Monday, June 20, 2016

Marrakech Butterfly

Today I would like to share a Design Team project I created using a fun technique, Rebecca Baer Design's Marrakech stencil and concentrated watercolor crystals.

I taped the small size Marrakech stencil onto watercolor paper and sprinkled it with Violet, Ultramarine Blue and Merlot Color Burst powders.  I will tell you that I learned that a tiny bit goes a long way so use it sparingly!  I spritzed the area with water and when I removed the stencil I had a beautiful design!

Holding the stencil in my hand I could see it was still very wet and covered with color.  Because I have been well trained by my art journaling friends that you never waste perfectly good color, I took the stencil and layed it on top of another piece of watercolor paper.  When I lifted it away I saw the most beautiful and delicate design had been transferred onto the paper!

I die cut a small section of the paper then stamped and heat embossed it with a butterfly.  I used more of the watercolor to add some blue to the butterfly's wing before mounting it on a textured cardstock base and adding a sentiment with my Dymo label maker!

I liked it so much that I ended up using another section of the print to create a second card in the same design.
I will tell you now that I ended up not using the original piece I created.  I had used far too much of the watercolor powder on it and as I tried to "fix" it things ended up a bit of a mess!  Don't be afraid to play around with a new product or technique every once in a while.  You never know what you will learn!  Thank goodness for serendipity because I absolutely love this *new* technique and plan to use it again and again!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Materials for Marrakech Butterfly Card:

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Relax, Explore and Play with June Club Q!

Today I am going to share a vacation layout I created using the June Club Q kit from Quick Quotes.  If you like happy colors, fun patterns with a relaxed feel and amazing chipboard embellishments then this is the kit for you!

The pictures are from our trip to Seattle last summer.  My daughter had heard about the Fremont Troll so we took a quick Uber ride over to check it out.  Very cool!

The 3 large blocks of patterned paper I used in the center of the layout come pre-cut. In fact almost all of the elements I used on this layout come pre-cut, which makes it super easy to create! I arranged them to my liking and then started layering.  Tags in the back and pre-cut frames on top.

The kit is packed with words and shapes in chipboard and colorful paper! Some of the frames are designed to layer with the chipboard on the bottom and a slightly smaller paper one on top.  Don't you just love the little banner in the corner?  "A" is for Adventure!

I inked the edges of the layout and the main blocks of paper using the Navy PowderPuff Chalking Ink.
The words and colors in the June Club Q Kit are perfect for scrapping pictures from your summer vacation adventures!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Quick Quotes Products for Fremont Troll layout:

Other products:  twine

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Bloom with Color Bursts and Want2Scrap Bling!

Today I am sharing another mixed media canvas from my Instagram 100 day project!  It features Want2Scrap bling and absolutely blooms with color courtesy of Ken Oliver's Color Bursts! What are Color Bursts?  They are small bottles of pigment powder that pack a real punch when you add water!

I created a background on my mini canvas using Violet and Ultramarine Blue Color Bursts pigment powder.  I started by misting the canvas with water then I tapped out a tiny bit of each powder.   As the color started to develop I tilted the canvas back and forth.  I also used a wet paintbrush to move the water color around a little bit.  I even had fun with my heat gun, blowing the color around a bit more before finally drying the canvas.

I used an adhesive alpha to add the word "bloom".

Using a baby wipe, I gently patted the area over and around the letter stickers, removing a layer of color.

When I peeled the letters off, the darker original color reveals the word.

Next I applied purple ink through the Mosaic stencil from Rebecca Baer Designs.

Love the result!!  Now it is ready  for some pictures and embellishments!

As I was working on this canvas, I found that I used way too much water and Color Burst color!  I used a paper towel to wipe the excess up off of my craft mat and quite frankly I decided all of that gorgeous color was to good to waste!

I used a die to cut out lots of flowers so I could layer them together...

...and added an 8mm Orange Rhinestone from Want2Scrap in the center!

The final touch is a small piece of the Fancy That Bling Border from Want2Scrap and added that to the canvas!

Materials for Bloom Mixed Media Mini- Canvas:

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Beer, Bobble Heads and Baseball!

Today I am sharing a layout I created using the *new* Earth, Wind and Fire Collection from Quick Quotes!  Love, love, love the colors and patterns in this collection!

