Sunday, 17 February 2019

Colorful Butterflies

Hello and welcome. Today I got to play with the pretty butterflies from the Sale-a-bration item Botanical Butterfly DSP, and oh what a pretty collection of paper this is! Here's what I created...
I was inspired by this week's Global Design Project challenge 176...CASE the Designer. Steffi Helmschrott designed a gorgeous card with vibrant colored circles, and these are what inspired me in creating my card. 
I started by coloring my pretty butterflies using the colors of the rainbow. I don't own the Blends (yet), so I just used my ink pads and my Aqua Painter. For my colors I used the following: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape and Blackberry Bliss. I also colored the centers of my butterflies using the Vegas Gold Shimmer Paint (unfortunately now retired), because butterflies need some sparkle of course! :) After coloring I used my Butterfly Duet punch to easily cut them out.
My mat layer is a piece of Basic Black cardstock (5 1/4" x 4") which I ran through my Big Shot with the Dot to Dot embossing folder. For additional interest I sponged it with the Vegas Gold shimmer paint to match my butterflies. My sentiment is from the Butterfly Gala stamp set, which I gold heat-embossed on a strip of Basic Black cardstock.

To put my card together, I adhered my mat layer onto my Basic Black A2 sized card base. Next I added my butterflies along the left side and my sentiment piece using dimensionals. And just like that, my card is done!
I just adore butterflies, I think they are just gorgeous! And I couldn't be happier that we have tons of pretty butterflies to play with from both the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogue. Thank you again for stopping by today, and see you next time! Happy crafting!

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Incredible Like You

Had a chance to play with more of my new stuff, so today I chose to play with the Incredible Like You stamp set and paired it with the Doily Builder Thinlits. This project was inspired by the Global Design Project sketch challenge for this week and Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights as well, and here's what I created...

I started by stamping my images from the stamp set Incredible Like You on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and then cutting them out (I used my Scan N Cut for this but they're easy to fussy cut as well). I used Highland Heather, Call Me Clover and Mango Melody for my inks. I also stamped the stripes on a piece of Mango Melody cardstock that's 1" x 4 1/8" using Mango Melody ink pad for a tone on tone effect. I did the same for my background piece which is Soft Sea Foam cardstock (4 1/8" x 5 3/8") that I stamped with the Crackle Paint background stamp using Soft Sea Foam ink pad.

To put my card together I glued down my Mango Melody striped piece onto my background mat layer, then wrapped the Highland Heather Organdy ribbon (free with Sale-a-bration!) around it. I adhered this piece onto my Highland Heather A2 size card base before adding my other layers.

 Next I added a die-cut doily in Whisper White using the Doily Builder thinlit...this thinlit set is just gorgeous! Then it was just a matter of layering my cut-out stamped images on top of my doily using glue and dimensionals. Finally my sentiment is from the Well Said stamp set, stamped in my black Memento ink on a strip of Whisper White cardstock.

To finish off my card I just added a few iridescent sequins, and covered my flowers in Wink of Stella for some shimmer. And that is my finished card. I'm not gonna lie, I had a hard time making this card to try to meet both challenges, but I'm quite happy with the end result! Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to vote for my card at Kylie's International Blog Highlights! Happy crafting!

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Butterfly Gala

Butterflies are just so pretty, don't ya think so? I have been wanting to play with my gorgeous Butterfly Gala bundle for quite some time, and today was the day for that! This is what I came up with...
 This card was pretty easy and fun to make. I started by stamping the butterflies on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using my Memento ink pad. Then comes the fun part...coloring them in! I used my alcohol markers for this and then topped them all with Wink of Stella for some shimmer.
Cutting my butterflies out was easy with the help of the coordinating Butterfly Duet punch. Next I had a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock (5 1/4" x 5 1/4") and I covered it with a background stamp from the Artisan Textures stamp set in Soft Suede ink. Then I glued down my butterflies around the border of my cardstock, forming a frame. I decided to trim the excess yellow cardstock in my frame so that my butterflies lie against my Soft Suede card base instead, for more contrast. I also added small butterflies punched out from a Gold Foil Sheet and the SAB item Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheet.

My sentiment was white heat-embossed on a Starburst punched piece of Soft Suede, and mounted using dimensionals. Finally for a little bit of embellishment I added some Butterfly Elements, another SAB item.

And that is my card for today, I hope you liked it! Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my project, hopefully you got a bit of inspiration from these beautiful butterflies! And don't forget that Sale-a-bration is going on right now until the end of March, so if you want free goodies you better check it out. See ya next time!

Saturday, 26 January 2019

January Ink. Stamp. Share Blog Hop

Hello and thank you for joining us for our monthly blog hop here at Ink. Stamp. Share. This month's theme is the new Spring/Summer Catalogue...we'll have so much fun with all the new stuff. Let's get started!

For my project for this hop I decided to use the Wonderful Romance bundle. It is a gorgeous stamp set with an equally awesome coordinating die set, the Wonderful Floral Framelits. This is such a beautiful bundle for building a floral bouquet card...and the coordinating dies make this process easier. Here's what I came up with.
To make this card I started by stamping my images with my Memento ink pad on a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, then I clear heat-embossed them as well to prevent any bleeding when I colored them in. I used my alcohol markers to color my images, then I simply die-cut them using the coordinating dies. 
To build up my bouquet I die-cut more leaves in Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide cardstock, and the sprig in Crushed Curry cardstock. Next I had a piece of Fresh Fig cardstock (5 1/2" x 4 1/4") that I die-cut the sides of using the leaf border framelit. I first die-cut one side, flipped it over and did the other side. This piece was then layered on top of a Gold Foil sheet (4" x 5 1/2") before being added to my A2 sized Whisper White card base.

Then it was just a matter of arranging all my die-cuts on top of my card, building up my bouquet. My sentiment was gold-heat embossed on a circle piece of Whisper White cardstock (I used my 2" circle punch for this) and layered on a Starburst-punched piece of Gold foil sheet

And that is my card project for today, I hope you guys liked it as much as I did creating it! Keep hopping along with us and be inspired by the very creative projects of the Ink. Stamp. Share team. See ya next time and happy crafting!
January Roll Call

Thursday, 17 January 2019

January Simple Stamping Challenge

I don't know why, but lately I've been doing more and more simple stamping projects. There's just something about these simple cards...a minimalistic beauty. So today I share another one, my response to Stampin' Up's simple stamping challenge for January. For this challenge we are given Valentine's Day as our theme, and we are to create a card using just stamps, ink, a notecard and a punch. Here's what I came up with... 
Looks like a pretty Designer Series Paper, right?! I loved how easy it was to create this card, and how very little supplies I used as well. I started my simple card with a Whisper White card base (A2 size). I decided to use the Forever Lovely stamp set for this project, along with Lovely Lipstick, Old Olive and Gray Granite ink pads. I also opted to use the Pretty Label punch, and a couple of dimensionals. And that is literally all that I used for this card! 

Here's a short video on how I created this simple card...

With all the beautiful simple stamping projects out there, I hope they've inspired you to just get out your stamps and ink pads and just create something beautiful! You don't need much to make a pretty card, and the most important thing is to have fun with it!

Well thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this simple stamping card. Hope to see you next time!

Sunday, 13 January 2019

A Card for all types of Crafters

Hello and Happy New Year!!! It has been a while since my last post, the holidays just got a little too hectic. And with all of my holiday projects, my craft room was just such a disaster that even I was scared to step inside it! So what better excuse to clean up my craft room and start creating again than having my big order from the new catalogue arrive, right?!

Before I start playing with my new products though, I wanted to play with the beautiful First Frost bundle. And since I have been out of the loop for quite a while I decided to make three cards today, one for every type of crafter...the beginner, casual and avid crafters. Let's get started!


Here's for the new stampers, or for people who just want to make simple and quick cards due to time constraints. Simple stamping is a fun way to get people started in card-making. For my card I used a Whisper White card base and stamped my images using four different inks...Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Lemon Lime Twist and Granny Apple Green. I then stamped my sentiment in black Memento ink to make it stand out. And that is all there is to this card, how quick and simple was that?! 


Now to step up my simple stamping card, all I did was add layers. I stamped my images exactly the same way as my first card except that my sentiment is now white heat embossed on a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock and cut using my Tailored Tag punch before being adhered to the card using dimensionals. This whole piece was then layered on top of a Rich Razzleberry cardstock, and then onto the card base.


This one's for the crafter who wants to make more intricate and detailed projects. I kept the design similar, but for this card I used the coordinating Frosted Bouquet Framelits and die-cut my images. I wanted my flowers to have a more vibrant color so I used my Aqua Painter to spread the ink a bit. This wiped the detailing out of my flowers though so I re-stamped my images in a darker ink, Gray Granite, and I loved the result! I arranged my images on top of a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock that I ran through my Big Shot with the Tin Tile embossing folder. The sentiment was stamped on a Whisper White cardstock with Rich Razzleberry ink, punched out using the same Tailored Tag punch, then sponged with Rich Razzleberry around the edges. I added some Rhinestone jewels and silver metallic thread for embellishment before adhering my card on the Rich Razzleberry mat and then onto the card base. And lastly, I added some Wink of Stella to my flowers for a little shimmer.

So which type of crafter are you, and which card was your favorite? Whether you're a beginner, casual or avid crafter, what's important is that you're having fun creating and doing what you love! I hope you guys enjoyed today's projects and I thank you so much for stopping by. See you next time and happy crafting!