Saturday, July 13, 2019

Heffy Doodle Personalized Tooth Envelope



Hello everyone.

Today I have a felt project for you. I created a personalized tooth envelope using some NEW Heffy Doodle supplies. I used the NEW Tooth Plush Die set and Heart Gift Card Pocket Die set to put this together. A full list of supplies is linked below, as well as the YouTube video I created while making this project.

I save my kids teeth. I know how creepy that is..., but least I can admit it. I'm still going to save them. This way, I have a cute little pouch to save them in. Just add a small plastic baggy and they can be saved forever. Imagine how embarrassed they will be as adults when I show their significant others, or my future grandchildren the teeth I saved! lol.



Some of you may not know that my "real" job is- Dental Assisting. So, any tooth related sets are right up my alley. I love creating fun tooth projects.

I hope that you all feel inspired to stitch something today. Thank you so much for visiting my blog.

Koren



Wednesday, July 3, 2019

On The Make Christmas In July



Hello everyone. 

I have some details for our next On The Make event. This event is called Christmas In July and boy is that accurate. We have tons of prizes and goodies to giveaway from our very generous sponsors. Here are the basics...

Where: Morehead City, North Carolina

When: Saturday July, 20th from 11am until 5 pm

Tickets: Space is limited and tickets are being sold in my Etsy Shop at KorenWiskmanNCo


Why: To get out of the craft room and hang out with like minded people in an awesome beach location.

What: Three card projects taught by myself and Mary Polanco. Six hours of crafty time. Food and beverages included. (fully catered by The Time Out Tavern in Newport, NC). Collectable stuffed Goodie Bags valued at over $100 for each attendee...plus tons of giveaways! 

Here is a list of our sponsors for this event...

Tonic Studios 
Simon Says Stamp
Catherine Pooler Designs
The Gray Muse 
Pink & Main 
Heffy Doodle 
Your Next Stamp 
Arteza Art Supplies
Pear Blossom Press 
Jennifer McGuire Ink 
Kindred Stamps 
Not 2 Shabby Shop 
Kraft Gali 
Scrapping for Less 
The Rabbit Hole Designs 
Spellbinders 


A portion of the proceeds of this event will be donated to the North Carolina Hurricane Relief Fund. For more information about donating (CLICK HERE) 



To connect with other crafters interested in attending this event visit the Facebook event page. (CLICK HERE!) 

I hope to see you there. If you have any additional questions regarding this event, you can email me at korenwiskman@gmail.com 

Koren 







Sunday, June 23, 2019

Spellbinders New Cut and Emboss Folders plus Jane Davenports Colorsticks



Hello everyone.

Today I have a project featuring Spellbinders Cut and Emboss folders. These folders are so unique. They not only embossing a deeply embedded image into your cardstock, but it has built in cut lines to actually cut into your project as well. I have two of these folders. I also used the Jane Davenport Colorsticks to add some color to the already interesting background.

To see more from Spellbinders (CLICK HERE!). I have been using their Platinum Die cutting machine for quite some time now. These folders work perfectly in this machine, but i'm sure they will work in whatever machine you typically use with your thick embossing folders. I would check with your machines manufacturer for the correct sandwich to use.



I took two full 8 1/2 by 11 sheets of Ranger Watercolor cardstock and cut them down to half sheets. Any watercolor cardstock would work for this technique. These embossing folders are a bit bigger than any of the other folders I have used in the past. This makes for a larger card. Just be aware of this when creating with them.

I used a thick piece of acetate that I scored from some Tonic Studios packaging. This acetate is awesome and I save every piece I can. It's super thick and it's perfect for using on card projects like this. I placed the acetate flat on my work surface and began to choose colors from the Jane Davenport Colorsticks collection. I have the Soul Window set with a very vibrant rainbow of colors. I added the colors to the piece of acetate and sprayed it with some water. I used a number 9 brush to mix the water and the color together. After the color was sufficiently mixed I picked up the piece of acetate and took it to one of the watercolor panels. I stamped it down "smooshing" it to the paper, letting it collect wherever it wants to on the paper. After most of the color was removed from the acetate, I then allowed the color to dry on its own. I waited a few mins between adding a new color in the exact same way. I did find that the color layered nicely using this method.



