Friday, February 27, 2015

Two More Flower Cards!

Perhaps it's the grey and freezing cold weather we are having....
I have been making cards with FLOWERS! 
Can you blame me? I think not.

The "culprit" is this stamp set "Artful Flowers" from Simon Says Stamp.
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 I took out a few colors that I love. These are mostly inks from Simon Says Stamp's ink collection. The tiny silver dots were stamped in Delicata. It's a quick way to add silver without embossing!
Thinking of You

I took a simpler approach for my 2nd card.
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The sentiment is from Flight of Fancy (Clearly Besotted Stamps).
Two things about this card--blue vellum and silver-embossing. Done.
it's your special day
I am keeping this post short and sweet! Hope you all have a fabulous day!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dry-Embossing with a Stencil!

Hi there!
Am I the only one who has not yet tried dry-embossing with a stencil?
I have seen it done before. This video might help you to get the visual if this is unfamiliar to you. I finally made my first attempt to try it!
You might wonder what the benefits are in using a stencil to dry-emboss?

1. it's a great way to stretch your stencil supplies. Honestly, stencils are generally cheaper than the embossing folders (say, from Sizzix, Cuttlebug). They come in small sizes, too.
2. the background is subtle. It's clear that using stencils to dry-emboss the background creates a subtle imprint. I personally find that the dry-embossed background with the conventional folders can DISTRACT the overall design.
3. need I say more?

So, this is how I did it--sandwich the paper between the shim/embossing pad and stencil. Arrange the plates like you normally do with your die cut machine. I ran this 2-3 times just to make sure since my old Cuttlebug plates are being replaced soon. 
You do need a soft foam/embossing pad to add that pressure to the stencil and plates. 
I got some new Spectrum Aqua (Primary and Floral) recently. Those markers are remarkable!!
I actually stamped the sentiment AFTER the dry-embossing--NO problem!


I used Swirls and Dots stencil and Penny Black's new stamp Divine.
thank you for your kindness
 The texture from the dry embossing is so subtle yet it still adds a little something something to the overall design. Less is more....right?
 I hope this gives you some inspiration if you have not used stencil to dry emboss. 
Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #305

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Welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge !! Thank you for joining us for the Add a Little Textures Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too :-)

This week the challenge is...

Anything Goes

 We are using Lawn Fawn products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some, we love to see them used :-) 

For my card, I used Scripty Love. I think I am addicted to the Lawn Fawn Word dies. I've got  Scripty Joy and Scripty Thanks. The next one for me to get is Scripty Hugs.

love love love
How did I come about the design? I simply created a colorful background with swipes of Distress Inks and then made the die cut accordingly. Noticed I also used a black die underneath the colorful ones? Yup, it's the little things..., right? 
I also used my favorite Stitched Rectangles.

As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!
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So now it's YOUR turn ! Happy Crafting !!
There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog . If you haven't subscribed by email, you may want to do so you don't miss out.
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/
You have until Wed. 8am Eastern Time to join in :-)
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Watercolor with Sprays and Ink Dauber

Hey there!
This was one of the cards I made for the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop but I didn't think it was good enough to post (LOL)...but I changed my mind and I am sharing it today :) 
so very thankful
~Emboss the sentiment G6070 Thankful in Hero Arts white Embossing Powder
~Use a paint brush, water, Hero Arts Sprays and Ink Dauber to create a watercolor background
~Emboss the heart banner image from CL845 Papel Picardo Banners in silver

Time to post a food photo, too! 
A DIY Sushi Roll I made last Saturday. The fillings are store-bought salmon, pickled ginger, eggs and avocado. For the rice: I mixed the rice vinegar with some sugar (rice has to be hot). Glad that I took the photos because they were gone in 10 minutes!
 And that's how I roll.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Solid and Outline Flower Dies

Hello, friends!
Recently, I had a little self-discovery....
that I love using stamps with outlined and solid flowers.
The evidence is here and here

So, what happens if you have outlined and solid flower dies?
...enter the Camellia from Penny Black.
I tell ya, it's heaven. 
I made my first two cards and we are in business!
Again, I dug out my favorite mediums--vellum and alcohol inks. 
you're beautiful inside and out.
I realized that I didn't want to throw away all the small die cut pieces from the petals. I  kept a few petals and I love this look!!!
The splatter is a mix of alcohol inks and blending solution.

.....and here is Card #2
Not too shabby, huh? 
I added the white outlined flower and did some hand-stitching (top right corner).
Both sentiments are from this lovely set called Heartfelt.

Happy Sunday :) 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

New Release from Simon Says Stamp-Hop To It!

If you are here for the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop, please click here.
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Hello! Have you heard? 
Simon Says Stamp is having a new release called "Hop To It"!
Lucky for me to get a hold of one of the new stamp sets called Artful Flowers
This set comes with three solid flower images and three outline flowers...LOVE!
I had a lot of fun creating this one layer card. I adore the font in this set, too.
I have more card ideas after I worked on my 1st card and it's 100% stamped :) 
thinking of you
 I find that cards with masking are "sexy"...
Somehow those masked borders leave your imagination running wild! LOL. 
Yeah, we are talking about CARDS, not 50 Shades of Grey!
 
I hope that you check out the new release (see more inspiration here) and put them on your wish list.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop

Hello and welcome!
Today is Day 3 of the Hero Arts Spring Catalog Blog Hop.
  This hop begins at the Hero Arts blog. Here is Day 1 and Day 2

Prize alert-->Hero Arts will be giving away three prize packs containing an assortment of Hero Arts goodies (new 2015 Spring Catalog included!). The commenting deadline is Sunday, February 22 at 11:59pm PST. From all eligible comments, three winners will be selected at random and announced on the Hero Arts blog next week.

http://heroarts.com/blogs/club/

I am honored to be part of the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop. Back in 2009, I was selected as one of the hostesses in Hero Arts Flickr Group. This happened early in my online stamping life and it certainly gave me the confidence and tremendous encouragement to my stamping. To this day, I am most grateful for that incredible opportunity!
  Let's get the hostess blog hop started, shall we?

The stamps from this new release from Hero Arts are absolutely amazing. From trendy to versatile, this release covers it all. I made 3 cards for this blog hop. Each card has a list of features and details at the bottom of the photos. Here we go...

Card #1 So thankful for you 
so thankful for you
~create a colorful vellum paper with alcohol inks
~emboss the new detailed background stamp "CG 662 Triangle Background" in white
~emboss the wood stamp "G6070 Thankful" in white on black card stock
~adhere the sentiment with pop dots and tug the silver strings underneath, add sequins

Card #2 You're The Best, Grandpa and Grandma
you are the best
~stamp "CG662 Triangular Background" in 4 colors (Tide Pool, Pale Tomato, Soft Cantaloupe,  Field Green)
~make the tag dies with "DC136 Stamp and Cut Flag" and stamp the alphabets
~stamp the small scalloped borders on banners with Papel Picodo Banners
~adhere banners with pop dots, add white strings
~add gold Stickles and wood-grain stars (Studio Calico)

 Card #3 Thank You
thank you
~create watercolor paper: apply Peerless Watercolor to watercolor paper (Strathmore,110 lbs)
~emboss the banner images from "CL845 Papel Picardo Banners" in gold detailed embossing powder, cut out the images
~stamp the dotted lines 
~adhere the gold-embossed images with pop dots
~add gold confetti and small sequins

 I hope that you get some ideas about this awesome stamp release. I know I will reach for these stamps again and again! The sweet and talented Heather' blog is your next stop!

If you find a broken link, please visit Hero Arts Blog. Be sure to leave a comment along the hops, so you will have a chance to win some new Hero Arts goodies!
Big thanks to Hero Arts for inviting me and other hostessed for this fun event.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #304


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Welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge !! Thank you for joining us for the All Creatures Great and Samll Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too :-)

This week the challenge is...

Add a Little Texture

 We are using  Simon Says Stamp products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some, we love to see them used :-)

I decided to use two types of texture for my design--Burlap and cork (from DCWV)
 
 I used all Simon Says Stamp products in this card. The only stamping I did was the small sentiment (from Sending and Wishing). The cool thing about this die Songbird Branch is that you can arrange it however you like it. In my card, I turned it into an anniversary/wedding card. 
Aren't the love birds cute in their "nest"?

http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product.aspx?id=313905 
I am loving the Stitched Rectangle for almost every card I made. The stitched details really enhances the overall design. I also used it to die cut the burlap, but you can't see the stitched details on it. The word die Wishing is pretty handy, too!


As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!
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So now it's YOUR turn ! Happy Crafting !!
There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog . If you haven't subscribed by email, you may want to do so you don't miss out.
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/
You have until Wed. 8am Eastern Time to join in :-)
I hope you check out the DT's work!  I can't wait to see what you create!!

Here's what's next in my blog tomorrow at 7 am Eastern Time.
 I have some NEW projects to share!
Thanks for stopping by!  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Build/Stamp Your Design

Hello, friends!
Do you find that every time you make a card and you have some rough ideas how you want to proceed.....and then the card turned out differently than you had planned. That is because every card has a life of its own. Isn't this the BEAUTY of hand made cards?

When I started out to stamp a card with this stamp set Good Day
(By Hero Arts/Basic Grey)

I had no idea what to do with it...
I decided to stamp a frame and then stamp around the frame...
I also used Stitched Rectangles (Simon Says Stamp) to make the design more refined.
Hello friend
The key is to start something large, then mid -size, then use the smallest image to fill in the gaps/small spaces.  I think it worked, huh?

Hope your day is going well. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Watercolor Fun!

It's been a long winter, hasn't it?

I feel the NEED for color and water...
Water-coloring comes to the rescue!
I miss You
sequins (Moonshine by Simon Says Stamp) 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! 
you make my heart smile
I made a simple card to share with you. It's a flat card with acetate!

Supplies: Very much (Penny Black), stars (Studio Calico), Kiss Kiss (Crate Paper from Simon Says Stamp Feb. Card Kit), Martha Stewart glitter, Washi tape, silver confetti (Pretty Pink Posh)

Lastly, I am ending the post with something SWEET!
(Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies)
Wish you and your Valentine a day of love and laughter.
I will be at home snuggling up with my lovelies...
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 13, 2015

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog Feature

First card is a Congratulations card for a New Baby.
You may not recognize what Fri-Die I used...but this card surely was not hard to create.
http://www.cas-ualfridaysstamps.com/Bubble-Labels-Fri-Dies-CFSD-13-103.htm

congrats!

"faux" window card
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I created a window scene with CAS-ual Comfort. I like the simplicity of this card. With the Ti Tac Toe Fri-Dies, the window was easy to do. I added an extra die to add the thickness for the window pane. I think it worked!

Please leave me your comments and feedback over CAS-ual Fridays Blog.
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