Thursday, June 23, 2022

LDRS Creative | Hey Friend Kit - Wish You Were Here

I LOVE the new Hey Friend Kit from LDRS Creative sold exclusively through! It's such a fun kit! I paired the pretty florals with an easy paper strip herringbone background. 

I stamped the florals from the Hey Friend Kit with Raven Hybrid Ink and used Clear Embossing Powder to heat set the ink so that it wouldn't smudge. I used LDRS Creative Blender Brushes and used the four layering stencils along with Marina Madness, Bali Blue, Key Lime Pie, and Four Leaf Hybrid Inks to add color to the images. Then I die cut them and a sentiment with the coordinating dies included in the Hey Friend Kit.

Next up - the background! I love the Background Strip Dies from LDRS Creative. I often use them as accents or to create diagonal striped backgrounds, but today I decided to go with a herringbone type background. I used the 1/4" Slimline Background Strip Die and cut a dark and light shade of pink cardstock and a dark and light shade of yellow cardstock. I covered a piece of cardstock with a double sided adhesive and started adding strips of cardstock. Be sure to check out my video to see how easy it was to build this background! 

Once the background was completed I used the second largest die from the A2 Stitched Layered Card Toppers and cut the patterned background and used the largest die to cut a layer of white cardstock. 

I cut a scalloped circle from the Just a Note Dies from white cardstock and trimmed off the left side so that it would hang off the edge of my background. I arranged the flowers from the Hey Friend Kit and added them with foam tape and popped a sentiment up on top. That's it! So simple, but so colorful! 

Remember that the Hey Friend Kit from LDRS Creative is sold exclusively at Quantities are limited and once the kit is gone, it's gone! Happy shopping!

Monday, June 20, 2022

Pink & Main | Glittery Embossing Powder Summer Card

I have been LOVING the new Glitter Embossing Powders from Pink & Main! I used two of my favorite colors to create a sparkly summer card. 

The camera just doesn't give justice to the sparkle on this card! I can't say enough good things about the glitter embossing powders from Pink & Main. The embossing results in color that is so smooth with SO MUCH glitter! 

Let's start with the background! I cut a piece of Pebble Cardstock to the size of an A2 card, treated it with my Magic Anti-Static Brush, and stamped the sand dollar, seashell, and star fish from the Waves of Cheer Stamp Set with Pink & Main Embossing Watermark Ink. I sprinkled on Princess Pink Embossing Powder and heat set the background. It's so pretty!! I love to add a few spatters to my backgrounds, but I decided to do something special and add some embossed spatters. I flicked some plain water all over my background with a paintbrush and then sprinkled on Sea Glass Embossing Powder

I stamped the seahorse from the Waves of Cheer Stamp Set and heat embossed it with Sea Glass Embossing Powder and cut it out with the Waves of Cheer Dies. I used black ink and stamped a sentiment from the same set and used the coordinating dies to cut it out. I cut a piece of vellum with a Zig Zag Circle and added my image and sentiment on top with foam tape.

I hid some vellum behind my images so that I could pop up the vellum circle and that finishes my card! I hope you enjoyed this super shimmery summer card! 

Friday, June 17, 2022

LDRS Creative | Watercoloring with Hybrid Inks

I'm pretty lousy at no line coloring, but I have a simple trick for you using LDRS Creative Hybrid Inks!

I love the look of no line coloring, but try and try as I might - it's a technique I haven't mastered. So I cheated! I started by stamping the orchid image from the Orchid 4x6 Stamps onto a piece of LDRS Creative Watercolor Cardstock. I didn't use black ink though! This time I used a bit of masking and stamped the flowers with Grape Ape Hybrid Ink and the stem and leaves with Four Leaf Hybrid Ink. Here's the trick - I colored the image with the same hybrid inks. Adding water to hybrid inks won't make them work like watercolors, but adding a bit of alcohol will! I smooshed the inks onto my glass work surface and added some isopropyl alcohol and used a brush to 'watercolor' the image and then cut it out with the Orchid Coordinating Dies

I stamped the small floral cluster image from the Orchid 4x6 Stamps all over a piece of A2 cardstock with Alloy Hybrid Ink and then added some purple shimmer watercolor spatters. I stamped the sentiments with Raven Hybrid Ink and added some clear embossing powder to the sentiments for shine. As I started to build my card I realized that I didn't love the size, but I had already made the background and I didn't want it to go to waste, so I decided to add some layers! I cut a piece of white cardstock slightly larger than A2 - 4.5" x 5.75" - and dragged my Alloy Hybrid Ink along all 4 sides to create a mat that perfectly matched the stamped piece. 

I created a card base that was slightly larger than my mat - 4.75" x 6" - and put my card together with foam tape so that there would be a lot of dimension for this simple card. It's a strange size, but I think it works! Thanks for joining me! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

LDRS Creative | Butterfly Pirouette Card

I saw some butterflies flitting around my garden the other day and made a card inspired by them! This pirouette of butterflies is the perfect depiction of the fluttering fun they were having! 

I cut a piece of cardstock to 4.25" x 5x5" and lined it up with the 4.25" marks on the base piece of the Pirouette Pattern Templates. I placed the circular acetate template on top and lined up the butterfly from the Tulip 4x6 Stamps into one of the quadrants and stamped it with Raven Hybrid Ink. I turned the template and stamped again and repeated the process twice more to make four butterflies in a circle. I removed the butterfly and lined up the sprig of greenery and stamped it four times forming a circle around the butterflies. 

I stamped the 'beautiful' word as well as a coordinating sentiment onto white cardstock and cut them out with scissors. I cut down the stamped panel with the second largest die from the A2 Stitched Layered Card Toppers Die Set and a second panel with the largest die from the same set. I layered them together with foam tape and popped up the sentiments in the center of the fluttering butterflies. 

I finished off the card with a scattering of yellow baubles. And that's it! Thanks for joining me. I'll see you again soon! 

Monday, June 13, 2022

Pink & Main | Hello Sunshine

Hello, sunshine! It's time for a sneak peek of the Pink & Main June Release! I used new stamps, dies, and a new embossing powder on this happy summer card. 

I'm in love with the upcoming Pink & Main release! So many fun summer things! I chose a couple of my favorites and dove in. Let's start with the background. I brushed a piece of cardstock with my Pink & Main Magic Anti-Static Brush and stamped small sun from the new Flocks of Love Stamp Set and all over the card front with Pink & Main Embossing Watermark Ink. I sprinkled on some new Ray of Sunshine Embossing Powder and heat set the images. I love this powder! It's the perfect lemony/sunshine yellow with GLITTER! 

I knew I wanted to use the new Hello Sunshine Word Dies, but I wanted to add more than just one color of cardstock. I cut 1/4" strips of The Park, Dress Shop, Lakeside, Night Sky, and Barbershop Cardstocks and adhered them to a piece of scrap cardstock. I cut the word "hello" from the striped papers, the word "sunshine" from Construction Cardstock, and the shadow from white cardstock. I glued the sentiment onto the shadow and added foam tape to the back and set it aside.

My card needed one more thing ... a cute summery critter! I stamped a flamingo from the Flocks of Love Stamp Set, colored it with Copic Markers, and cut it out with the Flocks of Love Coordinating Dies

I added my sentiment and image to the center of my card with foam tape. I used a shimmer pen to add some extra glitter to both of them and that's it! I'll see you soon! 

Monday, June 6, 2022

Pink & Main | Hoppy Birthday to You!

I'm wishing you a 'hoppy' birthday with the adorable Ribbit Stamps and Dies from Pink & Main!

I love a good pun, don't you? And I love that this card is great for kids or adults! It's quite simple to make and I just used a few supplies. I wanted to create a centered focal point on my card with my stenciling. You could use masking tape, but I'm not very good at keeping things straight, so I find it MUCH easier to use the Pink & Main Mask-It Rectangle Stencil. There are guidelines etched into the stencil so you know right where to line it up on an A2 Card. I first adhered the Garden Gate Stencil to my card and then the Mask-It Rectangle Stencil and used an Ergonomic Blender Brush and two shades of green ink to stencil my background. 

I am a HUGE fan of adding spatters to my background. I think it adds texture and something interesting to a simple background. I used two colors of shimmer watercolor - green and gold - drying in between colors so that they wouldn't mix. I set the panel aside to dry for a bit and worked on the rest of the card. 

I stamped the frog, log, and two fireflies from the Ribbit Stamp Set and colored them with Copic Markers. I used the Ribbit Coordinating Dies to cut out each of the images and started adding them to my card with foam tape. 

I stamped the 'hoppy birthday' sentiment onto a piece of white cardstock and used one of the Large Sentiment Strip Dies to cut it out and added it below my scene. That's it! Thanks for joining me!

Monday, May 30, 2022

LDRS Creative | Diamonds Coverplate Shaker Card

The new Diamonds A2 Coverplate Die from LDRS Creative makes fabulous easy backgrounds, but I wanted to step up the die by using it to make a shaker card! 

Let's start with the shaker! Each of those diamond "wells" hold sequins to make sure that sequins can be seen all over the card. Trust me - it's easier to do than it sounds! I have a handy trick! I started by using the Diamonds A2 Coverplate to cut 6 pieces of heavy weight white cardstock. I used liquid adhesive and glued all but one of the die-cut panels together to create one thick piece similar to a chipboard background. I added a piece of acetate on top of the panels and glued my remaining diamonds die-cut piece on top. I flipped the piece over and added confetti sequins to each of the "wells". Now I need something to seal up my shaker. You could use anything - colored cardstock, your card base, or patterned paper. I chose one of the patterns from the One Fine Day 6x6 Paper Pack, cut it to size, and adhered it to the back of my shaker panel. Now I have confetti floating around each of those diamond shapes instead of falling all the way to the bottom! 

I used Raven Hybrid Ink to stamp the hummingbird, large orchid, smaller flowers, as well as a sentiment from the Orchid Stamp Set. I colored the images with alcohol markers and cut them out with the Orchid Coordinating Dies and added everything to the front of my shaker. That's it! So fun and so easy!