Thursday, January 11, 2018

Moody Blues Unicorn Spinner with Alcohol Ink Background

 Hello!  I hope your 2018 is off to a good start.  I have been playing with Alcohol Inks and coloring a lot of Moody Unicorns by Gerda Steiner Designs.  One of my general goals in my studio to do more playing with what I already have rather than continuously buying more.  There is so many products to choose from in terms of new things to buy, but it can be a lot of fun to rediscover your own existing stash.  Alcohol ink backgrounds are so easy to make and the variety of colors and techniques make them a staple background for me.  The stamp set and channel dies are two items that I had in my studio that I hadn't yet played with and the background was ready to go; putting all three together almost created the card for me.  Here is a link to an alcohol ink video on my channel in case you'd like to learn more about using them.  Here is the link to the card video for today and below is my supplies.
Gerda Steiner Designs Moody Unicorn S&D
Ranger Alcohol Inks:
  • Denim
  • Indigo
  • Purple Twilight
  • Snowcap
Stitched Rectangle die
Mama Elephant Smile die
MFT Channel Spinner die
MFT Spin and Slide Discs
C2, 4, 6/ BG000, 02, 05, 07/ E50, 51, 21/ R20
3M Foam tape
Black Cardstock 4.25 x 5.5
SN Sparkle Pen
Cream cardbase

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Let me know if you have any questions as I'm always happy to help.  These unicorns are so much fun, easy to color and I just love the different expressions they have.  See you next time!

For Christs glory and much love,

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Handmade Christmas 2017: Alcohol Inks and Chibitronics

 Merry Christmas and welcome to the final card of the Handmade Christmas 2017 series.  This design came about through the idea "what if there was a snowman at the manger when Jesus was born?"  Snowpeople are always such happy creatures and I imagined they would celebrate that first Christmas too.  I made several alcohol ink backgrounds and the wavy stripes made me think of a cold, winter night, just right for a snowman and the rest followed suit.  I die cut a small star in the upper right corner, added the stamps and heat embossed them and the front panel was almost complete.  Then I built the circuit for the lighted star and put everything together with some sequins to finish it off.  When you press on "Star" in the sentiment, the little star lights up.  Delightful!  This design is suitable for everyone on your list too.  From single dudes to grandparents or colleagues, done.  Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below. 

Penny Black Rejoice with Joy stamp set
My Favorite Things Holiday Hugs stamp set
Ranger Glossy cardstock
Ranger Alcohol Inks:
  • Denim
  • Indigo
  • Snow
  • Sky
Wow Vintage Champagne embossing powder
Lawn Fawn Puffy Star die
3M Foam Tape
Scor-Tape/ Be Creative tape
Ranger Matte Medium
Pretty Pink Post 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins
Little Things Lily White sequin mix

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderfully joyous Christmas and get the opportunity to worship often.  The story of Jesus' birth can be found in Luke 2: 6-16 if you're wondering.

Merry CHRISTmas!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Handmade Christmas 2017 using Concord & 9th, Ink Blending and Heat Embossing

 For the entire series this year, I wanted to challenge myself to create all new designs with stamps and dies that I already owned.  I didn't buy a single new release.  Not because there weren't any that I liked; there were plenty of lovely designs available.  It was because I needed to reign in superfluous spending and there's a lot of folks who simply can't go buy all the pretty new things.  So I made due.  And it was fun!  I discovered how many stamp sets I have bought but never used and how versatile non-Christmas sets can be.  The Cozy Up set by Concord & 9th is a Valentines set, so why not make a Christmas card with a romantic vibe?  I ended up putting both cards in one video because the footage gremlins stole enough footage so that I couldn't make 2 videos and they are quite similar, so it fit together anyway.  Here's the link to the video on my YouTube channel and the supply list is below.

Concord & 9th Cozy Up S&D
Concord & 9th Joy stamp set
SSS Merry Christmas die
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die
SSS Heavyweight White cardstock
Ranger Liquid Platinum EP
Brutus Monroe Icicle EP
Altenew Inks:
  • Caramel Toffee
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Paper Bag
  • Ruby Red
Distress Oxide ink: Candied Apple
Tim Holtz Holiday Knit stencil
Distress Inks: Antique Linen and Tea Dye
Doodlebug White Velvet cardstock
ARC Wood Veneer paper
Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflake die

Thanks for joining me today.  I hope you get a chance to get crafty and enjoy the Christmas season with those you love.

In His glory and much love,


Monday, November 27, 2017

Handmade Christmas 2017: Joy to Light Up Your World using Concord & 9th and Chibitronics

  Joy is an emotion that a lot of people struggle with, so I wanted to create a design that was simple.  Joy is not the same as happiness or excitement.  Joy is what loving memories are made of.  Joy is created when you take the time to slow down and immerse yourself in the moment, taking stock of those you love and those that love you.  Joy is a gift from our Triune God and it persists through pain or lonliness or grief.  Christmas is celebrated by many different traditions and cultures around the world, but what links them together is the gift that was made available through the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ.  That, if nowhere else, is where our Joy can be found and embraced. 
   Yes, it lights up!  How fun is that!  Todays project is a light up using vellum in order to let a little more light show through and it's so pretty.  I've been having so much fun using the Chibitronics circuit builder set because it really is easy and allows you to create such fun and interactive cards.  I chose Teal and Gold for this card because I wanted to do a mix between traditional and festive with the colors and they look great together.  Here is the link to the video on my YouTube channel showing you step by step how to recreate this card at home or, better yet, take your own spin on it.  My supplies are listed below.

