Tuesday, March 20, 2018

MISTI and Reverse Confetti Collaboration Blog Hop

Welcome to the MISTI and Reverse Confetti Collaboration Blog Hop!

Today the My Sweet Petunia and Reverse Confetti teams are showcasing just how fabulously the two companies work together to create some beautiful projects.  If you've arrived here from Audrey Tokach's blog, welcome!  You're in the right spot.  If you haven't and would prefer to start today's hop from the very beginning, please click HERE.  

Today I have three cards to share.  I just returned from Spring Break vacation with my family so I actually made the three cards for today's hop with the very limited supplies and die cuts I had packed along with me to Florida.   Although I do prefer to do my crafting with all my time saving tools and paper stash handy at home in my craft room, having less to work with made me get even more creative and stretch my supplies.  I definitely packed my MISTIs with me.  Those are my best time and sanity saving tools.  I'd done my die cutting at home, so I  just packed up my MISTI Studio bag with Reverse Confetti ink cubes, stamps and a minimal assortment of white papers and card stock, the Confetti Cuts die cuts, a few card bases and miscellaneous adhesives and tools.

 For my first card I used a few of the Confetti Cuts dies along with the Rose Garden stamp set.

 I had cut the coffee mug from Canson Montval watercolor paper using the Just Brew It Confetti Cut.  I used the base of my Original MISTI as both my palette and painting surface.  I smudged some of ink right onto the base and used a waterbrush to pick up ink and watercolored with the ink.

Once my watercolor paper was fully dry, I used my MISTI and the little ink cubes to slowly add ink to my floral image.  I lightly inked areas of the small rose stamp in tiny spots at a time,  building up color, and leaving the outer petals lighter in color, and the flower center darker.

I cut a mask from a  Post-it note and used that to mask the flower so I could add the leaf images.

 I then added a little sketchy details with a white gel pen, which added a bit of extra highlight and definition to the edges of a few petals.

I then began to work on the background for my image.  I'd used the Sunburst Cover Panel Confetti Cuts die to cut a panel from white cardstock.  I used Sunflower yellow and Sunshine ink to ink up the center of my sunburst, pulling the ink toward the edges with a foam blender.  I'd saved the circle and inked that as well.

I needed a pale sky behind my sunburst so I used Baby Blue ink to watercolor a piece of Bristol paper.

I also needed some small pieces of colored paper to create a horizon line as well as some grassy hills.  I swiped the ink cube directly across the paper to color strips onto my white cardstock.

Using a metal ruler, a PenBlade, and scissors, I trimmed the colored inked paper into the smaller shapes I wanted.  All that was left was assembly.  I used liquid glue to adhere all the pieces together, trimming the foreground pieces to fit within the outer edges of the Sunburst Cover Panel before adding to a yellow top fold card base.  I used foam tape to pop up the coffee mug.

The Confetti Cuts make some very simple yet stunning cards.  On the following card I used the Because of the Brave stamp set along with another cover panel. the Vertical Stripes Cover Panel Confetti Cuts.

I'd cut the both the Seeing Stars and Vertical Stripes Cover Panel Confetti Cuts from white card stock, saving the inner stripes from the Cover panel.  I trimmed off the outer edge off one side of the Cover panel die cut, so I could create a 13 stripe flag.  I used the Rose ink cube direct to the die cut to color the frame and adhered it to a navy card base.  I then glued the white inner stripes back in.  I used Post-it notes to mask off lines of the I Thank My Lucky Stars greeting, so I could stamp each line separately onto the white stripes with Navy ink with my Original MISTI.  In the same manner as I colored the cover panel frame, I inked up the star directly from the cube with Navy ink and adhered to my flag, adding the white stitched star back into the center.

One final card for today used the Hanging Blooms stamp set.

I started by using my Mini MISTI to stamp the wire basket with Versamark ink so I would have a faint guide for the placement of the flowers and greenery.  I left the basket stamp in place on my Mini MISTI lid so I could come back to it and stamp it in again in the exact same place once my flowers and greenery were stamped.  I used my Original MISTI to stamp the other images.  I started with the \ flower image arranging and stamping it with Coral ink, then tucked the ivy image just under the flowers on the left.  I then added the hanging fern-like image to the right with Grass ink, and again in Olive, using a Post-it note to mask the lower portion of the basket, so the Olive greenery would appear behind the basket.

I then used water color pencils to color in the flowers and little hints of shadow and details to the greenery.  I added two different green pencils to create the illusion of leaves amidst the coral flowers  to fill in the basket.

I then went back to the Mini MISTI and very carefully used the pointed tip of the edge of the Lead ink cube to selectively ink in the wire basket, inking tiny portions at a time, carefully avoiding inking over my greenery or flowers.  I used Sand ink to add the hang chain of the basket, using a Post-it note to protect the top of my flowers from receiving any ink.

I then sketched in a piece of timber using my watercolor pencils to create a beam from say, a pergola from which my basket would hang.  I then added the Hang in there greeting with Rust ink.  I trimmed my panel using a stitched rectangle die and matted it with green and a burnt orange scalloped die cut, before adding to a white card base.

Thanks for joining me for today's hop. I hope you've enjoyed the hop so far.  Your next stop should be Kathy's blog.  But before you hop away, you are welcome to leave a comment to be entered into the prize drawings.  Each comment left at today's hop blogs qualifies to be entered to win one of two prizes: a $60 shopping spree at www.mysweetpetunia.com and a $60 shopping spree at www.Reverseconfetti.com.  You must leave your comments no later than Sunday, March 25th, at 11:59 PM Central time.  The more you blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win!   Winners will be announced on Tuesday March 27th, on the Reverse Confetti and My Sweet Petunia blogs.

Here is the list of today's hop participants:  

Friday, March 2, 2018

Let your Dreams Fly

Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing a quick card that makes me think of spring.  It's sunny and slightly warmer than is has been.  The snow is melting off the roof and creating icicles outside my craftroom window, so I guess it's time to think spring.  For a few days at least, until it snows again.

This rainbow of pretty butterflies was creeated using the Joy Clair clear stamp set, Butterfly Kisses.

I used my original sized MISTI to stamp both the large grouping of butterflies and the greeting simultaneously with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto an 1/4 sheet of Hammermill 80# Digital Color Copy Cover paper.  I love that paper weight and use it often, as it is a very inexpensive yet is a very Copic marker-friendly paper.  

I used a variety of bright colored Copic markers to fill in the many butterflies, following a loose rainbow color order.  I then trimmed the panel, and added a very thin bordered black cardstock mat, a wider orange mat, and adhered to a top fold white card base using liquid glue.  

A quick, simple card to brighten anyone's day!  Even mine!

Hope you have a wonderful Friday!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

MISTI and Ink Blot Shop Collaboration Blog Hop

Welcome to the MISTI and Ink Blot Shop Collaboration Blog Hop!

Hopefully you have arrived here from Giovana's blog, but if not and you wish to start today's Blog Hop at the beginning, please click HERE.

The Ink Blot Shop is a company launched by long time crafter Tifany DeGough in the summer of 2016.  She originally started designing stamps the stamps she felt she was missing for her Bible art and journaling, but soon began creating stamps for card making as well.  Her gift of designing versatile and easily colorable images and fun sentiments a mix of fantastic fonts has really made her company a rising star in the stamping community.  Her images can easily be combined or be stamped repeatedly to make backgrounds, used to decorate planners and journals or be a stunning focal image for simple to elaborate cards.  I was very impressed with the range and quality of these stamps, and this set,  Arts and Crafts Sentiments, was a must have for me.  I love the mix of fonts, and the many small craft supply stamps to create cards and tags for crafty friends.  And the "I arted" sentiment, just was just way too cute!

I chose to use this Arts and Crafts Sentiments set for my card today.

I started my card by using my original MISTI to stamp the large ink blot stamp on an Xpress-it Copic Blending Card using the pale Altenew Blush ink.  This gave me a very faint image for no-line coloring.

I used my favorite red combo (R24, 27, 29 and 59), to color the puddle of paint, shading the edges to give the appearance of dimension.  I added highlights with a white gel pen, and a bit of a shadow with a N3 marker.  I also added a light coat of Spectrum Sparkle pen for a bit of extra shine.

I added a sharper line at the lower edge of the puddle with thin line of a 0.3 Wine Copic Multi Liner pen.

I then added my greeting by stamping in embossing ink and heat embossing in white.  

And adhered my panel to a red side fold A2 card base.
I also stamped my envelope flap using the "carded" greeting.  I used my MISTI to stamp in red ink, and also stamped on a Post-it note and trimmed out a tiny mask for the greeting, then stamped the envelope image in black ink over my masked greeting.

This makes such a fun notecard to send to a fellow crafty friend!

Before I send you off to visit a few of my fellow crafty friends, make sure you check out this fun news:  You are invited to enter to win a $50 shopping spree at mysweetpetunia.com and two stamp sets from Ink Blot Shop:  Arts and Crafts Icons and Arts and Crafts Sentiments


  To enter, leave a comment on today's blog hop posts.  You must comment before Sunday March 11th, 11:59pm central time.  Winners will be announced on Tuesday March 13th on the Ink Blot Shop and My Sweet Petunia blogs.  

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances to win!  Here are today's hop participants.  Your next stop should be Stephanie's blog.  Happy hopping!

Chris Dayton - you are here!

Monday, February 26, 2018

MISTI and Heffy Doodle Collaboration Blog Hop

Welcome to the My Sweet Petunia and Heffy Doodle blog hop.! 

Today the My Sweet Petunia  and Heffy Doodle design teams are hopping to share projects featuring the MISTI as well as many of the fantastic products from Heffy Doodle.   Hopefully you have arrived here from Lesley Oman's blog, but if not, and you wish to start the blog hop from the beginning, please click HERE

Today I am sharing a trio of clean and simple cards created with the Happy Snappy Crocs stamp set:  

I began by placing many of the images into my original MISTI.  I stamped onto Fabriano Artistico cold press watercolor paper and stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

I used the MISTI bar magnet to keep my watercolor panel secure as I added color to the images.  I used Brea Reese glitter inks to watercolor the images.  These inks are hard to put away.  They are relatively new to me, and I love using them as the 14 available colors are so are simple to use and blend.   I put just a drop or two of the concentrated ink onto my palette, and used my Faber Castell waterbrush to pick up ink and apply to my stamped panel.

I then used the coordinating Happy Snappy Crocs dies to die cut all the images with my Big Shot.  

I used these adorable images to create three clean and simple styled cards using a white top fold A2 card base.  Leaving lots of white space, arranged the a few of the versatile greeting stamps on the lid of my MISTI and stamped them with VersaFine ink.

For my third card, I placed the word "Happy" in my MISTI, and stamped it in the centered on my card base, then shifted my card base (not the stamp), to the left and the right of the center of my first "Happy", and stamped it two more times.

I added the sentiment from the Lucky Friends stamp set below my image.

One more card I have to share today uses the Lucky Friends stamp set as well.  

I stamped the leprechaun image and four-leafed clover images in Memento Tuxedo Black onto Hammermill 80# Digital Copy Cover paper, and colored with Copic markers.  I hand trimmed out the images with scissors.  I adhered the images with liquid glue to a panel of that I had added a loose pattern of watercolor splotches of yellow and greens and added it to a coordinating green mat.   I cut two paper strips, one white, and one of the same coordinating green.   I stamped the greeting with a Grass Green dye ink onto the 1/4" strip of white paper and cut tiny triangles from both strips and layered under my image.  The finished matted panel was added to a side fold white card base.

As part of today's collaborative blog hop, there is an opportunity to win one of two amazing prize prizes:  Two lucky commenters on today's hop posts will win both a $50 shopping spree at mysweetpetunia.com and a 25 pound (approximately $35 USD) shopping spree at heffydoodle.com.  Be sure you leave comments at each stop along the hop for more chances to win!  You must leave your comments prior to 11:59pm central time, Sunday, March 4th.  Winners will be announced Tuesday, March 6th on the Heffy Doodle and My Sweet Petunia blogs.

Here is the complete list of hop participants:

Chris Dayton - you are here!

Thanks for joining us today!!  Happy hopping!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Unity, Misti and Brea Reese Glitter Watercolor Fun


I've been hiding out playing with these Brea Reese liquid Glitter watercolor inks for some time now.  I love them.  They are very inexpensive, and are so much fun to use!

Today I am sharing this card and video to show how terribly easily and quickly you can add color to your images.

I used my original sized MISTI to stamp this classic alarm clock image from the February 2018 Unity Stamps' Kit of the Month onto a kraft cardstock panel.  I used VersaFine Onyx Black ink and it was ready to be watercolored in no time at all.  The VersaFine ink seems to dry very quickly in my dry winter climate, even without heat setting.

I swirled the bottles of Brea Reese glitter ink to reincorporate the glitter that tends to settle back throughout the liquid ink, then placed just tiny drops of the concentrated ink onto my palette.  I used my Faber Castell waterbrush to pick up the ink and paint with, cleaning my brush between colors.  Because the ink is already a liquid, I need very little additional water, making these glitter inks quite versatile since you don't have to have watercolor paper, but can paint on most cardstock  

I only used three colors of ink on this card, Gold, Raw Umber and Cadmium Red, and accidentally found that painting the Raw Umber over the dried layer of Gold, created a really pretty brass color! I used a Spectrum Sparkle pen to add glitter to the face of the clock.

It's hard to get the glitter to show up well in a still photo, so here is a picture taken from an angle to catch the pretty shimmer.  I really like these inks.  The glitter is very fine, and even though it seems very faint while I'm painting, it shows up well after the ink is dry.

A very short YouTube video of this project is included here:

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy stamping!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Team Tuesday at My Sweet Petunia

Happy Tuesday!  Today you can find me over at the My Sweet Petunia blog for Team Tuesday.  I'm sharing this valentine note card and envelope made with Concord & 9th Love and Hugs and Love Notes stamps and dies.

Click HERE to visit the MSP blog.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

You're Steaming Hot!

Today I am sharing a fun Valentine Card made with my MISTI and some fun rubber cling stamps.

Only Unity Stamp Company could make an iron so adorable.  This iron is from a set called The Irony, designed by Lisa Arana.  

I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black onto Hammermill 80# Digital Color Cover paper using my original MISTI.  I also stamped it onto a piece of 2" Post-it tape, so I could create a mask.  I hand trimmed the mask, and placed it over my stamped image.  Once carefully covered, I stamped the large Wooden Heart with dark red ink.

I carefully removed the Post-it Mask.

I colored the metal of the iron using C0, C1 and C2 Copic markers, and the body of the iron with W1, B41 and B45 markers.

I stamped the "you're STEAMIN' hot" sentiment with Memento ink onto a dark red cardstock strip, trimming the ends into a fish tail and adhering it to my colored panel with Liquid Glue.  I trimmed the panel using a large Double Stitched Rectangle die, and adhered it to a red top fold card base.

I added Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the lenses of the glasses, and let them dry a few hours.

Thanks for stopping by!  
Have a great day!