Wednesday, June 9, 2021

May Flowers -Gina K Designs June release

Hi everyone! Tonight is the June release for Gina K Designs and I am SO EXCITED to share 2 cards using the new May Flowers stamp set!! There are many other fabulous stamp and die sets in this release, so be sure to check them all out!!

First up is a card featuring the large Anemones cluster. I embossed the image on vellum with white EP and then took some bright inks and blended the ink to the BACK side. This gives the coloring a soft muted effect and keeps the ink from smearing on hands or envelopes.
Since Anemones have black centers, I added some tiny black gems to the top and added some thin dotted organdy ribbon from my stash. I love to have a few pops of black!
 
I inks I used were: Cherry Red, Passionate Pink, Wild Lilac and Grass Green.

Here's a peek at the back side of the image. You can see I used some bright colors and how soft they appear when behind the vellum, so don't be afraid to go bold!!

Next is another simple card, this one uses the Lily of the Valley image. I colored this with copics and added a few black splatters and a tiny strip of black/white paper under the sentiment. Again, I went with a simple design with pops of black.

 I want to send a BIG thank Gina and her team for letting me be a small part of this release!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Water colored poppies -Stamp Simply Summer Florals release

 Hi everyone! Today Stamp Simply released their Summer Florals stamps and dies and I'm excited to share a water color card using the stamp set, Pretty Poppies! Take a look!

My card is pretty simple. I used my MeiLiang watercolor palette to color the poppies, added a couple jewels, piece of 1/8" black silk ribbon and a strip of black/white striped paper.
I haven't water colored in awhile, and it does not come to me naturally. So after pulling up an image search as my reference, I colored these beauties over the course of a few evenings and I love how they turned out.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Other supplies used:
Stamp Simply Steel Dies Fishtail Sentiment Banners
Bee Watercolor paper

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Stamp Simply blog hop winners!

 Hi everyone!! It's time to announce the winners for the Stamp Simply grand opening blog hop!
Please head on over to Stamp Simply's blog to see the complete list of winners!

Random.org helped me chose my winner with comment #10:

Adorable card! Love the colors, refreshing.

Congrats Marilyn!! Please contact Stamp Simply directly at sharon@stampsimply.com with the subject line: Stamp Simply may 2021 Blog Hop Winner from Michelle Woerner's Blog.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Stamp Simply Grand Opening Blog Hop

 Hi everyone! Welcome to the NEW Stamp Simply Grand Opening Blog Hop! Stamp Simply has worked behind the scenes for a long time and we are excited to introduce you to the new storefront! What better way than to have a hop filled with prizes and designer inspiration!

Enjoy a 20% store wide code: GRAND20
and FREE shipping at $85

My prize package is the FABULOUS Java stamp and die set AND the amazing Coffee and Friends paper pack by Echo Park Paper!

Like many of you, I'm all about coffee, so this slimline card was fun to put together. I used all 3 items in my prize package.


And here's how I used papers to create each java mug. I carefully die cut the patterns, adhere it to a white mug base and then added some complimentary strips of paper and black cardstock. I thought it was a fun way to use the adorable paper with all the tiny rectangle image vignettes.

To enter my giveaway, leave a comment here and let me know what is your favorite coffee drink. If you don't drink coffee (I know there are some of you out there), let me know what is your drink of choice. As for me, I'm doing Keto, so my morning coffee is with Monkfruit and heavy whipping cream.

Comments are open until 7am EST on Wednesday, 5/26. 

Each of the 9 stops has a different prize package and a new chance to win!
Next on the stop is the fabulous Julie Gearinger.

Sharon Johnson/Stamp Simply Blog

Michelle Woerner --- YOU ARE HERE!

Julie Gearinger

Deb Saaranen

Deb Felts

Jill Hilliard

Esther Asbury

Holly McMillen

Sheri Holt

Winners will be randomly selected and announced on the Stamp Simply blog Thursday evening, 5/27.
Note, if any of the winners at any stop already has the prize being offered, other sets of an equal value may be selected.

Please feel free to get acquainted with our NEW STOREFRONT and enjoy 20% OFF store wide with FREE SHIPPING at $85.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Painted and stenciled bathroom floor tile

 Hi everyone! Welcome to Part 2 of my main bathroom mini remodel. If you missed yesterday's post about the bathtub and shower tile surround remodel you can scroll down or check it out HERE.

As I mentioned yesterday, this all started with a minor accident in the shower which led to redoing the tile. Once the tile was complete I realized the tile was white based with cool gray veining AND my old tile floors were circa 2004 with warm beige! I looked into the cost of pulling up the floor and doing new tile, but it was not cheap and my contractor was pretty booked out. So I did some research and decided to give painting and stenciling a go!

I mean I stencil on cards, same concept right?!? lol!

Here is what my floor looked like before -you can see I had already begun the paint swatching. As I was looking at stencil designs, I noticed all the inspiration photos had tiles with a clean straight layout. 

Mine is a 50% lay which complicated things. It ruled out MANY stencils as they were all flourish-y that continued and repeated from the corners onto the next tile. After some more searching I found a star type stencil that repeats on the 50%! Yay! Oh and have I mentioned my 2 teen boys share this bathroom -they wanted the frilly stuff to a minimum so this Supernova Tile Stencil was the winner! You can find it and a ton of amazing stencils at Royal Design Studio Stencils

Once I decided on the stencil I had to figure out what kind of paint and colors to go with. After reading reviews I decided to go with the tile paint kit from Rust-oleum Home Floor Coating. This system has 2 steps (a base and then top coat) and is durable enough for bathrooms AND it was in stock at Home Depot. The kit comes with a quart of white base, quart of clear matte top coat (you can also get it in glossy) and a bottle of floor cleaner. For my stencil, I picked up a quart of Icy Gray (they have several gray colors to pick from and they run about $20 so if it was the wrong gray I would get another. But Icy Gray ended up being the perfect shade to coordinate with the shower tile! 

Now design choices -do I paint a WHITE base with GRAY stenciling or do I go with a GRAY base with WHITE stenciling?!? I tested each out way on a piece of cardboard and decided to paint the floor white and use Icy Gray for the stencil. 

The prep work for the floors is not fun, you need to make sure everything is completely clean of everything and all hairs are off the ground. I shed hair with about every step I take, so I was careful to pull my hair back! Cleaning the floor from fuzz and hair was a constant battle with every step of the process. Sometimes I would turn around and there would be little things all over the floor -like HOW? Drove me nuts.

I started out stenciling the full tiles first and then I (gulp) cut the stencil in half and used the smaller pieces to stencil the cut tiles around the toilet and walls. In hind sight I should have bought 2, one stencil to keep whole and one to cut. The absolute worst was stenciling around the toilet. Let's just say I got up close and personal with every inch of that toilet. If it's possible, I suggest removing the toilet first, but we didn't want to hassle with it. Again, in hindsight, I would definitely remove it! My back, neck, shoulders and legs were sore for days!!

When it comes to stenciling uneven tile, I should note that there WILL BE some paint bleeding no way to get around it. I spent a full day laying on my tummy doing touch ups with both the gray and white colors to get it as clean as I could. In the end I embraced some imperfections. All part of a stenciled floor charm.

Each step (base, stencil, stencil touch ups and 2 top coats) took a day to paint and another day to dry. So know going into this project it will be almost a week before it's ready to fully use.

And here is the result! I absolutely love it! You barely notice the floor is a 50% lay and the pattern just flows throughout! I had a hard time deciding on a wall color. I tested out 4 grays, a white, 3 greens and 3 blue shades. I ended up going with Silver Fox by Valspar. It is a blue gray and perfect for this room!!

Well what do you think? Is this something you'd ever try? I think it was worth all the work and really compliments my new tub surround tile! I tried to be thorough with everything I used, but if you have any questions send me an email and I will get back to you. Thanks for stopping by!