Friday, November 5, 2021

Super Saturday at Magenta: Christmas Ornaments

I'm over at the Magenta blog today with this post, and you can see that here.

I love this new Christmas stamp from Magenta with the ornaments and my favorite Christmas flower, Poinsettia. I decided to try it on a darker background like I have been seeing on other blogs lately.

It was super hard to photograph this card and have all the colors true to life. The background cardstock is a dark navy blue. You can see the color better in the picture below.

I stamped it in white and colored it with Prismacolor pencils. I decided to emboss just the ornaments in gold and also stamped and embossed the sentiment - one of Sally Penley's beautiful calligraphy stamps - in gold also.

At the end I sprayed it with a sheer glitter spray. It's very sparkly in real life.

Magenta Products used:

Other Products used:
Prismacolor Pencils: PC923 Scarlet Lake,
PC998 Hot Pink, PC994 Process Red,
PC912 Apple Green, PC908 Dark Green,
PC938 White
White Gelly Roll 08
The Greetery Crimped Frame die
Ranger Gold Embossing powder
The Paper Cut Dark Blue cardstock
Curious Metallics Super Gold cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock

Friday, October 8, 2021

Super Saturday at Magenta: Zig Watercolor Merry Christmas

Hi everyone! Still making Christmas cards - they are one of my favorite kinds of cards to make. Today I'm using another new stamp from Magenta called Christmas Foliage, along with an old favorite sentiment. My card is also on the Magenta blog and you can see that post here.

 I stamped this beautiful image onto Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock that I had die cut to size with The Greetery Nordic Frames die. By the way, I love this die for Christmas cards, it just seems festive.

I used Versamark ink to stamp, and embossed the image with gold embossing powder. I chose two colors of Zig Clean Color markers. I dotted the red into the berries, and used a water brush to pull out the green.

This is how I choose the colors I want to use. I ended up using that middle green (041 Light Green), and the red is 022 Carmine Red.

At the end I stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment in Versafine Clair Glamorous and scattered a few Pinkfresh pearls.

This card was super simple and fast, and it would be easy to make multiples.

Magenta Products used:

Other Products used:

Zig Clean Color Markers: 041 Light Green,
022 Carmine Red
Versafine Clair Glamorous
Versamark ink
Ranger gold embossing powder
The Greetery Nordic Frames die
PTI Poppy Red cardstock
Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# Cardstock
Pinkfresh Studio Gold Pearls

Friday, September 17, 2021

Super Saturday at Magenta: New Christmas

 Hi everyone! I'm over at the Magenta blog today and you can see that post here.

I'm working on Christmas cards, and I really love this new Magenta Christmas stamp that Nathalie designed with poinsettias and ornaments.

First I stamped the images and embossed in gold and then watercolored with Distress ink. This was super easy and fast to do. You could use lots of different colors and mediums and it would look as lovely.

In the end I die cut the panel, matted it and mounted onto a base card. I'm thinking it will be easy to do multiples with this beautiful stamp.

Magenta Products Used:

07.995.E Joyeux Noël

Other Products Used:
Distress inks:
Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon
Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries,
Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn
The Greetery Crimped Edge die
Versamark ink
Ranger Gold Embossing Powder
Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock
PTI Pure Poppy Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# Cardstock

Friday, August 20, 2021

Super Saturday at Magenta: Distress Blending and Prismacolors

 Hi everyone, I am also posting this over on the Magenta blog, and you can see that post here.

I love the technique of stamping and embossing a background stamp, and then blending Distress ink over the embossing. Sometimes though, I feel that the image needs a little bit more to make it stand out.

I stamped the Magenta stamp Floral Background onto a panel of white cardstock using Versamark ink. I then embossed the image with White Diamond embossing powder. I blended three colors of Distress ink over the panel. To make the floral, leaf and berry images stand out more, I decided to color them with Prismacolor pencils.

I took this photo after I embossed the background and blended the Distress, and I was just starting to color in the flowers. It was fun and relaxing, and I like how all of the images were enhanced.

Here's a more up close shot of the process. The White Diamond embossing is really pretty in real life, and very sparkly, but that doesn't show up well in the photos.

To finish the card, I cut the panel down to 3.5" x 4.75" and adhered it to a piece of So Silk cardstock that was die cut using a new to me Greetery die called Postal Frames.

