Monday, March 24, 2014

Simon Says Glitter It!

Happy Monday, Everyone!  Today I am going to share a card I made for this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Glitter.  If you've been following me as of late, you'll know I am obsessed with my Wplus9 Fresh Cut Florals stamps and Avery Elle Oh Happy Day sentiments.  They just make me so happy and are so beautiful together.

Here is the card I made:

And here is a close-up of the glitter.  I just started using my Wink of Stella glitter pen and I think it will be easy to become obsessed with it.  :)

I am also entering this card in this week's AEIheartU Challenge:

The various colors of blue that I used all work so well together!  Thanks for stopping by today!  Until next time...


Sunday, March 16, 2014

More floral masking...

Sympathy cards are hard for me.  I mean, on the one hand, I want to make them simple and beautiful, but on the other hand, I just really want to make the person I am sending it to smile.  I think I achieved all of that with the card I made for a friend who just lost her dad.

Here is my card:

Just as I did with my card from yesterday, I masked off the center of the card with some contact paper.  Then I stamped the various florals/leaves with my ink, masking off any overlapping flowers to give it more dimension.  I have always admired beautifully inked florals on one-layer cards, so this was new for me to try.  I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.  It makes me feel like I am walking through a field of flowers.

I am entering this card in this week's Curtain Call Challenge, as well as submitting it for Avery Elle's May Guest Designer search.

Until next time...

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Ghost Stamping and Masking

I had some free time to make some cards this week and I can't wait to share them with you.  As you know, my blog states that I am a "novice."  Mostly this just means that I am always learning about/trying new techniques.  The card I am sharing with you today uses a technique I haven't tried before:  ghost stamping with white ink and a darker background.

Here is my card:

I first learned of this technique from the uber-talented Jennifer McGuire.  You can learn about it here and here.  

I masked the center of the card with contact paper and then stamped all of the images I wanted to use with white dye ink.  Next, I stamped the flowers with colored ink and then masked them with post-it's before I stamped all of the leaves.  It's not embellishment heavy (even though I am entering it in the AEIheartU Challenge this week for embellishments), but I threw some enamel dots on it and used my Wink of Stella brush to sparkle up the flower centers.

That is all for today!  I will share another new card tomorrow!  Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Adding Color to My Day!

What is the weather like where you are today?  It is snowing here with a high of 0 (as in ZERO) right now.  I had to do something to keep my fingers from freezing, so I decided to make a card for a sweet friend of mine.  I started searching the challenge sites and decided to play along with CAS-ology's challenge this week.  The theme:  Paint.

I am loving the trend of watercoloring on cards, so I decided to take a stab at it.  Here is what I made:

I used Paper Smooches I Heart Art stamp set for this one.  I cut a piece of watercolor paper to fit on the easel and then brushed it with some watercolors.  I love how it turned out!  After stamping the sentiment, I cut out the easel and glued the tiny masterpiece on, then I glued it to my card.  I would have left it at that, but I decided to add more watercolor fun by adding some pennants at the top.  I wrapped them with white burlap twine and boom.  There you have it.  A pretty, simple card for an amazing lady.

I am going to be linking this up with this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge as well.  The theme:  Anything Goes!

Thanks for stopping by this fine day!  Hope the rest of your Sunday is fab!  Until next time...