Poinsettia Noel

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Made this several weeks ago and just sharing it today.

The poinsettia image was stamped in archival ink on watercolor paper, as was the sentiment.  Then I wet the paper with a paintbrush and plain water before dropping in some Distress Inks.  Next I added a few splatters and a smattering of sequins...done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and Ranger watercolor
Stamps:  Wordsworth (sentiment) and Holly Berry House
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival; Tumbled Glass and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles, misc. sequins, adhesives and paintbrush

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Distressed Watercolor Berries

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Using some Penny Black stamps to create a card with non-traditional colors today.

Very simple to do...I just inked up the background stamp with three colors of Distress Inks, misted with water and stamped onto my watercolor paper.  When that was dry, I stamped the same image in Versamark, offset to the right and heat embossed with some snowy embossing powder.

Then, I stamped the sentiment, distressed the edges and added three little rhinestones...and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and Ranger watercolor
Ink:  Distress Inks in Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw and Peacock Feathers; Versamark and Ranger Jet Black Archival
Stamps:  Penny Black Happy Berries and Berry Merry
All the other stuff:  WOW embossing powder, EK Success powder tool, heat tool, water mister, distressing tool and misc. rhinestones

Challenges entered:

Virginia's View Challenge:  all things distressed

December's Theme: All Things Distressed

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  winter inspiration


Merry Monday #139:

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Dazzling Diva #56

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It's time for another Dazzling Diva Challenge and here's our gorgeous inspiration today:

And here's my take on it:

I started out by cutting two of my snowflakes in Golden Glimmer and one in Wonderous White:

Making a different type of background today using double-sided adhesive sheets. By using the adhesive sheets I can vary the width of my strips.  Next I added white glitter to some:

And silver glitter to others.  In order for the glitter to stick really well to the two-sided adhesive strips, I added lots of glitter and then burnished it with my fingers.  It makes quite a difference in how the glitter adheres to the strips!

Next, I played with different layouts for the strips until I was happy.  You'll note that I made them slightly longer than needed.  This makes it really easy to place them on the card.  Using a grid mat like the one you see here also makes it easier to line up the strips fairly straight.

Then, peeling away the adhesive backing each strip was added to the card base and trimmed to fit with non-stick scissors.

Yes, there are adhesive tapes that are already glittered, but I like to use what I have and the double-sided tape and a drawer full of glitter makes this an easy thing to do :)

These products available in the Add a Little Dazzle Boutique:

Golden Glimmer Metal SheetWondrous White Metal Sheet

Would love to have you join our Dazzling Diva 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.   Our challenge will run for the next three weeks finishingup on January 6th.  To allow our Design Team some time with family and friends for the holidays; the challenge will return January 7th.

Lots of fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team...just click on the challenge button above to check it all out!

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Addicted to Stamps and More #126 Wishing You Happiness

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It's time for another Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge...and the theme is anything goes.  Our Design Team member Marina is getting married very soon and we are wishing her all the best!

Congratulations Marina, may you and your hubby have a bright and wonderful future!  Hope your big day is very special!

Our sponsor this week is QKR Stampede and up for grabs are three digis!

I've embossed the card base with the Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles die, and repeated that on some designer paper.  A simple stamped flower, some embossed vellum, a smattering of sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow, vellum  and unknown designer paper
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted Dandelion Dreams
Ink:  Versamark, Hero Arts Black and Avery Elle Fizz
All the other stuff: Big Shot Pro, Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles, Hero Arts white embossing powder, heat gun, embossing buddy, adhesive, Simon Says Stamp clear sequins

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Watercolor Snow

Playing along with the CAS-ology challenge today:

And yes, still playing with watercolors...just can't seem to get away from that :)  Very simple design and again, if you're short on cards, quick and easy to mass produce.  Today, I've done a watercolor resist design.

The snowflakes are heat embossed and then it's allowed to cool.  Then I've taped a piece of watercolor paper to some coroplast...any firm surface will do.  After spreading plain water across various parts of the paper, I start dropping in my watercolors.  It's just a matter of playing until you're satisfied with the amount of color.  Once it was dry, it was stamped with the sentiment and adhered to my card base.

And speaking of card base, funny story there.  I've been busy making a lot of cards, like so many of you the last few weeks. It was time to open a new package of my favorite cardstock...Bazzill Marshmallow.  Cut it down the middle, placed it on my Scor-Pal, scored it and then looked at it...WTH???  It's a half inch too long on one side of the card.  Then I flip it over and look...there's the Bazzill logo and a bar code.  My entire package is cut 1/2 inch too long...must have been the end cut of the paper.  Thought I was going crazy for a minute and this time of year that is a distinct possibility :)

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Ranger watercolor and Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Versamark and Jet Black Archival 
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Winter Wonder and Altenew Lyrical Script
All the other stuff:  EK Success powder tool, WOW embossing powder, heat tool, paintbrush, water tray, Zig Kuretake watercolors, adhesive

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Silver Skies

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Ha, everytime I think my photography skills have improved, I try and photograph something shiny like this...arghhhhh....  Perhaps you could use your imagination and see that the entire area behind the embossed trees is heat embossed in silver???  Trust me :)

I wanted to play along with a couple more challenges this week.  Time is tight with Christmas fast approaching, but sometimes you just have to take some time to play!

My inspiration for this card comes from the CASology Challenge. Just click on the graphic to take you there!

And the Color Me Challenge.  Just click on the graphic to take you there!

Actually it's a very simple card to make, so if you are pressed for time and needing to mass produce some Christmas cards here's how.  Use your EK Success powder tool to cover your card front.  Ink up the top your embossing folder with Versamark ink and emboss it.  Then heat emboss with your heat gun.

I added a simple heat embossed sentiment in the same embossing powder on a die cut banner in Night of Navy and attached it with foam adhesive squares.  Easy peasy to do!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and SU! Night of Navy
Ink:  Versamark  
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted Most Wonderful
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro,  Lifestyle Crafts Arrows and Banners dies, Tim Holtz Birch Trees embossing folder, WOW Metallic Platinum Sparkle embossing glitter, EK Success powder tool, heat gun and foam adhesive squares.

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Watercolor Merry

Thursday, December 11, 2014

My cards have all been sent now, so I'll be sharing a few with you over the next couple of weeks. This was for my dear friend Loll.  You can find her amazing cards here on her blog.

This was quick and easy to do.  After wetting my watercolor paper, I dropped in some Distress Inks in totally non-traditional colors.  Then I added a few splatters in the deepest color.  Next comes a large sentiment from Clearly Besotted which I totally love :)  A smattering of sequins in some fun colors and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and Ranger watercolor
Ink:  Distress Inks and Ranger Archival
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted Most Wonderful
All the other stuff:  paintbrush, adhesive and miscellaneous sequins

Challenges entered:
Simon Says Stamp:  bling it on
Virginia's View:  all things distressed (Distress Inks!)

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