready for some pretty Spring inspiration? I am sooo tired of all the snow and bitter cold! It's my turn to post a card on Die-Version's blog and mine, and I am sharing a card I made with the beautiful new Rose and Leaves die. This lovely die is just one of many fantastic new dies just released by Die-Versions. I die cut the rose and leaves out of dark pink, light pink and green cardstock. I wanted to keep all the pieces together to be able to easily paper piece them so I put a piece of Glad  Press and Seal under the cardstock when I cut the three colors. The Press and Seal kept all the pieces together right where they belonged as the rose was assembled. I die cut the rose shape out of  the front of a piece of tissue paper I had colored with Brusho Coloured Crystals and embossed with gold embossing powder. Here is a link to the Metallic Tissue tutorial I did on my blog. This background is flatter than the others I did because I ran it through my Tangerine die cutting machine to die cut the rose shape. Then I inlaid the rose outline, inside petals and green leaves.