Be My Valentine

I’m so sorry. This pocket letter post should have been up much sooner than this. But life just kind of smacked me in the face this past month. First, one of the very dear ladies in my swap group passed away from cancer. She wasn’t my partner for this swap, but we have been partners before. I shall always treasure the things she made and sent to me. Godspeed, Donna.

Then, just earlier this week, a tornado tore through the community next to mine, a town I lived in for six years while going to school. Eighteen people were killed. People I know lost everything. It’s been horrific and I just haven’t had energy for a whole lot lately. So please forgive me as I try to get back into being creative. And spare some good thoughts for Tennessee if you can.

My last art swap was a pocket letter swap on the forums of Scrapbook.com. The theme was Valentine’s Day, and this is what I created for my partner.

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I went with very traditional colors, pinks and reds, in my creation. I also used a lot of dies from Memory Box/Poppystamps to create my pocket letter.

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The center heart flower box was made using the Memory Box Precious Heart Box die, filling it with flowers from Prima and 49 & Market.

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The fairy and the butterfly are both from Reneabouquets, and the little wooden embellishments are Kaisercraft.

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I also included a Valentine-themed necklace for my swap partner that I made. 🙂

I’m on vacation next week, so I hope to get my creative mojo going… that is, if I can bring myself to crawl out of bed long enough. Hug your loved ones. Enjoy each day. Don’t take anything for granted! ❤

Merry Christmas!

The Christmas season is upon us! I’ve been busy making cards and gifts for the loved ones in my life, but I had a few moments during my last week off work to make an altered Christmas embroidery hoop to commemorate this year’s holiday season.

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I started off with an 6-inch hoop that I painted white with Finnabair’s Snow White Impasto Paint. I gave it several coats until I was happy with the color.

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After the paint had dried, I took a sanding block and went over the paint in a few places, to give it a more distressed look.

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To make my Christmas trees, I used an old Sizzix die called Trees, Three, but free-cutting triangles would work just as well. I also used up some old scraps of Christmas paper from Photoplay. Any paper with a small pattern would work.

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I cut several trees and bases, and inked the edges with Distress inks in Candied Apple and Peeled Paint for the trees and Vintage Photo for the bases. I then glued the bases to the trees.

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While waiting for the glue on my trees to dry, I mounted a piece of lace-covered burlap into my embroidery hoop. I trimmed the excess fabric away on the back, and glued what remained to the back of the hoop using hot glue.

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When my embroidery hoop was ready, I arranged my trees and glued them onto the burlap. I took a length of gold twine and wrapped it around the bottom, tying a knot at the base of the trees. For added security I also applied a little bit of glue to the back to hold the twine in place.

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For decoration, I added a few small buttons in red and green…

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…and a chipboard “Merry Christmas” heat embossed with an opaque white embossing powder.

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The final touch was to add a bow to the top and a piece of ribbon to hang my hoop from.

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I had so much fun making this embroidery hoop, I made a second as well.

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I didn’t do step-by-step photos for this one, but it’s a 4-inch hoop decorated with a poinsettia using the Tim Holtz Layered Tattered Poinsettia Die. I used gold seed beads for the center of the flower, and a chipboard “Joy” heat embossed with a sparkly gold embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope your holidays are merry and bright!

Halloween pocket letter/ATC

Happy Halloween! It’s been a busy, busy month at work, so I’m just popping in today to post my Halloween-themed pocket letter and ATCs!

I never turn down the opportunity to do a Halloween-themed pocket letter!

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The bottom row features a spooky graveyard scene. The background was made with Distress Oxides. The haunted house and ghosts are from Memory Box/Poppystamps and the skeleton is Tim Holtz colored with a bit of Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink. The graveyard border is a chipboard piece from Creative Embellishments that I’ve heat embossed with black embossing powder to give it a shiny look. The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Halloween Clippings.

In the center, I have a SnipArt chipboard skull frame heat embossed with Oyster Glintz embossing powder from WOW. The raven, bats and creepy eye are Tim Holtz, as is the sentiment. The black cat is a sticker from Michaels.

On the top row, I’ve mounted three ephemera pieces from a Michaels ephemera pack on different pieces of Halloween paper and accented with sequins. I’ve tied little bows with purple and black twine and added Tim Holtz Halloween quote chips on the spine to finish the project.

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For my Halloween ATCs, I’ve again used Distress Oxide inks to create my background, masking off a small strip along the bottom for my sentiment, along with the moon. The black die cuts are from the Impression Obsession Halloween Hill border die. The sentiment is stamped from the Poppystamps Halloween Fun stamp set. The ghosts are stamped from the Mama Elephant Little Boo Agenda stamp set, colored with Copic markers and die cut using the coordinating dies.

