Thursday, July 31, 2014

U R My Favorite! Card & Tutorial

Hello friends!
There's always something you can count on every month, and that is for Lindy's Stamp Gang to put out a new and fabulous color palette to get the inspiration flowing! This month's color palette was super patriotic yet so full of possibilitiesm and you might have seen on the Lindy's Stamp Gang blog earlier this month what I created using it:

I made a step by step video tutorial, which if you are subscribed to the Lindy's Stamp Gang Newsletter, you already saw first than anyone else, as it was released to newsletter subscribers only, until today, when I make it public for everyone (you can subscribe to their  newsletter if you are not already by clicking HERE).  In the video, you get more details on how the colors and textures were achieved. So much fun to make!
The video is now public, and available for watching on my channel.  

I used the following products to make this card:
-Mini Bubble Doily Stencil by The Crafter's Workshop
-Clear Embossing Fluid by Stampendous
-Mini Art Is Stencil by The Crafter's Workshop
-Modeling Cream in the color Pearl Champagne by Viva
- Retired Crackle Background Stamp by Stampin' up (2005)
-Scotch Broom Yellow Two-toned Embossing Powder by Lindy's Stamp Gang
-Wood Veneer Frame from Michael's stores
-Wood Veneer Clock by Prima
-Wood Veneer Tag by Prima
-Scrabble Tiles from my stash

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Sympathy Card

Good morning friends!
Today I come to you with a  card I created using I Am Roses flowers.
It's a simple card which just pops with color. I love a lot of color, yet I wanted to make this a simple, but sweet card, and I think the I am Roses flowers I used, did just that. I used the small mixed pink  yellow white flowers (S10-623), as well as the white small fern leaves (B15-151).
The rest of the embellishments where from my stash, the paper collection is by Echo Park (Capture Life by Alison Kreft), and the sentiment came from an old Stampin up set called " Kindred Spirits"

Hope you enjoyed today's project, and have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"Thanks" Mixed Media Background Tutorial

Hello everyone!
I've been thinking of bright colors which are perfect for the summer, but which I've been failing to see lately because it's just been so dark, gray, and gloomy here where I live. It rains everyday! Everyday! Thunderstorms, lightning, floods, you name it. I'm sick of rain! I decided to make a bright thank you card to lift my spirits.
I started by adding water to my work surface (a piece of watercolor paper), and then added on top  some super bright colors from the Caribbean Cruise Flat Fabio Spray Set from Lindy's Stamp Gang. This set is one of my favorites, and is also really close to my heart, because I helped design it. Adding water first to my background allows for the sprayed colors to blend seamlessly into the background. I used Hisbiscus Rose, Mango Mania, Luscious Lime, and Pineapple Paradise.

After that, I started adding on the texture. I took a trellis stencil by Heidy Swapp, and added some Golden Soft Gel medium (Gloss), and also a bit of Golden Light Molding Paste. After letting them dry a bit, I used the same colors stated above to spray over the new surface created by the mediums. You can see in the picture below the different finishes they created on the surface of my card.

Next, I took my Signo Uni-ball White Pen to outline the trellis shapes all around the card randomly.
After that, I took extra watercolor paper, and sprayed some of the same colors I used on my background, so I would have some colored paper where to emboss the trellis shapes you see added on top of the molding paste.
I used a Stampin up Stamp set called "Mosaic Madness" to get these individual mosaics, very similar in shape to the trellis background. I embossed them unto my colored watercolor paper pieces using Lindy's two-toned embossing powder in the color Midnight Pewter.
After embossing the shapes, I punched them out using the coordinating punch to the stamp set (sold by Stampin' up). I also stamped randomly with Archival Black Ink on my background, using a thiner stamp from the same stamp set. With some dimensional adhesive I glued the individual mosaics I embossed, to the background.

I took the wood veneer word "thanks", from Studio Calico, and embossed it using the same embossing powder I used before, and adhered that to the card. I lined it with my white pen to make it stand out.
My last step was to add the background to my white card base, and sprinkle and splatter some Frozen Jack Frost Spray on top of it, to finish off the card.
Here's the finished product:
I have a video tutorial available on my channel so you can watch the process on how this came together. I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial, and you join me back right here soon. Until next time!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Bellelive Blog Tour Nomination

Good morning everyone! Hope that everyone that's in the United States had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. It was definitely and actively packed one for me and my family, so I have to admit, I'm super tired starting the week. I cannot wait for Friday to get here already!!! It was a super fun time. Hope you enjoyed yours too, even if you don't celebrate the 4th!

I was nominated as a creative blogger by one of my artsy friends, Ivett Carrillo, to join in on what I like to call, a chain of fun blog hop tours, where so many of us will get to meet new bloggers, get new inspiration, and connect with blogs that will open up our creativity, to new views, new techniques, and new creative experiences.
Click HERE to read Ivett's post if you missed it.

