Simon Says We’re Going Dotty

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Hello and happy 4th of July!! I have a card to share with you all on this hot summer day. I made this card for the Simon Says Wednesday’s Challenge. This challenge asks you to incorporate dots or spots into your card design.  

 

I used the Alte&new painted flowers stamp set to create the flower border. I did a lot of masking to create an open space for the sentiment and to layer the flowers. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Think Big Favorites #2. I stamped it in versafine then embossed in clear.  

 

I drew the frame around the sentiment and actually made all the dots because I didn’t any pattern paper that I liked. I hope you enjoy! Have a wonderful weekend!

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge

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Hello! I’m here with a card for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #254 – Anything Goes

 

The cat is from the Meow cartridge. I cut the cat adhered all the layer, then adhered it to the card. I then stamped “you are” with some alphabet stamps I purchased years ago and cut by hand a dialogue bubble around it.  

I then cut some craft foam to fit behind the dialogue bubble and adhered it and the dialogue bubble to the card. This added some dimension to the card. Lastly I glued silver sequin to the card using glossy accents. I hope you enjoy!!

PTI’s Challenge #216

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Hello again I’m here with another card for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday Challenge #216. This week the PTI challenge focuses on coloring your cover plate cuts. Laura made two amazing cards demonstrating this fun technique.  

   

Aren’t they stunning! She is so talented and hilarious, her videos always crack me up. Well of course I had to give it a try too. 

 

I didn’t have a cover plate so I had to create my own with the help of my cricut. I welded flowers to a frame I created using the cricut design space. After I cut it I inked it up with a variety of inks. Inking was a bit tricky but I managed alright with my cosmetic sponge.  


After I colored the frame I created a gradation with my yellow inks on the corners where the flowers were centered. This helped the florals to pop. I then stamped a sentiment from PTI’s  Think Big Favorites #1 in dark blue ink and embossed it in clear. Lastly I used foam tape to attach my floral frame and to add some dimension. I then attached both pieces to my card. Hope you enjoy!!!

Runway Inspired Challenge #86

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Hello again!! Here with a card I’m entering into the Runway Inspired Challenge #86 and the Simon Says Wednesday’s Challenge. Here is the beautiful inspiration outfit  

 

Just beautiful! And if this wasn’t enough inspiration the talented design team has created a whole collection of beautiful cards for your viewing pleasure. Now onto my creation. 

 

I was inspired by the colors and patterns found in the dress. I was originally going to use strips of colored paper but settled on creating a gradation with my distressed inks. I used evergreen bough, scattered straw, spun sugar, and shaded lilac. Surprisingly these four inks all came together in the Distressed ink mini kit I purchased recently. Distressed inks have become my new favorite products. I find myself using them frequently for blending and watercoloring and the mini ink pads make purchasing them much more affordable! 

 I cut out the floral design using Botanicals cartridge and my cricut. I glued the cut out to the top of my gradation of inks then I cut a strip out just big enough for the sentiment. I stamped the sentiment on white paper glued it on the card base and then I adhered the floral and inked pieces to the card using craft foam. Unfortunately the dimension is hard to see from the photo and my card looks a little warped. Oh well, I had fun, I hope you enjoy it nevertheless. 😊

Hip Hip Hooray!!

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Hello everyone! I wanted to share a card I created for a very special guy, my nephew!! He is turning 1 (I can’t believe it) and he needed an awesome card to celebrate!  

 

First I looked through my cricut images and I found this cute hippo. I knew I wanted to make a shaker card and thought this hippo could hold a balloon and the balloon could be a shaker. I tried something new for this card, instead of using foam tape I used craft foam (you know, the colorful sheets of foam used for kids projects) to give dimension. I cut some blue craft foam in the shape of the hippo by tracing my cut hippo. I the glued the foam with craft glue to the hippo then to the card. 

 

I did the same for the balloon frame but before I glued it to the card I filled my balloon with some orange sequins and some bursts I made using a punch. I really like using the craft foam for large areas. It’s cheaper then foam tape so I feel comfortable using it more liberally and my images are better supported. I will still use foam tape for small things like sentiments. 

 

I have to show you the inside because I used my cricut to write the sentiment inside. I have also never played around with that feature before, but it worked perfectly. It will only do an outline of the font so used my white gel pen to make the sentiment pop more. I’m entering this card into the Seize The Birthday: Animals.  

 

PTI: Make It Monday Challenge #214

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Hello!! I’m back with another card for Papertrey Ink’s MIM Challenge #214. This week’s challenge challenges you to stamp with neutrals. Dawn made a beautiful card using grey and brown inks to stamp a background. 

  
Isn’t it lovely! I really like the overall color palette. So, of course, I had to give it a try.

  I wanted a weathered wood background, that was grey and white. So I inked up PTI’s wood grain impression plate with white ink and ran it through my cuttlebug with some grey paper. This worked okay, nice impression but not much definition between the white and the grey. So I decided to ink up my Heidi swapp wood grain stamp with grey ink and stamped on top. This was against my better judgement, but I thought what the heck!

  
It worked out well!! The texture added to the distressed look I was after. After the background I gave my Altenew Painted Flowers stamp set a workout and stamped a ton of brown flowers with grey leaves. I know, brown flowers!! But hey this was a neutral challenge after all why not push the envelope. I did some generation stamping as well a stamping some of the corners of the flowers off before stamping them on my cardstock. I also masked some of the flowers to create depth. Then I stamped the sentiment which is from PTI’s Think Big Favorites #12 with embossing ink and white embossing powder on black paper. I adhered the sentiment to the flowers which I fussy cut and then adhered foam to the back and then attached it all to the card. Phew!!! I hope you enjoy!!

Watercolor Blog Hop

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Hello again!! I’m here with a card for the Watercolor Blog Hop hosted by Pretty Pink Posh. 

  
I love the look of watercolors!! I’m still a novice but I expanding upon my skills all the time.  

 

I water colored the background with purple, pink, and orange. I cut out the top triangle layer on my cricut. I adhered the watercolored background to the card base and adhered the triangle layer on top of it with foam tape. 

 I splattered black ink on top. Stamped the sentiment from PTI on black paper and embossed it with white embossing powder and cut it down to a small strip. I finally adhered that to the card. Hope you enjoy!!