Monday, May 30, 2016

watercolor pineapple

I wanted to send cards to a couple family members that visited recently, and the Hero Arts paper layering pineapple die was the perfect thing to get me started.
fresh crafts blog: watercolor pineapple
To start, I outlined the die on watercolor paper and colored it in using ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens (from the set of 36). When the watercolor was almost dry (because I am super impatient) I used the pineapple die, bent the layers back, and glued it onto a pre-made card.
fresh crafts blog: watercolor pineapple
I also used a die cut sentiment from Avery Elle's Stay Fresh set, and adhered it to the interior of the card. This also happened to be the perfect project for the Simon Says "Anything Goes" challenge this week.
fresh crafts blog: watercolor aloha card
die cuts - Hero Arts (paper layering pineapple), Avery Elle (stay fresh)
watercolor - ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens
watercolor paper - Loew Cornell
adhesive - Tombo Mono Multi liquid glue
card base - Michael's

Friday, May 20, 2016

inktense watercolored flowers

I received a set of Inktense pencils for Christmas and was so excited to try them. Why did I wait so long? The bright colors are so beautiful!
fresh crafts blog: Inktense watercolor pencils
I was working on a set of cards for my stamp club and started with the floral image top, left. By the time I was done (bottom, right) I was pretty happy with myself.
fresh crafts blog: Inktense watercolor pencils
stamp - Stampin' Up (Birthday Blooms set)
ink - Ranger Distress Ink
watercolor pencils - Inktense
water brush - Pentel
watercolor paper - Canson

Sunday, May 15, 2016

distress ink blending with the mini tool

I originally started this blog in 2009 when I was just trying Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the first time. I always got so frustrated when I would get rectangle shaped dark ink spots that were impossible to blend out. I eventually got a bit better at the blending but never really enjoyed it.
But all that has changed and I have a renewed love for these distress inks! The new mini ink blending tool from Ranger is so much easier to use. And how great is it that the blender pads fit into the bottom of the mini ink pads?!
I'm most excited to start making some night sky and sunset backgrounds. But today I needed to make up a sign for our guest room because we have a summer full of visitors. This sign will have all of our Wifi info so they can stay connected during their vacation with us. Does anyone else have a crazy complicated password? I guess I could try to figure out how to change it but that would take time away from crafts.
This project also forced me to do some heat embossing which rarely ends well. But I had also gotten a brand new Versamark Ink pad to see if that would help, and it was great! I think I somehow managed to get two bad embossing ink pads in a row. Or they were too old. But either way, it worked! And I am so happy that I got to finish a project after being inspired by Laura Bassen today.

ink - Distress Inks by Ranger
mini ink blending tool - Ranger
mini mister - Ranger
US map stamp - Hero Arts
embossing - Versamark ink | Stampaholics powder
cardstock - Neenah Solar White | American Crafts
font - fresh crafts basic (created with iFont Maker app)

Sunday, January 10, 2016

the best intentions

I am going to call this the card with the best intentions. I had taken a break from paper crafts for a while because life was crazy, and jumping back in was more difficult than I hoped.
fresh crafts blog - Lawn Fawn Critters Ever After
I tried to take a shortcut and do some background blending without the right tools. Big mistake. Especially since this technique is new to me. Time to go watch some more Laura Bassen videos.

But at least my daughter's friend will love this card for her My Little Pony birthday party. So in the end I'll call it a success.

stamps - Lawn Fawn "Critters Ever After"
ink - Memento | Tim Holtz Distress Ink
markers - Copic | Wink of Stella
cardstock - Neenah Solar White | Michael's card base

Friday, December 25, 2015

merry christmas!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a new year filled with lots of crafts.
fresh crafts blog: snowy Christmas
We took a little drive to our local sledding spot and were greeted by giant snowflakes all around. Fingers crossed for a white Christmas at our house.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

gift tag exchange

I am part of a Stampin' Up club that meets every other month to exchange cards and work on holiday projects together. This month we are exchanging a set of gift tags to use for Christmas presents. 
fresh crafts blog: gift tag exchange
I spent waaaay too long making these wreath tags with a paper bow, watercolor leaves, and Stickles berries.
fresh crafts blog: gift tag exchange
And I was very excited to use my Envelope Punch Board and the Notcher Punch to make a self sealing envelope from vintage music sheets.
fresh crafts blog: gift tag exchange
Inside the envelope I have a mix of gift tags all ready to be used this Christmas. I hope they enjoy!
fresh crafts blog: gift tag exchange
stamps - A Muse wreath | Hero Arts doily | Memory Box reindeer | Avery Elle snow globe
ribbon - American Crafts
glitter - Stickles
tools - We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and Notcher Punch | Stampin' Up bow punch | Marvy circle punches

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Avery Elle Christmas Tags

I have a good friend that also loves paper crafts and I don't get to see her often. So I am sending her a surprise package with some snow globe shaker tags she can gift to her three kids this Christmas.
fresh crafts blog: Avery Elle snow globe shaker tag
There were a number of new snow globe stamp sets this year, but I liked this one best because of the sweet little deer.
fresh crafts blog: Avery Elle Snow Globe Shaker Tag
stamps and dies - Avery Elle Snow Globe
ink - Memento
markers - Copic
glitter - Martha Stewart
ribbon - American Crafts
cardstock - Memory Box | Neenah Solar White

And since I had an extra 20 minutes I made a few quick tags for my own kids this Christmas. 
fresh crafts blog: Avery Elle polar pals tag
I used my Sakura Glaze pens to make the ice a bit shiny (because these pens dry much faster than Glossy Accents). The walrus cracks me up.
fresh crafts blog: Avery Elle Polar Pals Tag
stamps - Avery Elle Polar Pals
ink - Memento
markers - Copic | Sakura Glaze
cardstock - Memory Box
tag punch - Stampin' Up
ribbon - crochet thread