Thursday, August 21, 2014

Take Two Thursday: August Studio Calico Kit

Hellooo!  It's been a busy week on the blog!

It's time for another Take Two Thursday!  Yeah!  Katie and I played with our Studio Calico Sandlot kit for August.  I love the fun stamp set in this kit from Life. Love. Paper.

I took a piece of patterned paper from the pad, and repeatedly stamped the word love in Versamark ink.  I then white heat embossed it with Hero Arts White embossing powder.  I adhered the piece to another small strip of patterned paper, and then onto a card base.

To finish it off, I trimmed a piece of pink paper, stamped and embossed the you onto it, and added the fun wood veneer cat that came with it, along with the cute little sequins.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you will go see what clever creation Katie made using the kit.  She always thinks outside the box!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

RIC #66

It's Runway Inspired time again, my friends!

These weeks just zoom by don't they?  Our inspiration pic this time around is super cool, bold and fun!

I saw a couple of different ways to go with it, so I created two cards to share.  One is indirect, and the other a more literal interpretation.

On this one, I was inspired by the woodgrain, and the flowers on her dress.  So, I stamped Lawn Fawn's Woodgrain Backdrops in Soft Brown ink from Hero Arts, and trimmed the panel apart.  After I stamped the sentiment from the Sentiments and Quotes set from Altenew, I then popped up the middle portion back into the space using with foam adhesive.

I took the Magnolias For Her set, also from Altenew, and white heat embossed the flowers onto vellum, trimmed them out, and adhered them to the card front.  I finished it off with some Pretty Pink Post Clear Sequins.

For this next card, I went with the colors from the photo, as well as the flower and woodgrain elements.  First, I applied my Distress Ink colors (Festive Berries, Spun Sugar, and Picked Raspberry) over my heat embossed flowers.  Like before, I cut them out and then set them aside.

For the white panel, I wanted my sentiment to be glossy, embossed, but I didn't have blue powder, so I stamped it first with Navy Ink and then again with Versamark, heat embossing it with Hero Arts Clear powder to set.  I then adhered a piece of wood paper, along with my panel and flowers to a blue Bazzill Cardshoppe cardbase.

So, care to give it a go?  I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Have A Lovely Day

Hey, hey!

Did you have a good weekend?  I hope so!  I managed to make a few projects, which I will share later.  For now, I have a watercolor card using new stamps from Paper Smooches that are now available in the i {heart} papers store.  This card fits in nicely with the latest PS Sparks challenge, Anything Goes!  :)

So, to begin, I took a piece of Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock, and stamped the smaller bouquet image from Blossoming Buds in Archival ink, and colored it in using Distress Markers and water.  After it dried I went back in and added a bit of depth here and there.

I did a little sentiment mixing using the same set, and adhered the panel to a card base, to which I had attached a piece of patterned paper from the Hello Sunshine 6x6 from Pink Paislee.  To finish it off, I added a few enamel dots.

 Thanks so much for stopping, have a great start to your week!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Triangle Happy Birthday

Hello, and happy Saturday!

I am popping in today, to share a clean and simple card I made for the latest Moxie Fab World Fabulous Friday Challenge: Trendy Triangles.  Now, I took some liberties with this, but then what is inspiration if you aren't inspired to make what you like with it?  I was mostly inspired by the triangles themselves.

To start, I got out a bunch of Hero Arts inks, along with the fun Altenew set, Sohcahtoa, and after lightly drawing a diagonal line across the front, stamped one of the smaller triangles in a gradient.

I then took Label Love, and stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black for a really crisp image, trimmed it out, and adhered it with foam.  I finished it off with a few gold sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Well, that's all I have!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AEIHeartU Challenge 13: Kraft

 Hi again!

Two days in a row, can you believe it?!  When it rains it pours, I say.  So, I have been a busy bee at my craft table.  The rainy day on Sunday helped, and I managed to make a few things.  Yesterday, I got the chance to create a card for the AEIHeartU Challenge, to use Kraft, and also use some of the new products from the i {heart} papers store.  It was a gloriously sunny day, so I snapped a few pics of some of supplies I used as well.

I grabbed a bit of Wplus9's Kraft cardstock, some white pigment ink, and a mini ink blending tool, and set to work sponging on the ink using a Heidi Swapp Stencil.

I then took another of her stencils and inked up a few hearts over top of those white circles...and die cut the word Happy from the Avery Elle's Simply Said: Happy die set.   

I took the Happy die again, and cut it out if some hot pink cardstock, inlaid it back in the cut word on my panel, and adhered the original a little off center.  I then took one of the words from the stamp set, and stamped it in Hero Arts Black ink.

I trimmed the sides down, and adhered the panel to a white cardbase. and added a few black enamel dots.

Thank you so much for stopping in!  I will see you again soon!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Magnolia Congratulations and Questions!


Five days, has it really been that long?  I know you likely don't care to hear more about the busyness, and hey, neither do I!  So, how's bout a card instead?  I knew you'd approve!  Seriously though, when I have been at my table, I have been trying out some fun things I have seen at the latest Online Card Class, Clean and Simple Card Making 2.  I love these classes...even though I have been making cards for years, there is always something to learn.

The card I am sharing today uses a fun background stamp, perfect for Day 1 & 2 of class.  Let's take a looksie.

So, I got the Herbs & Honey Tile background stamp recently, and inked it up with Versamark, heat embossing it in Hero Arts White powder onto watercolor paper.  I then took a fun collection of Distress Markers, and colored in some of the open areas of the image.  Taking a wet brush, I swiped it across to make the colors bleed, and got a really pale, pastel look.

I then cut it up, adhered it with foam to my white card base, and added a stamped sentiment from the Magnolias For Her set from Altenew.  Oh, I should have gotten this set long ago, it's a fav!  I then white heat embossed the flowers, and inked those with Distress inks and a Mini Ink Blending tool, cut them out and adhered them to the card front.  I also added the sentiment from the same stamp set.

Love that background!  I urge you to give it a try!  Okay, so I have to ask, and I would LOVE your feedback, so please, pretty please, tell me what you think.

What brings you to this blog?  Is it mainly the projects?  My witty prose?  HAHA, just kidding...seriously, though.  What keeps you visiting, I would love to know.

Second, what would you like to see me do or share on this blog?  More tutorials?  If so, in picture form, or do you prefer videos?

And, lastly, what could I change, that would make you enjoy your time here a little more?  Is it boring, are the projects meh?  Lay it out there, I am so ready to hear, and change it up! 

Thank you, as always for stopping, I know I say it every post, but I truly mean it.  Life is busy and I am so happy that you chose to stop here in your busy day.  Okay, that is all for me today!

Have a great one,

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Take Two Thursday: Fun With You


I am back with my good pal Katie, as well take a stamp set and create something with it.  This week we chose the Lawn Fawn's Love You S'more stamp set.  Now, the i {heart} papers store is currently out of this set, but there are a gazillion others to chose from.  I also chose to use the dies that go with it for my project, cause I love em.  

I really wanted to use the adorable pine trees!  Confession: I am terrible at lining things up when I stamp, so I took a pencil, and made lines equal distance apart and stamped the trees in two green inks, Green Dye ink, and Soft Green, both from Hero Arts.  Amazingly, I managed to get them straight, haha!

I tried heat embossing my sentiment in white on vellum, but it just didn't show up against the card base.  So, I tried black sparkle powder, what a disaster!  Glitter everywhere!  I ended up stamping the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black and sprinkling Hero Arts Clear embossing powder over it.  It's not as vibrant, but it did the job!  Yeah!

For my cutie critters, I stamped them onto watercolor paper, and colored them in heavily with cheap watercolors from Michaels.  I then die cut them out, and adhered them to the card front.

I hope you were inspired today, thanks so much for popping by!  Now, click on over to see how Katie was inspired to use this set.  I know it will be A-dorable!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Pretty Hello

Well, hello!

