Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Wrap Up

Hello all, hope you are enjoying your day, we are coming to an end of 2012.  I hope it was a great year for you, and I hope 2013 will hold even better things in store!  2012 Was great for me personally, and I had lots of fun.  Today I’m going to share my top 10 favorite posts of the year, enjoy!

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1.  How to Use Glitter - Glitter 101

One of my all-time most popular posts, and probably for good reason – there’s lot of different kinds of glitter out there!  This post will tell you all about the varieties available on the market and what to do with them.

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2.  How to Make an Alcohol Ink Plaid Background

Another top post, this one is super fun.  If you’ve got some alcohol ink on your hands and don’t know what to do with it, give these plaid backgrounds a go!

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3. Creative Chemistry 101 with Tim Holtz

This was my first Online Card Class that I took this year starting in March, Creative Chemistry 101 with Tim Holtz.  I have posted 8 days of tags, this link here goes to the most recent and you can click through to see all of them.  I have 2 more to do, maybe I will wrap it up by the time 2013 is over, lol!

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4. How to Attend Your First Blog Conference {from a small blogger’s perspective}

I went to SNAP! 2012 in Utah in April, and wow what an experience.  Excited, nervous, scared, overwhelming, all of these emotions and more are the long and short of it.

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5. Haven Wrap Up Post {Part II of How to Attend Your First Blog Conference}

In June I went to Haven 2012 in Atlanta, such great fun was had.  I felt like I had a touch more confidence under my belt from SNAP!, but still a little bit nervous.  This post is kind of a part 2, read both and maybe you’ll consider going to your first conference in 2013!

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6. A Blog Named Hero Challenge #8 – Inspired by Hero Arts Artists

This post was so fun for me, I loved creating these cards and they’re still some of my favorites.  Even better, a challenge I won – yay!  The one featured here is inspired by Jennifer McGuire, click through to see another inspired by Shari Carroll.

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7. We Bought Our First House!

The title says it all folks, we closed on our first home the last week of July in beautiful Knoxville, Tennessee.

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8. Cards now at Liz Beth Gallery

Something more to be excited about – at the end of August my cards were accepted into a lovely gallery here in Knoxville!  Truly an honor and a privilege. 

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9. Spray Ink Cards

Y’all know I love trying new things, this post is no exception.  Spray Ink + masking, what’s not to love?

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10. Poinsettia Project

You also knew you couldn’t escape without this post, eh?  I love to show how versatile one stamp can be, because let’s face it – card making is an expensive hobby!  This post is all about one stamp + various mediums used to color it.  Love!

Hope you enjoyed my top 10 wrap up, have a fabulous 2013!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

You’re Sweet!

Another one squeaking under the radar – Mojo Monday #273!  This one also follows the theme for the Young Crafters Unite #17, ‘Something Sweet’.

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I started off with a new paper pack I got from My Mind’s Eye and based the colors off of that.  Cupcakes colored with Copics, the sentiments are from a Fiskars set and a My Cute Stamps set.

Enjoy your evening, thanks for the visit!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Uptown Art Snowmen on the Beach

I am quite lucky to work on an all female sales team and we love to get together and paint.  So what did we do for our Christmas cookie exchange?  Paint!

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First, some cookies – probably some of the best I’ve made!  Ghirardelli chocolate chips, walnuts, and Reese’s chips – 1 cup of each.  Yum!  I hand made boxes out of thick cardstock using the MS Scoring Board, then hot glued some funky beads on the lids to jazz up the delivery.  Here’s an oldie-but-goodie post on using the Martha Stewart Scoring Board – actually one of my most popular posts!

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We go to one of those places where an instructor guides you step by step from a blank canvas to the selected work of the evening.  As you can tell, we were supposed to be painting a snowman.  My friend Charity on the lower left loves to go paint, and she’s got one of her favorites.  I didn’t feel like doing a snowman, so as you can see, I painted a beach scene!  (Here’s a link to my last painting if you’re new around here)

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Inspiration image from Uptown Art on the left, mine is on the right.  Not too shabby?

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Looks great in my windowless office.  Clients making your life crazy?  Your desk less organized than a teenage boy’s bedroom?  Your coworker’s delusional rant just pushed you over the edge?

Just paint a pleasant beach scene.  Stare into the waves of acrylic bliss.

Happy Friday! Smile

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Welcome Back, Celebrate!

Welcome back to sanity after a busy Christmas season!  Hope you had a lovely Christmas and while I’m on my way back home right now I thought I’d post two cards for your viewing pleasure Winking smile

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I actually made this several months back.  Bo Bunny papers, Prima Flowers, and Liquid Pearls.

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Another card I made a few months ago for my boss’ birthday.  Authentique papers and Inkadinkado stamp.

Happy day everyone!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

I wish you and your families the merriest of Christmases full of love and peace.

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Mojo Monday Mix

Had to squeeze this one in before the deadline, Mojo Monday # 272.  This sketch came to my rescue because I had a request for 6 Christmas cards and I needed them fast, but still of the same high quality and commitment I have with all of my cards.  She needed one for a 6 year old, one for a 15 year old, one more to a professional friend, and three to friends.  The last one is perfect for the latest Young Crafters Unite Challenge #17 as well.

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This one was fun for just a bit of Copic coloring, and the Liquid Pearls on the snowflakes are the perfect touch.

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I didn’t realize this one was a bit blurry, but the color is so pretty in person.  Stickles for a hint of glam.

