Monday, April 21, 2014

Stamping Royalty 2014 Rejects...

Hello! Today I thought I'd share a few cards I made for the recent Stamping Royalty contest. I didn't win. I guess my cards weren't as good as I thought they were. LOL However, I thought you might want to see them anyway...

Card #1-
 Card #2-
 A closer look...

 Card #3-
 Yep... that balloon die-cut image is covered in glossy accents. looks so cool in real life...

Oh well. You win some you lose some. There's always next year.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Mini Cards Challenge...


The new challenge was announced over on the Little Tangles Blog today is all about mini cards. I immediately thought of creating mini lunch box cards. ..
To create these mini cards, I punched some patterned paper in different colors using THIS new favorite punch. (I love that it punches a 3x4 rectangle so it fits perfectly with the Project Life photo pockets.) Then I stamped THIS speech bubble stamp on some kraft cardstock for each card. I cut them out and then stamped various greetings along with a coordinating image. I loved how fast these were to create!

Well, I hope you have a chance to play along. I would love to see what mini cards you can create! You can enter your mini card(s) HERE

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Masking Challenge...

So it's the first Thursday of the month and you know what that means? Another challenge was introduced over on the Little Tangles Challenge Blog and it's all about masking. Laura Bassen is our guest designer. Love her. You can see her card and video HERE.

Here is my card for the challenge...
I used lots of masking to create this card. I started off with a piece of Watercolor Cardstock and stamped the street sign image from THIS set in archival waterproof black ink. I also stamped the street names and then colored the image with watercolor pencils. Next, I created a mask for the image out of my masking tape roll and laid it on top while I created the sky and concrete corner with watercolor pencils. I removed the mask and used glossy accents to make the pole shiny...

Masking is great when creating one layer cards. I hope to see your creations using the masking technique uploaded HERE

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lawn Fawn + Paper Smooches Card Set...

Welcome. Today I have card set to share. I LOVE making card sets. These all have the same design but with different greetings...

To create the speech bubbles, I used THIS fun die from Lawn Fawn...

I didn't want the speech bubble to just have the die cut on the bottom and squared off on the top, so I die-cut the top as well. It looked like this before I snipped the triangle piece off the top...
This allows you to make your speech bubble any size you want! :) 

To finish off the cards, I added some strips of patterned paper from THIS super cute 6x6 pad and embossed my speech bubble after stamping sentiments from THIS Paper Smooches' set. I added some glitter with my wink of stella marker to the punched heart and also to random embossed circles to give it some shine. A closer look...
A super quick card set that I completed during my son's nap time! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Ranger's Mini Round Ink Blending Tool

So I recently purchased one of these bad boys...
...and I'm in love. Like head over heels in love. Why? Well, lots of reasons. It's mini and anything mini to me is just plain cute. It's light weight and comfortable in my hand. I still like my larger, rectangle blending tools but they are a bit heavy and blending ink can be a workout! Ha! Also, I sometimes couldn't help but get dark lines on my project when blending with the larger blending tool. Since this one is circular, it eliminates that problem. Oh, and two come in a pack. Gotta love that. 

Now let me show you two cards I put these together in like ten minutes with this awesome tool....
I wanted to use the tool just as it was. No blending. I just wanted to create circles. So I took out my Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks and inked them up on my new blending tool. Then I pressed them on some watercolor cardstock, giving them a slight twist. Once I got all my circles where I wanted, I was inspired to try the Distress Ink Splatter technique that Jennifer showcased yesterday on the Little Tangles Blog. Instead of using regular water, I tried perfect pearls with water to give it shine...
I wanted to keep the card simple but wanted the greeting to stand out a bit. I decided to die-cut the greeting out with a Hero Arts die and cut several more out of black. I glued all of the pieces together to give it some dimension, but still keeping the card simple. (The sentiment is from Paper Smooches HERE.)

For my next card, I chose Peacock Feathers and Pumice Stone Distress Inks and did the same technique...
 For this greeting, I heat embossed the sentiment from Neat and Tangled's You + Me Stamp Set...

Just wanted to share my latest love. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Don't forget the envelope...

This is the challenge that was just announced over on the Little Tangles Blog. The envelope is a GREAT canvas to continue the theme of your card and gives the recipient a peek of the happy mail inside. Here is the card I did for the blog... 

Stamping colorful lines on the front of an envelope creates a unique spot for the recipient's address. I also wanted to stamp the flap of the envelope on the other side with the words that I used on the card...

A clean and simple card. :) 

In case you're wondering, I used THIS stamp set for the words along with THIS set for the solid lines.  I hope I see your card entered HERE. I would love to see your decorated envelope. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

You are Loved Card

Happy Sunday. I have a quick card share today...

I wanted to create a card for a friend who recently found out she is cancer free. Yay!!! I wanted to remind her that she is loved. :)

I jumped on the bandwagon of using some embossing paste that I tinted with my Studio Calico mist spray to create a nice pink and used THIS stencil to create the falling hearts. I love Simon Says Stamp Dies and THIS one is awesome. Nice and big and works great with THIS stamp set to finish off the sentiment.
I didn't have the right shade of blue cardstock, so I die-cut the "you" a few times and covered them with Hero Art's Navy Ink. I also coated the die with glossy accents to give it a little shine and interest. 

That's all I got for now. Thanks for stopping by!