Fabulous Finds Friday: New at Ranger

Today I have a packed Fabulous Finds Friday with some new items from Ranger that will make summer a little brighter.

Let’s start with Enamel Accents, an opaque, dimensional medium that dries to a glossy finish. I love making my own domed dots with the black enamel, so I think the new colors will be a must-have in my embellishment arsenal.

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Besides Black Tie and Glacier White, Enamel Accents now come in Pink Gumball, Classic Cherry, Cheese Puff, Lemon Twist, Electric Lime, Lily Pad, Carribean Coast, Blue Ribbon, Wild Orchid and Grape Soda.

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I’m a big fan of Ranger’s Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks — I especially love to use them when I’m watercoloring. They stamp so crisp and bright and can also be used with markers, acrylic paint and even Alcohol Ink. New colors are Vibrant Fucshia, Bright Tangelo, Vivid Chartreuse, Paradise Teal, Majestic Violet and Shadow Grey (which I think will be my favorite grey.)

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Alcohol Inks, those fast-drying, fade-resistant dye inks specially formulated for non-porous surfaces such as glass, acrylic, tile, etc., are ready for summer, too, available in three-piece sets or individually. Summer sets include Spring Break (Valencia, Limeade, Turquoise), Beach Deco (Flamingo, Patina, Amethyst) and Retro Café (Pink Sherbert, Pool, Espresso).

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New flip tops are a nice addition to Tim Holtz® Distress Paints, which is a great segue to Tim’s newest medium, Grit-Paste. As the name says, it has a gritty texture, holds its body, and dries to a textured, matte finish. You can use it with stencils and color it using the usual suspects: Distress inks, sprays, paint, crayons, etc. They all have different saturation levels on the paste, so just play!

Dina Wakley and Dyan Reaveley both have some cool new stamp designs. Dina has new borders, scribbled text elements and faces and wings, while Dyan added more of her fun and funky designs. Dyan also has new colors in her Dylusions paints: Funky Fuchsia, Pure Sunshine, Chopped Pesto, Polished Jade, Ground Coffee and Slate Grey.

Head over to the website and check out the fun new items!

Fabulous Finds Friday — Hearts on Parade

Yowzas, I love this new die from Simon Says! It’s Heart Parade and playing with it makes me want to march with a band! What a Fabulous Find!

Here’s the first card I made:

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Easy peasy. I first cut out the whole thing, which gave me the frame (the outline of the hearts) and the “inner” hearts (which I saved for other projects.) Using some scraps, I cut it a few more times to get different patterns for the inside, then re-inserted the cut pieces in the heart outline. (Don’t throw out those partial frames, though! You’ll see how I used them.)

The sentiment is from Inkadinkado’s Occasions clear set (a set I use VERY often). The base paper is from WorldWin. I glued the small pieces down with Elmer’s fine line glue pen.

**Tip: After cutting the die, save the unused pieces in the same envelope as the die. Then when you want to mix it up a bit, you already have some cut pieces.**

My next card was bolder:
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I love the blue pearlized paper (WorldWin)! I cut the pearlized paper using Spellbinders’ A2 Curved Matting Basics A S5-171. I stamped the white base card using Hero Arts’ envelope Pattern S5507 inked with Imagine Craft’s Platinum Planet Brilliance. The sequins, from Doodlebug Designs, were attached using Glue Dots’ micro dots — perfectly mini sized for these sequins! And no messy liquid!

I stamped a scrap piece of white with the same envelope pattern, then added the sentiment (Hero Arts) in VersaFine black. I wanted more bling, so added a piece of silver glitter tape (Close To My Heart).

This next one didn’t turn out as I expected, but it worked.

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I tried to cut the die on a thicker piece of cardstock and it didn’t cut all the way through. I started to painstakingly cut out the pieces with my Xacto knife, when I smacked myself on the head and said, “Just leave the pieces in there, doofus.” (I often call myself names.) The large heart popped out easily, so I switched it out with a patterned piece, but left the others in plae. I rounded the corners, stamped a sentiment (Hero Arts) and stick a fork in me, I’m done.

One last trick before I go…. When you keep cutting out the heart to get different insides, you get several outlines, too.

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Naturally, I save them, stashing them with the die. I trim what I need and use these smaller pieces for tags:
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Whew! This is a loooong post! But as you can see, I’m crazy about this die.

Thanks for indulging me.

Fabulous Finds Friday — Bangle Bling

This project was a departure for me, but I had a lot of fun making it, to give to a co-worker.

I used several different products to make this bracelet. I first primed the bangle (which I got a looong time ago from DIYBangles.com) with white acrylic paint on the outside and gold on the inside. When it was dry, I rubbed it with a blue Faber-Castell Gelato.

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I don’t know if I needed to heat set it, but I did.

I then rubbed on some Viva Decor Inka Gold in Rose Quartz for a little shine:
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Yum!

Next, I stamped using StazOn permanent inks:

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And finally blinged the heck out of it using gems and Viva Pearl Pens (my latest addiction.)
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It was hard to stop. Thanks for coming by!

Fabulous Finds Friday — Really Rosettes

It took me a while to get on the rosette bandwagon, but now that I am, I am crazy about them. Big ones, small ones, fancy ones, plain ones. Love me some rosettes!

I used to make them using my Stampin’ Up scoring board (a valuable tool and a Fabulous Find), which I thought was pretty easy. Well, it IS easy to use. But my wrists got tired after scoring too much.

Enter the rosette die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix . There are two versions of Tim’s rosette dies; I chose the one that made two smaller rosettes (perfect for the scale of cards I like to make.) The die not only cuts the shapes (and the round pieces to put on the top/bottom the rosettes) but also SCORES it! Ah, bliss! Take a look:

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Well, I couldn’t just make rosettes all day, could I? Or could I …. hmmm…. It sure looks that way from this pic:
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Anyway, I finally decided to put them to use.
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This double-sided cardstock from K and Company made it easy to create a simple birthday card. I cut some strips to make the rosettes, then used the rest to make the card front (I chose the plain side so the rosettes wouldn’t have to compete with the pattern.
I thought of adding a sentiment, but I thought the piece cut from the other side of the cardstock was enough. Is it?

Now, of course, I want the bigger rosette die, too!!!

Here’s a quick tip: Tim has a great rosette tutorial on his website. He also notes that if your rosettes tear at the score line, simply add a piece of tissue tape to the back for added strength. I did not have a problem with the rosettes tearing, so didn’t do that, but it’s good to know, eh?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Fabulous Finds Friday — Candi is Sweet

How sweet is this … Candi: little paper dot embellishments from Craftwork Cards. What I love about these is that they are light weight, which is great when I make cards for Operation: Write Home (which sends blank handmade cards to military personnel. If you are not familiar with the group, do check it out).

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Aren’t they fun? These were attached using a hot glue gun but the company also makes Candi Fix, teensy tiny foam squares (great for tiny embellies of all sorts).

(paper by Hot Off the Press; stamps by Hero Arts)

And this one:

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The Candi was attached using Candi Fix.

(Sentiment, Hero Arts; paper Hot Off the Press.)

Here’s a detailed shot (eek, I didn’t realize I didn’t attach them quite straight! They are a little wonky):

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And just in case you want to take it up a notch with some glitz here’s Crushed Ice Candi:
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You can’t tell, but they are silvery.

Thanks for coming by!

Ah, the Sweet Smell of Scraps

I was in a groove, going through my hoarded scrapbook paper, using it up and having fun in the process.
First, I randomly covered card fronts with leftover paper:

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(the blue/pink combos are from Hot Off The Press.)

Then I added images and embellishments:

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(typewriter by Hero Arts; Stampin’ Up punch; imaginisce hot-fix metallic dots)

Here’s a close-up of the embellies:
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And another card:

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(Sillyscape by Hero Arts; clouds dies by My Favorite Things.)

Card for a teen:
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How fun is the above image from American Art Stamp? The speech bubble is a Marvy punch; the “wheeee” is hand written. The images were colored with watercolor pencils.

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be showing some fun embellishments on Friday!

Fabulous Finds Friday — Blingy Bling Bling

Oh, how I love these sheets of self-adhesive vinyl jewels from The Buckle Boutique! Check out this Fabulous Find:

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Isn’t this a sparkly card? These bedazzling gems are actually vinyl sheets, so they are easy to cut and oh, so pretty and sparkly. It’s hard to believe they are not actual rhinestones.

