Wee Snippet & Mystic for Whimsy Stamps

Hello friends!  I hope you are having a wonderful week so far!  Thank you for all of your kind comments and wishes from my posts last week!  I really appreciate it so much!

Today I have a creation to share with you using a wonderful magical/mystical image from Whimsy Stamps:

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I have used this gorgeous image called Wee Snippet & Mystic by Crissy Armstrong.  This was previously released as a rubber stamp, but this month it has become available in digital format too! (Click HERE to see the June Digial release.)

I sort of let the colors of the card pull together after I had colored in the image and then I went from there.  I thought that this image would look nice with a woodgrain theme, so I’ve also taken some of the Whimsy Stamps Rustic Wood and Brick digi papers collection and cut a section and layered it with some purple cardstock for behind the image panel.  I had some pretty green colored woodgrain papers with flowers on it from my stash and used that for the background of the card design which was mounted over an A2 sized top folding card base.  The white woodgrain panel has some metallic purple ribbon wrapped around it that I’ve attached to the background of the card.

I’ve used a die to cut some edging accents for the sides of the image panel with the same color of cardstock as the background layer.  I popped this up over the card design with some craft foam.  I then added a stitched banner piece at the top right of the card design that hung over the image panel and then I have die cut some flowers from the Whimsy Stamps No-See All Seasons Tree Die set, sponged some ink around the edges and added them to the design.  I took some Purple Nuvo Crystal Drops and added a dot to the center of each one.  I’ve also taken a sentiment from an older Whimsy Stamps set and stamped it in black in the bottom corner of the card.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring on the image.  I’ve used the Copic markers listed below to color with and then used a few gel pens to add details.  I took a glue pen and went over the horn on the unicorn as well as along the edges of the die cut image panel and sprinkled on some clear glitter.  Before attaching the glitter along the edges of the image panel, I used an ink foam blending tool and some Wilted Violet distress ink over it.

  • Wee Snippet’s outfit/flower and Mystic’s saddle/reins/horn – V17, V15, V12, YG13, YG11, BG10, BG000 (gel pens for dotted accents)
  • Wee Snippets’s hair – Y11, Y15, Y17, E31
  • Wee Snippet’s skin/eyes – E000, E00, E11, E21, R20, R00 BG45
  • Mystic’s mane/tail – E49, E47, E44, E43
  • Mystic’s body/eyes – C3, C1, R11, R00, E25 (eyes)
  • Shadowing – C1, C0

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I tried to incorporate everything that I thought would bring out the “magical” essance of this image from the several layers with the paper, the glitter and metallic ribbon too.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and I really appreciate you stopping by!  I’ll see you again soon!

Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today:

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Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Creative Knockouts – Anything Goes
  2. Creative Moments – Anything Goes
  3. QKR Stampede – #351 Anything Goes
  4. Allsorts – Fantasy World
  5. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – Anything Goes PIP1923

Paper Nest Dolls Guest Design Spot with Fishy Kisses!

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Hello friends!  Happy Memorial Day and I hope you’ve been having a great weekend!  I would like to take a moment on this day to stop and give thank you and remembrance to all of the U.S.  service men and women who’ve served our country.  Your service will never be forgotten.

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I am very excited to share a card I made wtih an image that the sweet lady, Christine, sent me to play with from the Paper Nest Dolls!  (CLICK HERE for Digital.)  I’m sharing my card as a Guest Designer for her and I’m thrilled to be apart of it with her adorable images!  Be sure to follow along and check out their blog for lots of inspiration too!

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I am using this CUTE image called Mermaid Ellie with Seahorse for my card.  (CLICK HERE for digital format.)  Isn’t that little seahorse she has her arm around adorable?!  She was so much fun to color too!

There is just so much shimmer/shine and sparkle on this…so I hope I can capture it all for you!  For the card, I’ve used the Tonic Basic Oval dies to cut her out with, but I’ve used the “Out of the Box” technique and cut out her tail before cutting the rest of the oval.  You can see in the photo below how I’ve slightly curled her tail upwards.

The background of the card was done with a stencil and ink blending.  I thought it was so fun as it reminded me of the scales!  I cut this piece out with a square stitched rectangle die and then layered a piece of aqua colored mirrored cardstock that I’ve also used as an oval layer behind the mermaid image as well as a strip at the bottom.

For the strip at the bottom, I’ve wrapped around some linen thread and tied a bow with it.  I’ve also wrapped around some ribbon to the layered stencil and mirror cardstock panels and then attached them to a 5″ square top folding card base.

I’ve taken a sentiment and heat embossed it with some “Mermaid Tail” EP and cut it out with a word banner die and sponged around the edges of it which I slipped under the first layer of the oval cut mermaid.  I’ve added some burlap and a few of the sea shell sequins behind the oval image panel and popped her up along with the sentiment banner with some foam tape.  Lastly, I added some half-back pearls randomly over the design.

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Here’s a closer view of the image and all of the shimmer and sparkle details.  I’ve colored her up in the following Copic markers:

  • hair – 100, W9, W7, W5, W3, W1
  • Mermaid shells – BG13, BG10 (covered with glitter brush pen)
  • Mermaid Tail – YG25, YG13, YG11, BG000 (pointillism with darkest and blender 0 and also green and white gel pens.  The fin at the end was also covered with a glitter brush pen.)
  • Mermaid Skin – E21, E11, E02, E00, E000, R20
  • Seahorse – V17, V15, V12, R11, R00, R000 (pointillism with V colors and blender 0)
  • Shading – BG000

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It’s hard to see it from the other angles of the card, but it looks like the sentiment heat embossed with “Mermaid Tail” shows more of the shimmer in it as well as the ribbon.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and please be sure to stop by the Paper Nest Dolls website and check out these adorable images!  Please let Christine know that I sent you over there!

Challenges:

  1.  Cheerful Sketches – using sketch below (sponsored by the Paper Nest Dolls!)sketch bd
  2. Tuesday Throwdown – Stenciling
  3. CCEE Stampers – CCEE1921 – Use a die
  4. QKR Stampede – #349 Anything Goes
  5. Cupcake Inspirations – CIC471 – mermaids471

Fairy Princess Bunny With a Pocket!

Hello friends!  Hope you have enjoyed your weekend.  Yay!  We are finally getting some decent weather to be outside in!  It’s been rainy and chilly for a while, so it’s been nice to see some sun the last few days!

Today I have this really sweet image to share from Whimsy Stamps May Digital release and a fun extra added element with it!

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I have made a tag using this really sweet Pollycraft image from Whimsy Stamps called Fairy Princess Bunny.  Isn’t she so sweet?!  I found some pretty papers to go with her and placed it over a purchased kraft colored tag that I sponged some white ink around the edges.

After placing the papers where I wanted them and trimming it down, I also attached a lace trim on each end of the papers over the tag.  The papers also had a bunch of sentiments included in the pack, so I added the circle sentiment to the tag and then die cut a kraft piece to layer behind it.  I also added some flowers and the ribbon at the top and then finished it off with some clear sequins.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring I’ve done on tihs cutie.  I’ve used Copic Markers to color her in with using the following markers:  (You can find these HERE at Whimsy Stamps.)

  • Dress, shirt, shoes, socks – B37, B34, B32, B01, B00, B000
  • Bunny, bunny ears – R11, R00, R000, C3, C1, C0
  • Wings – R00, R000, E000, BG000
  • Hair – YR30, E41, E43, E44, V95
  • Skin – E000, E00, E11, E21, R20, R00
  • Grass – G24, G21, G20
  • I used gel pens to make dots on wings and color in the crowns on the girl and bunny heads.  I also used a Wink of Stella glitter pen to go over the wings

After I colored her in, I cut her out from a circle stitched scallop die and then sponged around the image with a cloud stencil and distress ink.  I also sponged around the edges of the scallop circle with another color of distress ink and mounted her over the tag with a piece of craft foam behind her.

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So when you flip the tag over, you can see that I’ve made a little pocket with the same papers I’ve used on the front of the tag.  I thought this would be a cute way to give out a gift card to your “Fairy Princess”.  The tag happens to be the perfect size for adding a pocket for a gift card to fit into.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my little tag creation today!  Be sure to check out the products picutred below and click on them if you’re interested in purchasing!

*Don’t forget that if you’re interested in being a guest designer for Whimsy Stamps, all you need to do is make a creation with some Whimsy Stamps products and share on social media either on Instagram or on the Whimsy Stamps Facebook Group with the hastag #whimsystamps or #whimsystampssundayspotlight and if you’re noticed, you might make it into the “Sunday Spotlight” shown in the FB Group and from there, they will choose someone to be a Guest Designer!  So make sure when you make a Whimsy Stamps creation, that you’re using those hashtags and sharing!*

THANKS SO MUCH FOR DROPPIN BY!!  HAVE A GREAT DAY!!

Whimsy Stamps products used on my creation today.  Click on the photo to purchase or see in the store:

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challenges:

  1.  Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  2. Fab ‘N’ Funky – Anything Goes #437
  3. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes with optional twist of females
  4. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #347
  5. Crafting By Designs – Fantasy

Flying Dragon for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Hello friends!  Welcome to May!  Yay!  I’m so happy that my flowers are finally up and blooming!  It always brings a smile to face when I see the coloful blooms!

~Today’s post is a pre-scheduled post as I am away at our annual “Painting Divas” Craft Retreat with some local friends.  I am teaching a class today which is why I’ve been a bit MIA around social media and my blog as I’ve been preparing for it.  I promise that I will share photos of our event later at the end of this week.~

Today is the 1st of the month which also means the start of a new monthly challenge over the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge blog!  All you have to remember is that you need to use a critter somewhere on your creation…that’s it!  The sponsor we have for this month is Fabrika Fantasy:

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I have used this adorable digital image kindly provided to us from our sponsor called Flying Elf.  I love how that dragon is looking up at her! 🙂

After coloring her in, I’ve taken a cloud stencil and sponged in some clouds behind her to give the appearance of being in the air!  I’ve used the ink foam blending tool and distress inks for that.  I then cut out the image panel with a cross-stitch rectangle die from Lawn Fawn and then used a cloud border die also from LF to cut out along the bottom that also adds to the “cloudy” feel of the design.  I stamped a sentiment from a My Favorite Things stamp set.

I wanted to add a “magical” element to my design, so I found some really cool cosmos looking papers from my stash and added that as a layer underneath the image panel which I popped up a bit with foam tape.  I then added a purple shimmer ribbon with a bow around the bottom portion and layerd it over a piece of gold mirror cardstock and then an addtional piece of black cardstock that was layered over a white A2 sized top folding card base.  Lastly, I added some black pearls in the upper right of the image panel.

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Here you can see a closer view of the coloring I did on the image.  I’ve colored it in with my Copic markers.  Then on her belt, the trim on her boot and the middle of the dragon bridle, I colored those in with a gold gel pen.  Such a cute image!

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Here’s a better view where you can see the shine from the gold mirror cardstock.  It helps to add a “magical” feel to the design I think.

Please do hop on over to the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge blog and have a look at what the rest of the design team has come up with for inspiration!  Get our your critter products/images and come enter our challenge this month!  We can’t wait to see what you come with!

Thanks so much for dropping by!  I appreciate you being here with me!  Hope to catch up with you all at the end of this week to see what you’re up to!

I will be back tomorrow with another pre-scheduled post and something new!

It’s the April Anything Goes for Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  This week has completely flown by me so very fast!!  I can’t believe how quickly it went and I’m thinking being outside in the warmer weather will make it go even quicker!  Summer will be here soon, right?!

Today is Thursday and also the first Thursday of the month, which means it’s time for our regular “Anything Goes” theme at Cute Card Thursday!  We are also sponsored by our regular monthly sponsor Whimsy Stamps!  So of course you know I’m going to be using one of those for my creation today:

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Isn’t she just a cutie?!  This newly released digital image is called Elfie from Whimsy Stamps.  I’ve been starting to see a few lady bugs here and there around my area, but I actually don’t like it when they are everywhere!  Otherwise, I can take them on a card and think they’re so cute!

After coloring her up, I cut her out with a stitched circle die and layered another circle with black cardstock behind her.  I also cut out the Whimsy Stamps Friend Word die set with black cardstock and set it aside to work on the rest of my card.

I pulled out this embossing folder with lady bugs (by Darice) and embossed a piece of red cardstock with it.  I took some white ink to lightly go over it to highlight the texture a bit.  I layered this piece onto a piece of black and then layered these over a white A2 sized top folding card base.  The circle image was place towards the right of the card and then I just cut off the excess circle with scissors.

I stamped the “hello” from the Whimsy Stamps Painted Sayings clear stamp set with black ink next to the image.  The “friend” die cut piece was glued at the bottom of the card.  I also took the WS Quick Strips die set to cut out a couple of stitched banners from some shimmer paper and added them to the side of the circle.  Lastly, I’ve put the black gingham ribbon bow over the banner strips and added the lady bugs and sequins to the design.  I filled the sequins with some Nuvo Wite Blizzard Glitter Drops.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring of this cutie.  I’ve used some Copic markers to color her in and then I’ve used a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen to add some shimmer over her wings and the wings on the butterfly.  Here’s the list of Copics I’ve used.  You can purchase these from Whimsy Stamps HERE.

  • Hat, skirt, shoes and ladybug – R39, R37, R35, R32, C8, C5, C3
  • Shirt, leaves – G24, G21, G20
  • Hair – E49, E47, E44, E43
  • Skin – E21, E13, E00, E000, R20

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I think there are so many different ways you could color up this image, but I saw her holding this little lady bug and so I just went with that theme when coloring.  Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and got inspired!

Please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday blog and check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team and play along with us this week!  Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I have something fun to share with you tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Here’s the list of Whimsy Stamps products with affiliate links used today:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Sketch Saturday – #557 Choose a Sketch (I chose #512)
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  2. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #341
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  4. Artistic Inspirations –  #214 Just for Fun (Anything Goes)
  5. Crafting From the Heart – #240 Anything Goes
  6. A Bit More Time to Craft – #89 Anything Goes

 

Purple Day Epilepsy Awareness Blog Hop

Hello friends!  I am very honored to be joining my friend Fikreta Posavec to support her efforts in “Purple Day” for Epilepsy Awareness.

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 Please take a moment to read:

Purple Day is a global grassroots event formed with the intention to increase worldwide awareness of epilepsy, and to dispel common myths and fears of this neurological disorder. Further intentions of this movement are to reduce the social stigmas commonly endured by many individuals afflicted with the condition; to provide assurance and advocacy to those living with epilepsy that they are not alone in their ongoing endurance; and to initiate individuals living with the condition to take action in their communities to achieve these aims.

The day occurs annually on March 26.

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 Formation and history

The concept of Purple Day was initiated by a 9-year-old named Cassidy Megan, and was motivated by her own struggle with epilepsy.

The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia helped to develop Cassidy’s idea, and the first Purple Day event was held on March 26, 2008, and is now known as the Purple Day for Epilepsy campaign.

In 2009, the New York-based Anita Kaufmann Foundation and Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia joined to launch Purple Day internationally and increase the involvement of numerous organizations, schools, businesses, politicians and celebrities around the world. On March 26, 2009 over 100,000 students, 95 workplaces and 116 politicians participated in Purple Day. In March 2009, the official USA Purple Day Party launch was organized by the Anita Kaufmann Foundation. Canadian Paul Shaffer of the Late Show with David Letterman attended the official launch at Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City.

In March 2012, Purple Day received the Royal Assent and became a legal day for epilepsy awareness in Canada.

In December 2015, Electronics retailer Dick Smith had arranged a major corporate partnership with Epilepsy Action Australia to support Purple Day in Australia with a $50,000 cash sponsorship, prizes and exclusive distribution of Purple Day merchandise. A week prior to Purple Day celebrations in 2016, Dick Smith was placed in receivership. Later, the Retail Food Group provided a $50,000 donation to match Dick Smith’s previously promised sponsorship.


My own experience with epilepsy revolved around someone in my childhood school.  She was constantly made fun of because of certain behaviors she had due to epilepsy and I wasn’t aware of her condition, but naturally felt sorry for her.  Due to me trying to be nice to this person, I quickly became someone who was also made fun of for it.  Children can be cruel, but I’m sure that the long term affects of what this person went through were very traumatic and long lasting.  I watched her collapse in her yard with a seizure and was so scared. (This is how I learned about what she had.) She was embarrassed about it and didn’t want to talk with anyone about it.  I have since lost contact with that person from school years, but think of this time with my heart still going out to that person and wishing her a happy life.

My hope is that there is more education about this in the school system and especially since it can be very dangerous and children need to be aware of it along with what to watch for and/or to tell a teacher what is going on or how to help.  If other children are more aware, then maybe stigma can be less severe for children with epilepsy.  It would be so hard for a child to speak out about something they are being made “ashamed’ for.


 

Fikreta has brought us together for a fun blog hop to bring awareness to PURPLE DAY and educate people about this condition that her husband has.  Please be sure to find her blog (last person listed in blog hop below) and read about her story.

Here is the special card that I’ve made for this blog hop:

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I had so much fun with this card!  I first started out by making a panel with alcohol inks over some Yupo paper.  I didn’t have the MFT Triangle dies, so I made myself a stencil and cut out my own from the alcohol background I made.  I then white heat embossed the sentiment from the MFT All About You stamp set and cut out the black strip and attached in the center between the triangle layout.  I then cut out this panel with the MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die and added some splatters with some Brutus Monroe purple “basket grass” Aquapigment and water.  (Love the shimmer it created too!  See the photo below.)

Next, I cut out the “you” die from some Brutus Monroe Spring collection glitterstock and placed it underneath the black strip sentiment.  Lastly, I stamped one of the cute little Yetis from the MFT Beast Friends stamp set and colored him with my Copics.  I popped him up over the bottom portion of the design with some foam dots.  Lastly, I’ve added some Brutus Monroe Unicorn Bottlecap Sequins and filled the centers with Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops.

