Riley & Company – Clean & Simple

Today at the Riley & Company blog, you’ll find a handsome new challenge to tickle your Riley bone.

Frances is our challenge master for this week and her chosen challenge is to make your project Clean and Simple. Ready?

I wasn’t. I love the look of Clean and Simple, but struggle to actually make it. I like layers. They love me. Not having them makes me uncomfortable. But, a challenge is a challenge.

I chose to try some sponging this time and made this simple front design. I paired it with the Funny Bones sentiment, “Set Your Life on Fire”.

Want to play along with us? Then all you have to do is make a project with a Riley & Company image and then head over to the Riley & Company blog to link up your card/project so that we can see what you created. No blog? No problem! Just use the keyword RILEY0814 when uploading your card to a public gallery (such as Splitcoast Stampers).  We can’t wait to see what you create!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Riley & Company Design Team’s blogs to see what fabulous creation they made for this challenge:

Unidentified Image Swap – April 2014

It’s the 10th of April, which means it’s been two months since the conclusion of the last round of my Unidentified Image Swap over at SCS. The rounds are winding down now and I’ve had SUCH a good time! It’s always interesting to open the envelope and find an image that you think will be “easy” or difficult to work with and it surprises you.

This was one of those images. I liked it right off the bat, but wasn’t sure how I was going to make it work with the card. In the end, I love the bright card with multiple patterns that I came up with.

The image was from Inky Antics and came with a birthday themed sentiment. I hope nobody minds that I changed it up to make it a “girlfriend” card with one of my Riley and Company Funny Bones stamps. I love this sentiment!!

I’ll (hopefully) be back in June with the next round. See you then!

Coloring Riley and Sophie

A question came up on our new Riley & Company Design team…what do you use to color your favorite moose?

The answer varied, so we decided to do a special blog post, available on the Riley & Company blog today, highlighting some of our favorite coloring methods and colors.

Normally, I use my copic markers. I use the E31, E33, E35 combination noted in the Riley and Company FAQ section for the body, but I like dark antlers and hoofs and tend to use E25 or E27 for those.

However, there are a number of us that use this same copic pairing. And while we all color a bit differently, for this special post I went back to my “original” coloring medium of SU inks to provide something a bit different.

I used my blender brushes and SU inks for this one. Riley’s body is done in Crumb Cake with a bit of Soft Suede added. His antlers and hooves are chocolate chip.

Here’s a close up of the moose. For some reason, the blender brush started to rub off some of the paper fibers a bit, so it gave Riley a fuzzy look.

Hop on over to the Riley and Company blog to check out the other samples posted there today. And, if you have a minute, leave us a comment and tell us what you use on your Riley’s.

Happy coloring!

Riley & Company – Go Monochromatic

It’s another Riley & Company challenge!

This week, Joy’s asking us to keep our shades similar and make a Monochromatic Card.

I chose to use red for my card and pair it with a sand neutral. This Funny Bones sentiment, “An Apple a Day” was a perfect fit for this paper. I layered a few of my Spellbinders dies to get the unique centrepiece.

Want to play along with us? Then all you have to do is make a project with a Riley & Company image and then head over to the Riley & Company blog to link up your card/project so that we can see what you created. No blog? No problem! Just use the keyword RILEY0714 when uploading your card to a public gallery (such as Splitcoast Stampers).  We can’t wait to see what you create!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Riley & Company Design Team’s blogs to see what fabulous creation they made for this challenge:

Before you go, I also want to mention that I used an old MFT sketch for this card, MFTWSC4.

Ninja Calendar

I got issued a crafty challenge a number of months ago. “Can I have a ninja calendar?”.

Let me tell you, those ninja’s are GOOD at being stealthy because ninja stamps are HARD to find. I finally found one set, neglected to order it right away and then the company closed and sold out of the set before I knew.

However, I lucked out and thanks to a swap on SCS, someone pointed me in the direction of Bugaboo Stamps and their seven ninja images. Yay!

Now, here`s the trick…finding the perfect ninja paper…do I make it all in black? That seems really boring!!

I was at one of my favorite scrapbook stores a few weeks ago and they tend to carry lots of clearance merchandise. What did I spy??? It’s non other than four patterns from the Graphic 45 Bird Song collection, an oriental themed collection. PERFECT!!! I scooped those babies up!

Here’s three of the six panels.

I did them each double sided, matching two patterned backgrounds to my 6×6 solid color card stock piece. Here is the opposite side of the yellow cardstock piece. I think this is one of my favorites!

I decided all black ninja’s would be too boring, so I colored them up and think they look pretty darn cute!

My ninja challenger was pretty happy with the finished project. And now, I want a ninja calendar of my own!

 

 

Riley & Company – Birthdays

What a great Riley & Company challenge we have today on the blog.

This week, we’re celebrating BIRTHDAYS. 

Riley and Company stamps make fabulous birthday cards, so this one is going to be fun and also help me stock up on my stash of birthday greetings.

I worked with scraps this time and found inspiration in the colors of this striped paper, plus the bright blue (and already stamped) piece. Sunflower Riley was the perfect image to pair with the colors in the background paper.

Want to play along with us? Then all you have to do is make a project with a Riley & Company image and then head over to the Riley & Company blog to link up your card/project so that we can see what you created. No blog? No problem! Just use the keyword RILEY0614 when uploading your card to a public gallery (such as Splitcoast Stampers).  We can’t wait to see what you create!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Riley & Company Design Team’s blogs to see what fabulous creation they made for this challenge:

Viva la Verve Challenge Feb 2014

I managed to make 3/4 February 2014 Viva la Verve challenges earlier this week and thought I’d get around to the fourth easily.

Tonight’s Wednesday and it still wasn’t done!! Where did the time go?

So, I made myself sit down at my craft desk and get that last sketch done. It was both a sketch and color challenge (red, grey and pink) and it was very unique! Loved playing with the sketch and I might do so again soon without the color option to go with it.

I wish the grey ink was a bit darker, but this will do.