Saturday, March 28, 2015

Hello, You

Hi all!  I just wanted to pop in quickly to share a new video tutorial that is now live over at my YouTube Channel!  I used some Distress Inks, and several products from Simon Says Stamp!  Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #102

Annnnddd, we are back for a new challenge for Lawnscaping!  Can you believe it, time is flyin' by so fast!!  So - do you like distressed projects - the look of them, the feel of them? This challenge is for you!  We invite you to pull out your Distress Inks and tools to make a project that has that distressed look.  Before I head into the details of my card - I also want to tell you that this challenge is sponsored by the one and only Lawn Fawn!  How awesome is that.  If you link up your project - you will have a change to win a $25 dollar gift certificate!  

OK - for my card I wanted to make a "pretty distressed" card - I don't make to many projects with a distressed look, but I like to have fun with it when I can.  So - I recently picked up the two newest Distress Ink colors - Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral.  These are beautiful inks!  And, the best property about these inks is they react with water - so I inked up my water color paper with these two colors, and then I took the diamond pattern from Argyle Backdrops, and I mounted my stamp on my block and then spritzed my stamp with water and stamped directly down onto my background. The ink wicks away and leaves that pattern into the ink!  Cool huh?!  One of my favorite techniques! I wanted my background to be the star of the show, so I kept the rest of the card simple.  I stamped "hello" from Capital Quinn ABC's and die cut it out using one of the Stitched Rectangle Stackables dies.  I slightly colored in the hello with a BG 11 Copic Marker and then I inked up the background with Old Paper distress ink and on the edges, Walnut Stain.  I did the same for the edges of the background piece.  Then, I wrapped some Lawn Trimmings twine around the main panel, and then adhered all the pieces together with foam adhesive and adhered it to my Chocolate Malt card base.

I hope this has inspired you to get inky and distress something!!  See you over at the gallery!!


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Card Collab with Christy from Christy Gets Crafty

Hi everyone!!  I have a fun and special post and video to share with all of you.  My sweetest and dear friend Christy from Christy Gets Crafty and I came together to do a card collaboration.  We used the stamp stamp set and color combination.  She chose the stamp set Gleeful Gardens from Lawn Fawn and I chose the color combination that we used.  I chose it from Pinterest.


I think these two combos worked well together!!  I got brave and decided to do some water coloring for my card.  When I saw the color combo picture, I immediately thought of water color.  So - that is what I tried my hand at.  I started die cutting my water color card stock from Tim Holtz with the largest of the Small Stitched Square frame dies from Lawn Fawn, and then I prepped my card stock with my embossing buddy powder bag for embossing.  I embossed all of my images with my Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, and heat set it with my heat tool.  Then, I used 5 Distress Ink colors to do my water coloring - Evergreen Bough, Worn Lipstick, Old Paper, Gathered Twigs, and Shabby Shutters.  If you watch the video you will see I had a lot of area to cover, but I think the end result turned out pretty well!  Once I was done with the water coloring, I sprayed my piece with Mister Huey's Shine Spray Mist and it gave it something extra and it didn't look so flat.  I then prepared the rest of my elements by die cutting a piece of pattern paper from an older 6x6 pad I had.  I used the Neopolitan 6x6 from Dear Lizzy. I die cut it using the Large Stitched Square frame and I created my card base from a piece of Butter Mints card stock.  I cut it down to 10 x 5 and scored it at 5 inches to create a square card. I adhered my pieces together and called it done!  

I enjoyed doing this collab with Christy.  She is a dear friend and such an amazing talent!!  I am a lucky gal to have her in my life and as a friend!!

Please go check out her card HERE for this collaboration and there you will have a link to her video as well!!!

See you all soon!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #101 - Dots and Stripes

Hey, Hey!!  How's my Lawnscaping friends doing!?  Welcome to another new challenge!!  I had fun with this one!!  I used some of the new papers from Let's Polka, Mon Amie!  I absolutely love everything about this paper pack!  Of course, the simplicity of the dots, stripes and hearts, but the colors...THE COLORS!  The pale vanilla yellow color and the mint are my favs!!

So anyhoo - Back on track! I wanted to create a fun card that could easily bring a smile to a friends face!  I think I accomplished it!  Before I get into the details of my card - I need to give a shout out to our wonderful sponsor  - Ellen Hutson!  This shop is awesome, and the customer service is just as awesome!  They will be giving the winner of this challenge a $25 dollar gift certificate, so if that sounds good to you - be sure to link up your project over at the Lawnscaping gallery!

Like I said in the beginning - I had fun making this card ( not to say I don't with others I make) but this one I was feeling the creativity!  I knew I would - simply for the fact that I was using all new Lawn Fawn goodies!  I've been in a creative slump lately even though I've been putting out projects - I've really had to force the creative juices.  So - I used the fun new set Let's Play!  One of my favorites from the entire new Winter Release.  I inked up the little dog ( isn't it too cute!), one of the birds and the Titter Totter image!  I used Lawn Fawn's new Black Licorice ink - which is a very bold crisp ink!  I inked all the images it with this ink except for the dog, and I used Hero Arts Cup o' Joe ink for it.  I stamped out the dog, and die cut it with its coordinating die, and then stamped it out again onto a piece of the brown striped papers from the Polka Mon Amie papers and fussy cut that out and paper pieced it onto the die cut dog ( so cute ). Then, I stamped the bird and colored it in with my Copics ( BG13 & YG41).  I then stamped the teeter totter and colored it with C1, C3 and C4, and then die cut it out as well with its coordinating die. I set aside all of my pieces, and worked on my background of my scene.  I have a stencil that I used for the grass, and I die cut a piece of copy paper from a cloud die to make a stencil, and inked up my sky/clouds with Tumbled Glass Distress ink.  

I created my card base from smooth white card stock and make a 5x5 inch square card.  I die cut from more of the Polka Mon Amie papers with the Stitched Square Stackables ( Small and Large sets), and I put my card together.  I put foam adhesive on the teeter totter and adhered it to my main panel on top of the grass, and I adhered the dog and bird straight onto the card with my liquid adhesive. I adhered foam adhesive to my main panel, and adhered that onto the striped pattern paper.  For the sentiment, I inked up the sentiment from the same set - You Make Life Fun and I carefully inked up the sentiment friends leaving off the "s".  To finish off my card, I added some Wink of Stella to my bird, some Black irRESISTible Pico Embellisher, and a gem in the middle of the teeter totter.

I hope you love this card as much as I enjoyed and loved making it!!  Hope to see your creation over at the blog in the gallery!!  See you soon!


Friday, February 27, 2015

Lawnscaping FIT Team FEB 2015 Blog Hop

Hi gang!!  Welcome back to my blog and another Lawnscaping FIT Blog Hop!  We are happy to bring you another hop inspired by another create color/color combo!  Since this is heart month - it is only fitting that our inspiration color is RED!  Before I get to my card and all the details of it, first you should have found your way to me by my teamie Isha!  No doubt I am sure she had something fabulous for you to "ooooo and awwww" over!  Also - we are happy to have our fun and awesome sponsor The Ink Road!  Lara also has a blog HERE!

OK - now onto my contribution for the hop!!

I wanted to keep my card fairly simple in design!  The more I kept creating this card, I kept adding more elements to it!  I guess my creative slump is hopefully coming to an end then!  I used the stamp sets "Bannerific" "Happy Fourth" and "Argyle Backdrops" to create my card.  I had the scallop frame already die cut left over from a previous project, and thought I would put it to good use on this card.  I also had the red card stock panel sized down from my stash, and I used it as my focal panel, so I stamped the stitching stamp from Argyle Backdrops and embossed it with some Pewter embossing powder!!  Love watching this embossing powder melt!  So fun! I, then die cut out of some vellum one of the banners from "Bannerific" and stamped from "Happy Fourth" the Let's Celebrate sentiment and also embossed that in the same embossing powder. I adhered that to my red card stock panel with some vellum adhesive. Then I put all of my elements of my card together onto my True Black card base.  I added my scalloped frame first with Ranger Multi Medium in the matte finish and then I popped up my main panel for some dimension to my card.  I then die cut some hearts from the Small Journaling card die set and I added them to my card, and applied some White irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to my hearts to make them stand out!  I also added that Pico Embellisher to my banner as well. 

Well, that's it from me!!  It is time for me to send you off to Miss Lenny!!  Be sure to leave comments along the way for your chance to win a gift certificate to The Ink Road online store!!

See you all soon!!  Enjoy the rest of your hop!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #100 Birthday Celebration

Hi all!! Welcome back to a new challenge is going on over at Lawnscaping, and it is a special one!!  Lawnscaping is celebrating their 100th challenge!!  I know everyone that is involved with Lawnscaping is excited to see this challenge, especially the founder, the awesome Laurel!  It couldn't have come this far with out you!!!  The participants!!  And, for that we thank all of you!!  
I like all of us on both design teams started out as a participant and I couldn't wait to create my next card with each new challenge!!  I am so thankful and fortunate to have been on the FIT team going on 2 years!  

So - we are celebrating this new challenge with a birthday theme!!  

I wanted to make a bright a cheerful card to go along with the birthday/celebration theme!!  So - I used Lawn Fawn's "Hello Sunshine" stamp set.  I also used the Spring Showers dies, for my cloud and sun :)  I tried my hand at coloring my birds in a multi -colored way, and I gotta say, I am pretty happy with the results!!  I used my Copic markers to achieve this look :)  I stamped my wire line from the stamp set and then stamped out my birds, and stamped my birds again onto some white card stock, and I colored in each bird in a different color combination.  Once I was finished with the coloring, I fussy cut out the birds except their little feet of course, and paper pieced them onto my main panel.  I did the same for my balloon, except I stamped my balloon in Hot Lips ink, and then fussy cut that out and placed foam adhesive on the back and adhered to my panel for some dimension.    I added some irRESISTtible Pico Embellisher in clear for the balloon and black on the birds eyes to make them pop.

Our sponsor for this awesome challenge and milestone is no one other than Lawn Fawn!!  Hope you are able to join us for this celebration!!  We can't wait to see YOUR project in the gallery!!


Monday, February 9, 2015

Sending Valentine Hugs + video

Hi all!!
I am popping in to share this Valentine's Day Card with all of you.  This one I did a video tutorial.  I like sharing video tutorials with you when I can!  If you are not yet subscribed to my YouTube Channel, please do so.  When you subscribe, you will know when I publish a new video, which is fairly often!!

I can't get enough of In My Heart from Mama Elephant!  It is one of my favorites ever!!  I also use some pattern paper from Crate paper that I love that I really haven't used.  All of the details of products I used are listed in the videos description if you are interested.

Here is the video :)

See you all soon!!


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