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!!!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mixed Media June challenge

created a piece for Mixed Media Challenge Blog

My piece is inspired by Birds of a Feather and Inks and Mists.

I had fun smoothing inks, sprays and paints and then developing this little birdie from scratch using a China marker to outline it and cut out some collage words from a Brave Girls Club Soul School kit . 

Monday, June 08, 2015

Watercolor Blog Hop

Hello everyone. I am here today to share some watercolor techniques as a part of the Watercolor Bloghop hosted by Pretty Pink Posh.
One of my favorite watercolor techniques is creating luxurious backgrounds. Whether they are subtle or bold, water coloring works fabulous on backgrounds!
First, I stamped a fancy swirl image (Hero Arts) with Versamark ink. Sprinkled on some Liquid Platinum (Ranger) embossing powder and heat set with my gun. This creates a bit of resist and allows the flourish to stand out.
This card was created using pigments from Kuretake Zig Gansai watercolor set.
What I love about watercolor is that you can let a layer dry and go back on top to really make another layer.
Then I filled in the gaps with Distress Inks spritzed with water using the blending tool.
Here is a closer view. Using the different mediums of watercolor really gives depth and luminosity to the background but is easy to do!

Here is another card I created using the similar background watercolor technique using Copics... Yep... Copics and the blending solution to soften the hard edges... This method is more direct and playful but can achieve a similar effect!
You can check out more watercolor images, techniques and art over at the blog hop host page. Inspiration and chances to win prizes.
Hope to see you there!

Watercolor techniques

Watercolor techniques are all the rage right now. Here is another card I am sharing for the Watercolor Blog Hop hosted by Pretty Pink Posh. There are some amazing cards being shared. Hope you check it out!
My card starts with lots of layered papers. Some washi tape and letter stickers for the sentiment. 
The floral image is from W plus 9 and was colored in using Kuretake Zig Clean Color Brush markers and Akashi Ya Sai watercolor markers. Both sets of markers are rich hues that activate with water and also blend well with other colors ( with or without water) 
There are 20 colors of the Sai markers and over 80 of the Zig ones... So much fun blending these and getting the boldness of the pigment with the easily controlled brush tips!

Here is another card I created using the same markers. Same stamp image but a different set of colors .
Check out the blog at Pretty Pink Posh to see more watercolor ideas!

Watercolor Blog Hop

I am excited to be sharing a creation for the Watercolor Blog Hop hosted by Pretty Pink Posh.

There are so many possibilities for creating watercolor effects in papercrafting right now. I have done several cards and am sharing three blog posts showcasing my favorite way to create a watercolor look using inks and paints.
This card uses stamp sets from W plus 9.
I stamped the images using Archival ink in black and let them dry.
I used Coptic inks to color in the flowers and butterfly.
The soft watercolor background is using diluted distress ink mixed with some wink of Stella and a pearly watercolor set by Yasutomo.
Here is another card I created using the same technique except I used the black filled Wink of Stella in the center of the flower... Really gives it a more natural shimmer layered over the Distress Inks. I stamped a simple sentiment and layered it on frosted vellum.
Stamps are from Altenew. Sentiment is Papertrey Ink 

If you are interested in seeing more creations you can click on the link below and leave comments for your chance to win some great prizes from the sponsors!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

City Scene

I am participating in Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies.
I have had this set of city buildings and been dying(get it) to use it on a card.
This is adding Hero Arts newest Ombré inks to the buildings. 
My favorite thing to do with dies is to use the negative space (white card stock) as a background layer and then to layer the individual die cut images onto it! It really gives it some dimension and makes it pop!
I matted it onto some black packaging I had from Darice and then put some Glossy Accents in the windows! Such a fun little card.

The sentiment and banner stamp are from Altenew and the die cut houses and inks are Hero Arts

Monday, March 16, 2015

Mix it Up challenge

Created this card using Ellen Hutson stamped birdie.. I colored in with copics and added a Hero Arts sentiment from Mixed Messages.
Using some older paper lines from my stash and mixing in some new American Crafts accents!
Bright and fun for spring!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Papertrey Ink anniversary Day 7 Metallics challenge

Here is a card using only neutrals and metallics. I really didn't have any metallic inks or powders so I used glittered gold embossing powder to create a fun background. Hearts are from Heart to Heart Mini set 3

Sentiment is from Think Big Sentiments 24
I added a chipboard accent/feather from American Crafts ... sequins from Studio Calico and glitter dots are from MME.

Blue Skies Ombre card challenge Day 8

Today we are challenged to create a ombre card with the color blue.
I created a ombre background using Scattered Showers addition stamp set with a rainy ombre background effect.
I also used some dual tone stamping and some ombre stamping on the sun and two tone clouds.

Hopefully these bright colors will cheer up even the gloomiest!

Monday, February 09, 2015

Papertrey Ink 8th anniversary celebration Day One challenge

Is to pick a color and sketch recipe from their generous and inspiring Inspiration Cards they offer each month that you can find on Nichole's blog here

I used this color recipe

and created this card

and then I did this card using this sketch as inspiration

Papertrey Ink 8th Anniversary Day two : Maile Belles inspiration

One of their talented designers is back with the team and we cannot be more excited! In order to celebrate her honor, we have been challenged to find one of her pieces that inspired us and create a card/project based on it. You can check out her amazing projects over at her blog here 
I love this card she created

Even though I do not own this coverplate , I tried to recreate the look using the Victorian Lace border die and layering it around my card. Flower stamps are from Friends til the End stamp set
I also loved this color scheme so much and had to add this sheet of pattern paper and letter stickers from recent Studio Calico kits.
Thanks for the inspiration Maile!