Monday, April 23, 2018

FMS Challenge: Stenciled Background

It's been a while since I played in a challenge that I was not part of, and since I LOVE challenges so much I have decided to play in one and of course share it with you. One of my favorite types of challenges is sketch challenges and today I decided to play along with the Freshly Made Sketch challenge which looks like this: 

This is a very fun and somewhat easy challenge and the best part is that you can create with so many different outcomes. Their design team did a wonderful job putting together some examples so make sure to head on over there and check them out. Now onto my project. 

Since it's Monday, I decided to grab my Just For Fun Rubber stamps along with a stencil and get to work. I have been playing around with a lot of different techniques lately and this one is no exception. 

For this card I decided to stamp the background using the Cone Daisy stamp from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps. This stamp was then colored in using my Touch Twin alcohol markers, in a couple of shades of yellow and a couple of shades of cool grey. 

Once I had the background image the way I wanted it I lined up the top piece of paper and cut out a circle using my Friskars circle cutter. This circle cutter is excellent because you can adjust the size of the circle you would like, anywhere from 0-6"+ making it an all in one tool. Once the top circle was cut out I took a stencil and sponged some Topiary and Honey ink onto the cardstock. I then decided to give the card a little depth and layered the top piece onto the bottom using 3-D foam tape.

To finish off this card, and provide the other "circle" in the sketch I decided to fussy cut out the Whimsical Profile Butterfly stamp, also from Just For Fun. This stamp was also colored in using alcohol markers. I wanted to provide a little more color so I decided to pair the green and yellow with some orange and blue. Then to tie in the orange I layered the entire card onto a piece of orange paper, making three layers in total. Also, before putting on the butterfly I decided to wrap some brown ribbon around the card front, this helped break up some of the design. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my creation and make sure to check out the Freshly Made Sketches challenge. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

CK: A Button Challenge

Today welcomes a brand new challenge over at Creative Knockouts and this week we are showcasing all projects featuring buttons! Now I have a huge stash of buttons that I simply do not use and to be honest I actually completed my card today and then went back and added the buttons because I forgot all about them. Anyway, our sponsor is the wonderful "A Day for Daisy" who is graciously giving away a $12 voucher to their store so this is definitely a challenge that you want to play along with.

My card today features the "Miss Claire Clown" which I thought would be perfect for building my birthday stash back up with. Since I mainly go to kid's birthday parties I decided to keep the card to primary colors like yellow and blue. As with most of my digital stamps I sized out the design and image using Design Space then after I had the image ready to go I decided to color it using my alcohol markers. 

For the sentiment I decided to take a piece of vellum and to heat emboss a birthday greeting. Both greetings come from a retired CTMH stamp set of the month. I heat embossed the larger one using clear embossing powder and my black ink and then for the smaller one I simply stamped straight onto the paper. Then finished off the card by adding two buttons. 

If you are interested in playing along with us this week you can come on over to Creative Knockouts and enter your card. Thanks for stopping by today and as always Happy Crafting! 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

2-Tone Stamping Video Tutorial

Today I have a wonderful video tutorial showing off some 2-tone stamping. Now if you have not seen these stamps yet then you need to check them out..they are so beautiful and make creating beautiful projects so simple. These stamps are designed to be layered which in turns achieves a 3-D shaped stamped image.. Amazing!! right?!! Here to see what I am talking about check out my video below. 

Are you not totally in love with this technique?! I know I am. Close To My Heart has a few different stamps that will help you achieve this look such as the "Thoughtful Bird" set located here. There is also the "For You Darling" one found here, and even the "Beautiful Friendship" stamp set that is not out yet, but can be seen below. 
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If you love that stamp set as much as me then you should make sure to join us for our Creative Clubs in May where we will be using it to create cards and a scrapbook layout. If you would like more information on those clubs make sure to join our Facebook Group by clicking on this link

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you over in the Lounge. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

JFF: Stamptangle Sea Turtles

Today I have a really fun card that features one of my favorite stamptangle stamps, the 
StampTangle Sea Turtle 2 from Just For Fun stamps. If you have followed along with me at all then you know that this is one of the best stamp lines that anyone on the market offers, I simply adore it and cannot get enough of them. Here take a look for yourself. 

I mean seriously, how can you not LOVE this line. 

For this card I took a piece of sea foam cardstock (I mean what other color would match that stamp perfectly) and I stamped that sea turtle stamp on the background using Topiary colored ink. I wanted this to show but not be the focal point of the card so I then decided to pair it with that beautiful kraft cardstock and started to layer. 

