Tuesday, October 25, 2016

heaven sent...

 Hello my fabulous friends!

I've been crazy busy lately getting 50 birthday cards done for the Primary kids next year... They ended up being ridiculously labor intensive and took a LOT longer than I had hoped... However, the kids are worth it. :)

I also have been quite busy with a new addition to my family... (more on that in a future post)

Speaking of new additions...  my cousin is going to have a baby girl any day now!!! I needed a baby card to send her, and I recently got this BEAUTIFUL hummingbird stamp as a free gift with a magazine. I knew it would be perfect for a simple yet elegant card.

I kept the card design simple, but I wanted it to have fun movement, so I made it a shaker card.
The hummingbird is a free gift with the Simply Cards & Papercraft issue 153, the sentiment is Unity Precious Little One, the circle die is We R Memory Keepers Circles, the border die is Essentials by Ellen Stitching Lines

The hummingbird was colored with Zig Clean Color markers, then given a  wash of a mix of water and Ranger's Perfect Pearls to give it a beautiful shimmer. 

I'll be honest, this hummingbird is about the 5th attempt... I tried several different mediums to color it, and they all ended up too dark. I love the bright almost luminescent look of the Zig markers. 

A quick tip... To get the line around the circle window, I simply left the die in place after running it through my die cutter, and traced around it with a fine tip marker. I use this trick a lot to get frames or outlines on die cuts. 

Well, I've got to get busy while the little one is sleeping! ;)

Have a wonderful day!



Thursday, October 20, 2016

October Pin-Sights challenge

Hello my fabulous friends!

I'm super excited to be a guest designer today for Ellen Hutson and their Pin-Sights challenge!

The Pin-Sights challenge is a super fun monthly challenge over at theClassroom blog.  It is based on a Pinterest inspired photo.  You simply use the inlinkz on the challenge post to enter... 

The best part?

 One randomly selected entry will win a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store!!! 

The rules? 

 You MUST use Essentials by Ellen products, and the inspiration photo as your inspiration. 

Super simple!

Here's Octobers inspiration photo:

Amazing, right? So many different ways to so with this!

Here's my take...

I loved the gorgeous flowers in the center of the picture... The contrast of the oranges with the bright green leaves against the white background... so pretty!

I started out by stamping the Mondo Peony by Ellen Hutson and leaves in Versamark and heat embossing...

I used various shades of Distress ink to paint in the petals and leaves... I have to admit, when I first started painting, it looked like a hot mess. Don't let that deter you when you are watercoloring... After a few layers and time to dry, it is amazing how the "hot mess" turns into magic!

The sentiment comes from another Essentials by Ellen stamp set Fancy Thanks. I wanted to ground the side of the card with the sentiment, but I wanted to keep it subtle... So I used one of the Stitching Lines dies... I LOVE this set!

I hope you join us for this months Pin-Sights challenge!




Monday, August 29, 2016

happy day in pink and gray...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Guess what? Today is my mom's birthday! She isn't here right now, but I will be seeing her tomorrow night! YAY!

Altenew's challenge this month is pinks and grays... I love that combo!

 Today's card is the one I'm giving my mom...

I used Altenew's Peony Bouquet for the flower and berries, and Recollections Color Splash for the sentiment.  I also used Altenew inks. I love their grays!!! So pretty!

It is filled with glass glitter, micro beads, and sequins. So much fun!

Sorry I don't have a tutorial today... I have a migraine. Hopefully next time. :)



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

watercolor with shimmery details...

Hello my wonderful friends!

So, Altenew's challenge for July is "Weddings"...

My sister recently got married. I get to do the scrapbook, however I'm still waiting for the photo paper to come in the mail, so I can't start on that quite yet. Since I don't currently have any other weddings on my calendar, nor any old ones that haven't already been scrapbooked, I decided to take this challenge a slightly different direction. 

I was thinking about all the bridal showers that friends threw for my sister... All the friends and family who volunteered time and talents to take photos, decorate, and help pull the wedding off, not to mention all the gifts... So many reasons to send out thank you cards!!! Since I am my sister's source for handmade cards, I wanted to come up with a  quick and simple yet pretty 'thank you' card design that can easily be made in bulk. 

So, I decided to do some very simple watercoloring with a little shimmer in the details...

Step 1: I stamped the outline image of the rose with Distress ink onto watercolor paper. I used my MISTI for this for three reasons.. first, because Distress ink doesn't always stamp well with clear stamps...the MISTI lets me double stamp to ensure a good image. Second, because I'm going to stamp the flower again a little later, and I want the placement to be exactly the same. For that reason, I'm leaving my flower stamp in my MISTI until I'm all finished. Third, it makes creating multiple cards at one time quick and easy. That being said, you CAN do this without the MISTI using traditional clear blocks... MISTI just makes it easier.

Step 2: Using a water brush, I loosely colored the flower. I didn't add any extra ink, I simply dragged the brush over the stamped lines to reactivate the ink and move it around. I didn't work the ink too much because I didn't want to completely lose my defining lines... Just a quick scribble with the water brush.

Step 3: I repeated step 1 & 2 with the leaves.

 Be very cautious when coloring the leaves that you don't let the water brush touch the flower, other wise you will drag in the flower color (in this case pink) into the green of the leaves. 

 Ok... remember in Step 1, I said I kept the flower in my MISTI... Here's why...

Step 4: I stamped the flower again using VersaMark (a clear sticky ink used for heat embossing)

Step 5: Using a soft paint brush, I dusted the wet VersaMark stamped flower with Perfect Pearl. (I'm using the "Perfect Pearl" color so it will just add a pearl shine with no color, but you could do the same thing with any color)

Step 6: I gently wiped off extra powder with a soft dry cloth.

You are left with a beautiful watercolored flower with a shimmery outline.  The VersaMark is wet enough to react to the built in binders in Perfect Pearls, so no other step is really needed to ensure the shimmer stays in place. 

To finish them off, I splattered some watered down black Distress ink, stamped the sentiment, and mounted them on a card base... To ensure the card base matched my flower, I used the same distress ink as the flowers to ink around the edge of the card base. A few sequins and they're done!

You can do so many variations with this technique... It may look complex, but it is actually really  easy to get a lot of them done quickly!


Thursday, June 30, 2016

a bunch of roses...

Hello my fabulous friends!!

Yes, this is my second post today... due to internet issues, I couldn't get the posts up sooner, so I have to get both done on the last day of the month.. 

(at this point I'm just grateful that my internet seems to be working again!!!)

This card's inspiration came from Altenew's Inspiration challenge for June.

Since I'm getting ready to start my sister's wedding album, I figured this was the perfect time to practice my roses! :)

I prefer to stamp my multi-layered stamps with my MISTI. I have a MUCH easier time lining things up and trusting that it's how I want it. I waste a lot less paper and time, and it's a lot less stressful for me. That's not to say that they can't be stamped with a traditional block (many people do it that way), I just prefer the MISTI.

I used some tissue tape to keep my dies in place while I ran it through my Big Shot...

Since I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to do, I stamped and cut plenty of flowers and leaves... I figure any extras can be saved for a future project. (This is also a good way to do something creative even when you aren't FEELING especially creative.. You don't have to know how it's going to come together, but you can stamp and cut flowers so they are ready when inspiration hits.)

When adhering them to my card front, I used foam tape behind some of them for dimension. 

The fun thing about this card is that it is a shaker card... but the flowers cover up all the sparkles until you shake it. Just a fun little surprise for the person who gets the card. :)

The flowers and leaves come from a mix of two stamp and die sets: 

The sentiment is Altenew Oriental Orchid

The ink colors are (light to dark)
Yellow: Buttercream (Altenew), Mango Smoothie (Altenew), Warm Sunshine (Altenew), Butter Bar (Hero Arts)
Greens: Frayed Leaf (Altenew), Forest Glade (Altenew), Evergreen (Altenew)

Have a wonderful day!



stick on gold...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Today's first card is inspired by Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights challenge.

I loved the bright happy colors with the gold accents... Super fun! 

I started by stamping various sketchy circles from Essentials by Ellen Bokeh Dots set. I LOVE the scribbly freehanded look! (And the fact that I'm NOT free handing it, takes all the scary out of it!)

Inks: Passion Flower (Hero Arts)
Tide Pool (Hero Arts)
Coral Berry (Altenew)

Now to get the gold accents...

I wanted to do some foiling, but with a die cut instead of a printed image... So I grabbed my double sided adhesives sheets (these happen to be for the Silhouette, but any brand should work)

I ran that through my Big Shot using one of the words that comes in the Zipper Panel die set from Essentials by Ellen. It's a wafer thin die, but cut through the double sided adhesive sheet like butter!

I also wanted some tiny gold dots... So I decided to punch some out using my 1/16 inch hole punch... This did NOT work as well as I had hoped... In theory it should work, however my punch is exceedingly dull... I've tried sharpening it with aluminum foil, but it hasn't seemed to fix it... maybe It's just time to replace it... It has served me well for YEARS!

I did manage to get a bunch of tiny dots punched out eventually though. 

Peel off the release paper on the back of your die cut and dots and stick them down where you want them. Then you can peel off the top release paper.

Cut a piece of foil (I'm using Heidi Swapp Minc foil) large enough to cover you adhesive. Put the foil  colored side up over the adhesive and burnish it well with a bone folder.

When you peel off the foil sheet, you are left with beautiful foil anywhere the adhesive was.

