Paper Crafter’s Unite Against Racism Hop

Welcome to the Paper Crafter’s Unite Against Racism Hop! Please visit Justine’s Blog for all the details and list of complete hop. We are coming together to support our fellow crafters of color in this hop. Please make sure you stop by each blog and leave a comment. My hope is that you not only will find inspiration, but you will also discover a new crafter.

We Are the World

To celebrate friendship and document this time in history I created a page in my art journal. The song “We are the World” kept playing in my head. I was a child when it came out and thought it was perfect for this page.

To crate this page I first stamped four Bun Heads, colored them in with copic markers and embossed them.

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Thank you so much for hopping along with us today. Your next stop is here.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Bun Intended ATC Set

I have always had a thing for creating hair in art. I like to shade it, color it, high light it and glitter it up. That probably is why I am obsessed with these Bun images from Ink Road Stamps. So far there are four available.

I created two different kinds of backgrounds for these four ATCs. The first two are created with Colorburst.

The last two I created using Colorburst and alcohol ink on Rinea Foiled Paper. I don’t know what have me the idea to try these two mediums together — much less on Rinea foiled paper. I am glad I did because it turned out amazing!

I have a video tutorial on how to color in these images here. The cute little bows are actually wee little resin pieces from The Ink Road Stamps. I thought they were perfect as embellishments for the buns.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

So Much COFFEE!!!!

I have had the sassiest coffee stamp set from Ink Road Stamps for about two years and never played with it until now. I like that it comes with sentiments and an option to swap out what each mug says. In addition there are quite a few options for coffee drinks. There is a mug, paper hot coffee cup and once for iced. These are the cards I created with this fun set!

The above cards were created with die cuts from Stamps of Life. Though I am not affiliated with them, they have some of my favorite die cuts for card making in the industry.

These two cards were created with one die cut set from Ink Road stamps on Rinea Foiled Paper that I used alcohol ink to create the background.

Please check out the video I created demonstrating how to color these sassy coffee drinks in here.

What’s your favorite coffee based drink? Tell me in the comments! I like straight up iced coffee with nothing in it. I am hardcore like that!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting

How to Fix Your Card When You Put the Card Front on the Wrong Side

I like to create my card bases all at once, so it is easy to just grab one and create when I am in the mood. Sometimes this results in my Watermark accidently ending up on the inside of the card. Instead of tossing the card or tearing it apart trying to save it there is a simple solution. This recently happened to me. I made this card:

Cute and Sassy, right? You can imagine the groan and slew of curse words I said when I opened it to see that my watermark was on the inside where my sentiment was to go.

The solution to this is really simple. In fact, I am kinda scared to share it with you because it is like “duh!” easy. Just take another piece of cardstock and adhere it over the side that has your watermark on it. Stamp the sentiment and no one will ever know that you messed up. Well, unless it is you getting a card from me. The only time I ever mat the inside of a card is when I mess up like this OR the card base is a dark color and I want a dark sentiment.

Make sure you watermark the back of your card before sending it off!

Here is a video tutorial on how to shade in the cute little coffee mug from Ink Road Stamps.

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What is your best card hack? Tell me in the comments! I want to know!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Practically Perfect!

Back Story

As some of you may know I have a goal to catch up on my scrap booking. Originally I got in this industry because of it. When my Mom was admitted to ICU with a staph infection and triple by pass surgery, I had to take a step back. She lived in another state and I had three little ones under the age of 6. Between caring for her and my family I had to set my design teams and the industry aside. It broke my heart because I truly loved it.

Well Meaning Friend

Nine years later I reluctantly came back. The industry had changed so much! It was not all about scrap booking anymore, but mixed media. A well meaning friend told me my layouts were “not where it was at” (I took that as meaning they were not good enough anymore). I took it to heart, got back into the industry and ended up three years behind in my album as of December 2018.

I really missed scrap booking and in January 2019 I made a goal to focus on it. Bring it back to my blogs. Use layouts to meet design team assignments. Apparently people do think scrap booking is still where it is at! I get more positive comments and interactions on my layouts than on any other things I do. As of today, I am entirely caught up on my scrapbook.

So What?

I share this backstory with you for two reasons. First, always stay true to your passion no matter what is in style or what people say. The intentions of others may be good, but sometimes they are dead wrong. Second, its not all about the money and making it in this industry that gives you value as a creative person. I am actually going to share with you a company that I am not affiliated with at all that I love!

I am not making a dime off of The Fairy Tale Club. In fact, I don’t even know if the owner of the company knows my name or even that I am sharing her great box on my blog. That’s okay with me. Creating these and sharing with you a wonderful resource makes me happy. I may not be able to cash that in at the bank, but I can be proud of staying true to me and passing on a great resource to others.

The Fairytale Club’s Practically Perfect Kit

The following layouts are from the Practically Perfect Kit.

There are many reasons why I opted to subscribe to these kits. First, I tend to scrap more if I am using a kit. I don’t know why. Maybe it is because it takes the guess work out of trying to dig through my stash to find the perfect coordinating products. The bright whimsical theme is present in all the kits. It is different and cute!

There are two things that I struggle with while using these kits. One is that it is a lot of paper products! In my opinion, I would rather swap out some of the die cuts, title cuts, and tags for a mist or a paint. With that being said I always use up most of it! The second is it is not monthly. I signed up for 12 months thinking I would get one every month for a year. Had I read more on the website because it is listed, I would have learned they don’t come out every month. I could be getting these kits randomly over the next two – three years. That’s kind of a big commitment. Regardless, I have thoroughly enjoyed them!

Imagination Layout

A random picture of my two youngest in Walmart masks lent itself well to this page. This was actually the first layout I created with the kit! The theme is Mary Poppins, but it works well with many different types of pictures.

Sprinkls

When we were in Georgetown on vacation we did a cupcake crawl through Sprinkles. Love how well the pinks coordinated with this picture. I backed one of the tags on glitter card stock to create a title.

For the Birds

My daughter is like Snow White in that she communicates with animals like no one else. She has no fear and bonded with this Cockatoo.

Jolly Holiday

Sibling love is priceless when caught on camera. These two have a great relationship!

Sass Master

Every time I think of Mary Poppins I think of sarcasm. There is no way someone actually thinks she is perfect. I played on that in the following two layouts.

Practically Perfect

I found the sarcastic sayings at Ink Road Stamps. If you click on Ink Road Stamps in this posts you will automatically get 15% off your order. How cool is that?

Leftovers

I make cards with the leftovers from these kits. I never know what to do with the transparency sheet that comes with them, so I designed a universal pattern to use them on cards. Here is a video created with leftovers and the transparency from this kit:

Extra Touches

To amp up the cards and layouts created using this kit I did two things. First, I used pop dots to add dimension. Second, I added Nuvo drops! I have created a list of my dozen favorite drops that I use on a regular basis.

This was a lot of fun! I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I liked creating it for you. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to ask!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Creep It Real

Hello friends! Can you believe it is Halloween in a week? It seems as if summer was just here and now it is gone. Today I am sharing with you three cards that I made with the Hedgehog Hollow October Subscription box and Ink Road Stamps.

For these cards I used pigmented powder! You can find the one in Midnight black here .Lightly mist the substrate first:

 Sprinkle on the pigment:

 Mist again:

 Soak up any excess with a paper towel

 To color in the pumkin on water color paper use three colors of Aqua Flow Pens by Tonic Studios. Layer the color from lightest to darkest.

 Don’t forget the stems!

 Mist with water:

 Lay a papertowel over image to dillute color and pick up extra moisture.

 Add Glitter Gloss as accent:

 I used pop dots to add to my card:

  I used Nuvo Dew Drops on the pumpkins features.

 I also created a web with the Dew Drops.

 Using the same technique I created two quick cards:

Here is a short tutorial on how to use the Aqua Flow Markers:
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!