Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Splitcoast Tutorial: Faceted Basket

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is another sweet little treat holder called a Faceted Basket - this one can either be made with the Pyramid Pals die from Stampin' Up or the template we have as a free download on the tutorial page.

There are 2 variations of the little basket, with and without the handle - both were so much fun to make!

I don't have the SU die, so I used the printable template - if you do this, you might want to print it in a grayscale so the black lines aren't so noticeable inside the basket.

For the additional side pieces, I traced around the side of the basket with the flaps, and just trimmed a tab off each one according to the instructions.

Here's the handled basket - I colored up the daffodils with Copic markers and used a 3rd daffodil image to make the leaves.

This little clutch uses the same instructions, but closes with a little flap adhered to the back side - no handle.

For my  closure I used a tag die from Quickutz, then cut a piece of magnet sheet using the next smaller die.

Here's the inspiration for my projects today - I was so excited to find so many daffodils pushing up today behind our house, and a few already in bloom!

So fun to see little hints of spring like this, and to actually see what's planted in our yard!
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Weekend projects!

Just wanted to share some of my projects from this weekend! I needed to restock my stash of thank you tags - these get tucked in with every order from my webstore. They're so much fun to make and each one is unique... it's so fun and relaxing to just make a stack of gel prints!

Most of these are posterboard tags but there are a few manila tags mixed in... I used just 3 colors of paint (white, lime green and a bright blue), but there was a little mixage on the Gelli Plate, so there are some in-between greens in there as well.

Every once in a while I pulled a print to create some backgrounds - these will be great when I start working on card samples for my upcoming summer release!

I also wanted to try out these Thickers rulers from We R Memory Keepers - there is a straight ruler with a grid and centering guide, and also these curves, in scrapbook and card sizes.

I cut out some letters from Contact Paper for masking, and lined them up on the ruler...

...then you press the tops of the letters onto the project surface, and tip the ruler out from under them. Pretty cool product! They would be great for placing die cut letters or other shapes in a row, arch or curve - I'm looking forward to playing with them more.

I did a little gel printing on my wood tag, and then pulled the masks away - so fun!

Here's one other project I finished up this weekend - I had a few more of these wood pendants done, but had to wait on the cording, and hadn't gotten around to putting them together yet. These are also in the store, and here are a few of my favorites!

I hope you have a creative week! I have mostly been drawing and working on stamp designs for a March 1 deadline, so it was nice to have a more colorful break this weekend!
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Somebunny Loves You

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project featuring Easter or bunnies. I had a lot of fun creating this garden scene using this week's Z Box Pop-Up Card tutorial!

This is a really easy tutorial to follow! I cut my card base at 5-1/2" x 11" to accommodate the taller die cuts and give me more room for the sky... the front piece is around 1-1/2" wide, because I wanted it to sit below the cross piece on the fence.

Inside the box area there's a serpentine strip of cardstock that holds the pieces that 'pop' when you open the card.

I added some clear sequins to the branches just for a little sparkle and variety...

I thought some birds would be fun to add, too - and one wanted to perch on the arch.

Die sets I used: Mini Bunnies, Tiny Flowers, Sm. Bird Set, Sun and Moon, Rabbit Set, Arch and Trellis, Bird Bath, Bare Tree, Clouds, Picket Fence

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration -

Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio

Remember you can enter these challenges too, using your Impression Obsession stamps! See the I.O. blog for all the details - you might even win a $25 gift certificate!! We'd love to have you join us.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Splitcoast Tutorial : Z Box Pop-Up Card

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a fun combination of 2 card styles... If a Pop-Up Box Card and a Z Box Fold Card had a baby, it would be the Z Box Pop-Up Card!

I got a late start on my card because of a technical glitch, so it's still a work in progress, but here's a peek inside... I love how the inner box structure works to hold all kinds of die cuts or stamped images. I'll share my card tomorrow for the Impression Obsession hop! I'm ready for Spring!
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Loving You More

You know I love coloring (and I've been working on a coloring tutorial for March this weekend!) but sometimes an uncolored image can be very striking too. This is a board sample for these stamps from my Valentine release - I love the impact of the black and white background image with those 2 power pops of red.

This quote... *sigh*... from the beautiful love story woven through Les Miserables. I used my technique for Double Matted Frames to frame the sentiment.

Stamps I used: Loving You More, CAC Layered Roses

Hope you are having a great week! I went to the eye doctor yesterday.... somebody please tell my eyeballs that I am still 25! I have some multifocal lenses in my future.... hopefully the cute frames will ease the pain!

