A Big Thanks With Floral Elegance

Hello friends!  Hope you’ve enjoyed your Thanksgiving Holiday for those that celebrate!  Stopping in to share one last guest design creation for the November release this month at Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I don’t know about you, but I can never have too many sentiment sets to use for my card making!  This “A Big Thanks” [00-928P8] rubber stamp set fit the bill perfectly with it’s gorgeous font and larger size! It’s also offered in digital [DIGI928DE] if you prefer to size it how you like though!

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Although this looks somewhat “fussy”, it is actually really simple to create!

I started by inking up the sentiment from this set on a piece of vellum with some VersaMark Ink [VM001] and sprinkling some SnS Bronze Rose embossing powder [EP335] over it to heat set.  (GORGEOUS powder! *A tip for you on this EP is that it can get a “halo” around it because of that stunning fine mica powder in it, so be sure to use the Static Free Bag [99512] before you stamp and if there is still a halo around it after you heat set it, then I find the Swiffer cloths (that you use for cleaning) really help in picking up the fine powder that might be left behind.) – it works stunning on the vellum!

I made this vellum strip long enough so that it would wrap around the card front panel of my design and then I set this aside to work on the rest of my card.

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Although the flowers look complicated, they’re really not!  I took the pretty flowers from the Sparkle N Sprinkle Lovely Magnolia rubber stamp set [00-53P5] and heat embossed them with the same SnS Bronze Rose embossing powder [EP335] over some Bristol Smooth watercolor cardstock.  I then took out several shades of my Distress Oxide Inks and sponged over them with my finger sponge daubers.  I used a water spritzer to spray onto the images, let it set for a couple of seconds and dabbed it up with a paper towel.  I then used some white shimmer paint and a paint brush to splatter over top of the flowers and leaves.  I then fussy cut them out and set those aside with the vellum strip.

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Now to work on the background of my image panel, I took some more of the watercolor paper and some Twisted Citron Distress Oxide Ink and foam blended it very lightly in the center of the card panel.  After I was happy with the look, I spritzed it with some water, waited a few seconds and dabbed it with a paper towel.  I made sure it was completely dry before moving on.

I then took the heat embossed vellum strip, turned it over and added some tiny drops behind some of the letters with SnS dimensional glue (so that it wouldn’t show) and then wrapped the strip around the back of the panel and attached it to the card front.

I then took the flowers that I fussy cut and arranged them in the corners of my card front panel by gluing some of them and then popping up a couple with foam tape for dimension.  Anything that was hanging along the edge was cut off with scissors.

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I then mounted the watercolor image panel to a piece of the Tonic Studios Mirror Cardstock – Burnished Rose [9488E] (which seemed to match the embossing powder beautifully!) and then I mounted that over an A2 sized top folding white card base.

To finish it off, I thought it would look pretty to add some Nuvo Glitter Drops in Dazzling Blue [759N] by making drops with it in random areas on the design.  The blue color matched up perfectly with the flowers on my design.

Love how this one came out, hope you like it too!  Thanks so much for hanging out with me today and stopping in! – I’ll be back later with another post for you!

Don’t forget to play along in the challenges over at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge Blog as well as the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge Facebook Group!  Would love to see your creations!

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Here’s the Sparkle N Sprinkle product list I’ve used on my creation today:

  1.  A Big Thanks rubber stamp set [00-928P8] (Also offered in a digital set [DIGI928DE]) *New November Release
  2. Lovely Magnolia rubber stamp set [00-853P5]
  3. Sparkle N Sprinkle Bronze Rose embossing powder [EP335]
  4. Static Free Bag [99512]
  5. VersaMark ink pad [VM001]
  6. Tonic Studios Mirror Cardstock – Burnished Rose [9488E]
  7. Sparkle N Sprinkle dimensional glue [759N]
  8. Nuvo Glitter Drops – Dazzling Blue [759N]

 

Challenges I’d like to enter my card for:

  1.  Always Fun – Thank you
  2. Crafting From the Heart – Just For Fun (Anything Goes)
  3. TGIF Challenges #TGIF187 – “Sponge Worthy”TGIF Challenge Buttons 2018-039
  4. QKR Stmpede #323 – Anything Goes

 

It’s a Monochromatic Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Trying to work hard on projects and gettings things ready for next month.   So please excuse me if I seem a bit sporadic in my presence!

Stopping in to share a new challenge with you over at Cute Card Thursday!  This week the theme is “monochromatic” or some people say “monochrome” which simply means that your project mainly consists of one color or tone.   Stop by the challenge blog and be sure to check out the rest of the inspiration from the design team while you’re there!  Here’s my project for the challenge:

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I absolutely fell in love with this flower image from the My Favorite Things card kit that they came out with!  And I can’t say that I came up with this idea all on my own either, as it is very similar to one of the samples on the project sheet that comes with the kit.

It’s very simple to do, just white heat embossed the floral image and color areas in with a Copic marker and then I used a sentiment from Lawn Fawn to white heat emboss over vellum and the card stock again and then die cut the word out and attach over the vellum strip.  I had been requested to make up some wedding cards and so I’m trying to make up a few of them as this is something that I’ve completely missed in my card creating.  I need to remember that along with some others that I have been requested to make up that I just don’t think about doing when creating.  Taking mental notes for myself!

We look forward to seeing your creations this week!  Hope you can play along!

Thanks for stopping by friends!  See you soon!

challenges:

  1.  QKR Stampede –  #313 Anything Goes
  2. The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes + flower(s)TFChallenge#24
  3. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes

Card Results For Dare to Get Dirty Event

Good evening friends!  I don’t normally post in the evening, but I had been working on some other things this weekend and today and hadn’t had a chance to create a post to share my creations with you for the “Dare to Get Dirty” challenge on Splitcoast Stampers!  You can CLICK HERE to see the challenges, but ONLY if you are a fan club member, if you are not, then you can CLICK HERE to see more info about becoming one!

And of course since the challenges are exclusively for the SCS fan club members only, I cannot share the details with you about what the challenges are about…so please keep that in mind when you see my creations for this without full details! 🙂

The first three cards that I’m sharing were created for my challenge during this event.  It went “live” yesterday and there are really so many wonderful and creative entries in the gallery for this!  I’m so glad everyone has been having fun playing along with it!

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I couldn’t stand how stinkin’ CUTE this My Favorite Things stamp set was, so of course I HAD to go grab it!  I had been holding off on it for quite a while and then finaly broke down and just got it!  That cow in there just kills me! LOL!!  I am talking about the MFT BB The Whole Herd stamp set.  I’ve used a ton of different paper from my stash to create a scene for the pigs.  I’ve also used various MFT dies to put everything together.  I have hand written the words that are on the trough the little piggy is standing in.

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My next card is made using the tutorial on SCS called the Herringbone technique. (You do NOT have to be a fan club member to see this technique…it’s open for everyone.)   It’s been around for a while, but I really love the results it can bring to a background on a card!  I have used the flower image from a retired Lawn Fawn stamp set and a greeting set and die from Impression Obsession.

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This final card for my challenge is done using an ‘Iris Fold‘ technique.  I have used a circle die cut to create my design and then went around the circle with a tag die from Lawn Fawn that I also used an additional circle die that I’ve used to cut out the center of it for a framing effect and so that it looks more like an ornament.  I used an embossing folder from SU! as well as the snowflake image in the middle of the ornament along with a wonky stitched rectangle die to cut the panel out with and then added a seniment cut with a die from CAS-ual Fridays with gold foil card stock.  The gold thread was added through the tag hole at the top and secured around the back of the main image panel and lastely I added a crystal in the center of the snowflake.

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Another card I wanted to share was for another challenge issued from a fellow Dare to Get Dirty Dozen design team member.  This one took me a while to grasp how to make it happen, but once figured out, it turned out pretty cool:

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Again, I can’t share with you the details about the challenge, but it’s sort of a ‘mixed media’ based design! 🙂  I’ve die cut some stars using some silver foil card stock and added a sentiment to go with it embossed with white EP over a black banner strip.

Thought this would make for a fun masculine style card.

Be sure to stop by again tomorrow!  I have something fun to share with you!!!

Ribbons & Bows, Oh My!

Hello friends!  It’s Thursday time again and that means it’s time for a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  This week the theme is all about Ribbon and/or Bows!

I happen to just love ribbons and think that almost everything I create “needs” to include one somewhere.  So sometimes I try to refrain from always doing it.  It’s so nice to see when a challenge comes up requesting it though!  🙂  How about you?  Are there any “ribbon lovers” like myself out there?

We are sponsored by All Dressed Up Digital Stamps this week and here’s my card using one of their images:

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I have used this really fun image called Play Day for my card here.  Check out those cool shades! Ha!  I’ve colored it with Copic markers.  Thought she would be cute with a denim looking jacket, bow and boots!  I’ve also used some denim ribbon on my design too!

Looking through some papers in my stash, I found some pretty floral sparkly pattern and I’ve also added some stitch marks to the border of it, but I went “wonky” with it…so I decided to do a second line with more “wonky” stitch marks to even it out.

I feel like I haven’t used flowers on my cards in forever, so it was fun going through my stash to find goodies to go with this image.  The sentiment was stamped from my stash and I hand cut a banner with it to add to my card.

Hope you like my card for today!  Be sure to check out the challenge blog for more inspiration from the design team and to link up your luscious ribbon creations too! 🙂  Thanks for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges for this card:

  1.  All Dressed Up – June Anything Goes with ADU image
  2. Tuesday Morning Sketches (TMS461) – TMS 461
  3. Crafty Calendar – July ‘Totally Girly’
  4. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  5. QKR Stampede #303 – Anything Goes

Masked Floral Eclipse and ICAD Week 4

Hello friends!  Posting a bit later than what I had wanted today, but sometimes I get caught up in other things going on and just keep crafting when I have totally forgotten that I need to post something…especially if you can’t remember if you’ve posted or not! LOL!  Does that make senese?  I hope so!

I just love all the beautiful blooms that are coming up around the house as we continue with Summer!  It is a bit hot outside and I’m only out for a brief time watering and that’s about it right now.  So I decided to take the idea of flowers indoors with a card!

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I created a floral bouquet and then used the “Eclipse technique” (click link for a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.com) for my design using all Lawn Fawn products on my card!

I started off with the Fab Flowers stamp set and made several masks from Post-It Notes and cut them out as needed to create the boquet on white cardstock.  I’ve used several colors of Stampin’ Up! inks pads which is what I have the most of in any ink pads I own.  I masked off the flowers that I needed so that I can put the ones that I wanted to show up in the front.  I’ve also used a white gel pen to create “dots” all around the flowers.

After completing my masked floral bouquet, I used the LF Scripty Hello die and cut it right in the center of the bouquet.  When I first tried this technique, it freaked me out, but it’s pretty cool how it turns out!  I also cut this out several times with black cardstock to stack them up and place behind the stamped bouquet on the front.

I finished the card by cutting out the panel with the LF Stitched Rectangle Stackables and the LF Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables in black which I mounted onto a top folding A2 white card base.  I then added some clear sparkling sequins filled with Clear Nuvo Crystal Drops in the centers.

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Here’s a closer look at what the technique looks like on the card.  It shows up best when you put dark cardstock behind it.  it takes a bit of planning and mannuevering, but it’s totally worth it when you’ve done.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my Friday floral bouquet!

And now of course I have the Week 4 ICAD 2018 index cards to share with you!  (If you’d like more information about what this is please CLICK HERE for the full details.)

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I have noticed that as I go along, some days I just don’t want to put much effort into it and others I find spending a great deal of time putting one together.  LOL!  I guess some days you just “feel it” and other days you don’t!  These may seem a bit weird, but if I was able to share the pompts and ideas behind each one, they would totally make sense….but for now, I’m just enjoying the process and being able to get out and play with all the different media that I either don’t use or want to learn more about.

