Thursday, June 24, 2021

Gathering the Clover

 Today I wanted to share my latest Fairy Hugs creation featuring a stamp from the newest release - Clovers. Living on a farm and raising hay clover is always a joyous site and it smells ever so sweet when it is turned into hay. While the clover we raise is purple I decided to take a bit of creative license and stamp it blue....


Fairy Hugs Stamps used: CloversBeesBirthday Wishes

It was stamped multiple times using a stamp positioner and various shades of VersaFine Clair blues which were then embossed with sparklie embossing powder. I then stamped the sentiment and bees, added a bit of glitter to the bee wings and finally flicked on blue and yellow watercolor paint over the background.


Fairy Hugs Stamps used: CloversFifiWho You Are sentiment

On this card I stamped the clover in a more realistic color scheme. This is what I see out in our fields...it seems to be very appealing as it has drawn Fifi in for a bit of rest and relaxation.


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Thursday, June 10, 2021

From the Depths....

 Today I wanted to share my latest Fairy Hugs creation...



I absolutely LOVE the Tentacles from the last release. They have such a great steampunk feel and movement which makes them perfect for so many different types of cards. Today Doria is coming up from the depths to greet you.  The images were stamped on one of the new Fairy-Scape backgrounds - Blue Bubbles then embossed with clear embossing powder.  This panel was mounted on a piece of burlap and added to a blue card base.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Who lives behind the Mermaid Door?

 Today I wanted to share my latest Fairy Hugs creation...



I thought it would be fun to feature the Mermaid Door today. It is such a fun way to build a variety of scenes when used in combination with the seaweeds, mini sea icons, rock formations and more!   

The above card was created by stamping and masking the door directly on the card panel then adding layers of stamps on top. I wanted to give it a bit of depth by adding mica flakes to the ocean floor.  It was colored with a variety of markers, white pen work and glitter for a bit of sparkle.


My second Mermaid Door card was created by using Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Sparkles on a piece of white cardstock. The shimmer is simply amazing. I then stamped the seaweeds, turtles and sentiment directly onto the card panel. I then stamped the other elements onto scraps of cardstock and mounting them to the card in layers creating depth and dimension. These elements were colored with a combination of markers and colored pencils to create the vivid images which helps make them pop off the background. I also used half pearls for the decorations over the doorway. 

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Friday, June 4, 2021

Cha...Cha...Changes!!

 Hello Friends! 

I hope you're all doing well and enjoying summer (or other season) in your neck of the woods.  I wanted to pop in and tell you about some changes going on here and IRL.  First off as many of you know Feedburner is coming to an end. I am in the process of moving subscribers over to FollowIt. You will be getting an e-mail from them asking if you'd like to follow Ink Stains through them. You have to click on the link to verify otherwise you may be dropped from the list. I hate doing things like this because you all know I'm a paper, glue and ink kind of girl and I'm not too well versed with new computer stuff. I had to send them my list of followers so I'm hoping all goes well with that.

Please Note:  If you follow Ink Stains through one of the other subscription options available on the blog nothing will change. This only effects followers subscribed through Feedburner.

Other Changes.....

You may have noticed that I haven't been posting as much lately. I've been feeling a bit off kilter for a while now and things have been a bit stressed. While I loved the companies I worked for it became more of a chore to create than a joy. If you have been following for a while you know IRL we own our own business and run a farm in addition to my creative endeavors.  I have been feeling stressed and anxious over the past year and a half and it's finally come to a head. I don't seem to be able to find my creative stride and I've been anxious and unsure about what I've been making which is not a good place to be.  In addition to my lost mojo I haven't enjoyed Facebook for quite a while with all of the negativity going on with the virus and politics. I have wanted to cut back on time spent there because honestly who wants or needs another source of negative, bad news in their life.  Unfortunately Facebook and Instagram are a huge part of being on a Design Team making things all the harder.

As a result, I have decided to step down from most of my Design Team positions to lessen the load/stress/anxiety. I will now be working for a few smaller companies - Rubber Stamp Tapestry, Doodles Paper Playground - Sparkle Blends (limited edition sequins/shaker mixes) and Fairy Hugs.  I already feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders.  I don't have nearly as many headaches as I was having and I feel far more relaxed not having to worry about getting everything done.

I have reorganized my crafting priorities and I am hoping within the next couple weeks to share some "just for fun because I want to" projects with you.  I have attached a photos of a couple of bracelets I've made recently. It's been fun getting back into jewelry making and I might even try my hand at making some altered charms after a long long absence. 


Finally... I just wanted to share for fun....Daisy (above) and Violet (below) are 8 months old today :) They have been such a joy the past few months...We have enjoyed them more than I can say. 


Well, that's all for now...take care friends and remember to o.k. the FollowIt e-mail so you don't miss out. I'd miss you :)

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Wiggle Wiggle Under the Sea

 Today I wanted to share my latest Fairy Hugs creation...



Wiggles is one of my favorite images from the newest under the sea stamp release. He is so elegant with his long tendrils and all of the tiny bubbles.  To create this card I started off by stamping Wiggles in the center of a Blue Brilliance Fairy-Scapes background paper with VersaMark ink and embossed with both white and maroon embossing powders. After the embossed area had cool I stamped Wiggles multiple times using Medieval Blue VersaFine Clair ink. The sentiment was stamped off to the side with Nocturne ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  This panel was matted with white cardstock then added to a black card base.









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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Depth of Life

 Today I wanted to share my latest Fairy Hugs creation...



I just love this new background called Sea Cavern. It really makes the silhouette images pop.  I stamped and embossed the mermaids, shell and sentiment then stamped the frilly seaweed and added dots of white to make them look like they were alight.















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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Casting it's Spell Shaker Card

 Today I wanted to share my latest Fairy Hugs creation...



I love making shaker cards and this one seemed perfect for the new sea sentiment.

To create this card I first colored two pieces of cardstock using Distress Oxide inks. The inside panel was inked with Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean, the outside panel was initially inked with Twisted Citron and Mustard Seed.

From there I stamped the sentiment on the inside panel and embossed with black embossing powder. The outside panel was stamped using VersaMark ink and the Rope Net until the panel was covered. It was then embossed with clear embossing ink. Salty Ocean and Peeled Paint were then rubbed over top of the embossing to make the rope image pop.

The center of the rope panel was die-cut, this window was covered with a piece of acetate and the back was joined to the front panel with foam tape after it was filled with shaker bits from Sparkle Blends.

This shaker was then added to a black card base.





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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Easy Marble Under the Sea Card with Fairy Hugs

 Today I wanted to share my latest Fairy Hugs creation...



I love creating cards "off the paper" using different and unusual materials for my backgrounds. I have used Rinea foiled paper which was dipped into Marabu's Easy Marble medium. It's so much fun because the outcome is always a unique surprise. If you haven't tried it you really should.

So after the foiled paper was marbled and dried it was time to start stamping to create this lovely underwater scene. All of the images were stamped using VersaFine Clair ink which was left to dry naturally. The panel was then matted and popped onto the blue card base.


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