Thursday, September 18, 2014

All you need is Love

Just a quick post today.  I was asked to make an engagement card and was a little pressed for time.

I pulled out a couple Mama Elephant sets and whipped this up.

All the stamping was done with Versafine, and I colored with Copics.

Like I said, quick post.  I've been busy with projects for submission as well as the new Neat & Tangled release.....release week is next week!!!  I've got a new set coming out, but I'm also helping with the entire release, and you guys are going to love it!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Avery Elle - White and Cherry cardstock; PTI - True Black
Stamps:  Mama Elephant - Pandamonium, Smitten
Ink:  Versafine
Other:  Copics; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Monday, September 15, 2014

Waffle Flower Crafts August/September Challenge Part Two

Happy Monday!

I'm sharing my second card for Waffle Flower Crafts August/September Challenge today.  There's a technique challenge and a sketch that you can play along with.  Since I tackled the sketch last month, I thought I would try out the technique this month.

I decided to use my Starry Night set to create a sky scene, and while I kept my color scheme very basic, I mixed it up with a variety of products to add interest.

I first stamped the clouds using WPlus9 white pigment ink.  The WPlus9 ink is really good, but for this card I didn't want a really good stamping, so when I applied the ink, I swiped my ink pad across the stamp.  This doesn't fully ink the stamp and also adds some texture.

Then I added the stars.  I used Perfect Pearls for the stars, I really love the sparkle/shine you get from them, but also that it's flush to the cardstock.  

The moon was stamped on a scrap piece of blue cardstock, embossed in silver and fussy cut.  I wanted a more finished look to the edges (no cardstock showing), so I inked the edges with Versamark and embossed them.

I wanted to amp it up a bit so I added some translucent sequins and some silver ribbon that's been in my stash for a while.

OK, now it's your turn!  There are THREE chances to win, a winner in each category will be picked as well as a random winner from all entries.  Here are the details:

  • Use at least one of Waffle Flower Crafts products on each entry. List the product name in your blog post. If you use an online gallery (Flickr for example), list the name in the description. This is especially important when you used a product in a clever way that might not be obvious to people. Our team will be looking for them but please help make it easier for them.
  • Enter as many times as you want. If you have a blog, please include the graphic of the category you are entering in and link to the challenge post. This is to help your readers and crafty friends to find us and join the fun!
  • Combine up to 3 other challenges if you want.
Can't wait to see what you make!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Avery Elle - Sapphire and Silver Fox cardstock
Stamps:  Avery Elle - Starry Night
Ink:  Versamark; WPlus9 - White Pigment Ink; Ranger - Perfect Medium
Other:  Ranger - Perfect Pearls Perfect Pearl; Neat & Tangled - Translucent sequins; Hydrangea Hippo - Silver Trim; CTMH - Liquid Glass; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; American Crafts - Foam Adhesive

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Plane Awesome!

It's been a happy crafty weekend!  I was able to get together with my GI buddies JJ and Tessa again last night for some crafting and chatting.

While I was there, I made this card for the Taylored Expressions birthday Sketch Selfie Share challenge.

These papers (with the exception of the woodgrain) are ChicTags.  I've never used ChicTags papers before, but they are really thick, almost like cardstock, and some great patterns.  Unfortunately in my haze of crafting I forgot to write down which collection the papers are from, but I'm definitely thinking I need some ore ChicTags paper in my life!

The woodgrain is Studio Calico and I actually used the Paper Smooches polaroid die to cut it, but then trimmed a little off the bottom to make it more of a frame and less of a polaroid.

The little plane and sentiment are from TE's Plane Awesome set, so cute!  It was colored with Copics and then I softened the color a bit with a blending tool.

The clouds in the top of the frame were made using TE's cloud border die.

I will also report that I have finally tried using a I might actually need one....

Thanks for coming by!  Hope you are having a great weekend!

Supplies Used:  Paper/Cardstock:  Studio Calico - Woodgrain Paper; ChicTags - Polkadot and Striped paper; PTI - Hawaiian Shores cardstock
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions - Plane Awesome
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  Taylored Expressions - Plane Awesome dies; Copics; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Scotch - Foam Tape

Friday, September 12, 2014

Thanks for Jane's Doodles

Happy Friday!

