Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wonderful Mother

Hello Friends! I've got another Mother's Day card to share. This one features the Whitewash technique. I have seen cards featuring this technique on Pinterest and I love the look of it, so I thought I would have a go with this sweet floral image from WPlus9. I found a very informative How-To video on Stamp TV and I pretty much CASED the card from the video. :) we go.

Really super simple technique. I know it may not look like it, but trust is SUPER simple. And I like that! Because it's something that I can do more often and achieve beautiful results. Here's the jist of it...

I stamped my image with Versamark ink and embossed it with white powder. Then using a white pigment ink pad and a damp water brush, I brushed ink over the stamped image and let it dry completely. This only took a few minutes. Then I used ink from my ink pads and a water brush to color over the white ink. I only added a little water, because I did not use water color paper and I didn't want my card stock to pill. So, I added a little color and let it dry while I worked on another section. After the piece was completely colored and dry, I took a napkin and wiped any excess ink off of the embossing powder. To finish off the blooms, I used my clear Wink of Stella glitter brush. I stamped my sentiment, added a few sequins with pearls on top and the sparkly butterfly and that finished the outside of the card.

And this is how I finished off the inside of the card...

This was a really fun technique! I will be using it again. Thank you for visiting me today.


stamp set: Flora & Fauna 1, Mother's Day Bouquet(WPlus9)  Well Scripted(Stampin' Up!) Heartfelt Basics(Papertrey Ink)  
card stock: Kraft(GinaK Designs)  Cherub Pink(Close to My Heart)  Very Vanilla(Stampin' Up!)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko) Memories Unicorn White(Superior)  Blush(Close to My Heart)  Strawberry Slush, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar(Stampin' Up!)
punches: corner rounder-Creative Memories  butterfly(Martha Stewart Crafts)  Dotted Scallop border punch(EK Success)
bling: Marshmallow sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)  pearls(Stampin' Up!) Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush
other: white embossing powder(American Crafts)  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mother's Day Cards

Hello Friends! With Easter behind us, I thought I'd better get started with my Mother's Day cards. I'm starting out with this one I created using a stamp set from WPlus9. I purchased this set to do a water coloring technique, but found that it would work perfectly on my Mother's Day Cards.

I used a technique that Jennifer McGuire featured on her blog recently, called Generation Stamping. Now, this is not a new technique and it's not a difficult technique. It's quick, it's easy and it produces fantastic results. It also uses minimal supplies and it's a great way to showcase a pretty stamp using your favorite inks.

With Generation Stamping, you ink up the stamp and then stamp it several times on your project WITHOUT re-inking. This gives you shades of the same color and cleans your stamp at the same time! LoL! I actually created a few of these cards, in different colors, because it was so quick and easy. I added a sentiment stamped in that delicious Delicata Gold ink, a few yummy PPP sequins and then gave each card a blast of my homemade shimmer spray for extra sparkle. And that was all there was to it!

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You can see here that some colors are better suited for this technique than others, but, I'm satisfied with the way these turned out. Jennifer recommends pigment inks for this technique. I don't own any pigment inks, so I used what I had. The bottom left one is my favorite. I just LOVE that Crisp Cantaloupe color from Stampin' Up!

That's it from me today!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a Happy Day!


stamps: Flora and Fauna 1(WPlus9)  Happy Mother's Day(PSX)  Thinking of You(D.O.T.S.)
card stock: Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Primrose Petals, Pistachio Pudding, Perfect Plum, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana(Stampin' Up!)
ink: Delicata Gold(Tsukineko)  Hydrangea(Close to My Heart)    Primrose Petals, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana(Stampin' Up!)
bling: sequins- Fresh Mint, Lemon Meringue, Pink Blush, Sparkling Clear(Pretty Pink Posh) pearls(Stampin' Up!) shimmer spray(Blessed Designs by B.)  

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sequin Shaker Blog Hop

Hello Friends! No card today, but, I wanted to share something fun with you. Sequins are very trendy in card making right now and I have used them a few times on cards I've shared here. I believe that I have found THE BEST sequins out there at a Shop called Pretty Pink Posh. So, I was super excited to find out that they are hosting a Sequin Shaker Blog Hop! Any and everyone can join in and I think it's going to be a really fun time. I have never made a shaker card, so I'm a little nervous, but...what the heck! I'll give it my best shot and see what I come up with. This blog hop is open to EVERYONE, no experience necessary and Paulina, the sweet owner of Pretty Pink Posh, has even filmed a video tutorial for us to watch and learn how easy it is to create a sequin shaker card. Click HERE for the video.

You should see the line-up of companies that will sponsor the Hop! Top companies, probably some of your favorites. And many of these companies are offering discounts BEFORE the Hop! WHAT?! Yes! Sooo...scoot on over there to see what's going on. You really don't want to miss out on this. And just a little fyi...Paulina is giving us a discount to use in her fabulous Shop, so if you've been wanting to try sequins, now is the time. Oh! Be sure to take a look at the Sparkling Clear sequins, those are my absolute favorite! I also like the Fresh Mint, Lemon Meringue, Aquamarine, and the Gold! Sand is gorgeous, so is the Onyx...Okay! So I REALLY like all of the sequins!

To read all about the Blog Hop, click HERE. It's going to take place on Saturday, April 26, so you've got to get busy! I hope to see you there!


Have a wonderful Monday!