30 June 2017

It's a Celebration! Join the fun with Got Joy Creations + Giveaways!

I have the honor of joining today a friend and crafter who represents the joy with not only her name but with everything she is! She sparkles joy with everything she shares and today she's celebrating her blog anniversary with a blog hop and lots of giveaways! Again, I'm thrilled that she thought of me and decided to invite me to her celebration!

Each of the designers today will be sharing a project inspired on a technique Dana has posted a video of... Yes, she has an awesome YouTube channel with lots of tutorials! I love her backgrounds... She always comes up with the coolest ideas for backgrounds and I actually have been into experimenting with techniques for backgrounds myself. So I thought I would go precisely for that! Oh, and she also loves all things donuts, sprinkles and such (so much fun)!

My card is colorful, donut inspired and sparkly... Just the way Dana loves her cards! I have to admit, everytime I eat a donut with sprinkles I think of her! "All things happy" is our moto! Ok, so, over to my card.



This polka dot background is not only multicolor, it's also foil dipped! I made a video tutorial recently on this technique...


Making this card also inspired me to make those cute donut cards you see on the pictures too! But I will be sharing that tutorial on another post very soon!  

Thank you Dana for your invitation! I had so much fun and it makes me truly happy to celebrate with you! Now it's time to hop along! Here are all the other blogs participating today! Remember that there are lots of prizes up for grabs, so make sure you leave a comment on every stop for a chance to win!


Gracie Chavez

Lisa Lara

Mitsyana Wright

Stephanie Beauchemin

Ceal Prichett

Jenn Shurkus

Brianna Loeffelbein

Annette Allen

Dana Joy


Here is all you could win!






$50 store credit to Drive  by Crafts


$25 prize pack to Lawn Fawn
donated by Jenn Shurkus


Free Diva Coloring Class


Before I go, I want to remind you that today is the last day of our 10% off coupon to the shop: COFFEELOVERS. So don't miss out on that discount! Thanks for stopping by!







29 June 2017

Mixed Media Art: The start of something new...

If you follow me on social media you've seen me share a few personal projects that I have never shared on the blog. But of course, if you read my blog you've seen hints of my gradual creative evolution into mixed media. Lately I've been incorporating a lot of art products in my papercrafting projects and it's becoming more and more obvious that I am having a serious crush with coloring and mixed media. So for that reason I decided to create a new section on my blog for all my art oriented projects.

This new section will include all of my personal art journaling pages, drawings, and mixed media project ideas with the purpose of inspiring you to let go of whatever holds back your creative freedom. Mixed media has not been easy for me because I am a perfectionist and a fan of neat, symmetric designs but I have been able to conquer a few fears.


To begin I am sharing today one of my girl drawings. This is the fourth face I draw and with this one in particular I wanted to practice on letting go a bit and let the color flow and I love how it turned out. It's the burst of color and the serenity of the clean (barely shaded) face that really makes everything pop.

I used Marie's watercolors, a couple of Prismacolor pencils, a 0.4 black Pentel pen and an Isofit silver oil based maker. I used a lilac Prismacolor to sketch the face on smooth white cardstock, so no I'm not using any special paper this time.


When I shared this on Facebook, many other mixed media enthusiasts said they loved the use of white space and the electric colors contrasting the calm expression on my girl's face. This process was very sponteaneous for me, especially because I was able to paint her immediately after I sketched her and usually that is not the case (because I not always have the time).

I hope you enjoyed this post and that no matter what you craft you find something inspiring and encouraging in what I share. This doesn't mean at all that I will stop sharing papercrafts and cardmaking tutorials, it's just a new little space in my blog that will complement what's already here! Until next time.

