Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lone Tree Sunset

To create this sky I started at the bottom and sponged on the the following colors of Ranger Distress Ink in the order listed here: squeezed lemonade, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry, festive berries, shaded lilac, broken china, chipped sapphire.

Next the Just For Fun - Lone Tree image is stamped with Memento - Tuxedo Black ink, I then lined up my torn paper mask to the ground portion of the image covering the sky and extended the ground area by rubbing the ink pad directly onto the paper. 

I then tore scrap paper like you see below and sponged on cloud formations and note the second from the top clouds were sponged after using the mask with red ink on it which was used lower on the panel so even though I used sapphire ink to sponge this cloud, it picked up the red from the paper to create the highlight of red on in the cloud.

Other tools: Memory Box - Texture stencil, Perfect Paper Crafting tools for cutting borders, Cuttlebug Tiny Tags die to create the faux brads (they are attached with Aleene's tacky glue and covered with Aleene's Paper Glaze)

Paper: DMD Inc. large groove red, The Paper Man black, Bazzill deep yellow

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Glam Girl - Penny

The challenge this week for SweetStamps is Anything Goes.  Upload to the challenge blog and you'll be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to the store.

This month SweetStamps released their own line of Art Stencils and they have some great designs that you won't find anywhere else.  I used the Rounded Squares on this card.

Copic markers: skin - E13,11,02,01, glasses - Copic Multiliner 0.3, lenses - C5,3,1, boots - C10,8,7,6,5, backpack - C8,7,6, hat - C8,7,6,5,1, hair - C9,7,6, B32, top and skirt - R39,37,32,C10, background dot technique - B24,23,21
Tools: Scor-Pal for line embossing, Perfect Paper Crafting - Perfect Layers Mini, Perfect Cutting Mat for 1/16" black border using a craft knife

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Blackboard Happiness

I made this card for the monthly technique challenge on the SweetStamps blog - Blackboard Technique.

 I followed a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers but changed it up a little due to my ink pad going dry.  I just rubbed the pad directly onto the black cardstock.  The sentiment is heat embossed.

I made the chalk by applying glue to tissue paper and rolling it up.  The eraser is two layers of grey cardstock faux stitched then I debossed the stitch lines and also distressed the edges.  Both of these and the numbers are attached with Aleene's tacky glue.

The flower is colored with Copics: flower-YR16,Y38,59,56, E29,27,25, R89,59,56, stem and leaf - G27,28,24,21,20, pot - E09, 08,07,04 

Ink: Brilliance - Moonlight White for the chalk effect, Memento - Tuxedo Black for image, VersaMark for embossing

Paper: Beckett Expressions - Radiance for flower, My Mind's Eye - woodgrain cardstock, black and burgundy from a local stamp store (Paper Hollow) and she doesn't know the company name 

 Tools: Sizzix - alphabet and number dies, Perfect Paper Crafting - Perfect Layers Mini to cut the burgundy borders using the Perfect Cutting Mat and craft knife, Tonic paper perforator for distressing the eraser

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wedding Card

This card is for the SweetStamps - Wedding challenge.  Join in the challenge and post your card to the company blog to be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to the online store.

This is a quick and easy card to create using shimmer cardstock, gems and embossing powder with a touch of glitter.

Images: SweetStamps
Paper: Recollections - pink shimmer, unknown silver and white shimmer
Accessories: Forever in Time - tiny gems, Hero Arts - flower gem, Globecraft & Piccolo - Siam Silver embossing powder, VersaMark ink. foam tape
Tools: Spellbinder - scallop die, Perfect Layers Mini from Perfect Paper Crafting for borders

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Today's first card is featuring the Poppy image and Live Out Loud sentiment from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps and the flower and background was colored with Gelatos - color names are  flower - Red Cherry, Bubble Gum, Guava, Lavender, Earl Grey, background - Tangerine, Mango, Lemon.  These were applied to watercolor paper and blended with water and brush for the flower and a wet wipe for the background.

The embossing was created by applying Golden Gel Mediums paste which dries quickly so I clean the stencil and knife (I use a frosting knife), come back and place the stencil over the pattern and add color with Ranger Distress Ink Shaded Lilac.  The stencil is made by The Crafter's Workshop and I used just portions of it.

