Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Long Time No Post...

It has been quite a while since I posted any projects. I have been working on mini albums lately. I moved my scrap area from my large basement to a desk in a hallway between my kitchen and laundry room, so the lighting is terrible. I'm going to try to take pictures of my albums over the next few weeks and post them.

I will tell you, Kathy Orta's tutorials from, are the BOMB. If you have never made a mini album before, I suggest her B2B Tutorial. She walks you through the process from Beginner Album, Intermediate Album, to Advanced Album. Then to put the icing on the cake, she shows you how to make a box to store your albums in. I also made the Graphic 45 perpetual calendar. It's huge, so it is sitting on the floor next to my TV stand. It took me quite a while to make, but it works perfect.

I've also worked on a few paper bag mini albums using Ginger's (aka mysistersscraper) tutorial on YouTube. I'm so in love with this method, I've made quite a few different sized albums using this tutorial. It is so versatile. I even added additional embellishments to the flaps. Awesome!

So, in short, I'm still crafting. Taking a break from cards. Making tons of mini albums. Hope to post soon.

Thanks for sticking with me and happy crafting.

Dana Desmond

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sledding with Friends...and Penny Black

Today's card features a fun stamp from Penny Black's Christmas Everyday clear stamps set and My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas 6 x 6 patterned papers.

I stamped the image on 120# watercolor paper with Stazon ink.

I used my Stampin' Up markers to watercolor the image.
I added thin lines of Marvy's Liquid Applique under the image to resemble snow. I lightly sprinkled this with glitter before heating with my heat gun.
The sentiment is from Penny Black's Christmas with Mimi clear stamp set. I used a Stampin' Up punch to punch the snowflake out of white cardstock, attached it and the sentiment with a Stampin' Up Glimmer brad and finished it of with Stardust Stickles.
This card is one of my favorites this year. I just love the idea of Teddy taking his friends to play in the snow. Such a happy thought.
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,
Dana Desmond

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Love...with Penny Black

Another watercoloring card today.
I stamped these images from Penny Black 120# watercolor paper. It is actually 3 separate stamps in one set. The image of the birds in the tree wasn't tall enough to make an entire tree, so I extending the tree trunk using my Copic multi-liners. You really can't tell unless you look very closely.

I then stamped the heart and holly image so it appeared the bird was holding it in its beak. Then I stamped the snowman under the branch. I watercolored the entire image using Stampin' Up markers and a waterbrush.
I used my Silhoette to cut the doilie and circles. I inked the edge of the top circle with Stampin' Up's Real Red ink. I added the shimmer lace from my stash to both the image and the circle element.
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,
Dana Desmond

Stamps: Penny Black, Stampin' Up
Patterned Papers: Bo Bunny
Ink: Stazon, Stampin' Up
Embellishements: Stampin' Up
Tools: Silhouette Cameo

Monday, December 3, 2012

Penguine Love with Penny Black

What is it about penguins that make people happy? I just love them on Christmas projects. I decided to step away from the Copics and try my had at watercoloring.
I stamped the image on #120 watercolor paper with Stazon black ink. Watercolor by nature is a little rough, but if you turn it to the back, it's a little smoother which makes stamping easier.

I used my Stampin' Up markers and a water brush to color this image. To be honest, the Stampin' Up markers are a little tricky when used like this. They tend to dry quickly and don't rewet very easily. I really want the Tim Holtz Distress Markers for water coloring. I've used the distress inks and feel they work much better for water coloring. I just don't have enough of a color palette to use them exclusively.

The sentiment is from Stamin' Up. I white embossed the image on a piece of Soft Suede cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,
Dana Desmond

Stamps: Penny Black, Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny
Cardstock: Stampin' Up
Ink: Stazon, Versamark, Stampin' Up
Embellishements: Stampin' Up Ribbon and brads

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Jolly Christmas Fun

I just love these fun images from Penny Black's Jolly Follies stamp set.
I tried my hand at coloring radiating light. Not sure I achieved the achieved the exact look I was going for, but it's a start.
I added stardust Stickles to the interior light.

I think these two images are a perfect pair. I tried to be aware of the radiating light on this image as well. I added warm tones to the right of the image and cool tones to the left. It looks much better in person (these pics were taken in bad lighting with my iPhone. Misplaced camera and all that jazz.)

I added a couple of dimensional snowbanks and stamped the sentiment before I attached them with pop dots. I fussy cut all images and popped the up on each layer.
This card is so much fun. I love the expression on each of the character's face.
Stamps: Penny Black
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Scraps from my stash
Ink: Momento, Copic
Embellishments: Stickles