Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Technique Junkies CD Blog Hop

Welcome to the next stop on the Technique Junkies CD blog hop!  If you started here, you may want to head over to the Technique Junkies blog so you can see all of the gorgeous artwork from the beginning. If you arrived here from Jane Bosi's blog, you are in the right place!

Today's cards are in celebration of the Annual Technique Junkie CD sale - all ANNUAL CDs are just $10.00 plus postage! This is a huge savings and it is a great way to catch up with techniques from previous issues. Each of the CDs has between 70 and 100 tutorials on them, each in step-by-step, pictorial format. Information about each CD, with a list of what is on each and a link to order, is HERE: http://www.

The CD I am featuring is CD7.  I had a hard time choosing just two techniques, so I ended up creating three cards for you today - two from the June 2009 issue and one from CD7's bonus techniques. Each CD has 10 bonus techniques on them that are only found on the CD.

For my first card, I tried the Faux Iris Folding technique (June 2009 issue).  I've never done any iris folding of any kind, and I'm so glad I tried this.  It was so quick and easy and fun!  Now I'm hooked and I want to make some more!  (Stamp by Penny Black.)

My second card shows off the awesome Starry Nights technique, a Bonus technique ONLY found on CD #7.  You won't find the directions for this anywhere else.  I am in love with this technique.  You can see the shimmer in the close-up picture.  (Stamp by Stampscapes.)

My third card was an experiment in fun.  When I was looking at the Van Gogh technique (June 2009 issue), my fingers were just itching to try it out.  I had a blast playing with this technique!  (Stamps by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.) 

I hope you've enjoyed the artwork I've shared with you today!  There's still more artwork to drool over, so please head on over to Jackie's blog to see what she's created.  Just in case you get lost, I've included the complete list of stops for today's blog hop below.  Enjoy!!

CD1: Judy Jackson
CD2: Chris Dickinson:
CD3: Nancy Dawson:
CD4: Ann Clack:
CD5: Donna Duquette:
CD6: Jane Bosi:
CD7: Holly Brown:
CD8: Jackie Kalchert:
CD9: Pat Huntoon:

Monday, May 28, 2012

Ducky Hugs

Good morning!  Do you need a hug today?  :-)

I thought I'd share this cute little card with you today.  I posted it on the Technique Junkies blog about a week ago, and now I'm posting it to my own blog.  The background is a technique that I created for Technique Junkies called Collaged Circles and I used various papers from Echo Park.  The sweet little ducky is a stamp from Prickley Pear (a Technique Junkies vendor) which I've colored with Copic markers and then cut out and adhered with foam dots.  I die cut the letters and adhered them to the background.

I might have to give this to my puppy today!  She's hiding under my desk as I type this because hubby is outside weed-eating.  LOL  I'll keep this short and sweet so I can give my puppy a hug.  Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

CHF Challenge #1 - Anything Goes

Hey folks!  Cornish Heritage Farms is starting their new challenges over on their blog, and their first one is up today.  The theme for this first challenge is Anything Goes.

I pulled out various CHF backgrounders and stamp sets and had fun just putting different things together to see what I liked.  I ended up with this fun pink and blue butterfly card.

I started off by stamping the Denim backgrounder with two different pink inks (Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose). I used the darker pink denim on the background of my card, and I die cut a butterfly from the lighter pink denim cardstock.  I sponged some Antique Linen ink around the edges of the butterfly - going with the shabby chic feel.

I made a rosette from some Cosmo Cricket patterned paper and adhered the butterfly to the top of that.  The sentiment is from CHF's Ornamental Beauty, and I folded and cut it into a banner to go over the butterfly.  Some blue polka dot paper was added to the bottom of the card background and I punched a couple of butterflies from the same paper to go up above on the pink denim section.

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.  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

Stamps: Denim backgrounder, Ornamental Beauty (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Antique Linen, Rich Cocoa Memento
CS: Kraft, white, vanilla, Odds & Ends patterned paper (Cosmo Cricket)
Other: Scallop Diamond Edge Punch (EK Success), butterfly punches (Martha Stewart), butterfly die, rhinestones
Technique: Rosette (Technique Junkies Stampin Companion cd)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sympathy with Cluny Lace

Have you played along in the Lace challenge on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog?  I've created a sympathy card with some gorgeous lace from the Classy Cards 'n Such store.

I purchased some Ivory Cotton Cluny lace, and when I opened the package, my jaw literally fell open.  This lace is GORGEOUS!  So soft, so beautiful, so elegant!  I bought 2 yards, so I still have plenty left over for more cards and projects.  There is also a Black Cotton Cluny lace, and that is definitely going on my next order!  Beverly (the owner) will cut the ribbon and lace to the length you order.  Some stores sell pre-cut ribbons in 1 yard pieces, and I don't like that.  Classy Cards 'n Such cuts it in one continuous length, which is exactly how I want my ribbons/laces.

I stamped the swirly frame from the With Sympathy stamp set with brown ink onto brown cardstock and then cut it out with the matching Nested Oval Medallion Labels die.  I stamped the sentiment with brown ink onto ivory cardstock, then cut it out with an oval Spellbinders die.  I used the Wisped Frames technique from Technique Junkies on the sentiment and then adhered it to the brown frame.  I added a couple of pearls to each side of the frame.

I cut some papers from the Vintage Blue paper pad and adhered them to a brown card base.  The yellow paper needed a little something, so I stamped the corners with one of the ornamental stamps in the With Sympathy set.  Next, I cut the gorgeous Ivory Cotton Cluny lace and adhered it to the blue paper on my card.  The framed sentiment was adhered with some foam pads to the center of the card.

