Tuesday, July 9, 2019


Good morning!  Today I'm over on the My Sweet Petunia blog for Team Tuesday.  Click HERE to find out more about this card and the tools and products I used to create it.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Taylored Expressions' Blending Brushes with Embossing Folders

Good morning!  Today I'm back again, with these new blending brushes from Taylored Expressions.  I love the uniform size and the color coded handles.  But I especially love the plush white bristles.   And a 10-pack with color coded handles?  I love that.  Except now I have no excuse for grabbing the wrong brush, or using it in the wrong ink pad, right?

  Don't they look pretty all clean and new, lined up in their spinning carousel ROYGBIV fashion?  Now that I've used mine, I think I need to buy another set just to have as a pretty decoration in my craft room.  (Or I could wash them with mild soap and water, but why?  I don't need to now that I have a dedicated brush for each color family!)

Today I've used these new Taylored Expressions white bristled blending brushes with embossing folders.  

I've never really had good luck inking up an embossing folder before embossing, so I add color to the embossed portions of my panel after dry embossing.

In this example, I used Blueberry ink to brush color to the raised numbers of the embossed panel to create a tone-on-tone background panel for this graduation card.

I began by running a panel of shimmery cardstock in the Take a Number embossing folder through my Gemini.  I then chose Blueberry ink to add the tone-on-tone color.

 After inking up the brush with the Blueberry ink, I very lightly brushed the ink over the tops of the numbers.  

 Once I had added enough ink to be satisfied with the depth of color, I chose the Just a Number dies, with their matching font, to add the year to my card.  I used a double sided adhesive foam.  First adding a thinner blue paper to one side of the foam, then running the dies through my Gemini.
After popping the die cut numerals from the foam, I arranged them on my panel before sticking them down, then using a piece of Post-it tape, and the grid lines of my MISTI mouse pad created a line to use as a guide to adhere the numbers to my panel straight.

 Once I had peeled the paper backing from each of the numbers, I used a book binding awl to carefully place them just above my paper line.  (The awl helps keep the sticky adhesive from sticking to my nails, and distorting the shape of the numerals.)

 Then I peeled away my guide tape.

I added a dark navy Grad Cap and white tassel to the zero using foam tape.

I also created this card similarly, using the Blending brushes to add ink to the embossed Brick panel. Finishing this simple card with a the Be Kind sentiment from Wonderful World, heat embossed in white onto a piece of vellum that was cut with one of the Frayed Edge Stacklets dies and a few rhinestones.

These products are available at Taylored Expressions.

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Taylored Expressions Blending Brushes with Stencils


Today is release day at Taylored Expressions
Taylor's new release features a product she's been working on for quite a long time.

Ink Blender Brushes with soft, velvety white bristles!

These brushes come in a set of 10 identically sized brushes, with color coded handles, so it's easy to tell which color you are working with!  And there's no real need to clean them, but instead just wipe any excess ink off onto a dry towel before putting away!

There is a super cute spinning rack to hold them all too!

The spinner carousel comes in four easy to assemble snap together pieces.  (I did add a bit of glue when I assembled mine, as I plan to store mine in a cabinet above my work space, and wanted it to be very secure as I moved it to and from my workspace.)

The colors are so, so pretty when assembled and stored in their ROYGBIV glory! It's like a carousel of crafty color!

This set of brushes was a gift;  it's a little sneak peek at one of the products that Taylor will be using in her classes this week at my Junkie fest 2019 event in Minneapolis.  I'm very excited she's in town, and can't wait to see her class projects on Thursday!

I decided to get my first brush inky with a stencil to create a very quick and simple card.
Using a white top fold card base on my Water Media Mat, I very quickly created an airy background by brushing in Salt Water Taffy ink over the Set the Scene - Clouds stencil strips.  I started at the top of my card, lightly brushing ink up from the edge of the stencil strip.  I used a second strip slightly lower, inking very faintly, then continued down my card, twisting, turning and finally flipping the stencil strip to create a varied cloud bank with a puffy lower edge as well.  The ink application was quick and very smooth with these brushes, and took only a minute or two. 

I used my MISTI to add the Walt Disney dreams quote  from Plot Twist with Sprinkles ink.
Easiest card ever!

I made a second, slightly more elaborate stenciled card as well.

I used a circle die to create a template that fit over my A2 top fold card base.  I wanted to create a birthday card using the little bear from Look Who's Talking. and have him peeking out from a hole in the wall.

 I placed the stamp over my circle, so that his ear would be outside the circle.

 I picked up the stamp and inked up just the tiniest edge of his ear and stamped it onto the template.  This showed me where I needed to trim away to allow the full ear to stamp.  I also added a very faint pencil line inside the circle.

 I stamped the bear. and also stamped a second time onto masking paper before removing the template.  I then trimmed out only a small portion that would protect that ear and added it to my image.

Now with that ear covered with the mask, I added the circle I'd diecut from that template with temporary adhesive.  I used the pencil line as a guide for placement.

 Next I added the Polka Party stencil and inked in a rainbow of dots using the Blender Brushes.  I used Guava, Candy Corn, Pineapple, Green Apple, Cookie Monster and Plum Punch inks.  It was great to not have to clean a brush between colors, but rather just reach for the the color family brush!

I removed the stencil and masks.

And colored my bear with Copic Markers.

 Once colored, I once again added that circle mask, and using a Copic Multiliner, drew a line around the circle to define it, taking care not to cross that ear.

Now I filled in the background of the circle.  I'd used YG25 but decided it was a bit too bright, so I added YG over the top to tone the color down a bit to match the Green Apple ink.

Now I wanted to use the birthday greeting from The Inside Scoop - Belated Birthday. but I wanted to used only half on the front of my card, the other half on the inside of the card.  Once I had placed my stamp in my MISTI, I covered the portion I did not want with a piece of Purple Tape before inking.

 That tape protected the lower portion from ink, so once removed, I would only stamp the portion I wanted onto my white cardstock.

I trimmed out the sentiment using my Cut-Align tool and a craft knife.

Before adding my sentiment to the front of the card, I used the same process with  tape on my clean stamp to add the lower portion of the birthday greeting to the inside of my card.

Finally I added my sentiment to the front of the card with foam tape.

These Blender Brushes and the Storage Caddy are available for purchase at Taylored Expressions today.  Taylor even has a free gift with purchase of the Blender Brushes and Storage Caddy, and free shipping with a $50 order through June 30th too!

Happy crafting everyone!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Stamping Friends Trifecta Blog Hop: Gina K. Designs, Picket Fence Studios & My Sweet Petunia

Good morning and welcome to the Stamping Friends Trifecta Blog Hop!  
I'm thrilled to be part of this really fun and exciting blog hop.  Today the Gina K. Designs, Picket Fence Studios and My Sweet Petunia teams have joined up and are using products from all three companies to share inspiration and our love of these three companies' amazing products.   

There are many participants in this hop, so I know you will find lots of inspiration.  Grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy hopping through all of the blogs.  Leave comments along the way to be entered to win one of three great hop prizes.  Each company is offering a $50 gift certificate to a lucky winner chosen from comments left along the hop.  Each company will announce the winner of their $50 gift certificate prize on or before June 7th, so don't delay!

Let's get started with some fun combo projects, shall we?

My first card uses the Martini Glasses Stencil from Picket Fence Studios.
I used two pieces of Masking Magic to protect the majority of my single layer top fold card base, using the grid lines on my MISTI Mouse pad as a guide to line up the masking paper, creating an area for my images.  I laid the stencil over my card base, and used Gina K. Designs' Key Lime ink to add color to the martini glasses.  I removed the stencil and washed it as the ink on my martinis was drying.  Once dry, I replaced the stencil, and pressed my Versamark ink pad into the stencil, then used a clean Picket Fence Studios' Life Changing Blending Brush to carefully and evenly distribute the Versamark ink into the stems and corners of the glasses.   I then removed the stencil and heat embossed the martini glasses with clear embossing powder.  

I cleaned my stencil and brushes, then brushed ink my focal area with Gina K. Designs' Blue Denim, Sweet Corn and Jelly Bean inks, then used a dry cloth to remove any excess ink from the embossed areas.

I diecut the word Wishes with the Gina K. Designs Wishes Word Die from Heavyweight White Cardstock that had been partially inked with Blue Denim ink, and adhered it to my card with Connect Glue.  I then, using my Original MISTI, stamped the word Birthday from the Wishes Mini Stamp Set onto a small piece of Jelly Bean Green cardstock with Blue Denim ink.  Leaving my stamp and cardstock in place, I cleaned the stamp, and restamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then used the Cut-Align from My Sweet Petunia and a craft knife to trim out the embossed word with a 1/16' inch border.

My next two card use the Elegant Asters Stamps and Dies from Gina K. Designs.  I cut a variety of the Asters from her Sea Glass, White, Wild Dandelion, and Sweet Mango cardstocks.  I used Jelly Bean Green and Fresh Asparagus for the leaves.  I saved the negative from one of my cardstocks to use later.

