Friday, May 25, 2018

You Complete Me

Do you ever see a stamp set and think to yourself.. yes I must have that one!!  Look at all those possibilities?!?  Well that was me when I saw the To Pieces set from Pink & Main.  I loved the puzzle pieces die and thought it would be fun for so many different cards.  So of course, I added that to my collection lol.

I wanted to go for an ombre look for my puzzle pieces, so I picked two distress inks and used Bristol paper.  Bristol paper is great for projects like this as it does not dry right away.  The ink stays on top of the paper allowing for some amazing blends.

I used one color on each end and got a little lighter towards the middle - blending just a little.

I then used the puzzle piece die to cut the section of pieces out.  I also stamped them with the coordinating stamp.

Next, I cut my pieces I knew I was going to use ~ I chose the little bear standing up and the two hearts.

Next, I stamped the images using my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and some ink.  

Now, off to color my images.  I LOVE using the Zig markers - they blend so beautifully and the color options are vast.  I didn't use too many colors for this project, what you see is what I used lol.

I then created my background by adding some washi tape across the patterned paper.  It adds a nice touch to the bold black background.  I then added the puzzle pieces, hearts, my sentiment piece and the cute bear.  Finished it off with some white pen accents on the puzzle pieces.

Goodies used on this card:
Pink & Main To Pieces Stamps and Dies
Pink & Main Rounded Stitched Rectangle Dies
Pink & Main Glossy Dots ~ Birthday Girl
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Water Color Markers
Bristol Paper
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
Archival Jet Black Ink
Distress Ink ~ dusty concord and picked raspberry
Recollections Paper Pad
ColorBox Chalk ~ Charcoal
Washi Tape
Foam Tape

This card has been entered in the Pink & Main Challenge #30 ~ Anything Goes Challenge


Have y'all seen the new files from KaDoodle Bug Designs?!?  When I saw the rustic/country files I was so excited.  I have had this blank wooden plaque for months... I knew I wanted to do something with it, but no inspiration ever hit me.... until I saw this awesome file!  It's the PG Bear Adventure Silhouette.

I knew the Mama bear with her cub would be perfect for this piece.  So I started out sizing the bears and the adventure sentiment with the arrow in my Silhouette Cameo software.  I cut those from some scrap vinyl to use as stencils.  The bears were going to cover up the area I did not want painted and I wanted the negative to paint the quote and arrow.

I had to sand the wood plaque as it was very rough and I knew the vinyl wouldn't stick.

I added the bears to the top using masking tape.

Once the mask was removed, the bears were in place for me to start painting.

I added a very light layer of white paint - I didn't want the entire piece covered.  Just enough to give it a distressed look.

Now it's time to add some color.  I chose a green chalk paint.  Again, keeping it sparingly to add to the distressed look.  I did sand some of the green off as it seemed too much in some areas.

Time to remove the bears and expose the wood.

I always stain after I paint as it gives the paint layers an aged look.  I used a pine stain over the entire wood plaque.  The bears really stood out after this step.

Next, place the sentiment and arrow in the center just below the bears.  Using the negative will act like a stencil.

I used some turquoise acrylic paint over the open areas of the vinyl.

After the paint has dried, remove the vinyl and project complete.

I LOVE how this turned out and can't wait to add it to my living room d├ęcor.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Hey Hot Stuff!!

When I saw these adorable dragons from Pink & Main, I knew I had to have them - it wasn't a want, it was a serious need lol.  They are so adorable and the variety of stamps in this set allows for many different cards/projects to be made.  I decided to make a birthday card for my hubby.  Manly cards are sometimes tough but this set made it so easy!

I started out by die cutting the pieces I knew I would need for this card.  Having the coordinating dies make these projects a breeze!!  I did forget the candle at first, so I had to go back and add it.  After all, what's a birthday cake without a candle?!?

Next I used my Tim Holtz Stamp platform to stamp all my pieces. I used a little washi tape on the back to hold the pieces in place which makes stamping so much easier!

Onto the coloring.  I am relatively  new to the Zig markers, but really love the ease and final look of using them.  I kept this project simple - only using one color for a blend.

Here are all my pieces colored and ready for the card.  I only used 6 markers total on this one.  Hubby's favorite colors are blue and green - which make a fun combination to work with.

I had my card layout sketched on a post-it prior to doing any stamping/coloring so paper choice was easy for this card.  I knew I wanted something simple but still have a fun element.

My plan was to  have my birthday cake in the corner being revealed from the top layer.  I used a circle die and cut away the corner to expose the fun confetti layer below, which the cake will decorate.  I did place the pieces to gauge how big the circle needed to be, then ran that through my Big Shot.

Time for assembly!  I added my green mat first.  Then adhered the top layer to the confetti layer, then placed those on the card.  Added all my die cut pieces and a little bling - every card needs something shiny lol.  And here's the completed card.

The flames got a little sparkle from a Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.

I did use a couple Glossy Dots a well (just don't tell him they were from the Birthday Girl set lol!)

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my fun card!

Goodies used on this card:
Pink & Main Fired Up Stamps and Dies
Pink & Main Stitched Rounded Rectangle Dies
Pink & Main Glossy Dots (Birthday Girl)
Kuqqa Stitched Circle Dies
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
Archival Ink ~ Jet Black
Zig Clean Color Real Bursh Watercolor Markers
Bazzill Cardstock
DCWV The Birthday Wishes Stack
ColorBox Chalk ~ Blue Lagoon
Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
Foam Tape

I have entered my card in the Pink & Main Challenge #30 ~ Anything Goes Challenge

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Kindred Stamps May Release

We are extremely excited about this month's Kindred Stamps release, and want to invite you to join us on our Facebook event so you can see all of the projects our Creative and Design Teams made to showcase these fun sets! If you take the time to hop along with our team, make sure you leave a comment on each blog to be entered to win a $10 store credit!

I truly enjoyed the set I got to work with this month ~ Tea Party.  All the characters are so much fun to color and there are SO many options in this set.

I created three fun projects and managed to use all but 2 of the stamps in this set. 

First project up is this fun tea bag holder.  I'm a major tea addict and always looking for creative ways to store my tea bags so I don't have a bunch of boxes on the counter.  I made the holder out of clear cardstock and added the adorable stamped images and colored it to match my kitchen.  

Next up is the popular impossible card.  These really are super easy to make. Hardest part was choosing what paper to use lol.  This cutie is colored up with Prismacolor Pencils and makes the perfect addition to this card.  If you are interested in downloading the card base, I have it available here.

My last project is one I truly enjoyed making.  While cleaning my craft room trying to destash things I no longer use I found this clear CD protector and thought it would make a perfect sun catcher!

I love how this turned out and it looks great hanging in my craft room window.  I will have a full how to blog post in the coming days on how this was created with loads of pics and details. Here are a few close up photos:

Thank you so much for hopping along with us today!  Your next stop along the way is DaggDesigns Blog.  If you get lost along the way, there is the complete lineup below.

Kindred Stamps
Mad Crafter's Tea Party
The Frolicking Fairy
Wunders Crafty World (You are here!)
DaggDesigns Blog (Your next stop)
Amy Hurley Purdie
R. Winn Creates
Heather Collins - Guest Designer
Fanciful Spaces
Crafting Love

You can also join our Fan Club on Facebook to show off your own projects an see more from our teams throughout the month! We will announce our blog hop winner there, sometime on Saturday the 26th! (In addition to messaging them privately.)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mermaid Candle

I'm sharing a really cute candle today with y'all using an adorable digi stamp from KaDoodle Bug Designs.  I really love the cute little Twirling Mermaid and thought this would be a perfect image for one of my nieces.

The first thing you'll want to do is print your image on tissue paper.  You can print it first on regular copy paper, then tape a piece of tissue paper (shiny side up!) and run it through your printer again, or just skip that step and print directly on the paper with tissue paper attached.

Then you'll want to color your image - don't be afraid to color on tissue paper!  It's actually pretty durable if you don't push too hard.  I used Prismacolor pencils for my candle, but you can use markers as well.

You'll then want to remove your image from the copy paper and trim the edges.  I did a rough cut around mine so it wouldn't be just a block on the candle.

Next, lay the colored image on the candle where you'd like it to go.  It will cling to your candle.

Grab a piece of freezer paper or parchment paper and wrap it around the candle, creating a handle with the excess in the back for you to hold onto while using the heat tool.

Slowly apply heat from your heat tool for a few seconds until the image is embedded in the candle.  Remove the freezer paper and let it cool.  You have now created your own custom candle.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you enjoy making your own candles!!!

Time Traveler Candle

A few years back I colored a digi stamp and added it to a candle, which was really fun creating a fun project.  It seems to be all the rage these days so I decided to use stamped images on tissue paper this time around.

No surprise I chose to work with the Time Traveler set and the really cool Outer Space set from Kindred Stamps.  They are the GO TO place for all pop culture stamps!

So I started out looking for a cool space background.  This one was pretty cool as it reminds me of one of my favorite parts of the series.  I sized it to fit around the candle I was using.  I then took my stamp outlines I got from using my PixScan Mat with my Cameo.  I placed everything where I wanted it then printed it on regular copy paper.  Then apply a piece of white tissue paper covering your printed image, SHINY side up.

Now it's time to stamp the images in place.  I masked my Time Traveler to ensure he was in front of the telephone box.

  I then stamped all my worlds from the Outer Space set. Now onto coloring!!

I chose to use my Prismacolor pencils for this project.  You color the same as you would on paper but you wouldn't use anything to blend the colors.  I do not use anything to blend when I color with pencils on any medium.  Once you have your images colored, remove the tissue paper from the copy paper.

Next, you'll want to gently tear your edges of the tissue paper.  If I had left a white border, it helps the edges not be seen.  However, I chose to to do the space scene so I just did some heavy tears along the top - I didn't want it flush with the top.

Time to position the tissue paper on the candle.  There is nothing holding the tissue paper in place.  It's just kinda clings to the candle

You'll want to wrap the candle with some wax paper or parchment paper, keeping enough in the back for a "handle" so you don't burn yourself.  Grab that heat gun and slowly heat the candle, but do not hold the heat gun in one place for too long or you will melt your candle.

And just like that ~ you have a custom made candle!

Thanks for stopping by to check out this fun candle!!