Friday, January 20, 2017

My Cards and Tags: Card Using Sunshine Girl Stamp

Happy weekend everyone!  I had a bit of time on my hands and made a card using this fabulous Sunshine Girl stamp by Journal Girl (Samie).

I started with a page from an old science book.  I cut a panel of letters using Simon Says Stamps' Alphabet Blocks die.  It's a great die because you can use the letters individually or use the whole panel as an interesting background.  Once I glued the alphabet panel down, I smeared on white paint and magenta paint, both by Dina Wakley.  I added some Distress Ink smears.  I also stamped on some faux stitches and some circles using Simon Says Stamp's Scribble Flowers set.  

I stamped and cut my girl out of beige paper, then made her a fabric scrap dress and glued her to my card.  I found the "Good things happen" sentiment in an old book and thought it went along nicely with the image and the book page which chronicles achievements in science.

The snow is still piling up in my neck of the woods, so I appreciate this Sunshine Girl stamp even more!

Monday, January 16, 2017

My Cards and Tags: Concord & 9th- Sweet and Cool Stamp Set

"Chill Out" is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  I decided to incorporate a popsicle in this cool-themed card:

I couldn't decide on which direction to go with this card, so I just kept layering and layering. The base is made from Simple Stories' Basics woodgrain paper, then a scrap paper square next (from my stash) with a gray lattice pattern.  I used Stitched Scallop Square dies from My Favorite Things to cut a yellow frame (Doodlebug Gingham and Linen paper) with a plaid inside (Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid).  I added a floral circle from Echo park's Homemade Happiness paper collection.  I stamped, inked and cut out the popsicle from Concord & 9th's Sweet and Cool stamp set and added it on top.  I added some faux stitching on top of the popsicle and some splats from Concord & 9th's Lots of Blots stamp set.

I stamped circles on top of the whole thing using Tim Holtz's Halftone and Rings stamp and Memento Ink's London Fog.  I painted inside some of the circles with white paint and added Distress Ink and Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink.  I finished it off with the sentiment.  I cut the word "Cool" from Tim Holtz's Word Play alphabet and typed out "is what you are" on my We R typewriter.

I'm lucky to have a lot of cool people in my life and also a very cool store to shop at!  Here are the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I'm excited to see how you interpret this week's theme!  Upload your creation to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store.

Friday, January 13, 2017

My Cards and Tags: Balloon Bingo Girl Card

Ah, Bingo: that iconic game that sucks in fierce competitors from 5 to 105.  I love anything retro-Bingo-esque, so I decided to make a card using a Bingo card as my base.

I started by layering on some Gesso, then gluing down some trellis cuts made with Simon Says Stamp vintage paper and Tim Holtz's Trellis Frameworks die.

I cut the same shape out of some plaid paper and filled some of the lattice cut-outs back in.  I stamped a black circle in the background, then added more white paint and inked up the background with this great set of dye inks (Debby's Picks) from Simon Says Stamp. Then I stamped, colored and fussy-cut one of the Bubble Wand stamps from my latest Snapping Monsters Stamp set and glued it on.

I thought the Bubble Wand looked like a balloon, so I found the perfect little person to hold it!  I found this darling Danita Angel image that I'd stamped and fussy-cut from a previous project and thought she'd be a perfect addition to my card.  A little scrap of green fabric served to finish it off with a lovely strip of grass.

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and has sufficient time to get a little crafty!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Tutorials: Texture Paste-Covered Box with Infusions Colored Stain

"Be Square" is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  I revamped a square box using texture paste and Infusions colored stain.  It has the mantra of "Good, better, best" which is to remind me of my new year's goal, which is simply to use my time and energy on what is most important. 

To make this project, I started with a 4x4 cardboard box that had a lid.  I took three of the lid's sides off and left one on so the box front could swing open like a door instead of having a lid.  I covered the whole thing with white texture paste and applied it with a plastic serrated knife to leave ridges in the texture.

Once the paste dried, I smeared Dina Wakley acrylic paint on it with my fingers.  I used Turquoise and Lime.

I added brown paint next. 

I added Infusions color stain by tapping small amounts on the powder onto my box surface, then spritzing the powder with a Mini Mister.  If you add too much water to the powder, you'll get a muddy mess in a hurry.  I've learned that less is more when it comes to water and Infusions colored stain.  On my box I used A Bit Jaded and Emerald Isle stains.  I used a heat gun to speed up the drying process since this box is cardboard and I didn't want to leave it wet any longer than needed.

I wanted to make some butterflies to add, so I cut them out of coffee filters using a butterfly die, then dripped alcohol ink on them.  I added Distress Ink to the areas that didn't get covered by the alcohol ink, then added Infusions colored stain (Royal Blood) and spritzed them with water.

To finish off the front of the box, I cut some houses (Tim Holtz die) and inked them and stamped text on them.  I used blended Distress Inks for the color and Ranger Jet Black Archival ink for the text.

I glued everything to the front of my box (including the "Good, better, best" sentiment, which I found in an old textbook).  

And now for the inside of the box!

I continued on with my new year's sentiment by spelling out "Prove what is most important."  The word "prove" is die-cut with Tim Holtz's Typo lowercase alphabet.

The other side has a background made with rolls of colored silks and another one of my favorite sentiments, "carpe diem."

I'm not one for making specific new year's resolutions because I usually break them all by mid-January, but I figured if I could stick to the one idea of proving what I value most in life through my actions, then that would be a worthwhile pursuit.

Here are the supplies I used on my box, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I'm excited to see how you'll "be square" this week!  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!