Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Spotlight#2!

Hi everyone! 
I'm giddy with delight because I was spotlight#2 on Crafting by Design's exotic Asia challenge! I know that there were only 7 qualified entries (the other ones didn't have anything Asian on them), but it is still the first time I've been selected/highlighted/spotlighted for my crafting! Two years ago, I was still having trouble figuring out how to ink up a stamp properly! I've definitely come a long way, and I am so happy that I stumbled upon Nichol Magourick's YouTube channel featuring using a Lawn Fawn stamp to make a birthday card: Otherwise, I would never have gotten into stamping at all! 


Granted, I only get bragging rights, but still, I'm just happy and surprised that I was selected as a spotlight at all. I still have a really long way to go before I am good enough to win challenges with prizes or anything like that, and I probably would never have the time/talent to be on a design team. But for today, I'm walking on clouds! :) 

Happy last day of April,
~Z

Thursday, April 24, 2014

SSS June 2013 Card Kit: Card

Hi Everyone, 
I have a card that I made with a slightly older card kit, the June 2013 kit: 
Here is what I used:  SSS June 2013 card kit sentiment (Kelly Purkey exclusive), Sunflower stamp from Michaels (embossed with Ranger white, and then colored with distress inks), Leaves using WeRMemoryKeepers Team/MVP Stamp set, stamped using Jenni Bowlin Stick Candy ink. My main purpose was to try out the Michaels stamps and see if they would be good for anything. Too often in the past, I've bought discount stamps and then end up realizing that I wasted money (Those dollar bin purchases add up in the long run!) because I'd bought stamps that I end up not using, or they are of such poor quality/poor design that I literally can't use them. I am surprisingly satisfied with the quality of this Michaels dollar bin stamp, and I will definitely be using it on future projects.

Best,
~Z

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Altenew: New Stamp company review and cards!

Hi Everyone,
Today I have some cards featuring a new stamp company I saw featured on Jennifer McGuire's blog, Altenew. It's a brand spanking new stamp company, from long time stampers Tasnim Ahmed and Jennifer Rzasa, and the images that they have are so unique and fun! I bought three stamp sets from their collections, the Sketchy Cities, Ori Kami, and Figure Effects. I am savoring these new stamps, since I am on a spending freeze for a while, and this was one of my last purchases before the freeze. Here are the cards using Sketchy Cities: 

I LOVE the quality of the stamps: they are really high quality photopolymer, on par with the best of Simon Says Stamp and Lawn Fawn, and even better quality than some of the Simon Says Stamp ones! (Most of SSS is awesome, but there are a few sets where the stamps are a little lacking). I will try to do an in depth review soon, but for now, know that these stamps are awesome. I hope you will check them out!

Best,
~Z

Earth Day recycling card, and Mama Elephant Stamp

Hi All, 
Happy Earth Day! I didn't get this post up in time per se due to scheduling issues, but here is my card for today: 
I recently bought the Stila mini-smudge liner makeup at Sephora, and it had this little plastic piece inside the set that I felt bad about throwing away, but couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with it. I finally wove some cardstock I had laying around (from a discount cardstock scraps bag) and then glued that on top of a cardstock square that I'd layered with some washi tape, then glued that entire thing on top of some yellow cardstock, before popping it all on some foam adhesives. I finally added a little cardstock piece that I heat embossed with a sentiment stamp from Mama Elephant. All I can say is that I LOVE LOVE LOVE Glossy Accents. I swear, that stuff can practically glue anything! :)

Hope everyone had a Happy Earth Day, and lived a little greener today! :)
Best, ~Z

Monday, April 21, 2014

SSS April Card Kit: Card 3

Hi All,
Here is my third card using the April 2014 Simon Says Stamp Card kit! I've been loving this kit so far, and I haven't even started using the papers yet!
 I had some strips of blue paper left over from my first April card, so I got the idea to have them coming out from behind the card. I stamped the heart image from the stamp set on Neenah Desert Storm using Clearsnap Pigment Frost White, and the sentiment was from Mama Elephant, which I embossed on vellum from the kit. I also added the enamel dots from the kit to hide where the adhesive was going. The vellum does bend a little in the middle because I was trying to add Glossy Accents behind the O of Hello, but there wasn't enough on there. In hindsight, I think I would have added two or three layers, let it dry, and then adhered everything. Or start investing in Kooltak adhesive, which is clear (but since I'm on a spending freeze, I guess I'll just have to be patient with the Glossy Accents!) 

I hope you enjoy (or learn from my mistakes!), 
~Z

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lawn Fawn: Just Waving hello

Hi All!
Just wanted to share a card I made using the Lawn Fawn Critters in the Sea stamp set: I have been wanting to use this set for a while, and I was trying to find the perfect way to use as many of the images as possible. I had a Fiskars punch that I recently got in the waves image, and it hit me that these two things would be perfect together. So here is the card I made: 
I've been getting more into paper-piecing recently, and so I paper pieced everything on the card (all the papers were from a discounted "scrap bag" of cardstock, which was $2!), and then added glossy acents to the octopus, the hermit crab, and the seaweed. The sentiment was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and the cloud was stamped using Jenni Bowlin Spice Tin ink.

Hope you like it!
Best,
~Z

Challenges: I am adding this to the SSS Wednesday Challenge, Animal Antics!

My Cute Stamps: Owlways be friends

Hi Everyone, 
I was digging up some old stamp sets that I hadn't used, and I decided to use this one. I had some fun with misting the background and then adding a water brush to blend it all together. I then just drew in the grass with a green American Crafts stamp marker. 

This stamp set is from My Cute Stamps, the Owlways and Forever Friends set. I'm entering this in the SSS Wednesday challenge, Animal Antics

Enjoy!
~Z

Ni Hao!

