Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sea Turtles Card

Under the Sea with Spellbinders
I think I am missing the sunshine where I live.  It's still snowing and cold.   My mind is completely centered on sunshine, warmth and peaceful ocean settings.  Those are my comfort thoughts. 

Spellbinders new dies helped me find my peace and tranquility.  



I have an assortment of Spellbinders dies that I used from  the  Elegant 3D Vignettes collection by Becca Feeken as well as from Tammy Tutterow - shown below:


How adorable are these sea turtles?  This is the beauty of the Graphic 45 - Sun Kissed  collection.  It's utterly delightful and captivates my heart. 

I fussy cut the sea turtles and mounted them on foam to make them come alive with dimension.  

   

Here are some cards that featured these same dies. 
You can find the posts using Tammy Tutterow's Sew Sweet Valentine here and here .

You can find more cards using here and here.



 Thank you for stopping here and thank you to Spellbinders for inviting me to be part of the Spellblogger Team.  Such a wonderful opportunity to share the best dies in the world. 
Where to shop? 
You can shop for all your Spellbinders dies right here .
You can click here for the Amazing Paper Grace Collection (which includes the Elegant 3D Vignettes collection).
You can grab the Spellbinders dies by Tammy Tutterow here. 
You can shop for Graphic 45 Sun Kissed papers right here


Products:
Spellbinders Tiara Rondelle Dies - Elegant 3D Vignettes Collection by Becca Feeken S5-342
Spellbinders Cinch and Go Flowers III - Elegant 3D Vignettes by Becca Feeken - S4-867
Spellbinders Sew Sweet Collection  - Sew Sweet Valentine by Tammy Tutterow S6-145
Spellbinders Die-D-Lites Seahorse and Sand Dollar Etched Die -S1-015
Tammy Tutterow
Graphic 45 - Sun Kissed  8x8 paper collection

Friday, April 13, 2018

Mermaid and Sea Turtle Seascape Tag

I'm here today to give you my version of a sea escape a la Creative Embellishments. 

The ocean is filled with wonder, beauty and a bit of  mermaid magic.  
I made a giant tag expressing my love of the ocean and it's creatures.  
The tag features some really amazing elements from Creative Embellishments. 

Large Tags are so cool and trendy.  
The large tags from Creative Embellishments offer a perfect blank "canvas" for these darling chipboard pieces and for your fabulous imagination.   They offer  5in x 10in of work space...that's quite a bit!
Plus they come in packs of 3!  Yep - what a value!


The sea turtle and mermaid chipboard pieces have gorgeous intricate details burned into the pieces that I wanted to highlight.  In order to work with the chipboard details and not cover up the fine details, I decided to dab on liquid pearls to color the pieces different colors.  I felt I was not skilled enough with acrylic paint to stay inside the tiny lines so I needed a different option to treat the chipboard.  

Ranger Liquid Pearls come in an assortment of vibrant colors that do not bleed and run when applied to the chipboard.  For me, these worked perfectly within the fine details of the chipboard pieces. 

As a finishing touch once the liquid pearls were dry, I dabbed some Ranger Crackle Accents - Crackle Medium   here and there over the top of the liquid pearls to provide the illusion of movement, especially in the seaweed and mermaid hair. 

These are the colors I used: 

As the Crackle Accents dried, I sprinkled gold micro beads on the chipboard (fine glitter would be nice as well).

You can see how cool the Crackle Accents looks on the turtle shell and the mermaid tail in the next two shots below.  The secret to using Crackle Accents is to let the medium dry thoroughly - without using the heat gun.  For me, patience may be the biggest challenge when completing any project.
Patience you say?????   Oh the horror of it!

I added stenciling to the background of the tag using Prima's Bubbles Stencil by Finnabair
 and Prima's Art Basics - Heavy White Gesso.    This stencil is probably on of my favorites.  It's just fun. and it makes great bubbles in the ocean.  
Happy Crafting and thanks for visiting.  

Where to shop? 
You can shop for Creative Embellishments chipboard, veneers, flairs and more right here.  

Creative Embellishments - Sea Turtles
Creative Embellishments - Fancy Oval frame Set
Ranger Crackle Accents - Crackle Medium (big bottle)
Ranger Crackle Accents - Crackle Medium small bottle
Ranger Liquid Pearls - Ocean Blue
Ranger Liquid Pearls - Mermaid
Ranger Liquid Pearls - Key Lime
Ranger Liquid Pearls - Baby Blue
Prima - Finnabair Elementals Stencil - Bubbles
Prima Art Basics - Heavy White Gesso

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Sea Makes me Happy Happy Happy



Happiness is...the Sea and Spellbinders...

It's no secret that I love the seashore.  I love everything about it's peaceful setting.  It simply makes me happy.  
I also know I am NOT alone in declaring my passion for the ocean.  Many folks share this feeling (and some of them live with me). 

I made this card to share the calming affect the sea has on people. 
Even more exciting was the fact that I could use the new Oh Happy Day -Elegant 3D Vignettes Collection by Becca Feeken   stamp/die set from Spellbinders.



This fun and versatile set is part of the Amazing Paper Grace Collection which includes the  newest line of products from Becca Feeken's Elegant 3D Vignettes collection by  Spellbinders.  
I admit I used the  Oh Happy Day stamp/die set from Spellbinders   in a most unusual way, but it was perfect for how I felt.

First - my paper choice is Stamperia paper - Sea Land 12x12 collection.  Utterly divine and soothing.  

I diecut the word "Happy" from several pieces of paper from the collection, inked the words Walnut Stain Distress Ink  accent, then pieced them all back together to create my card.

The cool thing about this technique?  That word "Happy" can be used to express joy for so many occasions - birthday joy, anniversary joy, friendships, love and even for a quick and fun "thank you " card.  

I have a few more samples using this same technique in upcoming posts.  Stay tuned for some "Happy" posts.  


Thank you for stopping here and thank you to Spellbinders for inviting me to be part of the Spellblogger Team.  Such a wonderful opportunity to share the best dies in the world. 
Where to shop? 
You can shop for all your Spellbinders dies right here .
You can click here for the Amazing Paper Grace Collection (which includes the Elegant 3D Vignettes collection).
You can shop for Stamperia papers right here


Products:
Spellbinders Oh Happy Day -Elegant 3D Vignettes Collection by Becca Feeken -SDS-116Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink -Walnut Stain

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Let's Celebrate Your Birthday - Cards with Gold Chipboard Accents



Creative Embellishments April Monthly Challenge

Have you played along with the Creative Embellishments challenges?  There's no easier way to win some great chipboard!

The great thing about the CE challenge is that your project is based on your interpretation - how the featured image makes you feel, what you sense and see.   Maybe it's the colors that inspire you, or the patterns...totally up to you so nothing can be wrong. 

You can find the rules  of the game here
You can enter the challenge by uploading your work on the CE Facebook page
For me, the image is festive and happy.  It reminds me of a party - sooooo that's my inspiration this month - celebration and birthday cards. 
I used a combo of Creative Embellishment chipboard and flair buttons to adorn the festive cheery cards.  

The first card features Flourish Presents painted with gold paint, and Happy Birthday Flair Buttons  with edges also dabbed with gold paint to blend with the chippies. 

Shown below:







This is my second festive party card which features 

The gold paint used is Prima Finnabair's Art Alchemy - Acrylic Paint - Metallique Ancient Coin .  It has a nice metallic finish - not glossy and not flat.  

The paper used is from Hobby Lobby.  

Thanks for stopping by to visit.  

Where to shop? 
Shop for your Creative Embellishments flair buttons and chippies right here


Creative Embellishments - Flair Buttons - Happy Birthday
Creative Embellishments - Flourish Butterflies
Creative Embellishments -Flourish Presents
Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy - Acrylic Paint - Metallique Ancient Coin 963057

Friday, April 6, 2018

It's Spring - Time for Robins, Birdhouses, and Flowers


Spellbinder's Sew Sweet

I've been playing with the newly released dies at  Spellbinders  from designers Tammy Tutterow and Becca Feeken.  

Spellbinders introduces the   


The die combo has been fun because both sets of dies allow the crafter to "build your own" fun, so to speak. 

Today I'm using the Sew Spellbinders Sweet Tweets birdhouse dies - a set of wonderful "build your own" dies with bird house, bird and various embellishments. 

The birdhouse is being embellished with custom flowers made from Spellbinders Cinch and Go Flowers III , part of the Elegant 3D Vignettes collection by Becca Feeken/Amazing Paper Grace.  This collection is all about the layering and dimension.  



