Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Making backgrounds with small stamps

Hi, I saw the surf board and was reminded of a card Laura Bassen did for the June Card Kit so I decided to use the surf board as a background stamp and repeated it. The boat is from Come Sail with Me.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Simon Says Stamp: STAMPtember and Warm Christmas Wishes

Kristina Werner truly has a great sense of humor! Last year's Ugly Sweater Stamp sets were emblematic of that. This year she put out another great one: Warm Christmas Wishes. I made three cards with this set and will share two here. Note Santa is wearing Island Gear and there is an optional chest hair tiny stamp! Yes I did write that!!! It is hysterical!

This second card leaves out the Santa and uses a sentiment from an older SSS stamp set: Life is a Journey!
So go do some shopping! I will be!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Online Card Classes Background Check Day 1

Well this wasn't exactly an ink smooshing technique but I did smoosh paint around on a Gelli Plate! It was so much fun! I used Paula Philips JournalArtista's Crusty Bits technique on her You Tube channel found here.

I used Dylusions Bubblegum Pink paint, Dina Wakely Gilt and Golden Fluid Acrylic Titan Buff to achieve this look. The butterfly was die cut using Memory Box Astrid and the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Painted Words.  I highly recommend going over to JournalArtista's YouTube channel and giving this technique a try!!!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Latest Release: Splash of Color!!!

For this release Simon sent me a stamp set with matching dies and a new teal blue ink called High Dive! It is gorgeous!!!! I have made four cards with this set and will share two here today. When I saw the stamps and dies, I saw Laura Bassen's plaid cards in my mind! For the first card, stamped my own pattern in High Dive, Audrey Blue and Sea Glass using the flip flops, sunshine, beach and dreams stamps. The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh!

 For the second card, I used the Relax die from the last release The Color of Fun which I die cut from paper I colored with High Dive. I die cut the Flip Flops die from a scrap of yellow card stock! Enamel dots are from Doodlebug!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Ink Smooshing on Glossy Paper

I love Laura Bassen's ink smooshing technique but I wanted to use it on Glossy Paper. Water would not have worked as it will not "grab onto" glossy paper. So I inked up a piece of transparency with Scuba, Goldenlocks and Audrey Blue - all from SSS. I used each ink separately. After inking the transparency I misted the ink with Copic Colorless Blender which is alcohol based. You can buy this in a large container and then place some in a mini-mister!

One the ink was puddled up I smooshed it onto Ranger Glossy Paper - by far my fav brand! Then I proceeded to layer the three different inks to get this effect. I stamped the greeting from Big Scripty Greetings in Staz-on Jet Black. I used Staz-on because I was stamping onto glossy paper!

I then trimmed the panel and used foam tape to pop it up on some Pool cardstock from Hero Arts...I think....I have A LOT of cardstock so it could also be a Bazzill color lol!!! I might try and do a picture tutorial on this later in the week!

Monday, June 15, 2015

SSS The Color of Fun Release Gone Shabby Chic

So when faced with new products I usually try to think of multiple ways to use them. After talking with my friend Jana I decided to use Jennifer McGuire's shadowing stamping technique with SSS dye ink Scuba and SSS white pigment. I used a doily stencil from the Crafter's Workshop and sponged the white ink on first and then sponged on scuba. It turned out beautifully! I created the layers with vellum cut with SSS Clustered Leaves die and even inked some with Scuba and then I die cut the flowers using SSS Viola die and white card stock. I white heat embossed the sentiment from SSS Big Scripty Greetings!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Release: The Color of Fun

Simon Says Stamp has come out with new bright and fresh inks for their summer release. I have fallen in love with Scuba which is a bit brighter and more intense than Hero Arts Tide Pool and they look beautiful together. The Big Scripty Greetings has certainly been useful - I made an easy set of cards using this set along with SSS Wide Stripes background and some vellum. The stamps embossed so beautifully! For the grey background I used SSS Fog - dreamy color and for the pink I used Pale Blush Pink!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge 16 Use Watercolor

Hi, This was a fun challenge! I love watercolor. I actually made three cards with this stamp set - Artful Flowers from Simon Says Stamp but I mailed one card before I photographed it!!! So as for the photos - it was very sunny and warm Sunday well for here anyway and I just went outside with the cards and shot them with my phone! Yup pure laziness but I just needed to be outside. The watercolors are from Grumbacher and Winsor Newton. For both cards I heat embossed with white before coloring in! The sentiment on the first card is from the Simon Says Stamp Succulent set and the other sentiment is from Lawn Fawn Happy Everything - it really is stamped straight- it is just the picture at least this time -:) Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies

Hi, I am taking the latest Online Card Classes class Stretch Your Dies - I have learned soooooo much!!! I am also having fun and doing some homework. I think shrinking fun foam has been my favorite technique so far.

This card was for Day 3 Simple Shapes. I did nothing special here except for having some watercolor fun with W Plus 9 Unforgettable stamp set!! The window is Memory Box Grand Madison Window.

