Monday, September 25, 2017

Christmas Tags

I wanted to share an idea with you that I had recently. Our family has expanded greatly over the past year and I needed to come up with a new way to identify gifts for everyone. In the past I just bought a roll of wrapping paper for each person - Everyone had their own unique pattern.  Well, that's not gonna work now so I decided to go with butcher paper as my wrap and use these pretty tags as the pop of color...



Delicata has a whole new range of shimmery colors that are perfect for my idea...


Ink up the tag in a gradient pattern...



And stamp some gold sheet music


a bit of holly


And their name!

I'm hoping that this makes holiday preparations a bit less stressful and oh so pretty!

Supplies:

Imagine - Delicata Inks
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps (sheet music & Holly)
CTMH - Alpha Stamps
Tags

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Yeah for Apples!


YEAH!!!  My apple card was chosen as one of the Top 3!!
So very happy...
I've been practicing my CAS and it paid off.


Thanks to Addicted to CAS!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Watercolor Me Fun!

Hello Friends! I hope you're having a wonderful week so far. Thank you for joining me for the Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge! If you're following along the hop you should have arrived here from Pam's spectacular blog...if you missed out you can head that way or go to the Artist Team Challenge post on the Club Scrap Blog for a complete list of participants.

This month's Artist Challenge is Watercolor ~ use any medium to create a watercolor effect.  Well of course you all know how much I love to play with watercolors so I jumped in and made several different projects with a variety of mediums.

All images - Orchard Kit 09/17

The first project I made was this bookmarker. I had a strip of leftover watercolor paper from a previous project and as it turns out it was the perfect size for this!  Initially I stamped the background with a text stamp from the Orchard kit in a brown ink. I then stamped the basket directly on the book marker, I stamped the fruit on another scrap of watercolor paper.  All of the elements were then watercolored using Prima Confections watercolor paints and a brush.  


A close up look at the basket of fruit.


My next card was made using a mask and Gelatos....


I colored the gelatos directly onto the mask, 


misted it with water and pressed onto the watercolor paper.


It was then removed and I let it dry naturally.  I added a bit of penwork and Bronze irRESISTible Pico Embellisher at the center of the sunflower.

All Stamps from the Lagoon Kit 08/17

My final watercolor technique is so much fun...Color Burst + Stencils.  I used the mermaid scale stencil from the Lagoon kit - placed it over a piece of watercolor paper then sprinkled on 3 different colors of Color Burst powder, leaving the stencil in place and I misted it with water.  

The first card was the piece of watercolor paper that I actually sprinkled the Color Burst and misted with the water.  Generation #1.  I LOVE how intense the colors are and how they pooled around the stencil. You can't see it in this photo but there is glitter on some of the scales.


This card was made with a piece of regular cardstock that I had pressed over the paper/stencil above after it had been misted.  Generation #2.


This final card is a piece of regular white cardstock that I pressed the still wet stencil onto. Generation #3.  I also added a mermaid charm I made a while back just for the heck of it.  It matched the sentiment perfectly don't you think?


Thanks again for joining me...hope you're inspired to pull out your supplies and play in the watercolor!

The next stop on the hop is...


Have a great day friends!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Lost My Marbles

Some days I really do feel like I lost my marbles but recently I found them...rolling around in shimmery ink - LOL!!


Today I am sharing how to make marble Delicata paper over on the Imagine blog!  This technique is so fun and oh so easy, you'll have a ball...or a marble - LOL!!  I ended up spending a whole afternoon trying out different color combinations, experimenting with different sizes of marbles, different ways to roll the marbles to get a variety of effect, etc.  Before I knew it I had a whole pile of goodness ready to be turned into something wonderful.  I decided that I'm going to use it to create my Christmas cards this year.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I Pick You!

I don't know about it where you live but fall is definitely in the air here in Indiana.  The daytime temps have been in the upper 60's to low 70's and it's falling down into the 40's at night! I love love love this time of the year.  If I could I would choose this weather all year long.  As it happens the newest Club Scrap kit - Orchard is a perfect match for our weather here.

I was looking around various challenges and low and behold I was able to create a card for 2 challenges all in one!  That normally never happens for me because I'm not a good "combiner" when it comes to challenges...I get a challenge in mind and go with it then totally forget about the rest. Anyway, here's the card I made today...


