Thursday, September 21, 2017

Mixed Media Vintage Love Card

Hello...Kathy here today with a fun mixed-media resist technique using products and supplies from Itsy Bitsy for you to try in your paper crafting and card making. I started my project out with the gorgeous Retro Style paper pack, the White Cards pack and a tag die. I cut the tags in white and trimmed my papers to layer on the card front. The base layer is really elegant looking because those black squares are embossed and shiny. There are actually quite a good bit of embossed elements included within the papers of this pack...both glossy black and some metallic elements!

Using the Acrylic Matte Medium and a palette knife, I applied the medium through the Lattice Stencil  onto my patterned paper after taping it to my craft mat. It takes a little while to dry and the time it takes does depend on how thick of a layer you apply. So I removed the stencil and washed it off right away -then I set the piece aside to dry while I worked on the rest of the card.

To decorate the tags, I stamped them using the Hand Carved Flourishes Printing Block and Black Chalk Ink. Now because there is no cushion, as this is carved from wood, I found that I got the best impression by placing my tag on top of a thin piece of foam first and applying a good bit of pressure using the heel of my hand.

The sentiments are also embossed and were hand trimmed from one of the patterned papers and some edges were torn before I inked them with the Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I tied the Crochet Lace at the top of both tags for added interest.

Once the stenciled matte medium was completely dry, it was ready to be used as a resist. So I blended  Vintage Photo ink all over it and then immediately wiped it off the top of the medium using a wet baby wipe. (this is a bit messy -I ended up with brown, ink stained fingers during the process, so don't say I didn't warn you, lol!) Using this technique, the stencil pattern gets a bit of raised texture to it with a clear, matte finish and the negative stencil parts soak up the brown ink to show the contrast nicely.

Using lots of foam dots, I adhered the layers to my card front and wrapped it with some of the lace pretty! The last step was using a thin lined black marking pen to write in the additions to the sentiments..."best" on the front and "of my life" on the inside.

Using the ink that was left on the blending tool, I did a bit of stenciling on the inside of the card too. I love showcasing what a good stencil can do!

That's it for me today -thanks for sticking with me to the end and I hope this will inspire you to try something new in your card making. Until next time~ Happy Crafting with Itsy Bitsy!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Celebrating Fall and Coffee in my Planner #fall2017clh

As you can probably tell, today's post is a project other than a card...but first, I have to confess that I kinda fell off the Planner Wagon during the summer months when things got so busy! Partly because I had found out that the planner I was using and had grown to love was being discontinued...needless to say I was rather discouraged and I walked away from it for awhile. But I am happy to say that I've got my Planner Mojo back and moving forward I will be switching over from my current CTMH horizontal format to the vertical Classic/Meduim Happy Planner. I ordered my new one from Michael's this weekend when they were having a killer sale and it will be here Friday -WooHoo! So stay tuned as I make the switch and my goal is to post a new planner spread to share with you every Sunday from here on out, using a blend of creative stamping and stickers. (P.S. My hubby jokingly said on Monday -after seeing this spread- that "someone who has that much free time to devote to creating a fancy layout like this truly doesn't have enough going on in their life to even need a planner" -WHAT?!? I beg to differ, lol!)

 I decided on the fall coffee theme for this week because I love, love, love Pumpkin Spice Lattes and because we are right in the middle of the Fall 2017 Coffee Lover's Blog Hop! I will also be entering it @ Die Cutting Divas for "National Coffee Day" and @ Craftaholics for "Fall Colors". I have amassed quite a collection of coffee themed crafting items over the years, and some of my favorites come from STAMPlorations where Shery has a fabulous selection, great prices and even better customer service! (seriously -she is awesome and I'm not getting paid to say that, lol!) The stamps on the far right are from Fiskars and I got them at JoAnn Fabrics last summer.

The orange patterned papers are from my CTMH paper stash from a few years ago and the metallic brown cardstock is from a DCWV 12 x 12 stack that was also bought at JoAnn's. The white sticker paper comes in full letter size sheets and I got it from Amazon.

After I stamped the coffee bean border directly onto the inside page edges, everything else was done in black on the sticker paper and fussy cut/ and or die cut out. I colored the images with colored pencils and the shading on the page perimeters was done with 3 shades of distress ink. I just love the way that sets off the pages!

The FALL letters in gold were left over diecuts from this card and the COFFEE & "Weekend" dies are cut from the metallic brown. I turned them into stickers using my little Xyron  "X" sticker maker, but I used my ATG gun to adhere the rectangles that I diecut using a die set from FSJ. Then I peeled the backing off my custom stamped stickers and adhered them right on top.

The coffee stains were stamped using brown ink, the bottom of a small bowl like I showed on this card and a retired tea-stain stamp set from TAC.

That's it for me today -hope you enjoyed seeing something other than a card from me...until next time~ 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall 2017 Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

Today's card is my second contribution to the Fall 2017 Coffee Lover's Blog Hop and my design team creation for Atlantic Hearts using sketch #230. I will also be entering it @ House of Cards for "Add Text" and @ Addicted -to -Stamps for "Stamp a Backround".

This card started with a white side folding A2 card base and a kraft cardstock layer trimmed just a bit off the sides. I then repeatedly stamped the COFFEE stamp from a retired set from FunStamper's Journey using 3 fall colors of chalk ink, going about 2/3rds of the way down from the top and stopping. I then glued a shimmery latte colored ribbon on and wrapped it around the back to hold it in place. The 3 mini antiqued copper brads were added using a tiny hole punch.

Using  a Versamark pad and brown embossing powder, I stamped and heat embossed the "to-go-cup" and the sentiment on small 2 pieces of white cardstock. The sentiment piece will be layered on 2 colors of cardstock while the cup will be fussy cut out.

And here's where I went a little rogue, lol...I turned a baby wipe into a stamp pad by spraying Walnut Ink onto it and then stamping the bottom of the blue silicone bowl in it to make the trio of coffee cup stains. I then also took the top off the ink bottle and tapped the spritzer tube to make the splatters, spritzed it with water to make it bleed a little and then dried it with my heat tool.

I used watercolors to color the "to-go-cup" and adhered it to the card front using foam tape once it was dry and fussy cut out.

The large kraft panel was mounted to the card front also using foam tape, everything else was glued down flat with my ATG gun. The last step was cutting the red and green banners and tucking them underneath the center layers.

On the inside, I stamped the sentiment from a STAMPlorations coffee themed stamp set in black, stamped the bottom of the bowl again with the walnut ink and the heart is from another love themed STAMPlorations stamp set. Hoping this card will put a smile on my hubby's face when he opens it while on one of his hectic weekly business trips...he loves his Starbucks Coffee!!!

Until next time, happy crafting~

Friday, September 15, 2017

How to Make a Fall Themed Coffee Card using the Best Glue Ever

Hello -Kathy here from Create.365 to share with you a Pumpkin Spice themed fall coffee card made using the Best Glue Ever and Embellie Gellie from ScraPerfect. I've used the sketch from Just For Fun and will be participating in the Fall Coffee Lover's Blog Hop that runs from Sept 15 -22, 2017.

Today's card was made using the same free pattern papers from the UK craft magazine that I mentioned in my last post, along with stamps from A*Muse Studio and Unity Stamp Company. The rectangle die set is from Fun Stampers Journey. To save some paper, I cut out the inside of the yellow layer for the A2 card front and used it on the inside of the one will ever know because it's hidden under all the layers!

Assembling the layers according to the sketch, I chose ribbon for my accents and the perfect glue for ribbon is the Best Glue Ever because it will not bleed through the ribbon like so many other glues do! I applied a thin layer to the back, let it air dry until it was tacky to the touch and then applied it to the card front. Using the Embellie Gellie wand to apply the sequins kept the sequins under control and the glue off of my hands, lol...that's a win-win situation right there!

The sentiment and the Pumpkin Spice coffee cup were stamped in black ink and colored with my favorite watercolor pencils. I then colored the ribbon on the cup with my Gold Wink of Stella shimmer pen.

Finishing off the focal image was as simple as sponging brown ink around the edges and adhering it to the card front with foam pop dots.

I also popped the sentiment up with mini pop dots.

On the inside I used the left over layers from my card front die cut rectangles, stamped the sentiment in black and the pumpkins (from a SU! Paper Pumpkin set) in orange hybrid ink several times using my stamp tool to get nice solid ink coverage. I utilized the masking technique to stack the pumpkins and colored the stems and shadows in with colored pencils...what a difference that makes! The little swirl was stamped in brown ink and traced over with a glittery gel pen.

That's it for me today as I enjoy the kick off of Pumpkin Spice season! Until next time, happy crafting with ScraPerfect~

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

FALLing For You!

Today's card was a really fun one to make using sketch #72 and inspired by the color challenge from Your Next Stamp and it will also be entered @ Crafty Sentiments for "Dies and/or Punches", @ Fairy Tale Challenges for "Men Only", @ Cardz 4 Guyz for "Nature", @ Retro Rubber for "Anything Goes" and at the Crafty Addict for "Use a Brad or Button".

The background papers I used on this card are something new for me, as they are printed on rather thin paper and have a glossy sheen to them just like a magazine page would...I got them for free in the middle of  the August issue of Paper Craft Inspirations magazine. This is a UK crafting magazine that I just got a year's subscription to and I am loving it so far! It is a full color magazine filled to the brim with lots of inspiring artwork, free papers to tear out and use, plus each issue comes with a free gift of some kind...this month was a snowflake border die and last month was a layered flower stamp set. You can also find these magazines @ Barnes & Nobles and @ JoAnn Fabrics stores locally.

The stamp sets I used for this card are a good mix -starting with a retired 2 step foliage stamp set from A*Muse Studio that I got on clearance in the summer of 2016, the acorn is from CTMH and the circle alphabet peg set is at least 8 years old. The die cuts are fairly new and were received through the Spellbinder's small die of the month club and the inside sentiment is newly retired and comes from CAS-ual Friday stamps. 

I stamped the acorns in brown, the leaf outlines in black and the solid leaves in dye ink over top. Using the corner rounder punch softens the corners and follows the sketch guidelines.

I die cut the FALL from a matte gold metallic piece and stamped the "ing" in black Stazon ink so that it would dry quickly and not smear on the slick surface. the card base is a cream A2 and the leaf patterned paper was glued right on top.

The jeweled brads follow the sketch and highlight the colors in the paper so well! I popped the leaf focal up using mini foam dots to give it some added dimension and added Glossy Accents to the tops of the acorns.

Inside I used a strip of the plaid, a scrap of the gold and stamped and fussy cut the acorns. "For You" is die cut from the same gold as the layer on the front and the sentiment stamped in black.

That's it for me today...until next time~