Friday, July 25, 2014

August Publication Share

Hey everyone, it's been crazy busy around here.  I've been working on several things, including some new stamp designs (yay!), and other things that I can't show you just yet, but I thought I would share this card that was published in the August issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine.

I was especially excited for this one since it's the first card that I've submitted to the sketch category that was picked up.

I used WPlus9 quilt cuts for the tangram elements and the sentiment is from My Favorite Things.  It's a little hard to see, but that black strip up top is some AC glitter tape.

We've had an incredibly busy week here at home and the next two look to be just as busy.  I really can't complain though, it's been all sorts of fun things.  We've just been enjoying the summer and all that it brings.

Hope you are doing well and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Guest Designing for Paper Smooches - Week 4

Hey everyone!  Back to share some more cards for Paper Smooches.

My first card uses my very favorite set from this release:  Blossoming Buds.

I stamped the larger cluster of flowers in each corner to create a frame, and then colored it with Copics.  It's really a very simple card to pull together.  I added little pencil marks in the center of each of the sides to help with my positioning.

I also added an outline in gray around all of the images as well as the sentiment, from the Kudos set, to make them pop a bit.

My second card is a little more out there.  I challenged myself to do something really out of the box with the Ghoulfriends set.  I picked just one stamp.....the witch hat, stamped it a gazillion times, colored it, and fussy cut, and the used them to form these medallions.  What do you think?  Too weird for you or does it pass the test.

The 'you're' sentiment is from Blossoming Buds and I used one of the Kudos dies for the main sentiment.  To create that sentiment piece I first die cut the word from gold foil cardstock, then I die cut it again from that thin strip of black cardstock.  I used an identical strip as the base to piece it all back together.  It's a little tricky to do, but I love how it looks.

That's all for me today.  I'll have one more set of cards to share with you next week (my last week! sniff....). Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used
Card 1
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - White Daisy cardstock; PTI - True Black Cardstock
Stamps:  Paper Smooches - Blossoming Buds, Kudos
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  Copic Markers; Tombow - Mono Adhesive
Card 2
Paper/Cardstock:  Avery Elle - White Cardstock; PTI - True Black Cardstock; CTMH - White Daisy cardstock; Recollections - Gold Foil Cardstock
Stamps:  Paper Smooches - Ghoulfriend, Blossoming Buds
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  Paper Smooches - Kudos Word Dies; Copic Markers; Kuretake - Gold Wink of Stella Pen; Recollections - Enamel Dots; Xyron - 1 1/2" Sticker Maker; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Monday, July 21, 2014

Love You Photo Pocket Card

Hey everyone!  I've been busy working on a bunch of things that I can't share quite yet, but I thought I would pop in and share a card that was published in the Photo Pocket Scrapbooking special issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine.

I used an Elle's Studio journaling card, some Basic Grey RSVP papers, and Taylored Expressions Skinny Alpha dies.

I love altering journaling cards and that's what I did here.  Obviously the sentiment was die cut, but I used a craft knife to cut around the hearts and pop them up for some dimension, and then mimicked the stitching that is printed on the card.  The hearts in the centers of the Os were just free hand cut from the same paper used on the background and I added some color with a sponge dauber.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great start to your week!

Friday, July 18, 2014

N&T Winner!

Happy Friday everyone!

Just popping in quickly to announce the winner of my two new stamp sets. chose commont #16 which came from.....


Congratulations Donna!  Shoot me your address and these will be headed your way.

And thanks so much to everyone for all your kind words and support.  The new sets are doing well and headed for a sell out, potentially as early as today, so if you need the sets right away you'll want to head on over.  If you need some incentive to push you over the edge, Danielle is moving soon, so there are a whole slew of sets on's a good time to pick up some of those things you've been eyeing.  If now's not a good time, replenishments are on the way, and should be here in a few weeks.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Guest Designing for Paper Smooches - Week 3

****To see the reveal of my two new Neat & Tangled stamp sets and to enter my giveaway, please scroll down.

Hey everyone!  Week three of my guest designing gig with Paper Smooches and I'm having a great time!  My cards the last two weeks have been on the more elegant/sophisticated side, but today I wanted to go with funny, and really Paper Smooches stamps are made for humor.

First up a card that features the Feline Friends set.  This cat just kind of makes me laugh.  Whenever I look at him I think of one of those grumpy Eeyore type personalities, nothing ever goes right for them, so I thought I would give his day a little lift.

I created a dock and used the Stitchced Dies to make waves.  Then I stamped and fussy cut a bunch of fish.  The fish are first and second generation stampings and I used my Wink of Stella pen to give them some shimmer too.

The cat was stamped with dye ink and then I used Copics to add some shading to him and a Distress Marker for the brown accents....I turned the corner of his mouth up just a bit to give this grumpy guy a hint of a smile.

The sentiment is from Slang Gang.

Lots of dimension on this one, here you can see the layers that were created.

My next card features Ghoulfriends, this month's TAM stamp which you get for free with a $60 purchase.

Really a very easy card to create.  I first inked up my cardstock panel.  I was a little concerned about the intersection between the orange and purple, I didn't want it to be too brown/muddy, so I added just a little bit of dark pink color.  You really can't see it, but since it blends well with both orange and purple, I thought it would help the transition.

I created a little mask for that candy stamp and then stamped the candy banners with Versafine using the mask along the edges where they overlap.

I laugh everytime I see that crazy ghoul guy.  He is so funny, and he needed something to hold so I gave him a lollipop.

Since I used dye inks and stamped with Versafine, I was able to add a little interest by using a thin wet paintbrush to color in the ends of the candy pieces as well as the ghoul's eyes, mouth, and lollipop.  So easy to do and I really love how it highlights the stamped images.  A little Wink of Stella also gave it some glimmer.

The sentiment was embossed in gold on a little strip of black and popped up.

That's all for me today.  Hope you got a giggle from these, I definitely enjoyed making them!

Supplies Used
Card 1
Paper/Cardstock: Glitz - Sunshine in My Soul 6x6 pad; Fancy Pants - As You Wish 6x6 pad; CTMH - White Cardstock; Avery Elle - White Cardstock
Stamps:  Paper Smooches - Feline Friends, Slang Gang
Ink:  CTMH - Outdoor Denim, Goldrush, and Cocoa
Other:  Paper Smooches - Stitched Dies; Copics - Y32, Y35, Y38; Distress Marker - Gathered Twigs; Zig - Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen; Recollections - Foam Adhesive; Tombow - Mono and Multi Mono Adhesive
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - White Cardstock; Papertrey Ink - True Black Cardstock
Stamps:  Paper Smooches - Ghoulfriends
Ink:  Versafine; CTMH - Gypsy and Autumn Terracotta; Hero Arts - Raspberry Jam Shadown Ink; Versamark
Other:  Judikins:  Gold Embossing Powder; Zig - Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen; Recollections - Foam Adhesive; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

New Releases from Neat & Tangled! You can win them too!

Hey everyone!  I'm SO excited to be revealing my two newest Neat & Tangled stamp sets today!

Please meet Time Warp (3x4 stamp) and A Long Time Ago


I had so much fun creating the sets.  The sentiments cover a variety of occasions with just a bit of sarcasm.

I created two cards to share with you today.

First up this card featuring Time Warp.

I wanted to show the versatility of this stamp.  It works perfectly with Long Time Ago, but stands on it's own as well.  Here I paired it with a couple of the sentiments from Neat & Tangled's Photo Booth set.

To create the background I embossed it in clear embossing powder and then added Outdoor Denim ink.  Then I ironed away the embossing and stamped and embossed the sentiment in silver.  A mat of silver foil cardstock was just the right touch.

Change up the colors and it could mimic a sunburst, explosion, etc.  It would be the perfect background for a large word die and at the 3x4 size makes the perfect journaling card.

Here's my second card featuring Long Time Ago.

I combined/modified techniques from Jen Rzasa (taught in the Online Card Class Watercolor for Cardmakers) and Kristina Werner's card here.

Jen's card used a salt technique, but since I knew I was going to be heat embossing a smaller sentiment, I was concerned about getting a good inking and opted to use Kristina's method for making stars.

I love the technique, you get such a rich/deep background and so I kept the card very simple, no extras, although I did stamp on the inside.  You'll notice a bunch of smaller sentiments in the set that are perfect for stamping a message on the inside of the card.

One more little tip for those of you who have been caught by the watercolor bug.  This panel was definitely a little bit warped, but if you create a watercolor panel that you don't want to adhere with foam tape, the best adhesive I've found is CTMH Bonding Memories Adhesive.  It's one of those adhesives that is blue/liquid and has a foam type applicator you press to get the glue flowing.  I've seen them from other companies, and have tried some different brands.  Some work better than others, but this one works very well.  Just makes sure you have it where you want it because once it dries, that's it, there's no turning back.

That's all for me today, but of course I can't let you go without giving you a chance to win these sets.  This is a quick giveaway.  Leave a comment by tomorrow evening and I'll announce a winner Friday morning.

Please head over to the Neat & Tangled blog Danielle is also giving away a set of stamps and you will definitely want to see what the Design Team created!

Supplies Used
Card 1
Paper/Cardstock:  Avery Elle - White Cardstock; Recollections - Silver Foil Cardstock
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled - Time Warp and Photo Booth
Ink:  Versamark; CTMH - Outdoor Denim
Other:  CTMH - Clear and Silver embossing powder; Tombow - Mono Adhesive
Card 2
Paper/Cardstock:  Avery Elle - Fog Cardstock; Watercolor Paper from Target
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled - Long Time Ago
Ink:  Versamark; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  Kuretake - Gansai Tambi 24 Color Painting Set; Stampendous - Detail White Embossing Powder; CTMH - Bonding Memories Adhesive

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Waffle Flower June/July Challenge Take 2

Hey everyone, we are in our second month of the current Waffle Flower Challenge.  There are actually two challenges each month, a sketch and a technique challenge.

Here's the sketch:

Last month I made a card featuring this sketch, so I thought I would take on the technique challenge this month:

For this card I used the Loved stamp set.

It's a great floral building set which makes it kind of perfect for building backgrounds as well.

Stamping patterns doesn't come that naturally to me.  It usually takes me a few tries.  I find that I often stamp the images too far apart which means that it either looks too sparse, or once you stamp additional images to compensate, it looks too crowded.  My solution is to do a dry run on regular printer paper.  This helps me both determine which colors I want, but play with the spacing a bit.

The great thing about the Loved set is that there are a whole host of small 'filler' stamps.  I first stamped the larger flowers and leaves, and then I used the little dot stamps to fill in the background.

I loved the pattern and didn't want to cover it up too much, so I stamped and embossed the large frame on dark brown cardstock and fussy cut it....the fussy cutting was a bit of a challenge, but it got done with only a few boo boos which were easy to mask since I was adhering the entire image to the card base.....any little 'oopsies' were easily pieced back together at that time.

I stamped the frame again on white cardstock, and cut around the center oval just inside the line, stamped the sentiment, and popped it up for some dimension.

To ground the card a bit more, I cut a thin strip of white cardstock, and swiped it with my ink pad to match the large flowers.

I hope that you'll play along with the challenge.  You have until July 25th, and two winners, one in each category, will win the stamp set of their choice.

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - White Daisy cardstock; Avery Elle - Truffle cardstock
Stamps:  Waffle Flower - Loved
Ink:  WPlus9 - Mojito, Coconut Husk, Miami Spice, and Flamingo; Hero Arts - Field Greens and Butterbar Shadow Ink; CTMH - Chocolate; Versamark
Other:  Stampendous - White Embossing Powder; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive