Saturday, June 27, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #22

Hi all!!  I'm back with a quick card!!  I made this for the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge.Flickr Challenge #22!  The challenge is to create something with Rainbow Colors!

I die cut 3 small and three large feathers from the Simon Says Stamp "Feathers" dies out of watercolor paper.  Then "smooshed" them into some Rainbow Colors of Distress Inks (Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Salty Ocean and Dusty Conchord).

I adhered them to my front panel, lined up the "Big Hello" die from Simon Says Stamp and ran that through my Cuttlebug. I cut three more Hello's out of cheap black cardstock to give the sentiment some dimension.

I adhered to panel to the front of my A2 cardbase, pieced in the die cut Hello and all of its pieces, gave a layer of Wink of Stella clear Glitter pen and a dollop of Glossy Accents.  I did add some white pearls because I thought it looked a little plain...



Hope you like!!  
Until next time...

Laurie

Friday, June 26, 2015

Up, Up & Away

Happy Friday!!  So I've been playing with a lot of my new stamps and dies lately. A lot of Simon Says Stamp products (www.simonsaysstamp.com) and Ellen Hutson products (www.ellenhutson.com). All of which I absolutely adore!!  But, I may be alone alone here but I actually start to feel sorry for my older sets, the sets I haven't touched for awhile.  So I started flipping through my PaperTrey Ink (www.papertreyink.com) sets and came across the Up, Up and Away set.
This is such a great set and it has been ignored for a long time!  I knew I wanted to use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers today and then thought some masking would be fun.  I stamped and masked the balloons to create my seen and white heat embossed on Canson watercolor paper.
I also created masks using Inkadinkadoo Stamp Masking paper.
Next I used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and a blending tool to lightly color the background.  I die cut a mask out of typing paper with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Clouds dies and reinked over it to create "clouds".

Now this is wear the fun starts! I chose colors of the rainbow to color the balloons.  I love these markers!!!
Now you notice the red, yellow and orange balloon?? That one will not be in the finished card.  It was the first one I coloured but after colouring the other ones, I didn't like the way it looked.  To finish the card I cut the watercolored paper and a light blue piece of cardstock with a Stitched Rectangle die from Lawn Fawn and adhered them together.  I cut the banner for the sentiment from the Pinked Edge dies from Lil Inker Designs and stamped the sentiment in Simon Says Stamp Slate ink.  I adhered the banner over the little balloon to hide it.  Topped it off with some Lawn Fawn twine and some inexpensive enamel dots from Michaels. Also, can't forget the Wink of Stella!!  And here's the finished card!!



Hope you enjoyed!! 

Until next time, Stay Crafty!!


Laurie








Saturday, June 20, 2015

Watercolor Doily Card

Well, holy smokes!!  Two posts in one weekend!!  Like I said in my last post, I've been lazy, so I guess now I'm making up for it!!  Actually, I've bought some pretty amazing goodies over the last little while and am feeling very crafty again...lost the mojo for awhile, but inspiration came in the mail!!
This card all started with a messy sketch, something I don't do often.
 I knew I wanted to use the Mini Delicate Doily dies from MFT and inlay them. So, I lined them up and cut them out.
So now I had plain white doilies, which I thought would look good!  But they didn't. So I cut them again from watercolor paper and used Distress Inks in pinks, yellows and blues and the "smooshing" technique to color them.


Now, while I was doing this, I had no idea I was making a mess on my card panel:
So, that just meant that my banner would be strategically placed.  Worked out well (better, in fact) in the end.  I placed my doilies into their respective places and stamped my sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Encouragement stamp set on a Sketchy Banner die (also, Simon Says Stamp) and well, I wasn't blown away.   It was just so plain!! The vision I had at the start was not happening.
But I pushed through!  I took out my NEW Essentials By Ellen die set Wild Garden and cut a few elements out of black cardstock and placed them in and around the doilies.

The doilies were adhered with foam adhesive and the flowers were adhered straight to the panel with liquid glue.  No card is complete without a bit of Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen and a few enamel dots!  Here is the finished card:

Sorry about the lighting!! I just noticed how "pink" it is!!!

Hope you enjoyed!!

Stay crafty, my friends!

Laurie










Ink Obsession

Hi all!!  I know its been a little while and I'm not even going to make any excuses....I'm lazy, that's it. Truth is I haven't actually been doing a lot of card making lately.  I've been obsessed with rearranging my craft space, which turns into rearranging almost the entire house!!  But I think I'm happy and satisfied with it now!  So now the crafting can begin again:)
I've also been on kind of a spending spree (if you follow me on Instagram, you'll be well aware of this).  Not good.  Well, it is good in the way that I get fabulous new goodies delivered to my door every week.  Not so good that the Visa is taking a nasty hit.  If my husband actually knew what this stuff costs, he would freak out!  But whatever makes me happy, right?!?
It all started with me wanting new inks.  And trying to keep the cost down I went with the new Ranger dye inks over the Simon Says Stamp inks.  When I received them I was excited because there was good reviews but when I used them I was like "meh", didn't blow me away.  Don't get me wrong, they are good. They stamp nice and stuff but the colors were just, ok.  I guess its a good basic, primary set of inks.

 So then the new Simon Says Stamp release, The Colour of Fun, came out.  And they had a brand new set of inks, so I thought, why not, let's give these a try.

 Well, they are FABULOUS!!!! They are SO yummy (if you can describe ink that way)!!  They stamp like a dream!! And there started my obsession with collecting them all. I think they are quite reasonably priced but with the Canadian dollar being in the crapper, the cost does add up!

The way I look at it is this:  this stuff makes me happy, it takes the stress of my day job away.  I will spend hours in my craft room and when I come out I may have only made one or two cards, but I feel good. I feel relaxed.  Isn't that all that matters??  (I know, the Visa balance matters too, but that's for another day:)

I will have a card on here later, so stayed tuned!!
Stay crafty, my friends!!

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