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Here’s a closer look at this cute little guy and how I’ve colored him up.  I’ve used a light purple tone marker to color the outter “fur” portion of his body.

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Here’s the card laying flat and you can see in the light how those splatters shimmer!  Those aquapigments are very awesome to play with!!  (You will have a chance to try them out yourself if you enter and win my prize below…so check it out!!)

Here is the list and blog hop links for all blogs participating in this event.  To win a prize, be sure to leave comments along the way and subscribe to their blogs if you’d like. 

(subscribing is not mandetory for the prize draw.)


Sandie 

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 Kitty

Annabel

Darnell

Janis

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Vicki –You are here!! *PRIZE BELOW!*

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I would also like to give away this special prize from my blog for anyone who is interested!  Please leave your name and contact information in the comments below if you would like a chance to win.  Anyone in the world can enter and you have until the end of the blog hop on March 31st at  midnight (CST) to enter.

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Everything here is all brand new in package.  Here is a basic idea of what I am offering for a lucky person to win during this special epilepsy blog hop:

  • Fresh Brewed Designs “Cherry Cupckae Cutie” rubber stamp
  • 2 Brutus Monroe embossing folders”Vintage Tapestry” and “Aztech Stars”
  • Whimsy Stamps”Envelope Edgers” die set
  • 4 Brutus Monroe Surface Ink Sprays “Sidewalk”, “Suede”, “Rouge” and “Jurassic”
  • Set of 3 Brutus Monroe Aquapigments “Iced Holly”, “Frosted Cranberry” and “Pearl”
  • Pkg (set of 3) Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigment Brush set (different sizes)
  • Studio 71 -10 well Palette
  • 2 Pkgs (set of 10 in each pkg) Taylored Expressions 2020 Mini Tear-Off Calendars
  • Taylored Expressions “Thanks” die
  • 4 pieces of 8.5″ x 6″ (approx) Nebula Purple glitter cardstock from Tonic Studios
  • 2 yds (approx) of Creative Impressions purple ribbon with a pink saddle stitch

Good luck in the draw and thank you for hopping along with us to show support for Epilepsy awareness!

The winner will be announced on my blog here on April 1st, so please come back right HERE on this blog to see if you are a winner!

Your next stop on the blog hop is the lovely lady herself Fikreta…please go see her now!

challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge – MFTWSC429MFT_WSC_429
  2. Creative Moments – Anything Goes
  3. Pammies Inky Pinkies – PIP1912 Anything Goes

Another Pot O’ Gold!

Hi there friends!  I guess I am really feeling the luck of the Irish this week!  I have another fun St. Patrick’s Day themed card to share today:

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My card here may seem a bit simple, but it has a few really fun added extras to really make it shinny and glittery!  I have used one of the March releases from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Lil Leprechaun (Digital only stamp set).   I took the pre-colored versions of the set and arranged them in a blank Word.doc for how I wanted it to appear on my card front.  I used the clover images and resized them to fit around the bottom of the pot of gold area and then placed the sentiment where I wanted it off to the side.

I then printed it out and then cut it out with the Nuvo Basics Rectangle dies.

I used a couple of Copic green markers to make the “blades of grass” next to the pot of gold and clovers.  I also used some colored chalk to sponge in some colors for the rainbow behind the pot of gold.

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Here you can also see on the panel where I’ve taken some Super Thick Gold EP and sprinkled some in the corners of my image panel and then heat set it from underneath.

I also took a Nuvo Precision Glue Pen to add some “dots” in the center of the clovers and then of course used the SNS Shamrock Glitter to go over them!  I also covered the coins in the pot with the glue and sprinkled some Champagne Glitter over them for some sparkle!

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With the same SNS Champagne Glitter that I used on the coins in the pot, I also took some SNS Sticker Paper and covered an entire panel with it and burnished it in!  The shimmer and glitz on this is stunning in person and really sets off the card!  I’ve also used the Glitter Brush to take away the excess glitter particles and it’s a must have for clean up too!  (Instead of clinging to the brush, it repels it away!)  These sheets are somewhat thin, so I made sure that I’ve added some layers of cardstock in between this glitter panel for stability to the card.  (Keep this in mind if you are using the sticker paper for this idea.)

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I tried to capture some of the sparkle in the photo, but it really looks brilliant when you are holding it in person! 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and I really appreciate you stopping in!!

If you happen to use any of the links in this post, please be sure to use my special discount code below at checkout for 10% off your order:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Crafting With an Attitude – Anything Goes
  2. Creative Moments – Anything Goes
  3. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #338
  4. Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  5. Pammies Inky Pinkes – Anything Goes PIP1910
  6. Not Just Cards – Anything Goes