27 January 2016

Shabby Chic Heart Valentine's Card + Video
Glitter Paste, Layered Butterflies & Flowers

I was inspired by a friend not long ago who shared a few videos and cards using glitter paste. I decided to create a duplicate paste hoping it would end up as pretty as the original. Turns out it did. Today I'm sharing a video showing you how I made this shabby chic Valentine's card and how I created glitter paste using supplies I already had in my stash.

Main Supplies:
ODBD dies: Ornate Hearts / Angel Wings / Soulful Stitches paper pack
Carta Bella Hello Again paper pack
Marianne Designs Vintage Butterfly
Dreamweaver translucent and gold embossing paste / Palette knife
Ranger: Distress Ink reinker in Dried Marigold / Mini mister
Stampin' Up Dazzling Diamonds glitter
Marion Smith Designs Pearl Stamens - White
Miscelaneous: Pearl stickers / vintage style button / gauze / word bead / stencils / pink metallic cardstock / white leather textured cardstock

There's also a step by step tutorial on how I created this layered butterfly embellishment here. The flowers which were also handmade were created using the technique I shared on my Handmade Flowers Tutorial Series, here.

I enjoyed creating this card so much. All the delicate die cuts and elements added make this card perfect for Valentine's. I hope you enjoyed today's post and tutorials. Leave me a comment below to let me know if you found the video and tutorial guide useful.

Mark your calendars and stop by on Monday, February 1st. to be part of a new blog hop and giveaway! I know you will love to see all the new products and inspiration projects the designers will be sharing.

Thanks for visiting!

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18 January 2016

Valentine's Collage Card + Giveaway
-Celebrating Got Joy Creations Blog Hop-

Today I'm part of an awesome celebration. So glad you're joining the fun too! Welcome to the Got Joy Creations blog hop.  Dana has some very exciting news to share. She started her Youtube channel a little over a year ago and she has reached 1,000 followers! We are so happy to be able to celebrate with her. Along the hop today, you will see some amazing projects all featuring a touch of gold.  It could be ribbon, glitter, embossing powder or even sequins. Here is my take for today...

One of my favorite gold products lately is foil. If you follow me you might have noticed it (lol). I decided to go for a vintage / shabby chic free style collage card. It is certainly a more modern take on shabby chic, but I do love all the elements together. The little cupid was die cut from Deco Foil double sided foam adhesive to which you just have to add the foil directly, no heat required (view the tutorial here). There's another hint of gold hidden behind the tags, banners and other elements, a strip of embossed gold paper. Hope you find this idea fun and useful!

So let's get hopping! Some of Dana's friends have come together to celebrate her accomplishment!
These ladies are so talented... I know you'll love every stop on the hop.

And what's a hop without prizes?  Dana is spreading the JOY with her followers. You have until midnight EST January 22 to leave some love for everyone. Here's what's up for grabs.

(1) stamp set of YOUR choice from Fleurette Bloom
(1) stamp set of YOUR choice from Mint Owl Studio
(1) Mystery box full of crafty goodness courtesy of Dana

 Want to WIN one of these awesome prizes?  Just follow the instructions below:
* Subscribe to Dana's Youtube channel 
* Subscribe to Dana's blog GotJoy Creations
* Leave a comment on each blog sharing your favorite gold product to craft with.

Hope you have fun today getting to know Dana's work and visiting all of our blogs. If it's your first time here I invite you to subscribe to my newsletter. It's not necessary but it sure would make my day!

Until next time...

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17 January 2016

Season's Givings Blog Hop WINNERS!

Happy Sunday! It's time to announce some winners! Thanks so much to all of you for stopping by. Really enjoyed reading each of your comments. With no further ado, the winners are:

The winner of my complete stamp collection (a total of 13 stamp kits!) 
by Unity Stamp Co. and a Memory Box or Poppystamps die 
of your choice from StarlitStudio is
Vicki Robertson

The winner of A $20 gift certificate 
to CAS-ual Fridays Stamps & Dies, a stamp set of your choice
from Sunny Studio Stamps, a $12 gift certificate
to Sami Stamps, an online class of your choice
at Stamp Academy, and a $12 gift certificate
to A Day for Daisies stamps is:
Carrie Sheridan

Congratulations ladies! Please send me an email here so we can coordinate your prizes.

I invite you all to stay tuned for a new blog hop and giveaway I'll be joining tomorrow! It'll be a great celebration! See you then.

15 January 2016

Botanical Cards for Valentine's & Spring
Tutorials with Umbrella Crafts

I'm starting to feel less and less christmas-y and that means you'll start seeing a lot of floral inspiration on the blog. I thought I'd share with you my latest 2 cards made for my social media Fun Friday features... I experimented with a new dye ink and stretched it to the most not knowing how much it's versatility would surprise me in the end. I'm talking about Umbrella Crafts Premium Dye Inks. I was able to stamp, blend, watercolor and even heat emboss (yes, that's right, emboss) with these inks.

For my first card I created a beautifully blended ombre background and managed to give it a watercolor feel. I also created ombre flowers. Find the tutorial here.

On my second card I used layered stamping with one of Umbrella Crafts Trio Premium Dye Ink Sets and to my own surprise I also heat embossed the stamped flowers in gold using black dye ink (my new favorite)! Find the tutorial here.

I think both these cards would work for friendship Valentine cards and of course also for Spring. The best part is you can try any of these ideas and personalize them!

I invite you to check out all the products I used for today's products including tools that you can find on the supply list below! They are exclusively available at Scrapbook.com. For more inspiration using Umbrella Crafts products check them out on Instagram and Facebook.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

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05 January 2016

Foil Stamped Flowers on Vellum
- New year's Inspirational card -

With the new year also come new crafty tools and new techniques to try out; New opportunities in every sense and new energy to give it our best. So today I have a card for you that represents all of the above in an elegant and inspirational way.

I went for black and white, adding gold as my transition shade and the result ended up reminding me of the old 30's glamour. The Arched Elegance dies also contribute with the look of the card and since they are new to my stash I went ahead and layered them as uniquely as I possibly could.

I used so many different materials on this card: vellum, craft metal, decofoil and even acrylic paint for the monoprinted background. I started out using a 5" by 7" Gelli plate to create a gold and silver background (love the effect), then I heat embossed in silver a few snowflakes on it; I also cut the flourishes from the same paper. I die cut a few archs on craft metal (which looks like aluminum foil but it's sturdier), and layered a few other archs cut from black patterned paper. I also foiled stamped my flowers on vellum, using Stamp 'n Bond and Gold Decofoil sheets and then colored them (from the back) with Spectrum Noir markers. The process requires a bit of patience but the result is absolutely worth it! The inspiring sentiment is stamped with gold glitter embossing powder (my new favorite).

I wanted to add a few unexpected elements to my card such as the gold lattice ribbon pieces on the sides and the snowflake die cuts under the flowers that I heat embossed with Bridal Tinsel powder to add a bit of sparkle. I wanted this design to be sort of transitional, with a new year feel and a bit of a winter touch. It all blends nicely in the end thanks to the neutral tones.

Hope you enjoyed today's project. Update: I added a quick tutorial on how I foil stamped my flowers and you can find it HERE. Until next time.

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