Sunday, May 24, 2020

i-crafter | Positive Thoughts Mini Terrarium Shaker

A little bit of stamping, a little bit of die cutting, and a fun little shaker window is all it takes to build a clean and simple terrarium shaker with i-crafter goodies!

I stamped a border at the bottom of my card using a stamp from the Comic Half Tone Dots Stamp Set and Majestic Lilac Hybrid Ink. The stamp wasn't long enough to stretch across the bottom of my card, so I stamped it once, shifted my card, and stamped again using the same ink.

Now let's create that cute little shaker! I die cut the backer and frame for my shaker from the Mini Succulent Terrarium Die Set. I also cut a few little pieces for the inside of the terrarium from the Mini Succulent Terrarium Die Set. I blended some yellow ink onto the backer piece and glued the succulents on top. The new Geometric Dimensional Domes make it SO easy to create little terrarium shakers! All you do is adhere the frame on top of the dome, fill the dome with some shaker bits, and adhere the backer to the dome! I added a bit of gold twine to make it look like it was hanging from the top of my card.

To finish the card I stamped a sentiment from the Scattered Thoughts Stamp Set with Hushed Darkness Hybrid Ink. Have fun building your own mini terrariums!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Simon Hurley create. | Cake Walk Characters Birthday Card

The new release from Simon Hurley create. has some products perfect for birthdays! I'm obsessed with the Cake Walk Stamp Set and the Party Hats Background Stamp! I made a cute little birthday sweets card today. I love that you can customize the Cake Walk Stamp Set so many different ways to create different kinds of birthday cards!

I love the Party Hats Background Stamp because it's a pull apart stamp! There have been more and more of them from the Simon Hurley create. collection and I love how it really expands the use of the stamp! I'll have another card in a few weeks showing the pull apart feature of the Party Hats Background Stamp, but today I decided to stamp it all at once and use it as a full background stamp. I stamped it using Over the Moon Ink onto a piece of Stark White Cardstock. I ended up double stamping to get a darker concentration of color.

My little birthday characters are from the Cake Walk Stamp Set. This stamp set has a balloon, ice cream cone, cake, cupcake ... all the cute birthday items! And they have accent stamps! Sprinkles for the cupcake or ice cream cone, hashmarks for the cone, solid layering for the balloon, and my favorite! - Two Styles of legs and arms and three styles of faces! I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! You can make the cutest little birthday characters! And mix and match to get a bunch of different styles!

I stamped the birthday goodies from the Cake Walk Stamp Set onto Stark White Cardstock and added faces, legs, and arms. Then I colored them with Copic Markers. You can see which markers I used in the video! Once I was done coloring I cut them out with scissors and decided to add some sprinkles to the cupcake with Remember Me Dye Ink.

I finished off the card with a stamped sentiment from the Cake Walk Stamp Set and popped up my elements with foam tape. I added a bit of clear shimmer and some silver mirror gems. That's it! Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

4 Sweet Cards with Rina K Designs Neon Glitz Glitter Gel

How absolutely EXCITED are you for the new line of Rina K Designs Electro - POP neon products?! I'm freaking out!! I super love the four colors of Neon Glitz Glitter Gels!

These four cards were very simple to make, but I have lots of photos, so buckle up! You're about to get a big dose of glittery neon goodness!

I started out by stamping a BUNCH of the sweet images from the Sweet Stuff stamp set with six of the Electro - POP ink colors. I used the four colors that match the new Neon Glitz Glitter Gels - Poppin Pink, Orange Glow, Hello Yellow, and Screamin Green - as well as Blaring Blue and Potent Purple. I stamped the donut, popsicle, and scoop of ice cream with each of the six neon colors and each of the cones six times with some tan colored ink. That gave me 24 sweet treats to work with!

Every single one of these treats needed an extra punch of neon and some glitter! I used the four colors of Rina K Designs Neon Glitz Glitter Gel - Poppin Pink, Orange Glow, Hello Yellow, and Screamin Green - with the Sweet Stuff Stencil to add details to each of the treats. This is so easy to do! I sprayed the back of the Sweet Stuff Stencil with Pixie Spray and lined up the stencil detail with the stamped treat and used a Stencil Pal to spread some Neon Glitz Glitter Gel over the top. I simply used a baby wipe to clean the stencil and then moved on to the next treat and the next color of Neon Glitz Glitter Gel until all of my images had glittery goodness!

I set the pieces aside to dry and worked on my backgrounds. I used the Sweet Stuff Stencil again, but this time I used the waffle cone pattern with the Electro - POP inks. I used the same six colors I used for stamping so that everything would coordinate - Poppin Pink, Orange Glow, Hello Yellow, Screamin Green, Blaring Blue, and Potent Purple. I used finger tip sponge daubers and added little blobs of color here and there on the background - keeping blendable colors next to each other. I used some Purple Tape to mask off the stencil and once I had one strip of stenciling done I shifted the stencil to the right and continued blending so that I could have a full background. I did this for three backgrounds. So much neon inky goodness!

I stamped out a bunch of sentiments from the Sweet Stuff stamp set and added the backgrounds, images, and sentiments to my four cards using a mix of iCraft Ultra Bond Liquid Adhesive, Gina K Designs Adhesive Dot Runner, and Gina K Designs White Foam Squares. And that's it! I love the way these turned out! They're so bright and happy!

LDRS Creative // We Be Jammin' Mini Scene

You know I love little scenes! And easy little scenes are even better! I'm mixing up some LDRS Creative products to do some die cutting, some stenciling, and some patterned paper and making a little picnic scene!

I started this card with my little mini scene in the center of my card. I used the Scalloped Circle Frame Die Set to create a centerpiece. I used the two largest dies in the Scalloped Circle Frame Die Set and used a bit of masking tape to adhere them together and die cut a piece of white cardstock to create the scalloped frame. Then I used just the largest scalloped circle die to cut a second piece ( without the center cut out ) so that I could do a bit of ink blending to build the scene.

I used the Rainy Day Stencil for the stenciled clouds and grass. This stencil is probably my most used stencil in my craft room! I reach for it for everything! I build up three layers of grass using the Rainy Day Stencil and the Prickly Pear Perfection Hybrid Ink. Yes just one color of ink! I used the grass border at the bottom of the Rainy Day Stencil and blended a heavy application of Prickly Pear Perfection Hybrid Ink, shifted up my stencil slightly, and blended Prickly Pear Perfection again - but slightly lighter than the first layer. Then I shifted up the stencil one last time and blended a light application of Prickly Pear Perfection. Boom! Three layers of grass with just one ink! Then I wanted some puffy clouds in the sky, so I used Marina Madness Hybrid Ink and blended the cloud border at the top of the stencil a few times just like I did with the grass.

The critters in the We Be Jammin' stamp set are so cute! And perfect for a little picnic scene! I stamped a few images with Raven Hybrid Ink and colored them with alcohol markers then die cut them with the We be Jammin' die set. I arranged them on my scene ( a little off center ... oops! straight grass is overrated! ) and stamped a sentiment from the We Be Jammin' stamp set in the clouds of my scene with Raven Hybrid Ink.

I finished the card with a cute plaid background paper from the Farmer's Market 6x6 Paper Pad and a few strips of dark blue plaid to ground the focal scene. See you soon!

Monday, May 18, 2020

Pink & Main | 5 Cards 1 Kit April 2020 Crafty Courtyard BEE Kind

The April 2020 Crafty Courtyard Kit from Pink & Main is my FAVORITE! I absolutely LOVE the realistic bees! And you know what? There are still a few kits available in the shop! When I made my video I thought this kit was sold out, but I just checked and there are still a few left, so be sure to head over and snag one! The Crafty Courtyard Kits are limited edition and once they're gone they are not restocked.

Want to become a subscriber so you don't ever miss a kit? Head here for all the details! And then be sure to check out the Crafty Courtyard Past Boxes and Extras tab in the Pink & Main shop. I check it frequently. Occasionally there are extra papers, enamel shapes, embellishments, etc. left from the kits and the lovelies at Pink & Main put them up for purchase! It's like getting a treat when I can buy extra things!

I made 5 cards with the BEE Kind Card Kit. I love that they all clearly look like they came from the same collection of "ingredients" - the colors and theme are the same - but they all have their own unique twist! That's why I love the Crafty Courtyard kits! Everything coordinates! This kit has papers, enamel shapes, ribbon, sequins, a stencil, a stamp set AND MORE that were all made to work together. The color theme is the same which means that the embellishments perfectly match the papers. It's seriously so yummy!

Let's start with this first card! I stamped a simple background using the hexagon images from the BEE Kind Stamp Set in the kit. I used yellow ink for the solid images and black for the outline to bring together the color scheme of a bee. I colored and cut out a floral image and a bee from the stamp set and added them with foam tape. I stamped  sentiment onto a piece of ink blended yellow cardstock and added a frame from the BEE Kind patterned papers and a Reverse Scallop Square Die. And of course some enamel shapes around the sentiment!

This card was inspired by one of the patterned papers in the kit. I used the BEE Kind stencil from the kit along with some gray ink to create a simple background and die cut it with a Stitched Circle Die. I colored and cut out two floral images and the large bee from the BEE Kind stamp set and arranged them on top of my stenciling. My background is a piece of colorful patterned paper and a white Reverse Scallop Rectangle Die. I stamped a sentiment from the stamp set with black ink at the bottom to finish off the card.

This card just may be my favorite! I love the black and white with a pop of color - it's one of my favorite color combos! I started by using the Mask It Circle Stencil to trace a circle directly in the middle of my card. Then I stamped both the large and the small bee from the BEE Kind Kit repeatedly around my background until it was filled with the buzzing bees! I added a stamped sentiment in the middle with black ink and a scattering of the enamel shapes in the kit!

I can't lie ... this one is one of my favorites, too! I used the BEE Kind Stencil and added green ink blending to my background. The floral images are actually chipboard stickers from the kit. No need for coloring! Hooray! I love that the sentiments in the BEE Kind Kit are all separate, so you can mix and match what you want your card to say. I stair stepped a sentiment to fill the center of my card and added a few stamped and colored bees here and there.

This last card is probably the simplest to make - but look at those patterns and colors! I used a gray hexagon patterned paper from the BEE Kind paper pack for my background and a leftover strip of colorful hexagon paper from a previous card. Trust me I'm not wasting these papers! They're gorgeous! (hint hint - I bought some extra paper pads and you should, too!) I edged the patterned paper with skinny strips of yellow cardstock from the kit and popped up some stamped and colored bees from the BEE Kind stamp set. I stamped a sentiment and completed the card with some enamel shapes.

Here's a last look at all 5 cards from the BEE Kind Crafty Courtyard card kit. Remember that this kit is limited quantity - but there ARE still some available as I type! Run and grab yours! And if you're not a subscriber you definitely should be! You don't want to miss a kit! Thanks and see you soon!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

ThermOWeb | Show Thanks Week with Erin Lee Creative

Hi, all! It has been SO important lately to show thanks to the people around us, whether we know them or not! My dad is an emergency room RN and I have been sending cards to the hospital where he works just to show my thanks for what they do. I made a glitzy card today with ThermOWeb goodies that's easy to recreate so that I can make a bunch of them and send them off!

I have been creating thank you cards like crazy lately! I don't own a sewing machine, so I can't help by making masks for those who need them, so I've just been thanking people who deserve it most. The mailman, grocery delivery personnel, etc. Everyone who have had to suddenly step up and carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. Medical professionals hold a special place in my heart because my dad is an emergency room nurse. He has always been the most dependable person in my life. I love when we're out and about and a person I've never met before comes up to him and thanks them for saving them or their family. It makes me feel so proud! And he always remembers them, too!

So now it's my turn to say thank you not only to him, but to the rest of the staff at the hospital. They have always given me and my family fabulous care! I've been sending a card a couple times a month to the hospitals in my area and this time I decided to add some texture with Glitz Glitter Gel and Neon Flock Transfer Sheets!

The best thing about this card is that it's easy to recreate! You can make a bunch and send them out! I started by spraying the back of the Candy Cane stencil from Kindred Stamps with Pixie Spray. Just a quick once over spray is good! And then I pressed the stencil onto a piece of white cardstock. Before I started stenciling I flipped my panel over and pressed the card into the stencil from the back so that I could be sure the stencil was adhered. This is a trick I like to use especially when I'm using detailed stencils or stencils with patterns that I really don't want to shift like this perfectly striped stencil. I blended some pink ink over the stencil and then shifted the stencil up slightly to offset the pattern. I used a Stencil Pal and Gold Glitz Glitter Gel to add a second layer of stripes overlapping the pink ink blending.

Isn't the Gold Glitz Glitter Gel overlapping the pink ink so pretty?! Take a look and see what you have in your stencil stash. Many stencils can be shifted slightly to give an offset look like this!

My image is from the Superhero Scrubs stamp set from Erin Lee Creative. I've been using it CONSTANTLY! And I love that it has both a male and female character! I've been using the male frequently, so I decided to switch things up and use the girl for this glam card. I stamped her and colored with Copics. I think I left almost all of the coloring in the video so you could see how I quickly colored her, but if you'd rather a photo of the markers I used is above. I don't do much fancy blending. Just two markers for each color is usually my go to!

I intended to put her directly onto the card, but I thought she needed a pop of something else. And you know I'm a sucker for more texture! I used a Stitched Star Die from Pink & Main and die cut a piece of Poppin' Pink Neon Flock directly from the package. It die cuts just like paper, but with more WOW factor! I stamped a sentiment and added all of the pieces to the card using Gina K Designs White Foam Squares and iCraft Ultra Bond Liquid Adhesive.

I love all the texture from the Gold Glitz Glitter Gel and Poppin' Pink Flock! And if you're a medical professional and you're reading this I hope you know how thankful I am for everything you do!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Simon Hurley create. | Rainbow Confetti Birthday Card

The Simon Hurley create. Bubble Wrap Stencil has become one of my favorite stencils ever! I love the wonky polka dots! Today I decided to make it into a rainbow confetti birthday card with some easy ink blending!

The Bubble Wrap Stencil is so versatile! You can blend a subtle polka dot background or go bold like I did! I wanted to have each wonky dot a different color, but I didn't want to work hard and mask off each polka dot. Lazy crafters unite! Haha! I used finger blender brushes so I didn't have to do any masking for my background at all!

I used Pixie Spray to adhere the Bubble Wrap Stencil onto a piece of Stark White Cardstock and went to town with my rainbow blending! I've found that Stark White Cardstock is the absolute BEST cardstock for ink blending. The colors of ink are so vibrant! I used a variety of Simon Hurley create. Dye Ink Pads - Bee Sting, Prom Queen, Traffic Cone, Slippery When Wet, Overzealous, Clear Skies, and Crown Me. I started with one color and blended 6 or 7 dots and then repeated the process with the other colors. I didn't have a rhyme or reason to my blending - I just made sure I didn't have the same color directly next to each other.

I wanted my confetti background to be the center piece and really stand out, so I decided to go simple with the rest of the card. I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Dudes Too! Stamp Set onto a die cut black circle and added it with foam to the center of the card.

That's everything! This was so easy to make, but I'm in LOVE and I hope you are, too!