Saturday, May 25, 2019

Ink Blended Anniversary Card

Hi, everyone! Tomorrow is my seven year wedding anniversary and I needed a "no frills" and "not girly" anniversary card for my husband. I grabbed the Happily Ever After stamp set from The Rabbit Hole Designs and made him a simple card. 

Our wedding colors were sunflower yellow and chocolate chip brown, so I thought I would make a card playing off of those colors. I started by blending some Fossilized Amber Distress Ink onto the left side of a panel of cardstock and blended that into Mustard Seed Distress Ink. I knew I would be making a peek through card, so I didn't need to blend the whole panel, just a a little strip. I added some of the hearts from the Happily Ever After stamp set with white heat embossing over the ink and colored them in with clear water. This gives them a bleached effect. It's subtle, but just enough! Then I took a second piece of cardstock and chopped out a diagonal portion of the cardstock and mounted it on top of my inked panel with some fun foam. I stamped a simple sentiment from the Happily Ever After stamp set to finish it off!

Whether or not my husband will realize that this card was based off of our wedding colors remains to be seen! Haha! Thanks for joining me for this simple wedding card!

Scrapping for Less May 2019 FOTM Card Kit Reveal

Hey, everyone! I hope you're ready to see what Scrapping for Less has in store for the May 2019 Flavor of the Month card kit! It's a GREAT one this month! The theme is myths and legends and this kit has some of my favorite papers! I have my unboxing video showing everything you'll get in the kit at the end of this post as well as my 5 cards 1 kit video! 

Our Myths and Legends blog hop begins at the Scrapping for Less blog. There, you will find the complete lineup. AND…make sure you enter the Rafflecopter. You can find the new kit for May on the Subscription page as well as great photographs of the contents of the kit. Make sure to grab yours fast as it may sell out quickly! Thanks for joining us today! Happy Crafting! P.S. for some fun facts on the elements and origins of the myths and legends of this month's kit head to the Scrapping for Less blog for some little tidbits about our legendary elements.

As always there are two ways to purchase your kit - The Double Dip subscription or the Banana Split subscription. The Banana Split is TOTALLY worth it for the extra goodies! This month there's an embossing folder, some glitter, and a FULL SIZED stamp set from Scrapping for Less! The stamp set has the CUTEST book image and coordinating sentiments for the stamps in the rest of the kit! 

You can find the sketches for this kit (and past ones, too!) in the downloads section at the Scrapping for Less store!

I used each sketch pictured above and made a card from each collection in the kit as well as a card with the bonus pack of goodies! Scroll to the bottom of this post to watch my process video! 

There were some kraft tags in collection 1 and I wanted to use them since I rarely make anything other than a card. I trimmed some patterned paper and some kraft cardstock from my stash and added them to the bottom of my tag. I love the little Loch Ness Monster stamp from Kindred Stamps! I colored her in shades of turquoise and added a heat embossed sentiment and some Simply White Nuvo Drops.

Did I say how much I LOVE the patterned papers this month?! I do! I love them! Love love love them! The ones in the first collection and this one (the second collection) are my favorites! The Pretty Little Rainbow Papers have a watercolor feel - and if you know me then you know I love watercolor and rainbows! I used layered up some of the papers for my background and stamped and colored the Pegasus stamp to be my focal image.

Collection three has the cutest fairy stamps from Avery Elle! I stamped and colored her skirt, wings, and the little lightning bugs with some Nuvo Jewel Drops. Check out my video to see how! Then I layered up some stitched die cuts and added some twine and sequins.

The meadow background paper is one of the best things I've seen from this kit! It's perfect! A ready made background! I didn't need to do anything fancy to make this card fabulous! I just stamped a sentiment and colored the little gnomes!

I just LOVE the extra stamp set in the Banana Split level kit! The book image and sentiments are so cute! I used some papers from the second collection to create the background for my card and for the book. I stamped the book onto the paper and trimmed it out and added the little monster from the Kindred Stamps set and a simple sentiment!

Check out my unboxing video below to see everything you'll get in this kit!

And here's my 5 cards 1 kit video!

Blog Hop 

I'll see you next time!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Coloring White Flowers with LDRS Creative

Hey there, everyone! I have a project for the LDRS Creative blog today! I've seen white flowers popping up everywhere lately and I love the look! I decided to try my hand at them! 

I started by stamping out each of the flowers and leaves from the If Friends Were Flowers stamp set. I LOVE that there's a large bouquet of flowers already arranged in the stamp set, but there are extra flowers and leaves so that you can add on or build your own bouquet! I used the Raven Hybrid Ink Cube to stamp my images because I knew I would be coloring with alcohol markers. This ink is AMAZING and I LOVE that you can use it with so many different coloring mediums. Once my coloring was done I cut out each of my images with the If Friends Were Flowers die set.

I can't get enough of the Eyelet Lace Rectangle dies. The lace edge is GORGEOUS! I die cut the largest die from some heavy weight cardstock. I thought this card needed some color ... and since my favorite color is rainbow (haha!) I grabbed the Sweet Sensations paper pad and chose the rainbow chevron patterned paper. I die cut it with the small rectangle die in the Eyelet Lace Rectangle die set. I glued the flowers and leaves down with a mix of liquid adhesive and foam squares. For a fun tip on how I adhere groups of die cuts check out my video! I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the If Friends Were Flowers stamp set and added it to the center of my flower arrangement.

The largest die in the Eyelet Lace Rectangle die set will beautifully layer onto a standard A2 card base, but I just LOVE the lace detail and I wanted that to shine on my card. Rather than layer the die cut onto a card I cut a small card to glue behind the die cut. The card is small - only about 2 1/2 by 4 inches - but it's big enough for a small message and I love how you can see through the lace detailed edge. That's it for my card! I hope you'll watch my process video below!