I did two panels using this method of application. Once the panels were done and completely dry. I cut down the panel to the exact measurement of the cut and emboss folder. After running it through my Platinum die cutting machine I had two water color backgrounds with tons of interest. Now what do I do for a sentiment? These card panels are huge, what about a card base?

I cut two specialty card bases to specifically fit these card panels. I used Neenah 110 lb cardstock to do this. I made them slightly larger than the panels themselves in order to leave a nice border around the front panels.



To add them to the card bases I wanted to choose a sparkly cardstock to layer underneath. This will show through on those really neat holes that the folder cuts for you. I picked a white glitter cardstock for this purpose. To affix them together I used Scotch 3M foam tape and a lot of it. I needed to cover a large area without covering the holes that peek underneath.

As for a sentiment, I used the "bonjour" from a past Spellbinders Large Die of the month kit. I love this die. It is super simple to layer together and the heart for the I is adorable. I cut two of these from the same watercolor cardstock and used coordinating colors for each panel to paint an ombre wash of color on them. You can add the color directly to the paper and blend it out with clean clear water and a brush. This gives you the most vibrant color using these sticks. I love the granulated specks that watercolor leaves behind. This is very apparent on the rainbow background.



I cut the same "bonjour" word die several times from heavyweight white cardstock to layer onto my painted die cuts to give them dimension. For the pink and blue panel, I used the same white glitter cardstock and offset the word die on top of it to give it a glittery shadow effect. Both of these were added to the panels using liquid adhesive.

These cards are gigantic and i'm sure I will be handing these cards to friends instead of mailing them, but the concept behind the cut and emboss folders is exciting and opens up tons of neat ideas and possibilities for future designs. The Jane Davenport Colorsticks were fun to play with and gave a fantastic result. I love that they look like lipstick containers. They also come in a great case with a swatch chart ready for you to fill in with color. I hope you enjoyed my projects today. To see more from Spellbinders (CLICK HERE!).

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Koren









Saturday, June 15, 2019

Heffy Doodle Crafty Friends Card Set



Hello everyone.

Today I have a series of interesting cards for you and a video. I'm using the Heffy Doodle crafty and friend Heffy Cuts Word dies, and a glue bottle stamp and die from the Crafty Friends Stick together set, Simple Stories 6x8 paper from the Crafty Girl pack, and even a little clear vellum from Papertrey Ink.  I really wanted to make a few beautiful, yet simple cards, to make for some of my "Crafty Friends".





These cards incorporated some die layering on the sentiments to create a truly dimensional look.

I hope you will check out my YouTube video of my making this card. I will leave it linked in this post.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Koren





Tuesday, June 4, 2019

MFT & Friends June Release


Hello everyone. 

I am always excited to be participating in the MFT & Friends' posts. I am a huge fan of Birdie Brown, I’m sure you have heard this before. And this month, I am simply in love with these adorable sea creatures and their punny coordinating sentiments. 

The MFT June Release is LIVE in the shop right now. (CLICK HERE!) to check out the entire release. You can also (CLICK HERE!) to see the MFT & Friends post with tons of inspiration for this release. 



Today I have two projects for you both using the NEW Friends with Fins stamp set and coordinating dies from My Favorite Things and Birdie Brown. This set has whales and dolphins and an absolutely adorable shark that I just had to color. I actually cut him out and stuck him onto a collage I’ve been creating behind the scenes here in my craft room. The other images found their way onto this adorable oversized card. 

This card actually measures around 4 1/4 by 7. I never actually measured it. I just assumed I would have to us a big old envelope to send it in.  I was inspired to create it with the MFT Pop Up Wiper Card Components that are also being released today. I used the long wave border die in that set to create the seamless waves on the top of my card. This was so easy because of the length of this die. 

Before cutting the waves into the top of that panel, I did use my Nuvo Blender brushes to ink blend some Distress Oxide Inks for the water and the sandy ocean bottom. I used  Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean, and Tumbled Glass for the water, and the sandy ocean bottom was created with Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy. 



Once I saw how good the background looked, I needed to do more ink blending so I ink blended four additional smaller panels to use as well. I  used the NEW MFT Under the Sea dies with them to add to the underwater environment.  For those panels I used...

  • Teal - Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, and Peacock Feathers
  • Purple - Wilted Violet and Shaded Lilac
  • Coral - Abandoned Coral and Ripe Persimmon
  • Gray - Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, and Black Soot

Once the panels were all inked. I used one of the colors from each blend to add a little bit of splatter with the Ranger Splatter Brush and an acrylic block. I just simply add some ink to the acrylic block and dip my brush in. Re-inkers are fabulous for this technique. It gives you a lot of ink to play with.  I rub the bristles over against the block over my project and try to direct the splatter onto the backgrounds the best I can. The Ranger Splat Box helps me contain my mess, but I have used an old diaper box for this in the past as well.  

Since I already had my splat box out, I decided to cover them with shimmer as well. I used Imagine Crafts Frost and Sparkle shimmer spritz as well as Hero Arts White Iridescent spray to make all of the panels shine before die cutting them. 

I then used MFT’s Extreme Black Ink to stamp the images from the Friends with Fins stamp set onto Neenah 110 lb Solar White Cardstock. I used my Copic Markers to color them. I also added a bit of shading with my Faber Castell Gold Faber Colored pencils. 



I added the images and the die cuts onto the background with either Nuvo Deluxe Liquid adhesive or Scotch 3M Foam Tape.  I almost forgot the bubbles!  The bubbles are also from the Friends with Fins coordinating dies. I cut them from the lightest parts of the blue ink blended background that I used for the water. We are just going to pretend these fish are talking amongst themselves for this scene. 

I stamped the “ I would cross and ocean for you” sentiment  with Nuvo Clear Mark embossing ink and heat embossed it with Ranger White embossing powder.  I quickly trimmed it down with my Fiskars wire guide paper trimmer. 

I also added some Gelly Roll Stardust pen to the hearts and I coated them with a layer of Nuvo Crystal Glaze. 



My second card is super simple, but really fun. Does anyone remember the fish from finding Nemo that could work together to transform themselves into just about anything? Well, that was my inspiration for this card.  

I used my Brother Scan N Cut to cut out the shape of a heart out of Avery repositionable label material. I placed it onto a piece of Neenah 110 lb Cardstock. I loaded an acrylic block with the two solid cluster of fish images  from the Friends with Fins stamp set and stamped them repeatedly with Nuvo Clear Mark embossing ink.  After every couple of stamps, I coated them with Wow Under the Sea embossing glitter. Once the heart was completely filled in, I heated up the fish with my Wagner heat tool to finish the embossing. 


I removed the heart shaped mask and added a sentiment strip made from Papertry Ink’s Tranquil Tide cardstock.  I stamped the “sending you an ocean of love”  with the same embossing ink and Ranger White embossing powder.  This sentiment was also trimmed with my paper trimmer. 

I hope you enjoyed my projects for today. If you would like to see more from this release or see more inspiration (CLICK HERE!)  to visit My Favorite Things online store and blog. 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, 

Koren 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Memory Box Unboxing and Project Share



Hello everyone.

I have an awesome NEW video for you today. Memory Box reached out to me and asked me if I wanted to play with a few of their products so that my followers could see some of their stuff. Of course I said yes. I have loved using Memory Box products as well as their sister companies Birch Press Designs and Poppy Stamps. I couldn't wait to get my hands on these Fish Tales stamp sets to make a card.

To find out more about what Memory Box has to offer (CLICK HERE!) but be warned!!! You will immediately fall in love.

I have a video project as well as another card that I created off camera. I still have so many ideas, be on the look out for more card projects featuring these items.



Here is a link to the video I created showing off all of the supplies that were sent to me. Some of them I picked out myself and some of them are newer products that they thought my followers would enjoy seeing. I loved everything that was sent to me and I want to personally thank them choosing me for this collaboration.



