Posts Tagged ‘summer’

SNS Perfect Pearls June Blog Hop

Friday, June 5th, 2020

This weekend you can save 10% on all Perfect Pearls products!  It’s a great time to try out a fabulous product that’s been around for years, but might be new to you!  As usual, we are giving away a $50 gift certificate for the SNS online store to one of our amazing readers who leaves comments on our posts along the hop, so please… let us know what you think of our projects!

Perfect Pearls have been around for a long time, but have recently been re-branded/launched by Ranger to introduce them again as a great addition to the Letter It Line.   The new starter sets are fantastic, with two colors of Perfect Pearls, a small fluffy brush and a mini Perfect Medium Ink Pad.  My project today uses Letter It Set #3 with the addition of a single color, Sunflower Sparkle.  SNS has some of the original sets in stock as well and they are an even better value since they include 4 colors & two brushes!

My card today also features the Feathered Friends die set by Tim Holtz, She Sells She Sells stamps by Jane Davenport & Just Because stamps by Concord & 9th for the sentiment.   I also used some mini mister spray bottles to turn these pretties into shimmer sprays- you’re gonna want to try it!   I had my doubts along the way how this would all come together, but now that it’s done, I’m ready for another trip to the beach!

I used the Perfect Pearls in three different ways on this card.  First, I stamped in Perfect Medium and brushed the Pearls over the stamped image.  Perfect Pearls are a pearly pigment powder that has a binder mixed in with them, so they will bind to water or a wet medium.  You can see an example of this on the shells that are stamped directly on the kraft “sand” layer of my card.  Next, I painted with them, adding shimmer to some shells which I embossed in white on kraft.  (Side note- Perfect Medium also makes a great embossing ink!) I then used a wet paint brush dipped into the Perfect Pearls to paint my shells.  You can add layers for more intense color & shimmer, or add water for a subtle shine.



Lastly, I used them as a spray!  I missed the Perfect Pearls with a bit of water in Mini Mister spray bottles.  I didn’t measure, I simple picked up pigment with a paintbrush and dropped it in. I repeated a few times and then stirred with the same brush to get the color off.  While this photo isn’t the greatest, I hope it gives a good indication of the pearly shimmer all over the card!  I used blue on the sky & water layers and a mix of sunflower and pink on the sand.

I had a few puddles of color left on my craft surface when my card was done, so I selected a few of the shells I gathered at the beach last summer and decided to paint them as well for a perfectly coordinated photo prop.  They turned out so pretty, I had to photograph them on their own with the pearls and the spray bottles!

I can’t wait for you to see what the rest of the girls have been creating with Perfect Pearls!   It’s so fun to see a classic art medium get a fresh start 🙂  Next on the hop is Deborah, and below you will find the full set of links for each of us.  Hop along and enjoy, and don’t forget to leave us comments.  I’d love to know when the last time you used Perfect Pearls was!

Perfect Pearls June Blog Hop


Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 60}

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

I know I’m not the only one who feels like August is flying by… and while I’m looking forward to cooler days and all the beauty of autumn, I’m not quite ready to let go of summer!  So today I have another card using almost the same products as last week’s card, but with a totally different feel.  This one embraces the colors of the sun, with a generous dose of Abandoned Coral Distress Ink (LOVE).

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I used the same sand & sea Tim Holtz die, but added some fun crackle to the seahorse and tangerine paint to the sand dollar.  The sentiment is also from the same have faith stamp set that I used!  I created a background with a stencil and a splattering of Color Burst and a border with some washi tape.  I had a few strips of watercolor paper from trimming various projects and created a fun weave with them to anchor my background.  One of the wildflower dies transforms itself into sea weed on todays card 🙂

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Sure makes me wish I was at the beach, or at least headed there!  I hope your summer included some beachy days, or some other fun adventure that let you relax and enjoy yourself!

Have a creative week!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 57}

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Happy Tuesday!  I’m making the switch from last week’s Christmas in July card and bringing some summer to the blog… and what better way to celebrate summer than with happy colours and a nice icy beverage… yum!  Mine is coffee, but you’re welcome to imagine yours however you like… for me, coffee is one of the simplest ways to bring joy to my day 🙂

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My card is simple- I used a flip-flop die by Sizzix to make the card base (which is about 5×5″ folded) and layered on a piece of textured background I created with Dina Wakely paints & stencils.  My image (by Tim Holtz) was colored simply with a mix of Distress Ink & watercolor pencils.  The sleeve was stamped on a scrap of the background design and layered onto my image before I covered the entire rest of the image with Glossy Accents.  I finished everything off with some chit chat stickers and a little canvas bloom & some bling.

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It’s fun to add a sentiment on the flip side of the central image, but it is a bit tricky to photograph!  I decided to keep things simple today and use my messy work space as my background… hope you still get the idea 🙂

Here’s a couple other angles of the card front to show you the fun mix of textures and shine…

simple joy (1)and here’s one last one trying to capture the shiny-ness 🙂
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Hope the days ahead hold some simple joy for you!

Inky hugs,