Jun 23, 2017

Embossing Folder Stamping Coffee Card

Welcome to the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  I am so looking forward to spending a week hopping around to all of your blogs for inspiration.  This one of my favorite events in all of crafty blog land!  :)

I colored this mug for the winter hop and never used it, so I pulled it out to speed things along.  You can get the image for free HERE.  Thanks Faith!  I removed the World's Best Coffee Logo from my image before printing.  I stamped it with a Kaisercraft triangle texture stamp, repeating stamping on my background.   I bundled a handmade flower from my tutorial HERE and another freebie digi from Julee of Verve Stamps.  (PS. I heard from the source that brand new coffee stamps are soon to be released in the Verve shop!  Eeeeeeeek!)

I spied the embossing folder laying in my space from the card I made HERE.  Suddenly those little circles looked like coffee stains!  :)  I inked up the EF with Evergreen Bough and Frayed Burlap and did some embossing folder stamping.  I splattered some Lindy's Stamp Gang spray and heat set.

I struggled with what third element I would add to my bundle and finally decided on snippets of the amazing Tutti Designs Flower Orchestra Corner die.  I hope you like my card, inspired by the colors of the sea.  See you again tomorrow with a special post!

To see my other coffee creations click HERE.

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Jun 22, 2017

Coloring On The Go Pencil Pouch

I treated myself to a tiny little craft purchase a couple of weeks ago that just downright makes me happy!  I have sewn one of these before for my paint brushes, and was thinking about doing another for my pencils.  I googled it and came across this pencil holder wrap for less than $5 with free shipping.  You can find it HERE on eBay.  I am really enjoying coloring a little each week and have already gotten a little better at it.  It is so nice to see all of my colors laid out.  (My poor table is covered in paint splatters... ROTFL!  But I did rearrange my things and am loving it!)

When I received several of my mom's Prismacolor pencils, I decided I would dig through my collection and pull out my "good" pencils.  I had been keeping them in a baggie, but that was noisy and because they are all different heights, it was hard to find the right one without dumping the whole bag out each time.  Plus, I wanted to be able to color in the car on our trip to FL.  This really worked well!  Here are some WIP photos of my coloring.

One of my mom's most beautiful Penny Black stamps, colored softly in my lap in the car.  I stamped in Antique Linen for a no line effect.

A Power Poppy image, just waiting to be turned into a card.  I colored this in low light while my girls slept in the hotel room, and when I turned on the light - I'm like YIKES!  LOL!   Maybe a little messier than I was going for...

It's hard for me to color without wanting to grunge my project up.  For this month's Power Poppy challenge, I created this card with a Distress Ink watercolor resist background, then used colored pencils to go in and add different colors to the petals of the various flowers.  What a funky background!

I decided to try the inlaid die technique, and have to say I don't know how these CAS girls do it!  I must not have mounted my border on straight, because the inlay didn't fit perfectly.  :(  I stamped a herringbone background and cut with a Tim Holtz label and mounted a TH butterfly die over the label.  The sentiment is part of a coffee cup stamp, but I had cut it off and mounted it to the side of that stamp to make it more versatile.  A second cut of vellum helps the butterfly stand out more.  Not my best card ever, but it was fun to try something out of my element.

So what has you excited on the market and what are you buying or saving for this week?  And are you trying any new techniques or different styles just for the heck of it?   Do share!  >>> big hugs to you <<<
See you tomorrow for the start of the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  :)

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Jun 21, 2017

Birds on a Wire Silhouette Card

* This is my second post today - to see my Frilly & Funkie post click HERE. *

It's time for a new challenge at Scrapy Land and our theme is Embossing - wet or dry.  I had a chance to shop with my crafty DT bud Sara Emily while we were at the beach and we both picked out this fabulous new Spellbinders embossing folder by Donna Salazar.  I decided to ink up the folder with Distress Inks and run through my machine.  I went back over the panel by sponging with Distress Oxides around the edges.  I really love the size of these new folders!  I created a window with my Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Circle and adhered a book page beneath.

I used a tub of Viva Rusty Paper that Sara Emily and I also picked up to give my Birds on a Wire Spellbinders die a vintage treatment.  This die cut thin chipboard beautifully!  I bumped up the birds with foam tape for dimension.

I decided to use feathers in my bundle to compliment the birds.  These are both from the Spellbinders Feathers set.  A little Wild Orchid Crafts flower tops my loopy seam binding bow.  I hope you are inspired to play along with our current Embossing challenge.  I'm thrilled to announce we will now give TWO $10 GC to the winners each round!  Thanks so much for your visit & support.  <3

Lord of the Rings Fanpage Mixed Media Layout

Today I am sharing something quite unusual for me, a scrapbook layout and fanpage for a favorite movie, The Lord of the Rings.  All inspired by our current challenge at Frilly & Funkie, With This Ring.  Our hostess Cec says, "It is wedding season so let's create vintage or shabby chic projects that celebrate the big day.  Your creation might be a card, a gift, a decor item or something to keep the memories of the special occasion."  I decided to take a twist and use a play on words by using the movie theme as my inspiration, all the while keeping with the romantic theme of our challenge.

I found the perfect photo of Arwen and Aragorn from the movie and printed it 8" long to work with my 12x12 layout.

I printed a quote from the movie onto woodgrain paper and cut into sections, distressing the edges.

I painted the edges of a 12x12 chipboard panel with Metallic Goldrush paint.  Next, I dipped a sheet of Tim Holtz Memoranda paper into watery Wild Honey Distress Ink.  I wet the entire page down and then crinkled it up.  I layered a second crinkled torn strip (with Elvish text?) across that.  I mounted my torn printed image onto more chipboard then over the papers.  I took care not to glue the very edges of my layers so that I could tuck in bits and bobs.  I tucked flat flowers from my stash and then layered with Wild Orchid Crafts Brown Cherry Blossoms.

I really wanted a sense of grandeur and light to compliment the photo and majesty of the movie, so I added Finnabair mica flakes and microbeads randomly, as if it were pouring out of the photo.  I adhered with matte gel medium.  I tucked in two Antiqued Bronze Filigree charms.  The ribbon is Silky Crush Wire Ribbon by May Arts, which I carefully removed the wire from, then cut in half and adhered in a crinkled manner along the bottom of my image.

My final touch was a filagree butterfly charm and stained crocheted Vinice lace, which I colored with Frayed Burlap DI and tucked beneath the photo, and a bit of string winding down in opposite corners.   What fun this was to make!  I hope you are inspired and will play along with our With This Ring challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

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Jun 20, 2017

Cards for Men with Fancy Neck Tie Die

Do you struggle with making cards for men?  I'm on the Tutti Designs blog today with an easy peasy, no stamping, no coloring masculine card idea featuring our new Fancy Tie necktie die.  This versatile sentiment lends the card for a birthday, Father's Day or new job/graduation theme.  Our design team has certainly impressed with the variety of male cards this month.  I hope you will take a moment to peruse the Tutti blog today.

Purchase your Fancy Tie die HERE today!

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