Sunday, 7 September 2014

More birthday wishes...

What a happy, crafty day!
There's something about creating that is so satisfying.  Plus I took the dog on an ├╝ber-long walk, so he is happy, too...
One last card, for two different challenges:
The One-layer Simplicity Challenge theme for September is "It's Hip to be Square."

And Color Me...! has a monochromatic theme of Daffodil yellow plus neutral.
 I went with a square card, and used the giant birthday candles from The Stamps of Life to create a square frame.
The candles are a two-step stamp, using grey (neutral), and I coloured the flames with Copic markers.

Did some doodling to frame it all, and then decided the sentiment in the middle needed a little extra something, so I added some yellow Distress ink (Scattered Straw) over top, with a diagonal stencil from My Favorite Things.
Kinda bright and cheery, and ONLY ONE LAYER (shockers!).

Have a creative week,

Seizing the linky frog by the neck...

 Second post: creating a new URL so I can link up this B&W card to
Black & White is the option this week.

 Details on supplies can be found on my previous post HERE
Love The Stamps of Life for simple, graphic images.


Seizing some Awesomeness...

Enjoying some crafty time, today, and playing with some new supplies.
Here's the design from Freshly Made Sketches this week. Lots of potential with this one!
I purchased this awesome set from My Favorite Things, along with the matching dies; SO cool! They will come in handy for sending "missing you" cards to my three geeky & cheeky boys this year (Amy Tsuruta, you NEED this set!).
Here's what I made:
And, another birthday card for Seize the Birthday, this time using the "toppings" option of B&W:
Candles4birthdays stamp set from The Stamps of Life.
I thought those polka-dot candles looked awesome in black & white. Like a vintage cartoon. Stamping the sentiment on vellum avoided hiding the flames.
Off to enjoy some time outside on this sunny day!
Happy crafting,

Awesome card:
Cardstock in Thistle and White Daisy, gold dot washi tape, Smokey Plum ink: CTMH. 
Gold paper: Paper Wishes
Vellum: Michael's
Gold enamel dots: My Mind's Eye
Gold Stickles glitter glue: Ranger.
Happy Birthday card:
White Daisy card-stock, Black Archival ink: CTMH
Black textured card-stock: Wausau Paper
Copic markers: C1, C3, C5,C7; atyouSpica pen
Signo-Uniball silver pen
Vellum: Michael's
foam tape

Friday, 5 September 2014

Seize the Birthday {and make a wish!}

Hey crafty peeps. Long time, no blog!
Still adjusting to the empty nest, learning to love my DH all over again, and CLEARING OUT THE MESS left behind by those fledglings...
But! September is a birthday heavy-month for our family, so here's the first of several BD cards.
I'm sending this one in to:
Seize the Birthday's "anything goes" . The actual challenge this week is to use black & white--may try one of those later.
Anyway, today's card uses the awesome technique of water-coloring with embossing folders.
Ink up the embossing folder, spritz with pearlized water, then place your watercolor paper or card-stock inside the folder, and press.  I used Distress ink minis for this one, and Paper Wishes' wonderful dandelion embossing folder.
Inked up the edges with some sponged Tumbled Glass and Crushed Olive ink.
The sentiment is a new die set from the Stamps of Life.  The set includes the words as well as a shadow die.  I used vellum for the shadow, to make the sentiment distinct from the background, but without hiding all that watercolor goodness.
Here's a close-up:
I created perfectly matching letters by inking white card-stock with the Crushed Olive ink.
Final look:
Inside of the card says "make a wish."

Happy weekend!

Watercolor paper & vellum--Michael's
Card-stock in Twilight and White Daisy, CTMH
Distress inks in Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Forest Moss and Tumbled Glass.
Ranger Perfect Pearls powder; mister
foam tape 
Liquid Glass
Wink of Stella glitter pen

Monday, 25 August 2014

Cutting Edge blog hop!

  Paulina of Pretty Pink Posh is doing it again:
Hosting an awesome blog-hop.
This time, the theme is using dies.
 I'm just back from two week's holiday, then a rushed few days getting all my "men" back to school. So I'm my card-making muscles are a little out of shape.
Thankfully, dies make a great impact without a lot of work.
I used several dies from Lil'Inker Designs:
  • Stitched rectangle dies for the card border
  • Thanks word die
  • "seriously" word die.
I also used a border die from My Favorite Things.  I bought it second-hand, so not sure of the name. 

The card-stock is "Smoothie," a yummy colour from Close to My Heart. The matching washi tape, which forms the upper border, is also CTMH.  I cut the "Thanks" die from some white card-stock, coloured silver with  Ranger Distress Stain in brushed pewter. Gives a nice shimmer.  A few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and Calico Studio finish off this simple card.
Almost forgot to include the photo of the inside:
 How awesome is that word-die from Lil'Inker? Seriously!
This card is destined for our neighbours, who hosted a seriously awesome barbeque this past weekend. Made me glad I'm not a vegetarian...

Head on over to the PPP blog, to see some of the great entries.  The link closes at 11:59 tonight.
Happy crafting,

Monday, 28 July 2014

Love & Cherish...

Here's a fun and funky wedding card I made for our cousin's daughter, who will be getting married this coming weekend. First of the cousins of my kids' generation to "get hitched!" We're all excited to attend the celebration.
I worked three challenges:
Colour scheme from "Colour Me...#30"
Card design from Freshly Made Sketches #146

Here's the close-up:
I stamped some sweet sentiments from Paper Smooches' "We Connect" stamp set onto the card base in the challenge colours and softened that with a vellum over-lay. Some strips of washi tape in Smoothie and gold provide the horizontal elements. The black-board panel uses white heat-embossed words from the same stamp set, along with a gold die-cut ampersand. The black & gold embossed sentiment strip is from Paper Wishes.  For some final (pretty subtle) detail, I used a Heidi Swapp stencil to apply some more hearts with clear embossing paste.
Busy weekend--not sure I'm in time to link up to the challenges, but I had fun playing!

Happy crafting, 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Watercoloring with embossing folders

I saw this totally beautiful technique on Heather Telford's blog. She includes links to examples by other crafters as well as the original YouTube tutorial. Check them out!

Anyway, the idea is to smear ink onto the raised part of an embossing folder, spray with water or glimmer mist to make the ink very runny, then slap some paper on, close the folder and simply press...

I used up quite a bit of watercolor paper experimenting. Each panel was unique and made a beautiful card, even if I didn't QUITE follow the instructions right the first time.

First up:  What happens if you run it through your die-cutting machine/embosser. Pretty, but you don't get the full effect of the white design.
Next: version #2 using some grey Smooch Spray as the mister. Pretty but puddle-y!
Version #3: Best of this color-way.
Tried some different color combinations and different embossing folders:
And my favorite:
I used a mini-mister filled with Perfect Pearls powder and water to spray these, and they have a lovely sheen in real life. I used Distress Inks which blend well with water. Final tip: the wetter, the better.

Give this technique a try; it's addictive!
Happy crafting,