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

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Birdfeeder layout with Quick Quotes

My husband recently suprised me with a bird feeder and I absolutely love my daily visitors!  We have several pairs of cardinals that come to visit every day.  I admit that I have gone a little "snap-happy" and could not wait to scrap a few pictures!  I created this layout using the Earth Wind and Fire collection from Quick Quotes.

I started the layout by inking on the background page with Warm Sand Chalking Ink through a script stencil.  I cut photo mats out of red and green papers in the collection.  I distressed and inked the edges with Mahogany before layering them in the center of the page and then topping them with a photo.

I used Navy ink to alter chipboard alpha letters from my stash.

I created a title area by mixing the alphas and adding a die cut cork arrow.  I also tucked a chipboard wreath under the main photo for some fun dimension.

This cute chipboard window frames another photo and looks great layered on top of the photo mats.
The Earth Wind and Fire Collection was actually designed for Quick Quotes' Private Reserve Events.  These are amazing 3 Day Scrapbooking weekends packed with classes and giveaways! You can check out the details for the events HERE.

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

Supplies for Birdfeeder Layout

Monday, May 23, 2016

Rainbow Canvas with Want2Scrap

Today I am sharing another little mixed media canvas that features a rainbow of Want2Scrap bling!


I started by creating a water color pallet with 5 bright shades of Color Bursts.


I free handed a simple arch shape from the upper right of the canvas to the lower left.  I started at the bottom with purple, letting each color dry before I added the next band.

I used the Splish Splash Rubber Stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle - I just love the silhouetted images and the inspirational sentiments!  I stamped and heat embossed the image and the sentiment with Black Opaque Embossing Powder.

I collected coordinating colors of bling for each color band of the rainbow.  I chose the 3mm size from each of the packages.  The fact that the bling is self-adhesive made it really easy to accent a portion of each color band with approximately 10 gems!

Check me out on Instagram to see even more of my mixed media mini canvases.  I am playing along with #the100day project which has me creating one litte bit of art every day!  These little 4x4 canvases are a great size for trying out techniques and colors.  I will say they are not the ideal surface for working with water colors, but I think you get some beautiful effects anyway.  It is all good!

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

Want2Scrap Supplies for Rainbow Canvas:

Cross Promotional Partner Supplies:
Other Supplies:  Ken Oliver Color Burst, 4x4 canvas

Monday, May 16, 2016

National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop Winner is...


Thanks to everyone who stopped by for the National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop!  I hope you found lots of inspiration along the way!

I promised a giveaway for followers to my blog, Facebook and/or Instagram accounts and I have the winner (thanks to dear husband for drawing the name):
Congratulations to Sherry Butcher!

Send me a message on my Facebook page with your shipping address and I will drop your prize in the mail - it is all packed up and ready to go! 

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

Rainy Day Mini Canvas with Want2Scrap

We have certainly been experiencing our share of rainy spring days in my neck of the woods and I was inspired to create a mini canvas featuring a cute charm from Want2Scrap!  Lately I have been indulging my interest in mixed media and I love the way this simple project came together.

The Design Team was really lucky to receive some products from Sparkle N Sprinkle, one of our Cross Promotional Partners.  They have a huge range of glitters, embossing powders, adhesives and stamps - among other things!  I used the Puddles Stamp Set for this canvas.  I stamped and embossed one of the sentiments from the set using Black Opaque Embossing Powder.  I initially stamped the figure with the umbrella using Platinum Embossing Powder.
I quickly decided I wanted a more traditional silhouette, so I re-inked the stamp and stamped on top of the first image.  My stamp block is transparent so it was really easy to line it up. This time I applied the Black Opaque Embossing Powder and used my heat gun.  Perfect!

I painted a puddle across the bottom right corner of the canvas with Ken Oliver's Ultramarine Blue Color Burst water colors, then splattered "raindrops" all over.  To attach the charm, I used a few pieces of  1/8" Tear-ific Double Sided Tape.

The final detail is a 3mm Turquoise Rhinestone which covers the hole in the charm perfectly!

Did you know that Want2Scrap has almost 100 different charms to choose from in a wide variety of themes?  Check them out and I am sure you will find the perfect one to embellish your project!

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

Want2Scrap Supplies:


Cross Promotional Partner Supplies: 

Other Supplies:  Ken Oliver Crafts Colr Burst - Ultramarine Blue, 4x4 Canvas

Friday, May 13, 2016

Wedding Wall Art with Quick Quotes

Today I am sharing a wedding gift I created featuring the Farmhouse Collection from Quick Quotes. One of my favorite things about papercrafting is being able to create personalized gifts for the special people in my life.  A couple of weeks ago I attended a beautiful wedding and I decided to create a framed layout as a gift.
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I started with Farmhouse 101 as the background and added 1/8" strips every 3 inches horizontally and vertically to create a grid.