(Background large canvas stripe S5433 by Hero Arts; Happy sentiment by Technique Tuesday; Spellbinders Fancy Tags 2 die edged in Brilliance Gold.

Take a gander at the multi-colored sheet:

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(Delicate Flower background CG476 from BasicGrey/Hero Arts stamped in Marvy grey; cardstock from Stampin’ Up!; cloud die from My Favorite Things on Core’dinations cardstocks whitewash; Hello Sunshine CL600 by Hero Arts/BasicGrey)

Here’s another card, with the strips cut even narrower:

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And a closer view:
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(Radiant Banner CG446 by Hero Arts stamped in Stephanie Bernard ColorBox Banana ink; Sentiment by Hero Arts stamped in Wet Cement.)

Thanks for coming by. Hope you are having a Fabulous Friday!

Wow, What a Challenge!

Wow, talk about a personal challenge! Using 10 embellishments on one card? Yowza! I had to do it. The challenge is from Moxie Fab World and did I mention it required me to use 10  — count ’em 10! — embellishments?

Why was this such a challenge? Because I tend to hoard things, saving them them for the “perfect” project. So I broke into my stash of flower embellies and found these cute pressed flowers from Petals & Possibilities that I got a few years ago and never used. (Shame on me!) (Sorry, I couldn’t find a viable web site for the company.) Since I’m into Valentine mode, these heart shaped beauties were the perfect fit.

Take a look:

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Here’s the scoop: paper from Bazzill Basics Miss Teagen Sue collection; bird stamp with matching die from Prickley Pear, stamped with Hero Arts Cup O’ Joe, then highlighted with pearlescent chalk from Pebbles;  twill ribbon from Making Memories; baker’s twine from Close to My Heart; pressed flowers from Petals & Possibilities; pearls from Hero Arts.

The Moxie Fab Blog is offering several challenges from Paper Crafts’ new publication, “75 Creative Card Challenges.”

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Do check them out! As for me … I’m going to dig out some of my stash and use it with wild abandon!

Friday Tidbits…

Yikes! I am so behind on my blogging…

Let me try to make it up.

I have one Fabulous Find — a fun new decorating pen from PLUS Corporation, which also makes a line of adhesives:

These work like tape runners, but lay down a line of decoration. So fast and easy. (My samples are not the greatest, but remember I get impatient and want to try new toys RIGHT NOW!)  There are currently five patterns. This would be a fun tool to bring on a road trip with youngsters. Or on a plane to amuse the hubster.

Here are a few random cards to share:

Love this newspaper skyline (Hero Arts)! Not the greatest stamping/embossing here, but I’m showing it warts and all. (Aren’t I brave?) I had pulled out one of my oldie but goodie Kaleidacolor rainbow pads (Tsukineko) (LOVE these pads for brayering and for adding a quick burst of color) and brayered color on glossy cardstock.  The stamp was — you guessed it! — brand new so I grabbed it and embossed away. (I can cover the oopsie with a greeting or a cloud or something….)

One more quickie card (made with scraps! Yay!)

All the stampy-papery goodness is from Close To My Heart. This is what I call an emergency card — ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Thanks for coming by!

Fabulous Finds Friday — Embossing & Fragments

Here are two Fab Finds from Stampendous!:

The top jar is Embossing Enamel, a thick, textured embossing powder. At first, I wasn’t sure I’d like it because it’s so chunky. But it worked surprisingly well with this thin-lined stamp from Hero Arts, giving the image a nice steam-punked look:

Because the powder is so thick, it’s best to heat it from underneath, rather than above, as you would normal embossig powder. Here’s another cool technique — add a big layer of powder, melt, then stamp into it with a solid stamp (ink your stamp first with clear embossing ink, such as VersaMark):

Let the powder cool before pulling out the stamp. Dontcha love the gold specks?

The other jars, the Fragments, are colored mica bits that add a nice touch of texture without the traditional mica shine. Here’s a little somethin’ I whipped up just to experiment:

I used a layer of thick white glue then added the fragments, pressing them gently into the glue.

Thanks for stopping by!