Monday, August 28, 2017

Thinking of you: Foiling and stencils

Good morning!  Today I have used a few techniques on my card.  I partially stenciled the background using a sponge dauber and distress ink.  I also used a border mask and shimmer spray.  I used my Minc and supplies to foil the butterflies and flower.

On this card I partially stenciled the harlequin pattern on a little more than half the card.  I then used the border mask and shimmer spray ink.  You can see the pretty shimmer from this view.

Tim Holtz harlequin stencil
Distress ink Antique linen and sponge dauber
Tattered Angels fleur de lis mask
Perfect Pearls pink shimmer spray
Recollections ribbon
Minc foiled pink flowers and butterflies
Quick Quotes Biscotti
Close to my heart Sincere Expressions
Stampendous Moonstone pearl embossing powder
Color box Honey ink
Sizzix die

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

(die cut, sentiment, floral)x

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, August 25, 2017

Quick Quotes Back to School tag set

Hello,  Alicia blogging today.  I have created a cute Back to School tag set.  I used my Cricut and a mix of old and new Quick Quotes papers.  These were really easy and Quick Quotes papers cut like a butter on the card stock plus setting. I inked all the edges with Midnight Confessions PowderPuff Chalking Ink and then used a black sheer ribbons on the ends.

Here is each of tags I made individually photographed.

Upon completion I used a metal ring to clip them all together, however, I may give them each to different teachers as a fun welcome back gift. Quick, easy and versatile!

Quick Quotes products used:

other products:
Cricut Autumn Celebrations cart

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Pineapple Welcome Interlocking gatefold card with Atlantic Hearts Challenge sketch

Good morning readers, I have my inspiration for this week's Atlantic Hearts challenge sketch.  I created two cards both are interlocking gatefolds.  I was participating in a gatefold card swap and felt this sketch was a perfect match for the swap.

Here's the sketch from Atlantic Hearts challenge blog:

The interlocking parts are really simple using nesting dies.  Simply adhere one half of each part on opposite sides of the card. 

The second card I made flips the sketch.

 I used the brads and embellishments on the lower edge in which to tuck the outside part of the closure.

Stampin Up stamp and Crushed Curry ink
We R Happy Campers paper
Spellbinders scallop circle dies
Quick Quotes Mocha Moma chalking ink
wood and enamel dots
frosted brads
various card stock 

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Thank you so much for coming by and don't forget to play along with Atlantic Hearts sketch challenge this week.


Friday, August 18, 2017

It's written in the Stars...Cheery Lynn dies

Good morning! Alicia with you today. I have wanted to play more with this die since I purchased it and I finally got a chance. When I first experimented with it, I was trying different papers and piecing it back together, however, I was not really happy with the results. This time I sat down and decided to cut my Hippie Heroine out of a vanilla paper and color her. I am much happier with the results. I did use paper behind the cut since her hair had some empty space. I liked the gold paper I used for the stars to give her "golden" highlights.

I stamped and embossed my sentiment then cut it out using the  Frantic Stamper Stitched Corner cut tag dies.

I layered my beauty on some starry paper and added a few of the star die cuts also from the Cheery Lynn Hippie Heroine die set.

Dies R Us products:
Cheery Lynn Designs - Dies - Hippie Heroine
Cheery Lynn Hippie Heroine dies
Frantic Stamper - Dies - Stitched Corner-cut Tags
Frantic Stamper Stitched Corner cut tag

I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared today!  And, don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.
click below for:


I would like to enter this in the following challenges: until 8/22x until 8/28x until 8/29 (bling)x  until 8/31x

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Quick Quotes Off the Page: Shadow box

Good morning,  Alicia with you today.  I have created a lovely shadow box for my niece. I did not intend for it to be monochromatic, after using  Jade PowderPuff Chalking Ink to color the outside scroll work I searched my Quick Quotes paper collection for matching papers, I found some from several different collections that came together perfectly.


I used my PIXMA iP8720 13x19 Wireless Printer to print not only the photograph but the sentiment.  I found this great quote when I searched the web.  I just copied it, changed the font and printed!  I don't like to waste the good Canon paper, so I included several other quotes and a photo on the pages for use later. 

I used two different inking techniques on my project either of which could be used for the August Quick Quotes challenge:  to use colored inks.
  1. Inking wood or chipboard
  2. Inking edges to create dramatic shading

I cut dozens of pieces for flowers using  a die set.  I inked all the edges with the same Jade PowderPuff Chalking Ink as the outside of the box. I shaped the flowers as I inked them.

After cutting the papers to fit the inside of the box, I added the flowers around the edges.  After adhering the quote and the flowers, I finally added some pearls and bling to finish it off.

