Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Gorgeously Green Beauty

Hello! Todays project is quite versatile, suitable for a birthday, a thank-you or just to say you're thinking of them.  The background is done with spray inks and is quite fun to do.  The stamping is gold embossed and the sentiment and hearts was die cut from ink-blended card stock.  Let's get started.
Strathmore 140 lb cold press Watercolor paper
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
Altenew Hennah Elements stamp set
WOW Metallic Gold Rich Superfine Embossing Powder
VersaMark ink
Dylusions Cut Grass spray ink
Distress Spray Stain in Twisted Citron
Lindy's Stamp Gang Spray in Lucky Shamrock Green
Concord & 9th Beautiful You die set
Distress Ink in Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry and Abandoned Coral
1/2" Scor-tape
Simon Says Stamp Mini Hearts Outline dies
Stick-It Adhesive Sheets

Step 1)  Make your background.  I use a full 11" by 14" sheet of watercolor paper and cut it down after it's dry.  For the piece I used in this card, I used the three shades of green listed and I have a full tutorial here.  Cut a 4.5" by 6" piece and run it through the Big Shot with the largest of the Stitched Rectangles die set.
Step 2)  Stamp the flower images on Post-It notes and cut out to use as masks.  Using the MISTI, position your images as desired on your background and stamp in VersaMark (this is a clear ink, so you make not see the images).  Add the embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat to melt.  Keep filling in the design, using the masks as needed to prevent overlapping lines.
Step 3)  Using a scrap of white cardstock (mine was 4.25" by 5.5"), Distress Inks and a blending tool, make the ink blended piece.  I started with Abandoned Coral in the bottom right corner, Picked Raspberry diagonally across the middle and finished with Wilted Violet.  Use light pressure and keep the tool at a slight angle, working in circular motions.  Overlap where the colors meet to create a seamless blend.
Step 4)  Add Stick-It Adhesive to the back of the ink-blended piece.  Position the Beautiful You dies to get all three colors in the die cuts, if possible.  Run through the Big Shot.  Position Heart Outline dies over the colors you want and run those through as well.  Remove the backing from the die cuts and add them, starting with the "beautiful YOU" and heart.  Scatter the tiny hearts all around, using as many or as few as you like.
Step 5)  Add scor-tape to the back of the focal panel and adhere to a card base.  Our card is complete!

Thanks for stopping by and hanging out with me today! Feel free to ask questions and let me know what you think!

Much love,

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Laura's Loft Challenge - WATERCOLOR

Welcome to Laura's Loft Watercolor Challenge! My project features Altenew's Floral Motif stamp set and Avery Elle's Wonky Frames die.  We had a 60 degree day in Michigan today, and I was feeling Spring!  Here's how I did it.
Strathmore 140 lb cold press paper
Doodlebug White "Sugarcoated Daydream" cardstock, 4.25" x 5.5"
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock, 8.5" x 5.5"
Altenew Floral Motif stamp set
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die set
Inkadinkadoo Masking Paper (or Post It Notes)
DCWV Foiled cardstock
SSS Smile die
Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors
Silver Brush Co #4 brush
Archival Black ink
1/2" Scor-tape

Step 1)  I started with the butterfly stamp in the top right corner, then added my flowers and also stamped the flowers on my masking paper.  Cut out the flower masks and apply, then stamp the leaves.  Make sure you use Archival to stamp with so that the images are waterproof and don't run or smudge when you begin to watercolor.

Step 2)  Paint the butterfly, flowers and leaves and let dry.  Paint background.  I used a wet on wet technique.  That when you paint the area with clean water and add color.  This helps the color to spread and blend.  Be careful; too much water will allow the color to pool or spread too far.

Step 3)  Position the largest of the Wonky Stitches dies over the panel and run through the Big Shot.  Run the smile die with blue cardstock through the Big Shot as well.  Fold the Neenah in half to make the card base.

Step 4) Add Scor-tape along the edges of the front panel and glittered cardstock.  Adhere the painted panel to the glittered piece and that to the card base.  Add liquid glue to the back of the smile die cut and adhere.  Your card is complete!

The Challenge runs from Feb 20, 2016 to March 5, 2016 and you can link your project here.  We have 2 awesome prizes up for grabs this Challenge and you can add as many as you want.  One $25 gift card to Laura's Loft and one $20 gift card to Newtons Nook!

Thanks for stopping by and hanging out with me today! I hope you had fun and learned something new.  Feel free to ask any questions and let me know what you think.

Much love,

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Calling All Sistahs with CAS-ual Fridays

Calling All Sistahs!
1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.

On August 17th, 2015  an Awesome friend of ours became 1 in 8

Calling All Sistahs was started by Michele Gross, owner of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, shortly after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It is her hope to create awareness for breast cancer beyond just the month of October by reminding you to do your self breast exams on the 17th of each month, and encouraging us all to remind all the great women in our lives to do the same. You can read more about her story HERE .
The Calling All Sistahs Collection was created by Michele with the specific intent of donating 50% of her profits from this collection to Breast Cancer Research and Awareness programs in honor of all who have been affected by breast cancer.
We at Laura's Loft are thrilled to be one of the first stores in the country to offer this special collection of stamps and dies. It's important to us to be able to remind all of our sistahs to check yourself and we are proud to continue Michele's effort by donating 50% of our own profits from this collection to breast cancer research in VA.
Join us here on the blog on the 17th of each month for CAS-ual Fridays projects dedicated to the fight against Breast Cancer and in support of our sistahs suffering through it along with a personal reminder to get yourself checked. 

 ***This is your reminder to do your breast self-exam!***
And remind your sistahs too! 
If you're not exactly sure how to do a self exam, you can click here  to get the information you need, and then follow up with your doctor at your next appointment.

For More information on Breast Cancer Awareness just click here.
Please do your self exams!
We'll be back next month to remind you again :)
Welcome!  I started this hop with my Mom in mind.  She is a Breast Cancer survivor and one of the strongest women I know.  She taught me that there were no limits to what I could accomplish if I was willing to put the work into it. She had relentless faith in me and taught me to ignore the naysayers. She taught me God's love knew no bounds and that He had a specific purpose for my life. She is a large part of who I am and why I am unstoppable.  For me, these cards and this hop are in honor of her.  I used her favorite colors and wanted an edgy, strong look.  I wanted to convey soft femininity ingrained with an iron strength.

Strathmore 140 lb hot press watercolor paper
Colorburst Watercolors in Pthalo Green,
  Ultramarine Blue and Violet
CAS-ual Fridays Hope Ribbon stamp set
CAS-ual Fridays Calling All Sistahs
CAS-ual Fridays Sistahs Die set
SSS Black cardstock
DCWV Foiled Vellum and Vellum
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies
Mama Elephant Peek A Frame Postage die
Delicata Golden Glitz
Ranger Black Archival
Ranger Silver Pearl EP
Add A Little Dazzle Teal Metal sheet
SSS Mini Hearts Outline dies
Stick-It Adhesive Sheets
1/2" Scor-Tape
Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue

I started this card by running my postage die with my watercolor paper through the Big Shot.  Then, I stamped the Hope ribbon in VersaMark ink using the MISTI on my watercolor paper and heat embossed it with the silver pearl embossing powder.  If you're new to using Colorburst, they are a powdered watercolor paint.  I sprayed my paper with 2 sprays of water.  Next, I sprinkled a little bit of Violet over the bottom right corner, Blue over the middle third and Green over the top left corner.  I waited to add more water to see how the color was moving.  I added another spray overall and a bit more water to specific areas.  I also used a brush to move things a bit.  I let it dry for a couple of hours.  I really love the hard edges and the blended areas.  I used the MISTI to stamp the vellum piece in black Archival ink and added Stick-It to the back before I die cut it.  I used the largest of the Stitched Rectangles to add a stitched detail to each edge for a finished look.  I arranged it over the ribbon so the the little blue and purple heart is right in the middle of the sentiment.  The overlap is wrapped around to the back of the watercolor piece.  I ran my bone folder over the vellum to thoroughly adhere it and make it as translucent as possible.  The foiled vellum is die cut with the second largest stitched rectangle die.  Adhere it to the black card base with scor-tape.  To finish it off, die cut the Girl and hearts from the teal metal sheet and adhere them with liquid glue.  I love how bold, edgy and strong this one turned out. 


 Looking at the two stamp sets, I imagined arranging them together to create a bold, graphic statement, reminding the women around us that they are important, they are loved, and that we will fight for each other.  The message of hope and support is so crucial to survival.
Wplus9 Oatmeal cardstock
CAS-ual Fridays Hope Ribbon stamp set
CAS-ual Fridays Calling All Sistah's stamp set
CAS-ual Fridays Love Notes stamp set
CAS-ual Fridays Sistah Die
Lindy's Stamp Gang EP in Midnight Violet
Lawn Fawn Ink in Plastic Flamingo
Simon Says Ink in Cotton Candy
Simon Says Ink in Doll Pink
Simon Says Ink in Hydrangea
Simon Says Dies in Mini Heart Outlines
Delicata Golden Glitz Ink
Add A Little Dazzle Metal Sheet in Fushia
Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue
1/2" Scor-Tape
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock

To the right you can see how I laid out my stamps.  I like to do this to get an idea how the stamps are going to look and fit together as well as to get an idea of the arrangement.  You can just take a picture with your phone so you know exactly what to put where.  Using the MISTI, start with a piece of 4.25" by 5.5" oatmeal cardstock.  Stamp the Hope Ribbon towards the bottom right of the panel in VersaMark.  Heat emboss with the LSG embossing powder.  Using my phone pic as a guide, I stamped the largest images first, after the ribbon.  The MISTI made this process super easy since I could place my stamps exactly where I wanted the image on my cardstock and pick it up with the cover.  I was also glad to have it because I didn't get good coverage of ink a few times and was able to ink and stamp again with precise placement. I changed the ink color for variation and to magnify the bold and graphic style I was going for.  I added the music notes along the right edge in gold; it added to the composition of the design, but two songs kept playing in my head while making the card: "Fight Like A Girl" by Bomshel and "You Are Loved" by Stars Go Dim.  To finish up, I die cut Sistahs and Girl from a fuchsia metal sheet as well as the tiny hearts and adhered them with Tombow liquid glue.  I colored the hearts in the ribbon pink using a Spectrum Noir marker.  Adhere the panel to a card base and it's complete!

Last, but certainly not least is my third card.
This background was inspired by a summer sunset over Lake Leelenau in Northern Michigan.  I find being by, in or on the water restorative and relaxing.  Here's the link to a tutorial for how I create my spray ink backgrounds.  This one is the same technique, but on a smaller scale.
Distress Watercolor cardstock
Distress Spray Stain in Dusty Concord
Distress Spray Stain in Spiced Marmalade
Distress Spray Stain in Picked Raspberry
Dylusions Spray Ink in Pure Sunshine
Perfect Pearl Spray
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles Die
Mama Elephant Peek A Frame Creative Dies
CAS-ual Fridays Hope Ribbon Stamp Set
Black Vellum
Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder in Chateau Rose
DCWV Glitter Paper in light pink
Stick-It Adhesive
Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABC dies
1/2" Scor-Tape

After the spray inked piece is completely dry, run through your Big Shot with the largest Stitched Rectangle die.  Stamp the Hope Ribbon in VersaMark in the middle of the black vellum and heat emboss using the LSG embossing powder.  It gives such a pretty iridescent sheen to the ribbon.
Die cut the ribbon using the rounded rectangle from the ME set.  Adhesive doesn't show behind black vellum like it does behind regular vellum, so I used 1/2" Scor-Tape to adhere it.  Apply Stick-It adhesive sheet to the back of the glitter paper.  It's so thin and die cuts beautifully.  Die cut the letters and add to the vellum so that the ribbon is the "o" in "hope".  Adhere the card front to a card base and it's complete.

Emma is the next stop on the hop.  If you get lost, just click here to head back to the beginning.  Don't forget to comment on each and every stop on the hop to increase your chances of winning one of five prizes!  Michele is has a generous 3 gift cards to the CAS-ual Fridays shop to give away and Laura has a generous 2 gift cards to Laura's Loft to give away.  So be sure to leave some love along the hop as Michele and Laura will pick random winners from the blog comments on February 20, 2016.

I just wanted to take the time to say thank you to Michele for the opportunity to participate in support of such an important cause as Breast Cancer Awareness, Prevention and Research.

Much love,

Friday, February 12, 2016

Infinity Engravings Mixed Media Romance

 Hello! Todays project has a romantic vibe and can be made into a wall hanging or add an easel foot to the back for a shelf.  This was a lot of fun to make and challenged me to use more products in my stash.  To the right is several of the products I used, but I didn't use everything I thought I would.  Lets get started!  I used a few sprays on my hearts and romantic couple pieces to color them.  I did not gesso them first.  For the hearts and umbrella I used Heidi Swapp Color Burst spray in Raspberry and Fireworks Lilac Posies.  For the rest of the couple die cut I used Heidi Swapp Color Burst in Tinsel and Lindy's Stamp Gang Midnight Raven Rendezvous.

 First, I cut a large piece of Tim Holtz Tissue paper in Melange and adhered it to the chipboard bookmark with Prima Art Basics Soft Matte Gel.  I use a large paintbrush to add the medium to the chipboard, about 1/3 at a time, smoothing the paper out as I go.  To keep it flat while drying, I place heavy objects on each end and leave it to dry for at least an hour.  After it was dry, I trimmed the excess paper off using scissors and a craft knife. 
 I wanted the words "I choose you" along the side of my project.  I started with "choose" in the middle, taping down the stencil with painters tape (because it's low tack and won't tear the paper).  With a palette knife, a scooped out two little globs of modeling paste, about a teaspoon each.  I added a tiny bit of Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals Pigment powder to each pile; one pink (Raspberry Lemonade) and one purple (Pop Rocks Purple).  Mix each pile into a uniform color.  Start with less pigment powder and add a tiny bit more if you want to darken the color.  By tiny bit, I mean the size of a pin head.  A little bit goes a long way.  I added pink to the left side of the word and purple to the right side, meeting in the middle to blend the two colors a tiny bit.  Remove the stencil and let dry for about 30 minutes, washing the stencil and palette knife immediately; the paste will ruin the stencil and knife if left to dry.  After "choose" was dry, I mixed up two more globs of color and added "you" in purple and "I" in pink and let dry.  To add a bit of background detail, I stamped a large flourish stamp in Silvery Shimmer Delicata pigment ink and let dry for 10 to 15 minutes.

 To adhere the couple die cut to the bookmark, brush on some matte gel to the back of the die cut a little thick.  I weighted the die cut down with my wafer thin die cases so that it dried flat.  I left it overnight.
I used the same Raven spray lightly on the rose on the girl.  The hearts were cut with Simon Says Stamp Mini Hearts Outlines dies using DCWV Glitter Paper, Foiled Cardstock and Doodlebug white glitter paper and adhered with Stick-It adhesive.  

I used E6000 glue to add any metal pieces to the project.  I'll warn you that it smells awful; use it with a window open or fan on.  It's the only glue I've found that's permanent on metal, including hot glue.

I started with the Key from Tim Holtz and the acrylic rose from my stash.  I attached the rest with hot glue.  The roses are Wild Orchid Crafts and the buttons are Stampin Up.  The roses are colored with a few sprays: Fireworks Grape Jelly and Lindy's Royal Amethyst Fire; Lindy's Pretty in Pink and Royal Amethyst Fire. 
I really enjoyed the process of creation for this project and so pleased with how it turned out.  All the chipboard die cuts and bookmark are from Infinity Engravings and are so much fun to work with.

Feel free to ask questions and let me know what you think.

Much love,

Monday, February 8, 2016

Woodsy Yet Elegant Wedding Card with Infinity Engravings

Hi there! Today's project is a wedding or anniversary card.  I discovered a new stamp company recently, Concord & 9th, and I just love their stuff.  I also had a die cut from Infinity Engravings sitting on my desk.  The die cut was laying on the stamp set and it came to me.  This card is fairly simple (at least for me) in that it's basic stamping and layering.  The most time-consuming part of this card is the sequins on the dress, but I just love how it looks.  Here's how I did it.

Wplus9 Oatmeal cardstock
DCWV Foiled Vellum
DCWV Glitter Paper
ARC Crafts BARC Wood Cherry Paper
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Dies
Infinity Engravings Couple die cut
Concord & 9th Tree Hugs Stamp set
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Distress Paint in Spun Sugar and Hickory Smoke
VersaMark clear embossing ink
Zing Clear embossing powder
Prima Art Basics Soft Matte Gel
Little Things Sequin Mix in Warm Golden Glow and Rose Garden
Scor-tape 1/2"
Scrapbook Adhesives Black 3D Foam Squares

Paint the girl with Spun Sugar and the guy with Hickory Smoke.  I did two layers, making sure the first one is dry before adding the second.  I let it dry for 15 minutes.
I used the third largest rectangle die for the wood paper and the second largest die for the pink glitter paper.  I cut the foiled vellum to 4.25" by 5.5" to fit the card base.
Using the MISTI, I started with the tree bark stamp on the left and stamped it in Archival black.  I stamped it twice to make the black really solid.  The wood paper is actual wood veneer and quite absorbent.  It die cuts and stamps beautifully.  Next, I stamped the heart twice, followed by the Mr&Mrs and finished with the same tree bark stamp, but turned around.

After the second coat of paint on the die cut is dry, coat it with VersaMark ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder to give it a shiny finish.

Adhere the foiled vellum to the card base with 1/2" Scor-tape.  Adhere pink layer and wood layer, centering each layer.
Attach sequins to die cut using matte medium.  I scoop a little glob onto my work surface and dip each sequin in, then place on my project.  I laid all the sequins out on the skirt and then adhered them, but in hindsight, it really wasn't necessary.  Set aside to dry for at least an hour.  Once dry, add foam squares to the back, peel off the backing and attach to the card front.  Our masterpiece is complete!

Thanks for stopping by and hanging out with me today! Feel free to ask questions and let me know what you think!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Somebunny's Luck

Welcome to the Somebunny's Luck blog hop with Laura's Loft.  We have tons of awesome projects to share with you, not to mention a giveaway, new products added to the shop and as always, $10 off a purchase of $75 or more from the shop.  More details are at the bottom of my post :)

My projects focus on celebrating the hope that Christ provided on Easter Sunday. I wanted to convey faith, light and joy in my Savior through my work to share with you.

My first card features Altenew's Beautiful Day stamp set from Laura's Loft.  This is a layering stamp set and while gorgeous just about any way you stamp it, using my MISTI made this so easy and fun and it turned out beautifully.

Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
DCWV Glitter Brights cardstock stack: 4.25 by 5.5 inch panel
DCWV Foiled cardstock stack
MISTI stamp positioner
Xyron Sticker Maker
Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set
Simon Says Stamp in the following colors:
  • Pale Blush Pink
  • Cotton Candy
  • Doll Pink
  • Orange Peel
  • Lemon Chiffon
  • Lavender
  • Hydrangea
  • Blue Violet
Lawn Fawn in the following color:
  • Sunflower
Simon Says Stamp dies:
Oh Happy Day
Nativity (star)

Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
Tim Holtz Rays stencil
Wendi Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink in Sunshine Yellow
Prima Finnabair Glitter in yellow
Inkadinkadoo Masking Paper or Post-It notes
Palette knife

Step 1.  Start with a 4.25 by 5.5 inch panel of white cardstock.  When using masking with stamping, you want to stamp the image you want in the front of the scene first.  In this case, I wanted the yellow rose to be in the front.  With layered stamping, you stamp the lightest color first.  The stamp sets come with instructions for what layer to stamp first, so don't worry about that.  For the yellow rose, I started with SSS Lemon Chiffon ink, then LF Sunflower and SSS Orange Peel last.  While that dried, I took the outline stamp from the set and stamped three on masking paper and fussy cut them out.  You'll need one to finish the stamping and then the other two later on.  Place one mask over the yellow rose, being careful to line it up properly.  Pink rose: Pale Blush Pink followed by Cotton Candy and finished with Doll Pink.  Purple Rose: Lavender, followed by Hydrangea and finished with Blue Violet.  I used my MISTI with this because it allows you to line up the stamps on the project so it's a perfect image.  If there's a spot that doesn't stamp properly, you can ink the stamp and stamp again and it will line up perfectly.  It's awesome!

Step 2.  I used the second largest of the LF Stitched Rectangle dies and ran it through my Big Shot to get the stitching detail around the edges.  Place your masks over each rose so that it's aligned properly.  Line up the stencil so that it looks like the rays are coming from behind the roses.  I tape my stencils into place to make sure they can't shift.  Using a palette knife, take about a teaspoon of embossing paste from the jar and place it on a non-stick work surface.  Add a bit of glitter and 1 drop of yellow ink.  I wanted it to look like light, so I wanted it to be translucent and airy.  Mix the ink and glitter into the paste until there's no white left.  Spread over the stencil, making sure to cover all the exposed paper and it's an even coat.  Remove the stencil and wash both the stencil and palette knife immediately.  Letting the paste dry on them can ruin them.