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This one is a bit off the sketch but still very much inspired by it.  Crisp colors against black and white – love it!

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A contender for favorite, and close to the sketch.  I think it’s good for either a male or female recipient as well.

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For the teenager, color scheme inspiration came from that strip of ribbon on the bottom.  Two more glitter ribbons to ground the trees which are inked in Hero Arts Mid Tone Shadow Inks.

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This one is my true favorite, and I had the idea for these adorable little candies in my mind all day, perfect for any kid’s card.  They stamp is from My Cute Stamps, and I created stripes with some Copics.  The ‘sweet’  came from a Fiskars set that says ‘life’s sweet’ so I just masked off the ‘life’s’ part.  Same thing with the Christmas from a Technique Tuesday/Ali Edwards set, this had ‘Merry’ attached to it which I masked off as well.  A strip of fun washi tape plays along with the candies.

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A coat of Rock Candy (aptly named, no?) covers the candies to leave a perfect touch of glittery shine.

See how flexible one sketch can be?  Thanks for the visit, don’t forget to vote for your fave!

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Spending some time with family today, hope you’re doing the same.

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Inspired from a ColorQ design team member, I just love this!  It was hard for me to stamp snowflakes on top of each other, but I’m quite pleased with the result.  Inks are Soft Pool, Pool, and Chipped Sapphire.

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Not sure how I came up with this, just stamped an Impression Obsession chevron background stamp with little snowflakes from a mini Technique Tuesday set.

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This is from a Basic Grey sketch, great way to use tiny scraps.

Have a beautiful day, thanks for the visit!!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Poinsettia Project

This is one of my recent most favorite projects, a bit long so hope you’ve got a cuppa and have a minute to spend with me today!  This is my poinsettia project – I’ve taken one stamp and tried to see how many ways I could use it using different mediums to give it color.  Take some time to compare and contrast, enjoy!

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Distress Ink – Sponged with Applicator

This is the first use of this stamp, a new fave of mine by Stampendous.  It is part of their Jumbo Cling flowers, so you can get a beautiful bold look without too much effort.  This is the only one I fussy cut, and the result is fantastic!  The background is Impression Obsession with Hero Arts Mid Tone Shadow Ink.

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The close-up shows the ink, and I highlighted the leaves with the Picket Fence Distress Marker.  It goes on clear, but within a few seconds gives it a dusty sheer look.  Some Liquid Pearls finish the center.

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Distress Ink – Watercoloring

This one is also using distress Inks, but using them as a water color.  Just mash the ink pads on the Ranger craft mat, and pick up the color with a water brush. Layer the colors to get the effect you want!

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A close-up of the embossing.  Embossing keeps the color where you want it, because it resists the paint.

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Smooch Ink

Smooch Ink comes in many colors, so it is easy to create shadows using different shades.

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All Smooch Ink has a bit of shine to it, you can tell more in person of course but the center gives you an idea.

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Copic Markers with Distressed and Flicked Background

This one turned out so well, I’m really happy with it.  The poinsettia is colored with 3 shades of Copic markers, and the leaves with 2 more darker shades.  The background is applicator inked with Peacock Feather Distress Ink.  A bit of water flicks creates the spots.

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A close-up of the Copic coloring – I’m a beginner so I’m pretty happy with it!  Glitz Stickles in the center.

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Twinkling H20s Watercoloring

More watercoloring, this time with Twinkling H20s.  This wasn’t done on water color paper, but I think it turned out well because I never seem to really saturate the paper when I use this type of water color.  I think mostly because the method is different.  Twinkling H20s are solid in their little pots, and you mist them with water to turn them into a pasty watercolor.  Then you can paint them on and you really don’t end up using as much water.

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Here’s a close-up of the ‘twinkling’ in the Twinkling H20s.

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Alcohol Ink

As Bob Ross says in his super calm voice, “Let’s get crazy.”  I wanted to try something really different here, and I’m happy with it so yay (and it sold quickly so double yay)!  This is the second try as I wasn’t pleased entirely with the first one.  To make, I stamped on photo paper (any glossy cardstock will do) in Ranger Archival Black Ink – VERY important because it is a solvent ink, so the alcohol will not affect it.  Normally when I use Alcohol Inks, I put them on the felt applicator and swipe them around, but here they are dropped straight from the bottle.  I used two colors of red, one green for the leaves, and two other colors of green for the background.  DON’T use the colorless blending solution because the ink will spread leaving you will much less control over where your ink is going, and believe me there isn’t much control as there is.  I recommend dropping one dot of color, then letting it dry – this happens quite quickly because it’s alcohol based.  If you put too much color on, it will run amok all over and get ugly.  If you’re a control freak, you will not have fun with this. 

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A close-up of the shine from the card, the center has little gold beads adhered with Glossy Accents.

I really hope you had fun with me today, I had so much fun creating these and sharing them with you. 

Sharing is caring – tell a friend about my poinsettia project! <3

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Floral Favorites

Hello!  Two cards today using washi tape – it’s first sighting here on the ol’ blog, and the other with vellum.  Both make fantastic flowers – check it out!

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This poinsettia is made in the exact same way these ones were, but instead of just punching straight from paper, I laid down washi tape first, then punched.

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These flowers were stamped and embossed with a Hero Arts stamp, then fussy cut.  I used the stylus tool from the McGill set to make them a bit rounded.  The card itself was inspired from one of the classes from Online Card Classes – I think Kick Start was it.

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Thanks for the visit, hope your day is terrific!