Thursday, August 3, 2017

Honey Harvest with Quick Quotes

Hello and welcome!  Susie hosting the blog today and I find myself still inspired by the Honey Harvest I talked about in my last post.  I decided I wanted to make a layout this time and I started with the Windsong Paper Pack.  I used WS-105 and it has a very subtle design that gives just a touch of interest.

I pulled out my Desert Sun PowderPuff Chalking Ink, the Uh Oh Ink Splatters stamp set from Joy Clair and created a ink photo mat that radiates from the center out.  I did not re-ink the stamp every time and the effect it gives is a lot of depth.

I added some "honey" splatters around the page, too!

I altered one of the sentiment tags from the Windsong Quotes & Phrases Strip so that it said exactly what I wanted it to say.  I also took the opportunity to use 2 different inks to get exactly the color I wanted.  I started by edging the strip with Terra Cotta and then went back and swiped it again with Desert Sun. I love the rose/yellow color!

Here it is on the layout...also check out the "honey" splatters all over the page!  They make me so happy!

I used a Chickenwire Chipboard piece to add dimension because the shape reminded me of a honeycomb.  I used scissors to cut it apart so I could spread it around the page.

The main sentiment got the same edge treatment, a few more "honey" splatters, chipboard and a bit of flair to finish things off!

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Windsong Paper Pack
Windsong 12"x12" Quotes and Phrases
Windsong Quotes and Phrases Strip
PowderPuff Chalking Ink - Terra Cotta, Desert Sun

Other Supplies:
Joy Clair Stamps - Uh Oh Ink Splatter
Want2Scrap - Chickenwire Chipboard Embellishment
A Flair for Buttons -Vintage Queen Bee 2 Flair

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

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Honey of an Album!

Quick Quotes is partnering with Joy Clair, pairing their wonderful stamps with our fabulous inks and papers.  My sister and a friend raise honey bees and I recently got to help with a honey harvest!  It was quite the adventure and I created a mini album to hold my pictures.

I covered mat board with paper from the Serenade Collection and then I die cut a mini album.

I took the spine of the mini album and covered the entire surface with Warm Gray PowderPuff Chalking Ink.

I used stamps from the Bee Kind and Uh Oh Ink Splatter on the covers and the spine before I assembled the book.

I added tons of texture on the inside covers with the Uh Oh Ink Splatter set and Desert Sun ink.

I used my Canon Pixma printer to create my journaling strips.   I just used the word processor on my computer and sent it to print on cardstock.  I will tell you that I chose 110 lb cardstock and that was too thick and jammed the printer.  The really cool thing was that the LCD panel on the front of the printer showed me how to un-jam the paper! A series of diagrams popped up on the screen so it was so simple!  Afterwards I printed the text out on regular cardstock with no problem.

I cut the journaling into strips and inked the edges before adding it to my pages.

I also used Desert Sun ink to color some of the stamped images in my mini album - like this cute bee hive.  I depressed the ink pad on my craft mat, spritzed it with water and then painted the image.

Here's a look at the finished cover:

The mini album contains 3 signatures which are held in place with elastic bands.  I gathered the elastic with a flair button that matched my theme.

Here are some pictures of the inside of my mini album.  I used a mix of stamps on the pages.

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

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Serenade Collection - SR103
PowderPuff Chalking Ink - Warm Gray, Desert Sun
Canon Pixma TS6020

Joy Clair Supplies:
Bee Kind Stamp Set
Uh Oh Ink Splatter Stamp Set

Other Supplies:
Sizzix Passport Book Die
A Flair for Buttons - Vntage Queen Bee 2 Flair
washi tape clear embossing powder

Sunday, July 30, 2017

DIY with Eileen Hull's Stitchy Flowers

Summertime means time at the beach and time at the beach means a hat!  If you are going to wear a hat, make sure it is cute!  I used Eileen Hull's Stitchy Flowers and Leaf Thinlits die set to give my favorite beach hat a little pizazz!

