Hi! I’m so super excited that today brings the very first Bloom Girlsmonthly challenge. We’ll be posting an inspiration photo on the Bloom Girls Design Team Blog every month (the first of which you can see right below) and from that photo let your creativity SOAR!! You don’t even have to use a Bloom Girls stamp!! (But, if you have any, please do…wink, wink.)
So, for the Bloom Girls August Challenge you can see the gorgeous colors thatJamie chose and the stamp featured is “Free Spirit”. Isn’t she beautiful? Use anything that you see and get inspired!! :)
Here is what I created:
She is soooo much prettier in real life. I’m fairly certain I need a different camera lens or SOMETHING to be able to capture all the loveliness in my canvases. It’s getting frustrating. There’s a lot of shimmer, shine, and depth that’s just not coming through. :( I hope you like it anyway.
Jamie’s stamps are amazing and they have so much detail. If you’re into mixed media or coloring with Copics…they’re perfect. Make sure to check out the blog to see what the other designers have done! And play along. Most of the flowers are all part of Jamie’s line, too. So many beautiful things!
And, last but NOT least, there is also a wonderful prize package up for grabs from Jamie to one randomly selected participant so you will really, really, really want to play along!! ;)
Wishing you all a wonderfully creative and inspirational week…
If you’ve already been checking out the first two days I’m sure you’ve been WOW’ed by the projects on both blogs! You just can’t go wrong with the papers byGraphic 45paired up with the dimension, keepsake envelopes, and wonderful adhesives byScrapbook Adhesives by 3L®
Wouldn’t you agree with that? A girl should always be classy and fabulous! (The shiny goodness on my card on the roses is Glass Bead Glitter Gel from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and it is amazing!)
Enter through the Rafflecopter app on each blog each day with a comment. Additional entries are available by commenting on our Instagram Page, be sure to tell us your profile name on the Rafflecopter app. You can also enter a third time via Facebook. Either click through the Rafflecopter app to comment on our Facebook page, or click on the Giveaway tab on our Facebook page. Each day there will be 2-3 new blogs to visit, and you can enter each day! Then visit Graphic 45to enter their drawings too!
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Hey there! Happy Sunday. :) I have a fun dimensional window card on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® blog today. It even comes complete with a snazzy tutorial that I made just for you…yes, YOU! :)
I wish you all could see just how cool this card is. The inside of the card fits perfectly into the front of the card. And the vellum sentiment doesn’t interfere in the slightest. It’s just so lovely. I may be a tad proud. Although, my photography skills are sorely lacking. Sorry. And…apparently I’m a vellum addict.
Anyway! Thanks for joining me today to see the window card I made. Tomorrow starts the Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Blog Hop that’s going on all week long. It’s going to be awesome. I’ll be up on Wednesday, but be sure to stay tuned all week long for giveaways!
Hi everyone! Hope you’ve all been having a great week and have had a chance to participate in the Bring Back Nice Blog Hop below. :) Today I’m bringing you a tag that I have up on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® blog. It was really easy to make and I love this stamp set from Donna Downey sooooo much! I’m calling it my Beautiful Tag. :) Original, huh?
All the steps to make the tag are on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® blog today, so please stop on over to see how easy it is to make. And those flowers? Gorgeous, right? Part of my DT package for the Bloom Girls. Everything just flowed together making this tag. The colors of the Gelatos®, the colors of the flowers….the stamp set!! All so beautiful! I hope you think so, too.
Thanks for stopping by today! More to come soon! Yay! :)
Hi! Lisa here and welcome to my stop on the Bring Back Nice blog hop! You should have reached my blog from Tiffany Kummer’s blog (LINK), but if not, you can always see the full blog list below and start at the top of the hop.
