Aug 1, 2014

If I had a single flower...

Happy Friday and happy August!
 I've been playing with some embossing powder and a new stamp from Just for Fun Rubberstamps to create this clean and simple card.

After heat embossing the image using versamark ink and clear embossing powder, I applied distress inks to the card stock. The image panel was cut at an angle, then I stamped the sentiment. Added it to a white 110lb card base to finish to complete the card. Very quick to create and reproduce. I can see this one done in many different colors and sentiments for a set of cards.
You can find both, the beautiful floral stamp and sentiment at Just For Fun Rubberstamps, and you can choose from wood mounted, cling mounted and unmounted.

Products used:
Tim Holtz Distress inks (peeled paint, broken china)
versamark inkpad, clear embossing powder
black archival ink
recollections card stock 110lb

 Playing along here:
Art Impressions Stamps Challenge -Like an EmBoss wet or dry embossing
Addicted to Stamps and More -  Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp -  Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Flower Power!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, filled with lots of sunshine and fun things to do! 

Jul 30, 2014


I wanted to play again in this month's Mixed Media Monthly challenge, and so I decided to create a underwater birthday card.  This month their challenge is "around the house" meaning to find items around the house to use in our creations.

Can you guess which item I found in my house to use on this card? A pencil - I used the eraser end of the pencil to stamp some circles using gesso. I actually got this idea from a kids art project I saw on pinterest.

My new stamps from Just For Fun Rubberstamps are so perfect for these mixed media creations, and all the stamps I used here are from JFF. My background was mostly done using dylusions inks. I did use a honeycomb stencil, but it is really hard to tell. I also wiped a distress inkpad over the background to add a little extra interest. 
The seahorses and seaweeds in the foreground were stamped onto watercolor paper and I used gelatos and a damp baby wipe for coloring. They were then fussy cut. Sentiment is also from JFF.

Product list:
(all stamps by JFF)
dylusions inks, distress ink, archival ink
gelatos, gesso
leafy flourish die (whimsy stamps)
mixed media card stock, watercolor paper
pencil for gesso circles

Playing along here:
Mixed Media Monthly - around the house
Mixed Media Cards - touch of nature
Inky Chicks - Happy Birthday
Paper Minutes -Underwater World
Crafting When We Can - Make Your Own Background 

Jul 28, 2014

Season of Change

I know we aren't close to fall yet, but I just had to have this cutie from Whimsy Stamps.

It's one of Whimsy's recently released rubber stamps illustrated by Sylvia Zet - Oak Tree Girl. She's been stamped onto copic xpress blending card and then colored using copic markers.
As with most my recent cards I have kept this one clean and simple, to keep the focus on the cute image.

 Products used:
Oak Tree Girl rubber stamp by Whimsy
memento tuxedo ink
twine, copics for coloring  
copic xpress blending card

Have a great day!!

Jul 25, 2014

Watercolor 101 challenge

I recently found out about a brand new challenge - Watercolor 101. I really want to get better at watercolor techniques, so I am hoping to be able to join the challenge each week. 
This week the theme is watercolor and salt. I have tried this once or maybe twice before and it's lots of fun. However somehow today my card didn't turn out as nice as I hoped it would. I also wish I had used a brighter orange.

I guess it makes a nice fall-themed Birthday card.

I used hubby's Grumacher Deluxe watercolor paints, regular table salt and painter's tape for masking off the edges. The flower stamp is from a Penny Black clear acrylic stamp set - Allegro. The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps - Simple Everyday Greetings. I used black archival ink for the flowers and sentiment. To finish it off I spritzed it with glimmer mist for some sparkle, but it's hard to see in the photo.

Thanks for visiting! 

PS: This is my second post for today. If you'd like to see my card created with my new gelli arts plate and some stamps from JFF please scroll down or click here.

Gelli plate fun

Today's project was so much fun to create! And very messy! I recently purchased a 6x6 gelli arts plate and that is what I used on today's card.

I made the card below using stamps from Just For Fun Rubberstamps. I started out by applying acrylic paint  in 3 different shades onto the gelli plate. Then I stamped the gelli plate with the Stamptangle Pattern Background to create a texture on the gelli plate. (This process actually took paint away from the gelli plate where it stamped.) I absolutely love this background stamp and can't wait to use on another card!

After the paint dried (it didn't take very long), I used a couple shades of green gelatos on the bottom part. I also used the stamp Sea Oats from JFF to stamp some grass using green distress ink.

 The Collaged Row of Houses by JFF were stamped onto separate card stock and then colored using gelatos (doors were colored with a copic because I don't have brown gelatos). They were then fussy cut and adhered to the card. The sun is a solid silhouette stamp - sunny silhouette, so I just used some yellow ink and fussy cut it after stamping. I used a cloud stencils and some modeling paste (another new to me product) for the clouds. To finish it off I stamped the words from the set Sentiments 1  unmounted sheet and cut the words apart to adhere separately to the card.
Just wanted to leave a little review about the gelli plate. According to instructions on package, the company recommends the use of acrylic paints because dye inks will stain the gelli plate. I only used acrylic paints with mine, and it got stained anyway. The staining is not supposed to affect the quality  in any way. Maybe the paint brand I used was too cheap? I don't know, but at least now I can use my dye inks on it as well without worrying about staining it. 
And then just to warn you, you have to be very careful how you keep it, even for a short period of time. After washing the paint off of the gelli plate and a stencil, I had put the stencil on top of the plate, and now my plate has a probably permanent pattern on it. This was my mistake because they did mention that on the package and I was just too careless with it. 

I am playing along in the following challenges:
Inky Impressions - No DP
Wonderful Wednesdays - Always Anything Goes 
Party Time Tuesdays -Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes must be mixed Media
Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes
Chocolate Baroque Challenge - color challenge (see logo below)


Thanks for visiting, hope you have a nice and sunny weekend!

Jul 21, 2014

Feathers and Flourish

Good Morning and Happy Monday!
It's time for a little Whimsy inspiration using a brand new stamp set from Whimsy Stamps. 
This was quick to make but pretty messy :-)
I created the background using dylusions spray inks and a stencil, and also a little bit of gesso.
The feathers were all heat embossed using versamark ink and white embossing powder. The flourish and sentiment were also part of this beautiful set.

This stamp set can be found in Whimsy's SC designs collection HERE.

Have a great day and happy stamping!

Jul 19, 2014

More Stamptangle Fun

Happy Saturday and thanks for visiting! 

I had a little time yesterday to ink up another new stamptangle from Just For Fun rubberstamps. I  am having so much fun with all the stamps I chose and the extra brand new ones that I was sent! The one I used here is one of their new dragonfly stamptangle stamps inspired by zentangles. I thought it would be prefect to use for this week's CAS sketch challenge.
I stamped it onto copic xpress blending card and colored with copics and then fussy cut. I adhered it onto a couple layers of oval nestabilies as you can see. 
The sentiment is also by JFF from the set Sentiments 1 unmounted sheet.

I simply embellished with a button and some twine, glittered the dragonfly and did some paper piercing. 

Products used:
scallop oval nestabilies
Papers by SU, recollection, copic xpress
copics for coloring
button, twine, stickles glitter
paper piercing tool kit by SU

I am playing along in the following challenges:

4 Krafty Girlz  Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze - Happy birthday   
CAS(E) this Sketch! -  See sketch below