Friday, October 17, 2014

Rescue Efforts

Rescue efforts you ask?  Yes, you see I made this super cool box that I will show in a few days, that got photographed and the demolished.  Right after taking a picture of the box I dropped it on the floor and then managed to step on it and squish the life right out of it.  The box was beyond repair, so I yanked the embellishments off of the mangled mess and added them to a card front.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Thanksgiving Feathers

Do you ever make cards or projects that just really appeal to you?  I don't know what it is about this card in particular, but I really REALLY love how it turned out.  Maybe it's the soft blue feathers stamped cleanly in a row.  Or, it's the single glimmering feather or maybe the light touch to the linen thread that adds a dainty finish.  One last thought, it could be the vanilla card base with it's no fuss of extra layers of cardstock.  I'm not sure, but what a do know is that I hope you all have an enjoyable time preparing for the upcoming holiday season and love everything you create!  Smiles, Elizabeth

From Dara Gloden
To Julie Warnick



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Colors of October Make Me Happy

I love to stamp and create things for Halloween.  There is room for smudges and crookedness and minor tweaks all because they enhance the style and appearance of what is being crafted.  Hand Stamped Sentiments has a perfect color challenge for October and these hues make me smile.  These gave me the green light to make a little something for Halloween that also includes a funky technique I have used in the past.  I call it "bleeding images."  Pretty gruesome, but perfect for the time of year.

All you do is stamp your image using a dye based ink marker or pad.  Then, spritz it with water and allow the image to bleed and wick then wait for the paper to dry completely.  Next, clean your stamp and reink with a permanent ink like Jet Black Staz On.  Align the image directly over the spritzed image and stamp again.  It's a cool effect--try it! 



Friday, October 3, 2014

Style Crush

You know there are some cards that just scream out to you to copy and make.  Well, for this card this was one of those moments.  In fact I have many of those when I see cards made by Amy O'Neill.  She made this card you can see here for a swap this past summer at Convention.  I have to say I have a total "style crush" on Amy's work.  I just love her layouts, combinations of prints and patterns, color palettes, and well everything.  This card is not the first nor the last one I know I will case!  Thanks Amy for being such a BIG INSPIRATION.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Envelope Punch Board is a Must Have Tool

I cannot believe how many fabulous tricks and techniques you can do with the Envelope Punch Board.  Not only can you make envelopes in a bazillion sizes, but you can make boxes, pouches, bows, rick rack, zig zag edges and more and more!  (I just made some bag boxes that are a new spin on an old pattern using the Punch Board.  I will be showing those in a few days).  For now check out these cuties.
I saw this fabulous pouch on Pinterest made by Diane Barnes.  She has a super handy tutorial on her blog on which I based my tutorial.  Below you can see my list of steps to make your very own pouches.  A bit different from Diane's tutorial, I added a few scoring steps in my instructions to make the gussets and top fold.  I really put the Punch Board to the test as I wanted to make the entire pouch without getting out any other tool.  Besides a pair of scissors I succeeded. These little treats are the perfect size for Ghirardelli chocolate squares, gift cards, or any small present.
· Cut a 6” x 6” piece of card stock or DSP.
· Side One: punch and score at 2 ¼”, score at 2 ¾”, punch and score at 3 ¼”.
· Side Two: line up first score from the left edge with the ‘score guide’ then punch and score.  Next, line up the third score with score guide and punch but DO NOT SCORE.
· Side Three: same as “side one.”
· Side Four: line up first score from the left edge with the ‘score guide’ then punch and score.  Next, line up second score with score guide and SCORE ONLY, last line up the third score with score guide and punch.  This will form the top of the pouch.
· Round all points with the corner rounder.
· Using paper snips cut out all the inner corners.
· Accordion fold on the “side one” and “side three” sides, align flaps to form front of pouch and adhere.
· Fold “side two” up and adhere.
· Fold the scores of “side four” inward to form top flap closure.
From Dara Gloden
To Julie Warnick


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"Bite Me" Blendabilities

The Bite Me photopolymer stamp set is perfect for my Halloween tastes!  And look how cool it works with a few Blendability markers.  Be sure to stamp the images a with Momento Black Ink Pad then you can add patches of color with an array of Blendabilities.  I have used the Pumpkin Pie, Coastal Cabana, Rich Razzleberry, and Old Olive Blendabilities.

The layout for my card is inspired by the sketch challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  This sketch is so versatile, I just love it.  The Design Team has created some great projects that you'll want to check out.  You too can add to the challenge.  Just stamp and follow the layout then upload to the site.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pumpkin Posting

Have you put together your August Paper Pumpkin kit?  It's playful, pink & yellow, and packed full of petite gift sized cards and full sized cards.  Each card also includes fabulous envelopes.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blended Background

I love every other Sunday and being a part of the Monday Montage Blog Hop.  Each of the artists in this group of hoppers is truly amazing.  Not just because they have stamp skills that are out of this world, but because they are happy, beautiful, and caring friends! 

I am in love with this card.  Mostly because the focal banner was so fun to create.  I started by stamping an image from the Mingle All the Way stamp set on Whisper White card stock with Momento Black Ink.  Then to create with blended background I used all three of the Old Olive Blendability markers to paint an ombre of color.  I scribbled the darkest color back and forth across the top of the image, then the medium marker over the middle, and last the lightest over the bottom.  It was super easy yet is massively effective.
Another great bit about this card is the printed card stock.  It's uber luscious and oh so yummy.  You can find it in the Holiday Catalog on page 5 and it's called Under the Tree.  Notice I said printed card stock and not paper.  That's right it is heavier weight and super fancy.

A few posts back I shared how to make rick rack with the Envelope Punch Board.  With that same technique I punched a piece of Old Olive card stock to tuck into the left side of the card.  I thought it added a bit of panache and style.  The last little detail I'll point out is the olive rhinestones.  Just a quick color of the Basic Rhinestones with the Blendabilities and you have colored jewels!
To Julie Warnick
From Dara Gloden


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Stamp Time with Tami

A while back I had the fun chance to sit and stamp with my friend Tami Waddell.  We made lots of things in our day long stampin' marathon, this card was one of the projects and my favorite.

We stamped the Friends Who Know image using Jet Black Staz On ink on Shimmer White card stock.  Once good and dry we added color with an Aqua Painter filled with rubbing alcohol and ink from squeezed ink pads.  To easily cut out the image we used the Labels Collection Framelits.  A few colorful banner flags and a flower made the card complete.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

These Take Me Back

Double blue and gold--this color combination takes me back to 1983-85 and the "home of the Chargers."  That's right my high school colors are the first thing I thought of when I saw the color challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  And let me add it was a HUGE challenge for me.  Why?  Because when I see certain bright color combos such as yellow and kelly green or royal blue and red I immediately think of team or school colors.  So, this was a bit tricky for me to come up with an idea.

I began with Watercolor Paper and did a mix of watercoloring and sponging.  When I say mix I litterally started with using both an Aquapainter and a sponge to apply ink inside my stencils.  Speaking of stencils I made my own tiny butterfly shaped stencils with punches and Window Sheets.  Once the butterflies were dry I did some traditional stamping to add texture and depth.