Monday, January 20, 2020

Gorgeous Vases Stenciled Background

Hello and happy Pink & Main release day! The first Pink & Main release of 2020 is simply FABULOUS! And I hope this glittery stenciled background gives you a little glimpse into this amazing release!

I started by adhering the new Garden Gate Stencil to a piece of black cardstock and adding some Black Gina K Designs Glitz Glitter Gel over the top. I absolutely LOVE to use black mediums on black cardstock! I think the texture is amazing!

While my background panel was drying I worked on my focal image. I stamped the floral image from the Gorgeous Vases stamp set with alcohol marker friendly ink and the vase with a light blue ink. I colored the bouquet and used the Gorgeous Vases coordinating dies to cut out the images and popped them onto the card with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment from the new Spring Sentiments stamp set and die cut it into a banner with the matching die from the Sentiment Strip die set.

There are so many new products in the January release from Pink & Main! This is just a little taste! Head on over to the shop and grab the new release. It's available TODAY! Yay!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

i-crafter Zip Gift Tags

Hi hi! I have a quick video tutorial showing you how to put together the i-crafter Zip Gift Tags. They're super easy and a fun interactive way to give cash or gift cards! And you could totally use these dies on their own, too!

Be sure to watch the video tutorial above for step by step instructions on how to put together the Zip Gift Tags. I cut my tag bases from some rainbow patterned paper. The Zip Gift Tags have a BUNCH of extra dies that you can use with the main tag die to embellish the tags. For these I decided to die cut a "for you" sentiment right out of the tag. There are other sentiments included in the die set as well as some little icons. So fun!

The absolute BEST part of the Zip Gift Tags die set is right in the name! The tags have an optional die that you can use to create a pull strip to reveal a hidden pocket for a gift card. How awesome!! I finished off these tags with a heart die cut from the Heart Hands Wiper die set.

I hope this video tutorial has given you some inspiration for the Zip Gift Tags die set from i-crafter! See you soon!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Simon Hurley Create. Signature Designer for Creativation

Helllllooooo!! Can you BELIEVE that I'm at Creativation right now?! I can't! I truly can't! And even more amazing is that my project is on display at the Ranger and Simon Hurley Create. booth! That's absolutely CRAZY! I'm in shock. When I started getting serious about making cards a few years ago I never dreamed I would be a signature designer for a major company! I'm so in love with the new products from Simon Hurley Create. and so so so proud to be a designer on his team. Let's see what I made!

I used a combination of new and old dye inks from the Simon Hurley Create. line to create an ink blended rainbow background. I started with a piece of Stark White Cardstock cut to 5 x 7 inches and used round ink blending tools to apply ink to the cardstock. I started at the top with Piggyback, Rosy Cheeks, Guppy, Over the Moon, Minty Fresh, and ended with Tropical Tango at the bottom. Piggyback, Guppy, Minty Fresh, and Tropical Tango are 4 of 6 new ink colors from Simon Hurley Create. and will be available for purchase in February! I added some flicks of water onto my ink blended background and used a clean towel to pick up the excess water from the background.

The Puppy Pals stamp set is a large 6 x 8 stamp set from Simon Hurley's new release (available February 2020) and has a BUNCH of little puppy images! I have to admit - I'm not a dog person. I'm scared to death of them! Literally run like a little girl scared haha! So I've never really learned what breeds of dogs should be colored with what colors, so I totally winged it! Haha!

I cut out each of the little puppy heads and a couple of speech bubbles and arranged them around the outside of my card. I glued the puppies onto my card with liquid adhesive and the speech bubbles with foam tape for dimension. I created a 5 x 7 card base from a piece of Stark White Cardstock and glued my background onto the card. And that finishes my project for the Ranger and Simon Hurley Create. booth at Creativation 2020! I hope this inspires you! See you soon!

i-crafter Grand Opening Release and Blog Hop

Hi, everyone! It's time to finally spill the beans! There's a new company in town called i-crafter! Yay! And today is release day! i-crafter is all about inspiring YOU to get creative! Head over to the BRAND NEW WEBSITE and take a look around! This is new company and website, so if you notice any hiccups or glitches along the way just let us know! Myself and the rest of the team have a fun blog hop to show off the January 2020 release from i-crafter. Sit back and enjoy!

AND!! i-crafter is giving away a prize package to a lucky commenter who comments on all the blogs throughout the hop! Winner will be announced on February 1, 2020!

Check out the absolutely AMAZING Heart Maze die set! I just LOVE it! And the Amaze Me stamp set perfectly coordinates with the Heart Maze die. I die cut the Heart Maze die 7 times from white cardstock and glued the dies on top of each other to create my shaker wells. I thought this would be an easier way to create a shaker card than to put skinny strips of foam tape behind all of the maze walls. I added a piece of acetate on top of the stacked maze dies and then glued an 8th and final die on top of the acetate. Then I filled up all the different wells of the shaker with small foam rainbow shaker bits.

I really wanted to keep the focus of this card on the Heart Maze die, so I created a simple black background with white acrylic paint spatter and stamped a coordinating sentiment from the Amaze Me stamp set to add on top of my shaker. I hope this card inspires you! And that you'll head over to the i-crafter website to shop the first release from this new company!

Blog Hop

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Quick School Valentines with Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets

Hello! It's hard to believe that Valentine's Day is in just one month! There are a whole BUNCH of ThermOWeb products that would make quick and easy school themed Valentines. Today I decided to use Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets as well as Deco Foil Transfer Sheets!

