Good morning y’all!  All weekend, I’ve been playing with Ken Oliver’s new product, Color Burst!  I have to admit that I messed with Color Burst a little at CHA, and watched Ken for hours making backgrounds (distress without the mess) and showing us the ins and outs of the product; but until I actually got it in hand and started playing with it myself . . . Well, Oh My BADness!

First thing that took me by surprise (and I truly can’t believe that it did), was that it’s a powder.  A very concentrated powder . . . why did I not realize this at CHA?  I have no earthly idea!!!  Maybe it was the fact that I watched Ken mist the paper and then sprinkle on the Color Burst . . . and it immediately burst into color all across the page.  Then he would mist it with water and it would spread even more . . . Yes, call me a ditz!  The first time I used it here at home, I had to ask my other teamies if mine had dried up or was it actually powder . . . okay slap my forehead!

I know I’ve mentioned this here before, but the first few things that ran through my mind when I saw Ken work with Color Burst was Faux Batik and of course, distress without the mess.  One thing I played with this weekend was using Color Burst for a “Layered Textured Wash”.  I misted my craft sheet with water, sprinkled on the Color Burst, misted with water again and watched the color “burst” on the craft sheet.  I tried watercolor paper and then white coated tags.

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As I picked up color each time I was amazed that no matter how muddy my craft sheet looked (ink pooling all over the place), when dried on the paper the colors didn’t muddy!  I LOVE it!!!

One of the other things I thought of immediately was the Faux Batik Technique.  (That link is to an old tutorial I did using alcohol inks . . . I think I need an updated video!)

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This card is really very simple to do.  The image was stamped with VersaMark on watercolor paper and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Using Color Burst to watercolor with, the image was watercolored and when dry, the embossing was removed with a craft iron (see tutorial or either video) creating the Faux Batik.

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The seam binding was dyed with Orange Color Burst to match the color in the flowers.  I haven’t made any mists up yet, so I misted my craft sheet with water, sprinkled on the Orange Color Burst, misted with water again and dropped in my damp ribbon.  As I dried the seam binding, I continually picked up the color off the craft sheet.  Love all the shimmer and different shades achieved with the Color Burst!

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A background for the image was die cut/embossed from watercolor paper with Romantic Rectangles.  The image and the card base then trimmed to fit the die cut rectangle.

By the way, the stamp used is Stampendous Garden Background.  I’ve had it for a few years and when I searched for it online, it’s not on the Stampendous website.  I did however, find it at Frantic Stamper, Amazon and 123Stitch.

That’s it y’all!  Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me today!

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Good morning!  Hope everyone is staying warm and you’re not buried under feet of snow.  We’ve had our first major snowstorm for the year and it’s been bitterly cold . . . let’s hope it warms up for all of us soon!

During the last month, I’ve been working on some favors for my sorority province meeting . . .  wish I had gotten a picture of the completed box.  I die cut and made some fabric flowers that were attached to the front of a take-out box which we put a few treats in.

I’ve also taken the time to organize and clean my work space.  I’m so glad I did . . . I finally feel that I have a room that suits me and that I actually like working in.  (If you follow me on Facebook, you can see all the photos there!)

I have a few projects in the beginning stages for Ken Oliver using his new products.  Love his new Color Burst!  These will be hopefully finished over the upcoming weekend and I’ll have a few things to share next week.

The last few days I’ve been working on a project for Quietfire Design.

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I used lots of old product that I’ve had in my stash for some time:  An old Darcie’s Offset Square Shadowbox Frame, GrungePaper, Tattered Floral die (I know . . . don’t faint).  I also used some new Graphic 45 paper I picked up at CHA, Artisan Style, and a Quietfire stamp.  Please hop over to the Quietfire Creations Blog, check out all the details and more photos.  I would love it if you could leave me a comment over there and let Suzanne know you visited!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Good morning!  I’m sharing a card over on the Quietfire Creations blog today using the set, Always Be My Friend.

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You can find more photos and all the details over there . . .  BUT what I did not tell you about there is . . .

I used some new Tonic Studio dies!

If you were following along during CHA, there was a big buzz that Tonic Studios will be coming to the USA.  They’ve been in the UK for some time, but with this past CHA they are bringing their dies and other products to the US.  Check out the Tonic Gold site for lots of ideas and resources and/or you can find Tonic Studios USA on Facebook here.

I’m almost done with all my flower making, so hopefully I’ll be hitting the studio in the next day or so to work with some of Ken Oliver’s new product, Color Burst.  You are going to LOVE it!

Thanks for stopping by!

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One of the big projects I worked on over the Holidays, was a special gift for a family member.  Before I give you the project though, I would love to share some back story.

My grandmother was the oldest of 9 children.  She passed away in the early 80’s never having the opportunity to see my girls, her great-grandchildren.  Her mother, my great-grandmother passed away in 1985 . . . I was pregnant with my oldest at the time.  My grandmother has one sibling still living (age 86) and I get to see my Great-Aunt and her family once a year at our family reunion.  Luckily, I have been able to connect with a few of her children on Facebook and we can stay in touch more than simply at the reunion.  This past year, my Great-Aunt and Uncle celebrated their 70th anniversary!  One of my cousins who I have contact with on Facebook and who has seen my cards, canvases, etc., asked me to make something special for her parents’ anniversary.

We talked a little at the reunion this past October to firm up what they were going to do.  Since it was their 70th and platinum is the standard gift (and difficult to find), they settled on the colors of silver and purple.  They scanned and sent me a picture they had of my Aunt and Uncle when they were both young and starting out.

Knowing this project was for such a special occasion, I wanted it to be fabulous.  After thinking about it for more weeks than I want to admit, I went to work with my heart and soul to create something that would pay tribute to my Great-Aunt and Uncle.

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The stand is one I found at Hobby Lobby.  It was black and I believe the center might be a chalkboard.  I couldn’t say for sure, because I just didn’t think to write on it to find out.  I spray painted it silver, leaving all the rough texture from the distressed black.

Since I had the picture, I needed a frame.  Numerous pieces of chipboard were die cut, glued together to make a deep frame.  A piece of silver metal was then die cut, embossed with an embossing folder and antiqued to add just a tad of aging.

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Most of the flowers are from Prima, but in order to add some balance and fill space, I die cut and made the larger purple roses.  I also found a poem that I printed out to celebrate the many years of the marriage.

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A tag on the bottom, computer generated and backed in black, was attached with dyed seam binding, to commemorate the occasion.

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I think that’s all . . . except to say what an honor it was for me to create this special gift to help celebrate my Great-Aunt and Uncle.  In some small way I was also able to honor my grandmothers.  As I stood in the shower the morning I was to deliver the gift, it occurred to me that my grandmother, if still alive, would be 103 years old this April!

My next big project is to make 50 fabric flowers to be attached to take-out boxes for an event the first weekend in February!  Stay tuned . . . they are of course, fabulous!

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I’ve been meaning to post this project for weeks now and just haven’t had the time to do it.  So I figure since today is gloomy and we are inside once again, no time like the present.

I was contacted by a friend to make something special for her sister’s birthday, which was days away from Christmas.  We talked about sentiments, colors, card or plaque, etc., and finally settled on something that she could set out and display.

Here’s what I came up with and I’ve been told that my friend’s sister loved the gift!  (By the way, if you click on the photos it will enlarge them and make them clearer!)

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The plaque measures a little over 5×7 and is placed on a frame easel back.

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The sentiment was one found by my friend, which was typed and die cut/embossed with ovals.

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The flowers surrounding the sentiment are from Prima which I felt matched the paper (MME Lost & Found Rosy) and were in the shades of earth tones.

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I love it when someone asks me to make a special gift for them and I have one more to show you that I worked on for my Great-Aunt’s 70th Wedding Anniversary . . . coming soon!

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Thanks for stopping by and joining me today!

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