Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pens n Pumpkins!

This one is for the ladies that took the Zentangle-inspired workshop at The Stamp Shoppe earlier this month...I was working on this pumpkin stencil and told you it would pop up here when I got it done!

For this image I used a tiny .005 pen.  You need a light touch with this pen or you will lose your nib in no time.

When I finished this image I just couldn't stop myself from adding color to my image!  This time instead of using Copic markers, I used Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol.  This worked really well with the ink of the penwork.  I tangled first and then colored when I was done.

Here is the image again on a different distressing, just the pop of the tangled image itself.

The die is by Dreamweaver and this one is LL515.  You can contact The Stamp Shoppe if you *need* it in your collection!

Entering my blog in the AAA Cards stencil challenge!

Friday, August 29, 2014

It's Your Day To Shine!

Happy Friday!  It's a wet gloomy day in our neck of the woods, but I love the vibrant green of the grass and the plants/flowers.  Have to soak it up quick as fall is upon us soon and the green goes away.  Seems like just yesterday I was anxiously awaiting the pop of the leaves!  Time flies!

Today's card was one I did for the Splitcoaststampers' Dare to get Dirty challenge.  I used flowers from Our Craft Lounge to make this floral explosion.  The butterfly is from an old SU! set and the sentiment is from a Prickley Pear clear set.

Happy weekend all!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vellum Embossing with the August Creative Cafe Kit!

I have had so much fun playing with the August Creative Cafe Kit!  For my last card this month I used a fun Vellum Embossing Technique and added a touch of dimension to my leaves to create this fabulous tag card!

As we did on an earlier card, these leaves were stamped on the green designer paper from the MME pad and then color was added with YG46 and YG43 for interest.  We fussy cut the leaves.  For this card you will be folding the leaf over your scissors blade, right down the middle to give the leaf some dimension!

Next we are going to stamp the flower image onto white vellum (not included in kit) with stazon ink.
Let dry.

Flip your dry images over onto a foam pad.  Using an embossing stylus, gently rub every other section of the flower petals until they stretch and turn white as shown.

Color the flat sections that you did not emboss with Copic B97.

Flip your image back over to the *right* side.  If you wish to tone down the white, you can color it carefully with a Copic B45.  Just be careful not to touch the stazon or you will have a bleeding issue.

Fussy cut your flowers and attach to your tag with glue dots under the center of the flowers.  I added a sunflower gem on my flowers for added dimension and interest.

I stamped the little black flowers onto the Bazzill Bling paper with Stazon ink.  I embellished the center of each with a dot of glue and then the gold glitter.

My tag measures 4 1/2 x 2 1/8 inches.  I free handed the corners and hole punch, but if you have a tag in your stash, go ahead and trace it!.

I hope I have inspired you to give this technique a try!  I have enjoyed my month as Guest Designer with The Rubber Cafe!

I am also entering this card in the Southern Girls Challenge which is texture!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' Kit -Gold 'n Glitz
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' Kit -Gold 'n Glitz;  My Mind's Eye -Market Street 6x6 pad, Bazzill Bling, Gold, white
Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo; Copic Markers, Stazon Black ink
Adhesives: Dimensional 3d Pop-dots, glue
Embellishments:  Green Rayon Ribbon; Queen and Co. Bling adhesives

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dreamweaver Vase Stencil Study in Zentangle!

I taught a Zentangle-inspired workshop a few weeks ago at The Stamp Shoppe in Schofield, WI. 
One of the stencils that one of the classes tangled in was this vase.  I have been having fun popping all sorts of different tangles into that vase!    There is a possibility I may be doing another workshop this fall...and these may be some of the tangles we do!

For my first card I colored the image after tangling it with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol.  I paired it up with my Inky Antics Simple Sentiments and Fabulous Flowers stamp sets.   I used a Cheery Lynn die for the greenery in my vase.  The flower center is a vintage button from my grandma's button collection. 
This is the card layout we used for the tangle workshop, only these are different tangles.
This is the set of tangles we did in the workshop, only I popped the vase onto a different sort of card.  I love the pop of black and white over this fun inky background. 

Hope your week is sailing along smoothly!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Paper Quilting Technique Tutorial

 Today I have a fun technique to share with you that I learned while participating in the Splitcoaststampers' Dare to Get Dirty challenge.  It is a paper quilting technique.
Basically what you do is to punch out squares from different patterned papers.  I decided to use punches from one sheet of K and Co designer paper and then quilt by  .

1. First punch out your squares.
2. Cut each square exactly in half with a paper cutter.
3. Cover a sheet of cardstock with adhesive.  I ran mine through a Xyron sticker machine.
4. Apply the pieces to the sticky panel.  I chose to place mine by color, but if you chose to do it random it would resemble a crazy quilt.
5. Now you are ready to use this panel to die cut.  I chose to cut two PPRS D001 Butterfly dies.
You end up with some paper quilted butterflies for your project.
6. If you know me a bit, you will know I rarely throw things I didn't really want to toss that paper quilted panel that I just created, so I decided to use it as a layer on my card!

I doodled around the panel that covers up my butterfly die cuts and added a sentiment (CLR012 Flowers Clear Set) for a fun and different card!

Monday, August 25, 2014

I'm Grateful For You!

It's Prickley Pear Monday...and I have a fun fall card for you today!   I stamped the pumpkin on a piece of glossy paper that had the polished stone technique done on it.  I just love the look of the swirly ink after the alcohol ink hits it!  There are touches of metallic gold in this one!

Be sure to pop on over to the Prickley Pear Blog today and see what the other girls have been up to!

CLR008 Pumpkin Patch, D008 Pumpkin, D045 Flourish, CLR018A Oak and Maple Leaf 2

Saturday, August 23, 2014


Howdy!  I've been busy in the kitchen today....lotsa cookin going on! 

This card is one I made for Splitcoaststampers' Dare To Get Dirty challenge which was to use buttons on the main image.  There are buttons ALL OVER this card!!

Images are from Designed2Delight I believe...not sure if Faith has added it to the From The Heart Stamps store.  Colored with Copic markers.

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pretty in Purple!

I am playing along with the MarkerPOP Challenge #50 which is to use Purple!
My image for this card is from My Besties and is colored up with Copic markers! 
The die is from Cheery Lynn and the papers are from my scrap bins.
Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Zentangle Vases for The Rubber Cafe

I have two more cards to share to day for The Rubber Cafe using the August Creative Cafe kit.

Today I am using Zentangle patterns to decorate the vase in this set.  You can always stamp the vase onto designer paper and cut out and apply for a paper-pieced effect, but I have found much fun in using Zentangle patterns and doodling on my cards of late.

For this vase I stamped the image onto white cardstock and then colored it with Copic Markers G46, G43, R22, R21. 

Next I added the Zentangle patterns as shown.  The top portion of the vase is simply a series of circles in varying sizes.  I draw with a 01 Micron pen.
Do as I say here and not as I did.  I forgot to color the vase first and you can see the black smeared a bit in the top portion of the vase.  Color it first and then tangle on it and you will get the crisp clean effect I did on my card.

The bottom portion of the vase is a pattern called Nekton.  Basically it is a series of 4 straight parallel lines in varying directions.  I then used pencil and Copic markers to add shading to the bottom of the vase.  You can see that I shaded a portion of the vase above and how much depth it adds to the design.
I kept the layout of these cards simple and basic since I want the focus to be on the floral arrangement and vase. 

The second card I stamped the vase on the pink designer paper and then tangled on it.  I only colored certain circles in the dotted portion for a totally different effect. 

The greenery images in each card are stamped directly onto the designer paper and then colored with YG67 and accented with a white gel pen. 

The flowers on each card are stamped on white cardstock and colored with R29, R24, R22 and R21.  I then fussy cut them and popped them up on foam tape for dimension. 

I added some of the rayon ribbon to each card as well as some Q and Co Sunflower Gems. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek...I'll be back next week with a fun card using the Vellum Embossing Technique!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' Kit -Gold 'n Glitz
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' Kit -Gold 'n Glitz;  My Mind's Eye -Market Street 6x6 pad
Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo; Copic Markers, Mircon Black Pen, White Gel Pen
Adhesives: Dimensional 3d Pop-dots,
Embellishments:  Green and Pink Rayon Ribbon; Queen and Co. Bling adhesives

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fabulous Floral Vase

I'm back from a few days away....think I will share a flower card with you today.  The flower and sentiment are from my Inky Antics Fabulous Flowers and Simple Sentiment sets. 

The vase is a Dreamweavers stencil that I tangled in.  For a fun change of pace I colored the tangled stencil image with Copic Markers.

