Monday, July 28, 2014

Mini Ink Organization (and Giveaway!)

I love to organize. I like everything to have a home and a label on it. So today I thought I'd show you how I store my mini ink pads. I recently found THIS container at Hobby Lobby and although it's intended to hold stamps, I thought it might be a good home for all the mini inks I've been hoarding, I mean collecting. 

Let me start by giving you the details on this container. It's made by Cropper Hopper. It is called the Stamp Window. It has been on the market for awhile but new to me. The Dimensions are 10in H x 12in W x 1.5in D. It has a label on the spine and a plastic cover for easing viewing of the contents. There are four divided sections. It holds up to 48 of the mini ink cubes. It retails for $11.99 (but I used a 40% off coupon). I have one for all my Hero Arts mini inks...
  ...and Mini Distress Inks...
Here is a closer look at the cover that comes off and how I store the inks in the different sections by color. Something to note-The inks will move around in the case. I purposely scattered some of the inks to show you that. I also turned some of the inks to show that it doesn't matter which way they are put in. Once a section is full, there will be less movement. This doesn't bother me. However, if it bothers you, you can always apply velcro to the bottom of the container and the bottom of the ink pad to keep them in their place. 

Here is a closer look at the label on the spine. I printed off labels on my computer. (I used the American Typewriter font.)
Another great option for storing these Mini Ink Pads is THIS Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Storage Tin. The drawback to these tins (for me personally) is they only hold 12 ink cubes. I know my collection is going to grow and grow and want something that will accommodate that. I also place these containers in a large tote I carry to crops. They are flat and travel easily. Another reason I went with the Cropper Hopper container is price. It is a really good value because each container holds 48 inks. 

So now it's time to giveaway some of these favorite inks of mine.....
Leave a comment below and tell me your favorite storage item, tip, or idea. You have until August 1st at midnight to leave your comment and enter for a chance to win the four Hero Arts mini inks pictured above. Good Luck! 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Organizing! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Super Cool Technique...

Did anyone else see the super cool technique that Jennifer McGuire featured on her blog last week? The one with letterpress and wood embellishments? If not, you can find it HERE. I was inspired to try it immediately. So I went to my stash to see what I had and thought THESE wood veneer pieces from Studio Calico would work great...

However, I do not own a single pad of pigment ink. I know, crazy huh? So I improvised and did my own spin on her technique. Instead of applying pigment ink to the wood veneer before embossing it through a die-cut machine, I applied VersaMark Ink. This sticky ink got pressed into the paper well as the wood image was dry embossed into the paper. I then applied different colors of embossing powder and heat set them. Here is the mini card set I created...
Just look at that shine with the embossing...
I wanted to keep the cards super simple so after the dry and wet embossing was complete, I added a few strips of coordinating washi tape to the top to anchor them to the card base. 

I love this technique and encourage you to play and give it a try. Put your own spin on it! 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Marble Painting Backgrounds

Welcome. 

I'm not sure if I've ever shared this or not, but I used to be a preschool teacher back in the day. I had a class of fourteen four year olds and one of my favorite things to do with them is to marble paint. I thought I would bring back that technique and create some marble painting backgrounds for a few cards...
These cards were really quick and easy. The hardest part was waiting for the paint to dry. In case you've never done marble painting before, here's how I created these cards:

1. Gather your supplies. I used three different sized marbles, a small cardboard box, acrylic paint, a plastic spoon, a paper plate and some cardstock cut to size.
2. Squeeze out your colors of acrylic paint onto the paper plate. I used Laguna from Apple Barrel, Beach Glass from Martha Stewart, and Chicken Feed from Jenni Bowlin. 
3. Drop a marble into each color of paint and roll it around with a spoon to coat the entire surface.
4. Lay your cardstock into the bottom of the box.
5. With your spoon, pick up each marble and drop it onto the cardstock in the box and begin to tilt the box to one side and then the other to get the ball rolling and make "tracks" on the paper. (I did mine one at a time but you could do them all together if you want.)
6. Continue the process with all the colors you want and then let it air dry. 
You will get different looks depending on how much paint is on the marble. I used a little less paint on the first one...
 ...than on the second. This background had more paint for a "thicker" look...
I LOVE the texture it gives! I also love that no two backgrounds were alike. Each one was their own work of art. It was so fun and a great project to do with your kids! Let them create the background panels and you turn them into cards! 

To finish the card, I cut out THIS die and trimmed the end off to get a unique die-cut. A perfect home for the Hero Arts sentiments. To "anchor" the die-cut, I adhered a small strip of orange cardstock. I mounted each background on a Hero Arts Notecard

I hope you give this technique a try. Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stencil Challenge

Hello! Before I get to today's card, I want to say a big thank you to everyone who left such sweet comments on my last post. I really appreciate it! Your support means so much.

This week's challenge over on the Little Tangles Challenge Blog is to use a stencil on your project. I knew I wanted to use THIS new stamp set but didn't have a raindrop stencil, so I created my own from a raindrop hole punch and some acetate...
Here is my card...
I created this card by stamping the sentiment in a light gray ink repeatedly to create a background. I stamped the cloud image in black ink and cut it out. I also stamped the cloud image on the white piece for placement. Under that image, I used my handmade stencil and traced the raindrop image with a black marker. I colored them in with a rainbow pattern and added glossy accents on top for some shine...
Then I adhered the black cloud that I cut out with some foam adhesive on top of the black cloud that I stamped. I decided to mat the white piece several times with different colors of cardstock in rainbow order and adhered the entire piece onto an acetate notecard. I chose the acetate notecard because the card is VERY colorful and didn't want any more colors to compete. It acts as a great neutral card base. 

To tie the card all together, I stamped the greeting from the front on the inside as well with some black ink...
That's it for today. I hope you can play along with the stencil challenge. I would love to see what you come up with. Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

A dream come true...

Hello! Today I wanted to share something very special to me. I wrote THIS post a few weeks ago about the craft retreat I attend twice a year and the gift I created for all my friends. Well I wasn't the only one who brought a gift. My sweet friend Jennifer (my fairy "craft"mother) contacted me before the trip to create some handwriting samples because she wanted Hero Arts to create a stamp just for us. Seeing my handwriting on a stamp from Hero Arts?! Um. Yes please. :)

So when I arrived, the stamp was on my desk. I immediately started to play with it and embossed it in different colors...
 I also created a card set...
I used THIS Marker Spritzer tool to apply a "graffiti like" look over the embossed sentiment. Super simple cards that make the sentiment pop. After I got home from the retreat, my friends started sending me cards featuring my handwriting stamp. So cool. These two are from Nichol Magourik and Debby Hughes...
I've received several more cards and I put them all on a spinner in my craft room. The two featured here are from Lisa Stein and Joy Ott...
It's so neat to see something you create become a product and have it manufactured from a stamp company that you love and admire. Good stuff.

And just when I thought it couldn't get any better, my fairy "craft"mother said Hero Arts will be selling a few stamps with my handwriting for their Christmas catalog. A dream come true. More on that in the future...

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Colorful Embossing with Stencils...

I just love a good stencil. I think THIS one from Tim Holtz is awesome. I decided to do something a bit different and try embossing with a stencil. Here is the love child from the two...
I started by tilting the stencil and taping it down on some of my favorite cardstock and applying a good amount of Versamark ink. I then lifted the stencil and put down several rows of different color embossing powders using a straw that was cut up to control the placement. Then I heat embossed it and the shine is just gorgeous...
For the greeting I used THIS stamp set that you've seen me use a lot lately. If you are looking for a classic sentiment stamp set, this is the one! It seems to work with any style of project. I just love it. I finished the card by adhering it to a top folding, white card base. I hope this inspires you to try some embossing with stencils. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Oh, one more thing, the winner of the Lawn Fawn giveaway from my last post is Chark! Congrats! Please use the CONTACT button on the top of my blog to give me your address. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Tag! You're It!

It's all about tags over on the Little Tangles Challenge Blog. I recently received THIS fun stamp set and thought I could incorporate a tag in a playful way...
I've had that airplane die for awhile and was waiting for the right time to use it! I thought it would be fun to create a tag out of a banner that the airplane is pulling...
To create this card was actually very simple. I heat embossed the clouds from the set on some watercolor cardstock in white and added different colors of  Distress Inks in rainbow order. (I used Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, and Peacock Feathers.) I spritzed the entire piece lightly with some water to get the colors to blend a bit. Then I added the black airplane die cut. I tied some string around the end and added an eyelet to the banner so I could attach them together. I finished it off with a sentiment from the set.

I wanted to continue the theme to the inside, so I stamped THIS stamp in yellow and added a cloud die-cut (several layered together) in front of the rays with a sentiment.

Now it's your turn. Create a project with a tag and enter it HERE. Here's how...

Challenge Guidelines:
  • Create a NEW project based on the challenge theme. Your project must fit within the challenge theme in order to be eligible to win.
  • Submit your entry through the Inlinkz tool below. (If you have a blog, please link to the blog post with your challenge entry, not your entire blog!)
  • Link back to our challenge and display our challenge graphic in your blog post.
  • The use of Neat & Tangled stamps is not required, but it is strongly encouraged! If you don't own any Neat & Tangled stamps, check out the FREE digi stamps HERE
  • You may enter as many times as you'd like.
  • We'd love for you to be a follower of Little Tangles!
  • You have until Sunday, July 13th at 11:59 EST to enter.             

I hope to see your card there and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Colorful Card Set (and a Giveaway!)

Hello and welcome. Today I have a colorful card set share....
I started off with creating the blue card in a monochromatic color scheme and I liked it so much that I decided to expand it to more colors and create a set. It was very simple to create these cards. 

I started off using the sentiment from THIS fun set and stamped it in different distress inks in the same color family....
So for this red card I stamped the sentiment on an angle down the center of the card using Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, and Fired Brick Distress Inks. I kept stamping in that pattern until I reached the edge of the card and then spritzed each one with water to achieve a watercolor look. Once it was dry, I went back and stamped each "thanks" with black ink to make it pop. Then I die cut THIS label die from the middle sentiment and then adhered the piece back in place with some dimensional adhesive. I also added two epoxy dots to draw attention to the die-cut greeting and rounded the bottom corners with a corner rounder. All the panels were adhered to Hero Arts note cards. I did the same process with the following cards, just different colors...
 I used Wild Honey, Scattered Straw, and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks for the yellow card. 
 I used Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves for the purple card. 
 I used Bundled Sage, Evergreen Bough, and Shabby Shutters for the green card. 
 I used Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans, and Tumbled Glass for the blue card. 

I wanted to pop up that center greeting so the color of the card shows underneath...

Now for the giveaway! Leave a comment telling me your favorite card from the set by midnight on Thursday, July 3rd for a chance to win this 6x6 pad of patterned paper from Lawn Fawn...
Speaking of giveaways, here are the winners from the previous post:
1. Three Distress Ink Pads- Barb
2. Embossing Folders- Betty
3. Ribbon- Kailash
4. Hero Bubble Gum Ink- Chark

Congrats, ladies! Please email me your address so I can get your goodies out to you. 

Thanks for stopping by. Be back Thursday with a new Little Tangles Challenge...