If you missed a spot, simply put the foil over it again and burnish. 

Super simple, but lots of fun!



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

not giving up...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I'm going to be honest here...

I've been in a creative slump... Like, a BIG one. 

I know this is a  common problem with anyone who does anything creative... It is a FRUSTRATING place to be! Especially when you desperately need the escape that creating usually brings... 

I'm not giving up. 

That's why I've been doing challenges lately...

Today's is brought to you by My Sweet Petunia (MISTI).... It's a challenge on Splitcoaststampers... 

A 12x12 scrapbook page with stamping...  

The exciting part??? The MEMORY MISTI!!! A MISTI that is big enough to fit a 12x12 page!!!

Yes, I am VERY excited about this even if I don't have one.... YET!
This perfectionist gets SUPER frustrated using stamps on SB pages when they don't stamp perfectly or (even worse) are CROOKED... YIKES! The idea of combining MISTI with scrapbooking DEFINITELY appeals to me. :)

This challenge was exactly what I needed to kick myself into the scrapbooking mood! I haven't done a scrapbook page in months, but I really need to get back in to it because I have a wedding album to make for my sister.... I'm just waiting for the rest of the photos! So, in the mean time, a picture of my niece that has been sitting in my "to scrapbook" pile for a while now...

I wanted to stick to the shabby look of the paper with my stamped images... The words are a second generation image... Stamped first on a scrap paper then on the page. This gives a faded image rather than the crisp image of a first impression.

The lacy stamp on both the top left and bottom right are actually a large sea shell stamp that is stamped partially off the page. I used pigment ink, then covered it in white embossing powder. I didn't want a solid embossed image, so I tapped the paper a little harder than usual so more of the power fell off before heating. This leaves a distressed embossing with the pigment ink color showing through in spots. 

Stamps used: Tattered Angels "Sea Side", Terresa Collins "Sweet Afternoon", Unity "Beautiful Elements"

The birds are wood veneers from Studio Calico... I love the extra texture they bring!

The sparkling threads you see are loose Angelina Fibers. They can be hard to attach without showing the adhesive, so I tend to make a "nest" of them, then glue something down on top of them, letting them get trapped in the adhesive under the element (in this case, a photo) and floating loose around the edges. It's kinda messy, but I love the look of those sparkling threads!!!

The "pink" wreath behind the photo (you can see a few leaves of it in this picture) Is a textured dark brown card stock (Core'dinations) that I sprayed with a spray adhesive. I then burnished some Minc foil over top. I love the textured foil look! It's distressed and sparkly and pretty!

Have a wonderful day! 


Saturday, May 28, 2016

frosted roses...

Hello my fabulous friends!

So guess what is happening in a few days.....

My sister is getting MARRIED!!!!! Yay!

I wanted to make a special card for her using her wedding colors... 

Cobalt and Silver...

When I saw what Altenew's challenge for this month was, I knew that it was the PERFECT place to start! I loved the blues and greens in the photo!

I started out by building a cluster of roses with a little masking and  Altenew's Vintage Roses.
 I totally LOVE this set! It takes a little extra time, but is SO worth the effort! 
 I used my MISTI because it makes lining up layered stamps SOOOOOO much easier for me! It also make it easy to double stamp if I miss a spot.

Blues (light to dark): Altenew: Persian Blue, Hampton Arts: Royal Blue, Altenew: Sapphire, Altenew: Jet Black
Greens (light to dark): Altenew: Frayed Leaf, Altenew: Forest Glades, Altenew: Evergreen

The other day I was cleaning up in my studio and I came across this roll of Frosted Film... I haven't used it in ages and I wanted to see how it looks over the stamped roses... 

Turns out, it's gorgeous! 

Simply cut a piece a little larger than your image, remove the release paper and smooth it over you image.. Super simple!

The result is a slightly textured, shimmery image. BEAUTIFUL!

Then, little fussy cutting... 

There are some coordinating dies for this set, but since I built my own cluster, dies won't help me much. I don't mind a little fussy cutting though. It really didn't take too long, and the frosted film actually made it easier because I could easily bend the thin stems out of the way without worrying about it ripping.

And here's the final project.

I die cut some mirror  card stock for the scribbled heart and to go behind the scrolled bottom edge of the card. The rose cluster was glued on with some foam tape for a little extra dimension. Then some sequins for a little extra pop.

I thought the scribbled heart and the edge of the card matched nicely with the mosaic look of the challenge picture. I love challenges that inspire me so much!

It's hard to photograph the subtle shimmer on the roses, but it is SO soft and pretty! And the best part... NO MESS! (Don't get me wrong, I love my glitter... but it does tend to be a bit messy.)

Well, I'm off to make some posters... 

Have a wonderful day!