Saturday, December 6, 2014

Watercolor and Salt Technique

Hello and Happy Saturday!  Today I am over on the a2z Scrapbooking Blog sharing how I did a fun watercolor technique using Sprays, Daubers, Water and salt.

Here is a sneak of the card:

To see the full card and directions on how I achieved this effect please visit the a2z Scrapbooking Blog. I also have a discount code over there for my readers to get 15% off of your order of $25.

Make sure to come back on Monday to see how I turned a beautiful flower set into a wintery scene. I've really been trying to stretch my stamps lately and this one I really pushed.

See you then.

Michelle

Friday, December 5, 2014

Ho Ho Ho Gift card holder

I'm here with a quick share today. I made this super quick gift card the other day with very few products.

The stamp set is from Hampton Arts. I bought it years ago and forgot I even had it until we moved last year and found it. I love this little Santa.  I made the card a tad smaller than normal. I used a 1 inch crease at the bottom of the card to fold up inside so I could put a gift card inside. I colored Santa with some Prisma colored pencils and used this die from Simon Say Stamp.

Super fast, super cute.

Tomorrow I will be here with a watercolor card for a2z Scrapbooking and on Monday I am going to show you how I used this set to create a winter card. Don't believe you can use flowers for a wintery card? Come back Monday and I'll show you how easy it really was! :)

I'm also entering this card in this weeks Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is all about Christmas and Holiday's

See you then.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Pawsome Christmas

Hey! Today I am here sharing a card that was inspired by Jennifer McGuire. Usually when I get in a rut (like I have been) I turn to others for inspiration. I go to Pinterest, blogs, old magazines etc. Inspiration is everywhere. Some times it works, other times not so much. This time....it kicked my mojo into HIGH GEAR!!! I have been on a card making binge.

Here is the Video that Jen did that started my mojo, and here is my card:


In her video, Jen used the Halloween set by Simon Says Stamp. I didn't have that set but I did have the Pawsome set. I used a Memento Dew Drop to ink up the stamp and left the neck portion of the stamp (the part with the collar) blank. I used a black marker to draw in the neck after.

I used Copic Liner and a ruler to add the lines and the lights to the dog....we are calling him Boomer after my menace of a Golden Retriever. ;)


I stamped the card both horizontally and vertically. I like them both, so I went with it. I used a Hero Arts tree and left it empty to emphasize the puppy with the lights. I have a feeling Boomer is going to do this to our tree this year.  I colored the dog, lights and tree in with Copics.



I die cut the title out of some Red Velvet Paper that I bought at Michael's and then I added some Wink of Stella to all of it!

So simple.  I urge you to try to stretch those stamps, take inspiration from someone and run with it. It really helps kick that mojo in.  Just be sure to credit whomever inspired you! ;)

Have a wonderful day.

Michelle

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Watercolor background/Cyber Monday

Hello! Today I have a card with a water colored background. There is a new challenge on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and this month is all about Watercolor.

Have you ever had a card you loved. I mean really, really loved and then botched the Title? Yep, that is this card. I love how the background came out on this one. Mind you, I made at least 4 and not one came out nearly as pretty as this one. Most were a total disaster with blue and dark green every where...I just couldn't get the purple to show.

See, I started out by putting my Distress inks on a large acrylic block. The Tumbled Glass and The shaded Lilac were so over powered by the Evergreen Bough, but I love the combination. So I resorted to using my re-inkers for the Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac. The colors were most definitely bolder!  Too bold in fact. I had to use less re-inker and more water for the softness I was going for.

Enter the FOURTH try and it finally gave me what I wanted. YAY!!!


I used the ink pads directly onto the Peacock Feather.  Then I went to do the title. Never and I mean NEVER watch an interesting show on the computer when you are in the midst of making a card that you have re-done 4 times!  Yes, I was distracted and I thought I grabbed the Silver Embossing Powder and I accidentally grabbed the Liquid Platinum (which by the way I love). I just don't love it on this card.  It's BLAH! It looks so muddy in the photo but I am telling you....I couldn't recreate that background again so I am going with it.  The good news is that is looks 100% better in real life than in this picture that was shot at 2:00 a.m. ;)

Let's just forget about the title and oooh and ahhhhh over that background and peacock feather shall we?



A little bit of Stardust Stickles on the feather and some sequins and I have forgotten all bout the sentiment.

Please stop by a2z Scrapbooking to see what the other design team members have done. You won't be disappointed.

It's CYBER MONDAY too and I have a coupon code for you for Today...Use CYBER20 for 20% off your order of $25.  Click HERE to go to the store.

If you don't get to shop today you can use the code MICHELLE15 at anytime and get 15% off your order of $25 or more.

Have a great day!

Michelle

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

a2z Scavenger Hunt

Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know we have a fun game going on over at a2z Scrapbooking this weekend. It's a Scavenger Hunt.
and there is a $25 gift certificate up for grabs if you play.

Here is how it will work:
1. Below you will find Ten Questions that need to be answered. The only way to get the answers is to go on a Scavenger Hunt in the a2z Scrapbooking store.
2. When you find all of the answers, you have to email them to: a2zScrapbooking@comcast.net No later then Midnight, December 1st.

Are you ready? Here we go:
1. Creating with Hero’s wonderful “Digital Cut” files is always fun, just remember when you are using them with your silhouette, to start with a fresh cutting mat and nice sharp ______, just two of the Silhouette accessory products we also carry in our store!
2. Don’t you just LOVE all the awesome Stencils that we have in stock at a2z Scrapbooking Store? When you are using yours, be sure you have plenty of this product on hand to add extra Dimension and Texture to your stenciled projects.
3. Which of Hero’s wonderful wooden stamps do you think would be perfect for a card that you want to create for a fellow crafter?
4. We have many colors of the fabulous Hero Arts Layering Paper always in stock at the a2z Scrapbooking Store. Name three of the colors that you would use most often for your crafty projects?
5. What is the name of one of the Hero Arts Ink Cube Sets, that has an ink named after a drink in it?
6. The a2z Scrapbooking store sells this amazing Hero Arts tool that directs hot air to the precise area where its aimed, melting embossing powder and creating amazing results in seconds. What is the name of this tool?
7. Ink Daubers are the new way of applying inks to stencils in your favorite colors. How many different Hero Arts colors are stocked in the a2z Scrapbooking store?
8. Have you tried Water-coloring yet on your cards? If not, you are truly missing out on a fabulous way to create your own fabulous backgrounds. Did you know the a2z Scrapbooking store carries a set of watercolors. What is the name of the water-color set and how many colors does it contain?
9. a2z Scrapbooking opened their Etsy doors on what date?
10. Wow, a2z Scrapbooking carries 80 different types of embellishments! How many of them are buttons?
Off you go to find the answers to all of these questions. Good luck to all of you who participate in this contest. Who will be the first to find all of these answers? I can’t wait to see who wins.


Reminder, the scavenger hunt ends Monday, December 1st at Midnight. So email your answers in before that time.

You can also find these questions/hints on the bottom of Kymona's post HERE

We hope you join us. It proves to be a lot of fun!

See you soon.

Michelle