Friday, July 25, 2014

Hello embossing!

Hello everyone!! Hope everyone had a great week and is looking forward to a lovely weekend! I know we are! Nice and hot here!!

Todays card has a couple of inspirations. First off this weeks Clean and Simple sketch that I design for as well as this wonderful video from non only that Jennifer McGuire

This card took  me a few attempts…I was moving colours around to see what worked..then on this last one I decided to grab which ever ink was closest and work my way out! Turned out not to bad I don't think ;) There was really no rhyme or reason to where I stamped or decided to over lay I just went for it!! After all the stamping of the triangles was done I wanted to matt this piece so instead of digging through my stash of paper I decided to use the purple ink I had used in the triangles. So I got out an ink blending tool and inked up the sides of the paper then adhered the top piece. In the clean and simple sketch there is a bow over top of the sentiment..I wasn't really sure that a bow would work with the geometric look I had going on, so I grabbed my white twine and started wrapping a left over piece I had. Then added a small bow…now onto the sentiment. My first attempt at the sentiment it was grey and I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder, but once I had glued it onto the card it didn't pop again. And I used some pretty heavy duty adhesive so she wasn't coming I took another die cut hello inked it black then did the same thing with the clear heat embossing and glued it on over. This card is also for the this weeks Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. But when it was all put together I looked it over and thought it needed some more embossing to it! So I took out the single triangle stamp from the set and picked a few random ones to clear emboss over! Its a very subtle detail but I love when it sparkles in the daylight.

I hope you enjoy todays card! Thanks so much for stopping by
Stamps: wplus9 just geometrics
Ink: wplus9 appletini, blossomberry, lake house, sweet gelato, sweet nectar, black
Paper: white, smokey slate
Accessories: hand lettered hello die, clear embossing powder, white string

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Happy Anniversary!

I've been working on some anniversary cards for an order. And I don't know what is it about them that I get all worked up about. Suppose it could be the fact that the majority of cards made are birthdays and thank yous, so this one seems ever so intimidating!

I decided I wanted to make my own background by stamping. I don't have a whole lot of options for this so I pulled out an oldie from Fresh Squeezed stamps (sadly they are no longer around). I really like the way this stamp gives the paper a textured look! after stamping the first stamp in the middle of the card front I then pulled out the anniversary stamp. I could have made stamping that much easier by cutting the words apart but I'm just not brave enough yet to do that!! So I covered the word I wasn't stamping with washi tape inked up and stamped er down. After both happy and anniversary were stamped I knew where to stamp the about background leaving the white space there. Once that part was done I die cut the flowers and leaves stamped on them, then adhered it to the card base. Looks like a lot more work then it really was!!

Hope you enjoy and thanks so much for stopping by!

Paper: white, old olive
Ink: appletini, cranberry crush, silver lining, old gold, wild mango, bloomsberry Wplus9
Stamps: spring blooms, basic banners, background check
Accessories: spring blooms dies

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thinking of you

Here is some more stencil action for you!! Just got these two new ones from Stampin Up! And I got to say I love them! They are so big compared to any others that I've used, and a very good price point too!!

These cards were pretty easy to put together. I temporarily adhered the card front to my craft mat placed the stencil over it taped it down with some washi tape and took my ink blender over it with the colours I wanted. Once that part was done, removed the stencil and stamped the sentiment. Then added some sequins! I then took a card base added some dimensionals not the back of it and adhered it to my card base! Another pretty quick and easy card with so many colour options! 

Thats all for now and thanks so much for stopping by!

Paper: white
Ink: card #1 dusty concord and broken china card #2 picked raspberry and wild honey distress ink, black ink for sentiment
Stamps: SSS sending happy thoughts
Accessories: sequins

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

praying for you

so here is another sympathy card I made for an order I'm doing! I don't really make a ton of theses kind of cards so I had to go through all my stamps to see what I could find for sentiments. Thought this PTI one was perfect to give another options!! 

For this card there was a few steps involved. First off, I heat embossed the tree image onto scrap paper cut them out and set aside. I then took the square die and die cut the natural paper.  Next up for the blue mat around the window, I took two square dies that fit into each other (one of them being the same size as the window that is on the natural paper) , place it on the paper once I had it aligned evenly I ran it through my bigshot and was able to make this border for around the window I created.  After all the die cutting was done I took the natural paper added the the blue border around it then stamped on my sentiment. Once that was all together I took the tree image with adhesive on the back side of it places it in the window then aligned the front part of the card on the card base, placed the tree image down added some dimensionals to the the card front and there you have it! (hope that makes sense!! In my head it does) 

Hope you enjoy!! And thanks so much for stopping by!!

Stamps: through the trees, cutting garden PTI
Paper: SU natural white, not quite navy
Ink: versa mark, not quite navy
Accessories: white embossing powder, dimensionals

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Single layer congrats

Well, heres another single layer card for you!! Not to sure whats going on over here! Usually have to add something here bump sequin there…..but this card speaks loud just as is!

It all came together pretty quickly, would say under 10 minutes for sure!! I decided that I needed to pull out some Wplus9 goodies and use this weeks Clean and Simple sketch (make sure to swing on by and check out some of the other creations!!)

Hope you all had a great weekend!! 

Stamps: wplus9 spring blooms, bigger blooms PTI
Ink: wplus9 bloomsberry, sweet glelato, appletini, sweet nectar, heidi swapp black
paper: white

Friday, July 11, 2014

with sympathy flowers

Heres another super easy clean and simple sympathy card I created!! 

Its a pretty self explanatory card so I will just list the supplies for you!
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp: botanical silhouettes PTI
Ink: black, cherry cobbler, always artichoke
Paper: cream 
Accessories: corner rounder punch

Thursday, July 10, 2014

with sympathy feathers

I've been working on some sympathy cards. Not a usual card for me, so I pulled out some Clearly Besotted feathers for the job!

I pulled out the new Stampin Up! in colours for 2014-2015, thought they had a nice somber feel to them! And honestly I wanted to pull them out and give them a whirl!! I also want to tell everyone how awesome the Fiskers stamping press is, I often have a hard time lining up stamps on die cuts but this stamp press gives the flexibility to do it much easier!! Just my side tidbit for the day!!

Hope you are all having a great week!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: fancy feathers clearly besotted, through the trees PTI
Paper: blackberry bliss, white shimmer paper
Ink: blackberry bliss, wild honey, lost lagoon, mossy meadow, soft sky, black
Accessories: fancy feathers die

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sending love

I receive my July Simon Says card kit this week and I couldn't wait to dig in and share with you what I made…This is the first card I finished for this weeks Clean and Simple sketch. I also have some other projects on my desk in my craft studio awaiting me!! So stay tuned!!

For the bottom half of the card I drew a line with pencil where I wanted to separate the paper,  and then versa marked the envelopes on used white embossing powder and heated it up. After I was done getting all the envelopes on there I masked off with some washi tape where I drew the line. I pulled out some distress ink sponged it on with my distress tool. Once that was done I went over it with some old Stampin Up! shimmer paint I found (the sun shifted on me so hard to see that in the pic) mixed with water and dabbed on over the distress ink. Once it was dry I removed the tape, added my sentiment some rhinestones and was done!

Thats all for today! Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

stencil love

For the longest time I didn't understand the purpose of stencils in the card making world. I had no desire to ever own let alone use one…boy was I ever wrong!!

While I was perusing blogs the other day and came across this post on Jennifer McGuire's blog, I had a free moment (which seem to be a little sparse now that the kids are home from school) to try it out! Got to say I'm a fan!! What a fun and easy technique that gives so much depth to a project!! Make sure you head on over and watch the video!!

I now have a good collection of stencils piling up in my craft studio that I love!! They are so many wonderful uses for them! I strongly suggest getting one and giving it a try!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!