Monday, April 30, 2018

The Secret of My Success~Fashioning Floral Sprays from Tiny Stamps!

Hi and hope if you're visiting you'll let me know in the comments below! I would really love to hear from you! 
I've always been drawn to the Folk-Art look of some of Papertrey Ink"s stamps...but once I held them in hand and saw all the numerous pieces I've been a little intimidated...befuddled...whatever you want to call it...Making it happen on my cards wasn't as easy as the design team made it look. 
One of my favorite sets is "Embellished Elegance." I liked it so much I also purchased the dies as there are many pieces in the set and some are intricate.
I came across an every day kitchen product on some one's blog not long ago that was used to keep a floral centerpiece or spray in place on your cards. Are you ready? It's the Glad Press n Seal that you find next to the Saran Wrap in the kitchen aisles! It is such a genius idea...I had to share a card I made.
Basically, you cut out your pieces, stamp where you wish...then you layout your design. You then take the sticky side of the "Press n Seal" and cover your project. You can carefully pick it up, (and all the pieces stay attached,) then flip it over, apply your glue to the backs of the pieces and then turn it over and lay it down on your card front. Holding it in place to allow the glue to adhere...you are able to then gently peel back the Press n Seal and have a perfect bouquet or floral spray. It takes the guesswork out of the final product. I've used this method a couple of times and it sure has helped me a lot!
Here is my card:

There were probably at least a dozen different pieces...all stamped in happy colors and the sentiment is also stamped and diecut. So to keep the vines flowing from the script letters...this made it so much easier. I also added a border of striped paper in PTI's Raspberry Fizz to the lower half along with a very thin strip of blue shimmer paper. This turned out so pretty...happy and fun for a birthday card!
Thanks again for your visit. I hope you will give this method a try...oh and you can always use this Glad Press 'n Seal for storing food in your fridge...if you get tired on stamping with it. :)

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Inspired by All the Little Things Blog Challenge!

We've got Spring outside! I am pretty happy about that, especially since two days ago it snowed! It made the grass green and the birds sing.... We went shopping last weekend for a bicycle for our daughter. Her birthday is in February...but we waited to get the bike until she could ride it as winter in Colorado doesn't lend itself very well to bicycle riding. I am awaiting a picture from her getting ready to ride! When I do, I am definitely going to be putting it here on my blog as it is one of those cute cruiser bikes and she got a leather seat and cute little basket for it.
I decided to play along at "Inspired by All the Little Things" challenge blog as these colors made me immediately think of the new bicycle and of course, I had to make a card for our daughter to go with her bike!!


And here is my card...inspired by the cake colors and the fact it looks like a birthday to me!!

My card uses Papertrey Ink's stamps, "Pedal Pusher" and the new "Stitch in Time Borders."  I love that I can customize all of the bicycle parts for the real thing...I was able to stamp the seat in brown just like the real brown leather seat! A pretty boquet of flowers in the basket and she's ready for Spring! I added a bit of embroidery floss to the top of the border frame.
Thanks so much to "Inspired by all the Little Things" for the fun challenge!!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Power Poppy~Vitamin ME!~April Challenge

Hi there!! I so enjoy reading the Power Poppy blog, and collecting all kinds of beautiful stamps that inspire me to create! I loved April's Challenge by Marcella to just write about what you do for yourself for "Vitamin Me!" 
I actually had to think about this one for awhile...but three things come to mind.
Creating...as in mostly cards...but also in becoming better with techniques through tutorials and practicing.
Nature:   I do love to walk, and especially in areas where God's beauty abounds for me...like along mountain trails, anywhere near a quiet stream, in the orchards behind our home and Botanical Gardens and waterfalls...it doesn't have to be far away to fulfill me.
God~Reading His word, the Bible, listening to beautiful hymns, reading Christian non-fiction, and worship at our church...these are all things that inform and ignite my faith, fill my cup, and encourage me to love others well.

This Power Poppy stamp, "Short Stacks" is one of my very favorites. I had a lot of fun making a colorful vignette, then matched up the papers...not the normal way of doing things...but I think the papers actually do set off this image pretty well. I added a banner in the top portion, and a pretty floral gem on the bottom!! Also, a tiny cut out heart to adorn the side...notice the bottom of the stack, "Best Book Ever..."  I love it!! 
Your visit just tickles me...would love to know you stopped by! Wishing you many blessings on your day!



Saturday, April 14, 2018

Stenciled Oxide Ink Backgrounds : Graduation Card

If you're stopping by...you may have noticed it's been awhile since my last post. Unfortunately, I have had some health issues which have included using my hands, especially for typing...but want to share
some things I've been up to!






I tried out this technique featured on Jennifer McGuire's blog. She used TH Distress Oxide Inks , stencils, paper, and water spritzing. It was one of the simplest and really pretty background techniques I've tried in awhile. I blended two different blue inks on white paper. Then, I spritzed the backside of my stencil very lightly and just gently laid it down on top of the inked paper. I lifted it gently, and had a very subtle blue pattern. 
The stencil is Prima "Finnibar" which I found at my local Hobby Lobby. 
I used Papertrey Ink's "Scripted" stamps and dies. I die cut the "So Happy," lifted it out...then die cut the same on a darker blue paper and glued it back in. The added sentiment in print also comes in this set...and I actually just eyeballed it as sometimes that is quicker for me than getting the Misti aligned correctly. This time it just happened to work out!
Here is a close up so you can hopefully see the background pattern. I used a little bit of Perfect Pearls gold powder in with the water before spritzing which gives the ink a pretty shimmer.


I added a narrow gold mirror cardstock border, and mounted the entire blue panel with foam tape to give this more dimension. I also used some watered down white craft paint and did a lite flicking of paint to offset the darker blues. Then a sprinkling of rain stones for some shimmer.
This is for my niece's graduation...hope she'll be pleased. 
Thanks for your visit!! Wishing you a blessed day!