Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sanded Summer Flowers

Hi friends!  I bought the new Summer Flowers (formerly Flower Corner 1) embossing folder as soon as I saw it in the Classy Cards 'n Such store, and I put some purple Core'dinations cardstock inside and ran it through my Big Shot machine. I then took my paper out of the folder and used the Sanded Core'dinations technique from Technique Junkies. See how it brings out the embossed flowers from the embossing folder? So cool! You can do this with any of the embossing folders in the Classy Cards 'n Such store.

I didn't want to cover up any of this gorgeous sanding, so I used some Baby Pearls - White in the centers of the flowers. I stamped the sentiment from the Hugs & Kisses Sentiments stamp set (JustRite) onto some white cardstock and cut it out with a Lacey Circle die (Spellbinders).

I love the gorgeous simplicity of this card. Think of all the different colors you could do this with, and it would be perfect for birthday cards, Mother's Day cards, friendship cards, sympathy cards, and thinking of you cards.  Please feel free to use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% when you go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such.  You'll find all kinds of wonderful card making supplies there, from paper to ink pads, dies and embossing folders, ribbons, lace and bling.

I'm entering this into the Perfect Sentiments #64 challenge - anything goes with a die cut.  I have the sentiment on the die cut Lacey Circle.  :-)

Tomorrow is Friday, yay!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend, whether you're watching the Super Bowl or stamping up a storm.  :-)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Pink Floral Hugs

Hi friends!  This card that I've created for you is a very feminine, pink, floral, and flourish-y card. Sometimes I just like to set out all my Cheery Lynn Designs dies and come up with something different. Can you see what's "different" about my card?

Look at the lattice diamond. Can you guess what die that is? It's actually four of the Lace Corner Deco J lattice die cuts glued side by side to make a square. Then I just turned the square around so it looks like a diamond. Isn't that cool? I came up with that just by playing around with the die cuts.

So from that lattice diamond, I decided to cut some flowers and leaves to put in the center. I used the Sweet William dies to cut the flowers and the Leaf die to cut the green leaves. I added a large White Pearl to the center of the flowers.

My card base is a dark pink square upon which I've layered some striped paper from The Lake House paper pad collection. I wrapped some Mauve sheer ribbon around the center of the card and then glued down the floral lattice piece. I die cut some Mini Fanciful Flourishes from pale pink cardstock and tucked them in around my floral lattice piece. Finally, I cut out the brand new Hugs sentiment from some dark pink cardstock and adhered that to the lower right corner.

Take some time to pull out some dies and play around with them. You may be surprised at what new discoveries you make! :-)  Please feel free to use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% when you go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such.  You'll have a blast looking at all the fun new dies, stamps, flowers, and 6x6 paper pads!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #65 - Tickled Pink
Unstampabelles #19 - Use one or more dies (no stamps or digis)
Love to Create #50 - Anything Goes with a Sentiment

Friday, January 25, 2013

Shimmer, Glimmer, Sparkle, and Shine Blog Hop

Welcome! Today, the Technique Junkies Newsletter Designers are sharing some great artwork from our brand new CD, Shimmer, Glimmer, Sparkle and Shine! This CD contains 45 pdf tutorials in step-by-step pictorial format -- all printable to 8-1/2” x 11” paper.  Tutorials and card ideas for using glitter, shimmer mists, glimmery paints, gold leafing, foils and so much more!  This CD also includes primers for making your own shimmering paints, colored glitter, and glimmering mists, too!

You should have come from Ann Clack's blog to arrive here.  Ann created a wonderfully glittery butterfly on her card, didn't she?  It's gorgeous!  If you haven’t started at the beginning of the hop, visit Judy on the Designer’s Blog so as not to miss a thing! 

Before I get started with my projects, I want to let you know that a prize will be given away!  To be considered for this drawing, leave a comment on each blog in this hop.  One lucky winner will get a brand new Shimmer, Glimmer, Sparkle, and Shine CD!!  Wanna see what tutorials are on this CD?  Click here to see the Table of Contents with pictures of each technique.

I was in a purple mood when I was creating these cards for this blog hop.  My first card uses the awesome Glazed Chipboard technique.  The glitter that I used on this flower was a nice match to my Razzleberry cardstock, and the sentiment is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  I have fallen in love with this Glazed Chipboard technique!  It's so fun and easy, and I have tons of chipboard and glitter that will be put to good use!

