189 posts categorized "Jenny Griffiths"

10/10/2017

Tue 10

Garden Sketch
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends!

   I'm excited to share this lovely new set called Garden Sketches.  It's a clear set with coordinating dies which also include several sentiment flags--bonus!  

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I wanted to create clusters of these beautiful flowers which are about the size of a quarter coin so, using my stamp positioning tool, I made quick work of it.  The pigment ink colors I used were Raspberry, Sugar Plum and Orchid for the flowers and Lemon Grass, Jungle and Mint to Be for the leaves.  Inks from Avery Elle.

I also used the beautiful new Fairy Sparkle sequins from Birch Press which have a magical translucent sparkle and shine!

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A minimal squeeze of dimensional drops in the center of each flower was a fun addition as well as the Dainty Dragonfly whizzing by. 

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I'm planning on using watercolors on these flowers and leaves for a future card--the possibilities are endless!

Thank you for stopping by today and a big thank you to all my students this past weekend who took my Memory Box Christmas Card class at The Stamp Addict--we had a ball didn't we?  

Have a great week everyone!
Jennysig

 

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09/22/2017

Fri 22

Raiding the Pumpkin Patch
by Jenny Griffiths

Hi Friends!

 Today is the final day of our Memory Box Halloween Blitz---guess that means I'm bringing up the rear.  Hope you have enjoyed a daily dose of Halloween fun with the new dies and I am happy to introduce my favorite new die...Whimsy Mummy.  His pose just cracks me up and I love the embossed detail of his mummy wrap.  Looks like he's up to some mischief, doesn't it?  Yes, I think he's raiding the pumpkin patch...

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I die cut our mummy friend from pale ivory paper, left the die in place and lightly chalked the exposed paper areas in grey.  After removing the paper from the die, the bandage lines really stand out.   

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I die cut the Curved Stitched Hilltops twice (end to end) into the green distressed dot paper, adhered it to the Concord Grape notecard then pieced the fence line (two pieces, end to end) onto the hilltop.  Where the fences meet it is slightly crooked so the pumpkin patch was placed there.  

The harvest moon was die cut, sponged and positioned in the corner and the overlap areas were trimmed off.

The pumpkins were inked with copic markers on the stems and seams and the Playful Boo added just for fun.  

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Another fun embellishment on this card is the brand new star sequins from the Festival of Lights pack by Birch Press Design. 

I only used stars from this assortment but there are gorgeous blue (round/cupped) and tiny clear flower sequins in the package too.  There are 18 new assortments and all come in cute little round metal tins...check them out here 

Now for the important announcement...

The Whimsy Mummy is today's give away!  One comment on this post will be randomly chosen as the winner.  Be sure to comment on all the posts this week for a chance to win other dies too.  The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 24th

Thank you for stopping by today, it's always nice to "see" you.

 Happy Friday!Jennysig

 

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09/16/2017

Sat 16

Christmas Wishes
by Jenny Griffiths

 Hi Friends!  

Do you like puzzles?  I do, and this card reminds me of one--just a bit.  Today's card features the Soaring Bird die which cuts several layers of the beautiful bird's outstretched wings.  So I chose to layer the colors.


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Here's a close up...I die cut the bird in four different colors, 2 blues, a grey and a white.  The deepest blue was used for the body/outline and the other colors were for the detailing.  

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To start, I placed the outline piece face down on a craft sheet then added tiny amounts of wet glue to all areas.  It's important to use very tiny amounts so the glue doesn't gush out when it is positioned onto the background panel.  

Rather than pick up the die cut with wet glue on the back, carefully aligned the background panel over-top the die cut and lowered it onto the adhesive.  By leaving it on your craft sheet, the bird will maintain its original shape and not stretch-- which is important because the "puzzle pieces" will fit snugly and the openings need to remain the appropriate size. 

Next, add the interior paper pieces choosing from the 4 different colors already die cut.  A tiny bit of glue on the reverse side of each piece, and tweezers for placement is all that's needed.   

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Next, die cut the pretty Holly Collage leaves in a few shades of green, adhere near the bird's feet and add some bright red gem stones.  Add the panel to a note card, stamp and adhere the sentiment--done!  

Hope you're starting to feel inspired to start your Christmas cards---anyone started yet?

Bonus: Don't forget you have enough pieces left over to make 3 more cards for a variety of pretty birds!

  Jennysig


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09/07/2017

Thu 07

Playtime Elves Slider Card
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Everyone!

   Ready for a little slider fun and an introduction to a brand new clear stamp set and coordinating die?  Take a look at these adorable "Playtime Elves" having a great time running and sledding in the snow.    

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  These slider cards are easy to create using the Straight Slider Grooves dies and I have a few steps to show you how this one came together.

  After sponging the center-front of a sky blue note card with broken china distress ink, I stamped the "spread some Cheer" sentiment (included in the set) using my stamp positioning board.  I also added a white strip of card stock (shown) which is positioned to show through the slider channel coming up in the next step.  A fun splattering of white ink imitates falling snow for this wintery scene.

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 The photo below shows the Stitched Curves layers adhered together to form the snow drifts.  The longest of the Straight Slider Grooves was cut into the snow drift on the left.  The snow drift panel on the right was cut short (1/2" above the slider groove opening) so that the die only had to cut through one layer of card stock.   The penny shown has double stacked mounting adhesive cut a bit smaller than the width of the slider groove.  A bit of anti-static powder applied to the edges of this mounting adhesive ensures there will be no sticking and the sledding elf can glide effortlessly across the scene.  

  Position the double stacked mounting tape into the slider groove (penny on the reverse side), peel off the protective paper and attach the colored sledding elf.  Generously cover the reverse side with more mounting tape making sure to avoid the area in the path of the penny...you don't want to impede the penny's movement.   Peel off the tape's backing and attach to the blue note card and finish up...

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Add the trees, second elf and the heart (all included in this new set) to the playful scene.  In the next few photos note the sledding elf's progress across the note card.

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Here is the sledding elf half way across the snow drift!

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 And now he has made it all the way across the snowy landscape thanks to the slider groove!

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 That was fun!  Hope you enjoyed getting a look at the new stamps and dies and feel a bit inspired to create your own cheery sliding scene. 

  Jennysig


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08/22/2017

Tue 22

Snowflake Ovals
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Everyone!

So glad you dropped by today as I share two cards using the same dies but with very different looks.  The Batavia Snowflake Oval and Poinsettia Blooms are the featured dies today.  I'll be posing the question, "which one do you like the best" so be thinking about that as I explain my process...

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The blue card on the left is cool and serene while the card on the right is bold and dramatic.  After creating the blue card I realized I made several using the same or similar colors in the past few months so I switched gears and designed the black card...maybe it was the eclipse yesterday, I don't know. 

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Starting with a splattering of gold paint onto black card stock is always a good start.  There's something satisfying about letting it fly.  To go along with the gold paint, I used gold glitter paper---as a vertical strip on the (throughly dried) note card and to overlay snowflakes onto the oval.  The Batavia Snowflakes are very intricate yet cut through the glitter paper with ease.  I cut the green background from the Stitched Oval Layers die set, stamped and adhered it to the reverse side of the snowflake oval.

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The poinsettia...I love this die so much.  The petals are embossed so you see the detailed veins AND there are three sizes in the set.  For this bloom I die cut the largest in licorice gingham, the mid-size in red as well as two of the small size.  The die set even includes the little perfect centers (I googled the technical names of all the flower parts but I going with "petals" and "centers"). 

I couldn't resist adding a little gold crazy wire (sometimes called bullion wire) for pizzaz.

