Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Artisan Inspired Mother's Day

Hello Stampers!  I was looking at some of my Favorite blogs last week and came across some lovely cards using the Mother's Love stamp set from the Occasions Catalog.  This is a really pretty set and I knew I wanted to copy a card from Cindy Schuster's Artisan Blog Hop post, here.  I changed it up a bit to use at a class where I didn't want to bring my heat gun, but the design is pretty much the same. 

I started by stamping the outline flower randomly on Velum Cardstock.  I adhered it to the Calypso Coral card base only in the area under where I knew the white panel would cover any adhesive marks.  I used bits of doily and some glimmer paper for some fancy trim.   I also cut out a separate flower stamped onto Whisper White paper in gold ink for a little embellishment with a tiny punched flower, a pearl, and some seam binding ribbon.

 Here is the inside of the card.  I brought a non-mother's Day version as well in case there were those that did not want to make a Mother's Day specific card. 

The little treat holder is one that I've made a dozen times.  So simple and inexpensive.  Just a strip of cardstock 3 by 6.  score at 2 7/8, then 3 1/8.  Score before you punch!  Then place the paper into the Tag Topper Punch an punch.  So easy.  Add some ribbon and a cute saying to the front and you are done.   Great party favor!

Inside is a little Ghiradelli square chocolate.  Fold the flaps under and it fits perfectly.  I have found that you don't need to use any adhesive, it stays nicely in place.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to check out my link to the Artisan Blog Hop at the top of this post. They all have some amazing products. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pinterest Challenge

I was talking with a friend the other day about how I like to look at Pinterest.  She asked what I like to pin.  I said that I liked card ideas and home ideas, recipes, sketch and watercolor ideas.  So then she asked if I ever actually used these ideas. hmmmm... I guess not very often.  But I have reasons! Like the home stuff is for later when I remodel the house.  Recipes are for if I ever through a party.  Card ideas I do sometimes use for a class.  But I never actually do the watercolor ideas or the sketch ideas.  I thought that since I had a somewhat easy day today, I would play around with my Aqua Painters and do some watercolor.  Here is the original pin.  Her flowers are so much better than mine, well so is the jar but her flowers are wow better. 
But this is so fun!  I highly recommend to my stampy friends to get out their ink pads and aqua painters and play around, its like therapy! But cheaper!  I had coffee, music, and a table fun off ink pads!  I used Smokey Slate, Soft Sky, Rose Red, Always Artichoke and So Saffron on this one.

For this one I used my fine tip micron pen and made a super quick sketch, then used Aqua Painters to color it in.  It certainly is not as nice as the original, here, but it was still fun and I am glad that I did it.
I used Strawberry Slush, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Old Olive and River Rock. 

quick sketch, then add color.

I tried to just let it be on this one and not over think it.  Not sure about what I think but maybe if I try it a few more times I will like the results.

So, are you a pinner?  If so, go do one of the things you pinned!  It will make all the time spend on the site feel more worth while, and you will have some fun!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Love my Aqua Painters

Hello everyone!  I thought I would share a few cards I made a while back that use the Aqua Painters.  I just made them again recently and couldn't remember if I posted them and when I looked back through older posts I didn't see it so I thought I would post them now.  Better late than never right?  I did a class for a few ladies who I had never crafted with before and I wasn't sure about how technical I should get or what type of card to bring.  I decided to make a couple pretty and a couple more masculine.  These are the Masculine cards.  Both use the Wetlands Set.
both cards start out by using the aqua painters to make the background.  I used Soft Sky and Crumb Cake on both, with the addition of Lost Lagoon on the card with the grasses.

Once dry I used Stazon ink to stamp the main images. 

To add the linen thread, simply place a glue dot on your card and start making loops with the tread.  keep attaching the thread to the glue dot every so often, adding another if you need to.  Every once and a while you should place your punched piece on top of the treads to see what you think, do you need more, less?

I added some other details to some versions of the card, like sponging and distressing of the edges, and also paper piercing details.  Do as much or a little as you like.

 The Happy Father's Day stamp is from the Crazy About You stamp set.  This is going to become a most used set I can tell.  It has just about everything a card maker needs as far as sentiments go.  I have the Teeny Tiny Wishes for this as well, but its nice to have another option and I like the size of these.  It's a pricer set, but you get a lot.  There is also a thinlit set that goes with it that you can get as a bundle.  
This set has lots of words, and they are separated so you need to sort of build your sentiment.  Here I used the Happy and the Father's Day.  I think that using a lined scrap paper before stamping is essential.  I use the Stampin' Up! grid paper as my work surface, it is perfect for this.  You can make sure your words are lined up perfectly. 
Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Bunny, Baby Chick and a Groundhog :)

Hello everyone!  I thought I would share some last minute Easter projects.  I know it's too late to place an order for an Easter set and get it in time for this Sunday, but the first one uses some items that most stampers have!  The Top Note Die is an essential in so many punch art projects and also is a great card background too! And most of us have circle, square and oval punches right? If you don't, think about adding these essentials to your next order.  I received this cutie in a swap with some other demonstrators and I thought it was just so cute! My kids loved it too.

His head is just a Top Note die folded in half.  Add two eyes made from the small oval punch and half inch circle punch. Some White gel pen makes his eyes twinkle.  The beak is just a square folded in half.  The wings are a scallop circle punch cut in half.  So Simple!!
Here are all the parts.

This next card uses a new Easter set called Happy Easter Bunny.  That bunny sure does look happy :)  I used all the colors from the soon to be retiring In-colors 2013-2015 marker set.  The card is  made from the three largest ovals in the Ovals framelits die.

And everyone needs a "Happy Belated Groundhog's Day" card right?  No?  It's just me?
My sister-in-law's birthday is groundhogs day and I keep forgetting to give her a card and I will see her on Easter so I whipped this one up fast.  I didn't have a groundhog stamp, so I had to draw it myself but I think she turned out really cute.  I put a festive hat on her head and typed out my greeting.  I kept it simple, and inside will be my note and a gift card. 

Not sure why, but I like typing out my words this way and cutting them out.  :)

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you have a blessed Easter!