Monday, May 30, 2016

Inky Rainbows

Hello!  I had been seeing the PTI Rainbows and Sunshine kit all over Instagram and couldn't wait to play with it!  This is one of two cards I created with it; the other will make an appearance shortly ;)  We have ink blending, heat emboss resist, die cuts and vellum.  It may sound involved, but it's really simple and lots of fun!  Here is the link to the video on my YouTube channel and the supply list is below.  As always, I'd love to know what you think and answer any questions you have.

Papertrey Ink Sunshine and Rainbows card kit
Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock
Doodlebug Kraft in Color cardstock stack
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die set
White glitter cardstock
SU Vellum
Stick-It Adhesive sheets
VersaMark ink
Momento Tuxedo Black ink
Simon Says Stamp inks: Hot Mama, Blue Jay, Duckling and Hollyhock
Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins in 4mm and Clear Droplets in 4mm and 6mm

See you next time!

Much love,

Friday, May 27, 2016

Beautiful Blossoms for Tupelo Designs LLC

 Hi there!  Todays card features a new release from Newtons Nook: Beautiful Blossoms.  I love the graphic design and bold lines of this set and paired it with a stencil and ink blending to add texture and, of course, color!  I don't think I can make a card without color ;)  Anyway... lets get started!

Supplies: (* denotes items supplied to me by Tupelo Designs LLC)
*Newtons Nook Beautiful Blossoms
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink
*Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die
*Cosmic Shimmer Blending Inks in Ocean Blue and Lilac Whisper
Clarity Brushes
Tombow Mono Multi glue
Blue Violet cardstock
Casual Fridays "You" die
Pretty Pink Post 4mm Sparkling Clear Sequins
Little Things Sugar Plum Sequins
Ranger Foil in Brights
Foam dots 

Start with a 4.25" by 5.5" panel of Neenah white cardstock and run it through the Big Shot with the largest of the Wonky Stitches frame dies.  Place stencil over the panel and tape down.  Using one of the brushes, blend Ocean Blue over the top right corner and down along the right side and the Lilac Whisper along the left edge.  Blend the two colors together over the top left and bottom right corners of the panel.  I used circular motions with my brush, holding it towards the end of the barrel; this will give you less control, but a lighter hand resulting in a smoother blend as it gets towards the middle and disappears.
The next step is the stamping.  Using my MISTI, I stamped the rounded petal flower on the bottom right corner first using black pigment ink, then covered in embossing powder and heat to melt.  When heat embossing, let your gun run for 45 to 60 seconds before applying to your paper; it's the best way to avoid warping.  Stamp the same flower on a post it note or masking paper and trim out.  Place mask over the first flower and stamp the pointed petal flower and repeat the same steps for the second and third flower.  With the masks in place, stamp and emboss the leaf images.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment using the same process with one exception.  I masked off the "you" in the sentiment so that I could use the die cut instead.  To make the die cut, I added Stick-It adhesive to both sides of a scrap of cardstock that was large enough to use the die cut with.  I ran it through my Big Shot and removed the release paper from the front.  I added the purple foil over the adhesive, rubbed over it with my finger, and peeled off the foil.  Add adhesive to the back of the panel and adhere to the card base.  To complete the card, I adhered the die cut with foam dots and the sequins with liquid glue.   Our card is complete!
Thanks for hanging out with me today!  I hope you had fun and learned something new.  I'd be happy to answer any questions and be sure to let me know what you think.  See you next time!

Much love,

Sunday, May 22, 2016

It Moose Be Love...with Tupelo Designs LLC

Hello! Todays card is special for two reasons.  It's a Spinner card, which is cool by itself, but it's also my first post and video for Tupelo Designs LLC as a guest designer!  I'm quite excited about the opportunity!  We have stamping, Copic coloring, a bit of die-cutting and the spinner element, which is really simple (I promise).  Below I've listed my supplies and here is the link to my YouTube channel to watch the video :)  Feel free to like, comment and subscribe; I love to know what you guys think!  I've noted below which supplies were furnished by Tupelo and what is from my stash, but rest assured that I am always honest with my opinions. 

Supplies (* denotes DT item)
*Mint Owl Studio Ice Cream You Scream
*Mint Owl Studio I Moose You
Momento Tuxedo Black ink
Crafters Companion Spectrum Noir cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Lawn Fawn Circle die
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die
MTF Scalloped Circle die
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
Altenew Crisp Dye Ink in Cotton Candy
Clarity Brushes
Copics: E00, 02, 31, 35, 37, 47; BG01, 10, 15; RV04, 21, 23; R20, 37; Y02, 11; YG41; B23, 32; G00; C1, 3.
Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen
1 Penny
Foam adhesive
Doodlebug Sugar Shoppe 6x6 paper pack
Fun Foam

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Much love,

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Love Everyday - Mixed Media Canvas

Welcome back! Todays project is a mixed media canvas, complete with my first video! This project was a lot of fun to put together, has several different textures and finishes and I love the colors.  The stencils and peacock die cut are from Infinity Engravings and were supplied to me to have fun and create with as a member of their Design Team, but be sure that my opinions are always true and honest.  Here is the link to my YouTube channel:

Supply List:
Infinity Engraving die cuts and stencil

Oval Canvas 9"x12"
Tim Holtz Melange Tissue Wrap
Prima Art Basics Soft Matte Gel
Dylusions Acrylic Paints in Vibrant Turquoise and London Blue
Dina Wakely Heavy Body Acrylic in Blackberry Violet
Ranger Foil in Brights
Cosmic Shimmer flake and glitter glue
Versamark Ink
Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder
Wendi Vecchi Studio 490 Translucent Embossing Paste
Turquoise glitter
Glitter Ritz Cool Highlight glitter
Faber-Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel
28 Lilac Lane Embellishments in Winter Blues, On Lilac Lane and Party On
Ranger Glossy Accents
Elizabeth Crafts Silk Microfine Glitter in Fire Opal
Wild Orchid Crafts paper roses
E 6000 glue

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments and I'll be happy to answer them the best I can and as always, I'd love to know what you think!

Much love,

Monday, May 9, 2016

Summer is Coming...

Hey guys!  It may be only the second week of May, but I can't wait for the warm temperatures, sunny breezes and days at the lake to get here.  I am enjoying the sounds of spring, the heady scents of Lilacs, Hyacinths and Apple Blossom trees, as well as the welcome colors of Tulips, Daffodils and Crocuses.  Todays project has a summer theme and utilizes chipboard die cuts to add dimension and color.
Obviously, this card was inspired by the ocean versus the lake, but you get the idea.  Relaxing warmth and sunshine!  Lets get started...
Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor paper (technique linked here)
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
iStencil wave
Studio 490 Translucent embossing paste
Glitter Ritz Stardust glitter
Nuvo Clear Crystal Drops
Seahorse and Conch chipboard die cuts from Infinity Engraving
Conch Shell: Dylusions Spray Ink in White Linen and Bubblegum Pink Mica
Seahorse: Dylusions Crushed Grape Regular and Mica, and Lindys Stamp Gang Royal Amethyst Fire
Distress Inks: Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, and Chipped Sapphire
Prima White Sand Texture Paste
Black Fun Foam
1/2" Scor-tape
Doodlebug Shin-dig Cardstock stickers in Swimming Pool
Doodlebug Jewels

Using the technique linked above, I make large 11" by 14" sheets of the background.  In this case, I used blues and turquoise shades.  I cut it down to size to use for backgrounds in my projects.  Starting with a 4.25 by 5.5 inch piece, I ran it through my Big Shot with the largest of the Wonky Stitches frame.  My next step was to lay my stencil over my background, tape it down with washi tape (or any low tack tape) and get ready to add my embossing paste.  I added the glitter to about 1/2 tsp of embossing paste and mixed together.  I smoothed it over the stencil, removed the stencil, set it aside to dry, and washed my stencil and palette knife.  If the paste is allowed to dry on the stencil or knife, it can ruin them.