As for the second project I created, I started with four pieces of Neenah 110 lb cardstock cut to 4 1/4 by 5 1/2. I usually keep these close by because it is my most used cardstock. I decided that I was going to ink blend on these panels. I wanted the blend to be as smooth as possible and I wanted them to be as alike as possible.

I choose Distress Oxide ink in Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Mermaid Lagoon. This combination is similar to the ink colors used on the project in the video above, only with this one, I used Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy, these are my favorite "sand" colors.



I made sure to ink blend all four panels as similarly as possible. To get a very smooth blend I used Ranger Ink Blending tools for this, and I love the way these look and I think it will set the perfect seascape background. They were each cut down to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4.

Once the backgrounds were well dried (only a few mins needed), I used the Underwater Collage, Seaweed Collage, and Coral Collage dies to cut from the panels. I lined them each up towards the center of one of the panels, leaving the fourth panel alone to serve as the background for the others to be built upon.

I used a Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock card base cut to size A2 in top folding orientation. I adhered the background panel first with Scotch double sided tape. I then used Scotch foam tape to pop up each additional panel stacking them and lining them up the best I could. I makes the perfect little dimensional scene for your critters to live in. The coral, seaweed, and bubbles all add to the theme of the card.



For my images, I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp several of the lined images from the Memory Box Fish Tales stamp set. I used my We R Memory Keepers Precision Press to stamp them. I used an alcohol marker friendly ink because I wanted to play with my new to me Nuvo Alcohol Markers. I chose 5, three color blends to color my fish. I have made a Nuvo Alcohol Marker Color Map so that you can see the makers I used plus a close up of the card for reference.

I adhered the fish on the interior sections using Nuvo Deluxe Liquid adhesive. To pop up the fish on the outside of the die cut panels I used the same Scotch Foam Tape.


I also used foam tape to pop up the sentiment strip. I stamped the sentiment "let minnow how things are going" with Nuvo Clear Mark embossing ink onto a piece of Lawn Fawn Black Licorice cardstock and heat embossed it using Ranger White embossing powder. I cut it down using my Fiskars wire guide paper trimmer.

To see more from Memory Box (CLICK HERE!). All of my supplies used on these projects are linked below using Affiliate links when available, at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting our crafty community.

I hope that you enjoyed my projects today. I hope you all are having a wonderful Memorial Weekend with your families. Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Koren


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Spellbinders So Many Sentiments Die Set



Hello everyone. 

Today I am sharing with you a few cards I’ve made using the NEW Spellbinders “So Many Senitiments” Die Set. This set is an add-on set from last October’s “Truckin’ Through the Seasons” die set that originally appeared in a Large Die Kit of the month. I made a few Christmas Cards using it, and if you would like to check those out,  (CLICK HERE!). Today I’m using the NEW add on set as well as the original Truck Die Set to create some fun summer inspired cards, and since you’re already here, no more clicking is necessary- the fresh stuff is right here! 




I started by cutting out some patterned paper backgrounds from one of my favorite 6x6 paper pads called Summer Dreams. I believe it has been discontinued but it’s made by Echo Park (at least was). If you can find it, snatch it up, I know I will- its a great pack. I cut three of the patterns that appealed to me the most, and cut them down to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4.  

For two of those patterns, I ink blended a little bit of Distress Oxide Ink in Peacock Feathers around the outside. I used my Nuvo Blender Brushes to add the inked edges. 




On the background with the popsicles, I used the NEW “get well” die from the Spellbinders So Many Sentiments Die Set, and cut it into the top center of the card front. I popped it up onto a coordinating piece of pattered paper from the same pack and added it to a Simon Says Stamp Fog card base and called it done, it was super simple, yet- with just that simple die cut and mounting the image to the base- I had a card that was ready to give away. 

The background with all the illustrations on it was also popped up onto a Fog card base using Scotch Double Sided Adhesive.  But to this one, I added a few of the original die cut shapes from the Truckin Through the Seasons die set to the bottom left corner of the panel. I created a surf board and a beach ball out of various patterns from the same pack of paper from Echo Park and added a layer of Crystal Glaze to the outside to make it shiny and look like they are ready to ride some waves. 




To finish off this card I added the NEW Hello die cut from Neenah 110 lb Solar White Cardstock. I first cut the plain rectangle shape that comes in both sets and then I centered the “hello” within it and cut it out four times. I used my Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to adhere all of my layers together.  

To attach it to my card front I used Tombow Extreme Clear Adhesive Tabs cut into small strips and added to the back of the word die. This adhesive is clear and although you may be able to spot it, it doesn’t stand out quite as much as a white adhesive does. 




For my final card, I assembled the truck die and created a scene using  elements from both sets. I used various colors and types of cardstock. They will be linked below except for the EK success assorted wood paper that I used for the surf boards, as it is no longer available. I am sure we can find something comparable though, so, don’t fret. This time I cut out four of the scalloped and pierced rectangles and the “wish big” sentiment, both from the NEW set. I used the same clear adhesive tabs to pop it up on the tailgate of my truck. Most of the other elements of this truck were either popped up using Scotch 3M foam tape or adhered using liquid adhesive. 




I hope you enjoyed my card projects using the NEW Spellbinders So Many Sentiments Die set and the Trucking Through the Seasons Set. These sets are a lot of fun and there are so many different sentiments with this NEW set that it makes the versatility of this set so vast you will have years of use out of these products. 

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. To check out my from Spellbinders (CLICK HERE!) 

Koren 








Saturday, May 18, 2019

Heffy Doodle Forest Builder Flower Card Video



Hello everyone.

Today I have an interesting card for you and a video. I'm using the Heffy Doodle Flower Builder Dies to create a unique looking flower. I like finding ways to stretch my supplies, so I'm sharing my idea with you today.



These dies were intended to make trees, but if you look at them in a different light, you will find that the shapes sort of resemble flowers. So, I laid out my pieces into a flower arrangement. I think it turned out cute and it was a lot of fun to create.

I hope you will check out my YouTube video of my making this card. I will leave it linked in this post.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Koren



Friday, May 17, 2019

Neat & Tangled May Release Week Wrap Up



Hello everyone. 

Today is the day. The Neat & Tangled May Release is now available in the shop. (CLICK HERE!) to visit the Neat & Tangled Online Store to shop the NEW Release. This week was a lot of fun. I think my favorite of the release is the G.O.A.T. stamp set and coordinating dies because of that adorable little farmer. 






As a close second is the Quilted Background stamp. This fun geometric pattern is simply fantastic for so many techniques, it’s sure to be a staple in my collection. 

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. Maker sure you (CLICK HERE!) to shop the NEW Release and to visit the blog for today’s Giveaway information. 

Koren 




Thursday, May 16, 2019

Neat & Tangled May Release Week: Day Four Foliage Frames

Hello Everyone. 

Today is Day Four of Neat & Tangled’s May Release Week, and we are using the NEW Foliage Frames stamp set and coordinating dies to inspire you today. This stamp set is easy to use and it  creates the most elegant cards. It features a circle pattern, that is the size of a  background, in clear photopolymer as well as matching added foliage to add versatility. These additional pieces of foliage also have coordinating dies. The die set even has a die that cuts just the center of the large circular pattern stamp, which is what I did today. 

Don’t forget to (CLICK HERE!) to visit the Neat & Tangled blog for more information about today’s featured set, as well as the giveaway for today’s post. There will also be some more inspiration over there from the design team that is sure to wow you. This release goes LIVE tomorrow Friday, May 16th at 8:00 AM. 



I started with a piece of Ranger Watercolor cardstock, and loaded the large stamp from the Foliage Frames set into my We R Memory Keepers Precision Press. I inked up the stamp first with Distress Ink in Twisted Citron. This gave a good green base to work with. Then I used my Distress Markers in Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, and Pine Needles to add some more depth to the colors of the image.  I stamped it twice to get the look you see in the finished photos. 

I cut the panel down to 4 3/4 by 3 1/2 inches and used the Foliage Frames dies to cut out the center of this stamped image. Just the center for now. This leaves an opening in the center that is perfect for a sentiment. 



To add to this panel, I also stamped the smaller individual pieces of foliage from the same set, using the same technique as above, only this time I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. 

As for a sentiment, I used the “hello” sentiment from the Foliage Frames Stamp set. I stamped it using Nuvo Clear Mark embossing ink onto a piece of Neenah 110lb. cardstock, and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder. 

To add a little more detail, I added a few of the berry clusters that come with the set. I’m not sure what the actual name for this image is, but it basically looks like a cluster of three circles. I feel like they represent berries or nuts or just some other element of the arrangement. Anyway, I stamped them and heat embossed them as well, and scattered them throughout the panel. 



To put this card together, I added Scotch 3M Foam Tape to the under side of the original panel to provide some dimension for the sentiment. I then added the entire panel to a Simon Says Stamp Fog card base. 

I hope you enjoyed my project for today. Make sure you stop over to the Neat & Tangled Blog to see what the rest of the design team as created to inspire you. (CLICK HERE!)

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. 


Koren 



Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Neat & Tangled May Release Week: Day Three Quilted Background

Hello everyone. 
Today is Day Three of Neat & Tangled’s May Release Week and we are showcasing the NEW Quilted Background stamp. This stamp is a 6x6 red rubber background stamp and it features a geometric pattern similar to a quilting pattern, hence the name, I suppose. I immediately knew that I wanted to  ink blend behind those beautiful shapes. 

Make sure you (CLICK HERE!)  to visit the Neat & Tangled Blog and see what the rest of the design team has created using this awesome NEW product. There is also Giveaway information there for today’s giveaway . You should never miss a giveaway opportunity, by the way. 



Today I grabbed a piece of Neenah 110 lb. Solar White cardstock and my We R Memory Keepers Precision Press. I loaded the background stamp onto one of the plates in order to get a great impression for my background. The Precision Press allows me to stamp in the same place multiple times to ensure your ability for an even, and well-stamped image. I used Nuvo Clear Mark Embossing Ink  and heat embossed it using Ranger White Embossing Powder.  

Once the freshly heat embossed background had cooled I used my Nuvo Blender Brushes to ink blend some Tailored Expression inks onto the background. I used Lavender Glaze, Plum Punch, and Jelly Donut Dye Inks to ink blend my background.  

I absolutely love the look of a smooth ink blended background no matter what color it is. This panel was then cut down to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4 inches and popped up onto a Simon Says Stamp Fog card base using white craft foam and Scotch doubled sided tape.



One of my favorite die sets is the Journaling Alphas by Neat & Tangled. They remind me of a Rae Dunn Design and I absolutely love the hand drawn feel.  So, I cut the word “friend” out of Neenah 110 lb. Solar White cardstock. I cut them (4) times each. I layered them together using Ranger Multi Medium Matter liquid adhesive and my blunt tipped syringe. 

To jazz up the word die, I used some of the same inks I used on the background but I used them to ink blend the bottom of each letter. To help me do this, I used Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes. The extra small round tipped blender brush is one of my favorites for detail blending like this. I can build up color with small amounts of ink to a very small area. 

After the ink had dried, I still did not think it was quite jazzy enough, so I added Ranger Stickles Frosted Lace to the very very bottom of each letter. This way the ink faded into white and the glitter faded into the ink.  The letters were adhered one by one using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and a small scale to help align the images. 



To add to the sentiment, once again I stamped a sub sentiment using Nuvo Clear Mark Embossing Ink onto Stampin’ Up!’s Gorgeous Grape.  I used Neat & Tangled’s Skinny Strips to cut out the smallest fishtail banner from the set to house the next part of the sentiment. “You are special to me” was heat embossed using the same Ranger White embossing powder as before.  The strip was then popped up using Tombow  Extreme Clear Adhesive Tabs. 

To finish off the card, I used micro Glue Dots to stick some Clear sequins onto the front of my card panel to add even more sparkle and shine. 

I love how this card turned out and it was very easy to create. The color combinations for card like this are endless. Have fun creating a background of your own. 

Don’t forget to visit Neat & Tangled For more information on the Giveaway. (CLICK HERE!) While you are there, check out the rest of the design team’s blogs and comment to increase your chances of winning. 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. 

Koren