Posted in Altered Art / Mixed Media

Altered art using dominoes

In today’s post, I am sharing something that I found on Pinterest.  It is an altered art piece using rubber stamps and dominoes.  It was created by Lynn Stevens, and posted on her blog, Trash to Treasure Art, back in 2013.  Since art is, of course, timeless, I felt that this was a gorgeous piece that I just had to share.  I remember when using dominoes as ephemera as well as using them with rubber stamps was all the rage.  Dominoes are still used by some creators, and I thought that I might inspire someone else to create using dominoes by sharing this beautiful piece.  You can see instructions from Kimberly Crick on how to stamp on dominoes on her website, The Enchanted Gallery.  Kimberly provides great step-by-step instruction, along with photographs.  Hoping this post inspires some creativity, or at the very least, a good game of dominoes!

Eat. Sleep. Create. Repeat.

Posted in Cards - Feminine, Cards - Miscellaneous

Wonderful woman tag – Kindred Stamps

As a paper crafter who has been collecting…pardon me, (clears throat)…using rubber stamps for the past 20+ years, I have seen stamp companies come and go.  There are the stalwarts that have been around forever, but there are also smaller stamp companies that seem to have a dedicated following, but not enormous exposure.  Therefore, whenever I discover a stamp company…whether it has been around for a while and I just didn’t know about it or whether it is up and coming, it always thrills my soul.  You see, paper crafting and stamping are a HUGE passion of mine, and the thought of this pastime vanishing makes my eyeholes leak.

Anywho, that whole diatribe brings me to a stamp company that I discovered last year, Kindred Stamps.  Kindred Stamps does not have pages and pages of stamp inventory, but the stamps that they do have are precious.  Why?  Because a lot of their stamp sets have themes that relate to pop culture.  Quite a few, if not most, of their sets resemble cartoon or television / movie characters that we know and love, or even love to hate (the villain stamps sets are adorable).  The tag that is the focus of this post is You Are Wonderful, created by Mindy Beverly and displayed on her blog, Mindy Beverly Art Studio.  It may remind you of a certain superhero, and Mindy did an awesome job creating this tag.  She used the “She’s Wonderfulstamp set from Kindred Stamps, copic markers to color the image, and distress ink and distress oxide ink to color her die cut shapes.  She gives the exact recipe to create the same tag that she did on her blog.

Thank you, Kindred Stamps for providing such awesome images, and thank you, Mindy, for the amazing inspiration….you and your creations are “wonderful”!

Eat. Sleep. Create. Repeat.

Rhonda

 

Posted in Cards - Birthday

Foil….and not the kitchen kind!

Hello!  Today, I am going to talk about foil…..pretty, sparkly foil…..not the kind used to wrap up last night’s leftovers! I am sharing a video with you that shows how easy it is to make a foiled card, using Creative Vision Foilables foil and graphic images.  Foil has been on the horizon for the past few years, but seems to be coming a bit more into light as of recently.  As with anything, I am not the trend setter nor trend follower, I tend to lag behind.  Walking Dead and Game of Thrones? Didn’t even watch the very first episode until they were in their last season. #slacker

I mention my lack of following the pack because I fought the urge to get into foiling for a while.  It almost seemed too easy….I would rather slave over a card for 4 hours only to decide that now it was like my child and I couldn’t bear to give it away.  Plus, more tools to buy….although that has never stopped me before, soo that was just an excuse to rationalize that it was almost TOO simple.  Then, I tried it. And I was thinking, yes, it is simple.  Yes, it is easy.  And yes, it produces an absolutely stunning result!  Long story medium, watch my video and see just how easy it is to create a beautiful card that you would be proud of.  The best part? Since foiling is so easy, make one to keep and one to share….and you will still have spent less than 20 minutes at your craft table!

Foil birthday card

Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Posted in Cards - Special Occasions

Not only for the bride

Generally speaking, May and June are a couple of the most popular months for weddings.  Lee Ann Barrett shared this beautiful bridal style card on her blog, Greyt Paper Crafts.

The Bride With Bouquet image is from Technique Junkies, one of may favorite companies, due to the expansive selection of images that they carry.  Lee Ann used a stencil for the background, and scalloped rectangle dies for the layering.  For the image itself, she utilized the no line coloring technique, which created an amazing image!  Don’t let the name of the image, Bride with Bouquet, limit you. This image can be used for other special occasions, such as a quinceanera, prom, sweet sixteen, or even mother’s day.  And let’s not forget the bridesmaids!  This image would be gorgeous used on a card that could accompany gifts for those special ladies.   Dress it up, or keep it simple, either way, this image can be very versatile.

bride

Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Posted in Subscription Creations, Tag Art

Keep calm and be a mermaid

Mermaid tag

I created this chipboard tag with the items that came in my monthly Paper Doll Subscription box from Krazy Kreations.  I took a class at the Stamp and Scrap Expo show in Orlando in April, and learned how to create these beautiful works of art, using the Paper Doll outline stickers.  The subscription box ($20 a month) comes with everything you need to make the tag, with a few accoutrements left over.  I had a lot of fun making this tag, and with the detailed directions that also came in the subscription box, I was able to create the tag in about an hour.  Outline stickers are easy to use, and you can create some beautiful cards and scrapbook pages with them.  You can mix and match shapes and designs easily, dress them, up or down, and color inside the sticker or adhere it to patterned paper and leave it be.  The possibilities are endless.  Visit Krazy Kreations website to see the wide variety of outline sticker images that they have.  Until next time, keep calm and mermaid on!

Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Posted in Cards - Any Occassion, Tips & Techniques

No line coloring….color outside the lines!

No line coloring

One of the latest crazes in the papercrafting/card making world is no line coloring.  It produces a beautiful effect, making it look more like you drew the image instead of stamping it.  Ilda Dias shared the stunning piece below on Facebook in Stamp Junkies, which she created by using the no line coloring technique by watercoloring with watercolor crayons. According to Ilda’s post on her blog, it did take her a little bit of time, but the result was remarkable.  Ilda used the Lovely Blooms clear stamp set by Studio Katia.  The watercolor crayons she used were a set she purchased from Michaels, their Recollections brand.  I checked the Michaels website, and while it seems they no longer carry them, you can purchase them on Amazon.  For this technique, Tim Holtz distress crayons, which come in a variety of colors, could also be used.  Check out the post for this gorgeous creation on Ilda’s blog, I Love Doing All Things Crafty.  This is your time to take a chance and color outside the lines! 🙂

 

Posted in Cards - Birthday

Kitty Balloons!

Another stamp company that I discovered this past year was Sunny Studio Stamps.  I have only ordered from them one time, but since they were offering a 20% coupon this past weekend, I went ahead and indulged myself once again! One of the sets that I purchased was the Purrfect Birthday Stamps set, and matching Purrfect Birthday Dies.  Both were used to create the adorable card below.  And, if you are interested, the 20% off is available until tonight (March 5th, 2018) at midnight (PST). Oh yeah…when they send you your purchase, they wrap it in tissue with a cute sticker and thank you on the receipt!  Love!!

Purrfect_Birthday_Floating_Kitty_Card-Instagram_1024x1024sunnystudioreceipt

Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda