Thursday, September 21, 2017

Z-fold hugs....

Hi again!!  Two days with double posts!?  But check this out!  My first Z-fold card!  I've never tried one of these before, but there's the MFT Stamps card design contest closing today, so I thought I'd try my hand and see what comes!

 Some of the supplies I used are the Lots of Hugs stamp set, Wild Greenery and Scribble Roses dies, as well as Homespun Stitch lines and Stitched Scalloped edge dies.

I filled in the Hugs stamp with Prima water color pencils and used a water brush for nice blending, then covered the letters with Glossy Accents for that mmmMMM!
I'm entering this card in the Innovation Mastery category of the MFT 2017 Card Design contest.

Thanks for stopping by today!

I scream, you scream...

Hello, hi!  Also sort of goodbye.  To summer in Canada anyway.  We're packing things up and getting ready to head south.
I'm up on the Jane's Doodles blog today with this card.  One last bowl of ice-cream seemed an appropriate send off to summer!  The card sets I used are Cool (the cutest collection of summer treat images out there) and Anemone for the birthday sentiment.
I also used my new MFT's stitched window cut out die to frame the fussy cut image after I colored it. I used Kuretake Zigs to color with on Strathmore Bristol smooth cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Baby blue....

Hi folks, I'm back for the second time today!  When does that ever happen??  Scroll on down for the Love is in the Details post.

I'm submitting this first card in the 2017 MFT Stamps Card Design Contest and this particular card falls under the Clean and Simple category.
All the supplies used are MFT (obvs), specifically the Wavy Coloring Book background stamp and the Happy Greetings Die-Namics dies.  I also used sentiment stamps from the Because You... and Big Birthday Sentiments sets.

Because this was just such a yummy color combo and effect, I had to make another one.  This one with a more all-over design to really show off that background stamp.

Thanks for stopping by....again!  Have a chocolate eclair of a day!

Critter cards....

Hi, hello!  I'm up on the Love is in the Details blog today with these cards to share.  Be sure to click on over there to learn more about them!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The summer of the DIY projects...

So one summer, back about two years ago, it all piled up.  Our cottage reno was finished to the point where we could move our furniture back in and our daughter bought her first house.  These two events required a flurry of Pinterest-pinning and thrifting and purchasing-of-old-things-with-plans-to-restore-them and the end result was my hands were toast.  Along the way though, we made some cool stuff.  So I decided to scrap book a layout to document a few of those projects.  This layout is posted today at Love is in the Details and you should head over there to see more details and read about some of my thought processes in the scrapbooking of this layout.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

It's beginning to look...

a lot like fall in these parts!  It seems like the leaves turn color overnight!  So that, along with a new shipment of stamp sets from Jane's Doodles, which included a set of lovely fall leaves with a Thanksgiving theme, made me want to make some fall cards!
I began by stamping a sheet of watercolor paper with an indistinct text stamp and heat embossed with clear ink.  Then I stamped the leaves all over and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.  Next, I randomly and loosely painted fall colors on and around the leaves letting the water do the magic with blending the colors.
Once the paper was dry, I cut it in half diagonally and created these cards with the painted paper and some matching patterned paper.

I also stamped each of the leaves on a variety of colored card stocks, enhanced them with some similar colors of Copic markers and cut them out.  They make lovely little embellishments for cards or scrapbook layouts and I know I'll be using them a lot!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #238...

Hi, hello, me again!

If you know me at all you know my personal life motto is "anything worth doing is worth OVERdoing".  So when Chrissy sent me a sketch to use for a Guest Designer gig over at CAS(E) this Sketch, I went full on and made 3(!) cards.  I still can't decide which one I like best, so I'll post them all here and let you decide!

This is the sketch I used, and the one you can be inspired by if you'd like to join their fun challenge this week.

Here are the cards I made for this week's challenge.

For this first card, I used the stamp set called Spring Flowers from Simon Says Stamp, and the sentiment from Endless Creations.

For the next card, I used the same leaf stamps but embossed with silver embossing powder, an effect I really love, but its hard to show in a photo.  The sentiment for this card is from Papertrey Ink.

 Finally, I created this last card with a leafy stamp from the Penny Black Delicate Flowers set and a Clearly Besotted - A Little Sentimental sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Whale, hello there...

Hi friends, I'm just popping in today to let you know that I've posted a set of cards over at the Love is in the Details blog today, that are card kits, ready to color and make cards from, and they will be available for sale in the store by the end of the week.  Here's what they look like....

You can get more info at the Love is in the Details blog.

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Yummy, sweet and cool....

Good morning friends!  I have a couple of key UTE cards to show you today!  They are from a recent release at Jane's Doodles, called Cool!
I colored the images with water based markers and Kuretake Zig markers and a water brush, on Bristol Smooth cardstock so I could get a bit of that watercolor effect.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Family Reunion...

Hello friends!  

I have a fresh post up on the Love is in the Details blog today, featuring this layout along with some product and how-to info.

I found myself planning and organizing a family reunion this summer.  Something I have no experience with but in the end, that didn't seem to matter and everyone had a good time.  I will be creating a photobook for each family, but for my own enjoyment I also plan to scrap some of my favorite photos.  

Here's the first!

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, August 25, 2017

More Florals from Jane's Doodles...

Hello friends!  This is a stamp set I will never get tired of!  It has so much versatility and and works so well with many different techniques!  You can find the Bloom stamp set here, and the ABC's stamp set here.  These two cards are posted on the Jane's Doodles blog today.  

I actually began with a slightly different idea.  It didn't work as well as I'd hoped unfortunately, so vellum to the rescue!  I wanted to try and white-heat-emboss the sentiment directly onto the stamped and painted flowers, but the white embossing turned out to be too transparent.  Not a good look.

(The card above, is made using Kuretake Zig Real Brush markers on Bristol Smooth cardstock, and the card below is made using watercolor paints on water color paper.)

I'm pleased with the vellum results though - it adds a nice subtlety to the busy image below.  Vellum is good at that!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Card kits...

Hi, just popping in today to show you one set of the card kits that will be for sale in the Love is in the Details store.  The card fronts will be stamped and left blank, for you to paint or color as you like, but will include a photo of the finished card samples shown here.  These samples are just to give a general idea of how to finish them, but your own imagination should have the final say!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Home Sweet Home...

That's the name of the sweet stamp set I used for these cards.  They're posted over at Jane's Doodles blog today and I wanted to share them here as well.  If you're interested in this or any of the cute stamp sets on the Jane's Doodles website, just sit tight for another week.  The owner is on vacation and will have the site up and running again after the 21st.
Besides the Jane's Doodles stamps set, I also used those fun stitched square frame dies from Lawn Fawn.  I cut several and stacked them up to give the cards some definition.  I also coated the die cut hearts with Glossy Accents, and popped up the fussy cut stamped images with foam tape.

Have a great day!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

This place...

Hi, hello!  Just popping on today to tell you I've a layout posted on the Love is in the Details blog today.  I'm showcasing some product available in the store when it opens again (soonish? wink) plus a technique that we'll be covering in the upcoming DIY Embellishments class.  Head on over there to learn more.

I'm kind of obsessed right now with that smooshy bundle of thread braded to the top of that tag!

Thanks for stopping by today loves!  Enjoy your day!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tonic for what ails ya....

Hi, hello!  I'm here today to show you some cards that came about as a result of messing with some Tonic Studios Nuvo products.  Both the Crystal Drops (which are opaque) and the Jewel drops (which have some transparency).  If you're interested in more of the how-to, go this post at Love is in the Details where I outline some of the ways you can work with Nuvo Drops.

In some places I actually blended the two - the Crystal Drops with the Jewel Drops.

It behaved a little differently from what I expected and if you'd like to find out more of what I learned while working with it, check out the link above.

Have a great rest of your day!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

When all else fails, eat a donut!

Or maybe color a card full of donuts.  It's almost as satisfying!  You can have a taste of ALL the flavors without a single worry of how your pants will fit tomorrow!

I'm up on the Jane's Doodles blog today with these cards using the stamp set DoNuts.  

I wanted to try a technique I've seen elsewhere, where the outline stamped image is heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I'm not convinced I love it so much in this case, but I'm going to try again with a floral stamp.  And I think you can still tell they're donuts.

So, eat up!  And thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Hi friends, I have a couple of cards to share that are posted today on the blog at Jane's Doodles.

For this card, I built the design using three different house stamps from the Home Sweet Home set, but only colored one to keep it the focal point.  I tried a messy, patchy style of water coloring with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.

For the second card, I combined the Home Sweet Home set with the leaves from the Bloom set and again, employed the messy, patchy watercoloring style.  For both cards, I die cut a bunch of hearts, glued a few onto my cards and then covered them with Glossy Accents for a most pleasing tactile and visual experience!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Jane's Doodles post...

Hey-o!  We just arrived at our cottage at the lake, where we'll camp out for the rest of the summer, escaping the heat back in Arizona and thinking we're pretty shmart!
I knew I had a post due at Jane's Doodles for today, so I just unpacked the crafty bins and pulled together the quickest and easiest cards I could.  Went straight for the Bloom stamp set again - those gorgeous floral stamps practically create cards themselves!  I used the ABC's stamp set for the word Thanks, using the new distress oxide inks for the blue (it heat embosses beautifully!) and regular old Versafine Onyx for the black.  The "you're sweet" sentiment came from the Donuts stamp set.  I used the Papertrey Ink Cover die, Center Stage for the chevron designed background on the card on the left, and the MFT's Peekaboo Window die on the kraft card on the right.  In both cases, I left all the pieces in place and secured them with glue on the back.

And because it's raining today with no end in sight till tomorrow, I'ma see what other stamps make themselves into a card!

Monday, July 3, 2017

A Cactus Racket...

Hi friends!  I'm sharing a couple of cards today over at the Jane's Doodles blog!  
This was such a fun set to work with!  You can make any combination of succulent garden that could possibly please you, and if you're anything like me, these plants will even survive a black thumb!  I colored the stamped images with water color pencils and used a bit of water to blend the pigment more smoothly.  For the card on the right, I created the background by laying down strips of washi tape and blending varying combinations of Faded Jeans, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide inks.  Then I fussy cut the stamped images and popped them up for some dimension.  The Simon Says Stamp Stitched rectangle dies came in handy for making the card fronts too.

Have a wonderful day!