Saturday, July 04, 2015

Mix-Ability - Red, White and Blue

Happy 4th! I'm late posting for this week's Mix-Ability challenge - Tiffany wanted us to use red, white and blue on our projects.


I've had this sweet sentimental stamp for a couple of years, but hadn't used it - it's an image from Stampa Rosa that I got on ebay because it pulled at my heart. The little boy is colored with Touch Twin Markers (CG1, 3, 5) and his flag is colored with Polychromos Pencils. I stamped him on a 4" Art Square that I had cut in half (so it's 2" x 4", the same size as the stamp block).


The accent squares are done with Brusho, which I have been using obsessively this last week in prep for next week's tutorial! They're mounted on Inchie matboard squares.


Have a safe and happy weekend!
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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Christmas in July

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a holiday project. (HOW is it July already??)


Mitra said we could sneak some peeks at the new stamp images we've been working with so I wanted to share a couple of my new designs! This poinsettia corner stamp is actually a large square (Cover-a-Card size) so it can be used for horizontal or vertical cards, and cropped however you please. It's fun to color in too!


The sentiment is part of a clear set and will also be available in rubber (wood, cling, and bare).


My card is painted with QoR watercolors and Lumiere Acrylic Paints. I used Inka Gold to color the layering panel and the edge of the focal panel.


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.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Splitcoast tutorial - Ombre techniques

In this week's tutorial, Amy Kunkle shares 3 different methods for creating an ombre background - it's a smooth gradient, usually a light-to-dark range of a single color.



For my card, I used Ranger dye reinkers and a wide brush, increasing the amount of water as I went down the panel. (This is Shizen watercolor paper, which is 100% cotton, super textured, and very fun to work with.)


It occurred to me AFTER my card was done that I should have taken some process photos... sorry about that! It was past my brain time. After the panel was dry, I stamped the poppy image (Crafter's Companion), and brushed inside the outline with bleach so I had a white image to color in. The poppies were colored with a mix of dye reinkers and watercolor markers.


The sentiment is one of my designs, which is between companies right now... it's stamped on a diecut from Simon Says Stamp.

Hope you'll try this one out!
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Nerdy bird

**I still have 2 more grab boxes on my sale page - they're getting fuller every day!**


 This week's Mix-Ability challenge is an interesting technique involving adhesive, salt, and watercolor. I probably didn't read follow the directions, but the spirit of the challenge was to experiment, so I'll justify it that way! I started by spreading modeling paste through a stencil, sprinkling salt and Brusho, and then spritzing with water... I'm not sure that the salt had much effect besides making the panel sparkly, but it was fun to play!


I die cut a corner of my panel to create this little nerdy owl - I love him! He's from the latest die release from Impression Obsession, as is this fun nesting frame. The sentiment is here and the branch die is here.


Instead of nesting all the eye pieces I used tiny pearls for the owl's eyes... I also flipped his feet, and cut his little bottom flat so it looked like he was sitting.

That's all I know! Have a great weekend!
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Splitcoast Tutorial - Coloring Hair

This week's tutorial is a coloring tutorial - Elizabeth Whisson is sharing her techniques for coloring hair with alcohol markers. I tried her steps with oil-based pencils, just for fun - here's the card I made! This digital image is 'Between' by Mo Manning.

Hope you'll try out the tutorial - it takes practice to color hair, but Elizabeth has some great tips.


Enjoy today!
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Monday, June 22, 2015

HOME! and updated sale page

Just wanted to let you know that I've updated my sale page with Touch markers, grab boxes, dies and more! Check it out HERE. The grab boxes are lots of fun - there are 4 of them, with similar contents. They still have a little more space to fill at the top, so I'll keep tucking in goodies as long as there's room.

Here's a peek into the top of one of the boxes - there's more goodness underneath! Your box might include a Tim Holtz embossing folder... a shaker globe or 2... ribbon grab bags... mica powders... a Martha Stewart punch... clear stamps from Simon Says... dies... cardstock... washi or fabric tape... a handmade necklace...


It sure seems like we've been away for more than 2 weeks... I'm so thankful to be home! It's a blessing to have a job that makes me want to come back from vacation. We had a wonderful time away with my family in Northern Idaho, up near the Canadian border - here's my tribe...


The house that we stayed in is this 3-story log home - it's in a beautiful location and was fully furnished with everything we needed. The kids enjoyed seeing the deer come out every evening. So grateful for the memories we made, and the time we spent together!

Enjoy your week! I'll be back Wednesday to share this week's Splitcoast tutorial - it's a fun one!

 Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Celebrate You

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project that celebrates individuality! I decided to celebrate by taking I.O.'s House die out of the box.

This card design is actually a CASE of a card I made a few years ago - a French papercrafts magazine had requested a photo without a watermark so I recreated the project for them.

These are the dies I used:
Code: DIE009-Z
Code: DIE017-V

 The edge of the 'paint' is actually the negative cut of the lower border die. I scored the lines along that panel, just adjusting the position so each point would be on a scoring line. (The yellow pencil ended up with a smudgy glue spot in a place I couldn't cover. :(

The bottom of each pencil is aluminum foil tape - it was easy to die cut and apply. The tips were cut with the tip of the die from a die cut oval to give the curved edge.


The sentiment is from a set I reach for often - Mini Messages - that has inchie-sized sentiments. Those are stamped on 1" matboard squares from Inchie Arts.


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.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Splitcoast Tutorial: Rolled Flower Dies

Today's tutorial over on Splitcoast is brought to us by the Rolled Flower Die expert, Kittie Caracciolo - she's sharing her tips for making these spiral die cuts more realistic.

Here's the card I made, using stamps and dies from Impression Obsession. The sentiment is one of my designs, stamped on a 2" Art Square from Inchie Arts.


Kittie's main tip is to roll each petal back using round nose pliers - I hadn't tried that step before, and I love how it adds a layer of realism to the flower buds, even the tiny ones.


This little set of tiny insects was in my stash and I'd never used it before... all the insects are on a single stamp, and they cut out with a single die. The die lines up within a rectangle border on the stamp for easy placement. So cute!


Stamps and dies I used: Insect set (stamp), Insect set (die), Impulse 2, Spiral Flowers Large, All-in-One Frames - Squares


Here's an angled view so you can see the dimension on this card - so fun!

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Happy Anniversary

Just a quick post today - this weekend we've been away celebrating anniversaries with my side of the family and today we're celebrating my parents' 50th anniversary with friends...


This is the card I made for them - the rose image is from I Brake for Stamps, and it's watercolored using Distress markers and a gold QoR mixative (these can be used alone or mixed with any other watercolor medium for some extra shimmer).


The sentiment I used is from Flourishes - it's actually a mix and match set. I also realized that I have a sad lack of anniversary stamps in my collection... the only 2 I could find that said Happy Anniversary were in sort of juvenile fonts. Guess I need to fix that!!


Here's a peek at how I lined up the word stamps on my MISTI using a vinyl grid... so helpful for getting things placed perfectly!


...and here's an angled photo so you can see the shine of the gold mixative!


I'll see you in a few days with a fun tutorial from Kittie Caracciolo!
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Friday, June 12, 2015

Mix-Ability Challenge: Positive Negativity

Happy Mix-Ability day! It's my turn to host and this week it's an inspiration challenge. This is what inspired me... I can't even remember how I came across this blog post, since I don't do my nails EVER... but... I love how she created a beautiful background:


 ... and then covered up some areas with a solid color to let the background show through inside a particular shape.

 

This is a common technique called negative painting - there are several different ways it can be accomplished, but it usually requires coloring OUTSIDE the lines so that the image inside the lines stands out. You can either layer with opaque paints or inks like she's done, or try a technique like Joseph's Coat or Inlaid Die Cuts.

On my cards, I started with some gel prints, then sketched (or you could stamp) an image and painted around the outlines with white acrylic paint. 




Here's what I came up with... I love the curve and warmth of tea and coffee cups so that's the theme today. The other stamps I used are from Impression Obsession.






Hope you're inspired to join us!
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