Monday, August 15, 2022

Furry Love

Good morning!  The new Kitty Pals stencil from A Colorful Life Designs is so perfect for all kinds of cards.  On today's card, I used it for a sympathy card.  I placed the Kitty Pals stencil down on some white cardstock, masked off the smaller kitty on the right, and brushed a soft blue ink over the larger kitty on the left.  Then I used the same ink and brushed on a heavier application over a small heart that I punched out of white cardstock.  After the ink dried on the kitty and the heart, I glued the heart onto the kitty.  Then I stamped the sentiment from PTI with black ink.

I love this new Kitty Pals stencil.  Please feel free to use this code, HollyFan10, to save when you shop at A Colorful Life Designs.  You can pick up this Kitty Pals stencil as well as some other kitty and puppy stencils from this month's release (seen HERE).  You can also check out the Christmas stencils HERE and all the great Scenic stencils HERE.  Have a great day!


Sunday, August 14, 2022

Grunge Circles Butterflies

Good morning!  I have another grunge-y, vintage-y card to share with you today.  I love the new vintage stamps that Technique Junkies just released, and it's been fun to get these inky.  On this soft pink card, I stamped the new Distressed Paint background with a dark brown permanent ink onto some white cardstock and let it dry.  Then I brushed on some Antique Linen and Tattered Rose distress inks all over the background.

While I had the Tattered Rose distress ink out, I brushed it onto some scrap white cardstock.  After that was dry, I used some Martha Stewart punches to punch out the butterflies.  I also punched out some butterflies from vellum, and then glued the vellum butterflies on top of their respective rose-colored butterflies.  I added some ivory pearls to the centers of the butterflies and set them aside.

Next, I stamped three of the new Grunge Circles with the same dark brown permanent ink and let them dry.  Then I brushed on some Frayed Burlap distress ink and cut out all three circles.  I glued the circles to the background and then added the butterflies.  

I love how this one turned out.  Soft, pretty, and vintage-y!  Please feel free to use this code, TJ10Holly, to save when you shop at Technique Junkies.  Have a great day!


Friday, August 12, 2022

Glittery Hollyberries

Good morning!  Today I'm sharing my entry for the latest challenge over on the Power Poppy blog.  This time we've been tasked with creating a holiday card for Christmas in July, so I printed out this image and sentiment from the Hollyberries digital set.  I colored the image with Copic markers, brushed a pale yellow ink onto the background, and then covered the berries with a cranberry Stickles glitter glue.  You gotta have some glitter on a holiday card, right?

The entries for this challenge close on August 15, so you still have a few days to play along.  I can't wait to see what the next challenge will be!  Happy Friday!


Thursday, August 11, 2022

Shimmery Bees Just Bee-cause

Good morning!  I'm back with another bee card today.  This time, I went for a brighter background with more shimmer on the bees.  

I started by brushing some yellow ink over the fabulous Honeycomb Mask stencil from A Colorful Life Designs onto some yellow paper (compared to the honey paper I used on Tuesday's card).  Then I placed the Layered Bee stencil over my honeycomb background and brushed black ink over the solid bee.  I repeated this two more times so I would have three bees on the card.  I opted to go with a solid black silhouette for the bees, so I did not use the other half of the stencil with the wings and the stripes.  After I stamped the sentiment from PTI, I sprayed some gold shimmer spray over the whole card.  It looks like these bees are covered in golden pollen!  LOL

Please feel free to use this code, HollyFan10, when you shop at A Colorful Life Designs.  You can save 10% off your entire order, so grab the Honeycomb Mask and the Layered Bee stencils.  Check out this month's release HERE and get started on your Christmas cards by checking out all the Christmas stencils HERE.  Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Golden Buzz

I love this gorgeous new bee stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.  It's called Layered Bee and there are two sections - the big solid bee and then the wings and stripes for the body.  The background of this card was created with the awesome new Honeycomb Mask stencil.

I started with a piece of honey cardstock cut to 4.25" x 11, and then folded it in half to make a top-folding card.  Then I placed the new Honeycomb Mask over the top of the card and brushed some honey ink all over it.  Then I placed the new Layered Bee stencil over my honeycomb and brushed some black ink over the solid bee area and set this aside to let it dry completely.

For the golden wings and stripes, I pulled out some Golden Sparkle Paper Glitz from Picket Fence Studios and stirred it up.  I carefully arranged the Layered Bee stencil so that the wings and the stripes were in the right areas and then applied some of the gold paper glitz.  While that was drying, I stamped and die cut the sentiment (from The Greetery) and adhered it to the card.

Don't you just love that bright gold on the bee?  These two stencils - Layered Bee and Honeycomb Mask - are so perfect together.  If you'd like to grab these from A Colorful Life Designs, be sure to use this code, HollyFan10, so you can save 10% off your order.  Come on back on Thursday to see another card I've made with these two stencils.  Have a great day!


Monday, August 8, 2022

Red Ombre Kitties

Good morning!  How about some red ombre kitties to start off your week?  

I used the new Mod Kitty Love stencil from A Colorful Life Designs and brushed some pink and cranberry inks over the stencil onto some white cardstock.  I love the retro vibe of this stencil, so I paired it with a funky yet modern sentiment.  This will be a fun card to pop in the mail!

Please feel free to use this code, HollyFan10, when you shop at A Colorful Life Designs.  You'll save 10% off your entire order, so grab this fun Mod Kitty Love and check out all the other great new stencils this month HERE.  You can also check out the Nature section HERE to find some great leaf stencils for your fall cards, and check out the Christmas section HERE to get ready for the holidays.  Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, August 7, 2022

Glazed Vintage Trio

Good morning!  I have a fun trio of vintage cards to share with you today.  Technique Junkies just released some great new vintage stamps, and I used several of those to create this set of cards.  After I stamped the backgrounds and the sentiments, I covered all of them with embossing glaze for that vintage effect.  I used three different colors of glaze - Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, and Speckled Egg.  I love this combination of colors against the dark brown images.

On this first card, I used the new Distressed Paint stamp and a sentiment from the You're Vintage set.  I actually did the initial glazing and then went back over it and spread some more of the Antique Linen around the edges and then applied some extra Walnut Stain glaze on the edges of the sentiment.  This card has a richer coloring than the other two because of the extra glazing.

On this card, I used the Vintage French Advertisements and another sentiment from the You're Vintage set.  I only did one layer of the glazes on this card so it is softer compared to the first card.

On this last card, I used the Victorian Collage stamp with a sentiment from the new Queenagers set.  On this one, I only used the Speckled Egg glaze on the sentiment to make it stand out from the background.

It is fun to see how each card looks a little different even though I used the same products on each one.  If you'd like to go shopping at Technique Junkies, please feel free to use this code, TJ10Holly.  All of the stamps I used today are actually on sale at 15% off through August 8 and you don't need a code for that.  The TJ10Holly code will save you 10% off everything else that is in the store.  Have a great day!