Joy!!

Have you ever knew you needed to finish up your Christmas Cards but could not find the mojo to do so? That is what has happened to me the other day. I was thinking I have 2 more weeks and need more cards. But my Creative Juices weren’t flowing. What to do?

When I have no inspiration or can’t think of what to do next. I start looking at my Pinterest Boards to get inspiration. There is one card that I have saved for a long time and always wanted to attempt but never got around to it.

I was so inspired by a card created by the blogger of My Card Attic. So I decided to try my hand at it. I didn’t have the same dies and sentiments she had but I used what I had and added my own little touches to make the card my own. Here is what I came up with

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I die cut the ornaments and sentiment out of the card using Stampin Up’s Whisper White Cardstock. Then I die cut the ornaments out of Stampin Up’s Gold Foil and the Sentiment out of Stampin Up’s Gold Glimmer Paper. I then took the Gold foil and Glimmer die cuts and placed them into the cuts on the card stock.

I took some Acetate and made a shaker card out of it using Gold Seed Beads, Gold Star Sequins. and some Gold trim I had in my stash.

I just love how this card came out..So glittery, shimmering, and gorgeous!

Here are the Supplies I used:

  • Memory Box: Piccolo Snowflake Ornament
  • My Favorite Things: Joy Die-namics
  • Stampin Up – Whisper White Cardstock
  • Stampin Up – Gold Foil Sheets
  • Stampin Up – Gold Glimmer Paper
  • From Stash – Gold seed beads, Gold Star Sequins, Gold Trim & Acetate

 

 

 

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My First Brusho Card!

If you know me, you know that I love Art! I also love to try my hand at it. I have been playing around with Watercolors since last year and still struggle a little in some areas..mostly blending.

I have been seeing the most gorgeous cards made with Brusho’s and they say the blending is a snap! So I decided to try my hand at it. I’ve also been wanting to use a Penny Black stamp I bought last Holiday Season and never used and thought this would be the perfect time to use it. Here is my first creation using Brusho’s and Penny Black’s Winter Berries Stamp.

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I decided to start out with something simple, just to get an idea of how the Brusho’s work..Let me say, Brusho’s are so easy! And the colors are so vibrant!! Love Love Love! I am sure I will use the Brusho’s a lot because they are gorgeous!

And let me tell you a little secret! I messed up and dropped a dot of blue on the card and it wouldn’t come off. Yep, but I didn’t let that stop me. I just mixed up a little blue and took a paintbrush and splattered the card with it. Now it looks as if it was intended! lol

Tip: I also made another mistake. When I went to stamp the sentiment I picked out a color to match the Brusho’s I used. But….when I embossed it, it turned darker! I was like ..” oh no!” . But I decided to find a Color of cardstock to match the darker color and just made a base from that..Problem solved! lol.. So If you mess up, don’t start over..as Tim Gunn says..Make It Work!

Here are the steps I used to create this card:

  • Splattered masking fluid over a 4×6 piece of Watercolor Paper, let dry. (Tip..If you don’t have masking fluid just wait till the end and splatter a little bit of white paint or white ink mixed with water. You’ll get the same result!).
  • Adhered the watercolor panel to an old piece of cardboard
  • Stamped the Winter Berries stamp with Versa Mark Stamp Pad
  • Embossed with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set
  • Wet the entire panel with water
  • Sprinkled Brusho’s randomly on the top part of card
  • Sprayed the Brusho’s at the top of the card with water
  • Took a paintbrush and kept wetting at the middle cleaning the brush with each swipe to blend the color out at the bottom. Let dry (Tip – You could dry with heatgun)
  • Stamped the Sentiment from Stampin Up’s Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Embossed with Clear Embossing Powder and heatset
  • Add a few clear Nuvo drops to the stamped image
  • Trimmed card and adhered to a blue piece of cardstock that matched the sentiment.

It looks like a lot of steps but it only took me about 2 hours to make this card!

Here are the products I used to create this card!
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  • Penny Black Winter Berries Wood Stamp
  • Fabriano Acquarello Extra White Watercolor Paper
  • Hero Art’s Clear Embossing Powder
  • Colourcraft Brusho Crystal Color (Cobalt Blue & Turquoise)
  • Color Theory Ink – Something Blue (for Sentiment)
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops – Morning Dew
  • Blue Cardstock – (from stash not sure what brand! :o) )

 

If you would like to create this card, feel free to use my design or any other design’s I have on my blog!  I would love to help you with the products and answer any other questions you have. Simply email me at Stampin2day@outlook.com and I’ll get back to you right away!

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I am entering this card in the following Challenges:

Penny Black & More – Close to Nature

Daring Cardmaker’s – DIY Blended Backgrounds

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge –  Challenge 18 Anything Christmas Goes

 

 

October’s Paper Pumpkin!

Have you seen this months Paper Pumpkin kit? oh my goodness, gosh oh mighty! Love Love Love!! The kit this month has enough supplies to make 8 cards! Yes 8 cards!!

I made 2 beautiful shaker cards in about 10 min! In get his…6 steps! Yep!

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Watch this video to see how quick and simple this is to make! October Paper Pumpkin

If you haven’t subscribed to Paper Pumpkin yet, let me tell you a little about it.

Everything comes pre-cut, it includes everything you need to make the projects including the stamp set, ink, and adhesives! Everything! And it’s only 19.99 a month -that includes shipping! It’s a fantastic deal! You have a stamp set and an Ink Pad to use on other projects and it’s a great way to add to your Stano.Ink collection. I know..I’ve bought so many inks at 6-7 dollars each, and stamps sets that cost more than this entire kit!

Because of the huge demand for this months kit. Paper Pumpkin is going to allow other people than the subscribers to purchase it beginning on Oct 23. But you better be quick because it’s while supplies last!

This kit coordinates with next months kit! I can’t wait to get that one in the mail! And it also coordinates with the Merry Little Christmas Designer Paper

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I am going to make some tags from this paper to go with my cards using the stamp set and ink pad that came with this kit.

If you like to create different things there is a Paper Pumpkin Facebook Group where you can go to get ideas for different projects they create with the kits. Paper Pumpkin Fan Club

And..there is a Paper Pumpkin Pinterest Board where members pin different projects they made. Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up!

I like to make a couple of cards and then look around and see what ideals other people have and make a few of those. :o)

If you’d like to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin or you have any questions I would love to help! Simply email me at Stampin2day@outlook.com and I’ll get back to you right away!

 

Sharing the Joy, Alcohol Ink on Yupo Paper

I have had so much fun playing with Alcohol Ink on Yupo Paper! I swear it is addicting! I made so many backgrounds in such a small time! It’s quick, easy, and did I say ADDICTING?

Here is my first project using this technique:

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I watched Heather Telford’s Video she created for Splitcoast Stampers Falliday Fest. I watched it once and then just followed along as she went. I used different colors than she did..and I just adore my card! So Vibrant and simple and beautiful! Here is the link to her Video on YouTube: Click Here

Here are the Stampin Up Products I used for this card.

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Here are the additional Supplies:

  • Alcohol Ink – Colors I used: Ranger Brand (Stream, Indigo) Pinata Brand (Gold)
  • Alcohol Blending Solution
  • Yupo Paper

Tips I learned along the way:

  • Cover your hands! Get some Gloves!
  • Cover your workspace! Yes, this stuff will stain everything! Make sure your work surface is covered.
  • If at first you think, gosh this doesn’t look like hers…wait…spray on some ink with a spray bottle after it dries and boom! It will be gorgeous!
  • This stuff dries super fast!
  • Be careful with a heat gun…uhhh yeah..let me say that again! Be careful with a heat gun..lol..one of my backgrounds warped!
  • Give the ink time to spread :o)

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

I will have several more Alcohol Ink creations to share as I made several in one sitting. So follow my blog to see what else I have discovered playing around with this new gorgeous technique!

Joy to the World + Peak at next Project!

Happy Saturday! I have been dying to show you my latest project. I do believe it’s the prettiest one yet! I had to wait for everything to dry and finally it has!

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In the picture the snow looks a little yellow. Not matter how I tried to adjust the lighting getting the gold foil and the snow to show their actual colors was so hard! But in real life it’s sparkly white!

Here is the inside of the card!

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I cased this card from the card in the Stampin Up 2017 Holiday Catalog.  If you know me, you know when I case a card I have to add my own touches and make it my own..But with this card I didn’t change much! I mean, after all how can you mess with perfection? :o)

But, I do love the little changes I made. If you look at the card in the catalog it looks to me like they used Gesso..Well, I do love Gesso and love playing with it and the texture it creates. But, I so love sparkle at Christmas!

So I decided to create the look of real snow. I wanted glitter, sparkle, shine! And I believe I achieved it! When I showed my Husband the card, he said “Wow, that looks like real snow” and said it was the best Christmas Card I’ve ever created!

To make the snow. I used Snow-Tex Glitter Snow by Deco Art. It has great texture and really glitters and shines. I simply scooped some out using a Craft Spatula, you could use anything really (a Popsicle stick, an old knife, etc..) and applied it to my layers.  Even though the snow tex had sparkle and shine I wanted more texture and more shine :o)

So,  I sprinkled Diamond Dust (which is glass glitter) on top of the Snow Tex..and man! It sparkles!

It was so easy to create but the only drawback is you do have to give it a lot of drying time. I let mine dry overnight. Sometimes, great art…takes patience. One thing I do not have a lot of! lol

Here is what I did to create my card…

  • I cut a card base 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 out of Soft Sky Cardstock
  • I cut 4 pieces of Whisper White Cardstock sized 5 1/4 x 4  (1 for the bottom layer and 3 for the die cut layers.
  • I then cut each die cut each scene from the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Die out of the 3 extra layers and trimmed the bottoms to fit the card.
  • I adhered some Stampin Up Gold Foil to the inside of the windows on the die cuts.
  • I applied the Snow Tex to the 3 die cut layers with a spatula, sprinkled them with Diamond Dust while they were still wet & placed them on wax paper to dry.
  • While that was drying, I stamped the “Joy to the World” sentiment from the Hearts Come Home Stamp Set with clear embossing powder and embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder.
  • I then took the top layer I cut out earlier and adhered it to the Soft Sky Cardstock
  • Adhered the 3 scene layers on top of the top white layer
  • Finally, I added some star sequins I had. (Note – There is a star stamp in the Hearts Come Home Stamp Set you can use!) I just had the star sequins laying around and I am trying to use some of my supplies I’ve had forever! ha ha

To Create the Inside I did this…..

  • Cut 2 pieces of  5 x 1/4 layers out of Whisper White Cardstock
  • Stamped the first layer with the sentiment from the Hearts Come Home Stamp Set in clear embossing ink and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder
  • Die cut one of the scenes using the Hometown Greeting Edgelit Die
  • Cut off all of the other houses and trees leaving only one house and tree.
  • Drew some snow lines using an embossing pen and embossed with White Embossing Powder.
  • Glued the house scene onto the top layer
  • Added a few star sequins

After I created the inside of the card I thought, wow…If someone wanted to create some quick and pretty cards this would be a perfect card for that! Just think of how fast you could make a bunch of these!

Here are the Stampin UP Supplies I used to create this card:

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If you would like to create this stunning card I would love to help you buy the products and answer any questions you have. The products will ship directly from the Stampin Up Warehouse to your home. To order the supplies just click on my store below.

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If you have any questions email me at Stampin2day@outlook.com and I would love to help you and answer any questions you have!

Here is a peek at what I’ll be using to create my next project!

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Yep! You guess it! Alcohol Inks! I have seen some gorgeous projects using these and Yupo paper lately and saw a tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers Falliday Fest. I already had some Alcohol Inks from ages ago but I wanted some bright colors and I needed Yupo Paper so I ordered some and they have arrived! Yea!!

I am going to play with them and share not only my creation but any little tips I learned along the way. Come back and see what I’ve learned!

Happy Saturday!

Update: 10/16: CASEing the Catty Challenge blog just chose my card as the “Crew Pick”!

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Gather Together-for the Amy’s Inkin Crew “Giving Thanks” Blog Hop

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Welcome to our Team’s Blog Hop! Our theme this month is “Giving Thanks”.  I love the colors of Fall and have been dabbling in Watercolor’s lately. so…I decided to take a new stamp set I’ve been dying to play with and play with a Watercoloring Technique I’ve been wanting to try using Distress Inks.

I always use Gourd to decorate for Fall and so of course when I saw the new Gourd Goodness stamp set it was love at first sight! I just opened the set the other day and the Leaf images just screamed Watercolor Me! So that’s what I did.

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First I placed some Watercolor Paper in my Misty and positioned my stamp where I wanted it. Then I applied different watercolors in a few places, lightly misted the stamp and stamped the Watercolor Paper. I let that dry and then just kept repeating the steps until I got the look I wanted.  (to make the process faster you can use your heat gun to dry).

While the last step was drying I cut and scored a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 card and 4 x 4 Stitched Frame. I then took the Watercolored image and die cut a Stitched Octagon Frame using that.

I took the 4×4 stitched frame and stamped a sentiment on it from the Painted Harvest Stamp Set. Attached that to the card, and then attached the Watercolored Image to the card. I added a few green Nuvo Drops and turned out a gorgeous watercolored card!

Here are the Stampin Up Products I used:

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I am entering this into the following Challenges:

CAS on Sunday Challenge! Challenge 118 

CAS Watercolor – CAS October Watercolor & First Birthday Challenge 

On with the Hop! Click on the Next Blog button to move forward to Amy Koenders’ project or click the Previous Blog button to move back to see the project that Jari Francis created!

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Swirly Snowflakes

When I was looking thru the Stampin’ Up new Holiday Catalog for the first time, I adored the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlet Dies! While playing in my craft room the other day I decided to make a card using them.

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I cut the gorgeous snowflakes out of Silver Foil and them remembered  I had the beautiful  SU Silver Satin Ribbon! I thought it would go perfectly with the Silver Foil. So I cut a few pieces and wrapped one around the middle of the card. Cut some angles on the other piece and placed that on top a little to the left side. Then I tied a ribbon and placed that one top. The Sateen Ribbon is now on clearance for $2.80! So grab it while you can!

Then I was trying to decide what sentiment I wanted. While I was looking through the Sentiments of my stamp sets. I saw the “Wishes for a Beautiful Season” stamp from the Nature Sings Stamp set. Since I thought this card was going to be drop dead gorgeous! I thought..hmmmm a beautiful sentiment for a beautiful card! Yep, that’s the one!

To give my Sentiment a little Dimension I thought I would use the Layering Oval Framelits because the sentiment fit perfectly in one of the Ovals. First I took some of the Soft Sky Cardstock I used for the card and cut out an oval frame for the sentiment using double sided adhesive.  I then covered it with White Glitter.  I love sparkle on Christmas Cards! lol  I stamped the sentiment on some Light Blue Vellum with Clear Embossing and emobssed It with Ranger White Embossing Powder.  I then cut it out with the Layering Oval Framelits glued it to the Glitter base I made and added the framed sentiment to the card right above the ribbon.

Here is a tip!! To make a glittery embellishment.   Cut out double sided adhesive just as you would regular cardstock. Remove one side of the adhesive, pour glitter on it..rub with your finger..and whooo la! You have a gorgeous glimmery embellishment and the glitter stays put! It doesn’t fall of at all! So Simple and Beautiful!

I decided I wanted just a little more pop. So, I took some Pearl Basic Jewels (that Amy Koenders gave me when I joined Stampin up. Thanks Amy!) and attached one in the center of the snowflakes and also added 3 to the right side of the ribbon.

I love to decorate the inside or outside of the envelope I send the card in. So I thought I would cut out the snowflake outline die that came with the set. I had some light blue glimmer paper I bought at Michael’s. (just because it was so pretty!) haha I adhered it to the envelope flap and used the die to cut it out. Boom! One gorgeous cut envelope in less than 4 minutes!

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Here are the Stampin’ Up products I used to create this card.
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Other Items Used:

  • Light Blue Vellum
  • Ranger White Embossing Powder
  • Double Sided Adhesive

I entered this card in the following Challenges:

Update 10/2 – My card was the Winner this week at CASEing the Catty Challenge!

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Wood Crate Gift Set

Have you seen Stampin Up’s Wood Words Bundle?

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Love Love Love!! The minute I saw this I had to have it. When my beloved UPS guy showed up with it in his hands I opened it and started playing! I wanted to continue playing with my new Merry Cafe Set so I decided to make a Coffee Gift set.

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Here are the Stampin Up Products I used to create this Gift Set.

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Other products used:

  • Acetate Sheet
  • Dark Brown Ribbon
  • Gold Nuvo Drops
  • Stampendous Frantage Jewel Kit

I just love the Wood Crate Set! I am thinking of all kind of possibilities using this! Just think of all the cool Christmas Gifts you could make for Neighbors, Co-Workers, Friends etc.!!