Thursday, August 17, 2017

Happy Bee-day!

Did you know that Rubber Stamp Tapestry just released 3 new stamp sets today?  Well they did and they are just bee-utiful! You know how much I love peg stamps, well I was lucky enough to be able to play with these stamps in advance! It was such a nice surprise to receive these in the mail. I have a couple cards to share with you that I made using two of the new sets.



The first card was made using the peg stamp set - Field of Clover.  It's a great set - especially since my guys make hay...I can see this coming in very handy.  The set comes with 5 stamps - the clover leaf, a small fern, 2 different clover flowers and a darling little bee.  I used this combination of stamps to create the "frame work" around the sentiment.  The sentiment, swishes, and 2 additional bees are from their new UM stamp set - Bee-Utiful Day (more on those tomorrow).  All of the images were stamped using a variety of Memento Inks.


My second card was made using the peg stamp set - Chamomile Bee. This set includes one of my favorite "bee" type images - the old fashioned domed hive.  I don't know what it is but I love those things.  I drew in a little pedestal for it to sit on in my chamomile garden. This card was colored with a combination of Memento Inks and Memento Dual Tip Markers with a bit of glitter thrown in here and there for a bit of sparkle.  The sentiment is also from the Bee-Utiful Day set.

I'll be back tomorrow with a few cards made using the Bee-Utiful Day stamps - see you then!

Supplies:

Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Chamomile Bee; Field of Clover, Bee-Utiful Day
Imagine - Memento Dye Inks, Memento Dual Tip Markers, VersaFine - Black
Cardstock - Georgia Pacific (white); Bazzill Basics (colored)
Glitter

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketch #416

I've been in a bit of a slump lately...so I decided today just to choose a random sketch challenge that I've never participated in before and go for it.  Well you know what - it worked!!  I found the sketch below at Tuesday Morning Sketch blog and I WAS inspired and it did get me excited.

Here's what I made....


and here's the inspiration sketch...



I took a bit of liberty with how the "tails" are positioned to make them fit with my sentiment but I love how it turned out.  And yes, I do resemble the sentiment so it made me even happier!  LOL!!

Supplies:

Club Scrap - Lagoon Kit - Cardstock, pattern paper, stamps
Imagine - StazOn Black Ink
Kuretake Zig - Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Markers





Monday, August 14, 2017

Hot Hot Hot!!

The challenge this month over at Just For Fun Rubber Stamps blog is very timely...at least it fits in very well here in Indiana.  The theme is Hot Hot Hot! and boy is it ever...I don't mind the high temps so much but that paired with the humidity is a killer.  

Here are some fun cards I stamped for a bit of inspiration....








Makes you sweat just lookin' at 'em doesn't it??
LOL!!!

If you'd like to join in the fun to be eligible to win a JFF Rubber Stamps GC be sure to head on over to the blog and add your new stamped entry here - JFF August Challenge - Hot Hot Hot.  The winner is chosen using Random.org.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Stamp A Coloring Book!

Did you realize that last Wednesday was National Coloring Book Day?  Well it was and with the recent up-tick in coloring book interest I thought it would be fun to stamp my very own coloring book so that's just what I did!


Wish You a Magical Day 
(and a unicorn)
Coloring Book


I started off my making a set of rainbow pages using both Memento and VersaColor (chalk) Inks.  Then I stamped all sorts of unicorns - some in scenes others all over the pages, etc.  


I bound them together using my zutter.


And I now have a fun unicorn themed coloring book that fits into my purse.


And I can color away just about anywhere!


How's that for fun?

Supplies:

Imagine

Other
  • Cardstock
  • Avery Elle – Be a Unicorn stamp set
  • CC Designs – Unicorn Dreams stamp set
  • Lawn Fawn – Winter Unicorn
  • Hero Arts – Unicorn DC208; Unicorn F6231
  • Joy Claire – Doodle Flowers
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps – Cupcake, Water Globe
  • Pinkfresh Studio – Unicorn Dreams
  • Technique Tuesday – Say It Happy
  • Unity – Butterfly
  • Spellbinders – Label Die
  • Zutter – Binder, Owire (or any book binding kit available)
  • Chipboard
  • Masking Pape

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

New Card Sketch & Examples

Hi Friends....  I hope you've all been enjoying your summer so far.  Time has flown so quickly, it's hard to believe it's already August.

Today I wanted to share a new card sketch I made for the Club Scrap Forum...


I originally made this sketch with the idea that the background would be great to use up smaller cut up pieces left over from other projects.  I have been cleaning and rearranging lately (more about that below) and found a package of papers from Club Scrap called Quads.  Each month one of the kits contains a sheet of paper that has 4 coordinating patterns from the kit in a smaller size.  They are really great for making cards ~ and they work perfectly for this sketch!


And here are my cards... 
I've used all sorts of papers, cardstock, stamps, 
sentiments and embellishments from lots of different kits for these cards...
I hope you like them!


 



So what do you think? 
Ready to give it a try?

Supplies:

ClubScrap.com - Cardstock, Quad Prints, Embellishments, Stamps
Imagine - Memento Dye Ink; VersaFine Black Ink

MIA...This is very long and boring tale but I just need to get it out....

Yes, I've been a bit MIA this summer...originally it started out because we are redoing how our kitchen is set up...not remodeling because the basics are staying the same.  More like out with the old, in with the new.  We've had 2 Hoosier Cabinets, a computer cabinet, a free-standing counter cabinet and a small freezer in our kitchen in addition to a small round table for years and years.  Since the kids are gone we don't really use the freezer anymore, dh's computer/printer were really messed up and the cabinets have become catch-alls.  That paired with the fact that our family has grown by leaps and bounds we need a much larger table.  

Well, you can't have it all because there is only so much room.  So we started changing things up...first I had to find cabinets I wanted to replace the old ones for some sort of storage.  That was easier said than done.  I ordered some "wood" cabinets off of Amazon which turned out to be just particle board (which I hate) - when they arrived they were broken up pretty bad so we had to return and wait to get the new ones.  In the mean time I unloaded one of the cabinets and had stuff in boxes (all over the place) so when the new cabinets arrived I could put them where they needed to go. Once the new ones finally arrived I put them together and they were cheap but the kitchen had already been apart for quite some time and I was sick of it so they are in.  I then loaded those up with everything from the boxes that was going back in and found places for the rest of the stuff elsewhere.  I am still dealing with the returns because UPS lost one of them (this is 1.5 months later).

We got dh a new all in one computer - got rid of the old computer/printer and cabinet.  His new set up is in the living room and works out much better.  

I just recently got the 2nd Hoosier Cabinet unloaded (yes, boxes sitting everywhere again) and it is waiting to be removed.  Thankfully Mom and Dad are taking the free standing cabinet but it's again piled up with junk from the 2nd cabinet.  Now I have to find places for all of the junk that was in that cabinet to get rid of all of the boxes.  

We don't know what we're going to do with the freezers...plural - we have a small one in the kitchen and a larger one in the garage.  Since it's just the 2 of us we don't need to have half a beef in the freezer anymore...it would take us years to eat it all.  We are currently trying to figure out what to do with them. So that is in limbo.

After all of these things are sorted then we can finally start to look for a new table/chairs to go in the freed up space.  I can't wait till it's all done, I'm sick of living in the unorganized clutter of it all.  It drives me nuts.

I have also been rearranging my spare craft area with more shelves so I could organize my Etsy store stuff.  I have lots of stuff that's never even been listed because I don't have a good place to keep it all together until now.  I am about 75% done on that front.  Need to get it finished because our furnace is in the same room and I need to get the stuff I moved from one side of the room to the furnace side moved before we need it to run.  

AND we also found out that we are grandparents!!!  Yes, you read that correctly....my oldest son has a son that turns 2 years old today!  It was quite a shock since we had no clue... name the emotion and we've gone through it.  BUT this has been a good thing, he is the sweetest little boy and such a joy to get to know.  It didn't take long for him to worm his way into all of our hearts. Which is why we needed a bigger table - we went from a family of 5 to a family of 9 in an instant! 

All of this on top of getting 2 new (to us) vehicles, a new living room suit, and working away at our business and the guys handling all the farming.  It's been unreal - I literally don't know where all the time has gone these last 3 months. It has just been a whirlwind of activity, emotions, etc.  So my art has taken a beating as far as time to play.  I have been working on design team stuff and gifts for some people but other than that I haven't had time for much of anything. 

In 3 weeks or so we're going on vacation and I can't wait! I so need a break from it all.  I'm hoping that when we return I can get back into a routine and back to crafting each day.  So, that's what's been going on and why I've been so MIA....I'm hoping as fall approaches things will get back to some semblance of normal...whatever that means ;)  LOL!!


Monday, July 31, 2017

Frame It! Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge

Hello friends and WELCOME!

Today I wanted to share a fun challenge with you...the Club Scrap Artist Team was challenged to stamp a frame on our project.  Well I decided to share 3 different ideas for stamped frames on cards that I like to use from time to time.  


My first card is pretty straight forward...  I penciled on stamping lines then stamped the flowers over the lines.  After the ink had a chance to dry I erased all of the pencil marks and colored the flowers with a variety of colored pencils.   Glitter was added here and there for a bit of bling.


The next frame was stamped using many different stamps and ink colors. This technique creates more interest and gets your eyes moving over the entire card.  


The final stamped frame technique is a bit different.  I cut the card panel to the approximate size I wanted then centered a mask on the card panel.  I stamped my image on the exposed areas of the panel and I also used a sponge dauber to ink around the very edges of the mask.  Once the mask is removed you have a lovely stamped frame on the card panel!  I finished it off with the sweet sentiment, a few stickers, glitter and twine.


While it does take a bit more time to create this frame the finished results are very much worth it I think don't you?  

I hope you've been inspired to stamp your own frame on a card but just in case there's lots more inspiration to be found in this team challenge - Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge - Frames.

The next stop on the hop is...


Supplies:

Club Scrap - Cardstock, Stamps, Embellishments, Book Binding Glue
Imagine - Memento Dye Inks, Sponge Dauber
Masking Paper
Colored Pencils
Glitter

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Vintage Botany Club Scrap Blog Hop

Welcome friends to the Club Scrap Blog hop...you may have found your way here from Julie's beautiful blog and if not you can find the full list of artists here - Club Scrap Vintage Botany Blog Hop.

The kit this month from Club Scrap is called Vintage Botany and oh my, do I ever love it!  It's beautiful and with the word vintage in the title you know it's got to be great.  Well I knew exactly what I wanted to make...


An envelope album! I love these types of books because there is so much space for photos and journaling.  What made me think of it is I found a whole pack of A7 (5x7) envelopes recently while I was re-organizing. I knew they would make a great album and couldn't wait till I had a chance to put them to use!

I used 9 for this album...of course you can use as many or as few envelopes as you need which makes this so fun and versatile.


These are just a few of the pages....


I added a pull out "card" where you can add photos and journaling as desired.





The cool part is that you can actually put pics on both sides of the envies!



I added this lovely sentiment to the front.
Only thing left is to gather up my photos!

So glad you stopped by...
the next stop on the hop is...


and if you get lost along the way...


Hope you have a crafty day!

Supplies:

Club Scrap.com - Vintage Botany: Cardstock, Pattern Papers, Tabs, Ribbon, Cut-Aparts; Club Scrap Hybrid Ink - Earth; Club Scrap Ink Applicator

Other: 

Chipboard
Prima - Green Twine

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Stencil Girl & Imagine Blog Hop


Welcome to the Imagine - StencilGirl Blog Hop!
(see the Imagine & StencilGirl blogs for a complete list of artists featured each day.)

I'm so excited to share my creation with you today.  It's a bright bold canvas that captures all of the hopes and dreams of the happy couple (my youngest son and DIL) on their special day.  Their first anniversary is coming up and since Paper is the traditional gift on the 1st anniversary I thought this would fit the bill.


I started this canvas off by applying Dandelion, Lilac Posies and Tangelo Fireworks! Spray to the canvas board. Once it was dry I stenciled on the numerous designs using a mix of Memento Dye Inks and Radiant Neon Inks with a Sponge Dauber (Stencils and Ink colors listed below).

After the inks had dried, I applied Iridescent Blue Creative Medium over another stencil to create a lovely textured pattern that shimmers beautifully when viewed from various angles.

Finally I flicked on Tuxedo Black and Wedding Dress (white) irRESISTible Texture Medium here and there and applied Delicata Black Shimmer Ink to the edges for interest and definition.


Close up showing the various layers of color/texture created by the stencils, inks and mediums.


Another view of the Iridescent Creative Medium showing just a bit of that lovely shimmer.



One lucky winner will receive both 
a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND
 a $25 Gift Certificate to Imagine Crafts!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win! The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN! (One comment per blog please.) You have until Sunday, July 23rd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments. Winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page and Imagine's Facebook page on Monday, July 24th.

Good Luck Friends!!

As an extra little bit of fun I have hidden a word in the canvas ~ not the Past, Present, Future phrase ~ but something else.  Can you find it? If so, please be sure to post it in your comments...you could be the lucky winner of a little something from me if your guess is correct. If more than one person finds and identifies the word correctly I will use Random.org to determine a winner.  Have fun searching!

Supplies:

StencilGirl Stencils:
S435 Alpha Drips
M153 Number Drips
S214 Past Present Future
M058 Urban Insiders Square
M139 Diamond & Triangle Mini

Imagine:
Memento Dye Ink - Tangelo, Dandelion, Lilac Posies, Teal Zeal
Radiant Neon Ink - Electric Green, Electric Yellow, Electric Purple
Fireworks! Spray - Tangelo, Dandelion, Lilac Posies
irRESISTible Texture Medium - Tuxedo Black, Wedding Dress
Creative Medium - Iridescent Blue
Delicata - Black Shimmer
Sponge Dauber
Palette Knife

Other:
BlickArt - Canvas Board
Photo

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #230

Been gone for a bit but now I'm back...thought I'd ease into it with a fun sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #230....


It's made using papers and stamps from the current Club Scrap kit - Vintage Botanical.  I LOVE this collection...it's very me.  I love the muted colors and subtle patterns. I did a bit of double stamping for the sentiment - the "background" color is Memento Lilac Posies which I also used to edge each individual panel. I really tried to leave it there but I had to add a few sequins for a little glitz.


Have you tried a sketch lately?
It's very refreshing.

Supplies:

ClubScrap.com - Cardstock, Pattern Paper, Stamps
Sequins

Monday, July 17, 2017

A Little Something

Recently the Imagine team was challenged with the theme....  "Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny"   No, I didn't make a yellow polka dot bikini but I did use polka dots....  Lots and lots of them to create this....


The background was stamped using a tiny tri-dot stamp in the Waffel Flower set Wild and Free....


See the tiny stamp above the bird...that's it!


Stamping, stamping, stamping...it's almost zen like going back and forth.


Whew...done stamping.  LOL!

I finished it off just as you would any other card.
If you have the time, give it a try...it's fun and relaxing at the same time!

Supplies

Imagine

Memento Inkpad – New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Olive Green, Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Love Letter
VersaFine – Onyx Black
Other

Waffle Flower – Wild N Free stamp set
Cardstock – white
Cardbase – navy blue