Monday, September 29, 2014

Spiral Art Cards

I was shopping the other day and came across this...
I've been looking for a Spirograph tool for awhile because I thought it would be fun to create cards with it. Once I started playing, I couldn't stop and created three cards. 

Here is the first card...
I created this card by using a black, felt marker with the large and small opening in the set. It looked very graphic to me so I wanted to add some pink and yellow splotches of colors using Spray Mists. I die-cut that black banner from THIS die set and added THIS die on top. Here is a closer look...
For my next card I thought I would break out my Crayola markers, since I was playing with kid's stuff anyway. I created the spirals using the colors of the rainbow. The markers did smear as I was moving the color around so I punched holes to cover the center and colored over them with the matching marker. I love the playful look it gives. I heat embossed THIS sentiment and adhered it to THIS decorative panel die. 
 A closer look...
For my last card, I decided to try some watercolor colored pencils. I used some bright neon colors and sprayed them heavily with pearlized water to acheive an "artsy" look. I finished it off by using THIS die for the panel and adding THIS sentiment.
Those sequins are from Neat and Tangled and the Metallic Decor is from Hero Arts. A closer peek...
There you have it. Three totally different cards using one, very fun tool. I hope this inspires you to do some creative play. 

Oh, and the winners of the stamps from the last post are *Vicki* and Lisa Waitt! Congrats girls. Hit the CONTACT button on the top of the page and send me your address so I can get your goodies out to you. :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Shaker Card plus New Hero Arts Giveaway!

Hello! Some of you may know that Hero Arts recently released some stamps with my handwriting and I'm so excited. You can read all about it HERE. I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway of THIS stamp because I consider all of you my crafty friends...
...and here is a shaker card I created using the stamp...
To create this card, I heat embossed the sentiment in white on vellum and used THIS die to cut it out. I pulled a few papers from THIS pad and used it for the shaker frame and the background behind the vellum. After adhering the acetate behind the frame, I used two layers of foam adhesive and placed it over the sentiment piece after filling it with buttons and sequins

I thought the buttons were a fun surprise to tie in with the sentiment...
You can see more ideas using this stamp HERE. My sweet friend Jennifer McGuire has some great ideas using the stamp HERE as well. 

Time for the Giveaway! ...
Just leave a comment below and I will pick TWO winners to receive THIS stamp. You have until Sunday, September 28th at midnight EST to enter. Good luck crafty friends! 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Copic Class- Day Three

Hello. Today I'm back with my homework project from Day Three of Copic Class over at Online Card Classes. The topic was how to add gray shading to your image to give more depth. I decided to add some gray shading to the bottom of my umbrella...
I created that background by flicking on some spray mists, adding glossy accents dots, and some pewter pearlized water on some watercolor cardstock cut out with THIS die. I added peacock feathers distress ink along the sides and center, leaving a highlight of white around the umbrella. I stamped THIS greeting in some Hero Arts navy ink and added some of THESE sequins and some new Sprinkles in Silver by Doodlebug.

After coloring my umbrella top, I cut it out and used foam adhesive to pop it up on the background panel. Then I added a coat of glossy accents to give it a "wet" look. I finished off the card by adhering it to a striped navy panel cut from THIS die and adhered everything to a white notecard base.

I'm not very good at coloring so I'm enjoying learning tricks in this class. You can find more info. about the class HERE. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Copic Class-Day One

It's only day one of Copic class over at Online Card Classes and I'm already learning so much! I decided to test out my basic blending skills using two colors on these fun monsters...
The monsters are from THIS adorable Lawn Fawn set. A closer look at my coloring...
 I decided to put a little Wink of Stella on top for some shine...
I used THIS die set for the tags and the gray panel behind them. I added some wood venneer hearts and applied black enamel on top for some shine. I couldn't resist adding googly eyes for some fun.

For more info. about the Copic class, click HERE. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

15 minute challenge

I noticed that my free time became limited when I became a mommy to my little guy. I had to learn how to maximize the small amount of time I had to craft. I'm sure that many of you feel that our every day lives get busier and busier so I thought I should create a challenge that would 

I managed to get THREE cards done...
The ONLY way I got three cards done in 15 minutes is because of the tip I share on the Little Tangles Blog which is, "While you have all of your supplies out, die-cut and stamp extra pieces to create multiple cards quickly." 

Having those speech bubbles already stamped and cut out from a previous projects saved me a bunch of time. Neat and Tangled now has the die for the speech bubble HERE, which would save even more time. 
I used THIS set to stamp the greetings inside the speech bubble. 
I used a rectangle that is supposed to be confetti from THIS stamp set as the check box next to the sentiments...
For the x marks the spot, I used THIS set and turned the plus sign into the letter x and inked it up with a coordinating ink before stamping. To finish the card, I used THIS die set to create the stitched and scalloped panel pieces.  THIS paper pad is where all the fun striped paper came from and THIS black ink is my new favorite. 

So now it's time to block out 15 minutes from your day and create! Make sure to enter your card HERE. Can't wait to see your projects! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

New Lawn Fawn Goodies...

Welcome. Recently I purchased THIS from the new Lawn Fawn release and couldn't wait to make a card with it. I just love Lawn Fawn's playful style...
To create this card, I die-cut the stitched rectangle from THIS set using some watercolor cardstock, Then I die-cut the heart image multiple times towards the top. Below the heart images, I stamped the two hedgehogs using black ink, just for placement. I stamped them again on some white cardstock, colored them, and die-cut them out. Under the hedgehog images I used some paper from THIS paper pad to create grass by cutting slits on the top of each piece of paper. I glued the top hill flat and used foam adhesive to pop up the lower hill along with the hedgehogs to give them some dimension. I mounted the entire piece on to a decorative piece of pink cardstock. 

I wanted to make the hearts stand out so I filled the holes with glossy accents to give them some shine...
I finished off the card by mounting it on a Hero Arts pool notecard and using a sparkly gel pen to highlight the spikes on the hedgehog. 

That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Die-cut paper as stencils...

Recently, I did a major clean out in my studio. I purged many supplies that I didn't use anymore. However, there were a few things I just couldn't part with. Remember when die-cut paper was all the rage? (Click HERE to see the papers I used.) I hoarded many papers but never got a chance to use them so I broke them back out to create these three cards...

I used the die-cut paper as a stencil for the backgrounds. I simply smeared some white embossing paste on top of the die-cut paper, let it dry and added peerless watercolors on top. Super easy and I love the effect it gives.
Another great thing about using the die-cut paper as a stencil is it's size. They are 12x12 sheets, so you can cut up many pieces to fit on cards. I didn't feel bad about tossing it when I was done because I have many pieces leftover.

Here is a closer look...
 The star background is really fun...
I die-cut some label shapes from the same watercolor cardstock to coordinate and stamped different greeting from THIS set. I chose to do multi-ink for a playful look...
I think the flower card is my favorite...
 I love the texture....
I hope this inspires you to dig out some of that die-cut paper and use it as a stencil. Don't have any? I know the Silhouette cuts patterns like this. Have fun playing and experimenting!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I'll be back soon...

Friday, September 5, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Stamptember- Day 5

Welcome to Day 5 of the Stamptember celebration where I've been creating with THIS stamp set all week. If you've missed any previous days, here are the links...


Here is today's card...
I love the graphic circle border stamp in the set, so I used it to create a focal point for my tag. I stamped it using some primary colors. (Blue, Red Royal, and Lime Green from Hero Arts and Dandelion from Memento) I cut THIS tag out of white cardstock five times and adhered them together, creating an embellishment after stamping the speech bubble sentiment in black. I attached some black string to the top of the tag and adhered it to the white stamped panel after I adhered a black mat behind it. The entire piece sits on a white card base.

I thought the donut looked so good that it should have a bite out of it ...
A scalloped punch works great for that! I created the donut the same way that I've explained in previous posts but this time I used white enamel accents for the icing. I added some sequin trimmings on top of the enamel to look like sprinkles and even made a pile of them next to the donut to resemble falling after taking a bite. I added a touch of glossy accents to the brown part of the donut to give it some shine.

And there you have it! Another card created from this fun set! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Stamptember- Day Four

*THIS IS MY SECOND POST FOR THE DAY, IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THE LITTLE TANGLES CHALLENGE POST, CLICK HERE*

I have another card today featuring THIS stamp set that I've been using all week in celebration of Stamptember over at Simon Says Stamp. I hope this gives you ideas on how you can stretch your stamps! 
I think the sentiment is so fun! I wanted to create a scene that coordinated with it so I used THIS stamp set and stamped it on a kraft panel using THIS ink. I cleaned my stamp and stamped the same image on top of the purple using VersaMark ink and sprinkled on some clear embossing powder. After I heat set that, I did the same process for the smaller splat that comes in the set. I wanted to give it a "wet" look to resemble jelly. While I had my embossing tools out, I heat embossed the sentiment in the lower, right hand corner in white. 

Now for the jelly donut...
I created the donut the same way as I explained in my previous three posts but this time, I put a piece of purple paper behind the donut's center hole and then "filled" the hole with some glossy accents. It really gives the illusion of a jelly donut. 

I finished off the card by adding a strip of scalloped, patterned paper at the bottom and adhering it to a whtie notecard. 

So have I convinced you that you need this stamp set yet? ;)

Be back tomorrow with another card! Thanks for stopping by. 

Sketch Challenge

It's the first Thursday of the month (Where did August go!?) and that means a new challenge has been announced over on the Little Tangles Blog...

I used this sketch to create some thank you cards for my son's birthday party. He recently turned 21 and we threw him a surprise party. I wanted to thank everyone who came and helped out but I didn't want them to be to kid-like. I chose a grungy, teen style...

I decided to move the sentiment banner higher than the sketch calls for. I like that you can customize a sketch to fit your project. Here is a closer look...
I used THIS stencil and some Mowed Lawn Distress Ink to create the stars on the white panel. I brought in some Black Soot ink to the edges and added some silver splotches with THIS and a paintbrush. I added the piece to a black notecard and finished it off by stamping the sentiment in black on a white banner...

I hope you can play along with the challenge. Click HERE for all the details. Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Stamptember- Day Three

Welcome back. I have another card share today featuring THIS stamp set. If you missed the previous posts, you can find them here...

DAY ONE
DAY TWO 

Okay, back to today's card. When I first laid eyes on the stamp set I knew those mini donuts would look adorable in a bakery box!...
To create the box, I found a die image that was the perfect size to hold all six donuts. I cut it out of some double-sided Doodlebug paper and created score lines around the die image and a half an inch or so from the first score lines. I folded the score lines well and assembled the box. I also used a piece of acetate on the front of the box for the window. 

For the greeting, I stamped it using some pink pigment ink from Memento Luxe and sprinkled on some clear embossing powder while it was still wet. I heat embossed it so it would stand out. I kept the rest of the panel super simple so it would distract from the bakery box. Some score lines on the white panel frames in my box and sentiment nicely. I mounted the entire piece on a side folding, white notecard after placing a mat behind it of that Doodlebug paper. 

Now for the donuts...
Those were created the same way I mention in my two previous posts but this time I used Stickles (Rock Candy, Antique Linen, and Flamingo) as the donut topping. They are so pretty in real life. They look good enough to eat! 

I will continue the Stamptember celebration tomorrow along with ANOTHER post announcing the new Little Tangles Challenge. Stay Tuned! ...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Stamptember- Day Two

Welcome Back. As I mentioned on yesterday's post, I will be working with THIS stamp set all week in celebration of the Stamptember event over at Simon Says Stamp. I have a clean and simple card for you today...
I punched a large circle on a piece of white cardstock. Underneath that, on the front of the card itself, I adhered a piece of patterned paper that I stamped one of  the greetings from the set on in black. I wanted the sentiment to stand out, so I inked it again with VersaMark ink and stamped directly on top of the black and heat embossed it in clear, giving it some shine. Then I adhered the panel with the large circle on top of the patterned paper using foam adhesive for some dimension, creating a window. 
Now for the donuts...
I started out stamping one large and two small donuts (the same way I did yesterday...using circle punches to cut them out quickly). I wanted to create a glaze on top of the donuts and found that THIS works great. I simply "iced" the donuts back and forth with the black enamel. After they were dry, I adhered them to the card, layering them with foam adhesive so some were raised higher than the others, adding dimension. 

Super easy and fun. Thanks so much for stopping by! I will be back tomorrow with another card...

Monday, September 1, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Stamptember- Day One

Some of you may have seen all my sneak peeks for Simon Says Stamp's Stamptember release on my Instagram. They were so sweet (pun intended) to send me this I Love Donuts Stamp Set to play with...
Come on! How cute is that!!!!? So I've been making a ton of cards and thought I would share a card each day this week featuring this stamp set. Here is today's card...
I started out by stamping the large donut with THIS brown ink on some Neenah cardstock. Then I colored in the outer ring of the donut with the brown from THIS colored pencil set. It has a redish tone to it that makes the perfect donut color. Then i discovered that I had circle punches that were the exact size of the outer and inner circle of the donut, which made cutting them out quick and easy. 
I decided to create the icing from Embossing Paste, which was inspired by Jennifer McGuire's ice cream card HERE. She has a great video demonstrating this technique. I highly encourage you to watch it if you haven't already. I started off with white embossing paste and added some walnut stain distress ink to it to achieve the chocolate icing and mixed some worn lipstick with it to get the strawberry icing. I added some epoxy sprinkle stickers to it before it dried. The embossing paste acts like cement and holds them really well. 

After applying glossy accents to the outer ring of the donut, I decided to repeatedly stamp the wavy line from the set to create my own background. I used Bubble GumSoft Yellow, Soft Green, and Soft Pool inks from Hero Arts. I added a heart image from another Simon Says Stamp set to complete the background and coordinate with the sentiment. Speaking of the sentiment, it was stamped in black on a white banner that I adhered a hot pink mat behind. 

I'll be back tomorrow with another card featuring this set...