Thursday, June 22, 2017

Love Life

Hello!  Cindy from In Love with Paper back on the blog today.  I created a fun card with Distress Crayons and a stencil.  I also used a beautiful rose from the Kennedy Grace Creations stamp set Splendid Rose.  To finish off the card, I added some wonderful sequins from the KGC mixes Red Sangria & Blue Lagoon.

For a complete product list visit my blog and don't forget to say hi.  I hope I've inspired you to create something beautiful.  Have a great summer!

Cindy---

Monday, June 19, 2017

Artsy Flower Card


 Hi everyone, Heidi here on the blog! Today I have a little bit of an artsy card for you all:

If you feel this card looks difficult to make, it’s not, I will share a link to a video where you can see how you create these circles and how you apply the watercolour and that’s all there is to it.

One day I was watching this video from Maremi SmallArt on YouTube and I thought it would be fun to use this technique on a card as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WehJDh_V5iE 
The only thing I did different is that I also used watercolour on the inside of the circles, but you can created whatever you like, give it your own personal touch!

So, to get this card started I die cut a stitched rectangle panel with one of my nesting dies from some Cornwall Aquarel paper (Grain Fin, bright white) and stamped one of the flowers in the Kennedy Grace Creations “Grace’s Little Note” stamp set on there with some Versafine “Onyx Black” ink and using my MISTI stamping tool (this aquarel paper is fairly smooth but to get even black lines I needed to ink up my stamp several times). I did the same with one of the sentiments from the Kennedy Grace Creations “Sunflower” stamp set. I stamped the sentiment before I started water colouring so that I knew what area to spare when drawing the circles.


After the stamping was done I started drawing the circles with a regular graphite pencil: make thin lines, and if you find it difficult to draw them by hand you can use something small to trace around or use a pair of compasses, in that case don’t press to hard on the point that creates a hole in the paper.

Next you can start water colouring: I used my Gansai Tambi 36 watercolour set, water and a regular brush, using the following colours: for the background 61 / 50 / 44 / 37 and 66, and for the flower 33 and 55.

After the watercolour was dry I splattered on some FineTec Pearl Color in “Inka Gold” after covering up the sentiment and the main part of the flower with some Post It notes.
And to finish this card I die cut a slightly larger rectangle panel from some matching pink card stock, gluing both rectangles together with liquid glue and adhering these combined panels to a crème coloured linen textured card base with one millimetre thick foam tape.

And that’s it for today’s artsy card! Let me know if you’re going to try this technique, I would love to hear! In the meantime I wish everyone a creative day.




Love and Laughter,
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Simple Sympathy Card

Hello, everyone! Rachel here today with a quick and easy (no coloring!) sympathy card that would be simple to mass produce. I know I'm always at a loss for creativity whenever I NEED to make a sympathy card, so I like to have a design on hand that's easy to reproduce if I need one in a pinch. This is one of those designs that you can change up even for other occasions.


I used a very light gray ink to stamp my roses all over my card base. (It was super hard to get them in a picture since they're so light!) I cut out my sentiment strip from a matching light gray cardstock and then used Versamark ink to heat emboss my sentiment in white on top of it. I simply adhered the sentiment strip directly to the card base with my tape runner. That's it! You could use different colored inks for different occasions or even color in the flowers in the background for a super pretty card! I happen to really like the subtle and light look of the grays for a sympathy card.

Thanks for stopping by!





Thursday, June 15, 2017

Splendid Roses birthday card


Hello, hello!

Erica back on the blog today with a card you might recognise a little bit. If you don't, check out my last couple of cards over here on this blog post and you will see how one stamped panel has now ended up being three different cards.

This card is basically the coloured version of those two cards. If you don't have time to check out my last post I stamped up lots of Splendid Roses on a slightly larger than an A2 panel and then I foiled it as well as used the negative piece for a second card. As I had a big stamped panel ready to go, I decided to colour it in using my Zig markers. To make it really colourful, I used a different colour for each one of the flowers. It's only the small buds that are the same colour. Oh and the leaves too.




I managed to smudge the colours a little bit in the space between the flowers and leaves so I thought I'd colour that too to make the coloured blooms really pop. At first I toyed with the idea of starting out dark around the edges and go lighter towards the middle but scrapped that idea pretty fast. Due to more smudging... Yep, it wasn't my best idea but at this point I was committed so I just kept on going until all the white space was covered with the black.

To add some interest to the panel I decided to use some dies directly on it. I used the Dotted Ovals creative dies from Studio Katia but decided against popping any of them up off the actual card. They are all flat and apart from the sentiment, which is raised just a tiny, tiny but, this would quality as a one-layer card. I don't tend to do those very often. I'm more of a 'let's go to town' kind of gal, me.



The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment is from Beautiful Blooms-Sweet Rose and I stamped it in black ink on a thin strip of white card stock. I also added a bit of black card stock behind this and trimmed it down so it is just enough to frame it but doesn't take up too much space on the actual card. This whole shebang was glued down on a black card base but I had also trimmed down the panel enough to leave a thin strip of black showing on each side. I think this frames the card nicely without adding anything fussy.

Surprisingly, I yet again decided against sequins. I am as shocked as you must be! That's two (technically three) cards in a row without sequins...! I ought to go to the doctor and get checked out as usually it's bling overload when I'm involved. Maybe I should be worried??

