Saturday, March 25, 2017

Simple Coloring and My Cup of Candy



Back today with a super simple card using the new Sizzix Flower Garden Framelits dies and Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden stamps. I have to admit when I first started with this set I kinda freaked out. I will be the first one to tell you I'm not good with realistic images *or* coloring.


But I decided to give it a shot. And you know what? It's was kinda fun! I tried a variety of images and mediums. I finally decided on a mix of my Spectrum Noir colored pencils and then used a Touch Twin marker for shading.


I love having the ability to cut out the stamped image using a die and not trimming all of those points with scissors! Simply stamp the image and die-cut around it using the matching set--Sizzix Flower Garden Framelits dies and Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden stamps.


Create a card base and add some patterned paper. Use a piece of washi tape for the sentiment. Attach the final die-cut and colored image using some 3D foam squares and embellish with rhinestones. That's all there is to it!! And now I'm looking forward to playing even more with this set.

Speaking of looking forward to, why have tea when you can fill your cup with candy?? (I'm always looking forward to candy!) With the help of my Sizzix 3D Tea Cup die  that's exactly what I did in my newest tutorial, found on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog. It's sweet in so many ways ;)




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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Create It Simply: Add some glitter and glitz to crafty creations

Just a couple of my latest projects to share :)
I think I'm on a wee bit of an orange kick lately.
Also loving the addition of sparkle and shine with glitter and foil.
Follow me on Instagram to keep up with the latest. ;)

Happy Saturday!!
-Tami 



My "Thank You" card  tutorial on the Sizzix blog.










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Monday, February 20, 2017

The excitement when you find your kind of book.



Those that know me know I am not a "book person". On the rare occasion that I do read it is typically non-fiction and takes me forever and a day to read. Although, craft and decor books are a completely different story. Mention anything that involves creating or color and I'm all ears. Naturally, when I first learned about Blogging for Books I pretty much ignored it. I simply don't have time to read. Then I saw the post of a fellow crafter which included CRAFT books...and coloring books. At that point I thought I did a little *happy dance* and excitedly said "count me in!". I was off to find something crafty--Everything Beautiful by WaterBrook was the something I chose.

This book is filled with gorgeous illustrations based on Scripture, quotes, poems and music. There are various images including random doodles like this:


And full scenes like this one:

After thumbing through the full 96 pages I could hardly wait to watch the colors appear and finally decided on the image below. I like that the pages are perforated so that they can be removed from the book. Pretty much the only thing I didn't like about this book was that the pages didn't remove as cleanly as I would have liked; but, it wasn't a deal breaker for me.


I liked that the images were printed on one side with details about them on the back such as lyrics and background information. I thought this was an excellent idea because if your chosen medium soaks through the paper you aren't losing an actual coloring page and you also aren't getting a lot of blank pages. Below is the back of the page shown above. It gives the lyric for the song illustrated. 


As an artist and crafter, I was also very happy to see that each page listed the artist who illustrated and lettered the image to be colored.

As far as the page quality, the pages are nice an thick so they work well with a variety of mediums. For this particular page I wanted to try alcohol ink markers to see if they would bleed through. As you can see below, they did bleed. But, as mentioned previously, this wasn't really an issue since the pages can be removed and there is no illustration on the back side. I would recommend removing them as opposed to leaving them in the book if you want to use a medium that has the potential to soak through the page.


Overall, I found this to be a high quality adult coloring book with beautiful inspirational images that are unique and easy to color. 



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I received this book free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.




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Friday, January 13, 2017

Create Quick and Easy Watercolor Wishes for Winter

Hi all!! I can't believe it's already almost 2 weeks into 2017! If you follow me on Instagram you've probably noticed I've been working on quite a few projects since the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, it seems I have way more time to snap a quick "work in progress" photo here and there than to type up a complete blog post and when I do have a blog post it is typically on a company blog. But I am working on getting things shared here as well, even if just a short update. Huge thanks to the three loyal readers that have stuck with me and my sporadic posting. ;)

Now for one of my latest projects--


Supplies:
Cardstock: purple, blue
Watercolor paper
Vellum
Clearsnap ink pads: Cornflower, Plum
Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wishes stamp set
Buttons Galore and More Attic Findings embellishment kit
Silver metallic thread
Waterbrush
Non-stick craft mat
MISTI stamping tool
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Paper Snowflakes, Mini
Sizzix Extended Magnetic Platform
Sizzix Big Shot Plus
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®- EZ Runner, 3D Foam Squares, DODZ mini 



Instructions:

-Form 4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch card from purple cardstock.

-Cut a piece of watercolor paper slightly smaller than card front. Wipe ink pads onto craft mat. Use waterbrush to brush plum ink onto panel as shown. Use waterbrush to flick cornflower ink on to surface.

-Now you will want to sit the panel aside to dry. One of the biggest issues and frustrations I have had with watercolors is the paper curling as in the photo below. I finally figured the remedy to this--place a heavy object on it such as a book or box then let it dry. I actually let mine dry a couple days because I forgot about it. :P

-Once the panel is dry, adhere it you your card front. Place in MISTI stamp positioner and stamp sentiment using cornflower ink.

-Die-cut snowflake shapes from both teal cardstock and vellum. I like to use my magnetic platform and die-cut both pieces at the same time with a single pass.

-You should now have two snowflakes. Curl edges as desired for added dimension. 

-Attach teal snowflake to card front using 3D foam squares.

-Attach vellum snowflake to previous snowflake using mini DODZ.

-Thread button with silver thread; attach to snowflake center using 3D DODZ.


-Using mini DODZ, embellish card front with sequins. 




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