Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Blog Name Hero Hop

Hey guys, I've got a card over on the Neat & Tangled blog as part of the A Blog Named Hero Fifth Anniversary Celebration Hop.  There are all sorts of great hop prizes, so head on over there to see the full up card.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sketchy Medallion

I pulled our my Flower Medallion Builder set over the weekend to play.  This is one of those sets that is just fun to experiment with.  After creating a pattern, I thought it would be fun to add some doodling.  It adds a graphic punch and gives your images a totally different look.  This is also a great technique for when you did a not so great job stamping.  My stamping was actually not that bad here, but when you have images that might not have stamped well, doodling really masks/hides that.

Anyway, after adding the doodling, which I really did quickly and without much care, I trimmed down my panel and fussy cut a bit along the bottom to create some interest.

This was mounted over some black cardstock which gives a great visual impact, and then I embossed the sentiment on he black.

I added a black enamel accent to the center of the panel and that was that.  Really easy.  Have you ever tried doodling on your cards?  I highly recommend it!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Million Thanks

I recently picked up this set from The Ton.  I have a soft spot for peonies, and I have more than a few peony sets.  I'm not like the crazy cat and coffee stamp people, but I definitely have my fair share of peonies.

Anyway, I was in the mood to watercolor, and chose the no-line version.  This was harder to color (and took longer) than I anticipated.  It turned out OK, but I think next time I'll watercolor with embossing or try Copics.

The flowers are so pretty that I decided to keep the rest of the card very simple.  A sentiment from the same set and mat.  

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Love You the Mostest

This might be a new record.  I ordered some new stamps and I used them within two weeks of purchasing them.  This almost never happens, but really, this llama is just so cute and I needed to stamp him!

The nice thing about llamas is that some of them are white, so there is very minimal coloring if you go with a white llama.  In this case I really just added a bit of shadow and that was it.

For the background panel I watercolored using Dylusion Ink Sprays.  Using the Ink Sprays is a really quick and easy way to watercolor a background and the colors are so rich and vibrant.

The sentiment is from my favorite PS sentiment set, Uplifters.

That's all for me today!  Hope your week is going well!

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Using up the Stash, almost no stamping

I'm back with another card that explores the depths of my crafty over abundance.

Sometimes making these cards makes me sad, like today's card.  It features a piece of ephemera from October Afternoon, oh how I miss OA, I really loved their designs.

This piece is from the Farmer's Market collection (I'm pretty sure), and it's probably not an image I'd use on a layout, but I really love the vintage look and feel, and I think it stands on it's own pretty well.
I did add a stamped sentiment (from my Maple Leaves Journaling Card set for Neat & Tangled).  Rather than using a regular mat to frame it, I'm using another stash item, a library card pocket from Studio Calico.  I like the extra texture the stitching on the pocket added.  I did insert a second mat into the pocket to set off the top of the ephemera piece and to highlight that the pocket has an angle to it.

The woodgrain patterned paper is from a MME 6x6 pad.

Super quick and easy.  When was the last time you delved into the depths of your stash?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Love You to the Core

Today I'm pulling out another of those products I just HAD to have and then ignored for a year.

This time it's this paper layering die from Hero Arts.

This is such a cool product line, it's one of those things I wish I had come up with.

I kept this pretty simple.  After running the die through my Big Shot, I added some very soft/light inking with a sponge dauber and Distress Inks.

Then I colored the pineapple parts using Copics (I used three shades of Copics for each of the sections).  To prevent myself from coloring outside the lines, or the die cut parts as it were, I used a scrap piece of paper that I slid behind the part I was coloring at the time.

The sentiment is from a pineapple themed set from Ellen Hutson.

I mounted the die cut piece on some black cardstock, but before doing so I popped up and kind of curled the die cut pieces with my fingers.

This is such a cool die, and you get such great dimension.  I'm so glad I finally put it to use!

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Boss

I colored this cute little girl from Avery Elle (illustrated by my buddy JJ Bolton).  She is so cute, isn't she?  I love her expression!

I pulled out my Studio Calico journaling cards to find a good backdrop for her and as soon as I saw this one I was sold, perfect, right?

I chose a simple black and white print (I did ink the edges just to give it a bit more definition), added a colored mat to set the journaling card apart a bit and then put it all together.

This one makes me smile every time I look at it.  I can think of at least a half a dozen people who it's perfect for....apparently I know a lot of bosses.  ;)

Have a great day!  We're keeping our fingers crossed for a snow day and some sledding....

Monday, March 13, 2017

Die sale at Ellen Hutson

Hey everyone!  I've got some stuff to share this week....just need to get it photographed....but I wanted to pop in and let you know that there is a sale on over at Ellen Hutson.

15% of on dies, so if there's something you've been waiting to get, now's a good time!

Use code welovedies17, and this is my affiliate link if you're so inclined:

And if you need some help, these are my most recent die acquisitions (one of them isn't a die, but you kind of need it if you get the dies):

Friday, March 10, 2017

Release Recap & Winners

Hey everyone!  It's Friday, and that means the March release is now available in the store!

Here's a recap of my release week projects:





And one last one...

Phew!  That was a lot of stuff this week!

I also have some winners to announce.

Kim Heggins wins the Medallion Flower Builder Stencil!
Vonmariedesign wins the Polygon Stencil!
Shelly wins the Classic Tag 2 dies!

Congrats ladies!  Shoot me an email with your mailing address and I'll get these sent right out.

Thanks to all for all your kind comments this week!  If you didn't win, the good news is that the April release is just around the corner and there will be more changes to win!  And you need some of this goodness, pop on over to the Neat & Tangled store.