Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tried and True: Card Designs that work!

A quick little post today to let you know about a great card making class starting very soon with May Flaum called Tried and True: Card Designs that work!  And I am excited and privileged to be a guest in her new class along with some other great teachers.  I will be talking about what works for me in my card designs and how to take those basic ideas, change them up and make them your own.

You can find more registration and information about the class HERE.

This class will run live from November 1-30 and includes:
  • Full video lessons including tips, tricks, and substitution suggestions for all dozen “tried and true” cards
  • Weekly inspiration emails with student creations as well as fresh ideas from the internet
  • Four bonus “common pitfall” video lessons
  • Bonus video lessons (by May Flaum) creating cards inspired by each of the guest instructors
  • Video lesson on being inspired by beautiful cards, and how to translate into your own style
  • PDF file recapping highlights of each lesson for reference made available at the end of class
  • Unlimited email access to May Flaum before, during, and after class
  • Access to classroom and all materials as self-paced class after class ends
  • Classroom message board for interacting with fellow students and lead instructor May Flaum (Oct 30-Nov30)
  • Two live-chat Q&A and technique demos with May Flaum (google+ hangout/YouTube live) that will be archived in the classroom

Hope to see you in class!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Essentials By Ellen Holiday Release II Blog Hop

Hello, and welcome to the Holiday II Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! Today I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies from this release! You should be arriving from Carly Minner's blog.  To start at the beginning or if you get lost along the way please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

Also, I get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set (maximum value $15) currently in stock at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on today’s post with a valid email address by October 27th!

There is also a crazy good Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, also by October 27th, with a valid email address; winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, October 30th!

And now to the projects....


My first two cards use dies from the new Poinsettia and Pine die set. Both cards use the same technique of coloring microfine glitter with copic markers.


For this technique I applied Stick It adhesive sheets to some white cardstock and then die cut the pieces.  After they were cut I could remove the liner paper exposing the adhesive and then add the glitter.  After rubbing the glitter into the paper I could then add the color with the markers.  When doing this technique I am careful not to color with too much pressure, typically I do more of a stipple type coloring to be sure to keep the nibs of my markers from getting damaged.  The sentiment is stamped with gold Delicata ink and I added some gold splatters using Tarnished Brass Distress spray. I added some fossilzed amber distress ink behind the center of the flower.


This card uses the same technique and has some clear gems and peppermint twine for embellishment.


My final cards feature the new Tis The Season dies.  That's right now you can die cut these fun images. One of my favorite things about dies is their ability to cut different surfaces so of course that is exactly what I did.  I stamped both images with archival ink.  The sweater was stamped on wool felt and the gingerbread man on cork.  I love that the dies cut each image out perfectly.  I added some hand stitching over the tree on the sweater and added a star gem for embellishment.

Next head over and visiCarolyn PeelerHappy hoppin’!


Monday, October 19, 2015

Lawn Fawn October Inspiration Week: Oh Snap & Love you Latke

Sorry for the late post, I am currently suffering through a lack of internet at our new house. It's amazing how much I rely on it to get things done!

Lawn Fawn inspiration week continues today with Oh Snap and Love you Latke, a great new Hanukkah set. For my Hanukkah card I did a lot of distress ink blending to try and make the candles glow.


I simply stamped the image then blended the colors around it. I colored it in with gel pens to cover up the blended colors. This set has a great die set that allows you to cut out the candles and flames separate and layer them but I actually made this before I had those awesome dies in my hot little hands.


I covered a scalloped rectangle in grey ink then added a layer of wink of stella glitter to it to make my own shimmery silver paper.


For my second card I colored the little gingerbread men with colored pencils to give them some cookie texture.  I arranged them on pink card stock circles and added simple banners for the sentiments.  I love that little angry cookie with the broken leg, he makes me giggle.


Be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn Blog for more projects with these two great sets!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Lawn Fawn October Inspiration Week: Snowy Backdrops

Hello! Back again with another Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week post.  It may be fall but we are featuring snow today.  Snowy Backdrops to be exact.


For my card I stamped the Snowy Backdrops in Veramark ink and clear embossed them on Distress Watercolor card stock then I blended Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch distress inks over the embossing to create the snowy sky.  I cut the tree border out of white card stock and stamped the sentiment in Sugarplum ink.


To finish I added the snowmen from Ready, Set, Snow and added some flakes as well in Mermaid ink.  Be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn blog for more projects with the Snowy Backdrops stamp set as well as the background die!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Lawn Fawn October Inspiration Week: Winter Scripty Sayings

It's Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week time again.  Today we are focusing on Winter Scripty Sayings and the new scalloped rectangles.


For this card I used the scritpy sayings sentiment stamped in cranberry ink as my focal point then stamped pine branches in celery stick and freshly cut grass inks around the oval using stamps from Deck the Halls.


Using the MISTI tool I stamped the sentiment on the card base as well so that that line and loops of the stamp would line up with the oval on top.  I also stamped the Argyle backdrops in freshly cut grass and more pine boughs in celery stick on the background.  I finished it off with some pine cones and matching twine.


I'm so happy that there are scalloped rectangles to layer behind my favorite stitched rectangles.  I hope that maybe Lawn Fawn has some scalloped ovals or squares in their plans for the future.  I cut this scalloped rectangle from white card stock and then covered it with Rusty Hinge distress ink to create custom colored card stock in the color I wanted.  I also layered wink of stella clear glitter over it for some shine.


I dressed up the raccoon from the Holiday Party Animal set so that he is all ready for Thanksgiving and gave him a tone on tone wishbone background to complete the ensemble.  Be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn blog for more projects as well as giveaways!

P.S. I also have a fall card over on the Simon Says Stamp blog today, go check it out!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Today is a Good (coffee) Day!

Just popping in with a quick post to share the coffee card I made a couple weeks ago with the Tim Holtz exclusive STAMPtember set.  I was thrilled with how this one turned out.


For this card I stamped the image on Bristol paper and colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens.  I also stamped it in Lawn Fawn Walnut ink onto a die cut kraft card stock rectangle.  I tried out my copic airbrush system for the first time and airbrushed a brown around the edges of the image.  I thought I would give this a method a try versus trying to achieve the look with distress inks.  I think the fade out to the kraft card stock worked much better this way.


I stamped some coffee beans in Doe ink using a stamp from Lawn Fawn's Love you a Latte set. I stamped them on the kraft panel as well as the Natural card stock base in such a way that they looked scattered around the image and not like pattern paper. I fussy cut out the cup with straw and label and popped it up with thin foam squares over the image stamped on the background panel.  I finished it off by matting the panel with dark brown burlap for some fun texture.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I'm getting my craft room finally set up so soon I will be able to share pictures!


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