Friday, May 26, 2017

Simple Elegance

Today's card was inspired by the inspiration photo over on the Card Concept blog. The pretty background paper made this a fairly quick and simple to whip up.
I created my glitter panel using the old packaging tape trick! (Place a piece of clear, wide packaging tape over your die cut piece, turn over and add glitter! It's one of the easiest ways to add extra sparkle, and I love the finished look!)
(Inside View)
Supplies and Tools:
Petal Heart Punch All Over The Page (Martha Stewart), Gold Glitter, Love This Die (Echo Park), Gold Ribbon, Inside Sentiment (PSX), Embroidered lace deep edge punch (Martha Stewart)

This post linked to:
The Card Concept - Freshly Elegant
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Repeat Impressions - Anything Goes

Thursday, May 25, 2017


Today's card features the FREE Scripture Art from Word Art Wednesday this week.  I had a lot of fun creating this woody themed card. After punching my background piece with a Martha Stewart punch, I stamped over it with a crackle background from Stampin' Up.....I love how it turned out. Those leafy vines are dried baby wipes (that I used to clean up ink messes on my desk) -- die cut with a Spellbinders die.
Here's how I decorated the inside:
Supplies and Tools:
Petal Heart Punch All Over The Page (Martha Stewart), Crackle Background (Stampin' Up), Walnut Stain/Gathered Twigs/Pine Needles Distress Inks (Tim Holtz), Free printable from WAW, Beaded Ovals Die (Spellbindes Nestabilities), Ink Applicator, Seam Binding, Used Baby Wipe, Wreath Dies (Spellbinders Shapeabilities), Tree Punch (Martha Stewart), Leaf Stencil (Ranger), Stencil Brushes, Home Tweet Home Sentiment (Hampton Art), Paper Crimper (Fiskars)

This post linked to:
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Father's Day
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Earth Laughs in Flowers

I recently discovered Power Poppy on Instagram and saw they were running a special this past weekend on the above stamp set. I bought the digital version to create this garden themed card.
I printed both the image and the sentiment from the Geranium set onto coffee stained paper and colored the flowers with my Prismacolor Pencils. After blending them (with Q-tips and baby oil), I added a few highlights with markers. I finished the image off by adding some white to the flower centers with my gel pen.
Supplies and Tools:
Power Poppy Geraniums, Prismacolor pencils, Baby Oil (for blending), Walnut Stain/Vintage Photo/Picked Raspberry/Ground Espresso Distress Inks (Tim Holtz), Ink Applicator, Mixed Media Thinlits (Tim Holtz), Dictionary Page, Classic Scalloped Squares Large Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Honeycomb Embossing Folder (Darice), Fancy Corner Die (Provo Craft), Stencil Brushes, Watercolor Stamp Set (Tim Holtz), White Gelly Roll Pen

This post linked to:
Power Poppy - Frame It Up
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Repeat Impressions - Anything Goes

Monday, May 22, 2017

Faux Epoxy Sticker with UTEE

 Today I’m sharing a mini tutorial for creating faux epoxy stickers as well as showcasing more backgrounds I made using the NEW Distress Oxides from Tim Holtz!
 To create the background for this first card, I pulled out my Watercolor Stencil (Tim Holtz), and laid it over a piece of kraft cardstock. Using a stencil brush, I applied Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide on the left side of my cardfront. When I had a good cover on the card, I misted it with water and heat set it. (NOTE: I prefer to spray my water in the air and wave my cardstock through it till it’s wet enough rather than spraying the card front directly. It helps me control the amount of water better and not get puddles and runs!) Next I realigned my stencil and switched to Broken China Distress Oxide ink applying it in selective areas for added accent and color. Once again I misted it with water and heat set it.  You can repeat the layers or add different colors of ink to your hearts content!

To finish off my card, I used the Tonic Studios Paper Distresser along the edges of the top panel and layered it on colored cardstock. Next I cut 3 Billow Flowers (Memory Box) and leaves (EK Success) and inked them up with Distress Oxides. I added some pretty pearls to the centers of the flowers after gluing them to the right corner.
 To create the epoxy sticker look: I die cut a sentiment from the Hello Doily Die set (Sizzix) and applied Versamark Watermark Ink and a layer of  Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel to the front. I heat set it and then repeated the process once more. I glued this and two pretty sequins to the top corner to finish off this grungy floral card!
 I’d love to see what you’ve been creating with your Distress Oxides, so stop by the MAY CHALLENGE and link up any projects that use products from companies that Cropstop carries in the store.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Spread Your Wings

I had so much fun with yesterday's card (using fabric) that I decided to do something else using canvas inked with distress inks! This time I inked my canvas with Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers and die cut it with a Cuttlebug Butterfly die. When it was dry I stamped both a honeycomb and text stamp over it in walnut stain and inked the edges with the same dark ink.
I turned my seam binding into crinkle ribbon using Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, and Brushed Corduroy distress inks.  The inside is dressed up with the Tim Holtz Watercolor stamp and stencil set.
Supplies and Tools:
Floral dp, Dictionary Page, Mixed Media Thinlits (Tim Holtz), Canvas, Butterflies cut and emboss (Provo Craft), Honeycomb Stamp (Art C), Text Stamp (Art C), Doily Tag (Art C), Crinkle Ribbon, Burlap String, Pearls, Ink Applicator, Sentiment (Butterfly Fancy), Watercolor Stamp & Stencil Set (Tim Holtz), Stencil Brushes, Mermaid Lagoon/Broken China/Evergreen Bough/Peacock Feathers/Walnut Stain/Brushed Corduroy/Ground Espresso Distress Inks (Tim Holtz), Coffee Stained Paper

This post linked to:
The Card Concept - Vintage Notes (I did mixed media)
Craft-Dee Bowz - Handmade Bow

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Canvas Birdie

Today I'm sharing a card that features fabric! The background is an upcycled piece of denim from an old pair of my husbands jeans, and the birdie and sentiment are made of canvas.
The denim is cut with pinking sheers and features a wide piece of lace down the left side. To color my canvas I swiped distress inks down it, wet it with a spray bottle, and then dried it with my heat gun.
I had stamped my sentiment on plain canvas, but then decided I didn't like it! So....I blotted some water mixed with distress ink on it. Once it was dry, I traced over the stamp outline with a black sharpie marker.
I die cut my flowers and leaves from watercolor paper inked with distress inks in coordinating colors.

Supplies and tools:
Broken China/Mermaid Lagoon/Cracked Pistachio/Mowed Lawn/Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Denim, Canvas, Lace, Pinking Shears, Twig, Little Birdies (Dina Wakley), Vertical Hello (Kolette Hall), Tiny Tattered Florals Dies (Tim Holtz), Watercolor Paper, You Are My Sunshine (Stampin' Up)

This post linked to:
Shopping Our Stash - Use Fabric
Tuesday Throwdown - Texture
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Ooh-La-La Creations - Something that beings with "B" (bird, bloom, branch)
Stamps and Stencils - Fabric and Fibers


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