Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

This past weekend was my favorite event of the year, Stamp & Scrapbook Expo 2017 in Edison, NJ.  Always so much fun!  Classes, shopping, cropping, meeting up with old friends, making new friends, swapping buttons, more shopping, etc.  lol

I've been so inspired after seeing new products, samples, demos, and taking classes.  One of the things I wanted to play with are my Nuvo Embellishments Mousse(es?).

I only have the Indian Gold, Pure Platinum, and Fresh Copper.  I ordered some of the beautiful colors today, so I printed out the color chart (thanks Vicky Papaioannou for a great YouTube video and the downloadable chart!).  While creating my chart, I realized the color names are not only on the bottom, but they're teeny-tiny!  So, out came my trusty Brother P-Touch Label Maker!

Much better!

I began with some Stampin' Up! Basic Black card stock, and created my background using 3 different daubers.  I went back & forth with each color adding layers and blending.

Next came Tim Holtz's Riveted Metal embossing folder.

I took a deep breath and added some Black Soot Distress Paint all over, covering the entire piece.

I quickly wiped it all off with my Ikea dishtowel.

I really had to use some elbow grease because the paint starting drying.

I thought this needed something mechanical looking, so I dug out my Lots of Bots stamp set from Stampin' Up!  This set is sooo cute!  An oldie but goodie!

I watercolored the image with Distress Inks, and was pretty happy with myself on how it turned out.

Here's the cute inside ...

And the back ...

Thanks for visiting! 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Beautiful Flowers

Had a play date with my friend, Mercedes, last night.  We were inspired by the card below from Pinterest, created by Lin from the Sending Hugs blog.  We used the Designer Flowers stamps & dies by Simon Says Stamp.  I have the Wishing & Sending dies by SSS, but we had a little trouble finding words in my collection of stamps that would go with them.  Guess I'm going to have to head over to the SSS website and order their companion stamp set!  (Like I need more stamps!  haha)  The "friend" die is from Simon Says Stamp, and the small word stamps are from the Amazing to Zany set by Stampin' Up!  The background embossing folder is Stampin' Up!'s Perfect Polka Dots, and I used Silver Lining Nuvo Crystal Drops in the center of each flower.

We got a little carried away while making our flowers.  We started out using white embossing powder on a few different types of cardstock:  Stampin' Up! shimmery white, cardstock vellum, cardstock vellum with Blue Sky Archival Ink by Wendy Vecchi on back, and blue tissue paper recycled from a gift bag I received.

We then moved onto watercolor paper using black embossing powder and painting with Stampin' Up! watercolor crayons.  This was inspired by another Pinterest card (a post for another day), but I soon went back to the white embossing powder on the wc paper.  Since there were two of us playing, we had to take turns stamping, melting the powder, and die cutting the flowers, so that took up most of our evening.

I really want to be playing more now instead of writing this post!