SWAT: Sketch and a twist stickers

This week's SWAT sketch has a twist, use those stickers. I decided to mix some realistic flowers  from Cosmo Cricket with some abstract style flowers from Basic Grey. Flowers are definitely one of my favorite things to add to layouts.

I used a sheet of My Mind's eye Kraft Funday as my base, and a Cosmo cricket paper as a anchor for my photos. Budgie got a lollipop from the Hammond's Candy tour, and she loved getting to eat a big lollipop. She just happened to wear a dress that matched her treat, which probably wasn't that unlikely, since she always picks pink when she has a choice.

The Basic Grey flowers were too pale for the layout, so I darkened them with Prismacolor colored pencils. If stickers are not glossy, it is easy to adjust the color with pencils. If they are glossy, some acrylic gloss or ink would have worked as well.

I hope you like my take on the challenge! Here's the so you can play at SWAT.


A lesson in noise

I'm working with young adults and trying to teach that negative noise is a part of life. Sometimes it's good, but mostly it's not. Here's my assignment, when its real I believe in sharing my raw side too

SWAT- Trendy Triangles

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SWAT's new challenge is Trendy Triangles! Do your best interpretation, and link up your work to the SWAT Blog for a chance to win a 3 Scrappy Boys Gift Card!

I chose to make my own background for the Trendy Triangles. I started with a sheet of kraft paper, and drew 1x1 inch squares on the paper, then I rotated the paper, and drew the grid again to create a paper grid of triangles. I then used Derwent Inktense Pencils and colored in triangles as I liked. Once I was happy with the design, I misted the whole page and then used a paper towel to blot up the extra water. I pressed the paper towel on the page like a stamp, and let the kraft dry. Then, I used Prismacolor Colored Pencils to bump up the color, and add some dimension. I colored some of the remaining lines with the colored pencil, and erased the plain pencil lines. Finally, I embellished and used this picture of my showing my girls to use Robin's Eggs as blue lipstick.

I love how dreamy this layout turned out. Give us your best go at SWAT! I can't wait to see your take on the trend!


Scrapbook Steals Blog Hop!! 7 Gypsies Vintage ATCs

I am so excited to be a part of the Scrapbook Steals blog hop for 7 Gypsies ATC Vintage ATC scrapbook supplies. These were so much fun, and I am really excited about the cards I was able to make with these products. You should be visiting me as the first stop after the Scrapbook Steals Blog.

I absolutely love making Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). I find they are a great way to try new techniques and to share with other artists.

For this card, I started with the 7 Gypsies Vintage ATC as a base with a touch of inking, and added my sentiment, some May Arts ribbon, and a die cut flower that I embellished with some Smooch.

I used another 7 Gypsies Vintage ATC for the base of this card. I stamped on the floral image, and colored it with Prismacolor colored pencils, then I added some Little B washi, a Basic Grey Brad, and finally altered a Studio Calico wood veener to add some dimension to the card. 

Chalkboard style elements are a HUGE trend, and when I saw the black 7 Gypsies Tab Divider in black, I had to try my own take at the trend. The paper is perfect for a chalkboard feel, and a white Prismacolor pencil worked perfectly for the chalk look. I varied the pressure to allow the grain of the tab divider to show through. I hand drew this letter, but if you aren't sure about drawing, find a font you like, print it out, heavily pencil the back, place it over the tab divider, and then trace over the printout. Finally, use a white pencil or pen to trace over the image.

The 7 Gypsies Vintage folders are perfect for making a gift card holder. Recently, our Starbucks added a Clover machine, and they have reserve coffee to brew. I used a card from the reserve coffee for the image, used Smooch to alter the folder, and embellished with ribbon, rhinestones, and flowers. Inside, you can see a coffee card peeking out, waiting for the perfect coffee break.

I was surprised at the versatility of the products. There are so many uses: ATCs, gift card holders, journaling tags, mini albums, recipe albums, and more. Don't forget to comment, so you are entered into the Scrapbook Steals gift card giveaway, and please follow me if you found some inspiration.

Thanks for visiting. Next, you get to visit Lisa and see her amazing work!

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