Thursday, June 09, 2016

Birthday Butterfly

I am still having fun using acetate and vellum. I created this card using my favorite new die cut and emboss from Ranger. This butterfly is amazing! I used my Distress crayons to create a colorful butterfly which I layered onto an sunburst embossed and inked piece of acetate.

I also inked the happy part of the sentiment and both happy and birthday are die cut words out of vellum.
A vellum branch with leaves is added to underneath the butterfly.
Some clear gems from Simon Says Stamp finishes this off.

Creative Chemistry summer

I created two tags for Creative Chemistry Summer session leading up to Creative Chemistry 103 in August... So exciting!
You can find out details of these classes here at Online Card Classes 
I didn't have time to post the week one challenge tag but am going to share a peek of it here.
I used peacock feathers, seedless preserves, barn door and lightly went over it with brushed corduroy. Then I did the spritz and flick technique with water and stamped a sentiment from Tim Holtz and butterfly wings from Technique Junkies.

This tag is for week two challenge.
I used a number stencil from Ranger/Tim Holtz and applied Distress Stains in Seedless Preserves, Barn Door and Peacock Feathers. I loved that some of it seeped through but you still get a pattern!
The great thing about Distress is that they are reactive with water and blend with one another beautifully! After drying,
I adhered this panel to a Kraft tag and inked along the edges in the same color inks. 
Because it was so bright and busy, I kept the stamping simple with this sentiment by Technique Junkies.
I went in after and added a bit of turquoise Nuance pigment powder (by Magenta) to the bottom just to give the inked area a bit of pop as the powders have various colors in the mix ( see a bit of yellow and orange) 
Such a fun technique.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Day 4 clear and sheer

Today's cards take two cards of mine that were either a little too busy for my taste and /or included some trial and error techniques.

I had attempted a glittered background that didn't create a "perfect" glitter affect on the inked and uneven vellum.
I had some mix of vellum and card stock images , fussy cut and layered on a vellum cloud panel and a warping sentiment ( lol my description sounds pathetic!) I wondered what it would look like more subdued under a heavy piece of Duralar. To my surprise, adding the acetate panel pulled this all together!

The next card is a card that I had pieced together a million times!
Sherri showed us how adding just a touch of vellum, acetate mixed with layers of cardstock really give your project another layer of dimension .
Adding these chicks (Reverse Confetti) on pop dots gives a 3D feel.

Day 3 clear and sheer

Today's lesson is all about creating clear cards. I had always avoided doing them because I could never figure out how to leave room to write a message.
After this class, I am much more confident and full of ideas thanks to the great teachers at Online Card Classes.
Using acetate is not new to me but creating a card base out of it was so I did that first.
I then stamped a sentiment out of vellum and layered it onto a stripe stamped block, cardstock, vellum and finally the acetate card front. Having all these layers allowed me to disguise adhesives and let the sentiment really pop out.
I also created an acetate embellishment that I cut out of packaging. The clamshell package had a clear molded butterfly. I added layers of alcohol inks which are great on plastics and acetate.
I tied a gold ribbon around the side of the card and added some gems to finish it off .

Clear and Sheer day 1

I am participating in the newest Online Card Classes Clear and Sheer.
Today I am sharing my cards for day 1.
We learned many ways, tips and tricks for attaching vellum. 
I created two cards using two different techniques.
My first card has a fun little unicorn scene (stamps are all Reverse Confetti).
I layered images onto a sheet of background vellum which I attached with a brad in the left hand corner. I also applied some adhesive to the vellum where the stamped stripe panel would hide the adhesive.

Next up I created a card using die cuts and trinkets to attach the vellum branch to the world die cut. Both were distress inked and I found the more grungy or inked the vellum was the easier it was to conceal the adhesive . 
The die cut word is also silver vellum that I die cut and then inked.
I used a lot of Ranger and Tim Holtz products on this card.

Day 2 clear and sheer

Today was an exciting day of class. The amazing Jennifer McGuire shared how to color our vellum.
She made it look so beautiful and easy. I only had inexpensive vellum in my stash and while I did get the results in smaller pieces, I was completely a failure in covering an entire sheet of vellum! Ha! So I took a smaller piece, layered it with ink and added a vellum die cut word to the front. I kind of like the textures and different tones I had achieved by making the white vellum pinkish. It reminds me of a mountain.
I had fun with my gems and rhinestones making them resemble stars.
I then matted it all to a glittery silver card stock and tied it all together with a stick pin and sheer ribbon.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Clear and Sheer

I am so excited to be taking Online Card Classes newest class Clear and Sheer.
It starts today and I am in need of some serious help when it comes to acetate, sheers and vellums on my projects.

Here is an example of a card where I added the sentiment in a frosty vellum . It seems to just be floating there? This example is a more grungy look so it's probably okay but  I'm hoping to get some tips that can make my use of sheer layers look more professional.

Sunday, April 24, 2016


For this weeks Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, butterfly beauty.
I had fun creating this mixed media card using a ton of Tim Holtz/ Ranger products including the yummy Distress crayons.
A million random techniques to get this artistic butterfly and random extra silk flowers stapled to the canvas for a grungy look. Such a fun spring look!

Reverse Confetti

SFYTT April was a funky one.
I played around and layered my card stock to create the basic form. Instead of obvious circles I was inspired to create a mini scene using the cute koalas from "bear hugs". The hello sentiment is from "the tweet life" and the butterflies from "Hippity Hoppity". 
I used both Distress inks for the background and Copic markers for my critters.
This will be a cute card to add to my nieces birthday package.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Shake Shake Shake

For the Wednesday challenge over at Simon Says Stamp this week, they are having fun shaking things up.
I wanted to use up some Valentine card supplies and some holiday stamps and sequins I had sitting on my desk.
I created a cute little (sort of) lovey dovey card that could be for Valentines day or just for a someone special.
I used bunnies from Lawn Fawn stamp set. Used some embellishments from Crate paper and paper from Recollections and Simon Says Stamp. I also added a scallop frame using a die cut from Pretty Pink Posh and added this sequin mix .
Shaker cards are hard to capture in a photograph but it is super cute in real life and the bunnies are coated with a bit of Wink of Stella clear glitter.
Shake Shake Shake...

They have a ton of new products and you can play along with the challenges on their inspiring blog

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Lovey Dovey

Made two cards with the amazing stamps from Right At Home Scrapbooking.
This sweetheart sentiment , candy hearts stamps from Right At Home are so perfect for layering. I used a mix of pattern papers from My Favorite Things, and Pebbles, Inc.
The scallop frame is a die from Pretty Pink Posh. Some iridescent sequins from the Target dollar spot finish the background.
The second card , I added a little monkey stamp from Mama Elephant with the border stamp, candy hearts and sentiments from Right At Home.
Sequins are from a special edition right at home mix from Pretty Pink Posh.
Pattern papers are Pebbles, Inc.
Really love these candy hearts. Too sweet for words!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Wednesday Challenge

At Simon Says Stamp, the Wed challenge is Create With Critters.
I used the Lawn Fawn set baahhh humbug to make this cute little love card.
I cut away the 'for Christmas' from the sentiment so now it reads "all is want is ewe "
Used my copics to color these fleece baby's in .... Super cute and fluffy .
Added clear fine glitter around the background and matted onto several colors of layered card stock mats. Speaking of cute... And critters..., I am sharing a picture of my craft helper/distractor. My dog Dixie would prefer sitting on my lap then letting me create... Sometimes that is okay with me❤️🐶

Friday, December 11, 2015

Holiday Tag

Created another tag using Tim Holtz stencil, Distress Inks and ephemera. 
I sponged the ink blending into one another to create a fading of color. I taped the stencil to the tag with painters tape and then blended each color from left to right. This reminded me of a true argyle pattern. A stick pin and a layer of Stickles over the ornament for the finishing touches.
I added a die cut greenery and ornament to the tag as well.

Christmas tag

I created this little Christmas tag using Tim Holtz Manila tags, Distress Inks, ephemera and embellishments.
A simple satin bow finished it off... I may add this to a card or include in a gift... Not sure yet... Coordinating products makes it all come together quick
I am entering this into the Wednesday challenge for Simon Says Stamp.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

More peace cards

Back today with two more cards using Simon Says Stamps newest holiday released dies, stencils and stamps.
My first card features the negative space after cutting out the letters Peace that I used in another card. I also used a stamped greeting from an extra stamp set that coordinates with the large peace and joy ones.
The background layers patterned papers from Recollections and Studio Calico and used Texture paste through the stencil. After it dried I layered it with multi colors of distress inks. The paper was Kraft so the snow looks more subdued.
I left the greeting block stark white and also cut this snowflake border die ( also Simon Says Stamps).
My next card is completely the negative space from die cuts. I added white paper behind the snowflakes and the patterned paper behind the sentiment. I layered a few of the snowflakes overlapping the negative space background and added adhesive and Distress rock candy glitter to frost them with bling!
Assorted gems, sequins and silver stars embellish and accent the simple design.
In light of all the violence around the world, I will be doing many more peace cards this year for holidays and other occasions. We all need to be reminded of this.
With peace, kimo 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Holiday style

Today I am sharing a card I made inspired by Online Card Classes Holiday Style . I am not really very 'clean nor simple' but I liked using the techniques of creating a simple front and using die cuts as the greeting... The word peace is a die cut from Simon Says Stamp. 

I hear embossed the background with Tim Holtz snowflake stamp in versamark ink and set it with Rangers Platinum powder.
I also cut a snowflake die and used a Wink of Luna marker over the surface in several layers so it looked glittery.
Tied a little charm with twine and added a button to an extra piece of madras ribbon that I layered and stapled with my mini stapler.
I'll be back soon to show you what I did with the negative space of the dies.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Blustery bunny birthday card

This little Mama Elephant stamp set is super cute. I wanted to create a background that seemed blustery and uncertain.
This bunny reminds me of my Ry . He turns 16 next week and has overcome many obstacles and keeps on going... A very slow pace but he keeps on going! :) anyways, I thought this determined bunny reminded me so much of him!!
I used gelatos and distress inks for colors. I took my silver Wink of Luna pen over the inked background, balloons and cloud.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Autumn tag Wed. Challenge SSS

I got the Stitched Leaves die's from Lawn Fawn and new I wanted to grunge them up for a more realistic look.

Icut them out of watercolor paper by Ranger and used Pumpkin Spice Lawn Fawn ink with Distress Inks over them to resemble the various colors we are finding in the color changing leaves.
I created a distressed and textured background panel and adhered it to a Kraft tag by Ranger.
The chipboard scroll is from Blue Fern Studios. The entire tag is painted over with my Wink of Stella gold brush pen..
This tag was created for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes" featuring Lawn Fawn.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Autumn Bag and thankful giveaway

It's no secret that I have developed a love of all things Fall now that I live in New England. I see first hand why the Pilgrims (my ancestors) decided to call this place home! I have been spending the cooler evenings in my studio creating up a storm in preparation for the long winter ahead! ;)
I recently went to Right At Home Scrapbooking and picked up Nicole's beautiful Fall and Holiday newly released stamp sets. Click on the link in the title if you are interested in seeing Nicole's darling stamps or the other wonderful products she carries in her store. I also created a little bag that holds a sweet sentiment stamp set that I will be giving my neighbor who is the most thoughtful friend. I think she will enjoy the simple stamps and get her back to making some cards with me this winter!

I stamped the leaves and used Distress ink to blend in. I stamped them onto Bristol board so the paper would warp a bit when reacted with the ink and water. I wanted a more rustic look for Fall.

I also made this place card that I may end up using on either a tag or another card... Haven't decided. The script font on the place card is from Reverse Confetti. You can find many gorgeous phrases and stamps there.
Is there a time of year that you do more creating??  Leave me a comment by October 31 letting me know if there is a time of year that makes you more crafty or creative...  I will pick a random winner Monday November 2 to win a couple Mini Distress Inks (brand new)  I am thankful for crafty friends and have some extra to share! I am enjoying this streak and hope it continues through the winter.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Too cute to spook

Lawn Fawn critters always make me think of this phrase!!
Here are a couple cards using Animal Party Holiday Additions stamps.
Lots of inking with Pumpkin Spice ink pad and polka patterns dark papers.
Both little guys have google eyes... I couldn't resist and added some of the accessories from holiday party to the Trick or Treat mini stamp set too!
Here is a close up so you can see the 'fuzzy' (glitter fibers) added on the border, his glasses, bat wings etc. I have no idea where I got this stuff from but it's perfect for Halloween.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Reverse Confetti

Playing along with the Reverse Confetti sketch to try for October.

I couldn't wait to stamp this little lion from the Leapin Lions stamp set. He is so cute sitting on his little step. 
I used a ombré effect in inking through the stencil for the background using Distress Inks and a sponge tool. I Thought it looked like light shining around him! 
The  sentiment is from the Shine Bright stamp is inked in Memento, Copics and Distress inks. I layered tags and finished it with some fun color coordinating ribbons and some sequins.

You can find out details about the sketch and awesome Reverse Confetti products here

Monday, October 19, 2015

Colorful friends card

I had fun creating this little card using Mama Elephant stamps (out on a stroll).
I colored the images in copics and adhered them to a card front with a weathered inky background.
A super simple card to add to my stash.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge

For this weeks challenge, (see details at theSimon Says Stamp blog here) I used newly released dies and stamps from Simon Says Stamp. I thought it would be fun to make the sun shine and have a hot melted appearance so I added Glossy Accents over clear Pearlescent Embossing Powder that was heat set.
Lots of inky edges and some 6mm sparkling clear sequins throughout the background
How is that shine for you? Happy Summer!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Reverse Confetti sketch 26

The minute I got this Later Gater stamp set from the new release, I knew I wanted to create a card or two using it! I can't stand how cute he is.. Look at his teeth!

I created this little card using the following sketch
You can see details here at the site

Here is my take on the sketch

This is just one of the many ones I colored so I know there will be more projects using this stamp set soon!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Monkey Love

Even though my daughter Erin is about to turn 14 years old, our love of monkeys never goes out of style.
I knew I had to have this adorable stamp set from Reverse Confetti.
I stamped out the balloons, monkey and gift boxes colored with Copics, fussy cut and adhered to a stitched rectangle piece. Because the card is for a birthday, I added some Wink of Stella shimmer to the presents and Glossy Accents to the balloons. 
Card stock, pattern paper, and resin stars are from Studio Calico June and July kits.
I added a decorative edge and some art tape from Heidi Swapp to the inside of the card to give it a more grown up feel.
I am going to find a picture of her with her two favorite stuffed monkeys who were inseparable when she was young.
Happy Birthday to my little monkey Erin!!!!