Friday, February 17, 2017

February Technique Blog Hop: So Sketchy

Welcome to the


Blog Hop.

This month we are focusing on using a sketch to inspire our cards.

Here's the sketch we are working from for this hop.


How can you use a sketch other than copying it exactly?

How about changing it up by using patterned paper for the background?
Or changing the flowers to monsters or animals or another diecut or stamp?
Flip the sketch and place the elements at the top of the page or 
turn the whole thing on it's side and make it a horizontal card instead of a vertical one?

Maybe you'll try what I did and make the sketch a one layer card.

Now on with the cards...


Stamps and inks by Catherine Pooler Designs.
Inks: Rockin' Red, Orange Twist, Grass Skirt, Lime Rickey, Tiara, Tutti Frutti
Use this link to save 10% on your first order.

Using a sketch for inspiration is a great way to get out of a rut.
Create the sketch as is, then start changing it up, 
before you know it you'll have a pile of wonderful cards 
and your motivation returned too.


Thanks for hopping with us today. 
Don't forget to comment on each blog on the hop to be entered into this
month's drawing.

This month's prize was donated by 
Claudia Henderson
Claudia is giving away this super cute Easter Bunny Stamp Set.


You must comment on each blog in the hop by March 4th to be eligible.

....and the winner of January's hop is Jennifer Earley.

Jennifer, please email me at scrapsbygracie at gmail.com
within 7 days to claim your prize.
Use JANUARY TECH HOP WINNER in subject line.

Happy Crafting!
Theresa


Today's Line-up

THERESA   YOU ARE HERE 
AMANDA  Your next stop.
LISA  
MICHELLE 





Calling All Sistahs February 2017


Welcome to the February Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop.

You've should arrived here from the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog,
if not be sure to stop by and leave them some love along with all the other bloggers today. 
Today's hop list can be found at the bottom of this post.

Today's theme is With Love from your Sistah.

My card is very simple, just a one layer card, but it's definitely filled with love.

The outside uses the Powerful Words  stamp set. 
Stamped in Versa Mark and embossed with 
Brutus Monroe Alabaster and Penny embossing powders.

The inside uses the Hope Ribbon stamp set.
(use this link and save 10% on your first order)


Don't forget to hop to all the blogs and leave a little love.
Michele is giving away two gift certificates to random commenters who post by the 19th.


Go on now ladies
feel them up!

We can conquer this thing, one month at a time!

Happy Crafting
Theresa




Today's Hop Line-up
Theresa Knopf  YOU ARE HERE
Jeanne Jachna  NEXT STOP

Friday, January 20, 2017

January 2017 Technique Blog Hop: Shaving Cream Marblizing

Welcome to a new year of card techniques.


We've also got a few new bloggers joining us for this crazy challenge. 
Please welcome them and leave them lots of love via comments on each blog.

This month we are getting messy with shaving cream and all kinds of coloring agents, 
from ink refills, color powders, alcohol inks and even food coloring. 

You won't believe the variety of results you can achieve when you play with this technique.

I've got lots and lots of cards to share. 

I played with Stampin' Up ink refills, Ranger Alcohol inks and Brusho Color Crystals.

I used a can of shaving cream from Dollar Tree.

I'm sure the other ladies shared that this project is MESSY!
If you don't like getting inky, then this is not a project you will want to undertake.

However, I limited the mess by doing this in the kitchen, right next to the sink.
I wore a pair of long kitchen gloves (you know the kind you use to wash dishes....hahahaha I crack myself up, I don't do dishes, that's the hubby's domain).
I used an old cookie sheet and covered my countertop in wax paper 
(THIS IS CRITICAL when using alcohol inks!!!! 
Those puppies are PERMANENT!!!!! Do not get them on the counter!).

I also cleared off my large glass top table to use as a drying rack for the full sheets that I created.


I made a total of 14 8.5 x 11 inch sheets. 
I used Heavyweight White Cardstock by Paper Studio.

That created 56 card fronts.

Yep, 56! I know that's a lot, but they smell good, even a couple weeks after creating them.

A few of those 56 card fronts have actually turned into cards and here they are for your looky-loo.
I've added underneath each on what color medium I used.
Stamps sets used are listed at the bottom of the post.

Stampin' Up Ink Refills
Ranger Alcohol Inks
 
Stampin' Up Ink Refills


Ranger Alcohol Inks
 
Heidi Swap Color Mist

Brusho Color Crystals

Stampin' Up Ink Refills


Brusho Color Crystals

Brusho Color Crystals

Brusho Color Crystals

Brusho Color Crystals

Ranger Alcohol Inks  (3rd generation of the same application of color)

Ranger Alcohol Inks

Ranger Alcohol Inks

Ranger Alcohol Inks

Ranger Alcohol Inks

Here's a couple of videos that we used to learn this technique, you might find them helpful too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3Gl7ENNXoQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvGOfXvFDmI

A friend Michelle, who is working on starting a blog to share with all of you, created with us too.
Here is her results:

I used retired Stampin Up inks. This one is pink and blue, though it looks grey.

  
Mostly green and purple. Pic on right was worked too much, and colors started to blend too much. 
This was definitely a learning experience.


My favorite. Yellow, orange and green.

Love the colors...Pink, purple and aqua...But not enough white.  Again, I think I overworked it.


Like the marbling in these.  
Have lots of flops I'm not sending. Went through 2 cans of shaving cream.
 Can't wait to try more...And hopefully get this mastered...

