Sunday, March 18, 2018

Magical Day Unicorn Card

I'm a dragons and fairies girl, myself, but unicorns and Pegasuses can turn my head too. When I saw this stamp set by Neat & Tangled, I wanted the sentiment to go with my fairies. However, the unicorn is quite nice too!

I challenged myself to use colours I wouldn't normally be drawn too - yellow, pink and red. The yellow and pink mixed together to create a peachy kind of colour which was perfect. I ink smooshed a strip of paper to stamp the leaves on top of too.

I coloured the unicorn with my alcohol markers (copic and Promarker) and then spritzed it with diluted pure platinum Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. You can see the sparkly spots from the spritzing in the picture above to give that little bit of shine that every unicorn needs!

This was one of the cards from the ink smooshing technique class I led. It can be quite addicting when every piece comes out different!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Wish on a star birthday card

One of my nephews is having a birthday! What do we do on birthdays? Make wishes! Since I have been playing around with galaxy-making techniques with my Nuvo embellishment mousses, a galaxy background was perfect for this "wish on a star" card.

I also love LOVE LOVE my dragon stamp set from Kraftin' Kimmie. So, I played with my Nuvo mousses for that too! I watercoloured with it. I even dyed the platinum mousse green with regular dye-based ink. My nephew's favourite colour is green, so I had to make sure the dragon was green and the card was green. (Video of colouring the dragon coming someday!)

You can see the galaxy background better here.
This galaxy background piece came from my acrylic smash galaxy experiment. (Video coming someday!) While I'm not a huge fan of the sentiments in this stamp set, the dragons are just adorable. I paired it with another sentiment I have. I did well to use some older goodies on this card too: I die cut the candles from a (very) old Quickutz die I have and I even used deco-edge scissors to create my clouds!

I really enjoy these Nuvo embellishment mousses by Tonic Studios. Water colours test my patience and the "permanent when dry" feature is a huge plus for me. I would hate to spend so much time watercolouring something only have a rainy day destroy it while being delivered in the mail. (I use cellophane bags to mail stuff to protect against that!) Just LOOK at the shiny goodness of the mousse!

I coloured the dragon on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper. All the big name YouTube cardmakers (Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner, Prairie Paper & Ink, and Michelle from the Card Grotto) have said good things about this paper, so I finally shelled out some $$ to try some. My, did it ever hold up well to being watercoloured AND heat gun dried! Very little warping. (Part of that might be because the Nuvo mousse dries really quickly too.) Money well spent!

Here's a look at how you achieve the dimension in these diorama cards.

I hope my nephew likes it! I composed a little poem on my computer, printed it and adhered it to the back.

What supplies have you been having fun with lately?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Winter Creativation 2018 Wishlist

Creativation is happening right now so, naturally, I’ve been gorging myself on YouTube watching all the new release products shipping to retailers between now and the end of Spring. Here are things I’ve put on my wish list thus far:

Tonic Studios, Tim Holtz Media Mat
This mat is tempered glass. The black side is big enough for a 12 x 12 paper and the white side is for your pallet or messes. I love my little glass mat - it might be 8 x 12 or 10 x 12. What I love about tempered glass is the triple threat: it’s a cutting surface (an Xacto knife dream), non-stick, and heat resistant. I have used glass from a cheap picture frame for my messy stuff in the past but it is not heat resistant and it is very brittle.
Tonic Media Mat

We R Memory Keepers Label Maker
Ever since I saw Prairie Paper and Ink use her dad’s old, manual label maker, I wanted one. I’m not in love with the electronic ones that require both tape AND ink. The old ones push the letters in which spreads the tape to leave a white, raised impression. Well, WeR has answered that call!
We R Label Maker

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced
Here’s another stamp press on the market. Looks drool worthy but I’ll wait the hear reviews from users on the peg precision. What I love about this press is that they are selling additional top plates separately. You can load up every part of assembly line stamping on a different plate and have at it. You can also use the top plate independently of the peg base. It has low profile rubber feet that depress. I had the old Fiskars press with foam feet. The foam feet are so wiggly, so I never use it. I am EAGERLY looking forward to seeing more about this tool! I love what my MISTI lets me do and use it a lot but I find myself wishing I had more places to keep stamps in position longer for my classes rather than having to switch them out per project. Multiple top plates would solve this problem perfectly.
We R Precision Press Advanced

There’s still more show going on, but those are my top 3 new tool wants so far! What are you loving about the show?

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Handmade Christmas Cards Received 2017

I received several lovely cards this year, some with sparkle, some with foil, many with lovely handwritten messages inside. Three cards I received were handmade.

The first handmade card of the season was this one from my sister-in-law and family. We learned the z-fold box card in class. We had a use your holiday papers crafting day and she used that opportunity to do a bunch of stamping with the intention of making a large batch of this style of cards. She did the stamping (and the colouring, I believe), but her 11-year old son helped with the rest.
Here's another angle so you can see the dimension in this card.

The next one came from my mother-in-law. She used a paper tole kit to make this dimensional snowman scene.
The reindeer bust is a die cut. Here's a closer look at the snowman.

The last of the handmade cards to arrive was this delicate, die cut holiday wreath from a family friend.
This one has the sentiment heat embossed in white and lots of little rhinestones sprinkled throughout the wreath. Here's a closer look at that.

I appreciate ALL the cards we got over the holidays, as every one means someone was thinking of you, but I recognize the amount of effort that goes into handmade ones. I wanted to show them to you since maybe they will give you ideas for your holiday cards next year.

As we say goodbye to 2017, I hope everyone has a healthy and prosperous 2018!