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!


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

yellow and blue...

Hello my fabulous friends!

 I suppose I can post this now that Mother's day is over... This is the card I gave my mom, and I didn't want to spoil it! ;)

Today's card was inspired by Altenew's color challenge... I've never been a huge fan of using yellow on my projects, but I recently have changed my mind... I really love the yellow inks from Altenew.... something about them just speaks to me. :)

Altenew May Challenge

The flowers are from Altenew's Peony Bouquet. I LOVE this set!!! I didn't use all of the layers for the flowers... That's one thing I like about this set... you can mix and match for different looks (both with which layers you use or don't use as well as the color combinations). So many different looks with the same set!

 The sentiment is from an old Unity KOTM Let Love Grow.

 I really wanted a stripe paper, but I didn't have any blue striped paper, so I used some 1/4 inch masking tape to mask out my stripes and sponged on the blue ink. 

Well, I'm going to go enjoy the sunshine...

Have a wonderful day!


Friday, April 29, 2016

peony thanks...

hello my fabulous friends!

I hope you are having a wonderful day! 

 Today's card is another card inspired by TheClassroom's Pin-Sights challenge..

I originally got this beautiful Peony stamp set for a very special project, but I have completely fallen in LOVE with it! I'll be honest with you... It isn't as "easy" of a stamp as some. Whether you stamp the layers or paint it yourself, it isn't necessarily a quick stamp and go... However, once you get the hang of how to line things up and whatnot, it's TOTALLY worth the extra effort. 

This set is a layering set, but for today's card, I wanted to play with no line coloring again, so I just stamped the outlines with Antique Linen Distress ink, using some masking to build my cluster. Then I colored it in with watercolor crayons... 

I end up making a lot of 'thank you' card each year. I love this Fancy Thanks stamp set because there are a lot of options. These two words are actually separate stamps so they can be used together or separate and arranged however you want. I love options! 

Well, I'm off to enjoy a little fun time with a good friend of mine. Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

spring wreath...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Yesterday was my birthday... Most of the day was spent shopping with my mom, then family dinner and ice cream... It was WONDERFUL!

Today's card is inspired by TheClassroom Pin-Sights challenge.. 

I LOVED the beautiful colors and all the pretty flowers!  
It's really getting me in the mood for the baby and wedding projects I have coming up in the next few months. 

Essentials by Ellen "Fancy Thanks", "Bokeh Dots", "Bohemian Garden"

My image actually combines several different stamps. I started by stamping the largest scribbled circle from the Bokeh Dots set in a very light ink. This was just to give me an idea of where to place the flowers. 

I then started stamping and masking the flowers and berries from Bohemian Garden in Antique Linen Distress ink.  I used watercolor crayons to paint the flowers... I'm no expert on no line coloring, but I had fun playing. :)

After everything was all painted, I again masked everything off and stamped the scribbled circle in a dark brown. Using the MISTI for this was very helpful. I kept the scribbled circle stamp on the MISTI the whole time so I knew that when I was ready to stamp it for real with all the masks in place, the circle would be in the exact same place that I had marked.

 Next I added the sentiment from Fancy Thanks. Again, the MISTI is helpful here. Sometimes the texture of watercolor paper makes it hard to get a crisp image... The MISTI allows you to stamp multiple times in the same spot eliminating this problem.

I wanted to keep things simple but add a little bit of depth so I popped the watercolor panel up with a little foam underneath.

 I love the soft cottony texture you can get when you distress the edges of watercolor paper! It's a simple way to add a little extra texture.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

many thanks...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I know I've been MIA lately. Sometimes life has a way of knocking you off your feet... I'm trying to keep things in perspective and keep moving forward one step at a time.

I wanted to stop in today with a quick card as well as a HUGE thanks to all those who have stood by my side through all of the craziness!

That fun chevron paper is actually a washi adhesive sheet by We R Memory Keepers on top of a mint colored paper. I love how the background color comes through the semi transparent parts of the washi sheet. 

The sentiment is from the "Fancy Thanks" set by Essentials by Ellen. I was able to stamp on the washi sheet using Hero Arts Unicorn White ink. I did heat set it since the surface isn't very porous.

I finished it off with a scattering of tiny stars for that little extra pop.

I took my inspiration for this card from the current challenge over at theCLASSroom

I hope you all have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Hello my wonderful friends!

It's time for another Unity hop!
(and sale!)

When I first started stamping (way back in high school) I mostly created scrapbooks. I started doing mostly cards when I started working on design teams... The main reason was that cards were easier to get done on a deadline...

 {I'm a REALLY slow scrapbooker... It takes me ages to get everything how I like it! LOL!}

Anyway, I've been itching to do some scrapbooking again...

This is my spin on the current LO sketch challenge (found HERE)
Because my photos were vertical, I ended up rotating the sketch 90 degrees and going from there. 

This sweet little angel isn't mine, just a girl I used to baby sit... and she steals my heart every time I see her! Isn't she ADORABLE???? 
(and YES, her mom did give me permission to post this!)

Anyway, because of that, I haven't added the journaling yet... But I left space for it in the upper right corner amongst the flowers and butterfly. 

I know this doesn't look exactly like the sketch... but, I generally use sketches as starting points, not 'set in stone' final destination. I get the general LO, then add my own touches. It's just how I roll.  

"You are Amazing" comes from Unity's Trust Your Soul kit... Those butterflies are from October 2015 LayersOfLife kit Wild and Free. (you only have a few more days to sign up for LOL to get this kit!)

I heat embossed the butterflies on vellum, and fussy cut them out. I added adhesive just under their bodies so the wings could flutter freely. I love doing that to butterflies!

I added a bunch of flowers between the two pictures even though they weren't part of the sketch... Like I said, I use the sketch as a starting point... I also die cut some glitter paper swirls and threw in some loose Angelina Fibers for a little extra glitz.

{What can I say? I love me some glitz!}

Don't forget---
 Link up your Unity projects through Wednesday night (linky closes @ midnight CST).  Three $25 gift certificates will be given away at random from both the COMMENTS left on the blogs through out the hop and people who LINK UP a project to the Unity Hop. The winners will be announced Friday night.