Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ho Ho Ho Circles



Hi friends!  I am the guest hostess over on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog this month as we unveil the March challenge for the Holiday Inspiration Club.  This month I'm asking you to make your own backgrounds for your holiday cards.


You can make any kind of background.  Try a new technique, stamp with a background stamp, arrange designer papers into a pattern, whatever you come up with!  I've got four cards over on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog, each with a different background, so check them out and let them inspire you.  I'll share all of those cards here on my blog throughout the month.

For my card today, I used a technique that I developed for Technique Junkies called Collage Circles.  The stamps are from the Christmas Cheer set from Rogue Redhead Designs.  I actually stamped the text background from that Christmas Cheer set onto the kraft circles, but I wasn't paying attention when I glued the background piece down.  If you look closely, you can see that all of the text circles are upside down!  LOL  Oooops!  So pretend that I didn't goof and that my text circles are right side up, okay?  Hee hee hee!  I kept the card clean and simple so the background would shine through and so this would be a flat and mail-able card.

Come and play along in this challenge!  You can make any kind of holiday card - Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, whatever you want.  If you have any Rogue Redhead Designs stamps, we'd love to see what you create with them, but you are not required to use them for this challenge.  :-)  

Friday, March 21, 2014

Bluebird and Butterflies



Hi friends! Have you seen the challenge over on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog? This week's challenge is to use birds and/or butterflies on your project. The challenge ends on Saturday evening, so you still have some time to enter your card!!

I decided to make a sweet little spring scene, so I started with a pale blue cardstock folded in half (A2 card size). The sentiment, from the Celebrate set (Stampavie), was stamped with a darker blue ink in the bottom right corner. Next, I cut out the Bare Branch die with Kraft cardstock and adhered it to the left side of the card, making sure it didn't cover up the sentiment. The sweet little Nestled Bird was cut from a darker blue cardstock and adhered to one of the branches.

For the flowers, I used the Flower Mound die and two different colors of pink cardstock. I shaped each flower with the stylus (from the Paper Blossom Tool Kit) and the Paper Blossoms Craft Molding Mat, and then adhered the flowers to the Bare Branch. Next, I cut out the Leaf Clusters from pale green cardstock and cut each of the leaves apart. I then glued the leaves next to the flowers.

In the centers of each flower, I squeezed some Ice White Viva Decor Pearl Pen paint, and then I set it aside to dry. Once it was dry, I added some butterflies that were cut from white cardstock and the Butterfly Delights die.

Come play along in our challenge and show us what you can create with birds and/or butterflies. We'd love to see what you come up with! Please feel free to use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order when you shop at Classy Cards 'n Such.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks #186 - No Patterned Paper
CCEE1412 - Spring or Autumn Scene
Creative Knockouts #29 - Things with Wings
Delightful Challenges - Welcome Spring
Bloggers Challenge - Think Spring

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunrise Rooster



Hi friends! I've been playing with the new Memory Box stencils that are in the Classy Cards 'n Such store.
For this card, I pulled out the Shine plastic stencil and laid it over some white cardstock. I then sponged on some yellow ink over most of the open area, and then I followed up with some orange ink down towards the bottom. After I took the stencil off, the white areas were a bit too stark in contrast, so I toned it down by lightly sponging some more yellow and orange inks over the stenciled background.

Next, I cut out the Victorian Picket Fence (Cheery Lynn Designs) and the Barnyard Rooster (Poppystamps) from dark brown cardstock and adhered those to my background. The sentiment, from the Inky Antics Daisy Bouquets stamp set, was stamped with dark brown ink at the top of my stenciled background. The stenciled piece was matted with a dark brown layer and then adhered to a Kraft card base.

