Tuesday, March 31, 2015

An Introduction to chalks and pastels! Part 1 of 3

Have you ever wondered how to use chalks or pastels?  In this video, I go through all the types of applications you can use to apply chalks/pastels and a few tricks and tricks!  This is part 1 - tune in next week for more techniques when using your chalks!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Watercolor Background and Laser Printing with Foil

What an exciting craft day at Don't Run With Scissors!  I was inspired by two youtube videos I came across over the last week and decided to try to mash them together! The background of the card was made with watercolors.  The youtube video can be found here - it is by Sandy Allnock.  She used the Kuretake Gansai Tambi water colors.  Since I haven't purchased that yet, I used the peerless water colors and pearlescent watercolors (for the gold accent which is hard to see in the photo).  Sandy had a lot more movement with her watercolor.  I think she layered it on much thicker than I did and used a heat gun to move the color around.  Also, the gold water color she used was amazing and definitely on my shopping list!  
The Wine Bottle!  That was used by installing Tagxedo an online word mosiac generator.  I uploaded the image of a wine bottle (and a wine glass) and picked all the words I wanted to use and printed it on my laser printer.  Then, I used the one of the latest videos from Jennifer McGuire and 'laminated' foil to my laser printout!  I found a $10 laminator at Aldi's and I'm in love!  Absolutely amazing!  

I am so excited to present this card and entered it into the sosuzystamps.com monthly challenge!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Using Gelatos with Stencils and Embossing Powder! Part 3 of 3

Have I said how much I love Gelatos!  In this video learn how to use Gelatos with your stencils, by lifting color or by creating a paint with gel medium.  Then, learn how Gelatos can be used in conjunction with embossing!  The embossing powder, once heat set, will resist the Gelato color which can create one beautiful background!  This is probably my favorite technique to use Gelatos with!  Enjoy!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Nothing says Happy Birthday like pink balloons!

Pink Balloons should cheer anyone up on their birthday!  These were die cuts from Elizabeth Crafts.  Unfortunately, the picture does not show the depth of the card, as three of the balloons were raised up with adhesive foam.  Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Stamping & Coloring with Gelatos! Part 2 of 3

I just love coloring with Gelatos!  In this video see how to stamp using Gelatos.  There are four different ways to transfer the color from the stamp to the paper.  All produce a very neat image depending on what type of paper you use and what type of method you use.  Then, see how to color in your stamped images!  The Gelatos are so versatile that you can scribble or paint to color in your stamped image!  Enjoy!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Happy Birthday - Cat Style

A very special co-worker is having a birthday!  She loves her two boys as much as I love Luna.  This is a simple way to use up some scraps too!

A Masculine Get Well Soon Card

Sending a homemade card to a man can be rather difficult sometimes.  Unfortunately, Sean needed one for a co-worker who had an unfortunate run-in with a snow blower.  
Hopefully this will brighten his day!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

An Introduction to Gelatos and can you use Gelatos in the Bokeh Technique? Part 1 of 3

Faber Castell's Gelatos are so much fun!  The first video in this three part series, is an introduction to Gelatos.  Learn how to prep your surface, blend, and make all types of creations.  
To showcase the gelatos in this video, I decided to see if the Bokeh technique would work with gelatos... and it certainly did!
See you next week for part two of working with Gelatos!

The Bokeh Technique!

Happy Birthday to my mom!  Had to give the Bokeh Technique a try!  I'll put up the directions soon!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The magic of the K-Cup! K-Cup Gift Box and K-Cup Holder with Handles

I have been trying to learn how to make these for a long time!  Many of the online directions have had incorrect measurements!  Well, I finally sat down and tried to make one... and low and behold, not only did I figure out how to make the box and the carrier, but how to manipulate the measurements to make a 6-pack and an 8-pack!  The directions are linked below along with the cutting files for those of you that have the ability to use the .fcm or .svg files with the Brother Scanncut or SCL, etc!  You will notice there are two sets per item.  Some people liked to have the k-cup top flush with the box.  If you don't want to see a wee-bit of the lid, follow the directions on page two.  The boxes I made were following the diagrams on page one.  If you find ANYTHING wrong with them or if they need more detail, let me know!  Enjoy the video and happy crafting!

K-Cup Gift Box
FCM Cutting File for Interior 4 cup holder

K-Cup Holder with Handles 4-pack
FCM Cutting File for 2 cup side  

K-Cup Holder with Handles  6-pack
 FCM Cutting File for 3 cup side

K-Cup Holder with Handles 8-pack
FCM Cutting File for 4 cup side  

How to use paint chips in card making! A pink Thank You!

While waiting for Sean at our local Ace Hardware, I came upon the paint chip samples.  I have seen people in the past use them for card making, so I decided it was my turn.  I picked a few from the Benjamin Moore samples and cut 3/4" of each color.  Basically, I cut off the name and paint color number.  This was a fun project and the picture really does no justice to the card as a whole!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Someone is having a birthday!

I was asked to create a simple birthday card using the color blue and incorporating hearts.  Since I am not crazy about 'hearts', I felt this was a good compromise and the recipient was very excited.