Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Terrific Tuesday

Greetings and welcome fellow crafters,

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend.  Unfortunately I had to work Saturday and Monday, but I sure enjoyed my Sunday off.

So I've decided the delve into my drawer of "Ongoing" projects...

 Inside this drawer are new stuff that I've bought, not exactly recently, and have not yet processed.  By this I mean not put away in their spots.

So each week I'm gonna give you all a little peek into how I organize my supplies or new projects that I've finally got around to making.  This week the latter is true.

Here is the finished card, which I'm thrilled with.  If I had known it was gonna turn out so great I would have finished it ages ago lol

Below is a background I created when I attended a fun workshop at The Stamproom.  I stamped the background with Versamark, then used Pan Pastels to create the background.  I haven't quite mastered these pastels yet, but they can give some spectacular results...
So next I stamped elements for the card using Chocolate Baroque rubberstamps set Butterfly Poppy Collage, this stamp set was also in the aforementioned drawer lol.
Graycie really liked the butterfly...
I fussy cut the elements out, pop dotted a few of them up, then using an old stamp I had from Hero Arts, I stamped the saying onto the front using Distress Ink then heat embossed it with clear powder,

So after I added my bling and doo dads, once again here is the finished card, along with the inside.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your week, take care and happy crafting...

Jodie - The Caffeinated Crafter!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Watercoloring Stamping

Salutations Fellow Crafters,

I hope everyone is having a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend.  I just want to start off by thanking all the visitors I had to my blog during the recent Operation Write Home blog hop.  The comments were wonderful.

Here is a quick video - about 10 minutes long - about how to do watercolor stamping, using both water soluble markers plus Copic markers.  Yup you read right, I said Copic markers.

This is the project where I used one of the samples that I made. 
I added Wink of Stella Glitter Pen to parts of the flower, added Class A Peel stickers for the photo corners, and used a Tim Holtz rubberstamp set for the sentiment.  If you have any other questions just fire me off an email!
Here is the link to the watercolor video, enjoy and happy crafting!
Watercoloring Stamping

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Operation Write Home Blog Hop

Greetings fellow crafters,

OWH Blog Hop
Here is the annual Memorial Day BlogHop from Operation Write Home.  I am just one of the many participants on this amazing hop Memorial Day BlogHop
Here is my contribution using one of their Sketches, #9 to be exact...
The stamp is from Memory Box, colored in with Copic markers and of course I had to add my bling in the center of each flower.  I also wanted to jazz up the inside so...
I partially put the insert into an embossing folder in order to get the embossing at the bottom.  Thanks for stopping by and a special thank you to all our military men and women.  Have a wonderful day!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Another Visitor

Bonjour my fellow crafters,

Not too much is happening at the moment.  I'm going to be participating in a blog hop from Operation Write Home tomorrow, so I've been making my contribution to that, which you will be able to see tomorrow.

It looks like it's going to be a somewhat large event, at least 100 folks are participating, so be sure and drop by again tomorrow. 

I also wanted to leave you with a look at one of our other fur babies, Tabitha.  She's our eldest, but that doesn't stop her from trying to get a look at what I'm doing.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.  Take care and happy crafting!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Finished Watercolor Project

Welcome Fellow Crafters!

I hope everyone is enjoying their week so far, of course we are only 2 days in so hopefully nothing too catastrophic has occurred yet.  I just wanted to post the final project that I demoed on the video that I posted last week...

I finished coloring in the flowers, then used one of the Spellbinder dies to cut it out.  I put foam tape behind the image to pop it off the card.  The butterfly and gold trim and all embellishments from Paper Artsy and are made of lightweight paper.  I just love them.
Hopefully I have inspired a few of you to give watercolor a try.  See what you have in your stash, any medium that is water soluble will work, and invest in a small amount of watercolor paper.  This will make you a lot happier with your efforts.

Have a wonderful evening and I'm off to watch the finale of Dancing With the Stars - go Meryl and Max!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Distress Glitter - CCC Challenge #2

Greetings Fellow Crafters,

I hope everyone had a great weekend, they just seem to go by so quickly.  Here is the latest challenge from Tim Holtz's latest book, Studio L3.
Of course, no matter how hard I try, I just can't seem to get Graycie to stop photobombing me lol!  Below I'm gonna give a bit of the "behind the scenes" process.  As always, I'm not gonna give an exact step by step instruction, you should check out Tim's book for that!

First off, I had to get me some of the Distress Glitter.  As some of you may be aware, I love me all things glittery, so I had to decide which colors I wanted to start with.  I chose grunge pieces and glittered them up.
Next I stamped and image using a set by Paper Artsy, then added glitter wings behind her, and used my Wink Of Stella pen to add a bit more pizzazz.  I also colored her skin in with copic markers.  I wasn't too concerned about going outside the lines, because I knew I was going to cut her out.
Next I created the background using Distress Paints, a stencil and the foam from the Ink Blending Tool.  I decided to use the foam because applying the paint directly to the stencil and paper made the paint seem under the stencil hence making the image muddy.
Since I had the stencils out, I made another background just for the heck of it.  With this one I used molding paste and glitter from Art Institute.  I just used a couple of stencils, applied the paste with a palette knife, applied the glitter while the paste was still wet and washed my stencils immediately.
Then I applied the Distress Paint, with water in order for the paints to blend.  I'm quite happy with the results and I'm gonna use this one for some upcoming project...
So here is the final project using the Distress Glitter.  The stamping was done with Archival Ink, since the background now had a coating.  I again used the Wink of Stella glitter pen for a bit of added punch!

I hope you all have a great week, and happy crafting!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Watercolor with Tombows

Happy Hump Day Y'all!!
OK, so a friend of mine kind of gave me a creative kick in the butt and I've started to do instructional videos.

This first one is about watercoloring with Tombow markers. They are a great marker plus are water soluble, so for the novice watercolor artist like myself, these markers lend themselves beautifully to achieving the desired results. Cause let's face it, who wants to invest a ton of cash into a medium that we find we can't work with and don't like!

If you have any other questions, just fire me off an email in cyberspace. Now don't expect Ron Howard quality movies. These videos are me, as I am, teaching as I would teach a live class.
I also seem to be having problems uploading them to the blog directly, so here is the YouTube link to the video, Tombow Watercoloring

Enjoy and happy crafting!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Latest & Greatest

Terrific Tuesday!
Hi everyone, Jodie here hoping you are having a wonderful day.  For those who wanted to watch yesterday's video, sorry about that!  Gotta love all this wonderful technology lol.  Here are some pictures of a few of my latest projects...
 Of course I can't create without this wonderful elixir known as coffee.  This card was made using a watercolor wash over an embossed background.  Below are some closeups, I used Distress Paint on the metal tag, then stamped the saying with one of the same markers I used in the background.

This project was created by my friend, Kina. She owns the great online store The Stamproom. We made this piece on canvas, using Distress Paints. The closeup shots show the embellishments, along with the Prima stamps and from their paper as well.

This is a project that I'm working on, a mini chipboard album. Stay tuned for more details.
Hope everyone has a great day and happy crafting!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Just a Few Tips

Happy Monday Y'All!

Yea, since Rob and I live in Florida, I'm becoming a bit more southern, just a bit mind you, we're still Canadian through and through, as our home thermostat will attest too lol!
I just wanted to post this short video, which will give you some tips and tricks about using the watercolor stuff and Tombow markers...enjoy!

So in case this video isn't workin' for y'all, which it isn't even working for me, here is the link to YouTube with the video. It's quick, I promise, only 2 minutes! LOL The Creative Process

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Frenzy of Crafting Weekend! (kind of long post!)

