Saturday, December 17, 2011

December Sketch release!

Hard to believe that December is here, and almost over. 2011 has passed by so fast and I'm so blessed to have been able to share sketches for a full year with everyone and have such a wonderful design team!!! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and have a happy and safe New Year!!!

Here is the December Sketch!!!

 I've done a few layouts like this:

The Design Team's:
Sheena's cute card!!

Angela's Festive Christmas Card!!

Cindy's spooky layout!!!

Donna's fun zoo layout!!

layout has got holiday spirit!

Tracey's lovely wedding layout

Thanks for a wonderful 2011!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Yellow Brick Road and Wood Grain tutorial

Yellow brick road tutorial (as seen above)

You will need a craft/pigment ink something with a strong opacity in a golden yellow
chip board or craft cardstock
Perfect pearls (gold) powder or in spray form
a brick pattern stamp
dye ink pad (for stamped image)

Ink chipboard with craft/pigment yellow ink pad. I did pad direct to paper to get a nice bright color.

Dab on perfect pearls powder (or mist, your preference)

Choose a dye based ink pad color of your choice (I choose an orange) and stamp your chipboard. Perfect pearls will lift off your chipboard onto your stamp. be sure to clean stamp if you don't want pearl color in your stamp pad.

Add a little more perfect pearls to soften stamped image and you're done! We're off to see the wizard!!!

Technique can also be achieved with the tutorial below if you have an embossing folder that is a brick pattern. (which i don't) but same rules would apply to the brick embossing folder as the wood grain below but no sanding would be required. you'd ink your embossing folder as a 2nd to last step.

Start with a plain piece of chipboard or cardstock (with a craft or brown core)
Heavily ink embossing folder

Place chipboard into embossing folder and run thru diecut or embossing machine.
This is your rough version.

Ink the top or embossed area with another color of brown ink (lighter) and then sand for a smoother finish.

and you're done!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Free SVG

Here is a free state of Ohio shaped SVG for those who used electronic die cutting machines that you can use with your computer.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October Sketch Challenge

I gave my team two sketches this month to choose from! Here is what the team came up with!

Tracey Sabella - 12x12

Cindy deRosier - 12x12

Sheena Johnson - 12x12

Sheena Johnson - 12x12

Groovy Deb
- 12x12

Groovy Deb
- 12x12

Mine - 12x12

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Snow Cap and Alcohol Ink

This one is for my friend Tracey S. who is a big fan and user of Alcohol Inks and is always a big inspiration for me. I used some Tim Holtz metal elements and ranger Adirondack inks

This is a side by side comparison of what the inked metal looked like. It was a copper/bronze type color. Using the alcohol links and the new "snow cap" white addivtive, I tried to make it look like it had patina tarnished.

I used snow cap, lettace and stream alcohol inks. I hope I made Tracey proud!!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Orange Blog Hop - Fiskateer Fun

If you have come from MareBear Scraps you are in the right place.  This is a stop on the Orange Blog Hop where members of Fiskateers, a community sponsored by Fiskars, is sharing their passion for crafting.

For my project today, I wanted to share with you something special I'm doing for the Ohio Fiskateer Event. I'm hosting the crop and I've already got some supplies and decorations for the big day!
(Disclaimer: US of Fiskateers Parties are not going to include these bags, these are my special gifts to my guests for the Ohio Party)

  • I started with an orange fabric bag I found at my local craft store that was in the Halloween/Fall section.
  • A set of Fiskars Alphabet Stamps
  • My fiskars Stamp Press
  • and some Stazon Black ink
I lined my letters up on my stamp press but since i ran out of letters I had to stamp twice, once...

and then again to finish my phrase!!
Since this was my first try, it didn't turn out so great but since I will be doing close to 35 bags like this, I'll get plenty of practice.

I also wanted to share some sneak peeks of some other things I'm working for my crop!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Your next stop on the HOP is Lisa's Scrap Site