Sunday, September 15, 2019

Saturday, September 14, 2019

gelli, gelli, gelli!

it's time for this week's round up of gelli printing goodness and ...in a few cases... frustration, actually. it was sort of a mixed week, lol!

day 7: trace
did you know you could use alcohol ink markers on the gel plate? nor did i! they work really well tho. posca paint pens work pretty well too, though they are more likely to stick to the plate. for this prompt we placed a magazine or coloring book image UNDER the gelli plate and traced around it with a copic or posca, then pulled the print with paint. i'll definitely come back to this one!

day 8: pastels or chalk
i'm lonnnnnnging to try this technique with pan pastels, but alas, all i had were some ancient chalks and the method still worked pretty well. i confess i did add some pen details at the end just because my colors were so very soft...

day 9: stencils
a bit of a cheat here, but it was mandala monday, so instead of making new prints i took some older ones (which were made with stencils) and assembled a mandala from punched circles and hearts.

day 10: pigment inks
if i was only going to choose ONE favorite technique for the week, i think this would be it! so much so that i'm going to just tell you to watch the birgit koopsen video because it shows you exactly how to do it -- you don't even need PAINT!
(ps: i didn't have texture plates like the ones birgit used in the vid, so i made my own by using embossing folders on scraps of sturdy cardstock!)

day 11: multiple layers
after several triumphant days of trying a new thing and having it turn out brilliantly, when i got to this one it just. did. not. want. to. work. the brief was to add design elements to the plate in several layers and then lift the whole thing in one swoop at the end. this just didn't happen for me. i made some absolutely beautiful plates that either didn't release at all or got too covered up with paint or... well, something. i was bizarrely comforted to hear (via instagram comments) that apparently a lot of folk struggled with this one. and i think i miiiiiight have an inkling of how to change my results now...

day 12: repeat patterns
ok, so, back to the pigment inks for instant gratification lol! i applied ink to my small diamond plate, "lifted" some ink with a beautiful ken oliver flower mandala, then stamped the diamonds repeatedly to make a harlequin pattern. 

day 13: mixed media
another one where i loved my compositions but failed repeatedly to actually lift them successfully off the plate. i think the problem might be that i'm using too heavy body of paint. i'm going to try this (and the multi layer prompt!) again with thinner, less pigmented craft paint and see how it goes!

Friday, September 13, 2019

peace on earth

it's time for a brand new theme at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and this time we're giving PEACE a chance. by which we mean: we'd love to see holiday cards which feature the word peace OR the peace sign OR maybe even just a peaceful scene? lots of ways to go with this!

background made using my favorite things inks and gelli arts gel plate (plus embossed scrap cardstock to "lift" some of the ink from the plate)... watch birgit koopsen's video for the full technique; sentiment stamps: avery elle... colored in and shadowed with tombow dual brush pens in aqua blue and grey, respectively, plus a few white dots with a fine tipped posca pen; tattered snowflake die: tim holtz/sizzix; snowflake brad: eyelet outlet; dark blue cardstock: bazzill; white cardstock: staples; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape

one of the prompts in "30 days of gel printing" this week was pigment inks. since i had never used pigment inks with my gel plate, i went looking for a video and found this absolute treasure from birgit koopsen. and i'm completely hooked. so when i realized i had the PERFECT stamp set from avery elle, and all i really needed was an interesting but flat background, i went to town! all i needed to add was a little little color and shading to make my letters stand out a bit more, plus a beautiful stacked snowflake held on with an eyelet outlet snowflake brad.

stephanie has also made a beautiful and peace-full card to inspire you. why not hop over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and see that right now!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

School Days, School Days

It's that time of year, when the kiddos --and the teachers!-- in our lives are headed back to school. So I rounded up some of my favorite Eyelet Outlet goodies, including our fab new School Bus Brads, and made a couple of cards to cheer them on!


My first card was a happy accident. I had these fun Bella Boulevard chalk-board style papers, and I went looking in my washi stash for a school-themed tape to pair with them. It turns out I had quiiiiiite a few choices, lol. It was hard to decide, so I used ALL OF THEM! Heart Tape, Book Tape, Road Tape, Math Tape, Skinny Stripes, Tape Measure Tape, Smiley Faces, Skinny Hearts, Crayon Tape and Skinny Plaid to be precise. Then I scattered matching brads around the card, including Emotion Brads, Star BradsBus Brads, and Book Brads.


