Dazzling Diva #53

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Time for another Dazzling Diva Challenge from Add a Little Dazzle.  This week we are focusing on embossing techniques with metal.  Did you know that you can emboss the metal with a variety of stencils and it takes embossing paste beautifully too!

I've chosen to use a metal stencil for my embossing today and I've used the No More Shims Embossing Mat and the poinsettia stencil that can be found here in the Add a Little Dazzle Boutique.
Here's a close up:

So depending on how you hold it in the light...you see more black or more gold.

Such an easy way to dress up a card.  I cut a piece of craft metal to the size of the stencil, placed it in my Big Shot Pro with the No More Shims Embossing Mat and fresh cutting pads.  I keep a set of cutting pads just for embossing the metal so that there are no marks of any sort in them.  Then, I simply rubbed some Oldsilver Inka Gold across the embossed piece.  I let it dry a bit before swiping it with a baby wipe, very gently.  Then after it was completely dry, I buffed it with a soft cloth.  Then it was added to my card with some designer paper and a die cut sentiment.

Would love to see you join us for this fun challenge!  Use 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.  Add a Little Dazzle craft metals sheets are available here.

And just a heads up, Add a Little Dazzle is having a Black Friday Sale, check this out on Friday!!!

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Fusion Joy

Monday, November 24, 2014

Playing along with the Fusion Challenge - Sparkly Christmas:

This was indeed a labor of love...not a quick CAS design in the least :)  I started out by die cutting all those little circles you see, Next the majority of them were stamped with a design and heat embossed in silver.  Then they were placed to create the wreath.

Next, comes some scrunched up tissue wrap to add the musical component of the design.  A few mirrored stars, a red bow and the die cut sentiment complete the card.  A little time consuming but I'm very happy with the end result!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and SU! Brushed Silver
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted Geometric Style II
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Clearly Besotted Geometric Style II Die Collection, Penny Black Creative Dies - Love and Joy, WOW Metallic Platinum Sparkle Embossing Glitter, heat gun, embossing buddy, SU! ribbon, Tim Holtz Composer Tissue WrapTim Holtz Mirrored stars, dimensional foam tape

Challenges entered:

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Rustic Luxe

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Well, slowly but surely, the Christmas cards are getting done.  Here's another one to add to my stash today.

I've stamped the wood background stamp with a couple of colors of Distress Ink, then taking a barely damp paintbrush, just sort of spread the color out here and there.  Then it was dried thoroughly before adding the wreath in Versamark and embossing it with some sparkly embossing powder.  Once that was fully dried, I added some of the Stampendous Spoonful of Snow randomly across the wreath and heat embossed it again.  If you've never used this stuff...it's fantastic.  But it takes a bit of playing to make it stick.  The best way to use it, is to place it on your card and keep heating it from underneath, otherwise it really tends to fly around.  It takes some time and some patience, but it really has such a beautiful effect with some wonderful sparkle.

Next comes a simple stamped sentiment and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Crumb cake
Ink:  Pumice Stone and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks, Versamark and Ranger Archival
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Woodgrain, PSX (an oldie but a goodie) and Clearly Besotted Most Wonderful
All the other stuff:  paintbrush, heat gun, WOW Sparkling Snow embossing powder, Stampendous Spoonful of Snow, foam adhesive

Challenges entered:

CAS(E) this sketch
Inkspirational #70

Time Out #19:  embossing with the optional twist of sparkle

Challenge Up Your Life:  challenge #2 banner/garland/wreath

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Pink Season

Friday, November 21, 2014

Really wanted to play along with the STAMPlorations monthly challenge again.  The theme this month is stamps and layers.  And, The Mixed Media Card Challenge theme is Christmas, yeah, one more Christmas card done!

And yes, there are lots of layers on this baby :)  I started off with one of my favorite techniques...adding color to a stencil, misting it with water and laying it on some watercolor paper. Once that was dry, I stamped on the holly branches in silver ink and again dried the card.  Next, I heat embossed the snow flakes in white.

Then disaster struck!  I stamped the sentiment onto my card and accidentally got a line of black ink above the sentiment.  What's a girl to do?  Well...decided to use a black pen and extend the line and make a matching one below.  I think it works!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor paper
Ink:  Hero Arts black and Picked Raspberry, Frayed Burlap and Pumice Stone Distress Inks
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Vignette:  Christmas Block, STAMPlorations Oh, Christmas Tree! and Simon Says Stamp with Clearly Besotted Holly Berries
All the other stuff:  Tim Holtz Holly Bough stencil, Hero Arts white embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat gun, water mister, ruler, Copic multiliner

Challenges entered:
STAMPlorations November challenge:  stamps and layers
The Mixed Media Card Challenge:  Christmas

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Stylish Birthday

Thursday, November 20, 2014

So many challenges...so little time!  Trying to spend a little more time in my studio just playing along with some challenges.  Today I'm playing along with the Runway Inspired Challenge...this gorgeous dress from Herve Leger by Max Azria:

Easy peasy card again today.  A simple stencilled background...don't you just love those colors?  And I'm finally playing with Shirley Bampton's stamps...yeah!  I added a bit of the Ripe Persimmon to her belt and a few enamel dots and done!

And, Uniko Studio has an anything goes challenge this month, so I'd love to play along too!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and Ranger Watercolor
Ink:  Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon and Dried Marigold and Ranger Archival
Stamps:  The Bee's Knees CityGirl, enamel dots
All the other stuff:  Stencil Girl Succulents stencil, watercolor brush, water

Challenges entered:
RIC#72:  Herve Leger by Max Azria
Uniko Studio:  anything goes

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Add a Little Dazzle and Neat and Tangled Blog Hop Day 3 Plus Dazzling Diva 52

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hello again, everyone!  It's day three of the Add a Little Dazzle and Neat and Tangled blog hop...welcome!!!  A fun blog hop sure to inspire you along with the added bonus of prizes.  Neat and Tangled has a wonderful array of stamps, digital images, dies as well as accessories like sequins. And Add a Little Dazzle carries a fabulous line of craft metal sheets that provides a distinctive look to your projects and cards.

And, since it's Wednesday, it's also the weekly Dazzling Diva Challenge.  This week we are focusing on the inlaid die technique which can be done with dies or punches quite easily.

And here's my card using dies:

I started with a piece of watercolor paper and heat embossed the very awesome Time Warp background from Neat and Tangled.  Once that cooled, I painted my paper with water and a paintbrush. Then, using the same paintbrush, I picked up Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and dropped it onto the wet areas of the card.

Once that was dry, the Brushed Copper stars were die cut, as was the background where I wanted to place them.  Next, they were carefully put in place and taped on the back of the watercolor paper to hold them in place.  Then I adhered it to my card base.  Easy peasy right?

Be sure to stop by all the blogs on the hop and enter to win:


We have an awesome giveaway!  Enter for a chance to win 1 of 2 prize packs from both companies! You have until Saturday, November 22nd midnight (MDT) to enter.  The winners will be announced on both company blogs.

You must leave a comment on all blogs (including the company blogs) for a chance to win 1 of the 2 prize packs!


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ATSM#122 Classic Christmas

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Time for another Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge...and this week it's time for our Make Your Mark challenge.  Using pencils, markers, whathaveyou for coloring your card works perfectly for this challenge!

Our sponsor this week is Eureka Stamps:

And, up for grabs are three digis...free is good right?  Why don't you play along?

A simple design today, just some heat embossing in gold, followed by scribbling a little color from various Distress Markers throughout the wreath image.  I used watercolor paper, so that I could easily blend the colors with a bit of water on a small paint brush.  Then some Stickles were added to the bells, and a simple heat embossed sentiment on vellum finishes the card.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU!  Soft Suede, vellum and Ranger Watercolor
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps:  JustRite Christmas Wreath
All the other stuff:  Hero Arts gold embossing powder; Mowed Lawn, Crushed Olive, Pine Needles, Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries Distress Markers; heat gun; embossing buddy; Diamond Stickles

Challenges entered:
Festive Friday #44

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