Saturday, June 30, 2012

Country Love


Howdy folks!  I'm sharing some Country Love with y'all today!  This card qualifies for the following challenges:


When I saw this stamp in the Classy Cards 'n Such store, I had to get it right away.  I'm giving this card to my sweet hubby for our anniversary.  :-)  I've used my brand new Distress Markers to color this in on watercolor paper - so fun and so easy!  Since this is going to a man, I didn't add any flowers or ribbons or flourishes.  I kept it simple with distressed edges and some linen thread.  I used the Torn Frames technique from Technique Junkies to add some texture and distressing.  

It's really easy to use the markers.  Stamp your image with waterproof ink onto watercolor paper and let it dry completely.  Add a tiny bit of color with a Distress Ink Marker and then use a water brush to drag the ink around to color in the image.  Add more color with markers as needed.  Let the image dry completely before cutting and adhering to your project.  The brush tip on these distress ink markers is really fine and it actually gets into those tiny little spaces like you see in my card above. 

I've used the following products on my card:
With Love stamp set (Stampavie)
If you're on a budget and you want the Distress Ink Markers, check out the Distress Ink Marker Club!  This is a fabulous way to get all of these awesome markers without breaking your budget!  You can save even more by using my code, Holly-10, when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  :-)


Monday, June 25, 2012

Blue China card


Boy, it's a SCORCHER out there today.  Yikes......  We were getting spoiled with the almost bearable temperatures this summer, and we are not ready for these numbers this week: 102 today, 104 tomorrow, 102, 101, 100.....  That doesn't even count the heat index.  It's time for a sweet card to cool us off!  :-)

Isn't that CUTE????  Those mice are so adorable!  I stamped the Cupboard image with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then colored the image with Copic markers.  I cut some white cardstock slightly larger than the image and sponged blue ink around the edges.  The Cupboard image was adhered to the blue-sponged cardstock.  I stamped the tiny flower image from the Happy Birthday set with yellow ink onto the yellow card base (5.5" x 4.25").  The Cupboard image was adhered to the yellow card base.

I die cut some Olive Branches and glued those down on opposing corners.  I cut some flowers from blue cardstock.  Each flower has four layers of petals glued together.  I used the Distressed Fuzz technique from Technique Junkies to add some white fuzz to the centers and then I fluffed up the petals with my fingers.

The products from Classy Cards 'n Such that I used today are:

Happy Birthday (Stampavie) - the little flower stamped in the background (yellow card base)
Olive Branches die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Miniature Rose die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Medium Rose die (Cheery Lynn Designs)

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Great Impressions #3 - Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts #83 - Flowers in Bloom
Love to Create #21 - Anything Goes
Pile it On #26 - Make your own Embellishments
Totally Gorjuss #137 - Something Yellow

Thanks for stopping by on this hot summer day!  Remember, if you would like to purchase the stamps or dies that I used on this card, you can use my code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Enjoy your evening!!


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Glittery Blue Butterfly


Have you played in the latest challenge on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog - Glitter?  I love glitter!  There are many beautiful colors in the Classy Cards 'n Such store, and I bought every single one of them!  LOL   On this card, I kept it clean and simple and just used one color of glitter - Crystal Ice.  This is gorgeous on white cardstock, and it's sheer enough that you can use it on colored cardstock as well.




For this card, I used the following products:

Crystal Ice glitter
Flower Flourish embossing folder
Celebrate stamp set (Stampavie)
Lacey Circles (Spellbinders)
Exotic Butterfly Small #2 (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Angel Wing, Small #2 (Cheery Lynn Designs)
May Arts Textured Ribbon - Light Blue/White
Joy Foam Pads Small

I cut out the butterfly from white cardstock and used the Glitter Roll technique from Technique Junkies to adhere the Crystal Ice glitter.  The matching angel wing was cut from blue cardstock and adhered to the white butterfly.  I cut out a circle from white cardstock and stamped the sentiment with blue ink at the bottom of the circle.  I adhered that to a Lacey Circle that was cut from blue cardstock.

The background is embossed with the Flower Flourish embossing folder and I folded a strip of the gorgeous ribbon over the top before adhering it to a blue card base.  I cut the end of the ribbon in a fishtail look, and I adhered the circles over the ribbon with some Joy foam pads.  I used some more foam pads to adhere the butterfly above the sentiment.  I purposely placed the butterfly at an angle so it looks like it is in flight.  :-)

I hope you pull out your stash of glitter and play along in this challenge.  You can find the challenge details here - just enter your card in the linky list at the bottom of the challenge post.  You could be the lucky one to win a fun shopping spree at Classy Cards 'n Such!

Wanna go shopping now?  Save 10% off your order by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  There's so many great things in the store, you'll have a wish list a mile long!  :-)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Glittery Banner card

Hi folks!  Have you played in the latest challenge over on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog?  I love glitter, and it's so much fun to add that extra little sparkle to a card or project with some glitter.  I decided to think outside the box and do something a little different for this glitter challenge.



See the fun banners?  I actually used one of the dies in the Classy Cards 'n Such store.  At first glance, you are thinking there's no such die there.  Actually, by thinking outside the box, you'll find multiple uses for your dies.  For my banner, I used the Lace Light Deco Border and cut it out several times.  I set aside the "border" die cut for another use later on.  Looking at the piece that is leftover from cutting, you can see the banner shape in the picture below.




That's the piece that I used for my card here.  Pretty cool, huh??

I used the Glitter Roll technique from Technique Junkies and adhered three different colors of glitter to three strips of the banner "die cut."  Then I arranged the banners on my card layer and glued them down, letting the strips hang over the edges.  I used scissors to cut off the excess glittered banners, and I stamped the sentiment at the bottom.  This piece was adhered to a turquoise card base that is 5.5"x4.25" (A2 size).

The following products that I've used can be found in the Classy Cards 'n Such store:

Lace Light Deco Border (Cheery Lynn Designs die)
Sweet Wishes stamp set (Stampavie)
Green Nugget glitter
Misty Blue Ultrafine glitter
Lacy Lilac glitter

There are lots of beautiful colors of glitter in the store.  If you are a glitter lover like me, you'll want to own every single one of them!  :-)  Play along in this fun challenge and you'll have a chance to win a fun shopping spree and stock up on more glitters!

Wanna save some money while you're shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such?  Use my code, Holly-10, when you check out to save 10% off your entire order.  Have fun!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

CHF Challenge #3 - Pearls and Lace


It's time for another challenge over on the Cornish Heritage Farms blog, and this time we are playing with Pearls and Lace.  I went for a shabby chic feel  for my card today.  I pulled out my French Script Backgrounder and stamped it with rose ink onto some vanilla cardstock, then I rubbed a kraft ink pad over it and scrunched it up.

For the bottom half of my card, I rubbed kraft ink onto kraft cardstock and scrunched that up and let it dry.  Once both pieces of my background were dry, I glued them together and then adhered two layers of of ivory lace.  Some rose cardstock was used to cut out a doily, and I used a hot glue gun to adhere three strands of pearl beads.  I wanted to use the pearl beads instead of traditional half-pearls, and these add a great swinging movement to my card.

The medallion is from the Antiques stamp set, and I stamped it with rose ink onto vanilla cardstock.  Once the rose ink was dry, I rubbed a kraft inkpad over the medallion and scrunched it up for the same aged effect as I used on the French Script background piece.

Wanna play along?  Share your creation with pearls and lace over on the CHF blog for a chance to win a cool prize!  Need more inspiration?  Check out what my fellow CHF design team members have created:

Holly Brown - YOU ARE HERE


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Green Ducks




Have you made your Father's Day cards yet?  You still have time to order the special Father's Day bundles on sale from Classy Cards 'n Such.  I showed you one card yesterday, and this is the second card I've made with the the Father's Day Homeward Bound Bundle.  This card will be for my husband.

I used the Homeward Bound die to cut some white cardstock, then I embossed the whole thing with the Gold Detail Embossing Powder.  I pulled out the Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade reinkers along with my old Peeled Paint reinker and made a background using the Pulled Reinkers technique from Technique Junkies.  The inside of the card has a sentiment from the Happy Father's Day Outline Sticker Sheet.

Do you see how the addition of a green ink totally changed the mood of the background?  Yesterday's card was bright and eye-catching, and this card is more muted, more calm.

Grab your special Father's Day bundle(s) from Classy Cards 'n Such now while they are still on sale!  :-)  You can save an additional 10% by using my code, Holly-10, when you check out.  Happy Shopping!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Peacock Ducks





Have you made your Father's Day cards yet?  You still have time to order the special Father's Day bundles on sale from Classy Cards 'n Such.  This is the card I will be sending to my Dad this week.  I used the Father's Day Homeward Bound Bundle for this card.

I used the Homeward Bound die to cut some white cardstock, then I embossed the whole thing with the Gold Detail Embossing Powder.  I pulled out the Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade reinkers and made a background using the Pulled Reinkers technique from Technique Junkies.  The inside of the card has a sentiment from the Happy Father's Day Outline Sticker Sheet.  I love the vibrant colors of the background against the warm gold embossed image.

Check back tomorrow for another card I've made with this bundle.  I've used the same products, but it looks slightly different.  :-)  In the meantime, don't forget to go order your Father's Day bundles so you can get your cards made!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Musical Friend



I've got a romantic and musical card to share with you today. First, the products that I've used from Classy Cards 'n Such are:

Shabby Chic Labels Four set (JustRite)
Pretty in Pink 6x6 paper pad (Glitz)
Stardream Fuse Azalea cardstock
French Pastry Doily Die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Exotic Butterfly Mini (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Textured Two-Tone ribbon - Light Blue/White (May Arts)

I cut some dark brown cardstock to 4.25" x 11" and folded it in half to make a card that is 4.25" x 5.5".  Some musical paper from the Pretty in Pink paper pad was cut to 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" and adhered to the brown card base.  The doily is cut from the Stardream Fuse Azalea cardstock - a gorgeous shimmery mauve-y color.  I had already used the top third of this doily on another card, and this is what was left.  I cut a circle from vanilla cardstock and another, smaller, circle from the rose paper (also from the Pretty in Pink paper pad), then adhered these to the center of the doily.  I cut off what was sticking out from the edge and adhered the doily to the musical paper.

I tied the gorgeous ribbon around the card, moving the knotted end to the left side.  I stamped the "Friend" sentiment with brown ink onto vanilla cardstock and used scissors to trim it into a tag shape.  I punched a tiny hole at the top and threaded some linen thread through the hole and tied it around the knot of the blue ribbon.

I used the Dabbed Shimmers technique from Technique Junkies to cover some cardstock with some yummy, shimmery Chocolate paint (from Creative Inspirations Paint).   After it was dry (only a couple minutes, honestly!), I used one of the dies from the Exotic Butterfly Mini set to cut out a beautifully shimmery butterfly. Lastly, I adhered the butterfly to the top of the knot on the ribbon.

This was a fun card for me to make, because I was able to use up the leftover doily piece and because I stepped outside of my normal creation process.  You don't have to use the entire shape to make a beautiful project.  Sometimes it's good to try something new and just use a part of a die-cut shape.  :-)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Orange Chevrons


Happy Friday, folks!  This is the card I created for the latest Classy Cards 'n Such challenge.  Aren't these some fun, summery colors??  I normally don't work with such bright colors, so this was a fun change of pace for me.



I started off by stamping the Chevron Stripe background onto some yellowish/orange cardstock and adhered that to an aqua card.  The sentiment was stamped with aqua ink onto white cardstock and then cut out with a Labels 18 Spellbinders die.  Then came the fun part - cutting out all the flowers!  I used all three Cheery Lynn Designs roses dies - Large, Medium, and Miniature Roses.  I've used three different colors of cardstock for the roses - pumpkin orange, soft yellow, and a mid-range yellowish/orange cardstock.  I used some white brads in the center of the roses and adhered them in a slightly curved pattern.

Here is a list of the products from Classy Cards 'n Such that I've used on this card:

Chevron Stripe background stamp (JustRite)
Sweet Wishes stamp set (Stampavie)
Large Rose die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Medium Rose die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Miniature Rose die (Cheery Lynn Designs)


I hope this inspires you to play in the color challenge.  Create something using aqua, yellow, and orange and share it HERE on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog.  You just might be the next one to win a fantastic prize from Classy Cards 'n Such!  If you would like to go shopping, you can use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Have fun!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

CHF Challenge #2 - Baby Boy Congratulations



Have you seen the newest challenge on the Cornish Heritage Farms blog today?  This challenge is Just for Baby - so make a baby card, a gift box for baby, a baby shower invitation, anything that focuses on babies!

I decided to make a blue card to congratulate a friend on her new baby boy.  Isn't that stork just adorable??  I saw that in the Cornish Heritage Farms store (digital stamps section), and I just knew I had to play with this one.  I printed it out and colored it with Copic markers and then fussy cut it.

The background is stamped with one of my favorite backgrounders - Denim.  I loaded up a brayer with Marina Mist ink and rolled it all over the Denim backgrounder stamp, then stamped it on some white cardstock.  The stork is adhered to this background with dimensionals, and I added the die cut letters that spell out Congrats!


Play along in this fun challenge - we'd love to see what you create!  Go to the Cornish Heritage Farms blog to enter your creation.  There is a fantastic prize for a lucky player!  Need more inspiration?  Check out what my fellow CHF design team members have created for this first CHF challenge.

Anne Harmon
Barb Gmitro-Best
Barbara Bruder
Cindy Haffner
Dawn Bennett
Debbie Standard
Deneen Treble
Dianne Beans
Frances Byrne - DT Coordinator
Holly Brown - YOU ARE HERE
Jacqueline Smith
Kris Chirhart
Kristine Reynolds
Lisa Silver
Michele L
Petra Amico
Silke Kittmann
Steph Ackerman
Vicki Davis

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Kraft Sympathy card



It's never easy to make sympathy cards, so I wanted to use soft colors instead of somber black and white colors.  I wanted to create a soft, gentle, soothing card that will be welcomed by someone who needs comforting.

I've used these products from Classy Cards 'n Such:

With Sympathy (JustRite)
Labels 21 (Spellbinders)

I started by stamping the sentiment with kraft ink onto vanilla cardstock, then I cut it out with an oval die and used the Wisped Frames technique (from Technique Junkies).  The scalloped kraft layer was cut out with a Classic Scallop Oval Large die which is in stock at Classy Cards 'n Such.  I adhered the sentiment to the scalloped kraft layer and set this aside.

I cut a long piece of Chalk White seam binding and pressed it into my kraft inkpad until it was mostly covered with ink.  I needed to soften the color a bit, so I crumpled up the seam binding in my hand and misted it with water.  I set this aside to dry and continued working on my card.

The kraft card base is 5.5" x 4.25" and I cut some designer paper to 5.25" x 4" and adhered that to the card base.  I used a Labels 21 die to cut the soft blue polka dot piece and adhered that to the card.  I tied the dried colored seam binding around the card and fashioned a shabby bow on the right side.  Lastly, I adhered the sentiment with some foam tape to the center of the card.

Just a little note - you've probably seen me using a lot of Chalk White seam binding on my projects here.  I love this stuff!  You can order this to whatever length you need - Beverly will not cut this up into one yard pieces like some other places do.  She will leave it in one whole uncut piece whether it is 5 yards or 15 yards.  I order mine in the longest length I can get because I am going through this stuff like crazy.  It's wonderful in its original color and it's so easy to custom-color to coordinate with my projects.

If you would like to order from Classy Cards 'n Such, please feel free to use my coupon code, Holly-10, when you check out.  You can save 10% off your entire order by using it.  :-)  Have a wonderful day!