Sharing a card that was up over at the Jane's Doodles blog yesterday.

I thought I would show you how I created the flowers.  It's four steps:

First, I stamped the flower image, from Doodle Flowers II, with white pigment ink around the edges of a piece of kraft card stock.

Second, the bottom portion of the flowers was colored with a Derwent Inktense pencil.

Next, I used a waterbrush to activate the watercolor and spread it to the end/top of the flowers.

Finally, I went re-stamped the flower images with the white ink to punch up the outlines since some of the watercoloring gets into the outline of the flowers.

It's really an easy process.  The hardest part for me is lining up the images for the second stamping, but to be honest, you really don't have to do that.  I like the extra oomph, but it would look just fine without.

I added an inlaid die cut sentiment.  I didn't want to use white cardstock since it looked too jarring, so I pressed my white ink pad into some kraft cardstock and die cut it from that.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  PTI - Kraft cardstock; AE - Silver Fox cardstock
Stamps:  Jane's Doodles - Doodle Flowers II
Ink:  WPlus9 - White Pigment Ink
Other:  Lawn Fawn - Thanks die; Derwent - Inktense Pencils; Ranger - Waterbrush; American Crafts - Foam Adhesive

Thursday, September 11, 2014

You can make a flower out of anything

....well, just about anything.  I was messing around with some Paper Smooches stamps the other day, and for whatever reason decided that the duster from Squeaky Clean should really become a flower, or medallion.

This actually took a while to make since I decided that paper piecing was the way to go, so I stamped a gazillion dusters, some on white cardstock to use as bases and others on pink and green patterned paper for the duster bottoms and handles.

After piecing all the dusters, I adhered them to a yellow patterned paper circle and then added a gem in the center.

Since I wanted that to be the focal point, I tried to keep the rest of the card pretty CAS.  A little gray mist, some sequins, and a popped up sentiment.

I'm going to link this up over at SPARKS since it's an Anything Goes week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  MME - Record It, Just Splendid 6x6 pad; AE - White Cardstock
Stamps:  Paper Smooches - Squeaky Clean
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  Dylusions - Slate Gray Ink Spray; Neat & Tangled - Translucent Sequins; CTMH - Liquid Glass and Dimensional Foam Tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Happiest, Merriest, Brightest

If you follow me on Facebook, you'll recognize this sneak I posted last week using the Peace on Earth set that Simon Says Stamp was kind enough to send me for Stamptember.

For this card I used the back of the Love Hope Joy at Christmas stamp to create the colored background.  I stamped first with neon yellow, then pink and green.  The transitions weren't subtle enough for me, so I actually went back with some more neon yellow to soften the overlapping portion.  To do that I just inked up half of the back of the stamp, lined it up and stamped.  Really easy.

Then it was just a matter of stamping the sentiment.

I used Hero Arts Envelope Liner background for the card base and added a black mat adhered directly to the card base (the sentiment piece is popped up).

Thank to Simon Says Stamp for sending along this great little goodie, I know it's going to get a lot of work as I put together my Christmas cards this year!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  CMTH - White Daisy; Avery Elle - White; PTI - True Black
Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp - Peace on Earth; Hero Arts - Envelope Liner Background
Ink:  Hero Arts - Neon Yellow, Pink, and Green; Versafine
Other:  Tombow - Mono Adhesive; American Crafts - Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Monday, September 8, 2014

Speedy Recovery

I had some time to create something just for fun this weekend, so I pulled out this adorable Penny Black Mimi image.  I normally don't buy wood mount stamps, but she's just so cute.

She's colored with a combination of Copics and Spectrum Noir markers, and the sentiment is from a Lawn Fawn set.

Last week was a little crazy with the tail end of family in town/party hangover and school starting.  Hoping that this week we start to get into our school groove.  Hope you had a great weekend!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  AE - Cherry cardstock; CTMH - White Daisy cardstock
Stamps:  Penny Black - First Aid Mimi; Lawn Fawn - On the Mend
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  Spectrum Noir and Copic markers; Tombow - Mono Adhesive