Sunday, June 28, 2020

Wink a minute with Wanda! Digi papers and images together!

Hi Friends,  It's Sunday and I'm sharing a project from one of the You tube Live shows I do on Thursday Nights at 8:00 PM EST!  

Do you use Digi's?  Have you ever tried them?  Today I'm going to explain some of the things I personally like about digi's with you.  I don't speak for anyone else, these are just my opinions. 

So today I want to share some of the digi PRO'S I've come across, with all of my crafty friends. 

Digi's don't take up storage space
Digi's go everywhere your computer goes
Digital image sizes can be adjusted according to your needs
Digi's can be combined with other digi's before printing with no masking
Digital images can be flipped adjusting the orientation or direction
The price point of digital images are lower in general
The digital images are immediately delivered and there is no shipping cost

There are things about digital stamps that are a bit limiting.  However, all in all, they work wonderfully for me and the designer papers are the same as illustrations.  

I hope if you have NOT given them a chance, that this information will be considered and perhaps prompt you to give it a go! 

Krafty and Sweet digi papers
Sentiment from Whimsy Stamps
Circle frame die from Stash
Acetate from Stash

I love rubber/polymer stamps and digital images alike!  

I illustrated "Winking Wanda" with her cute little chubby face, wispy feathers and that little signature heart when I opened my e-commerce store in January 2020.  She was one of my first and quickly became a favorite!  

 This card is not the average A2 size card.  

I created this card with flaps that close over the front and the Acetate that wraps around the card and keeps the project closed.  On top of the acetate, I attached the little scalloped circle die with the cute digi image colored for a topper!  I stamped the Whimsy Stamps sentiment inside the card and secured the topper to a card base.  That's it!  Simple and Special!

Stay Crafty,

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Mideela's Flight of Fire

It's Sunday my friends!  The first Sunday of May 2020!  The year is going by so fast you can't blink or you may miss it!  I went outside today for about an hour with my husband and just roamed around town.  There weren't many people or cars out but the birds were singing and the squirrels were all but taking over the world!  lol

Last Thursday's FB LIVE was a huge success and together we managed to learn some tips on Brusho inks, discussed how I strengthen some of my smaller fussy cut illustrations and some of my newest finds in metallic gel pens, among other things!  

Mideela Dragon Stamp
Mystical Swirls
Dragon Set
Mushroom Lantern Set

Versafine Clair Nocturn, Golden Meadow, Twilight, Fantasia
Quicky Glue Pen

Arteza Metallic Gel Pens
White Gel Pen
Crystal Gel pen

Queen Mideela has risen from the fire pit withing the cavern she resides only after the troublesome dragon brothers and their fairy riders decided to play tag whilst she slumbers!  

The colorful pods awaken from the roof of the cave when the motion and sound of the dragon brothers grows!  They are Mideelas night lights but only shine when she awakens!

Turn the dial and watch for yourself all of the dramatic and magical action occurs! 

Stay Crafty!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

She's quite the GEM!

It's the last Tuesday of April and I'm so very desperate for Spring!  Last Thursday's FB live I shared some time with all of you water coloring.  It was so much fun for me to get back to that type of media I've decided to give it a go again this Thursday Night at 8PM EST and hope you can all join in! 

I am an Illustrator DT member of the store and my good friend Kelly Neis is the owner.  Kelly has just manufactured her first 7 Kids polymer stamps and I've fallen pretty hard for them!  lol 
Here is the set I used in today's project!  It's called Kitten Gems and I fell in love with the one named Diamond!  I've always had an endearment for Marilyn Monroe and this Aristocratic Kitty reminded me of her so much I just had to color her! 

I'm telling you!  Those green eyes are to die for!  These illustrations have got such a sweet sketchy like feel to them!  They are just so sassy!  I know Kelly has wanted to manufacture stamps in 7Kids for a long time and I adore the images she has chosen!  

I've designed a simple but fun project with a special twist I picked up from my good friend Kassi Hulet.  The popped up topper is actually one piece of watercolor paper with a trimmed out center section.  There was an addition of the wobble on top of the original project because I just felt it needed to be interactive!  You know me!  I love to have fun and bring JOY to a project! lol  

There is a short video clip where you can watch this wobble in action here!