This piece was really fun to create. I love how this card is free of bulky embellishments - I can write a note inside and pop this in the mail to a loved one. This card is gender-free, so I can send this to anyone. :-)  If you'd like to purchase these items, you can save 10% by using this code, Holly-10, when you shop at Classy Cards 'n Such.  There are lots of new goodies in the store - just click on the "NEW" tab to see them all.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday #123 - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls #13 - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments #102 - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me #146 - Anything Goes
Just for Fun - Anything Goes
Less is More #163 - Masking or Stenciling 




Saturday, March 15, 2014

Polished Stone Winter Girl


Hi friends!  I am the guest hostess over on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog today as we unveil the March challenge for the Holiday Inspiration Club.  This month I'm asking you to make your own backgrounds for your holiday cards.


You can make any kind of background.  Try a new technique, stamp with a background stamp, arrange designer papers into a pattern, whatever you come up with!  I've got four cards over on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog, each with a different background, so check them out and let them inspire you.  I'll share all of those cards here on my blog throughout the month.

For my card today, I used the Polished Stone background from Technique Junkies and the sweet little girl from the Winter Women stamp set (Rogue Redhead Designs).  I love this polished stone background - it's so silvery and shiny when I move it around in the light.  I love the pale blue, dark blue, and silver colors and how the veining really does look like a polished rock.  I kept the card clean and simple so the background would shine through and so this would be a flat and mail-able card.

Come and play along in this challenge!  You can make any kind of holiday card - Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, whatever you want.  If you have any Rogue Redhead Designs stamps, we'd love to see what you create with them, but you are not required to use them for this challenge.  :-)  


Friday, March 14, 2014

Glittery Rainbow



Have you played in our new Rainbow challenge over on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog yet? This is a fun challenge - just make a card or project with all the different colors of the rainbow. You don't have to have an actual rainbow on there - just the colors.

With this in mind, I pulled out all the different glitters I have and I had a ball! It was so much fun to play with all these glitters. They have different textures as well as different colors, so there is a lot of visual interest on this card.

I started by stamping the sentiment at the bottom. This sentiment is from the Celebrate set (Stampavie). Next, I pulled out my 1/4" Scor Tape and laid down six lines of tape at a diagonal above the sentiment. Then I carefully peeled off one liner and covered one line of tape with glitter. I repeated this for each of the six colors - just peeled off one liner at a time. I used the following glitters (from top to bottom, purple to red):

Seedless Preserves Distress Glitter
Teal Velveteen Microfine Glitter
Shabby Shutters Distress Glitter
Lemonade Glitter
Spiced Marmalade Distress Glitter
Gypsy Red Microfine Glitter

I used the Glitter Roll technique from Technique Junkies to make sure the glitter was very well adhered.  I love the contrast of the fine velvet glitters against the chunky distress glitters. The colors are gorgeous, and the glittery shimmer makes my eyes happy! :-) Play along in this fun challenge - you could win a fabulous prize!

All of the linked supplies above can be found in the Classy Cards 'n Such shop.  You can save 10% off your order when you enter this code, Holly-10, upon checking out. Stock up on glitter, dies, stamps, papers, and more!  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Sparkle 'n Sprinkle - Anything Goes with Glitter, Embossing Powder, and/or Flocking
Word Art Wednesday #123 - Anything Goes
City Crafter #202 - Beautiful Rainbow

Monday, March 10, 2014

Rainbow Challenge on CCNS blog

Hi folks!  This is just a quick little reminder to check out this week's challenge over on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog.  This week we have a Rainbow theme - make a card or project with the colors of the rainbow on it and share it with us.  I'll be sharing my card with y'all later on this week.  It is full of glittery rainbow goodness!  :-)


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Kraft Damask Thoughts



I wanted to create a feminine card without using any reds or pinks or purples, so I challenged myself to see what I could come up with. I used a rather masculine color combo of Kraft, Green, Teal, and White.

I used the following products from Classy Cards 'n Such on this card:

Damask Cover a Card background stamp (Impression Obsession)
Anytime Sentiments stamp set (Impression Obsession)
Scor Tape 1/4"
Teal Velveteen Velvet Glitter
Kraft cardstock
Shasta Daisy Strip die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Fanciful Flourish Left die (Cheery Lynn Designs) - SOLD OUT
Tweezers from Paper Blossom Tool Kit

I started by stamping the sentiment at the bottom of the kraft cardstock, and then I used a couple of sticky notes to mask off an angled area at the bottom. With the sticky notes covering up the sentiment and the angled bottom part of the kraft cardstock, I then stamped the Damask background on the top part.

