Friday, February 5, 2016

New Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Cards

Hi all! Today I'm sharing a few more cards I made for the Stampers Anonymous booth at CHA using Tim Holtz's new stamps. Most of these are now available at Simon Says Stamp and are perfect for spring stamping projects!

My first card uses one of my favorite new sets - Lady Rose. I love the combination of images in this set! So soft and feminine. The card was created by misting various Distress Stain Sprays onto a craft sheet, then pressing watercolor paper into it. After it dried I stamped Lady Rose, then masked her and added background stamps.

Another set I fell in love with is the Wildflowers set. There are so many ways you can use these stamps! One of my favorite things to do with silhouette stamps like these is the faux batik technique. For this card, I clear embossed the stamps on watercolor paper, then dipped the paper into Distress spray stains that had been spritzed onto a craft sheet. When it dried, I covered the embossing with a sheet of paper and ironed it, removing the embossing and leaving the white impression. I forgot how much I love that technique!

Another gorgeous set is the new doily collection. So pretty and delicate! For this card I sponged on Distress ink and then stamped the doilies randomly. I stamped the lattice background stamp using Picket Fence Distress ink to give it a little more texture. I also used the new glittery paperie tape from Tim's new idea-olgy release and one of the new mirrored hearts. The sentiment stamp is one of my faves from the Ponderings set.

Finally, a card using the set everyone is going crazy for - the Crazy Cats! For this card, I created the background using the wrinkle-free distress technique and then stamped the spots using the new Mixed Media 2 stamp and Picket Fence Distress paint. The sentiment is from the Ponderings set and I think it goes perfectly with this image!

You can find all the supplies I used at Simon Says Stamp via the links below. A few of the items are available for preorder, but most are in stock right now.

Thanks so much for stopping by today - have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - New! Day 2

Hi again, everyone! Today I'm sharing three mixed media tags I made for Karen Burniston to display in the Elizabeth Craft Designs booth at CHA. I love using Karen's Pop it Ups dies to make interactive cards, but they also are great dies to use in other projects!

The tag above was made with the Tags and More 1 die from ECD. I cut the tag from some Prima paper from my stash, adding more interest with spray ink and Karen's new Swirly Flourish stencil. I added a pretty balloon created with Karen's new Hot Air Balloon die, plus the 'Happy' from her Happy Birthday die set.

This was the first tag I made and thought I was going to go in a masculine direction, but the more stuff I piled on, the prettier it got! It ended up setting the tone for the other two tags. Again, I started with the Prima mixed media paper and added stenciling with gesso - this time using Karen's new Paisley stencil. The Tags and More 2 - Deco diw was used to cut the tag. Next, I combined her clock die with the small flourish corners to create a pretty focal point. I love the Hinge dies from ECD and cut two from silver Shimmer Sheetz to add a bit of a metallic element.

My last tag features one of my favorite dies - the Eiffel Tower Pop Stand. I cut it from corrugated paper and added dabs of gesso to give it a shabby chic feel. I used the same gesso with the Swirly Flourish stencil to add a pretty pattern to the background paper. The Berry Branch from ECD has become one of my favorite dies - I look for ways to sneak it into everything now! To finish this tag, I added a tag cut using one of the dies from Karen's Tags Pivot die set that is stamped with her new Just a Note clear stamp set.

All of my embellishments were adhered with Beacon 3-in-1 glue. I was generously given a selection of their glues and was absolutely ecstatic. It's my favorite line of adhesives and I can't recommend it enough if you want your little flowers and other bits to stay in place! Thank you, Beacon!

The dies and stamps I used can be found at Elizabeth Craft Designs via the links below. The other supplies can be found at Simon Says Stamp.

The great thing about Pop it Ups is that each set works on its own, but also coordinates with so many others. As you build your collection you find multiple ways to combine the dies - the possibilities are endless! Plus, they can be styled in so many different ways. For this set of tags I was feeling feminine, but they could have easily been taken in a more steampunk/industrial direction.

Make sure you check out Karen's blog tomorrow, where she'll be sharing a new video tutorial plus tons of inspiration from the rest of the Designer Challenge team.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great week!