There are four questions all the participants need to answer, before they nominate three other bloggers to continue on the tour. I will answer my four questions, and then lead you to three beautiful, and talented artists, I'm sure you'll love visiting, so make sure you read up until the end!

1. What are you working on?
Right now, I have to say I'm working on a lot of things, and not necessarily all "craft" related. I've been working making many design oriented decisions around my house, as we are working on making it into a home, after moving in, in the recent months. Everyone who's moved into a new home, knows exactly all the work it entails in the beginning, so a mist of doing all that,  I've also been able to create here and there...maybe not as often as I would like, but at least I've been creating. I do work from home, so my "me time" is very limited, but I enjoy making things, so no matter what, I always have tons of ideas running through my head that will eventually find their way to my paper, scissors, paint brushes and glue.
Recently, I've been playing with the idea of getting back into making more 12 by 12 scrapbooking layouts, but mixed media keeps calling my name. However, I don't share much at all the mixed media stuff I make. I have been keeping that to myself for some reason, but have been thinking for quite a while about sharing more when I'm comfortable with it, so I guess it's just a matter of time. 

2. How does your work differ from from other's of it's genre? 
I think my work continuously goes through a metamorphosis of my own raw, development. I'm not a trained artist, scrapbooker, or cardmaker. Everything I know, I've kind of picked up along the way with a lot of trial and error... I have however, taken Copic Marker training, and have actually, taught many others locally about them, and their use, but I'm no expert, and making pretty things has always just come natural to me.  I don't think I follow a specific trend, or style, but I feel I have fun with what I make, and that "fun" always shows on my finished designs, either on the color palette, texture, placement of embellishments, or overall style of project.

3.Why do you write/ create what you do?
I do because it is fun for me. It's my me time where I have an escape from the daily routine, and the stress of daily life. I enjoy making the variety of things I make, and it just makes me happy!

4. How does your writing/creative process work?
To this question I have to say, that there is not one answer I can give. My creative process, just like my style (if I can even say I have one) keeps changing and evolving continuously. My mind goes in all different directions, and as I learn new things everyday, it just allows for change to happen consistently.

Now the blog tour needs to continue, so here are the three creative bloggers I want you to meet:

Lizzy Wurmann
I'm lucky to work with this talented lady, who not only rocks color, but texture as well. She is super sweet, talented, and her art journaling style is one of my favorites!

Damaris Velazquez
Another talented blogger who dabbles in different areas of art, and I think does a super job at it! She recently picked up Project Life, and has done a fabulous job documenting her life with it, and her awesome Smash Books. Super funny, and one of my besties in  Florida state!

Lisa Nazario-Gregory
She is a color genie! or at least, thats how I think of her really! I love how she incorporates lots of color in her work. I have the pleasure of working with her on the Lindy's Stamp Gang team, and her scrapbook pages are gorgeous, gorgeous gorgeous!

Have fun blog hopping, and thanks Ivett for nominating me!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Repurpose Challenge: July 2014

Hello everyone!
So super excited to share with you today my repurposed project made for the I Am Roses July 2014 Challenge. The challenge for this month is to recycle or repurpose something, and I had this strange plastic sleeve from a cosmetic product I purchased, that was calling my name. I could not bring myself to throw it out, as I thought it as perfectly good acrylic that could not go to waste. It really looked like nothing much, but I just couldn't part with it, so......I repurposed it, and made a little treat holder with it!

I used Big Pressie Tia from Some Odd girl, colored her up with my Copics, used some My Creative Time Dies, I Am Roses flowers,  as well as some ribbon for the transformation. You could say that I also repurposed the turquoise ribbon too. Originally they were strips from an opened package I  received, which I ended up saving, because the color was so pretty. It came to good use!
You can easily add anything you want in this little treat box, candy, jewelry, a gift card....the possibilities are endless here. It was simple to create, and fun, this particular one, perfect for a birthday celebration.
I hope you are inspired this month to repurpose something, and submit it into the I Am Roses Challenge. There's a nice prize for the winner. Make sure you follow the rules to be eligible to win, and check below for the list of products I used on this project. Thanks for stopping by!

Products used:

1'' Yellow Cherry Blossom by IAm
Small Yellow Flower by I Am
Small Mixed Pink Gardenia Curly Petals by I Am (inside the treat box)
Dear Lizzy Day Dreamer Paper Collection
EK Success Small Dotted Scallop Punch (discontinued product)
Copic Colors: E000, E21,E11, R01, R20, BV00, E15, E25, E29,Y02, Y06, Y08, Y19, 0, B52, B41, B45, RV21, RV34, RV34, RV69
We Are memory Keepers Small gold Eyelets

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