Friday, November 30, 2012

Happy Fall Ya'll

Is everyone enjoying the cooler weather!  Today I have a card fit for the fall season that uses the Thankful Crow stamp by stamp designer Sandra Caldwell.

Kraft cardstock, orange patterned paper, cream colored ribbon, brown buttons - a perfect match for the season! 

Isn't this just the cutest image?  I colored it exclusively with Prismcolor pencils and added just a bit of Stickles to his hat.

Monday, November 26, 2012


Now that we're heading into the cooler months, how about a quick reminder of Summer?  

This layout is chock full of Basically Bare goodness - the sun and clouds from the Celestial Set, a two canvas hearts, and an acrylic frame.

The clouds were covered with Stickles for lots of shimmer.  The sun was inked yellow, then heat embossed with three layers of UTEE.  Then I placed it in the freezer for about 15 minutes.  Once I took it out of the freezer, I bent it in several places until the UTEE cracked.  Then I inked over the cracks with Distress Ink.  This creates a really fun look.

I ran the frame through my Cuttlebug for a bit of texture.  Lastly, I used a Crafter's Workshop stencil and Tattered Angels mists with the canvas hearts.  Again, lots of shimmer.

These pictures are of my niece on her first trip to the beach in August.  She went from screaming and being scared of the water to playing and laughing in the span of just a few seconds.  I'm already anxiously waiting for warmer weather so we can head back to the beach.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Trim The Tree

I don't know about you, but I've been thinking a lot about Christmas.  My goal is to have all of my Christmas cards made early this year.  Fingers crossed I hit my goal!  

For this card, I used the Reindeer stamp from Queen Kat Designs.  I stamped the image four times and fussy cut each one.  The two in the back I adhered directly to the card.  For the two in the front, I added pop-dots to the back so they stood out on the card.  

Each reindeer has ornaments hanging from their antlers.  Of course, I added Stickles to the ornaments to make then nice and shiny! I also added Glossy Accents to all of their hooves and noses so they were nice and shiny.  Lastly, I added a bit of White Enamel Accents to each of their tails.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Table Decor

Just a few more day days until Turkey Day is here!  I know I'm ready for the dressing and all the yummy side dishes.  So in preparation, I thought I'd make a little something in the form of a napkin ring to spruce up the dinner table.  

With lots of layers and fall colors, this would look wonderful on any place setting.  And the best part is that it only took a few minutes to create.  So let's see how I put this together.

To start, I painted a wooded napkin ring with a Clementine Zig Painty pen.  Simply set it aside to dry as we work on the next few steps.

Next I stamped a leaf image three times onto heavy cardstock.  I used a Zig Writer on the stamp itself.

Now, onto coloring the stamped images.  I used a light yellow Zig Art and Graphic Twin marker to color all three leaves.   For this part, I did not worry about coloring in the lines as all three leaves will be cut out later.  I also did not worry about having darker or lighter spots when coloring the images.

Next , I used the same yellow marker and added in a brown shade.  I simply touched the tip of the yellow marker to the brown marker to pick up some of the color.

Then, starting on the outside of the stamped image, I simply started layering on the brown ink lightly by coloring over the image again with the yellow marker.  I just kept touching the tip of the brown marker and layering on the color until I was happy with the outcome.

I added a last bit of color using a red Zig writer.  Then I simply cut out all three leaves.

Now, all that's left is to start layering everything together.  I cut out a small square of burlap and adhered it to the napkin ring.  Then, I layered on two fabric leaves.  Next up, I layered on the three cardstock leaves.  And lastly, I added in a couple of small flowers.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hugs and Kisses and ...

In celebration of Queen Kat Designs 6th birthday, we're having a blog hop!  

So you don't miss anyone along the way, here is the full list of the blog participants.
Jamie (that's me!)

Today I have an adorable wall hanging that uses the Beautiful Dancer Fairy stamp by stamp artist Amy Brown.  I absolutely love this fairy!

To start, I used a Basically Bare Scalloped Oh So Mini Album chipboard page and covered it with patterned paper.  Then, using a Crafter's Workshop template, I cut out a lighter piece of patterned paper and adhered it to the album page.

Then I stamped, colored my fairy with Prismacolor pencils, and then fussy cut her out.

Lastly, I added a chipboard flourish, which was painted with a Zig Woodcraft marker, a few Prima flowers, and a couple of mirror embellishments.

Thanks for stopping in today.  Now, off you go to Vikki's blog to see the next creation on the blog hop!

Basically Bare Scalloped Oh So Mini Album
Zig Woodcraft marker in Antique
May Arts ribbon

Friday, November 16, 2012

Define Good

Is anyone else out there thinking about how close we are to Christmas?  Not to add any pressure, but it's less than six weeks away. :)

My tag today was most definitely inspired by the upcoming holiday.  I used the Sugarplum stamp from Queen Kat Designs. This really is a fun and playful stamp!

To make the background, I mixed Picket Fence Distress Stain with Red Pepper Color Wash on my craft sheet then ran my tag through the mixture.  Then, I spritzed it with a glimmer spray and then with water to add water spots.  A very fun way to make a background!

 The image was colored with Prismacolor pencils, and then I added L...O...T...S of Stickles.  It must be glittery and shiny. :)  I think the sentiment is a perfect match to the image, just a bit on the naughty side.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ho, Ho, Ho Wall Hanging

Are you ready for another Christmas project?  How about one that can be completed in roughly 30 minutes?  This definitely fits the bill and would be the perfect item to make if you're short on time. And even better, you only need a few supplies - a sewing hoop, white fabric, Kuretake markers, some ribbon, and a jingle bell.

To start, I used a Zig Painty FX paint pen in red to add color to the sewing hoop.  I only painted the top and outside edges since you won't be able to see the rest of the hoop once everything is put together. Once the hoop is painted, just set it aside to dry while you work on the fabric.

To make sure everything I drew would fit inside the hoop, I laid the fabric on top of the hoop and lightly traced around the edge with a pencil.  I wasn't too worried about the pencil line showing, because once the fabric is pulled tight within the hoop it won't be visible.

Next, using a black Zig Writer, I drew a squiggled line around the inside edge of the circle that was drawn and then drew on the Christmas lights.  To make the letters, I simply drew around some chipboard letters I had laying around.

Then I used my Zig Fabricolor pens to color in the Christmas lights.

I also used my Fabricolor pens to color in the letters.

Of course, no project is complete without a bit of sparkle.  This was easy to add to the Christmas lights using  the Zig Wink of Stella pens.  Love, love, love these pens!  They add just a hint of shimmer without being overpowering.

To make sure the ink is set permanently (and to remove any wrinkles in the fabric), I gave it a quick run under my iron.

To pull everything together, I added a bit of ribbon and a jingle bell.  Those who know me well will attest to the fact that I love to add bells to Christmas projects.

Thanks for stopping in today!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Christmas Canvas

Have you started working on all those Christmas projects and gifts that you'll be making this year?  Scary to think, but the big day is only six weeks away. Here's a fun canvas idea to get you in the mood.  

I started with a 5x7 canvas some old paperback books I had laying around.  I tore the book pages into roughly two inch squares and adhered them as a collage onto the canvas with gel medium.

Once the gel medium is completely dry, it's time to start adding some color.  For this, I started by making a small puddle of water on my craft sheet. Then using a Zig Writer in Pure Red, I scribbled a bit of ink onto the canvas.   Next, I quickly dipped my finger into the water and then used my wet finger to spread the ink across the canvas.  My fingers really are the best tools I have in my scraproom. :)

I continued to add scribbles of ink and blending it with water until the canvas is fully covered.  Don't forget to add ink to the sides of the canvas too.

I wanted to add a small bit of distress to the canvas and also tone the bright red just a tad.  So, to do this, I used a Zig Woodcraft marker in Antique Metallic.  I held the marked down until I had a small puddle of ink on my craft sheet and then also made another small puddle of water.

Then, I simply dipped my finger into the water puddle and then into the ink and randomly spread the mixture on the canvas.

