Hello Bluebird card trio, featuring Butterfly Reflections Ink

Hey friends!  Today I’m guesting on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog with a trio of no-line coloring cards.  I used Hello Bluebird stamps McGregor’s Garden and Spring Script.

If you follow my Instagram, you’ll know that I was practicing my no-line coloring, and I ended up coloring these cute bunnies with 3 mediums: watercolor, color pencils, and Copic markers.

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Here are my finished cards:

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Don’t forget to head over to the BRI blog post for more info and photos!

Happy Sunday y’all!

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Altenew Hibiscus Thank You card, and a GIVEAWAY!

Hello friends and welcome!  Today I am sharing a card I made using the new Build-A-Flower: Hibiscus stamp & die set from Altenew.  BAF Hibiscus square

Be sure to stop by the Altenew blogs for more inspiration, and leave a comment on the card blog and/or scrapbook blog for a chance to win one of six $30 gift certificates.  Also, leave a comment on THIS blog post for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate.  I will be announcing the winner on my blog on April 6, 2018.

My husband & I went on our honeymoon in Hawaii almost 14 years ago, and I fell in love with hibiscus flowers!  I have bought several hibiscus plants over the years, but I can’t seem to keep them alive.  I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.  Let me know if you have suggestions in the comments  below!

I was super excited to get this set, and here is what I created:

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I wanted to make the hibiscus flowers a sunshine yellow color.  I used all the layers of the big hibiscus flower, except the 2 pistil images as I wanted to leave them white.  I made the leaves a lush vibrant green.  I don’t have a vary big collection of colored inks, so I used what I had in my stash.  On some layers, I simply used the same color again, just inked and stamped it twice to deepen the color.  I love how it turned out!

On a background panel, I stamped two of the sentiments included on the stamp set.  I also splattered the panel with gold spray ink.  After die cutting the florals, I popped it onto the background with foam tape.  (On one of the flowers I doubled up on the foam tape.)  I wanted to add a little more black, so I used a pen and drew black dots.

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I absolutely love this build-a-flower Hibiscus set!  This set comes with 24 buildable images and 3 dies.  Here’s what Altenew says about this set:

Hibiscus are native to warm climates and are associated with tropical weather and relaxing summer days.  Hibiscus flowers have symbolized many things throughout history, but are now most commonly known to represent “delicate beauty.”  This set comprises of a 6 layer hibiscus flower in full bloom, a 6 layer hibiscus bud with stem, and a 4 layer leaf image. Three sentiments are also included. These floral images work well on cards, layouts, home decor, gift wrapping, and more. We can’t wait to see where these beautiful tropical flowers take your imagination!

BAF Hibiscus Layering Guide

This set cannot be purchased individually; it is sold as a set only.  You can purchase a Build-A-Flower: Hibiscus & Ink Bundle to save 5%.  Love those colors!

BAF Hibiscus and Ink Bundle

That’s it for me.  I hope you are inspired to get crafty!

Happy Sunday!  (Happy Easter!)

 

 

The Coloring Challenge road trip, and a card featuring Honey Bee Stamps

Hello friends!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently stepped out of my comfort zone, and headed to meet Kathy of The Daily Marker on her Coloring Challenge road trip.  When I found out she was stopping in Texas, I was so so excited, but nervous too.  I’m a bit of an introvert, so I was debating whether or not I should go.  After debating with myself, the spots were filled.  Later, when I found out she was opening up another day, I didn’t even think about it and I reserved my spot.  This was going to be my first crafty event with people, in real life…ha!

Since I had never been to a crop, or a class, I reached out on Instagram to see what I should pack.  Kathy suggested we bring a few stamped out images, and some coloring mediums.  I packed some stamped out images, Copic markers (not all of my collection, but still quite a few), one tin of distress inks, an ink blending tool, a water brush, my Misti, Memento ink, scissors, and a few pieces of Neenah white cardstock.

The event was held at Scrapbook N More, in New Braunfels.  We got to learn some coloring tips and tricks from Kathy, and fantastic watercoloring tips from Lydia.  If you ever get a chance to go to one of Kathy’s Coloring Challenge road trips, I highly recommend that you do!  I’ve linked her blog, so you can read more about it.

 

 

 

 

Kathy is so generous with her time, her knowledge, and her supplies.  While we were there, Kathy had some Honey Bee stamp sets that she let us use.  I saw the Seasonal Sweeties stamp set, and I had to try coloring the girl and her dog with umbrellas.  It is such a cute image!  We were there almost 7-8 hours, and I only colored 2 things, lol.  I colored a full floral background image that I had pre-stamped (which I didn’t end up liking), and most of the Honey Bee image.  I’m a pretty slow colorer, but that’s ok.

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I don’t normally copic color my backgrounds, but I wanted to give Kathy’s rag & blending solution technique a try.  I love the way it turned out!  The texture makes it look like it’s raining…perfect for this card!

Here’s the final card that I created:

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I colored the entire image with copic markers.  I colored her hair and the umbrellas in with Nuvo aqua shimmer glitter pens.  I also added some highlights in with a white Prismacolor pencil and a white gel pen.  I then masked off the girls face and most of the pup, and gave the entire image a spray of Perfect Pearls spray, which just enhanced the rain effect.  The sentiment is from Honey Bee’s Thanks stamp set.  I stamped it with Versafine ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

I love how this came out!  If I had planned better, I could’ve made this a one layer card, but I do love popping up the panel with foam adhesive.

If I learned anything from this even, it’s all in the details, and the nooks and crannies!

Here is a group pic of some of the attendees!

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Happy Wednesday!

Thanks card, Butterfly Reflections Ink

Hey friends!  Today, I’m guesting on the Butterfly Reflections ink blog.

I’ll be using Pretty Pink Posh angel friends stamp set.  I must admit that I bought this stamp set in early December with every intention of making holiday cards for my happy mail friends, but life got in the way, and I didn’t make a single Christmas card this past year.  Ha!  Sigh.  I was determined to use this stamp set though, so I had to think a little bit out of the box.

Here’s what I came up with!

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Check it out HERE for more photos and supplies!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Saturday!

a set of Altenew Peony Blossom cards + a giveaway!

Hello friends and welcome!

Today, I’m sharing a set of cards featuring the new Altenew Build-A-Flower Peony Blossom stamp and die set.  The set includes 15 stamps and 8 dies.

BAF Peony Blossom squareStop by the Altenew blogs, and leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate.  There will be 6 winners total, 3 on the card blog, and 3 on the scrapbook blog.  You can also leave a comment here on this blog post for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate.  I will draw a winner on February 16, 2018.

I made 2 cards with this stamp and die set.  On one card, I used both the stamp and dies, and on the second card, I used the dies only.  This set is so versatile, and can be used on a variety of cards and projects.

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I used distress inks, and the sentiments are from the Altenew Build-A-Flower Sakura Blossom stamp and coordinating die set, which I featured in an earlier blog post.

Make today beautiful:

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To make this card, I blended some various colors of distress inks on a big piece of white cardstock.  Next I die cut some flowers, stamens, and leaves.  Then I stamped the second layer of stamps with a slightly deeper ink on the flowers and leaves.  I put together the flowers with foam squares for dimension, and curled the petals and leaves.  I die cut a stitched rectangle from white cardstock, and stamped my sentiment.  I adhered the florals, and popped the whole thing on a white card base with fun foam.  To finish my card, I added sequins and Nuvo drops for added embellishment.

Wishing you a lovely birthday:

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I made this card the same way as the first, but I didn’t add the second layer of stamping.  I also added some gold ink splatters instead of sequins and Nuvo drops.

I really love how my cards turned out.  The set is great, but I love the dies especially.  They would be great on scrapbook layouts as well!

The Peony Blossom Build-A-Flower has a slightly different approach than our conventional Build-A-Flower sets. The stamp set has three five-petal flowers accompanied by a shading layer and a center layer. You may use these flowers as is, or layer them to create dimension. The matching dies will cut the flowers all the way to the edge without leaving a border. This will help in shaping the petals to the desired dimension when using a shaping tool (don’t have a shaping tool? You can use the domed end of a pen or pencil!). We included an additional flower die and stamen dies to help you create realistic blooms! Even though we named the set ‘Peony Blossom’ since the petals were loosely based on Peony petals, you can let your imagination run wild and create different types of flowers!

This special product is only sold as a set, not individually.  A peony blossom and ink bundle is also available.

BAF Peony Blossom and Ink Bundle

Here is the layering guide:

BAF Peony Blossom Layering Guide

BAF Peony Blossom Sample 3D Flower

That’s it for me!  Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to leave a comment here and on the Altenew blogs for the giveaways.

Happy Monday!

Altenew Sakura Blossom birthday card

Hello friends and welcome to my blog.

Today, I’m sharing a birthday card featuring the new Build-A-Flower Sakura Blossom stamp and coordinating die set from Altenew.  This was such a fun set to play with!  Stop by the Altenew card or scrapbook blog for a chance to win one of 4 $30 gift certificates.  Leave a comment here on this blog post for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate.  I will draw a winner on January 24, 2018.

 

The Sakura blossom is a lovely Japanese flower, and is known as a cherry blossom in some parts of the world. “Sakura” is derived from the Japanese word for “bloom” – “saku.” In the United States, tourists travel to our capital, Washington D.C., to see the flowers bloom at the annual cherry blossom festival. This stamp set features layered cherry blossoms and leaves, and the accompanying die have score details to help you create 3D flowers. This special product is only sold as a set, not individually.  A Sakura blossom ink bundle is also available.

Sakura Blossom and Ink Bundle

When I saw this stamp set, I could picture fragrant blossoms falling from the sky (I’ve never seen it in person, but I have seen it on TV shows, mainly Korean dramas), so I made a birthday card with sky, cloud, and flower blossoms.

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I was also inspired by the color palette on a pencil that I picked up a while back in the target dollar spot.

To make my card:

  1. I stamped out the layered flower blossoms and leaves with a subtle tone on tone effect using…pink for the blossoms, and light blue for the leaves.  There is a guide on the back of the stamp set to help you out, but this layered stamp set was pretty easy to figure out.  For the final stamp layer, I used Versamark ink, and heat embossed it with rose gold powder.  I also used a glitter marker, and colored in the blossoms for a pretty effect.
  2. I dicut the blossoms and leaves, then lightly folded up along the crease lines, creating a 3d flower.  I also stamped out some red ink onto a piece of white cardstock, then die cut the middle piece of the big flower out of the inked up piece.
  3. To make my background, I used some distress ink to ink blend the background on a piece of die cut white cardstock.  I added some water droplets, and then dabbed some of the ink color up with a paper towel.
  4. I die cut a cloud from another piece of white cardstock.
  5. I stamped the sentiment using Versafine ink, and heat embossed it with clear powder.
  6. I assembled my card using foam tape and glue dots.
  7. I added a few enamel dots, and a few droplets of clear glitter novo drops to finish my card.

 

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I absolutely loved using this set to make a card.  The 3d flowers are so pretty, and the set was really easy to work with!  I love the way this card turned out!  This one might be a little tough to put in the mail, but it is perfect to personally give it out.

Don’t forget to leave a comment here for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate, and on the Altenew blogs for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate!  I will be announcing the winner for my blog on January 25, 2018.

Happy Wednesday