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.


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!



Papa I Love You

Hello! I have another Father’s Day card to share with you today and this one is also for Grandpa/Papa. We recently read the Eric Carle book – Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me and it inspired me to create this little mountain scene.

It’s just a single layer (save the ribbon) and was made with a little masking, inking and blending. A little different from my usually gobs of layers, but I kinda like it! Hopefully Papa will too ­čÖé

I also put this together with the current CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #132 in mind. There’s not a lot of white space, but hopefully┬áit qualifies as CAS!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps, SC for Hero Arts, Pink by Design (sentiment), Papertrey Ink
Ink: IZINK Pigment Inks – Topaz, Bamboo, Avocado, Silver; Mix’d Media Inx Pigment Ink – Leather, Indigo, Patina, Mossy, Jasmine, Honey, Black
Dies: (used for stenciling) Spellbinders, Waltzingmouse


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┬áwedding 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! ­čÖé

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).



Birthday Birdcage

Hello! I am up on the CardMaker magazine blog today sharing a card inspired by a table number design from a pretty Nashville wedding. It uses the 3 newly released shades of Colorbox Chalk Ink, plus some stamps from Waltzingmouse. Click here to read the entire post and have a beautiful Wednesday!

Technique: Faux Sun Print

Hey there! Summer is just around the corner and today I am sharing a technique on the Clearsnap blog that is inspired by the hot summer sun – faux sun prints. All you need is glossy paper, IZINK pigment paints and a hot iron to try out the iron-off embossing technique.

You’ll also want to be sure to check out the 15 newly released shades of IZINK – they are gorgeous! Not only does the dropper style glass bottle look majorly cute sitting on your shelf, but these acrylic pigments are made by French manufacturer Aladine. And you know everything French is made of the highest quality ­čÖé

Have a wonderful week!

Note: Embellishments on this mini album are from my February Paper Issues Swag Bag.  (Use my code over there on the right to take a discount off your entire order)

Craft Ideas Wedding Set

Craft Ideas

Have you had a chance to pick up the latest copy of Craft Ideas? I am loving the fresh new look of this magazine – formerly Crafts & Things – and all the fun project ideas inside.

In the DIY wedding section of this summer issue, I shared a wedding table number and escort card design, along with a technique for creating an antique silver look with just inks and sprays from Clearsnap® / Colorbox®. It would be great for a vintage modern wedding!

I’ll be back tomorrow with another wedding design – this time a card set. See you soon!