Friday, April 18, 2014

Love Always

Thought I would share another of the cards I created this year for Stamping Royalty.  

The patterned paper was created with one of the leaf stamps from Jane's Doodles' Doodle Flower set. They were stamped in Versafine Smokey Grey and then colored with a waterbrush and Evergreen Bough distress ink.  

One of my favorite tricks for softening things is vellum. I used some here on top of the slide frame die as well as over the patterned paper beneath the slide frame die opening.  The secondary sentiment was embossed on that vellum piece and both vellum pieces were run through my Xyron before being adhered.  

The main sentiment is from Winnie and Walter's the Big, the Bold and the Happy set and fussy cut.  A bit of string and enamel dots finished it off.

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your weekend!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Avery Elle - Fog cardstock; Recollections - Vellum; Watercolor Paper; CTMH - White Daisy cardstock
Stamps:  Jane's Doodles - Doodle Flowers; Winnie and Walter - The Big, the Bold and the Happy
Ink:  Tsukineko - Versafine Smokey Grey, Versamark; Ranger - Evergreen Bough Distress Ink
Other:  PTI - Slide Frame Die; MME - Enamel Dots; Stampendous - White Embossing Powder; Ranger - Waterbrush; Xyron - 5" Machine; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Another experiment

Yesterday's blog post was about a technique I have been wanting to try where you heat emboss a stamp, add color, then iron away the embossing so you can stamp over the design/color that is left.

It's a really fun technique, and when I was done I kept thinking that it would be such a cool technique to adapt to use on stencils.

As luck would have it, I received a new stencil in the mail yesterday that I thought would be the perfect candidate.

To create the card, I used a Versamark marker (the fine tip) to trace around the lines/openings in the stencil.  Then I heat embossed the design and used dye inks and a waterbrush to color in the image.  I also colored in the negative space, where the actual stencil sits normally, and then ironed away the embossing.

I have to say I really love how the technique translated to the stencil and the possibilities that this opens up for my stencils.  Not every stencil is appropriate for this - you need one with openings large enough so that this makes sense to do, but I love the control you get in terms of adding color without being too messy, and being really able to control the color being added.

I'm also going to link this up over at Virginia's View where the challenge is to use stencils.

Thanks for stopping by, hope your week is going well!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Watercolor paper from Target; PTI - True Black cardstock
Stamps:  Winnie & Walter - The Big, the Bold and the Happy
Ink:  Tsukineko - Versamark and Versafine; CTMH - Sunkiss Yellow, Honey, Creme Brulee, Goldrush, Autumn Terracotta, Holiday Red, Cranberry
Other:  TCW - Mini Web Doily stencil ; Ranger - Waterbrush; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


I got to experiment a little this weekend.  One of the techniques I've been wanting to try is one I've seen Jennifer McGuire do a few times where you emboss and then iron away the embossing powder.  It looks so cool, but I am often too lazy to go get my iron.....however when I was at my friend JJ's house over the weekend, I decided to try it, and I didn't even have to get the iron out, her nice hubby did. ;)

Anyway, I used the largest image from PTI's Circle Scribbles set, embossing it on watercolor paper.  Then I colored it in using Peerless Watercolors....another experiment....I've been wanting to try them, and they are really pretty cool.  Once that was done, I removed the embossing powder by placing some regular printer paper over it and ironing.  Then I stamped the sentiment over top.

I really love the technique, and am plotting some twists on it as we speak.

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  PTI - Smokey Shadow; Watercolor paper
Stamps:  PTI - Circle Scribbles, Wet Paint
Ink:  Tsukineko - Versamark, Smokey Grey Versa fine
Other:  Judikins - Clear Embossing Powder; Peerless Watercolors; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Monday, April 14, 2014

Celebrate with Style

Such a busy weekend!  But one of the highlights was getting together with some of my favorite crafty friends JJ and Tessa.

While we were there, I was able to pull out my new Bowtiful set from Waffle Flower Crafts.

A really simple and easy card.  I stamped a bunch of the stars with gold Delicata as the background and the sentiment was stamped over top with Versafine.

The bow was also stamped with Delicata and fussy cut.  I didn't have any matching ribbon, so I cut a thin strip of cardstock and swiped the Delicata pad over it to create my own matching ribbon.

Quick and easy, but I think it has a big impact.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Avery Elle - White and Black cardstock
Stamps:  Waffle Flower - Bowtiful
Ink:  Tsukineko - Versafine and Gold Delicata
Other:  Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Stampin Up - Foam Adhesive

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hatch Who?

This one is for the current gallery challenge at Paper Crafts Connection - get well cards.  The papers are BG - I really appreciate that they generally include a couple 'solid' patterned papers in their collections.  The stamps are all Lawn Fawn, and I used Lawn Fawn's A Birdie Told me speech bubble dies, but trimmed them down as necessary.

The tissue box and turtle were colored with a combination of Spectrum Noir Markers and Copics and I added some distressing with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

This one makes me smile, and I'm looking forward to someone getting sick so I can send it out....not really, but someone should get a chuckle out of this, no?

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  BasicGrey - Carte Postale 6x6 pad; CTMH - White Cardstock; Avery Elle - White Cardstock
Stamps:  Lawn Fawn - On the Mend and Milo's ABCs
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black; Ranger - Antique Linen Distress Ink
Other:  Lawn Fawn - A Birdie Told Me Dies; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

It's Your Birthday - Squeal

Playing along with a couple challenges today - Simon Says Stamp's Happy Birthday challenge and Anything Goes at SPARKS.

I recently got Paper Smooches' Party Posse set.  The critters are so cute and I chose this little guy for a really quick and easy card.  I cut a few random strips of patterned paper from SC's Snippet's collection, adding a bit of stitching detail.

Then I colored the little critter (I'm really not exactly sure what it is, hamster?) with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut him.  The word bubbles are Lawn Fawn....I actually have the dies, but I was lazy to go upstairs and get them, so I just fussy cut them and added the PS sentiments.

Hope that your week is going well!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Studio Calico - Snippets 6x6 pad; Avery Elle - White Cardstock; CTMH - White Cardstock
Stamps:  Paper Smoches - Party Posse; Lawn Fawn - A Birdie Told Me
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  Spectrum Noir Markers; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape; Sewing Machine

Sunday, April 6, 2014

MIM - Stamping with Watercolor Mediums

Thought I would play along with this week's Make it Monday.  The challenge was to stamp with watercolor mediums.  The sample card involved gelatos, and I haven't gotten mine out in a while, so I thought this would be fun to try.

I don't have have any solid PTI stamps, but this bird from Happy Trails is almost solid.

I used two colors, blue and pink, and waterbrush to created the stamped images.  A little gelato goes a long way.  With the exception of the first bird I never reapplied gesso....just added a bit more water and stamped it again.  I liked the look of movement this gives, kind of like generational stamping, so I reapplied the gesso and stamped one more time over that first bird.

The sentiment is also from the Happy Trails set, and I added a vellum mat to soften the transition to the black cardstock.

That's all for today.  Working on a few other projects I hope to be able t share soon.

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Strathmore - Mixed Media paper; PTI - Black cardstock; Recollections - Vellum
Stamps:  PTI - Happy Trails
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  Faber-Castell - Gelatos; Ranger - Waterbrush; Tombow - Mono Adhesive