Monday, February 19, 2018

Pinkfresh Studio Technique Talk Blog Hop

Hi there crafty friends,

Welcome to our Technique Talk blog hop at Pinkfresh Studio! 

You should have arrived here from the ah-mazing Erum's blog!

The technique I'm sharing today is very simple, but maybe still useful to some of you? I've made this card using the beautiful Lined Floral Background stamp designed by Inna Moreva.

Now, this stamp is 4x6" and I prefer my cards to be 4.25x5.5" so this wouldn't have covered the whole panel. I didn't want to trim off the sides so I thought I'd just use a part of the image. I love circles, so I created a mask from some scrap paper to stamp only a semi-circle. 

For this technique you'll need a stamping tool. At least I can't for the life of me stamp an image in the same position more times...but if you can, by all means give it a go!

Place your stamp on your panel where you want it, then pick it up with your stamping tool.

Now place your mask over your panel. I ended up taping down the card and the mask too to hold them in place securely since my card panel was not much bigger than the stamp, so there wasn't enough space for the magnets. 

Ink up your stamp. 

Now start stamping. Press the life out of that stamping tool :D. This is the image I got after the first stamping - not good. So ink up your stamp again and repeat these steps until you're satisfied with the result.

After the third stamping - looks better, I don't mind imperfect edges, so this is fine for me:

As you see I had smudges on my panel, because the ink bled through the copy paper I used as a mask.   So better use a thicker paper, or create a mask from stencil material to avoid this. Actually, the first card that you see above, I created using a much too thick paper for mask! I was too lazy to look for something thinner, so I must have stamped the image 12 times, in the end I even stood on my stamping platform, haha! It didn't break but be smarter than I was, choose the right paper :).

I will however save this panel too! I already die cut the stamped image and coloured it too - I only need to add it to a card, probably using foam sheet to pop it up!

To colour my card I used distress markers and only added flat colour, no shading. This image has so many lines, I felt this worked best.

I hope you found this little step-by-step helpful!

Now for the fun part! Hop along with us and leave a comment on each participating blog to be eligible to win one of FOUR (!) $25 gift certificates! Just how generous is Pinkfresh Studio?! Comments will close at 11.59pm CST on Monday, February 26th 2018. Winners will be randomly selected and announced on Wednesday, February 28th 2018.

The line-up:

Enjoy and Good Luck!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Marvelous Colors - DT layout for Paige Evans + Silhouette

Hi there crafty friends,

First of all, Happy Valentine's Day to you all! I hope each and every one of you gets spoilt by someone today! I know I WON'T haha! But that's OK, we don't celebrate Valentine's Day.

I still wanted to choose some heart cut file for today's layout! Paige has many to choose from, but they are pretty popular, so we already used most of them on the Design Team! In the end I went with the adorable Heart Lines Background (Design ID #246562). 

I cut a ton of these heart lines because originally I had a different idea - I might do that another time. I decided to use only as many as needed to cover the entire background. I backed most of them with different patterned papers from Paige's gorgeous brand new Pick-me-up collection. A lot of them actually came from one 12x12 sheet, Paper 21 and some from scrap pieces I had left from other projects. Perfect way to use up those tiny scraps many of us have a problem throwing away :).

I was planning to use a pink paper for background but I had this photo on my desk and then I found this awesome yellow paper in the collection. It was meant to be! Yellow for Valentine's?! Oh well, I've never been one for traditional things anyway, ha!

I adhered most of the strips to the background using liquid glue, however a couple I popped up with foam adhesive, just to add some dimension and interest. I layered some tissue paper, a journaling spot and a die cut frame behind my photo and glued these down. I added my title on top of the photo. I used the super gorgeous alpha thickers for this - I think these are one of my faves in the collection! The other half of my title came from the die cut pack. 

I scattered different embellishments around the page: some chipboards, stickers, puffy stickers and a few acrylic tags, no rhyme or reason! To finish off my layout I stamped the date, wrote my journaling and added some navy ink splatters.

That's it for today! I hope I could inspire you in some small way!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!


Monday, February 12, 2018

Valentine - DT layout for Fancy Pants Designs

Hi there crafty friends,

Today I'm sharing a layout I created for Fancy Pants using their gorgeous Sweet Nothings collection from last year. I think this is still my favorite Valentine's line, the colors and patterns are just so unique! Which is actually why I've always loved Fancy Pants so much!

I chose the black and white striped paper for my background, because I think I haven't used this one for background before. To add a bit of interest and a little accent, I adhered two different strips of papers at the bottom of the page.

For my title I used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe and I backed the letters with a few different patterned papers. I added foam adhesive to the letters so I have a nice dimension on my layout. 

The photo I chose is a really bad quality photo, however my kiddo's face is priceless (he was still chewing on the last piece of his steak haha) and I love everyday captures like this so I scrapped it anyway. I layered some tissue paper and tucked some tags behind my photo to add a bit of color and texture. I also attached a couple of embellishments at the top, die cuts and a cute heart clip.

I hand stitched around the little heart in the letter A, glued a puffy sticker heart in the middle. Lately I've been using eyelets again, so I added one in the middle of the heart and hung the tags from the hole.  

I then glued down the photo and the cut file too, side by side, and started decorating the title. For this I used a few die cuts, puffy stickers and tags. 

I popped up some of the embellies on the title, to create extra dimension. To finish off my layout, I stamped the date, wrote the journaling and scattered some puffy sticker - and die cut sequins around my page.

So that's it for today guys! I hope you like my layout and get inspired to get crafty! 
Thanks for stopping by today!