Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rogue - Banner Day!

The TLC challenge (#366) over on Splitcoaststampers this week is to have handmade banners on your card or project. You can't use die cuts nor chipboard banners; they must be stamped and/or hand-cut. My mom is hosting this challenge, and she asked me to help out by making a sample.

I pulled out my Just Sayin' set from Rogue Redhead Designs because I knew there was a banner stamp in the set. I stamped it five times on patterned paper and cut them out. They are embellished with some punched flowers and rhinestones and hung from pink baker's twine.

I decided to go fun and funky and clean and simple with this card. I made some rolling hills and stamped the sentiment on one of the hills, and then I added a paper pieced kitty. That pink kitty just cracks me up!

Why not try your hand at making a banner? They are fun! You can go fun and funky like I did, or you can go elegant and dreamy like my mom did. Enjoy!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Shimmery Doily Backgrounds

Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend! I've got some shimmery doily background cards to share with you today.

I started by stamping a doily from I Brake for Stamps with Versamark and then I embossed them with Deliquesce Fine Clear embossing powder from Creative Inspirations Paint. Then I scooped out some shimmery Blush paint (Creative Inspirations Paint) and mixed it with a little water to thin it out a bit. Using a wet paintbrush, I picked up some paint and swiped it all over the cardstock and then let it dry. This is basically the Walnut Ink Resist technique from Technique Junkies except I morphed it a bit by using the paint. :-)

Here's a close-up of the gorgeous shimmer:

I had so much fun with the pink card, I couldn't stop!!! I did three more cards in different colors. The colors of Creative Inspirations Paint that I used are:

Blush, Sky Blue, Lavender, and Sage

You can see the shimmer here:

When I opened the Deliquesque Fine Clear embossing powder, I was awestruck at how white it is. Some other brands of "clear" embossing powder are a dull eggshell white or sometimes even an ivory color. This powder is so fine and it wasn't clumpy at all (like some other brands have been). It melts beautifully when hit with a heat gun. I absolutely love the embossing powders that I've tried from Creative Inspirations Paint!! I need a huge vat of every single color!!

Here's hoping you have a wonderful week!

CI Paint: Blush, Sky Blue, Lavender, Sage
Embossing Powder: Deliquesque Fine Clear - Creative Inspirations Paint
Stamps: doily and sentiment (I Brake for Stamps)
Ink: Versamark, London Fog Memento
CS: White
Other: Labels 18 die (Spellbinders), May Arts ribbon
TJ Technique: morphed Walnut Ink Resist

Friday, February 24, 2012

Yellow Roses Birthday

TGIF!!!! It was another long week, and I'm happy that today is Friday! That means I can sleep late tomorrow! :-)

I've created a birthday card using some patterned papers and some gorgeous stamps from JustRite. I purchased the patterned papers, the stamp set, and the Twinkling H2O's from Classy Cards 'n Such - a great place to go shopping for crafting supplies.

I stamped the JustRite image with black ink then colored it with Copic markers. I used an aquapainter to add some Pearl Gold Twinkling H2O's to the roses, and then I used Pearl Blue Twinkling H2O's over the entire musical background.

I know - you're wondering where the Twinkling H2O's are. You can see it in this picture below:

This card fits in with several challenges that I found today, and I am entering it into these challenges:

JustRite Friday Challenge 067: Birthday Bash
Delightful Challenges - Patterned Paper
Incy Wincy Designs #134 - Birthday

This also fits in with today's challenge on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog to use flowers. However, since I am a guest designer this month, I am not entering this in that challenge. I highly encourage you to enter your floral creations for a chance to win a great prize from Classy Cards 'n Such.

Enjoy your weekend!

Stamps: Shabby Chic Labels Four stamp set (JustRite)
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento
CS: Night of Navy, Vanilla, Vintage Blue paper pad (Glitz)
Other: Copic markers, Labels 4 die (Spellbinders), Navy sheer ribbon, aquapainter, Twinkling H2O's - Pearlesque (I used Pearl Blue and Pearl Gold)
TJ Technique: Twinkling H2O's

Monday, February 20, 2012

Stroll upon the Beach

Have you seen the latest challenge on the Gingersnap Creations blog? I wanted to try one of the newest techniques from Technique Junkies called Faux Painted Paneling, so I pulled out the Beach Babes stamps from Rogue Redhead Designs.

I started by stamping the large sand background all over the blue card base, then I added the Faux Painted Paneling to the bottom of the card. The sweet little beach babes were stamped with blue ink and I sponged the same color all around the edges. I used a distress tool to rough up the edges of the stamped piece as well as the kraft layer behind it. The sentiment was adhered directly on the Faux Painted Paneling.

I tried to add ribbon, twine, buttons, something to the card, but nothing seemed to work. This card was destined to be Clean And Simple (CAS). This really lets the stamped image take center stage with the Faux Painted Paneling adding a little interest to the piece.

There's still some time to play along in the challenge on the Gingersnap Creations blog. Use a Faux Technique on your project and enter it into the challenge. If you're a Technique Junkie like me, there are TONS of faux techniques that you can use. Have fun!!

Stamps: Beach Babes from Rogue Redhead Designs
Ink: Baja Breeze
CS: Baja Breeze, Vanilla, Kraft
Other: distress tool, sponge
TJ Technique: Faux Painted Paneling

Thursday, February 16, 2012

CCNS01 - Blue Birthday Wishes

Howdy folks!  I hope you've had a wonderful week so far.  Tomorrow is Friday!  Yay!! 

This is the card I created for the very first CCNS Challenge.  The following products from the Classy Cards 'n Such store were used on this card:

This card also fits into these challenges:

Divas by Design #22 - Wings and Things
Flutterby Wednesday #190 - Anything with Wings
Inky Impressions Challenge - Punches or Dies
Pretty Little Ribbon Shop #7 - Anything Goes
Sparkles Challenge #29 - Things with Wings

Here's the directions on how I created my card: 
1.  Fold 8.5" by 5.5" navy cardstock in half to make card base.
2.  Cut blue floral paper from the Vintage Blue (Glitz) paper pack to 5.25" by 4".
3.  Cut white cardstock to 5-3/8" by 4-1/8".  Adhere blue floral paper to white cardstock.
4.  Wrap some White seam binding around the bottom part of the blue floral paper, tie with a small bow.
5.  Cut one Fanciful Flourish from white cardstock, adhere toward the bottom of the blue floral paper.
6.  Stamp "Birthday Wishes" sentiment from JustRite Birthday Sentiments set with navy ink on white cardstock.
7.  Cut sentiment out with a circle die (Spellbinders).  Sponge some navy ink around the edges (Wisped Frames technique from Technique Junkies).
8.  Cut navy scallop circle from navy cardstock with a scallop circle die (Spellbinders).
9.  Adhere sentiment circle to navy scallop circle.  Adhere to blue floral paper directly over the Fanciful Flourish.
10.  Cut a butterfly from white cardstock using an Exotic Butterfly Small die.
11.  Adhere to upper part of blue floral paper, apply some Star Dust Stickles to the wings, let it dry.
12.  Adhere the blue floral paper/white cardstock layer to the navy card base.
This is a fun and easy card to put together.  The only part that is hard is having enough patience to wait for the Stickles to dry on the butterfly.  :-) 

Be sure to check out the challenge that was posted on the Classy Cards blog on Friday, Feb. 10.  We'd love to see what you create!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Glittery XOXO Valentine

Good morning! I've got a glittery Valentine card to share with you today. This card fits in with a ton of challenges out there in blogland this week, so I picked several of them to enter this card into:

Crafty Catz #119 - Valentine's
4 Crafty Chicks - Love is in the Air
Creative Belli Challenge #136 - Hearts
Stampavie and More #162 - Love
Victorine Originals Challenge #27 - Love/Valentines

I started out by covering the chipboard xoxo piece with some white gesso. While the gesso was wet, I poured some clear glitter (Resplendence Angel Dust Glitter from Creative Inspirations Paint) over it and I set it aside to let it dry. I cut the dark gray card base to 5.5" by 8.5" and folded it in half to make a regular A2 sized card.

Most of the supplies for this card came from the Classy Cards 'n Such store, and I've provided links to those products. If you would like to go shopping at the Classy Cards 'n Such store, you can use this code: Holly-10 to save 10% off your order. The patterned papers are from the Sweet Cakes Doodlebug Designs 6x6 paper pad, and I ran two of them through a swirly embossing folder. The swirls were rubbed with sandpaper to bring out the white core (Sanded Co'redinations technique from Technique Junkies).

Some Doodle Twine (Valentine's Assortment) was wrapped around the card and tied with a bow. I used the Scalloped Hearts Spellbinders die to cut the white scallop heart and then I used the regular Heart Spellbinders die to cut a smaller heart from some more patterned paper (also from the Sweet Cakes Doodlebug Designs 6x6 paper pad). The xoxo chipboard was adhered to the heart with mini glue dots.

Did you know that Classy Cards 'n Such has started hosting their own challenges?? Please check out the very first challenge over on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog. There are some wonderful samples to drool over and when you play along, you have a chance to win a fabulous prize!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Rebel Challenge #8 - Sail Away

There is a new challenge over on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog, and this time it's all about using your background stamps. I love background stamps, and this challenge has my name written all over it. :-)

For my card, I used the Sandy Beach Background from Beach Babes with the Netted Background from Just Sayin' to do the "It Takes Two" technique from Technique Junkies. The sentiment and sailboat (also from Beach Babes) were stamped with Suede ink, and then I used an aquapainter to pull some of the brown ink in to the boat and sail to give them a sepia-toned look. The edges were distressed with a distress tool and some brown twill ribbon was tied around the card.

This turned out to be a masculine-looking card, and this will be perfect to give to a friend who has several sailboats. His birthday is coming up in April, and I think he will love this card.

Pull out your background stamps and show us what you create with them. We'd love to see all your wonderful artwork, so check out the challenge here and enter your creation(s). You could win an awesome prize!!

Stamps: Beach Babes & Just Sayin' from Rogue Redhead Designs
Ink: Soft Suede, Sahara Sand
CS: Soft Suede, White
Other: distress tool, aquapainter, brown twill ribbon (May Arts)
TJ technique: It Takes Two
Challenge: Rebel Challenge #8 - Rogue Redhead Designs blog

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Stylish Misses - some Rogue eye candy for you

Hey folks! I'm sorry I haven't been posting much lately. I caught a bug last week and my energy is just completely sapped. I'm on the mend, so hopefully I'll be back to my regular self in a couple days.

I have some Rogue eye candy to share with you today. Remember when I said that my favorite Rogue Redhead Designs set is the Millinery Misses set? Here's a card I created with the three stylish misses stamp:

I absolutely love the way this card looks, from the old-fashioned paper in the background to the distressed edges, with the lace and flowers for embellishments. I used the Torn Frames technique from Technique Junkies on the dark brown layer behind the stamped ladies. The ladies were colored with Copic markers and then I sponged some Antique Linen distress ink on the edges before distressing them. Ahhhhhhhhhhh that card just makes me happy. :-)

The next card I'm sharing is the one I created for a challenge over on the Gingersnaps Creations blog. Rogue Redhead Designs is sponsoring their challenges this month, and this card was for their Words of Wisdom challenge. I used the Faux Silk technique in the background with the Floriculture stamp set and kept the card light for that spring-time feel.

There's some great deals over in the Rogue Redhead Designs store. Go check them out here. Have fun shopping!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Valentine Shadowbox

Hello, everyone!  For my first project as a Guest Designer for Classy Cards 'n Such, I've made this cute Valentine's Shadowbox Card.  The card measures 5.5" x 5.5".  I scored at .5" and 1" and at 4.5" and 5" on two sheets of white cardstock. The Scor-Buddy works great for this!  I used a Labels 11 Spellbinders die to cut the opening on the front.  

I've die cut some scalloped hearts using the Classic Scalloped Heart dies (Spellbinders) and the Sweet Cakes 6x6 paper pad (Doodlebug Designs).    I've attached each heart to the inside of my shadow box card using the matching Doodle Twine (Valentine's Assortment - Doodlebug Designs).   The hearts swing and dangle, making this a fun and interactive card to give to a loved one.

The sentiment was stamped at the bottom, and then I adhered the front piece to the back piece by putting glue on the outermost scored edges (left and right).  The card folds flat for mailing.
Would you like to purchase some of these products you've seen today?  You can save 10% off your order at Classy Cards 'n Such when you use this code:  Holly-10 (no spaces). 
And now for some exciting news!!  Beginning Friday, February 10th, Classy Cards 'n Such will have a bi-weekly challenge!!  Play to win a Gift Certificate to the Classy Cards 'n Such online shop or a Classiest Card Award!  All of the details will be announced on on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog on Friday, along with some great samples from the Design Team!
Thanks for stopping by!!!  Until next time...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

IBFCC #18 Be Mine

Good morning! Are you ready for a new challenge from the I Brake for Challenges blog? Today's theme is Love, and it's perfect for making some Valentine cards. Can you believe Valentine's Day is only two weeks from now?

For my card, I stamped this gorgeous scalloped heart five times onto a kraft card base. Each heart is paper pieced with a different patterned paper, and I added a few embellishments to several of the hearts. The beautiful sentiment is from I Brake for Stamps' MS102 Full Plate set - a wonderful collection of love-themed sentiments.

Head on over to the I Brake for Challenges blog to see what my fellow DT ladies created. Share your Valentine cards with us while you're there! :-)

If you'd like to go shopping and order these love-themed stamps, please use this code - SAVE10HOLLY - to save 10% off your order. I Brake for Stamps has thousands of beautiful stamps as well as Wild Orchid flowers and 6x6 paper pads and distress ink pads. Have fun!

Stamps: MS81 Full Plate (scalloped heart), MS102 Full Plate (Be Mine Valentine sentiment) --- I Brake for Stamps
Ink: Dark Chocolate
CS: Kraft, Crazy Love (Bo Bunny)
Other: flowers, button, brad, pearls
TJ Technique: Paper Piecing