Saturday, July 30, 2016

Butterfly kisses

Today is the last day of July but by no means does that mean the summer is over.  Still lots of butterflies flying around in all their glory.  This stamped butterfly is colorful with all the colors of Perfect Pearls.  Stamped butterfly with VersaMark ink onto brown cardstock then dusted it with Perfect Pearls.  After dusting the butterfly I buffed it with a tissue to burnish in all the Perfect Pearls then spritz it with water to settle it in even more.  Add some self sticking pearls to make a flying trail.
Till next time ... Ink it!  Stamp it!  Use it!
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Friday, July 29, 2016

The Stockings Are Hung!

Happy Friday!  I am back with another Christmas in July card for you.
You may not know, but I am also a quilter.  When I look at this Stamptangle Stocking stamp from Just For Fun Stamps, I see a quilt.  It looks like a crazy quilted Christmas stocking.  I have been wanting to make something with this stamp for a while now.  I found these papers in my stash.  (we all know what those are, but lets not tell the husband about it) and it inspired me to color this stocking in more old fashion Christmas colors.  I hope you like it too!

Supplies Used:
Just For Rubber Stamps -E3855 Stamptangle Stocking & C2614 A Christmas Note
Tombo Markers- 098, 177, 856, and 025
Stampin' Up Stampin' Write in- Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals and Riding Hood Red
Ranger Archival Ink- Jet Black
Stickles - Star Dust
Christmas Card Stock & Velum Paper
Versa Mark Ink Pad 
Stamp N Stuff Embossing Tinsel- Red

Hope you are all having a great summer and staying cool!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

3 Cards for Christmas in July


I have been totally binge watching YouTube craft shows.  Do you remember the Carol Duvall Show on DIY?  I loved that show, well, anyway, there was a Christmas Holiday Show & the guest demonstrated a background technique using Puffy paint & reinkers.
You place a large drop of Puffy paint in the middle of your cardstock & 1 drop of stamp pad reinker ink.  In my case it was Navy.  You take a brayer & roll out the paint/ink all over the cardstock.  Using your embossing heat tool you quickly dry the paint/ink.  The effect is supposed to be a foggy background from the dry Puffy paint. 
Of course I couldn’t find my brayer, so I used a sponge paint brush to spread the paint/ink over the cardstock & even though the effect didn’t quite look like it did on the TV show, I still liked the effect it gave the backgrounds to all 3 cards.

Because the paint is wet on paper the cardstock did warp a bit, but I think if I ironed the back of the card base it will straighten out.  Gluing it on an A2 card will probably straighten it out also.
Stamps I used:
Holiday Magic: On Dasher (A3445), Ice Skaters (F2280), Pine Forest (F3588), Sentiments Unmounted 3 (UMS7020
Happy Holidays: Getting the Tree (F3510), Pine Forest, Sentiments Unmounted 1 (UMS7018
Joy to the World: Holly Branch Sketch (G2632), Fiber Background (J2207), Sentiments Unmounted 3

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Joy Of Gifts Christmas In July

Hi everyone Beth here with another Christmas card since we are doing Christmas in July challenge. Today my card features the three kings bearings gifts on a background of Joy To The World sheet music.

Since we are also doing shimmer//glitter I used copper card stock for my base.

For my sheet music I printed it out with a laser printer as I did not want the ink to smear. Then I took a scrap of thin cardboard from a box and used Vintage Mod Podge to adhere the sheet music as well as to coat it. Vintage gel medium or anything like that would work. I just happened to have the Mod Podge from a couple of decades ago when decoupage was all the rage.

Once the Mod Podge was dry I used the dropper and Fossilized Amber Distress Ink and dropped some of the ink onto my sheet music and then took a bristle brush and brushed until I got the effect I wanted. I also took a paper towel to wipe some of the ink off in places to give more of a distress look. It takes awhile for the ink to dry so you have time to play. Once the ink was dry I took a bronze sharpie and colored the edge of the cardboard

My background for my stamp was created with an airbrush and alcohol markers. I used the blending marker as well as the colors to get my effect. I stamped with Stazon Black ink so I could paint Iridescent medium over the stars. The shimmer is too subtle to pick up in a photo. Then I took a Gelly Roll pen by Sakura to color the large star.

You still have time to enter the challenge and to get a jump start on making holiday/Christmas cards. I hope you will join us as I would love to see your creations.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Holiday Magic

Hello, Friends.  It's kReN here again to share 
a holiday card with you and to remind you,
it's time for you to enter our 
Christmas in July challenge.
Add some shimmer and shine to your card.
Sorry you can't see the silver glitter paint
but it is really sparkly in person.
Falalalala in July!

I created a special designer paper background by
dry brushing purple, pink, and blue and green 
Twinkling H20's and acrylic paints on white card stock.
Oh, the shine! 
My photographer husband could capture it, 
but, alas, I could not.
I stamped the Stamptangle Pattern Block onto
white card stock with black ink. Then I painted it with 
Twinkling H20's in sections and die cut
ornament shapes with dies.
I used Holiday Magic from UMS 7020 as my sentiment because
in person, the glitter and shine is truly magical!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Holiday Lamp

Christmas in July always gets me inspired to get a start on my Christmas cards.  This is the theme this month for the Just For Fun Monthly Challenge so I thought I would share another card I made for my favorite holiday.

I used some lovely blue cardstock with a white core and ran it through an embossing folder.  The raised area was sanded to bring out the white core and then the outer edges were inked.  Spellbinders’ Laced with Love Blooming Collection Etched Die was used to create the white frame.

The image, Christmas Lantern, was stamped in blue and die cut with Spellbinders Classic Oval die.  This was layered on a slightly larger blue oval that has been inked around the edges.  A little yellow glow was added to the lantern with a Copic Marker.

The sentiment, from the Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet, was also stamped in blue and die cut with JustRite’s Spellbinders Nested Sentiment die.  The edges were inked and small blue jewels were added.

We would love to see your Christmas creations.  You have until the end of the month to join our monthly challenge for a chance at a gift certificate to the Just For Fun store.

E. Marie

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Wilmington ~ Here we Come!

Rubber Stamp, Paper Arts 
& Scrapbook Show

Wilmington, Delaware

Come on out and join us as we kick off this NEW show in Sales Tax Free Delaware!

Saturday July 23, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday July 24, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Chase Center on the Riverfront
Wilmington Hall
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801

We are bringing lots of NEW stamps & accessories
with exciting demonstrations showcasing them.
Please come out to see us and tell a friend about the show.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Faux ornaments

Check this out I made a holiday card without using any holiday/Christmas images.  first I stamped a background image with metallic inks (delicata gold and silver), stamped evergreen bough with green ink.  on separate piece of cardstock I add at least three layers of UTEE (ultra thick embossing powder) then pressed an inked swirl image into the thick hot embossing powder.  let it sit for about 10 seconds then pulled the stamped straight up out of the hot ep.  check it out it leaves a deep impression!  Oh yeah, forgot to tell you I die cut the circles first before all the UTEE.  after the circles are cooled I punched out a small rectangle from silver cardstock and adhered it to the back of the circles.  tape the "faux" ornaments to your stamped card with evergreen bough...hand draw a string with a bow then adhere to note card.
till next time ... Ink it!  Stamp it!  Use it!
visit me anytime at Stamping Sue 
don't forget to check out our JFF Christmas in July challenge

Friday, July 15, 2016

Red, White & Blue!

Hi everyone and Happy Friday!  Hope you are all enjoying your summer.  It's been nice here and not too hot yet.  We did have a week that has had 100's in it.  But then cooled back down.  I know that we have more heat to come and I am not looking forward to that.  I will stay inside with the AC on those days and use that time to craft my heart out.  Lol.  The dogs enjoy those days with me too. 
I know 4th of July has passed, but I wan'ted to try this new Just For Fun Stamp that I just got in the mail.  I have had my eye on this for a while now.  I love how it turned out.  I hope you like it too.
So Here's to the RED, WHITE and BLUE!

Supplies Used:
Just For Fun Rubber Stamp- G3036 New York Tag
Tim Holtz Distress Inks- Fired Brick & Faded Jeans
Patterned Papers
Cream Card Stock
Banner Strip from some Scrapbook Supplies
Baker's Twine in Navy and Red

I inked may stamp half way with the red and then the other half with blue.  I think sprayed the stamp with water lightly and then stamped it onto my card stock.  I cut out my image and then arranged all my papers and glued them down.  I added my banner piece and then the twine.  I then stapled the image onto the card piece and made sure I got the twin in there very securely.

Hope you enjoyed this card and it inspires you to go create something in your crafty space.
Thank you to all of our service men and woman !
Have a great weekend everyone!
Hugs, Heidi 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Fly Away...

I know this is Christmas in July, but I promise a double Christmas later this month.  I kinda loved how this simple card came out.  Of course it had to have a fussy cut...

