Dazzling Diva #71

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I'm back with another Dazzling Diva Challenge and here's our fabulous inspiration for the week:



I love the gorgeous florals on the inspiration piece and here's where it took me:


I ended up using a piece of Golden Glimmer and marbling it with Inka Gold and PITT Artist Pen Big Brushes. You still get the gold coming through, but the marbled effect gives you yet one more option for working with the metals.  

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Amy Tangerine Stitched
Stamps:  Altenew
Ink:  My Favorite Things Black Hybrid Ink
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles, Ellen Hutson Essentials by Julie Bold Blossom Stand-Alone, Inka Gold, PITT Artist Pen Big Brushes, sequins, adhesives and Add a Little Dazzle craft metal

Golden Glimmer Metal Sheet


The rest of the Divas and I would love to have you join our Dazzling Diva ChallengeUse of AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we'd love to see you use them! There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs.   If you use AALD craft metal you'll receive an additional $5 in merchandise...BONUS!





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Guest Tutorial at Splitcoaststampers


This is a background technique I've used countless times...it never turns out the same way twice!  I've created a new tutorial for Splitcoaststampers complete with video.

Check it out!

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Addicted to Stamps and More #140

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

We have some lovely inspiration for you today over at the Addicted to Stamps challenge blog!  Isn't this just fabulous?



This week our sponsor is Bugaboo Digi Stamps and they have generously donated 7 digi stamps to the winner!


The antiquing of the clock was what caught my eye:


A very simple one layer design today.  I've inked the floral stencil with Versamark and clear embossed the flowers.  Then the stencil was offset slightly and I inked it with some gray ink for a shadow effect.  Next I added a few more gray smudges.  A simply stamped sentiment and an embossed circle to mimic the clock faces and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Versamark, Ranger Jet Black Archival and Memento Gray Flannel
Stamps:  STAMPlorations BOLD SENTIMENTS:  Hashtag Authentic
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, ARTplorations Happy Flower stencil, sponges, clear embossing powder, heat tool, E.K. Success powder tool, Lil' Inker Designs Stitched circle dies

Don't forget to check out the amazing designs from the rest of the Design Team right here!

Challenges entered:

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Dazzling Diva #70

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

It's Wednesday and that means it's time for the Dazzling Diva Challenge.  Here's a wonderful mood board that lends itself to so many interpretations:


Pretty easy to see that my focus was on the lower left corner :)



I've die cut some gray paper and added a strip of embossing paste through a stencil.  Then it's just a matter of adding the die cuts.  When I'm working with metal, I like to adhere it to some card stock before adding it to my card...it adds some stability and makes it really easy to glue it down, even when layering.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Echo Park Yours Truly
Stamps:  none
Ink:  none
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Doily stencil, embossing paste, spatula, Winnie & Walter Big Bang Confetti Cutaways, Winnie & Walter In A Word Cheers Cutaway, adhesives, Elizabeth Craft Designs transparent double-sided tape and Add a Little Dazzle craft metal in the following colors:

Pucker Me Pink                                                  Perfect Peacock
Pucker Me Pink Metal SheetPerfect Peacock Metal Sheet


Princess Pink Metal Sheet

The rest of the Divas and I would love to have you join our Dazzling Diva ChallengeUse of AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we'd love to see you use them! There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs.   If you use AALD craft metal you'll receive an additional $5 in merchandise...BONUS!





Challenges entered:







One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #7

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hello everyone!  It's time for another One Layer Christmas card challenge...I am so happy to have a start on my 2015 Christmas cards thanks to this challenge :)  As always, it's an "anything goes" challenge and this time round...an optional twist of blue.



Well, if you haven't guessed by now...I LOVE watercolors and working with blue this week...well that happens to be another one of my faves!  

This has been made using the Kuretake Gansai watercolors and some Brushos.  I cut down my watercolor card stock to 3 3/4" x 5 1/2" for a taller card this time.


Here's what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor card stock
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps:  Quiet Fire Design
All the rest of the stuff:  Hero Arts white embossing powder, E.K. Success powder tool, heat tool, Kuretake Gansai watercolors, Brushos

Would love for you to play along!  Using the optional twist will get you an entry into the monthly random drawing.  Every card that you enter with the twist = 1 entry into the drawing and you can enter as many times as you'd like!

Check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team right here.

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Light It Up Blue Blog Hop

Thursday, April 2, 2015



Hello, and welcome to the Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness Blog Hop!  We have so many fantastic sponsors that have shown their support for Autism Awareness and you can see the complete list here.

If you would like a chance to win a prize from one of these fabulous companies, please leave a comment on this blog, as well as any of the other blogs participating in the hop today!  Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on Monday, April 6th.

I've added this link for all sorts of great info on autism including research, fund raising and a whole lot of other information.

Here's my card for the hop:





I've started with a piece of watercolor paper that's been stamped with a houndstooth pattern.  I wanted more of a hit and miss look, so just partially inked up the background stamp and pressed it to my paper with my fingers instead of a stamp block or my MISTI.

Next, I stamped the poppy and then added some blue shades of  watercolor.  While that was still wet, I added in some more blues, this time with Brushos.  Once that was completely dry, I "painted" the flower with a light layer of Stickles.

The sentiment has been cut from white fun foam.  It adds such dimension and is just so easy to do. A smattering of blue sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Ranger watercolor and Neenah Solar White
Stamps:  Penny Black Poppy Time and MFT Houndstooth Background
Ink:  Ranger Watering Can and Jet Black archival inks
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Rectangles, Kuretake Gansai watercolors, Brushos, Stickles, sequins, adhesives, white fun foam, MISTI

Come join the hop...here's a peek at some of  the amazing sponsors:





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Dazzling Diva #69 Some Bunny Loves You

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

I'm back with another Dazzling Diva Challenge.  Look at these cute little peeps :)  We are doing a color challenge this week.  Use any one or combination of the following colors on your card:


Can you tell I'm a sucker for these gorgeous stitched bunnies from Lil' Inker?  Don't they look wonderful in the craft metal?



I inked up my craft mat with three shades of Distress Inks and sprayed with water.  Then I dragged a piece of watercolor paper through it.  The clouds are die cut in felt and I've added some metallic thread behind the set of clouds.

These are stylin' bunnies in their metal coats and little black bows!  The metal has such an impact doesn't it?

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor paper, Gina K. black card stock
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival and Rusty Hinge, Broken China and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil' Inker Designs bunnies and bows die set, MFT die-namics cloud trio, MFT felt, metallic thread, adhesives and Add a Little Dazzle craft metals in the following colors:

Outrageously Orange                                         Pucker Me Pink
Outrageously Orange Metal SheetPucker Me Pink Metal Sheet


Ocean Blue Metal Sheet

The rest of the Divas and I would love to have you join our Dazzling Diva ChallengeUse of AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we'd love to see you use them! There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs.   If you use AALD craft metal you'll receive an additional $5 in merchandise...BONUS!






Don't forget to check out all the amazing designs by the Divas this week right here.

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