Sunday, July 27, 2014

Freshly made sketch - Life's a Ride

(CLICK HERE for my latest DS4J post introducing my first digital stamp for sale!)

Here I'm sliding in at the end again!!  I love Freshly Made's sketches and they are often a first source of inspiration.

 I used my one hole punch with the smallest hole to punch through the paper pieced sails. The bottom of the boat is also paper pieced and the reddish and green lines are coloured with Spectrum Noir markers.
The torn paper is Tim Holtz distress paper.
Image & sentiment: Unity Stamp Co' "Life is a beautiful ride"
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BIG NEWS - DS4J artist!

This has been completely unexpected but just sort of happened. I do not consider myself an artist. I do consider myself creative but somehow one evolved into the other. I've submitted an image to Margy at Digistamps4Joy for her shop and she graciously accepted! So here, my very FIRST EVER digital image!

Yep - that's my name on it!

I made it so that you can stamp or write a sentiment on the board if you want. You might have to play around a little with the size of the printed image. This little cutie is from GinaK Designs' "The Giving Tree" set. Perfect fit!

It is available in the DS4J shop from today (just search there for birdhouse and it should come up).
Margy and Jen also have new images available so please check it out!

Hopefully there will be more images following which will be especially suited to CAS and other card styles.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Be still my heart (Unity)

Here's a second card I made for the Unity {be inspired} monthly challenge.   I tried to use both the card sketch and the color challenge. The photo doesn't do the colors justice though. I shaded the inside of each petal light blue at the bottom and green at the top (watercolor pencils) and then lightly water-washed the colors to blend in the middle.

 Unity stamps used:
Sentiment - from a grab bag as prize
DP panel - Florals
and Butterfly
Large flower -

Watercolor pencils from DERWENT

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DS4J challenge 97 Black and White

Desire is hosting our new challenge over at Digistamps4Joy and we dare you to stick to black and white!  See the awesome DT projects for more inspiration!  My card is a CAS approach as usual :D

When I told my daughter I had to make a black & white card, she said "oh!! Like a zebra!!". I immediately remembered that Margy had created this gorgeous image called "ZEBRA".

The beautiful sentiment is from Unity Stamp Co' Kit of the Month, November 2013 "Strength and Dignity"

Please join us in our challenge!

Here's a suggestion - think silhouette!


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

DS4J Release Sunday

Digistamps4Joy have new images every Sunday and this weekend I was lucky enough to be able to share in the release!  I used "Bathroom Selfie":

Remember we have a "For The Boys" challenge going on so check that out too!!

>>>> Digistamps4Joy <<<<


Here is a special music video that I saw just yesterday and it perfectly fit my card. To all ladies, and especially young women and girls growing up trying to fit the mould of our vain society - watch this!

SKIP THE INTRO AD (I have no control over that)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Unity "Be Inspired" - Party Ice Cream Truck

Here's my first entry into this month's Be Inspired challenge over at Unity Stamp Co.

I had a lot of fun making the card. I love a good sketch because it really helps to get the creative juices flowing.
Here's my card using Simple Party (Itty Bitty) and More than Ice Cream (the truck).

I used quite a bit of paper piecing on the truck: the body, the door and the canopy (I flipped the edge up for dimension). When I cut the truck out I had to lose the notes that are part of the stamp but I loved that idea, so I hand-drew some notes in afterwards.

The "PARTY" sentiment was coloured using two shades and covered in Glossy Accents.

The striped strip is Washi Tape.

Here's the SKETCH: