Apr 24, 2014

Playing with Mixed Media

I watched a few mixed media videos recently and wanted to give it a try.
 Here is what I came up with :-)
It was so much fun, now my hands are sticky from the mod podge, inky from gesso and distress inks and my desk a huge mess :-)
I started out by cutting a piece of mixed media card stock to the size of 4x 5.25 inches. Applied mod podge to it using a foam brush, then I added my torn designer paper scraps to the card, and then brushed mod podge over it again. Rubbed some gesso here and there onto the designer paper and more mod podge. Inked up the grass and some other background stamps using distress ink. A heating tool was  used to dry it, but the grass did end up smearing a little bit. The fairy (Whimsy Stamps - Flower Fairies) was stamped using stazon ink, and I used distress inks for coloring her in. I inked up the edges using versamark and sprinkled some gold embossing powder onto it for a golden edge. Sentiment (Whimsy - Lovely Spring Sliders)was stamped onto white card stock, distressed with inks, and then cut out using a whimsy stamps Slider 2 die. Finished it off with some twine and added a punched butterfly. 

I know this is a little different from my usual style, but I really want to try a few different techniques. 
Playing along in a few challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks - Embossing ( I heat embossed the gold around the edges)
Creative Knockouts- Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Blue and Green
 Artistic Stampers - Embossing and Texture

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Apr 22, 2014

Whiff of Joy - Tag, you're it

Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by! Today is my turn to share something on the Whiff of Joy blog, and since it's a Tuesday it's "Tag you're it" day.
For "Tag you're it" day the Design Team member is to look around the web for a tag creation using whiff of joy products and then ask the designer's permission to use their creation for inspiration on the Whiff of Joy blog.

Below is my tag using a stamp from the Spring Secret Stamp kit, that is sadly no longer available now. But you can now pre-order the Summer stamp kit, which I am sure it just as adorable, although I haven't seen it yet. 

I colored the image using copic markers. The blue paper in the back is actually a basket style coffee filter, that I inked up using dye inks. You can read about the technique that I used HERE. Fun and very messy :-) After the ink dried on the filter, I stamped the music note onto the paper using gesso.
The circles were cut using a die from Whimsy stamps, as you can see I only used parts of the die on the right side and the top left. This time I stamped the music note image onto the white paper using very light turquoise ink. And sponged it a little bit using turquoise ink.

The sentiment was also cut into a tag, and tied onto my sparkly tinsel ribbon with some twine. Both the music note and sentiment are part of the spring stamp kit. I added some lace, glitter and a few rhinestones for some sparkle.

Of course I wanted to show you the gorgeous tag that inspired my creation. It was made by the amazingly talented Alice. I am sure many of you are familiar with her work, if not be sure to visit
 her blog. She created the tag below a few years ago. I simply fell in love with the sketch and of course her coloring is simply stunning.

I would love to play along in a few challenges as well:
Addicted to Stamps and More -   Anything goes 
Crafting By Designs -  Anything goes
Crafting for all Seasons - Ribbons and Lace
Simon Says Stamp - Animals

Have a great day and thanks for visiting!

PS: Don't forget - the Secret Stamp kit No. 2 is now available for pre-order!!

Apr 18, 2014

Blossoms and Blooms for Penny Black

Good morning and happy Friday! I hope you have some fun things planned this Easter weekend. Hubby has to work as usual :-(  His days off are Mondays and Tuesdays. But at least he should be home by 3pm.

Since today is the 18th, it's time for our midmonth reminder at Penny Black and More. This month our theme is Blossoms and Blooms. I hope you'll join us if you haven't yet, and you can enter up to 3 times for more chances to win. As usual we have several fabulous sponsors giving away some fantastic prizes.

The main floral stamp on my card is from the set "Delicate Florals" by Penny Black, one of my new favorite stamp sets.
To make the paper in the background I tried a watercolor wash, then I stamped a background stamp (from Whimsy Stamps - Life Defined) onto the watercolor paper.  The fern and grass in the background are stamps from the set "Enjoy Life" by Penny Black.

Sentiment is from Flonzcraft, one of our sponsors this month. I embellished with twine and glitter.

Playing along in a few challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More -   Anything goes 
Crafting By Designs - Anything goes 
Fab 'n' Funky -  Flowers

Hope you have a fabulous day and 
a nice and sunny Easter. 

Apr 14, 2014

Egg-cellent shaving cream

Happy Monday! I hope your week is of to a good start. We got a snow shower going on at the moment. 80 Degrees on Saturday, and now we're back in the 30's. Good thing it will only last for a couple of days. And hopefully this extreme weather change won't hurt my newly planted apple trees!

I had some time today to get inky today, and decided to use the shaving cream technique again. The new Easter Eggs Sentiment set from Whimsy Stamps was perfect for this technique. 

I started out by embossing the egg using versamark ink and white embossing powder. The little chicks and tiny egg were colored with markers, then I used a versamarker over those tiny colored image, so I could emboss those parts with clear embossing powder (to prevent my shaving cream mixture to ink them). 
If you are unfamiliar with the shaving cream technique, I did a tutorial on my blog a little while ago, you can find it HERE. 

I cut the egg out after using the shaving cream technique. I used my scissors to cut out the egg, but there is an egg die available matching the sentiment set. To create the other two eggs on my card, I simply traced the embossed egg, and cut them out using different colored card stock. This is where the egg die would have really come in handy :-)

The flowers that I added to my card were done using the new garden flowers die set. Grass was done with a MS punch, clouds were done using Memory Box dies. I wanted to add a little "cute" factor, so hubby suggested a little bee. I used one from a Penny Black stamp, and a butterfly punch for the butterfly.

The paper in the background was made using the same shaving cream mixture that I used for the egg. I embellished with some rhinestones and glitter, and some twine.

I'd love to play along in a few challenges:

The Pink Elephant - Easter
Dream Valley Easter
Sentimental Sundays -  Embossing (embossed easter egg)  
Stamping Sensations -Dies and/or Punches
Crazy 4 Challenges - Get their egg on

Have a great day!! 

Apr 12, 2014

Winner of last Wordplay Saturday Challenge

Happy Weekend everyone! As I mentioned last month, I am taking a break from the Wordplay Saturday challenge over spring and summer. I want to thank everyone again for your support in my monthly challenge. It was always so nice to see many of you joining in!! I hope to be back with the challenges in September. Of course I will still continue blogging in the meantime.

Now for the winner of the March challenge, chose #30. That is

who entered this adorable card.


Congratulations Kate! Please email me your complete address at ellibelle_blog at yahoo dot com so I can send the prize out to you.

Have a fabulous weekend!!

Apr 11, 2014

Black and White Photography

I don't have a card to share today, but I have been falling in love with black and white photography, and decided to share a couple photos that I took today.

Below is a photo of my cat Fussy. We got her from the shelter in 2010. She is very shy, and it took her a long time to get used to us.

This is our ginger cat Thomas. He was also adopted from a shelter in 2010, about a month before Fussy. He is a very friendly cat, but scared of strangers. He thinks he is the master of the house :-)

This is another photo of Thomas.

Finally, I decided to take a photo of a flower.  This is a daffodil that hasn't opened up all the way yet.

Finally, this is a photo of my snowdrops. I took it about a week ago.

Thanks for visiting!

Apr 10, 2014

A windy challenge

Happy Thursday! I think it's been ages since I played in a daily SCS challenge. Although I do visit their forums, I rarely check out the challenge forums there anymore. Today I saw on twitter that their challenge was "got wind" and since I really wanted to make something I decided to play along there.

I saw an amazing card on pinterest a while ago, and really wanted to recreate the background. The designer used a stencil on her card. I do not have any stencils (yet), so I thought I'd try this background using a versamarker and some embossing powder.
I randomly drew lines with the versamarker over my white card stock, then used clear embossing powder to emboss. I then sponged on some broken china and peeled paint distress inks onto the card and wiped a black ink pad across the edges. The kite is from the set Take Flight by Whimsy Stamps. I used the matching kites die set to cut it out.
I thought it needed something extra so I added the glittered butterflies and some sticky rhinestones.

I am really not so sure I like how this turned out...might have to try this technique again sometimes and use thinner versamark lines.

Besides the challenge at SCS I am going to enter my card to a few more.
4 Krafty Girlz - Anything Goes
Southern Girls -  Earn your Stripes
 Artistic Stampers -  Embossing and Texture 
Just Inspirational Challenges -Embossing
Tuesday Throwdown - Weather Report (Wind)
Have a great day!!