Friday, February 21, 2014

grownup crayons...

Hello my fabulous friends!

My little nephew's birthday is coming up, and as I was trying to decide what to put on the card, I saw this crayon stamp from Unity that I got as part of a grab bag... I hadn't used it on anything yet, and now seemed the perfect time.

I decided that it was also the perfect time to use a wax resist technique... After all, what goes more perfectly with stamped crayons than real ones?

Step 1: Emboss a piece of card stock. I used one of Tim Holtz's embossing folders..  love the random distress look!

Step 2: color a crayon directly onto the flat side of a HOT iron. The one I use is actually made for quilters to press seams. I love that it is really small and lets me have more control with where the wax goes.

Step 3: Paint on the melted wax by lightly rubbing over the embossed surface. 

Step 4: Feel free to mix colors! When you go over an area that already has wax, it will remelt and swirl in with the new color.

Step 5: Apply dye ink to the whole project to color your background. I used a Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst spray, for a quick coloring and shimmer in one step... other inks work too... You can use an ink blending tool to apply Distress ink, or dye inks.  The wax will resist the ink, making the embossed design pop!

Step 6: finish project as desired...

Melting wax is so much fun! I fall in love with it over again each time to pull out the crayons...


Supplies Used:
Paper: card stock, watercolor paper
Ink: Archival Ink, Distress Markers, LSG Starbursts "Opal Sea Oats" & "Silent Night Silver"
Stamps: Unity "Blossom Stackers" & the crayons are from a grab bag, so I have no idea which kit... sorry!
Other: Tim Holtz "Bubbles" embossing folder, crayons

Thursday, February 20, 2014

mon ami...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Are you all getting excited for the Scrapbook USA Expo???  
I know I am! =)

So many fabulous vendors (including Spellbinders!!! YAY!!!) 

One of the vendors I always look forward to is Basic Grey. I love their stuff & their deals!

This was made using Basic Grey's "Mon Ami" line.
Fabulous colors & patterns in this line!

The numbers on the side were stamped with a clear embossing ink, then covered with Magical Powder from Lindy's Stamp Gang... The mica shimmers so beautifully and gives it that touch of metallic shine without being overly distracting. 

Working with scraps, I was able to quickly make a second card using the same line of papers...
The yellow paper on this card is actually a scrap from the first card... (it is the reverse side of the grey... I love double sided papers!!!)


Supplies Used (1):
Paper: Basic Grey "Mon Ami", watercolor paper
Ink: VersaMark, Archival Ink
Stamps: Unity "Number etc.", "Sing Your Song", "Create Today", & "Heartfelt Sentiments"
Other: Lindy Stamp Gang Magicals "Cattail Copper Brown"

Supplies Used (2):
Paper: Basic Grey "Mon Ami", card stock
Ink: Archival, Distress Ink
Stamps: Unity "Every Breath"
Dies: Spellbinders "Blossom Tags & Accents", Quickutz "Nesting Circles"
Other: Rhinestones, Perfect Pearls

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

hidden treasures...

Hello my fabulous friends! 

So I'm getting super excited for my visit to UT for the Scrapbook Expo USA! It is still a month away, but they announced their LO Challenge Sketch a few days ago. Since I'm on the DT, I can't actually participate in the challenge, but I wanted to share my take on it in hopes of inspiring you!
I'll be honest... this isn't my normal LO... a lot more collage than I've ever done. I've never felt confident enough to do it before, but I LOVE the look. I finally watched some videos and learned that my problem is that I OVER THINK it. Once I realized that, and trusted myself enough to relax and have fun, I found myself really enjoying it! All the layers and hidden treasures...

For added texture, I applied Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint through a stencil... Once dry, I sprayed over it with Lindy's Stamp Gang (LSG)  sprays... the Crackle paint resists the ink, but it does soak into all the little cracks. (because it is lighter colors it is hard to see in the photo but IRL, it is awesome!)

I had fun rummaging through my supplies (and my kitchen), and finding odds and ends to collage. The colors didn't matter because I gave them all a nice coat of Gesso. Once that was dry, I sprayed and painted everything with LSG Starbursts & Moon Shadow sprays (colors & links in supply list at the end)

For the blue paper, I mix LSG Magicals (Tibetan Poppy) into some white acrylic paint and coated a piece of white card stock . (I love all the ways you can use Magicals!!!). Once that was dry, I sprayed on to my craft sheet and to "ink up" my circle stamps. I love how the fluid inks turn a clean circle stamp into one that looks like water stain rings.

The butterfly was die cut out of a coffee filter that was sprayed and stamped. It has a nice light texture. 

The title is made from Tim Holtz "Alpha Parts" and my Dymo label maker. 

This has changed the way I look at so many do-dads around me. I've saved certain things like clam shell packaging (for the clear plastic), cool containers, and such for a long time, but now I see all sorts of possibilities in so many things! Anything with texture, fun shape, or visual interest could find their way into a project like this... 


Challenge Links:

Supplies Used:
Paper: chipboard, cardstock, coffee filter
Ink: Distress ink,  Memento
Stamps: Unity "Create Today", Simon Says Stamp "Lots of Dots"
Dies: Sizzix "Butterfly #12", Lea'bilities "Little Birds"
Mediums: Gesso, Rock Candy Distress Crackle, acrylic paint
Other: Tim Holtz "Alpha Parts" Tim Holtz grungeboard shapes, Prima flowers, jute, lace buttons, shells, rhinestone mesh, burlap, beads, other random findings

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

dress it up...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Are you ready for Valentines Day?
Well, My Mind's Eye has a beautiful line entitled "Lost & Found" that is perfect for your Valentines projects.... Although, in all honesty, who needs to wait for any specific day to tell someone you care?

I love the dress form trend. Something about them is so inspiring... They are like a canvas waiting to be decorated. 

Last year, at the Scrapbook USA Expo, I picked up a fun flower die by Joy! Crafts called "Fantasy Flowers #2". All those tiny little blooms making up the skirt were cut using that die... I love the added dimension it gives!

A fun way to get more out of patterned papers is to brush on a layer of Gesso to cover parts of the pattern. This allows you to stamp an image onto a busy patterned paper without losing the image. To keep with the vintage feel of the papers, I lightly tinted the Gesso with some powdered pigments.


Supplies Used:
Paper: My Minds Eye "Lost and Found", card stock
Ink: Distress Ink, Archival Ink
Stamps: TPC Studio "Vintage Threads", KI Memories "Celebrate Life"
Dies: Joy! Crafts "Fantasy Flower #2"
Other: Perfect Pearls, Magicals (Bit O'Bubbbly), Moon Shadow (Smokey Sapphire), rhinestones, jute, lace

Monday, February 10, 2014


Hello my fabulous friends!

Confession... I'm SO behind!

I really should have about 4 birthday cards done, as well as Valentines cards... 
YAY for super cute paper from My Mind's Eye that made whipping up a quick CAS card easy!

These are from the "Lost & Found" collection... which I ADORE! Absolutely beautiful color and style!

To make a fun dimensional heart, simply cut multiple hearts out of paper, then attach them to your project by sewing a single line down the center. You can then fan out the layers. I love the simplicity of this technique! It's a super fast and easy way to add a little extra pop. 


Supplies Used: 
Paper: My Mind's Eye "Lost and Found"
Ink: Distress ink
Stamps: My Mind's Eye "Story"
Dies: Spellbinders "Hearts One"
Other: Imaginisce Hot Rocks

Friday, February 7, 2014

magical background...

Hello my wonderful friends!

I have recently been introduced to a fabulous product put out by Lindy's Stamp Gang called Magical Powders. I am in love! They are SO much fun! 

Magicals are a mix of powdered pigment and mica powders. They can be mixed with water, or other mediums to create fabulous color & shimmer. There are so many ways they can be used!

Let's take a quick look at one of my favorite techniques using Magicals...

Step 1: Stamp your image with clear embossing ink onto your paper. I'm using a card stock prepped with a layer of Gesso. (more on that later)

Step 2: Dust on various colors of Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals using a dry paint brush.

Although they are similar to Ranger's Perfect Pearls, they are different! The pigments in the Magicals are activated by water, and that is what we are making use of here. Perfect Pearls will not work for this..

Step 3: Brush off excess powder with the brush, then mist with water... the more water you spray, the more the colors will spread.

When it dries, you will have a very cool spread of color...

But when the light hits it, you'll find the mica has stuck to the ink and the image is nice and clear!

*For my project, I used regular card stock that was coated with a layer of Gesso. The colors float and mix beautifully over the coated surface... However, you can do this same technique on uncoated card stock, watercolor paper, or other porous surfaces. The difference is how the colors move. Here you can see the gesso coated paper on top, and uncoated paper on bottom. The color absorbs into the uncoated paper and won't spread as much. Watercolor paper is kind of in between the two as far as how much the color will spread and blend.

You can then stamp over it with a permanent ink, or for a more dramatic effect like this, paint.


PS: I am not working for Lindy's Stamp Gang... simply sharing a product and technique I enjoy. =)

Supplies Used:
Paper: DCWV, card stock
Ink: VersaMark
Stamps: Unity "Chicken Wire", "Build a Damask", "Moments in Bloom"
Other: Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals (My Mojito Green, and Cattail Copper Brown), Distress Paint