I cut 3" squares from Farmhouse 101 and 104 and added them to the page.

I had some tags that were cut from Farmhouse 101 that are approximately 2-1/3" squares.  I inked the edges with Sky Blue PowderPuff Ink and then placed them under vellum quotes with a wedding theme.  I marked the edges with a pencil, trimmed them out, and added a pearl brad before I adhered them at different spots around the layout.

I added pictures and mixed in a variety of embellishments.  Here I used  a chipboard word, wood veneer hearts and a die cut arrow.

I stamped the word strips in Sky Blue ink and popped them up with 3D Foam adhesive.  The dog tagged shaped charm reads "Live Love Laugh".

I used fancy pearl bling to frame a small photo of the bride and groom arriving to the reception in a horse drawn carriage!

I die cut a fancy heart and backed it with a piece of cardstock I had heat embossed with Platinum.  There is more fancy pearl bling surrounding the vellum at the bottom of the page.
When you can't find exactly the right words, check out the wonderful selection of vellums from Quick Quotes!  The ones I chose are specific to love and weddings, but they are available in a wide variety of themes.

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

Quick Quotes Products:

Friday, May 6, 2016

Mixed Media Fun and a Giveaway!

This weekend I am celebrating National Scrapbook Day with a little Mixed Media fun!  Scrapbooking has so many different looks these days, from traditional 12x12 layouts to pocket pages.  The goal of all those beautiful pages is the same: preserve memories and share stories.  Scrapbooking has become a passion for me and today I have joined in on a blog hop with some very talented and like minded individuals!   I hope you have a chance to visit everyone and be inspired by the variety of projects and styles.   Be sure to go to the end of this blog post to see the hop list and to get in on my giveaway!  

Lately I have been exploring my collection of stencils and inks, creating unique backgrounds for the photo collages I like to build.  Last month I shared a layout from a recent family snorkeling adventure (HERE) and today I am sharing the companion page I created to finish off the pictures from our morning swim with the manatees!

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I started by applying Whipped Spackle through the Jamboree stencil by Rebecca Baer Designs.  After it dried - which really only takes a few minutes -  I made a light application of color using inks in blues and greens.  Then I replaced the stencil and shifted it slightly from its original position, and inked again.  This is an easy way to use a the same stencil to give you a little extra visual interest.

I did the same thing in these sections.  The curved elements in the stencil remind me of a splash of water and by shifting the stencil I got an even bigger splash!

Once I was happy with the colors, I spritzed a couple shades of Glimmer Mist across the layout to add a little shimmer and shine.  I arranged my pictures, stamped a sentiment, and added a title.



Next I reached for Therm O Web Liquid Adhesive and painted it on a few places on the layout. 

After a couple of hours it had dried to a tacky finish and I applied Deco Foil, burnishing with my fingertips.  I have to say this is a super easy way to add a beautiful detail to your projects!

The finishing touch was a sprinkling of self adhesive rhinestones from Want2Scrap!



Materials for Mixed Media layout:



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Monday, May 2, 2016

Steampunk Heart with Rebecca Baer Designs

Steampunk is really trendy right now and I had a lot of fun creating this funky card using the small Steampunk Clockface stencil from Rebecca Baer Designs.   This collage style stencil incorporates multiple gears with roman numerals and a skeleton key!
I started by taping the stencil on top of a piece of 6"x6" watercolor paper and applying Faber Castell Whipped Spackle.

After it dried, I lightly spritzed it with water and dripped on 3 different colors of Ken Oliver's Liquid Metals.

I used a wet paint brush to move the Liquid Metals across the surface, blending in some areas until I was happy with the look.  I used a heat tool to dry the surface.


I replaced the stencil and lightly inked the raised surfaces with a water based black ink.


So grungy and cool! I trimmed the paper down to a 5.5" square.


I die cut a heart from Deco Foil White Foam Adhesive and adhered it to the front of the card. I crinkled up small pieces of Pewter and Pumpkin Deco Foil Transfer Sheets...


...and created a random pattern of color on the heart by alternating the colors on the adhesive surface.


I really love the texture on the heart from using the crinkled foil.


To finish things off, I used black cord to tie a metal tag onto the front.  I accented the heart with 3 tiny rhinestones, added some copper colored brads and mounted it all on a black cardstock base.


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

Materials for the Steampunk Heart Card: