7.11.2018

Pink and Main Happy and a Turnabout stamp

Welcome back,
I have found a new passion. I love coordinating stamp and die word sets! I cannot get enough! I bought a HAPPY set from Pink and Main and I LOVE it! Take a look!


I purchased my first  "OH, HELLO TURNABOUT" stamp set from Concord and 9th. I finished one background on white cardstock and set it aside, I didn't know what do with it!?!  Then it just hit me! I love the slanted rainbow colors and the happy is SO perfect!



I think I found the perfect distress ink combination! (now, what colors did I use...) 


 I purchased the perfect layer ruler tools and I can flawlessly mat anything to 1/16 of an inch now! I love the thin look! The sentiment is an old Hero arts stamp that I peeled off its wooden base. I love vertical sentiments. These cards make me smile!


I would love a comment from you! Tell me what you think! It would make my day.

I entered this card into a birthday challenge!

Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes




7.06.2018

Happy Birthday Card

Welcome back,
With summer slipping by, I am playing in my craft room as much as I can. I vowed to post each creation as I completed them. There are so many great challenges to join right now, it is hard to choose!
Here is my creation:

I took a panel of Neenah solar white, and blended distress inks on it. Them using my MISTI, I stamped and heat embossed the white flowers for the forefront. Then I simply stamped the same flowers using the light and the dark blue color for the background. I trimmed down the panel and stamped a SU! happy birthday sentiment. Adhered the panel to a dark violet card base.

I joined a few challenges with this card:


Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment, it would make my day!

7.05.2018

We Did It! End of Summer School cards

Welcome back,
My summer is flying by! Next week is the last week of the summer school program. It was 5 weeks long. The urge hit me to create mini thank you cards to give to the staff to mark the end of the program. I had so much fun creating these cards. They are almost too cute to give away!  :)
Take a look:


Each card is 3.5 inches square. I simply like this size, there is no reason I chose this size.

 I found the "YAY!" die cut free on the Cricut Design Space this month. I sized it to fit the cards, and I sent it to my cutting machine.  I cut out 30 copies out of black cardstock, and 12 copies out of my Neenah white cardstock all the same size.


Then I dug through my stash of old backgrounds that I have created from past projects and found a handful of beautiful backgrounds that I just didn't know what to do with! I really fell in love with some of the alcohol inked backgrounds that were a bit busy with odd color combinations.


With a background in mind, I used my distress inks to attempt an ombre effect on the YAYs. Some I used one color (pink and left the rest white), others I used two or even three colors, The blending on some created additional in between colors. I covered them with versamark ink and chose a sparkly or glittery heat embossing powder and heated them with my heat gun. Several of them took two coats.

I then took 3 black layers and stacked them together with glue and left them to dry. Once dry, I glued on the heat embossed layer on top and let them dry again.


I just purchased a set of the perfect layer rulers from We are memory keepers. I LOVE THEM! I can mat anything now at a one-sixteenth of an inch! I never could do that before! The tiny black border helps bring the card together! I finished each card with a "We did it!" up with foam tape to give a bit of dimension to match the die cuts that I printed from my printer. I didn't have a stamp for that particular sentiment. I created envelopes for each one.

I entered this card into a challenge:

THE PAPER PLAYERS - CELEBRATION PP400

 I cannot wait to give them to my co-workers. Thanks for stopping by! I hope my mini cards inspired you! Enjoy your nice weather!


 

6.15.2018

Lucky find at Marshalls!

Hello,
I am enjoying my summer. I love the three days weekends. (yes, I am teaching summer school again...uuggh) BUT! I am determined to get some crafting done! I decided that I was getting a bit disorganized, and I needed to cut white card panels and have them on hand ready to go. I needed a container of course? What do I store them in?

Jennifer McGuire recommended more clear storage bins. Why not run to Marshalls, and take a look around!  I may just find the perfect thing?! Well, I did! Take a look!
I found what I think was a storage container for the cupboard for gravy packets. It fits perfectly for card bases....three different sizes too! I used red cardstock to separate my watercolor paper from my Neenah Solar white cardstock. Then I cut thick craft dividers a bit taller so I can label each size. 

In my head, the back section is the card base size. The middle section is the dark mat size. and the front section is the light panel size. A majority of the cards I create are A2 size. I do other sizes once in a while, square mostly, but I try to stick with A2.

I am switching my storage from this way. Man, that was 2014?! Time flies in the craft room!

I may have to run back and purchase another one for my birthday and sentiment panels for the inside of the card. hmmmm. It was only $5.99!

Thanks for stopping by, I would love a comment! It would make my day!

6.12.2018

Jennifer McGuire CASEd!

Hello and welcome back,
I am totally enjoying my summer vacation. I have been crafting, I just haven't been FINISHING projects very well. That being said, I started searching videos for inspiration. Because I love Jennifer McGuire, I dove into her older videos. (2015). I found one that was very straightforward, and totally outside of my usual designing. I didn't need a specific type of stamp set, like many of her videos feature. Here is a picture of the cards from her blog. Click HERE for the post.



The simplicity of the design and the easy supplies helped me get back on track. I was able to focus, design, start, and finish these cards in a couple of hours. It felt good to see cards all the way through! Here is my versions. Take a look:



I didn't get as clean of images as she got, but I like my cards just the same. to be honest, the artsy flowers are the ones that came out the best!  LOL I love the purple too. (of course I do) More to come! Thanks for stopping by.

5.31.2018

Summer is Here!

Hello!
I am so excited! My 2017-2018 school year is over! I closed up my classroom, and summer has begun! Let's not mention that summer school begins in a 12 days, but I have time to get inky!
As I mentioned recently that I purchased a REALLY nice camera, and I have been playing with the setting on it. I have to go back and redo some recent cards that I completed, but had snapped with my cruddy camera. Take a look:



I love the wildflowers from Tim Holtz, and I am just starting to play with the distress Oxide inks. I was going for a more MASCULINE look for birthday wishes. I don't like giving the men in my life pretty frilly girly cards. I do struggle with more man-ly colors! I never have been able to embrace the browns in my stash, but I like it with orange! (left card) I need to do some more exploring!

I noticed not many cardmakers use fibers, or twine on their cards. I LOVE them! So much easier than reaching for sequins and dots sometimes. Just my two cents. NO challenges today. I need to get inky!
See you again soon!


 

5.26.2018

Inspiration from Nicole Spohr

Hello, and welcome back!
I stumbled across a set of cards that took my breath away a few weeks back. I absolutely had to try the same technique and make some similar cards. The problem was I didn't own all the needed items for it.

So little by little I have been either creating the needed items, or buying them on my budget. Here are the cards that had me so inspired.  Click here for the blog post by Nicole Spohr. Here is a image from her blog.


Aren't they beautiful? Here is my take on them.









I am very pleased with my versions. I needed birthday cards, not thank you cards, To be honest, I do not own many floral stamp sets. I had to make due with one random Stampin' up! flower, and leaves from a layering Altenew set I have yet to figure out. (too many layers, and not enough similar inks).

 I entered the blue one into a few challenges:

Thank you for stopping by, I would love a comment, it would make my day!

5.21.2018

Wreath Builder Cards

Welcome Back,
I am sharing another set of cards with you today. I was inspired by a new template that was introduced to the card making community that allows you to create wreaths using your MISTI. I really loved the idea, and decided to not only use it with flowers, but words as well.

Here are three of the cards I made using the template. The template is pretty simple. It is called the"Gina K Designs Wreath Builder Magic Stamp Set". Just click on the link to learn more information. 

I did not purchase the set, I created the wreath builder template using my cricut machine. I even made one a bit bigger and one a bit smaller just for some fun. I tried to share my project on Cricut design space, but it only share it on facebook or pinterest. Click here for the pinterest link. If you are unable to access it, write me a comment below, and I can send it to you!


Using the same eight colors, I created three cards using different stamps. I had so much fun doing these. I love the look of square cards, and they make great gift sets. I can create square envelopes to go with them too.

Below is another way to use the wreath builder template using words. Again, I used the same eight colors and the look is very cute!

5.20.2018

New Camera Time!

Hello Again, Welcome back,

As I mentioned in my last post, I am totally excited to post pictures taken with my new Sony camera. Now, mind you, I have literally tried one setting, and I haven't even read all the directions yet. This camera has LOTS of functions and a bunch of settings. I have to play around to see what this camera can really do. I also learned that my husband has a online cloud account with photoshop. I have to learn all the cool things that program can do yet. Between and awesome camera, and powerful software, by pictures are going to be worlds better then before!  :)

Lets take a look at the first few photos to see what this camera can do! (YAY!)


So, I am in love! The colors just pop! I have so much more I can adjust on the camera, but right out of the box, I am very pleased! Ok, enough about the camera, let's get to the cards!

For the look of the background, I heat embossed the french script from SU onto white watercolor paper with white embossing powder. I used the SMOOSH technique (I am totally serious - that is the name of the technique) with distress inks and let them dry.

The florals are from Tim Holtz die cuts. (I am so in love with those matching stamps and dies) I have to buy all the rest of them soon. I believe he has three sets now! :)


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The sentiment was stamped on black cardstock, and I wanted to make it look like it was part of the entire black strip of cardstock. The top one one is just black cardstock, and the right one has a piece of thick vellum behind it. I achieved that look using two different methods. In the top example, I cut the sentiment out with scissors, and adhered it to the strip. the bottom example I stamped directly onto the strip itself and mounted it with vellum. 

Thank you so much for dropping in. I have so much more coming! I am off to play with my new camera!


New Orleans and a new purchase!

Hello again,
The end of the school year is so tough on everyone. Between state and local exams, proctoring, covering for other proctors, and the ever-changing daily schedule, I have been crazy busy. the first thing to get push to the back burner is my passion - crafting.

Now that all that madness is over, and things have slowed down, I have news! My brother got married, and did a destination wedding in New Orleans! In the middle of all the sight-seeing, I purchased a VERY nice camera! It's a Sony DSC-wx350. I am so excited. I struggle so much with card staging, and the crappy quality of my pictures did not motivate me to keep posting. I drool over other people's blog pictures and wonder "how come I can't get pictures like that?" Now, I think I can!

I need to go back and redo my last set of photos with my new camera and get them up.I think I will be more excited to craft if I know that the pictures will come out better.  Also, with summer coming, I should have tons more time to get inky! Thanks for listening to me rant. See you soon!

4.30.2018

Scrapbook Expo - Orlando

Hello, and welcome back!
I attended the scrapbook Expo this past weekend. I REALLY enjoy the energy and excitement! It was held at the elegant Gaylord Palms resort. That place is HUGE! The parking alone for a few hours was $16!

Although it was a mostly for scrapbooking and scrappers, their were a good many stamping booths to browse.

As usual, I feel in love with a new Rubbernecker release. The demo just sealed the deal for me! Take a look!






4.22.2018

My Favorite Things Boutique & Class!

Hello,
I wanted to brag about how I got the chance to visit the boutique of a well-know stamp company called MY FAVORITE THINGS! I was glancing through their website, and I remembered that their warehouse and boutique is located here in Florida. I scrolled down to the bottom of their website, and found a tiny little link that said "JOIN US FOR A CLASS!"


I would NEVER have seen it! I saw a great class listed that was two weeks out that worked with my schedule. It was working with Alcohol and Distress inks, and I instantly signed up!

It took me about an hour and a half to get there. (Eustis, FL from Trinity, FL) The drive took me through several little towns. I forgot that all of Florida isn't built up and over-run with McDonald's and Dunkin stores!

It was a great class, and the boutique was huge! Here is a picture of me standing outside the front window of the boutique! So cool! I regret to say, I did not buy anything while I was there. I was interested in a flower set, but (as always) it was discontinued. (poor me). It was SO much fun to browse and gawk!




I have been busy in my craft room, I just have no decent camera to take photos of my creations. I am working on it though. See you in a bit!

3.19.2018

Thanks Gift Set

Hello,
Welcome back! I am sad to say that my spring break has come and gone. I can't complain though, I made it very productive, and I feel like I got many "to do" items off my list. I even got to go to Indian Rocks Beach, and Sarasota!
On to my cards. I enjoy creating gift sets for different occasions. I am particularly proud of this set, because it uses two new techniques that I learned recently, and I can say (with confidence) that it is absolutely unique from other cards! Take a look:

 Card #1: Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber Oxide Inks
 Card #2: Broken China and Peacock Feather Oxide Inks
 Card #3: Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Oxide Inks
 Card #4: Peeled Paint and Cracked Pistachio
 Card #5: Faded Jeans and Iced Spruce Oxide Inks
 Card #6: Fired Brink and Worn Lipstick Oxide Inks


The box I made out of heavy watercolor Paper, and covered it with SU! Patterned paper. The box holds all 6 cards and then ties closed. Each card was matted with with cardstock and matched with cardstock from Stampin' Up! The Stamp is Whumsy Daisy from Endless Creations.

I love when a look I am going for works beautifully! I cannot say these techniques are my own, I got them from Jennifer McGuire. See below for her awesome blog posts and even detailed videos. She can explain so much better then I can!

Technique #1: Wreath Builder Stamping - Click HERE for the video and blog post
Technique #2: Distress Oxide Water Painting - Click HERE for the video and blog post

I entered one card into two challenges.




Thanks for dropping in!

3.03.2018

New Planner!

Hello again!
Spring break is a week away, and I have so many card designs swimming around in my head! I Love this sentiment. Take a look:

 Another project I have been working on is a new planner:

I have a TEACHER planner for school, and a wall planner for home. I needed a change. I guess planner OBSESSION is a real thing, and I dove head-first into the facebook group craze! There are entire blogs dedicated to nothing but planner obsession. (for example: All About Planners) Rachel is from Australia and post all about different types of planners. 

Anyway, I decided on a DAY-Timer A5 planner, purple of course. I designed my own inserts, dividers, pockets and such. I am having fun with it, but I am not crazed like many others. That is where my madness stops. I have no desire to enter challenges, or create and sell planner stickers or design a traveler's planner.


I can say with confidence, I am much more organized and put tons of thoughts on paper now! Thanks for dropping in.