Previous month:
December 2016
Next month:
February 2017

January 2017

Sign Up for My February Newsletter-All About Lift Me Up Hot Air Balloon Bundle

Lift Me Up Bundle

Lift Me Up stamp set! 

This set will lift you up through the atmosphere and up where the air is clear. The happy blend of images and sentiments make this the perfect pick-me-up kind of stamp set.

Up & Away Thinlits Dies!

Create die-cut hot-air balloons, clouds, and shapes in seconds with Thinlits dies and the Big Shot.

With a mix of open images and detailed images, these dies can cut detailed die-cuts or frame stamped images.  The detailed die includes ejection holes so you can remove the paper easily.

Bundle them and you'll save 10%!

These 2 products will be featured in my February Newsletter!

Here is a sampler of the projects showcased in the Newsletter which will hit e mail inboxes on February 1!

Lift Me Up Projects

Want to learn more?

Don't miss out!

Get your own copy by signing up to receive my monthly newsletter today!

Click HERE to sign up

Once the signup form has been submitted, you'll receive a confirmation e mail. 

Please follow the prompts in the confirmation to complete the sign-up process.

Thank you!

Happy Stampin'!

Crafting With Paint Chips-Sponged Cloudy Background Technique

Paint Chip Lift Me UpOne of my favorite things is to use paint chips in my crafting. For this card, I combined paint chips to make a colorful backing for the hot air balloon found in the Up & Away Thinlits die from Stampin' Up!

And to complete the card I created a sky background using the sponged Cloudy Background Technique.

 The color behind the balloon is regular paint chips that you can find in any home improvement store.  I love the paint chip displays of all the colors and color combinations. 

Easy inspiration for sure!

See my other Paint Chip Creations HERE

On a recent trip to our local home improvement store, I made a stop in the paint department and picked up these paint chips:

Lift Me Up paint chips

I pieced them together to create the backing for the balloon using the various pieces of the Up & Away Thinlits Dies:

  Lift Me Up Paint Chip backing

I attached the pieces to the back of the Whisper White detailed balloon using my Fine Tip Glue.

For the background, I used the Cloudy Background Technique on my Soft Sky card base by sponging on Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant inks around my "cloud" template.

This is a template I made several years ago using the Big Shot, Large Circle Scallop Die (cut out of light-weight cardboard), and Scallop Circle Punch.  I secured several smaller scalloped circles to the larger circle using tape.  I reuse this template often and keep it as part of my permanent crafting stash.

For more details, please view my Cloudy Background video tutorial HERE

Cloudy Sky Background Template

The popped up clouds were also cut out of the paint chips using the Up & Away Thinlits Dies.

Paint Chip Clouds

The greeting from Lift Me Up was stamped on the card front using Elegant Eggplant ink, and candy dots were added to the balloon to complete the card.

Lift Me Up Cloudy Skies Background

Next time you're in a home improvement store, be sure to make a stop in the paint department.  Displays and displays of paint chips are waiting to inspire you.

The possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Lift Me Up (purchase the Lift Me Up Bundle and save 10%)

Ink: Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Soft Sky, Whisper White

Accessories: paint chips, Big Shot, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Fine Tip Glue, sponge, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Watercolor Pencils and In Lines Designer Series Paper

I recently needed some quick and simple thank you cards.

To accomplish this task, I got out my Watercolor Pencils found in the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper, In the Lines!

Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines
Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines
Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines

To create these cards, I simply cut down one of the 12 x 12 sheets of the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper to 3" x 4" individual pieces. 

Then, I colored in parts of the images using the new Watercolor Pencils, using a Blender Pen to shade the colors.

Black, white with a pop of color! 

Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines

Super easy!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Archival Black

Paper: Rose Red, Basic Black, In the Lines Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Watercolor Pencils (Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive), Blender Pen, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Watercolor Pencils and Hey, Chick

Hey,chick 005

Am loving the Hey, Chick stamp set found in this year's Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration catalog (spend $50, earn a free item out of the catalog!)

These "chicks" just make me smile!

This is a quick and simple card featuring the stamp set plus the new Watercolor Pencils found in the Occasions Catalog. 

I stamped the "chick" onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using Memento Black ink.  I colored her comb, tail, and beak using the watercolor pencils, blending them with a Blender Pen.  I used the Big Shot and circle framelits to circle cut the piece, along with the Real Red matting.  I inked up the chickens for the background using Memento Black, off stamped, then stamped so they would be muted. 

Hey,chick 005-1

The watercolor pencils are smooth, high-quality, acid and lignin free.

Perfect for water coloring stamped images. Use with Aqua Painters, Blender Pens, or alone.
And they come in 13 Stampin' Up! colors: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White

Hey, Chick and Watercolor Pencils.  A perfect match!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Hey, Chick

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red

Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Big Shot, Circles Framelits, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Double Hexagons Embossing Folder Chicken Wire-Paper Pieced Hey, Chick

  Hey,chick with chicken wire background

Create fun chicken wire backgrounds using the Double Hexagons Embossing Folder. 

What a perfect match for this year's Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Hey, Chick!

Here's how:

Open the folder and swipe or pat ink on the inside of the folder, the side that has "Sizzix" and "Stampin' Up" on the front. For this card, I swiped on Smokey Slate ink.

Chicken Wire Background Step 1

Insert a piece of card stock into the folder,

Chicken Wire Background Step 2

Close the folder and turn it around so the side with "Stampin' Up!" is on top.  With your fingers, press down on the top of the folder, transferring the ink on the inside to the card stock.  A bone folder will also work.

Hey,chick 019

Open the folder, remove the card stock and voilà, you have a chicken wire background!

Chicken Wire Background Step 3

Chicken Wire Background Final

For the chicken, I used the Paper Piecing Technique. 
I simply stamped the chicken and greeting onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using Memento Black ink and cut it out using the Big Shot and Circles Framelits.  I  stamped the image again onto the polka dot patterned piece of Carried Away Designer Series Paper.  I then cut out only the chicken's body using a pair of scissors and paper pieced it onto the stamped image using SNAIL Adhesive.  The feet, comb, and beak are from the stamped part underneath.   I colored in the comb and beak using a red marker. 

Paper Pieced Hey, Chick

I really like how the patterned paper gives the chicken a little texture and interest.  And the chicken wire background is a perfect compliment!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Hey, Chick (Sale-A-Bration)

Ink: Tuxedo Black, Smokey Slate

Paper: Smokey Slate, Real Red, Whisper White, Carried Away Designer Series Paper (Sale-A-Bration)

Accessories: Double Hexagons Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Circle Framelits, Real Red Thick Baker's Twine, Dimensionals



 

Happy Stampin'!

Die Cutting Aluminum Cans with the Big Shot-Dragonfly Dreams and Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder

Aluminum Cans and the Big ShotOne of my all-time favorite crafting techniques is cutting shapes out of aluminum cans using the Big Shot and dies.

Please check HERE to see some of my other aluminum can and Big Shot projects, along with video tutorials.

I'm always on the lookout for aluminum cans with interesting colors and designs. 

Some of my favorites are Coke, Sprite, and Ginger Ale, especially when creating snowflakes for Christmas!

When my husband brought home cans of Arrogant Bastard Ale, my eyes lit up!

Black, red and white! 

I knew I could create something fun using this beer can, especially when it was combined with a Coke can.

Here's how the cans started out:

Cutting Aluminum Cans using the Big Shot

I cut the tops and bottoms off of each can, then cut down the center to flatten them out. 

See instructions here (towards the end of the post).

Be careful, the cans are sharp at this point.  Once they have been cut using the die or embossed using an embossing folder, the edges become smooth.

I used the outline die from the new Dragonfly Thinlits from Stampin' Up to cut a dragonfly out of the Arrogant Bastard can.

Cutting Aluminum Cans using the Big Shot

I embossed the inside of the Coke can using the new Hexagons Dynamics Embossing Folder (my new favorite!) to use as the background.

I matted the embossed background to a piece of Real Red card stock, then attached it to my Basic Black card base.  The greeting was heat embossed using silver embossing powder.  The dragonfly was attached using Dimensionals.  I colored rhinestones using a black Sharpie pen and added them for a little extra bling.

Cutting Aluminum Cans with the Big Shot

Try using aluminum cans in your crafting. 