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Changing direction...literally going horizontally now... I postioned the Batavia Snowflake Oval, backed with the stamped light blue card stock, onto the note card atop of some thin silver stripe washi tape.  Cut from silver and blue glitter paper, the Batavia Snowflakes were adhered over the corresponding snowflakes on the oval.   

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Once again I used the Poinsettia Blooms die set and created the flower using more glitter paper and white paint splattered onto red petal layers.  Oh! and silver crazy wire this time.

I hope you like these cards and see how the same dies can create such different looking cards...now, here it is..."which one do you like the best"?

Thanks again for stopping by today...

Happy Tuesday!

Jennysig


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08/08/2017

Tue 08

Poinsettia Bloom
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Memory Box Friends!

 Ready to get a jump on your Christmas cards?  We all know you can spend a lot of time on your cards but sometimes it's the design idea that takes the most time--planning composition, colors, embellishments and textures....here's one idea for you to try out.  

  So many of us think of poinsettia flowers as deep red in color but I have seen some lovely pink ones...here's mine.

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Starting with the background, I sponged these colors randomly onto white card stock: faded jeans, broken china, and fossilized amber distress oxide inks.  A few spritzes of plain water which, when blotted, add the speckles (aka falling snow) to the blended inks.  I love making these backgrounds since no two look alike...the colors flow and swirl to make beautiful original bases for the next step. 

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I die cut the Decorative Poinsettia from a vanilla colored card stock along with a smaller size flower from the Poinsettia Blooms Open Studio die set for layering purposes.    Next, a second set of both flower sizes were die cut from white card stock which I sponged with Worn Lipstick distress oxide ink.  I added more concentrated color to the petal's center and lightened the pressure towards the petal tips.  To show both layers, I slightly offset the petals and gently curved the paper before adhearing together.  A quick spray of aerosol adhesive on the pink layers grabbed the chunky glitter for a frosty look.   

The Batavia snowflakes added a bit more sparkle by using silver glitter paper--which cut through easily, even with the intricate detail on the dies!

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Finally, the beautiful Brushstroke Merry Christmas  die cut was adhered in place (again using spray adhesive...watch your surroundings for overspray though).  Make several cards at a time using the "assembly line" method and find yourself ahead of the holiday crazies...you'll thank yourself!

I thank you for stopping by today and any comments you give...I read every one and appreciate the time you take to connect.

 

Happy Tuesday!

Jennysig


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07/25/2017

Tue 25

Snowy Spectrum
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Memory Box friends,

   I don't know about you but I am dreaming about these cool snowflakes--we need some cooler temps around here (San Diego).  It has been "blue blazin' hot", as my Grandpa used to say.

Let's take a look at the new Snowy Spectrum die featured on my card today...

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I created the multi colored background by sponging broken china, cracked pistachio and faded jeans distress oxide inks on a small panel of watercolor paper.  Just as everyone says, these inks are smooth as butter and easy to blend.  A few flecks of water sprinkled then blotted off gives that wonderful spotted effect.  

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I adhered the Snowy Spectrum die cut over the throughly dried distress oxide inks (that took about 30 seconds in this heat) and added 2 more layers of snowflakes using the Batavia Snowflake die.  By lightly dabbing a tiny bit of wet glue to the main portions of the snowflake die cuts, the positioning is stress free.  The wet glue is forgiving so you can slide the additional snowflakes into perfect position on top of their mates.  Just a few strokes with the Wink of Stella glitter brush adds a subtle shimmer to each snowflake.

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You may know by now that I love to add paper layers to my card creations and I used papers that complimented the inks today.  Gray, seafoam green and pool papers were my color choices.  To coordinate with the subtle gray I stamped the merry Christmas sentiment in Versafine Smokey Gray.  I like inking with grays instead of black lately.  Black is sometimes a bit too strong and the grays know how to play well with the other colors.  

