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 🙂

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!

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!

Stamp a Background –Create A Smile

Hello! I’m back with another post today, this time for Create A Smile! We have a new challenge going on and the new theme is “stamp a background.” I tried to think outside the box with this one, and here’s what I came up with!

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Instead of coloring the image I stamped, like I normally would I colored the background! I stamped this adorable sloth from the Poppin’ Over stamp set in rows across an A2 size card panel. Each time I drew a line with my ruler before stamping to ensure I got them straight. Once they were all stamped I did simple coloring with my Copics to create the rainbow background.

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The only color I added to the sloths was some pink to their cheeks. I also splattered some white paint over the panel, just to distract from any flaws in my stamping or coloring. Plus, I love  splatter!!

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Next I heat embossed the word ‘you’ from the All About You stamp set on some vellum and fussy cut it out. I also heat embossed a coordinating sentiment on some craft card stock and trimmed it down as well. Both pieces were adhered to the card panel with foam tape. And that finished off my card! I hope you enjoyed this bright and colorful take on the newest Create A Smile challenge! Be sure to head over to the CAS blog and see the rest of the team’s creations and join in the fun. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will see you again soon with another card 🙂

Create A Smile Sketch Challenge!

Hello, everyone! How are you doing today? I hope you’re all having a great Wednesday. We’re getting some snow today, so I feel like I’m in a snow globe! It’s a crafty kind of day 🙂 Today I’m sharing my card for the current Create A Smile challenge. The new challenge is this sketch:

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I decided to use one of my favorite stamp sets for this card, To The Moon. Once I knew I was using that, the design came together effortlessly!

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I die cut a circle and ink blended it to look like the moon with some yellow inks. I also ink blended a background with blue inks and splattered lots of white and shimmer over it to look like a beautiful night sky.

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Next I stamped and colored a couple planets from the stamp set as well as the astronaut. I fussy cut them out and started putting my card together! The moon was popped up with foam tape, and the planets were tucked behind it. Before I applied the adhesive I did stamp a sentiment from the stamp set at the bottom! Luckily I didn’t forget to do this before I had added the foam tape-as I often do.

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And that was my card for today! I highly recommend that you head over to the Create A Smile blog and see the rest of the teams projects. They’re lovely. Also, when you’re there, you can play along with us! Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a great day, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

Pamper Yourself

Hi, everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I’m back today with another card for Penguin Palace. I guess I’m on a bit of a mermaid kick, because last week I made a mermaid card, and I made another one for this week! Let’s take a look.

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Today’s card is a pretty easy design that utilizes the masking technique for a fun little scene. I started the card by stamping the shopping bag image from the Let’s Catch Up stamp set. I created a mask and continued to stamp it along the bottom to look like mounds of shopping bags and boxes. The trick to make it not look like the same exact image over and over again is to turn the stamp set to the left or right, or move it up or down when stamping the next image. That way you have a variation and the heap looks more natural. I colored them all in with my Copic markers.

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Next I ink blended some blue ink over the rest of the card panel so that it looked like water. I used a blender brush and faded the ink towards the bottom. I didn’t bother masking all of the bags, instead I was just careful not to go over them and got as close as I could to them. I don’t think you really notice that it isn’t perfectly blended up to the image lines! It saved me some time!

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There’s Gnome One Like You

Hi, everyone and welcome back! I’m sharing a fun card for Heffy Doodle today using some of their newest release products.

I’ve been loving switching it up from winter cards lately and making some springy type cards! Today’s card really could be for any time of year, but those cute butterflies and grassy scene have me thinking of spring! I started the card by die cutting a square from the Stitched Squares dies, and doing some stenciling over it. I used the Circles of Life Stencil for this! I went over it once with white pigment ink, and then shifted the stencil and went over it again with a aqua color. I made sure to let the white ink dry before adding the second layer. I love the detail this adds!

Once my background was done I went on to work on the scene of the card. I stamped out a bunch of the images from the Gnome Matter What stamp set and colored them in with my Copic markers. I die cut them out, as well as a small circle from the Stitched Circles dies. I also used the Grassy Lass Border dies to create a little grass patch. I ink blended some green inks over this piece, and did a lot of splattering of the darker green as well as some white paint to give it some interest.


Next I arranged all of these elements on my card, centering them where the stencil naturally was centered. I didn’t make this right in the center of the card, but instead off to the right side. I also heat embossed a sentiment from the Gnome Matter What stamp set and die cut it with the Strips of Ease die set. This was attached to the card with some foam tape, and my card was complete! I hope you enjoyed this project for today! Are you making the transition to more springy cards too? Let me know! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

Craftin Desert Divas February Release Peek!

Hi, everybody! I’m super excited to share a card today for the February release from Craftin’ Desert Divas! This new release is all kinds of cuteness and has lots of adorable Spring time products. Here’s a look at my card featuring today’s featured stamp set!

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I saw fellow DT member Saundra do a stencil embossing technique that I just had  to try. I used the heart stencil to create the same effect, and ink blended Abandoned Coral and Tattered Rose Distress Oxide over it. I also splattered some pearlized water over the panel to add some shimmer.

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I added a grassy die cut for the sweet lamb to stand on and a heat embossed sentiment. The rest of the images in this set are just as sweet as this one! Be sure to check out Craftin Desert Divas for more sneak peeks of this awesome set, and I will see you again soon with another card!

Valentine’s Mini Series Day 5 & 6

Hi, everyone! I’m back to share days 5 & 6 of my Valentine’s Day mini series! I can’t believe how fast February has flown so far! I wasn’t planning on combining these days, but there’s not much time left until Valentine’s Day, so I figured I should get these cards posted!! 🙂 Let’s take a look at today’s projects…IMG_2641

I created this card by doing some stenciling on kraft cardstock to gets some dreamy white lines using the Heffy Doodle stencil Barber Shop stencil. Then I stamped and colored some of the cuties from the Lawn Fawn stamp set Love You a Latte.

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Adding all of these elements along with a blue stitched heart to a card base completed this card! I think this is a great non traditional valentine, but could also be used for so many occasions!

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For my next card I went really simple and stamped out some images from the Let’s Roll stamp set by Lawn Fawn. I trimmed them out and put them on a simple background that I had die cut with the Starburst Trio die from Your Next Stamp. I used Honey Bee’s alpha stamp set to create my own sentiment for this card.

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And that’s it for day 5 & 6 of the Valentine’s Day series! I hope you enjoyed these cards for today. I can’t believe that Valentine’s Day is on Thursday! I’m really not ready. Hope you all have a great day, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

 

Programmed to Party!

Hi, all!  Today I am sharing this card I made for the new Heffy Doodle release! I love the new Bots of Love stamp set. It’s got so many fun images and some really sweet sentiments. Let’s jump right in!

Today I decided to make a birthday card using the set along with some other Heffy Doodle products. I started by die cutting two stitched rectangles from the Stitched Imperial Rectangle dies in different sizes, one from gray card stock and the other from some white card stock. On the smaller, white rectangle I used one of the gears to stamp out a pattern with some rainbow inks. I used all Catherine Pooler inks for this, going through the rainbow. Luckily it worked out perfectly and I got through all the colors!

I adhered the patterned rectangle to the gray one with some foam tape and started working on the rest of the elements for the card. I stamped out one of the robots from Bots of Love, a speech bubble and sentiment from Whatcha Sayin’, and heat embossed the ‘programmed to party’ sentiment from Bots of Love. I like to try to do all my stamping and die cutting at the same time in an attempt to streamline the process! I colored in the robot with my copics, giving him a party hat to wear, and die cut everything out, including the heat embossed sentiment which I used the Strips of Ease die for. I also die cut out a circle from the Stitched Circle dies for my robot. I ink blended the ground and a sky by using a post it note and some Distress Oxide ink.

I adhered the circle and heat embossed sentiment to the card, and decided I wanted to splatter some ink over the card. I used white, blue and gray paint to add some more color. Then I added the robot and word bubble, finishing the card! I hope you enjoyed this card for today! I don’t know about you, but I think those rainbow colors are just dreamy!! Thank you so much for stopping by today, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!