Friday, February 3, 2023

Valentine Cards from Hero Arts Stamp Along

I attended the Hero Arts Valentine Stamp Along last weekend and we made some gorgeous Valentine cards.  There's just a little bit of time left in the Hero Arts Stay Crafty challenge to share our "love" cards, so I thought I would enter these into that challenge.  We had a great time during the Stamp Along and we learned some great tips and tricks!

All stamps, stencils, and dies are from Hero Arts.

Here's a picture of all the cards I made during the Stamp Along.  If you have a chance to join one of the Hero Arts Stamp Alongs in the future, you should definitely sign up.  They are so much fun!


Thursday, February 2, 2023

Intricate Diamonds Three Ways

Good morning!  Today I'm sharing three different cards all featuring the new Intricate Diamonds stencil from A Colorful Life Designs (code HollyFan10 to save).  I love this stencil because it has so many different patterns within the diamonds, and I love the abstract and geometrical nature of this design.  You can use this for anything and with any kind of medium.

On this first card, I simply brushed some soft blue dye ink through the stencil and let it fade out.  Then I added some die cut flowers and stamped the sentiment from the Oodles set (also from A Colorful Life Designs).

On this purple card, I pulled out a gel press print that had some pinks, blues, and purples in it.  I brushed some Villainous Potion distress ink (dark purple) over the stencil and gel print for a dramatic geometric look.

For this bright and shiny card, I placed the Intricate Diamonds stencil over some white cardstock and spread on several different colors of Paper Glaze (Picket Fence Studios).  While this was drying, I spread the leftover paste onto some scrap paper and let that dry.  Then I die cut the sentiment from the scrap paper and adhered it to a white shadow die cut and affixed it to the stenciled card.  The colors of paste that I used were Daffodil Yellow, Succulent Green, Jade Vine, and Ocean Poppy.

Please feel free to use this code, HollyFan10, to save when you shop at A Colorful Life Designs.  You can check out all of the February 2023 stencils HERE, and the Intricate Diamonds stencil is HERE.  Have a great day!


Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Dotted Wreath of Love

Good morning!  Can you believe it's February?  That means there is a new stencil release from A Colorful Life Designs, and there's lots of fun new designs to play with.  I used the gorgeous new Dotted Wreath stencil to create my Valentine's Day card.  I placed the stencil down onto a white card base and brushed some pale pink ink on first.  Then I rotated the stencil 90 degrees and brushed a medium pink ink over the stencil.  Then I rotated the stencil another 90 degrees and brushed a red ink on.  I love this multicolored dotty wreath!  I then stamped the sentiment (from Technique Junkies) with black ink in the center of the wreath.

There is a new Master Creator Bundle which has all of the February 2023 stencils and you can get all 20 stencils for only $109.37.  That's such a great deal!  

Please feel free to use this code, HollyFan10, to save 10% when you shop at A Colorful Life Designs.  This code will work on all the stamps and stencils (excluding the bundles), so go check them out!  You can see all the February 2023 stencils HERE.  The Dotted Wreath stencil that I used on my card today is HERE.  Come on back tomorrow and I'll share three, yes THREE, cards that I created with the new Intricate Diamonds stencil.  Have a fabulous day!


Monday, January 30, 2023

Pink Snowflake Wishes

Good morning!  It is freezing cold here in Texas today and it won't warm up above freezing until probably Thursday.  We are hunkering down and eating homemade soups and chili that we took out of the freezer yesterday.

Today I'm sharing this sweet card that I made with the Snowflakes stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.  This card could be used as a Christmas card or for someone who has a birthday during these freezing cold months.  I haven't stamped the inside yet, so we'll see what I end up using this one for.

I started by dipping a piece of misted watercolor paper into some Tattered Rose distress ink that I smooshed onto my glass mat.  While this panel was still wet, I placed the Snowflakes stencil over the panel and brushed the Tattered Rose distress ink over the stencil.  I removed the stencil and added a bit more rose color to the edges of the panel.  I love the faded areas here and there which gives this panel a vintage-y vibe.

While the panel was drying, I stamped this sweet little girl from Ink Blot Shop (Little Sweeties set) and colored her with Copic markers.  I cut her out with scissors and adhered her with foam tape to the center of the dried snowflake panel.  Then I stamped the sentiment, also from Ink Blot Shop (Mixed Holiday Greetings set), trimmed it down, and affixed it to the panel with foam tape.  The whole panel was glued down to a white card base.

