Wednesday, May 17, 2017

OCC Simmer & Shine, Embossing Powder

Totally love Julie Ebersole's 2-step glitter overlay technique in this lesson of Online Card Classes!

I've had Judikin's Sticky Stuff embossing powder for a long time and never really understood how to use it until Julie showed us how!!  Instead of using a solid stamp, I used a  honeycomb stencil from from Honey Bee Stamps.  You can tell by looking at my history of card making that I don't usually go for the cute critters.  I like them all, but just not my style...usually!  When I saw this newest release from Honey Bee, I just loved them!!  These bees are totally adorable!!

I can just imagine a special someone getting this card and opening the little beehive door and seeing this so cute bee face staring back!

Such great sparkle!!!!  Added in some shine with Glossy Accents on the bee's black stripes too.

Thanks so much for taking a look!

Honey Bee Stamps:  Build-A-Bee, Bee-You-tiful Sentiments, Free-Bee
Honey Bee dies:  Honey Cuts, Build-A-Bee, Free-Bee die
Honey Bee stencil
Distress Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey
Art Glitter Crystal ultrafine transparent
Glossy Accents
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

OCC Sparkle & Shine--Paste and Mousse

All about using pastes and mousse for this lesson of Online Card Classes.  I was inspired by Kristina Werner and her techniques to cover card stock with glitter paste and then die cut it.

I don't have glitter paste so I created my own by combining texture paste with some transparent crystal glitter.  I tinted my texture paste with some Squeezed Lemonade & Mustard Seed Distress Inks.   It turned out very sparkly!

I was hoping that the texture of the embossing paste I left would remain after die cutting, but it didn't.  Still very pretty!

A photo at an angle to capture the sparkle is a must!

Since I was using My Favorite Things products, I decided to make this card work for the MFT Color Challenge 69.

The info is HERE

Seriously love Online Card Classes!!  The best!  Thank you for taking a look!

MFT dies: Shaker Flower, Chevron Fringe
MFT stamps: Celebrate You
MFT paper: Roses All Over Pastels
Other supplies:  Wink of Stella clear, Queen & Co. clear sparkles, Pretty Pink Posh sequins

Monday, May 15, 2017

OCC Sparkle & Shine, Shimmer, Pearl, and Flakes

This lesson for the Online Card Classes Sparkle & Shine was about using pigment powders, gilding flakes and other shiny pretties!

I was totally inspired by Debby Hughes' beautiful cards using background stamps, Versamark ink, & pigment powders.  My background stamp is an oldy, but good one, from Hero Arts called Branch Background.

My twist on this was to use a subtle patterned paper instead of a solid color.  I only have two colors of Perfect Pearls so I used the one called Perfect Gold (perfectly named I think!:)  For the sentiment I used some Concord & 9th stamps and dies--Happy Words stamps and Happy Card frame dies.  For the Happy, I put a Scor-Tape sheet onto card stock and die cut it with the adhesive side up.  I brushed the Perfect Pearls onto it for a shiny Happy!  Stamped the words "birthday to you" with Versamark and then brushed on more Perfect Pearls.

I used Altenew's Spring Daisy stamped with Versamark on some Bazzill 40# vellum.  Heat embossed with Recollection's Clear Gold sparkle embossing powder.

Here's another angle to try to capture some of the beautiful shine and sparkle!

Every single one of the Online Card Classes I've taken are loaded with ideas and techniques.  I really love the inspiration!  If you haven't taken one, you should!

Thanks so much for taking a look!  Double thanks for your comments!  :)

Monday, May 8, 2017

OCC Sparkle & Shine, Glitter!

I'm taking the Online Card Class--Sparkle & Shine and today was all about glitter!!

When I first saw the Courage Stamp & Die Set from Ellen Hutson and that they were donating $25 of the purchase price to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, I had to have it.  Plus, it's a really pretty set that can be used for encouragement in many situations.

So I glittered up the pink ribbon (I should've taken photos of the process!) and stamped a few flowers around it.

Here's one that shows the sparkle!

I really love sparkle and glitter, so this class is right up my alley!  Thank you for taking a look!

Inks: Simon Says Stamp Twirling Tutu, Hero Arts Bubblegum, HA Lia Griffith ink--not named; SSS Green Leaf
Glitter:  Art Glitter Baby's Breath, Recollections Raspberry
Ellen Hutson Courage stamps/dies

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Pink Floral Happy Birthday

I do love flowers, and this card definitely shows it!! Haha!

The background (that is nearly covered in flowers) is another I made in Altenew Academy's Celebration: Stencil Techniques.  I've used one of my most favorite floral stamp sets, Altenew's Beautiful Day.

I'm entering this into two challenges:

Altenew's May Inspiration Challenge--the info is HERE.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, A Hint of Pink, info HERE.

Thank you very much for taking a look!!

Altenew Beautiful Day stamps/dies
Inks for large flower: Spun Sugar Distress Ink, Brilliance Pearlescent Coral, Memento Rose Bud
Spectrum Noir markers for small florals
Essentials by Ellen Lovely for the sentiment

Friday, May 5, 2017

Stencil Technique Cards

Altenew Academy's Celebration: Stencil Techniques has some great ideas for using stencils in different ways.  Most of it was techniques I already know, but I enjoyed being reminded and inspired by Laurel Beard and her awesome cards!

These cards aren't representative of all of the techniques shared.  I kind of got carried away with the embossing paste stenciling!  LOL!  I think it's so fun to mix ink with embossing paste to color it and then use stencils to create beautiful backgrounds!

This first card is from lesson 1.   We were to use a card cover die and then use the die cut as a stencil. Of course, after you've stenciled through the die cut, your stencil is beautifully colored and can be used for a card, which is shown on the second card.
Different from my usual style, but I like it!  

This made a very quick and easy card!

Here's when I went crazy with the embossing paste!  LOL!  I managed to get two cards made from the many backgrounds I made.

Embossing paste mixed with SSS Fog ink

Embossing paste mixed with SSS Apricot ink
These last two I will be entering into the Flickr LOVE!--Handmade Cards, ATCs & Other Crafts May challenge "Bring on the Flowers".  Info is HERE.

This was a very enjoyable class and now I have several more backgrounds all ready to be made into cards!  Thanks so much for looking!  If you leave a comment, a big thank you to you!!!

Altenew stamps/dies:  Shadow Play, Beautiful Day, Remember This, Halftone Thanks, Label Love, Shutter Cover Die
Altenew Stencil: Sketched Lines Stencil
Other stencil:  Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous THMS026
Inks:  Simon Says Stamp, Distress Inks
Other: Pretty Pink Posh sequins, clear droplets, Nuvo drops

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Happy Birthday Cardinal

One of my favorite things about spring is hearing the cardinals singing so much!  I think they are such pretty birds, even the female, with her muted colors.

When I bought this Hero Arts Color Layering Cardinal stamp set last year, I knew I'd love it for Christmas cards, but I also wanted to try it for a spring time card.  I'm entering this card into a couple challenges.
Link to the blog is HERE
Flickr group: LOVE--Handmade Cards, ATC's & Other Crafts April Challenge--Anything Goes

I used a hand-cut cloud stencil to ink the clouds in the background with Tumbled Glass Distress ink.  I experimented with the various shades of red inks I have to find a combination I like.  I use Abandoned Coral Distress ink for the 1st layer.  Second layer is Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red, finishing with Aged Mahogany Distress ink for the 3rd layer.  The flowers are stamped with SSS Twirling Tutu and Hot Lips.

I edged my card base with some Scor-tape and added some pretty soft pink Art Glitter in Baby's Breath to create my own glittery edges.

I added flower centers and a few extra dots with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Red Berry.  Also added Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen to flowers and darkest ink on bird, but it doesn't show in the photo.

Thank you for taking a look!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Best Wishes Peony

Being a "flower" addict, I had to get a couple of The Ton's new stamps!  Today I have used Dearest Peony for my card.

I'm entering this into a few challenges:
Get the details HERE
Flickr's LOVE--Handmade Cards, ATC's & other Crafts--April Challenge Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...Splash It On

I did a lot of "splashing" on this one!  I created the background using the "ink smooshing" technique, sprayed on a bit of water, the sprayed on a bit of Perfect Pearls & Distress Spray Stain.  The flower was watercolored with Zig Clean Color markers and added more details with two Prismacolor Pencils.

I love this copper embossing powder!!!!

Here is a photo with the main supplies I used.  Not very many really.

Thank you for taking a moment to check out my card!  If you leave a comment, a BIG thank you to you!!!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Birthday Card Boo-boo's

I'm putting this up on the blog to participate in Darnell's 2nd Annual April Fool's Boo-boo Hop and NBUS Challenge #11.  Our entry can be sharing our boo-boo's and/or NBUS!  No prizes, but just fun times seeing that we all have those moments!

So here is the front of the card in all its glory!  These are stamps and dies from My Favorite Things.

You may be wondering, what's the problem?  Well, the "problem" is that I had the entire card front adhered to my card base before beginning the sentiment inside!  There must've been an earthquake when I stamped this sentiment!  I guess I was in shock because I then promptly dropped the ink pad onto the card!!  Argghhh!!  What to do?!!  Also notice the little smudge along the right side!!

So I wracked my brain and Ta-da!  It clicked into gear and saw the extra pieces and parts leftover from the front!  Re-stamped the sentiment & die cut it with a Spellbinders die to cover the original boo-boo.  The extra leaves and flower covered the ink smudges!!  YAY!  LOL!

So the moral of this story, for me, is to consider completing the inside before finishing the front.  We'll see if that happens.....haha!   Thanks so much for taking a look!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Daily Coloring Challenge, Week 4

I really challenged myself to color each day of this challenge & I'm so glad I did!  Some of the projects covered two days which is why there's not 30 projects.  Not only do I have cards for my stash and some to send in for a card drive, I do feel like I'm more confident in my coloring!  Kathy Racoosin will have another challenge, and I encourage anyone to follow her blog to get the details on when and how to play along!

Another flower from Simon Says Stamp's More Spring Flowers colored with Zig Clean Colors.

Because petunias are one of my most favorite flowers, I had to have this Modern Petunia set from WPlus9.  I colored this with Spectrum Noir markers.  Used my Cricut Explore to cut out a basket and embossed it with a We R Memory Keepers 3-D embossing folder.

I drooled every time I saw someone post on Instagram using this beautiful stamp, so I caved!  Love, love this!  Used Prismacolor watercolor pencils to color.

Here's this same stamp colored with Zigs.  Instead of using water to blend the colors, I used my clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to blend!  Oh the shine!  Made a shaker card using Concord & 9th's Happy Card Frame dies & Happy Words stamp set.  Filled with Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

And this won't be the last of this stamp set for me!  I love the different looks you can achieve using different colors and mediums.  This time I embossed it in gold & colored with Zig Clean Color markers.  For the main flower I used one of the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors to blend for the shine.

Just look at the beautiful shine!

Well, if you've looked at all of these for this challenge, I thank you so much!  Love to get comments too and I'm so appreciative of those that take a moment!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Daily Coloring Challenge, Week 3

More fun coloring and card making while participating in the 30-day Coloring Challenge.

I'm not much into all the critter stamps that are popular now, but oh how I love this bear!  It's Essentials by Ellen All Inside!  I colored him up with my Prismacolor pencils.  I stamped the flowers using JustRite's Multi-Step Flower Garden set.  The fence is a Spellbinders die.

This is a stamp from Waffle Flower called Enveloper Little Birdie.  While this did not turn out the way I had pictured in my brain, I think it's still pretty.

I did lots of masking to make a background with W Plus 9's Beautiful Bouquets: Mums.  I tried a technique and colored first with my Spectrum Noir, then added more detail with Prismacolor pencils.

Another of my most favorite stamps:  Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea.  Colored with Zig Clean Color markers.  I used two We R Memory Keepers next level embossing folders.

I think these flowers from Simon Says Stamp's More Spring Flowers just look like happy flowers!  Colored with Spectrum Noir.  Sentiment is Altenew's Happy Mail and added some Nuvo Drops.

Thank you for taking a look!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Daily Coloring Challenge, Week 2

This is my coloring and card making for week 2 of Kathy Racoosin's 30-day coloring challenge that was March 1-30.

I used a coloring card that was in a Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit, from March 2016 I think.  It's so nice because it's printed on X-Press-it paper and my Spectrum Noir markers blend so easily on it!  I used a white gel pen to add some dots "Kathy style".

These next 2 are stamps from Art Impressions using Marvy LePlume II markers.

This is such a fun way to watercolor.  The owner/illustrator/designer Bonnie Krebs sure makes it look a bit easier than it is.   I do enjoy this watercoloring!

This coloring card is from a book titled Spectrum Noir Colorista premium marker pad.  The cool thing is that there is either silver or gold foiling on each page for the shine!  I picked this up a Michael's at 50% off sale.  Now who can resist 50% off?!!!  LOL!

This is Altenew's Garden Grow stamp set and dies.  I absolutely love this set, but it's just the 2nd time I've used it.  I think all the fiddling and arranging of the pieces and parts is somewhat intimidating to me.  And I do fiddle-diddle a LOT!  I colored this with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  The background was quick and easy with a few spritzes of Distress Ink spray stain in Twisted Citron.  The sentiment is from an Ellen Hutson set.

I watercolored this beautiful set from The Ton called Happiest of Peonies using Prismacolor watercolor pencils.

Thank you to anyone that takes a look!  Hope you like!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Daily Coloring Challenge, Week 1

Oh my poor blog!  I've been participating in Kathy Racoosin's 30-day Coloring Challenge and posting on Instagram each day.  Was my intention to update my blog each week as I do like to have a reference to what I used, etc.  Well, time goes by and now here I am.  Here are my creations from week one:

Day 1:  Altenew's Beautiful Day colored with Zig Clean Color markers, Spellbinders doily die,   Taylored  Expression woodgrain background stamp, Justrite script background stamp & sentiment: Essential by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea
My Favorite Things You Have My Heart stamps/dies; WPlus9 Sending Sunshine dies

MFT You Have My Heart; WPlus9 Sending Sunshine
This was a coloring card included with an order from Honey Bee Stamps.  Colored with Zigs.
Honey Bee Stamps Country Blooms w/adorable bear from Essential by Ellen All Inside
Here he is all done up on a card!  Used MFT's Scattered Surface background stamp.  Sentiment from Concord & 9th Kindhearted set.
Honey Bee Stamps Little Pickup & Sending You

Well, if you made it this far, thank you!!!!  Hope you enjoyed!  Weeks 2 & 3 coming next!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Pink, You Are the Bestest!

The focus in this lesson is using pink to bring about feelings of sensitivity, caring and sweetness.  If you haven't tried Altenew Academy's classes, you should.  They are very reasonably priced and quite informative.  I can see using many different brands of stamps and dies with the techniques I've learned.

I actually made two pink cards.  Here is the first.  I really love working with texture paste and stencils.  Mixing it with some ink makes it even more fun!

This next card is one that looked better in my mind than how I think it turned out.  I fiddle-diddled with it so much and just can't figure out what isn't working for me.  I decided to break out some of my stash of patterned paper to go with the pink, sweet theme.   Since I was using long neglected paper, I broke out my bling and added the butterfly swirls in pink rhinestones.  The bottles are vellum that I colored on the back with Spectrum Noir markers and then backed with white card stock.  It's not horrible, but I just feel like something is off.  Oh well, maybe I'll pull it apart and try something different.

 Thanks for looking! 

First card:
Altenew stamps/dies:  Beautiful Day, Floral Shadow, Bottleful Of, Botanical Garden
Inks: Spun Sugar Distress Ink, Hero Arts Soft Pink & Bubblegum, Versafine Onyx Black
Ranger texture paste
Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets
Want2Scrap pink rhinestones