Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New Class- Distress Stains

I have been meaning to create a Distress Stain class for such a long time, and I finally put one together.  I noticed that I had accumulated enough info and ideas for 2-3 Distress Stain classes before I realized that I just needed to "do" one instead of "think about" one.

The class was originally going to have 4 cards, but one the cards I decided to do twice with a slight twist on the technique so that people could compare and contrast them.

Here is a close up of one of the cards that involves creating a Distress Stain background over an Imrpression Obsession Cover a Card embossed in white:

It is hard to tell from the picture, but the Memory Box butterfly uses a lot of Rock Candy glitter:

Intro to Distress Stains:


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Inspired by a Song

Today the IO challenge is all about being inspired by a song.  Easy!  I have songs running through my head all the time.  For my post today, I am dedicating two cards to my brother Clint who has an absolute love of the Muppets and especially Kermit.

For my first card, I was inspired by the song "It's Not Easy Being Green."  I chose to color one of the flowers (CS540 Bunch of Blossoms) in a green that was different from the rest and chose a saying that reflected the idea that we are each a little bit different (from clear set CL350 Life Lessons 1).  I die cut out the green blossom using the coordinating die (DIE148-L Bunch of Blossoms).  To add a bit more interest, I embossed all the flowers in clear embossing powder:

For my second card, I used the song "Rainbow Connection."  I used the same blossom with coordinating die and stamped the flowers with an assortment of Memento Luxe ink pads.  I used a saying from a clear stamp set (Cl307 All Occasion II) and added an embossed background using a folder from Lifestyle Crafts.

My original plan was to use the central oval with flowers on top of a white on white card card with the Branch Die (DIE007-L) in green paper.  However, after a half hour of looking for the die with no success, I decided that the card should be inspired by "Let it Go" and went with a plan B that included black cardstock.  Can't everything be summed up with song titles?

Want to be inspired by other designers?  Check out these wonderful samples:

Laura Fulcher - you are here
Vicki Garrett

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Glitter Butterflies

Today I am sharing one of the Memory Box cards I posted on the Outside the Box blog.  I was feeling the need for a bright sparkly card, so I thought the best way to do that was with a butterfly die and some glitter.

To make this card, I first cut out the Blissful Butterfly Border (98878) using white paper:


Next, I colored the butterfly bodies with Copic markers and embossed the butterfly outline with some Versamark ink and some gold embossing powder:


I ran the butterly bodies through a Xyron Sticker machine to make them sticky and then coated them with some Rock Candy Distress glitter.  Next, I glued the outline and the glittered butterfly bodies to some acetate:


As you can see from the picture, I cut out a part of the front of my card and then glued the acetate strip in place so that you can see through the "window" to the inside of the card.  I posted a side view at the top of this post so that you could see how the acetate adds a little interest to the front of the card.

Here is one more pict to see what the card looks like when it is closed:


To finish the card, I added a few pearls.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

IO Challenge- Fruits and Veggies

Greetings everyone! It is getting to be that time of year when I start watching for the farmers markets to open, so I think fruit and veggie cards are the perfect topic!

For my card today, I stamped the Strawberries (D2200) image twice onto some white cardstock to make a border of berries.  I colored them with an assorment of Copic markers and then added a saying from the CL307 All Occasion II clear set.  Pretty straightforward!

Here is a close up of the berries:

Copic Markers used- G21, R20, R22, R27, R35, R46, C3

Need more fruit and veggie inspiration?  Check out the other designers:
Laura Fulcher - you are here