Mixing it up! Honey Bee Stamps and Essentials By Ellen!

Hi Crafty Friends!

Today I am mixing it up on the Ellen Hutson Blog as well as the Honey Bee Stamps Blog with some beautiful stamps and dies from both companies!

mix-it-up with Honey Bee Stamps and Ellen Hutson LLC

For this card I am using the Bokeh Dots and Thankful stamps by Essentials By Ellen and the Kindness stamps and Kindness dies from Honey Bee Stamps.

I wanted to do a one layer card and keep things pretty simple so I decided to do some masking and embossing. I will never get tired of the impressive results of masking and the elegant touch of some gold embossing powder.

Kindness by Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

When creating several masks of the same image I like to double up on my masking paper and cut once. I stamped all of my images out on Eclipse masking paper and then adhered that piece on top of another piece of masking paper and then cut out. This saves time and if your cutting masks anyway you could always cut some for the next time!

Kindness by Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

I started out with some Neenah Desert storm cardstock cut to 5.5″ x 4.25″(I later trimmed this down slightly smaller to show the polka dot pattern) I stamped and embossed the large kindness sentiment and then masked and stamped the various images from the Thankful stamp set and the smaller sentiments from the kindness stamp set. I used versamark ink for the embossed sentiment and I used Versafine Vintage Sepia for the small sentiments and other images. The dark brown ink goes so well with the Desert Storm cardstock and was less harsh of a line than the Versafine Onyx black that I usually use.  Finally I stamped the scattered dots from the Essentials by Ellen Bokeh stamp set with some Delicata Golden glitz ink.

Kindness by Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

After all that I was able to remove my layers of masking paper to reveal the finished stamped design! I love this part! I then colored all of the images in with my Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. These blend beautifully on this cardstock! The only time that I used my gamsol blending medium was around the Kindness sentiment, to add a shadow. I found that after I colored the images the brown lines became lighter and darker in spots. If I stamped over the images again the ink would not cover evenly because of the oil based pencil. So I took a matching colored pencil and went over all of the brown lines. (see photo below for comparison) This gave the image a cohesive look and evened out the color all the way around.

Kindness by Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

What a big difference, right? The color I used to match up with the Vintage Sepia colored in was the 9201 Polychromos Burnt Umber. I think that doing this made the images feel like one big stamp instead of several little stamps.

I did find that the Kindness sentiment got a little lost after all was done. To fix this I die cut the Kindness sentiment out using the dies by Honey Bee stamps. The die and the stamp are exactly the same size so I embossed the die with the same pale rich gold embossing powder and then adhered the die cut on top of the stamped image with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. Before I glued the die cut down I did shade with the same burnt umber pencil I was using, around the kindness sentiment… I blended that out lightly with some gamsol and a paper blending stump.  I thought this gave just a bit more pop to the card.

Kindness by Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

I added the card panel to a piece of gold and brown polka dot paper from Echo Park and then glued that to a A-2 card base made from the same Neenah Desert Storm cardstock.

I really enjoyed coloring this card. I need to give my colored pencils some more love. I was pleasantly surprised how bright the colors showed on the kraft colored cardstock.

Head on over to the Honey Bee Stamps blog and the Ellen Hutson Blog for more inspiration and a chance to win a great prize!

For a list of products used and links please see my list below. (affiliate links used at no additional cost to you)

Supplies Used:

Faber Castell Polychromos Color Pencil Set – Tin of 120 Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils  (at the time of linking this there is an AWESOME deal at Amazon for the whole set… works out to be less than $1.50 per pencil!)

I started out buying the pencils open stock, However if I had to do it all over again I would have got the full set because it saves in the long run, especially when on sale!

 

Thank you so much for stopping by! Check back next week for some fun new surprises!

Happy Crafting!

Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

 

It’s Almost Time for Pumpkin Spice!

I am sad to see summer come to a close in New York as fall makes its way in, but nevertheless it’s coming…my parents are visiting from North Carolina and we even made a trip to the apple orchard for cider donuts already, and I had to buy fleece pajamas for my 17 month old because our evenings and mornings are getting chilly.  Chilly weather is perfect for warm beverages–especially a hot cup of coffee!  So of course to celebrate Pumpkin Spice season and to play with my new Fuse tool and my new “Treats of Friendship” stamps from Close To My Heart, I had to make a coffee Project Life shaker card!  Here is a link to the shop to order the stamps HERE
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I stamped the coffee cup on 3 different patterned papers and cut out the pieces to layer them together for a fun fall to-go cup.  Then I stamped the sentiment “I like you a latte” on my background paper.  I inked just the first part of the sentiment and stamped it, and then inked and stamped the word “latte” into the heart.  Clear stamps are the best for tricks like that!  I created my shaker pocket with my fuse tool and used coppery orange leaf confetti and real coffee grounds inside!  Yum!

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Life Is Beautiful!

Hi Everyone! 

Up on the blog today we have a terrific Project Life layout from Stephanie! Take a look!

Hey y’all! Hope you are having a Wonderful Wednesday.
I have a PL spread to share today featuring flair and sequins from The Crafty Pickle!

I have used the Autumn flair and the Autumn Sequins mix. The flatter back of these flair buttons make them easy to add to my PL pages & they fit in my album without a ton of bulk! Check out the awesome selection in the store.

The two larger journal cards are from WRMK & the smaller “Gratitude” card is from MAMBI. Fall is one of my favorite seasons & I adore these photos from a trip to an apple orchard that our family likes to visit. The flair & sequins helped give the feel of Autumn to my page.
Thanks for visiting today. Keep crafty!!
~Stephanie
Thanks Stephanie! I love how the sequins and flair added the special touch to an already awesome layout!
Dont forget our blog hop is still going on now until Friday! Check out the post HERE to hop along and win some prizes!
 
Happy Crafting
The Crafty Pickle

It’s PSL season!

Hi there, its Treasa here today to share a Project Life card that I made using some of the new Autumn sequin mix in The Crafty Pickle shop and a new flair badge that Taniesa created for wonderful fall season. I must confess that I absolutely love the fall, mostly because of the beautiful trees and the cooler weather but also because its “Pumpkin Season” and I love anything pumpkin and one of my most favorites are Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks. These things are fabulous and its like getting a mouthful of fall.
As soon as I received the Autumnsequin mix and thePSl flair I knew I had to create a Project Life card to document my love of PSL.

Here is a close up of that wonderful PSL flair and some of the sequins from the Autumn mix.

I also used some of the paper from the Close to my Heart Pathfinding line. This collection is so perfect for fall and coordinates so well with the Cozy Fall button flairs in the shop. You can also find the Pathfinding collection in Taniesa’s CTMH shop here.

Here’s one last look at the gorgeous Autumn sequin mix in the shop.

Thank you for stopping by and go check out The Crafty Pickle shop and blog.

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Thanks, Treasa! I loved how you used all the fun fall products to make such a beautiful card for your Project Life album!!
Happy Crafting!
The Crafty Pickle