Kraft Paper
My die design from stash of old designs

This project was so fun and I'm glad to see another store owner's dream come true!  Congrats Kelly!  I can't wait to see what's next! 

Stay Crafty!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

What's special about EARTHDAY2020?

Happy Wednesday!  This is a quick video of today's project to keep your interest Peeked!   Before I get to blogging some deets on today's project, there is something else I want to share with you all!

Don't you just LOVE Lavinia Stamps! I know I do!


Today is Earth Day!!!  

What better way to celebrate it than with a SALE?  Right?

OK! I'm listening! lol

So . . . for the next 24 hours, from April 22 @8am EST to April 23 @8am EST, everything in the store is 20% OFF.  

Just use the Coupon Code Earthday2020 at checkout and your entire order will be discounted!  

There are a few restrictions:  The Coupon code is a one use only code so get everything you want the first time you shop.  Also, my store ships only to the U.S. so the Double Dial Die is only sold to U.S. residents for now!  However, if you wish to purchase any of the digital items at the 20% discount, these sales are World Wide!  

Don't forget your freebie while you're shopping!  
The Stay Strong Digital Sentiment Set is FREE!

Getting back to last weeks FB LIVE project I created with the Distress Oxide and Versafine Clair Inks!  If you missed it, please feel free to scroll a bit on either the Handmadebytlc FB page or Tammy Houghton Cunliffe page and you can view it there anytime!  

I am attempting to post the video on my Youtube Channel but there seems to be a recent snag on Youtube!  However, I will continue to try to work it out!  I know Youtube is easy access and user friendly!  

This is the project before the Interactive Double Dial Die mechanism is added to create the action in this delightful Whispy meadow! 

Newtons Nook Hills & Grass Stencil
Simon Says Cardstock: Doll Pink and Sunshine
Lavinia Stamps: Meadow Mushroom, Birds, Josie, Dandelions, Hares Set, Fairy Foragers, Time to Reflect Sentiment, Bonnet Set, Fairy Bell Set

The background work included rolling a few shades of Oxide inks onto the surface of the topper card carefully blending the colors in the middle to create a third hue.   

Versafine Clair Inks: Golden Meadow, Nocturne, Shady Lane, Purple Delight, Charming Pink, Chiante
Distress Oxide Colors:  Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Iced Spruce, Fossilized Amber, Antique Linen

 I stamped the foliage, mushrooms and hares with Nocturn Clair ink with some second generation stamping to give depth.  Carefully creating images that come from the top of the card to the middle and from the bottom of the card to the middle as well.  

Symmetry of images is just as important as the placement of them.  There was some stamping of the Bonnett set in Purple Delight for added color and tone as the purples in the background were towards the bottom, the top needed some purple to balance.  

Silver Glitter Spectrum Noir Pen

In the center area I created some hills with the stencil and amongst the hills I stamped the Dandelions in Golden Meadow ink just to see the image.  Then with the fine tipped gel pens, I placed white and black dots where the stamp had dots and for the highlight of the stems, I used the gold gel pen!  It looked magical! 

The Fairies and the small dandelion seeds that float across the scene were stamped seperately and fussy cut to pop onto the mechanism and create the action.  I did distress the fussy cut edges with oxide ink to blend the images into the scene.

One turn of the dial and Josie is blowing her dandelion seed accross the sun filled meadow while the Fairy Forager flied high above the Meadow mushrooms to catch her fair share!  All the while the curious hare couple are gazing the shine and splendor of the Bonnet's blooming in the valley!  

So much fun to design but even funner to play!   

 The inside of the project was finished off with both colors of the Card stock and the beautiful sentiment stamp from Lavinia Stamps!  Simple and coordinating! 

Thank you everyone that joined in making this project with me!  I hope it has inspired you to just get those inks out and play a bit?  

Sometimes mistakes become are our most joyful wonder!  

