Festive Friday: Sweet Summertime

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Welcome back for another Festive Friday!

We’re ready for SUMMER and counting down to the 4th of July for our latest challenge. I wanted to have some fun mixing stamp sets and watercoloring on hot press card – a new love for me! I think you’ll really enjoy this project, so give it a try! You can change up the popsicles to be any “flavor” you want – perhaps you’re more of a fudgesicle type – go for it! Of course, with the Altenew Way Too Sweet stamp set, you could swap out the popsicles for ice cream cones too. This is a classic layout, so dive into your stash and use what you have 😀

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Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Get ready for your patriotic events and create some fun decor – tablescape items, placecards, food markers, patriotic banners or bunting.
  • Work up a scrapbook page or other memory-keeping to commemorate a fun summer or Independence Day event.
  • Think up a fun, quick and simple project that the kiddos can do with you. Foster their creativity and cut down on screen-time!

CASE one of the DT projects and add your own twist to our designs. Of course, if you blog about it, we would love for you to mention the Designer as your inspiration for your project. Here’s links to all of the Designers:

Here’s my take:

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Stamps: Way Too Sweet (Altenew), All Lined Up (The Stamp Market)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 4″ x 5 1/4″ Hot Press Watercolor Card 140lb (Arches)
Inks: Hybrid Black (Scrapbook.com), Mowed Lawn, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Black Soot Distress Inks (Ranger/Tim Holtz)
Accessories: None
Other: Sticky Sheets (Sizzix), Stamp Positioner (Tonic/Tim Holtz), Big Shot (Sizzix), Way Too Sweet dies (Altenew), Fun Foam Sheets (Creative Hands)

Party Plan

(your step-by-step guide to CASE-ing this design – click the images for a larger slideshow)

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Set aside.
  2. Stamp the sentiment in the lower right corner.
  3. Make pencil marks (1 5/16″, 2 5/8″, 3 15/16″) on the watercolor panel to mark the center of the treat. Align the right-most treat and stamp.
  4. Shift the watercolor panel to the right to get the stamp in the right place. Stamp the second treat. It is easier to shift the panel because then you don’t need to worry about aligning the treats all the way across – the stamp positioner does that for you.
  5. Shift the panel one more time to the right and stamp the final treat.
  6. Pick out colors.
  7. Color the sentiment (Mowed Lawn) and the popsicle sticks (Vintage Photo).
  8. Color the popsicles (Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry). Dry and then add another layer to the left to add in some shadowing.
  9. Diecut the treats
  10. Cut out foam sheet and add to the back of the sentiment panel. Adhere to card base.
  11. Adhere treats into cutouts.

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0036 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

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On the CASE: All Lined Up Hello

Happy Hump Day! Got time for a quick CASE?
Oooh! I’m so in love with my take on today’s Inspiration CASE! I’ve noticed that I’m not so into patterned paper anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was.

MFT: 7 Basics to Start Stamping & Cardmaking

Welcome to a new feature here at The Retreat – My Favorite Things!
I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.

On the CASE: All Lined Up Hello

Happy Hump Day! Got time for a quick CASE?

Oooh! I’m so in love with my take on today’s Inspiration CASE! I’ve noticed that I’m not so into patterned paper anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was. I always ended up with sooooo much that I didn’t use. So, now, I just don’t buy it! I prefer to create my own backgrounds. So, I made my own background for today’s project, based on the patterned paper used for the original. It was fun, and it turned out ah-maz-ing!

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: All Lined Up (The Stamp Market), Sketchy Floral (Altenew)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Solar White 110lb CS (Neenah), 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ Hot Press Watercolor Card (Arches)
Inks: 36 Pan Set Watercolors (Altenew), Versamark (Tsukinkeo)
Accessories: None
Other: Sticky Grid Sheets (Sizzix), White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Anti-static bag (Ranger), Heat Tool (Hero Arts), Stamp Positioning Tool (Tonic), #6 Round Watercolor Brush (Transon), Fun Foam Sheet (Amazon)

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Score the card base at 4 1/4″ – set aside.
  2. Watercolor rainbow stripes on watercolor card. Do not add water to the card ahead of time – this is a wet on dry technique. You may need to mix colors to get the desired colors. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
  3. Add a Sizzix Sticky Grid to the base of the stamp positioner. This will allow for easier repeat stamping.
  4. Stamp the “Hello” image on three of the colored stripes using Versamark. Heat emboss in white.
  5. Add “Just Because” image to the card and emboss in white.
  6. Cut a foam sheet slightly smaller than the watercolor panel. Adhere to the back of the watercolor panel.
  7. Adhere finished panel to card base.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 – Who cares that this design had patterned paper originally?! I think watercoloring my own stripes is much more fun! Aaaannnd, it’s not any harder to do! Having the right size brush makes this project a breeze! I truly enjoyed mixing my watercolors to come up with colors that matched the sample. But, that was totally not necessary. This would be a great design to do some ombre shading – going for the monochrome effect. Or, perhaps alternating colors? Put this project in your back pocket! It’s one to come back to again and again!

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing our projects, or another project you’ve been eyeing!  We hope to see you again in 2 weeks when we’ll be On the CASE again!

 

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On the CASE: All Lined Up Hello

Happy Hump Day! Got time for a quick CASE?
Oooh! I’m so in love with my take on today’s Inspiration CASE! I’ve noticed that I’m not so into patterned paper anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was.

MFT: 7 Basics to Start Stamping & Cardmaking

Welcome to a new feature here at The Retreat – My Favorite Things!
I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.

Festive Friday: Easy Blue Floral Hello

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Welcome back for another Festive Friday!

We’re helping you get ready for yet another holiday that’s right around the corner – Father’s Day! This isn’t just an American holiday. It is celebrated worldwide, though some countries may celebrate on a different day. Many countries celebrate Father’s Day on the 3rd Sunday in June – like here in the US. Of course, if you’re already done with your Father’s Day planning – KUDOS! You can submit your project – we’d love to see it. But if you’d like to link up something different, we have another option for you!

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Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Think ahead and get your Father’s Day projects done now! Wouldn’t it be great to not have to rush a last minute idea?
  • Already set for Father’s Day? Blue is an easy option – there’s so many great patterned papers, washi tapes, and inks that will help you bring blue into the forefront of a project! Go for monochromatic, or make it the star color in your design – either works!
  • CASE one of the DT projects and add your own twist to our designs. Of course, if you blog about it, we would love for you to mention the Designer as your inspiration for your project. Here’s links to all of the Designers:

Here’s my take:

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Stamps: Floral Shadow (Altenew)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 5 1/2″ x 81 1/2″ Solar White 80lb (Neenah), 4″ x 5 1/4″ Solar White 80lb (Neenah)
Inks: Nocturne Versafine Clair( Tsukineko), Sea Glass Crisp Dye Ink (Altenew)
Accessories: Teal Shadow Washi Tape (Altenew)
Other: Big Shot (Sizzix), Floral Shadow Dies (Altenew), Stamp Positioner (Tonic)

Party Plan

(your step-by-step guide to CASE-ing this design – click the images for a larger slideshow)

  1. Score the card base at 4 1/4″. Adhere the Robin’s Egg CS and set aside.
  2. Adhere the washi tape to pieces of 80# Solar White CS.
  3. Set up the coordinating dies on the washi tape and diecut the flowers. 
  4. Stamp the background on another piece of 80# Solar White CS using Sea Glass ink.
  5. Adhere the stamped background to the card base.
  6. Stamp the sentiment in the lower right with Nocturne Versafine Clair.
  7. Add the diecut washi flowers using foam adhesive. Trim any overhanging florals.

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0035 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

Don’t Forget about my monthly GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

If you loved today’s project, I’d love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don’t lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

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On the CASE: All Lined Up Hello

Happy Hump Day! Got time for a quick CASE?
Oooh! I’m so in love with my take on today’s Inspiration CASE! I’ve noticed that I’m not so into patterned paper anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was.

MFT: 7 Basics to Start Stamping & Cardmaking

Welcome to a new feature here at The Retreat – My Favorite Things!
I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.

AECP: Zen & Tangled

Altenew Educator Certification Program Participant Badge

Do you like to doodle?

I used to doodle a lot! I would doodle during meetings and back in college – you know, when you’re supposed to be paying attention! Well, now that I work for myself and don’t have to go to any boring meetings, I find that I don’t really doodle anymore. Zentangling isn’t really doodling, but it leads to a similar, calming effect. When I saw there was a class at Altenew that covered Zentangling and cardmaking, I thought I needed to check it out!

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Class #3: Zentangle for Cardmakers

I have to admit – though I was interested in checking out this class, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to draw well enough to succeed! I bet some of you have that concern too! Well, let me tell you, it’s not as hard as it looks! All Zentangle patterns (or tangles) are broken down into steps, so as long as you take it a step at a time, you can get the gist of it pretty quick. I quickly discovered that “tangling” is a great way to add extra detail to a card design!

My Project

The class covers a handful of tangles, but I thought I would explore the Internet for others! I had an idea that I wanted to fill in the spaces of the Feathered Leaves stencil, so I would need tangles that were designed to work along as a string. I found a great website that has hundreds of tangles you can learn – tanglepatterns.com.

The Technique & Design

I started my project by using the “stencil smoosh” technique on a piece of Brea Reese Mix Media paper. I chose this over watercolor as I knew I’d be doing a lot of work with fineline pens and I didn’t want to worry about the texture of the paper, or it sucking up too much ink. Mix Media paper will take a small amount of water without adverse effects, so it was a great choice. I dabbed the ink cubes onto the stencil, then spritzed the stencil with water to allow it to move and blend a bit, then placed it on the paper and lifted. 

