Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Pretty Princess Planner Pages

 Today's post with Itsy Bitsy features the Princess and Dragon clear stamp set, Water Color Floral Ballet paper pack and Irregular Dot Stencil in a pretty planner spread.

After gathering my supplies, I started out by using the Irregular Dot stencil with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to blend the design along the sides, top and bottom of each page in the planner spread.

 I used a fine line black pen to add the headers for my daily "to do" lists.

 I cut the 1. 5" x 2.5" rectangles from 3 of the patterns in the Water Color Ballet paper pack and glued them on in an alternating block pattern.

 I stamped the images using Black Chalk Ink onto white sticker paper and colored them up using Colored Pencils then used my Scan N Cut machine to cut them out. 

I also used polka dotted washi tape in two sizes to accent the page.

Using the "magical" sentiment stamp from the stamp set, I repeatedly stamped it using the Raspberry Distress Ink and then accented it by gluing on several tiny pink sequins from the Pixum Shaker Sprinkles pack.

That's it for me today, but boy did it feel good to take a break from snowy winter designs in my planner for a week, lol! Until next time, happy crafting with Itsy Bitsy~

Sunday, January 28, 2018

How To Make A Masculine Love Card Using the Best Glue Ever

Today's card is one of my favorite's to date! I made it for ScraPerfect and used the Card Map Challenge over @ Power Poppy to pick my sketch. I used to use Card Maps many years ago and had completely forgotten about them, so I was happy to see that they do indeed still exist! Because this digi stamp from Craftin' Desert Divas is coffee themed I can also enter my card over @ CAS-ual Fridays for "More Coffee Please".

I gathered lots of paper patterns for this card -many of which are from my decades old scrapbooking stash. I also used thin cut dies from Craftin' Desert Divas, Sweet Stamp Shop, Spellbinders and Itsy Bitsy. The sentiment stamps are from a set from CTMH and the Coffee Cactus digi was colored with Chameleon colored pencils.

Of course, the Best Glue Ever with the No Clog Writing Cap is just perfect to adhere everything together without any wrinkling!  For this particular piece, I dug out and used my old scallop edge decorative scissors.

Next, I used the Perfect Crafting Pouch on my speech bubble diecut to eliminate any static electricity before I stamped it with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I then brushed it clean using the Perfect Cleaning Cloth.

Inside stamping was done in black ink and I added a strip of left over pattern paper from Creative Memories.

Top left accent was a zigzag stitching stamp done up in white embossing to help it look like the banner flags were sewn on to the card front. Everything was glued down flat except for the speech bubble that was added with foam pop dots for dimension.

Well, that's it for me today. Until next time, happy crafting with ScraPerfect~

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Love Struck Cupid

Today's design team post with Craftin' Desert Divas celebrates the Pantone Color of the Year -Ultra Violet. Isn't it just the most gorgeous blue violet? 

Using both the sketch from Your Next Stamp and the Tic Tac Toe Challenge board (horizontal bottom row: Sparkle -Love -Free) as my inspiration, I will also be entering this card @ Crafty Cardmakers for "Bling's the Thing", @ Cuttlebug Mania for "Valentine's Day" and @ Simon Says for "Layer It Up".

I colored the CDD Love Struck Cupid digi stamp with Chameleon colored pencils and tried to shade a heart into her hair...not sure if you can see it is upside down. She is also covered in shimmer from a Wink of Stella pen, but the camera just doesn't do it justice! The details on her wings are done in white gel pen and offer a nice small touch of dimension when you see it in person.

The sentiment stamps I used on the inside of the card are both from the CDD Simply Said stamp set and stamped in black Versafine ink. The frame die cuts I used on both the front (in 2 sizes) and inside are from the CDD Crazy Stitched Frame die set...I love this die set and use it ALL the time! 

The "Hi" stamp comes from the CDD "Say It Big" stamp set. The pretty shooting stars silver foiled background paper gave the camera a fit when it came to focusing, but it's really very pretty when it catches the light! The tiny pink heart sequin I glued on as the dot for the letter "i" is from the CDD Cotton Candy sequin pack.

Until next time~

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

LLama Wish You a Happy Birthday

 For today's design team project for Itsy Bitsy I decided to try something new -stenciling with Gesso over top of plain Burlap = FUN! I wanted this card to have some special dimension to it, so follow along to find out how I accomplished that...
I began by cutting down the 12" x 12" Burlap sheet from the Natural Burlap Stack  to a 6" x 6" square and taping it down to my work surface underneath the Brick Stencil using removable painter's tape. I then used a palette knife to spread the white gesso over the top 3/4's of the panel. I didn't bother to spread it evenly because I wanted the texture to be irregular. I then carefully pulled off the stencil, washed it and set the panel aside to dry while I began work on the rest of the card.

Using thin metal dies from the Banner set, Scalloped Circle set and Stitched Circle set, I cut out 2 of my stamped images from the Llama Birthday Clear Stamp Set and one circle shape from green paper from the Happy Birthday Paper Pad. I then fussy cut out the sombrero hat.

I stamped the images using Black Chalk ink and colored them using Watercolor Pencils and a blender pen on the Llama banner, sombrero and guitar(shown below on the inside of the card). I then popped the hat up using Adhesive Foam Mini Squares and threaded a piece of string that I had pulled from the sheet of burlap under the llama to make it appear as if the llama is wearing the hat hanging down on his back.

I used a black pen to draw the faux stitching along the edges of the banner.

Don't ya just love that cute sentiment inside? Working with these clear stamp sets to make your own sayings is easy because many of the words are separate and you can then just build them to your liking.

The pattern paper on the right side of the card was also from the Happy Birthday Paper Pad. It was hand torn for extra texture and glued down on top of the burlap. After I layered and adhered the circle diecuts, I tied a bow using string pulled from the frayed edges of the burlap and glued that on for the final accent.

 And that's all there is to making a fun and 6" x 6" multi-textured birthday card! Don't forget to head over to the Itsy Bitsy Store to get everything I used here in today's project and happy crafting! 
Until next time~

Monday, January 22, 2018

Celebrate Love

Today's design team post uses the sketch from Atlantic Hearts and will also be entered @ Just Add Ink for "Just Add Something New", @ Alphabet Challenge for "V for Vellum", @ heARTful Stamping for "Anything Goes + a Stamp" and @ 613 Avenue Create for "Anything Goes/ Something New".

This card is a 5 x 7 size and the dry embossing was done using a reversible embossing folder from Spellbinders.

The something new that I used for this card is the "Amazing You" stamp set that I just got FREE from Stampin' Up during their Sale-A-Bration sale going on now until the end of March...for every $50 you spend you get something for free! ( Click on the sale brochure to the right on my blog for more info!) The flower and the sentiment on the card front both come from this awesome stamp set. The flowers I colored with my Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut out to layer on the card front.

The gold glitter enamel dots are self adhesive, came from CTMH and made the perfect accent for the card front.
The inside sentiment comes from an Anniversary sentiments set from MSE, but the half circle blue burst is from the free set from Stampin Up that I mentioned above.

You may recognize that the green leaves dieut frame is from the December Paper Pumpkin kit...I used it in this card here last week too, but it looks completely different! The sentiment was stamped on Vellum in black pigment ink and then heat embossed using holographic powder, so it shimmers and changes color when moved around in the light -very pretty in person!!!

Until next time~

Friday, January 19, 2018

Chilly Time Planner Spread

Today's design team post for the Craftin' Desert Divas January Mood Board found me using my favorite Christmas present for the very first time...that's right, my awesome hubby surprised me with a Brother Scan N Cut 250 machine on Christmas Eve and I have been in crafty heaven ever since!!!

Craftin' Desert Divas January 2018 Mood Board Challenge

Using the Scan N Cut to make my own stickers for my planner spreads is wonderful and such a time saver! I printed them on sticker paper, then scanned and cut all the penguins from the Chilly Time digi stamp set using the 1mm border setting and colored them up using my Chameleon colored pencils.

I was even able to play around with the cutting settings so that it cut only my image and not the sticker backer paper -making them super easy to pull off -just like a traditional sticker that you would buy in the store -WOWSERS!!! How awesome is that?!

The washi tape is metallic silver, so it did cause a bit of an issue with reflection when I tried to take the pictures. The ink blending was done with sage green dye ink to mimic the feel of the cool winter tones from the CDD Mood Board.

For the functional task stickers that came from the CDD Planner Basic Bundle digi stamp set, I colored them with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and then directly cut them right on the line so that they would fit in the planner boxes perfectly. And that is the beauty of digital stamping -having exactly what you need in exactly the right size -ALL the time!!!

The patterned paper I used on this spread is old and from my stash -I think it may have come from Stampin' Up at one time, but I can't be sure? I punched those perfectly sized planner rectangles using the medium/classic box punch from the Happy Planner.

I think this is one of my favorite layouts so far and with digi stamps and my new machine it was a cinch to pull together! That's it for me this week...until next time~