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

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.

Positive Vibes

As we finish this crazy week, we start off with a more uncertain weekend. I hope everyone is well and taking measures to stay well. I don’t think anyone in our country is left behind in this crisis and toilet paper shortage. BTW…When you know the reason behind hoarding the TP, please let me know.

I want to go into the weekend and week ahead on a positive note, in order to do that I will look back to my creativity of recent past. As I have mentioned before I am taking part of the daily marker 30 day coloring challenge. It has helped keep my creativity flowing through this time and has served as a fun distraction. Now, knowing that the majority of the next month or so will be spent at home, I would like to share with you my finished projects from the coloring challenge. Hop on over to my Instagram: sewmuchglitter and check out my story. On my page you will find my progress as it happens and I hope you are inspired to share your creativity to others. Let’s be kind to each other in the stores where there has been a lack of decency.

I am working on getting a quick video going of my circle card previously shared. I apologize but I can somewhat be technically challenged and my assistant (aka. teenage daughter) works in retail so she has been preoccupied. I am also gathering supplies for an accessory to your springtime events. These may be more solitary than previously thought but we can all use some extra sparkle.

Please let me know in the comments below what your plans will be during any extra at home time. Don’t be shy and let me know what you would like to see in my blog in order for you to spread positive vibes to others.

Go check out my Instagram and I will be back very soon with my next project. Take care of yourself and others around you. Oh and WASH YOUR HANDS 🙂

Part of the Journey

Welcome Back to my blog. I hope everyone enjoyed the paper flower tutorial from last week. If you missed it, check it out and let me know how you enjoy using your creations. Look on Instagram @sewmuchglitter for my favorite uses.

This past week was a perfect example of how simple projects, activities and everyday moments can help teach us about ourselves.

While I am eager to move far away from my injury and dive into the next chapter, my body reminds me…..NOT YET. I stepped into this week with vigor by enhancing my exercise routine. I added stationary bike time and some walks. I have been enjoying the practice of yoga this past year as it helps physically and I have found that it lifts my spirits too. I strongly suggest Julia Marie Yoga on Amazon Prime! While the stationary bike doesn’t put extra pressure on my darn foot, the walks do and I do not realize how much until days later. So, I am finishing out the week with an Epsom salt bath and Disney+.

Then there was Valentine’s Day. A day full of sweet treats and small reminders for those close to us. I had a lot of fun prepping for gift making and card creating. The final products are on my Instagram: sewmuchglitter I would love to share with you how I made my candy bouquets. While Pinterest has great ideas, I don’t always find the “how to.” Since it’s senior year in our household, the candy bouquets made me think that these fun gifts can be used for any occasion, themes included. I have enjoyed using the Dollar Tree as my “go to” for candy this week, especially since they amped up their variety for the holiday.

While your busy checking out my Valentine’s creations on Instagram don’t forget to hop on to view my story as I like to update it with ideas and inspirations. After you have done that come back here to my blog because my next post will be a fun and simple candy bouquet tutorial. HAVE A GREAT WEEK and let me know how you learned something about yourself this week.

Paper Flowers

Hello again! I hope everyone had a great week, if not, I hope to cheer you up with some spring inspiration. I use my cricut machine and design space to create this project. If you prefer a different version of a cutting machine, that will work too. If you happen to find yourself without a cutting machine, please respond to me with your email and I will get you a discount on the cricut machine of your choice.

Paper flowers are great on their own, on cards, on cakes, or in a glass block. Please find inspiration on my Instagram: sewmuchglitter. Find step by step instructions below and be sure to check out my Instagram stories for a visual of creating beautiful paper flowers. I will gladly help with any questions and always appreciate creative ideas.

STEP 1: Chose whichever platform you use for your crafting needs. As stated above, I use cricut design space. I find it user friendly and with cricut access there are always plenty of options. Insert your design onto your canvas and choose a color as well as a size. I find when sizing the flower that 5×5 works nicely for most of my projects. Of course it is always fun to have a variety of flowers so experimenting with sizing is a great way to play.

STEP 2: Put your paper on your mat. A blue mat is preferred for paper projects but I use a green mat for most everything. Don’t forget to de-fuzz a new mat so your paper doesn’t get stuck. I normally use my shirt. HINT: I use 65 lb card stock for paper flowers. My preferred brand is recollections from Michael’s. This paper won’t tear and is easily rolled. Click make it on your canvas and be sure to select your correct material size on the next screen. Design space will then sort the flowers according to your material size. I use normal pressure and proceed to go from there. Feed your mat into your machine and press the flashing cricut sign. Once it is done cutting be sure to click the unload button, it will start flashing when ready.

STEP 3: It’s time to take the cut flowers off your mat. This can be tricky until you are comfortable with this project. The excess paper will come off easily so just the flowers are left behind. Once this is done, flip the mat over and proceed to take the mat away from the paper. If you try to take the flowers up from the mat on the front, you risk tearing your flowers. You can also take the flowers from the front if you use a cricut spatula and lightly bend your mat. Now you’re ready to start rolling your flowers!

STEP 4: I like to break down the fibers in the paper before I assemble the flower. I do this by lightly running a bone folder on the flower. If you don’t have a bone folder, it is best to roll your flower a few times before adding glue. This creates a more natural flower shape. I also use a paper quilling tool. There are a lot of options in your local craft stores and of course cricut has you covered! Insert the loose end into your tool and gently start rolling the flower until you get to the end where there is a circle. set it in your hand and let is naturally unroll a bit so it is not tight. When you are ready, add a tad hot glue to the circle and press your flower into it. This will set up quickly and be sure to protect your hands from burning. Glue dots may also be an option for you.

TADA! This completes your paper flower. The more you practice, the better your flowers will become. I put all of my practice flowers in a large mason jar and use as a colorful decoration to save for future projects. This project is so versatile because you can choose any type of flower from design space and you get to choose any color. I would love to see how your paper flowers turned out just tag #sewmuchglitter to your social media or respond to this post with your thoughts. And please don’t forget to check out my Instagram stories for quick visual of this process. (sewmuchglitter)

I hope everyone has a great week and finds creative inspiration. I will be posting last minute Valentine’s day cards/gifts to my Instagram next week, just in case you need an idea or two.

Taking comfort

I had such high hopes for my week. I ended up really sick in bed with a never ending cough and sinus infection that felt like the flu. So, instead of explaining why I love making paper flowers and how you don’t have to be a crafty genius to enjoy this paper craft, I am sharing what I took most comfort in while fighting off evil germs.

The heat of a bubble bath helped with my aches and pains while I started a Ruth Ware novel, the turn of the key. I love suspenseful books with a hint of mystery just to keep me reading. This book does not disappoint! Although it starts off with the character’s current situation and goes backward from there, it keeps you wondering how she got there, so you keep reading. I look forward to finishing the book and getting back to catering to my creative juices soon.

I would love to hear what you have been enjoying this week or who you are cheering for Super Bowl Sunday. Personally, I will be cheering for the most creative commercial. Check back tomorrow for my family’s favorite football meal (I have to go buy the ingredients) And don’t forget the paper flower tutorial coming very soon.

Don’t forget you can check out my creative outlet on Instagram or Facebook: @sewmuchglitter