Sunday, July 20, 2014

Butterfly Fence Hi

I bought this gorgeous Butterfly By Fence stamp (Impression Obsession) and once I started coloring it, I fell more and more in love with it. I decided to keep it rustic and natural for my first card.

I stamped the Butterfly By Fence stamp onto some cream cardstock and then I colored it with Copic markers. I took my time to add some shading and "wood texture" and I love how it turned out. I added a little sparkle by using the Wink of Stella Pen over the butterfly and the two open flowers. Isn't that glitter wonderful?

For my background, I stamped the Wood Texture stamp (Impression Obsession) onto some Kraft cardstock and then I sponged the edges before adhering it to an orange card base. I adhered my butterfly piece to the background and then I sealed the whole thing with some MicroGlaze to prevent smudges and running ink. Lastly, I stamped the "Hi" from the Anytime Sentiments set (Impression Obsession) onto some cream cardstock, cut it out with a circle die, and then adhered it to the bottom of the card.

It's fun to combine glitter with a rustic piece like this. It's that little unexpected touch that brings a smile to people's faces. :-)  Please feel free to use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order when you shop at Classy Cards 'n Such.  You will love the huge variety of dies, stamps, coloring mediums, and papers that are in the store.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Watercolored Twinks

This card has been percolating in my head for several weeks. There's been an explosion of watercoloring on cards lately, and I just had to see how this would turn out.

I actually pulled out my Twinkling H2O's and experimented with my brush strokes until I got a background that I liked. I used the Twinkling H2O's from the Carnivale set - Mandarine Citrine, Orange Peel, Deep Coral, and Mediterranean Blue. I swiped on large swaths of color of the yellow, orange, and coral paints, and then I flicked the blue paint over the whole thing. I love the blue spots! Look at that gorgeous shimmer!!

Once my piece was completely dry, I stamped the sentiment from the Celebrate set (Stampavie). I added a Tall Chloe Stem die cut from black cardstock directly over the painted background. It really stands out against the swaths of paint. Finally, I cut the scallop border from the Blueprints 4 die set and added the border to the left side of the watercolored piece before adhering them to a turquoise card base.

Isn't that a fun piece?? Pull out your Twinkling H2O's and make your own watercolored backgrounds! No two pieces will be alike and you will have tons of shimmery fun!  Don't have any Twinks?  Head on over to Classy Cards 'n Such and stock up.  There are so many gorgeous colors of Twinks, you'll probably need to get them all!  *wink*  Use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your entire order.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Soft Suede Christmas

Hi folks!  I was browsing some blogs today and I found a challenge (#125) over on the JustRite blog to create a card with non-traditional Christmas colors.  Ooooohhhhhhhh!  That really got me thinking, so I pulled out the JustRite stamps that I own, and came up with this idea.  I used the following JustRite stamps and dies:

Shabby Music Background stamp
Christmas Inner Thoughts stamp
Vintage Christmas Ornaments stamp
2013 Heirloom Ornament dies

I used vanilla and suede cardstocks and some kraft and suede inks to create this card.  I stamped the music background first with kraft ink, and then I stamped the holly leaves with the suede ink.  The lighter leaves are where the suede ink is just stamped off once and then pressed onto the sheet music.  The ornaments were stamped and then cut out with their matching dies.  I added some gold thread to "hang" the ornaments and then I added some vanilla bows to the ornaments.  The sentiment was cut out with a Petite Oval Large die (Spellbinders) and matted with a suede Petite Oval Small die (Spellbinders).

This was so much fun and I loved the idea of not using red or green or burgundy.  I wonder what other colors I could make this card with??

I'm entering this into the JustRite Challenge #125 - Nontraditional Christmas Colors.  If you have some JustRite stamps, why don't you join me?  :-)

Floral Friend

Sometimes you just need a sweet and pretty card to mail to a dear friend, and this card would be perfect.

I started by adhering some papers from the gorgeous Porcelain Rose paper pad to a black card base. Next, I cut out the black label shape from the Vintage Labels Two die set and adhered it over the black and white paper. I stamped the sentiment from Floral Vintage Labels Two (JustRite) on some white cardstock and then cut it out with an oval die. This sentiment was matted with some pinkish/reddish cardstock cut from the Classic Scallop Oval Small die set, and these were adhered to the black label. My finishing touch was to cut out the beautiful Lavish Branch border die with some black cardstock and I adhered them to the bottom of the card.

I know my friend will love this card because her favorite color is red. This will be a sweet surprise for her! :-)

Please feel free to use this code, Holly-10, to save money when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  The new Memory Box and Poppystamps Christmas dies are in stock, so head on over and check them out!  They are gorgeous!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Leafy Gratitude

I was playing with a new stencil and some shimmery Glimmer Mist, and I love how this card turned out. It has sort of an Asian flair, doesn't it?

I started by placing the new Garden Leafy Branches stencil over some white cardstock. I sprayed some Trunk Bay Glimmer Mist over the stencil and white paper, and then carefully removed the stencil. I repeated this again on a second sheet of white cardstock, and then I set both pieces aside to dry completely. You can see the gorgeous shimmer in the picture below:

One sheet was adhered to black card base, and I stamped the sentiment from You Are Beautiful (Impression Obsession) onto the second stenciled sheet. This stamped piece was then cut out with the Vintage Labels Two die. I cut a larger die cut from the same Vintage Labels Two die set and some black cardstock, and matted this with the stamped piece. These die cuts were adhered to the card. To finish off this card, I cut some of the swirls from the Endless Waves rhinestones and affixed them to opposing corners of the card.

Sometimes when you play with your papercrafting supplies, you'll create something beautiful and unexpected. I love it when that happens!  If you'd like to go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such, feel free to use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order.  There's all kinds of wonderful papercrafting supplies in stock, so have fun!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hello Daisy

I have been playing with some of the new stencils and stamps from Classy Cards 'n Such, and I was in the mood to mix the two together. This sweet daisy card turned out better than I imagined!

I started by stamping the daisy and the sentiment from the Hello Daisy set (JustRite) onto white cardstock. I then stamped it again onto some post-it notes and cut them out to make a mask (Masking Technique from Technique Junkies). I placed the cut-out post-it notes over the stamped daisy to cover it while I sponged over the white cardstock with the Texture Mini Dots stencil and the Peacock Feathers ink. I carefully removed the stencil and then removed the post-it notes. The daisy and the leaf were colored with Copic markers, and then I adhered this piece to a black card base.

I wanted a bit of shine on my daisy, so I covered the center of the daisy using the shimmery clear glitter Wink of Stella pen. You can see the shimmer below:

I needed something to go across the top of the card, so I pulled out my Chalk White seam binding. I decided to color it yellow to match the center of the daisy. I smooshed my Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink inkpad onto my nonstick craft mat, added a teeeensy bit of orange from my Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink Marker, and mixed them together before dragging my Chalk White seam binding through the puddle of ink. I crushed up the ribbon in my hands and then set it aside to dry. Once it was dry, I tied it across the top of the card.

Be sure to use this code, Holly-10, when you shop at Classy Cards 'n Such.  You will love all the wonderful new stencils and stamps and dies and embossing folders in the store.  Stock up and have fun!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Peaceful Azaleas

I decided to play with some new stamps and practice my coloring, so I pulled out this beautiful new set called Azalea from Power Poppy.  I colored the flowers with Copic markers and added some pink dots to the centers of the petals.  The sentiment is from the Good Thinking: Renewal set also from Power Poppy.  I love the wonderful sentiments in this set!  For the background, I stamped the smallest flower with Versamark all over and then dusted them with some shimmery pink chalk.  Fun!!!!!!!  I haven't played with my chalks in a while, so this was a perfect excuse!  You can see the pale pink chalk outlines of the flowers on the background below.

Power Poppy has a fun new challenge on their blog called Peep of the Week, and from what I understand, you can make anything you want as long as it has Power Poppy stamps on it.  So I'm entering this card into their challenge.  They are offering a free stamp set as a prize - who doesn't love free stamps??  :-)