Friday, May 12, 2017

More Crafting with Friends

Hi everyone.  Continuing playing with inks and different products for the week with my good friends Susan, Christine and Nancy.

Above is our play with glass bead gel.  I started with a fairly light background  made with smooshing DOX inks.  Stencil was placed over top and Clarity Brushes were used to add colour to the flowers.  I love the softness that the Clarity Brushes produce. Cleaned off the stencil and placed it back over top, lining up everything, then used a palette knife to add a coat of glass bead gel over the flowers and stems. It gives a lot of texture and amazing sparkle, which is hard to capture in a photo.

Next up is a play with Alcohol Inks.  We actually tried a few techniques, but I haven't made my pieces into cards, except for the card below.

Nancy showed us how to use alcohol inks with stencils.  Mine didn't turn out well ... there was a halo between the stenciled image and background.  Instead of throwing it away, I fussy cut the stenciled image and created a CAS design. :)

I'm entering the above card into the current AAA Card Challenge #89 - Bright and Beautiful.

Here's a picture of the girls hard at work. :)  See the big smiles ... we are all having such a great time. :)









You're a Great Friend card:
Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Oxide Inks:  Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber (Tim Holtz); Distress Inks:  Worn Lipstick, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Bloom Group Stencil (made with my Silhouette Cameo), Clarity Brushes, Glass Bead Gel (Golden), white embossing powder, heat tool

With Love card:
Stamps:  Gratitude (Penny Black)
Paper:  Yupo Paper; White card base (Neenah)
Ink:  Alcohol Inks:  Tangerine (Pinata); Wild Plum, Raspberry, Lettuce,  (Ranger); Distress Ink:  Peeled Paint (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Lovely Large Flower stencil (Wendy Vecchi)

Challenges:
AAA Cards #89 - Bright and Beautiful


31 comments:

  1. I don't think it is even possible to not smile from ear to ear when in the stamp studio with you. I love how you are even getting finished projects. Love both of these, but am particularly smitten with the first one. Love the soft look it has.

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  2. WOW!!! Awesome projects Loll. Looks like you three had a blast.that texture looks amazing. Have got to try that! :)

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  3. Loll, both projects are fabulous, but the first one with the glass bead gel is stunning! I can just imagine how beautiful it is IRL

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  4. We were laughing pretty hard when Loll took this photo :-) What a blast we have had for 5 days. I fly home in the early morning for home. Thank you again, Loll for dreaming up the idea of our stamping retreat :-) I LOVE both your cards and feel so fortunate to have seen your beauties IRL and get the chance to make our own versions of the techniques. Your glass beads have such gorgeous shine and sparkle and your alcohol ink stenciled flower was so vibrant and artsy. Thanks again for everything my friend. Hugs...So wonderful giving each other Real Hugs :-)

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  5. Lovely ladies having fun... Great cards Loll, I did try the stencil and alcohol ink one but it ended up bleeding all under my stencil instead... :(
    [aNNie]

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  6. Beautiful flowers, love your vibrant colours. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

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  7. What wonderful results from your playing Loll - it looks to have been a fabuoous week
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  8. You ladies are certainly having fun and covering so many techniques ..... crafty heaven!
    Love today's cards .... the first one is beautiful, I love the softness of the background and the bead gel really makes those flowers pop! I must have a play with my pot!!
    The alcohol ink bloom is stunning .... so vibrant. And I must say your fussy cutting is perfect. Enjoy the weekend hun xx

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  9. Wow what an exciting adventure, a whole week crafting. And talking and eating and laughing and repeat. Fantastic cards and absolutely love the fussy cut flower with the alcohol inks that didnt work cause that is one stunner (perfect) beauty.

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  10. Pure awesomeness and bliss! Fabulous cards as a result. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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  11. Two lovely cards Loll..so nice to craft with friends and by the smiles they are having a great time

    Anne

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  12. I LOVE the stencil of the first card and the combination of soft and brighter colors, Loll! Note to self: get some of that glass bead gel!

    And your alcohol ink couldn't have been a mistake! The fussy cut stencil flower is GORGEOUS! WOW! Love those colors! A happy accident for sure!

    I'm so sorry I missed being with you and was thrilled to join you online for a few minutes. My heart was there even if my body wasn't.

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  13. Great ideas and I LOVE the effect of the glass beads, 2 VERY beautiful cards.
    Faith
    x

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  14. Two gorgeous creations Loll, what an amazing effect with the glass bead gel! Another product I've not come across!
    Val x

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  15. These are just beautiful! The first one has such an ethereal feel to it. Love the softness. That is one, awesome save on the second card. Love the flow of the alcohol inks and fussy cutting it was brilliant! These are both fantastic, Loll~

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  16. Hello Loll,
    Both of the presented cards are so different from each other, but both I like very much. The first is so dreamy ... like a teenager in love :-) The second card has an amazing contrast, I love it for intense colors. Incredible inspiration, Loll.
    Hugs,
    BożenA

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  17. Love the look of the glass bead gel, Loll, and I am certain it's even better IRL! I'm so jealous of the 4 of you - crafting up a storm together!!! What fun! Love the second card too - a great save! Off to order some glass bead gel.....

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  18. You sure look like you are having fun x First card is so pretty, love the soft colours and delicate look and loving those glass beads gel x Wow on the second card too.....great colours and great save...love it! x

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  19. Two of my favourites of your creations from our craft retreat! I love both the soft colours of the glass bead gel one and the vibrant colours of the fussy cut one - two fabulous cards! And nice to see the photo of us focused on our work but having a lot of fun at the same time!

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  20. Love both of your cards Loll. I will have to give the glass beads a try. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. Love the glass beads but the AI fussy cut is out of this world IRL. The colours are so vibrant.
    Great pic of our group from this week Loll, so awesome :)

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  22. Such a lovely card. Such great colours. Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Cards!

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  23. Wow, I love the look of the glass bead gel. Your alcohol ink flower is so pretty. I love the smiles on everyone's faces.

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  24. Absolutely amazing cards, Loll. And beautiful save...the colour of that flower is so vibrant and gorgeous.

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  25. looks amazing mf...wonderful and loved seeing your pics.
    xx Karen

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  26. These both look fantastic. Seems that you had great time in your crafty get-together! I especially love the alcohol ink- flower, it's so bold and beautiful!

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  27. Beautiful cards, Loll! I love the softness of the first one, and you made a great save with the second. Looks like a lot of laughs were had at your retreat :)

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  28. That reminds me that I finally bought the glass bead gel and it's still waiting to be used! Thanks for the inspiration, your card is spectacular! The second one, too, glad you saved it!
    So happy that you were able to do this craft retreat - they are so much fun! Did you rent a place or meet at someone's house?

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  29. The soft shimmeriness of those glass bead gel blooms is gorgeous, Loll ... and I love the bold vibrancy of the AI flower (great save!). What fun you all had crafting together ... such a joy! Hugs, Anita :)

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  30. I can't believe how far behind I've gotten with my visits...geez! I love all the sparkle you achieved using your glass bead gel on your first card and the contrast you created on this card...it's so striking! Great save on your alcohol ink experiment...I really love your sweet bloom and beautiful design on the 2nd card...WOW!

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  31. Two big cards. Love this amazing effect gel glass beads, he lights up, depending on the angle of incidence of light. This is really a unique effect. The second card is pretty, I love it for the contrast, between the white background and the intense color of the flower. WOW, you always count on, so great inspiration.

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