My second card has a bit less going on, lol. I've got an Apple Brad, an Eye Glass Brad, a Bus Brad driving along on Road Tape of course, and the bunting which comes in the same set of Skinny Tape as the rainbow stripes on the last card.


And since that concludes my post for today, class is dismissed! ♥

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

it's the dog days of summer...

...this fortnight at shopping our stash, so we'd like to see projects with (waiiiiiit forrrrrrrr iiiiiiit) A DOG on them! easy, peasy right? unless it turns out you don't have even ONE dog stamp, sticker, journal card or diecut, lol. luckily i found this lovely illustration in an old, falling apart, children's book which lives in my collage stash!

image from a falling-to-bits 950's children's book; patterned paper: creative imaginations-- maybe-- but it's SUPER old and you'd never find it anyway, so let's just go with that; flowers, butterfly and awesome edge-distressing tool: prima marketing; leaves (actually a green paper flower petals that i cut apart): eyelet outlet; nested label dies: spellbinders nestabilities; ink on edges: antique linen distress

as i usually do when working with fragile vintage paper, before i diecut the illustration, i backed it with a piece of plain white cardstock which i had run through my xyron adhesive machine. notice that i xyroned the CARDSTOCK and not the vintage paper, this is crucial. if you try to xyron or even use a taperunner on fragile paper, there is a much greater chance you will lift off a layer of the paper, instead of applying a layer of adhesive. (...ask me how i know...) when working with vintage, your best choice is to apply the adhesive to the OTHER paper, then gently set the vintage piece down on it. your second best choice is to use a good quality gluestick (the xl scotch create is my fave). you will want to work with a magazine or scrap paper under your image, so that you can run the stick right out over the edges and get really good, generous coverage. you can also just tack the image lightly in the center and machine stitch all the way around the edges. it's nice to have options, lol.


once i had a nice stable, sturdy focal image, i diecut and mounted it on foam tape over a scrap of patterned paper so ancient i do not know who made it. then i embellished with lots and lots of small prima flowers. et voila!

there's loads more canine creativity going on at SOS. why not head over and fetch some for yourself?

Sunday, September 8, 2019

What's Pink and Orange...

...and Fuchsia and Tea Rose and Saffron Yellow and so nice they named it twice? The "New York Sunset Skyline" card I made using Michelle Ward's NYC Skyline Stencil and Masks! It's my first "Stencil Sunday" post on The Ink Pad Blog and I'd love for you to hop over, see the whole card and hear a little bit about how I made it! ♥


Saturday, September 7, 2019

because i have SO MUCH free time, lol...

...thus i've decided to take part in birgit koopsen's "30 days of gel printing" challenge! ok, seriously: i don't really have time for this at the moment and doubt i will complete every single day. but... BK has such amazing ideas and as soon as you see them you kind of HAVE TO try them. and i've already learned a couple of slam dunk new techniques, such as this awesome "packing tape lift" from last night:

day 6: tape

even if you're not into gel printing, i highly recommend watching this 5 minute birgit koopsen video of the process because it's completely hypnotic! and i'm not just saying that because i'm too lazy to describe the technique in detail, although that is also true! :) to sum it up briefly: you compose sparingly on the plate, using paint, stamps, stencils, etc... let everything DRY... and then use a strip of clear packing tape to lift the design off the plate. absolutely brilliant and quite easy to do! i predict you will be seeing this again. a lot.
(i highly recommend birgit's videos generally, for that matter. there's no voice over, no extraneous detail, you just watch her demonstrate and any crucial facts you need to know show up as text on the screen.)

day 1: colors of your flag

i couldn't quite resist making stripes with my small brayer and using nested star dies to make my own cardstock masks.

day 2: mask

possibly my all time favorite stencil is michelle ward's nyc skyline stencil and masks set which is exclusive to the ink pad. you can tell how much i love it by how grubby all the parts of it are, because that is not a second print off to the left, that is the stencil and masks!!!