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I also made a set of autumn-themed ATCs for my monthly swap. For my base, I used a set of pumpkin die cut pieces from Joggles that I trimmed just a bit to adhere to the standard ATC size of 3.5 by 2.5 inches. I used the ink squishing technique using Distress Oxides to color them, inking the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink for definition. I glued down some gold thread, then placed a sprig of flowers from Prima in autumn colors on top. I added some puffy stickers from the Autumn Sunset collection from Prima, as well as gems from the same collection. The sentiment is from the Small Talk Occasions sticker collection from Tim Holtz.

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to start on Christmas projects! Let the holiday season begin!

Thankful

Hello! I hope everyone in the northern hemisphere is surviving the sweltering summer temperatures we’ve been having lately! Remember to take breaks and stay hydrated when out and about!

As much as I look forward to warmer weather after a cold winter, these hot summer days have me longing for the cool crispness of autumn. I thought I’d try to channel that into my latest project, featuring Prima’s Autumn Sunset collection.

I started off with an MDF base in the shape of a leaf from Diverse Woodworking.

Using a piece of paper from the Autumn Sunset collection, I traced the leaf, cut it out and glued it onto my base using Mod Podge. I then sanded the sides to take care of any overhang. I spread some crackle paste through the Woven stencil by Prima and left it to dry overnight, so the cracks could appear naturally. I prefer to let crackle paste dry naturally as opposed to using a heat gun.

The next day, I used some Lindy’s Starburst sprays in Autumn Maple Crimson, Steampunk Sepia, Red Hot Poker Orange and Cattail Copper Brown to create splatters of colorful shimmer on my leaf.

My next step was to use a Prima text stamp with Archival Black ink to add some more texture to the leaf.

I set my leaf base aside to work on my centerpiece. I took a chipboard frame from Scrapiniec and heat embossed it with WOW Oyster Glintz embossing powder. I also cut the gold foil sheet music out of another piece of paper from the Autumn Sunset collection, distressed and inked the edges and glued it to the back of the frame.

My next step was to play with flowers and leaves from the Autumn Sunset collection, along with some sisal, layering them into a composition I liked.

To finish my piece off, I added some pieces from the Autumn Sunset ephemera pack, some of the coordinating gems, and a butterfly from one of the flower packs. I also splattered white gesso over the piece as well as using some Vintage Gold wax here and there. My final addition was a resin lady which I painted with Hazelnut Metallique paint and highlighted with the Vintage Gold wax.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this little tutorial was helpful. If you have any questions, just leave a comment or shoot me an email. Stay cool out there!

Art journals galore

I’ve been on a bit of an art journal kick this past week or so. It’s been a busy time at work — always happens the week before a holiday (July 4th in this case), so playing around in my art journals was all I had time to do. I work on them in my spare moments between work and home duties. So, I don’t have any tutorials for these, but things should slow down a bit now that the holiday is over, but I promise one soon.

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This one I did for my fairy art journal. I know it’s a mermaid layout, but I thought it was fitting for my fairy journal. The mask is by Carabelle Studios and the stamps by Marianne Design.

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This one was inspired by a YouTube tutorial I had seen a week or so ago. I usually like to create little scenes but sometimes it’s fun to just be abstract. Paper tags by 7 Dots Studio. Sprays and Magicals by Lindy’s Stamp Gang. Stamps from Prima Marketing.

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Space Whales! I’ve had this one in my mind for a while, but never got around to ever doing it until this week. Whale stamps from Hero Arts. Paints by Prima Marketing.

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The July 2019 monthly challenge at Lavinia Stamps was “A Midnight Blue with an Orange Hue.” This Les Mis quote stamp by Impression Obsession actually gave me the idea for this layout in my fairy art journal. Stamps by Lavinia Stamps. Mountain stencil by Honey Bee Stamps. Inks my Ranger and Tsukineko.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Beauty of Becoming

Spring has sprung, and over on the Scrapbook.com forums, a spring secret partner tag swap was held. We were all given a secret partner and had to create a spring-themed tag, but we weren’t allowed to say who our partner was. They would find out when the tag arrived.

I decided to use the Tim Holtz Funky Florals dies to create a spring flower scene.

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I cut my tag base out of chipboard (5×7 in.) and glued down some background paper from my stash. (I believe both pieces used were Kaisercraft.)

I cut out a bunch of blooms and greenery from the Tim Holtz Funky Florals 2, Funky Florals 3, Funky Foliage, Wildflower Stems 1 and Garden Greens from various colors of Lawn Fawn card stock. I used Distress Inks to give the flowers and stems some shading.

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The watering can is a Tim Holtz Bigz die. The big piece was colored with Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, and the band was colored with Black Soot Distress Ink. I also sprayed the watering can with some silver sparkle spray so it glitters in the light.

