Victorian Inspired Card – From the Heart

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

Victorian Inspired Card

From the Heart Card

 

I think that today’s project has a heavy Victorian feel to it. This baby has a lot going on but I think that it all works. I have made another video to go with this card, view below:

I started with a piece of 5″x7″ white cardstock and applied ink using the wrinkle-free distress technique. I used Fired Brick, Frayed Burlap, and Gathered Twigs. I actually did a second application with Fired Brick only.

Bird & Lock
Bird & Lock

Next, I applied VersaMark through a mesh stencil and then brushed on Pearl Ex Pigment Powders in Sparkle Gold and Super Bronze. I then stamped a distress floral element in the lower right-hand corner using Copper ink. I then brushed on a little more Pearl Ex in Sparkle Copper.I also stamped some wording in the top left-hand corner, I used Frayed Burlap. I then distressed my edges with my Edge Distressing tool and inked the now distress paper with more Frayed Burlap.

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Next, I cut a little bird out of pattern paper and added more a little Frayed Burlap. I also  cut a damask die from more pattern paper. The papers are from the same 12×12 paper collection called The Second Wind by Prima. I added more ink to the damask die cut and trimmed it to fit my paper.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I then created an element using Grunge Paper. This stuff is super cool but for some reason, I am always forgetting that I have some. I might have to see if I can cut this with my Silhouette Cameo. I used a pre-cut lock and I also cut out another bird which I layered under my pattern paper. For the lock, I inked the keyhole with Black Soot ink and then embossed it with Black Glitter Zing Embossing Powder. I inked the lock with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, didn’t like the way it looked so I colored it with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. I then applied and heat Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder. I added a little Aztec Gold Pearl Ex Powder for accent.

Handmade Roses up close and personal
Handmade Roses up close and personal

I then took my plain little bird and stamped a floral cluster with VersaMark and embossed this with Gold Zing Embossing Powder. I also added a clear Lush Brad, for an eye.

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Then came the creation of the roses. I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Die. I inked the medium flower with Tattered Rose Distress Ink and then shaped them with my McGill Paper Blossom tools. I cut down each petal and then used my reverse tweezers to add three folds on each petal. You can see a video on how to make paper roses here. I then added some bright green leaves that I inked with Old Olive and more Frayed Burlap. I adhered the roses and leaves the card front.

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Next, I added this oversized fabric covered brad. These are Downton Abbey themed and I am so wishing I had bought more. I then created the sentiment frame. I used the Tim Holtz Saying Stuff set to create the sentiment. I first stamped the frame with Frayed Burlap and the fussy cut that out. I then inked the frame with Tattered Rose Distress Ink. I then inked up the sentiment “from the heart” with Frayed Burlap and then adhered that to my card using foam tape and Scor-Tape. My last step was to add the adhesive pearls and brads.

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As you can tell, I was very heavily inspired by Tim Holtz for this project. My initial inspiration for this card was this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge; Powder Power. Thank you as always for visiting my Blog. I hope you enjoyed this project!

Inspired by Tim Holtz
Inspired by Tim Holtz

Materials

Ink: Fired Brick, Gathered Twigs, Frayed Burlap, and Black Soot Distress Inks – Ranger, VersaMark & VersaMark Dazzle – Tsukineko, ColorBox Gold & Copper

Embossing Powder: Glack Glitter & Gold Zing! – American Crafts, Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder

Stamps: Urban Tapestry, Flights of Fancy, and Saying Stuff by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous

Paper: Neenah Solar White & The Second Wind Paper Collection – Prima

Pearl Ex Powder: Sparkle Gold, Super Bronze, Sparke Copper, and Aztec Gold

Other: Mesh Layering Stencil – Stampers Anonymous, Grungeboard & Grungeboard Elements, Gems & Pearls – Recollections, Brown Adhesive Gems – Mark Richards, Fabric Covered Brads Downton Abbey – Crafters Companion

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Congratulations Pop-Up Box Card

Happy Monday!

I was finally able to get in touch with tech support this morning and they got me fixed up. So, I am back to work and ready to share a fun card.

Congratulations Pop-Up Box Card
Congratulations Pop-Up Box Card

My husband has a friend that is getting married and he requested that I make a Pop-Up Box Card for her. I went with a very non-traditional color palette and I think that it turned out just right. I have made a few of these pop-up box cards before, here and here.  I followed the same basic tutorial which can be found at Splitcoast Stampers, here.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I started with a sheet of Old Olive cardstock which I cut to size and scored. I then cut my pattern paper to fit on each of the squares. This paper is from My Minds Eye and is called Flirty Lil’ Girl. It was really the inspiration for my color palette.

Folded up box
Folded up box

Once I had my box assembled and the pattern paper panels adhered to the outside, I started creating the embellishments. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the hearts, butterflies, and banner.

Box Close-up
Box Close-up

For the main heart, I started by creating the outer heart, This was inked with Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Festive Berries Distress Ink. I then applied a coat of VersaMark and embossed the heart using Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. I then made the smaller heart, but instead of Iridescent Ice, I used Clear Embossing Powder. I then cut out the banner. I used my Silhouette Software to print out the “congratulations” banner, which I then cut out. I inked back part of the banner with Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord.

Butterflies galore!
Butterflies galore!

All of the other butterflies and hearts were colored using color mists. The yellow elements were colored with Sunlight Glimmer Mist and Gold Color Shine. The pink were colored with Cherry Color Shine and Scarlet Glimmer Mist. The green elements were colored with Money Bags and Bahama Blue Glimmer Mists.

I spritzed them all at one time and then let them dry. Once everything had dried I added a little flourish stamp in Festive Berries to a few butterflies and started adding everything to the box.

From the side
From the side

The elements that are “popping out” of the box were glued to thin strips of clear acetate. I lightly shaped the butterflies with my fingers to give them a little texture.

The "other" side
The “other” side

I used glue and pop dots. I then let everything dry overnight. The next day, I came back and went a little crazy with Stickles! I added Eucalyptus, Crystal, and Yellow to the corresponding shapes.

A elebratory wedding card
A celebratory wedding card

My last step was to  add a few adhesive gems. I actually even let the Stickles dry before I jumped right into adding the gems. Normally I would have ended up with glitter everywhere.

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I will need to whip-up an envelope  since it ended up a slightly unusual size. Thank you for stopping by!

Materials

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Pattern Paper – My Minds Eye Flirty Lil Girl

Ink: VersaMark – Tsukineko, Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Worn Lipstick, and Festive Berries Distress Ink – Ranger

Mists: Money Bags, Scarlet, Bahama Blue, & Sunlight Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels, Gold & Cherry Color Shine – Heidi Swapp

Stamp: S5449 – Hero Arts (swirl)

Other: Iridescent Ice & Clear Embossing Powders – Stampin’ Up, Adhesive Gems – Hero Arts & Mark Richards, 1/8″ Thick Glue Dots, Mini Glue Dots – Stampin’ Up

Broncos Thank You – Part 2

Happy Fall! Today’s post is pretty short and sweet. I have been fighting with my computer all morning and I have sadly lost that battle. I hope that I am able to get things fixed up this weekend, and if not I should be able to get ahold of tech support on Monday. Grrr – technology! It is great when it all works and this was all kicked off by an automatic update. I am sure that I’ll be able to get it straightened out, I guess it is just a matter of when.

Today’s card is a variation on my Bronco card I made around the time of the Super Bowl. Our friends let us use their Broncos tickets recently and so I needed another Bronco themed thank you card.

Bronco Themed Thank You
Bronco Themed Thank You

I started with all white cardstock. I created the Bronco logo on my computer and then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it out.

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I then used my Distress Inks to color each section. I threw a little Old Paper on the white portion to set it apart, a little.

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I then used an old QuicKutz Font called Venus to cut out the “Thanks.” I used the Distress Inks to color it again. I was trying for a graffiti look.  I also used the ink to color my orange mat behind.

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Next, I assembled everything. I applied my “thanks” first. I used regular adhesives and two different heights of foam tape for the letters.  I then added my horse head with the fatter foam tape.

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Per usual, I had to add a little glitter. I gave the horse head a very light application of Crystal stickles. This was a really quick project but fun!

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Materials

Paper: Neenah Solar White

Ink: Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch, Old Paper

Other: Crystal Stickles, QuicKutz Venus Alphabet, Foam Tape

Thank you for stopping by today!

