Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Stenciling...

One of the products Fleurette Bloom designs are stencils. They are such a bargain and really versatile. I finally got one out to play.


I had Fleurette show me the proper alignment and then it was easy. I don't have an finger daubers and need to get some. But I have some sponge things on sticks, lol. I used Distress Inks and worked my way around the rose. I wish I'd have kept the center a bit lighter but next time I will. Once I had the parts of the rose stenciled, I trace the main piece onto a piece of masking paper and cut it out. I then laid it on the image and began to work on the other elements. 

I felt it needed a stem, so I got out a fine brush and tried to sketch in a stem, soft and not harsh edges. I then used the stencil for just a couple of leaves.

I then began to work on the leaves. With the mask in place, it was pretty easy to not go over. Then I grabbed for the buds and some yellow ink and stenciled those. Lastly, I added the flower center.


Once I had the stenciling finished, I mixed up some black and some gold to add spatters to the card front. I stamped the sentiment and added some sequins. I matted with some black cardstock and mounted it to the card base with foam tape. 


Hope you get a bit of inspiration from this card and get out your supplies and create your own.

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Gerbera Daisy Shaker....

Here's a card made using the new Gerbera Daisy stamp set from FBStamps. It is a great set, and I love the images!

I stamped the images on watercolor paper and embossed with white embossing powder. Then I pulled out my Altenew inks and water colored them with pinks, oranges, and yellows.

I fussy cut them by hand and arranged as I liked them. I used a die from Mama Elephant to create the window to hold my shaker bits. I mounted it to the card front and added a few sequins with Ranger Multi Matte Medium.


I stamped the sentiment with clear sticky ink and embossed it white. I added foam squares to the left edge and glued the right edge right down flat.

I love how this came out, so pretty for summer! Here's what I used on this card.


Get your craft on, and make something pretty! Check out Fleurette Bloom, you'll find lots of great things!



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Get Your Motor Running...

Here's a card made using a new stamp set from FBStamps. Guy cards are always a challenge and this new set is great! Great stamp set and great stencil to match/coordinate.

I started out by using the stencil and used several of the images to create a background. I used a couple of the light grays from Altenew. I love their ink! 


I used the tire tread, the gear, the nut, and the large gear. I filled in the entire piece of cardstock. Then I sized it according the the size of the cycle and used a die to cut it. I stamped the cycle and fussy cut it out. I cut a piece of vellum for under the bike to soften the stamping a bit. I stamped the small gears and embossed with copper embossing powder from Brutus Monroe. 


I put a copper brad in the center of each and added them to the front. I also stamped the greeting and embossed in copper as well. I added a bit of foam under it for dimension.  

To finish off the card front, under the main element, I stamped some of those same small gears using a clear sticky ink, to just give a watermark look. Then I added the main element and called it finished.

Here's what I used. 


Pull out your supplies and get your craft on! 
~Happy Crafting~



You Are Loved....

I am a club member over at Stamps of Life, and once a month you get a stamp set AND dies to match! This is the set for June. I kinda went retro with a "Flower Child" kind of vibe, lol. Anyway, lots of color and a bright, happy card.


I pulled out several of my Altenew inks...my fave, by the way! And a couple of Hero Arts for the orange and bright green. I stamped a complete background and then die cut with a rectangle die. I changed up how I stamped the petals for each card. 

Then using a mask, I masked the flowers to stamp the leaves closer to look like they were behind the flower. 

I then did two more flowers and the stem and leaves, die cut them out, and popped up on foam squares. I placed those right over the matching flower on the card and trimmed off the excess. 

I matted it to black card stock, tied around some twine and mounted it to the card base.
Stamped the sentiment and popped up as well. Scattered a few sequins, brushed on some Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen, and called this one finished.

Hope you like it! Here's what I used.


There you have it. Get in there and play!
Happy Crafting


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Rainbow Stars...

Have you guys seen all the awesome rainbow cards out there lately?! I just had to jump on the bandwagon. So fun.

So, I got out rainbow color Distress Inks and blended out a background. I used Tim Holtz watercolor paper for the blending. It's so easy on this paper.

I pulled out one of my Anna Griffin die plates and cut it out. Then, time consuming, added bits of foam tape all over the back...but so worth it!


I saved the bigger stars that got cut out and brushed them with Spectrum Noir sparkle pens to add fun shimmer. Sorry it doesn't show so well. I popped them up with bits of foam tape. A double layer on the center star so it's above everything else. Sentiment is embossed with platinum embossing powder.


I LOVE how this turned out and will deff be making more of these!

I got these plates from HSN but don't see them now. She does have others though. Check it out.

Get out your toys and play!!! 
Happy crafting


Monday, June 13, 2016

Thank You...

I have a card I made using one of the new stamp sets from Fleurette Bloom.
I love the HUGE Thank You stamp in this set. Here's my card.


I took all three butterflies and stamped them all over the background. I then grabbed some bright colors out of my Tombow brush markers and colored them in, blending the colors together. 
I then took some black ink watered down and flicked tiny black specks all over. 


I took out my sequin stash and picked some to match the colors in the butterflies. At the time I made this card, I didn't have Fleurette's sequins. I used foam tape all around and put acetate over top to hold the sequins in. I die cut a frame, watercolored it in teal and glued it on top of the acetate.
I stamped and fussy cut out the thank you sentiment and glued it on. Then added the sub sentiment and used a bit of foam under one end. 
Finally, I colored three other butterflies, fussy cut, and adhered them on top of the acetate. Mounted the entire card front on to a piece of bright yellow card stock. 
And there you have it, my finished card.

Here's the products I used.


So, pull out some crafting supplies and get your craft on! Be sure to head over to Fleurette Bloom and shop around...some super cute products in her store. 
Happy Crafting!


Monday, May 2, 2016

UR My Sunshine...

Here's a quick card post for you using the Sun Moon & Stars stamp set from FBStamps. I took some liberty with this stamp and I'll explain how. Here's a look at the card.


How cute, right?! 
So, this sun stamp has a face in the center. I wanted to make it a "cutesy" sun so I masked off the face in the center. I then went through my PeachyKeen face stamps and picked one I liked. I embossed it all in gold. But that left the whites of the eyes yellow, like the watercoloring of the sun. Yuck!
So I grabbed an embossing pen I have and colored in the whites of the eyes and poured on some white embossing powder. Hoping it would work, I fired up the heat tool. And, yep, it worked!

I recently bough a small set of watercolors by Windsor & Newton. And some Arches, cold press watercolor paper. I tend to be heavy handed with the water, and this paper can really handle that. In fact, I find it takes a lot of water to work right. So, I painted this with those paints. I have a long way to go, but practicing is the only way to get there!  


I used dies to cut the front panel of my card. Then I took some cloud dies from my stash. I cut three right into the front of the top layer. A couple, right off the edge. Then I cut a few different ones from vellum and used an embossing folder to add texture. I added some sequins first, so I'd know where I could hide the adhesive, as it shows bad on vellum. I used Range Multi Medium Matte as it's a very aggressive glue that dries matte. 

Finally, I added an Action Wobble under the sun for some fun. When you flick it, it jiggles and spins...so fun! 

So that's it. Hope you like my card and will try one of your own. Here's the stores you can get the products I used. 





Monday, February 15, 2016

Rockin Quick Cards Rose...

Today I have a card from Fleurette Bloom to share with you. I've been slacking, lol. But I saw this rose in her store and have never made it and it is sooooo pretty!!! I hope you will like it as well. Here is how I made it.

I used my Sizzix Eclips2 and Ecal software to open the file for the rose from the Rockin Quick Cards set. I created two, one a little smaller than the other. Adjusted the sizes to fit the front of an A2 card. 
After cutting, I took the outline layer and smooshed it really good with my Versamark Ink pad and covered with platinum embossing powder by Ranger and heat set it. Then glued it to the base layer. I used a spray adhesive cause it's really thin. Next time I'll use some Stick-It adhesive to the back before cutting.

Now that you have that together, the outline layer almost acts like a dam of sorts. Easy for coloring. I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I chose to pinks and a green. I put the color down and used my Wink of Stella to blend.


I went back and forth with my colors trying to get some shaded areas. I'm not so good with those markers yet, but I'm working on it, lol. 

I choose coordinating cardstock and layered it with some printed woodgrain paper from the Woodgrains set. I used the whitewash medium. LOVE this paper!!! I stamped my sentiment and used clear embossing powder for some shine. I cut the layers using some rectangle dies I have from Lawn Fawn. I used foam tape for a bit of dimension and adhered the layers. Then I placed my roses where I liked them and used foam squares for those as well. 

I scattered around some sequins and enamel hearts for added interest and sparkle. I love how this card came out! The possibilities are endless! I can see some really nice watercolor background and then put the outline layer on. You could also break the image apart in the software and inlay the pieces like a puzzle and have a flat card. I want to try that too! 

