Friday, August 15, 2014

Amazing Crackled Paint


Hi friends!  Let me tell you a little story about this card.  See that crackled paint background?  That all came about because of two things - a cleaning spree and a Dare to Get Dirty challenge.

Several weeks ago, I got into a cleaning fit in my studio and I came across my old jars of Distress Crackle Paint from Ranger.  Remember when they were brand new?  Yeah, I bought almost every color because I just knew I was gonna use them all the time.  Flash forward to present day, and these 20 or 30 bottles were all dusty.  Some even still had the plastic wrap on them, never been opened.  

So.... I thought I'd open one and just paint a few backgrounds for the heck of it.  The open bottle revealed a solid hard chunk of rock inside.  The paint was completely and totally dried up.  ACK!  NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!  So I pulled out ALLLLL of the bottles and opened them, one by one.  Out of all those bottles, only about 7 were not completely dried out.  

But when I say "not completely dried out," that doesn't mean they were still liquidy and flowy and paintable.  Oh no.  These were more like silly putty or clay, honestly.  So I stuck my finger into a bottle of Old Paper Distress Crackle Paint, dug out the sticky dough, and spread it all over some cardstock.  Hey, might as well try it, huh?  My tester piece seemed to work okay, so I set about using up whatever leftover paints I could before tossing all of them into the trash.

Then the Dare to Get Dirty challenges came around about a week or two after I painted up all these backgrounds.  One of the challenges was an inspiration challenge with a gorgeous inspiration picture showing a door with crackled green paint on it.  Coincidence???  However, none of the paints that I could salvage were green.  Hmmmmmm......  Upon looking through my crackled paint backgrounds, the ones with the Old Paper paint had possibilities.  I pulled out some Sage distress ink and sponged it all over the Old Paper crackled paint background.  Hey, whadaya know, it worked!  

Next, because the inspiration picture had some gorgeous peach-colored flowers in it, I pulled out my Azalea stamp set from Power Poppy and colored the flowers with some pale peach-y Copic markers.  The sentiment on this card is also from the Azalea stamp set, and I finished off the card with a little bit of linen twine.

Did you know that Power Poppy has a fun challenge called Peep of the Week?  Most weeks, it's anything goes and you can enter your cards/projects into the challenge as long as you use a Power Poppy stamp on it.  This week is one of those Anything Goes challenges, and I'm entering this card into their challenge.  I was fortunate to be named one of their Peeps of the Week last month and that was so exciting!!  Here is hoping I am picked again!!  :-)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!



Thursday, August 7, 2014

Blue Glitter Peony


Hi friends!  I was in the mood to play with some glitter, and this turned out so soft and pretty, I decided to make it a sympathy card.

I started by cutting a piece of 6x6 double-sided Scor Tape sheet with the Lovely Peony Background die. I then cut out the Lovely Peony Outline die with white cardstock, and then I carefully adhered it to the adhesive peony background die cut. The open parts of the flower were covered with the gorgeous blue Fascination glitter, which I burnished in with my finger and then tapped off. All the excess glitter was returned to the jar and I set the flower aside while I made my card.

The card base is a white cardstock, and then I added a smaller layer of Kraft cardstock. I then cut a piece of the gorgeous soft blue paper from the Bellisima paper pad and adhered it to the Kraft layer. A small strip of Kraft cardstock was glued near the bottom of the blue paper, and then I stamped the sentiment from the With Sympathy set (JustRite) at the top. Finally, I affixed the glittery peony flower to the card.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Sparkle n Sprinkle - glitter, flocking, or embossing powder
Simon Says Stamp - Make it Sparkle
Craft Creations Challenges - Flower
Word Art Wednesday #144 - Anything Goes


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Butterfly Fence Hi



I bought this gorgeous Butterfly By Fence stamp (Impression Obsession) and once I started coloring it, I fell more and more in love with it. I decided to keep it rustic and natural for my first card.

I stamped the Butterfly By Fence stamp onto some cream cardstock and then I colored it with Copic markers. I took my time to add some shading and "wood texture" and I love how it turned out. I added a little sparkle by using the Wink of Stella Pen over the butterfly and the two open flowers. Isn't that glitter wonderful?



For my background, I stamped the Wood Texture stamp (Impression Obsession) onto some Kraft cardstock and then I sponged the edges before adhering it to an orange card base. I adhered my butterfly piece to the background and then I sealed the whole thing with some MicroGlaze to prevent smudges and running ink. Lastly, I stamped the "Hi" from the Anytime Sentiments set (Impression Obsession) onto some cream cardstock, cut it out with a circle die, and then adhered it to the bottom of the card.

It's fun to combine glitter with a rustic piece like this. It's that little unexpected touch that brings a smile to people's faces. :-)  Please feel free to use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order when you shop at Classy Cards 'n Such.  You will love the huge variety of dies, stamps, coloring mediums, and papers that are in the store.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Watercolored Twinks



This card has been percolating in my head for several weeks. There's been an explosion of watercoloring on cards lately, and I just had to see how this would turn out.

I actually pulled out my Twinkling H2O's and experimented with my brush strokes until I got a background that I liked. I used the Twinkling H2O's from the Carnivale set - Mandarine Citrine, Orange Peel, Deep Coral, and Mediterranean Blue. I swiped on large swaths of color of the yellow, orange, and coral paints, and then I flicked the blue paint over the whole thing. I love the blue spots! Look at that gorgeous shimmer!!



Once my piece was completely dry, I stamped the sentiment from the Celebrate set (Stampavie). I added a Tall Chloe Stem die cut from black cardstock directly over the painted background. It really stands out against the swaths of paint. Finally, I cut the scallop border from the Blueprints 4 die set and added the border to the left side of the watercolored piece before adhering them to a turquoise card base.

Isn't that a fun piece?? Pull out your Twinkling H2O's and make your own watercolored backgrounds! No two pieces will be alike and you will have tons of shimmery fun!  Don't have any Twinks?  Head on over to Classy Cards 'n Such and stock up.  There are so many gorgeous colors of Twinks, you'll probably need to get them all!  *wink*  Use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your entire order.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Soft Suede Christmas



Hi folks!  I was browsing some blogs today and I found a challenge (#125) over on the JustRite blog to create a card with non-traditional Christmas colors.  Ooooohhhhhhhh!  That really got me thinking, so I pulled out the JustRite stamps that I own, and came up with this idea.  I used the following JustRite stamps and dies:

Shabby Music Background stamp
Christmas Inner Thoughts stamp
Vintage Christmas Ornaments stamp
2013 Heirloom Ornament dies

I used vanilla and suede cardstocks and some kraft and suede inks to create this card.  I stamped the music background first with kraft ink, and then I stamped the holly leaves with the suede ink.  The lighter leaves are where the suede ink is just stamped off once and then pressed onto the sheet music.  The ornaments were stamped and then cut out with their matching dies.  I added some gold thread to "hang" the ornaments and then I added some vanilla bows to the ornaments.  The sentiment was cut out with a Petite Oval Large die (Spellbinders) and matted with a suede Petite Oval Small die (Spellbinders).

This was so much fun and I loved the idea of not using red or green or burgundy.  I wonder what other colors I could make this card with??

I'm entering this into the JustRite Challenge #125 - Nontraditional Christmas Colors.  If you have some JustRite stamps, why don't you join me?  :-)




Floral Friend


Sometimes you just need a sweet and pretty card to mail to a dear friend, and this card would be perfect.

I started by adhering some papers from the gorgeous Porcelain Rose paper pad to a black card base. Next, I cut out the black label shape from the Vintage Labels Two die set and adhered it over the black and white paper. I stamped the sentiment from Floral Vintage Labels Two (JustRite) on some white cardstock and then cut it out with an oval die. This sentiment was matted with some pinkish/reddish cardstock cut from the Classic Scallop Oval Small die set, and these were adhered to the black label. My finishing touch was to cut out the beautiful Lavish Branch border die with some black cardstock and I adhered them to the bottom of the card.

I know my friend will love this card because her favorite color is red. This will be a sweet surprise for her! :-)

Please feel free to use this code, Holly-10, to save money when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  The new Memory Box and Poppystamps Christmas dies are in stock, so head on over and check them out!  They are gorgeous!




Sunday, June 29, 2014

Leafy Gratitude



I was playing with a new stencil and some shimmery Glimmer Mist, and I love how this card turned out. It has sort of an Asian flair, doesn't it?

I started by placing the new Garden Leafy Branches stencil over some white cardstock. I sprayed some Trunk Bay Glimmer Mist over the stencil and white paper, and then carefully removed the stencil. I repeated this again on a second sheet of white cardstock, and then I set both pieces aside to dry completely. You can see the gorgeous shimmer in the picture below:



One sheet was adhered to black card base, and I stamped the sentiment from You Are Beautiful (Impression Obsession) onto the second stenciled sheet. This stamped piece was then cut out with the Vintage Labels Two die. I cut a larger die cut from the same Vintage Labels Two die set and some black cardstock, and matted this with the stamped piece. These die cuts were adhered to the card. To finish off this card, I cut some of the swirls from the Endless Waves rhinestones and affixed them to opposing corners of the card.

Sometimes when you play with your papercrafting supplies, you'll create something beautiful and unexpected. I love it when that happens!  If you'd like to go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such, feel free to use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order.  There's all kinds of wonderful papercrafting supplies in stock, so have fun!