Fancy Friday

Hey Everyone! Welcome back to another Fancy Friday! For this month's hop we are featuring our favorite technique! Hmmm. . . there are so many fun techniques that I love, I had a difficult time choosing!

I have had a few people e-mail me and ask me how I created the background for my butterfly card I posted a few weeks ago, and though I thought about keeping you all amazed by not giving away my secret ;), I then decided this would be the perfect opportunity to share! I must warn you however. . . though it may look amazing and perhaps difficult to achieve the look,  this technique is actually super simple! Now I knew the technique I wanted to showcase, but I was stumped on a project idea. . . so I searched some of my favorite challenge blogs to help spark an idea. Wouldn't you know that both the Monday and Wednesday challenges over at Simon Says Stamp are both:


HAHAHAHA! Not very helpful for my creativity stump. But, I finally decided to just start stamping and see where I ended up! I am going to show you the card first, then I will tell you step-by-step how I created the panel on the card. Check it out:
I started out by first stamping my lined image on my cardstock panel. Now, you will definitely want to use a non-water based permanent ink like the Stazon Jet Black ink pad, otherwise the image will just bleed out when you move on to the next step. As you can see, I only inked up a portion of the Pleasant Poppies background stamp.

I then took the small splatter image from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, inked it up (I actually chose to ink it up first in my Tangerine Tango, then in my Real Red ink pad to change the color slightly to a more vibrant red-orange) and spritzed it with water.

Then I stamped it twice without re-inking it (this allows for a dark and light image) and then repeated this process a couple of times until my image was colored in how I wanted.

I used the same technique with my Pear Pizzaz ink pad to "color in" the stems. **this was the last step I used for the Butterfly Card.

After allowing my image to dry completely, I used my Blender Pen and ink pads to color in a little more detail (this step isn't necessary, but optional to achieve the desired look.)

I then used the light splatter image, inked it up, and stamped it on my panel to create a darker splatter.

Now, this creates a fun panel you can leave it as is and create your card from here, or you can opt to try out another fun technique! Lately I have been fascinated with Mixed Media. I love the look of all the layers and textures, I love the creativity that is expressed, and I am one who likes to get my hands inky! So. . . I added a few more stamped images using the Butterfly Basics stamp set which has many great images you can use to achieve a collage look. Then I covered the panel completely with my glue stick. You can also use modge podge for this step.

Then, I took a wadded up piece of tissue paper, unwadded it. . . is that a word? Then laid it on top of my cardstock panel wrinkles and all! I used my finger to smooth it out over the panel and make sure every square inch was glued down.
Then, I trimmed all of the extra overhang of tissue paper from my cardstock panel.

If you notice, adding the tissue paper over has softened the image by quite a bit, and almost has washed out the flowers, so using my Blender Pen and Project Life Pen I went back over a few portions of the image to brighten it up a bit. Now, you will want to be sure and "dab" the color on by pressing the side of the pen tip onto your paper rather than using the back and forth motion of coloring, as this could tear the tissue paper.

Then I added a few "scribbles" with my Project Life pen, and viola! I know had a completed panel to use for my creation.
Hope you enjoy these fun techniques! Now, before we head over to Cathy's blog, I have a winner to announce from last month's Fancy Friday post! and the winner is:

Amy McCue!

Amy, e-mail me your address and I will get that stamp set out to you ASAP!

Now, let's head In The Cat Cave and see what Cathy's fun technique is, shall we?!


Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop-Washi Basket

Hello everyone! Welcome back for another Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! This year is an international team, so be sure to travel around the world with us as as we share our creativity and ideas with you!

I am sure by now you have seen a plethora of  gorgeous and fun projects made with the Berry Basket Die, so. . . I am going to save myself the hard work of creating something elaborate by showing you a very simple and practical use for the basket!

Yup. Washi storage! I LOVE washi tape, and the baskets make such a fun way to store them sorted by color group! But don't stop organizing at your washi, these baskets are also great for storing your other embellishments, twines, and the ribbon spools fit perfectly in them too!

Now, let's go see what Cindy has to share, it will be amazing I'm sure!


Supplies used: From the Garden stamp set and Alphabet Rotary stamp; Pool Party and Basic Black ink pads; Pool Party cardstock; Berry Basket Bigz L Die; Handheld Stapler.


Leadership Samples-Guy Greetings

The North American team members of the 2014-2015 Stampin' UP Global Artisan Design Team will be sharing some samples that we were asked to make for the Challenge Boards at Leadership in Orlando, so be sure to go to their sites (listed below) and check out their creations!

For this challenge, I was to create with the Guy Greetings stamp set. . . and I tell you, it was a challenge for me! I don't often create masculine cards, but I was excited to stretch my limits and participate in this challenge! When I am struggling creatively, I like to find inspiration somewhere to help me get started. In this case, I was totally inspired by the layout on this card that the amazingly talented Cathy Caines created! It definitely helped me get going with this set! Thanks Cathy! Here's what I created:

Though this set can be used for many guys, I choose to focus on my dad since Father's Day will sneak up on me before I know it! This way, I will already have some ideas handy! Hope you are inspired to create something for all those amazing guys in your life!!!

Be sure and visit the other DT member blogs to see all the fun creations! Type Leadership 2015 in their search box to pull up all of the sample displays they created for Leadership 2015!

Here is a list of the other North American Stampin' UP Artisan Design Team  blogs! Come see who made what!


Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop-Wonderflu Life

Hello everyone! Welcome back for another Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! This year is an international team, so be sure to travel around the world with us as as we share our creativity and ideas with you!

This week we are sharing our Facebook projects. I am loving the Butterfly Bundle and Artisan Embellishment Kit in the Occasions catalog, I just can't get enough of them! I paired them with a fun sentiment from the Perfect Pennants set to create this inspiring frame, check it out:

Allison and I are currently using the Perfect Pennant set for our Stamps in the Mail program, and I thought this would make a perfect bonus project for our subscribers in addition to 4 projects that won't be posted anywhere on the internet!

Fun, eh?! Be sure and sign up today!

Now, let's go check out Cindy's ultra fabulous project, shall we?!



A Creative Journey

Hello Everyone! Today I am over at the Stampin' Up! Corporate Blog sharing a creative mistake journey, and some fun cards I created with a stamp that I carved with the Undefined Stamp Carving Kit. . . be sure and go check it out!

Here are a few more details on the "nerdy-bird" bookmark card. . .

Gage loves to read. Well, actually, he loves for me to read to him! Regardless of who is reading. . .  this is something we enjoy doing together. The great part of our "reading time" is that I can use my reading to him as leverage for him to first get his reading homework done. The deal is, he gets his reading homework done, then I will read him a chapter out of his favorite chapter book. Is that bad? I don't know. . .  but for now, it works! The problem is that we are always loosing what chapter we are on as the flimsy bookmarks we create with a torn sheet of paper always seem to wiggle their way loose and fly out of the book. . . the solution? A bookmark with magnets to keep it in place! 
It keeps our place perfectly regardless of the crazy journey the book may take!

This bookmark can also double as a gift by sliding it onto a cardstock panel of a card raised up with dimensionals.
Bonus, with the Alphabet Rotary stamp you can customize your bookmark with your favorite quote, short poem, phrase, or pun!
 Hope you enjoyed! Remember to visit my post over at Stampin' Up! to see more fun ideas and cards with this stamp!