Spellbinders – Happy Birthday Lion

Hey friends! Happy New Year! I took a bit of time off for the holidays and only did the crafting that I had to for my teams. It was really nice and we did some fun things. Today I’m back with a birthday card that I made for my dad last week. I didn’t want to share it here until he had opened it.

I started by cutting the elements from the Spellbinders Lion, Oh My! set and used liquid glue to adhere them all together. Isn’t he just the most studious party lion ever?!? I love him! Then I pulled out some dies from Pink & Main to create my background.

I cut a white card base and folded it. Then I cut the two layers of the Pink & Main Plaid Cover dies from white and light blue and adhered them together. Next, I cut a Reverse Scallop Frame from Pink & Main out of black cardstock and popped it up with foam strips.

I dug through my stash for a good happy birthday sentiment and ultimately landed on a simple one from Lawn Fawn cut out with a Pink & Main Large Sentiment Strip die. I added foam squares to the banner and lion and popped them in place next. Then I finished everything off with a scattering of glitter enamel dots from Pink & Main.

I am so happy with how this card turned out and my dad liked it too! Success!

Products used:
Spellbinders Lion, Oh My! dies
Pink & Main Plaid Cover dies
Pink & Main Reverse Scallop Rectangles dies
Pink & Main Large Sentiment Strip dies
Pink & Main Glitter Enamel Dots
Foam squares and strips

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Trinity Stamps, Newton’s Nook and Lawn Fawn – Cheers!

Hey friends! We had a VERY special birthday in our family last week and I wanted to pop in to share one of the birthday cards I made to celebrate. My sister-in-law turned the big 21 and we couldn’t let it fall by the waist side.

I was able to pull from some of my favorite companies and create this super fabulous birthday card/gift certificate for her brother to give her. I started things off by stamping and coloring the Trinity Stamps Happy Hour set that came out last year. I used the coordinating dies to cut the images out. Next I began working on the background with the Newton’s Nook plaid stencil, some olive green and red ink and then I went over it a second time with Thermoweb transfer gel, and then gold decofoil. Pulling from all of those colors, I used the Newton’s Nook circle frames dies to cut a stitched circle from red glitter paper. Then I used a smaller Spellbinders circle die to cut an olive green one to layer.

I heat embossed Happy from Happy Hour on the green circle and die cut 21st from Trinity Stamps Marshmallow Number dies. I used the same ink from the stenciling to go over the top layer of the 21st so it coordinates. At this point I started layering things together and realized that the top of my card was sparse. I dug around and found the scripty cheers die from Lawn Fawn and thought it was the perfect match! I cut it from white cardstock and inked it up with the red and green from the background.

I am so excited about how awesome this card turned out! So much texture and depth with the different cardstocks, layers, heat embossing and decofoil. It’s exactly what I was hoping for.

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Paperie Ink – Hello Sunshine Poolside

Happy Friday everyone! We made it through another week! Today I have a bright and happy card to share with you featuring a couple of newer release items from Paperie Ink and Spellbinders.

I fell in love with the entire last release Paperie Ink had and splurged on Mother’s Day to pre-order myself 2 of the new sets. This one – Hello Sunshine – had me immediately wanting a pool to put them in. Well, at almost the same time, Spellbinders had a new release and I picked up Pool with a View on my next ScrapbookPal order.

To create this card, I started with the background, inking picked raspberry and mermaid lagoon distress inks on a panel and spritzing it with water. Then I die cut the inner part of the pool and inked it with mermaid lagoon and spritzed it too. I die cut the outer part of the pool from gray cardstock and lightly inked the edge with black soot for a little dimension and moved on to my images.

I chose a couple of critters and flowers from Hello Sunshine and paired them with leaves from Toucan Party. I colored these with my copics and used my scan-n-cut to cut them all out. Then I started working on placement.

Once I had an idea, I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment and started adhering images with liquid glue. I find this works best with panels that have been inked with distress or distress oxides.

Finally, I moved on to finishing touches which were pretty simple. I added white gel pen accents throughout the images, glossy accents to the noses and flower centers and Unicorn Stickles to other flower centers. I also used black glaze pen on the bunny’s eyes to help them shine a little.

This card has me dreaming for summer and a week by a pool with no adulting necessary! Maybe someday. Haha!

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Spellbinders – Oh Happy Day

Hello everyone! I recently joined the world of alcohol inks by purchasing a few bottles of the alcohol pearls and couldn’t wait to play! I created a coffee card last week with my first background but who can stop with just one when you’re playing with those inks??? No one, that’s who! So, of course I kept going and then had a fun idea what to do with them…hence today’s card!

