Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Soft Magnolias and Butterflies - on the Pretty Pink Posh Blog

Good morning! Just popping by with a little peek at a soft and dreamy card I have a tutorial for over on the Pretty Pink Posh Blog today! You can check it all out HERE!


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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Watercolor Floral Birthday Wishing You Joy - Simon Says Stamp

There is just something so fun and relaxing about watercolors, don't you think? And especially if the images are beautiful florals! I'm popping by today to share the card I made for my Mom's birthday this year, using some gorgeous florals from Simon Says Stamp!


I actually had this image pre-stamped for a few weeks, and ready to watercolor, I just hadn't had time to sit and pull out my watercolors, and I wanted to spend some time and do them justice. I used Beautiful Flowers 2 Stamp Set for images - and added the sentiments at the very end when assembling the final bit of the card. This would actually be an easy way to have some cards in your stash, and add the sentiment to fit the occasion when needed! The sentiments were a combination of Beautiful Flowers Stamp Set AND Beautiful Flowers 2 Stamp Set.


I used my Daniel Smith watercolors to color in the images - combining some different colors on the blooms and leaves for a nice loose watercolor effect.


The frame was created by using two different sizes of dies from Wonky Rectangles to cut the large rectangle, then using the smaller one to cut a window in it - which also gives you another die cut frame to use on another project!


Once the watercolors had thoroughly dried and I had stamped the sentiment (planning around the frame of course), I added the frame with foam adhesive, and squeezed a bit of Glossy Accents on the "JOY" for a bit of shine. Then since it felt like it needed one more thing, I added a bit of jute twine wrapped around the entire card front and tied in a bow with a touch of liquid adhesive to hold the bow in place. I wish I had thought of it sooner - I probably would have added it before the frame, but better late than never, right? 


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Monday, March 18, 2019

Happy Birdie Birthday - Winnie and Walter Color Combo Challenge

Good morning! It's time for the newest Color Combo Challenge at Winnie and Walter! Here is a peek at my card - come see the color combo I picked this month, along with the winners from last month! Hope you will join us and play along! You can check it out HERE!


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Textured Alcohol Ink Background - on the Unity Blog


Good morning! Stopping by today with a quick look at my card for this week's video tutorial on the Unity Stamp Company Blog this morning! Surprise - it's more alcohol ink techniques! This time I'm showing you how to create lots of texture on your backgrounds like the one on this card - isn't it fun?!? You can check out all the details HERE!



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Friday, March 15, 2019

Amazing Bike Two Ways - Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit

Hello! I'm popping in to share a couple more cards created with the BRAND NEW April Simon Says Stamp Card Kit - Hello Darling! Such a lovely spring kit - especially as most of us are growing very weary of winter, and ready for some sunshine again! The large stamp set, Hello Darling, is stunning - and I adore the lovey Rainboot Planter Die as well! Not to mention the gorgeous double sided pattern paper, stickers, Nuvo drops, cardstock, envelopes, etc... that are in the kit!

Today I have a couple of cards to share using that DARLING bike image from the Hello Darling stamp set - and LOTS of that gorgeous Simple Stories pattern paper from the kit!


I always felt like I hoarded pattern paper in the past, and it was incredibly freeing to me when I started just layering up one single card with TONS of it! Something about actually using it was wonderful - and be still my pattern-paper-loving-heart - this paper is SOOO pretty and fun to do this with!


I adhered all the layers together with adhesive in just the center of each piece, allowing the edges to curl up with some help from me, just adding to all the dimension. The images and sentiment from the stamp kit were stamped on a Stitched Oval, and I added foam adhesive under just that layer.


Finishing touch is some jute twine wrapped around the entire front of the card and tied in a loose pretty bow!


And now...could this card be more opposite from the first one? LOVE how versatile this bike image is - perfect for girly floral patterns and layers, but also from a completely clean and graphic design like this!


For this card I used a recently created alcohol ink background done in rainbow colors. I trimmed the panel down with a Stitched Rectangle Die, then stamped my bike image with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder - being super careful to only heat it just as much as necessary so I didn't melt my Yupo paper.


I matted that panel with a super thin strip of black cardstock all around, and then heat embossed a tiny sentiment from the stamp set on a strip of black cardstock trimmed with Sentiment Labels Die set.


Which is your favorite? Do you prefer the soft and layered card - or is bold and graphic more your thing? 


Here is a closer look at the entire kit contents - you can find all the details HERE:


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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Spring Flowers and Boots - Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit

Hello! I'm popping in to share my first cards created with the BRAND NEW April Simon Says Stamp Card Kit - Hello Darling! Such a lovely spring kit - especially as most of us are growing very weary of winter, and ready for some sunshine again! The large stamp set, Hello Darling, is stunning - and I adore the lovey Rainboot Planter Die as well! Not to mention the gorgeous double sided pattern paper, stickers, Nuvo drops, cardstock, envelopes, etc... that are in the kit!