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As always, I appreciate your visit here today and love reading your comments.  Thanks for taking the time.  Jennysig


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07/14/2017

Fri 14

Bird Crazy
by Jenny Griffiths

Yes it's true, I am bird crazy...crazy for these new feathered friends found in the Bird Sanctuary stamp set just released this month.  Not only are the birds delightful but there are several very useful sentiment and accessory stamps included in the set.

All three cards were created with this beautiful set and a few paper scraps!


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Just a touch of color was added to the branch and bird body using Zig Clean Color markers and Copic markers--so fun! 

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This bird looks as though he's in flight so I added some ink flecks to the background area.  After stamping the bird, I cut out and positioned a mask to shield his body before flicking the gold ink onto the card.

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...and to round out the set of three bird cards, this sweet little guy is sitting so calmly on a branch with a "Thinking of You" sentiment.  The diamond pattern below him is from the stamp set as well and was added (stamped 5 times) using a stamp positioner to keep the spacing even.  


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 Remember, there is a set of coordinating dies available which adds oodles of possiblities for other creative cards.  

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I'm so happy you stopped by today and hope you love the new July release stamps and dies too!

 

 Jennysig

 


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06/20/2017

Tue 20

Life is better Near the Ocean
by Jenny Griffiths

 Hello crafty friends,

Cuteness alert!  The following fun nautical scene is from the new Whale Hello There stamp and die sets and is loads of cuteness.  There are so many clever components...fish, waves, sea weed, and the coolest octopus ever.  You can make a variety of scenes and soooo many cards from just this one set.  Here's one I created today...

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I also used the Pinpoint Circle Frame die to create a sort of "porthole" effect and stamped the waves with Peacock Feathers blue ink on the front of the note card.  The "porthole" layer was added and raised up slightly to give a little dimension.  I stamped and die cut all the pieces, then colored with Copic markers.  I created enough to make several cards at once.  I took my time arranging (and rearranging) the fish scene and quickly realized I was simply enjoying playing with them instead of finishing the card-- Ahemmm.  

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I used a bit of pink Nuvo drops on the cheeks for a spot of color and Wink of Stella pen to add shine and sparkle to these cute denizens of the deep.  Oh and the clear air bubbles are crystal clear Nuvo drops too.   Along with the sentiment from the stamp set (which I love) is a collection of shells and a starfish from the Sea Bottom Treasures die set---a must- have for these nautical scenes.  

With Summer upon us ocean theme cards are right on point and a welcome card to receive for any occasion.  We're having a heat wave here in San Diego and the ocean sure looks inviting.

Thanks for stopping by, please let me know if you like this new set--is it on your wish list or do you already have it?  

 Jennysig


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05/23/2017

Tue 23

A note of Thanks
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends!

   Jenny here with a note of thanks to share today.  I like to keep 'thank you cards' on hand just to be ready since sometimes I can't get to my craft room to create one quick enough.  This one went to someone I had never met but showed great kindness to me and my family.  It was unexpected and I was happy to give this card which I enjoyed making and loved the way it turned out.  

One of my favorite clear sets from the new release is this Thank You Sentiments set.  It's not a large set but it has just the right sentiments to say 'thank you'.  This is just one variation using this versatile set.  Also, don't overlook the cute stars included in the set---they sure hit the spot with the Leafy Ring die.

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 I embossed the stars and sentiments in gold and layered a lavender paper panel behind the ring to show off the beautiful cut outs.  The Leafy Ring is what I call a 'negative die cut'.  The pieces removed by the die cut are pretty but the best part is the design that remains...now that makes a 'negative' a 'positive' really!

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I added a few of the new leaves from the Stitched Leaves die set, which I love as each leaf has cute pin dots or stitching detail.  

Several gems and pearls dressed up the beautiful Leafy Ring and this card was ready for it's new home, with my thanks.

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Thanks for stopping by today...hope you find some time to create a few 'thank you' cards to keep handy for those thoughtful people in your life!  

Jennysig


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