Gossamer Blue

Hello friends!

I’m SO excited about this announcement today!

Gossamer Blue is a monthly scrapbooking and Project Life kit club. I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the lineup of talented crafters on the Gossamer Blue Design team!

Just in case you haven’t been following the news from Gossamer Blue this week, they are also now their own manufacturer! You will not, I repeat, you will NOT want to miss the fantastic new products released from Gossamer Blue. They are amazing! Here are a few of my favorites from the new lines, including links to the entire blog post on the Gossamer Blue blog so you can check out each line in its entirety.

Gramercy Road:

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Pretty, pretty papers! love the colors in this line! love the tiny leaves and the pale blue. Plus, the black just adds a cool crispness that I really love in a fall line.

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Those cork circle embellishments are calling my name. Also, enamel dots? Yes, please!

On My Desk:

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More pretty papers! I love the red and gold in this line and the black accents. Gems are hot right now, and I love that they’ve been included in this chic new line. I think On My Desk would work great for Valentine’s Day too.

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Be still my heart! Those gold transparencies are fabulous! love the badges too!

Get Happy:

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I think Christmas lines are hard to get right. lots of times it’s the same old, same old. But not this one! It’s bold and fresh, and a lot of fun! I love the warmth of the wood accents paired with the bold pops of color. Plus, the variety of designs is so refreshing.

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These little pockets caught my eye. I think they would be be fun to use in a variety of ways. Pocket scrapbook pages, traditional pages, cards. gift card holders, cute tags for gifts, etc. etc.

And, in case you missed it, Gossamer Blue has a Grab Bag sale going on right now to make room in their warehouse for all the new stuff. You can read all about that right here.

I’m looking forward to sharing lots of Gossamer Blue goodness with you in the next several months.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

You & Me

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So, last weekend I spent the day scrapbooking with a bunch of scrapbooking friends of mine. It was a fun day. Lots of good food, giggles, and of course, scrapbooking. I was working on some simple designs, since I have a goal to get a lot completed this year. This page features some of the old photos I’m still working through in order to fill in some of the gaps in my scrapbooks.

This is a quick and simple page. A design that doesn’t take much forethought. Pretty much equally balanced on both sides and top to bottom. This is my little girl and her daddy. I love photos like this.

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I added some embellishment clusters on the top and bottom. A few enamel dots, some mist and a few embellishments from my Studio Calico kits. I actually cut that flower die cut in half so I’d have a piece for both the top and bottom. That’s a great way to stretch your die cut embellishments a little further.

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The fun part was layering the patterned papers behind the title cards. A fun way to use a lot of different papers on your page without it getting too overwhelming.  A hand drawn outline around the letters and the white paper mat helps bring it all together.

I welcome your questions about anything you see here on my blog and will do my best top answer them if I can. The other day I received a question from a reader on this post, and thought I’d answer it here in case anyone else deals with the same thing.

Vidya says:

“Your cards look absolutely lovely. I do own the set- Petals and Stems but never get a clean stamped image. It always leaves a spot without ink.( a new one every time) It is highly frustrating. Any tips?”

Thanks for your comment, Vidya. There are a few things I would encourage you to try to get a cleaner stamped image. One, when inking up a larger image, like those flowers, sometimes I find it easier to turn the stamp upside down and apply the ink that way, rather than trying to dab the stamp into the ink pad. Sometimes that helps me see if there are any bare spots missing ink. Sometimes I also give the stamp a wiggle or two when inking it up to make sure the ink is covering all the areas. Two, when stamping your image, it sometimes helps to place your paper over a softer surface, like a mouse pad or a pad of paper. I find that it sometimes helps me get a cleaner image. Also, make sure to give your stamp even pressure. This is a great tool for getting more even pressure on your stamped images. You may want to give that a try. Three, make sure your clear stamps are “prepped” before your first stamping. It helps to rub it gently with a pencil eraser, or even rubbing it over your clothes or a clean cloth to remove some of the manufacturing film. Another thing you can try, although I don’t recommend that you do it every time you stamp, is to first stamp into versa mark ink, then directly into the ink color of your choice. I hope that helps!

It’s going to be an exciting year here at Sweet Paper Treats. There are some things coming up that I am so excited to share with you.

Also, I’ve decided I will be moving my craft space upstairs, in case any of you care to know. I’m still working through it all in my head, but I hope to share the finished space with you sometime down the road. It will be a very small space, so I’m hoping to be able to share a couple of good storage ideas for small spaces. Stay tuned!

 

Fabulous summer time

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Oh, hello!

It’s been a while, I guess, huh?

Sorry about that. But yet…not really. See, there’s this thing called “summer vacation” going on right now. It has caused me to lose all sense of time and responsibility. My alarm clock rarely works these days. When it does, the fan in my bedroom is too loud for me to hear it anyway. So, I often just don’t bother.

The only things I was determined to accomplish this summer were the essentials. That’s it. I really was going to write out a summer manifesto. Just because I like the idea. Because I’m a natural born list maker and planner outer and weird like that. But really, all it would have had on it to do would be “the basics”. Like making sure the house is livable, the kids are surviving, and there’s enough food around to keep everyone happy. And then, if there’s any time left in the day, then maybe tackle something above and beyond the basics.

So far that plan is working out pretty well. It’s nice to not have put any pressure on myself to go, and do, and plan, and go and do some more. We’re taking our summer slow and easy. Spending some afternoons by the pool. Hanging out with friends. Eating fresh, easy to prepare, food. Having days where we’re just quiet, enjoying the chance to just slow down, be still. The kids are reading books, lounging around on the sofas, playing games, hanging with neighbor kids, having way too few responsibilities, and probably way too much screen time.

I’m putting fewer items on my to-do list. Focusing each day on what really needs to be done. And yes, some days I even do get something done besides the basics.

The weekends have been busy, so I feel a little justified about not doing too much throughout the week.

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It’s hard to believe that our summer vacation is nearly halfway over. In a few short weeks I’ll be planning for the kids to go back to school. I love these summer days. But I will be ready. My personality can only handle so much laziness. I’m itching already to get back to my normal routine. I tell myself that I can do it. That I can get back to my routine, even if it’s summertime. But then, one too many late bedtimes and all my resolve flies right out the window and morning comes around way too quickly. But I’m going to try. I am.

These days I am:

1. gearing up for a really fun thing that I can’t wait to tell you more about. Yay!

2. Contemplating migrating my craft space to a tiny room right off of our bedroom. Still deciding if it really will work or not. It will require a little downsizing, but it would also mean that I could craft, take photos, and blog, all in the same space. There are a few more drawbacks, and a few more upsides too. Still thinking.

3. Making this salad recipe. It’s just so good! Salads are my favorite dish over the summer.

4. Making this one when I’m in more of a pasta salad mood.

5. Trying to satisfy my sweet tooth with healthy, wholesome desserts, like this one. It’s yummy! Even the kids loved these. They didn’t last long.

6. Loving these sweet little paintings. I think I’d like to make one.

7. Mastering this spray paint technique. It’s super easy and the results are amazing.

A bit about the card: Stamps are from Lil’ Inker Designs, triangle die and enamel dots from Studio Calico, and distress inks in blue and yellow.

Hope you’re all having a great summer so far!

 

Watercolor for Card Makers: Day 4

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I’m continuing to slowly work my way through the class techniques from Watercolor for Card Makers. I know I’m slow, and I’m taking a lot of time to work through them all. I hope you don’t mind. In order to get the most out of a class I feel like I need to actually put into practice what I’ve learned or I will forget it all.

On day four of class we learned the three techniques I’m sharing with you today.

For this first card, the instructor applied inks to an acrylic block and used that as her “stamp pad” by then inking up a background stamp. I don’t own very many background stamps at this point, so instead I pulled out a Studio Calico mask. By pressing the mask into the ink I was able to use it much like I would have used a stamp. When you don’t have the supplies you need, you improvise. And sometimes you find new ways to use the supplies you have.

The end result is a messy, artsy look, which I love.

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I added some stitching, a sentiment banner, and a few sequins. The colored paper behind the main image was made by dipping an extra piece of watercolor paper into the extra ink on my acrylic block. Don’t waste that ink! use it to make a fun background to use with your project, or for a brand new project!

The next technique uses gelatos. Gelatos are such a fun medium. I probably don’t use them as much as I should, but they are a really fun way to incorporate a watercolor look to your stamped images.

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I used an old stamp from Stampin’ up! for this one, which is probably no longer available. But it was the perfect size and style for this technique. I scribbled the gelatos onto the stamp, wetted it, and then smudged the colors together a little with my finger before stamping it onto watercolor card stock. I used a blending stub to blend it together a little bit more after it was stamped. It leaves behind a soft image, which I think is so pretty!

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Add a simple stamped sentiment and a tiny bit of stitching and you have a simple, but elegant, card.

This last technique wasn’t my favorite, and the card I created is a bit out of my normal style. I don’t often create cute and graphic cards, but this time I did. It didn’t feel like “me”, but it’s fun to explore different styles every once in a while.

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We used a pencil eraser dipped in watered down ink to create these “bokeh dots”. I thought it would be fun to play around with different sizes of pencil eraser, but alas, I only had one size. Wouldn’t it be fun to create a dotted background using different size dots? Kind of like this? Cute, right? But, since I only had one size, I chose to use different colors instead, just like the instructor showed us.

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I love this elite enamel hearts! Cuteness! And they just happened to match my inks so perfectly! The sentiment is from Paper Smooches. I die cut the heart using a die from Papertrey Ink.

That’s all for today, folks! I’d love to hear what you think of today’s techniques. If you have any questions about any supplies I used, please don’t be afraid to ask!

Have a good one!

 

1 sketch, 6 cards

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Do you ever look back on recent projects and notice a trend going on? That happens to me from time to time. I pick up on something and then I repeat it over and over again until I move on to something else.

Lately I’ve noticed that I’ve been using pretty much the same basic layout when creating a lot of my cards. I did it without noticing for a while, until I got a feeling of deja vu and looked over some of my most recent work to see why. And I did, indeed, see a pattern begin to emerge.

Now, that isn’t particularly a bad thing. Sometimes using a basic sketch and just branching out a bit can help you create lots of projects quickly without all of them seeming the same to other people. A sketch can be interpreted in so many, many different ways.

So, I thought I’d share my basic sketch with you and you can use it to see what you come up with. I guarantee you it will be totally different than anything I’ve made over the last couple of weeks.

And just to recap, here are a few of the cards I made in recent weeks that I feel follow this sketch pretty well. Can you see how each of these follow the same basic design?

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Keep in mind that the sketch can be rotated or flipped to give you even more design possibilities!

Feel free to download this sketch and use it however you see fit. I do ask, though, that if you do make a project using it that you kindly link back to this post.

I’d love to see what you create, so I hope you’ll share it with me if you do! I may even be able to come up with a little something fun for those of you who do make something and share it with me! ;)

So, how was your weekend? I know, I took a little blog vacation. I fully intended to spend part of the holiday weekend getting crafty, but instead I ended up spending it doing outside work, throwing a party, and taking my kids to the pool! But that’s all good. It was a wonderful weekend. But now I’ve been having a bit of a hard time getting back into my normal routine.

I hope to share more of my watercolor class projects with you very soon. I still fully intend to share more of the class with you all, even though class has been over for a bit now. I think you could still take the class, but don’t take my word for it. I’m not sure how that all works.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s little detour from the norm.

 

Watercolor for Card Makers: day 3

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On day 3 of Watercolor for Card Makers we focused on techniques to achieve with stamps. I’m only doing two out of the three techniques. One of the techniques focused on stamps meant to use to build a scene with stamps. I don’t have any of those and have no plans to purchase any of them, so I’ll be skipping that one and sharing the other two techniques with you today.

Our first technique is such a fun one. Well, both of them are, actually. But this first one is a technique that is easy for anyone to achieve. All you need are some stamps, inks, and a misting spray bottle. You don’t even need any special kinds of inks for this. Just plain old dye inks will do.

We inked up our stamps, sprayed them with a fine mist, then stamped them onto our watercolor paper. You may be able to do this on regular card stock, but I find that the watercolor paper does so much better with the wet stamps and allows the ink to move around a bit more than regular card stock.

I used a stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps that includes these awesome feathers. I think these could look gorgeous with several different colors of ink applied before stamping. Wouldn’t that be cool?

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All the inks I used on this card are from the Studio Calico Color Theory collection. Except for the black I used for the sentiment. That’s from Momento. I also applied some ink to an acrylic block, watered it down, and flicked it across my paper to get some fun flecks of color.

There are so many possibilities with this technique! It’s just really fun to watch the stamped images take a life of their own with the water “messing” them up a bit. Plus, when it dries it leaves such a cool watery look. It really does look as if it’s been painted.

This next technique requires you to have some distress inks. Using distress inks allows you to move the color around a bit after it’s stamped.

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I used an old wood-mounted rubber stamp from Stampin’ Up! for this one. I used four shades of distress inks for the flowers and stems, plus one shade of watercolor paint for the background and black ink for the sentiment.

The background was made by applying watercolor paint to an acrylic block and “stamping” it onto the background to make this fun frame effect.

The flowers where stamped using distress inks. I inked up the stamp with green on the leaves and mustard on the flowers. Then I watercolored over them, adding in some browns and pinks.

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This is a super easy technique too, but the results are fabulous! It looks as if you’ve spent forever hand painting the design onto your card. Love it!

One thing this class has done is make me fall in love with distress inks. I didn’t use them a whole lot before this, but now I want them in every color! There are just so many things you can do with distress inks that never occurred to me before.

Have you been taking the Watercolor for Card Makers class too? If so, what do you think of it so far? Which day of homework are you on?

If you’re not taking the class, I’d love to hear what you think about the techniques I shared so far. Have you learned anything new yet? We have a lot more ground to cover before I’m finished with my class homework. I hope you’re enjoying seeing the results as much as I’ve been enjoying sharing them with you!

Well, I’m off to spend the day at an auction. My dad is selling a lot of his and my mom’s belongings today. I think it will be a little sad to watch people purchase things that I remember using as a child. Probably so much more difficult for my dad. But, it’s only things, right?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

Watercolor for Card makers: Day 2, technique 3

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Hello! It’s time to share the third technique from day #2 of the Watercolor for Card Makers class. From here on out I will be trying to share more than one technique each day so we don’t drag it out too long. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing at least two techniques, maybe three, so be sure to come on back for that.

Today’s technique is the last in the watercolor backgrounds that we learned in the class. For this one, we inked up a background stamp, wetted it, and then stamped it. I don’t have very many background stamps anymore, especially ones that were good for this technique. So, I pulled out a wood mounted stamp from Hero Arts to use. I liked the softness the water gave the polka dots and the irregular edges just make it a bit more relaxed and casual.

I made three cards this time. Probably because the instructor made three with this technique, and I seem to be following the instructors fairly closely. I’m trying to branch out a bit and incorporate some of my own ideas into my projects as well, although when I’m following someone else I tend to try to use similar stamp sets, etc. to try to achieve much the same look. Tomorrow I will branch out on my own a bit more, so there’s that.

This technique was fun, and easy, and worth trying out on a couple of cards, so here you go!

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I used the entire piece of stamped background here and then just added an embossed sentiment strip and some sequins and pearls.

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Here again, I used the entire stamped piece, but added a card stock corner, a layer of vellum, a sentiment, and some embellishments.

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This time I trimmed the stamped piece into a circle and added a bit of stamping, a camera die cut from wood paper, and a few wood stars.

I loved this technique! It’s quick and easy and adds just a fun element to your stamping. Have you ever tried this one before?

I can’t wait to share the next few techniques with you all, so I hope you’ll pop back in.

Thanks for stopping by!

Watercolor for Card Makers: Day 2, technique 2

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Just popping in quickly to share the next technique assignment from the Watercolor for Card Makers class. Saturday is always a day with a lot of different things going on, so I’m going to make it quick.

This technique was a bit of a struggle for me. Basically, you mask off your stamped design with either Liquid Frisket or rubber cement and then wash your color over the top. I had trouble for a couple of reasons.

#1. I used rubber cement since I didn’t have any Liquid Frisket. You get better coverage using the Liquid Frisket versus the rubber cement. I realized I would have to apply the rubber cement pretty thick after I botched a few.

#2. I wasn’t able to achieve quite as dark of a color wash. I used red for my first attempt and discovered I didn’t really like the red at all. Red isn’t really my color. So I went with a lighter wash of color. Same idea.

#3. You have to let the rubber cement and your watercolor dry for quite a while to make sure your color pigment doesn’t smudge. My color started smudging over the white part when I rubbed off the rubber cement the first time.

All in all, it’s a cool technique that you could achieve a lot of cool effects with, but definitely not my favorite.

That’s all for today, folks. I’d love to hear what you think of the class techniques so far. If you guys ever have any questions about any of them, please just ask.

I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

Celebrate!

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Howdy, folks!I interrupt the stream of projects from the Watercolor for Card Makers class  to bring you this card I made to submit to the Gallery Idol 2014 contest. The open auditions round focuses on cards made with washi tape. You can read all about it HERE.

Washi tape. Ahh, washi tape. The beautiful little rolls of goodness that we all love to collect. The problem, for me, is that I don’t very often use my stash of washi tape. I don’t know why. I have so many fun colors and patterns, but only once in a while do they see their way onto a project. In fact, I made myself stop buying them. I have plenty. More than enough to last for the rest of my paper crafting days. I must challenge myself to use what I have before I buy any more. This does not apply to the ones that come in my monthly Studio Calico kits. Hee!!

So, anyway, this was a perfect way for me to challenge myself to use some of my washi tape in a new and clever way.

For this card, I pulled out a couple of tapes that I thought looked cute together. A grey one with white and gold stars, and a neon pink one. I adhered a few strips of the tape to some card stock, then punched them out with my circle punch. I layered some clear enamel embellishments from Epiphany Crafts on top to make these really cool looking embellishments.

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I also punched out a few tiny dots from the neon pink tape to use as little accent pieces. The sentiment stamp is from the Just for You set from Neat & Tangled. It came in my Stamping Royalty prize package, and I love it!

I’ll be back tomorrow with the next card for the Watercolor for Card Makers class. I intended to post it today, but, well, I ended up really NOT liking the card I made. At all! Plus, yesterday was taken up with a bunch of other stuff, like yard work, planting vegetable plants and stuff like that. I ended the day with sore muscles and no energy to try to make another card to show you. Sooo…I plan to post it tomorrow.

I hope you’ve been enjoying what I’ve been sharing from the class and that you’re not bored to tears from all the watercolor projects I’ve been sharing. I’d love to hear your feedback! Comments letting me know what you think are always appreciated!

I also have SO many ideas on how to incorporate these watercolor techniques into my scrapbooks, and I can’t wait to give some of them a try in that way. I guess I’ll just keep on sharing my watercolor projects until you beg me to stop. M’kay? Haha!

Hope you have an awesome day! Happy Friday, y’all!!!!

Watercolor for Card Makers: Day 2, technique 1

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Moving on to homework from day #2 of the Watercolor for Card makers class. As you may have noticed, the three techniques from day #1 of class all had to do with creating different backgrounds. Day #2 is also about backgrounds, so the next three posts here will have to do with watercolor backgrounds. then we’ll get into other types of watercoloring after that.

Today’s techniques is one that I thought would be easier than I thought. I used my watercolor pencils to create this background. Maybe there is a difference between different brands of watercolor pencils. I was using some from Stampin’ up! that I’ve had for years. I don’t even know if they still carry them or not. But anyway, I thought these pencils left behind more streaks than I would have wished. I would have liked to see them blend a little more easily. I’d like to try out a different brand of pencil to see if that would make a difference or not. But, in the end, I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. It just required a little more manipulating of the pigment and a little more playing around that I anticipated.

The pencils get brushed on and then water applied to blend the colors together. It’s fun to play around with different color combinations for this.

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The leaves are from the Maculine Motifs stamp set from paper trey Ink. I clustered them with a few other embellishments from my Studio Calico stash. The patterned paper pieces are just tiny strips of random bits cut from some 6″x6″ paper pads I had lying on my desk.

I’ll be back tomorrow with my homework sample from the second technique we learned on day two of class. See you then!!

Thanks for stopping by!