Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Pink Fresh Studios Modern Mandala Die Cut CAS card

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back to my blog, thank you so much for stopping by and visiting me today.  Recently I purchased the Modern Mandala Die Cut from Pink Fresh Studios and it’s been sitting on my desk in the “to do” pile for a while. I finally got a chance to play with it and it was a lot of fun. I can definitely see many more uses for it in the future. For this first one, I decided to die cut it from both light pink and dark pink card stock

I took scissors and separated the different sections and then pieced them back together in alternating layers. This was also an easy way to get two cards done rather quickly.

Since the medallion was the main focus of the card, I added a thin frame around the edge of the card and simple sentiments in the bottom corner. For the second card, I lost the tiny little middle piece (I’m sure it’s in the trash) so I added a small prima flower with a little glass flower embellishment. I thought this was a nice way to make the two cards the same; but also just a little bit different.

To add a bit of final interest, I added some liquid pearls to the various points of the medallion and added some glitter with my (new to me) Spectrum Noir glitter pen.
So two rather  simple cards for today. I hope you like them and I hope it inspires you to create something too!

Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you again soon!

1. Die Cuttin Divas: Just because
2. Lemon Shortbread Challenge: Anything Goes
3. Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
4. Addicted to Stamps and More: CAS
5. Crafting by Design: Anything Goes (2nd Entry)

Monday, September 16, 2019

Layered Medallion Stencil: Wishing you only the Best!

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was full of fun and crafting and family time, so it was good! My son ran a 1/2 marathon and finished 9th overall and 1st in his age group! So super proud of him!! We did some reorganizing and decorating in my daughter’s room that she’s been wanting to do for a long time. She had her wisdom teeth removed today, so I’m glad her room will be a nice peaceful place for her to recover for a few days. I was able to get a good bit of Christmas crafting done this weekend as well.
The card I’m sharing today features the same layering and rotating stencil technique I used on the Sparkle and Shine shaker card I posted last week. This stencil is one I got from Hobby Lobby a while ago and I really like it; but I often struggle with ideas to use it. This technique worked rather well, however and I look forward to using it more often.

I die cut a scallop heart from white paper and then inked the edges with Simon Says Stamp Coral Reef ink. I also die cut another small heart from a piece of paper that I heat embossed with silver powder a few times to make it very shiny! The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Best Hugs set.
I’m a little late in the day posting this, so that is all for me today. I hope you like the card and I hope you all have a great evening!

Anything Goes Challenges:

1. A Gem of a Challenge
2. Lil’ Patch of Crafty Friends
3. A Bit More Time to Craft
4. Love to Craft
5. The Creative Crafters

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Sparkle and Shine Layering Stencil Shaker Card

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for visiting my blog today! I hope you are all doing well. I have been very busy formulating and designing some new Christmas crafts which I will be sharing very soon. Today, however I have a simple card that actually has a couple of detailed elements to it which make it super fun!

The inspiration for this card came from Jennifer McGuire. Whenever I am stuck for ideas of how to really use some of the supplies I have, I will visit her blog and I always find the inspiration I need! I’ve stated in some previous posts that I’ve been really trying to use my stencils a bit more. Stencils are just so inexpensive and really, once you search around and find some inspiring ideas to use them, they are a lot of fun as well. For this technique I used Jennifer’s idea of layering and rotating the stencils. You can see Jennifer’s video showcasing this fun technique here
For my card, I started with a piece of Simon Says Stamp Island Blue Card stock. (The color is a bit off in the photo, bad lighting I suppose) The stencil is from Hero Arts and I began by ink blending some Salty Ocean Distress Ink over it. Then I shifted the stencil so that it was a little off center from where it was and blended a heavy layer of Simon Says Stamp White pigment ink over it and set it off to the side to dry.

While it was drying, I made the center shaker panel. There are a wide variety of ways complete with You Tube tutorials about how to make a shaker card. I feel like I do a different way each time! For the sentiment in the center, I white embossed the “Sparkle and Shine” which is from an older Simon Says Stamp card kit set on to a a piece of heat resistant acetate.
I decided to put a small strip of white card stock across the center because the shaker circle just got lost against the stenciled background when I just had it directly against it. I added some white dashed lines around the edges of the die cut circle, and two large silver sequins to finish the card.

