Friday, October 31, 2014

Heaven and Nature......... pink!


I wanted to join the Bloom Brigade with a peek at Power Poppy's newest set, Heaven & Nature Sing, which is being released tomorrow as part of the Happiest Holidays Collection! Love this set, and the sweet winter scene.


I'm hosting this week's Mix-Ability challenge over at Splitcoaststampers... it's also the last day of the month and the last day of challenges for our Hope You Can Cling To card drive. I know that quite a few of us are Octoberfried, so I decided on an easy color theme this week - make a mixed media project with some pink on it. I am, in fact, so Octoberfried that my challenge went live a whole day early and I did not even notice.



For my card, I chose 2 Distress markers, Worn Lipstick and Weathered Wood. I started by laying a stamped white matboard ATC from Inchie Arts into some diluted marker ink to create the pink background. All the coloring is done with those two markers, some areas blended with a waterbrush.


I masked the birds with masking fluid to  add some spattered white acrylic paint to the background. I also used a new-to-me paint pen from Derwent, a white Graphik Line Painter, to add some highlights to the birds and flower centers. Love the smooth flow of these pens!

If you'd like to see some other projects made with this beautiful stamp set, click through the list below!

Dina Kowal --------------- that's me - you're here!
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

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Winners!

I have two winners for my blog birthday prizes..................


Nancy (Nancy's Creative Space) & Jami (@fitsano)!!

........and the winner of the Impression Obsession fence die is.................

Kren!

Ladies, email me with your mailing info and I will get these goodies out to you as soon as I can! Congratulations!


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Splitcoast Tutorial: Mini Magazine Holder

 This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a cute Mini Magazine Holder - it makes a perfect little notecard holder, and I'm telling you... because you know how foldy projects hate me... if even I can make one, you can do this too. So cute!


I made my holder from double sided paper, and used the 'other side' for the panels on the outside. A tip for you if you make one too - save the corners! I cut the tips off of mine, layered them on white cardstock, and used them to embellish the upper part of my holder.


I can never make a foldy project without something going wrong... and this time it wasn't the actual holder that got me, but my idea to make some notecards with matching envelopes to tuck inside. The envelopes I have are the larger A6 envelopes....... aaaaaaand they're wider than the holder. Hahaaa! Oh well. :)

The little sweetie on my notecards is from My Favorite Things, and she's colored with Touch Twin Markers.


Come and play!
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Happy birthday to my blog!

Today marks 7 years since my first blog post... I love blogging - creating, writing, scheduling, musing, all in my own little space. Thanks for meeting me here, in my colorful little giving space.


Thanks for those of you who have reached out to me, and connected with me personally, through emails and comments and your own giving hearts. I got this email recently, which blew me away...
Dina, 

 I've been following your work on your blog and at Splitcoaststampers for a long time. I almost feel as if you're family! I was there 'with' you as you and your family did missionary work in Indonesia, and made the trip back home to the US with you. I'm a big fan of your work...both your art and ministry work. You are like family to me and I want you to help spread God's perfect love through your art ministry. 

Your art ministry has touched my heart in so many ways. Not only do I feel I can relate to you as a mother, wife and Christian, I also relate to you as an artist. I know that your talent, as well as every person's talent, is a gift from God. I love that you continue to emphasize that. Both my sister and I feel so touched by your selfless sharing of your time and talent that we want to give back, and I felt a hand on my heart to want to help support your ministry. I know it's important to keep current, and tithing to your ministry by donating supplies (or monetary gifts via Paypal) is something I feel called to do. 

 I remember you mentioning several places you have wish lists for art supplies. Would you please share your wish lists and Paypal address? Thank you so much for everything! 


That means so much to me on multiple levels.... thank you! I created a page HERE where I've listed links to my wish lists, along with affiliate sites that reward me with a portion of any purchase you make when you click through from my blog. I'm so humbled by this request - thank you!



It wouldn't be a birthday without some PRESENTS, right?? - I have a couple of envelopes here waiting to be sent out to TWO lucky commenters! 



Leave me a comment below before Thursday Oct. 31 at midnight Eastern Time, and I'll announce the winners in my Friday post!  Each prize package contains a 9" x 12" decorative stencil, a classic set of Spellbinders Nestabilities shape dies, 3 yards of black gingham ribbon, a 4" mini canvas, and a mini Valentine stamp set from Simon Says Stamp! I'll tuck one of the Pooh cards from this post in as well. :)


Thank you again for all you do to encourage me with each new post I write! Have a wonderful, colorful week.
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Winner!

Thank you for all your comments on my Squirrel card Thursday! The winner of the Fence die is.........

Kren!!

Please contact me with your mailing information so I can get this beauty out to you!
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mix-Ability Challenge: ghosted images

This week Janelle is challenging us to create a project with a ghosted image. I wanted to share these gel prints that I made over the weekend... I like to send a thank you card to Splitcoast guest tutorial authors, but I'd fallen behind and needed a stack of quick cards that would be easy to make and mail. I normally really struggle to mass-produce anything, but each of these prints is so unique that I didn't feel the usual burden of repeating steps. Yay! I made 10 of these, each different. Some of the girls were first run prints, and some were ghost prints.


I liked my magazine silhouette from last week so much that I cut her out from a stencil sheet so I could keep using the image without worrying about the paper tearing. Another bonus of using up some of my gel printed sheets is that I get to make MORE! I had grounded myself for a while... and now I have a new larger size to play with. Someone had asked if I have a class on using the Gelli Plate... not yet. I'm still getting to know it.


I am working on a PanPastel class - some of you have asked about that, and I am sooooo excited about all the techniques I've tested! Right now there are 17 lessons with tons of information and multiple techniques in each one. I'll have more information once I get closer to completion.


Hope you'll come play along with this week's challenge!

Remember you still have time to comment for a chance to win an Impression Obsession die HERE.

Have a great weekend, and come back Monday - it's my blog's birthday and I'll have 2 more prize packages to share!
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Impression Obsession DT Thursday - Nuts!

It's my turn to host DT Thursday for Impression Obsession-- today I have a fun fall card to share, a tip for cutting letter dies, and a die to give away!


When I use my Gelli Plate, I keep a piece of cardstock on my work surface to roll off excess acrylic paint from my brayer. Those layered rolls turn into some of my favorite backgrounds. This is one of them! I needed a warm color palette for a challenge card this month, so this was the perfect base.The Bare Branch die is inlaid into the panel.


I cut the squirrels from watercolor paper, and watercolored them using Peerless Watercolors - I love these for more detailed painting. Actually, I just love them, and I don't want to use them up too quickly!


I used  stencil alphabet dies to create a customized sentiment for my card. To line up the dies, I used the sticky edge of a Post-It note, and stuck the dies down right next to each other and in line with the edge.


I left a little space on either side so I could keep the sticky note in place when I ran the panel through my die cutting machine. The stencil dies are designed to create open letters, for a stencil or for a see-through sentiment like this!




Please leave me a comment before Sunday 10/26 at midnight Eastern time, and I'll send a lucky winner THIS die in the mail! I have an extra one to share.

Thank you so much for visiting me today!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Splitcoast Tutorial: Layered Autumn Trees

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast shows a beautiful way to create autumn trees using stamps, sponges, and layers of ink. The samples that Cindy has done are so vibrant - I hope you'll take a peek!


Cindy uses Distress inks for her scenes, but I didn't have the right colors, so I used Versamagic chalk inks on my card. Actually... I didn't have any of the supplies she used, so I just followed her steps with what I had. 


The stamps I used are from Impression Obsession - the tree and swing are available in either a cling or clear set. I used a regular round sponge to add my leaf colors, pinching it into a smaller circle, since I don't have daubers. For the dots, I used stamps from my favorite cupcake set - I love that little bit of added whimsy.


I added some shading to the ground and trunk with distress markers, and blended with a waterbrush. For a final touch, I added a fine layer of white pearl PanPastel - I have been playing with those constantly over the last week in preparation for an online class I'm writing. I love that subtle sheen - so pretty.


Hope you're having a great week! Thank you for stopping by - I'll have another Impression Obsession card to share tomorrow, and a tip for die cutting letters - it's my turn for DT Thursday!
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Power Poppy post


I'm hanging out over on the Power Poppy blog today... come and visit to learn some of my tips and tricks for making the project below! See you there!


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mix-Ability: Halloween

Jeanne's got us making Halloween cards for this week's Mix-Ability challenge - here are a couple that I made using dies from Impression Obsession and prints from my Gelli Plate. Both of these cards will soon be on their way to MD Anderson in my Hope You Can Cling To box!


This first card has a fun technique added to it - the moon is made of cast toilet paper! I laid about 5 sheets of toilet paper onto an embossing folder, misted with water, and then sent the folder through my die cutting machine. Once the TP was dry it held the embossed pattern perfectly. So fun and easy!  Here's a closer look.


For the second card I did a little partial die cutting on the top panel to just have a few branches hanging down - that panel creates a hinge for the card.


I love this gel print - I love the unpredictability of printing! That sort of webby area behind the house is just so cool. Dies I used: Leafy Branch, Halloween Hill, Tree Frame


It's been a long week at my house - how about you? I'm ready for the weekend! See you Monday!
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