Happy Birthday – Three Room Studios

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So excited to be celebrating the 5th birthday of Three Room Studios today!! Sandy Boone is as talented of an artist as she is a wonderful human being! It’s been an honor to work with her so I wanted to pull out all the stops for this one – get your masking paper ready!!

Quick tips:

  • I start scenes like this by stamping on a piece of copy paper cut to A2 size.  I don’t worry about masking, just getting the placement right.
  • I then place that “sample” in my Misti to line up the stamps, starting in the front (in this case the cat and plant).
  • For the “desk”, I used the bottom half of the cubicle – to get a clean stamp, I put tape over the top half, ink it and remove the tape before stamping.
  • See product list below for details on stamps used.

Thanks so much for stopping by! And if you didn’t arrive here from Instagram, be sure to check out my account there for a hop of super talented artists celebrating the big day!

Products Used:

Flurry of Winter Wishes – Taylored Expressions

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I haven’t been able to step away from the new Frosty Kit from Taylored Expressions!

I’m pretty sure the little guy in the upper corner is supposed to be singing but he also looks a little surprised about being upside down, don’t you think?

Quick tips:

  • After cutting a few random circles from a card front, I lightly penciled them onto the card base and chose a few winter colors of Distress Oxide Ink (Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon and Shaded Lilac) to add some color behind the circle.
  • In this case, I used blender brushes to get a nice fade back to white in each circle.
  • If you’re nervous about blending into the other circles (I was), just use post it notes to cover the circles as you go.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Products Used:

Frosty Kit – Taylored Expressions

Snowed in Sayings – Taylored Expressions

Distress Oxide Ink colors – Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon and Shaded Lilac

 

Aloha – Simon Says Stamp

Aloha friends! I’m a sucker for anything beach related so this Tumbling Shells background stamp from Simon Says Stamp was a must buy for me!

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While at a craft retreat, I blended multiple backgrounds and this was probably my favorite. It’s a combination of Robin’s Egg, Tattered Rose and Dried Marigold Distress Oxide ink.

After it was dry, I just heat embossed the background stamp with gold embossing powder. Add a sentiment and it’s done!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:

Be Merry – Taylored Expressions

It might be 90 degrees outside but it’s been frosty in my craft room! Having so much fun with the Taylored Expressions Frosty Kit

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I pulled out all the stops to create the background:

  • I start by blending Chipped Sapphire, Broken China and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide inks. I used blender brushes so I could get the fade to white at the bottom.
  • Next I added Gina K Iridescent Glitz Glitter Gel using the stencil included in the kit. You’ll need to complete that in two steps if you’re making a slimline card to give it time to dry.
  • Once the ink and glitter gel are dry, I stamped the snowflakes included in the kit with embossing ink and used Hero Arts satin pearl embossing powder.
  • The background was finished off with a few of the small snowflakes from the kit.

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So many ideas floating around in my head for this kit – be sure to check back for more.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:

Yay! – Three Room Studio New Release

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Time for a new Three Room Studio release!

As soon as I saw this new image from the new Yay! set, I thought “that’s me, excited about my giant stack of birthday presents”.  Except my hair isn’t that good and my waist isn’t that thin.

(And a quick note on the coloring – her pants are colored with C5, C7 and C10.  I intended for them to look like black pants but somehow that color combo was a perfect “dark wash denim”.  It’s like some kind of crazy Copic magic!)

I searched through some of my other sets for the “presents” and used the following:

I just added some lines with a Copic safe pen for the ribbons, a little bit of easy masking and a mountain of presents just waiting to be opened was created!

Now my mind is racing – what else could she be excited about!?

Thanks for visiting!

Use My Stuff – Easter/Spring Challenge

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Some of you may have a little extra crafting time right now – the perfect opportunity to Use Your Stuff!!  So I’m going to continue to post these challenges (and hopefully get back on track with timing).

However, if you are currently finding yourself in a position with very little crafty time because you are an essential worker, adjusting to a new virtual working model or taking care of family members, these challenges will be here for you when you come back!  There is no time limit – even if you are creating Easter cards in the fall, I would love to see them!

A reminder of the basic “rules” of the challenge are:⁠

  • ⁠A new challenge theme will be posted twice a month on the 1st and the 15th both here on my blog and on Instagram.⁠
  • Use your stuff and share using the hashtags in this graphic.
  • Tag me so I can see what you’re up to!
  • You are welcome to use the hashtag with projects that you have created for other challenges.

And just because there is a new theme – that doesn’t mean you can’t keep creating using the old ones!  I’ll keep a running list of past themes here too:

Thanks for visiting!

Use My Stuff – Beach Challenge

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Although it’s been a relatively mild winter, I’m still tired of the cold!

So I’m going to find all of my beachy stamps and dies and think about being somewhere warm and tropical (while I’m crafting in my fuzzy slippers and layers!)

A reminder of the basic “rules” of the challenge are:⁠

  • ⁠A new challenge theme will be posted twice a month on the 1st and the 15th both here on my blog and on Instagram.⁠
  • Use your stuff and share using the hashtags in this graphic.
  • Tag me so I can see what you’re up to!
  • You are welcome to use the hashtag with projects that you have created for other challenges.

And just because there is a new theme – that doesn’t mean you can’t keep creating using the old ones!  I’ll keep a running list of past themes here too:

Thanks for visiting!

Use My Stuff – Layering Challenge

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Welcome to another challenge!

Let’s put all of those layering products to use this time – stamps, dies, stencils – if it layers, it works!

A reminder of the basic “rules” of the challenge are:⁠

  • ⁠A new challenge theme will be posted twice a month on the 1st and the 15th both here on my blog and on Instagram.⁠
  • Use your stuff and share using the hashtags in this graphic.
  • Tag me so I can see what you’re up to!
  • You are welcome to use the hashtag with projects that you have created for other challenges.

And just because there is a new theme – that doesn’t mean you can’t keep creating using the old ones!  I’ll keep a running list of past themes here too:

Thanks for visiting!

Use My Stuff – Sympathy Challenge

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Time to add another challenge!

I recently needed a sympathy card and realized I had none on hand – these are never the cards you want to make, but they are some of the most important to send.  My go-to for sympathy cards is muted colors and usually some kind of leaves.  It just feels like a calming combination.

A reminder of the basic “rules” of the challenge are:⁠

  • ⁠A new challenge theme will be posted twice a month on the 1st and the 15th both here on my blog and on Instagram.⁠
  • Use your stuff and share using the hashtags in this graphic.
  • Tag me so I can see what you’re up to!
  • You are welcome to use the hashtag with projects that you have created for other challenges.

And just because there is a new theme – that doesn’t mean you can’t keep creating using the old ones!  I’ll keep a running list of past themes here too:

Thanks for visiting!

Use My Stuff Love Challenge – Happy Heart Day

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I’m really starting to like this “just don’t color it” technique!

I used a combination of images from Lawn Fawn for this card.  The circle in the background is another one that came from my backgrounds stash.

I heat embossed a heart background stamp with onto watercolor paper (it’s an older Simon Says Stamp background that is discontinued but I’m sure you can find something similar).  After the heat embossing cooled, I used Distress Ink mini cubes to smear color onto the paper, sprayed generously with water and let it dry.

Once it was dry, I die cut it using a really old wonky circle die from my stash – you could either cut a regular circle and leave it as is or trace it and hand-cut it for a similar look.

Everything was attached to standard A2 card with foam tape for dimension.

Thanks for visiting!

Products Used:

Lawn Fawn Butterfly Kisses stamp set and dies

Lawn Fawn Open Me stamp set and dies

Lawn Fawn How You Bean? Conversation Hearts Add On stamps