Monday, April 14, 2014

Jar of Happy - MCS Monday Challenge

Good Monday morning! Hard to believe that it is Monday already! But, since it is - it also means it is time for a new challenge at My Craft Spot! This week the challenge is Banners or Tags - I decided to use a tag for my jar of butterflies:

I used the Jar Basics stamp set, and coordinating Metal Dies to stamp and cut out my jar using some pattern paper. I used Jar Full of Flowers to stamp the butterflies on the inside. I inked them up them stamped them a few times to get darker and lighter butterflies.

Next, I used Tiny Tags Dies to cut a tag, and stamped a sentiment from Tiny Tags 3 Stamp Set. Tied it on with some Natural Jute String. Added some white cardstock that I used my PTI Linen Impression plate on, and some pattern paper from DCWV, and added some machine stitching to finish it all off. 

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope your day is full of happy!!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Avocado Arts April Cards

Good morning! I'm up on the Avocado Arts blog this morning with a few cards using the new April stamp sets. First up, I have a couple cards with this set - full of so many amazing options for the beautiful women in your life! With Mother's Day right around the corner - this is the perfect time to make use of these:

For this first card, I heat embossed the flower on vellum with some pink Zing embossing powder, then heat embossed the sentiment in black. 

Tucked some fun pattern paper by Crate paper behind it, then added that adorable bird paper clip with a bit of jute twine tied on it. 

Finished off with some pink cardstock that I embossed with my Cuttlebug for some texture, and a generous sprinkling of bling!

Next up, I decided to stamp one of the flowers on some pattern paper from Crate paper. 

I also added a jewel bling to the center of the flower, stamped my sentiment, mounted it on a mat of cork paper, then added two colors of jute twine tied around it. 

Mounted it with foam adhesive on my pattern paper, also by Crate Paper.

And next up, I made a card with this new set - LOVE it so much! I can think of so many fun things to make with this:

For this, I stamped the triangle border several times with Versafine black ink on watercolor paper, then colored over it with watercolor paint. 

I used my paintbrush to flick some additional paint over the card, then stamped a sentiment from Wishes and Kind Thoughts (see below) and watercolored over it as well. 

I also added some Glossy Accents to a few selected triangles for some interest, before mounting it on some blue cardstock.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Red Scooter - Unity FWF

Good morning! Popping in with a nice and bright card for Unity Friends with Flair today - as well as Virginia's View Challenge #2 - Stencil, and the Styling with Stencils Challenge in the Moxie Fab World:

I came across this image on Pinterest, which is where I got my color inspiration - it was just so bright and fun!

I used one of the adorable new itty bitty stamps I got last weekend (during one of Unity's always amazing sales) called Take off Together. I heat embossed the image and sentiment with Zing embossing powder on vellum, added a strip of washi, backed it with white cardstock, then matted it with a scrap of green pattern paper from my stash.

My background I created with a stencil and embossing paste, but on black cardstock - LOVE the striking look it gave! I added a tiny clothespin with some jute twine and some enamel dots to finish it off.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

Vellum and Veneer Congrats

Good morning! I'm sharing a card this morning over at My Craft Spot using some of the fun metal dies available. I love using metal dies on lots of different materials - like the wood veneer and vellum on this card:

For this card, I started off with some Avery Elle white woodgrain cardstock, misted with Seafoam and Gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine, then added some splashes of Coral as well. 

Once that dried, I added some gold thread in a bundle, then cut one of the new Tiny Doilies 2 Metal Dies out of vellum and adhered that. Finished off by cutting one of the Big Words Metal Dies out of Wood Veneer and adhering that over the top.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ombre Thanks Friend

Good morning! I recently ordered a small pack of wood veneer - and the other day it came! I couldn't WAIT to play - so I pulled out a Paper Smooches die that I hadn't had a chance to use yet, and made this:

I thought I would play along with this weeks challenge at Paper Smooches SPARKS - Anything Goes:

I used the Friend Word Die, and added a sentiment from Scripty Sayings - heat embossed with Gold Zing embossing powder.

Pattern paper is by Crate Paper, and woodgrain cardstock is from Avery Elle. Finished off with some clusters of enamel dots.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Runway Inspired Birthday Card

Good afternoon! I meant to post this earlier today - but somehow the time got away from me!

I made this for the current Runway Inspired Challenge:

I didn't notice until I was done that I missed the blue shades in the dress, but oh well! I made a watercolor background by just swiping my brush across the paper. Once that dried, I heat embossed Unity Stamp Co. Candles and Cake {wit and wisdom} stamp over the top.

I used some pattern paper from American Crafts for the background, and flicked some watercolor paints on it to pull together the colors on the front, as well as some black Heidi Swapp Color Shine. Matted everything in black, added some gold Smooch Glitz to the edges of everything, and added some jute twine topped with a cute little bow from Michael's that I picked up recently.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful afternoon!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Watercolor Chevrons

Good morning! As I said a couple of days ago - I have been having SOOO much fun with watercolors lately! So today I'm sharing another one:

I made this one for the current Avery Elle Challenge - Watercolor:

For this one, used watercolor paints to make the chevrons completely free-hand. Kind of new and brave for me!

I die cut the word "Love" using Simply Said: Love Elle-ments dies, then added the sentiment from the coordinating Simply Said: Love Clear Stamp Set. Mounted it on my white card base, off-set to the left and top so a little white cardstock is peeking out. 

Did I happen to mention I love watercolors? 'Cause I do! Hope your week is off to a great start! See you soon!