You Are Quite Cool

Hello, everyone! Happy Friday! I hope you’re all having a great start to your weekend. It’s finally supposed to be above zero here, and I can’t wait for things to start to thaw out a little. I’m back today with a card for my mini Valentine’s Day series. We’re on card three today and I have four more to share with you leading up to Valentine’s Day. Let’s jump in!

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I made this card using some great products from Concord & 9th and Heffy Doodle, as well as some of my favorite Distress Oxide color combos. I started by die cutting on of the circle dies from Heffy Doodle’s Stitched Circle die set. Instead of using watercolor paper I tried using my favorite 110 lb white card stock. I like the brightness of the white, over the more cream color of the water color paper I have. I was worried that the paper wouldn’t be able to handle the water, but it did great! I just made sure not to use too much water or to let it sit too long.

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I used the Sweet and Cool stamp set from Concord & 9th for the stamping. I couldn’t find it on the Concord & 9th website, but I did find it here from Butterfly Reflections Ink. I used the large ice cream image and inked it up with Peacock feathers and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide. I didn’t worry about making sure the image was completely covered, because I was going to add water. I spritzed it with my Distress sprayer and stamped it down onto the die cut circle, and dried it some with my heat tool. Then I created a rough mask for the ice cream and applied it over the blue ice cream and did the same process with Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxides. The colors mixed a tiny bit in the center, but I liked the way this looked. I wanted it to look like natural water color without having to worry about colors mixing and turning muddy.

img_2632vNext I did the same thing with the sticks. You can tell on the right one I used a little more water. If you like the water color look you can do this to get a more loose effect. I splattered some of the left over paint over the card panel, as well as white paint for a little more interest. To finish the card I stamped the sentiment “I think you’re quite” in black ink (making sure that everything was completely dry before doing so!) and stamped ‘cool’ in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. The last step was to adhere the panel to a card base and the card was complete! I hope you enjoyed the card for today. Have you started making your Valentines yet? As always, I’m behind! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

L is for…

Hi, everyone! It’s time for a new Create A Smile challenge! For our second challenge this month the theme is “L is for…” I hate to admit (especially with Valentine’s Day right around the corner) my brain went to the most obvious L word I could think of. Love! But I do love creating cards for the people I love, so it isn’t really that big of a surprise! Here’s my card:

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It’s been so long since I’ve done any type of water color! I had these colors in my head and initially wanted to ink blend them, but wasn’t liking how it was playing out. So, then I had the idea to do a little watercolor burst to bring the eye in, and create the background for my scene. I used the Distress Oxide colors Tumbled Glass, Worn Lipstick and, my new favorite, Dried Marigold. I didn’t let them mix too much in the middle, and made sure to splatter the colors all over for a messy look.

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Next I stamped out and colored the adorable images from the To The Moon stamp set and fussy cut them out. I made sure to do my best to color match the Distress Oxides that I used for the background. It’s not 100% perfect, but close enough! I adhered all of the pieces down flat to the dried water color background with some tape runner and attached the panel to a card base.

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The final step was to stamp out my sentiment and trim it down to fit on the card. I didn’t want it to take away from everything going on, so I used a white cardstock and black ink. The sentiment was popped up with foam tape to give it a little dimension. And that’s it for my card today! If you want to play along with us be sure to link to your creation over on the Create A Smile blog! Plus, see the rest of the teams projects, and get inspired! (Trust me, there are some great projects over there!) Thank you so much for stopping by, and 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!

Your Next Stamp

Hey, everybody! I’m back to share my card for the latest Your Next Stamp challenge. Today we’re sharing cards that we made inspired by….*drum roll*


Birthdays! How fun is that? My birthday is in March, so I decided to get inspiration from my birthstone and the season that it is in.

IMG_2290I used some pearly water colors that I have and stamped on this cute flower stamp from the Sweet Hummingbird set and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. I die cut the water color piece using the Rectangle Scallop dies and made a cute little sentiment circle with the Whatnot Sentiments Four stamps.

I hope you’ll head over to the Your Next Stamp blog and see all the inspiration over there! There’s even a fun prize to be won! Thanks so much for stopping by. I will see you again soon with another card! Have a great weekend!

Ad-roar-able!

Hi crafty friends! Welcome back! I’m so happy to be back on the blog to share a simple but fun card using some great Heffy Doodle products. Today I’m sharing another way in which you can mix and match stamp sets to get the perfect card.

