Welcome Weekend

Thanks for joining me today and I hope you were able to treat yourself with the yummy recipe from my previous blog post (go check it out) 🙂

I had a super busy week with legal writings and midterms. Phew! I survived. It’s hard to get back into the learning groove but I’m glad I am. This next phase of my career will be a welcomed change. I encourage you to do what you have always wanted and accept the challenges ahead. Learning something new is always a great adventure. Since I was overwhelmed this past week, it was hard to get creative. But creativity of recent past rewarded me and I want to share that with you in hopes that it will inspire to to share your creativity with others.

My creations for donation

Since this pandemic and my recent retirement, I have found myself with extra time and a thirst for positivity. I know I am not alone and I was introduced to a great organization at the same time. Cardz for Kidz is an organization that accepts home made cards and sends them around the world to kids in hospitals and seniors in retirement/assisted facilities. They also donate much needed technology and supplies to those facilities. You can find them on my Instagram @sewmuchglitter in my posts just to see what they are all about. Don’t forget to say Hi while you’re there!

A great Michael’s find

I recently made a lot of cards participating in The daily marker 30 day coloring challenge. Above and beyond what my trusty card keeper from Michael’s can hold. So I sent them on to Cardz for Kidz. Like I said, I was introduced to the organization by one of my Instagram followers, I investigated and found them to be a reputable organization, so I felt comfortable that my creations would be appreciated. If you ever doubt an organization that accepts home made cards, go to Scrapbook.com and they have a section for reputable organizations that accept card donations (they also accept home made cards).

I tried to keep this short, sorry! I was featured on their Instagram account with a fun note about how they appreciate home artists and their creations. Go check out the post on my Instagram, it is always fun to share appreciation and spotlight worthy causes that help others. If you feel inclined to make up some cards and donate them to Cardz for Kidz, check out some of my previous blog posts for inspiration. If my projects do inspire you, tag me #sewmuchglitter with your version of what was created.

Remember my sneak peek?!

I am still participating in the coloring challenge and encourage you to take time for yourself as well. Have a great weekend, be well and stay safe. I will be back next week with a post to keep you motivated 🙂 Let me know in the comments below if you would like to see a fun food project of if you would like to see a creative paper project. It is Christmas in July, so don’t think I won’t throw a fun Christmas project in there somewhere.

See you soon!

Sewmuchglitter

Floating in to say Hi

Hello crafty people. The goal of this weekend is to stay cool. Triple digits here in San Diego County. I wanted to follow-up on my last post. The fun pool floaties found a home!

My goal was to show you how I made my shaker cards but I didn’t quite perfect them so I want to inspire you with a simple creative summer fun card. Don’t worry, I’ll be back with some shaker cards. My legal writings have occupied a lot of time so I don’t want to rush anything I haven’t perfected to pass onto you.

I love designer card stock as it really helps create a fun scene.
The most difficult part of this card was riffling through my paper hoard but I knew I wanted something for summer, so that gave me a direction (it helps to somewhat organize the hoard).

  1. I started with an A2 card base (I like a heavier card base, 110+ lb card stock) then I trimmed the layering piece down to 5.5 x 4.25 (A2 card), I did not create a boarder between my card base and my layering piece. If you want to that would be fun, I normally cut the layering piece 1/8″ less than the base. *If you want a sentiment on the card front, now is a great time to add it.
  2. I knew I needed a pool for my floaties, so I got out my inks and chose a color closest to water as I had and started blending onto the card stock.
  3. My blending tip here is to put the ink on your blending tool (I have a previous post for my favorites) and then start blending off the card stock before moving the tool onto the card stock. You will get a softer look and hopefully prevent those harsh lines. I lightened up the pressure the further up the card stock I got in order to add depth to my pool.
  4. Next, adhere the floaties to the pool. I used foam tape to prop them up.
  5. Water splashes, right!? Perfect time for sequins. I added blue shiny sequins as water splashes.
  6. I use Art Glitter Glue, dries clear (no glitter involved).
  7. Add small drops of glue first where you want the splashes.
  8. Now with tweezers or a pick up tool (I use We R Memory Keepers Quick Stick as one side is sticky).
  9. Place the sequins in the tacky glue, trust me! sequins and glitter adhere better to tacky glue compared to fresh wet glue.
  10. let dry
  11. Attach the layering piece to the card base.
  12. TADA, you’re done! *Add any inside sentiments as desired.

I would love to see what you do to create a simple card front or layout. Tag me #sewmuchglitter with your creations that I have inspired. Stop on by my Instagram @sewmuchglitter to checkout what’s new. Time management has been my recent struggle but there is always time for creativity! Comment below to let me know what your favorite season to craft for is….It is Christmas in July by the way 🙂

Sneak Peek at what’s to come!

Stay safe and I will see you soon!

Sewmuchglitter

Coloring Challenge

Happy Wednesday! I hope you had a great Fourth of July and are finding yourself well today. I wanted to share a quick bit on the 30 day coloring challenge I’ve discussed before. Hopefully some mindless fun will get you through your week (we all need distractions in 2020!)

As featured on Kathyrac IG

I enjoy taking part in @Kathyrac 30 day coloring challenge on Instagram that she hosts a few times a year. Just set aside 10 minutes a day for yourself and color. Color anything that makes you happy, use any form of coloring. I enjoy using all of my coloring supplies at least once during this challenge because I always learn something new. Let me show you what I recently worked on.

Summertime inspiration

I enjoy stamping a lot of images at one time, coloring them and them coming back later to create a full project. Sometimes we don’t have the time to commit but we enjoy the creative process. I stamped these Stamps of Life images in Versa Fine black onyx ink, colored them in with my prisma colored pencils (any colored pencils will work) and blended the coloring smooth with my blending stumps and gamsol. You can find the supplies at any major retailer, Amazon, and the stamps only at The Stamps of Life.com (if you order, tell me first I can help get you points for goodies!). Don’t forget to check my previous blog post about paper choices because it matters for best results. Come back this weekend for a finished project. I have a great idea, just not the time in one sitting.

Comment below how you enjoy taking your creative time in tidbits. Taking time for ourselves serves everyone in a positive way, the 30 day challenge gives me the perfect excuse. Check out my Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest @sewmuchglitter to see what’s happening.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sewmuchglitter

Artful Meditation

Happy Wednesday! Sometimes life gets us bogged down. Whenever you feel that way, it’s time to reset!

I like to meditate through art. Something as simple as organizing my supplies or getting involved with a new project can help. I’ve been experimenting with watercolors, which helps me reset. Thanks to The Daily Marker 30 Day, I have the perfect excuse. I’m not going to lie, some of those artists can intimate me but I’m not creating for competition, I’m creating for myself.

Use your Imagination.

Turn on some music, a favorite podcast, a desired program, or create in silence. Whatever you desire just jump in where you’re happy. I truly enjoy creating backgrounds and coloring stamped images.

Go check out my previous blog posts to help you get started. When watercoloring a background, I find the wetter the better, I get a fun natural look. Paper matters (another previous post 😉).

Embossed Spots

Mix it up! I love embossing with my coloring because it adds another dimension. Whatever you desire and don’t aim for perfection because we will always find flaws in ourselves that others won’t.

I hope this helped get you through your week. Go check out my Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest @sewmuchglitter for inspiration. Don’t forget to tag #sewmuchglitter with your inspired creations. The next 30 day coloring challenge starts TODAY July 1st. Just create, tag #thedailymarker30day, and post what you’re working on. It’s fun and gives us time for artful meditation.

Happy July 😊

❤sewmuchglitter

Mid-Week Pick me up

I hope you find yourself well. Since this post is a mid-week pick me up, it will be a shorter version of what you have to look forward to at the end of your week. Let’s slim it down.

Slim line cards are getting attention in the card making world. Just like the A2 card bases I have discussed (if you haven’t seen my previous posts go check them out), a slim line card needs to be sturdy so I choose at least a 100 lb card stock in a color of your choice (Joann’s has great card stock for a base). The fun thing about creating a slim line card is that they fit in a standard #10 business sized envelope and require NO additional postage.

Start out with an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of card stock, trim it down to 8 1/2 x 7. Now it’s time to get out your score board and bone folder. There are several brands and it’s all about personal preference. I use an EK Tools board, which comes with a bone folder. I got this at Hobby Lobby (use your coupon!) I prefer my Amazon.com bone folder as it is softer, so there is less risk of cutting my paper (always score at an angle). OK, let’s score this!

Lay the trimmed paper on your score board with the 7″ side at the top, score it at 3.5″, fold on the score line and you’ve got your slim line card base. It’s that easy! My tip for you is: leave some space between your paper and the top of your score board because you will stay within the groove of your scoring measurement.

