I cannot believe that my last post was in December and now January is almost over.
I did not get anything posted on this blog, but I did have a busy January. Taking Christmas decorations down and packing to leave for Arizona seemed to take more time than usual even though I didn’t have as tight a schedule as last year.
Creativation was on here seemingly before I got a chance to unpack. Had an unbelievably fun week with most of my pals from Scrapendipity. On Thursday and Friday, we were all busy with classes, which were without exception simply wonderful. It is really a special treat to see crafting celebrities in person and to watch them work in class. Included were classes from Altenew, Lawn Fawn, Gel Press, Dyan Reavely and Faber Castell. Then on Saturday, Sunday and Monday we drooled over all the new products coming out. Sandra flitted from booth to booth, sitting down to make dozens of Make and Take projects. It was all I could do to keep up with her. We hung around the Ranger booth, learning about the new alcohol inks and Oxide sprays from Tim Holtz. We were clearly visible in our Canadian buffalo plaid shirts in several of the different companies’ videos being made of Tim’s demonstration. Shameless, we were.
Here is a photo of some of the loot we received in the classes and some of the Make and Takes we did.
I did have some time to do some crafting including this layout of us with Tim Holtz…………………………………I know…………………shameless
Sometimes an old product put together with a relatively new product creates a wonderful new technique. Jennifer McGuire demonstrated this recently when she dug out an old product Perfect Pearls and put it together with the relatively new product of layered stamps. The resultant card is a one layer card that is easy to mail and simply stunning.
So far, I have made three cards all made with a single Perfect Pearls colour, but I really want to see what I can do with multiple colours of the Perfect Pearls in the near future.
Take a look.
Because the bloghop has whizzed past the record for entries, I thought I should try for a personal best as well. This card makes 10, which I believe is a record for me. I decided to make a loose uncontrolled background for this card. This means that I now have about 10 watercolour backgrounds for future considerations, as I am kind of OCD and had to try and make one with the right amount of splatters in the right place on the card front.
I wanted to use my new Altenew stamp once more as it is a large set with many images. There are still more unused images, so many I will find time for one more………who knows.
It is that time again! Time for the Coffee Lovers Bloghop. As usual the sponsors are many and mega generous. I am always excited for the hop but this time particularly so, as I have gathered up some coffee stamps and dies that are itching to jump out of the new drawer. Usually I save my newest stamps for later in the bloghop week, but this time a new stamp set from Altenew , literally flipped out of the “NEW” drawer just begging to be used (ok, it just might be because said drawer is over flowing with new goodies). No matter, as this is a large stamp set with plenty of images and sentiments, soit will show up again during this bloghop.
I had to make the sentiment take centre stage, as it is probably the biggest reason that I bought the set. I take great pains to never run out of coffee and the coffee I prefer is quite expensive (fair trade participant). This means I watch intently, for sales. I get quite “depresso” when there hasn’t been a sale and I am in danger of running out of my beloved coffee.
I recently purchased the Sewn with Love stamp set and die from Altenew. This is a layered stamp that mimics the look of Cross Stitch. What is totally amazing about this set is that the matching die is not a die at all but rather serves to add pinpoints to the image. The result is a stunningly realistic cross stitch looking image.
Now for the bad news. I must be cross stitchally (?) challenged, as I did not find this set “easy” to line up in spite of many reassurances from tutorials on the internet. In fact, my craft room could now be wallpapered in a slightly askew cross stitch pattern as I have that many rejects. All is well that ends well though, and I did get the hang of it eventually.
Take a look at these two great looking cards:
I made another variation on the card I did for the Altenew Wedding Challenge.
I like this one even better but once again the lovely glitz of the purple foil does not show up well in the photo.
Supplies: Altenew Majestic Bloom stamp and die, Deco Foil in purple, Laserjet printer, laminator, Simon Says Stamp Congratulations die and card base and Scor tape
The Wednesday Challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp is Masking and the featured stamp company is Altenew. I love Altenew stamps and I just received the Peony Bouquet stamp set in the mail so why not use it.
I have to say this project did not come easy. First I had an idea in my head that I just could not seem to get on paper. The first peony was absolutely perfect, the colours were wonderful and the layering spot on, but things began to unravel after that. First I dropped an inked image on the card front and then smudged it some more with an inky finger. Next attempt I didn’t like the colours and the attempt after that my paper shifted unbeknownst to me in my Misti. And then, well you get the picture. I had to go to bed before there was craft room road rage.
Today was better and here is the resultant card.
Supplies: Altenew Peony Bouquet Stamp set, Woodware Mr & Mrs stamp, Recollections cardstock, Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp dye inks, Recollections embossing powder, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.
I wanted to enter the Altenew Inspiration Challenge for May.
This is the Challenge picture:
After several attempts that just looked so much better in my mind’s eye than on paper I came up with this one. I was inspired by the mosaic look, the blue and yellow and finally by the fact the picture was from Australia.
Supplies: Altenew Sketchy Cities Abroad, Heartfelt Creations Stained Glass Background stamp, Embossing powder and Cardstock from Recollections, Wink of Stella glitter pen, Hero Arts dye ink, SSS card base, Scor tape
When I first looked at the photo given for this Inspiration challenge, I was a bit stumped. Usually, I try to incorporate all that I see in some way. This was impossible with the multiple elements in the photo. It was a good challenge as I had to pick out the pieces that spoke to me and create something from that. I decided that wedding (even though I understand it is a bakery window), ivory, gold and lace were the elements that stood out for me and could serve as the inspiration. Here is the inspiration photo, followed by my entry into the challenge.
Supplies: Altenew Layered Lily, Sketchy Cities America and Fresh Freesia stamp sets, Delicata gold Golden Glitz ink, Tim Holtz Doilky stencil, Hero Arts Soft Sand, Soft Yellow and Sparrow inks, Neenah 80 lb natural white and ivory card stock. Recollections ivory card base, Spellbinders Fanciful Lattice die, DCWV foiled cardstock, Recollections Gold embossing powder and Scor tape.
The Monday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is use lemon, lime or otherwise bright fresh neon. I recently acquired most of the Twisted Citron family of inks, so I decided to try them out. I like the look of the ink smoosh technique using a piece of plastic. At least I like it when other people use this technique………… I intend to keep on practicing until I get it right.