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Mother of 3 kids, 2 dogs and wife of a fabulous hubby who doesn't mind if I play with my inks and papers.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Glittery Shimmery Birthday Celebrations

Hello Monday!  I have had a busy week and sorry for the no show on my blog.  I do have something really fun to share and a technique because this week we are rocking the techniques at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge.   

How about some bling and I mean really shimmery really messy and really glittery?

Don't look directly into the Luxe it will make it hard to see... :) 

I have to tell you I am in love with the new Stampendous Luxe mixes.  I spent quite some time playing around with the luxe on  a few different cards.


I started on these cards from backgrounds that were splotches of Dylusion sprays with a touch of painted on dots and circles. 


So my technique this week to share is a glittery cascade of bling!
I took some really good glue (Zip Dry)  and smeared it along the top  of my cardstock. I also dragged it downwards to create drips.
Then I pulled out that magical luxe and poured it over the surface. (Make sure to have something to catch all the extra goodies behind it so you can dump it back into the container.)

After that you press it onto the glue with your fingers and shake off the excess. I didn't like how my drips looked so I rubbed them off and just left the top half full of glue.  If you miss any spots or want more of the mica you can always add dots of glue over the glitter and add more mica flakes.


I loved how this one turned out although my girls like the other ones with the color better.

Products:  Simon Says Stamp - Birthday Celebration, Bo Bunny Gems Stampendous Silver Luxe, Zip Dry Glue Dylusions - Pink, Yellow, Orange  Dina Wakely White Acrylic Paint, Ranger Archival Black Ink, Altenew Sketchy Cities

Don't forget that all this month is a party at Simon Says Stamp celebrating Stamptember!


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Why Stamptember?  Here is a little info on why Simon Says Stamp celebrates stamping in September.  Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. For more than 10 years we have celebrated rubber stamping and its glory. We work to bring companies from around the world together in a one stop shopping environment. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a “STAMPtember®" event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the delight of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and many forms of altering and expressing art.

  Don't forget to come join in on the fun and rock your techniques! 



Suzz

Sunday, September 7, 2014

STAMPTEMBER


Happy Monday!  Today is a special day because all this month Simon Says Stamp is celebrating Stamptember!  That means that there are special guests, tutorials, and new Simon Exclusive Releases!  The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge design Team is hopping today sharing all kinds of cool projects!  The challenge this week is to use a Simon Exclusive product on your project!

If you arrived here from the extremely talented Sandra  you are in the right place!  If you missed out all the fun go to the wonderfully creative Andrea Ockey Parr to start the hop!

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Why Stamptember?  Here is a little info on why Simon Says Stamp celebrates stamping in September.  Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. For more than 10 years we have celebrated rubber stamping and its glory. We work to bring companies from around the world together in a one stop shopping environment. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a “STAMPtember®" event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the delight of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and many forms of altering and expressing art.

For my project I decided to share a technique called Joseph's Coat of many colors.
I wanted to do something fun that I hadn't played with in a while.  I am going to walk you through the steps and then I will show you a few different projects and pieces I created in my crafty session.

First up you get to create inky backgrounds. you can choose to use what every you want to ink it up. I used a mix of mists and color sprays to create my backgrounds.



The great part is you can keep your leftover inks mopped up on white cardstock and save for a rainy day where you can try this out. The backgrounds need to be completely dry before you move onto the next step.

The next step is to pick your stamp that you want to use.  This works better with solid images. I started with a line stamp but you can decide when you see the different results.

Start by stamping your image using Versamark Watermark Ink and then coat with clear embossing powder and heat it up and create your resist.



Next up the magic starts to happen.  You pull out a black dye ink and an applicator to sponge on the black dye ink. I also sometimes will directly apply the ink pad onto the paper to get a complete coverage.


You can start to see the resist peeking through.


I continued to cover the entire image and all around it with the black ink highlighting the resist areas.


To clean it up at the end you need to buff off the excess ink with a paper towel, kleenex or clean applicator.

 Here is the finished piece before I trimmed it out.
 My second background used a lighter mix of colors and a solid stamp. (A lovely Simon Exclusives set)

 This is the finished panel after I added some splatters of white over the surface. I distressed the edges.


 I wanted to show a few other samples using a background stamp:


 You can also choose to just ink up the background with a darker color and not use black.


 My finished card using the very first background I created:

I hope I have encouraged you to give this technique a try!   I love these flowers from Simon Says Stamp and they are one of my favorites!

Products: Simon Says Exclusive - Friendly Flowers, Simon Says Exclusive - SequinsMemento - Black Dye Ink, Stampers Anonymous - Tiny Words, Dylusions - Inks, Ranger Archive Ink -Black, Stampers Anonymous - Dream, White Acrylic Paint, Ranger Distress Inks - Rusty Hinge,  , Paper Artsy - JOFY - Keep of the Grass , Versamark Watermark Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Darkroom Door - Floral

If you missed the hop go back to the beginning with the fantastic Andrea Ockey Parr!

 Don't forget to come join in on the fun and use your Simon Says Stamp Exclusive product! 


Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

All About Love


Howdy!  I am back to share a quick misted card.  I was looking for a sentiment for another project and noticed the layout of the stamps on the clear set and thought what a pretty graphic. (Simon Says Stamp - All About Love)

 I just inked them up on the packaging and stamped it on white cardstock.  I added spritzes of different colors. (Heidi Swapp Color Shine)

I then decided to cut out one of the hearts and pop dotted up and then added a layer of white paint sprayed over the surface.  I finished off with a few gems.

Such a quick card and I will put away for Valentines Day or a wedding shower.  I like my wedding cards to be a little more elegant. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tim's Tag September 2014

Tim's Tag September 2014 is my inspiration today.  He has some fun techniques he is sharing which had me playing around with my alcohol inks.


Here was my first tag which used tim's technique but I came back over with the stencil and a purple alcohol ink over the front.

The image was stamped first and then the rub-ons were applied.  I punched out a series of butterflies.

My second used a stencils with the stripes: 


 I liked the effect of the wood grain and ended up creating a more masculine tag although I had the butterflies ready to go so they ended up on my tag. :)

Have a lovely day!

Suzz


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bold Watercolor




It's time for Stamptember at Simon Says Stamp! 

 That means lots of fun, stamping, guest designers, techniques and new products!

To kick that off the Simon Says Stamp Monday DT are doing some bold stamping  this week at  Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge.   .I decided to experiment using a soft watercolor stamp to see if I could achieve a bold statement with the soft stamp.

I used a variety of mists, inks, Pan Pastels and stamps to create different effects with the flower.

I used the Pan Pastel applicator and blended a variety of the colors on the stamp and spritzed it with a gold glimmer mist and stamped it.  I the applied the same layer of pan pastels with a touch of mist to the script.  The sentiment was stamped with ink.

This flower was inked up with watercolor markers and spritzed with the same gold mist and stamped. 


This one ended up being my favorite and it is a mix of pan pastels and stamped splatter in the background with ink.

I loved the series of cards and the effect of the pan pastels with a hint of shimmer from the gold mist.

Products: Hero Arts Petals of Beauty  Pan Pastels  Glimmer Spray
 Simon Says Stamp - Friendly Flowers Simon Says - Birthday Sentiments,  Darkroom Door - Eclectic Stamp - Script,  Darkroom Door - Splatter, Glimmer Mist - blue, pink, aqua,  Ranger Distress Inks - Faded Jeans,  Mowed LawnWatercolor Markers, Ranger Tonic Paper Distress Tool

For an opportunity to  win a   Simon Says Stamp $50 Gift Voucher come join in on the fun!


Happy Labor Day for my U.S. friends! 

Suzz 
 

Journal

I have been busy lately with my day job and having little time to craft and also feeling very uninspired because I like to think about projects and when I have so little time and too tired I have a hard time creating.  Then I saw Julie Fei Fan Balzer Art Journal Every Day Challenge  which challenges you to spend 10 minutes a day in your journal.  Well I have ten minutes and if nothing else it gives you a chance to try out ideas, thoughts, techniques or just express how you are feeling.   I decided to use that for my inspiration and pulled out my journal.


You can see I actually started two pages but ended up only finishing one side:


 Products: Verses Rubber Stamps - Memories, Stampers Anonymous - Bird Feather, Vintage Papers, Music Sheets, Ranger Archival Black Ink,  White acrylic Paint, Ranger Distress Paint - Gold, Stampendous - Luxe Glitter, Doily, STAEDTLER - Tri-Plus Liner

Have a blessed Sunday!

Suzz



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hinged ATC


A Vintage Journey's Challenge #13 hosted by Allison is ATC's.  I pulled a few more of the scraps (I know my scrap pile is huge!)  and started with a few misted backgrounds. I knew I waned a hinged ATC with a door.  I used the dwelling as the doorway to the destiny.


 When you open it up you see the destiny to your dreams.

I used a variety of Visual Artistry and Stampers Anonymous stamps and Ranger Distress inks to distress the edges.

Have a happy Thursday!

Suzz