While my background dried, I colored my chipboard die cuts.  I wanted a purple seahorse, so I started with Crushed Grape Dylusions and added the Mica version as well as the LSG.  Lindy's gives the most incredible shimmer you've ever seen.  For the Conch shell, I tried to go a little more natural, so I started with White Linen Dylusions spray and added Bubblegum Pink Mica; when that was dry, I topped it with Nuvo Clear Crystal Drops to give it a shiny, underwater look.  It did take over an hour for the shell to dry.

While the shell hung out and dried, I continued to build my card.  I wanted to add some depth, so I blended some Blueprint Sketch around the edges; from the halfway point down and along the bottom, without completely covering the white areas.  I was even more careful with the Chipped Sapphire because it's such a dark navy blue.  I added it to the bottom edge and corners.  To further create the ocean feel, I added Prima white sand texture paste along the bottom edge.

 I let the background dry overnight.  The watercolor paper had warped quite a bit, so I cut a piece of fun foam just smaller than the paper.  It's rigid enough to flatten out the panel.  I added scor-tape to both sides of the foam and attached it to the watercolor panel.  Next, I added Mermaid Lagoon to the top half of the cardbase and Blueprint Sketch to the bottom half and attached the foamed panel to the base.  The last thing to do was attach the die cuts, letter stickers and gems.  I used foam squares to attach the die cuts and liquid glue to attach the letter stickers.  The gems completed the card.
I had so much fun designing and creating this project and I hope you enjoyed it to.  Thanks for stopping by and hanging out with me today! Feel free to ask questions and let me know what you think.

Much love,

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Your Hearts Desire Blog Hop with Laura's Loft

Hey lovelies, welcome to the Your Hearts Desire blog hop with Laura's Loft.  We have tons of awesome projects to share with you, not to mention a giveaway, a killer 35% off sale at the shop and as always, $10 off a purchase of $75 or more from the shop, from 5/5/16 to 5/15/16.  I don't know about you, but I will be taking advantage of that wicked awesome sale!! :)  More details are at the bottom of my post.  You should arrived here from the delightful Deana's blog, but if you want to start from the top, here's our fearless leaders Laura's blog.

My first project I have to share was an experiment that turned out to be just awesome.  I was quite pleasantly surprised at how well the inks worked together and LOVE the contrast they created.
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Blue Violet cardstock
Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp set
Altenew Painted Inspirations stamp set
Altenew Shades of Purple ink set
Altenew Cool Summer Nights ink set

Delicata Golden Glitz ink pad
Post-It notes (for masking)
Scor-tape (or other adhesive)
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die set
Sizzix Inksheets in Gold
Sizzix Inksheets Transfer pad
VersaMark ink
WOW Gold Superfine EP
Stampin Up Tempting Turquoise cardstock

Peony Bouquet by Altenew is a layering stamp set.  That means that the image is built by layering each image over the previous one in a sequence.  Many come with instructions printed on the packaging, but they are all fairly simple to figure out.  You start with the lightest ink and work towards the darkest.  This card was a bit of an experiment because the gold ink I used is pigment ink and the purples are dye inks and I didn't know how the dye ink would sit over the pigment, but was pleasantly surprised as it turned out beautifully.

Start with Delicata Golden Glitz followed by Deep Iris and Midnight Violet, in that order.  Mask off the flower and stamp leaves in the following order: Ocean Waves, Dusk, and Desert Nights.  If desired, add smaller bloom off the original flower, using the same inks in the same order.  Run the piece through the die cut machine using the ink transfer sheet and pad- this allows you to use dies as if they were stamps.  I used the largest frame in the Wonky Stitches die set.  I used it once with the ink sheet and again as a die, so it gave a double stitched look, which I thought was really cool.  Then, I fussy cut along the edge of the bloom and leaves.  Set that aside for a minute while we stamp on the blue violet panel.  I added two gold outline peonies; I stamped a full one and masked it, then stamped a second one to look like it was behind the first one and underneath the white fussy cut piece.  I also added a gold leaf outline to line up with the stamped leaves on the white panel.  Before mounting them together, rub the gold ink pad over the edges of both panels and let dry for a few minutes.  The sentiment was stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with WOW Gold detail embossing powder.  I mounted the white corner piece flush with the corner of the blue panel.  Adhere to a turquoise card base and the card is complete.

This card was a lot of fun to create and gave me a chance to practice my Copic coloring.  It's a shaker in a little bit of a different style with the layered and inked vellum.  Let's get started.

Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
SU Vellum
DCWV Silver Glitter cardstock
Spectrum Noir cardstock (or other Copic friendly cardstock)
Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends stamp and die sets
Lawn Fawn Critters Ever After stamp and die sets
Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Border die set
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die set (I use this set of dies constantly)
Avery Elle Stamp Pocket
WRMK 3D Gemstone Embossing Folder
WRMK Fuse Tool
Momento Tuxedo Black
Design Creative Bling sequins in Glacial Bliss and Raspberry Crush
Little Things sequin mix in Iridescent White
Simon Says Stamp inks in Hot Mama and Blue Jay
Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink
Scor-tape - 1/4 and 1/2 inch widths

First, stamp and color the images on Copic friendly cardstock using a dye-based black ink.  I used Spectrum Noir cardstock and Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers.  I always stamp multiples of my images just in case.  Die cut all your images after they're colored and set aside.  Cut a panel of Neenah 4.25" by 5.5".  Using the largest of the Wonky Stitches frames, run through your die cutting machine.  Place the smaller of the frames, center it in the middle of the die cut panel and run it through again.  This will create a frame.  Place the frame in the embossing folder and run it through the machine.  Using an ink blending tool and SSS Blue Jay ink, add ink to the frame using a really light hand so that you can emphasize the texture added by the embossing folder and avoid any damage to the frame.  Lightly buff some Silvery Shimmer ink over the blue and set aside to dry (mine was dry in 10 minutes or so).  Plug in the Fuse tool; it takes about 15 minutes to get hot.  Grab a stamp pocket and turn the frame over to the back.  Line up the stamp pocket seam with the outside edge of the frame and mark where to add seams with the Fuse tool using a permanent marker.  I like to leave 1/4" allowance beside the seam of plastic to add my adhesive to so that the seams won't show in the finished product. After I mark where I want the seams, I trim off the excess stamp pocket outside the seam allowance and make one seam.  Add about 1/2 teaspoon of each sequin mix to the pouch- you don't want to over fill it so that it is too thick and the shaker bits don't have room to move around.  Add the final seam and shake around to make sure everything is sealed.  The worst thing is having everything put together and having sequins and shaker bits falling out! (Ask me how I know! Haha)

On to the vellum.  Using an ink blending tool, I inked the vellum about 3" high and 5" wide using the blue ink and cut the section off using scissors.  Repeat with Hot Mama.  Die cut each inked section with one of the Puffy Cloud dies and trim edges to fit behind the frame.  Using a scrap of vellum and the banner die from the Wonky Stitches set, I stamped the sentiment in black and die cut it.  Make a top folding card base and add the Blue Jay ink around the perimeter.  Now we are ready to assemble.  I like to dry fit everything together until I like it and take a picture with my phone as a reference.  When you're considering what ink colors to use, remember that the vellum will sheer out the color; it wont absorb into the paper is it would regular cardstock.  The ink will dry quickly, but it will sit on the surface and remain sheer so choose bold colors so that they will be visible in the finished card.

