Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop

Fall is here and our  group has been busy creating some wonderful creations for you featuring products from the new September/October catalog. 118688680_10157792610047686_3570181646909527190_nThis seasonal idea book is full of delightful papers, new shades of cardstock, stickers, stamps, and dies all rolled up in a beautiful bundle of inspiration.  If you have come here from Darlys Recker’s Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished taking a look at my Fall Joy Slimline Card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


The colors of autumn are some of my favorites to work with especially when it involves skeletonized leaves. When I first saw the Textured Leaves stamps and dies in the new catalog, I knew I had to have them and made plans right away to create a slimline card. 

This is only the second slimline card I have created.  I am not normally one to follow trends, but the size of these Textured Leaves required a larger card and the 8.5″ x 3.5″ base was ideal for this design. 

Each one of the leaf images was heat embossed onto cardstock to give some texture to the design.  I chose a few of our new colors – Sundance & Cinnamon – and paired them with Almond, Espresso, and Paprika. 

After the leaves were cut out, I used a few of our Distress Oxide Inks on the edges to create some color variation. Those new inks are just delightful! Each one blends beautifully and dries to a soft chalky color.  I have already created one project with them and I can’t wait to create more. 

The papers and stickers on this card are also new to our collection.  The background papers are from our Woodgrain and Mix-In paper packs which coupled beautifully with the Sunflower stickers from the Bloom with Grace collection.  Don’t these paper designs just make you want to create??

Once the leaves were layered, the stitching was added, and the sentiment chosen, I felt like it needed a something more.  I realized that I had spoiled myself with some Copper Ore paper and knew that it would be a wonderful addition to the card. 

Those Flower Market twigs were cut on my Cricut Maker using the Metallic Poster-board setting, then tucked under each of the leaves on the card.   I only wish the photo did justice to the beauty of this paper. 


I hope that today’s project inspired you to create something fun for fall and to take a look all the amazing new products in our September/October catalog.  If you are like me and need a printed version of the idea book in your hands, you can get one free when you place an order on my website.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Janet J Royer’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas using products from the Fall Collection.  

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Welcome to the Happiest Place Blog Hop

Our group has been busy creating some wonderful creations featuring our bright and playful Happiest Place collection. 104167887_10157579620147686_4980024288227723498_n This theme park themed ensemble is full of delightful papers, foil cardstock, stickers, an album kit, stamps, and dies all rolled up in a monthly special.  If you have come here from Jen Rubio’s Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished taking a look at my Best Day Balloon Card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


I just receive all of my Happiest Place goodies last week, and I have spent the last five days playing with every component in the collection.  Today, I decided to pull out the balloon thin cut die from the Happiest Place bundle and use it to create a great big card for a Disney loving friend. 

This card just screams happiness, doesn’t it? I love all the bright colors, foil designs, and whimsical shapes. I also enjoyed how quickly it came together using the balloon die from the Happiest Place Stamp + Thin cut set

To create the front of the card, I placed the thin cut randomly onto some White Daisy cardstock and ran it through my die cut machine.  I used the same thin cut to cut some balloon shapes from pieces of Happiest Place papers & foil cardstockHow cute are those patterns??!!! 

To create that bottom layer, I cut a second piece of White Daisy cardstock the same size as the first, and adhered each of the patterned balloons onto it, using the top layer as a guide.  I also used that top layer to line up each one of the stamped string images on the balloons. 

After all the balloons were assembled and stamped, I used some Intense Black Ink to stamp the sentiment onto the card and added a little acrylic bow above the sentiment.  These acrylic shapes are so fun to use and add some wonderful dimension to your projects. 

To finish the card, I added some Black & White checked ribbon and a couple of Black Dots.  The completed piece was mounted onto some Black Foil cardstock and is ready to be sent off to my Disney loving friend. 


I hope that you were inspired to try something new today using the Happiest Place Collection.  This collection is available while supplies last, and can be purchased at a 20% discount during the months of July & August along with a few digital collections. 

Now ‘Hop” on over to the talented Katy Taylor’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas using products from the Happiest Place Collection. 

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Welcome to the Stencil It! Technique Blog Hop

Today we will be showing you a variety of stenciling techniques as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 93489974_10157352565497934_5733319884578750464_n If you have come here from Maz Wood’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished learning how I created my stenciled brick  background, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


When the new May/June catalog arrived, I feel in love with the Make a Splash stamp set.  I couldn’t wait to create something with those adorable polka-dot boots, so I decided to create a card where those boots were the focal point in front of a brick wall background. 

The background of the card was created using our Texture Paste mixed with a Toffee Shimmer Brush. I cut out a brick stencil design, using my Cricut, and applied the paste directly to the card. 


Here are a Few Tips for Using Texture Paste

  • A little goes a long way. You don’t need much for a project.
  • If you want a smoother finish, be sure to use a steady hand as you apply the paste.
  • Apply the paste with patting or even gentle slapping motions for an impasto effect.
  • Always close the lid right away with Opaque Paste. It can dry out quickly.
  • If you’re wanting a light, pastel hue, try mixing some watercolor paint into the paste
  • For a deeper, richer color, add a few drops of re-inker to the texture paste.
  • Add sparkle, like I did, with a little bit of Shimmer Brush ink.

After my Texture Paste had cured, I stamped the sentiment onto the card using Candy Apple Pigment Ink, then heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. The sentiment I used also comes from our Make a Splash stamp set.  Isn’t it the cutest set ever??

After stamping the boot image, I shaded them using our SpectrumNoir TriBlend Markers.  In my video tutorial below, I not only show you how to apply Texture Paste, but I also show you how I used the markers to create the shaded images you see here. 

Once I was done with my coloring,  I added some whimsical polka-dots with White Embossing Powder, then layered them atop some flowers. 


For those of you who would like to know more about how to use Texture Paste with Stencils and how to use our SpectrumNoir Tri Blend Markers, I have created a short video tutorial for you.  


I hope today’s project inspired you use some of your Stencils and give Texture Paste a try.  Now ‘Hop” on over to Darlys Recker’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for using Stencils on your projects.  

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Here is a List of the Items I Used Today