Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Design Team Announcement

Today I am excited to announce that I am on the new Stamping Smiles Design Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge Design Team!!

I have long been admirer of Ka, the challenge owner, whom is a talented paper crafter and a really lovely person. I am delighted to be able to work with her and the other fabulous crafters on this design team.

I have to admit that this type of challenge is new to me but I know that it will be one to get my creative juices flowing. I am SO EXCITED to be a part of this design team and I hope that you will have fun playing along too.

Please check out the other talented design team members that I will be creating with.

The Challenge Originator

Design Team Members

I thank you for stopping by!! Have a wonderful day!!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Paperie Ink-Christmas Caroling with the Hedgehogs

Happy Friday!! It is exactly one week before Christmas! My blog has been echoing with all the nonexistent posts. I am so disappointed in myself!! I have been busy with Christmas preparations and my crafting has gone by the wayside. I have a week off starting on Christmas eve and I am hoping to get A LOT of creating done so I can post a bit more.

It is my turn over at the Paperie Ink blog.  I am sharing a card I created with the versatile Christmas Carolers stamp and die set from Paperie Ink. This set is SO CUTE and I have had fun creating all kinds of cards with it. I decided to create a holiday theme for this card.

I created the little scene by first blending Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint Sketch Distress inks, then stamping and heat embossing the snowflakes. I then added the adorable hedgehogs that I had stamped, die cut and colored in with Copic markers and adhered over some die cut hills. I dressed them in some festive headpieces, using foam adhesive to give each a little dimension. 

The music stand is adhered with foam adhesive too, and positioned in front of the little critters. 
I then adhered the entire scene over a red A2 card base that I covered with a stamped die cut.  

The last step was to stamp the white banner with the sentiment in red. I adhered it using foam adhesive so that it straddled both the scene and the red card base. 

This card was so fun to make with these little guys. I also LOVE how the background with the Distress inks came out!! 

Thank you for stopping by. For more adorable cuteness, please visit the Paperie Ink blog. 


Friday, December 11, 2015

Utilizing Smaller Images in Stamp Sets Using "The Christmas Carolers" set from Paperie Ink

Happy Friday! I have had such a hard time creating and keeping up with this blog due to all the holiday preparations. I have trying to get my shopping done and go to the gym now that I have been cleared to do cardio again. It has been interfering with my crafting time, though, and that makes me cranky. I wish there were more hours in the day!!

This week week we celebrated Charlotte's fifteenth birthday. I cannot believe my baby turned fifteen!!
We had a little party for her a week ago today and these are a few photos. Not the greatest but what I was able to get. Char is not exactly willing to have her photo taken these days.

Nice Face, huh? I love this kid so much!!

Today is my day to share a post on the Paperie Ink blog. I stamped two cards using the Christmas Carolers stamp set. Often when I use my stamps, I focus on stamping with the main images. I decided I wanted to utilize the smaller images on some cards to show the versatility of this stamp set. Here are some sneak peeks of my two cards.

Please pop over to the Paperie Ink Blog to see the details.

I thank you for stopping by today. Have a great day!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

"Tons of Thoughts" by Paperie Ink

Yesterday I blogged about a card using the stamps and dies "Tons of Thoughts" by Paperie Ink. While I was creating this project, I shot a few photos to create a step-by-step post to share with you. Below is the card I created:

The first thing I did to create this card was to stamp the elephant and the pinwheel onto watercolor paper using archival ink. I then used my big shot to die cut the images out.

Next I used Distress Ink like a watercolor to paint both of the images. I set them aside to dry.

I trimmed a piece of watercolor paper into a 4 1/4" by 5 1/2" piece. I then misted it with "Summer Sky" mist by Prima. I used my heat gun to dry it and blended "Tumbled Glass" Distress Ink over the top. 

I then misted BOTH "Picket Fence" Distress Stain and "Sparkle" Shimmer Spritz over the top. I used my heat gun to dry it.

I then die cut some frames-one out of vellum and one out of a patterned paper scrap-using a PaperTray Ink die. I also did some masking and stamped the sentiment onto two yellow banners. While I was looking at the pieces, I felt there was something missing so I stamped and die cut an additional image from the "Tons of Thoughts" set. I then used the same Distress Marker technique to watercolor the ball that I used to color in the elephant and pinwheel.

I adhered the watercolor panel to a white card base. Next I adhered the two frames over each other, tipping them so that you could see the vellum frame peeking out from the polka dot frame. I adhered the beach ball over the frames and used foam adhesive for the elephant to give it a bit of dimension. I adhered the sentiment banners to the card to finish it off.

I still thought the card needed a few finishing touches. I used clear Wink of Stella on the beach ball and the pinwheel, as well as some enamel dots. I then adhered some clear sequins randomly on the card.

I adore the elephant images from this set and will be trying to use some different mediums to color them in. I also LOVE how my background came out. 

I thank you for stopping by today and hope you have a fabulous weekend!!