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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year: CASology - Encourage

Hello Everyone,
Happy New Year! Today I am joining the challenge over at CASology where the cue card is "Encourage". What a great word. So, every year at this time, I make a resolution to blog more consistently and it works for awhile and then I let life get in the way. Disclaimer - I am a school teacher (grade 7/8) and during the school year, with all the marking and prep work, I have little energy for blogging which starts to feel a lot like work instead of a release... this is why it falls by the wayside. This year I have made a shift in my role at school and moved into Special Education, and I have less at home prep work to do. So, I feel that will leave me more time to blog. I have also been bitten by the bullet journal bug and am staying a lot more organized - if you are crafty and you haven't checked out bullet journals, STOP reading and go check it out.

Here is my card:
I don't know if you follow Jennifer McGuire or not... wait a minute, what am I saying of course you do! Before Christmas, she posted these amazing videos to show how to create amazing backgrounds with alcohol inks. I am sure the alcohol ink supplies around the world immediately dwindled as everyone placed their orders (me included). It is so addictive and easy. So, I created a background using amethyst, pool and silver additive. I die cut the flower using the fantastic SSS die "Flower Frame". I LOVE this style of die as it is SO versatile. Here is a close-up of the background because the picture does not do it justice.
It is quite stunning in real life. The sentiment is from the Birchpress sentiment set "Just Because" (another recommendation from the wonderful JM).

Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to leave a comment. Now, I get to go and check off a task in my new Bullet Journal! :)

Happy Stamping,
Meg

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Belated OCC Day Five Rainbow Maker


Hello Everyone,
Day five at the Rainbow Maker class featured adding texture over a rainbow background using stencils. In my last post I used a texture paste. This time I thought I would use Deco Transfer gel for Foil. I used Salty Ocean, Fossilized Amber, and Candied Apple Distress Inks. To get the I created the secondary colours of the rainbow, by overlapping the primary colours. Next I used a Neat and Tangled basket weave stencil and added the Deco Transfer Gel. This is awesome stuff, but you have to make sure that it is completely dry before you try foiling over it. I let mine dry overnight. If you don't, you will end up with a melted blobby mess - ask me how I know!:) I use my Minc mini to apply a beautiful Gina K mango foil. It is very hard to capture in the photo, but it is just gorgeous. I finished it off with an SSS sentiment die and vellum circle. 
Here you can see the foil goodness a little better. Thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment as I love to read the feedback!

Happy Stamping,
Meg

Sunday, August 13, 2017

OCC Rainbow Maker Day Five

Hello Everyone,
For Day Five of OCC Rainbow Maker we are focusing on stenciling over rainbow blended backgrounds. So, for this card I created my ink-blended background with Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemonade, and Salty Ocean distress inks. By overlapping the primary colours, I created the secondary orange and green, without having to add an orange or a green ink. Then I used some Heidi Swapp metallic white texture paste using my MFT Brick Stencil. The neat thing about this texture paste is that it is slightly translucent and iridescent, so it picks up the background colour. To finish it off, I die cut a Lawn Fawn sentiment from home-made toner paper and foiled it with Gina K mango foil. Here is a better picture which shows off the foil and the paste more.
The colour of the foil really picks up on the yellow-orange in back ground. I popped the sentiment onto a Paper Smooches vellum die cut. I love the way this card turned out. Here is another close-up of the quality of the foil and texture paste.
Thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Happy Stamping,
Meg


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Online Card Classes Rainbow Maker Day 4


Hello Everyone,
Today over at Online Card Classes Rainbow Maker, the focus is on watercoloured backgrounds. I chose to do the traditional "smooshing" technique. I used Candied Apple, Crushed Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, and Wilted Violet Distress Inks. I smooshed each ink pad onto my craft sheet and spritzed it liberally with water. Then I smooshed my Tim Holtz Watercolour paper into it. I love the way it turned out. After heat setting, I followed Laura Bassen's lead and topped it all off with a simple white die cut from Concord and 9th. I didn't even feel the need to add a sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by - I love to hear your feedback, so please feel free to leave a comment!