The SweetCuts - Flutterfly dies are from SweetStamps and colored with Copic markers: C10, 7, YG18,16,15,14, BV17,13,11.  It is attached to the card with thin foam tape to the bottom of the body and Aleene's tacky glue at the top.

Paper: unknown watercolor paper, Beckett Expressions for butterfly under layer and Coordinations for outline layer and purple borders, Basic Grey designer paper, Die Cute With a View - card base.

Ink: StazOn - Jet Black for card images, Memento - Tuxedo Black for envelope poppy image

Tools: Spellbinder - border die, Perfect Paper Crafting - Perfect Layers for cutting borders

Accessories: EK Success - Stickos to decorate the border die

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Brushed Wildflowers

I used the acrylic block watercolor technique for this background: rub the ink pad on the acrylic block, mist with water and place on the watercolor paper.  I repeated the step twice using all colors.  Once you're happy with the look, let dry then stamp on the silhouettes. And keep in mind every paper will react differently.

The banner was created by cutting the width of the paper first.  Slip only one end into the punch from the back and punch the end, repeat on the opposite end.  Very easy and it gives you a chance to make any length of banner needed. If you don't have a banner punch try using a square punch on the end, it's what I used before I acquired this one.
When I attached the banner to the card I glued (Aleene's tacky glue) it directly to the card base on the right end and placed a piece of foam tape on the left end.  This gives it a wavy look. 

Image: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps: Brushed Wildflowers, Sentiments 1

Ink: Ranger Distress Ink: forest moss, crushed olive, squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, spiced marmalade (streaked through the yellows), tumbled glass, salty ocean, black soot was rubbed on the edges of the banner
StazOn - Jet Black for image

Stampin Up - banner punch,
Spellbinder - border die,
Perfect Paper Crafting - Perfect Layers Mini to cut 1/16" and 1/8" borders, Scor-Pal for double line embossing

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Yellow Daisies

This week's challenge on the SweetStamps blog is embossing, I used the Gel Mediums paste and Cross My Flower stencil to raise the white area.  The gel dries quickly so after I cleaned the stencil I placed it back over the embossed patten, added adhesive then sprinkled a pinch of Aged White enamel and poured the full Micro White enamel over all and heat embossed.  The Aged White was also sprinkled over the sentiment panel without adhesive and heated from the back.

Before embossing the panel was colored with Gelatos watercolor paper which was blended with a wet wipe. 

Copic markers for coloring: YG68,Y38,17,19,18, G99,94,85,82, E29,27,25,23

Memento markers: Tuxedo Black for coloring the edge of the cut out flowers, leaves and stems, Tangelo for coloring the edge of the dark orange panel

Aleene's tacky glue and foam tape were used to attach the flowers, Xyron tape runner and foam tape to attach the sentiment panel

Perfect Layers Mini from Perfect Paper Crafting was used to cut the 1/8" dark orange border

Border design is cut from a Spellbinder die

Paper: unknown textured white and watercolor, Basic Grey - dark orange designer paper, Bazzill - green, Beckett Expressions - Radiance for flowers

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Masculine Birthday

This week's challenge on the SweetStamps blog is Masculine Birthday and this is my addition to the challenge.

I used a Globecraft and Piccolo Weathervane accent covered with Vintage Black enamels as my focal point for the card.

The background sky created with Ranger Distress Inks, masking and sponging.  The cloud template can be found under tutorials in the right sidebar of this blog.

The barn was cut from My Mind's Eye wood-grain paper with a silver shimmer cardstock cut to create the tin roof which is glued on with Aleene's tacky glue.  The wood-grain is colored on the edge with marker and popped up with foam tape so the weathervane bookboard accent slips under the panel.

Perfect Paper Crafting tools:  Perfect Layers Mini 1/16" and 1/4" rulers were used for the mats.  The Perfect Ruler worked great for cutting the thin shimmer cardstock for the tin roof and all were cut on the Perfect Cutting Mat using a craft knife.

The Crafter's Workshop Chicken Wire stencil and distress ink was used to add the print on the Basic Grey background and insert.

I couldn't find the correct color of designer paper for my cross panel so I sponged on Festive Berries to change the white to red...a perfect country plaid!

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store:
Distress Ink - Aged Mahogany