Friday, March 29, 2019

Roses on Wood and a few of my favorite techniques

Hi, I am up over on the Picket Fence Studios blog today. I needed a quick and easy card as I had a lot of house guests coming and going. I had no creative mojo so I cased one of my own designs. Hey it is necessary sometimes. Anyway, I love wood slices and this is my third one. I also love rustic decor not that my house is decorated that way but I am fascinated by this type of decor. My theory on home decorating is that if I follow every trend I will be constantly redecorating. So instead, I decorate my cards!

Anyway, here is a video tutorial:

First, I repeatedly stamped and heat embossed the Slice of Wood stamp with white embossing powder on Neenah Desert Storm.  Heat embossing is one of my favorite techniques. It is easy and packs a wow factor. Plus I just like watching the powder melt ha!

Next I heat embossed the Wild Rose Bouquet in white on another sheet of Neenah Desert Storm and fussy cut a partial bouquet. I placed a piece of heavy weight vellum ( 4x5.25") over the wood slice background to tone it down a bit. Using vellum to tone a background down is an easy thing to do and another of my favorite techniques.

To finish, I mounted the partial bouquet with some 3M foam tape onto the vellum panel. I added the sentiment by heat embossing it in white and then cutting it into 2 strips. This sentiment was really meant for a landscape oriented card so that is why I split.

Here is another view of the card!

Thanks for stopping by;

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Picket Fence Studios Gift Certificate Winner

Brenda Fiest you were selected from the comments on my blog as the winner of the gift certificate I had. Please use the contact me button on the top right so I can send you the gift code!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Impression Obsession Challenge: Happy Easter and a Bunny Basket

Hi, Welcome to another Thursday challenge over at the Impression Obsession Blog - we have lots of great ideas from the other card designers and the details on how to enter the contest to win a gift certificate to the IO Store.

So for my card, I had to pull out this cute bunny set, Bunny Girl by Alesa Baker, who is one of my favorite Impression Obsession designers. To start I ink blended some Bundled Sage Distress Oxide onto an A2 card base and then I added flicks of different colors of green Copic markers to make a more textured grassy background.

For the clouds I used a cloud stencil with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide and my blender brushes. I did not flick any water or Sheer Shimmer onto this part of the background. I usually do.

I stamped the bunny and her dress and accessories in Impression Obsession Black Hybrid Ink which is Copic friendly. I did a small amount of masking to put the image together. I colored her in with Copics and then fussy cut her out. I added some foam tape to pop her up off the panel. I added some Nuvo Crystal Glaze to her pockets and the basket. I had to put in a few Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets - my mother said no but I ignored her lol! Oh and I added some white gel pen detail to her dress.

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Product List: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I purchased the stamps and products used in this projects. I was under no obligation to use them. I have used Impression Obsession products for many years. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Impression Obsession Over the Moon Die Cut

Hi Everyone,
It is Monday and Die Cut Obsession Day over at the Impression Obsession Blog. For today's card, I took some inspiration for the background from a card by Debby Hughes which I am privileged to say sits on my desk. For the background, I used Daniel Smith Moonglow, Rose of Ultramarine and Da Vinci's Payne's Grey watercolor paints to make a washy background. I splattered Sheer Shimmer Spray and watered down gauche to the background to give the look of stars.

I die cut Moon and Back three times from Neenah Solar white 80 lb. card stock. I adhered them together for more dimension and then added it to the card using Golden Matte Medium. I did add a bit of twine for more sparkle. I added some extra stars to the background as well. I am shocked that there is no stamping on this card!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great Monday!

Products Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I received the die from Impression Obsession as part of my design team work. I work for Impression Obsession because I have used their stamps and dies for many years before I began working for them.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Picket Fence Studios March 2019 Release: Flowers, Court Dates, and a Unicorn with Glasses

I have four cards featuring new sets from the March Release. So many cute sets, dies and the sentiments are hilarious as always. The full release can be found HERE.

I also have a $15 gift certificate to give away. Just leave a comment on my blog! Winners will be announced 3/21. Give away is open to all. Please note free shipping on any product ordered is for US customers only.

First up, I had to use the new sentiment set - I Snorted - because yes I do lol!!! The girl in the picture is from Coffee Understands. I colored her with RV11, RV14, RV19 and added Crystal Stickles to glam her up. I colored her face with E0000, E000, E00, E01. I then splattered the panel with Sheer Shimmer Mist and added some pink sequins. Lipstick from Mac and nail polish from A-England lol!

Next up, I had to make selfie frames for our unicorn from Let's Hang Out. She had been traveling around and this is a small scrapbook card. I did use an A7 card (5.5 x 6.5").  I colored her - yes her - with CO, C1, and C3. I added Glossy Accents to the frames and then die cut her using the accompanying die. For the backgrounds I used heat embossing with Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder. I covered each background panel with vellum in order to dull the background down a bit. I wanted the unicorn to be the focal point.  I did a little stamp surgery to make the greeting wonky - after all she had been out quite a bit!

I really love this sentiment from You Got This. It is a perfect encouragement sentiment. I stamped Give Me a Break background with ooooh sorry I cannot remember but I did distress the edges with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide inks. I mounted this on a black panel and then on a black and white striped panel. A few gold sequins and I called this done! 

For my final card, I had to use Wild Rose Bouquet. It was calling my name loudly along with my Copics. Using my regular sized MISTI, I stamped it with Picket Fence Intense Black ink and then proceeded to color it. The flowers are RV0000, RV10, RV11, RV52. For the leaves, I used YG61, YG63 and YG67. I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx black. A few touches with a white gel  pen and a few sequins finished it off for me. My mother is questioning my judgement on using sequins lol!

Thanks for stopping by and leave a comment to enter to win for the $15 gift certificate;

Products Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I make a small commission from each sale - thank you!!! I received the stamps and dies for these projects from Picket Fence Studios as part of my design team work. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Altenew March 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

I am so happy to be here to share my first card as an Altenew Guest Designer. Altenew is hosting the blog hop over on their blog- HERE. The Altenew shop and new goodies which are gorgeous are HERE and HERE.

 Altenew is also giving away 6 $50 gift certificates to the store.  Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 3/19/2019 for a chance to win. You can also leave a comment here for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the store. Comments close 3/19.

You probably came here from Zinia Redo  blog. Her projects are so beautiful!

We choose which products to use, and I selected Wallpaper Flowers and the coordinating die cuts. I love floral wallpaper - ok full disclosure, I do not have any wallpaper in my house just in case I change my mind - so I knew I had to have this set. However, the rest of the release was so very tempting - trust me!

To determine how to design the card, I turned to Pinterest and searched for floral wallpapers. The wallpapers with dark grey backgrounds and white/pink florals were the ones that caught my eye. So here is my card.

I have a You Tube video on my channel for this card.

This card was actually fairly simple to make. First, I wanted a handmade background. I used a piece of Neenah Solar White Smooth 80 lb card stock and covered it several times with Altenew's Artist Markers TG05 and TG07. In between layers, I used Kathy Racoosin's rag technique with Copic Blending solution to add texture. Finally, I added splatters of Sheer Shimmer Mist and a diluted mix of Winsor and Newton White gauche. You could use diluted white acrylic paint or white gesso. Just remember not to use your watercolor brushes with other mediums.

Next, I stamped each flower and vine several times with Versamark ink onto Neenah card stock which I had treated with an anti-static tool. For the flowers, I used Altenew's Golden Peach embossing powder. I used platinum embossing powder for the leaf vine which I adore!!!! 

I then arranged the flowers and adhered them with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. You will see a first layout in the video and I will explain why I choose this one lol! I stamped and heat embossed the smaller sentiment from the Mega Greetings set. I then die cut the hello from the Halftone Hello die from 2 pieces of black card stock and one piece of 110 lb Neenah. I adhered them all together but I shifted the black die cut slightly to the right to give the hint of a shadow. To add dimension, I add clear Wink of Stella and Nuvo Crystal Glaze. Of course, I had to add some clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh - it is a must for me lol! So that is the card. 

Next on the hop is the very talented Laurie Willison.

Thank you for stopping by. Don't forget to leave a comment here for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the Altenew store. Comments close 3/19/2019.  I will announce the winner on March 23rd and you can also check on the Altenew blog. If you would like to follow my blog, please enter your email address in the Follow Me section to the right. I will not see your email address. So have a great day on the blog hop - list for full hop is below!

Products Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I received the Wallpaper Flowers and die set from Altenew to participate in this blog. I selected this stamp and die set  because I think it is versatile and beautiful. I purchased the remaining products for myself as these are my favorite products for crafting. I am on the My Sweet Petunia design team and purchased my MISTIs at a discount. I was gifted the Cut Align tool. Thank you.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Impression Obsession Old is New: Old techniques and a tale of a card's resurrection!

Hi and Happy Monday;
Up on the Impression Obsession Blog we are featuring some of our older stamps so you can have a look and be inspired. You might even have some of these products if you are me lol!!! Anyway, this card almost did not happen. It was just a day in the craft know those days right? Nothing goes right, the mess keeps piling up and you can't think of anything to fix the card you are making. So I messaged our fearless DT Lead Jeanne Strieff and she said, "Let me see that card. It is probably better than you think. Well I said no of course. But this morning I took a look at the images and the card and came up with an alternate plan. Gold or what I am calling gold was born!

I used Roses Set 1 layering stamp set, Leaf Die and the Wood Grain CAC stamp. I went old school and ripped the background and added some brown shimmer spray to the edges. I die cut the gold embossed leaves and the vellum leaves from the die and the green leaves are from the Roses Set 1 Stamp set. I splattered some gold spray over the card front to add some interest and added some Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins as well. I die cut the sentiment from some gold embossed paper.

It still needs work such as some drop shadows underneath the rose and the leaves but considering how this started I am happy with it. I have listed the products below so you can check your stash. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for stopping by;

Products Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I purchased the stamps and dies for this project on my own. I did receive a discount for the Rose Set 1 and II and the Miss You die. I have owned the Wood Grain CAC for years. I have purchased the remainder of the products on my own because they are high quality and I love using them.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Picket Fence Studios: Peacock with a Belly Band

I am up on the Picket Fence Studios blog today with a card featuring our Let's Shake Our Tail Feathers stamp set. I think this is one of the most versatile stamps sets that we have so I wanted to use this design by Jennifer McGuire. It is a gate fold card design in which she uses stamped images to make the "gate". I wanted to use our peacock feathers to make the "gate" for this card. I used a belly band made from vellum to keep the card together.

I did have to change up the card dimensions though. The card dimensions are:
5 1/8" x 5 1/8" for the gray card and the card backing
5 1/4" x 5 1/4" for the final purple base
1" x 11' for the vellum belly band

First, I stamped the image twice onto a warm grey card stock with Versamark ink. I heat embossed the image with white embossing powder. Then, I used the two smallest blender brushes and blended in Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxides. I carefully wiped off any excess ink with a baby wipe.

I then used the Simon Says Stamp A2 Curved Edge die to cut the card stock into the shape you see in the image. You could also use partial die cutting with a circle die. After lining everything up, I scored the images on the back, folded them over,  and adhered them to the gray backing sheet with Score tape.

To make the belly band, I treated a 1" x 11' piece of vellum with an anti-static tool and then stamped the sentiment using Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink. I added clear embossing powder and heat embossed this carefully. The embossing adds shine and dimension. I then wrapped it around the final card and adhered the two ends together. Please note the belly band is not adhered to the card just to itself. This allows the recipient to slip off the belly band and open the gate feathers to get to the card!

Thanks for stopping by! Go out and shake your crafty feathers!

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I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I do receive a small commission and thank you for your support. I did receive the stamp as part of my design team work for Picket Fence Studios. I was gifted the blender brushes by a friend. I am part of the My Sweet Petunia design team but purchased the MISTIs used in the project. The remaining products I have purchased myself because I love them and use them all the time.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Impression Obsession Challenge: Sending Hugs cards

To send a hug or even a birthday greeting, I decided to use this whimsical bear. I colored her up with my Copics and added a sentiment from Fred Said. I used Tumbled Glass and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide inks for the background. I then die cut the lawn and some flowers and she was done! 

Head over to the Impression Obsession blog for more information on the challenge and to see what the rest of the talented design team did for today. And don't forget to link up your card on the blog to enter for a $25 gift certificate. 

Thanks for stopping by;

Products Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I received the stamps as part of my design team work for Impression Obsession. I personally purchased the other products because I love them and always have them in stock. 

Friday, March 1, 2019

Ink Blot Shop February Release: A Chickie Birthday

Hi, I am a day late with this post but hey reality hit. So my friend Tifany DeGough owns the Ink Blot Shop. I adore her, her style, her stamps, and her critters. I took the leaf border from Botanical Borders and curved it on my MISTI to make the canopy for the party! This set has a lot of very useful borders and depending on how you use them, they can vary from cute to very elegant.

The critters are from Flopsy Forest Friends and the chick is from Tweet Talk. To make the background I used Distress Oxides Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans and Mermaid Lagoon with my blender brushes. I add some splats of water and Sheer Shimmer. I die cut the grass border with a Lawn Fawn die out of a scrap of green paper. I did some stamp surgery on the Happy Bird-day so I could make a sentiment strip. And yes, I can see it now that is on crooked but I am leaving for a it will stay that way. Crafty Realities right???
Thanks for stopping by! Have a crafty weekend!

Supplies Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I received the stamps from the Ink Blot Shop and will be using them again in the future. I was given the blender brushes for a gift. All other supplies I have purchased on my own because I think they are of the highest quality and I prefer using these supplies over others.