Joy Burst

Hello and TGIF! I have been busy packing and cleaning this week – we are moving! – but snuck in a little crafty time to play along with the current A Blog Named Hero Challenge. Coloring is so not my thing – I am far too impatient and can never stay in the lines – but gave it a shot anyhow.

I had yet to use this pretty Joy Burst stamp that has been collecting dust since last November and with the bright colors, you almost can’t tell it’s a holiday stamp. I colored the image with Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Markers and die cut it and then was just stuck on what else to do. So here it is slapped onto the front. Done and done.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

 

 

Technique: Partial Die Cut Borders

Hey there friends! I am up on the CardMaker blog today confessing my love for matching stamp + die sets as well as sharing a technique for creating a partially die cut border. Drop in and check it out if you have a chance!

PS – – On this card I used a newly released product from Clearsnap that you are just going to love – Colorbox® 6-Pad Pigment ink pads! Find out more about them here.

Enjoy your afternoon!

And a Happy New Year!

(image courtesy of // copyright CardMaker Magazine)

Happy New Year! Did you make any resolutions this year? Go to any fun celebrations? Get started on an organizational project? My answer to all those questions is yes, yes and yes! Although instead of just one resolution, I like to make a list of goals and projects to accomplish throughout the year. Seems a lot less daunting, and of course then I am never disappointed for not finally doing that one thing I’ve always been meaning to do.

The card above was one that was published in the Winter 2013 issue of CardMaker Magazine (and they are sharing on their blog today – thank you!!) The circles are actually not bokeh, but rather pretty metallic-colored confetti dropping from the ball at midnight. Or at least that’s how I imagine it 😉 Pick up an issue to find the instructions and lots more wonderful projects too!

May 2014 be your best year yet!
Sabrina

The 12 Cards of Christmas: Day 10 & 11

Hello and welcome back to day 10 and 11 of my holiday card series! We have had a few unexpected things come up so I haven’t been able to post on time the last couple days. Sorry about that!

Day 10’s card features a simple trick but one I always forget about – stamping onto dark or colored cardstock. I love the way the white and silver pigment inks *pop* off the blue paper to create a completely different look than the regular ink on white.

The wreath stamp is from Hero Arts; the berries, bow and sentiment from PTI’s Bells & Boughs. Both older sets. I don’t know why but sometimes it seems like I need to hold onto a stamp set for awhile (in this case a year or two!) before putting it to proper use. It just sits there and is admired on the shelf – what a shame! Does anyone else do that too?!

Here’s a set however that was just too good to leave sit – one that saw ink in the very same week it arrived! Wow, I know! This is day 11.

I am a sucker for all things nature inspired but especially animal mounts. We see deer all the time here (so often in fact one cracked my radiator just a few weeks back) so it’s not some sort of rare thing, just something that is striking.

Because this set of images looks so nice on it’s own, a CAS card seemed in order, with the help of a few Colorbox Premium Dye Inks. Gorgeous, vibrant color every time.

And that’s all for today. Will be back tomorrow with one final post!

Day 1: Vintage Christmas
Day 2: Non-traditional Christmas
Day 3: Masculine
Day 4: Spring Colors
Day 5: Plaid
Day6: Pink & Woodgrain
Day 7: Rainbow Colors
Day 8: Merry & Bright
Day 9: Embossed Dies

Brights + Florals

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Have been feeling super inspired and energetic lately despite being sick with a nasty head/chest cold and less than ideal sleep. There is no better feeling than getting a ton of stuff done and still having time left over to make something pretty just because.

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This card was actually inspired by one of my daughter’s tops. I’ve been wanting to use the colors in it forever. Oshkosh uses some of the prettiest floral fabrics on their clothing – almost as pretty as the liberty of london prints really. Can’t help buying up every pretty top we find even though the girls don’t wear them as often as I’d like 🙂

Also, first snow came to Central Iowa yesterday!

Keep warm and cozy,
Sabrina

Supplies:
Ink – Colorbox Dye Ink (Guava, Cornflower), Colorbox Pigment Ink (Berry, Canary, Celadon), Top Boss Watermark & White Emboss. Powder
Stamps – Hero Arts (Background, Sentiment); Papertrey Ink (Rosie Posey, Mini Blooms)
Dies – Papertrey Ink, Spellbinders

Linking to these challenges:
CAS-ual Fridays CFC119: Embossing
Sketchbook Saturday #108
Paper Issues – Grateful For You

Ombre Stripes

Hello Monday – my favorite day of the week! After a weekend of catching up on sleep and doing not much besides spending time together with my little family, I always feel so ambitious and full of energy on Mondays. Lots of to-do lists to complete today and it just so happened that blogging is on there too.  I miss stopping in here to share and really want to make it a priority again. So without further adieu…

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A fun technique that I shared on the Clearsnap blog last month – Ombre Stripes (see full post here). This version makes a pretty book binding edge and the photo below uses it as the focus of the card.

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There is a mixture of ink, foil, glitter and embossing powder to create an eye-catching and super girly design. Video tutorial included in case you want to try it too. I really love how it turned out (full post here)!

Hoping your week is wonderful,
Sabrina