Debby Hughes – Lime Doodle Design – Simon Says Stamp Teacher’s Pet
So what is in the little packages? My daughter made some cookies for the cookie note – yum ;) In the You Rock parcel was a cute magnetic clip, a role of numbered washi and a large paperclip. In the final package I found a pack of wood pencils fitted just right along with some cute owl stickies. Perfect little gifts for back to school :D
My card from yesterday came together in a lickety split; happily stamping away and liking things as they came together. I’ve been meaning to do more videos for my blog but never get around to it. So I thought, you know what, lets just set the video camera up and film my next card for better or worse. No preparation as I do for classes, just sit down and see how things go. And yup, you guessed it, I jinxed myself LOL. My original plan was to try a technique demonstrated by the fabulous Jen Rzasa in the last Online Card Class, Watercolor for Card Makers - water colouring a panel and then laying a stencil over, weighting it down and leaving to dry. I loved the example Jen showed in class where the watercolours pool in the gaps in the stencil and leave a cool pattern.
I knew the stencil I wanted to use, I had been dying to use the gorgeous Ledger Drops since I saw the This Is The Life release from Simon Says Stamp. I really wanted to create a soft water coloured rain drop look with it. I also knew that it was perhaps a bit too ‘open’ for the technique I was going to try but hey I didn’t let that stop me! I set to and with stops for letting things dry … stops for family stuff … stops for house stuff … more stops for letting things dry … a bit of lunch thrown in there somewhere … reworking things as I went along … well you get the drift! So for a ‘real life’ view of making a card and perhaps gives you a good look at why I can be such a slow crafter here’s the video :D
I used Winsor & Newton watercolours on Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor card and then placed the Ledger Drops stencil on top and weighted it down. The result was a subtle but rather too indistinct pattern. So I replaced the stencil and splattered some paint with a paint brush. I was really starting to like the watercolour at this point but you wouldn’t really say there were any raindrops. I started with a fresh piece of card and water coloured through the stencil. OK, I didn’t like this one so much but the smudgy raindrops were cool looking. So I reverted to my original water coloured piece and painted through the stencil in blue, then white then squirted some Shimmer Spritz because, well, why not LOL. At last I was beginning to feel this had the look I was going for. Finally I drew around the edge of a couple of the drops with a Weathered Wood Distress Marker and softened the lines with a damp brush. In the end the watercolour did have a very layered and soft watercolour raindrop look so I suppose I got there in the end just in a rather round about way!
Phew! OK, so if this hasn’t put me off doing more videos, I do plan to set up the camera every now and then and make these ‘hey this is how it rolled’ type of videos. I’m all for keeping it real!
I mentioned Online Card Classes above, well the next class is almost here and I am so honoured that Kristina & Jennifer asked me to join in the fun! Having seen peeks from the other class participants it really is jam-packed full with awesomeness!
Join instructors Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Debby Hughes, and friends, to discover just how far you can stretch your stamps—whether you’re an expert stamper or just getting started. In Stretch Your Stamps 2, you’ll learn how particular styles of stamps can be used in a variety of creative ways to expand your card-making skills. Over the course of this two-week session, you’ll be introduced to techniques and concepts through expert instructor videos, and then build on your new knowledge with the help of inspiring guest artist examples. Stretch Your Stamps 2 includes over 30 videos and 40 card ideas, along with instructional PDFs, a forum, galleries, shopping discounts, prizes and more.
Teens are awkward little devils aren’t they! All those hormones rushing around, don’t want to be treated like a child but don’t want to be forgotten either LOL. Hopefully this card will hit the mark for a teen back to school card – not childish or even typical colours but a nod to the occasion and just letting them know that they are being thought of :D
I used three different apple designs from Clearly Besotted Stamps’ An Apple A Day set, stamped in Simon Says Stamp’s Mint, Sunshine and Fog – love these colours together. The little leaves were given more definition stamped in Smoke. The sentiment is from July’s Journal It set stamped in Versamark on Slate card and White heat embossed. A little washi and enamel dot help to make a subtle cluster of interest meanwhile the Diagonal Stripes stamped in Smoke ground the panel.
We still have three weeks left of the summer break so it feels good to be ahead of the game! For now though it’s time to grab the suntan lotion and make the most of this uncharacteristically gorgeous summer we have been having :D Oh I think I might indulge in an ice lolly too ….
Seriously is it the end of July already? The summer is just flying by, I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise as it always does! With this being the last Sunday in July it is also my last post as Guest for The Alley Way Stamps :( I have really enjoyed playing with these fab graphic sets and it was the lovely graphic feel to one of the leaf images from the Pick One set which got me stamping a repeat pattern on a piece of white card just to see what it looked like. I chose inks in Fog, Smoke, Fresh Peach and Soft Brown and although I did clean the stamp between colours there was at times a little colour mixing going on which I actually quite liked :D Once I’d stamped the pattern, it was a case of deciding what to do with it. I could use it as a background on a card …. I do love my tags, so I could cut one of those … and then I remembered the new Bookmark It dies from Simon Says Stamp – perfect :D
I cut the main bookmark panel from the stamped piece and then the hole reinforcer from some Slate card. I like how clean, graphic and totally flat this bookmark is. Although I was tempted to embellish more, I actually like a bookmark to be flat so it sits nicely within the book pages and doesn’t damage them.
I made the tassel from some Lawn Fawn twine using Stephanie Klauck’s easy to follow video to help me and tied it onto the bookmark. To keep things tidy I used a thick needle to thread all the ends through the centre of the tassel so the binding kept everything together. This is such a simple project but one I have already had a lot of use out of :D
I want to thank so much Alison and Chrissie for inviting me to guest this month – ladies, you are awesome :D
Yep, you read that right, Online Card Classes are having a sale this weekend :D Seriously if you have ever thought about trying a class, or already have and know what great value these classes are at their normal prices, well you really should head on over there! Such a fabulous offer :D On top of that Jennifer and Kristina always work so hard to bring quality classes jam-packed with videos from a range of different artists in a range of different styles, they really are in a class of their own (pun intended LOL).