Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Time To Relax -Flip Flop Card

Hi Everybody,

I have some exciting news... I am now on a new Design Team called The Cutting Cafe.  This is where you can buy cute SVG files to use with your Silhouette or Cricut.  There are lots of tips and tricks on her site as well as videos on how to make them.

I wanted this year to be about learning new things, taking my cards and projects to the next level, making videos, etc., so I hope you like the projects I create on this team.

You can find lots of goodies such as 6x6 paper pads, embellishments, ink, clear stamps, etc.  She sells items that you can use with your projects.

The Team Project for this week's posting, is called Fun With Silhouettes.  There are printable stamps and cut files.

I used a print file for my project, the Flip Flops.  Why did I use a print file and not a cut file? Because I wanted to FOIL it LOL!  I love using foil and I got a new laser printer so if you print using toner, you can foil it easily.

I really enjoyed making this card because it is different than my usual floral cards (which I still love lol) but I used foil and the sand to add texture in addition to propping up the flip flops with foam squares.

First, I used DecoFoil Transfer Gel to go over the Tim Holtz layering stencil called Rays.  You have to wait several hours for this to dry naturally.  Can't use heat gun to hurry it along. I'm so impatient!

I used Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive to adhere sand to this card.  I used a die to cut out the shape of where the sand would go and put the glue in that area and sprinkled the sand on top and then had to let that dry a few hours.  I just love how this sand looks.  You can get a bottle of it at the Cutting Cafe and here is a link to Beach Sand Confetti.

Next I ran the piece of cardstock through my Mini Minc using DecoFoil in Gold over the sun rays.  I love how the transfer gel gives such great dimension.

I taped 3 cloud dies to the cardstock and sponged Memento Summer Sky ink around them and all over cardstock so now I have some white that is supposed to look like clouds showing.

I printed the flip flops using my laser printer so I would be able to foil.  I used DecoFoil in Black and Pink Melon colors.  The black is shiny just not metallic looking like some of the other colors.  I cut it out by hand and very easy to do.  Here is a link to Fun with Silhouettes.  I could've cut it out with my Silhouette or Scan n Cut, I believe. 

Lastly, I stamped a sentiment from Stamping Bella called Uptown Girl Reilly Loves to Relax.  I thought this was very appropriate for this card.  I used a mini cube of Versafine Onyx Black to stamp. I LOVE this mini cube!  I dropped the regular sized ink pad so many times and messed up cards or got all over my hands or desk.  Here is a link to the Versafine Mini Cube.  You will love it.  I used some clear embossing powder over it and heat set to make sure it didn't smear.

I hope you will check out The Cutting Cafe. You can make cute things for your kid's teachers, etc.  So many cute files and possibilities.  Get some coffee and just browse.  I'm so excited, I got the supplies to make a fish bowl!  You know how popular sea creatures are right now.  She has a printable stamp file and here is a link to Sea Creatures.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Monday, July 17, 2017

Winner of my Altenew Stamps Give A Way

Hi Everybody,

I had a really good response to the Altenew stamps give a way last week.  I appreciate your support so much!  In case you didn't see, the winner was Michelle Williams.  This is what she won....

Enjoy your stamps Michelle!  I would love to see what you make with them.  

I made 4 short videos Friday on using transfer gel and foil and a few different ways to use foil and my husband checked the camera and said he thinks there is no sound!  So if not, I get to learn to do a voice over.  I kind of like the real deal, what is said unedited while I'm making the card. 

What do you think?  Which way do you like it?  Voice over or just natural and unedited?

Please stay tuned for my next Give a Way coming up this Thursday.  I'll have products from The Ton.

Here is a link to my new YouTube Channel. I would love it if you would subscribe.  I promise I"ll be posting new videos shortly.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Zig Scribbling Technique on Watercolor Paper

Hi Everybody,

Just wanted to post a card where I had tested the 'Zig Scribbling' technique on actual watercolor paper.  I showed the raw piece after I did it and here is a card.

Bristol Smooth Paper is definitely better for this technique because the ink flows better, stays on top of the paper, allows you to move it around easily.  The watercolor paper has the texture to it so the ink sinks into the paper more so and therefore you would have a little less control than with the Bristol.

I had shown this picture a while back but only with the bouquet stamp watercolored with the zigs.  This is what I did to the background, I scribbled some color all the way around after I had made this 2 weeks ago so you can always go back and add to these is my point.

The bouquet stamp is from Concord & 9th called Hello Lovely.  I love this set!  The sentiment is from Poppy Stamps called Flourish Blooms.  I used Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder  I added a few dew drops from The Ton.

