Friday, April 24, 2015

Coloring with Tombow Markers

Brandy recently invested in a new set of tools- Tombow markers.  She found a great deal and so would suggest you Google to find the best price.  These two creations are her first attempts at using the water based markers to blend and color stamped images.  Both were stamped with black Archival Ink and then colored with the Tombow markers.  The water based markers make blending possible so that you can get these vibrant and colorful images.

Each time you practice the coloring gets better and better.  On this second image, Brandy finished the gravel path and leafy bushes freehand in the background.  Isn't this fabulous?  Definitely a recommend on the Tombow markers and I've encouraged Brandy to send more images our way.  When she does, I'll share them with you.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mother's Day Tea

Getting ready for the big day next month and using my new Papertrey Ink Tea for Two stamp and die set.  Truly, the patterned paper with the stamp and die resulted in this card flying together on it's own.  Here's the details:

  • The teapot was die cut out onto white cardstock and the outline stamped with black Archival Ink.  The pattern was stamped with the coordinating stamp using Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.  Oh my but I love the finished look.
  • The lace is a white cardstock die cut using my Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses die.  
  • The teeny flowers were cut from pink cardstock scraps using my IO Spiral Flowers die and complementary Leaf Cluster die.  
  • The sentiment was stamped with black Archival Ink (I used a sticky note to cover up the "mother's" part) and a second stamping with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink (this time using a sticky note to cover the "happy" and "day" parts).  Shore do love this effect.  Gonna keep that in the back pocket...
This will go out next month when we'll be grateful to celebrate the mom's in our lives.  Until then, I think I'll use this as inspiration!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Party Supplies- A Handmade Set of Decorations

It is always a good day when I get to share with you a project made by Brandy.  Today, I'm sharing some party supplies handmade by Brandy for her aunt's milestone birthday.  I think she turned 30.... maybe...

Let's start with the cupcake toppers.  I believe these little butterflies were cut using the Cricut cart Paper Lace out of buttery yellow cardstock.  a toothpick was glued between the two butterflies creating the topper for the cupcakes.  Beautiful!

The cake topper was so delicate and adorable.  Little tiny flags out of grey and yellow paper and strung through on a piece of grey baker's twine.  Two wood skewers held the flags onto the cake.

Everything together for the party- fabulous and simple.  Decorating for a party doesn't have to be overwhelming, but it can be beautiful.

Each flag on the banner was cut from the coordinating grey and yellow cardstock with patterned paper thrown in for contrast.  A yellow satin ribbon holds it all together.  Say happy birthday to Brandy's aunt everyone!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Card Classes - A Review

Brandy and I attended the CK Scrapbook Convention in Phoenix last month.  The convention happened to be the day before my FIL's funeral service.  A somber time, but my husband encouraged me to go and enjoy the day with Brandy and so we made the best of the situation.  I was so heartened by our friendship and the bond of love that we have that I think it was the right thing to do.

These cards were made in the two different Heartfelt Creations Classes- Angel Kissed Vellum and Arianna Blooms cards.  We would have to say that the value for the money (the cost of the class has gone up) is still very positive.  You receive all the materials for three different cards in the class plus a coupon for a free stamp set (a $19.99 value).  We were very pleased and finished these cards to this level by the end of each class.  'Course we are veterans of the Heartfelt classes.  Enjoy.

The inking was done with a chalk ink on the backside of the vellum.  Beautiful result.  These pictures do not do the card justice.

If you get a chance, we both would highly recommend the classes.  We've not been disappointed and I think we've now been in around 10 or so classes.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Baby Boy Card

I just couldn't resist on more Peter Rabbit card.  Peter Rabbit is a part of the Crafter's Companion stamp set I've been watercoloring over the past several weeks.  Peter was stamped in black Archival Ink onto watercolor paper. I colored Peter with Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Faded Jeans and Worn Lipstick Distress Markers and then cut him out with my Timeless Rectangles die.  The patterned paper and cardstock are all from the stash.   I think this is my favorite of the set I made, though that might be until I go back and look at all the others.  I've enjoyed this little adventure into the Briar Patch.  The wee ones are always fun to create cards for.