2 cards with Waffle Flower

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Welcome friends. I hope you are having a good day today and thanks for stopping by.

I have two CAS cards to share with you today using a super fun die from Waffle Flower - the Magical Flower Border die (linked below).

For my first card, I created a background using some water colors. I die cut the Magical Flower Border die twice and adhered them to my card. I finished off the card with a stamped sentiment from Lawn Fawn popped up on a stitched sentiment strip.

For my second card today, I used a fun piece of patterned paper from my stash and die cut the Magical Flower Border die again in black. I adhered it to the bottom of my card, added a simple sentiment and this card is also done.

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Paper Layering Sunflowers

Friday, September 14, 2018

Hi friends. I'm back today with a fun card featuring the gorgeous Paper Layering Sunflower dies from Hero Arts.

I started by die cutting the sunflowers, leaves and stem from white card stock. I then took some ink daubers and blended on some various Distress inks. 

I stamped the sentiment from an old MFT stamp set and gave my sunflowers some lift and dimension by popping up their leaves just a bit. I love that the die creates this dimension for you.

Some kraft card stock and rounded corners and this fun fall card is complete.

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Fun with Alcohol inks, Felt and Die Cuts

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Hi friends. I am super excited to be sharing a fun project with you here and on the LDRS Creative blog today.

For my card today, I thought I would do a bit of alcohol ink blending with some foil bits added to my background. I absolutely love the feel and texture of this panel.

After my panel was complete, I ran it through my die cutting machine with the largest die from the Sunburst Rectangle die collection. This die is absolutely so much fun because it creates such a fun pattern.

I also ran the Sunburst Rectangle die again through my machine with 3 pieces of plain white card stock. I did this so that my card would have a bit of dimension without having to add small bits of foam tape behind all of the circles.

I simply adhered all the die cuts together with liquid glue and then added my alcohol inked piece on the top.

It is now time to start embellishing my card. I wanted to pull out the super fun Fancy Flower dies. I love the fun shapes of these and that you get solid flowers as well as ones with some designs cut into them so you can achieve a great layering affect.

I also decided it would be fun to create the leaf die cuts out of some felt for added texture and dimension.

I added a gold heat embossed sentiment that is from the Happy Fall stamp set released a couple of weeks ago. I absolutely adore this sentiment and can't wait to make more cards using it to send to friends and family.

Thanks for visiting and crafty hugs!

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Whimsy Stamps and Glue Dots Collaboration Hop Week

Monday, August 27, 2018

Happy Monday friends. I am thrilled to be one of the stops along a joint hop with Whimsy Stamps and Glue Dots.  The hop runs all week so you have plenty of time to comment on each of your blogs for your chance to see some great inspiration and win some fabulous prizes.

Our teams will be sharing lots of beautiful projects featuring products from both of these companies. And we will have lots of prizes hidden along the hop as well as a grand prize valued at $100! 

To enter into the giveaways, you just need to comment on EACH blog throughout the hop. Then for the grand prize after you have commented on all stops along the hop, enter your name and email in the linky tool at the last stop which is the Whimsy Stamps blog.

Winners will be randomly selected and announced on Monday, September 3rd at the Whimsy Stamps blog. Good luck and have fun!

If you happened to come to my blog today without starting at the beginning of the hop, click here to start at the beginning of the hop.

For my card today, I decided to pull out some alcohol inks. I first created my background using some various shades of alcohol inks in blues and purples. After my panel was dry, I very carefully heat embossed the Snow Flurry Background  image from Whimsy Stamps onto my alcohol inked background.

I can tell you that the Yupo paper wants to curl very easily and I had to only heat my background for just a few seconds at a time and then remove my heat gun and then repeat the process for a few times.

I just love the gorgeous detail from the Snow Flurry Background stamp and how well the silver embossing pairs with the blue and purple background.

After my background was complete, I adhered it onto a black card stock mat using the Mini Glue Dots Dot N Go tape roller.

I then die cut one of the three sizes of snowflakes from Whimsy's Snowflake dies {CURRENTLY ON SALE FOR ONLY $5)  out of some silver glitter paper. It is such a delicate die cut so the Micro Dots from Glue Dots were perfect to adhere just a few portions of the snowflake die.

I finished off the card by white heat embossing a sentiment from the Everyday Mini Sentiments stamp set.  I adhered it using the Pop up Glue Dots. These are great glue dots that have added dimension to them and are a great alternative to traditional foam tape.

And there you have it. A fun birthday card that will be perfect for a friend with a winter birthday this year.

