When I had a hostess ask me this month to use Dragonfly Dreams for one of her event cards, I smiled and said “of course!” Then I did my best Winnie the Pooh impression and sat at my craft table poking my head and saying “think, think, think”. I had played a little with this set, but I hadn’t actually completed a full card yet. But, as I started thinking about what other supplies I had lying around my desk I wanted to play with (the Sale-a-Bration Glimmer Paper assortment and the Hexagons Dynamic Embossing folder), some ideas started coming together. In the end, what was left on my table was this finished card and a great opportunity to mix embossing styles and lots of textures all in one card!
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With so many great flowers and lace stamps and dies, sometimes I have a hard time finding a Masculine birthday card in my stash. So, when I was designing a card for my recent Stamping Bingo event, I decided to fix that problem! I love this Balloon Adventures stamp set and especially that it fits the Balloon Bouquet punch. But this card is all about the details, which lets you keep it interesting without bringing it over to the girly side. Let me share with you some of the fun touches we added:
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Happy Monday! I’m back today to share with you a fun Foxy Friends card that I’ve been sitting on for a while. And by sitting on for a while, I mean, I made this at my LAST Northwest Crafty Retreat Weekend in the fall! We have our next retreat coming up at the end of the month, so its about time I get this posted. This was my interpretation of a Mojo Monday card sketch and the A Little Foxy Suite made it come together so super easily. Keep reading and I’ll show you the sketch and how I put it together!
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Happy Valentine’s Day! I am running so far behind but I wanted to make sure to get this post up for you… not just because I have a special Valentine’s Day Promotion at the end of the post! But I also love this technique – it was one of the designer paper techinques from January’s Terrific Techniques class and I thought you might all enjoy it too.
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Hello! I’m back to share with you a fun and easy card that shows a neat Spotlight technique. So, if you’ve seen the spotlight technique before, it is the idea of having a larger black and white area – usually filled in with line art images – and then coloring in just a little bit of the area to make that spotlighted area POP! Well, in this case, the Inside the Lines designer paper (**free through the end of March with a $50 order) makes it super simple for you! This paper pack is all about the current coloring book trend and gives you 12×12 sheets of paper just begging for you to color them in.
Which brings us back to this technique, I just started with one big piece of the patterned paper and then I cut it into 3 parts. You can size these however you want, I just recommend: (more…)
Pattern paper can really make a card interesting and fun… but don’t think you have to stick to rectangles and mats! Play with your patterns and use them to create different shapes in your backgrounds. Like this Carousels & Cupcakes designer paper, it makes the perfect backdrop for the pretty and vintage Carousel Birthday stamp set. Especially when you start coloring and sponging your pieces.
Do you remember the Bokeh technique? The big trend for making your cards look like they had the out of focus light spots? Well, I shared how to make your own in this blog post, but sometimes I want to go the quick route and just use pretty paper like this Falling in Love designer paper! It has a bunch of cute patterns including multiple bokeh photo-realistic designs! (You can see all the prints in my Occasions Catalog walkthrough video starting at 26 mins HERE)
Lets keep the blogging streak going (because you know 2 days out of 2 is something! ha ha!) and today is a fun day because it is Blog Hop day! I’m joining forces with some of my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers team to share with you some fun Valentine’s Day project ideas! (more…)