Sep 30, 2012

{ANYONE FOR ANYA?} Sunday Challenge

This week, our challenge for you at {ANYONE FOR ANYA?} is to create a card for a boy!  I don't know about you, but it is definitely a challenge for me to create boy cards... I keep wanting to add more and more embellishments and they and up a bit too girly! :)

If you'd like a challenge to make a boy- themed card, please join us!  Remember to use a stamp/image from either THE GREETING FARM or CCDESIGNS to play along.

For this card, I used Prince Ian from The Greeting Farm:

I stamped him onto watercolor paper and used my Distress Inks to color him in.  I wanted to create a little scene, so I grabbed the castle stamp from Imaginisce and colored that as well.  The background cloud stamp is from Hero Arts.  The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's snowman set.  I cut out a crown shape, colored it with yellow and orange inks and covered it with Stickles to make it sparkle.  He also has sparkly gold boots....being royal, and all.  :)

I cut some rolling hills from watercolor paper and inked them up with Distress Inks in a few different greens.  I adhered Prince Ian over the top of all the other elements to make it seem as if he were closest to you, and the other elements were in the background.

Be sure to stop by {ANYONE FOR ANYA?} this week to see all of the DT creations and to play along!

Sep 25, 2012

Distress Ink Tutorial: Color Swatch Book

Today I'm going to share how I made my Distress Ink color swatch book.
It is so handy to have around and I use it every single day -- whether I'm trying to match certain ink colors to the designer paper I'm playing with, or just seeing which colors would work well together to finish coloring a stamped image.
I started out by cutting strips of white card stock into small tag sizes of 3.5 in x 2 in.
I rounded two of the corners with a corner punch.
I then took each Distress Ink pad and rubbed it onto the card stock, while slightly dragging it from left to right, to get even color coverage.  I left about an inch of white card stock on the left side of the tag.
While the tags were drying, I printed this Distress Ink color chart from Ranger Ink and cut out each square.  I stamped the coordinating ink color onto the square with a solid flower stamp.
I did this for all 36 colors of ink that I have.  I wanted the process to be simple, so if/when I acquire the seasonal Distress Inks, I can easily make another matching tag to add to the collection.
Using a glue stick, I adhered the labels onto the right-hand side of each tag.
I took two more white tags and decorated them for the front and back covers.  I "laminated" them with clear packaging tape for a little protection and to make them a bit more sturdy.
I punched a hole in the left side of each tag and cover piece.  I added a small eyelet to the covers to help prevent any tearing while it's being flipped through.
Ideally, they would be held together with a metal O or D ring.  Since I didn't have one on hand, I threaded through some wax-covered twine and knotted it securely over each eyelet.
If you bind them this way, be sure that the twine isn't knotted too tightly, or else it will prevent each individual tag from being able to fan out.
That's all there is to it!  It's a bit time consuming but definitely worth the trouble.  I knew it would come in handy, but I had no idea how many times I would reach for it while crafting!  It has become a definite must-have for my creative process.
And, bonus.... it's pretty!
Ooh, just look at those ink colors.....

Sep 23, 2012

Guest Designer Monday with TGF

Well, Farmies, this is my last post as the guest designer!  Where did this month go?  I had such a great time playing with the newly released stamps and creating some tutorials for you.  I'll still be around... you can't kick this gal off the Farm, that's for sure... I'm a total Farm addict! :)

For my last project, I wanted to share a few tags I made, using the new "Holiday Blessings" and "Sparkling Season" clear stamp sets.

Have I mentioned how AWESOME these clear stamps are?  The quality is amazing and they stamp such perfectly clear images.  I stamped the images onto watercolor paper, colored them in with Distress Inks and covered them with Stickles.  The "WISHES" letters were individually paper-pieced out of coordinating paper.  I die-cut the images with a Nestabilities die and inked around the edges.  The main tags themselves are just larger sizes of the same dies.

The tags were cut from designer paper paper and were inked around the edges before I removed them from the metal die.  I punched a hole in the top and added an eyelet to each one.  I then threaded through some different ribbons and tied them at the top with bits of lace or baker's twine.

The cut images were then placed over the ribbon and adhered with dimensional adhesive so they would stand out a bit.  I added a tiny jingle bell to each bow to finish it off.  Now they are ready to added to any wrapped gift, or tied onto a box or jar of goodies!

These were really fun and quick to make!  These clear stamp sets can be used in so many different ways.  They are definitely a must-have for this holiday season.

Thanks, everyone, for making me feel so welcome on The Farm this month.  I hope everyone has a wonderful week! :)

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I'm adding these tags to the following challenges:
{SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW} - For The Love Of Sparkle

{ANYONE FOR ANYA?} Sunday Challenge

I don't know about you guys, but this month is just flying by for me!  I have a bunch of creations and tutorials I want to share with you, I just haven't had the time to post them.  I'm hoping this week will be better.  :)
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Today, we have a new challenge going up for you at {ANYONE FOR ANYA?}.  We want to see your creations that are based on, or are inspired by a movie.  Any movie you like!  Just be sure to use a stamp/image from THE GREETING FARM or CCDESIGNS to play along.
I have chosen to use the newly released "BRIGHT BEAN" stamp from The Greeting Farm:

Oh, she's a cutie!  She reminds me of a fairy and her sentiment is perfect.   Can you guess which movie I was inspired by for this card?  
Yup, that's right.... Peter Pan.  :)
*click the link above to watch the YouTube clip*
I stamped Bright Bean onto watercolor paper with VersaMark ink and heat embossed the image with black embossing powder.  I then grabbed three primary color distress ink pads -- Fired Brick, Mustard Seed and Broken China.  I blended them onto the watercolor paper to create the rainbow effect.  I then spritzed the paper with water to give it the actual watercolor look.  The embossed image resists the ink and water and stays perfectly black and bold.
I grabbed a bit of patterned paper and some black and white card stock to mat the image and finish the card.  The buttons and twine are from my stash.
We can't wait to see what everyone creates with this movie challenge theme!  Be sure to stop by the {ANYONE FOR ANYA?} challenge blog to see all of the DT creations and to play along.
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 I'm linking this card up to the following challenges:
{LOVES RUBBERSTAMPS} - create your own background
{SIMON SAYS STAMP} - Emboss It (heat)

Sep 18, 2012

Friends Warm The Heart - card

Oh hey, look at that... I'm using the same Lawn Fawn snowman stamp set that I used on my previous card...hee hee!  When I find something I love, I use it a lot.

I decided to have this little sepia-toned snowman and his little birdie friend live in a snow globe.  I die-cut a circle from watercolor paper and then stamped the images inside of it.  I drew a ground line on both sides to make it look like the snow has settled inside the snow globe.  All of the snow is covered in Stardust Stickles to make it sparkly.

I stamped the "Friends Warm The Heart" sentiment a bunch of times in light Distress Ink on the Kraft background paper.  I colored everything with sepia-toned Distress Inks to give the card a vintage look.  The strips of patterned paper are from Authentique and the ribbon is from The Ribbon Carousel.

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I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
{LOVES RUBBERSTAMPS} - create your own background


Sep 17, 2012

You're A Cool Friend - card

I recently acquired a darling stamp set (from the Loves Rubberstamps shop) by Lawn Fawn called "Making Frosty Friends".  I am in love!  It is just the cutest.  I couldn't wait to get inky with it.  :)

Just look at these little dudes!  I stamped the smaller snowdude onto watercolor paper first, then masked him off so I could stamp the larger one behind it.  This stamp set has so many different tiny elements -- you can make the snowmen as animated and as dressed as you like!

The paper is from a bunch of different companies -- I actually searched through my scrap pile for once!  The sentiment is one of two that comes with the snowmen set.  I've added some sparkly Stickles to the snow to make it shine.  The ribbon is from The Ribbon Carousel.  The double scallop edge punch is from Martha Stewart.

I hope you don't get sick of seeing these little guys -- I'll be making lots of things with them this Winter, for sure.

I made this card for a couple of challenges:  {LOVES RUBBERSTAMPS} with a color challenge of Espresso, Pumpkin and Aqua... and {CUTE CARD THURSDAY} with the challenge theme of Christmas in September.

Sep 16, 2012

Guest Designer Monday with TGF

Hello everyone!  Today I am going to share a way to use the same card layout and sentiment to achieve different seasonal looks.

I used two images from the new Miss Anya Scarves stamp set and the "Season's Greetings" sentiment stamp from the Sparkling Season clear stamp set.

I came up with the layout I wanted to use and then colored my images.

This card is wishing you greetings from the Winter holiday season.  I colored this Anya in the traditional red and green Christmas colors and selected some matching paper and ribbon.

This next card, although using the same sentiment, is wishing you greetings from the Autumn harvest season.  By coloring Anya in warm, gold-toned colors and selecting matching papers and ribbon, it totally changes the meaning of the sentiment.

These cards are approximately 3.5 in x 4.5 in (8.89cm x 11.43cm), slightly smaller than the typical card size, and they came together really quickly!  Since the layout is simple, you could easily use this idea for your holiday cards.  Get a bunch of The Greeting Farm images colored up, pick out some matching papers, and get to it -- assembly-line style!

Hopefully this will give you encouragement to look through your own stamp sets to get ideas about using sentiments for more than one specific holiday or season. It's like doubling your stamp collection instantly! :)

{ANYONE FOR ANYA?} Sunday Challenge

Hey there!  Can you believe it's Sunday again?  I had a strange, busy week and hardly had any time to be crafty.  I'll be making up for it today, for sure! :)

We have a new SKETCH challenge for you this week at {ANYONE FOR ANYA?}.  Be sure to check it out and play along!  You can use any stamp or digi image from THE GREETING FARM or CCDESIGNS.

I used a "Dressy Anya" stamp from The Greeting Farm.  Stamped onto watercolor paper and watercolored with Distress Inks.  In person, the colors on this card match much better!  Silly camera.  The DP is from Authentique.  The flower die is from My Favorite Things.  The sentiment stamp is from Some Odd Girl.

The sketch for the week is on the left.  I just rotated it a bit to make my card more balanced.  Feel free to do the same!  The sketch is just a starting point for you to gain inspiration.  :)

We would love it if you stopped by the {ANYONE FOR ANYA?} challenge blog to see all of the DT creations and to play along!

Sep 9, 2012

Guest Designer Monday with TGF

Happy Monday, Farmies!  I hope everyone had a chance to get crafty this weekend.  That's what weekends are for, right?  If not, listen up -- tomorrow is the last day to enter the {RETRO-FRESH CHALLENGE}!  You have until noon CST on Tuesday, September 11th to link up, so check it out and get your project entered... quick, quick!

Today I'm sharing a card I made using stamps from two of the new September release sets:
Miss Anya Scarves (rubber) and Sparkling Season (clear).

I stamped Miss Anya Scarves onto watercolor paper and lightly water colored her with Distress Inks.  I backed the image panel with some layered card stocks and roughed up the edges with a distresser tool.  The designer paper is from My Mind's Eye and the ribbon is from The Ribbon Carousel.

I've got a quick tutorial to show how I used the snowflake stamp from the Sparkling Season set:

1.)  Stamp each snowflake image onto a circle of white watercolor paper, with Distress Ink.

2.)  Spritz each circle lightly with water to soften the edges and to give the whole thing a bluish tint.

3.)  Dry each circle with a heat gun.  I held each piece with some tweezers so I wouldn't burn my fingers off. :)

4.)  Snip off tiny triangles around each snowflake arm to emphasize the actual snowflake shape.

5.)  Cover each snowflake with a couple layers of Star Dust Stickles so they are super sparkly!

6.)  Once the Stickles are dry, lightly ink around the edges with brown Distress Ink.

I adhered the snowflakes to the card on dimensional adhesive and folded each arm up towards the center a bit to make them really stand out.  This helps the light fall on the Stickles better, too.  I added Stickles to the edges of the image panel and also to her hand muff.  This card is definitely wishing you a "Sparkling Season"!

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Don't forget about the new {FARM FRESH FRIDAY} challenge to use BRIGHT COLORS!  There's always so much fun happening on The Farm.
Now go -- be creative, share your talents and have fun!

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I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
{LOVES RUBBERSTAMPS} - anything goes
{SIMON SAYS STAMP} - put a stamp on it
{7 KIDS CHALLENGE} - anything goes

{ANYONE FOR ANYA?} Sunday Challenge

We have a new photo inspiration challenge for you this week at {ANYONE FOR ANYA?} with the theme of creamy latte.  Yum!  Be sure to use a stamp/image from THE GREETING FARM or CCDESIGNS to play along!

I used the new LATTE ANYA stamp from The Greeting Farm.  I stamped her onto watercolor paper and water colored most of her with Distress Inks.  The rest is paper-pieced with coordinating paper from Authentique.   The sentiment stamp is also from The Greeting Farm -- it comes with the big Anya Lifts stamp.  The scallop border die is from My Favorite Things.  The card stock and brown sheer ribbon are from my crafty stash.

Again, I say yum!  So, let this photo be your inspiration to get crafty!  Be sure to check out the {ANYONE FOR ANYA?} challenge blog to see all of the yummy DT creations and to play along. :)

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I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
{LOVES RUBBERSTAMPS} - anything goes
{SIMON SAYS STAMP} - put a stamp on it
{7 KIDS CHALLENGE BLOG} - anything goes

Sep 8, 2012

Be Inspired - card

A quick late-night post here.   :)

I decided to try the 10-minute card creation challenge that's been thrown around blogland lately to see what I could come up with.  I took the Halloween/Fall route... I'm so ready for Fall.  I wanted to make a card that said

"Hey, I'm clearly a Halloween card, but I'm also pretty... so don't be scared."
and I think it was a success. :)
I grabbed some pretty Autumnal paper from Memory Box, my big silhouette rubber stamp from Inkadinkadoo and some black embossing powder.  I heat embossed the image directly onto the DP.  I held the heat tool over it a couple different times because I didn't want it to look smooth -- glossy, yes, but I wanted it to have some texture.
I trimmed base paper and inked around the edges with some orange and brown distress ink.  I matted it onto a few layers of card stock from Papertrey Ink.  I used the Tim Holtz distress tool to rough up the outside edges.
I stuck all of it onto a black, A2 size card base.  I punched two holes at the top and added two black eyelets, which I used to thread through the black crushed silk ribbon from The Ribbon Carousel.  I fiddled with the bow a bit, snipped the ends off and it was done!  Couldn't be easier or quicker.  :)

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I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
{SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW} - read all about it
{SIMON SAYS STAMP} - put a stamp on it
{LOVES RUBBERSTAMPS} - anything goes
{THE RIBBON CAROUSEL BLOG} - beautiful bows

Sep 7, 2012

Distress Ink Tutorial: Foam Pads + Storage

This tutorial will show how I keep track of my Distress Ink foam pads and how I store my Inks.
I don't have a lot of desk or wall space in my small crafting corner, so most of my supplies are kept on a nearby shelf.  That means I needed a small and convenient way to store and keep track of my Inks and their matching foam pads.
Basically, all you need is the Ink pads, the foam applicator pads and some sticky-back Velcro (hook + loop tape).
1.)  Cut the hook side of the sticky-back Velcro into 1 inch (2.54 cm) strips.
2.)  Peel the backing off the strips and place them onto the bottom of each Distress Ink pad.  Most of the Ink pads show the color name on the back (why they all don't, who knows?) so I tried to stick the Velcro in a spot that left the name visible, in case the lids ever got separated from the base.
3.)  Place a foam applicator pad onto each Velcro strip.  The backing on the foam pads is already "looped" so the hook-side holds them on firmly.
4.)  I store my Ink pads on their sides, kind of like sliced bread.  This way, I can read all of the color names and when I grab a specific color, the matching foam applicator is right there on the back, ready for use.  No need to search for the matching color pad!
I store the pads in a hinged-lid plastic container, which I believe is sold as a shoe box.  The size is perfect and holds all 36 of my Ink pads, even with the extra bulk that the foam pads add to each one.  There's also enough space on top of them to hold the applicator tools so everything is kept together and organized.
Hopefully this will be helpful to you if you are looking for a simple and portable way to store your Distress Inks and foam pads.  I don't know that I will keep them this way forever, but it has worked quite nicely so far...
...why mess with a good thing?!

Sep 4, 2012

Vintage Distress Tag - My Journey

After seeing and falling in love with so many mixed-media/vintage distress tags, I decided to try it for myself.  I sat at my desk and got inky!  Really... my fingers are still stained.  :)

Be kind, first tries are always scary... heh
This is what I came up with:

I used a bunch of purple and brown Distress Ink colors and some white acrylic paint.  There's also a bit of Distress Ink Crackle Paint on there.  Some ripped pieces of an old Kipling book, roses, a bit of tinted lace and twine, and white ink... all rolled into one tag.


The cameo-like silhouette stamp is from Inkadinkadoo.  Some of the background stamps include images from Unity Stamp Co. and Memory Box. I grabbed a few roses from my stash and a wooden butterfly that I'm not exactly sure where it came from.  I snapped the wings off, inked it up a bit, and hot-glued it back together for more of a 3D effect.

This tag definitely has some personal meaning for me right now and I am ready to start my journey.  :)  I'm also ready to make a new tag because these babies are addicting!

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I'm entering this tag into the following challenges:
{PAPER ISSUES} - Tag, You're It!

Sep 2, 2012

Guest Designer Monday with TGF!

I have some exciting news!
Read on, and visit the TGF blog for more info!  :)

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Hello, fellow fans of The Farm!  My name is Annie Rosenstiel and I blog over at {Annie Rose Makes Things}, which as the name implies, is where I share the things I make.  If you take a poke around, you'll see that most of the things I make involve a stamp from The Greeting Farm, so you can understand how excited I am to be asked to guest design this month!

Each Monday I'll be sharing a new project or two created with stamps from the new September release.  Aren't they all gorgeous?  The quality of the TGF rubber and clear stamps is amazing, too... you definitely want to get your hands on these babies!

I've made a couple of cards featuring the new Latte Anya.  For this first card, I actually heat-embossed the stamped image with black embossing powder on watercolor paper.  This is a great technique if you are trying water coloring for the first time -- it helps you stay within the lines and it just plain looks cool!

I watercolored Latte Anya with Distress Inks and added a few highlights with a white gel pen and some Star Dust Stickles.  The paper is from October Afternoon's "Sidewalks" collection and My Mind's Eye "Indie Chic" collection.  The individual letters are from K+Co.  The flowers, button and twine are from my random crafty stash.

This little gal was also watercolored with Distress Inks on watercolor paper.  I chose my most latte-like papers for this one. :)  Latte Anya is so versatile!  You can change her look instantly.  I have paper-pieced her hat to match the background paper, which is from the My Mind's Eye "Indie Chic" collection.

I have paper-pieced and popped up the heart button on her hat and the latte cup itself for some extra dimension.  The "Need a Lift?" sentiment is one of the two that come with big Anya Lifts, which is available once more in the shop!

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Now that you've had all week to preview and fall in love with the new stamps, how would you like a chance to win your very own LATTE ANYASimply leave a comment on this matching post.  You have until 11:30pm CST to comment and the random winner will be announced on the TGF blog on Tuesday...  good luck!   :)

{ANYONE FOR ANYA?} - Sunday Challenge

Happy Sunday!  We have a new challenge ready for you at {ANYONE FOR ANYA?} and the challenge is to MAKE ANYTHING BUT A CARD!  I love these challenges -- it makes me think outside of the box.  We'd love it if you joined us!   Just be sure to use a stamp/image from THE GREETING FARM or CCDESIGNS to play along.

For my project this week, I made a gift bag tag:

I used CHEEKY GEEKY from TGF and stamped her on watercolor paper.  I then watercolored her with Distress Inks.  I used a bunch of Nestabilites dies to make layers.  The DP is from October Afternoon.  The sentiment stamp is from Papertrey Ink.  The scallop border and layered flower dies are from My Favorite Things.  The ribbon is from The Ribbon Carousel.

I added a bunch of Stickles glitter glue around the tag and inked the edges with Distress Ink to make it stand out.  The bag is filled with delicious chocolate, by the way.  :)

You can't see it in the photo, but the tag top has two large eyelets, as does the bag.  I threaded the satin ribbon through both sets of eyelets and tied it in a large bow to secure it to the bag.  The tag can be removed and saved or used again on another gift.

Be sure to check out the {ANYONE FOR ANYA?} challenge blog to see all of the awesome DT non-card creations and to play along!

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I'm entering this card into the following challenge(s):
{SIMON SAYS STAMP} - Anything Goes
{SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW} - Inspired By Summer (colors)
{LOVES RUBBERSTAMPS CHALLENGE} - Photo Inspiration (colors and flowers)