Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mix-Ability challenge: Fire

So good to be home!

After almost 2 weeks away with a more relaxed schedule, though, it's a little hard to jump into things again. So thankful to have had a card in my stash that fits this week's Mix-Ability challenge! Janelle is challenging us to use one of the 4 elements (earth, wind, fire or water) to inspire our projects this week.

This is one of my CHA samples, made using stamps from my latest release. I honestly have no recollection of how I made this card...! From the colors, I'd guess the base is done with reinkers... then splattered and stamped, and then misted again to add the white dots (those are acrylic marker). Anyone else ever get crafty amnesia? We had a shortened work time for making samples this time around, and once I get in the zone... things flow. Here's a closer look....

Stamps I used: Brush Thanks, Daisy

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Splitcoast Tutorial: Colored Dry Embossing

This week's tutorial on Splitcoast is on Colored Dry Embossing. I've done this a little bit, and I compiled a few tips into the video on the tutorial page! I hope you'll check it out - it's lots of fun, and can be done with a variety of art media.

My card was colored using Distress Markers and a blender pen. I scribbled the ink onto a tile palette and picked the color up with the blender pen tip. I loved the results that I got with the Stampin' Up! blender pen, and that's the one I use and recommend - quite a few people have asked me. They come in a pack of 3, and the ends don't seem to fray and fuzz like other brands I've used.

This embossing folder is made by Darice. I usually get them on sale at Consumer Crafts - occasionally they'll have a BOGO sale or deep discounts. Darice has some nice folders with scenes that are great for this technique.

To soften the whiteness of the card, I spritzed some water over my first layer of color and let the colors feather out a little, then added more color after the panel was dry. I used a little gold Delicata ink to add a little sparkle to the flourishes. Isn't this design so fun?

The sentiment is a favorite from one of my Fall releases at Impression Obsession - Change Always Comes.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Inchie Arts - Quilt Blocks

I've been wanting to try some paper quilting, and had the opportunity finally when a couple of challenges for DTGD converged. Here's a little set I made...

I cut squares from designer paper and some of my layered gel prints using the 7/8" Sizzix Grid Works die. The squares were laid on doubled sided adhesive sheets (Elizabeth Craft Designs) and then trimmed. I cut from corner to corner on a few of the squares, and divided some of those triangles in half as well.

I laid full squares and pieced triangles onto white matboard Inchie Squares from Inchie Arts and pieced those squares onto die cut panels of cardstock. I ran the assembled panels through my Big Shot using the Darice Wire Fence embossing folder - the dotted squares lined up almost perfectly with my little quilt pieces, and look like  stitching. Here's a closer look:

Here's a second card I made just using gel prints, and a slightly different star pattern. I found lots of 9-block patterns online - I'm sure I'll come back to this again!

The finished cards are 4.25" square.

Have you tried paper quilting? I'd love to see your results!

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mix-Ability Challenge: Roly Poly

Jeanne's Mix-Ability challenge this week is to roll color onto our projects. I used a brayer to roll a mixture of acrylic paints onto the raised areas of my embossed background.

Here's a closer look at the focal panel of the card - it's colored using Touch Twin Markers, and the colors I used are below. This image is a new one from Impression Obsession and her name is Olivia. The sentiment is from one of my clear sets, called Life Stuff Sentiments.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: The gift of friendship

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project that celebrates friendship.

This is a card I created for the recent CHA Paper Arts Show - the main panel is a single layer of watercolor paper, masked with Frog Tape, which is pretty amazing stuff! If you go to look for it at your hardware store, look for the roll that is yellow and designed for delicate surfaces. There was hardly any seeping of water or paint under the edge, and it pulled away from the paper very easily.

I stamped along the edge of the mask with Small Rose Bouquet and used Distress Markers and a waterbrush to color them in and add some more color to the base. I stamped lightly with Cover-A-Card Broken Chainlink, holding the stamp slightly curved in my hand to just stamp in a few places.

The word stamps are HERE and HERE.

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
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink
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, August 20, 2014

Splitcoast Tutorial: Stamp Etching

This week's tutorial is from our own Lydia Fiedler - it's a technique she calls Stamp Etching. To add dimension and detail to stamped images, you sketch in lines for shading. I used a Penny Black stamp for my sample - I love these large format stamps and the open areas of this one were just perfect.

My card started off as a square Fabriano card that was printed using Brusho Crystal Colors and an embossing folder from Crafter's Companion. It had gotten buried on my desk during Dare To Get Dirty - I actually meant to use it for one of the challenges! I stamped the flowers, added the etching lines, and then masked each flower and leaf using a Sakura Glaze Pen.

I added a wash of dye ink over the coloring, and the glaze resisted the ink. While it was still wet, I spun my roll of drywall tape through it to lightly spread the color and add some texture.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp - love it! Hope you'll give this technique a try.... just because you're amazing!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Power Poppy

I'm hanging out over on the Power Poppy blog today! Come and visit to learn some of my tips and tricks for making the project below! See you there!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Mix-Ability: Rice!

This week's Mix-Ability challenge is to use rice with watercolor for a fun effect. Dry rice absorbs liquid, so when it's sprinkled over wet watercoloring, it soaks up some of the water and color, and leaves an interesting pattern. I've done a similar technique with rock and table salt, but those usually leave a little salty crust on the card. This has a similar look, but nothing left behind! Here's my card for Lydia's challenge.

I started off my background with a wash using pigment from an Inktense Block. The first layer was the yellow orange, and I used some rice in the upper right corner. I haven't used any of the Paint Fusion sets for a while (Sheena Douglass, via Crafter's Companion), so I pulled out the Fuchsia set. These outline stamps are so fun to work with! I watered down acrylic paints to fill in the images... I'm so used to working with transparent mediums - it's fun to build up layers with acrylics! I beefed up my collection so I can do more with my Gelli Plate.

Here's a closer look at the flowers - that stencil pattern is from Martha Stewart. I found a great deal on HSN last week, and enabled a few others as well. ;) Below you can see the painted details a little better, as well as the texture left by the rice. The sentiment is one of my own designs from Impression Obsession, found HERE.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Splitcoast Tutorial: Quarter Fold Card

This week's Quarter Fold Card tutorial was shared with us by Jana O'Brien - this is a really simple and fun card that folds up just like a packing box. This is the card I made for the video, using digital stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

I love the way this closes up - I think it's perfect for tucking in a little birthday cash, and a handful of confetti would fly every which way when you open it up... hee! I'll have to try that.

Here's a closeup of the cupcake - I used my time-saving pointillism technique there. So fun!

These are the Touch Twin Markers I used to color in the cupcake:

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