The vine die cut is from Cheery Lynn Designs.
Hope you are having a fabulous week!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Polished Stone Happiness

Happy Monday!  I have a fun card for you today using a *scrap* from a die cut I made on polished stone paper.  I don't throw much away...and years after the card was created with the original butterfly die, here I am using the negative space and creating a happy little thinking of you card!

I tied on some sewing notion lace and added a vintage button to my Copic marker colored flower.  The designer paper is faux stitched and I created a little banner for my greeting. 

  D001 Butterfly Die, CLR002A Hibiscus 2 Clear Set, D002 Hibiscus Die

Be sure to pop on by the Prickley Pear blog today to see what the other gals have been up to!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

You Make Me Smile!

I have a cheery little card for you today....the image is by From The Heart Stamps; not sure if it is the store currently or if it was from Designed2Delight.  The paper is from Darcies and the image is colored with Copic Markers.

The sentiment is from my Inky Antics Simple Sentiments 11104mc set; just love that font!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Happiness Is...

Here is another card I did up for the Dare To Get Dirty Challenge.  The image is from From The Heart Stamps and is colored with Copic Markers.

The sentiment is Happiness is Knowing DD0201 from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.  I pulled the paper from my scrap bin and added  a touch of vintage crocheted lace.

Hope you are having a happy weekend!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Guest Designer Michelle Pearson Week 2 - Doodling and Masking!

I'm so happy to share another card this week featuring the August Creative Cafe Kit! 

This week I decided to use a bit of masking on my project.

Stamp the vase image on a post it note and cut out the vase. 
Stamp the vase on white cardstock and then cover it with the post it vase.
Stamp the two floral elements as shown above so their stems are inside the vase.

Next color the vase with Copic Markers:  G46 and G43. 
Cover the the colored vase with the post it note and stamp a design on vase as shown.

Draw in a stem with an black 08 Micron Pen and color with Copic markers.
Stamp the rose bud and doodle on the blossom with a 01 Micron Pen. 
I used the Msst Zentangle Pattern on this bud.

Color the bud with Copic Markers:  R29, R24, R22. 
Fussy cut the bud and the vase images as shown.
I doodled a frame on the designer paper to frame my image. 
Start with two parallel lines. The pattern I used was a circle followed by four straight lines and repeat.
Then I put a solid dot in the center of each circle and colored the center of each set of lines...simple but quiet effective.

To make the sentiment banner put a strip of washi tape onto white cardstock.
Stamp your sentiment with Stazon ink.
Trim the edges and then cut your banner ends.
Gold sticker is from the MME Market Street Chipboard Buttons Sticker Set.
Tie black ribbon through the button an attach to card.
Add Queen and Co Sunflower bling to your sentiment banner and you have a card!

Thanks so much for taking a peek today...I look forward to sharing another fabby floral card next week!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' Kit -Gold 'n Glitz
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' Kit -Gold 'n Glitz;  My Mind's Eye -Market Street 6x6 pad
Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo; Copic Markers, Stazon Black ink
Adhesives: Dimensional 3d Pop-dots,
Embellishments:  Black Rayon Ribbon; Queen and Co. Bling adhesives; My Mind's Eye-Market Street Chipboard buttons; Washi Tape

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Clean and Simple Watercolor Card Set

I had fun making this set of cards yesterday after I saw a pin on Pinterest.  I had not tried this technique yet, applying ink to an acrylic block and then spraying with water before stamping on watercolor paper.  And, after I traced her post back to the post that inspired her...I think I shall try that technique soon as well!
For the look I got here, I inked up the long acrylic block with distress ink pads.  I stamped images on this one and words on the others before spraying with water and stamping onto my watercolor paper.
Once the images were dry I then stamped the images over the top with Versafine ink.  The pinecones are by Stampers Anonymous and the flowers are by Penny Black.
The beauty of this technique is that every piece ends up original.  I also love the use of white space which is something I often don't have on my creations.
I did decide to frame my cards with a hint of colored cardstock, but they could easily be left entirely white.
 I did add a few Newsprint Candi Dots to several of my cards just because I liked the balance it gave.
These are quick and easy cards that are perfect to give as a matching gift and are flat for mailing for those you send out. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Zentangle Inspired Workshop!

Do you want to learn how to Zentangle?

