Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sweet Stamps- Technique- Parchment crafting

We are on the last week of Christmas in July at and our focus is on Parchment Stamping.

 I created using Silver Bells : )  If you start singing Silver Bells it will make me smile : )  I stamped the image Bells with Bow onto Parchment Vellum.  First, use an antistatic pad!  Using embossing ink, I achieved this twinkle using Ivory Fantasy EP.
 I fussy cut out the Silver Bells. I colored in the back and a tiny bit on the front of the Vellum with Copic (Sketch) markers. I added some piercing and I embossed from behind on the round bell portion and added Sakura Gelly Roll pen so it would really sparkle.
 I embossed the image Scroll Scissors Frame (also) using Ivory Fantasy EP. I fussy cut the edge of the image and also cut out the oval from the inside. I added dots of G18 Copic (Sketch) marker on the dots around the edges. I popped up the red layer on dimensionals, I had red cardstock behind the oval, but decided to soften the look by adding (Parchment) Vellum on it.
 Finally, I embossed Merry Christmas and added it to the front of the card. I layered the red top layer over a Metallic Silver cardstock (from SU), then an Ivory shimmery cardstock from Paper Temptress.

Other supplies:
Antistatic pad
Ranger Embossing Ink
Copic Sketch Markers
Piercing tool
Piercing mat
Stylus tools (I used the largest end/size in the set)

We hope you will JOIN us in the challenge!!!  HERE is the Challenge Blog.  HERE is the SweetStamps video showing how easy Parchment is- such a beautiful look!

***HERE is a link for the clearance section at Sweet Stamps- Stamps and Dies on sale : )

Christmas Cards all Year Long- Dots (Green) and Stripes (in the bell)
Amusing Challenge- AG
Christmas Card Challenges- AG
Glitter Sparkle- Something with a B= Bells + Bow
52 Christmas Card Throwdown- Emboss on Vellum
Simon Says Stamp- Sparkle and Shine
Word Art Wednesdays- Family Friendly

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Sending Blessings

I have friends that recently had a loss, and I wanted to make them a card.

 I thought this floral bouquet- which is a precolored digi from Sparkle and Sprinkle was beautiful and decided to use it for my card.
 This view shows some of the sparkle.  The sentiment, by Create with TLC, has an oval that I covered with Sparkle and Sprinkle Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter behind it.  I added additional shimmer using a Sakura Gelly Roll pen.
 The cardstock is SU Groovy Guava.

Bloggers Challenge- B is for....Blossoms/Bouquet and Blessings
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards- A flower in your image
Digitally Sweet- AG
Sparkle and Sprinkle- Use Glitter, Flocking or EP

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Sweet Stamps-Dreaming if Snow

We are still creating Christmas Cards in July at Sweet Stamps, and this week we are creating using snowflakes or Snow somewhere on your card.

 I had such fun creating this card! I was aiming for a CAS look, especially since I mail all of my cards and wanted to avoid additional postage  The White cardstock is from Paper Temptress, and was torn to make the snow. I stamped the sentiment using Sparkle Silver EP. I used Gilding flakes on the big snowflake using Duo Glue. I added the embossed snowflakes using Holographic EP- it is a cool look!  I added sequins and rhinestones for a final accent.
 The deer is embossed using Aged White Enamel EP and Brownstone EP for the body. First, use the antistatic pad, and the Enamel Adhesive dauber is used to prepare the deer chipboard for embossing.

Pile it On- Winter/Christmas in July
Cards in Envy- Christmas in July
Eureka Stamps- Christmas in July
Outlawz- Christmas in July
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long- CAS

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Grad 2015

Our niece Shannon graduated this year, and this is the card we made for her:
 I colored with Copics- pretty CAS since it had to be put in the mail. I added sequins for bling and twine over sparkly silver CS for a little accent.

4 Crafty Chicks- CAS
Creative Card Crew- Die Cuts
Craft-Dee Bowz- AG

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Sweet Stamps- Traditional Christmas Colors

The Sweet Stamps challenge to use Traditional Christmas Colors.

 And, what could be more traditional than Red and Green. I had fun making this card- I have seen many versions of a wreath on a door, and I thought this Globecraft Piccolo Classy Circle Frame would look great as a wreath.  I used Mossy Glen Enamel EP on the frame/wreath. I added Red Rhinestones on the frame.
 The wreath hanger is from the GP Braided Border set- from a waste piece of the borders.

