Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Get Well Mailbox Bouquet

Here's just a quick post to show the Mailbox Bouquet card from Dreaming Tree that I made for a friend who was in the hospital. She loves bright colors, particularly pink and purple, so that's what I primarily used for her card.

I love how the colors, particularly the green, pop against the black mailbox background.  She's also a fan of black and red, so the black mailbox base with the glittery red flag were just right for this project.

For the mailbox side panels, I stamped a pretty floral pattern in Versamark ink and dusted it with gold Perfect Pearls powder.  What an easy way to create customized shimmery cardstock in whatever pattern or color you choose.

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12 TAGS OF 2016: May edition

Wow, I really waited until the last minute to finish this one up. May has been a busy month!  
Tim's original tag can be found here, and this is my take on this month's technique remix.  

I saw a photo on Instagram the other day of some beautiful pink roses with the most lovely blue sky behind them and I was smitten!  That is where my color inspiration came from.

There was a small when I went to grab my texture paste and found it all dried up. OH NO!  I think I must have put the cap on crooked the last time I used it. Boo!

I was thinking about what I could use in place of texture paste and remembered thinking how clever Paula Cheney was in a recent blog post.  She applied collage medium through a stencil for just the right amount and to very cool effect.  I figured why the heck not, and did the same with some matte collage medium.  It turned out to be another layer of resist on the tag, but I was happy to have a solution of sorts and wanted to try Paula's technique anyway!  You can see where I added some numbers on the right side and the bubbles on the left and bottom.

Last but not least, I sure did have fun with the tiny tattered floral die this month.  I ordered it for myself early in May since for some reason I didn't already have it.  I proceeded to use it on two other projects before I even got around to putting them on this month's tag.

I had some tag backgrounds that I made previously and didn't love, so I used them to cut out some of the flowers.  I think they add a neat, colorful effect.  I did the same thing with the leaves.

You can see some of the other tiny tattered florals on my fairy cottage post.  And here's a picture of how I used them in yet another other project:

I think the tiny roses cut out in green look just like succulents when added to a miniature terracotta flower pot. I can tell I'll be putting this die set to very good use.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016


One last post for today - here is my version of the 3D sandcastle from SVGCuts Wet N Wild kit.

I'm pretty much in love with anything beach related, so this is one of the first kits I think I ever purchased from SVGCuts.

I put this together last summer and added a few extra embellishments from my stash like the sand dollar ribbon going across the top. The paper is from the Citrus Stack by DCWV.

I also smeared some Distress Stickles (color is called Straw I think) onto the castle turrets to add a real sand texture and a little bit of sparkle. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but when it dried, I was in love with the effect!

I love that little crab with his wide eyes.  I think I might have to use him on a crabby birthday card for someone this summer!!  Or maybe holding a little flag for the Fourth of July.  So cute!

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Something's Fishy!

Just a quick post to share this birthday card I made from the SVGCuts Seaside kit.

This kit actually has several great cards that could be used for the guys in your life as well as the ultra cool 3D lighthouse and keeper's cottage.

I did a lot of inking with Distress and spritzed the sides of the fish with some Perfect Pearls Mist in turquoise to add a little iridescent sheen like real fish so often have.

I added a few sequin bubbles and navy blue faceted gem as the fish eye.

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Fairy Cottage

I'm so excited to have completed the Fairy Cottage from SVGCuts! It took my several days to get started on this because I was having a hard time picking out paper. Honestly, that's the hardest part of some of these projects. I went with a primarily pink and green theme this time, but have about ten alternatives in my head in case I feel the need to build an entire fairy village!

I started out with the Whimsical World Stack by DCWV and picked several papers that seemed to go well together.

I used the Tim Holtz wood grain texture fade for the 'stump' panels. This was my first time adding ink to the embossing folder before running it through the machine and I love how it came out. I think
it really enhances the dimension of the embossing. I used TH Distress Walnut Stain. I will definitely be doing this again.

I just recently completed Tim Holtz's April tag challenge (and won!) using the new Distress Paper Mosaic Kit. This certainly made me think of how I could use this kit on so many different svg projects.  I didn't use the grout here, but I 'tiled' some leaves onto the patio. The leaves were fussy cut from leftover paper from the right side roof.

I embossed the window frames and dusted them with Perfect Pearls (in Blush) to add a little bit of magical shimmer. You can see the shimmer below along with a picture of the twig railing I installed with the use of some hot glue and a lot of patience. I'm still finding twig bits here and there around my workspace!

Here's the roof to which I added a fun little butterfly from a Martha Stewart punch. Also, the brown roof trim was not showing up very well against the boldly patterned paper, so I added some blue liquid pearls to it so it would stand out more. 

It's hard to see, but I also added some iridescent Stickles to the cotton smoke coming out of the chimney. I wanted it so seem as though the fairies were brewing up something magical in there!

Added bonus, when turned the lights on in the cottage, I noticed the light is shining up out of the chimney which I think totally adds to the magical effect.  Love this happy accident!

I love what I call the 'bubble' paper so much that I put it on everything from the chimney to the stairs. Kind of like magical cobblestones!  And the leaves from this right roof paper are what I used to tile the patio. 

Last but not least, here is the cottage all lit up. I know the doorknob looks like it's glowing, but there's actually a little pink pearl on there.  More magic from the fairies I suspect!

I embellished with some flowers made from the Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Floral die and the ladybug wood piece is something I made a year or two ago using a technique I saw on Pinterest.

It's basically stamped with a rubber stamp and then I used a wood-burning tool to trace the stamped image.  It's been sitting on my desk for way too long and seemed like the perfect addition to my fairy cottage. It also coordinates nicely with the papers as there are some ladybugs in a few of the prints.

If you've made it this far, thanks for hanging in there and thanks for stopping by! Wishing you some fairy magic!