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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Boy Birthday's!

Hey folks!

I tell ya, these cards probably couldn't get any busier if they got up and started doing housework. Sometimes it's it's great to focus on one or 2 techniques/products, but sometimes it's even better to just start pulling stuff out and go crazy. If it works, fabulous, if not that's fabulous too! It's still a great time and that's the point. Yes? Brings images to mind of The Mad Scientist in his lab, mixing up concoctions, laughing maniacally. Eh, yeah, kinda...  

As usual, if you are interested in any of the products I've used, I have thumbnail links at the end of the post.

I did stenciling, heat embossing, die cutting, Copic coloring and I used texture paste. I think the better question would be, what didn't I use? 
So, I have couple of Gamers in my life and these stamps sets from My Favorite Things (Level Up) and Simon Says Stamp (All Boy) are perfect! Better yet, they can be used together! I love that the sentiments in the Level Up set are big and bold. I also love that the images in the All Boy set are simple, but still really cool to look at. I quickly colored these in with Copics. Easy Peasy. MFT also has a Game Controller Die that coordinates with this set. Oh and I used the MISTI Stamping Tool for the first time. After I colored in the controllers, but before I cut them out, I used the MISTI to stamp them again this time with Versafine Ink. Perfect!
I'm a sucker for all things Ranger. Two of my most favorite things EVER are Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Ranger Texture Paste. If I could buy Texture Paste by the drum, I would. What a fabulous way to add interest to your card! Since I find it extremely satisfying to "squish" Distress Inks onto my Ranger Craft Sheet it only made sense to color the paste on both cards that way. Distress Re-Inkers are great too! I used a Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layered Stencils with the paste on both cards, but just about any stencil works. the stencils I used are called Bubbles and Speckles.
Something else I've been using a lot lately is, the Stitched Journaling Card Die Set by Lawn Fawn. The set comes with four smaller dies. There's a strip of hearts, stars (the ones I used on these cards), chevrons and banners. I dig these, because it makes it super easy to use up a scrap of paper to make quick embellishments. For these 2 cards, I had some cut out already from a scrap of DCWV Gold Foil Paper and it was super easy to make some more using a small scrap of paper, covered in Versamark Ink and Ranger Embossing Powder in Silver.

That's it for now folks! Before I go, over the last couple days I've heard an awful lot about the new We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool and I have ordered one. I'd love to hear some more feedback from those who have used one!

Until next time!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

You Lift Me Up

Hey Folks!

Today I want to share a card I made using the stamp set by In A Creative Bubble for Studio Calico. I received this set in the "Cirque" February Card Kit. 

My craft room is almost put back together, at least until I can replace the flooring, so I thought I'd make a fun card. 

This kit has so much to offer and I love every bit of it, but this stamp set makes me especially happy! Hot air balloon, funky lil clouds, and the font are fabulous! The only thing I used out of the kit for this, was the stamp set. It has a 6x6 pad full of fabulous papers and some really cute embellishments. Love!

If you're interested in any of the products I've used, I will have thumbnail links at the end of the post!

Not one to pass up an opportunity to break out the ol' Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks, it is all over this card! I am by no means an expert in watercolor, but I love it so. You know those car insurance commercials with that pig? That's me with these inks and a watercolor brush. It's the little things.

All I did, was stamp my images with Versamark and Ranger Clear Embossing Powder on a piece if Ranger Watercolor Paper. Using Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks for watercoloring is fun all by itself, but I gotta say, the part I enjoy the most is taking the ink pad and squishing it down on my Craft Sheet when before I start coloring. It really does make me want to start saying WEEEE!!! Does anyone else ever feel this way?

I have 3 Zig Watercolor Brushes in different sizes,  I like to use. I think any watercolor brush would work just fine, but I like the option of a water filled brush and also I like that these are a bigger pen style. Turns out, torn finger ligaments take forever to heal and I still struggle a lil bit at times. These brushes don't bother my fingers a bit. This is what I used to apply the inks. Really, it was just about playing around.

In the end, I decided to use some Bazzill Cherry Splash Cardstock out of my stash and mount the panel on that. I don't use red very often and I liked how it tied in with the balloon. I also made 3 lil Seagulls using Ranger Glossy Accents. You can't tell in the picture but I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the Sun, Ballon and Water Peaks. This is something else I can't get enough of. It's so sparkly and fun...

Well, that's it. Easy peasy.

Until Next time!