Saturday, July 14, 2018

Masters of Magic Hugs

Can you feel the love with this card? Giant hugs indeed! The magical big boy looks like he could give some champion hugs, and I can think of several of my friends and family who enjoy that.

I am actually in my daughter's apartment again this weekend, so it is a limited supply card.

Can you believe I don't even have a spray bottle or spritzer with me?! I sponged the background on some watercolor paper with Poppy Parade and Lovely Lipstick, then looked in my travel crafting bag for my water spritzer. No luck. OK, now what?!

So I just went to the kitchen sink, turned the water on, and spattered water on the background with my fingers. Then I dried it with the cheap off brand heat tool I keep in her apartment.

When I got the Masters of Magic stamp set, I made a pile of watercolor paper cut outs with the Cut Files, used my Stamparatus (MISTI or Ranger Stamp Platform with work also) to stamp out a  bunch of images, and kept them at the ready to play with on the go.

The focal image is watercolored with Soft Suede, Tip Top Taupe, and Lovely Lipstick. There was a bit of color mixing to vary the browns 😉

This sentiment is just perfect, and I white heat embossed it right on the background. I find this works especially well with large sentiments.

Those little hearts were pulled from a couple of stamp sets in my stash. I wished for my heart dies, but they were at home. I kind of wanted to do a heart shaped window to the inside of the card, and to adhere the focal image to the inside.

The inside was finished with more of the hearts instead. 😎

There is an ginormous raspberry patch in my daughter's backyard, and I had to pick a bunch of berries while I was outside using the natural light for these photos. (My photo set up is at home too!)

Until next time, happy stamping my friends! Masters of Magic is calling to you!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Inky Friends Carnival of Color: Blueberry Bushel

Now that we have all had a chance to drool over the new catalog for a while, it is time to settle in to some creativity. And what better way than to play with all of the new colors!! So My Inky Friends and I are pulling out all the stops and getting inky 😎

If you are following along in order, you just arrived from Kris Kilkenny's blog featuring Blackberry Bliss!

The color I chose to play with is Blueberry Bushel. It is such a nice royal blue, and it plays so well with so many other colors. It is no secret that I love blue. My car is about the same color as Blueberry Bushel.

The blues in this card are Blueberry Bushel, Pool Party, and Balmy Blue. I sponged the colors on the watercolor paper, then spritzed with Pearlized water. The sea vegetation is stamped in Blueberry Bushel and Pool Party.

The mermaid tail is watercolored in Pool Party, then added dabs of Blueberry Bushel. Her hair is done in an ombre also.

Here is a close up of the card. To make up for the fact that I could not find the second card I made. Sigh. Some days!

And the inside is pretty simple.

Well, that's all I have for you! It is time to go see what Mickey Roberts has in store for us. I can't wait!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Tropical Chic
Hello friends, and happy July! The Stamp Review Crew is back with another fantastic blog hop featuring a fun stamp set from Stampin' Up! This time we are using Tropical Chic and all of the coordinating products. This stamp set has it own suite, and it is gorgeous!

What is the Stamp Review Crew, you ask? We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together to do a blog hop on the first and third (and sometimes on a fifth) Monday of each month. For each hop we chose a single stamp set for us all to use, and then we let our creativity loose! We have a blog with all of the hops archived, so you can hop through any of the hops any time. Click here to go to the blog to see all of the hops! To go to the specific post for this hop, click here, or on the banner above.

If you are following along in order, then you have just arrived from Debra Burgin's blog. Didn't just love what she did with this set?!

My first project is this tri-fold card. I have to admit, this is my favorite project this time.

Under the flap of stamped, diecut, and glued-together leaves, you will find part one of the sentiment.

Open one more time and you get the rest. The sentiments are from Floral Phrases, which is an awesome set for sentiments.

Next I played with the DSP in the suite, and I made a quick little purse.

Here is a video I made to show you how to make these for your self. Be sure to like and share the heck out of this puppy! And subscribe to my YouTube channel! (Shameless self-promotion here 😁)

Last up is a card with Pinewood Plank embossing. You know I had to do that or watercoloring 😉

The leaves are stamped partially with each color, then sponged with the lighter color where the color transitions. This softens the change.

More of the same inside.

Next up is Lauren Alarid's blog. She always amazes me with her beautiful creations.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Animal Outing
Hello everyone! This is our first opportunity to share some brand new stuff from the Annual Catalog! WE are featuring the adorable Animal Outing stamp set. I only had a moment to play with this set before this hop, but I can't wait to play with it again soon.

What is the Stamp Review Crew, you ask? We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together to do a blog hop on the first and third (and sometimes on a fifth) Monday of each month. For each hop we chose a single stamp set for us all to use, and then we let our creativity loose! We have a blog with all of the hops archived, so you can hop through any of the hops any time. Click here to go to the blog to see all of the hops! To go to the specific post for this hop, click here, or on the banner above.

If you are following along in order, then you have just arrived from Yapha Mason's blog. She is sure to have a fun use for this set!

I have just one project for you this time, and it is fairly simple. I did add a leaf from the Tropical Chic stamp set, but the main image and the sentiment are from Animal Outing. 

I actually stamped the rhino with the Stamparatus while riding in the car, can you believe it?! I watercolored it while riding in the car too.

I made 8 of these for a swap, and thankfully the ones that I mailed out were matted straight. 😏

I used the new Gray Granite ink for the rhino, and it is perfect! And I really wanted to use Granny Apple Green for the background, but I only got 4 sheets of the color right away. Lemon Lime Twist still looks great with it though!

While I am loving the new color revamp, I couldn't get everything at once. And I really couldn't guess which colors I was going to fall in love with until I got them in my hands and played with them.

Well, that is all i have for you, and I am the last stop on the hop. If you started somewhere in the middle, then Natalie Lapakko is your next stop!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Father's Day Creations with the Grands: Joseph

Here is Joseph. 14 years old, and full of questions! He was so excited to play with the Kindred Stamps pop culture stamps, he could barely contain himself!

He decided to make cards for his Grandpa Craig, his stepdad (my son Dakota), and his new grandpa, Jamie.

 The first card he made was for Dakota. Apparently Dakota has a shirt with a graphic like this. Hopefully a few of you will understand just how funny, and wrong, this is! 😂

So Joe had to make this card. The images are from the Kindred Stamps sets Time Traveler and Galactic Adventures. The words at the top were made with the Labeler Alphabet set from Stampin' Up!

Next he created a card for Jamie with as many of the images from the Galactic Adventures stamp sets from Kindred Stamps as I would let him pile on one card! 😂

The "father's day" sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Keep It Simple: Father. That set got a lot of use that day!

Last up was the card for his Grandpa Craig. His birthday just happens to fall on Father's Day this year, so a combo card it is! Joe wanted his favorite Space Explorer to take center stage.

The sentiments here are from the Papertrey Ink sets Keep It Simple: Father and Keep It Simple: Birthday

Joe is so proud of his cards!What do you think? Is he another crafter in the making?

I linked to several of the stamp sets in the body of this post, the rest of the supplies are below:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Father's Day Creations with the Grands: Isabelle

This is Isabelle. Or Izzy. She is the very definition of quirky! She made cards for her Grandpa Craig and her stepdad, my son, Dakota. She spends every other weekend with her grandpa Craig, which is pretty darn special!

For her grandpa, Izzy wanted to do something featuring one of his favorite movies series. Sci-fi and space!

We did a watercolor sponge-and-spritz, which Izzy was loathe to cover up! Rich Razzleberry, Coastal Cabana, and Blueberry Bushel are the colors we used.

She embossed a panel of Coastal Cabana with the new Maps Etc. embossing folder from Stampin' Up!

The stamps used here are Space Explorers from Kindred Stamps, and Dream Big from Hero Arts.

She kept the space theme going with the card for Dakota, and combined several sets from Kindred Stamps:
Galactic Adventures the Sequel
Galactic Adventures the Third 

There are cut files available for sale on the Kindred Stamps website that work with my Silhouette Cameo, and I had a pile of these precut and stamped on watercolor paper. That made getting this card easy!

I colored these images with a combination of Distress and Stampin' Up! markers. I colored the images incompletely, then came in with a watercolor brush to fill them in. I added texture to the hair and fur by coming back in with the same color marker and adding flick marks.

No, I did not want the children playing with my good markers. Or the watercolor brushes. That would have turned into something I could not take back. 😐

Despite the lack of rainbows, unicorns, and the color pick, Izzy was happy with her creations.

Here are the supplies that I can link to, and that I could remember! I did link to the stamp sets in the body of the post that I can't do affiliate links to.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Father's Day Creations with the Grands: Sophia

Today is Sophia's turn to be featured on the blog! She is 7 years old, and would spend all of her time in my craft area if she could. Not even kidding a little bit! She was here all weekend and was happily crafting either by herself or with one of her brothers the whole time. 

It would appear that Sophia and Geoffrey's dads like a lot of the same things. They have different dads, but they share my son as their stepdad 😎

Sophia wanted to use the same stamp set for Dakota's card. But she chose the retired Cucumber Crush for the main color. If you haven't guessed by now, Dakota's favorite color is green 😉 And he is a rather handy fella to have around!

We pulled out a Spellbinders die of the month, don't ask me which one. You should have seen my crafting area!

The stamp set is the now retired Nailed It set from last year's Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini. 

And the sentiment on the front is from the Keep It Simple: Father stamp set from Papertrey Ink.

Inside she used Dad Jokes from Stampin' Up!, which just retired. 

This card started with the retired color Rose Red, coordinating ink, and Versafine Onyx Black ink, and the lovely Concord & 9th stamp set: Plaid Background

Then, the long retired Angler stamp set from Stampin' Up!, and the same sentiment set from Papertrey Ink: Keep It Simple: Father. 

 Let's give it up for this sweet girl! Didn't she do a fabulous job?!

Here is a list of the supplies we used, but I used current colors that are similar to those Sophia picked.


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