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Seaside Art…

It is amazing to me this stamp set is seeing ink for the first time…I mean, I loved this set from the “git go” and couldn’t wait to create with it.

What happened?  A lot of life and other creations!

But today I have a little Seaside Art to share…

Whoa!  Isn’t that fun?  I’ll give you all the Stuff ‘N Digits today and if there is enough interest I may make a video tutorial…

Here’s a different view and close up…

and from the top…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Baked Brown Sugar and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  High Tide and Wherever You Go (sunrays)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Sponge for each color, Artist Tape, Adhesive Strips
  • Here’s the tape I use for crisp edges every time…

  • Before starting this piece, a little practice on my grid paper gave me the confidence to go for it on my cardstock…

  • This is how I set up the cardstock with the Artist Tape…

  • Here I’m reusing the artist tape.  Taping down on the grid paper makes it easy to get perfect straight margins.

Digits

  • Cut the Thick Whisper White card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, score, fold and burnish at 4-1/4″
  • Cut the top layer of Thick Whisper White CS 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.  Tape to grid paper.  I taped in two squares of the grid paper on all sides (makes a nice border).
  • First stamp the lighthouse in Archival Basic Black positioned to the right side and almost to the bottom.  Let this dry!  Or heat to dry.  Stamp again on post it note and mask the lighthouse.  Leave this mask on until all sponging and stamping is done.  You are going to love taking this off…I bet you do a little HaPpY dance!
  • Start at the top with Marina Mist and a sponge.  Leave some areas white to indicate clouds.
  • Sponge Daffodil Delight next in a swirling motion and blend into the sky area.
  • The using Calypso Coral and masking a horizon line sponge blending into the Daffodil Delight a bit.
  • Turn the mask to cover the top and sponge Pool Party for the water.
  • At the bottom sponge Baked Brown Sugar blending into the Pool Party a bit.  I know this is a retired color.  Feel free to substitute.
  • Add mask at bottom of horizon line again and stamp a portion of the sun with Calypso Coral.  Stamp sunrays over sun.  Remove the horizon mask.
  • Stamp water waves on the Pool Party.
  • Stamp sand around lighthouse with full strength Baked Brown Sugar.
  • Stamp seaweed in lower left corner.
  • Stamp birds in sky.
  • With your Calypso Coral sponge add reflection in water.
  • Now for the fun.  Remove lighthouse mask and carefully remove border tape.
  • I know you’re dancing!
  • This piece was mounted on the card front with Adhesive Strips.  You can see I added my artist signature to the lower right corner.  You should do the same!

If you try this you will love it.  And I’d love to hear from you too!

Yesterday Sweetums and I traveled to Nashville to attend our g’daughter, Kendall’s, baby shower.  My daughter, who is currently living in Seoul, South Korea, attend via FaceTime.  Here’s a pic of both of them…

Kelly, my daughter, stayed and chatted with everyone there and was able to watch Kendall and Morgan open all their gifts….making lemonade from lemons!

We are going to have 70s temps all week.  I do believe Spring is here!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Try this new technique…you’ll be HaPpY!

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Carousel Birthday Slider…

When I watched this video by Tanya DeRoy, I knew this slider card was going to be added to my list of favorite cards to make and give.  The step-by-step directions and photos below will help you to create this fun card.  But, if you’d like to watch Tanya’s YouTube video, you can find it here

Here’s the card…

How cute is that?  And…it is interactive.  When you pull the tap, the horse moves to reveal a birthday message.  Now I changed a few things from Tanya’s but either way it’s a fabulous card that is not gender or age specific.

Here’s a close up showing the sponging on edges and Silver Metallic embossing…

and showing the pull tab…

and a peek inside…

Let’s make this slider today…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits

Stuff

  • Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla Cardstock plus Cupcakes & Carousel Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Calypso Coral plus you choice of colors for pony
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams (sentiment), Carousel Birthday and Gorgeous Grunge (splat)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Accent Pearl, Decorative Label Punch. Word Window Punch (retired), VersaMark Ink, Silver Embossing Powder, Sponge, water color pencils or markers for pony, Adhesive Strips and Lots of Labels Framelits

Digits

  • The Peekaboo Peach base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Calypso Coral layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.
  • The top DSP layer is 2-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ and the bottom DSP layer is 2″ x 5-1/4″.   Sponge edges with Early Espresso.   Attach the bottom DSP layer first on the Calypso Coral layer with SNAIL.  Stamp circus tents across the top DSP layer in Early Espresso.  The top DSP layer overlaps the lower layer.  Slide the Word Window Punch from the bottom of this layer all the way in and centered, punch.   Slide the Word Window punch to the right and line up the side of the layer with the side of the punch and punch again.  Then slide to the left and align the same way and punch.  Your piece should look like this…

  • Using the Gorgeous Grunge splat stamp and VersaMark, stamp all over this layer, sprinkle with Silver EP and heat.
  • Lay this layer over the card front and trace the opening in pencil.  Stamp sentiment centered in the space with Early Espresso.  Let dry then erase pencil marks.
  • Lets make the slider now.  Cut a piece of Peekaboo Peach 1-1/2″ x 5-3/8″.  Cut a piece of DSP 5-5/8″ x 3/4″, sponge edges with Early Espresso.  Attach the DSP to the center of the cardstock with SNAIL.  Using Lots of Labels Framelits cut one end only…Trim the DSP if needed at straight end.

  • Turn your card front face down and position your slider over the opening.  Using Adhesive Strips make a stop at the end of the slider and add strips on each side of the slider to create a channel for the slider to move in.  Then add adhesive strips around outside edges.  You card layer back should look like this…

  • Remove slider and attach this layer to card front.  Insert slider and add double dimensionals at the stop end.  Add Pearl or anything else you have to use as a decoration at the end of the slider.
  • To make the label at the top of the card, punch one layer in Calypso Coral with Decorative Label Punch and cut in half lengthwise.  Stamp sentiment in Calypso Coral on Peekaboo Peach CS and punch.  Sponge edges with Early Espresso.  Add the Calypso Coral pieces to back of sentiment with SNAIL positioning so they show at top and bottom.  If the side center points  of the Calypso Coral layers show, trim with snips.

  • Stamp Carousel Pony on scrap Thick Whisper White.  Color with markers or water color pencils.  Coat with Fine Tipped Glue and let dry.  Fussy Cut then add to double dimensionals at end of slider.  Position so that horse will slide easily past label at top of layer.

  • Inside the card cut a Calypso Coral layer 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.   Add the Calypso Coral layer with SNAIL.  Cut a Very Vanilla layer 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp the Very Vanilla layer sentiment in Calypso Coral and the tents in Early Espresso.  Sponge all edges with Early Espresso and add layer over Calypso Coral layer using SNAIL.
  • The envelope, which I haven’t shown was also stamped with the circus tents in the lower left corner with Early Espresso.

NOTE:  You will notice this card pulls to the right.  You could make it go either direction, but it just seemed more natural to me as the pony is facing that direction.

Isn’t that just cute and clever?

Yesterday my son was here on business and we were able to sneak in a lunch date.  He’s the dad of “the littles”.  Thought you might like to meet him…

His name is Jeff and this is a rare occasion.

Mother Nature pulled a trick on our Spring-like weekend and sent cool temps with rain today.  On the bright side it makes for a great stamping day!

Have a great rest of your weekend and I hope to see you back here on Monday…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Keep those fingers inky…Be HaPpY!

 

 

 

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Your Heart & My Heart…

Today’s post is special…

It’s being sent to a friend who just lost her 16 year old sweet pet.  Many of us love our pets (me included big time) and losing them just leaves a big old hole in our hearts.

So I picked one of my favorite Hostess stamps sets from the Annual Catalog.  This sentiment is why I love it so much…

a close up of the masking technique…

I know I’ve mentioned it before…masking is my favorite technique…it’s magic!

This Natural White Cardstock has become a favorite too.  I like the contrast with the Crumb Cake sponging.

Here’s all the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Natural White, Soft Sky Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Soft Sky and Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  Gift of Love (Hostess)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Post It Notes, sponge, Sequins, Soft Sky Seam Binding (retired) Tip Top Taupe Lace (retired)

Digits

  • The Soft Sky base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Crumb Cake layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Natural White layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Stamp the flower outline in Archival Basic Black on card front.  Stamp again on post it note and “fussy cut” for a mask.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black.  This is a two-step stamp so stamp the flowers in Soft Sky and the leaves in Pear Pizazz.  Cover image with mask.  Add post it notes or any tape you might use to frame the flower and sponge with Crumb Cake.    Before removing masks, use the Soft Sky marker and holding the pen in one hand and the top in the other, flip specs of color over the sponging (see close up pic)  Remove both masks.  Do a HaPpY Dance!  It is magic isn’t it?
  • Now before attaching to card front add whatever ribbon/lace/Linen Thread you’d like to the bottom of this layer.  Then add Adhesive Strips around edge before attaching to card front to lift your artwork.  Add sequins with a dot of multipurpose glue.
  • Inside there is a layer of Crumb Cake 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a layer of Natural White 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.

So now that I’ve shown you this card I can get this in the mail.  This sweet couple is just devastated and I know their home just doesn’t feel the same without “Gracie”.

I did hear from one of the designers of the three cards I posted yesterday that were swaps from my weekend in Nashville.  Her name is Judy Grace.   Her card was the hot air balloons.

We have some severe weather headed our way today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always.

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!

 

 

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One for the Team…

My team is so special to me and occasionally I like to surprise them with a little something.  Who doesn’t like to get “happy” mail, right?

The Designer Series Paper Stack, Cupcakes & Carousels is amazing…had to reorder it, but I wanted to use it on these desk calendars…

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Here’s a closer look…

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Tie Dyed T-Shirts…remember those?  Love that little stamp, too!

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On the back …

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pens to match…How fun is that?

Have you made these desk calendars before?  They really aren’t hard at all and are fun decorate.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Natural White and Bermuda Bay Cardstock, plus Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Smoky Slate,  Archival Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Flourishing Phrases (sentiment), Tie Dyed and Custom Tee
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  T-Shirt Builder Framelits Dies, Succulent Framelits Dies (flower on pen)  Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight pom-poms (retired), Stylish Stems Framelits (sentiment label), 1-1/4″ circle punch

Digits

  • The Natural White base is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″.
  • Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 4″ x 4″, score at 1″, 2″ and 3″.  Make the 2″ score a mountain fold and the 1″ and 3″ valley folds.  Attach inside the folded base at bottom with multipurpose glue to create stand.
  • Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ and attach to one side of base with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of DSP 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Attach with SNAIL over Bermuda Bay.
  • The calendars are 2-1/2″ x 3″ so the Bermuda Bay is 2-3/4″ x 3-1/4″  Attach together and to the bottom of card with SNAIL or multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp T-shirt in Smoky Slate on Natural White CS.  Using a wet wipe folded in half twice and lying inside a stamp folder, drop reinker using Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay.

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  • This will be your stamp pad for the tie dyed stamp.  Stamp the T-shirt with this.  Add and words you like for the shirt in Archival Basic Black.  Also stamp a collar and small flower with Bermuda Bay on this scrap.  Cut out all with framelits.  Add collar to t-shirt with multipurpose glue.  Add dimensionals to back of t-shirt and add to top of card over calendar.
  • Cut sentiment base from Bermuda Bay.  Stamp “just a note” on scrap and cut with framelit  in Stylish Stems.  Glue together and on card back top.  Stamp flower on scrap and cut with framelit.  Add under sentiment with dimensional.
  • Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 4″ x 5″.  Score three edges at 1/2″ and 1″.  Leave one edge unscored.  On the unscored edge punch with 1-1/4″ circle punch.  Burnish score lines.  Trim corner tabs…

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  •  Attach small tab in with glue dot.  Place glue dot on bottom of side tab and fold over bottom tab.  All multipurpose glue all around tabs and attach to back at bottom.  This box will hold 3″ post it notes
  • My pens are Bic Pens without the tops.  Cut DSP 2″ x 5″.  Using your bone folder curl the paper the way it will wrap the pen.  Add hot glue to one long edge and lay the pen on this line of glue.  Once dry, roll the pen in the paper.  At this point if you need to trim off some of the paper that’s fine.  Add hot glue to last edge and roll the pen to glue and hold til dry.  Punch flower from scrap Bermuda Bay and add to top of pen with hot glue.  If you don’t have the pom poms, maybe add a large pearl or rhinestone or anything else you like.
  • To hold the pen to the card, cut a piece of Bermuda Bay 1″ x 4″.  Wrap this around your pen and pinch together  so you know where to add hot glue.  Hot glue together leaving opening for pen.  Add more hot glue to one side and place behind front of card about half way up.  Insert pen.

These are really fun to make and useful too.  I’m sure they will enjoy receiving this little surprise in their mailboxes.

Well…I’m off to Nashville to attend a stamping event featuring Lisa Pretto.  Meeting up with some demo friends I haven’t seen in a bit so it should be lots of fun and no sleep!

Hope your weekend is all the fun you can handle…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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all.  the.  time…

And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!

 

 

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Happy Birthday Gorgeous…

Today I’m using two of my favorite stamp sets together and trying a technique I found on Lydia Feidler’s blog (here) to create this birthday card…

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a close up…

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you can see there is also some paper piecing for her dress and umbrella in addition to the background which gives a sepia look to the overall card front.

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to achieve this background it helps to have a stamp repositioner like a stampa-ma-jig or a MISTI.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Natural White and Baked Brown Sugar (retired) Cardstock, plus water color paper and DSP of your choice for dress and umbrella paper piecing.  I used Carried Away Designer Series Paper on this card.
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Baked Brown Sugar (retired) You could substitute with any other brown ink.
  • Stamps:  Beautiful You and Mediterranean Moments
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  You could use an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen (I feel one is too wet and the other not wet enough, so I used a small round brush with some water spritzed on an Acrylic Block.  SU! Water Color Pencils

Digits

  • The Natural White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Baked Brown Sugar layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The water color paper layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.   Stamp girl in foreground in Archival Basic Black ink.  Stamp again on post it note and fussy cut placing over girl on card front as a mask before stamping background.
  • Set up your MISTI with the Mediterranean Moment back ground stamp or your stampa-ma-jig and stamp the background scene in Baked Brown Sugar.  Use your choice to lightly moisten this area to blur the outlines and give a sepia look to the background.  Then reposition your stamp in the same place and re-stamp the background image.
  • Remove mask.  Stamp girl image on a scrap of DSP suitable for the umbrella and girl.  Cut out umbrella and attach over stamped image on card front with multipurpose glue.  Cut out just the dress from DSP scrap and apply over stamped image with multipurpose glue.  I used SU! water color pencils to color her hair with Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso and skin tones in a light shade of Calypso Coral.  Go over pencil markings with brush and water.
  • Stamp sentiment at top right with Baked Brown Sugar.
  • Inside there is a layer of Baked Brown Sugar 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ attached with SNAIL.  And a layer over that of Natural White that is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.

You have probably done each of these techniques (sepia and paper piecing) but maybe not together…

Lots going on in the studio today…baby shower invites are off in the postal system, team surprises are well underway, swaps have just a few steps left to be finished and tomorrow’s post is ready for photography…not to mention tomorrow at 11 a.m. (EST) I will be “live” on Rambling Rose Studio’s facebook page demonstrating water color backgrounds using Color Burst by Ken Oliver.  Hope you can tune in.  If you are one of my facebook followers, you should have received an event post last night.

If you aren’t…why not stop by and see if you like it at Rambling Rose Studio!

Something happened to our spring weather today…brrrr!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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I sure hope so.

Until tomorrow when my fingers really will be inky…you get inky and be HaPpY!

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Live With Passion…

Would you say you have a creative passion in your life?  If you do, you are one lucky person…

Today’s card directs you to live with passion, laugh out loud and love deeply.  Three excellent ideas for a happy life.

Here’s today’s card…

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Did those colors wake you up?  It was an experiment trying to get a loose sunset and position her to look like she’s kicking up water.  Whether I actually achieved that or not, I do like the end product.  This stamp set (Beautiful You) is just so versatile as is the High Tide set (birds).

This week, probably Friday but I’ll announce it on my facebook page as an event, I plan to show in a live video how I do these watercolor backgrounds…so stay tuned for that.  It has become a constant inquiry on this blog and it’s high time I just made time to show the steps and give some tips.

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Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Whisper White, Natural White and Basic Black Cardstock, plus water color paper and Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Beautiful You and High Tide
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Strip Adhesive, Water Color Pencils, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst concentrated powder (Amazon)

Digits

  • The Natural White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Basic Black layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The water color layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  This layer needs to be done at least a day prior to using it.  It should dry naturally.  Spritz water color paper with water and then spray your colors while it is wet.  If you want to move the color, spray more water.  Pick up the paper and let the color move around to create shades of different colors.  I try to limit myself to just three colors and let the water color paper and water do the magic.  You can also re-spritz and add more color or use a tissue to remove puddles.
  • Once your water color paper is dry, stamp the girl, sentiment and birds in Basic Archival Black.

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  • Stamp the girl on a piece of DSP that would work for a dress pattern.  Fussy cut the dress and attach over stamped image with multipurpose glue.  I added some shading with a darker colored water color pencil to her dress and hat.  Also Calypso Coral was used lightly for skin tones.  Add adhesive strip to the back of this piece and attach over Basic Black layer.

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  • Inside there is a layer of Whisper White 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Add a strip from the original water color paper at bottom with multipurpose glue.
  • You can see the birds were added to the envelope to coordinate with the card front.

This stamp set has seen a lot of ink.  Cards sent out using this stamp set have garnered praises from those who have received them…this one is a winner!

Lots of activity here at the studio…finishing 20+ baby shower invites, 25 swap cards for this weekend, planning classes for the following week and attending a stamping event in Nashville this weekend…not to mention a new project for each day in between.  Plenty of things to do and lots of new product to get it done with…heaven!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Hope you might have learned something new or been inspired by what you’ve seen.  Thanks too for those of you who have shopped online with me!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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and it does.

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

 

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Yellow Roses for 50 Years…

Today’s card is for a really special couple celebrating 50 years of marriage.  I so enjoyed making this card for them…

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and here’s the inside…

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I love making cards for any occasion, but something magical happens when I make a card with someone special in mind.  All the memories and experiences we’ve shared over the years are built into the card using paper, ink, bling (of course!) and sticking it all together with Glue Dots!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you just in case you need an anniversary or wedding card…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White (I love this paper!)
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Smoky Slate
  • Stamps:  En Francias (retired, background), Gorgeous Grunge (background), Birthday Blooms and Timeless Love (sentiment and small flowers)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Daffodil Delight 5/8″ Seam Binding, Distressing Tool for paper edges, Linen Thread, Gold Wind of Stella

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/8″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The first Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp background in Smoky Slate and over stamps with Daffodil Delight and Gorgeous Grunge splat stamp.  Distress edges and attach to card front with SNAIL.
  • The second smaller Thick Whisper White layer is 2-3/4″ x 4″.  Stamp sentiment in Smoky Slate.  The border was hand drawn with Smoky Slate marker small end.  Add to card front with Adhesive Strips or double dimensionals.  Both large and small flowers were stamped on scrap Thick Whisper White and colored with Daffodil Delight Reinker dropped in stamp pad lid.  Use Aqua Painter and water to apply ink to flowers.  Add Crushed Curry to centers.  Maybe leave the flipped edges in a lighter shade.  Add Crushed Curry at petal bases.  Fussy cut large and small flowers.  Use the large end of your stylus or anything with a round smooth surface and work the back of these flowers lying on your sponge mat to break down fibers and give a rounded effect from the front.  Add double dimensionals to the back.  Gold Wink of Stella was added to flower centers.  Stamp the entire large flower on scrap Thick Whisper White in Smoky Slate and fussy cut.  Add painted flower on top with double dimensionals the add both layers to card front.
  • Make triple loops with ribbon and tie off in center with Linen Thread.  Add at base of larger flower with Glue Dots.  There are glue dots at the ribbon ends too to hold them in place.  The edges were frayed to repeat paper distressing.
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 2-3/4″ x 4″ with distressed edges.  Add sentiment in Smoky Slate.  The small flowers were stamped on scrap, colored with Aqua Painter leaving leaves unpainted like the card front.  Fibers were also broken down from back to give rounded effect.  Add to card with double dimensionals.

I really love this card, but I’ll be honest with you…it’s the second one I made.  The first got chopped up and some of the pieces were used on this one.  I just thought the first one looked too plain.  If I were to make this one again, I might place a layer of Daffodil Delight behind the first layer to just peek out a smidge…what do you think?

Yesterday I had one of my biggest classes ever and did we ever have fun!  There were three “newbies” in the group, but they weren’t “newbies” for long.  My seasoned stampers drew them under their angel wings and guided them through their first class.  They did amazing because I can tell you we didn’t do “beginner” projects.  So fun watching someone stamp for the first time…never gets old to me!

Hope you are having the best day and something you’ve seen here today inspires you in your own creative journey…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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oh yes.

Let’s be HaPpY with inky fingers!

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Watercolor Wishes…

This girl was WAY OUT of her comfort zone today…I DID MY FIRST LIVE FB VIDEO!  And, it was fun.  So many times I’m asked to show a technique because many or most of us learn by “seeing” something done more than by ready directions.

While I gladly give the Stuff ‘N Digits to all my projects, I felt it would be fun to pop in every once in a while with a technique video.  Here’s the project I showed in the video yesterday…

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and a peek inside…

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The watercolor technique was the video feature and the piece on the table is the one in the video.  I wanted the fall watercolored leaves to be the focal point of this card so I kept it fairly simple (for me anyway…no Linen Thread, bows or sequins!) and I really like it.  This is another “all occasion” card good to have in your stash…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this Z-Fold card…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Watercolor, Thick Whisper White, Old Olive Cardstock, plus Petals & Paisleys Specialty DSP
  • Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Vintage Leaves and Thoughtful Branches (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Aqua Pen (thin tipped)

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 2-1/8″ and 4-1/4″ on the long side.
  • The vertical Old Olive layer is 2″ x 5-3/8″ attached with Multipurpose Glue
  • The Rich Razzleberry DSP layer is 1-7/8″ x 5-1/4″ attached to Old Olive with SNAIL.
  • The horizontal Old Olive layer is 3-1/8″ x 4-1/4″ attached to front panel with Multipurpose Glue.
  • The Watercolor layer is 3″ x 4-1/8″.  Stamp leaves in Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry.  Stamp some full strength then color with Aqua Pen and others stamp off first to get a lighter shade.  Let ink dry before over stamping if you do not want colors to bleed together.  Attach to Old Olive layer with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Inside the card the Old Olive layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with Multipurpose Glue.  The DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.  The watercolor layer is 3″ x 4-1/8″ stamped and water colored exactly like the cover piece but leaving room for a message.  Placement is directly behind front panel using Multipurpose Glue.

Hope your weekend was just what you needed to start your week with a bang!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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yep, you do.

So let’s get inky together and Be HaPpY!

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Snowy Vintage Truck…

Masculine cards are a challenge…sometimes.  Whenever one is found with a different, interesting look to it…I have to make it.  Today’s post was taken from a video on youtube by Frances Martin…you can see it here.  She had learned the technique from someone on her team.  I just love hearing her talk…

Here’s today’s rusty old truck (I love trucks!) in a faux sepia tone complete with snow!

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Do you find the “look” interesting?  And it’s really not hard at all to do…however, this one was made for a golfing buddy for Sweetums and he ended up not being able to give it to him because the White Craft Ink didn’t dry in time…just a heads up if you plan on making this one for someone special…Plan ahead!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake Cardstock.
  • Ink:  Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Basic Black and Craft White
  • Stamps:  Country Livin’, Thoughtful Branches and Fresh Fruit (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Gel Pen, Small round paint brush, toothpick and Aqua Painter

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored and folded at 4-1/4″
  • The Soft Suede layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Crumb Cake layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  Stamp truck on post it note and “fussy cut” to create a mask.  Stamp truck on Crumb Cake in Basic Black and paint with Soft Suede ink from ink pad lid and an Aqua Painter.  Use Early Espresso for wood trim, box and wheel wells.  Cover with mask.  Stamp trees in Early Espresso across entire layer.  Using small paint brush and White Craft Ink inside ink pad lid, paint snow in foreground.  Here’s where I went wrong, I used the end of my paint brush to add snow to trees and truck.  In Frenchie’s video she used a toothpick.  I bet her card was dry long before mine.  Stamp sentiment in lower right corner with Early Espresso.  Let dry overnight to be sure you don’t smudge your snow.  I used a White Gel Pen to add falling snow slanted in one direction emulating blowing in the wind.  If you like it, add that too.
  • Add this layer to card front with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Inside there is a Soft Suede layer 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a Whisper White layer on top 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.

I’m going to be looking for ways to use this technique again…I like it!

So all the news today is about the hurricane “Matthew”.  Hope everyone has been cautious and evacuated to safer places.  Of course, my son and family live in St. Petersburg, but they are expecting wind and rain only.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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we all see it.

Hope you are inky and HaPpY like me!

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Botanical Watercolor…

If the choice had to be made for a favorite art medium…for me it would be watercolor.  The way color reacts on the paper is magic you couldn’t possibly recreate even if you tried.

Lately the Ken Oliver Color Burst bottles have been hanging out on my work table.  Hard to resist just a little swoosh of pigment and water …watercolor paper contact and then the magic.  Today’s post is the result of playing around mixing stamping techniques with the magic of watercolor…

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and inside it looks like…

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Could I recreate that beautiful color mix…no.  And all the white space keeps the focus right where I want it to be.

Would you like the Stuff ‘N Digits?  Here you go…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black and Old Olive
  • Stamps:  Butterfly Basics (large fern), Awesomely Artistic (medium/small ferns & postage) and By the Tide (postage/script)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Ken Oliver Color Burst (Amazon), Beautiful Pines Thinlits Dies, water spritzer and Size B Acrylic Block

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The first Thick Whisper White layer  is 4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • The top layer of watercolor paper is 3″ x 4-1/4″.  Blow a light layer of Violet on half of acrylic block and a light layer of Orange on the other.  Spritz with water and lay acrylic block on water color paper.  Press to distribute water and color.  Lift and let dry…you can use your heat gun.  (Tip:  if your paper bows, turn it over and heat from the back too to straighten).  Stamp script in Basic Black at the top left corner running off the water color paper.  Stamp one postage stamp on post it note paper and cute out mask.  Stamp and mask first postage stamp in Basic Black.  With mask still in place stamp two most postage stamps.  Stamp fern leaves in Old Olive with larger Whisper White layer underneath watercolor paper so fern image can over lap  running diagonally from bottom left corner to right top.  Because my colors were so dark, I decided to use one of the water colored pine boughs glued over stamped fern with Thin Tip Glue.  Add water color layer to larger layer with Strip Adhesive and both layer to card front with Strip Adhesive.
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 3″ x 4″.  Stamp ferns on base card diagonally from lower right corner to upper left in Old Olive.  on 3 x 4 piece stamp postage images using the masking technique, one in Basic Black and one in OLd Olive.  Run edges across ink pad to color in Old Olive.   Attach to inside of card with SNAIL.
  • A sentiment was purposely left off this card…I can add it later depending on the circumstance.  This makes an excellent “all occasion” card to keep in your stash.

Anybody can do this type of water coloring and it is so satisfying to watch the reaction of ink, paper and water.  Makes you look at your acrylic blocks differently.

Looks as if the weekend will be dramatic up and down the East Coast…be safe!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Y’all come back tomorrow and in the meantime…be HaPpY!

 

 

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