Monday, March 11, 2019

Happy Day

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 inked up this stencil using Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blending Brushes and Distress Oxide inks.  I started in the center of the stencil with Festive Berries, and worked my way out, cleaning my brush on a damp towel before moving to the next color, in ROYGBIV order.

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

Vintage-y is fun

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.

And Pyrex.

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:

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

My Sweet Petunia Team Tuesday

Hello everyone!  Today I'm on the My Sweet Petunia blog for Team Tuesday with these two cards featuring stamps and the new wide washi tape from The Ton Stamps and also am announcing the winner of the MSP/Ink Blot Shop blog hop.

Click HERE for all the details.



Thursday, February 28, 2019

Ink Blot Shop and My Sweet Petunia Collaboration Hop!

Welcome to the Ink Blot Shop and My Sweet Petunia Collaboration Blog Hop!


Today the teams are featuring projects created with My Sweet Petunia products and the brand new stamps from Ink Blot Shop.  Today's participants are:

There are special prizes up for grabs from today's hop!  Leave a comment on today's blog hop participants' posts to be entered to win a MISTI and Cut-Align from My Sweet Petunia, and this fabulous prize package from Ink Blot Shop!
Comments must be received before 11:59pm CST, Monday March 4th, to be eligible.  Winners will be posted on the My Sweet Petunia and Ink Blot Shop blogs on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019.

Ink Blot Shop has a brand new release today and I am using two of the new stamps sets for my projects:  Food For Thought and Heart Dot Star Backgrounds.



I used both on my first card.


I began by placing my toaster image from Food for Thought on the lid of my MISTI, and stamping onto a panel of Hammermill 80# Digital Color Cover paper using Whisper Amalgam ink.  I cleaned my stamp in place on the lid of my MISTI and left it in place to use again in the next step.


I created a mask for the toaster by covering the image on my panel with a piece of 3M 2" Post it Labeling Tape, then stamping again onto the tape.  I removed the stamped tape, cut out the mask, and placed it over my image and stamped again, with black ink so that only the toaster cord would be in black.


I left the mask in place, and using the grid lines on my MISTI Mouse Pad to line up my panel and the Hearts stamps from Star Dot Heart Backgrounds, I stamped over my masked image using Red Velvet ink.  The strip of Post-it tape does double duty here.  It protects the lower portion of my panel from fingerprints, as well as holds my panel securely in place should I need to stamp a second time.


I moved my panel down, and using the same line on the grid of the Mouse Pad and the remnant hearts remaining on the Mouse Pad from the first stamping, moved the panel into the correct position to stamp the hearts onto upper portion of the panel.  It's ok that your panel peeks out from the edges of your MISTI.  It would crease, or wrinkle the panel.  Once again, the Post-it tape held the panel securely, in case I needed to re-stamp.


Now, I want to create a red countertop on which my toaster can be resting.  I moved my strip of Post-it tape to cover the lowest row of stamped hearts, and added another parallel to it, about 1/4" down.  Using an ink blending brush, I added Red Velvet ink to the area between the two tape strips.


Then I removed the lower tape, and lightly inked the lower portion of my panel, leaving the left side slightly lighter than the right.


Now that my background is finished, I removed the mask so I could begin coloring the image.


I wanted the look of a stainless steel or chrome toaster, so I chose to work with the cool gray Copic, C0, C1, C2 and C3



I chose the contrast of the W7 Copic for the toaster slot, and colored the base colors of the bread slice.


But I didn't want bread.  I wanted toast!!  So I decided to add all the toasty details in with Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils.  I now have toast!  I also added some more shading and shape definition to the toaster with warm gray pencils, and a bit more crisp definition to the toaster handle using the cool grays.  


I also decided to color in a few of the hearts in my wallpaper background with a red pencil as well.  I then used my Rototrim paper trimmer to cut my panel down to a 3 1/8" square before I added my greeting.  I stamped the "I propose a toast" first in black ink, then cleaned my stamp while in place on my MISTI lid, then stamped again with embossing ink over the top and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

I added a narrow pale gray mat to my image, and popped it up from my white top-fold card base with dimensional foam tape.



I used the Food for Thought stamp set with similar coloring techniques on my second card as well.
I stamped the oranges image using my Original MISTI, with Barely There Amalgam ink  and colored with Copic markers.  This time, before adding pencil details however, I used a small piece of an old cotton terry loop towel dampened with a few drops of Copic 0, (colorless blender refill), to dab gently over my orange to lift away bits of color to create that subtle orange peel texture.  Once it was dry, I added some extra details to the orange stem and the wedge with pencils.  The greeting was added with black ink, the panel trimmed to 3.75" x 5.5" and added with dimensional foam tape to an A2 top-fold card base along with an accent strip of coordinating paper.




That's it from me today, but there's much more inspiration to be found in today's hop!  Click HERE to return to the Ink Blot Shop blog to find the next hop participant!





Thanks for hopping with us!  Enjoy the hop, and have a great day!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Way to Glow!

Hello everyone.  

I'm still hiding out from the cold weather.  Even though the sun is out,  that -29 below wind chill has me thinking that being in the craft room really isn't the worst place to be!  They have cancelled school again for tomorrow already, but hopefully it will warm up a bit by tomorrow afternoon!

I had shared a card the other day, and was asked to give more information about it, today I decided to make a similar card, this time with my camera on.  If you are interested in the video tutorial, it is linked below.

Today, I decided to try slightly lighter ink colors for my card.  (I have thoughts of using this technique on future Easter cards, and wanted to test the colors so I can use it on eggs and bunnies this spring.)



The light bulb stamp that I am using, was from a Brutus Monroe stamp of the month, I don't think it is available anymore, but you could use any light bulb or even ornament stamp from your stash for this card.    I am also using my Original MISTIInkon3's Fade Out ink, 80# Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover paper, 3M's 2" wide Post-it Tape, Taylored Expressions' Pine Bough Background stamp, several Gina K. Designs' inks and Copic Markers.

The Copic markers I used today are:
RV 21, 32 and 34
Y 11, 13 and 15
BG 11, 13 and 15
Y 31, 26, and 28
G 28

Here is the video tutorial is you are interested:



Thanks for stopping by today!  Enjoy your day!


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Hello from frigid Minnesota.  
It's -19 degrees actual temperature and with the wind?  -45...

It's cold.  

I haven't left the house in two days.  And hopefully won't until Thursday when it's a downright balmy -2.

So I've been holed up in my craft room having fun with this image from the Unity Stamp Company January 2019 Kit of the Month, Beautiful Forever & Ever.


This is the card that I made yesterday, on Day 1 of this school-is-cancelled, stay-inside, craft marathon.  I used Zig Markers and Caran d'Ache Museum Aquarelle pencils to create it.

Jan 2019 KOM image and sentiment from Tricia Girl.

Today, on day two of my blizzardy craftathon, I decided to try it again with a different medium.  This time I chose to paint it using Distress Ink.  And today, I turned my camera on, so there is a YouTube video tutorial linked below if you are interested.

Jan 2019 Kit of the Month image, sentiment from Eve Girl

Here is the video:




Enjoy your evening!  Stay warm everyone!



Friday, January 18, 2019

My Sweet Petunia and MFT Stamps Collaborative Blog Hop


Welcome to the My Sweet Petunia and My Favorite Things Collaborative Blog Hop!




Welcome! Today we are showcasing some of the beautiful new products from MFT Stamps in our MISTI created projects.  I'm glad you're here, and I'll have all of the hop participants listed at the bottom of this post so you don't miss out on all the rest of the hop projects today!

There are two awesome blog hop prizes up for grabs, so make sure you leave me a comment to be entered for a chance to win one of three prize packages which include both a $50 gift certificate from My Sweet Petunia and a $50 gift certificate from My Favorite Things.  You must leave comments before 11:59pm ET Monday January 21, to be eligible for the drawing.  Winners will be posted on both the MFT blog and the MSP blog on Tuesday, January 22nd.

Here is a list of all of today's hop participants:




Today I'm using this adorable Pure Innocence little girl stamp set and matching die from So Much Love.  Those heart hands!  How much sweeter can you get for Valentine's Day??


I used my Original MISTI to stamp both the girl image and the sentiment onto a panel of Hammermill 80# Color Copy Digital Cover paper.  (This is my go-to layering weight paper for Copic coloring.)


I quickly colored her skin, hair and shoes with Copic markers.  I didn't color the dress, since I was planning to paper piece.


Then used the matching die to die cut the girl.



  I found a scrap of a small print patterned paper in my scrap drawer, and very quickly inked up just the dress portion of the image and stamped onto the patterned paper.


After trimming out my paper piecing dress (by hand cutting with scissors directly on the stamped lines), I carefully used a W3 Copic marker to touch up the edges of my pieces of the dress.  This small bit of color, makes the white edge of the white-core patterned paper disappear.



I used liquid adhesive to carefully adhere the dress to the colored image.


To create the backdrop for this image, I chose to make a chalkboard image.  I used my Original MISTI to stamp the Entangled Hearts image onto a small piece of black cardstock with white pigment ink.  While the ink was still wet, I used my fingertip to smudge the ink to resemble a lightly chalk dust covered chalkboard, smudging a bit of extra ink on the corners of the black paper.


While the white pigment ink dried, I used Bundled Sage Distress Oxide ink and a soft blending brush to ink up the Small Brick Wall stencil onto my white top-folding card base.



I trimmed out my sentiment using a craft knife and ruler.  I also cut tiny slivers from the remnants of my cardstock to be used as pieces of chalk at the bottom of my chalk board.

I then assembled my card.  I cut kraft cardstock mat for my chalkboard, leaving a slightly wider margin at the bottom of my board.  I ran a line of W4 Copic marker along the base of the black chalkboard to give the illusion of shadow of the chalk tray before adhering the chalk pieces.  The board was then added to the cardbase using liquid adhesive, and the sentiment strip and girl added with adhesive foam tape.



I also chose to use some of my MFT stencils to create a background for my next cards.  



These cards feature the Wonderful Woodland Friends stamps and dies.  


I began by using my MISTI to create two sets of my images.  I placed the stamps to fit on half of an A2 panel of Hammermill paper, and stamped with Memento black ink.  Then I rotate the paper and stamped a second set on the other half.


I colored the images with Copic markers.


Then die cut the set of images in one pass with my Big Shot.  I used small pieces of Purple Tape to hold the dies in place while die cutting multiple images.


I used the Drifts and Hills stencil to create a grassy foreground onto my folded card base using a blending brush and my ink pad.  I inked the lower hill first, then moved the stencil up and brushed more color in.


I used the Cloud stencil to likewise do the sky with ink and a blending brush, brushing color down from the lower edge of the stencil, then repositioning it and brushing ink up from the top edge of the stencil.  I inked a hint of a layered cloud shape in the center of the cloud mass as well.

I added the sentiments using my MISTI, and assembled my scene, but trimming the lower edge of the tree to match up with my inked hill and adhering it with liquid glue.  I trimmed a bit from the flower die cut to appear to fit in the rabbit's paw, and used liquid glue to attach it to the rabbit die cut, then added the critters to my card with 3M foam tape.


The two cards are similar, but not identical.  

That's it from me today, but there's much more to see in today's hop so please continue, leaving comments on each blog on your way!  The links are listed above.

Thanks for hopping!  Have a great day!