Friday, January 30, 2015

A DeLIGHTful Birthday - Your Next Stamp

Hi all!! 

Just a quick share with you all my card for Your Next Stamp's Friday Fun Project.  This card also showcases the current sketch and color challenge you can will find on the YNS Blog.  Come play along and you can win some fun prizes!

I used the new release set of Perfect Chemistry and the coordinating die.  The cute image was colored in with Copics and some Glossy Accents was used for the eyes and highlight.  I added the sentiment banner as my top panel is embossed and I knew the sentiment would not come out very well.  The image and sentiment are popped up.  I used the Tiny Stitches die to outline the top panel before completing the look with some fun YNS gumdrops! Here is the sketch and color challenges:

Thanks again for stopping by and be sure to come play along with us! Have a great Friday!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Secret Sweets - Your Next Stamp Feature Day

Happy Thursday!

Today is a fun day full of inspiration on the Your Next Stamp blog! It's Feature Day and it's all about Love.  Valentines is just around the corner, so your mojo will be flowing when you see all the fun and fabulous project the DT has come up with.

My project is a sweet surprise that is sure to bring a smile to whomever you give this too. Here is the front:

The Large Tear Away Tab is used to hide some candy on the inside.  How fun is that?! I started with an average A2 card base and folded it half.  I then determined where I wanted the tear to be and ran the die on the top of the card.  Using a small vellum treat bag, I filled it with some candy hearts and was sure that the candy were lying flat and cut the top portion, top layer of the bag into a squared 'U' to give it a wider opening.  I adhered that to the inside and taped the edges with some score-tape.  Be sure not to tape the tab!  The outside was decorated using some patterned paper from EP's Head over Heels collection.  I used the new release of YNS Cool and Sweet for the images, cutting them out with the coordinating dies and using the fun Awesome Borders 2 collection for the top border. The sentiment was stamped directly on top of the tab.  Here it is open:

I hope you enjoyed this little fun project.  Be sure to head over to the YNS blog for more inspiration and wonderful designs! Have a great day!
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sparkle and Shine

Just a quick pop in to share with you a fun CAS card for the Sparkle and Shine challenge.  Have you played along or checked it out? A challenge blog using sequins! Whoop!! A great way to use the thousands of sequins you have hoarding... uh hem... lying around! :)  This is also my entry for their DT call.  Fingers crossed...

This card is a shaker card, which seem to be all the rage right now.  Good thing too because I realized the last shaker card I made was literally a year ago!

I love the look of all white with a pop of color and thought a great way to do that is definitely with some sequins being that "pop" of color.  I started off with some heavy weight cardstock for the base and layer.  The window cut out is a PTI die while the stitching on the side is a die from Your Next Stamp.  The sentiment is from a set from Flourishes (no longer in business) called Roses for love.
The sequins are some I had from Fancy Pants, but Pretty Pink Posh has some fantastic blends that I am going to have to purchase.  Yay for crafty shopping!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great night!
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Some Published Cards... Sort of...

Hello everyone!
As most of you know, Paper Crafts Magazine decided last month to close its doors and make this months issue the last.  And if you are like the rest of us, we are quite bummed to see them go in an industry that is forever changing. I don't know about you, but I really thought PC would be the last man standing! :)  Years ago, I tried to get published in this magazine and never made it through.  I was frustrated and didn't do it again for a while.  I decided to go for it again for this particular call and you can only imagine my excitement when a yes came through!  It was short lived, but just knowing they liked what they saw is humbling enough. So- I thought I would share with you two cards that were recently selected for publication before the announcement was made.  Thank you to PC Magazine for considering my two cards, I am flattered!

First up... Missing you.

This slider card was made using Lawn Fawn's fun set of Wish You Were Here and the coordinating die set.  My idea was to make the interactive card be so the heart would end up on the other side of the US.  If  you look really close, you will notice that it starts in VA (where I live) and ends in Southern CA. (Where I'm from!) :)

Here it is open:

Isn't it fun?  I really enjoyed making this card and was thrilled that it was picked up by PC Magazine.

My second card was using some dry embossing.  I got a little creative with this embossing folder to give it the layered look of various colors. 

Simply The Best:

This card was a CAS look as well using Avery Elle's set of Handwritten Notes.  Love this set! I started by embossing the white panel a little more than halfway up and then taking a few scraps I had in a nice color palette and embossed those.  I then fussy cut each row to have it fit on top of the white embossed row.  The sentiment was stamped directly onto the card and the look was completed by a row of rhinestones, a button, and some twine. 

There it is! My two almost published cards... I hope you enjoyed them and thanks for popping in.  Have a great Tuesday!
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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cameo - Friday Sketch Challenge

Happy Saturday everyone!

Have you checked out the fun sketch over at Friday Sketch Challenge?  The sponsor is Fitztown and they have beautiful images perfect for this sketch. 

My card is made using Cameo and I just love it.  So feminine and beautiful.  I had a wonderful time coloring her with my Copics.

The patterned paper is from Basic Grey's Sultry collection and the image is popped up.  I really wanted the focus to be the image so I left off a sentiment for later and finished off the card with some paper roses, rhinestones and pearls.

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check out the other fabulous projects from the DT!

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