Easy Mother’s day cards using my new favorite ombre inks

Hey everyone!

Heads up: Mother’s day is right around the corner (it’s just 2 weeks away).  What a perfect excuse for my card making obsession!

Today, I’m sharing easy Mother’s day cards using my new favorite inks by hero arts: ombre inks.

Here’s what I created, with a close-up of each card.

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and my supply list in picture form:

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Here’s how I made the cards:

1.  Using the second biggest Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die, I die cut Neenah white card stock 3 times.

2.  I inked up my Penny Black butterfly stamp with the Hero Arts Ombre ink pad using a “cha cha” motion, as demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire on her blog jennifermcguireink.com, and stamped the image on the white card stock.  (I used the pool to navy ink pad on one, and then the pink to red ink pad on the other 2.)

3.  I then stamped the “Happy Mother’s Day” sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Best Mom Ever clear stamp set below the butterfly using the same ombre ink pads.

4.  I chose 3 patterned papers from my favorite Heidi Swapp paper pad, and die cut using the largest Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die.

5.  I attached the patterned paper rectangles to a hot pink card base.

6.  Using American Crafts pop up foam dots, I attached the stamped white card stock on top of the patterned paper.

…and there you have it!

I loved how these turned out, and how simple it was to put together.  Using the ombre inks really made a difference in how the butterfly turned out.  I think it looks much better than had I used a single colored ink.  Can I just say that the quality of these ink pads are amazing?  They are my first Hero Arts ink pads, and I love them!  Also, I love how the “stitches” in the Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle dies add just that extra something something.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

DIY birthday…& a birthday layout…& a birthday shaker card too!

My oldest girl just turned 9, and we had a little celebration weekend for her.  She’s growing up, and she’s at that transitional age, where chuck-e-cheese and bouncy house parties just aren’t that appealing to her.  She has been wanting to watch the movie “Home,” and asked if she could invite a few girlfriends to watch it with us for her birthday.  We also celebrated her birthday with family on Sunday.

Here is a layout I did of her weekend celebration!

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Since “Home” is such a new movie, we couldn’t find any decorations, either in stores or online.  At the very least, I wanted some cupcake toppers and maybe something to go in the gift bag.  DIY to the rescue.

Here’s an awesome tip:  If you’re having a movie-themed party, go to the movie’s website (in this case, Dreamworks), and there will most likely be printables & downloads available to you.

For the cupcake toppers, I  put together a page in photoshop with the image I wanted repeated on the entire page, and printed it on matte presentation paper.  Then I got my die-cutting tool out, and die cut the image using a circle die.  (I think sticker paper would be great, but I just used what I had on hand.)  I also got some purple card stock and cut more circles using a slightly bigger circle die.  I attached the image onto card stock using foam adhesive.  To put the cupcake topper together, I hot glued 2 of the finished circles back to back onto bamboo skewers/ long toothpicks.

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For the gift bags, I printed some book marks that I found on the website (perfect since my daughter loves to read) on matte presentation paper.  I cut out the bookmarks and used a little wink of stella glitter pen to add a little “something something.”  My daughter also got into the DIY spirit by making popcorn bucket charms out of perler beads.

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…And since I’ve been card making obsessed, I made a “Home” shaker card for her birthday.

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My daughter loved every thing, and I was more that happy to get a little creative for her birthday.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Monday!

2 cards using Simon Says Stamp Best Mom Ever stamp set

Hey guys!

The stamp/ card making obsession continues!

I will be sharing 2 cards featuring Simon Says Stamp Best Mom Ever stamp set (This post is not sponsored.).  This stamp set is perfect for cards for your girl friends, your daughters, and of course, your mom.  Mother’s day is right around the corner, and this stamp set is perfect!  Not only can you use this stamp set for Mother’s Day, but I think it would be perfect for any occasion, like birthdays, good luck, happy anniversary, etc.

