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!

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Guest Designer: Lavinia Stamps

Happy April! I’m super excited to say I was asked to be a guest designer for Lavinia Stamps this month. If you’re familiar with my art journaling, you know I just love their stamps, especially the fairies! I love creating fantastical scenes in my art journals, and the scenes I create could easily be adapted to a card front as well. I don’t send a lot of card myself, so I just keep my creations in my journal to look back on.

Each month, the Lavinia website hosts a Creative Challenge, and the winner receives a gift voucher to use in their online store. So cool! Check out their website for more information and how to enter.

The theme for April is “Buds and Blossoms.” I created two art journal scenes for my example pieces. For the first, I wanted to do something with a definite spring theme.

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One of my favorite ways of creating scenes in my art journal, especially when I’m using stamps, is to create a mask using dies I have in my stash. For this scene, I used the largest of the Tim Holtz Stacked Archway die set to create a mask out of Inkadinkado masking paper. I centered the mask on my journal page, and used stenciling brushes to blend my inks. I used Distress Oxides in Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and a bit of Wilted Violet for my “sky” and Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn for my “ground.”

Leaving the mask on, I began stamping my foliage around the outside to frame the center. A list of all the Lavinia stamps will be provided below. For the stamping, I prefer to use Versafine Clair inks: Purple Delight, Acorn, Green Oasis, Verdant, Shady Lane and Blue Belle. For the fairy herself, I had planned to use Twilight, but couldn’t find it (argh!) so I used Versafine black ink, and it turned out OK. I added a bit of Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen to the fairy’s wings and some pink sparkle pen to the cherry blossoms as well. I also added a sentiment from my stash, as spring is such a delight when it finally arrives after a long winter.

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Lavinia Stamps:

Bria Rose: https://laviniastamps.com/product/bria-rose

Field Grass: https://laviniastamps.com/product/field-grass-2

Foliage: https://laviniastamps.com/product/foliage

Group Poppies: https://laviniastamps.com/product/group-poppies

Bluebells: https://laviniastamps.com/product/bluebells

Mini Leaf 2: https://laviniastamps.com/product/mini-leaf-2

Flourish: https://laviniastamps.com/product/flower-flourish

Cherry Blossom: https://laviniastamps.com/product/cherry-blossom

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For my second piece, I really wanted to have a play with one of Lavinia’s newest releases, the Far World Castle stamp.

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I had also just received my first gel plate a day or two before the new stamps arrived, so I spent one Saturday playing with it, experimenting with making backgrounds. I love the backgrounds made with the gel plate on the Lavinia site, but since I don’t have Brushos, I just played around with Distress Oxides and Lindy’s Magicals. Some worked well, some didn’t. But that’s the point of experimenting.

For this background, I brayered Distress Oxide Mermaid Lagoon onto the gel plate, then flicked some Blue Hydrangea Magicals that had been watered down on top. I placed my paper onto the gel plate and pressed all over to get a good ink transfer. After I lifted the paper away and let it dry a bit, I brushed over the bottom half with some Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide to give it a bit of a green tint.

For the ground, I tore a piece of paper and used it as a mask to make my hillside with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. I also cut a circle mask out of masking paper for the “moon,” and did the same.

All my images were stamped using the Versafine Clair Monarch ink. And here’s a tip: If you don’t get a good impression with your stamping, I don’t try to restamp unless I’m using my MISTI. I take a small paint brush, pick up some of the ink off the ink pad, and paint in the areas that didn’t stamp well. The color blends nicely and you can’t even tell where it didn’t stamp well after it dries.

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For my final touch, I used the Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen to go around the edge of the moon for a bit of sparkly.

Lavinia stamps:

Far World Castle: https://laviniastamps.com/product/far-world-castle-lav534

Dragon Mini: https://laviniastamps.com/product/dragon-miniature

Fern Heads: https://laviniastamps.com/product/fern-heads

Mini Berry: https://laviniastamps.com/product/mini-berry

Skeleton Tree Scene: https://laviniastamps.com/product/skeleton-tree-scene-lav530

Butterflies: https://laviniastamps.com/product/butterflies

Cherry Blossom: https://laviniastamps.com/product/cherry-blossom

Mini Leaf 2: https://laviniastamps.com/product/mini-leaf-2

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll have a couple more examples to go with this month’s theme later in the month!

Art journal: Never Change

Sometimes, instead of dragging supplies out for the next “big project,” it helps to just sit down and do a quick little art journal spread. Nothing fancy or elaborate. Just creating for the sake of creating.