I created a few backgrounds with the various colors that I have and then used my new Spellbinders Pool with a View die set to die cut the various pieces. I found this fun yellow Avery Elle patterned paper in my stash and used it for a background for my scene.

The shimmer that the alcohol pearls give is so pretty in the light. I love it! And the different texture they give is so fun too!

I adhered all the pieces together with liquid glue and popped the umbrella up with foam squares for a little dimension. The yellow panel was then popped up with foam tape and put on a white card base.

I pulled out my Hello Sunshine Lawn Fawn set and stamped a sentiment from that on the front as well.

Isn’t this card so happy?!? It has been dreary and rainy at home so this was my bit of sunshine during the storm.

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Trinity Stamps – Rainbow Slider

Hey there! I’m up on the Trinity Stamps blog today with this fabulous monster rainbow slider card. I love interactive cards. This one popped in my head and I just had to create it immediately. It’s so happy and fun!

I started this fun card by using the negative of the clouds from the new Layered Lakeside Mountain Stencil to mask white I inked the panel with tumbled glass distress oxide ink. Then I die cut my slider mechanism from it. I cut another A2 size panel and inked the center with the same blue ink. This will be the inside of the slider. The card that attaches to the sliding mechanism was also inked with the same blue so it all goes together.

I moved on to my images at this point. I stamped and colored two monsters from the Monster Love stamp set along with one heart. I colored it all with copics and cut them out with the coordinating dies. I used the rainbow set to die cut a rainbow and a bundle of clouds. I used copics to color the rainbow pieces and adhered it all together.

With all of our pieces ready to go, I moved on to assembly. I adhered the panel which is the pull-tab for your slider to the back of the front panel and then lined it with foam tape. This was adhered to the backing panel we just inked the center of. With all of that put together I could add my images exactly where I wanted them. I used liquid glue for all of these, being careful not to glue parts that should overhang when the card is slid open. I snipped the feet of the monster hanging upside down so he could be holding onto the rainbow. I absolutely love this little detail.

I used my MISTI to stack a couple of sentiments from A Sentiment For (Almost) Everything. I left the back blank for a personal message. Lastly, I added some fun rainbow ribbon through the pull tab and tied it with a bow with some black and white baker’s twine.

I hope you enjoyed today’s fun, interactive card and found some inspiration to make something beautiful.

Also, I don’t want to forget to mention that tomorrow is a Round 2 Spring Release Instagram Hop for Trinity Stamps. Be sure to head over and check out the amazing inspiration the other half of the team has to share with you. Comment for awesome prizes to be won as well!

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Paper Smooches – Hey, Hi Slider Card

Hello again and Happy Friday everyone! Not that days of the week have much meaning to most of us anymore. I do appreciate not being tied to a laptop during the weekends though.

I recently took advantage of an amazing sale from Paper Smooches and grabbed a couple of fun things I’d been wanting. Over the next few days I’m going to share some super fun card, all using one stamp set – Happy Hellos. It’s so much fun and has tons of possibilities. I hope you enjoy!

For this fun card, I stamped my image from Happy Hellos on Bristol Smooth Cardstock with VersaFine ink and set to coloring with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I love how the bright colors pop on this image. I cut out the image and set it aside to build my card.

I used my Spellbinders slider card and cut the pieces from gray and white cardstock. On the front panel I stamped My Favorite Things Lined Up Dots background stamp in gray ink for a tone-on-tone effect. Using this as a guide, I stamped the “hi” with the heart from the Happy Hellos stamp set on a card front and colored it pink. I adhered the white slider card to the mechanism and adhered this panel to my card front.

I used tape runner to adhere my bird to the slider mechanism and slipped some rainbow ribbon through the hole, tying it with black and white baker’s twine. This just finishes the card of perfectly!

I love that because this is just the front of a regular card, you still have the whole inside of the card to write a really fun message to the recipient!

Paper Smooches has a challenge going on right now with the theme – HAPPY – that I plan to link this awesome card up to!

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12 Days of Christmas Tags – Day 6

Thank you so much for stopping by today. We’re half way done with our 12 Days of Christmas Tags series already. I can’t believe it. Today I have an all die cut treat holder tag to share with you.

The tags are cut from an oldie but goodie die from Stampin’ Up called Two Tags. I can’t count how many times I’ve reached for this one over the years. It’s so versatile for so many things.

Today I die cut one of the tags from dark blue cardstock and inked the edges with faded jeans distress ink. Then I splattered it with gold watercolor. Next, I die cut the two smallest snowflakes from the November Spellbinders Small Die of the Month in gold and white cardstock and adhered them to the front. I looped some ribbon through the hole in the top and voila!

I have a hard time with decisions on projects like these so whenever possible I just make half one way and half the other. Above you can see that I did some with white ribbon and others with gold. Then I also flip flopped with snowflakes were white or gold. I love them both and just couldn’t pick a winner.

When you open the flap there is an Andes mint glued inside with removable adhesive that rubs away really easily. That still leaves one whole side for you to write a message on if you’d like.

Treat or no treat, these are beautiful and I’m ecstatic with how they turned out. I’m telling you, gold is my holiday color this year.

Don’t forget there are prizes to be won. Comment each day on here, on my Instagram post for the day and then head to Caffeinated Craftiness and do the same for her. Four comments per day gives you a shot at any one of four prizes!

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Newton’s Nook meets Spellbinders – Autumn Mice

I’m super excited to share today’s interactive card. I recently caved and ordered the festive wreath slider die set from Spellbinders and couldn’t wait to test it out! That paired with the new Inky Paws Challenge, I knew they had to meet.

The theme this challenge is holiday mix-up so we can create any Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas card to enter. I’ve been making so many Christmas cards lately that it was a welcome idea to back up and enjoy fall for at least one or two more cards. So, I pulled out my Autumn Mice and started coloring.

Here’s a look at the card closed up like it would be coming out of the envelope. To make it I just die cut the elements from the set and built the interactive part of the card. Then I built my wreath and attached it to the bottom half of the slider so everything still opens like it’s supposed to.

Here you can see that when you pull the tab, the window slides back and reveals this sweet sentiment that I heat embossed in white. I love the pop of deep purple against all the other fall colors in the card.

I did put this sliding mechanism on a regular white card base so that I can also write a message on the inside to the recipient but you totally wouldn’t have to. Also, the slider opening is big enough to hide a gift card inside which I think would be so much fun to give.

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2019 Oregon State Fair Card Entries

So, a few weeks back I decided to do a thing and entered 14 of my recent cards into the Oregon State Fair Creative Living Competition. It was totally on a whim and I had zero expectations but thought it would be fun.

To my astonishment and surprise, I ribboned 10 out of the 14 cards.

Let’s start with the third place (white) ribbons.

From left, The Rabbit Hole Designs Caffeinated Narwhal was entered in the “card with movement” category, below that using Spellbinders dies went into “die cuts,” Inky from The Rabbit Hole Designs was entered in “coloring with alcohol inks” and the Avery Elle Christmas Magic card was entered in “Christmas.”

For the second place (red) ribbons we have…

The Lawn Fawn Costume Party card was entered into “Halloween,” and the Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends were in the “thank you/thinking of you” division.

And for the first place (blue) ribbons… Drum roll please…

Ta-da!!! The Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends were in “Halloween,” The Rabbit Hole Designs Pretty in Peony was in “thank you/thinking of you,” Newton’s Nook Scuba Newton was in the “birthday” division and finally The Rabbit Hole Designs Mermaid Hair was in the “coloring with alcohol inks” division.

I’m still flabbergasted and honored to have been recognized so many times over and in so many different categories. This was a really fun experience and plan to do it again next year.

Have you ever entered anything into your state fair? I think it would be fun to try my hand at other crafts and see how they do too.

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Spellbinders Small Die of the Month – June 2019

Welcome back! Thanks for stopping by. A few months ago I signed up for the Spellbinders Small Die of the Month Club and have been having so much fun with each one I’ve gotten. It’s a steal of a deal and always fun to get new things to play with! I was so excited for the June release as soon as I saw the sneak peeks. I finally took some time to play with it this weekend and these are the cards I made.

This first design has 4 layers of dies. It feels kind of Moroccan or Indian and I love it! I embossed a black panel and added a strip of the rose gold paper to the left. I heat embossed the sentiment and popped it up with a foam strip. To finish it off I added gems to the middle of the dies and a couple above the sentiment strip.

This style has 3 layers to it. I embossed a gray panel and attached the stacked die cuts. Then die cut the hugs sentiment from black and vellum and glued it down. Last I attached the heat embossed part of the sentiment and finished it off with gems to the middle of the die cuts.

This last style also has 3 layers. I embossed a white panel and attached it to the card front with a strip of green cardstock to the left. Then added the stacked die cuts to that. I added Nuvo Crystal Drops symmetrically on the dies and scattered them on the background as well. The sentiment is heat embossed and popped up, and hugs is die cut from the same green as the strip.

All of the sentiments for these cards came from the Avery Elle Simply Said Hugs set. I love the versatility of this set and use it quite often.

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