Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Celebrate with Stars

I can't believe it's my 4th week over on the Paper Smooches Blog! When I received my package of goodies to be the April guest designer...I was THRILLED they sent me the new Stars die set.

I used 4 of the 7 dies from the set on my card. This would make a great card for 4th of July ---- which will be here before you know it! You could also make this 1/2 as tall and into name tags or decorate paper treat sacks. How about cutting a longer strip and making a wrap for around napkins! For a Graduation card/party you could use the school colors. You get the idea.

The sentiment is from the new Bold Buzzwords set. I'm soooo happy I got that set too! I stamped the dots and blue stars from the Primary stamp set. Then I took the smallest star die and cut out the centers of the blue stamped stars. The inside of the card is lined with white that's the white you see showing through.

I die-cut several blue star to frame the stamped stars. The large red star is die-cut...then used a smaller star to cut the center. I die-cut a mirror star (same mirror adhesive sheet I used for THIS card) and pieced it down flat into the middle.

Grab our bannerCheck out today's post over on the Paper Smooches Blog to see Teri Anderson's card using the same Stars die set and Bold Buzzwords set. Don't forget to leave a little love while you're over there ;)

Make sure to come back next week for my 5th and final gdt project with Paper Smooches.

Have a creative day!
Stamps - Paper Smooches Bold Buzzwords and Primary
Dies - Paper Smooches Stars
Paper - A Muse Studio & Bazzill
Inks - Tsukineko Memento; A Muse Studio Pigment; Ranger Archival
Misc. - Adhesive Backed Mirror Sheet from Tim Holtz; 3D Foam Adhesive; silver cording; washi tape; diecut machine; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher (to staple the cording)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Ever had one of THOSE days.

The perfect "Monday" card! Which one are you...the cat or the dog? LOL!

I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the fun stamps from Eat Cake Graphics!!! That sentiment is awesome!
To make my little "scene" I stamped the Leap Frog image -- then masked it off to stamp the Bunch of Grass image. I stamped Leap Frog a 2nd time on a separate piece of cardstock, colored, trimmed (minus the tails) and adhered with foam tape. You know me and my bling...I added glitter to the grass and embossed the dogs tag with Sterling Silver embossing powder. If you zoom in on the close-up pic (click it) you just might be able to see that the cat & dog paw pads, noses, cat tongue and dog eyes are colored over with clear glaze pen.

I made this card for my design team project. It's posted today over on the Eat Cake Graphics Blog - A Sprinkling of Samples & Techniques. Won't you please hop on over to the blog and leave a comment? It would totally make my of THOSE days!

 Thanks for stoppin' by!

Eat Cake Graphics stamps - 2045-L Leap frog, 7034-I Bunch of grass, 8172-D One of those days
Cardstocks - Bazzill and A Muse Studio
Inks - Memento
Misc. - Spectrum Noir markers; Sterling Silver Embossing Powder; Clear Glaze Pen; Crystal Glitter; 3D Foam Adhesive

Pop It Up

Hey there House-Mouse Fans! Time for a new challenge!!! This time, I'm hosting. YAY! Won't you please join me :)
Make a project with at least 1 item popped up. Make sure to include at least 1 House-Mouse & Friends, Gruffies or Happy Hoppers images on your creations to be eligible for prizes. Get all the challenge details and prize info on the blog HERE. 
On my card I popped up several items. The entire frame layer is popped up on top of the image layer...which is also popped up! Then I stamped the flower 2 more times, colored, trimmed out and popped up two layers on the outside edge of the frame! I also stamped another leaf and added it to the mouse on the far left. That one was only holding 1 I added the 2nd one and popped it up too! Looks so dimensional in real life! The sentiment layer is also popped up.
This time I colored with Copic markers. I also used 3 colors of glitter to really added the BLING! I added Earth Textures Elements from Artglitter in the pot. Isn't it sooo cool!!!
I can't wait to see what YOU pop-up on a House-Mouse project. Check all the great ideas that our design team and guest designers came up with HERE. WOWZERS! I also want to give a big THANK YOU to our sponsors: 
Di's Digis Downloads
Have a great Monday
Some of the supplies used on my project:
Stamps - House-Mouse Designs Spring Blossoms
Papers - A Muse Studio Sage and Sugar cardstock; StampinUP! Naturals Ivory; DP from stash
Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Old Paper and Frayed Burlap
Dies - Tim Holtz Alterations Baroque Mover's & Shapers; Spellbinders Ovals Nestabilities
Misc. - Copic Markers; ArtGlitter; Twine; StampinUP! Rub On's Love & Happiness; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; 3D Foam Adhesive

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Taste of India Blog Hop

BLOG HOP TIME with Crafter's Companion!!!!

