Summer Shimmer Wonky Chevrons with Cheiron

Hi there crafty friends! I hope you are enjoying your summer. Today I'm keeping it easy, fun and summery for you. If you are like me you are busy doing tons of activities in the summer and not spending a lot of time in the craft room making (or mailing cards). I wanted to make a few of cards to mail out to my best gal pals to let them know that I was thinking about them all. I used the Wonky Chevron Cover Plate and cut it several times from all kinds of summery shades of foil paper. Making multiples at one time is a super easy way for me to cut a bunch of different colored papers with a cover plate and not have any waste.

To put these cards together, I did some inlaid die cutting. My method for that is to cut the cover plate out, then cover the back side of the cutout with some double sided tape. That way, all of my parts fall into place. I cut the back of the Love You die with a coordinating glitter paper and added it to the card with a sentiment from the So Many Sentiments set. I love the combo of these dies and stamps together and just by mixing up the colors and patterns, you can use them for so many occasions.

I hope you have enjoyed my cards today. I hope you are able to take a summer creative break and send some love to your pals too :)


Watercoloring with Lovely Lotus

Welcome back everyone! I'm always fascinated by cards I see with watercoloring and have been wanting to try it myself for a while now. In today's card, I gave it a shot.

Being that I'm pretty new to watercoloring images, I decided to keep my card designs very clean and simple. I stamped an image from the Lovely Lotus stamp set onto watercolor card stock with Gina K Designs Sandy Beach Ink.

I watercolored my image with Altenew watercolor pan set and a size 4 brush. I started by laying down a light wash of color and then worked in layers to achieve some depth. The Lovely Lotus images were great for practicing watercoloring. There is quite a bit of open space in the petals to work with the watercolor and just play around. If you don't like how a color is sitting, just add water. Watercoloring is very forgiving.

It's really hard to see in the pictures but when my image was dry, I added some gold glitter with the Nuvo Midas Touch shimmer pen. I stamped a sentiment to the bottom with Obsidian Black Ink and trimmed my panel down. Then I added my panel to a white A2 size card base.

I really enjoyed experimenting with watercoloring and I hope you enjoyed today's inspiration. Thanks for stopping by!

If you are interested in the Lovely Lotus stamp set, you're in luck! It's on sale and in stock right now!

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Stitched clouds baby's room wall decor with Sveta Fotinia

Hello everyone!

Sveta is here with cute baby's room decor. I decided to take my Stitched clouds die set and some Benzie Felt to create wall decor for Eva's room.
I used three colors of the felt for die cuts. First I put all my clouds on a table to decide where each should be and then took a thread to connect them all together.
I made connections between clouds making knots on the thread ends. When all three garlands were ready I tied them on a little wooden stick.

It's one of the easiest home decors I've ever made. Do you like the idea? Let me know in the comments)
Thanks for stopping by!

Rainbow Sentiment Strips

Little sentiment strips like the Neat & Tangled Skinny Strips are one of my very favorite cardmaking embellishments and while watercoloring a skinny strip for another card, I had an idea...

The watercolored and die cut strips looked so pretty sitting on my desk, I decided to use them all together for a card.

I started by watercoloring a messy rainbow with Distress Oxide inks on watercolor cardstock.
After my rainbow panel was dry, I die cut the skinny strips and then used a glue pen to adhere them to my card front.
I finished with a sweet little sentiment from the Typed Sentiments set. So easy right?! When I make a second one, I might leave that extra large strip out (the orange one in the middle, LOL) but I really love the look!

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you have a happy weekend!

Skinny Strips dies
Typed Sentiment stamps
Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron & Mermaid Lagoon
Zig Chisel Tip Glue Pen

A Fabulous Shaker Card With Koren Wiskman

Hello everyone, Koren here with a really fun shaker card, using Neat & Tangled’s  Flamingo Floatie stamp set and coordinating dies. I also used the Party Dots stamp set and Making Waves die set to create a fun background for our shaker card. Some of these products are retiring and are on sale now in the Neat & Tangled online store while supplies last. 

I started with my background. I took two pieces of Neenah 110 lb Solar White Cardstock and cut them down to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4 inches.  I used the circle die from the Making Waves die set and cut out a circle in the top portion of the card panel. I then lined it up over top of the second piece using my stamp positioner.  This allows me to arrange my circle background stamp right over the space provided by the first circle that I had cut out. After all, I am making a shaker card and this will be my window . 

Once the circle from the Party Dots stamp set is arranged to be stamped in the background, I used sponge daubers and Distress Oxides to ink up the stamp with an ombre effect. I used inks in Evergreen Bough, Cracked Pistachio, and Tumbled Glass. I wanted it to remind people of a pool or an ocean. I think these colors did the trick. I inked up the stamp twice, repeating the pattern and trying to get good coverage with the ink while still allowing it to appear blended. 

I knew that the aperture I created on the front panel was going to be slightly larger than the circle I just stamped in the background, but I wanted it to  have a white sparkly ring around it as you look through. This helps the white circles of the stamp stand out. Plus the sequins make it look like they fell right out of the background. 

Once the background was stamped I used my three favorite shimmer sprays to make the background very shiny. It is hard to tell in the photos, but the background behind the shaker window is very sparkly. 

On the front panel, I stamped the “fabulous” sentiment also from the Flamingo Floatie stamp set with Nuvo Clear Mark embossing ink and heat embossed it with Nuvo Turquoise Lagoon embossing powder. 

I added a piece of acetate to the front window panel using liquid adhesive. To pop that front panel up onto the background, and also make a well for the sequins to live in, I used thin strips of foam adhesive. First around the window itself and then everywhere else that you can’t see to lift up the entire panel. 

Once the shaker well is created you can add the sequins or whatever you are using as your shaker bits. Then I lined up the panel that we stamped and sprayed onto the back of the shaker window panel. Now we have a shaker background. This was added to a Simon Says Stamp Fog card base cut to size A2 in a portrait orientation. 

I stamped my image of the little girl on the flamingo from the Neat & Tangled Flamingo Floatie stamp set with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Clear embossing powder. I do this technique when I want to watercolor my images. It creates a well around the image that helps me from going outside of the lines.  I used my Derwent Inktense Pencils to color this image. Along with my pencils I used a blender pen to draw out the pigment. I also used my Goldfaber Colored Pencil #273 to add some shadow. 

* Skin- Tan 1720
* Swimsuit- Neutral Gray 1220
* Flamingo- Fuchsia 0700
* Beak- Ink Black 
* Hair- Bark 2000 

I cut the accessory images from the Flamingo Floatie Dies from Tonic Studios Glitter Card in Turquoise Lake.  I wanted these elements to also remind you of water and it’s glittery nature adds to the sparkly feeling of the card. I popped up the portion underneath the image first with Scotch 3M foam tape and then used double foam tape to pop up the image.  The splashes of water that are cut from the same glitter cardstock are adhered using Nuvo Deluxe Liquid Adhesive flat to the acetate window. 

As for the sentiment, I stamped the “trust me you are” onto Tonic Studios Satin Card in Smooth Mint with Nuvo Clear Mark embossing ink and heat embossed it with Ranger White embossing powder.  I cut it down into a strip using my Tonic V-Blade trimmer and attached it using a single layer of foam tape. 

I think this card is super fun and I know lots of fabulous friends to give this card to. I hope I inspired you to create something today. 


Three Cards with Watercolour Backgrounds with Daria [Video]

Hello-hello Dear Friends,

Daria here.  I was playing with my watercolours lately. It was just simple 5 min practice. I ended up with a few panels that I turned up into cards.

Here you can find a little how-to video.

My idea was to take bold and beautiful sentiments and made them a focal point.

For this card, I used Love from from Love You dies set. I also added a sentiment from  Typed Sentiments stamp set and placed on a banner from Skinny Stripes dies.  To embellished it more, I added a little envelope from Love Mail die set.

For the second card, I stamped a flower cluster from Friendly Florals stamp set and finished it up You're Pretty stamp set, heat-embossed in gold. 

 I also used a patterned paper from Modern Graphics paper pack from Julie Ebersole to add more contrast on the sides.

For the last card, I heat-embossed foliage from Foliage Frame stamp set in rose-gold. Sentiment is also the beautiful You're Pretty.  A little embellishment is natural bakers twine. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you've liked those ideas and will give them a try.
Have a wonderful day,

Blocking Smooshing

Summer is in full swing and I have a "cool" card to share with you! (Sea what I did there?)

I'm not sure what this technique is actually called but I'm going with Block Smooshing because that's exactly what I did.

I started out by taking Blue Hawaii and Pool Party Reactive Ink from Hero arts and dragging it across an acrylic block. One half is the Blue Hawaii and the other half is the Pool Party and then I spritzed with water. I quickly turned the block over and placed it onto my water color card stock. I'll let it sit there for a few minutes to really soak into the card.

Once I removed the block, there were a couple spots a little over-saturated so I dabbed that up with a paper towel. I used my heat gun to speed up the drying process and then placed my panel into my Misti. I stamped the large sentiment from Hello Summer using Obsidian Black ink from Altenew. The sentiment didn't cover the entire inked area so I adjusted my stamp, masked off the area that is not watercolored and stamped again.

My cute little hippo is from the Beach Day stamp set. I stamped onto Neenah Solar White card stock 80lb with copic friendly ink and colored with copics. I used the coordinating die to cut out the hippo. Instead of adding foam tape to the image, I used the coordinating die to die cut it 4 more times from just plain white card stock. I really like adding the dimension this way because I won't have any weak spots on my image.

I hope you enjoyed today's inspiration! Thanks for stopping by.

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