Pink & Main 5th Birthday Blog Hop!

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Hi, everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Pink & Main 5th birthday blog hop!! Who doesn’t love a birthday celebration?? There are so many fun projects and some amazing prizes to be won. But first, let’s get to my card!

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I started this card by die cutting the Celebrate die from a piece of A2 size white card stock. I did both the outline and the word celebrate, setting the word aside to use later. Then I got to stamping! I stamped out the four different balloon designs in Pumice Stone, Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick and a greenish blue Distress Oxide Ink. The greenish blue ink was one that I created using Distress Oxide reinkers and a custom Distress ink pad. If you haven’t tried that yet, you definitely should!

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I let the ink dry completely, helping it along with my heat tool, and then I stamped the cute designs over each balloon in VersaMark ink. I heat embossed them all with white embossing powder. I think the designs for these balloons are SO cute! They add so much character to them, and are such a cute detail. Once that was done, I stamped the balloon tails and some confetti in the open spaces of the card panel. It’s hard to see in the photos, but is a nice subtle finishing touch for the balloons.

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To finish my card I put a piece of yellow card stock behind the opening that I die cut and then adhered the ‘celebrate’ die cut to that. I attached the whole panel to a card base and stamped the “let’s” from the Celebrate stamp set to finish the card!

Alright, ready to try your hand at winning some prizes? There are going to be five random winners picked from comments left on each bloggers post. You could win $50 to the Pink & Main store just by leaving some comments!

Your next stop is: Donna! So be sure to keep hopping and leave some awesome comments!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed the card I created! I’ll see you again soon with another card 🙂

My Favorite Things Sketch

Hi, all! It’s time for another My Favorite Things sketch challenge! This week I went with more masking to create the look. Let’s jump right in. Here’s a look at the sketch!

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And here’s the card I created inspired by it!

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I created some triangle masks using some post its and a craft knife. Then I started stamping my scenes. I stamped some pups and other images from the new Best In Show stamp set. I also filled in some spaces with images from the Lucky Dog stamp set. I used the negative mask of the triangle and stamped in some black, Copic friendly ink. Then I removed that mask and applied the positive mask. That’s when I would stamp in a gray ink. Using my Copic markers, I filled in the triangle area as well as colored the images. This took some time, but turned out really cool in the end!

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Once all my coloring was done I added some white dots to the triangle backgrounds and details to the images. I also splattered some watered down Pumice Stone Distress Oxide ink for some extra texture.

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I heat embossed the sentiment onto one of the Stitched Sentiment Strips dies, trimming off the end, and popping it up with some foam tape. I attached the card panel to a card base and that finished my card for today! I hope you enjoyed my take on the sketch. Be sure to see the rest of the inspiration on the MFT blog! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

My Favorite Things Sketch!

Hi, everyone! I’m back with another My Favorite Things sketch challenge card to share with you. Today’s sketch is one that you could do a lot with. I had fun stacking animals on top of each other for it! Here’s a look at the sketch challenge:

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And here’s what I came up with!

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I just had to use some of the products from the new March release for this card! They’re so dang cute. I started the card by using the cloud die from the Interactive Swing die set to ink blend some clouds in the background. I used Milled Lavender for this and splattered some white paint and Milled Lavender watered down over the panel. Once that was dried I heat embossed a sentiment from the Anything But Basic stamp set across the middle of the card. I love the sentiments in this set! They are so fun and sassy.

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Next I stamped out some of the images from the new Cute Critters stamp set. I colored them in with my Copic markers and die cut them out. I used foam tape to adhere them to the cloud panel I had created so complete the sketch. Easy and adorable!

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How cute are those critters?! I just love them. And I think someone will love getting this encouraging card. Be sure to head over to the MFT challenge blog and see all the awesome inspiration! Plus, if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the new release! It’s so stinkin’ cute and full of springy products. Thanks so much for stopping by today! I’ll see you again soon with another card!

It’s Your Day!

Happy day three of previews for Penguin Palace’s new release! Today I’m sharing my card for the It’s Your Day stamp set. I used some of the adorable people images from this set to create a look as if the recipient is getting the celebrity treatment. My inspiration was the red carpet and I wanted this to look like a movie premier or some exciting party! IMG_29920.jpg

There are so many fun sentiments in this set, and the people are so cute & go with them perfectly. I loved creating the spot light for this card by doing some easy masking and the confetti was achieved with a panel die.

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There are so many fun projects you could make with this, and let’s face it-who wouldn’t want to be given celebrity treatment for the day!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to see all the previews on the Penguin Palace blog! I’ll see you again soon with another card!

Penguin Palace Preview Day 2!

Hi, everyone! I’m stopping by quick to share my card for day 2 of the previews for Penguin Palace’s new release. Sharon has all the cards on the Penguin Palace blog, and today we’re sharing our creations featuring the My Best Pal stamp set. This is such a cute stamp set with some cute dogs and lots of unique sentiments. Here’s the card I created.

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How cute is that pup with the balloons?? Another favorite from this set is the beautiful ‘happy birthday’ stamp which has a coordinating die to cut it out! Love that!

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I also think the other images in the set are perfect for scene building, and some could work on their own or with other stamp sets which is always a plus! Check out the Penguin Palace  blog for more great projects and keep watching for more previews! Thanks so much for joining me today, and I’ll see you soon with another card!

Spellbinders Watercolor Card

Hi everyone! I’m back to share another card today. This time I’m showing a card I made for Spellbinders using their brand new Just Add Color collection by Stephanie Low. There are tons of beautiful red rubber stamps in this release, and it was so fun to play with them! It’s not often I use red rubber anymore, but each time I do I’m reminded of how amazing they stamp. Let’s get to my card!

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I created a simple, yet lovely card using the Floral Love stamp set. This stamp was so beautiful I knew I wanted to heat emboss it and watercolor it…so that’s just what I did! Using my Misti stamping tool I stamped the image once and water colored it in. Then I stamped it once more over top of the dried painted image with VersaMark and heat embossed gold embossing powder over top.

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I just love the way it turned out. So much so that I decided to leave the front blank and only add a sentiment to the inside of the card. Of course I had to add splatters and some more loose water coloring around the heat embossed image though! I hope you enjoyed the card I made using the new Just Add Color collection from Spellbinders. Be sure to check out the rest of the release, as it is beautiful! Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you’re having a great day, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

Penguin Palace Release Peek!

Hi, all! I’m popping in today to share a card I made for the new Penguin Palace release which will be coming March 20th! This release is so fun and I can’t wait to show you all the projects I’ve made for it. Today’s highlighted product is the stamp set “Let’s Get Crafty” and it’s a must have for the artists in your life! Here’s a look at my card.

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I just love all the cute images in this set, and the sentiments are so great for all the crafty people in your life. I created this card by doing some ink blending and lots of Copic coloring and die cutting. I loved creating this little painter’s scene.

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I was drawn to the “you inspire me” sentiment, and know several people I’d love to send this card to. Be sure to head over to the Penguin Palace blog and see what the rest of the design team created for this preview! The release is just around the corner and we have lots to share with you!

Hello My Friend

Hello, friends!  I’m back today to  share another fun Heffy Doodle card with you all. Today I’m using lots of dies for this cute dino card. Let’s jump right in!

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I started by die cutting the two tag pieces from the Tag Along dies. The full piece from white card stock and the frame from gray card stock. On the white full die cut I used the Rays the Roof stencil to create the rainbow of rays for the background. I also splattered some gold paint over the piece, as I knew I was going to be using more gold later in the card. I adhered the frame to the piece and tied some black and white twine through the hole at the top.

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The next thing I did was die cut one of the larger squares from the Stitched Square Dies set and ink blended some Broken China Distres Oxide ink over the entire piece. I also splattered this piece with gold paint and some of the Broken China ink for some texture and interest. I love to splatter everything!

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Next came a lot of die cutting! I die cut all of the different sizes of the Dino Prints dies from white card stock, vellum and gold glitter card stock. Then I arranged the dino prints die cuts all over the square. I heat embossed a sentiment from Whatcha Sayin’ on one of the tiny prints. Once all the footprints were adhered down I adhered the tag down as well with foam tape, and added the final footprints to the tag with the sentiment. Finally, I had one of the dinosaurs from Dino Time already colored and ready to go, so I adhered him to the tag to finsih it off! I love having pre colored and cut images just for that reason 🙂 And my card was finished!! I hope you enjoyed the card I created today. It was heavy on the die cutting, which was fun for a change. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

My Favorite Things Challenge!

Hi, everyone! I hope you are all having a great Wednesday. I’m back today to share a card that I made for My Favorite Things’ newest challenge! I’m beyond excited to be joining them as a guest for the month of March for their weekly challenges. Today’s sketch challenge is a simple, but so sweet one. Take a look.

MFT_WSC_427.jpgI tried to get creative with this challenge and here’s where that took me:

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I love balloons on birthday cards, but I didn’t really have any stamps or dies that were big enough to work with the sketch. So instead I used a ton of little images to make the shape I needed!  I started by tracing a cup very lightly in pencil on a piece of A2 size white card stock. Then, I took images from the Birthday Chicks stamp set and stamped as many as I could, using my mini Misti, inside the circle. Next, I started grabbing all the itty bitty images I could find and started arranging them inside the circle and stamping them as well. I used Puppy Kisses, Beast FriendsBitty Bears, and Frightfully Sweet. Once I had fit as many images inside as possible, I stamped the present from Bitty Bears as my balloon tail.

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I colored all of the shapes in with my Copic markers, trying to make all the same shapes the same colors to stick to one color scheme. To fill in the balloon shape, and really give it definition, I used my Copic markers in BV00, BV01 and BV02 to add dots within the circle. I focused on making them denser around the outline, which helped with creating the shape. Once I was done with the dots, I erased my pencil outline. Using my ink blending tools and Some Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink, I ink blended the outer edges, fading the color towards the balloon. This really helped highlight the balloon shape and added some beautiful color to the card. I splattered some watered down white paint over the ink blended portion, protecting the balloon with my hand.

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My sentiment was from the Yay For You stamp set. I heat embossed  it onto some vellum paper, and trimmed down to be strip. I used my scissors to cut the cute banner end. At first, I had a white piece of paper with the heat embossed sentiment, but I didn’t like that it covered up so much of the balloon’s images, so I switched to vellum. This way you can see more of the fun details! I cut teeny tiny strips of foam tape and adhered them behind the letters on the strip. Then I added that to the card with my T-square ruler. To finish the card I drew in a balloon string, added cute white gel pen details and Glossy accents to some of the images, and adhered the card panel to a card base! That’s it for my first sketch challenge for MFT. I hope you enjoyed my take on the sketch! Be sure to head over to their blog to see all the great inspiration, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

Your Next Stamp March Preview!

Hi everyone! It’s time to share the March preview for the Your Next Stamp release! I can’t believe it’s March already. Where did February go? It’s all for the best though, because the March release is so fun! Let’s take a look at my project.

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How sweet is that cute raccoon?! I think he’s going to be adorable on some spring cards. Also, how amazing is that background panel die?!? Instead of die cutting it I embossed it into some sky blue card stock. I just love the flowery pattern and the awesome texture it gives. Be sure to head over to the Your Next Stamp blog and see the rest of the team’s creations for the preview! And don’t miss the full reveal tomorrow! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you again soon with another card 🙂