Distress, Stencils & Scotties

I’m back to share a set of handmade cards I made as a thank you gift:

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I used a variety of distress inks and rubbed them gently over a Heidi Swapp stencil.

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I sprayed the cardstock with some shimmer spray, used glitter cardstock for the sentiments, and then some final touches of sequins.

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My little scottie decided the help keep watch over the cards as they were drying.

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Hope you are having a wonderful Easter weekend!

 

Just Because It’s Your Birthday!

It’s that time of year now…holiday cards are in the works but in the meantime there will be little shaker birthday cards =)

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I made this card to look my nephew holding balloons and sending them off for someone’s birthday!

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I love shaker cards and I can’t wait to order some more sequins from pretty pink posh!

Fuse in a little happiness!

Yes…yes..and yes! I finally got my hands on the awesome-super cool fuse tool! (project life edition)

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I love how I can make all these mini shaker pockets and fill it with tons of sequins.

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For this birthday card, I started from the bottom up and filled it with the same gold/silver shaker bits. I love how it turned out.

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I stamped a few silver stars on the cardstock to give a background for the sequins.  My next project will be adding photographs to the pockets for a personalized touch.

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I always say I won’t give into the new stamping hype but here I am a fan of the fuse tool! Thank you Becky Higgins for making it in white!

Birthday in Gold!

So here is a card where I finally “mastered” the gold foil applied to cardstock via heat technique…

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I almost like it better with less gold foil believe it or not!

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For this card, I added a few more elements including the die cut gold foil heart and banner with a gold staple. I actually used this card for a masculine birthday card and it was well loved by the recipient.  More gold foil coming this way!

Happy Spring Skunk!

I wanted to do a little throw back to this lawn fawn stamp set that was super popular a few years ago…

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I made this into another shaker window card and used chalk inks to get that soft grass and sky background. It is a bit hard to see from the photos but I stamped “Birthday” on some vellum paper.

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For some finishing touches I added white enamel dots to the border. Skunks are good for spring right??? lol.

Stamp Your Own Succulent!

I don’t have a green thumb – so here is my solution for the few succulents that didn’t quite make it the last few weeks…

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TA DA! Create your own succulents! (I have the greatest BFF in the world! She sent me this adorable succulent stamp set so I could stamp my heart away.)  I created the background using watercolors and colored the little plants with copic makers.

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I love this stamp set from Hero Arts because you can mix and match all the plants and flowers to make your own little creations.  For future cards, I will try and be more bold with color plants and flowers.

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I say be adventurous and try your own!

Did Someone Say Too Much of a Good Thing…

Is bad? Well if so…I can’t help it! I made another version of this card!

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For the happy sentiment, I added layers of the gold glitter embossing powder and then more gold thread behind the stitched circles.

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I used distress inks for the rainbow colors and tried to give a soft glow along the edges.

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I love the fun color combinations! And of course, gold foil stars makes everything fabulous =)

Something New…Altenew!

I figured since it’s the new year I should try a new style of stamping! Welcome Painted Flowers by Altenew!

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Aren’t these flowers just beautiful? I started with my lightest shade of pink ink and then I stamped a darker pink ink for the shadows.  I did the same for the purple flowers!

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For the sentiment, I made two layers of the “happy” die cut and then cleared embossed it twice to get the bubbly dome look. I added some fun foam to the large cross-stitch border before adhering it to the card base.

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As for the final touches, I used my wink of stella to color the flower petals and I added little hearts and circle enamel dots.  My next technique will be to try out this stamp set with water colors!

Useful Tip:  So the way the stamps come in the package it’s not very clear which stamps together make a flower.  Here is what it looks like:

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To solve this problem and save myself a ton of time, I used using staz-on ink and made guide just like this one on some clear transparency:

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Now I have all of my stamps lined up next to each other and I know stamping them together will create a certain flower!  Hope that is a helpful tip for you!

Hello Heidi Swapp!

So I walked into my local Michaels and simply fell in love with this Heidi Swapp Gold Foil Kit for Project life:

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It is so pretty!!! I have made about three different Project Life pages using the beautiful gold foiled cards.  As if that were not enough, I decided to make some shaker cards from the 3×4 Project Life cards and this is what I came up with:

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Again, I used the Ranger Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder and made the background on Vellum.  I used a heart die cut to make the little window and filled the shaker with an assortment of sequins. Shake shake shake!

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So pretty and it looks so glamorous too!

Ringing in the New Year with Black and Gold!

Happy New Year! I am officially obsessed with all things gold and glittery…

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I made a bunch of cards for the new year using some awesome Ranger Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder and fabulous stamps from Winnie & Walter.

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I love how the gold glitters on the Vellum!

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Makes me happy! Happy 2015!

All Things Gold and Glitter!

I can’t believe the Christmas card season was here and now gone! So, I guess I will get back to making other fun cards for the rest of the year!

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I was really excited to try these balloon stamps from Mama Elephant.  I stamped them in various hero arts shadow inks and added glossy accents to the top layer.

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I am currently obsessed with anything gold foil! Please please please I hope someone makes an awesome pack of patterned gold foil paper!

We are in Disguise for your Birthday!

I have been trying to make cards with the gold thread in the background.  I have to admit it is hard just to let the thread go which ever way it wants to!  But I am really loving the messy look:

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For this card, I wanted to make it sort of masculine so I thought it would be funny to add a little mustache to the little mama elephant critters!  I recommend using glue dots to keep the thread in place.

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I kept the background colors simple and I think this card looks much better in real life!  Hope you are having a great week!

Shaking Chevron!

Here is one of my last cards using the chevron stencil and embossing paste!

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I love this color combination and decided to make a little shaker card with this adorable baby giraffe!

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Here is a closer look at the embossing paste after I added glitter.  Isn’t it just so beautiful? I love it!

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Fun fact about giraffes: The age of a giraffe can be calculated from its spots. The darker the spots, the older the giraffe!

Oh Happy Day!

“Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof!” – Happy Happy Happy birthday!

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I used adorable patterned paper from Lawn Fawn for this card.  I love the heart garland!

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For the balloons, I applied a few different inks using my sponge daubers.  I have to admit now that I have my picture frame storage I am using a lot more of my embellishments (i.e. the white flower bling) for cards and projects. Such a great idea!

Thanks for visiting!