Slim line card base

I hope you enjoyed this quick mid-week pick me up. Come back Sunday so we can create a front for this slim line card base.

Enjoy the rest of your week! Check out @sewmuchglitter on Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest to see what’s going on. If you are inspired by anything you see, tag me #sewmuchglitter on your social media. Together we can inspire others!

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Blending Tools

Welcome back! In my last post I said I’d be back soon with my favorite blending tools, so let’s get started!

First off, there is no right or wrong blending tool. There is a better technique but tools are a personal preference. Use what you’re comfortable with and use what gets you your most desired results. The market is overwhelmed with crafting products and I admit that I also fall prey to buying the latest and greatest.

My most preferred blending tool is a blending brush. As you can see, mine are color coordinating. Using similar colors on brushes helps with ease of use and cleaning (or lack of cleaning). The brushes give me the smoothest blends and can fade as desired. These bristles hold color well and clean off well. Their soft providing a smooth blend. I got mine on Amazon.com and they were inexpensive (under $15), not bad for repetitive use.

Next up there’s a blending tool with foam Velcro (on the back) heads. I have a flat attachment and a rounded attachment. Both are for the same purpose but from different companies expecting different results. I find the flat head to leave a harsher line but I’ll discuss techniques later. These are foam and need more ink to get a fuller blend. They do serve a great purpose on smaller projects. The rounded attachment is also a foam but not as porous as they seem to have a slicker surface. These blend over my papers more smoothly than the flat heads. I still find myself reaching for more ink mid project and I DO NOT with the brushes mentioned above. I still use these in color families. The blending handles can be purchased at any major crafting store or my personal favorite, Scrapbook.com. The flat foam attachments can be purchased with multiples in a pack at your local craft store or the rounded attachments at Scrapbook.com as they are a Scrapbook.com exclusive. Both have great price points and both clean well. Let’s talk technique!

Techniques. Start off the project 1st to avoid harsh lines. Remember I prefer a glass mat or a craft mat for easy cleaning. Next, I start small. DO NOT BLEND LARGE AREAS AT ONE TIME. You’ll never get the results you want. Once you get a smaller blend, move out to larger areas. Before you know it, you’ll have a fully blended project! I learned this the hard way and gathered my inspiration from Tim Holtz and experience. Don’t stop here, there’s more!

Color coordinating. As I stated in a previous blog post, I use Distress Oxide and Distress Inks. I stated the formula difference in simple terms. Go check out my blending post. I use Distress Oxide and my other inks aka. Other brands, with the same tools. Clean in-between by simply rubbing on a paper towel or baby wipe. TA-DA cleaned! May be stained but won’t contaminant each other. Remember Oxide is a hybrid. Now, my Distress inks are a little different. I only use specific tools on that formula (not hybrid) they can get contaminated. For the purpose of cost, I use my Velcro heads for this. I’ll show you how I store them in another storage post coming up. Subscribe so you don’t miss that!

I hope this helped inspire you and answered any follow-up questions you may have had since my last post. DON’T FORGET to check out my other forms of social media: Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest @sewmuchglitter Let me know you were there and what you would like to see more of. If you are inspired by any of my projects or techniques please tag me on your social media #sewmuchglitter

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Let’s talk paper

Thanks for joining me. I hope everyone is safe and well. Just as we thought 2020 couldn’t get anymore challenging, we are faced with sad circumstances. On a positive note, it is great that we can still still come together to witness the revolution of space exploration. I grew up during a time that NASA was embraced and it’s exciting to see that become a reality again.

I’m not here to create a forum about our differences but here to create a place where we can share our creativity and gather inspiration. So, on that note……LET’S TALK PAPER!

We all create things differently and have different design tastes, but we still use the staples, like paper! I am a big paper crafter and have realized that not all paper is created equal. We see some retailers or influencers tell us that the paper doesn’t matter but the other products do, and we have some tell us only the paper matters. So which is it? We kind of have to figure that our on our own. I am here to share my experience with you and hope it helps guide you the next time you are walking the craft store isles.

FIRST, let’s talk watercolor paper. In my experience, this DOES matter. Water generally breaks down paper and eventually rips it. The thicker the watercolor paper, the better. There are different textures, hot or cold pressed. I’m not a scientist so I will share that Strathmore watercolor paper cold pressed 300 series is my favorite. It is thick enough to take on a lot of water and allow the colors to remain as vibrant as you want them. I am a stamping water-colorist because my free hand skills aren’t great. This paper can handle it all and remain intact. Water coloring on regular card stock, no matter how thick can be a mess. This is my best recommendation. The price point is a bit higher but so is the quality (get your coupons out!)

NEXT up let’s discuss mixed media paper. There is a world of mixed media paper to be discovered. I don’t just watercolor, so mixed media papers are my go to. Especially when Michael’s has BOGO! I’ve experimented in this area a lot. My work horse has been Canson XL mixed media paper 98 lb. I can watercolor without the paper pilling as long as I do not stay in the same area for too long (it’s not Strathmore but it’s versatile). I can use my prismacolor pencils and gamsol on this paper and I can use my alcohol markers without a problem. The price point is great too, that’s why it’s my most used.

Another mixed media paper I have tried is also a Strathmore, but mixed media (98lb) I got this at Target. Now that Target has spruced up their craft section I always have to look. This price point is a little more than the Canson XL and the quality does NOT hold up. I was very disappointed. The paper pills with very little water and it smears other mediums. I do not know if the quality was subpar because it was sold at Target or if it is just that paper. Either way, there are plenty of other products to spend your money on. Let’s talk about those!

As we keep moving along, lets address marker paper. I’m specifically referring to alcohol markers when discussing this paper but the marker world is large, so please share your experiences with me in the comments below. Ok, We’ve rounded back to Strathmore again. I LOVE their marker paper 400 series 50 lb. It is smooth, spreads the color beautifully and does not soak it in. Your projects remain vibrant and clear. Again, another great Micheal’s BOGO opportunity! This price point is comparable to that of Canson XL, so even without a sale, you get your money’s worth. On a side note, I have used Crafter’s Companion alochol marker paper and really enjoy that too. It is harder to find in retail but is sold online and HSN. I feel the better deal is the Strathmore because Hey, I make mistakes and throw things out sometimes. I don’t feel like I’m loosing with the Strathmore when that happens.

OK, those are a few of my favorite papers. I hope this helps you. The options can be overwhelming. Please share with me your favorite papers in the comments below. Don’t forget to checkout my Instagram/Facebook: @sewmuchglitter for the projects I have completed with these papers. And tag me #sewmuchglitter in the projects you have used or tried because of my recommendations. I realize this was long-winded but chats can be that way.

If there’s a project you’d love to see, tell me in the comments below. I’ll be back very soon! Checkout Instagram for sneak peeks.

2020 Graduates

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone had a good week and things near you are opening. It has started here in Southern California, in phases and slowly. The positive side is not everyone rushes out at the same time and we are beginning to feel less trapped. I hope this is the case all across America in the coming days.

I wanted to share a project idea that can double as an act of kindness. I have a graduating senior this year, who is feeling discouraged about missing out on all she has accomplished. She is also feeling overwhelmed regarding the college selection process and her upcoming journey. I know that my 2020 graduate is not alone and I wanted us to be able to support those special graduates in our lives. I have been busy during this quarantine making cards for seniors and other organizations that donates cards to those in need. I hope we can all show acts of kindness to our 2020 graduates by sending encouraging cards regarding their accomplishments.

This can be a home made gesture or a card that celebrates their accomplishment. The 2020 graduate doesn’t have to be a high school senior either. A kindergarten, middle school or college graduate is just as important and they are all missing out on important milestones. Leave a comment with the graduate you are celebrating and your address, if you are comfortable. If not leave an email address or find me on Facebook/Instagram: sewmuchglitter and we can private message. This will be done via the postal service because our graduates need some happy mail. There are several groups on social media doing similar things and I think it is important to show acts of kindness during this time. We are in this together! This can be a group effort and we can all share handmade kindness, so don’t forget to leave a comment on how we can contact you.

I look forward everyone’s response and don’t forget to check out my Facebook/Instagram: sewmuchglitter for card making ideas. I previously shared a fun and simple card making idea on my previous blog post that would be perfect!

See you soon! and HAVE A WONDERFUL MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND!

I’m Back

Hello and Happy Sunday! I took a very long break due to life situations that kept me occupied. My creative space is now a classroom, my dining room is now my creative space and my early retirement due to injury has brought me on a new journey that has finally started. My high school senior has also been facing difficulties as many others and adult children never stop being children. I hope everyone and their loved ones are well. I am sure everyone still finds themselves at home or working an essential job. As summer weather is approaching, we are getting restless. I am grateful for our health and those working everyday to keep us all save and well. I have faced some creative slumps during this process and been inspired by those who never stop creating.

