Friday, January 20, 2017

Congratulations President Trump...

In honor of President Trump taking the oath of office and VP Pence (a fellow Hoosier!!!) here are a few patriotic cards I made because I'm proud to be an American and happy to live in this wonderful country.

God Bless us All!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hand Carved Stamps

In December I saw a fun post on facebook from a lady that hand carves stamps.  She was doodling on one of the stamps she carved (a moose) and it looked so cool I just had to have one for myself! So I went in search of and found her shop on Etsy... hoffeeandanuffin

Of course when I got to her shop I couldn't just stop at the moose....

In addition to the darling moose I also picked up a fun little sewing machine, owl, moustache (that looks great on the moose and owl) and that nifty granny square!  

I've already used the granny square on an upcoming post for Imagine and it turned out great! I can't wait till I can share it with you all. 

I also had her make an "Ink Stains" stamp that I'm going to use on the back of cards and tags. The photo isn't the best but you get the idea.  It is amazing in person.  

So, if you're in the market for some fun new stamps be sure to check her out...I'm sure you'll be as tickled with them as I am.  OH and in case you're, I'm not getting paid to share her site...she doesn't even know I'm doing so.  I just love to pass on great product info when I can.  

Have an inky day my friends!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2017 Technique Calendar - April

Just like the old wives' tale, Indiana in April really does have showers...lots and lots of them which is why I chose this textured technique for today's calendar page.

I wish you could see and feel this in person.
It's not only fun to make but there are real layers there that just beg to be touched.

You'll need to gather your supplies before hand because you have to work quickly while the glue is wet.  You need: tissue of some sort roughly 3-4x the size of your calendar page, white glue that dries clear, spray ink or other liquid colorant, and if desired micro beads, glitter or other add-in.  You'll also want a pair of gloves if you don't want to have ink-stained fingers ;)

Crumble the tissue multiple times to break down
the fiber and create lots of wrinkles.

Pour a good amount of white, clear drying glue onto your calendar page.
Spread the glue out over the page - don't worry if you have lots of extra glue.
It will get used in the next step.

No in between pics sorry - my fingers were all inky & glued.

Working quickly, spread the glue over the entire surface of your page, smoosh the tissue into the glue soaking it through. Immediately spray with one or more colors of ink and massage into the tissue.  While the glue is still wet, gently push the soggy tissue paper around trying to push all of the paper onto the page.  As you do so you will begin creating layers of tissue and color that really won't be visible until the tissue has dried.

While the glue is still wet, sprinkle on any additives.
In this case I used clear micro beads and a micro bead/glitter mix.

These beads are so much fun!
Now let the page dry.

I made a few "rain drops" and dots to add to embellish the page using Pico Embellishers. Unfortunately the lighter blue raindrops blended in so well with the spray inks that they didn't show up so I ended up not adding them to the page.

 Add the calendar and any additional embellishments you desire.

These are just a few pics trying to show you the texture
and dimension created by the glue/tissue.

Now it's your turn!
Have fun gettin' inky!


Imagine - Fireworks! Spray - Bahama Blue, Sky Blue, Danube Blue; irRESISTible Pico Embellisher -  Danube Blue
Glue, Micro Beads, Tissue

Monday, January 16, 2017

All Over Stamping!

The challenge this week at "Just Us Girls" Challenge is All Over Stamping.  I love this technique - it is so much fun to just stamp and stamp and stamp. It's like a guilt free cookie of the stamping world ;)  LOL!!

This weekend I decided to give it a go using the long card lo... 3.75" x 8.5" and I not only "all over stamped" my card panel but I all over stamped the teal card base too!  I added some Shimmer Pico Embellisher to the dragonfly wings and flowers for just a pop of glitter.


Club Scrap: Color Me Happy Kit, Stamps, Paper
Imagine - Memento Dye Ink - Bamboo Stalk, Cantaloupe, LuLu Lavender; VersaFine Onyx Black Ink; Shimmer Pico Embellisher

Friday, January 13, 2017

Anything Goes!

Yes, that's right...this month's challenge over at Just For Fun Rubber Stamps is Anything Goes!!  You don't even have to use a JFF stamp to participate.  If you stamp ANYTHING in the month of January you're good to go - simply post a photo and link here: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps January Challenge and you'll be entered to win a Gift Certificate to the JFF Store.  Doesn't get much easier than that!

Here are a few cards to get you in the stamping mood....

Now go stamp something!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Welcome Baby Radiant Neon Tag

This year Imagine is going to feature a different color each month...January's color is Wintergreen.  I decided to spice it up a bit and create my own wintergreen color by layering Radiant Neon Electric Green and Electric Blue creating this amazing Electric Wintergreen!!

I then used that color as the foundation for a baby tag (and the heart on the onsie) I made for a gift for a friend. 

For complete instructions see: Welcome Little Ones

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Color Me Happy Clipboard Collage

Happy Wednesday!

