Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Quick Crafty Tip-Recycled Packaging

Hi, friends. I'm back today with another Quick Crafty Tip. If you're new to my blog (welcome!), be sure to check out previous Quick Crafty Tips HERE and scroll down.

Today's tip is all about recycling packaging...

I've been saving all of the packaging that my stamps and dies come in to reuse when I watercolor. It makes a great palette when mixing colors or simply adding water to ink to create watercolor. I like that the insert is white so it give you a true color and when I'm finished I toss it out for easy clean up. I have a drawer full of these and I reach for them often. 

Another way I recycle my stamp/die packaging is to cut up the plastic and use it for shaker card windows. It works great. 

I hope you give this Quick Crafty Tip a try. 

Thanks so much for visiting and have a great day. 


Saturday, August 26, 2017

New Lawn Fawn Goodies Fall 2017

Hello. I'm excited to be sharing a card today that uses products from Lawn Fawn's newest release...

This release is jam packed with so much good stuff. I stamped the images from THIS stamp set using THIS ink on to a piece of white cardstock as well as some of THIS patterned paper. I colored the images with my Copic Markers and cut them out. I white heat embossed the sentiment from the set on to a piece of THIS cardstock. I used THIS pen inside the shakers with THIS new embossing powder to resemble the pumpkin spice. I used THIS glue pen to add dots and heat embossed them with the same embossing powder.

I used THIS and THIS new die set to create a focal point and even added some corners from THIS gift box die set to finish it off. I like to use THIS black glaze pen to darken the eyes. For the card base, I cut and scored a piece of THIS 12x12 patterned paper. I like using the patterned paper because it not only shows on the outside, but the inside as well.

Speaking of the inside...

I cut THIS die out of the same patterned paper and adhered it in the crease of the card. A perfect place to hold a Starbucks gift card. I think that die is a must have! I also added another cup image to the inside to tie everything together.

Thanks for stopping by today. I've linked all the supplies below as well as the entire Lawn Fawn release. Happy Shopping!


Monday, August 21, 2017

Stampin' & Scrapin' Vol.4

Hello there. Today I'm sharing another installment of Stampin' and Scrapin'. Since my little guy starts school tomorrow, I wanted to create a layout about his first day of school from last year...

I started by white heat embossing the alphabet letters from THIS set on to a piece of black cardstock. I created two rows of letters to frame in the patterned papers from THIS pack. After adhering the photos, I added the journaling that I die-cut with THIS die...

...as well as THIS adorable panda sticker. My son's school mascot is a panda so I thought it would be perfect. I also stamped, colored, and cut out the apple from THIS stamp set and adhered it next to the panda. I also die-cut THIS die from black fun foam and adhered it to the bottom of the smaller photograph. I finished off the page with a paper clip to tie into the school theme.
I hope this has inspired you to add some stamping to your next scrapbook layout.

Thanks for stopping by. Have an awesome day.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Simple Birthday Card

Hello there. So I'm usually low on Birthday cards and rushing to create one as I walk out the door to a party. I'm trying to be better about that so I wanted to come up with a clean and simple Birthday card design that I could replicate easlily for anyone...

I started by die-cutting THIS die from a piece of Neenah white cardstock. I used my Misti to stamp the toucan image from THIS stamp set using THIS ink. After coloring the bird using my Copics, I stamped THIS balloon image at the top of my panel. I stamped the string from the same set coming out of the bird's mouth and up towards the balloon. It wasn't quite long enough, so I drew in the rest with a black sharpie marker.

Next, I die-cut the largest word from THIS set using THIS fun foam. I went with white on white so it wouldn't distract from the scene. I used THIS on the back before die-cutting to make it easy to adhere. I white heat embossed a sentiment from THIS stamp set on a strip of black cardstock. I trimmed it out and adhered it using THESE adhesive strips.I finished off the card by adding some of THIS on top of the balloon and one of THESE for the bird's eye.

I hope this inspires you to create a clean and simple card design that would be easy to replicate.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Double Take: Stamped Distress Oxide Backgrounds

HI there. I've been having so much fun experimenting with Distress Oxide Inks lately and wanted to do some direct stamping with it. Because of the pigment ink properties in it, it stamps beautifully. I created two cards with a similar design but a very different background look using these inks...
 For the first card...
I chose a feminine color scheme and stamped a variety of THESE stars using warm colors. After stamping, I lightly misted it with some water and dried it. The ink reacts with the water and starts to bleed a bit. I only sprayed lightly because I was working on regular cardstock, but you could spray more for an intense look if you use watercolor paper. 

For the second card...
I did the same stamping with the same images, but didn't add the water. This is just regular stamping. I just love these inks because they give such good results. 

Here's a closer look at each side by side...
I also wanted to share a few tips when finishing off these cards...

-I used vellum to create a focal point for my sentiment to sit. When you have a busy background, the vellum tones down the pattern but still allows the design to show through. 

- For the sentiment, I die-cut THIS die using fun foam. Fun foam holds up great when going through the mail. 

-I adhered the sentiment differently on each card. Don't be afraid to place things differently than how it looks on the package. This is a great way to get more use out of your dies. 

-Sometimes I struggle placement of embellishments. I took a cue directly from the die on where to place the small stars around the sentiment on the pink card. 

I hope this inspires you to experiment with your Distress Oxide Inks and create different background looks. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day. 


Monday, August 14, 2017

SSS September 2017 Card Kit

Hi, crafty friends. Today's card was created using THIS new card kit from Simon Says Stamp...

I used the goodies to create this interactive, rainbow spinner card...

This card is a bit smaller in size. It measures 4x4. I used some of the adorable pattern paper in the kit and die-cut it using THIS die and adhered it to the front of the note card. I used one of THESE circle dies to cut a window in the front. On the inside of the card, I adhered a piece of THIS string using THIS adhesive down the center of the card. I stamped, colored, and cut two rainbow from the stamp set (included in the kit). I adhered them together, sandwiching the string between them. This creates a spinning rainbow...

You can see it in action on my Instagram HERE

To finish off the card, I stamped a sentiment on the inside circle and added an epoxy heart from the kit. I also cut another panel for the inside of the card to hide the adhesive from the rainbow spinner...

Using a long, border stamp from the stamp set, I created a matching envelope. I stamped it using a rainbow of Distress Oxide inks with my Misti...

Click HERE for more information about this kit. 

I hope this inspires you to create an interactive card. 

Thanks so much for visiting today.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Space Background

Hi, there. Today's card features a space background created with THIS and THIS die from Simon Says Stamp's latest release...

I started by covering a sheet of THIS watercolor cardstock with reds, oranges, and yellows from THIS watercolor set. I used another sheet of the same cardstock and die-cut THIS border die several times, rotating it each time until the background was covered. I appled THIS Distress Oxide ink directly to the paper covering it to create a night sky. I mixed some white acrylic paint with a bit of water on an acrylic block and flicked it on to the background using a paintbrush. After it was completely dry, I adhered it directly on top the watercolor piece.

I white heat embossed a sentiment from THIS stamp set on to a black circle cut with THIS die. I die-cut the rocket from THIS die set and adhered it on top of the sentiment. I adhered some of THIS acetate behind the window for a realistic look.

I hope this inspires you to create a space background.

Thanks for joining me today. I'll be back soon...


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Little Tangles Birthday Challenge

Hi, friends. Today I'm sharing a birthday card....

I started by stamping THIS sunburst stamp using THIS ink towards the bottom of a panel cut with THIS stitched rectangle die. I stamped, colored, and cut images from THIS stamp set. I adhered them to the panel along with THIS sentiment. I added some of THIS to the sentiment for some shine.

This card was created for THIS Little Tangles Challenge. Neat and Tangled is turning five this month and we are celebrating with a Birthday Challenge. I hope you can play along. Click HERE for more details. The winner of the challenge gets a $15 gift card to spend at the N&T store!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

*You can find the Sunburst stamp HERE

Saturday, August 5, 2017

SSS Encouraging Words Blog Hop- Part 2

Hi, friends. I'm thrilled to be taking part in the SSS Encouraging Words Blog Hop. THIS release is full of awesome product, but THIS is my favorite. The images are adorable and I used all of the critters to create these cards...

For all the cards, I used a partial embossing technique to create a focal point on each card. I haven't reached for my embossing folders in awhile, so I broke them out and dry embossed two sides of each card, leaving the center flat to create a focal point.

I stamped each coordinating sentiments multiple times to draw attention to the images and give them a place to "sit". Here's a closer look at each card...
I used a portion of THIS scalloped die to add some interest to the bottom of this card....
I did the same with this card, but used a portion of THIS die along the bottom...

THIS embossing folder is my favorite. It gives an awesome 3-D effect (which is hard to photograph but it so cool in real life)...

I hope you give this partial embossing a try. It gives great dimension without the bulk.

There's much more inspiration using the new products. Click HERE for the next stop on the hop and visit my friend, Shari Carroll. Click HERE to start at the beginning of the hop. Here's the complete blog hop list...

Looking for even more inspiration? Click HERE and HERE to see cards I shared earlier this week using the new release products. Also, there was another blog hop with this release yesterday. Click HERE to see that.

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon each stop on the hop, so make sure to comment along the way. The winners will be posted on the Simon Blog on Tuesday.

 NOTE:Some of the embossing folders I used are no longer available. I linked to similar ones below...

Friday, August 4, 2017

More SSS Encouraging Words Release Inspiration

Hi! As promised, I'm back today with more inspiration using the products from the Encouraging Words Release from Simon Says Stamp. THIS die is my favorite from the release because it is my belief that Kindness Matters.

I paired it up with THIS rainbow die and transformed it into a cloud by trimming it a bit with my scissors. I swiped each layer of the rainbow using Distress Oxide Inks. For the background, I used THIS and THIS stencil to easily create clouds. You can see the whole panel on my Instagram HERE.

As I was creating the card, I couldn't get the design quite right. I struggled with it till I discovered how easy it is to turn one card into two when using symmetrical shapes, like a rainbow. I cut it down the center (as well as the cloud panel) to create two cards. You could do this with any symmetrical shape and who doesn't like to get a bonus card with minimal work!?

I finished off the card by mounting the pieces on to one of THESE note cards and adding some of THIS to the sentiment to make it stand out.

I think THIS die is a must have from the collection.

I hope this inspires you to create two cards instead of one with your symmetrical shapes.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

SSS Encouraging Words

Hi there. Today I'm sharing a teacher thank you card created with a couple of stamp sets from the Encouraging Words release by Simon Says Stamp...

I started by stamping, coloring, and cutting out the cat image from THIS stamp and coordinating die set.  I stamped a sentiment from THIS new stamp set on a piece of THIS cardstock using my MISTI.

I cut THIS die from another piece of cardstock. I used it as a stencil and applied THIS glitter paste through it to create a focal image for the cat. After the glitter was dry, I cut the die again from the glitter on the stencil piece to get the perfect heart shape for the cat to hold. I added some glossy accents to the cat's glasses and adhered the piece to a top folding note card created with THIS cardstock.

You can check out the entire SSS Encouraging Words release HERE.

I have several more projects to share soon using the new products from this release. Stay tuned...


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hashtag Cards

Hello. Have you heard that Cathy Zielske has designed products for Simon Says Stamp!? I've been a big fan of Cathy's for a long time. She is one of my scrapbook idols and I'm giddy that she has crossed over into the card making scene. Oh, and she is so funny too. You must follow here on Instagram HERE. She is sure to put a smile on your face.

Okay, back to the new products. You can find them HERE. I decided to pair up THIS new alphabet with THIS sentiment set to create some hashtag cards....

I love that alphabet sets allow you to create custom sentiments. I also love how this alphabet set is open, perfect for coloring...

I stamped the alphabet letters one at a time using my MISTI and THIS ink. I did this so I could place them close to each other. I used THESE markers to color them in. I created an ombre look by coloring with the darkest shade at the bottom, the lighter shade in the middle, and then pulling the color up with a paintbrush and water.

I white heat embossed coordinating sentiments from THIS set on to black cardstock. I trimmed them out and adhered them under the hashtag words.

I kept these cards super simple and let the greetings shine with the coloring.

Make sure to check out all of Cathy's designs HERE.

Have a wonderful day. Thanks so much for stopping by.