Monday, December 16, 2013

Tree Hunting with ... Santa...?

Andrew and I took Ella "tree hunting" this past weekend, and I say "hunting" because we got ourselves a license to cut down a tree from the wild!

We thought it would be a Great Adventure...and it was...but it was sure a LOT harder than going to the U-Cut to find the perfect tree!

As we were wandering the forests of Squamish, I was reminded of this cutie patootie stamp by High Hopes, and wondered if we would stumble upon Santa and his best friend Rudolf along one of the trails.  I can only assume that Santa and Rudolf are indeed best friends, but when you look at this stamp, "Christmas Pals", you know it's true!
I used my favorite markers...TOMBOW of course, to colour in the image...
Red's 835 & 847, Brown's 899, 947, 842, & 977, Green's 177, 076, 027 & 126, neutral's  N57, N65, N35 & N15, Pink 761 and of course my Blender pen.

For the Fur and Wreath, I pounced on my colours instead of blending them, giving a true texture to the fur & foliage...



This is my FAVORITE stamp from the High Hopes Christmas Release, but I've had a sneak peek at the January Release, and if you love images that are cute and colourable, then these are the stamps for you!  Tell your local Scrapbook Shop that you love these stamps and they should get them in, because you know the BEST part...High Hopes is Canadian Made!

Here's the finished card!


For more samples made with High Hopes stamps, be sure to check out the blog!  Their Design Team is AWESOME!

Merry Christmas!
Jessie (and Andrew & Ella)

Monday, October 21, 2013

High Hopes...

I'm VERY excited to tell you guys about a Canadian Stamp Company that I was just introduced while I was in Ontario last month...They are High Hopes Rubber StampsThey have a HUGE selection of images to choose from and you would be hard pressed not to find something you loved!

The Design Team posts their weekly challenges on Facebook every Tuesday so be sure to check out their work, they are amazing!  If you like what you see, and want to order a particular stamp, check out One Crazy Stamper as she stocks it all and ships super quick!  I am speaking with a few local stores to see about carrying the High Hopes line, so be sure to let YOUR favorite shop know that you think High Hopes Stamps are awesome!

ANNNDDDD, if that weren't enough...Guess who is a Guest High Hopes Diva...ME!  Whoo Hoo, so here is my first card for the "Embossed" challenge...
Being that this blog started out with my Dreamweaver Stencils Design Team, it seemed only fitting that my first High Hopes card would incorporate my favorite Stencils!

I used Spellbinder Craft Foil in Red, Stamped the High Hopes Santa stamp on the back and hand embossed with my stylus (well, with Sheryll's stylus as I had forgotten mine at home, thanks Sheryll!).  I then used a paper stomp to transfer the stencil image to the background, sanded with a sanding block and mounted it all together!


This Santa is a little different than the other High Hopes samples you will see, but that's sort of why I did him that way...in fact, as I upload more of my High Hopes samples, my plan is to incorporate different techniques to show you how you can look at ALL your stamps in a whole new light...

So, let's have some fun, shall we...

Scatter Joy!
jessie

Thursday, October 17, 2013

VIVA DIVA!!!

I'm SOOOO excited to announce that I am officially a Viva Decor Certified Instructor!  And there is NO ONE who loves their products more!

I mean, how many of you have already asked me if I work for them, because I use their Inka Gold so much!?

There are a few new Inka Gold classes that I'm doing around BC this Christmas Season, here's one of the cards I'm doing for Country Lane in Surrey...
We'll be using the new Pastel Colours, and instead of the usual dark background, I kept the samples light and "snowy"....

These cards are gorgeous in person (if I DO say so myself) so I hope to see you all in class!

Scatter Joy!
jessie


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Hello Again!

It's been a crazy year, and I have so many techniques to post, that I better get a move on!  I have a few announcements to make as well, but tonight I'm just going to whet your whistle!
This is a card we're making in class this week at Making Memories on Hastings.  It's the Faux Linen technique and it's one of my favorites!  The background started as plain old glossy cardstock, but with gorgeous background stamps from Impression Obsession (Snowflakes and Paint Splotches) we created an effect that mimics real Linen. 

This technique is perfect for Masculine cards, All Occasions cards (just change the stamps) AND scrapbook pages...ohhh my mind's a flutter!

Stay Tuned for more techniques here on the site, but also check out my YouTube Channel, for video Tutorials...
Scatter Joy!
Jessie

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Christmas in August!

