Friday, January 20, 2017

Every Moment Matters

Today I made a card for Darnell's Blog birthaversary Surprise NBUS Challenge!   She is celebrating so many things you will just have to check it out here to see what all the hubbub is about.
Anyhoo -  the bottom line is that she would like us to use an NBUS while using colored pencils on kraft card stock (jump on one foot and twirl around at the same time too!?  just kidding!!!......)
Here's what I made:
and here's what I used
The flower stamp is my NBUS - it's from a stamp set called Artful Life by Wendy Vecchi - I've used other stamps in the set (such as this sentiment) but not this particular flower.  I used colored pencils and Gamsol - a technique that you can find on YouTube and Splitcoast stampers.
I black embossed my flowers and the Gamsol seemed to melt it a little so there are some dark smudges as well as the colors -  but I kind of like the shadowy look!  I laid a Check Mate stencil over the panel and colored in some of the squares randomly with a colored pencil - trying to ground the flowers a bit.   Then I just added 3 sequins.
I haven't used the Gamsol colored pencil coloring technique in many years but did have all the supplies in a drawer in my craft room!  You can see other cards I have made using this technique here.   I need to practice it more - but this will do for now!

Some come and join us over at Darnell's NBUS challenge -  she's running one every week for 3 weeks for her special celebration!   See it all here.  Thanks for making stamping so much fun Sis!

Stamps:  Artful Life - Wendy Vecchi Studio 490/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  Kraft - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Versamark
Accessories:  Gamsol, paper stump, Fantasia Color Pencils, Check Mate Stencil - Wendy Vecchi/SA,  black embossing Powder, heat tool, sequins - Neat and Tangled.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Creativation Craft Show - Eileen Hull Sizzix Sneak Peeks

You may have seen the deluge of posts on Facebook by myself and the rest of Eileen Hull's Sizzix Creative Team members.  The Creativation Craft Show (formerly known as CHA) is being held in Phoenix, AZ from Jan 19th - 23rd this week and Eileen will be there with her trailer 'Scotty' right on the showroom floor - running 'make and takes' and displaying all of the team's creations using her new Sizzix Dies and other products.
Here are sneak peeks of the projects I created for her. 

I will be posting full posts with tutorials in April after the new products are available for purchase!

Fun stuff, right??!!
If you are lucky enough to go there this year - please check out Eileen's Sizzix  Booth - and let me know if you saw any of my projects!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Sentinel

Yes, friends -  another Christmas card!  This time 3 versions using the same stamp.  I was so surprised and pleased to be picked the challenge winner over at Merry Monday last week - I just had to join in on this week's challenge, use a reindeer.

I bought this beautiful Penny Black stamp, Sentinel, on sale at Michaels several months ago and knew he'd be perfect for this challenge.
I stamped him in Archival Jet Black, heat set the ink, then watercolored over the trees, sky, moon and the reindeer.  I splattered white acrylic paint over the panel using an old tooth brush then dotted white on the bigger dots (most of which are part of the stamp) using the round end of a paintbrush.
I brushed over pretty much everything with my clear Wink of Stella which is so hard to see in a photo but makes it quite shimmery IRL!  You may see some of the shimmer on the trees and moon below.
And since I've decided when I make a card for my Christmas stash - I'm going to try and make multiples while I have the supplies out, so I made two CAS cards using this beautiful stamp.
For my second card - I just embossed the stamp in silver and added clear rhinestones.
and for my third card I just embossed the stamp in gold and added gold half pearls.
I'm linking my first watercolored card to these challenges:
 A new challenge I just discovered -  The Heart Desires Challenge
I was inspired by the blues - and the snowy backgrounds!
Anything Goes (using a Penny Black stamp)

 Thanks for stopping by today!  I'm having the staples removed from my back surgery tomorrow morning - they've been itching so I'm sure I'll feel much better with them out!
Stamps:  Sentinel - Penny Black, Silent Night - PTI
Paper:  White, True Black - PTI
Ink:  Versamark, Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  watercolor paints, water, brush, heat tool, gold and silver embossing powders, gold half pearls, clear rhinestones, foam dots, word window punch - SU

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Happy Birthday Embroidery Hoop Card

Hi Everyone -  thank you for all the 'well wishes' after my back surgery done on Jan 6.  I continue to be feeling well from the surgery, but yesterday got hit by a bug that kept me in the bathroom most of the day!

