Friday, December 9, 2016

A Friend Loves - Script Alpha Card

Hello friends! Welcome to this week's featuring the Rebecca Script Alpha set that I used on last week's card. This week I used the set to create a custom sentiment and combined the saying with a cluster of flowers that was created using the Scribble Flowers stamp set. I also created a new video demonstrating how I created today's card. You can see the video and supply links below. Happy Crafting!

And don't forget...Sweet 'n Sassy is offering a deal on all of their alphabet sets. Buy 2, get 1 FREE (equal of lesser value) from now until December 15. This is a great deal! Hop on over to this page and check out all of the great sets.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

BIG News - New BIG Picture Classes Instructor

I've been keeping a secret for many long months, and now I can finally share the news...I'm one of the newest instructors with Big Picture Classes! WooHoo! I'm over the moon excited about this new opportunity to teach and provide instruction.

Big Picture Classes is an online classroom whose focus is to bring the best and most innovative craft classes to the masses, all accessible from the comfort of your own home and at your preferred pace. Big Picture Classes features classes geared towards art journaling, card making, scrapbooking, photography, mini albums, DIY, and more!

One of the biggest benefits offered by Big Picture Classes is the price. The cost is $9.95/month and this small fee gives you access to every single class on their site! Imagine taking as many classes as you want each month, all for only $9.95! And your first month is free! Amazing! You can find out more about the membership benefits here.

My class will be released on December 26 (Merry Christmas to you!) and Big Picture Classes will start promoting the class on December 19. Here's a bit more about my class along with a few teaser photos of the projects we'll be creating.

Using Stencils to Create Textured Backgrounds and Stunning Focal Points

During this class we will review stenciling techniques using a variety of mediums, including Distress Inks, acrylic paints, embossing paste, and ink sprays. The class consists of six lessons, creating the following:
  • A greeting card using stencils with Distress Inks; a quick tip on water coloring with Distress Inks will also be discussed.
  • Utilizing acrylic paint with stencils to create an art journal page.
  • Embossing paste adds touchable texture to art projects and is a perfect companion for stencils. We'll create two tags during this lesson.
  • Creating backgrounds using ink sprays and using those backgrounds to make a scrapbook page.
  • Combining all of our techniques into a two-page art journal spread, which will also demonstrate how to use stamps as focal point images.
Here's a sneak peek at just a few of the projects...

I'd love to have you give Big Picture Classes a try and would be honored if you selected my class as one of the first classes you try. Please take a peek and let me know what you think...Thanks so much! Happy Crafting!!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Sweet 'n Sassy - All About Alphas Sales

Hello friends! I'm hopping in with a quick card today and a great special that is currently being offered from Sweet 'n Sassy. Today SNSS is announcing the release of three new alphabet stamp sets, the set featured on my card is the Script Alpha stamp set. I adore this set! All of the letters easily blend together so it appears to be one stamp instead of individual letters. Isn't that cool? 

I stamped my sentiment with different Distress Ink colors and used a water brush to blend them all together. The background was created by die cutting a bunch of leaves from water color paper. A super quick card for today, highlighting the fabulous alphabet set.

And now for the special...for the next three weeks, Sweet 'n Sassy is offering a deal on all of their alphabet sets. Buy 2, get 1 FREE (equal of lesser value) from now until December 15. This is a great deal! Hop on over to this page and check out all of the great sets.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Inspiration Wednesday Art Journal Layout

I know, I know, it's been ages since I've shared an Inspiration Wednesday spread. The reason for that is that it's been ages since I've created an IW spread! Isn't it funny how we tend to start out so excited about certain projects and then life happens and our projects get stuck on the back burner. I miss my bi-weekly IW creative time! And as you'll notice from the date on this layout, it's not only been a while since I spend time in my IW journal, but it's taken me far too long to post too!

I ended up picking up some more marketing contract work and that kept me hopping for a few months, making doing anything creative almost impossible. I also have a **surprise** announcement coming up in a few weeks, which came along with an immovable deadline, and made for some very busy days and nights. Be sure to keep an eye on your email for the surprise details...

Thankfully, the contract work has ended for the year and I am hopeful that I'll be able to catch up on the long list of half finished work I have sitting in my studio. (Oh, and hopefully I'll get to work on organizing my studio now that we've made some layout changes in our house, allowing me use of our entire extra bedroom! Call me excited!)

As for today's IW art journal layout...I think it's one of my favorites to date. If you have lots of extra letter stickers hanging around your art space (I confess I hoard them), then this is a great project for you. These two pages are covered in all shapes and sizes of letter stickers. I used foam Thickers, tiny stickers, glitter letters, and just about everything in between. 
I even managed to accidentally spell out A-OK...see that in the upper right hand corner? How fun is that? My favorite bit are all those tiny stickers...I layered them like crazy and the look, after applying layers of paint and glazing medium is nothing short of fabulous!
Another thing I am digging out this layout is that the foam letters and still squishy! Even after a layer of gesso, paint, and glazing medium, you can still push down on the foam letters...they're still soft! Talk about touchable texture...LOVE that! Here's a look at the complete spread...
If you're interested in Inspiration Wednesday, Donna has already posted a link for the 2017 lessons. The year long class is only $35, for the entire year, and includes an extra few class. I have so enjoyed this year's lessons and am looking forward to finishing my art journal (this will be my first completed journal!) and next year's lessons! You can sign up for the 2017 classes here. I've also been posting new videos to my You Tube channel. If you're interested in seeing videos when they're posted, click on over and follow my channel!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - Chunky Alphabet

Hi friends! Today I'm sharing a card that I created using the new Chunky Alphabet stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy. Links to the products I used on this card are listed below and I also created a quick video to show you  how this card was produced.

Enjoy and happy crafting! Be sure to check out the Sweet 'n Sassy web site for month long specials!

Find all of your Distress products at The Funkie Junkie

Friday, November 18, 2016

Sweet 'n Sassy Release - Faith Blocks

Hi everyone!  A quick post from me today, showing off a new stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy, Faith Quote Blocks. Today's card is paired with the recently released Scribble Flowers. I created a video on how I created my card, which you can view below. Enjoy and happy crafting!

Don't miss out on this month's birthday celebration! Every $9.00 or more order placed during November will be entered into a prize drawing for a $99 shopping spree! (The winner will be announced in early December)

Friday, November 4, 2016

Sweet 'n Sassy Release Day - Birthday Celebration

Today at Sweet 'n Sassy we're celebrating a birthday...nine years! And during this entire month there will be lots of prizes to be won!

To start the celebration, we're releasing four brand new stamp sets today! You can see all of the new sets here. Also, every $9.00 or more order placed during November will be entered into a prize drawing for a $99 shopping spree! (The winner will be announced in early December)

This week, we're offing a free surprise goodie bag with a $25 purchase!

My project for today features the new Furry Friends stamp set, which features four furry friends, some sweet extra images, like those darling mushrooms, and a host of sentiments. 

I created a shaker card using almost all of the images in the stamp was too hard to choose just one or two. I created the frame by repeatably stamping the flower and mushroom images around a die cut circle. The inside of the shaker card was colored with Distress Inks and the sentiment was embossed in white. All of my critters were colored with Copic markers and fussy cut before adding to the card front with foam tape. My shaker bits are from a pack of stars and hearts I purchased at my local craft store.

I hope you enjoy today's project and don't forget to stop by the Sweet 'n Sassy store to check out all of the new goodies. Make a purchase to be entered into the giveaway!

Happy Crafting!