Sunday, December 29, 2013

Happy Holidays

It has been a VERY long time!  Sadly, work and some other things have gotten in the way....again.  The silver lining, I always say, is that I have a lot of material to share in the next few months :)  Not just cards either...I have been gettin' busy with my Cameo.  I adore this machine and I use it FAR more than I did my Cricut (which I have decided I can finally let go and sell).  I am really excited to share with you :)  Here is a card to get the party started.  I apologize for the poor photo.  I just can't seem to get a better one to pick up the foil finish.

"It's The Most Wonderful Time of The Year...":
Card:  Office Depot
Phrase Panel:  Me & My Big Ideas
Twine:  Queen & Co.
Punch:  Tonic 

Wishing you all a very safe and happy 2014!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Smooched with Liquid Applique

Well, I thought I was behind before...ha!  I have now slipped even further behind on my blogging.  The good news is that I have lots of material to share :)  Like this mini tutorial on Liquid Applique.  I have been trying to use up what I have in my stash, in part because it makes me feel good and also because I basically have a nonexistent craft budget at the moment ;)  So let's just say we are playing a's called "Crash That Stash"..ok, not the most creative name...but, at least it rhymes :)

Card:  Michaels
Patterned Paper:  Flair Designs
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Stamps:  Paper Smooches
Twine:  Queen & Co.
Other:  Liquid Applique (Marvy); Heat Gun (SU)

Close Up Shot:  Doesn't it look like little marshmallows?  Sooo cute!  If you want to make them a little burned (like a campfire look), just hold the heat gun over it longer.  Wanna know how I know this?  Hee hee!

Paper Piecing and Liquid Applique Tutorial:
Choose your patterned paper and position your stamp to pick up the part of the pattern you desire.  Here I wanted the polka dots for the band of my latte mug. 

Cut out the part of your image you are working on with micro tip scissors.  I also did this for the body of the mug as well.

Next stamp your image you want to piece onto your card base.

Adhere your patterned pieces in place over your stamped image.  I love adding a few layers for ultimate dimension.  

Grab your Liquid Applique, your heat resistant craft mat (I use one from Ranger) and your heat gun tool.

Start adding your liquid applique neatly within the stamped lines of your image.  You'll notice it ends up as a glossy finish.

This is what my image looked like when I had the foam of the image covered in the liquid applique.

Start to heat set the liquid applique.  Make sure to move the heat gun around and not allow it to stay on one section for too long.  You can actually start to burn the liquid applique.  A neat look for roasted marshmallows as I mentioned above.  Not so much for hot chocolate or a latte though :)

I love to watch the process'll notice it start to ripple.  You want to continue heating it until it becomes textured and the smoothness is gone.

The process is complete when the liquid applique has "risen" into a dimensional is that for a description?  Lol!

Liquid Applique comes in an array of colors and is a lot of fun to use when adding texture to your projects and cards.  You can also use the white for snow and fur trimming for winter hats or Santa's outfit.  The black makes an excellent asphalt road, fur to your spiders and exhaust for your cars and rockets.  Very easy to use and lots of fun to play with :)

Hope you have a great week!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Subway Art Inspiration...Notre Dame Fighting Irish

I have not seen a lull in the subway art craze and it has finally caught up with!  I used it as in inspiration to create this card that I may actually frame for our game room (which is right now doubling as a storage facility).  A tribute to kicking off the college football season!  Pretty soon it will be fall leaves, apple cider and cinnamon candles to follow :)  I love is my favorite season.  Sad to say goodbye to summer, but I just love all of the inspiration....AND FASHION...that fall brings :)  Bring it on!!!

"IRISH For A National Championship":
Card:  Office Depot
Cardstock:  Unknown (using up scraps)
Ink:  Memento Dew Drop Danube Blue and Brilliance Dew Drop Gamma Green (Tsukineko)
Stamps:  Paper Smooches "A Magical Spring Set"; A random grab bag stamp from Unity Stamp Company
Alpha Stickers:  Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type 
Other:  Pop Dots; Dymo Labeler; Dymo Label Tape

Playing along with:

What season inspires you the most?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fun With Distress Markers

I broke out my Distress Markers to create this card. I forgot how much fun I can have with them. I am so happy that I ordered the new set...just got them on Saturday :) I used a mister to help the colors blend together on the background, but left them go on the sentiment. I like the combination of the 2 looks. Definitely going to experiment more with this :)

"You Light Up My Life":

Card: Office Depot
Cardstock: Unknown (using up scraps)
Watercolor Paper: Cannon
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Stamp: Unity KOTM October 2011
Other: Pop Dots; Distress Markers (Ranger); Water Mister (Ranger)

Playing along with:
The Outlawz CAS Challenge
Oozak Challenge #20
Unity Stamp Company's Friends With Flair

I hope this post turns out ok. I am using an app on my iPad and it doesn't give me all of the options that my laptop does. *fingers crossed* that it is alright :) Hope you all have a great weekend!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Waaay Behind...

I am way behind in my postings!  Time just slipped away from me for a couple of weeks.  Good news is a got a lot of laundry done :)  I am going to try to keep this short...I have to work tomorrow and need to get to bed.  Wish I could stay up late and craft the night nights like that, don't you?  Here is a card that I created almost 2 weeks ago for a DT assignment.  Hope you like it :)

"Missing You Everyday"
Card:  Office Depot
Inks:  Memento Dew Drops - Danube Blue, Lady Bug and Cantaloupe (Tsukineko)
Stamps:  Unity KOTM February 2013 (sentiment); CTMH "Over The Rainbow" set
Twine:  Queen & Co.
Other:  Clear Glass Finish (Anna Griffin); Atyou Spica pen in Clear (Copic)

Close Up Shots:  I put Anna Griffin's Clear Glass Finish on a couple of the hearts and used the Clear Spica pen to add a little shimmer to the word "every" and a few of the hearts.

Playing along with:

Enjoy your weekend, Friends!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sweet Love...

with all of these Christmas in July challenges going around, I figured I would post something to keep with the times :)  I have all of these dies for use with my cuttlebug and they just sit around waiting for some I picked up my photo corner die by Quickutz (now Lifestyle Crafts).  One of my absolute FAVORITE uses for this die is to use it for trees.  I love the look and I love to find things to decorate my trees with.  For this card I chose cardinals...2 cardinals in love...if you know me, then you know I am quite a sap when it comes to being in love :)  HA HA HA!!!  I just made a joke and didn't realize it until just now...I am talking about the tree I created and I used the word "sap"...I guess the pun is intended?  Hee hee!  It is past midnight and I am realizing that I am getting delirious ;)  Better wrap this up so I can get some much needed sleep in order to have a shot at a good day at work.  Here goes:

"Sweet Love":
Card:  Michaels
Cardstock:  Unknown (using up scraps)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Brilliance Dew Drop Rocket Red (Tsukineko)
Stamps:  Unity {formerly Ippity} "Quotes a la Happy"set; I will have to edit the sentiment in because I can't remember it at this moment
Die Cuts:  Quickutz
Other:  Zig pen (EK Success); Pop Dots

Close Up: 
 I tried to lighten this one a little since my photo above is a little too dark.  I love those sweet little birds :)

Playing along with:

Enjoy the weekend dear friends!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Lucky Star...

It's a One Layer challenge over at The Outlawz in the CAS Group.  I forgot how much of a challenge this can be.  The one layer was tough, but the bubble from my bubble that flew out of my mouth and landed on my finished card (GASP) was tougher.  Thankfully, it did not leave too noticeable of a mark.  Oh, the candy disasters that I have had the last 3 weeks with my design team beats the ginger ale spill that happened a couple of months ago ;)  Here is my stab at the one layer challenge.  I actually cut a star out with my Silhouette Cameo and used the negative part as a mask.  I then took my Unity Star Background stamp and stamped over the mask.  I didn't like it at first, so I used a .03 fineliner pen to create faux stitching around the masked shape.  It popped it off from the card more which made it less blah looking :)

"I'm Lucky To Know You":
Card:  Office Depot
Ink:  Memento Versamagic Turquoise Gem (Tsukineko); Memento Dew Drop Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Stamps:  Background - Unity "Stars Of Worn"; Sentiment - Paper Smooches "A Magical Spring" set
Other:  Negative die cut (Silhouette America); 0.3mm Triplus Fineliner (Staedtler)

Playing along with:
The Outlawz CAS Group
Unity Stamp Company's Friends With Flair

Hope you all have a fantastic week!  We are in the mid 90's here...I see lots of popsicles in my near future ;)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I want candy...

Hello!  My name is Pryn and I am a candy-holic.  Seriously. Super. True.  This card is for the weekly CAS challenge over at The Outlawz.  Anything sweet...I think this qualifies, don't you?  Yum!  I apologize for the poor lighting.  It was so hard to get a good pic of this with the ziploc baggie.

"Sweeter Than Ever":
Card:  Office Depot
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Stamp:  Unity KOTM April 2012
Button:  Foof-a-La
Rhinestone:  Michaels
Twine:  Queen & Co.
Other:  Ziplock Baggie; Zig Millennium Marker .01 (EK Success); Signature Series Photo Pen (EK Success)

Close Up Shot:  
Candy was made using a button that I covered with a piece of a Ziplock baggie and tied with twine.

Hope you are all having a great weekend!