Here are some close ups of my finished card using the dies: 
Spellbinders Sweet Tweets - Sew Sweet Collection
Spellbinders Cinch and Go Flowers III



I've recently featured other dies from the Sew sweet Collection by Tammy Tutterow  and the Elegant 3D Vignettes collection by Becca Feeken.   

Here is one last look at the finished card.  




Thank you for stopping here and thank you to Spellbinders for inviting me to be part of the Spellblogger Team.  Such a wonderful opportunity to share the best dies in the world. 

Where to shop? 
You can shop for all your Spellbinders dies right here .
You can click here Tammy Tutterow.
You can shop for all your Spellbinders dies right here .
You can click here for the Amazing Paper Grace Collection (which includes the Elegant 3D Vignettes collection).






Friday, March 30, 2018

Egg-Stra Special Easter Cards


Spring/ Easter Cards
  I'm ready to celebrate a bit of spring and Easter with an EGGstravaganza  of adorable   embellishments for Easter and Spring. 
  I have some darling Spring/Easter paper  that I thought I'd use up.  Gasp...I know!  Actually use some papers from my stash?  What a crazy idea. 

So to balance out my crazy side,  I thought I'd be sensible and shop for chipboard accents for the cards.  BAM!  I found the cutest Easter chipboard  and veneer selection at 
Creative Embellishments.  I just couldn't resist making a few Easter cards to send to my family.  

These are the pieces I used:
My first card features my favorite bunnies.  These mini Veneer wood Bunnies are way too cute.  They just melt my heart and make me smile.

First of all, I adore bunnies -and mini bunnies are cuteness overload.
The papers I am using are from Doodlebug Design - 6x6 Easter Express.
  
My first pet as an adult was a white house bunny.  He was a master snuggler.  
I think he was the reason I dabbed the tiny wood veneer bunnies with a bit of white acrylic paint.  The little guy with his cotton tail facing us has an adhesive pearl gem for his cotton tail.  
  Easy. 
This is my second card made for an egg-stra special relative. 
The chipboard eggs - Fun Eggs - were painted white and gussied up with ribbon.  Festive and yet pretty clean. 


My last card is a combo of the Veneer wood Bunnies , the Fun Eggs, and my sentiment word from the Small Family Border Word Set.  

I kept the treatments of the chipboard and wood veneer easy by using acrylic paints.   They don't need a lot of fuss to be spEGGtacular.
The beautiful heart die cut is from Spellbinders - Lace Hearts .  



Thanks for stopping by to visit.  

Where to shop? 
Shop for your Creative Embellishments chippies right here




Creative Embellishments - Wood Veneer Bunnies
Creative Embellishments - Mini Frames
Creative Embellishments  - Fun Eggs
Creative Embellishments - Small Family Border Word Set
Doodlebug Design - Easter Express 6x6 paper pad db-5532
Pearl Adhesive gems

Heart Cards Soooo Sweet - With Spellbinders Dies

The Sew Sweet Collection By Spellbinders (Part 2)

I've been playing with the newest releases at Spellbinders.  This card features a die from the Sew Sweet collection by Tammy Tutterow.   This is Part 2 of my posts using this die.    You can see Part 1 here.  

is fun,  a bit quirky as it sits slightly off center and absolutely sweet ( as the name, Sew Sweet implies).
The off-centered nested hearts give the die collection such charm.  

As you can see above, the collection comes with an assortment of dies for embellishing your projects.  I took full advantage of this to add some darling vines and leaves to cluster  around my simple layered flower.  

I also used the banner die from the collection and layered that as well for shadowing. 

The little "love" tag came from Stamperia's Old Lace 12x12 paper that I used on this project.  
This is the inside of the Spellbinders Sew Sweet Valentine  card. 
Because I used the dark brown cardstock, the inside of the card needed a layer of lighter cardstock for the personal sentiment.   

 As I mentioned , the paper I am using Stamperia's Old Lace 12x12 paper collection.  I'm really loving this paper.  
 


Learn how to make a darling lilac bouquet using the Spellbinders Sew Sweet Valentine .  You can see my lilac tips in the post here.  



Thank you for stopping here and thank you to Spellbinders for inviting me to be part of the Spellblogger Team.  Such a wonderful opportunity to share the best dies in the world. 

Where to shop? 
You can shop for all your Spellbinders dies right here .
You can click here Tammy Tutterow.
You can shop for Stamperia papers here

Spellbinders Sew Sweet Collection  - Sew Sweet Valentine by Tammy Tutterow S6-145