Technique Hop – Distressed Much?

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are exploring Distressing techniques. Distress is giving (furniture, leather, or clothing) simulated marks of age and wear or in our case paper. This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. If you are coming from Darlys Recker’s Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE.

I started with a piece of almond cardstock and distressed it. I used toffee re-inker and water. Here are some pictures of what I did.

Step 1 ~ I used my All-Purpose mat and added a few drops of Toffee Re-Inker. I then spritz with water. Step 2 ~ I then smooshed the Almond Cardstock into the re-inker and water. Step 3 ~ Is what It looked like. I did another one and spritz the paper before smooshing it. So you can see the two in the last photo.

Once the paper dried I tore part a portion, then crumpled it. I then used a sponge and Toffee ink to go over the creases to give it more of a weathered look.

The rest of the cardstock I used the Under the Sea Embossing Folder and then cut as the base for the shaker with the Shaker Window and Thin Cuts. The pattern paper if from the Seasonal Mix-in and I paired with Glacier cardstock as I like the way it looked with the mint pattern paper. I used the new Seas the Day Cardmaking Stamp Set and thin cuts. I added a few of the Loose Crafty Sequins which are still available.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Valerie Kapsha’s BLOG where you will find some additional artwork!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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H2H ~ Texture It

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

I love this concept of texture!!! The possibilities are numerous!! It could be adding using heat embossing, dry embossing, layering paper, using ribbon, texture paste…. the possibilities are endless. I love using stencils and texture paste, although I don’t do it as much as I would like to, but plan to do more!!

To create this card I used a couple of our Stitched Rectangular Thin Cuts. I chose Canary, Black and White Daisy Cardstock. The stamp set is Country Bee which was sold with a coordinating Thin Cut; however, the thin cut is no longer available but the stamp is.

I created the stencil with my Cricut and the Stencil Sheets. I used the Opaque Matte Texture Paste with a couple drops of Canary Re-Inker to make it yellow. Once this had dried I then cut the smaller rectangle. I colored the bee with our Tri-Blend Markers. The sentiment is from A Birthday in Watercolor Stamp Set.

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until February 29th to participate in this challenge. We love to see your inspirations!!

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Blog Hop ~ Color Your World

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are having fun coloring in images with colored pencils, markers, etc. I have been wanting to play with the Keep Your Head Up stamp set which was created as a fundraiser for the Australian Red Cross. All proceeds from the sale of this stamp set go to the support the Australian Red Cross. This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. If you are coming from HALEY DYER’S Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE.

I used pattern 5 from the Make it from Your Heart Volume 4. I used the Seasonal Mix-In papers for the base. I used Wisteria cardstock to mat the Daisy White. I used the Stitched Square Thin Cuts on the Daisy White. I then stamped the heart in Black Pigment Ink then used Clear Embossing powder. I also added some Wisteria Ribbon to the bottom.

Here is a close up of the stamped image. I used 13 of our Tri-blend markers to color this image and if you add in the fact that there are 3 shades of each marker that is a lot of different colors used! I am loving our markers and if you have not tried them you should.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Darlys Recker’s BLOG where you will find some additional artwork!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Pop Up Shadow Box ~ Penguins

I recently saw a card that The Grand Stampede designed based on a card designed by Jennifer McGuire which you can view here on her YouTube Tutorial. I fell in love and designed one with a fun Technique Tuesday Stamp Set the Playful Penguins.

I love the way this card turned out and I will walk you through the steps. The top and bottom are the same size, 6 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

I scored both the top and bottom the same. I then used a die set I have had for a while but I do not remember who made it. I used the stitched scalloped circle on the top.

I then folded the scored edges in a “Z” shape. Then I stamped the snowflakes with Versamark on the bottom and heat embossed with White Embossing powder.

To create the background I sponged Carolina, then Bluebird, and finally Sapphire. I then used my Stamp Shammy to wipe the embossed snowflakes.

I wanted to create more interest and dimension with the spongeing so I spritzed with My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner.

To make the front more stable I cut a 4 1/8″ by 5 3/8″ piece of Carolina cardstock. I used the circle from the Shaker Window Thin Cuts. By adding the Carolina it offers some stability to the front of the card and added a bit more dimension.

Here is the view from the top.

Happy Crafting!!

Color Dare #379 ~ Inspiration Board – Valentine

Welcome to another week of Color Dare!  We have another great Inspiration Photo – Valentine. Pick colors that you see in the photo and BLACK and WHITE plus all other neutrals are free!

When I saw this photo those sweet hearts made me think of using my texture paste to make hearts. So that is what I did and I will explain how to accomplish this.

To make the textured background I started by making a stencil using different size and shapes of hearts.

Then I used washi tape to mask off the hearts I wanted to color.

I did have to wait between each color for the texture paste to dry before moving to the next color.

I used re-iner to color the texture paste. I also found my texture paste had dried out a bit since the last time I used it so I used a bit of water to help soften it up again.

Here is what they looked like after I finished with all the colors. I used Julep, Wisteria, Pixie, Lagoon, and Goldrush re-inkers. I also used the opaque texture paste.

Here is what the inside of the cards look like. I used the I chews You stamp set for the hearts and the happy valentine’s day. I also used the stitched heart thin cuts. The other stamp set used is Technique Tuesday’s Felicity and Flynn the Foxes.

Now it is your turn to create! Just create a project (card, layout or other craft project) using this weeks colors.  Then link them to the Color My Heart Blog ~  Color Dare #379  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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New Product Blog Hop ~ January – February

Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop for the January – February Idea Book.

Today you will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop. For this hop we are featuring artwork using products from the new January-February Idea Book. I am sure you will find a wide variety of inspirations on this hop.

If you are just arriving here from KIM LOEWEN’S Blog, or just starting at my blog then you are on the right track ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.   For this hop we have about 20 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I love the I Chews You gum-ball machine image and knew I wanted to make a birthday card with it. So here is what I came up with. I used the I Chews You Stamp set and thin cuts along with the Say It in Style stamp set for the sentiments around the spinner. The pattern paper is the Seasonal Mix in.

I used a punch from my stash that was 1/2″ to make the gumballs in Pixie, Clover, Bluebird, Candy Apple, and Lemonade, but it could be done with a Cricut as well. I also used the Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts.

I fussy cut the base of the gum-ball machine. In order to line up the opening on the base I used the negative from the base and then laid the Card Front over it.

I have to admit I have struggled getting the spinner part stamped the way I think it should look. I want the spin me to be showing when there is a sentiment showing in the window and an arrow when if I use something else. So I came up with this template.

I was able to mark where I would like the spin me or arrow to go in relation to where I will stamp. I then took this one off and placed the one I plan to stamp on the paper.

It worked perfectly!!!

For the inside I used the Birthday Greetings stamp set and added a couple of gum-balls.

Your next stop is along this hop is MELINDA EVERITT’S Blog  so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Technique Blog Hop ~ Terrific Treats

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are focusing on fun treats.   With Valentines just around the corner I thought I would make a few Valentine treat holders. This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. If you are coming from HALEY DYER’S Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE.

I actually made two different styles. The first on I am going to show you is a Double Ghirardelli Treat Holder that I found on Pinterest by the Robin Griffin.

I used the Oh My Heart papers to make these. I also used the cute sweet hearts from the I Chews You stamp set along with the Stitched Heart Thin Cuts. I used the white ribbon at the top and the Soft Pink Shimmer Trim at the bottom of the left one.

To make this adorable envelope you will need a 6 inch square of patten paper. Then fold along the diagonal. Then you will score at 1/2 inch along the long folded edge of the triangle (Step 1). Then you will rotate your folded triangle and score at 2 3/4 inches. Flip and score again on the other side at 2 3/4 inches (Step 2). Then open up and fold along the 2 3/4 scores folding into the center (Step 3). Then you will create a “W” with the 1/2 inch scores (Step 4). I used some adhesive to attach the tops together and then punched a hole for the ribbon.

The second treat holders are these cute mailboxes. I found them on Pinterest by Helen Griffin.

I used the Oh My Heart Papers, with Glacier, Candy Apple, Ballerina, and Daisy White cardstock. I used the Oh My Heart stamp set to make the flags with the Stitched Heart Thin Cuts.

Then papers you will need is the Base to make the box in 4 1/8″ x 5 5/8″ . The base will make a box by following the steps below. Score the 1 3/8″ and 4 1/4″ along the long side (Step 1). Then score at 1 3/8″ and 2 3/4″ along shorter side (Step 2). The you will want to cut at an angle the scores which are perpendicular to the long side (Step3). This will help to make the box fold neater. Once you have done this to all four sides and trimmed the end it will look like the image in Step 4.

The patterned paper will need to be 6″ x 2 7/8″. you will score along the long side at 3/4″ and 5 1/4″. This will be attached to a bottom piece which is 1 1/2″ X 2 7/8″

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto MISS. CARRIE’S CREATIONS BLOG where you will find some additional artwork!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Blog Hop ~ Season to Sparkle

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are focusing on things that sparkle.   This could be sequins, glitter, stickles or even embossing powders, just to name a few. This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. If you are coming from MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE.

I decided to make a card that wasn’t holiday related, so I went with birthday! I used my Cricut to cut the star with Glacier cardstock. I used the sentiment from Birthday Greetings Stamp Set. I used the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts to cut the Julep Glitter paper frame. I stamped the stars in Black and Julep.

I added the Diamond Stickles to the center of a couple of the stars. I also used Black Shimmer brush to the bolder words of the sentiment. Unfortunately it is hard to see in the photos.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto KRISTA HERSHBERGER’S BLOG where you will find some additional artwork!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Blog Hop – Paper-Layering

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are focusing on layers.   This could be layering of stamps or papers. This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. If you are coming from KATY TAYLOR’S Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE.

I decided to go with layering of papers. I love the Paper Pal Christmas Stamp Set and Thin Cuts, but I have not played with them yet. I know they will be great for layouts so I decided to make a card.

I used the Seasonal mix-in papers. I added some shimmer with the Red Shimmer trim and a few of the red sequins from the Holiday Loose Sequins. I used Tri-blend markers to color him. You start with the Paper Pal stamp and thin cuts and then you have to layer his pants, jacket, beard and hat. The end result is a super cute Santa!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto TAMARA SANDWISCH’S BLOG where you will find some additional artwork!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Hop – “Back to the Basics!”

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are focusing on going back to the basics.   There are so many basic stamp techniques that we often forget about such as rock & roll technique, random stamping, masking, and second generation just to name a few. This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. If you are coming from DARLYS RECKER’S Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE.

I thought I would showcase Random Stamping. This is a great way to make your own pattern papers. The trick is to think about stamping in a triangle when stamp the images.

I used the moon, stars and clouds from the  Fa-Boo-lous Halloween stamp set and thin cuts. I used the new Tri Blend Spectum Noir markers to color the witch and make her striped leggings.

I used some Black shimmer trim behind the Lagoon stamped sentiment. I also used the Black Shimmer Brush to fill in the larger star. I also used Diamond Stickles to fill in the moons.

On the inside of the card I used the masking technique. To do this technique you use a Post-it note or tape to cover a portion of the stamped image. Then ink the stamp, remove the tape or Post-it and stamp on paper.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto MAZ WOOD’S BLOG where you will find some additional artwork!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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