Friday, February 5, 2016

Be My Critter Valentine

Hey everyone - I'm over at So Suzy Stamps today with FOUR adorable critter valentines. Here's one to pique your interest:


Yup, you're going to click the link now, aren't you? I knew you would.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, February 1, 2016

You Make Me...

Happy February! Is it just me or did January last about five years? Ugh! So nice to turn the calendar page and have a reason to work on lovey dovey cards with bright colors. Of course, I couldn't stop at just one while playing with three of the lovely new releases from So Suzy Stamps!

Watercolor hearts, anyone?




Ah, pretty colors and sequins...swoon! I adore how these came out, and love more that they don't have to be Valentine's Day cards. These are perfect for anniversaries, birthdays, or random Wednesdays as well.

I started with traditional V-day colors for this one, using Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, and Picked Raspberry.


I lifted Kristina Werner's tutorial on how to make lovely watercolor hearts and it worked like a dream.


Ink splatters with the same inks, then when it was all dry I pulled out my Misti to stamp the You Make Me and Giddy with black VersaFine ink. Since I used the rough side of the watercolor paper (because I loooove the texture) the Misti was a must so that I didn't muck it all up. A smattering of Pretty Pink Posh sequins in coordinating colors finished off the front.


The inside got some love, too - literally! We all know what a sucker I am for Suzy's scripty font stamps and this Love You is no different. I find it a fabulous alternative to stamping Happy Valentine's Day, as it leaves it open for the previously mentioned other occasions that way. Now if only husbands providing flowers worked the same way...sigh...

Card #2 got the exact same techniques, just with different colors!

Festive Berries, Squeezed Lemonade, Salty Ocean
 


Supplies Used:
Stamps - You Make Me, Giddy, Happy, Love You
Distress Inks - Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Squeezed Lemonade, Salty Ocean
Inks - Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy, VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper - Bazzill Peppermint, Bazzill Candy Necklace, Ranger Watercolor paper, Neenah Solar White
Bling - Liquid Pearls in Buttercup, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins

Happy Crafting!





Some links are affiliate links, which simply means I receive a small commission if you purchase something using them. Please see my full disclosure about these links here

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Saying Sorry with Stencils

Hiya - I'm over on the So Suzy Stamps blog today playing with my new Clarity Brushes and stencils.


Soooo easy to use. I created my ombre effect with Hero Arts Soft Vanilla, Simon Says Stamp Duckling, and Hero Arts Butter Bar. When I was happy with the effect, I used the Butter Bar again to stamp the I'm Sorry... sentiment from So Suzy.

Since I started with a piece of 6"x6" Neenah Solar White cardstock, the extra white space was bothering me. My solution was to use the straight edge from the Pretty Pink Post Stitched Borders 2 set to remove them and make a fun angled strip for the front of my card.


I made my card base from some textured navy scrapbook paper, cut down to 6x12 and scored to make a top-folding 6x6 card. Then the inside...oh the inside...


Geeze I love that stamp. Bahahahahahaha! I stamped it in Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy to pull in the card base color, then edged it with Blueprint Distress Stain and finished it off with some dots of Buttercup Liquid Pearl to tie in the yellow on the front.


Hard to believe that January is (finally) almost over. There is some crazy fun stuff coming in February, let me tell you...be sure to check out what's left on my Destash Page and subscribe to the blog so you don't miss any of the fun.

Happy Crafting!

Some links are affiliate links, which simply means I receive a small commission if you purchase something using them. Please see my full disclosure about these links here.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sorry Not Sorry

Happy January everyone - and that means it's Snarkfest over at So Suzy Stamps! I'm up on the blog today with a card perfect for those sorry not sorry moments...mwahahahaha!


It was time for some tone-on-tone stamping, so I inked up a bunch of my favorite So Suzy florals with Hero Arts Just Rust ink and went to town on a piece of Simon Says Stamp Burnt Orange cardstock.


Once dry, I added a highlight to prep for my heat embossing with Hero Arts Unicorn Ink, the best white ink I've found to date. It's a pigment ink, so blast it with your heat tool or walk away for an hour or so and let it dry. Once dry, it was ready for me to heat emboss the I'm Sorry stamp with my favorite Ranger Liquid Platinum powder. Of course, I had to do the inside, too...hehehehehehe...


Seriously, I laugh every time I see this. I stamped the 5-Year Old sentiment with Versafine Black and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder so it didn't smear on me. Some Carved Pumpkin for the edges and another hint of the leaves in the corners all on Neenah Solar White cardstock. All done and ready for Snarkfest!

Stamps used: Sorry, 5-Year Old, Peony, Leaf 1, Line Leaf 2, Herb 1, Petal Flower 3

Happy Crafting!

Some links are affiliate links, which simply means I receive a small commission if you purchase something using them. Please see my full disclosure about these links here

Friday, January 1, 2016

To the Beach!

Happy New Year! Who's ready for some fun in the sun? When planning this release, poor Suzy never knew that she'd have more snow than I did by now...ROFL


Ah, the beach...I've never tried surfing, but they sure seem useful for drying your bathing suits! Hehehehehe These are super fun to color and with a little masking I was able to stamp the surfboard a second time. I tell ya though, I am so looking forward to the Mirror Image Rubber so I can make a whole string of beach houses!


New stamps used: Surf Shack, Bathing Suit Line, Sandy Toes

I used a mix of Copics and Spectrum Noirs, then added accents with Glossy Accents, white gel pen, and clear Wink of Stella. Because who doesn't love polka dot bikinis and sparkly glitter suits?


This guy turned out big, so I made a 5x7 card base for it and used a woodgrain embossing folder on the white mat layers. The inside got some ivory linen cardstock and a couple oldie-but-goodie stamps: Starfish and Careful What You Wish For.


Colors Used (SN-Spectrum Noir, C-Copic):
Surf Shack - SN: IG1, IG2, BGR1, LG3, LG4, CT3, GG1
Sand - SN: EG1, EB4, GB2, TN1, TN2
Surf Boards and Bathing Suit Line - C: YR68, YR12, Y17/SN: TB5, TB6/C: R85/YG13/SN: DR6, CT4/TN7/C:YG21, G02, SN:BT6
Background - SN: BT1

We've got new release fun in the So Suzy Stamps shop today - free shipping with orders of $25 or more! Time to stock up for warmer weather. If you shop, tell Suzy I sent you. ;)

Happy New Year Crafting!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Read a Book

Good morning everyone - I'm over on the So Suzy Stamps blog today with a card all about losing yourself in a book.


Yes, that is a real page from a real book. Please don't kill me; I purchased some old books from a garage sale a couple years ago for the express purpose of using them like this. Besides, doesn't it fit the scene nicely?

I coated the page with a layer of Mod Podge because 1) I needed something clear to prevent the paper from tearing (ask me how I know) and 2) I don't have any clear gesso. Note to self, get clear gesso. After it dried, I stamped the Vintage Books and World of Reality stamps repeatedly with the help of my Misti and some black Archival ink.


Once the ink was dry, I came in with my colored pencils to add color to my scene. A little slicing, dicing, and mounting to cardstock and this baby was done. How fun would it be to give with a bookstore gift card tucked inside?


There are some great post-holiday sales going on as well: I have my destash page updated and am running a sale on holiday goodies, magnets, and 2016 calendars in my Etsy shop. There's also a holiday blowout sale going on at So Suzy Stamps to make room for all the new January goodies.

Hope Santa brought you all your crafty heart desired!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Mountain Plains Crafters Graphic 45 Giveaway

Good morning everyone! We're having some fun with Graphic 45 papers, die cuts, and metal over at the Mountain Plains Crafters blog. And since it's the holidays, we had to giveaway a little present, too! How about some paper and metal embellishments?


Just head on over to the MPC blog to see what the gals came up with and find out all the details! It's easy, promise. ;)

Me, I love G45 paper but never have any on-hand when I need it! So I went beachy with some scrapbook pages and the lovely By The Sea paper pad and embellishments.




Lots of die cuts, distressing, chipboard buttons, twine, and there's a sailboat charm around somewhere...I think...it was really late. LOL

I don't think I'll be back before Christmas, so have a wonderful holiday season!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Be My Critter Valentine

Hey everyone - I'm over at So Suzy Stamps today with FOUR adorable critter valentines. Here's one to pique your interest:


Yup, you're going to click the link now, aren't you? I knew you would.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, February 1, 2016

You Make Me...

Happy February! Is it just me or did January last about five years? Ugh! So nice to turn the calendar page and have a reason to work on lovey dovey cards with bright colors. Of course, I couldn't stop at just one while playing with three of the lovely new releases from So Suzy Stamps!

Watercolor hearts, anyone?




Ah, pretty colors and sequins...swoon! I adore how these came out, and love more that they don't have to be Valentine's Day cards. These are perfect for anniversaries, birthdays, or random Wednesdays as well.

I started with traditional V-day colors for this one, using Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, and Picked Raspberry.


I lifted Kristina Werner's tutorial on how to make lovely watercolor hearts and it worked like a dream.


Ink splatters with the same inks, then when it was all dry I pulled out my Misti to stamp the You Make Me and Giddy with black VersaFine ink. Since I used the rough side of the watercolor paper (because I loooove the texture) the Misti was a must so that I didn't muck it all up. A smattering of Pretty Pink Posh sequins in coordinating colors finished off the front.


The inside got some love, too - literally! We all know what a sucker I am for Suzy's scripty font stamps and this Love You is no different. I find it a fabulous alternative to stamping Happy Valentine's Day, as it leaves it open for the previously mentioned other occasions that way. Now if only husbands providing flowers worked the same way...sigh...

Card #2 got the exact same techniques, just with different colors!

Festive Berries, Squeezed Lemonade, Salty Ocean
 


Supplies Used:
Stamps - You Make Me, Giddy, Happy, Love You
Distress Inks - Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Squeezed Lemonade, Salty Ocean
Inks - Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy, VersaFine Onyx Black
Paper - Bazzill Peppermint, Bazzill Candy Necklace, Ranger Watercolor paper, Neenah Solar White
Bling - Liquid Pearls in Buttercup, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins

Happy Crafting!





Some links are affiliate links, which simply means I receive a small commission if you purchase something using them. Please see my full disclosure about these links here

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Saying Sorry with Stencils

Hiya - I'm over on the So Suzy Stamps blog today playing with my new Clarity Brushes and stencils.


Soooo easy to use. I created my ombre effect with Hero Arts Soft Vanilla, Simon Says Stamp Duckling, and Hero Arts Butter Bar. When I was happy with the effect, I used the Butter Bar again to stamp the I'm Sorry... sentiment from So Suzy.

Since I started with a piece of 6"x6" Neenah Solar White cardstock, the extra white space was bothering me. My solution was to use the straight edge from the Pretty Pink Post Stitched Borders 2 set to remove them and make a fun angled strip for the front of my card.


I made my card base from some textured navy scrapbook paper, cut down to 6x12 and scored to make a top-folding 6x6 card. Then the inside...oh the inside...


Geeze I love that stamp. Bahahahahahaha! I stamped it in Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy to pull in the card base color, then edged it with Blueprint Distress Stain and finished it off with some dots of Buttercup Liquid Pearl to tie in the yellow on the front.


Hard to believe that January is (finally) almost over. There is some crazy fun stuff coming in February, let me tell you...be sure to check out what's left on my Destash Page and subscribe to the blog so you don't miss any of the fun.

Happy Crafting!

Some links are affiliate links, which simply means I receive a small commission if you purchase something using them. Please see my full disclosure about these links here.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sorry Not Sorry

Happy January everyone - and that means it's Snarkfest over at So Suzy Stamps! I'm up on the blog today with a card perfect for those sorry not sorry moments...mwahahahaha!


It was time for some tone-on-tone stamping, so I inked up a bunch of my favorite So Suzy florals with Hero Arts Just Rust ink and went to town on a piece of Simon Says Stamp Burnt Orange cardstock.


Once dry, I added a highlight to prep for my heat embossing with Hero Arts Unicorn Ink, the best white ink I've found to date. It's a pigment ink, so blast it with your heat tool or walk away for an hour or so and let it dry. Once dry, it was ready for me to heat emboss the I'm Sorry stamp with my favorite Ranger Liquid Platinum powder. Of course, I had to do the inside, too...hehehehehehe...


Seriously, I laugh every time I see this. I stamped the 5-Year Old sentiment with Versafine Black and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder so it didn't smear on me. Some Carved Pumpkin for the edges and another hint of the leaves in the corners all on Neenah Solar White cardstock. All done and ready for Snarkfest!

Stamps used: Sorry, 5-Year Old, Peony, Leaf 1, Line Leaf 2, Herb 1, Petal Flower 3

Happy Crafting!

Some links are affiliate links, which simply means I receive a small commission if you purchase something using them. Please see my full disclosure about these links here

Friday, January 1, 2016

To the Beach!

Happy New Year! Who's ready for some fun in the sun? When planning this release, poor Suzy never knew that she'd have more snow than I did by now...ROFL


Ah, the beach...I've never tried surfing, but they sure seem useful for drying your bathing suits! Hehehehehe These are super fun to color and with a little masking I was able to stamp the surfboard a second time. I tell ya though, I am so looking forward to the Mirror Image Rubber so I can make a whole string of beach houses!


New stamps used: Surf Shack, Bathing Suit Line, Sandy Toes

I used a mix of Copics and Spectrum Noirs, then added accents with Glossy Accents, white gel pen, and clear Wink of Stella. Because who doesn't love polka dot bikinis and sparkly glitter suits?


This guy turned out big, so I made a 5x7 card base for it and used a woodgrain embossing folder on the white mat layers. The inside got some ivory linen cardstock and a couple oldie-but-goodie stamps: Starfish and Careful What You Wish For.


Colors Used (SN-Spectrum Noir, C-Copic):
Surf Shack - SN: IG1, IG2, BGR1, LG3, LG4, CT3, GG1
Sand - SN: EG1, EB4, GB2, TN1, TN2
Surf Boards and Bathing Suit Line - C: YR68, YR12, Y17/SN: TB5, TB6/C: R85/YG13/SN: DR6, CT4/TN7/C:YG21, G02, SN:BT6
Background - SN: BT1

We've got new release fun in the So Suzy Stamps shop today - free shipping with orders of $25 or more! Time to stock up for warmer weather. If you shop, tell Suzy I sent you. ;)

Happy New Year Crafting!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Read a Book

Good morning everyone - I'm over on the So Suzy Stamps blog today with a card all about losing yourself in a book.


Yes, that is a real page from a real book. Please don't kill me; I purchased some old books from a garage sale a couple years ago for the express purpose of using them like this. Besides, doesn't it fit the scene nicely?

I coated the page with a layer of Mod Podge because 1) I needed something clear to prevent the paper from tearing (ask me how I know) and 2) I don't have any clear gesso. Note to self, get clear gesso. After it dried, I stamped the Vintage Books and World of Reality stamps repeatedly with the help of my Misti and some black Archival ink.


Once the ink was dry, I came in with my colored pencils to add color to my scene. A little slicing, dicing, and mounting to cardstock and this baby was done. How fun would it be to give with a bookstore gift card tucked inside?


There are some great post-holiday sales going on as well: I have my destash page updated and am running a sale on holiday goodies, magnets, and 2016 calendars in my Etsy shop. There's also a holiday blowout sale going on at So Suzy Stamps to make room for all the new January goodies.

Hope Santa brought you all your crafty heart desired!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Mountain Plains Crafters Graphic 45 Giveaway

Good morning everyone! We're having some fun with Graphic 45 papers, die cuts, and metal over at the Mountain Plains Crafters blog. And since it's the holidays, we had to giveaway a little present, too! How about some paper and metal embellishments?


Just head on over to the MPC blog to see what the gals came up with and find out all the details! It's easy, promise. ;)

Me, I love G45 paper but never have any on-hand when I need it! So I went beachy with some scrapbook pages and the lovely By The Sea paper pad and embellishments.




Lots of die cuts, distressing, chipboard buttons, twine, and there's a sailboat charm around somewhere...I think...it was really late. LOL

I don't think I'll be back before Christmas, so have a wonderful holiday season!