Okay, next on your list is the talented Melissa. But if you get lost along the way or in case there are any broken links, I've included the entire hop list below.

Alanna  {you are here}

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Wild About You for LDRS Creative

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Hi friends. Long time no see again. Life has been crazy. We redid the floors in our main level, went on vacation and got my daughter moved into her college apartment this past month. And school also started for my husband and son. 

Needless to say, there hasn't been much time or energy for crafting. I finally have my craft room back in order as it was a dumping ground for everything that needed to be moved from the kitchen and living areas while the floors were redone. I'm hoping to get back to a more regular schedule of crafting and posting.

But I'm back today with a fun card for LDRS Creative.

 My card today features the most adorable stamp set, Safari along with a bit of masking and ink blending for a CAS card with a lot of white space.

Before we get to my card today, I wanted to let you know the store currently has a sale on the Safari stamp and die combo and the Happy Days die collection. Purchase both for just $29.99 - that is $10 off the regular price - woohoo!

Okay, now back to my card.

I first took a circle die and ran it through some masking paper with my die cut machine. For my card today, I will just be using the negative portion of the mask.
TIP: Save the positive portion of the mask for another card.

I then added my mask over top my card base and then blended in some of the beautiful Hybrid ink colors from LDRS Creative in both the Kiss me Red and In Your Face Orange colors.
{Side note: Aren't those just the most fun names for these inks? And let me tell you, these inks blend so beautifully. I really love them!}

Things look a bit messy and blotchy right now but once you removed the mask and the ink has had a chance to soak up into the paper, you are left with beautiful results.

After I was happy with my ink blending, I removed the mask and you are left with a perfect ink blended circle. I just love this look and how clean and crisp everything looks.

I then did a bit of simple coloring using the adorable zebra, leaf and grass images from the Safari stamp set. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. And I love how you get the stamps and dies together for one low price.

I added my images and popped my zebra up with some foam tape for added dimension. I stamped the sentiment, also from the Safar stamp set in the Raven Hybrid ink.

And a final look at my card.

I hope I've inspired you to break out your inks and
get inky to create a blended background. 

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Hello for LDRS Creative - with a Copic Colored Background

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Happy Saturday friends. I'm really excited to show you my card today as I've done something I've never done before. For today's card, I will be using the Daisy Daisy stamp and die collection and the Hello Word die both from LDRS Creative.
To get started with my card, I stamped 3 of the images from the Daisy Daisy stamp set several time onto my white panel of card stock making sure to stamp off the edge. 
{TIP} - by stamping off the edge of the paper, you help ground the entire piece and make it look like you just chopped this panel off from a larger piece of paper.
 After my stamping was done, I took a couple of blue Copic markers and colored in the background space. I went over everything a few times to try and get the smoothest blend possible. It's not perfect but I think it's good enough. I've never done this technique before where you color the background but leave the images in the foreground alone. I really like how striking this looks.
After my panel was done, I took the Hello Word die and cut it twice - once with some black card stock and once with a layer of fun foam. 
I added the black layer on top of the fun foam layer and offset it ever so slightly. I feel that this helped make the sentiment pop off the card a bit better.
 Here's a closeup of the sentiment where you can see the dimension you get by adding in the layer of fun foam.

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Whimsy Stamps August Release Day 2

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Hi friends. I have two cards to share with you today using a beautiful new background stamp from Whimsy Stamps from their brand new August 2018 release. 

I love that Denise doesn't make you wait at all to purchase your new release goodies. All new products are available in the store NOW.  

CLICK HERE to go shopping.

Okay, back to my cards. For both cards, I am using the Cherry Blossom Background image. This is a large 6x6 rubber background stamp.

For my first card, I stamped the image onto an A2 sized card panel. I did a bit of simple Copic coloring. I then adhered this card panel to my top folding card base. I added a sentiment from an older Whimsy Stamps set called Mother Love. Some rounded corners and a few gems finish off this card.

For my second card, I again stamped the Cherry Blossom background image onto a piece of white card stock. This time, however, I added my Copic coloring to the negative portions of the image. I used a couple shades of light blue Copic markers. 

I thought this was a fun way to showcase this image. The sentiment is from a set that was released last month, Beaucoup Bouquet Sentiments. It is a great set with so many beautiful sentiments.

Thanks for stopping by today. I am currently on vacation with my husband, celebrating our upcoming 20th wedding anniversary. I've got a couple posts scheduled while I'm gone. Crafty hugs!

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