A strip of the 1/4" Scor Tape was applied to the bottom of the Damask stamped piece, and I covered the adhesive with the Teal Velveteen glitter. Ohhhhhhhhhh, that velvet glitter is just gorgeous!!!!!

I then cut out the Shasta Daisy with white cardstock, colored the tips with a Teal Copic marker, and used the tweezers from the Paper Blossom Tool Kit to curl each one of the petals. I used a rhinestone brad to assemble the flower and then I affixed the flower to my card. The flourish was cut out from green cardstock, and I cut some of the pieces apart and then I tucked them in around my flower. The flourish die that I used is sold out, but you could use the Fanciful Flourish die as well as the Mini Fanciful Flourish die. Once the flower and the flourishes were in place, I adhered my kraft piece to white cardstock, and then I adhered that to a green card base.

I love how this turned out, and I know a few ladies who would love to get this card in the mail. Believe it or not, there are some ladies who abhor the "girly" colors of pink and purple and pastels. Hee hee hee! I myself love ALL colors and I can see this card layout done in many other color combos. What colors would you use if you were making this card?

When you shop at Classy Cards 'n Such, you can save 10% off your order by entering this code, Holly-10, when you check out.  Save money when you stock up on stamps, dies, papers, stencils, and many other supplies at Classy Cards 'n Such!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Sparkle 'n Sprinkle - Anything Goes with Glitter, Flocking, and/or Embossing Powder
Word Art Wednesday #122 - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge #84 - Make it Sparkle
Sister Act #47 - Anything Goes
Red Rubber Inspirationals #110 - Stamp your own Background
Just for Fun - Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu - Vintage

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Shabby Glitter Flowers


Hi friends!  I've got a fun, shabby-chic, vintage, distressed card to share with y'all.

I've been playing with the new stencils in the Classy Cards 'n Such store, and let me tell you, they are SO much fun! For my card today, I pulled out the Textured Mesh stencil and some Silk Glimmer Mist and started spraying. I laid the Textured Mesh stencil down over some vanilla cardstock and then lightly sprayed over it with the Silk Glimmer Mist.

If you spray too much, you get a puddle of Glimmer Mist that runs together underneath the stencil. It actually took me 3 tries to develop my light-handed-ness for this. So don't get frustrated if your first few tries look messy - keep on trying!!!

While the Glimmer Mist was drying, I cut out the Zinnia Bouquet from white cardstock. I colored the stems and leaves with green Copic markers, and the flower petals with a pink/mauve Copic marker. I then cut out the Zinnia Bouquet Background pieces from Scor-Tape sheets. I carefully removed the liner from each Zinnia background piece and matched them up with the flower heads from the Copic-colored bouquet. After all three background pieces were adhered, I covered the flowers with Carnation Glitter. I used the Glitter Roll Technique from Technique Junkies to ensure the glitter was adhered very well, and then I brushed off the excess.



After the Glimmer Mist was dry on my stenciled piece, I sponged some kraft ink around the edges and then used a distress tool to rough up all the edges. I also used the distress tool on the green layer. I adhered the stenciled piece to the green layer and then adhered it to a Kraft card base.

I carefully peeled the liner from the back of the double-sided adhesive flowers and pressed the flowers down onto my stenciled background. I added some glue to the leaves and stems and pressed those down into place. Lastly, I tied some Chalk White Seam Binding into a bow and glued that down onto my flower bouquet.

Wouldn't it be fun to make this flower with different colors of glitters and Copic markers??  Just imagine all the possibilities!  You can order this flower die as well as other supplies from Classy Cards 'n Such.  Use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Sparkle 'n Sprinkle - anything goes with glitter, embossing powder and/or flocking
Dream Valley #76 - Vintage
Come and Get it - Flowers Galore
Stamping Boutique #6 - Use Glitter
Left of Center #26 - Die Cuts