Monday, November 23, 2015

alcohol ink watercolor

i love supplies that can multi-task, they save space in your crafting area and save $ too! and i think i have already mentioned i love alcohol inks because they are super fun but have i mentioned what great multi-taskers they are? you can create so many amazing effects: polished stone & blooming dots, ombre, more ombre and marbling! and now i've learned how to watercolor with them!

-first i started with a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 piece of the crystal clear plastic. i stamped the essentials by ellen mondo poinsettia on the plastic and let dry for a few minutes. the trick to stamping on the plastic is to try to move straight up and down, not let the stamp wiggle and smear. i have found that the larger stamps are actually easier to work with than the smaller stamps.
-next i colored my poinsettia on the back side (the side not stamped with the stazon poinsettia), using an alcohol ink blending pen filled with blending solution. the blending solution will take the stazon ink right off the plastic so it's important to color on the backside. and i colored with alcohol inks that had been dropped into a palette and allowed to air dry a technique i learned from tim holtz's awesome blog here.
-i used wild plum, cranberry and red pepper alcohol inks to color my poinsettia, scribbling on my non-stick craft sheet between colors to clean my blending pen. i colored the berries with botanical alcohol ink. alcohol inks are awesome because you can't really make a mistake, if you don't like something just add more color or use more blending solution to remove it.
-to create my card, i die cut a rectangle "window" from the front of a solar white card. then i die cut a slightly smaller rectangle from a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 piece of solar white, making a frame. 

-i cut my crystal clear plastic down just a bit and sandwiched it between the card and solar white frame.

-i added a few clear sequins to the front.
-and i stamped my message inside my card, positioning it so it would show through the frame.

Friday, November 20, 2015

i'm a guest designer!!!

today i am beyond thrilled to be a guest designer on the mft blog! i am so honored that they asked me and i had so much fun creating with the mft trim the tree stamp & die sets and the fireplace die. i created 2 shaker cards:

head over to the mft blog to check it out and have a great day!


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

gold dipped leaves

i've been having a blast getting ready for the holidays and working on christmas cards but i'm not quite ready to let go of fall. i thought it would be fun to make a few more "leafy" cards, especially while we are we are watching the leaves blow around in the windy pnw right now.
-i started with a 3-1/2 x 5 card and placed the diamond stencil from the studio calico brighton pier mask set over the card before spraying with gold ink spray (i really like the heidi swapp gold lame).

-next i did some ink blending with distress inks abandoned coral & spiced marmalade, on some smooth bristol cardstock. smooth birstol is my favorite for ink blending, it is so easy and blends so well!

-after my blended ink was dry, i die cut leaves from the essential by ellen thankful set and applied a little cosmic shimmer glue to the tips (duo embellishing adhesive would work great too). i let the glue set for a moment and then applied gold transfer foil. when the leaves were done, i foam mounted them to my card front.

-i stamped "happy" & "hello" from the mama elephant happy everything set in distress ink ground espresso on kraft cardstock and cut them into little "label" strips.

-i mounted the sentiment strips the the card on top of a little nest of gold thread.

-finally i added a little distress ink ground espresso splatter and ta-da!

thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, November 12, 2015


i'm over in the classroom at ellen hutson llc for #throwbackthursdays so come say hi!


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

december daily 2015

with the holidays fast approaching and so many things in our lives changing, i'm excited to document the small joys of our december 2015. thank you ali edwards for the amazing idea!  

i knew my book had to be small and casual for me to follow through this december, i can already foresee that there will be no time for 12x12 layouts this year! so i chose a kelly purkey wallet album (actually the 4x6 wallet pocket) and then i found this awesome tutorial by kelly.

i used american crafts diy canvas to create my cover and stamped on it with stazon ink. the "christmas" word comes from essentials by ellen merry & bright set and "2015" is with mama elephant bella letters. the dimensional glittered heart is 3 layers of craft-a-board topped with glitter paper, all die cut with the largest heart from essentials by ellen home & hearth die set.

i created my pages from a assortment of ledger papers and tags, varying the sizes throughout the book. and i started with a shaker pocket full of sequins, made from a 6x6 page protector with my fuse tool.

to keep my december simple i plan to document, journal and decorate my little book with just a few supplies: essentials by ellen advent stamps & dies, a few red & black washi tapes, a few more gold glitter hearts and a multiliner pen.
i'll give you an update in december!