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Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Aqua Painters, Big Shot, Copper Embossing Powder, Global Design Project, Heat Embossing, InColors 2017, ink as watercolor, Pick a Pumpkin Bundle, Tranquil Tide, Watercolor, watercolor | 10 comments

Happy 100 to Global Design Project #gdp100

The Global  Design  Project  is celebrating  there 100th challenge!  I remember  how excited  I was when this challenge  started!  I was even more excited  to participate  in that very first challenge. Now, 100 challenges later we are all celebrating the designers.

Each designer designed a card.  Those of  us playing along, are picking a designer to case.  What fun! For today’s  card I picked my friend,  Brian  King! His clean line card is amazing. I love the pop of gold he used!!!

I love  the clean lines with the marbled background!  And the bold focal point is awesome!

I knew that I wanted to use a metallic as part of my focal point.  So, while thinking about what stamped I wanted to use I also thought  about what would look awesome  in metallic. I decided on a new stamp bundle in the  upcoming  Holiday  Catalog  (available  September 1) Pick a Pumpkin bundle is beautiful  and has a pumpkin in the dies I know  I wanted to guild! Perfect!

Pick A Pumpkin Bundle

I wanted  a basic  background  that would allow  the pumpkins and gourd to shine.  I went to my default  background  technique, and ,adequate a watercolor background!  I sed the ink refill for the watercolor.  Initially, I was just going to use two colors and make a soft background.  But, the watercolor  had something else in mind.  I love how the unexpected  addition  of Tempting  Turquoise is to this Pool Party and Tranquil Tide background.

Pool Party
Tranquil Tide
Tempting Turquoise

I have several pictures to share with you today .  They will show you the process  I used in making my watercolor  background.

 

The first step is to gather the supplies up that our will need!  You will need watercolor  paper, ink refills o your  choice, a aqua painter, versamark ink, a heat tool, and embossing powder.  I also used a clip board and some  painters tape.

Let’s talk  just a second about watercolor  paper. Watercolor  paper comes in three forms normally.  hot press, cold press, and rough.  Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper is cold press paper.  For this particular project I wanted a paper that had more tooth.  So, I pulled  out  some rough paper.  I am addicted  to watercolor  paper and use all three types.   Hot press is awesome for stamping because  it has a smother  surface  than the other two.  You  could make this card with Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper without any problem

The first thing I did was to tape off a border on the watercolor  paper. I used my grid paper to help lign it up straight. I did not really press down my tape  to the grid paper because,  I transferred the whole thing over to a clip board.

The next step  was to use my aqua painter to add water to the paper.

The next step, is to start adding color! I started off with Pool Party. I added a few drops of ink and water to a flat dish. Using  a aqua painter, I  added the color. I started with up and down strokes. Then dropped  in color in a few spots

At this point, I used my heat tool to dry the paper.  After each addition of color the paper was dried with a heat tool.  This added some harsh  lines between layers of color

The second  layer of color was Pool Party and Tranquil Tide.  The color was added in the same fashion.   By starting with up and down strokes, them dropping  in color.

Again,  I heat set the panel adding definition between  layers of color.

The final watercolor step was to add Tempting Turquoise  ink and Pool Party ink.  This layer was added with almost  a dry brush.  Again, using an up and down motion with the Tempting Turquoise.  Then I added a little  more water to my brush and added Pool Party ink.

Watercolor always looks it’s worst right before it looks good. So keep going and practice.  Practice is key in learning how watercolor works.  The final step is to heat set the watercolor  one last time. Carefully,  remove the tape.

After the watercolor panel is dry, it is time to add the copper  embossing.  To do this you will need embossing power,  versamark ink, and a heat tool

I used the edge of the versamark ink pad to add inkto the paper.  Then added the embossing powder.

At this point my embossing looked quite messy.  So, I  used a paint brush to swipe away any unwanted embossing powder.  Then used my heat tool to set the embossing.

I love the final results! The copper really adds a fun fall feel to the background.   It also brings in the copper guiding flakes used on the pumpkin.

I love to watercolor and don’t get the chance to use the rough paper very often.  I love the results of the inks on this paper.  The difference  in color  between  this panel  and the one on the card is that this one turned out darker.  That’s because,  I used less water in my ink dishes.  Also, no two watercolor panels will ever come out exactly  the same.

  • The images were stamped and die cut out. The small pumpkin in Peakaboo Peach. The gourd  in Bermuda bay.  The fun leafy flower thing in Tranquil Tide on Pool Party  paper.  The large leaf stem is die cut with Tranquil Tide paper. The small curly q is die cut with soft  suede paper
  • The large pumpkin is die cut out and has gilding added to it.  I used mostly copper. But, there is a little silver and gold also. I used whisper white paper and added the new adhesive sheets to both sides.  Then cut out the die. And added the leafing to one side.  The same process was used  for the large curly q
  • The card base is Soft Suede with a copper layer on top
  • The final steps was to decorate the envelope!

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Thank you for sticking with me through so many pictures! I know it was a lot, but I really wanted to share with you my process.  Hugs to you who stuck around!!!

Below os a list of products used. If you have any questions about Stampin’ Up!, products used, or today’s card feel free to contact me via email at westsidepapercreations@gmail.com

 

Price: $110.00

I have a new class registration  open.  We will be using the Coffee Cafe’ and Merry Cafe’ stamp sets! The class is August 26th from 1-3 at Westside  Coffee Place & Café

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The Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1st!! If you would like a copy just let me know via email. I will be happy to send you one!  The Pick a Pumpkin  bundle will no doubt be popular for fall crafting.  And because  it’s a bundle, you save 10% YEPPIE.

The Carols of Christmas Early Release is now available for you to purchase. You are going to love this set so much. It is my must have from the Holiday Catalog. It is amazing!!! So very easy to use and just simply perfect!!! It will remind you of why you love stamping in the first place. The stamp set pairs with the Card front builder dies! These dies rock!!!! They will make every Holiday Card sing in glory!!!!

There is a Paper Pumpkin sale going on and it is pretty sweet! This is definitely the time to join!!!

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Won’t you join me in celebrating Global Design Project 100th challenge!!!! I hop hope each of you have an awesome day! Let’s all be creative  every day and share it with those around us! And just incase you are wondering who won the very first Global Design Project Challenge,  you can check it out here!

Peace-

Jennifer

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Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Beautiful You, Coloring Tools 2017, ink as watercolor | 4 comments

Beautiful You with a simple watercolor

One of my all time favorite  stamp sets is Beautiful You!  I love the way the ladies are drawn in this stamp set!  The sentiments are fabulous as well.  I love that they give you the option of coloring in the stamps or using the sketchy watercolor looking stamps.  This lends to lots of different looks that you can achieve.

Beautiful You Stamp Set

I adore how this set is classic yet modern!

One of my favorite things to do is watercolor with Stampin’ Up! ink refills.  It is a quick way to add some color to your card.  It is also fun to watch how the ink reacts with each other and water.  I have not watercolored much lately, so I was ready to relax and watercolor!!!

  • I love this clean and simple layout paired with the classy lady.
  • The watercolor panel is shimmery white cardstock.  On the shimmery white stamp the image in Archival Basic Black. Then use your aqua painter and ink refills to watercolor the image.
  • For the watercolor I used pool party, tranquil tide, and lemon lime twist
  • The dress is watercolored in pool party. Then I dropped in tranquil tide and let the watercolor do its thing.  The umbrella is done the same way, but lemon lime twist with pool party and tranquil tide dropped in
  • The watercolor panel is popped up with soft sky and stampin’ dimensionals

The paper is all new in the Holiday Catalog (Available Sep.1) ,  Painted Autumn. This paper is full of beautiful fall designs and coordinating patterns.

 The ribbon, lemon lime twist ombre ribbon, is also a new products. It made its debut in the 2017 Annual Catalog!

The card is a 4 bar size.  Stampin’ Up! makes some wonderful notecards and envelopes in this size.  Unfortunately, I was out of very vanilla. It is quite easy to make this size of card! Though I do recommend the Stampin’ Up! set. Because, you get the coordinating envelope!!! And you can decorate the envelope flap with the dsp! How cute !

To make my card base use Thick Very Vanilla paper.  Cut it so that it is 5 by 7.  On the 7 inch side score and burnish at 3 1/2 inches.  There is a soft sky layer that is 3 3/8 by 4 7/8. The next layer is made up of two panels one dsp that is 2 1/8 by 4 3/4. And tranquil tide that is 1 1/8 by 4 3\4. These two layers my overlap just a bit! That’s okay. It will be covered by ribbon. The next layers are the watercolor panels.  The soft sky is 3 1/8 by 2 1/8. The watercolor layer is shimmery white 2 by 3

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

The Carols of Christmas Early Release is now available for you to purchase. You are going to love this set so much. It is my must have from the Holiday Catalog. It is amazing!!! So very easy to use and just simply perfect!!! It will remind you of why you love stamping in the first place. The stamp set pairs with the Card front builder dies! These dies rock!!!! They will make every Holiday Card sing in glory!!!!

 

There is a Paper Pumpkin sale going on and it is pretty sweet! This is definitely the time to join!!!

Here is a list of items used to make this card. If you have any questions about this card feel free to contact me at westsidepapercreations@gmail.com

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Thanks for stopping by! I love this sweet little card! It would be perfect for a gift set to give to a friend.  I hope each of you have a great Monday! Lets all go out and be creative and share the things we love with others!
Peace and love my friends-

Jennifer

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Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Berry Burst, Heat Embossing, ink as watercolor, Magical Mermaid, powder Pink, Silver Embossing Powder, Tranquil Tide | 2 comments

Mermaid Dreams …

Saturday I got the opportunity to stamp with some friends. I love it when we get the chance to get together and learn from each other. We worked on learning a few new techniques. We worked on making faux Lenin three different ways. The first two were very similar techniques. The third though, used tissue paper to make a background. This technique did not (for me) really turn out looking like Lenin. Thought, I will keep it in my stash. Because, it is beautiful. We had fun stamping and creating backgrounds for future cards. I loved all the chatting and catching up, it is always the best part!

There is a beautiful stamp set in the annual catalog that will have you dreaming of mermaids… The Magical Mermaid stamp set is just one of the most gorgeous sets I have ever seen. The mermaid is so perfectly drawn and lends its self to all sorts of coloring. Especially, watercolor!

Magical Mermaid

The Stampin’ Up! samples for this set are just so perfect. They used the little mini mermaid for gift tag. How cute would that be for a pool party or beach party. It is paired with a card that is watercolors that brings all the magic of the mermaid to life.

I love how clean and fresh these samples are. They are just so awesome! The stamp set is so pretty that it takes so very little effort to make it look amazing! And as stampers we love this!

  • For the background Take a piece of tissue paper and stamp all over it with a “texture like stamp” I used the stamp that had little crabs and shells mixed with sand and the dotted texture stamp that is like water bubbles. The crab and shells stamp I stamped in Pool Party. The Texture stamp I stamped in Tranquil Tide
  • At this point you take the tissue paper and wad it up into a ball. Then un-wad it. This adds lots of texture to the tissue paper
  • Then I started to decide on a background color to admire my tissue paper to. This is when, I decided that the pool party stamping really did not show up on the tissue paper. So, I sat a few minutes and decide to re-stamp the crabs and shells in versamark and use silver embossing powder. this turned out beautifully, but you really can’t tell that they are crabs and shells
  • The next step is to add the sea weed in Tranquil Tide
  • I decided to use Bermuda Bay as my background. I added glue from a glue stick to the front on the panel and adhered the tissue to that. Then flipped it over and attached the tissue to the back of the panel
  • The next step was to and silver embossing to the edges of the panel and to the Berry Burst layer with the texture stamp.
  • On a piece of shimmery white paper silver emboss the Mermaid. Then using Berry Burst, Flirty Flamingo, Powder Pink, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, and Peekaboo Peach watercolor the mermaid with a aqua painter.
  • Then after the mermaid is dry, fussy cut the mermaid out.
  • The sentiment is stamped in Berry Burst on shimmery white and layered with an embossed sliver layer and Tranquil Tied.
  • The sentiment and the mermaid are popped up with dimensionals
  • And finally add a few metallic enamel shapes.

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

I would love for you to join my team. My stamping friends are the best. When you join under me not only do you get to be apart of my team. But, you will also be a member of the InKing Royalty! The best stamping community around!!! Stampin’ Up! has a great July Join event going on!!! So want you join me now???? If you have any questions about Stampin’ Up! or Joining Now, please feel free to contact me at westsidepapercreations@gmail.com Join in July, get Free products!!! Everyone who joins in July will receive the Carols for Christmas stamp set. Don’t know that set???? It is bran new for the Holiday Catalog!!! You also get the Essentials Gift Pack. This pack includes paper snips, grid paper, snail adhesive, a bone folder, and two D stampin’ blocks. Exclusive to Christmas in July!!

When you spend $50 in July Stampin’ Up! will give you $5 to spend in August!!! For every $50 you spend in July!!! Let’s all say Merry Christmas in July!!!

Below is a list of products used to make this card! If you have any questions feel free to contact me at westsidepapercreations@gmail.com

 

I so enjoyed making this card. It was loads of fun learning something new. And then making it work for something totally different is just part of the awesomeness of the learning process. I so enjoy sharing with you guys! I hope that you have a great day and find some moment to be creative!
Peace & Happiness-

Jennifer

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Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Coffee Cafe', Dare to Dream, ink as watercolor, Lemon Zest, Tie Dye | 10 comments

Lemonade dreams

When it is a 100 degrees outside and 99% humidity my thoughts turn to refreshing dreams of lemonade.  Alabama this time of year can be brutally hot! And our humidity just makes it sticky to even walk out side. Now, I am a professed heat loving girl! But, when it get so hot with the humidity really high I just want to be at a beach with my feet in the water…or maybe on a lazing creek canoeing…or even on a float in the pool! Key is being as still as possible near water to cool off and a big glass of Lemonade!! There is just something so refreshing about  fresh lemons during a heat wave!!!  Thinking about this lead to a card that combines three Amazing stamp sets.  Lemon Zest, Coffee Cafe’, and Dare to Dream

  • Colors used are Lemon Lime Twist and Crushed Curry with a little Daffodil Delight and Old Olive
  • I’m completely obsessed with square cards right now.  This square is 5 1/2 by 5 1/2.  The tie dye panel is 4 by 4.
  • The cup is stamped in Old Olive and watercolor with Crushed Curry.
  • The Lemons and Limes are stamped in Lemon Lime Twist and Crushed Curry.  The punched out with coordinating circle punches
  • The Daffodil Delight is brought in on the Tie Dye panel.  This panel was created using a coffee filter, Lemon Lime Twist ink and Daffodil Delight ink, and baby wipes.  Just use the baby wipe to add ink to the coffee filter.  Such fun

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

Check out Instagram for a version of this card with a straw! After taking the pictures and righting everything up I decided that this card needed a straw.  Check it out on my Instagram page! While you are there, I hope you will enjoy seeing all my Christmas in July post!  Instagram @westsidepaper

I would love for you to join my team.  My stamping friends are the best.  When you join under me not only do you get to be apart of my team.  But, you will also be a member of the InKing Royalty!  The best stamping community around!!!   Stampin’ Up! has a great July Join event going on!!!  So want you join me now????  If you have any questions about Stampin’ Up! or Joining Now, please feel free to contact me at westsidepapercreations@gmail.com

Join in July, get Free products!!!  Everyone who joins in July will receive the Carols for Christmas stamp set. Don’t know that set???? It is bran new for the Holiday Catalog!!! You also get the Essentials Gift Pack. This pack includes paper snips, grid paper, snail adhesive, a bone folder, and two D stampin’ blocks.  Exclusive to Christmas in July!!

