Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Addison's First Shaker Card!

So, my amazing little sister, Addison, has been itching to try a few of the more taxing card making techniques. I love her desire to learn and the fact that she loves to craft with me, so when she asked to make a shaker card, and I actually had the energy to teach, I said "yes!" Plus, it's been a little while since you've all heard from the Beth Duff Designs, Jr Design Team!

She started by coloring up one of the newest digi releases at Beth Duff Designs, Make Waves. She loved the whale and had to make it a "Shamu" whale... it's a thing in our house, my explaining that "Shamu" is the name of a Killer or Orca whale, and her insisting I'm wrong. Again, she is wanting to learn new things and I recently gave her my old set of Stampin' Up alcohol markers to let her have practice with blending. She used a black Copic on the whale, and the SU markers on the water he is spouting. She also chose to color the puffer fish and the crab. She cut them out by hand.

One of her favorite tools is the Big Shot, so we die cut her sentiment out, which I absolutely adore. I had visions of using it to cover most of a card, and she stole it from me! Next, we broke out another new to her tool, the Blending Tool and Distress Oxide Mermaid Lagoon ink (which I got from Kindred Stamps, you can use that link for 10% off your first purchase!) Addison loved seeing the change once we sprayed water on it and patted it dry. Very watery!

Her next step was building the shaker... let me tell you, I was a bit spacey so we went around in a few circles on that one. Picking the sequins colors was probably her favorite part, I have... a lot of options, but ultimately, she chose Pretty Pink Posh's Strawberry Burst and Sparkling Clear Mix so they stood out from her blue background.

She also chose a sheet from Sunny Studio's Rainbow Bright paper pack that I picked up at Crafty Doodle Chick that looked like waves but wasn't blue, to create her ocean look. She wanted her sentiment tipped a little so we die cut the paper at an angle to make that happen. She chose her water babies placement all on her own!

All in all, I think her first shaker was a success, she now understands that it is pretty time consuming, and that I need to nap before we start one! (True story!)

I hope you enjoyed seeing my and Addison's process, and we can't wait to see what you make with Beth Duff Design's new Make Waves digi set! Make sure you join us on the Beth Duff Designs Fan Page to see more makes from our team, and to share your own with us!

~R. Winn

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Next Space Explorers!

Guys... guys... GUYS! I am SO excited to share these projects! Kindred Stamps released their new set The Next Space Explorers stamps on May 25th, and to say that I geeked out a lot!

I had so much fun coloring these guys using the no-line technique and Ink On 3's Fade-Out ink, and Copic markers. 

I started by making my first foiled card! I was so nervous that I was going to screw things up. I used Altenew's Warp Speed Stencil that I picked up at Crafty Doodle Chick, DecoFoil's glue pen, and red foil. 

I also tried out my Tonic Studio's Silver Mica spray to create the middle layer of paper for my card, and the sentiment is stamped on a piece too!

My android and blind dude are totally best friends and there for each other through everything!

Next, the Captain is a fan of Earl Grey tea and to me it felt perfect for a gift card holder (some lucky nerd is going to get a Starbucks gift card with it!)

I got him colored up and mounted him on piece of patterned paper from the Sunny Studios Rainbow Bright pack, again from Craft Doodle Chick!

I finished him off by giving him a little shadow with a grey watercolor marker. 

My last card is the chief security officer... He was a little more difficult for me to color, and it shows. But I tried my best, and used the colors I had! I will say, I am pleased with the silvery look of his weapon and sash!

To keep him the hero of the card but not have him too dull, I used the new paper stack that one of the gals in the Kindred Stamps Fan Club shared, and I clearly needed, Echo Park's Space Academy! I grabbed my previously unused Stampin' Up Starbust die (seriously, I've had it for like two years guys...) and cut my patterned paper with it and backed it with dimensionals. I mounted it on a piece of black cardstock.

My last touch was grabbing a random banner I had in my hoarding stash... I may need actual help guys... to use for the sentiment. I love the buildable sentiments that Kindred Stamps does and this one may be one of my favorites! I finished it off with a nice DoublClick Skittle that pulls out the red planets on the paper.

I hope that you enjoyed these projects as much as I enjoyed making them! If you haven't been lucky enough to buy Kindred Stamps, you can set up your account using my referral link and get 10% off!

~R. Winn Creates

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

That's Amore!

It's always fun and nerve-racking to try a new technique, well, this month I've tried two! 

Today, I get to share my very first slider card.  I had bought and then lost some slider elements from Crafty Doodle Chick, so I had to just YouTube it and go.  When I saw the new Puppy Love Stamp Set that releases this week with Kindred Stamps, I knew I had to try a slider! 

My pups were colored using Ink On 3's Fade-Out Ink and Copic markers. I fussy cut them out by hand. 

I started by making a table cloth looking paper using Carta Bella's Buffalo Plaid stencil and a red Memento Luxe Ink. I felt like it looked like the pups were on a picnic. Next, I used a Lawn Fawn Slider die to determine where the pups would be. Originally, I had planned on placing them with their bodies where the slider was, but that didn't work out, the pennies showed. Instead, I used their heads! I attached a thin light brown twine to each of their mouths to simulate some pasta. 

Next, I built the background with a navy piece of cardstock, a dauber and Brilliance Moonlight White ink, a star stencil, and Encore Champagne ink. 

Last, I took the "that's amore" sentiment and stamped it onto white cardstock using black VersaFine ink and cut it out using a Spellbinder die.

We are extremely excited about this month's Kindred Stamps release, and want to invite you to join us on our Facebook event so you can see all of the projects our Creative and Design Teams made to showcase these fun sets! If you take the time to hop along with our team, make sure you leave a comment on each blog to be entered to win a $10 store credit!

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You can also join our Fan Club on Facebook to show off your own projects an see more from our teams throughout the month! We will announce our blog hop winner there, sometime on Saturday the 26th! (In addition to messaging them privately.) 

I'm so grateful for you taking the time to visit me today, and look forward to next time.

~R. Winn

Friday, May 4, 2018

May the Fourth Be With You

 Rejoice Geeks and Nerds alike! May the Fourth is with us!

Ok, so maybe that was a little over the top... maybe. But, I have to say, as the date loomed closer, I got more and more excited. I made sure that my fluffy bear warrior shirt was clean, my friends all knew what was coming, and of course, made cards! 

 I have had a few droids and a young, upcoming mind warrior, from Kindred Stamps Galactic Adventures: The Sequel, colored for a few months and just couldn't decide what to do with them.  Well, my inspiration came at last!  I decided on a desert theme for my first card. I used a piece of gold shimmer cardstock and hand cut a dune shape out. I wanted lots of layers and used two different blues to sandwich a layer of white. Finally, I took Brilliance Copper ink and stamped the sentiment from Kindred Stamps Galactic Adventures.

My next card, I wanted to do some light swords for the background. I stamped out a patterned background and colored the handles with a grey Copic. Next, I used Nuvo's red jewel toned drops and I filled in the long parts, then I filled in the rest of the paper with Copic R89 to give a dark red color.

I colored in the villain in varying shades of grey and black and fussy cut him out. I felt like he needed to stand out from the background a bit so I trimmed down a piece of paper and used silver Nuvo drops and kinda swirled it around and filled the paper. I mounted it all on a dark grey glimmer card base.

I hope you all enjoy some nerdy fun in a galaxy far, far away today! If you need some of these stamps for your own collection, come grab them here, if it's your first order at Kindred Stamps, you'll get 10% off.

Thank you for visiting!
~R. Winn

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Roll With Me!

Ok, so Beth Duff Designs released some absolutely fantastic sets last month, including this cute sushi set, Roll With Me. I absolutely love it.  The images (who doesn't thing a shrimp roll is adorable when it's smiling at you?), the fun sentiments, the cute fonts... it's all fantastic!

