Friday, July 10, 2015

Experimentation with 3D embossing folders

Hope you are having a good summer ... the weather here on the West Coast has been hot, hot, hot!  We had a heat wave with forest fires in the interior and up a bit more North ... so much smoke in the air even in the city.  It has started to lift, luckily, but the usual gorgeous ocean views are a bit muted even still.

Here are some pictures from a walk along the sea wall last night:

 And here are the views you usually can see:

Crazy, right?  Well, the weather has started to cool and we are supposed to get some rain this week (less than 1 mm but better than nothing!) so things are looking up. 

Ok, on to the crafty part of this post ... :)

I was so excited to use my new Next Level 3D embossing folders and PTI dies... what fun!  The folders are from We R Memory Keepers.   The cool thing is that they emboss on many different levels so they are something fun and new.  

I bought the Gemstone pack because I love hexagons and the other one really intrigued me too.

I made a super simple embossed panel in Gina K orange and added a PTI Tropical Teal Scripted die cut using four layers built up with some Glossy Accents in between.  Sometimes I add some of this adhesive to the top for some shine but I kept this card super simple.  I did pop the panel up with some foam dots onto a piece of Recollections 110lb cream card stock for added dimension.  It was a bit tight in an A2 envelope but still fit just fine!

I found the best way to use these embossing folders with my Big Kick was to leave all the tabs on the multi purpose platform and then just one cutting plate.  If you are not getting quite enough pressure, you can add a piece of card stock or two.  Because of the multiple levels of embossing, two plates is far too much!  You could add an embossing mat if you so desire.  Experimentation is key!  And don't force it - I broke a machine that way a while back ... Lesson learned! *wink*

I will post another card soon with the other embossing folder - it is gorgeous too!!  I have done some experimenting but haven't finished these cards:
But you can see the amazing dimension with these folders - love them!!

Any new purchases you have made lately?  Please share ... we crafty gals are such enablers! Tee hee!!

If you have a moment, check out my gently used item sale here.  I have stamps, ink pads and other things too ...

Happy summer!

Monday, June 29, 2015

PTI Make it Monday #216 - Hello there

This week, over on Nichole's blog the uber talented Laura Bassen is showing how to dress up cover plates.
I had a great time mixing Perfect Pearls with inks and painting away on a water colour piece of paper die cut with the Circles cover plate.
I added a piece of water colour paper in behind with some splashes of colour and impressed it with the In Bloom impression plate.  I love the look this gives peeking out!
I then used a Scripted die to cut some Enchanted Evening card stock - a nice colour combination with the pinks and the navy.
 You can see the Perfect Pearl pearlescent sheen a bit better here:
The inks were a combination of Avery Elle and Fresh inks blended with Pefect Pearl pearlescent poweder and water.

If you have a moment, check out my crafty sale of items including a brand new ombre ink pad:

Thursday, June 25, 2015

June 2015 Papertrey Blog Hop: Just because

This month, I was able to participate in the Papertrey Blog Hop with new release products - they arrived just this afternoon!  The school year has just ended and now I have some time to get crafty!
I took a piece of Recollections gray card stock as my base and cut a 110lb cream Recollections piece with the diagonal cover plate.  I layered that over with a glue pen and then went to town with my Fresh Ink in peach on a piece of card stock before die cutting my (brand spanking new!!) Scripted word.
I added a Bloomers die cut and stamped piece (also brand spanking new!!) using Fresh Ink in turquoise and Versafine Onyx Black.
A little foam tape and gluing and that was it!

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy the hop and check out my sale of crafty items - I even have a brand new ombre ink pad for sale.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Father's Day card - love

I have been a bit obsessed with cover plates.  I made a card set of cover plate cards (see my instagram account) and made another for my Father's Day card.  A simple design - a black cover plate die cut over a cream card base.
 I added a blinked Wet Paint die cut in gold glittered paper with five layers below of cardstock to add some dimension and pop it up a bit.  Super simple but well received by my dear father. <3 p="">

And here is a sympathy card I made for a colleague - very simple.  I used the Giga Guidelines medallion with a Graceful Garden sentiment.
I used my trusty MISTI to do some ombre stamping with two aqua Avery Elle colours.  I love that you can stamp over and over again in the same position for some depth.
The background is the Text Impression plate for some texture.  I love my impression plates for this very purpose!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Watercolor Blog Hop - hello

Over at Pretty Pink Posh, Paulina is hosting a fabulous blog hop:
Gorgeous inspiration, right?  I decided to make a simple card with some watercolouring.
I swiped some different Avery Elle inks mixed with water over a piece of thick Strathmore water colour paper.
When that was dry, I took a PTI Hello die and die cut the word cut out, keeping the negative of the e and o.
I popped up the panel on a teal card base (paper from PTI) with lots and lots of foam tape and added back the negative pieces.  Now that it is photographed, I see it needs a little bling so I will be adding some sequins, for sure!

Thanks for stopping by.  Check out my crafty sale, if you like. I even have an ombre ink pad for sale!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

embossing with a little water colouring

I had fun making a simple card with a You are my sunshine embossing folder from WRMK and some Fresh and Avery Elle inks mixed  with my aqua brush.
 I did some loose water colouring over the words for some emphasis and colour.
A few more images:
What fun this was!