 For the next step, I used a Zig Writer in Pure Brown to create a tree branch.  You can do this freehand, or if you're like me, you can use a stencil.

Now, on to the embellishments.  I used a Basically Bare Holiday Ornament in bare chipboard and felt.  To start, I painted the chipboard white using a Zig Painty FX marker in White.

Once the paint was dry, I added a layer of Glass Bead gel medium.  This medium added such a wonderful texture!  This part takes about 24 hours to dry, so please keep this in mind when using the glass bead medium.

Next, I painted the felt piece of the ornament using a Zig Painty FX marker in Green.  Once the paint was dry, I also added a layer of Green Stickles to the felt piece. I am a glitter girl, and every project must have a bit of glimmer and shine.

Now, it's time to tie everything together.  I added a piece of trim around the outside border of the canvas.  Then I added a piece of May Arts twine to use as a hanger on the ornament.  A bit of ribbon and a jingle bell finishes the ornament.  Lastly, I added a sentiment.

Now wish me luck, I have 12 more of these canvases to make.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Men, Coffee, and Chocolate!

I had an absolute blast working with this stamp.  As soon as I had my ink covered hands on this stamp, which is called Roobios Tea from stamp designer Che Gilson, I had it stamped, colored, inked, and a finished card in under 30 minutes!  Gotta love it when the planets align and things just work out.

For the card itself, I covered the background with a layer of patterned paper, then layered a lighter color paper on top.  I used a Zig marker to create a faux stitching around the edge of the paper.  Next, I inked a piece of May Arts ribbon and layered it on top of the paper.  The last bits I added were the buttons and sentiment.

The image itself was colored with my ever present Prismacolor pencils.  This really is the cutest image!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Blog Candy Winner!

So who's the winner of two Basically Bare albums, lots of Basically Bare embellishments, and a set of seasonal Distress Ink Pads?
That would be Crafting Marfa!  Please email me your full mailing address by 11-12-12 to jamie pope at cox dot net (of course not spaces and change the at to @ and the dot to .)  Once I have your address, I will have a box in the mail right away. Congrats!

Cards Galore

Did I mention that I have several cards to show today!  Each of these were featured in Scrapbook News and Review Magazine and several feature Basically Bare products.

First up is a super quick card that would be perfect for that special someone.  A bit of punchinella in the background, a Basically Bare heart, and lots of glitter embossing powder.

Next up is a card that uses nothing but scraps of patterned paper.  For me cards, are the perfect way to use up those bit and pieces left over after finishing a layout.

This card is by far my favorite of the bunch.  I took a piece of watercolor paper and layered on the liquid watercolors until I was happy with the look.  Then I simply added a pre-printed transparency with the sentiment and silhouette.  Quick and simple but with lots of color.

For this next card, I used my Cuttlebug and Spellbinders dies to create the card shape.  Then I heat embossed a Basically Bare heart and then layered it with a keyhole.

Ahh, the last card for today.  I inked a stamp with Perfect Medium then covered the stamped imaged with red Perfect Pearls.  A "perfect" contrast to the black cardstock. Then I used two Basically Bare birds and layered them with Glass Bead Gel Medium, and once dry, added a bit of gold ink.

As I said, lots of cards, each with a different look and technique.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Moth Queen

I'm back with you today with another card using the Moth Queen stamp from Queen Kat Designs. This is a really fun stamp to work with.  My mind kept going to all the different color combos I use with her hair!

I am currently in the middle of a huge project using book pages.  So I decided to steal a page from that project and use it as the background for this card.  I simply inked the book page with Distress Ink, then flicked some Dylusions ink and water  to give it a splattered look.  

Next, I colored my stamped imaged with Prismacolor pencils then double mounted it patterned paper.

Lastly, I added a bit of pom-pom trim and a a few flowers.  You may have noticed this card does not have a sentiment.  This was on purpose.  I like to have a stash of cards on hand that I can grab in a pinch and add whatever sentiment I need, whether it be for a birthday or a quick pick-me-up.
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