Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Stampotique Guest Designer - All About Pets Card



Happy Meow Day, friends! (I'm not sure that's an actual holiday...but it should be!) I'm back for week three of my Stampotique guest designer spot and am excited that we're continuing last week's theme of All About Pets. One cat is good, but it's not as fabulous as 50 cats! And while I don't have a video for you today, I am going to share step-by-step photos of today's card, which is super simple to create and includes a fun technique. So let's go!

I'm starting out with my Mini Misti, Neenah Solar White cardstock, Post-in Note tape, and Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink in my all time favorite color, Watering Can. While you don't need to have a Misti for this technique it is helpful. You will also want to use Archival Inks if you intend to watercolor as this ink is water proof. Lastly, the Stampotique stamps are wood mounted stamps, which would normally be impossible to use with a Misti. However, you can remove the red rubber from the blocks and simply use double sided tape to hold them on your stamping block. Easy peasy!

I started by stamping one row of cats and them stamping a second time (without re-inking) on to the Post-It Note tape. Next, I fussy cut out the row of cats, use the mask to cover the first row of cats, and re-stamp the next row of stamps. Notice that I only masked off the heads of the cats because that's all I needed.
Once you're done, you have an entire card full of cats!! I did trim down this piece of cardstock a bit so that there wasn't as much white space around the edges. Now to get working on my focal point image.

I stamped another row of cats on a second piece of cardstock, and used Distress Inks to watercolor one cat image. (I am using watercolor paper for this project!) To use Distress Inks for watercoloring, simple smoosh some ink from the ink pad onto a non-stick craft sheet and use a water brush to pick up the color. I'm a big fan of the water brushes with the water in the barrel, makes coloring super simple.
I fussy cut out the cat, die cut a large circle out of gray cardstock, and repeatably stamped the Purfect sentiment on the circle. I also stamped this hysterical sentiment on white cardstock and individually cut out the words.
To finish my card, I added a 2" piece of vellum to the cat card background, which was mounted to a dark gray card base. I then attached the circle, cat, and sentiment using foam tape. A few sparkly gems added the finishing touch to this sassy kitty card. (And my cat is painted like our cat, Sasha.) Super fun project, I hope you enjoyed! Happy Crafting!

Products:
-Kitty Squad stamp (how great is that stamp name!)

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Stampotique Guest Designer - Art Journal Layout



Greetings and welcome back to week two of my Stampotique guest designer post! This week our challenge is all about pets and I cracked up when I saw the sentiments in the stamp that I used with today's project. It's the perfect match to go with this darling cat image. If you have cats, you know exactly what I'm talking about! LOL! Today's project was a super simple project that I combined with some scrap paper I created years ago at a gelli plate glass. Don't throw out those papers...you'll use them eventually! I also have another video for you this week so sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! Happy Crafting!



Products:
-Brushes - The brushes are still available!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Stampbotique Guest Designer - Art Journal Layout





Hello friends and welcome to this week's project! I'm so excited to be a guest designer for Stampotique for the month of February. During this month, I will be posting a project every week so be sure to check back next week! Each week Stampotique includes a theme or challenge for their posts and this week it was to use cardboard in your project. I opted to create an art journal layout using products from Dina Wakley and Stampotique. And to make these super easy, I have a step-by-step video for you to watch to see how this project came together. Product links below the video. Thanks so much to Stampotique for the opportunity to use their lovely stamps for this month! Happy crafting!



Products:
-Brushes - The brushes are still available!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Concord & 9th Turn About Stamp Class - Butterfly Reflections

I'm excited to announce that I'm teaching another card class at Butterfly Reflections in Kingston, NH. All of the details are below...hope you can join us!

Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 7-9 pm
Register by: Tuesday, November 13

Join me for an instructive class focused on the Concord & 9th’s Turnabout Stamp line. These versatile background stamps allow you to make beautiful multi-colored backgrounds with the use of only one stamp! During the class, I will demonstrate how to use these unique stamps and then walk you through the creation of four card backgrounds using a variety of products and techniques. If you own Turnabout Stamps, bring them along and learn how to use them in a new, fun, and interesting ways.

Supplies Needed for Class:
  • Stamp positioner - must be full size Misti or mini Tim Holtz stamping platform
  • Adhesive - glue, tape gun, and/or foam tape
  • Heat gun (very important)
  • Basic Toolkit - Non-stick craft sheet, scissors, baby wipes, paper cutter, bone folder
  • Turnabout Stamps - If you have them....the more, the merrier!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Watercolor Techniques Class - Butterfly Reflections Ink


Hello long lost crafty friends! Wow...I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted on my blog. To say that life has been busy is an understatement! Spring is the busiest time of the work year for me and I have literally just finally resurfaced after a crazy few months. And I'm excited to share that I'm resurfacing with the announcement of a class that I'll be teaching at a new store in Kingston, NH. The store is named Butterfly Reflections (they're also online) and Vanessa (the store owner) just opened a few months ago. She has a darling space pack full of stamps, dies, inks, papers, and everything in between!

Pictures of the cards we'll be creating in the Watercolor Technique Class can be seen here and a description of the class is below:

Watercolor Techniques
August 9, 2018
7-9 pm
Cost: $25

Join me for a card class featuring Distress Oxide Inks, Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, and stamps and dies from Altenew and Concord & 9th. During class we’ll explore several watercolor techniques, such as creating backgrounds with the smoosh technique and no line watercoloring. Kim will also demonstrate how you can use Distress Oxide Inks to quickly and easily add color to outline images and using a water and brush to establish beautiful shading. We’ll also explore using Zig Clean Color Brush Markers to easily add a watercolor look to your stamped images.

The stamps and dies needed for the class will be provided for you. Please bring the following: (You can contact the store to purchase items, if necessary) The instructor will be bringing supplies to share:
  • Non-stick craft sheet
  • Small round brush, thin waterbrush (brush with water in barrel), vessel to hold water
  • Liquid glue or another strong adhesive
  •  Foam tape
  • Heat tool
  • Baby wipes and/or paper towels
  • We will be using Copic markers on one card so if you have the markers, feel free to bring along a purple, teal, olive green, yellow, and pink shade. 




Hope to see you at class!

Monday, April 16, 2018

So Matcha Set from Ellen Hutson







**Correction from video** The sentiments stamped on the red card stock are from the Wasabi set, not the Good Fortune set.
Hello crafty friends! I'm excited to be back with a new project featuring stamps and dies designed by Julie Ebersole and sold by Ellen Hutson. I first saw these stamps in March while watching a Jennifer McQuire video (thanks for the enabling, Jennifer! LOL!). I finished the video and promptly purchased every stamp and die set as part of this release!

Julie was inspired to create these stamps and dies after spending a month in Japan, and not only am I a huge sushi fan, but I am also partial to the Asian culture, food, and people. My oldest is planning on taking Japanese in high school, I have a friend who lived for many years in Taiwan, one who spent many months in Hong Kong and studied Mandarin (I even know a few words!), one who lives in China right now, a friend who minored in Chinese in college, and another friend who adopted two sweet babies from China! Really, there was no way I couldn't buy all of these stamps...it was my duty! **giggle**

I have a video for you that walks you through the production of each card and the tag as well as demonstrate how I created the faux wood wall that served as a background for my three cards. Links to the supplies I used are below the video. Enjoy and happy crafting!




Supplies:



Saturday, March 24, 2018

Distress Emboss Resist - Take Two




Hello strangers! My apologizes for the long spacing in between posts. My job has been in overdrive for the past few weeks and having time to craft has been a challenge. This is a project I actually created almost a month ago! It's taken me that long to have some time to upload the video and get a blog post written. Goodness...mama needs her life back! LOL!

Today's project features new products from Sweet 'n Sassy (and one older set), which were released earlier this month. The new stamp sets are the alphabet set you see in the background along with the "bring Him glory" stamp shown next to my photo. Those darling bees are from an older set. My video below will take you through all of the steps I took to create this page. This was a super easy project, using my favorite emboss resist technique. You could use this same technique with any stamps you have in your stash. Enjoy!

PS - I still have not heard from my last prize drawing winner so if I don't hear from Nancy Bilton in another week, I select a new winner.


Supplies:
-My Minds Eye (Follow Your Heart)
-Distress Oxide Inks
-Bring Him Glory
-Sweet as Honey
-Skinny Minnie Alpha
-Detail Blending Tool
-Mat Minis (Words)
-Hickory Smoke Distress Ink
-Enamel Accents
-Stickles