Sprinkles on Donuts card for Color Throwdown Challenge

Hello crafty friends,

Popping in to post a quickie on a fun card I created for the current Color Throwdown challenge.

The colors for this week are so fun!

I decided to use a donut stamp set from Jilibean Soup that I had not used before.  As I created this card my brain was working overtime thinking of all sorts of fun ideas to create with it.  I used the donut stamp with the most solid surface instead of the outlines so I could stamp on the main color, then used a Copic marker to color in the non-icing portion.

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I created the sprinkles using Nuvo drops to make them more dimensional.

For the sentiment piece I used the two next to smallest sizes of the Spellbinders Labels Eight dies to cut out the colorful background created by sponging on ink over a Hero Arts stencil on white cardstock.  I die cut a smaller piece out of white cardstock, then stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink, added pink embossing powder and heat set.  

I fussy cut the donuts out and used a hole punch to cut out the centers.  The middle donut was popped up on pop dots.

I hope you enjoyed this clean and simple card using minimal supplies.  Please consider leaving me a comment if you were inspired by this project or have any questions.  I truly enjoy reading your comments and reply to them all.



Cheerful Dragonfly card for Tic Tac Toe Challenge No. 7

Hello crafty friends,

It's that time again!  We have such a fun board this week to play with.  I wanted to challenge myself to use all 9 elements and managed to do so without creating an incredibly bulky or overdone card.  Please visit the challenge blog here to see the inspiration from the design team.

The hardest part of this project was figuring out how to incorporate acetate into the design.  I tried several different ideas before going with this particular one.  At first I thought it would be an acetate window card, then I remembered my dragonfly die and had that "aha" moment.

There is a special paper I used from Tessler for the dragonfly which is not listed in my products list below but the link is above should you want to check it out.  It is a beautiful paper that comes from Europe and is something I pull out for the most special cards I make because it's fairly expensive.  There are, of course, lots of alternatives that could be used instead and s
till get a lovely effect. Gold is the color I used for this project.

Speaking of links - I use some affiliate links with many of the products I used and may make a small commission on them at no cost to you should you decide to buy using one of them.  That said, the items I used for this project were personally purchased and I was not asked to demonstrate or recommend them.  I only use and share products that I really like and use myself.

The card base is made from 110# Neenah solar white cardstock on which I added the following layers:

light yellow cardstock, embossed with the Darice large petals embossing folder, cut to 4" x 5 1/4".  I used the side where the image is actually the "debossed" side where the impression is indented in appearance.

The white layer of cardstock was also embossed with the same embossing folder, except that before impressing it through my Big Shot, I swiped the raised surface of the folder so that it would ink the image in yellow.  I used Distress Ink (the center element) to add this color.  I then die cut this panel using the 3 1/8" x 4 1/4" rectangle stitched die from My Favorite Things.

The next part is the dragonfly, which I die cut from the Tessler pearl paper once as a full piece, then I cut it from a  piece of acetate, then again with a small strip of the Tessler pearl paper to get just the center "body" of the dragonfly without the wings.

To get the pattern on the acetate "wings" of the dragonfly I stamped the "all cracked up" stamp on the acetate die cut with black Staz On ink, which is the perfect ink for a non porous surface like acetate.

Dragonfly "sandwich"

To create the dragonfly I die cut 3 different layers.  The bottom layer is the pearl paper, followed by the acetate layer, then the "body" (wings cut off) on top of the acetate.  I glued each layer together with Tombow Mono liquid glue.

The washi tape is not super obvious, but it is really there.  I happened to have a floral yellow roll (and not sure where I bought it from).  I put two strips of it vertically and horizontally on the left hand side of the yellow cardstock layer to form a little bit of a frame before adding the white die cut layer on top.

The sentiment was made from a Winnie & Walter set.  The word "smiles" was made from the die while the rest of the sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink on white cardstock, then embossed with white embossing powder before sponging the same Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade color over the top to make the background yellow.  I glued the die cut word using the Zig two way glue pen as I find it easy to use with small die cuts like these.

The embellishments I added are yellow enamel dots over the center of 3 flowers on the white embossed die cut layer.  I did not include a link to these since I actually made these myself from a batch of self made "enamel dots" using pearler beads.  I found the technique through various You Tube videos and find it very cost effective to make my own beads in a wide variety of colors.

The dragonfly was added after using pop dots to give it more dimension once added to the bottom left corner.

Thanks again for stopping by today and checking out this week's inspiration - hope that you will play with us at the challenge!!


