Saturday, July 2, 2016

Distressed Stencil Backgrounds

Hi everyone!  It's been far too long since I've posted but I'm glad to be back!  Today I have two cards that I made using my Poppystamps Quiet Bird Sash die and a distressed stencil background.   The sash dies by Poppystamps are very unique because the ends are open and do not cut.  Because they do not cut at the ends, you can do custom apertures using any shape dies you have.  For the card above, I used the sash die with a square shape die.  For the card below, I die cut the sash and then used an oval die.  All you have to do is slip the shape die behind the cut sash die like so...

For my background, I used a stenciling technique with Distress Inks and baby wipes.  First I blended two types of ink colors onto watercolor paper (do not use cardstock for this technique).  For this technique to work well, blend lots of ink onto the paper.  Then I laid the stencil over the panel and gently rubbed over the paper with a baby wipe.  You do not need to use a lot of pressure, the watercolor paper responds quickly to the baby wipe and the color starts to come off.  You can take off as much or as little ink as you wish.  I did a version in green/blue with my Memory Box Garden Birch Trees stencil...

and a yellow/coral version with my Memory Box Texture Splatter stencil.  

The final step is to add the window panel over the background with foam tape.  Here's the finished card using the yellow/coral background.

That's it for me today!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a Happy 4th of July to all my friends in the States!   

Monday, April 18, 2016

Poppystamps Blog Blitz: Monkeying Around

Check out my second card for the new release Blog Blitz on the Poppystamps blog!  Today I'm featuring the fun Jumbled Happy Birthday die.  

While you're visiting the Poppystamps Blog Blitz, don't forget to leave some comments!  For every comment you leave, you have a chance to win one of the new release products!  There are 2 release products highlighted every day of the blitz, so there are lots of chances to win!

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Peekaboo Shaker

Good morning everyone!  I have a quick shaker card for you today using one of my favorite background dies, Jourdana Collage.  This die is great for creating texture and I love the random look of the design.  Instead of backing the die cut with colored card stock, I thought I'd do a peekaboo shaker.  

Here's a closeup of the shaker innards;)  I've made lots of shakers and I've never thought had too much filler, so I always go for more!  I also use foam tape over the dead spots in the design, so that the shaker filling doesn't fall where it cannot be seen (see those two pieces of foam in the corners?).  

For the butterfly, I watercolored it, added watercolor powder, sprayed it with white mist, sprayed it with shimmer mist, and then sprinkled it with hex glitter.  

Here's a close up of the final card with the subtle shaker.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great week!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Poppystamps Challenge: Splish Splash

It's a new month and that means a new Poppystamps Challenge!  This month the theme is Splish Splash!  What does that mean exactly?  Think watercolors inspired by April showers!

For this card, I started by watercoloring an ombre background with a brush and regular watercolors.  Then I went back over it with some water color powders.  After it was completely dry, I die cut it with the large Spinning Circles die.  Then I inlaid the die cut pieces back in the background but changed the position of the pieces to create some movement.  Here's a closer look at it...

The last step was to add some clear sequins and a metallic silver die cut sentiment.  So are you still loving watercolors as much as I am? I hope you are and I hope you join in the challenge!  
Have a great weekend!


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Easter Frames

I've got one more card to share for Easter today.  I was particularly prolific this year because I got some new Waffleflower Easter goodies.  These inverted scalloped dies are so cute and they are just so versatile.  This time I used them to make double layer frames.  

Can you tell that I had fun making these double layer frames?  (It's hard to see, but I especially love the one with the blush pink with the metallic gold underneath)  Super easy too.  

Inside the frame, I colored the image with some watercolor markers.  These are great to use for small detailed images like this.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!   To all who are celebrating, an early Happy Easter!


Waffleflower Welcome Spring Stamps
Waffleflower Egg Hunt Stamps
Waffleflower Flower Circles Inverted Dies
Kuretake Clean Color Watercolor Pens
Memento Tuxedo Blank Inkpad

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Eggs for Easter

It's Spring Break for us here and I'm getting ready for Easter with some more of my Waffleflower goodies!   These two cards actually use the same stamp and die sets from the new Waffleflower release.  As soon as I saw the Flower Circles Inverted Die, I had to put in an order;)  For this card, I used the smaller of the 2 circle dies.  These dies are just adorable!

For my next card, I used the circle dies again, but this time I used the negative cuts.  First I die cut the large circle to create the frame.  

Then I used the inside of the smaller circle dies to create a multi-layer sun with card stock and vellum.  

I used the sun to create a little scene inside the frame.  The fluffy little lamb is from the Welcome Spring set.  

That's it for me!  Hope everyone is having a wonderful week:)


Supplies for both cards:
Waffleflower Welcome Spring Stamps
Waffleflower Egg Hunt Stamps
Waffleflower Flower Circles Inverted Dies
White Pen
Memento Tuxedo Blank Inkpad

Friday, March 18, 2016

Craft Room Additions & Gift Box Cut File

Today, I have a couple things that I haven't done in a while, a quick update on my craft room and a free cut file!

First, let's talk craft room!  For the most part, I haven't made major changes in my room, but I do have a new storage system for my sequins and glitters.  I have a ton of small embellishments and I like to be able to see them when I work.  Some of you all know that I work in a lab, so this storage solution will not be a surprise;)  My old system (condiment cups like this) was getting hard to store and organize, so these clear plastic disposable test tubes were the perfect alternative.  Plus, the test tubes are nice and organized in plastic racks that hold up to 40 tubes.  I keep them arranged by color and they are a joy to look at and use.  If you're interested in trying something similar, there are lots of options for tubes and racks on Amazon and other places online.  Most of them are very inexpensive (especially when you don't need lab-quality stuff). 

I also added one more piece of furniture to my room.  In my never ending quest to position both my Silhouette Cameo and Brother Scan N Cut out in the open where I can store and use them, I found the perfect cart!  Technically, it's an Ikea coffee table, but the wheels make it more like a cart.  I had been searching for a cart for this purpose and could not find one that was big enough and without a lip around the edge.  The shelves on this cart/table are perfectly smooth (rounded edges) and that means that I can actually cut on the cart/table without worrying about my mats catching on the edge of the shelf.  Believe it or not, I can now cut on both machines at the same time.  Just plug and go!  I'm a happy gal:)  

And speaking of cutting machines, I've been using my Silhouette to make these little gift boxes.  I created this custom gift box to fit 3 test tubes, but they are a great size for a small things like jewelry, bar of soap, or candy.  I have a been making a ton of boxes with my extra scrapbook paper and sending out goodies to crafty friends:)    

If you want to download the Silhouette studio file (for free!), please go to my cut file page here.  I have this file and lots more to share.

And if you are interested in other craft room ideas, check out the following posts:

Have a fantastic weekend!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mahalo and Aloha,