Today a super short post just to let you know about two project posts I have featured on shimelle.com
I also have a Disney scrapbook layout featured.
Enjoy – and have a great week
One of my favorite basic techniques is to do white or clear embossing on white paper, then coloring with dye inks. Today I’m going to share two examples featuring Close to My Heart stamps.
These stamps are available from CTMH- just love them and especially this new puppy one!
I stamped the pup with ombre (Hero Arts) ink and whoops. I forgot I had heavily textured paper and this was a bad choice for this type of stamping. What to do? Re-stamp with embossing ink and clear embossing powder! Once heat set, I knew it would work because then I came in with some light blue (distress) ink around the image which helped the puppy stand out. LOVE the heart in the middle!
I then stamped my sentiment (and a certain new puppy bumped me as I did so but that’s ok!) and added some paw prints the same color. Love how this turned out, and a few sprinkles of gold mist and my card is ready to go. Inspired, I decided to try the same but this time with white embossing powder (and no ombre ink!)
This one I used a variety of distress ink colors, with the darkest oranges next to the words. This stamp set is really cool – love the uplifting messages. I tore all the edges and added a few more embellishments (as well as water splats and gold splatter)
Just love how these cards turned out and I really like playing with basic techniques now and then. Hope you enjoyed these – you’ll definitely be seeing me using both sets again!
Once in a while, I like to try and make something truly quick and very simple. I deeply love my complex projects but I also like to mix it up. To make a card like mine all you’ll need is a single piece of cardstock. I think this would work great as a party invite, a thank you, or a holiday card! One design, cut out of whatever papers you like, then customize!
Here is a link to my YouTube video tutorial – you’ll see how quick!
Here you see the finished card – this one stamped with a bit of script just to show how easy even adding embellishment to this sweet little card is! I really love how it turned out and I hope I’ve inspired you to try something easy. Oh yes, and as always I remind you that I am a paid consultant for Brother, but that all ideas and opinions are my own.
Have a great week!
One of the things I’ve been doing a lot lately, is looking for where I can put little touches of creativity into my everyday life. Ways to craft a prettier life in small ways.
Last week, I planted a few little succulents in some containers that have long been unused. Thinking about how the soil does not (should not!) be too moist, and that dirt wasn’t the most attractive, I thought why not add some beads & buttons?!
So I took a sewing tin I’ve had forever and made it a treasure! So much fun adding details and the best part? Everything will be reusable. Nothing is ruined, nothing will be used up. It’s all totally able to be removed/changed/used elsewhere! I think the key is low water plants. I wouldn’t do this with my fern that has to be kept moist all the time.
I also got out some jewelry charms so play with – love having happy sayings here.
Here is a shot of my studio window – and all the lovely plants + embellishments!
Out of space (haha!) I began thinking about other possibilities. One in particular? Gifts! So I got a pretty red flowering succulent and got a new container ready for Elizabeth’s room!
She loves all the red treasures – and I love this new idea on using (even if temporarily) my stash of embellishments in this way! I think buttons & beads are best – if using metals I made sure they wouldn’t rust/be in places that get wet.
What do you do to craft and create a lovely life?
Christmas in July?! Only a little bit, I promise! Oh before we get to the project let me explain… you see today’s project is important for two reasons.
This is Bandit! He’s a one year old Dachshund (rescued, of course!) and he’s been here two days. Anyhow inspired by him I looked around and I knew I just had to make a card with my Dachshund stamp – even if it was holiday themed! Always good to have a few things done ahead! Anyhow I used my ScanNCut to quickly cut around it, with a .08 outline (love that I can customize it!)
disclaimer – I am a paid consultant for Brother, however all ideas and opinions are my own. I truly love the ScanNCut!
Another detail that is noteworthy – I used watercolors + sparkle pens to color this image. Without a brace. For the first time! I have a LONG recovery road still ahead, but it is exciting that I was able to color this stamped image without pain. What could make it more fun?
I realized that the “garbage” left behind after making ScanNCut stamps a while back is in fact really great for a paste stencil. True it’s a little thick I wouldn’t recommend it as a material to make stencils necessarily, but if you’ve made anything from a cut from paper to silicone stamp material like I had then definitely try it!
Here’s a link to YouTube and my video tutorial.
I love how this turned out, and how it combined a few different ways to put my ScanNCut to use while also being inspired by our new pup and testing my wrist and exercising it a bit with coloring.
Here is my finished card – really love how it turned out and while I know its a bit early – I am a fan of crafting out of season as you are inspired to do so!