Monday, April 15, 2019

Hickory Dickory Dock…

…the mouse ran up the…bookmark? ;-) I'm back with another project for Topflight Stamps. This week the team is focusing on stamps from Crafty Individuals. I received the Hickory Dickory Dock stamp set and it just called out for a bookish application – hence a bookmark!


I love the detail in the Crafty Individuals stamps. I lightly stamped and inked in the background with Distress Ink and then let the main stamping take front stage. A little bit of watercolor highlights the design. I think I'm going to laminate this to protect it and make it a very practical bookmark. =)

Thanks for stopping by! Below is a list of supplies I used. Be sure to check out the Topflight Stamps blog for more inspiration. There is always something fun to see there! Also, Topflight Stamps has a sale running now through the 20th. Check it out!



Topflight Stamps Products:
Crafty Individuals - Hickory Dickory Dock
IndigoBlu - Floral Fantasy


Other:
watercolors
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
Ranger Distress Ink - Antique Linen, Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Stickers - Big Chat

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Easter Candy Basket with Topflight Stamps

Hello there. Easter is almost upon us! I can't believe that tomorrow is Palm Sunday. I created this candy basket using Eileen Hull's new Treasure Box Die and lots of fun stamps from Topflight Stamps.




I love the whimsical Katzelkraft stamps like the Dragon and Rabbit that I used on this project. They bring a smile to my face. I think the Whopper egg candies will bring a smile to my son's face. They are his favorite. ;-)



I stenciled the background and then stamped the rabbits and glued the fussy cut Katzelkraft stamp images onto it. I drew and cut out some Easter eggs to add to the scene. The wire handle was made using Eileen's Twist & Style Tool. It was a quick and easy project!

Thanks for stopping by! Below is a list of supplies I used. Be sure to check out the Topflight Stamps blog for more inspiration. There is always something fun to see there! 

Topflight Stamps Products:
Katzelkraft Stamps - Lapin Mini, Dragon Mini, Holidays Quotes
Lavinia Stamps - Whimsical Hares
AALL & Create stencil - ACS#53


Dies:
Eileen Hull Sizzix
Treasure Box ( Sizzix / SB )
Journaling Cards - Flowers & Leaves ( Sizzix / SB )
Grass (Sizzix / SB ) - retired
Twist & Style Craft Tool (Sizzix / SB )
Heartfelt Cardstock Pad

Other:
Sizzix mat board
Eileen Hull Colorbox Blends Ink - Hydrangea
20 gauge wire
eyelets

Sizzix and Scrapbook.com links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)

Monday, April 8, 2019

Topflight Stamps 2nd Birthday Blog Hop - WINNER!!

Winner winner, chicken dinner!!



I hope you all had a great time hopping from blog to blog and getting an eyeful of inspiring projects. =) What a great way to celebrate the 2nd Birthday of Topflight Stamps! Each of us participating in the hop had a random drawing from the comments to award one of our hoppers with a $15 gift card to use at Topflight Stamps. So without further ado, my winner is…

Viki Banaszak!!!

Congratulations! Please contact me so I can get you your code to go shopping. =)
My email is lisa_hoel at yahoo.com



http://www.topflightstamps.com/

Monday, April 1, 2019

Topflight Stamps - You Can Still Hop Along & A New Card


It's not too late!! You can still participate in the Birthday Blog Hop (through April 8th) for a chance to win the grand prize and other prizes drawn from each designer's blog comments. Go to the main hop post on the Topflight Stamps blog to get started!

Today I have a spring card to share with you made with one of the wonderful Darkroom Door Collage Stamps and their resist crayon.


I was inspired by Lindsay Weirich's video about the resist technique she used for the Collage Stamps and crayon. (Watch it and you'll get some great tips!) After stamping the image onto watercolor paper with archival ink, I watercolored the butterflies yellow and the ferns green. I added the resist crayon over the areas I had painted on the ferns and over some parts of the yellow painted wings on the butterflies. I went back over the butterflies with orange paint and the crayon preserved yellow portions by resisting the orange.

The crayons are softer than standard 'school' crayons and cover well.



I added some more crayon over the butterflies again and as a final step, I painted a wash of blue over the whole thing for the background. It was really easy with the resist protecting the ferns and butterflies. I went right over the top and the colors didn't get muddied.

Thanks for stopping by! Below is a list of supplies I used. Be sure to check out the Topflight Stamps blog for more inspiration. There is always something fun to see there! 

Topflight Stamps Products:

Darkroom Door Collage Stamp - Butterfly Garden
Darkroom Door - Resist Crayon

Other:
watercolors
Distress Watercolor Cardstock
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
Tim Holtz Stickers - Big Chat
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Sewing Box with Eileen Hull's New Dies

If you are looking for the Topflight Stamps Birthday Blog Hop go HERE.

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The fun continues with Eileen Hull's newest Sizzix dies!


You may have seen my sneak peeks of the sewing box I made with the Treasure Box Die for Creativation. Following are how-to tips for this project. (I'll share the tutorial for the Notebooks inside in April.)




I used Eileen's Flowers & Leaves Die Set to cut blossoms to embellish the top:


The flowers were cut from felt, cardstock and sewing pattern tissue collaged onto cardstock.

I made some matching books to go inside using her new Notebook Die:

Tutorial for the notebooks coming in mid April!


