Falling into Fairwees #2

I’m excited to be able to use Sweet November’s stamp today and I used one of the fairwee from the Falling into Fairwees #2 set. I loved the little foxes and squirrels in this set so it was love at first sight. I’ve also been waiting for an opportunity to use the little leaf punch that I have. I have two tiny punches, this one and a spider, that I put in the bottom drawer until the next holiday season. Sometimes I forget to bring them out and sometimes they just sit until I put them back. Lucky this year I was able to use them both. I built this scene using dies and colored most of it with blending brushes so it was fun to put together.

Metal Dies:
Stitched Border Trio die set
other dies unknown

Falling into Fairwees #2 clear set

Ranger Distressed Inks
Whimsy Blending Brushes
Copic on Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100# paper

Mason Jar Snow Globe

Many of you have seen this already but now here’s all the details plus a ton of pictures. This image was inspired by the coloring challenge with Zoe and Jennifer to color a snow globe. Other than using markers, pencils and white, the challenge was open but the idea was to study the way items reflect in the globe. I decided to go with a mason jar instead of a traditional globe but the challenge was still there.  Here’s the end result…

For this project, I used the following rubber stamps – and how I used them you’ll find below:
Art Impressions Stackers Penguins
And newly created direct from this challenge, and special request by a fan, you’ll find the Mason Jar Snow Globe digital from Little Miss Muffet Stamps.
The coloring medium was Prismacolor Pencils on Balsa Wood. The Balsa wood is soft and has a lot of texture which makes it smooth to color on. When you start coloring the first couple of layers, make sure they are light and don’t press hard.  Because the wood is soft, it’s easy to make a valley which will be difficult color around. With each layer of color, you can press a little harder – by time you’re to the end, you can easily press and create smooth blending.
STEP 1: My first step was to stamp the Mason Jar twice so that I could create it upside down. The original jar’s lid has the perspective of being on top so I couldn’t just flip the jar around. I first stamped the bottom then inked part of the top and stamped it under the jar.
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STEP 2: Next, I inked part of the Stackers Penguins to include just the top four penguins. Then I used the Spring Fence and stamped a portion of it on either side. I didn’t bother with masking and about how messy it was going to look because I knew the pencils would cover any lines I didn’t want.
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STEP 3: If just the jar wasn’t enough, I sketched in some elements too!  The words Ball Mason on the partially on the jar and the twine and jingle bells around the lid. This will help me bring in some color from outside of the snow globe.  This will be the challenging part to figure out how those colors will reflect in the jar.
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STEP 4: I started with the bells because they were calling to me and often red it one of the colors that can be daunting. And it helped me set the tone for the rest of the image.  I then used white to help fill in where I wanted the highlighted ares to be on the surface of the jar.
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STEP 5: And then… crazy enough, if the challenge wasn’t hard enough, I threw in a background. These are suppose to be pine needles like a wreath or something back in the distance and sort of blurry.
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STEP 6: I then brought in some of the green to reflect on the jar and around the edges. Plus in the background I added light green. I didn’t add any details showing through the jar because it would be distorted from the liquid.
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STEP 7: Sorry about jumping on this step – sometimes I get carried away and forget to take a photo! Here I added yellow to the star plus the highlights on the penguin. I colored the fence and added snow around the base and tops of the fence. I then colored the penguins’ feet and noses.  Lastly I started on the scarves and hats.  Each color, I added a little of it to the jar edges and to the jar’s lettering.  I know I really jumped – because I did the blue background portion as well.
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STEP 8: Below I finished the hats with white trim and then the penguins in black and white. I thought I had too much color in the jar’s wording so I tried to add some more white back in.
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STEP 9: On this step, I colored the twine and the jar’s lid. At this point, I feel it starting to come together but I’m still struggling with the jar’s reflections. I’m not sure how all these colors are going to reflect but I kept going.
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STEP 10: I added ground and shadows to the ground. Then I started to blend the white in the jar. I also blended around the edges of the jar and add some more white and color in areas. I also added more gray shadows around the base.  This is the last of the pencils.
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STEP 11: For the snow I used, Liquitex Gesso paint. This was to create the snow flakes and also give my white areas the extra highlights.  The Gesso white was much brighter than the pencils so it helped. I added it to the jar’s wording plus the streaks of white reflecting on the jar.
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STEP 12:  After the Gesso dried, I used the Copic T4 and T2 to add some shadows. It’s a bit risky to get the markers dirty but it was just what I needed. This is where shaded some of the snow flakes around the bottom, just on the outer sides. I also added a little shadow behind the bells, twine and lid.
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The last step is to make a card, of course. I kept it simple since the Balsa wood canvas was already very large and I didn’t want the card to be gigantic. Hope you like it and feel free to ask me any questions. 

You can also color this Mason Jar Snow Globe and join the challenge!

