Friday, August 11, 2017

Hello!

Hi everybody!
I'm sorry I've been MIA this week but I'm off on a great adventure! I'll share more about that later. For now I I wanted to stop by to say Hello! And, to share a quick card with you.


Here's a close up of the layers.


Guess what? Today I'm blogging from my phone and it keeps closing my post down and deleting it before I can finish it. So, after three or four tries... I'm outta here! I hope you are having an amazing day!

I'll be back soon and if you have any questions about this card please leave me a comment. I'll get back to you asap.

Have a great one!
Maria.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Creating Kindness Blog Hop: Texture

Hello and welcome to this month's Creating Kindness (Around the World) Blog and Video hop (yes, we really have a video hop on YouTube)! If this is your first time to my blog, my name is Maria Willis, and I'm a Stampin' Up Demonstrator from a small mountain town called Boulder Creek, CA in the United States. I'm so glad to have you here. Today our theme is "Texture" and our design team has done our best to bring you some creative ways of adding texture to your own crafting projects.




For my card I decided to use Stampin' Ups! new Embossing Paste. It's great for adding texture to any project. I decided to keep my card simple to let the medallion pattern and vibrant colors take the spotlight. On this card I used a color combination of Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay. 

I used Basic Black cardstock in hopes of having the colors boldly pop off of the page and I like the way it turned out. After applying the paste and letting it dry I used sponge daubers  to apply color. The sponge daubers allowed me to apply the color lightly or heavily as I pleased. It also turns out that black is a good color to use as a background for this embossing paste as it provides a very forgiving background.


What you cannot see in my photos is how sparkly these cards are in real life. After sponging them with color I painted them with Clear Wink of Stella. They are so sparkly and pretty! If you're interested in seeing what they look like when the Wink of Stella catches the light I hope you'll check out my video.  In my video I've got some tips for keeping your background and edges clean as well as how to care for your embossing paste tools. I also show the full process of how to make these cards with measurements included and helpful tips along the way.  Here's a link to the tutorial video:




If you watched the video you saw that the card I featured today is actually the second card  that I made using this technique. The first card was more of an experiment that started with spritzing color onto the embossing paste (it worked but the color faded over the course of the week). Once I realized that the color was going to fade with the spritzing technique I decided to try with sponge daubers and I was able to get much more saturated color with this technique. The Clear Wink of Stella is a fun addition but not just because it sparkles. In the video you can see that the solution in the Wink of Stella helps to drag the ink color around blending the colors seamlessly.  Here's a look at both of the cards. My original card was done with Lemon Lime Twist and Island Indigo inks.   The colors aren't all that different but the Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay card is a lot more vibrant.



If you're interested in creating texture on a project without using embossing paste then check out my post from yesterday. Here's a link and a sneak peek... just click HERE.



That's it for today folks! I hope you'll keep on hopping along with us to see the amazing ideas the rest of the design team has to share. Next you'll be heading over to Satomi Wellard in Japan!

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day! 
Maria.






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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Bee

Hey everybody and happy Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Today I'm sharing a card that I made forever ago...February I think. Anyways, I made it for my On Stage Display board and still haven't gotten around to sharing it. Believe it or not there are still a few more after this one. The cool thing is that almost everything on this card is current. I was going for texture when I made this and ended up incorporating quite a few techniques in the process.


When I started this card I knew I wanted to use this bee. The rest of the card sort of unfolded from there. In this pic you can see how many different layers of interest there are. The card base has splatters, stamping, DSP, gold foil stickers and black pearls. 


The card face is glossy cardstock that has been treated with an embossed wax paper resist technique, sponged, dry embossed with the 3D Hexagon embossing folder, heat embossed with a stamped image from Gorgeous Grunge (retired but easily replaced by other stamp sets), smeared with versa mark and embossed for a faux metal look in silver, gold and copper. 

Then the card face was layered on a mat of Basic Black and wrapped with Venetian Crochet Trim and Linen Thread. 


The bee was placed to look as if it were ready to take flight from it's textured hive.

There's a lot going on here but I think (hope!) it all goes together for a fun look. 

Oh, I forgot to mention that I sponged the the sentiment banner as well. Do you see the yellow "honey comb" at the base of the card face? That's the embossed wax paper resist. To get that look you dry emboss a piece of wax paper in an embossing folder. I used the Hexagon folder. Then you iron the wax paper onto your glossy paper (make sure to put a piece of paper between the wax paper and your iron). After the wax pattern is transferred you sponge over it with ink to reveal the pattern. On this card I sponged over the wax with Daffodil Delight.


This card was really fun to make. It was a bit time consuming but for me it's worth it when you can see all of these different layers of technique and paper and ribbon and twine and texture come to together to make something interesting. 

I think I'll try to make another card like this soon. It's fun to just modge podge a bunch of ideas together to see how it will turn out.

If you like texture then please come back tomorrow. Tomorrow the Creating Kindness Blog and Video Hop goes live and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the team has created.

Thanks for stopping by. See you soon!
Maria.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Emboss Resist Cherry Blossoms on Glossy Paper

Hey Everybody! I hope you're having an amazing day! I'm just stopping by today with a quick photo tutorial for an emboss resist, alcohol ink blended background on Glossy Cardstock. How's that for a mouthful? Hahaha! I had planned on doing an Alcohol Ink Blending background tutorial for my friends on the Technique Zone and then I saw that the challenge over at TGIF Challenges this week is "Emboss Resist." So, I combined the two techniques to make this card. 


The first step to making this card is to heat emboss the images with Clear Embossing Poweder onto your Glossy  Cardstock. Make sure to use your stampin' buddy first so that your image is crisp and clean. 

It's really hard to see what's going on in this photo but if you look closely you can see the image of the cherry blossoms that I heat embossed.

Next, drop some ink from reinkers onto your glossy paper. I used Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Berry Burst. Then, spritz the ink with rubbing alcohol until the surface of the paper is flooded and the ink starts to blend and swirl together. 

You may need to use a paper towel to mop up the excess ink and alcohol mixture. Once the excess fluid is cleaned up your stamped/embossed image will be revealed (that's called emboss resist). You can either let this air-dry, or, you can hit it with a heat tool. 


I used Fast Fuse to adhere my card face to a mat in Basic Black and then I added some extra cherry blossoms in silver foil. The larger bloom came from the Birds & Blooms Thinlits and the smaller blooms were punched using the Tree Builder Punch.  

Some pearls in white and black (colored with a Sharpie), some black mini sequins and some black metallic thread finished my card off. 


If you're interested in seeing more cards made using the emboss resist technique then head on over to the TGIF Challenge Blog for #TGIFC118 and see what the design team and other challengers have to share with you this week. 


Alright, that's all I've got for today. If you try either of the techniques that I shared today I'd really love to hear how it went. You can always leave me a comment to let me know or ask any questions that you might have.

See you back here soon! The Creating Kindness blog and video hops are live on Thursday so I hope you'll come back to check those out. 

Bye for now!
Maria.








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Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing- July 2017 Kit

Hey Everybody and welcome to the July 2017 A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop! If you haven't visited my blog before-thanks for stopping by. My name is Maria Willis and I am a Stampin' Up Demonstrator from a little mountain town called Boulder Creek in California, USA. I'm excited to be participating in this hop to bring you all some fun alternate ways to use your Paper Pumpkin kit. 



I really love that Lemon Lime Twist watercolor wash background that came in this kit. I wanted it to really pop off of the card base (also from the kit) so I added a layer of Bermuda Bay to give a good color contrast. I took one of the white hearts that popped out of the card faces and sponged it in Bermuda Bay to match the mat that I added. 

I stamped some background crosses and the sentiment in Bermuda Bay and then flicked both Bermuda Bay ink and Clear Wink of Stella all over the heart and background. I also colored the wooden sentiment with Wink of Stella to give it some sparkle. It's hard to see in the photo but it's pretty glammed up in real life. To fancy up my card I finished up by adding wash tape from the PP kit, Silver Metallic Thread, White Ribbon and some pearls. 


For my project I just had to use these gumballs because I thought the colors matched so well. I used a small treat bag to hold the gum and then sealed it up with a fun bag topper. All of the pieces in the topper are from this month's Paper Pumpkin kit except for the strip of Bermuda Bay and the pearls...ok, and the Black Ink. This month's kit came with Soft Sky and Tranquil Tide ink spots.

This wooden sentiment is also "Stella-ed." I wish that shimmer showed up better on camera but you're just going to have to trust me that it's pretty. In case you're wondering where the paper with the Lemon Lime Twist crosses came from... check the inside of your envelopes (wink). That envelope paper is quite possibly my favorite thing in this kit and it was torture to cut it up. 

I hope you enjoyed both of my projects today and thanks so much for stopping by!

We've got so many more great ideas on this hop so please head on over to the fabulous Cindee Wilkinson's  blog to see what she's got to share with you. You can just click the next button or feel free to jump around on the hop by using the blog roll below. You can find links to the products I have used today below the blog roll. As always, I'm here to help, so please feel free to message me or comment with any questions that you might have. That's all for now.

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Maria.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

TGIFC117- Summertime Blues

Hey everybody! I'm back today to play along with the #TGIFC117 and this week they've got a Summertime Blues challenge. Summertime Blues? Well, for me it's summertime blue skies and sunshine! Summertime for me is about enjoying the beautiful weather, soaking up some sunshine and maybe even picking some flowers. That being said, this adorable pig stamp was just perfect for this theme. 


I stamped my image from the This Little Piggy stamp set in Basic Black Archival ink so that I could watercolor without worrying about my image smearing. The Archival inks are my favorite permanent inks for just about everything. Remember that when you are watercoloring it is critical to use either watercolor paper (that's what I've used on this card), or, Shimmery White Yardstick so that your colors will blend and your paper won't warp or pill. I used Lemon Lime Twist and Emerald Envy on the grass, Berry Burst on the pig, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie on the flower and Tempting Turquoise for my "Summertime Blues" sky. The new Iridescent Sequins are so awesome. I love that they come in many different colors and sizes. If you look closely at the center of the flower you might be able to see that I've adhered the center of an orange sequin to the flower. In real life it sparkles just a bit. 

I wanted to keep my card simple to highlight the fun image and the watercoloring but when I added the image to my white card base it seemed like something was missing. I added a tab to the side using my Bermuda Bay Chevron ribbon so that there would be just a pop of color peeking out. I also used the polka dot stamp from Timeless Textures to create a fun background in Daffodil Delight (stamped off once). I was hoping that it would add to the sunshiny, summer look of the card. 

If you'd like to see some more Summertime Blues themed cards then head on over to TGIF Challenge Blog to see what the design team and challenge participants have created. There are some really amazing projects so I recommend checking them out.



Thanks for stopping by my blog today! It's always so nice to have you visit.

Maria.


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

#GDP096- CASEing Tanja Kolar

Hey everybody and happy Sunday! It has been so long since I've played along with a challenge blog and this week's challenge over at #GDP096 was just too good to pass up! This week the Global Design Project is CASEing its' very own Tanja Kolar and check out this gorgeous card that we get to use as inspiration. 



When you CASE a card you can take anything from it that you want and use it in your own card. I chose to use Tanja's layout. I switched the squares out for circles and added a larger sentiment.  I love that two cards using the same layout can look so very different. My sentiment is from the Window Shopping stamp set. The little "To You" on the hand-cut banner is from the Tabs For Everything set.



I really had fun layering all of these beautiful pieces. The flower is put together from two pieces from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits. The tiny leaves were watercolored using Lemon Lime Twist and Emerald Envy and then cut using the same framelits as the flower. I hand cut both the sentiment piece in Berry Burst and the little banner in Pool Party.  The circle was cut using my stitched circle framelits and the Gold Foil Doily, Gold Metallic Thread, Pick a Pattern Washi Tape and Metallic Sequins were the perfect finishing touches for this card. 


I'm so glad I had a chance to play along with #GDP096 this week! If you're looking to see more amazing projects using Tanja's card as inspiration head on over to the Global Design Project Blog and check out all of the amazing cards over there. 

Happy Sunday and Thanks for stopping by today! As always, please let me know if you have any questions or are interested in purchasing products to make some cards of your own. I've got a full list of products below so feel free to click on through to my store if you're interested. BONUS: This month we've got a great deal going on and for every $50 that you spend in July you will receive a coupon for $5 to spend in August! 

Bye for now!
Maria.



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