Monday, August 25, 2014

Snow Princess Birthday Card

My niece is more than a little obsessed with the movie Frozen (yes, still)...so for my card project on the Silhouette blog today, I made a birthday card using this cute snow princess sketch file from the Silhouette Online Store. 


Did you know that your sketch pens are compatible with alcohol markers?  I saw no smudging, bleeding, or smearing using Copics, Spectrum Noirs, or Blendabilities.  However, I would only use the regular sketch pens, as the glitter or metallic ones may affect your marker nibs.  Hop on over to the Silhouette blog to see the full post!

I'd love to hear your comments!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Back to School Encouragement Card

I had some time to play with my September 2014 card kit from Simon Says Stamp today and decided to make an encouragement card for my niece who will be returning to school soon.  The stamp set is a super fun one this month...at least for the kind of girl who grew up dreaming of having a library/study instead of a swimming pool and got voted "Most Studious" in high school...


Instead of building cute bookshelves, I used the solid line stamps from the "To Thine Own Self" stamp set to stamp a ladder leading up to the stars.  To create the woodgrain effect, I inked my solid line stamp up with Crumb Cake ink (SU), stamped it off once on scrap paper, and then "kissed" it onto the "Hardwood" background stamp from Stampin' Up that was inked up with Baked Brown Sugar ink (SU).  To make the ladder look a little more finished, I traced around the edges with the fine tip of a Baked Brown Sugar marker.


The sentiment and stars are from the "Shoot for the Stars" stamp set from an older SSS card kit.  I stamped the sentiment with Coastal Cabana ink (SU), again with Versamark ink, and then covered it with pearl embossing powder and heat set it.  The stars were only stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed in translucent pearl.  Lastly, the books and apple were stamped in Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede, Real Red, Crumb Cake, and Garden Green inks (SU).


After inking all of the edges of my cardstock with the Gathered Twigs mini distress ink pad included in the kit, I began to assemble my card front on top of some Real Red cardstock.  The Neenah Cream panel was adhered directly to a piece of patterned paper from the "Public Library" 8x8 pad from October Afternoon and both of these were popped up on top of the Real Red panel.  Before adhering these, though, I tied a knot of May Arts twine around the panel.  After popping the triple-layered panel on top of my cream cardbase, I finished the card off by adding four wood dots from the kit stained with the Gathered Twigs distress ink to look like bronze tacks you might see on a plaque.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'd love to hear your comments!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Masked Floral Stamping

Just a quick card share today using some of the new Stampin' Up In Colors and stamps from Gina K. Designs.  Can you believe this is the first time I've tried Gina K.'s stamps...they are truly great quality and take ink like a champ.


I used the masking technique that Yana used in Day 9 of Stretch Your Stamps 2 to create my floral clusters on either corner of my Neenah Desert Storm cardstock.  All images are from the "Flower Builder" set from Gina K. Designs and stamped using Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, and Night of Navy inks from Stampin' Up.


The sentiment (from the same stamp set) was stamped in Vintage Sepia Versafine ink, covered in clear embossing powder, and heat set.  I finished the card off with a little bit of yellow jute from American Crafts and a mat made from Night of Navy cardstock (SU). 

I'd love to hear what you think!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Summertime Beverage Serving Set

I've got a death grip on summer while the rest of you celebrate back-to-school time...I hope you'll head on over to the Silhouette blog to see how I made these layered vinyl decals for my beverage serving set.


Thanks for stopping by and I'd love to hear what you have to say!