Friday, April 24, 2015

Masculine Thank You Card

I'm back to share a rustic thank-you card featuring Technique Junkies stamps.  I know this is a bit autumnal, but I had been working on  a magazine submission, and messed up on the deadline~ but, I thought it turned out really cool, so I wanted to go ahead  and post it.

The Lovely Leaves background stamp was colored with Spectrum Aqua markers, and then I used a Jillibean Soup frame around it.  The sentiment is from Simple Sentiments 2a  which is a fabulous set with so many useful phrases.  The card was embossed using Core'dinations cardstock and the Parquet embossing folder from Crafter's Companion.


Oh So Shabby Mother's Day Card

Are you intimidated by Shabby Chic styles? No need to fear, they are really pretty easy and very fun. I'm going to show you in a few steps how to add some easy techniques to achieve this trendy look. a
 So Shabby Mother's Day Card Supplies:
 Step 1. Begin with a 4 x 6" card base.
 Step 2. Cut a slightly smaller panel and emboss. Sand the raised design. b  
Step 3. Cut remaining mats as shown for card. Use a distressing tool to roughen the edges. c  
Step 4. Have you ever wished that you could match embellishments to a patterned paper, and you just didn't have the right colors? It is so easy to create your own designer papers using Core'dinations and a simple background stamping. That way, you can create whatever you imagine. Randomly stamp a small image using an opaque ink. d  
Step 5. Machine stitch the stamped panel and the backing panel together.  
Step 6. Add flower clusters, cheesecloth and sentiment as shown. e
See, it's really easy to put together your own shabby chic card. Here are the key ideas to incorporate to get this look -
  • Soft, muted colors
  • Distressed edges
  • Stitching
  • Sanded embossed designs - especially florals
  • Lots of layers with textures

Thursday, April 23, 2015

May Arts Ribbon - Welcome the Ribbon Baby Blog Hop

Recently, our very sweet Ribbon Lady gave birth to a beautiful Ribbon Baby Girl and of course, all of the Ribbonistas have been so excited for her!  To help celebrate, we are hopping for the next two days, sharing sweet baby projects.  And you know, we aren't going to hop without having some wonderful ribbon prizes!  Leave some love, and you could win some spools from the baby line.

I played with some of my favorite sweet ribbons to create this canister, perfect for storing various sundries.  I embossed the cardstock and then glued it to the canister, stamped the sentiment, and added loads of ribbon.  The baby carriage was die cut and glued to the paper rosette on the lid.

May Arts Ribbons

Blog Hop Line-up


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Crafter's Companion New Release - Kimono

Crafter's Companion has a beautiful new release out - Kimono - and it has stamps, dies and embossing folders! They are running some specials right now on bundles from the collection, so be sure to check it out!

Kimono Release:  Paper Moon
Spectrum Noir Markers: PL1, PL3, PL5, CG1, CG2, CG3, CG4, 
Graphic 45 Patterned Paper: Birdsong

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sneak Peek for Crafter's Companion Kimono Collection

 Crafter's Companion
Kimono Collection: Porcelain
Spectrum Noir Markers: OR1, OR2, OR3, FS1, BT1, BT3, BT4, IG5, CT3, CG4
Spectum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Graphic 45 Paper:  Birdsong
Petaloo Flowers
May Arts Ribbon
Want2Scrap Pearls

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sheena's Laguna Release for Crafter's Companion

I know you are going to be excited to see the full new release by Crafter's Comanion today - Sheena's new Laguna line.  I've always loved Passion Flowers, and this beautiful stamp is so fun to color.  I used the Spectrum Noir pens to color the base, and then added shading with the Spectrum Noir Blendable pencils.  Such a realistic image!
Webster's Pages Patterned Paper
Core'dinations Cardstock
May Arts Ribbon 
Want2Scrap Pearls

Monday, April 13, 2015

Time to Nest with Technique Junkies

Hi, it's Gini, and I'm excited to share my first blog post with you today on the Technique Junkies blog!  I love trying new techniques and of course, adore beautiful stamps - so this is the perfect place for me.

I used two different stamps for my background - Burlap Flowers and Fat Smudged Lines.  I had fun with some embossing techniques, including a variation of the Outlined Resist Tutorial from the Bodacious Background Stamps CD.  

My focal image, Nesting Bird, was colored with Spectrum Aqua markers.  I then cut the image and used foam adhesive to apply it to the card.

The sentiment is from the very fun Mae West Sentiments (from the Palettini Collection).

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a bright and beautiful day.

Technique Junkies CD:  Bodacious Background Stamps
Noor! Designs Dies: 6003/0026; 6003/0035
May Arts Ribbons: 5" Tulle; Double Faced Satin: HA-8-04, HA-78-94; Burlap String; Cotton Eyelet
Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers
Prima Flowers
Want2Scrap Pearls

(All products linked in supplies)

Noor! Designs UK

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sneak Peek for Sheena's Laguna Release for Crafter's Companion

Crafter's Companion will be releasing a new line of stamps on April 14th - but I thought that you would enjoy a little preview now.  This is part of the Sheena Laguna Collection - and it's going to make you want to pack your bags and head out for vacation! Be sure to check back on Tuesday, when the stamps will be up on the Crafter's Companion Website.

Crafter's Companion - Sheena's Laguna Release
May Arts Ribbon

Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Birthday

April happens to be a month of birthdays for my family (including mine!) But when I saw this adorable Bebunni stamp set, I thought it would be perfect for my sweet nephew. I used the Spectrum Noir markers and pencils to color the image, and added stickles to the frosting, and Crystal Lacquer over the jellybeans.

Crafter's Companion
Webster's Pages Patterned Paper
May Arts Ribbon RG27


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter! with video tutorial

Happy Easter! I hope you all enjoy the blessings of the day!  I have a card and video to share with you today, for the celebration.

Imagine Crafts: Creative Medium Purple Iridescent; irresistible Pico Embellisher: Gold; Delicata 4: Bronze Burst, Golden Glitz; Diamond Trowel Palette Knife;  Sponge Dauber;  Radiant Neon: Electric Purlple; Neon Amplify! : Electric Purple; VersaMark; Imagine Embossing Powder:  Gold
Stampendous: Cling Winged Cross
Dreamweaver Stencils:  Corner Flowers
May Arts Ribbon:  GC07
Art Institute Glitter:  Bonnie Blue
Want2Scrap Pearls
Fun Stampers Journey: Journey Rectangles Die
Spellbinders: Grand Calibur
Xyron Adhesive
Heat Tool

Stampendous/Dreamweaver -April Showers (The flowers are showered in glitter, thus bringing the May Flowers) 
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Pastels