Sunday, July 15, 2018

Thinking of You: Watercolored Petunias

Hello, BRI fans!  It's Andrea back with you (Long time no see, right?) sharing some watercolored petunias.  The Pretty Petunias stamp from Pretty Pink Posh has been out for awhile, but it's just so perfect for this time of year, that I couldn't resist pulling it out for today's post.

Honestly, I have had this set since it was released, but only just took it out of its package.  (I'm sure none of you buys stamps because you just "have to have" them and then don't use them for awhile, right?)  Anywho, I stamped all of those gorgeous images with Versafine Onyx black ink onto Bristol Smooth paper and watercolored them with my Zigs and a waterbrush.

Once they were dry, I cut them out and added some white dots with a gel pen in the flower centers.  Since I'm being honest today, the white gel pen scares me sometimes.  I can't tell you how many times I've added details with it and totally regretted doing so.  There needs to be a class on it, I think - how much detail to add and where and all that.  Anybody else feel that way?

I inked up a panel of Bristol Smooth paper with Milled Lavender and Wilted Violet distress inks and silver heat-embossed a sentiment from Pretty Pink Posh's Thoughtful Greetings.  I layered my colored images onto the panel with liquid adhesiveglue dots and foam tape.  After adhering the panel to a black cardbase with Scor Tape, I finished with some clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

That's all from me today.  Have a great day!


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Under the Sea Card

Happy Saturday, BRI friends!

It's Dana here from Dana G.Crafts and I'm so happy to be guesting for BRI blog today with under the sea themed card.

For today's card, I started by stamping cute images from Studio Katia Under the Sea Stamp Set and Mermaid For Each Other Stamp Set with MFT Extreme Black Hybrid Ink. I colored them with alcohol markers and die cut all pieces using each coordinating die set.

Next, I pulled out cold pressed watercolor paper and watercolored it with Gansai Tambi Watercolor 36 Color Set for background. Then, I die cut shaker window using Studio Katia Seashell Shaker from watercolor panel and a piece of silver glitter paper.

I adhered clear acetate behind the shaker window and mounted silver glitter frame as shown. I then built a shaker using foam adhesive. For shaker elements, I mixed Studio Katia Sparkling Sea Confetti, March Crystals, Flowers Chunky Confetti Glitter.

After I finished a shaker, I stamped sentiment from Studio Katia Birthday Greetings Stamp Set and mounted all colored pieces using glue tape and foam adhesive as shown in the picture. I also stamped tiny bubbles from Studio Katia Under the Sea Stamp Set with Salty Ocean and Peacock Feather Distress Oxide Inks.

To finish, I adhered sparkling details to mermaid taile and starfish using Spectrum Noir Sprakle Pen, sea background using Studio Katia Just Chuncky Confetti Glitter and Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

Thank you So much for joining me today. Happy crafting!



Friday, July 13, 2018

Mama Elephant Happy Day Card

Hey everyone! Kelli here sharing this cute card I made using Mama Elephant Fly with Me Stamp Set!

 For the cloud background I used the MFT Mini Cloud Edges Stencil and Ranger Broken China Distress Ink. The card dimensions are 4" x 9" and I just love how it turned out!
To give the balloons a little extra shine, I used Ranger Glossy Accents. Leave me a comment to let me know what you think!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Glittery Inlaid Die Cutting

Good morning everyone, Amy Copeland here with some glittery butterflies using the inlaid die cutting technique.  It's actually a really simple card, but it's pumped up with the details.  I started with the gorgeous butterflies--I used the awesome Just a Note Butterflies Thinlets Dies from Sizzix and the Neutrals Glitter Paper Pack from Concord & 9th to cut out two butterflies with my Big Shot.  I used a Paper Piercer to punch the little cardstock pieces out of the holes and cutouts that the die made, leaving just the outline of the body and the wings--I discarded the little pieces of cardstock that came out, but if you really don't want to waste anything, you could save them for another card.
I then cut my butterflies out of Lawn Fawn Peacock Card Stock and Lawn Fawn Sugarplum Card Stock.  I set the colorful butterflies aside and applied Washi Tape all over the back of the glittery die cuts, so the adhesive part of the tape showed through the cutouts and holes.  Then came the tricky part--I lined up my colorful butterflies on top of the glittery butterflies and used my Stylus to poke the little pieces out of the cutouts and holes so it dropped down onto the exposed washi tape.  You might have to move the little pieces of paper around a little bit with your paper piercer to make sure everything's lined up before you press them down really well with your finger to make sure they are stuck to the tape.

