We have a fun "Bubble" challenge going on this week at StampNation

I was "off" this week, but I'm stunned at how creative our design team is and I just had to share...

 I'd love to see you play along with us, but you have to be a member to play!

I hope to see you there!

Later Alligator Tag

Sometimes you only have time to make a tag, and that is ok!  Tags are fun and they are great to have around to place on a gift bag, on a wrapped gift or even a card base if you are short on time and need a card quick!

I was playing with the Zig Clean Color markers for the first time a few weeks ago.  I like them a lot for techniques but I'm still practicing on the coloring part.  The Reverse Confetti Later Alligator set was the perfect set for me to practice on, not too intimidating and very forgiving :)  This set is so cute, it's hard to mess up!  Once I finished an image I was happy with, I simply added it to a tag cut with the Tag Me die.  Then I die cut some stars from the You Are A Star Confetti Cuts.  It's hard to see in the photo but I added a bit of Wonk of Stella to the cake, it's super sparkly in real life!

The next time you are short on time or trying out a new product or technique, consider making a tag instead of a card!!!

Ellen Hutson Overstock Sale!

Ellen Hutson is having a HUGE sale on Overstock items...40% off!  Make sure you follow this link to view and purchase overstock items!  Happy shopping!

MFT Guest Blogger - Watercolored Scribble Roses

I'm back today with a post I have over on the MFT blog.

Whether stamped, die cut or colored, the Scribble Roses stamp set is just gorgeous.  My project today features these stunning images heat embossed and watercolored.

I began with a piece of watercolor card stock trimmed to 3 3/4 x 5 inches.  I prepped the paper with an anti-static tool then started placing the flowers on my card stock.  Once I had an arrangement that I was happy with, I picked up all of the stamps at once on the same acrylic block.  I inked them with Versamark ink and covered the stamped images with white embossing powder.  I did the same thing with the leaves, then I heat set all of the images at once.

Now, we get to have fun!  Using several Zig Markers, I scribbled randomly over the flowers and leaves, then I sprayed them with water.  Using a heat tool, I moved the water and color around.  How’s that for a simple watercolor technique?  I’m a CAS stamper, I don’t like to fuss with things that take too much time (or make too much of a mess).  If you are like me, you will love this technique. 

To finished off the card, I added the watercolored panel to a card base using a lot of adhesive.  (The paper was quite warped, even after sitting under a heavy book).  I heat embossed a sentiment from the Thankful Leaves stamp set and added that that to the card using foam tape.  Lastly I added some sequins to finish off the design!

It's truly and honor to be a Guest Blogger for My Favorite Things.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my posts as much as I’ve enjoyed creating my projects for you!

Tag It!

We have a fun Tag It! challenge going on this week at StampNation

Here's a peek at the DT projects.  I love when our designs coordinate :)

 I'd love to see you play along with us, but you have to be a member to play!

I hope to see you there!

Freshly Made Sketches #200!

*This is my 2nd post today.  Please scroll down to view my MFT guest blogger post!

I'm thrilled to be joining Freshly Made Sketches for their 200th challenge!
Wow, congrats ladies.  That is amazing!!!

Lil' Inker Designs is one of the sponsors and our DT is playing along.

I love how open to interpretation this sketch is!

I had so many ideas about how I should attack this sketch...I could have stamped along the vertical line or used two different patterned papers etc.  What I finally decided to do was to use the Border Builders die set for the top and line the card front with paper from the Ombre Stripes Paper Pad.  Next I die cut a bunch of flowers and leaves from the Awesome Blossoms die set, then stamped them all using the coordinating Awesome Blossoms stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment in black ink, then arranged the flowers to frame it.

I hope I'll see you playing along in the challenge!!  Head on over to Freshly Made Sketches to find out more about the challenge, sponsors and prizes!

MFT Guest Blogger - Masked & Stenciled OLC

I'm so excited to be a guest blogger over at My Favorite Things!!!  I had a blast creating with their products and I'm thrilled that I finally get to share them with you.

One layer cards are a struggle for many card makers, even for clean and simple stampers like myself.  If you keep a few tricks in your back pocket though you’ll be making one layer cards in no time at all!

My best advice is to think creatively.  “How can I add interest to a card without adding layers?”  Masking!  Masking is a great way to add interest without layers to a one layer card.  And that is exactly what I’ve done on my card today.

I began by masking off 3/4 of an inch on all sides of my card base.  Then I placed the Diagonal Stripes stencil over top of the masked area, so it’s almost double masked.  I used Distress inks to add color and what you are left with when all of the masking is removed is a bright and beautiful focal point.  Now all I had to do is to stamp my birthday sentiment and hearts from Written in Watercolor.  Simple accessories like twine and sequins are the perfect way to finish off a one layer card.

See, look at that.  Easy peasy!  The next time you are challenged (or challenge yourself) to make a one layer card you will be able to whip one up in no time at all.

Thanks so much for stopping by!