Monday, August 28, 2017

Swipe Your Credit Card! No Purchase Necessary.

Happy Monday, crafting friends!

This project uses the super popular Distress Oxide Inks, and a fun background technique using a credit or other plastic (hotel) card.
My background was made using the "Swipe Your Credit Card" technique from Splitcoast. I let it dry and then used an alphabet stencil from Dylusions, sponging through the stencil until I got the depth of color I wanted (dark in some spots, lighter in others). 

My sentiment, fish and balloons are from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' Birthday Pals. I watercolored my fish with the Distress Oxide inks. I added a layer of dry embossed "water" for my fish using a Stampin' Up! embossing folder and my Big Shot,  and added some bling for the fish bubbles. I added some ombre DSP for the back panel base. A few Star Dust Stickles for her fins finished it off.

I like the mixed media look, and this was an easy way to achieve that! 
Stamps: Birthday Pals (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps)
Paper: Heavyweight Cream (HL), Blue Raspberry (Poptone), Felicity DSP (Glitz)
Paper Size: 5.5 SQ
Ink: Distress Oxide Inks, VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories: rhinestones, Seaside EF (SU!), Star Dust Stickles, Birthday Pals and Speech Bubble dies (retired SNSS), alphabet stencil (Dylusions)

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Hey Friend!

I adore this bird. Her name is Magnolia and she is part of a set of digital images from Vera Lane. I haven't worked with digi images in awhile, and have forgotten how fun it is to make them whatever size you want! So I went a little crazy and purchased a few of Janet's images for future use. Magnolia also has a purse, but she is a little busy holding her balloon and heart for her friend. 

I colored with Copic markers, added a little wood heart and sentiment (SU!) and some cute patterned paper from MME. Her shoes were the prettiest pink, and then I added Gold Wink of Stella, and they turned brown. Sparkly IRL, but I was disappointed in the color. Should have used my Clear! Oh well!

Sending prayers to all my Texas and Louisiana friends for safety this weekend!

Friday, August 25, 2017

My Monochromatic "Best"

Hey everyone! 
Today I am sharing a monochromatic card using just one shade of ink - All That Jazz (Catherine Pooler).
It matches perfectly to the SU! Island Indigo cardstock. I stamped off some of the flowers (Stamp of Approval Naturally Inspired) and the script to give a different depth of ink color, and then sponged along the bottom to ground the flowers. I added tiny little turquoise rhinestones to the flower centers for some sparkle. So little stress when you don't have to figure out what colors to use!
A pretty one layer, flat, mailable design! 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Tutorial - Ribbon Embossing

Recently, I hosted the Splitcoaststampers Technique Challenge, using one of the SCS Tutorials my sweet friend Dina whipped up -- Embossed Ribbon. It's such a fun idea! You can find the detailed instructions and a video HERE

Basically, it involves misting your ribbon with water, running it through your Big Shot (or whatever machine you have) with an embossing folder, and allowing it to dry. Depending on the texture of your ribbon, and the embossed pattern, you can end up with a subtle or bold pattern. For my card, I chose a subtle pattern.
If you look closely, you can see the cross hatch pattern of my embossing folder (Sizzix). I chose the beautiful Double-faced Ivory Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon. It adds such an elegant feel to any project! This is the 7/8" ribbon. My card measures approximately 5x5.5 inches. The stamps are from Remarkable You by Stampin' Up - a set I have been wanting forever and just recently acquired. I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black, and then colored with my Copic markers. I fussy cut the flowers and leaves. The sentiment is stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black - I prefer that for crisp, sentiments, and since I am not adding color, don't have to worry about it running (just smearing before it's dry! Been there!). I added a wood heart to bring everything together.

There is a new challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon and it's Anything Goes! This is my DT sample for that challenge! Come play along with us! My teamies have made some gorgeous projects to inspire you! I hope you will try this technique on your project!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August Hop With Really Reasonable Ribbon

Welcome to the August Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop! If you arrived here from Ginny's blog, you are in the right place! If you just happened along, be sure to start at the beginning at the RRR Blog (I am the third stop this month, so you don't have far back to go!) so you don't miss out on the awesome projects, fun news, and a prize from Really Reasonable Ribbon! Our hop goes live at 6:30 AM Central.
Each 13th of the month it's the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop where we highlight the Ribbon Club! Take a look at this month's gorgeous Autumn Harvest ribbon club package:
If you really love ribbon and would like to have a wonderful assortment of ribbons sent to you automatically each month, just join the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club! Monthly ribbon club assortments are selected and pre-packed to reflect a specific theme, color, or holiday season. 

My card today is made with all of the ribbons and trims in this month's club, plus a couple of other fall themed ribbons from RRR.
I cut different lengths of ribbons at an angle and adhered them to my solid designer paper piece. After cutting my double word die (My Favorite Things Stamps), I added a length of the crochet lace in this month's package, and added two brown Mulberry Leaves and a White Cosmos Daisy for embellishment. All of my layers are held together with Scor-Tape and Tombow 3D Tabs. 

Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments! Now off to Cheryl's blog, to see her pretty creation and beautiful bows!