9.18.2014

Layered Simply

I'm over on the Pinkfresh blog today, showing how to use some goodies in a layered way, or in a simple way, so head on over to check it out!

9.14.2014

Freshening Things Up

As forewarned, this blog has been sadly neglected, but since I'm sick and not feeling very studious, I thought I'd pop in with a nice bouquet of flowers to freshen things up. :)

I made this card quite a while back, inspired by THIS pin,


Stamping and arranging these flowers was so fun and relaxing.


I hope you all are enjoying all the fabulous new stamp releases I've seen come out!

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Cardstock: Canson
Patterned paper: Crate Paper "Styleboard"
Stamps: WPlus9, Papertrey Ink
Ink: Tim Holtz, Studio Calico, Brilliance, Stazon
Other: gems

Tools: Cuttlebug, WPlus9 dies, Nestabilities 

9.08.2014

Pinkfresh Studio & Pretty Little Studio Blog Hop


Pinkfresh Studio is so excited to join with Pretty Little Studio today to inspire you with some cute creations. Pretty Little studio is known for their vintage inspired products which are so fun and colorful. And mixing them up with unique and colorful Pinkfresh Studio embellishments definitely has created awesome projects. We have a list of designers from both companies here who are so thrilled to share their projects with you. Make sure to visit each blog and comment on each blog to enter a giveaway including Pinkfresh Studio blog. One winner will be chosen for each day and winners will receive 30.00 worth of stuff from Pinkfresh Studio and 30.00 GC from Pretty Little Studio. This is going to be two days of blog hoping fun. Winners will be announced on 9/15. Good luck!

Welcome to day one of the blog hop! 
Pretty Little Studio has the CUTEST die cuts, papers and embellishments, and I had so much fun playing with them! I particularly liked their die cuts, and I just love ALL of their gold sticker products.
So I combined my two favorites, Aster Gold Ribbons and Poppy #2, along with some patterned paper on my card, and then a Pinkfresh Studio stamped sentiment to tie everything together! 


For my second card, I decided to go the opposite route and focus on the stamping, topping off the subtle background created with the Think Less Live More stamp set with the adorable Frisbee.


Isn't he just adorable?

Only a few more stops to finish up today's hop! Thanks SO much for joining me!!

  Clare Prezzia <<<<<  you are here!


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Card #1
Cardstock: Bazzill
Stamps: Pinkfresh Studio Limited Edition Kit stamp
Ink: Stazon
Paper, die cut and sticker: Pretty Little Studio "Marigold"
Other: gems (Michaels)

Card #2
Cardstock: Bazzill
Stamps: Pinkfresh Studio "Hello" and "Think Less Live More"
Ink: Studio Calico, Versafine
Die cut: Pretty Little Studio "Marigold"
Other: gem (Michaels)

9.07.2014

You party animal

...I just love THIS sentiment from Avery Elle, and thought it went perfectly with the fox on my card today.

I made this card right before I left for Austria, so this is for the Foxy Foxes Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. Honestly, I'm a little sad that not many people play along with the Moxie Fab challenges any more, especially because most of them are so fun!


For little Mr. Foxy, I embossed his face with clear embossing powder, then I brushed the cardstock with cornstarch right before my next layer of embossing. This helps the embossing powder stick only to the places I put sticky ink.
Then I took my Versamark pen and "colored" in the face, then embossed it in white. Another thin layer of cornstarch (just to make sure the embossing powder didn't stray) and then the last embossing, with orange. The cornstarch brushes off without leaving much, if any, residue, and is very helpful, if you don't have an anti-static embossing brush. 
The embossing powders I used were pretty cheap, which is probably why the fox's face is a little blotchy.
I topped off Mr. Foxy with a fun wreath stamp I was dying to use, a gem, and then adhered it to the card base, with the sentiment already heat embossed. 

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless! 

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Cardstock: Canson
Stamps: Hero Arts "Fox" and "Sundrifter: Love This", Avery Elle "
Ink: Versamark
Other: embossing powder (Hampton Arts), gems (Michaels)

Tools: heat gun, Nestabilities Circles die, Cuttlebug

8.28.2014

Missing You

...it's been a crazy couple days getting accustomed to Austria, and tomorrow, we venture to Salzburg!

This is just a quick card I made quite some time back....


I used Tattered Angels shimmer spray for the background, and once it was almost dry, I flicked some water droplets on it and pressed a paper towel over it. I removed the paper towel, and that took with it some of the ink, leaving some the white drops you see on the card.


For this card, I was totally inspired by THIS pin - I'm not quite satisfied with how it turned out, so I may try again later. For the flower, I used the Remember set, then inking up only the blossom part of the flower, I used the second and third generation stamping technique to get a more full effect for the flower.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!

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Cardstock: Canson
Stamps: Hero Arts "Snippets: Miss You So Much"
Ink: Stazon, Tattered Angels, Versamark
Other: sequins

Second card
Cardstock: Canson
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "Happy Trails", Hero Arts "Remember"
Ink: Stazon, Brilliance, Versamark
Other: enamel dots (My Minds Eye), embossing powder (Hampton)


8.23.2014

The Here and Now

...twenty four hours from the "now", I'm going to be flying across the ocean to spend a semester in Austria!!!!

I just wanted to quickly pop in before things start to get really crazy. First, a card I made a while back just for fun.


I actually can't remember now, but I think I made the pink watercolor splotches with Tattered Angels mist, let it dry, then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment with clear embossing powder. Then, I went over with some pigment ink, and cleaned the embossed sentiment off with a baby wipe. It was very techniquey and made me feel like a pro....like Jennifer McGuire herself! ;)

Anyways, onto to that second thing - while I'm in Austria, I hope to blog semi-regularly HERE (and post cards on this blog irregularly). I don't have a lot of set plans for what I'm doing in Europe other than studying, but I'm going to try to post places I'm going to visit when I find out I'm going to visit. So, if any of you international cardmakers see that I'm hopping around to your side of the pond, let me know! We could try to meet up, or, if not, you could give me some tips for must-see/must-do things. :)

Thanks so much for stopping in today and please say a prayer for my (and my fellow students) safe travels tomorrow!

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Cardstock: Canson
Stamp: My Favorite Things "Chalkboard Greetings"
Ink: Versamark, Tattered Angels, Brilliance
Other: embossing powder (Hampton Art), gems (Martha Stewart)

Tools: heat gun

8.20.2014

Happy

...keep those sunglasses on, because I've got another super bright card to share with you today!

I was playing around with WPlus9's Fresh Cut florals (hello, I need their new Fresh Cut Containers...but seriously...too bad I have to save for Austria), trying to achieve THIS look. It's probably just my color choices, but I'm not super pleased with how it turned out. The Studio Calico inks are awesome for the second generation look, and I took advantage of that here, but particularly with the navy ink, the stamp would pick up some of the ink when I stamped the flowers partly over an already stamped image, so the inks started running together, giving it a rather blobby look.


I plan on giving that pin another go, and also posting it here, so you can see the results. ;)

Thanks for stopping in today and God bless!

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Cardstock: Canson
Stamps: WPlus9 "Fresh Cut Florals", Hero Arts "Sundrifter: Love This", PTI "Mini Blooms"
Ink: Studio Calico, Versamark
Other: vellum, embossing powder, enamel dots (My Minds Eye)

Tools: Silhouette Cameo, heat gun

8.13.2014

Happy Little Moments

Hey, I'm over on the Pinkfresh blog today, chattering all about happy little moments! And when I'm happy, I love to go BRIGHT, so make sure you have your sunglasses all ready to go! ;)

For my first layout, I chose to go with the primary colors, using some Neon Brad stickers, colorblock wood chevron (the triangles would work as well), and then some yumminess from the Fresh Inspiration kit.


I have a thing for sticking these adorable enamel stickers right on top of my photos. ;)


I used one of the canvas pockets, and then cut out the circle from one of the transparent cards from the kit. It has such an interesting texture, that reminds me of a summer pool floatie - perfect for this summer themed layout!


I used more bright colors for second layout, using the same staples of the enamel stickers, canvas tag, and wood veneer.


With this one though, I added a bit of washi love to bring out the red in the photo. Only using the one half of the ombre tape can give you more usage if you only want to use one of the colors for a particular project!


Mmmm, I just love me these canvas tags. In general, I like to have my notes and messages on my scrapbook layouts "hidden" so that I can write something really personal if I want to gift the layout to a friend. And why yes, there are more of those dots on my picture. ;)


Hope you've retained your vision after walking through these layouts with me! Have a wonderful day, filled with happy little moments! :)