Saturday, June 23, 2012

beach treasures...

Despite what the weather around here is looking like, it is officially summer, and in honor of that, I have a fun project to share.

I love going to the ocean and finding the treasures that wash up on the sand. One of these treasures is sand dollars. (if you can't make it to the beach, try your local craft store)

What you'll need
Sand dollar
Strong clear drying glue
CI Resplendence  in Angel Dust
Makeup Wedge
White sheer ribbon
Heat gun

 In preparation, if you collect your own sand dollars from the beach, clean and bleach your sand dollar. If you buy it from the store, it will already be cleaned. Also, some sand dollars have natural holes in them, but if not, drill your own as I have done.

 Step 1: apply a strong clear drying glue to the top of the sand dollar

 Step 2: Sprinkle on some Creative Inspirations Angel Dust Resplendence, and let dry.
Angel Dust is a beautiful iridescent glitter... fabulous! The photo really doesn't give it justice, but the sun was just not cooperating! 

 Step 3: Now grab one of my favorite painting tools... a makeup wedge, and sponge on some CI paint around the edge to give it a beautiful touch of color.

Step 4: Set your sand dollar aside for a bit, and grab your sheer ribbon. Paint your ribbon with CI paint.  Beautiful and easy way to alter ribbon!

Step 5: Thread your painted ribbon through the hole in the sand dollar and tie it. 

 Step 6: Carefully  heat the tails of the bow with a heat gun. It will start melting the ribbon causing it to crinkle and curl. Be careful, if you keep the heat on it too long, the ribbon will just plain melt

 I love the texture and dimension the melted ribbon adds to it!

 Step 7: Add decorations if desired... I made some flowers with glittered garfish scales...


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

bright and cheery...

Can I just say I'm LOVIN' the spring and summer Distress inks?  They are so bright and cheerful!

 Who would guess that his was made with distress inks?

  I used the wrinkle free technique to cover the background with Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade. I then stamped the fabulous swirl with clear embossing ink, and clear embossing powder. I then went over the whole thing with Peacock Feathers.  The clear embossing resisted the ink to show the fabulous original colors, and I love how it change the rest of the colors! 

Every time I look at this card, I can't help but smile because it is just so happy!

I just hope the eventually they put the Seasonal colors in the markers...


Supplies Used:
Paper: Mixed media, white cardstock
Ink: Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers), VersaMark, StazOn (Jet Black)
Stamps: Fancy Pants "From the Garden", Inspired by Stamping "Cupcake Wishes"
Other: Perfect Pearls, embossing powder

Saturday, June 16, 2012

a smattering...

Hello all my wonderful friends!

Well, I am putting my finishing touches on my Father's Day gift right now... (ok, so I'm letting glue dry right now, but you get the idea.)

And, I got a package in the mail today... Super excited!

 And, I was going to share this earlier this week, but life happens, and I never quite got it photographed, so I grabbed my camera and got it done today. =)
 A lot more glittery than I usually go for, but it was fun to do. 

To make the focal point, I stuck a piece of red liner tape onto a piece of paper with the frame stamped on it, and ran it through my Big Shot. I then just peeled off the lining and dumped glitter on it. After burnishing (a TON) to make sure there was no loose glitter, I stamped the flower using an ink made for non porous surfaces, and colored it with permanent markers. I sponged on a little CI paint around the edges, and used foam dots to attach it to the front of the card.

My best tip for working with glitter... keep a lint roller handy to quickly clean up all the stray glitter. No matter how hard you try to control the stuff, it ends up everywhere!

Have a wonderful Father's day weekend!


Supplies Used
Paper: Mixed Media, Bazzill, white cardstock
Ink: Archival Ink (Jet Black), Mark-it (various
Stamps: Penny Black "Touch of Whimsy", Inspired by Stamping "Fancy Labels 18" & "The Sky's the Limit", Great Impressions "Simple Elegance", Inkadinkado "Letter"
Creative Inspirations: Paint (Lavender), Resplendence "Angel Dust"
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 18"
Other: Acrylic paint, rhinestones

Monday, June 11, 2012

dare to dream...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Well, Saturday I shared a tutorial using feathers to make butterflies... I share the finished project, but not the details of it...

So, here we go

 Here's the page... 
The edges were stamped with acrylic paint, then I sponged on some Distress ink over it. It gives a great  subtle resist look. Also, I did some stitching on my sewing machine around the edge. 

Here's the butterfly from Saturday's post. Such a fun added texture!

 A hidden journaling card is tucked behind the photo. This is a great way to make your pages interactive while telling your story!

 The flowers are white silk flowers that I colored using Distress reinkers. I also cut out some fabric leaves and died them with Distress stain.


Supplies Used:
Paper: K&Co, Bazzill, Mixed Media paper, chipboard
Stamps: TPC Studio "Boho Blooms", Hampton Arts "Artsy Edges", Basic Grey "Swirly", Inspired by Stamping "Fancy Labels 18", Fancy Pants "In my Words"
 Ink: Distress Ink (various), Mark-it (Tuxedo Black)
Creative Inspirations: Paint (Burgundy, Pink Highlights), Jeweled Inspirations (Clear 30)
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 18"
Cricut: Botanicals
Other: acrylic paint, silk flowers, fabric, feathers, Stickles

Saturday, June 9, 2012

butterfly kisses...

Hello my fabulous friends!

My mom and I were talking the other day about the chickens she wants to raise.  My dad doesn't seem to be too excited about the idea, so we started joking about getting peacocks so I could use the feathers in my art....  any one know where we could get some albino peacocks? LOL!

With feathers on my mind I set out to work on my tutorial for this week... 

(I suggest grabbing a lint roller for this.... feather fluff gets ALL over!)

What you need:
Scratch Paper
Dark Marker
Glitter Glue (I use Stickles)
Mini Mist Bottle
Small Bead
Non-stick Craft Sheet
Red Liner Tape

Ready, set, grab your lint roller, and let's go!

Step 1: choose 4 feathers with nice smooth tops and cut off the fluffy bottom part. 

 Step 2: Draw your wing shape on your scratch paper with a dark marker. (make sure to size it to fit on your feather tops!)

 Step 3: Place your feather over your template, and use glitter glue to outline the shape on the feather.

Step 4: Set it aside to dry for several hours. Don't rush it!!!

 Step 5: Once dry, trim off the extra fluff.

 Step 6: Mix some Creative Inspirations Paint with water in a mini mist bottle. (I used Pink Highlights, so the color isn't showing up well, but it is there!)

*I know I did a mist tutorial way back when I started first started posting CI tutorials, but I want to update it. 
Have you ever notice the nail polish bottle that have a little mixing ball in them?  Well, there is a good reason for that. When you have a thick medium (paint/shimmer) you are trying to mix with a thin medium (water) a mixing ball really helps! So, throw a small roundish bead in your mister with your paint. It really helps!

 Step 7: Using your freshly made shimmer mist, spray your wings. The glitter glue will help them keep their shape even when wet.

Set them aside to dry. It shouldn't take too long this time.

 Step 8: Peel off the paper lining to a piece of red liner tape. Stick it onto a non-stick craft sheet. (I cut up a worn out craft sheet to work on so it is easy to set aside to dry.)
 Step 9: Peel off the red liner, an arrange your sparkly wings on the tape.

 Step 10: Add a thick line of glitter glue down the middle to help hold the wings and form the body. Don't worry if the glue goes past your tape, it should hold it's shape just fine.
*you can also add designs to the wings using glitter glue or CI paint*

Step 11: Again, set it aside to dry for several hours. 

 Step 12: Once dry, you can very carefully peel it off your non-stick craft sheet. The tape will still be sticky on the back making it simple to attach to your project. 

Yes, there is a lot of drying time with this technique. However, you can make up a whole batch of butterflies (or dragonflies) at a time and store them on an old sticker backing sheet. You could also make a bunch white ones and wait to spray them with the desired CI color until you are ready to use them... 

The sparkles, feathers, and dimension add such a great touch to cards and LO!


Friday, June 8, 2012

color me distressed...

Hello all my fabulous friends! I'm so glad you stopped by. 

I know I have been a terrible blogger lately, but to tell the truth I have been a terrible crafter lately too. I need to work on finishing projects, not just starting a million of them. LOL!


for my birthday (way back in April), my parents bought me the new Distress Markers. (they know me so well!!!) Anyway, they ordered them in Feb. and they finally came just a little while ago. CRAZY! 

Now, of course I was totally excited to get my hands inky and try them out! 

 These markers are FABULOUS for coloring directly on stamps! And they have the same properties as the Distress pads... So, if you want to make it look a little aged, flick a little water on the stamped image to create fabulous water spots!

 The markers also have a WONDERFUL fine tip. I can be kinda picky about my pens, but for writing, doodling, and  outlining, the fine tip side of these markers have quickly become my go-to pens. (besides the fact that they come in so many beautiful colors!)

 For the background of this card, I stamped the swirl on a piece of kraft paper with clear embossing ink, and embossed with clear powder. I then mixed some Distress reinker with some acrylic paint and covered the whole kraft paper with it. I then simply used a damp rag to wipe the paint off the embossed swirls. Fabulous resist with a beautiful touch of shabby chic achieved from the painted texture. Love it!

These flowers were mad using the Spellbinders "Rose Creations" die and a great soft textured paper that I had in my stash.. I wish I knew the manufacture, or even the type of paper it is because it is beautiful for flowers!!!  The pearls were colored using alcohol ink. Great way to alter pearls and rhinestones to match your project!

Anyway, check back tomorrow for a fun tutorial using feathers. 


Supplies Used:
Paper: Mixed Media paper, Kraft, unknown
Ink: Distress Ink (various),VersaMark, Alcohol Ink (Currant), Powder Puff (Amaretto, Mocha Mama)
Stamps: Great Impressions "Simple Elegance", Inspired by Stamping "Butterfly Wings", TPC Studio "Boho Blooms"
Dies: Spellbinders "Rose Creations"
Other: embossing powder, acrylic paint, faux pearls, ribbon