That's it from me today but I will be back before you know it!

Happy crafting from Erica

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sweet Rose Sympathy Card

Hello, Beverly Jordan here for today's Sympathy card. I used the Beautiful Bloom-Sweet Rose stamp set for the focal floral and the sentiment is from their Grace's Little Note stamp set.

 I "dusted" the card with a few sequins which are Kennedy Grace Creations Pink Passion. For the frame of the card I used layers from the Spellbinders Mystical Embrace dies. I die cut it twice and then adhered on the top horizontal bar and flourishes above it. It folds perfectly to open and reveal a sentiment. The image is colored using the following Copic Sketch markers: RV19, RV25, RV29, YG11, YG13, Y15, Y08, as well as, a black multiliner. 
Hope you enjoy my entry today!

Love and Laughter,
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Thank You Friend

Hello, everyone! Rachel here again with another clean and simple card.


I started this card by creating the card base. I knew that I wanted to color my rose in yellow, so I chose a yellow card stock and then used my Geometric embossing folder to give it some fun texture. I set that aside and cut out a Stitched Hexagon from some white cardstock. I used my MISTI to help me stamp my floral image on top of the hexagon and then used my Copics to color it in.

Yellows - Y08, Y04, Y00, and Y000
Greens - YG17, YG13, and YG01
Gray Halo - C3, C1, and C00
Orange/Brown centers - YR27, YR24, YR21

I used foam tape to adhere my hexagon to the embossed base. (Just a note, it can be difficult to adhere anything to an embossed piece, but I find that foam tape and double-sided tape are wonderful for this!) Then I turned to my sentiment. I cut a banner from a piece of black cardstock and stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed in white. I used foam tape on the sides that do not overlap my hexagon and used multi-medium matte adhesive to adhere the flaps and the portion that overlaps my hexagon. (That was to keep the banner flat since the hexagon is already popped up with its own foam tape.)

That's it! I hope you enjoyed my card today and thanks for stopping by!





Monday, June 5, 2017

Foiling frenzy!


Hello, Erica on the blog today with my first post for June. I have two cards for you today too!

A friend of mine is going through some tough stuff at the moment and I wanted to make a couple of encouraging cards to send to her to let her know I'm always here for her, no matter how far away I am in actual distance.




I decided to make a big background using the Splendid Roses stamp set and all my pre-cut masks came in so handy for this. My panel was slightly larger than an A2 size and I used my MISTI to make sure the stamped images were nice and solid as I planned to scan it, print if off and then foil it using my Minc machine.

Once I was happy with the pattern I did just that and chose Pink Minc foil on it. The negative was so pretty I decided to keep that and use it on another card (this is how the second card in this post came to be.) The foiled piece I die cut using a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die and then again in foam to add some height to it.

When it came to sentiment I used the 'Wishing' coordinating stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp and die cut the word 'Wishing' out of black glitter foam, then I stamped 'we lived closer because I miss you' on a small white banner. I couldn't have come up with a better sentiment myself if I had used my own words. It says just what I wanted it to say.

I cut a card base out of black card stock and added my foiled panel to the middle. It looked a bit naked so I cut a stitched frame (also Lawn Fawn) out of rose gold metallic card stock to frame it. That was it for the first card.



The second card was a bit of a 'oh, this is so pretty, I can't waste it' creation. It didn't turn out exactly as I had planned as I had a bit of an adhesive incident... really sticky adhesive is not always my friend. Nope.. Anyway, I got another black card base ready, covered it with the traitorous adhesive and went to add the negative foil piece but it flapped around a little, got stuck and then I couldn't unstuck it... Ayayay.. it all went pear-shaped.



I tried smoothing it as best as I could but it's all bubbly and unfortunately the middle that didn't get covered in adhesive is obvious. Right, so we have a few memos here for anyone who tries this:
No1: Cover your ENTIRE card base in adhesive!
No2: Make sure there are no drafts in the room when adding the foil negative. Maybe even hold your breath. Yeah, do that just to be on the safe side.
No3: Start by keeping the foil folded over and smooth it a section at a time. Slow and steady will do it!
No4:.... ah, no, there is no no4.

Sentiment wise I used another Simon Says Stamp die cut, this one says 'Sending' and I cut it out using black card stock. I also used an Avery Elle die cut that says 'hugs'. It has a shadow die to it too which is something I really like. It just makes the sentiment pop! The shadow bit I die cut out of black foam and the 'hugs' bit I cut out of the same metallic rose gold card stock I used for the frame on card no1.



As I liked how the stitched frame looked on the other card I cut one out of black card stock and added to this one too and that was it. Two cards made from one piece of stamping, some foil and a little help from little bits and pieces.

That's it from me today card wise but I also have a discount code for the Photo Boards® I've used in all the photos in case you want to get one or two for yourself. They really do make taking a good photo of your amazing creations a breeze. I'll have a blog post up later this month about some hints and tips for taking photos as I've been getting lots of questions about the Photo Boards®, props and editing. The code is 'ERICA0617' and the website is Right here, I really can't recommend these boards enough and have a large selection myself.

Happy crafting from Erica

Love and Laughter,
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