Sunday, February 15, 2015

Envelope Pocket Card

One of the best parts of Stampin' Up's new envelope punch board is using it to make unique card designs! I originally saw this card design on Caroline van der Straaten's blog, and I have had a lot of fun playing with the basic concept! I created two variations using the Four Feathers and Flower Patch stamp sets.


To create my envelope pocket card, I created a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 envelope and taped down two opposite edges. The pocket is created by attaching the remaining flaps together. The pocket insert measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, fitting perfectly into the altered envelope. I embellished the outside and inside with a variety of feathers and a button that I rolled on my Versamark pad and heat embossed in gold.

Here is another variation on the same design in softer colors using the Best Year Ever Designer Paper from the current Sale-a-bration promotion. I ADORE the colors in this paper!

I hope you'll try this fun technique!

Watercolor Backgrounds

Hi, friends! I'm back today to share a super simple idea for creating fun backgrounds for cards and projects. If you've had any experience with fine art, you might remember this technique as wet-on-wet watercoloring. If not, it's a super simple way to add a specialty paper look to your card background in a snap.

You'll start with your favorite watercolor paper cut to the size of your card front, watercolor brushes (I used a small flat brush and a small round brush), dye reinkers, a bowl of water, a back board, and masking tape.

Start by attaching your watercolor paper to your backing board with masking tape. Tape around all four edges, creating an even border with your masking tape. This will leave a uniform white space all around the outside of your paper, which creates a tidy edge.

Choose your background colors and squeeze a few drops of each reinker color into a palette or paper plate. Using a clean brush, wet the whole surface of your paper, then begin dabbing color onto one area of the paper. The more water you add to your reinker, the more dilute the color. Add other shades and allow them to spread and bleed together. If you want them to bleed more, spray the paper lightly with water. You can remove any pooling with a paper towel. Allow the paper to dry completely and remove the tape. For the card above, I used three shades of blue and left quite a lot of the paper white.

This technique works well with bright colors as well! For this little card, I used three shades of pink and then stamped over my colored area when the paper was dry. I used a water pen to color over the ink on my heart to make it look painted on.

I experimented a lot using this technique for water as well, and came up with these cool backgrounds! Adding a sprinkle of salt when your paper is wet creates a really neat mottled effect. I also tried sprinkling water on the paper after it was dry to create some light blotches. What a messy and fun crafty afternoon!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Springtime Blooms

  We have had the world's weirdest January and early February here in Montana. Several days were in the 60's and coat-free! This would be wonderful if there weren't such huge natural consequences for these climate changes. Fire season, wildlife, our ground water ... all are affected by our lack of snow and ice. I'm sure winter will be back, but for now these high temps have me thinking about spring flowers!

  For this project I used my PTI Garden Variety stamps and dies. I don't know what it is about Papertrey Ink's designs, but they are just unmatched in their level of detail and old-fashioned charm.

This card makes me want to put on an old apron and plant tulips, but I'll have to wait a few more months. Unless spring really does decide to come early in Montana!
Thanks, friends! Have a wonderful weekend!

Belated Christmas Share!

  OH MY GOODNESS! I haven't posted since September, despite doing quite a bit of creating over the past few months. I must say that different stages of life have different priorities, and sometimes our hobbies must take back seat to all the other important things going on.

  Owning a home has turned some of my creative juices in that direction, but there simply aren't enough hours in the day to craft as much as I used to or would like to. I am preparing to start my national certification through MTNA (and will be for a good while), and my focus on my career as a teacher and pianist has taken over a lot of my time. This is a good move and the right one for me right now. Of course, I love my crafting time, and I promise to post whatever I can whenever I can.

  Of course it's now Valentine's day, but there are a few leftover projects from Christmas that I wanted to share, only for the sake of using these ideas again in the future. I enjoyed having my crafting group (aka my best buds) over for a weekend Christmas craft-a-thon in December. Here are a few of the projects we created and a few I worked up just for fun:

Moose with pants. The end.

This was a super simple card created with Nordic Noel DSP from Stampin' Up. These houses are just adorable!
Maybe my favorite project: A photo card with a transparent vellum window. This would be even cuter with a CHRISTMAS photo, but what kind of organized person has one of those laying around?

Also maybe my favorite: A shaker card using the Peace on Earth set from Stampin' Up, some sponging, and faux snow and sequins. These turned out just lovely. My only change to the design in future will be to increase the size of the shaker window so more of the cute little animals are visible through the snow.
This card features a removable shaker ornament on the front that can be taken off and hung on the recipient's tree. More houses!
  We always have a lot of fun with Christmas crafts at our house, and I hope these ideas inspire you when the time comes! On to the spring goodies! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Vegetable Garden

Hi, friends!

Although my papercrafting time has been limited by time and circumstances, I decided to break out my supplies the other afternoon while working on a project for my stamping club. I ordered the Vegetable Garden set from Papertrey Ink over the summer with the matching dies, and I have been dying to use them on a project!

This card was made super simple by PTI's clear stamps and matching dies. I absolutely adore all things Papertrey, and I can't wait to use this set again!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Three Little Watercolor Words

Hi, everybody! I've been doing a little experimenting for our next stamp club meeting, where I'd like to teach a watercolor project. Watercoloring is so in right now, and I have very little experience with it. I have to tell you, I had the time of my life trying out some of the different techniques out there!

This first experimental project is basically stamping with watered down ink. It's super easy ... you just ink up your stamps and mist them with water! The colors run and blend and end up looking very hand painted. For this project, I used watercolor paper from the dollar bin at Joann's and my new Flower Patch Stamp Set from Stampin' Up.

I stamped the largest flowers first and then gradually filled in the space with the smaller stamps. I added the leaves last as a final filler. I went back in with my water brush as the last step and blended a few spots together even more and created some splatters. This clean and simple card only took about 10 minutes minus the drying time! Once the piece was completely dry, I added my sentiment with gold embossing powder. (Why it looks so dull here, I have no clue!)
I can't wait to share more of the projects I've been splattering around today. Back soon!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

You in a Word

I ordered this Simply Created Mini Album Kit from Stampin' Up way back in the spring with great intentions of using it for a class. Needless to say (story of my life), if I can get a project done with a product before it's discontinued I'm one lucky demonstrator!

I did love this kit. It's got a simple, handmade vibe which makes it a totally trendy collection of products. The theme of the album is "You in a Word." Here are a few excerpts ... several months late.

I'm a big fan of kits and a big fan of mini albums, so I hope Stampin' Up continues to make projects like this available. I'll continue to do my meager best to get them out there! :)

Thanks for visiting!

This Brings Me Joy

Hi, friends! I finally finished up a layout I've had on top of my stack for quite a while. This layout coordinates with one I posted a little while back using the My Mind's Eye Now and Then collection. I love this trendy, soft collection. It's just perfect for scrapping my favorite subjects. Guess who?

Fall is rearing its ugly (gorgeous?) head already here in Montana, which means it's almost time for another session with Rachelle for portraits. I'm going to have 12-year-olds in a little more than a week!


Thinking of You

Today I decided to break out my inks and get my old school artsy on. I am a huge fan of collage influences, and I found a fun card on Pinterest for inspiration that was just what I needed! Thank you to Kath in Westhill for the little spark today!

I stamped the flower image from Serene Silhouettes repeatedly on a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 piece of Whisper White cardstock and then embossed with white embossing powder to create my resist. Then I sponged Baja Breeze, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, and Basic Black all over my panel, concentrating the darker colors toward the outside edges. I misted the panel with water and let it dry to create some splatter, and then stamped the text image from the French Foliage stamp set repeatedly on to the background. Then I used a damp paper towel to clean up my embossed image.

I added a sentiment and some gold glitter paper at the bottom, and tied on a bit of twine for some texture. I love the collage effect this process created, and I had lots of fun choosing just the right colors for the feel I was after.

Thanks for stopping by today, friends!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Simply Jane Cases

  I ordered a big pile of goodies from Papertrey Ink a few weeks back, and the summer has been so crazy I haven't even had the chance to play with them! I just HAD to do a little project last weekend but had very little time, so I opened up the Pinterest board and cased a couple of cards using my new Simply Jane stamps and dies. I'm grateful that we belong to a generous community of crafters so willing to share their talents and inspiration for the benefit of all of us!

  The first card was originally designed by Betsy Veldman. I substituted Strawberry Slush for her PTI colors, added a few rhinestones, and came up with this:

The second card is based on a design by Melissa Phillips. The original design used bright pink, purple, and yellow, but I decided to substitute Pistachio Pudding (a light green) for the yellow:
  I can't wait to play with this set more as well as the rest of my haul! I'm working on getting a craft area set up in my new house, which will make crafting so much easier!
  Thanks for stopping by!