Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Blueprint sketches...

Hello again, I have something to share today that I made quite a while back and shared at Love is in the Details, but didn't get around to posting here until now.  I had been hearing about Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper and finally got a chance to play with it.  I stamped a (whole bunch) of the Stamper's Anonymous/Tim Holtz Blueprint Sketch stamps and colored them with Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a paint brush.

This paper isn't like watercolor paper, so it doesn't want to be messed about with too much water, but it does let the pigment sit on the surface longer, allowing some beautiful blending with the markers alone or just a little bit of water.

Then, I was in JoAnn's Fabrics and found these cute frames on sale and they were perfect.  Some of the stamped images were framed, and some were turned into cards.  Stinkin' cute if I do say so myself!  And perfect for baby/teacher/birthday gifts and home decor.

Have a great day!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Baby Showers....

Edited to add:  This post sat in the blog folder, as a draft for a very long time.  While I caught up on some life, y'know.  So it's late, but the pictures are still pretty to look at!  Enjoy!

So...I've gotten off track lately.  (Well...if on-track means all paper, all the time, that is.)  I blame it all on Pinterest and YouTube.  There is NOTHING you can not learn how to do on YouTube.  I am currently pursuing a degree in YouTube.  I have several semesters left.  The ones that cover shingling your home and doing emergency tracheotomies.  But the cake and cookies courses??  All over that!  Thing is, where there are cakes, you need to also have parties.  Check.  Daughter in law is growing a baby?  PARTY!!  Christmas Eve Dinner?  PARTY!!

Here are some photos from my daughter in law's recent baby shower.

After a lovely lunch was served and enjoyed, the Guest of Honor opened many lovely gifts, and the guests worked on a project that has since been made into a cute ABC Quiet Book.  Each person had one page to work on, ironing on a shape that corresponds to a letter of the alphabet.  Then they stitched "[letter] is for" to finish.
Then cake was served!  On offer, was a Vanilla Cake with banana jam and vanilla bean butter cream frosting,

...and an Earl Grey cake with lavender sense and lemon curd filling.

Each of the guests was given a little potted succulent to take home; a token of a little life needing care, similar to that of a new baby!

Now that I'm posting this so much later, I can also show you a little of the finished ABC book.

And our grandson, Archie Paul is here and growing like a sweet little bug!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Distress Oxide and stencils...

Hello friends!  Just stopping by to let you know that I have a fresh post up over at the Love is in the Details blog today.  It includes a whole step-out series of photos there to guide you through the process used to make some of these cards.  

I used a couple of Tim Holtz/Stamper's Anonymous layering stencils, and more Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide ink in a couple of different ways.  As well I used stamps by Papertrey Ink and Simon Says Stamp, and word dies by Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp.  

This last card came about with a piece of the cardstock I used for experimenting on.  Several different  techniques and voila!  A card front panel!

Have a great rest of your day!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mojo Monday Challenge...

Hi everyone!  I'm back today to share a card for the Mojo Monday Challenge #498.  It's a mix of Tim Holtz/Ranger products, guessed it...Oxide Ink!  The YOU die cut is from Simon Says Stamp - You Matter.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Playing the Challenge game....

Hello, I'm back today to share a pair of cards I made for the current Florals challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9!  

I'm not sure I could have made a card like this before I owned the MISTI - but that tool makes it so easy to stamp two card fronts exactly the same so that when you cut each one in half and switch them out, they still meet and match up perfectly!  Cool, right?  I know!

I'm also submitting these cards for the Time Out CASE challenge #83.  I love the inspiration card that combines both color and "black & white" stamping, and that's the aspect I was inspired by.

Have a great day!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A weekend crop...

Last week I got to travel up to Manitoba and attend a weekend crop held by Love is in the Details!  I really miss cropping with friends.  So I had a really great time and I'm already looking forward to when I can do it again!  Because I was traveling there by air, and because I hadn't had time before I left to prep any projects, I just took along some stamp sets, card fronts and some coloring tools.  I actually needed a couple of cards that weekend so they were at the top of the list of what I wanted to make.  I did that, and then just played with some of my newer stamps.  Didn't accomplish a whole lot, but then who ever went to a crop to get stuff done, right??

First thing I needed to make were a couple of graduation cards.  I used a Stampendous stamp and colored/painted the image with Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush.  

 We were challenged as a group to alter the cover of a notebook, and I stamped some loose leaves and florals on watercolor paper, color/painted them and covered them with Glossy Accents.  I'm all about making my own embellishments these days and I love how these turned out.

 Next, I needed a couple of baby-themed cards.  This pink one is a straight up lift from here.  Both cards use stamps from Stampin Up! - Made With Love set.  

Then I decided to just play.  This image is made with a stamp from Magenta. I colored it with Zig brush markers again and added coordinating strips of paper and Nuvo drops to finish it.

And finally, I pulled out some stamps from the Lawn Fawn - How You Bean set.  What a fun chance to play with color!  And the Lawn Fawn plaid paper pads are the perfect accompaniment.

 These cards were featured at Love is in the Details earlier this week.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mother's Day card...

 Let's begin this post by saying....I got the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks!!  The hype was killing me! I couldn't go much longer without trying them and let me say, the hype is all true!  And they're somehow even prettier than the same colors in the original distress inks!  And SO fun to work with!!  I won't go into all the data on what they are and what they do and how they do what they do.  There's lots of that out there and you don't have to go far to find it.  But here are my color swatches, including a little stamp to finish that shows their stamping capability.  That might be what I'm most excited about!

Here are some of the samples of various color combo's I tried.

Finally, I settled on a combination of Broken China, Faded Jeans and Cracked Pistachio.  And they weren't kidding when they said that the Oxide inks blend like buddah!  SO yummy!

 So I blended the three colors, and once it was dry, I stamped it with Versamark ink and a stamp set from Sizzix and heat embossed with white powder.
Then I stamped the same image onto plain white card stock and then colored it in a monochromatic style.
Pretty straightforward, and very fun!  Now I want to try combinations of the other colors and see what that produces!
Have a great day!