For the month of January Monday Technique Posts - Eileen Hull's Sizzix Creative Team will be showing you how to use dies on your cards -  dies don't JUST have to be for a 3D item.  You can check out other cards by the team over on Eileen's blog all month long.

Today I have used Eileen's wonderful Embroidery Hoop Die along with her beautiful Eyelet Lace Embossing Folder to create a birthday card.
To get the color on the embossed pieces, I used the fun technique of rubbing my ink pad along the inside front of my embossing folder, placing the card stock inside the folder - and then running it through my Vagabond the way I would when just embossing a piece.  The result is that you get the color on the background and the embossed pieces stay the color of the card stock you used.   If you do the opposite - ink the back of your folder -  the background would be the color of the card stock and the 'lifted pieces" would be colored.  
Try it out!  And always wipe the ink off your embossing folders right away!
I die cut the embroidery hoop out of cream Little Sizzles Matboard.  I used the die to cut the circle piece of the embossed panel as well so it would fit inside perfectly.
 I inked the outside piece of the hoop with Nutmeg ink and used Flagtsone ink on the top piece.  I left the inside hoop piece the natural cream.  
I layered the two hoop pieces and the circle embossed piece inside one another and just put some tape on the back to hold them in place.

I used one of my favorite Eileen Hull dies as my card base -  the Mailable Frame.  It's such a great way to give a card that can be displayed nicely by the receiver! I die cut the frame out of the same cream matboard, layered the gray embossed panel over the front (covering the frame opening) and then adhered the embroidery hoop over the panel.
 I stamped a sentiment on the inside and added an enamel dot.  In the photo below - you can see the die cut opening where you could adhere a photo that would show on the front - which is the REAL purpose for this Mailable Frame Die -  and I have used it as a frame - but I also LOVE to use it to make a sturdy standable card!  You can see more of my frame cards here, here, here, and here.
To finish my 'hoop' I added a laser cut butterfly that I inked in Nutmeg, scattered 3 enamel dots over the card and knotted a piece of wrinkled seam tape around the top .  I die cut happy birthday and adhered it over the panel.
Even if your friend wasn't into embroidery - I think she/he would enjoy this card!  The Mailable Frame die does fit into a regular A2 envelope - so I made sure all my pieces were placed inside the edges - although it's a little thick with the butterfly added and might require extra postage if mailed.

Remember to check out more DIE Card Ideas on Monday's for the month of January over at Eileen Hull's blog

Also linking my card to:

Stamps:  All Occasion Art - Wendy Vecchi/Studio490/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  White - PTI,  Kraft Core Grey - Coredinations,  Cream Little Sizzles Mat Board - Sizzix
Ink:  Berry Sorbet, Stormy Sea - Papertrey Ink, Nutmeg, Flagstone - Color Box Blends Ink.
Accessories:  Dies - Embroidery Hoop, Mailable Frame - Eileen Hull/Sizzix,  Celebrate Thinlits dies - Sizzix/Tim Holtz, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy shop, laser butterfly  Michaels, enamel dots - My Minds Eye.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January CAS Mix Up Challenge - Mid Month Reminder!

