Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Springtime Foils Wedding card

     Last weekend friends of mine tied the knot (Congratulations Lenny & Carol!), and of course I needed to make a card for that special occasion! So I turned to my Springtime Foils DSP for a simple yet elegant card. This DSP is so beautiful, it just adds that special something to any project you create with it!
     So for my simple card, I started with die-cutting a few flowers from the Botanical Builder Framelits dies. This is a retired set, but it is timeless...perfect for any occasion. I die-cut two pieces each of the bigger flowers, one in gold foil and one more in Whisper White. Before I added the centers of the flowers, I covered the white ones in Wink of Stella for some sparkle. And lastly I put pearls right smack in the middle of the flowers for embellishment.
      My card base is an A2 sized Whisper White piece of cardstock, with two of the corners trimmed with a corner punch. I did the same with the layering pieces of gold foil and the Springtime foils DSP. My sentiment is from the Special Celebrations stamp set which I stamped in Basic Black and then clear heat embossed on a piece of vellum. This was then layered on top of a strip of gold foil. I stuck my sentiment piece down onto my DSP and then just arranged all my flowers onto the side. And just like that, my card is done!
     Now as far as card-making goes, this one was super easy to make. In my opinion, the DSP just makes the whole card. So if you still haven't gotten this gorgeous DSP, you have until end of March...hurry before Sale-a-bration ends! 
     I hope you enjoyed my card  for today, thanks for dropping by! See you next time :)

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Springtime Flowers - Ink & Share Blog Hop

     Hello and welcome to this month's Ink & Share Blog Hop. This month we're hopping to the theme of Easter/Spring, so join us and get inspired by all these creative projects made by talented demonstrators from all over the world!

     For my project I decided to follow the spring theme. Right now, sad to say, but it is still winter here in Calgary, Alberta. Our front yard snow pile is still waist deep (I kid you not!), and snow is still in the forecast. Depressing, right?! So to ward off my winter blues, I made this colorful card!
     Nothing is more spring-like than vibrant flowers in full bloom for me. And since spring is like a renewal, I decided to go back to basics with my card...just pure unadulterated stamping! No fancy die-cuts or embellishments...just a whole lotta stamping and inks. 
     I chose the Orange Blossoms and Blooms and Wishes stamp sets for my flowers and leaves. I started stamping my big flowers, one on each corner, with my Melon Mambo ink pad. I did make masks for these flowers out of Magic Cover (a Dollar store item), but this is totally optional. 
     Then it was just a matter of filling up the whole card with various leaves and flowers using all of these ink pads: Flirty Flamingo, Night of Navy, Tempting Turquoise, Emerald Envy, Old Olive, Lemon Lime Twist, and Bermuda Bay.

      When I was happy with how it looked, I added Wink of Stella to the flowers and then stamped my sentiment in Basic Black ink, which was from the Colorful Seasons stamp set. I then layered this  onto a piece of Gold Foil sheet, which was then adhered to a Whisper White card base. A couple of rhinestone jewels later and my spring card is done!
     I really enjoyed making this card...it made me realize that I don't always need all the fancy stuff to make a nice card. Sometimes all you need is a stamp and an ink pad! But who am I kidding...I love all the fancy stuff too!!! LOL.
     Anyway thank you so much for stopping by and I hope to see you next time! Please continue hopping along with us...next up is the talented Lisa Kmiec! Happy stamping!

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Sweet Little Something Easter card

     Hello crafting friends. Today's card was inspired by the Global Design Project challenge of the week: a sketch challenge! 
     And since Easter is upon us, I decided to make a bunny card using my Sweet Little Something stamp set. This is a super cute 3-Step stamp set that's super easy to use...just adorable!
     I wanted my Easter card to be bright and colorful, so I used my Springtime Foils DSP (an SAB item!) and sponged it in diagonal stripes using Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Tempting Turquoise. This technique is just a quick and easy method of transferring ink which helps me to step up my DSP...just look at how vibrant those colors are!
    Moving on to my bunny, I stamped it using Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso ink pads. I just fussy cut it and glued it to my die-cut Whisper White stitched circle with the edges sponged with Crumb Cake. My sentiment is from the same stamp set, stamped on a punched out banner using the Duet Banner punch. I just sponged the edges again with Crumb Cake and then covered it with Wink of Stella for some shimmer. Some iridescent sequins were added for a little bit of embellishment. 