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Never Change

I’ve had these Carabelle Studio stamp sets for a while, but hadn’t had a chance to use them yet.

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I thought they would work well together, so I stamped them out, colored them with Copic markers and fussy cut them. I had to add some hair to the girl, but it turned out better than I’d hoped. (I’m always nervous when it comes to altering stamps!)

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I had recently received the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide sprays, and I wanted to play with them to create my underwater scene. I used  Faded Jeans, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet and Cracked Pistachio. When you spray them on, the colors are quite vibrant, but as they dry, you get that lovely matte/chalky finish.

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Distress Oxide Sprays when wet

 

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Distress Oxide Sprays when dry

 

To add texture to my ocean, I used a Heffy Doodle stencil and placed it over the dried pages. I covered up the pages that weren’t covered by the stencil to protect them before spritzing water through the stencil, waiting a moment, then blotting the pages dry with a paper towel. I repeated this process with the entire background.

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I used a Bubbles stamp from Bella Stamps to stamp little bubbles in the water using Aquamarine archival ink. I also used the Vintage Contract stamp from Stampendous to add just a little bit more texture to my background. I flicked on some Time Travel Teal spray from Lindy’s for a bit of sparkle. Finally, I did some splashes with some white ink all over the pages.

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When everything was dry, I just glued the girl and my fish to the pages with Multi Matte Medium and added a Tim Holtz Small Talk quote for my sentiment, outlining with with a white charcoal pencil. A few sequins finished my layout.

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Never Change

 

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be on a staycation-vacation next week, so I hope to have something new created during my time off. 🙂

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!

Supplies used: 

WOW! embossing powders:

Guest Designer: Make a Wish challenge inspiration

Happy November, everyone! I had hoped to have posted something before now, but I’ve been busy working away on several projects for WOW! Embossing Powder. I was asked to be their guest designer this month, so I’ll have several things to post this month!

My first project was to create something as inspiration for WOW’s monthly Facebook challenge/contest. Their theme this month is Sparkles/Christmas. I don’t have many of their Sparkles glitters, but I do have plenty of sparkly embossing powders!

I thought to make a sparkling Christmas card as my inspiration piece, but I had a slight accident which messed up the bottom of the card, so I just turned it into a mini art journal layout instead!

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I first cut a mask using the Memory Box Flurry Snowflake Frame die. I used the mask to ink the background with various shades of Distress Oxide inks: Victorian Velvet, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire. While the mask was still on, I stamped my tree using a Lavinia stamp onto my background with embossing ink, then sprinkled the WOW! Blue Glitz embossing glitter on top, setting it with my heat gun. Taking the mask off, I stamped my Lavinia fairies using Versafine Clair Purple Delight ink.

I wanted to add some glittery snowflakes, so I carefully replaced the mask and embossed my snowflakes with WOW! Cloud 9 embossing glitter. These embossing glitters sparkle and shine delightfully in the light!

I added a few gems to my tree and gave one of the fairies and star to place on top. It was at this point I accidentally tore the bottom of my card, so I trimmed it down into a square shape. I took my Joggles mini art journal and ink smushed Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire onto one of the pages, then sprayed the entire page with Tsukineko Shimmer Spray.

I distressed the edges of my card and inked it with Chipped Sapphire. I attached it to my background and added a couple of holiday sentiments to the page.

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I’m rather glad it turned out this way. It’s a reminder to me that even mistakes can be a good things sometimes.

I’ll be back next week with two new projects featuring WOW! Embossing Powders. Thanks for stopping by!

Art Journal: Irish Luck, April Showers & May Flowers

I really should learn not to make grand plans, especially for my vacation weeks. I was on vacation for the last week of May through my birthday on June 4. I had grandiose plans of crafting all week, catching up on some blog posts and maybe trying my first video. Then I learned my nephew was coming to stay with us for a few days. Cool. Maybe I’d have to do fewer projects than I planned, but I could still get in some crafting time.

Then I got sick.

I’m talking cotton in my ears/unable to breathe through my nose/head in a vice sick. On my very first day of vacation. Went to the urgent care clinic to get some steroids to help my breathing since I have bad asthma as well and basically stayed in bed for six days.

So much for crafting on my week off!

I did, however, manage to do a couple of small things, including my May layout for my Julie Nutting art journal. And since I never got around to doing blog posts for March and April, this is me trying to play catch-up.

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Irish Luck

March almost got away from me because of how busy work was that month, so my St. Patrick’s Day layout was a little rushed. I used an Irish-themed paper pad by Authentique to paper-piece the dress of the Julie Nutting Doll with Ruffle Dress.

