Monday, May 23, 2016

Copic Jumpstart Class


This is my first attempt at coloring with Copic markers.  Yikes! I am taking an online class, Copic Jumpstart,  that starts later this week. The teacher, Sandy Allnock, gave us a little pre-class assignment. She may tell me to quit after looking at this! LOL! I'm excited though to try something new. I've always wanted to learn how to color with Copics, so fingers crossed I learn a lot and get better. I'll keep you posted.

Enjoy your day and happy stamping!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sponging On Embossed Images

 
There is an easy way to add color to an embossed image . . . sponging!  I dabbed a sponge on a Tim Holtz Distress ink pad and lightly stroked it over the embossed image. The sponge deposits the color in various intensities which  I think make it look more natural.
 
You're In My Prayers Card Supplies:
Darcie Leafy Tree Trunk Embossing Folder
Simon Says Stamp Prayers Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Gathered Twigs, Mowed Lawn
Stampin Up Ink - Basic Gray
Stampin Up Card Stock - Basic Gray, Whisper White
 
Like sponging? Have a better idea to add color to an embossed image? Leave me a comment below with your suggestions.
 
Happy stamping!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Paper Smooches April Challenge




I love Paper Smooches!  Their April Challenge is black & white with a pop of color!  Love it!

This simple Miss You card was created using the following products:

Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler Stamp Set 
Paper Smooches Dots & Dashes Die Set
Paper Smooches Hearts Die set
Stampin Up White Ink and embossing powder
Stampin Up Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock

My son went on a class trip to Philadelphia a couple weeks ago. He was gone 3 days, 2 nights. Now you understand how I got inspired to make this card. He is only 10 years old. It was torture for me . . . exciting and fun for him! LOL! He did tell me he missed me when he got home and that brought a tear to my eye. He is a sweetie!

Enjoy your day and happy stamping!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Mini Misti Product Review



I was skeptical, let me tell you . . . very skeptical about buying the Mini Misti. When it arrived, it sat on my craft table for a few days. I was hesitant, and hoping I didn't waste my money. You'll be glad to know it was worth every penny!

Here is the write-up about the product:

The Mini MISTI stamping tool is named the Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented and it lives up to its name. MISTI's simple hinge design provides consistent stamping for beginner, novice or experienced cardmaker and it makes stamping easier than ever before. The MINI MISTI, like it's larger counterpart, can be used with clear stamps and red rubber cling mount stamps and the included foam pad raises your cardstock/paper to facilitate stamping with clear stamps.
You can use the MISTI for repeated stamp positioning, lining up die cuts and stamps, registration, etc. The two included magnets help to quickly and easily position your cardstock or paper and hold it in place. The included positioning grid paper helps you find just the right positioning for your stamp before you put ink to paper.
The Mini MISTI is a tool you will treasure and enjoy for years to come. Use it for your personal scrapbook pages, cards and other paper crafting projects or use it for assembly-line stamping on cards or invitations. The MISTI is laser etched, saw cut, and hand assembled to stand the test of time. 


How does it work? Let me break it down for you step by step.

Below is a piece of white cardstock I embossed ahead of time. It is secured in place on the foam pad with two round silver magnets provided with the Misti. I place my un-inked stamp right where I wanted it on the card.



I closed the door and pressed down a little to adhere the stamp to the door.


I lifted the door back open and inked up the stamp. I closed the door to stamp my image on the cardstock pressing down a little on the stamp.


So easy! 


I didn't ink up my stamp enough. Ever get a partial impression? All I had to do was open the door again and add some more ink and press down again. Perfection! No stressing out over matching up the stamped image exactly because it's still in the same place. 


I just love how you can get accurate placement results of your stamps with this tool. I'm going to enjoy this even more when I'm mass producing Christmas cards. It will make it so much easier. It's great for layering on colors too or having to line up multiple images. You can even put multiple stamps all on at once on the Mini Misti to save time as well.

Card Supplies: Papertrey Ink Friendly Flowers, Darice Daisy Embossing Folder, Martha Stewart Glitter Markers, Stampin Up! Whisper White & Daffodil Delight Card Stock.

I give the Mini Misti 5 stars!  Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about it by leaving a comment at the end of this post. I'd love to hear what YOU think.

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

hello


Hello everyone! I’m back from a little blogging break. I hope you enjoyed your Easter holiday and Spring Break!

Although it doesn’t feel like Spring here, it feels like it in my craft room. I am enjoying some new papers and tools that I’ve recently purchased. My favorite new item is Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid paper pack. It is so colorful for your spring cards. I used it in the background of the card pictured above. My other favorite new product is My Favorite Things Stitched Scallop Frames. I also used this in the card pictured above. These dies are so stinking cute and come in rectangles, circles, ovals, and squares. Do you need them all? YES! Well, I’m not a fan of ovals . . . so maybe not that one.

hello Card Supplies:

Stampin Up
Card Stock: Whisper White and Pool Party
Die: Hello You
Embossing Folder: Spring Flowers

Lawn Fawn Patterned Paper: Perfectly Plaid

MFT Die: Stitched Rectangles Scallop Frames

My birthday was last month so I bought myself a birthday present I wasn’t sure I’d like  . . . the Mini Misti. I’ll share my thoughts on that in the next post. Stay tuned!!!! If you have one already, I’d love to hear what you think about it. Leave me a comment at the end of this post.

Happy stamping!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Love You

 
I am obsessed with Mason Jars. I don't know what it is, but I just love them! I love the old kind, with rusty tops. I have a collection of them I keep in my kitchen on top the cupboards.

My obsession carries over into stamps with jars. Oh yes! I probably have every stamp and punch that that resembles a Mason Jar. Is there a Mason Jars Anonymous? Lol.

The cute little jar in my Valentine today is Best Buds from Paper Smooches. I was so mad at myself for not buying the coordinating dies. I made a bunch of these and was sitting on the couch cutting it out carefully. It took so long that my husband even questioned me as to what I was doing! I CASED this card from the Paper Smooches blog post here. Mines a little different, but wanted to give credit where it's due for the design of it.

I really like how the water in the jar turned out. I debated using a colored pencil or marker. I went for the marker. If I would have stamped it on watercolor paper, I could have tried watercolors. Now that might have turned out even better! Maybe next time. Do you have any ideas for coloring in water? I'd love to hear them. Just e-mail me HERE or leave me a comment at the end of this post.

Happy stamping!

Supplies:


Not Pictured: Stampin Up Real Red card stock, Stampin Up Markers - Real Red, Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue, Stampin Up Crazy about You stamp set, Pebbles Inc Patterned Paper, Recollections Heart Tags.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Lovebirds - Paper Smooches Valentine

Paper Smooches released near the end of last year these darling Birds and Fused Frame dies. I thought they were great to make a cute little Valentine with for my husband. After I made the card pictured above, I looked at it the next day and thought it might look better with a brown background behind the birds. Which one do you like better? I can't decide.

I used a woodgrain embossing folder from Tim Holtz for the background of this card. After embossing the card stock, I sponged the raised surface very lightly with Chocolate Chip ink from Stampin Up. The subtle color really makes those grains pop. You could also ink up the inside of the embossing folder before embossing if you wanted something more prominent.

Lovebirds Card Supplies:
Card Stock: Stampin Up Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Real Red
Ink: Stampin Up Chocolate Chip, Basic Black
Dies: Paper Smooches Birds, Fused Frame
Punch: Martha Stewart Hearts
Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz Woodgrain

As you can see in the pictures, I have my Valentines Day decorations out. Typically when I put Christmas away, the Valentines come out to keep some color in the house.

Happy stamping!

** I entered this card in the Paper Smooches January Challenge - 4 colors. I've got Stampin Up Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Real Red, and Basic Black. Wish me luck!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Painted Blooms Birthday Card

 
 
Happy New Year!  Sorry I haven't posted since November. December is a crazy busy month for me between all the birthdays in my family and Christmas. I'm back though! Hopefully you missed me. LOL!

One of my New Years resolutions was to be more aware of birthdays outside my immediate family and friends. I work with many people and have regular contact with some on a daily basis. I feel bad sometimes when I don't give them a card and just send an e-mail. I guess I'm looking to give a more personal touch to others this year. Hopefully that makes sense.

Sooooo . . . in order to keep this resolution, I need a stockpile of cards. Right? Right! I made a bunch of the birthday card pictured above. Simple design, easy to duplicate, and pretty. The patterned paper is Painted Blooms from Stampin Up. It truly looks like a watercolor painting. Each design in the pack is as gorgeous as the next.

If you've made any New Year's resolutions, I'd love to hear what they are . . . especially if it's craft-related. Please leave a comment or send me an e-mail. I may share some of those ideas in another post!

Happy Birthday Card - All Supplies from Stampin Up:
Stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes
Patterned Paper: Painted Petals
Card Stock: Whisper White, Pacific Point
Ink: Pacific Point
Other: Banner Triple Punch

Keep warm and happy stamping!