Thursday, July 12, 2018

Altenew Color Therapy Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Hello fellow Altenew fans!  If you're hopping along with us, you might be visiting me from wonderful Erica's cacacrafts blog.  If you're jumping in here, you can start back at the Altenew Blog  for all the details.  I also have the entire blog hop list at the end of this post in case you've missed anyone!  😊  

I am beyond excited to be participating in Altenew's Color Therapy Blog Hop.  Crafty confession: I do not take the time often enough to sit down to color just for fun and relaxation.  I usually have a specific end product in mind and set out to execute it (which can sometimes be frustrating when things don't work out the way I want them to!)  So when Altenew asked me if I would like to participate in a blog hop that celebrates the joy of just coloring, I jumped at it.  

This was a fantastic opportunity for me to try Altenew's Artist Markers for the first time.  Wow, do I love these markers.  The blending is easy and seamless, the colors are vibrant and gorgeous, and there was absolutely no bleeding or wicking of the ink, which I have (too often) experienced with other markers.  I chose to color Altenew's Blooming Bouquet Stamp Set.

My technique was so simple.  Just flick on color.  I didn't pay attention to light sources or anything too technical.  I started by filling in an image with the lightest color, then flicking on a medium shade.  

I then flicked on the darkest shade where I thought the deepest shadows would be, and blended out the colors using the medium shade. 

I continued this process until I had finished the image.  I had so much fun that I colored it twice!  

I ended up making two cards with these images.  I really wanted to highlight the coloring on both cards.  For the first, I stitched a simple sentiment using the "Hello" stamp from the same Blooming Bouquet set.

For the second, I cut up the images and centered them in these fun frames from Altenew's Framed Stamp and Die set.  I was aiming to make the images look like miniature art pieces hanging on a wall.  The sentiment is from Altenew's Focus on You stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed these cards!  I am feeling total #fullsetsyndrome for these markers.  Luckily, Altenew's Artist Markers are 15% off right now!  You can save 15% on all Artist Markers with code HAPPYCOLORS at checkout here: Altenew Artist Markers This is valid 7/12/2018 at 12:01 AM EDT through 7/15/2018 at 11:59 PM EDT. Not valid on previous purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.


To celebrate this blog hop, you have a chance to win a $20 gift certificate right here!  Just leave me a  comment below and I'll choose one lucky winner by July 18, 2018!  Good luck!!!

Altenew is ALSO giving away a $30 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, July 18th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 7/22/2018.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!  Next stop on the blog hop is the amazingly talented Norine Borys.  Have a WONDERFUL day!!!

The blog hop order is:

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Enhancing Die Cuts with Stitching: Spellbinders July Small Die of the Month

So it's a great day when the fabulous Yana Smakula reaches out to you to see if you would like to play with the Spellbinders July Small Die Kit of the Month.  It is an even greater day when you see the FABULOUS dies she would like to send you.  Paisleys and flowers?  No need to ask me twice.

No joke... I have been looking for a beautiful paisley die for what seems like ages.  I love paisleys.  When I saw the image of the paisley die in this kit, I did a happy clap (for real - I really did).  So in a move that would probably surprise everyone, I reached for the paisley before the flowers (which are amazing in their own right... more on those to come).  That's how much I LOVE this paisley die.

With sweltering temperatures, all I've been dreaming out is lying out on the beach with a cold fruity drink in hand.  So I reached for some juicy summer colors when creating these cards.  I started by die cutting a bunch of the paisleys and coloring them with Copic markers.

I then stitched around the borders of the paisleys, using the little dot accents as stitch holes.  And here comes my *A-HA!!!* moment when creating this card.  I did not have that "just right" shade of pink thread and wasn't sure what I was going to to for stitching on the orange paisleys.  Then it occurred to me... why not try to color some white thread with the pink marker I had used?  Ding ding ding!  It worked!  I'm sure I'm not the first person to think of this, but I was really pleased with this improvisation.  I will say... this does stiffen the thread a bit, so I wouldn't necessarily want to do this for larger projects or when using larger quantities of thread.  But for small accents like this, it was PERFECT.  I'll be using this technique a lot.

After coloring and stitching, I assembled my paisleys by stacking up the frames, creating lots of pretty dimension.

A crafty confession... I'm not always the best at figuring out card composition (whether it be colors, placement... there's usually something I need input on).  I usually ask my husband and kids what they think (love them for helping me with my cards!), and this was one of the rare instances where we were split down the middle with a white background or blue background.  So I made one of each!

And now we would love your help because we are hopelessly deadlocked... which do you prefer?  The white or the blue?  We are hopelessly competitive and we need to figure out the winner!   😂

Monday, July 2, 2018

Using Dies as Stencils for Stitching Templates: Altenew's Layered Floral Cover and Cross Stitch Canvas Dies

Happy Monday!  Is everyone settling into summer?   It is HOT here... I am perfectly content to stay home and get some crafting done until this heat wave passes.  100 degree temps?  NO thank you!

I've been meaning to share this cross stitch card I sent off to a crafty friend for a while.  I wanted to create a card using a cover die as a stencil, and chose Altenew's Layered Floral Cover Die A and their awesome Cross Stitch Canvas die.

After die cutting both panels, I used the layered floral die as a stencil to create the cross stitch pattern.  I colored in the sections using Copic markers.  

I then chose my thread colors and went to stitching!  

I'm not gonna lie... this stitching project is not for the faint of heart.  This took a while.  But it was well worth it.  I finished it with one of my favorite sentiments from Hero Arts and some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins.  

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and card!  Have a great start to your week!  

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Good Vibes Release and Tips for Die Cutting Wool Felt

Hello everyone!  So happy to be back… I’m typing this blog entry amongst both of my kids graduating this week and all of the associated festivities.  Lots of bittersweet happiness around here!  I was so thrilled to be able to take some time to create a card with Simon Says Stamp’s new Miss You die from the Good Vibes release.  This release is SO fun with tons of summer-themed goodies.  

I’ve been eyeing my stash of wool felt and hankering to make a card with it for some time, so grabbed Simon’s Blooming Circle die and got to cutting out tiny wool felt flowers.  They were so cute but way too delicate - I was afraid they would fall apart once the card was mailed.  So I pulled out my miracle product that I use to make felt die cuts sturdier… Aleene’s Stiffen Quik.  This stuff is a must have if you’re going to die cut your wool felt.  Simply spray both sides of the felt and let it dry.  The felt retains softness, but the spray gives it stiffness that allows you to adhere tiny die cuts without the worry that they will fall apart.  

After die cutting all the flowers and adhering them to the card, I dotted the circles with gems from Little Things from Lucy’s cards in coordinating colors.  I die cut the Miss You sentiment out of wool felt (heavily-stiffened since the sentiment was delicate).  Some stitching around the edges and the card was finished!  

Doing some deep breathing to get through the end of this week, and hopefully I’ll have some more time to get crafty again soon! 

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