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Spring Wreath

20150308_173607Hello!

I love making wreaths, and I wanted to make a new spring wreath to celebrate the end of winter. I bought a wire wreath frame at Michael’s and some spring floral picks that were on sale. I found the ribbon at Costco and then watched the 4 ribbon wreath video at Craig Bachman imports YouTube chanel. I only had two spools of the ribbon so the wreath wasn’t as full. To combat that problem, I went around twice on the wire wreath frame at different spots on the frame so it was nice and full. I used pipe cleaners to affix my ribbon, but I think I will try zip ties next time like the video suggests.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa

 

Shiny girl birthday card

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I decided to make another entry for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge–Anything Goes! It is fun to just create whatever I want sometimes and I figured I would take advantage of this week’s theme.

I was in the mood for some coloring so I got out my Penny Black Big Wish Set and colored in this cute little girl. I experimented with watercolor pencils (Regular Derwent and Inktense) and some Distress Markers. I found that making sure the image was dry before I added dimension helped keep it from looking muddy. She is such a sweet girl! I added a bit of Wink of Stella to her dress and some glossy accents to the dots on the cake and the flames.  I used the sponge applicators that I used on my last card to add some Milled Lavender distress ink to the background of the birthday girl.

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I used a pre-made square kraft note card from Paper Studio. I cut out a square pink foil cardstock and embossed with a dot pattern.  I also cut out the little girl with Banner die from Lawn Fawn. I accidentally cut off part of the banner so I just cut off a bit more and put it on the card like I mean to do that! Most mistakes can be rescued.

I cut out a flower shape from my Sizzix die and then embossed it with Metallic sparkle WOW embossing powder. I tied a bow with the ribbon  and attached the pink foil paper embellishment with some foam dots.

I added the  “Oh Happy Day!” sentiment from Stampabilities and embossed it with some American Crafts Copper embossing powder.

I love this card and hope you are inspired to find some flashy cardstock to add to your cards!

I am going to submit this to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge–Anything Goes  as well!

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Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

Glittery Star Birthday card….make your own STICKER!

7.2014glitterstarI had started this card last week, but once I had the glittery stars I wasn’t sure where to take it.  I wanted to highlight them, but the card just looked too plain.  I definitely am on the side of  more clean and simple designs naturally, but even my simple eye knew it needed something.

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Let’s start with the stars though!  I decided to make my own stickers with double-sided sticky sheets from Jo-Ann Fabrics. You could use any double-sided sticky sheets you  have. Those were just what I could find easily. I die cut the stars using my Sizzix Framelitsr Die Cuts. ( I forgot to include those in my supply picture!).  I positioned them on sticky sheet so that I could also find a use for the negative space created by the star cut outs.  I  haven’t decided what I want to do with this negative space yet though. Once I stuck my stars down on my card base, I added some Martha Stewart fine glitter to the shapes. I only took off the release paper on one of the stars at a time so that the colors would not get trapped into the other stars, although that could be a cute look too! I used the release paper and a bone folder to press the glitter into the star shapes. That way the glitter does not keep flaking off the card. I had seen Jennifer  McGuire do this and I can attest it works great!

20140708_151625I liked the dark navy cardstock ( I used a piece from the Recollections cardstock packs that go on sale for like $3.33 for a pack). I embossed some small dots on the bottom with my Lifestyle Crafts Polka Dot Embossing Folder.  I added some flourishes and stars with the Colorbox Frost White Pigment Ink and someWow Metallic Platinum Sparkle Embossing Powder .  The star and flourishes are part of the Avery Elle Cake And Wishes Stamp Set that I used for the sentiment inside.

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I had various bling from my Recollections collection and embossed the sentiment from the same Avery Elle stamp set with Recollections White sparkle embossing powder.

The metal tag I had lying in my stash for years!  I found some stickers that I got free in the mail from a scrapbook club that sent them out and added blue swiss dot ribbon, and some bakers twine to jazz it up.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge—Start from Scratch!

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If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear them!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lisa

 

 

Watercolor seashells card

6.2014 shell thanksI am loving the watercolor look right now. It is just such a pretty addition to cards.  It definitely steps up an ordinary card.

So for this one, I am always needing more masculine card ideas. I have TONS of girly feminine ideas but the masculine cards always seem harder since they are usually more simple and sometimes simple can translate into BORING.  I hate boring!

Here are the supplies I used…

20140630_192536I used $1 stamps from Michael’s, Hero Arts Everyday Sayings StampsVersafine Onyx Black InkTim Holtz Distress Ink in Salty Ocean, Strathmore 300 series watercolor paper,Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker,We R memory keepers washi tape, a Fiskars 2″ circle punch (not pictured), and an adorable paper pad collection from Michael’s. You could easily find a similar pattern in your own stash I am sure.

QUICK TIP: I like to stock up on my basics like notecards and watercolor paper when my local craft store has their 40% or 50% off and sometimes like this week, Michael’s is having an additional 15% off all items. That way I am never run out of my go-to supplies when I feel the creative urge.