Trim a piece of silver glitter paper to fit the frame; this piece will serve as a background behind the shaker pouch.  Adhere to the card base.  Add 1/4" Scor-tape to the seam allowance on both sides of the shaker pouch and adhere to the silver background.  I worked from the bottom up on my card.  I added 1/4" Scor-tape to the edges of the blue vellum and adhered it to the frame.  Followed up by the pink, adhering it higher so that it looked like layers of colored clouds.  Don't worry about seeing the edges on the front; when you add the characters, you don't see them.  Add Scor-tape to the inner and outer edges of the frame and adhere it to the card base, over the shaker pouch.  The first image I added was the castle to the bottom right corner using foam tape.  The next was the dragon to the top left corner, tucking his butt just under the pink vellum cloud, also using foam tape.  The orange fairy went to the top right corner with clear foam squares.  The blue fairy was tucked into the left edge of the frame, with her feet under the edge of the blue cloud.  I used a clear square under her torso and a bit thicker foam square behind her head to give her dimension.  For the green fairy, I used foam tape and placed her at the bottom left corner.  Before I stuck her down I tucked the left edge of the banner under her, letting it lay across the castle.  I used a clear foam square under the right end and placed a silver foil die cut heart over the foam square to disguise it.  I added a couple more foil hearts for continuity around the rest of the card.  To finish up, I added clear Wink of Stella to the fairies and dragons wings, the dragons horns and spikes and flags over the castle.  Done!

I know the other artists in this hop have awesome projects too, so don't forget to leave some love on EVERY stop so that you'll be entered to win our sweet prize pack that I picked out myself (but that's a well guarded secret, so don't tell anyone ;)  Also, just a reminder that the ENTIRE shop is 35% OFF from 5/5/16 through 5/15/16 and the coupon code is $10off75. So just in case you don't win, you can pick up all those goodies and more for cheap!

Next up is Robbie's blog and just in case you get lost or want to visit again, the complete hop list is below.
1. Laura -
2. Deana Benson -
3. Jasmine Burgess - You're here!
4. Robbie Rubala -
5. Emma Hall -
6. Lisa -

Much love,

Monday, May 2, 2016

Glitter, Vellum, and Die Cuts, Oh My!

 Hey there! Todays post was created for the PIN-Sights Challenge over at Ellen Hutsons blog.  Their challenges make it easy; all they require is using Essentials by Ellen products and the inspiration board.  So I chose to use two of the colors from the mood board, purple and yellow and the Bohemian Flowers stamp and die set.  Lets get started!

Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Essentials by Ellen 40 lb Vellum
Stick-It Adhesive sheets
Crafters Companion Spectrum Noir cardstock
Doodlebug Daydream white cardstock, cut to 4.25" by 5.5" 
Essentials by Ellen Bohemian Flowers stamp and die sets
Momento Tuxedo Black
Copic Markers: Y00, 02, 06; V04, 09, 12; YG 03, 06, G05; C-1, C-5
Doodlebug Enamel dots
TH Sizzix Thinlit die (Flourish)
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die set
Hello die
Wink of Stella Clear Glitter brush pen
3M foam tape
Scrapbook Adhesives foam squares
Tombow Mono Multi glue

I started by stamping my flowers and leaves in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and color with Copic markers.  For the purple, I used V04, V09 and V12; Yellow: Y00, Y02, and Y06; Green: YG03, YG06 and G05; Gray: C-1 and C-5.  After I finished coloring, I die cut each shape using the coordinating dies.
For the Vellum panel, I adhered the vellum to a peice of Stick-It adhesive, then ran it through my Big Shot with the largest of the Stitched Rectangle dies.  I lined up the flourish die with the bottom right corner of the vellum panel and ran it through my Big Shot.  I removed the paper liner from the bottom right corner of the vellum piece and lined it up with the same corner of the glitter cardstock.  Once I had it lined up properly, I removed the rest of the paper liner and then ran it through the big shot back and forth a few times, just to make sure it was really stuck down.
I liked the look of the dandelion pod by itself laying across the bottom and adhered the flower to the stem with tape runner, then added foam squares to attach it to the card.  I used foam tape and foam squares to attach the other two flowers and leaves as well.  I used Tombow liquid glue to attach the hello die cut and put a few acrylic blocks over it to weight down while it dried.  To finish off the card, I added Wink of Stella to the purple flower and hello die cut as well as enamel dots to the center of the yellow and purple flowers, and finally, mounted the panel to a top-folding card base.

Thanks for hanging out with me today! I'm happy to answer any questions you might have and feel free to let me know what you think!

Much love,

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