Christmas in August ft Memory Box

Hello, my crafty friends! It’s so good to finally be back🙂

I recently stocked up on winter stamps & dies and today will feature some of the Memory Box Stamps that I got. I made 2 cards, pretty much the same, just changed a bit the colors and some of the stamps.

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I started with 2 paper panels that I die cut from my Canson watercolor cardstock. I used a tree branch stamp and did some white heat embossing. Next I colored my panels with Distress Inks and water, just went back and forth with adding color, water, drying, and repetead the process until I liked how the colors mixed. Because these are wintery cards I wanted to add some snow so I used a white paint and with my brush I flicked the paint onto the backgrounds.

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For my poinsettia I did white embossing on vellum and just trimmed all flowers with my scissors. Love the Poinsettia stamp from Memory Box, I think it’s so versatile as you can use the flower stamp for so many different projects and also build your own flowers by stamping the single petals/leaves from the set.

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Next I used the Bunny stamp set and stamped those cute bunnies that I quickly colored with Distress Inks. Once everything was dry, I mounted my panels onto some white foam and adhered them onto my card bases. As you can see my card bases have a lovely wood look and for that I used a super gorgeous stamp from Concord & 9th. This stamp is just sooo awesome!

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Of course, I had to add some finishing touches, so I used my glitter pen and my sequins for that extra special something🙂

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As usual, all products are listed at the end of the blog post.

You can watch the how-to video below or HERE on my YouTube channel.

Thank you all so much for stopping by and will see you soon!

Faux Watercolor ft Lil’Inker Designs

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re all having a great week start!

I have two cards to share today and a pretty cool technique that kind of mimics the watercolor look.

For both my cards I used this cute stamp set by Lil’ Inker Designs, called So Prickly. This is such a fun stamp set, as you can build your own succulents by stamping the plants and decorate them with some smiley faces, little feet and hands, flowers or a tiny mustache. Simply adorable! And the sentiments are so much fun!

I started my projects by first creating the backgrounds. I did my own stencil for the first card and created a frame with a torn edge. Next I used the stencil and my pigment ink to add some color to the background. I didn’t spend too much time blending the ink as I spread it out with a bit of water. The cardstock that I used was regular cardstock, but still I was able to move that ink around with water. This was my first time using pigment ink with water and I was surprised to see how well it blends. On watercolor cardstock is even better!

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For the second background I partially inked a background stamp with a shimmery gold ink.

20160725_130759qqqqNext I inked my images with two tones of pigment inks and added water with my brush directly on the stamp to blend the colors a bit and add some shading also. I absolutely love the effect that you get when you add water to pigment inks. I think it’s a great way to give a watercolor look to your solid stamps!

The layouts are very simple and as the photos show, I used some sequins and clear droplets as my embellishments and the cards were done!

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I hope you can give this technique a try, as I am sure you will like it!🙂

You can watch the how-to video on my blog or HERE on my YouTube channel!

 

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Floral Shaker Card ft Concord & 9th

Hello everyone!

Back on the blog today with a new card & video, sharing a shaker card that I made using this gorgeous stamp set from Concord & 9th, called Crazy Awesome.

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I did a bit of watercoloring with my Gelatos, that I really seem to like lately and it makes me happy to see that I get to use some of my supplies that I haven’t been using in a while! It happens so often to simply forget about the things I have, lol:)

So I started by stamping the floral cluster from the stamp set by following the circle that I have traced onto my watercolor cardstock. As always, I used my Canson paper. I also did some masking as I wanted to have more of those flowers stamped and that just filled my floral wreath.

20160718_121833Once all was colored and dried, I trimmed around the flowers and the leaves with my scissors so I was left with this huge colorful wreath to use for my shaker card. I really like the big circle stamp from the set, and because I wanted to incorporate it into my card, I stamped it and white heat embossed it on a piece of vellum. With all my elements ready, I created my shaker and mounted all onto a cream card base.

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I had several try outs on this card and learned along the way where I kept making my mistakes. I just couldn’t get all those circle windows match with eachother and with the large circle stamp. So I used my MISTI and that made all so easy!

As always, you can check the how-to video right here on my blog or HERE if you wish to watch it on YouTube.

Supplies are listed below!

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Free Hand Your Own Background

Hello,

anyone up for an icecream today?:)

I must be in the ”make a background phase”, as this is the first thing I think of when I start making my cards lately:)) And free hand my own background is something that I never thought I would be able to try but I took the shot and I sooo love the end result!

The background of today’s card is all ”drawn” and colored by hand. It was so easy to make that I can’t wait to try other shapes and color combos! I started by simply painting some circles onto a piece of watercolor cardstock, some bigger and some smaller. Once the color was dry, I took a permanent marker and draw the outlines of the circles. Nothing too neat! And just because I wanted a bit more craziness, I doubled the scribbled lines so they looked more dynamic.

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Next I used some of my gelatos for a very soft and simple watercoloring onto the stamped images from the Altenew stamp set called Way Too Sweet

For a bit of sparkle I added  clear glitter on some of my icecream cones and mounted them all up onto a circle that I die cut from vellum.

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The card is pretty simple to make and having a bunch of those backgrounds ready can help making a lot of cards. They are so fun to make and you can try many other shapes, like hearts, triangles, squares ecc

If you wish to see the creative process, you can watch it down below or HERE over at my YouTube channel.

Also, you can find all the supplies used at the end of the blog post. (***Affiliate links are used where possibile***)

Thank you all for stopping by! ♥

Quick Background Stamping

Good morning, all!

I’ve always enjoyed stamping my own backgrounds for my cards and today I will share a quick way that you can use to make your own customized backgrounds.

The stamp set that I am using for today’s project is from Simon Says Stamp and it is called Wild Beauty. It has all these small flowers, both the outline and the solid stamps and what is great about this set is that you can color the flowers either by using your inks and the coordinating stamp or simply stamp the outlines and color with your preferred coloring medium. So versatile!

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I picked out some of the flowers and arranged them onto a long acrylic block. I then started stamping at an angle and repeated the same process untill I had all my background filled. I also flipped the block and stamped the flowers upside down, just to add a bit of movement to my pattern. By using this method you can save up a lot of time and just get the right positioning of the elements you are using within seconds, without worrying that you’re not going to display the stamps and fill in the spaces as you wish.

Once I had all the flowers stamped, I used the solid stamps and my inks to color them up.

I am pretty excited today, as I managed to swatch my inks and I have to admit that this was the best organizing step that I ever did for my supplies. For this card it took me seconds to pull out the inks that matched without having to stamp on scraps to see which color goes with each color. I used to waste a lot of time before, by trying to match the right colors and often I just gave up using colored inks. Now I know I will use them more, as it is so much easy with having them all swatched!🙂

20160715_134507Next I used the SSS Smile die to cut a window at the center of my card and glued a pink punched circle at the back. I then used the Smile die cut to layer it on top of the die cut window. The two little banners on my card were cut using a die from Studio Calico that I have since like forever and used one of the greetings from the stamp set on one of the banners.

For my card base I picked the kraft Neenah cardstock and to finish all off, I just added a bit of twine on the edge of the card and tied it into a bow.

20160715_030133I had so much fun creating this background and will for sure make more of these with different colored inks. Now I will enjoy my inks so much more, lol!:)

You can watch the how-to video down below or HERE if you want to check it over at my Youtube channel.

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Happy Summer Fun Card

Hello,

I think the heat outside got me in the mood of making summer-beach-sea inspired cards, trying to cool out at least visually if not physically:)) Today’s card is inspired by those lovely colored summer bracelets that we can find at beach vendors while in vacation:)

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I used the Sail Away stamp and die set from Simon Says to stamp a bunch of starfish that I then colored with my Marco Raffiné coloring pencils. I so love the colors of these pencils, so bright and cheerful! I know these pencils are not water based, but a couple of days ago while I was playing around coloring, I just added a bit of water and noticed that the color moved a bit. So I did the same for my card today, but instead of water I used my Wink of Stella in clear. This way I could smooth out those pencils strokes and also add some sparkle:)

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Next I die cut a circle and adhered it on the side of my card. With a bit of twine I traced the circle all around to create the look of a bracelets, or a necklace, or even a summer wreath. I just used liquid glue for that. Once the glue on the twine was dry, I adhered my starfish die cuts leaving a bit of a space between them. To embellish my ”bracelet” a bit more, I added white pearls in between each of the starfish. Lat thing, I created  the sentiment (twice!) and my card was done!

I really love how this card came out, I believe you can recreate this layout with so many other type of dies, like hearts, circles, stars. Very easy and quick to make:)

The how-to video is linked below or you can watch it HERE at my YouTube channel. I am entering my card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Flora and Fauna!

You can find all the supplies listed below! If you have any question, just ask, would lvoe to hear from you!:)

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Summer Card / Stretch Your Stamps

Happy Monday, everyone!

I am popping in today with a quick summer themed card. I had a request from one of my friends for this card and have to admit it put me through some hard times, as I don’t have many summer-beach-ocean kind of stamps:) But looking and looking through my stamps got me picking this flower stamp set from Concord & 9th. I know, flowers right?!:)

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Maybe because it was turned upside down when I spotted it, it inspired me to use one of the flowers from the set and turn it into a jellyfish. I was so excited that I decided to make a quick video and update my blog too, as it is been like forever since my last post. Yep, working hard:)

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I used my Distress Inks to color the jellyfish and also to create my background. Because distress inks react with water even if they are dry, I added some splatters of water and picked it up with my towel, so it left a great texture behind, something to remind of the ocean:)

I am entering my card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge and this week is all about Flora and Fauna

You can watch the how-to video below or HERE on my YouTube channel.

Supplies are listed below! Thank you all so much for stopping by!

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Hello Cards ft Concord & 9th

Hello!

Friday is already here and I am back with two new cards that I made using this gorgeous die by Concord & 9th, called Floral & Flutter. There are 2 dies included with this set and they are both absolutely stunning!

For my first card I created a black striped background with the SSS Wide Stripes stamp and I quickly colored my butterfly using some of the Distress Inks. I colored 2 butterflies the same way as I had all already on my table. The paper I used for the butterflies is just regular cardstock, not watercolor, but because I did not use too much water it didn’t get warped.

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To make my butterfly pop a bit more, I traced the die cut negative that I had, onto a piece of vellum and did some gold embossing only to the edges. I then glued both butterflies together with a bit of liquid glue. Once the background was dry, as I stamped the stripes 3 times with the help of my MISTI, I adhered the butterfly with a bit of dimensional foam. To finish my card I added my home made enamel dots that I created a while back using the WOW Melt It powder.

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For the second card I used a piece of patterned paper that I embellished with a bit of gold glitter and adhered the left over strip of paper on the side. To embellish my card I used gold sequins to match the gold glitter that I had there and my card was done.

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On both my cards I used the DYMO Label Maker to create my sentiments. This is a wonderful tool that creates labels and also embosses the letters. I really love using this tool, it is so easy and quick, perfect to add a special touch when you’re in a bit of a hurry:)

You can watch the video down below or HERE on my YouTube channel. Supplies are listed at the end of the post, as always.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Floral Cards & Stamping on Die Cuts with MISTI

Hello friends!

I have 3 cards to share with you today, all made with this beautiful stamp set by WPlus9 called Valentine Wishes. I tried to make the most out of my stamp set and found some ways on how you can create various layouts with this set.

Before starting my projects, I stamped and die cut all my elements; in the video down below I show you how you can use the MISTI tool to get a perfect stamping onto your die cuts.

For my first card I used one of the wreaths to trace it onto my card base, as I wanted some more stamping on my background. I used several inks to stamp my flowers and leaves and once I had it all as I wanted, I adhered my wreath and banner with a bit of foam tape for extra dimension and also for make my wreath pop a bit more on top of the stamped floral arangement that I made previously.

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My second card features the wreath and the banner once again, I simply popped them with dimensional foam at the center of my card base and just to fill in a bit more my layout, I used the stamps from the set to create a border at the base of my card. Simple, easy and quick to make, also great for mass producing cards:)

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My last project is a set of mini note cards. I have a lot of left over paper in my stash so I picked several of them and cut them all to the same size. I also die cut some panels to decorate my mini cards. I did all the stamping on the panels by masking the banner and stamping the leaves and flowers on the top and bottom area of the banner. These mini note cards were so fun to make and now I have a good use for all those scraps that I keep and simply can’t let go, lol!:)

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You can watch the how-to videos down below or HERE on my YouTube channel.

 

Thx for stopping by! xoxo

Colorful Shaker Card

Hello, everyone!

I am back with a new project, easy and so fun to create! I played once again with my Distress Inks, I really love using these inks lately for watercolor cards, there are such bright and cheerful colors that you can find in the Distress inks collection, perfect for spring/summer cards:)

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I created my background by dropping the colors onto a wet Canson watercolor cardstock panel and once all was dry I embossed the sentiment in gold. I tried the new Simon Says Gold Embossing Powder and I really like how it melts, it looks great on sentiment stamps!

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As the title says the today’s card is a shaker card, so I created my shaker by cutting out the diamond and stamping it onto a piece of transparency with the StazOn Cotton White ink. To create the dimension for my shaker I used some dimensional foam and to fill in the shaker I used gold glitter this time. The window was pretty small and the sequins would have been too big to fit inside. I really love how the glitter sparkles underneath the white stamped diamond there, it is just so pretty!:)

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To finish my card I added sequins, some gold spray splatters and I draw a frame with my white gel pen, just because the card seemed to be too simple:)

You can watch the how-to video below or HERE on my YouTube channel.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you soon!:)