So Sketchy!

It’s my favorite time of the month — HOP TIME! For this hop the Rita Barakat design team has teamed up with Finder’ Keepers and 3L Scrapbook Adhesive. Both companies sent us a wonderful selection of products. I used mine on my first paper crafting love — Scrapbooking. Make sure you check out the rest of the hop! The list is at the bottom ๐Ÿ™‚

A Nod to the Past

Back in 2005 I had lost my passion for scrap booking. I went on a hunt to find something to spark my creativity and found Scrap Goods. It was a subscription kit in which each month a box full of supplies and a lesson on a new technique. There also was an amazing creative and caring online forum that was my first experience with social media. If it wasn’t for that club I truly don’t know where I would be today. Sadly, they went out of business when the economy started to dive. In it’s honor I created a kit with the new supplies sent by Finder’s Keepers and 3L Adhesive along with stuff from my stash.

What is In It

Here is a video of what is in my kit along with a technique tutorial and samples!

The Sketch Challenge

As promised in the video here is the sketch for you:

Interpret this any way you want. Look at it like a guide to help spark your creativity. Maybe you are not a scrap booker. Maybe you are a card or mixed media artist — use it in your art form.

This is what I did with it:

Make sure you upload your creation to Instagram tagging Betz Golden. I want to see it. If your account is public, I will share it too!

Layouts

Here are the rest of the layouts I created and the TN for my sketches!

Hop List

Now its time to hop on through to the next blog! Please consider subscribing to blogs you enjoy and leave comments to be entered for your chance to win the giveaway!

Rita

Martha Lucia Gomez

Margie Higuchi

Yolie

Michelle Wells

Hannah Rubenstahl

Nadineโ€™s Blog

Until next time ~ Happy Crafty!

Creating Cards with Water Color Pencils and Die Cuts

Hello Friends! Recently I participated in a blog hop with Rita Barakat and Faber-Castell. One of the project kits Faber-Castell sent was to create cards with water color pencils. I have had this set of die cuts for awhile. I think I have been hoarding them just waiting for the right time to use them. The time has come!

The Cards

I wish I could tell you how to make these cards, but the technique box did a wonderful job of teaching! Basically each card was created with a stencil and water color pencils. I first traced the stencil, colored it in and ran a wet paint brush over the image. I added a few embellishments from a Queen and Co trunk I recently unboxed here:

Here are the close ups of each card:

Supplies:

In Conclusion

Normally I am not an advocate for hoarding craft supplies, but in this case it paid off! I could not think of a better way to use these sweet Rita Barakat die cuts. The moral of the post is: If it is pretty just buy it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Boss Babe Card Set

Joy Clair Stamps and Thermoweb have come together for a wonderful blog hop! I created a set of striking cards using my favorite products from Thermoweb — foil, transfer gel, Glitz Glitter gel, a deco circle stencil, white card stock and a nifty new tool to help apply the gel. I decided on the Boss Babe stamp set as the sentiments of this set.

Get It Girl

To create this card I used the Glitz Glitter Gel and the stencil on black cardstock. I stamped the sentement and embossed it in silver along with all the edges. I used black glitter cardstock as a mat on each card in the set.

She Believed She Could So She Did

I repeated the same process as I did on the black card on this one. I used white cardstock instead to see how the Glitz Glitter Gel looked on a lighter surface.

Out Dream Yourself

Transfer gel and foil are my favorite products Thermoweb makes! I used them to create this card by applying the gel through the stencil, letting it dry and applied foil. I used a little Nuvo Shimmer Powder on it to make it pop.

You’re A Diamond They Can’t Break You

This is one of my favorite techniques o use with the scrap foil created by transferring an image! Simple cover a substrate with transfer gel, let it dry and adhere the scrap to it. This not only make it so nothing is wasted, it creates a gorgeous card base!

As A Set

This set took 40 minutes to create once the Transfer Gel was dry and the results are stunning! The Stencil Pal Tool is probably my favorite new tool of 2019! It may look simple, but the weight, size and flexibility of it make it easy to use and a must have for spreading any medium over a stencil.

Hop

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Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Paper Collage Layouts

Once a month I attend my favorite local craft stores crop! What is a crop you may ask? Basically it is a modern day spin on the old quilting bees in which women got together to work on a quilt. Now we get together to paper craft! It is a wonderful time to dedicate to catching up on my scrapbook and socializing with other like minded ladies. Plus, it a great opportunity to support local small businesses! Do you know that 60% of what you spend at your local small business goes right back into your community? Great excuse to shop ๐Ÿ™‚

Completed Layouts

After 8 years of basketball my son threw his last basketball because he graduated high school. This layout documents that day. I had a pair of Converse made in his school colors that I wore to every game the last four years — those are pictured to your left. He and I right before he went on the court for the last time takes center stage. Finally, his last warm up. Ironically, this page used the last of the basketball line I have been using to document his basketball career.

To document the prom I used this kit for my son’s page. Yes, it is Sleeping Beauty, but it lent itself well to a princely layout.

My daughter is a junior and was able to go this year too! They posed for some fun photos before heading out individually with their friends and dates.

My daughter and her friends got ready at our house and had a sleep over. It was a great night and they all had a blast.

Of course the girls did some fun photos too! Love these girls and I am so glad my daughter has such a wonderful group of friends that have been around since early elementary school.

One of my friends at the crop hosted wonderful make and take in which we got to create a tag!

Do you have crops at your craft store? I am so blessed that we have one every month! It seriously is my favorite day!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

No Prob-Llama With a Twist!

The No Prob-llama stamp set is so fun! It is a perfect excuse to use bright colors. I created two projects with it this month. The first is a twist on a traditional Birthday card. Instead of using paper I used a Birch Clear Scrap mini album. The added Color Burst was just right for the background. The glittered cupcake gave it just enough sparkle to complete the front.

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For the inside of the card I added a fun fringe using Rinea Foiled Paper .

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Here is a video on how to create the card:



One thing that I am trying to do with each stamp set I get is create an ATC. By working on such a small substrate it is fast and really stretches my creativity! I also tend to remember the stamp set down the road. Usually if I get a new stamp and stash it I forget about it and it never gets played with. By playing with it right away it is like it is etched in my brain that I have it and am more likely to use it again! Hopefully several times. 

Here is the fun ATC  I created with this stamp set:

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Here is the video on how I created it:

This stamp set was a lot of fun to create with! I encourage you to create an ATC with a new stamp set and share it in the Joy Clair group on Facebook. Please tag me in it! I would love to see!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden

Stacked Letter

There is a fun trend happening in the arts and craft swap — stacked letters! The name is a bit deceiving in that it really us stacked envelopes, but it still is a wonderful thing to create and receive. The stacked letter I created and received were uploaded on YouTube and had several request on how to make them.

Videos

Instructions

Create at least a dozen envelops and stuff with cardboard. You want it to be about 6 inches tall! I decorated mine with glimmer mists, but anything you want to add to them is great!

I used regular envelopes to add more height!

The staked letters need to have “feet”. I glued some buttons together to create them.

To assemble the stack simply pile the envelopes on top of each other. Add in scraps of cardboard for height.

Once the envelopes are stacked decorate the top!

I wish that I could give you a list of supplies. This was originally suppose to be on the Canvas Corp Brands blog. Sadly, the company has been dissolved. I do think the tutorial is relevant in that you can use pretty much any paper line to create it.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Joy Clair Blog Hop — Saved By Grace

Are you ready for another wonderful blog hop? Today the designers for Joy Clair have teamed up to bring you more new stamp projects featuring the new Color Faith line!

My stamp set is the large Saved By Grace. It has the most beautiful doodled flowers and large script words! Alll of my projects are created with gelatos.

Faith Bible Art

This is not my favorite Bible art page I have ever created. I have decided to share it with you because it is the base of what got me started with this set and the gelatos. I learned a lot as I completed it. My intention was to create a watercolor page. By doing so I learned how to use water with the gelatos.

First I tried to create an ombre affect by mixing gelatos with water and painting them on a clear gessoed Bible page. Once it dried, I tried to stamp with the gelatos, but did not like the look, so I stamped with a waterproof ink and colored them in the same way I colored the background. The page was finished off by stamping “Faith” and “Love”.

The Card

To create this card I first stamped a bunch of the words with white and heat set it with embossing powder. I applied my gelatos on top of the stamped image and wipped of the words as I blended out the gelatos.

To create the flowers, I first stamped the images, painted them with gelatos, cut them out and layered them.

This card turned out super cute! A few gems to make up the center and a couple dots of Dew Drops to finish it off.

Grace ATC

My expectations for this ATC were not high. I was not sure how the gelatos would react with the vinyl , but I tried it and ended up liking it a lot!

The texture makes this interesting! To create the ATC, I first stamped the flowers and heat set them. I applied the gelatos directly on the ATC and rubbed it out with my finger. I took a baby wipe and lightly buffed the top of the flowers to let the embossed image shine through for more definition. Grace was stamped with white pigment ink and embossing powder that I heat set. A few dots of Dew Drop was the final touch.

Now it is time to hop! Please hop through all the blogs to see the rest of the fantastic new releases! Don’t forget to leave a comment in each blog along the way.

Joy Clair Blog – https://joyclair.typepad.com/blog/2019/05/color-by-faith-collection-new-release-may-inspirational-blog-hop.html 

Martha Lucia – https://wp.me/p5TnaH-6Rm

Connie Hyde Mercer https://www.craftygoodies.com/2019/05/new-release-blog-hop-with-joy-clair-day_14.html

Kerry Urbatch – https://thestampingbug.blogspot.com/2019/05/new-release-joy-clairs-heir-of-god.html

Jowilna Nolte http://www.jowilnanolte.co.za/color-by-faith-new-stamps-by-joy-clair/

Bet Golden – https://betzgolden.com/?p=4099

Helen Gullet – www.helengullett.com/?p=17263

Angie Cimbalo – https://cimbacreativefun.blogspot.com/2019/05/color-by-faith-blog-hop-joy-clairs.html

Ceal Pritchett – https://simplybeautifulcreations.blogspot.com/2019/05/joy-clair-new-release-bloghop-part-2.html

Lindsay Adreon – https://craftingwhilecaffeinated.wordpress.com/easy-custom-sentiments

Jessica Kaiser – https://freshbyjess.blogspot.com/2019/05/may-joy-clair-blog-hop-color-by-faith.html

Karen Letchworth – https://karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com/2019/05/heir-of-god-from-joy-clair-stamps.html

Donna – https://myblogidlet.blogspot.com/2019/05/joy-clair-2019-may-new-release-blog-hop.html

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!