Sunday, June 19, 2016

Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop - May Your Cup Be Full

I've made another card for the Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop
So my summer theme for this card is reading along with my cup of coffee -  I love to read year round - but especially out in the yard in a comfy chair getting a little bit of tan (with the sunscreen on, of course!) in the summertime.
So the book toting Miss is cut from an Idea-ology Found Relative card.   The girl is a black and white photo - so I colored her dress, corsage, lips and the book she is holding with Ranger Distress Markers.  I added a sticky pearl necklace (they look like white dots in the photo - but they are little pearls!).  The sentiment is from Literary Caffeine-ations,  the mug is from Sketchy Cups both sets by Stamplorations.
The girl and mug are popped up on foam dots.  I stapled a strip of Idea-ology lace across the bottom.  The floral panel is an Idea-ology Pocket Card, the yellow patterned paper is from Sidewalks paper pad from October Afternoon.
We have until June 24th to link up our summertime coffee cards to the blog hop -  there are TONS of prizes to be won - so be sure to check it out!

I'm also  linking my card to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge - Pastels and Pearls
My found relative's dress is colored with Spun Sugar and she is wearing a pearl necklace!
Stamps:  Literary Caffeine-ations and Sketchy Cups - Stamplorations
Paper:  white, true black - PTI,  DP Sidewalks/October Afternoon.
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Ranger Distress Markers Barn Door, Spun Sugar, Shabby Shutters, Rusty Hinge, Idea-ology Pocket Cards, Found Relatives, Trimmings Lace,  Mini Attacher - Ranger, foam dots.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop - I just wanna dunk you in my coffee!

Have you heard??? It's time for the Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop!  
You'll want to get out your coffee stamps and create a summer card as there are TONS of companies offering prizes to random winners - you'll find them all listed at the blog hop.
I used summertime watercolors on my card - mixing pink, yellow and orange like sunshine and beautiful flowers growing in our gardens!
 First I brushed water over a panel of Arches Water Color Paper - then I painted on the watercolors, mixing with some more water, and drying with my heat tool. The stamps are from the We Go Together set by Gina K Designs (designed by Claire Brennan) as well as the dies which were from Waltzingmouse (no longer available).   I stamped the sentiment with Archival Jet Black Ink.
I die cut the donut and coffee cup out of  Arches Water Color Paper, brushed them with water and then with watercolor paints.  I added two Tiny Twinkles to the donut cheeks and popped them both up on foam dots.
I'm also linking my card to the CAS Mix Up June Challenge
I used stamps, die cuts and watercolor paints.
So lets go check out all of the Summer Coffee cards shall we?!! We have until June 24th to link up our cards!
Stamps:  We Go Together - Gina K Designs (designed by Claire Brennan)
Paper:  white, true black - PTI, Arches Watercolor
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  watercolor paints, brush, water, Dies - We Go Together - Waltzingmouse (no longer available), Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions, Fine Tip Glue pen - SU, foam dots.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Framed Kitchen Message Center

This month the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team will be working with Crescent Art Products along with Eileen's new Sizzix collection Paper Flower Party
The Inspiration Team will be focusing on two Crescent Art Products, RENDR paper and Photo Mat Art Board.
RENDR Paper is 100% no-show through.  This means you can ink, stamp, spray, paint and color to your heart’s content with absolutely no bleed through.
Photo Mat Art Board is another fantastic Crescent product being showcased this month.  Photo Mat Art Boards make it easy to create professional quality photo projects with your own artistic style.

