March 28, 2016

Rosy Birthday

Good morning everyone - still coming down off the chocolate highs of yesterday? Well here's a card to make you keep thinking of spring and gardens and parties and cake...mmm, cake...

Ink blending and paper piecing and Nuvo Crystal drops and gold and ribbon - yummy!

The background panel was blended out with Distress Inks, spritzed with Antique Gold Perfect Pearls spray, then stamped with the Fancy Happy Birthday sentiment in black. While all that dried I started in on the Rose Bloom.

I went super old-school - paper piecing! I stamped the rose once on the patterned pink paper, then again on the pink and the green. A little cutting, foam tape, and light Copic highlighting makes for an easy embellishment when you're not in the mood to color.

I finished off the front with that fun gold chicken wire ribbon, a strip of gold cardstock, and the Nuvo Crystal Drops in Glitter White and Antique Rose for shimmer.

The inside got fun patterned paper from Authentique and the green rose left over from cutting out my leaves. The Never grow up sentiment finishes the card. Because hey, birthdays are fine, but no one ever said you have to keep growing up!

Supplies Used:
Happy Birthday Fancy stamp
Never Grow Up stamp
Rose Bloom stamp
Glitter White Blizzard Nuvo Crystal Drops
Antique Rose Nuvo Crystal Drops

Remember that the shop is currently closed until April - any orders placed this week will ship on April 1st. We also have our Design Team call, Envelope Contest, and Mini Misti contest going on!

Happy Crafting!

March 27, 2016

March 26, 2016

The details make the card

Hi everyone. It's Monica from Taylormadecards4u. I have been making cards for over 5 years now, and like many of you, my focus to detail is usually on the front cover of the card. We take our time to make sure our papers match and that our image is stamped perfectly.  We add our embellishments and many times finish it off with a sentiment. 

It wasn't until recently that a friend reminded me about how simple small details can turn a good card into a great card. We take such care in making the outside beautiful, we forget to finish the inside. How wonderful would it be to not only get a beautiful card and open it up and see that the inside matches. Not only is it beautiful, but the extra card stock adds to the weight of the card to make it very sturdy.

Justine also reminded me this month with her series to create matching envelopes. It takes very little extra effort to stamp the envelope. Afterall, we already have the ink and the stamp out right?

But it is the subtle touches as well. The green leaves I added to the vines, the three butterflies that pop. They turn a good card into a great card.


So it is good to step back and evaluate your work, or better yet, ask a friend, what could I do to turn a good card into a great card? I am really glad that I did!


March 25, 2016

March 24, 2016

March 23, 2016

Copic Coloring on Kraft Cardstock

Hello everyone!!  Happy Spring!!!  I love Spring, because I was born in the Spring and its closer to Summer.  LOL!!

Kymona here with a very easy card for this go round.  I'm going to show you how to Copic color on kraft cardstock!!

Take a look at the card we are going to recreate:

I love this whimsical Flower Flourish stamp! You can use it to create just about any type of card.

Here's how:

1. Decide on how you want the flowers to look on your card.

2. Use the Misti for perfect placement.

3. Stamp your image using a Copic friendly ink.

4. Next up is your sentiment, pick one that you want to use and once again use the Misti for perfect placement.

5. Stamp your sentiment with the same ink.

6. Pick your Copic colors.  The colors above are RV14, BG13, V06 and Y35.

7. Decide on which flower gets which color and get to coloring.

8.  Add some Clear Wink of Stella and some other embellishments as desired.

See how easy it is to add some basic Copic coloring to kraft cardstock, no blending necessary.

Are you willing to give this technique a try?  I sure hope so!  Please let me know below and I would love to see your creations.

Thanks for stopping by!


March 22, 2016

DIY Decorating Envelopes #3 with Justine

Hi Crafters,
Justine here and today is my last day of decorating envelopes over at So Suzy Stamps (tear*) but I have a couple more fun ideas on how to decorate your envies and I'm showing off the Clarity Brushes today as well!

GIVEAWAY: You can win a set of envelopes made by Suzanne from So Suzy Stamps by making an envelope yourself and entering it into an album on the So Suzy Facebook Page!

This envelope I blended with the clarity brushes. I love the soft look it gives off and the fact that I am able to blend with intricate stencils.

This is a fun black and white envelope I created for my mom's birthday. I paired it for the photo with another black and white card since her birthday isn't for another couple weeks.

Supply List:

I sincerely hope you enjoyed the series on envelopes and I will have more ideas coming in the future (since I am planning a technique week filled with envelopes this year!) Shhh!

If you missed the last two videos, here they are!

March 21, 2016

Rose Bloom , A Gift for You!

Hello dear friends, Martha Lucia here to share with you my favorites stamps of the month. These two are totally of my style and I really enjoy to share with you today's card.

The base and the second layer of this cards are Sahara Sand, the third layer is Whisper White. I stamped the two Rose Bloom stamps over watercolor paper, using Versamark and White Embossing Powder from Imagine Crafts. I colored each flower with a aqua painter and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. Then I fussy cut these with my paper snips.

The sentiment Gift for You was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink from Imagine Crafts over the second layer of Sahara Sand card stock.

If you want to see more details and photos of this project you will find these in my blog.

Happy Shopping!

March 19, 2016

You're Amazing In-Lay Die Cutting Technique: No Waste - two cards!

Hi Crafters,
Justine here again and I have TWO cards for you today made out of ONE die cut! I have a video tutorial as well to show you how I did this. To make the blended background, I used a variety of Tim Holtz Distress Inks (see supply list below). I die cut the Stacked Hearts Die from Simon Says Stamp in the top corner and I cut an extra die cut in white. I arranged all the pieces together and voila! Colourful magic!

Thes second card I created using the colourful die cut I cut out of the panel on the stop card. I love the clean and simple look it gives!