My son is four, so when I think of school themed Valentines I think of bright colors. And that means crayons! And rainbows! Haha! I decided to go back to basics and use the original six colors of Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets for my rainbow of Valentines. When I work with the Flock Transfer Sheets I like to first transfer them onto pieces of cardstock. I cut down six pieces of cardstock and covered each of them with a piece of an iCraft 6x6 Easy Cut Adhesive Sheet. Then I cut down a piece of each of the six Deco Foil Flock colors - Think Pink, Orange Glow, Sunshine Yellow, Green Envy, Blue Diamond, and Purple Punch - to be a bit larger than the cardstock pieces. To transfer the Flock Transfer Sheets onto the cardstock I peeled back the adhesive and placed the Flock Transfer Sheets face down into the adhesive. Then I ran each of them through my die cutting machine to really press the Flock Transfer Sheets into the adhesive, peeled away the backer sheet, and I have a whole rainbow of Deco Foil Flock covered cardstock pieces!

The Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets have so much texture, but I decided to add a bit more using an embossing folder. You can use the Flock Transfer Sheets with embossing folders just like you would with regular cardstock! I used the Taylored Expressions Cross Stitch Embossing Folder on each of the six backgrounds - but I still needed more! Haha! I used coordinating colors of Distress Inks to lightly add a little ink after I embossed the backgrounds. The raised portions of the Deco Foil Flock backgrounds pick up the ink and the embossing really pops off the page!

I die cut some stitched rectangles from heavy weight cardstock and stamped my sentiment and images from the Lawn Fawn Color My World stamp set. I colored them with alcohol markers to match the Deco Foil Flock backgrounds. I was going to assemble my cards with just the Deco Foil Flock backgrounds and colored panels, but again .... they needed just a little something more. Something shiny, of course! I added some Deco Foil Transfer Sheets and totally cheated so that I wouldn't waste a lot of foil. I only wanted a small border around my colored panel, so I outlined a second piece of cardstock with 1/4" Gina K Designs Terrific Tape and added foil to that. The Deco Foil is only around the edges instead of covering the whole layered cardstock piece. I chose coordinating colors of Deco Foil Transfer Sheets - Purple, Deep Blue, Spring Green, and Gold. I found the closest matches to the pink and orange with Sweet Mango and Passionate Pink Gina K Designs Fancy Foil.

I adhered all of my pieces together with iCraft Ultra Bond Liquid Adhesive. I know this adhesive will hold strong to the Deco Foil Transfer Sheets as well as the Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets. I hope you love this rainbow of quick school Valentines! See you soon!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Fantastic Florals and Plaid

Hello, hello, hello! It's time to sneak the first Pink & Main release of the new year! Yay!! This is going to be a FABULOUS release! Don't miss it! The release will be available in the Pink & Main store on January 20th!

Ahh! So so so fabulous, right?! I started by stamping my background using the new Plaid Background Stamps. There are multiple 6x6 stamps that you can build together to create fun backgrounds. I stamped the Plaid 1 stamp with a yellow ink and the Plaid 2 stamp with black ink to create a contrasting background.

I wish I could impress all of you and say that I watercolored those gorgeously stunning flowers, but I totally cheated! It's from the Fantastic Florals 6x6 Patterned Paper  Pad. I found a design that I loved and trimmed around it with my scissors leaving a small border. I wanted the image to stand out from my plaid background, so I adhered it to some vellum and trimmed around it leaving an additional border and added it to my background with foam tape. The sentiment is from the new Spring Sentiments stamp set. This fits perfectly in the line of Pink & Main sentiment stamp sets! And you can die cut the sentiments with the Sentiment Strip Die set! Hooray for perfectly die cut sentiments!

I hope you've enjoyed this peek at the January 2020 release from Pink & Main! You'll be able to shop this release on January 20th! See you then!

Monday, January 13, 2020

LDRS Creative Panda Play Cutout Cards

Hello! The Open Hearts Collection from LDRS Creative is just PERFECT for Valentine's Day ( and other occasions, too! ) I used the Stitched Heart dies and Panda Play stamps and a bunch of LDRS Creative Hybrid Inks to create a duo of rainbow Valentine's Day cards!

I took each of the Stitched Heart dies and temporarily taped them onto a piece of white cardstock and die cut them with my die cutting machine. I love that these dies leave stitched details on the positive and negative parts of the die cuts. This inspired me to create two cards out of one! I created one card with ink blending behind the die cuts and one card with ink blending directly on the die cuts.

I used the same colors of inks for both cards - Lipstick Jungle, In Your Face Orange, Dan-D-Lion, Key Lime Pie, Bali Blue, and Plum Crazy. For one card I blended the inks onto an extra piece of cardstock to lay behind the negative die cut piece. I also blended the same ink colors onto the positive Stitched Heart die cuts.

I stamped the Love Stack sentiment stamp set onto white cardstock and used the Sentiment Stack coordinating die to cut out a bunch of sentiment strips at once. I am TOTALLY IN LOVE with these sentiment stacks and coordinating die! I can easily stamp a bunch of sentiments and cut them out and store them with the stamp set so I have a sentiment already stamped, cut, and ready to go! I was going to leave the cards just as the rainbow ink blending and sentiment strips, but I decided a cute little panda from the Panda Play stamp set would be the perfect pop of black! I stamped the Panda Play images and cut them out with the coordinating dies and added everything to my cards with foam tape.

That completes these two colorful Valentines! Be sure to check out the rest of the Open Hearts Collection from LDRS Creative!