 My second card utilizes the Embossed Stickles technique with some sweet lavender flowers.  I love the way this turned out - so shimmery and glittery!  I added extra shimmer by covering my punched butterflies with Star Dust Stickles and scattering them randomly on my card.  The sentiment is from Stampin Up.

I know you want to get your hands on this CD.  Click on the button below to buy it now - it's only $14.95.  That's a fantastic deal!  You get 45 step-by-step tutorials with samples for each technique. 

Select One or More CDs to add to your order

Now it's time for you to hop along to Shelly's blog to see what glittery goodness she's sharing today. Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog to be considered for the prize drawing. :-)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Be Mine accordian card

Hi folks!! I've got a fun Valentine card to share with y'all today. Yup, I actually made a Valentine's card BEFORE February!! Hee hee hee!

The products from Classy Cards 'n Such that I have used are:

Classic Scallop Heart die (Spellbinders)
Doodlebug Sweet Cakes 6x6 paper pad
Doodle Twine - Sweet Cakes Valentine Assortment (bakers twine)
Parker Upper Alphabet dies (Memory Box)
Quickie Glue Pen

This card is a Zig Zag accordian card from the Fancy Folds and Motion Paper Crafts CD from Technique Junkies. I added some of the patterned paper to the accordian folds and punched some hearts from the same patterned paper pad. They are sticking out of the accordian folds with the help of some silver wire.

The large red heart at the back of this card was cut from the Sweet Cakes 6x6 paper pad and adhered to a large white Scallop Heart (cut from the Classic Scallop Heart die set). I die cut the letters I needed to spell out my sentiment and adhered them with the Quickie Glue Pen. Lastly, I fashioned a tiny bow from the coordinating bakers twine and adhered that above the sentiment.

This will be a fun card to give to someone. Can't you just imagine the surprise on the recipient's face when this springs open? :-)  You can purchase the products listed above at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Save 10% by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Ruby's Rainbow #46 - Valentine's
Whimsical Designs - All about Love
City Crafter #143 - Forever Mine
Tammy's Scrapin Corner #46 - Red and/or Hearts
Victorine Originals #51 - Valentine's/Red, White, and Pink

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Caring Cameo

Hi friends!  I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weekend!  I want to share this card that I created with one of the beautiful cameos from the Classy Cards 'n Such store. You can see all of the resin cameos by clicking on the Embellish tab and scrolling down. Aren't they beautiful??

I used the following items to create this card:

Silhouette Bulk Pack - Girl with Bird
Lacey Ovals die (Spellbinders)
Labels 18 die (Spellbinders)
Hugs and Kisses stamp set (JustRite)
Shabby Music background stamp (JustRite)
Flower Flourish embossing folder

I started by die cutting a brown oval slightly larger than my pretty blue cameo, and then I cut a Lacey Oval from vanilla cardstock and adhered these together. The blue layer was cut from the Labels 18 die and then embossed with the Flower Flourish folder, and then I used the Cuttlebug Highlights technique from Technique Junkies on it.

I stamped the Shabby Music background on brown cardstock and rounded off the top corners with a corner punch. I adhered the Lacey Oval/cameo piece to the the blue Labels 18 die cut, and then I adhered that to my music background. I adhered this brown square to a vanilla cardstock layer (with the top corners rounded off) and then stamped the The Just Because sentiment at the bottom. I wrapped some blue seam binding around this vanilla layer between the music background and the sentiment and then adhered this to a blue card base (also with the top corners rounded off).

I love how this card turned out - so pretty and romantic. The resin cameos in the Classy Cards 'n Such store are so gorgeous, and it's easy to pop them on a card for instant elegance.  Please feel free to use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order when you go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such.  

Monday, January 14, 2013

Snowflake Thank You

Hi y'all!  Has it been cold where you are today?  It's really cold here, and I'm snuggled up in sweats and socks staying warm.  We had some sleet across this region this morning, and we may have some more tomorrow morning.  So how about a snowflake card to start us off on this wintry week?

