Monday, March 6, 2017

Vellum hydrangea

Fun with Flowers IOStamps Blog Challenge

Colors inspired by one of my favorite flowers - Antique hydrangeas.  I colored the back of heavy duty vellum randomly with Copic Sketch markers, die cut the flowers and adhered to the base.

Supplies used from IOStamps:
Hydrangea Die set DIE-044Y
Cover A Card background stamp CC151 C-A-C French Text
Greetings Die Set DIE174-W

Copic Sketch markers - R39, R0000, G21

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Compared 2 watercolor papers and gearing up for Valentine's

Playing with the CTMH new paper packet Hello Lovely and January stamp set of the month - Adore You.  Cards inspired by the CTMH Seasonal Expressions catalogue.

While making these cards, I wanted to test different watercolor papers, but first a disclaimer, I am NOT a watercolor artist...Compared the Strathmore 300 series cold press watercolor paper with Fabriano's hot press Studio watercolor paper.  What a difference!  I like the smooth surface of Fabriano; much easier to stamp on. I stamped the words Adore You on the watercolor paper with VersaFine pigment ink, then applied a wash of Sea Glass diluted ink for the background.  I find it easier to brush color on the Fabriano.  They are both 140 lb weight, but the Fabriano feels lighter to me.  The hearts were colored with Copic Sketch makers on White Daisy card stock.  However  I wanted to match the Hello Lovely colors for the flowers so I used CTMH inks and watercolored them.  I can water color on the White Daisy card stock but I have to work pretty fast.  Based on this comparison, I'd say Fabriano is worth the premium price.

Please leave a comment at the bottom of this post and share your experience with different watercolor papers.

Supplies used:

Close To My Heart (CTMH) Hello Lovely papers and White Daisy cardstock
Fabriano Studio Watercolor hot press paper
Strathmore series 300 cold press watercolor paper
CTMH January 2017 Stamp of the Month - Adore You
MFT Stitched Rectangle die
CTMH Exclusive Inks - Sea Glass, Sorbet, Fern, New England Ivy, Blush
MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink
VersaFine Black Onyx Pigment Ink
Copic Sketch Markers - R0000, R00
Offray - 1" translucent and .25" satin ribbons
CTMH - Blush Shimmer Ribbon
May Arts - white lace ribbon
Royal Aqualon watercolor brushes


Valentine Explosion Box

The Hello Lovely papers from Close to My Heart are gorgeous and make crafting with them easy peasy.  I used the CTMH January stamp of the month Adore You, the Hello Lovely stamp & thin cuts bundle to make this explosion box. M size sentiment stamps with similar script to the Adore You set are my go to stamps for Valentine's.

Frames are cut from MFT Stitched Scallop frame dies.  The base of the explosion box was cut from white linen paper at Impressive Ideas in Norcross GA.  Buy the paper there and use their Accut dies for free.

Leave a comment below if you are interested in making this box and or would like the "recipe".

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Paper Sweeties - Whimsical Angels

For a change of style from the last few posts, I made something whimsical.  While I more or less had a design in mind, this evolved as I played.  The cloud background was created with pan pastels and some cloud stencils.   I wanted to use the Crafty Tree die cut left over from another card. The angel on the right came from a stamp and die set by Paper Sweeties which I believe may have been retired.  I stamped, die cut and colored the angel on the right.  The stamp set only came with one angel but I wanted two on opposite sides to hold a banner with the stamped sentiment.  I tried a technique new to me; stamped the angel on a mirror photopolymer stamp, then stamped the mirror image on card stock.  It did not turn out very crisp.  To remedy that, I used  a black Copic multiliner and filled in the outline.  Then I colored the mirror angel with one of my Christmas presents - Chameleon Color Tones alcohol markers.  Love their fine tips and ability to create multiple shades with one pen.  I am still getting used to them.  I cut the arms of the angels with an Xacto knife, then popped left angel with foam tape and tucked the banner under their arms; secured with a dab of Ultimate glue.  Adhered the right angel after I positioned the banner where I wanted it.

The fences are from one of my favorite and first Paper Sweeties purchases Home Tweet Home.  I die cut them out of cherry wood and foam taped them onto the hilly slope.  Added leafy garlands and Paper Sweeties' signature flower sequins for embellishments.  Also gave the banner and angels' wings a hint of glitter with Clear wink of Stella.