     To put my card together, I first adhered a piece of Flirty Flamingo onto my A2 size card base. I then layered my DSP on top of a piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock and wrapped some linen thread around both pieces, before sticking this whole piece onto my card base. Finally the bunny piece was added, and as a final touch I just added a bow using the gold ribbon.

     And that is my card for today, I hope you guys liked it! Thanks again for stopping by and hope to see you next time. Happy Easter and happy stamping!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Birthday Blossoms GDP129

     I did it again...I completely lost track of time! I've been busy all weekend trying to finish my samples for the Display Board for Onstage, and I totally forgot about doing the color challenge for this week's Global Design Project 129. I literally have two hours left to design and create a card for this challenge...no pressure at all!!!

     So with my time limit, I resorted to using one of the stamp sets that I've used recently in one of my cards...and that is the Birthday Blossoms stamp set. This week's color challenge involves using Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, and Calypso Coral, so I thought that a floral theme will work well with this.

     Here's my finished card. I used the cluster of small flowers and colored them in with both Soft Suede and Calypso Coral. I smooshed Soft Suede onto my acrylic block and dabbed my Blender pen on this to put shading on my flowers first. Then I did the same thing with Calypso Coral, but I used my Aqua Painter brush this time since I wanted a softer wash of color to fill in my flowers.

     To fill in the blank spaces, I used the splatter stamp from Timeless Textures stamp set using my Pear Pizzazz ink pad. I also cut up a 4 x 1 1/2" piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock and used my Petal Pair embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot for additional texture. Then I wrapped a piece of the Calypso Coral shimmer ribbon (SAB item) around it. 

     My sentiment is from Colorful Seasons stamp set and I stamped it using my Soft Suede ink pad, die-cut it using my Stitched Shapes Framelits die and then sponged the edges with Soft Suede. For embellishment I just added a couple of the rhinestone jewels for a little shimmer. Finally I just adhered the whole art piece onto a piece of A2 size Soft Suede cardstock. 

     Phew! Well, that was quite the challenge! Anyway, thank you so much for dropping by again and I hope to see you next time! I wish you all a lovely week to come. Cheers!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Another One for Amazing You

     As we near the end of Sale-a-bration, I wanted to do another card with the beautiful stamp set Amazing You and use the coordinating dies which I'm happy to say, will be carried-over in the Annual Catalogue. Yay! If you still haven't gotten your hands on these amazing products, you have til end of March to get them for free, so hurry!
     For my card today, I wanted to color in my flowers. I wanted quick and no fuss coloring, with no shading needed (I was feeling lazy!), so I opted to use my Aqua Painter and Night of Navy ink refill. I started with stamping my flowers on a piece of Soft Sky cardstock with my Versamark ink, followed by silver heat-embossing. Then it's just quickly applying tiny bits of color from the center of my flowers followed by a quick wash of water to blend my ink...instant shading! Super quick and simple, and I just love the results!
     After coloring, I just fussy-cut my flowers. And since I already had my snips out, I moved on to fussy-cutting the leaves on the beautiful Springtime Foils DSP (also a SAB item!). I only needed a few so it was not too bad to cut them out by hand.
     I then moved on to die-cutting. First I die-cut a stitched circle piece of Soft Sky cardstock using the Stitched Shapes Framelit dies, and then the word Celebrate in Night of Navy using the Celebrate You thinlit dies (also a SAB item!). Next is just putting all my pieces together.
     I sponged around my circle die-cut with my Night of Navy ink pad, arranged my flowers and my sentiment on top of it, and then added the leaves behind it. I wrapped a piece of Silver ribbon around my piece of Soft Sky cardstock (4 x 5 1/4") before adhering my whole flower cluster piece onto it. Next, I stamped the 'YOU' using my Night of Navy ink pad. I added a layering piece of Night of Navy cardstock (4 1/8 x 5 3/8") and used an A2 size piece of Whisper White cardstock for my card base. Finally I just scattered a few Rhinestone Jewels and used my Wink of Stella on the flowers and sentiment for a bit of shimmer. 
     This is my card for today, I hope you liked it! Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you next time! 

