Welcome to the Plastic Patterns Technique Hop

These past few weeks, I have been learning a variety of new ways to use stencils, which is why I am so excited for this month’s technique hop.  118348271_10157701360272934_5253391408661344276_nI can’t wait to learn a few new methods to try on my projects.  If you have come here from Alyson Mayo’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my Vintage Rose Lace 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 ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


As with most of my experiments, this one didn’t quite start out well as I had hoped, but it lead to a very wonderful outcome.  Before I tell you the story behind the process and share my video tutorial, let’s take a look at my project. 

This simple thank you card was created using Diamond Stickles and Transparent Gloss Texture paste with one of our new 12-inch stencils. Don’t you just love that Tattered Rose background? It reminds me of old world tiles. 

Like I said, the project didn’t start out well. I knew that I wanted a thick sparkle background, so I experimented with Stickles Gel, but soon realized that the stencil I chose had too many details for that medium, so, I decided to try a bottle of Diamond Stickles instead. 

After adding the stenciled stickles (say that fast five times),  I built up the background using Transparent Gloss texture paste to create the look of etched tiles. When I first applied the paste, it appeared as if all the glitter from the Stickles was going to disappear, but once it dried, I had a beautiful sparkling background. 

To bring out the lace image, I grabbed some Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink and used a blending tool to add ink to the card front. I then used a paper towel to remove the ink from the texture paste and the result was a stunning etched lace background.

After spending so much time on this little experiment, I decided that the sentiment needed to be very simple and sweet.  I had debated on stamping on some vellum or even adding a little flower, but, in the end, chose to use some Blue Belle to create a little thank you card. 

The sentiment was cut out of both Blue Belle glitter paper and Blue Belle cardstock using the Thanks Thin Cuts. These two dies are designed to layer atop each other to create the sentiment and a shadow layer. 

I just loved how that glitter paper sparkled along with the Stickles on this card, so I decided that I needed to add a few more sparkles and placed  Blue Belle Glitter gems around the sentiment. How precious is that?

For those of you who have been enjoying my cardmaking video tutorials, I decided to squeak one more in this week.  This one is very short, simple, and to the point, but I hope it still helps you to learn some new techniques. 

I hope that this project inspired you to try something new and that you are encouraged to experiment with some stencils in your collection.  If you don’t own any, you can purchase a few on my website, or make a few of your own using our Stencil Sheets

Now ‘Hop” on over to Michelle Loncar’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.  

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Pink Trucks & Fall Leaves for the Color Dare Blog

Raise your hand if you just can’t help yourself when you hear the word “vintage”. Personally, anything that reminds me of my great-grandparents and grandparents fills me with nostalgia. This week, for the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog, you have been given a palette of colors that reminded me of some vintage photos I came across a while back. 68585247_10214602058347160_5733229518466842624_n.jpg

Can’t you just picture the cars, wallpaper, and appliances in these colors? Remember the smells – butch wax, smoke, old wood, and new leather.  As the memories flooded back, I just couldn’t help myself and had to create something worthy of the vintage vibe of this color challenge. MissCarriesCreations-VintageThanksCard.jpg

This week, I chose to use Ballerina, Saffron, and Peacock on my Vintage Vibe Thank You card. The images were stamped using two of our current fall stamp sets – A True Classic and the Hawthorn Cardmaking..

After stamping and heat embossing my images, I shaded each one with a variety of  TriBlend Markers. This is the first time I have had a chance to use these new markers, and I am hooked.  I am greatly enjoying the ability to add multiple layers of color and shading from just one marker. MissCarriesCreations-VintageThanks-Truck.jpg

The stamped images were then layered onto Ballerina and Peacock cardstock.  When I first starting assembling the card, I felt like the Peacock base was a little plain, so I embossed Vellum with the Stitched Circles embossing folder and placed it upon the base with a strip of ribbon. I personally feel like it adds another layer of texture to the design. What do you think?MissCarriesCreations-VintageThanks-Detail

I hope that this card has inspired you to join us for the Color My Heart Challenge. You have until October 25th to share your design with us. Stop by the blog and check out the other challenges we have this week and be inspired by all the creators who join us each month.

Don’t forget! The products I used on this card are available, while supplies last, through October 31st.  You don’t want to miss out on getting yourself that awesome  A True Classic stamp set. Think of the Christmas cards you could create with this one!! 

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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February SOTM Blog Hop – Heartfelt Sentiments

Welcome to the Heartfelt Sentiments Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the February Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set. Blog Badge.jpgIf you have come here from Lauren Moore’s blog, you are on the right path!  When you are finished reading my post, 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 using our beautiful Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

When I first spied this stamp set, it reminded me of an old world tattoo like the ones you often see on faded vintage posters advertising to military personnel. That vision is what inspired my card for this blog hop.

heartfeltsentimentssotmbloghop-misscarriescreationsTo keep with the “faded” feel, I chose to stamp the image in Charcoal ink, then use my Black Journaling Pen to fill in part of the sentiment. The rest of the card was simple.  I used Watercolor Pencils to shade a small portion of each image, then used a variety of Shimmer Brushes to pull the color onto the rest of the image.

I backed my sentiment with Gold Foil and Red Glitter paper to add to that vintage feel.  This month’s, Heartfelt Sentiments stamp of the month defiantly has an old-world feel and is full of possibilities.

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Now ‘Hop” on over to Brenda Lapp’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. Remember, the Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set is only available until February 28th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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