Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Birthday Celebration Layout

Hi Friends:  Today's post is scrapbook layout of my daughter's 18th birthday - yes, I am always behind on my scrapbooking, but I don't work chronologically, so it's OK.  LOL.  Please see below for process, challenges, and supplies.  Have a super day!


Process:
I prepped my background paper with clear gesso, then used a confetti stencil with white embossing paste to add texture to the background.  When dry, I sprayed the background with different colors of coordinating LSG sprays to add some shimmer.  In the area under the photo, I ripped the paper and added a coordinating paper behind it, then added cheesecloth to the ripped area. I matted the photo with coordinating papers that were inked and distressed, and used scrap cardboard to lift it off the page.  I heat embossed the chipboard shapes with coordinating LSG embossing powders, added some rub-ons to the large stars (it was her 18th birthday), then arranged them around the photo.  To enhance the bling around the stars, I added some glass bead glitter gel.  I cut words from one of the coordinating papers, inked the edges and arranged them around the photo, too - I love how these words worked perfectly with my wishes and feelings for her that day.  I edged the background papers and the ripped area with brown chalk ink, then finished the page off with the bling, the celebrate charm, the wish banner, and some splatters made with black gesso.  Creating the layout was almost as much fun as the birthday party!

Challenges Entered (Click on the Picture or Caption for the link):
More Than Words:  Celebrate and Bling
SSS Wednesday Challenge:  ATG














Supplies Used:
Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays (SSS):  Golden Doubloons, Canna Lily Burnt Orange, Glory of the Seas Gold
Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder (Amazon): Desert Moon Turquoise, Cleopatra's Copper, Kaiser Russet Red
Faber-Castell GLASS BEAD GLITTER GEL (SSS)
Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste (SSS)
Tim Holtz Edge Distresser (SSS)
Liquitex Professional Clear Gesso (Amazon)
Rub-ons:  Marcella, 7Gypsies
We R Memory Keepers Anthologie Stack Pack
Want2Scrap Bling
Other:  Charms, cheesecloth, chipboard, black gesso, wish banner embellishment

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Love Canvas

Hi Friends:  With Valentine's Day approaching, I thought I would do a mixed media canvas dedicated to Love.  I found this great wood embellishment at JoAnn's and just had to make it the focal point on the canvas.  I used my favorite LSG sprays, flowers and lace, along with gems, charms, and jewelry pieces from my stash.  This was lots of fun to create I hope you enjoy it, too!  Please see below for challenges, instructions, and supplies that I used.  Have a great day!



Process:
I added the Tim Holtz tissue paper to the canvas using Collage Pauge.  Once dry, I randomly added hearts to the canvas using a stencil and white embossing paste.  I used white gesso to prep the heart embellishment and flourishes, added them to the canvas, added some glass bead gel around the flourishes, then colored the canvas with LSG sprays and Adirondack color washes.  I added the flowers and lace as shown, then colored them with the same LSG sprays.  I also colored some jute with Faded Jeans stain.  When everything was dry, I added the jute and various gems, charms, buttons, wire, and metal embellishments around the flowers and flourishes as shown.




Challenges Entered (Click on the Picture or Caption for the link):
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Put a Stencil on It
Berry71Bleu JanuaryChallenge - a Pop of Color
SSS Monday Challenge - Spread Your Wings


Supplies Used:
8X10 Canvas
Tim Holtz Idea-ology MELANGE Tissue Wrap Paper (SSS) 
Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays (SSS):  Ramblin' Rose Pink, Drink Me Silly Set
Viva Decor SILVER Inka Gold Beeswax Polish (SSS)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metal WORD BANDS (SSS)
Adirondack Color Wash (Amazon): Meadow, Sailboat Blue
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Facets (Amazon)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 6 x 12 GRUNGEPAPER (SSS)
Sizzix Bigz BIGkick/Big Shot Die by Tim Holtz, Elegant Flourishes (Amazon)
Faber-Castell GLASS BEAD GLITTER GEL (SSS)
Liquitex Gesso - White (Amazon)
Liquitex Matte Super Heavy Gel Medium (Amazon)
Finnabair Art Extravagance Texture Paste Clear Crackle (Amazon)
Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage Matte (Amazon)
Teresa Collins Heart Stencil (Amazon)
Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste (SSS)
Distress Stains (SSS): Faded Jeans
Recollections white paper flowers
Other:  charms, lace, jute, gems, jewelry pieces, wire, wood heart

Sunday, January 22, 2017

CWWC - Birthday Star Card

Hi Friends:  There is a new challenge today over at the Crafting When We Can Challenges Blog, where the current theme is Spots or Stripes.  (I used both!)

Please visit our fabulous sponsor this week, Sasayaki Glitter, to see all of their wonderful products!

My creation for this week is a birthday card using the lovely Anita's Star digital image.


Here's a close-up of the image, so you can see the glitter and shine in the balloons and her clothes.


I hope that you are inspired by my creation and will join us over at the CWWC blog to see the creations of the other design team members and enter for your chance to win a great prize from our sponsor.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great CRAFTY day!

Process:
I printed the digital image onto smooth white cardstock and colored her with my Spectrum Noir markers, using colors that matched the papers I chose.  I chose these KI papers because they had both a lovely striped and circles paper.  I trimmed the papers to fit my A7 card base, then used a striped embossing folder on the striped paper to enhance the texture.  I used a pleat fold on the circles paper, then stitched the top edge with my sewing machine and added some lace colored with the SN markers.  After I adhered all the background papers, I used a framelits die to cut the image and frames, then used some fun foam to pop the image off the center of the card.  I used some Glossy Accents and glitter on the stars, then used the clear SN Glitter brush pen on her clothes/hat. I cut my sentiment from the same papers and added it on a banner at the bottom of the card.  To finish, I added a ribbon, some sequins, and some tattered/used dryer sheet behind the focal image.


Supplies Used:
Anita's Star digital image by Sasayaki Glitter
KI Vintage Charm paper pad
Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover paper (Amazon)
Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush Pens (Amazon)
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK - Decorative Frames (Amazon)
Glossy Accents (SSS)
Spectrum Noir Markers (Amazon): Clothes/Balloons: DR5, DR6, DR7, BT2, BT4, BT6; Hair:  EB1, EB3, EB5, EB8; Skin:  FS1, FS2, FS4, TN2; Other:  BGR1, Blender
Impression Obsession Greeting Set Die (Amazon)
Sizzix embossing folder
Other:  sequins, ribbon, A7 card base, sewing machine, lace, fine glitter, fun foam

Saturday, January 21, 2017

JessicaLynnOriginal Digi Image Blog Hop

Hi Friends:  It's time for a Blog Hop over at JessicaLynnOriginal Stamps! Today's Blog Hop is all about digital stamps and just how easy they are to use.  My projects use the Brentwood Owl I Need More Coffee digital stamp.

Card:


Mixed Media Tag:



Why digital stamps:
  • Digital stamps are so easy to download and store on your computer. Once you decide on the image you want, you get that image right away.  Digital stamps take up very little space, can usually be resized to fit your project, and can be organized in ways that make sense to you (I organize by theme and save with the image and designer/creator name so that I can give proper credit when using the image on my blog posts, etc.) Please be sure to follow the artist's angel policies whenever your use their images - they can usually be found at the website where you purchased the image - for example, here's a link to the JessicaLynnOriginal Angel Policy.  
  • In addition to sizing the images, you can also rotate them to change the direction (just be careful if your image contains words! LOL) 
  • Digital stamps are generally more economical than their physical counterparts, since they don't require the production costs associated with rubber/cling/clear stamps.
  • You can use digital images much the same way that you use any rubber, cling, or photo-polymer / clear stamps.  I print my images using a laser printer so that I can color them with my alcohol markers.  As long as your printer has the capabilities, you can print them onto various materials (different paper types, material, transparencies, etc.)  You can use them on cards, tags, mixed media projects, art journals, and any other projects that are allowed by the artists' angel policies.
Here's Jessica's quick video about how to download and use her digital stamps:





Visit all of my design teammates on the blog hop and leave a comment for each so that you can have a chance to win one of two $5 gift certificates to the JessicaLynnOriginal store.  Commenting will be open until Sunday, January 22 at 8 pm CST, so get your comments in quickly!  If you decide to purchase any stamps or digis from the store, please remember to put my name in the comments section.



Card Process:
I knew that I wanted to use a coffee cup die that I have, so I sized the digital image to fit the size of the die.  I printed the image onto smooth white cardstock and colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers (colors listed below).  I added some clear crackle paint to enhance the feathers and some glossy accents to his beak, cup, and talons.  I cut a coffee cup die from the Prima papers, then cut the Brentwood image with the same coffee cup die.  To make the Brentwood image fit the coffee cup, I used a curved edge die to trim the top - the edges of the image and cup are inked with Black Soot.  For the base layer, I cut the Prima papers to fit my A2 card base, used my sewing machine to add texture and interest, then used the Black Soot ink to distress the edges. I added some baker's twine to the layer, then glued it to the card base and added a white doily distressed with Black Soot.  For dimension, I used some foam dots to pop the focal image in the center of the doily. I added the "stronger together" sentiment - I know I'm better after my cup of strong black coffee in the morning!  To finish, I added some pearl gems to look a bit like steam coming from the cup, a baker's twine bow, and a silver key at the bottom (another play on coffee being the key to a good morning).

Tag Process:
I wanted to do a packing tape transfer, so I sized the Brentwood image to fit the size of my packing tape (about 2 inches wide) and printed him onto plain white copy paper using my laser printer. (If you don't have a laser printer, a toner based copy will work).   I trimmed the image and used a packing tape transfer technique (see linked you-tube video, below) to capture the image for my tag.  For my base, I used a plain manilla tag with a coffee splotch stencil and embossing paste.  Once the paste was dry, I used Glimmer Mists to add color and shine to the tag, then edged it with Ground Espresso ink.  I also dripped some ink splatters on the tag.  I added the tape transfer image near the top of the tag and burnished well to ensure that he would stick to the tag (especially since he covered part of the embossed image on the tag).  I added some coffee beans (hazelnut - the tag smells great - lol) and some Prima Art Stones using matte medium, then colored the Art Stones with the same Glimmer Mists.  I printed the sentiment onto kraft cardstock, trimmed into separate words, edged with Ground Espresso, then glued them to the tag.  I used a Stabillo pencil to add a shadow to the words, then finished the tag with a clock charm and some fibers from my stash.



Challenges Entered:
SSS Monday Challenge:  Chill Out
SSS Wednesday Challenge:  Anything But A Card
















Supplies Used:
Brentwood Owl I Need More Coffee digital stamp by JessicaLynnOriginal.com
Tim Holtz Crackle Paint ROCK CANDY Distress Clear (SSS)
Glossy Accents (SSS)
Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover paper (Amazon)
Distress Inks (SSS): Black Soot, Ground Espresso
Simon Says Clear Stamps PAPER HUGS (SSS) - Sentiment Stamp ("Stronger Together")
Spectrum Noir Markers (Amazon):  Owl: BG1, BG2, BG3, BG5, BG6, TN1, TN2, TN3, IG3, EB6, GB9, Blender; Clothes:  TB1, TB2, TB3, DG2, CG4; Other: CR8, DG3, OR1
Memento TUXEDO BLACK INK PAD (SSS)
Prima Printery 6X6 Paper Stack
Coffee Cup Die by The Stamps of Life  - please see these JessicaLynnOriginal.com stamp sets for a coffee cup stamp:  A Latte Love for Valentine's Day and Barista Coffee Brentwood Owl
Want2Scrap pearl gems
Paper Pizazz Hardware embossed paper images (key)

Manila Tag (SSS)
Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste (SSS)
Prima Marketing MINI ART STONES (SSS)
Prima Marketing ART STONES (SSS)
The Crafter's Workshop MINI COFFEE SPLOTCH 6 x 6 Template (SSS)
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Amazon):  Tattered Leather, Sand, Wheatfields
Stabilo All Pencil - Black (Amazon)

Other:  A2 Card Base, sewing machine, baker's twine, foam dots, white doily, charm, fibers/yarn, packing tape, copy paper, kraft cardstock, glue, matte medium

Sunday, January 8, 2017

CWWC - Beautiful Card

Hi Friends:  There is a new challenge today over at the Crafting When We Can Challenges Blog, where the current theme is Anything Goes.

Please visit our fabulous sponsor this week, Moon Flower Digital Stamps, to see all of their wonderful products!

My creation for this week is a card using the lovely Elf Maiden digital stamp.



I hope that you are inspired by my creation and will join us over at the CWWC blog to see the creations of the other design team members and enter for your chance to win a great prize from our sponsor.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great CRAFTY day!

Process:
I printed the focal image onto smooth white cardstock and colored her with Spectrum Noir markers. I added some shimmer to her hair, belt and flowers using the Spectrum Noir glitter brush pen.  I cut the image using a label die, then glued it to the next sized frame cut from the patterned papers. I added some bling to her necklace and ear, then colored a blingy button with the BT markers and added it to her belt.  I heat embossed the chipboard vine, then arranged the resin flowers around it.  I colored the top paper layer of the butterfly with the BT markers, then added it to the top of the vine - as if my maiden is looking down at the butterfly on her shoulder.  I colored the small paper flower with the LSG magicals and the ribbon with the BT markers, then added them to the bottom of the floral cluster.  For the base layer, I cut the papers to fit, sewed a border on my sewing machine, then glued it to an A7 card base.  It's hard to see in the photo, but there's a bit of crazing medium on the brown - woodsy-looking edge of the base layer.  I used fun foam to pop the focal layer up from the background, then added some bling swirls at the corners.  I cut the sentiment from the same Kaleidoscope papers and added it to the bottom of the card.

Supplies Used:
Elf Maiden digital stamp by Moon Flower Digital Stamps
Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover paper (Amazon)
Spectrum Noir Markers (Amazon): Dress and Flowers:  BT1, BT2, BT3, BT4, IB1, IB2, CR1, CR3, CR5, CR6, IG1, PP1, AP1, DP2; Skin/Face: FS1, FS2, FS4, FS5, CR3, TB2; Hair: IG3, IG4, IG8, IG10, BRG2, TB9, Blender
Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush Pens (Amazon):  clear and silver
Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals (Amazon): Cotton Candy Pink
Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder (Amazon):  Madonna Robe Blue Gold
Versamark Ink Pad (SSS)
Spellbinders Grand Nestailities Labels Eleven
Scrapiniec Decorative Chipboard
KandCompany Grand Adhesions butterfly sticker
Want 2 Scrap blingOther:  A7 Card Base, sewing machine, button, ribbon, misc. flowers from my stash

Saturday, January 7, 2017

JessicaLynnOriginal DT Announcement

Hi Friends:  I am very excited to share that I am part of the new design team at JessicaLynnOriginal stamps.  Jessica offers Clear Photopolymer stamps, Custom Rubber stamps, and Digital images.  I am really in love with her designs and can't wait to share more examples with you.

Today's card features the Limited Edition Brentwood Owl Farmhouse Wreath digital stamp.  Isn't this simply darling?  If you decide that you love him as much as I do, please put my name in the notes to seller when you order him.



Visit my new design teammates for more inspiration with this darling image:


      As part of the announcement, you have a chance to win a gift certificate in the JessicaLynnOriginal store, so please pop over to the Facebook page and enter for your chance to win!

      JessicaLynnOriginal Facebook Page

      Process:
      I printed the image onto smooth white cardstock and colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers (colors listed below).  I fussy cut the image, added some crazing medium to enhance the feathers and some glossy accents to his beak, then glued the image to a doily cut from the Kaisercraft papers.  For the base layer, I cut the Kaisercraft papers to fit my A7 card base, then used my sewing machine to add texture and interest.  I also used the woodgrain embossing folder on the base layer to add more texture, then used the Forest Moss ink to enhance the texture and distress the edges. I sewed a strip of burlap paper at the bottom on the layer, then glued it to the card base.  For dimension, I used some foam dots to pop the focal image in the center.  To finish, I added some burlap flowers, a twine bow, and my sentiment along the burlap strip.

      Challenges Entered:
      SSS Monday Challenge: Start Afresh
      SSS Wednesday Challenge:  New Something
      Emerald Creek Dares: Bring on the New

















      Supplies Used:
      Brentwood Owl Farmhouse Wreath digital stamp by JessicaLynnOriginal.com
      Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium CRAZING (SSS)
      Glossy Accents (SSS)
      Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover paper (Amazon)
      Tim Holtz Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders - Bricked & Woodgrain Set (Amazon)
      Distress Inks (SSS): Forest Moss
      Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush Pens (Amazon)
      Spectrum Noir Markers (Amazon):  Owl: BG1, BG2, BG3, BG5, BG6, TN1, TN2, TN3, IG3, EB6, GB9, Blender; Wreath:  DG2, DG4, G11, GG5
      DCWV Specialty Stack, 6 by 6-Inch, Burlap (Amazon)
      Cheery Lynn Designs - Celtic Fire Doily Die
      Other:  A7 Card Base, Prima Flowers from my stash, sewing machine, hemp twine, foam dots

      Friday, January 6, 2017

      Product Review - Simply Stamps Custom Stamp

      Hi Friends:  Today I am posting a quick review of my new custom Handmade By stamp from Simply Stamps.  As a paper-crafter and card-maker, I am always making cards to send, give as gifts, and donate to various causes.  I have several stamps that say "Made By", etc., but I never seem to use them.  I am hoping this custom stamp - with my name and blog already on it - will make it really easy for me to stamp the back of my cards with my info.  The stamp that I have is the Bold Cursive Business Card Stamp and is a traditional wooden hand stamp.  It's got a great handle that makes it easy to grab and use.  It stamps cleanly and works great!  I love it.