Friday, March 30, 2018

Bunny's Hot Rod

Today I have a quick project to share with you.  It's a SVG file from Simply Craft SVGs.

I used my (mostly neglected) Scan N Cut to cut this adorable guy out.  It was so much fun, that I actually created two of these and my Scan N Cut will be used a whole lot more frequently going forward!  I filled the inside with candy and mailed one to our son for his Easter basket.  (You're never to old to get an Easter basket!!).

It's hard to tell in the photo, but his sunglasses were given a bit of bling from a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens and his whisker area was heat embossed using Sparkle embossing powder.  The wheels were also heat embossed with Silver embossing powder.

Happy Easter!

Lovey Dovey

I've used the Dove Tag die from the exclusive line of Cheapo Dies for today's project.

I started out by die cutting from white cardstock and set that piece aside.  I saved the negative portion and spritzed it with Nuvo Mica Mist (Antique Gold).  The photos have a hard time capturing the shimmer and sparkle of this mica mist, but believe me, it's gorgeous in person.

For the card base, I added Distress Oxides (Wilted Violet, Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick) using a blending tool.  This was also spritzed with the Nuvo Mica Mist.

The photo above captures the glimmer a bit better.

After the base was finished, I pop dotted the frame created from the negative piece on top of the color background.  The focal die cut, which I left white, was then recessed into the center and adhered directly onto the card base.  A couple of stickers that are from my stash add the finishing touch to the card front.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Watercolor Stork

Today I'm showcasing the Stork die from Cheapo Dies.  The stork was die cut from watercolor paper and colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers.

After coloring the die cut, I created the background using another sheet of watercolor paper.  This was also colored using the Zig watercolor markers.

The card base was dry embossed using a Sizzix embossing folder (Dot Matrix).

Be sure to visit the Cheapo Dies Blog daily to see what the Designers have created to inspire you.

Until next week.....

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Easter Basket {Scrapy Land #86}

Today is the beginning of a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  Since Easter is a little more than a week away, I decided to create a cute Easter card.

The dies used to create this quick and easy card are the Straw Basket by Die-Versions.  You could also use any of these dies.  The Easter eggs in the grass is by Die-Namites and is called Spring Grass.  I die cut this multiple times in order to add some eggs to the Easter basket.  And the best part of the basket (to me) is the chocolate Easter Bunny.  This is an Impression Obsession die (Rabbit set).  Any of these dies would be good choices as well.

Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers were used to color all the die cuts.  The bunny's eye is a Nuvo Crystal Drop (Dandelion Yellow) and the background was created using Distress Oxides.

This is a flat card for easy mailing. :-)

Be sure to check out what the rest of the team has created for you this week.  Then be sure to upload your project the the Scrapy Land Challenge by April 1 for a chance to win one of two $10 gift certificates to Scrapy Land.  We can't wait to see what you create.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Kindness Is Always Beautiful

Glitter: Bronze Mica (MF05); Butterscotch (GM2051)
Embossing Powder: Clear Detail (EP280); Cerulean Star (EP433)
Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers
colored pencils

This is one of the new March Releases from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Bearded Iris.  Using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, I stamped both the image and the sentiment onto watercolor paper with a Nuvo Hybrid Ink Pad (Safari Green).  I immediately added Clear Detail embossing powder to the sentiment and heat set it.

The image was watercolored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  Colored pencils were used to add some highlights after the piece was dry.  Butterscotch microfine glitter was also added to the center of the throat on the iris.

Bronze Mica Flakes were randomly added to the watercolor paper and were adhered using the Nuvo Smooth Precision glue pen.

A Tonic Studios die (Sweeping Pampas die set) was used to die cut my embellishments.  The two dies in this set are large!  I used one of them and cut it into two pieces for this project.  Butterscotch microfine glitter was added to the die cut using the glueless glitter technique.  I use the Tangerine die cutting machine for all my die cutting.  I've tried most of the die cutting machines on the market and I like the Tangerine the best, by far!

I wanted a non-traditional card base for this card, so I cut the cardstock at an angle and then applied VersaMark over the entire surface.  Cerulean Star embossing powder was added and then heat set.  The focal image and the embellished die cuts were adhered on top of embossed card base using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  I've found this is one of the best glues to use when adhering to glitter or embossing powder.

Be sure to leave a comment here and on my post on the SNS Blog for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sparkle N Sprinkle this month.  The more comments you leave for the designers, the better your chances of winning. :-)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Fancy Clover

Today I'd like to share with you a perfect card  for St. Patrick's Day tomorrow.  I used the Fancy Clover two piece die set from Cheapo Dies to create this very quick and easy card.

I die cut each piece from white cardstock and used the glueless glitter technique and Clear embossing powder to add Sparkle N Sprinkle's Elegant Emerald glitter to each piece.  You could have also used a double sided adhesive sheet as well.

The double sentiment is a stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle (Luck of the Irish Enchantress) and was stamped with a Nuvo Hybrid Ink Pad (Black Shadow) and was heat embossed with Clear embossing power for added dimension and gloss.

The bottom of the card base was cut using a deckle cutter and I added a strip of patterned cardstock to the bottom.

This super quick CAS card is perfect for St. Patty's Day.  It may be simple, but the bling from the glitter is amazing!

Be sure to visit the Cheapo Dies Blog regularly to see what the rest of the team has created for your inspiration.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Loads of Love

I have a new project using Cheapo Dies to share with you on this fabulous Friday!  I used this 11 piece die set called Loads of Love to create this fun card:

To start out, I die cut everything from white cardstock and then used Copic markers to color the truck and the sentiment.  Although it's hard to tell in the photo, the sentiment has an ombre effect, going from light pink to a darker pink.

The hearts were also colored with Copics and a bit of bling was added to them using a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Marker (Clear).  The hub caps were colored with a Wink of Luna metallic marker (Silver).

A bit of washi tape and twine are used for the finishing touches to this cute and simple card.  I think this would be great for a guy or a gal.

Don't forget to visit the Cheapo Dies Blog regularly to see what the rest of the Design Team is creating with these wonderful Cheapo Dies.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Be Yourself

Today I'm showcasing one of the new March Release stamp sets called Amazing You - Paisley Elephant from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

SNS is starting something new this month, beginning today.  Instead of a traditional blog hop, the designers will begin showcasing the new sets on the 5th of each month and a winner of a $20 gift certificate to SNS will be chosen at the end of each month.  The winner will be chosen from comments left on both the SNS Blog and a Mystery Designer's blog.

Although this isn't my normal style, it was fun creating this mixed media card.  I started out by applying various Distress Oxides to white cardstock and then spritzing it with water.  After this dried, I used my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and a Nuvo Hybrid Ink Pad (Black Shadow) to stamp my image onto my colored background.  Immediately after stamping the image, I covered it with Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set it.

The smallest die from the Swirling Frame die set was used for the sentiment.  I used the same process (Distress Oxides, Stamp Platform, Nuvo Hybrid Ink, Clear Detail) as above to create this tag.  This is pop dotted on top of the card base for a bit of dimension.

After die cutting the next layer using the Sizzix die (Damask), I set it aside to work on the card base.  The card base was die cut using the largest die from the Tonic Studios die set (Swirling Frame) and was die cut from a Super Adhesive Sheet.

After removing the protective sheet, I adhered the mat and my focal image to the adhesive sheet.  I couldn't decide whether I wanted to use glitter or gilding flakes, so I experimented and used both. 😀  I began by randomly adding the Nuvo Gilding Flakes (Radiant Gold) to certain areas and then I covered the rest of the exposed area with Collegiate Garnet glitter.  When I was removing the excess, the gilding flakes co-mingled with the glitter and I thought they looked pretty good together.  I saved this combo in a separate container and will use it in a future project.  (On a side note, if you decide to do this too, remember that the flakes are much lighter than the glitter so you will need to stir it up before using it to get an even distribution of glitter and gilding flakes.)

The focal point wasn't as prominent as I would like after completing the card base so I created a frame around the elephant using 1/8" Tear-ific Tape.  Once the adhesive was exposed, I covered it with Black Diamond microfine glitter.  This was the extra pop that it needed.

I have to say that the photos don't quite do this card justice.  The dark jewel tones of the Collegiate Garnet glitter and the bright pops of gold from the Gilding Flakes are much more vibrant in person.

Thanks for taking a look today and be sure to leave a comment both here and on my post on the SNS Blog for a chance to go shopping at Sparkle N Sprinkle.  No one knows who the Mystery Designer is this month (and it might just be me).  There will be new projects on the SNS Blog every day for your inspiration and for increasing your chances of winning.  Good luck!

Glitter: Collegiate Garnet (G1114); Black Diamond (GM2046)
Embossing Powder: Clear Detail (EP280)
Dies: Tonic Studios (Swirling Frame); Sizzix (Damask)
Nuvo Hybrid Ink Pad (Black Shadow) 
Distress Oxides (Seedless Preserves, Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple)

Friday, March 2, 2018

Love Machine

Today I'd like to share a tag/card combo that uses the Love Machine die from Cheapo Dies.  My first thought about this die was that it would be great for Valentines and anniversaries, but I decided to go outside the box and created a birthday card.  It's so easy to personalize the little hearts that are part of this nine piece die set.

To start out, I die cut the entire set from white cardstock and then began to color the various pieces using different mediums.  The base and top were covered with Morning Glory embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle, the globe was covered with a Nuvo glitter marker (Ember Glow pack), and the  black rectangle was colored with a Copic marker and then Glossy Accents added on top.  All the hearts were colored with various Copic markers.

The tag base was given color by applying three different colors of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Cosmic Brown, Spring Green, Lilac Lavender) to the surface using a Marshmallows 3 (a type of dauber that I love).

The sentiment is part of a rubber stamp set by Sparkle N Sprinkle (Balloon Bunch) and was stamped with Nuvo Hybrid Ink (Black Shadow) and heat embossed with Clear embossing powder.

The glitter ribbon was created by taking a piece of 1/4" Tear-ific tape and adding Butterscotch microglitter to both sides.

A piece of patterned cardstock was used for the base and the edges were distressed for a more casual look. 

Be sure to visit the Cheapo Dies Blog regularly to see what the rest of the team has created for you.