Reinserting your dies

Happy Sunday. Hope you all had a great weekend. 

I just got a new background die in from Crafters Companion that is so awesome! 

I Die cut it in Gold Shimmer paper and Pink Cardstock, both from American Crafts.
I re-inserted the die cuts after switching them out.

Stamped Congratulations onto Vellum and Heat Embossed with Gold Embossing powder and wrapped it around the panel then adhered to the card base

I used pop dots to adhere the Dandelion Die

I am entering my card in these challenges.

CASology: Congratulations

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Verve stamps and June Inspiration Challenge + sketch challenge

Todays card was Inspired ny both the Verve June Inspiration challenge and the Viva la Verve sketch challenge

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Altenew and Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge 453

I am entering this card into this weeks Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #453

And at the Paper Creators Crafts Blog Challenge: All about Flowers

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Altenew Layering Stamps

I recently came across the Altenew layering stamps and I can't begin to tell you how impressed I am with them! Some of them have up to 4 layers and they are all equally beautiful sets! Each set also comes with a coordinating die. Altenew also came out with their own line of inks. I haven't had the chance to use them yet, but most come in 4 shades to give you that perfect layered image, and they have the mini sets available for a steal at 12.00! They really make it easy for stampers to create exquisite cards very easily, and if you are still a little intimidated they have stamping guides that you can download, as well as online classes available! There really is no reason not to take a look! I want every single set they have available! 

For this card I used the the painted greetings sentiment set which I stamped onto Vellum in Tsukineko Brilliance Pigment Ink in Graphite Black and heat embossed with a clear embossing powder. I dry embossed a plain white piece of cardstock with an embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts and used a corner punch to round the edges. I tucked the Vellum underneath and adhered to a black cardstock card base and rounded the bottom corners there too.  I used a stacker Rectangle Piercing Die for the panel underneath the flowers from My Favorite Things, and the paper is from the Fancy Pants Designs Country Boutique collection, which is one of my all time favorite paper collections. If it is ever retired I don't know what I will do!!

I used the Vintage Flowers stamp and die set for the flowers and various inks and pop dots to adhere them to the panel then added sequins randomly. I hope you liked my card!!

I am entering this card into Altenews June Inspiration Challenge

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Verve Stamps and June Inspiration Challenge

Todays Inspiration came from Verve Stamps June Diva Inspiration Challenge and the Your Next Stamps sketch challenge

I love this color combo and this Verve Stamp and Die Set: Strong Anchor and Nautical Die

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A Watercolor Thank You

Todays project was inspired by the Virginia View Challenge: All About Colors

I love these new stamps from Right at Home. They have really cute images and sentiments! This stamp is from the Color in Sentiments set.  The Designer, Nicole, is simply the sweetest person I've ever spoken to! Her family has owned a scrapbooking store for some time, and she recently began designing her own line of stamps.

I am also entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday

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Acrylic Shaker with homemade confetti and Poppystamps new release

I love the bright cheerful tone of this card. I used DCWV cardstock and black and white printer cardstock.

The stamps are from Poppystamps new release that I recently won in their release giveaway. I love this set! It also has a coordinating die available that I did not win :(

They also just released another layering stamp and die set that I am dying to get my hands on called Flower Patch. It is uhhhhmazzzing! Click here to see their Spring 2016 releases.

Back to my card:
I used MFT pierced rectangle stackers to create the frame. On the frame I stamped the sentiment in Tsukineko Brillance Pigment Ink in Graphite black and Heat ebossed with a clear embossing powder from Judikens.

I love the clear embossing powders. They not only brighten/darken the image but they also give your stamped image or sentiment clarity and if the powder goes other places no one will ever know!

This stamp set is meant to be layered but I just love the scrollwork on the top layer. I used the medium butterfly filigree to stamp the background and then filled in any spaces with the two smallest butterflies

For the background I used the Sunflower Yellow Brilliance Pigment Ink from Tsukeniko and heat embossed with the clear embossing powder from Judikens.

I then applied the clear acrylic sheet to the frame and then the foam tape (making sure there were no openings that the confetti would fall out of) to the back of the frame. I used a regular hole punch for my Polka Dot confetti in the same yellow cardstock, placed the confetti in the middle of the stamped panel and adhered the frame, centering on the background.
The card base is out of the same cheerful yellow with a white and black layer on top. 
This card is for the June poppystamps challenge using Embossing, yellow and polka dots

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Watercolor Images and perfect panels

Today I played around with watercoloring images. I just love this Mon Ami Stamp and Die set from CAS-ual Fridays, and was thrilled to get to work with it!

I stamped the images onto watercolor paper with Tsukineko Graphite Black Brilliance Ink and heat embossed with Judikens clear embossing powder and die cut them. Sine I am new to watercoloring, I painted quite a few of them playing around with shading and other variations to see what I liked.

TIP: When watercoloring small Images, temporarily adhere them to a piece of cardstock so you don't smudge the images with your fingers - I do the same thing when Heat Embossing small images

When I got a few I was happy with I used a Sakura Glaze pen to "emboss" the circles above the flowers. I used a white card base with a black panel that I stamped with a sentiment from the Wallflowers stamp set in white pigment ink and heat embossed with Judikens clear embossing powder. I tied twine around the panel and adhered to the card base. 

I cut each panel out of white cardstock with the Square piercing die from My favorite Things. then cut another layer out of red cardstock slightly larger than the die cut. I cut another layer in in white then I cut a panel out of red cardstock to fit just above the sentiment. I used foam dots to adhered the watercolored flowers to the top panels, and stamped the bottom squares. The lines didn't quite reach or fill in the where the panels sloped down, so I used the same back sakura glaze pen and a ruler to stretch the line to the flowers

I am entering this card in the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge

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Happy Birthday Stag: Masculine

I know it has been ages since I've posted, or even crafted but I have been very sick and needed a creative outlet, and I decided to enter some challenges.

I love the tone on tone trend going on but to add some interest I dry embossed the bottom panel with an embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts.

I used a piercing rectangle die from MFT for the top 2 panels. The stamp is from Poppystamps and I believe the stag die is from Echo Park. I looked everywhere for it to make sure but I couldnt find it so if you know, please leave me a comment! It also had a "this" die and a few others in the set.

I am entering this card into the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Animal Magic

Share Joy Challenge: Clean and Simple Sketch   This card was for my Husband

Wednesday Word Art Challenge: Anything Goes Challenge

And Lastly the Crafty Cardmakers Challege: For a special Man

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CAS-ual Fridays Challenge! Springtime Melodies

Are you ready for this months CAS-ual Fridays Challenge? I absolutely LOVE this Challenge! 

Springtime Melodies! CFC-137

Make sure to stop by and join us!!

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