Innovation Station | Inlaid Die Cutting

Hello my crafty peeps and welcome to another Innovation Station post! This is a monthly feature, focusing innovative tips and tricks. During the 2nd week of each month I plan to share an innovation that I find myself going to again and again.

This month’s innovation is inlaid die cutting. Inlaid die cutting is the process by which you place the negative space pieces back into the die cut creating a one layer background. This technique works well with background dies, but it also works with shapes and words. Inlaid die cutting adds color and interest to full panel die cuts and allows you to create many different looks. Inlaid die cutting is pretty straightforward, which is what makes it such a wonderful card making staple. Basically you run the item through your die cut machine over and over, using different card stock and/or pattern papers. It’s really that simple. I have come up with a few tips that I find helpful, which I share at the end of this post.

Now onto the cards. For the first card I used the Hello cover plate from Poppy Stamps. I started with a top folding card base and I die cut the plate into the card face. I set those letters and inserts (the inside of the O’s and E’s) aside. Next, I die cut the plate from several pieces of card stock in the new InColors (lemon lime twist, tranquil tide, powder pink, berry burst, and fresh fig) and I cut a slightly smaller backing for the card front, which I turned into a sticker by adhering it to a piece of Stick It! adhesive and placed it behind the card face. Finally, I began inlaying letters, making sure to include the white inserts for the O’s and E’s. For the finishing touch, I added two silver enamel hearts to one of the O’s.

  

For my second card I die cut Winnie & Walter’s Multifaceted cover plate out of a piece of Emerald Envy card stock and also out of a piece of the Pick a Pattern DSP. Using Stick It! adhesive, I turned the Emerald Envy die cut into a sticker and adhered it to a Flirty Flamingo card base. Next, I began placing all the shapes from the DSP using the outline version to help me figure out which pieces went where. I stamped the label frame in Emerald Envy and the sentiment in Flirty Flamingo and colored in the letters using a Flirty Flamingo marker. Using my Flirty Flamingo reinker, I dyed a piece of white seam binding and also punched out the frame using the new Pretty Label punch and popped it up on dimensionals over the ribbon.

    

I took a friend to the airport at 4am this morning and I was leaving the house when I remembered another style of inlaid die cut I had planned to show: using smaller dies to create a background. The wheels were turning (both my car’s and my brain’s) and by the time I returned from the airport this card was almost completely designed! Bonus! I created it using the Frozen Treats dies and it shows how creative you can get with inlaid die cutting. HINT: To get a seamless one layer cut for the ice cream cone follow these steps. Cut the cone out of the white panel first and then overlap the ice cream die so it looks like one clean cut (see below left). Next, place the panel back on the BigShot’s magnetic platform, inserting the proper cone in its spot and placing the ice cream die in position in the hole left by the first time you die cut it. Run that through the machine again and voila, the cone and ice cream meet up and look seamless. I finished off the card with one of the sentiments from the Cool Treats stamp set cut out using the Layering Ovals.

  

TIPS & TRICKS: A few things I’ve learned along the way… If the die has a lot of pieces I often adhere my frame to a piece of Stick It adhesive sheet so that thin, edge to edge adhesive is showing through the negative spaces where I will put the die cuts in. I love Stick It! because it’s double sided adhesive so you can glue your panel to the card front and the negative spaces also have adhesive! When I do use glue I tend toward Multi Matte Medium or SU! Fine Tip Glue Pen as both provide pinpoint application, dry clear and give a strong bond. I will sometimes die cut something out of a lot of different colors and patterns and save them up for future cards. I will often store these die cuts in the pocket with the dies. With intricate full panels I will often us the version I cut out of DSP to help me figure out where all the little pieces go. The best thing about inlaid die cutting is that you can dress them up with a sentiment, but visually they are interesting enough to carry the card without needing much more.

Thanks for hanging out with me, and learning (or relearning) about inlaid die cutting! Join me next month for another of my go to innovations, marble backgrounds. Until next time, remember, creativity and imperfection live together in all we do. “Grace is the face love wears when it meets imperfection.”

~xoxo

Supplies Used:
Dies: Winnie & Walter Multifaceted, Poppy Stamps Hello, Frozen Treats (142756), & Layering Ovals
Card Stock: Whisper White, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig, Powder Pink & Berry Burst
Designer Series Paper: Pick a Pattern (144163) & Cool Treats
Stamps: Pieces & Patterns (143843) & Label Me Pretty (143861)
Inks & Markers: Emerald Envy & Flirty Flamingo
Extras: Metallic Enamel Shapes (141678), Stick It!, Tweezers, Pretty Label Punch (143715) & Seam Binding

Fun-n-Crafty | Let’s “Lemon Lime” Twist Again

Hello my crafty peeps! I’m happy to be here again this month as part of the Fun & Crafty blog hop. This month we are highlighting the new 2017-19 In Colors from Stampin’ Up. I am always amazed at how well the new colors weave into the existing palette as well as coordinating with one another. These new In Colors are no exception. I decided to focus on my favorite of the five new, Lemon Lime Twist. This color is a light and vibrant green that works well with many other colors including these: Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Melon Mambo. To see the full range of In Color combinations for all the new In Colors, please click here. Today I am presenting two original cards. 

For the first card I began with a Whisper White A2 card base. Next, I ran the Split Chevron cover plate from My Favorite Things through my Big Shot three times: once in Lemon Lime Twist card stock and two times out of Lemon Lime Twist Fresh Florals DSP. I love inlaid die cutting and decided to fill up the Chevron pieces using these three colors and letting the Whisper White show through in some spots. For the finishing touch I wanted to add a die cut sentiment in Pacific Point card stock but realized I didn’t have any on hand. Fortunately, I have the ink pad and using a dauber, I was able to turn Whisper White card stock into Pacific Point card stock. Because the background is inlaid (essentially one layer) I decided to add some dimension for the sentiment so I die cut it three times (twice in white). I glued these together with the inked one on top and, ‘Voila!’, dimension.

  

For the second card I began with an A2 Whisper White card base. I added a Lemon Lime Twist mat (4″ x 5.25″) and then cut Fresh Florals DSP strips in various sizes. I glued the DSP strips down to the mat leaving a place for the sentiment. Using my MISTI I was able to stamp the whole sentiment at once, making sure it was well positioned within the allotted space. There are several great hostess sets, and Dare to Dream is one at the top of my list.

  

BONUS: over the past month and a half we (the Fun-N-Crafty team) have been playing with the new SU products. Below are two cards I made at recent events, one from a shoe box swap with my SU team (card by Kathy) and the other from a catalog party I helped a fellow team member with (card by Nicole). Both cards feature Lemon Lime Twist along with Berry Burst.

  

There is a ton of inspiration throughout this hop. Since you started here, I encourage you to grab a cup of tea and visit the other talented team members listed below to leave them some blog love! Next up is the talented Pamela over at Stinky Tofu. Until next time, remember, creativity and imperfection live together in all we do. “Grace is the face love wears when it meets imperfection.”

~xoxo

  

  1. Christine – Artful Musings (you are here)
  2. Pamela – Stinky Tofu
  3. Kathy – Stampablog
  4. Merit – MB Squared Designs
  5. Susan – Stampin’ By the SF Bay
  6. Jennifer – NW Stamper

Supplies Used:
Card Stock: Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Chocolate Chip, & Kraft
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist (144086), Berry Burst (144083), & Pacific Point (126951)
Stamps: Thankful Thoughts (141522), Dare to Dream (143769), & Colorful Seasons (143726)
Dies: Seasonal Layers (143751) & Sunshine Wishes (141489)
Punches: Banner Punch (138292) & Pretty Label Punch (143715)
Paper: Fresh Florals DSP (144131), Vellum (101856), & Metallic Doilies (138392)
Embellishments: Bitty Bows (144217) & Silver Thread (138402)
Extras: Paper Trimmer, Score Board, Adhesive, Big Shot, Sponges/Daubers & Scissors

Innovation Station | White Washed

Hello my crafty peeps and welcome to another Innovation Station post! This is a monthly feature focusing innovative tips and tricks. During the 2nd week of each month I plan to share an innovation that I find myself going to again and again.

This month’s innovation is white washing as a coloring technique. White washing is just what you might think, it’s the process of coloring an image with white chalk ink using a water brush and then using markers (Distress, Stampin’ Write, or ZIG Clean Color) or ink pads to add color over the top of the “whitewash”.

  

You start off by rubbing your embossing buddy over your card stock and then stamping your image in VersaMark ink. Pour white embossing powder over your image and then heat set. HINT: Let your heat tool heat up for 8-10 seconds before putting it over your image and the embossing powder will melt faster and cause less paper warping. Once the embossing powder is cooled you can begin white washing a layer of craft white over the image using a water brush and ink in the lid of your stamp pad. Never put your water brush directly onto the stamp pad.

  

Once the white washed layer is dry you can begin adding color using ink in the lid of your stamp pad and a water brush. I typically lay dark color in the corners and then using the water brush pull it through the space. Once you are satisfied and it is dry you can use a damp cloth to wipe the ink off the embossed areas. Typically this technique is done on kraft card stock, but I’ve also had fun results on gray so I’m showing that as well. Here are flowers, two on kraft and two on basic gray card stock. Both sets use Calypso Coral and Lemon Lime Twist over the Craft white. The colors look different over the gray versus the kraft, don’t they? Lastly, I will sometimes add some clear Wink of Stella over the image for that little bit of shine.

  

Open stamps work best for this technique and it is perfect when paired with floral images because it adds a dreamy quality to them, but it will work with any stamp with large open spaces.

  

Thanks for hanging out with me, and learning (or relearning) a fun innovation! Join me next month for another go to innovation, inlaid die cutting. Until next time, remember, creativity and imperfection live together in all we do. “Grace is the face love wears when it meets imperfection.”

~xoxo

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Thinking Of You, Beautiful Bunch, & Butterfly Basics
Ink: Versa Mark, Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, & Berry Burst
Embossing Powder: White
Tools: Water Brush, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy
Card Stock: Kraft & Basic Gray

Fun-n-Crafty | New Catalog Preview


Hello my crafty peeps! I’m happy to be here again this month as part of the Fun & Crafty blog hop. This month’s theme is new catalog preview, that magical time of year when there is a 236-page treasure trove of new (and carrying over) goodies to crave.

What am I excited about? How long do you have? My catalog is a bit dogeared and contains oh so many tape flags of the must-have goodies. Some “must have” suites and stamps include: Coffee Break Suite (stamps, dies, papers, and accents all with a coffee theme), This Little Piggy (the cutest stamp set of pigs and sentiments), Birthday Memories Suite (so cute with it’s fun party images and dies that cut images out of the DSP – so creative), and Delightful Daisy Suite (combining the freshest colors and floral imagery, this set is sure to be a staple in the next year). Some “must have” tools and embellishments include: mini pop dots, Ombre ribbon, glitter enamel dots, faceted gems, embossing paste, copper trim, and crinkle seam binding. 

Here are some catalog details, painstakingly complied by my fellow hopper, Stacey over at A Work of Carte.

Catalog “By the Numbers” | Top Ten Edition

Stamp Sets: 192 (82 NEW)
New Ink Colors: 5
DSP: 15
Embellishments: 23 (18 NEW)
Ribbon STYLES: 23 (15 NEW)
Ribbon SPOOLS: 71 (56 NEW)
New Adhesive: 2
Punches: 32 (8 NEW)
Folders: 18 (7 NEW)
Dies: 57 (20 NEW)

 

For this month’s blog hop I’m focusing on the new Wood Words stamps (143925), Copper Trim (144179), and Wood Textures DSP (144177). These new items were some of the very first things I zeroed in on in the new catalog so when it was time for demonstrator pre-order I was thrilled they were on the list. There is also the Wood Crate die (143730) , which creates the cutest little 3-D crate and is perfect as a goodie basket to hold SU! embellies, candies, small cards, soaps, or even a gift card. These items will all be available on June 1st when the new catalog launches.

For my project today I’ve created a simple card and I’ve also cut out and built the crate. Interestingly enough, the wood crate is sized to fit perfectly in the 3″ x 6″ gusseted cellophane bags (141704).

  

For my card I used Mint Macaron cardstock (retiring on May 31st) and two different sheets of the Wood Textures DSP (a light and dark). I began with an A2 (4.5″ x 5.5″) card base in Chocolate Chip. To this I mounted a 4″ x 5.25″ mat in Mint Macaron and on top of that a 3.75″ x 5″ piece from the DSP. The top layer consists of a 3.25″ x 4.5″ mat in Mint Macaron and the topmost piece (where I did most of the stamping and embossing) of light DSP (3″ x 4.25″). First, using my mini MISTI I stamped the large floral image from the Wood Words stamp set twice (on the top and bottom) using Versa Mark ink and sprinkled on Copper embossing powder (141636), which I then heat set. Once it was cool I used my Mint Macaron Stampin’ Write marker to color in the open flowers to match the card stock mats. 

