Getting Technical

Alcohol Smash Technique Lori Craig

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to attend the fabulous UNWIND retreat with Lydia Fiedler. The retreat was so fun because I was able to try a lot of new-to-me-techniques. I was most excited about using my Gel Press because I’ve had it for a longtime, but was super intimidated to bring it out in my craft room!

I needed some “purple” cards in a pinch this week. I don’t know what I’ve been waiting for! The Gel Press comes clean with your lift prints and the brayer is easy to rinse and wipe off.

Here’s how I did it:

  1. rolled a very thin layer of white acrylic paint onto my Gel Press with a brayer.
  2. dropped Copic Various Ink refills over the white paint and rolled again with my brayer – you have to work quickly with the alcohol inks
  3. stack a stencil over both the white acrylic and alcohol ink onto the Gel Press – here I’ve used Chevon Arrow Stencil from Taylored Expressions
  4. applied cardstock over the stack on the Gel Press and lift – the first print I used for the card on the left
  5. lift the first print and then the stencil – and press a second piece of cardstock to the Gel Press – this is the print I used for the card on the right
  6. applied both prints to cardstock bases and added sentiments

My sentiments were made with Thanks Script in Plum Punch cardstock and Thanks Script Backer in vellum – both from Taylored Expressions.

Love how quick and easy these were to make!

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Happy 10th Birthday to Taylored Expressions!

 

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Can you even believe it?! Celebrating 10 CRAZY FUN BEAUTIFUL YEARS for Taylored Expressions today! Almost 40 designers celebrating today, and the fun starts HERE.

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I am so honored to share with you today and say, ‘Happy 10th Birthday’ to my friends at Taylored Expressions!  10 amazing years of papercrafting with adorable, adorable stamps – back before we even had coordinating dies to match our stamps! Can you even believe that travesty? We use to fussy cut the layers!

I have been stamping with Taylored Expressions from the very first release, and last night I took a trip down memory lane – through 10 years of favorite projects. I remember seeing the very first stamp concepts while sharing dessert with Taylor at Summer CHA in Chicago – 2008.  The excitement over her opening her very own stamp company was so strong!

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Between my top card and this one, I was able to get 10 candles from the adorable Make a Wish set on my card fronts in honor of this incredible milestone. For this card, I cut the candle dies from watercolor paper and applied watercolor. Fast and easy! On all three of my cards for today, I’ve also used Frame in Frame Cutting Plate 2. – it’s pretty much my favorite. Here I’ve paired it with Dotted Lattice embossing folder, and kraft cardstock.

I can’t imagine a birthday party without surprises, so take a minute to see the fun new stamps for the BIRTHDAY RELEASE! 

Usually milestone parties call for slideshows of old pictures, so I’ve dug up a few! 😉

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Taylor and I with Tosha Leyendekker and Cindy Lawrence

in the Taylored Expressions booth at CHA Phoenix, AZ January 2017

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Celebrating an awesome Copic class in the TE Studio • June 2016

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a fabulously fun class in the TE Studio space in Ankeny, IA

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This photo was likely taken with a Blackberry… bawaahh. Remember those?  Chicago Summer CHA 2011-ish?

Taylor and I – Waxahachie, TX get-together with friends – November 2008

Taylor and her sweet mom, Linda – Summer CHA 2009 – Orlando, FL

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Taylor and Linda hitching a ride in the back of the smallest little hatchback you’ve ever seen! Summer CHA 2009 – Orlando, FL

When the TE Store was in Taylor and Jon’s basement! Stamping Get-Away to TE in March 2010! Sankari Wegman, Sharon Harnist, Jami Sibly, Taylor and I. <3

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Definitely a Blackberry photo – Taylor’s baby shower in Chicago • July 2011

Splitcoast Cupcake Reception Winter CHA Anaheim, CA – January  2009

Debbie Olson, Taylor, me, Jami Sibley and Sharon Harnist

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Where I first “met” my sweet Splitcoaststampers friend …

SoCal Stamp Mania in May 2007 … the good ole days!

