Saturday, December 05, 2009

Simple Doodles Sneak Peeks

I have a few more Simple Doodles sneak peeks today, plus a few other challenges. I have huge plans to work in my studio this weekend (because I need to make 10 favors for my LSS club meeting on Tuesday!), but first I must clean the house and decorate for Christmas! So after this post, I have to stay away from the computer and the studio for a bit!

My first card hits two challenges. First, Day 280 at 365 Cards - Candy Cane. We are to use red and white stripes on our card. And I also used the sketch that was posted on both Our Creative Corner and Stamps and Smiles Fresh Batch. I made a long card, rather than the standard A2 size, but it still matches the sketch pretty well.

The yummy candy cane paper is MAMBI flocked paper! It's so cool. I purchased a big pad of this paper last year at Michael's when it went on sale after Christmas. The "believe" paper is from one of those DCWV stacks. I over-stamped the paper with the sleigh (Inkadinkado). The greeting is a Studio G stamp. I have about 20 of those little Christmas sets! You can't see in the photo, but I traced over the greeting with a glitter pen.

I used EK Success punches to cut the snowflakes out of some glitter paper. Then I added gems.

Now for the Simple Doodles sneak peeks! Do you love this cute band aid digi?! I used the CPC Color Monday challenge for this next card: Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Kraft. I did not use SU colors, but I do have green, blue, and tan.

The plaid paper is October Afternoon (from my last ASD kit). I colored the band aid with markers, then filled in the heart with star dust Stickles. Then I covered the whole band aid with liquid glass (Close to My Heart). After it dried and I cut it out and used it on my card. The liquid glass dries so much faster than glossy accents! The greeting is an old CTMH stamp.

For the last card, I used the Simple Doodles balloon digi stamp. I colored it with pencil and mineral spirits (more about that in a minute). The little birdie is a Inkadinkado stamp, that I cut out. Oh yeah, had to wear my reading glasses for that one!

The paper is My Little Shoebox. The ribbon is Martha Stewart - I got a bunch of that printed ribbon for next to nothing at Big Lots a month or so ago! Gotta love that!

The flower is Prima and the pearls are Kaiser Kraft.

Ok, about the colored pencils and mineral spirits. I read on Splitcoaststampers a while ago that folks were blending colored pencils with "gamsol" which is mineral spirits. I wanted to try it, so my wonderful husband, on one of his many trips to Lowes, got me a big bottle of a green version of mineral spirits. It's says it's 85% oder free, non-flammable, non-toxic (guess I can't get high or blow myself up). I poured about 1/2 inch into a container with a tight lid, and cut a piece of a Close to My Heart craft sponge to put in the container.

I color with pencils. I don't have fancy ones; I use Crayola and EK Success pencils. Then, using a "dead" SU blender pen dipped into the mineral spirits (I tap it onto my sponge), I blend the pencil. It works pretty well. The better quality paper you use, the better it blends. I don't have any issues with my printed or stamped images bleeding either.

I am not that great with friend Melody has a PhD in coloring. I've barely graduated Kindergarten! I hope to learn more and maybe Santa will buy me good pencils since he cannot afford Copics....

Now, I have to....dust.....{whine whine whine}. Have a wonderful day in His Sight!


  1. Lovely Cards Gloria!!! Love your coloring too..if you have Michaels store near your home..try Monalisa~ odorless paint works the best with Prisma pencil or any other color pencils (that need Gamsol for blending).

  2. well i hope your doing chores and not reading this post!! lol your first card is awesome!!! i need/want those ek snowflake punches ;-)
    how cute the band aid is and thanks for the tip on liquid glass, i hate waiting for glossy accents to dry!!
    Q wants to comment on the third card.... can I come play with the birdie?? LOL Or the cat in my balloon could fly by yours with the bird ROFL!!!
    OK my cards for the week are all made and posted so it is my time to blog hop and get caught up on my emails :0)

  3. Stunning card! Love how you stamped the Santa sleigh over the printed paper. The composition on this card is fab!!

  4. Beautiful card. Thanks for playing with Stamps & Smiles and Our Creative Corner. I hope you will play with us again.

    Jen SASSC DT

  5. These are both great, love all of the coloring!!!