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Not So Epic Fail and Second Annual Month of Cards

Not So Epic Fail and Second Annual Month of Cards

Well, today, I had planned on sharing a video with you about watercoloring. However, I am having more trouble getting the video completed than I thought I would, and it’s just not done. It’s plain old taking more time to do than I scheduled.

Don’t know about you, but I’m disappointed.

I do have an announcement for you– November will be our Second Annual Month of Cards. I’ll be posting a new card for you each day of the month. And at the end of the month, to say THANK YOU for being a wonderful blog reader, I’ll send out cards to anyone on my email list who has supplied me with an address.

If you’d like to get a card from me, make sure you’re on my email list, and respond when I send the address request email out, right before we get started on November’s Month of Cards. I can’t send you a card if I don’t have your contact info!

If you want join my email list, you can use the sign up form on the top right to join. I send out a weekly email, with links to the past week’s posts, and a few other bits and pieces of info as random thoughts occur to me, or new and interesting opportunities come across my desk.

Now, since it is World Card Making Day, how about a couple links to some older videos that you may not have seen before?

My personal favorite– a video showing you three ways to use alpha stamps that doesn’t include titles or journaling:

And a fun little out of this world card:

Hope all have fun and get super creative this World Card Making Day!

Inspiration at the Paint Store

Inspiration at the Paint Store

While trying to decide on which color to paint the new craft room, I came across this flyer from Behr:

Behr 2014 color trends

None of these colors were exactly what I was looking for as far as paint goes, but they worked so well together, I knew they’d make a wonderful page.

Once home, I started pulling scraps out of my scrap bin, and dug around in my journaling/pocket page card stash for some coordinating papers. This is the result:

You are my sunshine ||

There were a few scraps left over, so they got thrown on a card, along with a stamp from Judikins stamped with Tim Holtz’s Gathered Twigs Distress ink, if I’m remembering correctly.

behr inspired card ||

What’s inspiring you lately? Have anything you’d like to share?

Techniques to Play With

Techniques to Play With

This past April, there was another True Stamp event, with lots of information about techniques you can use when stamping. Now all the classes are available for sale individually, and are discounted for the month of June!

One of my favorites was the class from Raisin Boat, where they used a bunch of products to add texture to their stamped images. Raisin-Boat-Sneak-Peek-labeled

I loved their use of new to me products as well as their innovative ways to use items I already have in my stash. Now I’m definitely going to be adding pearl pens and puff pens to my repertoire! Techniques from this class will definitely be showing up when card month comes around again this fall. (In November, I make cards all month long, and then send them out to my mailing list. You should definitely be on my mailing list if you like getting snail mail.)

Another must watch class is the class sponsored by Paper Smooches.Paper-Smooches-Sneak-Peek-labeled

Not only is it filled with fun techniques, but it’s a great lesson in how to practice. The most important thing in any creative endeavor is the willingness to experiment and make mistakes. Kim’s class is a great example of learning through experimentation. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

The rest of the classes are similarly wonderful, and I’ll tell you more about them as the month goes by.

Now, a few details about the sale for you. These classes usually go for $12.95 a piece. For the month of June, they are on sale for $9 each. Plus, if you decide to get all six classes, you can get them for an additional 33% off! That’s right. 6 classes for $39. That works out to what? $6.50 a class? That’s awesome. Seriously.

So head on over to the True Stamp sales page, and get yourself a deal!

An Artful Mess

An Artful Mess

The little art pieces I made for the ladies at Lain’s crop at the beginning of March have been getting a lot of comments and questions on how they were created from fellow ScrapHappy members. Rather than keeping those details just with my ScrapHappy friends, I thought you all might appreciate some information about how to make your own little art pieces as well. (Lots of affiliate links coming your way!)

tulip photo transfer art ||

First of all, the base is watercolor paper. It’s a bit heavier than cardstock and holds up well to wet techniques, which this is.

Next came the background creation. I used stencils from Martha Stewart Crafts, Heidi Swapp, and The Crafter’s Workshop (mostly Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s line) to spray mist a couple layers of color. I originally used some of Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions, but those are very water reactive, so they moved and smeared when I applied the gel medium. You could use other mists–think Mr. Huey’s or Fireworks— to get less smearing.

black eyed susan photo transfer art ||

Then came a paint layer (liquitex basics), either with another stencil, or some recycled materials like bubble wrap or mesh, and a sponge to apply it. For some backgrounds, I also used stamps and pigment ink, and then heat set the whole background before moving onto the transfer stage.

If you’re feeling unsure about how to create a background, any of these True Scrap classes are full of ideas and techniques: Project Miscellany with Stephanie Ackerman, Memory Minutes with Tammy Tutterow, Doris Sander with Four Stencils, Four Ways. Those are just a handful from the True Scrap back in October. There are a lot more that would provide lots of inspiration and instruction if you’re still looking for something fun. (And True Stamp is coming next weekend. If you haven’t signed up for that yet, why not? So much inspiration! So many fun people! It’s definitely worth every penny. You can sign up for the live event here, and then have access to the tutorials whenever you want.)

hydrangea photo transfer art ||

The photos I used are just some of the pictures I’ve taken over the years of flowers I’ve found or grown. If you want to use any of them with your own transfers, you can buy a print over at Redbubble. The method I used was taught in this class from last October’s True Scrap 5. Stephanie Hamen shows three methods for making photo transfers. I used the gel medium method.

aster photo transfer art ||

After doing the transfer, I added a few more stamps and stenciling over top of the image, especially on the edges. I found some great quotes to use from Cosmo Cricket, and cut them up a bit. Then I got out my pitt pens and white gel pen and did a bit of doodling and zentangling. This book is a great resource if you’re interested in learning to zentangle.

The cool thing about doing these was that, even though it was a pretty long process, no one part of the process took very long, which means I could sit down for ten minutes and do one part, and then go do something else while that step dried.

sedum photo transfer art ||

So what do you think? Want to try to make one of your own photo transfer art pieces? They’re a bit addicting. 😉

If you have any questions, drop them below in the comment section, and I’ll answer them as best I can. Don’t be shy!


Something Fun This Way Comes

Something Fun This Way Comes

Are you ready to expand your technique repertoire? Do you want your stamps to earn their place in your crafty space? Well then, you should sign up for True Stamp 2, right now!


What is True Stamp?

True Stamp is a one-day, online, LIVE event on April 5. Yep, that’s right – all six instructors will come to YOU via the magic of the Internet in a state-of-the-art web room. You’ll watch class demonstrations, chat with instructors and other students, and have the time of your stampy life – all without leaving home (or even changing out of your PJs!).

My friend Lain Ehmann of True Scrap has pulled together six of the hottest stamping companies around to offer a full day of inspiration and fun.  You’ve heard of Technique Tuesday, Lawn Fawn, and Simon Says Stamp, right? Well, they and three more amazing stamp companies will be revealing all their best stamping tips, tricks, techniques, and secrets during True Stamp 2.

You’ll learn from experts such as Shari Carroll, Kelly Marie Alvarez, Nichol Magouirk, Bev Grey, Bobbi Lemanski, and Kim Hughes, along with a few surprise instructors. You’ll be so inspired to create something when classes are done, that you’ll get ink all over your PJs.

So, head on over here to register for True Stamp.

Bonus: If you register before March 17, you can use code LOVE at registration, and get almost 50% off the class. (Regular price is $97, with LOVE it’s only $49!! That’s a great deal!)