Friday, July 29, 2016

Around the Edges....

Hello & a Happy Power Poppy Friday to Y'all! I hope your week is ending on a high note and that you're looking forward to a creative, joyful, fun-filled weekend ahead! I have a quickie card to share today with a fun little thing I tried that I think I am going to try a whole lot more of!

So.... let's get right to it, shall we?

So, you see that I used a double stitched die for my main image. Here's the trick! Before I put the die on my paper, I inked it using some Vivid! Antique Rose ink. I pressed the ink pad all along that edge of the die and then, cut my paper. While the ink impression isn't prefect like a stamped image -- I do like the kind of distressed looking results! After I was done, I did sponge on some ink and added a distressed style accent stamp to the corners just to add to the effect.

The rest is just coloring -- with Copics, of course -- and matting it up! I used R81, R83, RV00, E31, E33, G20, G21 and G24. I added a little twine and a Stampin' Up button and... ta da!

Here's a close up!

And that, my friends, is it! Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy! I left the inside blank so that I would have a card ready and waiting, no matter what the occasion!

Just like every Friday, some of my stampin' sistahs also have some creatively fun things to share! So, you'll have to hop, skip, and jump on over to see what these fine ladies have in store!

Christine Okken
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a fabulous and fun weekend and.... I'll see you back here real soon!


Friday, July 22, 2016

Hearts & Flowers

Hello & Happy FRIDAY folks! Goodness gracious, as I type this and look at my last post -- where have I been? It seems like life has been rushing by at warp speed these days. I am happy to say that today I actually have some goodies to share and some fun news too!

First of all, I am quickly becoming a Jennifer McGuire junkie. I used to check in to see what innovative and fun things she was doing every now and then but NOW I get updates on my phone letting me know when she updates her Youtube channel and BAM... I am off to check her out.

Recently, she did a video tutorial on how to do mirror stamping with the Misti Stamping Tool. I was intrigued.  Power Poppy had just released the set Soothing Sympathy and I had been eyeing that little droopy Forget-Me-Not flower, wanting to form it into a heart. Here's a peek at the set so you can see what I mean....

Check out that little Forget-Me-Not bunch at the bottom there -- don't you love it? Long story short, I wanted to give Jennifer's tutorial on mirror stamping a try. So, I grabbed these things....

And after following her tips step by step, you can see that I did get an impression.....

But if you look at it closely, it's not perfect. I think this technique would work well with those thicker-lined stamps without a ton of detail. You can see that the image on the right is a bit blobby -- if that is a word. And, the image on the left looks darker because that was my original stamped image. Is it awful? No, not really. Just not what I wanted.

So what did I do?

I begged, begged, begged and begged some more for Marcella to release this little flowy flower already done up in a heart as a digital stamp  -- one I could print, color and then, as you can see above, die cut with a heart die if I wanted.

Guess what?

She did! So, check out my sneaky peek! Forget-Me-Not Heart will be a part of Power Poppy's next Digi On the 5s release -- which is --- JULY 25TH! Wooooo Hooooo! You'll have to tune on in to the Power Poppy blog on Monday to see how the Instant Gardeners use this super sweet image. I cannot express how excited I am!

So, since I got my hands on this image a bit early, let's get to what I created! I did use some of the sentiments from the Soothing Sympathy set. That's the beauty of Power Poppy images, you can mix it up -- use a digi here, a clear stamp there, grab a digi sentiment, accent it with a clear stamp. The creativity is endless!

On to my creation...

Soooo much better -- more crisp and easy to print and color! I grabbed my Copic markers and used these colors - B60, B63, B66, Y15, YG000, YG23, YG21 and YG25. I shaded with BG0000 and BG000.  After I was done coloring, I did add a little razzle dazzle with some glitter glue. See?

And here's a peek at the sentiment on the inside. If you can't tell, this is a gatefold card meaning the opening hinges on both sides and folds in. Thought this one needed a little bit of a twist! ;-)

And after diecutting the image with a Spellbinders Classic Hearts die, I matted it all up, added some bling and ta da!!! Fini! Being that this is Friday, I am joined by some of my fellow Bloomies as they show off some of their creations that they whipped up this week! Hop on over and see.....

Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll see you back here soon -- promise! ;-)