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!

Mistletoe Kisses!

I was lucky enough to go celebrate Mama Elephant’s 2nd anniversary at their birthday party in Manhattan!!  It was so much fun to meet Kryssi and Angela as well as make some tags/cards with some new crafty friends!  Even my non-crafty sister who rolled her eyes at me when I dragged her to the party got into the swing of things and made two cards!  I definitely did some damage to my crafting budget at their their little pop-up shop but how can you resist their cute stamps?!?!  AND I was so happy to get my hands on the Mama Elephant Arctic Penguins Stamp Set a couple of days early!!

Look at this AMAZING display they created for the event!

Mama Elephant BDay - 10.11.2014

My card was inspired by the super cute holiday cards created by the lovely Kristina Werner and Laura Bassen.

I made this card for my hubby and can’t wait to give it to him on Christmas!  I hope I get a big smackeroo for this one!

Mistletoe Kisses

See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create a frame using the stitched rectangle dies from the Mama Elephant Basic Set Creative Cuts and the Lawn Fawn Journaling Card Lawn Cuts out of Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock
  2. Create the cardbase with a 1/4″ matte around the frame out of Bazzill Admiral Cardstock
  3. Stamp the sentiment from the Mama Elephant Pandamonium Stamp Set using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on the frame
  4. Stamp the cute little penguins, floating ice, santa hat and mistletoe from the Mama Elephant Arctic Penguins Stamp Set onto Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock, color with copics and fussy cut or die cut
  5. Create the ice rink and sky by blending Distress Inks (Tumbled GlassBroken China, Faded Jeans)
  6. Adhere the card together
  7. Embellish with some little hearts
  8. Use a Clear Glitter Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker to add some shimmer to the hearts, santa hat and mistletoe.
  9. Wait for your hubby to give you some much deserved smooches underneath the mistletoe!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and Happy Crafting!  It’s never too early to get started on holiday cards!  =)

Michaels 6th Avenue Grand Opening (New York City)

For all you Manhattanites/New Yorkers, Michaels has finally opened on 22nd Street & 6th Avenue!  It’s located on the lower level of Harmon Face Values and it is much bigger than I was expecting for a Manhattan retail store!!  It is clean and new and awesome!!

From their website:

675 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10010
Tel: (646) 259-3911
Hours: Mon-Sat: 9:00am – 9:00pm Sun: 10:00am – 7:00pm