day 3: lace

i used real lace, you can see it at the bottom there! for best results i used a fair amount of paint on the plate, laid the lace down, and carefully pressed the paper into all the nooks and crannies to get the detail. i found thin deli paper to be best for this, since i could actually see that the was paint transfering before i lifted the paper.

day 4: water soluble crayons

this is something i need a lot more practice with. you have to dip the crayons in water to get them to make distinct marks. and it's quite easy to be too wet or too dry. i'm happy with my finished print, tho i confess that after the main design was dry, i outlined the various shapes and marks with a dry scribble stick to show the detail better. i think in future i'd use a contrasting color, as well!

day 5: no brayer

i used a plastic palette knife to spread and blend a few shades of paint, then lifted that gorgeous design via michelle ward's hex pattern stencil.

this may well be the only week in september that i do ALL the prompts, but even if i stopped right now, i'd feel like i learned more than enough to make it well worth my time! ♥

Friday, September 6, 2019

count on us!

at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ we're still making cards that feature numerals OR one of the elements from the holiday favorite, "the twelve days of christmas"! here's a reminder of those twelve interesting gift items:
 Twelve drummers drumming
Eleven pipers piping
Ten lords a leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a milking
Seven swans a swimming
Six geese a laying
Five gold rings
Four calling birds
Three French hens
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree

i elected to go with numerals again, in the form of a fun date sticker and a super cute holiday bingo card:


i used lots of ancient bits and bobs on this colorful card: the jenni bowlin holiday bingo card is actually a digital/printable version; i have owned the kit for yeaaaaaars and still use it constantly. in addition, i've got patterned paper, stickers, a couple of borders, twine, round brads... it's all here, in nice flat, mailable form. gotta love that, right? i predict you're also going to love stephanie's card and i highly recommend a hop over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ to see that right now, darlings! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

It's a Jungle Out There...

...but over on the Eyelet Outlet Blog I am WILD about zoo-themed journal cards paired with our Lion, Tiger and Zebra Brads, not to mention their adorable friends, the Elephant, Giraffe and Monkey Brads. Oh and there are some awesome coordinating tapes, too. See?


I've mentioned before how much I love journaling cards, they are really hard to beat for quick, beautiful designs. This particular set, from Photoplay's "We Bought a Zoo" collection is especially fun and perfect with both the original Jungle Mix Brads as well as the second Jungle-themed set. For my first card I cropped the journal card down a bit to remove a (very cute) monkey image so that I could add a Monkey Brad instead. I made a fun coordinating background by neatly lining up strips of Safari Tape on plain white cardstock to make my own custom patterned paper.


On the "Wild One" card, some handsome Elephant and Giraffe Brads are greeting a very regal Lion Brad. I made a mat from glorious Sparkle Copper Foil Tape and another bespoke patterned paper background using a beautiful Sunset Safari Tape that's so new it isn't quiiiiite in the store yet!


The "Wild Side" journal card was 4 x6" so I needed to trim it down a bit. I added a strip of Safari Tape across the bottom and added a mat made from beautiful Leopard-ish Animal Print Tape, then added a Monkey Brad, as well as a Zebra and a Lion.


Never forget: if you don't have time to MONKEY around, EO Jungle Brads and coordinating tapes make cardmaking a ROARING success... and I ain't LION! :) :) :)

Friday, August 30, 2019

the twelve days of christmas...

...are our theme this fortnight at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and we have a couple of options. you can make a card with numerals on it OR you can make a card which features one or more of the things enumerated in the holiday song. here's the complete list, just to remind us of what all of those were:

Twelve drummers drumming
Eleven pipers piping
Ten lords a leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a milking
Seven swans a swimming
Six geese a laying
Five gold rings
Four calling birds
Three French hens
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree

as it turns out, i actually went with the first option of numerals, which i've incorporated via a fun december calendar journaling card:

ancient chipboard circle frames: gin-x (see i told you they were OLD, lol); december calendar, cheer circle and red dotted paper: simple stories; vintage lady, striped paper and diagonal plaid: authentique; green plaid: american crafts; dimensional holly leaf: prima; scallop border punch: recollections; ink for edges: ranger; adhesives: elmers brand glue tape, 3m foam tape, gluedots

the little calendar wound up being more covered up than i had imagined; but i got very involved in framing up pretty bits of patterned paper with these ancient chipboard circle frames i found buried deeeeeeeeeeeeep in my holiday stash! i really love them, though, so i guess i'm ok with the limited view of the calendar. i'm absolutely smitten with these new dimensional- and very realistic looking!- holly leaves from prima's "christmas in the country" collection. trust me you will definitely be seeing these again (and again... and again...)

hop on over to JINGLE BELLES♥ to see stephanie's card and start planning your own numerical awesomeness for the twelve days of christmas!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

September/October Classes...

 ...are posted for this "semester" at Paper Anthology in Kenvil, NJ. There are loads of great offerings from Elisabeth Ostrowski and Shari Morris, so be sure to check the class page for all the details. Meanwhile here's what I'll be teaching this time:

Gel Plate Playdate

Are you curious about  gel printing? Wish you could try some techniques before investing in supplies? Maybe you have a gel plate, but aren’t quite sure what to do with it? Then Lauren’s workshop-style class is for you! You’ll get hands-on experience with the basic techniques, on several popular sizes and shapes of gel plate, using acrylic paint and even a bit of hybrid ink. We will not be completing a traditional finished project, but you’ll leave with your own beautiful hand-printed papers, LOTS of ideas, and the confidence to go home and try them out!
(Note: This class will be limited to 6 students so that everyone will receive some one-on-one instruction with Lauren.)

FIN-tastic Tall Cards

We’ll make two fab and fishy all-occasion CODS (or cards, lol) that feature no coloring, but manage to incorporate stamping, paper piecing, diecutting, a little bit of stenciling and lots of fussy cutting! This is your oppor-TUNA-ty to have OCEANS of fun! 
(Note: these cards will fit into your own standard #10 envelopes for mailing!)

Just in case you're wondering WHERE Kenvil, NJ is, it's in Morris County NJ, near where route 80 and route 10 converge. Here is a handy map!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

True Story!

Continuing my theme of "where the ideas come from" this week I took inspiration from the awesome t-shirt my BFF was wearing the last time we got together. For one thing: this really is how I feel most of the time!!! For another, I knew I could make a super-fun card that used our Eyelet Outlet Computer and Headphone Brads. See?


The first thing I realized was that this sentiment was a bit long to stamp or use stickers. So I made a little piece of word art on the computer. It's much simpler than it sounds, you just type in your text and then have fun choosing a different font for each line. I've saved my version as a .jpg and you are welcome to use it; either by right-clicking the image below, or heading over to the Freebies Page at the EO Blog


Once I had my sentiment panel, I only needed to set the Computer and Headphone Brads, one at the top left corner, and the other at the bottom right. Then I matted the whole thing on a piece of fun patterned paper I made by neatly lining up strips of Math Washi Tape on a scrap of plain white cardstock. Et voila!


I hope you'll be inspired to create your own fun word art. And I bet there is a combination of Eyelet Outlet Brads and Washi Tape that will make it into a brilliant, unique card! ♥

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

it's a charmed life...

...this fortnight at shopping our stashthus we ask you to use a charm somewhere on your project this time. 


i love charms and i still have quite a few left in my stash, mostly because i'm somewhat challenged when it comes to using them. so i spent a bit of time cruising pinterest for ideas before i even sat down to make my card. i saw quite a few different projects which dangled their charms from banners, so i went with that general idea. the flags in my banner are little selected snippets from prima's "misty rose" collection. i trimmed them into appropriate pennant shapes and mounted them on a little bit of creamy cardstock to unify them. then i tacked them to the card in an arc-shape with the top ends flat, so i could sew across them; but the lower edge of each little flag is popped on a tiny sliver of foam tape for some extra dimension.


