Craftin Desert Divas!, Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Thank You Cards, Uncategorized, Watercolour Cards

Smiles Across The Miles – Craftin Desert Divas Creative Challenge!

Hey lovelies!
It’s time for another Designer Creative Challenge from Craftin Desert Divas! This time we’re all about sharing the love and sending those smiles across the miles! This is something I like to do often, growing up cards have always held a sentimental value to myself and my family members so I cherish each and every card I receive! Whether you’re sending someone a note to encourage or support them, or even just to say hi! Handmade cards can make a huge impact on those you care about, knowing somebody has taken the time to sit and create something unique just for you really is a special feeling! Today I’m sharing with you a card I made using the ‘Kindness’ and ‘Wishful Thoughts’ stamp sets as I really love using florals for these types of cards!

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I started by prepping some watercolour paper with my EK Success powder tool applicator. I stamped my floral image using Versafine Onyx Black ink, coated it in clear embossing powder and set it using my heat tool.
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I painted my image using watercolour paints then fussy cut it out once it was dry. I went for a super colourful look, after all we want to brighten someone’s day!
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I cut a panel using the Crazy Stitched Frame dies from heavy weight white card before stamping some of the smaller images from the Kindness set in a random pattern using Iced Spruce Distress Oxide Ink to give it a softer look. I cut down a rectangle piece of white card and stamped my sentiment from the Wishful Thoughts set in Versafine Onyx Black ink. I drew little dashes along the border of the rectangle using my ruler and a black pen to add a little extra detail. I positioned my flowers and sentiment towards the centre of my panel and popped them up with some double sided foam tape. I adhered my entire panel to my card base using some double sided tape to finish!
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Thank you for stopping by lovelies! ‘Just because’ cards are among my favourite cards to make, I’m sure I’m going to get a lot of use out of this stamp set in the future too! I hope you like what I’ve created to show you today, please be sure to stop by the Craftin Desert Divas’ blog post to see what the other DT members have created for inspiration! These talented ladies have a lot of helpful tips up their sleeves! ❤

xo

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Supplies
Kindness Stamp Set
Wishful Thoughts Stamp Set
Crazy Stitched Frame Dies
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Iced Spruce Distress Oxide Ink
Powder Tool Applicator

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Anniversary Cards, Birthday Cards, Friendship Cards, Get Well Soon Cards, Uncategorized

Simple Elegant Cards Using Spellbinders Shapeabilities Dies From The “Flower Garden” Collection!

Hey lovelies! ❤ I’m back with a couple more cards using the Spellbinders Shapeabilities dies, this time from the Flower Garden collection by Sharyn Sowell! I tried to keep these cards similar while changing things up just a little, I’ve been on a white and gold kick lately and these dies fit that style perfectly! 

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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“Botanical Butterfly”

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I created my A2 card base and cut my panel slightly smaller from white heavyweight card stock. I prepped my panel with my EK Success powder tool so my embossing powder would only stick to where I wanted it to. I took a thin embossing folder I got from a magazine a little while ago and coated the inside with Tsukineko Versamark ink (on the side with no ridges! This is so the embossed part would remain mostly white with only a little bit of gold looking slightly distressed on it!). I placed it towards the bottom of my panel and ran it through my die cutting machine before coating it in Papermania gold embossing powder and setting it with my heat tool. Once the embossing had cooled I took some gold peel offs from Love From Lizi and adhered them at the top and bottom of the gold embossed strip to neaten up the edges and give it an extra little shine. I then covered the embossed strip and the bottom of the panel in post it tape to protect it while I splattered some gold and white gold watercolour paint at the top of the panel. 

Once the splatter was dry I removed the post it tape and prepped the white space at the bottom of the card with my powder tool once again. I stamped my sentiment in Tsukineko Versafine onyx black ink in the bottom right corner of my panel, covered it in Papermania clear embossing powder and set with my heat tool. 

I grabbed some pretty floral pearlescent patterned paper from my stash and used the Botanical  Butterfly etched dies to cut out the body and wings using my die cutting machine (I ran the wings through twice so I could double them up as I knew I wanted some dimension here). Once all my pieces were ready, I took some strong double sided score tape and adhered the bottom wing, body and antenna with it over the left side of the embossed strip. I put some of the same double sided score tape on the top wing (where the wing joins to the butterfly) and used some mini foam squares to pop up the end of the wing to give some dimension. To finish I backed the entire panel in double sided foam tape and adhered to my card base. 