I started with punching out three circles with my Fiskars circle punch. You could use any circle punch you have, or just trace around a circular item and cut out.  I am using a standard A2 notecard (also from Michael’s). I then stamped all three seashells in Salty Ocean Distress Ink. I spritzed the stamped images with just a few squirts of water and then with my fingers I spread the ink around until it looked the way I liked it. There will be a faint trace image of the seashell. I then used my tweezers and held onto the stamped images and then used my heat gun to dry the stamped watercolor images. After I was sure it was dry I stamped the same seashells with Versamark Black ink. I stamped them a bit offset.

20140627_133728I really liked the ghost blue image and the darker black image. You could use any color combo that speaks to you. It looks like the image got stuck in the rain and left a great watercolor background I added some Wink of Stella glitter marker to the seashells for a bit of sparkle. Guys can appreciate some sparkle too!

I then just cut  my patterned paper to fit the note card and used some brown We R Memory Keepers washi tape (that I found at Costco of all places!) as a border. It added enough extra interest, but because it was brown like the background it doesn’t take away from the seashell circles.

I then used my Hero Arts Everyday Sayings Stamp Set to add a variety of “thanks”. I only inked up part of one of sentiments to add just the word and not the original entire phrase. I love how versatile this set is for cardmaking!  I could easily add a happy birthday sentiment and change this to a masculine birthday card as well.  I really like the technique that I used here and I will definitely be trying it out again.

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Experiment with some watercolor stamping today. The great thing is that it is very forgiving and you can experiment away without too much worrying. Too much water?  Just use  a dry cloth to blot it up. Not enough water?  Just spritz some more.

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

4th of July wreath

IMG_20140630_162433I found a great sale at Michael’s today. All their 4th of July stuff was 50% off. I had been wanting to make a new wreath and with that sale I couldn’t resist picking up the materials I needed. Stay tuned….assembly in progress.

IMG_20140630_175625Here is the finished product. For the burlap ribbon, I used floral wire and looped it through the spaces in the ribbon to keep the big loops I made from falling apart. I also used floral wire to keep the flowers in place.  It was just a pretty organic process and I just played around with it until it looked good to my eye.

I love a good bargain, and I finally have a 4th of July wreath.

-Lisa

P.S. I can never leave a project alone, especially a wreath. I added some more of the star burlap ribbon. I am not sure if I will keep it. I will keep readjusting it as I look at it more. I can’ t seem to help myself. 20140630_184243P.P.S I really need to paint my door. My other wreath that is normally there is bigger and it has definitely scratched the paint. Ouch!

 

Watercolor Embossed Birthday Card–SSS Wednesday Challenge

6.2014 SS CA challenge2I started this card as an entry into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and I wanted to use my American Crafts Opaque White Embossing Powder to create a watercolor floral image.

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20140628_131742 I love the look of white on kraft cardstock, and my Derwent Inktense Pencils give a rich vibrant color that really stands out.  I stamped the flowers from the My Favorite Things Sweet Roses stamp set.  For the coloring I used VERY little water because I wanted the color to be truly intense. I used two pencils close in color for each flower. So, the shading is subtle. I figured the pencils are pretty vibrant all their own and I wanted each flower to be a bit more monochromatic.

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20140628_114402I cut out two hearts using my Sizzix heart dies on a page of foil paper I found clearanced out at Michael’s. Gotta love a good deal! I used foam dots to adhere the hearts to add some dimension. I added the “Happy Birthday” using my Cricut ( 1 3/4″  Classic Cricut Font). I adhered the “Happy Birthday” with some Ranger Multi Medium Matte, and added a bit of Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to the sentiment. I tied a bow with some berry colored ribbon from Michael’s. I used glue dots on the ribbon to keep it in place and cut a slit on the fold of the card to insert the ribbon through the back. I used more glue dots to keep the ribbon in place in the back. I made sure the ribbon was cut long enough so that it overlapped in the back for a more finished look. I think the bright colors really stand out nice from the more plain kraft cardstock.

QUICK TIP:  Practice your coloring first on a scrap piece of paper to make sure your color combos are what you want them to be before you commit them to your final project.

6.2014 SS CA challenge2Summer makes me think of bright colors and you can let your imagination run wild. Experiment with some bright colors today!

–Lisa

 

 

Thanks card

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These cards are easy and fun to make.  The great thing is that they can be easily reproduced. You could make them for a teacher’s gift or keep a bunch on hand when you need a sweet personalized thanks!  I used Inktense watercolor pencils to color in this cute stamp from Penny Black.

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The notecards are from Paper Studio, and the bows are pre-made ones from Jo-Ann Fabrics. I cut down the original image and mounted it onto some black cardstock. The “Thanks” stickers are form Provo Craft and I have a ton of these laying around, so it is a good way to use my stash.  I used foam squares to attach it to the notecard for some dimensional interest. I then added some Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to the basket and Glossy Accents to the apples for dimension and shine.  This is a great place to practice your watercolor technique since the image is simple and big enough to try out different shading techniques and color combos.

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Hope you these little guys brightened your Monday!

–Lisa