Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It's a Good Day to be Happy

I've been really digging this Up & Away set from Mama Elephant, so here is another go at the challenge inspiration from Mama Elephant...

The white in this picture really got me itching to ink in white. And I love white ink on kraft. It's one of my favorite go-to combinations.

It's a Good Day to be Happy

I also love the pops of color in the picture, which inspired me to color the balloons with some Ranger Distress Inks. 

Here is a upclose look of the white on kraft. I used Hero Hues Unicorn with the Hero Arts Cloud background I love how lush the ink stamps. The rest of the main focal point is colored with Distress Inks and a water brush.

It's a Good Day to be Happy

I cut out this cute little guy and the balloons are also cut out and popped onto the card.

It's a Good Day to be Happy

Looking at this lil cute guy makes me smile, so here is hoping that this guy brings lots of smile to my friend, too :)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

It's a Good Day to be Happy

Hey girls - I'm finally uploading some non Design Team projects. Believe it or not, I had some time to just play. OK, granted, I should be working on wedding invitations or baby shower invitations or DT homework, but instead I decide Birthday cards and Wedding cards were more important ;)

I'm starting off with this challenge inspiration from Mama Elephant

I was also determined to finally join this century of crafters and try embossing paste. My incredible teacher was no other than the expert Joy Ott herself ;) She's a natural at walking me through this and I had a lot of fun playing.

Here is my finished card...

It's a Good Day to be Happy

My starting point was this cute little Mama Elephant set. I needed a birthday card and these Cosmic Stars needed to be inked up!

The glass inspired me to play with clear embossing paste. But before we get to that, I wanted to create a soft but contrasting water-color background for the starts. Turns out that I was being to soft smushing down the Distress Ink color on the Tim Holtz Watercolor paper. The way to get a nice bold application is to really smush the blender with lots of color really into the paper. Yes, smush is a technical term ;) A little bit of water spritzing and some help with the heat gun, and the background was ready for some embossing paste.

For someone who bakes a lot, applying the embossing paste reminds me like frosting cakes (or cupcakes). First there is this palette knife (hello: icing spatula)
Photo Credit: Simon Says Stamps


Then there is this paste, which just looks and feels like creamy vanilla icing.

Photo Credit: Tami Spencer


Photo Credit: Betty Crocker

Just remember not to try to lick your palette knife. I'm sure your taste buds would be sorely disappointed. The good news is that the embossing paste goes down very smoothly. Joy gave me the hint to tape down the stencil to make sure it's flushed against the card stock and won't move while you are applying it.

It's a Good Day to be Happy

I also played around with Distress Markers for the first time. It only took me 4 tries to color this wee little Aries before I liked the outcome. For me it's easier to start out with a water brush and pick up color. But this time I wanted to use the markers first, then push the colors around with the water brush. Maybe a bit more practice and I can go both ways.

This little cutie also has some Wink of Stella applied to his horns, to give him a little bit of a celestial look. Unfortunately the camera didn't pick this up, so you'll just have to take my word for it - HA!

It's a Good Day to be Happy

Since I didn't want to cover up the cute little starts in the front, I decided to stamp the sentiment into the card. This one from the Mama Elephant Up & Away  is one that I find myself grabbing a lot. It's just so fun & versatile: birthday, pick-me-up, random hello.

So who is this amazing Joy? She's the gal on the right chilling with another of my all time favorite gals, Christy. If anyone can make you into an embossing paste fanatic, it's her ;) And this pic makes me smile...

After all, it's always a good day to be happy, right? Happy Saturday.

Friday, April 18, 2014

[Uniko Studio] Challenge No. 9 - Easter

Hi everyone - It's time for another challenge, and we're coming up on another big holiday Easter. It's only appropriate to dedicate this challenge to all things springing up and about. I especially love these colors, because they go back and celebrate all the fun colors that are starting to sprout.

Here is this month's color combo...

Photo Credit: Design Seed
Ok I was in dire need for a card to say hello to a dear friend I haven't talked to in a long time. She needs some much cheering on and remind how amazing she is. So here is my card (so not fitting to the theme - I hope you forgive me)

You Are Simply the Best

By the way, if you're used to seeing the supply list given here and are thinking "she's gone senile and forgotten to post the supplies," don't fret. I'm finally moving into this century when it comes to blogging, and I'm trying out a Product List using the Inlinkz Project Manager tool. So scroll down to the bottom to check it out. And while you're at it, let me know if you like the old format or new format better. I always eager to hear what you guys think.

I really like how Nature Treasures I can be used to make a fun, messy background. I also decide to use the doilies or flowers from Today, Tomorrow & Always Time to add more layers to the background paper I was making.

Then I cut out the butterflies in duos from some Basic Grey Serenade paper, so that I can stack them onto each other. This gives the butterflies a little bit of more pop off the card. I also wanted to give them some extra shine treatment, so I dabbed each dot from the pattern paper with some Liquid Pearls. This explains why some of the dots aren't quite perfect, but the effect is quite lovely.

You Are Simply the Best

Anyways, that's all I have for you. Incidentally, Florian's Teddy was hovering about when I was taking a picture, so I thought it'd be fun to take a picture with him. Here he is wishing everyone a wonderful Easter holiday and reminding you how special each of you are.

You Are Simply the Best

Please also check out the rest of the girl's cards and leave them a sweet comment or two. Remember you don't have to use all the colors - any or all as an inspiration.

Lastly, a few helpful things to remember:
  • Challenge ends May 14th, 2013, 9:00a BST; Check back for the winners after
  • Prize is £10 Gift Certificate to the random Winner & a Guest Design spot on our following challenge
  • Three people will win a spotlight
  • We would like you to use a Uniko Studio product; If you don't have any, check out the freebies here
I hope to see you play along, so that I can pop in on your lovely blogs! Also let us know what you think of this new format of a challenge. See you soon!

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