Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Ink to Paper Transformation Tuesday {Scatter Kindness}


Hello and welcome to this week's Ink to Paper Transformation Tuesday! I'm sharing two cards with you today with a twist on the original design! I always love the Transformation Tuesday post because it gives me a chance to revisit a past project; in this case, my card from the latest release using Dandelion Wishes stamp set. While I liked my original card "okay", I found it very hard to photograph and it felt washed out. I also used a heavy hand with the Nuvo drops (ha ha), which were super fun to add, but in the end I felt I'd gone overboard. 

Here is my original card. I was really hoping to achieve a soft, airy feeling like a real dandelion with the emboss resist technique. I also wanted to keep the sentiment airy as well, but in the end, I feel like it got a little lost and didn't "ground" the card. I really wanted the Nuvo drops to mimic the dandelion seeds floating away, but I think I got a little "carried away" instead! LOL!
The effect from the  emboss resist technique on the dandelions was what I was hoping for, so I kept that element and detail the same, but I added some crystal rhinestones to the centers rather than sequins so as to not overwhelm the look. I did add some Nuvo drops, but just used some restraint this time! LOL!


To begin both designs, I chose some Bitty Big: Green Parakeet pattern paper to use as the background. I had used the Harvest Gold in my original design and it just felt too yellow. I really like the bright, happy, retro feel that this paper gives the cards. Each panel is die cut using the Nesting Basics Pierced Rectangles die to give it some added detail.


For this card, I used the Geometrix Hexagon die for the middle portion.I stamped the word "wish" at the bottom using black ink. The "make a" portion is heat embossed in white onto a black strip of cardstock. I attached it directly above the "wish" with foam squares. From there, I got to work adding the dandelions and stems. The stems are attached using a 2 way glue pen. This adhesive works well for these narrow die cuts. I also spritzed some turquoise ink across the white panel for contrast and detail.

This one is very close to the original, but I swapped the sentiment which is from the Dandelion Wishes sentiments stamp set and is heat embossed onto one of the banners from the Banner Builder: Basic Die. These are going to be well loved,I can tell!  I used the Geometrix oval die just as I did in the original and sponged some blue ink around the edges for the soft feel I was hoping for. I only added a few Nuvo drops as I mentioned earlier, which looks so much better! I had so much fun reworking my original card! Thanks for fluttering by!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Pinkfresh Studios (Notes of Encouragement)

Hello and welcome! I'm so excited because today I am sharing my first two cards as a Pinkfresh Studio Design Team Member! I'm sharing these over on the Pinkfresh Studio Blog as well! I've created two different cards using the same Floral Elements stamp set to create these notes of encouragement!

The inspiration for both of these cards came from the BEAUTIFUL Just a little lovely: 6 by 6 paper pad. I just loved the colors; cheerful yet soothing all at the same time! That is just what I am looking for when creating uplifting cards!


I stamped the images in black ink and then used the coordinating Floral Elements die set to die cut them. I set them aside while I got to work on the other elements of the cards. 

I used the Fancy Label Frames for both sentiments. This "bloom" sentiment is from the lovely Blooming Bouquet stamp set and is stamped in black. I also added some grey ink splatter to continue with the flecks from the pattern paper.

The black label has a sentiment from the Oval Foliage stamp set heat embossed in white. I was a little hesitant to add black to a sympathy card, but it really adds the contrast that this card needed. 

Each card has a frame that is die cut using the Pretty Frames die set. I added that over the pattern paper using foam squares. Once that was done, I added the floral elements and sentiments. Of course, the finishing touch is a sprinkling of the beautiful Essentials Jewel Mix ! These add such pretty and sparkly detail to any design! I had so much fun working on these two cards and I hope they bring some comfort and cheer to the recipients! Thanks for fluttering by!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Inspired By...Let's have S'more! {Hugs...everything will be okay}

There's a fun new Inspired By Challenge starting today that is sure to get your creative juices flowing! I really like this challenge because I usually end up by making a card that I never would have otherwise, like today's card! 
I was inspired by the buffalo check napkins, the perforations in the graham crackers, the silver holders and the chocolate bars, of course! 
As I stared at the inspiration photo, like I usually do each week to really let the details soak in, I was wondering what pattern paper I would use. Thank heavens a light bulb went off and I realized that I had the PERFECT stamp to make my own paper! I love the Taylored Expressions Buffalo Check Background stamp so much and have used it for quite a few projects, but it was absolutely an exact match for today's card! 
I stamped it using an old SU! pad called Riding Hood Red and then added some PTI Pure Poppy over the top to get the right color!


I knew that I would be using some type of die that included some perforations that looked like those found on graham crackers, but the whole direction of the card took a turn when I chose to use the Classic Edgers Die set . I love these so much! I used them on one of my favorite card sets that you can see HERE. Anyway, I just love the amazing detail they provide. Since these had a feminine twist, I decided to bring in some flowers as well. I die cut the  "chocolate" letters to spell "HUGS" using the Adore Alphabet dies and popped them up onto the scalloped Kraft piece. Once that was done, I was able to add the cute flower bouquet that I stamped and colored from the Floral Elements stamp set

The "everything will be okay" sentiment, which is from the Blooming Bouquet stamp set,is embossed in silver to bring in the silver from the holders that the s'more fixings were in. I added a few Pinkfresh Studios Essentials Jewel Mix gems here and there. They look like a marshmallow color in real life, but of course they pick up a lot of colors while I am trying to photograph! Once everything was done, I added some chocolate ink splatter at the top for some extra graham-y detail! I hope you'll join us this week! Thanks for fluttering by!


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

SugarPea Designs Mix It Up #57 {Hello There}

I took last month off from the SugarPea Designs Mix It Up Challenge, so I'm super excited to be back this month with this fun inspiration photo and sketch! I've been itching to use this bear paired with these florals since the release, so I had a lot of fun creating this design!



I wanted to use both sides of the challenge, so I used blue tones and kept to the sketch pretty close! LOL! Sometimes you have to tweak things here and there to create balance, which I did today!


To begin, I cut a panel of white cardstock so that it would fit onto the scalloped piece from the Card Front Element Builder. I taped the Spirograph Mandal Stencil over the top of the panel and blended on some Peacock Feathers Distress ink. Once that was done, I kept the stencil in place and then added some Moonstone Glimmer Paste over the top. I removed the stencil carefully and set the panel aside to dry while I got to work on the stamped elements of the card.

I stamped the largest flower cluster from the Meadow Motifs stamp set in black and then colored it using an assortment of alcohol markers. Once I was done with the coloring, I die cut it using the Meadow Motifs SugarCuts

I stamped one of the bears from the Hey Summer stamp set and colored him with some brown Copic markers and some pink for the nose, of course! He is die cut using the Hey Summer SugarCuts and set aside. I added some Crystal Glaze over the top of his nose for some fun shine!

I stamped the "hello there" sentiment, which is from the Everyday Sentiments stamp set and die cut it with the Sentiment Strips SugarCuts. Once all of that was done, I was ready to assemble the card. I layered the stenciled panel onto the scallop portion using foam squares. That piece was added to a die cut white base, which also uses the Card Front Element Builder {linked above}, using foam squares as well. I added the flowers, the bear and the sentiment and a trio of sparkling clear sequins. I had a lot of fun using this month's Mix It Up Challenge photo! I hope you get a chance to join us! Thanks for fluttering by!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Ink to Paper Countdown Day 4

Well friends, today is the 4th and final day of the Ink to Paper July release countdown! I've got a lot to share with you today, so make sure you scroll to the end of the post to see all of today's projects. I'm super excited about this new On the Border: Floral Bliss die and new birthday sentiment set! I had so much fun working on all of the projects using this new border! I have a post from last year that gives tips on die cutting these intricate dies that you can read HERE!

I had so much fun with this border, I decided to make 2 coordinating cards for my first project! I die cut the borders and then glued them onto panels measuring 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches. Both cards use the previously released Framing Florals stamp set and dies

The birthday wishes sentiment is from the new "Pleasing Envelopes" set that I share more about at the bottom of this post, but I loved it so much I used it on this card! I used Copic markers to color the flowers, but the set does come with solid images so that you can stamp them easily.

This sentiment is from the new birthday sentiment set that I love. It has so many fabulous birthday sentiments in a variety of trendy fonts! I used the Geometrix Hexagon die to stamp the sentiment and add the flowers.

This one uses the new banner builder die set and I just can seem to get enough of it,either! 

I used one of the inside sentiments that were showcased yesterday because that is how they are meant to be used! LOL!

Up next is a fun box that I have been making for probably 19 or so years! I attended a class at a local scrapbooking store when my oldest son was a baby, so it is old! This template is not my own, but it's been so long that I'm not sure where to give the credit. Anyway, it is so easy to make and is the perfect size to hold a set of notecards and envelopes, which I have gifted many times. I also love to package up gifts inside these boxes as well,which is what I made today's box for.

I used the On the Border: Floral Bliss to decorate the lid. After I was done, I realized what a cute card it would make! LOL! I die cut the border out of white paper and adhered it to a piece of Hawaiian Shores paper. I used the previously released Joyful Jars Mini Stamp Set and Tag Creations: Joyful Jars Die to decorate the middle of the lid. 


This sentiment is also from the new birthday sentiment set and is just perfect for this jar!  I added some Nuvo drops to the centers of the flowers for some added detail.

The bottom of the box is made by trimming off one inch from the bottom of a piece of 8 1/2 by 11 cardstock. Once that is done, score 2 inches on each of the four sides. Use a bone folder to make the folds crisp. Trim some "tabs" to fold in and glue. You can get a visual for this on the photo above. 

The lid is made from a piece of cardstock that measures 7 1/8 by 8 5/8 inches. Score at 1 1/4 inches in from each side. Fold it and glue it just like the bottom. 


This photo gives you a better visual of how large the box is from this angle. It will hold quite a large stack of cards as well, depending on how thick they are. 

I added some sparkling clear sequins here and there for some shine and added detail. I added the die cut panel to the lid of the box using foam squares on the sides. I wanted to keep the middle free from obstruction just in case I decide to thread some ribbon through when I gift it. 

My last card using the On the Border: Floral Bliss die uses the smaller portion that is just the short width of a card. I die cut 4 of these out of white cardstock and glued two together. Once that was done, I did some ink blending to give it some specialized color. I also blended some ink onto a strip of white cardstock to create the sentiment panel . I used my mini MISTI to stamp the birthday sentiment. I had to stamp it MANY times to get a good impression over the Distress Oxide ink.

I moved the sentiment portion before I glued everything down and added some black paint splatter  for some added detail. Once that was dry, I added some Shimmer Spray over the top.

I added some sequins as well for some additional shine!

My last project for today is a set of envelopes that I created to coordinate with the two cards I shared at the beginning of this post. I used the new Pleasing Envelopes stamp set, which is so much fun! All of the different sentiments and design details are so beautiful and will make your outgoing mail so much happier!

As card makers, we know how important the envelope is, but I rarely take time to make them pretty! I used to make my own coordinating envelopes to match the card, but over time, I stopped doing it. Honestly, I think I got sick of the comments made to me by people who put me down for the things I enjoyed doing! 

I hadn't really thought about that until just now as I was typing, so I hope I didn't put a downer on this post! LOL! You can see a sample of the envelopes I used to make in THIS post.  {I just read that post and I attributed my decline of envelope making to the crotchety old mail people at the post office! LOL!} It's probably a combination of both!

It is important when stamping your envelopes to put a piece of scratch paper inside so that the ink doesn't bleed through. It was actually my Copic markers that do the most bleeding, so if you choose to just stamp, you may be alright!

I had so much fun stamping and coloring these two envelopes! I hope you've enjoyed today's post! Everything will be available for purchase on the 15th! Thanks for fluttering by!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Ink to Paper Countdown Day 3

Hello and welcome to day 3 of the Ink to Paper July release countdown! I just love the products that are being showcased today and I hope you do as well! First up is a really cute set called "Beachy Keen"...isn't that a cute name? I just love the realistic palm trees and all of the sentiments are so cute! 

I was at the water park and spied a pair of swim trunks with palm trees that totally inspired me. Once I set out to make my card, the only part of the inspiration that I used was the blended blue! LOL! 

To begin, I did some ink blending using Enchanted Evening ink on a 4 1/4 inch by 5 1/2 panel of Fresh Snow Linen Cardstock on the two short ends and sides, blending toward the middle. Once that was done, I used the Geometrix Oval die to die cut the center of the panel and then used the other die in the set to create the black oval frame. 

The outer oval is popped up onto a top folding white card base using foam squares. I used my mini MISTI to add the sentiment and theyellow sunset images. Once that was done, I was able to glue it directly down into the negative space. The black frame is attached using a 2 way glue pen. I stamped the sun and die cut it using the coordinating Beachy Keen die cuts and added it to the focal image.

I stamped the palm trees and added them around the oval using foam squares.  I also added a few sparkling clear sequins here and there for some shine. This was such a fun design to work on! I can't wait to make more cards with this cute set!

Next up is a fun new sentiment set that is meant to go on the inside of cards, but I LOVE this one so much, I thought it needed to take center stage. I also used the new Simply Sweet: Hello stamp set for the other design elements. This is such a fun set that has many ways to say hello, you'll definitely fall in love! Since I was making a birthday card, I didn't use many of the cute "hello" bits, but the flowers are so cute and really complement this simple, rainbow design.

I cut a few strips of cardstock; Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold, Green Parakeet, Hawaiian Shores, and Winter Wisteria. This is becoming my favorite rainbow lately, but I also like adding in a bit of Aqua Mist and Pale Peony if I can!

I layered them onto a panel that I die cut using the Nesting Basics Rectangle Dies using foam squares. I actually layed them out and then stamped the sentiment using my MISTI and THEN used the foam squares. 

I die cut the three rectangles using the coordinating Simply Sweet: Hello die cuts and then stamped the three flowers and black centers. I added some White Nuvo drops to the centers of each of the flowers. I also stamped and die cut the leaves for some added detail. 

Of course, I HAD to add a trio of sparkling clear sequins to the card for some shine. Once that was done, I was able to layer that panel onto a larger panel that had been die cut using the pierced rectangles as well. 

Well, that wraps it up for day 3, but be sure to stop by again tomorrow for the 4th and final day of the countdown! There are some fabulous new stamps and dies you're sure to fall in love with! Thanks for fluttering by!