Blessed to Have You

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hey there! I was over on the MarkerPOP blog Thursday sharing this card using two Honey Bee stamp sets, Bless Your Heart, and Country Wreath.

I started by white heat embossing the large sentiment and some flowers and leaves onto a piece of water color card stock. Using MFT's basic stitch lines, I ran the 'cross stitch' edge through the die cut machine twice, placing it once at the top of the panel and once at the bottom. Using a Zig Clean Color Real Brush marker in No. 083 Lilac, I carefully traced (in a thin line) around the entire word, "blessed". Then, using a water brush, I activated the Zig marker lines to soften them. The flowers were colored in using No. 031 Cobalt Blue, No. 083 Lilac, and No. 051 Lemon Yellow, and the leaves are No. 045 Pale Green.

I white heat embossed 3 clusters of flowers and leaves on the main base panel, and colored them using the same colors mentioned above. "To have you" was white heat embossed on black card stock and die cut from MFT Blueprints 29 and adhered to the top panel. The top panel is adhered to the card base with foam adhesive. To add some extra glimmer, a few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins were added.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you have a great day!

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Love Bug!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hello crafty friends! I'm over on the MarkerPOP blog today with this fun bug card! The Love Bug stamp set from Hero Arts is just the cutest, don't you think?!

I started by die cutting two panels, one with Distress Watercolor Card Stock, and one in black card stock. Using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers (Carmine Red 022, Orange 070, Yellow 050, May Green 047, Cobalt Blue 031, Violet 080), I colored a small area of each color down the middle of the card stock panel. Then using a water brush, I spread the color around just enough to cover each insect. Once it was dry, I used Hero Hues Black Dye Ink to stamp each bug over each water colored spot.

The hearts were die cut with Neenah Solar White card stock and adhered to the main panel. Using a Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush, I added lots of sparkle to each of the hearts. The panel was then adhered to the black card stock panel.

To create the pattern on the front of the card base, I lined up the "Hi!" and the "love bug" sentiments right next to each on the same clear acrylic block. Then, I repeatedly stamped across the card, staggering each line. Love that background and that font! Finally, the other panel was mounted to the card base using foam tape. This was such a fun card to make!! I hope I've inspired you today and that you can set aside some crafty time for yourself! See you next time!

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Ellen Hutson Guest Artist Challenge

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Hey there! I'm popping in tonight to share this card I created for the Ellen Hutson Calling All Artists Pin-Sights Challenge!

I used the Essentials by Ellen Totally Fabulous Designer Dies, and Altenew stamp sets - Painted Flowers and Sohcahtoa. To achieve a different color on the "TOTALLY" die, I first die cut it from the stitched panel, and it's still 'anchored' at the bottom (the letters don't actually get cut all the way). I wanted to make sure the word stood out, so I inked up a separate piece of cardstock with the Lavender Fields ink, then die cut "TOTALLY" from it, and snipped the letters off at the bottom. From there, I just glued each purple letter right on top of the white letters! Easy as pie! :D

If you look carefully, I also looped the "l" in "fabulous" behind the "T" in "TOTALLY", and rotated fabulous so it's on an angle. I really love that look!

Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by! Crossing my fingers to be chosen for a guest artist spot! :)

Stamps: Altenew - Painted Flowers, Sohcahtoa
Dies: Essentials by Ellen Totally Fabulous Designer Dies; MFT - Blueprints 29
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White
Ink: Altenew - Jet Black, Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields; Hero Arts - Charcoal

MarkerPOP Challenge #101 Embossing

Monday, August 8, 2016

Hello! Today starts a BRAND NEW CHALLENGE over on the MarkerPOP blog!! The theme this time is EMBOSSING. Head on over to the blog to get the details on how to enter for a chance to win some awesome stamps!!

I'm sharing this fun baby shower card today. I started off by ink blending a soft blue sky on the Neenah card stock base with foam applicators and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass. Using MFT's STAX Stitched Circle Scallop Frames, I die cut the largest circle from the set using Neenah card stock. Using black embossing powder and VersaMark ink, I stamped and heat embossed the stork, balloons, and baby bundle from Avery Elle's Special Delivery stamp set on watercolor card stock. Those images were then die cut from the Avery Elle Special Delivery Die Set.

The images were colored in using Tim Holtz Distress Markers in Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Bundled Sage, Tumbled Glass, and Wilted Violet. I then used a water brush to move the ink colors around and create a watercolor look.

After all the pieces were water colored, I adhered the circle die to the card base. I wanted to get the sentiment perfectly centered within the circle, so I used the wonderful MISTI tool to do that!! If you don't have one of these yet, I HIGHLY recommend it! It will greatly improve your stamping results!! So, I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink, and then heat embossed it with black embossing powder. When the sentiment is heat embossed, it really adds some 'punch' to the card. Love that shiny look!

The clouds were adhered directly to the card base, and the rest of the die cut elements were adhered using foam tape to add some dimension. A white gel pen was used to add a 'light spot' to the balloons.

I had a blast creating this card....I hope it brings you some crafty inspiration today! Thanks for stopping by!

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Missing You! - Altenew

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Happy Thursday everyone! I'm over on the MarkerPOP blog today, and I'm so excited to share a CAS card using products from Altenew, one of my favorite stamping companies! CAS is my go-to style and I really love it...hope you enjoy it too ;)

I started by die cutting 3x the rounded tag from the Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Essentials 1 die set, using Neenah Solar White card stock. Then, using an ink blending tool, I applied Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, & Salty Ocean Distress Inks across the middle of each tag, and also on the tiny die cut hearts included in the die set. The butterflies are from the Altenew Botanical Garden set, and were stamped on the tags using Versafine Black Onyx Ink. The sentiment, from Altenew's Label Love set, was stamped in the same ink and fussy cut and mounted with Foam Tape.

A strip of black and white striped paper was adhered to the card base, then the tags and sentiment adhered on top of that. Super simple card to create! I hope I've inspired you today. Hope you get some crafty time in soon! ;)

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