Here we are, the home stretch to the BEST time of year, CHRISTMAS CARD CREATING!  Oh yeah, and I guess Christmas itself is pretty great too, but I have to admit that having an excuse to collect more than my fair share of Christmas Stamps and Christmas paper and of course Christmas STENCILS, is by far my favorite pastime!  So here is my first card for this months Challenge...

I used the Molten magic Technique on my Small Ornament Stencil LM-297 because I'm totally in LOVE with how easy the Molten magic technique is!  I used Gold Embossing Paste first, and with the stencil still on the image, sprinkled Metallic F/X Copper, Amber Glow, and Kiwi randomly over the paste.  Then I removed the stencil and heated the image with my heat gun allowing the paste to melt and pop.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how fast and easy this is, and everyone asks how I did it! 

Do you want to get into the holiday spirit a little early?  Link your own Christmas in August creations to the Dream It Up! blog mr. linky, or email pics of your creations to lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com, for an opportunity to win this wonderful newly released Heart Ornaments:


Don't you just love this new design? There are several newly released stencils and products from CHA last month, which you can view for yourself HERE. During the week of August 20th - 25th, the Dream Team will be posting all week with a hop on Saturday to top it all...featuring all of these new fabulous designs...in collaboration with the Woodware UK team. Just a little hint...you may want to buy all of these new designs now, so you are ready and waiting for the inspiration that will come your way that week! Meanwhile, check out what the rest of the team has been creating this week:

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hot Stuff for our Men!

I don't know about you guys, but today has been H.O.T. and I'm tired of it!  I know, for all you Vancouverites, you're thinking I'm crazy since it's been raining for the past week, and has only been hot Today, but still, I'm not a happy girl!  However, the weather is in keeping with our theme this month, and I'm back to Copper!  I decided to design a Card for a Man's birthday, and I just love this perfectly Canadian Moose Stencil (LG 715).
I heated the copper again with my Creme Brullee torch, embossed the copper with the stencil, and then using my Stylus and Paper Stomp, pushed out every area, (from the back) in the body to make him more lifelike.

I also added a haphazard border with my pounce wheel, and matted him onto cardstock, then attached him to the card.

Because the Copper is so beautiful, I don't like to embellish too much and take away from the stencil.  Stenciling Copper is BY FAR my favorite technique for making Man Cards!

Now don't forget to post your creations to Dream it Up! as there are only a few days left in the month and remember you could win a Brand New, Newly Designed, Not Released yet Stencil!  have I gotten you excited to win yet!

Hope so!

And with that,
Stencil til you sweat, 
Heat copper til your hyper
and don't give up on the men in your life, the right card, and they'll understand why you are so hooked to this craft!  (Trust me, Andrew LOVES making Copper Cards now too!)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Summer Fun...Summer Chillin'

I wanted to stay in keeping with my card from last week with the Hot Copper, by doing Lynell's "Molten Magic" technique.  I had the idea of using Copper Embossing Paste, and REALLY making a "Hot" card...but it didn't quite work out the way I saw it in my head, sigh.  So as I flipped through my stencils, I came across one of the newer designs for this year, and I hadn't really played with it much.  Nouveau Wisteria LL 3026 is definitely a Summer Flower, but it evokes a more relaxed feeling, so the colours of my card needed to reflect that feeling as well.
So to create the Molten Magic technique you need to...
Tape down your stencil using Removeable Tape.
I then used the Pearlescent Embossing Paste and covered the entire stencil in the usual Paste Embossing technique.
Then using a small paintbrush and Metallic F/X, I flicked the Purple Satin, Glacier and Kiwi all over the paste without removing the stencil.  Oopsie, I forgot to take a picture!

Carefully remove the stencil and then using a Heat gun, heat the paste until the Metallic F/X kind of melts into the paste and the paste bubbles up.
Then I matted the image on Light purple cardstock, added green ribbon to the stamped dark purple background, and then adhered the matted image to the background.  Once it was all together I attached it to the Pearl card base, and the card was complete.  
A soft relaxing summer card that might evoke the need for a Sangria in the garden...don't ya think?

Now check out the other Design Team members creations and be sure to post your efforts to the Dream it Up! blog because you could win a Free Stencil for your very own!

And with that,
Paste 'til you perspire,
Melt 'til you're Molten,
and beat the summer heat by creating in an air conditioned craft space!
Jessie