Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lawnscaping Challenge: Watercoloring and Iron-Off Embossing

Hello my crafty friends! I had so much fun making my last card for the Lawnscaping Challenge, I thought I'd go ahead and make another card using watercolors. For this card, I decided to keep it CAS and to finally try out the iron-off embossing technique.

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I started off by heat embossing the clouds from the Lawn Fawn "Into the Woods" stamp set using white embossing powder. I then "smooshed" some Tumbled Glass and Broken China onto my non-stick craft sheet. I laid a sheet of Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock directly onto the distress inks and smooshed my cardstock around making sure I covered the entire panel. Once I was happy with the result, I set the panel aside to dry.

While my watercolor panel was drying, I colored the little fox from the same Lawn Fawn set using Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils. I used a nice reddish brown (Willow - 1900). When using Inktense watercolor pencils, I prefer to pick up the color directly from the pencil tip using a paintbrush. I find this gives me the most control when watercoloring, particularly smaller images. I cut the fox out using the coordinating die and fussy-cut the log that I had stamped with Colorbox Chestnut Roan Brown ink. For the sentiment, I stamped the "Hello" speech bubble from the same Lawn Fawn stamp set and used the coordinating die to cut it out.

Once my watercolor panel dried, I laid it onto my ironing board a placed a scrap piece of cardstock over it. I set my iron on the low-medium setting and turned the steam setting to off. I must admit, it took a little longer than expected to remove all of the white embossing. I ended up raising heat setting a bit and kept ironing until all of the white embossing lifted onto the scrap cardstock. I'm not sure if my iron wasn't hot enough to begin with, or maybe I initially didn't iron it for long enough; however, I did use an actual piece of cardstock instead of typing paper. The next time I try this technique, I'll definitely try typing paper instead of cardstock. However once it was all done, I really liked how my watercolor panel came out!

To add some grass to the watercolor panel, I masked the top portion of the panel using a large post-it note. I "smooshed" some Peeled Paint onto my craft sheet and painted the grass in using a paintbrush. I adhered all of my stamped images onto the panel and matted the watercolor panel onto the yellow-striped pattern paper from the Lawn Fawn "Let's Polka" 6x6 Paper Pack. And finally, I adhered the layer onto a 4.25" x 4.25" square cardbase.

I hope you enjoyed this card and if you haven't already tried iron-off embossing, I highly encourage you to try it! And if you have any tips or advice on this technique, I would love to hear them! Until next time! ♥

Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, Broken China.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lawnscaping Challenge: Watercoloring with Distress Inks

Hi everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! To start off the week, I made a fun a watercolor card using Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the latest Lawnscaping Challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

I started off by die cutting a sheet of Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock using the stitched rectangle die from Mama Elephant. Once I prepped my cardstock, I stamped the images from the Lawn Fawn "Critters from the Past" stamp set using Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. I find heat embossing the stamped images when watercoloring really helps with staying in the lines, especially when you have so many overlapping images. I thought the little star included in the Lawn Fawn "I Love You S'More" stamp set was perfect for my night sky.

I watercolored the entire card using Distress Inks. I simply "smooshed" my distress ink pads onto my non-stick craft sheet and used a little water and a paint brush. The wonderful thing about working with Distress Inks is that they're so easy to blend and even once they dry, you can continue to apply layers of color. For the night sky, I had to apply several layers of colors to achieve the gradient sunset look. Once I had finished all of the watercoloring, I stamped the sentiment from the Lawn Fawn "Hello Baby" stamp set and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I finished off the card by mounting my panel onto a cardbase I made using the scalloped rectangle die from Mama Elephant. 

This card was so much fun to make and it definitely put my Distress Inks to good use! I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks again for stopping by! ♥

This entry was selected as a Top Mow-It-All over at the Lawnscaping Challenge Blog!

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Distress Inks: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Pumice Stone, Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Seedless Preserves, Faded Jeans.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mama Elephant Challenge: "It's a good day to be happy"

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has fun plans for this weekend! The weather has been beautiful down here in Southern California and I'm really looking forward to getting some extra sunshine at the beach this weekend. To celebrate the end of the week, I made a CAS card for the first card challenge on the Mama Elephant and Me blog.

I recently purchased the Mama Elephant "Pandamonium" stamp set and I've just been dying to use it, it's just so adorable!

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 To start the card off, I stamped the panda and cute little lanterns onto some Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I colored in the lanterns using Copic Markers that I thought matched the inspiration photo. Since I haven't gotten the coordinating dies yet, I fussy-cut all of the images and then went over all of the edges with a black brush-tip marker.

When working with itty-bitty little pieces, I like to store them all in a small ceramic bowl. This prevents me from losing anything. Which if you're anything like me, happens quite often. In fact, while making this card, I went into full-blown panic mode when I thought I lost one of the tiny clear stamps. Only to realize it was stuck to my forearm the entire time 
(-__-"). But anyways, I digress...

After prepping all of the stamped images, I began working on the card base. I lined the bottom of the card with green polka-dot washi tape I had purchased from Target many many moons ago. In order to give the lanterns something to hang off from, I hand drew some curved lines. I then stamped the "It's a good day to be happy" sentiment from the Mama Elephant "Up and Away" stamp set using VersaFine Onyx Black Pigment Ink and heat embossed the sentiment using clear embossing powder. To add a little extra interest to the sentiment, I heat embossed the asterisk symbol from the Mama Elephant "Sketchy Letters" stamp set with gold embossing powder. I adhered all of my stamped images using foam squares and finished off the card by applying some Clear Wink of Stella glitter onto the lanterns.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and hope to see you soon! ♥

Copic Markers: B000, B00, B04, W2, W4, E42, YR12, YR14, YR16

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Paper Smooches: Anything Goes (Wk 3) Challenge

Happy Hump Day! I can't believe we're already half way through the week! For this week's Paper Smooches challenge, I made a birthday card using the adorable chubby owl from the Paper Smooches Chubby Chums stamp set. I just absolutely love this stamp set; who could resist a bunch of chubby critters?!

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Since I was planning on coloring the chubby owl with Copic Markers, I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto some Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock. I used E42 to color in the body and G43 and Y32 for the two layers of feathers. Since I didn't have any matching Copics to add for shading, I first added a base layer of warm greys (W2, W4, W6). Shading in your image first with greys and then going over with your desired color is a great way to get more out of Copics. I absolutely love doing this since my Copic collection is still quite modest. I then colored in the beak and feet with YR12 and YR14. To add a little touch of girliness, I added a bit of blush using R20. 

Once I colored the chubby owl, I began working on my sentiment. I die cut a speech bubble from the Lawn Fawn "A Birdie Told Me" die set using a paper from the Pink Paislee "Hello Sunshine" 6x6 pack. I originally heat embossed the "woohoo" stamp from the Lawn Fawn "Critters in the Forest" stamp set using a gold embossing powder. However, it wasn't until after I assembled the card that I thought the sentiment didn't quite "pop" enough. So I die cut another speech bubble from the same paper and heat embossed the sentiment in white. I then simply adhered the new speech bubble over the original and voila, problem fixed!

I used pattern paper from the Fancy Pants "Happy-Go-Lucky!" 6x6 pack for the leafy circle backdrop and polka-dot background. I made the branch by cutting a thin strip of woodgrain pattern paper from the American Crafts "Everyday" 6x6 pack. I then die cut two thin strips of Bazzill Butter Mints cardstock using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Border die. I used Antique Linen to distress the edges of all of the layers and then adhered them all onto an A2 cardbase using my favorite Kraft cardstock, Neenah Environment Desert Storm 100#

To jazz up the inside of the card, I die cut a scalloped frame using the Mame Elephant "Femme Frames" die and stamped the "it's your birthday!" sentiment from the Newton's Nook "Newton's Birthday Bash" stamp set. 

To finish up my card, I decided to add a little extra pizzazz by adding some matching Pretty Pink Posh sequins. I thought the sequins added that perfect finishing touch to the card.

Thanks again for stopping by and don't forget to swing by the Paper Smooches' Challenge Blog to enter into this week's "Anything Goes" challenge! ♥

Paper Smooches "Chubby Chums"
Lawn Fawn "Critters in the Forest"
Lawn Fawn "A Birdie Told Me" Lawn Cuts
Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Borders Die
Newton's Nook "Newton's Birthday Bash"
Mame Elephant "Femme Frames" Creative Cuts
Sizzix Framelits Circle Wafer Thin Die Set
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Metallic Gold Sequins
Pretty Pink Posh Lemon Meringue Sequins
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Mossy Green Sequins
Pink Paislee "Hello Sunshine" 6x6 Pack
Fancy Pants "Happy-Go-Lucky!" 6x6 Pack
American Crafts "Everyday" 6x6 Pack
Bazzill Card Shoppe Paper - Butter Mints 8.5" x 11"
Neenah Environment Desert Storm 100#
Neenah Solar White 80# Cardstock
Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Antique Linen
Copic Markers: W2, W4, W6, E42, G43, Y32, YR12, Y14, R20.

Monday, July 21, 2014

AEI♥U Challenge #11 – One Word!

Hello and welcome to my first card post! This post features a card I made for the AEI♥U Challenge using the Petals and Stems stamp and coordinating die set.

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I started off by stamping the flowers and leaves onto Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock. For the flowers, I used SSS Cotton CandyHero Arts Soft Vanilla and Hero Arts Fresh Peach dye inks. And for the leaves, I used SSS Green Apple and SSS Mint dye inks. I used the coordinating dies to cut them all out; however, I did have to fussy-cut the skinny leaves out by hand, which wasn't too bad.

For the sentiment, I used the "congratulations" sentiment included in the Petals and Stems stamp set. I stamped the sentiment using  Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with Hero Arts White Embossing Powder onto a pattern paper included in the Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine 6x6 paper. I die cut the pattern paper using a Spellbinders Label 8 die. I thought the combination of the white heat-embossed sentiment on the dark pattern paper gave it a vintage chalkboard feel. Too further add to the chalkboard look, I dabbed some Colorbox Frost White Pigment Ink with a piece of paper towel.

For the background, I used a gorgeous teal-ish polka dot pattern paper from the same 6x6 pack and a small strip of pattern paper from the Fancy Pants Happy-Go-Lucky! 6x6 pack. To add a little extra interest, I also die cut a thin strip of Bazzill Butter Mints cardstock using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Border Die. I used Antique Linen to distress all of of the edges and adhered all of the layers onto an A2 cardbase using SSS White 120# cardstock.

This card was relatively easy to make and I absolutely love how simple and elegant it came out! Thanks again for stopping by and hope to see you soon! ♥

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Hello and welcome to my new blog!  Relatively new to card making, I first ventured into card making during the fall of 2013. I thought it would be a fun project to make my own Christmas cards and soon thereafter it quickly evolved into a full-blown passion.

When I'm not busy card making and paper crafting, I spend most of my free time training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with my boyfriend in sunny Hollywood, CA. We share our household with our two furry kiddos (kitties), Molly and Mozart. I have an obsession for owls, am a self-proclaimed craft beer aficionado and enjoy snowboarding during the winter months. Thanks again for stopping by and hope to see you again soon! ♥