Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thinking of You

Sharing another card I created a few weekends ago while crafty at my friend JJ's house.  It's so fun to get to play with other people's stuff!

This was me working with the Peerless watercolors again.  I have to say that I like them, they are nice and compact and would be perfect for a travel kit, but overall I prefer my Inktense pencils.  I think it's easier to pick up the color from them and you get a much brighter, dare I say intense, color right off the bat without having to layer color.  I do like the fact that there are so many different Peerless colors though.

Anyway those flowers are from a Stampin' Up set that my friend Tessa brought.  I thought they would be perfect for watercoloring and stamped them with Smokey Grey Versafine.  The sentiment is from the set in SC's Clarabelle Card Kit Add-On.

I cut the paper on an angle and added a couple pieces of vellum to soften things up.  The vellum pieces were adhered directly to the card while the stamped panel was popped up.

Hope that you are having a great week.  Don't forget to join in the Stop and Go Blog Hop (just scroll down), someone is going to win a free stamp set!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Avery Elle - White and Fog Cardstock; Recollections - Vellum
Stamps:  SU - So Very Grateful; SC - Clarabelle Card Kit Add On Exclusive
Ink:  Versafine Smokey Grey
Other:  Peerless Watercolors; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; SU - Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Stop and Go Blog Hop Redux

Confession:  I had two cards to post for the hop yesterday, but late Sunday night, I (or rather one of my eagle eyed friends) discovered a big mistake on the card.

Since I didn't have time to get it fixed/photographed, I just posted the one card and tackled fixing it yesterday.

I used the same paper pad (MME Cut & Paste Adorbs) as in the first card, but went a little more bold and graphic for this one.

The image was stamped directly on that one patterned piece of paper.  The 'YOU' is from my On the Corner set, the fonts are the same, and it allows you to really stretch the possibilities with the Stop and Go set.  The bold houndstooth pattern is popped out with foam tape.  To add a little definition to the transition between papers, before adhering the houndstooth pieces I added some Queen & Co washi, but spaced it so that just a bit of it shows.  A few Neat & Tangled sequins added some extra color and sparkle.

I also stamped one of the borders from the On the Strip stamp set along the left border and clear embossed it for some additional texture.

What do you think?

Want to see the original card?

It ended up not being too hard to fix.  I stamped the sign again on another piece of patterned paper.....lining it up correctly was the hardest part, then I stamped the hand image, fussy cut the square out and pasted it over the original.  

Have a great day and don't forget to hop to win a set of your own...just scroll down for my original hop post.

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  MME - Cut & Paste Adorbs 6x6 pad; PTI - True Black cardstock
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled - Stop and Go, On the Corner, On the Strip
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Back; CTMH - Holiday Red; Versamark
Other:  Queen & Co - Washi; Neat & Tangled - Red Sequins; CTMH - Clear embossing powder and Dimensional Foam Tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Monday, April 21, 2014

Stop and Go Blog Hop

Hey everyone!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Ours was filled to the brim with activities, friends, family, and a candy too.

I'm really excited to be co-hosting a blog hop today with Danielle from Neat & Tangled.  This month we're showcasing my Stop and Go stamp set that was released back in February.  Some of my favorite crafty friends are helping me out and I just know that you are going to be wowed.  The hop starts at the Neat and Tangled blog, and I'm the second stop.

Every blog hop has to have a prize right?  Well there are two prizes up for grabs.  Danielle and I are both giving away a Stop and Go set.  Danielle will choose from comments left on the Neat & Tangled blog, and I'll be picking a random commenter from all the hop locations.  Comments will close Saturday April 26th and the winners will be posted on Monday April 28th.

I created a very clean and simple card for the hop.  The ombre paper is also from the MME Cut & Paste Adorbs pad.  I stamped the stop light on some white paper, colored it with Spectrum Noir markers and cut a curve using my CM custom cutting system circles.  I added a second curve of dark gray cardstock adhering that directly to the ombre paper. The stoplight piece is popped out with foam tape.

I won't keep you because there's so much good stuff to see ahead.  Your next stop is Alexandra, but the full blog hop list is below in case you get turned around.

Danielle (
Me (
Alexandra (
Amy (
Cheiron (
Kelly (
Laura (
Taheerah (
Tessa (

Supplies Used
Card 1
Paper/Cardstock:  MME - Cut & Paste Adorbs 6x6 pad; PTI - True Black cardstock
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled - Stop and Go, On the Corner, and On the Strip
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versamark; CTMH - Holiday Red
Other:  Queen & Co - Washi Tape; Neat & Tangled - Red Sequins; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive
Card 2
Paper/Cardstock:  MME - Cut & Paste Adorbs 6x6 pad; PTI - True Black cardstock; CTMH - White Daisy Cardstock; MFT - Steel Grey cardstock
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled - Stop and Go
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  Spectrum Noir markers; CM - Custom Cutting System; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

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