After the hustle and bustle of the release, I wanted to make some simple, cute cards with the No-Line Technique (yeah, I'm obsessed). These images are perfect for a beginner in this technique since they are nice and big and clean.

I broke out the Copic and Chameleon markers again for the no-line coloring with my InkOn3 Fade-Out ink. I was worried about being able to color the seaweed wrap and the eggs for the sushi but overall I am pretty pleased with it! I think my biggest suggestion for starting this technique is go slowly. The chopsticks were colored in skin tone colors.

For the background, I broke out some origami paper that I bought at Dasio a few months ago, because it was too pretty to leave behind. HA!

My next card was the same concept, cute images, origami paper, fun sentiment. I decided to make the soy sauce bottle have room in the bottle. In order to make them have the faces, I used my MISTI, lined up the stamp with my colored in image and used a black marker to get the faces stamped. 

I really wanted the shrimp to have the lines so I layered the colors on and then used my blender marker to blend them all together and have the clear/white portion of the shrimp exist.  I really wanted the sentiment to POP, so I chose a yellow from my Altenew quad to stamp onto a precut strip. 

I hope you all enjoyed my quick, simple cards and I can't wait to see what YOU make with these adorable stamps!

~R. Winn

Monday, April 23, 2018

Quick Fun Makes With Manatee Love!

So, one of the adorable sets that Beth Duff Designs released this Spring, is our Get Kids Crafty Exclusive, Manatee Love.  I NEEDED it, the second I saw it!

As you know, I've been obsessed with No-Line Coloring lately. I used my InkOn3 Fade-Out Ink and stamped out the manatees to color. I used a combination of Copic Markers and Brutus Monroe StyleFile Markers to color the cuties. I wasn't sure what I was going to with them, but they begged to be colored.

For this little heart hugging guy, I decided on a bookmark. My sister sent me a link to some bookmarks on Amazon, and I decided to give them a go!  This project probably took me 10-15 minutes total, INCLUDING the No Line Coloring.

I used my new Altenew Ink Cubes that I got from Crafty Doodle Chick (that link will get you 5% off your first purchase, and I will get points too!). I used various green and pink shades and stamped out the seaweed and clam shells. For the "Hi there", I stuck with my favorite sentiment ink, Versafine in black.

Next, I put my fussycut manatee on a piece of navy cardstock, and added some Nuvo drops around the outside to make it glossy, like water!

To finish it off, I took this fun rainbow ribbon from Fun Stamper's Journey (that's my friend Alex's link, she's pretty amazing and SO SO helpful. I bought it to use with all of my unicorn stamps, but I love the burst of color from the top of the bookmark. My family is full of readers, so I'm sure one of them will get to enjoy this cutie!

Next, I had to used this hilarious sentiment. I just love it. Well, it doesn't really fit on a bookmark does it?  I have a TON of pre-made card bases, so I snagged this aqua striped base from my stack.  I love the idea of this happy little guy brightening someone's rough day.

I used Kat Scrappiness's (my referral link!) Double Stitched Rectangle Die with Stampin' Up Brown Sugar Cardstock for the sentiment, which was stamped in Versafine.  Underneath, I layered a piece of gold cardstock that was pre-embossed with scales.

The left side of the card felt really empty to me, so I took my Kindred Stamps (you get 10% off your first purchase, and I get points!) Mermaid Princess Shaker Pack and some Tombow glue and built a shiny little something in the top left corner. I added a blue shell to the bottom right of the sentiment too. To finish the card off, I used my Kat Scrappiness Clear Droplet Sampler Pack for some air bubbles!

This card probably took me about 20 minutes, that may have been in part because I had too much fun building my shiny something. HEHE!

I hope you enjoyed my projects, and that they have inspired you too look around and find those quick projects that you can sneak between the duties of life! And that you aren't TOO annoyed by all my links, after all, a referral is the biggest complement you can give, and I only shop from the best. Good customer service, a friendly attitude, and a willingness to go the extra mile in the craft industry is SO important. I LOVE shopping from these small business and getting to know the people behind my craft addiction!

