Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Distress Oxides - Genie in a pad!

Hello Friends,

I am so excited to be here with the most talked about product of the year! Distress oxides. If you know me or if you have done workshop with me, you know how much I love my inks. I love to explore different inks and different brands and have a good collection of various inks. But I haven't come across such a versatile ink as distress oxides (DO). You can stamp, blend, color and emboss with them without compromising any of the characteristic. So it is a multipurpose ink which will easily replace your stamping inks (eg. dye , pigment, chalk, archival) as well as blending in (eg. distress).

*They are so creamy almost like paint in a pad.

*Blends like magic - no marks no harsh edges!

*Works on regular card stock too ( unless you are using lots of water )

*The most amazing is stamping ability. The coverage is so even - totally out of this world. I have used many pigments inks but never got results which I got with DO. As it has pigments in it it dries little slower so heat embossing is very much possible.

*The signature characteristic of the inks are the way it reacts with water. I was blown away the way it creates oxidized look. Even though they are water based inks like distress inks, you can layer them well because of the presence of pigments. So you can add green on top of pink without getting brown muddy look. I think the pigments move slower than dye ink so you have that narrow window to dry the layers before they mix totally.

I am done with theory part...sharing all the results of my experiments. I haven't paid much attention to card layout or design as the focus is on DO. So please don't judge this product by my cards. Just focus on the DO part of it. I will be posting a pictures and under that there will be colors, technique and highlighted points. So don't skip those brief notes. I have used Bielo CS mostly.


Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Peeled paint, Walnut Stain & Gold water color.
I tried to create metal patina look on this one and I could. 

I finished the card using concord and 9th die.


 Worn Lipstick, Fired Bricks, Walnut stain & Iced Spruce on Bielo. Rubbed ink pads direct on paper, spritz with water,heat, repeat. In the end i added grey ink on mat and dabbed it from there on paper.

Coverplate die is by Lil Inker and alpha die is MFT. Doesn't it look like oxidation on copper?


Faded Jeans, Fossilized Amber applied through  MFTstencil. Check the creamy, solid coverage.

The top of tag was rubbed with fossilize amber and spritz with water. Check the pattern it makes while dripping as inks are thicker than distress inks.


Various inks through MFT stencil , spritz with water & blot it with paper towel.


Multiple inks applied through Stencil on white card stock & embossed with clear embossing powder
Apply black soot distress ink which will cover the white exposed paper. Here heat embossed part will work as resist and will not take black ink. (I think this technique is known as black magic)


This is the most interesting project. The green outline is heat embossed using peeled paint & PTI stamp. Broken china ink is applied using layering stencil by PTI.  Light coat of squeezed lemon DI.  This was possible because I could emboss using DO.


Pink,red and yellow DO on water color paper with lots of water for bigger blooms. Neat and Tangled stamp & versafine ink.


Worn lipstick for splatter & to color the flower. Candid Apple DI for the darker shadows .Bielo card stock. Jane's Doodles stamp. DO are thick like paints so need little experimenting to know how they behave. But results are outstanding.


Believe it or not, the galaxy is made on black card stock. Look at the brightness of inks. No other ink can do this. 


Now comes stamping. Check the crisp images it gives. I was super amazed by the coverage. You have to try it to believe it. 


On Kraft Card Stock.


I was on seventh heaven when layered stamping worked so well. Top Flower - Worn lipstick, fired brick, walnut stain. Bottom flower- worn lipstick, spiced marmalade, fired brick. 


Don't you think this one is enough to praise these inks?Please order it NOW if you already haven't done it. 


Heat embossing with clear powder on different card stock.


Two which didn't make it to final product because of time constraint. There are some more which didn't make it to the camera too...:) I had a hard time stopping myself from playing with these inks. Still I feel that I have just scratched the surface. 
The versatility of it is amazing. And awesome selection of 12 shades from the whole lot of DI shades. Can't wait for more shades...just thinking how the blue print sketch will look in oxide?

These are truly ginie inks, capable of doing all your inkinking tasks. I will take your leave here. Since last four days, I am working on this projects and post. I really hope you enjoy my experiments with them. Thanks a lot for being here.

- Neha

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How to use Planner Supplies on Cards!

Hello everyone! This is Deepti and thank you so much for stopping by. Today I would like to walk through the cards I made with the gorgeous Prima Planner supplies. Planner supplies aren't meant only for planners or books or journals they are also meant for Card Making. Since I'm crazy about card making I always find excuses to use the unexpected supplies for making cards!! I have two card designs to share and these designs are pretty simple but they look very elegant. :) 

For this card I kept the design very simple. I grabbed all the washi strips and adhered on a card stock.  As you can see I didn't adhere the same designed strip next to each other instead I switched the designs for some effective look.

I die-cut a circle and placed the beautiful paper clip. :)

Here comes the second one! I simply adhered the strips of washi tape along the side of the card base.

Next I die-cut a circle out of the striped paper, you know the striped paper is one of the packaging sheets from Prima Planner Supplies. Adhered the scripty stickers and also the gorgeous bow! <3

You can find all the supplies HERE I used for my projects today!