Our mission is simply to Bring Back Nice. Ashley Nguyen Newell started the movement on a Facebook page also called Bring Back Nice and it’s a simple mission. Find ways to be nicer to each other. Say Thank You more often. Pay for someones coffee. Send a card for no reason. Put your phone away when having lunch. We’ve all gotten so caught up in our own lives that we’ve simply forgotten HOW to be nice.
I made a little box using my Silhouette (nothing fancy), but for anyone that leaves me a comment on how YOU’VE been nice and enters in the giveaway I’ll have a $25 gift certificate to Ellen Hutson available and yes, this will be open to International commenters, too.
Where to start… I guess at the beginning, right? Always a good place. There is an amazingly talented artist that I’ve gotten the pleasure of knowing who designs for Primanamed Jamie Dougherty. Her stamp, paper, and creative line is called Bloom Girls. And it is unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. The “girls” she draws are full of emotion, with flowers, and butterflies, and so many other stunning elements. GORGEOUS!!
So, fast forward. Jamie decided to have a Design Team call. Her first ever. I love her work. And I thought and thought about applying. But I didn’t think I’d be good enough. That what *I* do could possibly measure up. But then after I thought about it more, and praying about it. I knew I had to overcome my fear and apply. Jamie’s Bloom Girls call to my soul. And I knew that if I didn’t apply, I’d regret it. I don’t want to live in regret…so I applied.
Woooohooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! I’m so excited!! When I got the e-mail I thought it was a joke. Maybe a cruel accident? But, nope. I am an inaugural member of the very first Bloom Girl Design Team and I couldn’t be more excited. So proud to say that I’m a Bloom Girl.
If you are unfamiliar with Jamie’s work (for some reason) I urge you to look on Jamie’s websiteHEREor Prima’s site HERE(the Prima link only shows the new items and Jamie’s link doesn’t.)
The blog for the Bloom Girls to see what we’re creating is: http://bloomgirlsdesignteam.blogspot.com/ I hope you’ll add it to your favorite reader. I don’t expect to get my supplies for a few weeks as Jamie is getting ready to take off to teach in AUSTRALIA!! But, stay tuned just the same. :)
It’s really turning out to be a wonderfully creative year for me and I’m so very thankful. ♥
I’ve done a little bit of mold making when I was a kid…candles, that kind of thing. But, this takes mold making to a whole different level. I decided to use a metal bird as my “master”. And from the Mixed Media with Gelatos KitI used the Cold Porcelain to cast my bird. I decided to used the flat side instead of the textured side, because it just looked better when it came out of the mold. Plus, this allowed me to really add color, etc.
Then I started to build my pages:
I started by using the Mango Gelato® and the Whipped Spackle and mixing them together and then using one of the stencils in the kit to create this textured background on the acetate sheet. Then I just smeared the three colors included in the kit (Mango, Gold Champagne, and Bubble Gum) onto the acetate, stamped by word “believe”, added washi tape to the side, and adhered my bird.
This is the wood board in the kit, which was a LOT of fun! I first toned it down and primed it with a light coat of Gesso (included in the kit) and then I added the 3 colors of Gelatos® as seen above – Mango, Bubble Gum, then Gold Champagne.
I used a baby wipe to get the colors to blend together without disrupting the nature of the wood board. (Since it’s not real wood.) Then I added black/white polka dot washi tape and sealed it down by brushing on some Gel Medium (you guessed it! Also, in the kit.)
I stamped my word “dream” on the side of the panel, then added a little more of the yummy Whipped Spackle using the palette knife from out Gelatos® Tool Set through some punchinella.
I apparently deleted some of my photos (I’m so sorry!), but here’s what I did on this one: this is canvas! I first stamped it three times, then I put it in an embossing folder (some of the lines show up IRL) and ran it through my Vagabond, then I used the other stencil and rubbed the Mango Gelato® first through the stencil at the top of the canvas, then using the Gold Champagne at the bottom. Using my fingers I rubbed the Gelato® of each color thoroughly into the canvas. Then I rubbed the Bubble Gum around the edges. THEN…(lots of steps, but it goes quickly) I spritzed the whole things with water as you see in the pic below.
(what it looks like dry)
Then I decided to add the stencil ONE MORE TIME! Using the Whipped Spackle again and adding a small wooden embellishment that I colored with the Bubble Gum Gelato® and Glass Bead Glitter Gel.
For some reason I skipped taking pics of the my process making the next page. Hmmm… but here it is finished! LOL! I used the Gel Medium, Glaze, the Gelatos®, and the tissue papers from the kit.
The next one was sooooo fun and soooo easy!! I used the watercolor paper for this one. I swear, if I could make a ton of pages like this? I would!! ♥ It’s really just watered down and splattered Gelatos®!!! Really easy to do. Just rub a Gelato® of your choice into your work surface, add water. Then take a paint brush and add it to your Gelato®/water mixture and then flick it over your project. I then smooshed the paper into the left over color, too. After that I rubbed Gesso onto the lid of a large circular container and added the circles onto the paper. I stamped the word “imagine” and I was done!
For this one I just added strips of washi and then added Gel Medium to make sure that they were well adhered. Then I created custom Gelato® “drip” colors by smashing up a small part of each Gelato® and then mixing each one with water (separately) into the Drip Dropper. I then had each color Gelato® drip onto the page. So pretty! After that dried, I stamped the word “Create” from an alphabet stamp set and then the word “joy”.
These little journaling books are a great way to keep you inspired and to expand your creativity. There are so many tools included as well as the tips and techniques.
I hope that you enjoyed a look at my little Mixed Media Journal and my funky little Composi-Mold bird. :) I can’t tell you HOW many times I tried to make that bird, but let me just say that it’s a good thing that stuff is reusable up to 35 times. Hahhaha!!
In our house we love the 4th of July. We get the best seats in the house for the fireworks as there is a college and a golf course very close by that put on shows and we get to see BOTH! It’s awesome.
But, it’s not just that. Every day I’m just thankful to be an American. I take my rights and my freedoms very seriously. And I think that a day like Independence Day should be celebrated, but we should also remember what we’re celebrating and why. We tend to forget these things and neglect to teach our children the importance of history.
So enjoy my super cute card. :) But don’t forget to raise your flag on the 4th. And maybe say the Pledge of Allegiance, if you remember it. And then come back here and look at my cute card again. Hahha! Okay, okay…I know I’m pushing it. I wish you all a wonderful week and a healthy, happy holiday.
Today is my last day as Guest Designer on the Penny Black blog. I hope that you’ve enjoyed the different creations I’ve had the pleasure of creating for Penny Black. It’s been a fun week. I tried to make each day VERY different and to make the most of their beautiful stamps, dies, and stencils.
My last post is no different. Well, it is. Meaning, that is is VERY different. You know what I mean? Hahah! I hope you enjoy this last sneak peek. It’s my way of saying “Thank you” for your support, comments, love, pins, tweets, facebook shares, and everything else. Trust me when I say that I appreciate ALL of it. You all mean so, so much to me.
This card goes live shortly after midnight on the PB Blog 6/27 – which is tonight (or tomorrow, depending how you look at it).
Thanks for being there every day for me this week. I wish I could hug you ALL!! ♥
Wow!! I can’t believe it’s already Day FOUR of my Guest Design week on the Penny Black blog. Can you? It’s going by so fast.
I loved the card that I made for Day 3 sooooo much. I used a lot of wood veneer and cork to create all that texture along with cardstock weight vellum. *sigh* I may keep that card forever. ;)
ANYWAY! This is about day four!! And, of course, I have another sneak peek for you:
The full reveal goes live shortly after midnight tonight (PST – June 26th) so make sure that you check out the Penny Black blog to see how easy this one is to make. All the supplies/instructions for every card that I make are given on their blog.
Thanks so much for all your support and love. ♥ See you tomorrow! xoxo