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4.05.2014

Do something Pinteresting everyday


I love Pinterest. LOVE. 
I can hoard pins with the best of them. 

While I actually attempt many of the ideas I pin, I would not get through all my pins if I did something pinteresting everyday. 

Still...one can try. I kicked off this new section of the blog (recent pins to the right) by prepping my nails for tonight's hockey game. 

1 hour later (because I am a nail painting novice)....

Check out other nail inspiration at
http://www.pinterest.com/chilispice/nail-designs/

2.26.2014

Sneak Peek...Glass Project with Wow Embossing Powder

Nevermind, love. Have a cup of tea. 

Complete project update to be revealed at the blog for Wow Embossing Powders this week.

2.23.2014

The secret behind no missing socks...is in the cards


I had to squeeze in one quick card and WOW powder project this weekend.  From my stash, I pulled out one of my favorite Unity Stamps. It is so fitting for a note to send to a pair of cousins. We all love to wear mismatched socks. It runs in the family!

The ironic thing is that I used tone on tone shades for these quick cards. Metalline Green with a touch of shimmer and Berrylicious looked beautiful on lime and lilac cardstock.




1.26.2014

My new relationship with Stencils

I was indifferent to using Stencils in paper craft. It’s a trend that comes through this hobby every couple of years and it’s resurgence in the last year makes it hard to avoid.

I am participating in Stenciled, an online card class hosted by several talented designers including Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner, Laura Bassen, and Julie Ebersole. After working through some of the content from Day 1, I’ve made a decision. I enjoy working with stencils.

I don’t know if it’s the design of the stencil or the use of many more techniques with complementary products, but with little effort and time, you can result in something simply amazing.

Here are my cards from the first half of Day 1. I used products I had on hand, including of course, WOW embossing powders.


 The above card technique was blending distress inks onto the stencil. I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Broken China, Peeled Paint and Spiced Marmalade. The sentiment is from Ali Edwards and the target heart stamp from Craft Smart.

For this card, I stamped through the stencil with Versamark ink. You need to be careful not to move the stencil while you're doing this. The ink is sticky and will pick up the stencil if you are not taping it down. Then I used three shades of WOW embossing powders in Azure, Blue and Lagoon to heat set the color onto the card. The stamped phone image is from Kelly Purkey and the sentiment from Clear Art Stamps.

This technique as the easiest. Tape down the stencil and mist. It's hard to see in the photo but the gradient was created from Tattered Angels' Viva Pink and Bronze and Maya Roads' Red Mist. The sentiment is from Ali Edwards. 

1.22.2014

Color Challenge - Pastels

OWH posted a midweek color challenge today. Is Gray a Pastel version of Black? 

I think it should be. It would have helped me in this challenge to use pastels.

I had to dig deep into the stash to find something in the range of pastels. The result is a Victorian-era feeling card in cream and lavender with a touch of bronze. 


I included a flower embellishment I made using Vintage Romance Embossing powder from WOW! 

By filling only a portion of the mold, inwas able to keep the flower flat and small for a mail-able greeting card.



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