Monday, March 30, 2015

Inspiration Wednesday 2015...catching up

(warning: photo heavy post!)
I am taking Donna Downey's Inspiration Wednesday 2015 online workshop and every 2 weeks on Wednesdays (ergo Inspiration Wednesday!) she posts a new video showing her process of making an art journal page. This class is fantastic!
When I create my pages, I stick very close to the techniques and paints/mediums that Donna uses, as do most of the people in class. What's amazing is how different and unique each persons final result is.

We are up to the 6th lesson so here are my 6 journal pages, going from most recent to oldest. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Stretch Your 7

Well, its the final day of Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies. The focus was on alpha dies and I used the set Bright Lights from My Favorite Things. Here are 2 cards using the positive and negative cuts.

The sentiments are from stamps sets by Winnie & Walter (The Big, the Bold and the Happy) and Studio Calico (Squints add-on kit). I also used My Minds Eye enamel dots, Prima crystals and Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder. The patterned paper was a single 6x6 sheet and I'm not sure of the manufacturer.
Thanks for popping in!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Stretch your 6

Welcome! Day 6 of Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies class was all about border dies. I created my card using the March card kit from Simon Says Stamp.

The supplies I used that came in the kit are Authentique patterned paper, Flowers on My Mind stamp set (SSS), Medium Dot Line die (SSS), Ranger Onyx liquid pearls and the yellow shimmering cardstock.
Other supplies used: SSS dye inks, Versamark ink, Ranger fine detail gold EP, Neenah Solar White cardstock.
I also submitted this card in the SSS Flickr Challenge#15. The theme is "Springtime/Easter" and here's the inspiration photo:

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Stretch Your 5

Hi! Back today with a card for day 5 of Stretch Your Dies which focuses on coordinating stamp and die sets.  I chose the Pretty Poppies set by My Favorite Things.

The dies are used to create masks of the the flowers and leaves, leaving those areas protected while the background is done. In this card, I made the background using Tattered Angels Chalkboard glimmer mist in a blue shade called Cornflower.

The images are stamped using Rose Bud, Angel Pink and Pear Tart (Momento Luxe) and Green Leaf (Simon Says Stamp). I cut the sentiment (Studio Calico) from Bazzill white cardstock, added some pink thread and backed it onto a piece of Basic Grey vellum. The final touch was adding a few sequins from Darice and Avery Elle.

Thanks to Dawn Woleslagle of Wplus9 for the fantastic card design!

Friday, March 20, 2015

SYD - Mini Dies

Hi! Day 4 of the Stretch Your Dies class with Online Card Classes demonstrated several ways to use mini dies. On my card I used a button die as an embellishment that also made it an element of the patterned paper.

This button die is part of the Bitty Buttons set by Papertrey Ink and is the same exact size of the dots in the paper. This paper was a 6x6 that I had in my stash and unfortunately I have no idea who made it but it is really cute (the backside is a green and white grid). I added some dimension to the buttons with Glossy Accents.

The sentiment, which has the appearance of being hand sewn, is from the Simon Says Stamp set called Only Have Eyes For You and is heat embossed on vellum with Ranger's fine detail black embossing powder. It and the border circle were cut using Circle Stax 2 by My Favorite Things.

After I took the photo, I did round the bottom right corner of the card. Much better ;)
Thanks for having a look and see you soon!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Stretch Your Dies day 2

Hi! I'm back with a card for day 2 of Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies. The second day focused on flower dies but the techniques shown would work for most any die shape. For my card today, I used my dies to make a negative die cut background, courtesy of Yana Smakula.

I wanted a unique pattern so I chose the Spellbinders Bird Flourishes and Floral Floral Flourishes dies. Under the die cuts I used a background I had created for another OCC class and didn't use but luckily saved because the motif went perfect with the birds and swirls. It was made using the Hero Arts Spice Market Large Petal Background stamp, embossed with Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder and then blended with Distress inks. The white embossed sentiment is from the Hero Arts Tree, Birds and Messages stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Stretch Your Dies at Online Card Classes

A new class titled Stretch Your Dies is going on over at Online Card Classes. Day 1 featured some unique ways to use your word dies and my share today is based on Jennifer McGuire's card using craft foam.

An interesting tip/technique that Jennifer shared regarding the craft foam is that you can shrink it with an embossing gun  as I did with the "hooray". Great way to make that favorite die the size you need to fit on your project!

The dies used on this card are from Penny Black (Hooray and Celebrations) and Simon Says Stamp (Balloon Bouquet). 

Stayed tuned for more!