I would really love it if you would subscribe to my YouTube Channel. I just started it yesterday.  I'll be having a giveaway soon so watch for that!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Card Made from Live Video Technique with Zig Markers

Hi Everybody,

Did you see the LIVE FB Video I did a few days ago??  I can't believe I did a live video but it was actually fun.  I did have my phone backwards but hey, it was my first one.... the main thing is you could see the technique being done.  I look forward to doing more videos in the future.  I hope you'll subscribe to my YouTube channel.  

This is the card I made from the "Zig Scribble" Technique that I showed on the video. Isn't it gorgeous???  I'm telling you, you can't mess this up.  Anything you do will be awesome.

I love the bright colors.  You can somewhat control how light or dark your colors are by how much you spray with water and the color markers you choose.  I chose purple and dark pink as two of mine so it's a little dark.  

Please Note:  Use Bristol Smooth Paper

I embossed a word background which I think turned out beautiful, by Heartfelt Creations called Large Elegant Background Words.  I used Ranger Silver Pearl Embossing Powder which I think is a must to have in your stash.  I stamped 'I Love' in Versafine Onyx Black Ink and put Clear Embossing Powder over it to give it a little shine.  This is from Simon Says Stamp called You Matter.  The large You is a die from this set that matches the large stamp.  I cut it out with black and then a silver pearl vellum.  I wanted it to look like a slight shadow behind the silver pearl. The silver pearl vellum didn't show up quite as much as I wanted it to.  The vellum is from Graphix called Specialty Assortment.  It is 40# so it is a good weight, not real flimsy and cut good with the die. 

I finished it off by adding a few clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I hope I inspired you to try this technique.  I wanted to make a video to show you it is easy, fast and great results.  This technique really does only take a minute.  It took longer for me on the video because I just wanted to demonstrate how you can keep spritzing and what the result would be and using a paint brush to move ink around, etc.

I hope you'll stick with me as I start my YouTube video endeavor hopefully within the next week.  My husband took over the project of establishing a video area and setup so it's taken more time than I expected lol.  I am blessed because he said he wanted to provide all the tools to help make me successful.  Awwww!  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Friday, July 7, 2017

Stenciled Oxide Ink Background

Hi Everybody!

I haven't been on here since end of last week!  I had out of town company, a good cardmaking friend of mine from IL and her husband came to see us for a couple of days. My friend and I could spend the day anyway we wanted and we chose to relax and color, talk, listen to smooth jazz on and drink wine.  It was really nice to not feel guilty about coloring for several hours while she was here.  We ate lots of good food cooked by my husband, who used to be on BBQ teams and we went shopping.  So when I stop crafting for several days, it is hard for me to get back in the groove.
Yesterday, I picked up my Oxide Inks and some stencils, started sponging and the wheels in the brain finally started turning again.  :) I don't think I will ever get tired of these oxide inks because I'm still not tired of my distress inks. Yes, I will be getting the second set of 12. 

This entire card is basically all sponged ink.  A couple months ago, I stamped and embossed lots of the flowers in the Pretty Posies set by Casual Friday Stamps and I sponged them all with pinks, oranges, yellows.  I have the matching dies so I cut them all out and put them in a bag for a later date when I needed a card fairly quickly.  It's so nice to always have colored images on hand, stamped, embossed, etc, stamps on hand. It's just as easy to do 20 as it is to do 1.  LOL!  

I have to tell you, sometimes I play with color combos that surprise me.  I really love how this background turned out.  I love how soft the gray and pink look together.  You can obviously sponge harder or do more layers and make it darker but because my flowers and leaves are so vibrant, I wanted a very soft, pretty background.  I have never even used this stencil and I really like it now that I have.  I got it at a big box store, brand is Heidi Swapp but I'm not sure of the name of the stencil itself.  It came in a set of 2 or 3 that layered together.  Back when I bought these stencils, I also bought some of her sprays and I've never used those either.  What is wrong with me??  So I'm sure I'll be playing with sprays here soon and stencils. :)

For the background I used Tim Holtz Oxide Inks in Worn Lipstick and Iced Spruce.  I used jumbo sponge daubers and lightly sponged over the stencil that was taped down over the Bristol Smooth paper.  
The flowers were embossed with Hero Arts white embossing powder, cut out with the matching dies and sponged with distress inks (this was before oxide inks  BOI) lol.  Pretty Posies stamps and dies from Cas-ual Friday Stamps.  I went over the flowers and leaves with a clear Wink of Stella glitter pen. I used pop dots to pop up the flowers and leaves on the card for the focal point part but not the other 2 flowers.  The Thanks die is from Hero Arts called Thanks Stamp and Cut and the 'for brightening my day' part of the greeting is from Right At Home called Color in Sentiments. 

