Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tree Poem Note Card

Hi, Today I am bringing another you a tutorial with Stampendous.  I am going to use CRR164 Tree Poem and Adirondac Alcohol Inks to make your background paper.

The Tree Poem stamp was was designed by Lisa Hensley who also wrote the poem and it is lovely.  The stamp is great for a little note card like I've done today or a beautiful tag or better yet mix media.

With today's project it is quick and easy taking about 30 minutes.


This is a simple clean note card with a finished inside as well. The background is done with Ranger alcohol inks on glossy cardstock and that's about it.  The stamp is so lovely I didn't want to add anything else to it.

You will need a blending tool with pad. You can see it in the the photo.  I prefer to use Kryon 18K Gold Leafing Pen vs. the metallic mixatives from the ink collection.  I get my pen from JoAnn's.
The inks are found everywhere.  The colors i used for this project are. Sunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow, Stream, Bottle and Slate is in the photo but I didn't use it.  I always have slate out incase I want to tone the colors down or deepen them.  It is a must have color.

I worked one color at a time with this project going from top to bottom overlapping just a bit as you can see.  You want to change your pads with each color :( sorry...keep your colors true on this project.  Now that the first coat is done we are ready to move to the 2nd coat.  This coat you will have to move fast when applying...

Get your yellow ready on your tool and pad.  With the Gold pen dot a couple of place far apart with the gold pen.  Only a couple.   Now quickly work the yellow ink.  See how the gold leaf pen reacts with the alcohol ink.  pretty cool huh.  It makes it look like marble.  Especially when you get into the darker colors.  Repeat this process for all the colors.

Apply a third coat if you want to deepen your colors the gold pen will still react.  I did a third coat.  

When you are happy let it dry.  You can heat set it if you like.


Now we are going to emboss our image.  But we have to make sure it is really dry.   It can take a little bit because of the leafing pen.  I heat set mine and let set for a while or let it set over night just to be safe.  

I used Clear Bark.  You do want to use a fine detailed powder because of the words on this image and all the fine details.  

Using Toffee Crunch ink by Memento Stamp only the leaves.  I used kraft paper.  


cut to fit inside of card for note.
finish with a little twine or ribbon.

I hope you enjoyed todays little tutorial on the Tree Poem.  I would love to read your thoughts and comments.  Would love it even more if you became a new follower of my blog!  Enjoy and happy crafting!!!  - Rhea

Here is a list of Products




Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wings Challenge


It's time for another challenge at

Are you ready to play along with us?  Our challenge is...
Anything With Wings

We are kicking off our new fun filled and easy challenge and we hope you play along!  You can win a $20 gift certificate to the 7 Kids College Fund store.  There are a few simple rules so be sure to visit the challenge blog to check them out.  

For today's inspiration I used some new products that just arrived!!!!  New Spellbinder Dies (they are showing as preorder in the store, but they are in!) , Stamps by DoCrafts and DIES by DoCrafts!!!  You have to see these!  I just love the DoCraft dies and they are cheap!




I really only had the image as I started with no idea or a plan.  All I knew was I loved the stamp.  The image is actually airbrushed with copic markers...no coloring done, just airbrushed.  Took me about 5 minutes.  I did texture the background with copic blending solution and a piece of burlap.  You can kind of see the white dots in the background.

The flower was made with the DoCraft Die with lots of layers and the background with Spellbinders Curved Boarders.  Finally a little Pearl Pen to make the pearls and that's about it.

Here is a list of my preferred products and the products I used :)  Enjoy your shopping!!!!



Saturday, March 23, 2013

Stampendous Blog Hop!!! Here at 7 Kids College Fund



It's time for another blog hop here at 7 Kids College Fund!  This time we are playing with Stampendous!!!  They have so many wonderful stamps, embossing powders and their line of Fran-tage' and elements is amazing!  

For the week of this special hop 7 Kids is offering 10% off their already great prices on ALL Stampendous products as well as pre orders on the new Stampendous stuff!!!  WOW!!!  