Salutations my fellow crafters,
Hard to believe that the weekend is coming to a close.  I was lucky enough to have the weekend off, which as some of you may know, for me it's a rarity.  I have been getting caught up on some of the "homework" for my online watercolor class at http://www.onlinecardclasses.com/ and have been having a blast.  In this post I'm gonna give up the techniques that I've discovered.
First, these are the backgrounds that I made using my Tombow markers.  I didn't have any watercolor mediums, except for pencils and they weren't giving me the desired effects.  I haven't used these markers in a dog's age and had forgotten how truly versatile they can be...
 I started using ordinary watercolor paper that I found in the depths of my stash.  This first one I wet the paper first, applied the markers, then applied more water to blend them a bit.
 This next background was created for the class.  I won't give details on how to do this, if you want to know, sign up for the class.  It's totally worth it!
 With this technique I applied the markers directly to the DRY paper, then added water to blend.  I didn't soak the paper, cause I wanted to keep the vibrancy of the colors.  The next few pics are how I created a card using this background.

First I let the piece dry completely.  Next using Brilliance Moonlight White and white embossing powder, I stamped and embossed the flower onto the background.

Next I stamped the saying using the Tombow marker for the border, "huffed" on it so that the heat from my breath would moisten the ink, then after, stamped the saying using Memento ink on the inside.  Also I didn't have ribbon the right color, so I took the plain stuff, used the Distress Stain and voila! 

 Below is the final product!
Below is another type of watercolor background that was outlined in the class.  Again, out of respect for the teachers, I won't go into too much detail, but I will say a stencil was used!
This was all a lot of fun and I got some amazing effects.  The close up shows how the pattern of the stencil really comes through!
 Here is another card I made using another of the class backgrounds!

Finally poor Graycie just couldn't keep her eyes open any longer, we were up way past her bedtime! lol
Hope you enjoyed this lengthy blog post and hope you have a great Monday!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge

Good day my fellow crafters, Last year there was a blog hosted a series of challenges that went through Tim Holtz's book Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 2. I didn't get a chance to participate but this year, with the launch of the newest series of challenges based on CCC Vol. 3, I am definitely diving right in. Here is the link to the blog, which you should absolutely check out..Studio L3. So, to begin the challenge uses the technique, Paint Marbling, as outlined on p. 43.
I chose colors that I liked, and also used Tim's stencils and Distress Ink.
Once the paint was dry, I added more interest with the stencil and ink. I went over some of the areas with a white gel pen to make certain areas stand out. I stamped my saying, while also adding strips of washi tape for texture. I knew that I wanted to use an Asian stamp, so the washi paper fit right in. Finally I painted over metal foliage pieces and pulled some of the paint off to give a distress look.
Here is the completed card, Graycie seemed to approve! lol. I stamped the saying using Memento Ink and colored in the image using Copic markers!
And of course I had to jazz up the inside.
Hope you enjoy the card and don't forget to check out Linda's blog. If you want to partake in the challenges, pull out your own copy of Tim's book or buy one if you don't already own this treasure trove of techniques!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Hi everybody, My name is Jodie Heuser and I'm the former owner of Scrap N Stamp, at least that's how some of you may know me. I've decided lately that my blog needed a facelift, so I dived in to create a blog that is more representative of my life and crafting style.
I won't bore you all with my life story, if you are really interested, just click on the profile to the right to get all the dirty details ( well ok, there aren't that many dirty details!). This blog will be dedicated to showing the projects that I'm working on, the good, bad and ugly, cause let's face it, as crafters all our projects are not magazine worthy lol! I love stamping and scrapbooking so that's mostly what you'll see here, but occasionally my multi media friends talk me into a class or a project that I absolutely love, so be sure and drop by for those.
I hope that you can find some inspiration in my projects and if you have any questions, please drop me a line, I enjoy hearing from fellow crafters. To give you all an idea of my work space, here is a quick little one and a half minute video, to show you what I'm working with. Take care and have a fantastic day!