Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sew Thankful

This was a fun time. I love it when a sketch and a theme challenge come together.  Lots of products came together as well: three different sets of Simon Says stitched dies, Close to My Heart stamp and sentiment, pinking shears, Copics, and Nuvo drops.

Linked to CAS(E)this Sketch #259   and   Paper Players #381  Sewing theme


Thursday, February 15, 2018

AHSC #251 Thank You So Much

So much inspiration on the blogs for creating flower clusters....I think I need some practice, but I love the look.
For this card, the flowers were stamped and cut with matching dies of the Springtime Wishes set (CTMH)  The papers are from CTMH Penelope collection, ink colors Thistle, Pear, Crystal Blue, Pear, Honey and New England Ivy. These are outline stamps, so I used a water brush to fill in with the inks. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Circle Sayings

This is the sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week. Go check out their awesome Design Team inspiration!



Sunday, February 11, 2018

AHSC #250

Spring is just around the corner. It got cold today, but earlier this week it was sunny and warm enough to do yard work. There are little green spouts all over out there (not all weeds :-) )
Being outside finally got me out of the winter mojo funk I've been in for a while. So I dug around in my craft room and found some old stuff that made me happy: Zoe papers and an ancient CTMH set called 'Springtime' that I have always loved.

Lots of fussy cutting, fun foam, foam tape, liquid glass and Nuvo drops later...a card! Isn't it funny how once you get the picture up you see little flaws?  I'll need to straighten that bit of twine.
Celebrating 250 sketches over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! Check them out for some inspiration.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Washi Birthday

Happy Birthday die from Elizabeth Craft Designs was cut twice from card stock, and then the top layer was clear embossed. I finally tried layering die cuts with Stick It sheets. Wow! It's so simple: just stick sheet to card stock, cut out, remove backing and you have perfect adhesive coverage. The washi tape is from my stash. A few Nuvo Jewel Drops. I just love how quickly this came together.  Such a versatile sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #246 by Michelle.  Check out the great Design Team cards on their blog.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Snowy Scene

There are stamps that become beloved and you just have to find one more thing to do with them. This Hero Arts wooden stamp is one. I just feel peaceful and happy looking at this little scene.  With CASology inspiration word Grey, I tried inking it up with some CTMH Whisper ink...but I'd done that before, and it just looked blah.  Next I tried a white pigment ink on Slate card stock, but it just wasn't very crisp, so I put some Hero Arts white embossing powder on it and yay! Added a skinny white mat, and popped with dimensional tape on a Slate card stock base.  I love the slightly bumpy texture that looks like snow. The sentiment from Pretty Pink Posh was embossed as well.
I doubt our Pacific Northwest Christmas will be white - it's usually pretty grey!  But a person can dream...so also linking to CAS-ual Fridays #189 "Dreaming of a White Christmas," and CAS on Sunday #123.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Pencils and Heat Embossing

One of my absolute favorite crafters is Yana Smakula.  She is an amazing artist that inspires me!  In this video post  http://www.yanasmakula.com/?p=60617she explained her process for creating a very dramatic image.  I had to try it.
I stamped my image (Avery Elle - Merry Flowers) in Whisper ink on Whisper gray card stock (Close to My Heart) and then colored the image with Prisma pencils.  Then I treated the paper with anti-static powder and heat embossed in Hero Arts white. Yana suggested using the Misti to be sure your image is aligned perfectly, but I had forgotten to begin that way...so I had to carefully position my Versamark inked block after coloring. The first one worked perfectly, the other is slightly offset. But I'm still thrilled with the result!
I shaded around the image with a very light gray Copic to create a bit of dimension. The sentiment (W Plus 9 Christmas Greetings) was also heat embossed.  I mounted the panel on a white, top-fold card base. And then decided to add some Nuvo Crystal  'snow dots'.   Thank you Yana! I love this technique. The white embossing stays clean, no smudges and it really looks awesome.

Linking to Use Your Stuff #290 Challenge - Heat Embossing


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Jingle All the Way

Stamp and Cuts set "Jingle all the Way" from Hero Arts set used today, with Echo Park I Love Winter paper.  I used colored pencils, Wink of Stella, some Nuvo drops, and a white jell pen.  The sentiment was heat embossed with Hero Arts white.


Linked to CAS(E) This Sketch #247