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Thursday, July 17, 2014

OWH Scarf Challenge!

I have been getting away from challenges lately and need to make a better effort to get inspired and involved!  Today's card is a beautiful pink and yellow scarf challenge that was presented by Operation Write Home.   I've been on a a background and distress ink kick, AND happen to be using a lot of pinks and yellows, so I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I also had a couple of stamp sets since I started making cards in 2012 (how did that happen??!!) and have never used, so now was the perfect time!  I hope you enjoy my take on the challenge :)

Soooo pretty!!!  These types of cards aren't incredibly difficult, they just take time. The iron method is such a fun technique and the results can be quite stunning....and some absolutely cannot LOL Thankfully this one turned out so beautiful :)

I used Distress Ink and water with a bit of Perfect Pearls and the iron method to create the background.  I wasn't too fired up about it at first because I absolutely loved the way the colors turned out and there was the perfect amount of shimmer, but I just didn't really care for the haphazard placement of the designs.  I stamped with Versamark and used clear embossing powder on white paper and it was difficult to see exactly where the images were.  After adding the black doily "ribbon" (it's really a stamp that I embossed), I felt it came together just right.  And I'm so so happy with it!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

List of supplies used:
Distress Inks (Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey and Picked Raspberry)
Lost & Found 3 Ruby and Oliver Stamps
Clear and black embossing powder
"Love" Stamp (yard sale find!)
Black Sequins
Tombo Mono Multi Glue
Versamark Ink
Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
110 lb Cardstock
Scotch brand adhesive
Spray bottle
Perfect Pearls in blush
Martha Stewart Heat T

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Unicorn Card--Paper Smooches Guest Designer Search (August)

Hi there! I cannot believe it's been a full month since my last post! We have had so much going on and our computer was broken, but now it's fixed, so I'm back in the swing of things!  Today's card is a sweet unicorn card that I made for my friend's daughter's birthday.  She turned six and I thought this would be fitting :)  The timing also happens to be perfect because Paper Smooches is having their monthly Guest Designer Search so I'm submitting this adorable card for that contest, too!  

I really haven't made too many cards with scenes, but I was so excited to use my new clouds background stamp that I couldn't wait! I thought for sure that I would have some stray blue ink in the clouds, but I was wrong! I am more than pleased with how cleanly it stamped!  I was a little concerned about the blue ink because I am not very good with knowing what the differences are between the different types of ink, so I grabbed the color I wanted and it turned out awesome! Very clean and smooth :)

I drew hills on paper, inked them using Distress Ink, then cut them out and adhered them to the card base. I positioned the unicorn where I thought it looked best and added my little word bubble and glitter on her horn for the finishing touch!  

Here are the supplies that I used:

Paper Smooches Spectrum Stamp Set
Mowed Lawn Distress Ink
ColorBox Pigment Ink in Robin's Egg
Paper Smooches Word Bubbles
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Peachy Keen Stamps Cloudy Day background stamp
Copic Markers (R 81, 83, 85; E 25, 27; Y 06; V 15, 17)
Stickles in gold

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have an awesome day!