I wanted to have a leprechaun in the scene, but since I didn’t have any leprechaun stamps, I cobbled one together using the gnome from Lawn Fawn’s Gnome Sweet Gnome stamp set and the top hat from the Hero Arts Happy New Year set. I also die cut a rainbow using the Lawn Fawn Rainbow die and colored it with distress inks, though looking back, I wish I had used Copics.

The flowers and pot of gold are by Memory Box and the grass is Lawn Fawn. I added my sentiment from the same paper pad as I made the dress and put everything together just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

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April Showers

Of course, April’s layout had to be an “April Showers” theme. I have to say, I really like how this one turned out! Looking through my stamps to see what I could add to an “April Showers” theme, I came across the Hero Arts Raining Cats and Dogs stamp set. Perfect!

I had a super-cute raindrop piece of scrapbook paper for the background and added some clouds cut from grey cardstock using the Lawn Fawn Cloud Borders die. I inked the edges with some Hickory Smoke distress ink to make the clouds a little darker.

I used the Camille Julie Nutting doll for this layout and paper-pieced her dress using one of Echo Park’s Dots and Stripes paper pads. Her umbrella is a Spellbinders die called Umbrella Trio.

The hills and trees are Lawn Fawn dies. I stamped my cats and dogs and colored them with Copic markers before using the coordinating dies to cut them out. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. Though you can’t see it in the photo, as a final touch I added a glitter pen to some of the raindrops in the background.

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May Flowers

What should follow “April Shower” but “May Flowers”! I had actually stamped and colored all my pieces for this layout in April, hoping to get May’s layout done in a reasonable time, but of course, life happened and I didn’t manage to get it put together until the very end of the month.

The background for this layout is another piece of scrapbook paper, this time by Ella and Viv. It had a lovely, pastel spring vibe perfect for my flowers. The Julie Nutting doll is Collette. Her dress is paper-pieced in a mish-mash of pink scraps from my stash.

The flowers are a fun stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called Artsy Flower Parts. They do have coordinating dies, but I ended up fussy cutting mine since I didn’t want the white border around the die cuts. I stamped them onto a piece of paper, then covered them with gel medium. When they were dry I used my Faber Castell Big Brush Markers to color them. By coloring over the gel medium, the ink doesn’t dry right away and you can push and smudge it with your fingers.

The lake is from the Lawn Fawn Bayou Backdrop die set, which I cut from blue cardstock and inked with distress inks. I stamped some of the flowers from the Simon Says Stamp set directly onto the page and glued the ones I had cut, hand-drawing the stems.

The sentiment is stamped using the Tim Holtz Block Lower Case cling foam stamps for the word “Bloom” and the Concord and 9th Perfectly Penned stamp set for the rest of the quote. As a final touch, I added some butterflies I had left over from making my Mother’s Day card from the Lawn Fawn Fab Flowers stamp set.

I’ve already got June and July’s art journal layouts planned out in my head… I’ll just have to wait and see if I can get them done before the end of the month this time!

NSD 2018 + Craft Fair Projects

National Scrapbook Day 2018 has come and gone, so I thought I’d share my makes for this year. I had planned on knocking out my mom’s Mother’s Day card early and work on other projects later in the day. Well… that did not happen. The card took all damn day. But it turned out pretty and I know she’ll love it, so it was worth it.

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Mother’s Day 2018

I did this card based on a Lawn Fawn YouTube tutorial. I used Lawn Fawn’s Fab Flowers the How You Bean? stamps and die sets to make this shaker card. I love getting Mom flowers, but they always die after a while, so this way, her card of flowers will last much longer. She still has last year’s Mother’s Day card on display, so I think she will like this one. And I ended up die cutting so many flowers, I had enough for two cards. The other I plan on adding to my craft fair stock.

Speaking of craft fairs, my goal this year is to attend one for the first time. So I am trying to build up some “stock” to sell at the annual craft fair held in my town before Christmas. I think I will mostly be making cards, but I have a few art pieces I’d like to add in as well. I’ve made four works using Oxide inks and Lavinia Stamps and I thought they turned out rather well. The artworks are 5×7, placed in a decorated 8×10 mat. I don’t know if anyone will be interested in them, but I’m pretty pleased with them.

Speaking of cards, here are some samples of ones I will be making for the craft fair.

Of course, if any of my dear readers are interested in anything ahead of time, just drop me a line at naiensama@gmail.com.

I’ll be back in a few days with updates on my Julie Nutting monthly layouts!