Valentines Bear

Ever since I added the Mason Jar to the LMMS store, I’ve wanted to use it on another project.  I found Valentines Bear which was the perfect size to hide in there.  Even though it’s a Valentine’s image, I wanted to go with a more generic color pallet.  So this one was inspired by my daughter’s kangaroo toy, which is teal with a pink flowered belly.  I selected a non-Valentines paper pad, this one was Simple Stories Vintage Bliss.  It worked well with what I had in mind.  After I finished coloring the bear and jar, I tried to add sparkles on the glass with a white pen but I don’t think that worked out very well so I tried to cover one with a gem.  LOL  Lastly, I used some lace, ribbon, gems and Make it Crafty chipboard for embellishments.  …and that’s how this project came to be.  Hope you like it and thanks for dropping by my blog today.  😀

Mermaid and Mason Jar

I was able to take some time out today and color up an image that has been on my wish list for quiet some time.  🙂  Why I put these two together?  I don’t know other than I wanted to color this mermaid and this jar so why not together.  LOL  These images are Sweet November images from CC Designs and were colored with Prismacolor pencils on Balsa Wood

This was a good challenge for me to try coloring metal and glass.  She is swimming in distilled water – that is instead of murky water although there is some color reflection that I’m not sure if it looks like murky water or just reflection on the glass?  Then after it was completely finished, I went back in a smeared straight lines to help it look like she was inside the glass instead of out in front.  That was a scary moment but I’m breathing ok now.  🙂

Thanks for dropping by and have a great weekend!

Grumpy Georgia

You are in the middle of the best blog hop ever previewing the new Make it Crafty images from The Secret Garden Collection!! This is my second card in the hop so you should have arrived from my FIRST card or if you haven’t already you can start with Zoe at the beginning to get all the fabulous prize details!

This card features Ornate Floral Frame and I paired it up with Grumpy Georgia from Sweet November Stamps. I kept the majority of the card white to feature this elegant frame but also experimented with a new shadow box design.

This was my first attempt at making this type of shadow box and the sides are actually designed to be folded in so it will fit into an envelop. I made a few mistakes along the way but finally came up with the right measurements. Below you can see how it collapses and you can also see the pop-up details on the flowers.

Your next stop is on to BECCY for a fabulous card! However, before you go, don’t forget to collect your hidden puzzle piece from my FIRST card!

DT Blog Hop: Make it Crafty – The Secrete Garden Collection
Challenge: Tuesday Taggers – Best of 2010
Challenge: Mad for Markers – December (Anything Goes)
Main Stamp:
Ornate Flower Frame (MiC) and Grumpy Georgia (CC)
Patterned Paper: Nana’s Kitchen (DCWV)
Dry Embossing: Stampin’ Up! Embossing Folders Manhattan Folder
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E000, E00, E11, R21, B91, B95, B97
-hair: R81, R83, R85, R87
-clothes: G21, G21, G24, G28, B91, B95, B97, W4, W6, W8
-frame: R81, R83, R85, R87G21, G21, G24, G28, B91, B95, B97, E44, E47

Did you know? Decoupage (or découpage) is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and so on. Commonly an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers. Each layer is sealed with varnishes (often multiple coats) until the “stuck on” appearance disappears and the result looks like painting or inlay work. The traditional technique used 30-40 layers of varnish which were then sanded to a polished finish. This was known in 18th century England as The Art of Japanning after its presumed origins.
[Decoupage, Wikipedia.org]

Fathom Calmsea

Blog Candy Alert! It’s the last day! Become a follower of my blog and you could win some of my cards! For two lucky winners, I have a small package of my cards that will be mailed out to you! Anyone can join, anywhere in the world. 🙂 I set aside a variety of cards… include some that aren’t on this blog! You have until tonight at 11pm EST to officially “Follow” my blog and two winners will be announced on tomorrow.

Updated: Speaking of Blog Candy, the artist of this Fathom Calmsea stamp, Amy, has reached a milestone of 1000 sheets of paper! Since she started making cards for her blog, she kept track of the different papers by setting aside a square of each. I think it’s cool that it’s been sorted by color – that’s something I would do. She has some really beautiful cards on her blog and is one of my sources of inspiration!

Main Stamp: Sweet November Fathom Calmsea (CCD)
Patterned Paper: unknown scraps
Copic Colors:
-skin: E11, E13, E15, E7, R08
-hair: W4, W6, W8, W10
-other: W4, W6, W8, W10, BG09, BG18, YG45, G21, YG03, YG13, YR20, YR21, YR23, YR12

Did you know? A paternoster lift, or cyclic elevator, consists of a chain of open compartments that move slowly in a vertical loop inside a building without stopping. Compartments were usually designed for two passengers who would step in or out at any floor they like. They were first built in 1884 and can still be found in many countries, including Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and the UK.