Friday, October 5, 2018

Waffleflower October Release Blog Hop


Hi guys!

I've been so busy this summer moving to a new house, but I'm so glad that I got my craft room together in time to join in the Waffle Flower October Release Blog Hop!   

This release has a fun mix of Fall and Winter sets and some really cool 3D card dies.  Speaking of which, for my first card I used the Pull Tab Tree Die.  This die creates a 3D tree that lays flat for mailing, but can be popped up with a pull tab.  It's like magic I tell ya.  Here's a look at the tree laying flat.  I love all the Kamo kid stamps, so I couldn't resist adding a little one to my card.  


See that little pull tab to the right?  If you pull that tab, the tree pops out and you can anchor the tag to keep it popped up.  How cute is that?  


Speaking of cute, this release has another kid stamp set illustrated by Kamo called Yippee!  These stamps are irresistibly cute.  And so much fun to color with Copics!   They just make me smile:)  I used all the kid stamps in this set to create this fun card for my niece.

There's lots of other great products in the release, so go on over to Waffle Flower to see them all!  And check out the other release projects from these amazing folks!
Waffle Flower (Nina)
Amy Rysavy
Channin Pelletier
Rebecca Keppel
Nichol Spohr
Laura Bassen
Yoosun Hur

Did I mention the giveaway and bonus gifts?  To celebrate the blog hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificates to THREE lucky winners.  You can leave a comment on my blog and along the hop by 11:59 ET on 10/8/2018 for chances to win.  Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the posts on this blog hop and will be announced on the Waffle Flower blog on 10/10/2018.

Plus, to celebrate the new release, all orders placed by 11:59 ET on 10/5/2018 will receive a mystery gift (limited one per customer while supplies last).

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
JJ

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Watercolored Aloha

Hi guys,

I want to share a card that I made for a friend of mine recently.  You know I'm originally from Hawaii and it's like a state requirement that you must embrace all things pineapple (and rainbows;).  Lucky for me, I have this super cute set called Stay Golden that was designed by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson.  The hand-drawn pineapples in this set are super cute and are perfect for watercoloring.  

I started by stamping the outline pineapple stamp with a tan ink (used non-waterbased ink from MFT I think).  I painted it in with some yellow and orange watercolors.  Then I stamped the solid pineapple crown but used Distress Inks (Peeled Paint) this time.  I painted over the stamped crown first with water and then with green and yellow watercolors.   Makes the crown look like it was painted freehand, right?  


For the aloha sentiment, I die cut the painted piece with some alpha dies.  Instead of inlaying the letters, I adhered them with foam tape.  It makes them stand out just a little bit more, but doesn't take away from the overall stamped background.  

Now I gotta get this baby in the mail:)  Thanks for stopping in!  Enjoy the rest of the week!

JJ

Monday, April 16, 2018

Gingko Leaves Galore with Neat & Tangled

Hi guys,

Today, I'm on the Neat & Tangled blog today with a card using the Have Courage stamps and Happiness dies from the April release.  


First I stamped the background in a light neutral color.  When I stamp a full background, I like to stamp larger than the A2 card size and then trim down.  That way I can capture the frame I like best.  The great thing about the Have Courage stamps is that I was able to stamp a pretty tight background without any masking whatsoever:)


Next I watercolored the leaves in green and yellow.  I am a watercolor novice, but I have 2 tips that have helped me have more fun with watercolors.  My first tip would be to buy an assortment of paint brushes including the small/thin ones.  The second tip is to get watercolor paper (I get mine from Hobby Lobby).  I know that I'll never be a great watercolorist, but I really do enjoy it!  


I used the Happiness die for the sentiment on the front.  I wanted to keep the card from CAS, so I stamped the rest of the sentiment inside the card.  


Here's the finished card put together.   


Thanks for stopping in today!  Have an awesome week!

JJ

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Neat & Tangled April Release Day 4: Inlaid Square Coverplate

Hi everyone,

Today is my last post for the Neat & Tangled April release.  It's been a lot of fun being able to work with all the amazing new N&T goodies.  Danielle and the folks over at Neat & Tangled are so sweet and talented, and it's been a blast!  For today's post, I'm highlighting the Inlaid Square Coverplate.  You saw me using this yesterday, and here is another way of using a coverplate.  I started by watercoloring a simple image of the gingko leaves from Have Courage.   


Then I used the coverplate to cut the image.  The key to making this technique work best is to 1) use a simple, bold image and 2) choose a die that contrasts with the image (the leaves have a natural, organic line which is a good contrast to the straight lines of the die).  This is one of my favorite types of cards to make.  


If you go over to the Neat & Tangled blog you'll see more coverplate action!  

Thanks for dropping by this week!  I do appreciate all of your kind  words:)

JJ

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Neat & Tangled April Release Day 3: Happiness

Hi there,

For Day 3 of the Neat & Tangled April release, I'm highlighting the Happiness set.  These sets have a stamp set and coordinating die set.  For my card, I used the die set to create an inlaid die cut plaque.  You can also see a couple other new release items, the bears from Mommy, Daddy, and Me and the Inlaid Square Coverplate.   


This card actually started with the background.  I wanted to use the coverplate in a different way, so I used different patterned papers.  The resulting pattern reminded a bit of a lodge quilt, so I used more kraft and added the die cut plaque and bears.  I love that little bear lounging on his poppa's back!  So cute.


Click on over to the Neat & Tangled blog for more Happiness!    

JJ

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Neat & Tangled April Release Day 2: Mommy, Daddy, and Me

Hi guys,

It's Day 2 of the Neat & Tangled April release and I have another set to reveal.  This one is called Mommy, Daddy, and Me.  This set has the sweetest mommy/daddy and baby pairs.  I made a little shaker card with the shaker being inside the conversation bubble.  


The background was done with three of my faves: Distress Oxides, star glitter, and mirror sequins.  How cute are those elephant stamps?  


Click on over to the Neat & Tangled blog to see the other cards done with this set!  (P.S.  There are some giveaways too)

Thanks for stopping by!

JJ

Monday, April 2, 2018

Neat & Tangled April Release Day 1: Have Courage

Hi everyone,

I'm so excited to be playing along with the April release over at Neat & Tangled.  The set being highlighted today is Have Courage stamps and coordinating dies.  The main stamps are gingko leaves, but I did a floral twist on the watercoloring. 


First I embossed the image with gold powder.  To get the gold highlights on the "flower", I used an embossing pen.  Then I cut it out with the coordinating die.  The circle cut out is backed with vellum for a softer look.  


Head on over to the Neat & Tangled blog to check out more ideas with this set!

Have a great week guys!

JJ