Ok, that is it for me today! A fun card to make, if a bit time consuming! Go check out Jennifer’s blog...she’s always great!
See you again soon..

Anything Goes Challenges:

1. Lemon Shortbread 
2. Through the Craft Room Door
3. Crafting By Designs
4. Crafty Creations
5. Crafting with an Attitude

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Cross Stitch Hello

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all having a great day! Thank you so much for visiting me today. I am back home and finally getting back into a normal routine after our little “hurrication” Today I have another cross stitch card to share with you. I made this one around the same time I made the other ones I have shared; but I figured I’d save it for a little while. This was a fun pattern to stitch and I will definitely use it again.

For the center I use the framed rectangle die cuts from Simon Says Stamp. I cut them so I could inlay the layers instead of stacking them. I wanted this card to have layers; but I thought if I stacked all of these, it would just make it a little too bulky.

The sentiments are both from older Hero Arts set: The “hello” is from “Living Life” and the other one is from “Everyday Sentiments” which is one of my favorite and most used sets.

For card stock, I used Enchanted Evening from Paper Trey Ink, New Leaf and Surf Blue from Simon Says Stamp, Neenah Solar white and a grey that I found in my stash.
That is all for me today. I do want to let you know I am starting to work on some Christmas crafts which is keeping me busy, so I may not be posting as frequently for the next couple of weeks. Don’t worry though, I’ll be around as much as I can!
Have a great day, everyone!

1. A Bit More Time to Craft: Anything Goes
2. A Perfect Time to Craft: Anything Goes
3. Love to Craft: Anything Goes
4. The Creative Crafters: Anything Goes
5. Get Creative Challenges: Anything Goes
6. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: Anything Goes
7. Crafty Calendar Challenge: Add lots of layers

Friday, September 6, 2019

Simon Says Stamp Floral with Prismacolor.

Hi Everyone!

Well, the damage from Dorian seems to be minimal and everyone is safe back home, so the kids and I will return home tomorrow and life should just get back to normal by next week. I’ve been a little busy the last few days while staying with friends, so I haven't had tine to blog until today.

I’m sharing  another card using the Cosmos Floral Background stamp from Simon Says Stamp. I posted another one recently. If you missed it, you can see it here. For that first card, I used Copic Markers to color floral images. For this card, I decided to use my Prismacolor pencils. I chose an all red theme and basically used the same pencils, I just colored some lightly and some more darker.
It was all easy and fun to do! I added the sentiment which is also from SSS “Handwritten Greetings”

As with the previous card I made with this background stamp, the focus is on the background, so you really do only need a simple sentiment to complete it.
Short and sweet post, today; but I wanted to make sure I popped on and at least shared something!
Have a great weekend; and I will be back again next week sometime!

1. Brown Sugar Challenges: Anything Goes
2. Color Crazy Challenge: Anything Coloring Goes
3. Crafty Catz Challenge: Anything Goes
4. Creative Fingers Challenge: Anything Goes
5. Polkadoodles: Anything Goes
6. Crafting with an Attitude: Anything Goes
7. Crafting by Design: Anything Goes
8. Simon Says Stamp: Stamp it

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Stencil Ink Blending: You are the best

Hi Everyone!

I hope you’re all having a great day and enjoyed your Labor Day holiday. We are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Dorian here in Eastern North Carolina and making preparations. For now however, I have a quick card to share with you.

For this card, I used stencils from Simon Says Stamp and My Favorite Things. I started with the circle stencil from Simon first and stipple brushed a light coat of distress ink in Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch and Picked Raspberry. Then I laid the other sketch down positioning it the way I wanted over the circles and then used my ink blending tools to put down a slightly heavier layer of ink in the same colors.
The sentiment band is from Simon Says Stamp “You Matter” set. I probably should have centered the three smaller sentiments a little bit better; but honestly...that’s never my strong suit. I added some iridescent sequins and white dash lines to various parts of the circles for a little added interest.
Simple card overall, I think; but still with some interesting elements.

Have a great day; and I will update again as I can depending on the Hurricane Dorian situation.


1. A Gem of a Challenge: Anything Goes
2. Little Patch of Crafty Friends: Anything Goes
3. Get Creative Challenges: Anything Goes
4. Pammies Inky Pinkies: Anything Goes
5. Lemon Shortbread Challenges: Anything Goes
6. Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes

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