Monday, May 22, 2017
I am very excited to announce that I'm part of design team "X" at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge! Please mark your calendars for June 8, 2017 for the first challenge post! Hope to see you there for the first of many fun challenges to come! If you'd like to check out the general rules for the challenge, please check it out here and see who the fellow design team talent is!
I will be one of the designers posting on June 8th!
Have a great and crafty week!!
Friday, May 19, 2017
The group had a follow up call and talked about it. These were the top 3 things that we all agreed on:
- Using the Facebook group as the sole method of communicating was challenging – multiple threads were going and made it hard to keep up with some details. Would have been better to have a conference call up front to discuss the details and answer common questions
- We all could stand to learn our blogging platforms better than we do today
- The prize package was much larger than the industry standard – however, since it was also a great incentive to get people to visit, if we had to do it over again, we would have split it up into several smaller packages to give more people a chance to win.
We not only got our group’s opinions, but also had the input of someone who had no stake in the blog hop but was observing it from the sidelines.
- The blogs as well as the cards were visually appealing
- We fixed our one hiccup quickly the day we went live
- Good quality photos
- Inspirational to others in the industry
- She was amazed that with all of us newbies, there was only one hiccup in the process.
- She loved the shared graphic we were all using in social media accounts and Facebook groups to promote it. Became more recognizable as it was seen across various accounts and places.
- We all left each other comments in support, which is also an important aspect of being part of a design team.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
This is my entry for the AAA Cards Bright & Beautiful challenge. I used stamps from The Ton as well as a sentiment from My Favorite Things & Simon Says Stamp for the inside.
This card was inspired by my late grandmother - she had a beautiful collection of perfume bottles and as a child I was fascinated with them.
I stamped the perfume bottles with 5 different Distress Oxide inks and added hints of embellishment with stickles. I embellished the flowers with one sequin & seed bead in the center. I die cut the center frame with a stitched die cut frame on top of paper that had been coated (sponged) with Distress Oxide Pink Lipstick and a Spectrum Noir Clear sparkly marker to add shine.
The shaker section was kept minimal with a simple white banner for the sentiment.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
It feels like a long time since I last posted, but it's only been a few days. Maybe it's because it took me longer than I thought to finish this card project and video. I truly hope that you will find it as fun as I do.
At some point I found a post, probably on Pinterest, where gel was mentioned as a filling for a shaker card. If I could find the post again I'd share it, but just know that this was not my original idea.
Instead of writing a lengthy post I have a video to show the entire process of how I put this card together. To complement the video I am listing the details for the products used and what colors were used to do the stamp layering. All the stamping was done on Neenah solar white cardstock.
Fish #1 (underneath the pond layer)
Hero Arts inks ( this is the standard set include with the layering stamps, dies and inks if bought in a bundle)
base layer: Soft Vanilla
middle layer: soft granite
top layer: neon orange
Fish #2: (left side)
Hero Arts & Memento inks
base layer: Hero Arts Soft Vanilla
middle layer: Hero Arts soft granite
top layer: Memento rhubarb stalk
Fish #3: (right side)
Memento & Hero Arts inks
base layer: Memento Dandelion
middle layer: Hero Arts soft granite
top layer: Memento Cantaloupe
Hero arts soft granite on the outline stamp on top of Neenah solar white cardstock
Tim Holtz idea-ology Paper Stash Lost and Found collection (any similar blue, green, and brown paper with a variegated finish would also work)
Light Gray cardstock - 110# lb recommended
Spellbinders Prizm Fern dies set
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Woodland Wreath Etched Dies
Hero Arts Koi frame cuts (part of bundled set)
Stamps used:Hero Arts Color layering Koi - part of bundled set (used for the Koi, water liliies
as well as the sentiment on the outside of the card)
Hero Arts Celebrate Everday sentiment set (Used "Happy Father's Day" stamp for inside of card)
Thanks for stopping by! Please consider leaving a comment to let me know if this tutorial was helpful to you and let me know if there are any techniques you would like to see in an upcoming post or video.
Monday, May 1, 2017
On behalf of myself and all the ladies who put the fun and fabulous hop together, we wish to congratulate the winner.
Congratulations to Jessica!! Please contact me by May 5th (Cinco de Mayo!!) via my email form on the blog so that I can get the information we need to get your prizes to you.
Thanks to everyone for playing along with us and all the wonderful comments you've left for me and the other ladies. If you aren't subscribed, please consider doing so with all of us - I imagine there will be lots of inspiration to come!!
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
This set is very much a Spring theme that can extend beyond Easter. Do you know a gardener? This set has the cutest stamps to create a garden scene. If you are into scene building, this is the type of set you would love. Creating scenes are not my typical “thing” but I wanted to do at least one card like that.
For the grass I applied the Distress Oxide Peeled Paint ink with an applicator tool, then stamped with the grass stamp over it to add the grass blade detail.