Saturday, January 26, 2013

Make It Monday #101 Layered Embossing: Valentines Card


I can't believe that January is coming to an end! Really?!?!? One month of 2013 already gone? Whew...I need to step up my game! *smile* Well - this week I had a blast participating in the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge. This week the challenge was to Layer Embossing...so that is exactly what I did...I used the Mhendi Medallion stamp set and a stamp positioner to first stamp the large medallion and embossed it with detail black embossing powder.

Then I punched four squares out of Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst, Limeade, and Hawaiin Shores.  I laid them on top of the medallion and using the stamp positioner and stamped the large medallion again onto the four squares with versa mark ink - and embossed with detail clear embossing powder.


Once the squares had cooled, I stamped each square with L, heart, V & E with versa mark ink and sprinkled them with detailed white embossing powder. Before you heat the this layer of the embossing powder - be sure and let your heat tool get hot so you don't have to over heat the powder...and you won't get as much blurring between the two layers. Once they had cooled the second time, I popped them back in place over the original medallion on a layer of dimensionals. I added a bit of a flurry of confetti hearts - just because it seemed like a happy thing to do!

This is a fun technique...I hope you will try it for yourself!

I am working on our next series...which will be a few Valentines Day Projects. I hope you will join me over on YouTube - I had a messy and fun session of creative play - and want to invite you to visit my studio - and we even end up actually creating a Valentines Day Card!  Bonus!




Monday, January 14, 2013

Chalk Art: Tutorial



I know...I am waaaay late on getting this tutorial posted! Sorry guys. I have been traveling and have just not been as on top of things (yes, I know that sounds like I am ON TOP OF IT ALL if I am not traveling...ha ha...right!).

But here it is... hope you enjoy and that you will try it for yourself!


Have a great week!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Make It Monday #99 Challenge: Repeats and Rainbows

This week's Make It Monday Challenge over on the Papertrey Ink blog was super fun to work on! Nicole Heady created six rainbow color combo's that I found really fresh and inspiring.  I actually chose the SIXTH rainbow combination:



I decided to create several cards based on the color combination - but with dramatically different styles. Here is the first one: For this, I chose to make the background images "tone on tone" - and use the rainbow color combo as the pop of color on the hearts in the centers of the flowers. The sentiment was stamped in Smokey Shadow and I used a glue pen to add Prisma glitter to make the hearts pop just a bit more. A bit of simple stitching created the frame for this card.





This next card I used the "stamping off" technique to create a bit of a shabby chic rainbow background.   I stamped the first generation impression of the doily stamp in bit of a wave across the center of the card front. I then went back and used a bit of scratch paper to stamp the fresh ink off and then did second and third generation stamping vertically up and down the card front. I used the Button Up Die and Stamp set from Papertrey Ink to create the small paper buttons. I used card stock in the colors from the rainbow challenge and then stamped the pattern in the same color of ink as the card stock. The buttons in the design really led to my chose of sentiment - which I stamped in Smokey Shadow Ink...the "You Are" was stamped off once so that it wouldn't overpower the much smaller sentiment "cute as a button."



This one may be my favorite. I die cut this vintage bicycle from the cardstock in the rainbow challenge. The card base is 9.25" x 4.25" - sometimes a design just requires you to create an irregular sized card - and this was one of those. The die cuts are about 2.75" tall - so to get all the rainbow colors onto the card front, I had to both alternate them and cut part of the die cut off where it hung over the edge.  I think that actually makes the card have a bit of a graphical design feel to it.




So there you are...my take on the challenge. What has inspired YOU this week?

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Finished Cards: Chalkboard Art

PTI:Strawberry Patch

Well...I finally got the card toppers actually made into cards! My oh my! I had so much fun with this faux chalkboard art technique! So glad I stopped by the Papertrey Ink blog to see what their challenge was for this week.  Besty Veldman totally inspired me to try it...and every time I went into my studio - I just had to keep working on them...I have several more that still need to be made into cards...so I am sure I will have more to share soon.

PTI: On the Farm
 I love the concept on this one made with the On The Farm Stamps and Dies...but I'm not sure I am loving it...but thought I would share it with you and see what you thought.

PTI: Quilled Elegance, Sentiment Signs, & Strawberry Patch

PTI: Quilled Elegance, Sentiment Signs, & Strawberry Patch

I tried this one on both True Black and Smokey Shadows card stock...I can't really decide which one I like better. On some of the examples of chalkboard art I found on Pinterest, they used colored chalk...so I added a bit of pink, blue and green shading to the quilled hearts - and I think it adds a soft touch to them.

PTI: Quilled Elegance, Sentiment Signs, & Strawberry Patch
Ok - I have taped the tutorial - just need to get it edited - so hopefully will be back with that tomorrow!

Friday, January 04, 2013

I have a new Obsession: Chalkboard Art



I always have fun checking out several blogs the beginning of the week - to see what their challenges are for card making, art journaling or scrapbooking projects! 

I went to Papertrey Ink's blog Capture the Moment...and saw their video for Make It Monday. Oh My....the challenge was to use your stamps to recreate Chalkboard art! I loved the tutorial by Betsy Veldman (check it out on PTI Blog here) and was reminded of one of her posts last fall here. I had meant to try my hand at this - but then got caught up in all of my Christmas creating and forgot all about it.

I finally had some time to try it out - and OH MY STARS!!!!! It is so fun! I am in the process of creating a tutorial to show you how I created these card toppers...but I will have to STOP making the card tops and FINISH the cards before I can share that! LOL The supply list is small...and the best part is that you will go through your stamp sets to find little bits and pieces to tuck into your designs. All you need are your stamps, Versamark Ink, White Detail Embossing Powder, White Colored Pencil (like Prismacolor), White Pigment Ink, a ruler, and maybe some other colors of pencil if you like color...well and the ability to STOP yourself from finishing one card topper and moving on to the next without finishing the card! Hey...you've been warned! *giggle*

Here are a couple of examples:

Art Credit


Art Credit


You can find more on my Pinterest Board under Chalkboard Art...yes - I finally broke down and created a Pinterest Board - Oy...like I needed someplace else to lose myself! Ha...I have officially set a "rule" that I must set the stop watch to 15 min when I get on there - so that I don't find myself still there 2 hours later! It is working so far (Day 4)!

Please follow me on Pinterest if you are a fellow "Pin Head." (I don't know if that is really what we are called if we are on Pinterest...but as much of a time suck as it was the first day I was on...I feel like I was the pin head! LOL) No offense intended...just laughing at myself and my inability to resist the call of the Pinterest Siren!

Hopefully, I will actually get the cards finished this weekend and post a tutorial.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

One Little Word for 2013: JOY

Mixed Media Canvas in Progress
I have been a big fan of Ali Edwards for years. She constantly is a source of inspiration - and always reminds me (and all of her blog followers) that it is really important to document our every day life. The story matters. Words matter. Several years ago she introduced an idea - One Little Word - as she was contemplating a new year.  She challenged all of us to figure out what ONE word would be our focus for the next year. If you would like to read Ali's blog about ONE LITTLE WORD 2013, click here

I have loved doing this for several years.  Some years it is really clear what my word is supposed to be...it is jumping up and down waving its arms to get my attention. And some years, like this one - it is more of a whisper...a whisper that I might have missed if I didn't pay attention. As I've been thinking about it for a few weeks - I think my word for 2013 is JOY! Not exactly certain what all of that will mean for me - but it feels right...so I am going with it. 

I do know that JOY is different than HAPPINESS. I think "happiness" is more based on our circumstances. I am happy when I have a clean house, a bowl of chocolates and a new project to work on. I am happy when I get a sweet note from a friend. I am happy when I have clean sheets on my bed and I can crawl into it while they are still warm from the dryer. The list is LONG of things that make me happy...and I feel blessed by each and every one of those things

I think JOY is an internal thermometer that measures our CONTENTMENT. It isn't tied to our circumstances. JOY comes from my faith in God. JOY comes from giving my very best to a project that matters. JOY is giving with no thought of what we will get in return. JOY can happen even when I am not necessarily HAPPY with my circumstances.




I am sure that I will learn a LOT more about JOY over the course of 2013. Hopefully, we can have more conversations about it throughout the year. To help me remember to focus on JOY, I am making a mixed media canvas to hang in my studio. It is still in process but you can get a little glimpse of it up at the top of this post. As I was creating the letters J-O-Y for the canvas I decided to see what would happen when I stamped and embossed OVER crackle paint. I try and remember that there is ALWAYS time for some creative play - particularly when I am working on a project that I want to inspire me for a whole year. So - I thought I would invite you into the studio to see what happened when I worked on the grunge board letters.


I ended up with this really fun effect...that looks like old porcelain. I had one of my YouTube friends tell me that in pottery/vintage porcelain - this crackle effect is called "crazing." I call it crazy wonderful!


Would you like to see how I got this "crazy distressed porcelain" effect? You can watch a tutorial here or on YouTube.




So do you know what your ONE LITTLE WORD will be for 2013? I'd love to hear what it is!