Friday Ispiration File Week #181

Friday, August 22, 2014

It's week 181 of The Friday Inspiration File.
Here is a sampling of what you will find in there this week.
I love shinning a spotlight on talented crafters!
I've been in my craft room working on the
WPlus9 September 2014 Release.
I feel so lucky to work with these beautiful products and
I can't wait to share them with you!
Have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Another great color combination using WPlus9 Pure Color Dye Inks.
I took one little stamp from Papel Picado and created my pattern.
I eyeballed the center of the paper and stamped my first image. Then, with my second color, I stamped the image touching each of the four sides.  Then, with the third color, I stamped the image touching each of the 8 sides of the previous. And so on, alternating between the three colors.

I cut the piece on the diagonal several times removing one of the pieces to stamp my sentiment from Hand Lettered Hello.

The WPlus9 August 2014 Release was so much fun!  Tons of great products were released.
Well get ready because Dawn announced that WPlus9 is having a September 2014 Release as well!
Let me tell you, just between us, it's GOOD!
So nice to see you again!

Cardstock: WP9 White, Black
Stamps: WP9 Papel Picado, Hand Lettered Hello
Ink: WP9 Wild Mango, Sweet Gelato, Flamingo, Versafine Onyx

Watercolor Flora & Fauna

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Good Morning!
I had some time yesterday to get into my craft room.
I wanted to try watercoloring these WPlus9 Flora & Fauna 2 images.  Until now, I have just used the images 'as is' stamping the outlines. They look beautiful that way too, but I wanted to wait to try this technique until I had a little quiet and extra patience to take my time and see what I could do.  It's not perfect, by far, but I think it turned out pretty!
I heat embossed my images in white and then
I used distress inks as my medium.  I find that success lies in the patience. Drying in between adding layers of color.
I'm excited to try again!
Thanks so much for stopping by.
I hope you're having a great weekend!
Trying a new format with larger photos and text.
What do you think? Which do you prefer?

Cardstock: Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Recollections 110lb.
Stamps: WP9 Flora & Fauna 2, Lucky Stars
Ink: Versamark, Distress Ink Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Fire Brick, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, Iced Spruce, Seedless Preserves
Other: White Embossing Powder, Shimmer Mist

Masculine Triangles

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Good Morning
Triangles are one of my favorite shapes, if not my favorite.
I feel like triangles really give you endless pattern options.
I masked my triangles by cutting masking paper into 1/4 inch strips and placing them 1 inch apart diagonally in both directions.  This creates diamond shapes.  I then placed strips of masking paper across the diamonds creating my triangles.
I stamped my border stamp lining it up with the diagonal line to make sure the stamping inside each triangle was straight instead of lining it up with edge the paper itself.
In an attempt to keep it simple and not cover up my background I arranged several sentiments and small images on my stamp press, stamped in embossing ink, and gold heat embossed them.
It's difficult to photograph head on, but in real life it is legible.
Perfect masculine birthday card for Ryan or his brother.  Both of them celebrate their birthdays on September 24th.  Weird I know, but my parents have the same birthday too so.....
Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock: WP9 Kraft
Stamps: WP9 Borders & Backgrounds 4, Lucky Stars, Strictly Sentiments 5
Ink: WP9 Dye Ink Nautical Navy, Sweet Gelato, Wild Mango, WP9 Pigment Ink White, Versamark
Other: Inkadinkado Masking Paper, Gold Filigree Embossing Powder, Fiskars Stamp Press

Coloring Embossing Paste {Chain Of Events}

Friday, August 15, 2014

Happy Friday!
Today I have a card to share that took an unusual path to becoming this design.  It started with this week's Make It Monday.  This week the focus is on coloring your embossing/ modeling/ texture {whatever you prefer} paste.  I mixed up my colors using WPlus9 Ink Refills in Wild Mango, Sweet Nectar, and Mojito.  I spread it onto my cardstock using this Heidi Swapp scallop stencil and I set it aside to dry.

While it was drying I watched this video by Jennifer McGuire where she mentions Tasnim and that she makes videos too.  You know I love to watch videos ;)  So I did a YouTube search for Tasnim.  I found her channel, but also a video she did for Ellen Hutson.  In the video she uses an Altenew stamp set where the images are tangrams.  She showed a watercolor technique using the fish stamp.
When I went back to check on this piece I had made it hit me!
Fish scales!  I used WPlus9 Quilt Cuts II dies to make tracing templates to create my fish. Finally, I stamped my sentiment from PTI's Friends 'Til The End stamp set.'s a funny thing!
Check out the projects in this week's Friday Inspiration File.
Who knows where it might lead!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Good Morning!
I've spent the last few days working on projects using the August Kit from 12 Kits Of Occasions. August is my month and I put together a bright, fun kit that I hope the group is having fun with!
This morning I decided to make something I could share.
For this square card I created my background using a striped stencil.  I taped it down one way and added ink with a finger dauber. Then picked it up and taped it down so the stripes were going the opposite way and added more ink, creating a lattice. 
Alright, time to get out of my pajamas and run some errands!
Have a great day.

Cardstock: WP9 White, Kraft, PTI Vellum, Smokey Shadow
Stamps: WP9 Papel Picado, Fresh Cut Containers
Ink: WP9 Sweet Gelato, Wild Mango, Cranberry Crush, Mojito, White Pigment Ink, Versamark Embossing Ink
Dies: WP9 Hand Lettered Thanks, Papel Picado, Fresh Cut Containers
Other: HS Stripe Stencil, White Embossing Powder, Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Pen

My Favorite {YouTube} Channels

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Yesterday I mentioned how much I love card making/crafty videos.
I love watching how people create.  Sometimes I put on a video and just listen while I create something myself.  I shared Dawn's {WPlus9} Channel and today I have a few more. 

Vicky's channel is great. I love her card making videos, but it's her art journal videos that I love watching the most.

Yana makes beautiful and unique cards. 
Love listening to her accent too!

Darlene uses many mediums and I love learning about them. 
She's the reason I had to have Inktense pencils!

Jennifer shows you how to use what you have in new ways!

Nichol makes the most elaborate scenes!

Amy does a variety of styles.  So much fun to watch!

What are some of your favorites?
I'd love to check them out.

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