Just a reminder  - there is still time for you to create and link up a card for the January CAS Mix Up Challenge!
I used stamps, liquid colours (reinkers and rubbing alcohol), rhinestones and paper piecing on my birthday card today.
Here are a few photos of how I created my liquid colour background.  First I dropped several drops of reinker on my craft mat using Wendy Vecchi Archival Cornflower and Orange Blossom Reinkers.  Then I dribbled some rubbing alcohol (mineral spirits) over the colors and mixed it a bit with my pallet knife.
Then I pressed and dragged a panel of Ranger Specialty Stamping paper over and through the liquids ending up with this.  I let the colors run a bit - and if I didn't like the coverage or mix of colors - I pressed it back onto the mat - then I heated it with my heat tool.
I repeated the process with two more sheets of Specialty Paper soaking up what was on my mat.   You can't really predict what your design will come out like -  you can dribble rubbing alcohol onto the paper itself to dilute the colours or you can add more color to the mat until you are happy with how it looks.
I also wanted to show you these alcohol wipes I get at CVS - I often use them to clean up my craft mat - like the mess made with this project - or when I use Alcohol Inks.  They clean red rubber stamps and stencils really well (although over time they might dry out the red rubber). They clean my hands up pretty well too.  DON'T USE THEM ON CLEAR ACRYLIC STAMPS!
I chose to use the lighter panel on my card today - stamping the leaf directly onto the panel.  I stamped the flower onto a piece of patterned paper, fussy cut it, and layered it over the stem with foam dots.  I added several clear tiny rhinestones to the flower center.  I adhered the panel to a white card base and stamped the sentiment along the bottom.

So what kind of LIQUID COLOUR will you use on a CAS Mix UP card?  Alcohol inks, sprays, re-inkers, acrylic paints???
Here's the link to the challenge!  Where you will also find more liquid colour inspiration from the rest of the Design Team!

Also linking my card to:
Seize the Birthday
 Happy Little Stamper
Mixed Media Challenge
 The Card Concept
I was inspired by the flowers and dots!

Stamps:  Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Artful Life, Just Desserts Sentiment Set - PTI
Paper:  white, Text Style Green Boutique - PTI, Specialty Stamping Paper - Ranger.
Ink:  True Black - PTI, Wendy Vecchi Archival Fern Green, Wendy Vecchi Archival Reinkers Cornflower Blue and Orange Blossom.
Accessories:  Rubbing Alcohol, foam dots, rhinestones, heat tool, craft mat. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Nordic Noel

Yes -  I am excited to be already adding to my Christmas Stash box for 2017!  What a relief to have them all done to mail in the beginning of December this past year.   
For inspiration I went to one of my fav challenges - Merry Monday Christmas
I used both the word Noel and a Scandinavian (Nordic) theme.
I got out Claire Brennan's beautiful Nordic Winter stamp set which is now being sold at Gina K Designs (check out all of the Claire's sets that are now sold at Gina K).  The Noel is from the Waltzingmouse set Compliments of the Season Two (no longer available).  
It was such a clean and simple design that I made 6 of them while I had the supplies out!
I added a simple red rhinestone to the center of one flower on each card.
and for those who are interested in what is on the inside -  I used the same Nordic stamp set.
I'm also linking my card to another Christmas challenge I love:

Stamps:  Nordic Winter - Claire Brennan/Gina K Designs,  Compliments of the Season Two - Waltzingmouse.
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Pure Poppy, Stormy Sea, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  red rhinestones - Kaiser Craft

Monday, January 9, 2017

Thank You Twice

I can't believe I have cards to share with you today -  as many of you know - I had back surgery for pinched nerves on Friday, Jan 6th and did so well that they let me come home on Sunday instead of today.  So I was able to grab some time in my craft room in between naps  - careful not to BLT (bend, lift or twist!) which I cannot do for 6 weeks.
I needed some thank you cards and so quickly checked out a few challenges for inspiration and designed these simple cards.
 I inked up just part of this row of trees stamp and pressed it onto the card.
I'm linking this card to:
House of Cards - I was inspired by the trees in the photo and several of the colors

I used a sentiment die.
and here's my 2nd card
the chipboard bird and stamp are new, the tree branch and sentiment are die cut.
I'm linking this card to:
the chipboard bird and stamp are new. 
Plus it's a new card to thank someone for a new gift!?!

Thank You Trees
Stamps:  Tree Line - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper: White, Scarlet Jewel - PTI
Ink:  Watering Can - Wendy Vecchi Archival
Accessories:  Thank You Die - PTI, tan sequins

Thank You Branch
Stamps:  Stamps and Stencils - Put a Bird on It - Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  White, Soft Stone, Dark Chocolate - PTI
Ink:  Watering Can and Cornflower Blue - Wendy Vecchi Archival
Accessories:  Mat Minis Birds and Their houses - Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490/Stampers Anonymous, Thank You die - PTI, Woodland Branch Die - Memory Box, brown sequins.


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