Home Tag – Brayered Stain & Frameworks

Hello, everyone!

Today’s tag was a true labor of love. There were so many steps and layers. I was also working late into the night and that might have added to the level of intensity. I also created a video following the creation process. This is by far my longest video but I think that you get the feel for the whole process.

I was inspired to create this tag by this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Inspired by Music.  I chose one of my favorite songs: Home by Michael Buble. This song has very special meaning to me and it comforts me every time I hear it. I also used Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 for August as inspiration. The August tag featured Brayered Stain and Framework and I used both techniques in my tag.

Home Tag by Jennifer Miner
Home Tag by Jennifer Miner

I started with my manilla tag and picked up the Distress Stain in Stormy Sky and brayered over my tag. The stain starts to bead up on the craft mat and so it has a streaky look. I then inked over that with Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain. I rubbed my Edge Distressing Tool over the edges and then added a little more Walnut Stain over that. I then splashed a little water over the stain and ink.

Brayered Stain & Framework Techniques
Brayered Stain & Framework Techniques

I cut out my trellis from heavyweight cardstock and then directly applied Evergreen Bough Distress Stain directly to my die. I then applied a little Walnut Stain Distress Embossing Powder and then heat set that. I then inked my trellis with Walnut Stain and Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.

Individually stamped quatrefoils
Individually stamped quatrefoils

Now I started working on the little quatrefoil shapes from the inside of my trellis. I started with the orange harlequin one. I applied Fossilized Amber and Carved Pumpkin ink and then stamped the diamonds. Each quatrefoil was inked with Vintage Photo, so I’ll just leave that part out, just know that it happened.

Next, I created the shiny silver using Sterling Silver Embossing Powder. It took about 4 applications to get the smooth finish. Next was the music. I stamped the music and then inked over them with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.

The central orange/red one has a lion and then ink. The crowned bird was next. This one was stamped and then colored with Distress Markers. Next came the butterfly, it was stamped and then watercolored with Distress Markers.

I the stamped a little Eiffel Towner and then applied Shaded Lilac around that one. The dark blue quatrefoil was colored with Stormy Sky Distress Stain and then I applied Glossy Accents. The top purple quatrefoil was stamped with Dusty Concord and then I applied Shaded Lilac Ink.

The last quatrefoil was colored with color mists. I first sprayed with Gold Color Shine and then Mustard Color Shine. I then dabbed a little Sweet Cherry  and then hit it with another spray of Gold. This moves the color and just blends everything together. I glued all of my shapes as I went along.

Inspired by Tim Holtz and Michael Buble
Inspired by Tim Holtz and Michael Buble

Next, I cut out my “Home” from Tim Holtz cardstock in Brushed Corduroy. I used the Blossom Alphabet from QuicKutz. I then added a little Gold Rush Metallic Luster. Next, I added thin foam tape to the back and adhered to my tag.

Home by Jennifer Miner
Home by Jennifer Miner

Next, I created the “I want to go” embellishment, I started with a thin strip of cardstock and stamped out the words using a small alphabet stamp set. I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I then aged by paper with Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain. I then added my teeny tiny eyelets. I use a 1/4″ hole punch to make the holes and then pick the eyelets up with a toothpick. It makes them  so much easier to place in the holes. I then use my setting tools to flatten the eyelets. I adhered this to my tag.

Tim Holtz Inspired tag
Tim Holtz Inspired tag

I added some fibers to my tag and the circle paper clip and key embellishment.

Thank you for dropping by and I hope that you enjoyed this project!

Materials

Stamps:Alphabet – Rubber Stampede, Charm Collection – Stampendous, Ledger & French Market – Stampers Anonymous, Ornate Textured Background – Stampabilities

Paper: Neenah Solar White (80lb & 110lb), Brushed Corduroy Tim Holtz Collection – Coordinations

Ink: Fossilized Amber, Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple, Evergreen Bough, Shaded Lilac, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Dusty Concord, & Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks – Ranger, Tuxedo Black Memento, True Black – Papertrey Ink

Stain: Stormy Sky, Vintage Photo, & Evergreen Bough Distress Stain – Ranger

Color Mist: Gold, Mustard, & Sweet Cherry Color Mist – Heidi Swapp

Markers: Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Peacock Feathers, Tattered Rose, & Tumbled Glass Distress Markers – Ranger

Other: Rock Candy Distress Stickles – Ranger, Walnut Stain Distress Embossing Powder – Ranger, Sterling Silver Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Metallic Luster in Gold Rush – DecoArt, Blossom Alphabet – QuicKutz, Adornments (Fibers) – EK Success, Key, paper clip & safety pin – Tattered Angels

 

 

 

Witch’s Brew – A Halloween Card

So, I have a confession for you, I love, adore, relish, and cannot get enough of Halloween. It is my very favorite holiday, it has always been my favorite. In honor of that adoration, I have my first Halloween card for this season.

I apologize for again I using  stamp sets that are retired but it is so much fun I thought that you all might not mind too much. This is Wanda’s Pantry and Midnight Feast from Waltzing Mouse Stamps.

Halloween Card created by Jennifer Miner
Halloween Card created by Jennifer Miner

I started this card by creating the center label. I stamped the Witch’s Brew label using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. I then cut out the label using Spellbinders Label Four. I then added the aging with Distress Ink in Tea Dye and Vintage Photo.

Citron and Wilted Violet Inks
Citron and Wilted Violet Inks

I dabbed a little Mustard Seed and Dried Marigold Distress Ink into the circle at the top of the label. I then added a touch of Glossy Accents over the circle. My witch smudged a little but I decided that it was okay and didn’t take too much away from the overall look.

Witch's Brew. Stamped Halloween Card. Created by Jennifer Miner
Witch’s Brew. Stamped Halloween Card. Created by Jennifer Miner

Next, I cut the next size up of label in white cardstock. I inked this with Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet Distress Inks. I then applied Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder over and heat set it. I copied my label again, this time in black.

Waltzing Mouse Stamps and Distress Ink
Waltzing Mouse Stamps and Distress Ink

Next, came the background. I started with a piece of white cardstock. I inked the green inks in the top left corner and worked them into the purple shades. I then added a little distress around the edges by inking with Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs. I then stamped my bats with the Tuxedo Black Ink.

By Jennifer Miner
By Jennifer Miner

Next came my dripping goo band. I punched out the goo using my Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch and white cardstock. I inked the goo with Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron Distress Inks. I then applied Black Embossing Powder and got pretty vigorous with my tapping off. This allowed the green to show through. I then applied Clear Embossing Powder and heat set that. This gave the goo a high gloss. I added the black mat, assembled my card and then added a few tiny green and purple gems.

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Really Halloween makes me so happy! I must get a jump on our costumes if I have any hope of getting them done before the holiday gets here!

Materials

Stamps: Wanda’s Pantry &  Midnight Feat – Waltzing Mouse Stamps

Ink: Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Dried Marigold, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Tea Dye, & Vintage Photo Distress Ink – Ranger, Tuxedo Black Memento, VeraMark – Tsukinkeo

Paper: Neenah Solar White & Basic Black – Stampin’ Up

Other: Drippy Goo Punch – Martha Stewart, Spellbinders Label 4, Black Embossing Powder – Ranger, Clear & Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Gems – The Paper Source, Glossy Accents – Ranger

 

 

 

Clean and Simple – Shakespeare Card

Happy Sunday,

Before we get knee deep in football over here I thought that I would share a quick card. This week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Clean and Simple.  I decided that I should go for it even though this is a little outside of my normal comfort zone. I really had to work at keeping it simple. I used a very old, long retired stamp set but I just really love the sentiment.

Thank You Card by Jennifer Miner
Thank You Card by Jennifer Miner

I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment using True Black Palette Ink and then I stamped the flourish using Spun Sugar Distress Ink.

Clean and Simple card by Jennifer Miner
Clean and Simple card by Jennifer Miner

I then mounted the stamped panel to a piece of black cardstock.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I then created the pink panel by inking a piece of white cardstock with spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.

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Close-up

It just all worked together. I love this stamp set and now that I dug it out you might just see it again.

Wonderful Shakespear Quote
Wonderful Shakespear Quote

This turned out so sweet without being too girly and it is certainly both clean and simple. While I adore multi-layer, ornate, multi-product cards it was so nice to do something simple. It was quick and easy, and fun.   Now, on to the football! Have a wonderful weekend.

