Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Stretching your Stencils



One of the techniques I teach in my Craftsy class involves selectively cutting out portions of stencils to create a totally different design.

I had some time this weekend to just play and I pulled out my Parquet stencil.

It's rotated 45 degrees, and then I traced and then used a cutting knife to remove these alternating triangle portions.  I love what a different look this is.

Since I wasn't really planning ahead, I ended up with a cut out area that wasn't quite symmetical.  If I had planned ahead, I would have made it symmetrical and used it on the horizontal, adding the sentiment in the center.  But, I was flying by the seat of my pants here, so.....



I knew I wanted to pop the panel up over some black cardstock, but I wanted some brightness, too, so I cut three 1" squares of colored cardstock to add behind the squares/diamonds.  I found the perfect patterned paper to accent the design from an old BG 6x6 pad.

A simple partial sentiment from Calathea was embossed on black to finish this off.

I love this technique because it allows you to take one thing and create something totally different.  Hope you're inspired to take a fresh look at your stencils!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Giddy Up!



As I'm endeavoring to spread the love to unloved stamp sets, I really needed to pull out the Rowdy Raccoons set from Mama Elephant.  It was gifted to me a while back and I just love the critters so much.  They are cute and they have attitude.

I opted for this guy.  He's stamped in Versafine and then painted with my Gansai watercolors.

Just in case you don't know, I'm not a fan of white space....I always feel like I should fill it with something....a wash, some splatter, sequins, etc.



But, I restrained myself and just let this little guy be the star of the show.  I'm hiding this from my girls because they are liable to run off with it otherwise.

Like this guys says, have a rootin' tootin' great day!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Now for something new



So yesterday I was using old things, today I'm turning my attention to something new and unloved.

I have a terrible habit of needing things, getting them, and not using them.  So over the weekend I picked out one of those new items (this thank you stamp from Studio Calico) and decided it was going to get a day in the sun.

Really simple.  I used a Cosmo Cricket watercolor tag, added some loose watercolors and then some gold and black splatter.



Then I finished it off with the sentiment stamp (I used my MISTI to make sure that I got a good inking) and also clear embossed the sentiment.

A quick and easy tag to add to my stash, and I used something new in the process!

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Mixing the old with the new and things you learn when you do so


Here's the thing.  I have SO MUCH OLD STUFF.  I mean, really old old stuff and it's kind of embarrassing.  After I stopped submitting for publication, I became much less concerned about having current papers/embellishments, so I mostly spend on stamps and dies and inks these days, which also means I tend to focus on those and not the old stuff.

This year I'm hoping to make a concerted effort to get that stuff out and use it more frequently.

(Full disclosure, I also have a lot of new stuff that I haven't used either....we'll talk about that another day.)

So lots and lots of oldies here, but interestingly enough my jumping off point was the two leaves.  They are from my new Calathea set.  They are the inner images associated with the leaf from this card.  But here I'm using them more like leaves for the flower, which is an old Webster's Pages embellishment.  The leaves were stamped on some patterned paper (also old) with rock and roll stamping for the first layer and then a sold dark color for the inner layer.  


The next piece I picked out was the journaling card, from an older Maggie Holmes collection.  Then came the little envelope (super old Studio Calico), with an acetate heart (even older Heidi Swapp) stapled in place with my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

I wanted to dress up the journaling card a bit, so I added some old MME Luxe rub-ons.  The sentiment is from my Dala Horse set and was stamped with Versafine.  To make sure it didn't smudge, I heat set it and a fun surprise, the heat caused the rub-ons to bubble up a bit.  I loved the fun texture it added, so I went ahead and heated up the rest of the rub-ons.  


I added a few patterned paper mats and stitching to finish things off.  

So fun to get out the old stuff and put it to use!  I'm hoping to do this more often this year.  

That's all for me today.  Have a great start to your week!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Neat & Tangled January Release is live and winner

Hey everyone!  The January release is now live in the store!

Here's a recap on my release projects:









I also need to announce a winner for my Calathea set.  The lucky commenter was from Day 3, comment 42.....

Dana!!!

Yay!  Shoot me an email and I'll get this sent out to you!

If you didn't win, don't worry, because with monthly releases there will be lots more opportunities to win this year!  Be sure to head on over to the store, I have a feeling those squirrels might not last long!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Neat & Tangled January Release Week Day 4 - Giveaway



Hey folks, today is the last reveal day for our January release.  Today we're showing off a mini set from Elena Roussakis called Floral Heart.

I've always been a little awed by people who can do no line coloring.  It's totally intimidating to me, but I thought with an image with little parts it might be easier.

I'm not sure if it's harder or easier, all I know is this no line coloring stuff is hard and it takes a really really long time!

I stamped the image with Antique Linen Distress Ink, and then colored with Copics, keeping the stamp itself close by for reference when I was coloring.  I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, although I have to say the OCD in me really doesn't like that you can still see some of the Antique Linen in the light areas.  If you're a no-line colorer, I'd love to know if there is a better ink for this.



The sentiment is also from this set and was stamped in Versafine, and I used an 01 Journaling Pen for the little branch parts.

Short and sweet today.  Remember, I'll be drawing a winner for my Calathea set from all the release week post comments, and will announce tomorrow morning.  Stop by the Neat & Tangled blog too as Danielle is giving away a set to a lucky someone.  See you tomorrow!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Neat & Tangled January Release Week Day 3 - Giveaway



Hey everyone!  Today's the day we get to show off my new stamp set/dies, Calathea.  Calatheas are a type of houseplant with really bold showy leaves.  There are lots of different varieties, but I chose my four favorites to showcase.  This set works if you want to do layered stamping in solids, as well as if you want outlines for coloring.

For this first card, I chose to use the outline images for some no line watercoloring.  The image was stamped with Antique Linen distress ink on watercolor paper and then colored with Kuretake Gansai watercolors.



I used three different patterned papers to create a grid like background/mat with a bit of stitching for texture.  But, I think you could easily make a really lovely CAS set of cards with just the simple watercolored panel.

This next card shows off the smallest of the leaves.  I created my own patterned paper alternating the base shade for the leaf.  I used Altenew inks here as I love the coverage they provide.



Again, a very simple finish, stamping the sentiment on a circle die cut layered over the stitched circle from the Making Waves dies.



For this last card, I used the coordinating dies.  Although this specific die is for one of the inside portions of the leaf, I'm using it on it's own here, alternating colors and orientation.



I also wanted to show you how the sentiments work together.  My husband always complains because the insides of my cards have no words.  Several of the sentiments in this set work together, so you can complete a thought on the inside of the card.



Phew!  That's all for me today.  Hopefully this gives you an idea of the versatility of this set.  Leave me a comment and you'll be entered to win this set.  For an extra entry, share about this new set on Facebook or Instagram and leave another comment.  Be sure to head over to the Neat & Tangled blog next.  Danielle is giving away a set too, and you've got to see how the rest of the team used the set.

Tomorrow is the last day of our reveals!  I'll see you then!

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