Friday, December 15, 2017

Orchid Card for Mom (#50/52) {12.15.2017}

Today's card for Mom is a sweet card with a gorgeous orchid, and some sparkle! Gotta love that :) I created a card base with pink cardstock, then trimmed some patterned paper using my 12" Wide Base Craft Guillotine. I adhered it to my card base, then layered on a strip of green cardstock and then covered it with a strip of ribbon. I die cut a scalloped circle in green cardstock and another circle with white cardstock. I stamped the orchid from Alt E New's Oriental Orchid Stamp Set, which is a layering stamp. I stamped out the orchid in several shades of purple, and I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set in purple ink too.

I After stamping out the orchid, I coated it with a swipe of Wink of Stella glitter pen, then covered it with glossy accents and let it dry. This photo captures some of the shine, but it is much shinier in real life!

This was was so pretty and I love that orchid stamp set! I want to use it a lot!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle Bella Fairy Mirror Image & Shaker Card {12.13.2017}

Hello from Designer Chris! Today is a special card. I used the Bella Fairy Stamp / Die Set to make this card. And, I made it into a shaker card and did a mirror image technique to make a twin for Bella. Let's check out the card, shall we?

First, I had to create the second mirror Bella image. To do this, I placed my Bella stamp in my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and closed to lid to pick it up onto the lip. I opened it up and placed a solid block stamp down where Bella would stamp onto. You can see the opened Tim Holtz Stamp Platform here.

And, then I closed the lid to make sure the stamp was lined up over the solid block stamp. You can see that my solid block stamp just fit the Bella stamp image.
I inked up the Bella image with my Versafine Black Onxy Ink and closed the lid and pressed the inked image onto the solid rubber stamp, and then lifted the lid. Here is a photo of what it looked like after this step.


Then, I trimmed a piece of cardstock using the 12" Wide Base Craft Guillotine and treated it with my Anti Static Bag. Then, I placed a piece of cardstock straight down onto the inked image on the solid rubber stamp. Note, don't move this piece of cardstock around, just place it directly down onto the inked image. Once it was placed there, I lightly rubbed the cardstock to transfer the image from the solid rubber block onto the cardstock.

And then ... peel the cardstock directly up! Here is the reveal of the mirror image transferred onto cardstock!

As soon as I transferred the mirror Bella image to the cardstock, I sprinkled it with Clear Detail embossing powder, heat set it, and I had a perfect mirror Bella! I also die cut out the mirror stamped image. I used the matching die cut in the Bella Fairy Stamp / Die Set and die cut Bella onto some scrap cardstock. Then, using it as a guide, I arranged the die cut image behind the Bella stamped mirror image. (I didn't have a light table, so I placed the two pieces of cardstock on my window and used the bright sunlight to make sure I lined up the image and die right!) You can see the little border around the edge of Bella here. Once I had this placed in the right spot, I placed the die into the negative space, taped it down with washi tape, and ran it through my Tangerine Machine die cutter. The die easily cut right through the back of the cardstock with the Bella stamp.

And look! Check out the two Bella images. One is the normal stamped image, and the other is the mirror image. They were both stamped in Versafine Black Onxy Ink and then covered in Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set. Pretty cool, eh? I used the Easy Clean Mat on my work surface, which is REALLY EASY to clean up and excess glitter wipes up really easy!

Then, I started building the card and coloring! First thing I did was color the two Bellas the same. I used pinks and blues for her dress and wings, and gave her brown hair.

I also gave her some extra sparkle! Sparkle N Sprinkle just revealed some NEW Microfine Glitters ... and they are GORGEOUS! I used several of them on this card. You can see the Mocha highlights in her hair, Ocean Breeze in her wings and shoes, and Pink Fizz on her dress. To adhere these glitters, I rolled the Sakura Glue Pen where I wanted to apply each glitter, and sprinkled them on. I brushed off the excess using my Glitter Brush. This is so much prettier in real life - still photos don't quite capture all the glittery gorgeous sparkle!

I also die cut the Bella out again and then blinged it up too! I rolled on more Sakura Glue Pen and used more of the new microfine glitters!! For this element, I used the Marine Blue on her wings, Black Diamond on her feather and shoes, and Caspia Sea on her dress.

I began building my card, and I started with a red cardstock base. I die cut the red cardstock using the Tonic Jasmine Sunset Layering Die Collection die. I cut a base with red cardstock, then cut an overlayer in black cardstock with the same die. I adhered these together for the base. I squeezed on some Winter Cranberry Glitter Accents in the upper corner after I built the card layers together. You can see both the layers of the card base and the glitter accents here.

And, I created a shaker element too! I die cut pink cardstock using the Tonic Deco Diamond Patterned Panels Die Set. I adhered a layer of acetate under the deco panel die cut and placed foam tape along the edges. I added in some sequins and placed it over a solid pink cardstock base. I layered up all the elements, added some rhinestone blight in the corners as well, and the card was finished.

I really love these new microfine glitters, and I know you will too! This mirror technique was really fun to use too, and I think I will have to do it more - it is nice to change it up a little bit now and again. And, who doesn't love a shaker card! Also, remember to post your creations in our Creative Challenge on our Facebook page. We really like to see what you create, and the winner gets a prize!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Shadow Box {12.11.2017}

My friend is moving into a new apartment, so I made a Welcome to Your New Apartment shadow box card, with some emboss resist (so I can enter it into the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge: Emboss Resist). Here is the card.

I created the shadow box using the Shadow Box Card die. I stamped the gnome and mushroom house using Lawn Fawn's Gnome Sweet Gnome stamp set. I colored them with copic markers. I also stamped out the mail box from Lawn Fawn's Just For You, colored it with copic markers, and then die cut it with the matching dies on my Tangerine die cutting machine (which I LOOOOOVE!). I also stamped out some kitchen type utensils from the Just For You stamp set with Versamark Ink on the shadow box, sprinkled on White Detail embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle, and heat set it. Then, I ink blended it up with distress inks. I adhered it all together, and the box was done! Here is a photo of one of the edges and more emboss resist!!

I hope my friend enjoys this little apartment warming gift. This card is also entered into the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge: Emboss Resist.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Embossed Holiday Greetings for Mom (#49/52) {12.08.2017}

The current Lawn Fawnatics Challenge is Emboss Resist, and I was inspired to make my Mom a card with a smattering of holiday sentiments using this technique! Here is the card.

I stamped all the sentiments from Lawn Fawn's Winter Scripty Sayings with Versamark Ink onto watercolor paper. I sprinkled on Sparkle N Sprinkle's White Detail embossing powder and heat set it. Then, I painted on blue inks which revealed all the sentiments.

I added this to a blue cardstock base, and my card was done! I will be entering this into the current Lawn Fawnatics Challenge: Emboss Resist. I hope Mom likes it, she does like blue, and she loves the holidays. It all comes together with this card!!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cardz 4 Galz Snowman Card {12.07.2017}

Check out these fun snowmen! The current Cardz 4 Galz Challenge is for snowmen! Here is the card I made to inspire you all. Can't wait to see what you create and post in the challenge.

I used an older Lawn Fawn stamp set (Making Frosty Friends), and stamped out these sweet snowmen and their accessories using my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. I stamped them with Versafine Black Onyx ink and then removed my stamped images from the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. I colored them using copic markers, and then replaced the stamped images back into the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and stamped the images again with the Versafine Black Onyx ink. This time, I sprinkled on Clear Detail embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle. For the white, I stamped out the images with Versamark Ink, and sprinkled on White Detail embossing powder and heat set them. Once I had all my parts stamped, colored, and heat embossed, I cut them out using matching die cuts. I used Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangle Stackables die and die cut a rectangle for my card panel. I used Distress Inks and ink blended some blues onto the card panel. After it was done and dry, I stamped the Lawn Fawn Snowy Backdrops stamp onto the card panel with Versamark Ink, and then sprinkled on Sparkle N Sprinkle's Silver Pearl embossing powder. I also used the sentiment from the Making Frosty Friends and stamped out the sentiment with Versamark Ink, and sprinkled on Sparkle N Sprinkle's Sapphire embossing powder and heat set it.

I also die cut some snowbanks using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Borders from white cardstock. I rolled on some Sakura Glue Pen, and sprinkled on Sparkle N Sprinkle's Bridal glitter along the edges. I layered these up using foam adhesive, and adhered the snowmen and all their parts on the front of the card. Then, it was done.

I really like this stamp set, and it sure is versatile and a lot of fun. I love having all the parts and can build my snowman however I want it! So much fun!!! I can't wait to see what you create and post for this challenge. Happy holidays!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle Snowman Couple card {12.06.2017}

Happy Holidays from Designer Chris! What fun it is to ring in these holidays with this adorable Snowman Couple - Christmas digital stamp from Sparkle N Sprinkle! I wanted my card to focus on their love affair, and this is what I created. Let's check it out.

I started out by sizing the digi (pre-colored option) stamp on my computer. When I had it the size I wanted, I printed it out onto white cardstock. Then, I die cut it using the Tonic Essentials - Artist Trading Cards - Hello die around the image. I blended some blue ink along the edges to give the edge of the die some dimension. Then, I whipped out my Sakura Glue Pen, and rolled on adhesive to specific areas on the snowman couple. I used it to adhere glitter to these areas: Easy Green, Pinkerbell, and Bubblegum to the scarves and hats, and Creamsicle to the carrot noses and arms. I also adhered Waterfall to the blue outer edges of the snowman couple. I also used my (amazing!) Glitter Brush to dust off unadhered glitter. This brush is so soft and it just whisks away all the loose glitter super easily. Great addition to your tool kit!

I also die cut out the digi printed sentiment using another die from the Tonic Essentials - Artist Trading Cards - Hello die and blended some light blue ink to the edges on this too. Afterward, I squeezed on some Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and sprinkled on Shaved Ice chunky, lightweight glitter and lightly pressed it into the wet adhesive. I let it dry before placing it onto the front of the card. I also repeated the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and Shaved Ice to the base of the snowman couple too, so they were standing in a snowy, glittery snowbank!

II used another Tonic Die for the card base. I used the Tonic Sunray Venus Layering Basics Die Set and cut a black card base. Then, I used the next smallest die to cut the Cascading Hearts Craft Perfect Embossed Paper. I layered these two together and wrapped a white and silver ribbon around the card. I added foam adhesive to the image and sentiment panels and adhered them onto the card front. I made sure one of those sweet textured hearts was visible on that gorgeous paper. Here is a close up.

This snowman couple is too cute, and they make me happy! I can't wait to see what you will do. You can check out this stamp set in action by watching Demo Donna's YouTube video HERE. I hope to see your creations in our Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge on Facebook, as well. To participate in the Creative Challenge, you have to request access to the group (to keep out the spammers!), and then you can post your creations there. Each monthly's challenge runs from the first of the month to the 25th. So excited to see you there!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Embossed Card for Mom (#48/52) {12.01.2017}

Hi! For this week's Card For Mom, I went a bit outside my comfort zone and made a card without stamping ... I did only dry embossing and a wee bit of die cutting! Let's check it out!

I cut a card base with glittery blue cardstock to make a square card. Then, I cut another square half an inch smaller. I trimmed this into five one inch strips and then dry embossed three of them. I also die cut a label in black cardstock and another label in the blue glittery cardstock. I dry embossed the black label. I adhered the strips, alternating with the non-embossed strips, and layered the label on top.

It is really fun to do something totally different. I like the elegance of this card, and I like that it has texture and some dimension while still being flat. I do hope Mom enjoys it too.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle Blue Botanical Orchid Flowers {11.29.2017}

Hi! Designer Chris on the blog today. Wow - I love orchids, and this new Botanical Orchid Flowers stamp set is amazing! The orchid is beautiful, gorgeous, and so versatile! I had a lot of fun with this card. Let's check it out.

I positioned my orchid stamp in the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. I treated some watercolor cardstock with my Anti Static Bag, and placed the cardstock inside the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and stamped the image using Versafine Black Onyx ink, which is waterproof. I sprinkled on Clear Detail embossing powder, using the Craft Spoon, and heat set the image. Then, I started to watercolor! I colored the orchid in blue, with yellow and orange highlights, and colored the leaves in greens. I then colored the background with a light blue wash to add some depth. Then I sat it aside to dry. Once it was dry, I die cut the image using Tonic Studio's Scalloped Square Layering Basics Die Set. I also trimmed some black cardstock, and Tonic's Falling Glitter Craft Perfect Embossed Paper using the Tonic Studio 12" Wide Base Craft Guillotine, and then die cut them with the Tonic Studio's Scalloped Square Layering Basics Die Set and layered them all together!! Then, I covered the entire image with Nuvo Morning Dew crystal drops. This added a lot of shine to the flower and really popped it up a notch! I also squeezed some drops of the Nuvo Morning Dew crystal drops in the corner.

For the sentiment, I treated some extra piece of my watercolored cardstock with my Anti Static Bag, then positioned the sentiment inside the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and stamped it using Versamark Ink. I scooped out some Peacock embossing powder using my Craft Spoon, and heat set it. Then, I cut out the sentiment with Tonic Studio's Scalloped Square Layering Basics Die Set. I LOVE this Peacock embossing powder ... absolutely stunning. You can see all the different colors in this embossing powder below. Wow!

One last shot of the edge of the card, with the sweet Nuvo Morning Dew crystal drops and that amazing Falling Glitter Craft Perfect Embossed Paper. This paper is incredible! It has such a wonderful texture, and the paper is really soft. It isn't stiff but is very substantial. Hard to describe, but oh so perfect!

I know you will love this Botanical Orchid Flowers stamp set, and I can't wait to see how you use it! Remember to post your creations in the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge on Facebook, which runs from the first of each month to the 25th.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Kind Card for Mom (#47/52) {11.24.2017}

Hi! This week's card for Mom is from the Simon Says Stamp November 2017 monthly card kit. I trimmed a piece of green cardstock, from the kit, using my Tonic Studio 12" Wide Base Craft Guillotine to 5-1/2" x 8-1/2". I scored it to make it a side-fold card, and set it aside. I trimmed a piece of patterned paper from the kit to 4" x 5-1/4" and adhered it to the front of the card. Then, I stamped out the "Kind floral" stamp using my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and Versamark ink onto chocolate cardstock. Then I colored the image with Prismacolor colored pencils. Once I was done coloring, I placed it back into my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, reinked the stamp with Versamark ink, and stamped it over the colored image. The stamp platform allowed me to line it up exactly and stamp right over it! Then, I sprinkled on Gold Detail embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle, and heat set it. I fussy cut around the Kind floral image and foam mounted it over the patterned paper. And, cuz I couldn't stop there, I adhered some stickers from the monthly kit all around. Here is the card!

Here is a close up of the Kind floral image. It sure is a gorgeous stamp! This was a fun monthly kit, and I love the supplies in it!

I love how this Gold Detail embossing powder really makes this image pop! And I love how easy it is to stamp out the image with any ink, color it, then replace it into the stamp platform and ink it up again and then heat emboss it. It is much easier to get a nice colored image without knocking out some of the embossing powder!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cards 4 Galz Cupcake Card {11.23.2017}

Hi! Here is my current Cardz 4 Galz card for our Cupcake Challenge.

I stamped out the Happy Birthday sentiment from Taylored Expressions' Bubble Greetings stamp set in Versafine Black Onyx ink on white cardstock and then sprinkled on Clear Detail embossing powder. I also stamped it again on patterned paper and embossed it with Clear Detail embossing powder too. I fussy cut the "happy" out and layered it over the original image. I die cut out the card panel with Tonic Die Layering Basic Die Set Sunray Venus die and cut the next larger size out of pink cardstock to mat the image. Here is the closeup of the Happy part of the sentiment.

I also stamped out several cupcakes using Lawn Fawn's (unfortunately, retired) Bake Me a Cake stamp set. I stamped them in colors that match the patterned paper. I love this stamp set, and will keep using it!!!

This card is bright and cheery, and these cupcakes make me happy! This will be going to my niece who loves bright colors.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle Cat's Meow {11.22.2017}

Hi from Designer Chris! Today's card is using Sparkle N Sprinkle's new Cat's Meow stamp set. These sweet, sassy stamps are the cutest! Let's check out today's card.

I started out by stamping the kitty laying down, on the left. I masked him off, and then stamped the kitty on the far right (I had already sized out how far I had to put the kitties apart so they could all be together), and masked him off too. I then stamped the squatty chubby kitty, masked him, and then stamped the smiley standing cat in the background. I used Tonic Studio's Tim Holtz Stamp Platform for all this stamping, which made the stamping really easy! Sometimes I find I need to stamp twice to get a good impression when I am stamping over a mask. Ya gotta make sure the edges stamp nice and crisp! After stamping all the kitties, I colored them with Copic markers. Then, I whipped out my Sakura Glue Pen and rolled on adhesive in strategic spots. I added some glitters: Creamsicle on the orange striped kitty, Black Ice for the dark gray kitty, and Chameleon for the chubby tubby.

I also used Surf glitter on the light gray kitty!

I die cut the stamped image with the Swirling Frame Layering Die Set, and created a larger layer using the same die on green cardstock. I adhered 3/4" Tear-ific Tape to the back of the negative spaces on the outer edges, and then burnished in Fall Leaves glitter to add some more sparkle! I also squeezed on some White Blizzard Glitter Drops to the edge of the kitty image too!

I also stamped out the sentiment, using Versafine Black Onyx ink, and the sprinkled on Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set it. I die cut the sentiment using the same Swirling Frame Layering Die Set, and used the next larger die to create a bit of a matting for the sentiment. I adhered it on foam tape and adhered it to the card.

These kitties crack me up and they are so funny and sassy! The perfect kitty attitude is captured with these sweet kitties! I can't wait to see what you create with them! Remember to post your creations in the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge on Facebook. I'll see ya there!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mom Birthday Rose Card {11.21.2017}

Today is my Mom's birthday! Check out the card I made for her.

I used Spellbinders Create a Rose die and made this rose (see further below for the bud I made using the same die). I die cut the petals and leaves using the die, and then I did some distress ink blending along the outer edges of the petals and leaves to give a bit more texture. I followed the directions on the die set, and die cut 12 petals of each size, ink blended the edges, and gave some texture by bending the petals with the barrel of a small paint brush, and then glued on the petals to the flower base. I adhered all the pieces together with Nuvo's Deluxe Adhesive.

I also die cut out the "happy" using Alt E New's Happy Die. I die cut four of them in red, stacked them up, and glued them all together with Nuvo's Deluxe Adhesive. Then, I die cut another one with white cardstock, and adhered it to the top of the stack offset a bit to give a bit of a red shadow. Afterwards, I swiped my Wink of Stella glitter pen across the die to give it some extra sparkle!

Here is the bud I made using the Spellbinder's Create a Rose die. I cut 12 of the smallest petals and ink blended the edges and shaped them. I adhered them with the Nuvo's Deluxe Adhesive and adhered a bud to each edge of the bud.

To give this card a little extra dimension and oomph, I die cut four layers of the Tonic Die Budding Vine Patterned Panels die. I adhered them all together with my Nuvo's Deluxe Adhesive. I also die cut some ovals with the Tonic Die Layering Basics Die Set Mixed Edge Oval die. I cut another layer of the Tonic Die Budding Vine Patterned Panels die and then cut it with the oval die too and layered this up to give the rose area a bit of a framing. I also cut out some flourishes with a flourish die from my stash, using gold paper.

And, to finish it off, I stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment from Taylored Expression's Friendly Phrases stamp set in Versamark Ink and sprinkled on Red Apple embossing powder. I also stamped some flourishes from Sparkle N Sprinkle's Flourishes 1 stamp set in light red ink to give a hint of a flourish border.

I really hope Mom likes this card. She loves flowers, and this was my first time using this Rose die. It came together fairly well, and I like all the dimension and textures. Happy Birthday my wonderful Mommy! May you have many more! I love you!!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Fairy Card for Mom (#46/52) {11.17.2017}

Hi! Here is a quick and easy card I made for Mom. My local paper crafting store received new fairy paper from Graphic 45. The colors for these patterned papers were just beautiful ... so I had to make a card for Mommy. Here is the card.

I also fussy cut out a panel from one of the patterned papers. I foam mounted it as the card image, and my card was done. No stamping ... no die cutting (shocking, right!?!). Just some paper cutting with my Tonic Studio 12" Wide Base Craft Guillotine, and my scissors. Pretty simple, pretty easy, such gorgeous paper!

These photos don't quite do the paper justice ... these papers are gorgeous! I think you should give them a try!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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