Friday, July 3, 2015

Two Stencils, One Background, Say What?!

Hello! Happy Friday Sweeties!!!  Lisa here with my last post for Fridays, from now on I'll be back to posting with the challenges, so I hope to still see you stop by and join us with our weekly challenges and inspiration.  With that said I decided to do something fun, different, and new to me because... well.... why not? hehehe!  I'll share my project first, then share how I did it...

This card was created using two stencil at one time to create this fun and lovely background.  How'd I do that?  Well I started by layering my stencils on top of each other and my cardstock.  My Kitchen Floor stencil went over the paper and then layered it with the Abstract Stencil on the top.  To hold them all in place I used wash tape around the edges.  I then began tracing over the top stencil (Abstract stencil) with my colored pencils in various colors.  Once I had colored the whole thing I removed the top stencil and colored in the open areas of the second stencil (Kitchen Floor) all with a grey colored pencil.  When this was finished I removed that stencil and finished my card by die cutting my butterfly and adhering it back in, adding pearls, and my sentiment embossed on vellum.

I hope I've shown you a new technique or maybe some new tips on how to get the most from your stencils.

Happy Crafting!

Supplies Used:

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Thank You So Much

Donna K here with you today sharing my last project as
a Design Team Member for Sweet Stamps.
It has a been a fun journey since starting this team back in October of 2013.
I'm very grateful for the opportunity to work with such talented ladies
and to have been able to use the amazing products that Sweet Stamps has to offer.
Thank you to Stacey, Sandy and to Kendra for your guidance and generosity over the past months.
Now...on to my card.
I thought a Thank You card was appropriate for this occasion.

And it goes along with our challenge this week


Scroll down to yesterday's post for the link up and DT inspiration. 
Be sure to check out all of the  Sweet Stamps /Globecraft & Piccolo  links listed below:

Monday, June 29, 2015

Challenge 228 - Bright Colors

Hello Sweet Stamp Friends!
Happy Monday!!

Time for another weekly challenge!

Our theme is....
Bright Colors
Let's see some bright colored creations!!

DT Sweeties projects...

We'd love to see your beautiful creations, so come play along! {Cards, ATCs, scrapbook pages, mixed media, altered art, etc.} You could win a $10 shopping spree for goodies at's online store by playing along in our challenge! 

Click here for our complete Challenge Rules.

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***Check back throughout the week for more inspiration from our DT Sweeties!!***

Happy Stamping! 
Have a super sweet week!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

For the Bride

This one basically made itself. It was that simple.
Layer textured papers with lace medallions.
Add your cameo.
Simply beautiful.
Have a great week.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Baby You're a Firework...

Oh come on you know you are singing the song now, hehehe!  Hello!  Happy Happy Friday!!!  Lisa here with you and I'm so happy to share a card that was created more or less by accident! When I first started working on this card I was simply playing around to see how it would turn out stamping and embossing the fireworks in various embossing and enamel powders... then when it was done I loved it so much I had to use it... but where to put a sentiment?  Then vellum came to the rescue!  With a little embossing and some stickers... ta da!

See the pretty sparkles?!  I just love the embossing powders, there are so many fun choices and the colors/shine are amazing in person!

I hope you'll get a chance to join us in our challenge this week too!  The theme for this challenge is Anything but a Card... all products are welcome, and those using products get an extra entry!

Good luck and Happy Crafting!!!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Color Bursting Tag

For the Sweet Stamps "Anything but a card" challenge, I decided to make a tag ..... The challenge link is HERE

I got out a new (to me) crafting medium- Color Bursts from Ken Oliver Crafts available at Sweetstamps. Color Bursts are pigments that are very fine and come in a 8g bottle. You lightly squeeze the bottle they are in, and mix  the powdered pigment with liquid and the colors come alive. They are transparent and are NOT water resistant. (Eg, Think of what happens when you flick water droplets on Distress Inks- Color Bursts will react the same way). Have paper towels available to blot color if it is too wet and to avoid getting your colors muddied.... You will see that the colors do mix with one another where they overlap. (So, dry between colors if you do not want that look). If using just one of the colors, as the pigment spreads out on the cardstock, you may see other colors 'come out'. If you do not like colorful hands, consider wearing gloves, although the color does come off with a little work : )

  I went to You Tube and found a number of ways to create with the pigments:

  1) Place in a container and spritz some water in and use as a watercolor. A little goes a long way, so be conservative when you make up your first couple of batches. See the Julie Fei-Fan Balzar link for visuals on this method.
  2) Use them as a wash- Sprinkle them on a watered surface and let them spread.
  3) Spritz more water on #2 and let them run
  4)Add to clear Gel Medium- this will make the color permanent (they remain translucent if you mix them with a translucent medium). (Julie Balthazar)
  5)Place some Color Burst in a mister and add water- makes a spray.
  6)Emboss your image for an emboss resist. You can apply Color Burst to cardstock first, then emboss as well for a colorful resist. (there will be color under the embossing, then add color on top of it).
  7)Apply over a stencil and spritz with water. Use the top side on another sheet of cardstock. Or, flip the wet stencil over onto another piece of cardstock and start spritzing on the color.  (Lindsay the Frugal Crafter). I tried this using a SweetCuts die using white glossy cardstock.
  8)Apply to your craft mat, spritz and blot your paper in the wet pigment.
  9)When good and wet, use your heat tool to 'blow' or move the color around.
  10)Add flecks or droplets of color using a paintbrush/toothbrush.
  11)Use baby wipe- apply color directly to it and use as a stamp pad, or use to swipe color directly to cardstock. For more faded colors, spritz the baby wipe with water first- it dilutes the color.
  12)Use Color Burst on cardstock.  Place color side against a stencil, spritz H2O on the back side and let dry.  You will have ghosting on the color side of the cardstock once it dries. Do not set it on anything when drying that will affect the ghosting process.  (Sparkle n Sprinkle).
  13)Spray 5-6 spritz of Color Burst in a container of H2O, and place sheets of watercolor paper into it- ~ 1 hour- the color will 'wick' up onto the cardstock. You can turn over and do the other side s well (Sparkle and Sprinkle).
  14)You can dye your Seam Binding/ribbon/lace with it.
  15)Color your modeling paste.  How dark/bright/colorful it is will depend on how much you use in proportion when mixing them.  Use it anyway you would use modeling paste- my first thought is a stencil. If you add color with Color Burst over the colored modeling paste, the color you are painting with will wick into the modeling paste
  16) Cut out a die using a piece of plain paper, place over the Color Burst cardstock and you will have a colorful opening where you cut out the die.  OR, reverse that and cut the die out of the Color Burst cardstock and have the plain cardstock showing thru- the examples were white and black, any color would work.
  17) Use Masking fluid on the cardstock- let dry, then apply the Color Burst ( eg a written word like LOVE). When you peel off the masking fluid ..... it will show off the resist area in the color of the base cardstock.

My first step with a new medium is to make color swatches
The top row is manilla folder cardstock, the middle row Georgia Pacific and the bottom row is Watercolor paper.  The water sat on top of the manilla folders and did not dry as fast as the other two.  I also made dyed ribbon for each color as well- placing the seam binding in a baggie, spritzing with
water then adding the color burst and mixed it all up from the outside- no getting dye all over my fingers : )

Here is a peak at #7 in my list- I used a Swetcute die cut from glossy cardstock instead of a stencil- I will be able to use the colored die cut in the future too : )
My tag was made using the 2nd tag one from the Lt........  I got some of the Color Burst on the mat, so I misted it and picked up the color off of the mat- #8 on the list above. The ribbon on my tag is from the Orange Color Burst.

Here are the products I used for my tag:

 I would love to hear any additional ways you can think of to use Color Burst- looks like I am going to be having a blast experimenting!

Here are a few of the links I watched:
Julie Fei-Fan Balzar:
Catherine Pooler;
Sparkle N Sprinkle Demo Donna :
Lindsay the Frugal Crafter:

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Flowers and Bees

The image and die cuts were colored with Copic markers.

The background was created with one of the new SweetStamps stencils named Roof Tiles and Ranger Distress Ink.  No masking but I was extra careful to avoid the image using a makeup wedge as a sponge.

Images: SweetStamps -Autumn Blooms
Paper: Bazzill - orange, Beckett Expressions - image panel and bees, Recollections - cream, unknown burgundy
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Ink - Antique Linen
Tools: Spellbinder frame die, Memory Box bee die, Scor-Pal - line embossing, SweetStamps stencil -  Roof Tiles
Accessories: Eyelet Outlet - pearls, Paper Glaze to attach pearls, Aleene's tacky glue to attach bees, foam tape