Friday, December 30, 2011

Take Flight with Art Parts Modeling Film

I created these using Wendy Vecci Art Parts and Modeling Film.  The Modeling Film is a really neat clear plastic sheet that you can stamp on, cut out or die cut and mold into curved shapes by heating it with a heat gun.  I used StazOn Metallic and StazOn Jet Black to stamp with.  Some of them I colored with Marvy Alcohol Ink Markers on the reverse side of the ink. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Inspired by a Poppy

Head over to Dietrich Designs: Inspired by a Poppy: Merry Christmas , everyone!  Did you all enjoy your holiday?  Did you get any crafting goodies under the tree?   I bought crafting supplies ...

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Last Minute Christmas Preparations of a Harried Housewife

Hi Blockheads!
I have a fun card to share with you today that uses one of Di's hilarious images from the Harried Housewives set and a background image from the Background and Borders full sheet.

This card depicts my frame of mind as I finish up preparations for the Holidays.  LOL    The image is colored with Copic Markers.

For all the details, click over to my blog, Dreaming and Creating.   Hope you are having a great day.  I wish you all the best this Holiday Season.
Karen McAlpine

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

JudiKins Eclipse for Creating Masked Areas


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I've been participating in sketch challenges a lot lately.  I really like having the layout defined so I can focus simply on colors and images that I want to use.  People who use a lot of patterned paper really like them so they can use up scraps.  I don't use a lot of patterned paper so I'm often using more cardstock than I normally would when making a card.  Read more for step by step instructions for creating this card with masking.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

So little time this holiday?

We have faith that you'll pull it all together and look fabulous doing it.  This card was made with the Efficient Housewife from our Harried Housewives series and the Make It Happen verse from our verses full sheet.  I also used Alcohol Markers on Curious Metallic Cryogen White cardstock and the large flower from the Victorian Eccentricities stamp set.

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Trio of Snowman Cards

Hello Blockheads!!
Today I have a trio of Snowman cards to help you with those last minute Christmas Cards.  I used the Snowman image from An Illustrated Christmas set.

Here is my trio of Snowman Cards.
There is a complete materials list over on my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Have a great day!!
Karen McAlpine

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

More Isle of Aud

I know it appears I'm addicted to the Isle of Aud stamps, ok maybe.  I really wanted to use the images in a more realisitic way with less fantasy coloring. 

Here is my list of products:

Basic Instructions: All of the mottled backgrounds were created by applying Distress ink directly to

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Isle of Aud Safari Cards

These images from Lost Coast Designs are all fictional creatures with beautiful detail and designs.  Sometimes I color them realistic colors to downplay the "aud"ness and other times I play it up with bizarre colors.  They are a great size for the center image on a card, leaving lots of room for embellishing or for ATCs.  I colored all my images in advance using Prismacolor Pencils. Read more for information on how to create the alcohl ink backgrounds, a list of supplies and larger images.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Festive Southwest Using Alcohol Markers

One of the things I miss the most about the 2 years we lived in New Mexico is the fall roasting and drying of peppers.  When you Mexican food in New Mexico, they traditionally ask you, "red or green?" to find out what sauce you prefer. If you're like me and you like both, you reply, "Christmas, please." So this card lets me commemorate my favorite season nad the current holiday. 

This card was created using some fun My Heart Stamps For You Southwest Stamps.  The images were all stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock.  The images were colored using Marvy Le Plume Permanent alcohol markers, but Copic Markers can be used to achieve a similar effect.

I stamped a crackle image on the cardstock and then stamped the boot in Memento ink on top.  The crackle isn't that noticable in the end, but does add a touch of texture.  I'd consider it optional.
I added base color using OR827.  All the colors I use on the boot, except the green and yellow, used in later steps, come fomr our Skintones Blending Set.
For my first step in shading, I look for areas that would receive natural shadows and color a line of dark brown OY848 in those areas and to the boot sole and heel.
 Next I blend the shade color with the original base color OR827.  I use a touch of the blending pen to lighten the base color on the toe and top of the boot.  I then added some green G653 to the cactus, yellow Y622 to the sun, warm gray to the buckle and spur and dark brown OY848 for the leather strap.
It was almost what I wanted, but I wanted a little more blending on the leather and slightly more muted colors on the cactus or sun, so I used a tan color to add a few more highlights and blending and tone down the bright colors.
Finally, glued the boot to some chipboard and cut it out and edged the peice with the base color.  I applied a thin layer of glossy accents just so it had a slightly different sheen to it than the rest of the card.
After stamping the image with Memento Ink I colored some tips of the peppers green G653.  Red chilies always start green and redden more as they dry in the sun.  Until they're completely dried, they always show some pretty areas of green.  It always looks very festive to me.
The reds I used are from the Tomoto red blending set.  I colored all the peppers with the lightest color in the set R812 and then add some R815 to the shaded areas of the peppers.  I could have probably skipped right to using R815 as the base.  You'll see in further steps I keep darkening the peppers and then go back to add the highlights with the blender pen white opaque pen.
I added some of the R817 to the darkest areas of the peppers, not yet worrying about blending.
By going back over all the areas of the peppers with the R815 except the green and lightest areas, the red gets blended smoothly with the.
After adding a little more dark red in the shadows and then removing color from the highlighted areas with the blender pen I finish it by adding a few dots and lines of opaque white.  The shinier the surface the more stark white the highlights will show up in sunlight, so the white helps create a shiny texture.  After all the coloring, I added some color using ink on a sponge.  The background was colored with less detail but using similar colors.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Naughty Christmas Mice - Wood Ornament featuring Sharpie Coloured Game Pieces by Leigh S-B

 Happy Friday Everyone!

Last week I shared my tradition of making porcelain Christmas tree ornaments with you all and now I'm back today with another two-sided Christmas ornament but this one is a lazor-cut wooden one with a two sided Sharpie coloured game tile center piece!  I decorated each side differently to show you two looks in one but you can make both sides the same if you want to of course!

The two naughty mice causing havoc on the Christmas tree from Blockheads Paper Arts' Figgy Pudding stamp sheet are the featured images on the Lexigo game tiles.  I used the mice from the top left stamp!

I also used Distress Stains, Fireworks Ink Spray and Smooch Spritz to create this whimsically playful yet elegant ornament!

Please pop on over to my blog, Leigh S-B Designs, and check out how I went about creating this one!

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Porcelain Ornaments featuring Blockheads Paper Arts Christmas Stamps!

Happy December Everyone!
I'm back today with three awesome porcelain ornaments coloured with Sharpie markers that are perfect to hang on your tree, give as gifts and you can even add them as gift tag embellishments on your presents as an extra little giftie for family and friends!

 I make porcelain ornaments each year and get mine from Michaels.  I used Blockhead Paper Arts awesome Christmas stamp sets to decorate the ones I've made this year and here's the three stamp sets for you to check out.  Click on each sheet to go to Blockheads and the first 2 sets below are currently on sale so grab them while you can!
I also used the Ornate Flourish from the Feeling Regal set on the Star Ornament.

 Please visit my blog, Leigh S-B Designs, for the full project details with more photos!  There's only 21 days till Christmas and I hope I've given you some nifty ideas for gifts and for decorating your Christmas presents this year!
Happy Stamping and have an awesome weekend!

Leigh S-B