Thursday, August 25, 2016

Rejoice Canvas

Hi friends! Just a quick post today to let you know that this project was posted on The Crafters Workshop blog yesterday. This canvas features brand new stencils and mediums, Gold Gesso (yes, GOLD, LOVE it!), and Modeling Paste. Links to the specific TCW products listed below. Head on over to the TCW blog for more photos and step by step directions.

Happy Crafting!


Friday, August 19, 2016

Sweet 'n Sassy Release Day - Birthday Pals

Happy Friday, friends, and welcome to this week's Sweet 'n Sassy stamp set release celebration! This week we're featuring the sweet stamp set, Birthday Pals. This darling set features three little critters, a whole bunch of great sentiments, and lots of critter accessories, like the hat my fish is wearing. It even comes with a matching die set! You can see the full set below.

I decided to use the fish on my card and went with some no line water coloring. I used my Distress Inks to do all of the water coloring. The blue background was also created with Distress Inks, which were smooshed on a non-stick craft sheet and spritzed with water. Just place your water color paper into the wet ink for amazing results. All of the little splatters are created by continuing to pick up color from the craft sheet.

I die cut a hole in the card using a Spellbinders die and created the seaweed by hand, again using Distress Inks. The fish and balloon are fussy cut and popped up with foam tape. I added some glossy accents to the balloon and dots on the hat for some shine. The sentiment was created by using the word Best from another sentiment and combining it with Fishes to you, which were embossed in white powder on black cardstock. To finish the card, I added a few white pearls.

I hope you enjoyed today's card! Be sure to head over to the Sweet 'n Sassy web site to see all of the new releases!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Thankful Scrapbook Page Featuring The Crafters Workshop Products

Hi friends! Today I'm sharing one of my Crafters Workshop projects that I created a few months ago. (To be honest, I have so many things to share...I just need to find some time to blog! And...I've been working on creating videos! Need to work through my technical issues, mostly with my very old and slow PC, but am hoping to have some new videos to share soon...stay tuned!!) OK, back to the project!

I'm sharing a step-by-step tutorial of how I created this scrapbook was super easy!
I started with a piece of 12x12 cardstock, the Zia Sun Bit (TCW2016) and three coordinating Dylusions Ink Sprays. I laid the mask on the paper, gave one good spritz with an ink spray, and then moved the mask, and sprayed again with a different color. Here's the first half of my page:
Next, I used the Tribal Fish (TCW594) stencil, three more coordinating ink sprays and followed the same steps listed above.

Once my ink sprays were completely dry, I added some stamping using the brand new Seth Apter stamps...LOVE stamping in black Archival Ink. Next, I selected my photo and added a bunch of designer papers and embellishments. It's really all about layering papers, die cuts, words, pins, whatever you have on hand. Here are a few close up shots of my completed scrapbook page...A list of the products I used, stencils, stamps, etc. are linked at the end of the post.

Thanks so much for joining me today! Happy Crafting!

-Tribal Fish Stencil (The Crafters Workshop)
-Zia Sun Bit (The Crafters Workshop)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sweet 'n Sassy Release Day - Music to My Ears

Hello friends, and welcome to this week's Sweet 'n Sassy stamp set release! This week we're showcasing the new Music to My Ears stamp set, you can see the entire set below. This new set includes one large background set, four music related sentiments, and 12 other stamps, including lots of music notes. So many possibilities with this set!

Here are the steps that I took to create my 5" x 5" card...
  1. Using VersaMark and black embossing powder, stamp the music background stamp on a piece of 5" x 5" cardstock. (I used Neenah solar white) Be sure to keep the image towards the center as you'll only see the image through the circle cut out.
  2. Using Distress Inks, smoosh some ink out on a non-stick craft sheet, and a water coloring brush add color to the background. The embossed areas will resist the inks. Since I wasn't using water color cardstock, I just dropped the ink on to the cardstock and let it spread on its own, which preventing the paper from peeling. Set aside to dry.
  3. Using Memento Ink, stamp various images from the Scribble Flowers stamp set on to a piece of scrap cardstock, color with Copics, fussy cut.
  4. Using a Spellbinders circle die, cut a large circle out of a piece of 4.75" x 4.75" cardstock, use foam tape to attach to the cardbase.
  5. Using a Spellbinders scalloped circle die, with a smaller circle die nested inside the scallop circle, cut a frame out of black cardstock, attach around circle opening.
  6. Stamp sentiment on piece of white cardstock, cut out with ribbon cut on one end.
  7. Attach sentiment, flowers, and bee using foam tape.
  8. Use Glossy Accents and Wink of Steller glitter pen to add some sparkle and shine, see up close photo below.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed the project! Be sure to check out the Sweet 'n Sassy web site for the newly released products (there's a new die that coordinates with the Scribble Flowers set!) along with the new Christmas stamp sets!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Sweet 'n Sassy Release Day - Scribble Flowers

Greetings everyone and happy Friday! Today we start the August release celebration for Sweet 'n Sassy stamps! Today's new stamp set is a beauty...a large flower set that contains a boatload of images! 

When I first saw these stamps I knew I wanted to create a page full of flowers, and I combined that idea with a new technique I saw posted by Jennifer McQuire (you can see her video here). 

I created my floral panel by stamping some of the images in VersaMark ink, on white cardstock, and then I embossed them with white embossing powder. Once the powder had cooled, I covered the entire panel with Distress Ink, which makes the embossed images jump right off the page! I used plain water to remove some of the color within the flowers and leaves, and added some other colors to essentially re-color the images. The little bee was stamped and embossed on a scrap piece of paper and fussy cut before adding to the card front.

The card base was dry embossed using this fun honeycomb pattern and the sentiment was stamped on black cardstock and embossed with more white powder (I'm a bit obsessed with embossing...again!)

Be sure to check out the rest of the design team's projects using today's release, Scribble Flowers, and check back next Friday for the next August stamp set release!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Sweet 'n Sassy Christmas in July Blog Hop & SALE

I know...Christmas talk already? It's too soon! LOL! However, it's never too soon to grab some holiday themed stamps for 15% off!! Sweet 'n Sassy is holding a Christmas in July sale from now through Sunday. ALL Christmas stamp sets will be 15% off! Use code CMASJULY to receive your discount.

My card features the Joy to the World stamp set, which includes this main image, along with another image and three sentiments. (You can see a photo of the entire stamp set at the end of the post) I also used a lot of words from a number of different sets, I'll list them at the end of the post, to create the background.

The main image was created by stamping it in Antique Linen Distress Ink. This is the perfect light color of ink for creating a no-line water coloring picture as the Antique Linen pretty much vanishes when water is applied. My water coloring was done using Distress Markers. (I have a video coming up to demonstrate the technique!) 

Once my coloring was completed, I cut a mask for the image, and added the background colors using Distress Inks and a blending tool. Water and a white paint pen added clouds and stars to the night sky.

The main image includes a tiny heart on the manger, but I opted to add a Wendy Vecchi mat mini heart, colored with Distress Inks and covered with just a hint of glitter.

The background was created by stamping a whole lotta words and sentiments onto a piece of cork, which I found while digging through my stash looking for a designer paper to use on my card. I thought the cork was a fun and different element to use on a card and I loved the look of the black text on the background. Text...nothing beats different letter styles and makes me happy. My entire piece was mounted onto a black card base. And there you have today's Christmas card! 

You will be able to find all of the team participant blogs at the end of this post. Simply click on their name and you will be taken to their blog. The list will be on each person's blog, so no need to hit the back button. Just look for the next blog in the line-up and off you go! Please be sure to leave the girls some love along the way. We will be drawing a winner from all of the blog comments and that person will receive a FREE Christmas stamp set (in stock) of their choosing from our line! And don't forget to check out the great sale at Sweet 'n Sassy!


Friday, July 15, 2016

All Your Heart and My Creator Stamp Sets - New Releases from Sweet 'n Sassy

Hi all, and welcome to the final Sweet 'n Sassy release for July! These two sets might just be my favorites this month as both can be used in so many ways and are also perfect for Bible journaling.

For my two cards, I confess that I have been dieting on lots of craft videos in the morning while I consume large quantities of coffee. I've been really enjoying Kristina Werner's videos, especially her water coloring ones, and both of my cards reflect some of my new found skills (thanks to Kristina!)

My first card, shown above, was created with the new My Creator stamp set. This new stamp set includes 20 images and sentiments and retails for $15.95.

I started my card by creating this night sky background, using Distress Paints. You can see Kristina's video tutorial on this technique here. Once the background was completed, I cut it down to the size I wanted and embossed the words in white. I used a few of the star stamps from the stamp set to add a short tone-on-tone design to the teal cardstock. The earth image is also part of the stamp set, but is included with a larger image. Since I wanted the earth to sit right under the word Creator I just left a spot for it when I embossed. I then stamped the earth image on a separate piece of water color paper, colored it with Distress Markers, and cut it out; attaching to the card base with foam tape. I also stamped the clouds twice, and popped them up as well. Lastly, I used a Wink of Steller pen to add a tiny bit of shimmer to each cloud. Here's a close up shot of my card...

My second card features the All Your Heart stamp set, along with some quick and easy water coloring. The stamp set is a word set and includes 11 stamps, two which are decorative images.

I started this card by water coloring a panel. I used Distress Inks for my water coloring; just use the ink pad to apply a little ink to a non-stick craft sheet, and pick up the ink with a wet brush. I also applied water to the water color paper panel before adding color. This allows the color to move more freely and blend. I applied two layers of color for this card, dying in between layers. This gives the background a little more visual interest and texture.

Once the water color panel was dry I embossed the words in white, and then used more ink to color in the open letters. Adding a bit more color to the letters helped them to pop off the background panel. I used a drier brush when adding color to the letters to keep the underneath color from running and to get a more concentrated color. Next, I added a few black and white paint splatters, and a tiny heart (from Wendy Vecchi), which I covered in glitter (using that Wink of Stella pen again), and glossy accents. The water color panel was adhered to black cardstock and attached to a white card base. A close up shot of the card is below...

I hope you enjoyed today's cards! Be sure to visit the links, listed below, to place your order for one or both of these sets!

Happy Crafting!

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