Thursday, January 30, 2014

Washi Glitter Hello

Hi!  I pulled out some glitter and some washi tape and played around with those today. I came up with this fun card to share with you.  I love these two washi tapes and I wanted to find a way to use them together on a card. Since they both have green in them, I thought green glitter could be the unifying element. So I gave it a shot, and this is what happened.

I adhered a strip of the Aqua Antique Floral Washi Tape at a diagonal on white cardstock. Then I laid down a strip of the 1/4" Scor-Tape above and below the Aqua tape. A strip of the Antique Floral Washi Tape (pink and white) was adhered above the Scor-Tape. I then laid down another strip of the 1/4" Scor-Tape above the pink & white washi tape, and then repeated with the Aqua tape and another strip of 1/4" Scor-Tape.

I carefully trimmed off the excess edges of the tapes and then set my piece down on some scratch paper. I peeled the liners off all the Scor-Tape strips, and then I covered them with Peeled Paint Distress Glitter. I used the Glitter Roll technique (6/11 issue) from Technique Junkies to make sure all the glitter was well-adhered, and then I shook off the excess.

I glued this piece down onto a green card base. I used the same green cardstock to cut out the Hello die cut (Cheery Lynn Designs), and then I adhered the "Hello" to the bottom of the glittery background piece. I thought about leaving this card alone at this point, but it just seemed to be screaming for a 3D flower. I cut out the Olive Branches (Cheery Lynn Designs) and glued them down on the left side, and then I cut out the Sweet Williams Strip and used the tiny tweezers from the Paper Blossoms Tool Kit to curl up the flower petals. I used a rhinestone brad to adhere the flowers together and then I glued the flower down over the Olive Branches.

I love how the washi tape looks with the glitter in between them. It's so much fun to use glitter and the Scor Tape - so much easier than messing with liquid glue!! :-)  You can order these supplies and much more from Classy Cards 'n Such.  Use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Party Time Tuesdays #157 - Anything Goes
Twisted Tuesday #68 - Gimme a T A P E - I used two washi tapes and Peeled Paint distress glitter on Tape strips and Tweezers on the flower
Whoopsi Daisy - Bring on the Bling and Sparkle

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

CCNS Get in Shape challenge

Hi y'all!  I'm just popping in to remind you to check out this week's challenge over on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog.  This week is titled "Get in Shape."  Make a shaped card and share it with us on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog.  If you have any large shaped dies - ovals, circles, flowers, or if you have any die cutting software (Cricut or Silhouette), put them to use and show us what you come up with!  I've seen some wonderful examples as well as entries in the challenge already - go check them out!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Glittery Peacock Feather

Howdy, friends!  Remember my Glittery Pineapple card that I posted for the Stencil challenge on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog? I tried that glitter technique again with this Peacock Feather stencil and I was more careful about wiping all the glitter off. I think this one turned out great!

I used the following products on this card:

6x6 double sided adhesive sheets
Coconut Soap
Peacock Feather Stencil (brass)
Green Nugget glitter
Lacy Lilac glitter
Misty Blue glitter
Crystal Ice glitter
Kraft cardstock
Lady Kate edger die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Floral Vintage Labels Two stamp set (JustRite)

I did the same thing I did for the Glittery Pineapple card.  This technique is called the Glitzy Technique and it is in the 2/08 issue of the Technique Junkies Newsletter.  I cut some of the double sided adhesive paper so it was slightly larger than the Peacock Feather stencil, then cut some white cardstock slightly larger than that. I carefully adhered the adhesive paper to the white cardstock, soaped up the back side of the Peacock Feather stencil with the coconut soap, and carefully placed the stencil (soap side down) onto the adhesive.

This time, I carefully glittered the outside of the stencil with the Green Nugget glitter, and then I used a tiny spoon to put some of the green glitter onto the edges of the feather. I shook off the excess glitter, and then added some of the Misty Blue glitter next to the green glitter on the feathers. Finally I added the Lacy Lilac glitter to the middle of the feather and filled in all the areas that were still un-glittered.

Next, I very carefully wiped off the stencil, making sure all the excess glitter was gone. I carefully peeled the paper away from the stencil and then covered the exposed adhesive with the Crystal Ice glitter. Then I let out a little squeal of joy at how pretty and glittery this turned out! LOL

I cut out some blue cardstock with the Lady Kate edger die, glued it behind the left side of my peacock feather piece and glued that down onto a Kraft card base. I stamped the sentiment onto some Kraft cardstock and cut it out with a notch on the right side and glued it to the bottom of the card.

This card is actually a different size than what I normally make. Because this stencil is so tall and skinny, I thought it would be fun to mail this in a 3 5/8" x 6 1/2" envelope, so I made my card base 3 1/4" x 6". The glittered feather fits perfectly on this size of card. :-)

You can find these products in the Classy Cards 'n Such store, and you can save 10% off your order by entering this code, Holly-10, when you check out.  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Dreamweaver - CAS/Losing the Weight
Dream Valley Challenges #74 - No Designer Paper
Glitter 'n Sparkle #69 - Bling it Up
Robyn's Fetish #196 - Lots of Glitter

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Glittery Pineapple

Did you see the new challenge that was posted on Monday? This week is all about stencils, so I decided to try a technique that I've read about for years but never actually attempted. I tried the Glitzy technique (2/08 issue) from Technique Junkies, and it is a lot of fun!

First, I cut some 6x6 double sided adhesive just slightly larger than the Large Pineapple Brass Stencil. I also cut some white cardstock which is just slightly larger than the 6x6 double sided adhesive I just cut. I carefully peeled the liner away from the back of the adhesive and adhered it to the white cardstock.

Next, I pulled out the Coconut Soap and rubbed it all over the back of the brass pineapple stencil. There were some tiny pieces of shaved soap here and there so I used a brush to swipe those shavings away. I peeled the liner off the top of the adhesive (the piece that was already adhered to the white cardstock) and very carefully placed my stencil over the adhesive with the soap-side down.

You need the soap-side of the stencil to go down onto the adhesive so you can pull the stencil away from it when you are done. If you don't soap up the stencil, your stencil is going to be stuck to the adhesive permanently.

With my stencil in place, and my ceiling fan OFF (hehehehe!), I took the lid off my Autumn Medley glitter. I used a tiny spoon to carefully sprinkle the Autumn Medley glitter all over the bottom of the pineapple. Once the entire bottom was covered, I shook off the excess glitter and returned it to the jar. Then I repeated the process with the Meadow Spark glitter and applied it to the leafy tops of the pineapple.

After I shook off the excess glitter from the pineapple, I accidentally got some green Meadow Spark glitter on the edge of the adhesive. Instead of freaking out about it, I added more green glitter all around the edges for a neat little frame. Then I carefully peeled the adhesive paper away from the brass stencil, taking my time and going very slowly. Because I had heavily soaped up the stencil, it peeled right off.

There is a large area of adhesive left when the stencil is taken off. I covered the entire thing with Crystal Ice glitter and pressed it all in with my fingers. I shook off the excess glitter and then squealed! It's not too bad for my first attempt. :-)

You can see I do have some glitter here and there in the white areas around the pineapple. I can see that next time, I will need to make sure that ALL the glitter is wiped off the stencil before I peel the paper away from the stencil. I also know that I will probably cover the outside adhesive with glitter before I add glitter to the inside stencil areas. The biggest thing I learned is to definitely soap up the stencil very well - it makes a world of difference when you try to remove the stencil from the adhesive. :-)

I can't wait to try this again with some of the other brass stencils. Have you tried this technique? Share your stenciled artwork with us! We'd love to have you play along with our challenge this week! :-)

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Dreamweavers - CAS/Losing the Weight (I used minimum layers and kept the card CAS)
Card Mania #38 - Anything Goes
Sparkle 'n Sprinkle - Anything Goes with Glitter, Embossing Powder and/or Flocking

Monday, January 20, 2014

Stencil Challenge on Classy Cards 'n Such blog

Hey folks - just a quick note to remind you to check out today's new challenge over on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog.  This week's challenge is to use your stencils.  Any kind of stencil is good - brass, plastic, silver/aluminum, whatever you got.  Pull em out and show us what you can create with them.

I have two samples over on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog, and I'll share them here on my blog this week.  I really had fun playing with my stencils and some glitter, and I learned some good tips along the way.  :-)  Come play in the challenge by clicking here.

Have a great week!!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Die Overstamping Poinsettia

Hi friends!  There is a fun new challenge called the Holiday Inspiration Club over on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog, and I'm playing along.  This first challenge is an easy one - make a one layer card.  I started by using the Die Overstamping Technique from Technique Junkies (12/13 issue) on a white card base.  Then I pulled out my Candy Kisses (now retired) set from Rogue Redhead Designs and stamped the poinsettia in the center and the sentiment off to the side.  The poinsettia was colored with Copic markers and then I used a pink glitter pen around the flower for a little sparkle.

Why don't you check out the Holiday Inspiration Club challenge and join in the fun?  This is going to be a great way for me to make at least one Christmas card a month.  That way, I won't be all stressed out when December rolls around.  I will have plenty of cards on hand to send to friends and family!

Velvet Glitter Valentine Card

Hi friends!  Have you seen the new Velvet glitters in the Classy Cards 'n Such store? Oh my goodness, they are GORGEOUS! I've used the Orchid Rose velvet glitter on this card here.

I started by pulling some papers out of the Love Letters 6x6 paper pad, just mixing and matching until they were just right. I cut the papers and adhered them to a black cardstock layer. For the bottom, I die cut one of the solid beige papers (from the same Love Letters pad) with the Lady Kate Edger (Cheery Lynn Designs) and adhered it below the pink paper. I then stamped the sentiment from Hugs and Kisses Sentiments (JustRite) with black ink directly onto the pink paper.

Now the fun started! I adhered two strips of 1/4" wide Scor Tape above and below the sentiment. After I removed the liner, I covered both strips of tape with the Orchid Rose velvet glitter. I used the Glitter Roll technique from Technique Junkies (6/11 issue) to make sure the glitter was well adhered and then I brushed off the excess. This Orchid Rose glitter is a perfect match with the colors in this Love Letters paper pad.

Next, I cut the Vintage Apothecary Jar from vanilla cardstock and set it down. I then used a small heart punch from my stash and punched out several hearts from the Love Letters papers. I then adhered the hearts to the "inside" of the jar and then affixed the jar to the card with some Joy Foam Pads. Then I glued this entire card front down onto a vanilla card base.

This glitter is just awesome. It's so fine and so soft, it really does feel like velvet! I can't wait to try out the other colors!!! You can save 10% off your order at Classy Cards 'n Such by entering this code, Holly-10, when you check out. Go get yourself some of this fabulous velvet glitter and some dies, some stamps, some papers, and some adhesive to make your own Valentine's cards. :-)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Sparkle 'n Sprinkle - Anything Goes with Glitter, Embossing Powder, and/or Flocking
Word Art Wednesday #115 - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls #9 - Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas - Make it Glitter
A Creative Need #15 - Die Cuts/Punches

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

CCNS Challenge - Hearts and Doilies

Hi friends, I'm just popping in to remind you that there is a new challenge over on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog.  This week we want to see what you create with Hearts and Doilies.  Making a Valentine's card?  Share it with us and you could win a prize!!

Some of you might want to work ahead on the challenges, just like me.  You can see a listing of future challenges by clicking here.  This can help you plan for your shopping so you have just the right thing for creating your challenge entry.  Save 10% off your order at Classy Cards 'n Such by entering this code, Holly-10, when you check out.  Stock up on stencils, dies, glitter, stamps, and much much more!  :-)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Banner Card with Border Dies

Hi folks, it's Holly posting today. Did you see that Classy Cards 'n Such has a new challenge this week? Yup, we'll have a new challenge every week and I hope you'll play along with us. This week, pull out your border dies to create something and share it with us. We'd love to see what you've been doing with your border dies.

I used two border dies on my card. Look just below the ribbon - see the green border die and the pink border die? I used those to mark a separation between the banners and the patterned paper at the top. The following products were used on this card:

Anastasia Border die (Cheery Lynn Designs) - the pink border on my card
Ankara Lace Border die (Cheery Lynn Designs) - the green border on my card
Love Letters 6x6 paper pad
Picking Wildflowers stamp set (Flourishes)
Chalk White Seam Binding
Joy Foam Pads (behind the sentiment)

I used the Banner Technique from Technique Junkies (2/13 issue) to create this card.  It's a fun way to use a bunch of different patterned papers.  Check out the inspiration from my fellow Design Team members by clicking here. Play along with us and enter in the challenge - you could win a prize! :-)

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such

Hi friends!!  I'm excited to tell you the big news - the challenges are back at Classy Cards 'n Such!  This week's challenge is to use Borders.  Pull out your border dies and make a card using one, two, or even three of your border dies, and then share with us by entering your card in the linky widget.