Sharing with: Technique Junkies - Drips




28 June 2017

CAS Coffee Card with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

I love clear stamp sets, and what I try to do every time I get a new set is stamp as many scraps as I possibly can, fussy cut them and color them all. That gives me a lot of options when I'm about to put together a card. That is exactly what I did with the coffee cup stamps from Fill me Up by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Today's card is one of those clean and simple numbers created with previously stamped pieces on an also previously painted background. You see, I find it to be extra productive to make backgrounds and color stamped images in advance and keep them in a special basket until it is time to make a card. It often proves to be a magical process when you end up finding every coordinating piece you need in the same forgotten spot of your craft room!



Not long ago I shared on YouTube how I make these watercolor washes for my card backgrounds. I use student grade watercolors, but I love the results I get with them. I am also using a special shimmery metallic paper on this card called Cryogen White -that I also used for the tutorial- which makes the wash stand out even more.


This set is very versatile, and the images are so cute. It was designed originally for Bible Journaling, but you know me, I try things in different ways and I've been trying it out for cards also! You might have seen my latest card using this set here.


I stamped the coffee cups on Premium Cardstock and the cup holders from Kraft cardstock. I used a precision knife to cut out the hearts from the cup holders and mounted them with foam squares to add dimension. I adhered those to the watercolored background and finished them off with a coffee word I cut with my Cricut Explore Air 2. So yes, it is a very clean and simple card with a dramatic look with the striking colors and wash on the background.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Until next time!



26 June 2017

Tutorial: Monoprinting with Deco Foil and Rebekah Meier Designs

Mixed Media has recaptured my heart this year, with stencils, illustration, medium and above all color! The freedom it gives me to create texture and colors gives me the greatest satisfaction. Today's tutorial and project was a true experience. I will be sharing with you how to monoprint a background with paint, Deco Foil and other textures.





I have a gelli plate that had not seen the light of day in ages and I decided to take it out to try out some monoprinting (which is a tremendously addictive process). The idea of monoprinting with foil had been wandering in my head for at least almost 2 years but of course monoprinting directly with Deco Foil or Deco Foil Mediums would most likely ruin the gelli plate... So I came up with a trick that allowed me to add that foil monoprinted look easily!

The backgrounds turned out so incredibly textured and colorful I had to finish them off as cards with one of my digital stamp sentiments from my shop (Always Remember stamp set). But that is all I'm going to say because it's time to head over to Therm O Web to view the details on this tutorial!

Tutorial:
Click here to see the complete supply list and step by step tutorial on these Foil Monoprinted Backgrounds.


Leave me a comment and tell me... Do you like this technique and would you try it out? Now see you on Therm O Web for the full tutorial post! Thanks for stopping by!

Sharing with: SSS Monday Challenge - Stencil It / Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Put a Stencil on It / Mixed Media World - Anything Mixed Media Goes / More Mixed Media Challenge - AG Purple



23 June 2017

Graciellie Design & Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop - Lots of Inspiration & Prizes

I had the awesome invitation to sponsor the Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop today and of course I had to join the fun! If it's your first time visiting, welcome! I am Gracie Chavez owner and creative designer of Graciellie Design Digital Shop and Blog. The design team and I are excited to have this awesome chance and we are sharing lots of project ideas using cute tea cups and fun sentiments! We also have a special release to celebrate the blog hop and it is the cutest tea cup set you'll ever find! It's called Sweet Tea and it comes with this adorable kitten in a tea cup image plus 5 fun sentiments!

I made a colorful card, to go along with the Summer theme for the hop, although I've been into Summer colors lately anyways! I printes my cute image twice, once in toner and another one in ink jet. I foiled the toner printed images using a Minc and Gold Sequins Fancy Foil. I then fussy cut only the tea cup from the foiled image and colored it with Passionate Pink Premium Dye Ink with the help of a sponge dauber. Then I fussy cut the image printed in black, with a regular inkjet printer, and added a little shading with a light beige Spectrum Noir marker, and colored the eyes in green too. I then put together both pieces mounting the kitten on top of the tea cup for a dimensional look!


