Friday, February 24, 2017

pink daisies and velum...

Hello my fabulous friends!

When I first started stamping out the images for today's card, I wasn't really sure what I was going to do with it. I used the February Altenew Challenge as my inspiration for the colors, but I was having a really hard time taking it from colored flowers to finished card. So I set it aside for a couple weeks.  I pulled it back out today, knowing what I wanted to do with it. 

I'm going to be making a lot of 'Thank you' cards over the next while. My family is SO grateful for the love and support family, friends, and church members have been showering on us since we found out that my mom has cancer. We have a lot to be grateful for, and hopefully hand made cards will help express how we feel.

 Stamps: Altenew  Spring Daisy, Oriental Orchids
Ink: VersaMark, Zig Clean Color Pale Pink (028), Deep Red (260), Wine Red (024), Violet (080), Purple (082), Yellow (050) Light Green (041), May Green (047), Green (040), Light Brown (061), Dark Brown (062)
Other: Bristol paper, velum, white embossing powder, Distress Paint Black Soot, Pretty Pink Posh sequins

To start, I stamped the flowers and leaves using VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I then colored it in with Zig Clean Color markers and water.

I find experimenting with colors fun... Both flowers started out as the same  Pale Pink (028)... From there, I added yellow and reds to one, and purples to the other. It totally changed the the color and feel of each flower. I love how each of them turned out... The dimension and highlights... I think using layers of differs colors when using the Zig Clean Color markers makes all the difference! It's almost magical to watch how the shadows, highlights, and overall color develop as you drop in different colors.

After it dried, I fussy cut around the whole cluster of images. 

For the bottom right corner of the card, I wanted to add a little something without being distracting, so I marked where the leaves would meet up with the edges and cut that corner off. I then glued on a triangle of velum and covered the seam with the flowers. 

In order to stamp the sentiment over the embossed images, I used Distress paint. (any acrylic paint could have been used, but the Distress paints come with those dauber tops that makes inking up stamps super easy... just make sure to clean your stamps well BEFORE the paint dries)

I sketched in a black line around the whole card front to give it a border and finished it off with some tiny sequins.

There's still a few more days to join in the Altenew Challenge!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

heart of gold in aqua...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I wanted to stop in today to share a project inspired by this month's Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights challenge... I love the inspirational images... so much pretty aqua!!!

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen Mundo Peony, Bokeh Dots, Fancy Thanks
Ink: VersaMark; Zig Clean Color Turquoise Green (042); Altenew Mountain Mist
Other: Pretty Pink Posh sequins, embossing powder

I stamped the Mundo Peony in a light ink on Bristol Paper and colored it with Zig Clean Color Turquoise Green (042). After coloring, I decided it needed a little more pop, so I used my MISTI to line things up again and I stamped over the image with VersaMark and heat embossed it with an antique gold embossing powder

I made a fun dotted border by repeatedly stamping one of the clusters of dots from the Bokeh Dots set using Altenew Mountain Mist ink (beautiful color!)
I heat embossed this sweet sentiment from the Fancy Thanks set.

To finish it off, a little twine, and some Crystal Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Come join in the fun with the Pin-Sights challenge


Friday, February 17, 2017

hidden ninjas...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I'm so sorry for the recent blog absence... My mom was diagnosed with cancer last week, and I've needed some time to be with my family. 

I'm getting back into my studio though.. I need the creative outlet!

Today's card is fairly simple... My little nephew's birthday is coming up pretty soon!

Stamps: Mama Elephant Tiny NinjasFancy Pants On a Whimsy; Inkadinkado Happy Birthday
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black; Hero Arts Mint Julep, Soft Granite, Soft Pool; Zig Clean Color Pale Pink (028), Soft Pink (026), Orange (070), Turquoise Green (042), Deep Red (260)

My Nephew is really into ninjas, so I wanted to keep the main card fairly simple and have some  surprise ninjas hidden behind the flaps. I really love the Peekaboo Windows die... the fun flaps offer so many possibilities! 

I added a little fun foam behind the front panel to give some dimension to the windows that the ninjas are hiding in.

This is the strip of paper that is behind the window flaps. I did some water color 'splats' by scribbling my Zig markers onto a craft mat and mixing it with water. I then put some of the colored drops of water on the paper with a wet paint brush and blew it around with the Tim Holtz marker spritzer. It's hard to control exactly where the color will go with this, but I just wanted some pops of bright colors to hide behind the windows with the ninjas, so it worked great!

Well, I'm off to get more work done... I've got some catching up to do!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

fused shaker tags...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I hope you are having a wonderful week! 

I've been busy decorating bulletin boards, making birthday cards, and making Valentine treats for my nieces and nephews. 

I kept things pretty simple for these treats... Just treat bags filled with candy and a fun shaker heart tag. (For my littlest niece, the bag is filled with cute socks instead)...

Here's how I made the shaker tags using the Fuse tool...

Step 1: To create the outside window frames, you will need some nesting dies. I'm using Spellbinders Classic Hearts die. Die cut two of the larger hearts, then put them back to back and die cut the inner heart from the center to make a window. This will create the front and back of your shaker card. 

Step 2: Using a piece of tape, secure your smaller die to the outside of a plastic sheet protector.

Step 3: Carefully trace around the die with the We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool. Make sure you skip over the area where the tape is. This will be how you fill it later.

Step 4: Trim around the outside of the fused shape.

Step 5: Fill your shaker pocket... I used sequins, small die cut hearts, and chunky glitter hearts... Use a funnel or a straw to help get the tiny elements into the shaker.

Step 6: Seal off the opening of your shaker pocket using the fuse tool.

Step 7: Glue your paper frame over the front and back to hide the seams.

Add a bow, and you are good to go!

I love using my fuse tool for easy shakers!
What do you use your fuse tool for?