Thursday, February 18, 2016

Stained Glass Dragonflies

Hello everyone! Today I will be sharing my last card from the Fun Stampers Journey February Bloom Kit. I think this might be my favorite kit so far. I can hardly wait to see what will be included in next month's kit.

I started with the Lemon Grass card stock and added the black/white paper to the base. Then using Pineapple Smoothie ink and the same technique from yesterday's card, I created the background. Pop dots were used to raise the background panel from the background. Next I stamped the sentiment onto a Whip Cream strip and then adhered to a Pineapple Smoothie strip. Once again pop dots were used to give added dimension. The loosely wrapped thread was adhered to the sentiment panel with glue runner. I fussy cut around the dragonflies and gave them dimension with pop dots. The dragonflies were colored with prisma color pencils.

Now on to other projects. I have a long list of projects and techniques I want to try. Where to begin?

I hope you have enjoyed my creations for the past few days. I would love to hear your comments.

Have a wonderful day and Happy Crafting!



Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Stained Glass Butterfly

Welcome to Day Three of the Fun Stampers Journey Bloom Kit. For this card I chose the butterfly stamp for my focus. Once again the image was colored with my prisma color pencils.

The base card was made using FSJ's Sweet Berry card stock. To created the background I used a refill bottle and Sweet Berry ink pad to stamp circles randomly over the Whip Cream card stock. Using just one corner of the stamp pad I added streaks of color.  The black/white strip was adhered to the background panel with tape runner. The black thread was loosely wrapped and also adhered to the black/white strip with tape runner.  Next I stamped the sentiment on a strip of Whip Cream and added it by overlapping onto the bottom of black/white strip. A short piece of black satin ribbon was wrapped around and adhered to the back of the white panel. Then I wrapped a larger piece of black satin ribbon around the panel and tied it in a bow on the left side. A pop dot was added to the back of the bow, so I could attach the card pin and butterfly. Pop dots were added to the butterfly after sliding it into the card pin to give the butterfly some dimension.

I love working with these gorgeous colors from Fun Stampers Journey. Richard Garay, the founder of the company, always shares some amazing techniques with us. He will be coming to Ohio in the fall to the Scrapbook Expo to demo some of his products. I am already making plans to be there.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting today. I have one more card from this kit to share with you tomorrow. Until then, have a wonderful day.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Pink Rosebud

As promised, I have another card to share with you from the Fun Stampers Journey February Bloom Kit. This time I used the rose stamp and my prisma colored pencils to create a beautiful rose.
The card base is Lemon Grass card stock. Bubble Gum card stock was added to the base using pop dots. Next the Black dotted card stock and the black panel with the window was added to this layer with pop dots. Before added the window pattern, the pink satin ribbon was tied in a bow around the panel. The black thread was loosely wrapped and adhered to the back of the white circle with tape runner. Then I added the banner to the back of the circle with tape runner. Using pop dots the circle was added to the card. The decorative paper clip was place on the circle and after fussy cutting the rose and leaves I used pop dots to add them to the circle. The leaves were created by stamping the rose bud on white card stock, coloring the leaves and then fussy cutting just the leaves to add to the rosebud image.

I love working with this beautiful satin ribbon. It is so soft and comes in delicious colors. Once my hubby and I move my craft room (hopefully for the last time) I want to order more of this gorgeous ribbon. 

If you would like to see what other products Fun Stampers Journey has to offer,  just click on the badge on the right hand side of my blog. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for visiting with me today.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Rosebud Get Well

Hello everyone. This week I would like to share the cards I created from my Fun Stampers Journey February Bloom Kit. The stamp set is called "Glass Blooms" and can be colored to give a stained glass effect to the image. The kit contains five image stamps and 3 greetings.

For my first card I used my scholar prisma color pencils on the rosebud stamp. The base card was created with the Pineapple Smoothie card stock. The 3 flower stamp was stamped onto the Whip Cream card stock in a random pattern. Next I adhered the black striped vellum layer to the stamped panel and adhered to the base. The black circle was given added dimension with pop dots and the card pin/sentiment was pushed through one of the pop dots to attach to the card. Before adding the image, I loosely wrapped the black thread and adhered to the black circle with tape runner. Last, I fussy cut the image and added pop dots for dimension.

All of the papers and card stock are pre-cut and included in the kit along with the thread, card holders, and instruction booklet.

These kits are fabulous when you need to make a quick card. I love all the fun elements for decorating the cards.

Well, that's it for today. I will have another card to share with you tomorrow.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Butterfly Deco

My project for today is an 8" x 10" piece of wall art. I wanted to create a piece of art to hang in my craft room to add brighten it up a bit. I decided on this size because I don't have a lot of wall space in my craft room.

The image was colored with Prisma Scholar colored pencils. This pencils give a creamy soft look to the image. This panel was then adhered to a piece of copper metallic card stock. The striped and dotted background papers are from the "Tea Party" pack by Craft Smith found at Michael's. I added a mat of copper metallic card stock to separate the two designer papers. I am trying to decide whether to add some kind of sentiment or ribbon before I place it in a frame. Any suggestions?

Okay, that's my project for today. If you have a chance, stop by the Sisterhood and check out the challenge for this week.

Until next time...Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Warm Thoughts

Hello everyone! I am thrilled to be the hostess for the Sisterhood's challenge "Warm Thoughts". How do you stay warm during the cold winter months? I love to sit under a warm blanket and sip hot tea or cocoa while reading or watching a movie. When I have to go outside, I always make sure to wear gloves or mittens. My hands are always cold and this winter has been particularly hard on them.

For the focus of my project, I chose this mitten file for my Silhouette Cameo.

I started with a base of white card stock and adhered a panel of DCWV's snowflake paper. Using a Martha Stewart snowflake punch I made snowflakes from white and teal card stock. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's "Hugs and Wishes" stamp set (2007), stamped with black India Ink.

I am hoping for an early Spring. Do you think if I start working on Spring and Summer projects now that Spring will get here sooner?

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me today. Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood to check out the inspiration projects by my 'sistahs'. We would love to see your projects.

Hugs from Ohio,

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Butterfly Garden

I have tried for the past couple of years to start a butterfly garden in my backyard. Unfortunately, it is hard to get some plants to grow due to the red clay base under the top soil. But I am not giving up. I keep adding top soil and plant fertilizer in the hopes that one day I will succeed. So for now I will settle for these beautiful butterfly and flower images.

For this card I used another sheet of designer paper from my "Tea Party" pad by Craft Smith found at Michael's. 

I colored the image with Prisma colored pencils and Faber Castell metallic pencils. I love the soft pink color of the flowers and I am very happy with the way my butterfly came out. The image panel is given dimension with pop dots and I used pink sating ribbon to finish my card. I didn't add a sentiment because I haven't decided how I will use this card. It could be used for almost any occasion, except a masculine card.

These toppers are a great way to make a card quickly. I never seem to have the right card on hand when I need one. I have lots of cards, but most of them are note cards. I am trying to get ahead on cards that I can just add a sentiment and get in the mail.

Just a reminder. Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood tomorrow for the new challenge. My sistah's have created some fabulous inspiration projects.

Well, that's it for today. Hope you stop by again soon.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Beautiful Butterflies

On Friday I made a trip to a local Michael's to check out the 12" x 12" paper pads they had on sale for 70% off, then on to Pat Catan's for a couple of items I needed. While there, I found 2 pads of card toppers by Hot Off The Press that could be colored with markers or colored pencils. One is florals and one is butterflies. (Although both have floral and butterfly pages.)

The butterfly background paper is from one of the paper pads I purchased at Michaels called "Tea Party" by Craft Smith.
I colored the image with Prisma Color Scholar pencils and blended with a blender pencil. I love the creamy rich colors of these pencils. The border was colored with Faber Castell metalic pencils. I used pop dots to give the image panel some dimension and finished my card by adding violet organdy ribbon in a bow. I am trying to build a stash of cards that can be used for many different occasions, so I didn't add a sentiment.

I am having so much coloring these toppers. There are a total of 16 toppers in each pad with 4 different designs. This should keep me busy for awhile.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Have a beautiful day.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Fairy Fae

Today begins a new challenge at the Crafting With An Attitude. Since we lost our sponsor for this month, this will be a "just for fun" challenge. The Design Team could use any image they chose and I think you will find lots of inspiration in their projects.

I chose to use this beautiful fairy by Teri Sherman at ArtiDoodles. She is called "Fae". I just love the butterflies and her long wavy hair.

I used designer paper from DCWV's "Painted Petals Stack" for the background. The mat around the image is from the same pack. The image is colored with Joann Crafts colored pencils. I found the butterfly stickers at our local dollar store. Aren't they gorgeous. I have had these brads for long, I don't remember where I bought them. (I'm sure they were in a clearance bin at one of the craft stores.) Last I added the lace strip and violet satin ribbon. The glare from the silver foil on the butterfly makes it look like part of the image wasn't colored. It is really hard to get a clear picture when using foiled stickers, but I think you get the idea.

I love working with Teri's images. She does gothic images for those of you who are into goth. Teri is a fabulous artist and she was so generous in sponsoring our challenge in January.

Now, why not head over to Crafting With An Attitude and join in the fun? We would love to see your creations. 

Have a great day!