Sunday, May 31, 2015

Loves Rubber Stamps Sensational Sunday Hop

Welcome to the Loves Rubber Stamps Sensational Sunday Blog hop! The Design Team has created some gorgeous projects for your inspiration. Check out each link and leave a comment. If you get lost along the way, each top has a full list of all the links. One of the Design Team posts is the hop's Sensational Sunday Sweet Spot and a name will be drawn from that list of comments to be in a monthly drawing for a $20 Loves Rubber Stamps Gift Voucher!  We will draw the winner of the voucher the first Sunday of each month from all the comments left on the Design Team blogs! Remember you have until 8:00 pm CST Saturday to leave your comments.

It's wedding season and we have at least 3 weddings to attend in the coming months, so I thought we should get started on some wedding cards.  Paper Smooches has such cute images I just had to use there Hubby and Wifey set along with the Wedding Wordscript background from Hero Arts.  Cute combo yet still elegant enough for a wedding!

Supplies Used:
Hero Arts Wedding WordScript Stamp
Ranger Ink Glossy Accents
Gold Embossing Powder
Silver Embossing
Neenah Solar White card stock

I am your last stop on the hop so I hope you have enjoyed all the inspiration! Remember to comment on all the Designer's blog including mine below for a chance to win the $20 Gift voucher - you never know which stop is the Sweet Spot so be sure to visit them ALL!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Everything will be OK -Distress Ink 3 Ways

Happy Saturday Junkies!  So glad to be able to share with you another May release before we move on to June and some more super fabulous releases!
For this project I decided to showcase a TJ sentiment stamp "Everything will be OK" using Distress Ink/Markers three different ways with a stencil to make the background!
Here are the three cards:
To start each card I first stamped the sentiment in Versamark Black ink, covered with clear embossing powder and heat set (on 2 pieces of Neenah Solar white cardstock and 1 watercolor paper).

For the first card, distress ink was applied through the stencil with a blending tool (in rainbow colors). Before removing the stencil I applied Versamark watermark ink through the stencil and the added clear embossing powder (after removing the stencil). Normally Distress ink would remain "wet" long enough to hold the embossing powder itself but for this technique, the time it takes to ink the stencil prevents this. I love the shine this creates.

The second card background was done using the Tim Holtz Marker Spritzer.  If you haven't checked this out it is such a cool tool! Each color of Distress marker used was loaded into the spritzer and applied (sprayed) onto the stencil creating the rainbow effect again except this time with a misted look!
The final card is a stencil mono print using the Distress ink minis.  This is by far my favorite technique! Check out my tutorials on this technique!

Love the bright and cheery look to these cards, which are so complimentary to the sentiment, to send to a friend or loved one going through a rough time!
Thanks so much for joining me again here at Technique Junkies! Stay tuned for the upcoming June  releases and special Design Team blog hop next week!
Embrace Imperfection!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Cut it Up Challenge #72 Designer Inspiration

Happy Friday! TGIF!! Today I want to share with you my designer project for the Cut It Up Challenge Blog  Challenge #72 Use a tie die cut (for Father's Day). 

The hat and bow tie were cut from black card stock using my Sizzix Eclips and then embossed with Ranger Distress Embossing powder Black Soot for texture. I used Tim Holtz's Mini Ticket die to cut the ticket and the patterned paper behind it, then the mini mustache die to cut out the negative inside the ticket.  These were adhered to each other and the background using the Xyron Creative Station loaded with the 5" Permanent adhesive.

The background is a stencil mono print on watercolor paper using Tim Holtz's stencil and then matted  (using homemade dimensional foam tape made with my Xyron)
 onto black corrugate card stock, cut into the postage stamp frame. The entire piece was mounted onto text patterned paper also with the Xyron foam tape.

So come join the fun over at  Cut it Up  this week! Can't wait to see what you create!

I am entering this project into this week's Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Creative Vision Stamps Showcase

Happy Thursday! Today I am showcasing this adorable dog stamp from Creative Vision Stamps which I  used this week for the DT inspiration project at 613 Avenue Create! 

 Be sure to stop over to the 613 blog and play along with this week's CYOC! 

For my card I used a stamped image, a sentiment, glossy accents, enamel dots, and baker's twine.

For those that know me- you know how much I love dogs!! So I was so excited to use this stamp in a project!  I got the idea for this project from my partner Katie who made me the best Mother's Day card from our doggies and used this stamp- and put wings on the doggie because our beloved Quincy had just passed away. I decided to to use the wings idea but put a different spin on it and use it as an "ethereal" get well card.                                   

The sky background was created with various shades of blue Distress ink using a blending tool. 
The clouds on this cards were created with texture paste and a stencil- then I placed Judykins sparkle embossing powder on the texture paste.  Normally I would wait for the paste to dry completely before heating the embossing powder, but this time I decided to heat it sooner to get some "puff" in the clouds.  When you heat texture paste it tends to puff out or bubble. This was a super cool effect I achieved! 
The doggie was colored with Copic Markers and cut out and along with wings (die cut from grunge board and covered with Distress glitter) popped onto the card with dimensional foam tape. Enamel accents were used to make the eyes pop and glossy accents was applied to the bone! 

The Get Well sentiment  and the heart (also from Creative Vision Stamps) was added along with the baker's twine!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Xyron Father's Day Project :Picture Collage Tutorial

With Father's Day just around the corner I wanted to share a project that I made for my oldest brother-who is Papa to four wonderful grandchildren that he adores!  So to celebrate them and him and family, I made this word collage using my Xyron Creative Station and  Xyron 2.5" Create-a-Sticker. 

Xyron Creative Station, Xyron 5” Permanent Adhesive Cartridge. Xyron 9” Permanent Adhesive Cartridge, Xyron 2.5” Create-a-Sticker
Other Products Used:
The Paper Studio Paper Mache letters, Canon Pixima 100 Photo Printer, Canon Photo Lustre Paper, Canvas Corp Black & Craft:Live,Laugh,Love 12x12 paper, Ranger Foil card stock, Tim Holtz Vagabond, Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Love

Step by Step Tutorial

   Measure sides of each letter and using a paper trimmer cut strips of patterned paper to cover (for these letters strips were 1” wide).  

Using the Xyron Creative Station (loaded with 5” Permanent Adhesive) run paper strips through. 


  Rub the top and around edges of strips and peel off top protective film from the strips. 

Adhere strips onto sides of  each letter ( P A P A ) and trim off excess. 

Measure and cut strips of patterned paper for the middle of the letter openings.
Using the Xyron Creative Station (loaded with 5” Permanent Adhesive) run paper strips through.
Adhere strips onto insides of each letter opening (P A P A). 

 Trace each letter onto patterned paper and cut out for collage background.

Load the 9” Permanent Adhesive Cartridge into the Xyron Creative Station. 

 Run each traced letter through the Xyron Creative Station. 

Adhere each traced letter to front of paper mache letter.

Choose and print several pictures for your collage 
(I printed in several sizes 3x5, 2x2, and 1.5x1.5).
Arrange photos onto each letter-overlapping where needed for project layout and cropping as needed.

 Run photos through the Xyron Creative Station. 

Rub the top and around edges of strips and peel off top protective film from the photos.

Adhere photos in previously designed layout onto each letter.

Trim off excess with scissors if needed.

    Run Ranger Foil card stock through die cut machine using Tim Holtz words thinlits.
 Run each word through the Xyron 2.5” Create a Sticker

 Adhere one word to each letter. 
cherish, love,family, together

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend! My project/tutorial today is in celebration of Memorial Day and all those who sacrificed their lives for this great country-we Thank You!
The technique I am featuring today uses acrylic paint with stencils and what I call stencil masking.  I love to use my stencils in different ways and often combine them to "paint my own picture."   The stamp set from Honey Bee Scraps is No Place Like Home and has the perfect sentiment for this card!

 Let's take a look at the project:

To make the flag background I combined two stencils from The Crafter's Workshop-check out the steps below:

Place your stencil (stripes) atop a 6x6 piece of manila/white 
card stock
 and mask off portion in left hand corner 
(where your stars will be place) with post-it tape.

Secure the stencil and card stock to your work surface with additional
 tape to ensure project does not move while applying the paint to the stencil

Apply red acrylic pain (Ranger Cherry Red) to craft mat.

Using a blending tool with foam, pick up some of the paint and dab
 lightly onto the open
 areas of the stencil until all portions are covered. 
Be careful not to press done too hard while dabbing 
as this will cause bleeding under the stencil.

Dry thoroughly with a heat tool.
  It is essential that the paint is completely 
dry before proceeding to the next step.

Place the stars stencil over the black
 portion of your project and secure with post-it tape.

As above with the red, apply the blue acrylic paint to the open
 areas of the star stencil, taking care not to overlap 
onto the red stripes. 
(You can mask all the way around the stars to prevent any overlap if needed)

Depending on your preference, you can ink over 
the flag with Distress ink (using a blending tool). 
 I used Antique Linen, to give the flag a somewhat vintage look.

To finish off the card, I added the yellow ribbon,
 some die cut stars (painted with the same acrylic paints) and
 of course the sentiment from Honey Bee Scraps stamp 
set "No Place Like Home.

Thanks so much for joining me again this week! Happy Memorial Day! There's no place like home!

Embrace Imperfection!