Late night crafting..err…practicing

Jennifer McGuire is the queen of techniques. So I was pretty excited when she featured a technique that I had previously tried – perfect pearl powder with layering stamps. I was so excited to try it again, with her extra tips. 

I didn’t get a great picture, but the bottom layer (the darker pink on the body) is stamped with Versamark and covered with Pink Gumball perfect pearl powder. I then stamped the third layer (I skipped the second layer) with just Versamark, which removes the perfect pearl (this was the awesome tip from Jennifer’s video). The face and legs were stamped with a pink ink. I can’t quite capture the sparkle, but it’s really pretty. 

I also tried this with a pineapple layering stamp (same set).

(Again, blurry photo.. it was late, lol~ I really need to take a photo class). You can see the sparkle better for this one. I’ll have to practice a little more to figure out how to get all the excess powder off without removing too much from the image. I tried a dried cloth (Jennifer’s suggestion) and a swiffer cloth. They both removed powder from the image. Maybe the key is waiting for it to set? 

Techniques like this make me really really really want the misti… 

Blessed

Last Monday, my life group girls threw me an impromptu baby shower. Everything was so beautiful~~ It was a Monday, but all the ladies came to celebrate with me, and I just felt incredibly loved and spoiled. 😍 I seriously have the best life group!!

I made simple thank you cards for them using a Heidi Swapp stamp and my Wink of Stella, Copic Spica, and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. 

Not the best photo, but look at all that glitter! 😄

Stamps used: Heidi Swapp Only You; Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings

Other items used: Wink of Stella Markers; Copic Spica; Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens; white embossing powder.

Beautiful Girl

A card and vellum envelope I made for a friend for the birth of her beautiful daughter. She’s so tiny!!

Stamps used: Mama Elephant Charmed

Also used: Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.
 

Edit: funny – this is the last stamp I used on my previous project. 😂 But I’ve actually been making a lot of cards and creating a lot more lately. 😄 

#sharehandmadekindness

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Jennifer McGuire is an amazing crafter and has an even more amazing heart. She has launched a campaign encouraging people to #sharehandmadekindness. 🙂 This is a card I made for my mom’s birthday. I kept it pretty simple and it’s pretty much a one layer card. I used this new-to-me Charmed stamp by Mama Elephant and stamped it on an off-white textured yardstick. I colored it with Prismacolor pencils. I hope she enjoys it~ 🙂

#sharehandmadekindness

Soul on fire

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Dear Lord,
I want to run for your heart. I want to run for you hard. I want to be a soul on fire. Lord, please give me strength to run hard. Please, give me a passion for the things that you are passionate about. Please, give me a bigger heart. Please, put my soul on fire, Lord.
In your precious Son’s name I pray,
Amen.

Patience….

I have none. I know it. It usually leads to small mistakes, but every once in awhile, it ends up in the complete ruination of a project:

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Super sad…:'(

I was too impatient to wait until the liquid watercolors dried to add the plastic sheet on this DIY palette. It was so pretty, too…

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Super duper sad. :”””(

Foiled…

It’s almost 4 A.M. I’m still awake. This is bad.

I tried to use the laser printer/laminator foiling technique, and I just can’t seem to get it to work. I can’t tell if it’s my printer or my laminator. 😦

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The printing doesn’t ever get fully covered. It’s always a bit streaky. 😦

So I tried using a Sakura glue pen to write faux calligraphy (copied a script I found online). It kind of worked, but it’s not very clean and there are a few places where you can see the pen marks (from the ballpoint end of the glue pen).

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Sigh. I love the foil look, but I can’t seem to get the technique down. 😦