Joy in the Morning

Hello, and Welcome! It’s LauraJane today with a watercolored card featuring the beautiful Morning Glory Border Cling Background. I found this one to be a relaxing piece to color because of the many blooms and leaves, two of my favorite things to color:)img_3773a

I started by stamping the Morning Glory Border Cling Background onto an A2 sized piece of #140 watercolor paper. I chose to ink up the stamp with Soft Amethyst Dye because I wanted the blooms to be purple. As you can see in the photo I trimmed the panel with the largest of the Double Stitched Rectangle dies.

I drew around all the inner images with a purple Ziggy and added a bit of water to create a light wash of color to the center.  This also defined where the blooms were and where the green for the leaves needed to be.

By coloring the middle and bringing the color outwards with a waterbrush allowed the blooms to be almost white.

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Once the border of blooms and leaves was finished and dried completely, I reached for the Alphas Lower and Upper to create my own sentiment…stamped in Grape Crush.

To finish the card I added a few Seaglass Blue Dew Drops – 7mm and Clear Dew Drops – Mixed

Thanks for stopping by today.

Have you PLAYED along with us at The Ton Challenge yet? You have until the end of the month to link a project using the cue word LUCKY as a starting point.

Effie is generously giving away $50 to the shop to one winner!

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Border shaker made Easy

Hello! It’s LauraJane:) today.  Boy do I have a super easy shaker card thanks to the Floral Border Cling Background and the new Coordinating Die . Take a look!

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When Effie said she had this NEW die available, I said,”YES Ma’am! and Thank YOU!!”  Fussy cutting out the middle of the Floral Border Cling Background was never my favorite thing to do. The new Coordinating Die makes it so simple.

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Here is how I made the card:

Here’s a closer look:

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At this point I realized that the Congratulations Word Die was too long for the short end of my panel…so I carefully did some surgery and cut after the first “t” and before the “s” and spliced them together on the card front. Saying, “Congrats” for an anniversary, or a retirement, or maybe a new home:)) I’ll decide later and place the rest of the sentiment on the inside of the card.

I finished the card by sprinkling a few sequins and flowers from the same two mixes from above.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card and understood my instructions.

Don’t forget we have a CHALLENGE BLOG too!

Join us for the month of February.

There is a Whopping $50 Gift card that will go to the winning entry:))
Here is how to play:

To participate in our challenge, create a paper crafting project based on the CUE Word “LOVE”. Used at least one stamp from The Ton:)

Have a Super day!

LauraJane:)

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Day Mirror Image Stamping

Helloo all! It’s LauraJane today:)) Have you been following along with the Mirror Image Event? mie_banner

All February long, the design team members from My Sweet Petunia, The Ton and So Suzy Stamps will create a card using the Mirror Image Stamp. There will be blog posts, videos and a ton of instructions on how we all use the Mirror Image Stamp.

The Mirror Image Stamp is a great stamping tool that works with the MISTI to create reflections and reverse images.

For my card I used the Beautiful Day stamp set.  A bicycle with a basket of flowers is such a HAPPY picture in my mind..so TWO bikes with baskets is even BETTER, right?

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It was very easy to line up the two layers of bicycle images withe the MISTI and then make a mirror image as well.

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  • Starting with  an A2 sized Card Front
  • For the bike on the right; I followed the instructions from the Mirror Image Video, stamping the main bicycle image from Beautiful Day in Soft Garnet
  • Then positioned the second layer and stamped in Red Sangria
  • Repeated the same ink colors and stamped the bike on the left, which is the original direction of the stamps.
  • Added the bouquet of flowers after placing a mask on the edges of the baskets. stamping with Ballet Slippers and a hint of Crystal Pewter
  • I then grabbed Brushed Hugs and inked it in Ballet Slippers , being careful to wipe off the ink on the lower part of the letter “g”
  • I inked sending love and healing and happy thoughts in Crystal Pewter along the bottom edge
  • Finished by stamping all the tiny hearts from Beautiful Day set in Soft Garnet
  • Added shimmer marker to the hearts to make them pop!

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Hope this inspires you to try the Mirror image stamping out!!

Remember all the Super Giveaways!!

We have prizes from My Sweet PetuniaThe TonSo Suzy Stamps and Simply Charming Everyday.

  • 3 – MISTI’s in your choice of Original or Mini
  • 4 – $25 Gift Certificates to The Ton
  • 4 – $25 Gift Certificates to So Suzy Stamps
  • 1 – Memory MISTI Tote
  • 2 – Regular MISTI Covers
  • 2 – Mini MISTI Covers
  • 2 – Bunkie Bags

All you need to do, is comment on everyone’s post throughout the month.  The master list of posts to comment on is at SoSuzy’s. Winners will be announced on February 28th.

AND we have a Challenge Blog using The Ton stamps.

Hope you join us for the month of February.

There is a Whopping $50 Gift card that will go to the winning entry:))
Here is how to play:

To participate in our challenge, create a paper crafting project based on the CUE Word “LOVE”. Used at least one stamp from The Ton:)

Best wishes,

LauraJane:)

Cheers for a New Year

Hello and Welcome! This is LauraJane today sharing a simple one layer card using the lovely vessels from several floral sets. I am collector of all things shiny, a true magpie at heart. The vases from the Fresh Cut series stamps are each unique in shape and texture.Definitely worth collecting and stamping on their own!

I also wanted to use the new color of the year as chosen by Pantone:Greenery. The Ton’s many shades of couture inks fit right in with the color trends of the year.

