Thursday, April 17, 2014

Take Two Thursday


I am back again today, with another fun Take Two Thursday.  Katie and I chose a super cute set for this time around, Oh Happy Day, from Lawn Fawn.  This set is so so cute, and I made two cards with it!  

For the first one, I took out my son's Crayola watercolors and painted on a rainbow of colors onto a watercolor panel.  I then gold embossed the balloons and the Oh Happy Day sentiment.

For this next card, I used a stencil to apply stripes to the card base, using Versamark and clear powder.  I then took a white panel and stamped the sun from the set, using the rock n' roll technique.

I die cut the clouds, and covered them with color, and added some hearts stamped over my sentiment.

Well, thanks so much for stopping by today!  I will be back shortly!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Little Smooch

Happy Wednesday friends!

I don't know how a whole week has passed between posts, but I have a good excuse, I promise.  Because my husbands family lives in Northern Michigan, we make the trek up there multiple times in a year, and this month was no exception.  The kids love seeing their grandparents and the farm.

I sure did miss my craft space though, and was itching to get back to work.  So, for today, I wanted to bring you a couple of cards I made using the little bottle of Smooch that came in the latest Cup Cards To Go kit, Blossom.

Smooch is a product made by Clearsnap, and is a liquid ink that can be applied to many mediums.

Here I have used it as a filler for my sentiment, coloring in the outlined letters.  The brush is just thin enough to get in those skinny letters.

I also watered a bit down on my craft sheet, and flicked it onto my panel.  Super simple!

For this card, I went a bit more involved,  die cutting some stars, stacking them together and then applying the Smooch onto the top of the die cut.

For the rest of the card, I simple gold heat embossed my sentiment, as well as the side of my card base, adhered my panel and affixed my stars.

I hope these have given you a little bit more of an idea about how to use that cute little bottle of ink.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Stamp Out Chaos: Basics, Ink and Paper

Hi, and happy Wednesday!

It's time for another Stamp Out Chaos post!  Yeah!  Katie and I have been so excited to bring you the latest happenings from our craft space/room.  This week we challenged ourselves to take on the basics, like ink and paper.

Having said that, I am still plugging away over here, trying to organize just that.  So far, I have managed to organize my inks a little bit more than what you see in this picture.  What a fright!


Before I began the process though, I decided to change up how I organize their stamped off colors.  Jennifer McGuire uses these slotted coin protector sheets and so, by trimming my cardstocks down to 2x2 inch squares, I was able to achieve a really great way to see what I need in binder format!

After perusing a couple of sites online that sold slotted ink shelving, my sweet husband decided to take on building one for me.  He was going to go with the foam board idea, however, I have so many inks, he thought it might end up being too heavy, and went with wood. 

Well, it proved to be a bit more intensive than he thought, and so, it is still a work in progress.  Not to be slowed, I pushed on with doing a bit more organizing of the ink pads themselves.  Knowing that I wanted to have them in a slot to pull out, I knew they needed to be labeled and color coded...

So, I grabbed my label maker and set to work putting the name and a tiny inked circle on each pad.  It really didn't take that long, especially sitting at the dining room table while everyone was around.

Here is what it looks like all done.  I still have some other ink pads to do, as well as Distress Inks, but I would call this progress, and pretty too!

I also shared how I stored my cardstock, and of course, that really hasn't changed...

I did take out a few things on this side that didn't belong, and now it is only specialty paper, as well as patterned paper, and hardly used cardstock.

I thought I would whip up a fun card using those inks!  I played around with some Distress, as well as basic black to create an artsy, eclectic card.

Thank you so much for hanging in for this loooong post!  I hope you've gained an idea or two, and Katie and I look forward to sharing our next Stamp Out Chaos installment with you in two weeks!  See you soon!

Paper: White Wplus9; Vellum
Ink: Onyx Black Tsukineko; Distress Markers Ranger; Inky Black Mr. Huey
Embellishment: Black Thread; Enamel Dots Doodlebug
Tools: Banner MFT; Speech bubble die Lawn Fawn

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What's Canoe With You?


The week is speeding by over here, but I had a moment the other day to make a fun watercolor card for Avery Elle's AEIHeartU Challenge.  It's no secret, I adore watercolor, any way you can, gelatos, Pencils, Markers, ink pads!

To get started, I took the dark green, mint and aqua Studio Calico ink pads, and rubbed a bit onto my craft mat, and spritzed each with water.  I then applied it to my wet watercolor paper panel, dried it with my heat tool, and reinked it multiple times.

I then took the adorable Happy Camper set, and created my scene.  I started with the mountains, and added the trees.  I then stamped the canoe, in what looks like a lake.  I stamped my sentiment onto a banner, and adhered it with foam.

Sequins finished it off, and I have to say, I think I like it!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Way You Roll

Hello, and happy Monday!

I wanted to share a card made for the fabulous Stencil Challenge that Virginia is hosting at her challenge blog, Virginia's View.  I got a few new ones, and thought this was the perfect opportunity to try one out!  

Here is what I did!

For this fun card, I broke out the Bubble Layered Stencil from Tim Holtz, and rubbed on my ink colors using SC ink.  I then took the adorable Let's Roll stamp set and matching dies, and colored three pieces of Sushi with Copics!

After I die cut them out, I popped them up at different levels onto my card panel, and stamped my sentiment in gray.  I then adhered the panel to a gray card base with foam.

This set is just too cute, and I have grand plans to play with it some more!  Thanks for popping by!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Woot Woot!

Hi there!

There is a soft breeze outside, and the sun is playing peek-a-boo, and I am completely basking in this Spring.  I took the opportunity yesterday to get a little crafty while the toddler took a much needed nap.  I created a card for the latest Runway Inspired Challenge, which I totally love!  Such fun inspiration in this picture, but then every picture Jen picks are chock full of awesome!

I was definitely drawn to the colors, and the collage-y word layout.  And, I could forget that speech bubble!  So, I grabbed a fun Hero Art's set and stamped my words in the colors coordinating with her dress.

I then stamped, and cut out the Woot woot! sentiment and popped it up with foam tape.  I then added enamel dots from MME, and Studio Calico to finish it.  

Thanks for joining me today!  Have a great one!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Happy Birthday & A New Challenge

It's Thursday!

And, that means something fun is going to be going on around here!  Katie and I, yeah us again, have teamed up for a crafty challenge.  What are the possibilities of a stamp set?  How many different ideas can one come up with to use it?  Why do that all by oneself?  For our latest endeavor, we are taking a stamp set, and both seeing what we can come up with.

For our first challenge, we used the Avery Elle's Cake & Candles stamp set.  

Using Studio Calico inks, I started by stamping my sentiment in gradient fashion.  I then masked off a little section, and stamped the stars from the set in three coordinating colors.

I added a strip of patterned paper from the Fresh Cut 6x6 paper pad, and adhered the panel to a white card base, and then added enamel dots.  Easy peasy!  I love this set!  Stay tuned for our next little stamp challenge, it's a set I am sure you will love!  Now, wander on over to see what Katie did with it!  I know it will be A-mazing!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Wish Big

Hey there!

Oh, the joys of Monday!  I am cheering it up with this bright and fun card, that uses a mix of stamps from Lawn Fawn, and Wplus9.

So, as you may have noticed from either Instagram or my latest YouTube video, I have an ink hoarding problem.  lol!  I love ink, and if I could I would buy every companies product if I could!  For this, I used the new Wplus9 Dye inks, and whoa, these are smooth and fabulous!

I stamped my background in a rainbow of colors using the Borders and Backgrounds 3 set, filling in the space with the small filler image.  I then added gold embossed stars on the top and bottom portions of the panel.

For the tag combo, I reached for the fun set from Lawn Fawn, Birthday Tags, and heat embossed them in white and gold onto their respective die cuts.  I then heat embossed the Wish big in gold, layered the tags and adhered them with foam.  That lovely twine is from Whisker Graphics, and yes, it comes in GOLD!  It's "divine" I tell ya!  Anyway, I also added some lovely gold and glittery enamel dots to the front tag.

Well, that's all folks, see you soon!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Watercolor Rainbow Happy Birthday

Hey there!

Thank you so much for your positive response to my Stamp Out Chaos post the other day!  Katie and I are super excited to start our organizing, and can't wait to bring you our next installment. 

Today, I have a rainbow card, featuring Distress Markers (I know, I need to stop) as well as Avery Elle, and Enamel Dots!  A winning combination!  I love AE's stamps!

To start this, I took a panel of watercolor paper, and colored on a rainbow, sprayed it heavily with water, and heat set it.  I then did a little technique I saw Kristina Werner do, and cupped water in my hands, and let it fall onto the panel.  It's a really fun effect!  I then took Avery Elle's Cake & Candles set, stamped it in Versamark and heat set it with white powder.

After the panel dried, I tied around some twine, and added enamel dots.  To the card base, I adhered strips of pattered paper from the Carte Bella 6x6, It's A Celebration.  I then added my panel with strong adhesive!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great one.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Crafty Collaboration

Hello crafty friends!

I have a super fun post for you today (well, I think so) that involves my good friend and fellow crafter, Katie Gehring.  We love to get together to talk and drink coffee, and of course craft.  As we were chatting it up one evening, Katie mentioned this stellar idea to me, and because I need a bit of motivation when it comes to organizing, I thought it was a great idea.  Um, so you'll have to pardon my mistake in the video, maybe call it nerves, but I misspoke Katie's blog address.  It's her name, Oi!  

I shot this super short video of the current state of my craft area (eeek!).  I didn't get too specific with some of the products I have in certain drawers, and hopefully I didn't babble too much ;0) but I mentioned a few ideas that you will likely see in the future of this series.  

The goal is to obviously, make our craft spaces more efficient to work in, and have fun with it at the same time.  We would love it if you would come along for the ride with us!  Please let one of us know how you are organizing your stuff, we would love to hear!

So, how are we going to break it down?  Our first installment will cover storing the basics, like ink, paper, adhesives, etc., and will happen in the next couple of weeks on April 9th.  We hope to cover a lot more in the coming months, so stay tuned, because there is so much more to organize!

Thanks so much for tuning in!  I hope to catch you later.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Blossom Cup Cards To Go Kit

Hello and happy Monday!

I have a parade of projects for you, featuring the newest kit release from Cup Cards To Go.  It is loaded, just LOADED, with spring yumminess!  There are products from My Mind's Eye, Pebbles, Elle's Studio, and May Arts!  Whoa!  I just couldn't seem to stop, let's just say, I am warning you.  Shall we begin?

My favorite part of this kit was the sticker sheet.  I wanted to use every image on a card, they are that fabulous!  Of course, the patterned paper is just as fun!  I started by stamping a bg stamp pattern in a light gray ink, onto the card base.  I then added patterned paper, and flicked some Heidi Swapp Color Shine onto it.  

After it dried, I bunched up some white thread and adhered it under a popped up sticker.

For this card, I kept it pretty simple, and let the bold colors pop!  I began by swirling green Distress Ink onto the center of the white card base.  I then added a washi style sentiment sticker (in the kit) as well a flower, that I had adhered a button on.  

The buttons are from the Embellishment kit (you can purchase these separate from the main kit) and I added it with Glossy Accents to cover the center of the lovely folded paper butterfly embelly.  That finished up that card!

This card is all about the Embellishment Kit.  I adhered a piece of patterned paper from the kit, onto a white notecard.  I then took a white panel, spritzed it with teal, pink and gold spray mists, and let it dry.

After it was dry, I trimmed it down to fit onto my card base at a jaunty angle.

For the upper left corner, I added a flag of patterned paper, an included flag sticker, as well as a large premade embellishment with the Hello on it.  I then added a couple of the fabric stickers!  Such a fun little add on!

I started this card by adhering a couple pattern paper strips to the top, and adding cut out hexagon images to the card front in a random pattern.  I used another washi sticker sentiment, along with a few enamel dots, and a bottom.

I decided to apply the fun Smooch in a haphazard way, scribbling it on after I dry embossed the front of the card.  I let it dry, and added, again, a fun floral sticker from the sheet.  

I then tied around one of the many ribbon sections you get, around the card front, and finished it off with enamel dots.

In the kit, are these die cut flowers, and I had to layer them up!  With a bit of foam tape, I adhered them together, and added them to my card base, which I had adhered three strips of polka dot pattern paper.  

The sentiment banners are so fun too, I tucked those in and curled the edges a bit.

This fun card is for the Spread A Little Sunshine challenge.  We are challenging you to make a bright sun filled card to cheer up someones day.  I decided to create my own sun rays using masking tape, and ink.  The round Spring sticker started the idea.  I simply took two strips of Post-It tape, and inked up a strip and then moved it around until the rays were all over. 

I added the sticker to a piece of patterned paper that I had punched out with a circle punch, and popped it up.  The Hello stickers are also on the sticker sheet.  I added the sequins from my stash.

I did more inking on this one, which is a variation of the latest sketch challenge.  I took two strips of Post-It tape, and sectioned off where I wanted the ink, and brought those colors in with my sponge tool.  

So, there you have it!  Eight cards using this kit, and let me tell ya, I could have made a bunch more!  You can check them out here.  Thanks for hanging in there with me.  I hope you have a great one.