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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Glycerin Fall Leaves

Just a quick post about preserving Autumn Leaves!  After searching Pinterest I came up with the formula of 1 part glycerin and 2 parts water.  I used hot water and stirred it well.  I had planned to "paint" the leaves with the solution but I soon realized that it would be way easier to dip them in it.

I took the dipped leaves and put them on an aluminum cookie sheet. Once I was done I sandwiched them with a second cookie sheep and topped that with a heavy stack of dishes. 

In all fairness I will mention that the pin said I should pour the solution into the cookie sheet, but I didn't want a mess squeezing out!!  I only hope that I got enough on them to do the job! No mention of not using aluminum so I'm hoping there is no ugly discoloration caused by it! 

Now pinterest informs me I need to wait for 4 to 6 days . . . . . .

Well this is taking forever!!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fall Fence Z-Card with Bugaboo Stamps!

Hello Autumn ~ Hello faithful PIPers!! Join us weekly for the Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge!! This weeks challenge is sponsored by
Bugaboo Stamps
so in entering you will have a great chance at winning some Crafty Goodness from their awesome stamp store!! Weeks ago you might recall my Owl Trio Bugaboo post?  Well !! !!  I made it to the craft store & finally finished my digi watercolor project I was so excited about :) 
I used only the FALL FENCE  stamp and a couple of sentiment stamps.  Admittedly this card took me hours!!  Now that I have all of the templates made though additional cards will be a breeze ~mostly! I trimmed some pieces for layering and used them like  I did the leaves in the pumpkin cameo above right. 
If you're interested in making your own or manipulating digital stamp images you can reference the following how to:
tracing close to the image with the selection
tool, this way if you add layers there's
no big white space or overlap

I decided to make several images from the original  copying  and pasting them to a new blank jpeg, using the selection tool to outline just the parts I wanted to single out.  If there were edges or lines where I didn't want them, I "painted" them white and put in new lines with black! Blowing it up big helps to see what you're doing too!
After I have my images cut out (I save each separately Never altering my original digi) I paste them to a word doc. This way I can make sure they print out the right sizes for my project.  I cram as many on a doc as possible because I have to use a full sheet of watercolor paper each time I print an image. NOTE: your printer may not print things that are too close to the edge of your paper so always print a "dummy" sheet on typing paper to be sure!! I use my dummy to print out the real thing & keep it in my file.

Not advertising for anyone, but the only kind of watercolor paper I've found that goes easily through my printer is this one!! As a bonus it is VERY inexpensive.  I am a complete watercolor novice but I don't notice any drop in project quality.  You may want a higher grade for your own projects but this works great for me (I have the higher quality which must be thicker because it will not go through my {ancient} printer)

The back of the card, I left the moon mostly white as
a place for the senders note

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Piles of Fun with Newton's Nook Designs!

Hello faithful PIP Challenge Lovers and Followers!!  Well the season's definitely changed and I'm personally in the mood for all the Fall Fun there is!!  My favorite season and all too often the shortest; so I have to load up on lots of Hot Cider, Pumpkin Spice and Autumn Leaves for the next several weeks :)

To celebrate the 40th week of the new year (hee! hee!) Newton's Nook Designs is sponsoring our challenge and that means the winner get some great "Craft Candy" from their unique line of dies, stencils & stamps inspired by Newton!  If you're not familiar with Newton and friends I highly recommend checking them out ~ so much cuteness, I just fell in love with them all!
Well, it was difficult to decide which stamps to showcase for this challenge, but I settled on the Autumn Newton collection.  Oh I love stamping these!!  I decided I would make tags with them for some yummy smelling hand soap gifts. 

Part of the fun with kitty stamps is the limitless ways to color them!!  My daughter caught the same bug & wants to make them over and over to match each one of our many kitties!!

A few notes about creating your own similar:  The edge of the orange paper was rubbed with red ink, white stitching was free handed with a Signo Gel Pen, and because the blue embossed words didn't show up the way I wanted I rubbed the back of the vellum with a little white pigment ink (only behind the words)!

The second tag in different colors, fussy cut and with a tassel :)


Thanks so much and have a great day!! 

Don't forget to enter your paper creation in the PIP Challenge for your chance to win ~
and be sure to check out the fun at the Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge too!!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

You Friend, are a HOOT!

Good morning & welcome to another fun week at the Hi Notes blog!!Remember that sample of plaid paper I was teasing you with?  Well, here it is!! There is also a second plaid project hiding in this post, can you see it??
Caption: "Chiller" font before printing
They are generously donating the prize  to one lucky crafter!

