Monday, July 6, 2015

TAWS post #48 - Congrats

Greetings TAWS friends!!  Today I bring you a special card that is near and dear to my heart.  This was the card that I made for my brother and his wife for their wedding last weekend!  It was their perfect day and I was so honored to be able to celebrate with them.  I used two of my very favorite Alley Way sets called Big Chatter (sentiment) and Flower Doodles (background).  I started by stamping the flowers using Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink and heat setting them with clear embossing powder.  White powder can sometimes be messy on a big piece like this which is why I went with the clear powder.  

Once my background panel was complete, I stamped my sentiment onto really good quality vellum.  I stamped it using SU! black pigment ink and heat set, once again, using clear embossing powder.  I didn't want to have any stray embossing powder on the vellum and the clear powder with the black ink really helps control that issue.  
I stitched the vellum to my background panel and mounted it all onto a piece of orangy/red cardstock (my sister-in-law's favorite color) and added it all to a white card base.  I added one sparkly heart and voila!  The day was as amazing and wonderful as they are!  

I know they will have a lifetime of happiness - what a match made in heaven!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Friday, July 3, 2015

TAWS post #47 - Let's Fiesta!!

Greetings friends!  I'm here today with a super cutsie card using this month's new releases Cha Cha Cha and this month's mini set (free with a $40 pre-tax purchase) Neener Neener.

I used my "go-to" crafty medium of the moment - watercolor paint.  I painted an entire sheet of cacti using the Cha Cha Cha set and cut out the piece that I wanted to use for this card.  I then added the silly faces from Neener Neener.  I added my sentiment, my glitter matte and a few glitter enamel hearts for an added texture embellishment.
Thanks so much for coming by!!  For those who celebrate...have a great and safe July 4th weekend!

Warmly-
Meredith



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TAWS post #46 - New Release Blog Hop!

Hello my friends!! SO glad you are here today for The Alley Way's new release blog hop!!  You should be arriving here from my fellow design teammate Marina's blog!

Today I'm sharing a project that I made using the AWESOME new set Splat along with this month's 'free with $40 product purchase' Express Yourself.  I made this card for my darling sister's recent birthday.  She loves purple and turquoise so this was perfect for her!  When planning this card I actually made an entire 8.5 x 11" sheet of paper using this set and cut it down to the size I needed.  This way I have extra and can make more cards!

I used a combination of Hero Arts and Distress inks to create this fun and funky panel.  When creating an entire panel like this I like to start with the bigger stamps and then fill in the little spaces with the smaller stamps.  There are many large, medium and small little stamps in this set.  It's FANTASTIC!!  I then went totally opposite on the color wheel to make the banner for my sentiment.  I put together the sentiment from the Express Yourself letter set along with the two little stars on either end.  I then stitched a couple of rows above the sentiment for added texture.  I matted everything on amazing and oh so yummy glitter cardstock from the open stock paper area at Michael's.

This was a super fun card to make and I love how it turned out!  

Thanks so much for coming by today!!  Off you to go my teammate N@Ali's blog!!  

If you get lost along the way here is the entire hop list for you!

Yuki

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Monday, June 29, 2015

TAWS post #45 - Sneak Peek Time - You've Got This!

Greetings Alley Way Friends!  I cannot believe it's THAT time again!  Release time!!  WOO HOO!! An entire new fabulous batch of stamps is almost out and ready for purchase!  This month's sets are totally adorable!!  Today I'm sneak peeking you a set called Old School.  If you like to play games this is the set for you!!  
I've used the old school game piece in my pattern repeating on watercolor paper.  I used my Distress Markers and Inktense watercolor pencils to lay down my color.  I used my Perfect Pearls water in a mister bottle to wiggle the color around a bit.  Once the color was done I stitched around my panel and used some fabulous papers from Studio Calico to build the rest of my creation.
I used some MFT rolled flower Die-namics for the flower cluster.  I used my circle punch to create sparkly leaves that are tucked behind the flowers.  This is a fantastic trick I learned from Jennifer McGuire.  You punch a circle with any circle punch.  You then put only a part of the punched circle back into the circle punch and punch again which then creates a wonderful leaf shape!  Simple and brilliant!

Thanks SO much for coming by today!!  See you for tomorrow's new release blog hop!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Friday, June 26, 2015

TAWS post #44 - Dad

Hi Alley Way Friends!!  I'm here today with a fun and CAS design that I made for my father for Father's Day.  I used the awesome set Mustache Mania to create this quirky panel for my project.
I used Hero Arts, Distress and SU! inks in a variety of browns to add the fun and funky mustaches.  I used my T-ruler to line everything up perfectly.  My sentiment is simple and to the point!  =)

I stitched around the perimeter to give it a bit more texture but left it alone after that.  I SO wanted to add more but my Dad is a simple guy so I left it as it was.

Thanks so much for coming by today!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Monday, June 22, 2015

TAWS post #43 - Father's Day

Hi Friends!  Popping in today with a super simple card that I made for Father's Day.  I'm using the Alley Way set called Tie One On.

I started by stamping my pattern onto Spectrum Noir paper.  It's a nice smooth paper, great for stamping.  I find that it holds ink very well.  I stamped my check pattern using Navy Hero Arts Dye Ink,  There are 3 different 'tie' patterns that come with the set.  I then stamped my tie image over the top of the check pattern and fussy cut it out.

I adhered it to my kraft card base leaving the bottom of the tie without adhesive so it would pop up just a tiny bit.
I added my sentiment to the bottom using Hero Arts black ink.

Hope you have a fantastic day!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Friday, June 19, 2015

TAWS post #42 - Sweet Wishes

Hi Alley Way Friends!  I'm here today with a VERY simple yet summery creation featuring the new Alley Way set called Slurp.  I fussy cut out my image which had been water colored previously.  I then coated it up with a think layer of Glossy Accents.

I used an older sketch from MFT to layer and stitch my paper.  I added my sentiment which is also from this set and a few Theresa Collins sparkly heart stickers for some added dimension.  As you can see in the photo below I used 3D foam adhesive to add my image.  I love the little touch of depth this step lends to a project.
Thanks so much for coming by!!

See you again soon!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Monday, June 15, 2015

TAWS post #41 - Summer treats

Greetings Friends!!  I'm here today to bring you a yummy card using the new set Slurp!  I'm also using the "free with $40 in product" purchase this month's set called Brain Freeze.  It's a super cute mini set and I LOVE this sentiment!
I started by coloring the popsicles using my Copic markers.  Due to my crazy life (homeschooling my 2 older kiddos with my 2 year old running around constantly) I'd tucked my Copics away a couple of years ago and have regularly used my water colors and colored pencils to color images.  But I've missed the different looks you can get with Copic markers so for these simple shapes I brought them out.  I chose three different colors - a light, medium and dark, for each of the pops.  I started with my darkest at the bottom of the image.  I laid down a bit of color then progressed to the middle range color.  I colored this over the existing dark color with the medium color and then moved up the image slightly.  I did the same process with the lighter color and fiddled around a little bit going in between dark, medium, and light until I was happy with how they looked.
I then went in and added a generous coating of Glossy Accents and let them dry overnight.  Once they were dry, I fussy cut them out and added them to my card which I created using an older sketch from MFT.  I used foam adhesive to pop them up to give them a fun 3-D look.

Thanks so much for coming by today!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith


Friday, June 12, 2015

TAWS post #40 - It was a treat...

Hi TAWS friends!!  I'm here today with a treat filled card to share!  I'm using this month's awesome set called Slurp!  I've also used this month's 'free with $40 in product purchase' set called Brain Freeze for my sentiment.  Lastly, I pulled out one of my favorite older Alley Way sets called Line Upon Line for my background.  This is a FANTASTICALLY versatile background set that is perfect for so many techniques.
I started by pre-coloring my ice cream image on water color paper.  I do this in advance so that when I have a moment to create the images are ready when I need them.  I colored the image with my Kurtake Gansai Tambi Watercolor paints.  I fussy cut my image out and added a very generous coating of Glossy Accents onto the ice cream.  I set it to dry overnight.
I stamped my background onto watercolor paper to give it that splotchy look.  I used Hero Arts ink in Butter Bar as I wanted it to be a very summery yellow.  Lastly I stamped my sentiment.  I used my very favorite glitter cardstock from Michael's as a matte for my panel.  Sometimes I'll cut small strips and adhere them to either side of the panel but this time I used a full piece as it lends itself to a different look.

I added both of these layers to a card base using kraft cardstock.  It's simple and fun!

Thanks for coming by today!

See you soon!

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

Monday, June 8, 2015

TAWS post #39 - #LOVE U

Good morning crafty friends!!   Thanks for joining me today as I share my watercolor end creation using The Alley Way sets Tickle Me Happy and a new set called Lite Brite.  I sat down when I had a few minutes and made a bunch of panels using the beautiful feathers from the Tickle Me Happy set.  I kept each panel simple using a monochromatic scheme, this card in different shades of orange with my Distress Inks.  Once the color was down, I sprayed my panel with pearlized water in a mini mister   bottle.

I added my sentiment using the set Lite Brite using my Hero Arts ink in purple.  I added some enamel dots and attached my panel to an orange card base.

Simple and beautiful!  And an easy way to create many cards at once!

Thanks for joining me today!

See you soon!

Crafty Hugs-
Meredirh