Monday, January 26, 2015

Creating Texture plus GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today's card puts a different spin on a sewing tool. I recently purchased this Sew Easy Kit at Target from We R Memory Keepers...
...while I'm excited to try out sewing on my cards, I wanted to find another way to use the tool. The rolling tool creates holes in the cardstock for sewing, so I thought it would be fun to do it all over the background of a card to create some texture....
I used the straight line rolling head and randomly rolled it all over the white cardstock. It gives such a fun texture...
This would also be fun to try in the the other stitched designs included in the kit (Zig Zag, Scallop, and Loop). Oh, and all of the awesome stamped images are from THIS stamp set by Mama Elephant.

WANT TO WIN A SEW EASY KIT? 
Just leave a comment to this blog post telling me your favorite color combo to be entered to win. You have until Sunday, February 1st at Midnight EST to enter. Good Luck and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Stretching Your Dies

Hello and welcome. Today's card is inspired by a card set created by the ridiculously talented, Jennifer McGuire. Not only is her work so inspiring, but she is the kindest person you'll ever meet. You can see her card set and video HERE.  Jennifer die-cut all the dies nestled together for her projects and I tried the same technique using THIS Stitched Circle die from Simon Says Stamp...
The die comes connected and I hadn't cut it apart to separate all the circles yet, which worked in my favor because it made cutting several from THIS paper so quick and easy!

I cut all of the circles in half and then nestled them in rainbow order, adhering some down with foam adhesive on to a 4x4 top-folding white note card. I cut the clouds using THIS die from THIS felt by Papertrey Ink. The clouds seemed too large for this image, so I trimmed a bit off to make them work...another great way to stretch your dies!

I cut the Lawn Fawn "thanks" die from black cardstock and covered it with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents for some shine. I adhered it below the rainbow, stamping a sentiment from THIS Neat and Tangled stamp set underneath using black ink. Super simple.

I hope this inspires you to look at your stamps in a new way. A big thank you to Jennifer for showcasing me on her blog....so blessed to call her a friend. I'm glad you could stop by and have a great day!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Experimenting with Fun Foam

Hello! I remember playing with Fun Foam as a kid and having so much fun. I decided to break some out and experiment with it in card making. Here are three different ways I incorporated fun foam on my cards...

1. Use as an embellishment...
I die-cut THIS die out of some dark and light pink fun foam. I used the inlaid technique and placed the light pink heart inside the dark pink outline heart. This creates a unique and fun embellishment that serves as the focal point on my card. Speaking of focal points, THIS die is absolutely awesome for achieving that. It creates a circle of small dots to draw your eye in. I finished the card by adhering THIS sentiment and a sentiment from THIS stamp set on top of the heart. I added some of THIS paper behind the holes to add a pop of color.

I love the dimension that the fun foam gives....

2. Color it and cover it! 
I used THIS die to cut out some stars out of white fun foam. I encourage you to buy white because you can transform the color by using markers. I used my Copics Markers to color the stars and adhered them to the card panel using some of THIS adhesive. I covered them with Glossy Accents, which gives them a unique look. NOTE: I didn't have any trouble with my Copic Markers after coloring the fun foam. However, if you are unsure about possibly damaging your markers, I would encourage you to try some inexpensive permanent markers. Oh, and Crayola Markers do not work for this technique because it smears. 
I finished the card by using THIS die again as a focal point and embossing THIS sentiment in white. I added some patterned paper strips behind the black panel and adhered it tilted for a playful look. 

3.Emboss it! 
I dry embossed the fun foam with THIS embossing folder. I die-cut a circle from the center and stamped THIS sentiment on to THIS die cut from THIS cardstock. I adhered it in the window and finished the card by rounding the corners of the fun foam and spraying it with some perfect pearls for some shine. It's hard to photograph but is so pretty in real life...
There you have it...three different ways to use fun foam. Like I said, I really like how much dimension it gives. It's fun to mix it up and not do the same thing all the time. I encourage you to experiment with fun foam because there are so many possibilities! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Stretching Border Stamps

The Little Tangles Challenge Blog announced their first challenge of the new year and introduced their new design team. I'm happy to say that I've decided to stay on as their Design Team Leader this year! I love Neat and Tangled Stamps and I'm ecstatic that sweet Danielle asked me back.

I made three cards for the challenge...

For all three cards I used THIS stamp set...
Merry and Bright
I used the curved border image and stamped it three times in one direction and three times in the opposite direction to create a background on to some watercolor cardstock using VersaFine black ink. I heat embossed it in clear to give it some shine.

I spaced the stamping on all three cards differently so you could see how easily you can alter the look...


I used my Peerless Watercolors and mixed two primary colors to get a secondary color in between on each card. I finished off the card by stamping the "hello" sentiment from the Everyday Labels stamp set in the same black ink and clear heat embossed it to match the background.

I hope you can play along in the Little Tangles Saying Hello Challenge. Go HERE to enter your project. Remember, the winner receives a Neat and Tangled Stamp Set of their choice! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Stretching Holiday Stamps

You might have noticed that I've been MIA lately. I spent some much needed down time with my family and also have had a major creative block lately. However, I managed to make a couple of cards that showcase how to stretch those holiday stamps.

I used THIS snowflake stamp set from Paper Smooches and created a thank you and birthday card...
I laid out all of the snowflake images on my card and then used a large stamp press to pick them up. I inked them in VersaMark ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. I repeated the same process to create another card, only switching out the greeting. This technique would be perfect for mass producing! 

Then I applied distress ink on top of the embossed images. I used Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers for the first card...
and Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade for the second card...
After I blended the colors together with my blending tool, I sprayed it heavily with Perfect Pearls. I love the shine it creates...
The snowflake images paired with the "thank you" sentiment is the perfect card to send out after all those holiday gifts....
I decided to let the backgrounds shine and kept the rest of the card simple. I added a few sequins, pearls, and gemstones to finish off the cards after I mounted the backgrounds to a top folding white note card.

I hope this inspires you to use your holiday image stamps in a new way! Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year! 

Oh, and the winner of the Hero Arts stamps from THIS post is Hanna! Congrats. Please send me your address so I send your stamps out.