Friday, December 19, 2014

Oh Well, Holiday Selfie for the Mix-Ability Challenge

Today, I'm taking a selfie! I'm not one to really take many photo's of myself, but today it's for a cause! I've taken on self-photography for the new Mix-Ability Challenge that I'm hosting for the next week. If you have some time to take on the challenge.

MIX99: Holiday Selfie?

There are too many things that get in my way of just sitting back and absorbing the wonder and the excitement of the season. Personally, I long for it, so when I finally sit down with my family on Christmas Day, I think back to the programs, parties, services, appointments and assignments where I do find the meaning of it all. It was there after all.

This mixed media card is representing the moments that I really do need to believe that the message of the season is here and being seen and heard, even if I'm not paying attention.

I created a few monoprints with two colors of green on my Creative Palette.Monoprinting Plate. While those were drying I cut down a picture I took from my Holiday Selfie photo shoot. Yeah, really, I did a photo shoot. How do you people take photos of yourself and actually get 'you' in the photo. It takes talent, I am without.

Next, I cut down the monoprint to fit an A2 size card (5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch card base when folded). I traced around my photo and then painted just outside the lines before gluing it in place. I didn't want to mess up my golden holiday selfie, right? Yeah, so I glued down my photo where the traced lines were and ended up smearing red paint on my selfie forehead... reprint, trim, glue down, but with clean hands this time. I carefully painted a little more red on the edge of my photo so it would look like.

The sentiment is from a Technique Tuesday set  I think, that I lost the packaging sleeve and a quick search on the internet for this set came up empty. If you know it or see it somewhere let me know in the comments so I can give credit. I stamped and embossed in Detail Black Embossing Powder after dusting it with an anti-static pouch.

That's it! Hope you find some time to reflect on the reason for the season.

Stamps: Not sure, I lost the packaging in a rampant cleaning spree. Can you help?
Paper: White Sulphite Paper (Pacon), Soft Suede (SU), copy paper
Ink: Versamark Watermark Ink Pad, Acrylic Paint
Accessories: Midnight Black Embossing Powder, and Creative Palette Monoprinting Palette (Stampendous), paintbrush, brayer, Zip-Dry Paper Glue (Beacon Adhesives)

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Monday, December 15, 2014

PenPatterns for the Holidays

Here's a fun card for this weeks Stampendous theme, PenPattern Seasons. Over on their blog they'll be sharing these adorable designs by Fran Seiford. Check back on there every day for new inspiration from the design team.

It's moose time! LOL Love this guy trying to balance all those gifts! It certainly looks like how I feel about the last few items on my shopping list. I was just informed I had more days until Christmas than I thought. Whew! It helps when you flip over the calendar to December.

So here's this quick card for today.


From Stampendous:
PenPattern Moose
Holiday Words Perfectly Clear Stamps
Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®

Santa Express Paper Pad by Doodlebug Designs®
White Cardstock by Neenah®
Green and Kraft Paper Studio®
Alcohol Markers by Copic® (E15, E37, E44, E47, R20, R24, R29, B21, BV01, G14, YG23, YG25, Y11, Y18, V93)
Zip-Dry Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives®

  1. Stamp PenPattern Moose onto white cardstock with Tuxedo Black ink and color (See supplies for Copic markers colors used).
  2. Mat with green cardstock.
  3. Make a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base. (A tent card is shown, but you can change to a right side opening card.)
  4. Cut a pattern paper from the Doodlebug Designs pad to fit inside the front of the card base.
  5. Glue matted PenPattern Moose onto card base.
Add your holiday paper projects to the Stampendous Monthly Challenge. If you have posted a holiday theme project anywhere online you can link it up to this challenge. No purchase required and even though we like to see Stampendous used it's not necessary to enter. Official Rules here, Add your projects right now!

Stamps: PenPattern Moose, Holiday Words (Stampendous)
Paper: Santa Express (Doodlebug), Kraft and green cardstock (Hobby Lobby), White cardstock (Neenah)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Alcohol markers (Copic)
Accessories: NA

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

It's a crafty coffee lover's dream to blog about for the holidays, and I'm coming back for a second day and the rest of my card set for the Viva La Verve - One-Sheet-Wonder Challenge this month.

I've made some extensions to the challenge rules and popped up a panel that I've cut through so it would have a bit more dimension on the red "COFFEE" card. The yellow card, I creased the left side panels into loops. Details about supplies are at the bottom of my blog post if you're interested and to see the challenge go to Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge blog.