Concord & 9th Joy S&D
DCWV Shimmer stack
Delicata Golden Glitz ink
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die
Chibitronics set
3M Foam tape
Versamark ink
Simon Says Stamp Ultrafine Antique Gold EP
Neenah Classic Cream cardbase
White cardstock

Thanks for stopping by!  Let me know if you have any questions (about cards or Jesus ;) )

Merry CHRISTmas,

Friday, November 24, 2017

Handmade Christmas 2017: Scraps and Die Cuts

 As you may have noticed, there's no stamping in todays cards.  It's all scrap papers and die cuts so we not only use up otherwise unusable excess, but also give ourselves a creative stretch.  I have all sorts of different papers in these cards; glitter, foil, patterned paper, wood veneer, velvet and shimmer.  To add interest and flair, mix up your finishes.  Varying the textures also gives depth and dimension to the finished product.  You also want to pay attention to widths.  Place wide pieces next to skinny pieces so that you draw the eye and add interest.  You can make these any size too.  I went with the standard 4.25" x 5.5", but the size is only limited by the length of your scraps.  This technique also works for absolutely any occasion and it's perfect for guy cards.  I have strips as thin as 1/8" and as wide as 3/4".  I used my paper trimmer to cut strips down and trim off any torn or crooked edges.  Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supplies are listed below.
DCWV papers
  • glitter
  • foil
  • shimmer
ARC wood veneer paper
MemoryBox Snowflake Border die
Simon Says Stamp Merry Christmas die
Simon Says Stamp Christmas Blessings die
Neat & Tangled Happy Holidays die
Sizzix TH Alterations Reindeer Flight die
Stick-It sheet adhesive
Tombow Mono Multi glue
Snowflake dies
White cardstock, cut to 4.25x5.5"
Neenah Cream cardbases
 I hope you're enjoying some creative time and get the opportunity to give yourself a creative stretch to try this technique out.  It's really easy and a great way to create quick yet beautiful cards and use up some leftovers in the process.

Merry CHRISTmas and much love,

Monday, November 20, 2017

Handmade Christmas 2017: Gerda Steiner and Chibitronics Light Up Rudy

 Please forgive my thumb in the photo; I didn't have another way of demonstrating the fact that Rudy's nose lights up.  And it's the point of the card and video, so it was kind of important.  I've had a box of Chibitronics sitting in my studio since last Christmas that I never got around to playing with but I'll be honest, building electronic circuits was intimidating.  However, all the instructions and easy to follow blueprints make it really simple and fun.  I made three for the series this year only because I ran out of batteries.
I had the Peeking Friends stamp set from Gerda Steiner designs and my idea was to create a scene with Rudolph and Santa peeking in a window.   I also had an alcohol ink background that reminded me of a night galaxy sky.  Things were starting to take shape.  I dug out the window die I knew I had somewhere; add the glowing nose and all that was left to do was put everything together.  Here is the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supplies are listed below.  Here is the link to the video with the alcohol ink background.

Gerda Steiner Designs Peeking Friends stamp set
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Bristol Smooth cardstock
ARC Cherry Veener paper
Mama Elephant Creative Cuts Peek A Frame
Stick It Sheet Adhesive
3M Foam tape
White cardstock
Alcohol Inks
Staz-On Cotton White ink
Neenah Classic Cream cardstock
Hero Arts Acetate
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle (2.75"x4")
Rudolph: E17, 19; E23, 25, 27; R27, 37, 39, 20; C6
Santa: E00, 50, 51; R27, 37, 39; C0, 00, CB

I hope you have a wonderfully creative and happy Christmas season!

For His glory and much love,

Friday, November 17, 2017

Handmade Christmas 2017: Easy Watercolor cards with Koi and Fine-Tec Metallics

 It's the fourth post in my Handmade Christmas 2017 series and I have 4 easy watercolor cards that are perfect for mass production.  I used 1 stamp set, 3 watercolor palettes and 1 sheet of 9x12 watercolor paper.  You don't have to be a master watercolor artist to make these cards.  If you can move a brush from side to side, you can make these.  Easy peasy. I wanted to keep products to a minimum by using them in different combinations on each card so that you get variety without needing/using tons of different things.

Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supplies are listed below.

Supplies (used in each card):
Canson XL 140 lb Coldpress watercolor paper
Hero Arts SD412 stamp set
Archival Jet Black ink
Koi Pocket Feild Sketch watercolor palette
Silver Black Velvet brushes
Green tree on red mat:
Green tree on Gold mat:
Blue wash on Gold mat
Blue/Bronze on Red mat

 I hope you enjoyed todays post and video.  Watercolors are really quite forgiving and these are a really easy way to get your feet wet ;)  Merry Christmas!

For His glory and much love,

Moody Blues Unicorn Spinner with Alcohol Ink Background

 Hello!  I hope your 2018 is off to a good start.  I have been playing with Alcohol Inks and coloring a lot of Moody Unicorns by Gerda Ste...