A fun loving summer card for Tic Tac Toe Challenge #5

Hello crafty friends,

I am excited by this week's challenge board!  Summer is my favorite time of the year and I had so many ideas for this theme that it was hard to figure out which one to show.  In fact I am going to also share some bonus cards/projects on this week's post with a summer theme.

Here is this week's challenge inspiration board - I went with the middle row down: Summer - die cut - patterned paper (and incorporated a few other elements from the board).  Click here to visit the challenge site to see more of the design team's inspiration and hope you will consider playing along!

I used a summery looking striped patterned paper from this WRMK paper pad cut to 4.25" x 5.5" to start.  I cut a solid light blue piece of cardstock to 3.75" x 5", then embossed with this Stampin' Up embossing folder (I purchased from one of fellow X team members).   Last,  I used an ink blending tool to add some darker blue accents to the raised embossed areas of this panel for a contrast using Distress Oxide Blue China ink.

The 3 die cuts were made using the Sizzix Bigz Sand & Sea die cut out of Grungeboard.  this is a very interesting material to work with and the Bigz dies cut it very easily.  The cool part is that they already have great texture, which I enhanced with Distress Inks.  The colors I used are listed below.

Seahorse:  (base) Peacock Feathers, (contrast) Cracked Pistachio and a tiny bit of Peeled Paint.  The Peeled Paint was not sponged on, but stamped on fairly randomly using a scallop stamp to create a hint of scales.

Sand Dollar:  Brushed Corduroy

Starfish:  Abandoned Coral

Note: The seashell in the photo is actually a Jolee's boutique sticker I had in my stash that looked like it would fit in so well and gave it a little "something" extra.  Same with the little bright turquoise pieces to the left of the seahorse - these little accents came from another die cut piece leftovers.  The paper is so pretty I could not throw away the little pieces and they do resemble coral in a way.

I glued the die cuts onto the blue panel towards the bottom, making sure to leave room at the top for my sentiment, which is made in two parts.

The larger part of the sentiment is made from a Stamps of Life die cut set with a shadow layer and word "hello".  I cut the word out of the same striped patterned paper and the shadow from Core'dinations cardstock that had been lightly sanded to expose the secondary color.  After gluing these two pieces together and then the blue card panel, I added glossy accents onto the word to give it shine and dimension.

The second part of the sentiment is a small strip of white cardstock that I stamped the word "summer" on using this alphabet set from Sunny Studio Sweet Script Stamps in Versamark, then heat embossed with white powder.  I then used an ink blending tool to add Distress Oxide ink in Worn Lipstick over the stamped word, which provides a resist and matched the patterned paper pink color nicely.  I added on some sparkle with a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle marker - I may have been a little overhanded on that part lol.

As a final touch I added a little bit of ribbon to the top right corner.  I taped the ends of the ribbon behind the panel, then slipped a smaller piece of ribbon under the first piece and tied it into a knot so the rest of the ribbon would stay flatter.

I glued on the completed card front panel onto a white card base - it is almost an A7 (5" x  7") finished card - I ended up trimming the white card base so it just created a small border and didn't worry about it being exactly a standard size.

I have posted links to selected products above.  I am still working on migrating to a different link program and apologize for the temporary inconvenience.

*************  BONUS PROJECTS *****************

With the summer vibe already going in full swing, I thought it would be fun to share these other summer themed projects with you.  The flamingo cards were inspired by a Jennifer McGuire video I saw some time ago and always wanted to re-create, so finally I did!  I have not added sentiments yet just to keep my options open for later.

The second project is a clear card pocket that I created with Project Life products for the sleeve and top edging plus the fun shaker elements created with this Mudd Puddles sand product and flipflops made out of Shrinky Dinks printable material.  Of course no beach scene is complete without some tiny real seashells and a sand dollar.

Thanks so much for stopping by today -- I can hardly wait to see what you create for the challenge from this inspiration!  If you have any questions or want to leave me feedback, please consider leaving a comment.

Hope the rest of your week is fabulous!


July 4th celebration card

Hello crafty friends,

Today I am celebrating July the 4th and have a quick and fun card to share!  I am also playing along with the Fusion challenge and incorporating both the sketch and photo inspiration.

In my stash I had this red star die cut overlay and added it to a white panel, then added it to a navy blue shimmery cardstock.

I used my Cricut and the basic star shape to cut out the red glitter, white and navy blue stars for the corner.

Using an alphabet stamp set from Sunny Stamp Studios, I made a custom sentiment and stamped it with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink, then added some clear embossing powder and heat set it.  The stars at the top came from an Ellen Hutson set called Wonky Backdrops.

Thanks for stopping by!