I pulled out my Big Shot and grabbed some Kunin Felt from my stash .  I used the Precision Base Plate for clean, sharp cuts.

This flower is particularly delicate.  After it was die cut I peeled the felt away from the outside of the flower.  I used a straight pin to carefully release the flower from the cutting plate.

After the flowers were all cut I stacked them and stitched them in place. Easy Peasy!

Many thanks to my wonderful model - Eileen Hull!

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

Sizzix Eileen Hull Stitchy Flowers and Leaf Die Set
Sizzix Big Shot
Sizzix Precision Plate
Kunin Felt White, Olive, Lagoon, Peacock

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Home Dec with Eileen Hull's Stitchy Flowers & Leaf

Hello and welcome!  Today I am sharing a canvas I created for Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team.

I was out shopping one day and noticed some beautiful inspiration canvases in the home dec section of Target.  I realized I could very easily duplicate the look myself and raced home to pull out my dies from Eileen's new Heartfelt Collection from Sizzix. I used her fabulous new Stitchy Flowers and Leaf Thinlits Die Set from Sizzix and it couldn't have been easier!

The die set has 13 different pieces.  I basically cut out at least 2 of each of the flowers from 3 different patterned papers and white cardstock - and yes I was able to stack them and cut through 2 layers at one time - so it just took a few passes through my Big Shot to create a ton of flowery goodness!

I used a push pin and a cork trivet to help me easily pierce and layer the die cuts, finishing them off with cute little flower brads from my stash!

I used Therm O Web Zots Singles to attach everything to the canvas.  The word "beauty" is a piece of foiled acetate from the Golden Days Ephemera Pack.  It was really easy to hide the Small Zots behind the foiled script. The rest of the sentiment is alpha stickers .

I used Eileen's Bay ColorBox Blend to create a spray by mixing some of the ink with water.

I masked off the center of the canvas then I spritzed and flicked away!

The canvas dried in just a few minutes and I was able to start arranging my flowers.  I decided to add a little more dimension and adhered some of the flowers with the 3D Zots.

Just a couple of close ups for you:

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

Sizzix/Eileen Hull Stitchy Flowers & Leaf Thinlits
Clearsnap Eileen Hull ColorBox Blends - Bay
Fancy Pants Designs Golden Days Collection
Canvas Corp Brands Stretched Natural Canvas 10x10
Therm O Web Zots Singles 3D and Zots Singles Small
Sticko Gold Foil Alpha Stickers

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Planning with SRM Stickers

Hello and welcome to the June Designers Craft Connection Blog Hop.  This month we are partnering with SRM Stickers and the focus is on Planners and Bible Journaling.

My planner tends to be very utilitarian.  Lots of bullet journaling and lists.  I don't really take the time to make things look pretty, however, I really like the idea of capturing and highlighting activities on a monthly basis so I created this scrapbook page using SRM Stickers.
Click on any image to see a larger picture.

I started with a plain calendar sheet I picked up at the local scrapbook store and chose a really colorful background paper.  The Planner Icon Stickers  from SRM Stickers are black and white which I think is brilliant because you can use any color scheme you want!  I pulled out my markers and went to town!

You can see I added the month at the top of the page.  The delicate black scallop line underneath of "June" is from the Sticker Stitches - Valentines sheet.   I added a glass of lemonade, commemorated the release of Wonder Woman, and made note of a mixed media class I took!

There is a really fun mix of icons to suit most occasions.  I created balloons for Father's Day by adding some pen lines to the colorful dot stickers from the sheet. There are also a bunch of word stickers that came in pretty handy.  "Game Day" was perfect for our outing to watch the Washington Nationals play ball!  There was even a sticker for a "Beauty Day" - that works for my upcoming trip to the spa with my sisters in law!

The Sticker Stitch Sheet has 17 different patterns/colors to choose from!  I used the red ones on the calendar to highlight the Scrapbook Expo coming to town this weekend!