My next step was to darken the edges.  I used the blending brushes from Picket Fence Studios to add the following colors of ink:  Jelly Bean Green, Sweet Corn, Tropical Teal, Soft Stone, Faded Brick and Dark Sage.  The ink looks rather dark at first when it was wet, but it did fade considerably when it dried.

Now I placed my three Aster stamps on the lid of my Original MISTI and stamped them onto a sheet of the lined paper pad.  I used the negative piece from my earlier die cutting to frame each of those stamped images, securing them with Purple Tape.

Now I just popped each of my inked diecuts into the frame and stamped them in corresponding inks.  

I used the same method to stamp the leaves.

My next step was to create a vase for my flowers.  Using my MISTI, I stamped the vase from Gina K.'s Buds and Vases stamp set at the bottom of a panel of Artist's Choice Cardstock with Whisper Amalgam ink.  It's very soft color makes it a great no-line coloring ink.  I added color with Prismacolor pencils, using various turquoise, blues, greens and even a yellow-orange as a reflection, and used a blending tortillion and gamsol to blend the colors together.

I trimmed the panel to fit within a Turquoise Sea card base and stamped the greeting from Picket Fence's Forever and Ever Stamp Set in Turquoise Sea ink.  I added small dots of both Copic marker and white gel to my flower centers, and even added a bit of white highlight to some of the flowers with gel pen, smudging it out and softening it with my finger.  My last step was to assemble my floral arrangement,  layering the leaves and flowers and adhering them to my card panel with Connect Glue or foam dimensional adhesive.

I used a few more of the Asters that I'd inked and stamped for the next card as well.  I started with a piece of Heavyweight White Cardstock, and Gina K.'s Rounded Swirls Art Stencil.  This is a rather delicate stencil with lots of little tendrils.  I used Pixie Spray Stencil Adhesive to help hold my stencil in place as I inked it with Soft Stone and Slate ink with a blending brush.

I wanted to lighten my color a little and add a bit of extra elegance, so I used Elmer's Craft Bond spray adhesive to lightly cover the whole panel (be careful of overspray, it's messy stuff!).  I added fine prismatic glitter to the whole sticky panel, using a piece of waxed paper to carefully press the glitter firmly into the adhesive.   I shook off any excess glitter and set the glistening panel aside to dry.

I wanted a simple sentiment strip for this card, so I stamped the sentiment from Picket Fence Studios' Let's Shake Our Tail Feathers stamp set in Versamark ink onto Slate cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.

I used my Cut-Align tool and my craft knife to trim out the strip.  I used the 1/8" grid measurement along the bottom of my letters, to leave room for any descenders.  

I likewise flipped my Cut-Align and strip and used the same measurement along the top of the lower case letters, leaving enough room for any ascenders.

I then simply adhered the sentiment strip to my glittered panel, and trimmed it to fit an A2 card base,  and added the white Asters, some of my remaining inked leaves. 

My final card, uses stamps from both Picket Fence's Let's Shake Your Tail Feathers and the sentiment from Gina's Elegant Asters stamp set.

Using my Original MISTI, I stamped with Versamark and heat embossed the peacock tail image with silver to the bottom of an A2 panel of Heavyweight White Cardstock.  I turned my panel and repeated the image on the opposite side.  

I used Seaglass, Turquoise Sea and Wild Lilac inks to ink the panel, wiping excess ink from the embossing with a dry cloth.  

I created my own background for my oval sentiment by first arranging the two thin sentiment images along one of the grid lines in the center of my MISTI grid paper.  I picked up the stamps with the MISTI lid and stamped onto the grid paper.  Next I traced the outer edge of my stitched oval die, onto a slightly larger rectangular piece of white cardstock.  This allows me to easily repeat stamp my sentiments, creating my background.  I simply placed my rectangle lined up with one of the 1/4" spaced grid lines, secured it with my bar magnet and stamped.  For the next and following stampings, I simply moved my paper, up or down, to the left or or right, each time lining it up again with one of the grid lines before stamping.

I stamped the You are Loved sentiment in Slate ink before diecutting my oval.  

I lightly pressed the edges of my stitched oval die cut into my Versamark ink pa16thd and heat embossed a very faint silver edge to my die cut before adding it to my peacock panel.  I trimmed the panel down, 3/16th of an inch on each side so that a sliver of my Turquoise Sea card base.

That's all from me today, but there are many more posts to visit!  Make sure to visit them all, commenting your way through to be entered to win one of the $50 gift certificate hop prizes and make sure you stop back to the company blogs on June 7th to see if you are one of the lucky winners!  

Thank you for visiting, and enjoy the hop!  
Your next stop should be Emily's blog!

The full list of hop participants is listed below for your convenience:
Gina Krupsky