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.

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.

Thanks for stopping by and I will be back soon with my favorite blending tools! You don’t want to miss out so remember to subscribe to the blog and find me on Facebook/Instagram. See you soon!

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.