Hope you have all had a super week up till now. We had a wicked weather day yesterday ~ fog, snow, sleet, ice, rain all in the course of a single day so I skipped work and played with this month's Club Scrap kit for January - Color Me Happy!

Last month if you recall I made a Shades of Winter "clipboard collage" project that CS had introduced at their retreat last year.  I had so much fun with it at the time I decided then and there that I would create a new collage every month with the new kit.  

Here is this month's collage....

I LOVE this's full of blues and greens with a hint of brown. Surprisingly enough I even like the yellow and oranges that are on some of the prints. They aren't the kind that over power...they just sort of hang around and look great together.

I made a few vellum stamped dragonflies to float around the collage...

and one really big one to make a statement.
Such a fun project, I can't wait to make more!


Color Me Happy Club Scrap Deluxe Kit

Memento Dew DropMemento Marker
Memento Dye Ink; Memento Dual Tip Markers


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2017 Texture Calendar - March

Welcome back to the next installment of our Texture Calendar!  I am so excited about today's texture we're going to create...mainly because it fits March perfectly.

Today's texture is a combination of gesso and embossing powder 
with a little help from a heat tool.  
Let's go!

Paint your foundation black (or other desired color).

Secure your calendar page and stencil to your work surface.

Cover the page/stencil with gesso.

Quickly remove the stencil and place the calendar page in an embossing pan, 
on a paper plate or other container to catch the excess powder.

Sprinkle with a combination of Gold and Verdigris powders.
The still wet gesso will hold the powders in place.

Shake off excess and begin heating.

As the wet gesso and embossing powders warm, they will both begin to bubble up creating an amazing texture.  If you look closely you can see this texture begin to form.

A couple different views of the texture created...

It really is stunning in person - the combination of the raised gesso paired with the bubbled up gesso/embossing powder creates a very dimensional texture that can be used on virtually any foundation material.  I especially like to use this technique on vintage's got a great look when you use copper or bronze EP for a very steampunk feel.


Deco Art - Gesso, Black Acrylic Paint
Imagine - Embossing Powders - Gold, Verdigris
Club Scrap - Stencil
Heat Tool, Chipboard

Friday, January 6, 2017

Welcome Baby Boy Blue Card

A friend of the boys who used to bale hay for us has grown up and is expecting his first child with his wife.  I wanted to make a nice card to send with a welcome gift and this is what I came up with...

Their baby is a boy btw ;)  They already have a name picked out and everything.  Anyway, this is what I made.  The die-cuts are from MFT as is the stencil (I think).

I inked up a piece of cardstock using 3 shades of Memento Dye Ink and a Sponge Dauber.

Here you can see the ink gradation in progress.

I thought the sparklie paper would be a fun touch
after all, everything is better with a bit of glitter ;)

I die-cut the goodies, stamped and inked accordingly
then arranged them on the card.

The word baby was inked with the Paris Dusk then a layer of Sparkle Pico Embellisher was applied over top so it has a nice sparkle to it IRL.  I sure hope they like it!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017 Texture Calendar - February

Today we're going to play with one of my favorite....hmmm - it's not really a tool but it's technically a medium either.  How about let's call it an embellishment and that would be TAPE!  I love to play with tape and I have ALL sorts - everything from regular old masking tape, painters tape, duck tape, washi tape, drywall tape, vintage mailing tape, scotch tape, gummed tape and more. I have a bit of an obsession as you can tell ;)

So today I'm going to show you two different techniques to create texture using tape.

The first technique I used plain old every day masking tape.

Tear it into bits

Pick a starting point and start covering your project.

Add layer after layer until you are satisfied with the results.

Here is what mine looked like once I finished adding the tape.
As you can see the various layers create a beautiful depth and dimension.

You could use it as is but I like to add ink to highlight all of that dimension and texture.

I am using the Delicata Quad (metallic ink).

It's got silver, gold, bronze and copper all with a bit of metallic shimmer.
I wish you could see it in person as it has an amazing look on the tape.

Again, you could use it as is but I went ahead and added a bit of stamping here and there just for the heck of it.  I'm going to save this piece for a Steampunk card that I'll finish up later on.

The next technique is also laying of tape but I used a different type of tape ~ washi tape.
I am also applying the tape in a different manor.

For this technique I am tearing the tape into 1/2" - 1" pieces which I stick down to the cardstock - not necessarily overlapping the previous piece of tape but more so covering the white cardstock.  This technique doesn't build as much touchable, dimensional texture as the previous technique created. It is more a visible faux texture and depth because most washi tapes are translucent.  

As you apply multiple pieces of tape to your project the underlying layers will still be visible to some degree.  It really is quite amazing to look at once you're finished.  It doesn't show up real great in the picture but the faux texture and dimension is there.

So, some washi tape doesn't always stay stuck down...some not at all.
To solve that problem I like to apply a layer of Creative Medium over the panel.
I just use my fingertip but you could use a brush if you so choose.

I added a few die-cuts in the same fashion.

And here is my finished calendar page for February!