My photo of Kobi our lab mix adopted from a lab rescue last summer was selected as last week's winner on a popular scrapbooking site. Pretty cool.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012 and help Mobilize the Earth™. People of all nationalities and backgrounds will voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection. Together we will stand united for a sustainable future and call upon individuals, organizations, and governments to do their part.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Operation Write Home is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), organization that sends handmade cards to US troops so they can write home to their friends and family. Here is my stash of cards that I've collected over the years. I spent a few hours cleaning them up, putting card fronts onto card bases and reattaching embellishments that had fallen off. If you're interested in participating just click the link above to read more about OWH.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Back on March 23, 2012 I posted the instructions for the baby wipe technique and at that time that I thought wet paper towels or napkins could be substituted for baby wipes. Well, after several attempts I found that it didn't work. It turns out that baby wipes have just the right amount of moisture to simulate a stamp pad. Who knew. Anyway here is my card swap for the month.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
The tags below were all created using a combination of Stampin' Ink refills and silver fox pearlized accent ink. The technique basically involves applying ink to a craft (waterproof) type sheet along with several drops of pearlized ink. After spritzing the craft sheet with water, place the tag face down onto the wet sheet and pick up the pearlized ink mixture. Dry the tag with your heat tool and apply more of the ink mixture until you get the look you want. I finished the tag by sponging the edges.
Friday, April 6, 2012
I started by stamping and embossing the starfish image. With this technique you can either use a colored ink with clear emboss or a colored embossing powder. After heat embossing with a heat tool I then applied various inks and stamped images to the tag and wiped away the images or inks applied over the starfish. (The embossing makes the image resist anything applied over the slick surface.) Below are examples of two other techniques, rusted enamel and resist; all using embossing.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
To create the leaf images below I applied Stampin' Write Markers directly onto the stamp, starting with the lightest color first. When I was ready to stamp I simply breathed hot air onto the rubber stamp (like I was trying to fog up a window). I sponged old olive and chocolate chip ink over the card stock and the image. The spots were created by flicking water onto the tag and drying with a heat tool. Further below you will see different variations on a technique to use markers for watercoloring.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
For this month's tag I once again used all Stampin' Up! products. I started by inking and embossing a chipboard bird with burgundy ink and classy copper emboss powder. I then used a flower garden textured impressions embossing folder on the background paper and embossed the raised portions of the image with clear emboss powder. I sponged over the image with old olive, distressed the edges and finished with crumb cake ink. I completed the tag by adding hodgepodge hardware, a trinket key and seam binding ribbon. The background paper is called well worn.
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The technique for Day 5 was to stamp with a white colored stain. I chose to use Stampin' Up's whisper white craft ink as a substitute for the stain. The colors on the tag were applied with a sponge and the spots were created from drops of water that dried on the tag. The images were stamped using StazOn and everything was heat set using a heat tool.