  

The last thing I decided on was the sentiment. I wanted to pull forward a bit more of the Mint Macaron so I die cut the smallest banner from the Bunch of Banners Framelits (141488) and then mounted the DSP panel to the Mint Macaron mat. Again, using my mini Misti, I stamped in Versa Mark and embossed in copper the sentiment “Hello Friend”, also from the Wood Words stamp set. For the final touch, I wrapped some of the new Copper Trim around this top panel sticking it to the back before I mounted the final panel to the card. HINT: To add a nice bow I usually tie it separately and then adhere it to the ribbon I laid down using a mini glue dot. This helps me have a pretty and even bow every time! Because this is a dark card base I also cut a Mint Macaron mat (4″ x 5.25″) for the inside so I could write a note!

I just love this stamp set with it’s farm fresh images and I can’t wait to play further with all the dies and stamps in this bundle. Remember, the new catalog launches on June 1st! There is much to enjoy throughout this hop, all of it from the new catalog that launches on June 2nd. Since you started here, I encourage you to grab a cup of coffee and visit the other talented team members listed below to leave them some blog love! Next up is the talented Merit at MB Squared Designs. Until next time, remember, creativity and imperfection live together in all we do. “Grace is the face love wears when it meets imperfection.”

~xoxo
Beanie

  

  1. Christine — Artful Musings (you are here)
  2. Merit — MB Squared Designs
  3. Pamela — Stinky Tofu
  4. Susan — Stampin’ By the SF Bay
  5. Stacey — A Work of Carte
  6. Jennifer — NW Stamper

Supplies Used:
Wood Words Stamps
Wooden Crate Framelits Dies
Wood Textures DSP
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip & Mint Macaron
Mint Macaron Stampin’ Write Marker
3″ x 6″ Gusseted Cellophane Bags
Copper Trim
Inks: Versa Mark
Copper Embossing Powder

Innovation Station | Custom Dyed Ribbon

Hello my crafty peeps and welcome to my first Innovation Station post! This is a new monthly feature, focusing innovative tips and tricks. During the 2nd week of each month I plan to share an innovation that I find myself going to again and again.

I’ve been “innovating” since I bought my first stamp at The Stamp Cabana in Winter Park, FL back in 1997. Over the years I’ve seen things come and go and come back again! In all this time, I’ve found myself going “back to the well” for techniques that never seem to get old.

There’s nothing worse than finishing a card only to realize it’s missing something! Often I find what’s missing is a textile and my go to textile is ribbon. Many times I can get by with an off the rack neutral ribbon (black, brown, gold, silver), but there are times when I think, “If only I had a color-matched ribbon, all would be right in the universe!”, which brings me to this month’s innovation: custom dyed ribbon.

My go to ribbon for this innovation: seam binding. It’s cheap, readily available, and holds up well, but you could use any ribbon for this process. You can use many things to dye ribbon (Color Burst powders, Distress stains and sprays, or Perfect Pearls) but my favorite for custom color matching is reinkers or ink pads. Here is what you need:

White Ribbon or Seam Binding
Craft Mat
Reinkers
Ink Pads
Water bottle
Heat Tool
Baby Wipes
Craft Scrubbie
Ribbon Iron (optional)
Gloves (optional, if you don’t like inky fingers)

 

 

Custom dying ribbon is a very simple process. First, cut the length of ribbon you need for your project. Next, place a few drops of reinker, or smear the ink pad, onto your craft sheet. I start with 2 drops of reinker (you can always add more if needed). Add water to the ink. 

  

  

Using the ribbon, soak up the liquid, making sure the entire ribbon is saturated. If needed, you can also spray water onto the ribbon. After the ribbon is completely covered you can add more ink if you want a deeper color.

Once you are happy with the color, dry the ribbon with your heat tool (if you have time you can let it air dry). Sometimes I scrunch it up so it looks “ruched” and other times I dry it flat and run it through my ribbon iron. I hold it in my hand, moving it around until it’s completely dry and volià, custom dyed ribbon, a perfect finishing touch for any card or scrapbook layout.

  

By the time you are done dying ribbon your fingers are quite inky (left hand) so it’s the Craft Scrubbie to the rescue (right hand). Inky fingers don’t stand a chance when you have the Ranger Craft Scrubbie.

Thanks for hanging out with me, and learning (or relearning) a fun innovation! Join me next month for another of my go to innovations, white washing. Until next time, remember, creativity and imperfection live together in all we do. “Grace is the face love wears when it meets imperfection.”

~xoxo

Supplies Used:
Inks: Berry Blast, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, & Tranquil Tide
Ribbon: Hug Snug Winter White Seam Binding
Ranger Craft Scrubbie
Ranger Craft Mat
Distress Water Bottle

Fun & Crafty | Mom’s Are Golden

Hello my crafty peeps! I’m happy to be here again this month as part of the Fun & Crafty blog hop. This month’s theme is Mother’s Day. A day to honor that woman who taught you right from wrong, wiped every tear, and kissed every boo-boo! She stands firm and steady as a rock for her kids as they venture farther and farther from home, always knowing they have a safe place to return. Mom’s are golden.

My Mom is gone, having passed almost 7 years ago. So is my Gran, who is really the woman I think of as my Mom since she raised me. I have so many wonderful memories of times with my Gran that though she isn’t here with me, I feel her presence and remember the lessons and life truths she taught me. She was feisty, loyal, fierce when crossed, generous, and independent. She instilled in me a drive to be self-sufficient, to obtain all the education I could, and to never give up on my dreams. I miss her but honor her each day. Owing to the fact that both of my “Mom’s” are gone, I never really invested in any “Happy Mother’s Day” stamps so when this month’s theme was announced I was at a loss as to what to do … enter the new Eastern Palace suite from Stampin’ Up! I am always looking for alternate uses for the stamp sentiments I have and was pleased to find that the sentiments in this set are versatile, but more on that in a minute.

When I first saw the suite I didn’t immediately fall in love. Actually, it was quite the opposite, I really didn’t like it very much but I challenged myself to order one of the bundles and work with it during the month of April. Little did I know when I set this challenge it would turn out to help me create this month’s Mother’s Day card and help me fall a little in love with the Eastern Palace suite. The suite features three new In Colors, Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig, and my favorite, Lemon Lime Twist. It features mandala imagery, some interesting dies, and wonderful embellishments. The DSP showcases geometric shapes and adds in Dapper Denim to the other colors. It’s opulent and rich. In May, everyone will have a chance to purchase one of two bundles (premier or starter) before the new catalog goes live.

         

For my card I used a piece of Tranquil Tide card stock cut to A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5″). The DSP was cut to 4″ x 5.25″, and I also used a 3″ piece of the Fresh Fig card stock behind the DSP. First, I cut out the flower mandala shape using the matching thinlit die. This die is unique in that it doesn’t cut out the outer shape, but instead cuts out the “petals”, which you can lift up, adding dimension to your card. I decided I also wanted to split the DSP so that I could insert a piece of Fresh Fig card stock behind and create some interest in my card. I used one of the layering circle dies to cut out a badge for the center of the mandala die cut and used one of the circle stamps and a sentiment (to think of you is to smile) from the Eastern Palace stamp set. I stamped the circle in Fresh Fig and the sentiment in Tranquil Tide on Whisper White card stock. While not overtly “Mother’s day” this sentiment reminded me that whenever I remember my Gran I always smile, which seemed perfect. Because the card base is so dark I also inserted a 4″ x 5.25″ Whisper White panel inside and stamped one of the smaller images from the Eastern Palace suite to tie in the Lemon Lime Twist ink. The finishing touch, a rhinestone on the circle for that little pop of bling!

         

There is a ton of inspiration throughout this hop. Since you started here, I encourage you to grab a cup of coffee and visit the other talented team members listed below to leave them some blog love! Next up is the talented Pamela over at Stinky Tofu. Until next time, remember, creativity and imperfection live together in all we do. “Grace is the face love wears when it meets imperfection.”

~xoxo
Beanie

 

  1. Christine – Artful Musings (you are here)
  2. Pamela – Stinky Tofu
  3. Kathy – Stamp-A-Blog
  4. Susan – Stampin’ by the SF Bay
  5. Stacey – A Work of Carte
  6. Jennifer – Northwest Stamper

Supplies Used:
Eastern Palace Premier Bundle
Inks: Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig, & Tranquil Tide
Paper: Eastern Palace DSP
Card Stock: Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig, & Whisper White
Rhinestones

Fun & Crafty | Sale-A-Bration Celebration

We are down to the final days of Sale-A-Bration and the Occasions catalog so to send this year’s event out with a bang I’m on the blog today with a sale-a-bration celebration. There is still time to grab a few freebies (each $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! product earns you a free Sale-A-Bration item) before the promotion ends. As a bonus, just today a few last-minute items were added (see picture – thanks to my upline, Jennifer Blomquist over at NW Stamper, for the image).

For today’s project, I’d planned to use the 6 x 6 glimmer paper that was part of Sale-a-Bration, unfortunately it sold out on Sunday so I had to alter my project to focus on the Occasions catalog stamp set that we’ve learned is carrying over into the new 2017-18 catalog, which will launch in June. This set is probably my favorite of the catalog, Dragonfly Dreams (144728). For today’s hop, I created a card and a hinged box. The box I’ve seen on many blogs and in at least one origami book. Interestingly enough, it happens to perfectly hold one of the small embellishment containers from Stampin’ Up!

  

I used Soft Sky (131181) and So Saffron (126957) inks, Soft Sky paper (131203), the dandelion print paper from the Falling in Love DSP (142788), and the clear Wink of Stella shimmer pen (141897). Starting with a standard card base I cut a piece of the dandelion print from the DSP pack to 4″ x 5.5″. Next, I cut a panel for die cutting the dragonflies out of Whisper White card stock (100730) and sponged the edges with Soft Sky. Once I die cut the dragonflies I colored over them with the clear Wink of Stella pen to give them that dragonfly shimmer. I used a die cut inlay technique where you insert the die cut back into the overall panel to create the paper inlay. I also curled up some of the wings to give the card dimension and stamped one of the sentiments from the set onto the bottom using Soft Sky.

The box is an oldie but a goodie. A very simple hinged box that is built using a 7″ x 6.5″ piece of card stock and two smaller pieces of DSP (a 2.5″ x 2.5″ and a 1.5″ x 2.5″ piece). As I said, I’ve seen it around a lot, including an origami book about box creation. I did find a wonderful video by Crafty Caroline showing her building the box. Below are two images of the box before construction, the first showing the score and cut lines and the second showing the box cut and scored before putting it together. Score lines for the 7″ side: 1/2″, 3 1/4″, 3 3/4″, and 6.5″. Score lines for the 6.5″ side: 1/2″, 3 1/4″, and 6″.

  

There are still great Sale-A-Bration freebies to be had through March 31st! If you order the Dragonfly Dreams bundle now you can take advantage of bundle pricing ($46.75), which won’t be available in the new catalog and you would only need to spend $3.75 more to get a Sale-A-Bration freebie. Bundle pricing saves you 10% off the stamps and coordinating dies. Not quite ready to order? That’s okay, just remember that bundle pricing for this set is only available until May 31st!

If you started here, please visit Susan’s blog and show her some blog love. Until next time, remember, creativity and imperfection live together in all we do. “Grace is the face love wears when it meets imperfection.”

~xoxo
Beanie

  1. Christine Szekeres – Artful Musings (you are here)
  2. Susan Schultz – Stampin’ by the SF Bay

Supplies Used
Dragonfly Dreams Bundle
Falling in Love DSP
Soft Sky & So Saffron Inks
Soft Sky Card Stock
Clear Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen
Simply Scored Board
Project Life Corner Rounder

Fun & Crafty | Watercolor My World

Hello my crafty peeps! I’m happy to be here again this month as part of the Fun & Crafty blog hop. This month’s theme focuses on watercolor techniques. The new Occasions catalog is in full swing as well as Sale-A-Bration. I decided to use the new SU watercolor pencils (141709) as well as two Sale-A-Bration items: the “Inside the Lines” DSP (143850) and the brand new 6×6 Glimmer Paper Assortment (143831).

I’ve enjoyed working with watercolor pencils for many years and I was excited to see SU come out with a set that matched their colors. I hope they come out with more! These pencils work much like other pencils I’ve used. They blend smoothly and are creamy when you lay down the color. You can either use aqua painters (103954) or blender pens (102845). Using aqua painters creates a more dreamy look, while using the blender pens showcases the richness of the pigment.

  

For this card I used aqua painters and three of the pencils, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, and Daffodil Delight. I cut a 2″ x 2″ square from a sheet of the DSP, colored it using the pencils and aqua painters and then cut that into four 1″ x 1″ squares. I mounted the squares to squares of the new glimmer paper (mint macaron). I embossed the sentiment from the “You’ve Got This” stamp set (139575) using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder. Using foam squares I mounted the 4 squares on the front of a Soft Sky card base. You will love how easy these pencils are to use and marvel at the results you can achieve with either water or blender pens.

There is a ton of inspiration throughout this hop. If you started here, please visit the other talented team members listed below and leave them some blog love! Until next time, remember, creativity and imperfection live together in all we do. “Grace is the face love wears when it meets imperfection.”

~xoxo
Beanie

  1. Kathy Thisted – Stampablog
  2. Christine Szekeres – Artful Musings (you are here)
  3. Tobe BThe Craft Sea
  4. Susan Schultz – Stampin’ by the SF Bay
  5. Pamela Wu – Stinky Tofu

Supplies Used:
Watercolor Pencils
Soft Sky Cardstock
Aqua Painters
You’ve Got This Stamps

Sale-A-Bration (SAB)
(1 free item with each $50 purchase)
6×6 Gilmmer Paper
Inside the Lines DSP

Fun & Crafty | “Oooh, Something Shiny!”

Hello my crafty peeps! I’m happy to be here again this month as part of the Fun & Crafty blog hop. This month’s theme: “Oooh, Something Shiny!” is one we can all relate to, particularly at this time of year. I’m sure you are NOT like me … I’m sure your Christmas and New Year’s cards are already done … however, should you find yourself in a last-minute rut, I hope you take some inspiration from the below as well as all the other inspiring projects in this month’s hop.

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If you are anything like me you look for stamps and dies that are versatile. When I saw the “Greetings from Santa” stamps and “Detailed Santa” dies, I knew it would be simple to create a number of cards that were different. Far from requiring a lot of thought, these dies and stamps are pretty straightforward in their versatility making them some of my favorite ‘go to’ sets for holiday cards.

For this month’s hop I decided to showcase the simple versatility of these stamps and dies using three different card stocks and three different glitter papers. Each card contains the same elements, but each looks vastly different due to the color combinations. The first combo, ‘Straight Up Christmas’, combines red and white. It is simultaneously colorful and whimsical. The second combo, ‘Frosty Friends’, combines red and dazzling diamond. This is the bling-y version of the card. The third and final combo, ‘Winter’s Magic’, combines silver and blue into an elegant version that evokes a cool winter’s day.

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What I especially love about these two products are all the extra images and dies that can be used to add little touches to your envelopes. Here are a couple of examples of what I mean.

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Oooh, something shiny wouldn’t be complete without a wee bit of Chibitronics fun. Below is the fun trade I created for a demonstrator event back in September. I used the Cookie Cutter punch and stamp set to create this light up reindeer to guide Santa’s sleigh.

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There is a ton of inspiration throughout this hop. If you started here, please visit the other talented team members listed below and leave them some blog love! Until next time, remember, creativity and imperfection live together in all we do. “Grace is the face love wears when it meets imperfection.”

~xoxo
Beanie

  1. Tobe BThe Craft Sea
  2. Christine Szekeres – Artful Musings (you are here)
  3. Pamela Wu – Stinky Tofu
  4. Kathy Thisted – Stampablog
  5. Jennifer Blomquist – Northwest Stamper
  6. Danielle Elvin – Going to Collage

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Greetings from Santa
Dies: Detailed Santa Thinlets
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, & Whisper White
Glitter Paper: Dazzling Diamond, Silver & Red
Ink: Versa Mark
Embossing Powder: White & Red
Other: Fine-Tip GlueEmbossing Buddy

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Nani ke Ola Blog Hop: Butterfly Kisses & Dandelion Wishes Album

Hello and welcome to the first ever Nani ke Ola blog hop! Today each blogger is focusing on the new 7 Dots Studio collections, Cotton Candy and Writer’s Block. I love 7 Dots Studio and was so excited for the new collections, particularly Cotton Candy. You should have arrived from Heather Thompson’s blog and started at the Nani ke Ola blog. There is a giveaway so make sure to visit each blog and leave some love for a chance to win a sweet prize!

I’ve been a member of the NKO Design Team for a little over a year, and in that time, I’ve had a chance to spread my wings, get messy, and be inspired by some of the most wonderful artists around. I know you will agree that these are some talented ladies, when you see all the creativity of this blog hop.

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As I said, I was over the moon when I saw the Cotton Candy collection. It is dreamy and whimsical and includes teal and salmon a favorite color combination of mine. It’s like it was tailor made for me. I knew I wanted to combine the lush papers, stickers, chipboard, and other elements with products from Prima Marketing’s Memory Hardware collection. There are wonderful mixed media elements in this collection and you can really create something beautiful combining the lush papers and elements from 7DS with the great products from Prima. If you like the Memory Hardware line, I encourage you to let Jennifer know. She stocks some Prima products and is always listening to what her customers are excited about. I used the square album, flowers, rhinestone chain, resin heart, sequins, lace trim, and domes in this project.

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I began by “dry” painting the album using some Vintage White Folk Art paint. The advantage of dry painting is that it dries quickly since you are using so little paint. It also creates a “shabby chic” / distressed base for the album. HINT: You only need to paint the edges since paper will be covering most of each page. I also began sketching out what papers would go on each page. I do this by cutting up the 12×12 papers into 6″ squares and also cutting smaller pieces (4×6, 3×6, and 2.5×4). Next, using Walnut Stain Distress ink and a round blending tool I inked the edges of all the papers. I cannot stress enough how elegant this simple step is. Visually, it adds so much dimension to the papers and ties each page together. Once the pages are cut and inked, I begin laying them out, moving things around and finally “locking” in the design of each page and 2-page spread.

Next, it’s time to begin gluing things down. I like to use a really strong tape runner (like 3L Scrapbook Adhesives My Stik permanent adhesive) or Scor-Tape. For this album I created photo pages, waterfall pages, and pocket pages. After the pages were done, I began thinking about embellishments for each page. For the chipboard I used some clear and copper embossing powders. To get embossing powder to stick to the chipboard, simply use VersaMark or another ink (like Delicata Black Shimmer ink), apply the powder and heat set. The 7DS collection kit comes with two sticker sheets, words and icons, one cardstock elements sheet, and one die cut tags sheet. The waterfall pages consist of 5, 4×6 panels. To create the glue tab, score each panel at a quarter inch and crease using a bone folder. Apply tape runner to the “tab” and beginning at the top, adhere each panel, placing the next panel tab right next to the one above. For the pockets, apply adhesive to the bottom, left, and right sides, leaving the top open to create the pocket.

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Once the inside of the book was complete, I began working on the cover. Using a new Memory Hardware acrylic dome, a resin heart, some moss, a few rhinestones, some sequins, and rosette trim I built the focal piece of the album. Anything heavy was glued down using hot glue to make sure it would remain in place once the dome was sealed. HINT: If you paint anything that is going inside the dome make sure to let it dry completely and also rub your anti-static powder tool over any painted surfaces. Also, seal the dome to the backing paper using clear or matte Glossy Accents in a very thin layer. Using too much medium will make it seep into the dome and your floating bits will get stuck to the medium that seeped inside.

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Up next, Kathleen Bement White. Make sure to visit and comment on all the blogs for a chance to win the giveaway!

I had so much fun creating this album. I hope it inspires you in your creative pursuits. If you started here, please visit the other talented team members listed below and leave them some blog love! Until next time, remember, creativity and imperfection live together in all we do. “Grace is the face love wears when it meets imperfection.”

~xoxo
Beanie

  1. Thandar Aye Tabiando
  2. Lisa Collins
  3. Heather Thompson
  4. Christine Szekeres (you are here)
  5. Kathleen Bement White
  6. Jenn Mileli

———– THE GIVEAWAYS ———–

nko-giveaway2 To qualify for the giveaway, make sure to follow and comment on each of the blogs. You have until 12/01/2016 to comment. The winner will be announced on the Nani ke Ola blog on Monday, 12/05/16! Good luck everyone!
nko-giveaway For an additional giveaway, make sure to follow us (@nanik3ola, @beanie_me, @heifer21, and @lccrafts85) on Instagram and comment on the prize photo. You have until 12/01/16 to follow and comment. The winner will be announced on the @nanik3ola Instagram on 12/05/16! You can search Instagram using #NaniKeOlaBlogHop and when you receive your 7 Dots Studio goodies make sure to post pictures of your creations using this hashtag to join in the fun!


Supplies Used

Cotton Candy Collection Kit
Cotton Candy Chipboard
Cotton Candy Hex Stencil
Prima Marketing Memory Hardware Line