I hope you've enjoyed all the sneak peeks of the new Crafter's Companion A Taste of India Collection by Sheena Douglas. Our design teams made jaw dropping samples!

Now it's time to celebrate with a Blog Hop!  You can read all the Blog Hop details and PRIZE info. on the Crafter's Companion Information Blog HERE.

I've created a notecard with the stunning new "Henna" stamp set. When I was thinking about adding a sentiment...I decided it was perfect without. Now I can use this card for any occasion.

You can see in the close-up pic how I painted on some shimmer to all the purple areas using Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz. To add some shine, I added 3D Crystal Lacquer to the center of the flowers and Black Glossy Accents on all the dots on the image.

I just know you're gonna love all these NEW A Taste of India Stamps! OH..and did I mention...NEW A Taste of India Embossing Folders!!! WOOT WOOT!!  Which ones do you want?

  1. Stamp Henna image on Spectrum Noir -Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock with Black ink.
  2. Trim panel to to approx. 4 1/16" x 5" and punch 2 side corners with corner rounder punch.
  3. Shade around the image with Spectrum Noir Markers LY1, LY2, CT4 and Blender.
  4. Color image with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils 002, 062, 072, 103, 038, 040 and 083.
  5. Sponge Radiant Neon Electric Yellow Ink around the entire panel, so the shading blends into the yellow marker shading.
  6. Sponge Mustard Seed Distress Ink lightly around panel.
  7. Sponge Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink lightly around panel edges.
  8. Paint Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz on all the purple colored areas and centers of the two flowers.
  9. Adhere panel to 4 1/4" x 5 1/5" black card base.
  10. Add 3D Crystal Lacquer to flower centers.
  11. Add Black Glossy Accents to all the dots on the image.
  12. Set aside to dry.
  13. Tie gold cording around card.

Well...are you ready to Blog Hop?!!! Don't forget to leave comments on all the blog posts! There's prizes up for grabs!!!

Have a great day!
Some of the supplies used on card:
Crafter's Companion Sheena A Taste of India - Henna stamp set
Spectrum Noir Markers -  LY1, LY2, CT4, Blender
Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils -  002, 038, 040, 062, 072, 083, 103
Radiant Neon Ink Pad - Electric Yellow
Black Glossy Accents
Corner Rounder Punch
May Arts Gold String

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Awesome Friend

I've got another Paper Smooches Guest Designer Project to share with you! This card actually has a mirror in the frame! Sooo fun! I just love interactive cards like this.

I painted Clear Wink of Stella on the black stars for shimmer. The arrow is stamped and covered with glitter. A solid row of rhinestones underlines the word "awesome."  LOVE IT!

I still have 2 more project to share as the guest designer for Paper make sure to stop on back by. OH...and please visit the Paper Smooches Blog and check out the other card using these new stamps and dies. Kim's design team will blow you away with inspiration!

Have a great day!
Stamps - Paper Smooches Flirty Frames; Spectrum; Streamers
Dies - Friend Word; Stars; Duo Die 1
Paper - Bazzill; A Muse Studio
Inks - Versafine Onyx Black
Misc. - Clear Wink of Stella; Mermaid Glitter and Rhinestones from A Muse Studio; Adhesive Backed Mirror Sheet from Tim Holtz; 3D Foam Adhesive

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fresh Brewed Design Spring Release Blog Hop

The most adorable NEW Digi Images are begin released over at Fresh Brewed Designs. That means we're havin' a fun Blog Hop to celebrate! It also means PRIZES!!!

So let's get right to it...shall we?!!
Your first hop stop is at  Freshly Brewed Challenges. If you've already been there...and are arriving on my blog from Beth's blog, then you're right on track!
I would like to introduce Daisy Kitten! She is part of the NEW Daffodil and Daisy Spring Collection. Isn't she adorable?!!!

I colored her with Copic markers, cut out and popped up part of the image. I also added some glitter and clear glaze accents. So fun!

Check this out!
You can purchase these digis as a set for a special
This deal, and the hop, ends on April 16th at 11:59 PM
Now it's time to head on over to Amy's blog! She has a super cute project to share with you!

Here's the full list of our blog hop.
Don't forget to leave comments along the way!

Here's some links to check out:
Shop - This is where you shop for all the wonderful FBD images!
Facebook - Make sure to "like" us while you're there!
Challenge BlogBe sure to sign up to "follow" with your favorite blog reader!
PinterestPlease "follow" us here too!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

AEI♥U Watercolor Challenge

When is a cupcake not a cupcake?  When it's a bouquet of watercolored flowers!
Let me explain...

