Thursday, April 27, 2017

#TGIFC105 - 2nd Anniversary Celebration


You may remember when I blogged with the TGIF Challenges team each Friday. I stepped back from this team in November to prepare for my return to work (outside of the home). I loved being a part of the talented TGIF team and when they asked if I would be interested in joining them today for a special 2 year anniversary post as a special alumni guest, I could not resist!


DOLCE DETAILS

  • To ink the "Oh Happy Day" greeting - Use a Sponge Dauber to add ink to the rubber stamp. Start with Peekaboo Peach and add to the top of the stamp. Next use Flirty Flamingo, start where you stopped using Peekaboo Peach. Finish with Pool Party Ink.
  • The adorable tassel is from the Cupcakes & Carousel Embellishment Kit. You will die over all of the cute things in this set - trust me, you need to order it!
  • The Lace Doily was colored with a Sponge Dauber and Pool Party Ink.


I created this card just for you today. When I started to write this blog, I remembered that I had a Stampin' Bingo night that I created projects for using this Designer Series Paper and color combo. I can not find the photos from the event, but thankfully I had some pictures of some of the things I create. I thought I would share these with you too!


Each guest had a product swab bad and this was the bag tag. I added it to a Pool Party cardstock base and created a quick card. I hate to throw bag tags away, I always like to repurpose them this way.



Have you created a box in a bag before? This was one of my make and take projects at the class. If you google it I am sure you will find some great (easy) patterns out there!



Our second make and take was this gift card holder. I give a lot of cash and gift cards for birthday projects so I love little packages like this.



This beauty was inspired from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue. They had a similar version in the publication and I just had to try to make one for myself. The base of the ice-cream cart is made from two White Gift Boxes (yes - from Stampin' Up!). I used Tear Tape Adhesive to stick them together and then wrapped them with Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper.

The canopy was a bit tricky ... I used candy sticks from a craft store. Two were full length and hot glued to the top of the back side of the cart. Two were cut down slightly and glued to the front side of the cart. In both cases I used a Hot Glue Gun. The trick was to add a small, neat, bead of glue and then hold the stick in place until it set.

The canopy top was a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 6-1/2" wide x 4-1/2" long. You will need to score it at 1/2" and then at 3-1/2" to get the folds for the canopy front and back. To decorate the canopy, cut strips of Whisper White cardstock and Designer Series Paper to 1" x 4-1/4". Use a Circle Punch to round off the ends of each strip (any size circle punch will do). Use Tombo Multipurpose Glue to add the strips to the canopy and fold on your score lines. Use a Hot Glue Gun to add the canopy top to your cart.



It was so great to stamp with the TGIF Challenge today. I can not wait to see that the design team and all of the talented followers create this week for this celebratory challenge!

Have a creative day,
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It's all about the details - Fancy Friday Blog Hop


Happy Friday my friends! Are are already at the end of April and the Fancy Friday design team is here with a new blog hop. Today our challenge was to create a project without a greeting. 
Sometimes you need a card "just because". A card to write a little note to tells someone that you appreciate them or that you are thinking of them. I created two cards today that are just that.

CARD ONE


 DOLCE DETAILS

  • I watercolored a stripped background on the Soft Sky Cardstock with an Aqua Painter and Soft Sky Reinker. 
  • The circle behind the dragonfly is a punched 1-3/8" Circle Punch with Whisper White Cardstock. I used a Bone Folder to curl the cardstock like you would curling ribbon. I did it multiple times, in multiple directions. This loosened the fibers of the cardstock and let me pull it apart into two layers. 
  • The small dragonflies actually come as one Big Shot Thinlit that has 5 little dragon flies fused together. I used Paper Snips to cut out two for my card.




CARD TWO


DOLCE DETAILS

  • The Emerald Envy vine was cut with the Flourish Thinlits. This thinlit had little flowers included on the die. I used Paper Snips to cut the flowers off so that I just had a vine for this project.
  • I used a Sponge Dauber to add Pink Pirouette Ink to the Pink Pirouette cut flowers for texture and depth.
  • The thread is a piece of Silver 5/8" Satin Ribbon pulled apart. Watch my video for this technique here:



Up next on the Fancy Friday blog is my beautiful friend Erica Cerwin.
Click over to Erica and see what she has created without using a greeting!


Look for the Fancy Friday blog hop the last Friday of each month.
See you in May!

Have a creative day,


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Hello Spring - GDP084


Hello Spring? Are you there? I didn't think so. April 20-something and we are still waiting for the warm sunshine of spring. Here in Edmonton, we have had nothing but snow and freezing temperatures. I am not impressed!

Spring brings Peonies. My Grandma Rita had dozens of Peonies when I was growing up and these pink flowers remind me of her, which makes them one of my favorite flowers.



I tried to create a peonie with the You've Got This Stamp Set (I think it turned out okay!). I stamped the flower Smoky Slate Ink on Shimmery White Cardstock and used my AquaPainter to watercolor the flower (Rose Red Ink & Garden Green Ink). It was really hard to photograph, but the flower is covered with Clear Wink of Stella, which gives it a beautiful shimmer.



Visit the Global Design Project to see what the design team is created and what our followers are creating this week for Challenge #GDP084. We would love for you to join us and play along! 

Thank-you for visiting. Have a creative week!



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Monday, April 17, 2017

Nailed It (sort of) - Crafty Carrot Co. Blog Hop


Today the Crafty Carrot Collective is blog hopping to share projects with the Nailed It Stamp Set and Framelits. The good news ... you love this product suite! The bad news ... in some markets, Stampin' Up! has sold out of some of these products! Of course, we planned this product feature months ago. 

Being creative folk, we came up with a new plan and decided that for this hop, and the May tutorials, we will showcase 2 projects - one project featuring Nailed It and a second featuring an alternate stamp set that will be carried over to the new 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! catalogue.


I stamped the Nailed It hammer on Smoky Slate cardstock with Basic Grey Archival Ink. I used my ink pads and an Aqua Painter to watercolor the hammer. Have you tried this technique?

WATERCOLOR WITH YOUR INK PADS:

1. Squeeze your ink pad together when it is in the closed position. (You are pushing the back side of the top lid into the ink pad itself).

2. Open youR ink pad. You will see that ink transferred to the inside of the lid.

3. Pick up some ink with an Aqua Painter and watercolor your image.



I was pretty impressed the way that my second project came together from CASE-ing the hammer card. (CASE-ing means Copy And Selectively Edit).

Up next on the blog hop is my friend Susan Wong.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Ink Education


In the paper crafting world there is a long list of ink choices. I am here to help! I have broken down the current ink offerings from Stampin' Up! and am sharing the benefits and uses of each. I have also given you some advice on using these inks for watercoloring and giving you tips to clean and care for your stamps.


I hope that this has helped! If you have any tips or information to share, please comment below! 

Have a creativa day!


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