2 cards, featuring Spellbinders August Die of the Month kit

Hello crafty friends!

Today, I’m here sharing a couple of cards that I created using the August Large Die of the Month kit from Spellbinders.  You can get all the information about the kits and how to join on their website here.

Here are the 2 cards I created:

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Having these large dies made making a card fast and easy!

Here is the HELLO card:

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I die cut the single flower image out of light pink cardstock.  I gave the flowers some definition by using some distress ink in picked raspberry and a small sponge dauber.  I also die cut the corner die (with the flower and swirls) from aqua cardstock.  Using my scissors, I snipped the end pieces to add to my card as leaves.

Next, I die cut a square from white cardstock, using nestabilities small classic squares, and sewed some wonky lines back and forth for a little texture using my sewing machine.  I attached the flowers, the darker one directly onto the background & the lighter one on some foam squares, and the leaves.

To finish off my card, I attached the card panel onto a white square card base.  I also attached a sentiment strip and pearls for a little more detail.

Here is the Congratulations card:

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Like the first card, I did some machine stitching onto a white card panel.  (The scallops is one of the patterns my machine can sew…love it!)  I die cut the corner piece and a single flower from silver cardstock.

Next, I stamped the sentiment directly onto the panel.  Then I attached the corner piece on the panel using liquid glue.  I adhered the single flower with foam tape a little off set onto the flower on the corner piece.  To finish off the card, I added a black enamel dot on the center of the flower, and hand drew little black dots for the tiny flowers.  I also added some light pink enamel dots for a little color.

I love how my cards turned out!  The dies made it so easy to create a card!  I hope I’ve inspired you to get crafty!

Happy Tuesday!

 

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Grateful cards, featuring Spellbinders

Hello friends!

Today I am sharing 2 more cards featuring Spellbinders stamps and dies.  If you remember, I shared 2 cards in this post.  For these cards, I used the Spellbinders Grateful Stamp & Die set.  What a cute set!

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Here is card 1:

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For this card, I stamped and colored the images with Copic markers, then die cut them using the coordinating dies.  For the background, I used distress inks in cracked pistachio and mermaid lagoon; I used an old makeup brush that I had lying around to create a softer ink blended look.  I splattered it with water, and dabbed up the water drops with a paper towel to create bleached out spots.  I stamped the sentiment, then cut down the cardstock to size.  I adhered the images at different levels: I adhered the flat grater with glue, the pyramid grater with a foam square, and the cheese with 2 foam squares stacked on top of each other.  To add more interest, I drew a wonky frame around the edge and added a few sequins.

Card 2:

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For this card, I repeatedly stamped the images on a piece of white cardstock, and colored them with Copic markers.  On a piece of black cardstock, I heat set the sentiment with Versamark ink and white embossing powder.  I trimmed the 2 pieces to be the same width.  First I adhered the stamped background onto a white card base with fun foam and double sided tape.  Then I adhered the sentiment piece with foam tape.  To finish off my card, I added a few sequins and star sequins.

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I really love how these cards turned out!  Check out the Spellbinders shop for more goodies and inspiration!

Happy Thursday!

Tied in Knots cards, featuring Spellbinders

Hey friends!  I cannot believe it’s August already!

Today I’m sharing a couple of cards that I made with the Spellbinders Twisted Stamp & Die Set.  The pretzel die and the mustard stamp are too cute!

Here’s what I created:

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Here is card 1:

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I started off by repeatedly stamping the mustard bottle on a piece of white cardstock.  Then I used 2 different yellow distress inks for a little ink blending action on top of the stamped cardstock.  Next, I die cut the pretzel from white cardstock 4 times.  On one of the pretzels, I ink blended some brown distress ink on top.  I used a few shades of Copic markers to create the shadows, and a white gel pen to draw on salt.  I glued all the pretzels together, with the colored one on top, to create thickness and dimension.  On a piece of black cardstock, I heat set the sentiment with Versamark ink and white embossing powder.  Next it was time to assemble.  I cut the background panel down to size, then I adhered it to a white card base with fun foam and double sided tape.  I cut down the black sentiment piece down to size, and adhered it to the background with fun foam.  Lastly, I glued the pretzel on top.  I really love how this card turned out!

Card 2:

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I stamped the mustard bottle on white cardstock, colored it with Copic markers, and die cut it using the coordinating die.  Then I die cut the pretzel 4 times, colored one of them, and glued them together just like I did for card 1.  On a piece of black cardstock, I heat set the sentiment with white embossing powder and Versamark ink.  I trimmed the panel down to size and adhered it to a white card base using fun foam.  I glued the mustard bottle and pretzel on.  To add some finishing touches on my card, I glued on sequins, and drew some “salt” on the background with a white gel pen.

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This stamp and die set is so cute, you could make a card as detailed or simple as you want!  Check out the Spellbinders shop for lots of other goodies and inspiration!

I hope you liked my cards!

Happy Friday!

You’re the best cards, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello crafty friends!  Today I’m sharing a couple of cards I made using the June 2018 Hip Kit Club kits.  I was challenged to use the Vicki Boutin stamps and dies from this month’s Color kit, and I decided it was a perfect opportunity to make handmade cards.

Here are the cards I created:

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I used the Bazzill marshmallow white cardstock from this month’s Cardstock kit, which has a bit of weight to it, so it’s perfect for mixed media and coloring.  I used the HKC exclusive b&w plaid paper from this month’s Main kit, and the Pinkfresh Studio enamel dots from the Project Life kit.

I also used some past HKC color kits to make my cards.  I love getting the color kits, because you get so much use out of them!

Card 1:

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For this card, I stamped the images on the Bazzill cardstock with Memento tuxedo black ink, and colored them with Copic markers.  Then, I die cut the flowers using the included metal dies and fussy cut the leaves and butterflies.  On the background, I used a stencil that was included in the April Color kit, and white texture paste that I mixed with a little Distress Oxide ink in the color Cracked Pistachio, which was included in the February Color kit.  It’s hard to tell in the photos, but I created a bit of an ombre effect, more color on the bottom fading to almost white on top.  I love the way it came out!

Card 2:

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For this card, I stamped the images on the Bazzill cardstock with Versamark ink, and I heat embossed it with white embossing powder which was included in the November 2017 Color kit.  Then I colored in the images with Vicki Boutin watercolor paints, which were in the March Color kit.  I splashed some watered down white acrylic paint on the flowers.  Once dry, I die cut the flowers with the coordinating metal dies.  For the background, I chose the HKC exclusive b&w plaid paper.  I also added some pink and black enamel dots to finish off the card.

For both sentiments, I stamped the “you’re the best” sentiment from the Vicki Boutin stamp set, and heat embossed it with Versamark ink and white embossing powder on black cardstock.  I cut the sentiment out into a banner shape, and adhered it to my cards using foam squares.

That’s it for me today!  I hope I inspired you to get crafty!  Even though I used these stamped and colored images on handmade cards, they would totally work on scrapbook layouts too!

Happy Friday!

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!

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!

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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!

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

Happy Sunday!  (Happy Easter!)