Follow Me!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Watercolor Mama Elephant

Hey there!

In case ya'll haven't gotten enough of me using Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils, I've gotta another for you! I tell ya, I have Copic's, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and Ranger-Tim Holtz Distress Markers and these. I honestly love, love, love them all. I feel I'm reaching for these a lot lately because they are soo easy to use. The colors? The colors are Ah-Mazing! 

I would also like to point out that the Charmed Stamp Set by Mama Elephant is like the sweetest thing EVER! They make me smile! In fact, I have at least one more card planned with this lovely set.

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

So. I kept this one really simple. I stamped all of the images on a piece of Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock with Hero Arts Black Ink. I also stamp a small section of the Wreath on a small strip of Post-It Tape so I could mask off a small section to add the Branch. 


Coloring them in with the Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils was easy peasy and I love how these colors pop when you add water to them. I also added a lil bit of Clear Wink of Stella in a few places. A little bit o' bling us always a good thing, I think.

I recently purchased the Wavy Scallop Stitches Border Dies by Simon Says Stamp. They are from the Splash of Color Release. What a FUN collection! If you haven't seen it, go check it out! The Dies are groovy because they have three sizes in the set. I couldn't decide which size I liked best, so I used all three. I went over the Middle one with the Fuchsia Inktense Pencil to match the Wreath.

I mounted the two Scalloped Strips and the Panel to a Neenah White Cardstock Base with some Fun Foam and left it at that. I really couldn't bring myself to add anymore to it. Yeah?

That's it for now peeps! thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy!

Until next time!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Inlaid Die Cutting and Inktense

Hey folks!

I'm back! Whew! What a trip! I've come to the conclusion that I am not an electrician. Spending the extra time with my husband was great, but electrical work is not my gig. I shall stick to paper crafting. For real.

So, I've had Catherine Pooler on my mind the last couple of days. Well, because A) she fabulous and B) I subscribe to her blog and have had a few emails from her lately. She's been a busy girl and has something really cool coming up for all of us crafty peeps, so be sure to go to her blog and see what's up. Anyway, what I've been thinking about is how much she loves inlaid die cutting and it got the ol' wheels turning in my head. 

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

I usually won't buy anything unless I have a plan for it, but I am over the moon for the Butterfly Tendrils Die from Simon Says Stamp and bought it anyway. So, when I got to thinking about what die to use for the Inlaid Die Cutting Technique, I thought of this one. It's so intricate and has just the right amount of detail, you could do soo many different things with this. I however, can't get enough of the Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils lately and I've been itching to watercolor with a Wink Of Stella Pen instead of plain water. 


This was so easy it's ridiculous. I used the die on a piece of Ranger Distress Watercolor Paper the popped the die cut out and colored it in with the Pencils. I blended the color out with a Wink of Stella Pen that had run out, but I had re-filled with water. It's so sparkly and fun! Then, I trimmed the panel down a lil bit and put the Die Cut back into the negative space after I added some Fun Foam behind it. This not only lifts the panel off the Neenah White Cardstock Card Base, but also gives the Die Cut some tho adhere to. 

Before I attached the Panel to the Card Base, I used the Bold Plaid Stencil and Spring Rain Ink by Simon Says Stamp and blended the ink on a small strip of Neenah White Cardstock with a Ranger Ink Blending Tool. You can't see the entire pattern of the Stencil this way, but I really liked just the stripes peeking out. To tie in the small amounts of Fuchsia on the panel, I took a thin strip of the Ranger Distress Watercolor Paper and colored it in with Fuchsia Inktense Watercolor Pencil and blended it with plain water. From there it was a matter of attaching all of my pieces to the Card Base! Pretty stinkin easy. 

I stamped a sentiment from the Sentimental Circles Stamp Set by Simon Says Stamp with Jet Black StazOn Ink on a piece of Silhouette Vellum Paper and attached it to the Card with a lil bit of Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I needed to hide the adhesive, so I added a small piece of twine, but in hindsight I would have preferred something else. What? I don't know, but I'm just not loving the twine. 

That's it! It's great to be home and I can't wait to continue to dive in to all of the fabulous new stuff waiting on my work table. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy!

Until next time!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Simon Says Stamp July 2015 Card Kit Shaker Card

Hey folks!

I'm still on a job site with my husband in North Dakota. It's hot, dirty and I fear I will be carried away by mosquitos at any moment. I haven't electrocuted myself however, so it could be worse. I think I'm going to call  today a win. Sheesh. 

So, I'm going to share with you yet another another card I made using the Simon Says Stamp July 2015 Card Kit. This has been a really fun kit. Never disappointed with Simon Says Stamp I tell ya! Oh and don't forget the Simon Says Stamp August 2015 Card Kit is out too! If you haven't gotten one, you should. For real. Also, you can never go wrong with the monthly subscription as well!

To begin with, I heat embossed the Sail Away Sentiment on a piece of Neenah White Cardstock with Versamark Ink and Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder. Then using the Cloud Stamps, I made 2 masks with Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper and masked off a section over the Sentiment. I also heat embossed the Waves with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder


Using a Ranger Ink Blending Tool, I covered the area with Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue Ink and Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy Ink at the bottom of Waves. I removed the Cloud Masks and used a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle Die to cut it out. I also used two more dies out of the same set to make the Shaker Window, which I made to look like a port. Kinda? Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins and Martha Stewart Iridescent Stars fill the inside.

I cut down a piece of Authentique Seaside Pattern Paper and adhered on top of a piece of Simon Says Stamp Ivory Cardstock that I had die cut using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Die.

For embellishments, I stamped the Boat from the stamp set in Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy Ink and fussy cut it out. To add a little pop of color, I colored in some of the stripes with a Red Copic Marker. The sentiment "With Me" was stamped in the same color of ink and die cut that with the smallest of the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle Dies.

To finish it off, I used some of the May Arts Twine from the Kit and one of the Tim Holtz Idea-ology 2015 SOUVENIR Adornments. These are the coolest lil charms. I have a hard time bringing myself to use them. Seriously, I think hoarding them is definitely an option. So cute.

That's it peeps! I hope you enjoy!

Until next time!