Friday, May 5, 2017

Creating with Alcohol Inks

Lately I've been trying to use supplies that I bought and then....ahem...neglected.  When the Adirondack alcohol inks first came out, I had to have them! They were so cool.  I bought a bunch of them, and then, I made a few projects and then put them away.   They were collecting dust in my collection, so I thought...lets see what we can do with these.

This card is the finished card that I made, but as you'll see below, this is not what I was making to begin with.

Alcohol inks are like a box of know, you never know what you're going to get.  I started off with an A2 size piece of glossy card stock.  I started dropping the inks all over, I added blending solution, I used a straw to move it around, I used my heat gun.  And I ended up with a big blobby hot mess.  Go home Alcohol Inks, you're drunk!  I almost trashed this piece, but I set it aside and started to work on my next piece, with different colors, and a different idea.

This is where I started taking pictures.  I had no intention of turning this creative mess into a blog post, so I apologize.

I stamped the floral heart image with a very light dye ink on my glossy cardstock.  I used my MISTI stamping tool.  (IMPORTANT:  I left the stamp on the tool, because I'm going to stamp again later!) Dye ink dries super fast on glossy paper.

Then, I dropped alcohol inks on the image in a very unintentional way.  Meaning that I did not try to get the colors in each petal,  but rather just drop a little here and there and let the ink do its thing.  I did try to keep the ink within the image, but as you can see that yellow on the top was going rogue.  I had to let it go.

 After the inks had dried ( I used a heat gun to speed up the process), I put the card panel back in to my MISTI, and stamped over the top with the heart image from Concord and 9th in versamark ink and embossed with Gold embossing powder. Since I had left the stamp on the Misti, the embossing ended up in the right place.  So easy!

I decided to leave this one pretty simple, I stamped a sentiment, added a few sequins and mounted to a red notecard.
I think these are pretty neat, they resemble a stained glass piece.

Here are the supplies I used for the cards

Versamark Ink
Stamp Set - Concord and 9th
Sequins - Pretty Pink Posh
Background die on first card - Altenew Medallion die B
MISTI Stamping Tool

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Colored embossing powder

I've been stamping for a long time, something like 20 ish years or maybe longer. I started as a stamper, got in to scrapbooking, and here I am, making cards again.  One of the first things that hooked me on stamping was heat embossing.  It was like magic to me when that heat gun melted that powder.  Even today when someone who is not a card maker sees a heat embossed piece, they are always commenting on it.  Heat embossing gives a something special element to every card, I think.

When I received this stamp from The Ton's latest release, I knew I had to heat emboss it.  Many of the Ton's floral designs have these solid images that just scream emboss me!  My normal "go-to" colors are gold, black, white, silver and clear.  But for this card, I wanted something different. So I dug through my stash and found turquoise embossing powder.  I'll admit that I was not sure if I'd like this, but was very pleased with the results.

I colored the flower using Ken Oliver Color bursts.  I like these because they provide a very intense color, and I wanted a big punch of color on my card.

Here are the step by step instructions and supplies I used to make this card.

1.  Stamp flower image multiple times using Misti tool and Versamark Ink on watercolor paper.
2.  Heat emboss image with colored embossing powder.
3. Color image with watercolor brush and color bursts.
4.  Fussy cut finished floral image.
5. Die cut scalloped floral panel, mount on A2 sized card panel.
6. Stamp greeting and heat emboss with white embossing powder.
7. Cut out greeting and mount on card panel.
8. Embellish with some pretty sequins.

Products used

Stamp set - Dearest Peony from The Ton Stamps
Die -  Mix and Mat Scallop from Papertrey Ink
Ink - Versamark
Watercolor - Ken Oliver Color Bursts
Embossing powder - Zing
Paper- strathmore 140 lb cold press.
MISTI Stamping Tool
Sequins - Sparkling Clear from Pretty Pink Posh, or you can get here.

That's all for now! Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Coloring with Zig Clean Color Real Brush

One of the easiest ways to get vibrant, eye popping color on your images, is to use Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  They go on like butter, and they blend just beautifully.  Up until recently, I had mostly used them with water, so they were more like a transparent, soft watercolor application. 
They are wonderful for that as well, but I recently gave them a go, alone. 
And the results are...WOW!

I inked up this gorgeous stamp from Mama Elephant, and went with a tropical palette of colors from my Zig collection.  Isn't it pretty?  It's so vibrant!  I stamped the image with Versafine Onyx ink on Strathmore Bristol smooth paper.  I have found this is the best paper for this application.

Here is another one that I did...different color palette, but still as vibrant and lovely.

That's it for today.  Please comment below, and also follow me. :)  I love comments!

Supply list:

Mama Elephant Botanic Hello Stamp
Zig Kuretake Clean Color Brush markers
Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock
Versafine Black Onyx Ink

Monday, February 13, 2017

Coloring book style stamps

As paper crafters, we all love color.  And coloring.  I know that when adult coloring books came out a few years ago, I started to get interested in coloring again.  It is relaxing.  I collected a few coloring books and brought out my colored pencils and started getting lost in shading, selecting colors and finding another way to feed my creative needs. 

Recently, I was on a business trip, and I brought along some stamped images and markers.  It was the perfect way to de-stress from my long work and travel days.  This stamp is from My Favorite Things.

When I first saw these stamps from Honeybee, I knew I had to have them because they offered so many fun coloring options! 

This beautiful floral corner is from Lil Inker Designs.  It is by far a favorite of mine simply because the arrangement has already been done and it is SO pretty!  I colored this one with my Copics.  I also used a die and stamp sentiment set from Lil Inker Designs.

What are your favorite new coloring stamps?  I would love to have a comment from you!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

No Scraps Left Behind

First off, I want to thank everyone who bid or left a comment on my cards for Blogging for Boobies.  I have not heard a final number (in total) but I'm sure that a generous donation is being made!

So, on to new things!  I have been on vacation, and was really busy before, and after (laundry anyone?) and so I went several weeks making nothing.  Nada. No Crafty at my house. :(  This past weekend, I finally got around to at least doing some coloring.

I'm in love with the flamingo and pineapple trend!  I don't have any pineapple stamps (yet) but I have a few of the flamingo sets out there!  I played around with my Copic markers to color these guys.

I also colored some flowers that I'd stamped awhile back.  I'm not a good blender at Copics.  I've never had a class, and completely self taught.  I love coloring, but I find some of the blending very challenging.  I made this card for a friend with my flowers I'd colored. 

I absolutely love this Sketch Ranunculus set from Simon Says Stamp.  It's so cute, and so forgiving, and so different of a floral.  It's whimsical! 

I also made this card with the scraps and remnants of cards I'd started, flowers I'd colored, etc.  I keep a little basket on my desk with homeless card parts in it and I find myself reaching in to try and figure out a way to use my scraps up.  It's fun!  Some of my best creations come from the hodge podge of experiments!

Anyway, that is my post for today.  I need to figure out what to do with my flamingos!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Blogging for Boobies Blog hop and auction!

Last month, Heather from Skipping Stones Design asked if I would be a part of her blog hop, called Blogging for Boobies.  This blog hop consists of over 60 fabulous card makers in the crafting community who have created beautiful cards that are up for auction.  All the proceeds from these auctions go to the Susan J Komen foundation.  They are dedicated toward finding a cure for Breast cancer. 

I have created 3 cards that are being auctioned as one set.  They are all A2 size and come with envelopes as well as some other fun goodies, including the stamp set I used from Skipping Stones Design and some of the clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh.   I hope you like what I have created.

I'll be honest, I've never thought about auctioning off my cards, however this is such a worthwhile cause. So many of us have been touched by breast cancer in our lives. My Grandma had breast cancer, and so have 3 of my friends. My BFF Mom passed away from breast cancer.

Here are some close ups of the individual cards.  I really enjoyed making these.

Of course, they needed to be pink, the color for Breast cancer awareness!

This may be my favorite one, I love the light pink embossing with the ombre effect watercolor wash.

This is the beautiful stamp set that will accompany these cards to the winning bidder!

There is also a blog hop that you showcases all the beautiful cards for auction.  Click on the link below to see them all!

Please enter your comments (and bids) in the comment section below.  If you have any issues commenting, please email me directly at

Thank you all so much!
Have a blessed day and let's stamp out breast cancer!


Monday, May 23, 2016

It's Margarita time, and stamp sale!

I've had a few really cute stamp sets sitting on my desk for a few weeks and finally got around to playing with them last weekend.  This one is called Margarita Birthday and it is by Skipping Stones Design.  You can find it here .

I love Margaritas and Margarita stamps are even more fun!  I stamped a card panel with several different color inks with the Margarita glass.  I cut a few banners out of white cardstock and then colored them with ink pads so they matched.  I stamped the sentiments on these in Versafine black ink and mounted the banners with foam tape.  I thought the card still needed another focal margarita, so I used brush markers to color the margarita stamp and then fussy cut around it and mounted it with foam tape.

I finished off the card by die cutting the panel with my wonky stitches die and then added some sequins and a little bit of "salt" around the rim with Stickles and Wink of Stella.  Isn't it a fun, bright birthday card for a friend?

I'm also going to be participating in a fun blog hop called Blogs for Boobies next month.  See some details below!

I hope you will support this cause!

Back soon!