Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Autumn Coffee Lovin'

A while back one of my creative friends, who knows about my love for coffee, added me to a group on facebook for Coffee Loving Cardmakers- it's been fun seeing everyone's coffee themed cards over the months and today, for the first time, I'm joining in on one of their regular blog hops!  

The theme is fall and it's going on all week, there's some amazing inspiration and I'm so glad I had time to join in this time around!  If you're a friend of mine or it's your first time visiting my (often very neglected) blog, welcome!  I'd love to hear what you think about my card :)

I wanted to play with this cute little own by Unity Stamps and one of my Tim Holtz coffee blueprint stamps.  I colored both up on watercolor paper with some watercolor pencil crayons and matched them with a negative 'friends' die cut I had on my (very messy) workspace from a previous project.  The red background which I had done with Color Burst seemed like a perfect punch of color to use with kraft and put together my card!  There's not a lot of fancy techniques or anything here, just some great stamps & dies, ribbon, paper & washi tape... and a touch of glitter and glossy accents :)

I hope the combination makes you smile though.  It has me wanting to fill up a cup with Pumpkin Spice Latte and enjoy coffee with a good friend!

Have a fantastic day and thanks for checking out my card- I'm looking forward to checking out a bunch of the 500+ cards that are already linked up for the hop :)  Please come back soon- I have been creating lately, just need to get some of my faves posted here on the blog!

Inky hugs,

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Simple Summer Card Set

So I was browsing on Pinterest a bit ago, as I often do when I'm looking for inspiration, and I came across a pin of my card set that had been featured on the Ranger blog.  I was pretty surprised to see the number of times it has been pinned... 3.3k!!! yikes- I'm totally flattered, but kinda bummed too since the tutorial is no longer up on Ranger's website for some reason.  So, I'm sharing it with you again here today- perhaps if you see it with a link to Ranger on Pinterest sometime, you'll share this new link!

I used a simple torn paper masking technique to create stripes of blended color.  You can see from the card samples some colors that pair together nicely, I like using yellow as combines with so many colors beautifully!

 To start, pre-cut a white layer of cardstock and tape torn copy paper over it onto your craft sheet, leaving a space for your ink to be applied.

Using an ink applicator tool, start with your lightest colors and layer them over the torn paper.

Continue layering and blending more shades of Distress Ink until you are happy with the shades.

Ink up a background stamp with one of the lightest colors you used and stamp it over your inked background.

Lift the torn copy paper to reveal your finished background!  Oooh, aaah... isn't it pretty?

Stamp a foliage or tree type image over your background in Black Archival Ink.  Use coordinating colors of Distress Markers to create a 3D embellishment with a butterfly stamp to add a bit of texture to your simple card.

Layer the piece of white cardstock onto a black card base and your card is complete!   Repeat and create in a variety of colors and with assorted sentiments for a nice gift... or leave the sentiment off and add them as you need them :)

Please, help me share the new link to this tutorial as you see dead links posted other places online!  Hope you have some inky fun today!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Big Sunflower

Have you ever gone to a painting party, or similar class where everything is provided for you and you and a group of  friends get instructions to create a big, fun canvas you can display on your home?  They're pretty fun and a great way to try something new.  This project was inspired by those paint nights.  I went to one last winter, and realized that it's June and I still have a winter painting on my mantle.  Ooops.  So I looked for classes to attend, but didn't find one that I could make work with my schedule... then I bought some canvases and decided I would just make my own.  I browsed Pinterest for ideas and got my creative juices flowing, then decided to kick it up a notch and make it my own mixed media work of art.  It was a lot of fun.

I give a few details on the project over on a blog post at Scrap N, please check it out!  Here's a couple close up pics, but you'll see more on the other blog post.  I'm thinking it would be fun to teach a class on this project, but have to work through start up supplies and such since I basically did this on my lap instead of on an easel or something. LOL

Hope you like my big sunflower!  It was fun to do something that was totally out of my comfort zone, and I love having it on display in my home :)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Gold Bless You

I had some fun with Color Burst again... I'm pretty much addicted to making backgrounds with this stuff.  It's so much fun!  I wanted to make a simple card to feature one of my new Wildflower dies (I've been wanting these pretties by Tim Holtz for a while now!) and when I found this perfectly sized piece of watercolor paper on my (messy) workspace I knew the direction I would be heading...

