Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I love you snow much!

Hello everyone,

Sometimes in a crafter's world there is a product (or products) that we see and have to have.  When those moments arise, I generally like to think on them and then decide to order, but sometimes there is no thinking there is just shopping, this card came about due to amazingly cute products that I HAD to have. So let's see what I made and how it all came together:
I started by using the Lawn Fawn Shadow Box die with craft card stock. I cut two panels and in one of the panels I cut the largest stitched rectangle die in the set for the window and I also cut out the two hills for the inside from the dies also in the Shadow Box Die set out of white card stock.  I then cut a piece of patterned paper from my stash for the background.  I set those pieces aside and worked on my inside scene pieces. I used Woodland Critters, Winter Wonderland and Stitched Speech Bubbles all from Pretty Pink Posh.  I stamped out the holly branch, the bunny on the snow covered log and the polar bear onto some white watercolor card stock.  I then colored them in. For all the images I used my Spectrum Noir Glitter Gloss Pen as a water color type pen, I started by laying down some color on my images from my Zig Real Brush Pens and then moving the color with the glitter gloss. It leaves a shimmery effect and the colors move very well this way.  For the bunny and the bear I used a light grey so as to give it some color but to make the critters look more white then an other color and for their ears and cheeks I used a very light pink.  The log and branch were done with two browns and the leaves had one green and the berries one dark red color.  When all the pieces were done I used the matching dies and cut them out with my Big Shot.  I then laid them all down on my craft mat and added some extra touches. For the log I used Frosted Lace Stickles on the "snow" portion and on the hills I used a layer of Clear Rock Candy Stickles.  On the berries I used Nuvo Glitter Crystal Drops in Ruby Slippers and for the eyes and noses of the bunny and bear I sued my black gel pen for some added shine. I then set that all aside to dry and cut out the largest stitched speech bubble in the PPP set from some white card stock, then I laid the cut out inside the negative space and put it all into the MISTI to line up my sentiment stamp and stamped "I love you snow much"  When all the pieces were dry I started to assemble my project and as a finishing touch I added a piece of the same background paper used inside to the back panel.  I used small amounts of fun foam on the branch and critters for some extra dimension, the card still folds pretty flat and fit into an A2 envelope.  I will be sending this to my Grams in Iowa, where they have been having some very cold weather so I felt the sentiment and scene were a perfect fit and who doesn't love cute critters and lots of shimmer and glitter?

See you all soon!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

One Layer Happy Birthday in Rainbow Colors

Hello everyone & happy Saturday,

I am taking over the SumMore Fun/ Victorine Originals Blog today and have a quick and fun one layer Happy Birthday card to share.
I started with a folded A2 sized white card and along the bottom I stamped the Festively Wrapped Gift (1586-B) using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Candied Apple, Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber, Lucky Clover and Broken China.  I then used my Spectrum Noir Shimmer Glitter Gloss pen and drew out a bit of the color on the bows with the glitter and added some Studio Katia Shimmering Crystals in the smallest size on the bow knots .

I stamped the Happy Birthday (2871-H) in Hero Arts Soft Lilac Shadow Ink and finished the card off with adding some lilac colored sequins from my stash around the sentiment.  This card while quick and easy packs a lot of shimmer and that sentiment is just so pretty I feel it should take center stage.

Please feel free to join in on our current challenge, it is a fun one and we would love to see your projects! Links to the challenge and stamps I used are below.

 Mood Board #19
Mood Board #19

Stamps Used:
Festively Wrapped Gift (1586-B)
Festively Wrapped Gift
Happy Birthday (2871-H)
Happy Birthday 
Until next time.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Try Something New - SumMore Fun Challenge #19

For the new challenge at SumMore Fun (Victorine Originals) it is to try something new: a new technique, a new style, new products, so I went all out and did all three.  I pulled out my alcohol inks and some Yupo paper.  I used Wild Plum, Stream, Purple Twilight and Silver Mixative and let the blending solution do the work. It was fun to watch the inks mix and create. I let it dry overnight and the next day I cut down the piece with a die from my craft room, I popped up the piece with fun foam and then die cut the next size up out of black card stock and popped that layer up with more fun foam. I then put all the layers on an A2 sized white card base. I did not want to take away from the beautiful colors and wanted the sentiment to stand out so I stamped the Happy Birthday (2871-H) in versamark ink on clear vellum and then heat embossed with Nuvo Glitter embossing powder in Glitter Noir.

