Thursday, January 19, 2017

"Clearly" With Love!

Hi there,

Today, I'd like to share something a little different. I was cleaning up in my stamping room/and everything else room (luckily I have a split wall and I'm behind it) The rest is a complete utter mess right now! February's project maybe???? As I was putting things in their correct places I came across this product that I didn't even know I had "Clearly For Art: Modeling Film". So I decided to give it a go! After you stamp, you can color with alcohol inks and then heat set it, and actually mold it into whatever shape you like!

So I started off with the flowers and leaves from the Sparkle N Sprinkle Build-a-Flower Set 811. You need to use Archival Jet Black Ink for this technique.

I actually rubbed off the veins (using the alcohol blending solution) from the leaves before using them, as I thought it would have competed with the veins in the flowers. I stamped the flowers and leaves from Set 811 and then used Adirondack Inks: Meadow, Lettuce for the leaves and Cranberry and Purple Twilight for the flowers. Just daubed them on with a little blending solution.

I wanted the flowers and leaves to have center stage and so looked for something to display them on. I found the Poppy Large Circle Burst Die. Punching holes in the three leaves first and combining it with the big flower and threading it through the front of the Circle Burst, then the two other smaller flowers were positioned on either side:

The sentiment from Blossom Sets 429 was stamped in Versamark and then heat set with Belgian Cream on the black card front. All the corners were cut off at this point with the corner rounder.

A sheer green ribbon was threaded through on the opposite side of the flowers.

I then decided that it should become an easel card at this point.

Nuvo Jewel Drops: Pale Periwinkle and Key Lime were added to the corners of the card front. The sheer Lime Green Ribbon was just mounted on top of Mounting Tape to give the Easel it's "stop". "With Love" from Wetlands 2 Set 791 was stamped above the "stop".

That completes my project for today!

Hope you've enjoyed your stay today, please let me know in the comment section.

I'd like to share my project over at the following challenges:

Craft Rocket Challenge #31: Add a Bow
Fab and Funky Challenge #334: Must use a Bow
Craft-Dee-Bowz January 2017 Challenge: Use a hand-made bow
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge January 15th: Anything Goes

Big hugs,


Friday, January 13, 2017

Musical Happy Birthday!

Hi there,

An extra post from me this week. We had a special little lady turn 21 last Monday. She has brought us so much joy over the years - it has truly been a wonder to watch her grow from baby to the beautiful lady that she has become. Her passion is music: handbells and singing, for which she is undergoing a five-year program at Westminster Choir College, NJ. We look forward to seeing what the road ahead has in store for this exceptional young woman!

I wanted to have a music theme for her card, so I started with a burgundy background - purple is Gillian's favorite color! Next I found a lovely piece of music DP, which happened to have some color at the edges, which worked in well with the base card. Found this old Hero Arts Bird Collage stamp which I stamped in Ranger's Archival Ink onto white cardstock. Then I went to town with the Art Anthology Paints (Vegas Gold, Pumpkin Spice, Coral and Leaf) and colored in the bird and the flowers and leaves with those and set it aside to dry.

After it was dry (maybe half an hour at most) I die cut the image with Spellbinders Floral Ovals, and left the die in place while I sprayed the Art Anthology Sprays (Timeless, Wild Orchid and Rustic) over the top. The sprays dry very quickly and then I took the Nuvo Fine Tip Glue Pen and added some Sparkling Snow Glitter to the flowers and leaves on the image. I wanted to add some flowers to the card and I happened to have some that had musical notes on them (though I'm not sure where I got them from!). Anyway, I sprayed them with the same three colors. When they were dry I used a paint brush and applied some Brushable Glue to some of the petals and added Cloud Nine.

I tried to find something with music, but couldn't find anything for the card front, so did this on the inside with Versamark, Black Detail embossing powder and the same three sprays carried over from the front. The row of birds and sentiment is from the Bird Song Set 496 from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

The sentiment on the front was a challenge! I wanted to use the Happy Birthday die, but I wanted to have different layers on the card front, so knew it wouldn't be good to just glue it down. So I took the smaller die from the SB Floral Ovals and sprayed the inside before removing the die, then I used the little oval from the Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large and cut out a scrap of Super Adhesive Sheet. This was then attached to the center of the sprayed floral oval. I die cut the Happy Birthday (from the burgundy cardstock) from Sizzix Thinlits Celebrate and positioned it on top of the adhesive and then applied Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter to the remaining sticky surface.

Then everything was put together. The image was put on first to the music DP, with foam squares. Then the flowers were attached with brass brads. The little ivy stems (Creative Expressions Craft Dies) were cut from white cardstock and sprayed with the same three sprays. Those were tucked under the flowers as shown and then the sentiment was added at the base with foam squares.

I had fun creating this for my special little girl! How can she be 21 already? Sing On and Ring On, looking forward to the ride, Gillian!

I'd like to join the following challenges:

Scrapy Land: Anything goes #57 (Using dies that Scrapy Land sells)
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #18: Anything Goes
Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes

Thursday, January 12, 2017

You Crack Me Up

Hi there,
Today I'd like to share with you this cute little flip-it card, using the new January Reveal Set Easter Chicky Set 820. 
To begin I stamped this cute little chick on ivory cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored her in with some pastel colored Copics.
This was then die cut with the Spellbinders Standard Circles die and sponged with a little Memento Angel Pink around the edges before I removed the die. I then layered this to a piece of peach cardstock, cut with the Classic Scalloped Circles die and this was then attached to the center of the circle in the Sizzix Circle Flip-Its die. I used 1/4" Tear-ific Tape as my adhesive.
I stamped the shell twice in Memento Tuxedo Black and after coloring them with Copics I covered both pieces in Moonstone, one of the Nuvo Glimmer Pastes.
When dry (it takes 15 minutes at most) one would serve as a bonnet and the other would be attached to the back sentiment panel, done in the same way as the front. Two pieces of Super Adhesive Sheets were run through on the short edge of the Flip-Its die and would be adhered to the front side panel and one to the back side panel (leaving a little space for any written note.
I stamped out the little pansy border from the set three times in Memento Tuxedo Black and they were also colored with Copics before having LemonadeLavender Iris and Green Iris Glitters added to the respective colors, using the Nuvo Fine Tip Glue Pen.
I removed the backing of the front side panel adhesive and placed the border of pansies along the edge before adding Daisy Microfine Glitter to the rest of the sticky panel.
The back panel was covered with Peach Bellini, another Velvet Glitter and then the three single pansies were popped up at the base with Foam Squares.
The "peep peep" was stamped in the little note area and that ended my card for the day.
One last view to leave you with:
Hope you've enjoyed your visit here today? 
Warm hugs,

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Happy New Year everyone! Hope you've all started out the new year well and that you continue to have a healthy and very happy 2017!

Today, I'd like to share with you a card I made with one of the "TEN" new January Reveal sets from Sparkle N Sprinkle (Cattelya Friendship 818) - hope you were able to get in on the hopping. That would have been a lovely win to start off the new year!

I decided to take a totally different spin with this one. I wanted to work with a Nuance powder background (created with pink, violet and purple hues together with the Mini Mister). I did a couple of sheets of the background paper. Figured while I had the stuff out I should do more that one.  

After drying the background with the heat tool, I cut the corners off one of the pieces using the Poppy Stamps Clara Corner Die.

Then I went ahead and stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with White Detail. OK, so it really don't show up too well, so now what?

So I colored it in with Copics: V15, V09, RV04 and RV05. Then I used the Nuvo Fine Tip Glue Pen and Sparkling Snow to color in the petals of the bouquet.

Then I went over the white embossing with a Signo White pen to cover up any "over coloring"! The next step was to stick it down on top of a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet, Sparkling Snow was applied to the remaining sticky adhesive. 

A purple ribbon (made with my Craft-Dee-Bowz) was added to the top left corner before the card front was layered to the purple. This was then layered to a 6" x 6" piece of glossy white card stock.

Hope you've enjoyed my first post for 2017? Please comment and let me know you stopped by - I'll exchange the favor.

I'd like to join in the following challenges:
Craft-Dee-Bowz: Anything Goes with a homemade ribbon
Crafty Addicts Challenge # 32: Monochromatic

Big warm winter hugs!