Tuesday, March 30, 2010

party time

Hello again everyone!!!
My sunny spring blew away today. The air is filled with the dust the winds are kickin' up, and I am hoping we will get some rain (though the weather guys say snow...) to help clear up the air. In the mean time, cloudy days are perfect for cranking up the music and getting crafty. =)

This is a layout I made for my nephew's b-day (who if you can't tell by the picture, turned 3). *man, am I behind.... this picture is old... Sorry Mr. D.*
*sorry, no photo with the pages side by side... Man, I am sick of having things packed up! Can't wait to be able to set up for real again...*
Paper: cheap cardstock, coredinations, and My Minds Eye
Stamps: Fancy Pants "Fresh Mod", Scrappy Cat "Sparkle"
Ink: Memento, Distress Ink, Powder Puffs, VersaMark
Die cuts: Cricut "Paper Doll Dress Ups", Spellbinders "Label 6"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Chocolate, Buttercup, Evergreen, Turquoise
Embossing Powders: Clear
other: Fiskar border punch & edger, brads, buttons, foam, Prisma pencils, waxy floss, Doodlebug glitter, Mark-it pen

The patterned paper was cut free hand using edgers and following the lines of the paper.
I inked and stamped along the edges because I felt it gave it a more finished look, and I love the extra detail!
In the lower left corner, I used clear embossing powder before inking to form this fabulous resist look... Lots of fun things you can do with that.
All of the dinos were cut out from PDDU than painted with CI paints. I also ran an ink pad around the edges and did some doodle like stamps on them to add interest. I love how I can add ink over the top of the paint and the shimmer still shows through. I am not always the best at planning what I am doing ahead of time, and just kinda keep playing until I like the look. Being able to add things later is a HUGE help for me. =)

His mom saved the candles from his cake just for the SB page. *don't I have her trained well? hehehehe. I am the scrapbooker for my brother's kids. When I first started, I had to beg for stories and such, now I get texts and phone calls to tell me the things the kids do so that it can go in the scrapbook. I even get photos from time to time of moments where they HAD to take a picture before they could do anything else. I love it!!! * ANYWAY, I didn't want wax to have the chance to ruin the photos, so I put them into a small zip bag then decorated it with coordinating paper.

The brads were just colored brads that I dipped in glue than in glitter. This is an easy way to jazz up boring brads and ad a little more zip to the card or page.
My dog is being annoying, which must mean it is bed time...
Have a fabulous night!

Friday, March 26, 2010

seeing fuzzy spots

AHHH! It's Friday already... I guess I haven't been on in a while. No, I have not forgotten. I just have been fighting migraines and creative slumps... Not to fear though... I spent the morning at the Scrapbook Expo, came home with a lot of goodies, and even managed to get a card made. wow! *breathe here*
So this adorable stamp is from Artful Inkables "Monster Medic", also used is Fancy Pants "Fresh Mod". The papers are from sei, Coredinations, plain cardstock, and watercolor paper. The inks include VersaMark, Distress Ink, Staz-on, Powder Puffs, M.S. pigment ink, and Archival inks. I used black detail embossing powder for the monster, and white embossing powder for the saying. The doodled dots are with the fabulous fine tipped Mark-it black marker. *I am in love with this marker cuz it writes on plastic... perfect for the common label and organization freak like me*
All my monster's little spots have been flocked... I love adding a little texture to things...
His horns and hankie have been sparklized with Perfect Pearls. I also cut the image out using a spellbinders nestabilities.
Although I don't know anyone who has been sick recently, I couldn't pass up on making this card... I had to smile when I read the saying.... "Heard you caught a bug..." and the inside says "Maybe you should let it go." Maybe it is cheesy, but I love it when silly little sayings like that make me smile... I think that is part of the reason I bought this stamp set.
And, as a little personal note, I am so excited for next week. My brother and his family are coming to stay for a few days. My niece is six, and has really gotten in to crafting with her aunt. *her fav. is the cuttlebug* So, my mom found some really cheap ink pads for kids at the expo today and we picked her up some. I'm thinking she is responsible enough to use my stamps. So much fun! Maybe I can get some picts and do a blog about crafting with kids... no promises, cuz things get kinda crazy around here when the kids are around, but we can shoot for it, right?
Til next time....
Have a fabulous day!!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

ducks in a row

I love spring! I love that it is warm, but not hot. I love seeing the flowers bloom. I love watching mother birds feeding their babies. I love twirling in the rain.... it makes me feel young and carefree to close my eyes and lift my face to catch the tears of heaven on my cheeks. These things make me happy.
In honor of spring and rain, I made a card with this adorable duck by Clear Dollar Stamps *doesn't he look like he is splashing through puddles...*

Paper: white cardstock, Coredinations
Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps "Cute Critters"
TPC studio "Woodland Whimsy" (the flowers stamped on the blue)
Inks: Memento, versamark, mark it
Embossing Powder: detail black
Creative Inspirations paint, Doodlebug glitter, Cuttlebug "spots and dots", satin ribbon
the feet and bills of the side ducks are painted with CI paint "buttercup". The duck in the middle is cut out and popped up on foam dots. He is painted with CI "fairy dust". I also covered his bill and feet with glitter to give him a little extra pop.
The inside reads "you quack me up!" (from CDS "Cute Critters"--- I love the funny sayings they have for some of their stamps)
The blue strip is Coredinations left over from the front, so I ran it through the Cuttlebug and sanded it to let the light blue core show through... Love the color cores...
And, yes, that lovely ribbon on the front was painted with CI paint... I am addicted. I tell ya. I went to Wally's the other day and picked up a bunch of 50 cent spools of plain white ribbon... I have always loved ribbon, but I hated how it never quite matched.... Not any more!!! *insert maniacal laughter here....*
Ok.... before I get too carried away, I better step away from the computer...=)
have a fabulous night!

Friday, March 19, 2010

layered flower

Hello everyone!
I wanted to share a fairly simple card with you today.
(sorry for how dark and dingy all my photos seem to be... Once we move, I can get my real lighting set up instead of using a this make shift kind...)
This project uses only cheap white cardstock. I cut the flower from the Home Accents Cricut Cartidge. I cut the image at 3 inches, then cut the "shift" key of the same flower at 2.75 inches. They were layered using tiny pieces of fun foam.
I used Distress ink and Designer ink to stamp.
The background stamp is by Inkadinkado, and the swirls are by Basic Grey.
The flower is colored with ink, and is also painted with Creative Inspirations paint. (I chose to do it this way to get more color and depth while using fewer colors of paint. Because these paints are fairly translucent, the different colors of ink show through..) so many different looks with this paint.
I put down some paint on my non-stick craft sheet and spritz with water. When I had a nice sparkly puddle, I dragged the edges of the front of the card through it.
I also painted the ribbon with the paint so it all matched beautifully.
The inside sentiment is from TPC "Playful Expressions". I messily brushed on some paint on the flower to match the front.
Well, that's it for today... more projects on the way soon!!!
Have a fabulous day!!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

hello sunshine!

I am loving the spring weather!!!
In honor of spring, I thought I would share an easy project that you can do quickly so you have time to enjoy the sun.

I have been doing variations of these tiles for a while now. When I first started doing these, I used ink to color the images... that bled. I then moved to chalk... that worked better, but it was hard to get bright colors... I finally found a medium that works well... PAINT!

My favorite way to do these tile is by using mulberry paper. It gives nice texture to the finished project, and since you are not working directly on the tile, there is less frustration if you mess up.

I usually cut my mulberry paper to match the size of my tile. Then, I go around the edge of my paper with a water brush. After the water has soaked in a bit, I gently tear away the edge. This gives a rough edge that blends nicely into the slightly textured tile. (you don't have to do it this way, it is just the way I like the best with the tiles I currently have.)

Let your paper dry (or speed dry with a heat gun). *here I usually wipe my paper with an embossing buddy to take care of any missed moisture and static. although, I have found that even doing this, the embossing powder sticks to random fibers of the mulberry paper... I kinda like the look of a few random dots here and there though, so I'm not to picky about trying to get rid of them all...* Using a VersaMark pad, I stamp the image of my choice (in this case, a stamp from Yvonne Albritton Designs) and cover with embossing powder. Heat emboss as usual...

Then color (or in this case paint). I used Creative Inspirations Paint to get the lovely colors and shimmer all in one quick step. These paints dry fairly quickly *which is good for these who hate to wait... like me...*. You can blend these paints even after they have dried somewhat... just add a bit of water with a water brush and blend away.
After your color medium has dried, lay a thin layer of mod podge on your tile. Place your stamped mulberry paper on top, and lay another layer of mod podge down over it all *including the sides where longer fibers may be hanging over*. Let dry. *this takes a while.... I hate waiting... * If you want, you can put on another layer of mod podge, but I never have the patience...

Add a piece of felt on the back, and you have a great wall hanging (using plate hangers), or fun coasters.

Well, til next time, have a fabulous day!

