Monday, February 1, 2016

Sparkle and Shine Challenge #23

Hello there!  Welcome to another Sparkle and Shine Challenge!!

Before I get into all of the new challenge details, I wanted to share some sad news with you.  Last week, the founder of Sparkle and Shine, Angel Johns, lost her husband, Chris, after a very short illness.  Chris not only leaves behind Angel, but their two young sons as well.  As you might imagine, they are facing some pretty heavy burdens financial and otherwise.  A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help the Johns family.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they adjust to the changes they have been faced with.  I know Angel appreciates each and every one of you.

Ok, now onto the challenge details!  Here is our inspiration photo for Challenge #23:


For my card, I wanted to play with my Paper Smooches Boom Bots stamp set.  I got it awhile back, and have been itching to color these adorable little guys!  To make my card, I started off by creating an inked backgound using Spun Sugar and Barn Door distress inks.  I added water droplets and then dabbed them off with a paper towel.  I was inspired by the polka dot background in the photo above.  I stamped, colored and diecut the robots and their little friend, and although it's  hard to see in the photo, I used the Shadows stamp set to add little shadows under them before popping them up with foam tape.  I add my sparkle, I used my Sakura Stardust pen on areas of the robots and the word bubble.  I apologize that it's so hard to see, but I promise it's there!  I stamped a sentiment from the same set, and some gears, also from the same set, on a diagonal to help the eye move from one side of the card to the other.


Love U Bots

Be sure to check out the blog for all of the challenge details and for lots more inspiration from the design team!

I am going to enter this card in the new Paper Smooches February Challenge - Fun & Cute!



Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Supplies:

Stamps: Paper Smooches Boom Bots, Shadows
Dies: Paper Smooches Boom Bots, Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangles Stackables
Paper: PTI White, Pure Poppy
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, London Fog, WPlus9 Fairy Dust, Lawn Fawn Lobster, Spun Sugar and Barn Door Distress Inks
Other: Copic Markers, Sakura Stardust Pen, White Gel Pen, foam tape

Lawnscaping Challenge #123 - Sending Love

Hello there!  It's time for another Lawnscaping Challenge!  Challenge #123 is all about sending love!


We are sponsored this week by our friends at Ellen Hutson!


For my card today, I decided to pull out a few sets that I have not used in awhile.  I started off by using Picked Raspberry distress ink to sponge an ombre background on a piece of white cardstock.  After I applied the ink, I added some water droplets and dabbed them up with a paper towel after a few seconds.  I just love the effect that it gives!  I added a piece of patterned paper from the Let's Polka in the Dark paper pad to the bottom of the panel, and then ran the piece through my diecut machine with the Large Stitched Rectangles Stackables to add a stitched edge.  Then I stamped and colored images from the Baked with Love stamp set and diecut them with the coordinating Baked With Love dies.  I also stamped and fussy cut the cake from the Year Three stamp set to put on top of my cake plate.  I added accents with a white gel pen and adhered some pieces with a glue pen and others with foam tape.   I stamped a sentiment from the Baked With Love stamp set, and stamped a few hearts to finish my scene.


All I Knead

Be sure to check out the blog for all of the challenge details and lots more inspiration from the design team! I hope you will join us for a chance to win an awesome prize!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

All supplies are listed and linked above :)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Watercolor Resist - Online Card Classes Homework

Hello there!!

So you all know how much I love watercolor!  I was so excited to see a new Online Card Class pop up on Watercolor for Card Makers: Intermediate Techniques.  I signed up right away!  Class started earlier this week, and I have to say that this class is my favorite so far.  I've learned so much!

Laura Bassen is a guest artist for the class and she did a bonus video on watercolor resist.  Now, I am  no LB, but I had a blast playing around with her technique!

I started off by heat embossing the MFT Sweater Stitch background on a piece of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor paper with clear embossing  powder.  Then, I  used the Lawn Fawn Hearts Stackables and Stitched Hearts Stackables dies to create a random scattering of watercolor hearts all over the card front.  Since the dies are outline dies, and the center is open, it is easy to paint inside them.  I used several different colors of distress ink and did the wet on dry watercolor technique to fill in the hearts.  For the added interest, I added some paint spatters by tapping my wet paint brush over the panel to spatter the ink.  When they were dry, I diecut the panel with the Avery Elle Wonky Stitches dies.  Then, using the Simon Says Stamp Sketchy Heart die, I added a dark grey heart as a frame to the heart that I wanted to be the main focus on the card.  I diecut a bright pink heart, stamped a sentiment from the Avery Elle Hogs and Kisses stamp set, and popped it up inside the framed out heart.  Then, using the smallest heart from the Hearts Stackables, I cut tiny hearts to coordinate with a few of the watercolored hearts.  I added some details with a white gel pen, and popped them up with foam tape before popping the entire panel up on a white card base.

Love You Watercolor Resist

I can't wait to play some more!  That's all for now!  Thanks for stopping by!

All supplies are listed and linked above :)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

COOL-est Card Series - Week #4 and more Reverse Confetti




Hello there!  I am so excited, because today, and every Thursday in January, I am teaming up with my friend Jenn Shurkus to bring you the 2016 Coolest Card Series!  Each week, we will be focusing on a particular company and technique, but every card will be winter or snow themed!  Each week, we will be giving away prizes so be sure to play along with us!  Here is how you can win:

1. Comment on this post
2. Comment on Jenn's post
3. Play along with us and link up using the inlinkz below

That gives you 3 chances to win per week, and we will be giving away one prize per week, so 4 prizes total.  The winners will be posted at 9am, February 4th.  When the winners are announced, you can find them here.

This week, anything goes as far as stamp manufacturers, as long as your project features some sort of sparkle!

For my card, I used an adorable new set from Reverse Confetti called S'more Love.  You may have seen it on my blog already a time or two (wink!).  I just can't get enough of these cute little critters!  I think they are so cute all decked out in their winter attire.  I started off my card by cutting a piece of white cardstock 4" x 5.25".  I freehanded a hill and cut it from post it note to mask off the bottom portion to form a snowy hill.  Then, using an ink blending tool and Peacock Feather distress ink, I blended an ombre effect on the panel starting out darker near the masked off snow bank and gradually getting lighter as I worked my way up the panel.  Then I dripped some water on the paper and sopped it up with a paper towel to add some interest to the background and make it look a bit like snow off in the distance.  Then I removed the mask, and stamped, colored and diecut the penguins using the coordinating S'more Love Confetti cuts.  I popped them up with foam tape and stamped a sentiment from the same set on the bottom right hand side of the card.  To fill in the sky, I added a few snowflakes from the same stamp set, and a scattering of sequins for some sparkle.


Reverse Confetti

Can we just talk for a second about this hat?  Seriously?  It doesn't get any cuter.  And here you can see that awesome water droplet effect on the background.  I can't get enough.


Reverse Confetti

I hope you are feeling inspired! Be sure to check out what Jenn has to share with you today! You can see her project by clicking here

 Play along with us for a chance to win! Share your creations with us on instagram using the hashtag #COOLestcardseries. We'd love to see how you are inspired by the challenges!

Want a chance to win this week's awesome prize?


Comment on this post, on Jenn's post, or enter your own project into our inlinkz below!




Thanks so much for stopping by! :)








Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Reverse Confetti SFYTT

Hello there!  Today I have a card to share with you using some new January goodies and the January sketch for you to try - SFYTT by Reverse Confetti.  I'm sure it goes without saying, but these adorable penguins from the S'more Love stamp set are my favorite of this month's release.  I just can't put them down!

Reverse Confetti SFYTT

Here is the SFYTT:

And here is my card following the sketch.  Instead of doing a vertical strip of paper down the center of the card front, I chose to watercolor a stripe down the middle of the card in shades of pink and purple.  When it was dry, I  cut a strip of one of  the new All Heart Quick Card Panels  and adhered that on top of the watercolor.  Then I diecut the two largest pieces from the Layered Snowflake die to ground the focal point.  I popped the snowflake up using foam tape.  Then I stamped, colored and diecut one of the penguins from the S'more Love stamp set and popped her up on top of the snowflake using foam tape.  I needed a horizontal element to complete the sketch, so I tied some Lilac twine around the bottom of the card panel and finished it off with a bow.  Finally, I stamped a sentiment from the S'more Love stamp set on a strip of white card stock, cut it on a diagonal on one end, and secured the other end with a few staples before popping the entire panel up on a white card base.

Reverse Confetti SFYTT

That's all for me today!  Thanks so much for stopping by! :)











Thursday, January 21, 2016

COOL-est Card Series - Week #3




Hello there!  I am so excited, because today, and every Thursday in January, I am teaming up with my friend Jenn Shurkus to bring you the 2016 Coolest Card Series!  Each week, we will be focusing on a particular company and technique, but every card will be winter or snow themed!  Each week, we will be giving away prizes so be sure to play along with us!  Here is how you can win:

1. Comment on this post
2. Comment on Jenn's post
3. Play along with us and link up using the inlinkz below

That gives you 3 chances to win per week, and we will be giving away one prize per week, so 4 prizes total.  The winners will be posted at 9am, February 4th.  When the winners are announced, you can find them here.

Our theme this week is Pinks and Reds, and we are using Lawn Fawn products!

For my card today, I created a watecolor background using Lawn Fawn Lobster and Plastic Flamingo inks.  Because they are dye based inks, you can watercolor with them!  When it was dry, I diecut it with the Small Stitched Rectangles dies.  I added a strip of the Let's Polka in the Dark striped patterned paper to the bottom.  Then I diecut the largest snowflake from the Stitched Snowflakes dies out of white card stock.  I stamped, colored and diecut the cute little Winter Owl.  I  just love adding googly eyes to him!  I selectively inked a sentiment from the Winter Owl stamp set to create a custom sentiment.  Then I matted the panel on the Scalloped Rectangles Stackables and mounted the whole thing to a white card base with foam tape.  As a final finishing touch, I added some Sweetheart Lawn Trimmings and a scattering of Mini Snowflakes.


Owl I want is You


I hope you are feeling inspired! Be sure to check out what Jenn has to share with you today! You can see her project by clicking here

Want a chance to win this week's awesome prize?



 Play along with us for a chance to win! Share your creations with us on instagram using the hashtag #COOLestcardseries. We'd love to see how you are inspired by the challenges! 



Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

All Supplies are listed and linked above :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Reverse Confetti Special Release


Hello there!  Today, I am sharing a project that I made with a few products from the Reverse Confetti Special Release that just hit the Reverse Confetti store today!  I am all about cute packaging, and products that make that easy, so I squealed out loud when I saw these new goodies!

Here is my valentine treat box using the brand new In the Bag dies, Layered Bow dies and Clear Tote Bags!

The Clear Tote Bags arrive flat, and they are super easy to assemble.  You just lock in the bottom of the bag, and fold gently on the score lines.  The box is a pretty good size assembled, so you can fit lots of great goodies in there.

I used the In the Bag dies along with some fun patterned paper from my stash to line the inside of the box.  First, I cut the scalloped piece.  It is scored in two places to fold and line the bottom of the box.  Then I cut a striped piece of paper, measuring just a hair under 4" x 6" to be the backing of the inside of the box.  I adhered the striped piece to the scalloped piece, and then before putting it in the box, I diecut some red and white hearts using the Double Heart Garland border dies, which I glued to the scalloped piece before putting the insert into the box.  I fill the box part way with some red paper shred to give my chocolates a little lift so that they could be seen behind the scalloped panel, added the candy, and closed the box.  To dress things up a little further, I used the Layers Bow dies to add a cute paper bow.  I cut the larger bow loops and bow tails from red cardstock, and then cut the smaller bow loops and tails from coordinating patterned paper.  I glued all of the pieces today, and instead of using the bow center that is included in the die set, I opted for a big red button threaded with some red and white twine.  Then I used the cut little tag dies that are part of the In the Bag die set, and cut a tag from white cardstock.  The tag topper, one of two included in the die set, was cut from more patterned paper.  I added a sentiment to my tag using the Lovey  Words dies and Lovey Word Coordinates stamp set.  I attached the tag to the bow using some Maraschino twine and then  used scor-tape to adhere the bow to the box.  A tiny glue dot holds the tag in place. 

Reverse Confetti Valentine Box

Here it is a little closer:

Reverse Confetti Valentine Box

Isn't this bow just the cutest?  There are so many possibilities.  I might be putting paper Layered Bows on everything from now on.

Reverse Confetti Valentine Box

Here you can see a side view of the box.  There is plenty of room to fit other goodies in there along with the chocolates (which I found at Target, by the way).  These boxes and dies are an adorable way to dress up gifts.  So easy to make a $1 box of chocolates look like a million bucks!

Reverse Confetti Valentine Box

Be sure to hop along with the rest of the Reverse Confetti gang, and see what everyone else made with these fun new products!

Reverse Confetti Blog
Amy Kolling
Audrey Tokach - **you are here**
Heather Pulvirenti
Jennifer McGuire
Lisa Addesa
Lisa Henke
Kay Miller
Amy Rohl
Amy Tsuruta
Nichol Magouirk
Amy Sheffer
Sarah Gough
Laurie Schmidlin
Wanda Guess
Susan Liles

Leigh Penner


Thanks so much for stopping by! :)











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