Here's the link to the challenge:

I have a card for the challenge, but I'll be sharing that later on this week.  For now, you can click on the link above to see my card as well as a few other cards made by my fellow design team gals.  They are gorgeous!  Be sure to read the rules for the challenge and then enter your card.  Don't worry, the rules are easy.

Just in case you need to go shopping first (hee hee, who doesn't wanna go shopping??), please feel free to use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Happy Monday, everyone!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Winter White card

Hi friends!  I hope you are all staying warm during this arctic blast.  It just blew through Texas and now it is freezing cold here.  Our forecast says it will be 17 degrees tomorrow morning and 13 degrees on Tuesday morning.  BRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!  That's too cold for Texas!!!

I checked out the challenge on the Cheery Lynn Designs blog and today's challenge is Winter Whites.  How appropriate is that for today???  :-)  So I used white papers and white ribbons for this card, essentially doing the White on White technique from the Technique Junkies Emboss or Die CD.  The dies I used on my card are all from Cheery Lynn Designs. I cut out the following dies:

French Pastry Doily
Francesca border
Holly Lace Flourish
Wheat Heads
Shasta Daisy Strip

I started with a white card base and glued the French Pastry Doily down. Then I glued a strip of the Francesca border die at the bottom of the card (kind of hard to see with all the ribbon, but it's there). Some white satin ribbon was wrapped around the card and I tied additional pieces of ribbon in place for a fun and flirty accent.

I glued the Shasta Daisy flower petals together and added a rhinestone brad to the center, and then I glued this down on top of my ribbon. Then I carefully tucked in the Holly Lace Flourishes and the Wheat Heads here and there until I was satisfied with the arrangement.

If you'd like to shop at Classy Cards 'n Such, please feel free to use this code, Holly-10, when you check out.  You can save 10% off your entire order, so fill up your cart with dies, stamps, papers, and stencils.  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #114 - Winter Whites
Bloggers Challenge - Flourishes
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Creative Moments #33 - Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T Challenge #240 - Anything Goes

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Pink Bells - Sweet Stamps guest designer

Good morning!  I created this card for the "Something New" challenge over on the Sweet Stamps blog.  I was their guest designer for the past month, and this is my last card for them.  I've had a great time designing with their beautiful stamps and playing in their challenges.  Go check out my post over there and play along with the challenges!  :-)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Daisy Glitter Stripes

Hi friends!  Happy New Year!!!!  I hope you all had a wonderful time watching the ball drop.  Unfortunately, I didn't last that long - my eyes were closed by 10:30pm on New Year's Eve!  LOL

The other day, I was itching to pull out some glitters and play, so here's what I came up with.  Isn't that fun?? I had such a blast making this card. First, I cut a layer of white cardstock and then laid down some strips of 1/4" wide Scor Tape. After I pulled off the protective papers, I remembered to turn my ceiling fan off BEFORE I opened the jar of glitter. LOL!! With the fan safely off, I opened the Misty Blue glitter and sprinkled it all over the exposed tape. I then did the Glitter Roll technique (6/11 issue) from Technique Junkies to make sure all my glitter was pressed down and then I shook off the excess glitter.

I stamped the sentiment from Anytime Sentiments (Impression Obsession) with black ink and then adhered this white glittery layer to a black card base. Next, I cut some white cardstock with the Shasta Daisy Strip die (Cheery Lynn Designs) and adhered the layers of flower petals together. I glued a yellow button to the center and then glued the daisy down onto my card where the lines of glitter intersect.

Such a FUN card to make, I tell ya! I have a feeling I'm going to spend this weekend making more cards like this with different colors of glitter and different flowers and sentiments. Are you going to make a card similar to this one? I'd love to see what you create! :-)
I have some EXCITING news to share with you!!!!!  Be sure to check out the Classy Cards 'n Such blog on Monday.  Beverly, the owner, has decided to host some challenges and they are going to be fun!!!  So every Monday, stop by the Classy Cards 'n Such blog to see what the new challenge is, and then play along with us.  We'll have a great time!

I am happy to share this code, Holly-10, with you so you can start shopping and saving 10% off your orders at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Simply enter the code, Holly-10, when you check out and you'll save some money while buying some fun new supplies such as stamps, dies, glitters, embossing powders, Twinkling H2O's, and more.  Have fun!!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs - ebosser challenge
Die Cut Diva's - Make it Glitter
Creative Knockouts #18 - All that Glitters
Word Art Wednesday #113 - Anything Goes
Sparkle 'n Sprinkle - Anything Goes with flocking, embossing powder, and/or glitter