Saturday, April 25, 2015

Thanks - You are Incredible

Good morning! Stopping by this morning to share a card I made using some beautiful Altenew stamps:

Also joining in with this weeks CAS-ology Challenge - Ombre:

I was inspired by the colors and patterns on the roof from the Altenew Challenge, as well as those red pillars. I started off by using some Heidi Swapp Color Shine to add a gold wash to my background on some watercolor paper, as well as a few bigger splatters. After that dried, I stamped some florals from Persian Motifs in some softly colored MFT dye ink - LOVE the subtle texture this gives! Next, I stamped the ombre thanks from Halftone Thanks on vellum and heat embossed. To get that color, I inked it up with watermark ink, then inked over the top with the MFT dye ink color I wanted, stamped, and heat embossed with clear powder. I fussy cut it out (since I don't have the coordinating dies!), and attached it with a line of machine stitching. Finished off by adding the little sentiment from Persian Motifs, and a few Pretty Pink Posh Tangerine sequins.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Sending Joy - Purple Ombre

Good morning! Happy Friday - I'm stopping by with a quick artsy card I made for Unity Stamp Company's Friday Friends with Flair:

I have had THIS image pinned on my Pinterest forever - so very inspiring! So I decided to draw from this to make my card:

I used some distress ink in two colors, and blended from the bottom, then used some canvas paint to make a panel in the center to stamp my image. I almost wish I had just left it ombre there, but I was having fun playing! Allowed plenty of time for that to dry, then stamped my image from the current Kit of the Month, then added some splatters of ink.

A simple one layer card! Hope you are having a wonderful day - have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Watercolor Celebrate with Winnie and Walter

Good morning! I'm excited to over on the Winnie and Walter blog again this morning to share another card I made using the same die from last week - I die cut it a couple times out of different paper trying to pick which one to use, and didn't want to let them go to waste, so I decided to put them to good use! :)

To start with, I die cut a panel of watercolor paper using Essentials: Katharine Cutaways, then used Peerless watercolors to color a bright and festive pattern. After it dried, I die cut the center with Big Bang Confetti Cutaways (I haven't separated the dies yet - so they were in a fun pattern already to die cut) - and kept the pieces as well. I assembled a shaker card filled with Silver 4mm sequins and chunky clear glitter. The word celebrate was cut with The Big, the Bold, and the Party Cutaways, once in black and once in white, then separated a bit for a shadow effect. I also layered some silver thread underneath the word die cut. 

Next, I used my first Winnie and Walter stencil - Scenery: Big Bang Sci-fi Star Creative Screening - and embossing paste to add a background to my kraft card base. Finished off with a few extra silver sequins, some distress inking around the edges of the card base, and then attached some of the pieces that I die cut from the watercolor image. In this next picture you can see the filling on the shaker element a little better. I really should have added more, but I usually add too many and was afraid it wouldn't shake if I over did it!

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

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sweet of You - MFT Challenge Guest Designer

Good morning! Posting again this morning as guest designer over at the MFT Challenge and Inspiration Blog! I'll be posting along with the design team every Wednesday this month for the sketch challenges.

Here is a peek at my card for today's sketch - head over there to see the full card, and what the design team has made for the sketch! I am celebrating spring with my card today!

Here is the sketch for this week as well:

Thanks for dropping by - have a great day! :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs April Release Day 3

Hello! Welcome back for the third and final day of sneak peeks for the new release at Lil' Inker Designs - I hope you have enjoyed hopping along with us all as we got to share all the fun projects we have been making with these goodies!

To start with today, I made a super simple watercolor card:

I used a wonderful new die - perfect for a focal point on a card:

I used some Heidi Swapp Color Shine and the smooshing technique (again!) to create my watercolor background - then, even though it is hard to see in the photos, added some splashes of the same thing in peach. LOVE how vibrant and pretty that color is! I twisted some gold thread around the watercolor panel, then attached the die cut over the top using tiny pieces of foam adhesive for a bit of dimension. Attached it at a slightly jaunty angle on some peach MFT cardstock, then added several sizes of gold Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

Next up - there is a fun new die, made to perfectly match some adorable little glassine envelopes - perfect size for a little gift card to attach to a small gift!

