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

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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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Mix-Ability - Tulips

Birgit's Mix-Ability challenge this week is to feature tulips on our mixed media creations! Yay, spring!

My background is another one of my paint catchers - I think this one started as a sheet for testing markers, so it has a fun mix of color swatches and labels as the first layer of color. The tulip stamps are from Crafter's Companion (Sheena Douglass' Paint Fusion line), and the sentiment is one of mine from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

I colored the tulips in with Liquitex Paint Markers - those are so fun!! I love the ability to layer colors and directly blend.

Hope you'll join us for this week's challenge!
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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: You Are My Sunshine

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a sunny card.

Instead of using sunny colors, I created a sunburst background using scraps of paper from my stash. Each scrap was cut into a long rectangle, then cut from corner to corner to create long triangles. I glued the triangles onto a white rectangle base, then trimmed off the excess around the edges.

Die sets I used: 

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 02, 2014

Splitcoast Tutorial: Checkerboard Flooring

This week's tutorial at Splitcoaststampers is a fun one from Irene Rhodes - she's sharing how she adds checkerboard flooring to her cards for a a realistic scene. I needed a couple of crafty thank you cards, so I printed two digital stamps and pulled out my markers - it's been a long time since I used them together!

 The image on this card is from Mo's Digital's called Jo Painting.

To add the floor I chose a point (I think it was the tip of her nose, actually ), and let all my floor lines radiate from there rather than measuring along the horizontal line. The sentiment is one of my designs at Impression Obsession.

This second image is from Saturated Canary (it's a newer one called A New Canvas). I used Irene's  instructions for wood flooring - love how that turned out!

 The wall art was 'painted' using ink from my markers and a waterbrush filled with rubbing alcohol.

My vanishing point was the bottom point of the heart on her sleeve. I used a lighter color (Sand) over the floor boards (Leather Brown) to add a little depth and grain to the wood.

These are the Touch Twin Markers I used - to save time I used the same colors on both cards, and added some shading with Polychromos Pencils.

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