Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sunshine, Happiness, Love

Hello! Today I have a fun card to share with you using some Great Impressions stamps.

I pulled out the pretty G484 Sunshine, Happiness, Love image and stamped it onto watercolor paper and watercolored it. After I was done with the image I felt it needed a bit something so I pulled out A32 Flitting Butterflies and selectively inked just one of the butterflies and then with a micron pen added in the flight trail.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Great Impressions Monthly Challenge

Hello! Can you believe it's already February?! That means a new challenge at the Great Impressions blog!


Here is the card I made:


I used the fun G523 Party Penguins image and the D501 Your Birthday sentiment. This makes such a fun card for any child or child at heart. The other stamps used were E845 Twirly Background Sm. and E846 Flag Banner. I hope you'll come join us this month!


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Watercolor Spritzing

Hi there! Today I have a card up at the A Walk Down Memory Lane blog on a fun techinque I'm calling watercolor spritzing. Here's a peek :)



Annabelle Love

Hello! Today I have a fun love themed card to share with you using a super sweet image from Great Impressions called  G531Annabelle Sweet Mouse.



Isn't she cute? I stamped her on watercolor paper and watercolored her. The fun background pattern was made using the G530 Forever Yours Border
We are also sponsoring the Aud Sentiment challenge this week so be sure to pop over there as well. 


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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Planner Love

Hi! So, I love organization and have been keeping a planner for several years now but was using a coil bound one. I really like the way it's set up but have wanted to add or rearrange pages and obviously can't do that. So I started looking around at different planner options and decided a binder style would suit me best. I joined a few FB groups that share the love of planners and making them pretty and set to work deciding which one I'd buy.

Then I went to my local thrift store and happened upon this beauty. For $3!

It's in perfect condition and is a Franklin Covey Classic, A5 size. I love it so much! All my other crafting goodies come in very handy when beginning to set this beauty up.

Here's a peek at the inside and what I've done so far. Since I had already started to use my coil bound planner and didn't want to waste the pages, so I uncoiled it, punched holes in them and loaded them into my new planner. Now that I have been using this planner for several days I realized I really want a smaller one to carry with me when I go out. I found a great deal on one of the FB groups and hopefully it will be in my hands Monday :) 

Are you a planner enthusiast? What kind of planner do you use? I'd love to come peek at yours if you want to leave me a link in the comments.



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

More Perfect Pearls

Hi! Today I have a card showing you another couple of ways you can use Perfect Pearls. This really is a fun medium to work with! Go take a look on the A Walk Down Memory Lane blog.





So Special

Hi there! Today I have a cute card to share with you using some Great Impressions stamps.


I stamped this adorable F600 Valentine Sparky onto patterned paper and then colored him with Copic markers. Coloring on top of colored paper gives added interest and for certain images eliminates the need for fussy cutting or mounting.


I used D500 So Very Special for the sentiment and heat embossed it in white. Some sequins finished it off. I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Double Matted Focal Panel

Hi there stamping friends! Today I have a fun technique to give your focal image a bit of an extra boost to make it extra special. Let's get started!
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For this technique you'll need a stamp set of choice, some dies that are graduating in size and your coloring medium. For my project I chose to use the newly released Inspired By Stamping  Cherry Blossoms stamp set, Fancy Labels 2 dies and Copic markers. You want to choose the die that will fit your entire image and then one that is smaller that will easily fit inside your largest die cut so that you'll have some image overlapping. After you've stamped your image onto your die cuts you'll want to color them.
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Since most of the bottom panel will be covered up you don't need to do detailed coloring, just enough on the parts that will show. On my smaller top panel I did my detailed coloring. I recommend using foam tape to give your focal panel more dimension and it will really pop that double matted panel look. **tip: that's why I did completely color the bottom panel because with foam tape you would still be able to see bits of an uncolored image.**
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And here is my completed card. When layering your focal panels just pay attention to where the stamp lines should line up :)
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Here's a close up of what mounting it on foam tape looks like.
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I used the beautiful papers from Vintage Floral and Spring Lilacs paper pads, stamped my sentiment and added some machine stitching and sequins to finish it off. I hope you'll give this technique a try! Thanks so much for joining me today.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Perfect Pearls

Hi there! I've got a card up at the A Walk Down Memory Lane blog today showing how I applied Perfect Pearls to my card card. Those are some fun powders to play with!



Moose Love

Hello! Hope you are having a great week so far! Today I have a card to share with you for Great Impressions.


This is one of my favorite GI images called G518 Elliot Blowing Valentine Wishes as it's just so cute and funny! I had a lot of fun watercolor this sweet image and added a hand written tag.


The die cut frame was also watercolored so it matched the heart bubbles. I hope you have a great rest of your day!

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Easter Bunnies

Today's set is super adorable! Wrapping up this week's Inspired By Stamping release is a set called Easter Bunnies.



This set is so super adorable! I of course had to watercolor it! I stamped it Frayed Burlap Distress ink and then used my new Christmas goodies, Faber Castell watercolor pencils to color them. 

I added a bow and some roses and I hope you can see the sparkle on the eggs. I hope you enjoyed this week's release! Thanks for joining me.



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Pierce around an image

Hello! I've got a card share over on the A Walk Down Memory Lane blog today showing how you can give a bit more pop to a focal image by piercing around it! Here's a peek: