Gorgeous Flat Cards with Aqua Flow!

I am on the Joy Clair blog today with this set of cards. I did a live video making them and was so impressed with them that I knew they needed to be on the company’s blog. The stamp set is gorgeous and this technique is stunning and quick.

It takes a lot to impress me regarding a flower stamp set. Martha’s Garden stamp set by Joy Clair nails it. This set is my favorite flower set I am currently using. I created a set of cards with it and Aqua Flow Markers for a lovely watercolor effect. To take it to the next level I heat embossed the image. This not only gave the card depth and a level of sophistication, it also created borders for the color to pool together. Once each of the cards were dry I added a few Nuvo Dew Drops to finish them off. 

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Here is a video tutorial on how to create these cards:

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Here are the close ups of each of the cards created in the videoThis one is my favorite. I like the color combo and the lovely wash in the white space.

These were so much fun to create and they turned out beautiful. The concept of randomly adding color where I think the image would go was fun. For me, if I stamp the image and then color it in I would not get that loose watercolor feel to the card. I can not wait to play with this stamp set again! What will you create?

Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden 

Bad Bad Girl Couture

A longtime favorite paper crafting subscription club on mine has recently changed directions and are discontinuing all their kits. I took advantage and purchased a few for 50% off. Bad Girls Couture created the edgiest vintage kits around. This is what I did with a couple of them.

For this page I used a stencil by Prima and Nuvo mouse to give it some texture. Layering was a big part of the success of it all. The little ribbon trim with gems was one of my favorite things included in the kit.

The same techniques were used to create this layout. The leaf is my favorite element on the page.

By incorporating simple techniques creating stunning pages is easy.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Basketball Layouts

Normally I am not a fan of the themed paper lines with coordinating stickers, but sometimes I just have to get pages done. My oldest son plays basketball and a lot of photos have collected over the years. The pictures are pretty good and the diffidently need to be in the album. I picked up the Carta Bella Basketball online. I found basketball gems and foam stickers from Hobby Lobby and bought those. From my stash I pulled out my Nuvo drops. I made these:

Layering different pattern paper with the same color scheme and theme can really take a page from drab to fab!

Sticker usage needs to be strategic as to make sure it does not look like a sticker sneeze. Sometimes all it takes is just one.

By using gems and foam it keeps the page interesting. The Dew Drops pulled the entire layout together.

To create this page clustering the pictures in one corner and off setting it with the title in the other creates balance.

To mask a misplaced measurements stickers can be used.

Once again, careful placement of stickers is key to an eye pleasing page.

Sometimes paper packs are a crafter’s life safer! By incorporating a few simple strategies you can create some cute layouts.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Fairy Tale Inspired Christmas Cards

I have been on the hunt for a new paper crafting monthly kit club that specializes in scrap booking. I wanted a kit that was different, whimsical, and bright. After months of looking I found Fairytale Kit club. You can head over to the site to see what came in the Christmas kit. I planned on creating a few layouts for my scrapbook, but I ended up creating these cards! 

I pulled in a few things from my stash as well as a couple items I found at the Dollar store to round out the kit.

For the above card I added Nuvo Dew Drops and a white and two silver snowflake I found at the Dollar Store. The ribbon on the edge is from my stash and the rest is the kit!

I adore nontraditional Christmas cards and this one diffidently is that with it’s pink and red background with a little hint of purple.  The white snowflakes are foam that I found at the dollar store.

I found the little green glitter Christmas tree and silver snow flake at the dollar store. One of my favorite things to add to a card are the lace dollies found in the baking section of most craft stores. I added the star to the top of the tree using pop dots and a little glaze from Tonic Studios

I really like all of these cards, but this is my favorite! I added some pink Stickles to make her sparkle on her skirt and hear. Then, I pulled in a mini bow from my Christmas wrapping presents section of my craft room! How cute is that? The little snowflakes are snipped from plastic foliage that one would add to a silk flower arrangment. 

Don’t be afraid to add things to a kit to round it out and/or make it more personal. I often find a lot of great things to use on cards and on my layouts outside of the paper crafting section of the craft store. 

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Make 16 Christmas Cards from Three Sheets of Paper

One of my favorite things to do for Christmas is make all my cards. I love to send snail mail at this time of year. This year, however, is jammed packed with tons of activities. I just don’t have as much time as I would like, but I still want to make them! I decided to spend two hours on them and this is what I came up with — 16 cards!

Here is the video on how to create 16 cards in 2 hours:

The measurements for the half sheet (I used Rinea Foiled Paper ) is as follows:
You will need two of each:
8C: 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches
7B: 2 3/4 by 1 3/4
2E: 3 1/2 by 2
1D: 2 by 1 3/4
3C: 2 1/4 by 1/2

Here is the measurements for the cardstock:
Here is the measurements for the pattern paper:
If you have not watched the video, now would be a good time to do that. I share how to cut the paper without any waste and how to lay each card out. Once you get done watching it head back here and use these pictures as your guide to create your own.
Card 1:

 Card 2:

 Card 3:

 Card 4:

Card 5:

 Card 6:

 Card 7:

 Card 8:

The Nuvo Drops can be found here
The sentiment dies can be found here
Rinea Foiled Paper can be found here
I am so excited to have cards to mail out to family and friends that did not break the bank or take a long time.
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Creep It Real

Hello friends! Can you believe it is Halloween in a week? It seems as if summer was just here and now it is gone. Today I am sharing with you three cards that I made with the Hedgehog Hollow October Subscription box and Ink Road Stamps.

For these cards I used pigmented powder! You can find the one in Midnight black here .Lightly mist the substrate first:

 Sprinkle on the pigment:

 Mist again:

 Soak up any excess with a paper towel

 To color in the pumkin on water color paper use three colors of Aqua Flow Pens by Tonic Studios. Layer the color from lightest to darkest.

 Don’t forget the stems!

 Mist with water:

 Lay a papertowel over image to dillute color and pick up extra moisture.

 Add Glitter Gloss as accent:

 I used pop dots to add to my card:

  I used Nuvo Dew Drops on the pumpkins features.

 I also created a web with the Dew Drops.

 Using the same technique I created two quick cards:

Here is a short tutorial on how to use the Aqua Flow Markers:
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Boorific!

I found this pumpkin die in my stash and knew it needed to be on a card. Once again I pulled out my Brutus Monroe Stamps because I think I got this die with the stamp set. I wanted to make it pop so I thought it would be fun to cut it out using Rinea Foiled Paper! 

 To create the pumpkin I die cut it on orange starstruck paper and traced the die on ebony foiled paper as a backing. I ran it through my sticker machine and attached it to my card base. So easy!

 I stamped the little crow and pumpkin that I water colored in and trimmed with my Scan n Cut.

I like to use Rinea Paper on projects like this. It cuts beautifully and is striking. 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!