Wednesday, March 21, 2018

You Make Me Hoppy Bunny Cards

Today I have bunnies....from the Showers and Flowers (SSS) stamp set.  Love it when a stamp set has several images to challenge me.  These bunnies were too much fun coloring with Copics.  I decided to add grass with green copics but then chose to fussy cut one and use Grass Die (Stamps Of Life) along with Puffy Cloud Border (Lawn Fawn) for a different look.   Here's my two cards:

First is done mostly with die cuts - I'm telling you, I do love my Sizzix Big Shot.  The frame is made with Stitched Rectangles, and the Grass Border and Eggs (Spring Birds) all from The Stamps of Life.  To add dimension, two layers of grass and three cloud layers were added.  Summer Sky (Memento) ink was added to clouds and frame.  Foam tape raises the frame, bunny and stamped sentiment that's heat embossed with White Embossing Powder (Ranger).  The bunny has Glossy Accents on his nose and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen on his fluffy tail.  Jewels are from Cupids Kiss (Studio Katia).

Second Card is has a Tumbled Glass distress ink (ranger) sky.  This sentiment was stamped with VersaFine Ink and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger).  The edges were torn and inked with Cloud Ink (SOL) and green Offray ribbon is tied in a bow.  Again used those Stitched Rectangles from Stamps of Life.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Thermoweb Deco Foil Haul Clearance and My First Try

Thursday was a big day for me.  If you've read my profile, you'll see that I am a Heart Transplant Recipient times two!  Part of being a good steward of this most precious gift is taking care of my health, including daily medication, quarterly blood work and a yearly check up.  Thursday was the check up, and this year it was just a stress echo and an office visit.  Everything went well and my heart and health is good (Prayers of Thanks).  Six years ago, it didn't go well and the result was I needed another transplant....So these annual check ups run my nerves through the ringer.  What does this have to do with Deco Foil????  Since we were out of there quick, hubby and I ran some errands, including a stop at Hobby Lobby.  I've been watching YouTube Videos and really want to dip my toes in this shiny sparkly goodness.  Imagine my surprise when I saw all the Deco Foil on CLEARANCE!!!  I cleared the shelf, yep, proud of it too!  Bought the Adhesive Pen too with a 40% coupon also.
Ain't that so pretty?

Since I just received my March Monthly Hero Kit plus the Bold Graphic Confetti Die which was an add on - I was ready to play!!  So here's the card I came up with:
This month's kit is all about basics and I love those word stamps and dies.  The Bold Graphic Confetti Die has Spun Sugar Distress Stain over it and the words were stamped with Cloud Ink (Stamps of Life), corresponding dies were ran through the Big Shot (Sizzix) and then raised with foam tape.  Three layers of Neenah Classic Crest 110lb were cut with the hugs die.  A generous coat of Adhesive Pen (Deco Foil) coats one layer, 30 seconds later a piece of Rose Gold Deco Foil cut to fit was placed on top.  Inside a folded piece of parchment paper and through my laminator it went. I was doing my happy dance when I peeled the foil away!  I stacked those layers with Multi Matte Medium (Ranger) and adhered it to my card.  Gold and white bakers twine (Paper Studio) finished my card.  Now all I need/want is some Transfer Gel and Toner Sheets (Deco Foil)!  For now....

Have a great day and keep crafting!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Masking Simple Images Into A Cluster Bouquet

The images are from Choose Joy (Simon Says Stamps).  I actually bought it because of the small plaid background and when I started to play I decided to use the small flowers and leaves to make a bouquet. 

First I used my Mini Misti to help line up the edges and used Cloud ink (Stamps of Life) to make my background.  Then using a roll of masking paper, I stamped the flowers and leaves, cut them out and began stamping using Tuxedo Black Ink (Memento).  Next, Copic coloring, I used RV02, RV04, RV06, YG07, G07, Y11, Y15 and Y17.  After the images were colored I used my favorite White Uniball Pen (Signo) for accents and a black metallic pen (Gelly Roll) for centers of flowers.  Here's where I messed up....I used a Tombow N95 for shadow and I didn't check it out on scrap paper first, that's why my shadow looks a little wonky.

To pull the card together, Stitched Rectangles (Stamps of Life) were used with my Big Shot (Sizzix) and I stamped the sentiment with Versafine and heat embossed Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger).  I love the look of a very close layer of paper and I've been using Mini Perfect Layers rulers to get a 1/16" border, however, I can't find them for sale anywhere, otherwise I would link them here.  Finally I added a swish of Clear Sparkle Pen (Spectrum Noir) on the pink flowers and leaves.

Hope you have a great day and keep crafting!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Alcohol Ink Art Into Card Making

There are so many wonderful videos explaining techniques on youtube.  How can you resist such fun?  I couldn't, so I grabbed a the few alcohol Inks that I had, some Blending Solution and Yupo Paper to play.  It helps to have a Alcohol Ink Applicator and a bonus if you have Mixatives, I used silver on these.  Four sheets of alcohol ink happiness dried really quick.  

