Sunday, July 10, 2011

Ron's Howler

My son, Seth, and I made these Howlers to thank fellow LTCers for voting on Seth's model in the Lego Harry Potter contest. Although Seth did not make it into the top 4, we sure do appreciate the votes his model got.

Charmed by a Snake

This LTC was made for Lovebirds-NC's All Lacquered Up swap. What a fun swap it was! Each participant chose a nail polish color and made a card based on the color. I chose Charmed by a Snake by Opi. This image is by Roy Lichtenstein.

The lime green around the edges is acryllic paint with clear crackle paint on top. I also rubbed some lime green glitter on top. The image is painted with Inkabilities rainbow inks dropped into about 1/2 ounce of water. It really like the vivid colors these inks yeild.

Monday, May 2, 2011

I finally carved it!

This image (Stars by M.C. Escher) has been taunting me for years, so when Beetle listed the Great Works of Art swap, I saw my chance. I'm not completely satisfied with this carve. As usual, I took out too much, but I'm relieved that I finally carved this image.

Designing the card was a whole lot more trouble than the carve. I originally made a flashy background for this card that I loved, but I just couldn't make the stamp fit in. I sought the advice of a few more LTCers when I went to Oregon, and Camp Fire Lady pointed me in the right direction. She said that I needed to highlight the image and tone down the background. I knew she was right. (Thanks CFL!)

When I saw some Smooch Metallic Paints on sale at Michael's, I bought several. I used them on the central image, and I'm super pleased with the result. (I also used Smooch Spritz on the background. It was also on sale at Michael's.) I embossed the edges, added a foundation, and finally added some gold beads to the edges.

I invested A LOT of time in these cards. I'm such a sloooooow painter.

We're All Mad Here

I made this card for the Things Esmerelda Taught Me swap. Esmerelda's Dragon card was my inspiration, and I tried to think like Es on this one.

Layer #0: I used black paper, edged with a gel pen.

Layer #1: I stamped the cat on white paper, painted the eyes with Twinkling H20s, outlined the eyes with a black pen, put epoxy stickers on the irises, embossed the pink in the corner, and painted the corner with Twinkling H20s.

Layer #2: I stamped the cat on green paper and embossed, painted the fur with turquoise, shimmering purple, and silver glitter paint, painted the nose and teeth, and cut out the eye holes and ear.

I think this is my best card. I really like it. Thank you, Esmerelda!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lego LTC for Free!

One of my son's Lego models is in the top 50 in Lego's Harry Potter Building Challenge. If he gets enough votes to make it to the top 4, he will win a trip to Los Angeles for a build-off.

Seth and I will be working together on a Lego LTC. If you vote for Seth's model, please leave a note here, on my FaceBook, or via AQ-mail, and I'll make sure that you get one of these cards. Thank you so much for your support.

Go to, and click on "Contest." Vote for the model pictured here. You will be asked to sign up with Lego in order to vote.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Majora's Moon

I made this card for turtlegirl19's Legend of Zelda swap.
The boys and I are HUGE Link fans, so I just couldn't pass this swap up. The moon on Majora's Mask has always given me the creeps, so that's what I wanted to carve.
The moon was colored with oil pastels and chalks. The fairies (Tatl and Tael) were colored with Prismacolor pencils, and the sky was done with Twinkling H2Os. I used a Gallexy marker to make the fairy paths. That is my new tool for this card, and I really like it.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Bubble Bath

I just finished this card up for sweetdixie06's Every Girl's Gotta Have swap. I used black ink on Bristol paper. (I've been doing that too much lately.) I colored it in with chalks, put some glitter glue on the bubbles, rounded the edges with a punch, and edged the whole card in black. To finish up, I covered the cards in clear ink and embossed them with clear powder for a shiny, wet look.

I really wish I would have paid more attention to this image before carving. I think that the edge of the bathtub needs to come up about a centimeter. It looks like her head is resting on air like this. I'll have to pay more attention in the future.

Finally, I've never admitted this publically, but I have a problem with taking out too many details when I carve. I put them in initially, and end up carving them away one by one. This bubble bather's "towel" was supposed to be hair. I butchered it. Could you tell?

[I forgot to tell how I did the "wall paper." I just used a mask to cover up the bather, and watermarked a flowery stamp in the background. When you chalk over that, the flowers stand out in a darker shade.]