It’s Only Cold..

I loved ice skating when I was younger.  I wasn’t very good but in my mind I was magnificent [ha, ha].  I think that is probably one of the reasons I was drawn to the Ski Sled Skate (SS-0360) stamp set.

The Ski Sled Skate (SS-0360) stamp set is becoming one of my favorites!  I love that there are so many fun winter elements that you can use either for cards, tags or scrapbook pages.  I have several folks in my social circle that have winter birthdays, I know I will be using this set to make special creations for them.

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Ski Sled Skate = Winter crafting fun!!

 

On a Whip Cream (CS-0040) piece of cardstock, I stamped the ice skates in Black Licorice (IP-0041) ink.  I used our Color Burst Pencils (JM-0077)  #047 and #042 to color in the heel and blade of the skate.  To color in the skate boot itself, I took some of our Sparkle Silk (IP-0126) and put it on an acrylic block and then using our Small Blending Brush (TO-0097) brushed it onto the skate boot.

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Adding the Sparkle Silk to the skate boot to give added interest.

 

I took some of our Lovely Blue Liquid Color (IP-0134) and applied it to an acrylic block and the added some water using a Medium Blending Brush (TO-0098) and applied that to the bottom of the card to look like ice.  I had a fine tip marker on hand that I used to lightly add a line as if it were skating marks on the ice.

The sentiment was stamped in Denim Days (IP-0010) ink and the snowflakes were stamped in Pool Play (IP-0051) ink.

I added some Sparkle Silk all over the card.  Using Glue Dots (AD-0083), I adhered some Special Celebrations (AC-0115) and Blue Skies (AC-0113) sequins. [the sequins are part of the 12 Days of Deals – check it out toward the end of this post].

The panel was then added to a piece of Mirror Silver (CS-0137) before being added to a Denim Days (CS-0082) card base.

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May all your hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.

Happy Skating!

Lorena

 

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Merry Christmas |Snow Frames

I love the Snow Frames die (DI-0246).  So elegant, so many possibilities.

I cut out a piece of Whip Cream (CS-0040) cardstock using the Snow Frames Die (DI-0246).  Then using the Journey Rectangles (DI-0041), I cut out a piece of River Stone (CS-0094) and Whip Cream (CS-0040) cardstock.  On the Whip Cream piece, I stamped the Ink Splat (AT-0108) stamp in Journey Silver (IP-0107) ink and then stamped the Merry Christmas from the Happy Merry (SS-0522) stamp set in Denim Days (IP-0010) ink.  I layered the Whip Cream piece onto the River Stone piece and then layered that onto the Snow Frames cut out.  Added some Sparkle Silk (IP-0126) before adhering it to the Denim Days (CS-0082) card base.

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So Pretty!!!

 

Check out this video where Kim Kesti, Fun Stampers Journey’s Design Concept Manager takes this die to a whole new level with her over the top card!!!  So gorgeous!

May all your hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.

Have fun creating!!

Lorena

Fall – Happy Birthday |GeoBurst Die

I have several folks in my family with Fall Birthdays.  I love creating with fall colors but wanted to make something that didn’t have fall items (like leaves, etc.).  I wanted to create something very different using the fall color scheme.  So I went to my favorite die on the planet – the GeoBurst Die(DI-0217).  Yes, it is by far on the top of my list of go to dies.  So unique and so many uses for it. 

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I stamped the Happy Birthday, that comes from the Arr Catey (AT-0202) stamp in Hazelnut Ink (IP-0012) onto a piece of Banana Cream (CS-0087) and then layered that onto a piece of Cocoa Powder (CS-0008) cardstock.

Using the GeoBurst Die (DI-0217), I cut out a piece of Cocoa Powder (CS-0008) cardstock.  then using the 1 1/2″ circle punch (TO-0031 and TO-0015) I punched out 14 circles from Summer Days (CS-0033) cardstock.  I adhered the circles to the back of the cut GeoBurst Cocoa Powder piece using Craft Glue (AD-0111) [the circles were adhered to the center each GeoBurst].  I cut off the excess circles with our Grand Pro Shears (TO-0064) [best shears ever, non-stick and self sharpening – and they cut through ribbon like magic].

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Summer Days circles with Tangerine Fusion card base

This panel was then adhered to a Tangerine Fusion (CS-0036) card base.  The Happy Birthday banner was adhered on top of that.  I added some Gold Silk (IP-0096) and Sparkle Silk (IP-0126).  And finished it off with some Rainbow Drops (AC-0178) and Fashion Gold (AD-0292).

I made another card using the same idea but changed the circles to Tangerine Fusion (CS-0036) and made the card base Summer Days (CS-0033).

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Tangerine Fusion Circle with Summer Days card base

May all your hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.

Happy fall crafting!

Lorena

Happy Anniversary (using two Step stamping)

Here is a quick Anniversary card that I put together using the Summer Rose (SS-0345) stamp set.  Such a beautiful stamp set.  This stamp set uses the two step stamping technique.  I love the way this technique looks using the Summer Rose stamp set.

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Happy Anniversary using the Summer Rose Stamp Set

Black Licorice (CS-0003) cardstock was used for the card base and the top panel is Butter Cream (CS-0006).  I cut another piece of Butter Cream for the inside as well.

The rose was stamped using Bubble Gum (IP-0058) and then the detail of the rose was stamped using Candy Apple (IP-0017) ink.  I love how realistic the rose looks using those colors.  The leaves were done the same way but using stamped with Limeade Splash (IP-0019) and Fresh Forest (IP- 0013).  The sentiment was stamped with Black Licorice (IP-) ink.  The sentiment comes from the Bird Melody (SS-0496) stamp set (that also comes in a bundle with matching dies).  I love the font on the sentiments from this set.  So elegant.

I finished off the card by adding some Bubble Gum (IP-0092) and Sparkle (IP-0126) Silk.  Wrapped the card with Candy Apple Twine (AC-0266) and added some Special Celebrations Sequins (AC-0115).

May all your hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.

Happy Two-Stepping!!

Lorena

Love Paris

The minute I saw the Love Paris stamp set (BD-0040), I fell in love with it.  There was just something about it that drew me in!!!

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Love Paris

I used the marbling technique for the background.  To get the marbling technique, you take your Media Tray (TO-0122) and add some water (enough to cover the bottom of the tray).  Then take any of our silks, in this case I used Turbo Teal Silk (IP-0119) and add a few flicks into the water.  You then take your card front, I used Banana Cream card stock (CS-0087) for my card front and gently lay it on top of the water.  You are just laying it on top of the water to pick up the color, you should not submerse it.  Lift it up and move the card stock around to move around the color.  Be sure to let it completely dry.  If you are impatient like me, you can use your Heat Gun (TO-0083) to speed up the drying process.

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Be sure to stamp off when stamping the Postage Stamp in River Stone Ink

Once completely dry, I ran it through my Amaze Machine (TO-0134) to help flatten it out a bit.  After I stamped the Eiffel Tower in River Stone Ink (IP-0053).  I then pulled out my Postage Stamps ATS (AT-0056) and stamped it using the stamp off technique.  To get the stamp off technique you stamp your image in your ink, in this case I used River Stone Ink, then stamped it off on a scrap piece of paper and then stamped it onto the card front.  (Note:  I used the same process to stamp the Postage Stamp  on the inside piece of Banana Cream cardstock) – see the photo below.

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It is a nice touch to continue the theme on the inside of the card as well.

The word Paris was stamped using Black Licorice Ink (IP-0041).

I used the Postage Stamps ATS again, to stamp on Bubble Gum card stock using River Stone Ink and die cut that out using the smallest detail butterfly from Artful Butterfly (DI-0007).  I used the smallest outline butterfly from the same die set and cut that out using Journey Brushed Silver cardstock (CS-0135).

I flicked some Gold Silk (IP-0096) and Sparkle Silk (IP-0126) to both the card front and the bubble gum butterfly.

The card front was adhered using our White Liner tape (AD-0001) to a piece of Cool Pool card stock (CS-0018) which was then popped up using Medium Foam Squares (AD-0085) to a River Stone card base.

Before applying the butterflies, I curved the wings using my Crease Tool (TO-0040).  The butterfly was adhered together using Glue Dots (AD-0083).  I finished off the card with some Pearls ( AC-0024).

I hope you give the marbling technique a try.  It is really a great way to change up your card front without taking away from the stamp images.

May all your hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.

And I hope you Love Paris!!!!

Lorena

Click here Love Paris SupplyList for a downloadable supply list.

Price: $3.95

Graduation Card

I needed a lot of graduation cards this year.  This is a great card layout because you can easily change the colors to match the school colors for the graduate.

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I love the Cascading Hearts Die

I embossed the sentiment Congratulations with black embossing powder.  Remember to use the colorless blender before embossing to get rid of the static so that the embossing powder only sticks to the clear pigment ink.  This is really a life saver when it comes to embossing.

I am big on sentiments and the inside sentiment Let the Adventure Begin seemed so fitting for this card.

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Stamped the sentiment in Pretty Pansy ink to match the cardstock

A finished off the card by adding some additional stars (cut them using the Star Dom Bundle – love this bundle because one set cuts and the other set pierces).  These were cut out of Journey Brushed Silver cardstock.

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Love the Journey Brushed Silver Cardstock

Added some Silver Sparkle Tape, Twinkle Trim – wanted to make it look like light shooting from the star.  I thought it still needed a little something so I added Silver Silk and Sparkle Silk.

May all your hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.

Happy Crafting!

Lorena

Thank You/Flower Swirls

I am loving our daubers!!!  I have been using them a lot lately and just love how smooth you can work our inks on the cardstock.  It is a great way to add color especially if you don’t have the time to detail color your inked image.

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Flower Swirls (SS-0454)

Moving your dauber in a circular motion, color 4 different areas on your Whip Cream Cardstock (CS-0040) using Rich Coral Ink (IP-0052).  Be sure to have some darker and lighter spots.  Remember nature is not perfect (that’s what makes it so beautiful) and by varying the shades of color you can give the illusion of sunlight or shade on the flower which helps to give it some dimension.

Then stamp (over the Rich Coral circles you created) the large and medium flower swirl once using Black Licorice Ink (IP-0041).  The smaller flower swirl, you will stamp twice.

Repeat the above process on the large and small leaf 3 times each on Whip Cream Cardstock using a combination of Sweet Pear and Lemon Grass ink to give the leaves dimension just like the flowers.

You can either detail cut around the flowers and leaves or use the die that is part of the bundle.

Stamp the Thank You sentiment on the lower portion of the Whip Cream panel.  Adhere the Sweet Pear strip and pop up the Whip Cream panel onto the card base.  Pop up the flowers onto the card base as above.

Finish the card off by adding some Silver Silk and Sparkle Silk.  I love how our silks really finish off the card!  (And if you ever make a crafting oops, they are a great way to cover it up!)

May all your hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.

Happy Silver and Sparkle Silking!!!