Monday, March 30, 2015

You Knock My Socks Off Treat Bags

Hello! My friends and I get together twice a year for a crafty retreat. I always try to get the girls a little something to welcome them. This year I decided to get some socks since we were having a p.j. party one night.

Here are the treat bags I created...

THIS treat bag die is the perfect size to hold a pair of socks. I also used Lawn Fawn's Silly Valentine stamp set for the sentiments.

To create the circles, I die-cut THIS stitched circle die out of Neenah White Cardstock. I stamped THIS Hero Arts stamp in the center using a matching ink color. Here's a peek at the socks inside...

I finished off the bags by addressing them on the back...

That's all for today. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SSS Wednesday Challenge Blog- Guest Designer (Week 4)

It's the last Wednesday of the month and that means it's my last guest spot over on the Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge Blog. Sniff...Sniff. I'm sure going to miss it. It's been so much fun.

The challenge for this week is "Anything Goes" featuring Spectrum Noir products. I decided to make two different cards with the same design, just mixing up the color scheme...



I cut THIS die out of THIS and THIS cardstock and heat embossed the greetings from THIS set using white embossing powder. I colored some white string a coordinating color with my Spectrum Noir Markers and tied it around each balloon. I attached the pieces to a panel cut from THIS cardstock as well as a border strip along the bottom of the card.

Here's a closer look at the stars...


To create these, I used THIS die and cut out the star images out of white fun foam. I suggest purchasing white because you can transform the color by using markers. I used my Spectrum Noir Markers to color the stars and adhered them to the card panel using some of THIS adhesive. I covered them with Glossy Accents, which gives them a unique look. 

NOTE: I didn't have any trouble with my Spectrum Noir Markers after coloring the fun foam. However, if you are unsure about possibly damaging your markers, I would encourage you to try some inexpensive permanent markers. Oh, and Crayola Markers do not work for this technique because it smears.

LINKS TO PRODUCTS I USED:

Spectrum Noir Markers: HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE
SSS Balloon Dies: HERE
SSS Big Birthday Wishes Stamp Set: HERE
White Embossing Powder: HERE
White Fun Foam: HERE
SSS Mini Star Die: HERE
SSS Doll Pink Cardstock: HERE
SSS Smoke Cardstock: HERE
SSS Slate Cardstock: HERE
Glossy Accents: HERE

Make sure you go and enter your project HERE. You could win...


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

Friday, March 20, 2015

"Smeared" heat embossing technique

Hi friends. Today I'm sharing a fun technique that came by accident. I was doing some heat embossing on a card a few days ago when I accidentally smeared it while it was still hot. At first, I wasn't happy I just ruined my project, but then I thought the look was kinda cool. I knew it would be the perfect technique for the candles in THIS stamp set...
Here is my card...

So how did I get the look of the candles being blown out?  I stamped all the candle flames in VersaMark ink on to black cardstock and heat embossed them using THIS embossing powder. After I applied the heat, I waited a few seconds and swiped the image from left to right using my finger wrapped in a clean white paper towel. I chose black as my background so the heat would pick some of that color up and give a gray look (which I thought resembled smoke). 


TIP: I tried this technique out several times on scratch paper before creating this card. I encourage you to do the same for best results and to find the perfect timing of when to smear the heated embossing powder.  

For the rest of the card, I heat embossed the candles using some purple embossing powder and the sentiment using THIS embossing powder. I die-cut the panel and the silver one behind it using THIS frame die. I adhered them both to a piece of Simon Says Stamp Doll pink cardstock which is included in THIS kit...

Simon Says Stamp was kind enough to send me one to play with and I can't say enough good things about it. I love the colors, all the gold foiling, and who doesn't need birthday cards on hand!? 

I hope you give this "smeared" heat embossing technique a try. I think it would be so fun with cloud images as well. Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SSS Wednesday Challenge Blog- Guest Designer (Week 3)

Hello! Today I'm sharing my card for week 3 as guest designer over on the Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge Blog.

The challenge this week is inspired by Pinterest and also featuring Bazzill products. Here is the photo we were inspired by...
Here's my card...

