Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Floral Hugs

Hello, everyone! Rachel back today with another way to use your stamps!


I stamped out my Splendid Roses stamp and then colored it in with my Copics (R39, R37, R35 and YG99, YG97, YG95). Instead of using the full image, I cut my Hugs die from my colored portion and adhered my letters to my card base with some foam tape. I stamped my sentiment on some black cardstock with Versamark ink and then heat embossed in white. I adhered it below my die cut with some more foam tape and then added a few Moonbeams sequins.

I created a new focal point by creating floral letters with my stamp! Thanks for joining me today!



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Friendship card


Hi guys!

Erica here with my last post for June. Honestly, where is this year going?? I'm scrambling to remember the date with the days just whizzing by...!

As I mentioned in my first post for June, I have a friend who's going through a bit of a hard time and I made this card with her in mind again. She lives on the other side of the world from me and sending cards and little presents is our way of staying connected the old-fashioned way. Chatting via Skype or Messenger is fab as it makes the distance between us feel shorter but we both enjoy sending little surprises to each other to brighten the other's day. She is one of my biggest card fans too so that helps!

She loves yellow so I decided to make a simple but bright card for her today. This month I have kept my focus on the Splendid Roses  stamp set and ALL my cards are made using this stamp, this one is no exception. I do like showing different techniques and looks you can get from one single stamp set which is always useful, especially for those of you who are just starting out with crafting and unsure of which stamps to add to your collection.

The other three cards I have made this month have used things like foil, click here to check that out or it's been a big old colouring job with Zig markers which you can check out here, so this one I kept relatively simple. On a scalloped diecut panel I stamped the Splendid Roses stamp almost in the middle, using My Favorite Things hybrid ink in Black Licorice, which is bleed proof when using Zig markers. The water colour paper I use when colouring with the Zig markers is Strathmore Bristol Vellum and it's lovely to use, the colouring is easy and blending is a breeze.

Grabbing all three of the yellow markers I coloured in the flowers, adding accents and highlights where I thought they ought to go. For the leaves I only used Light Green and added water to create highlights and texture. To tone down the whiteness and to match the light grey card base I was planning on using, I added some Warm Grey2 around the flower cluster and blended it out towards the edges of the panel.


































Setting this aside to dry fully, I got a coordinating stamp and die cut set out from Simon Says Stamp and it's the 'Love' one. I cut out the shadow die cut in a slightly darker grey card stock and the word 'love' was cut out in silver glitter card stock. These got layered up and glued together. Using this as a guide, I then stamped the words 'sending you' and '& Hugs' so that the sentiment will read 'Sending you love & hugs' when all put together.

The scalloped panel was adhered to the card base with some foam adhesive to create a little bit of dimension but still keeping it rather fussy-free and a few little clear sequins from the Moonbeams fusion mix finished the card off.



This card was simple and quite quick to make! What do you think?

That's if from me for June, but I will be back next month with more!

Happy crafting from Erica

Love and Laughter,
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Love Life

Hello!  Cindy from In Love with Paper back on the blog today.  I created a fun card with Distress Crayons and a stencil.  I also used a beautiful rose from the Kennedy Grace Creations stamp set Splendid Rose.  To finish off the card, I added some wonderful sequins from the KGC mixes Red Sangria & Blue Lagoon.

For a complete product list visit my blog and don't forget to say hi.  I hope I've inspired you to create something beautiful.  Have a great summer!

Cindy---

Monday, June 19, 2017

Artsy Flower Card


 Hi everyone, Heidi here on the blog! Today I have a little bit of an artsy card for you all:

If you feel this card looks difficult to make, it’s not, I will share a link to a video where you can see how you create these circles and how you apply the watercolour and that’s all there is to it.

One day I was watching this video from Maremi SmallArt on YouTube and I thought it would be fun to use this technique on a card as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WehJDh_V5iE 
The only thing I did different is that I also used watercolour on the inside of the circles, but you can created whatever you like, give it your own personal touch!

So, to get this card started I die cut a stitched rectangle panel with one of my nesting dies from some Cornwall Aquarel paper (Grain Fin, bright white) and stamped one of the flowers in the Kennedy Grace Creations “Grace’s Little Note” stamp set on there with some Versafine “Onyx Black” ink and using my MISTI stamping tool (this aquarel paper is fairly smooth but to get even black lines I needed to ink up my stamp several times). I did the same with one of the sentiments from the Kennedy Grace Creations “Sunflower” stamp set. I stamped the sentiment before I started water colouring so that I knew what area to spare when drawing the circles.


