Thursday, March 15, 2018

Gilded Elephant Birthday Wishes

Hi there,

Thanks for stopping by! Today I'd like to share with you a card using the new March Reveal Amazing You Paisley Elephant Set 884. This fun stamp has so many possibilities - I chose to highlight my elephant with the Sunkissed Copper Gilding Flakes.

To begin I took the Nuvo Large Glue Pen and ran it over the surface of the elephant and then stamped on to a piece of black card.

You need to leave it a little while until the "creamy" color goes clear, which means that the glue is ready to be applied with the gilding flakes.

I applied the Sunkissed Copper gilding flakes to the glue. Using a textured dauber I removed the excess flakes.

The Copper Flakes only stay where the glue is.

For the background I cut black cardstock with the Tonic Floral Blooms die using the Tangerine.

This was then placed over a piece of Sticker Paper and then the Gilding Flakes were applied to the sticky surface.

Again, the excess Gilding Flakes were rubbed off using the texture dauber.

A strip of pompoms was stuck to the top of the floral background with 1/4" Tear-ific Tape. I added some Autumn Spice Microfine Glitter over the top of the ribbon, so that any adhesive would be covered.

This was layered to a piece of rust cardstock and I made the easel card base from rust cardstock and attached the front panel to the card base. Next I applied Hybrid Ink Acorn Brown to the elephant stamp and stamped on two scraps of the rust cardstock.

Once this was dry I swiped each piece with the Anti Static bag then stamped the sentiments on to each of the pieces in Nuvo Clear Mark ink and heat embossed with Black Detail.

The sentiments from the same set were cut out and stuck to little black strips that had two folds on either edge so that they would have some height to them to be used as stops for the easel. The elephant was attached with mounting foam to finish off the card.

Hope you've enjoyed my latest share? Here are the products that I used to create my card:

Black Detail (EP171)
Autumn Spice (GM2030)

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Unitl next time,


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Bearded Iris Mother's Day!

Hi there,

We are on our second snow day today, after an accumulation of a foot of heavy snow, with many downed limbs, including on top of a part of the fence. So I took my extra time, from my cancelled regular activities to make my Mum's Mother's Day card. While I was lying in bed yesterday morning not needing to get up I was thinking ... Easter is very early this year, that means so is UK Mother's Day and on checking ... sure enough it is this Sunday!! Yikes! I hope it will get there in time.

I used the new Bearded Iris Set 889 from Sparkle N Sprinkle, stamping the image in Safari Green Hybrid Ink using the Stamp Platform, as I wanted to stamp over it again after coloring it in.

I heat embossed the image with Sparkle and it gave a raised, glittery outline.

I decided to color the image with my new Hybrid Ink Diamonds. These are the new hybrid mini ink pads by Nuvo. There are four sets and I used the Rose Garden Collection which includes Pink Sherbert, Spanish Sangria and Dried Oregano. I dabbed the ink pads onto an acrylic block and used my Nuvo Water Brush to pick up the ink.

I then put the finished colored image back in the Stamp Platform and inked the stamp with Nuvo Clear Mark and heat embossed with Sparkle again.

I then made my base for my easel card. Only cutting the bottom flap with the outline die from the Tonic Loopy Lace Ovals Die. I put a double piece of scrap card at the fold of my easel, so that when I ran the cardstock and die through my Tangerine, the machine's tension would let me know when I had gone far enough. Hope the picture below explains what I did?

A piece of Super Adhesive Sheet was attached to a piece of cardstock and the outline and biggest frame die were run through the Tangerine.

Then only the outline die was run through the Tangerine with a piece of white cardstock layered with Super Adhesive Sheet. The protective backing was removed and then the Loopy Lace Frame was layered to the sticky surface. Gecko Velvet Glitter was applied to the sticky areas of the frame. Then the protective backing was removed from the frame and Margarita was applied to the main piece.

The image was die cut with the Sizzix Dotted Ovals Die and was mounted to the glittery frame with
Mounting Tape.

I stamped the sentiment from the MSE Mother's Day Innies and Outies in the Hybrid Green ink,
using the Stamp Platform again, as it was a detailed image and I wanted to stamp it twice.

The Happy Mother's Day from the same MSE set was stamped in the Safari Green ink on white
cardstock and was die cut with a smaller Dotted Oval die. This was attached to the bottom of the
card base with mounting tape, so it would act as a stop for the easel card.

I added Nuvo Bottle Green Crystal Drops to the sentiment and some to the Iris image.

Hope you've enjoyed my share today? Below you will find a list of products that I used in making this card, which can be purchased over on the Sparkle N Sprinkle website.

MSE Mother's Day Innies and Outies
Sizzix Dotted Ovals
Mounting Tape

I'd like to play along in the following challenges today:

Thanks for stopping by on this sunny, snow-melting day!

Warm hugs,


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Balloon Birthday Wishes

Hi there,

Thanks for stopping by today. I'd like to share another February Reveal card using the fun Balloon Bunch Stamp Set 887.

When I saw this set I knew that I was going to use it along with the Sizzix Balloon Step Up die. Sparkle N Sprinkle recently brought out some fabulous new colors in microfine glitters, a few of them were purplish hues, Hyacinth, Caspia Sea, and Purple Fig, so I decided to go with a pink and purple theme. I began by cutting out the card base with my Tangerine and stamping the balloon image twice with StazOn Black, using the Tonic Stamp Platform, so that I could overstamp to ensure a crisp image.

I made a little paint palette with an acrylic block and a couple of Aqua Flow Pens and used a Water Brush to color in my balloons. I fussy cut the balloons using my Tonic 5" mini scissors.

Using the Versamarker Pen I "colored" the background balloons and then covered them with Clear Detail embossing powder. This was then heat embossed. I then applied the Versamark ink again to a couple of the balloons and this time heat embossed with Super Thick Clear, from the bottom. This gave the balloons all different looks.

A scrap of Super Adhesive Sheet was layered to a scrap of white cardstock and then I applied Cloud Nine to the sticky surface after removing the protective backing. The balloon image was stamped directly on top of the glittered surface with StazOn Black and the front balloon was fussy cut and popped up on top of the other balloons.

Some purple and white bakers twine was attached to the back of the balloons with 1/4" Tear-ific Tape. Scraps of Super Adhesive Sheets were stuck down to scraps of purple cardstock and then run through the Tangerine with the balloon dies from the die set.

The protective layer was removed and then Hyacinth, Caspia Sea, Purple Fig and Cloud Nine were used to color the balloons and their strings.

The happy birthday (also part of the die set) was die cut on the Tangerine from a piece of pale purple cardstock layered with the Super Adhesive Sheet, to which Hyacinth Glitter was applied.

Then it was time to assemble the card. A piece of Super Adhesive sheet was die cut with the front panel die and then the balloons and the sentiment were attached to the sticky surface and then Cloud Nine was applied to the remaining adhesive. This was then attached to the front of the card base, after which I ran purple STA metallic pen around the outside of the white panel.

The other balloons were attached to the card base with mounting tape and a piece of card with Happy Everything was attached to the inside of the card to finish it off.

This finishes my card for today. Here's a side view:

Hope you've enjoyed my share today. Below are the list of products that I used, most of which can be found over on the SNS website:

Memento Grape Jelly
STA Purple Metallic Pen
Mounting Tape
Sizzix 660024 Balloon Step-Ups
Purple Bakers Twine

I'd like to play along in the following challenges:
Crafting with Dragonflies Challenge Blog #98: Special Folds
Crafty Creations Challenge #361: Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge # 84: Anything Goes
City Crafter Challenge Blog Challenge #401: Die Cuts
Allsorts Challenge Blog Week 456: "B": Birthday Balloons
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #2: anything Goes
Classic Design Team Challenge #23: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!