Happy Valentines Day!

 

Hi friends! I am going to keep it short and sweet tonight with this sweet treat valentines day card!

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Honestly I am tuckered out! Today was big storm clean up day, they cancelled school again and try as I might I am not as productive with the kids at home and it looks like we will get another foot of snow tomorrow afternoon! I don’t know where we will put it, we have not had snow like this in a few years and it was spread out, not all at once. We are getting winter all in one week! That is why I love Valentines day, it is a bright spot in the depths of winter halfway through the shortest (yet feels like the longest) month of the year. Yay Valentines day! I realize it is probably a bit late to share this project but you can file it away for next year and be ahead of the game!

Supplies:

  • White cardstock
  • Colored cardstock or premade card bases (mine were from Micheals)
  • Black Waterproof stamping ink (Ranger Archival)
  • Stamps: Yummy in my TummyAny Occasion (SAB freebie)
  • Sweet Treat cups #116802 (*I think these are discontinued but you could put a clear baggie behind the opening for goodies or make this design on a small treat bag. I think the small circle shape shaker from Jillibean soup is close to the same size)
  • Watercolors (I am using Jane Davenport Brights and the yellow from Neutrals but use what you have)
  • Watercolor brushes, stamping block and adhesive

 

I also wanted to wish my best friend Kathy (Remember Ask a Crafter) 🙂 a very happy birthday, 29 is a great year my friend! (I should know, I have celebrated it many times LOL!) Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

FYI: Links to products are to my friend Wendy’ Stampin Up store (or you can order from your demonstrator) or to Simon Say Stamp (affiliate links) for non Stampin Up product:)

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Stamp School: REinkers & Bobbles: Cute Foxy Valentine

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to make a sweet card with a reinker watercolor background, you can stamp and paint with the same inks so you know everything will match! Plus it is simple. We will also use wire to make an interactive element!

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All the instructions are in this real time tutorial. I hope you enjoy it and find the techniques useful in your next card!

This video is sponsored by Wendy Cranford at Luvin Stampin ***It is Stampin Up Sale-a-Bration time so you can earn a free product with every $50 you spend, use the host code: GQTMCYYQ through Feb. 23rd to receive fun goodies like free card kits with the $50 minimum order, AND… she is also giving 12 FREE printable tutorials each month when you purchase $50 or more from her during the month… YOU MUST use the host code if your order is under $150 to get these benefits:)

Supplies:

I really think reinkers are a good investment, not only can you use them to refill a stamp pad 4-6 times (a bottle of reinker costs less than a new stamp pad!) but you can watercolor with them, make spray mists, refill watercolor brush pens as well as dye ribbons and other porous items. Look for supplies that do double duty in your craft room and you will save money, time and space and have a lot more fun creating! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Distressed Foiling with Stamps!

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to use foil and stamps together to make a lovely card:

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Watch the video to see how!

The stamp set I am using is a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set from Stampin Up! If you want to order this or anything else from SU and you don’t have a Demo please contact my friend Wendy Cranford, You pay less if you order through a demonstrator and she is not pushy at all:) She also has free ideas and giveaways on her blog, as well as a stamp club you can join.

Supplies:
Stamps: Botanicals for You Saleabration set (Stampin Up) *Tip, this is a free set when you order $50, to get the free set click special offers at the bottom of your shopping cart and you will see all of the free items you can pick from. Fun! Saleabration runs through 3/31/16
Heat n Stick powder (Stampin Up)
White cardstock
Gold striped notecard
Deco Foil
Heat gun *Note, using an iron and parchment paper might work better!
Dye ink in red, orange, yellow and green
Versamark ink

How to foil with Heat n Stick powder:
1. Stamp image with Versamark ink.
2. Sprinkle on powder and heat with heat tool.
3. Press foil to melted powder.
4. Reheat and repress foil if needed.

This technique gives you a fun distressed elegant look that I love. I hope you try it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Gratitude Card

Need a 10 minute thank you card? How about this?

I used a cute little house stamp set I got a few years ago as a Sale-a-bration freebie from Stampin Up! but never used it until I put all of my tiny stamps out in the open (yes I took those wood SU! stamps right out of their package!) and put them in printers trays. This card went together in minutes. I used some homemade seam binding, an embossing folder, die cut and a bit of cardstock, nothing fancy. Did you notice I actually used a stamp wheel? I love having all of my stamps out in the open now because I USE them, you can see my stamp storage re-do on this post.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Copic+Colored Pencil=Awesomeness!

Hmmm, Is Awesomeness even a word, well if it isn’t it should be! This week I challenged my designers to create cards and projects inspired by nature. Many of the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff sets are nature themed so it was easy to find a stamp to use, I decided to work with my Fancy Flowers digital stamp set and here is what I came up with:

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's stamp stuff, Cardstock: GP, Co'ordenations, Rubber stamp (sentiments): SU!

I got the idea to use colored pencils over my copic markers from a lady in my What’s Digital Stamping? Yahoo Group (Thanks Tiffany, you rock!) and I love the results. You simply color the images as usual with your copic (or Bic, Sharpie or Prismacolor) markers then add colored pencil on top. The more color you add the more it will glow but if you were coloring something that was fuzzy (like a teddy bear) or rough (like a rock) you can use a lighter touch to pick up some of the texture of the paper.

Markers: Copic, Colored Pencils: Prismacolor, Punch: SU!

Tiffany warns up not to use the marker over the colored pencil though, it will gunk up our marker nibs.

The colored pencils over the markers give a rich glow to the work.

I first colored the images with markers as I normally would, then I added colored pencils around the edges and blended them inward with a colorless blending pencil, or you can use a lighter colored pencil.

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Die Cuts: Penny Duncan

Now let’s see what nature inspired designs the rest of the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff design team has for us today!

Kristen Hamlin

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Cheryl Gorka

Anette “Nettie” Robins

Cassandra Cushman

Tanya Johnson

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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