Friday, February 17, 2017

February Technique Blog Hop: So Sketchy

Welcome to the


Blog Hop.

This month we are focusing on using a sketch to inspire our cards.

Here's the sketch we are working from for this hop.


How can you use a sketch other than copying it exactly?

How about changing it up by using patterned paper for the background?
Or changing the flowers to monsters or animals or another diecut or stamp?
Flip the sketch and place the elements at the top of the page or 
turn the whole thing on it's side and make it a horizontal card instead of a vertical one?

Maybe you'll try what I did and make the sketch a one layer card.

Now on with the cards...


Stamps and inks by Catherine Pooler Designs.
Inks: Rockin' Red, Orange Twist, Grass Skirt, Lime Rickey, Tiara, Tutti Frutti
Use this link to save 10% on your first order.

Using a sketch for inspiration is a great way to get out of a rut.
Create the sketch as is, then start changing it up, 
before you know it you'll have a pile of wonderful cards 
and your motivation returned too.


Thanks for hopping with us today. 
Don't forget to comment on each blog on the hop to be entered into this
month's drawing.

This month's prize was donated by 
Claudia Henderson
Claudia is giving away this super cute Easter Bunny Stamp Set.


You must comment on each blog in the hop by March 4th to be eligible.

....and the winner of January's hop is Jennifer Earley.

Jennifer, please email me at scrapsbygracie at gmail.com
within 7 days to claim your prize.
Use JANUARY TECH HOP WINNER in subject line.

Happy Crafting!
Theresa


Today's Line-up

THERESA   YOU ARE HERE 
AMANDA  Your next stop.
LISA  
MICHELLE 





Calling All Sistahs February 2017


Welcome to the February Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop.

You've should arrived here from the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog,
if not be sure to stop by and leave them some love along with all the other bloggers today. 
Today's hop list can be found at the bottom of this post.

Today's theme is With Love from your Sistah.

My card is very simple, just a one layer card, but it's definitely filled with love.

The outside uses the Powerful Words  stamp set. 
Stamped in Versa Mark and embossed with 
Brutus Monroe Alabaster and Penny embossing powders.

The inside uses the Hope Ribbon stamp set.
(use this link and save 10% on your first order)


Don't forget to hop to all the blogs and leave a little love.
Michele is giving away two gift certificates to random commenters who post by the 19th.


Go on now ladies
feel them up!

We can conquer this thing, one month at a time!

Happy Crafting
Theresa




Today's Hop Line-up
Theresa Knopf  YOU ARE HERE
Jeanne Jachna  NEXT STOP

Friday, January 20, 2017

January 2017 Technique Blog Hop: Shaving Cream Marblizing

Welcome to a new year of card techniques.


We've also got a few new bloggers joining us for this crazy challenge. 
Please welcome them and leave them lots of love via comments on each blog.

This month we are getting messy with shaving cream and all kinds of coloring agents, 
from ink refills, color powders, alcohol inks and even food coloring. 

You won't believe the variety of results you can achieve when you play with this technique.

I've got lots and lots of cards to share. 

I played with Stampin' Up ink refills, Ranger Alcohol inks and Brusho Color Crystals.

I used a can of shaving cream from Dollar Tree.

I'm sure the other ladies shared that this project is MESSY!
If you don't like getting inky, then this is not a project you will want to undertake.

However, I limited the mess by doing this in the kitchen, right next to the sink.
I wore a pair of long kitchen gloves (you know the kind you use to wash dishes....hahahaha I crack myself up, I don't do dishes, that's the hubby's domain).
I used an old cookie sheet and covered my countertop in wax paper 
(THIS IS CRITICAL when using alcohol inks!!!! 
Those puppies are PERMANENT!!!!! Do not get them on the counter!).

I also cleared off my large glass top table to use as a drying rack for the full sheets that I created.


I made a total of 14 8.5 x 11 inch sheets. 
I used Heavyweight White Cardstock by Paper Studio.

That created 56 card fronts.

Yep, 56! I know that's a lot, but they smell good, even a couple weeks after creating them.

A few of those 56 card fronts have actually turned into cards and here they are for your looky-loo.
I've added underneath each on what color medium I used.
Stamps sets used are listed at the bottom of the post.

Stampin' Up Ink Refills
Ranger Alcohol Inks
 
Stampin' Up Ink Refills


Ranger Alcohol Inks
 
Heidi Swap Color Mist

Brusho Color Crystals

Stampin' Up Ink Refills


Brusho Color Crystals

Brusho Color Crystals

Brusho Color Crystals

Brusho Color Crystals

Ranger Alcohol Inks  (3rd generation of the same application of color)

Ranger Alcohol Inks

Ranger Alcohol Inks

Ranger Alcohol Inks

Ranger Alcohol Inks

Here's a couple of videos that we used to learn this technique, you might find them helpful too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3Gl7ENNXoQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvGOfXvFDmI

A friend Michelle, who is working on starting a blog to share with all of you, created with us too.
Here is her results:

I used retired Stampin Up inks. This one is pink and blue, though it looks grey.

  
Mostly green and purple. Pic on right was worked too much, and colors started to blend too much. 
This was definitely a learning experience.


My favorite. Yellow, orange and green.

Love the colors...Pink, purple and aqua...But not enough white.  Again, I think I overworked it.


Like the marbling in these.  
Have lots of flops I'm not sending. Went through 2 cans of shaving cream.
 Can't wait to try more...And hopefully get this mastered...

  

I only  made card one so far...Still trying to master the marbled look (which may never happen).





Thanks for hopping with us.
Leave a comment on each blog on today's hop.
One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of February 4th 
and will receive one Sending Love Designer Series 6x6 Paper Stack and Ribbon Combo. 
(Winner will be announced on February hop.)

Prize courtesy of Theresa Knopf, Independent Demonstrator.



Happy Crafting
Theresa


Here is today's lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Theresa YOU ARE HERE! 
Your next stop is  Kim  


AND THE 2016 WINNER IS>>>

Metallic embossing powder really makes an impact. Lovely cards and I will have to try that brand.
Denise, contact me via email at ScrapsByGracie AT gmail.com
please use the subject line  2016 TECH HOP WINNER
to claim your prize.

Thanks so much for hopping with us in 2016!