Until next time,

~R. Winn

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

No-Line Coloring!

So, about a month, maybe a month and a half ago, cardmaking goddes/enabler to the max, Lydia Fieldler, posted that InkOn3's FadeOut Ink for No-Line Coloring was back in stock. Well... I had just gotten paid and I was feeling rich and decided this was the brilliant new thing I was willing to try! All of my friends are doing amazing things with alcohol inks, and foiling... both which feel expensive to start and scary to try to me. This no-line thing, maybe I can handle that, I already color every chance I get anyways!

It came in about the same time my stamps for the April Kindred Stamps release did, I decided to dive right in! The first images I colored were these little cuties from We're In a Club. I have been using a combination of markers from Copic, Chameleon, and Brutus Monroe StyleFile. There were definitely errors, and I learned quickly, there are no lines to hold your color in place... Something I apparently depend on! They turned out cute though, and I fell in love with the technique!

I had my images colored but I honestly was unsure of what I wanted to do for a project, the inspiration was a little off with the amount of stress I've been dealing with lately! So, instead of panicking and throwing together a basic card, I started to look through my dies. My amazing friend Kelli Hull, recently destashed and I was the lucky recipient of several AMAZING dies, stamps, and other goodies. In that destash, was a Lawn Fawn Portrait Leafy Tree Background die, it lit an idea for me and this was one of the easiest to put together cards I have ever made.

I used a nice dark brown cardstock for the tree and card outline, then a scrap piece of mossy meadow from Stampin' Up. For the leaves, I chose 3 bright Fall colored papers for leaves and used the leaves 3 time per color.  My leaves got layered and overlapped, top to bottom to give it a real tree look. I had just a few left over, so it was really the perfect amount.

In order to create some depth, I used dimensional strips from Stampin' Up to back the tree scene. Next, I snagged a pretty blue that was a bigger piece in my scrap bin (the two drawers I use are overflowing and need to be used more!) I wanted to keep my sentiment simple with no fancy background or labor intensive techniques on this card (other than the coloring). I lined everything up and then placed it all in my MISTI (unmounted, of course) to get my sentiment lined up where I'd like it to be. After removing my top layers from the MISTI, I stamped using the Classic Memento Tuxedo Black ink. After that I simply built the card!

My next card, I REALLY, wanted the character to be the hero of. I used the no-line technique to color up this baby deer and WOW, was I happy. The kiddos were my first images using it and he is my third. The amount of colors I used to get this look is a bit insane, I filled a post it note writing them down, and again, I used a combination of Copics and Chameleon markers. 

I used Kat Scrapiness Double Stitched Rectangle Dies to create a frame out of Stampin' Up Crumb Cake cardstock.  I used a bright green lightweight cardstock to line the back, then layered a pretty patterned vellum that has ferns and leaves all over it. Again, I used the dimensional strip to pop the frame up. I used a random banner die (I didn't always understand the importance of keeping track of what came from where!) for the sentiment, which to me is ADORABLE! 

I finished the card by placing my baby deer and mounting it on a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock! This is one of my cards using Kindred Stamps new release, Forest Friends!

We have some of the most adorable stamps I have seen yet coming out this month and I think you'll all be SO excited too! We've changed a few things up this month, and we've introduced a Design Team to our group! These ladies are INCREDIBLY talented and will be with us for the next several months! We couldn't be more excited to be working with them! We also have Guest Designer, Lois with us AGAIN, because we love her so much.

Please visit their blogs, and ours, and comment on all the blog posts. Doing so will make you eligible for winning shop credit! The winner will be chosen Friday evening, the night of the 20th, and will be announced in our Fan Club!

Thank you for visiting me and I will see you soon!

~R. Winn

Addison's First Shaker Card!

So, my amazing little sister, Addison, has been itching to try a few of the more taxing card making techniques. I love her desire to learn ...