Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For You

Sharing another gelli plate card today.

It is just so much fun!

For this one I created the gelli plate background using The Crafter's Workshop ___ 6x6 stencil.

I then added some stamped circles to the pattern using Ellen Hutson's Bokeh Dots stamps set.  I used both black and gold Delicata ink and stamped both circle outlines as well as some solid circle images.

The sentiment was created using Little B's Block Out Line Art and Lawn Fawn's Louie's ABCs dies.  I added some vellum beneath the negative cut of the 'for' as well as some gold foil cardstock at the bottom of the black sentiment strip.

That's all for today.  For all those stateside, have a safe and tasty Thanksgiving!!!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Avery Elle - White Cardstock; PTI - True Black Cardstock; Recollections - Vellum and Gold Foil Cardstock
Stamps:  Ellen Hutson - Bokeh Dots
Ink:  Versafine; Delicata
Other:  Gelli Plate; Little B -  Block Out Line Art Dies; Lawn Fawn - Louie's ABCs Dies; Acrylic Paints; Tombow - mono Adhesive; 3L - Foam Adheisve

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hello squares

Sharing a soft pretty hello card today.

I have to admit I do have a fondness for basic punches.  There are so many ways you can use squares and circles to make interesting patterns, or just basic cards.  This one falls into the latter, and extremely simple and easy to boot.

I just chose three papers from the MME Now & Then Mildred 6x6 pad and punched 1/2" squares from it.  These were tacked to another really neutral pattern from the pad.

Then I went in and added some stitching.  That's another way to really add interesting detail to a card.  Here I kept things really simple, but you could add so much detail to a pattern by stitching diagonally across the squares or vertically and horizontally across the middle of the squares to create a more quilted look.

The hello die is from Paper Smooches.  It was die cut in white and I colored it with a Copic to get the right shade of gray.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  MME - Now & Then Mildred 6x6 pad; Avery Elle - Silver Fox and White Cardstock
other:  Paper Smooches - Hello Words Dies; Copic Marker; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Sewing Machine

Monday, November 24, 2014

Fun with Alcohol Inks

I have to give my friend May credit for today's card.  After I created this card for the recent Neat & Tangled release, she asked if alcohol inks would work on photo paper.  Since I have a Canon Selphy, I have convenient 4x6 sheets of printer paper, so I thought I would do a little experimenting.

The verdict is that photo paper works AMAZINGLY well with alcohol inks, I actually think even better for many techniques than glossy cardstock.

For this card I wanted to see how well the alcohol ink would drip.  I applied both butterscotch and wild plum ink to the top of one side of the paper and then streamed some of the blending solution over it to create the streaks.  I continued to add the ink and blending solution until I got the amount of streaking and color I wanted.

I stamped the sentiment using Versafine.  The photo paper is a little slippery, so the stamped image isn't quite as precise as it normally is, and it's also not a really dark black either.  For a true black, I'd use Stazon, but I hate that stuff and try to never use it.  I wanted to be sure that the sentiment was totally set, so I embossed it in clear.

This was so fun and easy.  I'm definitely going to be trying it some more.  If you try it, please let me know, I'd love to see what you make!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock - Avery Elle - White Cardstock; PTI - True Black Cardstock; Canon - Selphy Photo Paper
Stamps:  My Favorite
Ink:  Versafine; Ranger - Butterscotch and Wild Plum Alcohol Ink
Other:  CTMH - Clear Embossing Powder

Friday, November 21, 2014

Do You Gelli?

I have been dreaming of owning a Gelli plate for many many moons.  I got the sweetest package from my GI12 buddy Cheiron

a couple weeks ago, and inside, my very own Gelli plate!

I broke it out pretty quickly for a test drive, making a bunch of prints.  This one uses The Crafter's Workshop Web Doily stencil.  Once I had created my print I trimmed it down to create the center panel which is floated above a black mat adhered directly to the card base.

The print kind of reminded me of an explosion, and I thought this Mama Elephant sentiment paired really nicely with it.

I had a great time creating with the Gelli plate.  In fact, it was so much fun that I 'had' to run out and get some more paint colors.  You will definitely be seeing many more Gelli projects.  It's very kid friendly too!  Both girls have tried it out and been asking me when we can do the 'rolling thing' again.

