Wednesday, October 1, 2014

You Joined the (Work)Force

I pulled my A Long Time Ago stamp set the other day.  Thought I would play around some more with the galaxy technique that Jen Rzasa taught in Online Card Classes' Watercolor for Cardmakers.

The last time I made one of these cards I omitted the salt portion of the technique because I was worried that the texture would make it hard to emboss on.

Well, there's more than one way to skin a cat, so this time I just did the embossing first and it resisted the watercolor.  Duh.  I don't know why I didn't think of that last time.

I also went a little less colorful on this one, I was aiming this at a guy, so instead of using a whole bunch of colors in the background/base coat, I stuck with blues.  I also wanted to try using my Derwent Inktense pencils rather than the Kuretake watercolors.  They worked just as well, so it's nice to know I have lots of options.

I like both techniques, salted and unsalted, and will definitely continue to utilize both.

Hope that you are having a great week, and Happy October!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  PTI - True Black; CTMH - White Daisy; Avery Elle - Silver Fox; Recollections - Silver cardstock; Canson - Watercolor Paper
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled - A Long Time Ago
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  Derwent - Inktense Pencils; Stampendous - White Detail Embossing Powder; American Crafts - Dimensional Adhesive; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy Monday!

Popping in to share a pretty card today.  This is a 4x6 card.  I used to make a lot more cards this size, but these days normally go with a more conventional size.

I actually got boxed into the size when I watercolored the background.  I was originally thinking I might trim it down some more, but I like the 'frame' of white space around the watercoloring so went with it.  

The doily image on the right was created by laying down a real doily and lightly inking over it with some soft stone ink.

I die cut two happys from watercolor cardstock, watercolored one and left one plain, adhered them to one another slightly offset, and then adhered the entire piece to the card.

The secondary sentiment is from a PTI set, and I added a few sequins for some extra sparkle/texture.  

It's Anything Goes week at Simon Says Stamp, so I'm going to link this up over there.

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Avery Elle - Silver Fox cardstock; Canson - Watercolor paper
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink:  Phrase Play #5 Mini Stamp Set
Ink:  Versamark; Hero Arts - Soft Stone Shadow Ink
Other:  Studio Calico - Happy by Paper Sushi die; Kuretake - Gansai watercolors; CTMH - White Embossing Powder and Liquid Glass; Miscellaneous Doily; Neat & Tangled - Sequins; American Crafts - Foam Adhesive; Tombow - Mono Aqua

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Happy Birthday for Jane's Doodles

Hey everyone!

Sharing a card that was featured on the Jane's Doodles blog last week.

This is actually a retired set, but Jane is bringing it back as a digi, and she's going to be release a 'second edition' of this set.  Can't wait as I love these wonky cakes.

The cakes are colored with Copics, and then I cut up a doily into just a little less than two full halves.  Those were tacked in place with a little adhesive and then stitched onto the panel.

The sentiment was stamped right on top of the doily with Versafine.  The stamping wasn't perfect, but I used one of my secret weapons, and ultra fine Sharpie marker.  This marker has saved me plenty of times.  It's very thin, and gives you lots of control, so if ever I have a line that didn't stamp quite right, or a solid black image isn't totally solid, ultra fine Sharpie saves the day.

I finished the card off with a few sequins from Neat & Tangled.

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - White Daisy cardstock; Bazzill -
Stamps:  Jane's Doodles - Party Time
Ink:  MFT - Hybrid Black Ink; Versafine
Other:  Copics, Curtsey Boutique - Doily ; Neat & Tangled - Magenta sequins; CTMH - Liquid Glass; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Saturday, September 27, 2014


Hey everyone!

Just popping in to announce the winner of my new Origami Map set. picked comment #2 from release day #2, and that comment belongs to.....

Annette Allen!!!

Congratulations Annette!  Shoot me your address and I'll get this sent out to you right away.

And for everyone else, stay tuned, there are some more chances to win coming next month.....

Friday, September 26, 2014

Neat & Tangled Release Week Day 5

Hey everyone!  Thanks so much for the comments about Origami Map.  I'm so excited about it and it's nice to see you guys are too!

Today is the last day of reveals, and I just love this Turkey Talk set.

I love the size of the turkey, and definitely wanted to piece him.  These are some older papers from Little Yellow Bicycle's Poppy line, but they are the perfect colors for Thanksgiving.

