Monday, March 19, 2018

Kindness Is Always Beautiful

Glitter: Bronze Mica (MF05); Butterscotch (GM2051)
Embossing Powder: Clear Detail (EP280); Cerulean Star (EP433)
Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers
colored pencils

This is one of the new March Releases from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Bearded Iris.  Using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, I stamped both the image and the sentiment onto watercolor paper with a Nuvo Hybrid Ink Pad (Safari Green).  I immediately added Clear Detail embossing powder to the sentiment and heat set it.

The image was watercolored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  Colored pencils were used to add some highlights after the piece was dry.  Butterscotch microfine glitter was also added to the center of the throat on the iris.

Bronze Mica Flakes were randomly added to the watercolor paper and were adhered using the Nuvo Smooth Precision glue pen.

A Tonic Studios die (Sweeping Pampas die set) was used to die cut my embellishments.  The two dies in this set are large!  I used one of them and cut it into two pieces for this project.  Butterscotch microfine glitter was added to the die cut using the glueless glitter technique.  I use the Tangerine die cutting machine for all my die cutting.  I've tried most of the die cutting machines on the market and I like the Tangerine the best, by far!

I wanted a non-traditional card base for this card, so I cut the cardstock at an angle and then applied VersaMark over the entire surface.  Cerulean Star embossing powder was added and then heat set.  The focal image and the embellished die cuts were adhered on top of embossed card base using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  I've found this is one of the best glues to use when adhering to glitter or embossing powder.

Be sure to leave a comment here and on my post on the SNS Blog for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sparkle N Sprinkle this month.  The more comments you leave for the designers, the better your chances of winning. :-)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Fancy Clover

Today I'd like to share with you a perfect card  for St. Patrick's Day tomorrow.  I used the Fancy Clover two piece die set from Cheapo Dies to create this very quick and easy card.

I die cut each piece from white cardstock and used the glueless glitter technique and Clear embossing powder to add Sparkle N Sprinkle's Elegant Emerald glitter to each piece.  You could have also used a double sided adhesive sheet as well.

The double sentiment is a stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle (Luck of the Irish Enchantress) and was stamped with a Nuvo Hybrid Ink Pad (Black Shadow) and was heat embossed with Clear embossing power for added dimension and gloss.

The bottom of the card base was cut using a deckle cutter and I added a strip of patterned cardstock to the bottom.

This super quick CAS card is perfect for St. Patty's Day.  It may be simple, but the bling from the glitter is amazing!

Be sure to visit the Cheapo Dies Blog regularly to see what the rest of the team has created for your inspiration.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Loads of Love

I have a new project using Cheapo Dies to share with you on this fabulous Friday!  I used this 11 piece die set called Loads of Love to create this fun card:

To start out, I die cut everything from white cardstock and then used Copic markers to color the truck and the sentiment.  Although it's hard to tell in the photo, the sentiment has an ombre effect, going from light pink to a darker pink.

The hearts were also colored with Copics and a bit of bling was added to them using a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Marker (Clear).  The hub caps were colored with a Wink of Luna metallic marker (Silver).

A bit of washi tape and twine are used for the finishing touches to this cute and simple card.  I think this would be great for a guy or a gal.

Don't forget to visit the Cheapo Dies Blog regularly to see what the rest of the Design Team is creating with these wonderful Cheapo Dies.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Be Yourself

Today I'm showcasing one of the new March Release stamp sets called Amazing You - Paisley Elephant from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

SNS is starting something new this month, beginning today.  Instead of a traditional blog hop, the designers will begin showcasing the new sets on the 5th of each month and a winner of a $20 gift certificate to SNS will be chosen at the end of each month.  The winner will be chosen from comments left on both the SNS Blog and a Mystery Designer's blog.

Although this isn't my normal style, it was fun creating this mixed media card.  I started out by applying various Distress Oxides to white cardstock and then spritzing it with water.  After this dried, I used my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and a Nuvo Hybrid Ink Pad (Black Shadow) to stamp my image onto my colored background.  Immediately after stamping the image, I covered it with Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set it.

The smallest die from the Swirling Frame die set was used for the sentiment.  I used the same process (Distress Oxides, Stamp Platform, Nuvo Hybrid Ink, Clear Detail) as above to create this tag.  This is pop dotted on top of the card base for a bit of dimension.

After die cutting the next layer using the Sizzix die (Damask), I set it aside to work on the card base.  The card base was die cut using the largest die from the Tonic Studios die set (Swirling Frame) and was die cut from a Super Adhesive Sheet.

After removing the protective sheet, I adhered the mat and my focal image to the adhesive sheet.  I couldn't decide whether I wanted to use glitter or gilding flakes, so I experimented and used both. 😀  I began by randomly adding the Nuvo Gilding Flakes (Radiant Gold) to certain areas and then I covered the rest of the exposed area with Collegiate Garnet glitter.  When I was removing the excess, the gilding flakes co-mingled with the glitter and I thought they looked pretty good together.  I saved this combo in a separate container and will use it in a future project.  (On a side note, if you decide to do this too, remember that the flakes are much lighter than the glitter so you will need to stir it up before using it to get an even distribution of glitter and gilding flakes.)

The focal point wasn't as prominent as I would like after completing the card base so I created a frame around the elephant using 1/8" Tear-ific Tape.  Once the adhesive was exposed, I covered it with Black Diamond microfine glitter.  This was the extra pop that it needed.

I have to say that the photos don't quite do this card justice.  The dark jewel tones of the Collegiate Garnet glitter and the bright pops of gold from the Gilding Flakes are much more vibrant in person.

Thanks for taking a look today and be sure to leave a comment both here and on my post on the SNS Blog for a chance to go shopping at Sparkle N Sprinkle.  No one knows who the Mystery Designer is this month (and it might just be me).  There will be new projects on the SNS Blog every day for your inspiration and for increasing your chances of winning.  Good luck!

Glitter: Collegiate Garnet (G1114); Black Diamond (GM2046)
Embossing Powder: Clear Detail (EP280)
Dies: Tonic Studios (Swirling Frame); Sizzix (Damask)
Nuvo Hybrid Ink Pad (Black Shadow) 
Distress Oxides (Seedless Preserves, Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple)

Friday, March 2, 2018

Love Machine

Today I'd like to share a tag/card combo that uses the Love Machine die from Cheapo Dies.  My first thought about this die was that it would be great for Valentines and anniversaries, but I decided to go outside the box and created a birthday card.  It's so easy to personalize the little hearts that are part of this nine piece die set.

To start out, I die cut the entire set from white cardstock and then began to color the various pieces using different mediums.  The base and top were covered with Morning Glory embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle, the globe was covered with a Nuvo glitter marker (Ember Glow pack), and the  black rectangle was colored with a Copic marker and then Glossy Accents added on top.  All the hearts were colored with various Copic markers.

The tag base was given color by applying three different colors of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Cosmic Brown, Spring Green, Lilac Lavender) to the surface using a Marshmallows 3 (a type of dauber that I love).

The sentiment is part of a rubber stamp set by Sparkle N Sprinkle (Balloon Bunch) and was stamped with Nuvo Hybrid Ink (Black Shadow) and heat embossed with Clear embossing powder.

The glitter ribbon was created by taking a piece of 1/4" Tear-ific tape and adding Butterscotch microglitter to both sides.

A piece of patterned cardstock was used for the base and the edges were distressed for a more casual look. 

Be sure to visit the Cheapo Dies Blog regularly to see what the rest of the team has created for you.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Curious Cat

I'm so excited to share with you my first post for Cheapo Dies.  I'm very excited to be a part of this new team and new company.  I'll have something new for you every Friday and hopefully it will inspire you to create something with these fantastic dies as well.  These dies are nice and substantial feeling, not flimsy like some of the name brand dies I have in my stash.  They are very reasonably priced and cut like butter.

For today's card, I chose the Curious Cat die and die cut it out of watercolor paper.  I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers for coloring the die cut.  This was quick and simple to do and I added his whiskers with a Copic marker.

I adhered the Curious Cat to a Simon Says Stamp (Stitched Circle) circle die cut making sure not to add adhesive on the cat itself.  However, any of these circle dies from Cheapo dies would work well too.