I hope you liked my projects today. Take care and I will see you next time! :)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Top Trends in Craft - Creativation 2017

Hello Girls,

       I am sure you are looking forward to this post!! Much awaited and this will be interesting for you!.  You know, it feels so exciting to see all the new stuff that is coming into the market ... And that too before the whole world knows it!!. I consider myself lucky, to be one of the few who attend CHA.

Disclaimer: These are my personal opinion from what watched and observed. If you have any difference of opinion, please feel free to leave a comment.

Distress Oxides

           Tim claims it is one of the best innovative products of his, so far.. He was so thrilled to introduce this to us!! And I was in awe with the effects it was creating!! I feel there is a whole new set of techniques, one can do with them! This is sure hit , like the distress inks!

Animated Stamps from Uchi Designs

      This was the talk of the town! On the queue, in the lift, I could hear people talking.. Did you see the stamps?! This is something new and interesting!!...etc These set of stamps are going to be so popular this year, because it some new idea, implemented as stamps!! I loved it!!

Take a look at the video here!


       Walking around the CHA floor, anybody who is not related to crafts can say "PLANNERS EVERY WHERE". Planners are a HOT HOT trend now!! Almost 70% of the Paper craft booth, had some planner stuff or the other.. have a look!! Planners are going to be a LOUD and BIG TREND

         Me and My Big Ideas, Heidi Swapp, Websters Pages ,Simple Stories, BoBunny had some amazing planner stuff!! Planner addicts, it is going to be a treat for you!! If you are still not into planners,  the stuff is so tempting, you will sure start working on planners!! There are some planner kits too.. So these will not create a big hole in ur pocket! lol..

The clips, bows, pom pom hangers, tassels, trinkets, chain and what not?!! The industry looked like it was flooded with cute planner stuff!!

Below images from Carpe Diem , MAMBI, Heidi Swapp, Color Crush


Even Prima has planner release this year.. Their planners were girly and feminine!


Dyan Reavley's Art Journal on Planner at Ranger Booth

Even Micheals had a whole aisle dedicated to planners and other sections had planner stuff as well!! They had good collection too!!

                                                            Pics collaged from Micheals store

We R Memory Keepers had a Punch boards for planners. Tab Punch board and Planner Punch Board

Adult Coloring

     It hit the market 2 years back. There was only the coloring books in the past.. This time i was able to spot around 10 booths that had Adult coloring stuff like T shirts, Canvas,  Frames , Banners, Kits etc.. I could spot more of them in Micheals too.          

                                                       Coloring kits from Micheals

      Since Adult Coloring is so popular, now the markers and color pencils have to have their share :)
I saw Pebeo acrylic and alcohol markers in New product showcase.
Chameloen has come up with 2 tone color pencils

Interactive , 3D Card Dies

            All kinds, Pop up, Slider, Interactive card dies were seen at different booths. Looks like the trend is moving from shaker cards to 3D cards made with lots of layering created with dies.

Below images from Lawn Fawn and Tattered Lace

Another interesting spot was the Sizzix impresslits - Embossing folder die combo . Does both the job, with just one run through the machine! Here are some samples

Cats and Cactus!

        How funny!!! Or, I thought so! I was able to spot Cat stamps in booths like Ranger, Stampendous, Waffle Flower , Lawn Fawn..etc  and the Cactus stamps and die from Spellbinders, Sizzix , Waffle flower and more..

Other Trending Stamp Designs

  •  Waffle flowers CROSS STITCH line of stamps, Marble effect were popular too. 
  •   OTTERS have picked up new popularity.(MFT,Sizzix)     
  •   Layered KOI , PEACOCK , Ice cream were eye catching (Hero Arts), 
  •   Emojis , Tropical motifs, Palm Trees are other favorites!
  •   Trends from last year like Unicorn, Mermaid, Feathers , Arrows , Flamingoes, Popsicle were seen in some booths this year too!


Art Journaling

       Dina's Media Journal is a HOT new product and many other companies like Stampendous had new line of Art Journaling stamps. Trust me , I was not a big fan of Art journaling. But after seeing these products, I think I am starting to like them :). Impressable Gel Plates will be a great addition to Art Journalers!


   Last Year Trends like Foils, Sequins continue this year too. Gina K Thermo Web had some gorgeous Gold sequin foils.Rebecca Meier booth had foils for mixed media too!!

Fairies and Fairy Garden

       Though this trend started last year, this year it was in seen the more companies like Darice, Stampendous , Elizabeth Crafts, Echo Park , Plaid..etc.. Also Micheals has a separate section for Fairy Garden supplies!!

                                                                                         Micheals Fairy Garden Supplies

 ImpressArt and Sizzix Jewelry 

          Metal Stamping is taken to a whole new level by Impress Art. They sure impressed me with their stamps!

         Ellison has now come up with a new line for jeweley and they have a pretty collection of dies . Elizabeth Crafts has too!! So jewellery makers, now no more cribbing!! You get die cutting supplies for jewelry too!!  Paisley Bezel  stole the hearts of many!

Pantone Color - Greenery

          Every year , Pantone colors are chosen by the experts and this year's color is a beautiful green - GREENERY!!

You can read more about the colors here -

Did you like the new trends?
Which of the new trends, you are more likely to pursue?
Would love to hear your views!! Let me know in comments.

Hope u liked the post!!

Thanks for stopping by,