Once the month is over I plan on adding  a coordinating page with pictures from my activities, basically creating a 2 page spread for the month of June!

There are 16 designers participating in today's hop with lots of ideas and inspiration:

Susie Madden Bentz  (you are here)

If you get lost along the way, you can find a master list here:: Designers Craft Connection

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

SRM Stickers Supplies:
Planner Icon Stickers
Sticker Stitches/Valentines

Other Supplies:
Prima Marketing Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll Stamp - Billy
Carta Bella Toy Box Collection
Marvy Uchida Markers

**Disclosure:  SRM Stickers provided free product for this project. My design and opinions are my own.**

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dream Big with Eileen Hull and Stampotique

Hello and welcome!  This month the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team had the chance to play with some stamps from Stampotique.  I decided to create a mixed media mini album using Eileen's Passport Die Book as the base.  The theme:  Dreams!

I started by die cutting mat board and coating both sides with gesso. I used Archival Ink to stamp the Stitched Houses on one of the signature covers. and then started to play with watercolors.

Did you know that Eileen Hull has a line of ink pads with ColorBox?  I used Bay for the aqua color on this house.  I just mixed it on my craft mat with a little bit of water and painted away! I used the same color as a unifying element throughout the mini album.

When all the painting was done I add a sentiment by stamping with Dream Text.

I cut some pages, assembled the signature and started putting the mini album together.

I created 2 more signature covers. In the picture below the right page features the stamps Courting and Grow Your Dreams.  On the left page I created some texture by stamping with the Oodles of Doodles stamp and heat embossing before playing with watercolor.

I used the Dream Catcher stamp on the cover of the mini album and on the front of this signature.

I used a natural twine to tie the signatures into the album and finished it off with a piece of flair!

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

Supplies for Dream Mini Album:
Sizzix/Eileen Hull Passport Book Die
Clearsnap ColorBox Blends by Eileen Hull - Bay, Golden
Sizzix Little Sizzles, 6"x13" Mat Board 

Stampotique Stamps:
Dream Catcher
Grow Your Dreams
Dream Text
Oodles of Doodles
Stitched Houses

A Flair for Buttons - Inspirational Words 5
Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections: Decadent Pies
Red Lead Stencils
FaberCastell Whipped Spackle
Ranger Archival Ink
Gesso, twine, embossing powder

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Masculine Challenge at Quick Quotes

This month's Friday Challenge over at Quick Quotes is to create a card or project with a masculine theme and I decided to play along!  I love my Julie Nutting Doll stamps - especially the boys - so choosing a focal image was a no brainer!

Click on any picture to see a larger image.

I started by stamping the image on paper from the Windsong Collection, WS103.

Next I pulled out the Urban Oasis Collection and re-stamped the image on a couple of different patterns.  I trimmed out the bits and pieces of his clothing and assembled them on top of the doll.  This technique is called paper piecing.

I used PowderPuff Chalking Inks to add color to his hair and sleeves.  I stamped onto my craft mat, spritzed a little water and then used a paintbrush to add the color.

I also used the Light Moss to stamp a little subtle texture onto the patterned paper.

I mounted the doll with dimensional foam and added the chipboard word, Dream, from Want2Scrap.

I created a small embellishment cluster using a Chipboard Die Cut tag from the Whistlin' Dixie Collection, wood chippie binoculars and a cute little flair button with a compass!


You still have plenty of time to play along with the Quick Quotes Masculine Card or Project Challenge!  You can find all the details HERE.

Quick Quotes Supplies:
Urban Oasis 101, 104
Windsong Paper Pack
Whistlin' Dixie Chipboard Die Cuts
PowderPuff Chalking Inks:  Clay, Light Moss

Other Products:
Want2Scrap Fancy Chipboard Word, Dream - small
Prima Marketing Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll Stamp - Skyler
A Flair for Buttons - On the Road Again 1
Kaisercraft - Flourishes, Gentleman

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