Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Adventures Await...

Today I ride off into the sunset with these two handsome young men.

This post is my last So Suzy Stamp post for awhile.  Hopefully I'll be back sometime in the future, but for now, I'm stepping down to just be Nana for awhile.  I've had so much fun being part of Suzanne's Design Team for the past six months.  I thank her, and the other DT members for being so encouraging and helpful as I stumbled my way through deadlines and projects and blogging.  I am truly grateful for their support.

So here it is... my farewell sunset.

I am using the Surf Boards and Cherish The Moments stamps for my post today.

I began my front panel with a 1/4 sheet of Fabriano 90# Hot Press watercolor paper.  

I used a strip of Post-It tape and a few Post-Its to mask off the area below my intended horizon line, and sponged my sun with Mustard Seed Distress Ink.

I used a circle punch to create another mask to keep the sun "clean" then continued sponging warm colors above and around the sun.

I kept adding colors, working my way to the cooler sky colors.

Once I felt my sky was complete I removed the masks and let it dry completely.

While it was drying, I stamped my Surf Boards onto a piece of Hammermill Digital Color Cover paper with Memento ink, and colored them with Copic markers.

I fussy cut my surfboard images, separating the full surfboard carefully from the other two.

I also prepped my "sand" by making a huge mess.  I am SOOO glitter-challenged.  It's more than a habit that I spill... It's guaranteed!

But I used a piece of self adhesive label paper.  I cut a strip, peeled the backing away and liberally covered with Nuvo Rose Gold Pure Sheen Glitter.  I just shook off the excess and then covered it again with the paper backing, and burnished it into the adhesive with a teflon bone folder.  I then cut a slight curve into the edge to resemble a random uneven shoreline, and set it aside for later.

Moving back to my front inked panel, I adhered more post its and tape to cover the area above the horizon line, then did a similar inking technique to the other side to create the reflection on the water. I used slightly lighter inks when to do this to imitate the diffusion of color on water.

I then adhered my glittered sandy beach to the bottom of my panel and cut it, using a 3.5 x 4.75" stitched rectangle frame.  (This one is from The Ton Stamps.) I decided my panel was just a little too bright, here, so I added a bit more Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot Distress Ink to darken it up just a bit more, pulling that water reflection in narrower a bit.

I used my Misti to stamp my Cherish The Moments sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I then used regular water, a paint brush and a paper towel to wet, then lift the ink away to create some waves.

My next step was to use a craft knife and cut two slits right through the glittered paper and the panel, so I could slide my surfboards right into the sand.  Once they were positioned, I glued them in place.

I then cut a white 3.75 x 5" white mat, and layered my panel and mat onto a navy card base.

Thanks so much for traveling with me on this journey over the past six months.  I have enjoyed it all, and will always Cherish The Moments.

And now...  Adventure awaits me with my favorite two little twins!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Swimsuit Season

SWIMSUIT SEASON:  Two words that strike fear for many.  Especially me.   My winter body has paled and widened and shifted...

I cleaned and purged my closet a month or two ago.  I tried on almost every single thing in there.  Except...  my swimsuits.  I'll work on that.  Maybe.

But today I have some swimsuits that I love and am happy to show off.

Today I am featuring these two stamps from the So Suzy Stamps January 2016 release:  Bathing Suit Line, and Feeling Beachy, and some of her new spring tools.

To begin my card, I started with a 4 1/2 x 5 1/2" piece of Bristol Smooth Surface paper and two Post-It notes.

Using a large stamp block, I stamped the Bathing Suit Line onto my Bristol, and also onto my Post-It notes, making sure that I had all the swim suit images visible and partially covering the area that has the stickiness on the back.  I fussy-cut the images, including the clothespins, from my Post-It notes and used them as masks to cover the ones that I had stamped on my paper.

I used a 6"wide scrap of paper and cut a curved line through the center.   I saved both pieces.  I used one to mask off an area for a sand dune under my clothesline.

I then taped this repeating wave stencil  down over my card front with blue painters tape and used my Clarity Stencil Brushes to add the wavy background to my card.  I started at the top using Tumbled Glass, and worked my way down with Broken China and Mermaid Lagoon Distress inks.

I removed the stencil and the sand dune mask, and then used the "other" scrap piece to match up the curve of the sand dune to mask off my waves.  I then brushed on some Tea Dye and Brushed Cordoroy Distress inks to create my dune.

Now that my background was finished, I removed all of the masks, revealing the protected white areas of my swimsuits.  

I colored in my swimsuits with Copic Markers adding random patterns to the suits, and using a ruler and a Black Copic multiliner, I added the post for the clothesline.

Once my panel was colored and dry, I used a stitched rectangle die to cut my panel down to a 3 1/2 x 4 3/4" panel.  I then tucked my panel into the corner my MISTI stamp the Feeling Beachy sentiment twice:  first in Versafine Onyx Black, then again with Versamark and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

I cut a 3 3/4 x 5" mat from a scrap of red paper, and assembled my card with a turquoise card base.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out all these Coastal stamps and all of the new amazing stencils at So Suzy Stamps! Many of the stencils are sold out, but be sure to click that Notify Me button to get one as soon as they come back!

In general life news, I have been very absent from blogging and even crafting, for the most part.  My days have been quite full...

And my heart is full.

These little sweeties keep me busy.  They are absolutely wonderful, but Nana gets tired...   

We try to get out with the stroller and take a long, long sleepy nap ride everyday.  Maybe when I get brave enough to try them on, my swimsuits will fit better after awhile??  Doubt it...  LOL

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Winter is over. Lets head to the beach!

Happy May Day!

And Happy So Suzy Stamps Day!  Today I am doing a "re-visit" using a few of my favorite stamps from the January 2016 release:  Surf Shack and Sandy Toes available from So Suzy Stamps.

I began my card by using my MISTI to stamp the two images on a 5.5 x 4.25"piece of Hammermill 80# Digital Color Cover Copy paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I really like that ink and paper for Copic coloring.  Hammermill Color Cover is smooth and has a slightly glossy finish so the ink blends really well.

I colored my images using quite a few Copic markers.  

Once my ink was dry, I trimmed my panel slightly and adhered it to an A2 white side fold Gina K card base.  

To assemble my shaker, I began by cutting a piece of Duralar .005 mm clear film to 5.25 x 4", and gently tapped my embossing buddy on the piece to cover it with powder.  (Make sure you don't rub... it can create scratches on your plastic.)  I left the powder on the piece and set it aside.  I chose a piece of lime green scrap paper from my scrap drawer for my frame.  I cut it to 5.5 x 4.25, and then used washi tape to secure a centered stitched rectangle die and ran it through my Big Shot.  For this card, I used a Double Stitched Rectangle die.  I like how small and dainty the "stitches" are on this die.  

I then gently wiped the powder off my piece of acetate with... what else??  My t-shirt, of course. Keeping the powdered side facing up (toward what will be the interior of my shaker space) I glued it to the back side of my frame.  I then used two layers of 3M foam tape to add my spacer.  Because I'm cheap...  I mean frugal... I first double up the tape, leaving the paper strips on, then cut it in half before using the thinner strips to create the walls for the cage for my shaker pieces.

I was careful to make sure the foam tape fit together very snugly leaving no openings or gaps for my  sequins to escape through.

Once my top frame was ready, I used used my Scor Buddy as a tray, butting two of the sides into the corner.  I then added a small pile of random sized and colored sequins to the very center of my main colored panel.  I peeled the green paper tape from the foam tape on all four edges of my top frame, and using the Scor Buddy "frame" edges as a guide to line up two edges of my frame, I simply lowered the frame into place.  Voila! A perfect fit!

I gave it a minute for the tape to adhere securely and gave it a shake to disperse the sequins, and since I confirmed there were no escapees, my card was done!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a wonderful day!