Monday, October 20, 2014

PGCB #66: Anything Goes!

Good morning! There's nothing better than an anything goes challenge. This is one of my all time favorite pictures from this summer. I love the looks on Elliott's cousins' faces as he nonchalantly eats his jello. So I did something I don't often do on this page. I punched right into my background paper. I love the extra look of a layer without bulking up the page. I had added some images to my picture with A Beautiful Mess app before posting it to Instagram. I really lucked out that these My Mind's Eye papers matched so well with the colors I chose for the accent images. Anyway, I can't wait to see what all of you make for this challenge! Create away and link up at The Paper Girls Challenge blog.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SSInk: Soot Stamping Tutorial

I'm super excited to share a tutorial with you today over at the SSInk blog. I'm showing how to do soot stamping and I have to say Fall Fest is the perfect stamp set for this technique! So head on over and see how it's done!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SSInk Blog Hop: Pumpkins!!

Welcome to the SSInk October Blog Hop!  As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number #5 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Darcy at Dj's Stampin' Place
. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

 One thing I think of in October: Pumpkins. How can you not? Instead of making a card with Pumpkins on it I decided to go with a box. I was thinking about it and I decided to see if someone came up with a pattern to make a hexagon type box with the envelope punch board. Yup. Someone sure did. Thanks for making that thought a reality! You can view the pin here. I figured that if I made the box out of orange patterned paper and tied it off with a green ribbon it would resemble a pumpkin. The best part of this idea is you can easily use this for Halloween or Thanksgiving. Have I mentioned how much I love my envelope punch board??

Here are a couple more boxes I made from the same paper pack Confetti Celebration. Some quick notes about this project: I went with a color scheme from the paper pack, Tangelo Twist and Bermuda Bay. (I know Bermuda Bay is technically a shade of blue. But it's a greenish blue. ) I didn't have ribbon to match this project. So I dyed some white seam binding with my reinkers. My fingers are orange and blue now but it was totally worth it!

Stamp Set: Chalk Talk
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Tangelo Twist
Paper: Confetti Celebration DSP
Card Stock: Whisper White
Accessories: Chalk Talk Framelits Dies, White Seam Binding, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Envelope Punch Board

Blog Hop Participant List:

  1. Jennifer at Happy 2 Scrap 4 Life
  2. Cynthia at Ink-A-Doodle Creations
  3. Diana at Stampin' Fun with Diana
  4. Donna at Organized Chaos
  5. Darcy at Dj's Stampin' Place
  6. Erica at Stamping Starlette
  7. Tonya at Stamp with Tonya
  8. Bree at Craft-Somnia Momma
  9. Kim at Stamping with Kim

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

SSInk: Bokeh Technique

oh boy! This Technique is so much fun. I had a brainstorm to use it with the new Festival of Trees stamp set. The Bokeh look was perfect for the look of snow falling. I added some glitter to some of the circles, unfortunately it doesn't photograph very well. I added a layer of vellum embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder. I love how it repeats the look of the Bokeh.

I hope you enjoyed this card. Check out the other girls' cards at SSInk for even more fun ways to get the Bokeh look.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SSInk: Watercolor Wednesday

Happy Wednesday to you! I have another watercolor project to share with you along with the other ladies at SSInk.

This camera was one of those stamps in the catalog I just had to have. I'm so glad I picked it up. I see a future Project Life card in my future. Anyway, my son had a birthday earlier this month, he turned 14 and I thought this camera works well for a masculine theme. I chose chevron ribbon and the Arrow embossing folder for extra texture and stole the arrow clip out of my Everyday Occasions card kit for that extra little something.

I love painting from the ink from my ink pads. One thing is that the top side of the inkpad makes the perfect palatte to blend the ink with water. I love Aqua Painters also because of the constant access to water without the fear of spilling water on any of my precious papers at my desk.

Stamp:  Snapshot, Boys Will Be Boys
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, So Saffron, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Smoky Slate
Card Stock: Pacific Point, Watercolor paper
Accessories: Arrows embossing folder, Black Chevron ribbon, Arrow paper clip (Everyday Occasions Kit)

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!