Saturday, June 07, 2014

Floral Box Card Set by Christy Fulk

Everyone needs a card now and then, and this Floral Box Card Set by Christy Fulk would be a great gift to give to anyone.  The flowers are made with the new stamp, Blended Bloom, and colored in with the new Stampin’ Blendabilities.  The card box holds six cards and envelopes.  This card set would also make a great card class.  Head on over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of June to receive the full step-by-step instructions for this and the nine other great June projects!

Friday, June 06, 2014

Woven Painted Paper Card

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Wake Up And Create!
Yesterday morning I woke up very early.  I had traveled earlier in the week and my internal clock is a bit out of whack.  I was lying in bed staring at the ceiling and finally decided I should just go into the craft room and start painting.  My wonderful friend Doris provided me with some beautiful papers and I have thoroughly been enjoying using some of them to paint on.  The textures are wonderful!  So I took out a piece of the textured paper and began playing with layers - paint, stamping, drawing with permanent ink, tissue paper, gesso...I kept adding until I was pleased with the result.  Layering is really fascinating to me right now.  Layering is like life.  You can be pleased one moment and the next minute you are totally unhappy with how things are going...but if you just keep going you may find yourself in a beautiful new place that you never expected.  I'm glad I kept going :)
Once the paper was dry I decided to cut it into strips and do some paper weaving.  I even punched a butterfly from the paper to add to the card.  What did I learn?  Sometimes the perfect thing to do is wake up and create! :)

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Layered and Painted Paper

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  I Am Intrigued By Layers
The warm weather causes us to shed layers of clothes.  People have many layers - some they share and some they keep hidden.  Art can have layers of meaning.  Paper can be layered with paint, ink, tissue, more paper...and on, and on, and on.  Today I found myself in the craft room intrigued by the idea of layers.  I wonder how many layers I can add to a base of paper?  I wonder if I will try to answer that question? :)  Today I began with a beautiful piece of paper that was given to me by a wonderful friend :)  It started with ink and paint and then gelatos and then tissue and painted paper...and on and on and on.  I love the depth and interest that this creates.  I love what is showing and what is hidden.  I am showing you a picture of one of the layers and then more layers placed on top of it.  It's intriguing to think I could keep going and no one would ever know what is underneath...not even me...unless I captured the layers with photos.  Yes, I am intrigued by layers!

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Moonlight Magnet Board Set

This Moonlight Magnet Board Set is my June project for Craft Project Central!  This set is a great way to brighten up your office!  The set features a magnet board, coordinating magnet box with six magnets, and a small card for gift giving!  Perfecct as a gift, or to do some organizing in your home office (something I definitely need to do!)!
For the full step-by-step instructions for how to create this set, head on over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of June.  Or, go to this post on Craft Project Central and leave me a comment for a chance to win a free subscription to the month of June :)

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Blended Bloom Thank You Card Using Blendabilities

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Every thought you produce; Anything you say, any action you do; It bears your signature.  -Thich Nhat Hanh
What a beautiful quote for all of us who create art with our hands.  Any action you do bears your signature.  You are putting your intention - your energy - into everything.  On my recent exploration into Ayurveda and cooking, this concept also came up for me.  The idea that a cook puts their energy into the food that they make.  The idea that if you cook your own food you can be aware and mindful of the energy you are placing into your food.  The energy is ingested with the food.  I imagine the same is true of the cards we send and give.  The energy we put into them is transferred to the recipient.  What signature do your thoughts, words and actions say about you?
 Today I am sharing my first attempt at coloring using the Blendabilities and the Blended Bloom stamp!  I stamped the image using Memento ink and then colored in the flower with a variety of the Blendabilities colors.  I also used the Color Lifter to add some additional shading.  I was really happy with how the color worked on the Whisper White card stock.  I know that I have a lot of learning to do, but I was taught that if the color bleeds through to the back of the card stock you are blending an appropriate amount.  I should have taken a picture of the back of the flower because I had a good amount of color bleeding through to the back of the flower.  Of course this means that you will likely always be using Blendabilities for layering on cards or you would have to add some type of decorative panel on the inside of the card if you chose to use the Blendabilities directly on the card front.  Blendabilities should be available for purchase sometime later this month!  I will definitely keep you posted...and hopefully I'll continue to perfect my skills :)

Monday, June 02, 2014

Nuts About You - Thinking of You Card

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  It's Good To Have A Friend To Go On The Journey With!
The need to clean the craft room.  The desire to get organized.  Dealing with the emotional attachment to things.  Feeling overwhelmed.  When it comes to actually beginning to declutter and straighten - whether in the craft room or elsewhere in the house - I can sometimes become a bit paralyzed.  I made some progress today though!  And part of that is due to the fact that I have a friend out there who shares the goal of creating a peaceful space in which to create.  Knowing she is out there - working toward the same goal - and that we are supporting one another - is making a huge difference for me!  It is good to have a friend to go on the journey with - even if you live many miles from one another!  Thank you Doris!!!!!
Today I am sharing my first attempt at inking up the stamps in the Nuts About You stamp set!!!!!!  The images in this set are so cute and with the sun shining and birds singing outside, this is the card that needed to happen today!  I inked up the stamps using my markers and added the sentiment from the Wetlands stamp set.  I have a feeling the little squirrels in this stamp set are going to get inked up next!!!!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Masculine Cards & Treat Set by Regina Andari

Some of the most challenging projects for stampers and paper crafters are the masculine ones, and this Masculine Cards & Treat Set by Regina Andari features four card designs that the men in your life can appreciate!  The set also includes a gift card holder and a treat pouch/bag that you will enjoy making—and others will enjoy receiving.
For the step-by-step instructions for this project and the 9 other projects that will be posted for June at Craft Project Central, head on over to CPC and subscribe to the month of June!