Thursday, June 25, 2015

Lawnscaping Coffee Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone! I'm so excited to be participating in the Lawnscaping Challenges JUNE Coffee Blog hop today! You should have just arrived from Coralynn's Blog and if you have you are exactly where you should be! If not, be sure to go back to the beginning at the Lawnscaping Challenge Blog for ALL the details and begin the hop. If you encounter any errors along the hop, please email Laurel directly at laurelbeard at me dot com. Please do not leave them in the comments.

For my card, I had to be a bit creative since I didn't have any specific coffee stamps from Lawn Fawn even though they have a couple super cute ones! So, I pulled out one of my Favorite Lawn Fawn Stamp Sets ( Feathered Friends) and Violet's ABC's to create my own custom sentiment. I also used some stamps from Sweet Stamp Shop to help me along with the coffee theme. ;)

I am loving watercoloring right now, so I stamped all of my images with Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black ink on Canson 140lb Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper. Then I colored everything with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor pens. For an accent, I used some Pretty Pink Posh Summer Mix Sequins. I matted my image panel on some Lawn Fawn Pint-Sized Patterns 6x6 Paper (Beachside) and that completed my card! I hope you enjoyed!! 

Now for some details about the hop. Prizes?! Yes!! We have lots of sponsors, which means lots of prizes so encourage commenting because winners will be chosen by unique comments left on the hoppers blogs. (What I mean by unique, is no copy and pasting the same comment over and over.) You have until the end of the day on June 28th to get their comments we. We are Eastern Standard Time so 11:59PM EST, June 28th. Winners will be announced on the Lawnscaping blog later that week.

Here is the full list of everyone participating in the hop so you don't miss a beat!

Carisa You are here!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you liked my card, please click on the button below to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss a post! Now it's time to hop on over to Dawn E.'s Blog!!! Happy Hopping!

Lawn Fawn stamps (Feathered Friends, Violet's ABCs)
Lawn Fawn pint-sized pattern paper 6x6 (Beachside)
Sweet Stamp Shop (Coffee Town)
Canson 140lb Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper
Tsukinkeo Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor pens
Pretty Pink Posh Sequins (Summer Mix)
Zig Wink of Stella (clear)
Thermoweb Zots Bling
Scotch ATG Adhesive

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Making Cards with Paper Smooches

Hi Everyone! I am so excited to be the June Guest Designer for Paper Smooches! This is my LAST Wednesday this month to share new inspiration using stamps and dies from their June Release! I'm so sad but like they say all good things must come to an end. I have really enjoyed my time spent with Paper Smooches this month. It is always an honor to be able to work with a company I absolutely love and adore and I am so glad I got that opportunity this month. I hope you have enjoyed it just as much. I didn't want this month to end so I decided to make two cards for my final post today.

My first card uses the Sugar Rush stamp set with the Sugar Rush Icons Dies. I had this idea to create my own pattern paper with all the different sweets and just took four of the images from the set and placed them on an acrylic block to stamp randomly around the paper. I knew I was going to use my Copic Markers to color so I stamped them in Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Copic Xpress It Blending card. I cut a strip of coordinating pattern paper and used the Fringe 2 Die to create a border for my sentiment.

I was extremely happy with my chocolate iced donut - those are my absolute FAVORITE kind of donut and I couldn't resist adding glossy accents on the top. I stamped my sentiment with Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black ink and used Imagine Crafts Clear Embossing powder to set it. Then I stamped and colored my cream soda and used the Sugar Rush Icons Dies to cut it out. For a little extra pop, I used Zig Wink of Stella Clear and Imagine Crafts Amplify in Neon White.

For my second card, I used Gently Seasoned Two. I love this tree that can be decorated for any season but what inspired my card were the circle stamps. I just couldn't wait to create a bokeh effect with those stamps! I decided to get a head start on my Christmas cards and created a wintery background with my Peerless Watercolors and added my sentiment from A Blessed Christmas with Imagine Crafts Silver embossing powder. I'm so happy with how this card turned out! Such a versatile stamp set for sure.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you liked my card, please click on the button below to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss a post! 

Paper Smooches (Sugar Rush, Sugar Rush Icon Dies, Fringe 2 Die, Gently Seasoned Two, A Blessed Christmas)
Tsukineko Memento Ink Tuxedo Black 
Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Tsukinkeo Memento Luxe Wedding Dress
Imagine Crafts by Tsukineko Embossing Powder (clear, silver)
Copic Markers
Peerless Watercolors
May Arts Gold & White Bakers Twine
Ranger Glossy Accents
Zig Wink of Stella Clear
Lawn Fawn 6x6 Paper Pad
White Gel Pen
Scotch ATG Adhesive

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tip Me Tuesday over at The Greeting Farm!

Hi Everyone! I shared this picture on instagram a few weeks ago and when I was asked to share some tips with The Greeting Farm's Tip Me Tuesday, I knew I wanted to show you how to get this awesome ombre color. 

So, head on over to The Greeting Farm's Tip Me Tuesday Blog post today and check it out. I offer step by steps of how I use my Copic Markers to get this color and offer tips to get depth and texture when coloring hair on your favorite stamped images!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Watercolor Wednesday with Paper Smooches

Hi Everyone! I am so excited to be the June Guest Designer for Paper Smooches! Join me each Wednesday this month for new inspiration using stamps and dies from their June Release!

Today, I am using the Gently Seasoned 2 stamp set that was released this month. That tree is absolutely adorable and I love that you can dress it up for every season of the year! There is even a cute little Christmas Lightbulb that I can't wait to use for some Christmas cards. I kept this card pretty simple so it could be used for any time of the year and just created a pretty watercolor sunrise/sunset background with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor pens.

I first stamped my tree with Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black ink and colored the background. Due to all the layers, I under up needing to re-stamp the tree and I was able to do this because I used the MISTI stamping tool. I was able to put my paper back in the exact same spot with this tool and since I had not removed the stamp could ink it back up and get the perfect placement. When I re-stamped it, I decided to make it pop even more by adding a coat of clear embossing powder. I was able to salvage a card I probably would have had to throw away if it wasn't for the MISTI tool. I'm completely sold on it!

Here is a close up of the watercolor. I love creating these clean and simple cards using watercolors! I stamped the birdhouse from the same set with some distress ink and gave it a bit more watercolor using more distress ink before fussy cutting it out. I added some twine to hang the birdhouse, used some foam adhesive and adhered it to my card. A sprinkling of some fun Summer Mix sequins by Pretty Pink Posh and this card is complete! 

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Paper Smooches (Gently Seasoned 2)
Tsukineko Memento Luxe Ink (Gray Flannel)
Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Imagine Crafts by Tsukineko Embossing Powder (clear)
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens
Lawn Fawn Lawn Trimmings (Silve Sparkle Hemp Cord)
Pretty Pink Posh Sequins (Summer Mix)
Helmar Zap Dots
Thermoweb Zots Bling
Scotch ATG Adhesive

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Interactive Card with Sweet Stamp Shop

Hi all you sweet fans! Carisa back with you today for my last project this month. I had an absolute blast hanging out in the Sweet Stamp Shop with all of you the past couple weeks and I had a few different ideas for my last post and honestly this actually came out of left field as I scratched idea after idea off the drawing board! I hope you enjoy it as much as I had fun creating it for you. 

I fell in love with the Super Boy set this past release and really wanted to color it up for a Father's Day card for my hubby. He wears glasses so the sentiment "The glasses don't fool me…" just fit for him! I also wanted the card to be somewhat interactive so I came up with an idea of creative a flap on the front so when you open it you see the Super Boy and sentiment! I love how it turned out and here is how I did it.

First, I started by coloring my images. I knew I was going to use both of them, the alter ego for the front and then Super Boy inside the flap. I wanted them to be colored with the same colors so what I used for the one, I also used for the other. It keeps it consistent, plus it's just easier to not have to think of different color combinations for both images.

Next, I started to die cut my card design. I love nesting coordinating dies and this is when I decided to create the flap. I cut the negative and then again with a coordinating piece of paper. I planned to nest it inside after I created the inside scene.

I took this piece and scored it at the first score line of my Scor-pal which is at 1/2". Then I took some more coordinating papers and created my inside scene behind the main panel. 

I cut a notch using a 3/4" circle punch centering it and only putting the paper halfway in to create the notch. This make sit easier to open the flap, plus it lets the recipient know there is something to open - kind of like the lift and flap books! 

Finally, I just added adhesive up to the score line and adhered the flap to the main panel. Next it was time to add my sentiments and images to create the card!

Here is a close up of the flap closed. I just adore this little guy and that sentiment! I kept the front simple because the POW! is when you open the flap. 

Here is a close up of the inside. It just makes me smile when I see it every time! This was one of those crazy ideas, I wasn't sure if it would work or if it was even a good idea! LOL I am glad I followed through to the end. I created the custom sentiment by pairing the Superhero part from the set and spelled out dad with the Outline Lower Alpha set. This is one of my all time go to sets. You can customize anything you want to say! I colored the letters to match my image, again keeping the same colors to keep it all cohesive.

So, that's it! Pretty simple, when all is said and done! I hope you are inspired to think of different ways to create interactive cards with your favorite Sweet Stamp Shop stamps! 

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Sweet Stamp Shop (Super Boy, Outline Lower Alpha)
Copic Markers: (skin) E00, E11, BV20, BV11 / (hair) E79, E57 / (clothes) R89, R85, B99, B37, B16, B06, C10, C7
Doodlebug Design, Inc. 6x6 Paper Pads (Patriotic Picnic, Sunkissed)
WPlus9 Dies (Sunshine Layers)
3/4" hole punch
Wink of Stella (gold)
Scotch ATG Adhesive
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Watercoloring Prima Bloom Girl Paige with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing a simple one layer watercolor card using Paige from the Prima Bloom Girl collection! I have had this stamp in my stash for quite awhile and this my first time stamping and coloring her.

I am using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens to do all of my watercoloring and I have a video for you sharing my process and thoughts on these markers. I have had a LOT of people ask me what I think about these markers since they are all the rage right now. It is easier for me to ramble on about what like and don't like in video rather than go into everything in a blog post or by answering on Facebook or Instagram so I hope you don't mind taking a couple minutes to watch the video. As always, I tried to keep it  under 10 minutes for you but that meant putting into super speed as well! haha

I love creating simple cards using the stamps from the Bloom Girl collection, in fact, I stamped all my girls onto the same Strathemore watercolor cards to create a few different cards to have on hand. These stamps are so beautiful and you can add as much color or as little and they still look beautiful on your cards. A simple sentiment to let someone know you are thinking of them and you are good to go.

I hope you enjoy the video and I will see you next month with another Bloom Girl project!

Prima Bloom Girl (Paige) Item #980054
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens: (skin) 071 Flesh Color, 028 Pale Pink, 072 Beige, 021 Light Carmine / (hair) 038 Peacock Blue, 010 Black / Teacup 092 Blue Grey, 063 Ochre, 065 Mid Brown, 066 Oatmeal, 062 Dark Brown / Flowers 003 Fl. Pink, 051 Lemon Yellow, 052 Bright Yellow, 083 Lilac, 045 Pale Green, 091 Light Grey / Background 036 Light Blue
Strathmore 5x7 Watercolor Cards
Tsukineko Versafine Ink (Onyx Black)
Zig Wink of Stella (clear) 
WPlus9 Sentiment (Doodle Buds stamp set)
Ranger Watercolor Brush