Saturday, September 16, 2017

Taking A Coffee Break

Taking a Coffee Break

  It's always time for a coffee or tea break as far as I am concerned -something hot to sip and enjoy as I spend time crafting.  It's just another way to relax as I use one of my favorite collections from Maja Design (note I say "one of my favorites" as I have many that I favor.)

This collection is Fika or  "Ske vi ta en Fika collection ( Fika) .  

Per Wikipedia:  Fika is considered a social institution in Sweden; it means having a break, most often a coffee break, with one's colleagues, friends, date or family. The word fika can be used as both verb and a noun.

These are the gorgeous papers I used from the  "Ske vi ta en Fika collection ( Fika) -
 Två Fröknar, 
Söders Höjder, 
I created two cards with this collection and coffee/tea theme. 
But I really need to take a moment to chat about the fun stamp sets I used from JustRite Papercraft.  
My first card used a clear sentiment set from JustRite called "Lost Without You" .

I embellished the cards with flowers by Petaloo by Floracraft..  They are gorgeous little Forget-me-nots form the Penny Lane collection.  The Petaloo flowers also match the papers perfectly.  

This card was crafted using the JustRite Papercraft - Just a Full Cup Clear Stamp Set - CR-05112.
It has the most darling little mug stamps with perfect sentiments. 

Here is a closer view of the stamps.  I do have to smile at the sentiment I chose.  Oh my gosh, how true is this for so many of us?

Thank you for joining me today for a spot of coffee.  
 You can shop for Maja Design paper collections here.  
You can shop for JustRite Papercraft Stamps and Dies here

JustRite Papercraft Clear Stamp - "Lost Without You" -  CR-05502.
JustRite Papercraft - Just a Full Cup Clear Stamp Set - CR-05112
Maja Design "Ske vi ta en Fika collection ( Fika) - Två Fröknar , Söders Höjder, cheesecake

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cute Cupcake Card

I've never met a cupcake I didn't like.  Cupcake stamps, dies, cards, backed goods...all fall under my yummy category. 

I baked up this Cupcake Card using my fun dies and stamps from JustRite Papercrafts.

 Yes, it is true the background on my card was created using the Confetti Background stamp shown above.  
I used watercolor paper and spritzed with water to help make my dotted watery background. 

I also used the heat gun to dry it faster.  I am impatient and tend to try and move things along. 

And the gingham ribbon is the perfect topper. 

You can shop for JustRite stamps and dies right here.

JustRite Stamps - Make A Wish CR 05083
JustRite Confetti Trio Background Stamp CL-05091
JustRite Hello Decorative Oval Frame Die DIE05064
JustRite A2 Cardfront Basics Die DIE05047

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Camera Card - Smile

Smile!  It's Contagious
Howdy - I'm here today to share some totally contagious stamps from JustRite Papercrafts.  

This is a new clear stamp set from JustRite called "A Smile is Contagious". Complete with sweet sentiments and a darling camera image.  

I wanted to show how cool this set is when used as a background stamp set.  The "smile" stamp is pretty large and is  perfect for doubling as the main sentiment or a cool background.  

And here is a close up of the fun camera image. 
I didn't add much color because it didn't need it and that's not really my area of expertise so I am perfectly fine adding a blush of color with Distress Inks.  

Here is my second sample using the same stamp set JustRite called "A Smile is Contagious"

Thanks for stopping here.  Enjoy your day and happy crafting. 

 JustRite -A Smile is Contagious- Clear Stamp CR-05106

Friday, September 8, 2017

Snowflake Cards

Bring on the Snowflakes 
I say let the snowflakes come! bring'em on. 
 But only in the form of paper please.  I only want paper snow at my house.  I'd gladly substitute glue for a shovel. 

The best way to play with snowflakes is by grabbing the new Spellbinders Snowflakes Holidays 2017 by Stephanie Low -Stamp & Die Set - and getting to work using Maja Design's Denim & Friends collection. 

 I created the card to play along with the  Maja Design Mood Board for the month of September.  Yes the Mood Board image invites you to think Summer but that's merely a suggestion.  My inspiration was taken from the colors.  
You can play along and enter your creation right here

I layered by snowflakes on my card.  I thought they looked lovely that way.  The key to using the stamp & die set is to definitely stamp first.   This provides an easier platform for making sure your die cut is securely in place.  you can even tack down with tape if you want. 

Hey - that's just my opinion.  Feel free to experiment with your own style.  

I prefer a nice crisp stamped image and your choice of ink does have an impact on the final image quality.  I used Tsunkineko - Memento Ink- Rich Cocoa because it has a warm richness with great clarity when stamped.  Distress Inks will not provide as sharp an image as you may desire. 

I used some white eyelash yarn as my fun wintery trim. I also added dimension to a snowflake by backing with foam tape.  

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Maja Design Denim & Friends: shop here
Maja Design Denim & Friends- Blue Jeans B Side
Maja Design Denim & Friends - Streetwear B Side
Spellbinders Snowflakes Holidays 2017 by Stephanie Low -Stamp & Die Set -SDS-089
Brown Gingham Ribbon
White floral berries

Eyelash Yarn
Tsunkineko - Memento Ink- Rich Cocoa

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Beach and Peaceful Mixed Media Canvas

Seaside Mixed Media Canvas 
I love the sea and all it's glorious critters. 
Since I have not dabbled with mixed media or used canvas in quite a while, I decided it was time. 

 I rattled my brain a bit to figure out how to incorporate my favorite little ocean creatures onto canvas.  Coming up empty with no products to accommodate my vision, I zipped to my dad's house and set the plans in motion.  

My dad was a professional woodworker before he retired.  He made his living in the trade and now dabbles in his workshop daily. Mom confessed to me that she highly encourages his daily workshop dabbling to get him out of the house  - need I say more?  haaaaa.  

But truth be told, it's my dad's haven just as a craft room is a peaceful haven for folks like us.  
Besides, my dad is thrilled to have his daughter come and 'craft' with him.  

Day Dream Mode :  I would be thrilled if my son called me one day and asked to scrap with me.  (wake up Jennifer, stop the daydreaming because that will NEVER happen.)
And....... back to reality
I drew several shapes, went to my dad's workshop, and pulled the wood I needed to cut the shapes. 
I grew up using the band saw and am proficient with power tools. 
I used the band saw as my saw of choice because I was cutting numerous shapes at one time - all taped together to save time and effort.  
Why am I cutting multiple shapes at one time?  Isn't one seahorse enough?  Well, heck no.  
I'm teaching a class in Buffalo and this is going to be the project.  
This is a sample of the choices available.  I made a few samples of each , using different colors. 

I am using a variety of mists and inks from Lindy's, Prima, Shimmerz and Tim Holtz.  I've pulled out fun embellishing beads and gems.  

And the best part for me?  My hand picked seashells and coral bits from the beaches of Naples, Florida. 

As you scroll down the rest of the page, I have included several variations and color options that the students can choose.  

Thanks for stopping and enjoy your day.  

Tim Holtz Distress Ink -
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks MINI-Salty Ocean
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks MINI - Vintage Photo
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Faded Jeans
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ground Espresso
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Seedless Preserves
Heat It- Heat Gun Embossing Tool
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks MINI - Broken China
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink -Walnut Stain
Ranger Tim Holtz - Mini Blending Tool (Round)
Prima -Finnabair - Art Ingredients - Micro Beads Copper 962579
Prima -Finnabair - Art Ingredients - Micro Beads Splash - 962630
Prima -Finnabair - Art Ingredients - Glass Beads Turquoise 962678
Prima -Finnabair - Art Ingredients - Glass Beads Peacock Green - 962692
Prima -Finnabair - Art Ingredients - Glass Glitter Gold Rush - 961657
Prima -Finnabair - Art Extravagance - Glitter Caribbean Seas 961565
Prima Finnabair - Art Extravagance - Glitter Set -Luminous - 961596
Prima Memory Hardware - Glass Pearls 990398
Lindy's Stamp Gang -  Cattail Copper Brown - Lin-ss-016
Lindy's Stamp Gang  - Starburst Spray -  French Lilac Violet - Lin-ss-022
Lindy's Stamp Gang -Van Dyke Sepia Walnut lim-msm-24
Lindy's Stamp Gang  Tainted Love Teal lin-ss-084
Lindy's Stamp Gang - Moon Shadow Buccaneer Bay Blue
Lindy's Stamp Gang - Caribbean Blue
Lindy's Stamp Gang Magnolia Magenta Gold
Lindy's  Stamp Gang - Edelweiss Moss Green
Lindy's  Stamp Gang Aloha Avacado Green
Lindy's Stamp Gang -Starburst  Delphinium Turquoise lin-ss-020
Lindy's Stamp Gang Bayou Boogie Gold lin-ss-007
Prima Color Bloom Spray - Iris 573744
Prima Color Bloom Spray Mist - Lime Wedge 573850
Prima Color Bloom Mist - Glistening Waves
Prima Color Bloom Spray - Deep Teal - 580322
Prima Color Bloom Spray Mist - Cobalt 573898
Prima Color Bloom 2 Spray Mist - Dragonfly Blue 588830
Prima Finnabair Soft Matte Gel Medium 961428
Prima Finnabair 3D Matte Gel 961398
Prima - Say It In Crystals - St Tropez 992811
Shimmerz Spritz - Sea Foam
Shimmerz  Spritz - Momma Sings the Blues
Shimmerz Jeni B Blue
Shimmerz Hot Fudge
6x8 canvas boards

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Sunflower and Pumpkin Season -Cards with Spellbinders Dies

Time for a touch of Autumn. Summer is barely behind us but the gorgeous colors of the new season are too beautiful not to share.   

My card features two dies from Spellbinders   
   and paper from Graphic 45 French Country 12x12 paper collection

 I've been super busy using the gorgeous die Spellbinders Designer Series -Venise Lace Victoriana Crest by Becca Feeken recently and I can't seem to set it aside yet.  It's way too versatile and beautiful.  

I also used the brand new holiday release, Spellbinders Die D-Lites- Jack O Lantern Holiday 2017  - as an embellishment feature on one of the cards. This die doubles as the perfect pumpkin embellishment.  I just left the Jack-O-Lantern face off.  

As I mentioned, I've used this die recently on few different cards to showcase the versatility and the functionality of this particular die.  I have created a few DIY tutorials that can be found right here. 
DIY Tutorial Pumpkin Card, DIY Tutorial Elegant Blue Card

And here is one more close ups of today's fun card.   
I'm completely loving the Graphic 45 - French Country 12x12 collection. 

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Spellbinders Designer Series -Venise Lace Victoriana Crest by Becca Feeken S6-125
Spellbinders Die D Lites Jack O Lantern Holiday 2017 Etched Dies  S1-018
Graphic 45 French Country 12x12 paper collection
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks- Vintage Photo
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks-Walnut Stain
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks MINI - Spiced Marmalade