I'm continuing on my productivity of cards, and I was really inspired by the Crafting by Design weekly challenge, exotic Asia. I have SO many Asia-inspired stamps, so I had to make a card!
 The little girl image is from My Cute Stamps, the Ni Hao stamp set, as well as the lanterns. I freehand wrote the sentiment, Ni Hao. All the papers (including the little girl's dress) are from the June 2013 kit of Simon Says Stamp, Basic Grey's Hipster collection. I was trying to make the image looked aged, so I distressed the edges of the image with Jenni Bowlin Malted Milk ink. The little girl's face is colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, in the colors FS2, FS3, and PP1.

I am also entering this into the A Blog Named Hero Layers challenge!

Enjoy!
~Z

SSS September 2013 Card Kit

Hi Everyone,
I'm continuing my progress through the card kits, in no particular order. Here is a card from the September 2013 card kit!
 I created the background using Adirondack paint daubers, and then stamped the sentiment and flowers over it. I did find that the flowers tended to fade under the metallic paints after stamping, so I might stamp them first and emboss them with clear embossing powder before adding the paints. The mustache washi tape is from the June 2013 card kit, but I thought it added a fun touch here.

Best,
~Z

Saturday, April 19, 2014

SSS April 2014 Card Kit Card 2

Hi Everyone,
I'm continuing my challenge of using as much card kit material as possible with a second card from the April 2014 Card Kit.
I stamped the heart and the background in Clearbox Queue Pigment inks from the Jelly Bean collection, then stamped the light bulb on top with Versafine Onyx black ink. I then embossed the sentiment with Versamark and white Ranger embossing powder. Finally, I drew on the white lines with Sakura white jelly roll pen.

Enjoy!
~Z

Friday, April 18, 2014

SSS April 2014 Card Kit: Card 1

Hi All!
I'm continuing my spring break productivity (well, for cards at least. Studying is another matter...), with a card from the SSS April 2014 Card Kit, which has been sold out, but you can still buy the stamp set itself. Ever since I saw the solid stamp on the kit, all I could think about were fans. I had so many fans as a child in China, especially to swat away the flies and mosquitoes in the summertime!



I stamped the image in Colorbox pigment ink in Canary, and then used my Fiskars paper cutter to make 1/8 inch slices of paper, which I then adhered with Tombow Mono Multi glue. The cardstock is Neenah Desert Storm, and I also used a few of the My Mind's Eye glitter enamel dots that came in the kit. Enjoy!
Best,
~Z
I'm entering this in the Anything goes challenge at Crafting by Design

Spring Break Simon Says Stamp Monthly Card Kit Challenge:

I've been a subscriber to Simon Says Stamp's Monthly Card Kits for two years now, starting with the April Card Kit 2012. I've LOVED all of the kits, with their good selection of papers, cardstock, stamps, and embellishments. I always feel like I get my money's worth, and at $19.99 ($24.95 including shipping), it is actually one of the more affordable kits on the market, compared to Studio Calico, Maya Road, and others.

Unfortunately, as med school has taken over my life for the past two years, the kits have piled up in my closet and on my desk. So, I'm giving myself the challenge to use as much Simon Says Stamp card kit material as possible. I will be mostly focusing on cards, but I might use some of it to make layouts for scrapbooking/Project Life as well. Stay tuned and hopefully join me on this crafty week of adventure! 

Best,
~Z

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Break Productivity

Hi Everyone,
I'm on spring break this week (YAY!), so I want to craft as much as possible (and study, too, of course!). I made a BUNCH of cards this past weekend, and I can't wait to share them with you over the next few days. I also did a few hauls, at Tuesday Morning, Ebay, and my local quilt store, so I'll share those with you as well. I even made a video of one of my hauls, but I haven't decided if I am going to put that up or not, as I get sort of weird and self-conscious of me talking on video.

I can't wait to share all the crafting that has been happening around here, so stay tuned!

To start, here is a picture of the birthday card I made for my friend Matt:

As you can see,  I have some fabric laying around in the back: get ready for some quilty goodness coming up as well! In addition, here is a preview of what I'm working on next: 

Have a great day,
~Z

Tuesday Morning Fabrics

I went to Tuesday morning after the last block exam to cool my head after 3+ hours of examination, and often end up buying to coolest things. My wallet doesn't always thank me, but it is quite fun. This last time, I saw that they had fabrics, what the quilting world calls fat quarters, 7 in a bag for $3.99. This is unbelievably inexpensive, as fat quarters can go for as much as $3-$5 each. I bought one to try it out.

My findings:
The fabrics vary in quality and texture (and size), but they are usable. I am going to use these to improve my quilting/sewing skills. I can cut at least 12 5"x5" squares out of each fat quarter, and I can perfect my half-square triangles using the Jenny Doan technique without sacrificing the good quality, local quilt store bought (i.e. expensive) charm packs that I have been hoarding. I'll let you guys know how it goes!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fabric Box for February Challenge!

Hi all! Sorry I haven't been around in a long time! School has been crazy, as I started my final semester of didactics this past January, the laa semester of classroom work before we go out on rotations/clerkships. Oh, and take that little exam called USMLE/COMLEX Step 1.

However, that does not mean I have not been crafty! I joined a Wellesley online fb group for crafters, which led to an invite to a quilting forum, which issues monthly challenges specifically to use up stash. This month's challenge was to make a fabric box, which I whipped out in a couple of hours.



The tutorial for the box can be found at here, and I did stray a little bit from the tutorial because I was on a binding kick (having finally learned how to bind quilts, thanks to Jenny Doan's tutorials), and I wanted to bind everything I could get my hands on.

Hope all is going well!
~Z