Stay Crafty Friends! 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

FB Live project with Sea Horse Samm and the Double Dial Die

Happy Monday Friends!  Two weeks ago on my FB Live I created this cute little Interactive project with some of the newest products in the  Step by step we make it together and I finish it up to show you today!  

You can watch the entire crafting time TODAY on my Facebook Page!  Be sure to subscribe to continue seeing what I make and ring that bell as it's very important to keeping content live!  Thank you! 

The project was simple and quick to make.  The coloring was done digitally and I printed the illustrations out onto Neenah paper and fussy cut them.  I distressed over the white Neenah paper with Ranger Distress Ink and was ready to get onto the card topper.

Sea Horse Samm and Friends digi pack

The NEW Sea Scene digi designer papers at the store gave me the entire background with just a click of the print key.

Nocturn Versafine Clair Ink
Ranger Distress Ink (around the illustrations)

Don't enjoy putting the time into the background?  Are you unable to make a background that you're happy with in the end?  The full Scene digi designer paper is perfect for you!  Choose and Print!  Adhere it to your topper paper and that's it!  

Glossy Accents
White Gel Pen Ink
Silver Glitter paint Spectrum Noir

Just look at all that glossy gorgeousness!  The Puffer fish looks so realistic and mystical at the same time!  I love this image!  

On the inside, I printed another sheet of the digi designer paper call Sea Scene and taped it down.  The sentiment comes in the Sea Horse Samm digi pack.  I assembled the Double Dial Die mechanism and the topper was popped up onto the card base!  The project was finished!  I hope you try the dial die interactive motion for yourself and see just how easy it is to bring your project to life! 

Stay Crafty Friends,

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Happy Bouquet Digital Coloring with Tammy Louise

Oh my goodness!  Is it the middle of April already?  I'm sharing a project, "FINALLY", that I actually spent an hour or so with some lovely crafty friends on April 2nd FB Live!   LOL  

Cryogen Copic Paper

I illustrated a few different digital images for the April 2020 release and you can watch me color it from head to toe on my Youtube channel today if you weren't able to join me!  Watch me color this bouquet live on Youtube here

Copic Sketch Ink
Brusho Blue watercolor paint
B91, B93, B9, B97, Y21, Y18, Y28, BV13, BV11,YG91, YG95, YG97 

The "Happy Bouquet" is it's name and I used Copic Ink to color it up.  After the coloring of the project, I lightly splattered some water color paint with my fan brush, grabbed a bit of string and cut out another copy of one of the flowers and fussy cut it then popped it up over the original image for some dimension then mounted it on some really pretty colored card stock from Simon Says.


"In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.  For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed." - Khalil Gibran

Stay Crafty Friends! 

Friday, March 20, 2020

Digital elements can create coordinating DP!

There's a great Shaker in the belly of "Jazz"!  The first of his kind @ the within the Fairily Furry Friends line of Digital Stamps!   


Free sample of my Watercolor paper with elements placed with purchase of digi stamp

I used my Procreate program on my Ipad and colored in some of the extras you get with this set then placed them all about some of my watercolor paper and printed it out.  I used the same colored images and decorated the "Jazz" image so they would coordinate beautifully!

Last weeks FB Live was very fun and educational as we had some visitors that hadn't created a shaker card yet, some that had never created their own digital paper using digi images and others that shared along in the comradery and crafty fun!  I printed the homemade design paper again and cut out some bows, hats and lolli-pops I used to fussy cut and pop up over their original images for some fun layers on the card.  

I know these are troublesome and frightening times we are facing in the world.  Each of us in our own little communities trying to do our part in the attempt to stay healthy and stunt this virus in its path.  Some of us have children home, others are working from the same place we are supposed to relax after a long day.  Stay busy, get crafty with your kids and find that happy place when you can crafting something that brings you JOY!  It will help!  Art is a powerful thing! 


I will choose a winner next Thursday Night Live for one of my lucky first 50 subscribers.

I hope you can join me next Thursday @ 8 pm EST to share some FB Live time getting into the crafty happiness Art brings us! 


“You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”
Napoleon Hill

Hugs to you and Stay Crafty!