Sunday, April 16, 2017

RemARKably Creative Blog Tour - April: Underground Suite

Welcome to our Blog Tour! The theme is the Underground Suite. To me that means GUY CARDS!

For my card I used the Stamp Set, "Urban District". Unfortunately, it was announced this week that it was retiring! I really fell in love with the Where is Waldo-like pictures on the letters. For the background, I used the Brick Wall embossing folder. I used a Tarnished Foil technique that really gives the bricks some texture!

For the tarnished foil method, I embossed silver foil through the Big Shot with the Brick Wall folder. Run a little test sample through to make sure you have the brick side "out". Ask me how I know.

Then I smooshed some Black Stazon ink (also retiring!) on it and let it dry. I added spots of Versamark and then copper embossing powder and heated. I repeated the last step with black and gold embossing powder.

I colored some of the items in with my Stampin' Write markers. I think Dad will enjoy it!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

RemARKably Creative Blog Tour for March - Party!

Hi! Welcome to this month's blog tour - this month's theme is Party Animals!

I used the color palette: Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango for my card. 

On the top part of the card, I used Stampin' Write markers and colored directly on the rubber stamp. I then spritzed it and put it on watercolor paper. I also splattered a little of the Tangerine Tango. 

 On the bottom part, I put the ink directly on the block, then spritzed it and pressed it on the paper
. So now, I showed it to my husband and of course he thinks it looks better upside down. What do you think?

I hate it when he's right.

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Arden Dougan < -- That's me!

And the products I used are here: 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Succulent Gardens II

Welcome to the February RemARKably Creative Blog Tour. This month's theme is succulents.

I found this little driftwood flower holder at M's, stuck some of that green foam in (is there a technical term for that stuff?), and put some moss on top. And finally, I added flowers, in two sizes.

First, the artistic rendering:

If you don't have the app "Waterlogue", you need it! It is so fun!
I made three colors of flowers: Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi and Smoky Slate. I added a lot of flower layers to give the succulents more dimension. I used a sponge dauber to add color to each of the leaves. The Rich Razzleberry flower was sponges with Chocolate Chip. The other two were sponged with Sahara Sand and Rich Razzleberry.
I especially loved the comments I've gotten from my kids - like  "What are you going to do with that?"  "Why?" and the cat thinks the moss is quite edible.

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Arden Dougan - that's me!

Here's the ingredients:

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Succulent Gardens I

New addiction - making succulent flowers.  I've always loved the little "hens and chicks" in my garden. I found this little two-container pot with some silk flowers in it and substituted two little hens.

Below I'm using an app called Waterlogue to make an artistic rendering of the picture (WOW)
and the real version. Really this isn't hard, just add lots of layers and sponge the tips with color. For the wasabi flowers, I sponged two colors.

Here's the ingredients:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Victorian Treat Bag

I can't stop making these little bags. This one took a bit of fussing but it was very worth it.
And you probably can't see very well, but the leaves and flowers are just covered with Dazzling Diamonds!  This particular version I used Flirty Flamingo paper for the rose. I also like to use Very Vanilla with Flirty Flamingo sponging on the edges for a more delicate flower.

Here's a downloadable PDF for the instructions - Instructions - sorry, not for the faint of heart.

A.       Rose
a.        From: Mary Ellen Stites blog  where she shows how to make 3D flowers using Stampin’ Up! punches
b.       Need: Very Vanilla paper, Flirty Flamingo ink, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Bone Folder, Sponge Dauber, Pansy punch, Petite Petal Punch, Stampin’ Pierce Mat, Simply Scored tool, Stampin Spritzer, Liquid Multipurpose Glue, Fine Tip Glue Pen
c.        Punch out 3 Pansies and 3 Petite Petals from Flirty Flamingo or Blushing Bride paper
d.       Using Sponge Dauber and Flirty Flamingo ink, sponge edges and center of flowers, doing both sides of the Petite Petals and one side of the Pansies.
e.       Spritz well with water the back of a flower and then pounce (hard) on the petal edges of the back side of one flower, then turn over and make a line down the center of each petal. You may have to use a bone folder to bend the tips back and cup the flower petals in. Repeat for all flowers.
f.         While wet, glue together with multipurpose glue, starting with the small flowers and working out. Shape to make it pretty.
g.        With Fine Tip Glue Pen, make little lines of glue along the flower edges, then pour on the Dazzling diamonds and shake off. Let dry
B.       Doily
a.        Need: Doily, Sponge Dauber, Sahara Sand ink
b.       Use Vanilla side up
c.        With Sponge Dauber, sponge Sahara sand to make it a little more antique-looking.
d.       Fold in half
C.       Leaves
a.        Need: Rose Wonder die, Pear Pizzazz paper, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Forceps, Big Shot
b.       Cut two stems from Rose Wonder dies using Pear Pizzazz paper.
c.        Draw lines on it with Fine Tip Glue pen, sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds. Set aside to dry.
D.       Glassine Bag
a.        Need Sending Love Glassine Sheet (1), Mini Treat Bag Thinlets, Big Shot
b.       Cut bag from one sheet of Sending Love Glassine Sheets using Mini Treat Bag Thinlets and the Big Shot making sure the right side is up and both pieces are right-sides up. You may need scissors to completely cut the bag out. Dryer sheets help a little.
c.       Glue with snail. Press the folds. It’s easier to put the front side down and glue the right half to the front, matching the zig zag top. Then glue the middle and finally the bottom.
d.       Fold down 1” in the front.
E.        Ribbon
a.        Need: Baker’s Twine, Lace Ribbon
b.       Cut   15“ lace ribbon and make into a 2-loop bow, tie with 4”white Baker’s Twine.
F.        Tag
a.       Need: Very Vanilla Paper, Sahara Sand Ink, Sponge Dauber, Scalloped Tag Topper, Tip Top Taupe Ink, So In Love Stamp Set
b.       Cut 1-1/4” wide x  2” long strip of Very Vanilla paper. Sponge with Sahara Sand ink.
c.        Punch tag with Scalloped Tag Topper, being careful to center the paper in the tag.
d.       Stamp “Just for You” with Tip Top Taupe.
G.       Assemble bag.
a.        Need: Glue Dots, candy or cookie
b.       Put candy or cookie inside.
c.        Glue on the folded doily
d.       Glue on lace, 3 circles of gold thread, rose, 2 leaves, and tag.

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