Monday, July 25, 2016

Stamp-A-Faire 2016 Farewell

Stamp-A-Faire 2016
Good morning everyone! I will be going back to work today after a great vacation, however, I will be dreaming of colors, and stamps, and techniques, and inspiration, and such! The cards above are my creations made this weekend. I wish I could do more tonight, but I will be pulling twelve hours or more...oh well!

Even though the event officially ends Tuesday morning, I will definitely continue with all of the projects and even going back to previous years. The efforts of Nichole and the design team were fantastic, and I learned so much! Thanks again Papertrey Ink!

See you all soon!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Floral Impressionism: SAF 2016

Stamp-a-Faire 2016: Floral Impressionism
Hello everyone! Hope your Sunday has been a good one! Mine certainly has, but as usual, Monday is creeping in on me, so this will likely be my last post for today.

I love Monet, and Melissa Phillips gave us a great tutorial in creating a soft, impressionistic look for greeting cards. I have experimented with watercolor and embossing before, but I think her tutorial has helped me achieve the look I've been seeking.

I can also tell you that this has been the best experience I've had in a long time. Following along with Stamp-A-Faire, watching the tutorials, and being inspired by the design team as well as the masters somehow helped the creative juices flow. I don't think I was frustrated once with a technique! Thanks so much Papertrey Ink!

Not only was I inspired, but I did learn a trick. Sometimes the dies are solid and the stamped image is delicate as it is with the sentiment. I remembered a tutorial by Papertrey Ink as well as others to die cut a space for the sentiment. That worked, but the word 'of' is disconnected. To remedy this, I used a solid post-it note to keep the die cut in place so I could stamp the phrase in my Mini-Misti. It worked beautifully and kept everything lined up!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Use a solid post-it note to hold die cuts in place
Recipe--all products PTI unless noted:

White cardstock, Canson watercolor paper
Inks:  Raspberry Fizz, Pale Peony, Mint Julep, Green Parakeet, Harvest Gold, Spring Moss, Melon Berry
Stamps & Dies: Graceful Greetings, Peonies on Parade, Polka Dot Basics
Martha Stewart border die
Recollections white embossing powder

Gilded in Gold Tags: SAF 2016

Stamp-a-Faire 2016 Gilded Gift Tags
Happy Sunday everyone! The picture above represents around two dozen gilded tags and about three hours of crafting! I won't bore you too much with the details...let's just say one mess led to another. The happy news is I think I have this gilded thing down now!

Actually, using Liquid Leaf brought back a lot of memories from my childhood. My mother, sister, and I would decoupage anything that wasn't nailed down, and we always finished the projects with Liquid Leaf. I had as much fun today as I did back then!  Below are photos of my process and supplies.

For the white tags, I used Tsukineko Galaxy Gold and a starry background stamp I had in my stash. I stamped the paper all over, then cut out the tags.

For the pink and chocolate tags, I used Polka Dot Basics stamp set to create a patterned background. For the pink, I used the smaller dots and Pale Peony. For the Chocolate, I used Versa Mark and Zing Gold embossing powder to create the background.

After cutting out all of the tags, I stamped sentiments from Graceful Greetings and Birthday Cheer. I used Bookprint Upper Case for the monograms and scrap paper for the circle backgrounds. Then I gilded away!

The only problem was I made a mess of the backside, and I also realized that it's hard to see a signature on chocolate paper, so I decided to use buff cardstock to cover the backside of the tags. Hence the reason I'm just now finishing up. But the good news is I have plenty tags to share with my daughter-in-law! Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 23, 2016

SAF 2016: Starry Night w/Amy Sheffer

Below is my card for the 2nd Challenge: Van Gogh's Starry Night

Interpretation of Van Gogh's Starry Night
Amy led us through a series of steps to create our own night-time card. My fingers haven't been this inky in a long time!  I've included the video below. While the steps are easy, there are a few of them. Instead of using true black re-inker or black acrylic paint, I used my Tombow Dual Brush Pen #N15 to create the silhouette below the expansive sky. Also, I didn't use a nest of thread. Instead I double cut the word "Faith" in black and silver glitter paper. I then used a 'drop-shadow' effect to create the sentiment. I stamped the rest of the sentiment onto white cardstock paper and used a blue staple to adhere it to the card. Finally, I finished the inside using a star stamp I have in my stash using Blueberry Sky.

I really love this technique and this card! Thanks for stopping by!! 

Inspiration 1 

Back In Action!

Inspired by Mark Rothko

Hello everyone! The month of July has been vacation month in our household! While a good portion was spent working [bummer], we made it over to Alabama to do some deep-sea fishing and spend quality time with our youngest son, Matt and his girlfriend, Haley.

I am ending my vacation doing what I love most. It's 100+ degrees outside, the lake is closed, so that means no guilt spending the next couple of days making cards! I will have several posts today responding to challenges posted by Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-Faire 2016. I've never participated before, so I'm really excited about this opportunity. The card is for the first challenge [yes, it started at 8:00, but I had to get my roots touched up!!]: Master Color Recipes.

I used the art-work by Mark Rothko as my watercolored background. I used all of the colors in the challenge except Terracotta Tile because I didn't have it. Instead I mixed Melon Berry and Distress Ink-Fired Brick to create a similar color.  Below is my recipe for the card as well as a shot of the inside.  Hope you can play along!


Card Recipe
Paper/Accents:  Canson XL watercolor paper; PTI's Stamper's Select/White; Recollections washi tape; sequins
Inks: Distress Fired Brick; PTI's Melon Berry, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, True Black
Stamps: Graceful Greetings