Supplies used:
Paper Sweeties Christmas Angel and Wreath stamps and Sweet Cuts sets
Paper Sweeties Home Tweet Home Sweet Cuts
Paper Sweeties Christmas sequins
Poppystamps Crafty Tree Background die Style 1075
MFT Hit the Slopes die
Poppystamps Leafy Garland die Style 1090
Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Border die (for creating cloud stencils)
Paper Smooches Mirror Photopolymer stamps
Copic multiliner 0.3m
Chameleon Colors Tones RD5, RD4, GR4, GR2, OL3, NU0, NU1,PK2, CG8
Wink of Stella Glitter brush pen  - Clear
MFT Hybrid ink pad - Black Licorice
Versafine Pigment ink pad - Onyx Black
PanPastel - 560.8 Phthalo Blue Tint
Ultimate Glue

Friday, December 30, 2016

Memory Box Poinsettia Card

I was so far behind getting Christmas cards and ornaments ready for this year,  it felt like a production with deadlines.  I want to enjoy the creative process and avoid the mad rush.  So I decided to make Christmas cards/gifts throughout the next 11 months.  

Yesterday, on the 5th day of Christmas, I made a card with the Memory Box Poinsettia die; one I've had for a while but not used. (Some of you crafters out there know what I'm talking about....). I love the visual effects from layering different red card stock, mirror metallic, pearlized metallic, matt, and for the center of the flower, I used dull antique gold.  The white background was die cut using the Adler Star Collage from this year's winter release, I left in some of the cut outs to add interest and foam taped over a piece of hunter's green metallic card stock to give it more dimension.

Supplies used:

Memory Box Adler Star Collage die Style 99597
Poppystamps Blooming Poinsettia die Style 861
Poppystamps Pine Twig die Style 1659
IO Stamps Joy die DIE436-D
Red mirror paper
Metallic red cardstock
Hunter green metallic card stock
Bazill Gumdrop card stock
Stampin'Up Real Red card stock
Antique gold heavy card stock

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Poppystamps Oh Christmas Tree!

inside of card

I wanted to make a festive card with traditional red and green colors. Here I "layered' a tree on top of a tree by using the Small Flourish Tree die cut on the inside of a shaker card, then created a tree window with the Crafty Tree Background die. I adhered sequins to the flourish tree so some tree ornaments will be visible instead of all falling to the bottom of the shaker.  A star tree-topper with center rhinestone completes the flourish tree.  Shaved ice,  Christmas snow, glitter jumbo and a few sequins were placed on the inside of the shaker to simulate snow.  For front sentiment I added the word joy and used a glaze pen to give it some shine. Christmas trees do indeed give me JOY!

Supplies used:

Poppystamps Small Flourish Tree die Style 1094
Poppystamps Crafty Tree Background die Style 1075
Memorybox Joy Script die Style 98641
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Frames LF1142
Authentique Happy Christmas collection - Happy Christmas Two paper
Kaisercraft Home for Christmas Collection - Season paper
Bazill Gumdrop cardstock
Craft Medley - various Cup Sequins
JeJe 452 Star stickers
3mm rhinestone
Stampendous - Shaved Ice
Make It Christmas - Christmas snow
The Paper Studio - Glitter jumbo

Serendipity Sparkle challenge

When I saw the theme for the December challenge "Sparkle" I immediately thought of the stamp "Leave a little sparkle wherever you go".  I married the stamp with the snowflakes reverse die to create this card. For sparkle, I used sea glass and white diamonds glitter paper and silver mirror paper for die cut snowflakes.  I inlaid the snowflake die cuts from the different papers.  The sentiment was stamped with Basic Grey and the word sparkle was heat embossed with silver; then fussy cut and popped up with foam tape.

Supplies used:

Serendipity Stamps Leave a Little Sparkle stamp 1381G
Serendipity Stamps Snowflakes Reverse Die 080
Close to my heart Sea Glass and Sea Glass glitter papers, White Diamonds glitter paper, Oh Deer paper collection
Stampin Up Basic Grey ink
Ranger Silver embossing powder
Mirror paper
May Arts ribbon