Saturday, March 17, 2018

Love Notes!

Hi again friends! I'm back to share another adorable digi that Beth Duff Designs provided for our Creative Team call! (Yes, you'll have a chance to get in on it eventually!)

I used the Avocuddle digi this time to create a bright, little love note.

I kept my design fairly simple and used the adorable background Beth designed to pair with the avocados in bright Copic colors. I really love the little tacos.  The avocado I chose to print two of and flip one image, and make one slightly smaller. (Who's the same height as their significant other? I'm not!) I used Copics and Brutus Monroe StyleFile Markers to color the avocados.  I love that you're able to color is with or without a pit!

I made this into a 3"x3" card, which is the perfect size for a little love note.  I put it on a bright red card stock to really make the colors pop!

I cannot wait to share more of the fun designs we have in store for you at Beth Duff Designs.  If you haven't already, check out our team's blogs, all can be found in our Facebook Fan Club Board!

Until next time!

~R. Winn

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

One Product, Two Ways!

 Who's up for an adventure? Recently, I was reminded that I had a whole stash of Flower Soft (thanks Jennifer!) and was amazed by how many people didn't know about this product.  It's a fine plastic? fiber that comes in different colors, mixes, and sizes.  Today, you'll get to see how I used it on two very different cards to create added texture and feeling to them!

For our Kindred Stamps March release, I received two sets that I really love! The set I am sharing today is called Treasure Hunter. He's a handsome devil, who is always up for an adventure and doesn't really care for snakes!

I wanted to create a temple card face, I started with a stencil I picked up at Hobby Lobby that looked like cracked rock. I used my Clarity Stencil Brushes and Altenew Rock Collection Crisp Inks to layer on different colors onto a light gray card stock scrap. I rotated the stencil a few time and adjusted the position to really give a random feel to the cracks. I then used my trimmer and cut different sized rectangles to build the wall with.  I laid down a strip of black cardstock to create the door way and started building.

Once I was done building the wall it felt very flat, and to be honest, there were a few gaps in the bricks. I took three different colors of Flower Soft, a brown that I can't recall the name of, Meadow, a green and yellow mix, and Red Poppy, a bright red color, and filled in gaps, and added lots of places where the dirt and moss and little red flowers were growing on the temple wall.

Next, I broke out my Treasure Hunter, and his little slithering friend. I colored them using Copics, and Brutus Monroe StyleFile markers. I wanted to make my snake look like an Asp, and my Treasure Hunter to look a bit flushed, he is after all escaping impossible danger!

Last, I took some MementoLuxe brown ink and stamped the sentiment on the inside (a rare thing for me to do!) I love how this set has a lot of sentiment options, and they're all buildable, this is my favorite though!

Next, I broke out a set from Kindred Stamps called, Travel Through The Stones. I chose to place my Highland lovers in a field of thistle! I began by stamping the thistle stamp over and over again along the bottom of the card front. I used two Stampin' Up Stamp 'n' Write markers in a dark green and dusky purple. This built my field base, but I felt like it needed more. So, I grabbed my Meadow Flower Soft and laid a line of it along the bottom edge of the card. It was perfect!

My sweet friend Jude has been really rocking the CAS card designs and I took some inspiration from her. I chose to not continue building a background and simply placed my Copic colored lovers in the field on the far right.  This left ample space for the sentiment "Je suis prest" or "I am ready" on the top left. I stamped it in a dark blue to highlight the blue in their plaid.  I backed the face in a bright red to also accent the plaid.

All in all, I am extremely proud of both cards and think they're both fun, unique uses for this slightly out of date product, Flower Soft! 

Now, you get to go visit my friends on the Kindred Stamps March Release Blog Hop! We have 7 stunning sets for you to enjoy this month and believe me, several are on MY wish list. I can't wait to hear which you love and must have. Make sure you leave a comment on each blog to be entered into the drawing for a $10 Kindred Stamps store credit! When you leave a comment, please also include your email address so as to find you easier, you can do so in a email (at) address dot com format if you prefer! The winner will be messaged and announced in our Facebook Fan Club!

Good Luck, and ENJOY!

R. Winn Creates (You Are Here)

Thank you for visiting, and I can't wait to see you again!

~R. Winn

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Beach, Please...

I'm backkkkkk! HAHA, you guys can't get rid of me. I am super excited to announce that my friend Beth is launching her own line of stamps, Beth Duff Designs!  She has asked me to join her as her Creative Team Lead, and I couldn't be more excited about it.  Our first release is going to be mid-April, and will feature eight adorable sets that I cannot wait to play with...

In the meantime, she has shared a few digis with those of us that answered her Creative Team Call, and Jr Design Team Call. The one that called to me? Obviously, the mermaid! I loved coloring the individual scales on her tail, and her hair... OH MAN, it was fun! I colored her using my Copic Markers.  I couldn't decide on a color for her top so I tried paper piercing for the first time, a technique where you use patterned paper for part of image, I hadn't done it before and wanted to start small. The paper I chose is retired DSP from Stampin' Up that had adorable little flowers on it. Her tail, I finished with a clear Wink of Stella.

The brilliant background that Beth included for us was a little too much for my hands to color, especially since I used colored pencils (SO MUCH WORK!)  I wanted a water feel to it and used multiple shades of blue and then cut down a panel to accent the card with. I layered it on top of some retired shimmer white cardstock from Stampin' Up. I used a second strip of the shimmer cs and used a bit of dark blue Firework spray (ok... maybe more than a bit) to change it into a color close to the darkest colored pencil.  I framed the sentiment with the blue strip.  I finished the card off by using a pretty shimmery gold card stock for the background.

The picture doesn't do the shimmer and glitter justice, and I loved trying new things with this card.  I am beyond excited about this new team, and can't wait to share more with all of you!

The Jr Design Team is something I haven't seen before, and I am excited to announce that my little sister, Addison is on it! She loves Beth, and was SO excited to have a "job" that she worked on projects with the digis all weekend. I think my favorite project she completed was using the Dinos that Beth is offering for her Challenge this month! The challenge is about Snarky Sentiments, but Addison likes to write out her own sentiments and what she wrote about always having a friend really touched my heart.

Addison has a stockpile of primary colored card bases (she knows how to make her own, but sometimes measurements are a little difficult for a 10 year old... ok, sometimes they're difficult for a 30 year old! Precut card bases make both of our lives easier.) 

She used Crayola Twistables to color the dinos, she said the big guy looked sad so she added a few tears.  The little guy's words were a bit too big for his speech bubble which made me love it even more.  She knows how to use several types of adhesive, and typically prefers a snail runner, but we were having issues with her's and for this card she used Tombow clear liquid glue.  She makes me so proud and even set up and took her own picture, using her pencil box as a background!

You will see more creations from Addison, and myself using Beth Duff Designs soon.  Thank you all for stopping by.

~R. Winn