Thursday, June 09, 2016

Birthday Butterfly

I am still having fun using acetate and vellum. I created this card using my favorite new die cut and emboss from Ranger. This butterfly is amazing! I used my Distress crayons to create a colorful butterfly which I layered onto an sunburst embossed and inked piece of acetate.

I also inked the happy part of the sentiment and both happy and birthday are die cut words out of vellum.
A vellum branch with leaves is added to underneath the butterfly.
Some clear gems from Simon Says Stamp finishes this off.

Creative Chemistry summer

I created two tags for Creative Chemistry Summer session leading up to Creative Chemistry 103 in August... So exciting!
You can find out details of these classes here at Online Card Classes 
I didn't have time to post the week one challenge tag but am going to share a peek of it here.
I used peacock feathers, seedless preserves, barn door and lightly went over it with brushed corduroy. Then I did the spritz and flick technique with water and stamped a sentiment from Tim Holtz and butterfly wings from Technique Junkies.

This tag is for week two challenge.
I used a number stencil from Ranger/Tim Holtz and applied Distress Stains in Seedless Preserves, Barn Door and Peacock Feathers. I loved that some of it seeped through but you still get a pattern!
The great thing about Distress is that they are reactive with water and blend with one another beautifully! After drying,
I adhered this panel to a Kraft tag and inked along the edges in the same color inks. 
Because it was so bright and busy, I kept the stamping simple with this sentiment by Technique Junkies.
I went in after and added a bit of turquoise Nuance pigment powder (by Magenta) to the bottom just to give the inked area a bit of pop as the powders have various colors in the mix ( see a bit of yellow and orange) 
Such a fun technique.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Day 4 clear and sheer

Today's cards take two cards of mine that were either a little too busy for my taste and /or included some trial and error techniques.

I had attempted a glittered background that didn't create a "perfect" glitter affect on the inked and uneven vellum.
I had some mix of vellum and card stock images , fussy cut and layered on a vellum cloud panel and a warping sentiment ( lol my description sounds pathetic!) I wondered what it would look like more subdued under a heavy piece of Duralar. To my surprise, adding the acetate panel pulled this all together!

The next card is a card that I had pieced together a million times!
Sherri showed us how adding just a touch of vellum, acetate mixed with layers of cardstock really give your project another layer of dimension .
Adding these chicks (Reverse Confetti) on pop dots gives a 3D feel.

Day 3 clear and sheer

Today's lesson is all about creating clear cards. I had always avoided doing them because I could never figure out how to leave room to write a message.
After this class, I am much more confident and full of ideas thanks to the great teachers at Online Card Classes.
Using acetate is not new to me but creating a card base out of it was so I did that first.
I then stamped a sentiment out of vellum and layered it onto a stripe stamped block, cardstock, vellum and finally the acetate card front. Having all these layers allowed me to disguise adhesives and let the sentiment really pop out.
I also created an acetate embellishment that I cut out of packaging. The clamshell package had a clear molded butterfly. I added layers of alcohol inks which are great on plastics and acetate.
I tied a gold ribbon around the side of the card and added some gems to finish it off .

Clear and Sheer day 1

I am participating in the newest Online Card Classes Clear and Sheer.
Today I am sharing my cards for day 1.
We learned many ways, tips and tricks for attaching vellum. 
I created two cards using two different techniques.
My first card has a fun little unicorn scene (stamps are all Reverse Confetti).
I layered images onto a sheet of background vellum which I attached with a brad in the left hand corner. I also applied some adhesive to the vellum where the stamped stripe panel would hide the adhesive.

Next up I created a card using die cuts and trinkets to attach the vellum branch to the world die cut. Both were distress inked and I found the more grungy or inked the vellum was the easier it was to conceal the adhesive . 
The die cut word is also silver vellum that I die cut and then inked.
I used a lot of Ranger and Tim Holtz products on this card.

Day 2 clear and sheer

Today was an exciting day of class. The amazing Jennifer McGuire shared how to color our vellum.
She made it look so beautiful and easy. I only had inexpensive vellum in my stash and while I did get the results in smaller pieces, I was completely a failure in covering an entire sheet of vellum! Ha! So I took a smaller piece, layered it with ink and added a vellum die cut word to the front. I kind of like the textures and different tones I had achieved by making the white vellum pinkish. It reminds me of a mountain.
I had fun with my gems and rhinestones making them resemble stars.
I then matted it all to a glittery silver card stock and tied it all together with a stick pin and sheer ribbon.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Clear and Sheer

I am so excited to be taking Online Card Classes newest class Clear and Sheer.
It starts today and I am in need of some serious help when it comes to acetate, sheers and vellums on my projects.

Here is an example of a card where I added the sentiment in a frosty vellum . It seems to just be floating there? This example is a more grungy look so it's probably okay but  I'm hoping to get some tips that can make my use of sheer layers look more professional.

Sunday, April 24, 2016


For this weeks Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, butterfly beauty.
I had fun creating this mixed media card using a ton of Tim Holtz/ Ranger products including the yummy Distress crayons.
A million random techniques to get this artistic butterfly and random extra silk flowers stapled to the canvas for a grungy look. Such a fun spring look!

Reverse Confetti

SFYTT April was a funky one.
I played around and layered my card stock to create the basic form. Instead of obvious circles I was inspired to create a mini scene using the cute koalas from "bear hugs". The hello sentiment is from "the tweet life" and the butterflies from "Hippity Hoppity". 
I used both Distress inks for the background and Copic markers for my critters.
This will be a cute card to add to my nieces birthday package.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Shake Shake Shake

For the Wednesday challenge over at Simon Says Stamp this week, they are having fun shaking things up.
I wanted to use up some Valentine card supplies and some holiday stamps and sequins I had sitting on my desk.
I created a cute little (sort of) lovey dovey card that could be for Valentines day or just for a someone special.
I used bunnies from Lawn Fawn stamp set. Used some embellishments from Crate paper and paper from Recollections and Simon Says Stamp. I also added a scallop frame using a die cut from Pretty Pink Posh and added this sequin mix .
Shaker cards are hard to capture in a photograph but it is super cute in real life and the bunnies are coated with a bit of Wink of Stella clear glitter.
Shake Shake Shake...

They have a ton of new products and you can play along with the challenges on their inspiring blog

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Lovey Dovey

Made two cards with the amazing stamps from Right At Home Scrapbooking.
This sweetheart sentiment , candy hearts stamps from Right At Home are so perfect for layering. I used a mix of pattern papers from My Favorite Things, and Pebbles, Inc.
The scallop frame is a die from Pretty Pink Posh. Some iridescent sequins from the Target dollar spot finish the background.
The second card , I added a little monkey stamp from Mama Elephant with the border stamp, candy hearts and sentiments from Right At Home.
Sequins are from a special edition right at home mix from Pretty Pink Posh.
Pattern papers are Pebbles, Inc.
Really love these candy hearts. Too sweet for words!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Wednesday Challenge

At Simon Says Stamp, the Wed challenge is Create With Critters.
I used the Lawn Fawn set baahhh humbug to make this cute little love card.
I cut away the 'for Christmas' from the sentiment so now it reads "all is want is ewe "
Used my copics to color these fleece baby's in .... Super cute and fluffy .
Added clear fine glitter around the background and matted onto several colors of layered card stock mats. Speaking of cute... And critters..., I am sharing a picture of my craft helper/distractor. My dog Dixie would prefer sitting on my lap then letting me create... Sometimes that is okay with me❤️🐶