Happy Release Day!! So happy to share with you some projects I created for the Picket Fence Studios March Release AND a chance to win a $15 gift card for shopping at PFS. Yep, it is a great day!
I am going to get right to it and introduce the new stamp set called Color Can Heal the Soul. This is a pretty paint look image that has beautiful sentiments that you are sure to love. As soon as I saw the stamp set, I thought about creating a coffee cup that I want to have! And even better, Picket Fence Studios has just the die for the job. I inked the paint drip image with a rainbow of colors and then stamped onto white card stock.
Then using the die, I cut out a coffee cup. I thought this sentiment from the set was just what I would put on my morning cup. In fact, I would love this to BE my morning cup for coffee!! To add a bit of texture, I embossed using the Random Dots Stencil. I love using a stencil for embossing…a great way to stretch these must have products! I went into my stash of sequins and started grabbing colors until I found the combination I liked to finish the card.
Next up, I wanted to focus completely on another stencil. A new stencil called Oceans of Fish. As I debated pulling out the Glimmer Paste (and believe me, I almost did), I chose another version of shine for this one. I thought the fish would be amazing in foil! So I grabbed Transfer Gel (which acts pretty much like embossing paste except a little thinner) and applied it to a watercolored panel.
Let the gel dry for at least an hour and then add Deco Foil Transfer Sheets on top with a heat laminator (or foiling machine). I love the shine you get! I added some Embossing Glitter for the sentiment to add to the shine. With all that is going on (more texture and shine in person too), I thought it best to leave this one cleaner.
I hope you like the sets I am featuring today. I’ll be back over the upcoming days and weeks to showcase more of the release! But now…the GIVEAWAY! In your comments, tell me your favorite way to use a stencil (because I always need more ideas). That’s it. Comment and share your idea. I’ll randomly choose one winner and announce on March 19th. Thanks so much for stopping in today! See you soon.
Happy middle of the week to you! Here with the latest sketch by Freshly Made Sketches where the wonderful Amy is our sketch hostess. This little trio sketch is sure to get you looking through your stamps for fun.
I had lots of ideas but finally settled on these trees from the City Stacks Stamp set by Concord and 9th. It is probably a stretch for the sketch but sometimes that is how it rolls. Besides, I wanted to play with my Daniel Smith watercolors. I just got a whole new split that has lots of greens and they called out to be used. This was a quick watercolor after stamping in the Picket Fence Studios Hybrid Black ink. I decided the background was a little too plain and added a wash of some yellows behind. Hopefully this is what Virginia will start looking like soon. Sunny with pretty green things!!
Ok, off to visit a friend today (and discuss an upcoming collaboration!!). Until Friday, have a great day!
You know that moment when you see a craft product and you know EXACTLY what you need to make? Well, that is what I felt when I saw the Peacock Tail stencil from Picket Fence Studios. I just knew, without a doubt, that it needed to be used with Nuvo Glimmer Paste. The only problem, I didn’t have any of the paste. So I ordered and waited and finally I got to sit down to see if I was right. Yes, yes I was!!
I was introduced to the Glimmer Paste a year ago while I was at Stamping Away. I created some panels there with the paste and loved it. But I was super indecisive about which colors to buy and I put it off. No more! I chose Emerald Green and Tanzanite Lavender for their “peacock” colors but let’s face it, they are just gorgeous. I taped my stencil to a board over some white card stock and simply applied the paste. I first added the green and then the lavender, allowing the colors to blend together where they met. The result you see was my first try and really fast. I initially planned for this to be a trial run but decided it was too pretty to waste and put it right onto a card. I’m going to warn you now, I am going to need to glimmer paste all the stencils!!
A note about the paste though….you do need to move reasonably quickly once you have the paste in place. Don’t let your stencil sit with the paste on it. Pull it off, put the project aside to dry and get right to rinsing off the stencil so it doesn’t stick there. You can see my stencil cleaned up perfectly but I knew this from when I first used it.
To finish the card, I thought this sentiment from Wild Heart Gypsy Soul was perfect for the wow of the shimmer. I simply stamped in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Wow White Embossing Powder. So glad you stopped in today. Let me know what you think about this card and the glimmer paste! See you soon!
Happy Wednesday! Today over at Freshly Made Sketches we have an interesting sketch that is sure to spur you on to create. The lovely Narelle is our sketch hostess and we all know that she has a special talent for layering. Her sketch reflects that perfectly and it lends itself to lots of different takes.
I went a pretty simple route, to be honest, and used flowers as the circles. I have this great set from Gina K Designs that is so pretty and seemed perfect. I stamped the flowers and leaves using Gina K inks and then die cut them with the set’s coordinating dies. I added a stitched square for the layering and then debated the sentiment. Fortunately, the set has this pretty script that has a coordinating die so that was a natural choice.