i used two charms, as it turned out, and i can tell you right now that they are both so old i have no idea where they came from or who made them, lol! same goes for the mulberry paper flowers... they could be prima... or they could be looky-likeys. in any case, they are old enough to be stored in the mason jars where i keep that last few flowers of mostly-used-up packets, where the provenance of any one item is a bit mysterious by now. my background paper is ancient, beautifully patina-ed sheet music, with a strip of woodgrain paper in the center, set off with doily portions. 


be sure to cruise over to SOS and see all the charming ideas from my super-talented DT sisters! ♥

Friday, August 23, 2019

tags! (again!)

we're still making tags OR holiday cards which incorporate tags at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and you still have time to join the fun. ordinarily, i'm more of a "cards which incorporate tags" kind of girl; but this year my card stash seems pretty healthy, so i've had fun making tags which will get attached to giftbags in december. once again, i've made a pair that somewhat coordinate, because i have a specific pair of recipients in mind.

stickers: doodlebug design; frames: simple stories, october afternoon, we r memory keepers; papers: basic grey, lawn fawn, sei, prima, love elsie; tapes: october afternoon;  cloud punches: ek success; twine: from an actual bakery box!!!; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape

i've said it before (many times, lol!) but i'll say it again: i love doodlebug. especially d-bug xmas. especially d-bug xmas stickers. thus i have used LOTS of them here! one of my favorite ways to use a bunch of smaller items... like stickers or brads... is to frame them. i don't know about you, but i still have plenty of chipboard, and this seemed like a good way to use up a bit! 


i made my own tag bases by the very simple method of tracing the oversized shipping tags i used last week onto patterned paper and trimming them down. I added tape, diecuts, and YES, more stickers to the tags so that my little frame clusters filled the space nicely.


be sure to hop over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and see stephanie's awesome creation, then start planning your own bid for world tag domination!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Here Comes the Sun(flowers)

The other day I was sorting through my big box of Eyelet Outlet goodies, when I suddenly realized I had never made a card with the gorgeous Sunflower Brads from the May release. Obviously I had to drop everything and attend to that!


These cards have quite a bit more white space than is usual for me and the white space is actually white in color, as well! But I had the beautiful Sunflower Brads and the equally lovely wide Glitter Sunflower Tape, so it's not like I needed a whole lot more than that. For my first card I affixed the brads to a circle of watercolor paper I custom painted with some very diluted Lemon Yellow ColorBurst. I added diecut leaves, a wordfetti sentiment and lots of Champagne Jewel Swirl Bling; with everything clustered on top of a little collage of Skinny Washi Tapes in shades of yellow and orange.


For my second card, I affixed the Sunflower Brads to some texty paper which had pretty little clusters of flowers and leaves. I covered the roses on the paper with our Sunflowers, but let the leaves show through. I added a bit more foliage and a couple of orange Mini Butterfly Brads. Again I mixed a few different Skinny Washi Tapes with the Glitter Sunflower Tape, and chose a typewriter print sentiment that coordinated well. 


I hope you're enjoying a day full of Sunshine and Happiness... not to mention creativity! ♥

Saturday, August 17, 2019

rollin' rollin' rollin'

i've been catching up on my altered rolodex swaps for the junk journal junkies group at paper anthology. here are my two most recent sets:


july's prompt was "use a stencil" and luckily, i have quite a few of those! ;) in this case i chose my beloved donna downey poppies. since i was working on samples for an upcoming gel printing class this particular week, my background uses a couple of techniques i'd like to incorporate in the class, including a horizontal ombre blend and printing the stencil twice with slightly different paint colors to get a sort of shadow effect. 

to finish off the card bases, i added a bunch of grungy overstamping to the backgrounds of the cards. arguably too much, lol; i actually liked the cards better one step before the final version. but there's no crying in baseball and there's no "do-overs" on optional swap projects, so i just rolled with it. my sentiment is composed of diecut letters using impression obsession's typewriter lower case set on scraps of glossy white cardstock.


my top layer of poppies are diecuts, painted with colorburst, in a mixture of mostly fuchsia with a bit of marsala, to approximate the same shade as the quinacridone magenta acrylic paint i used on the gel prints. the stems are chartreuse with a tiny touch of terre verte. here's a great tip for watercoloring flimsy or tiny items, like my memory box "row of poppies" die, with it's skinny skinny flower stems. cut them from nice sturdy watercolor paper, then DON'T remove the excess paper until AFTER your flowers are dry! this gives you a much sturdier base on which to work and helps prevent some of the warping.


