Damask Divas Blog Hop: Claire

If you're coming from Mandy's blog you're in the right place!
If you're looking for the start head on over to the Damask Divas blog.

I love this paper for spring and summer! It reminds me of jean overalls (especially the ones with the little embroidered flowers).

For this card, I stamped a bunch of flowers in the colors found in the Claire paper pack on their coordinating cuts. I layered them on the card so they covered the edge of the pattern paper and it served as a 'fade' or transition to the base where I stamped the sentiment.  I used little snips of the chevron ribbon as leaves and tucked them under the flowers. I finished it off with some little pearls and done! (It's pretty busy compared to my more recent CAS style projects.)

The envelop was stamped before being assembled (all single layer).

Next stop on the hop is Traci's blog

Stamps: CTMH Girls Rock, PTI Think Big Favorites #16 
Ink: CTMH Outdoor Denim, Cranberry, Hollyhock, Sunset, and Blush
Paper: CTMH Claire, MFT Natural 
Embellishments: CTMH Pearls, CTMH Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon
Cuts: CTMH/Cricut Art Philosophy, PTI Bulk Mail Envelope Die 


Interactive Boy Birthday Cards

My favorite new thing is making interactive cards (especially for kids). I love shaker cards, and recently I've become obsessed with slider/spinner cards.

I made two cards with a spinner feature. The first one is this little dino card. I stamped the pattern on his belly from an owl stamp and the pattern on his spikes from a button stamp. I like using tone-on-tone stamping when adding patterns to small cuts because it adds interest without being too distracting. I stamped the streamers in the same colors as the dino and added 'confetti' that matched his spots. The confetti is just hole punches from silver glitter paper and his spots are just a small scrap. Incorporating tiny bits and scraps is a great way to make supplies last and still get the added pop.

The rocket on the next card was a bit trickier (compared to a cricut/die cut) because it was embossed, fussy cut, and paper pieced. However, the result is a different kind of look. I adhered the lagoon patterned paper to a piece of card stock to make it sturdier This makes the embossing easier (so the paper won't curl) and the spinner easier to push around. After embossing and fussy cutting, I colored in some of the parts with an outdoor denim marker and paper pieced others with pear patterned paper. I also hole punched the window and stuck a piece of vellum behind it. To clean up the edges, I went around it with a Sakura white gel pen. For the spinner, I did trim down the disk edge on the front where the rocket is adhered because it was a bit too big. I finished the card off with some embossed stars, washi tape, banner sentiment, and tiny staples. Oh, and did I mention? This card is for a Buzz Lightyear Birthday! That sentiment is just too perfect!

THE STUFF (dino card)
Stamps: PTI Birthday Style, PTI Bountiful Banners, CTMH Who's Your Valentine, CTMH Buttons, Bits, and Bobs  
Ink: CTMH Lagoon, Pear, and Honey, PTI Smokey Shadow 
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, CTMH Glitter, Lagoon, Pear, and Honey
Embellishments: googly eyes 
Cuts: PTI Movers & Shakers: Spinners, Cricut Create a Critter, 1/4" and 1/8" hole punch

THE STUFF (rocket card) 
Stamps: PTI Boy Basics: Out of This World 
Ink: CTMH Outdoor Denim, Versamark, Zing White embossing powder 
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White, CTMH Outdoor Denim, CTMH Later Sk8er, vellum 
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, CTMH Slate Washi Tape, Up & Up Washi Tape 
Cuts: PTI Movers & Shakers: Spinners 


Papertrey April Blog Hop Challenge: Tilted

This is my first ever entry in the PTI blog hop! To see everyone's great stuff check out Nichole's blog.

I've never really tilted anything besides little clusters or accents so this was a great challenge for me to try. I embossed the floral background image in clear then sponged the colors over. (The trick is to plan for room in between the colors so they over lap and make a nice blend.) I cut a round sponge into a bunch of tiny wedges, so I could ink a lot of colors and have more precision. I added a ribbon for a cleaner edge between the white and the rainbow and then topped it off with a black button and black sparkles.

Stamps: PTI Mini Blooms, CTMH In The Background
Ink: CTMH Hollyhock, Blush, Sorbet, Buttercup, Sweet Leaf, Juniper, Twilight, and Black, Versamark, CTMH Clear embossing powder
Paper: PTI Rustic White Card Stock
Embellishments: PTI 1/4" White Silk Ribbon, CTMH Black & Grey Sparkles, CTMH Black Buttons, 


Make It Monday 111: Watercolor Over Emboss

This was such a fun card to make! I love how the watercolor looks, and it was so easy!
One it dried, I reinforced the strip with another piece of card stock so it would stay flat. I popped it up with foam tape then added a few sparkles.

To get all the details for this week's Make It Monday check out Nichole's blog.

Stamps: PTI Sentiment Signs 
Ink: CTMH Moonstruck, CTMH Lagoon, CTMH Gypsy, CTMH Pear, Versamark, Zing White embossing powder
Paper: PTI True Black Card Stock, PTI Stamper's Select White Card Stock
Embellishments: TPC Studio Silver Jewels


A Balloon for Your Birthday

I love interactive cards! They're so much fun! For this card I used the PTI Movers and Shakers: Spinners die with a ballon. I love how it turned out. (The balloon can be moved around by tipping the card back and forth or by pulling on the string.)

I was going for an ombre feel. I rolled the edges of the ballon and some of the confetti. (The lightest of the confetti was second generation stamped.)  I also used a glue pad to add glitter to the ballon. For the string, I snipped up to the edge of the image by the mouth of the ballon then wedged the string in. I glued the string to the back rather than tie it, so it would hang straight down and not off to the sides. I also added a bit of glue to the ends of the string so they wouldn't fray.

Stamps: PTI Birthday Style 
Ink: SU Pool Party, CTMH Juniper, PTI Soft Stone, PTI Smokey Shadow
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White Card Stock 
Embellishments: MS Crystal Fine Glitter, CTMH Baker's Twine (Basic)


Make It Monday 110: Birthday Collage

This is my first Make It Monday, and I'm so excited to be participating!
For all the information stop by Nichole's blog.

I kept my stamp collage pretty simple. I kept wanting to add more but nothing seemed right, and I didn't want to overdo it.

Stamps: PTI Bountiful Banners, PTI Birthday Style, PTI Sentiment Signs 
Ink: PTI Soft Stone, PTI Smokey Shadow, CTMH Grey Wool, SU Pool Party, SU Lucky Limeade, SU Wisteria Wonder 
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select White Card Stock 


Mojo Monday 287: Hello

It's Monday! Time for another Mojo! This may be the first time I've actually been able to make a Mojo Monday sketch card on a Monday.

Want to play along? Stop by the Mojo Monday blog.

Technique-wise this card is pretty straight forward -> lots of layering and foam tape. I used second generation stamping on the scallop frame to make the color lighter and embossed the sentiment. I added some ink to the wood flower too.

The scallop circle is cut from Art Philosophy.

Stamps: PTI Mini Blooms, CTMH Love Life
Ink: CTMH Blush, CTMH Lagoon, CTMH Pear, Versa Mark Emboss
Paper: Basic Grey Hey Girl, PTI Pure Poppy Card Stock, PTI Stamper's Select White Card Stock
Embellishments: Zing White Emboss Powder, CTMH Wooden Shapes, American Crafts Glitter Tape, Bag-O-Buttons, MFT Hemp Cord Twine

Some Bunny Loves You!

All my Easter projects! I just finished them Easter morning actually. (Otherwise, I would have posted them sooner.)

The tags are cut from Artiste. The first four treat bags have EOS lip balm in them with some candy and Easter grass. (These were for my Mom, Sister, and co-workers.) The last three have an egg with a $2 bill inside instead of the EOS. (These were for my little cousins.)

For the little bunny tails, I covered them in liquid glass then sprinkled with glitter and hit them with my heat gun. It raised them up a bit and made the glitter STAY.
Some of the bunnies are fussy cut and popped up with foam tape and others are single layer (I got tired of cutting.)

To tie the tags on, I used a good amount of twine (probably 12" per tag - not exactly sure, maybe a bit more). I first tied a double knot around just the cellophane bag to keep it closed. Then, I looped the ribbon through the hole in the tag and tied a double knot around that ribbon to secure the tag to the bag. Lastly, I strung the button through the twine, double knotted that, and finished it with a little bow. Seems complicated but it really isn't. This way they can just snip the little bit of twine wrapped around the cellophane bag to open it and the tag stays in tact with the little bow.

Stamps: PTI Polka Dot Parade #1, CTMH In The Background, PTI Boutique Accessories 
Ink: CTMH Cocoa, CTMH Sorbet, CTMH Blush, CTMH Buttercup, CTMH Creme Brulee, CTMH Sweet Leaf, SU Pool Party, SU Wisteria Wonder 
Paper: MFT Whip Cream Card Stock, PTI Stamper's Select White
Embellishments: Mix of Buttons (Bag-O-Buttons and PTI), MFT Hemp Cord Twine, MFT Hot Fudge Grosgrain Ribbon, MS Crystal Fine Glitter, CTMH Liquid Glass, Spritz Cellophane Bags 

Game On

I made this birthday card for my boyfriend. -> He's pretty geeky.

I kept it clean with just a bit of color.  I masked the chevron stamp from in the background to stamp just a few. (I did this twice- once in each color) I used post it notes to mask off what I didn't want to get ink on. It can also be done by stamping a sheet of paper and cutting out what you want to mask.

^I'm thinking a tutorial may be needed.

Stamps: PTI Boy Basics: Game On, CTMH In The Background 
Ink: CTMH Outdoor Denim, CTMH Lagoon, SU Lucky Limeade 
Paper: CTMH Later Sk8r, MFT Sweet Tooth Card Stock
Embellishments: CTMH Baker's Twine (Paradise and Harvest), Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher Staples