July 19, 2017

Color Throwdown Guest Design #452


Back again with another post as the July Guest Designer at the Color Throwdown.  This week the colours for ctd453 are green, yellow, red and turquoise.


I sponged Tumbled Glass onto the main panel using the My Favorite Things Cloud Mix-able Stencil and then die cut the panel with the largest My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangle. The frappé cups are from the Essentials by Ellen Oh Frappe stamps and dies. They were stamped onto Bristol cardstock and coloured with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens. The panel and all the cups were adhered with foam tape. I brushed the elusive Clear Wink of Stella over all of the cups. It looks great in real life--trust me! lol

Hope to see you play along again this week!

Head over to the Color Throwdown blog to see how you can play along and to see more colour inspiration from the Design Team follow the links below. 

Tracey McNeely (July Guest Designer)

July 18, 2017

Birch Press Design Peony Blooms Birthday


Today I am up on the Birch Press Design blog with a video tutorial to create this card using the Peony Blooms Stackable dies along with some of the new
 Distress Oxide inks   You can watch full length video here or over at my YouTube channel. I found my voice for the first time ever to explain what I'm doing. I would love to see you comment over on YouTube with what you would like to see from my videos and follow me while you are there if you are interested in seeing more.


Today I am showing you another way to add colour using the Birch Press Design Stackable layer craft dies. I am using Peony Blooms Layer A, Peony Blooms Layer B and Peony Blooms Layer C along with Ranger Distress Oxide inks. I have put together a video tutorial for you.

After I sponged my three panels with Distress Oxide inks I spritzed water on them so the Oxides could work their magic. These are the three panels I sponged cut out with the Peony Blooms Stackable Layer dies. In order from left to right Layer A, B and C.


Once adhered together I prepared the cad base. Once again using Distess Oxide ink to sponge the background and spritzed it with water and lifted the excess with paper towel.  All layers were adhered together with Elmer's Craft Bond Spray Adhesive (see previous tutorial done by designer, Laurie Schmidlin). I sponged some more Distress Oxide ink on to my base panel and also spritzed it with some clean water.


The die cut layers were adhered to the front of the card base. I added my sentiment stamped and die cut from the Make a Statement Make a Statement clear stamps and Make a Statement craft dies.


These close up photos really show how much depth and dimension can be achieved with these dies and just a few gradient changes in colour.


Perfect for a summer birthday.


With the Stackable craft dies the possibilities are endless. I hope I inspired by to make something beautiful today.

July 14, 2017

SugarPea Designs Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop

Happy Friday and Welcome to the SugarPea Designs Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop!
Now that so many of you have the new products from the June release in your hands the design team has a little more inspiration for you to help you get going with your new goodies.

I started by stamping the lemon gelato and a few lemons from the Pucker Up clear stamp set and then Copic coloured. Next the images were die cut with the Pucker Up SugarCut dies.  The houndstooth paper background is from the Sugar & Spice Paper Pad adhered to a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" top folding card base. The white panel is was cut with a die from the  Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle SugarCut dies and a sentiment from Pucker Up was stamped of it with with VersaFine Onyx black. The images were adhered to the panel and a couple with foam tape for dimension.  Finally a double coat of Wink of Stella was added to the gelato.


Would you like to WIN a $20 gift certificate to spend on some SugarPea Designs of your own?  Please visit with each of our design team members listed below and leave a comment for your chance to win!

...and don't forget to go over to the SugarPea blog for your chance to win!

You are here ---- Tracey McNeely

July 12, 2017

Color Throwdown #451 Guest Designer


Back again with another post as the July Guest Designer at the Color Throwdown.  This week the colours for ctd451 are light pink, dark pink and green.


I used My Favorite Things Flashy Florals for my card today, I haven't had that set out in too long I forgot how much I love those blooms. I die cut my sentiment from the dies that go along with the stamp set in black. Then I stamped and die cut the large and small flower with their respective detail stamps first. I placed the flowers on a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" top folding card base to get an idea of where I wanted to put the sentiment and the flowers to give me an idea of where I wanted to stamp my leaves. Once the leaves were stamped I adhered the rest of the images to the card, adding the smaller flower with foam tape for dimension. Last step was to add a few clear, Stickles filled sequins.


Head over to the Color Throwdown blog to see how you can play along and to see more colour inspiration from the Design Team follow the links below. 

Tracey McNeely (July Guest Designer)

July 10, 2017

Muse #224


It's Monday and time for another new challenge at Muse!

I used new to me Color Drops stamps from MFT Stamps. I created a pattern on a 5 1/4" x 4"  panel using MFT inks in a rainbow of colours. I cut the 'hello' from the Happy Greeting die-namics die set from my panel and again on a piece of white fun foam. Inlaid the foam with the letters cut from the panel on a white cad base. Easy and fun for a bit of dimension.


Ca't wait to see what you do this week at Muse!

July 7, 2017

Mermaid for My Princess


Yesterday my daughter turned 20, no more teenagers in this house anymore.
It is bittersweet though, I miss the days of my kids being young but I am so happy to see how they are flourishing as young adults. I took this photo yesterday our on the patio, after all the rain we have had in the past month we had a beautiful, sunny day.

She will always be my little princess and I knew she would love a card made with the MFT Stamps Mermazing stamp set. I sponged my background using Wilted Violet and Broken China Distress Oxide inks and spritzed it with water and then lifted the water with a paper towel. I die cut the panel using the Wonky Stitched rectangles  The images were coloured with Copic markers. I am really trying to learn how to colour hair and work on shading my images. The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark and white embossed. The panel, mermaid and sentiment were all added to the card base with foam tape. Finally I finished the card off with a few sparkling clear Stickle filled sequins.