Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fun with Watercolor Critters

These little critters by Stacy Yacula have been in my stash for a few years, and when I received my new Stitched Hillside and Slide on Over dies in the mail from Lawn Fawn a few weeks back, I couldn't wait to pair them up with a fun interactive card!

(I apologize for the poor quality of my photos. The weather here in Montana is so dreary this weekend! I had to use the light on my craft desk. Sad face.) 

I watercolored this adorable bunny and fox with Stampin' Up ink refills and my aqua painters, and used some white glitter paper for a snowy hillside. These two can slide back and forth on the card front to "visit" each other.

I had a blast creating this project, and I can't wait to use the little bear and fox from this collection on a project soon!

Merry winter, everyone!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sketch Challenge #4: All That Glitters!

I can't believe we're already on the fourth and final week of our November sketch challenge. I have been hosting a little contest on my crafting group's Facebook page during November, and the entries in these challenges have been phenomenal! I can't wait to give a $20 gift card away to one of the amazing members of my local crafting club at our annual weekend craft-a-thon in December!

Our final theme this week is "all that glitters," and your challenge is to use the sketch below to create a project with some sparkle using glitter, glitter glue, glitter paper, rhinestones, sequins, or any other sparkly item! This project does not have to be holiday themed.

Local craft club members will receive one entry into the drawing for using the sketch, one entry for adding sparkle to their project, and one entry for using at least one Stampin' Up product. This week you can get an additional drawing entry if you make a tag that matches your project!

Here is an example project I made over the weekend. I apologize for the poor lighting. It was cloudy and dreary all weekend!

For this card I swapped used vellum for several layers of my card and tag. The gold printed vellum is from last year's Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack, and the glittery deer is a PTI die from my stash. Embossing on vellum can be a great option for cards with lots of layers, so I thought I would add a layer of that as well. I love the soft pastel colors on this card/tag combo for Christmas!

I can't wait to see what you come up with this week! Wishing you all the very happiest of Thanksgivings!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sketch Challenge #3: Scene It!

Hello, friends! Today I'm back for week 3 of our November sketch challenge, and this week's theme is by far my favorite!

I absolutely adore anything miniature. I love creating scenes on my cards more than just about anything else, and since this is a popular idea in the crafting world right now, I'm in hog heaven!

Here is this week's sketch:

Local craft club members will receive one entry into our holiday drawing for using the sketch, one entry for creating a "scene" on their project, and one entry for using a Stampin' Up product somewhere on their project. For a bonus entry this week, make your card "interactive," using sliders, pop-ups, spinners, or creative folds. Projects do not have to be Christmas or winter themed. Entries need to be posted on our Facebook group no later than midnight on Monday, November 21, 2016. I will link to some of my favorite technique videos below.

First, here are some examples of scene cards. The first uses the retired Stampin' Up set called Wonderful Winterland. My favorite element of this card has to be the interactive sled that uses a penny slider! I will link a technique video showing how to create this element below. This card eliminates the frame on the original sketch to use the whole card front for the scene.

My second example card uses a new release from Papertrey Ink called Winter Village. Boy is this one right up my alley! The frame came from last year's PTI Make it Market kit. I hand cut the hills and layered them over a piece of Pool Party card stock that I inked and splattered with water. I may have scorched the house a little when puffing up my faux snow (darn it!), but I hope it's not totally obvious since this card is so busy. I adapted the sketch by eliminating the corner embellishment and moving the sentiment to the left side of the card front.

Below are some of my favorite technique videos for interactive elements that really work well with scene cards. I can't wait to see what you create this week!

Window Scene:

Penny Slider Tutorial:

(Note: This techniques does NOT require special dies. A craft knife and ruler works just fine. Use small washers in place of pennies for smaller images.)

Gate Fold Scene:

Try putting your scene on the inside!

Step Panel Card:

It lights up! WHAT??

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Sketch Challenge #2: Inktastic!

Hi, everyone! Our second November sketch challenge begins today, and our theme this week is ink! If you're a member of our local craft club playing along for points, you will receive one entry into our prize drawing for using the sketch below, one entry for using some kind of ink effect on your project (sponging, watercolor, or emboss resist for example), and one entry for using at least one Stampin' Up product. For a fun bonus entry, use an animal somewhere on your project!

Here's the sketch:
Here's an example project I made using a watercolor background created with Pool Party ink and a lovely layered deer set from Hero Arts. I pulled out a vintage Stampin' Up greeting for this card and embossed it in silver on a strip of vellum and added a few silver sequins for a little sparkle.

Local craft club members will have until midnight on Monday, November 14 to post a project on our Facebook group. I can't wait to see what you will create! Thanks for playing along!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Sketch Challenge #1: Texture

During the month of November I will be holding a fun sketch challenge for members of my local craft club. We have been meeting on a near-monthly basis for almost six years! We have been through a lot together, and I wanted to say a special thank you to them this holiday season. (We are missing two wonderful ladies in this photo, but they know who they are.) These amazing women all have such a special place in my heart!

Each week I will be posting a card sketch and one or more example projects. Local members can earn points for entries in a holiday drawing for a $20 Stampin' Up gift certificate by posting a project on our Facebook group during the week of the challenge, but I thought I would post here as well so that anyone who wants to can play along just for fun!

Here is this week's sketch:

For this challenge, local members will earn 1 entry in the giveaway for using the sketch, 1 entry for using texture on their project, and one entry for using at least one Stampin' Up product. Projects do NOT have to be Christmas themed. You can flip and reorient the sketch any way you please, and for this project texture might mean dry embossing, texture paste, fabric or ribbon, or another material of your choice! Let your imagination run wild!

Here is an example I created using the Cable Knit deep embossing folder and Hang Your Stocking bundle from Stampin' Up, along with the Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack:

Here's a second project with a different tag shape and a stamp set called Make a Mitten from the Stampin' Up "vault!"

The challenge is ON! Local members have until Monday, November 7, at midnight MST to post a card in the Facebook Group!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Stamp Spritzing

Hello, friends! Fall is definitely upon us, and I have been at my craft desk lately creating some fun fall projects! I pulled out my watercolor paper and new Warmth and Cheer paper stack and created this warm and cozy card.

I used the Fall Fest stamps and dies for this project, along with one of my favorite stamping techniques for solid images. To create this pretty watercolor look, I inked up my stamps and spritzed them lightly with water before stamping onto watercolor paper. This technique creates such an artistic, soft effect!

While I was digging for paper in my file drawer, I found a pre-cut kit I had made for a Stamp Club class years ago, and it was begging to be finished! The second project uses one of my favorite past paper designs and a quilting technique.

To create the quilted panel on this card, I layered 1" squares over a piece of vanilla cardstock and then cut a label shape with my dies. I then dry embossed the whole piece, layered it over an embossed panel, and added some fussy cut leaves and a wood embellishment. 

Fall is my favorite season, and I plan to enjoy every minute! I hope you are enjoying it as well!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Jars of Love

The new Jar of Love set from Stampin' Up is all kinds of cute, and I decided it was perfect for our latest Stamp Club project. We had so much fun putting together different combinations of colors with the various sentiments in the set!

We started with a piece of resist paper and sponged it with Pool Party ink. For the example card I used Rose Red, Blushing Bride, and Calypso Coral for the flowers and Pear Pizazz and Lucky Limeade for the foliage. The jar is stamped in Smoky Slate, and this lovely iridescent glitter is from Michael's. This versatile set has truly endless combinations!

While I had my stamps and dies out, I decided to make a second card with a totally different vibe. This cute project in the annual catalog was calling to me, so I cased it with my own supplies. The little fish is just irresistible! 

The adorable set will be a go to for a long time in my stamp stash. I will have fun filling jars with all kinds of fish, fireflies, and flowers! 

Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

An Oldie but a Goodie

Today I'm going old school with a fun technique for creating mega impact with maximum ease. This stained glass technique has been around forever, and the results are simply stunning!

To try this technique you will need a square piece of acetate, glossy accents, glitter, Stazon ink, a line stamp, one to three shades of reinker, and tissue paper cut slightly larger than your acetate square. 

Cut a square of acetate to the size you prefer for your finished accent piece and stamp a line image on the front side in Stazon ink. Flip the piece over and cover the back side with a thick coat of glossy accents. Drip three shades of reinker onto the glossy accents and swirl with a Popsicle stick. For best results, use shades that are adjacent on the color wheel. For extra pizazz, sprinkle the back side with iridescent glitter.

Place a square of tissue paper slightly larger than the acetate over the wet glossy accents and smooth slightly. Be sure to leave the glossy accent coat quite thick. Leave to dry overnight.

When dry, trim off the excess tissue paper and mount to your card as you would any other embellishment. This technique creates a visually stunning effect on an otherwise clean and simple project! Because the finished piece is quite heavy, use strong tape when mounting it to your project.

I hope you will have fun reviving this fun retro technique! Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

More Birthday Fiesta!

This Birthday Fiesta stamp set from Stampin' Up might be the most adorable thing I've played with in a long time. I love the bright colors that seem to naturally compliment these images, and I've had fun combining them with the Sabado Domingo paper stack from the Paper Studio too!

I have been waiting for a fun project to use these adorable glassine bags with, and this seemed like the perfect time! I dry embossed my glassine bag and trimmed the top slightly. I decorated the outside of the bag, leaving the cute inner tag with the llama for writing the sentiment. Oh my gosh, that little llama is to die for!

For the second project, I created an identical tag and tucked it into a scrapbook page protector. I used my Fuse Tool to close three sides, filled it with glitter, and sealed it up. These cute pockets can hold all kinds of fun things: glitter, sequins, gift cards, and money. The possibilities are endless!

The last time I was at Hobby Lobby, I found these cute fusible fringe rolls too, so I had to top the pocket off with one of those. This Fuse Tool is way too much fun!

I hope you are having a wonderful fall, my friends! Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Summer Flowers

Here in the great white north the days are already getting shorter. I am always amazed by how quickly our short summer passes! I decided to hang on to the sun a while longer by creating a cheerful birthday card covered in flowers!

I use partial die cutting a lot in my crafting, and I used it on this card to create a colorful floral border. This technique really adds versatility to my die stash, and I love the interest it gives to this design.

I am off to bask in the sun with a good book while I can! Lots of love, my friends!