Easter Balloons with Craftin’ Desert Divas!

Hey, everybody! I’m back with another new release card for Craftin’ Desert Divas February release. I LOVE this cute new stamp set called Easter Balloons. It’s so so sweet, and was so fun to color. You may see my card and wonder why in the heck it’s called Easter Balloons, but you should know I used the stamps in a way that made them not look like balloons. It just goes to show the stamp set is versatile!

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I stamped out some of the images from the set and colored them in with my Copic markers. I went with bright, fun colors for these images as I wanted it to be a very cheery card for spring. Once I was done coloring I fussy cut the images out. I trimmed off the strings of each balloon image, and used a white gel pen to hide the black lines anywhere that was necessary.

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For my background I did one of my most favorite techniques as of late: stenciling. I used the Hill Scene 2 stencil as well as the Burst stencil to create this sunny background. I also did some paint splattering to add some more color and texture to the background.

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I added the images that I had colored to the card with foam tape. Then I grabbed a sentiment from the All Together stamp set and heat embossed it at the bottom with white embossing powder. To finish off the card I added a couple of sequins from the Lollipop mix, and my card was complete! I hope you enjoyed this look at the new stamp set Easter Balloons! Be sure to check out the Craftin’ Desert Diva’s social media for more great DT projects! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

You Make My Heart Super Happy

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re all having a great first week of February. I love getting into this month and prepping all of my Valentine’s Day cards. Today I get to share a card I made for Your Next Stamp’s Valentine Series. The design team is all creating projects for Valentine’s Day! There have been a lot of fun projects already, and I have another one to show you today.

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For this card I really wanted to create a card that had a ton of the cute Your Next Stamp cats and dogs on it. I also really wanted to use some traditional Valentine’s Day colors. I started the card by ink blending Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink onto an A2 size card panel. Using a blender tool I made the color fade to the top in an ombre effect. I love this color, and it turned out so perfect. Next I took the small, solid heart from the new Carnival Food Fun stamp set and stamped it all over the panel. Sometimes I stamped directly on the panel and sometimes I stamped it off before putting it to the paper. This gave a variation of intensities. I also splattered the panel with some water.

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Next I die cut one of the So Many Squares Panel dies. I thought having all of the squares was going to be too busy (I already had a lot going on, and it was only going to get more crowded!) So I cut out the center squares with my scissors. I love that you could do this in a lot of different ways to make the die just what you need! I adhered it straight down to the ink blended panel. Next I stamped and colored a ton of the cats and dogs from COOL Cats, Paw-some Pups, and the Photo Booth stamp sets. I love all these critters separately, but together they are like their own little gang of friends 🙂 I stuck to the same two color combos using a cool gray and light tan Copic combo. I also made any of their collar etc. a bright pink. I trimmed everyone out, and arranged them how I wanted them on the card panel.

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Once everyone was in place and adhered, I just had some finishing touches to add to the card. I heat embossed my sentiment from the Whatnot Sentiments Set Eleven with white embossing powder and ink blended more of the Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide over it to match. That piece was trimmed down and adhered to the card with foam tape. Then, I ran the Floating Heart Panel Die through my die machine and used some of the hearts to add to my background. I put them all over and used them to fill in any places that I thought were bare. I also did this with gumdrops from the Sugar Rush Sparkly gumdrops set and the Watermelon Part Sparkly gumdrops set.

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To add just a little more detail, I drew in some white gel pen accents and then my card was complete! I hope you enjoyed this card I created for the Your Next Stamp Valentine’s Series! Be sure to keep an eye out for more projects from the rest of the design team 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

You Are Amazing

Hi, everyone! Happy Monday! Normally I wouldn’t be so chipper on a Monday, but for us U.S. peeps we get to go into this week knowing it’s a short one. Woo!! Another thing that’s got me smiling is the fun card I get to share with you today for Penguin Palace. Let’s jump right in.

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I started today’s card by die cutting a stitched rectangle that also has stitched bubbles on it from 110 lb card stock. I ink blended some blue Distress Oxide inks over top and added lots of fun splatters and water spots for texture. When it was completely dry I die cut some heart dies from the piece and set it aside. This piece became the background for my cute littler mermaids to swim on.