Step 3.  While the paste dries, run the dies and gold cardstock through the Big Shot.  I ran my die cuts through my Xyron Sticker maker to add adhesive to the back.

Step 4.  Adhere the 4.25 by 5.5 inch teal glitter panel to a white cardbase using tape runner or another adhesive.  Adhere stamped panel to the middle.  Add sentiment die cuts along the bottom edge.  I started with Happy in the middle and added Oh and Day on the appropriate side to get proper spacing and placement.  I finished off my card with the star in the top right corner, shining in the sunlight.

For my second card, I made a shaker card and wanted to convey the same theme as my first card; faith, hope and life in Christ.

Strathmore 140 lb coldpress watercolor paper
Dylusions Spray Inks:
  • Calypso Teal
  • London Blue
  • After Midnight
Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays:
  • Glitz Spritz Royal Emerald Fire
  • Hydrangea Blue
Perfect Pearls Spray in Pearl
Faber-Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel
Simon Says Stamp Cross die
TH Rays Stencil
Palette Knife
Avery Elle Stamp Pockets
WRMK Fuse Tool
Recollections Glitter Shapes
Doodlebug Sequins
MSE Sequins and Glitter Shapes
3M Foam Tape
Stick-It Adhesive
DCWV Foiled Cardstock
Memory Box Alphabet die
Scor-Tape 1/8 and 1/4 inch

Lets start with the focal panel.  I like to take 11" by 17" sheets of watercolor paper and use spray inks to create large pieces I can cut down to use in my projects.  I have another tutorial for how I do it on my blog here.

Step 1.  Using the largest of the LF Stitched Rectangle dies, run the panel through the Big Shot.  Place Cross die on the panel where you want the cross and tape in place (I use painters tape, Post-It note tape or washi tape) and run through the Big Shot to die cut.  Set the Cross aside for another project.

Step 2.  Plug in your Fuse tool so it can heat up.  I wanted my rays of light to be shining over the Cross, so I arranged it thusly and taped in place to avoid shifting.  Spread glitter gel over stencil, making an even coat and making sure to get all exposed paper.  Lift stencil and wash both stencil and knife immediately.  Let dry; it should take between 15 and 20 minutes to dry completely and dries clear.

Step 3.  While the panel is drying we can make our shaker pouch.  I used the die cut cross as a size guide.  You want your shaker to fill the die cut opening with a bit of extra plastic to allow for adhering the pouch to the back side of the panel.  I filled my pouch pretty full so that the entire cross was full, but normally I like to allow room for the shaker bits to move around.  Using the ruler that comes with the Fuse, make the seams where you want them, leaving an opening and add your shaker bits.  Carefully flatten out your pouch to determine if it's full enough to your liking and make sure it's no more than 1/4 inch thick after it's sealed.  Add your final seam to close it up.  Before I trim my edges, I add 1/4" Scor-Tape to the edges to attach it to the front panel.  Then I trim off any excess plastic.  Remove the backing and adhere it to the front panel.

Step 4.  Add foam tape around the edges of the panel and double up.  You want to add enough to add stability and make the surface level.  I used two layers.  I remove the backing from one corner and line it up.  Once the corner is stuck down and it's lined up properly, remove the rest of the backing to completely adhere.

Step 5.  Add some Stick-It adhesive sheet to the back of the gold foil cardstock.  Using the an alphabet die and gold foil cardstock, run it through the Big Shot enough times to get the letters to spell "Hallelujah".  I had to run mine through 3 times.  I picked out the letters I needed and starting with "l" in the middle, spelled out the word, removing the backing paper and sticking down each letter.  My card is complete and I loved it.

There is lots more to be enjoyed on the hop! Your next stop is at Robbies, the previous stop is at Deana's and if you want to start at the beginning, head over to Laura's.