I trimmed one sheet sized to fit behind Hearts in a Row Vertical Die-namics (My Favorite Things).  I made several cards with just one sheet of inked Yupo paper.  For this first card I added the Celebration Words (Tim Holtz) with Glossy Accents.  A touch of Stardust Pen (Gelly Roll) added some sparkle.
 For the next two cards, I added a sentiment from Choose Happy (Simon Says Stamps) and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  One has fun foam beneath the white cardstock and one is glued directly to the base.

 I absolutely love the word strips that come with the Hearts In a Row Vertical Die-namic - they are perfectly sized for many sentiments.  That alone, was reason enough to purchase them, but I'm a sucker for anything with hearts!  A few of these cards have some sequins from my stash that are adhered with Multi Matte Medium (Ranger) - it sure makes them secure.

Hope you have great day and keep on crafting!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Watercolor with Tombow Markers Card

Hero Arts is one of my favorite companies, I love their products so much, I subscribe to My Monthly Hero Kits.  Todays card uses the February 2018 Kit.  To change it up a bit, I decided to use my Tombow Markers as watercolors.  

First up, you need to use watercolor paper, otherwise, you'll have a muddled mess with paper pilling up, that's been the case for me.  Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock is great and resists buckling when wet.  The February Kit has lots of birds and feathers, I chose feathers for the background.  Orange, gold, light brown and a bit of green color markers were scribbled directly onto the stamp.  Then I houghed (blew moistened breath on to the stamp) and stamped.  Not enough moisture, so I used my Water Brush Pen (Kuretake) to blend water on the cardstock and mix those colors around.  After that dried I scribbled a light blue marker on a palette and again used that water brush pen and lightly colored the rest of the background sky blue.  Following the same process as the leaves, I stamped a leafy branch and bird from the kit.  Using coordinating dies, I ran those through my Big Shot.  I used a stitched rectangle die from The Stamps of Life.  To get that 1/16 border of Kraft cardstock I used mini paper layer tool and my PenBlade.   Finally, I stamped the sentiment in Versa Mark ink and heat embossed Zing Glitter Gold embossing powder.  

Have a great day and keep crafting!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

When In Doubt, Add More Flowers!

I love flowers!  Even more, I love crafting with flowers and flower images!  During the winter months, it makes me happy. Today I'm playing with the Hydrangea Blooms Stamp and Die Set from Simon Says Stamps.  Something about this group of flowers just spoke to me. After stamping several blooms and die cutting them, I started on my card.  One just seemed lacking - so I added two more blooms and wa-laaaa!

The flowers are stamped with Tide Pool and Aqua Inks from Hero Arts.  Leaves have rock and roll inking on them.  When I started to pull the card together, I reached for the Ornate Background stamp, VersaMark ink, Neenah Classic Crest 110 lb cardstock and silver embossing powder (Stampin Up).  Chipped Sapphire and Faded Jeans Distress Ink was blended over the embossed areas and ran through my Big Shot with Stitched Rectangle Dies (The Stamps of Life).   Hero arts has a Stamp and Cut called Ribbon Message that I love.  That's what I used for the sentiment and stamped with Tuxedo Black ink from Memento.   One Bloom and the sentiment ribbon are both raised with foam mounting tape, Crystal Stickles were added to flower centers and finally a Shimmer Pen (Spectrum Noir) added sparkle to the leaves.

Have a great day and keep on crafting!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Camellia Build-A-Flower Birthday Card

Sometimes I pick up a product to play with and just struggle deciding how to use it.  Not the case today!  Youtube has wonderful videos and Jennifer McGuire Ink's Stamp Layering video inspired me.  Strongly suggest you check her out!!!  

Using Camellia Build-A-Flower Stamp and Die set (Altenew), on Neenah Classic Crest 110 lb card stock I stamped the flower with Tropical Raspberry (Ranger), Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide and Candied Apple Distress Oxide inks. Then stamping the leaves with Twisted Citron Distress Oxide, Green Leaf (Simon Says Stamps) and Moss (Hero Arts) ink.  Using my Mini Misti made stamping multiples super easy.  Next I die cut flowers and leaves with the corresponding dies in my Big Shot

Hobby Lobby recently had clearance dies and todays card uses one.  Decorative Curved Squares (Spellbinders) was easy to release from the die since I used a sheet of wax paper between the cardstock and die.  I then inked the edges and adhered to my base.  The flower was then raised with foam mounting tape and leaves tucked under.

Final touches include a Happy die cut and Birthday stamp from Happy Stamp and Cut (Hero Arts).  Versafine Black ink and Clear Embossing Powder helped the sentiment pop.  Multi Medium Matte adhesive works great for gluing those tiny bits down.  Finally, Sheer Creations ribbon (Michaels) is tied in a bow.  

Have a great day and keep on crafting!