Wednesday, March 29, 2017

No Dies Allowed!

Hello, everyone! I recently stumbled across the CAS-ual Fridays challenge blog and I thought I would challenge myself with this week's theme - no dies allowed! I don't know about you, but I frequently seem to be using my dies. I've only owned dies for about a year and a half...but I honestly can't remember not having them! I always seem to be reaching for sentiment dies, stitched rectangles...or something! So this was a real challenge for me! Click the link below to go to the CAS-ual Fridays challenge blog to get involved!



Here are my cards!




I used the gorgeous Butterfly Beauty stamp set from Concord & 9th. I'm in love with this set! There are so many pieces to the stamp set and I've played with it often...but these are 2 of my favorite cards!




I started by stamping my image onto watercolor paper and embossing it with white powder. I did this twice so that I could make 2 cards. Then I pulled out my Gansai Tambi watercolors...one of the best finds I've found in a long time! I find myself watercoloring a lot lately! I kept darker colors to the middle and lighter colors to the outside, but I used plenty of water so that the colors would mix to make a middle color.

I painted about 3 or 4 layers of watercolor, using a paper towel to dab off excess color here and there and a heat gun to speed up the drying. I took a couple of sentiments from the set and heat embossed them on black cardstock. I trimmed them down and popped them up with foam.




I used some liquid glue and sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh in various sizes to add a bit of glitz! Clean and simple has been my style lately...and I love how these turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fancy Octopus Cards

Hello, all! I'm so excited with my recent purchases! I've been eyeing the Hero Arts Octopus layering stamp set for some time...and all the hype is real! This set is so realistic and amazing! I made a set of 6 cards featuring different colors of octopi!






Here's all of the cards! Keep scrolling for more photos!

I started by using stencils from the Hero Arts Fillgree Stencil set with some Versamark ink and then embossed the designs with white embossing powder. I used different Distress Inks (Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean, and Wilted Violet) to give some color to the backgrounds. Then I used various ink colors from Simon Says Stamp, Hero Arts, and Studio Calico to stamp the octopi and fussy cut them. I embossed the sentiment six times on black cardstock and trimmed them into banners. I popped them up with foam tape and boom! A little gift set of cards! These came together so quickly and I love how they turned out!












That's it! Ever since our son came home with us my style has become more clean and simple. It's so much easier to craft while he's sleeping! These sure fit the bill!


Monday, January 30, 2017

Muse Card Club Polka Dots Cards

Hey everyone! I'm super excited to be entering my first cards into the Muse Card Club challenge blog. It's their 200th challenge...but a first for me!

Here's the card I've made:





Our inspiration image had polka dots and flowers. I loved the floral idea, but I wanted my black polka dots to be more subtle. I'm not one for big bold patterns lately, so I made this beauty using an Altenew stamp set, some dye inks, and a Hero Arts die!

Remember to head over to the Muse Card Club to check out their challenges!

I'm excited to try some more challenges! It's something I've always wanted to do...but I never had time! Now that the baby is napping on a regular basis I'm hoping to try my hand at more! Do you have any good suggestions?





Friday, January 13, 2017

Watercolored Embossed Backgrounds

Hello! I have a few more super simple thank you cards to share with you! I'm making thank you cards to give to all of my family and friends and I want each one to be different and unique, but I need so many that they need to be quick and simple! Here's a few ideas!






I used some of my favorite Distress Inks mixed with Perfect Pearls to lay down some watercolor and then ran the pieces through a couple of my new We R Memory Keepers embossing folders from the Gemstone and the Geometric sets.






I love the shimmer, shine, and texture that these cards have! I popped a "thanks" die cut from Simon Says Stamp on the front and that's it!

See you later!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Inky Owls

Hey there! I have 2 cards to share with you using some goodies I got for Christmas! I'm so grateful to have received some gift cards so I could get exactly what I've been craving! Here we go!









The Wise Owl stamp set from Jane's Doodles isn't a new stamp set, but I've been needing it for a while now...and I finally got it! I love the feathers in the set, so I will have another card up soon using the feathers! I embossed both owls with white powder and used a sponge and some Distress Ink to add color. Of course these guys needed some googly eyes!

I'm also new to the We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folders, but once I tried them I had to have more! I used the Woven set and the Gemstone set to add some interest to my backgrounds. I left one plain white, and the other I used Distress Inks and some Perfect Pearls water for some interest on the other.

I used a die cut "thanks" on each of them and that's it! Hope you like them!


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Puffy Valentines

Hello, all! I am kicking it over into Valentine's Day mode! I have a final post up on the Butterfly Reflections, Ink blog featuring some Avery Elle puffins! My favorite!! Head over to see how I created these cute mini valentines!









See you next time!


Friday, December 23, 2016

"Color Me" Cards

Hello, everyone! I was so inspired by Jennifer McGuire and her "color me" cards that I had to try them for myself! Adult coloring has been all the rage this year, and I thought I would make a set of these cards to give as a gift to a crafty family member!






I grabbed a bunch of stamp sets to create this set. I used the Lace Leaf set from Concord & 9th, Stars Above from My Favorite Things, Zen Florals from Honey Bee Stamps, and I See You and Handwritten Floral Greetings from Simon Says Stamp.









I stamped my images with archival black ink directly on the cards and I'm including a set of colored pencils with the gift. My Misti was so handy for these cards! I made multiples of each design and I could easily switch cards or double stamp if I needed to. I stamped coordinating sentiments on some of the cards and for some I only stamped the images.






I didn't add anything to any of the cards except for the one with the Honey Bee floral image. I felt like the florals needed an edge, so I used a ruler and a black pen to add a finished edge to the line of flowers.

And that's it! These were so simple to make and I really love them! I will probably end up making another set for myself to color!