I then used a little vellum tape runner on the corners of the cut down vellum and attached the sentiment to the front of the card. I finished it off with some sequins in different sizes in a royal blue, silver and marshmallow.  This card has lots of color, layers, dimension and different techniques and products that I had so much fun with.  I look forward to seeing what you create and have you join in with us over on the blog.
Until next time.

SumMore Fun /Victorine Originals Blog
Mood Board - Challenge #19

 Happy Birthday (2871-H)
Happy Birthday (2871-H)

Monday, December 18, 2017

WAGs (Winter Age Group Championships) Swimming 2017

Three of my nieces love to swim and this year the youngest asked if I would make her something for her "Good Lucks" to give the other participants. I have done this in years past but this year I made Christmas Tree Ornaments with a swim theme.   So while I wish her the best of luck in getting great times as well as the other swimmers in her group, here is how I made these, there are ten in total:

I started with a piece of wood I purchased at Michael's then had my husband cut it down into slices and drill holes into the tops for hangers.  I then took the Hero Arts set Coloring Layering Goldfish and stamped the base layer direct onto the wood circles in Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Butter Bar, the next layer was stamped in Hero Arts Ombre Butter to Orange ink and then did the eye/mouth detail in Versa Fine Onyx Black.  I then stamped the three air bubbles in Hero Arts Ombre Tide Pool to Navy ink and filled them in with the Spectrum Noir Glitter pen and coated them with Glossy Accents.  I found an old stamp set in my craft room with smaller numbers and stamped the year in Hero Arts Ombre Tide Pool to Navy ink near the top.  I then took the sentiment from the Hero Arts set and cut it apart..... which is only the second or third time I have ever done that, and while I know it does not hurt the stamps it is just so against my normal behavior that I still flinch when I do it, even if it makes it easier for me in the long run. I started by laying out the word "swimming" and curving it slightly so it would fit at the bottom of the ornament, then I stamped it onto the ten wood slices in Versa Fine Onyx Black ink, once they were dry I then took the "Just Keep" part of the sentiment and cut it apart and stamped the "Keep" in Versa Fine Onyx Black ink over the "swimming" then I used some of the green sea grass and stamped them at the bottom in Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Green Hills and coated them with the Spectrum Noir Glitter pen for some added shine.  On the back I used some letter stamps from my stash and stamped out WAGs in Hero Arts Ombre Tide Pool to Navy.  I then found some pretty blue silky cord and attached two small jingle bells and then tied them off.

My niece called after giving the other participants and coaches their ornaments and gifts and they were a hit. One of the coaches even put his on his Christmas tree right away and sent a picture.  And since this post had not gone live, my niece did really well with her times and brought her A game to WAGs, dropping seconds in almost all of her events. I am so proud of her, as I am with all my nieces and nephews.  Hope you enjoyed seeing my newest project and I will see you all soon!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Let It Snow - Mood Board Challenge #17 SumMore Fun

Hello Everyone,
For my design team project I decided to try out my Ken Oliver Color Bursts and go with a cool color scheme.  So I started with a large piece of water color paper, I figured I could cut out the perfect background piece and have left overs to make more pretty stuff with.  Then I got to playing.  I started by getting the paper wet and adding the Color Burst in Turquoise then spraying more water and letting the color move, I added some Ken Oliver Liquid Metals in Platinum and love the shimmer it gives, it is so hard to get it to photograph but is so pretty in real life.

I let my paper dry overnight.  Once it was dry I cut out a piece with a large rectangle stitched die and then laid out my snowflake stamps in my MISTI.  All the snow flakes came from the Let It Snow (9085-Z) set from Raisin Boat.  I used my versa mark ink and stamped the flakes and then used platinum embossing powder and heat set. I turned my card stock around in the MISTI and rearranged my stamps and did the process again.  I set the finished panel aside and turned my attention to the sentiment. I laid out a piece of water color paper and used the circle snowflake word stamp from the Holiday Wishes (9309-Z) Raisin Boat stamp set and stamped with versa mark ink and heat set with the platinum embossing powder.  I then borrowed a tag die from a crafty friend, I loved the scalloped detail at the bottom, and laid it on the paper to see where I wanted to add the sentiment.  I decided to offset the circle and then stamped the sentiment from the same Holiday Wishes set, in Ranger Archival Ink in Paradise Teal. Then I cut out the tag with my die cutting machine.  I popped up the tag with foam tape and added it with a slight offset to the finished blue and white snowflake background and then added the completed finished piece to a dark grey card base cut to 4 1/4" x 11" then folded at 5 1/2" for a top fold card.  I then used a small piece of glimmery white tulle and added a bow to the tag top.

I hope you have enjoyed my project, please come play along with the new mood board, the colors are so pretty and you may win a $20 Gift Certificate.
You can use the colors, theme and/or pictures as inspiration, we would love to see what you create.

See you all soon!

Products Used:
 Holiday Wishes

Saturday, December 2, 2017

It's A Polka Dotted Christmas

Hello everyone,
Happy Saturday everyone! I have been looking at this stamp from Victorine Originals and in my head I have ideas.... but it is making those ideas work that has kept me stumped, until I found this pretty Christmas paper in my craft room.  The greens and reds with the cream background just made me think I can make it work! So I pulled out a piece of red card stock and cut it down to 4 1/4 x 11" and folded it at 5 1/2" for a top folding card base, I then set that aside.  I then cut the decorated card stock down to 4" x 5 1/4"  and I found this pretty ribbon in my Christmas paper box and thought it would be the perfect touch on the bottom, so I took the three colors and attached them to the backside and twisted them and then pulled them across the front of the card and attached to the back, then I cut fun foam to go on the back of the card stock and cut a channel out for the ribbon so it would not push that part higher on the front.  Then I laid that down onto the red card base and set it all aside.  I then took a piece of matching red card stock and cut it with a die in my stash and took some Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone and used a snow stencil to add some dimension to the die cut card stock.  While that was drying I used my MISTI and stamped the Polka Dotted Christmas Tree on vellum with versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder, I did this three times to make it very smooth and thick, then when it was cool I fussy cut the vellum tree.  I then spent a long time cutting small pieces of foam tape and attaching them to the back of the tree, I went around the small polka dots before I decided to use the rainbow confetti sequins and cover the polka dots where the vellum was showing.  When my red die cut piece was dry I attached it to the card base and then attached the tree and once that was completed I then added the confetti pieces in blues, red, green, silver and gold in random sizes.  I am so happy with how the card came out and hope you enjoy.

Please make sure to check out the ongoing mood board, pictured below, and join in, we would love to see your projects.

Stamp(s) Used:

 Polka Dotted Christmas Tree Stamp

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Warm Holiday Wishes

Hello Everyone,

We here in Southern California have been having a heat wave during this Thanksgiving week and that led me to pulling out this super fun and adorable stamp set by Avery Elle, Flamingo Bells.  I started by stamping my images onto some water color paper and then using my Zig Clean Real Brush Pens to color them in, while they were drying I pulled out a piece of Neenah Solar White 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and did some ink blending with my TH Distress Oxides in Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry,  Seedless Preserves and Faded Jeans from about 1/4 of the way up from the bottom.  I then flicked on some water and set it aside to dry. When dry I then took Simon Says Stamp Ink in Barely Beige and blended the bottom portion of the card as if it was sand.  When it was completely dry I then took the little snowflake stamps in the Avery Elle set and using versa mark ink and white embossing powder stamped them all around the top portion of the card. I then used the coordinating dies and cut out the main palm tree scene and the cute little flamingo.  I used foam tape on the top portion of the die cut from about the Christmas lights up and then below used liquid glue and attached to the inked background. I then used a dab of liquid glue on the flamingo and stuck him down.  I stamped the Warm Holiday Wishes on the bottom portion of the card with my MISTI and then added the finished panel to a white A2 sized side folding card base.  I sprinkled a few crystal clear confetti sequins on the card and it is all finished. 
I hope you enjoyed, see you all soon!