Since we are well over the 10 year mark, I’ll say, ‘love you long-time, T… you and your cute shoes!”

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And because it can’t be a party without balloons! I have one final card to share with you using the awesome Bold Balloons stamps and dies with Taylored Expressions inks: Guava, Pink Champagne, Pineapple and Candy Corn on my favorite Sugar Cube cardstock. with a Chevron Arrow Stencil Accent.

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One more thing I wanted to mention, is the touching TE Mission to SHARE JOY with handcrafted cards. I hope you join in the celebration! Here’s a message from Taylor,

At the heart of Taylored Expressions is a mission to share joy through the gift of handmade cards. As part of their 10th birthday TE is continuing that mission with the launch of a special Share Joy campaign focused on providing birthday cards to those in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities across the U.S. To make as deep an impact as possible TE is inviting card makers everywhere to join the campaign. Will you join us? Find out how to participate by viewing their Share Joy page here: https://www.tayloredexpressions.com/share-joy-birthday-2018

Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing the TE excitement with me! I hope you enjoy the party as much as I already have!

Happy Birthday, Taylored Expressions

Hello There, Beautiful!

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If there is one thing I appreciate in a good stamp set, it is versatility!  Can you believe this tag was created with a Winnie and Walter beauty that masquerades as a Christmas stamp set? You can see Victoria’s Very Merry  stamp set HERE.

This was created with Fresh Ink from Impress – and beautiful blooms are layered on scalloped tag from Papertrey Ink.  I’ve been adding the Fresh Inks to my collection after using them several times at retreats and events… they make a beautiful, crisp impression, and they are not soupy or runny… at all.

The sentiment is from another Winnie and Walter beauty, Ashlee’s Rosie Posies set, and embossed with Ranger Princess Gold – I’ve been using that powder a lot because it’s a beautiful, soft gold – not as brassy as it shows in this photo.

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Another Winnie and Walter beauty – with the stamp set, Julie’s Roses. This set was a gift from Winnie and Walter – thank you, Shay!

One of the keys to beautiful clean and simple stamping is precision – I wouldn’t dream of attempting the alignment on this card without my MISTI the most important stamp tool invented. The fill image for the flower and leaves were stamped with Fresh Ink and then embossed over with Princess Gold Embossing Powder.

Speaking of MISTI – save 25% on Studio Bags through the 7th with code: SCSSTUDIOBAG

I loved this design for mass-production – with a sentiment no one wants to send.

And, that is a wrap on this week, friends. I hope your Friday is short and your weekend long! Thanks for looking!

SO MATCHA!

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Can you even with this little kimono girl? So sweet!

The first time I heard the word matcha I was under my midwest rock, in the glory days of Pinterest, looking for a copy-cat wine-slush recipe (of all things) for a product I’d bought at a tradeshow.. that magically turns bottles of best-enjoyed-in-winter wines into glorious summer slush.

I found what looked to be a great recipe, except that it called for adding this fine green powder called matcha. I remember asking Lydia (she’s like the crystal ball of everything) about matcha, and two days later I received a package in the mail. I promise that was good because not a single store in my little town carried matcha… Don’t you love saying that word?

At any rate, that was probably about 4 or 5 years ago, and I’ve been making this tasty summer slush ever since – always with dry reds, and it’s is beautiful when it’s served. A few tips: I use about half of the suggested sugar, and I grind it in my food processor so that it is very fine. Also, I’ve had a few of the freezer bags leak, so I put it in a flat tupperware container now. You will LOVE IT SO MATCHA!

Adorable This Matcha is from a set that I received as a gift from Ellen Hutson – designed by the amazing Julie Ebersole. Thank you! My little gal was colored with Copics several weeks ago and popped up on a scalloped panel from Mama Elephant!

Thank you so matcha for stopping by!

My hope is built…

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May your hope be solid with the gift of Easter… 

It’s feeling anything but spring today in the midwest, sunny and 60 yesterday – feels like 19 today. Picked this card out of my finished pile this afternoon, and it surely brought a spring smile!

