Give Away -- The comment button works!

Hey all,
The tricky thing about the comment button is, no one can contact you to tell you it's not working.  Crazy!  My sweet Joe fixed the problem, so let's try again.

Here is my final hint and I'm hoping you can guess what I'm doing.  The first person to guess correctly wins.   I have some stamps that want to be yours.  Tell me your guess in the comments below.

All 3 picture clues

Best of luck,

Carolyn

Contest and Give Away - Final Hint

Hey all,
I accidentally turn off the comments button. Sorry!

Here is my final hint and I'm hoping you can guess what I'm doing.  The first person to guess correctly wins.   I have some stamps that want to be yours.  Tell me your guess in the comments below.

All 3 picture clues

Best of luck,

Carolyn


Contest and Giveaway

Hi y'all,

I'm in a festive mood.  Maybe because the weather is delicious or I'm a teacher in May with spring fever.  Either way I thought a contest and giveaway would be fun.

So I'm making something and I'm leaving you photo clues.  There are 2 today and 1 more tomorrow.  Just place your guess in the comment section below.  First one who guesses wins!

Good luck,

Carolyn
Hint 1

Hint 2

Masked Sentiments

Hi y'all,
I love my Momma!  She a rock like a good mom should be.  She's real which taught me to value people for who they are and not what they can do for me.  And she's hilarious! (Sometimes accidentally.)  I'm so glad we live near each other and can spend time together.
In honor of Mother's Day which is coming up, I wanted to do something really floral and happy.  So of course I reached for my beloved Doodle Blossoms Stamp Set.
Masked sentiment
I grabbed some of my favorite card stock that my sweet Joe brings from the print shop, and cut a 41/4 x 5 1/2 card panel.  Stamping my LOVE stamp with Versamark, I pressed the stamp in the middle of the panel.  Then I tucked the "you" from the Doodle Blossoms Stamp Set underneath it.  I dusted the sticky sentiments with black embossing powder and melted the powder with my heat tool.
covered sentiment
embossed sentiment
I wanted my sentiment to be read clearly, but I also wanted to surround it with flowers.  I covered my sentiment with blue painter's tape.  To make sure that the tape didn't stick to the paper and tear it, I pressed it on my arm first.  This worked out great.  

Then I started stamping.  I used some masks that I'd made for a previous project that I keep with my stamps.  The masks are just stamped on Post-it Tape and cut out.


stamping
I colored all of the flowers with Copic markers very simply, because that is my coloring jam--simple.  I'm hoping to work up to fancy one day.

To complete the card I adhered it to a robin egg blue card base.  

This style of card looks so lovely and it's very relaxing to make.  This is a simple technique that makes a complicated looking card.  I've make three all ready.  I'm definitely going to make more. 

Blessings,

Carolyn

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All materials used either come from my Etsy shop Pink Bunkadoo or are Affiliate Links from Amazon where I get most of my crafting supplies because I live in the sticks.

Materials:




Travel Mercies

Hey Y'all,

If someone's loved one is coming home for a visit, your friend may ask for travel mercies.  Or if your friend is leaving home on a trip, they may ask for travel mercies.  Simply travel mercies are prayers for safety for loved ones or friends who are traveling.

Mustard Seed Faith Challenge's theme is to created something travel mercy related.  You can find out more about the challenge here.  I heard about it from the kind and talented Yoonsun Hur on her amazing blog  Rejoicing Crafts.

I decided to make two cards for this challenge.  For my first card I used a piece of mono printing that I had made previously.  If you want to know more about gelli plates click here for a post about that.  Then I stamped my Bitty Balloon stamp on a piece of scrap paper.  I'm all about using up the scraps.  I quickly colored it with copic markers, cut it out and glued it on my mono print panel.  I printed my sentiment on the computer.  If the stamp doesn't say what you want make what you wish on your computer:  just type it and print it!  A few little hearts finished the panel.  I glued the panel to some white card stock.


For my second card I stamped my Bitty Bike stamp on a diagonal across the entire card front in charcoal gray.  Then I took another scrap of mono printing, stamped the bike one more time and then stamped peace from my Fruits of the Spirit Stamp Set.



I really enjoyed this challenge a lot and appreciate Yoonsun for sharing it with me.  Now you are invited.

Blessings and mercies,
Carolyn

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Materials:
Bitty Balloon Stamp
Gelli Plate
Acrylic Paint
Copic Markers
glue pen
Bitty Bike Stamp
Charcoal Gray ink pad
Fruits of the Spirit Stamp Set
Tombow tape runner

Gelli Plate Projects

gelli prints

Hi y'all,

One of my crafty friends decided that we should try gelli plates and she got one for both of us.  I  think we both fell in love with the possibilities and the fun of making monoprints pretty quickly.


Here is a simple tutorial if you, too are a little curious about the gelli plate.

So why is mono printing cool? It had endless possibilities. You can make collage pieces for your art journal, you can make card backgrounds, and if you can't find the perfect piece of patterned paper you can make your own.



Collage pieces for an art journal
card background
custom paper
I like to mix a  little acrylic paint right on my plate, and smooth it and blend it with a brayer. I usually can take two prints, one less vivid then the other.  You can wipe your plate clean with water and cloth between color choices if you want, but I don't because I like other colors to sneak in for more interest.  

You can also "clean" your brayer off on scratch paper, but I just press my print with it.  Having paint on both sides gives me more options..  And I am a hard core recycler and try not to make to much waste. 


The top paper is the print and the bottom is the ghost print.


You can add more paint and lay a stencil or mask on top and press your background paper it.  You usually can pull a ghost print, too.

I was definitely on a gelli roll!  I love using my gelli plate and I recommend you try it.  A student 3x5 plate is not expensive.  Just remember perfection is not the goal--interest is.  And it's a little messy so cover that work space!

Happy printing,

Carolyn

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Maaterials:  All materials either come from my little Etsy shop of Amazon where I buy most of my supplies.

paper -- I used scrap paper from my hubby's print shop ( I'm a recycler), but you can get special gelli paper, or use mixed media or water color paper.