Happy Father's Day with Sunsational Stamps

It's my day on the Sunsational Stamps blog and I've created a Father's Day card.

How cute is this?  Just perfect for the golfer in your life.

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Hello Spring Flowers

It's my day on the Joy Clair blog and  I'm using one of the newest stamp sets this month - Spring Time Flowers.

These flowers are so realistic, I couldn't resist creating a bright and cheery card.  Since I wanted to create a long card, I used a masking technique, stamping the flowers 5 times on a white panel.   I then colored the flowers with Copic Markers.

After edging the panel with purple ink, I matted it with black cardstock.  I really wanted the colors to pop and black just has the ability to make that happen.  I stamped Hello in the corner of the panel.  For additional layering and dimension, I added FlowerSoft to the center of each flower.  FlowerSoft is a fun product that added some great dimension and is perfect for the flower centers, bringing the flowers to life.

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A little book of dreams

Hi everyone, with the crazy weather we've been having, I've had time to create with some amazing Faber Castel Gelatos.

I had this Heidi swap paper pad in my stash that was begging to be used.  Because of the cool nature of the papers, it lends itself perfectly to Gelatos.  Not totally sure what I was going to do, I started by cutting the papers into 6" x 6" panels .  Thinking along the lines of a mini book, I cut chipboard slightly larger to use as the covers. 

I created some Gelato spritzers by cutting tiny pieces of Gelatos and placing them in a spray bottle with some water.  If the pieces are small enough, they blend with the water quickly as you shake the bottle.  Then I simply spritzed the background.

On the front cover, I decided to play with all kinds of mediums.  I used a Crafter's Workshop brick stencil on the right side with modeling paste.  Once dry, I painted purple Gelatos over them.  I love how it gives the cover some nice dimension.  Then, I added a script stamp in opposite corners and stamped a flower in the other corner. To finish the cover, I rubbed purple Gelato all around the cover, blending with a baby wipe to soften the color.

This Memory Box die is really pretty and very delicate.  I colored white cardstock with several colors of Gelatos, placed the die on top and ran it through my die cut machine.  Check out how awesome this flower looks.

I wanted to add some white elements so I die cut the flower again from white cardstock. 

I die cut another flower from white cardstock and colored the die cut pieces with pink Gelatos.  ScraPerfect's the Best Glue Ever was perfect for adding all the little pieces of the flowers to the front cover. 

Using assorted Gelatos I added color to the interior pages using either a water brush or baby wipes to blend and smooth out the colors.

Purples - using a water brush to blend these colors -

Yellows and Gold - using a baby wipe to blend these colors

Blues and Greens - using a water brush to blend these colors

Yellow and Pink - uisng a baby wipe to blend these colors.

I assembled the pages and added the covers.  I punched holes and adhered them together with some ribbon.

So this is my little book of dreams, just waiting for me to add some little poems and quotes that help inspire me.  I hope you like it.

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Altered Jewelry Box

My newest post on the Proxxon blog is an altered jewelry box.

I used etchallⓇ etching crème to etch a design into the mirror.  Using my Cricut I die cut a pattern from vinyl then placed the negative on the mirror.  I covered it with etchallⓇ etching crème and allowed it to sit for 15 minutes.

EtchallⓇ etching creme is reusable so after 15 minutes I scraped off the crème from the glass and returned it back to the jar.

I wiped off the remaining etching crème with a baby wipe, then I removed the the vinyl. 
The etched design is stunning.

After removing the vinyl, I cleaned the glass with a fresh baby wipe.

Now I decorated the top of the jewelry box using Plaid paints, a Prima stencil, Makin'sⓇ clay and push molds to create the clay elements, and used Rinea Foils to create the flowers for the corner.

What little girl wouldn't love this jewelry box?

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Joy Clair and Imagine Blog Hop

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Hi everyone, it's Day 2 of the hop between  Joy Clair and Imagine.  We have partnered to show you how well these products work together.

One of the Imagine products I received is Fireworks - Summer Sky.  Fireworks are a spray ink with shimmer that can be used on light and dark papers for different looks.  First I spritzed Summer Sky Fireworks on white cardstock.

Next I spritzed Summer Sky on a piece of black cardstock (lower right corner).  Since I spritzed over pallet paper, I had residual spray left on the pallet paper.  So I simply dragged another piece of black cardstock and another piece of white cardstock through the residual ink and got these amazing patterns.  I continued to move the papers around on the pallet paper to pick up all the remaining ink.

I used a stamp from the Joy Clair Bandana Bits stamp set, stamping it with Versafine Smokey Gray Ink on the white spritzed cardstock.

