Thursday, April 24, 2014

Beautiful Things

As soon as I saw this new set from Taylored Expressions I knew it needed to come and live at my house, along with its friend with the pencils in a can. Both sets are so 'me' and will make great thank you cards for my guest tutorial authors!

The brushes are colored using Inktense pencils. I used a white acrylic paint marker on the jar. Goodness, I love that sentiment.

We're away from home at Mayo Clinic this week - thanks for those who have kept pace with our family and are praying for us! It means so much!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Splitcoast Tutorial: Faux Glass

This week's tutorial on Splitcoast is a fun and beautiful up-cycling project. Mary Prasad shows us how to use plastic packaging to create dimensional embellishments that she describes as 'faux glass'.

 Her sample for the tutorial is a flower, but I thought a layered butterfly would be pretty - I used dies from Impression Obsession to cut the butterflies (Fancy Butterfly die set), and then colored the layers with Touch Twin Markers.

I used inks and acrylic paints to create the background for the butterfly - in the week before we moved I had limited supplies to work with that I could still pull out, so I added that challenge to the project. The sentiment is from smARTworks, now out of business.

 Here's a side view so you can see the dimension on the wings. The technique is fun and easy, and the tutorial is beautiful - I hope you'll give it a try!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Power Poppy!!

I'm hanging out over on the Power Poppy blog today - come take a peek into my process for making pretty little tags like these!

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Inktense monoprinting - CAS

This week I was able to shoot the video portion of a tutorial for monoprinting with Inktense Blocks on a misted embossing folder. I'm having so much fun with this technique - it's easy, and makes such unique prints, which can be used alone or as bases for more mixed media layers. I'll share samples over the next week or so! Video soon!

I took one print with a 3-inch White Art Square from Inchie Arts, and I loved the way the ink pooled and puddled on the surface, without causing a warp or buckle. After one application of the ink, this was the 3rd print I took - a little goes quite a long way! The ink is so highly pigmented.

Here's a look at the blocks in their packaging - the pigment and ink is the same as you may be familiar with in the Inktense Pencils, just in a larger block format for backgrounds and other effects. Like the pencils, the blocks can be used wet or dry, and after being activated with water, the ink is permanent when dry.

I layered the matboard square on a simple 2-panel card base, with a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp and a white satin bow. Done!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Out of the Box

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project that is 'out of the box'.

I found these wood pieces on etsy and thought they'd make a fun 'something'...

Fun shape for earrings, right? I started by stamping one of the images from the Round Ornaments 2 clear set on the wood pieces using Versamark ink, then embossing with clear powder.

I rubbed acrylic paint onto the wood pieces with my finger, then spritzed with water and wiped with a soft cloth - the embossing powder resisted the paint, and let the pattern and the wood show through. When the paint was dry, I added some sponged Fluid Chalk ink, and then highlighted the raised areas with copper Inka Gold. The whole piece is finished with a coat of Crystal Lacquer.

I love how these turned out, and I'll be making more to sell once we get settled! I think it's time to open the Etsy store again...

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration -

Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Mama Dini's Stamperia ---- you're here
Ellen @ The Serendipitous Stamper
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio

Remember you can enter these challenges too, using your Impression Obsession stamps! See the I.O. blog for all the details - you might even win a $25 gift certificate!! We'd love to have you join us.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

3D Word Dies

I looooove this week's tutorial - I had so much fun coming up with samples and variations to really give word-shaped dies an extra POW. Here are the samples I made for the video and photo tutorial, which you can view HERE. All the stamps and dies I used are from Impression Obsession.

 This card shows the basic technique for using a single word die... I used the Thanks Word die as my focal point, then used the Bunch of Blossoms set and Small Leaf set for the bouquet. The flowers are stamped with Versamagic chalk ink.

For the second card, I showed a variation on the technique using 2 dies, one above the other. This is the Happy Birthday Word set, and I also used my Feathers dies.

Here I used the negative cuts from the previous card in a little different orientation, with the lines going two different directions. The star dies are from Quickutz.