I used the center (waste) piece of the set and cut it down, then embossed it with the 24 K Gold Enamel EP. (look between the braids). I embossed it twice- and TIP- make sure the embossing is totally cool before you apply the next layer of Enamel EP Adhesive.

 The Merry Christmas sentiment was also embossed using the 24K Gold Enamel EP.

The ribbon was white and gold- and I used Copic Sketch markers R37 and R39 to color over it and turned it Red to match my Traditional Colors card.

Please come over to the Sweet Stamps challenge blog and see the inspiration from the other Sweet Stamps DT members. We'd love to have you join us : )

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Baby, Baby!

Hey Babies : )

 Lots of new babies recently : )  I had fun using an image and sentiment from Create with TLC.  Nice and CAS for me too : )  The image is colored with Copics.

Brown Sugar- Baby
Moving Along with the Times- Baby, Baby
Paper Girls- Babies

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sweet Stamps- Tags

We are making Christmas Tags for the Sweet Stamps challenge this week.

 I was playing with Color Bursts again, and decided to emboss a Christmas Tree on on of the green panels in Globecraft-Piccolo 24 K Gold Embossing Powder- so pretty IRL!  I fussy cut the tree and went to work making a background for it.
 I embossed the swirls on the background with Fine Detail clear EP. I used distress inks Festive Berries and Tea Die, added a touch of Rust then added Wild Honey. I used 2 of the new 3 x 6  stencils at Sweet Stamps- Backsplash and Checker Flowers.
  I used 2 ribbons at the top of the tag- organza and seam binding.

We hope you will join us!

ABC Christmas Challenge- N for Not a Card

Back in town and catching up- I will be catching up on blogs in the next week.  Thanks for your patience!  DC was a blast.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Color Bursting

For the Sweet Stamps "Anything but a card" challenge, I decided to make a tag ..... The challenge link is HERE.

I got out a new (to me) crafting medium- Color Bursts from Ken Oliver Crafts, now available at Color Bursts are pigments that are very fine and come in a 8g bottle. You lightly squeeze the bottle they are in, and mix  the powdered pigment with liquid and the colors come alive. They are transparent and are NOT water resistant. (Eg, Think of what happens when you flick water droplets on Distress Inks- Color Bursts will react the same way). Have paper towels available to blot color if it is too wet and to avoid getting your colors muddied.... You will see that the colors do mix with one another where they overlap. (So, dry between colors if you do not want that look). If using just one of the colors, as the pigment spreads out on the cardstock, you may see other colors 'come out'. If you do not like colorful hands, consider wearing gloves, although the color does come off with a little work : )

  I went to You Tube and found a number of ways to create with the pigments:

  1) Place in a container and spritz some water in and use as a watercolor. A little goes a long way, so be conservative when you make up your first couple of batches. See the Julie Fei-Fan Balzar link for visuals on this method.
  2) Use them as a wash- Sprinkle them on a watered surface and let them spread.
  3) Spritz more water on #2 and let them run
  4)Add to clear Gel Medium- this will make the color permanent (they remain translucent if you mix them with a translucent medium). (Julie Balthazar)
  5)Place some Color Burst in a mister and add water- makes a spray.
  6)Emboss your image for an emboss resist. You can apply Color Burst to cardstock first, then emboss as well for a colorful resist. (there will be color under the embossing, then add color on top of it).
  7)Apply over a stencil and spritz with water. Use the top side on another sheet of cardstock. Or, flip the wet stencil over onto another piece of cardstock and start spritzing on the color.  (Lindsay the Frugal Crafter). I tried this using a SweetCuts die using white glossy cardstock.
  8)Apply to your craft mat, spritz and blot your paper in the wet pigment.
  9)When good and wet, use your heat tool to 'blow' or move the color around.
  10)Add flecks or droplets of color using a paintbrush/toothbrush.
  11)Use baby wipe- apply color directly to it and use as a stamp pad, or use to swipe color directly to cardstock. For more faded colors, spritz the baby wipe with water first- it dilutes the color.
  12)Use Color Burst on cardstock.  Place color side against a stencil, spritz H2O on the back side and let dry.  You will have ghosting on the color side of the cardstock once it dries. Do not set it on anything when drying that will affect the ghosting process.  (Sparkle n Sprinkle).
  13)Spray 5-6 spritz of Color Burst in a container of H2O, and place sheets of watercolor paper into it- ~ 1 hour- the color will 'wick' up onto the cardstock. You can turn over and do the other side s well (Sparkle and Sprinkle).
  14)You can dye your Seam Binding/ribbon/lace with it.
  15)Color your modeling paste.  How dark/bright/colorful it is will depend on how much you use in proportion when mixing them.  Use it anyway you would use modeling paste- my first thought is a stencil. If you add color with Color Burst over the colored modeling paste, the color you are painting with will wick into the modeling paste
  16) Cut out a die using a piece of plain paper, place over the Color Burst cardstock and you will have a colorful opening where you cut out the die.  OR, reverse that and cut the die out of the Color Burst cardstock and have the plain cardstock showing thru- the examples were white and black, any color would work.
  17) Use Masking fluid on the cardstock- let dry, then apply the Color Burst ( eg a written word like LOVE). When you peel off the masking fluid ..... it will show off the resist area in the color of the base cardstock.

My first step with a new medium is to make color swatches
The top row is manilla folder cardstock, the middle row Georgia Pacific and the bottom row is Watercolor paper.  The water sat on top of the manilla folders and did not dry as fast as the other two.  I also made dyed ribbon for each color as well- placing the seam binding in a baggie, spritzing with
water then adding the color burst and mixed it all up from the outside- no getting dye all over my fingers : )

Here is a peak at #7 in my list- I used a Swetcute die cut from glossy cardstock instead of a stencil- I will be able to use the colored die cut in the future too : )
My tag was made using the 2nd tag one from the Lt........ I got some of the Color Burst on the mat, so I misted it and picked up the color off of the mat- #8 on the list above. The ribbon on my tag is from the Orange Color Burst.

 I would love to hear any additional ways you can think of to use Color Burst- looks like I am going to be having a blast experimenting!

Here are a few of the links I watched:
Julie Fei-Fan Balzar:
Catherine Pooler;
Sparkle N Sprinkle Demo Donna :
Lindsay the Frugal Crafter:

Challenges for my tag:
Simon Says Stamp- AG
Deep Ocean- Monochromatic
Word Art Wednesday- AG

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015


I was able to join in the last Technique Junkies ATC swap- we send in 6 ATC's and can use any TJ technique from newsletters or CD's.

 I used the Glitter Ribbons technique from the Aug/Sept 2010 Technique Junkies newsletter. Two variations on the theme here- one has more strips, and one I fussy cut the image out more than on the 2nd.  The image from Sparkle n Sprinkle is colored with Distress markers.  The sentiment is from Sweet Stamps.  It is so sparkly it was hard to photograph : )  I used Glitter Blush and Sunny Daze glitters from Sparkle and Sprinkle, and Art Institute Forget me not, and 2" sticky tape for the glitter strips.  I think there will be glitter here and there in my work room for a while... : )  

Here are the trades I rec'd back:
On the Lt., Splattered Bleach by Jinny Boyce
On the Rt.- Shaker Card tech (with Washi) by Beth Cutwright
Top- Stencil Tutorial- Elizabeth Hulse
Bottom- Misted Stencils- Marilyn Hughes
On the Lt., Bands of Color by Barb I
On the Rt., Diagonal Images by Priscilla LaBranche

I just love trading these technique ATC's- and see IRL techniques I have not done and NEED to try!

For the Glitter Ribbons ATC, I have a few challenges:
Sparkle n Sprinkle- Ag using EP, Glitter or Flocking
Incy Wincy- AG
Corrosive Challenge- Sparkle and Glitz
Creative Corner-Bling it out

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Best Dad

We are creating for Father's Day this week at - challenge link HERE.

 Another beach scene for my project this week : )  Peerless watercolors were used to color in this serene scene.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Black Stazon ink.  The DP is retired SU. I made the sentiment tag with watercolor paper, sponged on the Valentine ink and used the waterbrush to color the tag.

Creative Moments- Card for Dad
Cards for Guys- Father's Day
Die Cuttin Divas- Masculine
Crafty Cardmakers- Masculine
Amusing- Father's Day

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