Saturday, February 28, 2015

Weekend Inspiration- Art Journal Cover

This weekend's inspiration comes from Mary's art journal.  She's used the Challenge Product for this month, texture paste, to create a textured cover for her art journal.

First she covered the journal with some beautiful paper and applied texture paste in some areas.  Then set it aside to dry.  Once the texture paste was dry, color was added using Gelatos from Faber Castell and white paint.  The words and phrases were stamped on tissue and adhered to the cover with Collage Pauge.   She then added more paint to incorporate the words into the cover.

The cover is embellished with gold foiling and rub-ons.  She also added a strip of gold foil paper to the spine.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Texture Paste and Stamps

Mary's been playing with Texture Paste and the new Tim Hotlz stamps.  Look what she created on this canvas board!

This amazing butterfly is from the new Perspective stamp set from Tim Holtz.  Mary colored some texture paste with Walnut Stain Distress Ink before applying it to her canvas.  She allowed it to dry until the surface of the texture paste was dry, but it still felt soft when you touched it with firm pressure.  The next step was to ink the butterfly stamp with Walnut Stain Distress ink, place it on the texture paste, and apply even, gentle pressure, pressing the stamp into the paste.

The results are amazing.

There are still a few days left to  post images of your projects using Texture Paste, our Product Challenge for this month.  Head over to our Creative Community and share your creative projects.  You might win a prize!

She also created a quick and simple card using the same stamps.


Foil Sheets from Ranger

We're loving the foil sheets from Ranger that just arrived!  You've got to stop in and check them out.

In the meantime, here are a few links and videos featuring these awesome sheets!

1.  Here's a video with Tim Holtz demonstrating the Sticky Embossing Powder and the Foil Sheets.  You can view that video HERE.

2.  Visit this LINK for a look at some fun techniques from Wendi Vecchi using the Foil Sheets.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pocket Scrapbooking with Technique Tuesday and Avery Elle

Today we're sharing some fun pocket scrapbooking / Project Life cards we created using Technique Tuesday's February die, Always Arrows.  In addition to their monthly die, we used the Happy Day Flair stamp set and the Flair Maker die (banners and buttons).  We also used the Bunting Stamp set  and the 6x6 Everyday Collection paper pad from Avery Elle to give it a festive, celebration feel. These cards would be a perfect companion for any celebration or party.

Here's the Flair stamp set and the Flair Maker die.  It's great for creating banners and popping those cute flair buttons up for a little dimension.  The zig zag border is from Avery Elle's Dotted Border set.

Here's the Flair stamp set again, paired with the die for this month, Always Arrows, from Technique Tuesday.  The dotted edge is from Avery Elle's Dotted Border dies and the stamped stars are from Avery Elle's Bunting Stamp set.

Here's a close-up.

Below is a card we created for journling.  All the stamps are from the Avery Elle Bunting set.

Looking for more ways you can used the products on our blog today?  We featured a card using the Avery Elle Bunting stamp set HERE.  We also used the new die, Always Arrows, from Technique Tuesday HERE.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What's New Wednesday

It's that time!  Happy Wednesday everyone.

These beauties arrived last night, just in time for our What's New Wednesday.  Get your February Distress Color for this month, Abandoned Coral.

We have a few new collections from Echo Park.  The kit shown below is from their Sunny Days Collection.  I love the fun colors and graphics used in this collection.  We have the kit, a sticker sheet and several of the papers.

This next collection is their Happy Easter Collection.  It's an adorable, fun collection.  Here's a peek at a few of the papers we are carrying.

We were so excited to get the new February release from Lawn Fawn. We shared a few cards created with these sets HERE and HERE.

Most of the new Idea-ology products from Tim Holtz also arrived.  You've got to stop in for a look at all these wonderful products.  We'll post some photos we took at the CHA Show using these products on our Facebook page.

Here's a few things you may have missed this week:

1.  Take a look at some cute cards using the new Avery Elle stamps and dies HERE.
2.  We have another cute card HERE.
3.  Are you a pocket /Project Life scrapbooker?  Visit this LINK for a look at some great samples using the new Monthly release stamp and die from Technique Tuesday.
4.  We shared some art journal inspiration on the blog.  You can view that HERE.
5.  You won't want to miss the adorable cards we posted on the blog using Mama Elephants stamps and dies.  View them HERE.
6.  Another shaker card.  Take a look by visiting this LINK.

Enjoy the rest of your week and be sure to stop in to say hello.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mama Elephant - Surprise Sentiment Stamp Set

I love shaker cards!  So, I love the Surprise Sentiment stamp set from Mama Elephant.  It includes a stamp that reads, "it's okay to shake me". 

So, of course, I had to use it on the next shaker card I created.

I stamped the sentiment on the acetate, using white StazOn Opaque ink.  The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh.  The scallop and stitched pieces are from Mama Elephant's Basic Set.

Happy crafting!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mama Elephant Stamps

We LOVE Mama Elephant stamps and dies!  So, today, we're sharing a couple of cards using some of the stamps we carry in the store.

Lovin' the cute little super heroes and fun sentiments from the Tiny Heroes set.  We paired it with the Skyline die from Memory Box for the card below.

We used watercolors for the background and added some white paint splatters.  The tiny hero is colored with Copic markers.

Here's another card using the Tiny Heroes set.  This cute shaker card went to my niece for her birthday.  It's filled with sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Next up is an adorable cupcake card using the Carnival Cupcake set along with the Surprise Sentiment set. We used Copic markers to color the cupcake (sorry, forgot to write down the colors used for this one).

We added some "extra" to dress up the card.  We used Glossy Accents on the cherry for some great shine and some Liquid Pearls from Ranger for embellishments on the scallop border.  After we colored the cupcake, we added some Wink of Stella in clear to the frosting.  It's hard to see, but is shimmery.  The scallop border is from Avery Elle's Dotted Borders.  Yes, it's back in stock!

Happy crafting!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Weekend Inspiration

We have a page from Cathy's art journal for or our WEEKEND INSPIRATION today.

I've been practicing my hand lettering.  I've been able to find some great "tips and tricks" on pinterest for hand lettering.  You can find some of them HERE, on our Doodlebugs Lettering Pinterest Board.

Here's a close-up look at the flowers.  I drew them first with pencil.  Then, I used my Copic liner to trace my pencil marks.  Used a good eraser to remove the pencil lines, and colored them with watercolors.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Pocket Scrapbooking with Technique Tuesday

We love the new Technique Tuesday program for memory keeping.  The stamp and die set released each month work beautifully together for quick, easy, and creative story cards for your Project Life or pocket scrapbooking projects.

This week we have some fun 3x4 pocket cards we created using the 6x6 paper pad from the On Trend collection released by My Mind's Eye.  I love the colors in this collection and the gold accents.

For this card we used the NEW, February stamp and die set from Technique Tuesday.

Here's a close up of those elements.  The arrow is from the February die set, Always Arrows, and was cut from the new die cut chipboard we are carrying (its great for adding dimension to your projects).  We cut it a second time from the melon color cardstock and adhered them together for a great dimensional element.  The stamp is from the February stamp set, Family Time.  We stamped it with the Delicata Gold Glitz ink from Tsukinkeo.  Love that gold ink!!

The die cut stitched circle (below), is cut from January's die set, Pocket of Love.  The stamp is from Technique Tuesday's Time of Our Life stamp set.

Here's a close up of those dimensional elements.  The gold heart is colored using the same gold ink mentioned above.

The final pocket is created using Foil Sheets from Ranger.  We cut the the Wow Moment die from a sheet of cardstock that we covered with the Elizabeth Crafts double sided adhesive.  We removed the adhesive backing after we cut it, and applied the gold foil sheet, rubbing it until is was stuck to the adhesive.  To give the element more dimension, we cut a second piece from the NEW light weight chipboard we are now carrying, and secured the foil piece to the top of it.

Here's a close up look at the foiled embellishment we created.

The scallop border we used, is from the Dotted Border Die Set from Avery Elle.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Stamping Bella- Oodles of Love

Today we're featuring a favorite from Stamping Bella, Oodles of Love.   I love to use this stamp for a "Thinking of You" or even "Happy Birthday" cards.

Here's a close up look at those fun hearts.  We added some Stickles to the hearts.  It's hard to see in this image, but the hearts are glittered.  The scallop die cut edges are from Avery Elle's Dotted Border die.  We finally have it back in stock!

Interested in the Copic Colors we used?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What's New Wednesday

Happy Wednesday everyone.  We have so many new products to share with you today.  Our UPS driver has been delivering packages almost daily.

We've been sharing most of the products daily on our facebook page and several of them on our blog.  You don't have to be a facebook user to view our page.  Just click on the link HERE, and scroll through our posts.  I'll be sharing some of our favorite NEW products today, for our What's New Wednesday post and email.  However, since there are so many great, new products, I'll provide links to our facebook and/or blog posts featuring additional new products.  Be sure to check them all out.  We wouldn't want you to miss anything.

We are loving the new Monthly Stamp and Die program from Technique Tuesday.  This program is perfect for Project Life / Pocket Scrapbooking.  We featured some fun projects using the stamp and die, on our blog earlier this week.  Visit the link HERE, for some great ideas!

 We received a small assortment of Inka-Gold.  This is a great product for adding color and shimmer to your texture paste!

We also received the NEW transparent texture pastes in the matte and gloss finish.  Be sure to visit our blog post HERE, for additional information and some great video demonstrations on these products.

The NEW January Distress color, Cracked Pistachio is beautiful.  Stop in and get yours before they are gone!  Visit this link for a look at February's color, Abandoned Coral.  It's on its way!

Simple Stories "I AM" collection.  This is a wonderful collection for documenting your life and who you are!  Be sure to visit this wonderful video featuring this product line.

New stamps from Mama Elephant.

Distress Ink Sprays from Tim Holtz

I saved the best for last. This product is awesome and I've been using it on all my projects this week.  You can die cut this chipboard with your thin dies!  Did I say, "I love it?"  I cut one or two pieces and stack them together for a great dimensional embellishment for my projects.  You'll be seeing lots of it in the coming weeks on my projects.

Here are some links to more of the new products we've featured on our blog or facebook:

1.  New February Stamp and Die from Technique Tuesday can be seen HERE.   We'll be featuring some projects using these on the blog later this week.

2.  Adhesive sheets from Elizabeth Crafts that can be cut with your thin dies after adhering it to cardstock.  Another favorite of mine!  View more on this product HERE.

3.  We featured a beautiful card on our blog using one of the new dies from Memory Box.  You can see that card HERE.

4.  We featured a great storage solution for your sequins on the blog.  You can see that HERE.

5.  Mary made a wonderful card last week using texture paste!  Take a look at that card HERE.

Again, be sure to visit our facebook page and scroll through the posts and videos.  We've photographed several of the new paper collections that we know you'll love.