I have to admit that the call of the bright colors is upon me. Winter ice and yuck can be done now and I’m ready for flowers! Until the time that winter decides to cooperate, you can expect that I’ll just keep doing cards with sets like this. Thanks so much for stopping in today. I’ll be back on Friday with a card I created for the Picket Fence Studios blog. Until then, have a great week!
Hi everyone! It is one of my favorite days…release day! Every single month Picket Fence Studios gives us so much to use for creating and this month is no exception. Another amazing release!! So I’m going to get right to my cards.
First up, I used this super cute selfie cat to create an interactive card. The name of the stamp is I Love Your Face and it is such fun. I colored the kitty to look a bit like my little Meg. We decided that Kate is far too dignified for selfies but Meg, well, she would totally be taking them! But then I wanted to take it a step further.
So I created an interactive light up card using Chibitronics Chibi lights. So when you push the cat’s paw, the camera “flashes”. I used my bone folder here to keep my hand out of the way. I dimmed the lights a bit too so you can see the light better. I’ll post a quick video over on my FB and IG pages later today. The foundation of this card is pretty simple. I used stitched dies to cut out the square of patterned paper. Then I used the actual die and traced inside it to make sure I knew where my boundaries are. I built the simple circuit and then poked a small hole in the paper under the cat’s paw so the light could shine through well. I think this is fun for anyone, don’t you?
Next up, I chose a set from the “Girls” series and this one is called Shop Hard. Now, I chose this image because it reminds me of one of my neighbor girls. So much so that I showed her mom (and mom agreed). This girl is like family to us and she is such a beauty. How could I not color her?? So out came the Copics and I chose some colors I thought would be right. While I love the sentiments in the set, they were not quite right for this girl (she is a super athlete and doesn’t have much time for shopping). Instead, I chose one from the new set called Let’s Shake Our Tail Feathers. I think it is perfect for a teenage girl!
The whole team will be sharing today and I hope you enjoy my cards. Make sure you go check out the whole release over at the Picket Fence Studios site! Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon!
I’m over on the Picket Fence Studios blog today with a fun birthday card idea that is great for anyone on your list! Let’s face it, everyone loves a shaker card. What is not to like?! Even my boys go a little shaker crazy when I show them one I have made.
So I thought it would be a great way to highlight the Rough Around the Edges background stamp and the Happy Happy Happy Birthday sentiment set. But other backgrounds or sentiment would work great too! I have the how-to over at the company blog so hop over there to take a look.
I love the mint color on this for a fresh feel but any color would be fun. Find some sequins or jewels in your stash, pick coordinating ink and paper, make a quick shaker, send a smile to someone! I hope you enjoy this card. Let me know what you think!! Thanks for stopping in today. So happy you did. See you soon!
Hello my friends. I’m going to start off with a brief explanation. I know that my posting right now seems to come inconsistently. The truth is, I’m working very hard on balancing a lot of things. The biggest of them has been my mom’s estate. My mom lived in Orlando and I’m not there. That makes things hard since there are many decisions to be made and many beloved treasures to be sorted. So I’m going down there as much as I can to help handle that. When added to my flying schedule, I admit that my blog is the thing that seems to get the short end of my attention. I promised more details on my PFS January release and then promptly didn’t provide them all. I’m so sorry. Please forgive my distraction. The last trip was highly emotional for me and I’m truthfully feeling a bit overwhelmed. But stamping helps. And my family is the best. I’ll find my new normal soon but until the estate is handled, I think this is my normal. Thank you for your patience and support. It means the world.
And with that, I’m on to this week’s FMS card. I love this sketch by the lovely Kim Singdahlsen. It is fresh and clever! And, as usual, I think I may have stretched it a little too far. But whatever comes out of my head when I’m crafting is what I go with these days.
I love the Be a Unicorn of the Sea set by Picket Fence Studios and I thought it might be fun for the sketch. But what about the diagonals? Oh yeah….the new stencils!! And an idea was born. The Sunburst Stencil seemed perfect when I chose a few select “beams” and inked them with Distress Ink using the Life Changing Blender Brushes. I chose one of the small brushes because it fits in the beams perfectly without me having to tape and cover the others. Nice and simple! I inked up another piece of Bristol and then cut it out with a stitched circle as a background for my narwhal.
I have to confess that I love narwhal images. And this set is the BEST! The sentiments are such fun and useful for so many occasions. They are encouraging and kind!! I colored the narwhal with my Zigs to coordinate and then chose some Audrey Blue (SSS) as a background to make the colors pop. I love the Shark Bite Sequins too so of course I added a few.
Thank you so much for stopping in today. I’m grateful you choose to spend a few moments of your day with me. Make sure you hop over to see the inspiration from the whole team. See you soon!
As promised I’m back today with more details on my card using the new Aeonium African Succulent set from Picket Fence Studios. So the second I saw this, I knew the color palette that I wanted to use. Why you ask? Because I have a little set of plants on my kitchen table that were chosen by my 12 yo son. He is a total character and he has a tendency to name things. There is no rhyme or reason to the names but they are always funny. So introducing Timmy, Jimmy and Timmy Jr.
While I was coloring the image, he would come down as ask me how Timmy was doing. Or I’d say I was going to hang out with Timmy. To be fair, the coloring of this happened over about 4 days. No, it wasn’t a whole 4 days….I just did it in bits and pieces because it does take a bit of time and blending. But oh is it worth it!!
I stamped the image using Momento Tuxedo Black Ink. I used my Misti (of course) to get perfect coverage for such a big image. I shaded first with the lighter colors and then came in with darker ones to add depth. It took a bit of going back and forth for the the transitions to blend out but just be patient. Here are the colors I used:
After I was done with the coloring, I cut the image out. I debated cutting the size down but just couldn’t bear to lose any of the image. So instead, I chose to make a 5″ x 5″ card. So what about an envelope for that? No problem. I made one! I used an Envelope Punch Board and some pretty purple card stock (Gorgeous Grape by Stampin’ Up) to create one that is perfect for the card. Behind the image I used Fog Gray card stock to give a little richness and depth without taking away from the image. I splattered it with ink before adding the image. The sentiment comes from the Rose Bouquet set (should look familiar, I used it on Friday) and I simply put it on black card stock with Versamark and heat embossed in white. I added a few sequins, of course, to complement the splatters.
I hope this card inspires you to get out your Copics and mix colors. It is easier than you think! Even with green and purple (see Lydia’s discussion on breaking the “rules”). I’ll be back tomorrow with another of the cards from the release. See you then!
FINALLY! I can share some of the new sets for the Picket Fence Studios January release! This release is timed to coordinate with the reveal of the same products at Creativation and I’m so excited to show you some of the products. In order to keep this post in check, today I’m mostly just going to show you three projects. Then I’ll come back over the next few days to give you more of the details on each. Let me know what you think of that method or if you’d rather just see one long post. I’m curious what works better for you. With that, let’s get to the cards!
The first of the day used a new set called Wild Heart, Gypsy Soul. It has a boho style that is unique and really beautiful. I chose watercolor as my medium and went with a loose style of coloring. The sentiment is from another new set called Exhale Worry. It needs to be on your must-have list!
Next up is a card using Today Is All About You. It is so cute and the little selfie (or in my case, it seems like FaceTime) llama is hilarious. I colored her using Copic Markers and used the coordinating die to cut her out.
Finally is a seriously spectacular image. It is called Aeonium African Succulent. It is a large image and it is unbelievable!! I have a funny story about my color choices that I’ll share tomorrow so make sure you come back for more info. I colored this using Copic Markers and then cut it out by hand. It is on a base of Fog Gray card stock.
Now make sure you hop around and see what the team has created. Between us all, we are showing the whole release. And I hope you’ll come back for all the details on this cards starting tomorrow. Until then, have a great weekend!
Happy Friday!! It is my week to share on the Picket Fence Studios blog and I’m so excited to share my card with you. And then there is tomorrow….the start of Creativation (a huge industry event). The January release has been timed to correspond with the start of all the fun there so make sure you come back tomorrow to see projects with the new products.
So for today, I used one of the first sets I got from Picket Fence called Rose Bouquet. It is gorgeous!! And it is meant for coloring of ALL kinds. I chose Zig Clean Color Markers. I love these pens for the precision tips and nice blending. I find that they work best on a Bristol paper so that is what I stamped the image on using the Black Hybrid Ink which I love for watercoloring. It doesn’t budge!
I layered on pinks and reds for the roses and then moved to olive greens for the leaves. To make the image pop more, I used a gray marker around the edges and blended it out. Once I had most of the coloring done, I went back and added the deepest of each color to get more depth and shadowing. While this takes a bit of time, I love coloring and I enjoy watching the project develop as I add shading. Since I didn’t want to cover up any of the image, I chose vellum for my sentiment. And you know what?? I found that I had this sentiment already stamped and heat embossed sitting right on my desk. It was left over from a design where I changed my mind but it was PERFECT for this card. So nice when that happens! I finished the card with some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and found this pretty pink envelope from Simon Says Stamp to match.
Thanks so much for stopping in today! I hope you have a great weekend and I’ll see you again tomorrow!
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