Monday, February 29, 2016

Laura's Loft Prehistoric Pals

Hello Everyone!

Well I am back on the east coast and in my stamp room.  I have a lot to do this week and so much to play with.  I haven't even opened my Paper Pumpkin since it did not come before I left.  I will be playing with that and making videos of alternative projects.  So much to do and so little time!

Have you been to Laura's shop yet?  She has great items and her prices are great also.

Today I am sharing another card I made using the Newton's Nook Prehistoric Pals and the Avery Elle Peonies stamp sets.  I am back again with another watercolor backgroundFor this one I used a paint brush and painted the grass and added some abstract trees. I then painted the sky and added my dinosaurs.  I used some distress inks to create the background.  I used Distress Ink Kit #2 - Mowed Lawn, Distress Ink Kit #5 - Peeled Paint, and Distress Ink Kit #6 - Broken China.  Once my background was dry, I stamped my dinosaurs and cut them out.  I popped them up using dimensionals to give some depth.  Next I stamped the Hello from the Peonies set and added it to my card.  Make sure you check out Laura's Loft to get your inks!  Here is my final creation.

inside of card and envelope

Thanks for visiting me today.   I am slowly settling in and getting back to my routine.  It will take me a while but I will get there.  Have a Marvelous Monday!


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Snowflake pocket letter

Good Morning Stampers!

Well I am finally home.  I have so much to do today.  I am going to a demo dinner this afternoon.  We were snowed out last month so we are going to get together today.  Several of us meet at a local restaurant and have an appetizer and chat.  We talk business, ideas, and even do a make-n-take.  I am not sure if we will have a make-n-take today as we are all busy right now.

Today I thought I would share the card I made for our Snowflake pocket letter.  To make my card I started with a piece of white card stock.  I stamped my snowflakes with the craft ink and embossed them.  I then pulled out my Pool Party ink and a sponge dauber and applied my color.  I came back in and added some Island Indigo ink in various places so the Pool Party still showed through.  Next I cut our my letter and my word and attached to my card.  I kept this one simple so that the snowflakes would show through.

We also had to include some flat goodies in the pocket.  I had some snowflake confetti, a snowflake sticker, and a snowman sticker I included in my pockets.  Here is my finished letter and the goodies.

close up of card

Stampin' Up supplies used to create my letter

Thanks for visiting me today.  When I get the snowflake pocket letter I will share it with you also.  While I was in California I spent some time trying some new techniques.  Be looking for the cards I created with my "play time" while I was there.  Have Sensational Sunday!


Saturday, February 27, 2016

So Jelly from Laura's Loft

Hello Everyone!

Well I am flying back home today.  My time here was short and seemed to fly by.  We got several things accomplished for the wedding and things are starting to fall into place.  That is good as Michaela is very particular about getting things done in a timely (meaning very early) manner.  At least now if we need to talk about anything or she needs my opinions I have a frame of reference.

Laura has some great items in her shop.  Have you checked it out?

Today I am sharing another card I made using the Lawn Fawn So Jelly and the Avery Elle Simply Said: You stamp sets.  Watercolor is very in right now.  I decided to do some watercolor playing for my card today.  I used some distress inks to create the background.  I used Distress Ink Kit # 1 - Peacock Feather, Distress Ink Kit #2 - Mowed Lawn, Distress Ink Kit #5 - Peeled Paint, and Distress Ink Kit #6 - Broken China.  After my background was dry I stamped, and cut out some sea creatures using the Lawn Fawn So Jelly dies.  For my jelly fish I wanted them to be shiny like real ones so I covered them with Crystal Effects.  All I needed was a sentiment which I found a great one in the Avery Elle Simply Said: You set.  Here is my final creation.

 inside of card and envelope

Zoie loves to stamp with me so for Christmas I bought her this set and matching dies so she had some fun kid type stamps.  I haven't shown her how to use the Crystal effects or ink to make the background yet but I am sure that will be an upcoming stamping session for us!

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am excited to see my girls so the plane trip will be long!  Have a Super Saturday!


Friday, February 26, 2016

Bunny Curvy box

Hello Stampers!

Well today is my last day here in California.  I have to admit I did do a lot of research for techniques and new toys to play with.  I am looking forward to trying some of them out when I get back to my supplies. 

Today I will be playing with some of the coloring I brought with me as well as doing a little knitting.  We are going to have dinner with Josh's family this evening.  Then I will have to pack up all my stuff and be ready to go to the airport very early tomorrow morning.  That is the down side of getting in early enough for Jess and the girls to pick me up.  The other down side is the day long of traveling.

Today I am sharing another item I made for the fundraiser.  I saw an adorable bunny using the Curvy Keepsake Box thinlit die.  I used my Sharpie to die some rhinestones for the eyes.  I also used the Boho Blossoms retired punch for the bunny tail.  I think this bunny is so cute!  I filled it with some Hershey Kisses.  Here is what it looked like.

Close up of the front of the bunny

Close up of the tail

Stampin' Up supplies used to create my project.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am looking forward to seeing the girls tomorrow.  I have missed them so much.  Have a Fabulous Friday!


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Punch board Easter box

Good Morning Stampers!

I can't believe I only have 1 more day here in sunny California - I fly out early Saturday Morning!  Today we have an appointment with a paper store to talk to them about possibly printing the main page of the invitation.  Michaela wants to see what it would cost so that it would have a more professional appearance.  We are taking the paper I sent her to see what the lady would suggest and if it is possible to use it.  Will let you know the final outcome!

Today I want to share an adorable Easter box I made for the fundraiser using the Envelope punch board.  These at so cute and so each to make.  I added a punched bunny and some chocolates then tied up the box with ribbon and baker's twine.  Here are the boxes I made.

Now I know you are going to want to make some of these cute treats.  Here is the video tutorial I used.

It is easy to follow and I did adapt it to use punches I had.

Thanks for visiting me today.  We have a dinner scheduled with Josh's family tomorrow evening.  Then I will be packing to head home.  Have a Great Day!


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Coloring Down the Lines - Watercolor For You

Hello Everyone!

Well we went to see Wicked last night!  Michaela has a fabulous theater that you can walk to from her apartment.  The show started this week and we got tickets very easily since we went in the middle of the week!  What a great show.  Really puts a new light on the original Wizard of Oz movie.  The actors/actresses were very talented with amazing voices.  It had been a while since I had been to the theater so this was a treat for me.  I loved every minute of it!

Our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop is today.  We have a great picture with some fabulous colors for our inspiration this week.

Stampin' Up color matches

Recently there have been a lot of watercolor backgrounds on the internet.  I saw several ideas that I wanted to try so I decided to use a simple watercolor resist as my first attempt.  To do this one you have to stamp your image and emboss it on watercolor paper.  I chose to use the Botanicals For You stamp set which is a Sale-abration set.  You can emboss it in any color you want but I chose to use clear.  *A trick to making this work well is to make sure you have good coverage of your image when you emboss it.*  If you look closely at mine, you can see my sentiment does not pop really well.  Apparently my Versamark pad was not juicy enough to cover all of the paper so when I embossed it there was some areas not embossed so the ink colored it in.

After your image is embossed, you take and add water to your watercolor paper covering only the area you want to add your color a little more on the sides.  Push on your stamp pad lid to add some color to the lid of your ink pad.  Use your aqua painter to pick up some of the ink from the lid of your pad.  Touch down onto the area you added the water too and then gently color that area allowing your ink to spread.  If you want a more intense color, just add more ink.  Repeat with your next area you want to color and continue until you have added all the color you want.  Set your paper aside to dry or use a heat tool to dry it.  I did not use a heat tool as that tends to lighten the color and I wanted the intense colors I had.  *Another hint is your paper will warp as it is wet and the colors will bleed into one another (see the bleed between the "s" and "t" on my card below).  If you do not want your colors to bleed into each other, tape you paper down onto a board (I use the low tack painter's tape you can get at your hardware store).  Make sure you paper is a little larger than you want as the tape will resist the ink.*   After the ink has dried, take a baby wipe or soft paper towel and wipe the ink off of the sentiment.  The baby wipe can take off the ink so be careful not to touch the ink.

This sounds like it is really hard but it isn't.  If you would like to see a video, please let me know and I will do one to post.

Here is my finished project!

inside of card and envelope

Stampin' Up supplies used to create my project

Are you ready to see what the other ladies have created with these colors?  Hop on over to Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate  to see her fabulous work!  Make sure you leave her a sweet comment as well as all the other ladies on the hop.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be doing some knitting today as I want to work on the bind off of my shawl!  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Hand Stamped Thanks

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope you are having a good week!  Michaela has me doing some searching for some ideas for the wedding today.  I will also take some time to do some crafting today.  I worked on my knitting yesterday and I am on the bind off FINALLY! If I get some time today I will work on it also.

The Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge is today.  We have a sketch challenge for this round. 

My mind started racing when I saw this sketch.  I loved the oval and wanted to stamp a leaf print along with some splatters.  I pulled out my Summer Silhouettes and Gorgeous Grunge for the background.  Then I needed to add some flowers so I used the cute flowers in the Botanicals for you.  All I needed then was a strip behind and a sentiment.  Here is my final creation.

inside of card and envelope

Stampin' Up supplies used to create my card

Make sure you head over to the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog to check out what the other ladies created.  Then grab your supplies and play along with us!

Thanks for visiting me today.  I can't believe my week is almost over!  We have tickets to see Wicked tonight and I am so excited as I have wanted to see the play.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!