Thursday, September 21, 2017

take your time to be happy * Stencil Love 4/4

Hello crafty friends, Nicole here.

I love this beautiful house boat... It looks so calm and cozy :-)

I love the stencils by Create A Smile and I wanted to use them more often. They are so versatile and fun to use.

  • apply ink over your stencil with a sponge dauber (I used Distress Oxides)
  • move your stencil and add a second layer of ink
  • put your stencil to the side (clean it ;-) ) and apply more ink with you sponge dauber but use less ink and less pressure
  • spritz some water drops on your background panel and let it dry
  • stamp the boat on alcohol ink friendly paper, color it (I used Spectrum Noir markers) and cut it out
  • stamp your greeting and adhere the boat with foam tape
  • finish up your card by adding Glossy Accents to the windows on the boat

Stencils are so versatile. Have you tried to use them on vellum? Check out on Instagram or Facebook what Christine (owner of Create A Smile) did! -> Stencils & Vellum

Waves Stencil / Glowing Seaside / Botanical Love / Double Stitched Rectangles

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Have a happy day,

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Coffee together!

Hi crafty friends and welcome back to our crafty space.  Raluca here with a new card showcasing the awesome "Coffee First" stamp set.

I just got my hands on this beautiful set and I really wanted to make a card with it.

First I prepared a white card base and I stamped the "Solid Hexagons" cling stamp on it using light pink ink. 
Next, I die cut a white panel with a hill border die and I also die cut a black cardstock with the same die and glued it under the white one, leaving just a small black border.
Then, I stamped a sentiment from the set using the big coffee word and two shades of pink trying to obtain an ombre look. Love how it turned out!
Next, I stamped, colored and fussy cut two cups of coffee and mounted them on the white panel. 
The final step was to mount the white panel on the card base and my card was done.

Coffee First

Solid Hexagons

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Warm thoughts.....

Hi there it's Anja again with another card for you today.


Before you know it's that time again we are going to send christmascards to our loved ones. So better start early creating a stash of cards.
Since there are so many lovely Christmas related stamps I gave it a go.

I started with a topfolded cardbase and cut a panel out of white cardstock.
I stamped a "tree"by using the triangle stamp from the going graphic set.
Stamped the cling stamp with snowflakes at the background and white heat embossed it. Smooched some distress ink to make the stamp more visible.
Stamped the figures and colored them with copics. Cut tthem leavind a little white outline and adhered a twine at the snowman and the sleigh.
Adhered everything to the panel after I created a snowhill by tearing some cardstock.
Stamped the sentiment and rounded the corners.



Going Graphic, snowdance miniset and snow flurry, frosty fun kit.

Have a great week;

Hugs Anja

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Alphabet Window

I love having various shapes of dies to make a window panel for my cards but you can also use those alphabet dies as windows. Today, I'm sharing you a card I've made using that technique. 

First step is is to die-cut the word "Happy". I'm not very good with straight lines and I couldn't find my T-squared ruler so I used my score board to lightly score a line. That helps me to position my dies in a straight line. 

After die-cutting, I used a pencil to lightly trace out the letters on the card base so that it will give me a guide as to where I should stamp the flowers. I am a fan of a loose watercolor look, that's why I've added those colours outside the letters and I think it also helps to bring out the shape of the alphabets even more. 

A gold "birthday" die-cut seems like a pretty obvious choice for someone like me who likes to add gold accent to a card ;) 

Prima Watercolours
Archival Black Ink

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Friday, September 15, 2017

To Brighten Up Your Day!

Hi there!
Samantha here with you, sharing a fun card! Well, I think so, anyway!


I couldn't resist using those new little light bulbs any longer!! And the paired with that sentiment, those images are just perfection together! 

Shall we get into making this? Let's do it!
- stamp and color your images, then fussy cut out (I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color my images
- add foam tape to the coffee cup

- on your white cardstock, draw light dots with pencil where you want your light bulbs to hang.
- then add some the yellow watercolor 'glow' in those areas
- once dry, adhere down your lightbulbs and draw your wires in with a ruler and black pen
- stamp the sentiment and add the coffee cup, too!

You could turn this card into a one layer, with a little bit of masking! It wouldn't be hard, and then you don't even have to worry about mailing it! :)

I seriously  LOVE those little light bulbs from Lights On! And there are two sizes - bonus! The sentiment is from the cute Glowing Seaside stamp set! And you guessed it! The coffee to go cup is from Coffee First


Did you know there are card kits available in the shop!? Yes!!! There are letter stickers, enamel shapes, stamps, dies and stencils in each one!! Check them out here!



Thursday, September 14, 2017

Viel Glück * Stencil Love 3/4

Hello crafty friends, Nicole here.

I love the stencils by Create A Smile and I wanted to use them more often. They are so versatile and fun to use.

  • apply ink over your stencil with a sponge dauber (I used Distress Oxides)
  • put your stencil to the side (clean it ;-) ) and apply more ink with you sponge dauber but use less ink and less pressure
  • spritz some water drops on your background panel and let it dry
  • stamp leaves on your panel using dye inks (I used one from Lawn Fawn)
  • stamp the greeting on some white paper and cut it out
  • adhere the greeting to your background
  • decorate your card with some Nuvo Crystal Drops or enamel stickers

Enamel stickers or dots are a fun way to spice up your cards. I used Nuvo Crystal Drops.

In Bloom / Double Stitched Rectangles / Glück ist

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Have a happy day,

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

((VIDEO)) Gift Card Tags for Halloween

Hello crafty friends! It's Jess and today I have a gift tag holder and a video with a Halloween theme cards using the Pocket Tag die and the Creepy Cute stamp set.

I had colored a bunch of Halloween images from Creepy Cute when I made last month's project and I wanted to use them up and needed some Halloween treats for some friends/family.

I started by coloring and cutting a whole bunch of images from the Creepy Cute set. I used some on last month's project and saved some for the future. When I wanted to make some Halloween treats to send to my family the images were ready to go. I diecut the pocket tag and added a bit of detail with the glitter washi. For an added surprise I added the 'BOO' sentiment behind where the gift card would go. You can get more details in the video:

If you don't have a digital cutter you can always fussy cut around your images. You can use the tag to hold a small thin piece of candy as well. I suggest bring a tag to the shop to to help you see if the size will work.

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