Monday, March 15, 2010

think green (CIC9)

Hi all!
I thought today I would work on a project for the Clearly Inspired Challenge for the week... Think Green...
Well, I have been thinking about what I wanted to do for this since Friday when the challenge was posted... I finally came up with something. YAY! I thought that since St. Patty's day is coming up, I would let that guide me. So, here it is...

The paper is DCWV, and plain white cardstock.
The stamps are Clear Dollar Stamps "Pond Pals", and TCP "Faith Greetings".
I used VersaMark for the embossing, and Distress Inks for everything else.
Embossing Powders are "Evergreen" by Ranger and "Pirate Gold" by Stampendous
Also used: ribbon, CI paint, foil tape, memory glass (by Ranger)

For the card base, I simply stamped some random flowers around the edge.

I ran the green paper through the cuttlebug using Swiss Dots embossing folder. I then sanded the dots and randomly colored them with a Marvy Marker. (a technique I picked up from Jennifer McGuire's blog...she is so talented!!!)

The shamrocks are stamped onto Memory Glass with Versamark, then embossed with embossing powder. *Yes, you can emboss on glass... Just be careful not to heat too quickly, or your glass might break. Give it a little heat, than take the heat gun away for a few seconds before you hit it with heat again... Trust me on this one...* I then wrapped the glass with foil tape *by not centering the tape when wrapping the edges, you can see the back tape as well as the front giving a layered look*

I didn't have a shamrock stamp, so I made my own using the heart and stem stamps from "Pond Pals". *I love finding new ways to use old shapes*

The dotted line under the sentiment is also from that set, stamped repeatedly in a line.

This cute little bow is a white satin ribbon that I painted with Creative Inspirations Paint (Sage). I love the shine it gives it.. Can I say, I love little details like that!!!

*a little side story... This was not the original idea for the memory glass... I was going to etch it. However, after I had gotten it all prepped and ready to go, I opened my bottle of etching cream, and it was solid as a rock. GRRRR. So, moral of the story, is check that you really have all your supplies BEFORE you put a lot of prep work into something!*
Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

colorfully sparkly

Hey all! So I have been slaving away all day trying to complete a project... HA! No, really, I have been working today trying to reach my goal of project completion, but I haven't reached it yet. Good thing there are still a few hours in the day...

So, instead of a project, I thought I would share some examples of the Inspiration Paints I was given to play with....

This first picture shows a white paper sprayed with Perfect Pearls (from Ranger) and water. The heart on top is painted with Plum Inspiration Paint. Both are very shimmery. The paint has a slightly larger sized glimmer in it, so although you can get similar effects with them, there is a subtle difference. I like that.... You can use them side by side or layered, and get a different texture with lots of shine.

This next picture shows a stamped image that has been colored in with the paint. (the center is fuzzy with flocking..) You can't tell from the picture, but the whole flower is shimmery. No
matter how you turn this baby, it shines.

This one is harder to see all the details, but I threw it in to show another application...
the roses were embossed, painted, and cut out. I then used dimensional glue dots to attach them over an image stamped on acetate with Staz-on ink. The flowers are painted on the back of the acetate, so the ink lines show up. You can sort of see on the far leaf, that the color and shine work great on acetate.

Another fun thing to do is stamp with the paint. Just use a dabber and put a thin layer of paint on your stamp, and stamp like normal. (if you put too much paint on, you will lose some of the detail of your stamp... just depends on the look you want)
Another thing you can see in this photo is that even if you put ink on top of the paint, the shine still shows through. (the sprinkles are just a plain brown ink and although it covers the pink, the sparkle comes through.)
This last one is another fun thing to do. This was just a scrap of plain white satin ribbon.... Look at the sparkle! This ribbon was done with one color (Turquoise) the only difference is how much paint was applied to build up color. Even where the color is very thin as it fades out, the shine is still strong. So much fun!

Well, that is all of the photo samples I have for now. More will be coming!!
In the mean time, check out the awesome stuff the other Creative Inspirations DT have been doing on their blogs. They all do such awesome work. The links are on my side bar.
Have a fabulously colorfully sparkly day! =)

Friday, March 12, 2010

productivity, paint, and project...

Today has been highly productive. *YAY* My headache has taken a day off...*YAY* I got weeds pulled, the house vacuumed, and lots of cutting done... *my arm is killing me from spending the last 4 hours cutting scraps into usable sizes.* I wish I could say that I got something crafty accomplished today, but it just didn't happen. *I had too much fun playing=)*

A couple of days ago, I received a package in the mail... It was a box of cute little jars of Inspirations Paint. As I have joined the first DT for this product, I was sent a sample to play with.... Man, am I addicted!!! They are in these cute little jars, and although they don't have a lot of paint in them, a little goes such a long way that it doesn't matter. They are packed with color and shimmer. I have spent so much time in my scraproom playing with these paints... I have no projects yet to show for it though, because I get so caught up in playing and trying new things that I have lots of started projects, yet nothing done..... Um... maybe that should be my goal for tomorrow....
So far, I have played with these paints on cardstock, with water, on ribbon, on acetate, on glass.... I have heard that others on the DT have mixed the paints with water in a mister and have had great results.... I am still learning how to get the best results with different techniques... More to come on all that later, so keep watching.
I thought that I should post a project so you don't all think that I never get anything done.... So, here is a very simple gift box.

I was trying to branch out, and use a more simplistic approach then I have used with my projects in a long time... there was no inking, no stamping, no fancy embellishments... But I like it anyway... sometimes doing something different is good for the creative juices...

The papers used were Bazzill and Crate Paper
The flower is from Petaloo
a few brads, a little ribbon, and some pearl accent things that I was given when my mom was going through old stuff....

The instructions that I used for this project are well done and can be found here.

Ok, off to bed.... Maybe I'll finish something tomorrow to share with you all....
Have a fabulous night...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

clearly fixed

So, today I thought I would share with you something I have learned. Now, maybe it is just me, but some of my well loved clear stamps that have narrow pieces, have ripped. At first this was completely frustrating, but I decided to experiment and came up with a quick fix.

Here you see the stamp that has been loved to pieces... *heeheehee*

I like to use Duo Embellishing Adhesive by USArtQuest because it can be used on most any surface, and it seems to work well with the acrylic stamps. You don't need a lot of glue. You don't want it squishing out over the edges when you put your pieces together. Also, avoid getting too close to the top edge (the one you stamp with) so you don't get a ridge of glue on your stamp surface.
Carefully match up the top edge of your stamp so they fit together seamlessly. Allow to dry completely. If you have been careful in your gluing and reassembling, you should now get a perfect image when stamping.
There you have it. A saved stamp. *Yay!!* I hope someone has found this helpful. Have a fabulous day and get creative!

Monday, March 8, 2010

a lot of colors...

So on Friday, I got a package in the mail... I pre-ordered the 12 new Tim Holtz Distress ink pads and reinkers, and they have finally arrived! I feel like I have waited forever for them, and I am not disappointed! These colors are fabulous! *little side story... I had all my TH inks spread out on a table in my scraproom, and my Dad walked in... He kinda stared for a minute at all the inks, than said "you have a lot of colors..." I laughed and said "yeah, and that is only one brand of ink." =)*

I haven't played around with the new colors as much as I have wanted to, but here is a quick look at all the colors together so you can get an idea of what the new ones look like compared to the old ones. *however, computer pictures never really do color justice.... you need to see them in person!*
I know, it is hard to read the names in the photo... The ones with "*" are the new colors.

I am so excited to play around with them more!!!

Today, however, I spent a lot of quality time outside doing yard work. It felt WONDERFUL! The sun was shining, it was a nice temp for working, and plants are starting to grow again. My pond is clean, running, and a lot of the plants that I left to winter over, have started growing again. *the mint has totally taken over the pond!!!* And my fish are happily eating worms that I throw in. *by fall of last year, they would come to the surface when they heard me outside, and eat from my hand, but I guess they have forgotten me over the winter, so I just chuck the worm into them for now.=(*
More projects are coming, but I HAD to enjoy the good weather while it lasts as snow is in the forecast for later this week.
Have a fabulous day everyone, and do something that makes you smile!!

Friday, March 5, 2010

From the whites of Winter,

To the colors of Spring!!!
I'm back as promised. =)
So, this morning when I let my dogs out in the backyard, I was greeted by a fresh layer of snow. Yes, snow. Man, am I ready for some warm weather, flowers, and rainstorms! So I thought it great when I saw that this month's theme over at Hero Arts blog is "Spring & Easter". I just had to play along to get some spring in my day. hehehe

Stamps: Hero Arts "Flower Tree", SEI "Mimosa", and Stampendous "Holiday Words"

Paper: plain white cardstock, Bazzill

inks: Memento, distress inks, VersaColor, VersaMark, and Brilliance

other: Glimmer Mist, Glossy Accents, black embossing powder, ribbon scraps, eyelets, and a large flat glass marble

For this card, I stamped the "Flower Tree" twice on white cardstock. On one of the images, I watercolored with distress inks. I also added a little sparkle by painting "Dewberry" Glimmer mist onto the butterfly.

Using Glossy Accents by Ranger, I glued the glass marble over the part of the colored image I wanted accented on the black and white image. When it had dried, I cut it out and glued it over the same part of the black and white.

For the card base, I stamped polka dots using the "Mimosa" set. To keep it from becoming to busy, I decided to do a tone on tone look. My sentiment "Spring Wishes" was stamped multiple times along the edge in a gray, then I used black embossing powder to highlight the center one to make it pop.

A scrap of ribbon, and a few eyelets, were used to finish this card off, and pull in a little more color.

And, I got a package in the mail today.... *doin' the happy dance* More on that later. ;)


Just a few quick notes...
First off, I am thrilled to announce that the Creative Inspirations Paint DT has been announced. These are some truly talented ladies, and I hope you check them out! Inspiration Paints are a waterbased paint with GLIMMER. *who could ask for more?* Keep watching because starting in April, the DT is going to get creative, inspired, and shimmery! Join us for the fun! Follow the link on the side of my blog (under "I design for") to hop on over to the Inspiration Paint blog to get a peek into what is to come.
Next, I am so thrilled! Out of 50+ entries over at Clearly iStamp, I was chosen as one of the top five for the Clearly Inspired Challenge #8! I am honored and floored. This is the first challenge I ever entered. I have seen all the talent over there... it is amazing!
Speaking of challenges.... I have another one to enter... I need to load the pictures on my computer, so hopefully it will be up today *wow... two posts in one day... I am sounding ambitious!*
Also, a big thank you for those who have decided to follow my blog, and those who have stopped by and taken the time to comment. It makes me so happy to have comments to read, and I feel a lot more motivated to post knowing that I am not just talking to myself. If there is ever any questions, or you want to know more about a technique I use, feel free to ask. I would love feed back as to what you guys want to see!
have a fabulous day everyone!!!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Clearly Inspired Challenge #8 entry

So, I had every intention of having this posted yesterday, but just as I was sitting down to take the pictures and blog, a good friend of mine dropped by. I hadn't seen her in forever, so of course, we had to chat..... Time slipped away from me, like it so often does. So, here is my project for the Clearly Inspired Challenge #8 "It's Hip to be Square".

The stamps use on this card are all for the Clear Dollar Stamps "Old Wagon" set. I started with plain white cardstock. I wanted to give the card an old feel, so I inked up my stamp with Tim Holtz Distress ink and misted it. By doing this, the image is less crisp, and more like a water color painting. To keep with that image, I used a water brush with more distress ink to color it in. Another fun technique you can do with distress ink, is to flick a little water on your paper after applying a layer of ink. This leaves little water marks you can see in the pictures below.

For the base of the card. I used DCWV textured white cardstock. I then cut a piece of plain cardstock to fit the front. This piece of cardstock was completely covered with glue, toped with a piece of old book paper. When the glue was dry, I randomly placed pieces of masking tape over it and ripped it off. This only takes off the top layer of the paper in a random distressed way that I think looks really neat. (I learned this from Tim Holtz blog... I LOVE his work!) I then distressed the edges and added some "Old Paper" distress ink to stain the book paper. Again, going for an old look, I stapled my stamped image to my book paper. *aren't those the cutest staple??? The are the Tim Holtz Tiny Attachers... They work great for accent since they are so tiny.... love em!* I ran a Powder Puff ink pad around the edges of the base of the card, and glued on my card toppper.

Well, I am off to play.. I mean work on more projects... ;)

Monday, March 1, 2010

fan flower fun

I have been meaning to post this for several days, I just haven't seemed to manage to do it. So...

I wanted to use fan flowers on a project because I have been having such a fun time making them lately. I used scraps of K&Co paper for the flowers. The brown is coredinations, and the base is cheap white cardstock.
I love using inks for shadowing, highlighting, and of course stamping, so for this card I used Powder Puff inks, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, and VersaMark embossing ink.

The border stamp is from Basic Grey "Finery" set. The sentiment is from "Cute Critters" by Clear Dollar Stamps.

brads and ribbon add a finishing touch

Fan flowers are easy to make *especially if you have a score board... I learned that...* I simply took strips of paper of varying widths, scored every 1/8th inch and fold back and forth *just like those paper fans you make when you are little* Then you staple the ends together and glue it down. *there are great tutorials online... that is how I learned...*
I used fun foam to make my own "pop dots" to add some interest with layers. The little scraps of ribbon were tucked behind the flowers like happy little leaves sticking out.

I like to emboss with white embossing powder on dark colored cardstock because it makes the image pop.

Well, there you have it, another project. I will hopefully be back on tomorrow with a project for a design challenge.
til' then, have a fabulous day!