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Friday, July 3, 2015

My UPA article on Using Die Cuts

To Die For is our July theme at Unruly PaperArts Blogozine.  This month we're featuring articles using dies and punches.  My article is published on July 3 HERE.

I have a plethora of die cuts so I decided to share what I know about using them.  Please visit UPA to read my article and leave me some love!

Here is one of the things I made using a die cut.  It is the Arianna bloom from Heartfelt Creations.



First I stamped with clear Versamark onto pink medium weight cardstock.  Then while the ink was still wet, I sprinkled on JudiKins kaleidescope embossing powder.  After heat setting the powder, I used the matching die to cut out the flowers.  I cut the centers from pale orange cardstock.  I wet distressed the flowers and used a stylus to help shape the petals.  Then I assembled the flowers using 3 layers, a brad, and a glitter button.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Birthday wishes all around!

STAMPlorations is celebrating their 2nd birthday with a blog hop, linky party, prizes, and a stamp sale.

My cousin has a birthday right around the Fourth of July.

Here is my celebration card made with a sentiment from STAMPlorations celebration release, Party Time.




The card design is a quilt pattern made by paper piecing squares. Something a little different. I learned how to make this type of card at our craft club last week.

Here is the Mood Board for the Linky Party.  I was inspired by shapes, especially the top right photo.



I'm linking up to the STAMPlorations birthday party HERE.

I made another quilted card in blue with red mats and a red button center for my brother-in-law.  I will see him the day after his birthday, so I will use the sentiment Happy belated birthday that also is in this Party Time set.




Sunday, June 28, 2015

Third Week of Summer of Color5

This week Kristin gave us 2 purples and 1 yellow for our Color By Number prompt for Summer of Color 5.  Details are on her blog HERE.

Once again, I experimented with my Gelli Plate, this being the third time to use it.  For some reason, this time seemed a bit more challenging.  I did learn that yellow and purple make yuck, even when drying between layers.

Here is one of the prints which I'll save for another day.  This one has a real cool vibe going for it.



I watched this video.  I liked the idea of pressing textures/designs into the gelli plate.  But when I pressed my paper into the plate, I didn't get much of the imprint. Gonna have to practice!



I remember Carolyn Dube, in one of her recent videos, used strips of paper on her page.  I decided I would use those strips that I tried to imprint with.  After all, they had the pattern and the paint on them!  Thereby, creating another hybrid Gelli Plate print.

I decided to try to complete this particular print as an actual 8x8" journal page.  I love the weekly color quotes we're getting from Kristin so I incorporated this week's into the page.



Materials:
Delta Creamcoat Enchanted (pale purple)
USArtQuest Perfect Pigment Purple Mist
Daler Rowney Simply Acrylic Lemon Yellow
Copic Y17 Golden Yellow
Gecko Galz digital images butterfly and crown; fairy from Beauty Unveiled;
Stampin' Up embossing folder
Stampin' Up butterfly die/embossing folder
Tim  Holtz lace stencil

Entering this in Gecko Galz Papercrafters Face Book challenges:  July challenge Summer Fairies

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Rogue Crew Has Sailed Off Into the Sunset

Shar Briss and I go back quite a few years.  I so enjoyed being on her design teams, as a Gingersnapper, an Unruly, and as a Rogue Crew member.

I am sad that she is closing the doors of Rogue Redhead Designs.  I love working with her beautiful stamps.

If you'd like to read more about the closing and perhaps complete your collection of stamps at clearance prices, the details are on the RRD blog HERE.

To give myself closure, I'd like to share a few of the projects I made with stamps from Rogue Redhead Designs.  I certainly will continue to use them on my projects.  And when I do, I will think of my creative time with Shar.













Saturday, June 20, 2015

Summer of Color Week 2

For Week One's Summer of Color5, I posted a card because I was totally immersed in the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  What I really wanted to do for this year's Summer of Color was to get out my Gelli Plate and learn how to use it.

So let's start over.  I got out a bunch of 8x8 paper left over from a previous project.  I opened the package and stared at the Gelli plate for awhile.  I watched some videos by Carolyn Dube and was feeling pretty confident I could do this.  It didn't go as smoothly as I thought it would.  But then what does the first time out?  I certainly can brayer acrylic paint.  The tricky part was messing with the stencils, changing colors and overlapping them, and using both the negative and positive part of the stencil..  While making 3 papers, as part of the soak up the excess paint technique,  I learned a lot along the way. Not bad for the first attempt.


Week Two Summer of Color5:  2 pinks and 1 orange  (See Kristin's blog for details HERE)

I did not end up with the same crisp result as in Dube's video--but, hey, that's okay.  I like very much what I got and will use the papers as backgrounds. I also like that I used a 6x6 stencil which gave me a great border as a bonus. If you click on the photo, you can get a better, enlarged view.




You will note that I cheated and added a bit of yellow because there just wasn't enough contrast with the two pinks.

So to make it official for SOC5, here is a flower that I made using 2 pinks and 1 orange.




Then I went back and did Week One Summer of Color5:  2 blues and 1 green

This ended up being a hybrid.  I used the Gelli Plate for the base and the green circle, then took my paper off the Gelli Plate and stenciled on stars and the globe (because the globe really is a die and had sharp points).  I have no clue what this will end up being, but I love it so far....



Perhaps by the end of the six weeks of SOC5, I'll have a better understanding of the Gelli Plate and some great pages to journal with.

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