Thursday, July 2, 2015

DIY Stencil Paste

 Hi there! Today I have a video sharing how to make your own stencil paste. I've seen tutorials before using baby powder and white glue, but those are two things I didn't have. So I've come up with my own formula that works wonderfully!!

Thank for watching, and stopping by!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Puppy Love

I took our son to our local Humane Society to look at all the dogs, and pick one out for adoption. This puppy was of course his first choice!! And it was the only puppy there. We couldn't take her home that day, because she had only been there 3 days, and that's how long they give for someone to claim them. Can you believe this was a stray? How sad.

But of course we will give her love!! Our 9 year old Beagle is still adjusting to this playful one, but he will be just fine :)

She's off to the Vet next week for her first check up. It's been 6 years since we had a puppy in the house. Lots of no, no's! She loves shoes, so those are the first things to put out of her reach! :)

See, I said she'd get lots of love!! :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Art Journal

Today I am sharing my first journal page. I've been inspired for quite some time by all the mixed media pages and canvases that I see around the internet. And also by Yvonne, who's blog I've been following for years. She always makes the most lovely pages, so I thought I would finally give it a go.

I don't own a journal, nor was going to buy one, as I have all the materials to create my own. I have the cute, pink Zutter Bind-it-all machine that has been sitting unused for years. I actually had to read the instruction manual on how to use it again!! I made the covers with chipboard, and they measure 5"x7" and the pages are a bit smaller and are made with a watercolor paper pad. It measures 9"x12" so am able to get two pages from one sheet.

For this page, I started by watercoloring the background with Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron. After a quick dry with my heat tool, I began stamping the images from the Butterfly Basics photopolymer set. I wanted my first page to be simple, but it needed something else, so I used some Micro Fine glitter that I've had and added it to the leaves and butterflies. I used the glue pen on the images where I wanted sparkle, then shook on the glitter.

A perfect start to my new Art Journal I think. Maybe next time I'll get the stencils out. And also, I'm going to try my best and stick with it. Making one page a week. Then I'll have to figure out what to do with the covers!! :)

Thanks so much for having a look!!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Grateful Friend

Today's Girly card uses up a few more scraps, and again am using the English Garden papers. The long banner tag was die cut with the Deco Framelits, but I only cut the very top of the tag with it. It gives the tag a fancy top without using a tag punch.

A little spotty stamping with the Gorgeous Grunge set along the side of the card, and the sentiment is from the Merry Everything set, and punched with the Note Tag punch. It's a very soft, pretty card, with just a touch of bold with the Melon Mambo greeting and heart border piece.

Thank you for visiting, and enjoy your weekend!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Double Masking Video

Here is a video tutorial for the card I shared a couple of days ago. I made the same card in the video, but reversed the colors, and used a different background stamp.

Thanks for watching!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Extreme Masking

While browsing through some of my older posts from years ago, I came across a Christmas tag I made that used the Extreme Masking technique. I haven't done this in years, and thought that the Stars framelits would be perfect for this!

You use both the positive and negative parts of the mask. It gives you a wonderful image that pops right off the page, but yet is all one layer.

This will be perfect for the upcoming 4th of July celebration! Supplies I used are below. And I'm sure there is a video tutorial somewhere on YouTube for this, but I got it from Tim Holtz's first book.

Thank you for having a look!!

Real Red, Whisper White card stock

Not Quite Navy, Real Red inks

Stars Framelits

Masking Paper-Inkadinkado

Festival of Trees stamp set-star image

Weathered background stamp

Sentiment from Hero Arts

White Bakers Twine

Monday, June 22, 2015

One Layer Card

It has been a long time since I did a one layer card. This is the challenge at CAS on Sunday, so I thought I'd join in. It was hard to not add more, but that's why it's a challenge!

I did add a border to the top with a paper piercing stencil. My fine tip marker fits perfectly into the holes. The supplies I used are below. Thank you for stopping by!!

All Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Four Feathers stamp set
Cottage Greetings stamp set
Melon Mambo, Strawberry Slush, Blushing Bride, Tuxedo Black inks
Essentials Paper Piercing Pack
Fine tip marker
Whisper White Thick card stock