Here's how my background started out.  A spritz of water, a few sprinkles of Color Burst, more water and some bursts with my heat tool... add more as needed and continue until it's fabulous :)

The sentiment is by Paper Smooches.  The boldness called out to be glittered up with Stickles, simple & sparkly is always good!

This card was featured last week as my Tuesday with Tara post on the Scrap N Stamp blog- visit me there and leave a comment for a chance to win some surprise goodies! 

Monday, June 06, 2016

What if you fly?

I had a chance to stop by I'm Impressed on Granville Island (Vancouver, BC) when I was home visiting Canada last month.  I normally stay clear of wood mounted stamps these days, though they are still one of my favourite things in the world!  I fell in love with this stamp by Impression Obsession and had to purchase it and make a project with it the first chance I got back home in North Carolina (yep- I'm lucky enough to call two places "home" these days!)
my project started with this background on two kraft tags primed with gesso.  I used the baby wipe technique, paints & stencils by Dina Wakley (and one stencil by Tim Holtz).  I blogged all about this project as a Tuesday with Tara post, so you can read all about it there.  I've had technical difficulties with images on mobile devices with that post, so hopefully the images here will work!
I wanted a bold yellow bee to go with my stamped sentiment, so mixed together modeling paste, acrylic paint and color burst and got some amazing bright yellow, even when dry!  Love it!  Here's the finished tag (I made two, but this is my fave!):
 And here's another look at that gravity defying bee... love it!

Here's a few images of the other tag I made, using clear texture paste over a yellow bee that was part of my tag background.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Grungy Butterflies

I've been continuing to make more of an effort to get some inky, creative play time in the studio... mostly that means half finished projects (can I get an "amen"?) but sometimes I take those bits and manage to make them into a card or tag... or something I can actually call complete :)  I finished one of those this week to share on my Tuesday with Tara blog post, but want to share it with you here as well!  Plus, I took some inspiration from a current (I know!!!) Sketch Saturday sketch so I totally have to take a minute to link up to that!

My card is inspired by an almost current 12 tags of 2016 by Tim Holtz.  I'm a firm believer in switching things up and using what you have (especially on a tight budget), but I achieved something pretty similar to the look he made, I think.

There's a few more details on the Tuesday with Tara post- plus you can leave a comment there and have a chance to win some stamps :)  Please pop over and take a second to check it out!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a creative day/week/month... :)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Hershey Boy Mixed Media

I had some mixed media fun this week and created a finnabair inspired piece.  It was my first time creating in this style with a photograph, so I decided to keep it small.  I found a box of greeting cards and used the lid of it as my canvas.  Here's what I came up with:

and here's a few close up details...  isn't my Hershey boy a sweetie?

Hope you like it!  It was a fun project and I've got a tutorial with step by step photos up on the Scrap n' Stamp Canada blog.  Check it out :)  Hope you're having a great spring so far!

Friday, March 04, 2016

Leave a little sparkle...

I've had good intentions of keeping this blog updated, but haven't exactly been doing a great job!  I have been posting regularly over at Scrap 'n Stamp Canada's blog in my Tuesday with Tara posts, so know that I haven't completely dropped off the face of the earth :)  I shared a cheery little card this week and wanted to post about it here too- I'm still loving those Bird Crazy stamps Tim Holtz put out last year, and have been having fun with some mixing up of different media products and creating my own custom glazes with translucent texture paste!

My paste recipe this week included 3D Gloss Gel by Prima, a combination of Lucky Clover & Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to tint it and some white chunky glitter by American Crafts.  I love tinting the clear paste and waiting to see what result I'll get... and I love adding glitter to the mix because it gives me all the sparkle I love without the mess of loose glitter :)  

All the glitter was inspired by this Tim Holtz sentiment stamp... I had fun playing with my Color Burst paints over the dried paste on this background.  I actually love how unpredictable it is, and the splotches of color you get...  this combo of yellow and orange against my aqua textured details gives such a fun POP!  And of course I had to finish of my crazy bird with a generous dose of Stickles Glitter Glue as well!

You can read a bit more about how I made my card on the Scrap 'n Stamp blog and also enter for a chance to win some Watercolor Cardstock too!  I post there every week and I'm going to try to share projects here more often too...  I had a fair bit of extra paste after doing this background, so I should have some more projects to share with you using the extra backgrounds I create from it!  I've got a bit of extra time before work today so I'm off to get my fingers inky... hope you have a great day!