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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! 🙂

 

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Peony Re-Vamp

Today I wanted to show you how you can use the same stamp or stamp set and create a totally different look or card.  Let’s face it, this hobby is not cheap, so it is important always helpful :), if our goodies can be used in multiple ways.  Raluca Vezetev shared the card below on the SugarPea Designs blog.  Using the Pretty Peonies stamp set, along with the  SugarCut – Card Front Element Builder that Wendy Ramlakhan used for her “Peony Hello”, Raluca created this gorgeous card with Distress Inks and watercolor cardstock.  Visit Raluca’s blog post on the SugarPea Designs blog for more images and details.  Make sure you take a second look at how you can re-vamp your stamps!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

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A Peony Hello

I always love introducing stamp companies that I have discovered, usually through social media sites such as Instagram or Facebook.  Today, I would like to introduce Sugar Pea Designs.  The card pictured below was designed by Wendy Ramlakhan, for Sugar Pea Designs, and posted on their blog.  I love the colors she used, as well as how she embossed the flower, buds and leaves, in silver.  For the card below, Wendy used the Sugar Pea Designs stamp set Pretty Peonies, SugarCut – Card Front Element Builder,  and the SugarCut – Hello word die.  For the flowers and leaves, she simply water colored those after embossing.  Make sure that you visit Sugar Pea Designs’ website, to see the elegant and whimsical stamps and dies that they offer.  Also, make sure that you visit their blog, for inspiration and chances to win prizes in their blog hops.   You are sure to find some Sugar Pea products that tickle your fancy!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

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Soar….

I found this adorable card created by Katelyn Grosart on Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook page.  I love hot air balloon images and dies, so that definitely was what first caught my eye about this card.  But I think what really makes it stand out is the colors of the vintage themed patterned paper that Katelyn used.  The dies that she used from Elizabeth Craft Designs are Vintage Balloon Race, Free as a Bird, and Stitched Fishtails. The stamp set that she used from Elizabeth Craft Designs was the Soar Collection. And guess what?  The patterned paper even came from Elizabeth Craft Designs, Viaggi Vintage Patterned Paper.  You literally can get everything you need to recreate this card on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website!  Make sure you check out Katelyn’s blog, A Creative Journey, for more awe-inspiring creativeness.  Also, check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs website, as you are sure to find an unlimited supply of dies and stamps that will let your creativity soar!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

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Inspiration everywhere…

Stampers are fans of the US Post Office for obvious reasons…..they deliver our precious creations to our intended recipients.  As Leigh Houston shows us, the US Post Office is also a place of creative inspiration!  Leigh posted on her Instagram this sweet card that she created. I was struck not only by its beauty, but also by how much it looked like the USPS Love Flourishes postage stamp, which I believe was her source of inspiration.  In her Instagram post, Leigh states that she used Simon Says Stamp Hope Blooms stamps and Hope Blooms dies.  She also used My Favorite Things More Rustic Wildflower stamps,  and More Rustic Wildflower  and Fab Foliage dies. For the postage stamp die, she used Avery Elle’s Postage Stamp Elle-ments.  I don’t know about you, but this card makes me want to head straight to the post office and get some of these stamps.  It also makes me what to head straight to Simon Says Stamp and My Favorite Things and order the adorable flower stamps and dies!  Remember,  there is inspiration all around you….even in things you  use regularly, like postage stamps!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

 

 

 

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Drywall tape + ink = amazing!

My friend Andrea Buckley was kind enough to share the idea of this technique with me for this blog.  I am not going to lie, it sounds so un-glamorous, that I was skeptical at first.  However, once I watched the less than 10 minute video with France Martin of Frenchiestamps.com, I was ready to run out to my local Home depot right then!  Not only does this technique produce some really cool results, but it is super easy.  I am all about super easy for cool techniques!  It reminds me of the magic mesh that they used to sell some years ago, which you purchased in different colors.  The beauty of drywall tape is, there is virtually no waste!  You can color directly on the drywall tape and use it as an embellishment, and then you can use the image that remains from where you colored it, as well!  Unlike the magic mesh, where you would have to buy several packs to get different colors, you can purchase 500ft  of drywall tape for around $10….and then use whatever colors you choose!  As you will see in the video, it is as simple as cutting the desired length off of the roll, laying it on your paper of choice and then coloring.  And, voila!  Instant embellishment, background or accent!  Below the video, I have added some finished creations, by stamp artists Loll Thompson and Karen Dunbrook.  Within minutes of watching this just over 8 minutes video, I promise that you will be on the road to your local hardware store! Thank you, Andrea!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

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Love letters by Lawn Fawn

Lawn Fawn is another one of my favorite stamp companies, they have such cute and fun images.  Check out the adorable card below, made using their Love Letters stamp set and Love Letters lawn cuts (matching die cuts).  This is a super sweet card, and can be used for an everyday card, or for Valentines Day.  I also love the script background.  I found this image on Pinterest, but unfortunately could not find the artist to whom to give credit.  None the less, it is a super cute card, using Lawn Fawn‘s great stamps!  Be sure to check out their site, to see all the other fun images and stamp sets that they have to offer.

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda