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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Snowflake Wishes Trio


Good morning!  I'm thinking cool thoughts with this trio of snowflake cards because yesterday was over 90 degrees here.  As I type this, some places like Colorado are getting 6 to 12 inches of snow.  That's crazy, isn't it?  

I used the beautiful new Elegant Snowflake stencil from A Colorful Life Designs to create these little works of art.  I placed the stencil down on some gray cardstock and then spread three different colors of a glittery paste over the stencil.  After the three panels dried, I added the die cut sentiments (Elizabeth Craft Designs) and adhered them to white card bases.  

The close-ups of each card are shown below.  Which one is your favorite?  Is the pink calling your name, or does the teal make you swoon?  Do you melt for the classic white snowflake with the palest touches of pink?  I love all three of them mostly because I'm all about the glitter!  Hahaha!!

Please feel free to use this code, HollyFan10, when you shop for stencils at A Colorful Life Designs.  You will save 10% off your entire order and you'll have some great new stencils to play with.  Happy Shopping! 

 






 

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Retro Aqua Ornaments


Doesn't this card just scream 1970?  I love these nostalgic ornaments on this Retro Ornaments stamp from Technique Junkies.  I stamped this background with some aqua ink onto aqua paper and then used a silver gel pen to color in some areas of the ornaments.  For the sentiment, I found this smaller holiday sentiment on the Christmas Ornaments Trio set.  I didn't want to cover up these awesome ornaments in the background, so that's why I chose a smaller sentiment.  I embossed this with white powder onto a strip of vellum and wrapped it around the aqua ornament background.

You can use this code, TJ10Holly, to save 10% off your entire order when you shop at Technique Junkies.  You can stock up on Christmas stamps, Shimmering Bliss sprays, the new Catherine Pooler ink pads, and tons of stencils.  Have a great week!




 

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Moonlit Village in Teal


Good morning!  Do you have your Christmas cards ready?  Here is an easy idea for you using the new Village Edger 1 stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.    I sprayed the back of the Village Edger 1 stencil with some Pixie spray and then placed it down on some black cardstock.  With a plastic spatula, I spread some gorgeous glittery teal paste over the stencil and the rest of the exposed black cardstock.  I carefully lifted the stencil off and left the piece to dry for a few hours.  While that was drying, I cut the moon from a circle die and the Santa and reindeer from a Frantic Stamper die.  After the paste was completely dry, I glued down the die cut pieces and adhered the panel to a white card base.

You could easily do this in an assembly line format.  Have all your black cardstock cut first, then stencil as many pieces as you want.  While the pieces are drying, die cut your elements or stamp your sentiments, whatever you want to add to your cards.  Then all you have left to do is glue things down and address your envelopes.  

Feel free to use this code, HollyFan10, when you shop at A Colorful Life Designs.  You will save 10% off your entire order, so fill up your shopping cart and have fun!




 

Friday, October 22, 2021

Beyond the Blue #38 - Autumn Leaves


Happy Friday!  Today's Beyond the Blue challenge is all about autumn leaves.  I pulled out some stamps and dies from The Greetery and stamped the various leaves with Distress Oxide inks.  I tried to choose colors that were different from the regular yellow, orange, and red fall colors.  The oxide colors I used are Fossilized Amber, Bundled Sage, Crackling Campfire, Dusty Concord, Aged Mahogany, and Gathered Twigs.  After I cut these out, I arranged them onto my white card base and glued them down.  

Check out today's Beyond the Blue challenge and share your creations with us.  I hope you're enjoying some wonderful fall weather today!


 

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Blue Green Fa La La Trees


Good morning!  Remember how I was in a pink mood on Monday?  Well, today I'm in a blue-green mood.  I pulled out some blue and green distress inks and made this fun mix-up of trees with a cute holiday background.  The fun background was stenciled with the new Fa La La stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.  How cute is that?  I love the tiny little hearts all over the letters.

The trees (a very old stamp set from PTI) were stamped with green and teal distress inks and then cut out with scissors.  I had fun arranging them on the card, adjusting for the different heights and colors and widths of the trees.  After I glued everything down, I sprayed the card with an iridescent glitter.  It's a very subtle glitter and, therefore, very hard to capture on camera.

This would be a fun and easy card to mass produce.  If you haven't made your Christmas cards yet, this card came together in about 10 minutes.  Set up an assembly line to stencil the background, stamp and cut the trees, and you could have 50 to 100 cards done in an afternoon.

Feel free to use this code, HollyFan10, when you shop at A Colorful Life Designs.  You'll save 10% off your entire order and you'll have some fun to stencils to play with.  Have a great day!


 

Monday, October 18, 2021

Holiday Joy with Pink Trees


Good morning!  I'm in a pink mood today, so I'm sharing this holiday card with pink trees.  I used the new Christmas Tree Edger 1 stencil from A Colorful Life Designs to brush three different colors of pink distress oxide inks onto some white cardstock.  I started with the lightest color of pink and placed the Christmas Tree Edger 1 stencil in the middle the paper.  Then I picked up the stencil and moved it down just a little bit and used a slightly darker color of ink for the second row of trees.  The bottom row of trees is the darkest color of pink and I used that ink to stamp the sentiment as well.  

To add a little shimmer to my holiday card, I flicked some clear shimmer spray over the whole piece.  It looks like it's snowing with these shimmery snowflakes.  

To save some money, please feel free to use this code, HollyFan10, when you shop at A Colorful Life Designs.  You'll save 10% off your entire order.   Have fun shopping!


 

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Framed Joy in Black and White


Today I am sharing a rather non-conventional Christmas card.  I love the new Christmas Frame and the Light of Faith set from Technique Junkies, and I wanted to try something different with them.  I stamped the beautiful Christmas Frame with some white pigment ink directly onto a black card base.  Then I carefully arranged the Joy sentiment from the Light of Faith set and stamped it right in the center of the frame with the same white pigment ink.  I set this aside to dry for about 30 minutes before I dared to touch it with my finger.  LOL  I added some tiny red rhinestones around the frame for a tiny pop of color.  

This card is a true one-layer card.  It's just the black card base, no extra layers at all.  That's the beauty of this Christmas Frame.  It has the blank space in the middle built into the stamp so you can just add your sentiment right to the same paper as the frame.  You can use this frame in either orientation - horizontal or vertical, whichever way works best with your sentiment.  Fun fact - all of the sentiments from the new Light of Faith set fit perfectly inside this Christmas Frame!

Please feel free to use this code, TJ10Holly, to save 10% when you shop at Technique Junkies.  You can stock up on new Christmas stamps, Shimmering Bliss, the new Catherine Pooler ink pads, and tons of stencils.  Have a great week!


 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Let it Snow Village


Good morning!  I just saw on the news today that there is snow in Montana and Wyoming and Idaho, so how about I share a snowy card with y'all this morning?  :-)

I used a new stencil set from A Colorful Life Designs called Village Edger 1.  There are two pieces in this set - the general outline (top half) and the mask with the windows (bottom half).  I used the general outline to sponge the gray houses onto my white cardstock first.  Then I placed the mask over my gray houses and used a little sponge dauber to carefully ink up the black windows.  While this mask was in place, I also brushed on some blue ink for the sky.

To give this a fun snowy look, I pulled out the Falling Snow stencil and sponged white ink all over the piece.  You can't see it very well in the blue sky, but the snow really shows up against the gray and black of the houses.  I added the die cut sentiment from Elizabeth Craft Designs to the top of the card.

Feel free to use this code, HollyFan10, to save 10% when you shop for stencils at A Colorful Life Designs.  There's so many fun stencils to choose from, so take your time and have fun shopping!  Have a great day!





 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Moonlit Sleigh


We are celebrating Christmas in October over at Technique Junkies this month, and there are lots of wonderful new Christmas stamps waiting to jump into your cart.  I used two of the new stamps on this card today, Santa's Sleigh and Merry Christmas to All.

I started by stamping an older stamp called Hillside Pines on the bottom left corner with a permanent black ink.  I then angled the Santa's Sleigh to look like the reindeer were gliding over the pine trees, and then I stamped it with the same black ink.  I set this aside to dry for a few minutes because I didn't want any of the black ink to smear while I was adding the blue and purple inks over the background.

Once I was sure the black ink was set, I used a small circle punch to cut a circle from a sticky note.  I placed this sticky circle over Santa and the sleigh, and then I brushed on some blue and purple inks all over the card.  When I was done, I removed the sticky circle mask and very lightly added a little bit of blue ink to the "moon."  I let this piece dry for about five or ten minutes before I moved on to the sentiment.  Because I wanted to emboss the sentiment with white embossing powder, I needed to make sure my card panel was completely dry.  I stamped the Merry Christmas to All with Versamark and covered it with white embossing powder.  Then I tapped off the excess powder and heated the sentiment until the white powder melted.

Please feel free to use this code, TJ10Holly, to save 10% when you shop at Technique Junkies.  If you are a fan of Catherine Pooler inks, they have just been added to the Technique Junkies store (yay - I can't wait to try these!).  You can also find stencils and Shimmering Bliss and Aladine glitter paints.  Have fun shopping!




 

Friday, October 8, 2021

Beyond the Blue #36 - Alcohol Ink and Vellum Fall


Good morning!  It's Friday and the weekend is almost here!  Do you have plans for a fun fall weekend?  It's actually going to be in the 90's here so we'll probably be staying inside with air conditioning.  LOL 

This week's Beyond the Blue challenge is a little bit different.  We are using alcohol inks and vellum, so I went for a grunge-y fall look.  I picked out four really dark Copic markers (BG07, R59, YR27, YG99) and scribbled them onto some vellum.  Then I filled a mini mister with some rubbing alcohol and lightly sprayed the vellum, allowing the marker colors to blend and run.  After my vellum panels dried, I used one to cut a bunch of leaves and I glued the other one to a white card base.  On the leaves, some of them were left alone and some were put on some white cardstock.  You can see the variations in the colors on the leaves - some are transparent and some have that white backing.  It's so fun to see the different colors.

I hope you pull out your alcohol inks and your vellum and play around with them.  Share your creations with us over on the Beyond the Blue blog.  Have a great weekend!


 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Glittery Red Christmas Lights


Good morning!  I'm sharing these glittery lights with you today.  I used the new Layered String Lights stencils from A Colorful Life Designs to create the background on this card.  This stencil is a set of two - the rows of strings is one stencil and the lightbulbs are the second stencil.  I started by sponging green ink over the strings.  Then I carefully placed the lightbulbs stencil so they fit right underneath the green "sockets" on each row.  I spread some glittery red medium over this stencil and then set it aside to dry.  I love the glitter on these bulbs!

Think of all the great colors you could use with these lights.  You could use these for just about any holiday just by changing the colors and the sentiment.  I used some dies from Elizabeth Craft for my sentiment today.  If you'd like to save some money on stencils, please feel free to use this code, HollyFan10, when you shop at A Colorful Life Designs.  There are so many wonderful stencils to choose from.  Happy shopping!


 

Monday, October 4, 2021

Beyond the Blue #35 - Layered Merry Christmas


This week's Beyond the Blue challenge is to show off your layered die cuts.  This is a fun and easy technique.  Just cut your sentiment or shape from several different colors of paper and then glue them slightly off center so you can see each color underneath each layer.  You can see on my card above how I have a white layer on top, and then you see the red and green layers peeking out below.  The sentiment die and the holly leaves die are from Hero Arts and the subtle holly leaves embossing folder on my black cardstock is from Taylored Expressions.

This is a fun and easy way to make a bunch of cards.  This will come in very handy for holiday cards and birthday cards.  Give it a try and share your creations with us over on the Beyond the Blue blog.  Have a great week!
 

 

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Elegant Winter Blessings


Good morning!  This month is all about Christmas in October, and I'm sharing this icy stenciled snowflake card with y'all today.  I used the new Elegant Snowflake stencil from A Colorful Life Designs, and I love this gorgeous stencil.  I sprayed this with Pixie spray and placed it onto some dark blue cardstock.  Then I spread some Sparkle Paper Glitz (Picket Fence Studios) over the stencil and let it dry.  This is so glittery and gorgeous!  I added some sheer ribbon and the sentiment (Honey Bee Stamps) to complete this sophisticated look.

Check out all the great new stencils at A Colorful Life Designs this month.  You can use this coupon - HollyFan10 - to save 10% off your entire order.  If you're working on your Christmas cards this month, now is the perfect time to stock up on some great holiday stencils.  Have a great week!





 

Friday, October 1, 2021

Technique Junkies October 2021 Release


Happy October 2021 Release Day!

We have new stamps and stencils in the Technique Junkies store today.  All of the October 2021 release stamps are 15% off through October 8.  No codes needed - just add the stamps to your cart and the discount will be applied at checkout.

You can save 10% off everything else in the store by using my code, TJ10Holly.  Stock up on some previously released stamps, Shimmering Bliss sprays, stencils, ink pads, and more.

For my first card today, I used the beautiful new Christmas Frame and a sentiment from the new Light of Faith set.  I stamped the Christmas Frame with a dark green ink right onto the green card base.  I used the same green ink to stamp the sentiment and I added layers of green and gold cardstock under the sentiment.


On my second card today, I decided to go with a soft and sweet color combo.  I stamped this wreath from the gorgeous new Poinsettia Wreath Wishes set with a metallic brown ink onto some kraft cardstock.  Using my MISTI tool, I stamped the sentiment from the Poinsettia Wreath Wishes set inside the wreath - you can see it fits perfectly!  I stamped the wreath again with kraft ink onto some white cardstock, colored the poinsettia with pink Copic markers, and cut out just the poinsettia.  I paper pieced the poinsettia onto the stamped wreath on the kraft cardstock and added a chocolate pearl to the center of the flower.  


For my third card today, I went bold and dramatic with black cardstock and gold embossing powder.  This fun new Retro Ornaments background was stamped with Versamark, covered with gold embossing powder, and heated with a heat tool.  The sentiment is from the new Light of Faith set.  I love this new Retro Ornaments background - it's giving me those 70's vibes!


Looking for more inspiration?  Check out what the rest of the Design Team has created with these new release stamps:




Remember, you can use my code, TJ10Holly, to save 10% off when you shop at Technique Junkies.  Have a wonderful day!







 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Trio of Foiled Leaves


Good morning!  I'm sharing some foiled fall leaves with you today.  I used just one stencil from A Colorful Life Designs for all three cards.  It's called Layered Fancy Leaf, and this comes in a set of three stencils.  I used the Layered Fancy Leaf B stencil which has these wonderful veins inside the leaf shape.  

I placed this stencil down on some black cardstock and spread some Transfer Gel Duo paste over the stencil.  I repeated this two more times so I could make a trio of cards.  After I spread the paste and lifted the stencil on the last card, I left the pieces to dry for a few hours.  This allows the paste to get tacky and that's what you want so it will grab the foil and make it stick.

For the first card, I used a gorgeous foil that has different shades of green all over it.  I cut a piece of this green emerald foil slightly larger than the stenciled leaf and placed the foil with the green side up.  I applied pressure with my fingers all over the foil and then carefully lifted it up.  You can run this through your die cutting machine if you prefer.  It's just easier for me to use my fingers.


On this second card, I tried something a little different.  I had some leftover pieces of foil (ya know, cuz I hate to throw 'em away), so I picked out some green, gold, and red foil pieces.  Then I randomly placed them down on my sticky leaf and used my fingers to transfer the bits of foil here and there.  


On this third card, I used a gorgeous amber foil on the stenciled leaf.  This foil has shades of silver, gold, bronze, and brown all over it.


After I foiled all three cards, I added sentiments from The Ink Blot Shop.  I love how this trio of foiled cards turned out.  Check out all the great leaf stencils over at A Colorful Life Designs and feel free to use this code, HollyFan10, to save 10% when you order.  You'll have so much fun with all the new stencils that you add to your collection.





 

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Crumpled Pile of Leaves


Today, I'm sharing this crumpled, wrinkled, torn pile of leaves card with you.  It's really fun to make distressed backgrounds like this.  First, I stamped the Pile of Leaves from Technique Junkies with a permanent brown ink and let it dry.  Then I smooshed some distress inks onto a craft mat, spritzed them with water, and pressed my stamped paper into the inks.  The distress ink colors I used are Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, and Broken China.  

Once my paper was covered with ink, I set it aside to let it dry completely.  Then I crumpled it up into a ball and carefully opened it up again, making sure to leave some of the texture in the paper.  I dragged a brown ink pad across the paper so it would catch some of the raised areas.  I also tore the edges off and dragged the brown ink pad around the edges.  After it was completely dry, I adhered it to a brown card base.  I did not flatten it down - you can see where some areas are sticking up.  I wanted to keep that awesome texture, so I used a lot of glue and pressed it down in just a few areas to make sure it stays stuck to the card.  Then I added the ribbon and the beautiful sentiment from the Leaf Corner Sentiments set.

Please feel free to use this code, TJ10Holly, when you shop at Technique Junkies.  You will save 10% off your order so have fun shopping!




 

Friday, September 24, 2021

Beyond the Blue #34 - Pink Autumn


Happy Friday!  I'm popping in with a couple of cards that I made for today's Beyond the Blue challenge.  This week we are celebrating Pink Autumn.  What does autumn mean to you?  Pumpkins, leaves, pretty cups filled with hot chocolate?  To me, autumn is the season for all things pumpkin.  So I pulled out some pumpkin dies from Honey Bee Stamps and I had a blast creating these pink autumn pumpkin cards. I went glittery for the first card and vintage/distressed for my second card.  


Come play along with the Beyond the Blue challenge and show us your Pink Autumn creations.  It's time to celebrate the the changing leaves and the arrival of pumpkins everywhere and the first crisp cool day after a long hot summer.  Have a great weekend!


 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Trio of Beautiful Leaves


Good morning, friends!  Fall is in the air and I'm so excited for the cooler temperatures.  I can actually go outside and not melt!  LOL  I am sharing these fall-themed cards with you today.  I used three new stencils from A Colorful Life Designs and made a set of cards.

I started by placing my stencils down onto some kraft cardstock.  Then I spread three different colors of stencil paste over the stencils, pulled the stencils off, and set them aside to dry.  I added the sentiment to each leaf panel and then adhered those to some dark brown card bases.  I love how each leaf looks so distinctive and yet they all work together beautifully as a set.  I have listed the stencils I used on each close-up picture below.







 




Go check out all the great stencils available at A Colorful Life Designs.  If you use this code, HollyFan10, you will save 10% off your entire order.  Happy Fall!

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Autumn Collage Card Set



Is it feeling like fall where you are yet?  This week the early morning temperatures have been down around 67 and 66, and it feels wonderful!  Then it heats up to 97 and reminds us that it's still summer here.  LOL  I've been enjoying the cool temps by walking outside early in the morning while the sun is rising.  The leaves are not changing yet, but wouldn't it be wonderful if our leaves could look like the ones on these cards?  

I pulled out some distress ink pads and randomly inked up the beautiful new Leaf Collage stamp from Technique Junkies.  I love all these color combinations!  I then paired them with different sentiments that I stamped on vellum.  I have listed the stamps and inks used in the pictures below.


Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Stormy Sky distress inks



Antique Linen, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Peacock Feathers distress inks



Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Dried Marigold, Seedless Preserves distress inks



Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint distress inks


If you'd like to go shopping at Technique Junkies, please feel free to use this code, TJ10Holly, to save 10% off your order.  You will find hundreds of stamps in the store as well as stencils and Shimmering Bliss sprays and even some new glitter paint.  Have a great weekend!




 

Friday, September 10, 2021

Beyond the Blue #32 - Let it Shimmer


Today's Beyond the Blue challenge is to make your card or project shimmery.  You know I couldn't pass up that challenge!  I love all things glittery and shimmery.  Imagine my surprise when I found out there is a new (to me, anyway) product that I had not heard of.  Creative Expressions makes a Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Sparkles powder that has shimmer in it.  You sprinkle it on your project, mist it with water, and you'll see a fabulous explosion of color and shimmer.  Can you see the shimmer and sparkle on my card above?  It's just gorgeous.  I am in love with this Pixie Sparkle product, and I know what I'm asking Santa for this year!!!  LOL

Come play along with us on the Beyond the Blue blog.  Share your shimmery creation in the linky tool so we can all see it.  :-)

Products used:
Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Sparkles - Beyond Blue color (Creative Expressions)
snowflake embossing folder - Taylored Expressions
teeeeeny little snow flakes die - Taylored Expressions
Happy Holidays sentiment die - Hero Arts


 



 

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Be Creative Every Day


Good morning, friends!  Here's a fun thing to do with those large leaf stencils from A Colorful Life Designs.  Zentangle 'em!  If you are a doodler, you know what I'm talking about.  When I was growing up, every time my mom was on the phone, she would mindlessly doodle all over whatever paper was in front of her.  It could be the phone book, an envelope, a newspaper, or even a grocery list - as long as it was paper she would doodle on it.  LOL

Now they don't call it doodling anymore.  It has a grown-up fancy name now called Zentangle.  When I was looking at the outlines for the new large leaf stencils from A Colorful Life Designs, I just had to give this a try.  I completely zoned out while doodling on this leaf.  There's no rhyme or reason for anything on this leaf.  I just went with the flow.

I started by placing the Layered Fancy Leaf stencil down on my white cardstock.  Then I took an extra fine Sharpie marker and traced around the edge of the leaf.  I removed the stencil and then just drew lines, dots, waves, zigzags, filled in some areas and left some areas white.  It was so relaxing to just draw and not think about anything.

Why not try this yourself?  If you'd like to go shopping for these large leaf stencils at A Colorful Life Designs, please use this code, HollyFan10, to save 10% off your entire order.  Have fun and do something creative every day!


 

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Fall Scene Inside a Leaf


Good morning!  Today I'm sharing a card I created with a stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.  This month's stencil release includes some large leaf stencils, and I wanted to see if I could create a little scene inside one of the leaves.  I took the Layered Beech Leaf 1 stencil and placed it on some kraft cardstock.  Then I lightly brushed some kraft ink inside the leaf stencil, just enough so you can define the edges of the leaf on the paper.

While the stencil was still in place, I stamped the cute little pumpkin scene with some dark brown ink and used some markers to color in the pumpkins and the tiny leaves.  I removed the stencil and stamped the sentiment and added the die cut "fall" above that.  After I adhered this kraft panel to a pumpkin colored card base, I wrapped some twine around the top of the card.

Isn't that cute?!  Now I want to create scenes inside all the other leaf stencils.  If you'd like to pick up some of these stencils, please feel free to use this code, HollyFan10.  You'll save 10% off your entire order when you shop at A Colorful Life Designs.  Enjoy your weekend!
  



 

Friday, September 3, 2021

Beyond the Blue #31 - Sunflower on Suede


Good morning, friends!  Today's Beyond the Blue challenge is to color on colored cardstock.  That means no white or cream papers.  In the past, I've colored on kraft cardstock, but this time I wanted to really challenge myself.  I stamped a sunflower on a darker brown cardstock (Soft Suede from Stampin Up).  Because this brown is much darker, I could not just watercolor or use my Copic markers on this.  So I pulled out some alternatives just to see what would happen.

I started by squeezing a little bit of the yellow Nuvo drops onto my craft mat, and I added a little water to that.  I used this thinned out mixture to color in the yellow sunflower petals.  The center of the sunflower was colored in with the chocolate mica gloss liquid.  For the leaves, I mixed some of the aqua mica gloss with the Hunter Chroma Mist spray (Brutus Monroe).  After the sunflower was completely dry, I added some Golden Sunset Nuvo Drops to the center of the flower.


I thought this was a fun and interesting experiment.  I colored using mediums I've never thought about coloring with before.  Think about the stamps you have and what you could color them with.  What colored paper would you color on?  Give it a try and share your results with us over on the Beyond the Blue blog.  Have a great weekend!


 

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Glittery Leafy Friend


Sometimes you just need to send a glittery, leafy, one layer, CAS card to a friend.  This card definitely checks all those boxes.  I started by sponging some green ink through the beautiful new Luxuriant Leaves stencil from A Colorful Life Designs onto a green card base.  After I was done with the ink, I left the stencil in place and sprayed over the top with some gold glitter spray.  I immediately took the stencil off and washed it with soapy water before the spray could dry on the stencil.  After my card base was completely dry, I added the sentiment from Honey Bee Stamps.

Please feel free to use this code, HollyFan10, to save 10% on your entire order when you shop at A Colorful Life Designs.  There are hundreds of stencils to choose from, including this new Luxuriant Leaves stencil and the Maple Leaves stencil I shared yesterday.  Have a great day!


 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Warm Maple Wishes


Are you ready for fall?  I know I am!  I made this warm fall card using a brand new stencil from A Colorful Life Designs called Maple Leaves.  I brushed a warm honey colored ink over the stencil with varying degrees of pressure to get some dark leaves and some faded leaves.  Then I added the sentiment (from Honey Bee Stamps) and a die cut maple leaf.

Feel free to use this code, HollyFan10, to save 10% when you shop at A Colorful Life Designs.  There's hundreds of great stencils to choose from, and this month's release is full of great new leaf stencils as well as Halloween-themed stencils.  Have fun!


 

Technique Junkies stamp release September 2021


Happy September 2021 Release Day!

We have new stamps and stencils in the Technique Junkies line!
All of the September 2021 New Release stamps are 15% off through September 8th. We can all use a little bargain, right? No codes needed, just put them in your shopping cart and the discount will be applied at checkout.
You can save 10% off everything else in the store by using my code, TJ10Holly. Stock up on Shimmering Bliss sprays, stamps, and stencils while you are ordering the new release stamps.
For my first card today, I used the new Pile Of Leaves and a sentiment from the new Leaf Corner Sentiments set. I embossed the Pile of Leaves with a black pigment ink and some clear embossing powder. After I melted the powder, I brushed on some rust, green, yellow and brown Pan Pastels to color the leaves. Then I sprayed the background with some gold glitter for that unexpected touch.

My second card today was a fun experiment.  I placed the new Rainy stencil from A Colorful Life Designs onto my white paper and colored all the open areas with Copic markers.  Yes, Copic markers!  I learned that you need to have a light hand with the markers because they want to spread and bleed under the stencil.  But it is very easy and more precise when you want to use different colors in those intricate stenciled areas.  I added some white dots to the umbrella with a white gel pen, and then I added some glittery Stickles to all of the raindrops.

After all the Stickled raindrops were dry, I stamped the sentiment from the new Rain Sentiments set with black ink.  All of the sentiments from this set are made to fit perfectly inside this space on the stencil.  How cool is that??


My last card today features the fun new Football in Motion and the Best Game Ever sentiment.  Because I live in Texas, I decided to stamp the football in the colors of our big college rivals - the UT Longhorns (the orange football) and the Texas A&M Aggies (the maroon football).  This is a fun card that I can customize with the colors of someone's favorite football teams.


Looking for more inspiration?  Check out what my fellow designers have created with these stamps.




Be sure to use this code, TJ10Holly, when you shop at Technique Junkies.  You can get stampsstencilsShimmering Bliss spraysfoils, and Distress Oxide inks all in one trip.  Have a wonderful week!!