Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Vase With Flowers Card / Embossing Resist Technique

What started out to be one thing...ended up another and that is what happened when I made this card for the "Neutral Colors" challenge over at I had something totally else in mind which wasn't working out and this card ended up being plan B...and something I really liked after I finished it!

I used the Hero Arts and Sizzix Floral Stamps and Framelits to make my flowwers. I stamped them with Versamark ink on cream color cardstock then embossed them with clear embossing powder. I then inked them  with Walnut Distress ink by Ranger. This is called the  embossing resist technique. After inking them I then cut them out with the coordinating Sizzix framelits. The vase was made using a Spellbinders classic oval die and the background was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. My son calls this "the seventies meets Japanese"! It was a fun card to make and I hope to make more in other colors.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Clean and Simple Vintage Tag

Hello crafty friends! It has been one crazy Winter here in the Chicago area. Incredibly warm and no snow worth talking about. We are breaking all kinds of records this Winter. Other parts of the country are not so lucky. I hope wherever you are that you are staying warm and having some crafty time.

I made this tag for a challenge on The challenge was to make something that uses a handmade flower. I made my flower from a paper bag and then spritzed it with walnut stain ink. I chose to make a tag to put it on. This is what I call..."my clean and simple approach to vintage"!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Birthday Wishes / Hero Arts and Sizzix Framelits Floral Stamp and Die Set

The current challenge over at is to make a card using a color that you do not like. I am not a fan of is not a color I enjoy using. Much to my surprise though...I ended up liking my card. Would I make it again? Absolutely....but in another color other than yellow!

Flowers were made using the Hero Arts and Sizzix framelits floral set. Butterfly is made using two Martha Stewart punches. Scallop border is also a Martha Stewart punch and the trellis design is a Spellbinders die. Leaves are made using a Memory Box die.

Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Asian Inspired Card and Memory Box Woodland Branch Die

 The challenge for this one over at was to use a background stamp. I grabbed one of my all time favorites...Japanese writing, created my vases using circle and oval punches, and a die from Memory Box called Woodland Branch.  Creating a clean simple Asian inspired card!

Happy crafting!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

House Mouse "Monica Romances" and Memory Box "Wild Blooms" cards. Use of Negative Space

I hosted a challenge over on a couple of weeks ago. The challenge was use of negative space. I made two examples for the challenge. The first one I used the House Mouse image, "Monica Romances" by Stampabilities. The image is colored with Prismacolor color pencils. I used a heart die by Spellbinders to create my heart border on the bottom of the card. The negative space allows the red mat to show through the hearts. What did I do with the hearts I cut out with the heart die? I used them to dangle from my twine bow of course!

The next card was created using a die from Memory Box called "Wild Blooms". I used the negative part of the flower to make my card and put the flower I cut out away to use another day on another card.
Working with negative space can open up another use for your dies and punches. Need some more inspiration? Check out my Pinterest board for cards made using negative space: HERE

Wishing you all Happy Crafting!