Friday, January 20, 2017

Going Graphic

Hi there!
Samantha here with you again, and this time I'm sharing a layout I created with a basic shape RAINBOW colors! Ha!


I saw this awesome Wall Art on Pinterest, and I just HAD to create something with triangles afterward! And of course...rainbows....!! :D

This layout was actually pretty simple to make, and didn't take that long! The longest part was waiting for it to dry!! Ha!

- using the largest triangle image and a rainbow of stamp pads, stamp onto the background paper. I chose to use Distress Inks and a rainbow pattern!
- once all of your stamping is done, spritz it with water so your colors all run together (Note: this will only work with Distress Ink pads)

- set aside to dry and choose your title. 
- at this point, I also used tissue paper and a black and white diagonal striped streamer to back my photo. 
- once it is all dry, add some color-matching puffy stickers, stitch on your title, and you're done!

- this photo was taken 5 years ago (what?!? BOOOOOOOOO!) at our ice rink, just one of the MANY times those two little Menn went to watch their Daddy play hockey! 

You could EASILY transform this design into a card! Imagine those same colors, with the smaller triangle and big bold sentiment!! and GLITTER! Ha! Circles would be great for this too! :)

I used the super awesome enamel shapes to add some fun to the layout! And, of course, the triangles were created with the Going Graphic stamp set! Love that one! 


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mandala Love

Hey stampers, Anni here!
Today I have a birthday card for you. The sentiments says Best Wishes for You!

With all the madalas poppin up here and there I was inspired to use the Mandala stamp. It is beautiful, isn't it?

  • I recently discovered the Bristol paper is perfect for ink blending. It makes life so much easier!
  • I love to combine sentiments in hand written fonts with sentiments with printed characters. 
  • You don't always have to use sequins - look through your die stash for small dies that are often included in sets!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Best Wishes (sneak peek)

Hi everyone! Raluca here with a new card that it's also a little sneak peek of some stamps that are soon coming to the store.

I had the middle stamped piece from a project that I worked before and I really wanted to use it, so I decided to make it the focal point of this card.

* on a mint cardstock I stamped the Solid Hexagons stamp using VersaMark and I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.
* I took the leftover piece with the stamped floral wreath and I added a few sentiments and then I colored it using some colored pencils from my stash.
* I added two black glitter strips to the middle panel and popped it to the mint panel using craft foam.
* I added some craft foam on the back of the mint panel and adhere it to my white card base.
* I embellished my card using a few clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and my card was done. 

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Monday, January 16, 2017


Hi there it's Anja again on this Monday.
I hope you are doing well all together and are ready to get inspired.


Maybe you have noticed we have a new challenge for the month January and it's all about CUTE.
Well I don't know about you but i think most of the stamps from create a smile are cute, aren't they?
There are already some great cards made with this new theme and maybe you have already tried one so for today I wanted to make a cute card too.

I first sponged the background using the stencil and some distress ink.
Then I stamped the images onto copic friendly paper using the masking technique and building up my image.
Colored the whole image and fuzzy cut it.
Diecut two circles one out of some vellum and one out of white paper. I randomly stamped the zzzzzz at the white circle.
I adhered the whole onto the cardbase and diecut some glasses out of white cardstock.
To finish of the card I placed some waterdroplets rounde the corners and used letterstickers for the sentiment.


Comfy, served up, doctor's helpers, big time.

Alphabeth stickers;

Cool cuts (dies)

Magical frame;

We love to see what you come up with for this challenge so join in the fun, please!!!!!!

Have a great week,

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Making Background by Die-Cutting

Today, I've brought out my watercolour set again but I've managed to refrain from going rainbow. This was inspired by the dies. I wanted to use them but I was stuck at how. I've used many stamps to create backgrounds before so I thought, today, I'll use the dies to make my background with the help of simple watercolour effect. 

Start off by randomly colouring the entire card base with various shades of green like in the photo below. 

At first I painted it with plenty of water but when it dries, it was too light. I painted another layer with lesser water so that the colour would stand out more. But some water is good as the two shades would blend into each other. 

Take another card panel and just die-cut. It's really simple but i think it's quite effective effect :)

Pocket Tag Set - Cool Cuts
Birthday - Cool Cuts

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Friday, January 13, 2017

For Everything You Do

Hi there!
Samantha here with you again, and I'm delighted to share my card with you today! :)


I was really looking for a way to create a subtle background with lots of pop!! The floral image was a no brainer! It's so tropical and FUN!

This card was pure FUN! So let's make it together:

- first, stamp and color your images. I stamped my images onto some Strathmore Mixed Media Vellum Surface paper, then colored them in with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers!
- once dry, fussy cut out and set aside.

- heat emboss the sentiment onto a strip of black cardstock.
- stamp the vine/leaves image randomly in a light ink onto the cardfront.
- arrange your images and pop up the sentiment strip.
- finish off with some sequins!

Imagine the possibilities!! I'm thinking pops of RAINBOW people!! LOOOOOVE that idea! Ha! You could easily make a whole set of cards in various colors/occasions! It would be a perfect gift! :)

I had a blast! And I used the floral and leaf images from the Botanical Love stamp set! The sentiment is from the Time to Say Thanks set, and the background leaf image is the Clustered Leaves Cling stamp!


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

((VIDEO)) Valentine Card Set with Lovely Critters

Hello crafty friends! It's Jess and today I have a set of cards and a video with Lovely Critters and the Solid Hexagon Background stamp.

For today's cards I wanted to make some valentines for a card drive so I decided to create a simple design that could be reproduced easily. I was able to make 8 cards by repeating the process in two different color schemes

For today's card I started with the Solid Hexagons. I wanted to to create a subtle background paper for my critters. So I stamped with an ink that closely matched my cardstock. In the video I show you a couple different ways to stamp a background stamp and hope you find one that works for you and your collection of supplies.

I watercolored my critters with Gansai Tambi watercolors which are super vibrant and really helped my critters pop. For a full tutorial check out the video.

Even if it's not very traditional I love the way a black background makes bright colors pop off a card so I gave each of my scenes a simple black border.

Please feel free to share in the comments which card you liked best from this little set. 

Creating a tone on tone background makes it easier to stamp the sentiment directly onto your card.

You still have plenty of time to enter the Create a Smile challenge this month. The theme is Cute! You could win a 15€ gift card!