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!