Quick Quotes products used:

Canon products:

other products used:
shadow box
pearls and crystal bling hearts
Spellbinders Anemone flower and label dies

I hope you have enjoyed this project. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Just beecause...Stampin Up, Graphic 45 and acetate card

Good morning!  I am showing off a card I made for a swap today.  The theme of the swap was acetate.  It is hard to discern from the photos but there is a layer of acetate behind the honeycomb die cut.  I used mostly Stampin Up products but the sunflower paper in the back is Graphic 45.

I cut an opening in the center of a standard A2 card that was just a fraction smaller than the honeycomb die cut.  I cut the acetate just a fraction larger so the die and the card and a layer behind their junction for stablility.  I stamped and embossed the bees then fussy cut them.  I stamped the sentiment and layer the sunflower paper on the inside of the card.  

Stampin Up Dragonfly Dreams stamp set
Stampin Up die
Graphic 45 paper
American Craft black ink
Judikins clear embossing powder
Quick Quotes Desert Sun chalking ink
green and yellow card stock

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Catch a wave blog hop

No automatic alt text available.
Welcome to the 
Catch A Wave
Blog Hop

Cowabunga Dude!! Grab your sunscreen, your surf board and join us as we search for that perfect wave in this Catch A Wave Blog Hop! It's sure to be gnarly!!

You should have arrived from Amanda
but if you need to catch the first wave in
Connie Can Crop is the beginning of this epic summer blog hop

This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented crafters.

We have an awesome sponsor for this month!
No automatic alt text available.

One lucky winner will win 3 digital images of your choice

Be sure to check out her shop online HERE
Visit her on facebook HERE

What do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 8/23/17
at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Hang Ten Dudes and Dudettes!!

I made two versions of this card basically using two different sentiments.
I was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest.  I used Distress inks and a water color brush to create he scene inside the circle.  I cut the circle with Spellbinders nesting dies so there is a nice embossed line in the exact center.  I used a wood grain paper and wood dots to create the porthole effect.

And the second one which is actually the first one.  I wasn't as pleased with the ocean and sky.  I used a slightly different colors for the sky on this one.  I also used the stamped image as the palette on this one so the waves are less distinct.  On the one above I stamped the image and picked up more ink from the pad to fill in the light parts of the ocean.  The birds turned out better on this one.

Distress inks:  Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire and Faded jeans (oxide)
Stamplorations True North (lighthouse quote)
Our Daily Bread Designs (waves quote)
Stampin Up High Tide
Spellbinders circle dies
Woodgrain paper
Quick Quotes Adventure Awaits paper
wood embellishments
misc papers

Now SURF on over to Angela's blog

Here's our amazing line up in case you get lost:

Connie Can Crop Challenge #61
due 11:59 P.M., Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Pacific Time

Friday, August 11, 2017

Karen Burniston Snowman/Soccer Pop Up card

Good morning, Alicia here today, getting geared up for school and fall sports.  My son has played soccer since he was 3 so this card will be for him.  Last month I purchased the some of the latest Karen Burniston die sets.  I am so pleased with these sets.  Of course with any new die, I cut all the pieces first on plain white card stock.  This tip is especially helpful with a pop up die to familiarize oneself with the mechanism.  It is really so awesome to have such a handy pop up in a die. I can't wait to create more fun cards with this set.

So this die set contains all the elements for a snowman, but it is basically just circles with a few snowman accessories.  As soon as I saw it in person, I knew a soccer ball would work great in the pop up.  Isn't so fun?

The set comes with plenty of circles for layering.  I used a soccer ball shaker sticker in the center layer on a circle embossed like soccer netting and finally layered a stitched die of "grass" and one more black layer for pop!

The  Die Versions Soccer border die is no longer available (it was one of my first purchases from Dies R Us). I do have some helpful tips that would work with any number of dies.  This is only one die but I created a multilayered piece.  I did this by cutting the die several times in different papers.  No need to waste paper, when I only need the cones, I placed a small piece of orange paper just large enough to cut out the cones.  Same with the tiny sliver of "reflective" tape, with these tiny pieces I put them in place and used a tape runner on the back side to hold the slivers in place.  Once I was done piecing the cuts back together, I popped up the cones and ball on pop dots for extra dimension.

 Dies R Us Products used:
 Karen Burniston - Dies - Snowman Twist Circle Pop-Up

 Frantic Stamper - Dies - Stitched Grassy Hill Edgers

other ingredients:
Creative Memories Soccer paper and stickers
Shaker soccer sticker
Fiskars border punch
solid colored and white card stock
Quick Quotes Midnight Confessions chalking ink

Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  
There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store
 For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below : 

Click below for: