Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hello, Gorgeous!

I totally love the colors presented in The Ton Stamps Color Pallet Challenge for June, 2017.

Details here.
I've been going through my stash looking at things I've had for a long time and trying to use them.  For whatever reason, I purchased two of these blank, unfinished wooden tags!  Anyone relate?  Anyway, this was my starting point to come up with something using these beautiful colors!   I first stamped the Wishful Wildflowers in navy ink then re-stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used Zig Clean Color markers to watercolor them.




I lost count of how many times I switched directions and changed the colors/textures on the tag!  Then I had to decide how to arrange the florals from Wishful Wildflowers.  After it was finally done I have something that I can present!  I went WAY out of my comfort zone creating this project, but it was fun to get my fingers inky and paint stained!

Thanks so much for taking a look!

Supplies:
The Ton Stamps Wishful Wildflowers stamps/dies; Peony Cluster Mini for sentiment
Inks:  Simon Says Stamp:  Soft Navy, Audrey Blue; Versamark Clear
Distress Paints: Abandoned Coral, White
Zig Clean Color:  Wine Red, Dull Blue, Pink
From my stash:  ribbons, trim, beads sequins, corrugated paper, doily, miscellaneous stencils

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Honey Bee Just for YouI

I really, really like these bees and all the goodies that go with them from Honey Bee Stamps!

I had an "out of the box" idea to try by weaving ribbon through two of the Hexagon Cover Plate dies (also from Honey Bee Stamps).  I used the bottom and middle layers.  Here are a couple photos of the process:
I added tape runner along the bottom, folded the ribbon over & trimmed the ends.
I turned the middle sized die cut "upside down" to have the small slits to weave the ribbon.
I die cut a white and black circle to have a base for the flowers and sentiment (& also to break up the busy background some).



Thanks so much for looking!

Supplies:
Honey Bee Stamps, dies:  Hexagon Cover Place bottom & middle layers; Busy Bees; Build-A-Bee; Sending You sentiments
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
Glossy Accents
yellow ribbon from my stash

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Bears Love Pink Too!

This stamp set from Ellen Hutson, Essentials By Ellen called Courage is so awesome!  They are donating $25 from each purchase to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  I didn't hesitate to get it as one of my very good friends is a survivor.  Also, my sweet mother-in-law had a double mastectomy in the early 1960's and lived a wonderful life until the age of 88!  As most of us, I know those whose lives were cut short by this terrible disease too.

So, this card is another that I will be sending to my sweet survivor friend as she continues the walk for a cure---she's walking three 3-day, 6-mile walks this year!!  Each event has a postal address to mail encouraging cards to.  I'll be sending one to each of the cities she'll be walking in!  :)


It's been raining the last three days (thankfully) and the sun peeked out for a bit today, so I had to have a bit of it in my photo!

I'm adding this to the Ellen Hutson June Mix It Up Challenge: BCRF.  Get the info HERE.



Thank you for looking and support the cause for the cure---however you can!!

Supplies:
Essentials by Ellen Courage; All Inside stamps/dies
Inks:  SSS Jellybean, Green Leaf, Evergreen; Memento Angel Pink; Hero Arts Bubble Gum, Picked Raspberry Distress Ink; Versafine Onyx Black
WeRMemory Keepers 3-d embossing folder


Monday, May 29, 2017

Distress Oxide Ink Labels

Being organized is being in my happy place!!  I'm a very visual person and like being able to see the colors, so I created a PDF for the labels.  Here is the link for you to print some out:   HERE

I printed these on 80# Neenah Solar White, then backed with some Scor-Tape adhesive, cut apart, and inked them up before adhering to each ink pad.


Hope these help put you in your happy place!!  :)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wishful Wildflower Birthday Card

I made this shaker card for a friend's birthday using The Ton's Wishful Wildflower stamps and dies.  This is one of those stamps that, for me, was love at first sight & I had to have it!

I've already posted this card on Instagram, but I like to have a few more details for my reference for when I want to recreate elements of certain cards.  Also, I'm entering this into a fun challenge The Ton has for this month--their Tic Tac Toe Challenge!  We are to choose 3 consecutive elements for our project.  I chose the diagonal starting with shaker card, then embossing and watercolor.

Get the details HERE
I first watercolored a background on watercolor paper using Distress Inks with a bit of yellow gold from Gansai Tambi Starry Colors.  Using Bristol Smooth card stock, I stamped and heat embossed the florals.  Then I colored with a few of my Zig Clean Color markers.


Here are a few more photos showing the beautiful shimmer and shine!





This stamp set is so pretty and I can't wait to try some more ideas I have!  Thank you so much for looking, and especially for taking a moment to comment!  :)

Supplies:
The Ton stamps/dies: Wishful Wildflowers; Pretty Mail; Dearest Peony for sentiment
The Ton Guava Sparkle Couture Mix
Distress Inks:  Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick
Gansai Tambi Starry Colors, yellow gold
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, light carmine, red, light green, pale green 
Shaker frame:  My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames








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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

OCC Simmer & Shine, Embossing Powder

Totally love Julie Ebersole's 2-step glitter overlay technique in this lesson of Online Card Classes!

I've had Judikin's Sticky Stuff embossing powder for a long time and never really understood how to use it until Julie showed us how!!  Instead of using a solid stamp, I used a  honeycomb stencil from from Honey Bee Stamps.  You can tell by looking at my history of card making that I don't usually go for the cute critters.  I like them all, but just not my style...usually!  When I saw this newest release from Honey Bee, I just loved them!!  These bees are totally adorable!!

I can just imagine a special someone getting this card and opening the little beehive door and seeing this so cute bee face staring back!


Such great sparkle!!!!  Added in some shine with Glossy Accents on the bee's black stripes too.


Thanks so much for taking a look!

Supplies:
Honey Bee Stamps:  Build-A-Bee, Bee-You-tiful Sentiments, Free-Bee
Honey Bee dies:  Honey Cuts, Build-A-Bee, Free-Bee die
Honey Bee stencil
Distress Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey
Art Glitter Crystal ultrafine transparent
Glossy Accents
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

OCC Sparkle & Shine--Paste and Mousse

All about using pastes and mousse for this lesson of Online Card Classes.  I was inspired by Kristina Werner and her techniques to cover card stock with glitter paste and then die cut it.

I don't have glitter paste so I created my own by combining texture paste with some transparent crystal glitter.  I tinted my texture paste with some Squeezed Lemonade & Mustard Seed Distress Inks.   It turned out very sparkly!

I was hoping that the texture of the embossing paste I left would remain after die cutting, but it didn't.  Still very pretty!


A photo at an angle to capture the sparkle is a must!


Since I was using My Favorite Things products, I decided to make this card work for the MFT Color Challenge 69.

The info is HERE


Seriously love Online Card Classes!!  The best!  Thank you for taking a look!

Supplies:
MFT dies: Shaker Flower, Chevron Fringe
MFT stamps: Celebrate You
MFT paper: Roses All Over Pastels
Other supplies:  Wink of Stella clear, Queen & Co. clear sparkles, Pretty Pink Posh sequins