Friday, February 24, 2017

pink daisies and velum...

Hello my fabulous friends!

When I first started stamping out the images for today's card, I wasn't really sure what I was going to do with it. I used the February Altenew Challenge as my inspiration for the colors, but I was having a really hard time taking it from colored flowers to finished card. So I set it aside for a couple weeks.  I pulled it back out today, knowing what I wanted to do with it. 

I'm going to be making a lot of 'Thank you' cards over the next while. My family is SO grateful for the love and support family, friends, and church members have been showering on us since we found out that my mom has cancer. We have a lot to be grateful for, and hopefully hand made cards will help express how we feel.

 Stamps: Altenew  Spring Daisy, Oriental Orchids
Ink: VersaMark, Zig Clean Color Pale Pink (028), Deep Red (260), Wine Red (024), Violet (080), Purple (082), Yellow (050) Light Green (041), May Green (047), Green (040), Light Brown (061), Dark Brown (062)
Other: Bristol paper, velum, white embossing powder, Distress Paint Black Soot, Pretty Pink Posh sequins

To start, I stamped the flowers and leaves using VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I then colored it in with Zig Clean Color markers and water.

I find experimenting with colors fun... Both flowers started out as the same  Pale Pink (028)... From there, I added yellow and reds to one, and purples to the other. It totally changed the the color and feel of each flower. I love how each of them turned out... The dimension and highlights... I think using layers of differs colors when using the Zig Clean Color markers makes all the difference! It's almost magical to watch how the shadows, highlights, and overall color develop as you drop in different colors.

After it dried, I fussy cut around the whole cluster of images. 

For the bottom right corner of the card, I wanted to add a little something without being distracting, so I marked where the leaves would meet up with the edges and cut that corner off. I then glued on a triangle of velum and covered the seam with the flowers. 

In order to stamp the sentiment over the embossed images, I used Distress paint. (any acrylic paint could have been used, but the Distress paints come with those dauber tops that makes inking up stamps super easy... just make sure to clean your stamps well BEFORE the paint dries)

I sketched in a black line around the whole card front to give it a border and finished it off with some tiny sequins.

There's still a few more days to join in the Altenew Challenge!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

heart of gold in aqua...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I wanted to stop in today to share a project inspired by this month's Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights challenge... I love the inspirational images... so much pretty aqua!!!

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen Mundo Peony, Bokeh Dots, Fancy Thanks
Ink: VersaMark; Zig Clean Color Turquoise Green (042); Altenew Mountain Mist
Other: Pretty Pink Posh sequins, embossing powder

I stamped the Mundo Peony in a light ink on Bristol Paper and colored it with Zig Clean Color Turquoise Green (042). After coloring, I decided it needed a little more pop, so I used my MISTI to line things up again and I stamped over the image with VersaMark and heat embossed it with an antique gold embossing powder

I made a fun dotted border by repeatedly stamping one of the clusters of dots from the Bokeh Dots set using Altenew Mountain Mist ink (beautiful color!)
I heat embossed this sweet sentiment from the Fancy Thanks set.

To finish it off, a little twine, and some Crystal Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Come join in the fun with the Pin-Sights challenge


Friday, February 17, 2017

hidden ninjas...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I'm so sorry for the recent blog absence... My mom was diagnosed with cancer last week, and I've needed some time to be with my family. 

I'm getting back into my studio though.. I need the creative outlet!

Today's card is fairly simple... My little nephew's birthday is coming up pretty soon!

Stamps: Mama Elephant Tiny NinjasFancy Pants On a Whimsy; Inkadinkado Happy Birthday
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black; Hero Arts Mint Julep, Soft Granite, Soft Pool; Zig Clean Color Pale Pink (028), Soft Pink (026), Orange (070), Turquoise Green (042), Deep Red (260)

My Nephew is really into ninjas, so I wanted to keep the main card fairly simple and have some  surprise ninjas hidden behind the flaps. I really love the Peekaboo Windows die... the fun flaps offer so many possibilities! 

I added a little fun foam behind the front panel to give some dimension to the windows that the ninjas are hiding in.

This is the strip of paper that is behind the window flaps. I did some water color 'splats' by scribbling my Zig markers onto a craft mat and mixing it with water. I then put some of the colored drops of water on the paper with a wet paint brush and blew it around with the Tim Holtz marker spritzer. It's hard to control exactly where the color will go with this, but I just wanted some pops of bright colors to hide behind the windows with the ninjas, so it worked great!

Well, I'm off to get more work done... I've got some catching up to do!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

fused shaker tags...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I hope you are having a wonderful week! 

I've been busy decorating bulletin boards, making birthday cards, and making Valentine treats for my nieces and nephews. 

I kept things pretty simple for these treats... Just treat bags filled with candy and a fun shaker heart tag. (For my littlest niece, the bag is filled with cute socks instead)...

Here's how I made the shaker tags using the Fuse tool...

Step 1: To create the outside window frames, you will need some nesting dies. I'm using Spellbinders Classic Hearts die. Die cut two of the larger hearts, then put them back to back and die cut the inner heart from the center to make a window. This will create the front and back of your shaker card. 

Step 2: Using a piece of tape, secure your smaller die to the outside of a plastic sheet protector.

Step 3: Carefully trace around the die with the We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool. Make sure you skip over the area where the tape is. This will be how you fill it later.

Step 4: Trim around the outside of the fused shape.

Step 5: Fill your shaker pocket... I used sequins, small die cut hearts, and chunky glitter hearts... Use a funnel or a straw to help get the tiny elements into the shaker.

Step 6: Seal off the opening of your shaker pocket using the fuse tool.

Step 7: Glue your paper frame over the front and back to hide the seams.

Add a bow, and you are good to go!

I love using my fuse tool for easy shakers!
What do you use your fuse tool for?


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

white embossed watercolors...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I am so excited!

Yesterday I discovered a local scrapbook store!

(well, local meaning 3 hours away)

It's called Doodle Bugs. It is an amazing store! Tons of stamps, dies, and paper!

I found Zig Clean Color markers in open stock... Swoon!

I found a Mama Elephant die that will be perfect for my nephew's birthday card (the matching stamp set was sold out, so I'll have to pick that up later)... Pretty Pink Posh sequins... I even picked up a new Altenew stamp set! This store has tons of stuff that I have previously only seen carried in online stores. I'm super happy!

Of course I couldn't wait to get home and play with my new stamps and markers. :)

Stamps: Altenew Spring Daisy
Ink: VersaMark, Zig Clean Color Lemon Yellow (051), Pale Rose (230), Deep Red (260), Light Brown (061), Dark Brown (062), Mid Green (046), Deep Green (044), Blue Gray (092)
Other: Pretty Pink Posh sequins

I'm playing along with the Altenew Challenge again... it just so happens that the red marker I bought yesterday works great for this deep red, so I figured  I might as well.  :) 

For today's card I used a technique that involves heat embossing the images in white, then watercoloring. It's a fun way to do watercolor, and keeps your lines clean yet subtle.

Step 1: Stamp images images using VersaMark onto bristol paper, and heat emboss with white embossing powder. 

This makes watercoloring super easy as the embossed lines act as barriers, keeping the color and water from migrating farther than you want it to.

Step 2: Scribble some Lemon Yellow (051)  onto the petals and blend outward with water.
Let dry.

Step 3: Add some Pale Rose (230) into the shadows, and blend outward with water. Leave some areas more yellow for highlight and depth.
Let dry.

Step 4: Add a tiny bit of Deep Red (260) Into the very darkest shadows and blend slightly. Be careful not to over power your lighter colors... This will add even more depth.

Step 5: Color the center with Light Brown (061) and blend it out. 
Let Dry.

 Step 6: Draw a line around the outer edge of the center in Dark Brown (062) and blend with water inward. 

Step 7: Scribble some Mid Green (046) in the areas of the leaves you want darkest, and blend with water outward.
Let Dry

Step 8: To add more depth, add a little Deep Green (044) in the darkest areas of the left and blend slightly.

Step 9: Scribble some Blue Gray (092) onto an acrylic block. Pick up some ink with your water brush and paint around the flowers. Keep the areas next to the flowers darkest, and fade out to white.