I hope you've enjoyed this card! See you soon!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Rainbow Background with the May 2019 Box from The Hedgehog Hollow

Hey, everyone! I am absolutely in LOVE with the three stamp sets in the May 2019 box from The Hedgehog Hollow! The detailed floral images are gorgeous! I hope you enjoy this watercolored background and heat embossed bouquet card!

I watercolored a striped background with the Prima Watercolor Confections Pastel Dreams set. I planned to just have a few stripes across the middle, but I ended up painting the whole rainbow and I love how it turned out!

I originally stamped and white heat embossed the image from the Sophia Bouquets stamp set directly onto my watercolored background. I tried to double stamp the image and I moved my paper and messed up my image. No problem! I stamped and white heat embossed the bouquet onto a piece of black cardstock and fussy cut around the outline. I mounted it with foam tape and placed it right over my botched embossed image. I stamped my favorite sentiment from the Sophia Frames stamp set to finish off the card.

I totally LOVE how the black with white embossing looks on top of the rainbow watercoloring! Check out my video below!

Thanks for watching!

Kindred Stamps Once Upon a Nap Sneak Peek

Hello, everyone! I'm SO excited about the May 2019 release from Kindred Stamps! This release has some of my FAVORITE fandoms! I have a video at the end of this post - I encourage you to watch it! It has been so so so so rainy here that it was difficult for me to photograph this project to show off its true glory! Haha! But you can definitely see all the sparkle and shine in the video!

The entire Kindred Stamps May release will be available Friday, May 24th at 8am PST/11am EST. Be sure to subscribe to the Kindred Stamps blog to see a daily line up of sneak peeks from our amazing Design Team and see the full product release on Friday! Come join the Fan Club and release event to be part of the release fun, and you may just win some Kindred Stamps credit!!

But wait ... there's more!! Haha! Kindred Stamps is giving away a $10 giftcard to a random commenter on my blog and YouTube channel! To win leave me a comment telling me your favorite medium to use with stencils! I used three on my card, but there's so many more! You have until May 28th at 9am EST to leave a comment! Please make sure to leave your email so that I can contact you! (Or if you're logged in to Google that should work!) Good luck!

I am featuring the Once Upon a Nap stamp set today and I KNEW that I had to have it as soon as I saw it! This is my FAVORITE villain! She's just so super fierce! I wanted to bring out her dragon form in the background, so I used the new Dragon Scales stencil from last month's release from Kindred Stamps!

I adhered the Dragon Scales stencil with Pixie Spray because I wanted every bit of this stencil to stick to my cardstock and stay stuck through every medium I planned to use. To start off I added color with Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, and Wilted Violet Distress Inks using my Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios. Keeping my stencil in place I sprayed a healthy coating of Silver Glitter Dust from ThermOWeb and then used Versamark ink over that and heat embossed the panel with clear powder. And the Pixie Spray held on through all of that!!

After using the three mediums above I wanted to color the white part of my dragon scales background. I used some Indian Gold Nuvo Mousse and a foam blender to add the mousse and buffed off the extra with a towel. The inked background stays in tact because the clear embossing powder acts as a sealant.

Now it's time for finishing touches! I stamped and colored my villain image from the Once Upon a Nap stamp set and I felt like it was getting lost against the colorful background, so I added a die cut vellum rectangle and a thin frame to the center of my card. I gold heat embossed a sentiment to tie in the gold in the background and added some black Nuvo Drops to tie in the black frame! Check out my process video below!

Thanks so much for joining me! I hope you loved this little peek at the May 2019 release from Kindred Stamps!

Monday, May 20, 2019

It's All Rainbows and Sunshine

Today is release day at Pink & Main! The May 2019 release is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! I'm sharing one of my favorite cards that I made using the new release products today! It just makes me so happy to look at it! 

I started by using a rainbow of Distress Inks to blend the happiest background I've ever seen! Haha! Then for a bit of texture I flicked on some water and soaked up the excess with a towel.

I love the little sunshine image in the Bright Side stamp set! And there are a few different faces that you can stamp in the middle of the sun to give them different personalities! I decided to use a piece of patterned paper from the Back to Basics paper pad and I chose the pale yellow with subtle yellow dots. I stamped the sunshine and faces on the piece of patterned paper repeatedly and used the matching die to cut out all of my little sunshine images. Once I had all the images cut out I added them all over my inked background with foam tape for dimension. For some contrast I decided to white heat emboss a sentiment from the Bright Side stamp set onto a piece of black cardstock and added it to the right side of my card.

I love all the different areas of texture on this card! The spots in the background and the dots on the patterned paper! I added some clear glitter to the sentiment strip and to each of the die cut sunshine images! I hope you'll head over to the Pink & Main store and check out the Bright Side stamp set and the rest of the May 2019 release!

ThermOWeb and The Ink Road Collaboration

One of the GREATEST things about being on the ThermOWeb design team is that ThermOWeb collaborates frequently with other companies! I love when companies work together in this industry! And mixing products and stamps together is so much fun and this week ThermOWeb is working with The Ink Road! One of my favorite companies! I made two videos for today! The cards use similar products, but were just different enough that I felt I needed to use two different videos!

I used the This Stamp is Bananas stamp set from The Ink Road along with some White Pearl Metallix from ThermOWeb. YES! That's White Pearl Metallix! I mixed in some liquid watercolors to create different colors! You can find that in video number one!

I wanted to use the Mouse Floral stencil from Miss Ink Stamps along with the Black Ice Deco Foil Metallix for my second card. I LOVE the yellow and black color combo! The Chin Up Buttercup stamp set is PERFECT for this project! It's my favorite and I love how this card turned out!

If you want more information head over to the ThermOWeb blog! Thanks for joining me today!