I made this card at a retreat several weeks ago. This sentiment is from Taylored Expressions, Words of Faith… LOVE IT. I embossed on Sugar Cube cardstock with Gold Embossing Powder, and I’ve paired it here with accents from the Fresh Florals stamp and die combo with the Ornate Frame Cutting Plate on Kraft card stock.

Wishing you and yours a beautiful day, resting and trusting in the promise of Jesus’ resurrection this Easter Sunday, and always.  Blessings ~

 

It’s Magic!

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Stopping in today with a fun new-to-me product from Splitcoaststampers sponsor Clearsnap! It’s called the Magic Stamp, and apparently I have been under a stamping rock for 10 years because I’ve never known of this product before! Basically, it is the specially formulated blue foam block you see in photo above that lets you make your own stamp impressions from anything around you!

It’s March Madness, and in Kansas – where basketball was born (#truth) it’s always crazy – most often it’s crazy fun! SO, I grabbed the mini basketball off of my treasures’ shelf – it was signed by Perry Ellis that time my friend Karla and I got to meet several players at a Wichita meet-and-greet.  Fun to create with a real basketball texture.

You can see Lydia’s video and read the full Splitcoast Product Focus review HERE. And, keep scrolling for more of my sample cards. :)

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For my next stamp, I picked up a wood-carved trivet that I’ve been painting. Look at the detail that the Magic Stamp picked up:

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This was my first attempt with the Magic Stamp, and that was CRAZY impressive to me! For all of my samples, I’m using Impress Fresh Ink – my new found ink  love! After two recent retreats, I’ve ordered a whole slew of beautiful, rich ink pads.

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Finally, I opened a jar of buttons and created this blue buttons card. I was super impressed (no pun intended) that the Magic Stamp was a breeze to clean up.

I had thought it would be full of inky-ink residue after an impression or two, but it basically cleans up beautifully and heats back to original form. Use it over and over and over.

The fun thing about this product is that the backgrounds you create are easy to form into cute and quick cards with a personal flair. I have a slew of sample impression samples on my desk waiting for card stock bases to love.

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MFT: Valentine Wishes

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Sharing a cheery MFT Valentine Wishes card today with the Jumbo Fishtail Banner and Be Mine Banner dienamics! My sentiment was stamped in Ranger Embossing Ink and heat embossed with Princess Gold Embossing Powder from Ranger. It’s all set up on pretty pink background stamped with the Marble Background stamp. So fun!

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I made this pretty the same day with the Hearts in a Row Horizontal dienamics and the Black and White Stripes paper pack. This card is for a special golden anniversary, so I used X-Press It Glitter Deco Tape in the third window. I love how I can piece two bits of this glitter tape together without a seam to fill up the heart window. The sentiment Today, Tomorrow & Forever from From the Heart is embossed in Princess Gold Embossing Powder on the black banner.

I made these cards a few weeks ago during a fun Saturday crafting with my friend Laurie.. before I had the flu. That’s how I’m gauging most things this month: before and after I had the flu. Mercy. I was down for almost a week, and it is taking a while to bounce back to my normal routines.  I am much better and really hoping none of you have had it. I’m so happy to be back to the things I enjoy most.

Keep the germs at bay, friends! Stay well!

A 26 Card Stash and Seasons Givings Winner

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Catching up today, and apologies for being behind…They say most people let go of their New Year’s resolutions after 15 days. I didn’t even make it that far. I trust all of you will be better than myself with the crafty things you want to accomplish! You shared some awesome goals and ideas with me on my Seasons Giving Blog Hop post! Thank you to all who stopped by and left some love!

Congratulations to CarenB – Caren with a C for being my giveaway winner!

Here in Kansas, the weather has been just as cold as it is where you are! Something just north of FRIGID! On Saturday morning, I settled in for some serious crafting.

Back in the fall, I made a quick business trip to Oklahoma, and I picked up the cutest paper pack from Jillibean Soup called Farmhouse Stew. Then one morning on Pinterest, I noticed my friend Kimber had created a card project sheet from the kit. I politely saved that pin, and tucked it into my “do on a frigid day” folder… and this past weekend, that day arrived.  Using a scrapbooking kit for cards was something I hadn’t done in a long time… I was rusty, but once I got started, I couldn’t stop, and my Saturday morning session yielded 26 cards!

I’m going to minimize the chatter because I’ve got a flight to catch to Creativation in super sunny and WARM Phoenix! There I will be hugging Kimber for being so awesome! I hope you enjoy and spark some ideas!

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Hello Sunshine!

Paired with a strip of embossed white cardstock – this was my favorite.

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Choose Happy!

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Love You!

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Stay Humble & Kind

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Forever Family!

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You are Brave!

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Life is Good!

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Smile Today!

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Work Hard and Stay Humble!

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Simply Blessed!

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Blessed Together!

I added my own white or kraft cardstock to the kit contents – choose a nice thick weight cardstock for your card bases. I like Sugar Cream and Toffee from Taylored Expressions. I also added a few enamel dots and some random stitches with my Sew Mini! Easy!

I have to say, I felt like a rock start finishing up 26 cards in one morning! There is nothing like a gaggle of cute cards in your stash to fire up the mojo! I could have made 26 more with the left over paper – I just ran out of words and stickers.  I’ll definitely have to try this again! Thanks to Kimber for the awesome jump-off point!

I have several fun new products to share from Imagination International after Creativation, so I’ll be back soon! Thanks for stopping by!

Stay warm!

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Hello! If you are here for my Seasons Giving post and giveaway, it can be found HERE!

A watercolor to share for the new year – this was a panel that was given to me at a retreat… so, I’m not even sure where it came from.

I did love the quick work of the finished card. I used the Femme Frames from Mama Elephant to put this together – that has been a fun go-to die collection for fast and polished cards. Here, I added a few sequins for bling. So easy.

The watercolors I used are here are Windsor Cotman – tubes from Michaels. They have been great for me to use for on-the-go watercolor practicing. I’ve been adding to my watercolor supply and have loved dabbling here and there.

I hope your New Year is off to a fabulous start! Thanks for stopping by!

 

Seasons Givings Blog Hop

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Welcome, my friends to the 6th annual Seasons Givings Blog Hop! I can’t believe 2017 has come and gone, but I’m thrilled to be hopping today with my favorites and welcoming 2018 with a little bit of papercrafting love for lucky readers. This hop is always a fun way of saying thank you to each of our faithful readers and paper crafting community! So, thank you so very much for stopping by!

If we have never met, my name is Lori Craig, and I love working in our industry. I am the advertising manager for Splitcoaststampers.com – the largest online resource for stamping and papercrafting with forums and the largest cardmaking gallery in the world. I have also worked for 10 years with Imagination International – known to most as the North American home of Copic Marker. I have traveled North America many times over teaching Copic coloring classes, as well as class for other Imagination International brands, like Tommy Art, Terial Magic, and X-Press It.

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The white background is simply Stencil Light Paste through a swirl stencil design, set aside to dry. The ornaments were painted with a mixture of mineral-based paint and Timbrillo paste, then lightly sanded to release the sparkle.  The border was created with smooth and sparkly Silver Deco Glitter Tape from X-Press It! I simply apply the tape to cardstock and die-cut my frame.  The tape works beautifully for these types of die-cuts. Seams don’t show when pieces of the tape are laid side-by-side, and it cuts beautifully.

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Here is another project I created with the same products, and you can see the shine! The pieces of painted and lightly sanded cardstock were diecut with flowers and feathers from Taylored Expressions, and stamped with a Taylored Expressions stamp – Light as a Feather. I’ve had a lot of fun with this!

Check out my giveaway! 

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Would you like to try some creative fun from Imagination International?

To enter my giveaway, just leave me a comment and let know what type of crafting or hobby you plan to enjoy through the new year…especially if you are exploring something new-to-you!  :)  I’ll select a winner on January 8th. 

After you leave me a comment to enter my drawing, visit my friend, Lisa Henke!