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Friday, October 17, 2014

Pretty in Pink

Hi there!  This week the Tombow team has been sharing cards/projects with a pink theme in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month and all of the Warrior women who have had  breast cancer.

I think if you ask anyone, they will say that they have either battled breast cancer or held the hand of someone who has.

The card I am sharing today is for all of them.  This card has a bit of a vintage feel, yet soft and powerful with pink tones.

The technique I used for this card is one that I call Glazed Watercolor Technique. It is simple, fun and quick!

I started this card by pulling out the Noble stamp from Penny Black and applying Tombow Dual Brush Pens directly to the rubber.  The colors I used are:

Leaves:  126 and 098
Flowers:  772, 723 and 761
Shading:  N95 

After coloring directly to the rubber, I gave the stamp a few spritz with some homemade shimmer spray (recipe below) and then I stamped it onto some 140# cold press watercolor paper and held it there for a count of 10.  Carefully lift the stamp and allow image to dry. 

 Now here comes the fun....glazing part...okay it isn't really glaze, but it looks that way when finished.  I inked the stamp with Versamark ink and overstamped the watercolor image (be sure your image is dry) a little to one side or the other as this gives a bit of a shadow. Emboss with clear embossing powder.   Use the Tombow N95 marker to add some light shading to the side of the image that is not covered by clear embossing.  See, I told you the technique was easy.  

I would love for you to give my technique a try, if you do please come back and leave me a message so that I can check it out and show you some love!

Now, here is the recipe for the homemade shimmer spray:

In a fine mist spray bottle add a little bit of Ranger Perfect Pearls in whatever color you prefer and then fill with water.  Give the bottle a shakey shake and you are ready to go.  If you like a little sparkle, just add a little powder.  If you like a lot of sparkle, add a little more.  I always start with a little and adjust as needed.

I used Tombow's Xtreme Adhesive and Foam Tabs to hold everything together.  This is a great combo when you are using heavier paper like watercolor paper.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Big News!

Big, big news today!

I am thrilled to tell you that I have joined the Crafter's Companion International Inspiration Design Team.  Click HERE to meet the rest of my CCIIDT members.  They are such a talented bunch, I know you will love their designs.

Now, how about a little share...

I created this card using the following Crafter's Companion products:

Moonbeam Meadow Cling Mount Stamp Set-Time Out
Spectrum Noir Markers: BGR1, BT1, BT9, CG2, DG2, DG4, DR1, DR5, EB1, EB2, EB3, GB4, GB7, GB8, GB9, IB1,LY1 
Christmas Elegance Embossilicious Folder
Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa and Dandelion

Here is a tip for you:
When your embossing folders have more than one pattern (especially theme specific), think about how you can use the folder to isolate just a portion of the pattern as I have done above.  The Christmas Elegance Embossilicious folder has snowflakes on one end and these great dots on the other end, so I just used the dot end allowing for a broader use of the folder.  You gotta love that!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

RI WIW Sketch Challenge O1015

It's sketch challenge time at The House That Stamps Built blog and this week the sketch lead me to a very quick and easy card.  Not a lot of fluff, but still a lot of fun!

I stamped the Repeat Impressions Candy Canes #903-K in red ink and colored the ribbon in with Spectrum Noir PP4 marker.  Next, I tied a bow out of some narrow pink ribbon and added it to the canes.  See, I told you it was simple this week.  The crowning glory is adding some glitter to the canes, it just made them pop!  I wonder why they don't make candy canes covered in chunky sugar....can you say overload?

Here is Wendy's awesome sketch:

Be sure to check out each of the Rock Star blogs this week to see their amazing creations.

Be sure to head on over to The House That Stamps Built blog and check out all of the details of our sketch challenge.  We would love to have you play along.  You could win some fun stamps if you do!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

RI What If Wednesday-Guest Designer Robin Clendenning

Hey, hey,'s Wednesday!  

This week on The House That Stamps Built blog we are changing it up a bit and Wendy has asked my amazing and talented friend, Robin Clendenning to be a guest designer this week and Robin has chosen a "Winter" theme for us to play with.

I started by creating the snowflake background by stamping the RI Snowflakes #8805-K in blue ink randomly onto a white panel and adding the RI Will Work #4604-E in black ink.
Next, I stamped the adorable RI Snow Juggling #4713-I with black ink onto a white diecut panel and colored him with markers.

Be sure to check out each of the Rock Star blogs this week to see their amazing creations.

Be sure to head on over to The House That Stamps Built blog and check out all of the details of our first Guest Designer challenge.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Let It Snow

Hi there!

Today on the Tombow blog, Marie has challenged the team to create a shadowbox project.

Well, this one scared the bejeebies out of me as I have never created any type of shadowbox before.

I didn't do a traditional shadowbox, but I did create this cute little winter scene in a shadowbox fashion.

I found this hanging metal tin at the craft store and then wandered around wondering what to do with it...

Next, I found the string of snowflakes and that got my brain in gear.  I picked up a pack of small trees, some snow, the snowflake garland and the tin and headed to the house to get crafty.  

I started by adding the trees to the tin using Tombow Power Tabs as they are super sticky and super strong.  Next I stamped this adorable snowman from the GKD Let It Snow set that was designed by my friend Theresa Momber onto some white cardstock and colored him in with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  I added him to the tin using another Power Tab and then I created some paper snow out of white cardstock and covered it with Tombow Mono Aqua and lots of snow.  

Now, bring on the cold weather, rain and snow and I will be ready to start decorating for Christmas!  

Be sure to head on over to the Tombow Blog to check out all of the details of Marie's challenge.  Be sure to play along as you could win some goodies!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

OWH World Card Making Day Blog Hop

Hey there, it is World Card Making Day and today I am hopping with the amazing folks at Operation Write Home.  OWH has asked for Love cards for the hop and they must meet the OWH Guidelines as well.  

I have created this card using no foam tape and no glitter....imagine that!

I love this little Bird's Nest Branch image from Repeat Impressions and if a little nest of eggs doesn't say LOVE, I don't know what does.

I used Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to adhere each of the layers together, this card will not fall apart in the mail, no way no how!

I am not going to keep you as their are lots and lots of links for you to check out, you can find them all HERE on the OWH blog.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Watercolor Sunflowers

Hello and happy Fall Friday to you!  I love Fall and with it comes rich colors and sunflowers!

I stamped the Northwoods Sunflower in Teapot image with Archival Black ink onto some 140# cold press watercolor paper and colored it in with Tombow Dual Brush Pens in various colors. When I do this technique, I like to scribble some of the color directly into the area that I want it in and then I take a small watercolor brush and spread the color around in a very loose fashion allowing it to bleed and blend.

When I use a heavier paper like watercolor paper, I like to use Tombow Foam Tabs to hold it down to the base card as it is strong enough to hold the watercolor paper good and flat.  I don't skrimp, I use quite a few squares. 

To adhere each of the flat layers together, I used Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, this works especially well when you have an embossed panel like the woodgrain frame on this card.

For a finishing touch, I added some glitter glue to bring lots of sparkle to the pretty sunflowers.

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