  

I only  made card one so far...Still trying to master the marbled look (which may never happen).





Thanks for hopping with us.
Leave a comment on each blog on today's hop.
One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of February 4th 
and will receive one Sending Love Designer Series 6x6 Paper Stack and Ribbon Combo. 
(Winner will be announced on February hop.)

Prize courtesy of Theresa Knopf, Independent Demonstrator.



Happy Crafting
Theresa


Here is today's lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Theresa YOU ARE HERE! 
Your next stop is  Kim  


AND THE 2016 WINNER IS>>>

Metallic embossing powder really makes an impact. Lovely cards and I will have to try that brand.
Denise, contact me via email at ScrapsByGracie AT gmail.com
please use the subject line  2016 TECH HOP WINNER
to claim your prize.

Thanks so much for hopping with us in 2016!




Monday, January 16, 2017

Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop January 2017

Welcome to the January 2017


We're so glad you joined us!

The card I'm sharing today is made of vellum colored with
MFT Razzle Berry Ink on the back and 
Ranger White Embossing Powder and Versa Mark Ink on the front.

It is attached to the white cardbase using my Xyron 5" sticker maker.


The sequins are a special mix by Pretty Pink Posh 
that are available exclusively at CAS-ual Friday Stamps
As with all the of the Calling All Sistahs products, 50% of the profits is 
donated to NBCF.org.  



THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO SUPPORT 
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS AND RESEARCH!

You're almost done hopping! Stop and see Jeanne next.

Happy Crafting
 & DO YOUR BREAST EXAM!
Lots of Love
Theresa 


What you need to know:
  • 2 random commenters will win gift certificates to the CAS-ual Fridays store.     
  • Comments must be made by 12am EST on January 19th to be eligible.
  • The sequins used on today's card are part of the Pretty Pink Posh Calling All Sistahs specialty sequin collection, available exclusively at the CFS store, to help us support Breast Cancer Awareness.  Michele will be donating 50% of the profits, just as she does with the other items in the Calling All Sistahs collection, to NBCF.org  Quantities are limited and once they are gone, they're gone! So hurry and get them.   
Hop List:

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!



As I sit here, early on January 1, 2017 and the house is quiet, with my hubby and youngest daughter and best friend and her hubby sleeping after a very late night, I'm reminded that 
even when life is tough, it still goes on and there is much to be grateful for.

I don't know about you all, but 2016 was HARD!

Emotionally, physically, mentally...it was just down right hard.

So I've made two commitments for myself in 2017.
I'm not calling them resolutions.
Resolutions get broken to easily.

I want, no I need these two things to happen.

I'm committing to get my health under control.
I have RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) and Endometriosis and obesity 
(wow, that's hard to say, even when it's been true for 20 years).

I've suffered with the first two for many years.
I'm doing something about the Endo, SOON!
Surgery in the form of a complete hysterectomy is going to happen.

I've put it off for more than 15 years. We tried and tried to have another baby
after Rachel was born but alas it wasn't meant to be.

I'm 47 years old and I'm ok with waiting for the girls to be married and give me
grandbabies to love and spoil. :)

The RA is affected by so many things, 
what I eat or drink, the weather, my meds, my hormones, my stress levels, and
well you name it and it makes an impact.

My doctor has committed that when my recovery from surgery is complete, we will
attack the RA head-on and find a treatment plan that will make my days
better, with less flare-ups and more quality of life.

I'm sure your wondering why we have to wait.
Well RA is an immune disorder.  It is an overactive immune response where 
my own body attacks the joints.  That understood, I have to be off almost all my meds for weeks before the surgery, so I my body will heal as well as possible. 
Otherwise, a post-up infection could be deadly. 

So I know that not only will my body be cut open 
(yeppers, can't make it easy, no robotic tiny holes for this gal...
a full cut down...think c-section...for me)
and trying to heal, but my joints will be stiff, swollen and feel as
though someone's holding a blow torch to them all the time.

BUT I WILL SURVIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's not cancer (although we did that scare in 2016 too).

My hubby, Mom, girls, friends and family have all committed to
helping in any way they can during this time.

Commitment number two?
To being more positive and present, through my faith.
My hubby went on a Emmaus Walk weekend in 2016 and it really helped him
recommit to his faith, our marriage and I want to take that step too.

I'm convinced that these trials and tribulations are just another
opportunity for me to recommit to my faith in God and 
that through Him all things are possible.

Ok, now that you know the story, I hope you'll help to keep me
on track, keep me and my family in your thoughts and prayers.
 Send an encouraging word now and then and 
keep plugging along too.  If I can prayer for you please shoot me a message.

I've got the best group of online friends and crafty supporters around and for
that I'm eternally grateful.

Paraphrasing Col. Potter from the A War for All Season episode of  M*A*S*H, 
"May (2017) be a damn sight better than 2016 and may we
all be happier and healthier for it.

And to my hubby, who I've happily been married to for 24 years today,
Happy Anniversary!
Thanks for being on this journey with me. I couldn't and wouldn't want
to do it without you. You make me laugh, cry and want to strangle you and I know I do the same for you.  We've been through the wringer and still come out the other side together.
You make my days worth getting out of bed.
THANK YOU and I love you more today than I could even fathom
all those years ago when we were young. 

Happy New Year
from 
The Knopf Family
Ron, Taylor, Rachel and Theresa (aka Gracie, that's me)
and
Xavier, Snowflake, Sampson and Sierra 
(our doggy entourage).