Thursday, August 25, 2016

Young Love

Today's challenge on SCS was to use X's and O's. I knew I had this perfect sentiment in my stash and as soon as I found this darling image I was set to create this card.

Copics used: 0, R20, R32, C0, C2, C4, B32, B34, B37, YR00, YR02, YR07, E11, E29, E31, E33, E35, E39, E51, YG07, YG13 & G07

Young Love

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Birthday Dress

This card was designed in my head some time ago and when I checked out the Featured Stamper challenge on Splictcoast Stampers I just knew I needed to create this card because it had been rattling around in my head for days.

Stamped some cascading fuchsia flowers on the die cut dress form and mounted on dimensionals. Used an emboss folder panel that had been sent to me from another crafty gal and added the happy birthday and the silver sequins.

Birthday Dress

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Beach Babes!

Today we are doing Sunny cards on SCS for the Ways to Use It challenge. When I think of Sunshine on my cards I think of these fun ladies from the AI stamps. I recently picked up this doily and with this fancy lady I thought she needed a fancy sunshine behind her. LOL!

Stamped the fun image, colored with copics then die cut her out and left her in the die to add a yellow flow behind her. Stamped the doily and added some bling to it and to my fancy lady. Mounted the image on dimensionals and also used the sketch from yesterday for the card.

Copics used: C0, C2, C4, C6, R20, E00, E07, E11, E13, B00, B01, BG02, G12, G14 and Y08.

Beach Babes!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Count on LOVE

Today's super fun challenge on Splitcoast Stampers is to use scrabble letters on our cards. This card was built around what word I wanted to use on a card. I used the word love and added a bit of sparkle to the O to have it look like a ring. I added some distressing to the edge of the tiles to give it an aged feeling. The tiles and hearts (all hearts) are cut and punched from the scraps bin to create this fun card and the card can be used for a wedding card, anniversary card and Valentine's day card. Great way to create a card for many occasions.

Count on LOVE

Snow Much Fun

Another super fast card for Christmas. Adding the watercolor to the background really finished off the die cuts I used on this card quite nicely. Finishing it off with the sequins was just the right amount of sparkle to add to the sparkle on the star.

Snow Much Fun

Swnging Owl

I love to create 3D cards and when I used the Bendi Frame technique found on Splitcoast Stampers I fell in love with it. I am sure going to use it again. Coloring this darling image and popping him up on dimensionals and finishing off with a 3D frame and flowers really brought this card to a whole new level. I have the link on my card below that will take you to the the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers for the Bendi Frame.

Copics used: E11, E13, E15, E39, Y13, YG13 and YG17

Swnging Owl

Ride in to the Sun

Another great teen card...Using the stencil from Tim Holtz I sprayed yellow all over then a small amount of pink then finished off with some orange to create this sunshine. Then the image was stamped many times to get the silhouette really dark and finished off with a shimmery black emboss powder to have it really stand out on the card.

Ride in to the Sun

Reindeer

Here is another fast way to do a card...stamp a great image that does not require coloring, add some detailed sponging to the edge of the card and a bit of bling and you can have a card in moments.

Reindeer

Just a Note

Need a fast note card? Grab any card stock, add some score lines and add a single punch or die cut and a sentiment. Want to add some sparkle, add a bit of bling and you have a super fast card and super cute card.

Just a Note

Christmas Joy

Great tip for adding to a card with what you have available, use an old book or a page from a magazine. For me I had this old book that was left from a previous home owner that had been used as a door stop and was torn up. Most would have thrown it out, I grabbed it for my craft stash.  Stamping images over the text and then coloring them and adding some distress inks on the edge brought this card to life.

Copics used: C0, C3, R32, R37, RV29, G05, G14, Y02 and Y08

Christmas Joy

Heartfelt Thanks

Many of us that are on the Splitcoast Website are volunteers. For the Dare to Get Dirty challenges so many wonderful ladies volunteered to hostess the wonderful challenges. They spend countless hours commenting and encouraging us crafters and it is really appreciated. On the final challenge I created this card as a thank you to those wonderful hostesses. In my craft stash during the challenges I ended up with these leftover flowers on my desk that did not work on other cards. Another wonderful way to save time on a card, see what is already stamped and sitting on your desk.

Heartfelt Thanks

Daisy

The spotlight technique is a wonderful technique. You can take a very large image and if you are short on time you can color just a portion of that image and draw out the color on the image and leave the rest uncolored. For this image I still kept it fairly uncolored adding only highlights to the image and that pop or red with the lady bug. Another fast way to color something is to sponge on the color. Our sponges carry just enough color that I could just pickup the red and sponge on the red to the lady bug.

Copics used: C2, C4, Y11, Y13 and Y17

Daisy

Fancy Christmas

Through my card crafting years I have had friends give me old discarded cards. That can be another great way to add to our stashes and save money. I used the Z-Fold on this card, trimmed the sides down on an angle and added a wonderful lace border. A designer paper was used on the inside and on the label. The closure stripped paper is from the discarded card paper and adds a fun closure and extra color to the card. Since it is full of sparkle I added some sparkly red snowflakes and some additional scrap white snowflakes to finish off the card.

Fancy Christmas

Forever and Always





When you need a really quick card rely on your stash to help you along. These flowers have been in my stash for many years and this card came together in moments. To give the card lots of pop and bling, I finished if off with some great large gems.

Forever and Always

You're Fintastic





The salted BG (background) technique can be such a fun technique and using the blues and pinks I felt I was in the Finding Nemo movie when they were in the Jelly Fish field. So I grabbed this fun Jelly Fish from Heartfelt Creations and colored it up and added stickles to have it shine like that super cute scene in the movie.

Copics used: , V12 and R20

You're Fintastic

Trains





Another older set from Stampin Up is the All Aboard set. These trains are so cute and so fun to still use on masculine cards. A great way to add some fun elements to them...add a few gears from your scrap pile.

Copics used: E31, C3, C5 and Y13

Trains

Night Out on the Town





I really love how this die cut works. It can be used for a great guy card and many different papers and colors can be used for some much fun on a card. Additionally the small pieces can all be dune with scraps! My favorite way to accessorize a card is using scraps. Adding the flower was such a fun last minute detail on this card.

Night Out on the Town

XOXO





Stitching on a card is another great way to bring up your card creating skills and add a fun element to the card. This darling Penny Black image is super cute with her blowing kisses.  The added hearts on the top of the card...YEP another great way to use up some card trimmings.

Copics used: E00, E11, E13, Y21, Y26, YR24, R20, R24, R29, RV34 and G07

XOXO

Snowman





This snowman from Sweet N Sassy is such a happy snowman. I am working on getting caught up on Christmas cards. I like to create them year round so that I am ready to mail come the holiday season. That way when December gets here I usually only have a few to create. Well I am way behind already this year with my recent move so having the 42 challenges for Dare to Get Dirty on SCS (Splitcoast Stampers) was a great way to sneak in a few fun Christmas cards.

Copics used: C2, C4, C7, N9, E11, E13, E15, R24, R29, YR14, YR23, G07, G14 and B32

Snowman

If the Shoe Fits





I just love shoes and if this were a real shoe it just might be in my collection. Going through my grandma's stash of craft supplies I came across this orange ribbon (100 yards of it). When creating this card putting orange, purple and green together was perfect for a Halloween themed card and that ribbon was perfect because it has a netting similar to the fun shoe.

If the Shoe Fits

Yellow Roses





I tend to use this image a lot. It is a much older retired image from Stampin' Up and is still one of my All Time favorite images. The flower can be colored in many different colors and most recently I have started coloring it in yellow. I just love it in yellow.

Copics used: Y00, Y11, Y13, Y17, G12, G14 and G16

Yellow Roses

Thankful Picnic





As crafters we tend to purchase tons of items for later use and "hoard" them. Yes I am one of those. The picnic sticker on this was purchased more than a year ago and is the first sticker out of the bunch that I used. The red strip of paper is a small piece of designer paper (DP) that was used on a project some time ago. I like trying to find ways to use up scraps and try to go to my scrap basket first to create projects.  Another great way to use up scraps is to punch down smaller pieces and that darling butterfly is a punch that my niece has and I have a ton of paper and she punched a few of these darling butterflies for me. Adding a couple of tiny gems to the butterfly adds just the right touch of glam.

Thankful Picnic

Peacock






Brushos are a new product for me to use and the first couple of times I used them I was not feeling the use of them. Reading one of the challenges for the Dare to get Dirty I had initially thought I would use a Brusho background. Well after reading the challenge details I found that the background I created would not fit the challenge so this was created and I loved it and could not use it. So I set it aside and hoped for another fun challenge to use it and along came a great challenge. As soon as I read the challenge details I knew I would use this back ground. This was the first Brusho background I created and loved the outcome. It was  created just sprinkling super small amounts of Brushos and then spritzing with water. When I say small I mean the really small amounts of Brushos it seems it might not be enough but when you add the water with a spray bottle it really expands the color.

Copics used: Y08, G12, G14, B21, B23, B24 and B26

Peacock

Hunting Anyone?






Another great time saving way to create a card when in a hurry is to color a few images in advance and build up your stash of ready images to add to a card. This fun image was colored in advance and when I needed to create the 42 different cards in a week for the dare to get dirty challenges on SCS having this image ready was a great time saver. Also keeping track of the colors used you can take pictures of them or write them on the back of the image in pencil then before cutting down and mounting the image keep track of the copics for future coloring to save time.

Copics used: C2, C5, B37, B41, B45, E00, E29, E31, E35, E57, R24, R29, R37YR23 and YG67

Hunting Anyone?

Halloween


Here is a great tip, when you need a fast card with an eye catching detail try sponging on a portion of the card then stamp the image and throw on a few sequins. It can be a fun, fast and eye catching CAS (clean and simple) card and takes only moments to create.

Halloween

Grillmaster





This image is one of my favorite from AI stamps. It can be really fun to see what this guy is battling with his tongs and this fire bomb was such a fun addition. The fire bomb was added with three sprays a deep red, a pink and a yellow.

Copics used: E00, E11, E13, C2, C4, C5, C7, C10, R20, R24, R29, Y06, Y11, YR14, B12, B14, B18 and BG11 

Grillmaster

Perfect Blend





I love playing in mixed media and adding texture. When you add color to the texture you can go a whole new level to your card crafting. This texture paste was mixed with just a drop of tan reinker and created a textured card with real coffee looking spills.

Copics used: C1,C3, B00 & B02

Perfect Blend

Market Day





Another super fun image from Heartfelt Creations. Colored with copics and picking up some other fun items on my desk to finish off the card. The flowers, peddle and ladybug were already stamped and die cut and sitting in my UFO projects (unfinished objects). The ribbon was a great scrap my mom gave me that she was unable to use on one of her craft projects as she uses much larger pieces for her sewing projects and the smaller pieces are great for adding to my cards.

One thing to note, saving smaller pieces of paper can be a great way to save money. The added white lace trim is a cut off piece from cutting down images and then run through the lace punch. It adds tons of depth and eye candy to a card and is a cut off from other projects. So save those pieces because you can use it for another project. Go to that bag first when creating a card and see what candy you can create on a card.

Copics used: 0, V12, V15, BV00, B32, B34, Y11, Y13, Y17, YG13, YG17and YG95

Market Day

BFFs



Some of my cards are inspired by places, objects and in many cases I think of a certain person. In this case I was thinking of my wonderful friend who I recently moved away from and while I was creating this card she was the inspiration. Using the masking technique I was able to put these ladies close together to create the close friends for this picture in the Polaroid frame setting. Adding a sky line really finished off the picture.

Copics used: B00, B01, V12, V15, V17, E09, E11, E13, E15, E33,C4, C6, C8, R24, R29, R32, Y21 and YR23


BFFs

Masculine Sport Birthday


Teen boys can be a tough crowd to create cards but using fun images like skateboarders or any sport could help with a card for that group. This background came together nicely with spraying and using powders and adding some water to have them react together then putting cling wrap over the top to create the fun lines on the card base. I love the way the grunge background turned out and I am sure going to play with that again.

Masculine Sport Birthday




Heartfelt Creations is one of my favorite companies. I just love their images and love adding color to them. These applies turned out so life like once the color was added. I wanted to pick them up off the page when I was done coloring them. Adding the distress ink around them really popped them on teh card.

Copics used: 0, R20, R24, R29, E35, E39, YG11, YG13, YG17 and YG67

Happy Harvest

Enjoy the Boat


Oh how I would love another boat ride to be on the water enjoying the breeze.

Masked off the card added some blue and yellow. Added white gel pen for waves. Sponged on some clouds. Stamped the image and the sentiment. I like to add the stitching die cut to the edge to add some extra texture and focal to a card. It can be used for masculine and feminine cards.

Enjoy the Boat






House Mouse has some super fun images and this one is one of my favorites. The mouse on top is having a great time jumping and the other two are very content sleeping.

To keep up with the challenges on Splitcoast Stampers for Dare to get dirty I used this image again as I had it already colored in my stash. We did 42 cards in 7 days and that can be a huge challenge for any crafter.

Happy Mice

Copics used: 0, C0, C2, C3, E21, E43, E51, R24, R29 and R32

Steampunk Boots


As crafters it can get very costly to create some of our creations. When we use foil from our kitchen we can use it to pool inks and sprays and other fun crafty supplies. Don't toss that foil, it can be used on a card and you can get some great backgrounds. This was a saved piece of foil and I ran it through the gear emboss folder then added additional red and grey to get the gears to come to life.

Copics used: C0, C1, C3, E00, E13, E15, E21, E35 and Y06.

Steampunk Boots

Coffee

Shaker cards are such fun to give to recipients and can be filled with many fun items. Creating this coffee card I decided that actual ground coffee would be really fun to fill in the shaker card. This card smells wonderful.

Copics used: E21, E31, E35, E37, E39, R29, R32 and RV11.

Coffee

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Thinking of You

Recently I assisted a scout troop with earning their textile merit badge. One of the requirements for that badge is to use items other then dies to color fabric. This ribbon was white and after having it sit in coffee I was able to stain it nearly the color of the designer paper just above it. I love the effect of coloring something to match the paper or colors of a card and using something that I already have rather than buying is always a savings.

Thinking of You

Holly Christmas

I am always looking for ways to use scraps and adding banners is always a great way to add scraps.

Holly Christmas

Special Delivery

This darling baby shoe from Heartfelt Creations is so fun to add to a baby card. Of course since I just love Heartfelt Creations and I love shoes well I just had to get this fun die cut. 

Special Delivery

Vintage Lily Birthday





The Vintage Watercolor Technique was really wonderful to play with and truly turned out better than I had anticipated. I added the link to my card on Splitcoast Stampers and on my card is the link to the great technique.

Vintage Lily Birthday

Santa's Sleigh

This was a really fun experiment to mask off the ornament and spritz water and then water color the blues. It really turned out better than I had imagined. I need to get a bigger brush for water coloring but the effect is still amazing.

Santa's Sleigh

Pretty Package

I have been asked how I package my 3D cards. On Splitcoast Stampers there is a link to a great A2 box that works perfectly for these 3D cards. If you follow the link to my box on SCS below you will see the link to the A2 box.

Pretty Package

Birthday Mum

This sweet flower was a RAK and of course I already love this flower as I have the set from Heartfelt Creations. I was excited to play with this as I just love the dimension you can get from this stunning flower. Since I had the base already created with the script and on the purple I decided to color the mum in purple.

Birthday Mum

Birthday Lily

I created a card similar to this a couple of weeks ago and just loved how it turned out and decided to create a second one adding some extra bling with the sequins. I also wanted to try a different brand of glitter glue to see the difference. I love the changes.

Birthday Lily

Christmas Fairy

Penny Black creates some of the cutest babies and fairies and I just adore coloring them. I added some distress colors to the edge on this one to give an aged feel to this card.

Copics used: 0, G12, G14, RV11, R24, E21, E51, YG67, N9 and B41

Christmas Fairy

When My Mind Wanders...

This wonderful emboss folder was a RAK from a friend. I have always wondered what coloring on embossed folders with copics would do and this was the result. I really love the soft colors and the added shine with the stickles.

Thinking of You

Copics used: 0, Y02, YR02, YG07, YG11, YG17 and B32

Thinking of You

Really love blue and white cards. Those colors are always eye catching to me and this card is just my style and color. The center is cut out of the blue designer paper and the Thinking of You is on the card stock layer. The sparkle was captured nicely on the sweet birds in this photograph.

Thinking of You

Christmas Joy

These past two weeks have been really busy with the Dare to get Dirty challenges on Splitcoast Stampers that I have not had much free time to upload to my blog so there will be a few updates these next couple of days. I love the look of the nontraditional Christmas colors on this card. It really helps open the world of color you can do on a card at Christmas when you see monochromatic colors and nontraditional colors.

Christmas Joy