Monday, April 26, 2010

Liquid Pearls - A NEW LOVE


I am posting this Monday, April 26, 2010 and for those of you that may be interested, I am having a MAJOR SALE on 24 colors from Ranger Ink Distressed Inks The sale ENDS, Friday, April 30, 2010. Only 5 days left!

Last week I wrote about Ranger's Alcohol Inks used with Silver or Gold Metallic ink and they make really pretty images. Today is another example of the use of alcohol inks except that I have now added a floral image. I believe the Stamp is from Stampin' Up Friend 24-7 Set. I stamped with Stazon Ink. I then went over the image using liquid pearl in green for the stem and leaves and pink around the flowers. I then filled in the middle areas with my all time favorite, Stickles.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Purple Twilight, Raspberry, Sailboat Blue, and Metallic silver make a pretty combination. Like a storm of colored clouds swirling together to make the Perfect Storm. I put these colors on a piece of cotton and then swirled them around on glossy paper. Drops of color were added directly on the paper and then swirled around by a cotton ball. I then stamped a rose print using Black Stazon Ink which I then highlighted using Black Stazon Ink with Lavender Stickles. I then guarded the rose with butterflies each in their own color. There is Watercolor blue, Fruitpunch, Icicle, Turquoise to just name a few. Stickles were perfect for this project because of the fine tip that the bottle has makes the direction and distribution of the glitter glue more controllable.

Mother's Day is just around the corner. Let me know if you would like to make a similar card or would like to purchase one of the cards I am showing on this blog. Sometimes it is just fun to take out your inks, mix them together and see the color combinations that are attainable. (Hint: And if you make a mistake or don't like the color you have ended up with just keep adding more colors and eventually the color on your paper will be perfect for your project.)

Next time -- Using Liquid Pearls... Do you live in Chandler, AZ, contact me regarding my next class where you can make a similar card to the ones above.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Nurse __________ To the Rescue

Isn't she cute! After receiving a call from a relative requesting a card for someone who graduated from nursing school and just passed her nursing boards, I searched around for a nurse image. I purchased this stamp from Stamping Bella. I colored her in and used Blending Pens. I tried to highlight her hair using a yellow pencil. I used the Melon Mambo Patterns Designer Series Paper to set her off against. I printed Nurse to the Rescue! (for privacy reasons I am not including the name) and used the new flower punch. I then just added some Stickles for additional sparkle.
At some point I will have to show off my other Stamping Bella stamp that I went ahead and purchased. She has dumb bells in her hands and I got that thinking I'll make an exercise journal (haven't started that project yet).
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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Playtime With Perfect Pearls

Today I had a lot of fun. Well, if you can count a trip to the dentist fun than it was just a jolly great day. I came home and looked at a few things on the Ranger Ink site And then after many many months of hiding the Perfect Pearls away with the intent on selling them, I decided to pull my Perfect Pearls out and give them another whirl. OH, OH, OH are they pretty and so much fun. I took some of the Perfect Pearls and put them in an empty egg container. I then spritzed the pearl powder with water. I then took a brush and went over a rose that I stamped with the Perfect Pearls. I also took some Turquoise Perfect Pearls and mixed it with water. and then sprayed the papers with the mixture. Oh my gosh, it gave such a beautiful shimmer over the papers. Below is another one that I did using Sunset Sparkle on the rose.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

My First Card Class

A couple of weeks ago I designed 10 cards for four very fun ladies. Some cards were made using a lot Stampin' Up designer paper and one or two stamps. I added bits of colorful paper and accessories like ribbons and the cards were very pretty. For the first time I designed square cards too which I like very much b/c they really show off the beautiful paper.
This card was made using Ranger Ink Faded Blue Jeans Distressed Ink. I first stained the paper all over and then went over it again with Distressed Faded Blue Jean Stickles. It also will stain paper in addition to leave a matted look. In addition, I then inked up the de flouris and Happy Birthday stamps in the Faded Blue Jeans ink. I also used one of the new punchers from Stampin' Up to make the fancy corners and use a heart shape punch to complete the card. I really like this color blue and have been enjoying using it.

I was first introduced to Ranger Ink a couple of years ago with their Stickles product. I decided to use the Sassy Suzie stamp set which is always great for light humor and showing off her jewelry and Stickles. Lots of bling bling going on with this lady.

I then went in a little different direction and had the ladies try Distressed Inks. The Card stock paper was purple in color. I used a purple color ink and sponged the paper to give it more of a vintage look. I then inked up a stamp with the Distressed Color. We then used Walnut Stain around the edges. I stained white ribbon with the purple ink.
A new method of staining that I started was to take a Distressed Resist Ink Pad and ink up a stamp with it and stamp on paper and then take a sponge and sponge over the image with a combination of Mustard Seed and Tainted Rose Distress Inks. I added a little Cotton Candy Stickles to the cake for an extra little sparkle.