Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Happy for You Sunrise Ink Blended Background

Happy Wednesday Everyone! I cannot believe we are nearly half way through April...where has the time gone?!

Today I'm bringing you a really simple card with one of my absolute favorite techniques, ink blending.  This technique really is so simple but gives you such a great look on any card.  And you can change up the sentiments for absolutely any occasion, which is a win when you absolutely need a card but can't think of what to create.

The color combination for this ink blended background was inspired by a sunrise that I saw one morning.  It was absolutely stunning and beautiful.  So here's a video showing you how easy it was to create and put this card together:

-Ranger Distress Ink in Spun Sugar
-Ranger Distress Ink in Ripe Persimmon
-Ranger Distress Ink in Shaded Lilac
-Ranger Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass
-Round Ink Blending Tool
-EK Success Powder Tool
-Wow! Silver Pearl Embossing Powder
-Simon Says Stamp "Happy and Smile" Stamp Set
-Versamark Ink Pad
-Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins
-Sheer Shimmer Spritz Spray in Frost
-Simon Says Stamp "Full Card Triangle" Die
-Strathmore Ready Cut Cold Press Watercolor Paper

Saturday, March 31, 2018

BRI Guest Designer Neat & Tangled "So Happy for You" Watercolor Succulent Card

Hello Everyone!  I hope that you're having a fantastic weekend.  It's spring break in our house and we've baked cookies, dyed Easter eggs, given the little princess a manicure, and done some Easter crafts.

You've probably noticed that I've been away from blogging and making videos for a few months.  Just before Christmas Time, my husband found out that we would be relocated for his job at the beginning of February.  Yup, only a month and a half notice but we made it worked.  We hustled and purged a lot of stuff before the packers arrived and were just getting everything in order before we had to make the move.  So at last, our move from New Jersey to North Dakota arrived.

The drive took us 3 days, with 2 small kiddos and 2 animals.  We were also driving 2 vehicles and it was quite interesting.  We learned how to drive in pretty extreme winter weather conditions rather quickly.  But we made it and our new home was waiting for us right when we arrived.

I must stay that the sunrises here are simply stunning, we get an amazing view right from our living room window and on our drive every morning to school.

Anyways, My craft desk has finally been unpacked (its generally the last priority after getting the rest of the house unpacked, settled and in a routine) and I'm back at it! 

Today, I'm a guest designer over on the BRI blog featuring the Neat & Tangled Succulent Journaling Card Stamp Set.  So head on over and check out my post and video showing how I created the card! 

You can find the post here.  

I'll see you guys soon with some more projects....I cannot wait to get my fingers inky! 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Holiday Series - Day 5 - Quick Ink Blended Holiday Boughs

Hello Everyone and Happy Friday!  I'd like to apologize for not having any videos posted the last few days.  My goal for this week was to post a video each and every day.  Unfortunately, on Tuesday afternoon after picking up my daughter from school, she came down with the nasty stomach bug.  It was not pretty and she was in need of a lot of attention.  It lasted for 2.5 days and now my husband has come down with it and my son also has some mild symptoms.  I'm doing everything in my powers to not catch it, especially with it being so close to the holidays.  Thus for, the lack of content these last few days.

But this evening, I do have a rather quick and simply card to put together.  I love when a card design comes together rather quickly, as there is always some last minute Holiday cards that need to get sent out that get forgotten about.

I absolutely love ink blending with Ranger's Distress inks and todays card incorporates ink blending, as well as some stamping, heat embossing, and watercolor splatters.

Here's a video showing how easy and quickly this card came together:

I'm hoping to have at least 1 more holiday themed card for you guys but the morning will tell how healthy my family is feeling.  Feel free to send healthy vibes our way :)


Monday, December 18, 2017

Holiday Series 2017 - Day 4 - Sweater Background

Hey Everyone.....there is exactly 1 week until Christmas!  Seriously this month has just flown by in hyper speed!

Today I'm using some Neat & Tangled Products to create a Sweater Background on my card set.  I die cut the Polygon Cover Plate out of 4 different colors and paired it up with the Neat & Tangled Merry & Bright Dies to create a set of 4 Holiday Themed Cards.

I hope you guys enjoyed this set of Holiday Cards.  I love being able to use a non-holiday related product to create holiday themed cards.  It really forces you to stretch your products and get the most out of them!

I'll be back soon with Day 5 of the Holiday Series for 2017!

-Neat & Tangled Merry & Bright Dies
-Neat & Tangled Polygon Cover Plate Die
-Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Silver
-Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins
-Simon Says Stamp 120 lbs Cardstock
-Multi Medium Matte
-Snail Adhesive
-Stick it Adhesive
-Adhesive Eraser

Friday, December 15, 2017

Holiday Series 2017 - Day 3 - Mass-producing Plaid Christmas Cards

Hey There!

I'm back today with Day 3 of the Holiday series for 2017.  Today I'm showing you how I mass-produced my plaid background Christmas cards that were mailed to family and friends.

I have seriously been eyeing up the Concord and 9th Plaid Background Stamp Set for quite some time but hadn't purchased it in time to use on creating my Christmas Cards.  So I went through my stamp stash and came across a stamp set from Clearly Besotted called Basic Stripes.  Unfortunately, you can't find this stamp set on any of the major online retailer that I used, however, Simon Says Stamp has a Basic Stripe Stamp Set that would work perfect!

This year I wanted to mix up the sentiment a bit, so I used Lawn Fawn's "Clark's ABC" to spell out merry and Simon Says Stamp's "Christmas Blessing" Die.  Unfortunately, Clark's ABC (which happens to be one of my favorites) is a retired stamp set, however, Lawn Fawn has a TON of alpha stamp sets!

Here's a video showing how I created this plaid background and put together the rest of the card.  I also talk about some tips/tricks that I've learned over the years when creating 50 holiday cards.

I hope this gave you some ideas and tips on how to mass-produce some holiday cards.  I really loved creating these cards!   I'll be back soon with Day 4 of the holiday series for this year.  

-Clearly Besotted Basic Stripes Stamp Set
-Simon Say Stamp Basic Stripe Stamp Set
-Lawn Fawn alpha stamp sets 
-Simon Says Stamp Christmas Blessings Dies
-Stickles in Christmas Red
-Stick it Adhesive 
-Neenah 100 lbs Desert Storm Cardstock

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Holiday Series 2017 - Day 2- Floral Joy Card

Hello Everyone!  I hope that your week is off to a fantastic start!  I cannot believe that Christmas is less than 2 weeks away!  Where has the time gone?  Unfortunately, last week I was having some computer difficulties and was not able to post some projects but we are back up and running!

Today, I have Day 2 of my Holiday Series this year and I'm using a stamp set that may not be a Holiday Stamp set but by changing up the colors I've made it feel more like a Holiday Card.  Concord & 9th's Flourishes Stamp Set is a great stamp set and can be changed up for many different occasions.    I paired that up with Lawn Fawn's Scripty Joy Die to complete this card.

And you all know that I cannot complete a card without a little bit of shimmer, so I added some Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Marker on all of the flowers on my card.  

Here is a video showing you how I created this card from start to finish: 

I'll be back soon with Day 3 of the Holiday Series and you can find all of the supplies used on this card down below.  


Monday, December 4, 2017

Holiday Series 2017 - Day 1 - Dimensional Snow Tree Card

Hello Everyone and Happy Monday!  Also, hello did you get here so fast?!?  I swear that the year has honestly FLOWN by and this month does not seem to be slowing down at all.

I'm so excited to be doing a Holiday Series this year...I could not believe when I looked back and saw that the last time I did a Holiday Series was 3 YEARS AGO!  But I'm incredibly excited to be presenting again this year here on my blog and youtube channel.

My goal for this series is to complete 12 Holiday projects.  I have way more than that sketched out and floating in my brain, however, I am a stay at home mom to 2 very young kids and time for myself can be very limited.  So I've set a goal of 12 projects but if I surpass that, I'll be ecstatic.

Onto Day 1 - Dimensional Snow Tree Card.  I have to admit that this card was created last year, it simply never got posted, so it does involve using a stamp set that is a little older but is a fantastic one for your holiday collection.  The stamp set that I am featuring today is Hero Arts "Color Layering Christmas Tree" and I'm pairing that with some White Liquid Appliqué to give the tree some really fun dimensional snow.  This card would also be incredibly easy to mass produce, especially with the use of the MISTI, which at the time I did not own last year.

Hope you guys enjoyed this card and I'll be back soon with Day 2 of the Holiday Series.

- Hero Arts Color Layering Christmas Tree Stamp Set
- White Liquid Applique
- Versamark
- EK Success Powder Tool
- Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
- Lawn Fawn Stitched Circle Dies
- Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together Stamp Set 
- Glitter Paper
- My Favorite Things Diagonal Stripes Background
- Lawn Fawn Freshly Cut Grass Ink
- Simon Says Stamp Green Apple Ink
- Simon Says Stamp Olive Ink (discontinued)
- Simon Says Stamp Green Leaf Ink
- Lawn Fawn Yeti Ink
- Score Tape
- Ranger Christmas Red Stickles 
- Fun Foam 
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