9.22.2017

Snowy Background

Hi all! Today I'm participating in a blog with CardMaker Magazine and Quietfire Designs.

I got to play with A Whisper on My Nose stamp set, and I made a quick little tag with it....


I blended Distress Oxide's Faded Jeans, Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet to get my background, and then die cut it using Hero Arts Tag Infinity dies
I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed in white, then splattered it with some water and Hero Arts Unicorn spray. 


It's hard to tell in the pics, but I also stamped the snowflakes in Versamark, and heat embossed with Hero Arts Clear Sparkle embossing powder for a little extra sparkle.
The tag was topped off with some luscious silk ribbon, and that finished it off!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!

PRIZE


Quietfire Design/Suzanne Cannon is hosting a giveaway of a $50 gift certificate to their online store.

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Other: Hero Arts White and Clear Sparkle embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Tag Infinity dies

Birdy Background

Today's card has been almost a year-long in the works. 

When I got the Color Layering Birds and Blossoms prototype stamp set back in November, I knew right away I wanted to make a cute background with it. So I did just that, stamping my little birds on some pretty Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock, and then...I just tucked the background away, never to see the light of day again until almost a year later!


My background was made by stamping the solid part of the bird in Soft Granite, and then stamping the second layer in Black. I stamped some hearts in Versamark, and heat embossed in Gold.


The last bit is pretty easy – just stamp and heat emboss the sentiment (from Color Layering Happy Day Flowers) in White, then die cut using the Heart Infinity dies. Adhere the sentiment to the card.


I trimmed the panel down to fit an A4 card, and that finished off the card!

How often does that happen with you? You start making a project, but then set it aside to finish at another time, and then you just forget? I've got a whole little box full of backgrounds and images all ready to be made into cards!


Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Michaels white, Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock
Ink: Hero Arts Black and Soft Granite, Versamark
Other: Hero Arts White and Gold embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Heart Infinity dies, heat gun

9.20.2017

Toile de Jouy

I'm over on the CardMaker blog today with a Toile de Jouy inspired card! Don't know what that means? Head on over to the blog to find out!


Thanks for stopping in today and God bless!

9.19.2017

Chatty Owls

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today with some chatty owls...


Head on over to the blog for more details, and thanks so much for stopping in!

9.13.2017

The Reach of Kindness

I'm a creature of habit. When I find something I really like, I usually stick with it. Examples:
  • Chik-fil-a original sandwich. Nothing else on the menu is as good...(not that I've really explored)
  • McDonald's mocha frappe. Or just mocha frappe by any other name at any other coffee-selling vendor.
  • My mom's Italian meatballs (everything else is 😝)
Hm, well, upon reflection, it appears I'm mostly a food-based creature of habit...but it does extend a bit to my card making!

Case in point: this background.
When I was on a roll making it, I was on a ROLL.

So when I got my hands on the August My Monthly Hero add-on, Astronomical, I just knew the pair were a match made in heaven.


Because the background is so utterly gorgeous (if I do say so myself), I decided to keep it simple with the images. I colored them lightly with Light Gray and Gray Brown, and then die cut them with the coordinating die cuts.

I adhered them to the background using Scrappy Glue, my favorite kind of glue for smaller, delicate pieces and also slicker surfaces, such as this embossed background.


HERE'S a video showing how I made the background, but here's a quick overview:
  1. Blend Hero Arts Grape Juice, Ultra Pink, Soft Apricot, and Navy. You could play around with other pinks and oranges, but it's really the Grape Juice and the Navy that really ties everything together for me.
  2. Cover dried inks with Versamark, and heat emboss using Hero Arts clear Sparkle embossing powder (aka, the best stuff EVER invented!!). I feel like this is the most essential, as it seems to really blend the background together.
  3. Die cut using the Hero Arts Star Confetti die. (you could do this step last and get two cards - check the video for details!)
You can really get a lot out of this project - the video itself shows how to get two backgrounds from this process, and you could even get three projects, if you used the die cut stars as confetti.


I die cut a shimmery navy panel using the Rectangle Infinity dies, and then tucked a white heat embossed vellum sentiment behind it.

Thanks for much for stopping in today and God bless!

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Michaels
Stamps: Hero Arts Astronomical
Ink: Versamark, Hero Arts Grape JuiceUltra PinkSoft Apricot, and Navy, ZIG Light Gray and Gray Brown
Other: Hero Arts White and clear Sparkle embossing powder

Tools: heat gun, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Astronomical Frame CutsStar Confetti and Rectangle Infinity dies