Thursday, June 30, 2016

a bunch of roses...

Hello my fabulous friends!!

Yes, this is my second post today... due to internet issues, I couldn't get the posts up sooner, so I have to get both done on the last day of the month.. 

(at this point I'm just grateful that my internet seems to be working again!!!)

This card's inspiration came from Altenew's Inspiration challenge for June.

Since I'm getting ready to start my sister's wedding album, I figured this was the perfect time to practice my roses! :)

I prefer to stamp my multi-layered stamps with my MISTI. I have a MUCH easier time lining things up and trusting that it's how I want it. I waste a lot less paper and time, and it's a lot less stressful for me. That's not to say that they can't be stamped with a traditional block (many people do it that way), I just prefer the MISTI.

I used some tissue tape to keep my dies in place while I ran it through my Big Shot...

Since I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to do, I stamped and cut plenty of flowers and leaves... I figure any extras can be saved for a future project. (This is also a good way to do something creative even when you aren't FEELING especially creative.. You don't have to know how it's going to come together, but you can stamp and cut flowers so they are ready when inspiration hits.)

When adhering them to my card front, I used foam tape behind some of them for dimension. 

The fun thing about this card is that it is a shaker card... but the flowers cover up all the sparkles until you shake it. Just a fun little surprise for the person who gets the card. :)

The flowers and leaves come from a mix of two stamp and die sets: 

The sentiment is Altenew Oriental Orchid

The ink colors are (light to dark)
Yellow: Buttercream (Altenew), Mango Smoothie (Altenew), Warm Sunshine (Altenew), Butter Bar (Hero Arts)
Greens: Frayed Leaf (Altenew), Forest Glade (Altenew), Evergreen (Altenew)

Have a wonderful day!



stick on gold...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Today's first card is inspired by Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights challenge.

I loved the bright happy colors with the gold accents... Super fun! 

I started by stamping various sketchy circles from Essentials by Ellen Bokeh Dots set. I LOVE the scribbly freehanded look! (And the fact that I'm NOT free handing it, takes all the scary out of it!)

Inks: Passion Flower (Hero Arts)
Tide Pool (Hero Arts)
Coral Berry (Altenew)

Now to get the gold accents...

I wanted to do some foiling, but with a die cut instead of a printed image... So I grabbed my double sided adhesives sheets (these happen to be for the Silhouette, but any brand should work)

I ran that through my Big Shot using one of the words that comes in the Zipper Panel die set from Essentials by Ellen. It's a wafer thin die, but cut through the double sided adhesive sheet like butter!

I also wanted some tiny gold dots... So I decided to punch some out using my 1/16 inch hole punch... This did NOT work as well as I had hoped... In theory it should work, however my punch is exceedingly dull... I've tried sharpening it with aluminum foil, but it hasn't seemed to fix it... maybe It's just time to replace it... It has served me well for YEARS!

I did manage to get a bunch of tiny dots punched out eventually though. 

Peel off the release paper on the back of your die cut and dots and stick them down where you want them. Then you can peel off the top release paper.

Cut a piece of foil (I'm using Heidi Swapp Minc foil) large enough to cover you adhesive. Put the foil  colored side up over the adhesive and burnish it well with a bone folder.

When you peel off the foil sheet, you are left with beautiful foil anywhere the adhesive was.

If you missed a spot, simply put the foil over it again and burnish. 

Super simple, but lots of fun!



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

not giving up...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I'm going to be honest here...

I've been in a creative slump... Like, a BIG one. 

I know this is a  common problem with anyone who does anything creative... It is a FRUSTRATING place to be! Especially when you desperately need the escape that creating usually brings... 

I'm not giving up. 

That's why I've been doing challenges lately...

Today's is brought to you by My Sweet Petunia (MISTI).... It's a challenge on Splitcoaststampers... 

A 12x12 scrapbook page with stamping...  

The exciting part??? The MEMORY MISTI!!! A MISTI that is big enough to fit a 12x12 page!!!

Yes, I am VERY excited about this even if I don't have one.... YET!
This perfectionist gets SUPER frustrated using stamps on SB pages when they don't stamp perfectly or (even worse) are CROOKED... YIKES! The idea of combining MISTI with scrapbooking DEFINITELY appeals to me. :)

This challenge was exactly what I needed to kick myself into the scrapbooking mood! I haven't done a scrapbook page in months, but I really need to get back in to it because I have a wedding album to make for my sister.... I'm just waiting for the rest of the photos! So, in the mean time, a picture of my niece that has been sitting in my "to scrapbook" pile for a while now...

I wanted to stick to the shabby look of the paper with my stamped images... The words are a second generation image... Stamped first on a scrap paper then on the page. This gives a faded image rather than the crisp image of a first impression.

The lacy stamp on both the top left and bottom right are actually a large sea shell stamp that is stamped partially off the page. I used pigment ink, then covered it in white embossing powder. I didn't want a solid embossed image, so I tapped the paper a little harder than usual so more of the power fell off before heating. This leaves a distressed embossing with the pigment ink color showing through in spots. 

Stamps used: Tattered Angels "Sea Side", Terresa Collins "Sweet Afternoon", Unity "Beautiful Elements"

The birds are wood veneers from Studio Calico... I love the extra texture they bring!

The sparkling threads you see are loose Angelina Fibers. They can be hard to attach without showing the adhesive, so I tend to make a "nest" of them, then glue something down on top of them, letting them get trapped in the adhesive under the element (in this case, a photo) and floating loose around the edges. It's kinda messy, but I love the look of those sparkling threads!!!

The "pink" wreath behind the photo (you can see a few leaves of it in this picture) Is a textured dark brown card stock (Core'dinations) that I sprayed with a spray adhesive. I then burnished some Minc foil over top. I love the textured foil look! It's distressed and sparkly and pretty!

Have a wonderful day!