Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I just love blue and white!

I just had to keep using this new stamp. Blue and white has been on my mind. I think it turned out very striking.
I made it a one layer card. I used some 3M Post It tape to mask off the area for the sentiment.

I was having a lot of trouble with static that day. I actually made the card twice because my embossing powder was sticking everywhere it shouldn't. 

I used this metallic Jelly Roll pen by Sakura to add some silver highlights to the design. Not too many. I didn't want it to take away. Just add some fun. It also helped me disguise the areas where the embossing powder messed things up.

Here is the final card. I added a solid line of silver above and below the sentiment as well. The background stamp is so busy that I feel I don't need any embellishment. It stands on it's own so well.

Thanks for stopping in. I love comments. :-) What have you been working on? I am wanting to enter more challenges. They seem a fun way to share and try something I didn't think of for myself. I meant to enter this one in Hero Art's one layer card challenge, but was a few days late with this post.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

I just love new stamps!

 I got some new stamps this week. I decided to use the last of my birthday $ I received as gifts. I LOVE this stamp by Hero Arts. I've been wanting it for quite awhile. It is always sold out. I finally lucked out.

 I woke up with this idea in my head this morning. I had to get it out.

I stamped it four times and got to work cutting.

Here are my pieces and my lovely scraps.

I decided to make some areas darker red. The heart is just a scrap I use to test out the color of the pencil before I use it. I had a little trouble with the embossing powder flaking off. I tried to keep my cool and keep going. I fixed it at the end.

Here is the final card all layered up. Sorry for the bad pic.
Here is a quick Instagram video I did of the layers. You can really see the shine too. I love it when it turns out just like you want. I am leaving it blank for now. I don't know what kind of card it will be, or who for. I just put the panel on top of a white card base and I'll decide later who it is for and what sentiment to add. 

I have never used this little video player before . Let me know what you think. Is it fun?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

When your projects take on a new direction....

Ever have that happen to you? I know you have. That is life. Plan A becomes Plan B all the time.
I was making a card yesterday and I took apart what I did and went a new direction. Here are some photos to prove it. (Ha! As if you would doubt me. ;-))
I wanted to color this tag with Distress stains. I used light, medium and dark shades of blue.

Then I inked the edges with Distress Ink.
I stamped then heat embossed these flowers with gold embossing powder.

I thought I would try a pretty loopy bow with embroidery floss. It turned out terrible so I pulled it off and chucked it. 
I did like how the flower turned out. I like stamping it twice and then cutting apart the second one to make more petals. Then I assemble them in a new way to make a bigger and fuller flower. I also love using  foam adhesive! It makes it so dimensional.
I didn't like how you could see the edges of the petals so I added beads to the center of the flower to cover the edges of the paper.
I'm not thrilled, but it looks better. I'll keep it.

 Here is where I decided I didn't like the tag as much as I thought. I pulled the flower off and put the tag to the side for another project. I made this panel awhile back. It is white cardstock covered in Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. Then I used a fun stencil, embossing paste, and verdigris embossing powder. It is so fun and funky.
I decided to make the sentiments match by covering white cardstock in the same ink.

Just a close up of that embossing. It is so thick!

 Not my best ever, but it's OK. I love that I had fun making mistakes and messing around. I don't have to be perfect every time.
More imperfection? Chick out my Instagram feed if you want to see my experiment that is pictured below. I have a couple of videos there. I wanted to make pearly embossing paste. 
Why would I post pictures of a project that wasn't perfect? Because I love to share. Because it turned out OK in the end. Because life isn't perfect. Perfect gets boring and you never learn anything new. I love to learn. :-)
See you soon.

Monday, June 30, 2014

What have you been crafting?

I am back again with another post to share some things I've made lately. What have you been crafting?

For my birthday earlier this month my sister gave me a gift certificate to go to a fun place we have near here. It's called Whimsy.  You can have a drink, (adult or other kinds too,) a snack and paint. They have classes, or open studio time. I had been there before and taken a class and this time we went and painted whatever we liked. It was so fun.

I painted this...

 Trying to copy a painting they had there that looks like this. What? I needed to drink more? Yes. I like how mine turned out anyway. I can still add more flowers if I find the time.
 Here are a couple of peonies I water colored. I made a card out of the top one that turned out a little lighter.

 I am all out of birthday cards. I made a set of 4 that look like this. I could only fit 3 in the picture. I put diamond stickles on the bodies. They are so pretty.
 I took some great pictures of my girls and re did one of the frames on our stair well. I used some die cutting, stamping and an element from a scrap booking collage sheet I have.
 For my birthday my husband gave me some money to order what I like from Simon Says Stamp. One of the things I ordered was this marbleized stamp by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous. I am in love with it! I tried it on some watercolor papers and did some stamping with Distress Inks and water spritzing. This first one I embossed with clear embossing powder to give it a wet look.

So more birthday cards were in order. I should have plenty now to last me a little while.
 This one I had a little fun with. I stamped the balloons and then colored them with Distress Inks by applying them with a foam blender. I cut them out and popped them up with foam adhesive. I tied some string to the bottoms like I saw Jennifer McGuire do recently. It turned out pretty cute. The picture shows the embossing very poorly, but it is a tiny star pattern. I stamped some stars on the inside as well with a birthday sentiment.
 I'm also low on Get Well cards so I have made a couple like this with my new favorite stamp as well.
What have you been crafting lately? Cards? Scrap booking? I'll stop by soon to share some more.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Stopping by to say "Hi"

I told you it wouldn't be long until my next blog post!

I made this set of four cards as a teacher gift. I know it's awhile until the end of the school year, but it takes me so long lately to complete a project I thought I should get going. I made these four cards over two days. It is slow sometimes, but at least I'm squeaking in time. :-)

I wanted to use some Distress Inks in my project. I haven't made a mess with them in awhile and I knew they could give me the look I had in mind. I used water color paper and embossed the Tim Holtz Flourish stamp in copper embossing powder. I then inked with lots of colors of ink and then spritzed like crazy. 

 I embossed the sentiment on the chocolate brown in copper too. I then added a small pop dot in the center and adhered it flat on the ends. It's subtle dimension. Just enough.
Of course I made matching envelopes as well. The inside also has a little of the flourish stamped as well.
I inherited an older DSLR camera. I am trying it out here. I have a lot to learn about the settings so bear with me. I'm sorry if these are a tiny bit blurry and not quite the right colors. I can't wait to figure it out and post some better pics. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Playing catch up...

Hello friends. It seems like I'm always playing catch up lately. I am now working two jobs and being mom and wife too. I am sorry for leaving my blog unloved for so long. I thought the children would become more independent and need me less. It seems I am needed all the more these days. :-)

I have some photos to share that I took of things as I was making them. Some of these items were made long ago, but I still want to share. 

This first photo is a gift we gave at a wedding last November. I wrapped it in brown butcher paper and cut out the white flowers on my Silhouette SD. I then glued them all over the box. I made a gift tag to go with it. I love that it is so pretty, but so simple. Only two kinds of paper and a little string on the tag. You don't always need a lot of supplies to make something look nice. 

This next project was for my childrens' school mates. Around here kids bring treats to share on their birthdays. I always feel sorry for the kids in the class who have food allergies and can't have cupcakes or whatever else is brought in. I always send something that isn't food. I made bookmarks again this year. I cut out all of the blue, tag shaped book marks on my Silhouette. (What would I do without that thing?) Then I used an embossing folder with dots and circles on it to dry emboss them all. I made about 60.
 Next I used the stamp set I have from Papertrey Ink called All booked up. I stamped "Let me save your spot" and then punched them out with a circle punch. I punched a green circle for behind these and matted them on top.

 I used a glue dot to adhere them all on. It worked best, as the base was textured. I added green ribbon to the top of each one that matched the green circles. Sorry I don't have a pic with the ribbons! ;-/
 This was a set I made to donate. Super simple. They were made with Hero Arts Note cards and matching envelopes. I love the quality of them.
 I use a lot of "sympathy" and "get well" cards for a church group I belong to. When someone isn't feeling well or has a loss in their family we send out a card.

 This was a set I made to give as a gift as well. It's hard to see, but the butterflies are shimmery.

 I made a bunch of these to have on hand. I am always needing manly cards. When I have an inspiration for one I try to make it right away. I hate it when I loose the idea. ;-)
 These were more to have on hand as well. The leaves are shimmery. I made matching envelopes.
 I don't make all of my Christmas cards the same anymore. I like to make a variety. This is one I did make a lot of though. I bought the stamp and matching die at Archiver's. The sentiments, stamps and dies I used were from Hero Arts.
 Sorry this one is sideways. Blogger is not letting me choose to rotate some of these photos, but it will others.
This one is just a simple one layer card I did using Distress Inks by Ranger. I spritzed it with shimmery spray, so it really looks beautiful in person.
This is the Valentine I made for my childrens' classmates and Girl Scout troop members. I used a Hero Arts stamp set called "LOL". I made a little cell phone out of it by adding a chord and plug. The plug is just card stock and staples.
 My sister just had a birthday I made her a card, tag and gift bag that matched. I love these Maya Road envelopes that have fun shapes.

 I also gave her a set of birthday cards. Some, pictured below are girly, and some were more gender neutral colors.  I had fun stamping and heat embossing the background. Then I water colored on them. While they were still wet I spritzed them with some Tattered Angels shimmery spray. They are stunning!
 Sorry, once again for the sideways pic. I added the background to blue cards, added a sentiment and then embellished with punched out white stars that I covered in Ranger Glossy Accents.

 I even added some inside. I think the inside and the envelope are just as important as the outside.
Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my creations. I will try to be better about updating my blog more often. You know I LOVE to share. :-)