Inlaid Circle Thank You

Good morning! If you are here looking for the Clearsnap blog hop, please jump over to this post to check out all the new releases. If not, then I just have this fun card to share with you. It was created for the last Paper Crafts call but didn’t make it through. That’s okay because I still kind of love it!

The background was created by layering and die cutting several sizes of circles using the new Fancy Pants Burlap & Bouquets line which is so pretty. Love those Rifle Paper Co inspired flower designs that I am seeing pop up everywhere!!

Inlaid die cuts seem kind of intimidating (at least to me), but really it’s not and is just a little time consuming. Kind of like fitting together puzzle pieces. So try it! It helped me to keep adding adhesive sheeting to the back to keep everything in place.

Also, can’t seem to get enough of this Lawn Fawn alpha die! It’s gotten lots of mileage lately on this card and this card  and several more cards that haven’t yet been shared.

I’d like to also add this to the current Virginia’s View Challenge #5.

Have a great day!

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CardMaker + Clearsnap

Clearsnap_headerHello and welcome to the CardMaker and Clearsnap blog hop! These 2 awesome teams have joined up today to showcase IZINK Pigment Ink Paints – a French product that is being distributed in the states through Clearsnap.

If you ended up here by happy accident or if you happen to get lost along the way, please visit the CardMaker magazine blog for a complete list of the blogs participating in this hop.

I put together this fun birthday card inspired by one of my favorite episodes of Parks & Rec by painting on the IZINK with a paintbrush and diluting it a bit with water. The paints are mostly opaque and have a beautiful shimmery/pearl finish – similar to a clam or oyster shell. You can paint them, spray them, blend them and more. The bottles are made from sturdy glass and have a cute little dropper that applies the ink. I especially love how the colors look on a glossy coated paper!

Here’s the steps I used to create this card:

1. Ink up Rollagraph Simple Dots with a gray dye ink and apply to background – I used Colorbox Archival Dye Ink in Seattle Sky.

2. Spray a few splatters of IZINK onto the card. I already had some colors mixed up in the IZINK spray bottlef from another project – Caviar, Silver, Turquoise, Topaz, Volibulis and Avocado. Allow to dry (it happens quickly) or heat set.

3. With a wet paintbrush, paint brushstrokes with IZINK in shades of Mango, Orchid, Tulip, and Tomato. Paint over all the brushstrokes with one final layer of translucent Opaline – I just love the way the colors layer!

4. Die cut branches and paint with Topaz, Turquoise, Silver and Avocado. You can blend the colors beforehand or add them one by one.

5. Add embellishments and adhere to card.

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I am so excited for you to try this ink – you are going to love it!! Check the Clearsnap blog for details on winning a set of IZINK Pigments for your very own. I also have an extra set of IZINK’s that I’d love to send to one of you! Please just leave a comment here letting me know you are interested.

Next up on the hop is the fabulous Tami Sanders!

 

Favorite Product – Dies

Hello Wednesday! I am up on the CardMaker blog today with a favorite product post all about steel metal dies. The post is probably more for those who aren’t well acquainted with the wonderful world of die-cutting, but once you are, you’ll be running out of storage space for your growing collection.

Read all about it here.

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And speaking of die cutting, if you haven’t had a chance to vote for Gallery Idol’s Round 2 challenge – die cutting – please stop over to cast your vote! Voting ends tomorrow and only 15 will move on to the next round. Excited to see who it will be!

See you soon,
Sabrina

Follow Your Heart

Hello! We just finished up a 3-day weekend in remembrance of Memorial Day. We didn’t go anywhere but it was so nice to catch up with the kids and just relax and play without the confines of our school night routines or running to games and practices.

Summer break cannot come soon enough!

Early this morning, I put together this cute and quirky card to send to a graduate. It was inspired by the current Cure For The Monday Blues challenge #19. I immediately picked up on the angled wall in the challenge photo – heaven knows I’ve lived in enough of those darn, difficult-to-decorate 1/2 story buildings – and the sweet cloud pillow from Land of Nod. And this card is what I came up with from the photo below.

Also,  if you haven’t had a chance, please cast your vote for the Gallery Idol Round 2 challenge! We need your votes to move on to the next round. Click on the photo below to go to the voting gallery! Thank you for your support!

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Gallery Idol Round 2

Gallery-Idol-logo-Green1Oh my goodness – have you seen the exciting news? My submission was selected as one of the Gallery Idol Top 20! There were so many fantastic entries that I thought no way, but here I am with another entry for round 2. Seriously honored and overjoyed!

The challenge for this round is die-cutting. And there were so many potential ideas for this because, well, there are just so many awesome things you can do with die-cutting. I would be lost without my Big Shot!

So here is my “Sweet Southwestern Thanks” card. It was inspired by a fun table cover that I saw at our local indie craft fair over the weekend – Market Day – and the booth that it came from – Nicole and Dime Designs. (Get it? Nickel and Dime? Clever!)

I die cut and pieced together the background (is this inlaid die-cutting? I’m not sure if this is actually a use of that technique or what you call it) with a couple different dies and then just started layering embellishments on top of the areas that weren’t quite perfect. That’s how many of my cards are completed – – now how am I going to cover up that mistake? 🙂

So the next part is up to you, dear reader. Head over to the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking website and cast your vote for your favorite designs. If one of your favorites happens to be mine – high five! There are certain to be some inspiring cards to add to your pin board.

Hugs,
Sabrina

Supplies
Dies: Lawn Fawn, Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Avery Elle, Lawn Fawn
Ink, Glitter: Clearsnap // Colorbox
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Embellies: Paper Issues “Swag Bag”
Adhesive: Scor-Tape

 

 

 

PTI May 2014 Blog Hop Challenge

Hey there! It’s the weekend and I almost never post but today I have a project to share for the May Papertrey Ink blog hop challenge. I just adore the inspiration roundup with the combination of aqua and melon!

This card was inspired by the print on the bottom right and also by a super pretty wedding cake I found on Pinterest. But it’s lost so I can’t share the link – ack, sorry! I used “The Sweet Life” and “Mini Blooms” stamp sets and dies.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is a subtle shimmery chevron design going on in the background too. You can kind of see it at this angle but it’s pretty light even in real life. Lots of layers here – my fave – and a couple different types of vellum. Today would be a beautiful day for a May wedding! 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

 

 

CardMaker + Technique Tuesday

Good morning and welcome to the CardMaker magazine and Technique Tuesday blog hop! Both design teams are sharing projects today to welcome summer and for me, summer means lots of *bright* colors! I used the “Wildflowers” and “I Like You” stamp sets to create this thank you card.

I have a ton of graphics on my Pinterest boards that have a bold sentiment in the center and all sorts of flowers and foliage surrounding. The inspiration for this card came from there. I first glued down the alpha die cuts and then stamped the wildflowers, insects and stars around it using the Colorbox Cat’s Eye Pigment Queue in Sweet Sixteen. Also added a bow and some sequins for dimension.

Click on over and say hi to Ashley Harris to see what’s next!

(And if you get lost along the way head back to the CardMaker blog to find the entire hop list).