So I stamped the image onto white cardstock using Onyx Black VersaFine Ink then colored it in using a variety of Prismacolor Colored Pencils.  I used the blender pencil to really combine the reds, yellows and greens and I added a bit of white on top for a little shine. As you can tell I wasn't aiming for the usual Red Delicious apple, I was going for a Jonagold apple - they are my favorite this time of the year...sweet with a little tartness.  The best in my book! Actually it reminds me I need to hit up a local orchard and pick up some. 

So, as it happens Addicted to CAS's challenge #119 is Apples! and CAS on Friday Challenge #116 is Color Me Pretty using Colored Pencils or Markers.






Friday, September 8, 2017

Hello Again...

Been awhile huh?  Let me tell you it's been wild around here. I hope you are all safe and sound...  As many of you know we own our own business IRL - dh repairs industrial sewing machines and we also custom sew/screen print components for various companies.  Well, we went on vacation the 23-27th of August thinking we were setting pretty well.  We got everything done we needed to and stuff set up, ready to go when we returned.  

Silly us....during the time we were gone one of the companies we work for decided to change how they do things which put us like 2-3 weeks behind - EEK!! So we have been working every single day since we returned...including Labor Day.  How ironic is that?  Anyway, we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  Hopefully I'll be able to get back to a more regular posting schedule again soon.  I have to say though that this long without art/crafting is not a good thing - LOL!!  Driving me batty not being able to relax and enjoy the process of it all.

I did want to share a card I made for the new sketch challenge at JFF Stamps...using some of their brand new just released stamps!


I love the new mason jar stamps...I can think of so many fun ideas on how to use them.  I love stamping them on vellum.

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JFF September Sketch Challenge

Here is the sketch in case you'd like to give it a try. The challenge is open all month long and a winner will be selected at random the 1st of next month.  The only stipulation is there has to be stamping somewhere on your card.  I hope you give it a try!!

I would also like to enter it into Just Add Ink's challenge - Just Add "D" - in my case Daisies!  Not too often I combine challenges but this time it worked out perfectly!



Have a great day...
to everyone in the path of the hurricane and forest fires...
please stay safe and take care!


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Lagoon Club Scrap Blog Hop

Welcome friends to the Lagoon Club Scrap Blog Hop!! This is probably going to be one of my favorite kits for a long time...why??  Because this was one of my suggested themes...Mermaids!!  I love mermaids and there are so many cool images and fun phrases included in this kit, it's just the best.  I am so excited to share what I've made today I'll get right to it....


I made a mermaid pocket letter!! I wanted to include so many different elements into a project I figured this was the best way to do so.  This is the first time I've made any "sticky out parts" on a pocket letter but the mermaid tails and seahorses were too cool to confine to the 2.5x3.5" area. 


Lots of cool sentiments and phrases but there is one I couldn't fit onto this PL but I was able to use on a card earlier this month...about thighs touching being closer to a mermaid...too funny!


I've had that fun little octopus die in my collection for a while now and he's just too stinkin' cute not to include.


I had fun with the dark blue printed star fish paper...I knew I wanted dimension so I pulled out my ocean colored Dew Drops and some gemstones to embellish those prints.


I wanted to be sure to show the ATC that is hiding behind the larger mermaid tail.  It as well as a couple other ATC's in this letter have real tiny shells on them.

I hope you've enjoyed my Mermaid Pocket letter...

For more inspiration check out the next stop on the hop...


and the complete list of artists can be found  here:


Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Supplies:

Club Scrap - Lagoon Kit - Stamps, Cardstock, Pattern Paper, Embellishments, Ribbon, Twine
Imagine - StazOn Inks
Stash - Vellum, Shells, Netting, Dew Drops, Glitter


Friday, August 25, 2017

It Bee Friday!!

YES!!  Friday :)  Today I wanted to share some more Bee fun and the new Bee themed stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry!


I have one of those 3-d embossing folders that is really dimensional - but what do you know - the back side looks just like a bee honeycomb!  So I went with it.


For this card I really wanted pinks and purples to bee the star so I stamped with Memento Dye inks and then used my Prismacolor to finish them off.  The card base is a shimmery purple so I thought it needed a little sparkle too so I added tiny green gemstones here and there.


And I couldn't resist, I had to make another card using the vintage looking bee hive. I also incorporated a few of the different bee designs as well.  Don't you think the top bee is just too cute?  

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend...
and
may you all BEE blessed!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Greetings 2 Go Guest Artist Cards

This month I was lucky enough to be invited to be the Greetings 2 Go Guest Artist for the Lagoon kit at Club Scrap.  I was given this honor because mermaids were one of my kit suggestions last year and they used it!

The Greetings to Go kits are designed to make at least 12 cards and usually there are parts and pieces left over to make several more.  Today my cards are being featured over on the Club Scrap Blog - Roni's Lagoon Greetings 2 Go...but I wanted to share a couple here to whet your appetite!  There are usually 3 different card designs in each kit, below is one card of each design.


This is a fun card that stands up all on it's own. I thought it would be fun to stencil the seaweed in the background to help frame the mermaids in the shaker on the center panel.


The next set of cards are long skinny light teal colored cards. For this example I stamped one fish regularly and I stamped the second fish on my craft mat which I then placed a piece of cardstock over top and burnished.  This created a perfect mirror image fish! Both were colored using Chameleon markers and given different colored air bubbles just for fun.


The final card consists of a large white card base with a teal mat main image. I decided to do a bit of watercoloring with Fireworks! Sprays - this gives you color and maximum shimmer which I thought was perfect for the "sand and sea" theme on this card.

If you'd like the see the rest of my cards please head on over to the Club Scrap blog and check them out....


Hope you enjoy the inspiration as much as I had making them.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

"Tried It" Jot Journals

I have never used the "Tried It" button on Pinterest so I was excited when I found out that the Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge for August was to choose something from the Club Scrap Pinterest Board and try it!

I had a hard time choosing because there are so many fun projects, techniques and ideas there but I finally chose to try these....Jot Journals!  

Mini Jot Journal--handmade  mini notebooks for purse or car made for pennies! #clubscrap

I picked them because I always seem to be searching for a piece of paper to write things down.  Usually the only thing I can find is the back of a gum wrapper or a corner torn from a piece of junk mail...these little beauties ought to solve that problem!  The tutorial for these cute little books can be found here - Mini Jot Journal.

Here is how mine turned out....


I am so happy with how these turned out.  These are definitely a Pinterest success!  I am so making more of these...they were so much fun to make and I think they will be great stocking stuffers this Christmas!  I used mixed media paper in these little journals because I wanted to take them to sketch/doodle in the car when I have to wait.  Tricia mentioned in her tutorial that you could use regular weight lined or copy paper, I thought it might be fun to use some graph paper or even watercolor paper for a tiny watercolor book.


I did change a couple things when making mine.  I switched up the size...I wanted them a bit smaller than the original because I have a small purse.  My Jot Journals are 3.5 x 5".   I was using some chipboard I had in my stash which I think was a bit thicker than what Tricia used so I scored the center fold line as well as a line on each side.  This seemed to help the thicker chipboard cover wrap around the inside contents better.


I used my ancient corner rounder to cut all of the pages/covers.  UGH - I promptly ordered a We R Memory Keepers Chomper - Corner Rounder after that!  My hands aren't as strong as they used to be and that's a lot of squeezing.  I'm sure it will be lots easier when I get the new chomper.


I stamped the images and colored them using Prismacolor colored pencils.  I LOVE how vibrant they look on the chipboard!  Really makes the images pop.  

I also changed how I bound these little books - I used elastic cord that was in my stash forever...that way I can change out the papers when they get used up w/o having to make an entirely new book.

And here they all are....


My wiggly mermaid journal.  Love those colors!


I thought it would be fun to have pink, purple and blue bubbles.


I hope you've enjoyed my version of Jot Journals and give it a try yourself.

The next stop on the hop is...


The complete list of inspiring CS Artist Team Links can be found here:


Thanks for stopping by!!

Supplies:

Club Scrap.com - Lagoon Cardstock & Stamps, Book Binding Glue
Imagine - VersaFine
Prismacolor - Colored Pencils
Chipboard, Mixed Media Papers, Elastic Cord