Thursday, March 23, 2017

New 2017 Ai Watercolors

If you're a fan of the Art Impressions Watercolor collection of stamps - you're going to be in heaven!  Ai has just released ten new watercolor stamp sets: new containers, flowers & foliage - and my favourites... kittens, birds & bunnies.  Oh, and there's a brand new sentiment set made especially to work with the watercolor sets.  I have two cards to share today, scroll down to see which new sets I've used:
 Look closely - can you see the little bird's nest?  It's possibly my favourite stamp of the new release!
 The inside sentiment on this card is "Your kindness spreads like sunshine".  Both cards are using pots from WC Ornate Container Set (Sku #4870); Greenery from WC Foliage Set 2 New (Sku #4867); Flowers from WC Flower Set 2 (Sku #4868) and Wooden Chair Mini Set (Sku #4876).  The grass is from Foliage Set (Sku #4051).  Both sentiments are from WC Sentiments Set (Sku #4903).
 I kept both card designs fairly simple, as I really wanted the paintings to be the focus.  I used a mixture of both Tombow and Marvy markers along with my Ai #6 paintbrush.  Be sure to head over to the Art Impressions blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has to share today.
Happy painting!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Farmer's Market Watercolour

 I'm combining a bit of old & new today.  Last fall I painted up several images using WC Series 3 Set #1 (Sku #4056) and WC Series 3 Set # 2(Sku #4057) by Art Impressions.  I had always thought of these as "harvest/fall" stamps... until I saw this watercolor tutorial by Kendra Krebs - and she used it as a spring/farmer's market theme.    Here is one of the images that I painted, that I made up into a springlike card, along with the brand new WC Sentiments Set (Sku #4903):
 I used some smooth watercolour paper along with my Tombow & Marvy markers, then softened the lines and pulled out the colour with a damp paintbrush.  I added a little bit of sky, and stamped the sentiment once everything was dry.  After matting, I used pop dots to mount it, and tied some Maya Road twine underneath.

The grass is from Foliage Set (Sku #4051).  You can find a wide range of Marvy Markers on the Art Impressions website here.  Happy painting!


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things #48

Welcome to another week of Inspired By All The Little Things!  I am the challenge hostess this week, and have chosen a dreamy night sky photo as our inspiration.  I had a great time trying a new combo of distress inks to give me a colourful sky, and then I used my white Sharpie fine point marker to add my stars.  I am using High Hopes Rubber Stamps on today's card - here is Blinky Owl, who I masked and then stamped the Tree Stump behind him:
The sky is a little darker/more navy-ish in real life, giving it a night sky look.  *I have invited the talented Leanne Elliott as my Guest Designer this week, so head on over to the blog to see what she & our talented Design Team have come up with.  Here is our inspiration photo:


Thursday, March 16, 2017

One Crazy Stamper Card Kit #10

Hello One Crazy Stamper fans!  I have another Card Kit to share with you today.  There are a total of six new kits debuting at Scrapfest in Kitchener, Ontario - April 7th & 8th, all using High Hopes Rubber Stamps.  Today's card features Buddy Makes a Friend TT072 and Fancy Script Happy Birthday HH019:
 Card Kits come with the two stamps shown here, plus all of the cut pieces, card bases and envelopes to make four identical cards.  A full colour instruction sheet is included with the card, along with Copic marker suggestions and all of the cutting measurements for you to make more cards.  Kits are $22 - there are a limited number available, and *if* there are any leftover after Scrapfest, you'll see them in the OCS store.
Happy stamping!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Shop Hop Needle Case

 
I'm here with the March edition of Tuesday Threads with Karen... using the pretty Art Impressions Shop Hop fabrics designed by Bonnie Krebs, available through Henry Glass Co.
I have a needle case to share with you today!  Both my Mother & Grandmother used to have these in their sewing rooms to keep all of their handsewing needles and pins organized, so I thought I'd make one for myself.  Here's what I started with:
 I used my rotary cutter to cut two 8" x 12" pieces of fabric for the base, and one 6" x 12" piece to use as a pocket.  I had a matching piece of felt that I cut down to 6" x 10" and some bias binding tape.
 I cut a piece of Heat n Bond high loft Fusible Fleece from Therm O Web slightly larger than my base pieces, and sandwiched it between the two.
 I used my sewing machine to quilt the three layers together, and wanted to share my hi-tech method of how I kept my stitching lines straight!  I put a piece of masking tape on the diagonal, and sewed along the edge, then I moved it over repeatedly until the entire piece was quilted.
I absolutely love the effect!  The Heat n Bond fleece is only about 1/8" thick - perfect for this project.
 I finished off the top edge of the pocket, then stitched it down to the base.
On the outside of the needle case, I used Heat n Bond Lite iron-on adhesive to attach two semi circles of contrasting fabric.  I used a zigzag stitch around them to finish the edges.
 I used my machine to sew the bias binding around the edges (and taught myself how to mitre the corners!).  I didn't trust my ability to neatly topstitch the binding on the flip side... so I used a blind stitch to finish it by hand.  Then I centered the piece of felt on the inside, and stitched it down the center - this created the fold in the case.  I added a button and loop closure, and it was done!
 This is a great little project that helps to keep your supplies organized, and makes a cute addition to your sewing room.  I'll see you next month with another sewing project!


Saturday, March 11, 2017

One Crazy Stamper Card Kit

Hello everyone!  I posted this over on the One Crazy Stamper blog, to share with you one of the card kits I've designed, that One Crazy Stamper will have available at Scrapfest in April.  Here is Kovu & Fred TT074 and You Make Me Smile GG08 both from High Hopes Rubber Stamps:
 All card kits include the stamps shown here, with enough cut pieces, card bases and envelopes to complete four identical cards.  You'll also get a full colour photo with instructions for assembly.  I'll be back next week with another kit card.  See you at Scrapfest in Kitchener, April 7th & 8th!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Ai Watercolor Minis!

 The Art Impressions Design Team are showing off the new Ai Watercolor Mini sets, as well as two new flower/foliage sets, and a Watercolor Sentiments stamp set (you'll love this!)
A few weeks ago I had a very productive afternoon painting with a bunch of the new Ai Watercolor sets (so you'll be seeing a few more from me this spring!).  Today I'm sharing a card made with Wooden Chair Mini Set (Sku #4876):
 The set includes the chair, two flowers, a vine and a flower pot.  I used the vine in the set to create my rustic little vine wreath, by stamping it four times to create the wreath shape, and tried to make it look as if it's hanging off the edge of the chair.  The smaller flowers are from WC Flower Set 2 (Sku #4868), the grass is from Foliage Set (Sku #4051) and the bird is from WC Birds Set (Sku #4872).  After double matting, I used pop dots to elevate the image, and stamped a sentiment from WC Sentiments Set (Sku #4903) directly onto my card base.
 I used Marvy Markers on some smooth watercolor paper for my project - you can find a wide range of Marvy Markers on the Art Impressions website here.
Happy painting!

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