Friday, July 3, 2015

Rainbow World with Neat and Tangled

Hi everyone!  I have another Neat and Tangled card to share with you today.  This one uses the Origami Map stamp designed by my good friend, Miriam Prantner :)  I just got some watercolor powders (Color Burst) and I thought this was the perfect stamp to use it with!  

The powders can be used directly on wet paper, but to get this look, I laid down a layer of water onto a large acrylic block (the card size one).  Then I sprayed the powders onto the block.  After the colors blended a bit (no intervention needed), I laid the paper onto the block.  It's so much fun and next time I'll try to video it.  BTW, I stamped the map after I made the colored background.  And I used Versafine ink to stamp (as a general rule, I use Versafine with water based color media like Distress Inks and watercolors).  

Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful weekend!  And thanks to Miriam and Danielle at Neat and Tangled!!!

Much love,

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Amazing Petals with Avery Elle

I'm a sucker for word dies and the new Avery Elle Amazing die is my new word die crush!  Don't you just love this handwritten font?  Since the die is so bold, I wanted to pair it with something just as bold.  So I used the Petal Plate die to make a shaker, but this time with just half of the die cut.  I filled the "petals" with some of my favorite star sequins:)  So messy, but so cute!

That's it for me today!  Thank you SO much for stopping by!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Paper Smooches July Blog Hop

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches JULY release with you!  TWO newstamps and TEN new dies will be available to purchase on June 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, June 28th to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, June 29th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.  
A couple of our designers are taking a small hiatus to care for different things in their life. Amy Kolling is filling in for Emily and Melissa Phillips is filling in for Pamela.  We are so excited to have them join us in July!

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)

Now let's take a look at one of the new dies, Dainty Flowers!  I love the design of these dies (what I call open looped) because they allow you you to do so many techniques.  You can use the die cut alone, make a shaker card, or do inlaid die cutting as I have with this card...

For my card, I used the dies to make a background and just used color on one flower.  This is a fun way to use a very intricate die.  Even though the die is very detailed, the white on white design still keeps it clean.  I blended inks on the one flower and then added the bold sentiment strip.  The black of the sentiment strip is pretty dark, so I balanced the black with some enamel dots.  Couldn't have been easier.  

Thanks for hopping with us today!  The next stop on the hop is the wonderful Kalyn Kepner!  Have a great day guys!


Monday, June 22, 2015

CardMaker & Avery Elle Blog Hop

Today is a fun day because the Avery Elle design team is teaming up with our friends over at CardMaker Magazine for a fun blog hop.   Be sure to stop by our company and designer blogs to be inspired and enter for a chance to win a prize.  One lucky commenter will be drawn at random and will win a $30 Avery Elle Gift Certificate.  You have all week to enter to win.  The winner of the Avery Elle Gift Certificate will be announced on the Avery Elle blog on Monday, June 29th.  

With all the new Avery Elle sets, I just can't stop making little underwater scenes:)  For my hop card, I combined the Seal-abrate stamps and dies with the Swim Team stamps and dies to make this scene...

I started by partially die cutting the seal tail and then used the wavy die to create the top of the water.  I love how you can just turn the seal and he looks like he's diving:)  I colored the seal with some Copics and then used the dotty stamp from Swim Team to give him spots on his belly.  I added a little more detail with the wave die cuts in the water.  I finished it off with one of my favorite sentiments.

The next stop on the hop is the lovely Patti Gilliam, but here's the full list if you've just jumped in!

Katie Gehring  
Caryn Davies 
Melania Deasy  
JJ Bolton  (that' s me:)
Karolyn Loncon  
Jamie Gracz  

Thank you SO much for stopping by!


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Bold, Gold Petals

Isn't it funny how CAS cards can be so complicated?  I think that's why I love the Petal Plate and Petal Plate Additions dies so much. The hardest part was just choosing the colors;)  The sentiment is from the So Happy stamp set and it fits perfectly in the center strip.  Easy peasy!

Have a great week everyone!


Friday, June 19, 2015

Let's Make Cake

Just stopping by with a really quick post of a card I recently made for a friend.  Maybe it was all the family birthday parties we had last month, but I've had cake on the brain.  So for this card, I pulled together Avery Elle's Fly By dies , Scalloped Frame dies, and Fabulous Florals dies with Lawn Fawn's  Baked with Love stamps to make this Congrats cake:)  (Just an FYI, I cut around the die cut Scalloped Frame die pattern.  That die only die cuts the pattern, not the outline of the shape)  

It's always fun to pull stamps and dies that don't go together to make something completely different!  

Have a fantastic weekend folks!
Much love,

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Floral Thanks with Avery Elle

There are so many fun things to do with the new dies from Avery Elle like shakers (you knew that was coming, lol)!  This card uses the Pierced Circles dies, Peonies stamps and dies, and a bit of paper from the Neutral Collection paper pad.  The flowers and leaves were softened up a bit with some shading using Copics just to contrast with the bold black and white background.    

That's it for me today!  Thank you SO much for stopping by!