I designed a card for this month's Avery Elle Watercolor Challenge using their Cupcakes stamp set. Now ya get it? ;) I didn't get my card entered for the challenge because I fell asleep early last night! oops!

This card was super easy! I love how it turned out!

To layer the images, I make some masks of the flowers and flag with Eclipse Art Masking Tape. That part is a little time consuming...but soooo worth it! The masks can be used again and again on future projects.

In the center of the flowers I used Glossy Accents and then sprinkled on crystal glitter.

Clean and simple...just the way I like it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - Avery Elle Cupcakes set
Paper - Ranger Watercolor Paper; StampinUP! and Bazzill Cardstock
Ink - Ranger Jet Black Archival
Misc. - Tombow Markers; Tim Holtz Water Brush; Ranger Glossy Accents; Bakers Twine; Spellbinders Die; Corner Rounder Punch; Crystal Glitter; Eclipse Art Masking Tape

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dream Big

I've got a special treat for you today! A sneak peek at the NEW Crafter's Companion Sheena  A Taste of India stamp sets. These beautiful images are so detailed and fun to design with! Wait till you see the full sets! THUD!

I've used several of the new stamp sets on my card design along with Spectrum Noir Markers and the Spectum Noir blendable colored pencils for coloring and shading. The combination of these 2 coloring mediums creates spectacular results!

The background stamp - which is called Indian Arches - is shaded only with the pencils. All the rest of the coloring was done with markers and pencils combined.

In the closeup pics you can see how I painted  Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Gold on several areas. The gold shimmer is stunning in real life!

I also used an 18K Gold Leafing Pen around the edges of several layers and on the strips across the bottom of the card. Most everything I did was stamped and trimmed out by hand. It took me a couple days to design and complete this card...but I am thrilled with the results. It really turned out more beautiful than I imagined!

I'm sure you will just love these new A Taste of India stamp sets. Stay tuned to Crafter's Companion on Facebook for the announcement when they will be available to purchase.

Stay tuned! We're havin' a blog hop for the release of Sheena ATaste of India products. Just WAIT till you see all the goodies!

Thanks for stopping by!

Some of the supplies used on card:
Crafter's Companion Sheena A Taste of India - Marching Elephant stamp set (elephants, leaves and flowers next to sentiment) coming soon!
Crafter's Companion Sheena A Taste of India - Tiger Tiger stamp set (black leaf and sentiment) coming soon!
Crafter's Companion Sheena A Taste of India - Indian Arches stamp (background image) coming soon!
Crafter's Companion Sheena A Taste of India - Henna stamp set (red and blue leaves) coming soon!
Spectrum Noir Markers - IG1, IG2, IG3, OR2, HB1, EB1, GB1, GB7, CG1, BT3
Spectrum Noir blendable colored pencils -  001, 005, 012, 017, 019, 020, 022, 024, 052, 055, 056, 058, 072, 078, 084, 086
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Sheer Shimmer Spritz Gold
Krylon 18Kt Gold Leafing Pen
Tim Holtz Alterations Styled Labels Die

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Flirty Bibs

Hello friends! I'm back again for my Paper Smooche Week 2 Guest Designer Project..

Ya know what...being selected to be a guest designer for Paper Smooches is like a dream come true! It's bucket list worthy! :) I want to thank my dear friend Kim for this opportunity.

OK...let's get to my project...shall we!

This week I'm using the NEW Flirty Frames set together with the NEW Bold Buzzwords set.

Isn't this bib card a fun idea!!! You could do these in any color scheme. The card base is 3 3/4" x 4 1/4". I trimmed the frames by hand. These new Flirty Frames would also work great as treat bag toppers! Oh yeah baby...I have a bazillion ideas going through my head for these frame stamps!

I was THRILLED when Kim released the new Bold Buzzwords set! Big bold sentiments are sooo popular! This is a must have addition to your stamping arsenal. Trust NEED them!

Tip: I didn't have a blue ribbon that matched my blue I colored some seam binding with a Copic marker. MAN I love those markers!

That's it for today. See you again next week with another Paper Smooches Guest Designer Project ;)

Stamps - Paper Smooches Flirty Frames and Bold Buzzwords
Papers - A Muse Studio Grapefruit, Blueberry and Sugar
Inks - A Muse Studio Grapefruit and Blueberry; Hero Arts Unicorn White, Versamark
Misc. - Copic Markers; white ep; static magic; heat gun; white buttons; bakers twine; crystal glitter; Uniball white gel pen; misc. ribbons from stash