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!

Pretty Pink Posh: Watercolor Blog Hop – Delightful Dahlias

Hi!  I have jumped on the Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush craze and am so excited that they came in time for me to participate in the Pretty Pink Posh Watercolor Blog Hop!!! I ended up ordering the 36-color set from Amazon and they were delivered within the same day as when they shipped!  Gotta love Amazon.  See below for a thank you card that I made for my neighbors using these newly-acquired markers.  I gotta say that they are AMAZING!  I love how vibrant and easy they are to use!!

See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create an A2 card base out of Neenah Solar White 110lb. Cardstock
  2. Use the Mama Elephant Basic Set Creative Cuts to cut a stitched rectangle out of Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper and wash with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
  3. Use the Mama Elephant Thanks Script Creative Cuts to die-cut the sentiment
  4. Stamp the dahlias and leaves from the Papertrey Ink Delightful Dahlia Stamp Set with Versamark Ink onto Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper and heat emboss with Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
  5. Use Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers (022 Carmine Red, 070 Orange050 Yellow052 Bright Yellow, 041 Light Green, 047 May Green) to watercolor the stamped images and fussy-cut
  6. Adhere everything together using the Tombow Mono Adhesive Dots Tape Runner
  7. Embellish with Pretty Pink Posh Sequins (6mm Sparkling Clear, 4mm Sparkling Clear, 6mm Tangerine, 4mm Tangerine, 6mm Marigold, 4mm Marigold) using Zots Bling Dots
  8. Marvel at how vibrant and easily you were able to blend the color on these flowers!!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and I hope you get a chance to hop along with Pretty Pink Posh!

Happy Crafting!!

Playful Puppies!!

Hi!  It’s been a while since my last post.  My personal and work life have gotten pretty hectic and I have had so little time for crafting these days!!  =(  But when Mama Elephant released the Playful Puppies Stamp Set, I fell absolutely head-over-heels, bonkers madly-in-love and I HAD to order this set at midnight the day of the release and I may or may not have colored like 20 of these puppies so far…haha

See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create an 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 Mama Elephant Basic Set Creative Cuts
  3. Stamp the puppies and “newspaper” using the Mama Elephant Playful Puppies Stamp Set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, color with Copic Markers (0/C01/C03 and E55.E25/E27/E29) and die-cut with the coordinating Mama Elephant Playful Puppies Creative Cuts
  4. Stamp the sentiment using Paper Smooches Chubby Chums on vellum with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder
  5. Die-cut the clouds/sun/grass/fence with Lawn Fawn Spring Showers Lawn Cuts, Lawn Fawn Grass Border Lawn Cuts, Taylored Expressions Grass Border Die and Taylored Expressions Picket Fence Border Die
  6. Create the sky by lightly blending with Hero Arts Soft Sky Shadow Ink
  7. Adhere the card together using some foam tape and double-sided adhesive
  8. Have a YAPPY Memorial Day Weekend!!!!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

Happy Twin Day!

Hi!  So, my birthday is coming up the day after Valentine’s Day and I wanted to make a special card for my twin sister!  She is only a minute older than me but I definitely look up to her as my big sister.  I value her opinions and guidance more than anyone else in the world.  I am so lucky to have her in my life and was unbelievably blessed to grow up as a twin!  See below for a pic of us as young ‘uns with these huge cheeses on our face.

Hsieh Twins!

She has been so supportive of my papercrafting obsession and since shaker cards are her favorite, I thought this would be perfect!

Mama Elephant Cosmic Stars

See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create an 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 Mama Elephant Basic Set Creative Cuts
  3. Stamp the twins using the Mama Elephant Cosmic Stars Stamp Set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, color with Copic Markers (E000/E01, E00/E02, C05/C07/C09), paper-piece the dresses with Lawn Fawn Lets Polka Patterned Paper and fussy cut
  4. Stamp the sentiment using the Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and Happy Stamp Set and selectively ink “twin” from the Mama Elephant Merry Greetings Stamp Set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  5. Stamp the balloons using the Mama Elephant Balloon Et Cetera Stamp Set with Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Pale Tomato, Butter Bar, Soft Granite)
  6. Use a mask to create a little hill for the twins to stand on with Hero Arts Soft Sky Shadow Ink
  7. Embellish the card/Fill the shaker with assorted Pretty Pink Posh (6mm Watermelon, 6mm Marigold, 6mm Charcoal, 6mm Sparkling Clear4mm Sparklng Clear) and Doodlebug Sequins (Lily White)
  8. 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
  9. Give your brother/sister a call for no reason other than to talk after shaking this card!!

I will be submitting this card to Virginia’s View Challenge #12 – Shaker Cards.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

Cuddling Bunnies

Hi Everyone!  I saw this gorgeous post on Instagram from @lotsoflovelies and was inspired to create a vday card for a close friend of mine to give to her boyfriend!  It reminds me of the days that I have spent in Central Park with my husband, sitting on the grass, looking at the sky and just basking in the beauty and peace that a park in the middle of Manhattan can bring to one’s life.

See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create a 4″ x 4.25″ top-folding card base out of Neenah Solar White 110lb. Cardstock
  2. Use a Spellbinders Large Rectangle Die and Sizzix Square Die to create a polaroid frame
  3. Stamp the sentiment with Versamark Ink and heat emboss with Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder
  4. Stamp the bunnies from the Mama Elephant Honey Bunny Stamp Set onto Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, color with Copic Sketch Markers (C1, C3, C5) and then fussy cut them
  5. Selectively stamp the flowers from the Mama Elephant Up and Away Stamp Set onto Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock using Memento Gum Drop Dew Drops (Lilac Posies and Pear Tart) Ink and then fussy cut them
  6. Die-cut the grass using the Taylored Expressions Grass Border Die
  7. Mask off the area of the card base around the frame with Micropore Tape
  8. Blend the clouds using a stencil (purchased from Impress Cards and Crafts) and Hero Arts Soft Sky Shadow Ink
    1. You can also find free cut files that JJ Bolton has so generously posted on her blog and create your own cloud background stencil!
  9. Place a mask cut out of Full-Adhesive Post-It Notes over the polaroid area
  10. Stamp the striped background using the Impression Obsession Thick Stripes Cover-A-Card Stamp with Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink
  11. Adhere the grass, bunnies, flowers and frame to the card base
  12. Embellish the card with some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Sequins (4mm, 6mm)
  13. Shake your head in wonder at the depth of emotion that two bunnies, with their backs turned to you, can invoke!!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!