I stamped the turkey on kraft cardstock twice.  One was used as the base, and the second only the turkey body was fussy cut for the top layer.

The tail feather layers are adhered directly on top of one another.  I didn't fully adhere them because I wanted some dimension from the feathers.  The turkey body was then adhered with some foam adhesive.

I stamped the turkey again on the card base, added some ground as well as a fussy cut speech bubble/sentiment.  Very CAS, I really wanted the turkey to be the star.

That's it for release week!  I hope you enjoyed it.  Remember, one of the comments on my release posts this week will be chosen to win one of my Origami Map sets.  Comments close tonight and I'll post the winner over the weekend.

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  LYB - Poppy 6x6 papds; PTI - Kraft cardstock; Avery Elle - Cream cardstock
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled - Turkey Talk
Ink:  Versafine
Other:  Copics; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Kuretake Glue Pen; AC - Foam Adhesive

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Neat & Tangled Release Week Day 4

Hooray!  I'm so excited about today's set!

Some of you will recognize this right away.  It's based on my Open Round Gallery Idol card which was based on this pin that I found.

I loved making that GI card, but boy was it labor intensive and when it was done, I remember thinking, sadly, that I really wouldn't be able to recreate it because of the time consuming nature of the process.

BUT then I thought....if I had a STAMP, I could use the image over and over again and try all sorts of cool techniques.

And so.....tada!!!!

I really went back and redid the whole design when I created this set.  I had to simplify the lines and the sizes in my GI card to make it doable, but for a stamp, I thought why not add more detail, and make it a little more map like (after I finished my GI card, I kept thinking Australia looked like a fish).  So I pulled up a bunch of map images, studied them, decided which islands were really too small to include (sorry my Hawaii friends!), and this is what happened.

It's a nice size, takes up just about the length of an A2 card, and would be great for creating 4x6 PL cards or use on traditional layouts.

I created two cards to share today.

This first one I snuck on FB last week.  It's embossed in clear on watercolor paper, and then I just went in with Distress Markers and a water brush adding colors in rainbow order.  So easy to do!

Next, I wanted you to see that it's a really flexible set too. I masked it off and stamped just Africa.  For the past couple years Andrew has gone on a mission trip to Rwanda during the summer.  It's been a life changing experience for him, and we are committed to sending him every year for as long as possible.  I thought this card would be great to create for all the folks going this coming year.

Some simple coloring with copics and a little heart, really easy to mass produce.

Please head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to see what the DT created (and to enter to win a free set from Danielle), I know you won't be disappointed, and remember that someone commenting on my release week posts this week will win a free set from me....I'll close comments tomorrow night and post a winner over the weekend.

Supplies Used
Card 1
Paper/Cardstock:   Bristol Watercolor Paper; PTI - Black Cardstock
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled - Origami Map
Ink:  Versamark and Versafine
Other:  CTMH - Clear Embossing Powder; Ranger - Distress Markers, Waterbrush; American Crafts - Dimensional Adhesive
Card 2
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - White Daisy cardstock; Avery Elle - Cherry cardstock; PTI - True Black yardstick
Stamps:  Origami Map
Ink:  MFT - Black Hybrid Ink
Other:  Copics; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape and Liquid Glass; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Neat & Tangled Release Week Day 3

Welcome back!  I hope you're enjoying Release Week!

Today we're featuring a really versatile set.  It's definitely geared towards Thanksgiving, but I thought I would use it in a more generic way.

I wanted to mimic a real place setting, so I picked a simple pattern for the 'tablecloth' and a tone on tone pattern for the placemat.  I stitched around the placemat piece to give it some texture and realism.  Adding a bit of napkin adds some more texture too.

I stamped a bunch of the hearts in both first and second generation, die cut them, adhered them to the plate, and added the silverware and sentiment.

Don't forget to go over to the Neat & Tangled blog and check out what the DT made as well as enter to win this stamp set from Danielle.

Leave a comment here and through the week on my release posts to win my new set....which is revealed tomorrow, EEK!!!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  PTI - Kraft cardstock; CTMH - White Daisy Cardstock; Patterned papers were from my stash
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled - My Plate is Full
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black; CTMH - Cranberry
Other:  Tombow - Mono Adhesive and Power Tabs