G3750 Stamptangle Dragonfly, Lg stamped on pattern paper. I cut it out, added copper wire antennae & used pop dots to attach it. Of course every Dragonfly has to have its path documented...E3873  Butterfly Trail.  The sentiment is from UMS7020 Unmounted Sentiments 3.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Joy Ornament

Beth aka Myoriah here today with a Christmas In July card. This challenge is so much fun I couldn't help but make one more creation.  I hope you will join in the challenge.

I love to experiment and trying new things. That is exactly what I did here.

The background I used an embossing folder which is now retired. I'm sure there are similar ones out there. Instead of embossing I used it to do a rubbing. I played around with different mediums and papers and found I liked it best using an oil pastel and deli paper. (A friend gave me a box of 1000 square deli papers and I have to use them up somehow. ;-) ) When I was through with my rubbing I turned it over and randomly scribbled horizontal lines using a gold marker from a dollar store.  Then adhered it to vanilla card stock. Because the deli paper is opaque the card stock shows through. I love the distressed look I got. It goes with the stamped ornament which reminds me of one of the old fashioned ornaments.

I tried to stamp using chalk pastel but couldn't get a good image. I then decided to see about using metallic markers from a dollar store. That wasn't successful either even though I blew on the stamp. Then since I could see there was still ink on the stamp I took a VersaMark pad which had picked up ink from other stamps and was old. Went and stamped and then heat embossed with clear powder. I cut out the ornament and edged with one of the markers. (I will have to keep this in mind for future projects.) Then I decided I wanted some shimmer so brushed iridescent medium on. Because the marker I used was not an alcohol one the purple bled causing a subtle color on the white card stock.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope just for fun you will stamp.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

A Buck Christmas

Beth here today with a Christmas card since this month's challenge is Christmas in July. Along with the theme is glitter and shimmer. My dogs are now sporting glitter. ;-)

I probably should have titled this post a scrappy Christmas card as this is made using scraps. For my background I decided to see what would happen if  I stamped with a pine cone using metallic acrylic paint. I often use scraps when experimenting.  I love the texture that resulted.

I wasn't sure how the trees were going to stamp using acrylic ink so I took a scrap of card stock to try it out. In a few places the ink was too heavy but I decided to  go ahead and use the piece.  I brushed Liquitex Iridescent Medium on the tops of the trees as well as the bottom and sprinkled crystal glitter. I used chalk for the sky giving it just a hint of color.  I went ahead and used a die to cut it out.

The Merry Christmas I had originally stamped on a scrap of card stock for a different project but then decided not to use it.

The buck I was going to heat emboss with clear embossing powder on a scrap of pattern card stock. However I could tell it did not stamp well so instead of embossing I went ahead and stamped with Timber Brown Stazon. In the places where the embossing ink was the Stazon did not stick so some of the pattern shows through. A happy accident! I decided my buck needed a scarf so tied yarn around the neck.

It was fun creating a Christmas card in July. I hope you will join in the fun.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Do You See What I See?

Hello, Friends!

Today I am showcasing Christmas in July cards with the images 
Hammock in the Palms and Dasher, and Favorite Spot.
I used distress inks to create the nighttime sky backgrounds.
My first card speaks of Christmas in Florida with
palm trees and ocean breezes.
I used bits of glitter for stars and Twinkling H2O's for
extra shimmer and shine on the images.

Hammock in Palms, Dasher

My second card is more of a northern card.
I decided to rely on metallic paper and punched snowflakes 
to make the card sparkle.
After completing the first card, I was quite the glitter girl!

Favorite Spot

Won't you create a holiday card for our challenge
and add some shimmer, sparkle, and shine?

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th Of July

Happy 4th of July!

I hope you are having a beautiful day to celebrate this holiday and spending time with family.  One of our favorite family activities is to go swimming so I thought I would include that as part of my card today.

I used the Vintage Bathing Suits, stamping the entire three suits on white cardstock.   Then the individual suits were stamped on various decorative papers and paper pieced.  Note that the middle two-piece image actually stamps with large polka dots but I wanted to use this cute red polka dot paper so I created a mask to cover part of the stamp when I inked it so I could get just the outline.  This worked great.

The background layer was stamped several times around the edges with the Fireworks stamp.  To add a little sparkle, I went over them with a Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen.  I also added a little sparkle to parts of the bathing suits, though it is hard to see in the pic.

I decided to not add a sentiment at this time because this card could be used for several occasions.  I know several people celebrating a birthday today so adding a Happy Birthday or Celebrate would be perfect.  Or maybe just a simple Thinking Of You for a friend.

Enjoy your day and be safe.

E. Marie