I stamped the Magenta sentiment onto another piece of So Silk cardstock and embossed it in white. The sentiment was die cut using a Poppy Stamps die called Colwell Label Set. I adhered the sentiment to the panel using foam tape, so that it was popped up a little. The entire panel was adhered to a white base card.

Magenta Products used:

14.660.R Floral Background

07.969.F Have a Beautiful day!

Other Products used:

Distress inks: Wilted Violet,
Twisted Citron, Blueprint Sketch
Prismacolor Pencils: PC105 Cobalt Turquoise,
PC992 Light Aqua, PC1008 Parma Violet,
PC912 Apple Green, PC908 Dark Green
JudiKins Diamond White embossing powder
Brutus Monroe Alabaster White embossing powder
The Greetery Postal Grames Die GD-M-038
Poppy Stamps Colwell Label die set 2325
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock
So Silk Glamour Green cardstock


Thursday, August 12, 2021

Layering Stencils - Happy Birthday

I have been playing a lot lately with layering stencils and they are pretty fun. A lot of companies have come out with different ones, and I have been mostly using Altenew and Pinkfresh ones so far.

Today I used a stencil from Altenew called Sweet Spring. I really like this one because it has both layers on the same stencil, and they are pretty easy to line up.

It all boils down to what colors you choose to use. I used regular Distress ink on all of these panels, and used small iCraft brushes to brush on the color. I did find that it enhanced them a little to do some finishing with colored pencils.

After finishing the color on this card, I added a happy birthday die-cut and sent it to one of my oldest friends.

Here are some photos I took of the other panels I made, so that you can see the colors I used

Products used for Birthday Card:
Altenew Sweet Spring Stencil
Distress inks: Wild Honey, Crackling Campfire
Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron
Prismacolor Pencils: PC917 Sunburst Yellow,
Scolar318 Orange, PC912 Apple Green,
PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse
Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday die czd82
The Greetery Crimped Frame die
Tim Holtz Matte Black Alcohol Ink cardstock
PTI True Black cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock

Friday, July 23, 2021

Magenta Super Saturday: Happy Birthday Pam!

 It just happened that a good friend of mine and fellow Magenta DT member, Pam Nelson's birthday is today. Happy Birthday Pam! This is my card for her and you can also see it on the Magenta blog here.

I stamped the Magenta Flower stamp on watercolor paper three times, and stamped the Fall Ash Leaves twice, using Versamark ink. All were embossed with gold embossing powder. I then used Distress re-inkers to watercolor the flowers and leaves.

I fussy cut everything out, which really didn't take that long, since the shapes are pretty simple. I arranged all of the pieces onto my panel, which I had die cut with the Greetery Crimped Frame die. Once I had the pieces arranged the way I wanted, I covered them with Press 'n Seal to hold them all together (Thanks to Jennifer McGuire for that tip).

I turned it all over and applied glue, and then stuck it down to my panel.

The sentiment was stamped at the top of the panel and embossed with gold embossing powder. The panel was then matted with gold cardstock and mounted onto a base card.

Magenta Products Used:

40.183.K Flower

0799.L Fall Ash Leaves

07.305.G Happy Birthday

Other Products Used:
Distress Re-inkers: Mustard Seed,
Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron,
Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry
Versamark Ink
Ranger Gold Embossing Powder
The Greetery Crimped Frame Die
Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock
Curious Metallics Super Gold cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock

Friday, July 2, 2021

Super Saturday at Magenta: Distress Oxide Gelli Plate Background With Prismacolors

 Hi! I'm over at the Magenta blog today and you can see that post here.

I really enjoy making Gelli plate backgrounds using Distress Oxide ink. I made this one using a brayer to apply Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers, and Blueprint Sketch inks onto the Gelli plate. I picked up the colors with Neenah Solar White cardstock.

I also flicked some of the Oxide inks over the panel for additional texture.

I die cut the panel using The Greetery Crimped Frame die, and then stamped it with the beautiful Magenta Blossom Crescent stamp in Wilted Violet.

I pulled out some purple Prismacolor pencils (see below for which colors I used) and colored the flower petals. I used my favorite greens for the leaves and branches. I loved how the Prismacolors were not completely opaque, but let some of the spots on the background show through.

When I stamped the flower image, I used a stamp platform and left the stamp in. After coloring the image, I put the panel back in the platform and stamped again using Versamark ink. I embossed it with silver to bring out the detail in the flowers.

In the photograph at the top of the page, the embossing looks a bit white. The silver is hard to capture. Maybe it shows up here a bit better?

At the end, I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Clair Blue Belle ink., and matted the panel with PTI Enchanted Evening ink.

Magenta Products Used:
Other Products Used:
Prismacolor Pencils: PC1026 Greyed Lavender,
PC956 Lilac, PC1008 Parma Violet,
Scholar 331 Purple,
PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse, PC1005 Limepeel,
PC912 Apple Green, PC908 Dark Green
Distress Oxide: Wilted Violet,
Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch
Gelli Plate
The Greetery Crimped Frame Die
Versafine Clair Blue Belle ink
Versamark ink
JudiKins Detail Silver embossing powder
PTI Enchanted Evening cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock

Friday, June 11, 2021

Super Saturday at Magenta: Prismacolor Thinking of You

 Hi everyone! I'm over at the Magenta blog today and you can visit the Magenta blog here.

Sorry it's been so long. It seems like it's been so busy around here! We are doing Spring cleaning and painting the Back Porch, and all sorts of things like that, you know? It seems like after re-doing my craft room and work space, we all just got the fever to clean things out. It almost seems like we are emerging from our cocoons. We are so hoping that soon things will seem a lot more normal around here.

I have a dear friend who died last August, and his husband's first birthday since his death is coming up this month. I thought a nice Thinking of you card would be more appropriate than commanding him to have a Happy Birthday, so this is the result.

I stamped the Magenta Mallow Flowers stamp onto a panel of Strathmore Tone Blue cardstock in white pigment ink, and started coloring using my favorite colors of Prismacolor pencils. This takes some time to do, but I enjoy it and find it relaxing, which I can really use these days!

The cardstock looks kind of gray in this photo, but the Blue Tone cardstock is a very pretty blue.

After coloring, I smudged a bit of the blue around the flower for some texture. I stamped the lovely Sally Penley calligraphy stamp Thinking of you at the bottom using Versafine Clair Paradise ink, and added a few gems.

I tried out a Caran d'Ache blender pencil this time and I think I like it. I need to use it more to be sure.

I thought about my friend who died the whole time I was making this card and I poured some of my love and grief into it. I do hope his husband will like it.

Magenta Products used:

Other Products used:
Hero Arts Unicorn White ink
Caran d'Ache blender pencil
Prismacolor Pencils: PC938 White,
PC992 Light Aqua, PC905 Aquamarine,
PC105 Cobalt Turquoise, PC901 Indigo Blue,
PC1004 Yellow Chartreuse, PC1005 Limepeel,
PC912 Apple Green, PC911 Olive Green
Strathmore Toned Blue Mixed Media Cardstock
Versafine Clair Paradise ink
So Silk Glamour Green cardstock

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Craft Room Makeover Part 2

 If you have been following my blog, you may have seen that I started a craft room makeover. I actually moved my work space into my office, and my craft room will now be used for storage. I'm also trying to do this on a budget. You can see part 1 of the makeover here

This has been a really long and difficult project, with a huge amount of hard work. Each part of the process seemed to generate more work as I would see more that had to be done. At first I was just going to change my office work space and make it into my craft work space, but that showed me that I absolutely had to clean out my craft room and convert it to easily accessible craft storage. It's just hard to imagine how much stuff I had accumulated. My only excuse is that I worked 7 years at a fine art rubber stamp store, and I also taught some classes.

Here is part of the South wall of my former craft room now

As a reminder, this was the same space before:

As another reminder from my other post, below is my newly created craft workspace that is in my shared office at the front of the house.

I like it all so much better now! The old large desk area was not optimal for storage, and so everything was just out in the open and besides being messy and disorganized, it did not inspire me to be creative. The difference is now I have storage for all of my tools and supplies, and I have gotten rid of things I don't need and won't use.

I had to clean everything off the desk, and also off of the shelf above the desk. The shelf was taken down and shortened by quite a lot.

Some of my household members helped by closely inspecting each step of the work. Above is Alaska, cat princess. After all of the desk pieces were removed, the wall was repaired and  two drawer sets that I had previously purchased were assembled and put into the corner. 

I did all of the sorting, difficult decisions, and moving craft supplies around; but my son and husband did all the hard physical labor,  taking the old desk out and assembling and setting up the new pieces. Thank goodness for their help. 

See the suitcase that says "Laugh Out Loud" sitting on the larger set of drawers? That contains all of my Hasty Lace stuff, and I'm never giving up any of it. I just have never had a good place to put this case until now. It fits perfectly right there. A piece of shelf will go over it.

The Ikea Kallax pieces were finally in stock at Ikea, and they were brought in and assembled. 

The lower cubes seemed to meet with approval of the inspectors. I chose one Kallax section with 4 cubes x 4 cubes, and one with 2 cubes x 4 cubes. This created a wall of cubes that are 6 high by 4 wide. All of these pieces are well attached to the wall.

Do you see the space between the new Kallax units and an existing piece to the right? It's just over 5" wide.

I found this little rolly cart (on Amazon) that is 5.1" wide and it fits ALL of my sprays. I would probably not normally get a cart this tall and narrow because it's a bit tippy, but it fits right into that space and is perfect for holding the sprays. I only need to pull it out a little to reach sprays in the back.

The shelf that was once over the desk in the craft room was cut up and used in a couple of places

One piece still holds a small stereo and a DVD player for the TV

Some of the shelf pieces are being used to expand storage above the drawers

I was so happy to move all of my paper colors to once place where I could put them in rainbow order. One whole row of the Kallax is taken up with paper. I used to have it in a couple of places in the room. 

Before the Kallax pieces were available, I lined the cardstock up in my dining room, putting it in rainbow order with the neutrals at the end. Each type of cardstock is in job ticket holders, and organized in magazine files. I learned this storage method from Jennifer McGuire.  

I made less changes to the North wall of the room, but some of the things that were here went into the boxes in the Kallax, and I re-sorted some other things. Overall it looks much better, at least to me.

Most of my stamps are in the bins on the shelves shown above. I have unmounted almost all of them. I have them sorted by category. The ones I couldn't bear to unmount (especially my Fred Mullett stamps) are on the picture shelves above the couch.

All of the boxes in the Kallax unit are now labeled. I first put a piece of acetate on the cardboard boxes and then put the label onto the acetate. That's so if things change (which they always do), I can change the label for that box without damaging the box.

I chose black and white boxes because there were not any colored boxes that I liked at my Ikea. I didn't want to use all black or all white because it would look like a monolith. My plans are to make artworks for most of the boxes that will correspond to what is in the box, to break up the monotone look of the boxes. That will be done as future projects.

I was asked to say what things I got rid of during this process. I got rid of about half of the scissors that were in the box I showed you in the last post about this project. I also got rid of some stamps and dies; various tools, markers and inks. In some cases, this was due to duplicates, but also things I know I won't use again. Out is the large circular pencil holder that sat on my desk, as well as my kit I used to take to class. One heat gun is also out, as I have too many for just me.

A friend who has inspired me to clean things out has described the process as being like peeling the layers of an onion. This project was really just the first layer. One of the things that helps is to get all "like" things in the same place. 

Doing this made me realize things like that I have 6 powder tools (the tool that you use when you are going to heat emboss and you want to prevent getting embossing powder where you don't want it). I also have 4 of the old fashioned type of stamp alignment tool. (I don't need these as much now that I use the MISTI tool, but I will probably keep one of these for aligning wood stamps and other techniques). I know I have these extras because I once taught classes, but since I don't plan to teach in the future, it's time to get rid of some of my duplicates. I'm not even sure why I have so many stylus tools and brayers. I haven't gotten rid of all of these things yet, but that's definitely going to be part of the second layer of cleaning out.

I did a lot of cleaning out in the closet of the craft room. I'm not showing it now, but I was happy that I cleaned everything off the floor of the closet, and I can get to pretty much everything in there. There are still 3 shelves that I need to clean out, but that will be for layer 2. I will collect some pictures and maybe do one more post to show you if you like.

I'm super happy with how things have turned out for this project so far. I love my workspace now. It's easy to work there and easy to put things away afterward, so it actually stays pretty clean. Here's a final picture that I think is funny.

This is a rack that my husband once made for me to hold washi tape. I outgrew it some time ago and I only had unloved, rather ugly washi tape on it (those also went out) and it just sat on my former desk, unused. It now has a new life in the kitchen as a drying rack for washed zip lock bags. Perfect right?