I made this card for Day 5 Using Coordinating dies using the technique demonstrated by Dawn Woleslagle. I used Bold Blossoms from Essentials by Ellen!

This is the shinking foam from Day 1. I die cut the flowers using the Bold Blossoms stand alone set from Essentials by Ellen. I colored them with Copics and added Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents. The stem is from the Chloe die by Memory Box.

The box is from the coloring charts from the Copic Marker class. I had colored it ages ago trying to get close to that Tiffany blue with my copics. The diamond is a foam piece cut from Essentials by Ellen You Rock and shrunk to fit into the box. I covered it with silver Stickles and Glossy Accents. Unfortunately there is not enough sun still to capture the shine!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Essentials by Ellen, Hero Arts and W Plus 9

I love the set Christmas Scribbles from Essentials by Ellen! I knew it could be used year round because of the tree bough and the tiny packages. The tiny packages are PERFECT for using with little critters or in this case a little girl from W Plus 9 Pick of the Litter! I colored the gifts and the little girl with Copic markers and added some white gel pen to her dress and socks for finishing touches. The greeting and wood floor are from Paper Trey Ink as it was tiny enough to work here. The background is my favorite Hero Arts background Envelope Liner. I stamped it in Tattered Rose Distress Ink and misted it with some water. I inked the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink. The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh!

I am still struggling with taking photos with winter light. This morning before work the sun was out a bit so I scurried around the house taking pictures of this card in natural light. Still not quite right but it was fun though I was late for work!!!

More Essentials by Ellen

For this card I also used the Bold Blossoms but I used the stand alone dies. I cut the medium leaf from water color paper that I had painted with Golden Fluid Acrylics. The smaller leaves were die cut from paper colored with Avery Elle pigment inks. The round center is from the Bokeh set by Essentials by Ellen. Sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Essentials By Ellen and Hero Arts

Hi, It has been quite a while since I have posted! I made this card for the challenge over at Ellen Hutson's Classroom - The Mix It Up Challenge. The challenge was to combine a Hero Arts product with an Essentials by Ellen product. I used Bold Blooms from Essentials by Ellen and the chevron is a cling stamp from Hero Arts/ Studio Calico SC331067. The sentiment is also Hero Arts from Sending Smiles. The inks I used are all from W Plus 9!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit one more time with gelatos

I have had gelatos for years and never used them!!!! So in order to use them I followed some tutorials from Wilna Furstenburg as she uses them a lot in her scrapbooking. I used the Crate Paper Rub-ons included in the kit along with gold, pink, red and blue gelatos. Then I added some gold Twinkling H2Os! Excuse the photo I had to take it at night!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Simon Says Stamp February 2015 Card Kit

Well I might have reached a goal - I just about used up an entire card kit! This kit was packed full of a great stamp set, cute papers and a gold gelato which I still need to try! Here is what I made!
No stamping on this card! Just papers and a couple of rub-ons included in the kit. They were by Crate Paper.

Another card without stamping - just paper and rub-ons! The heart sentiment is too small now that I look at it.

I am entering this for the SSS Flickr Group Challenge 12 - create something with sparkle! The sentiment is from the set Paper Hug and is embossed with a black glitter embossing powder!

I need another card with sparkle which is on the butterfly but you cannot see that in this winter light!

The background papers are from the card kit as is the little sentiment which says this card is one big hug! But the image is Miss You Lots from W Plus 9 that I colored in with Copics!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Valentine's in Bubbles

I LOVE the Simon Says Stamp Full Card Bubble die!!! It is soooo useful and soooo cute!!! I paired it here with the stamp set Paper Hug from the SSS February Card Kit. The little love bird is from Lawn Fawn Science set and was colored with Copics and a little bit of Wink of Stella!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Case-ing Debby Hughes again and OCC Clean and Simple 4

I know I need more birthday cards so I tried the inked background technique as well as inking background papers to match all from Day 5 I think. I used the Pear-fect Set from W Plus 9 and a card design from Debby Hughes. The inks are from W Plus 9 as well! I am learning a lot from studying her cards and think I am getting closer to where I want my cards to go but my bow tying leaves a lot to be desired lol!! I am also still having trouble shooting cards during the winter! The weather here today was terrible - 14" of snow and counting. So I tried using a ring flash for this picture but don't think that really worked either! Will post when I figure out the camera settings!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Online Card Classes Clean and Simple 4 and Perseverance

I love Online Card Classes! If you haven't ever taken a class, run over and sign up! I learn something new each and every class and Clean and Simple 4 was no exception! But I am not very good at Clean and Simple cards....I am a messy stamper! I almost through out several of these cards but I decided to work through the uglies while listening to my friend Jean stream on UStream and my friend Paula Phillips stream through an art journal page! They both persisted. So I pulled three of the following cards out of the TRASH and worked my way through the uglies.

First, sequins and White Uniball Signo pen will hide most mistakes! Second, follow the directions given by the teacher (duh) and try and die cut a panel into another shape!

Day 2 Clean and Simple Die Cutting
Falling Hearts Card - I made red embossing paste using Colorbox lipstick red chalk ink reinker and Ranger texture paste. The "clouds" were die cut with Mama Elephant Stitched borders. The stamped image is about 10 years old and by Adriana Cirstea. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils. I made the sentiment using my Dymo label maker- loved seeing Julie Ebersole use hers in Day 1!

This card was inspired by Tasnim Ahmed's technique from Day 5 and Kristina Werner's card from Day 2! The ship die cut is from W Plus9 and the sentiment from Lawn Fawn.

This card was inspired by Karolyn Loncon's Velveteen Stamping! It was so much fun! Made even easier by using SSS White Pigment which stayed so juicy!! The pear and sentiment are from W Plus 9! I am certain the design is from W Plus9 blog too!

This is my least favorite card! I really need to fix it but I wanted to try the die cutting technique demonstrated on Day 4 by Yana Smakula. I hope to get a chance to fix it this week! It is too blah and her cards were much prettier!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Masculine card from SSS January Card Kit

Yes I made this card with that card kit! I made the plaid panel using the border stamp included in the kit. I used Hero Arts dye inks on SSS Fog card stock. It was super easy to do. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Apothecary Labels. The wood veneer hearts are from Studio Calico!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Simon Says Stamp December and January Card Kits

I am still trying to work my way through these two kits - well enough to make me not feel guilty about subscribing! LOL!

The background on the first card was done using Sandy Allnock's Copic watercolor technique on Ranger Specialty Stamping paper. I had a lot of fun making this card but I can see my fussy cutting was not quite fussy enough - will have to make another. The other two cards are really just plain and simple but the snow man on the second card is a 15 year old sticker!!! SHOCKING!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Online Card Classes Clean and Simple 4 Day 1 Embossing

Well, I thought I knew a lot about embossing until today! All the cards were magnificent. I tried Jennifer McGuire's technique with masking over wet Versamark ink and adding embossing powder. First go ended in the trash the second one is here. I used an old paisley background stamp so old I do not know who the manufacturer was!!! The die cute sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp!
 Next up was the faux enamel technique demonstrated by Julie Ebersole. She made it look soooo easy! I did not have any mat board so I covered some think chipboard with gesso and then tried the technique. However, the gesso started lifting up with the repeated applications of embossing powder!!! But it finally all settled down. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and the die cut daisy is Bashful from Penny Black. Off to see the Day 2 videos! Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Flickr #10 Challenge Use Dots

Usually I make one or two cards a weekend but I have been trying very hard lately to work through the ugly stages of making a card or to re-purpose something that just didn't work as I imagined. So this weekend I made 5 cards!!! I find these challenges inspiring. These four cards are for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr #10 challenge to use dots! That was easy because I probably have most of the SSS stamp sets that have dots in them!

For this card I used SSS Watt's Up for the sentiment and stamped with Versafine ink and clear heat embossed. The starbursts are from SSS Cupcake and the dot border is from SSS Happy Every Day! I used Hero Arts and W Plus9 dye inks for all stamping. Sequins are Pretty Pink Posh!

This is a male oriented birthday card. I stamped the grid circles on the back panel using a stamp from SSS Best Mom. The black dots on the background were an attempt to embossing black embossing powder over embossing paste - did not really work. I used SSS Falling Dots stencil for this. The February circle is 10 years old and is from Imagination Project which I am sure doesn't exist anymore!!!! The die cut Happy Birthday is from Little B.

I just had to use the SSS Full Card Bubbles die! The mouse is from Avery Elle Story Book and was colored with Copic W1, W3, and W5 markers. The sentiment is from SSS Birthday Balloons. I added Dew Drops to some of the circles for a bit of sparkle!

This card did not turn out the way I wanted. I stamped the dots with Hero Arts Silver pigment ink and Delicata Golden Glitz. The dots are from SSS Lots of Dots. But I used dots that were too big. I tried to obscure them with TWO sheets of vellum and some Pretty Pink Posh sequins. But in reality I need to make it over! The sentiment is from the December SSS Card Kit Sparkle and Shine heat embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Baby Card

A couple very close to us is expecting their first baby so I wanted to get a card in the mail quickly!!! I used Mama Elephant Just Hatched for the little baby girl and boy! I colored them with Copics ( R81, R83 and R85 for the girls and B91, B93 and B95 for the baby boy!) and added some shine with Wink of Stella clear glitter pen. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp From Us stamp set which I love because I often send cards from both my husband and me. The hearts were die cut from a Memory Box die Hearts and Stars, coated with Wink of Stella clear glitter and then covered with Glossy Accents. I stamped the "or" and "?" with MFT Mini Banner Day alphabet. Twine is from Divine Twine and Doodlebug! I used Neenah Solar White 90 lb for card base and the stamping layer! I popped the layer up using foam tape for some added dimension!

Thanks for looking and stay warm in this cold!!