Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Smile, It's Your Birthday!

We have a special birthday shoutout to an amazing woman today who is part of Crafter's Companion. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KENDRA! I made this little card just for you for today. Enjoy your day today and do something fun. You definitely deserve it. :)

If you'd like to send her birthday wishes, head on over to Kendra's blog to wish her a Happy Birthday or post below if you'd like! I know she would appreciate all the wonderful wishes.

Spectrum Noir Markers: FS2, FS5, FS6, CR6, IB1, DG1, DG2, 
HB1, HB2, BP2, BP4, CT2, CT4, GT1, GT3, PL1, PL2, CG3, CG4
Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils: 095, 091, 009, 036, 0404, 088, 057, and 020

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Just a Note and Envelope

For this little card, I made it a different size just simply because I had this piece of darker grey cardstock already to a good size for me to score in the middle and go to town. That meant I needed to make a custom envelope. No biggie!

The background of the card is done on simple watercolor paper using a stencil and some spray mists and Distress Ink in Tea Dye watered down and painted on. Really simple. 

For the red strip, I used a small piece of Shimmering Cardstock in Candy Red.

The tag is from UmWow Studio and I stamped on the Just a Note sentiment in Memento Luxe, Love Letter from the Sentimentals, Vintage stamp set. I love the pop of red on the natural looking tag! I tied on some twine, glued it down and then added a couple grey sequins. 

I found a video on YouTube (sorry, I didn't save the link!) for creating square envelopes. I made the envelope and glued that together and stamped the flourish frame on the back flap to place a return address. I stamped it in Tea Dye and it's from the Sentimentals, Vintage set. 

The envelope isn't an exact match for the card size, but it works :) Have fun creating special sized cards and making your own envelopes. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Special Friends Deserve Special Cards!

I saw a sketch in my Pinterest paper crafting board that I wanted to try out. I simply LOVE the way this card turned out, and I can't wait to send it to a special friend :)

The sketch was found HERE and I went to town with a bright color palette on a kraft base. Who doesn't love kraft?! I used painter's tape (or you can use washi) to mask off the large stripe that I sponged on my Radiant Neon ink in Electric Yellow and Electric Coral. These blend so beautifully together. I carefully removed my tape and it left a nice clean stripe! This is a great tip to make these types of things. 

I just cut down different pennants, triangles, and then rounded the corner on one just to have fun elements behind the sentiment circle. I glued some down with regular tape runner adhesive and some with foam adhesive to create that dimension. The sentiment circle is from the Sentimentals, Imagine stamp set which I stamped in Versafine ink in Onyx Black and heat embossed. I cut it out using the Die'Sire Essentials, Circles dies. Stuck it down, and I was finished. Really quick, but colorful card!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Wishes Tag

I have a large gift tag that is perfect for pairing with a simple wrapping paper or gift bag. I used the largest cream tag from this large package of tags I have in my stash. I used various Distress Inks and water on an acrylic block to create the background. I used Iced Spruce, Tea Dye, Festive Berries, and Evergreen Bough

After that dried, I used Distress Ink in Tea Dye to stamp on the snowflake and trees from the Stamp-It Australia Twinkle, Believe and Joy & Spirit stamp sets. 

For the red strip, I took a piece of Shimmering Cardstock in Candy Red and used Versafine ink in Onyx Black and heat embossed it to make it stand out on the red paper. I then ran it through my machine with the Christmas Elegance embossing folder, using only the dotted pattern. 

The holly and berries were colored in with my Spectrum Noir Markers (DG2, DG3, and DR5) and then I rubbed more Tea Dye Distress Ink over that to soften it. For the rhinestones, I applied them and used the GB10 Spectrum Noir Marker to color them in to make them appear golden.

I used a piece of cream ribbon at the top to finish it off. I encourage you to use those Distress Inks like this tag I created. It's so fun to see how they blend together with just a spritz of water! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lawnscaping Challenge #96: Merry Christmas! sponsored by Lawn Fawn

It's almost that time...nothing like a little last minute holiday crafting to get you in the spirit, right? I've got a really cute and fun card for you today. And since you're needing to make items for the holidays, why not enter in the latest Lawnscaping Challenge?? This theme is MERRY CHRISTMAS!  And try to win an amazing prize from Lawn Fawn

Special thanks to Lawn Fawn for generously sponsoring our challenge!

For my project today, I've used a couple Lawn Fawn stamp sets. I always try to think of fun ways to use my sets to really stretch my stamps and creativity!

I chose a kraft card base. I used a simple red patterned paper glued down to that trimmed just a bit shorter to let it "peek" out.