*interesting note... Usually heat embossed areas resist watercolor.. however, I found that the Deep Red actually stained some of the embossed areas a little... So watch out for those reds!

I hope you have a wonderful day!


Friday, January 27, 2017

distressed foiled stamping

Hello my fabulous friends!

I have a confession to make...

I like shiny things.

I love the Minc foils and how pretty and shiny they make things!  Naturally, I wanted to incorporate that in my stamping...

Other: Heidi Swapp Minc foil, Reactive Mist

Step 1: Stamp the branch from Altenew's Vintage Flowers with brown ink. It's best to use a stamp positioning tool for this because we are going to stamp this same image again later. I'm using my MISTI, and just leaving the stamp right where it is for now.

Step 2: Start stamping flowers. These are also in the Vintage Flowers set

Tip: If you have the dies, go ahead and die cut a bunch of blanks... You can then play around with the placement and sizes before you commit to ink.

Step 3: Keep building the layers...

Step 4: Add leaves... I love the tiniest leaf and it's layers on the Vintage Roses set with these tiny flowers.

Ok.. Now to add the foil...

Step 5: Create your own ink pad by cutting a piece of Rangers' Cut-N-Dry foam and spread on some Heidi Swapp Reactive Mist. You don't need a ton, just unscrew the spray top and use the long tube to smear some on white foam.

Step 6: Remember how we left the branch stamp in the MISTI? Here's why. Ink the branch up with your Reactive Mist ink pad and stamp over your branch. You can also stamp the centers dots of the flowers with the Reactive Mist. Let this dry COMPLETELY.

Step 7: Once completely dry, cover with a piece of Minc Foil and send it through your Minc machine or laminating machine. 

So pretty!!!

*NOTE: When you use the Mist to create a stamp pad, the liquid will pool around the edges of the stamp. You will not get a solid stamped image with this medium. However, I wanted the distressed look of the edges being foiled.

So there you have it.. A way to incorporate hints of foil in your stamping.... 

Have a wonderful weekend!



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

stacked stamping with the MISTI...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I'm here today playing along with another challenge...

One thing I love about their Pin-Sights challenge is that it is very open to interpretation. So many different ways you can find inspiration from their photo collage and run with it!

I loved the light teal and metallic together, so I went with that.

Stamps: Essentials By Ellen Fancy Thanks
Dies: Essentials by Ellen Stitching Lines
Tools: MISTI

Using a MISTI makes repeat stamping to build your own background super easy!

Step 1: Make very light tick marks along the side of your card dividing it up with enough space for your stamp in each segment.... So for the 'thanks' stamp in the Essentials by Ellen Fancy Thanks set, the stamp is about 1 inch high, and my card is 4.25"x 5.5"... so my tick marks are at 0.25", 1.25", 2.25", 3.25", 4.25", and 5.25"  (I used very light pencil marks so I could erase later, however, I added dark lines for the pictures so you can see them.)

Step 2: Mark off one inch on your MISTI grid paper. 

Step 3: Center your 'thanks' stamp in the inch your have marked on your grid paper (marked in purple in the photo) and pick the stamp up with the lid of the MISTI.

Step 4: Line your tick marks up with your marked one inch segment, and stamp your first image. I used Mountain Mist first, then stamped over it again with Sea Glass.. This left me with a light teal color.  As long as your card doesn't move (which is where the magnets, and having it braced against the side of the MISTI comes in), you can stamp over and over and it will stamp in exactly the same place each time. 

Step 5: Shift your card to so the next tick marks are lined up with your marked one inch segment. Stamp your image again. I used Evening Gray for this. As long as you keep the left side of your card always flush against the wall of the MISTI, your images will be perfectly aligned. 

Step 6: Continue shifting your card to stamp in each of the segments. It's ok if the bottom or top edge of your card hangs out of the MISTI, just make sure your left edge is always flush agains the wall.

Step 7: To finish it off, I cut a piece of blue card stock to 1.25"x 5.5", and die cut the basic stitch line along one edge. On top of that is a 1"x 5.5" piece of glimmer paper. 

This is a simple card, that with the help of the MISTI can be easily made in multiples. I love doing card sets with cards like this! 

There's still a few more days to play along with the Pin-Sights Challenge, so join in the fun!