Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sensational Stencils CD Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sensational Stencils CD blog hop! The Technique Junkies Newsletter design team has another fabulous hop for you! Pat and the talented design team have so many inspirational projects to share with you from the BRAND NEW CD – Sensational Stencils. This newest edition to the Technique Junkies Specialty CD family includes 40 wonderful techniques, so break out your stencils and play along!

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You should have arrived here from Hetty’s blog. Hetty always creates some awesome artwork, and today is no exception. Didn't she have some awesome eye candy for you? :-)

For my samples today, I chose to do two of the techniques from the Sensational Stencils CD. The first one is called Frosted Distress Stencil and I have to tell you - I am in LOVE with this technique!!! I love anything shimmery and glittery, so of course I had to try this technique!!! LOL

You can see the shimmer in this close-up photo below.  Isn't that wonderfully shimmery???  I wish you could hold this card in your hands and move it back and forth.  It's so much fun to see the background change!

For my second technique, I decided to do the Gessoed Stencil.  This is a technique that I developed and filmed especially for this CD.  You'll never guess what is underneath all that white gesso paint.  Can you see a hint of "something" under there?  ;-)  Order the CD and read the Gessoed Stencil technique.  If you have a huge pile of "something," you'll LOVE this technique as a way to use all that "something" up!  

I hope you've enjoyed the artwork I've shared with you today.  Please check out what the rest of my fellow designers have created by continuing on through the hop.  Your next stop is Jane’s blog.

Here is a list of all of our designers in case you get lost.

Judy Jackson -
Tricia O’Bin -
Ann Clack -
Beth Norman -
Hetty Sanders -
Holly Brown –
Jane Bosi -
Jackie Kalchert –
Shelly Schmidt -
Pat Huntoon -

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Big Floral Hug

I'm back with another card to share with you today.  I wanted to create a sweet little card for someone who needs a hug, and this is what I came up with.

I started with a Kraft card base and I stamped the sentiment from Stampavie's Happy Birthday set at the bottom of the card. Next, I cut some peach colored paper on an angle and embossed it with the Garden Lattice embossing folder. I used the Raspberry spacer plate with the embossing folder in my Grand Calibur - it works beautifully every time!

I adhered the embossed peach paper to my card and then pulled out some flower dies. I cut some white paper with the Large Rose and the Medium Rose dies and used some yellow brads to assemble the flowers. I also cut out some leaves from the Rose Leaf Strip die and some soft green paper. I then glued down the leaves and affixed the white flowers to each set of leaves.

I love the nontraditional look of this card. I can also visualize this in other color combos and with different flowers - wouldn't that be fun? Just spend a whole day making different cards based on this layout? :-)

All these supplies can be found in the Classy Cards 'n Such store.  Use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your entire order.  Yes, you can order dies, paper, stamps, embossing folders, glitter, and much more with this savings code.  Have fun shopping!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lace Curtain in the Window

Hi friends! I love making cards with my dies from Classy Cards 'n Such, and I was inspired to play with the window die this time after I bought some of the gorgeous Iridescent White Flowers Lace. I knew I wanted this lace to act as a "curtain" inside the window, so I had to see how that would look.

I started by cutting out some Kraft cardstock with the Small Madison Window die. I also cut out the Small Madison Flower Box from Kraft cardstock. I stamped both pieces with the Wood Texture stamp from Impression Obsession and then sponged a little extra brown ink around the edges. I then cut a small piece of the Iridescent White Flowers Lace and taped it to the inside of the stamped window die cut. Isn't that lace gorgeous??

I glued down the window to a white card base and then I cut out some Leaf Clusters and flowers from the Flower Mound die. I arranged some of the Leaves and Flowers near the bottom of the window and then I affixed the Small Madison Flower Box die cut with some Joy Foam Pads over the bottom of the window. I tucked in a few extra Leaves and Flowers here and there to fill in the flower box. The last thing I did was stamp the sentiment from the Hello Daisy stamp set (JustRite) below the window.

I love that Iridescent White Flowers Lace and I think it would look gorgeous with any kind of window card. Can't you just see this with a fall foliage window or a Christmas window? Ohhhhhh the possibilities!!!

Be sure to use this code, Holly-10, when you shop at Classy Cards 'n Such.  You will save 10% off your entire order, so stock up on dies, lace, and stamps!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Pink Glittery Flowers

Have you played with the yummy Distress Glitters yet? They are gorgeous! Don't let the "distress" in the name fool you. These are not dull or drab glitters by any means. They are beautiful and they look almost like glass glitters even though they are not made from glass.

I used the Spun Sugar Distress Glitter on the flowers here. Isn't that a gorgeous pale pink? See how the glitters are more "glassy" instead of silvery/mica-y? Love love love!!

To make this card, I started with this elegant black and white toile paper from the Porcelain Rose paper pad and adhered it to a black card base. I added a strip of pink paper from the same Porcelain Rose paper pad near the bottom and I stamped the sentiment from the Botanical Medallions and Banners set (JustRite) onto the pink paper. Next, I cut out the Zinnia Bouquet die from black cardstock and set it aside.

I used the Zinnia Bouquet Background die and some Scor Tape 6x6 sheets to cut out some sticky flower backgrounds. I peeled the backing away from the tops of each flower head and stuck them behind each of their matching black outlines on the Zinnia Bouquet die cut. With the sticky top side exposed, I covered the flower heads with the Spun Sugar Distress Glitter, burnished the glitter with my fingers, and then tapped off the excess. I then adhered this Zinnia Bouquet to my card next to the sentiment.

I love this color combo of pale pink, black, and white, and that glitter just makes me squeal! It's so pretty! I hope you are inspired to pull out your glitters and have fun!

When you shop at Classy Cards 'n Such, feel free to use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order. Check out all the gorgeous glitters, die cuts, stamps, and 6x6 paper pads. There's always new stuff being added to the store so click on the NEW tab each week to see the fun new additions.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Tiny Matters

Happy Sunday!  I created this card last night and I thought I'd share it with y'all.  There is a Peep of the Week challenge over on the Power Poppy blog, and I'm entering this card into that challenge.  I was so thrilled to be named a Peep of the Week this past Friday, and I hope to be named again!  :-)

This card is a bit unusual for the Power Poppy challenge as there is no coloring and I didn't stamp any flowers on this card.  I used this beautiful sentiment from Power Poppy's Good Thinking: Renewal stamp set with some patterned papers and a handmade flower from my Cheery Lynn Designs dies.  I just love this sentiment and I didn't want to get too fussy with my card.

If you have some Power Poppy stamps, ink them up and play in the challenge with me!  :-)  Enjoy your Sunday!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sunflower Thanks

I wanted to send someone a thank you card last week, so I pulled out this Sunny Harvest stamp set from Power Poppy and colored it with Copic markers.  I was trying to go for a brown paper wrapper around the flowers, so I kept adding different brown colors until I thought it looked "brown paper-ish."  LOL!  Instead of the normal dark brown shadows underneath, I tried something different and added a blue shadow.  I think the blue really helps the yellow sunflowers pop out.  The sentiment is from the Glads and Gerberas stamp set, also from Power Poppy.

I'm entering this card into the Peep of the Week challenge over on the Power Poppy blog.  All you have to do is use a Power Poppy stamp and enter it into their challenge.  If you love flowers, you definitely need to check out the gorgeous stamps over at Power Poppy!  Enter into their challenges and you could be a Peep of the Week, and you could win a free stamp set as well!  :-)