To pop up the focal image a little more I used two of my dies to create a rigid, stitched squares. These dies come in a set of about 6 so I simply picked out two sizes that were close but not the same and again with the layers. 

The turtle was stamped onto a piece of vellum using black ink. I then decided to flip it over to the back and color in the image using alcohol markers. I flipped the paper over because I did not want my alcohol markers to mess up the image's ink. 

For the finishing touches I decided to wrap some green twine around the card front and to stamp a "hello" sentiment onto a piece of white cardstock. The "hello" stamp comes from Just For Fun and can be located here

Following the same steps I also decided to use the 2-sided butterfly stamp and create a duplicate card. 

With the butterfly card I simply switched out the cardstock colors so that I was using the kraft as my primary background. I also decided to stamp this image onto some white cardstock and again colored it in using my alcohol markers. 

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you were inspired. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Birthday Boy's Pocket Style Layout

As many of you know I am a mom of boys, which means that most of my scrapbooking is better when I use a masculine paper line. Now that doesn't mean that I can't turn any paper line into a work or simply means that I reach for the blue paper before the pink. Today's post is a great example of that. 

In today's layout I wanted to capture my oldest son's birthday party and as you can imagine there were a ton of awesome photos taken throughout the weekend. Me, being a mom, could not limit myself to only 2-3 photos so I decided to create a pocket page double layout which solved all of my problems.

For this layout I used the PhotoPlay "My Imagination" paper line which features awesome blue, red, and yellow patterns along with really boyish themes like robots, dinosaurs, and gaming. The line came with a number of 12" x 12" double sided papers as well as some PL cards which I ended up cutting out and using throughout the layout. 

Now unless you are shopping a line that features the same design both horizontally and vertically it might be necessary to adjust, trim, and layer your PL cards to fit in the appropriate slots, which is exactly what I did here. 

Since I purchased the whole kit I also got some coordinating stickers which I used to accent my handmade and pieced together PL cards. I love purchasing the whole kits when I buy new papers because I can always rest assure that the whole design will match perfectly without question. 

Here's one last look at the completed layout. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my post. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Just For Fun Embossed & Inked

I'm back again for the second day in a row to bring you another Just For Fun card. Today is my day to post over on the main blog and I figured I might as well continue the challenge them and bring you another flower card. If you missed yesterday's card make sure to head back and take a look at it, who knows you may learn a new technique. 

For today's card I decided to try something a little different and instead of using a flower stamp I used the Stamptangle Leaf Flourish stamp as a border and created this card. 

To start this card off I heat embossed that beautiful flourish stamp set and then used ranger white embossing powder to really make it stand out. I then took some purple ink and sponged the edge working my way end. My tip when sponging is to start off the paper and then work it inwards, this will give you the gradient look that you see above. 

Once I was done stamping, embossing, and inking I grabbed an embossing folder and ran the whole card front through my Big Shot. The card was beautiful looking as it was but I could not help adding my new floral die cuts and some clear gems to finish it off. 

Thanks for stopping by today. 

Happy Crafting! 

~ Jen ~ 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Just For Fun Monthly Challenge

Happy Easter/ April Fool's Day & April!! Man it's a day filled with celebration isn't it?! Well let's celebrate one more thing today as I introduce Just For Fun's Monthly Challenge - Flowers. This challenge is perfect for the weather here in Upstate NY as we keep our fingers crossed for that first blossom...soon, I promise. 

Even though the blossoms are not showing yet our Design Team over at JFF has some fabulous and very "Spring" themed cards so make sure to head on over there and check them all out. 

As for my project I decided to try something a little new, at least to me, and to grab my kraft cardstock and color on it. 

This technique is really fun and can be done using a variety of mediums, my only recommendation is to keep with bright colors. 

So I started this card off using the Titled Daisy Stamp which I stamped with archival black ink in a random background pattern. I then layered that onto a piece of black cardstock and a piece of black and white polka-dotted cardstock. Finally once I had the base just the way I like it I colored in my stamped images using Alcohol Markers. 

To top off the card I decided to heat emboss a "Thinking of You" sentiment from the Just A Note word block onto some vellum. I then cut this out and "dashed" a faux stitching using a white gel pen. Finally I added white dots to finish it off. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure to head on over and play along with our monthly challenge and if you are in need of some flower stamps Just For Fun has a ton of spectacular options. 

Happy Crafting!