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Next, I stamped out a bunch of the sweet mermaids from Pretty Mermaid Planner and colored them in with my Copics. I die cut them with the coordinating dies and went back to work on the background!

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For my sentiment I stamped the sentiment “you are amazing” by masking the full sentiment from the An Amazing Friend stamp set. This is a great way to make your stamps go further and get the exact message you want! It’s also a great way to use more stamp sets together. As a finishing tough I added white Nuvo drops and white gel pen accents to the mermaid images. And that finished my card! I hope you enjoyed the card for today. I love these mermaid images and I can’t wait to use them again. There’s another mermaid set (or two) from the shop that would pair so well with this one! Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you all have a great week!! I’ll see you again soon with another card 🙂

Spellbinders Clear Stamps

Hi, everyone! I hope you’re all having a great Monday. I’m back today to share some projects I made for Spellbinders! I was super pumped when they reached out and asked if I’d like to use some of their new line of clear stamps, and I was even more excited when I saw how cute the stamps were 🙂 I’ve got three cards to share with you using the sets, so let’s jump in!

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For my first card I did some heat embossing and water coloring with the Layered Butterflies stamp set. I used the detailed image in the set and stamped it in VersaMark ink, and then heat embossed white embossing powder over it. Because I did that, when I went to water color the butterflies resisted the paint and are still visible. I love how it turned out! To finish it off I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from Words Are Not Enough on black cardstock and trimmed it down. I didn’t use the whole sentiment, so I masked what I didn’t want to use to make sure that it didn’t stamp.

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Next I have a card using more heat embossing, but this time I paired it with stamping and colored pencils.

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For this card I stamped the different layers of the butterflies with different shades of mint/aqua ink. Then for the final, detailed layer, I stamped it with VersaMark and heat embossed gold embossing powder over it. To add a little more shading I used my colored pencils to fill in some of the areas with darker color. I trimmed these images out and got to work on the background.

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I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment “Let Your Dreams” in the same column three times. I used three different shades of gray to make it look as though it was fading. Then, at the bottom I heat embossed the rest of the sentiment in the same gold as the butterflies. For the rest of my card I used the same inks I stamped the butterflies in to ink blend at the bottom of my card. I also used some gold water color paint to splatter around the card. Let’s take a look at the last card!

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For this card I stamped the solid butterflies in rainbow order up the card panel. Then I went over them with the detailed stamp and heat embossed silver embossing powder over them. To add some detail I dotted my white gel pen in the openings. I heat embossed my sentiment and fussy cut it out so I didn’t cover too much of the butterflies. To finish it off I added a couple Nuvo Crystal Drops and that was it!

I hope you enjoyed the cards I made for today! These sets paired so well together, it was fun to use them! If you’re interested in seeing the rest of the release click here!!! There are a lot of adorable sets and some really great sentiment sets. Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you liked my cards, and I’ll see you again with another one soon!

YNS September Release Blog Hop!

Hi, everybody!! Welcome back to the blog. I’m so excited that it’s finally time for the September release to be available, and to show you my new release projects! I love fall crafting, so this is always one of my favorite release of the year. First up, I’m going to share one of my favorite sets from this release, which I previewed on the blog yesterday, Autumn Harvest.

I just love these cute images that are all ready for fall inspired cards and projects. I think the scarecrow is my favorite, but that fox comes in a close second! I used this set yesterday for my project, along with some other new products.

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And now to my projects for today! As I mentioned yesterday, I’m really into using my alcohol inks lately, and I just had to use them again for my first project of the hop.
IMG_2106.jpgI just love this new One Smart Cookie mini stamp set. There are so many great uses for it. I love the pile of books this cookie is sitting on. I can relate to having a list of books to read, and getting lost in their stories. I decided to make a galaxy background for this card and die cut some hearts from the Stripe-tastic Heart die set for some fun interest. I heat embossed my sentiment with gold embossing powder and popped them on my card with foam tape. I just love how this one turned out!

IMG_2154.jpgFor my next project I used the Ghoultastic Halloween stamp set. I love all the cute little Halloween characters in this set, and could imagine putting them all on a card together. But for this card, I decided to take the sweet little witch and giver her a spooky background to mix her brew in. I painted some gold water color onto an A2 piece of paper and used foam tape to adhere the Star Panel die over top after ink blending a couple blue Distress Oxide inks to create a dark sky look. The sentiment was heat embossed with white embossing powder, and the little witch was colored with Copics and fussy cut out. I added tons of white gel pen accents as well as some white Nuvo drops.

Alright! Are you ready to see more awesome projects?? Click the blue button below for the hop list and be sure to leave comments on the posts for a chance to win a $25 YNS gift certificate!

Also, don’t forget the coupon code for any orders you place at the store!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop. I’ll see you again soon with another card 🙂

I Miss Your Face

Hi, crafty friends! I’m back with a card I made to share with you all 🙂 I wanted to make a card using a glitter technique I saw Instagrammer Olga (@olga_moss) use recently. It results in a beautiful look that makes me want to stare at it all day! Let’s get started!

To start my card I ink blended Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide into some Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide. The two colors are so pretty together and give a gorgeous underwater look. I spritzed the paper with water to make some distressed spots, and let it dry completely. This alone would’ve been an awesome background for the sea creatures I wanted to use, but I wanted to take it one step further.

Over the top of my ink blended background I applied double sided tape so that it covered as much as would be shown through my water die cut piece. If you had some Stick-It paper this would work even better, but I was all out! After that I sprinkled on some iridescent star glitter over the top of the tape and then used my finger to make sure everything was laying flat and even, and as much of the tape was covered as possible. I used a piece of scrap paper to lay over the top and really push it in to the tape and secure. There are probably ways in which to further secure it, or make it so that you don’t have any open adhesive, but I didn’t see this as necessary, and left it like this.

Next I stamped out creatures and scene building elements from the Oceans of Love stamp set as well as some word bubbles and sentiments from Whatcha Sayin’. I die cut the the watery shape with bubbles with a Memory Box die and laid the panel over top of my glitter background. Then I started adding the cute sea animals and pieces, which I colored with Copic markers and die cut with coordinating dies. For the shark’s word bubble I did some masking to make sure the sentiment from Ocean’s of Love fit in the bubble!

Once everything was in place, I adhered it down. The turtle, shark, and word bubbles were all adhered with foam tape. To add some finishing touches I added some details with white gel pens, Glossy Accents, and a few clusters of white Nuvo Drops. And that’s it for my card! I hope you enjoyed it. It’s the perfect bright and cheery scene for me on this gloomy, rainy day.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a great rest of your week! I’ll see you again soon with another card 🙂

Heffy Doodle June 2018 Release

Hi, everyone!! It’s an exciting day today because the entire Heffy Doodle June release is available for purchase today! Woo hoo! This release is amazing, and I really think you’re going to love it. We’re celebrating with a blog hop today, so if you’re starting here make sure you go back to the beginning and see all the projects at each stop. Leave a comment on each as an entry for the prize of a £50 voucher to the Heffy Doodle store.

Let’s get to my project!

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I used a leafy background die to create a jungle/watercolor background for my card. I did some ink smooshing with Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink. I adhered that directly to my card base. Next I stamped out one of the cute birds from Wingman and colored him in with my Copics. I die cut him out with the coordinating dies and attached him to the card with an action wobbler. What better interactive element for a ‘shake your tail feather’ card?!

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Then I die cut the largest of the Stitched Strips of Ease dies from white card stock and ink blended Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks over top. I made sure it was completely dry and then I heat embossed the ‘hooray’ from Big Bold Words on it with gold embossing powder. This piece was attached with foam tape to the card, and the smaller sentiment was stamped directly to the background with black ink.

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To finish off the card I added a couple Crystal Nuvo drops in a light pink color and white gel pen accents. And that’s it for my card! I hope you enjoyed! Below is the hop list so you can keep on hopping! Have a great day!

Heffy Doodle Blog

Kelly Martin

Ali Farmer

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Francesca Vignoli

Jessica McAfee Mercer

Dennice Watts

Cassie Tezak

Tallie Clewley

Sindu Jay

Crystal Thompson

Heather Hoffman

Koren Wiskman

Ink Road Stamps

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be sharing some cards with you today that I made using the fun designs offered by Ink Road Stamps! When Lara contacted me asking if I’d like to put together some projects for a guest designer spot, I knew instantly I had to say yes 🙂 The cards I made for today show a handful of my favorite stamps.

Of course I had to use the adorable Meow Mix for some of the cards I made today. How could I resist??

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I started by creating a pattern background with one of the kittens, and heat embossing a sentiment from The One With All the Stamps. Seriously, I combined two of my favorite things, Friends and cats. 🙂

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Next I went with a much more simple design where I just stamped on of the cats in the center of a blank note card and added a sentiment from Compliments Volume 2. These sentiments are too funny. 042

I also added some Nuvo Crystal drops for a pop of color. For my next cards I used the amazingly gorgeous Bella Flora stamp set to create some very different cards. The first one I did some heat embossing with an ink blended background and copic colored flowers. My sentiment was also heat embossed. I just love these detailed flower bunches, and they look so great covering a card front!

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The next card I made with this set is very similar in design, but completely different when it comes to technique. I stamped the flower bunches in black and used my gold watercolor paint to highlight some of the details on them. I also heat embossed a sentiment from Just a Number to go with the gold look.008

Finally, I used the Just a Number set on it’s own to make a cute birthday card. I stamped the balloons in an overlapping line with my Distress Oxides and heat embossed the outline over each one with gold embossing powder. I drew in strings with my ruler and stamped the sentiment at the top with black ink. A finishing touch was to add tons of Nuvo Drops in white to look like confetti.

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And those are all my creations for today’s post! I hope you enjoyed them! I appreciate you stopping by today, and I hope you have a great rest of your day!

 

You Make Me Ridiculously Happy

Hello, crafty friends! Happy Saturday. I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend 🙂 Today I’m sharing a card I made using some Honey Bee Stamps products that feature a fun and bright card front. Let’s dive in!

I started this card by taking a piece of A2 size 110 lb card stock and doing some stamping. I stamped the flowers from Honey Bee’s Busy Bee stamp set, adding stems and leaves to each flower. I overlapped them, which required some easy masking. I colored in the petals and flower centers, but left the stems and leaves until after the next step, since I wasn’t taking the time to mask them. Next came the ink blending. On the top I ink blended Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide ink and the bottom I used Twisted Citron and a hint of Lucky Clover Distress Ink. As you can tell, the colored don’t mix in the middle. Instead I faded them to white so that it just looked like the sky and the grass. Once that was done I finished coloring the stems and  leaves.

I stamped the adorable, Ridiculously Happy stamp in the top center of the card for my sentiment. Next I stamped out a ton of the little bees from the set and colored them in. I don’t have the coordinating dies for these, so I fussy cut them out. I rolled each of their wings with a pencil, and added them to the card with foam tape. My finishing touch was to add a bunch of little Nuvo Crystal drops all over in the color Ebony Black. And that finished my card!

I hope you enjoyed the card I made for today! And I hope you all are having a great weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Your Next Stamp DT Dare!

Hi friends! I have to admit I’m happy that it’s Wednesday! With everything going on this week I’m looking forward to the weekend. But I’m also excited that it’s Wednesday because that means I get to share my Design Team Dare project with you! This week we had the prompt “gratitude” to work off of. I knew right away I wanted to work with the new set One In A Melon.

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I started out by using alcohol inks on some Tim Holtz alcohol ink paper. I love the look of alcohol ink, so I thought this would be a fun color combo to use. Once that was dry I used a heart die to cut out the part of the inking that I liked the most.

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I stamped the sentiment “you’re one in a melon” in VersaMark on the heart and heat embossed gray embossing powder over it. I love that doing this tied in the color of seeds for the watermelon look! I stamped the flamingo from the set and colored him in with my Copic Markers. Then I used the coordinating dies to cut him out. Both him and the heart were popped up with foam tape.

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To finish off my card I added some green gumdrops from the shop. I added the whole panel to a card base and my card was complete! I hope you liked the card for today! Be sure to head over to the Your Next Stamp blog to see all the inspiration from the whole team!

I hope you all have a lovely rest of your week and I’ll see you again soon with another card!