Sunday, December 3, 2017

A Quick Project: Winter Themed Book Marks

I needed to create 24 Winter themed book marks...
and I needed to create them ASAP.
(Emphasis on the ASAP part)

So...
I got out a few stamp sets that had Winter-like images..

I chose the stamps that I wanted to use...
Got out some ink...some markers...
my MISTI and Cutterpillar Pro 
Some card stock for stamping...
and metallic card stock for matting..
a Stampin Up Tag Topper punch...
1/8 inch Scor-Tape
some gold cording and an assortment of ribbon...
and I got to work.


and...
this is what I whipped up....at lightening speed...
6 of each of these...

Using the MISTI for stamping most of the images little project a breeze.
I stamped the smaller images like the snow flakes..cardinal..and the two tiny snowmen 
with an acrylic block.
I wanted hints of color here and there...
and use the same color palette for all of the book marks.
Some were finished with ribbon...
Some were finished with gold cording.

I really enjoyed creating this little project...
and they were a hit with the recipient as well.

My next plan is to create some tags. to use on our Christmas gifts.
The tags will have the same image combinations...
but the tags will be larger..(wider and shorter) than the book marks.

Thanks for stopping by today...
Have a wonderful Sunday my crafty and creative friends!
Michelle



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Baby Bears for Twins

Hello my crafty and creative friends!
I haven't shared a card with you in a while
because...
I haven had time to create a card in a while.
My daughter asked me to create a card for newborn baby twins...
So I made sure to get myself into the studio...
and enjoyed creating today's card.

I knew that I wanted to use a stamp set that I have had since it first came out...
but had never inked up....
Stampin Up's BABY BEAR.

I also knew that I wanted to create the card in some soft vintage-like colors
I chose three ink colors for the bears..
some dotted print paper...
my Clarity Stencil Brushes
some LCI Kraft card stock for matting..
and this is what I came up with.



I stamped the bear on the left first...
Then masked him..and stamped the bear on the right.
I chose a sentiment from the Baby Bear stamp set
and
Background color was added with ink pads and Clarity Stencil Brushes


I stamped the bows onto the dotted print paper and hand cut them.
Next I inked the edges to finish the bows
and added Clear Wink of Stella to each bow for some shimmer.

I positioned the bows with foam dimensionals.
The print and the image layer were matted with the Kraft card stock
and the image layer was positioned with fun foam.

My daughter was very happy with the finished card
and loved the soft vintage colors that I chose.
as opposed to using l pink and/or  blue..
(familiar and traditional baby colors)

I'm so glad that my daughter had a card request..
because it forced me to make time for card making.

It felt great to spend some time in my studio
and I'm already thinking of my next little project request...
Winter themed bookmarks!

Thanks so much for stopping by today...
Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday!
Michelle.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Wedding Wishes...A Card for a Friend

I've been off resting...
hoping to kick the butt of a flu-type of thing that I've had all week.
while I was doing lots of "NOTHING"...
I had lots of time to think about cards that I'd like to create
when I was feeling better...and able to spend time in my studio again.

Today...I'm sharing one of the cards that I had been thinking of.

First on the list when I got back into the studio
 was a wedding card that a friend asked me to create.
I had all week to envision the card in my crafty little head...
and finally..when I felt a little better...I went right out to the studio 
to make the vision I'd been holding in my head..become a card!

To create this 5x7 card I used the following:
Haute Wedding Dress stamp set (by The Ton)
Loose Peonies stamp set (by the Ton)
Versamark Ink and Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
Gansai Tombi Starry Colors
Luminarte Twinkling H2Os
and LCI Metallic card stock for matting.

I started out by stamping and heat embossing the Haute Wedding Dress image.
I water colored the image and background with Twinkling H2Os


While the water colored image was drying
I created a background print with the Loose Peonies stamp set.
The I did a wash of gold from the Starry Colors collection...and let it dry.
Then...I stamped the peony images and leaves onto the same piece of card stock.
I added some color and shading to the peonies and leaves with twinkling H2Os
and let the piece dry completely
while I cut and prepared the 5x7 card...and metallic matting layers.


When the water coloring had air dried on both pieces..
I put the card together...
and this is what I had!
(A card that was exactly as I had envisioned it to be..in my crafty little head!)


 had to take lots of photos to capture the shimmer on the image
 and the floral background.
The gold embossing and shimmery water coloring are so pretty
(Thanks to the Gansai Tombi paints and Twinkling H2Os) 


Lately...I've been creating quite a few backgrounds of my own
as opposed to using print paper.
The more I do this...the more I am liking it.
You can see the shimmery peony background in this photo...
and the metallic card stock matting.


I used fun foam to position the matted image

I stamped the sentiment with a combination of stamps from 
The Ton..Hero Arts and Concord & 9th

I'm very happy with how this card turned out
an am hoping that my friend is happy with it as well.

Thanks for visiting today my crafty and creative friends!
Have a marvelous Monday!
Michelle.