Finally, a simpler version, with parallel lines. The bicycle is from a favorite clear set called Riding Pretty, which has a new accompanying die set . I used a couple of Spiral Flowers and the Leaf Cluster die to fill the basket. The stamped image is painted with reinkers.

Hope you'll check out the tutorial and give it a try!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter Lilies

 Tiffany's Mix-Ability challenge this week is to create a project with a faith, Easter or spring theme! Surprisingly enough, I had some appropriate Easter stamps to use. Yay me!

I had some fun the other night just playing. I bought myself a set of Inktense Blocks for a belated birthday present, and finally got them out. I inherited some embossing folders that are too wide for my Big Shot, so I thought I'd try using them for monoprinting. I spritzed inside the folder, rubbed a block over the wet area, then laid watercolor paper on the folder to take a print. This is one of the backgrounds I made using a rose folder. I'll share another one next week! Maybe a tutorial is in order, if anyone's interested. :)

Here's a closer look at the lilies and the background. There's some Old Silver Inka Gold rubbed over the background that doesn't show in the photo. Stamps I used: Loving Lily, Loving Lily 2, Rose Typographie

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Always on my mind...

Not sure who first led me to pop over to Aha Arts, but if it was you, thank you! The style of the artwork is a diversion from my usual realistic style, but I was pleasantly surprised that the watercolored version turned out 'me' anyway.

This is the set that I used... I bought it with Hope You Can Cling To in mind, because I loved the sentiment and the range of emotions on the girls' sweet faces... I was feeling particularly overwhelmed yesterday, so the melancholy of the blue girl grabbed my attention. She's watercolored using Shinhan Premium Watercolors.

Here's a closer look - I love her little pout. I had a few of those moments yesterday too! Change is hard. And I could not FIND anything!

I added a little tag with a sentiment from Power Poppy... it fit my mood, and I love that song as well! I used this week's sketch at Splitcoaststampers to get me going.

Still struggling to get organized, but I have a larger desk coming that will really help me feel less cramped in my live-in closet. I'm at a card table right now, and I'm thankful for it, but a little tired of rotating piles to make room to work. Not to whine though...  we certainly didn't come all this way for me to be comfortable crafting. :) My husband has been experiencing much less anxiety on this side of the ocean, and we made steps today toward getting him in to Mayo Clinic very soon. Good things... good things.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Jar of thanks

Just a fun and cheery card for your Monday! I was going to share this during the blog hop a couple of weeks ago but ended up switching it out. A note of thanks to all who have helped us through our transition back into life Stateside. What a blessing... wow, what a process we're in!

 I cut the Hollyhocks and Mason Jar out of watercolor paper and colored them using Touch Twin Markers. The colors I used are below. The sentiment stamp is from the Hydrangea clear set.

To create a background for the jar scene, I debossed the Circle Shaker Frame into the white panel, using the embossing plates for my Big Shot.

These are the Touch Twin Markers that I used:

Circle Shaker Frame

Mason Jar
Mini Rectangle Tags

Have a great week!
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Saturday, April 05, 2014

For Sale

I've updated my For Sale page with some art supplies (including some used watercolor and Inktense pencils, and a brand new set of PanPastels) and a variety of dies... take a look if you're interested! Just trying to consolidate and weed out some duplicates from my stash.

I spent a good chunk of today moving my crafty stuff into the walk-in closet where we're staying - so fun! I brought quite of bit with me, and also had some belated Christmas/birthday presents waiting for me, in addition to some supplies that Beate passed on when she retired. I'm excited about getting creative again after being packed up for a few weeks, and also opening up my etsy store again sometime soon! I'll keep you posted.

We had a smooth trip to the States, and we're adjusting bit by bit. I was just looking through the pictures I took when the entire campus showed up on our porch to say goodbye - there was so much love and laughing and joking to cover up the sads. It just didn't seem real.... until the car started rolling. With such a swift transition, I know that culture shock will hit us hard at some point on this end too.  We're so grateful for our church family here - they have shown their love for us in soooooo many tangible ways!

Have a great weekend! xo
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