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Avery Elle - White cardstock; PTI - True Black cardstock
Stamps:  Mama Elephant - Lights Out
Ink:  Verafine
Other:  Gelli Plate; Acrylic Paints; The Crafter's Workshop - Web Doily 6x6 stencil; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Stand for Something

I was so excited to get these new MFT sneaker dies the other day.  They are a ton of fun, and I love that there is so much detail down to the little shoelace holes (because I cannot think of the real word for those) and the details on the soles.

I knew I wanted to use this denim paper for the main shoe, and I have a soft spot for red, white and blue, so it was an easy choice for the accent colors.  

The coordinating stamp set has some really wonderful sentiments that you can mix and match as well as some great details.  For example, the little circle on the side of the shoe....there are actually three different stamp choices there, and it stamps the star too, but I opted to glue a red die cut over top for contrast.

I used Maraschino twine from the Twinery for the laces.  A little trick to make threading easier:  just add a little bit of glue to the end, twisting it in to make a point.  When the glue dries it gives the twine some stiffness/body that make threading it through the holes a breeze, no need to fiddle with a needle.

This really is such a cute set of dies.  There is a fair amount of piecing and gluing, but it's totally worth it.  You could easily make multiples by die cutting in several cardstock colors and then mixing and matching the pieces from shoe to shoe.

That's all for today, thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  MME - On the Bright Side 6x6 pad; Avery Elle - White and Cherry cardstock
Stamps:  MFT - Be Original
Ink:  CTMH - Outdoor Denim
Other:  MFT - All Star High Top Die-namics; The Twinery - Maraschino Twine; Tombow Mono and Multi Adhesive

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

From Our Home to Yours

It's my turn over at the Jane's Doodles blog today.

I used Mr. Claus a few weeks ago, but I wanted to ink up Mrs. Claus too.

I decided they should be in a little Christmas snapshot together.

Mrs. Claus was stamped first and I created a mask using a post it note before Stamping Mr. Claus next to her.  Then it was just a matter of coloring and creating a polaroid top for it.

I love seeing pictures on pinterest of how people display their Christmas cards/photos.  I've always wanted to do a garland like this, pinning them up as they arrive.  I haven't quite gotten that together yet, so I'm living vicariously through this card.

Hope you like it!  Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week??!!!

Supplie Used
Paper/Cardstock:  AC - Magical 6x6 pad; Avery Elle - White Cardstock; PTI - True Black Cardstock
Stamps:  Jane's Doodles - Mr. & Mrs. Claus
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versamark
Other:  Copic Markers; Stampendous - White Detail Embossing Powder; Misc Twine; Studio Calico - Mini Clothespin

25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hey everyone!  I'm excited to be participating in Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event.

I'm generally pretty traditional when it comes to Christmas colors, but for whatever reason, I went a little off road with this one.

I'm blaming it on my friend JJ since I was at her house and commandeered her Wonderland paper pad to create this.

I started by cutting a piece of watercolor paper.  I knew I was going to piece the trees, but I wanted to see where they were going to be for the watercolor wash, so I stamped the trees in Versafine and then added the wash around that.

Then I stamped the trees on three of the patterned papers from the Wonderland pack and fussy cut them. I also used the woodgrain paper for the tree trunks and a neutral pattern for the ground.  Everything was adhered directly to the tag with the exception of the middle tree which was popped up with foam adhesive.

I added a couple thing strips of paper (also from Wonderland) to the top and bottom of the tag and then punched a hole and added some burlap string.

As an aside, for all of your folks without tag dies, I have a bunch of tag dies, but I'm also really lazy.  For I'd say 85% of the tags that I make these days (especially since I often mass produce when it comes to tags and I don't feel like getting out one of my die cutting machines (I mentioned that I'm lazy right?)), I just cut a piece of paper like I did here.  All you need is a hole and you have a tag!

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Oh, and shameless personal plug.  If you've been waiting for my Winter Trees set, it's back in stock over at Neat & Tangled, along with the rest of the recent October release.

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Studio Calico - Wonderland 6x6 paper pad; Watercolor paper
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled - Winter Trees
Ink:  Versafine; Ranger - Distress Ink
Other:  May Arts - Burlap String; Kuretake - Glue Pen; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Scotch - Foam Adhesive