The boxes are easy to put together. You cut out the die pieces twice to get all the parts you need. I decided to make life interesting and hand sew some lace around the top edge of the box base. I used my Tim Holtz ruler with the guide holes in the edge and my sharp needle tool to punch holes through the matboard. (Do it before gluing the box together!)


Next, I went ahead and assembled the box. A strong liquid glue or super score tape works well. You can use a hot glue gun too if you work fast. Sometimes it's hard to get parts lined up right before the glue cools. Once the base was all put together I stitched on the lace trim.


To make the closure for the box, I punched two holes in the front part of the lid edge and installed eyelets. Hot tip, do this before you assemble the lid. It is much easier to do on a flat piece of board! I threaded a piece of elastic through it and made a loop that goes around a button I fastened to the base.



Thanks for stopping by! Check out Eileen's Spring Things blog posts and if you are not already a member, join the Facebook Eileen Hull Fan Club group. It is a warm, supportive group with lots of inspiration and sharing going on. You'll just have to answer a few simple questions when asking to join (to keep out spammers) and then you'll be added. ;-)

Dies:
Eileen Hull Sizzix
Treasure Box ( Sizzix / SB )
Journaling Cards - Flowers & Leaves ( Sizzix / SB )

Other:
Sizzix mat board
lace
elastic
eyelets
Kunin felt

Sizzix and Scrapbook.com links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)

Monday, March 25, 2019

Happy Birthday to Topflight Stamps Blog Hop

It is Topflight Stamps 2nd birthday!  To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with up some of our favorite crafters to bring you a blog hop showcasing some of the fabulous products available from Topflight Stamps. Please hop along with us all and show all of the crafters some love!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes!  Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $50 Gift Certificate, and each stop on the hop has an additional $15 Gift Certificate up for grabs.  To be in with a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by April 8th. 
Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on April 9th.  Good Luck!
Here is my project I created for the hop. It's a mermaid traveler's journal! (Made with Eileen Hull's Journal Die from Sizzix.) Scroll way down past the supply list for the tutorial if you want to see how it all came together and what's inside. ;-)

front of journal

back of journal

Here's the hop list! Be sure to visit everyone in the line up for a chance to win the prizes.

You are here --> Lisa Hoel 




The discount will be 20% off all orders over $20 through the end of the month Sunday 31 March. Use the code SAVE20 when checking out.


Topflight Stamps Products:
Carabelle stamps - Mermaid With BubblesSketch A MermaidZinouk of the OceanCoral and Shells
Paper Artsy Stamp Set - ETS24 by Tracy Scott
Lavinia Stamps - Alana Mermaid, Sea Creatures, Seaweed 2
Paper Artsy Fresco Chalk Paint - Snowflake

Other:

Eileen Hull Sizzix Travel Journal Die ( Sizzix / SB )
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black, Library Green, Forget-me-not, Plum Hydrangea, Bright Tangelo
gesso
Sizzix Matboard
watercolors
elastic
eyelets
pre-made traveler's notebook insert


Scrapbook.com and Sizzix links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)

Want to see more of my work? Follow me on Instagram @creativejuicefreshsqueezed.

TUTORIAL!!!!
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Step 1 - I cut the journal covers out of matboard and gave them a coat of gesso to add some texture. When dry, I stamped the main mermaid image and then added watercolors around it.


Step 2 - I unevenly applied white acrylic paint (Fresco Chalk Paint) over the water colored areas. I used a brush and my fingers. It knocks back the color and gives it an interesting smeared appearance.


I did the same thing on the inside of the covers using yellow and orange watercolors with the white paint over it.

The left side is just watercolored & the right side has the white paint applied.
Step 3 – I stamped the covers using archival inks. Once I was done stamping outside and inside, I cut off the center edges of the spine (to make a single signature journal) and then glued them together.


The front:


I used more watercolors to color the mermaid. I also covered a ready made insert with some patterned paper I had in my stash.

Step 4 - The binding is really easy. It's just a piece of elastic threaded through the holes in the spine and tied tight. The insert slips right underneath.







Step 5 – I added an elastic strap to help keep it closed. I just punched two holes in the corners of the back corner and added eyelets. The elastic then just wraps around the front cover and holds it nicely shut.





Thanks for stopping by!! Have fun hopping!!!

Monday, March 18, 2019

PaperArtsy with Topflight Stamps

Hello! I'm back with another card to share with you today. =) This time I got to play with my new Distress Oxide Sprays for the background (love them!) and PaperArtsy products which are always a treat.


I spritzed and squooshed (that's a word right? lol) the Oxide Spray to form the background. I created a whole stack of different backgrounds in my experimentations. (Hurray, for future projects!) I added some stenciling with Distress Oxide Ink and then stamped the flowers. It has a definite spring feel.

Thanks for stopping by! Below is a list of supplies I used. Be sure to check out the Topflight Stamps blog for more inspiration. There is always something fun to see there! 

Topflight Stamps Products:
PaperArtsy stamp set - Tracy Scott ETS24
PaperArtsy Stencil - JOFY PS130
Darkroom Door - Happy Birthday Sentiment Stamps

Other:
Sizzix Tim Holtz die set - Labels ( Sizzix / SB )
Sizzix Eileen Hull die set - Birds & Butterflies ( Sizzix )
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black

Distress Oxide Ink - Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Cracked Pistachio
Distress Oxide Spray - Iced Spruce, Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio, Picked Raspberry
Tim Holtz Metallic 2 Cardstock

Sizzix and Scrapbook.com links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)