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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Splitcoast Tutorial: Mini Wrap Journal

Take a peek over at today's Mini Wrap Journal tutorial to see how this little booklet holds its pages inside - it's a technique you can use to add pages to *any* journal!

This was really easy to assemble, and would be easy to convert to any size. If I make another one, I think I'd line the cover with some lightweight chipboard just for more stability. I stamped along the edge of every other page inside just for variety. These are stamps from my first Spring release with Impression Obsession - 5 years ago I joined their team of artists!

The inside of the book divides nicely into 2 sections, and you can add in your own pages, using decorative papers, typing or lined paper, cardstock, or whatever you wish. It's a fun little project!

I'm working on stamp designs for a summer release... a little behind schedule but happy with how things are coming together! Hope you're having a good week!
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Sunday, February 05, 2017

United - new art print!

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you know I've been working on a new painting this week - I love this concept and image, and the statement that it makes... about diversity, unity, how we need each other, and the strength there is in coming together. It's called "United" and prints are available in my webstore now!

I love being able to look back through the process and the layers of color, so here are a few pictures I took as I was painting to document my progress. This was my initial wash of color for a layer of underpainting. It always amazes me that it starts off this way - so simple.

The first layer of shading, or maybe 2 layers here. Sometimes I'm tempted to stop here and just publish something simple, but I'm so fascinated by the layering process and the depth of color that transparent watercolors can achieve.

This image made it easy to work in sections with its obvious divisions - I was a little timid about the bottom hand, so it's looking a little 'off' here since the arm is done.

More layers on the hands - I love the contrast of this photo to the next one after I added deeper black shadows.

I used a mix of brands when I painted this time, which was fun - I have a few Daniel Smith paints that are extremely granulating, and they were so fun to play with. In particular, Lunar Black and Moonglow - the Moonglow separates into 3 different colors as it dries, which is so cool.

This painting was a challenge and a joy... I loved the feedback as I went through the process that people found it moving. I did too. :) I look forward to seeing where it goes from here!
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Saturday, February 04, 2017

Fortify My Faith subscription box

So happy to have one of my necklace designs included in a subscription box this month! This was a design created specifically to coordinate with Fortify My Faith's February box, and it's fun to see it all together.

I've been working hard to add wholesale priced lots to my online store - if you know of a local store that might be interested in carrying prints or necklaces, please feel free to share my link and contact information!

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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Think Pink

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project that's mostly pink.

I have these 2 cards that were samples for the boards at Creativation - I love how these silhouettes layered with Gary's Penny Wheel Bike Home image!

The background for both these cards is CAC Reverse Swiss Dots - I positioned it on my MISTI and stamped it a few times, swiping pink and orange inks across it for a marbled effect.

Stamps I used: Penny Wheel Bike HomeCAC Reverse Swiss Dots, Doll Play, Jump Rope Silhouette, Play Laugh Repeat, Nothing to Fear

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration -

Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio

Remember you can enter these challenges too, using your Impression Obsession stamps! See the I.O. blog for all the details - you might even win a $25 gift certificate!! We'd love to have you join us.
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Splitcoast Tutorial: Mani Pedi Gift Box

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a cute flip-top box with a divider inside that can be used as a gift box for mani/pedi items, or other small gifts. I used a sturdy piece of chipboard for my box, and decorated it with some vintage papers from 7Gypsies... I think I picked this pad up at Tuesday Morning - it's full of vintage photos, prints, and letters.

To hold the box closed, I made a belly band with a strip of cardstock and a 3" Art Square from Inchie Arts, layered with more 7Gypsies paper.

I covered the panels with more paper from the pad. Going down the photo below, those pieces are:

1-1/4" x 2-3/4", 4-3/4" x 2-3/4", 1-1/4" x 2-3/4" (top flap)

4-3/4" x 1-1/4" (top of the box)

1-1/4" x 3-3/4", 4-3/4" x 3-3/4", 1-1/4" x 3-3/4" (on the angled pieces, I used the cut off piece as a template - back and sides of the box)

4-3/4" x 3/4" (I had those side flaps laid on these but didn't end up adhering them because those aren't seen. This is the front of the base of the box).

I didn't cover the bottom, but you could. That piece would be 4-3/4" x 1-1/4".

Here is the open box, with a small divider - I cut that piece to 7" instead of 5". This is the side of the box - you can leave the top corners to the outside or tuck them in.

This was a fun one to put together, and there are so many ways you could decorate the box, or create a closure. Next time maybe I'll play with some kind of tab or latch to hold it closed. Be sure to pop over to the photo tutorial to see Stephanie's cute box all filled up!

Have a beautiful day! I'll be back tomorrow with a challenge card for Impression Obsession!

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