Please feel free to use this code, HollyFan10, when you shop at A Colorful Life Designs.  You can find the Snowflakes stencil HERE, and you can check out all the great snowflake stencils HERE.  Have a warm and wonderful Monday!


Sunday, January 29, 2023

Puppies In Love

Good morning!  My favorite stamp of 2023 is this adorable Puppy Love from Technique Junkies.  Who can resist those sweet little faces???  

I made this clean and simple card by stamping the Puppy Love with a black hybrid ink onto some smooth white cardstock.  I randomly picked one of the puppies and colored it with blue Copic markers and the heart with a red Copic marker.  The sentiment is from the Inside Out: Love is in the Air set.  I stamped that and added a red mat and then adhered it next to my colored puppy.  Then I adhered the panel to a red card base.

How cute is that?  I'm all set for my anniversary card to my hubby this year!  :-)

You can use this code, TJ10Holly, to save 10% when you shop at Technique Junkies.  There's a wonderful selection of Valentine and love stamps that were released this month.  You can find those HERE.  The Puppy Love stamp is HERE and the Inside Out: Love is in the Air set is HERE.  Have fun shopping!


Friday, January 27, 2023

Sending Shaker Smiles

Good morning!  I have a cute, quick, and easy shaker card to share with you today.  Isn't that cute?  I made an end-to-end shaker card with some plastic packaging that used to hold some stamps.  The packaging got torn, so instead of throwing it away, I used it to make this shaker card.

I started by stenciling some blue ink over this awesome Sea Scales 6x6 stencil from Picket Fence Studios onto some pale blue cardstock.  Then I wrapped the plastic packaging around this stenciled panel, taping three sides onto the back of the panel.  With one end open, I poured in some of the gorgeous new Sea of Dolphins sequin mix in between the plastic packaging and the front of the stenciled panel.  Then I taped the fourth end shut and adhered the whole panel to a white card base.

Next, I used some gray dye ink and stamped the adorable little dolphins from Even More of a Fishy Lot set.  After I colored them with Copic markers, I cut them out with the matching dies.  I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set with a black ink and cut that out with the matching die as well.  Then I adhered all three of these to the front of my shaker card.  

I love making shaker cards like this.  They are really fun and much easier than the shaker cards with the acetate and the foam tape and frames.  This Sea of Dolphins sequin mix actually has tiny little iridescent dolphins in there - I hope you can see them in my picture.  

I wanted to thank Nicole and Sara for asking me to be a guest designer for Picket Fence Studios this month.  It's been a blast, and I loved playing with all these new products.  I can't wait to see what they have up their sleeves for the next release!


Thursday, January 26, 2023

Glazed Roses

Good morning!  Everyone knows that I love all the paper glazes from Picket Fence Studios, and I do have all the colors and varieties of glazes here in my studio.  I was so excited to see the new colors of glazes when Nicole asked me to be a guest designer for this month.  When I saw this gorgeous English Roses die, I wanted to see if I could color the die cut with some of the new glazes.

I cut this English Roses die and the matching shadow die from white cardstock.  I set the shadow die cut aside and placed the English Roses die on my glass mat.  Then I used a small paint brush and dipped it into the gorgeous Duckling Fuzz Velvet Glaze(a soft pale yellow color) and "painted" the roses.  Then I used another small paint brush and painted all the leaves with both the Raw Kale Paper Glaze and the Spanish Olive Paper Glaze.  These two colors are perfect for leaves and foliage!  

The leaves are fabulously shiny and the roses have that matte soft velvety feel to them.  It's so easy to paint with the paper glazes, and I love the results.  You can see the shiny leaves in this photo below.

After the painted die cut was dry, I adhered it to the white shadow and then glued that to a pale yellow card panel.  After I glued this panel down to a brown card base, I decided to cut some butterflies from the same brown cardstock.  The butterflies are from the Flaunt Butterfly Die set, the Flit Butterfly Die set, and the Wander Butterfly die set.  I also cut out the "dream" from the Wander Butterfly Die set.  To finish off the card, I added some clear and yellow sequins from the new Fish Food Sequin Mix.

I hope this card inspires you to pull out your paper glazes and play with them.  You don't always have to spread them through a stencil.  You can paint with them, you can mix colors together, you can cover some scrap papers with it and use it for die cut sentiments, and you can thin the glazes down with water and use them to splatter drops on your cards.  Enjoy your day!