After the water dried from the cat, it had some natural dimension and I wanted to keep that look.  You can see the natural shadows it created when the photo was taken.

This was then adhered to a Tonic Studios die (Layered Rivoli layering die set) that I cut in half to make it shorter. This blue mat was dry embossed using a Sizzix embossing folder (Damask).  Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Cornflower Blue) was applied on the top of the raised areas and really brought them to life.  It reminds me a little bit like rippling water.

This is a great die as you can create something quick and simple, like I have here, or more elaborate.  I can envision lots of glitter on the fish and water and flocking on the kitty.  Maybe a project for another time 😀.

Be sure to visit the Cheapo Dies Blog everyday for some new inspiration from our Designers.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Journey {Scrapy Land #84}

It's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge and I decided to create a monochromatic scrapbook layout.  I used the following dies to embellish this layout:

Frantic Stamper: Journey
Frantic Stamper: Sphinx and Pyramid
EK Success: Travel
Die-Versions: A Little Lime font

The papers are digital and are by Carta Bella (Transatlantic Travel).  I started off by printing the digi paper twice.  The first one is the base page for the layout and the second printing was so that I could die cut from it.

The "Journey" sentiment was die cut five times (four from white cardstock and once from the printed paper) so that I could get a lot of dimension.  I also used a COpic marker to darken the sides.  I could have die cut one more layer from black cardstock to get basically the same effect.  The Sphinx was die cut twice, once from the patterned paper and once from black cardstock.  I added a pop dot under his chin for more dimension.

The Pyramid was also die cut from both black cardstock and the printed cardstock for a shadow effect.  The bottom right corner is pop dotted for a more realistic look.  I chose this die as there is a glass pyramid in front of the Louvre Museum.

Le Louvre was die cut three times for more dimension (2 times from white cardstock and once from the printed cardstock) and the edges were highlighted with a Copic marker.

The geo tag, which points to Paris on the map, is part of the EK Success Travel set and was also die cut multiple times for added dimension.

I enjoyed creating this "non-traditional" layout and you will probably be seeing more in the future.  😄

Be sure to check out all the new designers' projects and then upload your own project to the Scrapy Land Challenge.  There are two winners, each of whom will receive a $10 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.  The theme is Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  You have until March 4 to play along with us. 😀

Monday, February 19, 2018

Butterflies and Hydrangeas

This is my second post of the day and I'd like to share with you a card created using one of the new stamp sets recently released from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  The set is Whispers of Comfort-Hydrangea and it also comes with some beautiful sentiments.

I started out by coloring the image with Copic markers and added Pan Pastels for the sky. A charcoal stick was used to add more depth to the shadows.  Once the image was colored,  Periwinkle glitter was added to the blue hydrangea petals and Bubblegum glitter was added to the pink hydrangea petals.

The butterfly was transformed into a sparkling beauty by adding glue to each area with a Sakura glue pen.  The yellow areas were covered with Sunny Daze glitter, the orange areas are accented with Creamsicle glitter, and the body of the butterfly was covered with Blue Raven glitter.

Once the image was complete, I fussy cut around the edge and adhered it to my card base.

The card base was created by die cutting white cardstock with a Sue Wilson die (Backgrounds-Swirly Vine).  I also cut a solid square from white cardstock so that I could add glitter underneath the cut outs.  I used 1" Tear-ific tape to cover the outer edge of this solid square and adhered the die cut piece on top.  Next, I added Cobalt Blue glitter to the remaining exposed adhesive areas.

I decided the white was too bright after laying the focal image on top.  Copics to the rescue.  I grabbed a light yellow (Y00) and colored the swirly vines.  Once this was completed, I used dimensional tape to pop dot the focal image.

Products Used:
GlitterPeriwinkle (G1060); Bubblegum (G1088); Sunny Daze (G1038); Creamsicle (G1140); Blue Raven (G1024); Cobalt Blue (GM2015)
Dies: Sue Wilson Designs (Backgrounds-Swirly Vine)
1” Tear-ific Tape
Dimensional Tape
Sakura Glue pen
Tangerine die cutting machine
Copic markers
Pan Pastels