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Falling Flowers GDP#128

     It's Sunday and it's time for another Global Design Project challenge! This week it is a CASE the Designer challenge, and we have a beautiful card designed by Steffi Helmschrott as the  basis of our project. If you don't know what GDP is, just click on the link and embark on a creative adventure every week...you'll be amazed and inspired by the creativity of talented people from all over the world!
     What a beautiful card to CASE, right?! So for my card I decided to stick with the floral theme and bring out my Falling Flowers stamp set. It's been a while since I've used this set and the coordinating May Flowers Framelits dies, and this project just rekindled my love for this set. 
     I started by stamping my images with my Basic Black ink pad on a piece of vellum. I then poured clear embossing powder over my images and heat-set them. (If you're quick, you can heat emboss using any ink pad and not just Versamark.) Next is just coloring all my images, and for this I just used my watercolor pens. I tried using my alcohol markers first, but the colors were just not vibrant enough on the vellum, and so I switched markers.
     After all my images were colored in, I proceeded with die-cutting them using my Big Shot and the coordinating dies. I also die-cut a circle on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using my Stitched Shapes Framelits dies (I used the biggest circle die). This will be the base of my flower bunch. 
     To make it easier for myself, I stuck a bunch of double-sided tape onto my circle piece so that I can just keep arranging and sticking my pieces onto my circle without the fuss of gluing. This made the process quicker and so much easier. For my sentiment I used a stamp from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and white heat-embossed this on a piece of Basic Black cardstock. After trimming my sentiment piece, I just added it onto my circle piece.
     For my card base I used a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock cut at 7 1/2 x 9". I put a piece of silver ribbon onto my card base first before adhering my circle piece at the right bottom corner using dimensionals. Finally I just added a few rhinestone jewels all over the card to finish it off. 
     And here is my finished card. I hope you enjoyed my simple card for today crafters and I hope you all have a lovely day! See ya next time!

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Coloring Southern Serenade

     Today I felt like doing a little bit of coloring so I started to play with my Southern Serenade stamp set again. I didn't have a plan in mind as to how my finished card would look like, all I knew was that I was gonna use my markers and just color my images. So here's what I came up with...
     To make this card, I started with a Very Vanilla card base (A2 size), and a layering piece of Whisper White cardstock (4 x 5 1/4"). I stamped my flowers all around my layering piece using my Memento ink pad, and then colored my flowers in. After that I colored the whole background in using my grey marker. 

     Once I was done coloring I moved on to my sentiment. I punched out a piece of Tip Top Taupe using my Pretty Label Punch and then stamped my sentiment from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set. This set was one of the first sets I ever owned, and it's awesome that I can still use it to this day!
     Moving on, I die cut swirls using my Swirly Scribbles Thinlits dies on Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive cardstock. To put my card together, I first wrapped a piece of mini-stripes tip top taupe ribbon around my art piece and then layered this piece on top of my card base. I then glued my swirls on and then stuck my sentiment piece using dimensionals. For a finishing touch, I added some rhinestone jewels.
     And that is my card for today, I hope you liked it. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you next time! Have a lovely day!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Amazing You

     This year's Sale-a-bration items are truly awesome, and creating new projects with them is just too much fun! For today's card I decided to play with my Amazing You stamp set. This card is inspired by Global Design Project's theme challenge this week which is Sale-a-bration of course! Every week they have a new challenge and it's just fun to follow along and get inspired to create new projects!

     So here is my finished card. I used Pink Pirouette for my card base and Basic Black for my layering piece. My flowers are gold heat embossed and I used a mask so that I can have multiple images side by side. I also used my Stamp-a-ma-jig so that I can stamp my images exactly where I want them to be...no guess-work needed. My sentiment is from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set which I gold heat embossed on a piece of Basic Black die-cut circle piece using the Layering Circles framelits dies. I also die-cut a piece of scalloped circle on Pink Pirouette cardstock and layered my sentiment piece on top of it. Finally to add a bit of color, I die-cut leaves and flowers using the Bouquet Bunch framelits dies and Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive and Pink Pirouette cardstock
     I hope you enjoyed my simple card for today crafters, I sure had lots of fun creating this one! Thank you for stopping by and hope to see you next time. I wish you all a lovely day!