August 15, 2018

Stenciled Friend | Birch Press Design

I have a post up on the Birch Press Design blog today for this stenciled friend card!
A clean and simple monochromatic beauty. All the details are over on the Birch Press Design blog. I would love it if you popped over and let me know what you think.

August 13, 2018

Muse #279 with Pretty Pink Posh | Geranium

Happy Monday! Time for new challenge at Muse!

I used the Pretty Pink Posh Geraniums stamp set for this week's card. I started off by smooshing some  watercolour paper into Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink that had been spritzed with water. While I waited for it to dry I stamped and coloured some flowers from the set and then arranged them on the watercolour panel some with tape runner and others with foam tape. A sentiment from Pretty Pink Posh Simple Sayings: Miss You was stamped underneath.

A little closer look...

I can't wait to see how you are inspired this week over at Muse!

August 11, 2018

Winnie & Walter - Leading Lady Week 2

Happy Saturday and I am back again today taking over the Winnie & Walter blog with my Week 2 post as the August Leading Lady.

Last week I gave you some tips on ways I personally add extra to my CAS cards without adding extra weight to my cards both physically and design wise. This week my theme is creating backgrounds.  I'm going to share some tips on how I create my own background panels by using images from the same or multiple stamp sets.

When creating a background with multiple stamps I follow some basic rules to make the design look more authentic and sometimes whimsical.

1) Stamp some of the images off the edges.
2) Rotate the images so that they are no all the same direction.
3) Either leave the same amount of space between all images or vary the spacing to once again encouraging the artistic and whimsical feel.
4) I personally always start my design in the upper left corner of my panel and then as I build the images I work down and towards the centre of the panel filling in the spaces as I stamp. There is less chance of getting cornered where you can't fit an image into the space and end up leaving an awkward space.

For my first card I used Purrfect with Evelin T Designs to create a fun background for this playful kitty. To reinforce that the playful theme of the card the balls of wool are all turned all different directions and the spacing varies to represent that this naughty kitty left the balls of wool all over the house! All my stamped was done with Copic friendly ink and the images were coloured with Copic Markers--R00, G12, B000, V01, Y13, T0 and T1.

A closer look--

For my second card I used In Bloom: Carolina`s Florals with Angelica Suarez. I stamped and heat embossed the outline images from the set with with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and clear embossing powder on Bristol Smooth cardstock to use with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers. On this card I kept the spacing between the images similar but I did continue to turn the images around on the panel. I used the two tiny branches to fill in the gaps. The ZIG colours I used were--021, 028, 050, 052, 036, 031 and 041. Once the watercolour was dry I added my sentiments. The happy and `birthday wishes`were both heat embossed in white on black cardstock. The happy was popped up with foam tape.

A closer look--

I have a  $30 gift certificate for Winnie & Walter gift certificate to giveaway on my blog, In My Creative Opinion. Visit all four of my Leading Lady posts this month and leave me a comment. On September 3rd I will draw a name from all my comments from over the month to win.  You can enter once each week so you could have up to four chances to win...good luck!

I hope you had fun learning how I create my own patterned backgrounds with stamps. See you again next Saturday for another Leading Lady post. Have a great day.

August 6, 2018

Barn Door Shape Shaker | Jillibean Soup

Happy Monday!

I have another fun card the was posted on the Jillibean Soup Bean Talk blog. A fun welcome to the neighbourhood card and so easy to put together. It would look great clipped to the front of a gift bag or even along with some fresh baked goodies!

I traced the opening onto a piece of Hardy Hodgepodge/Pinch of Plants patterned cardstock and I die cut it with the co-ordinating die. I also cut a white panel slightly smaller and did the same. Then the door was stamped directly onto the white panel over top of the square cutout. I adhered the two pieces to a card base. Some other details were stamped and die cut on to the front of the card.

I added a piece of Bohemian Brew/Peace patterned cardstock to the inside of the card that you are able to see through the window! I filled the Shape Shaker Square insert and then added it into the whole adhering it to the inside. A few extras were added to the card front--the wreath and the wooden butterfly--easy peasy!

August 4, 2018

Winnie & Walter - Leading Lady Week 1

I am super excited to be posting today as the Winnie & Walter Leading Lady for the month of August! I was so thrilled when my friend Shay invited me to be one of her Leading Ladies. Shay is smart, crazy talented and overall just a wonderful person that I have had the pleasure of meeting two times on crafting retreats in Kansas. This past retreat she was my 3:00 am cab ride buddy to the airport to catch our early flights!

When I was trying to decide what to do for my first post for this month, I had so many ideas but when I sat down to play with the stamps and dies the answer of my question became very obvious to me. If you were to ask me what type of designer I am my answer will be 'Clean and Simple'. I love white space, designs that are not cluttered but mostly designs that have breathing room. Not all of my cards are clean and simple, I do love to make a mess sometimes too, but my roots are clean and simple. Creating a CAS card is not always simple, in fact sometimes it can take hours to finish off a design that feels right. I thought for this week I could share with you some ideas of things I do to add interest to my CAS cards that take them from plain to wow.

I used the Dotty About You with Lydia Evans clear stamp set to create a rainbow of dotted circles onto a white panel. I stamped all three sizes overlapping some of them. The panel was trimmed down so that I could mount it on to the card base.The sentiment was stamped on to the panel and the YOU die cut was adhered below it.

To add more interest I popped up the panel with foam tape for dimension. Just doing that one step makes such a difference. Next I added some sparkling clear sequins, just a few to create a visual triangle. Finally I filled the sequin with some silver Stickles for some sparkle. Three small changes that ramp up the card without adding weight to the overall design.

For my second card once again I kept the design CAS. The basic design is the two dogs cuddling and the cute sentiment.To add more interest to the card I cut the scalloped panel from watercolour paper and then created a loose watercolour background using some Distress Oxide inks. I love the way they dry. The sentiment was stamped directly on the panel. The two dogs were Copic coloured and added with foam tape an finally the wee heart was watercoloured die cut was added.

I have a  $30 gift certificate for Winnie & Walter gift certificate to giveaway on my blog, In My Creative Opinion. Visit all four of my Leading Lady posts this month and leave me a comment. On September 3rd I will draw a name from all my comments from over the month to win.  You can enter once each week so you could have up to four chances to win...good luck!

I hope you enjoyed today's post and can't wait to show you what I have planned for next week!

August 1, 2018

Inlaid Mandala | Birch Press Design

I have a photo tutorial up on the Birch Press Design blog today creating this festive inlaid mandala.
I hope that you have the chance to pop over, have a look and see how I manage to easy adhere all the inlaid pieces into my design.

Paru's Card Making Challenge August Guest Designer

I am excited to share with you today that I am the August guest designer at Paru's Card Making Challenge

This month the theme is FAMILY, and I have a lot of girls in mine. I am always looking for birthday cards or words of encouragement and the Essentials by Ellen Inner Mermaid stamps and designer dies are perfect for the mermaids in my family.  

I started off by laying some Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks on my craft mat and then it was spritzed with water. For the card I made a quick pass across the inks with some Bristol Smooth cardstock on an angle so that I didn't transfer the ink on the entire panel and then I set it aside to dry. Before the ink dried up I took a second panel cut down to 2 3/4" x 4 1/4" of Bristol Smooth and repeated the process for the tag.

While the panels were drying I stamped and heat embossed my images with gold embossing powder on some Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock. I like to use the thicker cardstock when embossing. My images were all coloured with Copic markers.

The sentiments were stamped on to both projects with VersaFine Onyx Black and then I adhered the images with foam tape for dimension.

A quick gold bow on the top of the tag and my projects were finished.

I hope you make some time to play along with the challenge you have until August 25th to make a card or a tag for it.