Monday, September 15, 2014

PGCB #64 - Watercoloring

When a watercoloring challenge is up I'm always on board. I absolutely love using my watercolors. This time around I was experimenting with plaid backgrounds. I taped my piece of watercolor paper down onto my work surface with washi tape, painters tape would work as well, and then used a flat brush to paint the lines. I painted the vertical lines first, then let them dry, then did the same for the horizontal lines. After my paper had plenty of time to dry I die cut the sentiment and added an enamel to dot the i.  

There is a fabulous tutorial up on the Paper Girls Challenge blog that you don't want to miss. Check it out and join in!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SSInk: Single Layer Cards

I've been dying to color this Peacock from the Perfect Peacock ever since first I flipped through the catalog. I love it!! I broke out the blendabilities and got to work. I worked with the Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight sets.There are so many different ways you can interpret this peacock stamp. I actually made this during a blendabilities class I was doing with some customers and it was so fun to see all the different interpretations of this one stamp. Remember, if you decide to pick up some Blendabilities make sure you use the Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, it's formulated not to bleed in reaction to the alcohol ink. Also, the Blendabilites are formulated to work with our Whisper White card stock. 

I'd say the hardest part of making this card was keeping it to a single layer, but I love it in its simplicity.

For more single layer cards check out the rest of the SSInk design team's cards.

Stamp Set: Perfect Peacock
Card Stock: Whisper White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers: (Blendabilities) Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Paper Gir;s Challenge #63 Back to School

We are celebrating Back to School at The Paper Girls Challenge. Go on over and check out the projects everyone has for you today. We want to see your projects so make sure you join in on our theme.

My project was a container made out of a terra cotta pot and the draining tray. It was super fun to make with my girls for their teachers and I think they will look really cute on their desks.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SSInk: Watercolor Wednesday

One of the things that I find relaxing is Watercoloring. I bought this super fun stamp set Boys Will Be Boys with watercoloring and the blendabilities in mind. For this card I went for a messy look. sometimes you let the water bleed out the colors and that's ok! I added some random splashes of red and smudges of orange to add to the look. For a super easy background I sponged on some Tempting Turquoise and then brushed over it with the Aquapainter to blend it out. The last little touch I added was stamping the top portion of the tower of blocks in this stamp set as an arrow. One more thing I wanted to point out is I used some of the Flower Pot DSP for layers on this card. It isn't just a girly set of paper!

My four year old son has claimed it for his own and I'm glad because I achieved making this appealing to  a little boy. For more lovely watercoloring check out the other ladies' cards at SSInk.

Supplies: Boys Will Be Boys
Stamp Set:
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Old Olive, Real Red, Smoky Slate
Card Stock: Tangerine Tango, Watercolor paper
DSP: Flower Pot
Accessories: Aquapainter

Friday, August 22, 2014

Kiwi Lane Designs Blog Hop

 Welcome to my leg of the blog hop. You should be coming from Christina 's blog. If you are new to blog hopping and aren’t quite sure how this works, it’s super easy!  For a chance to win a $25.00 Gift Code to the Kiwi Lane Shop simply  leave a comment on each blog post you come to starting with this blog post.

 I was inspired by the Playtime Accessory templates by Kiwi Lane to make this fun mobile for my friend's new baby. I imagined the rocket and a bunch of stars and knew it would be perfect! The rocket template is super easy to trace and cut out. I love how easy it is to use the Kiwi Lane templates and how light, portable and easy to store they are
 I used a cardboard ring used in some kind of packaging I squirreled away a long time ago for the structure of the mobile. I used bamboo skewers for support and also a place to hang the moon from. The rest was as easy as gluing my stars from twine and setting eyelets for the rockets to be hung from.
Here's a shot of the glittery moon I hung in the center.

Now hop on over to Kiwi Lane's blog and make sure you leave comments along the way!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SSInk: August Quick and Easy Card

Quick and Easy is exactly the kind of card I need to make right now. I'm in the process of packing up my house for a move across town and now the move is in three weeks. My sweet nieces have birthdays this week and I felt inspired to make a birthday card. To keep this card simple, I kept the color palate simple and stuck to one stamp set. The Flower Pot DSP is so versatile that I used a strip of the diagonal stripe for the belly band on this gate-fold card.

 The Birthday Surprise stamp set was a good choice for a Quick and Easy card, the sentiments are bold and have a lot of visual appeal so you don't have to work hard to make something look good. There are a lot of super cute Quick and Easy cards up on SSInk, make sure to stop by and check them out.

Stamp Set: Birthday Surprise
Ink:Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango
Card Stock: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Very Vanilla
DSP: Flower Pot
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SSInk Blog Hop: Convention Swaps

Welcome to another round of the monthly SSInk Blog Hop! You should have come from Darla's blog  Stampin' with Darla.  Make sure as you hop along you leave some love for all of the ladies on each stop of the blog hop. We love hearing from all of you!

Our theme for this month was our convention card swaps. I actually swapped a card previously posted on my blog so I decided to CASE myself for this post. Click here to see the original. I went with the exact same layout and stamp set too. I decided to change it up just a bit so it would be interesting to look at though. I added the linen thread and basic pearls as an afterthought to dress it up a bit more.

Blog Hop Participant List:
  1. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  2. Donna S. of Organized Chaos
  3. Cynthia R. of Ink-A-Doodle Creations
  4. Jennifer C. of Happy 2 Scrap 4 Life
  5. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  6. Diana E. of Stampin' Fun with Diana
  7. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  8. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup
  9. Kathy P. of Katrina P's Creative Corner
  10. Bree R. of Craft-Somnia
  11. Heidi B. of Stuck on Stampin'
  12. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun
  13. Darla R. of Stampin' with Darla
  14. Erica B. of Stamping Starlette

Stamp Sets: Hi There, Flower Patch
Card Stock:Whisper White, Crushed Curry
Ink: Old Olive, Tangerine Tango
DSP: Flower Pot DSP
Accessories: Linen thread. Basic pearls, Flower Fair framelits

Friday, August 8, 2014

SSInk: Anything Goes!

Over at SSInk it's a special day, our blog has been going for one whole year. To celebrate all of us have projects up on the blog. We went with an Anything Goes theme so you will see a variety of different projects on all the different blogs.

I had a fun idea when dreaming up this card. I thought if I used the new stencils (that I love so much), wouldn't it be great if I could do a metallic ombre effect?? So I broke out the dazzling details and the silver Encore ink pad and got to work. First, I had to make sure that nothing moved while I was working. If you use a wet medium like dazzling details, the last thing you want is the stencil to shift.

I took a picture for reference to show how serious I am about taping everything down. I use washi tape because it's low tack so I can remove it without ruining my project. I taped the card down on the inside layer not the top layer so I could go all the way to the edge. Next, I  sponged the Silver Encore ink all over the whole card. I made sure to press down in the center of the stencil so nothing leaked under. Then, I filled in all the lower hearts with the Dazzling Details and some select hearts toward the top. I finished off the card with a heart diecut from the silver glimmer paper, twine and the 1/8" silver ribbon.

Stamp Set: And Many More
Card Stock: Coastal Cabana, Silver Glimmer Paper, Whisper White
Ink: Silver Encore Ink
Accessories: Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks,
Washi Tape, Stampin' Sponges, Silver Dazzling Details, Hearts FramelitsLabel Card Thinlits Die, Basic Gray Baker's Twine, Silver 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon

Monday, August 4, 2014

Paper Girls Challenge#61 - Superheroes

I don't have many superhero themed supplies. It's totally not because I don't love superhero stuff so I had to get a little creative.  So usually when I don't have something I dream up a way to use my punches to make something. So I bring you a Captain America shield. I know right?!? My 13 year old boy even walked by and said "Is that a Captain America shield? Cool!" Then I knew I had succeeded.

All of the Paper Girls have come up with some fabulous projects so make sure you check out the challenge and I want to see your entry!!

Stamp Set: Yippee-Skippee, Starburst Sayings
Card Stock: Pacific Point, Real Red, Silver Glimmer Paper, Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point, Real Red
Accessories: 2 1/2" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Star Punch (retired), Silver Dazzling Details

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SSInk: Quick & Easy Cards

 This go round for Quick & Easy cards I gave myself ten minutes to come up with at card. I'm really happy with the outcome. I'm loving all of the new designer series papers that came out in the new catalog. I finally snatched up some this month and I needed to dig in.  I just love the bright, modern look to this floral print and because it's so beautiful, I don't have to work hard to finish off the card.

 I just love the Hi There stamp. It is ready for all of those "just because" cards I like to send out, plus I have a thing for the loopy script. For more Quick & Easy cards check out SSInk's post today.

Stamp Set: Hi There
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Card Stock: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay
DSP: Flower Pot DSP
Accessories: Daffodil Delight seam binding, Gold Sequin Trim,  2 1/2" Circle Punch,