Friday, June 26, 2015

WildFlower Card - Simon Says Stamp

Hello friends! I'm so excited to share a fun technique over on the Simon Says Stamp blog today!

I hope you will join me there to see how I used Distress Micro Glaze to create this beautiful watercolor background. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Patriotic Mini Mason Jars

Hello friends! Can you believe it's the middle of June already and the Fourth of July is just a few weeks away? Get ready because it'll be here before we know it. 

Mason Jars seem to be so popular, I have been seeing lots of projects on Pinterest (I could spend hours) anyway….I think we're having a BBQ with all the fixings and I thought it would be fun to have a little decoration on the patio table and a tea light in them will be all the better! 
Paula Cheney's has some adorable Mini Mason Jars on her blog too, you can check them out here

Don't you just love the graphics on these jars. 

Gather up these supplies...
Mini Mason Jars, Distress Paint, Adornments - Souvenir, Chitchat - Seasonal, Paper String - Air Mail, Sanding Grip, Wire Pins, Brush, Masking Tape and Tea Lights. 

Clean the Mini Mason Jars with glass cleaner. This will help with getting the paint to adhere. 

Make sure the jar is completely dry then mask off the star with masking tape. 

Paint the jar with Distress Paint. 

Smooth out paint with a brush. Let the paint dry for several hours or overnight before handling. 

Lightly sand the raised areas with fine sand paper. If a little paint bleeds under the tape you can scrape it off with a Craft Knife.

Tie Air Mail Paper String around the top with a bow. 
Embellish the Mini Mason Jars with Seasonal Chitchat on a little handmade tag and attach with a Loop Pins

Add a tea light or flowers to the Mini Mason Jars and you're ready for a celebration! A perfect centerpiece for the Fourth of July. 

Thanks for stopping in!

Here's all the goodies I used….find them on Simon Says Stamp!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Coloring with Distress Markers!

Hello friends! I really LOVE to color! You can create such beautiful watercolor effects with Distress Markers, Watercolor cardstock and a Detail Waterbrush. 

Stamp Flower Garden images onto Watercolor Cardstock cut to 2 1/2" x 4 1/4". I have tried lots of watercolor paper and I absolutely love the Ranger Watercolor cardstock for this technique. This Tim Holtz stamp set #CMS215 by Stampers Anonymous comes with 6 flowers and 3 stems. 

Color the flower with Distress Markers. No need to fill in everything just a rough color, this way you will have light and dark areas in each petal for a more realistic look. 

Use the Waterbrush to smooth out the color. This is where the cardstock is important, with cheeper cardstock this technique doesn't work quit as well. 
TIPS: Have a cloth handy to blot off excess water. 
Dry between layers to prevent pilling on the cardstock. 
Layer the colors until you have the desired effect. 

Color, color, color! 

Round the corners with a 1/4" corner rounder. Ink the edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. 

For the card base I used the Big Ticket Bigz die. First fold the Kraft-Core cardstock in half, place the fold just inside the steel rule at the top and die cut the other three sides. Cut a mat from green Kraft-core cardstock. Sand and ink all the pieces. 

Color ribbon to match. Wrap the Crinkle Ribbon around a few fingers keeping the edges lined up. 

Draw some Distress Marker onto your Craft Sheet and spritz with water. 

Soak up the color with the folded Crinkle Ribbon. 

Repeat with a different color for the opposite edge. 

Dry with a heat tool. If you want the ribbon crinkled just scrunch up the ribbon as you're drying it. 

Stamp a little message with the Hashtags Stamps set #CMS183. Now you have all the pieces to create a pretty little card set.

Here are a few pictures to inspire you!

 So I went a little crazy, like I said I LOVE to color!! 

Grab some stamps, your Distress Markers and do some coloring! 
You're going to LOVE it too!

Thanks for stopping in!