Monday, June 29, 2015

Watercolored Thank You

Hi!

Summer is in full swing in my house!  Days of heat and swimming in the pool and nights of wiener roasts by the fire have occupied our whole weekend and I'm thankful its just the beginning!

Today I'm sharing a card I made for one of my boys teachers.  I've been reunited in love with my Aqua Painter as I mentioned in my last couple posts so it was only natural to reach for it when I decided on using the flower's in the You've Got This set on my card.  I'm always in awe of the depth and shadow you can get by only using one color to paint a flower...I think the love affair with my Aqua Painter will continue on for quite some time!

Supplies:
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The flowers definitely involved a little "fussy cutting" but I think its so worth it when you can pop them up off the background to add extra dimension!  Have you played with this beautiful set yet?  I'd love to see your creations!


And don't forget - there is still a couple days before the Canada Day card challenge is over!  I'd so appreciate your vote for my Patriotic Collage card if you haven't voted already!  Click HERE to learn more about the challenge and the link to vote.

Until next time...  
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Patriotic Collage


Hello!

Today I'm sharing a little nod to my wonderful Homeland, what do you think?  

I was kindly asked by Paper-Garden.ca a few weeks back if I'd like to participate in a Canada Day card challenge and try out a few of their Red and White papers while creating it.  I eagerly said yes and began rolling ideas through my head before finally deciding that it had to be a collage because we are more than just a Maple Leaf!

I wanted to incorporate as many symbols of what Canada means to me as I could; the Lighthouse representing the East, the wheat stalks representing the West, the easily recognizable Moose, the feathers for our Native heritage, and of course our glorious Maple Leaf.  I'll admit I had to pull out a few retired items to complete this card but I just could not resist...I mean what's a Canada Day collage without a Moose I ask you?!  (I'm still boo-hooing that one was retired)

I also had to use a few techniques to bring this card to life.  The Lighthouse and Moose were stamped with Staz-On ink on watercolor paper before I masked them to create the sponged sunset.  After I removed the masks the remainder of the elements were watercolored using my Aqua Painter and ink pads.

I'm thinking about doing another masking/sponging tutorial series...anyone interested?

Supplies:
Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

The papers I used from Paper-Garden.ca were: Stardream Jupiter Metallic, Curious Metallics Ice Silver, and Aura Scarlet Linen.

I have submitted my card into the challenge and I would LOVE if you would cast a vote in my direction!  Click HERE to vote and to check out all the other wonderful submissions!  The voting closing date is on July 1st :)

That's all for today!  I'm baking a few goodies today before hopefully crafting with the boys!  Only One. More. Day of school for my eldest then we're all on SUMMER VACAY!




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Monday, June 22, 2015

For You Dad


Hello!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and had a little sunshine to brighten it!  I have one of the Father's Day cards I made to share with you today using a new favorite set, The Wilderness Awaits. I love this set for couple reasons: number one its masculine (which is so hard to come by), and two its an open image which allows me to color!  

I won't pretend that I wasn't itching to use my discontinued Blendabilities for this image but I held back and only gave myself the option to color with the Stampin' Write Markers or Water Color with an Aquapainter. I haven't used either option in forever but settled on trying my hand at the Aquapainter again.  And boy or boy I'm officially hooked again!  There is something so relaxing about it that I find myself losing track of time and can't stop (as you'll see in upcoming posts LOL). 

Supplies:
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Thanks so much for stopping by today, I so appreciate it!  Until next time...

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Bumblebee Transform! Pop Up Card



Hello!

I'm finding as my boys get a little older they are quickly leaving behind the "cutesy" little boy stage. I suddenly find myself in a toy aisle where everything looks foreign, has two heads, lights up, and growls at me with glowing eyes. But, that being said, I'd still like to be looked upon as the "cool mom" so I'm trying to roll with the punches (pardon the pun) and up my game in the kid card department. 

When I asked for input before making this card Griffin told me "It HAS to be a Transformer and it HAS to be Bumblebee".  I inwardly groaned before heading over to Pinterest for inspiration.  I managed by pure luck to stumble upon a template for a card that actually transformed!  The only downfall?  It was essentially a coloring page and I wanted it to look more realistic.  Now let's be honest here - there was absolutely nothing wrong with it; I just felt the need (as always) to put my own twist and on things.  

I pulled out my punches and framelits and got to work.  Oh and work I did.  This was definitely trial and error and a few not so pretty words may or may not have been spoken.  Getting this little guy to change from a car to a robot was no easy task and even though I'm still not exactly satisfied with the shape of the car I think it turned out pretty darn cool...and it just might keep me on the "cool mom" list awhile longer :)

Side view partially closed.



Supplies:
Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog


Taking photos of this card proved to be extremely hard so I thought I would do a super quick video showing how the mechanics of it work.  Sometimes it just easier to see a visual!


As I mention within the video, I haven't made a template for this card as of yet.  If its something enough people are interested in I will definitely endure the pain again to create one LOL.  Please leave a comment down below, on my Facebook page or on the You Tube video - I love hearing from you!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Until next time...

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chalkboard Marker Magic Technique


You may remember a few months back I posted a card titled Blendabilities on Black featuring the World of Dreams stamp set.  I was kindly asked by Dina over at Splitcoaststampers to create a tutorial along with a video for the technique.  I of course said YES!  I've done a few tutorials in the past and love working with this amazing group of people!

We've changed the name of the technique to Chalkboard Marker Magic so don't be confused!  We simply wanted it to be a more generic term because the technique will work with ANY alcohol based markers you might have.

If you'd like to follow along and learn a little more about the technique; as well as post your own creations to the site, click HERE to be redirected.  The video tutorial will also be posted there or, if your subscribed to my YouTube channel, you can find it there as well.



Supplies:
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Have a great day!  I have another technique to share with you before the end of the week so get ready to break out your markers!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Congrats Grad!


Welcome to the weekend folks!

We have a couple of crazy busy days this weekend and I'm just hoping we can pull it all off!  Tonight we are invited to a High School Graduation.  Does anyone else do the quick figure calculation in their heads when invited to an event like this?  You know the one where you think to yourself "geesh its only been a few years since I was sitting up there"...only to realize its been 17 - SEVENTEEN!! Ugh, let me just get comfy in my rocking chair with my afghan over my lap before I continue on with this post...

Anyhow, back to the task at hand; I needed a Graduation card.  Because it's for a boy I didn't want to get too fancy but at the same time I didn't want it to be boring and plain.  Enter in the Star Framelit dies and Champagne Glimmer Paper.  I think it adds just the right touch of sparkle but gets right to the point (haha get it? Point...of a star...can I emphasize here what a long week this has been??)

Supplies:
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Ok, I'm off before the humor gets any worse!  Be sure to check back in next week because I have a couple of techniques I'll be sharing (and one includes a video).  If you aren't subscribed so you receive current updates as soon as I post them be sure to enter your email in the subscription box in the right hand side bar!

Have a great weekend!!
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hidden Die Cut Technique


Hello!

Wow!  The green of Spring has finally arrived and with it begins a hectic Spring/Summer schedule! And while I love the busyness of life it sure leaves little to be desired in the way of crafting.  I relish in the days like today when both boys are at school, the house is tidy, and the yard work is as complete as it can be for the moment because it finally gives me the opportunity to blog and get a little card making done!

The little time I have had to work on cards I can't help but to keep reaching for these beautiful Butterfly Dies.  I was one of the unfortunate who didn't order them right away and had to patiently await their arrival...now I feel like I have to make up for lost time with them (anyone else with me on this one?)

I've seen many variations of cards already done with this die that I wanted to try but this Hidden Die Technique first.  I love that its so simple (perfect for demonstrating at card classes) and also that it gave me the chance to play around a little bit with layering.  As I mentioned the technique is quite simple:
  • Stamp images onto Whisper White Card Stock (Washi Tape is also great for this technique because its thin enough for the dies to cut through)
  • center the die over the image and run through the Big Shot
  • cut a second butterfly out of a coordinating or contrasting Card Stock or DSP
  • layer the negative portion of the Whisper White stamped card stock over another piece of colored card stock
  • glue the center most portion of the butterflies back into place over the negative portion of the die cut; layering so the colored butterfly is beneath the Whisper White stamped butterfly
  • give the wings added dimension by gently folding them upwards
  • when the card/butterfly lays flat it should "disappear" back into the stamped background

Supplies:
Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog


I hope your busy playing in your craft room today too!  I get my box of goodies from the new catalog today - I think it might be a late night just so I get a chance to play!  I'll be back with more card shares soon :)

***Oh!  I should mention that I've worked out the kinks in the Tutorial Store link so if you'd like to purchase any it should work just fine now.  I've had a few people saying that clicking on the Add to Cart button is a Pinterest link - it doesn't happen to everyone but if it does to you just click to the right of the "P" (not on it) and it will still let you purchase.  It's not ideal but I'm working on correcting it!***

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