Christmas In July — Ombre

I found a cute stamp set and matching die set on the Picket Fence Studio website. It stumped me when at first. I did not know how to incorporate the die and sentiment because they are both large and do not fit on a standard card front. So, I created this:

I created an ombre effect in green using Distress Oxide ink and a little mist of water. The image on the die cut was stamped in Candy Apple red Distress Oxide ink. I embossed with clear embossing powder. Pop dots were used to adhere to the card front. I heat embossed the sentiment in gold. To make sure the gold only embossed on the sentiment I ran some cornstarch over the sentiment spot before I embossed it. It was still looking a little on the boring side. I finished it off with a few Nuvo drops in gold.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Color By Faith Blog Hop

I am participating in another exciting blog hop with Joy Clair! This hop is all about the Color By Faith stamp line. I must confess that I am still new to Bible art. These stamps are fabulous and have really helped me learn this new form of art. Over the last few months I have created several pages.

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate the Color by Faith Blog Hop, Joy Clair Stamps is giving away a $25 Gift Card to One lucky winner. Winner will be chosen at random from the comments left on participating blogs, so make sure to visit each stop and leave a comment. Leave comments by 11:59 pm ET 04-05-2019 on all participating blogs. Winner will be announced on the Joy Clair Blog on 04-30-2019

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The first page I created with the Color by Faith line was this one:

I shared this a couple of months ago for another hop.

My Cup Runneth Over

The next page is my favorite so far! The stacked teacups makes me smile ūüôā

This also is the first Bible art page I did on YouTube LIVE!

Leave the 99

The last one I am sharing with you is based off of the lyrics of my favorite song –Reckless Love. The little sheep is just darling! Here is how this one came together:

Please make sure you hop through the rest of the blogs provided below. I am a novice on this subject and find so much inspiration in the designers listed below! I am sure you will as well. Also, please subscribe to my YouTube channel. I do a lot with Joy Clair stamps on it and you will get insight into upcoming design team posts ūüôā

JoyClair Blog 

MarthaLucia Gomez 

Connie Hyde Mercer 

Angie Cimbalo 

Karen Letchworth 

Jessica Kaiser 

Monica Maier 

Kerry Urbatch 

Donna Idlet 

BetzGolden 

Lindsay Adreon 

Ceal Pritchett 

Jowilna Nolte Helen Gullet

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Happy Singles Awareness Day!

Valentine’s Day is my least favorite holiday. Every year when it rolls around I groan a little. I don’t have any particular reason on why I do not like it. It does bring a smirk on my face when I can create sarcastic cards for it though. Joy Clair has a new stamp set that is perfect for all the folks out there who don’t like cupid and his holiday. It is perfectly title “#Single”. I created this card using the new stamp set:

How to Create “Happy Singles Awareness Day!” Card

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide is how I created the background. When working with water based pigments it is important to keep the color theory in mind. Basically you want to keep all your red undertone colors(warms) together and blue undertone colors (cools) together. If you mix them you will get mud. That is okay if it is the look you are going for, but if not don’t mix things like green and red. The color that is the exception to this rule is purple. The only colors you can mix purple with are red OR blue. If you mix it with any other color you will get mud for this card I stuck with pink, red and purple (on the bottom).

This card has a square cut out that was created to use as a shaker. It also looks cute with an image in the box. I stamped the hearts and colored them in. I finished them off with a little clear glaze by Nuvo and Dew Drops.

After the sentiment had been stamped on the bottom, three coordinating ones were stamped along the bottom and finished off with the Nuvo Clear Glaze.

If the card front was not enough to make the recipient giggle the inside is sure to do so.

Do you like Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments!

Make sure to hop through all these amazing designers to see more of the new releases!

Betz Golden (YOU ARE HERE)

Kerry Urbatch

Monica Maier

Martha Lucia Gomez

Helen Gullett


Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Concord and 9th Turn About Stamping

I have been secretly lusting after the Turn About stamps by Concord and 9th. I need another stamp set like I need a hole in my head and have done a good job of holding off. Well, that is until I saw the new Bundle Up Stamp Set and coordinating dies! The sweet little girl faces had me, so I placed my order for them along with two Turn About Stamps. Though I adore my new stamps and have had so much fun playing with them there were two things that rubbed me wrong about them. First, the girls are not included with the coordinating die set! I had to fussy cut them out. I would have paid a few dollars more to get them. In fact, I may not have bought the dies had I known the girls were not in it. Secondly, the Turn About stamps were created for the Misti. I don’t have a Misti, but two other stamp platforms. I had to do some tweaking to get them to work, but finally figured it out. Now that I know how to use these on other platforms I will happily purchase more! For those of you that are interested in these stamps here is a video I created showing how to use these on other stamping platforms along with a few hints and tips.

Turn About Video

I used Rinea Foiled Paper  on each card and you can learn how to do that in the video as well!

This would be a perfect card for January!

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The little bird sits perfectly on her bun, but her part line is very high and I preferred the bird  covering it.

