l'd like to thank Picket Fence Studios for the opportunity to celebrate their first birthday with them, and for the gift of such an amazingly generous prize for one of my blog readers!
Picket Fence Studios has given me a $100 gift certificate code to their store that I'm able to give away to one lucky reader!
Is it you??
If your name is Cathy, it might be! But more specifically, if your name is Cathy Lillie:
Cathy Lillie, you are the lucky winner of the $100 PFS gift certificate! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize. I hope to hear from you soon!
Thank you, Picket Fence Studios and congrats to Cathy!
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Hi everyone! Today I'm also over on the My Sweet Petunia blog, sharing a coloring tutorial for this card using the Lily Bouquet and Thank You stamps from Picket Fence Studios. Click HERE to hop right over to the MSP blog to read about this card.
Picket Fence Studios is celebrating their First Birthday this month, and I'm thrilled to be celebrating with them! I have another post today using their unique and amazing products HERE.
Happy First Birthday Picket Fence Studios!
Picket Fence Studios is celebrating their first birthday with a whole month of special activities and giveaways, and I am thrilled to be invited to help them celebrate in this month-long celebration!
And even though it's Picket Fence Studios' Birthday, they have special gifts for YOU! There's special discount coupon for you at the bottom of this post, as well a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Picket Fence Studios!
I was first introduced to Picket Fence Studios through Lydia Fiedler and Iliana Myska, who absolutely raved about their Life Changing Blending Brushes. I resisted buying them for awhile. I'll admit. But once I did buy them, I realized just how life-changing they truly were. I have not touched a foam blending pad since! They are just that lovely! They are so simple and easy to use and clean, and they apply ink to paper with such soft and smooth blends, that I couldn't believe I had resisted buying them. They are always within reach on my desk now!
I could never get blending like this with a foam blender pad or sponge dauber! I always seemed to end up with a big ink-y blotch, no matter how careful or light-handed I tried to be.
How easy is that to create some super-simple, single-layer notecards?!? That took less than 3 minutes to heat emboss the sentiment from Simply Wonderful onto a white cardbase and blend color to the bottom of the cardbase. (Use a dry micro-fiber towel to remove any excess ink from your embossing.)
Today I am also using these Life Changing Blending Brushes with one of their stencils, the Sunburst Stencil, to create a sunrise background.
I prepped my stencil by lightly spraying the temporary adhesive to the back of my stencil. I let it dry for about 45 seconds, then adhered it to my card panel. The adhesive ensures that the stencil will not move, yet removes easily without ripping or peeling my cardstock or leaving any residue behind. I added a very pale lemon yellow ink to my panel first, then added a brighter sunshine-y yellow to the sun, blending outward slightly. (I'm going to layer a horizon on top of this panel, so I only inked the top two thirds of my panel.)
I then removed the stencil, and added a bit more lemon yellow over the whole panel, deepening the color of the sun rays, as well as creating a faint yellow tone over the white areas.
I then replaced the stencil, turning it slightly, centering the stencil openings over the darker inked sun rays. I then added a thin coating of Glitter Gel. The gel picks up a bit of the ink, and takes on a really pretty pale yellow sparkle. I tried to be very careful not to get the Glitter Gel onto the actual sun. Once applied smoothly, I carefully removed the stencil. I set my panel off to the side to dry (for about 35 minutes) and went and washed the excess glitter and temporary adhesive off of my stencil and tools.
While my glittered panel was drying, I used my MISTI to stamp the Ava Girl with black archival ink onto a piece of Hammermill Digital Color Cover paper. I used Copic Markers to add color, and a white gel pen to add highlights. I wanted a dark burgundy sweater, so I used R43, R59 and R89 to color her sweater, and even added W06 and W08 to further tone down the pinkness of the R markers. I then used the matching Ava die to cut out my colored image.
My inked and glittered panel is now dry, so it's time to create my horizon, trim my panels and assemble a card!
I chose to create a dark city scene with black cardstock. I simply used scissors to cut random square and rectangle pieces away, creating a city skyline that my glittery sun can be rising over.
I used my MISTI to stamp my greeting from Simply Wonderful with embossing ink, then I heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then I could trim my pieces to fit an A2 top-folding cardbase and assemble with liquid adhesive.
My second card uses the beautiful peacock tail image from the Let's Shake Our Tail Feathers set.
I'm stamping on vellum with embossing ink; and will heat emboss with black powder.
Just look at all that crisp detail from this stamp; even when heat embossed!!
I hand-trimmed out the image with detail scissors, and have flipped it over; and now am adding color to the back side with Copic markers.
I used very dark-colored markers so the colors would show through on the front embossed side.
I assembled my card using vellum adhesive tape runner to add my vellum image to a deep purple cardbase. I added a narrow black-matted strip of lighter purple cardstock that I had stamped and gold embossed the stacked birthday greeting from Forever and Ever. Once assembled, I used a small silicone-tipped stylus to add tiny dots of gold acrylic paint to the peacock tail.
As part of this Birthday celebration, Picket Fence Studios has generously offered a $100 gift certificate for one lucky visitor to my blog today! To be entered to win, please leave a comment on this post. Comments must be entered before 11:59pm Central Time, Sunday May 5th. The lucky gift certificate winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 7th, on this blog.
Picket Fence Studios also has an exclusive 20% off discount shopping code for my blog readers too! Use the code: PFS20 to save 20% on your entire Picket Fence Studios order! This code is only good for three days, so make sure you place your order prior to 11:59pm on April 2nd.
Thanks for stopping in today to celebrate Picket Fence Studios' First Birthday!
Have a fantastic day!
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Welcome to The Ton Stamps' Spring 2019 Release Blog Hop!
Today we are celebrating the new release of The Ton's seven new designs with a blog hop, giveaways and free gifts with purchase. Head over to The Ton's blog for all the details.
Three winners will receive a stamp set of choice from this new Spring 2019 release (excluding Fantastic Feathers). To enter, please leave a comment on each blog or youtube video. Comments must be entered prior 4/10 at 6pm EST to be eligible. Winners will be announced on the The Ton's blog following.
Today I'm sharing cards created with the Wildflower Bouquet Builder set. This is a great spring floral set with lots of possibilities! And you truly don't have to build. In fact, I didn't build at all. My first card uses the large bouquet image from the set.
I used my Original MISTI to stamp the image unto a piece of Fabriano Artistico Cold Press watercolor paper. I added some vibrant color with Daniel Smith watercolors. When dry, I trimmed the panel to 3.5" x 4.75", then added the two-part greeting.
I used the Modern Plaid background stamp in my MISTI to stamp my white card base with Beach Blondie ink. I cut a blue mat with a 1/16th border, and assembled my card.
I also made a few simple notecards, stamping the single floral image multiple times in varying directions unto panels of Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover paper. So I could color with Copic Markers. I did some quick sketchy coloring to create some Echinacea blooms, flicking color from each end of the petals, leaving a bit of white showing through as highlight.
A second note card is very similar but I used my Copics this time to color them as Black-eyed Susans. There are lots of options with this stamp!
Each panel was added to a horizontal top-fold card base for super simple cards.
Thanks for stopping by today. I do hope you enjoy today's hop and find lots of Spring inspiration. Don't forget to comment to be entered to win prizes! Your next stop on the hop should be Vera's blog, but I've added the list of all participants below. Have fun!
Friday, April 5, 2019
Hello everyone! Today I have a fun mixed media card to share with you.
This is a 5" x 7" card created with amalgam and dye inks, acrylic paints, Polychromos pencils and a white gel pen. But it all started with a stencil.
Recently I received a can of Pixie Spray, a removeable spray stencil adhesive from Therm O Web. That stuff is magic! I sprayed it on the back of my stencil, let it dry for about 45 seconds then placed it on my card. It sticks amazingly well. And removes easily without leaving any adhesive residue behind.
I wanted a soft layer of ink on my ecru card as a guide, so I lightly brushed Warm Glow Amalgam ink lightly through the stencil with a blending brush. I only wanted something to show me the outline, and to have enough markings to be able to replace the stencil in the same spot once I'd added some paint.
I removed the stencil, setting it aside for later, and quickly brushed in a light layer of acrylic paint, creating the shape of the face and hint of a nose.
I added distress oxide ink with a blending brush, to give a shape of hair. Yes, blue hair.
I then replaced the stencil, (it's still sticky), and used a tiny blending brush to add distress oxides to areas of the stencil. I left the butterfly and lips uncolored. So far. I just wanted to see where the process led me before I chose a color.
I removed the stencil again. So I could add more details.
I worked in darker colors of paint, mixing colors until I had created the illusion of the contours of her face and neck. I also drew in lashes and pupils, and sketched in some movement in her hair with Polychromos pencils.
I decided that she needed a bit more bright color in her hair, so I used Whisper Amalgam ink and my Original MISTI to stamp the Jane's Doodles Hibiscus outline in her hair.
Now, to cover the oxide inks I'd added previously, I used more acrylic paint to paint in the hibiscus. Once the paint had dried fully, I inked a subtle background using the Stonework stencil, my blending brush and Old Paper Distress ink, carefully inking around her face.
I used my MISTI to add the sentiment from the 11/18 Unity Stamp Company Kit of the Month, Whole Lot of Lovely in Charcoal Brown ink.
Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your day!
Monday, March 11, 2019
Today I'm sharing another very simple card using a new March release stencil from A Colorful Life Designs. This is that is very quick to make and can be used for a variety of celebrations.
Today I used the Spatter stencil.
I trimmed my kraft panel to 4" x 5.25" and added it to a royal blue cardbase. I added the word die cuts from Oh Happy Day Shaker Dies (from The Stamp Market). The Oh Day is cut from the same blue as my card base, but the orange Happy is cut from adhesive-backed, craft fun foam for a fun and easy raised texture.
Friday, March 8, 2019
I'm kind of vintage-y.
I think I was born too late. I'm sure I'd miss computers, and online chats, and dishwashers and microwave ovens, I sure love the idea of growing up in the 1950's and 60's.
I like the idea of knowing everyone in your neighborhoods, a time where kids went outside to explore and play until the lights on front porches came on, the days of home milk delivery, party lines, Studebakers, poodle skirts and sock hops.
I looooooove Pyrex. I have a slight love affair with the colorful utilitarian-ness of Pyrex.
I collect Pyrex (and other mid-century glassware), like I do stamps. And sometimes the searching for a perfect piece to add to my glassware collection is just as, or even more enjoyable than actually finding it part. Antique stores, thrift shops, auctions are fun!
Some of the pieces in my glassware collection, are rather special, and make me happy just to see them preserved in their pretty colors in my cabinet. Others are are used quite regularly. There's something so pleasant about baking a pie in a turquoise pie plate, storing leftovers in a glass "space saver" container, or celebrating a special meal with Flamingo Pink, Turquoise, Dove Gray, or Lime green dinnerware. Or breaking out the gold-rimmed Regency Green or Royal Burgundy Pyrex dinnerware for the holidays. Pyrex just seems to foster togetherness. (I'm sure my kids will agree with that when they have to help hand wash and dry all of mom's dishes after the meal. LOL).
When I saw the March stencil release from A Colorful Life Designs, I felt that same nostalgic pull. I knew I'd love these mid-century styled stencils and immediately had ideas of how I was going to use them with some of my vintage-style stamps.
Today I used the Mid-Century Carnival stencil with Broken China distress oxide ink to create a background panel for this birthday card. I used a retro-style image from the August 2016 Unity Stamp Company SMAK kit, Never Lose Sight, with it. I stamped the woman image using my MISTI and Memento ink unto Hammermill Digital Color Copy Cover. I colored the image with Copic markers then carefully cut out the colored image and adhered it to my stenciled panel with liquid glue. The softness of the warm gray Copics, contrasts with the bright turquoise background and yet allows both the vintage-y image and the retro background each enjoy equal focus.
The greeting (from Simply Vintage, a collaboration set from Unity Stamp Co. and Gina K. Designs) was heat embossed in white to a retro gray die cut (from a Papertrey Ink 2014 Stamp-A-Faire 1960's die set) and added to the card.
Stencil and stamp sets used: