31 May 2021

Alcohol Ink + Under the Sea Baby card

Hello, sweet friends! 

I have absolutely missed being in the studio and creating!!! It has been SUPER crazy here the last two months! I barely had time for anything. Here's what I've been up to: 
  • I had to change my schedule to study for my AEA exam (MORE details on that later)
  • I started teaching aqua fitness classes at our community (6 group classes a week and 2 private classes)
  • I am still in a boot so that is interesting figuring out aqua fitness instruction on the deck and trying to rest it
  • I also was asked to create some special cards for TT's birthday promotion a week ago (click HERE for details).... and basically that has been L.I.F.E. 
All of that to say--- it's goooooooood to be back in the studio! And the *best* news will be shared soon! 

Anyhoo... back to my creation for the day🙃 I was asked by a sweet friend to create a baby card with an underwater theme, using teal, blue, green, purple/lilac colors. I was given a month to create it, and it took 29 days! LOL! 

I absolutely loooooooove how this card turned out. It started with some Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers and alcohol inks. Now, if you know me... then you know I love bold colors and lots of inks when working with this technique! However, I went light with the ink; I even "watered it down" using alcohol. I thought it would be prettier if I created a soft look for a baby card. 
Next I cut the background up and created a second paper using bolder/additional alcohol colors for the critters. I stamped the images using ICT Stazon Jet Black ink and the My Sweet Petunia Misti. I couldn't have done it without this little gadget! 
I fussy cutting each Paper Smooches sea themed image (all sets retired 😞) and die cutting the baby sentiment by The Stamp Market
Finishing was easy- adhere and layer every fussy cut and die cut image... and DONE! I love how this turned out! 
That's it for me today. I have at least 15 different backgrounds using alcohol inks just waiting for me to create with them! So there will be MORE to share soon! I also have about 50 birthday cards to complete as well. LOL! Now that I have the time, I will post more:) 

THANKS so much for stopping by!    

Be blessed ❤️

Paper: Etc. Papers Synthetic EVO Papers, Doodlebug White Glitter, vellum 
Inks: Ranger alcohol inks- Botanical, Patina, Purple Twilight, Limeade, Pistachio, Stream; ICT Stazon Jet Black
Stamps/dies: The Stamp Market Baby Layering diePaper Smooches Surf & Turf and Courteous Cuties stamp sets (retired)

ps... if you are interested in purchasing my cards, you can check them out on my Facebook PageSavannahland2ForSale!!! Click HERE for the photo album of the cards for sale:) 

16 May 2021

Technique Tuesday: Celebration!!!

Hello, friends! 

I'm back (after a long break from the internet) and super excited to share several projects today featuring some Technique Tuesday's stamps and dies. Check out the TT birthday promotion SALE--- use coupon code HBDAY21 for 20% off everything from May 16-20th. Read more about this promotion SALE and check out more amazing projects from the TT team HERE

I might have been absent from the internet and blogging... but I've been super busy in my studio creating these special projects for this promotion! I tried to create different designs using just two TT stamps and dies sets: Gertie and Garth Goat and Iris

For my first three projects I used the TT Gertie and Garth Goat stamp and die set. Isn't this goat just the cutest!?!?! This card design was inspired by a card that I created 10 years ago! I highlighted the two different goat images as if the one on the bottom is talking to the one on the top, calling him an “old goat”. It’s a whimsical and fun design with lots of detail in stenciling and layers, as well as a masculine feel but could be used (by switching colors) for just about any friend, neighbor, co-worker, or family member that’s OLD! :) 
Techniques: stenciling, layering, inspired by previous design by myself, stamping, die cutting, layering, fussy cutting

Supplies: TT Gertie & Garth Goat stamps/dies; Ranger distress inks: Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade; The Stamp Market inks/papers: Slate, Black, Melon Orange, Gravel, Tropic Teal; Recollections papers: Dark Gray, Kraft; May Arts black/white chevron ribbon; random silver and black gem brads (found in my stash from probably 10 years ago! LOL!)

My next card is simple, fun, and can be mass-produced quickly! It has three layers: a white card base, a black/white taped background piece, and the green center panel. The goat image was stamped on a watercolored paper that I quickly painted with gray hues and then fussy cut to make him stand out. I added a few drops of black and white Nuvo Crystal Drops to make his eyes pop. To finish the card, I cut the sentiment stamp and stamped the one multiple times in the corner and then the other sentiment in a tone-on-tone in the opposite corner. This card is perfect for just about anyone celebrating a birthday! 
Techniques: watercoloring, fussy cutting, stamping, layering, CAS
Supplies: TT Gertie & Garth Goat stamps/dies  NeocolorII Crayons Grey, Lt Grey, Black; The Stamp Market inks: Black, Cactus Green; Recollections papers Black, White, Green; Nuvo Crystal Drops Ebony Black and Simply White

I just love these goat images and wanted to use the male goat for a CAS, modern, masculine card. I think this design could be mass-produced EASILY! Using leftover journaling cards in my stash, I cut a few that created a small panel (and I left the curved corner for an accent!). Then I masked the larger sentiment stamp to create an emphasis on the words “Old Goats Club” with a darker ink than the rest of the sentiment. The trick to getting the goat image to stamp perfectly on the raised panel and card base is to use a stamping tool such as the Misti! It didn’t take but two inked tries and this goat was perfectly stamped on this modern birthday card:) 

Techniques: CAS, one layer, modern, masculine, masking, stamping
Supplies: TT Gertie & Garth Goat stamps;  The Stamp Market Black and Slate inks; Recollections Kraft papers; Becky Higgins Project Life journaling cards

For my last three projects, I used the TT Iris clear stamp and dies. I think this flower is BEAUTIFUL! I featured it three different ways on my cards. 

I’ve been inspired by CAS and modern designs lately, and I wanted to try a white-on-white design with a pop of color with this TT Iris clear stamp and die set. This card couldn’t be more simple to create- stamp, emboss, and die cut your flower image on white cardstock and then die cut it using any colored cardstock. Layer these two pieces so that just a pop of color shows. Stamp the sentiment in matching ink on the card base and add the flowers! To add a bit more pizazz, bunch up a bit of thread to add behind the flower piece and add some clear droplets. SIMPLE and yet STUNNING:) 

Techniques: CAS, stamping, layering, die cutting
Supplies: TT Iris stamps/dies; The Stamp Market papers/inks Emboss, Jade, Sea Glass, Cotton Candy, Peach, White; WOW Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White super fine; The Stamp Market clear droplets; white thread

You can add a lot of detail to a project using an embossing folder, as well as stamping an image multiple times for extra layers! I really like how the Iris flower has such soft details with the image stamped multiple times, fussy cut, and then layered together. Another easy card to assemble: emboss card base, stamp and emboss sentiment on vellum, add your layered and fussy cut flower on top! If you want you can add a little bow. So easy and yet FULL of detail! 

Techniques: fussy cutting, stamping, layering, die cutting, embossing
Supplies: TT Iris stamps/dies  The Stamp Market inks and papers Emboss, No Line, Navy, Mossy Green, Orchid; Recollections papers Kraft and Vellum; Nuvo Crystal Drops Buttermilk; WOW Embossing Powder Metallic Gold Rich super fine and Metallic Silver Sparkle; Park Lane Paperie Diagonal stripe and Diamond embossing folders; white thread

This is one of my favorite cards to date! I love the tone-on-tone Iris flower image on the card base with the popped watercolored flower in the center. I tried a new (to me) technique of no-line watercoloring. I didn’t really like the “no-line” look so I softly stamped the image after watercoloring with a light gray ink. I loooooooove how this turned out! You can’t get any simpler than this: stamp flower image on the left and right of your card base using a matching ink. Stamp and watercolor your flower image. Die cut the flower image and add foam on the back. Stamp and emboss your sentiment. To finish add the watercolored flower in the center of your card. SOOOOOOOOO easy and SUPER beautiful! 

Techniques: watercoloring, stamping, die cutting, layering, tone-on-tone
Supplies:  TT Iris stamps/dies  The Stamp Market papers and inks Fuchsia, Slate, Navy, Emboss; watercolor paper; WOW Embossing Powder Metallic Gold Rich super fine

I think I achieved my goal 💯of trying to create several different designs using just two TT stamps and dies sets: Gertie and Garth Goat and Iris😉

I hope you will stop by the Technique Tuesday blog post HERE for more details and creations! And don't forget to shop their SALE HERE!! ****SALE ends May 20th!!

THANKS so much for stopping by! 
Be blessed ❤️