Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Sparkle & Shine Challenge #26

Middle of the month means it's time for a new challenge on the Sparkle & Shine challenge blog. Since we are getting close to Easter the inspiration photo features a bunny and of course some orange and green.

For my card I opted to just use the color scheme since I don't have any cute little bunny stamps.


I'll be honest, this card didn't come together very easily for me, it was a comedy of errors. I started with a sheet of watercolor paper and heat embossed the 'happy' and 'to you'. This is a cheaper and thinner paper then what I normally use and when I painted in the letters the water and color spread past the heat embossing instead of being contained within it with other papers I have used. So, I had to find a way to try and cover that...thus the grey shadows. Then I wasn't happy with the plain white background. Enter the blending of the orange ink, which is suppose to have water splatters. However, when the splatters dried they were not even visible and since I used Distress inks, I'm blaming the paper again. Lastly, I had to blindly adhere my shaker panel to the front of the card and ended up leaving way too much white space at the top and this sucker was stuck down nice and tight to the card. So I pulled out some glitter tape and stuck a strip at the top. Oh well, crafting isn't always perfect!


I die cut the 'birthday' three times and adhered them together for some extra dimension and went over the top with a Wink of Stella pen.

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Stamps and dies are both from Create a Smile 
stamps: Crystal Letters Upper
dies: Cool Cuts Birthday

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Sparkle & Shine Challenge #25

Happy March everyone! It's the first of the month which means that it is time for another challenge over on the Sparkle & Shine challenge blog. This month we are inspired by green shamrocks and gold glitter. Here is our challenge photo...

Here is the card that I came up with. I didn't think that I would probably give a St. Patrick's themed card to anyone, so I chose to go with the colors as my inspiration.


I started with the Oriental Orchid stamp set from Altenew and watercolored in the images. After that was dry I added some shimmer to the orchids with a Wink of Stella pen. Lastly I ran the panel through an embossing folder to achieve that basket weave look.


Then to pull in the gold glitter I added a strip of glitter tape and heat embossed the sentiment in gold on a strip of watercolored paper.

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