Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Card #4

I've been purchasing so many Coffee/Tea themed stamps and dies - I just had to make another card for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop so I could use my new stuff!
I just purchased this Drinking the Coffee stamp from Technique Junkies - 
 it CRACKED me up reading it!
I stamped the sentiment directly onto a piece of patterned paper from Water Color Wash Pattern Paper Collection from PTI.   I colored the coffee mug with Ranger Distress Markers in Tea Dye and Spun Sugar.  I layered the panel to an Hibiscus Burst Panel and then onto the Summer Sunrise card base.

Here's the link to the Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop -  lot's of prizes to be won! You have until 6/30 to link up your card!
Stamps:  Drinking the Coffee - Technique Junkies
Paper:  Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Water Color Wash Pattern Paper Collection - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Ranger Distress Markers Tea Dye and Spun Sugar.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop - Card #3

Here's my 3rd card for the fun Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop!  
The hop runs through Friday June 30 and there are lots of prizes to win!
I made a background panel by rubbing Ranger Distress Oxides in Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber onto my craft mat, spritzing each color with water and then pressing and dragging my panel over the colors.  
After the panel was dry, I stamped this great image, Framed Coffee for Two by Stamplorations in black ink.  The frame die is Mix and Mat- Herringbone from PTI.   The sentiment stamp is from Ali Express - a company in China.  I added a few rhinestones for sparkle!

I'm also linking my card to:


Stamps:  Framed Coffee for Two - Stamploarations,  coffee set - Ali Express
Paper:  White, Spring Moss, Hibiscus Burst - PTI
Ink:  True Black - PTI, Ranger Distress Oxides Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber.
Accessories:  Mix & Mat Die Herringbone - PTI, rhinestones - Kaiser Craft, Memo Punch - SU, foam dots.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop #2

I've got another coffee card to share for the Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop.  So much summer coffee/tea inspiration over there already -  and SO many prizes to be won!
I used a new stamp set I got on-line from a company in China - Ali Express Wicked cheap prices and I got my order in just a few weeks with free shipping!
I stamped the images directly on a piece of patterned paper from Petite Places by PTI.  
Check here to see all the coffee stamps they sell (they also have dies) -   this set is offered by several sellers on the site for different prices  from  $ .89  to $1.93 - always look for the ones with free shipping.

The Coffee Lovers Blog Hop runs until 6/30 and there are TONS of prizes to be won!  
Check it all out here!
Stamps:  Ali Express
Paper:  White, Petite Places Patterned Papers - PTI
Ink: True Black - PTI

Friday, June 23, 2017

Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop! Card #1

I'm so excited to be participating in the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!   It's always such a fun inspiring event and there are SO MANY prizes to be won!! whoo hoo!!  
Thank you Amy, and the rest of the team that work so hard to organize this!
I made a clean and simple card today with a water color wash background on Arches watercolor paper.  I stamped the park scape in Archival Jet Black Ink, dried it with my heat tool, brushed water over the area I wanted to watercolor and then brushed on the watercolor paints.  I dried it again with my heat tool and then stamped the sentiment on.
The sentiment is from an older Papertrey Ink set - Warm Happiness and the Parkscape is a red rubber stamp from Stampendous.

Are you participating in the blog hop too? It runs from  Friday, June 23 - Friday, June 30.   
You'll find the link up and list of all the prizes to be won here.

I'm also linking my card to:


Stamps:  Parkscape - Stampendous, Warm Happiness - PTI
Paper:  Arches Watercolor paper, white - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, True Black and Cocoa Bean - PTI
Accessories:  watercolor paints, paint brush, water.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Eileen Hull Inspiration Team - Stampotique Collaboration 3rd Post

This month Eileen Hull's Sizzix Inspiration Team is joining with Stampotique!   We were happily supplied with 6 Stampotique stamps of our choice - so you will see lots of variety over on Eileen's blog every Tuesday in June!

Today is my third post this month for the collaboration -  and I'm excited to share with you the project I made!
(if you missed them - you can see my first project here and my 2nd project here)
I love to store my craft supplies in artistic containers - it brightens up my work space and gives me visual pleasure!    I used Eileen's Vase 3D Sizzix die for this container to hold my 12 Ranger Distress Crayons!  I die cut the Vase out of black mat board.  Then I laid Tim Holtz Burlap Stencil over it and embossed it using Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste -  I kept moving the stencil to fill the whole area - not worrying if it didn't cover everywhere or got smudged a little here and there!
I set the die cut aside to dry and stamped this sweet Mela image from Stampotique onto white card, colored it with some Copics (BG10, R20, RV06, YR07, E00 and colorless blender) and then fussy cut around her.
When the stenciled paste was dry (within an hour) - I assembled the vase per the instructions - using ScorTape on one end piece and the bottom piece.
I  glued a Quote Chip on one panel, letting it stick out straight as it is quite thick and would crack if bent.  I glued Mela's shoulder to the edge of the Quote Chip and also put a foam dot behind her tummy, attaching her lightly to the vase as well.
I left her arms, legs and feet loose - liking the free form look of it. 
This will certainly brighten up my work space and bring a smile to my face whenever I see Mela standing there handing me a crayon!

I hope I have inspired you to check out all the fun stamps over at Stampotique as well as all of Eileen Hull's wonderful Sizzix Dies!
You will find all of the Inspiration Teams' projects over at Eileen's blog during the month of June!

I'm also linking my project to:

#32  Put a Stencil on It

Words with Meaning
Hearts (Mela has a big heart on her dress, and my heart is in creating art!)
Stamps:  Mela - Stampotique
Paper:  black mat board - Sizzix, white cardstock- Papertrey Ink
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Vase 3D die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Idea-ology Quote Chips, Wendy Vecchi White Embossing paste, Burlap Stencil - Tim Holtz, Copics - BG10, R20, RV06, YR07, E00, colorless blender.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Happy Birthday, Bird!

I have a 'bird' birthday card to share today that was inspired by three of this weeks blog challenges.
I stenciled a panel of white card with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink over Tim Holtz Scribble stencil.  I die cut the bird from Tim's Caged Bird die out of Coredinations Paper, sanded the pieces and layered it over the stenciled panel with foam dots, adding a black pearl eye.  I stamped the sentiment under the right corner of the panel in black ink. 
Here are the challenges that inspired my design:

Stamps:  Man of the Hour - Waltzingmouse (no longer available)
Paper:  White - PTI, Orange and Black - Coredinations
Ink:  True Black - PTI, Faded Jeans - Ranger Distress Oxide Ink
Accessories:  Caged Bird Die - Tim Holtz/Alterations, foam dots, black pearl - Kaiser Craft, mini sander - Ranger, Scribbles Stencil - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

A Vintage Journey Destination Inspiration Post

Today I am hosting the Destination Inspiration post over at A Vintage Journey -  I created a project using the contents of our June Travel Bags:
1.  Product - Paint
2.  Technique - Any Resist
3.  Color - Orange
4.  Substrate - Coaster
You'll find a tutorial on how I made this project here at A Vintage Journey - I'd love for you to stop by over there!

I'm linking my project to:
Stamps and Stencils
Words with Meaning

Mixed Media Monthly

#32  Put a Stencil on it

Country View Challenges
Hearts
I have the sentiment 'follow your heart' on my project

Paper:  Cream Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix
Ink:  Ranger Distress Oxides - Spiced Marmalade, Walnut Stain and Fossilized Amber, Ranger Distress Ink - Spiced Marmalade.
Accessories:  Idea-ology Layers/Botanical, Quote Chips, Remnant Rubs/Botanical, Small Talk Stickers,  rhinestones - Kaiser Craft, Zutter Corner Rounder, wooden easel - Joann, Tim Holtz Mini Stencils, white acrylic paint.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

June CAS Mix Up Challenge - Mid month reminder!

Can you believe June is half over already!   I'm here today to remind you about the June CAS Mix Up Challenge where Loll is our host  -  you still have time to link up your CAS creation!
I used black embossing paste over stencils, stamped sentiments, rhinestones and punched butterflies.
I actually made 3 cards for my reminder post as I decided to use Wendy Vecchi Black Embossing Paste over 3 of Tim Holtz mini stencils (leafy, feather and splash) so they all fit on an 11" x 4 1/4" panel.
 (a regular card size before folding it in half!).
Here are the stencils laid out over the white card panel.
Here they are with the black embossing paste spread over them.  I used blue painters tape to hold the stencils over the paper so they wouldn't move as I spread the paste over them.
Here are the results after carefully removing the stencils.  I let the panel dry overnight.
Remember to wipe off your stencils immediately then wash them thoroughly before the paste dries on them.
I trimmed each stenciled piece close to the edge leaving a small white border on all 4 sides.
For my first card, I added a sentiment stamped strip and die cut butterfly both up on foam - the butterfly has foam just on the center body part so the wings can be folded up to add dimension.  I also added purple rhinestones.
I don't particularly like black for sympathy cards - but I think adding the color softens the harshness.
I made a 2nd Sympathy card, rotating the card to its side and using green instead of purple for the accent color.  
(funny how changing the color completely changes the look!?)
And for my third card I made a masculine birthday card (always like to have these on hand - and for some reason I think guys need funny sentiments on their cards ???!!!), stamping the sentiment from Off Beat Birthdays by PTI on a sponged panel left over from when I made this card for last month's splatter challenge.
You have until June 24th to link up your CAS cards using Embossing Pastes/Gels - check out the challenge here -  where you will also find lots of inspiration from the other talented Design Team members!

Entering my birthday card in:
Seize the Birthday
 The Male Room



Sympathy cards
Stamps:  Sympathy - Big Day Today - Waltzingmouse (retired),  Thoughts and Prayers - PSX wooden stamp.
Ink:  Versamark, True Black - PTI
Paper:  White, Winter Wisteria, Simply Chartreuse - PTI, Kraft Core Core-dinations purple and green.
Ink:  True Black - PTI, Archival Jet Black.
Accessories:  Wendy Vecchi Black Embossing Paste, foam dots, rhinestones - Kaiser Craft, Mini Stencils - Tim Holtz, butterfly punch - Martha Stewart, Tombow Adhesive.
Birthday Card
Stamps:  Off Beat Birthday - PTI
Ink:  True Black - PTI, Ranger Distress Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Cintron
Paper:  White - PTI
Accessories:  Wendy Vecchi Black Embossing Paste, foam dots, gem stickers - DCWV, Mini Stencils (leafy, feather and splash - Tim Holtz, water.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Trust in the Lord

My Godchild Eden is being confirmed this weekend at St. Paul's Cathedral in Boston, and I wanted to make her a special card for this wonderful benchmark event in her life!
The stamps on the front of the card are from Phrases and Praises from PTI.  I stamped the heart in Hibiscus Burst, cut it out and layered it under the sentiment.  I cut the circles with Nestabilities.  I spelled her name using Idea-ology Label Letters.
Inside I die cut God from Hibiscus Burst card and stamped the sentiment from Inspired: God also from PTI.  I added an Idea-ology Mirrored Heart for a little bling!
I also bought her this 4 x5 silver box with a personal engraving that she can keep on her bureau of shelf to put special things in.
 
My card design was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches
And my colors were chosen from The Card Concept 
I feel my design is Clean and Graphic
Stamps:  Phrases and Praises, Inspired God -  Papertrey Ink
Paper:  White, True Black, Hibiscus Burst, Watercolor Wonder Paper Collection Textstyle Distressed Dots - PTI, Modern Metalics - DCWV.
Ink:  True Black, Hibiscus Burst - PTI
Accessories:  Circle dies - Nestabilities, God Die - Inspired God - PTI, foam dots, Idea-ology Label Letters and Mirrored Hearts.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Eileen Hull Inspiration Team - 2nd Post - Stampotique Collaboration

Today I'm posting my 2nd project as part of the Eileen Hull's Sizzix Inspiration Team's collaboration with Stampotique.   
(if you missed it -  click here to see last week's post).
This week, I made a coffee cup using Eileen's Mug and Spoon Die (SO sorry this mug die is now retired) as well as her Box - Make it 3D die to make it dimensional!
I started by stamping Stampotique's Wild Flowers stamp onto watercolor paper using Archival Black Ink so it wouldn't run when I added water.   I brushed water over the stamping and then started coloring with more water on my brush and paints.
When I finished coloring the image - I spritzed a little water over the whole image, wiped off the excess and dried with my heat tool.
I die cut 2 mugs - and then laid the image over the die (carefully to hopefully center it well!) and die cut the image.  I adhered the image to the mug.  I like to have dimension for the cup lip - so I die cut just the top of the mug and trimmed to fit.  I stamped the Plant Kindness sentiment on the strip and adhered it to the top of the mug.
I sponged everything with Ranger Distress Tea Dye Ink.    Here you can also see the piece I cut from the Box Make it 3D die - that will be the sides of the mug.  I only sponged down the center so the Scortape would stick to the tabs.
I've adhered one side to the back -  and then will do the front.
Here it is all put together -  with a 6 loop bow of wrinkled seam tape tied through both handles.
I left the back plain - just sponged with the Tea Dye Distress.
The sentiment goes perfectly with this image.
I added pink Tiny Twinkles to some of the flowers.
I've got some packaged biscotti that will fit nicely inside the mug for gift giving.  It would also hold a gift card or other small gift.
 You will find lovely inspired projects all month long over at Eileen's blog - where she will gather the projects from the Inspiration Team using Stampotique stamps and Eileen's dies!  I hope you'll check them out!

I'm also linking my project to the following:
#36  Put a Stamp on it



Stamps:  Wild Flowers, Plant Kindness - Stampotique
Paper:  Cream Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix, Arches Watercolor Paper.
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Ranger Distress Tea Dye
Accessories:  Mug and Spoon Die, Box Make it 3D - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, water color paints, water, brush, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, Scor Tape, Tombow Glue.