Next, I took a piece of really pale blue cardstock out of my scrap bin (I think it's Sno Cone by MFT Stamps), die cut it with a Stitched Rectangle die, and used the Cubic Background Stencil from Hero Arts and a Distress Retractable Blending Brush to lightly apply Lawn Fawn Mermaid ink all over the blue panel.  It's super subtle--you can't really see it in the pictures, but in person it just adds a little bit of interest.
The next step was the sentiment.  I used my MISTI to stamp the cute sentiment from Honey Bee Stamps with Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink--the MISTI comes in so handy here, because I had to re-ink the stamp three times and stamp it down to get a great, crisp impression.

Finally, I cut an A2-sized (5 1/2" x 4 1/4") panel with another Stitched Rectangle Die out of some beautiful Patterned Paper from MFT stamps and used Liquid Glue to adhere it to my card base.  I used the same liquid glue to adhere my butterflies to the blue panel, then used Foam Tape to pop the blue panel up on the purple paper.
That finished off this clean-and-simple, yet striking card.  I hope it inspired you to make your own.  :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

July Mood Board Inky Inspirations

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Hope your week is going well! Today I went a little crazy with the AWESOME July Mood Board from Butterfly Reflections, Ink and made a ton of cards with that as my inspiration. In case you haven't seen it, here's the mood board for this month.

Loving it, right?! So for today's post, I'm going to start talking about all of the different inks I used. I wanted to make a variety of cards with a variety of techniques so I chose Distress Oxide Inks (with one regular distress ink in there, too), Hero Arts Dye Inks, and new to me, Catherine Pooler Inks. Below is a picture with all of the colors that I chose.

Let's start with the Catherine Pooler inks, Stone Blue, SkylightPolished, and Rose Petals. As I said, this was my first time using these inks and I was SO EXCITED because so many people say wonderful things about them. And let me tell you, they're all true! I really appreciate that you can switch easily between colors without contaminating the next color. I could stamp the Stone Blue, and with one swipe of my Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy, I could stamp the Rose Petals without any problems! Saves so much time in cleaning stamps if you're going to be doing a lot of multi-color stamping.

For this card I used the Catherine Pooler Inks, Detailed Diamonds stamp set from The Stamp Market, and a sentiment from Patterned Polka Dot Stamp Set, also from The Stamp Market. Like I said, it's so easy to stamp multiple colors with this ink that this card took me no time at all.

Next up, are the cards using the Hero Arts Dye Inks in Fresh Peach, Navy, Pale Tomato, and Tide Pool.

For this card I used Perfect Pieces Background from The Stamp Market. I do have to say that the cleaning off time took a lot longer with these inks, and I used a stamp cleaner, baby wipe, and stamp shammy to fully clean off between stamping the different colors. I then die cut a Stitched Heart, and stamped it with a Gina K sentiment. I then heat embossed a sentiment from MFT Essential Sentiments Stamp Set using Brutus Monroe Alabaster Embossing Powder and adhered that over the die cut heart piece.

For this card, I used the same Hero Arts Dye Ink colors and stamped with the WPlus9 Feathers & Florals stamp set. This set is one of my favorites, total must have in my opinion! It also has layering options, but I kept it simple here and just stamped the base layer of all of the flowers and leaves. The sentiment is stamped in Versamark Onyx Black Ink and the stamped panel is layered over black and gold glitter card stock.

Last card with using the Hero Arts Dye Inks starts with using the Concord and 9th Dotty Turnabout Stamp. I used all 4 turns of this stamp for the background and then cut out Love You Script Die from Pretty Pink Posh and layered that over vellum to help the sentiment stand out.

Next up, are my Distress Oxide Ink Cards. Of course, I got inky with these and make some backgrounds! I used Peacock FeathersAbandoned Coral, and Faded Jeans Distress Oxides Inks, along with Dried Marigold Distress Ink.

For this background, I used only the Distress Oxide Inks and ink smooshed them onto Ranger White Yupo Paper and then using a Mini Ink Blending Tool, applied Distress Micro Glaze over top, then buffed it off to create a shiny, inky background. I decided to make a shaker card using the Avery Elle Reversed Pinked Elle-Ments frame die. I popped the frame up with Foam Tape and added in Pretty Pink Posh Seed Beads in Blush, Aquamarine, Cotton Candy, and Pewter. For the sentiment, I used Congrats Script Die from Pretty Pink Posh and MFT More Essential Sentiments

Here is another ink smooshed background on Watercolor Paper with the distress oxide inks and the regular distress ink. The sentiment is from Gina K Doodle Sayings and the flowers from Pink Fresh Studios Fleur 1 Stamp Set. The Fleur 1 Stamp set is another favorite of mine!

Here I used the Fleur 1 Stamp Set from Pink Fresh Studios, stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed with Brutus Monroe Icicle Embossing Powder. I used Zig Water Brush to use the Distress Oxide Inks as watercolor, and colored all of the heat embossed images. I then used the coordinating dies and arranged them on my card panel with foam adhesive.

Phew! What a day! I hope you were a bit inspired by this month's Mood Board and my take on all these cards! I'm going to go lie down now... HAHA! :)


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

"Hello Summer" Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout //Simple Stories

Hey friends...Happy Tuesday!  Heather here to share a fun and bright summer scrapbook layout.  The picture is of my daughter and nephew about five years ago and I still hadn't scrapped it....crazy huh? because it is soo cute!  My daughters shirt has a little pineapple and flamingo on it and worked so well with the Simple Stories Hello Summer Collection.
Per usual, I started with a piece of white cardstock and added a layer of clear gesso.  I love using white cardstock because of the way the bright colors pop!  To add some color behind my photos and embellishments, I used Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide Ink, Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink, Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink, and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink mixed with some water  by smooshing on the paper with some plastic packaging and a paint brush.  Once dry, I added some platters with the same colors.
Since this collection has a pineapple theme, I decided to use this cute pineapple cut file, but really wanted to try something different than just backing it with paper. 
Since the cut file was a pineapple after all, I thought it would be fun to add a ton of texture...I started with scooping out some texture paste on my craft mat, then scribbled my yellow pastel from the Prima Oil Pastel set and mixed together.  Once I had the perfect color, I scraped it all on a piece of cardstock in the shape of the pineapple. 
I intentionally spread it uneven in order to create lots of texture and dimension....because this is supposed to be a pineapple, right?  Obviously, the color isn't quite realistic, but it was bright and beautiful!
Acting quickly as to avoid it starting to dry, I took the cut file and laid it over top and used my craft knife to push it into the paste making sure to have the edges completely inset.  This took quite a bit of time to dry, but totally worth it! I used my heat tool to help it along and then cut it out so I could adhere to my layout.
Even though the pineapple was the main design element, I wanted it to work with the other embellishments.  Therefore, I layered the title over it as well as other chipboard embellishments from the Hello Summer 6x12 Chipboard
The top of the pineapple was backed with one of the papers from the 6 x8 paper pad as well as my photo.  For finishing touched, I pulled enamel hearts from Doodlebug heart sprinkles and Amy Tangerine as well as a few stickers from the Hello Summer Sticker pack.
 To frame my photo, I tucked in a couple of fussy cut florals from the 6 x 8 paper pad and even used a cute little speech bubble from Doodlebug Sweet Summer Chit Chat pack
To add a little sparkle, several sequins scattered about the page do the trick!  I used Pretty Pink Posh Tutti Fruiti, Pretty Pink Posh Sweet Mint, and Neat & Tangled Sunset Shimmer sequin mixes.
That's it...until next week!  I hope you are inspired to add some texture to your next project! and remember, you can make it whatever color you want to match your color scheme!
Head over to the store now to take a look at all of the mixed media products available at Butterfly Reflections Ink...
Thanks for joining me...Heather

Monday, July 9, 2018

One layer card with Newton's Nook stamp set

Hello lovelies and welcome to my next post, it's Mona here! If you are my follower, you know that I am a Cat lover, so today I am showing you a one layer birthday card with cute kitties. For my card I used the Newton Loves Boxes stamp set from Newton's Nook Design.

First I stamped my sideway kitties with boxes, to my card, then I masked them and stamped the center kitty. I masked all my images and blended my card with Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple Distress Oxide inks and Mini Ink Blending Tool.

Then I made splatters with the already mentioned Distress Oxide inks and white watercolor. I removed the masking and colored the images with Copic Markers. At the end I added some final touches with Uni-Ball Signo White and the card was ready.

Thanks you so much for stopping, hope you enjoyed it. :) See you next Monday.
Love, Mona