I have to admit. I STRUGGLED with this card. My creative mojo was gone and I wasn't sure where to start so I decided to do a watercolor background using Distress Ink. I was going for the look of an Easter egg that had been dyed. I applied Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink to a large, acrylic block and sprayed it heavily with water. I laid a piece of watercolor cardstock on top. After it was dry, I tied some tan string around it and adhered the framed sentiment on top. I stamped the bunny from THIS set on to some watercolor paper (to give texture), cut him out and placed him popping out of the frame. I used some Bazzill cardstock as the card base and for the hearts that I punched out to use as embellishments. To finish off the card, I covered the hearts with Glossy Accents.

A closer look..

LINKS TO PRODUCTS USED

Bazzill Marshmallow Cardstock (card base): HERE
Bazzill Cotton Candy Cardstock  hearts): HERE
Bazzill Tahitian Cardstock (hearts): HERE
Abby's Spring Showers Stamp Set: HERE
White Embossing Powder: HERE
SSS Smoke Cardstock: HERE
SSS Smoke ink: HERE
Watercolor Cardstock: HERE
Spun Sugar Distress Ink: HERE
Tumbled Glass Distress Ink: HERE
Shabby Shutters Distress Ink: HERE
VersaMark Ink: HERE
Glossy Accents: HERE


Make sure to go and enter your project HERE. You could win...


Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

SSS Wednesday Challenge Blog- Guest Designer (Week 2)

 Hi and welcome. Today I'm sharing my project for the second week of my guest designing spot over on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog.

The challenge this week is "Things that Fly" featuring American Crafts products. I decided to do a new spin on a technique that Jennifer McGuire shared HERE. She shared a technique where you ink up a wood embellishment and emboss it, creating a faux letterpress. I decided to use VersaMark ink instead so I could do some embossing. It's such a cool effect with the dry embossing. Check it out...

For my first card...

...I used the largest butterfly from THIS wood embellishment pack and covered it with VersaMark ink. I placed it in the center of a piece of watercolor cardstock with washi tape and ran it through my die-cut machine with an embossing mat. I applied THIS embossing powder on top and heat embossed it. It gives a faux foiled look that is so pretty in real life. 

I die-cut THIS die using black cardstock and adhered it over the butterfly. I stamped a sentiment underneath that using black ink and adhered the panel to a black, top folding note card. Here's a closer look...

For my second card...

...I did the same technique but using the smaller wood embellishments in the pack. I stamped a sentiment from THIS set using black ink. I adhered it to the edge of a black note card. Oh, and make sure you use some type of anti-static tool before embossing when trying this technique. 

A closer look...

I also have a bonus card for you! When experimenting with this technique, I fell in love with the embossing powder and wanted to see how it looked on the wood embellishment itself....
 I really like that THIS paper pad has little sentiments that you can cut apart. I used one for my greeting. I added it and the butterfly wrapped with THIS thread on to my card along with a vellum circle cut with THIS die, some epoxy circles, and did some spray misting on a piece of the patterned paper (in the same paper pad).

A closer look at the butterfly...

I just love how the texture of the wood comes through. Pretty. 

LINKS TO PRODUCTS USED

American Crafts Wood Butterflies: HERE

Super Fine Gold Embossing Powder: HERE

American Crafts Stitched 6x6 Paper Pad: HERE

Watercolor Cardstock: HERE

SSS Sending word die: HERE

SSS Sending and Wishing Set: HERE

Bazzill Black Cardstock: HERE

HA Gold Metallic Spray: HERE

SSS Stitched Circles Die: HERE

Vellum: HERE

DMC silver thread: HERE

VersaMark ink: HERE

Anti-static pouch: HERE

SSS Fog Cardstock: HERE

ME Basic Set Dies: HERE

Enamel Dots: HERE HERE HERE


Make sure you go and enter your project HERE. You could win...




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

Monday, March 9, 2015

Faux Ombre' Ink Stamping

Hello! Have you seen the new Ombre inks from Hero Arts? Oh my. I'm in love. However, everywhere I look, they are out of stock. I wanted to create a few cards with a similar look that these ink pads give, but use the supplies I already have.

I decided to use just two inks instead of the three colors that the ink pads offer. For my first card I used Hero Arts Bubble Gum and Pale Tomato inks.
I did some selective inking on the hearts from THIS stamp set. I inked a portion of the heart with the lightest ink first (Bubble Gum) and then inked the rest with the darker ink (Pale Tomato). I made sure to ink slightly over each color to encourage them to blend. There's definitely some harsher lines than you would probably get with the new ink pads, but I like it!

I kept the card pretty simple and die-cut THIS banner shape out of THIS paper and heat embossed the sentiment from THIS Hero set using THIS embossing powder. A closer look...

I wanted to create a similar card with different colors, so I used THIS Simon set and inked the stars with Mint Julep and Tide Pool ink the same way as the hearts.

I cut the same banner die from THIS paper and heat embossed a sentiment from the same set using THIS embossing powder. A closer peek...
As you can see on this card, I used the banner die as it was intended. The heart card uses that same die in a new way...flat and using the stitched lines as an anchor. It's a great way to stretch your dies!

Are you as excited for the new Hero Arts Ombre inks as I am? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you give this faux ombre inking a try!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Little Tangles "Anything Goes" Challenge


Hi there. I had a lot of fun creating for the current challenge over on the Little Tangles Blog. Anything goes means no rules so as I was searching the web for inspiration, I came across THIS video by Jennifer McGuire. She did a guest spot for us last year HERE where she shared how to create a watercolor bleed with Distress ink....
I inked up THIS beautiful stamp set from Neat and Tangled with Worn Lipstick, Peacock Feathers, and Spiced Marmalade Distress inks from THIS mini ink set. I used the mini ink pads because it was easier to get into tight spaces of the image. After I stamped the image on watercolor cardstock, I gave it a few sprays of water to get the ink moving. In Jennifer's video, she stamped over top the original image with black ink, but I decided to keep it as is. 

 I just love this technique. A closer look...
I finished off the card by stamping a coordinating sentiment from the set using black ink. I adhered it to a side folding, white note card created from Neenah White cardstock using foam adhesive.

Make sure to go enter your project in the challenge HERE. I can't wait to see what you create...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SSS Wednesday Challenge Blog- Guest Designer


Hello. I'm so excited to be the guest designer over on the Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge Blog for the entire month of March!

For this challenge, the theme is Girly/Special Lady featuring Doodlebug products. I've been eager to use some of THESE kraft pockets from Doodlebug. They are so fun and I thought they would make a great gift card holder. I made this card for my mom for Mother's Day...

TO CREATE THIS CARD...

1. Cut several strips (in different sizes) of patterned paper from the Doodlebug Sugar Shoppe 6x6 Paper Pad. 
2. Create a top folding card from Neenah White Cardstock. Adhere the strips to the card base at a diagonal.
3. Die-cut a window from the polka dot treat bags by laying it inside the bag and cutting only through the front...so the blade of the die would be facing you. This way it doesn't cut the back out as well. 
4. Adhere a piece of patterned paper (from the same paper pad) to cover the opening inside the pocket for a pop of color.
5. Cut a piece of acetate to fit and glue it inside the pocket, backing the heart. This will create a window so the recipient can see the gift card inside. 
6. Stamp the greeting using the Word Up stamp set by Paper Smooches using Staz-On White ink on to the front of the acetate. 
7. Embellish with a few epoxy hearts from Doodlebug and adhere to the front of the card.

A closer look..

I wanted to use the heart that was cut from the treat bag on the inside of the card to tie it all together....
I stamped a greeting from THIS stamp set on the heart using the same white ink. I die-cut a smaller heart from the same die set and covered it with my wink of stella and glossy accents.

LINKS TO PRODUCTS USED

Doodlebug Sugar Shoppe 6x6 Paper Pad: http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product.aspx?id=300189


Doodlebug Hearts Sprinkles Shapes Glossy Enamel Embellishments: http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product.aspx?id=314771

Paper Smooches WORD UP Stamp Set: http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product.aspx?id=86531

Hero Arts Frame Cut Dies HEARTS: http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product.aspx?id=91225




Make sure to go and enter your project HERE. You could win...



Thanks so much for stopping by! Have fun creating!