I hope you are enjoying seeing the results each week.  I know I enjoy looking back at them each week rather than seeing each one for the day it’s done.  It gives a different perspective and makes me feel proud for completing one every day despite what’s going on around me!

Thanks so much for dropping in and I wish you a fantastic weekend!  Stay cool!

Challenges I’d like to enter my floral card in:

  1.  Lawn Fawnatics – Flowers, Floral and FoilageLawnFawnatics_flowers-31-768x768
  2. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes (#369)
  3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

Brewed Two Ways

Wow!  Thank you so VERY much for the warm welcome here!  I’m blown away by your support and deeply touched!  Please, please bare with me as I try to find my way back to getting “in the groove” with things, but I’m sure it won’t take too long to find it!  I’m excited about creating and sharing what I love to do with you and think this is the best way to do just that!  So let’s continue, shall we?

As I had mentioned in my post yesterday, I saw that the Coffee Lover’s Spring/Summer Blog Hop has begun!  Yay!  I can never pass up a yummy cup of Joe for sure! 🙂

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Since it started yesterday, I thought that maybe I should make two cards!  So of course I’m starting with something that I have “brewed up” in two different ways:

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I have used this gorgeous digital stamp kindly provided by one of the super sponsers for the blog hop.  You can find this image here on the Stamplorations blog.  I sized the image and then used a stitched circle die to cut it out.  I’ve also printed it out a second time and cut out just the cup and popped it up over the design.  I thought it would be fun to create a sepia colored design except for the cup of coffee.  So I’ve used Copic sepia color tones to color in the flowers.  For the background, I’ve used the STAMPlorations Blooming Buds set and stamped the images.  I blended some sepia color inks along the edges to go with the theme.  I took a strip of gold foil card stock to place the popped up coffee cup and I filled the coffee cup with some yummy vintage gold glitter by Ranger.

I’ve taken the same coffee digital stamp and brewed it up in another way…

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For this one, you can see that I have really enlarged the entire image and pretty much have used it for the front of my card design.  I thought the flowers in this image were so pretty and wanted to color them to take up the whole card.  I’ve colored everything with my Copics and glitter gel pens.  For the sentiment I pulled out the image from STAMPlorations A Full Heart and embossed it in white over a strip of black card stock.  I used my scissors to cut a banner with it and stuck it right under the coffee.  Lastly, I just attached some gold sequins and filled the centers with some gold stickles.

I had fun with this pretty image and I thank Shery from STAMPlorations for providing it!  I hope to play some more during the Coffee Lover’s Hop, so stayed tuned in for that!

I have also been getting ready still for the up-coming ICAD challenge as well!  There have been some more warm-ups assigned, so I wanted to keep up with doing that.  I am really loving the creative process with this because it’s all about just “playing around” which is always fun to do with your stash! 🙂  So one of the warm-ups is to make a map of some sort.  I decided to make a “mental map” to remember things that I need as I go along with this creative process.  The next warm-up was to make a card with 3 colors and 3 words.  I hardly use these colors, so I put them on purpose.  The third challenge was to create a cover card for the front of your ICAD creations to place in front of wherever they’re being stored.  Here’s a photo of the results with that:

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my post today!  I have been creating and having so much fun!  Be sure to stay tuned into my blog each week as I report the week’s ICAD challenges that I’ve completed.  Making sure I post it on my blog will help keep me accountable as well!   Don’t forget to check out the badge on the sidebar of my blog if you’d like more information about it!

I would like to enter my coffee cards above into the following challenges:

  1.  Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Spring + Summer
  2. STAMPlorations – Never Ending Challenge – must use their images
  3. Dare 2B Artzy – Dreaming of Flowers
  4. Pink and Main Challenge – #30 Anything Goes

Sorry Connie, I missed that challenge…I’ll get the next one!

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend and thanks again for stopping in, I truly love that you are here and found me!  Lots more coming!  -Don’t forget to share some smiles today! 🙂