Thursday, October 29, 2015

CardMaker Blog: Inspired By Pinterest Colorful House Card

Hello there!   I'm popping in today to share a peek of a card I'm sharing over on the CardMaker blog today which was inspired by Pinterest.  I had so much fun creating this using my new Happy Home stamp set by Sunny Studio

I hope you will hop over and take a look at the full card and the beautiful photo that inspired me.  :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

CardMaker & Heartfelt Creations Blog Hop: Poinsettia Cards

Hello & welcome to the CardMaker and Heartfelt Creations blog hop!  You should be arriving here from Chitra's Blog or if you're just joining in the fun, you can start from the beginning at the CardMaker Blog.  :)

For my cards today I used the beautiful Christmas Poinsettia Cling Stamp set and matching Sun Kissed Fleur Die.

My vision was to go light and airy so for my first card I stitched white on white diagonal strips of paper to my background.  For my sentiment I inked up a basic circle with matching distress ink an then heat embossed my sentiment in white.

I heat embossed the flower images onto white cardstock using gold powder and then inked up the pedals with distress inks (linked below).  I wanted some gold pearls for the center, but I didn't have any so I used a Copic marker to add the gold color to my white pearls.  Jennifer McGuire taught me this trick and I love it.  The marker goes on translucent so you can still see the nice pearly shine come through.  :)

My next card uses a very similar layout, although this time I inked up the background with Tumbled Glass distress ink before embossing it with an embossing folder.  For my Poinsettia images, I stamped them once with Bamboo Leaves Memento and a second time with Rhubarb Stalk before coloring them in with Copic Markers.  When coloring with Copics I often forget to stamp in colors besides black and brown, but I love the look of using other colors! 

While I had my supplies out, I decided to make use of some of the extra flowers I had left over after my first card.  I simply die-cut a quick tag from kraft paper, drew a little dotted line around the border and then added some stickles glitter glue to the poinsettia petals.  It only took me a few extra minutes and I was able to rescue something that might have sat on my desk unused for months before I finally just tossed it.

I hope I've inspired you to take a closer look at this set.  I love that the dies have been designed to match a variety of different flower themed stamp sets.  I think they would also be great used on their own.  ;)

You have one last step in this hop today and it's the Heartfelt Creations blog.  You won't want to miss that one.  They are sharing 25 projects from their design team so it's guaranteed to be chocked full of inspiration using their newest release (comments can be left by scrolling all the way to the bottom of their page there).

Here's the full list of everyone playing along today: 
Thanks so much for stopping by.  :)

Interested in the products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Tsukineko Jumbo Dauber Storage Solution

I have a new love affair and it's with the Jumbo Dauber by Tsukineko.  Have you guys tried these out yet?  I have always struggled to get the beautifully blended backgrounds with my Ranger distress inks, until now.  

I started my love affair by dipping my toe in with 7 daubers (one for each color group), but it didn't take long for me to realize that I needed more (lots more so I took the plunge and recently ordered a 25-pack).  Then the "problem" arose with how I was going to store them... Enter cheap bead cases by Darice (seen HERE) that I found for $5 at Ross and I was even more in love (you can also find something similar in Michael's bead department).  I set the stacking bead jars that come in the case aside which I will use at another time and moved the daubers in.  

And here's how they look all snug in their case when closed.  Pretty darn perfect!  So for those who haven't tried these, I will try to explain why I think I love them so much.  Unlike other foam applicators they are sort of ball shaped.  That shape leaves little to no inky edges and lines in your blending.  It's pretty magical actually.  I think you won't be disappointed.  

I have heard several people say they wash theirs out and they come pretty clean, but I decided I didn't want to mess with waiting for them to dry between colors.

Here's a link to my Flickr album where I used them for all my recent Sunny Studio creations.  I have been so excited by my newly learned blending skill that almost every card started as a blank white piece of cardstock that I inked up to match my Copic coloring. ;)

Sunny Studio Stamps

For those who have these, I hope I've helped solve a problem with how to store them (this case is also the perfect size to fit in rows of the mini distress inks).  For everyone else, I hope you will give these jumbo daubers a try.  I'm not affiliated with the company who makes them--I'm just one very happy customer.  ;)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Lawn Fawn Monster Mash Eye Think Your Neat Card

Hi there!  I'm back with another simple card combining Doodlebug's Ghouls and Goodies papers with a fun image from Lawn Fawn's Monster Mash stamp set

This was another easy peasy design and was created entirely with scraps that I had leftover on my desk.  I stamped my little monsters on patterned paper from the 6x6 pad (which unfortunately is getting hard to find) and fussy cut them out.  I then stamped my sentiment on a curve to match the edge of the circle die-cut.

Interested in the products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Doodlebug Daily Doodles Seasons Calendar themed Layout

Hi there!  I'm am on the Doodlebug blog today sharing a layout using the new Daily Doodles collection.  I thought it would be really fun to create a grid style layout reviewing our year using the squares of the calendar paper.  This type of layout would make an awesome title page for your album or even created with one page for each month of a year.

For my layout I was inspired by a fun digital layout (seen here).  I was immediately drawn to the rainbow design and how well it would translate with the Doodlebug colors.  For my photos I printed 6 images to a 4x6 print and cropped them to just under 1.75" square.  I chose to use a mix of patterned papers from Doodlebug's Petite Prints and Kraft In Color collections.  I then set to work going through all my icon stickers finding images that would match the colors and holidays in my photos.  

For the border along the bottom of my page, I pieced together the flower border using paper frill stickers in seven coordinating colors and topped them with the matching jewels.  I love how it ties everything together.

One parting tip that I think makes this rainbow design extra fun is coordinating your photos to match the paper in that row.  I tried to find 3 photos for each color of the rainbow.  That proved to be difficult for a few of the colors, but I made sure to have a couple close-ups that could fill the gaps.  I hope I've inspired to give this fun design a try.

While you could look at this layout costing a small fortune with all the supplies I used, I actually think this is the perfect page for using leftover scraps from previous projects.  ;)   However on the off chance you see a product that catches your eye, I have shared shopping links below  (affiliate links included). 

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