Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A resisted doily


Today I have a different kind of doily and it's not a paper one. This card is using the "resist" technique. For those of you who aren't familiar with this technique it is created by resisting the ink. Sorry to bore the ones who know what this is but I am going to explain the process. After all my intention with my blog when I started it was to inspire and help those who are not as familiar with stamping.  I stamped SU Hello Doily with Versamark onto glossy card stock. Then I poured clear embossing powder over the image and went to town with my heat gun. You will now see a glossy image on the glossy card stock- does that make sense? If it doesn't it will in a minute. Next I used the following SU inks and with a sponge I just started rubbing on the color- Marina Mist, Bermuda Bay, Vintage Violet and Indigo Island. It is important to keep rubbing until the colors are blended well. Now the doily pops right out and it looks like it was done with white ink or white embossing powder when in fact it is just the white glossy card stock showing through. Magic, right!
I used Spellbinders Decorative Labels Twenty Two and then I layered Labels One on top with a sentiment from the Justrite set Signs of Life. The design around the sentiment is from the same set. It has several different circle designs and sentiments that can be interchanged. Speaking of Spellbinders, have you seen the sneak peaks this week on their blog. The one nice thing is these new dies are add-ons meaning they will wok with other dies to enhance the ones we already own. Check them out and get ready with a pen and paper to make your wish list (a big piece of paper).
Winner winner chicken dinner. The card in my last post was entered into a challenge and I won a background stamp from Justrite as a random drawing. I usually don't have the time to enter these challenges but over the 4th of July weekend I had the house to myself and I spent a good amount of time in my studio. I chose a lace background and as soon as I get it I will post a card with it. In fact it would be a gorgeous stamp for this technique.

I am flying to San Antonio on Monday for work. Being a Michigan girl I am not looking forward to the heat. Right now they are having a cold spell in the low 80's as their high. It came a week too early for my liking. Anyway the seminar is at a 5 star resort with several restaurants within the compound and several pools and waterfalls. I think I might be able to handle it and I am sure the conference rooms will be well air conditioned. From the reviews, this place caters to your every whim. Looking forward to a week of luxury. If I don't get a chance to post something new for next week you'll know why.

~have fun and enjoy (I know I will)!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

A doily challenge

 I didn't plan on posting again so soon but I did this card for a JustRite challenge and I needed to link my submission back to my blog. The challenge required a doily to be incorporated. I used a silver cupcake doily and then I cut out the sentiment with Labels Eighteen. The sentiment is from the JustRite set Hugs to You. I embossed the background with a 5x7 CuttleBug folder by Anna Griffin called Rosa. The flowers are from one of the dollar stores and the leaves were punched out with a MS punch called Frond.

I must say today was one of those perfect days. I have the house to myself and you all know how much I enjoy that. I sat out on the deck with my coffee and the newspaper and a couple of candles to start the day. Then I got into the garden and did some trimming of my rose bushes and I still had a few flowers that had to be put in the flower beds to add a bit of color here and there. All of that before noon. Then I spent some time on one of my favorite sites- Pinterest. Absolutely addicted. I came across a pin on how to clean your washer so I got up and headed to the laundry room. A cycle of hot bleach water followed by a cycle of hot vinegar water and I now have a sparkling clean washer. I can hardly wait to do the laundry now- not! I can hardly wait to see what tomorrow brings.
~Have fun and enjoy

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Paper doll

I didn't think this would be my kind of stamping but it was rather fun. It is called paper piecing and these Prima doll stamps designed by Julie Nutting are perfect for it. I couldn't fine a name for this stamp. I will just call her "Sally". I stamped the doll onto pink paper so I wouldn't have to color her skin. I have seen her body stamped onto word/text paper which gives a whole different look. Next I stamped her onto the paisley paper for her dress and then cut it out. I then stamped her one more time onto green paper for her pockets and headband. I did add some glossy accents to her shoes to make them look like patent leather but it isn't showing up in the picture. The border is from Spellbinders and the ribbon is from SU.

I wasn't that crazy about her not having a face so I drew some eyelashes and gave her some rosey cheeks. OMG- I just noticed that I forgot to color her bangs. I colored the rest of her hair with a Copic marker E37. Luckily I haven't sent this card out yet so I can go back and finish her bangs. Sometimes I wonder how I make it through the day.

This weekend I want to try a few more of these cards. I only have this one stamp but the nice thing is you can get her to look so different just by the different paper you use. I guess there are several samples on Pinterest so I will have to take a peak. I've heard they even put leggings on her which is a very cute idea.

Found some super buys on Sizzix this morning. I only went there because I received an email of their big sale and wanted to see what was new. Every die and embossing folder that came out before 2013 is 75% off with the code from their site. I can't wait for that package to arrive. I picked out several of Tim Holtz's dies, a few embossing folders and a few other odds and ends that I couldn't live without. It took a long time for the order to process (25 minutes and it says not to hit the back button). After waiting an unreasonably amount of time I ended the process and re-entered only to get two confirmation emails that my "orders" were confirmed. Great! I better make a phone call tomorrow because I don't need two of everything I ordered.

~Have fun and enjoy