Thursday, April 19, 2018

Watercolored Aloha

Hi guys,

I want to share a card that I made for a friend of mine recently.  You know I'm originally from Hawaii and it's like a state requirement that you must embrace all things pineapple (and rainbows;).  Lucky for me, I have this super cute set called Stay Golden that was designed by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson.  The hand-drawn pineapples in this set are super cute and are perfect for watercoloring.  

I started by stamping the outline pineapple stamp with a tan ink (used non-waterbased ink from MFT I think).  I painted it in with some yellow and orange watercolors.  Then I stamped the solid pineapple crown but used Distress Inks (Peeled Paint) this time.  I painted over the stamped crown first with water and then with green and yellow watercolors.   Makes the crown look like it was painted freehand, right?  

For the aloha sentiment, I die cut the painted piece with some alpha dies.  Instead of inlaying the letters, I adhered them with foam tape.  It makes them stand out just a little bit more, but doesn't take away from the overall stamped background.  

Now I gotta get this baby in the mail:)  Thanks for stopping in!  Enjoy the rest of the week!


Monday, April 16, 2018

Gingko Leaves Galore with Neat & Tangled

Hi guys,

Today, I'm on the Neat & Tangled blog today with a card using the Have Courage stamps and Happiness dies from the April release.  

First I stamped the background in a light neutral color.  When I stamp a full background, I like to stamp larger than the A2 card size and then trim down.  That way I can capture the frame I like best.  The great thing about the Have Courage stamps is that I was able to stamp a pretty tight background without any masking whatsoever:)

Next I watercolored the leaves in green and yellow.  I am a watercolor novice, but I have 2 tips that have helped me have more fun with watercolors.  My first tip would be to buy an assortment of paint brushes including the small/thin ones.  The second tip is to get watercolor paper (I get mine from Hobby Lobby).  I know that I'll never be a great watercolorist, but I really do enjoy it!  

I used the Happiness die for the sentiment on the front.  I wanted to keep the card from CAS, so I stamped the rest of the sentiment inside the card.  

Here's the finished card put together.   

Thanks for stopping in today!  Have an awesome week!


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Neat & Tangled April Release Day 4: Inlaid Square Coverplate

Hi everyone,

Today is my last post for the Neat & Tangled April release.  It's been a lot of fun being able to work with all the amazing new N&T goodies.  Danielle and the folks over at Neat & Tangled are so sweet and talented, and it's been a blast!  For today's post, I'm highlighting the Inlaid Square Coverplate.  You saw me using this yesterday, and here is another way of using a coverplate.  I started by watercoloring a simple image of the gingko leaves from Have Courage.   

Then I used the coverplate to cut the image.  The key to making this technique work best is to 1) use a simple, bold image and 2) choose a die that contrasts with the image (the leaves have a natural, organic line which is a good contrast to the straight lines of the die).  This is one of my favorite types of cards to make.  

If you go over to the Neat & Tangled blog you'll see more coverplate action!  

Thanks for dropping by this week!  I do appreciate all of your kind  words:)


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Neat & Tangled April Release Day 3: Happiness

Hi there,

For Day 3 of the Neat & Tangled April release, I'm highlighting the Happiness set.  These sets have a stamp set and coordinating die set.  For my card, I used the die set to create an inlaid die cut plaque.  You can also see a couple other new release items, the bears from Mommy, Daddy, and Me and the Inlaid Square Coverplate.   

This card actually started with the background.  I wanted to use the coverplate in a different way, so I used different patterned papers.  The resulting pattern reminded a bit of a lodge quilt, so I used more kraft and added the die cut plaque and bears.  I love that little bear lounging on his poppa's back!  So cute.

Click on over to the Neat & Tangled blog for more Happiness!    


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Neat & Tangled April Release Day 2: Mommy, Daddy, and Me

Hi guys,

It's Day 2 of the Neat & Tangled April release and I have another set to reveal.  This one is called Mommy, Daddy, and Me.  This set has the sweetest mommy/daddy and baby pairs.  I made a little shaker card with the shaker being inside the conversation bubble.  

The background was done with three of my faves: Distress Oxides, star glitter, and mirror sequins.  How cute are those elephant stamps?  

Click on over to the Neat & Tangled blog to see the other cards done with this set!  (P.S.  There are some giveaways too)

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, April 2, 2018

Neat & Tangled April Release Day 1: Have Courage

Hi everyone,

I'm so excited to be playing along with the April release over at Neat & Tangled.  The set being highlighted today is Have Courage stamps and coordinating dies.  The main stamps are gingko leaves, but I did a floral twist on the watercoloring. 

First I embossed the image with gold powder.  To get the gold highlights on the "flower", I used an embossing pen.  Then I cut it out with the coordinating die.  The circle cut out is backed with vellum for a softer look.  

Head on over to the Neat & Tangled blog to check out more ideas with this set!

Have a great week guys!


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Floating Dim Sum

Hi everyone,

I'm back again this week with another dim sum card:)  I wanted to share this one because I used a technique using my heat laminator to create a floating die cut and glitter effect.  This one was a little hard to photograph because of the clear plastic.  

I started off by cutting a bunch of the dim sum with my Brother ScanNCut.  I love dies (obviously), but for cutting multiples, the ScanNCut is the best!

After coloring the die cuts, I put them through my heat laminator with a variety of glitter and stars sprinkled in.  This is a good way to add glitter to a project without the hassle or mess.  Here's the finished product after I die cut a circle out of the full laminated page.  

I attached the floating circle to the card base using foam tape (hidden behind the dim sum) and added a sentiment.  This is such a fun technique and I love how you never know what you're going to get;)

The stamps are from Mama Elephant and  Warm Fuzzies (Essentials by Ellen).  

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, March 26, 2018

A Beautiful Mess

Hi guys!  

I'm calling this card a beautiful mess, because with die-cutting, 2 shakers, distress inking, and misting, this card sounds like a hot mess:)  Sometimes more is more, right?

I used one of my new coverplate dies from Neat & Tangled for this card.  I wanted to do a bold combination, so I used black and white as the base colors.  Then I added color with the distress ink/misted pieces.  I inlaid all the pieces except for the shaker openings and the sentiment opening.  

The die is Square and Chevrons Cover Plate (Neat & Tangled) and the sentiment is from Warm Fuzzies (Essentials by Ellen).  

Have a great week guys!


Friday, March 23, 2018

Just Stay Cool

Hi guys!  I've got another card to share today and it's interactive;)  Can you find the surprise in this card?  Here's a clue, one of these things is not like the other.   Did you find it?  

This card was surprisingly easy to do.  I stamped the cat first and then masked it to stamp the dogs which is one large stamp.  I had to use a pen to fill in a couple empty spots, but that's it!  It was so much fun to color all the critters.  You can definitely lose yourself in the coloring:)  The stamps are The Dog's Woof and Lunar Animals from (Mama Elephant) and the sentiment is from Warm Fuzzies (Essentials by Ellen).

Hope all is well in your part of the world and that you're getting some fun crafty time too!


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dim Sum Cuteness

Hi everyone!  I'm in a great mood these days because I've been able to get back in the craft room.  I didn't realize how much I've missed making cards:)  

So recently, I got some new stamps (not new-new, but new to me) and I couldn't wait to play around with them.  This first card was super quick and easy.  Just simple stamping with some colorful circles added with Distress Oxides and a stencil.  Couldn't be easier.  

I also made a mini card using the same stamps.  The background was done by blending ink over the card and then going over it again with the same color and a stencil.  Aren't those dim sum stamps adorable?  

The stamps are Dim Sum Fun and Sketchy Letters from (Mama Elephant) and the sentiment is from Warm Fuzzies (Essentials by Ellen).

I will be posting more cards later this week, and I hope you stop by again!