I created a card for both today’s Picket Fence Studios blog and for a product review for Splitcoaststampers on a new ink from Clearsnap. The inks are called Colorbox Dyestress Inks and they are really beautiful! I had such fun blending these colors together and creating a cool background using a new to me technique that is perfect for distress inks.
I’m going to send you to the Picket Fence Studios blog for the how-to but suffice it to say that you NEED these Life Changing Blender Brushes. I put off some backgrounds that required blending because I was forever getting streaks or edges or something that seemed to ruin what I was working on. Not with these brushes!
The other product I want to share directly here are the dies I used for this card. They come from Gina Marie Designs and they are wonderful. I used the Double Stitched Rectangles and the Flower Burst Trio. I love this site (and I have no affiliate there….simply loving her dies and her pricing!).
Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you like this card and this technique. See you soon!
I’m thrilled to be sharing one more card as the Guest Designer for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers today. I’m back using Picket Fence Studios products and I hope you enjoy this.
I’m pretty much in love with the sweet owls and this BFF Owl is super fun to color. I went a little out of the box on her palette and used the new Color Box Dyestress Inks by Clearsnap. They have some beautiful shades and they are great for easy watercoloring and blending. I stamped the owl in Versafine Onyx Black and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Once she was colored I used the new Circle Stencil from Picket Fence Studios and the Life Changing Blender Brushes to create her spotlight.
You can see that there are seriously no lines from the blending. And the brushes come in big and little sizes so you can use them for all your stencils. The really are life changing when it comes to simplifying your blending. For the sentiment, I used another set from Picket Fence Studios (soon to arrive in the store) called Ways to Say Congrats. This one is perfect for all us coffee fans, don’t you think?
I had so much fun joining in on the Coffee Loving fun this month that I’ll be a part of their hop celebrating National Coffee Day!!! A whole day to celebrate coffee…I’m all in!! And I’m lucky enough to be one of the hop participants with a sponsored prize. You won’t want to miss it!! Come back tomorrow for all the fun. Until then, thanks for stopping in today.
I’m so excited to share with you today that Picket Fence Studios is launching its very first new release. So many fantastic new sets and I get to start sharing with you today!
First up, I have a card for you that I created for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers where I’m the guest designer this month. Ah…coffee!!! And cards! Need I say more??!! Ok, maybe a little more but click over HERE to see my post and some more details. This adorable owl from You Are A Hoot seemed perfect for this new sentiment from the Louise (#girlboss collection) set.
I colored using Copic Markers and then fussy cut her out. I added this stitched scallop layer for the sentiment and thought some dots to match my coloring would be nice in the background. Love the sentiments from this new set and they will be great to pair with many existing stamps in your collection.
For my second card, I used another of the new release sets called String of Lights. It is such fun and I love the sentiments too. I created this background using Dyestress Inks by Clearsnap. Then I stamped the image and sentiment in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Bright White Embossing Powder by Wow Embossing.
These new inks come in such pretty colors and I loved the cool colors to make this image pop off the card. I found that the Shark Bite Sequins from Picket Fence Studios were the perfect match for the inks (love when that happens) and I also added in a few Sparkling Clear Sequins.
Well that is it for today! Make sure you head over to the Picket Fence Studios site to see all the new products available in the new release. I’ll be sharing more of them over the next few days! Thanks for stopping in. See you soon.
Today I have my last Feature Friday with Concord and 9th and we are showing off the new Furry Friends stamp set. So many different elements with so many options!! So of course I had to make two cards.
First up, I chose the reindeer and decided to turn him into a little Rudolph for Christmas. My first Christmas card of the year, I think. I stamped the wreath and added some clear rhinestones for sparkle. Then I stamped the line image for the deer and added the inner solid images.
These are remarkable easy to line up, especially if you have a MISTI. I did the same for the antlers and again, easy to line up. I colored a rhinestone with a red Copic Marker to add to the nose…so fun!! Finally a sentiment from one of my favorites, O Christmas Tree. I put the image panel over some great red patterned paper to help pull the red from the nose and to give it a festive feel. These would be easy to make in a stack (I need to get on that)!
For my second card, I thought the unicorn option would be fun. I used some leftover panels that I had created using the Marbled Smooch technique and as part of my Smooch Accent Ink review for Splitcoaststampers. The panel on the back side of the shaker and the paper pieced mane on the unicorn were cut from a pattern I created. I thought the blues and purples were a natural for a unicorn. I stamped the horn, colored with some Gold Lamé Smooch and then stamped again one the Smooch was dry to cover if I went a little out of the lines. Again, the MISTI is perfect to make this fast and simple. The frame is from the coordinating die set in the bundle…love those stitched details, don’t you? I added a variety of sequins to match and put the shaker and sentiment on a base of Fog Gray.
It has been such a privilege to work with Concord and 9th this month. I’m grateful for the chance to help show off these amazing products and I have become even more of a fan of C9 (if that is possible). Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon!
Supplies (affiliate links included):
Stamp: Furry Friends (Concord and 9th), O Christmas Tree (Concord and 9th); Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Tutti-Frutti DSP (SU), Fog Gray (Simon Says Stamp), Bristol Smooth (Strathmore); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Walnut (Lawn Fawn), Crumb Cake (SU); Accessories: Big Shot, Furry Friends Dies (Concord and 9th), Smooch Accent Ink – Pool, Ocean Soul, Sugarberry, Gold Lamé (Clearsnap), Quickie Glue Pen (Sakura), Rhinestones (SU), Sequins, MISTI, Acetate (SU), Foam Adhesive Strips (SU)
I know this week has been full of posts from me but I have one more for you! I was part of a Product Focus for Splitcoaststampers on Wednesday and now I have a little more time to share that with you. As you may have noticed, I have been featuring the Chameleon Pens and Chameleon Color Tops lately. These projects are part of the review of the Color Tops and today’s card is my final project for it.
I recently got this gorgeous large flower image, Dahlia XL by Power Poppy, and could not wait to have time to color it. I knew immediately that my first time using it just had to be with the Color Tops. Just to put the Chameleon system to the test, I used only one pen and one Color Top and the results are a real wow! The depth of color on this is really extraordinary. You can read my thoughts on the pens (and those of the whole Product Focus team) here: Color Tops Product Focus
I created a short video showing a little more on how the pens work with the tops and how I colored part of this flower. Sometimes it really is just easier to show you!
Once I finished all the coloring, I created a pretty simple card since the flower did all the work. I stamped a sentiment from another Power Poppy set, Vibrant Thanks, using Versafine Onyx Black. Then I put it on a layer of Wisteria Wonder (SU) that is a lovely match to the Lavender tones. I cut the flower so that I could use both sections on the image layer (and yes, I did hesitate just a second before cutting into all that coloring). A few sequins from Studio Katia and SU to highlight the Turquoise as a finish.
If you have any questions about these pens, I’m certainly happy to answer. Just drop me a note here or send a comment over at Splitcoaststampers for the Product Focus team. Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you have a great weekend!
Stamp: Dahlia XL (Power Poppy), Vibrant Thanks (Power Poppy); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Chameleon Pens, Chameleon Color Tops, Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Wisteria Wonder (SU); Accessories: Misti, Sequins (Studio Katia and SU), Mini Dimensionals, Dimensionals
We are in the middle of the Newton’s Nook Designs release week so what better time to share the newest STAMPtember set from Simon Says Stamp?!! Yes, today we celebrate the collaboration with Simon Says Stamp and Newton’s Nook Designs so you have to know how happy that makes me! Two fabulous companies!
This sweet stamp set comes with our little dog friend pushing a wheel barrow and LOTS of options for filling it. I thought it would be fun to add in the bunny and leaves, which gave me the perfect excuse to use the new Falling Leaves Stencil that NND revealed yesterday (and available on Friday, Sept. 15th). I stamped the bunny and then masked to add the wheelbarrow in a way that makes the leaves kind of spill over. Isn’t it cute?! Then, using my Chameleon Pens and Color Tops, I colored the images. I love how I can get a real fall leaf feel with the shading from these Color Tops! I wanted the focus to stay on the image but the embossing paste with the stencil adds just the right amount of interest behind our little friends. Gotta say, these are a perfect go-together. Remember, this STAMPtember release is only available directly from Simon Says Stamp (and conveniently enough, they will have the new stencil a SSS on Friday once it goes “live”). If all that wasn’t enough, there is a matching die set for the images too. Good luck holding onto your paycheck! STAMPtember is fun time of year but oh so dangerous for the budget! *smile*Thanks for stopping in to see my take on the new release. Make sure you go over to the Simon blog to see all the inspiration there. See you back in a little while for Day 2 of the NND September release.
Supplies (affiliate links included):
Stamp: Loads of Thanks – STAMPtember (Simon Says Stamp/Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Chameleon Pens, Chameleon Color Tops; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU); Accessories: Falling Leaves Stencil (Newton’s Nook Designs), Embossing Paste (SU), Stitched Circles Dies (Lil’ Inker), Misti, Sequins (Paper Pumpkin, Studio Katia)
I decided that this was another image that was great for the Chameleon Color Tops. I looked at the coloring on coreopsis flowers and the blend from red to yellow was a natural for these cool pens. I used the YO2 Mellow Yellow pen and infused with RD3 Vermillion. Fun, right? The transition from red to yellow is just like the flowers. I added a sentiment from the set too. The image was cut out using the Stitched Shapes Dies (SU). The corrugated paper gives a little detail for the sketch and I added some jute twine.
Now, back to the coloring. If you haven’t heard about the coloring challenge or have not yet joined in, consider it. Kathy encourages just a little coloring every day. Just for fun! Every time I have participated, I have had such fun. Creating just to create! Thanks so much for stopping in today. I hope you have a happy Wednesday.
Stamp: Vibrant Thanks (Power Poppy); Paper: Thick Whisper White, Corrugated Paper (SU); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Chameleon Pens, Chameleon Color Tops; Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies (SU), Twine (SU), Dimensionals
With this time of year, so many graduations are upon us and I’m always looking for ideas to create unique and special cards to celebrate. I thought this sentiment from Mama Elephant was absolutely perfect for a special graduate I know! And the flower image from the same set (Butterfly Kisses) is really pretty too.
I used this card as one of my samples for the Chameleon Color Tones Pencils review over at Splitcoaststampers. The pretty coral and green pencils (double sided!) create the perfect shading and no stress over coordination. I stamped the image using Versafine Onyx Black ink onto Strathmore Mixed Media paper. I love this particular paper the best with the pencils. It has a smoother feel that a watercolor paper but enough “tooth” to allow light coloring and layering. The key with most colored pencils, it seems, is layering. Lots of layering. And patience! I colored for bit and then moved on to a different section. Eventually I came back to each part and layered some more, and so on. I had never used wax based pencils so I definitely had a learning curve…but not an overwhelming one. Success came quickly and the colors on these just match! A light touch was definitely the key to success. As a background for the image, I used this brand new DSP from Stampin’ Up called Wood Textures DSP. It is a MUST HAVE from the catalog that goes live today. I promise you it will fly off the shelves so take a look and order it quickly!
That’s it for today. If you want to see more about these pencils, please go over to the review (linked above) there are amazing videos from both Lydia Fiedler and Kathy Racoosin….two extraordinary stampers!
Back tomorrow with a collaboration blog hop that I know you don’t want to miss. Hope to see you then! Have a great day!
I have been waiting for today because I have something super awesome to share with you!! Not only do we have a great sketch by the lovely Kim Singdahlsen at Freshly Made Sketches, I also finally get to share some information about a product review I did for Splitcoaststampers!
I have been using the amazing new pencils from Chameleon and I created this card by combining the Chameleon Color Tone Pens with the Color Tone Pencils. Wow, they are great together! I shared details and my thoughts on paper choices over at Splitcoaststampers so please check the entire review from the review team here: CHAMELEON COLOR TONE PENCILS REVIEW
To help you understand a bit more of how the products work together, I made a quick video showing you how I did the coloring:
I made the flowers the star of the show but I could not resist adding a doily that seemed perfect for the sketch! I used Night of Navy Baker’s Twine to coordinate with the blue in the flowers and thought this great sentiment from Ellen Hutson’s Lovely worked beautifully with the sketch.
The Freshly Made Sketches design team has created some beautiful work to inspire you and the Splitcoaststampers Review Team has samples that show many facets of these new pencils. I’ll be back tomorrow with another card I created for the review. Until then, have a great day!
Stamps: Mondo Hydrandea (Ellen Hutson), Lovely (Ellen Hutson); Ink: Smoky Slate (SU), Chameleon Color Tone Pens; Paper: Strathmore Mixed Media, Smoky Slate; Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Doily (SU Ret), Mondo Hydrangea Dies, Night of Navy Baker’s Twine
I get to share some projects I have been holding on to that are part of a product review for Splitcoaststampers. Many of you know my long standing love of “Splitcoast” because it is always full of creative inspiration, techniques, tutorials and reviews. I was asked to take a look at some Clearsnap Petal Point Pigment Inks that are being released in two new color groupings (Sunset and Boardwalk). Please hop right over to see my thoughts and the analyses of some amazing stampers (and their projects!) – Product Review. If you want to see the whole gallery of work with these inks, CLICK HERE.
In my review, I mention how I was playing with the ink and trying new things. I reference a card on kraft (Crumb Cake) card stock and an ombré card. I wanted to share those here too since I had not put them on my blog yet. I love the pretty Sunset color family for my Congrats card, don’t you?! The strong colors from the pigment ink are fabulous on this background stamp!In my flower card I was able to use the Boardwalk ink to get a gorgeous look on my Crumb Cake paper. I love how the Dune color is a match and yet shows up beautifully with the line image flower. While you are over at Splitcoast, take some time to look around and appreciate all the resources. You’ll be glad you did! Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon!
Stamps: Beautiful Day (Altenew), Paper Pumpkin sentiment(SU), Dotty Angles (SU retired); Ink: Clearsnap Petal Point Inks in Sunset and Boardwalk; Paper: Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White, Early Espresso; Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Wooden Element Sentiment (SU), Twine, Gold Sequins, Heat Tool, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder
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