Sunday, August 19, 2018

AAA Cards #121 - Use a stencil

Hi all! It is time for another challenge at AAA Cards and this fortnight's theme, chosen by Melissa, is 'use a stencil'. Here is my take on the challenge.

I started out by using Bristol Smooth cardstock to stamp the ellie and kite. I colored them with zig clean color markers. Then I masked off the ellie, laid my stencil over it and blended green and blue over the bottom corner. I stamped the sentiment at the top and trimmed the panel down to put on a top folding A2 card. A few Nuvo drop finished off the card.

Stamps: MFT - Adorable Elephants; Wplus9 - That is all
Inks: Zig Clean Color; Distress inks - Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio 
Stencil: Neat & Tangled - Hexastar


Our sponsor this challenge is STAMPlorations. I hope you gt a chance to play along with us.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Let Your Light Shine + DPP Blog hop

Hi everyone! Doodles Paper Playground is celebrating their new release with a blog hop and I am super excited to be a part of it. Here is my card using the Sparkle Blend - Majestic :)

I used one of my all time favorite kits for this one, last year's My Monthly Hero August kit. To start, I die cut the cloud/stars window frame out of a panel of white cardstock. Then I blended distress inks over the front of a top folding A2 card to be the background. For the little girl, I used a scrap piece of cardstock and stamped/embossed her with silver ep and die cut her out. I also stamped and embossed the sentiment at the bottom of the panel. To put it all together, I taped clear acetate to the back of the panel and covered the edges of the back with foam tape. The sparkle blend went on the top of the card in a little pile and then I lined the top panel up at one end and pressed it down. I added the die cut of the little girl to the top and a few sequins at the bottom to finish it off.

Stamps: Hero Arts - MMH Aug 17
Dies: Hero Arts - MMH Aug 17
Inks: Distress Oxides - Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Salty Ocean
Embellishments: DPP - Majestic Sparkle Blend; Hero Arts - Silver EP

Doodles Paper Playground & the Designing Divas, me included, hope that you've enjoyed seeing my projects for the August 2018 release Blog Hop, today! If you would like an opportunity to win the full August Release, Make sure you comment on everyone's blog post! One winner will be chosen at randome to win full size packages of all 6 of the August Sparkle Blends. Make sure you provide a current email with your comment, as that is how winners will be contacted. We will also announce the winner on the Doodles Paper Playground blog.

There is also a coupon code for Sparkle Blends at White Rose Crafts. 15% off the Doodles Paper Playground section of the store. Valid Friday-Sunday with code: DOODLES15.

You should have gotten here from Alison's Random Thoughts but if not you can head back to Doodle's Paper Playground for the entire list. The next stop on the blog hop is Karen's Kreative Kards

I am also sharing this card in
a2z scrapbooking - Anything goes
A Blog Named Hero - Sparkle and Shine

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

AAA Cards Challenge #121 - Friendship

Hello! It is time for a new challenge at AAA Cards and the theme is Friendship.

I went with a floral pattern and a soft color scheme for my card.

I have had this flower stamp set for quite awhile (it was from last STAMPtember) but for some reason I never got around to using it even though it is really pretty. I was also inspired by Debbie Hughes' soft color schemes and decided to try it out on this card. To start, I used my Misti to place the first layer of the flower in the bottom corner of a top folding A2 card. Then after stamping, I rotated the card 180 degrees and stamped again. I repeated that for the rest of the layers. Then I stamped the flower on a sticky note and cut it out as a mask to add the leaf. I used the same steps for the leaf, moving the sticky note as I went. The sentiment is actually a combination of two stamp sets.

This card was actually my second version. In the first one, the only difference was I added the sentiment lower on the card and used colored pencils to add more detail to the flowers. Which do you like better. I like the softness of the first one but also the details from the colored pencil in the second.

Stamps: SSS/Clearly Besotted - My Best Friend; SSS - Live Well, Stained Glass Love
Ink: Distress ink - Spun Sugar; Mama Elephant - Blush, Bubblegum; 
Lawn Fawn - Peacock, Mermaid; Hero Arts - Soft Pool; My Favorite Things - Extreme Black
Prisma color pencils - 931 938, 993, 1025 

What kind of cards do you make for your friends? Show us in the challenge and you will have a chance to win a gift card from our sponsor, CASual Fridays.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Sparkles Christmas - Kraft

Hi everyone! Christmas in July is over but if you haven't gotten all of your Christmas cards finished how about joining us at Sparkles Christmas for a Krafty challenge.

That little singing bird just makes me happy :) I started my card with a top folding A2 Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. I stamped my wreath and added some highlights with a white pencil. Then I stamped the little bird on white cardstock and colored him with copics, which I fussy cut out. Before I added the birdie to the card, I stamped and embossed the sentiment below the wreath. Once that was done, I adhered the bird to the wreath, stamped a few music notes over him and to add a little sparkle, I used a few Christmas colored sequins.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Layered wreath; Honey Bee - Let it Snow
Inks: Distress Oxide - Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Candied Apple, Gathered Twigs ;
Copics -  Y11, Y13, Y35
Embellishments: Pretty Pink Posh - Classic Christmas 4mm 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Stay Awesome

Hi all! A while ago I got the Concord and 9th Everyday Tintables which are cardstock panels that already have embossed patterns on them and are just waiting for color. I needed several cards recently and these came in super handy. Here is the first one.

For my card, I took one of the Everyday Tintable cards and blended Distress Oxide over the whole panel. I die cut the 'hello' sentiment 3 times out of white cardstock and glued them together to give depth. I also die cut the shadow in vellum. The little sentiment was embossed with white EP and then trimmed down. To assemble, I trimmed the blended panel down to 4.5''x5'' and adhered it to a top folding A2 card. The I clued the hello to the vellum shadow. I added liquid glue to the back of the vellum where it would be hidden by the white sentiment. I put it on the front of the card with the black banner beneath it.

Stamps: MFT - Essential Sentiments
Dies: Honey Bee - hello
Inks: Distress Oxide - Cracked Pistachio
Misc: Concord & 9th - Everyday Tintables 

The reason I needed several cards is I am part of a really great group called Zippy Zebra and Friends. This group, run by a wonderful women named Cindy, send cards to hundred of kids that have some kind of hardship in their lives (cancer, autism, etc.). Each sender is has a handful of kids that they send cards to each month. Their parents take pictures of them with their cards and add them to a private FB group so you can see how much these little gestures mean to them. It is great to be able to follow along with these kids and see them grow.

I am sharing this card in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Anything Goes.

Also, if you are interested in being a sender for Zippy Zebra, check out their public facebook page and send Cindy a message.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Happy Birthday to CFD & a giveaway

Hi all! I am excited to help celebrate the 5th birthday of Challenges for Days which is having a week long birthday bash with giveaways :)

Challenges for Days is a blog that lists all sorts of paper crafting challenges by days and dates. It is run by an amazing group of ladies who volunteer their time to help all of us find the challenges we all love. I have been so lucky to be a part of this group for this past year.

For my card, I started with a top folding A2 white card and stenciled bokeh circles in three different colors. Then I die cut the 'Happy birthday' out of a panel of smoke cardstock as the top panel. Before glueing the top panel on, I stamped the sentiment (it made me laugh) and drew a little martini glass next to it. I adhered the gray panel down and the little negative pieces in the letters. My last touch was adding a few sparkly sequins.

Stamps: MFT - Sassy pants birthday greetings
Dies: MFT - Happy Birthday block
Inks: Distress ink - Ripe persimmon, Dried Marigold, Mustard seed;MFT - Extreme black
Stencil: SSS - Bokeh lights
Embellishments: Doodles Paper Playground - Flaming sunset

Now for the giveaways!! I am giving away a prize pack which you can win by commenting on my blog (now through Saturday). 

More prizes are being offered by some of my CFD teamies, past and present, on their individual blogs and we have several prizes if you comment on the Birthday Bash post on the CFD blog too. All of the links to the participants of the bash are located on the CFD post. Hope you get a chance to check them out and enter to win their prizes!

I am also sharing my card in the following challenges:
Inkspirational #165 - Birthday
The Paper Players #402 - Negative space
Seize the Birthday - Anything goes

***update*** Denise Bryant is the random winner for my prize! Congrats!! Check out the CFD page for all the names of the winners ☺

Sunday, July 22, 2018

AAA Cards #120 - Somewhere over the rainbow

It is time for a new challenge at AAA Cards challenges - Somewhere over the Rainbow. Whenever I see this challenge title I hear Judy Garland singing :)

My card (with that sentiment) actually reminds me of another movie that my kids and I love, Trolls. To start, I took a top folding A2 card and stamped my rainbow and sentiment with Versamark ink and then embossed with silver ep. I used zig clean color markers to color in the rainbow and added clear sequins along each end. The last touch was stamping hearts in yellow.

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen - Over it
Inks: Zig Clean color markers - 021, 031, 045, 051, 070, 081; Versamark
Embellishments: Hero Arts silver embossing powder; 
Pretty Pink Posh - 3mm sparkling clear sequins


Our sponsor this challenge is STAMPlorations. Also, the AAA DT crew has some truly beautiful cards for inspiration. I hope you get the chance to join us for this colorful challenge :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!