Here is the new die and matching envelopes, as well as the stamp set I used to decorate the inside:

I die cut the petal card out of double sided cardstock - that way both the inside and outside are pretty! I die cut a square using Dual Stitched Square Dies out of kraft cardstock, then stamped that darling elephant on it in white pigment ink. Added the "celebrate" in yellow die ink over the top, and added a few coordinating sequins.

I also attached that center square on an action wobble! You can see a little in this next photo how it kind of helps it pop out a little when it is opened! I really wanted it to jump out really hard, but at least it moves a bit! :)

Here is the entire Blog Hop line-up - make sure and check out what the rest of the Design Team has been busily creating to share today! And don't forget to leave a comment to win one of three $15 gift certificates that Laura is giving away to celebrate the new release!

Heather Hoffman (you are here)

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

I Love You Papa Bear

Hello! I'm posting an extra card today that I made over the weekend - I have been super busily working on DT stuff, and this new set from Mama Elephant had been sitting on my desk waiting for some love - so I thought I would make a card just for fun! Always nice to do! :)  I also have wanted to play a bit more with distress inks and making a background - something I don't feel that good at, even yet, but it sure was fun on this card! I will definitely be playing more with it in the future!

Also linking up with a couple challenges - first up, Simon Says Monday Challenge - Make Your Own Background:

I also plan on playing along with Mama Elephant's April Challenge - Make Me Laugh (I know this one isn't exactly "funny" - but it makes me smile every time I look at it - who can resist those sweet bears?):

I first created my background by blending distress inks together, adding some droplets of water, and a few flicks of shimmer mist. I die cut that panel using Index Card Dies, added a black mat, and then a die cut scallop in white from the same die set. The black border on the bottom was cut with Landscape Trio Die. I stamped the sentiment from Bear Hugs and heat embossed it, stamped the bears and moon, colored with Copics, and fussy cut out before adhering. Added some tiny stars from the set stamped in white pigment ink over the background to add to the starry sky feeling.

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

Monday, April 20, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs April Release Day 2

Hello! Welcome back for the second day of sneak peeks for the new release at Lil' Inker Designs - this is a HUGE release, so full of fun stuff!

First up - this card was all about the die cutting!

This was the result of working a little here, and a little there while homeschooling my girls one morning. It looks like it would have taken a long time with all the layers, but it really came together quite quickly! Here are the new release items I used:

I used scrap paper to cut all my flowers, and some Crate Paper pattern paper for the base layer. The lovely border was cut with Border Builders die set. I added a row of machine stitching, some distress ink, foam adhesive between layers, and a few enamel dots to finish it off!

Next up - I had fun with some watercoloring and ink smooshing:

Here is the new set I used for this - can't wait to play with it more! Looks so fun to color with Copics as well as watercolors!

For this one, I used Quilted Swirl Stitched pattern die for the card base, with some May Arts ribbon and hemp twine tied on. I cut a Side Stitched Rectangle from watercolor paper, heat embossed my image and sentiment in white on it, then used some Mister Huey's mist, water, and clear acetate to "smoosh" my color on to the card. Also added a few splatters of more concentrated ink after it dried. As us normal, the watercolor paper curled up a bit - but instead of straightening it out with a heat gun, I decided to enjoy the texture it gave! I just used a bit of foam adhesive to attach it.

And finally - I love nautical things, and this anchor caught my eye right away!

Here is the amazing set that contains it - it is a super big stamp set, and FILLED with fun goodies!

For this one, I heat embossed the anchor and sentiment on a piece of vellum die cut with Dual Stitched Square dies - the anchor in platinum ink. I then colored it in quickly with Copic markers. I used a thin piece of wood veneer behind it that I die cut with Quilted Stitched Pattern Dies - love the REAL wood feel this gives, perfect for a nautical card! I added some chevron pattern paper, and stapled on some jute twine with my Tim Holtz tiny attacher (this also worked well to attach it to the wood veneer layer without adhesive showing behind my vellum!)

Here is the entire Blog Hop line-up - make sure and check out what the rest of the Design Team has been busily creating to share today! And don't forget to leave a comment to win one of three $15 gift certificates that Laura is giving away to celebrate the new release!

Heather Hoffman (you are here)

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