Tuesday, May 13, 2014

You...

I am so excited for the upcoming release at Simon Says Stamp on May 16th that I had to whip together this eclectic and bright card to share with you!!  This card was created with a new stamp and die set called Scribble Flowers.  It comes with a fantastic accompanying die set (not used here) but I played around with the dies and they are FABULOUS!!  Very versatile and funky!
I used watercolor and masking techniques to create the flower arrangement with my Distress Inks and Markers.  The black ink is Hero Arts Black Dye Ink - an awesome ink to use with any watercolor technique.  (can you tell I'm in the middle of the Watercolor for Cardmakers class right now? *wink*) I hand drew the grass in at the bottom with my Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint Distress Markers.
My sentiment is from the You stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.  I embellished my card with some black and wood varnish sequins and a strip of Basic Grey paper along with some black cardstock.  I also ran a quick bit of zig zag stitching for some visual balance.
Thanks for joining me today!!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Friday, April 11, 2014

One Card...

I am a firm believer that the small things in life really do make a difference.  I hold to that idea firmly when things get crazy.  Small things like one card can really bring a smile.  I created this card for one very special little girl in our lives.  She needs a smile and she needs to know how amazing she is and that she is capable of wonderful things.  I made this last night and sent it off in the mail this morning!

I started with a watercolor panel and used SU! watercolor crayons in Pretty in Pink, Blush Blossom, Staedtler watercolor pencils, and MFT's Razzle Berry Dye Ink to create the background.  I scribbled back and forth laying my color down, then took a brush and water and blended it all together.  I then took the leftover paint and liberally flicked it all over my panel.
I took my color inspiration (and patterned paper and card base) from this (Bluegrass Farm) and last month's (Office Hours) Studio Calico card kits.  I cut random strips of patterned paper and layered them in the lower left hand corner of my panel and then used a Martha Stewart punch to cut out the butterfly.  I layered the butterfly back in using Glossy Accents for the center and then used clear dimensional adhesive for to make the wings pop up.
I added one of my VERY favorite stamps right now from MFT's Chalkboard Greetings, Too.  This is stamped using my favorite Hero Arts Black Ink.  As a final touch, I used a few clear "pearls" and one self-adhesive star which came in the Office Hours Card Kit.  

I must admit, this took me about 20 minutes (with 3 kids that's about all I have these days!!) and I am thrilled with the results.

I hope to be back with another creation soon!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith



Friday, February 21, 2014

Simon Says Stamps - Spring 2014 Release is here!!

Hi Crafty Friends!!  It's that time!!  The new Spring products for Simon Says Stamp are now available!!  I've made many cards using the following new stamps, dies and stencils:


My first creation uses the Harlequin Stencil, Happy Birthday Die and lots of fabulous Distress Inks.
I taped the Harlequin stencil down on top of some heavy duty watercolor paper using Washi tape.  I then sponged the rainbow effect and lightly spritzed it with some water with Perfect Pearls mixed in.  There is a very light sparkly effect when you catch the card in real life in just the right light.  I then used the new Happy Birthday die - cut 5 times out of black cardstock and stacked on top of each other - adhered with Glossy Accents.  (A fabulous trick I learned from the amazing Jennifer McGuire!)  The pop up effect it has is nothing short of awesome!!  I took some white sewing thread, bunched it together and played with it until it was 'just right'!  I adhered everything down with Glossy Accents.
As a last touch on this card, I added a sprinkling of black sequins for some fun sparkle!

My next creation was my husband's Valentine's Day card:
Here I've used the new Love Languages Stamp Set and matching Dies (the American Sign Language symbol for "I Love You" and the tiny heart).  I used a sketch from My Favorite Things and a mix of papers to create this eclectic melange.
I, once again, used black sewing thread behind my main panels as an added element of fun!  A sprinkling of gold sequins and voila!  

Next I switched gears and used some fun embossing paste and the Harlequin stencil to create this texture filled card:
I taped the stencil down onto heavy watercolor paper using Washi Tape.  I then used Martha Stewart textured embossing paste and coated the stencil with a palette knife carefully scraping off any excess.
I let this dry overnight and then sponged the entire panel with Hero Arts Pale Tomato ink.  I love how the paper took the ink differently than the embossing paste - such a cool effect!!  I used a small birthday sentiment from the new Birthday Balloons set in Hero Arts Navy Ink.  The cardbase is navy as well - there's something so warm about Navy and Coral tones together.  I added some Studio Calico wooden stars and some gold sequins as a finishing touch.  

Moving on I kept with the same coral and navy theme this time using the Birthday Balloons dies and Birthday Balloons stamp set to create a simple but fun birthday card.  
I cut the largest of 5 different balloons both out of the navy background and the coral glitter paper. I then stamped my sentiment in Unicorn White pigment ink and heat set using white embossing powder.  I did the same with the white stars - also in the stamp set and added the Studio Calico wood veneer stars on top.  
I finished off the balloon with some gold cording and sequins.  
Next up is a super simple card that I made for my 11 month old boy for Valentine's Day!  I kept it simple and sweet.  I had this graphic paper from a paper pack (it's old so I can't remember where it's from) but it worked perfectly for this sentiment from the Love Languages Stamp set.
I inked the round, heart image in Unicorn White ink directly onto the paper and heat set it with white embossing powder.  I then filled in the small heart with Rock Candy Distress Stickles.  I added the sentiment and colored in the heart with my Red Lipstick Copic Marker.  I added a few sequins as a final touch.  
I then shifted gears and lightened the vibe a bit with this simple and clean creation:
I cut two balloons of different shapes from the Balloons Die Set and mounted them using 3-D foam adhesive.  I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Birthday Balloons Stamp Set onto the larger balloon using Hero Arts Black Ink.  I added teal bakers twine and some iridescent sequins.  I also added the itty bitty dots that are punched out of the center of the sequins for some added sparkle.  Both the twine and sequins are adhered with Glossy Accents.
I think the effect of the bright and sparkly balloons on the simple white background is just super fun!
Next up is a card that focuses on the the Love Languages Die set.  
I stamped the Kraft background with a delightful background stamp from My Favorite Things.  I then coated a chipboard frame with Unicorn White Pigment Ink and heat set it using white embossing powder.  I stamped the main graphic image with Hero Arts Charcoal Ink and Hero Arts Butter Bar Ink - for the center heart.  I made my own Butter Bar cardstock by running my inkpad over some Neenah Solar White cardstock and cutting the hearts out using my Big Shot.
I added the subtle sentiment using Hero Arts Black Ink.  I used a mini clothespin, baker's twine and some raindrop like gems as accents.  A dab of Glossy Accents on the center heart and I was done!
And last, but certainly not least is a creation that is very Jennifer McGuire inspired!!  ;)  I inked the sentiment from the Birthday Balloons stamp set multiple times using Hero Arts ink.  I then used the Happy Birthday die to cut out of the middle of the panel.
I then cut five more layers and adhered them together using Glossy Accents.  

I then popped them into the negative space where I had cut the original out of and adhered the top layer onto - creating the consistent yet popped up look that is sure to make any recipient smile!  I added a tiny sprinkling of rainbow sequins as a last touch!

Thanks SO much for sticking around this long!!  This was a long post for sure but the new products are just so fun!!  

Thanks to Heidi, Malini and Stephanie at Simon Says Stamp for asking me to join them and for all of their help!!!  

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Thursday, February 20, 2014

My Favorite Things Weekly Sketch Challenge - MFTWSC164 - Decorative Creativity

Greetings Friends!!  I'm back for this week's round of My Favorite Things Weekly Sketch Challenge!
I do so enjoy the wide variety of sketches that the lovely designers at MFT provide! This week I found the sketch classic and clean.  I made this while I was away and I only had limited products with me so I improvised and think it came out fun!!  Let's check out the sketch:
And here is my interpretation:
I've used the Typewriter Text Background - stamped with Delicata Gold Ink and heat set with clear embossing powder, Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers, and the Die-namics Cute Cameras 2 for my focal point.  
I used a Tim Holtz rosette die for the background of my decorative cluster - complete with Washi tape for a little extra color.  The center of the rosette also uses the Die-namics Cute Cameras 2 for the glittery center and black edging.  I added a yellow twine bow around the cluster and a sprinkling of gold sequins.
Sometimes it's fun to use a decorative grouping rather than sentiments for a different twist on a sketch.

I hope you're keeping warm wherever you are!!  Thanks for coming by today!!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Monday, February 17, 2014

Simon Says Sneak Peek!!!

One of the best sayings ever!  This and many more will be released on Friday, February 21st at Simon Says Stamp!!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Sunday, February 16, 2014

I Know You're Getting Excited!!

Can you tell I'm in LOVE with this stencil?!  And I know you will be too when it's released on Friday, February 21st at Simon Says Stamp!!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Psst...Sneak Peek for Simon Says Stamp!!

Oh this might just be one of my VERY favorites of the upcoming Simon Says Stamp release!!  Don't forget...Friday, February 21st!!  Be there!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith


Friday, February 14, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Sneak Peek - Upcoming Release February 21st!

Hi Friends!!!  Popping in on this Valentine's evening with another sneak peek for the upcoming Simon Says Stamp release on Friday, February 21st!  There's something for everyone so you won't want to miss it!!

See you tomorrow for another peek!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Sneak Peek!!

Hi Crafty Friends!!

I'm so excited as the wonderful Heidi from Simon Says Stamp asked me to participate in this month's upcoming release on February 21st!

I'm sneak peeking a couple of beautiful new products today that I know you'll love to get your hands on!!
So fun and so versatile!!

See you tomorrow for another peeky peeky!!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Retro Sketches #101 - You Rock My World

Greetings Friends!!  Just popping in today with this week's edition of Retro Sketches!  Here's this week's sketch:
I'm always hesitant with wonky layers like this but that's what I love about sketches, they truly can push you outside of your comfort zone to try something new...LOVE!
I used this sketch to create a Valentine's Day card for my middle son.  He's 7 and just truly one of the lights of my life.  He takes hip hop class and ADORES music so I thought this sentiment was perfect for him.  The stamp set is MFT's Lovey Dovey Sentiments.  I inked it in Momento Luxe Pigment Ink in Love Letter and heat set it with clear embossing powder.
I used Crate Paper - Toy Box 6x6 papers and some glitter paper from Michael's to complete my layout.
I completed the top cluster with a Studio Calico Wood Veneer heart from Simon Says Stamp and the sentiment is from the Lovey Dovey Sentiments.  I added some sequins adhered with Glossy Accents and voila!!  I love how it came out!

Thanks for popping by today!!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith