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

Red, White and Blue Sweet Treat!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND! While our celebrations may look different this year, we can still enjoy some of our favorite traditions. FOOD! Before we heat up the barbecue let’s prepare a flavorful dessert.

Our gardens or markets are full of flavorful goodness this time of the year and I enjoy taking advantage of these seasonal foods. This shortcake is no different. I’ve had this recipe for awhile and love doing something different with it each time. Let’s start with the basics.

  1. 1 package yellow cake mix (angel food cake, chocolate cake or white cake work beautifully).
  2. 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping (thawed). Homemade whipped topping is delicious too. (Pioneer Woman has a GREAT recipe)
  3. 1 small package instant vanilla pudding mix.
  4. 1 Cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  5. 1 pint blueberries, 1 pint strawberries sliced (rinsed and drained)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Prepare the cake according to directions in a 9×13 inch pan. COMPLETELY COOL THE CAKE.
  2. in a separate bowl: Mix the vanilla pudding mix, milk and vanilla until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping (gently).
  3. Place the blueberries in a square on the top left of the cake and place the strawberries as stripes to make the American Flag. Chill until ready to serve.
  4. ENJOY!

I would love to hear what sweet treats you enjoy on this holiday weekend. Comment below how you would mix up this recipe. Sometimes I like to macerate the fruit but be careful not to turn them into mush. This is a versatile process that is all about your choice of taste. I enjoy getting my recipes from multiple sources such as Pioneer Woman, All Recipes, or the good old Food Network. I always enjoy the creative process and have fun making things my own.

Don’t forget to stay safe and healthy this weekend. Check out my Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest @sewmuchglitter for the latest creations. If I have inspired you, post to your social media and tag #sewmuchglitter.

HAPPY FOURTH! ENJOY.

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

Turtley Awesome

Happy Weekend! This project is a follow-up to several of my recent blog posts to give you some inspiration. If you missed any of my posts, go check them out. This is a great project for the slim line card. Now, let’s go see what is so turtley awesome!

Turtley Awesome!

First, create the slim line card base. Directions are in my mid-week pick me up post. Next create the layering base. I use a multi media paper for this because we are going to do some ink blending (my favorites and not are a past blog post as well, I see a theme here). The layering base can be the same size as your slim line card or slightly smaller to create a layering effect, it’s all creative preference.

Blend it out! I wanted to create a background inspired by the outdoors so I used my Tim Holtz distress inks ( I have the minis on hand because it’s more cost effective to create my collection this way). If you need blending inspiration, see my blend it out post or post a comment below. I started out with mowed lawn and blended that into wilted violet, which reached peacock feathers. Once everything was happily blended together, I reached for my water mister (Mini bottle from scrapbook.com but Dollar Tree spray bottles work great). I did mist the paper as well as larger droplets simply by taking my spray bottle apart and dripped the opposite end on top of my paper. Do not over saturate your paper. Now, blot your paper with a paper towel and viola! Effect finished.

Next up, stamping! I love stamping but do not always love coloring in my images but this time I made an exception. I used this tortie2stamp set from The Stamps of Life. Perfect for stacking tall on my slim line card. I used my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers but any method for coloring would be great. I colored in the images according to how I wanted my tortie’s to look. TIP: I used my blender marker to help blend out my coloring. If this isn’t an option simply stay within the color family and it is OK to switch back and forth between the colors to get your desired look. Next, I fussy cut the images (die cutting is perfect too) This is great because if you colored outside of the lines it gets chopped off! Don’t stop here, continue on.

Now everything is dried and cut it’s time for placement. I wanted a tall fun effect with my tortie’s so I stacked them high as if they are balancing off each other. I also wanted dimension so I used foam dots to adhere them to the layering piece. You can either directly adhere the layering piece to the card or pop that up too (you have full creative control). You are finished, unless you want to add a sentiment but don’t forget to sign and date the back of the card so the recipient knows you are sharing handmade kindness.

Comment below how you are inspired to stack your slimline card. Check me out @sewmuchglitter on Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest to see what I have been up to. If you have been inspired post your projects too and tag #sewmuchglitter. I love gathering inspiration from others and spreading creative inspiration as well. As I mentioned before, there was a theme in this post so don’t forget to read my other blog posts for tips and ideas.

Set time aside for yourself and have a great week! If there is anything you want to see in the future, let me know by commenting below.

See you soon! 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.

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Summer Pasta

Thanks for joining me again! Today I have a delicious summer pasta dish to share. It can be a meal or a side dish. It’s perfect for a get together or as an alternative summer meal. Prepare ahead of time and keep refrigerated or make and serve, it’s versatile. Let’s get started!

The summer months in Southern California can be long and hot so its nice to take a break from traditional cooking. Let’s start with the ingredients I use. First, I start with a rainbow rotini pasta but tortellini works great too! Next up I use fresh from the garden cucumber and tomato (cherry is a favorite but not required) if you’re not a gardener the stores are plentiful during the summer months. Don’t forget the onion and garlic if desired. Depending on who I’m serving. I may add some sliced black olives. I also use an Italian dressing (wish bone robusto or olive garden Italian is a win for me). If you’d like to make a complete meal out of this dish, you can add some protein such as chopped ham or chicken. Let’s prepare!

Boil the pasta in lightly salted water until soft but not too much, al dente is perfect. Drain and set aside. Now it’s time to chop the veggies and dice the onion and garlic.

Transfer the pasta to a large bowl. Add the veggies and lightly toss. Next up is the dressing. I add 1TB of dressing at a time, lightly tossing in-between until my desired amount is added. Cover and refrigerate or serve immediately. Top with shredded parmesan or chopped parsley as desired. TADA! You’re done. Quick, easy, filling, and refreshing!

Comment below what your favorite summer dish is. If you make this family favorite don’t forget to comment and tag #sewmuchglitter on your social media. Check out my other creative ideas@sewmuchglitter on Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest. I can’t wait to see how this dish inspires you.

See you soon!

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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Blend it out

Thanks for joining me today! If you’ve missed any of my previous posts, go check them out and leave a comment to let me know what you think. I think it’s important that we inspire each other and let our creative sides show! My last post focused on my favorite (and not so much) papers for different mediums. This one will focus on ink blending. So, let’s GO!

Let’s start with the latest Distress Oxide release……SPECKLED EGG! Distress Oxide is one of my favorite inks to blend with because it blends so well and looks great (it also has some special talent that I’ll share later). Color technique escape me sometimes but I do have a color wheel to cheat (this tells me what colors compliment each other, but ultimately when in doubt. YouTube! These color combinations were inspired by Kristina Werner, one of my go to YouTubers (when I’m in doubt of my color combos). The color combo on the left is: speckled egg, seedless preserve, and picked raspberry. You may notice my two ink cubes are distress ink and not oxide, but I used what I had and they blended well. Distress inks: dye ink, dries quickly. distress oxide: dye and pigment making it a hybrid, dries slower. The color combo on the right is: speckled egg, peacock feathers, and chipped sapphire. This color combo blended more smoothly because they are all similar colors but both combos will be great backgrounds. I did use my Canson XL mixed media paper and color blending brushes. Let’s see what’s next!

For these next backgrounds I used heavy card stock (80lb) from The Stamps of Life, this tends to pill (paper peel) because it can’t handle water or being worked over multiple times. I wanted to experiment how it would hold up, and it didn’t completely disappoint me but I will save this paper for other card making techniques in the future. For these backgrounds I used a stencil in two different ways. Remember I told you that Distress Oxide has a special talent….It’s water reactive! Let’s start on the right side: ripe persimmon and peacock feathers. I blended these two colors together then placed the stencil over the paper (secured with washi tape) and pressed a wet paper towel (a baby wipe works well too) over the stencil, as much as my paper could handle. When I removed the stencil, this was the result. It added another dimension to my background. The right side: twisted citron, worn lipstick, and dried marigold. For this technique I secured the stencil on the paper first and then blended over it. I like to use a glass mat or a craft mat when blending because it is easy clean up and I can start off the paper first for a seamless blend.

I hope you enjoyed these techniques sprinkled with tips and tricks. Let me know what your favorite color blends are in the comments below. If you try these techniques don’t forget to share to your social media and tag @sewmuchglitter and hop on over to Instagram @sewmuchglitter to see what I’ve been creating, leave me a comment and let me know what inspired you.

Oops! I almost forgot to share the details of my last technique. I used Distress Crayons on my mixed media paper and blended them out with my fingers, used the wet stencil trick on top and then die-cut the background. Making backgrounds in bulk is fun and satisfies my creative itch. Die cutting my creations creates extra elements for my projects and allows me to stock up for future card making.

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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.

Sunday Dinner

Hello and happy Sunday! I hope everyone finds themselves well. With a light at the end of a tunnel there is still a ways to go. If you are like me, you are sick of cooking and cleaning up during this time at home. I miss a few favorite resturants, and we also find odd things in our pantry or the fridge after stocking up. Let’s get creative! I love soup and I could eat it for any meal. My favorite soup when dining out comes from the Olive Garden but my family does not feel the same way. This prompts me to get creative. I enjoy using my crock pot or insta pot for this reciepe, there is less clean up, those odd foods find a purpose and it satisfies my taste for the Olive Garden.

Minestrone soup is my favorite soup and has many variations. Please enjoy this recipe and substitute aspects as you like. The basics of minestrone soup are tomatoes, vegetables and pasta or a variation of. Here are the ingredients I use for my soup:

  1. Ground Turkey 1-2 lbs
  2. Onion, Garlic, Salt, Pepper, Italian seasonings and Bay leaf
  3. Chicken stock 2-4 Cups (broth, bullion or water will work but season accordingly)
  4. Red Kidney beans drained
  5. Can diced tomatoes ( I choose seasoned)
  6. Vegetables! 1/2C-1C as desired: chopped celery, sliced carrots, chopped zucchini, chopped frozen spinach
  7. Pasta: elbow macaroni, tortellini and shells are all great options. We are ready to get cooking!

Whatever cooking method you choose, remember that you want the flavors to marry so it has that home cooked (I’ve been cooking all day) kind of taste. I use my crock pot and simmer on low for about six hours. I have a ninja crock pot that also has a stove top function.

  1. chop the onion and garlic toss it in the pot to let sweat on low. Add the ground turkey and brown. Start adding the seasonings (I start with 1 teaspoon of each) Stir together but don’t add the bay leaf until the end.
  2. Add the chopped vegetables followed by the tomatoes (not drained) kidney beans and stir.
  3. I now add my chicken stock, stir and let simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
  4. I turn my crock pot to low (remember I was on low stove top function) and add the pasta, stir and top off with 1 bay leaf. If you desire, add more seasonings. Set a timer for 4-6 hours and walk away!

This is a perfect Sunday dinner or midweek pick me up meal. It’s great to serve with garlic toast and/or salad. We love Parmesan cheese so we top our bowls off with shredded Parmesan. The leftovers are a hit and I mix up my ingredients so it feels like a new recipe when my love of soup isn’t shared. Some great substitutions are frozen vegetables, no meat, pancetta, cheese stuffed tortellini or rainbow rotini.

Don’t foget to check me out on Facebook/Instagram for other projects. Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite easy recipe is. If you try this delicious minestrone soup, show me (tag me @sewmuchglitter) I can’t wait to see yours!

HAVE A GREAT DAY AND STAY WELL!

Carrie F.

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