Hop blogs are listed below in case you get off track or want to visit one of us again:

1. Laura -  http://www.lauralscott.com/somebunnys-luck
2. Deana Benson -http://www.designcreativelybling.com/2016/02/somebunnies-luck-with-lauras-loft.html
3. Jasmine Burgess - You're here!
4. Robbie Rubala - http://inkedx2.blogspot.com/search/label/LL
5. Heart of Craft - http://heartofcraft.blogspot.com/2016/02/lauras-loft-shop-and-hopsomebunnies-luck.html  (Emma)
6. Lisa - http://royalpumpkinart.blogspot.com/2016/02/st-pattyseaster-shop-hop-with-lauras.html
7. Linda-  http://dabblesbylinda.blogspot.com/2016/02/somebunnys-luck-with-lauras-loft.html
8. Sue T.-  http://thecre8tivestudio.blogspot.com/2016/02/february-blog-hop-at-lauras-loft.html
9.Kim- http://angeldreamcrafts.blogspot.com/2016/02/happy-st-pattys-day-with-lauras-loft-dt.html
10.- Noe.- http://elscrapdecrisynoe.blogspot.com.es//2016/02/laurasloftfebruaryhop.html

Giveaway Entry:
There are several ways to enter and the more comments you make in the different social media platforms, the more entries you earn! It is required that you comment on each blog in the Hop.  After that, we encourage you to like and comment on our Facebook page, tag on our Instagram post and pin on Pinterest, as well as share on your own pages. The participant with the most entries wins the fabulous prize package! How cool is that!?!

Prize: Wait for it...

Boom! WRMK Fuse Tool, Laura's Loft Exclusive Jewel Box Sequin Mix, WOW Opaque White Ultra High Embossing Powder and a pack of Virginia Turtle Enamel Dots.  I'd say that's a killer prize pack!
Bonus: All the Christmas items are a generous 45% off (no coupon code required) and Laura always offers $10 off a purchase of $75 or more with the code: $10off75.

Be sure to stop by and see all the new products we've added to our collections!
Tim Holtz Mini Ink Kits
Stamping Bella
Hero Arts
Lawn Fawn

Design Creative Bling Sequin Mixes, a Laura's Loft exclusive

Thank you for stopping by and hanging out with me for a bit! I hope you enjoy the hop, enter the giveaway and get inspired to create something amazing.  I'll be happy to answer any questions and hope you'll let me know what you think!

Much love,

Monday, February 1, 2016

Bold Besties

This card was inspired by one of my best friends who enjoys vivid color and bold images.  She's has had a rough go of it lately, so I thought she could use something to make her smile.  This card is quite easy to make and it comes together quickly.  Let's see how it's done.

Ranger Glossy Cardstock
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks
Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Doodlebug Velvet cardstock in black
DCWV Foiled Vellum cardstock
DCWV Foiled cardstock in Gold
Delicata Golden Glitz ink
Ranger Archival Black ink
Tim Holtz Sizzix Scribbles and Splat Heart die
CAS-ual Fridays friend die
WOW Gold embossing powder
Small heart die
Altenew Lace Up stamp set
Viva Decor Ferro Metal Effect in Blackberry
Tim Holtz Speckled Stencil
Stick-It Adhesive Sheets
Scor-Tape 1/4" and 1/2"

Step 1.  Let's make our background.  These alcohol ink backgrounds are so easy and dry almost instantly.  Here's the tutorial from Tims blog.  I tend to make several of these at a time.

Step 2.  I wanted to add some texture to the background.  I laid down my stencil so that the texture would go from the top right corner toward the middle.  The Ferro is a thick texture paste and is quite pretty.  I spread an even layer over the stencil using a palette knife.  Wash your stencil and knife right away as this paste will ruin them if it dries on.

Step 3.  Add Stick-It adhesive sheets to each cardstock and trim excess.  Die cut friend from the foiled vellum.  My vellum has a tiny gold heart pattern on it.  Die cut the heart from the black velvet cardstock and punch out all the tiny negative pieces.  Die cut hearts from gold foil cardstock.

Step 4.  Once the paste is dry, stamp the hearts from the set in gold ink and emboss with gold embossing powder.  Stamp the sentiment in black.

Step 5.  Add 1/2" Scor-tape to the back of the inked panel.  Remove one strip of backing and lining up properly, attach to the cardbase.  Remove the rest of the backing strips.  Add black heart, friend and gold hearts where desired, removing the backing paper and pressing down.  Our card is complete!

How easy was that!?! Thanks for stopping by and hanging out with me for a bit.  I hope you had fun and learned something new!

Much love,

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