Happy Stamping,
Meg

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Muse 228 and Online Card Classes: Rainbow Maker Day 3

Hello Everyone,
This is the inspiration card for this week's Muse Challenge - it pairs perfectly with the Online Card Class Rainbow Maker. The rainbow focal image in the Muse card is the perfect inspiration for my rainbow "hugs". The white sentiment embossed on a black background was inspired by the black background in the card. I felt it needed a little something more, so I embossed the card panel with my hearts Next Level EF. I also couldn't resist adding Wink of Stella to the rainbow die cut. The sentiment and the die are both from Concord and 9th!
Thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment - I love to read your feedback.

Happy Stamping,
Meg

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Online Card Classes: Rainbow Maker Day Two Part Two

Hello Everyone,
Here is my second card for today's online card class Rainbow maker. The focus today is to stamp using rainbow colours and who better than Laura Bassen to demo that. She demo'd a plaid background using rainbow colours. LOVE it! I pulled out my old PTI set "Faux Ribbon" and went to town. Again I used my new Altenew inks - they are so beautiful to work with. When I finished the background, I added to Concord and 9th Hello die. I felt the card base needed some texture against the busy plaid, so I used one of my Next Level Embossing folders, from the geometric set.

Thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment; I always love to hear from you!

Happy Stamping,
Meg

Online Card Classes: Rainbow Maker Day Two Part One

Hello Everyone,
Today in the Online Card Class Rainbow Maker, Jennifer McGuire showed a second generation stamping technique to create a background. She used hearts and a rainbow colour scheme. I decided to use a circle stamp (actually the backside of Neat and Tangled's Everyday Circles) and ombre rainbow colour scheme. I got out my new Altenew inks in red, orange, green, blue, and purple and created the repeated pattern. I used another Neat and Tangled set, "Out of the Box", for the sentiment. Since the background is quite vibrant, I kept the sentiment simple. I also couldn't resist adding some Wink of Stella to the circles - it is hard to capture in the picture, but it is very sparkly in real life!

Thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment - I love to hear from you!

Happy Stamping,
Meg

Monday, August 7, 2017

Online Card Class Day One: Rainbow Maker

Hello Everyone,
This week I am participating in Online Card Classes new class called: Rainbow Maker. One of the card's presented today used a double stencil technique. I created a heart stencil with my MFT nested hearts. Then I inked blended first with just the heart stencil. After, I overlaid the MFT Brick stencil and ink blended again - either with the same colour or a slightly darker version of the colour. So, for example, on the yellow heart, I used Squeezed Lemonade and then Fossilized Amber on top. For the purple I just used Wilted Violet. The sentiment is the Neat and Tangled Awesome die.

Thanks for stopping by. I love to hear your feedback - so, please feel free to leave a comment!

Happy Stamping,
Meg

Muse 228 and Online Card Classes: Rainbow Maker Day One

Hello Everyone,
Here is the inspiration card for this week's Muse Challenge.I was thrilled to see the use of rainbow motif, since this week I am participating in the latest Online Card Class called Rainbow Maker. I decided for my Muse card I decided to flip the colour scheme and do black die cut on a rainbow background. I used an inked edge technique with rainbow colours for my background and then glued my black die cut on top. The colours are Distress Inks: Candied Apple, Crushed Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet. The die is an SSS Daisy die. The sentiment is from Altenew's Label Love set. Here is my card:
Thank you for stopping by, I love to hear your feedback, so please leave me a comment!

Happy Stamping,
Meg

Monday, July 31, 2017

CASe This Sketch 232

Hello Everyone,
This is the new sketch for CASe this Sketch. It reminded me of a card I made a couple of weeks ago. I changed up the colours and the orientation. Here is my card:
I used my new Altenew inks and my Neat and Tangled set "On the Strip". The bold "Hello" is from another Neat and Tangled set called "Out of the Box". I love this card and layout... so easy to execute!

Thanks for stopping by and if you want to leave feedback, that would be great - I love to get comments.

Happy Stamping,
Meg