june's prompt was a color palette of sage green, pink and grey. i dusted off my alte new rose flurries die set and used up nearly all my red and pink cardstock scraps to assemble the layers and layers that make these flowers look so beautifully dimensional. 


my background is a literal patchwork of grey and silver patterned paper scraps cut into strips and pieced together in a sort of funky herringbone pattern. i did a post last year which explains the process in more detail and it is right here, should you need it. the only thing that's a tiny bit different with the rolos is that i assembled my herrings and then diecut the cards, since this saved a lot of tedious trimming up at the end.


i hope the weekend is treating you well and that you will be able to sneak in some creative time! ♥

Friday, August 16, 2019

tag! you're it!

we've got a fun little twist this fortnight at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥: we're making holiday tags, with a couple of options. you can make a freestanding tag to use on a gift OR you can incorporate a tag into your card design. i chose the first option, though i would not rule out the possibility that my tags might, at some later date, get attached to a folded card base, in the event i run a little short in december, lol.

patterned paper, florals, pearl flourishes and tiny vellum butterflies: prima marketing; large shipping tags, sheet music and doilies: from my stash; wooden snowflakes of unknown origin; seam binding: paper anthology; jingle bells die: memory box; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, glue dots, nuvo deluxe adhesive

i started with a couple of oversized manilla shipping tags and went just sliiiiiiightly crazy with shabby chic embellishments. the patterned paper is from prima's "christmas in the country" collection, and i've paired it with my two all-time favorite stash items: vintage sheet music and doilies.


most of my florals are from prima's "spring farmhouse" collection, but there are some others mixed in as well. the tiny vellum butterflies are a bit older, and i suppose not very xmassy, lol, but they were exactly the right colors. i have had the wooden snowflakes for AGES. the main reason being that i never felt confident enough about any adhesive for attaching them; but since i've discovered nuvo deluxe, luckily that is no longer a problem!


hop over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ to see stephanie's beautiful creation and start thinking what YOU will make, because TAG! you're it!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Just For *EWE*!

WARNING: the diabolical pun level of this post is VERY HIGH; pun-haters look away now!

I have a pair of extra-punny cards today, featuring our adorable Sheep Brads and a few other cool Eyelet Outlet goodies!


Last week I posted some Llama Brad cards that were inspired by a pair of novelty socks. Continuing in that same vein, my first Sheep Brad card was inspired by this cute pouch my sister gave me. (Because yes, there does seem to be a Pun Gene, and our family definitely has it!!!) :)


My first thought (of course!) was, "Hey! We have Sheep Brads AND Eye Glass Brads!!!" so obviously I had to use both. I created the sentiment with a mixture of stamps (spectac and lar) and alphabet stickers. My original idea for the card did not involve Star Brads, and would have had the specs right next to "you're". But because the Eye Glass Brads are open at the center, they have their prongs off at the edges, and actually need two small holes, and I didn't punch the holes precisely enough. Of course I could have started over, but at times like these, I will usually try to come up with a fix. In this case, it was to move the glasses up, and place a white star over the resultant holes; then add a couple more stars to make the placement seem more intentional. In the end, I think they look really good, and if I was going to make a second card like this, I'd plan on stars from the beginning!


The thing about puns is, it's hard to stop at just one, lol. So while I was making the "Spectac-EWE-lar" card, I kept thinking of other words with "EWE" in them. One of which was, "EWE-phoria". At first I wasn't sure how that would translate into a card, but when I was retrieving the Star Brads for the first card, I saw my Knitting Brads and thought about how much I love yarn, some of which --coincidentally-- comes from sheep. I drew the long tangly trail verrrrrrry lightly in pencil and stitched over it twice with my sewing machine. Then I added my alphabet stickers and finally set the Sheep Brad, plus two balls of blue yarn (the packs also contain yellow, purple and green) and the needles from the Knitting Brads.


That's all for today. If you need me, I'll be right over there, near the air conditioning vent, knitting! ♥