Today I'm sharing a project using the 11" x 14" Crescent Photo Mat Artboard.  
I also used several of Eileen's Sizzix new dies -  Flower Romance, Flower Pocket and Leaves Spring.
 I made a Kitchen Message Center.
 I purchased the gray woodgrain frame from Michaels (at 60% off!) and the mat fit in it perfectly!)
Here are some photos of my creative process:  Using Eileen's Flower, Romance die - I die cut 8 of each of the 4 blossom layers out of Tissue Wrap/Melange.  The tissue is so thin I just folded it over so I got all of the cuts with one roll through my Vagabond machine.  I also cut a base piece of white card stock to give a firm base for my layered pieces.
I laid all the pieces on some computer paper in my trusty pizza box that I use for spraying things.  I sprayed all the petals with Ranger Distress Spray Stain in Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmelade.
When they were dry, I scrunched up each piece - keeping them in piles by size!  I then opened them up and fastened them all together with a pearl brad
I pulled up all of the circles to the center to fluff them - then gently pulled the outside ones open.
 I added the bloom to the white card stock piece I had cut and stained.  I also glued the leaves, described below, under the tissue flower.
I die cut two leaves using Eileen's Leaves, Spring die out of Core'dinations Tim Holtz Distress paper.  I added dimension with this flower tool, pressing it over the centers of petals and stems to break down the fibers of the paper.
I used the pizza box again to lay the white Crescent Photo Mat Artboard in and sprayed it with Ranger Distress Spray Stain in Peacock Feathers.  I ended up adding a little more spray than shown here -  but still had some white showing.  Then dried it with my heat tool. 
You will see below, how it got blended into a more solid color when I brushed on the Collage Medium - an unintended blending of color!)
I die cut Eileen's Flower Pocket out of Little Sizzles Matboard, put it together, and sprayed it with Ranger Distress Spray Stain in Peeled Paint.  I sprayed it a little heavy handed so blotted up the excess with a paper towel!
I wanted to seal both the Photo Mat Board and the Flower Pocket so brushed on Ranger Distress Collage Medium - Crazing.   
And as stated above - it reacted with the spray stain and made the color blend out and I lost my white patches.
The Collage Medium gave the added benefit of some subtle crackle!  Here's a close up of the Photo Mat
and the Flower Pocket.
Since I was making a message center - I decided to add a little black board inside the cut out frame area.  I simply traced the size of the mat opening onto my purchased frame back, cut a piece of  Blackboard Contact Paper larger than the cut out and adhered it over my outline.  I removed the glass from the frame, added the colored Crescent Photo Mat and placed the backing piece behind it.
I thought this little Idea-ology Vial would hold the piece of chalk nicely upright inside the Flower Pocket.  I adhered it into the pocket with a thick clear adhesive dot.
I added an Idea-ology Fastener/Dapper to the Pocket as well as the flower, adhered the pocket to the Crescent Photo Mat using Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive and added the chalk (in the vial), a pen, chalk board eraser and mini Post It Notes.
 I added Idea-ology Alpha Parts Numeric to the Photo Mat Frame.
I adhered a square of corkboard from Joann to the Crescent Photo Mat.  I added more Alpha Parts/Framed (Note to Self) and some clear pushpins - all set to hold the notes of things I need to remember!
And here it is again -  on the wall in my kitchen!
I hope I've inspired you with my project using the Crescent Photo Mat Artboard as well as Eileen's lovely new dies!  Please check Eileen's Blog for more ideas from her Inspiration Team all month long!

I'm linking my project to the following:
Anniversary -  #15 Get Texty, #18 Texture, #23 Dimension, #24 Butterflies or Blooms.

(mine is subtle - but it's there!)

 Paper:  Crescent Photo Mat Artboard 11" x 14", Cream Little Sizzles Matboard 6" x 12" Sizzix, Chalk Board Contact Paper, White card stock - Papertrey Ink, Idea-ology Tissue Wrap/Melange, green Core'dinations Tim Holtz Distress.
Accessories:  Eileen Hull Sizzix Dies - Flower/Romance, Flower Pocket, Leaves/Spring, Distress Collage Medium Crazing - Ranger, Ranger Distress Spray Stains Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmelade, Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint, cork board - Staples, ScorTape, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Idea-ology Fasteners/Dapper, Vials, Alpha Parts Framed, Alpha Parts Numeric, Wood grain frame - Michaels.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Faith Can Move Mountains - CAS Mix Up card

Today, I have another card for the CAS Mix Up Challenge.  For June - the challenge is to use stamps, die cuts and another media of choice.

 I used Royal Velvet purple ink on the mountain range stamp from Alpine Christmas by Waltzingmouse which I stamped and die cut and layered over the white card. I stamped the sentiment from Inspired - Faith from PTI below the mountains.  I die cut the Faith out of black cardstock and adhered that above the mountains.
As my additional media - I added 3 silver stars from Nautical Sparkle sequin pack.  They really sparkle IRL!

