Tuesday, February 23, 2010

get hoppin

Well, after a day of trying, I finally created a card that I liked. Some times the cards just happen, other times you have to work for the magic...

So. Here is my "hoppy birthday" frog.

The stamps I used for this card, are all Clear Dollar Stamps "Pond Pals". *isn't that little guy cute!*
The paper is: DCWV, and scraps of patterned paper and white cardstock.

I stamped the image using "Jet Black" Archival Ink. I then used Tim Holtz distress inks to water color the image. I used several colors of the Powder Puffs Inks it ink the edges. For the words/tag, I stamped my saying on a Shrinky Dink circle with black Staz-on. *stamp on the shrinky dink before you heat it... just in case you were wondering*

The background was sprayed with "iridescent gold" Glimmer Mist *though you can't really tell from the photo.. sorry*

Just to add some interest, I cut the front side of my card a little shorter than the back using a pair of paper edgers. When the card closed, you couldn't really see to fun edge... so I decided to edge the inside of my card with blue so you can see the edge I made on the front. However, I couldn't just leave that poor paper plain *now could I?* So I ran it through my Cuttlebug with the "Swiss Dots" embossing folder by Provo Craft. I then ran some sandpaper over the raised areas to bring out the core color. I randomly colored some of the dots with a Marvy dark brown marker.

To add a little sparkle, I used some "chunky sugar coating" from Doodlebug. I also filled in the cattails with some Stampendous Fun Flock to add a little texture. *you can't really tell from the photo, but if you run your finger over these little guys, they are fuzzy! It reminds me of those velvety stickers I used to love as a kid... I thought those where the best!... but, I am getting very side tracked*

A few rhinestones, waxy floss, and ribbon added the finishing touches to this little card.

Now I need to decide if I am going to be productive, or sit back and enjoy the rest of the evening... Let's see... YUP, I think I'll sit back! =)

Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

stamped candle

Todays project is a quick simple one. I stamped my images onto cheap white tissue paper *the kind you get for stuffing gift bags* using Jet Black Archival Ink. Then I trimmed around the edges. *didn't bother with perfection, just cut roughly around it* Then, I placed my image on the candle and covered with wax paper. I gently heated with a heat gun until I could see the tissue paper melting into the candle. *No, I didn't come up with this technique... you can find it on the web and youtube*

This is a great way to make cheap pillar candles match your decor. They also work great as gifts.

From what I have read, you can burn these candles... just be careful and keep an eye on it. The paper can be peeled off if need be. Some candles basically burn a well right around the wick so the paper would not be affected at all.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I {heart} school

Today was a rather productive day. 'bout time I had one of these...
I finished the two page spread that I have been meaning to do for my niece since before Christmas. Her parents told me the cutest story about her and wanted me to include it in the scrapbook I do for her. I didn't have any specific picture to go with the story, so I went through some that I had on my computer from around that time and went with that.
this project included lots of different products:
Paper: K & Company, Bazzil, plain white cardstock
Inks: shabby shutters, vintage photo, walnut stain, and aged mahogany distress inks; vintage wine, english rose, and ivy green Designer Inks; cranberry Adirondack; and jet black archival ink
Pens: plum Marvy marker, and tuxedo black Mark-it
Stamps: "From the Garden" by Fancy Pants, "Flourishes V2" from Autumn Leaves, and an alphabet from Stampendous
Storybook Cricut cartridge
Quickutz "damask" and cookie cutter "Flowers"
Swiss Dots embossing folder from Provo Craft
"perfect pearl" Perfect Pearls by Ranger, white denim fabric, and "skittles"
For the flowers , I cut out two sizes of the Quickutz flowers from patterned paper. I then sprayed them with water and crumpled each into little balls. I opened them up and let them dry. I then gently brushed an ink pad over the top to help pick up all the little creases and texture. I finished them off by spraying them with a mix of perfect pearls and water to give them a subtle shimmer.

I started my fabric tag by fraying the edges *ok, so I SHOULD have started with sewing the tag, but I was feeling lazy and didn't think I would actually get out my machine....* I then stamped my letters. I stamped my heart onto a scrap of white cardstock and cut it out. I didn't have the right size brackets, so I hand cut some out of craft foam and made my own stamp. I attached the heart with foam squares to give it some pop. This is the point that I decided I shouldn't be lazy and I ran the tag through my sewing machine.... *I really should just decide not to be lazy in the first place, huh* I dusted the edges with my ink pad to help it stand out against the light background and to help tie in the color scheme.
I decided that the center of the flowers needed a little pop to them as well, so I stuck a handful of clear "skittles" in a plastic zip bag along with a couple drops on alcohol ink. *using alcohol inks is a newer thing for me, but I love how I can change the color of most anything to match my project.... so much fun!*
I must say I find it rather frustrating when I am on a roll with a project, and I run out of something I need.... Yup, that's what happened today. =(
I ran out of glue dots. So, in the middle of all my creative making, I had to stop to make more glue dots. After half of the flat surfaces of my room had been covered with freezer paper squares of drying glue dots, I was finally able to get back to the fun stuff.
*I shouldn't run out of glue dots for a while* =)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Welcome everyone! I figured it was about time for me to start getting serious about blogging and actually post stuff.... ummm... Gee, now what do I say? Does anyone else feel like they are talking to themselves when they blog? Oh well.. talking to myself is nothing new to me. :)

So, fabulous news... I got accepted onto a design team! YAY! I will be creating projects for Creative Inspirations Paint. I am so excited! I can't wait to actually get the stuff and start playing... I mean working on new projects. ;)

Until such times as my package comes *please be soon, please be soon* I will share other stuff..
Like this card. I made this card the other day while experimenting with watercolor techniques with different types of inks...
sorry I don't have picts of the different stages... didn't know I would be blogging it... *note to self: take more pictures!*

I started out by folding a sheet of acetate in half with a bone folder. I then ran it though my cuttlebug using the largest flower from Quickutz Cookie Cutter flowers (make sure to leave a little bit of the die hanging over the edge of the fold so you end up with a card)

I then cut out 4 of the medium flower from the same set. (3 out of white cardstock, and one out of watercolor paper)

I stamped the background image on the back of the card using pink Staz-on ink and Hero Arts "Flower Tree" stamp. I also dragged the edge of the card over the ink pad to give it a little definition.

On the watercolor paper flower, I stamped a cute little porcupine from Clear Dollar Stamps "Cute Critters" stamp set. *isn't he sweet?* I then began my watercoloring.

For this card, I used Designer Inks from Printworks. I smeared several colors on to a non-stick craft sheet and used a water brush to mix colors and paint in my little friend. By layering and mixing colors, I was able to add some depth.

I stamped my message along with other designs on the remaining 3 flowers.

I added a little color around the edges with Distress Ink and a blender. I also doodled dots with a marker.

To put it all together, I put double sided tape on the back of all my flowers. I decided where I wanted my front flower to go and stuck it on. I then opened the card and stuck another flower right behind it to cover up the adhesive. I repeated the process on the other side of the inside of the card, and again on the back to cover adhesive. If they are stacked carefully, you will only see the front one when the card is closed... But, if you want to get creative, you could stager them slightly so you could see the inside one from the outside....

To finish it off, I figured it needed some bling... rhinestones to the rescue!

Have a fabulous day, and get creative!