Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mix & Match Diecuts

Today I made a card with diecuts from several different companies. I am also on a mission to use my background stash:-) I'll be doing videos for some of the backgrounds used soon so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel:-)





You can see the layering on the video. I just had a selection of diecuts that I glued onto a background. Using dies is a great way to make a quick and easy card that will WOW the recipient!


Dies R Us Dies Used:





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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Background Stash & Dies

If you are like me you may have a bunch of backgrounds you made in your stash. Maybe you tried different techniques or products then saved the results. If not then you can substitute patterned paper. But seriously, making backgrounds is sooo fun! 




I started with a background from my stash. It is glossy paper with alcohol inks dabbed on. Then add a few drops of alcohol.


I cut the Penny Black Half Circle out 2 times then trimmed off the top corners. This die is currently on the waitlist so be sure to add your email.


Next I glued onto the background (see video for specifics). Then added the sentiment which is a die from Pink & Main - Hello.  The panel is then mounted onto a blue cardbase. I use Gina K cardstock for my bases.


Dies Used From Dies R Us



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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Simple Pleasures

Happy Easter everyone! I made a simple card using a sponged background and a Cheery Lynn Exotic Butterfly die. I don't have a video today but will explain the process:-) This was made for my Dies R Us Design Team project



I started with a piece of precut Tim Holtz watercolor paper. I was practicing different sponging tools and paper. I was pleasantly surprised how well the Distress Inks (Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Mustard Seed) went on with a mini distress tool. Normally I have a difficult time using the distress tools for sponging. I applied the yellow mostly in the center. The other colors were applied randomly. Then I spritzed heavily, waited about 30 seconds and dabbed off. This helps cover any blending that isn't smooth.

I used a textured stamp and Versfine gray ink randomly in the background. I also used Cracked Pistacio Distress ink and stamped some foilage slightly for texture. I have a closeup before I added the splatters and butterfly but I lost it:-( So here is a closer look at the background. You can't really see the foliage.



I used Kuretake Gold paints and splattered the background with 3 shades of gold. Then added the Cheery Lynn - Exotic Butterfly Medium cut from some glimmer paper and added pearls.

I used a yellow cardbase with a black mat. 

Dies R Us Dies Used:


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring Card Diecuts & Brushos

Hi, Joyce here with a fun and cheery spring card. Yellow is not usually one of my favorite colors but I've been loving the yellow Brusho paints. This is a quick and easy card using the Weeping Willow tree from Poppy Stamps. If you happen to have a stash of pre-colored and cut images it is even faster. When I have time I like to stamp and color new stamps then put aside for later use. That way they actually get used:-)






 The background is done on Tim Holtz watercolor paper. I sprinkled on Brusho powders and sprayed with water. See the video for step by step demo. The Poppystamps - Dies - Weeping Willow Tree  was cut from watercolor paper as well. This die doesn't require a Sizzix Precison Plate to cut well on regular paper. BUT on watercolor 140# I did use the Sizzix Precision Plate for the extra pressure and ran through 4 times. It fell out and cut great! You can see the results in the video. I then added brown Brusho and painted the trunk and large branches. I used 2 shades of green for the leaves.

I stamped the Penny Black sentiment using a stamp positioner so I could stamp multiple times to get a good impression. Seeing it is the rough side of watercolor paper it did require 3 or 4 times.

I glued the diecut to the background and added the flowers and bird from my Heartfelt creations stash.


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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Dies R Us Design Team Wedding Card

Today I made a card for the Dies  R Us Design Team.  I am thrilled to be a part of this awesome Design Team! I will be featuring Cheery Lynn dies today. I used a die that fills the whole card.


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 I cut the Cheery Lynn Designs - Wedding Vows from white cardstock (a light pink shimmer paper that changes colors as it moves  for second card) The small butterfly is cut from the shimmery paper. I love the intricate  border and arch around the silhouette.


 The blue card is made in the video. I simply layered over blue glitter paper and added a butterfly. I embellished around the arch top with some pearls. The dress has little white and silver micro beads and some Distress glitter. I added a few tiny pearls at the dress top. The I DO is chipboad I found in my stash. I painted, added Stickles then silver glitter.

 For the pink version I cut the Cheery Lynn Designs - Wedding Vows from a light pink shimmer paper that chages colors as it moves and depending on what it's near. It did make photographing challenging LOL. The small butterfly is cut from the same kind of paper only a bit darker. I love the intricate  border and arch around the silhouette.

I added a bit of patterned paper behind the arch. Since the color was a bit dark, I covered the paper with vellum. To finish it off I added some ribbon flowers, a silver strip and pearls. It is all mounted on white shimmer cardstock.





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Cheery Lynn Designs - Small Exotic Butterflies #1 w/Angel Wings

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

MSC Challenge - Use Gold

 If you want to play along in this challenge join us at The Modsquad Challenge. There is always prizes!

Use GOLD- The challenge this week is to use GOLD PROMINENTLY on your project! It can be paper, embossing powder, glitter etc. Just a lot of it. Gold is AWESOME LOL.



The Large Peony flower is a stamp from The Ton. I heat embossed in Gold. I added an inverted scalloped frame from Gina Marie Designs. She has great dies at a reasonable price. The sentiment is AWESOME and I love it. It is from Neat & Tangled. I cut the solid shape from gold mirror paper and the word from black and popped it up.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Heartfelt Creations Woodsy Landscape

I made a decor piece using the Heartfelt Creations Woodsy Wonderland. I did a VIDEO HERE on how I cut and colored the images. My favorite crafting tool is my Vagabond die cutter.



Products Used:
Wildwood Florals Die  HCD1-7125
Wildwood Florals Cling Stamp Set  HCPC-3769
Flowering Dogwood Cling Stamp Set  HCPC-3773
Arianna Blooms Die  HCD1-748
Woodsy Critters Die  HCD1-7124
Woodsy Wonderland Die  HCD1-7123
Woodsy Landscape Die  HCD1-7122
Woodsy Critters Cling Stamp Set  HCPC-3768
Woodsy Wonderland Cling Stamp Set  HCPC-3767
Woodsy Treescape Cling Stamp Set  HCPC-3766
Flower Shaping Essentials   HCST2-406
Designer Dries Clear Adhesive  159723

Project Instructions:
Other products:
Brushos, 8X10 board, Copics, Liquitex Modeling paste, chipboard house from stash (Wildwood Cottage Die HCD1-7127 & Wildwood Cottage Cling Stamp Set HCPC-3771 would look great! I made this prior to getting it). Silver Velvet Brushes, Gesso, wood embossing folder, small bird dies & twigs

Instructions
The canvas is 8” X 10” canvas hardboard. Cover with a coat of white Gesso.

Prepare the images you may want to use. I stamped, colored and cut all the stamps in the Woodsy Wonderland Collection. For this project I colored with Copics. I like to have images done so I can move them around and decide on the design. I have a video with cutting and coloring tips for doing a lot of images at once.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDfP5zO20aE


On the canvas I sketched a light guide for a couple of hills, mountains and sky. Using a large brush, wet just the sky area. Sprinkle on a couple of Brusho powders (any of the ink crystal powders would work or regular watercolor). I used 2 shades of blue and purple. If using the Brushos let it move and spread itself for awhile. Add more water and/or spread some with a brush to get the desired effect. 



Repeat for each section where there is a color change. Add color in a section not touching a wet area, so it doesn’t blend together. Using a palette knife apply some texture in areas where the deer are. I used a stiff bristle brush and sweep upwards in short strokes for grass. While the paste is still wet add some ink powder and a bit of water. It will spread to the wet areas. I also used a cloud stencil to add clouds but hated it so I covered entire sky with paste and recolored it. It was impossible to scrape off dried paste.



On the mountains I added some Micro flakes in gray. They were much too shiny so I scraped off what I could then covered in Gesso and colored with a Gray Brusho Powder. It left a texture but no shine. Add your frame now. I cut 3/4” strips of dark brown cardstock and embossed with a woodgrain embossing folder.

Now place your images. I let a few images go outside the framed area and overlap. The Designer Dries Clear adhesive works great. For gluing over textured areas I used Hot Glue. Using Brusho powders and a #2 brush color with your grass color in parts of the grass under the animals and trees to blend them  into your landscape.



To embellish the top corner I used some twigs in my stash and the gorgeous Wildwood Floral. I stamped with White Pigment ink on vellum and cut them out with he coordinating dies. Color on the back of the vellum. I shaped using the same method Emma Lou used on the Dogwoods HERE:   I tried to make the florals look more like a birch blossom so I added the small stamina from Ariana Blooms die and added Prills to the tips. 




Entered into:
SimonSaysStamps  Florals 
SimonSays Monday, favorite tool (mine is Vagabond)

Friday, January 27, 2017

Heartfelt Creations Lilies & Intrcut Dies

I made this card for my daughters 30th birthday. Where does the tim go? LOL. I used Heartfelt Creations Sunrise Lily stamps,  Sunrise Lily Dies, Decorative Corner Blossoms Die  & Birthday Blessings from Gina K. The design is a CAS of Christina Griffith on YouTube with my spin:-)



VIDEO



Technique, Double-Z-Fold - Cas-ual friday's

This is actually a Christmas card but the Z-Fold can be applied to any design. It's really fun when you can suspend something on the inside. Here are the dimensions:

Base: 4 1/4" X 11'
Score at 5 1/5"
From one of the ends score at 2 3/4"
The fold at 2 3/4" is a mountain fold (fold back)
The 5 1/2" fold is a valley (fold towards you)

1 1/2" X11"
From one of the ends score at 2 3/4"
The 5 1/2" fold is a mountain fold (fold back)
The fold at 2 3/4" is a valley (fold towards you)

Add any layers of designer paper and/or matting you'd like. TIP - it gets real heavy real fast if done like mine. I'd use 80# base next time instead of 110# if matting and adding designer paper.

Glue only 2 3/4" of thin strip on the 5 1/2" end and adhere. On the opposite end glue the 2 3/" piece to the back panel. 

VIDEO

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Fast & Easy Friend Card Set - CAS-ual Friday's

Hi, I made these cards just before Thanksgiving and didn't have time to edit. But changing the designer paper changes the season:-) I don't often mass produce ) if 6 is a mass LOL) but I loved these sentiments from CAS-ual Friday's Mon Ami set. I heat embossed with gold and copper. 

CAS-ual Friday's has really great customer service and super cute stamps, be sure to check them out. Another sentiment set I love is Wonderful Words





 VIDEO

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Cutting With Multiple Dies Heartfelt Creations Woodsy Wonderland

 I am back from my extended break after the holidays. I have been playing with new products and doing some organizing. I am currently working on multiple Heartfelt Creation projects. One of them is a home decor mixed media. In preparation I stamped. colored and cut many images to play with. I have been making a lot of flowers as well, coming soon:-)

In this video I demonstrate how to cut a whole set of stamps multiple times using a technique Jennifer Mcquire shared. I also show how I deal with any white edges left (I hate hem LOL).



HFC Woodsy Wonderland Collection

Jennifer McQuire’s Video  

PressNSeal 

Creative Expressions - Mini Smoothie Blending Sponges Pack of 4