Friday, March 16, 2018

Super Hero Smack Down

Tho they be small, they be mighty.
Today's post features the Mini Heroes from the Greeting Farm. These adorable guys and gals are standard super hero characters, but with a bit of ingenuity you can model them after other trademarked heroes. I've tried Spiderman and Deadpool. With the different masks the set has you can do Star Saphire and kudos if you can figure out how to make a Batman lol. I have had no luck with that. But granted I hadn't tried very hard.
With this set I wanted a bit of girl power! So she's NOT, but the one girl is colored very Supergirl ish and then the other girl is very Black Cat. For all my fellow comic book fans, I am so sorry about mixing the teams *DC VS Marvel lol. But hey- I don't play either team- I love both.
So of course I got more work out of My Favorite Things Dienamics Blue Print 27. I will rave once again how awesome they are for making comic panel layouts.That paired once again with My Favorite Things You're Super city scape background is just so COMIC!
 Unlike my last post I did the inside of the card more subtle. So I just layered the cityscape, did the sentiment and added an extra hero because- heroes are awesome!

Well I hope you have a super day. thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Comic Capers


Today is all about super heroes! It has taken me a long time to finally get a bit of a super hero stamp collection, thanks to the movies that are coming out, the genre is becoming more popular in mainstream and the arts- so now we have more companies (thankfully) creating fun and imaginative sets. When paired with some of the Blueprints die sets from My Favorite Things, they make great comic bookesque themed cards.
These cards feature Caped Crusaders from the company Craftin' Desert Divas. A wonderful set that incorporated DC's popular characters with a childlike flair with animals. I used My Favorite Thing's Die-namic Stitched Collage frame. LOVE IT. It's perfect for comics!
I used 'Batman' and 'Wonder Woman' as the characters for this card from the Caped Crusaders set. Pairing that with My Favorite Things stamp and die set: You're Super. The skyline made a great panel for the comic. I also loved all the sentiments from the stamp set and how they coordinated and covered different celebrations. It worked really well for the exclaimation POW! panel.
I also used the sentiments from The Greeting Farm "Little Heroes" stamp set. The hollow letters allowed me to color them in.
With comics it's very traditional coloring, so my primary colors were ... well primary colors. Red, Yellow and Blue- and of course black. So I used Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Daper Denim from Stampin' Up!

The inside featured 'present stacks' from a couple different My Favorite Things stamp sets and the Die -namics Blueprints 29 from My Favorite Things.  The background is pieces from the Comic Heroes paper pack from Recollections. One of the fun things I found out, is stamping a polka dot background in Daffodil Delight before stamping and die cutting the exclamaition piece. Ties the whole comic theme in together. The inside of the card really does look like another cover for a different card so I don't think I would do that again, but it was fun to play with!

I hope you enjoyed!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Flower Power

Hello all!

As I stated before, a friend of mine was looking for donations for silent auction items for a very dear organization called Tiny Hands of Hope. To recap, it's an organization that gives support and awareness to pregnancy and infant loss. It's such a tabboo subject because of what it is, but it can't be. Women and men need to have that freedom and support to be able to talk openly and grieve.
It was definitely an honor to be part of that.
I went all out to make something that I would want to put a bid on myself. I got a LOT of use out of my Tim Holtz Tattered Florals for this one. I have made the tattered roses a bunch of times (big shout out to my girl Rhonda for showing me how! and for the die- she's too sweet!) but I wanted to get more out of it so I broke out my stylus and piercing mat to manipulate and form the paper and just layered them up. The boxed set includes 9 3x3 notecards that DO NOT fit in the envelopes. Sigh. Lol the flowers were just too big. So I had added photo mounting squares on the backs so they could be adhered to gifts.

I also created 9 greeting cards in 3 different styles. One was the traditional A2, one was a Z fold card with the 'z' part just cut off and the last one was a fun one. I did an A2 tent fold card, but then I cut the front to only 1 inch, and then had a 3.5x2.5 layered sentiment 'floating' in the middle and attached to a 1 inch strip on the bottom to keep the traditional A2 size.

The other thing I wanted to do to create the colors was take my copics and actually color the flowers instead of just inking them. I took the darker shade and starting with one petal working inside out, I flicked the color outward. I then took the next color- a few shades lighter- and blended towards the edge leaving a bit of the whisper white left to use the lightest shade to blend it all. If you wanted to you can even use a coordinating color to dot the petals with a darker color to create floral dimension.
Then, of course, finish it off we got some clear Stickles.
So this beautiful boxed set was inspired by the new bridal colors of the season- navy (Daper Denim), blush (Powder Pink), and Vanilla (Very Vanilla).
I used the Hardwood background stamp which is perfect to create rustic and shabby chic cards. Especially partnered with the Gorgeous Grunge set because it gives that... well 'grungy' chic.
I also love the Beautiful Bouquet set. Not only am I all about those flowers ;) but I adore versatile stamp sets for a variety of ocassoins with the same font so you can interchange them. And the font on this stamp set is absolutely gorgeous.

