Guest Designing for CropStop – Heartfelt Creations Daffodils-from-Orchids Card

Hooray! Today is the day I finally get to share with you the exciting secret I’ve been busting to tell you… I was invited to be a guest designer of a project for the CropStop blog! If you happen to be coming from there… WELCOME!!

I was totally surprised and nervous as all get-out for my first ever privilege of being a guest designer! I hope you like my first project… I happen to think it’s one of my best cards. I’d be tickled pink if you would pop over to the CropStop blog and leave some love! Here’s a TINY sneaky peak to pique your interest:

I know you’re going to want to see the details close up… you can click the link HERE to get to the CropStop Blog. Meanwhile, I’ll sit here and twiddle my thumbs while you go check it out!  When you’re done, please come on back here and I’ll share some extra details and tips with you, ok?!

Are you still here? I wish I knew how to embed music into my post, but since I dont, let me send you on your way by humming the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey for dramatic effect while you click on the link HERE to go check out the project…. duuuum, DuuuuuM, DUUUUUUMMMM, TaDUUUMMM!….

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So, what’d’ya think?! I hope you liked it as much as I did! Of course you know things always look better in real life… wish you could see it for real!

Here’s some of the extra details that I didn’t want to overwhelm the folks at the CropStop blog. I played around with different ways to color the flowers… The first ones I stamped with Versamark ink and then watercolored with Distress inks by putting the ink on some plastic and picking it up with a water brush.

Note: For those of you who don’t have a MISTI or other stamping device, I highly recommend using the red 11×17 Rubber Stamping Mat under your paper to help get a nice evenly stamped image.

Also, if you don’t have a palette made specifically for watercoloring, you can use any hard plastic, like an old cd, a cd cover, or the packaging from your stamps, like I did.

You can see I wasn’t worried about staying in the lines as the die would cut away the excess. I did want to go OVER the lines to get a little extra dark coloring where the Versamark stamped image was.

For the second set of flowers I colored directly with the markers.

And, for the final set of flowers, I stamped with a light gray ink instead of Versamark and colored directly with the markers again. I also colored the back sides of each flower.

These are the Heartfelt Creations Botanical ORCHID stamps. Emma Lou of Heartfelt Creations has a nice video showing how to use these to make the DAFFODILS HERE.

Here are the finished flowers in the order I made them:

If you want a softer color, the watercolor works, but for brighter colors, coloring direct on the page works better. You will loose some color with the wetting required to shape the flowers. (Note, I also tried this with Color Bursts, but they washed out too much. FYI, you would have to start out with a really dark color to allow for the loss of color in the wetting and shaping process.)

I used the Twist & Style Sizzix so kindly sent me a while back to make the stamens out of beads and wire stems. It makes quick work of wire twisting!!

Another thing I learned… The Beadalon 7 strand .015″ wire was a little too flimsy for the stems. The 26 gauge copper wire worked MUCH better. If I wanted them to stand up in a bouquet, I’d use an even heavier wire.

Here’s a close-up of the finished flowers. I took one of each different kind and put them in a bunch for variety and affixed them with Glubers.  Oh, and FYI, the butterfly got its fabulous shine from Stickles (Firefly and Tropical Tangerine).

For the card base I wanted to have it embossed with the Couture Creations Serenity Collection: Chiaro 5×7 embossing folder that I won from CropStop back in January AND I wanted a nice cutout shape. This led to another learning experience…

The die cut card was so delicate that the pass through the embossing machine ‘broke’ the paper apart in several places. It worked out much better to run the paper through the embossing folder first, THEN die cut it. In the process of die cutting it, it did flatten some of the embossing, leaving a much softer look and keeping the edges in tact.

Tip: Can’t find faux adhesive pearls to match your project? Use a Copic Marker to color plain ones!

You will find the list of all the supplies used on the CropStop Blog. You can click HERE to go back and check it out again. Thank you, CropStop, for the privilege of guest designing for your blog!

Well, as Paul Harvey used to say, “And now you know the REST OF THE STORY!”

I am also playing along with the following challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

You can also feel free to join in with the Cropstop March Challenge Linky Party #26: Anything Goes… It’s always fun to see the many lovely projects and you have the chance to win a nice prize or, perhaps, even be a guest designer!

Please stop back by Next Friday, March 24, for another guest designer post for the CropStop blog… this time a MUCH simpler pair of cards using some fun cut-and-fold dies… I’ll look forward to seeing you then!

This has been D.Ann reporting…. “Good day!” : )

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ADORNit ArtPlay Watercolor Experiment

Sheeee’s baaack! It’s hard to believe I haven’t posted anything since last year! Time flies!! : ) In between health issues, I’ve been busy trying to organize my crafting supplies and my place so I can work more efficiently. I may post some of the improvements later on. For now, I have a fun experiment to share with you.

The folks ADORNit were kind enough to send over some samples from their ArtPlay coloring books for me to play with.

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Although I usually use Tombow or Copic markers to color, these are printed on watercolor paper, so I decided to experiment. Knowing that Tim Holtz’ Distress Inks by Ranger are bright and happy, I decided to start with them on my favorite of the bunch: Choose Happy. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to control the inks very well and they bled into each other leaving me decidedly UNhappy.

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The great thing about art is that boo-boo’s are just opportunities to create something better so I fiddled around with various other mediums until I came up with a solution I liked…

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Yep, a heavy dose of fabulously glittery Stickles can make a huge difference!

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Next, I decided to try some Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors on one of the samples:

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Those holographic sequins are so hard to photograph! Adding some gold and white gel pen here and there and giving it some sparkling Wink of Stella helped this one, too…

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Finally, I reached for something that gave me more control… Faber-Castell’s Aquarelle colored pencils. Once colored, I just went over them with a water brush to smooth the color out:

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Still a little color bleeding, but not near as much!

Which one do YOU like best?

Materials used:

  • Choose Happy
    • ADORNit ArtPlay sample
    • Spellbinders Les Papillions 2 die
    • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade, Weathered Wood, Wilted Violet
    • Copic Markers: BG15, 18, 45; BV00, 02; C1, 3; R20; RV04, 34; Y13, 15; YG17, 61, 63; YR02, 04, 07, 24
    • Ranger Perfect Pearls: Dark chocolate
    • Ranger Stickles: Aqua, Frosted Lace, Glam Pink, Patina, Tropical Tangerine
    • Ranger Distress Stickles: Dusty Concord
    • Recollections Adhesive Faux Pearls
    • Sanford Uniball Gel Impact pen 1mm gold
    • Kuretake Zig Wink of Luna Green
    • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella Clear
    • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
    • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
    • Core’dinations cardstock – pink
    • DCWV card
  • Laura Ingals Wilder quote
    • ADORNit ArtPlay sample
    • Spellbinders Labels 23 die
    • Kuretake Ganzai Tambi watercolors: 31, 32, 34, 36, 40, 44, 51, 53, 61, 64, 139
    • Sanford Uniball Gel Impact pen 1mm gold
    • Sakura Gelly Roll pen white
    • Copic Markers BV08, R29
    • Nicole Spanales flower sequins
    • Art Minds flower cup sequins
    • JoAnn Advantus sequins
    • Recollections adhesive faux pearls
    • Kuretake Zig Wink of Luna Gold
    • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella Clear
    • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
    • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
    • Coredinations cardstock – lavender
    • Misc ribbon
    • DCWV card
  • Bee You tiful
    • ADORNit ArtPlay sample
    • Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A & B
    • Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle color pencils: 104, 109, 118, 126, 147, 151, 166, 187, 199
    • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella Clear
    • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
    • Coredinations cardstock – red
    • DCWV card

Tip: You’ll notice I used Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive on all of these… since watercolor paper tends to warp, I find that the Xtreme adhesive is the only one strong enough to hold it down flat onto the cardstock.

If you’d like to play with some of these ArtPlay watercolor cards, check out ADORNit’s site: http://www.adornit.com/

If you’d like to see samples from other artists, check out #adornitcoloring on Instagram

Thanks again for your patience these past few weeks. I hope to be back soon!

-D.Ann

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Felt Finger Puppets Card

Just popping in with another fun project. This one is inspired by Jennifer McGuire Ink’s Share Handmade Kindness project featuring children this week,

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and by Unity Stamp Company’s {Be Inspired} color challenge:

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I’ve been wanting to make these finger puppets for my friend’s daughter ever since I got this stamp set from Unity, so I finally sat down and tried it…

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Argh… my teal looks more blue than green in these pics. Having a teal elephant was fun… with his trumpeting trunk, he’s a real tattle-teal! (ok, we groan, but the little ones giggle!)

When I first stamped these cuties onto the felt with Staz-On, They didn’t really stand out:

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Hand stitching is NOT my forte, but I think they turned out cute enough for little fingers to have fun!

They were mounted on the card with just a glue dot so they could be removed easily.

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I think she’ll have lots of fun playing with her new little friends!

Materials used:

  • Unity Stamp Company stamp sets: Roar. Grr. Eek.; Meow. Purr. Baa; Whooty (All You Need is LOVE sentiment)
  • Kunin Group Rainbow ClassicFelt: Walnut Brown, Peacock, Ruby & Smoke
  • CPE Brown Felt
  • Staz-On Solvent Ink: Jet Black and Opaque Cotton White
  • Judikins Pen & Fabric Inc Cleaner
  • Ranger Stickles:
    • Aqua
    • Firefly
    • Fruit Punch
    • Glam Pink
    • Pink Taffeta
    • Rose Gold
    • Tropical Tangerine
  • Ranger Ice Stickles – Silver Ice
  • Ranger Adirondack Dimensional Pearls – Mushroom
  • Versamark Ink
  • Recollections Detail Embossing Powder – Ebony
  • Spellbinders Labels One and Scalloped Labels One dies
  • Misc. Cardstock, thread and adhesives

If you want to check out these two challenges, here are the links:

Unity {Be Inspired} Challenge: http://www.theunitystampco-challenge.blogspot.com/2015/10/unity-be-inspired-challenge-october.html

Share Handmade Kindness: http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/2015/11/share-handmade-kindness-challenge-week-3-children.html

Have a lovely week and thanks for stopping by!

-D.Ann

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Fill Your Heart With What’s Important – Mixed Media Tags

Today I have a pair of tags to share. Jenn Shurkus is celebrating her 10th blogiversary and has invited us to copy the inspiration from one of her projects. I chose one of her beautiful tags from March (you can see it by clicking HERE).

Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge this week is Sparkle and Shine, and their Monday Challenge is: i scream for… using the letter i.

So, I put the ideas together and came up with these lovely, sparkly and shiny mixed media tags using some Imagine crafts products, ink and a what’s Important stamp (i words)…

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Thanks so much, Jenn, for the fab idea!

Materials used:

  • Unity Stamp Co.:  January 2015 KOTM: Magic of Beginnings + Take Care of You + Tag – free gift with purchase : )
  • Dreamweaver Large Lace Border Stencil
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Butterflies Tissue Tape
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paints: Peacock Feathers, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry
  • Ranger Stickles: Fruit Punch, Aqua, Distress Stickles – Dusty Concord, and Ice Stickles – Crystal Ice
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls: Dark Chocolate
  • Imagine Crafts Creative Medium: Metallic Gold
  • Imagine Crafts Goosebumps texture spray
  • Versamark ink
  • Recollections Detail embossing powders: Ebony & Gold
  • Recollections Encrusted Jewel kits: Mica & Teal
  • Memento London Fog dye ink
  • Misc glue, ribbon, feathers

Here are the challenges I’m entering this project in, in case you want to join the fun:

I’m glad you stopped by today!

-D.Ann

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