Sunday, April 19, 2015

My First Color Burst Card

If you follow my blog, you know I discovered Bister powders last year and then Brusho Crystal Colours and now I am the proud owner of every color available of Color Burst by Ken Oliver. There are just six colors right now, but he is hinting of new colors maybe this summer. I found them to be very similar to Brushos- bright and colorful and easy to use to make gorgeous backgrounds like this one on my first CB card. I simply sprinkled the blue, yellow and green Color Burst onto a piece of watercolor paper and spritzed with water. I let it dry for a short while, then while still damp, I embossed with a new Fabric Weave embossing folder from Sizzix for some great texture. Then I lightly applied teal ink to the embossed lines direct to paper. I layered the completed piece on a teal card and attached the "cherish" die cut (Tim Holtz for Sizzix) and the leafy sprig from Memory Box.

I am entering this card in the "Make Your Own Background" at Simon Says Stamp and the Anything Goes challenge at Creative Fingers.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Birthday Cards 4 Kids Challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids

It’s Saturday and time for another fun challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids! This time our challenge is Birthday Fun 4 Kids! Create and link any birthday card for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have three very generous sponsors for this challenge: Bugaboo is giving their winner 7 digis of their choice!  Lacy Sunshine is giving their randomly picked winner 3 digis!  And Fred She Said’s winner gets a $10 gift certificate! TEAM S.A.S will also be choosing their favorite cards for our top three and the winners will receive a blog badge and an opportunity to be a guest design team member on a future challenge.

My first birthday card above features Pickles and the Love Cupcake from Lacy Sunshine. I paper pieced him and his yummy cupcake and popped him up over a background I created with a stitched wavy border die. I printed the sentiment, cut it out with deckle scissors and attached. 
I think lots of kids like word searches and puzzles and so they would love this card with "Word Search Birthday Boy" by Bugaboo. I highlighted "smiles", did a little coloring and paper pieced his outfit and balloons. The card is an easel card and stands up to reveal the Happy Birthday sentiment which is a popped up border punch by Martha Stewart.
I am entering these cards in the Birthday challenges at Aud Sentiments and Fresh Brewed and the Design Team Showcase.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Happy Dust Fun Fold Card on Crackerbox Palace Friday

It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and today I am sharing a new fun fold card featuring Crackerbox Palace’s funny funny stamps. I love trying new folds and using humor in my cards, so this card makes me happy. I learned how to do this fold from this video on line. I stamped the lol fairy godmother with versamark and heat embossed her with sparkly glitter embossing powder. Then I cut out her stitched square frame with a die from Lil’ Inker. The opening in the front of the card was cut with another stitched square die also from Lil’ Inker. I punched the top of the folded inside piece with a star border punch from Martha Stewart. Then I stamped the Happy Dust saying in purple on the yellow. I stamped the sentiment again and the magic wand with versamark and purple embossing powder, cut them out and attached. Here are a couple more pictures showing the card open, from the top and closed.

**As a present to you from Crackerbox Palace, all the CBP stamps  on this card will be 20% OFF for one week! What a deal! **

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Wonderful Wednesdays and the “one for the girls” challenge at Penny’s Paper Crafty.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

New Discoveries to Share

Can I just say I LOVE this card?! I was inspired by this beautiful card  and some new stamps I had to have from a new stamp company I just discovered. The water drops on this card is a gorgeous stamp from a company in Canada called Designs by Ryn.  She has a whole sheet of different water drops in unmounted rubber and also individual stamps on cushion.In addition to the unique water drops stamps, there are many other artistic and beautiful stamps. Of course I wanted many many of her other stamps too, and will be ordering again soon.

I also discovered a new website called Live Love Cards where new tutorial videos and cards are posted often and there is a whole library of great ideas available for only $2.50 per month. I have not had time to totally explore all the videos, but for less than the cost of a cup of coffee per month, I have joined and recommend you check it out. The challenge this month at Live Love Cards is rainbows and when I saw that, I knew I had to make a card with rainbow colors in the water drops and the background. I stamped the raindrops on a white strip and colored them in the ROYGBIV colors using watercolor pencils. The background was created with the same colors in order using Brusho Crystal Colours sprinkled on watercolor paper and spritzed with water. I printed the sentiment on vellum and attached with glue dots covered up with yellow candy dots. I added some white enamel accents to the dots on the water drops which really makes them pop.

I am entering this card in the April challenge at Designs by Ryn, the April Rainbow challenge at Live Love Cards and the Make Your Own Background at Simon Says Stamp. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Inspiration Photo Challenge at Repeat Impressions

On the third Wednesday of every month at Repeat Impression’s blog, The House that Stamps Built, the challenge is going to be an Inspiration Photo challenge. I find it fascinating to see each stamper’s take on a card based on the same inspiration photo. This is this month’s Inspiration Photo:

Will you be inspired by the colors or the objects or shapes in the photo? It is up to you to pick out what inspires you and make a card, then enter it for a chance to win some great Repeat Impressions rubber. Be sure to check out the RI blog for the inspiration based cards by the other Rock Stars. I have seen them and you do not want to miss them!

I was inspired by the colors and shapes of the photo. I chose two fireworks stamps from Repeat Impressions and heat embossed the images with bright sparkly embossing powder from Stampamania. Then I sprinkled on Brusho Crystal Colours to fill in the background and spritzed with water. I stamped the sentiment after the card front dried.

 I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Scribble and Scrap and 613 Avenue Create, and the Design Team Showcase.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"Love You This Much" at TTCRD

It’s Tuesday and time for another Through the Craft Room Door challenge. As always the theme is my favorite, Anything Goes! There is a new challenge every Tuesday at TTCRD. I am on Team A and this week is our turn to post our cards. The sponsor this week is Paola Jafre. Check out the TTCRD blog for all the details and great cards by the rest of the dt.

For this challenge, I printed and paper pieced Paola Jafre’s “Love You This Much” little boy,  and made a shaker card behind the open “you”. I think any child would love the movement of the sequins and beads, and the sentiment as well.

**Don’t Miss It! The new March/April 2015 issue of Through The Craft Room Door magazine is available for your viewing pleasure in the "Subscribers Only Area" of the TTCRD website.  It is loaded with over 100 pages of paper craft tutorials, tons of inspiration and projects you can create. Plus free digis, two articles by me (CHA review and Zentangle tutorial) and 3 of my cards among dozens of great cards. Come check it out! If you do not currently subscribe to the magazine you will need to go to the top of the page and click on the Subscription/Renewals tab. I highly recommend everyone get a subscription to this great on line magazine!**

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Scribble and Scrap and 613 Avenue Create, and the Design Team Showcase.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Thinking of You Hummingbird Card

Lately I have needed to make many Thinking of You cards for friends and relatives, and for this one I played with a new technique using my Brusho Crystal Colours. I picked out a beautiful hummingbird from Earth Art International and spritzed it with water. Then I sprinkled some blues and green Brushos directly on the stamp, spritzed again and placed a piece of watercolor paper directly onto the prepared stamp. The card above is the second one I made. Here is a picture of the first impression on the wet stamp:
Both are beautiful and colorful, but on the second generation, you can see the details of the stamp a bit better. I cut both pieces out with a stitched rectangle die from Lil' Inker, added the die cut sentiment (Penny Black) and some blue candy dots. One more cool way to use Brushos or Bisters!

I am entering these cards in the Anything Goes challenges at 613 Avenue Create and Scribble and Scrap.