Today, I want to share a card that I made for an organization (Cardz for Kidz). They also donate hand made cards to senior living facilities around the country. If you face moments of creative block, I hope this inspires you. I made about a dozen cards to give to the organization and mail them off according to their website guidelines. Scrapbook.com also has a similar donation system. I also have been trying to make happy mail cards for friends and family that we cannot see right now. Do what makes you happy or less anxious during this time and hopefully we will be at our favorite spots visiting soon!

This card is a monochromatic type card and simple. I started with a standard A2 size card base (4.25 x 5.5), I chose black, I like a heavy base (110 lb card stock) I find the paper at Joann’s (when their open of course, but online has similar selections) I then trimmed down kraft card stock slightly less than the base, so there is a border.

I dug through my stamp stash and found mandala stamps that would be easy to color. I stamped directly onto the kraft card stock with versa fine black ink. This ink is great at fine details, perfect for colored pencils and water coring images. I used my stamp positioner but an acrylic block will work as well. Once my image is stamped I simply colored spaces in with a white colored pencil (keep it sharp, something I learned from Kathy at the daily marker) I use prismacolor premier colored pencils as they blend well when I use gamsol. You can randomly color spaces in or color in a pattern.

Once I was satisfied with my colored image, I made a sentiment tag. I used the scrap paper from my project and stamped a sentiment (also in versa fine ink) I then popped up the sentiment with foam tape and I was done! These would be easy to mass produce or fun for a quick card.

Let me know in the comments below if you enjoy the monochromatic inspired look and how you are keeping busy and healthy during our trying times. I PROMISE I will be back very soon. Don’t forget to check out my other projects on Instagram or Facebook: sewmuchglitter

Stay safe and well! Carrie

Boredom Busters

Happy Saturday! As this situation progresses, more of us are finding extra time at home. Sometimes it isn’t always quality time. We just have to remember that we are all in this situation together. We can help and inspire each other. Be kind in the grocery store or pharmacy. I would love to hear what everyone is doing to bust through the boredom. As I know I have promised a glittery project, I have been having trouble finding all of my supplies in the stores or online but……My friend did reach out to me and has some of those supplies on hand. I tend to use up my “pretty” supplies first. Just know that is still coming.

MY BOREDOM BUSTERS. I have found during this time that keeping a daily schedule helps with productivity. Spring is coming and now is the perfect time to start our gardens. For those kiddos stuck at home driving you crazy, home made play dough or a nature hunt are fun ways to occupy their time and minds. I remember the days of struggling to keep them entertained (and that was when we were allowed to roam free). The internet is a perfect educational tool as well. There are a lot of museums and zoos offering free looks into their worlds via webcams. My daughter and I have checked a few out and it is worth a look. I love baking, so now is the perfect time to experiment with my recipes. Spring cleaning is always a good option too, especially with the kids. They like to feel productive too. I had to make a game out of it or the kids weren’t going to help me clean.

On the crafty side, I am still making cards for seniors who are alone during this time. My last blog post highlighted some great organizations who accept card donations for just this occasion. Take a look and let me know what organization you like the best. The daily marker 30 day challenge is still happening through the end of the month, kids can partake as well. Check out my Instagram (sewmuchglitter) for some great ideas and how you can hop into the fun. Check out some new crafting techniques on Youtube, I like to watch Melody Lane, Jennifer McGuire, Scrapbook.com, or May May made it to name a few. Tim Holtz is even doing some fun Facebook lives. It’s great to learn new things and keep entertained at the same time. Let me know if you enjoy YouTube or interacting on Facebook during this time.

KEEP HEALTHY! As part of my daily routine, I have been exercising and continuing my daily vitamins. This helps with positive attitude and feeling better. Plus don’t forget the hand washing ritual, 20 seconds never felt so long but Alexa is there to count down to keep things interesting. Or good old fashioned counting or singing. Anything to get to 20 seconds. Check me out on Instagram or Facebook to keep up with my boredom busters and let me know in the comments what you have been doing.

AS PROMISED. My next blog project is coming very soon. I just need to grab the supplies from my friend’s front porch (social distancing). SEE YOU SOON!