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You're In My Thoughts--Featuring Gran's Garden

Hello Everyone!

I'm playing along with the Inspired By All the Little Things Challenge this week.  I'm so excited, because when I saw this inspiration photo I immediately thought of my new Gran's Garden stamp set.  I've been wanting to try it out and the rows of beautiful flowers pictured here are the perfect jumping off point to showcase the set.

 

I paired Gran's Garden with a sentiment from It's the Thought and included a piece of vellum in the background.  This, I thought mimicked the paper that's wrapped around some of the tulips in the photo.  My card base is made from Fine Linen colored cardstock which matches the color of the paper wrapping.  

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My Misti saved the day again in how quickly I was able to stamp all the flowers.  

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"Sugared" Citrus Card

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I'm back with a card for the current CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge.

I was in the mood to make a food card.  I first thought about doing candy or cookies for elements in the sketch, but then I  came across an older stamp from Simon Says Stamp called Lemonade.  The refreshing fruit slices made me think of fun summer drinks.  

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To add some shimmer, I stamped Versamark ink over my fruit slices and heat embossed them with WOW Clear Hologram Sparkle embossing powder.  You could also just brush on some Wink of Stella shimmer pen, but I liked the glossy finish you get from the heat embossing.  It reminds me of those bright, sugary gumdrop  fruit slices you can get at the candy shop.  I'm also entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: A Bit of Sparkle.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your kind comments!  

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Make It Monday Challenge: Patterns Behind Die Cut Windows

Hi Everyone!

Dawn McVey showed a great technique for this week's Make It Monday Challenge over at Papertrey Ink.   Putting a pattern behind a die cut window is a great way to add texture and interest to your creations and there are so many options for this technique.

I decided to use the Circles Die Cover Plate for the pattern behind my window.  The tone on tone white keeps it clean looking so it won't compete with my main focal point.  I love the retro feel of this die and decided to go full retro for the rest of the card.  I kept the colors light though, no orange and avocado green LOL!

 

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For the card window, I used one of the Tipped Tops dies to cut an opening into a white card panel.  I adhered this over the main card with foam tape.  To create the teal frame, I nested two of the dies from the Tipped Tops set together and ran them through my Sizzix machine.  I then used some liquid glue to adhere it over the window.  Flowers and Leaves from Doodle-ie Doo and Ruby Reprise and a sentiment from Mod Squad finished off the card.  

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Thank you so much for joining me today.    Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions about my projects or head over to my blog's Facebook page for more discussion.  Have a great day!

 

 

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Coloring With Spectrum Noir Pens

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Wow!  Time has gotten away from me and I'm so glad to get back into my craft room to create. The Card Concept had a great inspiration photo this week.  I have been doing so many bright colors lately, I was excited to try something a little more light and airy.  The colors of this inspiration photo were so pretty,  I decided to use those along with the butterflies to create a clean and simple card.

I wanted to do some kind of white, fluffy pattern against a blue card to mimic the white flowers in the photo and the blue vase.  I originally thought of clouds.  But then, I thought butterflies would most likely be flying around flowers rather than up in the clouds, so I pulled out a stamp set from Hampton Arts. It includes these gorgeous, large, solid flowers that I thought would be perfect for the look I was going for.  I heat embossed them as a border with white embossing powder and then scattered the colorful butterflies all around.  

 

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The butterflies are from Papertrey Ink's You Are a Masterpiece card kit.  To color them, I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens.  I use this technique quite a bit to add a watercolor look with some shimmer at the same time.  It's nice because the pens  have a a large color variety so you can add shading.  

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For the sentiment, I've been using a new favorite from My Favorite Things called Boss Babe.  I really like the font and the cute sayings from this set.  To make the sentiment stand out a little more, I first stamped it with Brilliance Ink in Moonlight White, then stamped it again a little offset with black dye ink.  

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Thanks for joining me today!

 

 

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Hello My Friend--Copic Coloring

Hi Everyone,

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I have a card today featuring a whimsical design and lots of Copic coloring.  I made it for the current Less is More Challenge where we had to create a clean and simple card with the theme of "curve".  I used a stamp set from Dare 2B Artzy, so I am also entering it in their current "Anything Goes" challenge.  

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To create the "curve", I used a sentiment from an older Avery Elle stamp set called Simply Labels: Hello Friend.  More curves came into play with the large flower and leaves from Dare 2B Artzy's Doodle Flower set.  I didn't really follow any rules with the coloring, I just took a few colors from the Blue and Blue Violet Copic color families and just experimented with shading and color gradients.  Copics are so forgiving, if you don't like the way something looks, you can usually just blend it away.  The Copic website has some great downloadable resources to keep track of your colors.  I have the blank color chart that I filled in and I use that all the time to choose colors for projects.

 

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Thanks for joining me today!  If you're interested in adding to your Copic marker collection, Ellen Hutson offers 25% off Copic Markers every day.  Click here to go shopping.

 

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 My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, Concord & 9th and Blitsy. I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  AMZ=Amazon, EH=Ellen Hutson, SDC=Scrapbook.com, etc.

 

 


Smile!--Addicted to CAS Challenge

Hi Everyone and welcome back!  

I am participating in the current challenge over at Addicted to CAS.  The code word this time was "Smile" and I was excited for this one because I immediately thought of the perfect stamp for it.

 

How cute are those little smiles?  They're from a set called Faces 4 Stamps from The Stamps of Life.  I did a little ink blending with some Radiant Neon Ink in Electric Green to create a grounding strip for my sentiment.  The hot pink photo frame is offset with some black cardstock to give some dimension.

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Super clean and simple!

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Thanks for joining me today!

 

 

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CAS-ual Fridays Challenge- May Your Every Dream Come True

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I'm back with a card for the current CAS-ual Fridays challenge.  This time, we had to create a project without using any die cuts.   

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I paired a sentiment from the Wonderful Words stamp set with a stencil from Kite Stencils called Splash.  Instead of using a sponge dauber, I wanted to try these new stencil brushes I had by Art Alternatives.  I've been seeing a lot of projects using this technique and wanted to try it out.  It really gives a nice, even, soft look.  I like it a lot.  I used my Kaleidacolor ink pad in Blue Breeze to give kind of a dreamy multi color look to go along with the sentiment.  To add sparkle, I heat embossed the sentiment with Versafine Onyx ink and Ranger Black Sparkle powder. 

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Graphic Black and White Card-Just a Note

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I have a card today that features a clean and simple, graphic style.  I am entering it in two challenges. The first is Cards in Envy where the challenge was to use only black and white on your project (a small amount of color is ok).  The second challenge is CAS on a Sunday, where the theme was just using a sentiment on your card.  I have a new stamp from Mama Elephant I had been wanting to use, so I thought this would be the perfect project.

 

I first masked an inked rectangle onto a white notecard using Merman ink from Lawn Fawn--The names of their inks are so great!  On top of that, I adhered a die cut rectangle from Nestabilities Wonky Rectangles cut from My Favorite Things 6x6 pad--Dots and Stripes-Neutral.  On top of that, I added another rectangle with my sentiment heat embossed with white powder.  Some white enamel dots added a little interest--you could also try white paint splotches--I'm not brave enough yet :).  Clean and simple--my favorite!

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Later in the week, I will feature another card featuring black and white as the main component.  This look really packs a punch and would be great to make in multiples.

Thanks so much for joining me today!

 

 

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Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Today, I have a card for the Papertrey Ink March Blog Hop Challenge.  The inspiration photo had so many rich colors and floral images--this was a fun one!

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I used a card base made from Dark Indigo cardstock and adhered a white circle from the Shaker Shapes Circle die to the middle.  This was stamped with a sentiment from Signature Greetings.  I layered various flowers from Bitty Bouquets and Bloomin' Cute around the sentiment.    

I placed a circle frame from the Shaker Shapes Circle Die cut from Soft Stone cardstock over the top of the white circle.  This was adhered with foam to give it a raised look.  The edge of the circle is lined with more die cuts from Bloomin' Cute.  I tried to stay with the color scheme of the floral photo.

 

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To make things go faster with all the die cutting, I stamped all my images and  put as many dies on one sheet of cardstock as I could.

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I use an extended cutting pad for my Sizzix machine so I have more surface area to run everything through at once.


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Paper Smooches March Release Projects--Big Hugs

Hi Everyone!

I'm back today with more cards from the March Paper Smooches release.  I've been getting a ton of great coloring practice using the cute little animal stamps.  They've been so much fun to work with!

 

For this first card, I used the Huge Hugs stamps and dies as well as a sentiment from Huge Hugs 2.  The background paper is from Crate Paper's Oasis 6x6 paper pad.  

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For this next card, I cut the base down to about 4 1/4" x 4 " and mixed both old and new products.  I used the Huge Hugs and Huge Hugs 2 stamps along with the Power Rays die and Quote Tag die for the talk bubble.  

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To color the rays, I used a large sponge dauber to blend the various oranges from my Miraclekoo orange striped ink pad.  

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.  For more inspiration, head over to the Paper Smooches blog.  Their design team has some great examples.  

 

 

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