Monday, March 31, 2014

CC Designs April Stamps Preview Day 1

Are you ready for a new release from CC Designs?
Well, today we have our first Preview Day for the April Stamps.
This is Party Olivia and I colored her with Copic Sket Markers. The sentiment is from the
 Great Birthday Greetings stamp set.

For more Previews, visit the CCDesigns Blog to see what my team mates have created!
See you again tomorrow for Preview Day #2

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Friday, March 28, 2014

SCMC Spring Flowers

It's time for another challenge at Stamp and Create with Magnolia!
Our theme for the next 2 weeks is:

Here is New Year Sakura Tilda from the Winter Wonderland Collection.  I colored her with Copic Sketch Markers. The card panel and the banners/fish tails are from MFT.  Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts which is available at Stamp and Create.

I kept the inside of the card simple using the same dies I used for the front of the card.

Now, it's your turn. Drop by the SCMC blog for more inspiration from my teammates. Link up your Spring Flower creations  for a chance to win!

Stamp and Create carries a wide range of Magnolia stamps at some of the lowest prices!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Upcoming Magnolia Design Team Blog Hop

The Magnolia Design Team will be having 2 blog hops next month.

1st Hop:  April 1, 2014, Tuesday at 9am Sweden Time (3am CST)

2nd Hop:  April 15, 2014, Tuesday at 9am, Sweden Time (3am CST)

Mark your calendars and be sure to join us for a chance to win prizes from Magnolia Sweden!

Please follow me on my Magnolia Blog to join the Blog Hop or just click on the image above to go directly to my Magnolia Blog.

See you there!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Tilda Hiding Rose Bouquet

Happy Monday everyone!
You have probably noticed that I have been making CAS cards lately....or well I try to. I love cards that are full of embellishments and flowers and all the pretty things you can put in a card and they are really fun to make.  But CAS cards are just as pretty and fun to make.  Sometimes it take me longer to make a CAS card than a fully embellished card.

Anywhoo...on to my card. I inked up  Tilda Hiding Rose Bouquet from the Lost and Found Collection using Copics. Patterned paper from MME Lost and Found 3 Ruby Paper. And I used some MFT Die-namics for the card base and the image panel.  The Mom die cut if from Simon Says Stamp. The button is from my stash. The card is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 (A2). I find it so much easier to mail cards in this size.

 Stamp and Create is having a Spring Break Sale!

We are closed for Spring Break.
Orders placed will ship out on Monday, March 31st

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of the week!
See you again soon!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Stempelglede: Mom

Mother's Day is just a few weeks away and I'm trying to get started with my MD cards. 
 So far, this is my first one. I have a few things in mind for some up coming cards and I hope I can go thru with them. It's been crazy busy as always as...when life gets in the way of crafting.

Anyway, back to my card.  The stamp is from Stempelglede Vintage Garden Collection.  I had this stamp set (and a few other sets) for almost 2 year now and I this is the first time I used this image. I really love this stamp set and this image especially and I 'm really glad I was able to ink this up.

I used Distress Inks to color the image and I stamped it with the same ink pad I use for coloring my Magnolia images.

The paper pad is from Maja Design Vintage Summer Collection. It took me hours to cut these papers...not because my paper trimmer was dull, but I just couldn't find myself to cut such pretty paper. :)

For the word Mom, I layered a few die cuts of the letters to make it look like a chipboard.  Then I topped it with some Crackle Accents.

Some more Crackle Paint for the clay heart on top of the wrinkled seam binding.

Mulberry flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and those berry beads are from my stash.

 And the inside of the card is kept simple.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

My First Art Journal Page: Strawberries

A few weeks ago I came across Vicky's blog: and I immediately fell in love with her art journal pages. And her videos of her art journals got me hooked!
I have always been intimidated with mixed media art.  To me, it seemed too complicated and you need to have a very artistic mind (which I openly admit that I don't have )to make such beautiful mix media projects. But watching all Vicky's videos really encouraged me to try "new waters". goes.  This is my first art journal page.  I listed all the supplies I used below. The strawberries are Magnolia DooHickey's: Strawberry Tag and the Wild Strawberry & Leaf. I die cut some red patterned paper then colored each strawberry using Fired Brick ink pad and blending tool. For the leaves, I dies cut 2 shades of green card stock and white card stock for the flowers.

First, I glued together a few pages to make the page thicker using Gel Medium. I didn't do a very good job doing that because it started to bubble and stretch a little bit.  At that point, I almost wanted to give up! LOL...But I didn't! Next I glued some TH Tissue paper for my background. Applied a layer of Gel Medium and let it dry. Then I applied a thin layer of gesso. When it dried, I played with Distress Paints. Using the TH Stencil, I added white bubble accents with white Embossing Paste. Then I randomly stamped the mesh stamp with Pink Petunia chalk ink.

When everything was dry, I adhered the strawberries, leaves and flowers using gel medium an also applied gel medium on top. I stamped "i strawberries" using a stamp set from Michaels and Archival Ink Jet Black. The heart is a die cut I found in my stash and I just colored it with a red Faber Castell marker and I added some Crackle accents. I then added some highlights on the letters using a white gel pen.

I dried the whole page using a heat tool then I used Faber-Castell Big Brush markers to add shading to the strawberries, leaves and white flowers. I also added some brown stains around the page using the FCBB markers.

Here you can see the texture from the gel medium that I applied. It makes the surface non-porous and makes it easy to smudge the ink from the FCBB markers

... and a little bit of the embossing paste and the Crackle Paint on the heart. It didn't crackle the way I wanted it to because it was too impatient and I used the heat tool.  I should have just waited! Haha

Overall, I really REALLY enjoyed making this art journal page. The smudging of paint with my fingers, the textures... and even the mistakes I made along the was fun!
I have a few ideas for my next page and I can't wait to start.

Before I forget, I would like to make a shout out to Vicky for being such an inspiration to me!
Thanks, Vicky!  
Please visit her blog and watch her videos and I'm sure you will enjoy and get inspired too!

Thank you for taking time to stop by and see my first art journal page. I hope you like it...
and before I forget again...
Yes, I do LOVE strawberries! Love 'em! Love 'em Love 'em! :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

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