Friday, July 19, 2019

Moving...


Hey all,
 I am in the process of moving my blog over to Wordpress.  It should be complete by next Friday the 26th.  In the mean time you can pop over to the new site (under construction!) and sign up to follow me there so you don't miss any posts!  Thanks so much !

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Come join me Saturday.....

Hey local friends, 

Saturday is the third Saturday of the month! You know what that means......YOU need to join us at Photoscraps for DEMO DAY! 



I have two super fun cards for you. The first uses Sunny Studios Oceans of Joy and the second is Pink & Main Oh Crab!  





These cards are all prepped for you to stamp your sentiment and color your images. With me, you will be doing some ink blending as well as heat embossing! 

My other Demo friends Nancy, Karen, Linda and Gina  have some super cards and some scrapbook layouts for you also. 

If you complete 6 demos, you will receive a coupon for 10% off your regular priced purchases for the day. Not including special orders, Demo Day tickets, gift certificates or other special sale offers. 

Please come out and join the fun. We are there from 11-4pm. The ladies have also gotten some wonderful new things in....

***I am currently designing for August, is there a stamp set you like me to use?  Leave me a comment and I will consider your suggestions! 

Monday, July 15, 2019

Up In The Air.......

Whew!  

I kind of feel like my life has been Up In The Air. (pun totally intended) We had friends visiting for the weekend, to help me pull off a surprise Birthday party for my husband who turns 60 later this month. We managed to completely surprise him and had a fabulous time. Then, as you know Sunday morning I found out I had been accepted onto the Papercraft Business Challenge Design Team! 

While I am not officially your inspiration for this Month's Challenge, I was asked to make a card for this Month's theme! I have been sitting on this adorable stamp set from Mama Elephant called Flying With Friends.  Which also happens to be on sale right now.  


Mama Elephant has some super fun sets, 
that just beg to be colored!


I was so bummed to find out that awesome gingham paper from My Favorite Things called Gingham Galore is no longer available. šŸ˜  I guess I have been hoarding it a little too long.


My clouds were all die cut from Stampin' Up! Shimmery White card stock. It brings just a hint of sparkle. 


I have been working on controlling my stipple technique. Do any of you have trouble with it? I really struggle with getting them a consistent size and not too blobby! But hey, that is why we practice.  What technique do you need to practice? 


I finished off by adding some light blue dew drops to my clouds. I have a huge love affair with dew drops. What embellishment is your go to?

I hope you enjoyed my card. Did it give you inspiration to pop over the Papercraft Business Challenge page and play along? Did I mention that you might just win some Magnolia Dragonfly Doohickeys? 



Make sure to scroll ALL THE WAY to the bottom and leave me a comment! 

Copic List
Balloon: YG17, YG13, YG11 and white gelly pen
Elephant: C3, C2, C1, C0, E93 in the ear and cheek
Mouse: W2, W1, W0, E93 in the ear and cheek

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Exciting News!

Happy Sunday to you from Skyway Drive.......and a Happy Sunday it is!

If you have been following me you know I LOVE to do card challenges.  I really enjoy the "challenge".  No pun intended.  What you guys don't know is that I have been actively applying for Design Team Positions. Well, Sunday morning my email had a happy surprise. I have been accepted as a Design Team member to the Papercraft Business Challenge.



This is a monthly challenge with different themes and optional twists each month. Did I mention PRIZES? Yup! there is a prize every month.  Challenges are really a lot of fun. You should pop on over and check this one out. Starting in August you will see my designs there as your inspiration!  

If, like me you do a lot of card challenges you will DEFINITELY want  to check out this page too! Papercraft Business. They have this awesome Planner you can download for $7 to organize all your challenge info.  


There is a project page to help keep track of all the elements of each challenge as you work on them. There is a  page for tracking which Challenges to enter, Weekly challenges, Bi-Weekly challenges and Monthly challenges. There is also a Papercraft Challenge Swipe File that lists 162 challenges you can enter along with the web address of each one! How super cool is that? 

I hope you are as excited as I am, and I also hope you will visit Papercraft Business Challenge and play along with us. 






Saturday, July 13, 2019

All About Stencils...

Happy Saturday from Annapolis!

Today I have for you another installment of my homework for the Altenew Academy Educator Program. This one is Stencil Techniques! 

First off, did you know how easy it is to make your own stencils?  Pretty much any die that will give you a pattern is good! All you need is a die, some window sheets or acetate and your die cutting machine! 


My Friend Nancy form Rowhouse Greetings made this one we used in a class a couple of weeks ago. 




A super fun thing you can do is use texture paste. You can even dye it for the color you want!  

 

I dyed this one brown to make a mud splash.


 

and.........

Ink blending is another way to utilize those stencils! Here I taped my paper to the back of the stencil then taped the stencil to my Wendy Vecchi Make Art Station. I love this tool for working with stencils or doing splatters, for me it was a great investment.


 


 You can really make some fantastic backgrounds this way! 

Watercoloring is another cool way to use a stencil.  For this technique I am anchoring the stencil with Pixie Spray to really seal the edges.  Wet the paper, add your water color and blot away the excess. 


 




Sprays and spritzes work really cool too! Here is a ample using Nuvo Mica Mist. I taped down the stencil like I did for ink blending and spritzed the spray and blotted the excess.

 

So you see, there are many ways to make and use stencils in your card making!  I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial. 




Copics:
Piggy: E02, E01, E00
Snout: W3, W1, W00
Tongue: RV21, R20
Shading: BV20


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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Pals' July Hop "Mixing It Up"




Welcome to the Pals' July Blog Hop! We're so glad you are here because we made some great projects that are "mixing It Up" - adding texture that will really take your projects up a notch - or two! You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal's blog.  Either way, you've come to the right place.  You'll find the full line-up too help you move, or "hop" along from Pal to Pal. 

Happy Hop Day from Flemington N.J.! 
       Yup, I am away from home, and enjoying watching my Great-Nephew play in a baseball tournament at Diamond Nation. I am so lucky to be able to spend time with my Niece Ame and her family, as well as crash at my friends Lisa's house.  

Just to be obvious I decided to use the Seas Of Texture stamp set and Under The Sea dies! 
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This was a nice carry over set with lots of possibilities. Since the theme was texture I decided to add lots of pieces. Layering and weaving some them into each other. 



I started this project by picking some Designer Series Paper. The Perennial Essence DSP gave me that under sea vibe. I then used it as the base to pick my other colors. The Granny Apple Green layer really pulls out the yellow/green in the DSP. Using that, I set out to build my layers. Starting with die cutting the netting with Crumb Cake, and the long plants in Mossy Meadow. The sand dollars and their stars are all Shimmery White card stock. 


I cut the coral in both Granny Apple Green and Berry Burst (Berry Burst is retired and you can sub Rich Razzleberry) I added some Wink of Stella on the berry one. 


Moving onto the next plant I took Versamark and pressed it onto Balmy Blue paper then heat embossed it with clear powder, then die cut my plant. Giving me a neat shiny blue plant!



The octopus!  I really struggled with this one, trying lots of different techniques. Finally deciding to "marker stamp" it.  Which is where you use your marker to apply the color to the stamp. It allows you to use more than one color. Using Balmy Blue and Granny Apple Green I was able to blend them to make my cool octopus a dark pastel shade and allowing it to not be too overwhelming. I also added Wink of Stella on the solid part of his arms, and you cannot see but I added some white glaze gel pen to pop his eyes back out. 


I wanted to add a sentiment, but not a card base that would take away from my DSP. I decided vellum would be perfect. I stamped my sentiment with Versafine and clear heat embossed it. When using a large piece of vellum attached directly to the card stock I like to use an adhesive sheet. I added that to the back then die cut the rectangle. It allows you to adhere the whole piece and not really have your adhesive show thru. 


For my final touch I did use some contraband. An ocean themed card NEEDS these Iridescent Bubbles.





More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month's Design team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they have created! Don't forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 14, 2019 (or make sure follow my blog by email) when our Hoppin' Pals share their "Special Occasions" projects. Don't miss the fun! 

July 2019 Pals Blog Hop Line-Up:



  • Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  • Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  • Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  • Jill Killeen at Killeen House Studio  **you are here
  • Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  • Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  • Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  • Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  • Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  • Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  • Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  • Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  • Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  • Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  • Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin
  • Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  • Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  • Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  • Terri George at Stamp Me Crafty
  • Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  • Leah O’Brien at Stamping By The Bay
  • Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping


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    Monday, June 17, 2019

    Let It Shine....

    Welcome to my next homework assignment for my Altenew Academy Educator Certification. Today is All About Shine.


    There are LOTS of ways to add shine to your projects. Glitter, embossing powder, embellishments, shimmer and sparkle pens, metallic paper and foils. 

    While I am not a fan of glitter itself, I do like glitter paper! I use embossing powder a lot, especially for my sentiments. Embellishments are awesome. I often use rhinestones, dew drops and sequins. If you have followed me for a while you already know "everything is better with a wink of Stella" or a Nuvo shimmer pen! I have not worked much with metallic paper except around the holidays. There are however lots of fun colors out there that I really need to try out. Lastly foils, foils are awesome. I recently learned you can use them even without a laminator.  

     Last week I colored a cute Mermaid from The Rabbit Hole. Using it as one of my challenge cards and next month it will be a birthday card for one of my favorite little mermaids!  I colored the scales on the fin then covered it with a Wink of Stella. This is a super way to give fish scales and wings a little shine.



    Let me tell you about using deco foil WITHOUT the laminator!  I will show you the "Dipped" technique . I will be using a large word die that I have that was part of an exclusive kit I received from Hedgehog Hollow.

    Cut out your word or image preserving the negative for easier handling.


    Using a chisel tipped glue pen, add glue where you would like the foil to be. Let it dry a bit and place a piece of foil on top. The colored side up, and gently burnish with your bone folder. Now without removing the foil, run it through your die cutter as if you were cutting it without the metal die. (just the paper and foil!)



    Then slowly pull the foil sheet back........

     


    Super cool, right?!  It also will allow you to use all those little extra bits of foil that might otherwise go wasted. I am still just so amazed! 

    I hope I gave you lots of options to get your shine on. Now get out there and add some glitz, glimmer, shimmer and shine to your projects!