The fun background was splattered with metallic gold acrylic paint and inked with Passionate Pink Premium Dye Ink. I added a border on one of the edges of the background with black corrugated cardstock and a piece of patterned paper.

To finish off my card I added a foiled sentiment printed on vellum from the new stamp set (which I think is so cute!), using coordinating Passionate Pink Fancy Foil, and a scrapbooking element with a piece of metallic gold ribbon that simulate a tea bag hanging from the cup!




Today, the design team is also sharing some pretty cards for the blog hop, so make sure you click below to check out more project ideas using our tea cup inspired digital stamp sets:

Get to know our designers 
and check out their tea cup projects:

We have offered a grand prize for this Summer's Coffee Lover's Blog Hop! Many, many amazing companies in the industry are also sponsoring prizes so make sure to join the fun! Here is a sneak peak of our prize for you... The complete June Stamp Duos Release is up for grabs!!! That is 32 images for one lucky winner! BUT, there might be a little something extra offered later too, so stay tuned! Also, grab 10% off the shop during the blog hop using the coupon below!





Do you love this giveaway? Don't forget to subscribe by email to this blog (on sidebar). We are always sharing giveaways, freebies and project ideas you don't want to miss! You can also find me in Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (find links on side bar too)! Also, we invite you to stop by the shop today and check out our newest collections! Don't forget to use your code for a 10% off!

If you want to follow the Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop from the start click here.

So happy you stopped by today! Crafty hugs!


22 June 2017

Foil Dipped Backgrounds with Gina K. Designs & Mixed Media Medium

I have been having fun experimenting with the new Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Medium... This medium is pure gold and there is so much you can do with it! (It is so versatile!) Well, today I have a tutorial showing you another fun way to use it with the new Gina K. Designs line of Premium Dye Inks, Premium Cardstock, Fancy Foils and Foil Mates Sentiments!




Tutorial:
Click here to check out my latest video tutorial for Therm O Web - and the complete list of supplies- featuring these foil dipped backgrounds with Mixed Media Medium and Fancy Foils!


Do leave me a comment letting me know what you think about this technique! You know I love Deco Foil and finding out new ways to apply it is always fun (especially when it doesn't require a laminator)!

Thanks so much for visiting.


20 June 2017

Bright & Happy Card with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Today I'm using what I think is the cutest coffe cup clear stamp there is to make a freestyle collage card! I'm featuring stamps from the sets Fill Me Up and Scribble Flowers by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!




To make this card I went ahead and stamped as many scraps of white cardstock I could with flowers and leaves from the set Scribble Flowers with Umbrella Crafts Black Premium Dye Ink. This particular ink I used is hybrid and it allows you to watercolor the stamped images. I colored them with Zig Markers and a waterbrush using bright colors. Once all the images were colored I fussy cut them and set them aside.

I then stamped the coffee cup from Fill Me Up on Kraft 100# cardstock and the heart coffee cup sleeve on Fancy Pants Designs patterned paper using the same black ink, and fussy cut those too. The final element I stamped was the mini label with little check box words from the same set and heat embossed them in white on 48# heavyweight vellum.

Putting all the pieces together is always fun, but it can take time since there are so many ways to arrange them. The background is actually stenciled -using a TCW Mini Halftone Circles- with Mixed Media Medium and half of it is foiled in Silver Sequins and another part has Colorbox Winter Frost glitter. (See tutorial here.)I added a Wild Orchid -Purple- Double Stitch Design small circle die cut on the back to make all the element pop. I finished off the card with some pink paper twine, a green notebook page edge die cut and 3/8 Reversible Satin Ribbon w/stitches which brings together all the design.

That's it for today! For more ideas an inspiration make sure to subscribe to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps blog. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sharing with: The Ribbon Girl - Any Image / SSS Wednesday - Emboss It /

15 June 2017

Inspiration Blog Hop + Sale + DT Call & Winner

Inspiration abounds in our design team, and that is why we host a second blog hop each month to bring you new project ideas using new stamps from our digital shop. Have you visited the shop yet? We have been adding beautiful collections and I know you will find something perfect just for you! This month we released 4 stamp duo sets that the team and I have enjoyed working with because of all the possibilities, combining the images or using them on their own. For today's card I'm using digital stamps from Sending Kindness...




This card could easily become a wedding card, because of the elegant foiled finishes. Adding deco foil to my digital stamps has been one of my favorite techniques since day one. I printed the flowers in laser and foiled them with different tones of gold deco foil: Champagne, Rose Gold and Amber Watercolor. I also added a rustic foiled touch to the edges of the sentiment frame using a Tape Runner XL. Of course I did print and foiled the sentiment too and added it on a lace textured patterned paper from DCWV. To add a coordinating finish to the vellum flowers I colored them from the back with a matching beige alcohol marker. (That always makes a difference!)

Inspiration Blog Hop

There is much more to see today, so make sure you click on every stop below and check out what our DT and guest designers have made...



June Guest Designers:

We also have a winner to announce...
The winner of our monthly $10 off coupon to the shop is: Natalie Godfrey. Please send me an email through the contact form so we can coordinate your gift!

Before I go, we have 2 events going on right not that you do not want to miss... 

First, our DT call. Send us your application here.


And also, a fabulous bundle sale that is not gonna last for long!
Get all 4 stamp sets at almost 30% off with this bundle!


And that's it for today! Thanks so much for visiting.


12 June 2017

DIY Mixed Media Canvas with Rebekah Meier Designs

Therm O Web recently released a Mixed Media line by Rebekah Meier and today I'm sharing a project using many of the new products. I have a complete step by step tutorial showing you how to make this mixed media canvas from scratch, using a piece of cardboard as a base! 





Tutorial

I used the new Mixed Media Medium by Rebekah Meier in ways I haven't seen anyone use so far, to stencil and attach Frantage embossing powder and Mixed Media Transfer Foil (also new). This technique doesn't need a laminator which makes this new adhesive an all-in-one product! There are much more tips and tricks for you so make sure you visit Therm O Web's blog to check out the complete list of supplies and the tutorial CLICK HERE!

Do leave me a comment letting me know what you think about upcycling cardboard and other materials aroung the house to turn them into art! See you on Therm O Web's blog!



07 June 2017

Design Team Call for our Digital Shop - Send us your application!

Yes! You read right! Our first design term is about to end, but the good news is we are looking for new designers who love digital stamps and are passionate about sharing their art with the world through their blogs and social media!

DT members get:

A $25 gift card introduction pack.
New stamp sets for each release.
40% off access to the shop valid during the entire term.
Physical products from our parter companies during cross promotions.
Extra stamp sets freebies during special events.

If you'd love to apply, click the link below! Can't wait to hear from you!

https://goo.gl/P9dxFd


06 June 2017

Watercolor Wash Background & Stamped Flowers

Today I have another fun card idea using clear stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. The new set Mason Jar Bouquet is definetely a beauty and I wanted to stretch the stamps in the set to get different looks. So today I only stamped part of the mason jar image to make to bouquet hang from 3 corners of my card front.




I stamped part of the bouquet on two corners of the card front in black using Umbrella Crafts premium dye ink. To make sure the ink wouldn't smear I heat set it well. (This works all the time for me.) I used a very pigmented set of watercolors in Rose, Purple Pale and Ultramarine Blue to create a wash across the card front. I kept layering color until I was happy with the result. I added some splatters and iridescent rhinestones to finish off the background and attached a stamped banner with a piece of Therm O Web foam strip to give it dimension.

I hope you enjoyed today's post. This card is really simple to make and the result is striking! I'm planning to get more of these creamy watercolors to make more fun backgrounds and practice my watercoloring on cards.

Thanks for stopping by!


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