Tuesday August 19
10:30 - 12:30

The Stamp Shoppe
4111 Schofield Ave
Schofield, WI  54476 

Special Guest Teacher: Michelle Pearson
is teaching a Zentangle-Inspired class
using Dreamweaver stencils!

Sign up today by calling

Monday, August 11, 2014

Creative Blog Hop - Simple Moments

Happy Monday!  Today I am participating in a Creative Blog Hop which is a tour of creative blogs to meet new crafty friends, share inspiration and techniques.
I was mentioned in a post from crafty friend Vicki Robertson on August 4th.  If you have a minute, pop on over and check out her awesome blog!
What am I working on?
I just recently completed the Splitcoaststampers Dare To Get Dirty challenge...49 cards in a week...I made one for each challenge, so you may call me a Dare to Get Dirty QUEEN!  

How does my work differ from others in my genre?
Oh, I would say that I like to dabble with almost any technique and style.  You will see some extremely putzy cards on my blog followed by clean and simple.  I like glitter, embroidery, zentangle, fussy cutting, you will see it all!
Why do I write/create what I do?
Creating is what I do.  I love papers and images of many kinds...I love seeing them come to life as paper and images meet.  Change the paper or one element and you have an entirely different creation.  What's not to love?    I enjoy making personalized projects for people; projects that have a special little place in someone's heart.

How does my writing/creative process work?
I am inspired by life.  Things I see in nature; my flowers, landscapes, vacations, etc.  I am inspired by designer papers, images, colors.  I really don't plan things out.  I usually start with an image and match it to a paper that I've chosen for color or feel.  I have TONS of paper...and I remember what I have and often dig until I find what I'm looking for.  I usually remember where I saw it last and can find it quite quickly.  I remember my embellishments in the same way and things just fall together.

Thank you so much for joining me today!  Here is where I should be introducing 2-3 blogger friends to pass the hop along to; however my invitees were unable to hop with me next Monday. So I am going to open this hop up to anyone who wishes to play along.  Please comment on this blog post if you can play along that you will be joining the hop.  Email me privately and I will send you the hop info you need and I will post your links in my next Monday post.  
In the meantime, you can check out the links on my sidebar...these ladies are inspiring to me and have some beautiful blogs to discover!

It's also Prickley Pear Monday here on my blog!  Today's car features GG0194 Poppy Bud, and EE0187 Simple Moments.  I colored the image with Copic markers and then fussy cut it before adding it to the card.  I cut a few of the D045 Flourish die from some pearlized paper.  Other supplies include some lace, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Candi dots and a Couture Creations embossing folder.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Guest Designer: The Rubber Cafe Week 1

Hello!  I am so excited to have been asked to be Guest Designer for The Rubber Cafe for the month of August!  This is my first time to play with a Creative Cafe Kit.  Here is a peek at all of the lovely goodness in this kit.

Here are the two stamp kits that are included in this kit:

I chose to go with the Flower Bouquet set for my first card.  I just love the leaf image in this set.

Before I could stop myself I wast stamping it repeatedly on some green designer paper from the My Mind's Eye Market Street 6x6 paper pad.  I then added some shading to the leaves with Copic Markers G46 and G43 before cutting them out.

Included in this pack were some Bazzil Bling cardstock and black cardstock.  I matted the bling cardstock on the black and then created a wreath with the leaves I had cut out.

You can see in this photo the dimension I achieved by glue dotting the bottom of the leaf and then tucking some foam tape under the top portion of the leaf.

I colored the flower with Copic Markers R29, R24, R22, R21.  Cut out the flower, apply to card with foam tape and adorn with a Queen and Co Sunflower gem.

Stamp the two leaf images and color with Copic Markers YG67, YG17, YG25.  Attach to card as shown.

To finish off my card I wrapped some of the green seam binding around the bottom of the card and then tie a chipboard button to your card from the MME Market Street Chipboard Buttons set.  

All supplies in the August Creative Cafe Kit/Add-ons
The Rubber Cafe' Flower Bouquet Clear Set
My Mind's Eye Market Street 6x6 Paper Pad
My Mind's Eye Market Street Chipboard Buttons
Green Seam Binding
Queen and Co Sunflower Gem
White Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Blue Bazzill Bling Cardstock

Thanks for letting me share my project, I look forward to sharing again next week!
~michelle pearson~