Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Get Well Card With Watercolored Faux Die Cut

 I shared this handmade image the other day, making it for a special friend who was in the hospital.  Today, I put it together for this lovely get well card.    I think it's so bright and cheery and would make anyone's day, don't you?  I hope my friend loves it.  I call it a faux die cut.  It's not really a die cut, but it looks like one, right?  No fancy machine required, just the hands that God gave me.  ;)



 You can read all about how I made this watercolored image with my Tombow Dual Brush pens here, and how you can make one too:  http://wavingmywand.blogspot.com/2015/06/create-your-own-watercolor-die-cut.html


 
To put this together, I used an A2 Core'dinations card from the Bright collection and added a sheet of glitter mesh that I picked up at the Scrapbook Expo last year.  I made some leaves out of May Arts Ribbon white silky crushed ribbon and inked it green with my Quick Quotes Powder Puff chalk ink in Limeade.  Next, I added some orange striped May Arts Ribbon and some Skittles embellishments which are not yet released, but you get a sneak peek today!  This is all held together with Tombow Power Bond adhesive runner and foam squares. 


Hope you're on the mend Deb.  This card is for you!
 







I plan on entering this card into several challenges:


Unity Stamp Company Friends With Flair

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links.  Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!




Reminder - Don't miss the Doubleclick Skittles Challenge!

If you missed the big announcement on June 24th, here it is again:

Welcome to Challenge # 25 here at DoubleClick Skittles!  

I'm so happy to have been selected for the Doubleclick Connection Design Team!  Everyone has been so welcoming and I know I'm going to love it here.  A quick little something about me:  I'm married with a 13 year old son and between the 3 of us, we play guitar, piano, saxophone, a little mandolin, bass violin and drums.  We all sing as well.  In my downtime, I love to whip up a gourmet meal with help from my son who also loves to cook.  I'm a freelance craft blogger, writing the occasional craft article, Guest Design occasionally and last summer, was the Guest Blogger and Show Photographer for the Craft and Hobby Association's Paper Arts trade show in 2014.  To "pay the bills", I work for an agency that serves children with disabilities.  And, that's enough about me!



Now, if you arrived from Carri's page, you are in the right place. 

The Challenge?  Show us your Craft Space!

Here's the line up in case you get lost along the way:

Carri from DoubleClick
Terri from Waving my Wand
Georgiana from Carson's Creations
Taunya from Daisies Girl
Payel from BeauMonde Designs



Challenge Date: June 24 - July 7



This is our former guest bedroom and now, craft/nostalgia room.  It doubles as my hubby's nostalgia and record collection.  He has the closet and some shelf space, I have the rest of the room, which explains massive stuff everywhere! 

The ugly wallpaper?  Yeah, just ignore that....another project for another day, haha. 

Here's my little crafty corner of the room.  My refurbished student desk and some fun storage panels that I recently made to have better access to the products I use the most.






This is the bookcase where I store my ribbons, stamps, punches and collection of paper.  Lots of embellishments and inks, as well.






This little nook sits right next to my desk and is where I keep my favorite stacks of paper and adhesives, close at hand.  That's one of my hubby's hand-me-down pieces of antique furniture. 







This is another little spot where my husband and I duke it out.  Crafting versus nostalgia.....
I think crafting is going to win!  That decorative Kaisercraft house?  I made that last year and it houses a lot of my little embellishments, such as sequins, buttons, etc.




And, finally, here's the view from the doorway.


Now, head on over to visit Kim......



I'm giving away a little blog candy as well today.   A brand new package of Spellbinders Golden Glow ink from the Celebra'tions collection, 5 Adornit Art Play Paintable coloring images from the Hello Collection and a 12" piece of "handmade with love" May Arts Ribbon from my personal stash.



To qualify: 
  • You must be a follower of all blogs in the hop  (there are 6)
  • Leave a comment on all design team members posts showing their craft space
  • Comment here letting me know you followed all the requirements.
  • US residents only (sorry due to high shipping fees)

Go SHOPPING HERE!  Doubleclick Skittles Store  (paypal accepted)




Want to join the challenge?  Link up and show us your craft space.  Here's the rules......


Rules for the challenge:
Skittles are not required to enter this challenge
One entry per person
No back linking
Must follow theme
When linking up use your project link not your blog link
Must Link back to this challenge and reference DoubleClick Skittles
Be A follower of DoubleClick and leave a comment after linking up 
Visit and Comment on the Guest Designer post
Prize is open to US residents only but anyone can enter


#doubleclick #skittles #cre8time #craft #challenge #blogcandy #summer #craftroom



Monday, June 29, 2015

Create Your Own Watercolor Die Cut


One of the things that I love about art is, you never know where it will take you.  For example, I started out with a stamped image today, from the Unity Stamp Company.  I knew I wanted to build a flower around it, so I grabbed my Tombow Dual Brush pens and started coloring. 




Well, one thing led to another and before I knew it, I had not only orange, but blue and gray pens in my hand.  And, a paintbrush and water.



I ended up blending my colored image with droplets of water and blotting with a paper towel; a watercolored, hand trimmed,  die cut image that I plan to use on a card for a friend in the hospital.  This took about 15 minutes to create, while on my break at work.  I grabbed some supplies from home today, threw them in a bag, but forgot my adhesive.  Oopsy.  So, I'll assemble my card later.








This was stamped and colored on white textured cardstock.  I let it dry with my little fan blowing on it for about 10 minutes.  The white dots?  Seeing as how I not only forgot my adhesives, but my white gel pen as well..... yup, this is a liquid Bic White Out correction pen that I had on my desk.  Fun!


Give it a try and make your own fun, watercolored, die cut elements for cardmaking.

Additional Supplies: Unity Stamp Co sentiment from the Feel Better Soon April 2014 Sentiment Kit



Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links.  Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Join the challenge at MPC! Nautical/Patriotic

It's time for another challenge at Mountain Plains Crafters.  
The theme is Nautical or Patriotic - you decide!  



Our sponsor is May Arts Ribbon and we are giving a sampling of their patriotic and nautical ribbons that they sent our design team.  Brand spanking new ribbons!

Go here to get all the details and link up to the challenge:




As you can see, I chose to go nautical.  I have some lovely papers from Graphic 45, from the By The Sea Collection.  I also used an svg file purchased from SVG Attic, to create the wavy cupcake liners, cutting them with my Cricut Explore.

Don't you just love the cake toppers?  I wrapped some May Arts Ribbon bakers twine around trimmed wooden skewers and cut the anchor and ships steer, also using my Cricut, with G45 paper, then made flags.  There's punched corrugated circles with DoubleClick Skittles in Glitter Bellini on the steer, as well.   In fact, now that I look again, these look like little cupcake boats!  Arrgh, matey.....

(I would love to take credit for the yummy cupcakes but these are courtesy of Mad Hatter Cakes and Cupcake Shop in Jacksonville, AL and are so amazing!)


Here's how I trimmed down this wide ribbon to work with my cupcake wrappers:

- trim a 1/2" x 11" strip
- pull out sections along both edges to give it a frayed look 
- secure ribbon and twine with adhesive dots and/or glue

  I love how it turned out!



Don't forget to link up before July 3rd.  Good luck!

Additional supplies: Tombow adhesive dots and Mono Aqua Glue

I also will be linking up to these challenges:



Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links.  Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!


#cre8time #mayartsribbon #graphic45 #bythesea #nautical #patriotic #challenge

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Doubleclick Skittles Challenge, Design Team Blog Hop + Blog Candy!

Welcome to Challenge # 25 here at DoubleClick Skittles!  

I'm so happy to have been selected for the Doubleclick Connection Design Team!  Everyone has been so welcoming and I know I'm going to love it here.  A quick little something about me:  I'm married with a 13 year old son and between the 3 of us, we play guitar, piano, saxophone, a little mandolin, bass violin and drums.  We all sing as well.  In my downtime, I love to whip up a gourmet meal with help from my son who also loves to cook.  I'm a freelance craft blogger, writing the occasional craft article, Guest Design occasionally and last summer, was the Guest Blogger and Show Photographer for the Craft and Hobby Association's Paper Arts trade show in 2014.  To "pay the bills", I work for an agency that serves children with disabilities.  And, that's enough about me!



Now, if you arrived from Carri's page, you are in the right place. 

The Challenge?  Show us your Craft Space!

Here's the line up in case you get lost along the way:

Carri from DoubleClick
Terri from Waving my Wand
Georgiana from Carson's Creations
Taunya from Daisies Girl
Payel from BeauMonde Designs



Challenge Date: June 24 - July 7


This is our former guest bedroom and now, craft/nostalgia room.  It doubles as my hubby's nostalgia and record collection.  He has the closet and some shelf space, I have the rest of the room, which explains massive stuff everywhere! 

The ugly wallpaper?  Yeah, just ignore that....another project for another day, haha. 

Here's my little crafty corner of the room.  My refurbished student desk and some fun storage panels that I recently made to have better access to the products I use the most.






This is the bookcase where I store my ribbons, stamps, punches and collection of paper.  Lots of embellishments and inks, as well.






This little nook sits right next to my desk and is where I keep my favorite stacks of paper and adhesives, close at hand.  That's one of my hubby's hand-me-down pieces of antique furniture. 







This is another little spot where my husband and I duke it out.  Crafting versus nostalgia.....
I think crafting is going to win!  That decorative Kaisercraft house?  I made that last year and it houses a lot of my little embellishments, such as sequins, buttons, etc.




And, finally, here's the view from the doorway.


Now, head on over to visit Kim......



I'm giving away a little blog candy as well today.   A brand new package of Spellbinders Golden Glow ink from the Celebra'tions collection, 5 Adornit Art Play Paintable coloring images from the Hello Collection and a 12" piece of "handmade with love" May Arts Ribbon from my personal stash.



To qualify: 
  • You must be a follower of all blogs in the hop  (there are 6)
  • Leave a comment on all design team members posts showing their craft space
  • Comment here letting me know you followed all the requirements.
  • US residents only (sorry due to high shipping fees)

Go SHOPPING HERE!  Doubleclick Skittles Store  (paypal accepted)




Want to join the challenge?  Link up and show us your craft space.  Here's the rules......


Rules for the challenge:
Skittles are not required to enter this challenge
One entry per person
No back linking
Must follow theme
When linking up use your project link not your blog link
Must Link back to this challenge and reference DoubleClick Skittles
Be A follower of DoubleClick and leave a comment after linking up 
Visit and Comment on the Guest Designer post
Prize is open to US residents only but anyone can enter


#doubleclick #skittles #cre8time #craft #challenge #blogcandy #summer #craftroom






Saturday, June 20, 2015

Watercolor Scripture Tag / Door Hanger

There's a fun challenge going on over at the Tombow Blog called, "Words of Wisdom".
The directive is to work words of wisdom into your craft project.  I can't think of a better wisdom quote than scripture, direct from the Bible.  Also, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog has a challenge to link up with your favorite technique, which is watercoloring.  Also, there is a challenge at Inspiration Destination, Anything Goes #38.  I will be sharing this project at all 3 challenges.  I do have some affiliate links below, as well, if you care to shop for any of the items I've used below.



 For my project, I chose to heat emboss this scripture verse from the Unity Stamp Company and use my Tombow Dual Brush pens to watercolor and "smoosh" my paper into watered ink.  The name of this stamp is, "My Strength My Song, Lord".  

(Those fun little bubbly gems?  Those are skittles embellishments.  Be sure and scroll to the end of this post if you'd like to purchase some of your own.  I LOVE them!  So many fun colors.....)



After smooshing my watercolor embossed image, I touched it up with some additional coloring.  I also used a cloud stamp on the edges.  The sentiment was cut with



from: Simon Says Stamp

 I placed it on a larger hand cut tag that I made from Adornit blender paper, distressed with Bo Bunny Pearlescent, stenciling, ink splatters and additional touches of color from my Powder Puff purple chalk ink.

The gorgeous ribbon handle was made with May Arts Ribbons including this new release Spring Floral Print and white mini pom poms.  I thought this would be sweet to hang on a door knob, or  car mirror, hang as a decorative accent on a gift bag or just give to a friend to perk up their day.


Here's a close up.  I had a little trouble getting good photos in my homemade light box, outdoors, while the wind was blowing!  Haha, always a challenge when taking pictures outside.  The wind kept knocking over my tag.  But, the results are well worth it.




Additional supplies: 
Doubleclick Skittles in Pink Sorbet (Paypal accepted)

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links.  Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!

#cre8time #ssswchallenge #tombow #mayartsribbon #watercolor #skittles #ranger #spellbinders #unitystamps #adornit


Friday, June 19, 2015

Butterflies Take Flight Get Well Card

I have a friend getting ready to undergo surgery, so I made this card to send her and am also playing along with the Unity Stamp Co Be Inspired Challenge.  I've chosen the color challenge but you can also do the sketch or layout challenge.


I opted to watercolor the sentiment and build around that.  This sentiment is from the 9/13 Kit of the Month, titled "Happiness has no limit" and the watercolored leaves are from that kit as well.  This was colored on Strathmore Bristol #140 watercolor paper using my Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  I painted the frame edge with Folkart Paint and added liquid pearls in Platinum Pearl.
 

 
Those fun butterflies taking flight?  May Arts Ribbon, including the string butterfly that's embellished with a large enamel dot.   Also, the sentiment was stamped with Memento London Fog ink and then traced over with a gray Tombow pen to enhance, and finished off with clear Wink of Stella glitter pen.


I'm also linking up to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Favorite Technique (watercolor)


Additional Supplies: Fab Scraps striped paper, doily from Hobby Lobby, Tombow Power Bond adhesive runner, foam squares, Word script strip from Farmhouse Papers, We R Memory Keepers large enamel dot, 6x6 white card The Paper Studio

 
Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links.  Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!

#cre8time #unitystamps #mayartsribbon #tombow #ranger #decoart #challenge #card #getwell #ssswchallenge #wrmk


Monday, June 15, 2015

May Arts Ribbon Flower Challenge + Prize Giveaway!

I'm so happy to have been chosen for the May Arts Ribbon Flower Challenge.  Participants were allowed to choose their own ribbon and were instructed to create a flower from that ribbon.

Click this link to cast your vote for your favorite creation by leaving a comment at the May Arts Blog post here:  https://www.mayarts.com/ribbon-flower-challenge-entries-and-a-giveaway/

But guess what?  You have a chance to win ribbon for yourself!

The prize?  A $25 gift card to the May Arts Ribbon new online store, The Ribbon Resource

For my project, I chose to make a layered flower with a pin backing to wear as jewelry.  The bottom and middle layer of petals were cut in a heart shape with my Cricut Explore.  I've done some ink distressing to some of my ribbon, to give it a bit of a vintage feel, using distress ink and a blending tool.  I ironed on heat n bond to the back of my ribbon prior to trimming the petals.  The first 3 layers of petals were ironed together, then distressed.  The top layer was inked, then Mod Podged for better shaping and to give the petals some shine.



My layers begin with one of the new releases, the Garden Print.  I've hand trimmed a few white and pink leaf-like petals peeking out as well.




There's also a layer of white and pink petals between the top and bottom flower.  To give some texture, I distressed the center ribbon layer by melting it a bit with my heating tool.



I finished my flower with some pearl string accents, a button and enamel dot.  
I recommend you use a hot glue gun to better secure your pin backing.


Bonus Tip!  
I love grabbing up seasonal adhesive felt products on clearance.  They make great backings for just about any jewelry project. 




Ribbons/Accessories used:
JC01 - WHITE
 468-25-19 Garden Print
524-38-09 Ivory (pearl string)
AW17 - PINK/WHITE



#mayartsribbon #challenge #prize #cre8time #cricut #modpodge




Sunday, June 14, 2015

Winner of My Summer Coffee Lover's Hop!

Thanks to Amy Tsuruta for another successful Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop.  With well over 500 entries, there was a lot to see and do.  I applaud all who had a hand in making this event so successful, including all the wonderful sponsors.


Enough of the rambling, right?  Who's the winner??




After assigning each person a number, including those who left an extra comment stating they followed me, I entered the numbers into Random.org and got,,,,,



#57 Angie Barrs


Congratulations Angie!  I'll be contacting you and sending out your prize; a starbucks gift card, a sampling of Skittles embellishments and the card pictured above.  

Find out more about Skittles below, those fun, colorful, bubbly embellishments featured on my card;

Doubleclick Skittles (paypal accepted)

#summerclh #coffee #summercoffeeloversbloghop #skittles #sizzix #fancypantsdesigns

Friday, June 12, 2015

Fathers Day with MPC and Heartfelt Creations Everyday Heroes

The design team is celebrating Father's Day over at Mountain Plains Crafters.  We're all coming up with our own take on celebrating the men in our lives.

Be sure you "like" us on Facebook as we have a fun challenge and giveaway coming up later this month that you don't want to miss!  Here's our Community Facebook page:



I chose to make a Father's Day card for my Dad who was a Navy man and retired Army.
I'm using the Heartfelt Creations,  "Everyday Heroes" Collection.  I wanted to leave as much of the quote on the paper exposed which says, "You stood the test of time with honor, integrity and commitment.  Thank you."



To begin, I made a faux dog tag, those metal tags that identify every soldier.  I used my Spellbinder's Celebra'tions Tag die and cut from a scrap of white cardstock.  Next, I did some heat embossing in white, then painted over the entire tag with the Spellbinders Silk Luster.  It was the PERFECT shade!




I used my We R Memory Keepers Trimmer/Scorer to score around the edges of my tag for that little something extra, then scrounged around my sons room and found this unused little chain that was just what I needed to complete my faux dog tag.



Some of the little touches on my card are paper piecing and 3-D pop ups that I made out of the Every Day Heroes paper, such as this dimensional time piece.



I was able to use my hole punch to punch out some of these tiny words on my paper and have a little focus on this corner where I tore and distressed the papers.  I also created some knotted "ropes" as a throwback to my Dad's Navy days.  I used May Arts Ribbon black/white twine and natural twine and 
tied loose knots with approximately two 16" sections of twine gathered together.

You can also see that I did a little embossing with my Cuttlebug on the top paper, with a cork embossing folder for added texture, and some ink blending as well.



More images from the collection, fussy cut and popped up.


I know my Dad is going to LOVE this card! I really can't wait to give it to him.



Additional Supplies:
Ranger Black Onyx Liquid Pearls, Ranger White embossing powder, Versamark clear embossing ink, FabScraps metal embellishement, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy, gemstones (maker unknown), Bo Bunny Pearlescent, Tombow Mono adhesive runner and foam squares.

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links.  Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!

#heartfeltcreations #everydayheroes #hero #spellbinders #mayartsribbons #ranger #timholtz #bobunny #tombow #fabscraps #army #navy #military #armedforces #fathersday #combatboots