Friday, November 28, 2014

Simple Background


I love this card, it's super easy to do.  ANYONE can do it.  I wasn't sure how this card was going to come out.  I've seen lots of 'night sky' cards and I love the colors, the purples, pinks and blues.  So pretty.  I thought I'd try my own.  For this card all you need are some ink pads, sponges or sponge daubers and some white cardstoock.  That's it!  I put some washi tape along the bottom to 'mask' off the ground.  I wanted a defined line between where the sky starts and where the ground ends.  Washi tape is a great mask.  Then I started sponging on my color.  I started with my lightest color.  In this case it was Pool Party.  I started right on the line where the washi tape was and worked up.  Then I went to Melon Mambo and sponged the middle section.  Make sure you go all the way to the edge and overlap the Pool Party slightly.  This ensures there's no gaps or white space.  For the third color I used Blackberry Bliss, again all the way to the edge and overlapping the previous color.  Once the sky was to my liking I moved the washi tape to cover the sky that I just did so I could work on the ground.  For the ground I used Island Indigo and then went over that with a darker color.  I want to say Chocolate Chip but I'm not positive.  Any darker color would work, even a darker blue.  Then I peeled up all my washi tape and I was left with a gorgeous night sky background. 
The star I hand cut.  If you have a star punch you love then use that.  I wanted a more simple, long star than our 5 point star that we have, though that would work too.  I used my white gel pen to add dots or more stars in the sky.  Once your card is really, completely dry you can stamp your greeting. There's a lot of ink on there so if you do it right away the embossing powder will probably stick to the background. You could also stamp your greeting first.  The embossed greeting will resist the ink anyway.  I stamped mine after because I wasn't quite sure where this card was headed :)  But I love the final result!  Monday I'll share my last project from craft weekend!
 
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

12 Weeks Til Christmas Countdown: Week 9



Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends!!!  Make sure to fit in some stamping time between the cooking and eating :)  We'll be putting up our Christmas tree this weekend.  We normally like to wait until December, but since it looks like we won't have a free weekend between now and Christmas we're doing it this weekend :)  Anyone else spending the holiday weekend decorating?  As long as your decorating, here's a couple Christmas ornaments you can add to your tree.
The angel is really cute!!!  Isn't she???!  She's going to look great hanging from our tree.  I saw this sweet angel on Pintrest.  I think it was made from wood (the link was bad so I don't know the original source), but I thought she was so cute and I could figure that out with punches.  Her body is the XL Oval, her wings are hearts, her head, hair and halo are all circles, her hands and feet are small hearts cut in half,  her arms are the word window.  She came together really quickly and so cute!!  I covered her in sparkle from my glitter brush pen, her halo has some Crystal Effects on it to make it shine.  She would also be adorable added to a card :)
Next is the sweet reindeer ornament I made for my good friend Carmelita, she's moving in just a couple weeks, far away.  I'm really going to miss her!  I got to sit next to her at the craft weekend, I'm hoping she'll visit us during craft weekends :)  But I made her this sweet ornament for her tree in her new home.  Isn't he the cutest!! I want to make a million of them and do a whole tree with them.  They're so cute!!!!!
Here's the inspiration for this guy, I just love him!!! He's super simple too, lots of circles, I don't have him so I don't know exactly which circles I used.  Sorry!!  Play with him and make you're own.  His antlers are the snowflake punch (retired), his ears are from the bird and branch punch.  I used the 1/2 inch circle to punch a hole for the light to go through, it was the perfect size.  I also used some tombow and glued his head to the candle base.  Then to make it hang I tied some bakers twine around the candle. 
Remember to join me next week for week 10. If you've missed the past weeks click the links below.
Week 8
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hedgehugs

I'm pretty critical of my own work.  I'm not a perfectionist, I actually like the little imperfections in handmade stuff, but when it came to this card, I debated back and forth about even posting it.  For one, the hedgehogs are punched with some retired punches.  I'm sure that they could be made with current punches (as I look at it while typing, I see how I can do it with current punches).  Also I hate my handwriting and I hand wrote the greeting :/ Not sure I love it.  But in the end I decided to share it, because it is a super cute idea (not my own, inspired by a card on Pintrest).  Punch art animals are my favorite to do!  I love it even more when there's a fun 'pun' to go along with it.  So whenever I see a card or fun pun on Pintrest (whether is a Stampin' Up! card, printed, or whatever) I always pin it.  I can always do it with punches later :)  That's exactly what happened here. 
The hedgehogs are made with the old Blossom Builder Punch.  Their bodies are one of the larger petals and their feet are a smaller petal.  The rest of the hedgehog (are they quills like on porcupines?  Are they soft? I've never held a hedgehog so I'm not sure) is done with the Blossom Punch. I just cut each petal and trimmed them to look like the spins? quills? fur?  You get the idea.  I wish I could take credit for this little hedgehog but I was inspired by this.  Thank goodness too because this was way easier than how I would have done it!  My ideas are usually far more complicated then they should be, I normally start with the hardest way then think of easier ways once it's done.  Strange I know :)  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US!  Can you believe it!!!!?!  Already!!!!  Tomorrow is also Week 9 of my 12 week countdown to Christmas and I still have a few more things to share from the craft weekend.
 
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

{heart} You


This card is CASED from Shelli Gardner, SU Cofounder and CEO.  I saw it on her blog here (it's the 4th card down), and LOVED it.  I really wanted to recreate my own.  I love it!!!  Instead of watercoloring my background like Shelli did I decided to stamp it using the Chalk Lines set.  I love the borders in this set and because it's a photopolymer set lining them all up is a breeze!  I went with Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss for this card.  Out of all the In Colors, these are the two I love the most.  Especially the Blackberry, I think it's my favorite purple!!   
For the heart itself, I used my marker to ink up just the you, it's from the Another Thank You set.  After I stamped it I must have rubbed it because it got slightly smeared, not a huge deal.  If I did the card again though, I'd try to avoid touching it :)  I think it got smeared while I was adding the dotted/dashed border on the heart.  I think since all the letters got smeared a little it looks like I did on purpose, so I kept it.  It was my plan all along ;)  So to finish I added a little banner on one side of the heart and some linen thread on the banner and some loops behind the heart.  Such a cute card!! 
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Watercolored Chevron


I'm still sharing cards and projects that I made from the Winter Wonderland Craft weekend a few weeks ago.  I left the craft weekend feeling like I didn't accomplish much.  I really didn't think I made as many things as I did in previous weekends, and I didn't get an ounce of actual scrapbooking done :) So while it was a much needed weekend away I didn't feel like I did anything.  But looking back now, I see that I did DO things just not elaborate or super time consuming things like in previous ones.  But I think this was the best weekend, not in terms of productivity but in terms of relaxation, sleeping and 'recharging' it was the best.  It's hard being a mom to a stubborn, independent, strong willed 4 year old.  We both needed a break from each other.  Continuing on with the projects.  I really love this card.  There's really nothing fancy about it, but I think the colors are sooo fun though!!!  I used Hello Honey, Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay.
I started with watercolor paper and spayed it with water so it was nice and wet.  Then I inked up my Chevron Background stamp just using my ink pads.  There was some overlapping, some ink got transferred from the stamp to a different color pad.  It's no big deal.  I just dabbed it with a paper towel and you'd never know that there was Bermuda Bay ink on the Hello Honey pad or the other way around.  While your watercolor paper is still wet stamp your background.  I just let my stamp sit on the paper for a few seconds.  The water is doing it's job and moving the ink around.  Carefully lift off your stamp and you'll end up with a beautiful watercolored background. I especially love where the colors blended together.  So pretty!  Set it aside to dry or use your heat tool to speed up the process.  This background came out so pretty that I didn't want to cover it up, so I stamped a greeting on velum and embossed it.  Finally to finish it I painted the entire background piece with the glitter brush pen I mentioned last week in this post.  The sparkle and the watercolor just make this card simple gorgeous!!!  Finally I attached the greeting with a staple and the card was done.  I thought about adding sequins or another accessory but really everything I added covered up the background, I thought it looked complete without anything else!  Hope you enjoy it too!
 
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Online Extravaganza Begins MONDAY!

I haven't had time to look through this list in detail but I'm pretty excited about the things that caught my eye!  Don't miss this Online Extravaganza, it starts Monday with some awesome doorbusters!!  You have until December 2 to stock up on these items while they're on sale.  Don't miss the doorbusters on December 1.  I'm really excited about the Blendabilities on sale!!!!  If you want to download the PDF to print and look through it you can click here for that. 
 
 

Shop here starting on Monday.




Clay Elsa


I really love our Simply Pressed Clay.  It's really a lot of fun to play with.  It's so easy to work with.  It's like play dough for grown ups :)  Without that yucky play dough smell.  I also love the way our clay dries.  Once it's dry it's not hard, it's light and airy and really just a lot of fun!!!  I'm trying to work with clay more and more.  I thought for practice I'd make a little Elsa for Megan.  I'll put a little eye hook in the top and add a chain to it for a necklace for Megan.
Our clay is white, you can dye it before you mold it.  If you do that I'd wear gloves, depending on the color you choose it could get messy!!!  For this one though I made it all in white then used my Blendabilities to color directly on the clay once it was dry.  It worked great!  I think next time I need to do a little practice with the skin tone and hair color (I think I should have reversed the colors) but it's still cute! 
These would also be really cute to make and then let kids paint them.  You could easily make disks out of the clay and add a string or ribbon for a Christmas ornament and let kids paint or color them (when they're dry).  There's endless possibilities for the clay.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

12 Weeks Til Christmas Countdown: Week 8


If you want to make a stack of really cute punch art cards this year, this is the card you should make :)  I had a completely different plan for the reindeers at craft weekend.  But when I was done building them, they were too big for my original idea so I went with something new.  All eight of Santa's reindeers and Rudolph.  This is a full set of cards.  A wonderful gift or just fun to make :) 
When people ask me about how I make multiples one of the same punch art, I tell them to do it 'assembly style'.  Meaning, do one step at a time, but do it to all of you pieces or cards.  I punch everything at one time, I sponge everything at one time, etc.  Often when I'm making lots of one thing, I'll have 'pieces' or 'parts' on Post It notes that label what everything is, for example 'reindeer heads' are all stacked on one post it note, on another labeled 'noses' will be all the noses.  That way when your sponging every piece, everything still stays separate.  Then when it's time to assemble you have everything labeled it's just about putting it together.  It really does go quickly this way. 
Here's Rudolph, he's the only one with the red nose (obviously).  All the cards are the same, I love the DSP on angles in the background, I think it really makes your eyes go straight to that super cute reindeer.  The sequins are such a fun addition too!!!
When I was trying to figure out how to make him, I searched 'reindeer punch art' on Pintrest.  I took different elements from different punch art reindeers to make my own.  He's really cute and really just made from circles and ovals.  There's a few other punches here and there, but for the most part he's circles and ovals.  I've listed all the punches below.  Have fun making him!!! 
The rest of the reindeers are all the same.  Rudolph has the Red Glimmer nose, the other 8 I used the Gold Glimmer Paper.  They're all so cute!!!  I used Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip for the rest of them.  Here's the list of punches:  Head-1 3/4 Inch Circle, Body-2 Inch Circle, Antlers-Large Oval, Ears-Bird and Branch, Eyes-Large Oval and Word Window, Nose-Small Oval, Front Legs-Word Window, Back Feet-3/4 Inch Circle.   





Remember to join me next week for week 8. If you've missed the past weeks click the links below.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

City Box


In keeping with the city theme from yesterday, I have another city project :)  Our theme for the next craft weekend is Craft in the City (it's a play on Sex in the City--cute huh!!!).  This was the last project I did on Sunday afternoon.  It's super cute and really not that complicated, but with so many pieces and little bits, it took a while.  Start with your standard box card, and cut off 3 of the flaps. 
You can make the buildings and height or shape you want.  Michelle had a little rectangle punch that punched out all the windows, thankfully or I would have had to cut them with and xacto knife, eeeek!!!  I added some tabs on the inside of the box card and added more buildings.  I don't know what size mine are.  They're were pretty randomly done. 
The awning was the most challenging part of it, I think it was partly because I was trying to do it, after the box was fully assembled.  If I make another one, or if you want to make it. I would add the ribbon while the box is flat and not assembled.  You can always add it to the awning later, but I would get it in the building part of the box first.  I was pretty challenging to try to cut a slit to slide it in, tie it down inside all without crushing or destroying the rest of it.  The final additions are the door and fire hydrant.  It's a super cute project just pretty time consuming, but hey that's what the craft weekends are all about right!!?!?!!
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Embossed City


How pretty is this card!?!  I just love it!!!  I love the city scene and the water colored background (which was super easy to do!).  The city is from the Calling All Heros Set.  It's a photopolymer set that SU released a few months ago.  I borrow this set from my friend Kim.  I LOVE this city scene, but the rest of the set doesn't appeal to me.  But I'm grateful to Kim for letting me use this set to make this card-Thanks Kim!! 
To do the background I pulled out the colors I wanted to use I went with some Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo and a tiny bit of Tempting Turquoise (it doesn't pick up in the picture, it's there though).  Next time I'll use more of the turquoise, I love those 3 colors together!  Make sure you use watercolor paper for this, you'll add a lot of moisture to the paper and need a sturdy cardstock that can support it.  Get your cardstock wet, not drenched but pretty wet, I sprayed it a couple times with some water then used my aqua painter to spread it out.  Then you just pick up color on your aqua painter and gently touch your watercolor paper.  If you paper is wet enough the water will pick up the ink and it will magically just spread.  Add as much or as little color as you want.  To get a mirrored look I folded the bottom up the to the top of the cardstock and soaked up some of the color that way.  Wait until it completely dry then stamp your city, you can use your heat tool to speed up the drying.  I embossed the city in black, it's just gorgeous!!!!  I love it!!!!! 
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