Materials

Paper: Neenah Solar White & Black – Recollections

Ink: True Black Palette, Worn Lipstick & Spun Sugar Distress Ink – Ranger

Stamp: Sage Advice – Stampin’ Up

 

Circle Lace Card

Today’s card features a digitally cut die, more Distress Inks, and gems! That is really just about it, however, the way these all came together creates a really high impact and fun card! I think that the part of this card that took the most time was the application of gems! Ah well, they were worth it.

I also whipped up another video! You can see that here:

 

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I began this card with the background. I applied the Distress Inks in Evergreen Bough, Cracked Pistachio, Shaded Lilac, and Wilted Violet. I used my Ink Blending tools.

High impact die cut
High impact Card

When I use Distress Inks I try to really blend them together. This means going back over the shades multiple times to work them in together.

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I added a little Walnut Stain around the edges then toss some water onto the inks.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

Next, came the die. I purchased the die on the Silhouette America Online Store. It is called Circle Overlap Lace. To start the shape was way too large for what I had in mind. so, in my Silhouette Software, I joined four of the shapes together and used my Merge tool to create a shape with finer detail. I was exactly what I had in mind.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the shape out, I used basic white cardstock. I really should have set my blade a tiny bit deep or done my cut twice because it was working pulling all of these little pieces out. Once, I had finally separated my die from the background I set about adding a little something extra. I applied VersaMark to my die and applied Violet Satin Pearl Embossing Powder. I heat the embossing ink and repeated this process three additional times. This embossing powder is really neat. It is iridescent violet.

You better work!
You better work!

I then used spray adhesive to adhered my die to the background. I then created the sentiment flag with white cardstock and Wilted Violet Ink.

Thank you card by Jennifer Miner
Thank you card by Jennifer Miner

I used regular craft gems for this project. I knew that I would need a few and I didn’t mind the gluing. Of course, the first step was to sort of the size and colors I needed. It took awhile but I  am loving the final look. I popped this baby on a top fold card and that was it!

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I am very excited to get this card in the mail this weekend. I am hopefull that all the gems will make it. Thanks for stopping by today!

Materials

Paper: Neenah Solar White

Ink: Evergreen Bough, Walnut Stain, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet and Shaded Lilac Distress Ink – Ranger

Stamps: Warmest Regards – Stampin’ Up

Other: Gems – Recollections, Violet Satin Pearl Embossing Powder – My Sentiments Exactly

 

 

Believe – Tim Holtz Inspired Card

Welcome!

My card today relies heavily on Tim Holtz products and techniques. Of course, I might use a little more glitter and shimmer then he does but that’s why I say “inspired by Tim Holtz.”  I had a really great time creating this card and while it started out looking totally different, (think blue bee) I am very happy with the results.

In addition, to this blog post I have also made a video! One caveat here, I am still learning about the process and getting my technique all worked out. I am not totally thrilled with my audio and I think that I’ll look at getting a different microphone. I will also be entering this card (last minute) into last week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Stamp It.

 

Believe Card created by Jennifer Miner
Believe Card created by Jennifer Miner

I started the creation of this card with the background. I stamped three damask shapes with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint. I always clean my stamps immediately after stamping with paint, I like to be sure that they don’t get paint residue  stuck to them. Next, I stamped the French script using VeraMark and then embossing with clear embossing powder.

Card created with stamps and Distress Ink, Paint, Dye and Stickles.
Card created with stamps and Distress Ink, Paint, Distress Dye and Stickles.

Then, started adding color using the wrinkle-free distress technique. To do this I applied Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, and Salty Ocean to my craft mat. I then spritzed the ink with Perfect Pearls in Pearl and water. This activates the ink and the Perfect Pearls add some sparkle. I then added a little intensity by adding some color mists in Teal by Heidi Swapp and Crushed Grape Dylusions spray.  I used my heat gun to dry my background.

Believe Card - Close-up
Believe Card – Close-up

I then add some more color using the same inks and my ink Blending Tool. This adds more depth and dimension to the background. I also find that it makes the embossing distress “pop.”

Bee Close-up
Bee Close-up
Believe - crackle close-up
Believe – crackle close-up

Now, I added the crackle honeycomb. I used the Honeycomb stencil and mixed Rock Candy Crackle Paint with a drop of Tea Dye Distress Ink Reinker. I used my palette knife to spread my mixture over the stencil. I set this aside to dry. I just love how the transparency of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint looks like actual honey.

Created by Jennifer Miner. Inspired by Tim Holtz
Created by Jennifer Miner. Inspired by Tim Holtz

Now I got to work on my bee. I cut my bee shape using the Layered Bee Die by Tim Holtz from Sizzix. This is a great die that includes a Texture Fade that puts the detail on the bee. I inked the Texture Fade with Ground Espresso and my brayer. I then embossed the detail and color onto my die.

Looks like honey
Looks like honey
Believe by Jennifer Miner
Believe by Jennifer Miner

Now I set about coloring my bee. I used a basic direct-to-paper technique to apply Tea Dye, Scattered Straw and Fossilized Amber to my bee. Next, I added Distress Stickles in Wild Honey to my wings and then a thin coat of Glossy Accents over that. I then painted a little PearlEx Powder onto the body of my bee. I used a basic paint brush and Brilliant Gold and Super Bronze PearlEx Powders.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

While I was waiting for my bee to dry, I created the sentiment panel. I stamped the frame from BoBunny in Ground Espresso and then inked it with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks. I then added the sentiment from Fancy Pants Designs and the bee from Papertrey Ink. I also added a few bee silhouettes to my now dry background.

Card featuring the Layered Bee Die and Texture fade by Tim Holtz
Card featuring the Layered Bee Die and Texture fade by Tim Holtz

I added the sentiment to the background using pop dots and then placed my shimmery bee, also with pop dots.

I created two Distress Ink colored mats; the first was created with Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet and the larger mat with Tea Dye, Scattered Straw and Fossilized Amber.

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I adhered my bee panel to my two mats. I added four vintage brads in the corners. While I did this because I like the look and it also keeps the paper in place. Anytime you add water or mists to regular cardstock it can cause the paper to warp and this will sometimes pull you panel up. Four little brads and presto everything stays put. I also added a few Prima flowers.

 

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JM

I then added some adhesive gems, adhesive pearls, and a few gold sequins.  That was it. This was really quite the process but it was so much fun!

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JM

Materials

Stamps: French Script Background Stamp – Stampin’ Up, Honey Bee – Papertrey Ink, Flourished and Such – BoBunny, Distress Damask – Stampers Anonymous, Bella Brush – Fancy Pants Designs

Paper: Neenah Solar White

Ink: Mermaid Lagoon, Ground Espresso, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Peacock Feathers, Victorian Velvet, Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber & Scattered Straw Distress Ink – Ranger, VersaMark – Tsukineko

Gems Etc. – TPC Studio, Pearls – Recollections, Bohemia – My Minds Eye, Sequins – The Paper Studio, Vintage Brad – Memory Keepers, Paper Flowers – Prima

Other: Brilliant Gold & Super Bronze PearlEx Powders – Jacquard Products, Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint  – Ranger, Glossy Accents – Ranger, Wild Honey Distress Stickles – Ranger, Teal Color Mist – Heidi Swapp, Crushed Grape Dylusions – Ranger, Tea Dye Distress Ink Reinker – Ranger, Honeycomb Stencil – Stampers Anonymous

Thank you for visiting!!

Knit Teddy Bears

Happy Monday!

I can finally share with you these two little knit bears I made since they have both been delivered to their babies! It just so happens that we had two family/friend babies arriving around the same time. I usually try to make something when I give a baby gift. I have done a few knit or crocheted blankets, a few hats, and even knit baby uggs. I really didn’t have too much time and I needed two gifts so I decided to try something totally new for me and knit teddy bears.

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I found a pattern on www.joann.com called Oso Cute Bears, in a previous incarnation of the pattern it was called Softee Bear. I used the yarn from the pattern, Bernat Pipsqeak in Baby Blue. For the two bears I used three balls of yarn with a tiny bit left over.

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Overall, the pattern was pretty straight forward and I really had a lot of fun. There was one section of the pattern that was a little confusing (and not just to me) and this was for the head gusset. The wording is a little confusing and I could tell from the comments that a few people had problems.

