My stamping adventures

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Shaving cream background with video

Time to get out the shaving cream ... the cheap foam  shaving cream from the dollar store.  this is a fun and easy background but it does get messy!  you just need a few tools ... toothpicks, wooden ice-cream spoon ... a palette I used paper palette but you can use anything ...  an old metal cookie sheet, piece of foil ... use whatever you have available.  next dye ink re-inkers ... any brand will work.  some type of papers, cardstock or tags just remember that every paper will react differently as you will see in video at the bottom of this post or at Sue Wisniewski - YouTube 
the manila tag I used didn't absorb the ink as much as the white cardstock I used.  you can see the differences in the photos.
here are a couple of finished cards I created
stamps for cards - Unity stamp co.

please watch my video

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Five cards

 Went to a fun class and made these five cards.  It was a Stampin' Up class so all supplies are from that company.  these cards are all made using the swirly bird dies and stamp set.  who would have thought you could have so much fun with such a unique dies especially.  stamps are doing double duty ... I mean if you look at the bird in the nest and the sail boat they both use the same image for the nest/boat.  I like it when stamp images can be used for more than one idea.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Half circles

I'm going to mix it up a bit today showing you two cards with the same technique but different themes.
The technique is partial die cut ... this is the name I'm giving this technique ... I'm sure there is some cute name out there in cyber land and if there is please leave me a comment and I'll change it.
On to this technique ... die cut a circle or any shape will work for this technique.  take the negative part of the die or the cut out section and place it on the side of your card with part of it hanging off the card.  This is also called a reverse mask.  add the color using whatever tool you have available ... this can be blending tool, sponges or stipple brushes.  for the next step you can leave the mask on and stamp some images as I did with the Egret (if this is not an Egret please leave a comment) card or you can remove the mask and stamp as on the holiday card.  the difference is that on the Egret card the Egret is hanging outside the colored area with the cattails are only inside the colored circle.  on the holiday card all images were stamped with the mask removed.
stamps - Just For Fun
ribbons - SU

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fall tags

 Tags, tags, and more tags for today.  I've gone from making cards and postcards all the time to changing it up with tags instead of postcards.  So today I'm showcasing Fall tags which fit into Just For Fun stamps challenge ... Fall or anything than a card.  Please go to Just For Fun  blog for more details on my tags and challenge for your chance to win a gift certificate.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Resist more

 Two more cards showing this fun resist technique.  Basically you blend, sponge or stipple color onto card...I used white cardstock but I'm sure it would work with cream or any light color cardstock.  after you have all the color you want on card ... let it dry.  Next stamp images with VersaMark ink pad and watch the magic happen.  when those images are dry you can over stamp the same images with Colorbox white pigment ink for contrast...after that step I dusted on some Ranger perfect pearls for more pop!  stamp and emboss a saying and you are done.
all images on these two cards by Just For Fun stamps
inks by Colorbox white pigment ink, VersaMark ink pad and Ranger distress inks

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

another post it note holder

here is a square post it not holds a 3" post it note pad and a pen on top.  Actually you can turn this holder so the pen is on the side if you want.  for the background of this piece I inked up an acrylic block with distress inks, spritz with water then pressed it to the cardstock.  this is a quick and easy water color effect.  after it dried ... can use heat tool to dry it ... I stamped the leaf image with archival jet black ink ... added some glittery dots with stickles ... tape it to piece of pattern paper then to post it note holder ... this make a wonderful little gift.
stamp - Just For Fun stamps
Ranger distress inks, stickles, archival jet black ink pad.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Post It notes holders

stamps - Just For Fun
Today I'm showcasing another style Post it note holder which is a pop up easel just like when we make easel cards.  I did this particular style post it note holder in two sizes....the one where you can see the easel side fits a mini 2" x 1 1/2" post it note pad ... the second fits the 3" post it note pad.  Behind each image are gold dollies (don't use very often - found pkg. in my stash) and gold thread for a bit of interest.  stop by Just For Fun blog for stamp details and don't forget to join in the JFF challenge this month for your chance to win gift certificate.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

JFF September challenge - Fall or anything but a card

all stamps by Just For Fun stamps
inks - Encore pigment, Colorbox chalk, Delicata glitter gold, Ranger archival jet black
It's September 1st so that means over at JFF blog it is challenge time.  this month's challenge is to use leaves and/or anything but a card.  I decided to go back in time and make post it note holders that stand on their own.  The ones I'm showing today have an easel back with a pocket for your post it note pad and pen.  Please go over to JFF blog to join in the challenge for your chance to win gift certificate.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Easy watercoloring

This is my version of easy watercoloring.....get out distress ink pads, craft sheet, water brush and go to town.  with this method of watercoloring you can do multiples in minutes especially if you do it assembly line style. After I finish watercoloring all my little snow angels I'll use them on cards.  come back soon to see.
 check out my video to see how I do this technique.
inks - Ranger distress inks 
 Ranger craft sheet
water brush

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Faux tearing with video

Faux tearing is an easy and dramatic looking card.  for this card I used purple color distress inks for a calming effect on this card.  please give video a thumbs up if you like it and tell your friends to stop by my  you tube channel to see other videos.  thank you visiting.

card details:
stamps - Just For Fun
inks - Ranger distress inks, black archival jet black ink
base card - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"  (A2 note card)
purple layer - 4" x 5 1/4"
stamped layer 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"

Sunday, August 21, 2016

tag times two

Made two tags.
first has an alcohol ink background with a flower theme.

second is dylusions sprays and stencil with a halloween theme.

all stamps by Unity stamps
inks - Ranger AI, Ranger dylusion sprays, Ranger archival black ink pad

entering in following challenge:
1.  Unity show and tell on facebook
2.  Tag you're it - #54 - color or flowers inspiration

Saturday, August 20, 2016


Seahorses look graceful ... don't know if they are or not but they are unique creatures of the sea.  for this card ... no you're not see double there are two cards but both the same ... I did a reverse mask ... sponge in some colors.  you are asking why those colors ... well ... these colors came to me while I was having dental work done.  at the dentist she gives me "shades" to wear so the over head light isn't so bright ... during the procedure my eyes teared a little and when I looked at the light these are the colors I saw ... purple, orange and yellow so I thought why not make a card so I did a couple of days later.  now back to the card, after sponging the colors I did a little stamping with the same color inks inside the circle.  also stamped the seahorse with black ink inside the circle with the mask in place then removed the mask and stamped more seahorses.  stamped the sea kelp ... added a few crystals for bubbles ... layered stamped piece on lavender note card.
visit Just For Fun Rubber Stamps blog for stamp details and don't forget to enter JFF August beach challenge to win gift certificate.