Thursday, May 26, 2016

Right at Home Birthday Balloons/Hey Stella!

Stamped the balloons in the cute birthday set in the Right at Home May Stamped & Sealed Craft Box and added a quick wash of color.

Loved making that tie-dyed looking paper under the main layer. To get that look, I watercolored the edges of a Neenah Solar White cardstock panel using the same Tombow markers that I used to color the balloons (rubbed the markers on a craft sheet and picked up the ink using very little water). The cardstock warped badly, but I glued that sucker down and then ran it through my Big Shot to flatten.

There's Wink of Stella clear glitter (also in the Stamped & Sealed Craft Box) on those balloons. Every time I type Wink of "Stella" I think of this movie.  Note:  this is loud!

Speaking of balloons, the set comes with cute wiggly ribbon line stamps but I wanted straight ones for this card. so I drew them.  Oh that was so easy.  Too many times to count.  And those balloons are glued onto one piece of cardstock and then the whole thing is popped up. MUCH easier than trying to pop them up individually.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Summer Shells

Made this card a couple of weeks ago when we were in the middle of a month long stretch of rain and clouds and I needed to bring some sunshine indoors. Used just the outline, or top layer, of some of the shells in the Hero Arts Color Layering Seahorse set. Combining these bright colors (Altenew Warm Sunshine and Coral Berry) with black makes them pop.

Embellished with Electric Pink and Gold Pico Embellisher. After practicing on scrap paper, I just went for it and added them directly to the card. Love that stuff. If I had the $$ and the space, I'd buy every color!

MOOD WHEN DONE = Happy! The Altenew Dye and the Hero Arts Intense Black ink provide excellent coverage.  Yum.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Flower Bouquet

Made a friendly card with the Hero Arts Color Layering Bouquet. This set is a great multi purpose set that was easy to line up (truth!).  Used the edges of the foliage layer to make the patterned paper border.

MOOD WHEN DONE = Happy (and loving the Altenew Inks; used Arctic, Buttercream, and Forest Glades for this card).

Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Break for Stamping Destroyed My Life

Stamping Destroyed My Life is taking a mini break.  I expect it will resume in July.

Apparently, M needs time to work on her new business, Beautiful, before she can get back to telling her story.  Plus, I am busy taking care of a few minor medical annoyances, stamping, and when company is coming over, cleaning the parts of the house that they'll see.  Plus being retired means having to cook. Argh!

In the meantime, thanks for the comments!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Going Around in Circles

Love designs with strong geometric shapes -- circles, triangles, etc.  So I figured, how hard can it be to draw a few circles?  And why can't I keep my craft room neat for longer than 10 minutes?

Version 1:

Stamped circles with a solid circle stamp and watercolored. Should try this again, but the first go round (HA!) was a blotchy mess.  

Version 2:

Drew circles and watercolored them. Learned that I can't draw circles.

Version 3 (final version):

Made a mask out of typing paper and a circle die and drew the circles using the mask and a pencil. Not bad.

Watercolored with Tombow markers and erased the pencil lines when dry. Stamped the heart and arrow from Essentials by Ellen (by Julie) Love You So, trimmed patterned paper from Stampin Up, and adhered everything to an A2 card.

Added some Wink of Stella clear glitter to the heart because why not?

And, get ready, wrote a note inside the card, and MAILED it! 

MOOD WHEN DONE = Maybe I'll try triangles next.  How hard can that be?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Golden Thank You

This came out exactly as I had hoped. Yeah!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Right at Home: Let's Party!

Nicole, Right at Home's owner, graciously asked me to be on the Right at Home design team for May and June and I was very happy to say yes. Today, Right at Home is releasing the first of its Stamped and Sealed Craft Boxes. May's box is called Let's Party, and it's perfect for making birthday cards, tags, etc. Let's Party includes:
  • Simple Stories "Let's Party" 6x6 paper pad
  • Right at Home Stamps "Sweet Birthday" 4 in x 6 in stamp set (exclusive to box)
  • One package of "Birthday Cake" sequin mix (exclusive to box)
  • Clear Wink of Stella 

Very cute stuff!  My first project using Let's Party is this birthday tag, perfect to add to a little box of chocolates!

I was inspired by these ombre balloons that Julie Ebersole watercolored.  I quickly watercolored the balloons on Neenah Solar White by using a waterbrush to pick up some ink from Tombow markers that I had scribbled on a craft sheet. You aren't going to be able to blend ink or paint when working with watercolors on Neenah paper, but you can get a quick wash, which is what I wanted.  Added a bit of one of the patterned papers on the inside of the tag.

My second project is a colorful birthday card and coordinating envelope.

If you read this blog, you know I love a good envelope liner and the paper that comes with this Box is perfect for lining envelopes. I also used some of the paper for the background for the card. If you look closely, you'll see that the paper has the music and some of the words to Happy Birthday.

Hmm... Now I want cake.  On an orange fancy plate. And chocolates.

Hope you've enjoyed my projects with Let's Party.

MOOD WHEN DONE = Looking for a party!