Friday, May 30, 2014

You Are Amazing

Thank you to everyone who voted for me in the Top 20 round of Gallery Idol. I didn't advance to the Top 15, but I appreciate your support. It was a fun round that stretched my creativity and I met some really amazing crafty friends. I can't wait to keep checking their blogs for card making inspiration!

As part of my recent Stamping Royalty win, I received a HUGE box of stamping goodies in the mail. This Jumbo Poppy stamp was one of the many fun things I won.  I used the stencil included with it to ink the flower with Distress Inks, then stamped and embossed the outline in black. I flicked on some water to get the splotches, and did the same with gold Color Shine mist. An embossed sentiment finishes off the card! 

Thanks for stopping in today, and have a crafty weekend to you all!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Nautical Wedding

I seem to be on a seaside kick lately and this card is no exception. A friend needed a wedding card with a nautical theme and I was happy to create one for her.  I love how it turned out. 

There's a variety of product used here. I love mixing and matching stamps and dies to get that exact look I'm going for.  I embossed gold stripes for my background and used a fabulous die cut for my focal piece. The 'congrats' sentiment on the banner finishes it off perfectly.

Don't forget to check out my Top 20 entry in the Gallery Idol contest and vote for me if you'd like! The link is on the top of my blog sidebar and shows the ocean-themed card I made.  Thanks!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Gallery Idol - Round 2

Hello to all of you who may be stopping in here for the first time via the Paper Crafts Gallery Idol contest! Thanks for stopping in and welcome back to those who have been here before. :)

I'm super excited to be part of the talented crew of crafters in the Top 20 this year. I love this kind of contest because it really seems to promote friendship, idea-sharing and encouragement within the card-making community! It works like the American Idol contest- a theme is given, you see the creations, you vote and some advance to the next round.  I'm already having a great time and have found myself really pushed above and beyond my usual card making...which leads to my card for the next round- DIE CUTTING.

I decided to create an ocean-themed scene with die cuts. I used mainly My Favorite Things products with a few others here and there. Die cuts are SO versatile and I tried to use them in a few different ways on my card. I included stamp and die cut combos (the underwater scene); I die cut specialty paper (the wood paper on the boat); I altered die cuts (added translucent paste to the waves, sparkle to the cloud, googly eye to the fish, debossed the sails), and used parts of a die cut (the sun).  Hopefully it gives you some inspiration for using die cuts in different ways!  

Check out a close-up of a few of the details on my card. 

SO- to advance to the next round, please go to the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Gallery Idol contest site and vote for me! You can also click on the widget at the top of my blog.  I can't move into the Top 15 unless I get your vote! Thanks in advance! 

What an exciting weekend!

So THIS happened on Friday...WHAT THE WHAT?!!

I'm in the Top 20! Most who know me will agree that I'm a pretty excitable person, but reading the blog post on Friday sent me over the edge. :) Lots of shrieking and clapping and jumping. Then panic. And nervousness. And almost throwing up.   

I spent all weekend designing a card featuring die cutting so stayed tuned for another post later showing that card, and directing you all the information you need to vote for the next round in Gallery Idol. Thanks in advance for your support! 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Birthday Balloons

I have never had so much frustration in getting a good, clear picture of a card before! The natural lighting was just not working in my favour for this creation, so I'll tell you that it is very black, gold and sparkly in real life and not nearly as yellowish and dull as it appears in this picture. 

That being said, I love how it turned out! It is a little more involved than most of my usual cards.  More layers, more embossing and die cutting, more colour, 'more' in general. I really love it! I think it's my lack of patience that lends to one layer cards and stamping, but I took my time on this one and am happy with it. 

I used Wplus9's fantastic Whole Lotta' Happy stamp and die set paired with a fun, feminine colour combination. There's a lot of washi tape used for the background, some sparkling edges to the card base, and a nice trio of balloons. The balloon strings I formed into place using some Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue (one my favourite adhesives!).