Inky Backgrounds with Altenew!

Hi!  I played with my Altenew Sketchy Cities America stamp set for the Altenew Instagram video challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and got super inky with it (and now that Will Smith song is stuck in my head….waaaaah)!!  I couldn’t decide what kind of inky background I wanted so I created three!  And  yes, one is a holiday card but that background was singing christmas carols to me so I just had to do it!  hehe  Do you have a preference over these inky backgrounds behind a gorgeous New York City skyline?!

Altenew Sketchy Cities 2Altenew Sketchy Cities 3See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create a cardbase out of Neenah Solar White 110lb. Cardstock
  2. Create a frame using the stitched rectangle die from the Mama Elephant Basic Set Creative Cuts out of Canson 90lb Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  3. Stamp the New York City skyline from the Altenew Sketchy Cities America Stamp Set with Versafine Smokey Gray Ink and heat emboss with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
  4. Create a mask for the Altenew New York City skyline and a circle out of Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper
  5. Mask the cityscape and create inky backgrounds with the following Distress Inks:
    1. Tumbled GlassSalty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire
    2. Tumbled GlassSalty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Antique Linen
    3. Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Dusty Concord
  6. Stamp a sentiment with the Papertrey Ink Signature Christmas Stamp Set, Winnie & Walter The Big The Bold and The Happy and Altenew Sketchy Cities America Stamp Set using Versamark Ink and heat emboss with Hero Arts White embossing powders
  7. Mist some water on the inky background with a Ranger Mini Mister filled with water and Tsukineko Sheer Shimmer Spritz
  8. Adhere the card together using foam tape and double-sided adhesive
  9. Embellish/Fill with some Pretty Pink Posh Sequins (8mm Sparkling Clear6mm Sparkling Clear, 4mm Sparking Clear, 6mm Winter Snow Mix), Doodlebug Lily White Sequins and Simon Says Stamp Snowflake Sequins
  10. Scrub really hard to clean those inky fingers that will take days to go back to normal flesh color!  haha

I will be submitting these cards to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog | Use Your Favorite Technique and/or Product.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and Happy Crafting!

Irish Blessings Shaker

I don’t usually make cards for major holidays aside from Christmas but I saw this AMAZING Irish Blessings printable online and was inspired to create this framed shaker.  Can you believe that the super talented and generous Samantha, at Five Heart Home, is providing this download for free!?!?  And because I am so in love with this print, I tried to keep everything else super simple to really showcase this Irish Blessing!

See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create a top-folding A2 card base out of Neenah Solar White 110lb. Cardstock
  2. Cut a frame out of a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock using the Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A Dies, add Versamark Ink to the inside of the frame and heat emboss with Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder (à la Kristina Werner)
  3. Cut a 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ rectangle out of acetate and adhere under the frame with a Scotch Advanced Tape Glider
  4. Print this absolutely gorgeous Irish Blessing download made available for free by Samantha at Five Heart Home on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock (I sized it down in Photoshop to fit my frame)
  5. Punch out 12 hearts from Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock, assemble three four-leaf clovers and blend ink on with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink
  6. Embellish the card/Fill the shaker with assorted sequins from Pretty Pink Posh (6mm Marshmallow, 6mm Shamrock, 6mm Gold Confetti, 4mm Sparkling Clear)
  7. Adhere the card together using some foam tape (I doubled up on the foam tape for this card so that there is more room to shake!) and double-sided adhesive
    1. Tip: Use a powder tool on the inside of the shaker and along the edge of the foam tape to reduce static and prevent the sequins from sticking to the borders
  8. Grab a pint and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early!!

I will be submitting this card to the following challenges:

Virginia’s View Challenge #13: All Things Embossed

Sparkle and Shine Challenge One

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Just a Hint of Clover

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and remember, never iron a four-leaf clover because you don’t want to press your luck!!!  hehe  =P

Pot o’ Gold Shaker!

St. Patty’s Day is nigh and since I’ve been dreaming of spring and flowers and rainbows during this cold winter, I thought it would be great to make a bright and cheerful card to counteract the snow storm occurring outside of my window!

See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create an A2 top-folding landscape card base out of Neenah Solar White 110lb. Cardstock
  2. Create a 4.25″ x 5.5″ frame using the Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Matting Basics Dies out of Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock
  3. Use a Cricut Expression 2 to cut out the black pot base and frame from the Cricut Create a Critter Cartridge (fish bowl)
    1. Cut out acetate and adhere acetate to the frame to create the window for the shaker
  4. Create stitched clouds using Lawn Fawn Spring Showers Creative Cuts
    1. Stamp sentiment from Paper Smooches Salutations Stamp Set with Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  5. Create grass using the Taylored Expressions Grass Border Die
  6. Create a rainbow using the Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large Dies out of Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock
    1. Blend with Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves)
  7. Blend the clouds using a stencil (purchased from Impress Cards and Crafts) and Hero Arts Soft Sky Shadow Ink
    1. Please note that the amazingly talented JJ Bolton has a free cut file available with a cloud template in case you want to make your own stencil!
  8. Punch out 8 hearts from Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock, assemble two four-leaf clovers and blend ink on with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink
  9. Embellish the card/Fill the shaker with assorted sequins from Pretty Pink Posh (6mm Metallic Gold, 4mm Metallic Gold)
  10. Adhere the card together using some foam tape (I doubled up on the foam tape for the shaker so that there is more room to shake!) and double-sided adhesive
    1. Tip: Use a powder tool on the inside of the shaker and along the edge of the foam tape to reduce static and prevent the sequins from sticking to the borders
  11. Think about the pot o’ gold at the end of your rainbow!

I will be submitting this card to the following challenges:

Sparkle and Shine Challenge One

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Just a Hint of Clover

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!

Divinata Seasons – Winter Holiday Card

I wanted to share another card that I made for the wonderful woman who introduced me to the amazing world of stamping.  I met her in 2013 during my honeymoon in Costa Rica and we are still in touch!  She was so kind as to send me a beautiful stamp set called Divinata Seasons so I used the winter image to create a holiday card for her!  I always cherish the happy mail I receive from her and thank the day that I met her!!

See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create a cardbase out of Neenah Solar White 110lb. Cardstock
  2. Create a frame using the stitched rectangle die from the Mama Elephant Basic Set Creative Cuts out of Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock
  3. Create snow hills using the hill dies from the Mama Elephant Landscape Trio Creative Cuts out of Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock
  4. Stamp the winter image from the Divinata Seasons Stamp Set onto Vellum with Versamark Ink and heat emboss with Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
    1. Color with copic markers on the backside of the vellum
  5. Create the background by stamping the birch tree stamps from the Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland Stamp Set with Walnut Stain Distress Ink (both first and second generation stamping)
  6. Stamp the sentiment from the Mama Elephant Merry Greetings Stamp Set using Hero Arts Tide Pool Ink
  7. Adhere the card together using some foam tape and double-sided adhesive
  8. Embellish with some Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Sparkling Clear Sequins
  9. Send it off to your crafting fairy godmother and have your fingers crossed in the hope that she likes what you made!!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and Happy Crafting!  I hope that you’ve been lucky enough to find a wonderful crafting friend in this warm and generous community!

Winter Friends!

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season and a start to a great New Year!  I know that Christmas is well over but I couldn’t post any of my holiday cards since I didn’t want any of my friends to see what I was sending out before they received it!  I made this card for one of my best friends who lives in Seattle.  I usually use a trio of images for any card I make her because alongside her, I am blessed to have a bestie who lives only ten blocks away from me!  These two are the most wonderful and caring friends and I am so lucky to have them in my life.  I love them so much!!

See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create a cardbase out of Neenah Solar White 110lb. Cardstock
  2. Create a frame using the stitched rectangle die from the Mama Elephant Basic Set Creative Cuts out of Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock
  3. Create snow hills using the hill dies from the Mama Elephant Landscape Trio Creative Cuts out of Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock
  4. Stamp the penguin, reindeer and snowman from the Simon Says Stamp with Clearly Besotted Stamptember Exclusive Winter Friends Stamp Set onto Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock
    1. Color with copic markers (or any other medium you wish to use)
    2. Fussy cut the images with EK Tools Honey Bee Scissors
  5. Create the sky by blending Distress Inks (Tumbled GlassBroken China, Faded Jeans) and flicking water with a small paintbrush
  6. Stamp the sentiment from the Mama Elephant Believe in Magic Stamp Set using Versamark Ink and heat emboss with Ranger Liquid Platinum and Hero Arts White embossing powders
  7. Adhere the card together using some foam tape and double-sided adhesive
  8. Embellish with some Pretty Pink Posh 6mm Sparkling Clear Sequins and Simon Says Stamp Snowflake Sequins
  9. Use a Clear Glitter Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker to add some shimmer to the parts of the images colored in red
  10. Add Glossy Accents to make the reindeer’s nose shiny!
  11. Send the card out and wait for your friend to be blown away (which she was)!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and Happy Crafting!  Here’s to an AMAZING NEW YEAR!!