Sunday, April 26, 2015

Scandinavian Flowers

Hi friends!
I was one of the lucky winners of the Neat and Tangled new release blog hop winner a while ago.
And this stamp set was the prize! Thank you, Miriam (who designed this stamp set), for picking me!
I had a plan....a grand plan for this stamp set.
After two tries of embossing the images in white on vellum with the help of MISTI, I decided that I needed to make it work despite the poor outcomes.

I used my anti-static powder bag  before embossing, but the embossing was still too messy. I turned the white- embossed image and used the backside. The I matched it up this busy Basic Grey pattern paper (which I had no idea what to do it with).
kindred spirit...
I think this is a beautiful marriage after all :)

I am passing on some info about classes over Craftsy ( please see my side bar).
I took this free class first....you get the idea of the class format:
Create Stunning Birthday Cards (w/ Kimberly McGray) <---- FREE!
There are some great deals going on right now...including this one taught by my dear friend Laura:
Vibrant Stamping (w/Laura Contoni-Bassen) <----$14.99!
Free paper crafters patterns and classes:
Top Trending Free Paper Crafts Templates  <----FREE!
More Craftsy Free Classes <----FREE
Signing-up is super easy, I used my Facebook account and it was so convenient. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 24, 2015

In the Mood for Water-coloring...

 Hey friends!
I was in the mood for coloring the other day and was itching to play with my new 3rd set of Spectrum Aqua Markers (Floral). You may have heard lots of rave reviews about these water-coloring markers already. But I can tell you, these markers sure my you feel like "you can do anything"!!
First, I used MISTI to help align the stamp and then stamped the images with Aqua Markers. It's easy to manipulate the stamp when you can check the image (with Misti) before you make that first impression. Then I spent a good half hour coloring this Divine Cling Stamp from Penny Black.
OK...perhaps it took longer? I don't honestly know. I really enjoyed the process of coloring (which is rare). I am not known as a patient person ( my kids have made it known to me ) to color large open images like this. But with these markers, I kind of felt like an "artist"! Here was my first attempt with the same stamp with Aqua markers (if interested).
have a fabulous birthday!
Besides coloring the images with Spectrum Aqua markers, I added some shine with Gelato Gold (at the bottom) and splattered the white Pico Embellisher for the white dotty details.
(for details of the products I used, please click on the links below)

Lastly, did you notice my side bar has a Craftsy Class link?
 
 Yeah, I have been taking classes from Craftsy and find the classes really awesome. So Far, I took two classes (Cards with Dimensions and Fun with Mixed Media) on my own and I find that the class fees are VERY reasonable/affordable. It's cheaper than what a local stamping class can offer, plus, you can take it any time in the comfort of your home in your PJs...24/7.

This class looks so interesting. I plan to take this one!


I took this free class first....you get the idea of the class format:
Create Stunning Birthday Cards (w/ Kimberly McGray) <---- FREE!
There are some great deals going on right now...including this one taught by my dear friend Laura:
Vibrant Stamping (w/Laura Contoni-Bassen) <----$14.99!
Free paper crafters patterns and classes:
Top Trending Free Paper Crafts Templates  <----FREE!
More Craftsy Free Classes <----FREE

Signing-up is super easy, I used my Facebook account and it was so convenient. I thought it would be good to pass on these info.
Hope you enjoy your weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Falling For You (New Release from Simon Says Stamp)

It's always an exciting time when there is a new release (see here)...
Well, Simon Says Stamp has come up with MORE amazing products (sorry for being an enabler)!
I was lucky to play with one of the stamp sets called Circle Sayings. It is nothing like the other sentiment sets. A great variety of sentiments are looped in all sizes of circles. You can mix and match the sentiment very easily.
happy birthday
I used Spellbinder Circle dies to cut out the white embossed sentiment and did an inlaid design. I paired it up with gold Bazzill pattern paper. 
 I have a few more ideas with this stamp set. Once you start, you can't stop....LOL. 
  For more information and inspiration about Falling For You new release, please check out Simon Says Stamps Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #313

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Welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge !! Thank you for joining us for the Create Your Own Background Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too :-)

This week the challenge is...
Clean and Simple

 We are using Hero Arts products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some, we love to see them used :-)

For my one-layer card, I used Lower Case Letter V (of course)Thankful (rubber stamp) and Floral Vines.  

very thankful for you
 I blocked off the word "so" from the stamp and stamped " so very Thankful for you", that way I can use the wooden stamp V :)

Here is a quick photo to show you how I created this one layer card (see instructions below).
1. cut out the heart shape with the heart die first
2. use the negative heart die as a stencil
3. stamp the letter V
4. layer the heart stencil over another stencil (Floral Vines) and the stamped letter V.... 
5. apply Ripe Persimmon, Pickled Raspberry and Crackled Pistachio to the small flowers
6. ink up Spun Sugar around the edges 
About Creative Light Bulb: this has been an old feature of mine and I would like to continue share creative ideas when I have them
Ding--->pick a shape stencil (create your own if you do not have any) and detailed stencil (such as Floral Vines). Put the two together like I did...and see what happens :)
 
As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!
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So now it's YOUR turn ! Happy Crafting !!
There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog . If you haven't subscribed by email, you may want to do so you don't miss out.
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/
You have until Wed. 8am Eastern Time to join in :-)
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for stopping by!