After the stamping was done I started drawing the circles with a regular graphite pencil: make thin lines, and if you find it difficult to draw them by hand you can use something small to trace around or use a pair of compasses, in that case don’t press to hard on the point that creates a hole in the paper.

Next you can start water colouring: I used my Gansai Tambi 36 watercolour set, water and a regular brush, using the following colours: for the background 61 / 50 / 44 / 37 and 66, and for the flower 33 and 55.

After the watercolour was dry I splattered on some FineTec Pearl Color in “Inka Gold” after covering up the sentiment and the main part of the flower with some Post It notes.
And to finish this card I die cut a slightly larger rectangle panel from some matching pink card stock, gluing both rectangles together with liquid glue and adhering these combined panels to a crème coloured linen textured card base with one millimetre thick foam tape.

And that’s it for today’s artsy card! Let me know if you’re going to try this technique, I would love to hear! In the meantime I wish everyone a creative day.




Love and Laughter,
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Simple Sympathy Card

Hello, everyone! Rachel here today with a quick and easy (no coloring!) sympathy card that would be simple to mass produce. I know I'm always at a loss for creativity whenever I NEED to make a sympathy card, so I like to have a design on hand that's easy to reproduce if I need one in a pinch. This is one of those designs that you can change up even for other occasions.


I used a very light gray ink to stamp my roses all over my card base. (It was super hard to get them in a picture since they're so light!) I cut out my sentiment strip from a matching light gray cardstock and then used Versamark ink to heat emboss my sentiment in white on top of it. I simply adhered the sentiment strip directly to the card base with my tape runner. That's it! You could use different colored inks for different occasions or even color in the flowers in the background for a super pretty card! I happen to really like the subtle and light look of the grays for a sympathy card.

Thanks for stopping by!





Thursday, June 15, 2017

Splendid Roses birthday card


Hello, hello!

Erica back on the blog today with a card you might recognise a little bit. If you don't, check out my last couple of cards over here on this blog post and you will see how one stamped panel has now ended up being three different cards.

This card is basically the coloured version of those two cards. If you don't have time to check out my last post I stamped up lots of Splendid Roses on a slightly larger than an A2 panel and then I foiled it as well as used the negative piece for a second card. As I had a big stamped panel ready to go, I decided to colour it in using my Zig markers. To make it really colourful, I used a different colour for each one of the flowers. It's only the small buds that are the same colour. Oh and the leaves too.




I managed to smudge the colours a little bit in the space between the flowers and leaves so I thought I'd colour that too to make the coloured blooms really pop. At first I toyed with the idea of starting out dark around the edges and go lighter towards the middle but scrapped that idea pretty fast. Due to more smudging... Yep, it wasn't my best idea but at this point I was committed so I just kept on going until all the white space was covered with the black.

To add some interest to the panel I decided to use some dies directly on it. I used the Dotted Ovals creative dies from Studio Katia but decided against popping any of them up off the actual card. They are all flat and apart from the sentiment, which is raised just a tiny, tiny but, this would quality as a one-layer card. I don't tend to do those very often. I'm more of a 'let's go to town' kind of gal, me.



The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment is from Beautiful Blooms-Sweet Rose and I stamped it in black ink on a thin strip of white card stock. I also added a bit of black card stock behind this and trimmed it down so it is just enough to frame it but doesn't take up too much space on the actual card. This whole shebang was glued down on a black card base but I had also trimmed down the panel enough to leave a thin strip of black showing on each side. I think this frames the card nicely without adding anything fussy.

Surprisingly, I yet again decided against sequins. I am as shocked as you must be! That's two (technically three) cards in a row without sequins...! I ought to go to the doctor and get checked out as usually it's bling overload when I'm involved. Maybe I should be worried??

That's it from me today but I will be back before you know it!

Happy crafting from Erica

Love and Laughter,
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sweet Rose Sympathy Card

Hello, Beverly Jordan here for today's Sympathy card. I used the Beautiful Bloom-Sweet Rose stamp set for the focal floral and the sentiment is from their Grace's Little Note stamp set.

 I "dusted" the card with a few sequins which are Kennedy Grace Creations Pink Passion. For the frame of the card I used layers from the Spellbinders Mystical Embrace dies. I die cut it twice and then adhered on the top horizontal bar and flourishes above it. It folds perfectly to open and reveal a sentiment. The image is colored using the following Copic Sketch markers: RV19, RV25, RV29, YG11, YG13, Y15, Y08, as well as, a black multiliner. 
Hope you enjoy my entry today!

Love and Laughter,
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