Friday, April 18, 2014

Sweet Pea Stamps Variation Week

This week is Variations Week at Sweet Pea Stamps. Our image is the beautiful “Easter Blessing” and it was designed by Katerina Koukiotis. You can find Easter Blessing in digital format or as a rubber stamp.

Easter Blessing was a joy to color with Copics. I have tried to go with a distressed look, but I still like my image and colors to pop.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20
Hair: Y21, 26, YR24, E29, 37, 39, 50
Dress: R81, 83, 85, 89
Wings: R81, 83, and blender
Dove: C0, 3

My layering cardstock is Stampin’ Up!’s Bravo Burgundy and Always Artichoke. The designer paper is from Heartfelt Creations, but I have no idea which collection.

After all the distressing was done, and my layers were assembled, I added some vintage cotton tatting from my stash. The flowers are from Petaloo and Prima. I’ve had the charm lying around for a while and decided it would be perfect for this card.

I would like to enter Easter Blessing in the following challenges:
Craft for the Craic – Something for Easter or spring
Daring Cardmakers – Another Dimension
4 Krafty Girlz – Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes

I hope that you come join us in our Sweet Pea StampsFacebook group. We have a weekly contest for your chance to win a digi image of your choice from the Sweet Pea Store. Click here to jump to Sweet Pea’sFacebook page. Here you will find all the happenings and sales that go on weekly.

Do you need some more fun? We have a monthly challenge going on right now at One Sweet Challenge. Our theme is “Ringing in Spring.” Sweet Pea’s Designers have created some amazing little pieces of art. I hope you join us.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

One Sweet Challenge Ringing in Spring

It's time for a new monthly challenge at Sweet Pea Stamp's One Sweet Challenge. It’s perfect to get you in the mood for spring. This month’s challenge and theme are “Ringing in Spring.” This might help take away some of the blues for the places that are still getting snow.

For my project I decided to use the rubber stamp Rose Fairy 2. This beautiful stamp was designed by Mitzi Sato-Wuiff for Sweet Pea Stamps. I hope that it speaks the colors of spring. I do want to apologize for my purples not matching. In “real life” all purples are perfect. This is my camera’s fault!

I have colored Rose Fairy with Copics, trimmed, then layered with Stampin’ Up!’s Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive cardstocks. I did get adventurous with this little piece of art. My designer paper is from my stash, I think it might be Kaiser Craft.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20
Leaves: G40, 82, 94, 99, and V12
Roses: V09, 12, 15, 17

I decided to use a Sizzix die, 3-D flowers, to make my own roses. I got the inspiration from one of my Sweet Pea teammates, Milo. She has just the right touch with all of her embellishments and her “shabby chic” style. After rolling the roses, I added some DecoArt Gesso to the edges. They still needed some help so I added some flat-backed pearls to the centers. I also seem to collect a lot of laser cut shaped chipboard that I plan on using in some mixed-media work. My Eureka moment was “Why not use them on cards.” These pieces are from Blue Fern and FabScraps from Before gluing down the pieces I added some Viva D├ęcor Violet 3-D Stamp Paint.  I do like how everything turned out.

I hope that you join us for Sweet Pea’s One Sweet Challenge. If you use a Sweet Pea Stamps image, you will receive a $10 gift card to the online store. If you win, and you do not use a Sweet Pea image, you will receive a $5 gift card to the store. Why wouldn’t you use a Sweet Pea digital image or rubber stamp?

I would like to invite you to join us at our Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook group. We have a weekly contest for your chance to win more beautiful Sweet Pea images. Come “like” our page so you can receive all the updates on Sweet Pea happenings.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

Sunday, March 30, 2014

It’s All About Flowers at Lacy Sunshine

Happy Sunday! It is beautiful in Oklahoma! I am ready for everything to start budding and blooming and me sneezing, but that's part of it! With that said, we have a new challenge for you over at the Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog. This will be our 30th challenge and the theme is “flowers.” There is a loyalty program going on. Please make some time to check that out. You won't want to miss it.

For my flowers project, I chose a Flower Pot Pretties, Gemma Gerbera Daisy. Heather, artist and owner of Lacy Sunshine, has some of the most darling Flower Pot Pretties for you to play with. I colored Gemma with Copics, Spica pens, and a white gel pen. My cardstock is Rich Razzelberry and Old Olive from Stampin’ Up! The designer paper is from my stash.

Copics used:
E000, 00, 11, BV000, R20
Hair: E 50, 51, 53, 55, 57
Flowers: RV21, 69, 93, 95
Leaves: Y21, 25, 67
Flower Pot:     E1, 15, 17, 18
Background: W0, 1, 2, RV21

This was a very simple layout, which I like. If at all possible when I am designing, I want that image to pop off the page. For “Gemma Gerbera Daisy” I die cut with a very old Spellbinder’s die, Scalloped Edge Frame (I have no idea if it is even available today). My daisies are cut from the Rich Razzelberry cardstock and a Sizzix Flower, Daisies #2 die. After cutting the daisies, I added some Clear Wink of Stella Brush Marker for that added sparkle. These brush markers are my favorite glitter markers, it’s glitter on steroids. 

Gemma Gerbera Daisy is available for purchase in my Zibbet shop.

I hope you join us for our Lacy Sunshine’s 30th Flower challenge. And if you do use a Lacy Sunshine digital or rubber stamp image, we would love for you to join our Lacy Sunshine Facebook group and show us your little piece of art.

I am thrilled that you took the time to make a stop today. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane
AJ’s Design Artz

Friday, March 28, 2014

She Has Flowers in Her Hair

It’s challenge time at Dilly Beans. Our challenge theme for the next two weeks is “Flowerful.”  We want to see a lot of flowers. This theme is perfect now that spring is finally arriving. Remember you must use a Dilly Beans digi stamp to be entered in the challenge. Why wouldn’t you want to create with a Dilly Beans image?

For my project I decided on Raine. She is another one of my Dilly Beans favorite. I love coloring all that hair. I colored with Copics and accented just a little with a white gel pen, and glitter pens. My designer paper and cardstocks in Rich Razzelberry and Old Olive are from Stampin’ Up!

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20
Hair: BG000, 02, 05, 07, 09
Dress & Flowers: R81, 83, 85, 89
Leaves & Eyes: G82, 85, 99

I kept my die cuts pretty simple. I cut the image with Spellbinder’s Large Circle die.  My corners we made using Spellbinder’s Die D-Lites Corner Sprigs. I do recommend using wax paper with this die. The wax paper helps with removing the cut paper from the die. All my flowers, and there’s a lot of flowers, are from my stash, some are from Prima, Spare Parts, and Really Reasonable Ribbon.

You can find this little cutie for purchase in my Zibbet shop!

I hope that you do join us for Dilly Bean’s FlowerfulChallenge. After you have entered, come share your little piece of art with us at our Dilly Beans Facebook group.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Challenge No. 29 with Lacy Sunshine

My second post in over a month! I am on a roll this weekend. I will have to take another break, but I will not let a month fly by before I post again.

We have Challenge #29 ready for you at the Lacy SunshineChallenge blog. This time around the theme is “Anything Goes.” Of course, there are rules, and you can read the guidelines here. There’s also a “loyalty” program, you won’t want to miss that.

For my “Anything Goes” project I decided I felt like a little Steampunk. My image that I chose is “Gia Von Gadget.” She is available in the “Lacy Sunshine Gang” section of Heather’s shop. I love Steampunk, and Gia is one of the cutest Steampunk babes I have seen in a while.

I colored Gia with Copics, did some fussy cutting, and then layered her on a cog from Spellbinder’s, and a Make It Crafty chipboard heart with wings. My designer paper is from Graphic 45. The paper was layered with Stampin' Up! Taken with Teal and Basic Black cardstock.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04,11, 21, R20
Hair: C1, 3, 5, 7, 9
Duster & Bow: BG78, 75, 72
Pants, Goggles, & Parts of Wings:
E13, 15, 17, 18, 19
Socks & Belt: Y32, 35, 38
Sprocket & Goggle Lenses:
Y00, 11, 15, YR23, 24, and
W1, 3, 5, 7

The cog and the heart with wings were accented with some of my favorite DecoArt products. The cog was accented with DecoArt Rich Espresso Elegant Finish Metallic Paint. After that was dry I rubbed DecoArt Black Shimmer Metallic Luster. I love the Metallic Luster. The chipboard piece was painted with DecoArt Elegant Finish Medieval Gold Glaze. Second coat was some dabbing with DecoArt Americana Antique Teal acrylic and the last coat was more dabbing with DecoArt Elegant Finish Glorious Gold paint.

For the final accents I added some chipboard black bats and metal sprockets. 

I hope that you join us for our “Anything Goes” challenge. After you enter your little piece of art, please come join us on Lacy Sunshine Facebook and show us your little piece of art.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

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