Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pink Bike


I have a whimsical card to share with you, and I have to admit, the pink bike just makes me smile! :-)  I started this card with a Kraft card base and I added a layer of green gingham paper from the Prairie Chic 6x6 paper pad. Next, I cut another sheet of paper from the same pad, but the pattern was a bit too busy. What to do?

I pulled out the Texture Mesh stencil and laid it over the multicolored paper. Then I applied some white embossing paste to the holes in the stencil with a Palette Knife. As soon as I was done, I peeled the stencil off and immediately washed the stencil and palette knife. I set the stenciled paper aside to dry completely for an hour.

While that was drying, I cut out the Brand New Bicycle die with pink paper. I also stamped the sentiment from the Sweet Wishes set (Stampavie) onto Kraft cardstock, and then I cut out the notches on both sides with scissors.

When the stenciled paper was dry, I very lightly dabbed some pink ink randomly over the dry embossing paste. I then adhered this to my card, added a dark blue strip (also from the Prairie Chic pad), adhered the sentiment, and then adhered the pink bike above the sentiment.

I love how you can still see the patterned paper through the white embossing paste, but it is muted and toned down. This also gives the card a great texture without being overwhelming.


You can order the bicycle die as well as the stamp set and papers from Classy Cards 'n Such.  Use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  I'm entering this fun card into the following challenges:

The Cheerful Stamp Pad #84 - Use 3 different papers
Crafty Bloggers Network - Die Cuts or Embossing
Artistic Stamper - Embossing and Texture



Monday, April 14, 2014

Girl in Orchid



Pantone has declared this to be the year of Radiant Orchid, and I had that color in my head when I colored this adorable Sarah Kay image called Winter Warmth.

I started by stamping this sweet Winter Warmth (Stampavie) onto white cardstock, and then I colored it with Copic markers. I then cut it out with an oval die and matted it with a white scallop oval. This image was adhered to a white card base with Joy Foam Pads.

I decided to go with a White on White technique from Technique Junkies, so I added the die cut Lace Corner Deco F (Cheery Lynn Designs) pieces in the corners. Some sweet little Baby Bling White Pearls were added to the lacy corner pieces.

I love these sweet Sarah Kay stamps. There's still a few of these left in the store, so check them out here and grab 'em while you can. :-)  Be sure to use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order while you are shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such.  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #128 - Pretty in Purple
Open Minded Crafting #8 - Easter or Pastel Colors
Sister Act #52 - Anything Goes


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Flower Diamonds


I tried something new today - just for fun.  My friend Shar has a tutorial over on her blog for these Quilted Tiles, and I just had to try it out.  It's really easy and a lot of fun.  I used the Floriculture stamp set from Rogue Redhead Designs for my card today.  This stamp set is on sale til the end of the month, so buy it while it's cheap!

Feel like trying something new?  Give this Quilted Tiles technique a shot and enter it into the challenge on Shar's blog here.  I'd love to see what you do with your Quilted Tiles background!  :-)

Enjoy your weekend.  Monday is coming all too soon!  


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Herringbone Bunnies



Hi friends!  I am the guest hostess over on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog for the March challenge for the Holiday Inspiration Club.  This month I'm asking you to make your own backgrounds for your holiday cards.


You can make any kind of background.  Try a new technique, stamp with a background stamp, arrange designer papers into a pattern, whatever you come up with!  I've got four cards over on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog, each with a different background, so check them out and let them inspire you.  I'll share all of those cards here on my blog throughout the month.

For my card today, I used the Herringbone technique from Technique Junkies.  This is a great way to use up small strips of patterned papers.  The adorable bunnies and the sentiment are from A Winter's Tale, available from Rogue Redhead Designs.  The bunnies were colored with Copic markers.  I kept the card clean and simple so the background would shine through and so this would be a flat and mail-able card.

Come and play along in this challenge!  You can make any kind of holiday card - Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, whatever you want.  If you have any Rogue Redhead Designs stamps, we'd love to see what you create with them, but you are not required to use them for this challenge.  :-)  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ho Ho Ho Circles



Hi friends!  I am the guest hostess over on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog this month as we unveil the March challenge for the Holiday Inspiration Club.  This month I'm asking you to make your own backgrounds for your holiday cards.


You can make any kind of background.  Try a new technique, stamp with a background stamp, arrange designer papers into a pattern, whatever you come up with!  I've got four cards over on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog, each with a different background, so check them out and let them inspire you.  I'll share all of those cards here on my blog throughout the month.

For my card today, I used a technique that I developed for Technique Junkies called Collage Circles.  The stamps are from the Christmas Cheer set from Rogue Redhead Designs.  I actually stamped the text background from that Christmas Cheer set onto the kraft circles, but I wasn't paying attention when I glued the background piece down.  If you look closely, you can see that all of the text circles are upside down!  LOL  Oooops!  So pretend that I didn't goof and that my text circles are right side up, okay?  Hee hee hee!  I kept the card clean and simple so the background would shine through and so this would be a flat and mail-able card.

Come and play along in this challenge!  You can make any kind of holiday card - Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, whatever you want.  If you have any Rogue Redhead Designs stamps, we'd love to see what you create with them, but you are not required to use them for this challenge.  :-)  

Friday, March 21, 2014

Bluebird and Butterflies



Hi friends! Have you seen the challenge over on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog? This week's challenge is to use birds and/or butterflies on your project. The challenge ends on Saturday evening, so you still have some time to enter your card!!

I decided to make a sweet little spring scene, so I started with a pale blue cardstock folded in half (A2 card size). The sentiment, from the Celebrate set (Stampavie), was stamped with a darker blue ink in the bottom right corner. Next, I cut out the Bare Branch die with Kraft cardstock and adhered it to the left side of the card, making sure it didn't cover up the sentiment. The sweet little Nestled Bird was cut from a darker blue cardstock and adhered to one of the branches.

For the flowers, I used the Flower Mound die and two different colors of pink cardstock. I shaped each flower with the stylus (from the Paper Blossom Tool Kit) and the Paper Blossoms Craft Molding Mat, and then adhered the flowers to the Bare Branch. Next, I cut out the Leaf Clusters from pale green cardstock and cut each of the leaves apart. I then glued the leaves next to the flowers.

In the centers of each flower, I squeezed some Ice White Viva Decor Pearl Pen paint, and then I set it aside to dry. Once it was dry, I added some butterflies that were cut from white cardstock and the Butterfly Delights die.

Come play along in our challenge and show us what you can create with birds and/or butterflies. We'd love to see what you come up with! Please feel free to use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order when you shop at Classy Cards 'n Such.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks #186 - No Patterned Paper
CCEE1412 - Spring or Autumn Scene
Creative Knockouts #29 - Things with Wings
Delightful Challenges - Welcome Spring
Bloggers Challenge - Think Spring

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunrise Rooster



Hi friends! I've been playing with the new Memory Box stencils that are in the Classy Cards 'n Such store.
For this card, I pulled out the Shine plastic stencil and laid it over some white cardstock. I then sponged on some yellow ink over most of the open area, and then I followed up with some orange ink down towards the bottom. After I took the stencil off, the white areas were a bit too stark in contrast, so I toned it down by lightly sponging some more yellow and orange inks over the stenciled background.

Next, I cut out the Victorian Picket Fence (Cheery Lynn Designs) and the Barnyard Rooster (Poppystamps) from dark brown cardstock and adhered those to my background. The sentiment, from the Inky Antics Daisy Bouquets stamp set, was stamped with dark brown ink at the top of my stenciled background. The stenciled piece was matted with a dark brown layer and then adhered to a Kraft card base.

This piece was really fun to create. I love how this card is free of bulky embellishments - I can write a note inside and pop this in the mail to a loved one. This card is gender-free, so I can send this to anyone. :-)  If you'd like to purchase these items, you can save 10% by using this code, Holly-10, when you shop at Classy Cards 'n Such.  There are lots of new goodies in the store - just click on the "NEW" tab to see them all.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday #123 - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls #13 - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments #102 - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me #146 - Anything Goes
Just for Fun - Anything Goes
Less is More #163 - Masking or Stenciling