Sunday, January 25, 2015

Celtic Medallion Valentines Day Card

Today on the Spellbinders blog I have a tutorial for creating this masculine Valentines card. I will have a few cards posted using this die shortly, as I have a ridiculous number of ideas for it. I really enjoy this die and I think it has so very many uses and really, it's simply gorgeous!


I really love the look of the Celtic Medallion die template after applying Deco Arts' Metallic wax. I used this product for my Season of Giving blog post as well, and will be using it in several upcoming posts.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Day for Kindness

I truly enjoy colouring, but I don't have much time for it at the moment. This weekend, I set aside time to do a little bit for me. I printed a darling little image from A Day for Daisies that I have wanted to colour for ages.


I used some older Basic Grey papers for my colour inspiration. I wanted to make sure that the paper I chose was a little retro juvenile in appearance, and this paper from the Lucille collection was perfect.


This sentiment is from the Friendship Assortment stamp set from Stampendous - a fantastic set! I cut the sentiment using Labels 1, #1 die template (with #1 being the smallest die template). I found that die template #1 from 5x7 Matting Basics A fit this image perfectly, so I used it to cut and emboss. Accidental perfection, I assure you.


I used the following copics to colour the image:
   Hair: E41,71,74,77
   Skin: E11, 50, 51, R02
   Dress: YR01, 02, 61, E15
   Ladybugs: R46, T0, 2, 4, 5, 9
   Sky: B0000, 000, 00, 12, colorless blender
   Grass: YG91, 93, 95, 97


This little banner was created using the Enhanced Banner die template. After I cut the banner I did a reverse emboss using the polka dot die that come in the set by running it through upside down. Then, I sanded the embossed polka dots and sponged it using brown ink. The leaves here are from the Aster Create-a-Flower set.

I think I liked the darling image of the girl and ladybugs before I sponged it, but there was nothing to do for it once it was done except to sponge the entire rest of the the card, which I like the effect of.

Thank-you for stopping by, and I sincerely hope your week is blessed!

stamps; Ladybug Hello (a day for daisies), Friendship Assortment (Stampendous)
ink; pumice stone, frayed burlap, brushed corduroy distress ink (ranger), onyx black (tsukineko)
paper; mini skirt, betty (basic grey), bark, raven (bazzill), x-press it blending cardstock (copic), old olive (SU!)
accessories; S6-001 5x7 Matting Basics A, SCD-001 Enhanced Banner, S2-063 Aster create-a-flower, S4-161 Labels 1 (spellbinders), flower (petaloo), button (basic grey), twine (may arts)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Season's Givings Blog Hop winner

I have my winner from Random.org. June, I will email you for your address and get your prize pack out to you! Congratulations and thank-you for participating.
Blogger snazzyjj said...
So elegant and love the layers.
January 3, 2015 at 12:57 PM
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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Heartfelt Creations blog hop winner

The winner for the Heartfelt Creations blog hop is Cathy Hanes! Congratualtions Cathy! You have 72 hours to contact Emma Lou at emmalou@heartfeltcreations.us to claim your prize!

There are still 37 hours left to enter for the Season's Givings blog hop, so scroll down and leave your email address in my comments for your chance to win!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Season's Givings Blog Hop Year 3


Welcome to my blog and Happy 2015! I am thrilled to be participating in the Season's Givings Blog Hop, year 3. If you are here from Lorine Mason's blog, you are on the right track. If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop, I suggest scrolling down to the list below, and starting at the top. Next stop on the hop is Meihsia Liu's blog. The purpose of this hop is to thank you, my readers, for returning post after post to see what paper crafting things I have been up to over the past year.


For your opportunity to win on my blog, please leave a comment with your email address in my comments at the end of this post before Monday, January 5th, 2015. I will send you the following;
  • Flame Dew Drops (The Robin's Nest)
  • Getaway Dew Drops (The Robin's Nest)
  • Fancy Label Tags 4 Die D-Lites (Spellbinders)
  • Mediterranean Medallion [3D] M-Bossing Folder (Spellbinders)
  • Glaze pens (Sakura)
  • 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" Stripe Embossed Cards and Envelopes (DCWV)
  • Reflections Metal Charms (Blue Moon Beads)
  • Honey Pie 8" x 8" Paper Pad (Cosmo Cricket)


I have made a thank-you card for you to see today. I've used a new Fall release Spellbinders die template, Majesty to frame my focal point. This a new favourite die template of mine, and I do love it in black. I cut the largest layers using 5x7 Matting Basics A (#7, or the largest die template) and 5x7 Matting Basics B (#6 die template). I used a gold paint pen to run a gold line around the printed paper for a little added elegance.


I cut and embossed the oval accent piece, again using black cardstock, with Filigree Delight. The sentiment is framed and cut using Small Classic Ovals (#3) and Large Classic Ovals (#2). This sentiment and Fleur de Lis are from Technique Tuesday Mon Ami Paris. I stamped the fleur de lis in Encore! Gold ink, and over stamped the sentiment in Onyx Black. 


This is my favourite bit on this card. I used Quatrefoil Band die template and cut and embossed black cardstock. Then, I used a new to me product called Metallic Wax by Deco Art. I love this stuff!! I typically don't like buying new product because what if I don't like it? I hate wasting money that way. This time, however, I'm thankful to Judy Hayes (her blog is listed below) for telling me about how easy this product is to use and how magnificent the results are. I dabbed a tiny bit on my finger and rubbed it on the cardstock. I layered the metallic wax colour by colour. That's it. The residue washed off my fingers with soap and water. The results are stunning and look like aged metal. I used Lavish Green, Iced Espresso, Champagne Ice, and Gold Rush on this strip.

I invite you to stay awhile and scroll back through my blog, or bookmark it for later perusal, or sign up for emails, or join my Followers list on the sidebar to the right. I don't collect emails or use them for any untoward purposed, so rest assured that way if you have any concerns. But do leave a comment below for your chance to win! Please remember the winner for my prize will be chosen January 5th, 2015, and if you have left your email I will contact you directly to get your mailing address so I can send your prize pack to you.

Season's Givings Blog Hop Participants


1. Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L  46. Keri Lee Sereika  91. Loretta Lock  **you are here**
2. Lawn Fawn  47. Jocelyn Olson  92. Meihsia Liu  
3. Spellbinders Paper Arts  48. Julee Tilman  93. Sarah Martina Parker  
4. Reverse Confetti  49. Michelle Woerner  94. Angeline Choo  
5. Clearsnap  50. Lori McAree  95. Christine Emberson  
6. Ice Resin  51. Theresa Momber  96. Karen Hightower  
7. My Favorite Things  52. Anita Autore  97. Sabrina Alery  
8. Technique Tuesday  53. Melody Rupple  98. Debbie Seyer  
9. Paper Smooches  54. Sean Fetterman  99. Dana Joy  
10. Sweet & Sassy Stamps  55. Bunny Vance  100. Cat Tidwell  
11. Stamp Simply Ribbon Store  56. Tricia Traxler  101. Deborah Saaranen  
12. Avocado Arts  57. Lisa Arana  102. Ceal Pritchett  
13. A Jillian Vance Design  58. Lorena Cantó  103. Lisa Lara  
14. Latina Crafter  59. Amy Tsuruta  104. Colleen Schaan  
15. Die-Versions  60. Jodi Collins  105. Anabelle O'Malley  
16. Unity Stamp Company  61. Tenia Nelson  106. Megan Hoeppner  
17. Splitcoaststampers  62. Kelly Klapstein  107. Monika Davis  
18. Verve Stamps  63. Jill Cornell  108. Marisa Ritzen  
19. Latisha Yoast  64. Emily Leiphart  109. Wanda Guess  
20. AJ Otto  65. Becky Williams  110. Jenny Peterson  
21. Vera Yates  66. Margie Higuchi  111. Annette Allen  
22. Julia Stainton  67. Lee Ann Barrett  112. Gracie Chavez  
23. Judy Hayes  68. Lisa Hoel  113. Christina Griffiths  
24. Kim Watson  69. Heather Campbell  114. Niki G.  
25. Yana Smakula  70. Lisa Henke  115. Kristi Schurr  
26. Chari Moss  71. Sheri Holt  116. Jennifer Ingle  
27. Taheerah Atchia  72. Michele Kovack  117. Karolyn Loncon  
28. Shemaine Smith  73. Ashley Harris  118. Camille Robinson  
29. Emily Spahn  74. Sharon Harnist  119. Lindsey M-P  
30. Kimberly Crawford  75. Lori Craig  120. Kathy Clement  
31. Lee Murphy  76. Nicole Nowosad  121. Maria Levine  
32. Lovely Linda  77. Laurel Beard  122. Savitri Wilder  
33. Laura Williams  78. Michele Boyer  123. Savannah O'Gwynn  
34. Lori Tecler  79. Christiana Reuling  124. Teresa Horner  
35. Chaitali Narla  80. Laurie Schmidlin  125. Laurel Seabrook  
36. Darsie Bruno  81. Jennifer Priest  126. Libby Hickson  
37. Lydia Fiedler  82. Stacey Schafer  127. Yvonne Van de Grijp  
38. Giovana Smith  83. Heidi Blankenship  128. Alice Wertz  
39. Teri Anderson  84. Heather Pulvirenti  129. Leigh Penner  
40. Beth Pingry  85. Anita Madden  130. Lisa Lee  
41. Dina Kowal  86. Gloria Stengel  131. Tina McDonald  
42. Daniela Dobson  87. Sarah Gough  132. Nina Yang  
43. Lisa Adametz  88. Rachel Kleinman  133. Angel Johns  
44. Piali Biswas  89. Natalie Dever  
45. Kelli Green  90. Lorine Mason  

stamps; Mon Ami Paris (technique tuesday)
ink; encore! gold, onyx black versafine (tsukineko)
paper; raven, maltball (Bazzill), nature study (melissa frances)
accessories; quatrefoil band, majesty, 5x7 matting basics A, 5x7 matting basics B, filigree delight, sm. classic ovals, lg. classic ovals (spellbinders), lavish green, iced espresso, champagne ice, gold rush metallic wax (deco art), black ribbon (offray), liquid gold paint marker (marvy uchida)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop

Just a quick reminder to return here tomorrow for the Seasons Giving Blog Hop with +100 Companies and Papercraft Designers participating and every single blog will have a give away to thank you, the papercraft community for your support!

It's almost a New Year and I'm happy to be participating in this month's Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop to close off 2014. Today the hop starts on Lee Ann Barrett's blog. If you arrived on my blog from Emilia van den Heuvel's blog, you are on the right track. Leave a comment on my blog by Midnight EST January 2nd for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Heartfelt Creations. Winners will be posted on the Heartfelt Creations Alumni hop blogs at noon EST Saturday, January 3rd. Winners must contact Emma Lou Beechy with "Winner of the December Alumni Hop" in  the subject line.


I love the trendy look of thick frames around a scene with saturated colour, so I gave it a try for this card. I've never used Faber Castell Gelatos, and thankfully they are idiot (me) proof! I stamped this gorgeous grass image from Scenery Builders on watercolour paper with Versamark ink and detail black embossing powder and then heat set it. Next, I stamped the 'Missing you' sentiment from Classic Message the same way as the image. Then I coloured the background using the gelatos. It wasn't clean or thick coverage because I spritzed the paper with water and rubbed the colour with my finger to fill in the spaces and blend the colour - Finger painting for grown ups!!


I taped the 5x7 Matting Basics A #7 die template to a piece of white cardstock using low tack tape. Then I taped the Large Long Rectangles #5 die template as shown and cut. I adhered the water colour paper to a 5"x7" card base and mounted the frame using dimensional foam. It's not a difficult card, but it is quite eye catching! I like the vibrancy of the gelato background and how easily they blend.

Carry on my friend, and craft boldly this coming year! There are exciting things coming your way. Thank you for stopping here today and God's richest blessings to you. The next stop is Lisa Gregory's blog, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop.

stamps; scenery builders, classic message (heartfelt creations)
ink; versamark (tsukineko)
paper; watercolor paper (strathmore), canvas white (bazzill)
accessories; large long rectangles, 5x7 matting basics A (spellbinders), detail black embossing powder (ranger), mango, butterscotch, peach, red cherry gelatos (faber-castell)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Pioneer Medallion

Doesn't everything about this card remind you of Little House on the Prairie? I know, right?!


I have a tutorial on the Spellbinders blog today to make this card. It's an easy one, and I think I would sponge it some to make it look a bit more vintage. Still, it's a lovely multi tasking card, and I encourage you to go check out the tutorial.