Blossoms & Butterflies – Simon Says Stamp Release

Welcome back everyone! I’m so excited to share with you one of the products being released from the Simon Says Stamp Blossoms & Butterflies release! It’s called Dahlia Corner Frame .This is such a beautiful die! I would quickly snatch it up because I’m sure it will sell fast!


I have a video tutorial showing how I created this card shown. You can view the video down below or HERE on my Youtube channel. Supplies will be linked in the video description and at the end of this post.

I’m going to start by creating the background for the frame. I ink blended Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide onto Gina K Designs Layering White card stock. I’ve really been enjoying ink blending on this because it’s light weight and very smooth. I’ll use the Life Changing Brushes from Picket Fence Studios to apply a soft ombre look.

Next, I will apply some Moonstone Nuvo Glimmer Paste to the ink blended area. This will coat my area with a beautiful shimmer and still allow the ombre look to show through.

Once that panel is dry, I will trim it down to 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ which is slightly larger then the die cut frame. This will provide a nice border around the area.

Using a piece of White Glitter card stock, I line the back of it with Double Sided Stick It adhesive. This adhesive is great for dies like this. I won’t have to fuss with adding any liquid glue to all of those cut lines. Then I die cut my frame from the glitter card stock using my Gemini Jr. I’m a huge fan of the Gemini Jr and dies like this is exactly why I bought it. It cuts like a dream!

My ink blended panel is added to a white card base with foam tape. Then I peeled off the backing of the Stick It adhesive and attached my frame to the ink blended panel.

The sentiment is from the Tiny Words stamp set which is such a versatile set and jam packed with amazing sentiments. Using a piece of black card stock that I prepped with an antistatic powder tool, I stamped the sentiment in Clear Ink and heat embossed with Brutus Monroe Alabaster White Embossing Powder. I trimmed the sentiment down with the Sentiment Labels die which is go-to of mine. The sentiment is added to the front with foam tape.

Here is another card I did with the Dahlia Corner Frame die. This time I attached it to a panel I created with Alcohol Inks.

The frame is die cut from Gold Glitter card stock for extra sparkle!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed today’s cards.

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MFT Sketch Challenge 423 – You Bet Your Beak!

Welcome everyone! Today is a very special day as it’s my daughter’s 13th birthday! I can’t believe I officially have a teenager in the house! I wanted to make her something special for a birthday card and I combined it with the MFT Sketch Challenge #423.
Here is a look at the sketch.
I stamped these sweet birdies from the Tweethearts stamp set onto Neenah Solar White card stock in MFT Extreme Black Ink. Then colored with copic markers in rainbow colors and cut out using the coordinating die with my Gemini Jr.
Next, I die cut hearts out from Neenah White card stock 110 lb using the Heart Trio Shaker Window Dienamics. On a panel of Bristol Smooth card stock measuring 41/4″ x 5 1/2″, I ink blended Festive Berries, Spice Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet Distress Inks. Then I spread Nuvo Glitter Moonstone over the top of the ink blended panel.
I added foam tape all around the back of my panel that I die cut the hearts from and attached to the ink blended panel once it was dry. Then I attached the rainbow birds in front of each heart.
My sentiment is heat embossed in Brutus Monroe Gilded Gold Embossing powder onto Black card stock. Then added to the middle of the card front.
I wrote a special little message inside to my daughter.
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Faceted Stencil & Stitched Turnabout – Concord & 9th

 Welcome back everyone! Today is Feature Friday over at Concord & 9th and we are featuring the Faceted Stencil and Stitched Turnabout stamp set. These are so much fun to play with! 

I have a video showing how I used these two sets that you can view down below or HERE on my Youtube Channel.
My first card is using the Faceted Stencil. I was able to get two cards from one background. Using the full background stencil, I applied Passionate Pink, Bubblegum Pink, Dusty Rose and Key Lime ink. Once the ink was dry, I spritzed Sparkle Shimmer Spritz to the entire background.
For a little more sparkle, using the stencil I applied Bo Bunny Sugar Glitter Paste.
Once dry, I die cut a circle using the Birthday Basics die. My sentiment that I heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder on Black Card Stock comes from the Everday Bouquet Turnabout Kit. I also die cut some of the elements from the kit using white card stock to add around my decorative circle piece. I finished off with some jewels from the Valentine Jewel mix
My second card is using the piece I die cut the circle from. I had trimmed the panel down and attached to a piece of Dusty Rose card stock using foam tape. Then added to a white card base.

I die cut the word THANKS three times from white cardstock and layered them with liquid glue. Then added to the center of my circle.
This next card is using the second stencil from the Faceted Stencil set. It creates this gorgeous design that you can center on your card or put off on the side like I did below.
I used Passionate Pink, Bubblegum Pink, Sea Glass and Key Lime inks to create my design. The sentiment is also a part of the stencil and I added that to my card front using Black Onyx Ink.
For a finishing touch, I added Sea Glass jewels between the petals of the design.
This next card, I centered the design. I used Passionate Pink, Bubblegum Pink, Key Lime and Warm Cocoa inks. I then applied Versamark over one of the colors using the stencil and sprinkled with clear embossing powder. I heat set for one of my stenciled areas is nice and shiny.
My sentiment is from the Everyday Bouquet Tool Kit. I heat embossed it with Gold Embossing powder at the bottom of the card. Then added some jewels from the Valentine Jewel mix. I attached to an A2 size card base I created from Passionate Pink card stock.
Just think of all the gorgeous color combinations you could use on these stencils! 
The next feature item is the Stitched Turnabout stamp set. This is a bonus stamp to me because you either stamp just the middle, just the outer edge or both at once. 
Here I used Passionate Pink, Fresh Asparagus, Dusty Rose and Jelly Bean Green inks. This creates such a beautiful pattern in the middle.
I heat embossed the heart using Gold Embossing powder and fussy cut it out to add to the middle of my card with foam squares.  I also heat embossed this small sentiment on to black card stock and added to the middle of the heart. 
I finished off the card with a few jewels around my design. I adore this design. So simple and beautiful.
My last card is also using the Stitched Turnabout stamp set. I stamped the big background in Versamark ink on Ivory card stock and heat embossed with Gold Embossing powder. I love the look of Ivory on White so I attached to a white A2 card base.
I die cut a cute using white card stock and stamped this beautiful sentiment from the Stitched Turnabout stamp set. I think this would make a great wedding or anniversary card. I also used some elements from the Everyday Bouquet Tool kit to embellish around the heart.
Finishing off with a few jewels from the Valentine Jewel pack adds some great sparkle to the card.
I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration using the Faceted Stencil and Stitched Turnabout set. Be sure to check out my video HERE to see them in action.
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1 Stencil 3 Ways – Neat & Tangled

