Thursday, February 11, 2016

You Make My Heart Flutter

I love matching die and stamp sets.  That gives you so many options.  When I think of February's challenge at Die Cut Divas, I think pink, whirling butterflies, and that fluttering feeling in the tummy.  My sentiment continues from the outside to the inside.  "YOU MAKE my heart flutter" is the sentiment, but I divided it to fit part on the outside and part inside.  Take a look at the outside.  And yes, the black and white is from a up-cycled tissue box.

I think this card has a feminine, but modern feel to it.  Someone gave me a tissue box that reminds me of a zebra and I couldn't resist using it.


Close-up of central panel

Close-up of butterfly (second layer of butterflies are clear embossed)
Supplies:
Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies (CL867)
Hero Arts  (DI135)
Color Layering Butterflies Frame Cuts
Distress Inks  worn lipstick & ripe persimmon
Cuttlebug

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Why Don't We Add Flowers?

Morgan's ArtWorld and February

The challenge begins.  Add flowers.  This is my sample for the Morgan's ArtWorld challenge for February.  I love this image, but I had to take a step back to decide how I wanted to color the flowers in the image.  I went to Facebook to see if I could find this image and I did!  I love Christine Ingram's card and the way she colored the flowers.  I only hope I have done something close to the level of beauty that Christine put into coloring the image. Here is the blog post by Christine. Thanks to Christine's coloring, I was able to make the flowers look like flowers.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you too, will love this image like I do.


Supplies
Morgan's Artworld Cameo Fae
Lifestylcrafts.com rectangles dies
Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Patch 1 1/2" & Mini Roses
Copic markers

Flowers with Love

This is not a tag, but a tag card (A2 size).  I masked the flowers and decided to use some flower colors I don't normally use, such as brown on the tips of the flowers.  I didn't want an ombre background, but used a piece of torn paper to make the background masking each layer below.  I was going for a mountain, wild type of background and I like this.  I plucked a ladybug and put it on one of the flowers.   A2Z Masked Flowers FEb 2016
Supplies:
  • Hero Arts Hello Flowers CL774
  • Copic markers E57, Y08,YR07, YR14
  • Distress inks Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amer and I put the inks away and I don't remember the exact color of green at the bottom
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Ladybug
  • Cuttlebug
You can check out my post at a2z Scrapbooking.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

You Stole My Heart

A valentine card does not have to be red.  I chose this wonderful distress ink color, Lucky Clover to make what look to me like bubbles.  When I thought of masking, this die came to mind.  I have used it once, maybe.  I wanted to see if I could make a background and I really like it.  Because the die is thin, I can't sponge, but rather press the sponger onto the card and die-cut.  It was worth a try and I like the way it turned out.  It's a bit whimsical and I don't think I've really done whimsical all that many times.


Close-up of tag
 Photo of card without the die-cut itself.  I think the addition of the die-cut itself made a big difference 

Supplies:
Hero Arts Baby Animals Stamp and Cut (sentiments put together) at a2z Scrapbooking
Distress Ink Lucky Clover
Glossy Accents
Memory Box Loopy Rings

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Out in the Country

Last day of the challenge for something new at Die Cut Divas and I've never used these critters on anything before.  I wanted to build a country house and I think I did it.  I wondered if I would use the chicken and rooster in the Country Scapes set, but here they are.  I think they fit the scene nicely.  My bird may be a bit large, but I left him where he was because I think it's rather funny.  Hope you like the country.   The fun thing about the tree dies is that the the shrubbery for the tree can be the best fluffy clouds too.
Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs All Seasons Tree and Holiday House at One Happy Cut
Elizabeth Craft Designs Country Scapes - Country Critters 1
Cuttlebug

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Monday, January 25, 2016

The Grand House

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The challenge over at Die Cut Divas is new technique, die, stamp, colors, something you're using or trying for the first time. Well, here is something I've never tried before and have been thinking about doing, so here it is.  I'm using my die-cuts to expand my die-cut house into a large home.  I also am using up scraps.  


Here's what I did:
  • I glued leftover scraps of paper from different projects onto a piece of copy paper.  
  • I then die-cut the house three times from the scrap paper and glued two of the houses onto a piece of copy paper. 
  • The long roof is the same width as the roof die and glued on top of the two houses. 
  • The third house is pop dotted to the top middle of the two houses.
  • I die-cut two trim pieces and used one piece to create trim for the back roof, while using the complete trim for the front house
  • I cut the chimney twice and layered one piece behind the other.
  • I cut four windows and glued them on.
  • I cut two doors to create a door with different paper.
  • I used a white ink pen to dot the trim.  This really lightened up the entire house. 
  • I found blue card stock and cut to A2 card size and adhered the houses onto the note card.
  • I wanted a large sentiment to fit above the house and chose Friend.  This is going to my friend, Monica of the Die Cut Divas, who is my exchange person on the Card Chain Challenge (CCC) at the Society of Stampaholics.

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Holiday House here
Hero Arts Big Ticket an older clear set (sentiment)
Signo Broad white pen
Cuttlebug

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Say It With Glitter

Say it with glitter.  I think that's fairly appropriate for this card.  Quite colorful too.  Sometimes you just have to let go with a little razzle dazzle (extremely flashy .colorful..loud .overkill..shiny) was the thing I needed for the new year.    
It'll be my wake up card for anyone who's moping along and not feeling happy with the day.  I think this is one of the best die sets ever.
Supplies:
My sample card at a2z Scrapbooking is here.

I hope you’ll join in the a2z Scrapbooking January Challenge and make a card that says "fireworks in some way for you with your Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils. And, if you need some new supplies, don’t forget to shop at a2z Scrapbooking..  Don’t forget that we are on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!  

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