Friday, February 23, 2018

Curious Cat

I'm so excited to share with you my first post for Cheapo Dies.  I'm very excited to be a part of this new team and new company.  I'll have something new for you every Friday and hopefully it will inspire you to create something with these fantastic dies as well.  These dies are nice and substantial feeling, not flimsy like some of the name brand dies I have in my stash.  They are very reasonably priced and cut like butter.

For today's card, I chose the Curious Cat die and die cut it out of watercolor paper.  I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers for coloring the die cut.  This was quick and simple to do and I added his whiskers with a Copic marker.

I adhered the Curious Cat to a Simon Says Stamp (Stitched Circle) circle die cut making sure not to add adhesive on the cat itself.  However, any of these circle dies from Cheapo dies would work well too.

After the water dried from the cat, it had some natural dimension and I wanted to keep that look.  You can see the natural shadows it created when the photo was taken.

This was then adhered to a Tonic Studios die (Layered Rivoli layering die set) that I cut in half to make it shorter. This blue mat was dry embossed using a Sizzix embossing folder (Damask).  Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Cornflower Blue) was applied on the top of the raised areas and really brought them to life.  It reminds me a little bit like rippling water.

This is a great die as you can create something quick and simple, like I have here, or more elaborate.  I can envision lots of glitter on the fish and water and flocking on the kitty.  Maybe a project for another time 😀.

Be sure to visit the Cheapo Dies Blog everyday for some new inspiration from our Designers.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Journey {Scrapy Land #84}

It's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge and I decided to create a monochromatic scrapbook layout.  I used the following dies to embellish this layout:

Frantic Stamper: Journey
Frantic Stamper: Sphinx and Pyramid
EK Success: Travel
Die-Versions: A Little Lime font

The papers are digital and are by Carta Bella (Transatlantic Travel).  I started off by printing the digi paper twice.  The first one is the base page for the layout and the second printing was so that I could die cut from it.

The "Journey" sentiment was die cut five times (four from white cardstock and once from the printed paper) so that I could get a lot of dimension.  I also used a COpic marker to darken the sides.  I could have die cut one more layer from black cardstock to get basically the same effect.  The Sphinx was die cut twice, once from the patterned paper and once from black cardstock.  I added a pop dot under his chin for more dimension.

The Pyramid was also die cut from both black cardstock and the printed cardstock for a shadow effect.  The bottom right corner is pop dotted for a more realistic look.  I chose this die as there is a glass pyramid in front of the Louvre Museum.

Le Louvre was die cut three times for more dimension (2 times from white cardstock and once from the printed cardstock) and the edges were highlighted with a Copic marker.

The geo tag, which points to Paris on the map, is part of the EK Success Travel set and was also die cut multiple times for added dimension.

I enjoyed creating this "non-traditional" layout and you will probably be seeing more in the future.  😄

Be sure to check out all the new designers' projects and then upload your own project to the Scrapy Land Challenge.  There are two winners, each of whom will receive a $10 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.  The theme is Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  You have until March 4 to play along with us. 😀

Monday, February 19, 2018

Butterflies and Hydrangeas

This is my second post of the day and I'd like to share with you a card created using one of the new stamp sets recently released from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  The set is Whispers of Comfort-Hydrangea and it also comes with some beautiful sentiments.

I started out by coloring the image with Copic markers and added Pan Pastels for the sky. A charcoal stick was used to add more depth to the shadows.  Once the image was colored,  Periwinkle glitter was added to the blue hydrangea petals and Bubblegum glitter was added to the pink hydrangea petals.

The butterfly was transformed into a sparkling beauty by adding glue to each area with a Sakura glue pen.  The yellow areas were covered with Sunny Daze glitter, the orange areas are accented with Creamsicle glitter, and the body of the butterfly was covered with Blue Raven glitter.

Once the image was complete, I fussy cut around the edge and adhered it to my card base.

The card base was created by die cutting white cardstock with a Sue Wilson die (Backgrounds-Swirly Vine).  I also cut a solid square from white cardstock so that I could add glitter underneath the cut outs.  I used 1" Tear-ific tape to cover the outer edge of this solid square and adhered the die cut piece on top.  Next, I added Cobalt Blue glitter to the remaining exposed adhesive areas.

I decided the white was too bright after laying the focal image on top.  Copics to the rescue.  I grabbed a light yellow (Y00) and colored the swirly vines.  Once this was completed, I used dimensional tape to pop dot the focal image.

Products Used:
GlitterPeriwinkle (G1060); Bubblegum (G1088); Sunny Daze (G1038); Creamsicle (G1140); Blue Raven (G1024); Cobalt Blue (GM2015)
Dies: Sue Wilson Designs (Backgrounds-Swirly Vine)
1” Tear-ific Tape
Dimensional Tape
Sakura Glue pen
Tangerine die cutting machine
Copic markers
Pan Pastels

Bonnet Birdie

Today's mixed media card features the newly released Bonnet Birdie stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I was privileged to be the colorist for the digital version of this image.  This sweet little bird was colored with Copic markers and the hat was stamped twice so I could layer it on top of the original hat for more dimension and to give a bit more shadow to her eyes. This also allowed me to add dimensional tape to the ribbon streamer coming off her hat.

The beak and claws were covered with Brushable Glue and then Mimosa Sparkle N Soft was added to the claws and Autumn Sparkle to her beak. Fire Engine Red glitter accents the dots on the ribbon on the hat and Nuvo Crystal Drops (Sugared Almond) accents the flower centers.

The image was then die cut using the Tonic Studios Mixed Edge Rectangle layering set and adhered to a die cut by Jeanine's Art (Garden Classics - Lace Frame Side Oval).  I cut this frame from white cardstock and then applied three different colors of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Indian Gold, Cosmic Brown, and Aquamarine) with a stipple brush.  The flower centers on this die cut were accented with Nuvo Crystal Drops (Sweet Lilac and Sugared Almond).
I wanted a mat for this die cut, so I traced around the die onto a piece of purple cardstock and then fussy cut it out.  I added Sparkle embossing powder to the mat and heat set it.  The patterned paper behind the mat was accented with more Sweet Lilac Crystal Drops.
The card base was dry embossed using a Sue Wilson embossing folder (Rambling Designs) and the raised areas were accented with more Cosmic Brown Nuvo Embellishment Mousse.

Products Used:
Glitter: Daisy (GM2019); Fire Engine Red (G1007)
Embossing Powder: Clear Detail (EP280); Sparkle (EP107)
Flock: Autumn Sparkle (SS106); Mimosa (SS114)
Dies: Tonic Studios (Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering set); Jeanine’s Art (Garden Classics-Lace Frame Side Oval); Frantic Stamper (Accessory Words #3)
Embossing Folder: Sue Wilson Designs (Rambling Blossoms)
Tangerine die cutting machine

Copic markers

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Pretty Blooms {Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal Blog Hop}

Welcome to the February 2018 
Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal Blog Hop! 

We are pleased to reveal the following new stamp sets this month.

 873 Pretty Blooms
Digital Version: DIGI873B

883 Whispers of Comfort-Hydrangea
Digital Version: DIGI883BG

885 Bonnet Birdie
Digital Version: DIGI885BG

886 Happiness Greetings
Digital Version: DIGI886DE

887 Balloon Bunch
Digital Version: DIGI887BG

DIGI3140M Snowman with a Heart (digi only) 

You are definitely going to want both the digi version as well as the rubber version because when you purchase the digital versions, there are lots of extras that aren't available otherwise.  These extras can include additional images, additional sentiments, digi papers (in some cases), and a cut file.

The new sets are 20% off until the 20th of the month.  Head on over to the SNS store once you've finished the Blog Hop and start shopping.

One GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced on the 17th of the month.  One of the Designers is our Mystery Host and the winner will be selected from comments left on her blog.  You must leave a comment on each of the Designers' blogs in order to be selected as the winner, as you never know who the Mystery Host will be.  This is checked for compliance.

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and on the SNS Blog and will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to the shoppe!

The Blog Hop order is:
(Tip: if you have difficulty with a particular link, try clicking on the Designer's blog title to be directed to their Home page.)

The Blog Hop runs from the 15th - 17th of each month.  

SNS also has two kit clubs: The Stamp and Card-Making Video Kit Club is released on the 1st of each month and the new Multi-Project Kit Club is released on the 15th of each month.  Subscribe to the SNS You-Tube Channel to get great inspiration using all the products available in each kit.

We hope you enjoy the New Reveal Blog Hop as much as we enjoy creating new projects for it.  Be sure to visit the SNS Blog for even more inspiration.  Something new is posted most every day.

Products used:
Glitter: Butterscotch (GM2051)
Embossing Powder: Clear Detail (EP280)
Dies: Lil’Inker Designs (Quilted Stitched Pattern die)
Embossing Folder: Tonic Studios Layered Leaves
Nuvo Crystal Drops (Crushed Grape)
Nuvo Gilding Flakes (Radiant Gold)
¼” Tear-ific Tape
Nuvo Glue Pen (Medium)
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
Tangerine die cutting machine

Zig Clean Brush water markers

For this card, I stamped the Pretty Blooms image with Versafine ink onto watercolor paper.  I used the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform so that I could get good coverage and then I heat set it with Clear Detail embossing powder.

Next I watercolored the image and background using Zig Clean Brush watercolor markers.  I added Butterscotch microfine glitter to the flower petals and Nuvo Crystal Drops (Crushed Grape) to the flower centers.  The image was then fussy cut out.

The mat behind the focal image was stamped using VersaFine and heat set with Clear Detail embossing powder.  Then I ran it through my Tangerine using a Lil' Inkers die (Quilted Stitched Pattern die).  I tied a ribbon around this mat and adhered my focal image.

For the card base, I ran the Medium tip Nuvo Glue Pen around the edges, let it get tacky, and then added Radiant Gold Nuvo Gilding Flakes.  The next step was to run this through my Tangerine, this time using a Tonic Studios embossing folder (Layered Leaves).  I love how the dry embossed gilding flakes look.

Your next stop on the SNS Blog Hop is Shona and I know you'll love what she's created for the hop!  Don't forget to leave each of us a comment for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate to go shopping at Sparkle N Sprinkle.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Purr-fect Day {Scrapy Land Challenge #83}

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

My card today is an interactive card and used the following dies:
Lawn Fawn: Push Here
Lawn Fawn: Push Here coordinating stamp set
Art Impressions: Slider Frame die (and coordinating stamp set)
Die-Versions: I Wish You Express Edge
Die-Versions: Happy Sweet Wordlet
Die-Versions: Birthday Sweet Wordlet
Tattered Lace: Cuddly Icons
Taylored Expressions: Banner Stacklets 2

To start out, I die cut the Slider frame from patterned cardstock  and adhered it to the stamped image.  The Taylored Expressions Banner Stacklet was use to die cut the revealing strip of paper.  I used an old EK Success pinch (Scallop punch) for my opening.  A loop of ribbon was attached to the end with small staples.

The "Pull Here" was stamped and then die cut and adhered to the front of the slider frame with dimensional tape.


For the inside of the card, I die cut the Express Edge twice to give it a bit of a shadow.  The paw print is part of the Tattered Lace die set and cuts out the entire paw.

Now it's your turn to join us.  You have until Feb 18 to upload your projects.  Two winners are selected, a random winner and one chosen by the Design Team.

The new Design Team was also announced today.  So be sure to stop by and give them some love too :-).

Monday, February 5, 2018

Cherished Moments-Bride

Today's card features the new Cherished Moments-Bride stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I used the digi version and printed it twice so I could fussy cut the roses in her hair.  I die cut the entire image using a Spellbinders (Opulent Ovals) die and then colored the image with Copic markers.

VersaMark was applied to all of the roses and then heat set with Sparkle embossing powder.  I added Brushable Glue to the veil and covered it with Bridal glitter.  I let this dry thoroughly before adding dimensional tape to the roses and adhering to her hair. 

The background was die cut using a Tonic Studios layering die (Swirling Frame Layering die set).  Then I dry embossed one of the dies on the paper instead of having it die cut through the paper.  Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Lilac Lavender) was applied using one of the Marshmallows from the three-pack.

Pale Periwinkle Nuvo Jewel Drops were added to the necklace and on the Opulent Ovals frame.

Products used:
Cherished Moments - Bridedigital version
GlitterBridal (G1029)
Embossing PowderSparkle (EP107)
Nuvo Embellishment MousseLilac Lavender
Nuvo Jewel DropsPale Periwinkle
die: Tonic Studios (Swirling Frame layering die set)
die: Spellbinders (Opulent Ovals)
Brushable Glue
1/4" Tear-ific Tape
Marshmallows 3