Sunday, June 24, 2018

Beautiful Florals

Happy Sunday!  I'm sharing a beautiful card to brighten your day.  I used the Spring Bouquet file from LeAnn's World 101 as the focal point of this card.  Isn't this image beautiful?!

I used my Prismacolor pencils to color this beauty.  All the shadows made it super easy to color.  Once my coloring was complete, I wanted to keep the card simple and have a natural feel to it.  I chose to only add one layer for a mat using corrugated paper.  I think it adds that wonderful natural feel to the card.  Adding some twine with a little bow rounds out the card.  Sometimes simple just works lol.

My color combos for the image are as follows:
Red flowers ~ Black Raspberry, Crimson Lake, Crimson Red, Permanent Red and Spanish Orange
Leaves ~ Prussian Green, Kelly Green, Sap Green Light and Pale Sage
Yellow Flower ~ Burnt Ochre, Yellowed Orange, Canary Yellow and White
Butterfly ~ Pumpkin Orange, Yellowed Orange, Mineral Orange, White, Cool Grey in 70, 50, 30 and 10%

Goodies used on this card:
LeAnn's World 101 ~ Spring Bouquet Digital Stamp
Mientes Color Pencil Paper
Prismacolor Pencils
Nuvo Crystal Drops ~ Duck Egg Blue (accents on the butterfly and flower accent)
DCWV ~ Corrugate Natural Stack
Double Sided Tape
Foam Tape

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Masculine Hello Card

Making manly cards is always a challenge for me.  It's hard to create a card without some sort of bling or pink!  So this morning I stepped out of my box and tried a quick and easy attempt at a masculine card.

I love the look of embossed metal tape and thought that would be perfect for this card.  But I wanted something extra on the tape, so I thought about seeing all those cool alcohol ink projects using tin foil/metal tape.  

I started out cutting a couple pieces of tape and white cardstock.

I then attached those pieces to the cardstock so it would be a little studier when I embossed it.

Time to get messy!  I dropped some alcohol inks in blue, green, yellow, slate and silver around the tape and used my distress tool to blotch it.

Next, I dried my metal tape with my heat gun and ran it through the BigShot in a gear embossing folder.

How fun is this piece to add to this card?!

I knew I was going to use the bold Hello sentiment die from Pink & Main, but I wanted a little something extra that didn't take away from the metal piece or the hello die cut.  I chose to use part of one of the sentiments from the Fire Up stamp set from Pink & Main.  I covered the word "hey" on the stamp with washi tape, then stamped the rest.  Prior to stamping, I did die cut my mini tab so I could get the stamp in the position I liked easier.

I LOVE using these big bold sentiments.  The die cuts are amazing!

Now it's time to assemble the card. I laid the card out to get a feel of where I wanted to glue everything in place.  I realized at this point, my metal tape was too wide, so I cut that down.

I inked my edges of the gear paper and the metal foil ~ I don't like to see the white core so I covered it with black soot Distress Ink.

Now that I was happy with all the pieces, time to adhere it and finish the card.  I love how this card turned out.  Simple yet a lot of fun! 

Goodies used on this card:
Pink & Main ~ Hello Dies
Pink & Main ~ Fired Up Stamp Set
DCWV ~ Tattered Time Stack
MFT Die-namics Mini Tab Dies
Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
Archival Jet Black Ink
Distress Ink ~ Black Soot
Bazzil Cardstock

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wild & Free Wrapped Journal

Since getting my wrapped journal die by Eileen Hull, I've had so many ideas running through my head about different journals I want to make.  How many journals is too many?!  Today I thought I would try a different way to decorate the journal using the same faux leather paper I used on the last one.  I've had my eye on these beautiful rustic silhouette files from KaDoodle Bug Designs and knew it would be a perfect the perfect addition to a journal idea I had.

So once again, I wet down my faux leather paper in my kitchen sink instead of running it through the washing machine.  I soaked it, rang it out and repeated until I liked the appearance of the "leather".

 Here you can see it wringed out and ready to dry.

I literally hung my leather piece outside to dry on my garden flag holder.  It's warm enough so I knew it wouldn't take long to dry completely.

Here's a comparison of the paper.  The top piece was just cut off the  roll.  The bottom is the rinsed out piece.  It's super soft after it's been worked for a while.

Time to run the paper through the BigShot and use that amazing die!!

Next is my lining.  Had I knew when I started how I wanted my closure to be done, I would have attached it to the paper before cutting anything.  But I wasn't sure where this one was going so I cut them individually.  The fabric is backed with strong Heat 'n Bond, which will keep the edges from fraying and also adhere better to the leather when I iron it.

Here's my fabric lining cut ~ I LOVE this fabric and it was the inspiration for the cover.

Front and back of the journal so far.

My original plan was to try wood burning the images on the outside, however that was an epic fail testing.  If it was real leather, it would have been perfect.  It just burned the paper fibers.  But that's ok... I have an even better plan.  I decided I wanted to paint my outer piece but wanted to keep my designs the natural color.  I cut my designs from vinyl and applied it to the journal where I wanted them.

Time to get messy!  And messy I got lol.  I used my gel plate to lay down a layer of Vibrant Turquoise Dylusions paint and randomly applied the journal to the plate.  I made sure it didn't cover every inch of the journal - I wanted it to still have the worn in appearance.  I then added some Mushy Peas Dylusions paint over the gel plate and randomly laid the cover over the plate.  You'll notice I did use some washi tape to cover my holes to ensure the paint did not seep through.

And here you can see how beautiful these colors work together!

Dry time!  I left this to dry overnight. leaving the vinyl in place.

Once it was dry, I removed the vinyl to expose the natural color of the paper.  I love the contrast between them.  I then stitched around the border with a beautiful matching thread.  Next I added my leather cording for the signatures.  I decided to have the signatures removable so the journal could be reused after they were full.  I added beads and a feather to the ends, which dangle over the beautiful tree.  

When I finally figured out my closure, I punched two holes in the center of fold.  I added a button using the same leather cord.  I tied the button in place and added a couple wood beads to the ends.

And finally, here is the beautiful wrapped journal.  Even with the paint, this leather paper is still soft to the touch.  

This couldn't have come together better.  Starting out with only a piece of fabric and letting my imagination run has really turned out for the better.

For this journal I used these amazing products:
KaDoodle Bug Designs ~ PG Wild and Free Title
Eileen Hull/Sizzix ~ Wrapped Journal Die
Silhouette Natural Faux Leather Paper
Scrap Fabric
Heat 'n Bond 
Scrap Vinyl
Dylusions Paint ~ Vibrant Turquois and Mushy Peas
Gel Plate
Tim Holtz Accoutrements
hildie & jo wood beads
ZFP Feathers
Darice All Purpose Tacky Glue
Leather Cord
Turquoise Thread
Sewing Machine

Thank you all for stopping by and seeing my latest journal!

My Patronus is....

If you are not a member of the Kindred Stamps Fan Club group on Facebook you really need to join!  They are running a super fun challenge until July 20th ~ the challenge is to mash 2 of their sets to create a project.  Some sets jell well together and some will require some thinking.  So, being the nerdy sci-fi chick I am, I knew what I was going to create.

I used the awesome Wizard Friends and Time Traveler set. Can you guess where this is going?!?

My images are coloring using my Zig watercolor markers.  I love the ease of them and the bright colors they product.

Next, I needed to create my space background.  I used a piece of Mixed Media paper and 3 distress inks.

First, I applied the tumbled glass in the areas I wanted to be the lightest.  You can always apply more later to blend out the colors so I tend to add a lot of this just in case.

Next I used the chipped sapphire, trying to keep as much light blue as I could.  This paper does not dry right away, allowing the ink to blend well, but it can get messy and leave fingerprints behind.

When I have the blues to my liking, I come in with some dusty concord to give it a little purple haze in the darker areas.  This combo is perfect for the night sky.

I did use my heat gun to speed up the drying - I am very impatient when it comes to dry times lol.

Now it's time to add my sky to my card base and mat and finish it up.

My two worlds combined!  I LOVE both of these series and was super excited to mix these stamp sets up.  My sentiment was created in my Silhouette software and printed.  Super easy!  Be sure to join the fun challenge!!

Goodies on this card:
Kindred Stamps ~ Wizard Friends
Kindred Stamps ~ Time Traveler
Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers
Bristol paper
Mixed Media Paper
Distress Ink
Archival Jet Black Ink
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
MFT Washi Tape Dies
Paper Studio Stargazer paper stack
Studio G Foam Dots

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Floral Wrapped Journal

Earlier in the year, I saw the beautiful Wrapped Journal by Eileen Hull when it was showcased at CHA. I've been stalking around online waiting for someone to finally have it available for sale.  Luckily, I was scrolling through Facebook and saw our local scrapbook store say they had it in stock!!  I hustled across town to pick up the die and thankfully I got the last one they had available!! So of course, I was anxious to get that opened and finally make one of these beautiful journals.

I've been hoarding my roll of faux leather paper for a good project and this is the perfect medium for this journal.  I cut it with my BigShot and it literally cut like butter!  If you haven't used one of these dies, you are missing out.

My next step was to distress the leather.  I ran it through my washing machine with my regular laundry a couple times.  After it was dried, I would wad it up and do my best to make it as wrinkled as possible.  The good thing with this material, the more you wash it the more it resembles leather.  Once it was dried and to my liking, I distressed the top with picked raspberry Distress Ink.  That had to dry overnight.

Once it was ready to be handled without my hands turning pink, it was ready for leather strip for closing the journal attached.  I used the same leather paper for the strip - soaked/dried it numerous times to give it a better leather look.  I sewed a 1/8" stitch around the whole cover.

Now time to add some beautiful floral stamps from Pink & Main.  I used black Memento Ink and my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform to stamp the outer cover and inside cover.  Here's a little peak =)

Again, it had to dry overnight so the ink wouldn't smear or ruin any other part of the journal.  The next day, I added a button for the leather strap to wrap around for closure and the beautiful metal ribbon slider with an inspirational message.  It's attached with 2 matching brads.  Once all the outer details were added, I added my fabric lining on the inside.  I used some heat 'n bond to adhere it to the leather and also repeated the stitching around the edges.

My signatures are mini composition notebooks that were taken apart and restitched with pink embroidery floss.  Each one has a beautiful floral cover from a DCWV stack.  I then used pink leather cording to attach them in the journal.

To finish the journal, I cut the word "imagine" from the leather paper. I then painted it with bubblegum dylusions paint.  It was adhered to the cover with heat 'n bond.  My journal is now complete.  

I absolutely LOVE this beautiful journal and it will hold up wonderfully in my purse on my travels.  And I already have 2 more cut 😃

Thanks for stopping by!