Floral Truck

Here are a few projects that I’ve been working on with my daughters as we learn how to watercolor together. These are kits from Let’s Make Art and we selected the Floral Truck to start with and shared the ink between us. There was still plenty left if we wanted to do it again.

This one was by Amelia and her interpretation of the project.
Painted by Lydia – she went with a more conservative truck load of flowers and made her truck more colorful.
This was done by Cassandra who wanted a a non-sentimental tag number and one type of flower.
Lastly this one is mine. Light blue and aqua colored old pick-up trucks remind me of my grandfather so this was a must have project for me. I added lost of rust to match the one he had. His had so much rust that there were holes in the wheel wells. Oh I loved that ruck.

Mom + Me

I made some more matchboxes and was able to herd my other two daughters in the room to make them too. These are fun little projects and not as intimidating as a full size image for them to tackle. We used several Lawn Fawn sets including Upon A Star, Mom + Me, and Chameleon to make these.

The first session was in the trees – Lydia made the fox one and even put the background together using various sentiments and a brown pen to make it look like a wood wall. She did an awesome job! I colored the chameleon beside her and we created them together.
The next session was with Cassandra and we made the night sky together. We masked the stars and then colored the background blue. It was funny that we saturated the cardstock so much that the ink bled in through the back. So when we rubbed off the masking fluid we soon realized we would have to use the white pen anyway.

Here are the supplies that we used:

Miscellaneous:
Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue – Frosted Lace

Lawn Fawn stamps:
Upon A Star
Mom + Me
Chameleon

Copic Markers:
BG32, 34, B45, 97, 39
G40, 82
E09, YR14, 18, 27
R81, C1, 3
Y00, 21, 35
E21, 23, 25
G40, 82, YG21, 61, R01
YG21, 17, 63, G82, BG11, 23, 07

Polka Dot Pals Fern

Sometimes a project hangs around the coloring desk only getting attention here and there and this was one of those. The background was a watercolor picture Cassandra did and I nabbed it before she tossed it into the rubbish bin out of frustration. She was convinced that nothing good would come from it. So that gave me a challenge to use it in one of my projects and this is what I came up with. I’ve combined it with Polka Dot Pals Fern and the No-See All Seasons Tree die set.

To help visually separate the elements, I used foam tape to pop up the tree, mushrooms and grass from the background. I also used foam tape to pop up the character and butterfly – but on those, for added separation, I kept a white trim around the image when I cut it.

When coloring Polka Dot Pals Fern, I first stamped in a no-lines ink color. This allowed me to change the pattern of her shirt and shoes.
I hope this work as it’s my first animated GIF of this type – I wanted to show the progression of how I colored the face and gave it a shape. I did not use an Add-On Face stamp but instead colored in my own. The Copic colored listed in the clipping are E21, 25, 23, 31 and 29. I was getting a few areas gummed up so I had to go into those areas with a colored pencil to smooth it out. My faces are always works in progress and I continually try to refine the process – this is just how I’m currently doing them.
Overall I liked how the project came together and she said it wasn’t so bad either. I think that’s a win-win scenario.

These are the supplies I used:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Lawn Fawn Jellyfish Premium Ink
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen
Prismacolor Pencils

Whimsy Stamps:
Polka Dot Pals Fern clear set
Polka Dot Pals Imogen clear set (butterfly)
No-See All Season Tree die set (mushrooms, grass, tree trunk)

Copic markers used:
YG93, 23, 67, 97
E42, 43, 44, 47, 49
E21, 23, 25, 29, 31, 04, R21
W5, 6, 7, 8
YR30, 31, 23, 24
R21, 22, 24
BG34, 45, 57, 95, 11
B91, 95
YG21, 23, 17
B11, 72, 75

Beam Me Up

I was watching mandala rock painting on YouTube and thought that would be a fun idea to incorporate into a card somehow. I didn’t have any acrylic paint handy (can you believe that?!) but I did have a stack of Lawn Fawn stamps on my desk. So I thought the smaller stamps in those sets would be perfect to make one and this is what I ended up with. Except for the planning phase, this was a fun no-brain card to work on.

I started by cutting a square white paper then marking the center and using a drawing compass to create a few guides for when I stamped. I used several different Lawn Fawn stamps but the focal one is Beam Me Up. The planet was stamped first in the center then I worked my way outward. I selected the smallest stamps for the inner circles then I was able to add the small (yet larger) alien characters. Confetti candy was used to fill out the corners.
I colored the images first and then filled in the background with a dark blue for the space sky. After that was finished, I added the stars with a white gel pen. Lastly, I added the rockets and space ships on top with foam tape in the corners.

These are the supplies I used:
drawing compass
Copic atyou Spica glitter pens
Sakura Gelly Roll white pen

Lawn Fawn stamps:
Beam Me Up
Monster Mash
Out of This World
Year Seven
Upon A Star

Copic Markers:
Y00, YR31, 23
BG11, 34, 72
B12, 16, B91, 95, 97
YR04, 07, 09, R08, 29
YG11, 13, 07
C0, 3, 5
B39

H441-288 Felted Lamb

This felting kit is by Hamanaka and it found it’s way into my Amazon cart easily enough. I don’t know the name but I think it’s Good Friend Sheep H441-288. I really liked the texture and and though this lamb was cute for a weekend project.

I first started by felting the basic shape – making sure the snout, legs and tail were especially the way I wanted them since they were not going to be covered again. The body I made looking fat as I really wanted it to look like it had a full coat of fluffy wool when I was finished adding the texture.
The texture is created by some sort of Bouclé Yarn (see Wikipedia definition) but I don’t know what materials it’s made out of. The closest thing I found on Amazon was this Acrylic Nylon Blend Cream White Boucle and it’s at a reasonable price. However, here’s an Alpaca Off White if you’re trying to stay true to wool. In my opinion, I think the first one would work but the one I have seems to be in between these two products.

Supplies Used:
Hamanaka Good Friend Sheep Felting Kit
Felting Needles

Duck Stackers

I really enjoy the stackers from Art Impressions and was happy to be able to get this Duck Stackers or ordered from Amazon last week. So I set off to use it right away and paired it with the fence from Polka Dot Pals Fern in the background. I originally was going to do a rainbow scheme but then decided I would do a rainbow of actual duck colors. After some Google research, this is what I ended up with.

The fence from Polka Dot Pals Fern made it easy to add a scene and I finished it up with a few hills in the background and some trees. I thought about adding clouds but decided I like the look of a solid sky which made me think the ducks were reaching for the sky. I think these ducks could easily be colored up as birds so that would look cool. If you try it, I’d love to see it.
I like how this turned out. I’d make a few adjustments next time such as ensuring the color placement of each duck – in this example, the brown duckling kinda gets lost with the fence. Swapping the white duck above with the brown duck would have been a better choice. Oh well, just forget what I said and you’ll never notice.

These are the supplies used on this card:
Gina K Designs Amalgam Ink – Whisper

Stamps:
Duck Stackers by Art Impressions
Polka Dot Pals Fern (fence) by Whimsy Stamps

Copic Markers:
C1, 2 3, 5
T1, 2, 4, 6, 8
E40, 42, 43, 44
E31, Y00, 21, 32, YR30, 31, 12, 15, 19, 24, 27
R02, 24, 27
0, BV23
E21, 23, 25, 27, 29
YG21, 23, 25, 67

Three Stars Matchboxes

I’ve been collecting a match boxes and specifically like to look for vintage or unique ones at antique stores or flea markets. There are not very many but occasionally I’ll spot one for a good price. I even found a small vintage pill box that I’m excited to use one day. I would like to create small scenes in them like a world of their own but I’m afraid I’d ruin them in the process. So I decided to buy some to practice with and spotted this interesting brand on Amazon: Swedish Three Stars Safety Matches.

In these boxes are just paper scenes but that’s a good place to start. My first one was the snail with mushrooms. I used die cuts from Whimsy Stamps and the snail is from Polka Dot Pals Imogen set. The other two use stamps from Mama Elephant called Bookworm. My daughter gave me a box of colored pencils so we sat down and colored together – she did the cat one and I did the dog. Other supplies were used as well and are all listed below.

Here are the supplies used:

(top: dog and worm)
Swedish Three Stars Safety Matches
Paper Mill Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock
Mama Elephant Bookworm clear set
Cra-Z-art Colored Pencils, 72 Count

(middle: cat)
Swedish Three Stars Safety Matches
Paper Mill Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock
Mama Elephant Bookworm clear set
Cra-Z-art Colored Pencils, 72 Count
MT Washi Masking Tape – Books

(bottom: snail)
Swedish Three Stars Safety Matches
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Copic Sketch Markers
Polka Dot Pals Imogen clear set (snail)
No-See All Season Tree die set (mushrooms and grass)
Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue – Diamond

Wyanet (Beautiful)

I’ve had my eye on this cutie for a while and was thrilled to be able to color her up. This is Wyanet (Beautiful) from Whimsy Stamps and in the background is Path in the Woods, also by Whimsy Stamps. I thought with her sitting on the cliff ledge she would be perfect to look over all of the forest.

One of my favorite things was coloring the Path in the Woods with a river instead of a path. This was an idea I saw from Megan who was the guest designer at Whimsy. It was a brilliant idea and added some versatility to the background stamp. When coloring the background, I tried it differently from my last one but not quite as happy with the foliage as I wanted to be so I think that’s a challenge to try it again… and find another way. Any suggestions?

Here are the supplies I used:

Miscellaneous:
Paper Mill Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock
Gina K Designs Amalgam Ink – Whisper
Make it Crafty Chipboard Embellishments

Whimsy Stamps:
Wyanet (Beautiful)
Path in the Woods

Copic Markers:
B00, 91, 45, 97 (river)
W3, 4, 5, 7 (rocks)
G24, YG13, 63, G17, 14, 29, YG21 (forest)
BG15, E30 35, 57 (sky and signs)
Y18, YR16, R05, 29 (fish on signs)
E000, 30, 31, 33, R12 (skin)
E21, 25, 27, 49, C0, 3 (eyes)
E50, 51, 53, 42, 43, 44, 47 (clothes)
BG11, 23, 07 (jewelry)
YR21, 16, 18 (clothes accents)
T8, 7, 5, 4 (hair)
BV23 (shadow)

Strawberry Panda

I’ve been poking around this weekend and felted this Strawberry Panda. It was a kit I ordered from Amazon over a year ago so it was about time I got to it.

I started with the head and when I realized it wasn’t going to look exactly like the picture, then I allowed myself a few more alterations – the main one being that this panda sits and has a mushroom hat instead of a strawberry hat. I couldn’t understand why the strawberry had white seeds so I made the white spots larger and now it’s a mushroom. I also made the white seeds black on the strawberry bag. It was a fun little project.
Zoinks – I see some stray strands. I’ll probably poke on ’em a tad bit more or look for my scissors.