I created a box that was 8.5x11which was really hard to construct. I used the book binding technique to peice together the base in separate parts. It's tough because scrapbook paper to bind the pieces together only comes in 12x12 so I didn't have much to work with for edges. But I think I made it work!

Well that's it for me! I hope you're all inspired.


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Beautiful Blends

Good Morning all!

Back at the crafting desk creating something special for a friend of mine.
In Northern Alberta we have a wonderful support group called Tiny Hands of Hope. It's a very delicate conversation topic as it deals with infant and pregnancy loss, and wanting to bring awareness to it as it's one of those 'don't talk about it' issues- and it should not be.
So a friend of mine is on the board and needing a donation item for a big to-do they have coming up and I am so honored and excited to create something amazing for her- so that will be coming in the near future!
As for today I went into my recent archives to find something fun. As I stated before I quit my full time job in lieu of my current job. There was a month between the two, so noonly did I spend that time in interviews, online applying and pounding the pavement, I found my creative mo-jo again and went nuts making a variety of cards.
So today's creation used a retired Stampin' Up! set called Secret Garden. It's a gorgeous set perfect for blend coloring- so I purchased it when I first got Stampin' Up!'s blendability markers. Unfortunately the markers got recalled due to a manufacturing issue- but copics worked fine in a pinch.
(on topic- make sure to check out the 2018 Stampin' Up! Occasions catalogue as they have fixed that issue and now re-launched them. They have a beautiful array of colors and at a decent price point.)
ANYWAYS the thin outline in these images were also perfect to emboss in Whisper White and do some emboss resist techniques. I found a beautiful card on Pinterest who used the technique as I did for a Christmas card- stamped a border and then smudged various colors over it and had a bold black sentiment in the middle.
So here's my take on it:
I used Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight to do a warm sunset sort of color scheme. Plus the stamp set had coordinating dies so it was fun to create that same technique and just die the pieces out and do a 3D dimension element on the side.

I followed the same technique on the inside to bring the inside and outside of the card together. I love doing that so it keeps the same theme and there is interest on the inside of the card.

Well that's it for me! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Back at It

Just a quick one today- and though it's quick, and though I've said it before, I do plan on blogging and sharing on a more regular basis. As I've stated, writing and crafting are both passions of mine- passions I have wanted to purue. Not sure how to really make a career out of them, but I know that it wasn't going to happen sitting behind a desk each day to the point of exhaustion where I had no energy to pour into my passions.
This poster popped up on my Facebook newsfeed one day and I just had to post it on my own page. It really spoke to me. I, especially as a woman and especially as a wife and mother, put my own desires on the back burner for so long. I tried to balance work and life and family and business for so long and it was a slow agony.
Something had to give.
So I have quit my full time job and as scary as it is, and as much of a leap of faith as it has been, I feel freer for it.
I have so many plans and ideas and dreams that it's quite intoxicating lol.
Got myself a part time job that frees me up to focus on my passions more. And that excites me more than the telliing of it. 
So with all that said, here's a quick inspiration for any of my followers and fellow stampers:

 These are the "Cheeky Monkeys" from a company called Clearly Besotted. They have the cutest critters I have ever seen. I'll defintely be show casing more of their sets later as someone got spoiled this past Christmas.
So in trying to be unique, I love having cut-away parts on my cards. They add a different sort of dimenssion to cards to make them different than what you'd normally see. So what I did here was cut 2 inches off the front of a standard A2 card and then layered some leaves and random monkey images to cover the cut. It works really well with the inside of the card which does this cute peek-a-boo effect.

Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Crumb Cake Stampin' Up!
Dies: Spellbinders
Stamped Images: Cheeky Monkey- Clearly Besotted

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Little Late

What's the age old phrase? Better late than never?
I have been so busy with work and as much as I love being busy, one of the downsides is being exahusted when I come home.
I miss writing. I miss creating. Not to mention having the kids all home all day long and the unexpected heat wave is just draining this old gals juices.
I know it'll be better come fall. I am not a summer girl (WHAT?). It's true. Our winters up here are so long and cold and bitter that despite feeling like a reprieve, summer is usually the exact oposite.
Give me spring or fall any day :)
To bad where I live we only get a few weeks of each :S lol
So as school drew to a close I actually went for it this year (a bit of a late start) and did teacher thank you gifts!
Being as there was only 2 weeks left of school when I decided to get some items going in my little boutique I just went small. I had a few 5x7 frames that I converted into dry erase message boards. I think they may be a bit small for that, plus it's hard to tell what they are.
Along with that, I found a few ideas of people creating desk calendars using the easel card technique. I thought that was brilliant so I decided to give it a go myself.
Here is what I came up with:

 These were so much fun and really quite easy to create once I got my mojo going.

Again I am totally in love with Colorful Seasons stamp set by Stampin' Up! That font *sigh*. Oh that font!
Plus I used the Berry Burst and Lemon Lime twist from the new In Color sets and they just punched it up in a fun and playful way.

 The next set I used the Berry Burst with Crumb Cake and Blushing Bride with the lovely cherry blossom stamps and dies in the Colorful Seasons set.
So what I have done is used some washi tape to punch up some mini binder clips which holds the calendar in place. The calendar is on the top part of the card and to make it more dynamic I created a cover for the calendar with coordinating images. The calendar pages were matted on cardstock to give it some strength and then bundled together with the binder clip which 'hangs' on a brad. The bottom is a piece of 3x6.5 cardstock that I scored at 3 and 3.5 to create a cover for 3x3 post it notes. So when it's in easel form, a person can scribble a note in the pad and see the date and it's just a nice little gift. The finished product is 5x5.

The next couple I have verred away from my Stampin' Up! sets and used the fun Be a Unicorn stamp and die set from The Greeting Farm. And what is a unicorn with out some sparkle? I added Stickles to the hair to make it shimmer and then based some of my mats with silver glimmer paper.

I used my mini daisy punch from EK Success and layered the buds and topped them off with a pearl coloredY18 copic.
My color scheme to keep with unicorn bubble gum rainbow is Pool Party, Sweet Sugarplum and Pretty in Pink.

I know I will be making these again for my shows this Christmas. Not only where they really quick and a lot of fun, but I think they'll be a huge hit for Christmas gifts!

So that's it for me for now, I hope you enjoyed!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Annual Catalogue

Wow what a month! Wanted to blog more often and I have no idea what happened to May but it's gone and now I'm gearling up for end of school and the Stampin' Up! new annual catalogue.
Can I just say I am in love with some of the new stuff? Like WOW guys- way to out do yourself!
So I am adoring the new In Colors. Lemon Lime Twist? uh- yes please! I do love my Stampin' Up, but it IS about time that they had a bold fun green. Before that, my Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz were good- but this Lemon Lime Twist is so perfect for some of my more playful creations.
The other colors accent it perfectly and I will defintely be highlighting them on projects to come. I haven't used them together, but I ordered a pack of Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Smokey Slate (because I was out of Smokey Slate) and holding them together once the order came in gave me a 'huh?' moment with the creative gears spinning in my little ol' head.
And Color Theory? Oh don't even get me started! Colorful Seasons stamp set (with the dies, obviously) has got to be, hands down, one of the coolest sets I have seen in a long time. I couldn't wait to dig in. I love snowflakes and cherry blossoms and leaves and this set is PERFECT! I thought the beach chairs were kinds wuh-wuh- until Pinterest showed me other wise. And the Sentiments with this set? THE SENTIMENTS?! I love girly swirly matching fonts and *sigh* yes. yes SU! you have hit it out of the park.
So I was dealing with illness and kids and work work work before I could play.
And play I did :) I was inspired by the natural element of the stamp set so I decided to get my watercolor (ish) on and do the ink splatter? technique. Coloring on clean stamp blocks and spraying with my Stampin' Spritzers to create a fun watercolor background. I went a bit background crazy and have a stack here just waiting to become the background of new cards, but here is what I came up with for a few of them:
 The neat thing with creating a watercolor background is you can either blend matching colors (or colors that accent each other on the color wheel) and make something that is eye catching and appealing. Or, what I had done here, is create 'sand' using Sahara Sand and Crumb cake and built up to a horizon with Soft Sky, Pool Party, and Marina Mist. I adored it and figured it gave that beach in the background feel. Plus, my good old Woodgrain Background stamp. MAN that thing gets a lot of play. What can I say? It's pretty much perfect for a lot of different stamp styles :)
That font off to the side? PERFECT! Sheer ribbon and some old Soft Sky ribbon intwined finished it off.
To get that fun torn edge, my own technique is to dip the edge of the cardstock (on the layers beneath the main layer) and then fray them with the edge of my scissors. Then I let it dry a bit before sanding and curling here and there.

This beauty was created by the fabulous branches and blossoms and, again, LOVE IT. The Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango and Flirty Flamigo ink mashed together blended into what I interpret as a beautiful firey sunset.
Because I use watercolor paper for the watercolor technique (we don't want to wreak that precious Whisper White!) I created a frame for the 'painting' by cutting the mat the same size as my watercolor paper, and then trimming the inside to 1/4 of an inch all the way around. You could wet and tear the edges to give it more dimentions. I just smooshed my ink pad on it.

So there you go! See what happens when I'm gone too long? I get wordy and start gushing over new items :P
I hope you enjoyed- happy stamping!