I also stamped the smaller image with Smokey Gray Ink and fussy cut it.  Next, I "painted" it with Memento Bahama Blue Ink using a water brush.

For some visual interest, I scored 5 lines in the opposite corner.

To finish, I stamped thank you with Versafine Smokey Gray Ink which I die cut, then placed atop a larger circle which I added  to the card.  I also lightly inked across the scored lines for some more definition.

I used On Point Glue to add the pearls to the card.  This glue has an extremely fine tip so even the tiniest of items can be glued easily.

For my second card, I used an embossing folder to emboss the black cardstock that I dragged across the pallet sheet.  Doesn't it look amazing!.

I stamped image from the Joy Clair Just Kitten Around stamp set directly on the card with Versafine Smokey Gray Ink and colored it with colored pencils.

Using a Spellbinders die, I die cut an oval in the embossed cardstock.  Using the white cardstock that I dragged through the ink, I die cut an oval border which I adhered to the card with On Point Glue.   

Using Memento Bahama Blue Ink, I added a touch of color around the oval opening, then I placed the panel on the card over the colored image. 

Happy Birthday from the Joy Clair Paisley Bouquet stamp set was stamped with Versafine Smokey Gray Ink and cut into a pennant shape.  It was matted with a left over scrap and added to the card with foam adhesives for dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to leave comments during these two days of the hop so you can be entered to win one of two $25 Joy Clair Stamps Gift Cards or one of two $25 Gift Cards from Imagine!!! Joy Clair winners will be announced on the Joy Clair Blog at the end of the month and Imagine winners will be announced on the Imagine Blog.

Steph Ackerman     YOU ARE HERE

If you missed Day 1, start at the Joy Clair blog and see some more wonderful creations.


Graduation Sign

Hi everyone, I am participating in the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop this month.  And this month we are working with Mod Podge.

My son just graduated from college so I wanted to create a graduation sign to document his accomplishment.

I received a nice selection of Mod Podge projects to use, including a set of Mod Podge ® Decoupage Tracing Templates.  I selected the letters I wanted, then using them as stencils, I cut them out of Rinea Foils in Glossy Gold/Gold.

I used my Proxxon Delta Sander to sand the wood panel then painted it with FolkArt ® Brushed Metal™ Acrylic Paint in Dark Grey.  

I wanted some dimension on the panel, so I added some molding paste with The Crafter's Workshop Stencil.  Once dry I used Mod Podge ® Brush Set, Decoupage with  Mod Podge ® Ultra Matte Chalk Finish as a sealer over the panel.

Once dry, I brushed on a 2nd layer of  Mod Podge ® Ultra Matte Chalk Finish  and placed the letters on the panel.  Mod Podge ® Ultra Matte Chalk Finish can also be used as glue.  Once dry, I painted on another layer of Mod Podge ® Ultra Matte Chalk Finish to seal the letters.

To finish, I die cut a graduation cap from cardstock and added Whisker Graphics Black Diamond Twine.  I wanted some dimension so I added pop dots to the cap and placed it above the letter A.  Several flourish stickers were scattered about and sealed in place.

Thanks to Plaid Crafts for supplying the products used in this project.

Please stop by the Designer Crafts Connection blog to see some amazing projects created with Mod Podge.

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Graduation Gifts

Hi everyone, did you know that you can use the Bowdabra to dress up graduation and/or party gifts? 

As my son is graduating this month, I wanted to give him and some of his friends some candy filled graduation mugs. 

I wrapped the mugs with cellophane then used the Bowdabra to create some amazing bows.  How cute are these mugs now?  They make a perfect gift.

Pop on over to the Bowdabra blog for complete details.

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Sending a Little Something

Hi everyone, what do you do with scraps?  Do you throw them away?  Do you save them?   Check out how I've used my scraps.

I've been creating with Rinea Foils and love how they work with Spellbinders dies.  It's easy to remove the die cut element using the Spellbinders tool as it releases all the little pieces that were die cut.  So, working with a number of intricate Spellbinders dies, I accumulated a lot of scraps!  Aren't they pretty?

I had this fun mason jar shaped shaker card from Jillibean Soup so I decided to create a shaker card with my scraps of foil.

I placed the card inside the MISTI, then used Hello sentiments and Doodle Flowers from Joy Clair stamps to create a design.  The MISTI allowed me to line the stamps where I wanted them.  I purposely did not color the images because I wanted to foils to stand out.

I placed black cardstock behind the opening then placed the scraps of foil and assorted dew drops in the center.

I placed the mason shaker jar on top to seal in the scraps of foil.

A sentiment was added to the card with foam adhesives and several dew drops added.

What do you do with your scraps?

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