Welcome everyone! Today I’m going to show you a couple different ways to create some amazing backgrounds. 
I have a video that you can view down below or HERE on my Youtube channel walking you through the process.
For my first card, I’m using Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock and the Rice Paddies Stencil. I hold these together securely with purple tape and attach to a wooden cutting board. This will allow me to pick up my paper and move it around when needed. 
Next, I apply Bo Bunny Sugar Glitter Paste with a palette knife, starting in one corner and spreading evenly across the stencil. Before removing the stencil,  I spritz water onto my background and add a few taps of Catherine Wheel Shimmer Powder. Then spritz with more water to move it around.
The more water you add, the more the shimmer powder will mix and spread. Then you can pick up the board and move the water around. Once you are happy with the coverage, wipe up the sides with a paper towel and carefully remove the purple tape and stencil. Be sure to clean the stencil right away so the paste does not stick to the stencil. I had a little water seep underneath the stencil which I’m totally ok with as I think it just adds character to the background. 
I helped dry my background with a heat tool but I would say give it at least a couple hours to fully dry. I trimmed the background down to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and added to a white A2 size cardbase using double sided tape. You want to make sure you are using a strong adhesive because there is so much texture to the card.
For my sentiment, I die cut the Love You two times from white cardstock and once from Gold Mirror cardstock and layered them for dimension. Then added to the card front with Lawn Fawn liquid glue. I placed a couple clear blocks on top to put pressure on the words and help secure it down to the textured background.
For my second card, we are going to start by ink blending Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide onto Bristol Smooth cardstock. I will then attach the Rice Paddies stencil to the ink blended panel with purple tape. To give texture to this background, I’m going to apply Dreamweaver Pearlescent Embossing Paste. I apply this evenly through the background and then remove the stencil. Be sure to clean your stencil immediately with warm water.
My intention was to just have this beautiful pearlescent finish but when I went to speed up the drying process with my heat tool, the embossing paste started to bubble up. I was surprised at first but thought it gave such a unique look to the card so I heated up the entire panel. 
Once the panel was fully dry, I trimmed down to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and die cut the Hooray shadow layer from the center. I then took that shadow layer piece and die cut the Hooray scripty word from it. My intention was to lay this in my shadow I die cut from the panel but thought it was just too much. So I’ll save it for the next card. 
I layered the back of the ink blended panel with foam tape and attached to an A2 size notecard. Then added my Hooray Scripty word that I die cut from Gold Mirror cardstock. So bright and colorful! 
I wanted to add one more sentiment to the front to break up the background a little. I prepped a piece of black cardstock with an antistatic powder tool and stamped a sentiment in Versamark ink. Then added Brutus Monroe Gilded gold embossing powder and heat set. This sentiment comes from the Piece of Cake Sentiments stamp set which coordinates beautifully with this word die.
I’m considering this my bonus card since I didn’t originally plan on it. I kept it quite simple. 
I started with an A2 size cardbase and an added a piece of the Gold Mirror cardstock. The mirror cardstock measures 4″ x 5 1/4″, then added a piece of white cardstock measuring 3 3/4″ x 5″ so it left a beautiful gold edge. 
Since I already had my die cut word from the previous background panel, I die cut it two more times from white cardstock and layered together for dimension using Lawn Fawn liquid glue. I added it to my layered panel and attached a sentiment just like in the previous card. Clean and simple yet so colorful! 
Here you can see all the beautiful colors and texture! 
One final look at the cards created in the video. So much fun creating stunning backgrounds and die cut words using paste and stencils! Neat & Tangled’s scripty word dies are perfect because of the gorgeous lettering style and size. 
Be sure to check out the video HERE for the complete tutorial.

New Years Card – Glimmer Paste

Welcome back everyone! I’m sharing some cards I created using the December 2018 Subscription box from the Hedgehog Hollow featuring Pretty Pink Posh. I posted an unboxing video earlier this week that you can check HERE in case you missed it.
I also have a video tutorial for my card today that you can view down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.
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I knew the second I saw the stencil I was going to be digging out my glimmer paste. Before I crack open the jar, I need to create my background. I’m starting with Fog Cardstock from Simon Says Stamp and ink blending Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Oxide inks. I’m making sure to leave a highlight area in the center. 
Next, I attach my stencil to the ink blended cardstock with some Purple tape to hold it in place. I’m applying the paste using a palette knife and the Golden Crystal Glimmer Paste from Tonic Studios. It’s best to do this over a mat like the Easy Clean Mat so you don’t get glimmer paste on your main work surface. Once I applied the glimmer paste, I wipe my tool and mat down quickly with a baby wipe and wash the stencil off in the sink. Do not let the paste sit on the stencil or it will be impossible to get off once dried.
I die cut the Happy New Year Script die from the Mirror cardstock that is included in the kit. I also die cut 3 more of the script from white cardstock and layered the sentiment. I use Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to attach this sentiment to the front of my cardstock and add a couple acrylix blocks to the top to help push it down onto the textured background. Let that sit for a few minutes and it will be perfect!
To finish off the card, I’m going to add some of the sequins which was also included in the kit. 
For the next card pictured below, I stamped the champagne glasses onto white cardstock and colored with copic markers. This stamp set is in the kit and also includes the coordinating die. You really get a good deal on this subscription box! 
I die cut out a large star from the Stitching Stars die from Pretty Pink Posh (out of my stash) and heat embossed the sentiment at the bottom. I lined the back of the panel with acetate and attached to white glitter cardstock using foam tape. 
Below is another example of the stencil but this time I started with Cornflower cardstock from Simon Says Stamp. I ink blended Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot Distress Inks and added Silver Gem Glimmer Paste.
The Happy New Year Script die is cut from white cardstock and adhered to the front panel. For a little finishing touch, I added Silver Moondust Nuvo Glitter Drops
I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration. Be sure to head over and pick up your December 2018 subscription box from the Hedgehog Hollow. The Pretty Pink Posh Happy New Year stamp set and Scripty die can only be fond in the subscription boxes! 
Use Discount code Mindy10 to receive 10% off your entire purchase. Offer expires December 31, 2018.
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