Embedded Bling

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Whew!  Just under the wire today!  Managed to get my fourth and final card done for the September Viva la Verve challenges.  This is also for the Ribbon Carousel RCC72 challenge found here.

Here's the sketch by Janelle Stollfus:

I recently saw a card on the web that had beautiful beads and glitter embedded in clear embossing.  Wish I'd tagged the page because I'd love to give the designer credit for this idea!  With no beads in sight I decided to try embedding some glass glitter.

The card base was covered with some designer paper.  Next I cut the ornament shape die cut out of a coordinating paper and sponged the edges with ink.  If you've ever tried the cracked glass technique...that's what I tried and it worked!  First, I inked the entire piece with Versamark stamp pad, then I added the first layer of Glassy Glaze, heated that with my heat gun and while it was still liquid and warm, sprinkled some glass glitter over various areas.  Then, as with the cracked glass technique, I just kept building layers of Versamark and Glassy Glaze until I got the desired effect.

Then I added the layer of designer paper across the top of the card and added some seam binding.  Next I cut two different die cuts for the sentiment.  The sentiment was stamped in black and then I used some Distress Stickles to add color to the little wreath.

For embellies...a little seam binding bow topped by a button, topped by a faceted gem and, for the right corner...three more little faceted gems.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Soft Suede, Bazzill Wassail designer paper and Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage designer paper
Ink:  Versamark, Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Verve Joy
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom ornament die, Verve Rounded Scallop A Cut Above Die, Verve Rounded Rectangle A Cut Above Die, SU! Glass Glitter in Champagne and Silver, Hug Snug Seam Binding, Distress Stickles in Fired Brick, sponge, heat gun, SU! Glassy Glaze Enamel, Teresa Collins Faceted Gems and Pearls, Buttons Galore button, ATG and Ranger Glossy Accents

Hope you get a chance to try this technique...it's fun and adds great bling to a card!

The Beauty of Fall

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I'm so inspired by the beautiful fall colors these days.  The trees are turning and the colors are absolutely spectacular...reds, oranges, yellows. 

This is another card for the Viva la Verve September challenges.  Here's the sketch that was provided by Teresa Kline:

These Bo Bunny papers make it so easy!  Simple layering, a few die cut leaves, a piece of ribbon and done!

Here's what I used: 
Paper:  Bazzill unknown, SU! Early Espresso and Bo Bunny Forever Fall
Ink:  SU! Early Espresso
Stamps:  Verve Every Season
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Picot Edge Circles, Cheery Lynn Designs Large Leaves #2 dies, SU! ribbon, Jody boosters, ATG, distressing tool, McGill Paper Blossoms craft molding mat and tool kit, sponges

Thanks for joining me today...I'll be back soon with the final Viva la Verve September challenge!

Dashing through the Snow

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Another Viva la Verve Challenge card for the month of September!  And, this is also for the Ribbon Carousel RCC72 challenge found here.  Here's the sketch:

The black panel has been dry embossed.  Followed that with the strips of designer paper.  I stamped and die cut the three snowflakes and added some bakers twine and buttons.  The sentiment was made by stamping the edge detail, the actual sentiment and layering a button, the snowflake die cut, some baker's twine and another button.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Pear Pizzazz, SU! Basic Black and Echo Park Christmas This & That
Ink:  SU! Pear Pizzazz and Versafine Black Onyx
Stamps:  Verve Super Dad, Glad Tidings and Snowflake Splendor
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Verve Snowflake Tidings A Cut Above Die, Verve Ribbon Banner A Cut Above Die, SU! embossing folder, MFT buttons, misc. baker's twine, Jody boosters, ATG

More Verve coming up this week!  See you soon!

Be True

Monday, September 24, 2012

Well I must say, the week one Viva la Verve sketch for September frightened this stamper a little bit.  I looked at it and looked at it before forming an idea...that evolved and evolved until this card was complete. 

Here's the sketch by Amber Hight:

I kept the square format.  The blue background designer paper has been stitched in the corners for a little interest.  I will get the hang of the stitching one of these days...  Next comes a couple of Spellbinders die cuts followed by three die cuts from Verve...the two flowers and the sentiment panel.  The sentiment was stamped on the same designer paper from the background but was trimmed to fit the panel.  Two strips of the red card stock were added for a little more interest.  Some embroidery thread through the hole in the tag, a little more in the buttons and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Black and Poppy Parade, Memory Box Brioche
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Verve Brighter Days
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Picot Edge circles and standard circles dies, Verve Sweet Scallop and Scalloped Flowers A Cut Above Dies, MFT buttons, embroidery thread, sewing machine, thread, ATG

And...on to the next Verve challenge...deadline is fast approaching and this stamper is a little behind!


A birthday card for someone near and dear to my heart.  Yes, it's another CAS design today, this time for the CAS challenge over at Splitcoast.

Very simply done with some pre-made pieces from Teresa Collins, a $1.50 stamp from the bargain bin at Michaels, a few buttons and some cool tiles.  I added a little twine to the buttons and that's about it.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. heavyweight card stock
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  $1.50 bargain stamp from Michaels
All the other stuff:  MFT buttons, twine, ATG, Ranger Glossy Accents, Teresa Collins Vintage Finds die cut borders, Wood Letterpress Blocks from Bottle Cap Inc.

Have a fabulous week my friends!

Sparkling Greetings

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Time for a CAS design don't you think?

Our Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast is westie2 otherwise known as Jackie.  I chose to CASE a beautiful CAS card from Jackie's gallery with a floral design.  Changed it to a Christmas design and added some dry embossing along the edge.

The tree is stamped and heat embossed with some very sparkly green tinsel embossing powder, but alas the picture just doesn't do it justice.  Then I added a star sticker, the sentiment sticker and finally dry embossed the edge.  Simple right?

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K Luxury heavyweight card stock
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps:  Penny Black Winter Green
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, PSX green tinsel embossing powder (very old but still works!), Stampendous sticker (sentiment), Mark Richards Metals star sticker, Tim Holtz embossing folder, embossing buddy, heat gun

Have fun stamping and creating in the coming week!

Distressed Exotics

Friday, September 21, 2012

I haven't played the Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoast for a while.  Our inspiration comes from Bella Soleil.  I was drawn to some beautiful  Wall Panels .

Each of my panels started out as a heavy weight white card stock square.  First they were inked in Encore Gold Metallic and clear embossed.  Next came different colors of Distress Stains, followed by splotches of water.  For a little bling the rust colored panels were inked with Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain and the blue colored panels inked with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain.  Then each square was distressed and inked around the edges and matted on dark brown card stock.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  unknown Bazzill, Gina K. heavyweight white card stock and SU! Early Espresso
Ink:  Encore Gold Metallic and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Stamps:  SU!  Stitched Exotics
All the other stuff:  clear embossing powder, heat gun, water, ATG, Distress Stains in Brushed Corduroy, Rusty Hinge and Faded Jeans, Metallic Distress Stains in Antiqued Bronze and Brushed Pewter

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Back from holidays...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hello all!

Had a lovely vacation and now trying to get back to normal...whatever that may be LOL!  We spent some time in the beautiful state of Colorado...Vail, Beaver Creek, Denver.  There's so much to see and do...wish we could have spent more time.  Had a quick peek at Boulder...what a beautiful city and area...would love to visit there again!

Today I'm playing with some new goodies from Verve.  I used the new Pennant Trim die (which I've been eyeing since the sneak peeks).  It's so versatile and I love how you can bend it around shaped objects like my doily. 

Pretty simple layering of some designer papers and then I pleated some taffeta ribbon.  Topped it off with two buttons and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Gray and Basic Black; Echo Park Yours Truly
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Verve Brighter Days
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Verve Pennant Trim A Cut Above Die, Ellen Hutson doily, misc. taffeta
ribbon, MFT buttons, scissors, thread, and needle

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Over at Splitcoast today, it's Featured Stamper day.  I chose to case a beautiful Christmas card of Carolina's.  While her card was totally white...I did the complete opposite and used lots of color!

The poinsettia is made from a Spellbinder's die, the leaves are from a Tim Holtz die and the little black sprigs are a Martha Stewart punch.  Most of the poinsettia leaves have been embossed with gold and I also used a little here and there on the leaves.  All the poinsettia leaves and the striped leaves have been shaped with a stylus and mat.  The center of the poinsettia is made with another of the Spellbinder's dies in the same set and then I added some Distress Stickles for some dimension.

A simple piece of black taffeta ribbon across the bottom of the card topped by some Grungeboard that's been inked and done.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  MME Lost and Found Christmas, SU! Basic Black and Rich Razzleberry
Ink:  Encore Gold and SU! Rich Razzleberry
Stamps:  none!
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia, Tim Holtz Holly Branch die, Martha Stewart pine branch punch, gold embossing powder, Tim Holtz Grungeboard Alphabet Soup, sponges, misc. black taffeta ribbon, Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap Distress Stickles, glue, McGill Paper Blossoms craft molding mat and tool kit

Have a wonderful week and thanks for joining me today!