Once you've started, you'll never look at an aluminum can the same way again!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Real Red

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die, Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder, aluminum cans, sturdy craft scissors, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, silver embossing powder, rhinestones, Sharpie pen, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Silver Dynamic Hexagons Embossing Folder-Masculine Birthday Card

Double Hexagon Embossing Folder 006

The new Dynamic Hexagons Embossing folder is perfect for making those sometimes hard to create masculine cards!

Recently, we were invited to the 13th birthday celebration for my husband's cousin's grandson!

Ok, I rarely have to make a card for a 13 year old boy, so I had to think a few minutes about what I could come up with. 

It didn't take me long though because I knew the Dynamic Hexagons embossing folder would do the trick, especially if I used it to emboss a piece of silver foil paper.

This card is so cool in person.  I love the raised texture from the embossing and how the silver foil paper changes depending on the lighting. 

It has that great industrial look, perfect for a a tech savvy kid!

Double Hexagon Embossing Folder 013

The greeting was heat embossed on a piece of vellum card stock using black embossing powder.  I used 2 black glimmer brads from my stash to hold the vellum in place, plus to add a little bit of interest.

Super Easy!

The Dynamic Hexagons Embossing Folder makes quick work out of making masculine-themed cards!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Silver Foil, Vellum Cardstock

Accessories: Big Shot, Dynamic Hexagons Embossing Folder, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, black embossing powder, paper piercing tool and mat, glimmer brads

Happy Stampin'!

Shimmery Alcohol and Ink Spritzed Background-Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonfly dreams 035Create shimmery backgrounds by mixing rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol and regular dye based inks along with some shimmer paint in a spray bottle and then spritz the mix onto card stock!

This project came about after a morning of cleaning out my craft studio.  I found a collection of small spray bottles filled with isopropyl alcohol and various colors of  ink from dye based ink refills.  Instead of throwing out the mix, I decided I'd rather create some pretty backgrounds for future use.  After a quick test, I found I had bottles with Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi and Wisteria Wonder. 

Oh, perfect for creating a background to go with a dragonfly cut out using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits die.

Before I started, I decided that I wanted the colors to be a little bolder.  The Tempting Turquoise was ok, but the other two needed a refresher.  So, I added a few drops of Cucumber Crush ink refill to the Wild Wasabi mix and a few drops of Elegant Eggplant ink refill to the Wisteria Wonder mix.  I then spritzed the colors onto a piece of watercolor paper and set them aside to dry.  Once dry, I noticed the background had a little bit of shimmer to it.  Obviously, one (or more!) of the mixes had a touch of shimmer paint that Stampin' Up! used to carry.  It looks copper in color, but it might have been gold.  Who knows for sure :)

What a nice surprise!

Dragonfly dreams 040

After the paper was completely dry, I stamped the dot image from the coordinating stamp set Dragonfly Dreams using Dapper Denim ink along the edges and corners.  After matting the background to a piece of Dapper Denim card stock, I then cut out a Dapper Denim Dragonfly using my Big Shot and Detailed Dragonfly thinlit die and popped him on the background using Dimensionals.  I added some rhinestones that I colored using a purple Sharpie pen for a little extra bit of bling.  The greeting from Dragonfly Dreams was stamped onto the Whisper White card base using Dapper Denim ink.

Adding dye based ink to regular isoproply alcohol and spritzing it on regular mat card stock or watercolor paper like I did is a great way to create some interesting backgrounds.  I personally like the added texture the watercolor paper brings.

The possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams (bundle with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die and save 10%!)

Ink: Dapper Denim, Tempting Turquoise, Cucumber Crush, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Whisper White, Dapper Denim, watercolor

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die, rubbing alcohol, spritzer bottle, rhinestones, Sharpie Pen, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Adding Texture Backgrounds Using Paper Towels-Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonfly Dreams with paper towel background

I love recycling paper towels to create fun textured backgrounds in my crafting.

Did you see the paper towel background hot air balloon from my posting on 01/07?

I had a little piece of paper towel left over from that project,  so I used it to create the background behind the dragonfly for this card.

I used the new Dragonfly Dream Bundle found in the Occasions Catalog by Stampin' Up! The bundle comes with the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams and coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies.  This bundle is one of my favorites found in this new catalog!

To create this card, I started by cutting out a dragonfly from Pink Pirouette card stock using the dragonfly thinlit. I set it aside while I cut another dragonfly out of my Whisper White card front.  I cut my paper towel a little bit larger than the size of the cutout and mounted it to a pieces of scrap card stock using a glue stick.  Before securing it behind the cutout, I stamped the dots from Dragonfly Dreams all over the card front using Melon Mambo ink.  Then, I secured the paper towel piece using SNAIL adhesive behind the cut out, making sure I only put adhesive around the edges so the glue wouldn't show through once I placed the Pink Pirouette dragonfly over the cutout.  I sponged a little bit of Melon Mambo ink along the edges of the Pink Pirouette dragonfly, then glued it on top of the cutout using Fine Tip Glue.  The card front was then mounted to a Tempting Turquoise card base.

The greeting was stamped using Melon Mambo ink on a scrap piece of Whisper White and matted to a scrap piece of Tempting Turquoise, then popped up using Dimensionals.   A turquoise Candy Dot was added for a little extra interest. 

Dragonfly Dreams with paper towel background

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Melon Mambo

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, paper towel used to clean stamps, glue stick, Fine Tip Glue, sponge, Candy Dot, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Adding Texture Backgrounds Using Paper Towels-Lift Me Up Balloon

Lift me up 002

One of my favorite stamping techniques is incorporating used paper towels in my crafting to create interesting textured backgrounds.

With this card, I paired the paper towel with hot air balloon in the new framelit collection Up & Away  by Stampin' Up! which is found in the Occasions Catalog!

I often use damp paper towels to clean my stamps and blocks.  This is the one that I used to clean my blocks after various tie dye stamping projects I did for Christmas cards. 

I lay them flat and let them dry.  I know to some it looks like something that should be thrown away, but not to me!

Recycle and reuse, right?


Lift me up 002

This one had been sitting on my craft table for the longest time.  I kept eyeing it, thinking what a pretty collection of colors it was and how it would make a very colorful and textured background for an upcoming project.  When I received my pre-order for the new Occasions Catalog which included the fun Lift Me Up Bundle (stamp set Lift Me Up and the Up & Away Framelits), I knew immediately what I'd do with the paper towel! 

Coming from ABQ, the hot air balloon capital of the world, I knew I had to have this bundle.

To start, I cut the balloon out of Pink Pirouette card stock using my Big Shot and the balloon framelit.  I then cut a piece of scrap card stock a little larger than the size of the balloon framelit and glued the paper towel to it using a glue stick as my adhesive.  I attached the Pink Pirouette balloon to the paper towel, then trimmed the paper towel around the balloon using a pair of scissors.  By backing it to a piece of card stock, it gives the paper towel sturdiness to allow for cutting.

For the back ground of the card, I simply sponged on Island Indigo and Marina Mist inks.  The clouds are cut out of Shimmer White card stock using two of the cloud framelits, and the balloon is popped up using Dimensionals.  Tempting Turquoise Candy Dots were added for a little bit of interest.

The greeting is included in Lift Me Up, and is perfect!

Love the texture the paper towel gives behind the balloon.

Lift me up 002-1

Don't throw those paper towels away!  Use them to create textured backgrounds in your crafting!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Lift Me Up

Ink: Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo

Paper: Soft Sky, Pink Pirouette, Shimmer White

Accessories: used paper towel, Big Shot, Up and Away Framelits, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

All About New Watercolor Pencils-Sign up to Receive my January Newsletter!

It's our most wonderful time of the year: the start of Sale-A-Bration and the Occasions catalogs!

Shake off those winter blues with fun-filled spring products and ideas found in these 2 new catalogs available January 4!

One of the new products found in the Occasions Catalog is watercolor pencils which I'm featuring in my January 2017 Newsletter.

Here is a sampler of the projects showcased in the Newsletter which will hit e mail inboxes on January 4.

 

Watercolor pencils-samples

Want to learn more?

Don't miss out!

Get your own copy by signing up to receive my monthly newsletter today!

 

To sign up for my monthly newsletter, please click here!

Once the signup form has been submitted, you'll receive a confirmation e mail. 

Please follow the prompts in the confirmation to complete the sign-up process.

Thank you!

 

 

Happy Stampin'!