Monday, May 13, 2019

One stamp three ways - DT project for Pinkfresh Studio

Hello there friends,

I'm stopping by today to share my latest projects for the Pinkfresh Studio Card Design Team.

I thought for today's post I'd make some cards using the same stamp set in different ways. Of course you could use this stamp in so many more ways too, but I hope these three will give you some ideas to get started!

I chose the gorgeous Hanging Florals stamp and die sets. I'm guessing most people would color this beautiful image, but since I don't LOVE coloring all that much (other than flat coloring), I tried to look at this set differently. Having said that, I did color on 2 of these cards haha :).

OK, so first up, a favorite technique of mine for sets with no fill in stamps is paper piecing. For this I simply stamped the image or parts of the image, on different patterned papers and fussy cut them. 

I also stamped the full image on white card stock and glued the fussy cut pieces on top. I then worked on my card base: I cut a 4.25x5.5" piece of patterned paper (Joyful Day collection) as well as some heavy weight card stock in the same size. I glued the patterned paper on the heavy weight card stock - I did this because I wanted to turn this card into a shaker and I like my cards to be sturdy. I attached the floral wreath on top. I then fussy cut out the middle for a window.

I adhered some acetate to the back of this panel, then added two layers of foam tape too. I stamped my sentiment in the middle and placed some sequins on top, then attached the card front to an A2 size top folding card base. Instead of stamping the cute bow image from this stamp set for the top of my wreath, I die cut a bow using the Partial Cut Bouquet and Bow die set. I'm so in love with this bow, it's the perfect size and shape! To finish off this card I added a few white Nuvo drops.

Next, I decided to color the wreath with alcohol markers. Just some quick and simple coloring really. Once done, I die cut the image using the coordinating die. I dry embossed the middle piece to add some texture and trimmed off the top. I glued these two pieces onto a heavy weight card stock for stability and fussy cut around them.

I then die cut a panel using the gorgeous Fancy Floral 1 cover die. I glued this onto the card base. Lately I'm obsessed with white on white...I love the subtle texture this creates in the background. I adhered the wreath to the top of the card, using foam adhesive. I splattered some gold ink all over the card.

To finish it off, I tied a twine bow at the top, added a bunch of white Nuvo drops and my embossed sentiment. This sentiment is from the awesome Abstract Builder stamp set which I'm yet to use!

For my third card I decided to go completely colorless :). I don't often do one layer cards but they are growing on me! I just need at least a little dimension!

I stamped and embossed a part of the wreath twice on my gray card base. I also embossed the sentiment in the middle. This sentiment is from the You've Got This stamp set. The bold font embosses well!

I then colored in the images with white and various gray Polychromos pencils. Once done, I adhered this panel to an A2 size top folding card base. 

Last but not least I splattered white ink all over my card front and as before, added white Nuvo drops and a twine bow.

That's it! Which one do you like most? I think the white one is my favorite! Anyway, I hope I could inspire you in one way or another!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, May 11, 2019

In the spotlight: New May Glimmer Hot Foil Plates at Spellbinders

Hello lovelies,

I've had the honor of working with the new Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Plates and I'm excited to share with you today the projects I've created.

You can see the five new designs here. In this post I'll be showcasing three of them!

First up the gorgeous Flower Pattern Glimmer Hot Foil Plate, which is my favorite! The pictures don't do these foils justice, they are absolutely beautiful! On these two cards I've used three foils: Fuchsia Flower, which is a purple color, then Tangerine and Bright Pink.

I foiled a bunch of A2 size white panels, then picked out these two. However, when I pulled off the foil and saw the negative design...I just could not throw it away! I had to find a way to get that image on card stock too. Unfortunately I don't have a laminator or the products I heard work for this the best, but I do have Bonding Powder from WOW! Embossing Powder. So using that and an iron I managed to make it work! I then fussy cut out most of the flowers. 

Next I made two A2 size top folding card bases and adhered some patterned paper on top. I trimmed down the foiled panels to a slightly smaller size and attached them as well.

I've wanted to use these adorable wood veneer embroidery hoops for awhile and thought they would add a fun look to my cards!  So I glued them down in the middle, then added my fussy cut flowers around them. I also used the lovely Cottage Bloom die set to create two 3D patterned paper flowers. I attached some lace to these blooms and glued them on top of the foiled flowers. I embossed two sentiments from the Text Happy stamp set and adhered these to the hoops as well. To finish off these cards, I added a few enamel dots.

Next up is a card I made using up all the flowers I had left from my previous projects! Lately I'm obsessed with embossing folders, I love adding texture to white cards. I think this is because I don't do a lot of white space...This way at least I have the feeling that the background is not empty. And the Fiddle Leaf embossing folder is my absolute favorite. Isn't it gorgeous?!  

After creating my card base, I attached the embossed panel. Then I played around with arrangements and finally settled on a floral wreath.

I glued all flowers down, then started to think about what sentiment to add. But then I realized that one of the new plates is actually a big sentiment, the Hello Glimmer Hot Foil Plate. So I foiled a few and eventually chose to go with Fuchsia Flower color. I added foam adhesive to the sentiment and placed some tangled thread behind it, glued it all down. I used copper thread which actually looks very similar to the Tangerine foil

Last but not least I made two small round cards. I used all three circle plates from the Circle Pattern Glimmer Hot Foil Plate set to create the design you see. I foiled white card stock and a blue patterned paper with Blush foil and using one of the circles from the Nestabilities Hemstitch Circles Etched Dies Romancing the Swirl die set I die cut the designs out. 

I die cut some additional circles from heavy weight white card stock (same one I use for all my card bases) because the papers were so thin, they wouldn't have been strong enough for a card. I attached one of these to each of my circles. Then to create the cards, I needed one more circle for the back. The easiest way to do this, in my opinion, is to use a bone folder to score a line maybe about half an inch from the top; then put glue only on that small part and attach it to the card front. This way you can open the card easily and you have the full circle design as opposed to other methods where you'd only have a partial circle.

Using copper embossing powder I created two sentiment strips. These sentiments are also part of the Text Happy stamp set. I adhered these to the middle of my cards. Finally, I punched a small hole at the top of both cards, added copper eyelets and some lace ribbons! Done!

That's it for today! I hope I could inspire you to get foiling!

Thank you for stopping by today! I wish you a wonderful day!


Spellbinders supplies:

Other supplies: 
  • Neenah Solar white 80lbs card stock
  • Heavy weight white card stock (local brand)
  • Lace ribbons
  • WOW! Embossing Powder in Opaque Bright White and Copper
  • WOW! Embossing Powder Bonding Powder
  • Patterned papers: Pink Paislee/Paige Evans - Horizon
  • Eyelets
  • Metallic copper thread
  • Enamel dots

Friday, May 10, 2019

Viking hat or not? - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hello there crafty friends,

I'm back today with a new layout I've created for the Paige Evans Design Team. I've used the fabulous Horizon collection! I seriously can't get enough of these papers! 

I've been on a rainbow kick lately it seems...But when all the colors of the rainbow are there in a collection, I find it hard to not use them all haha!

I've had this photo of Maxim on my desk for months now and just couldn't use it on any layouts before. Normally I do the layout and then select a photo that matches from the pile I have on my desk. It is not a huge pile but normally it works. But this one just didn't make sense on anything, even though the colors were perfect for any rainbow layout. So I asked Paige to design a Viking Ship for me because I REALLY wanted to scrap this photo. So there you have it, the coolest Viking Ship cut file (Design ID: 293122)! I love it, it's so perfect!

I cut the cut file from textured white card stock, then backed it with loads of different patterned papers. It was important that I can use rainbow colors (Maxim's scarf has rainbow colors) and the flag was perfect for this! I also added rainbow colors behind the shields (according to my kid those are shields, so...shields then!). The waves needed to be blue of course as well as the background and I'm super happy with this background paper because it looks like sky and water! And the boat itself...I thought green will be fine and when I placed this paper behind the cut file, it looked like dragon scales to me. Happy accidents!

Once done, I was trying to figure out what I want to do with the page. I glued down the ship in the middle using foam tape to add dimension and also because I wanted to tuck embellishments behind it. 

I layered some tissue paper behind my photo and glued it down, sort of like he is sitting on the ship lol! I loaded his suitcases too :D. Too funny.  This collection is perfect for travel photos, which is what I have the most of so of course I love working with it! I especially love all the sticker/puffy sticker word strips because there's a few themes to choose from, they come in rainbow colors, so I can add them to pretty much all my layouts! One more thing I did, there was this triangular sticker that just screamed flag to me - I made a pole for it from a chipboard frame and tuck it behind the photo.

I added my journaling with a white gel pen and as I see I forgot to stamp my date haha! I wanted to add it on that chipboard ticket but would have had to sit down to my PC and search for the picture so I decided to do it the next day...Obviously it did not happen. Oh well :). 

Last but not least I splattered white paint all over my page.

That's it! I hope you like how it turned out and I could inspire you in a small way!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!


Horizon Collection: Paper 24, Paper 22, Paper 19, Paper 16, Paper 15, Paper 14, Paper 13, Paper 10, Paper 8, Paper 7Paper 6, Paper 5, Paper 4, Paper 3, Paper 2, Paper 1, Shaped Paper Clips, Stickers, Chipboard Stickers, Alpha Thickers, Epoxy Stickers

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Altenew May 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil/Ink/Enamel Pin Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello crafty friends,

I'm so excited to be joining the Altenew April 2019 release blog hop today! You should have arrived here from Maryam Perez' blog. You can also find the full blog hop list at the end of this post in case you're lost.

