Thursday, March 30, 2017

Craftsy Class Giveaway



So Facebook reminded me (yesterday) that my Craftsy class, Fresh Eyes on Your Cardmaking Supplies, has been out for a full year now.

Creating/filming that class has been one of the highlights of my crafty 'career', and to celebrate I thought it would be fun to give away a spot in class.

To enter to win, just leave me a comment.

You can win some extra entries by:
1) Following me here on the blog
2) Sharing this giveaway on Facebook
3) Following me on IG (@mprantner)
4) Sharing the giveaway on IG (you can just repost my IG post about the giveaway)

Leave another comment for each extra entry.

I'll choose a winner next Monday, good luck!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hugs and Happy Thoughts



I had to go out of town for work last week, and when I do I always take a little something to work on.  This time, before I left I stamped some of the leaves from my all time favorite Altenew stamp set, Beautiful Day on a card panel, and brought along my stitching supplies.

I stamped just the outline images and the highlights (using Evergreen and Forest Glades ink).  The outline images aren't a full outline, there's some variation, and I thought they would be perfect for stitching.  Note this is the same leaf image that is repeated throughout, but the stitching is a little different from image to image, which makes it that much more unique and special.



I used two strands of DMC floss for this.

When I got home, I trimmed the panel down, added a sentiment (also from the Beautiful Day set), rounded the corner for a bit of extra interest, and mounted it to my card base with foam tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope your week is going well!


Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Blog Name Hero Hop



Hey guys, I've got a card over on the Neat & Tangled blog as part of the A Blog Named Hero Fifth Anniversary Celebration Hop.  There are all sorts of great hop prizes, so head on over there to see the full up card.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sketchy Medallion



I pulled our my Flower Medallion Builder set over the weekend to play.  This is one of those sets that is just fun to experiment with.  After creating a pattern, I thought it would be fun to add some doodling.  It adds a graphic punch and gives your images a totally different look.  This is also a great technique for when you did a not so great job stamping.  My stamping was actually not that bad here, but when you have images that might not have stamped well, doodling really masks/hides that.

Anyway, after adding the doodling, which I really did quickly and without much care, I trimmed down my panel and fussy cut a bit along the bottom to create some interest.



This was mounted over some black cardstock which gives a great visual impact, and then I embossed the sentiment on he black.

I added a black enamel accent to the center of the panel and that was that.  Really easy.  Have you ever tried doodling on your cards?  I highly recommend it!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Million Thanks


I recently picked up this set from The Ton.  I have a soft spot for peonies, and I have more than a few peony sets.  I'm not like the crazy cat and coffee stamp people, but I definitely have my fair share of peonies.

Anyway, I was in the mood to watercolor, and chose the no-line version.  This was harder to color (and took longer) than I anticipated.  It turned out OK, but I think next time I'll watercolor with embossing or try Copics.


The flowers are so pretty that I decided to keep the rest of the card very simple.  A sentiment from the same set and mat.  

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Love You the Mostest



This might be a new record.  I ordered some new stamps and I used them within two weeks of purchasing them.  This almost never happens, but really, this llama is just so cute and I needed to stamp him!

The nice thing about llamas is that some of them are white, so there is very minimal coloring if you go with a white llama.  In this case I really just added a bit of shadow and that was it.



For the background panel I watercolored using Dylusion Ink Sprays.  Using the Ink Sprays is a really quick and easy way to watercolor a background and the colors are so rich and vibrant.

The sentiment is from my favorite PS sentiment set, Uplifters.

That's all for me today!  Hope your week is going well!

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Using up the Stash, almost no stamping



I'm back with another card that explores the depths of my crafty over abundance.

Sometimes making these cards makes me sad, like today's card.  It features a piece of ephemera from October Afternoon, oh how I miss OA, I really loved their designs.

This piece is from the Farmer's Market collection (I'm pretty sure), and it's probably not an image I'd use on a layout, but I really love the vintage look and feel, and I think it stands on it's own pretty well.
I did add a stamped sentiment (from my Maple Leaves Journaling Card set for Neat & Tangled).  Rather than using a regular mat to frame it, I'm using another stash item, a library card pocket from Studio Calico.  I like the extra texture the stitching on the pocket added.  I did insert a second mat into the pocket to set off the top of the ephemera piece and to highlight that the pocket has an angle to it.



The woodgrain patterned paper is from a MME 6x6 pad.

Super quick and easy.  When was the last time you delved into the depths of your stash?