Saturday, April 19, 2014


Here's a CAS card I made using a fun lemon image from The Alley Way Stamps.

To create this look, I first sprayed water on a piece of white card stock. Then I stamped the image with water based inks (I used Memento and Distress inks). The combination of water based ink on top of wet card stock makes the ink bleed a bit. Then after the images dried, I stamped over them with black ink. Super easy technique, I love the results!

Hope you are having a great holiday weekend!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Paper Girls - Birthday Card

Charity's daughter turned 13 this week, so you get to choose from several challenge options at the Paper Girls this time. I chose "Birthday", and made this birthday card that features a castle stamp by The Alley Way Stamps. I'm so proud, because I actually colored it with AC Stamp Markers and managed to do a little shading!

I had a lot of fun blinging it up a bit with some glitter and sequins too. And the velvet trim was the perfect royal touch!

Hope you can play along with us this time! As always, there is a prize up for grabs!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Paper Girls - Celebrate Blog Hop

The Paper Girls Challenge Blog is celebrating its second birthday with a "Celebration" themed blog hop this week! Make sure you go back to the Paper Girls blog to start the hop from the beginning and to enter the Rafflecopter contest.

Creative Embellishments is offering a $25 gift certificate to our random winner! Creative Embellishments carries wood veneer shapes, chipboard, and stamps. They have so many wonderful designs to choose from.  Please give them a big thanks from The Paper Girls over at their blog or facebook page.

Here's the hopping order:
Michele <<---- YOU ARE HERE

You have through Friday, April 4th to enter to win the gift certificate.
Good luck!

For our hop today we have created projects that have a Celebration theme and that use either wood veneer or chipboard shapes.  I made this layout about my daughter's 4th birthday. Those gorgeous bright papers are from Amy Tan's newest collection "Plus One". 

Now hop on over to Cathryn's blog, her creations are always AMAZING, she will definitely inspire you to create!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

CAS3 - watercolor and graffiti

I've got two more Clean & Simple 3 cards to share today.

This first one is my fave because I really love anything to do with watercolors. Stamped sentiment by Sweet Stamp Shop:

And then I was going for a graffiti kind of look with this second card, all stamps also by Sweet Stamp Shop:

Thanks for taking a look, hope your week is going well!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

CAS3 - Coloring

Hey everyone, another post today... I do my blogging in spurts! :)

This card uses some creative coloring presented during class. I used Faber-Castell PITT artist big brush pens to do the coloring. I love how simple this was to make, I'll have to experiment with other images and sentiments.

Want to learn how to make great cards like this one?  Check out Online Card Classes, you will not be disappointed!

BE Inspired Challenge

Here's the inspiration photo for the current BE Inspired Challenge:

I used the green and grey colors in the photo, as well as a circular shape (inspired by the bicycle wheels) to create this card:

I used 2 different stamp sets by The Alley Way Stamps, "Spell Check" and "Breakfast Club".

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Clean & Simple 3 - Masking

I've been taking the Clean & Simple 3 card class over at Online Card Classes. As I finish up my cards I'll try to share them here. The 11 days of class are already over, but what can I say, I'm a slow crafter :)

This card was made using a a masking technique to create a one layer card that has a layered look. I'm also entering into Casology's Week 87 Challenge, "Blush".

I die cut the frame shape with my Cricut Expression, and then I used the cut out it created and misted with Mr. Huey's. After the mist dried I stamped over the masked area with a background stamp and grey ink. Then finished it off by stamping the sentiment in grey in the middle and adding some heart pearls. The card isn't truly one layer because I did all this work on a panel and then just added it to a card stock base, but I'm ok with that.

Thanks for looking!