Saturday, November 30, 2013

So far behind…but running to catch up!

Check out these Quirky Turkeys and Funky Punkins
Does that ever happen to you? You run out of hours in the day before you run out of things to do?!?!

Seriously! LOL I feel like I have been sprinting since July!

I have lots of things to catch up on with you - my dear friends! But I will try and do it a little at the time!

First of all…HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Here is just a quick OVERVIEW…and I will be back to fill in the details soon!


I have some new tutorials up on YouTube with some Christmas projects…I will put the links here…







I am working on creating a classroom here on the blog - and sharing my first on-line class called All That Glitters! It is going to be fun…and pretty economical…like $15!

I've also started a new series over on YouTube…Trending Techniques. The first one focuses on the Inlaid Die Cuts….such a hot trend…and super easy to accomplish….check out this video to learn how. This will be kind of a RANDOM series…as I find trends that I think you will enjoy. Let me know if you spot a trend you would like me to "deconstruct!"




Things to be watching for:

Journal Your Christmas/December Daily Inspiration and some Technique Videos breaking down the process.

Christmas Projects/Cards Inspiration

Trending Techniques: Go for the Gold!

Ok…back soon with more details…

You Can! Create! Fearlessly!

Monday, September 30, 2013

I've been busy...

Working on my Christmas Cards and creating some goodies to sell at a couple of Fall Craft Fairs.

I hope to have some new videos to share soon...but thought I would put a few pictures of some of the cards and card sets I have been working on.




I love these blueprint stamps by Tim Holtz. They are perfect for doing the Faux Chalkboard Stamping technique. I have a video that demos that technique - you can watch it here:




 These next few sets were a lot of fun to make! I started by embossing watercolor paper...and then used various sprays (Lindy's Starburst stains, Heidi Swapp Colorshine, Dylusion Sprays) to create these colorful splats.



I love how bright and fresh these cards turned out. Those Dylusion Sprays are just so fun to work with...and get great results every time! When they had dried - I just did I direct to paper technique with Distress Inks to highlight the embossing. Fun and Fresh...great for any occasion.

These next two cards, I have created tutorials for them.

Here is the tutorial...I think you will have fun making your own version of it.









These may be my favorite cards from my Christmas cards so far! I love how simple they are - but especially the red French Knots add a bit of sophisticated texture. They are so easy to make...but look rather difficult. I did a tutorial to show you how in case you haven't ever tried making french knots.

My grandmother, Jammy Jane, taught me to make french knots...so it was nice to reminisce about sitting and sewing with her as I worked on these cards


The finished look reminds me of things you might see at Colonial Williamsburg. I have loved visiting there - especially when they are decorated for Christmas!






Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are having fun working on some projects of your own!
Love them. Empower them. Give them hope.
I will be back to share some information about A Sister's Heart (the project that my sister, Robyn, and I are working on) hopefully real soon! We have set up an Etsy Shop to share the cards that the girls who are living in our first transitional home have made. There will also be some of my cards there as well. Right now, there are only a couple of the French Knot cards listed. But we will soon have many more...we got to participate in our first Fall Craft Fair this past Saturday - and it was just so wonderful to see people catch a vision for helping these precious girls. If you would like to check out A Sister's Heart Etsy shop...please do - and come back later when we have more of the girls' cards - along with some special cards created by my sister and myself!


Here are a few of the products I used to create these cards:



Sunday, August 04, 2013

I haven't lost my mind...

Christmas Card Series 2013 YouTube Play List
Hello my friends! Don't call the men in the white coats just yet...I KNOW it isn't even close to Christmas yet...but one of my goals for this year is to send out only handmade cards...so I am starting now! I thought some of you might want to join me - so I am going to do a mini series - focusing on cards that you can make multiples of fairly easily. Later (much closer to Christmas), I will come back and do a few "special" Christmas projects...gifts, home decor, mini albums and some extra special cards. Even if you aren't ready to join me in my quest to get my Christmas cards done, I hope you will be inspired by some of the techniques I will be sharing with you and you can try them on some other types of cards.

Today, I am going to share two techniques. The first is LAYERED Backgrounds - combining a cover plate die with a background that has been texturized (either with an impression plate or an embossing folder). The second was a great technique shared on the Papertrey Ink Blog during their Make It Monday Challenge: Double Backgrounds.

PTI: Quatrafoil Cover Plate and In Bloom Impression Plate
Here is an example of a finished background...I really love how the textured background peeks through the cover plate. By gluing them together, you get a really unique look...it appears as if they are one piece of card stock with part of it smooth and part of it texturized. I used Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint and then finished it with some Inka Gold Beeswax Polish (Old Silver and Gold).


I used the Double Background technique to create the green strip behind my Poinsettia Focal image




So I guess you've realized that I couldn't make just ONE! LOL! I thought the pink poinsettias would look better on a turquoise and silver background. (I made a bunch of the poinsettias last Christmas when I was working on my December Daily. If you want to see that video - be sure and read all the way to the end of the post...I will repost it there.

I think you will love making your own textured layered backgrounds...and the Double Stamped technique. I've done a tutorial - so you can see the whole process I used.






Here are a few close ups of the completed cards. I've tried to capture how much shine the Inka Gold Beeswax polish adds to the backgrounds...but they just don't photograph well. I think the turquoise and silver background really has an aged and oxidized silver patina...will definitely be using this combination again soon!








If you would like to see how I created the pink poinsettias I did a tutorial...




Ok...so NOW you can call the men in the white coats if you must! If not, come back and visit again, because I am going to try and get several more designs finalized and will share them as soon as I do!

Hope you have a great week...and be sure and save some time for creative play!



Sunday, April 14, 2013

Gelli Printing: Introduction

Oh my friends...

I could have titled this blog...The best messy kind of fun EVER!

I LOVE creating these one of a kind mono prints. You never know what you are going to get...and that is the beauty of it! I took a mono printing class YEARS ago...like, back when I lived in Dallas kind of years ago. Back then, the way you made mono prints was either with a press (think big and expensive) or by creating a gel printing plate (think jello and disintegration). I had fun...but it seemed like it took such a major commitment to even THINK about making prints. So I was delighted to discover a new tool...the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate. It is created of silicone and mineral oil...and doesn't disintegrate! Lovely!

Gelli Arts Gel Plates come in 6x6, 8x10, and 12x14 sizes

I could hardly wait to get my hands on one! And now that I have it - I find that I want to get it out at least once or twice a week...just to see what I can create. Here is a little introduction tutorial...





So far I have printed on card stock, patterned paper, tissue paper, muslin and deli papers. Every one has it's own benefits... The makers of the Gelli Arts Plate recommend that you use acrylic paint. I have tried several brands and find that you can get great prints even with the very cheapest acrylic paint that you can get at the craft store. For some of the more layered techniques, you may want to upgrade to student grade or artist grade paints...and mix in an extender. To get the best prints (usually two versions each time), you need the paint to stay wet...or fluid.


If you have watched the tutorial, you know that I created these with stencils. It is such a GREAT way to use your supplies in a different way! I have so many more combinations I can't wait to try.


There are also so many things that you can do with your prints. They are great to use for your art journaling, as backgrounds for scrapbook pages, or for cards. Here is a card that I created with a couple of pages of prints.



If you would like to see the tutorial of how I made this card you can check it out here.






I hope I have piqued your interest. I talked with Scott Shaw over at Bluemoon Scrapbooking, and they are now carrying all three sizes of the Gelli Plate. I use the 8x10 Gelli Plate. I like its versatility. If you are a card maker, you may be more interested in the 6x6 size. You all know me...I only want to invest in tools that I will use a LOT! This is one of those tools. I do love the end results...but it is the best thing I have found to overcome "creativity block or lost mojo!" Because it is so freeing, a few minutes spent slopping around with paint, stencils and an assortment of scrapers/texture makers gets my creative juices flowing...and later when I need to be inspired for a project a quick look through my stack of prints often sparks an idea....BONUS!

Soft Rubber Brayer

If you are interested in trying this for yourself, you will need a Gelli Plate, a soft rubber brayer and some acrylic paint (whatever kind you already have in your stash)...and most importantly...your playful creative heart!  Have Fun!

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Sunday, April 07, 2013

Visual Weight: Collage Stamping


I'm introducing a new series. I thought we might go a bit deeper on some projects and look at why certain things work together to make a good design. You know I'm not big on "rules" when it comes to art...so these tutorials will be more focused on why certain elements appeal to us.



This first tutorial is about visual weight. Several of you have asked for a tutorial on creating stamping collages - like I have posted the last few days. I created all of these cards "Thanks" card, "Vintage Camera" card and "Sunflower Collage" card utilizing the concept of Visual Weight.


You can see in this picture that I recreated the the background collage first in just black (no attention paid to visual weight) and then with black a grey (using only intensity to create visual weight).

Here is the tutorial...



Let me know what you think! Have a great week!