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Wishing you a Fabulous New Year..Keep your eyes open for sneak Peeks of our Newest release coming next week!!

Hugs,

LauraJane:)

Merry Christmas to You from Us

Hello It’s LauraJane!

I have two cards to share with you today using the Poinsettia Garden Cling Background.

One is inked directly to the white CS and the other Embossed with White EP then colored with Distress Inks and Ziggys. I’m continually amazed with the versatility of this stamp background!

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To You From Us card:

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Merry Christmas card:

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  • Repeated the first steps from the first card …used the 4 masks and placed them at a diagonal on white CS. Taped them down around the edges to hold in place.
  • Placing the stamp  Poinsettia Garden Cling Background in my MISTI: inked with Versamark, then embossed with WOW white EP.
  • Removed the diagonal masks
  • inked over the embossed areas with Twisted Citron being careful to allow a bit of feathering into the white space of the diagonal stripes.
  • Added shadowing details with Ziggys..Blue Haze, and Blush
  • Trimmed with largest Double Stitched Rectangle Dies
  • Cut Merry Christmas from Colored CS and adhered to finished panel
  • Embellished with Mint Frosting Couture Mix

I think with this type of masking, the Poinsettia Garden Cling Background might be used throughout the year for all occasion cards.

Hope you have a Super day!

Hugs,

LauraJane:)

 

Congratulations

Hello! it’s LauraJane. I have a non-Christmas card today.

I used Haute Wedding Dress paired with Plus One in the Scenes: Grand Stairway Cling Background. I LOVE how the Congratulations Word Die is able to be sculpted into any shape:)

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Here is the full card:

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To make the card:

This card could work for a Wedding, or Anniversary…it sure was fun to create!

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Hope you are inspired to make something you LOVE today:)

LauraJane:)

Holiday wreath with Thankful Cornucopia

Hello and Good Friday, it’s LauraJane today. I have a quick Wreath to share with you created using a few small stamps from Thankful Cornucopia.

 

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To make the Wreath:

 

  • I started out by lightly drawing a circle onto white CS.
  • Stamped around the circle using Lofty Mint Dye ink and a small leafy branch
  • Then I stamped around a second time with Cali Blue Dye ink and another branch stamp
  • And one more time around using  Soft Garden Dye ink and the first leafy branch stamp
  • From Holiday Confetti, I found some “berries” and stamped them in Parisian Blue Dye ink…then added a single dot for each berry with a blue marker.
  • Next I stamped and colored three of the tiny flowers from Thankful Cornucopia using Ziggys and set them aside.

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Then I grabbed the Rose Terrace Cling Background and inked it in the MIST with similar shades of Distress inks and gave it a good spritz of water for a lovely watercolor background.

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I hope this inspires you to create something you LOVE today!

LauraJane

 

 

 

Pink goes to Paris

Hello Everyone!  It’s LauraJane.  This past week I have been playing with the Born Classy stamp and Die sets. Yes, it was reminiscent of the many hours playing with Fashion Plates, without the frustration of pencil rubbings gone wrong:)) Since we are full swing into the coloring Challenge with Kathy @thedailymarker, I wanted to give coloring hair a try. BOY do I ever admire those that can color with natural looking highlights!

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Here is my card:img_2756

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I did go back with the Flamingo Pink Ziggy to add some shading to the Feathers in her dress.:))

There we have it…Playtime with LauraJane:)

Hope you are inspired to create something you LOVE too!

Hugs,

LauraJane:)

 

 

 

Die-Cut Stenciling for a Background

Hello! It’s LauraJane. Welcome to a new week:))

I was interested in trying out a technique that Jennifer Mcguire shared, a while ago, for creating a background by using dies to make a stencil.  I’ll share with you the steps in photos using the Holiday Cones Coordinating Dies for the stencil.

Here are the steps to create the background panel:

  • First I repeatedly cut the two smaller branch dies from Holiday Cones Coordinating Dies on CS to makes a stencil.
  • Then Sponged a shade darker than the chosen colored CS..I chose Bright Emerald Dye
  • Next, stamp the coordinating images in an even darker shade…Basil Mojito 
  • For the shadows, I slightly misaligned the stencil and traced the images where the shadow would be with COPIC N1.
  • Trimmed the panel down with the Double Stitched Rectangle Dies
  • Adhered that onto an A2 sized CS in the same color as the original blue

For the embellishment:

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Hope you enjoyed my card tutorial today.

Have a GREAT week!

LauraJane:)

 

Yellow Roses

Hello All! It’s LauraJane today with a watercolor card using Fresh Cut Garden Roses. I’ve been in a vintage feeling mood lately, and I found the roses in this set to fit that need.img_2332

…all three of those inks are found in the Citrine Collection

  • I then took the Ziggys and added shadows and more of a watercolored feel to each bloom
  • Created a mask for the cluster and stamped the greenery from Fresh Cut Garden Roses and one image from Wild Peonies. inking with Soft Garden  on the solid images and Everglade Moss Dye on the detailed second layer.
  • I decided to nestle in a few tiny buds from Fresh Cut Garden Roses in the same inks as above.
  • For the background wash; I smooshed some color from the ziggys on an acrylic block and dabbed around the leaves with the waterbrush.
  • Hit it with some DARK brown splatter
  • Inked the sentiment from Scripty Greetings in Dark Roast Dye
  • Finished by running it through the BigShot using the largest of the Double Stitched Rectangle Dies

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Hope you enjoyed seeing what I have been coloring lately.

Thanks for stopping by!

LauraJane:)