Thanks Fleurette, for such a cute set! Can't wait to make all of these.
So, there you have it. Really an easy card that has a big wow factor to it. You'll definitely wow your friends with this one!

Here's where you can get your files for these cute cards!

Get out your supplies and get to making these great cards! Super easy and super cute!
Happy Crafting!


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Happy Birthday Birdies....


Been slacking through the holidays, lol. Gotta get back in a routine! 
Today I have a card post for you using some new stamps from Fleurette Bloom. I hope you like it!


I started out by making a mask with a circle cut out in the center. I lightly did some ink blending using a very soft green.  I then stamped the wreath in a bit darker green. I filled in using one of the leaves in the set.

 I then die cut lots of the heart image and used the coordinating stamp using pink ink. I scattered them around the wreath, some put onto foam adhesive.

Then I die cut the little birds and stamped with Copic friendly ink. Used a couple blue markers and colored them in. Popped those up on foam tape as well.


I scattered some tiny pearls around as a final accent. Stamped the sentiment and put the card front onto a card base in a color that went nicely with the pink hearts.

A very simple card but sometimes, well, a lot of times, I really like that clean and simple look. Plus, they are much easier to make and take way less time and materials, lol! It's a win win!

Here's what I used on this card.

Fleurette Bloom
Peace On Earth Stamp Set
Sun Moon & Stars Clear Stamp Set

Get out your supplies and get your craft on! Check out all the really nice things in the store. Fleurette has designed digital cutting files that coordinate with her stamp sets. You get those with purchase! No expensive dies to buy....if you have a electronic cutting machine, that's all you'll need! And also check out her digital paper! Some really pretty packs and you can print some off anytime you need it. Never run out again!

Happy Crafting

Friday, November 13, 2015

Winnie & Walter Poinsettia....

So, I'm down with the flu...terrible sore throat, coughing, runny nose....not fun. BUT....yesterday I got my new Winnie & Walter stamps. Today I wanted to play.

So I stamped it out in black ink and chose three reds out of my watercolors. And I set out to paint. This process is challenging for me. I struggle with the ratio of water to color. Sometimes it's too wet and sometimes I can't get it to move well. So I fiddle and fiddle till I get it looking how I think it looks good.


I had also purchased the stamp set that is all this cool tiny bling. Sequins, squares, stars, snowflakes...super cute!!! So I used a couple of the round sequins and stamped with gold ink.

I matted it on black and then on gold glitter paper. Added dimensionals and put it on a white card front. I cut it down so it's prob 4 1/4 x 4 1/4. 


I still love using real sequins but I do like these too! Would make a cool stamped background, unlimited colors, and adds no bulk. It's fun for a different look. Once the flower was stamped, I masked it off and stamped the pine boughs and then pulled off the mask. I get a bit giddy doing that, it's so fun to see the reveal, lol! I stamped "Joy" and brushed on a bit of Wink of Stella in clear over the top. 

On the inside I stamped a sentiment and mounted it on gold glittered cardstock. 


This pic isn't the greatest, sorry bout that. Didn't feel like setting it all up again for another shot. Oh well....guess it's this flu, lol!

Anyway, love these Winnie & Walter stamp sets. They stamp so beautifully! Going to get lots of use out of these.

Here's your shopping list.


There ya go! Have fun crafting and thanks for stopping by!

 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Gansai Tambi.....

Playing around with Gansai Tambi watercolors today. I pulled out a sketch type stamp set from My Creative Time. Stamped with archival black ink and then set about to watercolor them. I'm learning it takes VERY little of these watercolors. And that's been my biggest issue with them...I go to heavy. So today I really tried for very little ink and more water. Worked way better!


I know it's fall, but this is just what came out, lol. I love the softness of it and it really doesn't matter to me that it looks like a Spring card...I'll save it till then.


I added a few sequins and some white accents with my gel pen.

Here's what I used.


So, that's it. Simple card today. Get out your supplies and do some playing.
Thanks for coming by!


Monday, November 2, 2015

Share Handmade Kindness....


Join in on Jennifer McGuire's challenge for the month of November! Let's all spread some kindness.


Some Days...

You just need that glass of wine! Lol...really though, some days are like that. I got out my Distress Ink markers and set about to color one of the cutest ever stamps from Art Impressions....Girlfriends.

I LOVE these stamps, they are so funny! These aren't something you'll sit down and whip up many cards real fast, at least not for me. It takes me awhile to color these...but very fun and very relaxing!


Yep...some days! Anyway, I used a set of frame dies from Simon Says Stamp. You get teeny tiny, scalloped, an inner frame, and also two smaller journaling/label dies. Really frames up your piece nicely. I cut several of the tiny inner green frame and layered them up. Hard to see, but it stands up above all the rest.


I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Scattered a few sequins around as well. I coated the wine glasses with Glossy Accents to make them really look like glass. Also added some glitzy little dots to the green top with my Sakura gel pen. 


Hard to get a good pic of this cause I cut the wine glass from acetate. I added some colored cardstock under the acetate to resemble wine. Used one dimensional to pop it up and scattered a few sequins. finished off by stamping the sentiment.

Stamp and die can be found here.


Hope you got a bit of inspiration from my card to get out your supplies and get to playing!
Happy Crafting!


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fall Leaves Window Card...

So, I totally screwed up my first shaker card, lol. I had it all cut and all the foam tape applied to the back and then realized I'd never put the acetate on to keep the shaker bits in! 

But I didn't want to pitch it without trying to salvage it. So, I picked out some patterned papers that were very fallish in color and texture. I cut them to fit behind each window. 
I then tied some brown hemp cord around and tied a bow.


 I added a few sequins and used a bit of chocolate brown Stickles. Also, I gold embossed a piece of cardstock large enough to die cut a few smaller leaves.


Autumn is my absolute fave time of the year! I LOVE everything about it....colors, temps, smells, sounds...all of it!!!

So these types of cards are so fun to make!


 I used my Sizzix Eclips2 to cut this card. I created a shadow layer for each leaf, but I changed the cut line to a score line. I love that look of stitching left on the negative space. It's faint in the pics, but really looks nice in real. My Sizzix Eclips1 got pushed aside for awhile since using my Cameo. But been very frustrated with it of late. So, I got it out and realized I wanted the Eclips2...and I ordered one. I love the machine and I love the Ecal software! Now the Cameo is pushed aside and the frustrations with it! This is by far, my go to machine. It's awesome!

Don't pitch something just cause it might not have worked as planned. See what you can do with it and come up with a whole new idea. I'm glad this didn't make it to the trash can!

Get out your toys and get to crafting!



Fall Leaves Shaker Card...

I have had this idea for awhile now and wanted to try it out. I love my dies that have the stitched edging that shows up on the negative space. So I decided to try it with my cutting machine. So I picked out a leaf shape I liked and sized them to fit a 4 x 5.25 inch card front.


I then added a shadow layer but changed it from a cut line to a score line. It's faint in the photos, but you can deff see it's there when you actually hold the card in your hand.

I had recently bought a huge pack of seed beads from Michael's that has every color you could possibly need. And I have a lot of sequins and micro beads as well. So I created my own mixes. I chose three different color schemes and used one in each window.

I wrapped some twine along with some metallic threads...copper and gold...and tied a bow. The sentiment is gold embossed and cut into a flag end. I glued the left edge direct to paper and put a foam square under the right edge.


I scattered around some sequins and had gold embossed an area of cardstock to get a few leaves die cut out. I than placed those slightly over the windows on the card front.
I mounted the front panel to some chocolate brown card stock and then that was placed on a white card base. 

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you were inspired. Get out your supplies and do some crafting!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Candy Corn Shaker...

I had an idea one night lying in bed about how to make a candy corn shaker card.
So, for my DT project this week, I set out to see if I could make it work.
I opened the candy corn file from Fleurette Bloom and used my software to get the "parts" I wanted.


I opened it a couple times cause I needed a couple. I layered the the orange middle section on top of the yellow bottom layer and did a "back minus front" to get the bottom yellow piece I needed. Then, using a second orange layer, I layered the white layer on top of that, and again did a "back minus front". This gives you the three pieces you'll need to make your sections.

Next, with each piece, I created an inset shadow layer.... .017. Making it in far enough to give a decent size frame piece. Center those two pieces over each other and go up to Object on the toolbar and select Merge. This will give you your little frame for each color. White, orange, and yellow.

Cut several of these little frames. I think I cut six or eight of each. Glue them all together and you get yourself these little framed pieces, deep enough to hold a good amount of these tiny seed beads. Save one of each color that will be glued on top of the acetate piece.


I then glued all those "frames" in position, on top of a patterned paper. Now you can carefully add your beads, go all around the outside edge with some liquid glue and glue on your clear acetate. 
Then glue on another frame of each of the colors to finish off the top to look nice.
 I layered all of that on top of a black shadow layer.

Embellish as you'd like and you have yourself a candy corn shaker card!


Here's your shopping list.


Happy Crafting!