My first card to share is a super clean and simple design featuring the Hello Darling Stamp Set - so perfect for this stamp set!


I used my MISTI to line up and stamp each part of the flower box and sentiment - this would also make it incredibly easy to create an entire set of cards very easily!


Difficult to see in the photos, but I added some soft gray dots to the background using some of the tiny images from the stamp set - just a touch of texture and depth.


Finished off with a tiny white jewel in the center of each of the flowers, using varying sizes - just a tiny bit of bling!


Next up, another fairly clean and simple design, but with a few more layers, and featuring the Rainboot Planter die in addition to the Hello Darling stamp set!


This die is so fun and pretty! I die cut it from watercolor cardstock, then colored it with a whole bunch of Distress Inks, slowly building up the color.


I heat embossed a sentiment from the stamp set in gold on a strip of vellum, wrapped that around a panel of white cardstock, then matted that with a bit of the Sea Glass cardstock in the kit.


Finished off by mounting my colored image, now thoroughly dry, over the sentiment using some foam adhesive - then attached that entire panel to a white card base to finish off!


Here is a closer look at the entire kit contents - you can find all the details HERE:


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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Altenew March 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Good morning! I am thrilled again this morning to be hopping along with Altenew to celebrate the BRAND NEW March 2019 Release! You can find the entire release HERE.

So - fair warning - this is a VERY photo heavy post! I have a total of 7 cards to share, so make sure to get all the way to the bottom for the giveaway info!


I'm starting off with two cards featuring the super fun Prettiest Pomander Stamp set - a fun layering stamp set!


I love how fun this stamp set is - basically coloring in the outside image using inks and the individual stamps. I was surprised at how easy it was to line up and stamp! For this first one I die cut it with the Coordinating Dies, then popped it up on a panel of white cardstock with a tiny Fine Frames cut from black cardstock, and a sentiment from the new Thank You Builder stamp set stamped with coordinating ink colors. I mounted that panel off-set on a Spicy Yogurt cardbase.


The second image I actually stamped backwards - as I lined up the first on in my MISTI, I re-stamped with softer colors without the outline image. It looked so soft and pretty that way - and I kind of wish I had left it that way, but at the last minute, I decided to add the outline with a gray ink color. Both ways look lovely, so it's fun to play! For this one I die cut it from my panel of white cardstock with the Coordinating Dies, then mounted on a gray cardbase, offsetting the top image with foam adhesive so you can see a bit of a drop shadow behind the image. The sentiment on this card came from the One Day at a Time stamp set, also stamped with coordinating gray ink.


The next thing I want to try with this stamp set, is to just stamp the outline image and color with markers or watercolors! Love versatile stamp sets like this!


Next up, I have a clean and simple one layer card featuring the super sweet and fun Watercolor Doodles Stamp Set! LOVE this one!


I stamped an assortment of the little outline images on two corners of a white cardbase, then filled in some of the images with the solid stamps. I left some just as a simple outline for texture.


Added a simple sentiment from Versatile Vases to finish - easy and one layer! And I love the whimsical feel to these florals!


And then I have ANOTHER one layer card to share!


This one features Versatile Vases stamp set paired up with the Coordinating Mask Stencil! I stamped the vase, then used the stencils to mask out the just the vase and blend some ink over to color it. I then used the opposite image to mask the vase, and added ink around the bottom to ground the image.


Finally, I stamped my sentiment, and a bit of greenery from Wallpaper Art stamp set in green ink. I used some coordinating Artist Markers to add a touch of color to the outline leaf image to make it pop a bit more. Another easy one layer card design!


And finally, I created this trio of cards layering up the marble images from One Day at a Time, and pairing them up with sentiments from the fabulous Thank You Builder stamp set!


For each of these, I used one of the coordinating sets of 4 Altenew Dye Inks, and stamped all the layers of the marble image one over the top of the other. I trimmed these panels out, mounted them on my simple white cardbase, added the sentiment, then set out to make them look like tiles! This first one I flooded the entire square with Glossy Accents. Can you see the shine?


I did the same thing on the next two images - excuse the orange on this one, for some reason this color was incredibly hard to photograph it seems! The only change on these next two, is that I used Tonic Crystal Glaze to flood the top of them. Very similar effect  I kind of just wanted to compare and see if I noticed any differences.


Definitely plan ahead of you are doing this technique - it takes LOTS of time for these to dry thoroughly enough. I left them a good solid 24 hours to make absolutely certain they were dry so I didn't end up with any cracks or anything.


Very hard to capture in a photograph, but this gave such a fun texture and effect! When I first showed my daughters, they thought I had done paint pouring on them or something like that. Can't wait to try more colors!


GIVEAWAY INFO:
Altenew is giving away 6 $50 gift cards for comments left on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog. Make sure and leave comments by 3/19/19 to be eligible. A winner for a $20 gift card will also be selected from EACH stop along the hop - all winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/23/19. 

Here is the entire blog hop line-up so you don't get lost along the way - there are lots of giveaways along the hop as well:


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