Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Two Paper Divas - Welcome Baby

Hello my crafty friends,

Without a doubt, baby cards are my most requested.
Maybe because card givers know that 
moms tend to tuck these sweet cards inside 
their baby books to keep forever.

For my card I choose to use a wonderful sentiment
set called Banners 1 from Two Paper Divas.  With
some small die shapes, washi tape, and a tad of sparkle
I gave my card a soft, yet modern feel.  I dry embossed
one of the shapes with a dot folder and popped it up
for added dimension and eye appeal.  

Instead of a baby card, you could easily use this design
with all of the other sentiments in the Banner 1 stamp set.

I've entered my card into these fun challenges:

Melonheadz Friends - CAS
My Creative Moments - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant - Anything Goes

Enjoy the day my friends!


Not Shown:  Retired Die-namics from My Favorite Things, Tape Works - Washi Tape.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Sale!


Hi Friends,

If you weren't aware, or if you need a really good 
reason to shop...what am I saying?  Who needs a reason right?
 Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is clearing
out the old and bringing on more new!
Save a whopping 40% on selected stamps AND dies!
Just click here to begin shopping...
after you peek at my card of course.  :)

I have been getting more into creating my own backgrounds
 lately and the discontinued Grundgy Border stamp set 
totally fits the bill for this.  Notice the polka dots, 
diamonds and wood designs... all part of this fun set. 
 The sentiment and the polka dot heart are included 
in the beautiful Bottom of my Heart Set.
Did I mention both stamp sets are now on sale :)

I added other sweet elements to my card including 
the butterfly and postage paid symbols.  
These are from one of our newest sets, Parisian Postcard.

I am entering my card into these fabulous challenges:

Pile It On - Hearts and/or Flowers
That Craft Place Ltd. - Love/Valentine
Little Claire's - Bright and Beautiful
My Sheri Crafts - Valentine's Day Include a Heart
The Stamping Boutique - Make Your Own Background

I love how bright and cheerful this card turned out.
Perfect for valentine giving.

Not Shown:  Button from Stash

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Two Paper Divas - Embossing with Paste

Hi Friends,

When I started this card I didn't have a plan.
I just knew I wanted to use this sentiment by 
Two Paper Divas and embossing paste. (lol!)

So I began with the paste part....
using one side of a double stencil by DCWV.
I taped down the stencil on a panel of
heavy white card stock using removable tape.

Now, there is a special tool to do this next part
that probably works much better than my
bone folder...but it's what I had.

Just scoop out a pretty large portion
of paste and spread it around your stencil.
You want to be sure to get the paste in
all the tiny little grooves.  Then scrape
off all the access paste and put it back
 in your container to use another time.

Next, carefully remove the tape and peel off
the stencil.  You will want to do this right away
so your paste doesn't dry to the stencil.
Be sure to clean up your stencil and
whatever tool you use right away too.

Now for the embossing portion.
I choose grapefruit Zing embossing powder and 
sprinkled it well all over the panel tapping off the excess.  
Notice I missed a spot with the paste.

Now I don't have a photo showing the next 
step... I was a little sticky by this time....  :)  Get
 out your heat tool and emboss a section at a time,
just until your images start to bubble.

I cut the strip of
panel off where I missed the paste and then
decided on a design and colors.  

To make my design more cohesive I brought 
some of the plum color to the top of my card
by coloring around a few of the embossed
pieces with a Copic.  Then I heat embossed 
that gorgeous sentiment in white.  
  A few white pearls and some striped ribbon finished it off.

I am entering my card into these super duper challenges:

Tuesday Throwdown - #228 Embossing
Top Tip Tuesday - Something New -
(Two Paper Divas Sentiment stamp)
Card Mania Challenge - Make it Sparkle (Embossed Paste)
Crafty Cardmakers & More - Something Old (Ribbon)
Something New (Sentiment Stamp)

For my first time heat embossing paste, I am
pleased how it turned out.
You can find all my supplies below,
I even found the correct tool for
spreading the paste and have linked it up for you. (Yeah!)

Hope your day is "Simply the best" :)

Not Shown:  Ribbon from Michael's Crafts