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It is so easy to make your card season just by switching up the ink colors!

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Over all I really enjoyed the new (to me) stamp sets! They can be used for so many different occasions. It is a good value!

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Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Halloween ATCs

Happy Halloween! I am sharing with you three sets of ATCs! gypsies makes these incredible file folders that are the perfect size to hold ATCs. Not much is needed on enhance their beauty. 

 I just added a few things from my stash to make them personal, yet still respecting the gorgeous art already present on them.

 I first started with a piece of kraft pattern paper from CCB that had a bunch of great images perfect for ATC (an ATC is a 2.5 by 3.5 piece of paper that you decorate and trade).

 As you can tell, these images are spectacular alone and nothing really is needed. I opted to enhance with foiling.

 I placed the foil with the shiny side up. This is the backside.

 This is the top.

 I placed it in a folded piece of copy paper.

¬†….and ran it through my lamination machine.

 The finished cards have just enough sparkle, but not too much.

Here is set one with the file folder:

 Set two:

 Set Three:

 I tied them up with waxed twine and added a sweet charm to each.

These were part of a few Halloween cards I sent out to my crafty friends. I hope they had fun opening them ūüôā
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Around The World Blog Hop

Did you know that today is National Card Making Day? To celebrate Joy Clare is hosting a blog hop that I am super excited to be in. Please hop along with us! The blog links are listed below. Please leave a comment along the way too. We sure to appreciate those¬† ūüôā

I am sharing a Halloween card I created with The Web background stamp by Joy Clare and Tim Holtz paper and clip art.

 I am a little embarrassed with how quickly this card came together. I think it took me 20 minutes.

 I used white pigmented ink and clear embossing powder on the web to make it pop. I added pop dots to the owl and witch and finished the front off with some orange bling from my stash.

 I used this sentiment on the inside of the card:

Here is the Blog Hop List! Jump in and have fun.
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Get Batty with some Crazy Brids

One of the best stamps sets I have ever purchased is the Crazy birds by Tim Holtz! It comes with a slew of accessory stamps to customize with any season or holiday. Naturally I had to create a Halloween card with it! 

I used Distress Markers to color in the bird and pumpkin and I think it works great with the background paper. The card came together rather quickly, but it looks like it took a lot of time. I love the web paper as a backdrop to the focal point. 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Old School Halloween

One of the very first Halloween stamp sets I ever purchased was from Stampin’ Up over ten years ago. I remember debating with myself on if I really wanted it because at¬† the time we really did not celebrate Halloween in a scary way. I am fairly certain that this stamp set purchase it what pushed me over to the dark side of Halloween. I created two cards with this stamp set for this year.

 For this card, I used Tim Holtz Halloween paper pad I bought last year on clearance with his washi tape (also last year and on clearance). I stamped three images, fussy cut them out and pop dotted them on the card. I added three black gems to create balance.

 This stamp is actually the reason I bought the set. I just love it and still do to this day!

¬†I only added a pop of yellow to the “31” and covered it in clear glaze.

 To finish off the card I added three gems to the bottom corner.

These cards were not only fun to make, but a great walk down memory lane! I think shopping in my stash has been more rewarding than shopping at the store.
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Exploding Birthday Box

My daughter turned 16 over the summer and I knew that not just any card would do. She has a fantastic sarcastic personality and not a fan of bright colors. I had a fun exploding Box Die Set from Pink and Main that I wanted to use. I made the first one in a traditional fashion:

It turned out great and I had a blast making it, but it ended up better suited for one of her best friends. So, I ordered Fired Up! stamp set because she likes dragons!  I also picked up the Celebration Pack from Pink and Main and die cut out each piece twice.

 I adhered the edges:

 And added the panels:

 Making sure I kept the back one up and not folded down.

 I added the sentiment and a few gloss dots from Pink and Main to what would be the front of the box.

 Next I lined up the inside pieces so they touched each other to create even spacing.

 I got my poppers ready!

 And adhered them to the inside of the box.

 This was the final box!

 But it was to young for her. It was cute, but not perfect for her. So I thought outside of the box and created this:

Here is a great video I did on the entire process:

Here is where you can find all the Tim Holtz products used in the video.

It looks like three is the lucky number! It took that many attemps to get the perfect Birthday Box for her.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Hipster Birthday Cards

Have you ever been looking through your stash and discovered an awesome set of stamps that you did not even know you had? That recently happened to me. I stumbled upon my Tim Holtz Hipster stamp set and I was inspired to make a set of sarcastic cards!

 I colored the images in with Distress Markers and cut them out with my Scan N Cut. I set those aside and started on the base of my card. I used Distress Oxides  to create the backdrop. For the banner, I used Distressed ink on Stamping Paper and Watercolor Paper. I randomly stamped the Birthday Stamp Set and created two banner pieces using the Thin Fish Tail Banner Die Set . I inked all the edges and assembled the cards making sure to set each Hipster on pop dots for some added dimension. I finished off the card with Tonic Nuvo Drops . Here is a close up of each card:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!