I adhered the watering can to the tag base using foam tape, then tucked in the greenery and flowers behind using liquid glue to adhere them.

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I added a couple of flowers to the bottom of the can, along with a fussy cut butterfly from my stash. The sentiment is from the Prima Finnabair Art Daily Sentiments sticker book that I inked with some green Distress Ink.

When everything was glued down, I felt the tag needed a little something, so I added “shading” all around the tag by using three tiny greenery stamps from Lavinia Stamps in various shades of green VersaFine Clair inks. The final touch was the green ribbon at the top of the tag.

My partner loved it, which made me happy! Thanks for stopping by!

Guest Designer: The WOW! Factor

I like making cards because I just like making things. I don’t have a lot of use for cards, as I don’t really have anyone to send them to, but I still like making them. I still feel like a novice compared to many I’ve seen online, but it’s fun and relaxing and if you’ve ever wanted to give card making a try, I say go for it!

One of the first things I learned about card making was how to take an ordinary card design and make it pop. One of the easiest ways to do this is to add embossing powder to your design. Embossing powder, especially the metallics and sparkly ones, can give your card that “Wow” factor. (Pun intended, heh.)

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Today, for my second social media guest post for WOW! Embossing Powder, I thought I’d take three cards I’d made in the past and jazz them up with EPs. It’s amazing what a little sparkle can do for your design.

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Lawn Fawn card — before

For my first card, I’d made a cute little scene using the Lawn Fawn I Scream for Ice Cream dies. I used the following Lawn Fawn cardstock to create my sweet little treats: Ballet Slippers, Vanilla Malt, Chili Pepper, Paper Bag, Chocolate Bar, Noble Fir and Black Licorice. I glued all my parts together and mounted them on a background using Lawn Fawn’s quilted backdrop. For my sentiment, I used a stamp from LF’s Bannertastic in Ballet Slippers ink with the sentiment from the Sweet Treats stamp set.

It’s a cute card, but it can so easily be taken up a notch by adding embossing powders.

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Lawn Fawn card — after

For this one, I made the card the same way, but for the vanilla cone, I used Sparkling Snow embossing powder to create some pretty shimmer. I also used Red Glitz to make both the cherry and heart sparkle. And finally, I used In the Pink embossing glitter to turn my strawberry cone into strawberry swirl using a flourish stamp. The sentiment I embossed using Metalline Greengage and I finished the card off with some Nuvo Crystal Glaze to give the chocolate topping some shine.

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For my next card, I thought I’d play with Concord and 9th’s Wreath Turnabout stamp.

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Concord & 9th card — before

A simple, pretty card, right? I stamped each turn with the following Versafine Clair inks: Verdant, Green Oasis, Shady Lane and Summertime. The sentiment was also stamped with Green Oasis ink.

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Concord & 9th card — after

To make the card extra special, I used the green Versafine Clair inks for the first three turns of the stamp. But for the final turn, instead of the Summertime ink, I used the WOW Clear Ultra Slow Drying Embossing Pad to stamp with embossing ink. I sprinkled Metallic Gold Sparkle over the card and heat set it, giving it that extra special touch. I also used Metalline Greengage to emboss the sentiment in the center before finishing the card with a few sequins.

(Tip: Make sure the ink is completely dry before using the embossing powder for the last turn!)

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With my last card, I wanted to play with color layering stamps. I used the Hero Arts Color Layering Seahorse along with a few elements from the Color Layering Goldfish set.

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Hero Arts card — before

Color layering stamps create a beautiful layering effect when used with different color inks. For my seahorse card, I used Lawn Fawn inks in the following colors:

• Seahorse: Grape Sode, Juice Box, Sugarplum

• Starfish: Peace fuzz, Pumpkin Spice

• Turret shell: Ballet Slippers, Wild Rose

• Scallop shell: Moonstone, Peacock

•Seaweed: Freshly Cut Grass, Jalapeno

I used the coordinating dies to cut out my stamped images and adhered them onto a die-cut stitched circle from Lawn Fawn using tacky glue and foam squares. For the background, I used the Tim Holtz Waves embossing folder on some blue cardstock. The sentiment was stamped using Fish Tank ink.

Now, it’s a pretty card by itself, but when you add embossing powder as the last layer of the stamp, it adds that extra special touch for your recipient.

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Hero Arts card — after

I restamped my images using the same inks, but instead of the last ink, I used the following embossing powders:

• Seahorse: Persian Indigo

• Starfish: Golden Flame

• Turret shell: Coral Reef

• Scallop shell: Calypso

The card simply glitters in the light!

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Thanks for stopping by and again, my thanks to the WOW Embossing Powder team for allowing me to play with them this month!

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