Here's the link to this month long challenge - hope to see your CAS Mix UP card there!
Stamps:  Alpine Christmas - Waltzingmouse, Inspired - Faith - Papertrey Ink.
Paper:  White, True Black - PTI
Ink:  Royal Velvet - PTI
Accessories:  Dies - Alpine Christmas - WMS, Inspired Faith - PTI, Nautical Sparkle Sequin Mix - Lucy Cards

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Savvy Succulents

I was inspired by the colors and spiky succulents in  this pinterest photo

Here's my  rather abstract interpretation using watercolor paints.
I took a panel of Arches watercolor paper - spritzed it with water - and then painted watercolors over it - drying it with my heat tool and adding water and paints until I was happy with the color and design.  Then I dried it thoroughly with my heat tool and stamped this wonderful sentiment from the One With Nature set by Simon Says Stamp.
I just love this quote sentiment - and how it looks like it was typed on an old manual typewriter with dirty keys.
Stamps:  One with Nature - Simon Says Stamp
Paper:  Arches Watercolor Paper, Vintage Cream and Canyon Clay - PTI
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Accessories:  watercolor paints, paint brush, Mini Mister - Ranger, heat tool.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Earth Without Art

I'm so happy with how this card design came out!  I made it for Loll and Bonnie's CAS Mix Up June Challenge - Stamping plus Die-Cuts plus Your Choice.
I used Tim's wonderful Alterations Globe die
I cut it out of Arches Watercolor paper and colored it by sprinkling Leaf Green Brushos on the continent areas and spritzing with water.
I spritzed water onto a 4"x5 1/4" panel of Arches Watercolor paper and brushed blue water color paint over the water - this became the oceans behind the globe.  I layered the globe over the watercolored area using a thick foam dot under Africa and glued the right and left edges to the panel to give it a global curve.
Then I glued on this wonderful laser cut chipboard sentiment that my lovely, thoughtful and generous  friend Anne gifted me all the way from England!  (thank  you Anne!) It is absolutely perfect with this globe die.
and since I didn't stamp my sentiment - I needed to stamp SOMETHING so I found a little star stamp and scattered stamped stars over the panel using Ranger Distress Vintage Photo ink so they were soft and subtle.

So- Stamping (stars) - Die cuts (globe) - Your choice (watercolor background, Brusho coloring on globe)
I hope you'll come along and join us in the CAS Mix Up challenge for June!  

I'm also linking my card to:
Frilly and Funkie - Let the Words do the Talking 

Stamps:  Yonder Star - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White - PTI, Arches Watercolor Paper
Ink:  Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Accessories:  Glob Die - Tim Holtz/Alterations/Sizzix, foam dots, Leaf Green Brushos, Fine Tip Glue Pen - SU, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, sentiment - Scrapiniec Decorative Chipboard, water mister, blue water color paint, paint brush.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

James - the Force of Five

Grandnephew James is celebrating his 5th birthday today (his actual b'day was 5/27).  And I just had to make him a personalized card!  I always try to find a current photo that someone in the family has taken of the birthday child - and figure out a design that either goes along with the party theme - or with some sport or activity that the birthday child is involved in at the time.
So -  James party invitation was a Star Wars character and James loves doing the little Lego kits (he's really good at putting them together all by himself) - and so this card was born!  The photo of James is one that his mum took on the actual day of his birthday last week.
I cut a piece of chipboard 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" as my card base and added a layer of black and white stars DP.  I found the Star Wars images on line just by 'googling' Star Wars.  The little Lego Darth Vada was perfect - I love how stumpy he is (!) and the ships on the background photo are actually made out of Legos too!
I used a Vial Label to frame the Label Letters spelling JAMES. I added a little red gem to Darth Vada's laser sword and to James name panel.  I typed out The Force of FIVE sentiment on Microsoft Word and printed it  - as a play on words of the Star Wars title Force for Change.  
(get it?  James is FIVE and a force to be reckoned with?!!!)
 Here you can see how I've popped everything up on foam dots so it has a great dimensional look to it.
I made the card a stand up piece by adding my favorite thing to the back - an easel - die cut with Tim Holtz Small Easel Die - so this card can be displayed on shelf or mantel.
 So we're off to the party -  Pizza and Cake from 2 - 4 pm!  May the Force be with you!!

I'm linking my card to:

Paper:  White card, DP Text Style Bitty Star Basics - PTI, Natural Medium Weight Chipboard - Funkie Junkie.
Accessories:  Star Wars Images from Web, photo of James, Small Easel Die - Tim Holtz/Alterations/Sizzix, foam dots, red rhinestones - Michaels, Idea-Ology - Vial Labels, Label Letters, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.


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