Tuesday, March 3, 2015

So Very Blessed for Neat & Tangled

I had so much fun during last month's Neat & Tangled collaboration with Cosmo Cricket that I thought I would make another card using the Just Add Watercolor paper pad.

This heart is from one of the cut apart tag sheets in the 12x12 pad.  I used Kuretake Gansai watercolors to color it.  Then I masked the sentiment from So Very Blessed, stamped it over the heart in Versafine, and clear embossed.

Then I added some stitching and embellishments.  I originally planned to use my clear sequins, but I couldn't find them (which, if you saw my craft area, is not at all surprising).  So, I used the white and pink sequins from the Full of Love sequin mix instead.  I stitched around the heart three times, stitching over the sequins as I went.  Then I finished it off with some Close to My Heart gems.

That's all for today, thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Cosmo Cricket - Just Add Watercolor 12x12 pad; Avery Elle - Silver Fox cardstock
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled - So Very Blessed
Ink:  Versafine
Other:  Neat & Tangled - Full of Love Sequin Mix; Kuretake - Gansai Watercolors; CTMH - Clear Embossing Powder and Sparkles; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Monday, March 2, 2015

Oh Happy Day! (and reminder)

Hey everyone!  Hope that you had a great weekend.  I was able to get several assignments done, so I rewarded myself by creating a just for fun card.

I wanted to ink up another of the new Ellen Hutson sets, Bold Blooms.  I used the Bold Blossoms stand alone dies in my post last week, and today I wanted to feature the stamp set.

I kept this very clean and simple.  Each of the flowers was stamped multiple times (four times for the small ones and five times for the big ones).  The flowers were then colored with Copics in graduating shades of red and then fussy cut and adhered with foam tape to create dimension.

My Copic collection is not as large as I would like so although I ended up with four layers to each of my flowers, I used only three Copic colors.  The darkest I colored several times of the final layer to make the color deeper.  Similarly for the leaves, I used only two colors...the middle portion of the leaf is the two colors blended together.

I love this look, the images remind me of stained glass.

Just a reminder, today is the last day to comment/complete the Ellen Hutson Winter 2015 Release Hop.  There's a giveaway at each stop, and also the opportunity to win the entire release.  Head to this post to start.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - White Daisy Cardstock; Avery Elle - White Cardstock; PTI - True Black Cardstock
Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen - Bold Bloom
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  Copics; Scotch - Foam Adhesive; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Friday, February 27, 2015

MFT February Round Up

I'm recapping all my MFT cards for the month today, but I couldn't resist slipping in an extra card.  I am a huge fan of the Birdie Brown line at MFT, and this You're Super set might just be my very favorite.

I kept this card very simple.  She's stamped on watercolor paper and very sketchily painted in with Kuretake Gansai watercolors.  I wanted to give her that rough, sketchy, black & white comic book look.  I almost left her all black and white, but I decided she need just a little hint of color, so I colored in the star.

OK, onto this month's cards:

Don't forget, there are two challenges currently open at the challenge blog, a sketch challenge and a color challenge.  Would love to see you play along!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

MFT Color Challenge 16

Time for a new color challenge at the MFT challenge blog.

Here's a sneak of my card over at the challenge blog (I used a doily as a stencil to create the background):

I decided to make another card since I had some pre-colored doily from the first card.  Here's what I came up with using the same colors as well as the Fishnet stencil and a sentiment from the I Love You More set.

Be sure to head over to the Challenge Blog to check out all the projects and get the details.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

MFT Sketch 217

It's Wednesday, which means a new sketch at the MFT challenge blog.

I'm excited about this one because it's great for using up your scraps.

Here's a little sneak of my official card.  I decided to go ahead and whip up an extra card since I have so many scraps.

This sketch really is a quick and easy one that allows for mass production.  I hope you will play along!  Now head over to the challenge blog to see all the DT cards and get the details.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Here's another card that was picked up for publication, but didn't end up in print.  

The category for this one was piecing, and you all know I like to piece.

I used Avery Elle's Rounded Diamonds, stamping it a ton of times in three different BG patterned papers.  Then there was A LOT of fussy cutting and reassembly.  I can't exactly remember, but I'm guessing this was at least two shows on the DVR.

That's all for today, thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Basic Grey - Carte Postale 6x6 pad; Avery Elle - Silver Fox and White Cardstock; PTI - True Black Cardstock
Stamps:  Avery Elle - Rounded Diamonds; Waffle Flower Crafts - Flower Circles
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Other:  Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Kuretake Glue Pen

Monday, February 23, 2015

Essentials by Ellen Winter Release 2015 Bog Hop

Hello, and welcome to the Winter 2015 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop!  I'm THRILLED to be participating and will be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today!  You're going to love this release, so many wonderful sentiments, images, and dies.  OK, here's what I made:

First up, a card featuring the You Rock dies (some of you are lucky enough to have these already as they were part of Ellen's Black Friday special last year, but now they are available for general purchase) and the Hello Gorgeous stamp set.

I wanted to use the gemstone die in a different way, so I die cut a whole slew of them, ran them through my Xyron sticker maker and then adhered them to a panel of cardstock to create a pattern.  I wanted to add some extra sparkle, so I cut another group of them from silver glitter paper and then popped the negative cuts into the top of the stones.  I think it gives it a slightly Art Deco feel.

I cut a strip out of the panel to create a space for the sentiment, which was embossed in silver.  Some thin strips of silver glitter paper accent the opening, and the original panel with the die cuts was popped up for some extra dimension.

My next card features the Folk Heart dies and Love You So stamp set.  The dies come wired together, and although I'll eventually snip them apart and use them individual, for this card I just left them together and die cut them several times using three shades of red/pink cardstock.  

I freehand cut some hearts from printer paper to use as bases and then assembled the hearts.  I wanted to create some shine in the card, so I inked them with Versamark and clear embossed them.  I ended up doing this twice to get a really good glazed look.  

The hearts were then adhered to the top and bottom panels, and the excess was trimmed away.  The sentiment was stamped in Versafine and clear embossed, and then the heart panels were adhered with foam adhesive.  

I just had to squeeze in one more card, because the Bold Blooms dies were begging me to use them, and who am I to refuse?  This one was just fun, fun, fun to make.  I started by die cutting a bunch of blooms and leaves.  I positioned the flowers to get an idea of where they would go, and then removed them and 'colored' them in with a paintbrush Dylusions Spray Mists. 

Once that was dry I added some dark splatter as well as a little bit of stenciling/paste for some extra texture.  I wanted to glam it up a bit, adding a strip of gold cardstock which was stitched on.  The flowers were then adhered (just the center part of the flowers).  The sentiment comes from the Hello Gorgeous set.  I added a bit more stitching to that and then popped it up.  A few gold sequins finished it off.  

Ok, not for the fun stuff, I get to give this new stamp set, called Hello Gorgeous to a lucky someone!  Please leave a comment to enter my giveaway!

There is also a Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, and at every stop along the hop by March 2nd; winners will be announced March 4th!

Your next stop is Julia Stainton, but here is the full hop order in case you get turned around:  

Happy hoppin’!