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"stART With A Photo" ART Challenge #4

Hello! If you are like me, you probably aren't a huge fan of Mondays! However, if you play along with us every Monday, you can stART your week with a challenge. Art makes everything better, even Mondays!
stART with a Photo Challenge #4
This picture was taken by me while our family was serving at a camp for families with disabilities. We were all praying and holding hands. It reminds me of the love of friends. So, I have this special birthday card as my project for this week's challenge.




Enjoy yourself. Be creative. Share your link in the comments. Please visit some of the other participant's blogs and leave them some love too!

Thanks for playing along!
Until Next Time- ~Shari

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Same Paper - Different Cards

Hello and thanks for stopping by! I am still hard at work making Christmas cards, so I thought I would show you a few more. I had lots of scraps and a few larger pieces of an old CTMH Christmas paper pack left, and decided to use the rest of it.

Here are the cards I made using the remnants-



This last one is my favorite, but had to toss in a few other colors to cover the whole card.


Don't forget to check out our weekly art challenge. There is still time to share your projects! 
Thank you to everyone who has donated or placed orders for cards and artwork. Please contact me if you would like to contribute to our fund by placing an order. I am also wondering if anyone would be interested in a small happy mail package for a $15+ donation? I can't decide whether I should make some packages as a thank you. Let me know if you would be interested, and help me decide if it is a good idea!

Until Next Time- ~Shari

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Impatient Alcohol Background

Alright, I admit it. I am impatient. So, when I saw the new Mix-Ability Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers, I wanted to try the alcohol background technique right away. The trouble is, I don't own any alcohol inks, so I made up a different way to do it.

I poured a little rubbing alcohol in a shallow styrofoam tray.

Then dripped in some Distress Inks. They sank straight to the bottom of the tray. Hmmmm


Doing this technique the right way, keep the alcohol ink on top of the water in the dish. You lay the paper on top and pick up the ink. Since that wasn't going to work, I dipped the paper in and pressed down to get it to the ink on the bottom. I smooshed it a few seconds and brought it up. I used one sheet of water color paper (the larger piece). I used a few scraps of white cardstock too, before the alcohol go "muddy" from the ink.


Here are the two cards I made once the paper dried-





Supplies used:

Strathmore Watercolor paperNeenah White CardstockDistress Ink Reinkers: Must…

The Challenges Continue!

I have been having fun playing along with the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge Blog. Some times it is helpful to get a little inspiration from a creative prompt!

I decided to try some clear embossing powder with a water color background, using the colors from challenge #265, but didn't like the way it looked. I tossed the background in the recycling bin, and started over.


This time I tried silver embossing powder and colored pencils instead. Here is my card for Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #265-

When I finished that card for the challenge, I realized that the now dried first background didn't look horrible, so I made that into a second card!


I also made a card for Color Dare #266, since I was working with similar colors already.



Here is what I came up with for this challenge-


Don't forget to check out our weekly challenge! You don't want to miss it! :)

Supplies used: 
Penny Black "Gladsome" StampTim Holtz Distress Marker SetPrismacolor Colored Pencils

"stART With A Photo" ART Challenge #3

Hello! Welcome to our weekly art challenge. Hope you had a restful weekend and are ready to get back in your craft room and make something!

Every Monday, you can stop by the blog for a little creative prompt, so you can stART your week with a challenge.

So, without further ado, here is this week's- stART with a Photo Challenge #3 This week's challenge is inspired by the remaining blooms in my garden. You may have guessed by now, that purple is my favorite color, so these caught my eye. I hope this inspires you to create!

This week I was inspired to try something new. I have never made a collage before, and I had some Citra-Solv papers that I made a while ago.

To make these, you just need an old Nat Geo magazine, gloves, a brush, and Citra-Solv.  Apply it liberally, close the magazine and leave it for a while to soak. Then lay the pages out and let them finish drying. More details are available on their website. This was the first time I tried it and got some great results, but …

When Life Hands You Ugly paper...

My usual style would be to use neutral and/or dark colors. I like distressed and torn edges. I usually avoid pastels, busy patterns, and bright colors. However, last January, I found a few 6 x 6" Christmas patterned paper pads in the bargain bins at Target, so I bought a couple. Since I am neck deep in making Christmas cards right now, I have a desk full of Christmas paper trying to come up with card ideas. Now that I am actually looking through the paper in those pads, I realize I am not a huge fan of the bright patterned ones! What a dilemma. What's a girl to do with a stack of paper she doesn't like?? Well, for some reason ugly Christmas sweaters came to mind. Of course, I headed straight to my ol' buddy Google and searched for "ugly sweater Christmas card ideas."

I found a few I liked, and combined a couple of those sketches to make these cards.



To be honest, these are some of my favorite cards so far! That paper I didn't care for too much actually m…

Pastel Christmas

My use of non-traditional Christmas card colors continues! Not sure how I got going in this direction, but kind of like stepping out of my comfort zone! I found a challenge with some bright colors, and decided to use those for my background.


I started by cutting the birch tree die, using a black pen to add small dots, while pushing it out of the die.


 Then I edged it with Distress Ink Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain.


 I grabbed some background colors (Dried Marigold, Crushed Olive, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Milled Lavender) to represent land and sky behind the trees, and used them on watercolor paper with a brush and water.


I typed up a sentiment that seemed to go with the "bright" colors, and assembled the cards. 

So for the Mixed Media Challenge #41, here is the finished project! Not exactly all the colors, but the closest that I had available. Definitely not my normal style :)



Supplies used: 
Sizzix BigshotSizzix Tim Holtz Birch TreesInk dauber (applicator)Distress Ink Pads:…

Woot Woot!

I had a wonderful surprise this morning upon checking my Facebook news feed, and seeing that I won the challenge over at Color My Heart Color Dare Blog. (see my entry here)
Although they spelled my name wrong "art 4 assessibility", it was a nice surprise! For the record, every time I type "accessibility", I have to double-check the spelling too! LOL

Since my first challenge went so well, and I had an idea for a card, I thought I would try again.

So the new Challenge #264 over at Color Dare is this:

This is my card for the challenge-



Pretty easy to make! 
Here are the supplies I used: Cardstock and envelopes from from CTMH (Close To My Heart)I have a consultant friend if you are interested in ordering. Please let Amie know I sent you!Spellbinders Pierced Star Die SetSpellbinders Shapeabilities Font One Upper CaseSakura Pigma Black PenTombow AdhesiveFiskars 12" Paper Cutter3L Adhesive Squares (1/2")3L Adhesive Mini Squares (1/4")


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"stART With A Photo" ART Challenge #2

Hello! Welcome to our weekly art challenge! Each Monday, I will post a photo with some color and word prompts, so you can stART your week with a challenge.

This is an "anything goes" art challenge (any format/medium). The purpose is just to give you a push to get creative- art, crafts, DIY projects. Just use the weekly photo, color scheme, and/or words to get you started. There is no right or wrong way.

Does the photo remind you of something else? Provoke an emotion?

You can use any or all of the colors, objects, words, etc or none at all! Think outside of the box, and be sure to share your creations with us!

There is a tab with the challenge rules, but the most important rule is to have fun! I would appreciate if you link back to my blog too. stART with a Photo Challenge #2 This week's challenge is inspired by this very old photo of the hubby and I all dressed up for a renaissance costume wedding. There are a lot of colors and things going on in this photo, so I thought…

Gelli Christmas

Hello! Hope you get into your craft room a while this weekend! It is raining a LOT here in Chicagoland. Forecasting more than 3" before it ends, and we are already having sump pump issues. Uggh! Thankful the hubby is here to take care of that, so I can sneak away and work on some Christmas cards! hehe :)
I had my first set of Gelli prints I ever made laying around, and figured I should use them! This isn't typical Christmas colors (at least not for me), but lately I have been living on the artistic wild side, so why not? haha


I made a half dozen cards, using three different design ideas. I used the gelli prints for the background. I used the markers to draw outlines. and held the snowflake on with an eyelet. Pretty simple! What are you making today? Leave a comment and show us!

Supplies used: 
Gelli plateLiquitex Basic Acrylic paintand the resulting Gelli prints are my background!Sizzix BigshotSizzix SnowflakesAcrylic blocks for stampsWe R Memory Blue EyeletsBlue and Black Sak…