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Tiki Time!!

Written by Holly Endress. Posted in Eye Candy (Projects), Tutorials, Videos

Happy Thursday everyone.. It’s Holly here today with a fun card using the new Tiki Time set from Newton’s Nook! I created a card with the color Layering Pineapple from Hero Arts a few weeks ago and I was asked for a video. So, I created a similar card using the same technique.

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I stamped the Tiki Time images randomly on a piece of Watercolor Card stock using Distress Ink pads and Distress Markers. I spritzed each image with a mini mister after applying the ink just before stamping it. Using a marker and the ink pad of the same color gives a great variation in the color without loosing opacity like you’d get with stamping off or second generation stamping.

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Once I had the background they way I wanted it, I die cut the panel with the Blueprints 29 die~namics from MFT and a piece of the Doodlebug Fun in the Sun 6×6 paper. I added some splatters of Black Soot Distress paint and Tarnished Brass Distress Stain with a small paintbrush. Then I heat set the panel with a heat tool. I created a top folding White card base and adhered the patter paper and my image panel using some foam adhesive.

I stamped more of the images from the set onto an additional piece of watercolor paper using the markers and die cut them with the coordinating dies. I die cut a piece of vellum using the stitched circle stax from MFT and assembled the images on it using some foam tape. I die cut a banner from the same blueprints #29 and stamped the sentiment using some VersaFine Black ink.

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I created a fringe strip using the Chevron fringe die from MFT and some kraft card stock and adhered that across the front of the card. Then I added the vellum piece over it. For a touch of sparkle I added some Sparkling clear mix sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I used the following Distress Markers:

Rusty Hinge, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Brushed Corduroy, Picked Raspberry & Salty Ocean. I also used the Mowed Lawn, Rusty Hinge and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink Pads.

Check out the video below for more details on how I created this card.

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You Are Awesome!

Written by Nicki Scheck. Posted in Eye Candy (Projects)

Hello friends! It’s Nicki today and I am really excited to share this colorful card with you! I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s recent video about pattern stamping.

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I started by creating a pattern using multiple stamps from the Hero Arts set Just for You by Lia Griffith. I stamped the whole watercolor card stock panel using VersaMark ink, and then heat embossed it with black embossing powder. You can see in the first pic below.

Then, using Distress Markers in rainbow colors (Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Pine Needles, Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord, and Wilted Violet), I quickly colored in the flowers and around some leaves. You really don’t have to worry about coloring each one perfectly, just work quickly and you’ll be glad you did 😉 You can see what I did in the second pic below.

Now comes the fun part! Place the panel onto a water resistant surface such as a craft mat or countertop. Using a Ranger Mini Mister filled with water, hold it about 6″ above the panel and spray away! I LOVE watching the water react with the distress inks! The third pic below was taken right after I sprayed it. You can see that the colors are just starting to spread, and in the fourth pic, taken a minute or two later, they have spread even more and have blended with nearby colors!

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After that, I just let it sit and dry for a half hour or so. I really love the results of this technique!

The panel is adhered to Neenah Solar White card stock. The Altenew sentiment is stamped with black ink on Neenah card stock and fussy cut. It was adhered to the panel with Foam tape, and some silver cord was looped around and placed behind it.

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If you haven’t tried this technique before, I hope I’ve inspired you to try it! Thanks so much for stopping by! 😀  Have a great day!

Nicki ~ Find me on Instagram

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Sky Mouse

Written by Clare. Posted in Eye Candy (Projects)

Hello there! It’s Clare here today!

One of my favorite stamp sets ever for coloring is the My Favorite Things Harvest Mouse stamp set. It was what started my love affair with ZIG pens! So today I thought I’d share a card using these two favorites of mine.

To start off with, I adhered my card panel with some old patterned paper that could easily be replicated by splattering white acrylic paint on a lighter navy/purple cardstock.

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To create the panel for my mouse, I impressed the clouds from Lawn Fawn’s Hello Baby die set. To do this, it will depend on your cutting machine, but for my Cuttlebug, I used my A plate, both B plates, and an embossing pad. This makes it so that the dies don’t actually cut the paper, but simply impress themselves into the die.

Once that was ready, I stamped my sentiment in grey ink, and topped it with some gems.

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For the mouse, I used Light Gray and Gray Brown for the fur, Light Pink for the ears and flowers, Deep Green and Midgreen for the leaves, Yellow for the scarf, a little bit of Deep Blue and Persian Blue for the pants, and for the coat, I mixed Bright Yellow and Bright Carmine. I added little brown pearls for the buttons, and oila! The card is done! Simple, yet sweet.

Thanks so much for stopping in with me today and God bless!

 

Challenge #100 ..Grateful Together!

Written by Keeway Tsao. Posted in Challenges, Eye Candy (Projects)

Happy Monday everyone!! It’s time for a new Bi-Weekly Challenge and this week it’s all about Creating a Scene!

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Create a Card with a Scene using any brand of products and Markers or Watercoloring mediums that we carry in the store. You may play along with other challenges, but excessive challenge pile-ons (more than 10) will result in disqualification for “The Prize”. This week we have a Mystery Box filled with Crafting Goodies!

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One entry will be chosen at random to receive our prize. Three additional entries will be chosen for the ”Top 3″ based on their creative use of the Challenge theme. The prize winner and top three can all proudly post their brag buttons on their blogs for the world to see!

The Linky will close on Sunday, August 7th at 12 pm CST. The winner will have TWO weeks to claim their prize. *International winners will be responsible for shipping costs if they choose to claim their prize*  Check out what Keeway created using this week’s Challenge theme below!


Hello! It’s Keeway today sharing a card featuring the Lawn Fawn Dad+Me stamps. I was immediately drawn to this set when I first saw it in Lawn Fawn’s release previews because the classic funny nose glasses was just too cute and hilarious. With this stamp set I wanted to create something like a family portrait with the moose and did so by stamping the little ones twice and the adult moose twice: once as is, and once without the antlers. I took out the antlers by wiping off the ink with a Q-tip.

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I then colored my moose family with copic colors. The females were colored with E00, E02, and R20. And the males were colored with E11, E13, and R21.

The background was also fun to create. The background is creaetd with the WPlus9 Tree Border Die, which I’m absolutely in love with! They are so unique. The die set comes with a few extra stitched tree pieces that allows you to add a little more depth. And after I die cut these pieces, I wanted to add just a tad more shading with my copic markers. Here I used G00, G02, and G03, but your colors are going to be dependent on the color of your cardstock. I also used the same colors to add some grassy textures to my hills.

For the sky, I created a soft blended morning with distress inks. I used Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, and Scattered Straw. I then stamped my sentiment from an older Mama Elephant stamp set, Sunday Sentiments, in black ink and finished off my entire scene by framing it in white.

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Now my moose family portrait is done! Hope you enjoy today’s inspiration!

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