There are 27 sponsors for the hop and they have some amazing prizes! There's still time to enter for a chance to win from them. Thank you sponsors and Amy Tsuruta for putting together such a fabulous hop. Check out the list of sponsors, the list of prizes AND all the wonderful projects that are in the InLinkz gallery. Walk through these wonderful projects and you might find more blog prizes!

Blog hop details are on this POST.

Now for my blog giveaway…

Anyone fancy a set of mugs with warm knit cozies? Commenting is open until 11:59 pm PT, Sunday December 14th!

Update: The winner of the mugs with cozies is commenter

Celeste Goff!

Please email me at jbearstoll AT Thank you for stopping by!

Stamps: Coffee (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Peppermint (Crate Paper), Balsa (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento, Tsukineko)
Accessories: One-Sheet Wonder Template (Verve Stamps Blog), glue, super-sticky red-tape (, different thicknesses of foam dots/squares, scissors

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Stampendous and Art Anthology Blog Hop

Welcome to the big HOP DAY with Stampendous and Art Anthology!

We are so very excited to have you with us today and share some of our fun projects with you! Thank you all for coming along the hop every day this week and leaving such nice and thoughtful comments. It's so fun to read them. :)

You have just come from Asia's blog, but if you are just getting started on my blog today scroll down to the bottom of the post and start from the beginning of the complete hop list. There are prizes for this hop, oh yeah Stampendous treats us all so well and now we get to have some amazing Art Anthology products, too! Here are the details about those prizes...
  • Three prize packages, 
    • Each package includes:
      • Stampendous Creative Palette Monoprinting Plate
      • $20 Stampendous Reward Card to spend on the website
      • Art Anthology Stencil
      • 1 - Art Anthology Dimensional Crystal Colorations Spray
      • 1 - Art Anthology Dimensional Paint (colors are random)
Wow!! Now that’s something to slip under the tree for yourself! (PLUS – a little reindeer told us that Art Anthology will be giving away EVEN MORE paints and goodies over on their blog!!) You have until the end of Sunday, December 14th to finish commenting on the blog posts for entry into the drawing. Good luck and have a good time!

My card today was going to have some step by step instructions and then I was SO involved in the process I forgot to take photos. That's just how fun this week has been creating with products from Stampendous and Art Anthology together.

I do have a few shots of the tree once I painted and sprayed it, but I'll give you the instructions from the beginning. I hope this doesn't confuse anyone.
  1. Stamp tree horizon from Jumbo Cling Forest Friends with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto watercolor paper.
  2. Mix a small amount of ultramarine acrylic paint with an airbrush medium and apply above the horizon line for a sky.
  3. Mix Art Anthology White Gesso and airbrush medium together and apply around branches of foreground tree. Let dry.
  4. Make a mask for the snowy hills and foreground tree trunks. Spray Art Anthology Plush Colorations Spray about 15 inches away from paper. Test this on another piece of paper to get the right level of spray. (I wasn't paying attention to my mask and the spray went below the mask onto the snowy area. See how I fix that later in the post.)
  5. Paint 1:1 mix of Salem Blue and airbrush medium onto rims of snow drifts.
  6. Color in the trunks of the tree with a black pen, I used PITT black brush tip pen.
  7. Stamp a second image on watercolor paper and paint trunk with 1:1:1 mix of raw umber, antique maroon and airbrush medium. Paint the branch needles with 1:1 mix of Plantation Pine and airbrush medium. Cut out image.
  8. Using a paintbrush dab Art Anthology Linen Dimensional Paint on snow drifts of both images. Let dry.
  9. Trim down background image.
  1. Now the magic begins. Use a stylus, or burnisher, to swirl white gesso around a few branches.
  2. Add foam squares to back of cut out tree.

  1. Place the cut out tree on top of the background tree.
  2. Dot white gesso onto a few place in the branches with a stylus and let dry.
  3. Dot Big Dip O-Ruby Sorbet Dimensional paint on top of gesso dots and let dry.
  1. Add tree panel to card base.
  2. Stamp sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink.

Do you see my fix for the Plush Colorations over spray area? I just stamped the horizon again, painted the snow and cut it out to cover the over spray. Card complete!

Thank you for stopping by today! You're next stop is Pam Hornschu's blog!

Stamps: Forest Friends, Believe Christmas (Stampendous)
Art Anthology: White Gesso, Linen Sorbet Dimensional Paint, Big Dip O-Ruby Sorbet Dimensional Paint
Paper: Watercolor paper, kraft cardstock (Hobby Lobby)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), PITT Artist Black Pen (Faber-Castell), 
Accessories: Paintbrush, Acrylic paints (DecoArt), craft knife and cutting mat, stylus or burnisher, sponge applicator, paper towel for pulling off too much watery paint (I need this all the time when I paint)

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