Here is my first card:

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This is just a general “Love you to the stars and back” card.  With a different sentiment on the inside, it can be for anyone, for any occasion.

Here are the steps I took to make this card.

1.  I stamped some roses and leaves with Memento tuxedo black ink on Neenah white card stock.  I colored in the roses and leaves with copic markers and my wink of stella pen.

2.  I cut the images, being really careful around the stems and leaves.

3.  I played around with the flowers until I had it positioned just the way I wanted it.  I glued down the tallest rose, and a single leaf to the background paper (which I had already cut down to size).  The next flower to the left, i adhered with some low dimensional foam tape.  I adhered the last rose and the stem with leaves to the back of the mason jar.  The mason jar is from a Dear Lizzy patterned paper that I cut out (one of my favorite papers ever!).

4.  I adhered the mason jar with the rose and leaves using some thick foam adhesive so it would stick up a little higher than the 2nd rose.

5.  I machine stitched a border around the confetti background paper.  The background paper is from a paper pad by Heidi Swapp.

6.  I adhered the background paper to the card base.

Such a simple card, but I love the way it turned out!

Here is my second card:

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Another general card, you could send to anyone on any occasion using the right sentiment on the inside of the card.

Here are my steps:

1.  I stamped the roses and leaves with clear versamark ink on Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  Then I sprinkled some WOW white embossing powder on the stamped image, and heat set the stamp.  I watercolored the images using Tim Holtz distress inks in picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, and mowed lawn.

2.  I heat set the images, and then cut out the roses and leaves.

3.  I cut out the floral background paper to size.  It’s by American Crafts that I found in the dollar section at Target.  (Yep!)  Then, I grabbed a piece of scrap pink card stock, and ran it through my sizzix using the stitched rectangle die from the Pretty Pink Posh stitched duo die set.

4.  I hand wrote the sentiment out on vellum, and set it aside to dry.  Once dry, I cut it down to size, an then cut a little notch on the left side, although it’s hard to see in the photo.

5.  To assemble, I glued down the floral background paper to my card base.  Next, I glued down the pink card stock.  Then, I put a little glue on the vellum sentiment (just on the right side where I knew it would be hidden under the roses), and adhered it to the pink card stock.  Next, I adhered the yellow rose, the orange rose, and the leaves using glue dots.  Finally, I added the pink rose with foam adhesive.

I love how these cards turned out.  If you have any questions, just ask!  I am still a newbie to card making, but I would be glad to help if I can!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Disney Layouts (& a scrappy tip)

It’s been 4 months since we went to Disney, and I’m still trying to find time to scrapbook this vacation!  I managed to scrap my daughters’ bibbidi bobbidi boutique appointments, which I blogged about here:  https://jungahsang.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/2-disney-scrapbook-layouts/

I recently scrapped a brief “recap” of our week long trip for each of my girls’ albums.  To make it easier on me, I made them both very similar, using a lot of the same elements.  Also to keep it easier on me, I used my favorite, classic grid layout.  I like how many photos I can fit in, and I like that I can still add enough embellishments to add interest.  (For our family album, I plan to scrap a double page layout for each day at Disney.)

Here’s the double page for my younger’s album:

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with some close ups:

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…and here’s my older’s:

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with some close ups:

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And here’s my Scrappy tip:

One of my favorite alpha stickers EVER is the October Afternoon thrift shop collection alpha sticker sheet (which is now discontinued).  The font and size are perfect!  However, the colors I had left didn’t really go with my layout.  After toying with some other alphas, I kept coming back to the OA stickers, wondering how I could make it work.  Since I had my supplies out from making the simply MAGIC square (seen above), I decided to try to ink the OA letters, and it worked like a charm!  I stuck the letters I needed on some old sticker packaging, and took my ink blending tools, and inked over the letters.  Then I splattered the letters with some gold mist for some extra oomph.

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I’m not going to list my supplies this time, because I dug into my scraps, and there are a ton of different companies.  Let me know if you have any questions though!

April 2015 favorites

It’s April already!!!  April is a very busy month for us (2 of the 4 of us have birthdays this month).

I had a lot of favorites in March, and quite a few pricey favorites.  Since my birthday’s in March, I got gifts and gift cards, so this month’s favorites is a good one!  Also, I have become super obsessed with card making in March, as evident in my last few posts.

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First up, make up favorites!

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1.  NARS all day luminous powder foundation (my color is medium 1 punjab):  I wanted to try a powder foundation, because it’s already getting hot in Texas, and I didn’t want anything heavy on my face.  My sister got me a sephora gift card for my birthday, so I went to sephora and requested a powder foundation that would give me some coverage, but isn’t too flat-looking.  A really nice girl made some suggestions, and tried a few on my face.  We ended up picking this foundation.  Of course when I got to the counter to pay, my heart stopped (sticker shock!!!), but I figured if I’m going to splurge, it might as well be when I have a gift card.  Let me just say…I love this foundation!  Since it’s a powder, it’s quick and easy.  I just use a dense brush and swirl it on my face!  Done!  It provides me with some coverage, still gives a natural look, and it lasts pretty good!  Best powder I’ve tried by far.

2.  NYX baked blush in 08 Ignite:  Love this blush!  Love the peachy bronzy color, love the “illuminator” factor in the blush so I don’t even need a highlighter, and it lasts well on my skin.  (I heard it was a dupe for MAC’s warm soul, although I can’t really say since I don’t own or haven’t tried warm soul.)  I picked mine up at CVS with a birthday coupon, but you can also find it at ulta and target.

3.  PIXI Natural brow duo (my color is deep brunette):  If you know me, then you know I love my brow products.  I don’t go anywhere without brows on!  I picked this up at target on a whim because I have been loving pixie products (I talked about their balm in my Jan favorites, and I like their eyeliners as well).  As the name suggests, this is a dual ended product.  On one side is a brow pencil, and on the other is a brow gel.  At first, I didn’t think I was going to like the brow pencil.  The tip was bigger than I like (shaped in a triangle), and it was softer than I like in a pencil.  However, as I kept trying it out, something about this pencil made me grab it every morning, instead of my other brow products.  Since the tip is bigger, it covers more area, which makes application faster.  The color match is spot on for me, and not too warm or red, as with other products I’ve tried.  Even though the gel looks tinted, it’s pretty much a clear gel.  It just adds a little more depth to the little hair that I have, and it holds my brow hair in place all day.  Win win.

Now on the my crafty favorites!

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1.  Mama Elephant carnival cupcakes stamp set:  If you saw my previous post, you probably figured that this would be in my favorites.  This stamp set is so cute, and pretty versatile.  You can use the cupcakes separately, you can use the little critters separately, or you can combine both animal and cupcakes.  You can check out a few cards I made in my previous post here:  https://jungahsang.wordpress.com/2015/03/29/cards-featuring-mama-elephant-carnival-cupcakes-stamps/ .  You can get this stamp set here:  http://mamaelephant.com/collections/animals/products/carnival-cupcakes or at simonsaysstamp.com.

2.  Sizzix die cutting machine:  I have been wanting a die cutting machine for a long long time!  When hubbie told me I could pick out anything for my birthday, I had no hesitations in picking out the sizzix and a magnetic platform.  As evident on my cutting pads, my sizzix is well loved already.  I got mine at hobby lobby.

3.  Tim Holtz ink blending tools:  I had the older rectangle version of this tool, and I have to say that the newer round version works much better in reducing harsh lines.  I also love that it comes in a 2 pack.  Love this tool, along with Tim Holtz distress inks for colorful backgrounds.  I picked mine up at JoAnn’s.

There you have it!  My most loved beauty and crafty products in March.  Let me know if you have any questions, and what you’ve been loving lately!

Happy Wednesday!