I started with a couple of patterned papers and I cut the blue plaid paper with a fishtail notch using scissors. Next, I used the Snowflake 5 die (Cheery Lynn Designs) and cut it out twice, once with white cardstock and once with blue cardstock. I cut a smaller snowflake with the Snowflowers Set1 die (Cheery Lynn Designs) from white cardstock. I layered the large blue snowflake over the large white one, and then I layered the small white snowflower over the large blue snowflake. A blue button was adhered to the center and the entire snowflake was adhered to the left side of the patterned papers.

I stamped the Thank You from the Sweet Wishes stamp set (Stampavie) with some plum ink near the bottom of the card. The bottom corners were rounded off with a corner punch, and I wrapped some Chalk White seam binding around the top of the card.

The underlined products are from Classy Cards 'n Such.  You can use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order when you go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such.  There's a bunch of great stuff in the store - all the new Cheery Lynn Designs dies just arrived and they are gorgeous!  Here's hoping you're staying warm! :-)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Come and Get It - Tie a Ribbon around it
Allsorts #189 - Dies and Punches

Monday, January 7, 2013

Winter White Snowflowers

Hi friends!  I was checking out the challenge over on the Cheery Lynn Designs blog and I was inspired to create this wintery white card.  The products from Classy Cards 'n Such that I used are:

Hugs & Kisses Sentiments stamp set (JustRite)
Holiday Magic embossing folder (Spellbinders)
Tropical Flourish die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Judy's Blooms dies (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Wreath Strip die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Olive Branches die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Pair of Ferns dies (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Snowflowers Set 1 (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Snowflowers Set 2 (Cheery Lynn Designs)

I embossed a piece of white cardstock with the Holiday Magic folder and adhered it to a white card base. I then die cut all the pieces you see on this card and loosely arranged them to see how they would fit. Once I was satisfied with the arrangement, I glued everything down. That consisted of starting with the ferns, and then I tucked the flourish die cuts in next to the ferns. The Olive Branches were the next thing to be glued down, and then I reached for my flowers.

The flowers were created by cutting the Judy's Blooms flowers twice and layering them on top of each other. The two Snowflowers die cuts were added to the top of my flower blooms and rhinestone brads were affixed to the centers of each of the three flowers. I glued the flowers down onto my card and then added the Wreath Strip pieces here and there to fill in and give additional texture to my card.

The last thing I did was stamp the sentiment with a gray ink and cut it out with an oval die. I tucked that in to an empty spot in the middle of the card.

I love making white on white cards. They are so crisp and elegant and serene. I hope you are inspired to try a white on white card today. :-)  If you would like to go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such, you can save 10% by entering this code, Holly-10, when you check out.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #62 - Winter White
ABC Challenge - E for Embossing
Shopping Our Stash #83 - All White or Cream
Make My Monday - Dry Embossing

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Suede Bird Cage

Hi folks!  I was inspired by the colors and the design team samples on the Color Throwdown Challenge, and I decided to make a bird cage card. I've used the following products from Classy Cards 'n Such:

Anytime Sentiments stamp set (Impression Obsession)
Magnolia Grove paper pad (KaiserCraft)
Nestled Bird die (PoppyStamps)
Bird Cage die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Wreath Strip die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Flourish Leaf Strip die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Cuties 3 die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Joy foam pads small

I started with a vanilla card base and I stamped the sentiment with suede ink at the bottom. A layer of suede cardstock with the corners rounded off was adhered just above the sentiment. Next, a sheet of patterned paper from the Magnolia Grove pad with the corners rounded off was adhered to the suede cardstock on the card.

Now the real fun started by die cutting the bird, the bird cage, the leaves, the flowers, and the wreath sprigs. I adhered the suede bird cage to the patterned paper and then used Joy foam to adhere the bird in the center of the cage. I glued some leaves around the right side of the cage as well as along the bottom, and then added some vanilla wreath sprigs. The flowers were cut from kraft cardstock and rolled up and then adhered to the corner of the bird cage.

This was a big step outside of my comfort zone. I love how these colors complement each other and it was great to have an excuse to play with my new bird cage die! :-)

If you'd like to go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such, you can save 10% off your order by entering this code, Holly-10, when you check out.  There is tons of stuff in the store, and more is added every week.  

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Color Throwdown #223 - Suede, Vanilla, Kiwi, and Kraft
Fashionable Stamping Challenges #38 - Surprise Us (Anything Goes)
2 Sisters #125 - Anything Goes
365 Cards Day 5 - Back to Nature
QKR Stampede #20 - Anything Goes