Monday, March 2, 2015

Words Cannot Espresso....

Hi Friends and Stampers,

It's time for me to show you some Monday Inspiration .    Today, I want to Espresso how much you mean to me....


I love coffee and teacups.  And I do love my coffee in teacups sometimes, lol.   This was a really quick 30 minute card and if one were better organized, it could be knocked down to 15 lol.   Love these cute teacups and I plan on using this die over and over again.  the Perk Up sayings are perfect for any coffee card.  

I had a very busy and quick weekend :(  Back to work for me.  I had to do a bunch of shopping.  My Oldest son is getting married in Vegas next weekend and we procrastinated our clothes shopping, lol. He is getting married at The Paris and it's an after 5 cocktail theme.  Oh this fat body has no little black dresses, lol.   So off to Lane Giant I went and low and behold, I did find two.  One for the rehearsal dinner and one for the wedding.....that was super duper clearance and so perfect for this event!  $29.95!  Score.  The other was $58.00 but I will wear it again and again.  It's multifunctional, lol.   Plus my very dear friend is also getting married next month and so I will no doubt wear that to her wedding.  And then we found clothes and outfitted the guys.  So now I am down to finding shoes to fit my 2X4 feet.   Why are all shoes so narrow?  So every day this week, I am out in search of very wide and appropriate black shoes that won't kill my feet with a low heel, wish me luck! 

I also did make it to my very good friends wedding shower this weekend, so there was some fun involved.  Tonight we also watched Big Hero 6.   We bought the DVD because we just loved seeing it at the movies.  

Okay, I am off to bed now.  Don't forget to check out the New Items Laura has added and this is your last day to play in our current challenge, there is a New challenge tomorrow! Oh and I have BLOG CANDY  - go check it out!

Holly

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sensational Sunday Inspirations + CANDY

Good Morning Stampers!

Welcome to the Loves Rubberstamps weekly Sensational Sunday Blog Hop! The Design Team has created some gorgeous projects for your Inspiration. Check out each link and leave a comment. If you get lost along the way, each stop will have a full list of links. One of the Design Team posts is the hop's Sensational Sunday Sweet Spot and a name will be drawn from that list of comments to be in a monthly drawing for a $20 Loves Rubberstamps Gift Voucher! We will draw the winner of the Voucher the 1st Sunday of each month from all the comments left on the design team blogs! Remember, you have until 8:00 pm CST Saturday to leave your comments!

IT IS MARCH!! I can't believe it is here already! Spring will be here soon....I can't wait!! Even though right now it certainly doesn't feel like it with our temperature here in Iowa right at 1 degree and we are supposed to drop to -7 by morning. Brrrrr....

With this being the 1st Sunday of the new month we need to draw our $20.00 gift voucher winner for February! The winner was drawn from Tiziana's Blog from the week February 22nd...

Here are your random numbers:
7
Timestamp: 2015-03-01 06:47:24 UTC

Lucky Comment #7 - Tilly - who said: loving your book, it's very sweet, thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz challenge Tilly

Congraulations Tilly! Please send an email to claim your $20.00 gift voucher by March 8th to Lovesrubberstamps@yahoo.com

Here is another look at Tiziana's STUNNING altered book from that hop...



Tiziana used a Gorjuss Girls stamp that she colored with her copics. Those beautiful papers are also from the Gorjuss Girls line. I am totally addicted to these papers!  They have such beautiful rich colors that have a distressed touch! I am super excited to say that we are expecting a LOT of new Gorjuss girls products that are scheduled to arrive the end of March! New stamps, papers, accessories....loads of fun stuff! Be sure to mark your calendars! 

Now let's hop along and see what the Design Team ladies have in store for you...

Laura - Loves Rubberstamps Blog - You are here...
Thanks for stopping by!
Laura!


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Amazing, Beautiful, Fabulous YOU!


Happy Saturday Friends!  It's Marcy here with a fun card share for today.  I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend so far!

Here is my card...


I had been making so many Valentine's Day cards for the last month that it felt a little odd at first to make something completely different.  Well that didn't last too long when I took out my bin of cute MFT Pure Innocence stamp sets!  These images are so adorable and so much fun to color up with my copics.  This PI girl comes from a set called Make a Wish.  After coloring, I cut her out on stitched circle die and then added some handmade banners made using the gorgeous Fabulous collection by Simple Stories.  The kraft background is embossed with some polka dots and I also used my white gel pen to run some stitches around the border.  I added a few enamel dots to finish off my card.

Here is the full supply list for my card:
Make a Wish - PI Collection by My Favorite Things
Fabulous - Simple Stories
Mustard Seed - Tim Holtz distress ink
Black Tuxedo - Memento Ink

Make sure to check out the Loves Rubberstamps store to see all of the Pure Innocence collection stamp sets by My Favorite Things!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Saturday!

Hugs,
Marcy

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Create Magic

 I couldn't help it and had to do a little more mixed media again! This card was created for Loves Rubberstamps. This time I play more with teals and a little texture! 


I had no idea what I was doing. This was just total play time I will admit. Then I have these canvas tags in my stash and I thought TEXTURE. 


I did use some dimensional paint again and thought the shimmer of the brown paint complimented my distress edges!



Thanks so much for joining me today. Keep coming back for more inspiration!

Items Used:
Prima Stamps - Finnabair Now is the Right Time (Coming Soon)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mixed Media Clouds


Hi Friends and Stampers,

Happy Holly-Day Monday.  I hope your week is off to a good start!!!  Today is my day to show you some inspiration.    Mixed media has always fascinated me.   It's not really my style but I used to do a lot of it in Grade School, lol.  I have been inspired by others incorporating their mixed media into their cute and whimsical styles, so I thought I would have a go at it.

MFT BB - Some Bunny
Wink of Stella Clear

For the clouds, I used a Cloud Stencil.   I used a Gelatos Blue and mixed in some Light Modeling Paste.  I used the the tools from the mix and match Gelatos Tool Set. 


(Pay no attention to the back ground creative clutter!) You can see I literally took the cap off the Gelatos and like a crayon, I marked on my my re-usable non-stick craft sheet.  (Which, by the way, I saw on another blog that someone had purchased a craft mat and taped on their non-stick craft sheet and just uses it for her mixed media and other projects.  That way it does not roll and you can pull it out any time you need to use it.  I LOVE this.)    Then I used the spatula and took out a glob of the light modeling paste.    Then I just mixed them together with the other mixing tool brush.  Then I placed the stencil over the paper and applied the mixture to the paper with the mixing tool brush.  And then I set it aside to let it dry.   I checked back in a couple hours and it was dry.   When I push down on it, it is hard but not the brittle breakable kind of hard, so I would feel comfortable sending this in the mail.  I was very pleased with the texture it added to the clouds and to the card.   Something different.

And since I had ALL those Gelato Colors out:

MIX & MATCH GELATOS GIFT SET from Faber-Castell
I decided to see if I could water color the images I used.



And I did.  Again, I colored onto my non-stick sheet, used an old cheap paint brush and added drops of water to the colors and mixed with the same brush.  For darker areas, I dabbed the brush in water, tipped some of the water off and then picked up the color off the sheet and applied it to the image.   It was so fun and easy.   As you can see, I decided to change the color of the basket after I snapped this picture.  

From the Gelatos mixed set above, you can see that there is a couple sponges.  I took a sponge and picked up some of the Gelato and water mixture and then sponged the designer paper and the white paper around the edges to add some dimension. 

I had a lot of fun with this one!  I will be breaking out the Gelatos again and again.  I would like to add some more mediums to stash.  Laura has a few in her store that I am going to be picking up soon. 

GESSO JAR 100ml from Faber-Castell

GLAZE JAR 100ml from Faber-Castell


WHIPPED SPACKLE JAR 100ml from Faber-Castell
Whipped Spackle

Just to name a few.  Here are the Faber-Castell products that she carries.

Thanks for checking in on me.

Holly


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sensational Sunday Inspirations Blog Hop

Good Morning Stampers!

Welcome to the Loves Rubberstamps weekly Sensational Sunday Blog Hop! The Design Team has created some gorgeous projects for your Inspiration. Check out each link and leave a comment. If you get lost along the way, each stop will have a full list of links. One of the Design Team posts is the hop's Sensational Sunday Sweet Spot and a name will be drawn from that list of comments to be in a monthly drawing for a $20 Loves Rubberstamps Gift Voucher! We will draw the winner of the Voucher the 1st Sunday of each month from all the comments left on the design team blogs! Remember, you have until 8:00 pm CST Saturday to leave your comments!

Hope you are all having a great weekend so far! I am currently battling laryngitis so my husband has been pretty happy the last few days with me not being able to talk ;) 

Last Wednesday my doctor called with my test results and biopsy findings. We had some expected news and some not so expected news. No cancer, but some pre-cancerous type changes that he wants to keep an eye on. He switched one of my meds to a stronger dose. So I started that this week. So far it has been going ok.

So with all these health things that I have been going through it really makes me start to think about how much I really need to start focusing on getting healthier and doing good things for my body. One of our Design Team Members, Shanna, is a beachbody coach. She has been doing an AMAZING AMAZING job making healthier choices and sticking to her workouts and staying motivated which is a struggle for me. I am good for about 2 weeks then I don't know what happens to my brain. She has a really awesome facebook page called Shanna's Fit & Fun where she posts workout tips, motivational posts, recipes...so if you find yourself in the same boat as I am in and needing to add some healthier choices to your life, check out her page. I am super proud of Shanna for sticking to her program, especially with two little ones at home and still finding time to pump out her gorgeous Design Team Projects! She is truly an inspiration!

So in honor of Shanna I thought I would re-share one of my FAVORITE projects that she created. She is so talented not only with her out of this world coloring skills, but she is so creative with her mixed media projects. I have been wanting to delve into the Art Journaling world but find it a little intimidating still. Sometimes I feel like I just don't have a good mix of "stuff" to add to my pages yet to make them Art Journal worthy which is silly of course. Because an Art Journal page has no rules, you are supposed to just play and have fun and try new things. If it sucks...gesso it and start over - LOL! You will notice in the store that I will be starting to add more mediums, stencils, stamps, sprays and other things that would be great things to use not only with making cards and scrapbook page backgrounds, but mixed media projects too. Super excited for that! 

Here is Shanna's gorgeous Art Journal Page:

I love the colors and that is such a pretty quote as well! The dylusions sprays with the ghosting makes such a cool background!


Here are the products Shanna Used:

Items Used:
Prima Stamps - Alpha Letters, Girl Hope and Inspire, Create Explore
Tima Holtz Alpha stamps
Prima Chalk Inks
Distress Marker - Picket Fence
Crafters Workshop Stencils (coming soon)
Dylusions Sprays (coming soon)

Now let's hop along and see what the Design Team ladies have in store for you...

Laura - Loves Rubberstamps Blog - You are here...
Thanks for stopping by!
Laura!


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Vintage Tags using distress inks


Hi Friends and Happy Saturday!!! I have something a little different from my usual card to share with you all today!

Here are some vintage tags I've made using my distress inks...



So when I first started making cards, my style was very much different from how I create today.  I would say it was more of a vintage grunge style.  I definitely couldn't do without my distress inks and I loved to layer and use flowers in everything I made.  Now with distress inks as popular as ever as well as stencils, pastes, sprays, water coloring, background stamps etc..., I've been having so much fun creating different backgrounds with all of my art media supplies! I also love layering whenever I have a chance which is perfect with these types of projects! 

Here are the supplies used:
Victorian Velvet - Tim Holtz distress ink
Spun Sugar - Tim Holtz distress ink
Vintage Photo - Tim Holtz distress ink
Dried Marigold - Tim Holtz distress ink
Black Soot - Tim Holtz distress ink
Butterfly punch - Martha Stewart 
Black Sparkling Embossing Powder - Ranger
Black Tuxedo - Memento Ink
Multi- Medium Matte glue - Ranger

Hope this gives you some inspiration to get grungy with your inks!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Hugs,
Marcy