I distressed and inked  the edges of the large squares of paper in the center of the layout using Navy and Barn Board PowderPuff Chalking Inks.  I die cut the letters from one of the papers and tucked in a tag for some hidden journaling.

I added a hand stamped ticket and a strip of washi tape in the upper right corner.

Here are just a couple more detail shots:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Quick Quotes Products:

  • *New* Earth Wind and Fire Collection
  • PowderPuff Chalking Inks:  Navy, Barn Door
Other Products:  Alpha stickers, Sizzix dies, stamps, wood veneer arrow, washi tape

Monday, June 6, 2016

Blogs 4 Boobies Card Auction with Skipping Stones Designs

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Blogs 4 Boobies Blog Hop and Card Auction!
More than 60 designers have donated their talents in this fundraiser to stamp out cancer!  This is day 6 of a 7 day event and all the cards you see along the way are up for auction with the proceeds going to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  (more info at the bottom of the post!)

This auction is for 4 cards with coordinating envelopes.  I created the watercolor backgrounds using Ken Oliver's Color Bursts in Violet and Turquoise.  The images came from 3 different stamp sets and were heat embossed before I used my Dymo label maker to add a graphic sentiment.
You can enlarge any picture by clicking on the image.

I used the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board to create the envelopes - super easy!!  Here are the other 3 cards in the set:

And here are close ups - love my Dymo label maker!

Now what?

You can help by shopping at Skipping Stones Designs.
The owner will be donating $2 for every stamp set sold June 1 - June 14. Here are the stamp sets I used to create my cards:

You can help by bidding on the cards!
  1.  To bid on the card set I posted today leave a comment below with your bid amount and your email address. Starting bid is $5. Only comments on this post will be eligible for this card auction. Comments without an email address are invalid - sorry!
  2. Comments will post in chronological order, so you will be able to see the current high bid.
  3. Return frequently to see if you've been outbid and to place a new high bid.
  4. My auction closes at 10pm Eastern time on June 13.
  5. The winning bid will be the highest valid bid at the close of the auction.  I will notify the winner by email. Skipping Stones Design will send the winner an invoice for the amount of the winning bid.  Once the invoice is paid, I will mail the cards!
You can help by spreading the word!
The more people who know about this event the more money we can raise, so feel free to share this event with family and friends and on your social media!  Also, remember that this is a 7 day hop so start each day at Skipping Stones Design blog for links to that day's designers.  

Here are today's participants: 
  1. Skipping Stones Designs
  2. Susie Bentz (You are here!)
  3. Penny Cunningham Ward
  4. Nazeema Thompson
  5. Chris Dayton
  6. Becca Cruger
  7. Mary Moisan
  8. Kim Sherrod

In case you missed Days 1 - 5 here are the links!

Here is the amazing line up of designers for day 5!!
  1. Skipping Stones Design
  2. Jennifer Timko
  3. Barb Turpin
  4.  Donna Idlet
  5. Khristina Sorge
  6. Salima Bint Abdullah

Here is the amazing line up of designers for day 4!!
  1. Skipping Stones Design
  2. Amy Tsuruta
  3. Stacy Croniger
  4. Lee-Anne Cross
  5. Rahmat Gouse
  6. Adam Karle
  7. Lori Kobular
  8. Tanja Kabel
  9. Mendi Yoshikawa
Here is the amazing lineup of designers for day 3!!!
  1. Skipping Stones Design
  2. Kimberly Rendino
  3. Jessica Frost- Ballas
  4. Janette Kausen
  5. Jessica Pascarella
  6. Martha Lucia Gomez
  7. Ashley Cannon Newell
  8. Celeste Goff
  9. Theresa Knopf 
  10. Angela Rivera
  11. Cornelia Wenokor
  12. Tanja Kabel
Here is the amazing lineup of designers for day 2!!!!
Here is the amazing lineup of designers for day 1:
  1.  Connie Mercer
  2. Ilina Crouse
  3. Amy Sheffer
  4.  Deana Benson 
  5. Megan Hoeppner
  6. Giovana Smith
  7. Jacquie Marie
Thanks so much for helping to make this fundraising event a success - and I hope you find some time to play today!


Friday, June 3, 2016

Rebecca Baer Mosaic Mini Canvases

Mixed media canvases are absolutely my favorite way to play!  More specifically, I love playing with mini canvases for pretty much the same reason that a lot of people like to play with tags.  It is a small, manageable format to experiment with techniques, materials, colors and textures.  Today I am going to share a pair of 4x4 ocean themed canvases that I created using the collage style Mosaic canvas from Rebecca Baer Designs.

I started by applying Whipped Spackle onto a canvas through the small size Mosaic stencil.  You can see that I used washi tape to mask off portions of the stencil that I did not want to use, choosing to emphasize the wave-like swirls.

I stamped and heat embossed the image and sentiment in the open space I left in the center of the canvas.

After the texture paste dried, I sprinkled Ultramarine Blue and Lime Green Color Burst water color powder on top of the canvas and spritzed it with water.

I used a brush to blend the colors and move them around the canvas, allowing higher concentrations of color to pool around the raised texture.  While it was still wet I added a couple drops of Metallic Saffron Liquid.  The shimmer looks amazing in real life and it really accentuates the swirls of the "ocean."

My next canvas takes us below the waves where we find a seahorse tangled in an underwater kelp bed created with the Mosaic stencil.

I created a background with Ultramarine Blue and Turquoise Color Bursts...

...before adding Whipped Spackle through the stencil.  Again, I masked off areas so that the swirls are the featured element from this stencil.

I used a paint brush to apply Lime Green Color Burst from my pallette directly onto the raised texture.

I created nautical themed embellishments with die cuts and Deco Foil...

...before dangling a charm in the corner...

... and dotting the canvas with fish stamps and irridescent rhinestone "bubbles".

I have to tell you that when I started to play with these canvases I honestly did not know where I was going to end up.  I knew what stencil and colors I wanted to use...and then I just let my imagination decide what came next! If you are interested in seeing any of my other creative endeavors, I invite you to join me on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and my blog: My Time to Play.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Materials for Ocean-themed Mini Canvas Set:
  • Rebecca Baer Designs ST-619 Mosaic Stencil, small
  • Ken Oliver Crafts: Turquoise, Ultramarine Blue and Lime Green Color Bursts/ Metallic Saffron Liquid Metals
  • Faber Castell Whipped Spackle
  • Therm O Web Adhesive Foam and Deco Foil - Spring Green, Pewter
  • Want2Scrap - 72 count Irridescent Rhinestone Bling, Silver Sea Star charm
  • Momenta Cut & Emboss Die - Nautical
  • Stamps:  Rubbermoon, Red Lead, Heidi Grace
  • Black ink, silver chain, embossing powder, twine

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Playing with Puddles!

Today you will find me playing with puddles!  I have another rain themed mixed media canvas to share today featuring Want2Scrap bling!

I started my canvas with an Ultramarine Blue Color Burst watercolor background. I simply sprinkled on some of the color crystals, spritzed with water, and then tilted the canvas around until I was happy with the look.  I actually dried the canvas with my heat gun and then added another layer of the same color on top. That is what yielded the stronger concentrations of color.  It really could not be easier to create with Color Bursts!

The cute little umbrella image is from the Sparkle N Sprinkle Splish Splash stamp set.  I heat embossed the image with Black Opaque Embossing Powder.

Next I wanted to try something a little different.  I used clear embossing powder and stamped the "Splish Splash" sentiment all over the canvas.  I sprinkled Waterscape Semi-Transparent glitter on the canvas and was pleased to find that it stuck to the canvas!

I wish I could tell you my experiment was a success...but I can't.  I knew I needed to secure the glitter somehow.  First I tried Workable Fixative.  It kept the glitter from falling off but was not a permanent solution as you could brush the glitter off.  Next I tried Acrylic Sealer Spray and it did not work either.  I ended up brushing off as much glitter as I could and then re-stamping and heat embossing with the Platinum Embossing Powder.

I heat embossed the sentiment across the bottom of the canvas in Black Opaque Embossing Powder and then I reached for my bling!

 Want2Scrap Teardrop Bling looks so cute sprinkled all over this canvas like raindrops!

Check me out on Instagram to see even more of my mixed media mini canvases.  I am playing along with #the100dayproject which has me creating one little bit of art every day!  These 4x4 canvases are a great size for trying out techniques and colors.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!

Want2Scrap Supplies:

Cross-Promotional Partner Supplies:
Other Supplies:  Ultramarine Blue Color Burst, Clear Embossing Ink Pad, 4x4 Canvas