Monday, June 30, 2014

Some card ketchup

Or is that catch-up?  I have been a mean, green card making machine lately and I'd love to show you all of them, right here!  Right now!  

But all in good time.  Patience grasshopper.  

For now, I can show you these cards I made to showcase some of the watercolor techniques I'll be teaching in July in Canada at Love is in the Details.  The class cards won't look exactly like these, but the techniques will all be the same.  And I am EXCITED for this class!  It's going to be some fun! 

In a nutshell, the techniques will include washes with single watercolor paint colors, blends of 2 or more colors, masking, watercolor with distress markers and inks and watercolor stamping.  As well, we'll be using some of the newest Lasered Edge/Norine Borys chipboard designs!  

 I'm not sure if there are any spaces left, but you can check that and the details out…  I'd love to have you join me!  And thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Happiness is 3 Straws...

So, I made this layout and it's posted up at Love is in the Details today!  You can check it out there.

I used my new Tim Holtz Block Talk Alphabet die and some water-color painted paper to produce happy little piles of pretty alphabet letters.

 Just a heads up….this is my new favorite technique in the world and you're going to see a lot more of it.  Water-color alphabets.  And such.
Some details...

 A real vintage milk bottle cap, some sequins, jute and wood veneer.
But in the end, can we talk about the feet??  There is just something about toddler tootsies that kills me dead!  In such a good way!!

 Thanks for stopping by today!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Quiet Moments...

Last year this time we were in the midst of the wedding of the year!  For us at least!  I'm sure you know the hoopla that goes into the planning and execution of a really good wedding, right?  That was us times 12.  Don't get me wrong - it was FUN and I enjoyed every part of it, but it does get all consuming and you just need to take a break at some point.  

So two weeks before the big day, on a Sunday afternoon, Mr B and I, along with Jeff and Amy, drove up to Canyon Lake for a picnic.  It was Memorial day weekend so we could hardly find a place to park, never mind a picnic table to sit at, so we just pulled up a patch of grass and ate our sammiches happy as you please.  We walked around, waded in the cool water, chatted, laughed and didn't worry about a single wedding related thing!  I took this pic on my iPhone that afternoon.
The fun I had with this layout was the patterned paper circles.  I stamped the Prima stitched circles stamps onto my kraft paper, and white heat embossed them.  Then I cut out the inside of each circle and backed the opening with a piece of scrap patterned paper.
You know me, I love machine stitching on almost everything I do, but this was a really easy way to accomplish the same look without hauling out the machine.
The "moments" die cut is a Silhouette design by Kerri Bradford.

This layout was recently posted at Love is in the Details.  

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

An Experiment

Y'know how sometimes you just sit and look at the debris left on your scrap table, and some idea pops into your head and you actually say, out loud, "I wonder if you could….?"

That's what happened here.  I had the Prima stitched circle stamps out for another project, and there was a corner of some vellum paper peeking out and I just love messing with watercolor paints so there were two jars of water just waiting to be used, and I wondered if you could watercolor paint on vellum?

After I stamped and white heat embossed the circles, I gathered my Tim Holtz Distress markers for this endeavor, grouping them into color families of 3 or so.
Next, I colored patches on my craft mat, and using a wet brush daubed the color onto the circles.  I mixed the 3 colors and let it blend in some places.
After the first layer was dry, I spritzed the color puddles to re-hydrate them and then touched the circles down onto the paint so it could pick up color in a patchier way.
Here's where I noticed the one big fail of this idea.  The water makes the vellum curl.  And nothing I tried, not leaving overnight under a stack of heavy books, or reverse curling it around a brush handle, or blasting the backside with the heat gun, made the slightest difference.  But they were too pretty to throw away, so I decided to adhere the heck out of them.  I used a dot roller, thinking that if I have to see adhesive through the vellum, at least let it be kinda cool to look at.  
 Anyway…that's the result of an experiment.  

Can't say it's a raging success, but like I overheard in a store dressing room one time, a daughter helpfully telling her mom, "it's gross, but it's not horrible."  

 Lo, thanks for stopping by again today!  I hope you learned something!  

This card was posted recently at Love is in the Details.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Best of Summer and a New Gadget!

As very soon as I saw the first glimpse of this item coming...2 long months hence...I went to Amazon straightaway and preordered it.  I have a thing for polaroid photos, especially those of the miniature variety!  I have the little Instax Mini 25 camera and have taken quite a few nice pics with it….but it can be tricky, with lighting and all.  So a way to get polaroid prints, from home, of older photos, or better yet, to print off Instagram photos, from my iPhone, in polaroid format.  Well sign me up.  Where's the dotted line.

I was beyond delighted that my new Fujifilm Instax Share printer arrived before my vacation to Florida at the end of May, knowing that I'd be doing some scrapping there, and had no time or brain to decided on photos before hand.  And with the 3,500+ photos currently stored in my photo roll on my phone, I knew I had enough to choose from.

Yes, I know, I need to delete some of those photos before my phone decides its had enough!

Just to be on the safe side though, I went through a couple of old magnetic albums and snapped photos of some prints in there, so that they would be on my camera roll too.
In the end I only used one of the photos I printed but I can use the others on another layout.  And did I mention that both the camera and the printer use the same photo cartridges so I can use them in either gadget!  Bonus!
This is the layout I made.  Lots of patterned paper circles, mixed font title letters, sequins, phrase stickers, white jute and gold floss, and paint splatters.
Some details….

 And to give credit where it's due, I was totally inspired to create this design by one of my favorite scrap artists, Marivi Pazos, specifically this layout here.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Endurance Crackers

Some time back we had a big discussion over on the Love is in the Details forum, about the benefits of Chia, the latest superfood!  I was all like, isn't that a hair growth product?….or…..something?  Actually, I was informed, it's a fantastic way to increase fibre in your diet, gram for gram out performing ground flax.  So I bought a bag.  And threw it into everything from porridge and summer muesli to drinks and smoothies.  Then a couple of months ago, I read Born to Run, and learned about it's energy and hydration benefits. At least it's what's kept the Tarahumara running long after the Energizer Bunny has collapsed.

So when this recipe showed up in my inbox, I had to give it a try!  It's easy, quick, and wayyy tastier than it looks!  So I'm sharing it with you!

Endurance Crackers (recipe makes about 22 crackers so I doubled it.)
1/2 C chia seeds
1/2 C sunflower seeds
1/2 C pepita seeds (or pumpkin seeds)
1/2 C sesame seeds
1 C water
1 large clove garlic (I used more)
1 tsp grated sweet onion (again, more)
1/4 tsp kosher salt (or to taste)

Herbamare & Kelp granules to taste


-Preheat oven to 325°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

-In a bowl, mix the seeds together.  In a small bowl mix the water, grated garlic and grated onion. Whisk well.  Pour the water mixture onto the seeds and stir until thick and combined.  Season with salt and optional Herbamare and Kelp granules to taste.  Add spices or fresh herbs if you wish.

-Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet with the back of a spoon until it's less than 1/4"   thick.  If it becomes thin in places just patch it up.

-Bake at 325°F for 30 mins.  At that point, take them out, cut into squares, or diamonds, or whatever, and then carefully flip them over.  Bake for another 30 mins, but check on them from 20 mins on.  The bottoms will be lightly golden in color.  Allow to cool completely on the pan.  Store in a container.  If they make it that far.
I believer this recipe came from Oh She Glows blog.

Also, because I didn't have any Herbamare, and didn't feel like chasing around trying to find some, I made my own.  It's not that hard.

1/2 C sea salt
1/4 C dried parsely
2 tsps onion powder
2 tsps garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp sage
1 tsp basil
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp dried kelp (I didn't have it so I skipped it.)

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and chop until smooth and blended.  Store in an airtight bag.

Instead of 1 tsp each of the individual spices of oregano, rosemary, thyme, sage, basil - I used 5 tsps of Italian seasoning.  It's all there, mixed up and ready to use.