Monday, March 20, 2017

Flower Sihouettes


Today's card showcases the Flower Silhouettes stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  To start out, I created the background first by using a stipple brush and randomly applying four different colors of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Spring Green, Pure Platinum, Lemon Sorbet, and Lilac Lavender) to white cardstock.  Using a stipple brush gives a rough texture to the background of this mixed media card.

Once I was happy with the pastel background, I stamped the image with VersaMark and heat set it with Black Detail embossing powder. Then I added adhesive to the leaves with a Nuvo Glue Pen (small tip) and covered it with Spirited Green glitter.  Glue was also added to the butterflies and some of the flower parts and were covered with Sunny Daze glitter.  Purple Dust glitter was also used in a couple of the flowers.

The centers of the flowers were given added dimension by applying Nuvo Crystal Drops (Crushed Grape, English Mustard, and Orange Soda).  I also outlined one of the flower heads with Crushed Grape and pulled a pin through the wet liquid to create a pattern (instead of drops).

The sentiment, one of several that come with the stamp set, was heat embossed using White Detail embossing powder.  As finishing touches, the Elegant Border die cut (from Die-Versions), was added to the top and several small butterflies from the Memory Box (Butterfly Delights) die cut were added near the sentiment.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Irish Blessing


Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Today is the day that everyone has a wee bit of Irish in them 😀.  I have one more St. Patrick's Day card to share with you today called Irish Blessings from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

One of the fun things about this card is that it contains a hidden message tag:



I started out by stamping the image with VersaMark and then heat setting it with Coffee embossing powder.  Prismacolored pencils and Koh-I-Noor colored pencils were used to color the image.  The shamrocks and the inside of the lucky horseshoes have a touch of Spirited Green glitter for added bling.

The die cut is from Tonic Studios that I altered.  It's called It's The Little Things Flip Flop die set, but I cut off the flip part and used the main portion of the die.  I die cut this from cream colored cardstock and applied Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Spring Green) to it with my fingertip.  This set also comes with the cut out frame, which I heat embossed with Irish Spring embossing powder.


The hidden message was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with Black Detail embossing powder.  I distressed the edges using a Versamarker embossing pen and heat set more Irish Spring embossing powder.  The tag was also covered with Spring Green Nuvo Mousse.

The pattered cardstock is digi paper from Echo Park (St. Patrick's Day Mini theme).


This is one of the other sentiment that comes with the Irish Blessings stamp set.  Although I did not incorporate it in my card today, it is one of my favorite Irish quotes and it is my wish for you today.



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Holidays {Scrapy Land Challenge #62}



Can you believe it's already the middle of the month?  😊  Well, it is and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme is Favorite Holidays, plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

You can find the Product brands here and then take a look at all the New Arrivals (there's over 500 of them!)

For my card today, I created a very soft, pastel looking Christmas card.  It was really hard to choose between St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, and Christmas.  But practicality won out as I send more Christmas cards than both of the other two holidays.  The dies I used are as follows:


Die-Versions: Merry Christmas Sweet Wordlet
Memory Box: Elliana plate
Lifestyle Crafts: Nesting Scallop Ovals (you can find lots of substitutions here)


I dry embossed the Elliana plate and then heat embossed it with Sparkle embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  Next I die cut the Christmas Tree and heat embossed it with Belgian Cream embossing powder (also made by Sparkle N Sprinkle).  I then used a few Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers to color the embossing powder.  The ink puddled up on the embossing powder, but when I dabbed it away with a paper towel, it left a light, soft color on the powder.  And that was what I was hoping for.  I also added Nuvo Glitter Drops (Ruby Slippers) to the berries on the tree.

I die cut an oval frame from some older Lifestyle Crafts dies I have, but any nesting oval dies will work for this step.  I adhered this to the background and then added the Christmas Tree in the center.

I die cut the sentiment from white cardstock and applied more Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers for a bright pop of color.

Be sure to check out the Scrapy Land Challenge to see which holidays are the favorites of other the designers.  Then upload your Favorite Holiday project.  You will have until April 2 to join in on the fun.  The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Bonnet Bouquet



Today I'd like to share an acetate card with you featuring the newly released Bonnet Bouquet stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

The front of this mixed media card was created with Embossable Clear Acetate sheets, Tonic Studios die (Mixed Edge Rectangles Layering Basics die set), and Super Thick Silver embossing powder.

To start off, I sprinkled some Super Thick Silver embossing powder onto the embossable acetate and heat set it from the bottom.  Don't try this with regular acetate as the heat will curl and melt the acetate.


The image was stamped with Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black) and colored with Copics and colored pencils.  Various glitters were used to accent the flower centers: Sunny Daze, Guava Nectar, Orchid, and Raspberry Soda.  Princess Anna Royal glitter was used to accent the ribbon and bow.

I then die cut a couple frames using the Tonic Studios die set.  I love that they have little notches on each side of the dies so you can line them up properly and cut out an even frame.

I also die cut another piece of navy cardstock to fit inside the smaller of the two frames.  I stamped the sentiment and the single flower (multiple times) with VersaMark and then heat set it with White Detail embossing powder.

I fiddled around with the placement so that the flowers would show through the frame on the front and not be obscured with some of the Super Thick Silver embossing powder.  Once I was happy with how it looked from the front, I adhered this piece to the inside of the card.

On the front of the card (the acetate), I adhered the frames and made sure the smaller of the two frames was positioned over the inside piece.  I then adhered the fussy cut image on top.  You still see the white flowers peeking around the edges of the focal image, but you don't see the sentiment until you open the card.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Adventures Await



It's the first Wednesday of March and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme for the first Wednesday is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

Today I used several dies, all from Die-Versions, to create my little poster.  Here are the dies I used:


Die-Versions: Reading Tree
Die-Versions: A Little Lime font
Die-Versions: Bricks Background

I started out by die cutting the Reading Tree die set and the Bricks Background from black cardstock.  I added a bit of bling to the tree using glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle: Jasper Blue for the birds and the bow in the little girl's hair and Lator Gator for the leaves starting to come out.

For the Bricks Background, I first heat embossed Winter Berry embossing powder on top of the black cardstock and then randomly sprinkled White Spark embossing powder on top of the Winter Berry.  This gave it a two toned look.

The dies were then adhered to a piece of red cardstock.  The color was a little too bright, plus I wanted variations of color here as well.  So I used the Direct to Paper technique and added Fired Brick Distress Ink to the red cardstock.  The color variation is subtle, but in person it's more noticeable.

I found some books clipart on the computer and printed it on white cardstock.  I then adhered the focal panel and the message onto the digi paper I created.

My not-so-subtle message about how reading is fun was created using white cardstock and A Little Lime font.  I left these white as I really wanted the letters to stand out.

Now it's your turn to come play with us.  You have until March 12 to upload your project to the Scrapy Land Challenge.  The winner is chosen by the design team and will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

I'm entering this in the following challenge: Simon Says Stamp: Based On a Book