Just type in the coupon code HOP10




I managed to use a little of everything in today's project.

For the Stamp I chose to use the Jumbo Butterfly's with Aged  Hunter Embossing Powder.  Color Washed with distress inks.  I embellished the background of my papers with Aged Gold embossing powder.  Then I layered on ochre fragments, silver crushed glass, pearlized mica fragments and green crushed glass.  I did edge all edges of paper with the aged gold embossing powder too :)

All these little things take and ordinary card and make it go WOW!!!

Here is a list of everything I used....


Don't forget...you can get 10% off of Tab's already reduced prices on all Stampendous products :)
Stampendous products
coupon code  HOP10

It's time to keep hopping along to my other teamies to see what else can be created.  Don't forget to leave comments on each of our blog post because you could win a $20 gift certificate to the 7 Kids Store!  Next up is:


Doodle Dragon Studio Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice


Doodle Dragon Studio Studios new challenge is Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice.  Or as I say...Girls rule and boys drool, just sayin'.  

You can play along and win an image of your choice from Dustin.  Check it out over at Doodle Dragon Studios and The Challenge Blog



Here I've used my
E 40's and R 80's to color

Thanks for stopping by today!!!!    Happy Coloring, Rhea

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Prima Mixed Media Doll Stamps

Hello, It's Wednesday and this is Rhea here again bringing you a design for 7 Kids College Fund.  While at CHA this past January Tab and I just fell in love with Prima's new Mixed Media Doll Stamps!
Well, they are coming to 7 Kids and are now on Pre-order along with tons and tons of Prima's new goodies.  Click here to see What is coming.....Coming Soon From Prima

I actually have 2 that I played with and would like share this one with you today :)


I colored her with copic markers.  Skin tones E000, E21, E11, E33.  Dress was done in BV20, BV23, BV25 and BV29.  to soften and blend BV20 into the white of the paper for the highlights.   I choose to color with "High Contrast" because I like the "pop" and "wow" factor...lol.

You don't have to color them with copic markers!  Stamp and emboss.  Stamp them on pattern paper and cut them out like paper dolls...that's my future project with these!  Stamp and paint the dress or chalk it or whatever your heart desires.  They are so versatile.   I plan on collecting EVERYONE OF THEM because I have big plans.

Well, enough of my jibber, jabber...time to shop :)




Friday, March 15, 2013

Make It Crafty and Tiddly Inks


Joint Blog Hop Day 2 - Make It Crafty and Tiddly Inks - Unlock the Secrets blog hop

Welcome! After months of preparation, Christy from Tiddly Inks and  Zoe from 
Make it Crafty are so pleased to share our AMMMAAAAZZZING release! This is a 
two-day event and we hope you settle in and prepare to have fun seeing the mix of Tiddly 
and MIC images on both days! We have new images to share and a little game to play
---there is hieroglyphic "secret" code with a secret saying, so as you hop along, 
look out for a set of hieroglyphic symbols that spell out that code. :) 

There are directions below with how to sign up. 

But before you rush to do that, I wanted to show off a sample I did mixing and matching Tiddly Inks character with Make It Crafty's background.  They totally inspired yet another cigar shadow box :)



Ok...so...want to know how to play along and how to win???  Can't tell you it's a secret! ha ha, just kidding!  Clink the link below :)


Have Fun!  -Rhea

Jumbo Sunflower Tutorial for Stampendous

Hello, Rhea here again this week to share another Stampendous tutorial with you!  This week is packed with tips!  Learn how to use the new Jumbos Flowers with Template from Stampendous, Dry Brush with Distress Inks, a little tip Fran-tage, and I even included a card pattern. :)

But there is more...I would love for you to share your card pattern too!  There are more details below!!!

Ok, let's get started!



 I was inspired by a video posted by Scrapbooking Made Simple.  It was fun to watch Stacy and her giggles were contagious.  So here you go with my version.

 You will need the Jumbo Sunflower by Stampendous which comes with it's own templates.  Great tip from Stacy was to mark the templates this side up!!!


I also used Aged Gold, Clear Lemon and Nutmeg embossing powders with Chrystal Micro Glitter.


 I forgot to take a picture of using the inner sunflower :(  So I will explain.  It's easy, position the template and with Versa Mark pat the area.  You can see it in the picture.  Then with my fingers I sprinkles a little of each of the above listed embossing powders AND micro glitter.  Then heated :)

Next, take the template that is the shape of the sunflower and position it.  With a finger dauber and Walnut Stain and Mustard Seed lightly work the colors off all the edges of the template.  I started with Walnut stain and then mustard seed taking the mustard seed out farther to give depth.

Stamp the sunflower into the empty shape.  It's easy to line up but don't worry about being perfect!  Art isn't perfect :)  Color wash the sunflower peddles  with Mustard seed first.  Next with wild honey.  For the flower centers I used walnut stain, forrest moss and wild honey.

To apply the color you will lightly load your applicator with color.  Barely touch your image and brush from the inside of the pedal out.  Do not go all the way to the tip of the pedal.  You just want to add a hint of color.  Next you will go to your wild honey.  With this color you will add just a smidge of color from the inside of the pedal out.  This is your shading color.  For the center of the flower do 3/4 with walnut stain then a circle with forrest moss and then a smaller circle with wild honey leaving a small white circle as a highlight.

Remember, this is just like chalking and is only meant to add hints of color.

For the dry brushing/color washing I use mini sponge applicators and I feel these very important.  It looks like an eye make up applicator and there are 2 kinds that are perfect.  They can be found at JoAnn's and Sofft Art Sponges online.  These applicators have the same sponge tip as a finger dauber which allows the color washing to glide smoothly.  If you use a cheeper version such as one from the dollar store brand you will not be happy with your results as the color will skip and be uneven.  They are also the most cost effective applicators as well as I like to dedicate 1 per color.  I want to keep my colors "True."





Here is the pattern.  If you double click on the picture you can enlarge it.
cut a piece of pattern paper 6"x10"
on one side 
score @ 2" and make it 2" long
score @ 4" and make it 4" long
flip the card
score @ 2" and make it 2" long
score @ 4" and make it 4" long
flip the card
make cut from the 2" score line and make it a total of 4" long
Flip the card
make cut from the 2" score line and make it a total of 4" long
All top folds are mountains and all bottom folds are valley
The finished card will be a 6x6



Almost done....
Now, take the template that has then center cut out and position it around the stamped colored image. Cover it with Versa Mark then detailed clear embossing powder and heat.  Repeat with the other sunflower.


With Aleene's paper glaze or glossy accents it time to make your centers.  I smeared my paper glaze where I wanted my centers.  Added my Fragments and crushed glass glitter with a dusting of crystal micro glitter.

Fragments and Elements used: Bronzed Mica Fragments, Hunter Fragment, Bronze Crushed Glass, Champaign Crushed Glass

Ok, now I decided to I wanted to add aged gold embossing powder.  I sprinkled it over my crusty goodness and heated it from underneath!  It bubbled and popped and the powder melted and it was AWESOME!!!!  The best part when it cooled the paper glaze was dry!  For Reals!!!  I was so excited I think I squealed.  I loved the effect of having just a dab of embossing aged gold on the top of all the elements.  I am going to have to do that again.

So there you have it my friends.  A long tutorial, I know, but I think it was worth it.  And I hope you did to.

Now I would love to have YOU share with me your card pattern!!!!!  


I am going to add a page to my blog...It's already there waiting to add your pattern!!!! 

If you have an awesome pattern you want to share and you have it on your blog with an easy to follow instructions with photos I may just add it to my page. If you are selected your pattern will be linked to your name and your blog.  I will post from an html from your blog.  I will not take credit at any time for your pattern.  If I use your pattern to design for one of my teams I will give you full credit for the pattern and link that pattern back to your blog.  Sound Fair????  Awesome!!!