The area of confusion is this sentence: “Beg with a knit row, proceed in stocking st, inc1 at each end of 9th row and following 6th rows until there are 13 sts.”

Here is how I worked this:

Begin with a knit row, work stocking stitch for 8 rows. Beginning with Row 9 increase one stitch at the end of each row. Continue for 6 rows, there should now be 13 stitches.

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If you are working on a bear I hope this helps. It seemed to work for me and I really think that is what they wanted you to do. If I were to create this again I think that I would maybe make the arms a little thinner. One of my bears has clearly been hitting the gym and that is maybe not what I want in a teddy bear. My one other issue, was that the necks were a little floppy. I added a ribbon to help stabilize them but there is still a little too much flopping.

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One part of the creation that gave me a little trouble was stitching on the eyes and nose. The pattern shows a mouth too but I just stuck with mouth and nose. I used DMC Pearl Cotton thread. I gave it a few attempts and just had to stop with these since I was sure if I ripped anything else out I was going to have to start over on the whole bear.

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Anyway, I was overall pretty happy with these little bears and they were soooooo soft that I was forced to cuddle with them a little before handing them over to the babies.

In addition to my bears today, I have also posted a super speed video I made when I was painting my octopus rock. It is just the first part of the creation process but I thought that it was fun. You can see the video below.

It has already been a whirlwind week and it is only Monday afternoon!! I hope you have a wonderful day.

Cheers!

 

Hot Pink & Damask

Handmade Miss You Card

Featuring damask designs in hot pink

Hi all,

I was super busy the last week with tasks that have kept me away from my studio, computer, and in fact, out of state. I have returned to the state and thus my studio and now my computer! I have a fun card to share with you today. I adore all things damask, and I was noticing that I had not created a card that featured my favourite design element for awhile. I was also feeling the need to use a bright colour and that I wanted to use a more non-traditional colour on my traditional  motif. Thus the hot pink Miss You card was born.

Created by Jennifer Miner. Featuring Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and damask stamp from Heidi Swapp
Created by Jennifer Miner. Featuring Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and damask stamp from Heidi Swapp

I started by stamping the damask images on a piece of white cardstock using Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. Something about hot pink damask just makes my day!

By Jennifer Miner
By Jennifer Miner

I then stamped the Linen Background Stamp from Stampin’ Up using Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. Over that, I stamped the French Script Background stamp, also from Stampin’ Up.  This time, I used the Picked Raspberry. I then broke out my handy-dandy ink blending tools and applied both Worn Lipstick and then Picked Raspberry to my white panel.

Miss You Card created by Jennifer Miner
Miss You Card created by Jennifer Miner

At this stage, I created my sentiment. I used my Epic 6 and Spellbinders Label 3 Nested Dies to cut out a very small square. I stamped the sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink in Picked Raspberry and then heat embossed with Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder. I also cut the next larger square, this I directly applied Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry to. I adhered my fancy squares together.

Inspired by wallpaper
Inspired by wallpaper

I then mounted my damask panel to a piece of black cardstock and then added a little belly band of the same paper. I added the velvet ribbon and adhered my sentiment. Again, I stepped back from my Miss You Card and felt like it needed more.

Damask Stamp by Heidi Swapp
Damask Stamp by Heidi Swapp

I added the jumbo Lush brad and also used some adhesive nail heads on the sentiment. All of this and yet, it was still too plain. Enter Stickles, I used Crystal and Glam Pink as accents on my damask and finally the glitter beast was calm. I am looking forward to getting this baby out in the mail!

Handmade card featuring Picked Raspberry Distress Ink & Stampin' Up & Heidi Swapp Images
Handmade card featuring Picked Raspberry Distress Ink & Stampin’ Up & Heidi Swapp Images

Materials

Stamps: Damask – Heidi Swapp, French Script & Linen – Stampin’ Up

Ink: Picked Raspberry & Worn Lipstick Distress Ink – Ranger

Paper: Neenah Solar White & Black – Recollections

Other: Adhesive Nailheads – Mark Richards, Lush Brad – My Minds Eye, Crystal & Glam Pink Sickles – Ranger, Pink Velvet Ribbon – American Crafts

Cheers!