Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Embossing folder printing

Have you ever used your embossing folders to water colour or make prints? I love how versatile and surprising the results can be with this technique.
I recently taught an embossing class at a local recreation centre. This is the first card we created, using our CTMH Diamond embossing folder to make a watercolour print. We swiped Lagoon; Sweet Leaf and Thistle ink on the folder, then spritzed with water. Then we put a piece of watercolor paper inside and closed the folder. With a little pressure from your hand, this print is the result.

We stamped with a retired flower image in Black ink, and used a stitching die to cut out the piece. Then we added our Black with Gold ribbon and a sentiment.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Cardstock: Black; White Daisy; Watercolour
Ink: Thistle; Sweet Leaf; Lagoon; Black
Embellishments: Black w/Gold Ribbon
Tools: Diamond Embossing Folder
Other: Lil' Inker Designs & MFT Stamps stitched dies



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Live Beautifully

I loved this stamp set and paper so much, even though it was only available for May, I am going to show a few more cards I made with both.
For this card I used some of the beautifully patterned paper that came in the exclusive paper pack. I paired it with some Slate cardstock. This time I added the leaves with the flower and some Mini Pearls that I coloured yellow with my Shin Han Alcohol Marker.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Live Beautifully
Cardstock: Slate; White daisy
Paper: Live Beautifully
Ink: Fern; Canary; Sunset; Black Journaling Pen


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Oh where oh where have I been.......

Wow, have I ever been neglecting my blog. I have been all over Instagram, but don't seem to complete the circle of posting the same things here that I post there. So, let's catch up.

You may first notice the difference in how my pictures look....cell phone is the culprit. I take all pics for other sites with my phone, rather than my camera and while the quality of the photos is not as good, they are still decent.

This is now a beautiful retired stamp, Live Beautifully. I stamped with Tangerine, then used my water brush and coloured in some Hollyhock ink. The cardstock is Sunset and Lagoon and I inked some White Twine. I finished the card off with Black lines using my Journaling pen.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Live Beautifully retired
Cardstock: Sunset; Lagoon; White Daisy; Black
Ink: Tangerine; Hollyhock; Lagoon; Black; Black Journaling Pen
Embellishments: White Twine

Friday, May 12, 2017

Live Beautifully

We have a beautiful promotion on for May, which is National Scrapbook Month. It is the Live Beautifully stamp set and paper pack. We also have some album bundles available. I am always obsessed with flowers, so here is a card I made using this amazing flower.
I stamped the background with Black ink and the image is from one of the background stamps that came with our Flower Market Cricut cartridge bundle. The cardstock colour is Lagoon with a Glacier mat.

I stamped the flower with Lagoon ink, then took my water brush and just lightly brushed over each petal to soften things up. I stamped the leaves with Fern ink, then fussy cut all of them. For the stamen, I added some Liquid Paper. I also added some of ou r lovely White & Gold Ribbon.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Live Beautifully - May National Scrapbooking Month
Ink: Lagoon; Fern; Black
Cardstock: Glacier; Lagoon; White Daisy
Embellishments: White & Gold Ribbon
Other: Liquid Paper



Thursday, May 11, 2017

More Mother's Day flowers

Whew, I got a bit behind there working on some other projects. Here is another Mother's Day card with amazing flowers from our Flower Market Cricut cartridge.
I was experimenting with my new  Tim Holtz Oxide Inks and this is another background I created. Once dry, I ran it through my Big Shot with our Diamond Embossing folder.

The Chrysanthemums were created with Sorbet; Lemon; and Tangerine cardstock. I was taken aback that there are 12 layers to this flower! It seemed only natural to use a few colours to create these flowers. These 2 were not the originals, as when using multiple colours, you only get one with the dark colour in the middle. That flower was used on another card which I have not posted yet. The background colour cardstock is Crystal Blue.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Cardstock: Crystal Blue; Sorbet; Tangerine; Lemon; White Daisy
Ink: Black ink
Tools: Flower Market Cricut cartridge; Diamond Embossing Folder
Other: Tim Holtz Oxide Inks; Susan's Garden Tool Kit


Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Daisy here and a Daisy there.

Here is another Mother's Day card I created with the amazing Flower Market Cricut cartridge. I also created a dramatic background with Tim Holtz Oxide Inks.
These flowers are so fun and easy to make. Once I have cut them, I used my Susan's Garden loop tool to draw down each petal of the large flowers. It breaks the paper fibers and makes the flowers easier to manipulate. I use the leaf veining tool from her set to do a bit of shaping on the leaves.

The background was going south, but with TH Oxide inks, you can bring the entire thing back. It really is amazing. I don't feel really confident about creating these kitchen sink backgrounds. They usually turn into mud really quick. This is what is nice with the Oxide inks, the colours don't mix as much, but sort of float around with one another. Drying as you go, makes a huge difference in staying away from making mud, also. I felt like this one was missing something after dipping; tapping; and splattering, so I used a stencil with Oxide inks overtop. I also cut the piece with a Double Stitched Die from Lil Inker Designs.
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All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Cardstock: Sea Glass; White Daisy; Pansy; Fern
Ink: Black
Embellishements: Gold Gems
Tools: Flower Market Cricut cartridge
Other: Tim Holtz Oxide Inks; Lil Inker Designs Double Stitched Die; Susan's Garden Tool Kit


Thursday, April 27, 2017

He loves me.....he loves me not.....

Well, you won't be pulling the petals out of these daises! That old line should now say....I love me....I love me more! Here is another flower extravaganza A2 card, I created with our Flower Market Cricut cartridge.
For the background of this card, I used my new Tim Holtz Oxide inks. I am just dipping my toe into the mixed media ocean and I wanted to experiment with the "game changer" inks. They are fun but for me had a bit of a learning curve. It was a fun and fast curve!

I cut these gorgeous daises from Raspberry cardstock and the leaves from Fern. The sentiment is from our Workshops Your Way Mother's Day kit...which by the way, is about to retire April 30th to make way for our new Seasonal Expressions. I stamped it with Black Memento ink after cutting the inked piece with a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles die.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: WYW Mother's Day
Cardstock: Raspberry; Fern; White Daisy
Ink: Black Memento
Tools: Flower Market Cricut cartridge
Other: Tim Holtz Oxide Inks; MFT Wonky Rectangles Die