I thought it would look beautiful to finish it off by placing sequins where the small circles are on the stencil.  I used some gorgeous sequins by The Ton Stamps.  They are 3mm size called Glass Slipper, the clear ones. They are really small but perfect for this. 

I made a couple other stenciled oxide backgrounds so now I have those to use for cards later on.  

By the way, did you see my LIVE FACEBOOK VIDEO on the ZIG SCRIBBLING Technique?  OMGosh, I'm not afraid to do anything anymore after doing that.  If you missed it let me know.  I actually made TWO but I deleted the first one because it somehow ended up being 38 minutes!!!  How is that possible?  The second one is about 15 minutes.  I have to warn you that I made an oops and put my phone on the stand backwards after I finished talking with the camera pointed to me.  It was my first one so I get a pass right?  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Copic Colored Gerbera Daisy Getwell Card

Hi Everybody,

I needed to make someone a get well card so I made this fun background using a stencil and Tim Holtz Oxide Inks in Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade.  I love this color combo and find myself using it a lot lately. Hopefully it will cheer her up. 

I taped the stencil down over the cardstock so it wouldn't move and used jumbo sponge daubers to go around the stencil randomly with the three colors.  They blend SO easily.  I lightly spritzed with water before taking stencil off. I used a heat gun to dry it.

The texture of the oxide inks are so unique.  It feels like it is wet even when it is not.  Strange but cool at the same time.  So the next set of 12 just came out and I know I'm getting them!

I colored these gerbera daisies with Copic Markers.  I am taking a coloring class at Kit and Clowder called Nature class.  If you love coloring flowers, trees, leaves, etc, this may be of interest to you.

I wanted to break up the background a little without covering my beautiful oxide ink stencil work :), I used vellum and I think it worked perfectly for this.  Just so happened I had a pad of colored vellum and I thought the orange color would look fabulous, Paper Accents Assorted Colored Vellum.  I used the orange vellum for the vase and the stitched part of the circle and clear for the inside of the circle.  The die I used is My Favorite Things, Wide Circle Stitched Die. I used Hero Arts white embossing powder for the vase.  The vase and sentiment are from The Ton, Anemone Bouquet. I also used white embossing powder for the sentiment and cut out a strip on black cardstock and I think it stands out really well.  The stencil I used is pictured above from Plaid.  I used a Spectrum Noir Glitter Pen to add some sparkle to the flowers.   I spritzed it lightly while I still had the mask on too by the way and used a heat gun to dry it. 

Please note:   The first time I tried using glue on the vellum, I used the Ranger Multi Matte and Stampin' Up Fine Tip Glue Pen and the vellum started wrinkling up.  What I used that worked so well was a glue called Art Glitter.  

I wanted the inside to coordinate with the front so I used a circle from the die I used on the front to use as a mask and I sponged around it with the same 3 oxide inks I used on the front.  I cut a white circle out and used a vellum circle on top and stamped the sentiment.  This is from Technique Tuesday called So Grateful.  As I was looking through my stamp sets for a getwell sentiment I discovered that I don't have very many.  Most of the new sets I'm buying now don't say get well.  I finished it off with some clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. 

I hope I inspired you to get out those oxide inks.  If you are intimidated by new products like this, the easiest way to start using them is with a stencil like I did.  It will look beautiful everytime. :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Monday, June 26, 2017

A New Day Encouragement Card

Hi Everybody,

I want to share a card I made for someone going through a difficult time.  I hope this is an appropriate card for her situation.  

I used a WPlus9 stamp called A New Day.  

I decided to stamp with my Tim Holtz Oxide Inks.  I used Fossilized Amber for the background using an Impression Obsession stamp called Canvas.  I stamped the script words with Vintage Photo using a stamp from Heartfelt Creation called Large Elegant Words.  I used the heat gun because the ink was so wet. These oxide inks stamp really good!  I embossed the bird stamp using Versamark Ink and Zing Chestnut Embossing Powder.  

I made a bunch of these just playing around using regular card stock and watercolor papers.  This happens to be regular card stock. I used Zig Real Brush Markers to color the stamp.  I was surprised that they did pretty well on regular card stock because I always had used them on watercolor paper. 

I used a Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter pen on the bird's chest and the berries.  You can also put some Glossy Accents on the berries to give them lots of shine and dimension and can probably still see the glitter pen underneath, not sure.  I'll have to try that but that would look really pretty.  

When I stamped the sentiment with Versamark, I was brushing away a few stray powders and my hand rubbed off the part that says 'is a new day' so I put it a little lower in case I still had versarmark there.  You just put tape over the part you don't want to stamp, in this case, the word Tomorrow, and stamp with Versamark and then remove the tape and stamp on your card.  

This is such a lovely stamp and it is very inexpensive, around $5.  I hope I inspired you to make something beautiful today.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!