Monday, March 30, 2015

PTI Make it Monday #207: Double Partial Die Cutting

The phenomenal Laura Bassen shows us how to do double partial die cutting and I haven't done this awesome technique for a while.  My first try had some slightly over zealous cutting and I cut too far with one of the Wet Paint dies since I couldn't see ... next time I will try with a negative piece to position it better ...
I took a cursive Hugs die and a circle die and did the partial die cutting on a Recollections 110lb white card front.  I also die cut four more Hugs die cuts to pop it up and add some dimension combined with foam tape.
I stamped progressively darker colours using the Irresistible Ikat set and then added some Text Impressions dry embossing with one of the PTI impression plates - love those to add a little extra somethin' somethin' ... :)
 Here you can see some of the texture and die cutting up close:
Inside I used the ampersand from Bountiful Banners and the Easter wishes stamp from Mega Mixed Messages - so many useful sentiments in that jam packed set!
Hope you have fun with this week's challenge!!

Check out my sale of crafty items - stamps, an ink pad and some other assorted items!! Oh, and I bought two of the Hero Arts ombre ink pads (mint to green), so if anyone is interested in buying one still sealed, just leave your email and info in a comment!!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

PTI Make it Monday #206: Mixing Stamped Patterns

Danielle Flanders did such an amazing job on this week's Make it Monday mixing her gorgeous creations ... I had a great time stamping my patterns but then got stuck trying to put them together to make some cards.  I am not enamoured with them all but will still share ...

I took my colours from some pictures from Rifle Paper Co. - I just love their modern whimsical designs!
I did some swatches to see how they look together:
 And here are my designs using all PTI products - Irresistible Ikat, Ombre Builder, Watercolour Wonder, Leave it Be and Swoosh.
My first card is quite ethereal and hard to photograph with pale subtle colours.  I used a Feather Finery die with the Leave it Be, layered some foam tape using the Ikat polka strip and a Wet Paint III die cut with a portion of the Ombre builder.
 I rounded the corners with a Corner Chomper and that's about it!  A very simple pale pastel card.
My next card is not my fave but I will show you anyhow .... I used a Wet Paint III die on a bunch of different patterns that I had stamped:
 Five patterns are included here with various scales ... some worked better with this die than others. :)
This next one only uses two patterns but I like the layout of it.  I took a Kraft card base and laid a Watercolour Wonder striped piece over, matting and centring it.  I then used a circle die to cut out the centre.
I stacked four die cut layers of Recollections 110lb white card stock with the top being an Ombre Builders pattern from one of the sheets I stamped.
My last card also only uses two patterns but I thought I would share it anyhow:
I used an Aqua Mist card base, the Leave it Be background layered with a DCWV black chalkboard scrap and the Swoosh pattern.
Thank you to Danielle for challenging me to try a bunch of different patterns ... it was a lot of fun even though I found this to be rather difficult ... Nevertheless, I tried my best.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Lovely Laurels layered leaves

I made a few cards before I headed off to San Francisco for spring break but didn't have a chance to post them.  Now that I'm home, I finally had a chance to snap some pictures of these simple one layer cards ...
I got a new PTI order and did some experimenting with Lovely Laurels, Meadow Greens and my Avery Elle inks.  I used my trusty MISTI and did some layers of different coloured inks to add dimension to the leaves.
The MISTI makes it so easy to layer the colours and stamp in the exact same spot.  Love the ease of this tool!
On this card, I added some Glossy Accents on the leaves - love the little something extra this gives to one layer cards.

Check out my crafty sale of items HERE

Paper: Recollections 110lb white
Stamps: PTI Lovely Laurels, Meadow Greens (sentiments)
Ink: AE mint to be, aquamarine, fog

Monday, March 2, 2015

Avery Elle ink comparison to Fresh inks

I had some questions about the comparison between Fresh inks and Avery Elle inks so I took some pictures to compare the two.  (note- they are both hybrid pigment inks, meaning that they are quick drying full coverage inks, perfect for clear stamps.)  The colours are vivid and, in my opinion, gorgeous!

I have taken pictures in colour families and some closeups with similar shades.  I used my phone so the pictures might be an odd size ... just go with it! :)  And for larger zoomed in images, click on the picture to see it better.

the pink hues:
AE orchid is a bit more purple in tone 
but FI sugar and AE pixie are very similar.

 the purple and red hues:
 FI silver lilac is a pale greyish purple hue.  Stunning in person.  
FI merlot is a deep red, just like a good Merlot wine.  
AE sugar plum is a deep magenta.

 Above and below are the reds ... FI fuschia could've been in the pink section as it is a reddish pink shade, like its namesake, fuschia. :)

the yellows and oranges:

FI mango and AE mimosa are the only 
two similar ones but FI mango is a little bit deeper and darker.

 the green hues:

 FI mint and AE mint to be are very similar ....

It's hard to tell here but FI pear is a light powdery spring moss sort of shade.
And FI tuscan olive is a darker green than AE lemon grass which is a brighter more lime shade.

the greys and browns:
 ** FI blue sage could be in the blue section or the greys as it's a pale blue grey.  
I put it in this category as well so you can see it compared to FI provincial gray.

So there you have it - some ink comparisons from my Fresh and Avery Ele collection!  Easily stamped with my MISTI, pigment inks, PTI tag sale die and a stamp from PTI's Four Square.

Hopefully this is helpful to people looking to broaden their ink collection. :)

my original AE ink collection post here
crafty sale of items here