I have to admit I did have another digi from them that I planned to use this week, but I got 80% into my project & realized I would need more water color paper!  No big deal! Right?  Not when you live between mountain ranges in the middle of no where!!  So I had to put on the brakes and think up a new project.  It was painful for me to give up on the autumn card I was so excited about!!  My plan was to use these owls in a Halloween post, but I love this digital so much that I was able to think up something fun in a jiffy!! So be watching for a completed water color Autumn card with more Bugaboo Images!!!

do you see the second plaid project? :)
Inspired by Tatiana Craft & Art with her non-traditional leaf colors I decided to make one of the cards with pinks, blues & purples!!  Thanks Tatiana!!  I really love those cards :) 

I printed off a few of these owls because I wanted to be prepared with back ups!!!  I do this a lot since once I cut my full size sheet I can not run it throught the printer again, this way I utilize the paper better, esp if I need to print off a second digi!!

I thought it would be fun to lay the cards flat so you could see the backs & how they were constructed.  I think I will add a stitched edge to the back flaps. 
Here are the insides :) CLICK photos to view them larger


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Time for Plaid Madness!

Well, hello again.  Thought I would do a quick and fun teaser post.  I don't know what it is about plaids but I can't get enough!!  I really enjoy creating them too!  For more on how to made your own click ~ HERE

I keep my eyes open for linear stamps just for making or accenting plaids!  This set from Deep Red called Grunge Borders & comes as one rubber sheet.  They are very close to each other so I was afraid scissors might not cut as straight & smoothly as required.  Solution, Exacto knife, straight edge and a cutting mat :) I had to score the line several times until I had cut through all of the layers, but it was easy and wow!!  Look at those straight lines :)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Embossing on Vellum - Peonies

Wow!!  Time flies!! It's time for another inspiration card for the Weekly PIP Challenges! The theme is nearly always anything goes (as it is this week!!) and our generous sponsor is Di's Digis who is offering the lucky winner fun stuff from the Di's Digis Stamp Store!!! 

If you REALLY want inspiration, head over & pick out some things you'd like & then get a card entered in the challenge for your chance to win!!

This card was a lot of experimentation for me.  The image from Unity Stamp's "As We Go Along" which I won in a challenge!!!  (SEE!! You need to enter challenges!!) Embossed in gold on vellum is is layered over homemade sparkle paper (I used 6 inch wide double adhesive tape w/ glitter!) over the top of stamped dots rubbed with subtle stripes of color and then I embossed the leaves OVER THAT!!!

A lot of work but really FUN!! How do you know if you don't experiment once in a while!!!  I thought the whole thing looked stunning on the black/white and pink. The hot pink "hello" was the icing on the cake :)

Of course I dressed up the back!

Hope to see your card on the Pammies Inky Pinkies Challenge!! Have a wonderfully blessed week!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Christmas in August!!

Is it really only August??  I felt a little Christmas vibe coming on!  Mostly I bet because of a fun new Challenge at
"Christmas Cards All Year 'Round"
The August Challenge is use yellow!  My favorite motif is pears, don't know why but I love coloring them and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to make a Summer quickie for Christmas!

I love the back almost as much as the front!!

Have a wonderful day, & don't forget to stop by Christmas Cards All Year 'Round to check out the other entries and maybe enter you own creation!!  Hope to see you there

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Stripes!! Fun with Linear Stamps and Oxide Inks!

Oooooooh!!!  I am so excited to share this post!!  I have a love for borders and border stamping!  Inspired by a note pad that had stripes on it I decided to experiment with Tim Holtz's new Distress Oxide Inks and some linear stamps I found:

This was so rewarding!!  I'll let the pictures tell most of the story and although the results (by my standards!) are AMAZING these card backgrounds were pretty simple to pull off :)

I started with regular black or white cardstock from Stampin' Up! and painters tape because it sticks dependably yet still comes off without harming the paper. 
Once I felt I had as much variation as wanted . . . .

. . . time for the big reveal!!
Oh my Gosh!!  I think that they are great as is!!  These colors are GORGEOUS!
I stamped each series of lines separately so that I could emboss them in as many colors as I wanted!!  This was a great time to experiment with all those wonderful powders <3  I've decided I can't possibly have enough of these card backs on hand!!!  So many combinations and so little time!!

Then it was time to play around with inlays. My real motivation for doing the inlays was my reluctance to cover any part of that beautiful background!!  If I cut out the part I was going to cover anyway I could then use it elsewhere!!!  I will do a second posting that links back to this with the finished results.  I have some fun ideas and I can hardly wait to try them and share them.  Happy stamping to you my friends <3