To start this card off I die cut the stitched rectangle from the Clover Frames Die set from some 110 lb card stock. I used my Distress Oxides to do some simple water colored background on it. I didn’t want to warp the paper too much, so I used very little water and smooshed the ink pads onto a slick surface to pick up the color. All I did to add the color to the paper was messily brush it on. I used so little water they didn’t even mix very much, but I really like the look it created! Once that was dry I flicked some gold paint over top and let it dry completely.

My next step was to heat emboss the sentiment onto the card. I grabbed the “smile” from Happy Snappy Crocs and the “you’re” from Geology Rocks. I paired that with the “ad-roar-able” from Ad-roar-able Lions to finish my sentiment. These fonts are all the same which makes it so easy to get really creative with your sentiments! I stamped them in VersaMark ink and heat embossed gold embossing powder over top.

To finish the card I added a lion that I stamped and colored from Ad-roar-able Lions as well as the camera from Happy Snappy Crocs. I adhered this to a card base and my card for today was finished!

I hope you enjoyed the card for today! I know I had fun making it 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

I’m So Lucky

Hello, Heffy Doodle friends! Yesterday the Heffy Doodle team and the My Sweet Petunia collaborated on a blog hop. The projects were amazing and you definitely need to go check it out (and don’t forget to comment on the posts for a chance to win a great prize!). So, after hopping along I noticed a couple of the My Sweet Petunia ladies had done the no line coloring technique, and I was itching to pull out my watercolor markers and do it as well! Here’s the outcome of that…

It’s a pretty simple, one layer card, but it’s so sweet. I started by die cutting the stitched rectangle from the Clover Frames die set out of some Bristol Smooth card stock. Then I stamped the lion from the Ad-roar-able Lions set in a light Distress Ink color. I’m pretty sure I used Scattered Straw, but you could use and lighter color and stamp it off once if needed. Then I grabbed my Arteza water color markers and colored him in using a paint brush and water to pull the color out. I also put some gray around the bottom of the lion and pulled it out so it looked like he was sitting on the ground.

Then I grabbed a sentiment from Lucky Friends and my Misti and stamped “I’m so” and “because you love me” leaving enough  room for lucky to be stamped in between them in a different color. I thought the card needed a little something more since it was such a simple design, so I stamped the little hearts from Eggcellent News in Spun Sugar Distress Ink and colored them in with a Zig Clean Color Real Brush marker. In case you’re curious- I have both Arteza water color markers and the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I love them both, and only change which I’m using based on what color I want. They’re both great quality!

I attached my die cut rectangle to a card base and the card was complete! I hope you enjoyed my design for today:) I’m going to have to start pulling out my water color mediums a lot more! I’ve been so stuck on Copics lately, this was a nice change of pace. Thank you so much for stopping by! I’ll see you again soon with another card!

 

YNS Challenge #74

Hello, friends! I’m back with another challenge card for Your Next Stamp. Today I went with the color challenge, because it was a very Halloween-ish photo and I’m so into making Halloween cards right now. Here’s the color challenge:

Doesn’t this just make you want to create a Halloween card?! Also, those treats look amazing! I just might have to make them this year. Alright, here’s the card I made…

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I die cut the Star Panel Die and taped the back so the stars didn’t fall out. Then I ink blended some Black Soot Distress Ink over the panel and splattered it with water. I stamped and colored in the three pumpkins from Halloween Pumpkins and some of the accessories from Silly Monsters Incognito Two. To color them in I used Zig Real Brush Markers and colored pencils. I recently saw a video by Nina-Marie where she did this, and I had to give it a try. I love the way it turned out, and I can’t wait to do it again. Once everything was dry I fussy cut out all the pieces.

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I die cut a word bubble from the Talk Bubbles and Arrows dies and stamped my sentiment on it. The two outside pumpkins were attached with adhesive and the middle pumpkin and word bubble were attached with foam tape. I stamped the card base with a stripe background set in orange ink and put the star panel on it. After adding some glossy accents my card was finished!

I hope you enjoyed the card today! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 Saturday I have a lot of cards to share for World Card Making Day, so I’ll see you again soon. Have a great day!

Sorry I’m So Slow

Happy Friday, everyone!!! Am I the only one excited for the weekend? Today’s card sums up my horrible track record with sending cards out on time. When I saw this new stamp set by Mint Owl Studio called Sloth Hang Out I knew I’d be using it a ton!

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If you want to read more about how I made this card be sure to hop over to the Mint Owl Studio blog and read all about it! I’ll see you again soon with another card!