There are so many beautiful stamps and dies in this month's release again! I haven't had the chance to work with the new inks or enamel pins, so only the stamps and dies I'm using here are new!

I've created quite a few cards to showcase these gorgeous products. Hope you'll like them! I won't be doing step by steps BUT if you want to know any details on how I made something or what products I used (other than stamps and dies which I will be linking in this post), please just ask away. I'm always happy to help!

On my first cards today I've used the Spring Bouquet ink set (released in March 2019) to create ombre backgrounds using the A Walk in the Woods stamp.

For my sentiments I chose 2 from the Fancy Greetings stamp sent, and stamped them in matching colors. 

I die cut the roses with the beautiful Fine Bouqet standalone die, then pieced them back together to make floral embellishments.

On my next cards I'm focusing on the  Ombre Alpha stamp set!  I also used an older stamp, I believe it is one of Altenew's oldest one, Painted Flowers.

Next up, probably my favorite cards with this release! I've used the lovely Ornate Foliage stamp and die sets (bundle is available here) as well as the above mentioned inks. I also used a stamp from the  Fancy Greetings stamp set, as well as the Dotted Swirls Debossing cover die.

Last but not least I have one more card duo with the same Ornate Foliage set. Additionally, I used the wonderful Leaf Frame cover die too, which is an older product. 

And now the fun part...Giveaways, yay! Read on to find out how you can win! Good Luck!

1. To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook blog by 05/15/2019 for a chance to win. 

2. Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from comments on each designer's blog in the blog hop list.

All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 05/18/2019!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope I could inspire you in some small way!

Have an awesome day!


Blog Hop list:

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

In the spotlight: Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month - May

Hello there crafty friends,

Today I'm sharing projects I've made with the gorgeous Spellbinders May Card Kit of the Month!

As I've mentioned before, Spellbinders have several monthly kits, which are really great! You can subscribe to:
These are all a great value, have a look! You can find all necessary information about these kits here.

Here's a list of what you get:

My projects with this kit:

The die cut pack is enormous, you get 2 of each design. My favorite piece was this coral Love You More circle, so I used it for my focal point and sentiment on this card. Two things I used to create these cards that are not part of the card kit:

Next I focused on frames - there is a pack of chipboard frames in the kit. I also used the dies to create the rose and the Smile sentiment. I think these are my two favorite papers in this kit, the wide green stripes and the beige floral!

Next is a darker color combo! I do love black, but I don't often make cards with it, so this was a refreshing change! On the left card I've made a wreath from the foliage I die cut with the dies included in this kit. I added Copper Nuvo drops to the middle of the black sequins for some interest.

There is always a stamp set included in the kit also. I like to make a card or two with these sets, normally they are very sweet! For one I stamped a complete background with the bear stamp, and I went very basic, clean and simple with my second card.

Other supplies I used on these that are not part of the kit:

That's it! I hope I could inspire you in one way or the other! 
Should you have any questions, please comment below and I'll get back to you!

Thank you for stopping by today!
Have a wonderful day!

Friday, May 3, 2019

In the spotlight: Spellbinders Small and Large Die of the Month kits - May

Hey there friends,

I'm so excited to share my projects with the awesome Spellbinders May Small and Large Die of the Month kits today!

As I've mentioned before, Spellbinders have several monthly kits, which are really great! You can subscribe to:
These are all a great value, have a look! You can find all necessary information about these kits here.

First up, the Small Die of the Month of May! I'm soooo in love with this one! Who doesn't love Vespas?!

I die cut a bunch of these from patterned papers - it was hard to stop haha! Think of all the awesome color combos you can use! Piecing the pieces together requires a bit of patience since they are tiny pieces. But it's soooo worth it!

Now my projects with the Large Die of the Month kit...This kit has so many little pieces in it, it's incredible! I couldn't think of a number to use because nobody I know has birthday soon, other than me and my best friend haha! And we both are turning 41, and I probably know quite a few people that are turning 41 this year too, so I went with that number!

You can create a big two tiered dimensional cake and decorate it a million ways! But you can also get creative with just the smaller dies. On this card below I used a die you can use to add detail to the bigger tier, to create a lace look inside my frame. You can simply line it up and die cut it several times. I'll be honest, I was planning to do a full background like this but then I didn't have patience :(. Hopefully one day, because I love lace!

Tiny flowers, candles and hearts, what does one need more? I'm so in love with these pieces! You can also create shorter, chunkier candles with the dies included in this kit.

I added a few Nuvo drops to my flower centers too, for a bit of color, texture and interest!

That's it! Should you have any questions as to what I products I used or how I made something, please leave a comment below! I'm always happy to help!

Thank you for stopping by today! 
Have an awesome day!