I could have left the card alone at that point, but I just wanted to add a few small flowers to it.  So I used some of the same yellow paper from the Vintage Blue paper pad and cut out three of the smaller flowers from the Cherry Blossoms die set.  I sponged the edges with some brown ink, added some pearls to the centers, and adhered them to the card.

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

Ivory Cotton Cluny lace
With Sympathy stamps (Just Rite)
Nested Oval Medallion Labels die (Spellbinders)
Cherry Blossoms dies (Cheery Lynn Designs)
LeCreme Pearls
Vintage Blue paper
Joy! Foam Pads Small

Please take some time to check out the gorgeous ribbons and laces in the store.  Use my code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order when you check out.  I hope you play along in the challenge - you could win a fabulous prize!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Parasol Bear in Purple

I was checking out the latest challenge on the Cheery Lynn Designs blog, and I just HAD to give this one a shot.  Their challenge is Shades of Purple.  I love purple, so I rooted through my studio and pulled out this adorable Bear with Parasol stamp and colored it with Copic markers.

Isn't that bear just darling??  I cut it out after I colored it, and then set it aside while I composed the rest of the card.  I sponged some blue ink at the top of some white cardstock, and then I sponged some green ink at the bottom.  I used the Simple Whitewash technique from Technique Junkies on the fence and then I sanded it just a little bit to give it a more weathered look.

I cut out the grass twice, adhered one strip to the bottom of the white cardstock, adhered the fence, and then adhered a second strip of grass in front of the fence.  I cut the daisies from some pale yellow cardstock and I cut their stems from some green cardstock.  I used white brads to adhere the daisies together, and then I adhered the flowers and their stems to the card.  The Quickie Glue Pen is perfect for glueing down these strips of grass, the fence, and the flower stems.  All the dies I've used here are from Cheery Lynn Designs.

The following supplies that I used on this card were purchased from Classy Cards 'n Such:

Bear with Parasol (Stampavie)
Joy! Foam Pads Small
Quickie Glue Pen
Darling Daisies die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Grass Border die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Victorian Picket Fence die (Cheery Lynn Designs)

You can save 10% off your order from Classy Cards 'n Such.  Just enter in this code, Holly-10, when you check out.  :-)  I hope you've enjoyed this sweet little card!  Tomorrow is Friday, and then the weekend will be here, yay!  Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Katie in Honey

Hi again!  I've been playing with my Sarah Kay stamps, and I'm sharing the first card I've colored with the brand new Tim Holtz Distress Ink Markers.

The entire image was colored with the new distress ink markers.  I loved playing with these markers - it was so fun and easy to color this image.  I stamped Katie with black Stazon ink onto watercolor paper and let that dry completely.  Then I added a little bit of color with a marker to the dress and used a water brush to drag the ink out to the rest of the dress.  These distress ink markers work beautifully with a water brush!  

After my coloring was completely dry, I used the Wisped Frames technique from Technique Junkies on the image.  It's hard to see since I used such a pale pale pale color (Antique Linen distress ink), but it's there.  :-)

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

Katie (Stampavie)

I was thrilled at how my first try with the distress ink markers turned out.  The brush tip is so nice and fine.  I was able to color the tiny bird and those tiny roses with no problem.  The other side of the markers has a fine writing tip - perfect for writing a note or drawing fine lines on your artwork.  These markers are a wonderful investment!

If you'd like to go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such, you can enter this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order.  We all like to save money when we can, right?  Have fun!!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Follow Your Dreams

Happy Friday, folks!  Are you ready for a fun, relaxing weekend?  I know I am!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

I created this card for the latest challenge on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog - Graduation.  Isn't that sentiment perfect for a young girl graduating from high school or college?  I've used the following products from Classy Cards 'n Such on this card:

Celebrate stamp set (Stampavie)
Lace Light Deco Border (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Fanciful Flourish (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Stacker Flower #1 Leaf (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Sweet Williams (Cheery Lynn Designs)

For the flower, I cut out the Sweet Williams twice, sponged the tips of the petals with rose ink, and then pinched each petal in half.  I staggered the petals when I stacked them and I used a gold brad in the center to hold it all together.  I love the fullness and texture and depth of this flower!

If you'd like to go shopping, you can save 10% by using this code Holly-10 when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  I buy all my Cheery Lynn Designs dies there as well as all the latest Stampavie stamps.  :-)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

3D Zig Zag Daisies

I thought I'd share this fun 3D card with y'all tonight.  There is a fun challenge on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog to make a 3D project.  I created a Zig Zag Accordian card, a fun technique  from one of the Technique Junkies' CDs (Fancy Folds and Motion Paper Crafts).  Then I added some cute daisies (from a Cheery Lynn Designs die), a butterfly (also a Cheery Lynn Designs die), and a birthday sentiment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Anything Goes #66 - Things with Wings
Truly Madly Crafty - Handmade Flowers

 It's hard to tell that this is a 3D card from the front.  Here's a side view:

I used a butterfly die and the matching angel wing die for this awesome butterfly.  The angel wing die is the solid part (chocolate cardstock) that you see underneath the intricate butterfly.

I got all the dies from Classy Cards 'n Such as well as the stamps.  Here's what I used:

Country Girl Border die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Darling Daisies (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Small Angel Wing (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Exotic Butterfly Small (Cheery Lynn Designs)

You can click on any of names in gold above to see the item.  You can save 10% by entering in this code, Holly-10, when you check out.  :-)  Have fun!