I was super happy with the outcome! Once dry, I started in on the tangling. I had four patterns picked out (Shirley, Sea Wave, Liuliu Dashun and Sampa), but no plan on where they would go or how many I would do. In hindsight, I would have been better served outlining the stencil so I didn’t have to keep overlaying it.

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Speed Coloring Video

 It took me a couple of hours to do this, so even though the video is only about 10 minutes, know that it’s sped up 7x! After I finished the tangles, I cut down the design and mounted it up on a square card base with two border pieces. A strip of Golden Trim Washi helped the sentiment pop!

How did you like today’s video?

This is the second speed coloring video I’ve done. I thought that I might make it a regular Saturday feature after I complete my AECP Certification. What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

Don’t Forget about my monthly GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

If you loved today’s project, I’d love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don’t lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

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Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

On the CASE: All Lined Up Hello

Happy Hump Day! Got time for a quick CASE?
Oooh! I’m so in love with my take on today’s Inspiration CASE! I’ve noticed that I’m not so into patterned paper anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was.

MFT: 7 Basics to Start Stamping & Cardmaking

Welcome to a new feature here at The Retreat – My Favorite Things!
I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.

AECP: Detailing Sketchy Floral

Altenew Educator Certification Program Participant Badge

If you are looking for advanced techniques – this project is for you!

I’ve been leaving this Altenew Educator Level 2 assignment for last because I simply didn’t know if I could do it! It’s not often (or ever) that you’ll hear me say something like that as I’m usually pretty confident in my ability to pick up just about any crafting technique or style, so, you may be wondering what got me doubting my skill…

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Class #10: Beautiful Details

My final class for Level 2 AECP was Beautiful Details. If you are looking for inventive and creativity-stretching techniques, you. must. take. this. class. PERIOD. The instructor, Marika Rahtu has an unbelievable eye, and unparallelled way of looking at her stamps that will make you want to spend hours on a project just to see if you can achieve similar results.

My Project

I could have skated on this assignment and done some simple no-line watercoloring. Instead, I took it as a challenge to see if I could make something from nothing. There are a lot of amazing Copic and Copic/color pencil artists out there and when I see the images they start from, there is no detail. It’s just a simple line drawing where the artist has to find the shading and depth of field to make the image or scene come to life. 

The Technique & Design

You may look at that image above and think that I did a good job coloring. What you may not know is what I started with. This is an image of the Sketchy Floral stamp set:

Notice the lack of detail in the leaves and most of the flowers? That’s where I started – with this sketched design stamped on some Neenah Solar White Super Smooth 80lb cardstock – stamped in Morning Frost ink for an eventual no-line look.

Once stamped, I LOOKED UP SOME PHOTOS FOR REFERENCE. This is one of the best pieces of advice I’ve picked up along the way. Don’t rely on your memory – look up images through Google to remember how things look. I especially needed to remember how orchid leaves look – they have more of a striped veining pattern, not a normal branched pattern. I avoided disaster by looking at pictures first!

Once I had reference pictures, I added in some light colors to start working out the depth and shadows. I followed that up with darker Copics to fill out the detail even more.

After that (and an hour into this process!), I moved to my Faber-Castell Polychromos color pencils to work in the detail in coordinating warm grays and greens.

After another hour or two of laying down various colors with the pencils, I added in some stippled shading with a graphite pencil and blending stub.

It seemed a shame to cut down the panel for the card, but it had to be done. I stamped a sentiment, layered it with a panel of Lawn Fawn Storm Cloud cardstock and added a few Rock Collection Enamel Dots. 

It seems to me that this kind of project looks ugly before it looks beautiful, so you have to keep at it until you’ve reached total disaster, or you come through the other side. The only way to avoid disaster more often than not is to practice! One other bit of advice is to step away when you’re tired, or your interest is waning. Fresh eyes will help any project, and you can’t expect to finish a project like this in one day, or one sitting. I took a dinner break before tackling the colored pencils, and I’m glad I did!

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Level 2 draws to a close!

As I mentioned, this was my last class for my Level 2 certification. Be on the lookout for my final project next week, along with a recap and special giveaway!!!

Don’t Forget about my monthly GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

If you loved today’s project, I’d love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don’t lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

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  • FREEBIES!!! There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! 2019-20 Coordinators are NOW SHIPPING!
    "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

On the CASE: All Lined Up Hello

Happy Hump Day! Got time for a quick CASE?
Oooh! I’m so in love with my take on today’s Inspiration CASE! I’ve noticed that I’m not so into patterned paper anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was.

MFT: 7 Basics to Start Stamping & Cardmaking

Welcome to a new feature here at The Retreat – My Favorite Things!
I’m always trying out new products, tools, brands, mediums, etc. and I’m sure it can be hard to keep up with everything that I like. So, I thought I would do an occasional roundup of those items that make it onto my craft desk over and over so you can see what I recommend.