The top section, I stamped JOLLY in Memento Red and HOLLY DAYS in Memento, Tuxedo Black inks. The sentiment is from the Lawn Fawn Deck the Halls set.

Under that, I used a scalloped die I have and cut that out of kraft. For the dots, I wanted some color behind them, so I selected a green patterned paper from my stash and glued that onto there.

The strips at the bottom are four separate, equal pieces of white cardstock. I used the Lawn Fawn Deck the Halls (pinecone, red trio of dots, pine needles) and the Lawn Fawn Trim the Tree (dot, ornament, gingerbread man, star, and bow for the pinecone) sets for these. I colored them in with my Spectrum Noir markers and inked the edges with Distress Ink in Tea Dye.

I used a simple olive green and white twine bow to separate the white sentiment strip from the kraft scalloped shape. This was a lot of fun to make.

I hope you are inspired to grab your crafting supplies and enter this challenge all while making a useful holiday project! Check out the Lawnscaping Challenge blog for full details and to enter your project. Happy Crafting! Fa-la-la-la!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Festive Fun

Good morning! I have a card I absolutely LOVE for the holiday season. I just love this Moonbeam Meadow, Rudolph & Friends stamp set. It's just so cute, and festive! I stamped this image onto my Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock with Memento ink in Tuxedo Black. I colored him in with my Spectrum Noir Markers (IB1, IB2, IG1, IG3, TN4, TN7, TN3, TN5, DR1, CG3, JG2, EB7, GB7, GB10, IG6, BGR3, BGR5, TN9, OR2, OR3, BT7, BT9, LV2, LV3, CR6, CR7, CR9, FS4, FS9, JG5, CG2, CG4, CT2, GB6, GB11, Blender). I used a glitter pen to add accents to the snowflakes/mounds of snow underneath the deer and sled. 

For the background, I used my Spectrum Noir Markers in addition to Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass to create the sky. I love how soft, yet realistic it looks! I used a craft sponge and foam dauber to apply the inks to blend the sky together with the markers. 

The sentiment, Festive Fun, is from the same stamp set. I used Memento, Nautical Blue to stamp that onto my diet tag which is from the Die'Sire Essentials, Just the Ticket die set. I cut that out, stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it and then used a sponge on the edges with Distress Ink in Old Paper to soften it up. I snuck in some diecut snowflakes in behind it and added a pearl to the center of the front one for interest.

I hope you enjoyed it! Take a look around the store at Crafter's Companion at all the great holiday (and non-holiday) products offered.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Lawnscaping Challenge #95: White on White (Monochromatic)

Hi everyone! I'm back with another project I made for the newest Lawnscaping Challenge, #95 (we are SO close to the 100th challenge!!). The theme for this challenge is WHITE ON WHITE (Monochromatic). No color, what?! That's right. It is a challenge, but this one is really made to make you think of new and fun ways to use white.

We LOVE the amazingly wonderful peeps over at  Simon Says Stamp! They are super awesome, super talented and just super sweet!  They are sponsoring this challenge with a $25 gift card to Simon Says Stamp!!!!

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Here's what I came up with:

For this card, I used a white card base (my normal card size is an A2, 4.25x5.5 when folded down). I then took a shimmery white cardstock and ran it through my machine with an embossing folder in a harlequin pattern. 

The panel with the ampersand was a white cardstock that I used a Studio Calico Ampersand Mister Huey's Masks with some Versamark Frost Dazzle. I dabbed that on around the stencil and applied a clear embossing powder by Hampton Art. I heat set it and glued that down to my embossed panel.

The PEACE lettering are wood veneers by American Crafts. To make this work for this challenge, I stamped on my Memento Luxe, Wedding Dress ink pad. Once dry (okay, I heat set it to make it dry!), I went and dabbed on Claudine Hellmuth Studio High Gloss Acrylic Paint in Blank Canvas. I used a scrap piece of crumpled paper to dab the paint while wet to make it appear textured. I love how it came out. I wanted the ampersand to stand out as well to read the sentiment I made on the card, so I turned this wood piece on it's side to show more of the ampersand. 

 JOY was cut out with the same shimmery cardstock I used on the embossed panel. That was cut with the Lawn Fawn Scripty Joy lawn cut. I adore this simple little die!

I used 3 sequins from Lawn Fawn Peace Joy Love Lawn Ornaments, Mixed Sequins in white for the dot of the "j" and in the upper right for fun.

I hope you play along with us! Please visit the Lawnscaping Challenge blog for full details and to enter your project in the challenge for your chance to win a fab prize from Simon Says Stamp!

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