“Botanical Dragonfly”

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Once again I went with an A2 card base with a slightly smaller panel from heavyweight white card stock. This time I protected a strip of my panel along the bottom first and splattered again with gold and white gold metallic watercolour paint. I removed the post it tape once the splatter was dry and went with the gold peel offs on their own, choosing two different widths to work with this time. I placed a two of the medium sizes and placed a thinner one in the middle, to give that same sense of separation I have on the first card.

I used the same floral paper as I did with the butterfly, to cut out the botanical dragonfly using my die cutting machine. Again, I ran the wings through twice only this time I turned my paper over so I could create the wings for both sides of the dragonfly. I adhered the two lower wings to my panel using my double sided tape as I wanted them to be flat, for the two top wings I adhered the part that would be behind the dragonfly’s body with score tape and popped up the ends with mini foam squares. I adhered the dragonfly’s body down the middle of my wings, using score tape directly on top of the wings and a mini foam square to support the back of the dragonfly’s head. 

I took some black card stock and prepped it with my heat tool, I stamped my sentiment from Altenew’s Carousel stamp set in Tsukineko Versamark ink, coated it in Altenew pure white embossing powder and set it with my heat tool. I cut the sentiment in to a thin strip using my paper trimmer and adhered it across my dragonfly using the double sided score tape. I then backed the entire panel in double sided foam tape and adhered to my card base to finish up!

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Thanks for reading lovelies! I had a lot of fun playing with these dies, I want to say a special thanks to Spellbinders for reaching out to me once again and giving me this wonderful opportunity! The dies themselves are absolutely beautiful and great for making beautiful cards year round, no matter the occasion! The detail in these dies specifically had me in awe! Which of the two dies is your favourite? 

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

DIES:

Spellbinders Shapeabilities Botanical Butterfly Etched Dies 

Spellbinders Shapeabilities Botanical Dragonfly Etched Dies

STAMPS:

Altenew Carousel 

CARDSTOCK/PAPER: 

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

INKS:

Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Tsukineko Versamark “Watermark” Ink

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

DIE CUTTING MACHINE:

Sizzix Big Shot

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Altenew Pure White

Papermania Clear

HEAT TOOL:

Papermania Multi-Purpose Heat Tool

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

EMBELLISHMENTS:

Love From Lizi Gold Peel Offs

Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Uncategorized, Watercolour Cards

Sprinkled With Love Card Using Some Odd Girl “Sweet & Salty”!

Hey lovelies! ❤ I’m back with another card using the Sweet & Salty stamp set from Some Odd Girl, I personally love this stamp set as the images are such a great size for a focal image! The weather has been heating up more and more lately as summer creeps in, what more perfect time for ice cream?!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I created my card base using heavyweight white card stock, and cut a panel of patterned paper from the Pink and Main “Be Brave” 6×6 paper pack to be slightly smaller than my card base. I chose the colourful triangle paper because it reminded me of bunting used for summer parties, how appropriate! I cut some strips from white card stock, I prepped one of the strips with my EK Success Powder tool so the embossing powder would only stick to the area I stamped. I stamped my sentiment “Sprinkled With Love” in Versafine onyx black ink, coated it in Papermania clear embossing powder and set with my heat tool. I then adhered the strips across the patterned paper using double sided foam tape, being careful to line them up with the edges of the patterned paper.

I stamped my ice cream cone images using Ranger Archival jet black ink as I planned to watercolour them this time around. My favourite flavour of ice cream is mint, so I felt I had to put that front and centre! I decided to go with chocolate and vanilla for the other two so they weren’t all competing too much on the card. Once they were dry I fussy cut them out by hand and adhered them together first using my regular tape runner, then adhered them beside my sentiment on my card!

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Thank you for reading lovelies! ❤ This was such a quick card to make, probably one of my quickest! I love how simple yet colourful it is at the same time, and I think it’s perfect to send to a loved one in summer! What’s your favourite flavour of ice cream?!

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

STAMPS:

Some Odd Girl “Sweet & Salty”

CARDSTOCK/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

Pink and Main Be Brave 6×6 Paper Pack

INKS:

Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Papermania Clear

HEAT TOOL:

Papermania Multi-Purpose Heat Tool