Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tropical Girl

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well and enjoying the day.

I'm back to share a project I completed recently using my new Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers.  I'm quite a novice when it comes to coloring with these fantastic markers.  I'm learning and enjoying every minute of the process.

This lovely image of the Tropical Girl is by artist Jeremiah Ketner.  I purchased the downloadable image from the Crafts and Me shoppe on Etsy and colored her using the Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. 

The card measures 5.5" square and is a top fold (tent fold) on a vanilla cardstock base.  The printed mat is designer paper by the Paper Studio.  I used die cuts for the leaves, the tag and the frame.  The sentiment is cut from some designer paper I had in my stash. 


At the time I was coloring, I didn't have the mindset to record what colors I was using for the image but I will record for the next image I share.  If I may say so myself I thinks he came out lovely.  I'm patting myself on the back for being a complete newbie and this image coming out this good....beginners luck I imagine.  I hope you enjoyed my post and thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

Monday, June 18, 2018

Totally Girly Cards - A Dress and a Corset

Hello Everyone!  I hope you are well and ready for your awesome week!

Today I'm sharing feminine cards I created using unbranded dies.  My first card features a corset, die cut word and cheerful patterned paper.  The card measures 4.25" x 5.5" and the card base is Neenah 100 lb solar white cardstock.


My second card features a lovely dress, cheerful papers and mesaures 4.25" x 5.5".  The card base is also 110 lb. solar white.  The sentiment is a CardzTV stamp and it has been heat embossed using Ranger White Embossing Powder.


I would like to invite you to Creative Knockouts Challenge and Creatalicious Challenges; I'm on the Design Teams and there are challenges going on with great prizes to the winners!

Thanks for stopping by and until next time, Happy Crafting.

Donna

** Cards Entered into the following challenges:  CardzTV Anything Goes

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Anything Goes Challenge at Creatalicious Challenges

Hello Everyone!  I hope you are doing well and ready for your weekend!

 Today I want to share my design team project for the challenge over at Creatalicious Challenges.  The Challenges are posted on the 15th and on the last day of each month.  The challenge for June 15th is Anything Goes with Optional Flowers.  I created a shabby chic themed card for the Challenge.


I used embossing, die cuts, lace, faux pearl, paper foliage and a flower; all on kraft card to pull together this design team project.

Please join us over at Creatalicious Challenges for this challenge - the sponsor is Wild Orchid Crafts and if you are not familiar with them, please check them out.  The have lots of beautiful, handcrafted flowers as well as embellishments of all sorts.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Washi Wonders

Hello Everyone!  Hope you are doing well.

Today begins another weekly challenge at Creative Knockouts.  The challenge this week is to use Washi Tape in your design.

I used a sweet image of Lily from Crafty Sentiments Designs; who is this week's challenge sponsor. 

I created an Easel card using pieces of Washi Tape here and there.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the heart stopper is a handcrafted embellishment I made using the card from a cereal box.  

I hope you will stop by Creative Knockouts and enter your creation in a chance of winning some great images from Crafty Sentiments Designs.  See You There!

Till Next Time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

Monday, June 4, 2018

Masculine Card Round-Up

Hello Everyone!  I hope your weekend was Spectacular!

Today I want to share some masculine cards I created this past weekend.  With Father's Day fast approaching, I have been thinking about masculine designs. 

The first card is a Father's Day card I created for my husband using a Steampunk-ish Theme with Gears and Kraft Colored card.


I used Gear die cuts that I applied Pearl-Ex Mica Powders to for the aged, patina look.  To get the powders to stick, I used the Palette Stamp and Stick Glue Pad to apply the sticky glue type substance on the die cuts.  I used an old , small, inexpensive watercolor brush to apply the powders and set with the heat tool.  I applied micro glaze to the die cuts to ensure the powders would not smudge off. 

I used two types of ribbon from my stash and inked everything up with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  This card measures 5" x 5".


This card is for a Birthday, created using some awesome digital images and papers from the Etsy Seller Scrapbookingdom.  I used a Border Gear die cut, simply cut from black card.  I heat embossed the sentiment.  This card measures 5.5" x 4.25" top folding landscape.




Continuing with the Biker Theme, another Birthday Card using more digital images and papers from Scrapbookingdom.  These images are so clear and realistic, I'm more than impressed!  This is a top folding, landscape card measuring 5.5" x 4.25".





Last but not least, a Gatefold Birthday card with a simplistic design.  The card measures 5.5" x 4.25".  I'm fond of the color scheme, I really like blues and browns for a masculine card.




That's all I have for you today.  I hope you enjoyed the post and were inspired to create some awesome masculine cards.  Any of these cards would also be great for Father's Day.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna


** I support the following card challenges:  Artistic Inspirations Challenge #202, Cardz TV Anything Goes #51, Cardz 4 Guyz Metal MadnessArtistic InspirationsCute n Crafty Challenge Blog





Thursday, May 31, 2018

Creative Knockouts Design Team

Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you and yours.

Today I wanted share some of my good news.  I have been accepted as part of the Design Team at Creative Knockouts on Blogspot!  I'm more than thrilled and so honored to be joining the awesome designers over there and hope you will stop by the Creative Knockouts Blog, check out the site and join in the fun!

This is my debut design using one of the cute digital stamp images provided by Imagine That Digi Stamps.

The theme for this weeks challenge at Creative Knockout is #248 - Embossing Delight.  Some type of embossing on the project;  heat or dry is required.


This little Otter is part of the Otter Say Hello set.  It is an adorable set and the Otter images come in jpg or png.  You get a black and white image as well as a colored image that is ready to go and there are a variety of sentiments included as well.  I chose the colored image in the png format, uploaded to my Cricut Design Space, then print and cut....easy peasy!

This little side folding card is a shaped card measuring 4.5" x 4.5".  The yellow mat was dry embossed using the Cricut Swiss Dots folder and colored with Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Ink.  I used a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen for some sparkle and Ranger Glossy Accents for clear droplets here and there.  I finished the card off with some baby blue Baker's twine from my stash.  

That's all I have for today.  I hope your visit again and until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Teal. Blue and White Shabby Chic Card with Matching Box

Hello Everyone and Happy Wednesday!

Today I'm sharing the last of the matching cards and boxes I recently created.  This was a quick project using Prima Marketing designer papers, die cuts, faux pearls, floral accents from Wild Orchid Crafts, Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal drops and stained seam binding.



 The card measures 4.5" x 5.5"; a standard A2 size.  The box is slightly larger than the card for a good fit; it's 1/2 " deep.  I chose to use a satin ribbon from my stash for the box instead of seam binding.  Maybe in hindsight, I should have went with the seam binding for the box.


I hope you enjoyed my quick project share for today and until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A Vintage Birthday Wish Card with Matching Box

Hello Everyone!  I hope all is well with you and yours and you enjoyed a wonderful Memorial Day Holiday.

Today I have another card with matching box to share with you.  This matching set has a Vintage feel; card measures 4.25" x 5.5" (A2).


Vintage and Shabby Chic are my absolute favorite to create.  I feel I'm better at creating Vintage but I still try with Shabby Chic.  This card was created with Prima Love Notes Papers, flowers and leaves from Wild Orchid Crafts, die cuts and ribbon from my stash.

The base is kraft colored cardstock from Recollections.  I have inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and colored the lace die cut mat with Tattered Rose Distress Ink.  I then spritzed the card with Glimmer Mist for some sparkle.

The matching box is simple in it's design and decoration.  Covered with the same Prima Love Notes designer paper and a ribbon from my stash to be used as a closure.

The box measures slightly larger than the card for a nice fit.


I hope you enjoyed my project today.  I have one more matching card and box to share, then it's Masculine Cards for Father's Day.

Till Next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna



Saturday, May 26, 2018

Lovely Lavendar and White Card with Matching Box

Hello Everyone!  I hope all is well with you and yours.

Today I have another card with matching box to share with you.  I couldn't resist creating this set using my favorite color which is Purple and all shades thereof.  This card measures 4.25" x 5.5" (A2).


The die cuts used for this card are the lace doily, the white background mat and the sentiment circle.  The sentiment is heat embossed with Ranger Gold Fine Embossing Powder.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the ribbon is from my stash (Wal-Mart I believe).

I dotted the flowers with liquid adhesive and sprinkled extra fine glitter on the adhesive.  The adhesive will dry clear and all that's left to be seen is the glitter.  This technique of using glitter in this way was inspired by Christina Griffiths at Flowers, Ribbons and Pearls.



The Box was made using heavy weight cardstock, Neenah 110 lb Solar White and Embossed Purple cardstock placed on top.  The box is finished off with a ribbon closure and the box measures 4.5" x 5.75", slightly larger than the card for a good fit.  *** Tip:  I used a circle punch to cut 1/2 circles from the sides of the lid in order to provide an easier opening of the box.

Both the card and box are being offered for sale in my Etsy Shoppe (link to your right - in the column).

That's all I have for you today; I hope you were inspired and until next time....Happy Crafting!

Donna

**  I support the following card challenges:  CardzTV Anything Goes Challenge #49

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Lemon and Blue Card with Matching Box

Hello Everyone, I hope all is well with you and yours.

Today I want to share the first completed project in a series I am creating.  I love to create embellished cards however they can be too bulky to properly fit into an envelope so I decided I would create a box to match the card.

This project was very enjoyable to create; the lemon and blue combo turned out fantastic and I feel the black sentiment really sets the card apart from crowd.


I used some of my favorite embellishments which are flowers!  I also used die cut leaves and a background piece I cut from Cricut Design Space.  I embossed the blue mat with an unbranded embossing folder and added some lace trim from my stash.  The sentiment and yellow shadow piece are also from Cricut Design space images.

The Box was embellished with a polka dot mat and some matching ribbon.  The card is an A2 size ( 4.25" x 5.5") and the box is slightly bigger than that to accommodate the card.  


This card and box are currently listed for purchase in my Etsy Shoppe (link to my shoppe on the right).  I hope you enjoyed this project today and were inspired.  Please come back to see more cards with matching boxes this week.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Create Your Own Backgrounds

Hello Everyone.  I hope you are well and happy!

Today I would like to share some cards I created using the Tim Holtz Distress Inks and water to create some gorgeous backgrounds for cards.  The cards are A2 size (4.25" x 5.5").



This 1st card was created using an unbranded Star die I purchased from AliExpress and Distress Inks in the following colors:  Candied Apple, Abandon Coral and Barn door.  I used an Embossing Folder with a Star pattern and my Cuttlebug to dry emboss the top mat which measures 4" x 5.25".

I placed the 3 inks on my craft mat at spritzed each with some water.  I then placed the white card on top of one color to pick up some color, rotated the card and placed on another and so on.  I dried with my heat tool and repeated the process until I was happy with the result.

I used the "left over" piece of star from the die cutting process to pop up on foam and placed in the middle of the cut out for some dimension.  I heat embossed the sentiment on Vellum, for the finishing touch and sparkle I added clear sequins here and there.


The 2nd card was a bit simpler in design using an unbranded dies from AliExpress and Distress Inks in the following colors:  Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers and Aged Mahogany.   I heat embossed over the word Lovely with Ranger Black Embossing Powder for some shine and thickness.  For the finishing touch, I used Tonic Nuvo Drops in Crystal for some interest.  


If I may say so myself, this is my favorite of the group!  This time I used the Distress Inks in the colors Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire to create this awesome background.  I ran the card mat through the Cuttlebug using an Embossing folder with a Burst pattern.  I die cut the middle and the dimensional piece with 2 unbranded dies from AliExpress.  The Dream wording is also an unbranded die that I heat embossed with Ranger Black Embossing Powder.  I again used Nuvo Drops in Crystal to add some interest. 



Last but not least, I wanted to see how the colors would look against a Kraft colored card.  The Distress Colors I used here were:  Mowed Lawn, Tea Dye and Spiced Marmalade.  I cut 1/2 inch strips and die cut a circle for the focal point.  The front of the card was embossed using an embossing folder with dandelion images.

The flower die cut was colored using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in the colors Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint.  The sentiment was heat embossed with Ranger Black Embossing Powder.  I finished the card by placing Nuvo Drops in Bronze around the card.


I hope you enjoyed today's blog post and until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

** I support the following challenges:  CardzTV Anything Goes Challenge #48CardzTV Anyting Goes Challenge #49


Monday, May 14, 2018

Anna Griffin Shabby Chic and Vintage Card Set

Hello Everyone and to all the Mothers out there...I hope your day was extra special!

Today I am sharing a set of 4 note cards I created using Anna Griffin Designer Papers, Vintage Flowers and Butterflies.  I used my Cricut Access to purchase the images, then printed and cut them to use for my card fronts.  One of the note cards has a little Song Bird ephemera image from K & Company.  For all the cards, I used photopolymer stamps from CardzTV Stamps.



These beautiful cabbage roses are some of my favorite images.  I added some pink lace and Nuvo Drops to simulate pearls.



This little Song Bird is so sweet.  I used a circle die to cut out a circle for the focal images, inked the edges of the papers with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink, used Nuvo Drops to simulate pearls and finished off with seam binding tied into a bow.




I feel this card has such a dramatic coloring scheme and is quite eye catching.  Anna Griffin Vintage Floral images are so lovely.  

This card has a bit more embellishment.  I used two different dies for the main focal point mat and the sentiment scalloped ovals.  I added some lace and faux pearls (not Nuvo Drops this time).  I inked all the edges with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink and finished with a spray of Shimmer Spray Glitz.  


Last but not least, I went with a Butterfly for this card as I felt I had 2 florals and 1 bird so I needed a butterfly to finish the set.  This Butterfly image is another Anna Griffin image that I purchased from Cricut Access.  I used satin ribbon, a die cut for the focal image to rest on and some fauz pearls.  For the finishing touch, I spritzed with some Shimmer Spray.


I hope you enjoyed my note cards and the lovely images from Anna Griffin as well as the stamped sentiments from CardzTV.  I had so much fun creating these cards and they are currently available for purchase so Please visit my Etsy Shoppe for this card set.

Thank you for visiting and until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

** I support the following challenges:  CardzTV Anything Goes Challenge #49

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Celebrate You Today

Hello Everyone, I hope everything is well with you and yours. 

Today I want to share a quick Birthday card I put together.  I mentioned in an earlier blog post that I was running low on Birthday cards so I'm dedicating most of my time this week to creating cards for birthdays.  

This is a standard card measuring 4.25" x 5.5" (A2).  I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in the colors Twisted Citron and Broken China to create the background color on the embossed card mat.  I cut a piece of Vellum 1" wide and heat embossed the sentiment "Celebrate You Today" using a Ranger Embossing Pad and Ranger Fine Black Embossing Power.  The Balloon die cut is an unbranded die I purchased from AliExpress.  I added clear sequins for a bit of bling!

**Hint for heat embossing on Vellum:  apply the heat from the back in short bursts.  This will prevent buckling and wrinkling of the vellum.


A Quick, Simple and Effective Card.  


Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll stop by again for another blog post.  Take care and until next time, Happy Crafting.

Donna

** I support the following challenges:  CardzTV Anything Goes Challenge #46Crafty Cardmakers Challenge - No Patterned Paper