When you spend $50 in July Stampin’ Up! will give you $5 to spend in August!!!  For every $50 you spend in July!!! Let’s all say Merry Christmas in July!!!

Below is a list of products used to make this card!  If you have any questions feel free to contact me at westsidepapercreations@gmail.com

Price: $110.00

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope each of you have a amazing Friday!  Let’s all take a little time to be creative!!!
Peace out my Lovely’s-

Jennifer

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Posted by on Jul 8, 2017 in Dare to Dream, ink as watercolor, Nature Sings | 1 comment

Nature Sings for an adventure….

We all love adventure! For some it’s canoeing, hiking, fishing, or other amazing out-door activities that gets their hearts a pumping. For others is the unpredictability of everyday life that draws them in.  The chance to make each day new and exciting by simply embracing what is right in front of them.  Embracing every moment of life. The awesome highs and the lows.  I kinda lay somewhere in between the two.  I love the adventure of something new. Like hiking or canoeing in a different spot or trying a new technique with cards. Or painting. Painting is always an adventure of trial and error.  I adore sketch style of stamp. Buy almost every one in this style. But, then I’m not quite sure how to make them look as wonderful as they should. I love the sketched look. But, I’m really not sure what to do with it.  It is always fun experimenting and seeing what comes out of the time with these stamps. My most resents addition to the sketched look stamp collection is, Nature Sings.  A beautiful NEW stamp set!!!  It is perfect for holiday crafting.

Nature Sings

 Last Saturday, I was  working with the Natures Sing stamp set while working on Christmas cards (I Know) I was thinking about all the possibilities this set has. It would be a great Masculine Birthday or thank you.  I decided to pair it with Dare to Dream.  Christmas card coming soon!  Promise you…

Dare To Dream

This set is so fun because you can build phrases together. For the perfect sentiment. Like “let the adventure begin” or “you are sweet as can be” I used “Everyday is an adventure”

  • The moose is stamped in Basic Black on watercolor paper
  • I used Wisteria Wonder as the sky. A simple wash of color is a great way to create a background for the moose.
  • The last step was to add some texture with the Soft Suede. With a wet paint brush and a little ink. I added splashes of color.

Card making is always an adventure. There are very few true mistakes. While making this card I got ink on the banner.  Normal, I would start over and make that element of the card again! But, trying to embrace what happens, I decided to grunge the banner instead of replacing it.   I have been trying to learn different ways to add bows to cards. This card did not seem right for a “traditional” bow.  So, I created a little bow like element. I’m not sure that I actually like it…I am though trying to embrace its prescience.

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

I would love for you to join my team.  My stamping friends are the best.  When you join under me not only do you get to be apart of my team.  But, you will also be a member of the InKing Royalty!  The best stamping community around!!!   Stampin’ Up! has a great July Join event going on!!!  So want you join me now????  If you have any questions about Stampin’ Up! or Joining Now, please feel free to contact me at westsidepapercreations@gmail.com

Join in July, get Free products!!!  Everyone who joins in July will receive the Carols for Christmas stamp set. Don’t know that set???? It is bran new for the Holiday Catalog!!! You also get the Essentials Gift Pack. This pack includes paper snips, grid paper, snail adhesive, a bone folder, and two D stampin’ blocks.  Exclusive to Christmas in July!!

When you spend $50 in July Stampin’ Up! will give you $5 to spend in August!!!  For every $50 you spend in July!!! Let’s all say Merry Christmas in July!!!!

Below is a list of products used in making this card! If you have any questions feel free to comment below.


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Have a great Saturday!  Be creative every day and love your life.  Embrace the adventure of the ordinary and the extraordinary!  Hope y’all all have amazement…
Peace my loveys-

Jennifer

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