So many stamps, so little time.  That is my catch-phrase lately, anyway.  I bought the lovely The Big, the Bold, and the Extras from Winnie & Walter awhile back, and just now got to ink it up.  I hate when life gets so busy that I can't find time to play! 

I love the curvy rose included in the set, and stamped it at the bottom of my card front.  I used a dark and a light pink pigment ink, and was surprised and delighted at the results I got around the edges when I used the rock n' roll technique.  

I stamped the hello from The Big, the Bold, and the Happy in black, and then stamped it again onto a strip of white cardstock.  I popped it up and added a bit of Wink of Stella.  I also added some lovely Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!  See you tomorrow for a Take Two Thursday post with Katie!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

RIC #65

Hi there!

Today, I am bringing you the latest Runway Inspired Challenge!  Have you seen the redesign?  Ohhh, it's fabulous, go check it out if you haven't!  Okay, back to the challenge...There is a lot of fabulous inspiration to be found in this photo, so much so, that I created two cards!

And, guess who our fabulous sponsor is?  Altenew!  Woot, woot!  Wanna win a stamp set?  Play along and you just might.  

I used the super fun set, Figure Effects, to create this super simple card.  I loved what Laura Bassen did with the window, and the die cut (here) and wanted to try something similar on my card. 

To start, I took a white panel and stamped the images in black.  I then took a square die, and partially die cut it, omitting the bottom portion.  I then trimmed around the stamped images with my scissors, and popped it up onto a card base that I had applied Stormy Sky Distress Ink.

Before I adhered the panel with foam tape, I white heat embossed my sentiment onto the base of the card.  To finish it off, I added a few yellow enamel dots.

Now, for this one, I decided I needed to capture the lovely ethereal nature of her top, so I white heat embossed the gorgeous flowers from the new set, Persian Motifs.  I fussy cut them out and adhered them to a card base that I covered with patterned paper.   

I then took a sentiment from the Label Love set, and heat embossed it in Pewter, trimmed it down, and adhered it with foam.  Of course, I had to add a bit of bling, and sprinkled rhinestones about the front of the card.

Well, that's a wrap!  Thanks for popping by today.  I do hope you'll play along!  

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Day To Celebrate

Hi friends!

I was finally able to ink up some of the stamps from my recent Altenew order.  There are some really fun sets!  To get my mojo going, I turned to Virginia's View Challenge to create a shaped card.  Now, a circle isn't very original, but when you're low on mojo and short on get a circle.  HA! 

To start, I die cut two circles, and adhered them together.  I then used a stencil that I made using my Silhouette Portrait and this cut file, taping it down really well to my work surface, and sponging on a mini rainbow.  I then removed the stencil, and stamped my sentiment from Altenew's Birthday Bash set.  I stamped the sentiment again and heat embossed it, trimmed out the banner portion, and popped it up.

I stamped the party favor in Archival ink, and using distress inks, adding a bit of color to the image, before trimming it out and adhering it with foam tape.

That's a wrap!  Thanks for stopping by to take a peek, have a great one!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Great Joy

Hello, hello!

It's good to blog again, after being away for a week.  I know, I had posts scheduled, but now I feel like I am getting myself dug out of vacation mode, and back at the craft table, blogging and such, again.  Sometimes routine can be my best friend.  So, today, I wanted to share a little card I created using this weeks Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge, the July Designer Draft.  Hard to believe July is coming to an end...

I used Paper Smooches stamps that can be found in the i {heart} papers store, as well as Distress Inks, and Washi Tape.  I have it on good authority that Kate is going to be stocking some pretty fabulous goodies when her move is completed.  I can't wait!  Until then, I will play with all of the fun products I already have!

So, to begin, I took watercolor paper and wet it with water and a brush, adding my color, and allowing it to blend.  I then let it dry, added Tape to the edge, and stamped a bunch of floral images from the Calico set all over it.  

I took a white notecard, adhered a strip of black cardstock, and stamped a sentiment from the Group Hugs set, which isn't available in the store currently, however, there are many others including the Chit Chat set, which I think would have worked just as well.  After that, I popped up my panel at an angle using foam adhesive.  Super simple!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!