Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Cards and Tags: The Princess and the Pea

I combined two of my favorite go-to products to make this mini card: the Little Red Riding Hood stamp from 100 Proof Press and the 3x4" rounded-corner card punch from We R Memory Keepers.

I made this card by starting with white watercolor paper, which I cut into this handy-dandy shape using the 3x4" punch mentioned above.  I then sprayed it with Dylusions ink (Fresh Lime and Lemon Zest) and let it dry.  I stamped the background with a Large Handwriting stamp from 100 Proof Press, which I stamped vertically, using Ranger Jet Black Archival ink.  Next I smudged on some Distress Ink (Worn Lipstick and Tumbled Glass) and dripped some different shades of watercolors down the top.

I stamped Red Riding hood and paper-pieced her together.  I made a pointy hat for her and a crown (cause you can't have too many things on your head at once, right?) and I attached a Simon Says Stamp die-cut cloud bank image behind her.  I gave her a pea and added the text, which I stamped with alphabet stamps from Studio G.  To finish it off, I gave the card a little swirly curl of embroidery floss at the top.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this project and it's funny where inspiration comes from.  This card was a result of a debate my husband and I got into about how the story of the Princess and the Pea went and whether or not it had a point.  So hey- if you need an idea for a project, look no further than a random conversation!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tutorials: Tips for Drips and Splatters

I'm still getting my spook on this month and made this tag using a few different techniques for making drips and splatters.

If you want to see my tutorial on how to make this splattery splotchy background, as well as see a product list for my tag, head on over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and enjoy!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

My Other Creations: Decorative Folio

Our theme this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is, "O is for...."  I went with O is for Organization by spiffing up this cool ready-made Collection Folio by Tim Holtz.

I started by making a paper collage to cover the front flap.  I used paper from Prima's "Free Spirit" collection, but it was a bit too bold for the look I was wanting.  I did a light wash of watered-down Gesso over the top to tone it down and smeared on some Distress Ink here and there.  I then stamped some black flowers on it from Paper Artsy to tie in the black elastic the keeps the folio shut.

But the flowers stood out way more than I expected, even after I smudged them with water.  Whoopsie!  No problem.  I fussy cut some of those cloud/puff shapes from my extra patterned paper and used them, along with a fabric scrap, to hide some of that excessive black.  I also added a Tim Holtz ruler to the spine and covered the fold-over flap with paper from Prima's "Epiphany" collection (LOVE IT).

I stamped some other images and sentiments on and the last step was to add a profound title like, "Important Stuff," which I made with fabric scraps, Tim Holtz Alpha Tiles and Tim Holtz Label Letters.

If you're going to be organized, you might as well do it in style, I suppose!  Here are the supplies I used on my folio, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

Oh how will you use the letter O this week?  Can't wait to see!  And remember that when you upload your fab creations to the Simon Says stamp Monday Challenge Blog, you will be automatically entered for the $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

My Cards and Tags: Happy Haunting

Even though I swear it was like 80 degrees today, I'm trying hard to get into the spirit of Fall!  What better way than to throw on some killer knee-high boots and whip out the Halloween stamps?  I did just that (well, until the boots got too hot) and here's what resulted:

The text paper is from Prima's Epiphany collection.  The black "goo" dripping down is black Gesso mixed with a bit of water which I drizzled down the paper.  I smeared on some Tim Holtz Distress Ink to the background (Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade).  The silhouette stamp is from 100 Proof Press and is called, "Pumpkin Parade."  I heat embossed it in black to make it really stand out.  The background paper is from Kasier's Kaleidoscope collection and I added another 100 Proof Press stamp to it called, "Honeycomb Texture."  The letter stickers (black with white letters) are Tim Holtz label stickers and the "haunting" is spelled with Tim Holtz Alpha-parts.

It may be too hot around here to don a sweater, but I can still get into Halloween mode in my craft room! 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

My Cards and Tags: Hello You

This week's theme over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is, "Falling in Love With...."  There are two new products that I have indeed fallen in love with: Tim Holtz's Alphanumeric Die Set and the "Nest" paper collection by Webster's Pages.  I used them both to make this card:

This was my first attempt at using the Alphanumeric die set, so here is some info I learned about it.  First off, the set comes as several individual alphabet letters so you can spell anything you want (there are multiples of each letter).  You have to think about how to arrange the letters according to which side of your patterned paper you'll be using.  Because I had to cut a certain side of this polka dot library pocket, I had to spell the words backwards on my Sizzix plate.

I tried using my magnetic plate to lay these out on, but to be honest, the magnetic plate did not work well with these (or maybe I'm just magnetic-plate-challenged).  The magnetic polarity made the letters sproing away from each other, so they were skittering all over the place.  I found my good old plastic plates the be the easiest to use.  I didn't line the letters up exactly, but it still turned out okay.  I added some green paper behind the cut-out letters to make them stand out better.  The great part is that you can use the cut-out negative letters or you can pop the cut letters out of these dies and use them as normal die cut letters, too.

I added a cute birdie card from Webster's Pages "Nest" collection, which I absolutely adore, and added some embellishments with Tim Holtz's Frameworks Trellis die.  I arranged it onto a patterned paper background and wah-la!

Here are some of the fabulous products I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

So what are you "Falling in love with"?  Fall itself?  Some new product?  Let us know by uploading your masterpiece to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and you could win a $50 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp.