Sunday, December 31, 2017

DIYwobble springs

Hello my fabulous friends! And happy New Year's Eve!

Today I got to team up with the talented Raluca on the LDRS Creative blog

My project was inspired by the movies I watched as a kid where the fairies were in charge of changing the seasons... I loved watching them fly over a field sprinkling their magic fairy dust and leaving a wake of flowers where there once was ice and snow. Now that Christmas is over, I'm ready for the fairies to come melt the snow and bring the flowers!

Paper: TLC Inspired Soft Blush; Georgia Pacific
Stamps: Polkadoodles Winnie Fairy Sparkle, Eleganza
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Unibal Signo White; Gellyroll Clear Star;  Copic B0000, B000, B52, YG63, YG61, G40, G85, E000, E11, BV00, RV42, C4, E49, E47, E35, E33, E04, E31, Y26, Y28, BV0000, BV000, V25, V28, 0, multiliner
Dies: Polkadoodles Eleganza
Other: wire

Isn't this little fairy Winnie adorable?!? And the flower.... I LOVE the Eleganza set!

The background was done very simply with Copics... For the ground I just did a bunch of dots with various colors of brown. For the grass, I used long flicking motions (starting at the ground with the thickest part of the flick and lifting upwards). In keeping with the doodle style, I added a simple doodle border. I love doing those. They don't have to be complicated, or perfect... Simple and quirky works great!

Another fun thing about the Eleganza set is that it has matching dies... So it was super simple to cut out the flower and add it to a wobble spring for some fun movement!

Now, you can buy remade wobble springs... but I never have... I make my own.

Here's how I do it:

Start by wrapping thin wire around a pen... For this, I used a Sharpie marker.
 (this is 22 ga. for beading since that is what I had laying around)
You'll want three or so coils. Then snip the ends with wire cutters and slip your spring off your pen.

Once you have your spring made, you'll need a base... You can die cut if you want, I just hand cut two circles out of card stock that are slightly larger than your spring diameter.

Glue your spring between the two circles. I use a little hot glue for this.

You can then glue your wobble spring onto your die cut and your card. 

Simple, right?

Disclaimer: Because I've never used a remade wobble spring, I don't know how mine compares... But this works for me. 

Well, I hope you enjoy your day... and that the new year brings you joy, peace, and lots of creativity!


Friday, December 15, 2017

two playful penguins...

Hello my fabulous friends!!!

It's my day to share a project on the LDRS Creative blog and talk about it here too...

Paper: Georgia Pacific
Ink: Distress Mermaid Lagoon; Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic W3, W2, W0, 100, 0, YR18, R24, R29, R89, Y19, YR24, BOO, BG000
Dies: LDRS Creative Snowy Days
Other: Ranger Glossy Accents; Tim Holtz Frosted Film; twine; rhinestones

The second day of Christmas is traditionally 2 turtle doves... but I thought 2 playful penguins would be fun!
 The cute penguins are colored very simply without much fuss. To give them that little something extra, I added a dot of Glossy Accents on the eyes. 

The poinsettia garland was made by stamping the poinsettia from the Holly Days Large Circle Sentiments stamp set, coloring them, and cutting them out. I then glued them to a piece of twine. The ends of the twine were tucked behind the penguins' wings, and I glued some tiny bows on top of the wings... A little rhinestone in the centers of each of the flowers finishes them off. 

The blue in the background is Distress Ink... You could just use a blue paper... but I like the slightly uneven ink blended look for the sky. 

For both the hill and the snowflakes, I wanted something with a little shimmer... So I got out some Frosted Film...  This product has been discontinued, but you can still find it around... and you may already have it laying around in your stash like I did...

I peeled it off the backing sheet and stuck the film onto some plain white card stock. I then ran it through my Big Shot. 

I'll be honest... The details really didn't want to cut well... The plastic film wanted to stretch instead of cut.. but a little magic with a craft knife on the stubborn spots and it's good to go. It's hard to photograph the shimmer because it's subtle.. But I like that about it. It isn't overboard on the glitz... just a nice extra touch you see when you pull the card out of the envelope. 

Another nice thing about the film is that you can color it with your Copic markers. While there is a texture to it, it isn't as rough as glitter, and I haven't had any problems with it hurting my marker nibs.

I hope your weekend is bright and cheerful!


Monday, December 11, 2017

next year's color is purple...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I'm still making 'thank you' cards like crazy, trying to keep up with all meals, visits, and thoughtful acts of service my parents are receiving right now. I am overwhelmed by the kindness shown to my family while my mom has been fighting cancer.. Hopefully we only have a few more months of chemo... (fingers and toes crossed!)

 I've been having so much fun with these winter Polkadoodles stamps! They are absolutely adorable and make CAS cards that don't need much to look spectacular!

Paper: Georgia Pacific; DCWV Holiday Glitz
Stamps: Polkadoodles Snowy Friends
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle; Copic V09, V17, BV11, BV00, BG78, BG57, BG53, E29, YR18, YR16, T4, T2, T0, 0, E51, E11, RV42, R35, R29, R59, C5, C7, C10, 110, E55, E47, E49, E57, B000, B00, C00, multiliner; Gellyroll Clear Star; Uniball Signo White 

 Apparently, Pantone has decided that the color of the year for 2018 is Ultra Violet... Which I'm totally ok with since I have loved purple since I was tiny. 

I thought it fitting to play around with Copic blends to find the perfect purple... Since Copics are a little skimpy on the purple end of things, and the purples tend to go really blue or really red just following one blending group, I ended up using both Vs and BV in my blend.. 
V09, V17, BV11, BV00

For the snow flakes, details on the snowman, and details in the ornaments I wanted to add a little shine, so I used my FAVORITE Gellyroll pen... The Clear Star gives an amazing shimmer in a very controlled way. I love it!

Alright friends... I'm in the market for new stamps... Preferably focal point stamps that make great CAS cards. I'll be making lots of 'thank you' cards for the next few months, and I need new stamps to keep things interesting! If you have any suggestions of stamps you think would work, or that you want to see used, let me know in the comments so I can check them out!!! 

Thanks so much!



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

quick and easy party favors...

Hello my fabulous friends! 

I don't know about you, but for me, the holidays can get a bit crazy...  I wanted to make party favors that where fun and festive, and most importantly, I could easily and quickly make as many as needed...

Paper: Georgia Pacific; Ranger Foil Cardstock; DCWV Holiday Glitzy Gliter
Stamps: LDRS Creative North Pole
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sharpie
Other: Ranger Enamel Accents; lollypop stick, treat bag, candy, ribbon

These treat bags are adorable as decoration, place cards, and party favors! 

They are simple to make, and don't take much time to put together (especially if you use a hot glue gun!)

I wanted this to be festive, and sturdy, so I chose some glitter card stock for the rosette part. It cut BEAUTIFULLY! 
You'll want to have something for the center... I used the Holly Wreath Circle set to cut several layers of the wreath, and one of the inner circle...

Then, cut your card stock into 4 strips of 6 inches by 2.5 inch and use the Petal Wishes Accordion die to cut and score each strip. Fan fold on the score lines, and glue the 4 strips into one long strip... then glue the ends of the long strip together to form a ring. When you push the ring flat, you end up with an accordion circle. 

Cover the back of your front panel with hot glue and stick it on top of the rosette to secure it.... Hold that in place until it cools.

If you are having trouble with this, check out the video on the LDRS Creative website HERE

 Now comes the fun part... Decorating! 

I wanted to keep things simple so making a bunch would be easy... So I used this cute little polar bear from the North Pole stamp set (there's a cut penguin on that set too!!) with only a little coloring to add dimension, and I made a banner using foil card stock, and the Snowy Day border die.  I wanted to write the name in white, but all my white markers that would dry on the foiled surface were too thick, so I used a Sharpie.

 I hot glued a long lollypop stick onto the back, and finished it off with a plain circle from the Holly Wreath Circle die set... You could write a message there if you want... I would suggest writing/stamping your message BEFORE gluing the circle on because of the dimension of the accordion fold it's sitting on. 

Slip the stick into a bag of treats, little gifts, or whatever you want... Tie a bow and you're ready to go! Simple!

And the best part? 
This isn't just a Christmas idea... Just change the colors and image to match whatever theme you want!   Birthdays, holidays, teacher gifts... Whatever you want! 


Saturday, November 18, 2017

getting ready for the holidays...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Happy weekend!!

Sorry I've been so quiet lately... I've been busy with a new team and working on some super awesome things that I can't share until January.... But I'm SO excited to be working on CHA stuff! 

While I get my mind wrapped round CHA, I wanted to share a couple of cards...
They are both super simple, with the main focus being on the stamped image, then matted on some glimmer paper  then embellished simply...

This adorable image comes from the Polkadoodles Winnie Winter Land set. Isn't it adorable???

I was pretty stressed out the night that I made this, and I really needed to just relax, so I pulled out my Copics.... For some reason, Copic coloring is the most relaxing form of coloring I've found so far. (though I still love my Zig Clean Color markers!!!)

This card is actually for my brother's birthday.... I struggle with masculine cards, but this little boy eating cookies is PERFECT! And the penguins steals my heart! They both come from the Polkadoodles Winnie Winter Land set. The sentiment is from LDRS Creative Just Because.

As we get into the hustle and bustle of the holidays, what helps you relax the most? Leave me a comment to let me know!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

playing with textures...

Hello my fabulous friends!

It's my turn again to post on the LDRS Creative blog, and I wanted to see what I could do with mixing various textures (while still keeping things simple and elegant)...

Paper: Polkadoodles Winter Land; Georgia Pacific; Paper Studio Glitter Glam
Ink: Copic RV99; Adirondack Alcohol ink Currant
Other: twine; angelina fibers Gold Iris

Using texture creates visual intrest... I love this glitter paper because it has the shimmer of fine glitter without any of the mess! It also adds a nice textural contrast to the smooth card stock. Mixing in some twine adds another level of contrast... a little more towards the earthy/natural side. 

I wanted my twine to match my papers, so I dyed it using a little alcohol ink... 

I knew I wanted to pop up my blue panel with some foam, but it just felt like it needed a little something extra... So I added a bit more texture and sparkle with some Angelina Fibers.

These beautiful metallic threads are like a super fine tinsel... You can do all sorts of things with them from fiber arts to fusing them into fabric to making fishing lures.. and SO much more!

I like to use them to add some elegant sparkle that isn't the typical glitter or sequins.

Because I knew I wanted it poking out from behind my panel, adhering it was simple. I just used some double sided tape and pressed the fibers on. I then glued the panel over top to hide the messy part. 

I love these fibers!

So... What fun textures do you like to use in your projects? What unexpected things do you use that you don't really see others using? Let me know in the comments!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

custom embossed word banners

Hello my fabulous friends!!!

I was one of two designers that shared a project on the LDRS Creative blog today! Check it out by clicking HERE to see the quick tip I shared, and the amazing project that my very talented teammate  Raluca shared. So much talent on that team! I'm inspired by them, and I hope you are too!

 Paper: LDRS Creative Winter Land; The Paper Studio Glam Glitter
Dies: LDRS Creative Merry word die, Snowy Day border die

I wanted to challenge myself to make a card with the focus on dies, and NO stamps allowed.... 

Wait... No stamps?!?!?

I know, crazy! 

I love stamps! They are generally the focal point of my cards.... 

But that's what makes this a challenge!
And honestly, pushing myself to do a style or concept that I generally don't do is a great way to get myself out of a creative rut and generate new ideas. 

Since I honestly love these dies, it was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. 

The hardest part was finishing the sentiment.... I wanted the word "Christmas", but it needed to be small.... and I couldn't stamp it... So I got creative. 

I promised on the LDRS Creative blog that I would go into details on how I made the custom word banner... So,  here we go!

First off, you will need an embossing label maker. Not one of the new ones that print labels... I mean the older kind that you squeeze the handle and it embosses the letters on the plastic tape. 
*note: your's doesn't have to be QUITE as old as mine... This is one I inherited from my grandfather, and we'll just say that the copyright date on the instructions says 1965.  
You can still find embossing label makers on sites like Amazon... 

Step 1: You need to cut a strip of card stock the width of the tape your label maker uses... Mine actually allows two sizes, so I chose the 1/4 inch size. There are two important things to note  with this step...

First:  The paper. You need to use a heavier weight card stock that has a colored front and a different color core (the more contrast between the printed color and the core, the better.) The paper packs that LDRS Creative sells work perfectly! They are heavy weight, with a printed front and a white core. I used the more solid colored end of the paper so it would be easier to read when I'm done. 

Second:  Exact measuring and cutting is really important! If you cut your strip too wide, it won't go through the machine. If you cut it too narrow, it will slide around and make things all skewed. 

Step 2: Remove your tape roll, and slide your paper strip in, loading it exactly as you would load the normal plastic tape. For mine, I open the handle, feed it through the slot, with the top side of the paper facing up... I have no idea if all label makers load the same... just load the paper as you would load the tape, and you should be fine. 

Step 3: Emboss your message.... following the instructions for your label maker. For mine, I spin the letter wheel until the letter I want is in the metal bracket, then I squeeze the handle. If the paper is cut well, it should move through the feeder without any problems. 

Step 4: To make the letters pop, take a sanding block (or an emery board ) and LIGHTLY go over the embossed letters. You don't want to flatten them, you just want to sand off the color from the raised areas to expose the core. 

I stopped here.. I cut the banner down to size and glued it on.

 If you want it to look more like the original plastic tape, go ahead and put a layer of Glossy Accents over the top. It will give it that plastic sheen. 

Do you make holiday cards? Are your's done? Have you started?

Hopefully today's post have given you some inspiration no matter what projects you are working on!



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

altenew color challenge...

Hello my fabulous friends!

 I wanted to jump on real quick and share a fun card I made...

Paper: Strathmore Bristol Smooth, Georgia Pacific
Stamps: Altenew Peony Bouqet, Amazing You
Ink: VersaMark; VersaFine Onyx Black; Zig Clean Color (028, 061, 052, 230, 021, 046, 043
Other: clear embossing powder; Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins

This set is actually a layering stamp set, but one of the great things about stamps is you don't HAVE to stick to what design is on the package! I just used the outline stamps to build my own bouquet, masking between the layers.  

It's been a while since I have pulled out my Zig Clean Color markers. It was so fun going back to an old favorite! I heat embossed the images using clear embossing powder... I love the end result of this technique.  It's fun doing watercolor techniques because each piece comes out different, and you can layer colors to create new colors!

Speaking of colors, my colors today were inspired by the Altenew Inspiration Challenge for October.
Isn't that a beautiful color palette???


If these colors speak to you (or challenge you), you still have a week to join in the fun!!! 


Saturday, October 21, 2017

when the power goes out...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Fall has officially hit my house! The colors of the leaves are STUNNING! 

The rain and wind... have also been impressive. 

Actually, wind and rain are typical for autumn here on the western side of Washington... but after the dry summer, the rain is quite a change. 

With the coming of shorter, wetter days,  comes more time in the studio. 

Sometimes in the dark....

The power went out and I still needed to work... so a battery light hung from a tripod with binder clips it is! LOL!
Paper: Georgia Pacific; Paper Studio Glam Glitter
Stamps: LDRS Creative/Polkadoodles Gingerbread Love
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Uniball Signo; Distress Ink Salty Ocean; Gellyroll Clear Star; Copic RV63,V05, RV66, RV69, YG23, YG25, YG17, G29, W0, W1, W3, W5, N4, N6, N9, N10, E00, E21, R21, V20, BV000, E55, E57, E29, V22, E35, E39, E43, E44, E49, BG0000, BG000, B00, 0, multiliner
Dies: LDRS Creative Snowy Day

While this is set of stamps is geared towards Christmas, I wanted a winter 'thank you' card, so I chose some fun colors that didn't exactly scream Christmas... If you filled the background with fall trees, you could just as easily have a fall card!

I love sets that are good for more than one specific holiday! 

I used the Snowy Day border die to create a mask for my background. The sky is Distress ink, and while it's hard to see in the picture, I used my Gellyroll Clear Star pen to add sparkle along the top edge of the snow and in her shadow.

Well, I need to get back to work...

Have a wonderful weekend!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

fall flowers with LDRS Creative...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Guess what today is???

My FIRST official post on the LDRS Creative blog! 
(you can check it out HERE)

Paper: LDRS Creative Splendid Azure; Georgia Pacific
Stamps: LDRS Creative Eleganza, Just Because
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Uniball Signo White gel pen; Copic Y18, YR16, YR18, BV000, E37, E18, E19, YG95, YG97, YG99
Dies: LDRS Creative Eleganza, Majestic Rectangle Labels
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins

To create the window, I die cut through the front of the card. This is such a fun shaped die for doing windows! I also saved the inside parts of the die cut. The sentient was stamped through the window onto the inside of the card so it can be seen when the card is open and closed. I glued the little inside parts of the die cut onto the inside of the card so you get the whole shape of the die even though it's a window. I then decorated the window with the adorable Eleganza flowers. (aren't they fun?!!)

Quick tip: For a little extra texture I added some white gel pen dots to the centers of my flowers... However I didn't want them to look too harsh.. You can see the top flower, all of the white dots are dots, and really stand out... if that's the look you want, GREAT!!! I wanted something softer. So... while the  little dots were still wet, I touched them with my thumb... This smudges them, softens them, and helps them to blend into the image instead of sitting on top of the image. You can see in the bottom flower that the dots tend to blend in, while still adding that little bit of highlight and texture. This is a great way to stretch your supplies and get more than one look with the same stuff!

*Be sure to check out my post on the LDRS Creative Blog for a quick tip on how to tone back colors with Copic markers!

I'm curious, what is your favorite finishing detail for your projects?

Have a wonderful day!


Friday, October 13, 2017

winter friends...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Did you know that in Australia there are little penguins (about 13 inches tall) that are BLUE? 
They are called Fairy penguins (or Little Blue penguins). Do an image search... They are adorable!

I found out this fun fact when I did an image search for penguins to give me some references for coloring these ADORABLE  stamps....

Paper: Georgia Pacific; Paper Studio Glitter Glam
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Uniball Signo; Gellyroll Clear Star; Distress Ink Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass; Copic C2, C3, C5, C7, W1, W2, W3, T5, T7, E51, E11, V20, RV32, R81, R83, R89, BG32, BG15, BG49, E31, E35, E39, G40, YG17, G28, B99, B97, B95, E84, E87, E89, BG0000, BG000, 100, 0, multiliner
Dies: LDRS Creative Snowy Day
Other: Twine

Aren't these adorable stamps!?!?!?

I'll be honest, this was one of those projects that I started with a specific vision, but ended up doing something completely different... This actually happens to me a lot... I have an idea, but when I start diving in, I find that it isn't working out quite how I wanted, or different colors start calling to me, or I just decide that it really needs to go a different direction.. I love where it ended up! 

Because I changed directions mid-creation, I did things a little out of order from what I would normally do... 

I started by stamping my main image onto Georgia Pacific card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black. I then colored it in using Copics. 

Then I decided to do a background... So I had to make a mask. I stamped the same image onto some Eclipse masking paper. I fussy cut it out (including using an Exacto knife to cut out the inside parts of the image where the sky would show through... like under her back arm). This will protect my coloring. 

I also wanted to create some ground for the bear to be standing on, but I didn't want a flat line, so I die cut some masking paper using the new Snowy Day border die and added that mask to the bottom of the card. Instant snow banks!

I used and ink blending tool to make the sky with Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean Distress Inks.

After removing the masks, I added in some shadows with Copics and some snow sparkles with my Gellyroll Clear Star pen. 

I also added this cute little penguin... In my original design, the penguin was going to be a moving piece (which is why it wasn't just stamped and masked with the  bear)... Instead I ended up just fussy cutting it and glueing it on... It works. 

I added a few more details like sparkly frost on the tree (using the Gellyroll Clear Star pen), and a twine bow to finish it up...

Have a wonderful weekend!