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

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.

A Classic Look

Thanks for joining me again! My new educational journey is more demanding than anticipated. I’m still setting time aside for my passion of paper crafts. Today I’d like to share a versatile stamp set perfect for the car lovers in your life.

Road Trip

I recieved this stamp set through a monthly club kit at may may made it, check her out. I don’t always use my clubs kits right away because I don’t know what to do but this time was different! Let’s get started.

First, I started with a standard A2 card base (4.25×5.5), I use heavy weight card stock (100 or more lb). Next, I created the background. I love creating backgrounds and I wanted to keep the stamping more simple. I used a new stencil from scrapbook.com, my blender brush, and several inks to create the color variation in the clouds (go check out my previous posts regarding card stock and my favorite blending brushes). My favorite part of inking the clouds was mixing a blue ombre (hero arts) ink with the new speckled egg (Tim Holtz, Distress Oxide).

Let’s talk simple stamping! I wanted the car and car elements to stand out, so I opted not to color in my stamped images. It gives it a monochromatic look that stands out against the background. I also wanted layers (foam tape). I found a few dies in my stash that resembled a sun, I used my die cutting machine (Anna Griffin Empress, electronic) and yellow paper. I stamped my sentiment in a crisp black ink (Versa fine black onyx ink) in order to get it to stand out.

Placement. It is always more pleasing to the eye when things are not perfectly lined up (and in odd numbers, but that is a discussion for a different day, so check back!). I placed the car off the page slightly. It wasn’t grounded, so I wasn’t happy yet. Cars drive on roads! I created a less obvious road that sparkled, then placed everything on the road. Now everything was adhered to where I wanted it, I cut off the pieces that were laying off the card layer. Simply flip the paper over and cut off the excess. Next you’re ready to adhere the card layer to the card base. You can either keep with the theme of layers or adhere it directly to the base. If directly adhering it to the base, I recommend Art Glitter Glue as it gives you time for proper placement before it becomes permanent. Don’t worry! There is no glitter in the glue and it does dry clear (use sparingly, you need less than you think…May May or Amazon has this in stock). Once you sign or use a personal stamp on the back (give credit where credit is due, you’ve earned it!) YOU’RE DONE!

Let me know what ideas you have for a similar look in the comments below. Don’t forget to check out @sewmuchglitter on Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest to see what’s going on. Next up…..Things are slimming down. Subscribe to get notifications of new posts.

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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SEE YOU SOON!

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!

Spread Kindness

Everything just keeps getting worse and more drastic changes are required for our daily lives. As this virus keeps progressing and more of us are forced to stay home, imagine how the senior citizens of our communities feel. I live in an area where there are a lot of retired people residing in assisted/senior living. Some of these retirees live there by choice and some do not. Just like us, they are used to their daily routines and socializing is a huge part of their lives. Now, they can no longer socialize as they are used to, which is sometimes detrimental to their health. We can still leave our homes and go for a walk or shop in the dreaded grocery store, wave to our neighbors. Their only interaction is with staff, which are spread thin and cannot always sit and chat as a loved one would.

During the daily marker 30 day coloring challenge, it has made me realize that crafting for a purpose is rewarding. Why not share that during such times like these, or all the time. As Jennifer McGuire has brought to the crafting world’s attention, card making is her super power (and she’s a great super hero!) She is encouraging everyone else to share handmade kindness.

Why not create cards or write letters to those in need. This could be the “visit” they need today. There are a lot of organizations that spread this kind of joy to seniors and beyond, I have found a list of them from a reliable source: scrapbook.com. Check it out and discover how you can help during this time. If you also find yourself home bound, it can help you too. If you are in a highly retired area, reach out to your local nursing homes and see if they are accepting such items like a handmade card. USPS is still running if they will not accept such offers at the door.

Hop on over to my Instagram: sewmuchglitter to see the cards that I have been working on as well join in on the daily marker 30 day, the kids can even join in! Say HI when you are there.

In such uncertain times we need to reach out to others, if you know of a senior give them a call or send them a friendly hello card. Let me know in the comments below if you find an organization on scrapbook.com that you want to reach out to. Let me know if you need help or how you can help someone else. I chose scrapbook.com because they are a reliable online craft retailer who support reputable charities and I have encountered other artists who have had great experiences with these organizations.

I am excited to share more projects with you and some creative meals for all of our at home time.

Spring Forward

Happy daylight savings time. These are the hardest days to get used to the older I get. But, it does mean brighter days are ahead. We don’t experience much rain or cold weather in San Diego but when we do, it is extreme. With the news freaking out about this virus spreading like wildfire, I am excited to get fresh air and spring cleaning underway.

Speaking of spring cleaning, it is also time to evaluate my crafting organization. I recently re-organized my stamp and mini ink collection. You can check it out on my Instagram: sewmuchglitter. Michael’s is a great resource for organization and coupons!

As a crafter, I don’t normally purge my collection. So, I try to save space as I can. And of course, we all want the latest and greatest to improve our crafty skills. When new products come out, they are not always the same quality as others. I find that I cannot use the same blender applicator with different type of inks because they are all meant to be used in different ways. I LOVE using Tim Holtz distress inks but they are a different formula than my other inks. So of course……I want them to have their own applicator because it is one more thing I can shop for (shhh. our secret). In the name of saving space and using the right supplies for the right job, I found a fun way to store my applicators.

I have the scrapbook.com blending tool and enjoy using the domed applicators but find that Tim Holtz applicators are more available and I can use those fun COUPONS! I discovered that either of those applicators fit nicely under my mini distress inks, and they still fit in my storage. WIN WIN! In order to get them to stay in place I use Velcro dots. The opposite side of the applicator adheres perfectly. I have found Velcro dots at Walmart and the Dollar Tree. That is my fun tidbit for now. I hope this helps or inspires you. I would love to hear how you save space while still adding to your crafting collection. Let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram where you can see my new stamp storage.

I hope you have a fabulous week! I am having a lot of fun exploring my creativity with the 30 day coloring challenge. You can hop in and out as you desire or just check out everyone’s creativity. I have the # on my Instagram where you can find the details and beautiful artwork.

I’ll be back soon with a fun tutorial that will add sparkle to your spring gatherings!

30 day Color Challenge

Hello again! As I prepare for the daily marker 30 day color challenge, I find myself adding to my craft stash, once again (shhh). I wanted to share this challenge with you because I have recently started using my stamps in a different way (different for me). In doing this, I realized other crafters probably use certain supplies in certain ways too, which is why some of us have so much stuff (I am some of us).

I have always used my stamps on cards.My inks were used for blending, etc. I had never thought to use anything together. Everything had a place. I am sure this has already occurred to a lot of you but my creative journey isn’t always fast.

In discovering the daily marker on YouTube, I also discovered that different mediums can compliment each other. Most of mine were living separately. Now, I am eager to explore water coloring while using my pencils to compliment that same image. I am having fun coloring over a stamped image.

I invite you to join this journey with me, we can inspire each other!

I will be posting my coloring projects Instagram @sewmuchglitter as well as sharing this challenge with you here. This isn’t a total time commitment, just some fun me time (we all deserve that). Let me know in the comments how you share your mediums.

Be sure to subscribe as I will be back very soon with a project.