Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Glossy Accents and Wink of Stella

Two of the coolest products on their own are even better when you put them together.  And I have been doing just that, a lot, lately.  I love the look of the glitter and the dimension and together they are AWESOME.

I chose the Make a Cake stamp set and built my cake, coloring the the stamp to get different colors.  The banner is from the Banner Blast stamp set and Banner punch.  

Now comes the cool part.  I added glossy accents to the fags on the banner and glues the string down at the same time.

I also added glossy assents to the cake plate.  I added Wink of Stella to the cake and flags, and glossy accents to the flags too.  It kind of blings up the glitter, way more in real life that in the photo.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Playing With Stencils, Again

I am really loving embossing paste! It gives great texture and interest and that's great for masculine cards that I always try to bling up.  The card today is one that I started with one idea and ended with another card idea entirely.  

So I started with a half a sheet of white cardstock, Neenah 110 lb.  I found this cool stencil at my local scrap book store. It's mini gears from crafter's studio.  I taped the cardstock to my craft mat and taped the stencil over that and layered embossing paste onto the cardstock.  I didn't try to make it smooth and left a thick layer of embossing paste.  Then I let it dry over night.

After it was dry, I choose some colors and sponged the ink on top of the embossing paste and got an emboss resist effect.  I choose Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, and Crushed Curry.  

The photo is really shiny because the embossing paste I used is the Dream Weavers Glossy White.  I added some washi tape to the front of the card and a sentiment from Stampin Up, cut with a matching framelit, and a cool wood veneer from Studio Calico.  The card base is Cajun Craze from Stampin' Up.

This is a close up of the veneer bike.  I love wood veneers! They are rapidly becoming a favorite embellishment.  

Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Stamping Motion

One of my most used stamp sets is the Celebrate set from last years sale-a-bration from Stampin Up. I love the sketched look of the images and the old fashioned bike is my absolute favorite. 
One thing I loves seeing other people doing was making the bike look like it is moving.  I decided to stop looking at other people's cards and try it myself. So I did!

I made a card base from Stampin' Up's! Early Espresso card stock.  The pattern papers all came from the DCWV Going Green stack.  I inked the bike stamp up in Early Espresso ink and stamped it from right to left to make the look of forward motion. The banner sentiment is blinged up with candy dots. Just right for a guy card.

The inside sentiment is from the same stamp set as the bike.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Clean and Simple Masculine Card

A while ago, I saw this card on Pinterest and thought what a cool card it would be for one of the many guys in my family.  I decided to use it finally when I needed 8 guy cards in one month.  I know, crazy big family;)

I started with a Bermuda Bay card base that is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches, side folding.  I added a layer of Whisper White that I ran through the Stripes embossing folder.  
The strips actually came from the growing pile of "usable" scraps I keep in a bucket near my desk; Crushed Curry, Midnight Muse and Coastal Cabana, I accidentally grabbed the wrong color and didn't notice until it was too late.  I decided it was ok, because there are no mistakes in card making.  lol.  
The sentiment is from the Express Yourself stamp set, stamped in Midnight Muse ink.  

The inside is a combination of two stamp sets, Express Yourself and Happiest Birthday, in Bermuda Bay ink.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Better Late Than Never

I caught a bug that kept me down for a few days, and you know what happens then.  Once you're behind a day, it takes a while to catch up again.  But here I am, ready to show you what I've created the last few days.  
Valentine's Day has come and gone, but I wanted to post some of the cards I made anyway.  Ever since I got the Cannery framelits I've wanted to fill that jar with anything and everything :)  One of the things I wanted to do was make a jar of hearts for Valentine's Day, there is a song about that and it is not a happy song, so I wondered if it would be a good idea.  But I did it anyway.  And I love how it turned out.

The card base was picked to coordinate with the paper stack I found at Michaels.  It's a Recolections 12 x 12 pad, and I loved it the minute I saw it.  So I picked a Smokey Slate card base and went from there.  The jar is stamped with Stazon ink on window sheet and die cut with the mathing framelit. I also cut a piece of white cardstock to put behind the window sheet.  
I used the small heart punch to punch out a bunch of hearts for the inside of the jar.  I glued the hearts to the white die cut keeping them inside the stamped image the best I could.  
I die cut the lid for the jar as well and wrapped the twine around it and added a tag from the Tiny Tags stamp and punch set. I mounted the whole jar on a die cut from the Labels framelits to show it off better.

The inside is stamped with a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes and I added some more hearts to the bottom.  And I used some glossy accents to make the hearts 3 ish.

I love how they turned out, even with the air bubbles I missed. 

Thanks for looking!