Friday, October 2, 2015

All Tied Up with Avery Elle

Just stopping in with some quickie cards using Avery Elle's Beautiful Bow stamp set!  I always seem to need a gift at the last minute, so I try to keep a little stash of cards and gift cards for any occasion.  These two cards will be perfect to add to my stash, one for money and one for a gift card!  To create these cards, I stamped the bow on white card stock and then fussy cut them.  These bows are so lovely in person and really look 3D! 

Thanks for stopping by today!    


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Poppystamps Challenge #13: Trick or Treats

It's a new month and that means a new Poppystamps Challenge!  This month the theme is Trick or Treats (natch)!  For my card, I used the non-Halloweeny Cozy Kitties and Picket Fence with the very Halloweeny Decor Trick or Treat word dies to create a spooky night scene...


For the background, I used watercolor powder on watercolor paper.   To get this look, I started by brushing on just water with a wide brush.  Then I randomly sprayed the powders over the paper (just a tip, a little powder goes a long way).  I used blue, red, yellow, orange, and purple powders.  Then I sprinkled some drops of water over the panel and just let it sit.  I love the intensity of colors you can get with these powders!  The perfect stormy Halloween background!

After my watercolor panel was dry, I cut a "moon" just big enough for my sentiment to show through.  The sentiment was die cut into a scrap piece of paper, but I left the die cut intact. It's hard to see, but I blended just a tiny bit of yellow ink over the die cut just to bring out the letters more.  

The last step was to add the fence and my little black cat.  BTW, the watercolor panel and cat are attached with foam tape to give it more depth.  My boys have outgrown Halloween (boooo!!!), but I can't wait to send this card to my nieces:)

Hope you join in the challenge! 



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Bright Cards with Paper Smooches

Today I want to share a couple of Paper Smooches cards!  This first card uses one of the fun Borders 3 dies.  I die cut a piece of watercolored paper to make 6 border strips.  (BTW, I used my watercolor powders for the coloring) 

Just a tip on placing the strips in the aperture.  I glued all the border die cuts to a strip of  clear acetate.  The acetate is invisible but it keeps all the borders together and flat.  I cut the overall circle panel a little smaller than my card front and covered my card front in gold foil.  It gives the card a nice gold "frame".  

This next card uses the Kibitzing Two stamps and coordinating die set.  The background is made with just a scrap piece of paper and blended gold ink.  The menorah is stamped, colored with Copics, and then die cut (love the coordinating die for this image!).  Instead of stamping the flames, I used gold sequins.  

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a great weekend!  

Mahalo and Aloha,

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Paper Smooches October Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches OCTOBER release with you!  THREE new stamps and NINE new dies will be available to purchase on September 30th at 8:00pm pacific time. Once our release goes live, you will find our new products HERE.  

To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize!  The prize - a $25 gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.

Here are the details:
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25 prize.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for you chance to win!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your changes)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, September 27th to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, September 28th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.  
JJ Bolton (you are here)

To increase your chances of winning:
•   Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
•   Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
•   Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop
(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)

Are you ready to take a look at some of the new release?   I used a bunch of the new dies in my card, but the focal point is one of the adorable Mason Jar dies.  I used the die to create something that I've actually made in real life, a Mason jar snow globe!  Since the Mason jar has a thin edge, I created an inlaid shaker (the shaker is flush with the card panel as opposed to on top of it).   One of the snowmen from the Swanky Snowdudes set was the perfect size for inside my snow globe:)

The Holly die and the Merry Christmas die are also from the new release.  To make the sentiment a bit bolder, I layered two of the die cuts together.    So much fun making holiday cards again!

Thanks for hopping with the Paper Smooches gang today!  The next stop on the hop is the lovely Kalyn Kepner!  Have fun!


Snow Globe Shaker with Avery Elle

Hi everyone!  In my book, nothing is more fun than a Christmas card, unless you make a shaker Christmas card;)   Today I used the Avery Elle Snow Globe stamps and dies (along with some stamps from the Joy to the World stamp set) to create this little shaker card...

A couple tips for creating a shaker card like this.  First, I used an inlaid die cut to create that snow drift in the foreground.  Second, an inlaid shaker card is easier to do than a popped up one.  (No having to deal with thin strips of foam tape:)

Thanks for stopping by today!  


Monday, September 21, 2015

Envelope Shaker Tags with The Greeting Farm

Good Monday everyone!  Over the summer, I was lucky to get a package from the folks over at the The Greeting Farm and I just wanted to share a couple tags I made with the  Always a Party and Make a Wish clear stamps and coordinating dies sets.  Aren't these little bears the cutest?  

The Always a Party set has the cutest little bear family, and I'm especially smitten with the little boy bear and little girl bear stamps.  So I paired them up with some cupcakes and banners from the Make a Wish  set.  Don't they all look like they belong together?  Of course, I could have left the tags just as they were here...

But I wanted to dress them up just a bit more.  I've used my Fuse tool to make a shaker before (check it out here), but this time I wanted to make an envelope shaker.  I placed my tag inside of a page protector like so...

Then I took the Fuse tool and the ruler and created a seal down both sides of the tag.  [FYI, I used the "fuse" tip as opposed to the seal tip for the Fuse tool.  It's a matter of personal preference, but I like that stitched look.]  I left the top open so I could fill the shaker with various types of sequins and glitter.  

Then I sealed the top of the tag (followed along the shape of the top of the tag).  This was so much fun!  

That's it for me today!  Thanks for stopping by today and thanks to The Greeting Farm for the chance to work with such fun stamps and dies!  BTW, if you stop by and pick up anything at The Greeting Farm, use the code "JJB10" for 10% off.