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Stitching with Trinity Stamps

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I thought it might be a bit crazy, but a lot of fun to create a stitching project with Trinity Stamps.  The Trinity Stamps Winter Botanical stamps set seemed just a natural fit for this project!

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I used the Concord & 9th turnabout stamp positioner to temporarily adhere a 6×6 piece of blank cross-stitch fabric. Placing the stamps I was interested in using in one quadrant, I first tested my positioning on cardstock paper with Gina K. designs black amalgram ink.  You can use any ink that stamps crisply- of the inks I own, I found the Gina K. designs ink to produce the most crisp result.  I first stamped the images with a light ink similar to Ink On ink, but it was too light to see on the fabric.  I don’t mind some black showing in the project, although I did try to keep it to a minimum.

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Thereafter I removed the fabric and spent time deciding which floral would receive which stitch.  The stitches that I used are common knowledge, but the photos below are are from Molly Makes.  There is the link.  The first (top left) is a bullion stitch that I used in the center flower.  The stem stitch (shown in the top center) was used on the stems of floral with the mini blue flowers.  The french knot stitch (top right) was the stitch used to create the blue flowers.  The outline of the center flower was made using the (bottom left) lazy daisy stitch.  The satin stitch (center bottom) was used to make the yellow flowers.  The stem of the yellow flowers used the split stitch (bottom right).  The rest of the flowers used the simple basic stitch.

Finally I adhered my cross-stitch project to 2 wood veneer cross-stitch frames that I had in my stash.closeup2

I made a card out of the cardstock that I stamped, with some gold embossing powder and copic coloring as shown here:

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I hope that this will inspire you to use your stamps for other purposes!

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Storing Catherine Pooler Mini Inks

I have difficulty using a product if I can’t physically see it from my desk- I tend to forget about it!  I wanted to figure out a better way to physically contain these adorable inks so that I would be sure to use them.  I don’t tend to swatch my inks unless I use them a lot (like distress oxides), but I do love the properties of the Catherine Pooler Inks and was impressed by how easy it was to stamp an image perfectly in one try.

I used business card protector pages- which fit the inks snuggly (they will not fall out) and then placed the swatch in the neighboring slots.  Using a binder ring to contain all the pages will allow me to keep them together easily.  Finally I made a mini swatch for each ink that might even be more helpful than the larger swatches I made and labeled each swatch with the Brother label maker.

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Easter Ornament

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Perhaps it is a little early for an Easter ornament, but I couldn’t help myself >< .  The Rhino Bird-day stamp set provided the cute images to create a shaker egg ornament.

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You can use any egg shaped die or even just cut out a free hand egg shape out of cardstock.  I used a lovely die set from Lawn Fawn to cut out an egg frame and shape.  Using Trinity’s blendability brushes, I used distress oxide spun sugar on the frame, and distress oxides dried marigold, spun sugar & squeezed lemonade on the egg panel as shown in the photo above.

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Before I moved on to stamping all the images, I die cut some clouds from the leftover paper I had used to blend the distress inks and cut out the background piece.  I’m showing the photo above just to remind you to look at your scrap pieces before you throw them away!  I saved myself some time by die cutting the clouds from areas that had partial blending so that the top of the clouds were white and the bottom had a light blended mango tone.

To create the shaker components of the ornament, cut a frame out of foam (I layered 2 frames of double sided foam) and an egg panel out of acetate (the front of the ornament). Prior to assembling the ornament, I stamped images from the Trinity Stamps sets Rhino Bird-day and Winter Botanical with a light gray copic friendly ink, die cut them and then colored in the images with various copics.  I also die cut some grass from the Trinity Stamps Castle Builder die set.

To assemble: Lay the back egg panel down and adhere the 2 frame cut foam pieces in place.  Glue the distress oxide colored panel, grass and all die cut images in place.  Add shaker pieces.  Then adhere the egg shaped acetate piece on top before adhering the final frame piece on top of the acetate.  I used simple gold embroidery thread that I happened to have to complete the piece.

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Watercolor Card with inks & markers

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I was itching to do a watercolor card, I truly love to watercolor, but have mostly spending time copic coloring (which I love as well).  I wanted to show that you can use the lovely Catherine Pooler inks to create a watercolor effect on a card very easily.

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I applied Catherine Pooler Seafoam Ink to a block quite heavily, spritzed the block with shimmer spray (instead of plain water) and flipped the block over and let it sit on a panel of Tim Holtz watercolor paper for a few minutes (3 or so).  The panel shown above is actually a second generation spritzing of the block after removing it from the first watercolor paper panel.  I wanted a fairly faint color block and the first panel was quite dark.  The second generation “stamping” (without the addition of additional color) was perfect for the card I wanted to make.  I then diluted some gold Peerless watercolor with water and gently tapped a brush over the panel that I had loaded with color.  It is very faint, but enough for what I wanted.

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Meanwhile, while allowing the watercolor paper dry fully, I stamped some images from the Trinity Stamps Winter Botanical stamp set and heat embossed some Wow Under the Sea embossing powder.  This is my favorite color of embossing powder that I own!

To finish the card off, I stamped some images from the Trinity Stamps Coffee with Character set and watercolored them with a Zig real brush watercolor pen.  Adhering some sequins and sequin cord to the top with Gina K connect glue, and stamping a sentiment from the Trinity Stamps Let Love Grow stamp set finished up the card.

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I hope that this card inspires you to pull out your watercolors and paint away!  Thank you for stopping by!

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Traveler’s Notebook Spread

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Today I’m going to talk about doing a little bit of mixed media (just dabbling really), but in a traveler’s sized notebook insert that fits in a Standard Midori.  Often mixed media is done on a canvas or in a mixed media journal/notebook.  My favorite mixed media artist is Vicky Papaioannou, you can find her videos here, her videos are so informative and also relaxing.   I was fortunate to meet her at Creativation and she is so kind in person.  Anyway, I’m not a mixed media artist by any stretch of the imagination, but just someone dabbling in creating things other than cards occasionally.

I used a watercolor notebook from Traveler’s Company (a Japanese company that created the Midori traveler’s notebook), but there is no need for you to use this.  You don’t have to use a notebook at all, just a sheet of watercolor paper or heavy cardstock!

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First I tested several distress oxide inks to get a sense of which colors I wanted to use. Below is a sample I made; I modified it when I actually prepared the notebook spread.

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I stamped several images from the Magical Wizards set on the page and made several masks.  I also made masks from the clouds in the Castle Building Die set.  Using a blender brush, I blended chipped sapphire and faded jeans distress oxide inks as shown, and then sprinkled gold watercolor. Stars drawn with a white gel pen helped fill the scene.

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I die cut more images from the Castle Builder set, copic colored the images, stamped a saying from the Magical Sentiments stamp set and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  Finally I prepared the images of Hedwig the owl and Fawkes the phoenix with copics and a little heat embossing, since I felt the 2 page spread needed a little bit more interest.

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Trinity Stamps Monthly Creativity Challenge!

Trinity Stamps has some exciting news to share- a monthly challenge competition!  I personally find it always exciting to enter a challenge that has a specific theme and lots of inspiration!  This month’s theme is use one of the new release stamp sets- either Mr. Snailman or Blizzard stamp sets.

Here is some inspiration:

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The prize for the winner of the challenge is amazing, but you’ll have to head over to the blog to find out what it is!  See you there!  Trinity Blog link