Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What Time Is It? Challenge Time!

Hey everyone!  What better way to get over hump day than with a challenge!

I happened upon this one over at CAS(E) this Sketch, and inspiration struck.  PLUS, I was totally excited to use my new colors of re-inker!  Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on it!  :)

I think this card is actually pretty fitting for me since I can't seem to type a status or blog post without adding a smiley face, lol!  ;)  (see what I mean!)

You can see a bit of the awesome visual texture created by using the Spray Pens from Close to My Heart right behind this joyful little size M sentiment called My Happy...

All I did to make the colors blend was mix several drops of Glacier, Thistle, and Gypsy re-inker with isopropyl alcohol in separate Spray Pens. Then I used removable adhesive to place three circles on the front of my card base.  A few sprays from the pens with a box placed carefully behind it, and WALLA!  I removed the circles to find a gorgeous background for my Peachy Smiley Faces.  :)

I think it really makes the sketch HAPPY!  Don't you?  :)  All you need to create this look yourself are these fabulous Close to My Heart supplies...

See it HERE!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back for the First Day of School Blues

It feels sooooo good to be back at my keyboard again!  I know I kind of disappeared all of a sudden this past week, but life always comes before blogging, and mine certainly needed some attention.  We lost a dear Uncle unexpectedly, so had to take an unplanned trip as soon as we returned from taking my girl to college.  It has been an emotional week to say the least, but it sure hasn't slowed down the pace.

I jumped right back into my craft room as soon as I could to make another baby name frame for my Etsy shop.  I will share it with you later on, but today I want to show you the labels I stamped for my orders.

I used two new ink colors from Close to My Heart:  Glacier and Thistle.  The butterfly images are from the Your Own Kind of Wonderful My Acrylix set in the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book.

I really love how they turned out, and they sure dress up my packages nicely.  :)

Well, today is the first day of school for rest of my clan, so I will have my hands full for sure getting back into the groove this morning.  I miss my big college girl to pieces right now, so thank goodness for things like Facebook and Instagram.  I snagged this great pic of hers just last night.  Wonder where her textbooks are???

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Generational Stamping Tip for Tuesday!

Time for another Tuesday Tip!

Have you ever heard of Generational Stamping?  Basically it means stamping an image multiple times without re-inking.  Have you ever tried it?  I made up a little graphic to show you just how many colors you can actually get out of just ONE dark ink pad...

I used the Hello Blooms My Acrylix set for this sentiment.

Pretty cool, huh?  It also has a nice effect for creating movement on your artwork and cards.  This is a great way to make your stamp colors go farther.  Not sure on which color to chose?  Pick the darker shade and you will have LOTS of options!  :)

Thanks for popping in today!  I'll be back soon!  Not sure if I will still have my sanity, but I will be back!  :)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Close to My Heart Brings You NEW ALCOHOL INK MARKERS from ShinHan

Hey everyone!  I wanted to show off the NEW Alcohol Ink markers being offered in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book from Close to My Heart.  After some issues with the manufacturer of out last markers, I am so relieved to be able to bring you these!

See those black markers in the cup holder?  They are the HIGH quality, time tested markers from ShinHan--the closest competitor currently to Copic--but at a much better price.  These amazing markers blend with wonderful ease, making it a pleasure to give some depth to your stamped images. 

I ADORE the idea of making my images any colors that I like--especially being able to match any color pattern paper I happen to have on hand.  I recommend stamping with Memento Ink if you are coloring in an image...unless you are matching the color of the outline as I did below...

My friend and fellow consultant, Cathy, shared this card idea from Pinterest that she found.  Lucky for me the new Pretty Petals My Acrylix makes the perfect flowers for the fence!  I used a retired woodgrain pattern from the Timberline Paper Packet for this one.

I used the grey marker to draw the nail holes in the fence.  I stamped the leaves in Pear Exclusive Ink and the middle flower in Gypsy Exclusive Ink.  BOTH of these colors happen to match the ShinHan colors perfectly--Leaf Green and Lavender! 

Speaking of ink colors, there are THREE new Close to My Heart colors in the flowers up above--Glacier, Thistle, and Flaxen.  I also used the new Purple Glitter Paper for the centers of two flowers--SWOON!  :)

Head on over to my website to see all the other fantastic new products Close to My heart just released!

Friday, August 8, 2014

The NEW Rainy Day My Acrylix Set from Close to My Heart

Hey everyone!  Here is another simple project using the NEW products in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book!

That Blog Hop featuring the Chalk It Up Paper Packet really whet my appetite for paper piecing, so I wanted to try it again with another stamp set.  I decided to use the new Rainy Day My Acrylix.

I also used the Lifting Spirits My Acrylix set for the clouds and the Seaside Paper Packet...

It was tons of fun to play with the ShinHan Touch Twin Markers again...I used them to make one of the clouds a bit stormy...

Perfect for this sentiment, don't you think?  :)

I simply trimmed off a bit of the card front and lined the side with the reverse pattern of the paper...

Here is another way to use the stamps with the ShinHan Markers...

I posted this today because I am having a bit of a "storm" in my life right now.  Today we leave my oldest at college for the first time ever--and not even in the same state.  I am ever so grateful for the many friends who have helped pull me through this big change for my family!  We have a bit of adjusting to do over the course of the next few days, so bear with me.  Don't let me lose my sparkle, my crafty peeps!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Throwback Thursday College Edition

Oh my goodness!  I am NOT ready to post this yet but I never WILL be so here we go!

Remember this one?  My original post is HERE if you need a refresher...

Yeah, it has been a while indeed!  But the time has come...and my oldest girlie is headed off to college!  My momma heart is barely holding on just writing those words, so this is going to be a bit rough.  Don't blink, my peeps.  I got this card out of my room and am sitting here wondering what to say, but all I can think is how happy I am to live in a world with texting!!!  ;)  How did our parents ever do it!? 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Washi Wednesday!

JUST when you think I have run out of ideas for using my washi tape....

my fuse blows!  There were some crazy storms out here a few weeks ago, and now whenever we turn on the outside house lights, WHAMMO, the fuse blows.  I didn't want anyone to accidentally flip the switch so...

you got it!  I picked out a complementary shade of washi and taped that bad boy down!  ;)