Sunday, January 31, 2016

How to Work That "Sentiment"

Hello friends!
I am sharing two cards that focus on the sentiment. 
BTW how did we get lured into stamping? For me, it was because these were simply so many stamps that make beautiful stamped images. Cute, gorgeous, ornate and pretty kind of stamps...
But wait, what about the sentiment?  
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Sentiment-based stamps are becoming more and more prominent in the past few years. With the popular trend in calligraphy-style handwriting, sentiment no longer plays the 2nd fiddle!
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 I took out the "Hello Beautiful" set from the February Card Kit and used the sentiment as the focus of my two cards. Using sentiment with the shaker feature is simple yet so effective.
you are a sweet {heart}

Most of  you probably have some basic shape dies, such as squares, circles, ovals, rectangles... Have you used them in your shaker card with sentiment?  This is one easy one to try.

My 2nd card is very colorful.
hello beautiful

I used a leftover piece (see here) and white-embossed the sentiment. I then took out the pattern paper ( from February card kit) and added the purple with the same markers. This way, the design become more cohesive. While I was at it, I added tiny dots of Flamingo Liquid Pearls in the pattern paper. 

I strongly encourage you to try the under-used sentiments more in your creations.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

edited: there is the coupon code "SNOW" that will give you $5 off your Simon Says Stamp order!
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 For limited time only. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

DIY Ombre Watercolor Paper

Hello friends!
If you follow my blog regularly, you know that I love to make my own background paper. 
Well, this time, I was feeling the Ombre vibe, so I set out to create one.
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The fun part is putting the Stacked Heart dies onto the card. 
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It has a sophisticated look yet it. is. effortless.
I used Spectrum Aqua markers for the DIY watercolor background. You can use Distress Inks, Distress Markers, ZIG Watercolor Markers or any watercolor-based medium to create your own. This how-to photo will help you see/understand my creative process.
   I chose Spectrum Aqua simply because I have the complete colors of coral/pink and violet/purple.
flurries of love

 Tips about DIY Ombre watercolor paper:
~start with dry surface
~use various shades according to your preference (I start with the lightest to the darkest)
~after applying the colors, spray a few spritz of water and let the color blend on their own
~use heavy watercolor card stock for this purpose
~be patient and let it dry (use heat tool if you simply can't wait)

Normally, I am not a purple kind of gal, but the color scheme looks to be very striking.
 I didn't want to cover up the beautiful shades of colros/hues, vellum seems like a good idea.
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 If you have some watercolor markers and watercolor paper, perhaps you can also try this out? 
Hope that you find this post helpful.

A note of thanks to those who use my affiliate links (Simon Says Stamp, Craftsy and Amazon) to make their crafting purchase. I really appreciate your support. This will definitely encourage me to share my latest creative process and best tips right here in this blog.
 Thank you!

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit

Hello friends!
So the amazing February Card Kit has finally arrived in my house. Instead of the usual photo from Simon Says Stamp, I am showing you how "exactly" it looks when you open the magic box....
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Everything is nicely packaged in a light brown paper bag. This was what it looks like when you spread the entire kit out. Notice that little sucker....? I know, how sweet is that!? 

You can find out all about the monthly subscription info here.
For my first card,  I had a play with the stamp set "Hello Beautiful" and stamped a tic-tac-toe.
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I used two dies (MFT Stitched Square Dies, SSS Stitched Rectangles) to frame it. The Crate Paper Epoxy Stickers are really handy for this.

For my 2nd card, I decided to go bold with the pattern paper from the kit. 
hello beautiful
This kit is so versatile that I think I have more ideas swimming in my head after making these two. Stay tuned for more!

 Please note this kit is currently sold out (boo!), but you can get each item separately.
  Right now SSS has put the VERY popular sequins featured in the kit on sale! Just $1.50!
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There is the coupon code "SNOW" that will give you $5 off your order! For limited time only. Thanks for stopping by!